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August 20, 2014

09:26
Advance warning: If you consider yourself a "real gamer", you might not want to read this post. Apparently there has been a heated discussion on Twitter and the games blogosphere about what defines...
Source: Tobold
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August 19, 2014

18:00
SOE Live went off this past weekend in Las Vegas and, in my typical hope in the face of reality sort of way, I tuned in to watch several of the live streams with the idea that SOE might have some magic potion that would tempt me back to one of their games… or would […]
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08:33
Before the summer break, in the previous session we stopped with a cliffhanger: The middle of a fight with a red dragon. The fight had the group somewhat worried, because the dragon had breathed on...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
I saw Monster Factory at Gen Con and was immediately reminded of Starbase Jeff from Cheapass Games. Both are tile placement games with two types of “fittings” where you try to complete stations/monsters to bank points. There are some differences in the details, but the mechanics are 90% the same. Carcassonne is broadly similar. How […]

[TT] Tile Placement is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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04:34
A first order preference is what you want or like. You want pie. A second order preference is your preference about your preferences. You also want to lose weight, so you do not want to want pie. You can keep going to higher orders, where you might run into ambivalence as you miss being interested […]

Second Order Preferences is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 18, 2014

18:00
It looked like it might be a good week for fights.  The word came down that the rest of the N3 coalition was going to deploy to Delve to join Northern Coalition and help boost their numbers.  NC and Black Legion had also gone out of their way to reinforce a number of CFC towers […]
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08:26
Whether it is tabletop RPGs or computer games, pregenerated characters have a bad reputation. A typical gamer, given the choice of using a pregenerated character or going through a complicated system...
Source: Tobold
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August 17, 2014

18:00
Last Thursday we had the big reveal.  Blizzard had an event where they talked about various aspects of the Warlords of Draenor expansion and gave us the big news that we had all been waiting for, the launch date. And they also showed us the big cinematic trailer.  This focuses on the change in lore.  […]
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14:41
Because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. … Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself-love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, ‘You like stuff’, which is just not a good insult at all, like ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of […]

Taking Joy is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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09:10
A MMORPG, compared to other games, requires a much bigger investment of time and money. Those two are related, because if you play a game for 100+ hours a month, the $15 price tag isn't going to stop...
Source: Tobold
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August 16, 2014

19:00
…because of wow, and all the dumb money and all the publisher pressure, there’ll be lots of games that shouldn’t have been MMOs but would have been great boxed products. Lots of publishers are pushing for that subscription pie, but they’ll fail. -Rob Pardo,  MMOs Past, Present, and Future Panel at GDC 2007 Back in […]
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18:30
The Tropico 4 Collector’s Bundle for 39 cents… um… I’m in. You could literally sell a couple of trading cards to pick up this bundle. I heard Alikchi spotted this and the word has spread. Addendum: As noted in the comments, somebody at Steam noticed their mistake and the price has been changed.  It was climbing […]
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August 15, 2014

17:00
After finishing up the 1-60 achievements for my Loremaster project, culminating with the Bloodmyst Isle run, I hit a bit of wall in my effort.  I can be a very goal oriented person, but once the goal has been achieved I sometimes drop right off.  So while I had a lot of fun going through […]
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07:03
A standard version of Wildstar costs $60, the Deluxe version $75. As Wildstar released on June 3rd, by end of June every player of Wildstar had paid something between $60 and $75, because the first...
Source: Tobold
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August 14, 2014

