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July 12, 2014

02:00
So when our FC had us all enter a starbase password and then warped us into the Brave Newbies‘ POS in V-3YG7, I was pretty sure that this was a product of our superior intelligence network.  Then, as we hung out in there, I zoomed the camera out to get a screen shot of us […]
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02:00
So when our FC had us all enter a starbase password and then warped us into the Brave Newbies‘ POS in V-3YG7, I was pretty sure that this was a product of our superior intelligence network.  Then, as we hung out in there, I zoomed the camera out to get a screen shot of us […]
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July 11, 2014

18:00
It isn’t much of a war, but it’s the only war we’ve got, so enjoy it -Major General Charles Timmes, Military Assistance Advisory Group 1962 We’re going to Delve.  Again.  There is something that draws Goons and their allies to Delve every summer. And I swear, I am never making an effort to move anything […]
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18:00
It isn’t much of a war, but it’s the only war we’ve got, so enjoy it -Major General Charles Timmes, Military Assistance Advisory Group 1962 We’re going to Delve.  Again.  There is something that draws Goons and their allies to Delve every summer. And I swear, I am never making an effort to move anything […]
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08:53
Dungeons & Dragons started its life as squad-based tactical wargame, made by people who called their company TSR for "Tactical Study Rules". The idea of acting in character was a later addition,...
Source: Tobold
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July 10, 2014

23:32
In one of the more unusual combinations of ideas, AdVenture Capitalist is an idle game that counts offline time. You do not even need to be idle. Yes, you could just change the date on your computer to get trillions of imaginary dollars, but at that point, why are you bothering with an idle game? […]

Offline Idle Game is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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19:03
In the previous thread a number of people were in favor of a DM of a pen & paper RPG cheating to avoid unwanted results like random character death. The argument was that a RPG is role-playing,...
Source: Tobold
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19:00
When it comes to World of Warcraft, I can divide my friends and acquaintances into two groups: Those interested in playing WoW Those not interested in playing WoW The former group is mostly made up of those who currently play the game, those on a break but who know they will come back for the […]
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19:00
When it comes to World of Warcraft, I can divide my friends and acquaintances into two groups: Those interested in playing WoW Those not interested in playing WoW The former group is mostly made up of those who currently play the game, those on a break but who know they will come back for the […]
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July 9, 2014

22:55
Hitherby Spoilers There are 3+ new story instances in Gates of Maguuma, the most recent update and the start of Season 2 for Guild Wars 2. They are repeatable in that players can always go back to that instance through the new story journal. They also tell the story of how you, the hero, and […]

[GW2] Gates of Maguuma Story and Writing is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:19
The honeymoon is over between WildStar and me.  Yet, while the new MMORPG magic is gone, I don't regret purchasing it, and I am not quite ready to unsubscribe to it.   This game is actually...
Source: Geldon
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18:00
I like having a goal, but I don’t want a friggin’ mortgage! -Piacenza, on hearing about my Loremaster aspirations The run for the loremaster achievement continues, though I am starting to feel a bit of the weight behind the task at this point.  I keep thinking “I am almost done with Kalimdor!” forgetting how much […]
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18:00
I like having a goal, but I don’t want a friggin’ mortgage! -Piacenza, on hearing about my Loremaster aspirations The run for the loremaster achievement continues, though I am starting to feel a bit of the weight behind the task at this point.  I keep thinking “I am almost done with Kalimdor!” forgetting how much […]
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15:18
I have frequently joked that if you want to know what edition of Dungeons & Dragons you are playing, you only need to ask "How many arrows does it take to kill a first level mage?". I watched...
Source: Tobold
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July 8, 2014

18:00
There has not been a lot going on when it comes to the strat op front in EVE.  There is no summer war.  The groups in the nearby NPC space have stopped coming out in force, apparently feeling content to gank ratters they can catch.  And, I have to admit, as amusing as a Baby […]
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18:00
There has not been a lot going on when it comes to the strat op front in EVE.  There is no summer war.  The groups in the nearby NPC space have stopped coming out in force, apparently feeling content to gank ratters they can catch.  And, I have to admit, as amusing as a Baby […]
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09:54
Previously known as D&D Next, 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons is now officially a thing. You can buy the starter set in selected shops now, and everywhere else soon. Plus the basic rules are...
Source: Tobold
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08:26
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune cleansed the main temple of Gardmore Abbey, and learned how the Deck of Many Things had caused the downfall of the abbey 150 years ago. They had killed...
Source: Tobold
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July 7, 2014

