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April 23, 2014

08:09
My pen & paper role-playing campaign uses Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition rules. 4E rules are excellent for creating epic combat encounters. As I wrote in our campaign journal yesterday, this...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Upon reflection, I cannot help but come to the conclusion that much of my gaming time has been time spent poorly. The question driving this is, “Am I really enjoying this or just looking for something to do?” I find that much of my gaming time has been driven by habit, increasing numbers on a […]

Intentional Gaming is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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01:31
Perhaps the last entry I did like this generated a bit of a positive vibe in the general flow of the Internet, because this has actually been a pretty interesting week-and-a-half for Steam.   I...
Source: Geldon
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April 22, 2014

17:53
I was browsing the web and came across the PC Gamer review of The Elder Scrolls Online. And what struck me about the review was the following paragraphs: One of The Elder Scrolls Online's biggest...
Source: Tobold
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17:00
It has been a while since I have written an iPad app post. That is probably because, in the end, I tend to use the iPad to read news and Twitter and to text my wife from the office.  The iPad screen has nice big buttons that I can mostly hit correctly with my big […]
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10:40
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune vanquished the undead mage Vandomar, and recovered his journal for Berrian Velfarren. Now Berrian was able to give them some important information from...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Let’s take a break from the Dominion-centric Tabletop Tuesday. People who are interested are probably already reading Dominion-specific sites. Dominion is on one extreme of a continuum in that every player starts with exactly the same resources and options. Some games like Risk or StarCraft give everyone the same option pool to start but then […]

[TT] Asymmetric PvP is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 21, 2014

23:00
As I mentioned, it is coming. The official announcement for Burn Jita 3 has been posted over at The Mittani… because The Mittani. But the essential information is that it will start after downtime on April 25, 2014 and is slated to run through April 28… unless it gets extended… which is what happened last […]
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18:00
In partial fulfillment of Blog Banter #55, which fame in EVE Online. The specific topic statement is: Write about somebody who is “space famous” and why you hate/admire them, somebody who isn’t space famous but you think should be or will be, or discuss space fame in general, what it means, how people end up […]
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06:05
This Easter weekend was a Wildstar beta weekend, which Wildstar does instead of an open beta. Now the first thing to say about this specific weekend is that technically it was a step back: Carbine...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Popularity is not a guarantee that something is either good or lowest common denominator crap, but it sure is profitable. Pop music is heartbreaking cuz I’ll write a lovely visual poetic piece and then have to tear it apart and dumb it down. Writing for the masses is a bitch sometimes. – Bonnie McKee Bonnie […]

Accessibility and Excellence is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 20, 2014

06:02
I was watching Once Upon a Time recently, and it was just not selling a death scene. It should have been a significant death, but I never much liked the character, writers frequently kill characters who have completed their plot arcs, and there was another character on-screen who was recently resurrected. How does the show […]

Manipulation Through Conspicuous Non-Manipulation is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 19, 2014

06:02
Most games have learned that players respond better to incentives than penalties, even when they are mathematically equivalent. Instead of having a hunger debuff, food provides a buff, and all the content is balanced with the assumption that you are using food buffs. One World of Warcraft design included a bonus to XP when you […]

Casual Incentives is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 18, 2014

21:00
Part of being able to blog regularly is having a routine.  There is a time I sit down and write and another when I review screen shots and so on. For the Saturday night instance group, I usually sit down Sunday, start the post, sketch out what I will write, noting down some key events […]
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16:00
There was another chance to shoot things with lasers last night.  Reagalan was leading a fleet into Pure Blind to finish off one of the towers that had previously put into reinforce.  The destination was KDV-DE. We were a little slow getting off.  There was a call to meet up at the staging POS, where […]
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06:24
Rounding off what has been a solid month of Minecraft experimentation, that's pretty much what I did with my reverse-weekend, but I did get a bit of Don't Starve in as well.  Here's a few things...
Source: Geldon
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06:02
Refering to something as a cargo cult means that it is repeating the external appearances but ignoring what makes it work. It is a form of magical thinking, that the ritual is what is important. The mental image you should get is someone on a Pacific island after WWII, trying to summon an airplane full […]

