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March 21, 2014

18:00
Jackie at Kitty Kitty Boom Boom, prompted by lvling life, put up a list of her top 15 video games. There was a methodology by which you were supposed to generate that list.  It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal.  You were not supposed to spend a lot of time with it.  And, of […]
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13:01
There is a discussion ongoing in the blogosphere, of which I'll just link to one post, Better Gamers for a Better Community. Quote: "We all like to think that bigots and trolls are a loud minority,...
Source: Tobold
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11:23
On this blog I discuss all sorts of games that I play, from pen & paper role-playing games to computer games on various platforms. And sometimes the comparison of very different games, or making...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
I previously used a bit of understatement to describe Marvel Puzzle Quest’s match-making algorithm as unfortunate. “Horrible” might still be an understatement. The game pushes towards asynchronous PvP, and the only way to face reasonable opponents is to intentionally, repeatedly lose. This is not a bug or emergent gameplay; this is how the game is […]

Grind Intentional Losses is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 20, 2014

19:05
The best campaign I ever ran was using FATE, which is a system able to wrangle our group towards more roleplaying. One of the reasons it was so good, in my opinion as the GM of that show, was that each NPC was memorable. Okay, maybe not every single NPC that I threw under the […]

[RR] Memorable Props is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
I mentioned in February’s Month in Review post that Potshot and a couple of his old college pals had pick up Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings HD on Steam. I had been interested in getting some games together with the new-ish HD version that became available on Steam about a year back. […]
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18:00
I mentioned in February’s Month in Review post that Potshot and a couple of his old college pals had pick up Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings HD on Steam. I had been interested in getting some games together with the new-ish HD version that became available on Steam about a year back. […]
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17:33
Kudos to NCSoft: The pre-ordering process for Wildstar was one of the smoothest that I have seen for a long time. When you buy the game and already have an account, they helpfully ask if you want to...
Source: Tobold
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07:30
Congratulations to Teut Weidemann on winning the Evil Game Design Challenge 2 at Casual Connect Europe last month. Although I am not sure whether he is proudly sitting in a corner, stroking his white...
Source: Tobold
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March 19, 2014

16:00
A couple of interesting/odd things around CCP this week. The first is that CCP released their 2013 financial report (you can view it here), in which indicate that they lost $21 million for the year.  It says so right there at the bottom line. However, if your reaction is, “OMG, Tobold was right! CCP is […]
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16:00
A couple of interesting/odd things around CCP this week. The first is that CCP released their 2013 financial report (you can view it here), in which indicate that they lost $21 million for the year.  It says so right there at the bottom line. However, if your reaction is, “OMG, Tobold was right! CCP is […]
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09:12
In 1996 Dr. Richard Bartle published "Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who suit MUDs", describing what came to be known as the "Bartle types" of killer, achiever, explorer, and...
Source: Tobold
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08:56
So I did, indeed, start up a new game of Minecraft.  But it seems Resonant Induction, despite being rather cool, is still a tad too unstable to use, even if I avoided the "filter" blocks, so I...
Source: Geldon
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07:25
For some people, that is. And I mean that literally. And it is an important factor I forgot to mention yesterday in my listing of criteria for choice. If you tend to suffer from video game motion...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
I noted disliking the original implementation of magic find gear because it punished the group to reward the individual. I do not recall praising the luck as the new implementation. Let me do so now. Luck has several merits as a design feature. It builds upon and extends the existing mechanic of account-wide bonuses from […]

[GW2] Magic Find from Salvage is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 18, 2014

20:00
As part of the GuildMag hosted blog carnival, I am writing about the end of Living World Season 1. The tl;dr even in my mind is… I think I had fun? It’s kind of a weird feeling. I know I am a Guild Wars 2 ”fanboi” in the best and worst senses. So we have […]