18:00
“…matchmaking systems never work…” “…players never believe they work.” “Nevertheless everybody believes…” -Tobold, in comments on his own blog There is a natural tendency in human beings to project their view of the world on others.  I had a professor back in college who called it the “like me” phenomena, the belief that we’re normal […]
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18:00
“…matchmaking systems never work…” “…players never believe they work.” “Nevertheless everybody believes…” -Tobold, in comments on his own blog There is a natural tendency in human beings to project their view of the world on others.  I had a professor back in college who called it the “like me” phenomena, the belief that we’re normal […]
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15:06
With over a hundred unplayed Steam games in my library, one might think that I would be playing those to reduce the backlog. But as I considered that notion, I realized that all week long I hadn't...
Source: Tobold
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July 6, 2014

04:36
Good Lord, and I thought I had played simulations of boredom before!  For example, Euro Truck Simulator is a series about simply driving trucks around European countryside, the Farming Simulator...
Source: Geldon
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July 4, 2014

09:59
I don't have any. Do you? Every week I look at the Nosy Gamer's Digital Dozen MMORPG XFire activity chart. Which is getting less and less statistically significant every week, due to XFire not...
Source: Tobold
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08:06
The title of this post is the label of the Steam Calculator, an online tool that calculates the value of your Steam game library. Here are my results: Worth: 2495,32€ (808,04€ with sales) Games...
Source: Tobold
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July 3, 2014

19:54
Atomic Robo is a great comic, and it has become a great tabletop RPG, Atomic Robo RPG (“ARRPG”). While the book has been in digital form for a few months, the book is just coming off the dead-tree presses. Early reviews seem to point that not only is it a perfect embodiment of the Atomic […]

[RR] Atomic Robo RPG Review is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
The Loremaster summer project continues.  I think I have been able to carry on with it as I have in part because of the nature of a quest driven goal.  It is very easy to log on, advance through some quests, then go away, only to pick things up again later.  And then there is […]
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18:00
The Loremaster summer project continues.  I think I have been able to carry on with it as I have in part because of the nature of a quest driven goal.  It is very easy to log on, advance through some quests, then go away, only to pick things up again later.  And then there is […]
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July 2, 2014

18:00
Am I trolling too hard with that headline? Anyway, everybody was back in town and ready to go last week.  Mattman even had a few a few pictures to share in an attempt to convince us he had actually been in Hawaii, and which gave me the in for my choice of titles. Mattman claims […]
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18:00
Am I trolling too hard with that headline? Anyway, everybody was back in town and ready to go last week.  Mattman even had a few a few pictures to share in an attempt to convince us he had actually been in Hawaii, and which gave me the in for my choice of titles. Mattman claims […]
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17:15
After what feels like a too-long break, Guild Wars 2 is back in the swing of things with Season 2 of their Living Story. Mrs. Ravious and I were excited, but in a calm, metered manner. It’s amazing how when the pressure of that 2-week window abated to become permanent content, we’ve decided to take […]

[GW2] Season 2 Beginnings is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:44
Gevlon, You want to remove the 90% of players who are not playing good enough (from your point of view) from your MMORPGs of choice. Assuming that the game companies would quite like to keep the...
Source: Tobold
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July 1, 2014

18:00
Another Steam Summer Sale has come and gone. As others have noted, its regularity… and the fact that we get a Holiday sale in December… has taken some of the edge off of the whole thing.  Seeing a whole pile of games marked down was a huge deal the first couple of times we saw […]
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18:00
Another Steam Summer Sale has come and gone. As others have noted, its regularity… and the fact that we get a Holiday sale in December… has taken some of the edge off of the whole thing.  Seeing a whole pile of games marked down was a huge deal the first couple of times we saw […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:14
Of course I couldn't leave Hagu's "meta question" of yesterday unanswered. Not only do I believe that group content in a modern AAA MMORPG could be salvaged, I also have a bunch of ideas how. The...
Source: Tobold
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June 30, 2014

