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August 15, 2014

17:00
After finishing up the 1-60 achievements for my Loremaster project, culminating with the Bloodmyst Isle run, I hit a bit of wall in my effort.  I can be a very goal oriented person, but once the goal has been achieved I sometimes drop right off.  So while I had a lot of fun going through […]
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07:03
A standard version of Wildstar costs $60, the Deluxe version $75. As Wildstar released on June 3rd, by end of June every player of Wildstar had paid something between $60 and $75, because the first...
Source: Tobold
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August 14, 2014

18:26
The age of the whimsical panda is over… Chris Metzen, Blizzard Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development The moment announcing the moment many of us have been waiting for.  Warlords of Draenor will drop on November 13, 2014, just after BlizzCon, which runs November 7-8 this year. The Blizzard team showed some previews of the […]
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16:00
Here it is Wednesday night and I am wondering what I am going to post about tomorrow.  I have several choices, as tomorrow appears to be a busy day in the MMO world. Blizzard At 9:30am Pacific Time (16:30 UTC) Blizzard is going to do their big announcement for the date for the Warlords of […]
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15:07
This week I've been doing something weird: I played the same game in parallel on two platforms. The game is Godus, and while the Steam Early Access version has been available for months, the iOS...
Source: Tobold
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08:05
Dear Wizards of the Coast! Thank you very much for releasing the Dungeon Master's Basic Rules for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, after having already given us a Basic Rules version of the...
Source: Tobold
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07:21
I was looking at Old Man Murray the other day and noticed that they shared a common beef with me in that they absolutely hated what the PC gaming platform had become: a clone-ridden mess. ...
Source: Geldon
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August 13, 2014

18:27
Time flies! I used to buy a new computer every 2 years, and now I realized my last purchase is already 3 years in the past. Is it just me or are PCs not aging as fast as they used to? Anyway, here...
Source: Tobold
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18:00
We returned for our twelfth round of this game of Civilization V, which started back in early May.  Joining me this week was Potshot and Loghound, it being Mattman’s turn for a week away. I had a very simple goal for this round.  I wanted to knock out two, or maybe three if we were […]
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08:49
J3w3l is discussing being invested in games, and how it relates to difficulty. Quote: "the amount of difficulty that is acceptable to me really relates to my level of investment. The more I’m...
Source: Tobold
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05:52
I’ll soon be heading up to Vegas for yet another SOE Live. I’m pretty excited, as we’ve got some great panels on fiction and the content of EQNext. I’m also terrified, because I’ll be on stage in front of several thousand people to talk during a small portion of the keynote speech. I love doing [...]
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August 12, 2014

20:00
Currently I am not very invested in any SOE games.  I pay some attention to changes in EverQuest, with occasional glaces towards EverQuest II, based mostly on nostalgia for the “good old days,” but otherwise there isn’t much in their current lineup that thrills me.  Landmark has some potential once it gets closer to being […]
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16:00
Last week Rixx Javix put up a post over at his blog about hats. Specifically his post was about EVE Online avatars that he has adorned with hats over the years, including his own and others. You should go look at that post.  He has done a lot of hats.  EVE Online avatars with hats […]
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09:27
Azuriel hates Bioware for the pricing of their Mass Effect DLC. He calculates that there are $64 of DLC for a game that costs $14.99, and asks Bioware "to get their shit together". I'm afraid they...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
I went to my first Origins Game Fair earlier this year, and I’m going to my first Gen Con later this week. It’s a big year for diving into conventions for me. Rat-slaying readers, this is your comments thread for finding each other at the event, recommending (for or against) things, and generally talking Gen […]

[TT] Gen Con Open Thread is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:52
I don’t think we mentioned that our dear friend Tesh has a Kickstarter winding down: Tinker Gearcoins. These are a bit like the Tinker Gearchips he did at the start of the year, but with more art, different sizes, and a design that lets you use them as cogs if you want to get extra […]

Tinker Gearcoins is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 11, 2014

19:00
Over at ALT:ernative chat there is a survey request centered around the impending World of Warcraft ten year anniversary.  Since bloggers do it for an audience, I will answer the questions in the form of a blog post (as bloggers were encouraged to do.)  You are encouraged to respond as well.  Please go to the […]
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16:00
The “Good Fites” war in Delve continues on, giving us something to do during our summer vacations, such that they are.  As usual, I tend to just sit and do other things until Jabber pops up and tells me it is time for a space fight. Saturday morning seemed to be a rich time for […]
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09:40
I received a free Steam key for Divinity: Original Sin from one of the Kickstarter backers, who asked me to review the game. After playing the game for a good number of hours, here are my...
Source: Tobold
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06:04
Egads, I'm weak; I actually bought the required founders pack that allows me to play ArcheAge 24/7.  That pack had a $150 price tag attached ($162 after taxes) which is a truly ridiculous amount...
Source: Geldon
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August 10, 2014

18:41
I originally installed Raptr to track my game play time.  I wanted to see what games I was really playing over the course of time. And for that it has worked out well enough.  I had previously used XFire, which did give me better low level data, but which always had some problem or another.  […]
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09:27
The so-called core gamers on the internet have always been a notoriously whiny bunch of entitlement kids. But their latest complaint surprised even me. They whine that the PC game Godus, which is a...
Source: Tobold
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August 9, 2014

22:13
A look back at my time on Vanguard, and my feelings now that the game has gone dark.
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18:16
Back when we got the Wii and a paid of Nintendo DS Lites and my daughter an I were playing Pokemon or Mario Party 8 or LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy every Saturday morning, we went pretty whole hog into the Nintendo experience.  We got Nintendo Power Magazine, we kept up with their news […]
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11:12
He does indeed sift and sort, but he does not know that he is “sifting and sorting.” He is much like a dog who is offered a dish containing a mixture of good foods and bad foods. He spits out the bad foods and eats up the good foods. The doggie does not complain nor […]

