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July 21, 2014

23:00
Dreadnoughts were literally a punchline of nullsec jokes until the five-minute siege timer, and now unless in blap mode they scuttle for cover like oversized space-cockroaches​, cap boosters firing wildly, when confronted with bright lights​. -The Mittani, Traffic Control: Apex Force The Mittani is continuing his pot stirring over at TMC with his Traffic Control series […]
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18:00
One of the questions that comes up all the time in the EverQuest forums is when will SOE launch the next progression server?  It may be the most popular question on the Progression Server sub-forum. Second place goes to people asking for a Classic server, though those questions are somewhat undermined by both the fact […]
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18:00
One of the questions that comes up all the time in the EverQuest forums is when will SOE launch the next progression server?  It may be the most popular question on the Progression Server sub-forum. Second place goes to people asking for a Classic server, though those questions are somewhat undermined by both the fact […]
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10:41
I now had time to study the basic rules of 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons in more detail. And I discovered something which surprised me: By combining rules from unbalanced earlier editions with...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
League of Legends has added the Doom Bots. All the champions get souped up abilities; if you can beat that, they start getting passives from other champions (or others’ abilities as passives); if you can beat that, they get more and changing passives. Tibbers bigger than a tower with AE attacks? Sure, and Annie also […]

[LoL] Doom Bots of Doom is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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July 20, 2014

15:53
At IMGDC 2.0, Gordon Walton said (paraphrase) that Star Wars: The Old Republic should be the last MMO (or perhaps online game) made with a standalone client. His logic was that everyone has a web browser, and the web browser does not require a multi-GB download. As a developer, every barrier between your customer and […]

Browser Versions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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07:57
I have a very simple model of games in general: They usually have one core activity that is frequently repeated, and then some shell around it that gives structure to the sequence of core activities....
Source: Tobold
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July 18, 2014

20:00
I am on the press release list along with a lot of real media outlets, so my inbox is often stuffed with the raw material that is barely recycled for content a lot of places around the web. I skim through them every day, but don’t bother to mention 99% of them as they tend […]
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20:00
I am on the press release list along with a lot of real media outlets, so my inbox is often stuffed with the raw material that is barely recycled for content a lot of places around the web. I skim through them every day, but don’t bother to mention 99% of them as they tend […]
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18:44
Episode 2 of Guild Wars 2′s Season 2 came out earlier this week. They at least tripled the size of the new zone, Dry Top. There are a handful of new story instances, and there are two new weapon sets. Everything once again feels very tight and polished. The world has changed in bits. The […]

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

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16:00
I’d just like to congratulate the entire CFC on losing over 627 ruptures in the last five days. Good work, all. Keep it up. ### Original broadcast from blawrf_mctaggart at 2014-07-17 01:28:10.494439 ### It looks like my experience so far with Gamma Fleet Ruptures is not unique. Gamma Fleet is a low cost doctrine that […]
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16:00
I’d just like to congratulate the entire CFC on losing over 627 ruptures in the last five days. Good work, all. Keep it up. ### Original broadcast from blawrf_mctaggart at 2014-07-17 01:28:10.494439 ### It looks like my experience so far with Gamma Fleet Ruptures is not unique. Gamma Fleet is a low cost doctrine that […]
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05:58
As my terrible Bizarro weekend lurches inevitably into the grind of another few days of work, I sit here having just invested some 13 hours reacquainting myself with Firefall and wanting to commit a...
Source: Geldon
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July 17, 2014

18:00
My summer Loremaster project moved its first character out of vanilla WoW… well, post-Cataclysm vanilla WoW… or whatever we want to call the 1-60 part of the game these days… and into The Burning Crusade content.  Trianis, my night elf rogue, started off on these three zones at level 53, but by the time he […]
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18:00
My summer Loremaster project moved its first character out of vanilla WoW… well, post-Cataclysm vanilla WoW… or whatever we want to call the 1-60 part of the game these days… and into The Burning Crusade content.  Trianis, my night elf rogue, started off on these three zones at level 53, but by the time he […]
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13:22
Recently neowolf2 commented here in a discussion about how much money Wildstar is making, saying "I'm wondering how the CREDD system is affecting this. I'm seeing reports that people can just farm...
Source: Tobold
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08:53
Game developers manipulate player desires by presenting the same options differently. Player reactions are empiricably testable with cash shop setups. I frequently cite the example of having a “hunger” debuff versus a “well-fed” buff. These can be designed to be numerically identical, where the character has higher base stats that are debuffed by hunger or […]

