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September 9, 2014

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 […]
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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
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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 […]
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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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

August 31, 2014

18:30
The Site I took down the MMO Blog RSS feed in the side bar earlier this month.  Bhagpuss had been wondering why he was getting strange ping backs from my blog on his posts a while back.  Then, earlier this month, a couple of other people noted the same thing.  All of them had blogs […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:30
The Site I took down the MMO Blog RSS feed in the side bar earlier this month.  Bhagpuss had been wondering why he was getting strange ping backs from my blog on his posts a while back.  Then, earlier this month, a couple of other people noted the same thing.  All of them had blogs […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:12
Before the age of digital cameras, it was said that the average American family went through two rolls of film per year (summer vacation, Christmas). You probably have some good photos from your youth, but those were what was worth saving after removing two with the lens cap on, three with a thumb over the […]

Feedback Time is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:12
Before the age of digital cameras, it was said that the average American family went through two rolls of film per year (summer vacation, Christmas). You probably have some good photos from your youth, but those were what was worth saving after removing two with the lens cap on, three with a thumb over the […]

Feedback Time is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers

August 30, 2014

16:40
It is certainly expected that Nintendo, suffering from its various mis-steps with the Wii U, would tread a careful path with its other current console line, the Nintendo 3DS series.  And that is what it felt like with yesterday’s announcement of the New 3DS line. There were a some comments about the button colors and […]
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16:40
It is certainly expected that Nintendo, suffering from its various mis-steps with the Wii U, would tread a careful path with its other current console line, the Nintendo 3DS series.  And that is what it felt like with yesterday’s announcement of the New 3DS line. There were a some comments about the button colors and […]
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August 29, 2014

19:21
Our dear friends from Elder Game are giving Kickstarter another chance to get in on their MMO Gorgon, which is in the works and not that far from completion. Development takes time, and time is money, so they need a surprisingly small amount of money to bring the project to fruition. Over at Elder Game, […]

Gorgon Kickstarter is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
19:21
Our dear friends from Elder Game are giving Kickstarter another chance to get in on their MMO Gorgon, which is in the works and not that far from completion. Development takes time, and time is money, so they need a surprisingly small amount of money to bring the project to fruition. Over at Elder Game, […]

Gorgon Kickstarter is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
17:50
Actually, Project: Gorgon never went away.  About two years ago there was Kickstarter to help fund some of the development.  That was not a success, but the project soldiered on. Porject: Gorgon is back with a new Kickstarter.  This time around Eric Heimberg, the lead developer, is looking for $100,000 so that he and the […]
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17:50
Actually, Project: Gorgon never went away.  About two years ago there was Kickstarter to help fund some of the development.  That was not a success, but the project soldiered on. Porject: Gorgon is back with a new Kickstarter.  This time around Eric Heimberg, the lead developer, is looking for $100,000 so that he and the […]
Categories: Bloggers
09:41
I tend to see the world not in black & white, but in scales of grey. So I can't give you a clear yes or no answer on the question whether I consider myself as a game journalist. Obviously my...
Source: Tobold
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08:32
I talked this week about the dual role of the dungeon master (DM) in a game of Dungeons & Dragons or similar tabletop role-playing game: Prepare and improvise. In this post I'm going to talk...
Source: Tobold
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