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November 8, 2014

20:51
Some of you guys have been bugging me for an update on Gamergate.  This is kind of depressing – none of y’all actually want to jump in the muck, but
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November 7, 2014

22:57
Blizzard has announced Overwatch, a sci fi FPS. I’m not sure how you do Overwatch:TF2 :: WoW:EQ, given that TF2 is already a cartoony FPS minus the parts you hate, but let’s not dwell on that. Our friend Keen says it will almost assuredly be something he’ll enjoy, but he’s a bit grumpy about it. […]

Differing Perspectives is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
The Phoebe expansion just went live on Tuesday and CCP is still closing loopholes in the system… I think they fixed the bit where you could erase jump fatigue via clone jumping, and the doomsday timer on titans being reset via gate jumps is probably gone now too… but they still found the time to […]
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08:47
A new continent opened up in Archeage with lots of housing space. And presumably by hacking all the housing space was sold out within seconds. While there is a certain historical accuracy to having a...
Source: Tobold
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06:01
A Nyx supercarrier cried out and died.  
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03:01
I haven’t inventoried the KTR blogroll in a while to check for defunct/moved blogs. I know many are in a tentative, “I don’t really have much to talk about” state, but many of us have been hovering in that state in a weak year for MMOs (advantage: group blog). If you know any to be […]

Blogroll of the Fallen is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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November 6, 2014

19:00
It was just Potshot and I again on Saturday night.  We were both on early and, as the appointed hour approached, it became clear that it would just be the two of us. As it happened, we were both tooling about in Northrend doing the ground work for a couple of guild achievements. He was […]
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08:38
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune arrived in the Underdark and after a fight with some troglodytes were accepted into a clan of svirfneblin, having previously been transformed by...
Source: Tobold
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03:00
I am pretty much over the cold I was suffering last week, but it is surely a sign it was the real thing when I am still experiencing some croupiness even now.  This week, the notable things to...
Source: Geldon
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November 5, 2014

19:00
BlizzCon is just a couple days away at this point and my mind is starting to wander onto what might be on display for the big event. Blizzard is at a pretty high point right now.  The Activision-Blizzard report for the 3rd quarter of 2014 is just out and there were record profits, the boost […]
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19:00
BlizzCon is just a couple days away at this point and my mind is starting to wander onto what might be on display for the big event. Blizzard is at a pretty high point right now.  The Activision-Blizzard report for the 3rd quarter of 2014 is just out and there were record profits, the boost […]
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05:00
Today was my last day at BioWare: Austin.  It was a distinct pleasure to work at one of the finest game studios in the world for 8 years of my
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November 4, 2014

19:00
It has been more than a month since CCP Greyscale first announced, via a Dev Blog, the changes to long distance travel coming with Phoebe.  Now the expansion is here, and I hear it took longer to deploy than past expansions because it had to take gates. As I predicted back then, despite the uproar […]
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19:00
It has been more than a month since CCP Greyscale first announced, via a Dev Blog, the changes to long distance travel coming with Phoebe.  Now the expansion is here, and I hear it took longer to deploy than past expansions because it had to take gates. As I predicted back then, despite the uproar […]
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November 3, 2014

19:00
The first deployment behind enemy lines went well enough.  We dropped into their territory, blew up infrastructure, shot the locals, and dragged back a bundle of loot in haulers we had stolen along the way.  It was a training exercise in order to learn how to run such an operation as much as anything else.  […]
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19:00
The first deployment behind enemy lines went well enough.  We dropped into their territory, blew up infrastructure, shot the locals, and dragged back a bundle of loot in haulers we had stolen along the way.  It was a training exercise in order to learn how to run such an operation as much as anything else.  […]
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09:50
I have a mail in my inbox from Stubborn for a month to which I have trouble finding an adequate reply. I was discussing my next D&D campaign with him, and he replied among other things that...
Source: Tobold
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November 2, 2014

19:48
When you support an online application, you are supporting the entire computer. This past week, I have troubleshot network connections through VPNs, pop-up blockers in Internet Explorer, and file problems caused by the latest update for MS Office for Macs. Anything that keeps the user from using your system is a problem for you to […]

Customer Service is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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November 1, 2014