Cargo Cults and Clones is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 17, 2014

22:32
City of Heroes needed to implement “enhancement diversification,” a massive nerf in which marginal diversity was achieved by taking away the strongest options, for the long term health of the game. It was a good balance decision, but when the transition happened, it really hurt to log in and see your damage halved. Guild Wars […]

Short Term, Long Term, Transitions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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17:00
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]
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17:00
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]
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16:58
I have a long weekend before me, 4-day Easter weekend. Which happens to coincide with a Wildstar beta weekend. Now I don't want to play the beta too much and then get bored on release. But I do want...
Source: Tobold
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April 16, 2014

19:00
The tempo of operations has picked up a bit in Deklein.  The rumor on coms is that The Mittani has returned from some press junket and is getting all the veterans of foreign wars, now loafing about the region, warmed up and engaged so that we are ready to go when all eyes turn towards […]
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19:00
The tempo of operations has picked up a bit in Deklein.  The rumor on coms is that The Mittani has returned from some press junket and is getting all the veterans of foreign wars, now loafing about the region, warmed up and engaged so that we are ready to go when all eyes turn towards […]
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16:00
Friday night we got ourselves together in the designated Google hangout in order to return to our game of Civilization V. Mattman, Potshot, and I were ready to go, but Loghound had some guests to evict or some such, so we got the game warmed up and ready while he set about pointing people towards […]
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16:00
Friday night we got ourselves together in the designated Google hangout in order to return to our game of Civilization V. Mattman, Potshot, and I were ready to go, but Loghound had some guests to evict or some such, so we got the game warmed up and ready while he set about pointing people towards […]
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15:06
The household sounds were filled with sounds of enlightenment and confusion as Mrs. Ravious and I dug in to the Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack. Jeromai has the right of it. This feature pack shook things up. Hopefully all for the better, but time will have to tell on a lot of it. As Zubon […]

[GW2] That Feature Pack is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:15
Read the patch notes and completely re-do every character you have before you do anything. Everything changed, and the mail alerting you that something has been reset can be spotty. I had to play several PvP matches and repeatedly enter the Heart of the Mists before I got any notice that my PvP stats were […]

[GW2] Login Warning is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 15, 2014

21:32
All this desperate flailing with Minecraft mod mixes basically adds up to the fundamental fact that, despite how over-saturated the gaming market may seem to be, the game I want to play is not truly...
Source: Geldon
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20:00
Our alliance chief sent out a pastebin over coms the other day featuring a “nice towers, shame if something happened to them” extortion approach.  (Name replaced with SG for “some guy,” which is his approximate level of notoriety.) SG > 250 mil a week and i leave tnt towers alone. SG > Will save you […]
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20:00
Our alliance chief sent out a pastebin over coms the other day featuring a “nice towers, shame if something happened to them” extortion approach.  (Name replaced with SG for “some guy,” which is his approximate level of notoriety.) SG > 250 mil a week and i leave tnt towers alone. SG > Will save you […]
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16:00
With the announcement that Lord of the Rings Online will be introducing Beornings, the shape shifters/skin changers from The Hobbit, to the game, it can only be a matter of time before Alamo, teacher of all thing durid in World of Warcraft brings his lessons to Middle-earth. The draft so far starts off with: ************************************************* […]
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16:00
With the announcement that Lord of the Rings Online will be introducing Beornings, the shape shifters/skin changers from The Hobbit, to the game, it can only be a matter of time before Alamo, teacher of all thing durid in World of Warcraft brings his lessons to Middle-earth. The draft so far starts off with: ************************************************* […]
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06:02
As mentioned, the Intrigue expansion was Dominion’s first chance to vary the environment and give more potential to the less valuable cards. Remember, the benchmark is Big Money and streamlining decks, so the design space to be explored is how to make the cards that are not the best still worth seeking. Silver, Gold, and […]

[TT] Adding Value is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 14, 2014