Loss Versus Failure to Gain is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:41
I simply cannot get into WildStar anymore, I've screwed up by rolling up too many alternate characters to feel ensnared in any of them, so now I'm sick of the game.   It's not WildStar's...
Source: Geldon
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July 16, 2014

18:00
Another update in my sporadic attempts to cover and track the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server timeline while neither playing on the server nor actually paying all that much attention to EverQuest in general. The rumor which I mentioned yesterday appeared to be true.  Last night my computer was finally able to find its […]
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18:00
Another update in my sporadic attempts to cover and track the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server timeline while neither playing on the server nor actually paying all that much attention to EverQuest in general. The rumor which I mentioned yesterday appeared to be true.  Last night my computer was finally able to find its […]
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01:58
At Origins, I played in a couple of D&D 5th Edition playtest sessions, for a module and for the online tools. Two mechanics stuck out for me: the new system for preparing spells and advantage/disadvantage. Advantage and disadvantage are simple to describe and powerful in their implications. If you have advantage, make the roll twice […]

[TT] Advantage and Disadvantage Calculations is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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01:00
Bombs and smart bombs are becoming a theme for me in Delve. The other day our Harpy fleet got caught on a jump bridge, bubbled, and smart bombed into pieces.  That is apparently a known Pasta tactic.  The warp disruption bubble disables the jump bridge so the fleet landing on it is stuck there as […]
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01:00
Bombs and smart bombs are becoming a theme for me in Delve. The other day our Harpy fleet got caught on a jump bridge, bubbled, and smart bombed into pieces.  That is apparently a known Pasta tactic.  The warp disruption bubble disables the jump bridge so the fleet landing on it is stuck there as […]
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July 15, 2014

16:59
I've been playing Magic 2015 on my iPad for a few days, and it will be released on Steam later this week. At first one wonders why the game is 10€ on Steam and "free" on the iPad, but obviously the...
Source: Tobold
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15:00
I was actually trying to get to the EverQuest forums this morning.  There was a rumor going around about the Fippy Darkpaw Progression Server.  It was possible that one of the raiding guilds was going to down-vote the unlock of the next expansion, Underfoot, because they wanted a couple more weeks to farm gear from […]
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15:00
I was actually trying to get to the EverQuest forums this morning.  There was a rumor going around about the Fippy Darkpaw Progression Server.  It was possible that one of the raiding guilds was going to down-vote the unlock of the next expansion, Underfoot, because they wanted a couple more weeks to farm gear from […]
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July 14, 2014

20:43
You know, if I really wanted to make this blog more popular, I could start with something along the lines of daily updates, but I have higher priorities: the way I procrastinate is painstaking...
Source: Geldon
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18:01
I was recently in Las Vegas for a library conference. “Gaming” means something rather different in Las Vegas than in our world. One of the evening events was about (tabletop) gaming. I wonder how many people were disappointed after arriving at an event labeled as a night of gaming at Caesar’s Palace. : Zubon …and […]

“Gaming” is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
I was somewhat otherwise occupied this past weekend, and so did not get many chances to partake in the Thunderdome that is currently Delve.  Things were clearly going on, Jabber was lit up quite frequently with fleet requests, enough so that even on my limited time budget I found a couple of opportunities. Shipping Shipping […]
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18:00
I was somewhat otherwise occupied this past weekend, and so did not get many chances to partake in the Thunderdome that is currently Delve.  Things were clearly going on, Jabber was lit up quite frequently with fleet requests, enough so that even on my limited time budget I found a couple of opportunities. Shipping Shipping […]
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July 12, 2014

19:10
I have played EQ Landmark for 7 hours and don't plan to play any more at this point. I've claimed a patch of land, built a house (including a slanted roof), explored islands and mines, and crafted...
Source: Tobold
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08:36
I received a suspicious e-mail with a Landmark beta invite. The mail looked perfectly real, but was sent from info@e-sonyonline.com, instead of from soe.com or station.sony.com. And the beta client...
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02:00
So when our FC had us all enter a starbase password and then warped us into the Brave Newbies‘ POS in V-3YG7, I was pretty sure that this was a product of our superior intelligence network.  Then, as we hung out in there, I zoomed the camera out to get a screen shot of us […]
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02:00
So when our FC had us all enter a starbase password and then warped us into the Brave Newbies‘ POS in V-3YG7, I was pretty sure that this was a product of our superior intelligence network.  Then, as we hung out in there, I zoomed the camera out to get a screen shot of us […]
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July 11, 2014