15:33
I’m typing this while listening to David Sirlin’s new podcast. Around 20:12 he discusses “contested” skills, which I think is a good term and one I may start using. This reaches back to a comments discussion from 2012, where we had a brief exchange about the fundamental nature of PvP. I think “contested” is the […]

“Contested” is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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05:10
Pardon the late entry, as this bizarro weekend I have primarily been enjoying having a cold.  It has been so long since I have been meaningfully sick that I had started to associate lesser bugs...
Source: Geldon
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October 31, 2014

19:00
The Site Not much to complain about this month.  I changed the site theme a few times one weekend, but still cannot find one that is better than the current theme on all fronts. I converted a couple of much-used tags into categories on the blog, so if you want to pull up, as an […]
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19:00
The Site Not much to complain about this month.  I changed the site theme a few times one weekend, but still cannot find one that is better than the current theme on all fronts. I converted a couple of much-used tags into categories on the blog, so if you want to pull up, as an […]
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16:39
When #GamerGate kicked in, I strongly advocated for the people who actually cared about ethics in games journalism to use the energy to create a consumer organization (Initial proposal here,
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13:42
Azuriel is talking about Civilization: Beyond Earth and complains that after an interesting start the end game becomes a formality, where you already know you won, but still need to play for hours to...
Source: Tobold
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09:31
If somebody offers you a designer watch or handbag for a very low price, sold out of the boot of his car, you would be suspicious. Either the item is fake, or it is stolen. So obviously I was...
Source: Tobold
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08:02
Yesterday I tossed something important in as a one-liner. Let’s unpack the concept a bit and apply it to gaming. “Growth mindset” is the idea that your abilities are not fixed. Failure is not final, just an early step in learning. It is the difference between “I can’t do that” and “I can’t do that […]

Growth Mindset is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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05:32
Lots of big shiny things to shoot way down  in the southeast corner of New Eden.  Cue Jaws sound track… Of course, they aren’t all there anymore. I do not think I have ever been this far south on the map.  New space to see.
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05:32
Lots of big shiny things to shoot way down  in the southeast corner of New Eden.  Cue Jaws sound track… Of course, they aren’t all there anymore. I do not think I have ever been this far south on the map.  New space to see.
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October 30, 2014

23:50
“Instead of saying I’m going to be best Pro Gamer I’d like to say that, especially in the eyes of the fans, I’ll work hard to be a pro gamer that always gives his all. A gamer that really enjoys and embodies the spirit of competition” Lee ‘Jaedong’ Jae Dong, StarCraft II Player “The difference between me and any other fighter is they’re talented, I’m God-gifted.” Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Boxer StarCraft, Race and Culture Race has two distinct meanings in StarCraft. There are three in-game races that can be played: Zerg, Protoss and Terran; and there are two player races...
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19:00
Warlords of Draenor will be dropping in about two weeks, so it was clearly time for the long standing instance group to shake off the warm glow of summer and get back to work in Pandaria.  Last week it was just Skronk and I online on Saturday night.  We doubled that number this time around […]
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19:00
Warlords of Draenor will be dropping in about two weeks, so it was clearly time for the long standing instance group to shake off the warm glow of summer and get back to work in Pandaria.  Last week it was just Skronk and I online on Saturday night.  We doubled that number this time around […]
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14:39
I like these open world games, like Assassin’s Creed (AC), where I am constantly being pulled away from the main story. They feel most MMO like to me, and I like that. I’ve noticed that in the last two AC games I’ve played (AC3 and AC4), I’ve burnt out mid-way. It seems that the glow […]

Shadow of Mordor Impressions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:18
I bought and played pretty much every version of Civilization there is, from the very first to Civ 5, including spin-offs like Colonization or Alpha Centauri, and even Civilization Revolution. So of...
Source: Tobold
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08:02
A friend recently speculated that he was having trouble getting people to play Hyperborea because the best player tends to win. Hyperborea has some variability between games but a very small amount of uncontrolled randomness. It is not as pure a strategy game as chess or go, but it is far to that side of […]

