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July 23, 2014

07:18
As I want to buy it at my local gaming store and not online, I still haven't got the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set. But I did find that several people, Wizards of the Coast included,...
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July 21, 2014

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...
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July 20, 2014

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....
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July 17, 2014

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...
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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...
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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...
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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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July 11, 2014

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,...
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July 10, 2014

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,...
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July 9, 2014

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...
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July 8, 2014

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...
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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...
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July 7, 2014

15:06
With over a hundred unplayed Steam games in my library, one might think that I would be playing those to reduce the backlog. But as I considered that notion, I realized that all week long I hadn't...
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July 4, 2014

09:59
I don't have any. Do you? Every week I look at the Nosy Gamer's Digital Dozen MMORPG XFire activity chart. Which is getting less and less statistically significant every week, due to XFire not...
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08:06
The title of this post is the label of the Steam Calculator, an online tool that calculates the value of your Steam game library. Here are my results: Worth: 2495,32€ (808,04€ with sales) Games...
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July 2, 2014

14:44
Gevlon, You want to remove the 90% of players who are not playing good enough (from your point of view) from your MMORPGs of choice. Assuming that the game companies would quite like to keep the...
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July 1, 2014

16:14
Of course I couldn't leave Hagu's "meta question" of yesterday unanswered. Not only do I believe that group content in a modern AAA MMORPG could be salvaged, I also have a bunch of ideas how. The...
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June 30, 2014

14:19
I personally have opted out of Wildstar group content, because I consider it counterproductive to the true goal of playing a game: Having fun! But I keep reading about it, usually reporting bad...
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June 27, 2014

16:04
During the beta and first week of Wildstar I absolutely hated challenges: The way the game suddenly shouted at me and forced me to change my plans. The way they turned a leisurely activity into a...
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June 24, 2014

21:10
Recently Ars Technical data-mined Steam and found that 37% of games that people had bought then stayed unplayed in their libraries. I'm afraid my personal Steam library has even more unplayed games...
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June 20, 2014

07:35
In the previous thread Gevlon commented that buying gold is a form of cheating. Basically "Pay2Win", you pay real money, you get virtual gold, and the auction house permits you to leverage that...
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June 19, 2014

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...
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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....
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June 18, 2014

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...
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June 17, 2014

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...
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June 16, 2014

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...
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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...
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June 13, 2014

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...
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June 12, 2014

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...
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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...
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June 11, 2014

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...
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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...
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June 9, 2014

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...
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June 6, 2014

06:12
I love it when a plan works. My Wildstar money making scheme, while complicated and time intensive, did pay off big in the end. In a change from when I tried it in beta, the power cores that the...
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June 4, 2014

08:55
Imagine a very simple game: Your screen shows just two arrows, the left one pointing to the left, the right one pointing to the right. When one of the arrows flashes, you need to press the...
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08:18
In the Wildstar beta I was doing okay with regards to earning gold. In the release version not so much. It turns out that adventures are expensive, as you don't get any loot but a big repair bill....
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June 3, 2014

10:52
Another question from my "ask me anything" thread was about how to get started with pen & paper role-playing games. That is not an easy question to answer. In fact it could be said that this is...
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08:22
On writing the title I realized that "day" is a bad unit of measure here: Day 1 and 2 were Saturday and Sunday, so I had a lot more hours available than on day 3, which was a work Monday. Anyway, I...
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June 2, 2014

17:11
My very first dungeon group in WoW was a group of 5 shamans going to Ragefire Chasm. We didn't even know at the time that we weren't supposed to do that. We figured that shamans could both tank and...
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12:50
When I asked for ideas for this column, I got several replies on the subject of alignment. So I'll talk about that in this post. First of all it has to be remarked that alignment is not system...
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June 1, 2014

21:04
I started day 2 of Wildstar doing challenges, as I am an early riser, and the challenges were better with less people around. I was usually just trying to get the satchel of salvaged goods, as...
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May 31, 2014

21:11
Due to popular request, I'll log my activities in Wildstar for some days. Day one started badly, at the time where the head start officially started there was no way of getting into the game. Carbine...
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09:09
One hour into the headstart of Wildstar I can report that the game is working as expected, that is to say not at all. You only ever get an endless string of "NCSoft login service timeout" messages...
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May 30, 2014

09:54
Hey, would you be interested in buying a house? I haven't actually started building it yet, and I don't plan to put much work in it, but if you pay me a monthly fee you can build that house yourself...
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06:39
Would you rather play a game made by indie developer legend Mojang, or a Free2Play game by a big game company which slapped a well-known oldie game name on a game that plays very different from...
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May 29, 2014

08:38
I was born in the pre-personal computer era, so as a child I played games like chess or Monopoly. And those games were symmetrical: Every player had exactly the same starting condition, and who won...
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May 28, 2014

05:28
sid67 asked: "Totally off-topic, but does anyone know if there is any software/websites for running pen & paper groups online?". I hear a lot of good things about virtual tabletop applications...
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May 27, 2014

17:37
As I recently wrote, I consider 5th edition to be both too complex and too expensive to make a good product that gets new players into pen & paper role-playing. And apparently I wasn't the only...
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15:45
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune found out how to control the cards of the Deck of Many Things they had been collecting. That turned those cards from a curiosity into a bunch of...
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May 26, 2014

12:38
Without wanting to turn this blog into Reddit, I could use some more feedback on my "New player guide to role-playing" series of posts. Before I go off on some tangent nobody is interested in, I'd...
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