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September 2, 2014

07:02
Coup is a wonderfully simple and deep bluffing game. The rules you need to explain can fit on one side of a card; a reference sheet fits neatly on the other side, and the cards themselves have all the text you need. Everyone gets two cards. If you run out of cards, you are out […]

[TT] Coup is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:47
There are those who think that perhaps Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian are lying about the campaigns of terror, hacking, and bullying that they are currently encountering (and thanks to
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September 1, 2014

18:00
As August fades into our collective rear-view mirror, so too does Blaugust, Belghast’s event to drive away the typical August malaise. Fifty blogs set out to post at least once a day for the duration of the month.  Thirty made it to that goal. Like many of the other bloggers, there were bits that pushed […]
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08:56
I bought a new PC recently. The 3-year old PC I used before I gave to my wife. Which meant her old computer, a bit over 5 years old, was to give away. Now a computer tends to accumulate a lot of...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
Enjoyable but cannot decide whether it wants to be stressful or relaxing. This is not a new game, but I acquired it in a recent Humble Bundle and have played a bit. It is a simple game with few commands. You fling a little “grimp” around plants, opening more plants by defeating enemies to send […]

Quick Review: PixelJunk Eden is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 31, 2014

18:30
The Site I took down the MMO Blog RSS feed in the side bar earlier this month.  Bhagpuss had been wondering why he was getting strange ping backs from my blog on his posts a while back.  Then, earlier this month, a couple of other people noted the same thing.  All of them had blogs […]
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18:12
Before the age of digital cameras, it was said that the average American family went through two rolls of film per year (summer vacation, Christmas). You probably have some good photos from your youth, but those were what was worth saving after removing two with the lens cap on, three with a thumb over the […]

Feedback Time is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 30, 2014

16:40
It is certainly expected that Nintendo, suffering from its various mis-steps with the Wii U, would tread a careful path with its other current console line, the Nintendo 3DS series.  And that is what it felt like with yesterday’s announcement of the New 3DS line. There were a some comments about the button colors and […]
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August 29, 2014

19:21
Our dear friends from Elder Game are giving Kickstarter another chance to get in on their MMO Gorgon, which is in the works and not that far from completion. Development takes time, and time is money, so they need a surprisingly small amount of money to bring the project to fruition. Over at Elder Game, […]

Gorgon Kickstarter is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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17:50
Actually, Project: Gorgon never went away.  About two years ago there was Kickstarter to help fund some of the development.  That was not a success, but the project soldiered on. Porject: Gorgon is back with a new Kickstarter.  This time around Eric Heimberg, the lead developer, is looking for $100,000 so that he and the […]
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17:50
Actually, Project: Gorgon never went away.  About two years ago there was Kickstarter to help fund some of the development.  That was not a success, but the project soldiered on. Porject: Gorgon is back with a new Kickstarter.  This time around Eric Heimberg, the lead developer, is looking for $100,000 so that he and the […]
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09:41
I tend to see the world not in black & white, but in scales of grey. So I can't give you a clear yes or no answer on the question whether I consider myself as a game journalist. Obviously my...
Source: Tobold
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08:32
I talked this week about the dual role of the dungeon master (DM) in a game of Dungeons & Dragons or similar tabletop role-playing game: Prepare and improvise. In this post I'm going to talk...
Source: Tobold
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04:50
I feel the need to write another entry just to put the previous bit of whining behind me a little sooner.  The trouble with that last entry is, even if it is a fair guess that "Minecraft with...
Source: Geldon
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01:10
Guild Wars 2 is two. Two years. I don’t even need to really look at my /age, and honestly I don’t really care. ArenaNet has made a pretty good thing. Not the perfect thing, but Guild Wars 2 is starting to get pretty comfortable. We’re at the point in this relationship where things are a nice […]