Best Player Wins? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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04:46
Back in 2010, as the San Francisco Giants finished their first game in their first appearance in a World Series this decade, I wrote about what a long road it had been as a fan of the team for at least four decades.  There had been lots of good times, I saw many great players, […]
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04:46
Back in 2010, as the San Francisco Giants finished their first game in their first appearance in a World Series this decade, I wrote about what a long road it had been as a fan of the team for at least four decades.  There had been lots of good times, I saw many great players, […]
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00:05
How is gameplay in the Edge of the Mists these days? My experience was a distillation of the WvW experience to almost pure karma-training. There are three zergs of random sizes, each capturing objectives in a spiral, with the occasional overlap or intersection that leads to a one-off fight. There is little to no incentive […]

[GW2] Living on the Edge is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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October 29, 2014

23:11
I like Oliver Campbell.  As far as #GamerGaters go, he’s a moderate, reasonable guy, and he comes at the topic of ethics in games journalism with relative experience and logic
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18:00
I was late to the Roman slaughter on Friday night as the Reaver extraction operation from Insmother took longer than expected… which is pretty much how every op in EVE Online works.  What will happen if we deploy somewhere even further away? Anyway, I showed up to find matches in progress, with Mattman and Loghound […]
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18:00
I was late to the Roman slaughter on Friday night as the Reaver extraction operation from Insmother took longer than expected… which is pretty much how every op in EVE Online works.  What will happen if we deploy somewhere even further away? Anyway, I showed up to find matches in progress, with Mattman and Loghound […]
Categories: Bloggers

October 28, 2014

19:00
Back in June, with the summer hiatus of the instance group looming, I embarked on a project.  I was going to finish up quests in Azeroth in pursuit of the Loremaster achievement.  And I was going to attempt to do it with characters that were at the appropriate level for the zones being run. The […]
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19:00
Back in June, with the summer hiatus of the instance group looming, I embarked on a project.  I was going to finish up quests in Azeroth in pursuit of the Loremaster achievement.  And I was going to attempt to do it with characters that were at the appropriate level for the zones being run. The […]
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07:02
Having played only a few games, Tiny Epic Kingdoms strikes me as Hyperborea writ small: tiny box, fewer pieces, fewer mechanics, shorter playing time, but still a game of building and territorial control with a strong strategic element. I could never play Hyperborea with my non-gamer wife, but she would be happy to play TEK […]

[TT] Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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October 27, 2014

22:48
Back when City of Heroes was live, my supergroup made an alternate guild on another server. Everyone used the huge model, as small as possible, dressed to look pudgy, with animal ears, and in a bright color. Everyone took super jump. Everyone had a name with some variation on “gummy bear.” Oh, the joys of […]

[CoX] Bouncing Here and There and Everywhere is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
Somebody once opined that moon mining was a “risk-free” source of income.  The tower just sits there and harvests the moon goo and all you have to do is drive by in your hauler once in a while to pick it up.  Practically free money. I was reminded of that post as we roamed around […]
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18:00
Somebody once opined that moon mining was a “risk-free” source of income.  The tower just sits there and harvests the moon goo and all you have to do is drive by in your hauler once in a while to pick it up.  Practically free money. I was reminded of that post as we roamed around […]
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05:53
So, wow, where did the time go? I certainly didn't mean to ignore this site for so long, but it just kinda happened. Hopefully someone still checks the site on occasion, or has me in their RSS reader. :) Let's play a little game of "catchup with Brian" shall we?

Post copyright Brian 'Psychochild' Green. Visit the post to participate in the comments: I’m not dead, just really busy

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03:27
I was enthusiastic about Kickstarter projects a while ago, but I have recently been seeing fewer that excite me. What has been exciting recently is the arrival of things I backed a while ago. My Tinker Dice arrived last week (the d6s look especially good, but I now covet the copper ones, having seen how […]

Kickfinish is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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October 26, 2014

22:22
Apparently an AFK CFC titan was ejected from a POS and ended up 200+ km out of the shields.  There is speculation that this was because somebody changed the password, but details are uncertain at this point. Black Legion dropped on the titan and then we dropped on Black Legion.  They won the ISK war […]
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22:22
Apparently an AFK CFC titan was ejected from a POS and ended up 200+ km out of the shields.  There is speculation that this was because somebody changed the password, but details are uncertain at this point. Black Legion dropped on the titan and then we dropped on Black Legion.  They won the ISK war […]
Categories: Bloggers