[GW2] Season 1 Thoughts is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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19:00
Gone. Today’s Diablo III patch is set to pull the auction house out of the game.  There is, of course, a FAQ for this. Some are building this up as a really big deal.  And maybe it is. The combination of the auction house and the questionable itemization of the game led to a situation […]
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19:00
Gone. Today’s Diablo III patch is set to pull the auction house out of the game.  There is, of course, a FAQ for this. Some are building this up as a really big deal.  And maybe it is. The combination of the auction house and the questionable itemization of the game led to a situation […]
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17:00
Walmart put out a press release to announce that they will soon be taking used video games in for store credit and refurbishing those games to make them “available for purchase in like-new condition at a great low price.” This is no doubt a blow to those who like to frame the used game market […]
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17:00
Walmart put out a press release to announce that they will soon be taking used video games in for store credit and refurbishing those games to make them “available for purchase in like-new condition at a great low price.” This is no doubt a blow to those who like to frame the used game market […]
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14:11
Playing a MMORPG can take up a significant chunk of your time, and it is hard to play more than one of them intensively at the same time. In the case of subscription games you also might not want to...
Source: Tobold
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10:31
[Note 1: Starting from this session I added a new house rule, coming from 13th Age: The escalation dice. At the end of the first round of combat I put a big d6 with the 1 on top onto the battlefield....
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Attacks and reactions are subcategories of actions. In Dominion, your usual gameplay is competitive PvE, playing alongside each other but not directly against each other. Attacks are your PvP, directly harming each other, and reactions are your defense against attacks. The attack in the recommended starting set is the most harmless one around: Militia. Militia […]

[TT] Dominion: Attacks and Reactions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 17, 2014

19:00
these new boost 90s are ruining the game -Search term of the day Last week we got insta-level boosts in both EverQuest and World of Warcraft. In WoW they are a $60 option, though you get one “free” with the purchase or pre-order of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. In EQ they are a $35 […]
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19:00
these new boost 90s are ruining the game -Search term of the day Last week we got insta-level boosts in both EverQuest and World of Warcraft. In WoW they are a $60 option, though you get one “free” with the purchase or pre-order of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. In EQ they are a $35 […]
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18:02
As Scarlet’s story comes to a close, I would just like to note that her final fight is only harder than Andrew Ryan’s because you need to press “F” after walking up to her. Although maybe that was just how that instance worked when I went there. : Zubon [GW2] Final Fight is a post […]

[GW2] Final Fight is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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12:45
I did a direct comparison of The Elder Scrolls Online and Wildstar this weekend, playing the former all day Saturday, and the latter all day Sunday. And what I noticed was that ultimately the two...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
You fight several rocks in Runespell, ones that you can see from a long ways away and at least one that you challenge to a duel. (While I have never seen Yu-Gi-Oh!, I am led to believe that challenging magic rocks to duels via card games makes much more sense for that audience.) If the […]

Sneaky Rocks is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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03:03
You may have noticed the biggest change: The game has been renamed from Hard Takeoff to Foom. In my head they were equally as good because they’re basically synonyms. Once I started saying them out loud, though it was clear that Hard Takeoff is a terrible name for a game. And Foom is tremendously fun [...]
Source: Joe Ludwig
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March 16, 2014

18:00
Fifteen years of EverQuest. This is usually the day every year when I drag out the nostalgia, along with a few appropriate pictures, and reflect on my history with the game and whether it remains relevant to me or not. So why should this year be any different? SOE as well has seen fit to […]
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18:00
Fifteen years of EverQuest. This is usually the day every year when I drag out the nostalgia, along with a few appropriate pictures, and reflect on my history with the game and whether it remains relevant to me or not. So why should this year be any different? SOE as well has seen fit to […]
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09:18
So after downloading the huge client twice and following instructions from the forums on how to prevent the launcher to uninstall the game every time you close it, I managed to play The Elder Scrolls...
Source: Tobold
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08:59
Following the unfortunate demise of my last Minecraft game, it was time to re-think a mod-mix that hopefully will be considerably more stable.  I ended up having to perform so much research as...
Source: Geldon
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06:02
I usually post after I’m done playing something, rather than the “Wot I’m Playin’” that some game bloggers do. Trying that out: Guild Wars 2 is coasting. I tend to play every other day for less than an hour. My Engineer is approaching level 80, after which only my Necromancer needs levels. I still get […]

