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September 10, 2014

16:00
Remember when Facebook announced they were buying Occulus Rift back in March? We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Well, the outrage or discomfort or whatever passed with time it seems. And about […]
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16:00
Remember when Facebook announced they were buying Occulus Rift back in March? We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Well, the outrage or discomfort or whatever passed with time it seems. And about […]
Categories: Bloggers
09:47
I'm in the middle of my second playthrough of Divinity: Original Sin, and I'll probably stop playing there. On my first playthrough I used the Lone Wolf talent on both characters, which meant that...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
Love Letter is a fun game. In my first game, I was eliminated before my first turn, and in just over half the rounds I have played, I have been knocked out before my second turn. In most games, I would not tolerate that degree of lack of player control, but the game creates a […]

Variability and Time Investment is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 9, 2014

21:00
25 million people play Call of Duty monthly, but that pales in comparison to 2.5 billion people on the Internet. That’s 1 percent of the Internet, that’s nothing. Michael Pachter, at Cloud Gaming USA That is one of those quotes that boggles the mind as it lets so much slip by, to the point of […]
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21:00
25 million people play Call of Duty monthly, but that pales in comparison to 2.5 billion people on the Internet. That’s 1 percent of the Internet, that’s nothing. Michael Pachter, at Cloud Gaming USA That is one of those quotes that boggles the mind as it lets so much slip by, to the point of […]
Categories: Bloggers
20:18
As things cool down on the GamerGate morass a little bit, the various press outlets have started to voice their own opinions and declarative statements on where they stand.  As
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
The return to Deklein seems to have been accomplished for most people over the weekend.  Somewhere I missed the broadcast about there being a channel set up for people looking to get ships brought north via excess hangar space in carriers.  By last night the channel was deserted, leading me to the conclusion that most […]
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18:00
The return to Deklein seems to have been accomplished for most people over the weekend.  Somewhere I missed the broadcast about there being a channel set up for people looking to get ships brought north via excess hangar space in carriers.  By last night the channel was deserted, leading me to the conclusion that most […]
Categories: Bloggers
12:46
I was reading Syl's post on Where all the Hate comes from, and while I agree with most of what is said there, I did stumble upon this question of hers on why some people attack so-called social...
Source: Tobold
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10:49
Being signed up to various sites on the internet, I regularly get mails of the type "our Terms of Service have changed". Like everybody else on the internet I never read any ToS in the first place,...
Source: Tobold
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07:58
Love letter is another simple bluffing game, with a little less to offer than Coup but with greater simplicity and a more pleasant theme. You are trying to get your love letter to the princess. The deck of 16 cards represents 8 roles around the castle, with higher numbers being closer to the princess. You […]

[TT] Love Letter is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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05:31
In the movie Office Space (a film that should be required viewing for anyone who work in games), the unfortunately-named Michael Bolton is asked why he doesn’t go by ‘Mike’
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01:13
Two more general notes on simple changes that are likely to have widespread effects on the game. First, one new mechanic replacing many is “proficiency bonus.” This takes the place of what has been many tables across the editions: THAC0, to hit bonuses, saving throw tables, spell DCs, proficiencies, and more. Those were all separate […]

[RR] D&D 5E: Proficiencies and An Economy of Actions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 8, 2014

18:00
Another Summer in Delves comes to an end.  The word came down on Friday that our deployment to Delve would be closing down and that there would be many… that was the term used… convoys heading back to Deklein so we could get various ships safely home to our new staging system. Having piled up […]
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18:00
Another Summer in Delves comes to an end.  The word came down on Friday that our deployment to Delve would be closing down and that there would be many… that was the term used… convoys heading back to Deklein so we could get various ships safely home to our new staging system. Having piled up […]
Categories: Bloggers
09:43
I was reading an article about recruitment at Blizzard, which talks about how lousy an industry this is to work for: Low job security, long hours, low pay. Not just the people who make games, but...
Source: Tobold
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September 7, 2014