[GW2] Some Game is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 28, 2014

20:08
I am not a perfect ally of the progressive/feminist forces inside the game community.  I started to list out examples at the start of this post, and then realized I
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20:00
Really more of a Tweet of the day I suppose, but here was CCP Fozzie on the first day of the Hyperion release: On day one, 207 Burner NPCs died, but they killed 1563 capsuleer ships. The machines are winning. #tweetfleet #eveonline #iskwar— CCP Fozzie (@CCP_Fozzie) August 27, 2014 It sounds like the “Burner Missions“introduced […]
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20:00
Really more of a Tweet of the day I suppose, but here was CCP Fozzie on the first day of the Hyperion release: On day one, 207 Burner NPCs died, but they killed 1563 capsuleer ships. The machines are winning. #tweetfleet #eveonline #iskwar— CCP Fozzie (@CCP_Fozzie) August 27, 2014 It sounds like the “Burner Missions“introduced […]
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18:00
After finishing Terokkar Forest last week I was feeling a bit optimistic about the next zone on my Loremater project checklist.  I was headed to Nagrand. I was optimistic for a few reasons.  The first was because Nagrand is a zone that I seem to carry some fondness for in the back of my brain.  […]
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18:00
After finishing Terokkar Forest last week I was feeling a bit optimistic about the next zone on my Loremater project checklist.  I was headed to Nagrand. I was optimistic for a few reasons.  The first was because Nagrand is a zone that I seem to carry some fondness for in the back of my brain.  […]
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15:43
I was bored today and decided to see when I first posted here. Turns out it was in May of 2004. Has this site really been going for over 10 years? Yikes. - Ethic 10 Years? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

10 Years? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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11:30
Bits of 5th have been online for a while, and it officially launched at Gen Con. I have my PHB (and nothing else yet) and was thinking of gradually walking through the book, a review in parts. Let’s start with some general notes. First, while I understand some of the business reasons for not dropping […]

[RR] D&D 5th Edition Player’s Handbook is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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09:07
I was reading this article on investigative adventures in D&D on Sly Flourish. Very interesting, especially to me right now, since in my campaign we will start an adventure like that next Monday....
Source: Tobold
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August 27, 2014

18:00
All good things must come to an end… and even the dentist will eventually decide he has gotten the last bit of plaque from your gum line with that iron hook and cease his infernal gouging and scraping… and so it was with our game of Civilization V, entering into its 14th week of play. […]
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18:00
All good things must come to an end… and even the dentist will eventually decide he has gotten the last bit of plaque from your gum line with that iron hook and cease his infernal gouging and scraping… and so it was with our game of Civilization V, entering into its 14th week of play. […]
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15:07
I totally get where this article on sexist video-gamers being terrorists is coming from. Nearly everything in that article is true. But I feel that there are two issues here, and mixing them up that...
Source: Tobold
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12:45
Telwyn is discussing his notion that most people in the MMO blogosphere have rose-tinted glasses and are "idolising the past". I'd like to point out that many of the "classic" MMORPGs like Ultima...
Source: Tobold
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12:05
Today’s post from Tobold is about Dungeonmasters in Dungeons and Dragons, but the essential argument is the same as the one for PvP MMOs like EVE Online and for multiplayer content over single-player content. CRPGs and single-player games are consistent and sometimes mediocre. Multi-player content can be really horrible, but it can also be really […]

PvP & D&D is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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09:22
I recently argued that pen & paper roleplaying had fallen out of favor because it is so much harder to organize a tabletop session than to organize some other game online. But the 5th edition...
Source: Tobold
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August 26, 2014

22:58
I am beginning to dread my days off as, between this week and the last, I've had pretty much no game I am interested in playing.  The problem is largely that I have mentally pigeonholed myself...
Source: Geldon
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18:00
The Hyperion is a great ship for people who don’t like to ask questions, like “Why didn’t I just buy a Megathron?” -Goon Wiki Today CCP drops the second mini-expansion on us.  We had Crius five weeks back, and today we have Hyperion. Of course, I was all “Heh, there is a battleship type called […]
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18:00
The Hyperion is a great ship for people who don’t like to ask questions, like “Why didn’t I just buy a Megathron?” -Goon Wiki Today CCP drops the second mini-expansion on us.  We had Crius five weeks back, and today we have Hyperion. Of course, I was all “Heh, there is a battleship type called […]
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16:40
Strictly speaking a computer doesn't have any speed at all, as you measure speed in meters per second, and a desktop computer tends to be rather stationary. But of course you can measure the speed of...
Source: Tobold
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12:31
As the evening wore on at Gen Con, friends brought out a “dumb fun” game. It was a silly superhero game with lots of spirit and a chance to play as Heavy Metal Elephant. It also took more than a half hour to set up the board and explain most of the rules. That is […]

