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April 18, 2014

16:00
There was another chance to shoot things with lasers last night.  Reagalan was leading a fleet into Pure Blind to finish off one of the towers that had previously put into reinforce.  The destination was KDV-DE. We were a little slow getting off.  There was a call to meet up at the staging POS, where […]
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06:24
Rounding off what has been a solid month of Minecraft experimentation, that's pretty much what I did with my reverse-weekend, but I did get a bit of Don't Starve in as well.  Here's a few things...
Source: Geldon
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06:02
Refering to something as a cargo cult means that it is repeating the external appearances but ignoring what makes it work. It is a form of magical thinking, that the ritual is what is important. The mental image you should get is someone on a Pacific island after WWII, trying to summon an airplane full […]

Cargo Cults and Clones is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 17, 2014

22:32
City of Heroes needed to implement “enhancement diversification,” a massive nerf in which marginal diversity was achieved by taking away the strongest options, for the long term health of the game. It was a good balance decision, but when the transition happened, it really hurt to log in and see your damage halved. Guild Wars […]

Short Term, Long Term, Transitions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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17:00
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]
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17:00
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]
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16:58
I have a long weekend before me, 4-day Easter weekend. Which happens to coincide with a Wildstar beta weekend. Now I don't want to play the beta too much and then get bored on release. But I do want...
Source: Tobold
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April 16, 2014

19:00
The tempo of operations has picked up a bit in Deklein.  The rumor on coms is that The Mittani has returned from some press junket and is getting all the veterans of foreign wars, now loafing about the region, warmed up and engaged so that we are ready to go when all eyes turn towards […]
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19:00
The tempo of operations has picked up a bit in Deklein.  The rumor on coms is that The Mittani has returned from some press junket and is getting all the veterans of foreign wars, now loafing about the region, warmed up and engaged so that we are ready to go when all eyes turn towards […]
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16:00
Friday night we got ourselves together in the designated Google hangout in order to return to our game of Civilization V. Mattman, Potshot, and I were ready to go, but Loghound had some guests to evict or some such, so we got the game warmed up and ready while he set about pointing people towards […]
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16:00
Friday night we got ourselves together in the designated Google hangout in order to return to our game of Civilization V. Mattman, Potshot, and I were ready to go, but Loghound had some guests to evict or some such, so we got the game warmed up and ready while he set about pointing people towards […]
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15:06
The household sounds were filled with sounds of enlightenment and confusion as Mrs. Ravious and I dug in to the Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack. Jeromai has the right of it. This feature pack shook things up. Hopefully all for the better, but time will have to tell on a lot of it. As Zubon […]

[GW2] That Feature Pack is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:15
Read the patch notes and completely re-do every character you have before you do anything. Everything changed, and the mail alerting you that something has been reset can be spotty. I had to play several PvP matches and repeatedly enter the Heart of the Mists before I got any notice that my PvP stats were […]

[GW2] Login Warning is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 15, 2014

21:32
All this desperate flailing with Minecraft mod mixes basically adds up to the fundamental fact that, despite how over-saturated the gaming market may seem to be, the game I want to play is not truly...
Source: Geldon
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20:00
Our alliance chief sent out a pastebin over coms the other day featuring a “nice towers, shame if something happened to them” extortion approach.  (Name replaced with SG for “some guy,” which is his approximate level of notoriety.) SG > 250 mil a week and i leave tnt towers alone. SG > Will save you […]
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20:00
Our alliance chief sent out a pastebin over coms the other day featuring a “nice towers, shame if something happened to them” extortion approach.  (Name replaced with SG for “some guy,” which is his approximate level of notoriety.) SG > 250 mil a week and i leave tnt towers alone. SG > Will save you […]
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16:00
With the announcement that Lord of the Rings Online will be introducing Beornings, the shape shifters/skin changers from The Hobbit, to the game, it can only be a matter of time before Alamo, teacher of all thing durid in World of Warcraft brings his lessons to Middle-earth. The draft so far starts off with: ************************************************* […]
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16:00
With the announcement that Lord of the Rings Online will be introducing Beornings, the shape shifters/skin changers from The Hobbit, to the game, it can only be a matter of time before Alamo, teacher of all thing durid in World of Warcraft brings his lessons to Middle-earth. The draft so far starts off with: ************************************************* […]
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06:02
As mentioned, the Intrigue expansion was Dominion’s first chance to vary the environment and give more potential to the less valuable cards. Remember, the benchmark is Big Money and streamlining decks, so the design space to be explored is how to make the cards that are not the best still worth seeking. Silver, Gold, and […]