Smullyan on Enjoying is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 8, 2014

18:00
Whenever I end up looking at the SOE MMO lineup, I am always surprised to see a new MMO on the list. Down on the bottom row, second from the right, is Dragon’s Prophet.  And every time I see it, I think, “Hey, that’s new!”  As recently as my post post about the demise of […]
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15:24
Oh the joys of living in the European Community! The EU has 28 member states. In five of them Amazon.com has a national subsidiary: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK. Now for getting a book...
Source: Tobold
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08:14
There has been quite a lot of discussion on the quick hype-to-decline cycle of MMORPGs recently, here and elsewhere, after that cycle was again demonstrated for both The Elder Scrolls Online and...
Source: Tobold
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August 7, 2014

18:00
I know I have rolled up a Draenei character or two at some point.  There was a time that, if you wanted a shaman on the alliance side of things, you had to make a Draenei.  I am sure I gave this a whirl at some point.  But when I looked through my list of […]
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09:20
I fully agree with Jeromai that you don't need a million players in a MMORPG for it to feel populated. Having said that, I think we need to look at the problem a bit closer to explain why people are...
Source: Tobold
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07:56
Imagine somebody hacks your bank account, emptying it. When you go to the police they tell you that sorry, they are only interested in physical theft, they don't occupy themselves with theft of bits...
Source: Tobold
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August 6, 2014

20:59
I was previously confused when comparing WildStar and FireFall.  The crux of my confusion was not that there was two successful methods of accomplishing the same aim, as obviously life is full...
Source: Geldon
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17:00
We managed to assemble a group for the second week running, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds since we have already shown we will play if only two of us show up, letting the AI wreck havoc with the empires of those who fail to attend.  This time it started off with Mattman and […]
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16:17
It is always tempting to make a "survey of one" and extrapolate one's own opinion to everybody. So in spite of reading lots of "I quit Wildstar" blog posts and having quit myself, I was at first...
Source: Tobold
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12:35
There’s a lot of writing about game design in both theory and practice, but what most of it boils down to is that the opportunity to make meaningful decisions on a regular basis is fun. - Alexander Williams That puts a lot in a nutshell. Why is too much randomness a problem? Your decisions have […]

Comment Spotlight: Meaningful Decisions is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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10:38
A surprisingly large variety of very different games of the general role-playing genre use the same basic approach to combat: The combatants exchange blows, each blow has a certain chance to hit, and...
Source: Tobold
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August 5, 2014

23:00
Activision-Blizzard got out in front of the press today to talk about quarterly results. In an unsurprising turn of events, World of Warcraft subscriptions dropped from 7.6 million in Q1 to 6.8 million in Q2 of 2014 as the long wait for Warlords of Draenor continued.  The last patch, Siege of Orgrimmar, is going to […]
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17:00
We have another entry in the PLEX-like game item arena, this time for Darkfall.  Aventurine has been busy revamping Darkfall: Unholy Wars… or Darkfall 2.0 or just Darkfall, since the original isn’t around anymore… with class overhaul, a cash shop, a presence on Steam, and a rework of the UI. And with the latest update, […]
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08:38
The new 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons is a weird beast. On the one side it profits from lots of "lessons learned" by the developers, making some things better than in previous editions. On...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
A first order preference is what you want or like. You want pie. A second order preference is your preference about your preferences. You also want to lose weight, so you do not want to want pie. You can keep going to higher orders, where you might run into ambivalence as you miss being interested […]

Second Order Preferences is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 4, 2014

20:30
For future reference, please note today’s date as the date we received a date for the date at which the actual launch date of the expansion would be revealed. Or, as Blizzard put it: A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the […]
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18:00
I was a bit disappointed on Saturday.  There were a couple of strat ops planned, but they were both during time frames where I was not going to be able to come along.  I like strat ops because they tend to be based on timers or some other event that forces both sides to show […]
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15:57
The third installment of Guild Wars 2’s second season of the Living World has finally rebooted my love and energy for the MMO. I liked the first two episodes, including the new zone and story instances, but I didn’t feel that drive. Now, I feel like season 2 has become a full expansion of the […]

[GW2] An Energizing Balance is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:23
Different types of games are suitable for different platforms, and then often proliferate on the platform they are most suitable for. Mobile platforms like tablets favor games that do not require...
Source: Tobold
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01:18
I have been pondering our QA at work and how that must work out for game development. There is never enough time to do as much as we would like, and there are always more ways things could potentially go wrong. Let’s narrow that discussion to the multiplicity of test environments and the length of […]

Test Cases is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 3, 2014

18:00
The launch of The Elder Scrolls Online came and went back in April. I played a bit during the beta.  Not that much, just enough for me to get the flavor of the game which, in my narrow point of view on the subject, was an Elder Scrolls game.  The necessary elements were there. But […]
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09:34
I was reading a negative review of Magic 2015 where the author complained that he had to "grind" or pay to get all the cards. I found that a curious remark. For me the game of Magic 2015 consists of...
Source: Tobold
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August 2, 2014

18:13
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front. It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow.  They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images […]
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13:26
From Sang-Froid, Tales of the Werewolves: Immerse yourself in 19th century Canada where legends meet History in a world filled with lore and wonders : Zubon Rarely Used Selling Points is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Rarely Used Selling Points is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 1, 2014

22:00
I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday. I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature.  And you find out exactly who they are […]
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