18:00
It isn’t much of a war, but it’s the only war we’ve got, so enjoy it -Major General Charles Timmes, Military Assistance Advisory Group 1962 We’re going to Delve.  Again.  There is something that draws Goons and their allies to Delve every summer. And I swear, I am never making an effort to move anything […]
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18:00
It isn’t much of a war, but it’s the only war we’ve got, so enjoy it -Major General Charles Timmes, Military Assistance Advisory Group 1962 We’re going to Delve.  Again.  There is something that draws Goons and their allies to Delve every summer. And I swear, I am never making an effort to move anything […]
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08:53
Dungeons & Dragons started its life as squad-based tactical wargame, made by people who called their company TSR for "Tactical Study Rules". The idea of acting in character was a later addition,...
Source: Tobold
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July 10, 2014

23:32
In one of the more unusual combinations of ideas, AdVenture Capitalist is an idle game that counts offline time. You do not even need to be idle. Yes, you could just change the date on your computer to get trillions of imaginary dollars, but at that point, why are you bothering with an idle game? […]

Offline Idle Game is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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19:03
In the previous thread a number of people were in favor of a DM of a pen & paper RPG cheating to avoid unwanted results like random character death. The argument was that a RPG is role-playing,...
Source: Tobold
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19:00
When it comes to World of Warcraft, I can divide my friends and acquaintances into two groups: Those interested in playing WoW Those not interested in playing WoW The former group is mostly made up of those who currently play the game, those on a break but who know they will come back for the […]
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19:00
When it comes to World of Warcraft, I can divide my friends and acquaintances into two groups: Those interested in playing WoW Those not interested in playing WoW The former group is mostly made up of those who currently play the game, those on a break but who know they will come back for the […]
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July 9, 2014

22:55
Hitherby Spoilers There are 3+ new story instances in Gates of Maguuma, the most recent update and the start of Season 2 for Guild Wars 2. They are repeatable in that players can always go back to that instance through the new story journal. They also tell the story of how you, the hero, and […]

[GW2] Gates of Maguuma Story and Writing is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:19
The honeymoon is over between WildStar and me.  Yet, while the new MMORPG magic is gone, I don't regret purchasing it, and I am not quite ready to unsubscribe to it.   This game is actually...
Source: Geldon
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18:00
I like having a goal, but I don’t want a friggin’ mortgage! -Piacenza, on hearing about my Loremaster aspirations The run for the loremaster achievement continues, though I am starting to feel a bit of the weight behind the task at this point.  I keep thinking “I am almost done with Kalimdor!” forgetting how much […]
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18:00
I like having a goal, but I don’t want a friggin’ mortgage! -Piacenza, on hearing about my Loremaster aspirations The run for the loremaster achievement continues, though I am starting to feel a bit of the weight behind the task at this point.  I keep thinking “I am almost done with Kalimdor!” forgetting how much […]
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15:18
I have frequently joked that if you want to know what edition of Dungeons & Dragons you are playing, you only need to ask "How many arrows does it take to kill a first level mage?". I watched...
Source: Tobold
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July 8, 2014

18:00
There has not been a lot going on when it comes to the strat op front in EVE.  There is no summer war.  The groups in the nearby NPC space have stopped coming out in force, apparently feeling content to gank ratters they can catch.  And, I have to admit, as amusing as a Baby […]
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18:00
There has not been a lot going on when it comes to the strat op front in EVE.  There is no summer war.  The groups in the nearby NPC space have stopped coming out in force, apparently feeling content to gank ratters they can catch.  And, I have to admit, as amusing as a Baby […]
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09:54
Previously known as D&D Next, 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons is now officially a thing. You can buy the starter set in selected shops now, and everywhere else soon. Plus the basic rules are...
Source: Tobold
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08:26
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune cleansed the main temple of Gardmore Abbey, and learned how the Deck of Many Things had caused the downfall of the abbey 150 years ago. They had killed...
Source: Tobold
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