18:26
The age of the whimsical panda is over… Chris Metzen, Blizzard Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development The moment announcing the moment many of us have been waiting for.  Warlords of Draenor will drop on November 13, 2014, just after BlizzCon, which runs November 7-8 this year. The Blizzard team showed some previews of the […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
Here it is Wednesday night and I am wondering what I am going to post about tomorrow.  I have several choices, as tomorrow appears to be a busy day in the MMO world. Blizzard At 9:30am Pacific Time (16:30 UTC) Blizzard is going to do their big announcement for the date for the Warlords of […]
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15:07
This week I've been doing something weird: I played the same game in parallel on two platforms. The game is Godus, and while the Steam Early Access version has been available for months, the iOS...
Source: Tobold
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08:05
Dear Wizards of the Coast! Thank you very much for releasing the Dungeon Master's Basic Rules for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, after having already given us a Basic Rules version of the...
Source: Tobold
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07:21
I was looking at Old Man Murray the other day and noticed that they shared a common beef with me in that they absolutely hated what the PC gaming platform had become: a clone-ridden mess. ...
Source: Geldon
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August 13, 2014

18:27
Time flies! I used to buy a new computer every 2 years, and now I realized my last purchase is already 3 years in the past. Is it just me or are PCs not aging as fast as they used to? Anyway, here...
Source: Tobold
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18:00
We returned for our twelfth round of this game of Civilization V, which started back in early May.  Joining me this week was Potshot and Loghound, it being Mattman’s turn for a week away. I had a very simple goal for this round.  I wanted to knock out two, or maybe three if we were […]
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08:49
J3w3l is discussing being invested in games, and how it relates to difficulty. Quote: "the amount of difficulty that is acceptable to me really relates to my level of investment. The more I’m...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
05:52
I’ll soon be heading up to Vegas for yet another SOE Live. I’m pretty excited, as we’ve got some great panels on fiction and the content of EQNext. I’m also terrified, because I’ll be on stage in front of several thousand people to talk during a small portion of the keynote speech. I love doing [...]
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August 12, 2014

20:00
Currently I am not very invested in any SOE games.  I pay some attention to changes in EverQuest, with occasional glaces towards EverQuest II, based mostly on nostalgia for the “good old days,” but otherwise there isn’t much in their current lineup that thrills me.  Landmark has some potential once it gets closer to being […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
Last week Rixx Javix put up a post over at his blog about hats. Specifically his post was about EVE Online avatars that he has adorned with hats over the years, including his own and others. You should go look at that post.  He has done a lot of hats.  EVE Online avatars with hats […]
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09:27
Azuriel hates Bioware for the pricing of their Mass Effect DLC. He calculates that there are $64 of DLC for a game that costs $14.99, and asks Bioware "to get their shit together". I'm afraid they...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
07:02
I went to my first Origins Game Fair earlier this year, and I’m going to my first Gen Con later this week. It’s a big year for diving into conventions for me. Rat-slaying readers, this is your comments thread for finding each other at the event, recommending (for or against) things, and generally talking Gen […]

[TT] Gen Con Open Thread is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:52
I don’t think we mentioned that our dear friend Tesh has a Kickstarter winding down: Tinker Gearcoins. These are a bit like the Tinker Gearchips he did at the start of the year, but with more art, different sizes, and a design that lets you use them as cogs if you want to get extra […]

Tinker Gearcoins is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

August 11, 2014

19:00
Over at ALT:ernative chat there is a survey request centered around the impending World of Warcraft ten year anniversary.  Since bloggers do it for an audience, I will answer the questions in the form of a blog post (as bloggers were encouraged to do.)  You are encouraged to respond as well.  Please go to the […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
The “Good Fites” war in Delve continues on, giving us something to do during our summer vacations, such that they are.  As usual, I tend to just sit and do other things until Jabber pops up and tells me it is time for a space fight. Saturday morning seemed to be a rich time for […]
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09:40
I received a free Steam key for Divinity: Original Sin from one of the Kickstarter backers, who asked me to review the game. After playing the game for a good number of hours, here are my...
Source: Tobold
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06:04
Egads, I'm weak; I actually bought the required founders pack that allows me to play ArcheAge 24/7.  That pack had a $150 price tag attached ($162 after taxes) which is a truly ridiculous amount...
Source: Geldon
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August 10, 2014

