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March 31, 2014

23:00
The Site WordPress.com, ever fodder for for this section of the monthly round up, popped up something amusing this month. We all love the number 1337 right, being “leet” in “leet speak” and all that.  But the pop-up does make me wonder a bit.  I am close to 3,200 posts here, but only 1,337 were […]
Categories: Bloggers
21:22
On one hand, I am sympathetic to how fast, and how transparently, game developers rip each other off in the casual and mobile space. It’s particularly galling when the company
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
No.  No more kids games.  Kids don’t spend well and it’s very difficult to run a kids game.  Turns out Kids do mean stuff to each other a lot. John Smedley, Reddit AMA Back towards the end of January, SOE announced that it would be closing down four of its titles this year.  The closures […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
No.  No more kids games.  Kids don’t spend well and it’s very difficult to run a kids game.  Turns out Kids do mean stuff to each other a lot. John Smedley, Reddit AMA Back towards the end of January, SOE announced that it would be closing down four of its titles this year.  The closures […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:54
None of us here seem to be leaping into Elder Scrolls Online, but the one thing I’m not seeing on my RSS of MMO bloggers? The usual Day One issues with logins, authentication, servers, unrecognized keys, queues, and whatever your online game of choice suffered through in its first weeks. As far as MMO launches […]

Smooth Launch is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
01:36
You are familiar with sites that regurgitate content with provocative headlines as linkbait. You see them on your Facebook wall or as the “related content” gnawing at the edges of web pages. They are fond of lists, gifs, splitting small amounts of content across multiple pages, and generally working their content-to-ad ratio as much as […]

Social Media Linkbait is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

March 29, 2014

01:41
Steam has the Batman franchises (Arkham and Lego) 75% off, so I now have Arkham Origins. Is it worth springing for the Season Pass or any DLC? I have the Millennium skins from a Humble Bundle. New Humble sale, so I have a few new indie games to try. I already have and enjoyed Defenders […]

Exciting Gaming Weekend Ahead is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

March 28, 2014

23:00
A new humor series about World of Warcraft is starting on YouTube.  Called WowCraft, it naturally opens with character creation. I like the criteria presented for class selection.  Simple and direct. On the other hand, I never have much problem with name selection.  I suspect my conventions for character naming are… different.Filed under: Humor, World […]
Categories: Bloggers
23:00
A new humor series about World of Warcraft is starting on YouTube.  Called WowCraft, it naturally opens with character creation. I like the criteria presented for class selection.  Simple and direct. On the other hand, I never have much problem with name selection.  I suspect my conventions for character naming are… different.Filed under: Humor, World […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:00
It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley.  I put on a jacket last night.  And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late.  Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered. It is […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:00
It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley.  I put on a jacket last night.  And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late.  Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered. It is […]
Categories: Bloggers
13:14
If you work for a company in Europe, you'll most likely have a lot of holidays, anything from 4 to 8 weeks per year. Americans tend to have a lot less. For me that is the explanation for a curious...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
05:43
I had four whole days off, back to back, and what did I spend them doing?  Minecraft!  What sub-par nerdening is this?  I should have spent at least a little of that time in...
Source: Geldon
Categories: Bloggers
00:44
I apologize. This week has been a ruddy mess. I wanted to talk about print-on-demand publishing and digital books, but just couldn’t get it together. I kept going off on tangents. Combined with work, barometric headaches, and prepping to start my own campaign… well excuses. Since I can’t share my grand thoughts, just yet, I […]

[RR] Scarlet Heroes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

March 27, 2014

18:00
We have had a bit of a gap since our last full instance group run.  Birthdays, marathons, and some other outside activities have intruded.  We have done some things together.  Operations in search of mounts, bags, and rep are always an option.  But it hasn’t been the full group for almost a month. And I […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
We have had a bit of a gap since our last full instance group run.  Birthdays, marathons, and some other outside activities have intruded.  We have done some things together.  Operations in search of mounts, bags, and rep are always an option.  But it hasn’t been the full group for almost a month. And I […]
Categories: Bloggers

March 26, 2014

23:00
More on the phishing front.  This arrived in my spam folder with the incongruous subject line: Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor! That sounds like an announcement asking you to buy the expansion, but the graphic inside purports to have a code for a free copy of the expansion. […]
Categories: Bloggers
23:00
More on the phishing front.  This arrived in my spam folder with the incongruous subject line: Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor! That sounds like an announcement asking you to buy the expansion, but the graphic inside purports to have a code for a free copy of the expansion. […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
So yeah, yesterday after the markets closed, Facebook announced they were going to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is the company currently working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. And then a corner of the internet exploded.  I figured I ought to mark that moment in time so we can come […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
So yeah, yesterday after the markets closed, Facebook announced they were going to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is the company currently working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. And then a corner of the internet exploded.  I figured I ought to mark that moment in time so we can come […]
Categories: Bloggers
10:58
I was reading an article in the New Statesman about how horribly players behave to each other in the sandbox game DayZ. And that got me wondering whether bad behavior is inherent to all sandbox...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
03:10
greglasMarch 25, 2014 was a pretty interesting day for virtual currency and virtual reality! It seems the IRS deems mined bitcoins (& Dogecoins!) to be income. So it seems pretty clear that Linden Dollars are a "convertible" virtual currency and should count as income too. I'm assuming professional goldfarmers should have to report loot drops too, since they're skilled at converting that virtual currency. But I'm still unclear about participants in primarily virtual, ludic economies -- e.g. MMORPG players who may occasionally sell or buy virtual property. Language from the IRS follows -- full text is here. -- ...Virtual currency...
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March 25, 2014

