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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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18:00
The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall. -Bob Marley Babylon falling was certainly one of the possible scenarios as we went into the 13th session of our game of Civilization V. This time around Loghound was off at a family event, but Mattman was back from camping, so he joined Potshot and I […]
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18:00
The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall. -Bob Marley Babylon falling was certainly one of the possible scenarios as we went into the 13th session of our game of Civilization V. This time around Loghound was off at a family event, but Mattman was back from camping, so he joined Potshot and I […]
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15:49
There’s some bit of finite energy required by blogging. Unfortunately, it is the same juice used to write elsewhere, whether it be at work or in other arenas. I find that if I am active in say a G+ community or a forum, I write less elsewhere. If I write up a solo RPG session, […]

Writer’s Juice is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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