18:55
So 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons will be out this year, and a bit like a World of Warcraft pre-expansion patch there is a huge D&D marketing campaign in the build-up to the release, called...
Source: Tobold
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17:00
CCP Games today announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online (MMO) game project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio. As a result of the change, 56 employees of the Atlanta studio have lost their jobs.  Some team members have been offered roles on other projects inside the company, and […]
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17:00
CCP Games today announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online (MMO) game project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio. As a result of the change, 56 employees of the Atlanta studio have lost their jobs.  Some team members have been offered roles on other projects inside the company, and […]
Categories: Bloggers
15:00
A few weeks back I took a look at the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and the state of affairs since it failed to meet its goal on Kickstarter. I was particularly interested in how crowd funding would work in and environment where there was no critical mass to achieve.  My guess was that people […]
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15:00
A few weeks back I took a look at the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and the state of affairs since it failed to meet its goal on Kickstarter. I was particularly interested in how crowd funding would work in and environment where there was no critical mass to achieve.  My guess was that people […]
Categories: Bloggers
06:02
The more I play WvW in GW2, the more I must believe that the developers’ goals are different than mine and from what I thought they stated. As implemented, WvW is a PvE system with periodic steamrolls and occasional good fights. Either good fights are contrary to the design or WvW is performing very far […]

[GW2] The Impossibility of WvW is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 13, 2014

14:52
Hunting for traits in the wild sounds disturbingly like New Content, while being able to buy our way out of playing through parts of the game that we don’t care for seems like a sound compromise. — Bhagpuss I find this an enormously wise decision, both for players and the developer. On the player side, […]

Multiple Unlock Options is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 12, 2014

21:49
Friends started playing Ingress and invited us to join them on the losing team (Enlightened). I leaped at the chance, of course. Ingress is a Google-made augmented reality game, which is to say you use your mobile device to interact with your environment. The gameplay looks minimal. It is Foursquare or geocaching with a sci […]

Ingress is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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08:16
Blackguards is on sale on Steam for $19.99. I've been playing for several hours yesterday, and found the game quite interesting. Definitively not for everybody, because the turn-based hex tactical...
Source: Tobold
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07:17
This has never been a particularly popular blog, because frankly I'm such a craven introvert that I don't care about popularity at all.   You know what's popular?   Reality TV and...
Source: Geldon
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April 11, 2014

21:00
My seven days of Landmark wind up today, so I thought I would use a little bit of the remaining time to take one more look. My main goal was just to stake a claim, just because I could.  I was prompted by Liore’s guide to doing just that, because I realized I had all […]
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21:00
My seven days of Landmark wind up today, so I thought I would use a little bit of the remaining time to take one more look. My main goal was just to stake a claim, just because I could.  I was prompted by Liore’s guide to doing just that, because I realized I had all […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:18
In a first-person view game, you don't see your character at all, or at best his arms. In a third-person view game your character is on the screen all the time, but you only see him from the back,...
Source: Tobold
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00:40
Of my odd weekly schedule, Thursdays are rapidly becoming my least favorite.  Thursdays are a 24-hour period in which I reflect on how badly I wasted the previous 72-hours off while looking...
Source: Geldon
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April 10, 2014

20:00
SOE has announced their previously hinted at zombie apocalypse (I get a twofer on that word today, because lasers) horror survival “dedicated to Star Wars Galaxies players” game yesterday. I think it is just that sort of dedication that brought about the NGE, no?  I guess if SOE can figure out that Landmark isn’t an […]
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20:00
SOE has announced their previously hinted at zombie apocalypse (I get a twofer on that word today, because lasers) horror survival “dedicated to Star Wars Galaxies players” game yesterday. I think it is just that sort of dedication that brought about the NGE, no?  I guess if SOE can figure out that Landmark isn’t an […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:49
In the ramshackle of numbers we call a character sheet there is usually a place for skills. Skills are usually learned or honed abilities or knowledges. A bootlegger might have some really good driving skills. A mediator will have something like diplomacy. Of course, they are virtually worthless without the gamemaster (GM) presenting a challenge. […]

[RR] Skills as Story is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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