11:42
Dungeonscape is the official software for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, a "digital companion app" for those who want to play D&D with the help of computers, tablets, or smartphones instead...
Source: Tobold
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September 5, 2014

19:03
Should we care about that title and who can usefully claim it? Some argue that Sturgeon’s Revelation applies within creators’ works, not between creators. That is, if someone wrote one really good book, odds are that s/he will still only write one really good book; authors who are good authors rather than people who wrote […]

“From the Makers of” is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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16:00
While I haven’t been in Rift for ages, that doesn’t mean Trion Worlds isn’t still out there plugging away.  During that very busy stretch in August… I though people went on vacation in August… they announced a new expansion, the Nightmare Tide. This will bring the level cap up to 65, adds new content in […]
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16:00
While I haven’t been in Rift for ages, that doesn’t mean Trion Worlds isn’t still out there plugging away.  During that very busy stretch in August… I though people went on vacation in August… they announced a new expansion, the Nightmare Tide. This will bring the level cap up to 65, adds new content in […]
Categories: Bloggers
15:22
Am I a "gamer"? It is kind of weird that this is an actual question under debate. Not about me personally, but certainly about "people like me". I did a rough estimate of how much of my life I did...
Source: Tobold
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15:08
Mawdrey is one of the chase items for the first half of Season 2 in Guild Wars 2. Unlike most of the other chase items, Mawdrey is not random-chance loot. It is quite the opposite. Mawdrey is a large treasure hunt, crafting spree, and tree destroying quest rolled in to one. In The Dragon’s Reach: […]

[GW2] Mawdrey is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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07:55
In 1887 John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton wrote "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.", making a link between power and corruption. In the past weeks all game journalists...
Source: Tobold
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September 4, 2014

18:00
Last time around I found my progress towards the Loremaster achievement in World of Warcraft… well… if not thwarted, at least delayed.  While I did a lot of quests in Nagrand, I found myself 12 quests shy of the achievement, and for 11 of those 12 quests I need a group or to be level […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
Last time around I found my progress towards the Loremaster achievement in World of Warcraft… well… if not thwarted, at least delayed.  While I did a lot of quests in Nagrand, I found myself 12 quests shy of the achievement, and for 11 of those 12 quests I need a group or to be level […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:24
Among the various other ludicrous claims I’ve seen come from the gamergate truthers and Sarkeesian bashers is a fear, a deep, unsettling fear: if the Social Justice Warriors win, the
Categories: Bloggers
08:04
I have seen the Gamergate story explained as a gender issue, and I have seen it described as a culture war. But being a strong believer in behavioral economics I do believe that ultimately the whole...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
Credit where it is due, and I am surprised I did not note it at the time: Guild Wars 2 includes potentially useful information on its loading screens. It charts your progress towards 100% zone completion. The theme park says, “You have ridden 13/16 rides from this zone on this character and seen 9/10 photo […]

Useful Loading Screens 2 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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07:02
Credit where it is due, and I am surprised I did not note it at the time: Guild Wars 2 includes potentially useful information on its loading screens. It charts your progress towards 100% zone completion. The theme park says, “You have ridden 13/16 rides from this zone on this character and seen 9/10 photo […]

Useful Loading Screens 2 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
02:00
This bizarro weekend, I've attempt to instil a bit of meaning into my procrastination by purchasing Nom Nom Galaxy and The Sims 4.  The former surprised me by being available for half-off on...
Source: Geldon
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September 3, 2014