Gaming Goals is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 15, 2014

09:10
Thank you for inviting me to your The Elder Scrolls Beta. You asked me to tell people what I think about the game, and here is my opinion: In the current state the game is completely unplayable for...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
A Song of Ice and Fire has been popularized under the name of the first book, (A) Game of Thrones. There is a show and about a dozen games under that title. The title refers to the nobles’ struggle for position and power, which is central to the series and a dangerous distraction from the […]

What’s In a Name? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 14, 2014

19:00
I went out and pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor because… well… because I wanted to play with the whole insta-90 thing and I didn’t want to just lay out $60 for the pleasure with nothing else to show for it.  At least I have the expansion queued up for some time this year.  This is what […]
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19:00
I went out and pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor because… well… because I wanted to play with the whole insta-90 thing and I didn’t want to just lay out $60 for the pleasure with nothing else to show for it.  At least I have the expansion queued up for some time this year.  This is what […]
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17:00
My pal Xyd sent me this picture from the new character creation screen in WoW. Random name generators are always fun, but since he was making a Panderan, was the name generator trying to make a joke about Chinese names?Filed under: entertainment, World of Warcraft Tagged: Name Generator
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17:00
My pal Xyd sent me this picture from the new character creation screen in WoW. Random name generators are always fun, but since he was making a Panderan, was the name generator trying to make a joke about Chinese names?Filed under: entertainment, World of Warcraft Tagged: Name Generator
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06:02
I have been playing Runespell: Overture, which combines several games’ mechanics into an unusual combat system: two-player poker-based competitive solitaire with special abilities. I have numbered items on this screenshot. (1) is your board, which looks a lot like solitaire. Each player gets a board, and on your turn, you can take cards from either […]

Card Game Mechanics is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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06:00
This weekend’s work on the game happened in three phases. First was some brainstorming about what resources might be involved and how those would be represented on cards. Then I tried to actually “play” two AIs against each other with some proto-rules and proto-cards. After that I had a much better idea what a playable [...]
Source: Joe Ludwig
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01:35
Saylah inspires me: I’m baffled by what they’ve done and not done with GW2. Am I really in the minority in wanting them to add more persistent content and new zones similar to the campaigns in GW1??? Can’t they do both? As much as we love having frequent updates, building churn into the content has […]

[GW2] Transitory Content is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 13, 2014

21:00
First there was Minecraft, as it was good. Or many people thought it was. It flourished and blossomed and jumped to different platforms and generally made Notch and his company quite a large pile of money. It never really appealed to me, but I could still see the magic.  It was open and allowed you […]
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21:00
First there was Minecraft, as it was good. Or many people thought it was. It flourished and blossomed and jumped to different platforms and generally made Notch and his company quite a large pile of money. It never really appealed to me, but I could still see the magic.  It was open and allowed you […]
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18:00
The MUD just crashed! Hurry, you need to reconnect! Come on young elf!  This is your opportunity to get a piece or two of badly needed equipment! Run run run! Forget Kobold Village.  There probably isn’t anything there you need. You must run to the Faerie Forest with all haste! That was the rhythm of […]
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18:00
The MUD just crashed! Hurry, you need to reconnect! Come on young elf!  This is your opportunity to get a piece or two of badly needed equipment! Run run run! Forget Kobold Village.  There probably isn’t anything there you need. You must run to the Faerie Forest with all haste! That was the rhythm of […]
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17:31
I once read a funny definition of tabletop roleplaying. It is the exchange of emails detailing calendar conflicts in the faint hopes of gathering for a few hours. There is a lot of truth to that, at least in my experience. Our GMs have to really have an idea in their campaign for easy exit […]

[RR] Solo TTRPG is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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06:32
From about 2pm yesterday until 8pm today, I've been dabbling with my latest custom mod mix for Minecraft 1.6.4, which is this time very much Universal Electricity focused. "What's that?" you might...
Source: Geldon
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March 12, 2014

18:33
Early access is often hit or miss on Steam, Kickstarter, and elsewhere. It’s not just about setting expectations, but about communication. I find that the best thing is to head for the forums. If the customers are clamoring for communication, it will probably be bad. That’s why I haven’t funded Godus or Castle Story even […]

Windborne and the Soul of Games is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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