[TT] Adding Value is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 14, 2014

18:55
So 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons will be out this year, and a bit like a World of Warcraft pre-expansion patch there is a huge D&D marketing campaign in the build-up to the release, called...
Source: Tobold
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17:00
CCP Games today announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online (MMO) game project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio. As a result of the change, 56 employees of the Atlanta studio have lost their jobs.  Some team members have been offered roles on other projects inside the company, and […]
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17:00
CCP Games today announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online (MMO) game project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio. As a result of the change, 56 employees of the Atlanta studio have lost their jobs.  Some team members have been offered roles on other projects inside the company, and […]
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15:00
A few weeks back I took a look at the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and the state of affairs since it failed to meet its goal on Kickstarter. I was particularly interested in how crowd funding would work in and environment where there was no critical mass to achieve.  My guess was that people […]
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15:00
A few weeks back I took a look at the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and the state of affairs since it failed to meet its goal on Kickstarter. I was particularly interested in how crowd funding would work in and environment where there was no critical mass to achieve.  My guess was that people […]
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06:02
The more I play WvW in GW2, the more I must believe that the developers’ goals are different than mine and from what I thought they stated. As implemented, WvW is a PvE system with periodic steamrolls and occasional good fights. Either good fights are contrary to the design or WvW is performing very far […]

[GW2] The Impossibility of WvW is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 13, 2014

14:52
Hunting for traits in the wild sounds disturbingly like New Content, while being able to buy our way out of playing through parts of the game that we don’t care for seems like a sound compromise. — Bhagpuss I find this an enormously wise decision, both for players and the developer. On the player side, […]

Multiple Unlock Options is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 12, 2014

21:49
Friends started playing Ingress and invited us to join them on the losing team (Enlightened). I leaped at the chance, of course. Ingress is a Google-made augmented reality game, which is to say you use your mobile device to interact with your environment. The gameplay looks minimal. It is Foursquare or geocaching with a sci […]

Ingress is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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08:16
Blackguards is on sale on Steam for $19.99. I've been playing for several hours yesterday, and found the game quite interesting. Definitively not for everybody, because the turn-based hex tactical...
Source: Tobold
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07:17
This has never been a particularly popular blog, because frankly I'm such a craven introvert that I don't care about popularity at all.   You know what's popular?   Reality TV and...
Source: Geldon
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April 11, 2014

21:00
My seven days of Landmark wind up today, so I thought I would use a little bit of the remaining time to take one more look. My main goal was just to stake a claim, just because I could.  I was prompted by Liore’s guide to doing just that, because I realized I had all […]
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21:00
My seven days of Landmark wind up today, so I thought I would use a little bit of the remaining time to take one more look. My main goal was just to stake a claim, just because I could.  I was prompted by Liore’s guide to doing just that, because I realized I had all […]
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08:18
In a first-person view game, you don't see your character at all, or at best his arms. In a third-person view game your character is on the screen all the time, but you only see him from the back,...
Source: Tobold
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00:40
Of my odd weekly schedule, Thursdays are rapidly becoming my least favorite.  Thursdays are a 24-hour period in which I reflect on how badly I wasted the previous 72-hours off while looking...
Source: Geldon
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April 10, 2014

