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August 7, 2014

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
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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 […]
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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
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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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08:38
The new 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons is a weird beast. On the one side it profits from lots of "lessons learned" by the developers, making some things better than in previous editions. On...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
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 4, 2014

20:30
For future reference, please note today’s date as the date we received a date for the date at which the actual launch date of the expansion would be revealed. Or, as Blizzard put it: A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the […]
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18:00
I was a bit disappointed on Saturday.  There were a couple of strat ops planned, but they were both during time frames where I was not going to be able to come along.  I like strat ops because they tend to be based on timers or some other event that forces both sides to show […]
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15:57
The third installment of Guild Wars 2’s second season of the Living World has finally rebooted my love and energy for the MMO. I liked the first two episodes, including the new zone and story instances, but I didn’t feel that drive. Now, I feel like season 2 has become a full expansion of the […]

[GW2] An Energizing Balance is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:23
Different types of games are suitable for different platforms, and then often proliferate on the platform they are most suitable for. Mobile platforms like tablets favor games that do not require...
Source: Tobold
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01:18
I have been pondering our QA at work and how that must work out for game development. There is never enough time to do as much as we would like, and there are always more ways things could potentially go wrong. Let’s narrow that discussion to the multiplicity of test environments and the length of […]

Test Cases is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 3, 2014

18:00
The launch of The Elder Scrolls Online came and went back in April. I played a bit during the beta.  Not that much, just enough for me to get the flavor of the game which, in my narrow point of view on the subject, was an Elder Scrolls game.  The necessary elements were there. But […]
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09:34
I was reading a negative review of Magic 2015 where the author complained that he had to "grind" or pay to get all the cards. I found that a curious remark. For me the game of Magic 2015 consists of...
Source: Tobold
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August 2, 2014

18:13
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front. It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow.  They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images […]
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13:26
From Sang-Froid, Tales of the Werewolves: Immerse yourself in 19th century Canada where legends meet History in a world filled with lore and wonders : Zubon Rarely Used Selling Points is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Rarely Used Selling Points is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 1, 2014

22:00
I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday. I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature.  And you find out exactly who they are […]
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18:00
Decades from now it seems likely that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be little more than a footnote in the history of the genre.  Facing at best lukewarm reviews and launching into the teeth of World of Warcraft’s expansion The Burning Crusade, some future investigator might not even feel the need to look into the […]
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15:21
Although they have been around for much longer, tabletop role-playing games are far more difficult to discuss on the internet than computer role-playing games. The fundamental reason for that is that...
Source: Tobold
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06:24
By the time I reached level 15 in WildStar, I was thoroughly tired of the same old activities.  The combat was great, but what's the point?  I was just running from quest hub to quest...
Source: Geldon
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July 31, 2014

21:00
The Site No major upsets on the site this month, just the usual measure of gripes about little things. In a behind-the-scenes change, WordPress.com updated the editor so that it is no longer a window the a scroll bar within a page with a scroll bar.  I can appreciate trying to get away from the […]
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19:00
August is in the wings, waiting to bring with it the usual end of summer ennui on the gaming front. Nothing new ships.  Very little gets announced.  The releases we are looking forward to are generally somewhere off in autumn.  At times it feels like you should join half of France and just take August […]
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14:42
I was playing around with WordPress themes last night and came up with this one… which happens to be the same one I use for my other blog, Piano Black, with some different colors. What do you think?   I’ve kept the old theme for nearly eight years.  Is it time for a change? Addendum: […]
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July 30, 2014

18:00
With the Cape of Stranglethorn out of the way, I had just four more zones left for the Eastern Kingdoms Loremaster achievement.  They were: Eastern Plaguelands    40-45 – 70 quests Badlands    44-48 – 35 quests Searing Gorge    47-51 – 35 quests Burning Steppes    49-52 – 40 quests And given that my shaman, who had just […]
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16:11
Blizzard sent me a mail telling me that I'm about to miss the free Arachnid wing of the Naxxramas expansion for Hearthstone. I don't mind, I'm not a big fan of Hearthstone. Although Hearthstone has...
Source: Tobold
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09:11
Like it or not, as the Earth groans under the weight of the most human beings ever, we are living in very interesting times.  Even if you don't live hand to mouth in a contested demilitarized ...
Source: Geldon
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02:00
There is a site and a chart going around that shows some games quantified in terms of return on investment.  The original source is the Video Game ROI site, hosted by Ebay of all things. Of course, this is a list, and we love lists!  So I went to see the top ten value rated […]
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July 29, 2014

21:00
You don’t look like you’re having fun. -My wife, watching me play Civilization V As I said in a previous post, this is no longer about fun.  This is a grudge match now to prove that we can stick it out and finish our epic game of Civilization V in spite of some poor choices […]
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17:00
The battle had been raging for a while when I sat down at my computer and saw a list of pings from Blawrf McTaggart, CFC Skymarshall.  Most of them were old enough to discard, fleets long since off to the races, and trying to catch up by yourself is a mugs game.  But the last […]
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09:07
For another 9 hours the Landmark founder's sets are on sale on Steam with a 66% reduction. I decided the game has enough potential for me to spend €6.79 on it. Not sure I will play it much before...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Randomness is rarely chaos. In games, randomness is a pick from a pool with known and computable probabilities. Roughly 1/6 of the rolls in Settlers of Catan will be 7s that activate the robber. Roughly 5/36 of the rolls will be 6s and another 5/36 will be 8s, which is why they are the most […]