18:41
I originally installed Raptr to track my game play time.  I wanted to see what games I was really playing over the course of time. And for that it has worked out well enough.  I had previously used XFire, which did give me better low level data, but which always had some problem or another.  […]
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09:27
The so-called core gamers on the internet have always been a notoriously whiny bunch of entitlement kids. But their latest complaint surprised even me. They whine that the PC game Godus, which is a...
Source: Tobold
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August 9, 2014

22:13
A look back at my time on Vanguard, and my feelings now that the game has gone dark.
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18:16
Back when we got the Wii and a paid of Nintendo DS Lites and my daughter an I were playing Pokemon or Mario Party 8 or LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy every Saturday morning, we went pretty whole hog into the Nintendo experience.  We got Nintendo Power Magazine, we kept up with their news […]
Categories: Bloggers
11:12
He does indeed sift and sort, but he does not know that he is “sifting and sorting.” He is much like a dog who is offered a dish containing a mixture of good foods and bad foods. He spits out the bad foods and eats up the good foods. The doggie does not complain nor […]

Smullyan on Enjoying is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 8, 2014

18:00
Whenever I end up looking at the SOE MMO lineup, I am always surprised to see a new MMO on the list. Down on the bottom row, second from the right, is Dragon’s Prophet.  And every time I see it, I think, “Hey, that’s new!”  As recently as my post post about the demise of […]
Categories: Bloggers
15:24
Oh the joys of living in the European Community! The EU has 28 member states. In five of them Amazon.com has a national subsidiary: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK. Now for getting a book...
Source: Tobold
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08:14
There has been quite a lot of discussion on the quick hype-to-decline cycle of MMORPGs recently, here and elsewhere, after that cycle was again demonstrated for both The Elder Scrolls Online and...
Source: Tobold
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August 7, 2014

18:00
I know I have rolled up a Draenei character or two at some point.  There was a time that, if you wanted a shaman on the alliance side of things, you had to make a Draenei.  I am sure I gave this a whirl at some point.  But when I looked through my list of […]
Categories: Bloggers
09:20
I fully agree with Jeromai that you don't need a million players in a MMORPG for it to feel populated. Having said that, I think we need to look at the problem a bit closer to explain why people are...
Source: Tobold
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07:56
Imagine somebody hacks your bank account, emptying it. When you go to the police they tell you that sorry, they are only interested in physical theft, they don't occupy themselves with theft of bits...
Source: Tobold
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August 6, 2014

20:59
I was previously confused when comparing WildStar and FireFall.  The crux of my confusion was not that there was two successful methods of accomplishing the same aim, as obviously life is full...
Source: Geldon
Categories: Bloggers
17:00
We managed to assemble a group for the second week running, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds since we have already shown we will play if only two of us show up, letting the AI wreck havoc with the empires of those who fail to attend.  This time it started off with Mattman and […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:17
It is always tempting to make a "survey of one" and extrapolate one's own opinion to everybody. So in spite of reading lots of "I quit Wildstar" blog posts and having quit myself, I was at first...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
12:35
There’s a lot of writing about game design in both theory and practice, but what most of it boils down to is that the opportunity to make meaningful decisions on a regular basis is fun. - Alexander Williams That puts a lot in a nutshell. Why is too much randomness a problem? Your decisions have […]

Comment Spotlight: Meaningful Decisions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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10:38
A surprisingly large variety of very different games of the general role-playing genre use the same basic approach to combat: The combatants exchange blows, each blow has a certain chance to hit, and...
Source: Tobold
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August 5, 2014

23:00
Activision-Blizzard got out in front of the press today to talk about quarterly results. In an unsurprising turn of events, World of Warcraft subscriptions dropped from 7.6 million in Q1 to 6.8 million in Q2 of 2014 as the long wait for Warlords of Draenor continued.  The last patch, Siege of Orgrimmar, is going to […]
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17:00
We have another entry in the PLEX-like game item arena, this time for Darkfall.  Aventurine has been busy revamping Darkfall: Unholy Wars… or Darkfall 2.0 or just Darkfall, since the original isn’t around anymore… with class overhaul, a cash shop, a presence on Steam, and a rework of the UI. And with the latest update, […]
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