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June 26, 2014

22:43
As the Steam Summer Sale trundles on, my acquisitions to my game library have thus far been old wish list items that have finally fell to at least 75% off: Best. Thumbnail. Ever.Naruto Shippuden...
Source: Geldon
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19:04
I came back from vacation to my two play-by-post campaigns I was at the time playing before I left. I gave fair notice to all participants I would be gone, of course. When I came back only one was still running. The one that didn’t need a gamemaster (“GM”). The other one, well the GM […]

[RR] Ficklejuice is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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19:00
Astranaar… shit, I’m still only in Astranaar… Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in Stonetalon.  I’m here a weekend now… waiting for a quest… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this zone, I get weaker, and every minute some Warsong grunt squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I […]
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19:00
Astranaar… shit, I’m still only in Astranaar… Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in Stonetalon.  I’m here a weekend now… waiting for a quest… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this zone, I get weaker, and every minute some Warsong grunt squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I […]
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June 25, 2014

19:23
Mrs. Ravious and I just go back from our 10th Anniversary trip, which was basically our first childless trip since our honeymoon. It was long overdue, and we drank much fortified grape juice in southern France. I am back now for the remainder of the summer. Windborne Windborne is currently the game of the house. […]

Out of the Rabbit Hole and into Summer is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
Our game of Civilization V goes on.  I just posted the Week 8 update yesterday.  Things are going well enough and we remain interested, amazed, and enthusiastic to complete the epic journey to victory that this has become.  I am going to guess that we have a good four more weeks of play left in […]
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18:00
Our game of Civilization V goes on.  I just posted the Week 8 update yesterday.  Things are going well enough and we remain interested, amazed, and enthusiastic to complete the epic journey to victory that this has become.  I am going to guess that we have a good four more weeks of play left in […]
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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...
Source: Tobold
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18:00
We had something of a small turnout for our game last Friday.  It was just Potshot and I, with Mattman still on vacation and Loghound busy until late that evening.  Still, part of the idea behind this epic length game was that people could drop out from one week to another and have the AI […]
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18:00
We had something of a small turnout for our game last Friday.  It was just Potshot and I, with Mattman still on vacation and Loghound busy until late that evening.  Still, part of the idea behind this epic length game was that people could drop out from one week to another and have the AI […]
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06:02
Critical mass of zombie games has long since been reached. We are now at the point where the pit of E.T. Atari games was dug up to create a hole big enough to hold all the excess zombie games being made. I had not realized how bad the problem was until I went to Origins […]

[TT] Zombie Games is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 23, 2014

18:00
Back in the mid-to-late 90s, back when I was playing TorilMUD, there was a point when a couple of people had been caught cheating… multi-boxing or exploiting game mechanics or some such… and the game had to come up with punishments for such transgressions. The people who ran the at the time came up with […]
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18:00
Back in the mid-to-late 90s, back when I was playing TorilMUD, there was a point when a couple of people had been caught cheating… multi-boxing or exploiting game mechanics or some such… and the game had to come up with punishments for such transgressions. The people who ran the at the time came up with […]
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17:46
As the Steam Summer Sale 2014 lurches to a start, I find myself bemused that I've already bought most of the games in the spotlight, and am too busy playing WildStar right now anyway.  This is...
Source: Geldon
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June 21, 2014

15:14
We want our games to present both persistence and mutability in certain degrees and certain forms, but that varies from person to person and time to time. When those factors are not in balance, we can be left thinking, “What’s the point?” We want the effects of actions to stick around, but not for too […]

Persistence and Mutability is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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June 20, 2014

18:00
Technically summer starts tomorrow according to the conspiracy of pendants and calendar makers, for whom there must be a set of fixed dates for something as nebulous as a “season,” but I still think of summer as just being June, July, and August, those being the span of “summer vacation” from school when I was […]
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18:00
Technically summer starts tomorrow according to the conspiracy of pendants and calendar makers, for whom there must be a set of fixed dates for something as nebulous as a “season,” but I still think of summer as just being June, July, and August, those being the span of “summer vacation” from school when I was […]
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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...
Source: Tobold
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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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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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