[TT] Random But Predictable is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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July 28, 2014

22:00
Back in April I mentioned that I had picked up a Nintendo 3DS XL and a copy of Pokemon Y with some Amazon gift cards and credits I had. I haven’t really said much about it for a few reasons.  Mostly it my feeling that single player games don’t quite have the same “shared experience” […]
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17:00
There has been an argument over what “beta” means when it comes to software for as long as I have been part of the industry, which is pushing on 25 years now. The baseline definition for me has always been that your software is feature complete and you feel it is ready to ship, but […]
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July 27, 2014

15:05
I have been playing through Reignmaker, which is Tower of Elements with city-building. Because your abilities are gated by the city-building aspects, and the resource-gathering for city-building is a time-based mechanic, casual play is enforced. Take, for example, the pictured level. Several levels recommend the sorts of spells or items you would want for them. […]

Enforced Casualness is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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July 26, 2014

01:58
Dawn of the Dragons had a rather exceptional developer post that circuitously but explicitly said they were planning to balance content by making powerful things more expensive. It has always implicit that you buy power, as in many cash shop-supported games, but the circumstances and the PR-speak involved surprised me. DotD has always had a […]

Expensive Means Rare, Rare Means Powerful, Therefore P2W is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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July 25, 2014

17:14
A lot of the posts on this blog are about game design: What makes a game fun? What motivates players to act in certain ways? How can good game design make a game better? Of course if we talk about...
Source: Tobold
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17:00
To put it bluntly, if you want to catch instawarping interceptors, the most important part is living in London. -Namamai, Understanding the EVE Online Server Tick There is an interesting/informative article up over at TMC about how the processing loop of EVE Online dictates if you’ll be able to lock up and point that decloaking […]
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17:00
To put it bluntly, if you want to catch instawarping interceptors, the most important part is living in London. -Namamai, Understanding the EVE Online Server Tick There is an interesting/informative article up over at TMC about how the processing loop of EVE Online dictates if you’ll be able to lock up and point that decloaking […]
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July 24, 2014

21:00
Once there was a zone called Stranglethorn Vale.  It was a place of jungle and raptors and trolls and missing pages from books and that bastard Hemet Nesingwary who would continue to haunt our existence through every expansion with his wildlife slaughtering requests. It was a large and somewhat controversial zone… though some appreciated the […]
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21:00
Once there was a zone called Stranglethorn Vale.  It was a place of jungle and raptors and trolls and missing pages from books and that bastard Hemet Nesingwary who would continue to haunt our existence through every expansion with his wildlife slaughtering requests. It was a large and somewhat controversial zone… though some appreciated the […]
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17:00
I do not pay much attention to Anarchy Online.  Well, I don’t pay it any mind at all, really aside from the occasional industry lore aspects around things like rocky starts (“nearly unplayable” -GameSpy) and longevity. (It turned 13 just about a month back.) But some people do still pay attention to it.  There was […]
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17:00
I do not pay much attention to Anarchy Online.  Well, I don’t pay it any mind at all, really aside from the occasional industry lore aspects around things like rocky starts (“nearly unplayable” -GameSpy) and longevity. (It turned 13 just about a month back.) But some people do still pay attention to it.  There was […]
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15:33
Episode 2 of Guild War 2’s Season 2 (that’s a lot of 2’s) feels like rising action, a flashback, and also foreshadowing. Episode 1 was an easily-digestible story in the desert as we figured out who sabotaged the Zephyrites. Episode 2 starts adding a bit more complexity to the story. There’s good and bad, but […]

[GW2] Entangled Upwards is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:11
In the second part of RPGMP3 video playthrough of the Lost Mine of Phandelver, the fighter in view of rather bad odds is resorting to a tactic which is probably optimal for a 5E level 1 fighter: He...
Source: Tobold
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08:52
As I mentioned in the last entry, I'm currently attempting to play both Wildstar and FireFall.  In doing so, I have to say, I'm so confused right now.  These are two games that should play...
Source: Geldon
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July 23, 2014

22:56
Can any artists (or art managers) in the audience talk about your process for graphic fixes? Comments and links appreciated. For example, clipping is a frequent issue in games. I think of City of Heroes/Villains, which had a variety of capes, robes, and flowing garments; a variety of spikes and big shoulderpads; several weapons, which […]

Clipping is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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17:00
Housing is one of the great line-item features that a lot of people think every MMO should have.  There is a strong desire to have a place to call your own in what tends to be an unchanging and unalterable virtual world.  There is some need within us to leave our mark somewhere in the […]
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