[TT] Dumb Fun: Poop is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 25, 2014

18:00
When I finished up Pokemon Y a month back, I felt like I was about done with the game.  I can be very focused and very goal oriented when it comes to short-to-medium sized tasks. This is how, as an example, I have been able to tackle some of the Loremaster achievement tasks as readily […]
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18:00
When I finished up Pokemon Y a month back, I felt like I was about done with the game.  I can be very focused and very goal oriented when it comes to short-to-medium sized tasks. This is how, as an example, I have been able to tackle some of the Loremaster achievement tasks as readily […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:35
I spent most of this weekend playing Divinity: Original Sin, and I'm still only half way through. This is a really epic game, and that suits me just fine. In fact I find myself continually making...
Source: Tobold
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02:33
One thing I may not have expressed well about Gen Con is the size of the event. There were 56,614 people there. That is people, not triple-counting people who attend several days, and it probably does not include the people who showed up but were not officially attending the conference. Origins felt like a large […]

Scale is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 24, 2014

16:51
I often mention, and link to, Feldon and his site EQ2 Wire when writing about EverQuest II. For me, that is the “go to” site for information and analysis of what is going on with the game.  And that is all the site focuses on, so there is nothing else there to get in the […]
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16:51
I often mention, and link to, Feldon and his site EQ2 Wire when writing about EverQuest II. For me, that is the “go to” site for information and analysis of what is going on with the game.  And that is all the site focuses on, so there is nothing else there to get in the […]
Categories: Bloggers

August 23, 2014

16:48
Congratulations, you’ve been selected to participate in the beta test of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™! So said the email that arrived earlier this week. Yes, nearly two months after the beta started (but more than two months before it goes live), the net appears to have been cast wide for testers.  At the […]
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16:48
Congratulations, you’ve been selected to participate in the beta test of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™! So said the email that arrived earlier this week. Yes, nearly two months after the beta started (but more than two months before it goes live), the net appears to have been cast wide for testers.  At the […]
Categories: Bloggers

August 22, 2014

20:04
One of the big consumers of my writer’s juice has been a project I’ve been working on the for the past few months that is finally moving towards the light. I’ve been creating a line of tabletop RPG supplements mainly aimed at solo players or GM’s that need a bit more guidance. The first release […]

[RR] Shameless Conjecture is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
In which I again prove I am old and grumpy. Blaugust is past the three week point.  You can see all the posts piling up over in our little corner of Anook, with more than 500 submitted at this point.  People are putting in the effort. For somebody like me with a routine,a  pattern, a […]
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18:00
In which I again prove I am old and grumpy. Blaugust is past the three week point.  You can see all the posts piling up over in our little corner of Anook, with more than 500 submitted at this point.  People are putting in the effort. For somebody like me with a routine,a  pattern, a […]
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08:24
In the "real gamer" discussion the proponents of the term linked it to challenge. Quote: "A real gamer then would be someone who sees games in general or even only a specific game not as something to...
Source: Tobold
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August 21, 2014

18:00
The chase for the Loremaster title continues in Outland.  Having decided to go through the unfinished zones the hard way, at level with a character new to each zone, it was time to get started.  My rogue, Trianis, ran through some of Hellfire Peninsula in order to gear up a bit and get to level […]
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18:00
The chase for the Loremaster title continues in Outland.  Having decided to go through the unfinished zones the hard way, at level with a character new to each zone, it was time to get started.  My rogue, Trianis, ran through some of Hellfire Peninsula in order to gear up a bit and get to level […]
Categories: Bloggers
07:37
In many ways a tabletop role-playing game is very social. You sit around a table with friends and interact a lot with each other during hours. In other ways however the hobby is somewhat insular:...
Source: Tobold
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August 20, 2014

23:36
Though my part time schedule leaves me with a lovely four days off, back to back, I am halfway through my bizarro weekend and feeling the pinch of nothing I am particularly excited about doing this...
Source: Geldon
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