18:56
I guess this is what you get instead of my "A Jaded Look At Recent Steam Games" feature when Valve is too busy having a blowout sale for all but a foolish few to dare release anything new on the...
Source: Geldon
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16:00
The Site I do not have anything special to grouse about this month… WordPress.com hasn’t mucked anything up and the spam assault from last month has tapered off… so I thought I would go for an informational topic this month. All the ways you can follow this blog.  Or all the ways I can think […]
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14:19
I personally have opted out of Wildstar group content, because I consider it counterproductive to the true goal of playing a game: Having fun! But I keep reading about it, usually reporting bad...
Source: Tobold
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13:00
The Site I do not have anything special to grouse about this month… WordPress.com hasn’t mucked anything up and the spam assault from last month has tapered off… so I thought I would go for an informational topic this month. All the ways you can follow this blog.  Or all the ways I can think […]
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10:20
greglasSince our last post was in March and it's almost July, I'm going to promote Ted's new book on wildcat currencies here, since he hasn't done that yet. http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300186130 And while I'm at it, here's his other new book, written with Vili, on the design of virtual economies: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/virtual-economies
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June 27, 2014

18:00
One of the things I always shoot for is to be useful when it comes to fleet ops. That started off with making sure I could fly ships appropriate to the fleet doctrines in use.  Way back when it was Maelstroms, then Drakes, then Tengus, then Megathrons, and then Dominxes for a short bit when […]
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18:00
One of the things I always shoot for is to be useful when it comes to fleet ops. That started off with making sure I could fly ships appropriate to the fleet doctrines in use.  Way back when it was Maelstroms, then Drakes, then Tengus, then Megathrons, and then Dominxes for a short bit when […]
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16:04
During the beta and first week of Wildstar I absolutely hated challenges: The way the game suddenly shouted at me and forced me to change my plans. The way they turned a leisurely activity into a...
Source: Tobold
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June 26, 2014

22:43
As the Steam Summer Sale trundles on, my acquisitions to my game library have thus far been old wish list items that have finally fell to at least 75% off: Best. Thumbnail. Ever.Naruto Shippuden...
Source: Geldon
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19:04
I came back from vacation to my two play-by-post campaigns I was at the time playing before I left. I gave fair notice to all participants I would be gone, of course. When I came back only one was still running. The one that didn’t need a gamemaster (“GM”). The other one, well the GM […]

[RR] Ficklejuice is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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19:00
Astranaar… shit, I’m still only in Astranaar… Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in Stonetalon.  I’m here a weekend now… waiting for a quest… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this zone, I get weaker, and every minute some Warsong grunt squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I […]
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19:00
Astranaar… shit, I’m still only in Astranaar… Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in Stonetalon.  I’m here a weekend now… waiting for a quest… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this zone, I get weaker, and every minute some Warsong grunt squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I […]
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June 25, 2014

19:23
Mrs. Ravious and I just go back from our 10th Anniversary trip, which was basically our first childless trip since our honeymoon. It was long overdue, and we drank much fortified grape juice in southern France. I am back now for the remainder of the summer. Windborne Windborne is currently the game of the house. […]

Out of the Rabbit Hole and into Summer is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
Our game of Civilization V goes on.  I just posted the Week 8 update yesterday.  Things are going well enough and we remain interested, amazed, and enthusiastic to complete the epic journey to victory that this has become.  I am going to guess that we have a good four more weeks of play left in […]
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18:00
Our game of Civilization V goes on.  I just posted the Week 8 update yesterday.  Things are going well enough and we remain interested, amazed, and enthusiastic to complete the epic journey to victory that this has become.  I am going to guess that we have a good four more weeks of play left in […]
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June 24, 2014

21:10
Recently Ars Technical data-mined Steam and found that 37% of games that people had bought then stayed unplayed in their libraries. I'm afraid my personal Steam library has even more unplayed games...
Source: Tobold
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