20:00
SOE has announced their previously hinted at zombie apocalypse (I get a twofer on that word today, because lasers) horror survival “dedicated to Star Wars Galaxies players” game yesterday. I think it is just that sort of dedication that brought about the NGE, no?  I guess if SOE can figure out that Landmark isn’t an […]
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20:00
SOE has announced their previously hinted at zombie apocalypse (I get a twofer on that word today, because lasers) horror survival “dedicated to Star Wars Galaxies players” game yesterday. I think it is just that sort of dedication that brought about the NGE, no?  I guess if SOE can figure out that Landmark isn’t an […]
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18:49
In the ramshackle of numbers we call a character sheet there is usually a place for skills. Skills are usually learned or honed abilities or knowledges. A bootlegger might have some really good driving skills. A mediator will have something like diplomacy. Of course, they are virtually worthless without the gamemaster (GM) presenting a challenge. […]

[RR] Skills as Story is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
I might be coming out of my EVE Online malaise… a bit.  Aside from corp day ice mining, I haven’t really logged on to do anything in the game aside from update skill queues.  And I even let that slip at one point. Oh sure, now the Neocom app tells me I only have 2 […]
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18:00
I might be coming out of my EVE Online malaise… a bit.  Aside from corp day ice mining, I haven’t really logged on to do anything in the game aside from update skill queues.  And I even let that slip at one point. Oh sure, now the Neocom app tells me I only have 2 […]
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07:24
I've been playing the new Age of Wonders III for about 20 hours now, but my overall impression is one of disappointment. I feel that all the elements needed are there for a great 4X fantasy game, but...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
Back to Batman: Arkham Origins, the Firefly fight is horrible enough to merit calling out individually. Almost everything I complained about previously is present in one fight, which is kind of impressive in terms of developer mistakes. This fight is the one each game feels the need to have where you do not use your […]

Firefly is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 9, 2014

18:00
The Strategy Group got together last Friday night for our first run at Civilization V. We managed to browbeat Potshot into upgrading to the Gods and Kings and Brave New World expansions, which I understand was cheaper than trying to just get Gods and Kings, which was our target content.  That gave us religion as […]
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18:00
The Strategy Group got together last Friday night for our first run at Civilization V. We managed to browbeat Potshot into upgrading to the Gods and Kings and Brave New World expansions, which I understand was cheaper than trying to just get Gods and Kings, which was our target content.  That gave us religion as […]
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08:22
For the last two years I have been running a Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition campaign as a DM. As we only play every two weeks, we only made it to level 8 in that time, but as a DM I get...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
For your entertainment and edification, a compilation of years of complaints about bad design decisions and implementations from the “Bad Designer, No Twinkie! columns: “The No Twinkie Database.” : Zubon The No Twinkie Database is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

The No Twinkie Database is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 8, 2014

21:00
The time has come to elect a new Council of Stellar Management in EVE Online.  CCP even has a fresh new logo for ninth CSM. Voting runs from now through April 22. CCP has a nice page up describing the voting process and the changes from last year, along with a statement about how vitally […]
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21:00
The time has come to elect a new Council of Stellar Management in EVE Online.  CCP even has a fresh new logo for ninth CSM. Voting runs from now through April 22. CCP has a nice page up describing the voting process and the changes from last year, along with a statement about how vitally […]
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17:00
This dropped into my in box on Friday afternoon, Subject: Your Access to the Landmark Closed Beta is Ready! YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED Congratulations, You’ve got seven days of access to the Landmark Closed Beta, beginning now! If you redeem an additional Time-Limited Closed Beta key, that seven days will be added to your […]
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17:00
This dropped into my in box on Friday afternoon, Subject: Your Access to the Landmark Closed Beta is Ready! YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED Congratulations, You’ve got seven days of access to the Landmark Closed Beta, beginning now! If you redeem an additional Time-Limited Closed Beta key, that seven days will be added to your […]
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06:02
While you could play most of forever using the base set of Dominion, it now has a lot of expansions. The first of them is an expandalone, which contains a second set of the base cards so you could play without the base set or play 5- to 6-player games. (They now sell the base […]

[TT] Dominion: Intrigue is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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02:14
For a fellow who has no spouse or kids, the weekend is nothing particularly sacred, and so I spend it at work.  Monday is my Saturday, Friday is my Monday, and I am temporally reinforced in my...
Source: Geldon
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