22:00
In pre-launch days, the one system I disliked the most in Guild Wars 2-to-be was the transmutation system. Coming from Lord of the Rings Online, with its excellent wardrobe system, the design of the Guild Wars 2 transmutation stones felt like a step backwards in usability and a step forwards in the cash shop arena. […]

[GW2] The Wardrobe is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
18:00
The day has come, the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has launched.  Death is here, or so they tell me. It had the big midnight launch, like so many past Blizzard games and expansions.  And I am not buying it. Well, not today at least. I have been enjoying Diablo III since the 2.0 […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
The day has come, the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has launched.  Death is here, or so they tell me. It had the big midnight launch, like so many past Blizzard games and expansions.  And I am not buying it. Well, not today at least. I have been enjoying Diablo III since the 2.0 […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
Gaff has belatedly wandered back to World of Warcraft with the rest of us.  He can now join us in our wait for Warlords of Draenor.  But he is just getting started with Mists of Pandaria, so he has a little while until he hits level cap.  His druid was the first of his characters […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
Gaff has belatedly wandered back to World of Warcraft with the rest of us.  He can now join us in our wait for Warlords of Draenor.  But he is just getting started with Mists of Pandaria, so he has a little while until he hits level cap.  His druid was the first of his characters […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:50
If I've learned anything from the last 5 days of dabbling with Minecraft, it's that putting together your own custom mod mix can be risky business. My home base towards the end of this game. ...
Source: Geldon
Categories: Bloggers
06:02
We pause in the festival of Dominion for a general reflection on the audience for a game. Like most people in my generation, my wife plays games at times but would not characterize herself as a gamer. She knows who Mario is but not Master Chief. She plays Dominion with me and enjoys it. We […]

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

Categories: Bloggers

March 24, 2014

18:21
I’ve been on a roll with Steam early access games, but I still stick to my rule of thumb: read the discussion before buying. Magicite seemed good and fun. It is a rogue-like sidescroller with crafting and leveling aspects similar to Starbound or Terraria. It also has a bit of between-death progression I loved in […]

Magicite: A Good Walk Ruined is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
18:00
It has been 30 days since the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter campaign came to a close. In its 40 day run, the campaign managed to drum up $460,657 in pledges from 3,157 potential backers.  While shy of the $800,000 target of the campaign, that is still a fair amount of cash to have […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
It has been 30 days since the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter campaign came to a close. In its 40 day run, the campaign managed to drum up $460,657 in pledges from 3,157 potential backers.  While shy of the $800,000 target of the campaign, that is still a fair amount of cash to have […]
Categories: Bloggers
13:18
I received an invitation to participate in the beta of World of Tanks: Blitz, the iOS version of a game I played a lot on the PC. But I decided to look at a gameplay video on YouTube first, because I...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
06:02
One mechanic that Dark Age of Camelot worked out for Realm vs. Realm combat that Guild Wars 2 has yet to meaningfully attempt in World vs. World combat is providing a reason for the two #2 and #3 servers to both attack the winning team, rather than having the #1 and #2 servers attack the […]

[GW2],[DAoC] WvW v#1 or v#3? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
01:26
Too Many Resources The most obvious issue out of the most recent playtest is that 6 types of resources is far too many to keep track of. For each card the player wants to buy they have to calculate the differences of three different numbers. Then they add the results of each of those sums [...]
Source: Joe Ludwig
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March 23, 2014

06:02
In Plants vs. Zombies 2, my wife’s bane is the zombie chicken. The Wild West’s Chicken Wrangler Zombie (!!) leaks chickens when he is damaged. The chickens are archetypal fragile speedsters: they move and attack much faster than zombies but instantly die from any damage. (Spikeweeds are particularly funny, as huge waves of chicken wranglers […]

“Chicken From Hell” is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 22, 2014

14:53
My alliance was winning the current war in Game of Thrones Ascent, but it turns out that an estimated quarter of our victory points came from exploits. It was possible for players to instantly craft an expensive item using no resources, which could then be sold for silver — an infinite money exploit limited only […]

Find the Exploiter on the Graph is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers
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

Categories: Bloggers

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

Categories: Bloggers
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. […]
Categories: Bloggers
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. […]
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers

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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers