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June 19, 2014

22:47
Our dear friend SynCaine has been enthusiastic about Eador: Masters of the Broken World. It is included in this week’s Humble Bundle, so if you are interested, you can get it on the cheap (along with several other games). And, like SynCaine, I will happily take spare Steam trading cards. :) : Zubon Humble Eador […]

Humble Eador is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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20:00
Unlike a lot of places from vanilla World of Warcraft, I do not have much in the way of fond memories of Darkshore. I wouldn’t say it was horrible, but it occupied the same level range as Westfall and Loch Modan, both of which were better zones. (Reality check on leveling speed: Back in vanilla […]
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20:00
Unlike a lot of places from vanilla World of Warcraft, I do not have much in the way of fond memories of Darkshore. I wouldn’t say it was horrible, but it occupied the same level range as Westfall and Loch Modan, both of which were better zones. (Reality check on leveling speed: Back in vanilla […]
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15:11
Carbine pulled out their ban-hammer for the first time and banned a large number of botters. I can't be absolutely certain if that was the cause, but on the AH of my server the number of titanium...
Source: Tobold
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08:26
MMORPGs are not like other computer games. A developer studio making a single-player game might well consider their core business to be developing games, and leave the distribution to somebody else....
Source: Tobold
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June 18, 2014

18:00
There were only three of us online and in the Google hangout last week.  Mattman either decided to enjoy his vacation or he read last week’s post and took it the wrong way.  Hrmm… But for those of us online, the game started getting more interesting.  After much laying of groundwork last time, all of […]
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18:00
There were only three of us online and in the Google hangout last week.  Mattman either decided to enjoy his vacation or he read last week’s post and took it the wrong way.  Hrmm… But for those of us online, the game started getting more interesting.  After much laying of groundwork last time, all of […]
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15:00
Well, that de-escalated quickly. Sony Online Entertainment announced today that European players of DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, and EverQuest II will have their accounts merged back into the SOE fold and become direct customer of SOE, which is what they were two years ago when this whole PR disaster started. (The sordid history is […]
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15:00
Well, that de-escalated quickly. Sony Online Entertainment announced today that European players of DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, and EverQuest II will have their accounts merged back into the SOE fold and become direct customer of SOE, which is what they were two years ago when this whole PR disaster started. (The sordid history is […]
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08:06
I played every Final Fantasy game from FFVII on. If you look just at the single-player role-playing games of the series (and thus ignore the MMORPGs and tactics and whatever spinoffs), you'll notice...
Source: Tobold
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June 17, 2014

18:00
We’re simply not interested in letting freeloaders gain early access to the game, not provide meaningful – if any – feedback, while we foot the bill for the backend services, servers, bandwidth etc -Derek Smart on the $99 price for Line of Defense Beta Access Saying that Derek Smart can be a polarizing figure might […]
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18:00
We’re simply not interested in letting freeloaders gain early access to the game, not provide meaningful – if any – feedback, while we foot the bill for the backend services, servers, bandwidth etc -Derek Smart on the $99 price for Line of Defense Beta Access Saying that Derek Smart can be a polarizing figure might […]
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16:39
Listen, Internet, I've been trying to do you a solid here with these "Jaded Looks At Recent Steam Games" features, but I've sort of got enough on my plate with my constant and pointless rerolling...
Source: Geldon
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08:10
In my opinion a MMORPG crafting system should do two things: Produce useful items, and be at least cost-neutral, if not provide a small profit. Wildstar is doing very good on the first count, the...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Love Letter comes with cards you use to play the game and tokens you use to keep score. That there are 13 tokens is elegance in game design. Love Letter is a game for two to four players. If you have two players, the game is played to seven tokens. The most tokens you will […]

[TT] Tokens of Affection is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 16, 2014