22:00
The upside for Wonky Seasons, should they be able to carry this first day momentum, is that is that their Kickstarter campaign is trending to raise a grand total of $109. The bad news is that if this trend continues, it will only get them to 0.13% of their $85,000 goal. Okay, I am being […]
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22:00
The upside for Wonky Seasons, should they be able to carry this first day momentum, is that is that their Kickstarter campaign is trending to raise a grand total of $109. The bad news is that if this trend continues, it will only get them to 0.13% of their $85,000 goal. Okay, I am being […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
I was not sure we were actually going to get together and play last Friday evening.  It was a holiday weekend.  Nobody had set up a Google event.  And, honestly, I was wondering if the group might want a break after the grand finale of the Civilization V game. But then, a little while before […]
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18:00
I was not sure we were actually going to get together and play last Friday evening.  It was a holiday weekend.  Nobody had set up a Google event.  And, honestly, I was wondering if the group might want a break after the grand finale of the Civilization V game. But then, a little while before […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:04
Economics has a concept called marginal cost. That doesn't mean "insignificant cost", but instead is the cost of producing one more unit of anything. The cost of making something is the marginal cost...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
A subtle shift that comes early in the PHB is nudging the player away from the perceived need to have 18 in stats. D&D stats classically range from 3 to 18, based on the original character generation of “roll 3d6.” Higher numbers are better. Under the original scheme of rolling three six-sided dice and taking […]

[RR] D&D 5th Edition: 18 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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07:02
A subtle shift that comes early in the PHB is nudging the player away from the perceived need to have 18 in stats. D&D stats classically range from 3 to 18, based on the original character generation of “roll 3d6.” Higher numbers are better. Under the original scheme of rolling three six-sided dice and taking […]

[RR] D&D 5th Edition: 18 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

September 2, 2014

18:00
Raptr sends me a report every Monday telling me how many hours of video games they tracked me playing the previous week.  When yesterday’s report indicated I had played less than two hours in the last week of August, I should have been quite skeptical.  It had me playing an hour and ten minutes with […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
Raptr sends me a report every Monday telling me how many hours of video games they tracked me playing the previous week.  When yesterday’s report indicated I had played less than two hours in the last week of August, I should have been quite skeptical.  It had me playing an hour and ten minutes with […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:53
Right out of the "gamers are not very nice people" corner comes the Steam Review Watch, a blog where somebody collects the scathing critiques that games get on Steam together with the amount of time...
Source: Tobold
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14:49
I'd like to start this post with a special thanks to Stubborn from Sheep the Diamond, without whose creative input this new adventure would not have been possible. In the previous session we...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
Coup is a wonderfully simple and deep bluffing game. The rules you need to explain can fit on one side of a card; a reference sheet fits neatly on the other side, and the cards themselves have all the text you need. Everyone gets two cards. If you run out of cards, you are out […]

[TT] Coup is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
07:02
Coup is a wonderfully simple and deep bluffing game. The rules you need to explain can fit on one side of a card; a reference sheet fits neatly on the other side, and the cards themselves have all the text you need. Everyone gets two cards. If you run out of cards, you are out […]

[TT] Coup is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
00:47
There are those who think that perhaps Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian are lying about the campaigns of terror, hacking, and bullying that they are currently encountering (and thanks to
Categories: Bloggers

September 1, 2014

18:00
As August fades into our collective rear-view mirror, so too does Blaugust, Belghast’s event to drive away the typical August malaise. Fifty blogs set out to post at least once a day for the duration of the month.  Thirty made it to that goal. Like many of the other bloggers, there were bits that pushed […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
As August fades into our collective rear-view mirror, so too does Blaugust, Belghast’s event to drive away the typical August malaise. Fifty blogs set out to post at least once a day for the duration of the month.  Thirty made it to that goal. Like many of the other bloggers, there were bits that pushed […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:56
I bought a new PC recently. The 3-year old PC I used before I gave to my wife. Which meant her old computer, a bit over 5 years old, was to give away. Now a computer tends to accumulate a lot of...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers
07:02
Enjoyable but cannot decide whether it wants to be stressful or relaxing. This is not a new game, but I acquired it in a recent Humble Bundle and have played a bit. It is a simple game with few commands. You fling a little “grimp” around plants, opening more plants by defeating enemies to send […]

Quick Review: PixelJunk Eden is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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07:02
Enjoyable but cannot decide whether it wants to be stressful or relaxing. This is not a new game, but I acquired it in a recent Humble Bundle and have played a bit. It is a simple game with few commands. You fling a little “grimp” around plants, opening more plants by defeating enemies to send […]

Quick Review: PixelJunk Eden is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers