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April 15, 2014

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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April 7, 2014

17:00
Months pass, seasons change, and suddenly I am at another round number with my main character in EVE Online.  You can see the timeline of round numbers so far: Ten million – November 2007 Twenty million – June 2008 Thirty million – January 2009 Forty million – August 2009 Fifty million – March 2010 Sixty […]
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17:00
Months pass, seasons change, and suddenly I am at another round number with my main character in EVE Online.  You can see the timeline of round numbers so far: Ten million – November 2007 Twenty million – June 2008 Thirty million – January 2009 Forty million – August 2009 Fifty million – March 2010 Sixty […]
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14:56
I find it interesting to see what happens with the Ravious household when Guild Wars 2 is not pumping out updates every two weeks. This happened earlier during the winter holiday break, and now it is happening again as we wait one more week for the feature patch update (4/15). First, I’m back to doing […]

[GW2] Wuv Downtime is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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06:02
As the design of a game, this timetable makes perfect sense. As the design of a world, it makes me sad. “Go forth, hero, and make your legend by following the attached schedule of events.” Someone already made that legend? No problem, the enemy will spawn, disappear within fifteen minutes, and respawn again on schedule […]

[GW2] World Bus? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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06:00
Kickstarter has been a game changer, pretty literally. As I've written in a series of articles over on Shoost (http://shoost.co/2014/02/27/how-kickstarter-has-affected-game-development-part-1/), crowdfunders are taking the place of publishers for game projects, and what the consequences of that are. But, precisely what are backers getting out of a project? That's a surprisingly deep question. Let's take a look at what people think they are getting when they back a project.

Post copyright Brian 'Psychochild' Green. Visit the post to participate in the comments: The two faces of Kickstarter

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April 6, 2014

19:00
People have been wondering in the EVE forums if Burn Jita is going to happen again this year. There has been no official announcement so far. But finally, we have a clear sign… someone has started making posters for it!  The rule is always, first Photoshop, then action! Self-proclaimed Goon nemesis Gevlon has already been […]
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19:00
People have been wondering in the EVE forums if Burn Jita is going to happen again this year. There has been no official announcement so far. But finally, we have a clear sign… someone has started making posters for it!  The rule is always, first Photoshop, then action! Self-proclaimed Goon nemesis Gevlon has already been […]
Categories: Bloggers
14:52
I pre-ordered Wildstar, and as a result I have beta access during special beta weekends before release in June, or rather headstart end of May. So what does one do in beta, when one knows that the...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
The World of Warcraft April Fool’s patch notes really are that good. Seriously, go read them. You may not catch all the references, but I think I just learned a lot about WoW culture from the mockery of it. Still, my favorite? The Love is in the Air quest “Crushing the Crown” has been renamed […]

[WoW] Read the Patch Notes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 5, 2014

06:02
I think I am somewhere around the middle of the story mode of Batman: Arkham Origins, although it is tough to tell without looking up something spoiler-tastic. The Arkham games really are some of the best around. I am, however, becoming rather frustrated by the poorer quality control at WB Montreal (makers of this game) […]

Offline Games: Also Bugged is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 4, 2014

20:00
Today is the official go-live date for The Elder Scrolls Online.  I was a bit skeptical about them hitting their target in good order, especially after a couple of the beta weekends, but here we are. And what I have read online so far seems to indicate that things are going well.  SynCaine, something of […]
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20:00
Today is the official go-live date for The Elder Scrolls Online.  I was a bit skeptical about them hitting their target in good order, especially after a couple of the beta weekends, but here we are. And what I have read online so far seems to indicate that things are going well.  SynCaine, something of […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
It is Friday and Blizzard has announced a bunch of things this week, wisely waiting until after April Fools day. (Unlike CCP, which did a Dev Post on drones and Summer expansion forum posts on mining ships and Nosferatu upgrades on April 1st just to torment us. I am still not convinced they are real.) […]
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16:00
It is Friday and Blizzard has announced a bunch of things this week, wisely waiting until after April Fools day. (Unlike CCP, which did a Dev Post on drones and Summer expansion forum posts on mining ships and Nosferatu upgrades on April 1st just to torment us. I am still not convinced they are real.) […]
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08:48
I hope you didn't get too excited about the title, because there is no such thing as a massively multiplayer online game called Fifty Shades of Grey Online. I am just using that example to discuss...
Source: Tobold
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