18:00
The Loremaster achievement, which gets you not only the achievement but also a title and tabard (which goes towards another achievement), has been around for a while now.  While it has always been a meta achievement, an achievement for obtaining a series of other achievements, it has changed a bit over time. Back before Cataclysm, […]
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18:00
The Loremaster achievement, which gets you not only the achievement but also a title and tabard (which goes towards another achievement), has been around for a while now.  While it has always been a meta achievement, an achievement for obtaining a series of other achievements, it has changed a bit over time. Back before Cataclysm, […]
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10:16
No, I'm not going to stop playing Wildstar already. But the journal is over, after me having taken some decisions regarding this game. I consider the solo game of Wildstar to be one of the best...
Source: Tobold
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09:21
In last weeks thread there developed a side-discussion on how short the life cycle of MMORPGs are. And because people generally are bad at math, they couldn't agree on whether World of Warcraft was...
Source: Tobold
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04:05
When we last left off my "exciting" adventures in WildStar, I just couldn't make up my mind what character to play, but I was thinking maybe a Mechari Warrior Scientist would suit my mindset the...
Source: Geldon
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June 15, 2014

06:02
This comic happens. There was an old Gen Con sketch from decades ago in which a couple of gamers get arrested after recounting their game of Top Secret (an old spy game) without considering their surroundings. In Ingress, folks occasionally need a reminder to watch how they phrase things. You are not going to “go […]

Vocabulary 2 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 14, 2014

06:02
In the Plants vs. Zombies games, you use walnuts in place of walls (pun intended), with variations like tall-nuts and infi-nuts. You will see other vegetables like butter-flinging corn (kernelpults). This leads to odd descriptions of games. “I was flinging so much butter, they never even touched my nuts.” : Zubon Vocabulary 1 is a […]

Vocabulary 1 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 13, 2014

18:00
The Warlords of Draenor alpha is upon us. Some people are very happy about this, to the point that getting an invite appears to have validated their very existence.  WoW Insider is running posts on every tidbit about the expansion they can lay their hands on and compiling it all into a guide page.  Blizzard […]
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18:00
The Warlords of Draenor alpha is upon us. Some people are very happy about this, to the point that getting an invite appears to have validated their very existence.  WoW Insider is running posts on every tidbit about the expansion they can lay their hands on and compiling it all into a guide page.  Blizzard […]
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07:33
The hardcore vs. casual debate is getting increasingly ugly on the Wildstar forums. A lot of people who didn't think of themselves as "casual" made it to level 20, tried the first dungeon, and found...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
How do you prevent, mitigate, balance, and/or resolve population imbalances in games with persistent team-based PvP? Examples of what this is not: FPS or MOBA games where one team is way better than the other; temporary imbalances caused by uneven numbers of players in small proportions; PvE class imbalance. Let’s take some examples of population […]

Friday Game Design Open Forum: Solve Population Imbalances is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 12, 2014

23:56
Ever have one of those days where you will not commit to watching a full movie, but you end up watching five television episodes? My gaming has been like that lately. If it takes longer than a half-hour, I’m probably not motivated to commit to that, even if I might still sit down and play […]

Discrete Units is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
Bung was back from LEGOLand and Earl was back from the wilds of Canada and we were all together again on Saturday night.  We had already done Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, so the next instance on the list looked to be Mogu’shan Palace. As an instance it is rated for level […]
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18:00
Bung was back from LEGOLand and Earl was back from the wilds of Canada and we were all together again on Saturday night.  We had already done Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, so the next instance on the list looked to be Mogu’shan Palace. As an instance it is rated for level […]
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09:23
Green Armadillo has an interesting theory on the Wildstar business model: He believes that Carbine is counting on most players leaving the game in the first 90 days anyway, and trying to retain just...
Source: Tobold
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08:04
As reported yesterday, I found that there was a good profit margin in doing refined power cores, buying the materials at the commodities broker and selling the power cores there. So I pushed heavily...
Source: Tobold
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June 11, 2014

22:00
Smedley said DC Universe Online is the largest revenue generator across PS3 and PS4 combined, even though the game is free to play. Fortune, Interview with John Smedley about SOE That is a pretty amazing, given how DC Universe Online stumbled almost immediately after a hot launch. Then again, the article says that the PlayStation […]
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22:00
Smedley said DC Universe Online is the largest revenue generator across PS3 and PS4 combined, even though the game is free to play. Fortune, Interview with John Smedley about SOE That is a pretty amazing, given how DC Universe Online stumbled almost immediately after a hot launch. Then again, the article says that the PlayStation […]
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19:00
I was going to be late last time around.  My wife and I were watching the pilot for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO, which it turns out runs two hours.  That was going to push me about 15 minutes passed the planned game start time. But I figured that would be okay.  […]
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19:00
I was going to be late last time around.  My wife and I were watching the pilot for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO, which it turns out runs two hours.  That was going to push me about 15 minutes passed the planned game start time. But I figured that would be okay.  […]
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16:10
Following my revolting cognitive dissonance rant, the powers that be struck back, and give me a lovely family emergency so I would be able to take into context that there are more important things...
Source: Geldon
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13:29
I took a long weekend off from computer games and played Outside instead. Thus the gap in my Wildstar journal, where day 6 is the sixth day *I* am playing and not the sixth day after head start or...
Source: Tobold
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08:53
While the previous session ended in a chaotic retreat, the Favorites of Selune did manage to grab the chalice of the dragon on their way out. That completed their quest to find the three sacred...
Source: Tobold
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June 10, 2014

18:00
At some point last month I decided to roll up a Panda monk just to give that a try.  So I used my last free character slot on Eldre’Thalas and created Makawao. [Note to Blizzard: You want something to sell me? Sell me more character slots for my main server.  I am all out of […]
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18:00
At some point last month I decided to roll up a Panda monk just to give that a try.  So I used my last free character slot on Eldre’Thalas and created Makawao. [Note to Blizzard: You want something to sell me? Sell me more character slots for my main server.  I am all out of […]
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06:02
I attended the fifth Interitus anomaly this weekend. On the overall score, it was a dominating win for the Enlightened, largely on the basis of the special rule added for this one: every link from several cities to one particular portal in Texas was worth 20 points in the overall score. Before the event, teammates […]

Interitus is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 9, 2014

18:00
We do not, to my knowledge at least, have a live MMORPG that has started life financed via Kickstarter as yet.  There are a few on their way, such as Shroud of the Avatar and Camelot Unchained, but we still seem to be a long way from a state of “this is how these things […]
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18:00
We do not, to my knowledge at least, have a live MMORPG that has started life financed via Kickstarter as yet.  There are a few on their way, such as Shroud of the Avatar and Camelot Unchained, but we still seem to be a long way from a state of “this is how these things […]
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16:31
*FTC Disclosure: This review is based on a free review copy I received from The Snugg* When I bought my iPad Air, I bought the official Apple smart case to go with it. I regretted that decision...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
League of Legends is a game I tend to play when I am not interested in any current MMOs. I appreciate the self-contained nature of each round, versus the ridiculous accumulation over time. I usually quit for several months after the toxicity of the playerbase gets to me, but I find that less of an […]

Servers is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 8, 2014

15:46
xkcd explains how a fake entry in Wikipedia gets repeated elsewhere then cited as support for the fake entry. There is, you might guess, a Wikipedia page on this phenomenon, although it does not cite xkcd. It does, however, cite an article just published on the subject. This article links and cites the Wikipedia page […]

Circularity is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 7, 2014

22:00
A quick round up of the history of Carbine Studios, makers of WildStar. (Direct link to video) One thing that always strikes me about the group that started Carbine is that they left Blizzard in 2005, long before WoW peaked, many months before the first expansion, and even before the game really settled down and […]
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22:00
A quick round up of the history of Carbine Studios, makers of WildStar. (Direct link to video) One thing that always strikes me about the group that started Carbine is that they left Blizzard in 2005, long before WoW peaked, many months before the first expansion, and even before the game really settled down and […]
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June 6, 2014

18:00
Technically… if you look at it from the right angle and the sun is shining from behind it and you squint your eyes just right… World of Warcraft has a free to play option. It is called The Starter Edition, and it lets you create an account, download WoW, and play for as long as […]
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18:00
Technically… if you look at it from the right angle and the sun is shining from behind it and you squint your eyes just right… World of Warcraft has a free to play option. It is called The Starter Edition, and it lets you create an account, download WoW, and play for as long as […]
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