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August 25, 2014

02:33
One thing I may not have expressed well about Gen Con is the size of the event. There were 56,614 people there. That is people, not triple-counting people who attend several days, and it probably does not include the people who showed up but were not officially attending the conference. Origins felt like a large […]

Scale is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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August 24, 2014

16:51
I often mention, and link to, Feldon and his site EQ2 Wire when writing about EverQuest II. For me, that is the “go to” site for information and analysis of what is going on with the game.  And that is all the site focuses on, so there is nothing else there to get in the […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:51
I often mention, and link to, Feldon and his site EQ2 Wire when writing about EverQuest II. For me, that is the “go to” site for information and analysis of what is going on with the game.  And that is all the site focuses on, so there is nothing else there to get in the […]
Categories: Bloggers

August 23, 2014

16:48
Congratulations, you’ve been selected to participate in the beta test of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™! So said the email that arrived earlier this week. Yes, nearly two months after the beta started (but more than two months before it goes live), the net appears to have been cast wide for testers.  At the […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:48
Congratulations, you’ve been selected to participate in the beta test of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™! So said the email that arrived earlier this week. Yes, nearly two months after the beta started (but more than two months before it goes live), the net appears to have been cast wide for testers.  At the […]
Categories: Bloggers

August 22, 2014

20:04
One of the big consumers of my writer’s juice has been a project I’ve been working on the for the past few months that is finally moving towards the light. I’ve been creating a line of tabletop RPG supplements mainly aimed at solo players or GM’s that need a bit more guidance. The first release […]

[RR] Shameless Conjecture is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
18:00
In which I again prove I am old and grumpy. Blaugust is past the three week point.  You can see all the posts piling up over in our little corner of Anook, with more than 500 submitted at this point.  People are putting in the effort. For somebody like me with a routine,a  pattern, a […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
In which I again prove I am old and grumpy. Blaugust is past the three week point.  You can see all the posts piling up over in our little corner of Anook, with more than 500 submitted at this point.  People are putting in the effort. For somebody like me with a routine,a  pattern, a […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:24
In the "real gamer" discussion the proponents of the term linked it to challenge. Quote: "A real gamer then would be someone who sees games in general or even only a specific game not as something to...
Source: Tobold
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August 21, 2014

18:00
The chase for the Loremaster title continues in Outland.  Having decided to go through the unfinished zones the hard way, at level with a character new to each zone, it was time to get started.  My rogue, Trianis, ran through some of Hellfire Peninsula in order to gear up a bit and get to level […]
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18:00
The chase for the Loremaster title continues in Outland.  Having decided to go through the unfinished zones the hard way, at level with a character new to each zone, it was time to get started.  My rogue, Trianis, ran through some of Hellfire Peninsula in order to gear up a bit and get to level […]
Categories: Bloggers
07:37
In many ways a tabletop role-playing game is very social. You sit around a table with friends and interact a lot with each other during hours. In other ways however the hobby is somewhat insular:...
Source: Tobold
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August 20, 2014

23:36
Though my part time schedule leaves me with a lovely four days off, back to back, I am halfway through my bizarro weekend and feeling the pinch of nothing I am particularly excited about doing this...
Source: Geldon
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18:00
The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall. -Bob Marley Babylon falling was certainly one of the possible scenarios as we went into the 13th session of our game of Civilization V. This time around Loghound was off at a family event, but Mattman was back from camping, so he joined Potshot and I […]
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18:00
The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall. -Bob Marley Babylon falling was certainly one of the possible scenarios as we went into the 13th session of our game of Civilization V. This time around Loghound was off at a family event, but Mattman was back from camping, so he joined Potshot and I […]
Categories: Bloggers
15:49
There’s some bit of finite energy required by blogging. Unfortunately, it is the same juice used to write elsewhere, whether it be at work or in other arenas. I find that if I am active in say a G+ community or a forum, I write less elsewhere. If I write up a solo RPG session, […]

Writer’s Juice is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
09:26
Advance warning: If you consider yourself a "real gamer", you might not want to read this post. Apparently there has been a heated discussion on Twitter and the games blogosphere about what defines...
Source: Tobold
Categories: Bloggers

August 19, 2014

18:00
SOE Live went off this past weekend in Las Vegas and, in my typical hope in the face of reality sort of way, I tuned in to watch several of the live streams with the idea that SOE might have some magic potion that would tempt me back to one of their games… or would […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
SOE Live went off this past weekend in Las Vegas and, in my typical hope in the face of reality sort of way, I tuned in to watch several of the live streams with the idea that SOE might have some magic potion that would tempt me back to one of their games… or would […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:33
Before the summer break, in the previous session we stopped with a cliffhanger: The middle of a fight with a red dragon. The fight had the group somewhat worried, because the dragon had breathed on...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
I saw Monster Factory at Gen Con and was immediately reminded of Starbase Jeff from Cheapass Games. Both are tile placement games with two types of “fittings” where you try to complete stations/monsters to bank points. There are some differences in the details, but the mechanics are 90% the same. Carcassonne is broadly similar. How […]

[TT] Tile Placement is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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04:34
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 18, 2014

18:00
It looked like it might be a good week for fights.  The word came down that the rest of the N3 coalition was going to deploy to Delve to join Northern Coalition and help boost their numbers.  NC and Black Legion had also gone out of their way to reinforce a number of CFC towers […]
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18:00
It looked like it might be a good week for fights.  The word came down that the rest of the N3 coalition was going to deploy to Delve to join Northern Coalition and help boost their numbers.  NC and Black Legion had also gone out of their way to reinforce a number of CFC towers […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:26
Whether it is tabletop RPGs or computer games, pregenerated characters have a bad reputation. A typical gamer, given the choice of using a pregenerated character or going through a complicated system...
Source: Tobold
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August 17, 2014

18:00
Last Thursday we had the big reveal.  Blizzard had an event where they talked about various aspects of the Warlords of Draenor expansion and gave us the big news that we had all been waiting for, the launch date. And they also showed us the big cinematic trailer.  This focuses on the change in lore.  […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:00
Last Thursday we had the big reveal.  Blizzard had an event where they talked about various aspects of the Warlords of Draenor expansion and gave us the big news that we had all been waiting for, the launch date. And they also showed us the big cinematic trailer.  This focuses on the change in lore.  […]
Categories: Bloggers
14:41
Because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. … Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself-love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, ‘You like stuff’, which is just not a good insult at all, like ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of […]

Taking Joy is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Categories: Bloggers
09:10
A MMORPG, compared to other games, requires a much bigger investment of time and money. Those two are related, because if you play a game for 100+ hours a month, the $15 price tag isn't going to stop...
Source: Tobold
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August 16, 2014

19:00
…because of wow, and all the dumb money and all the publisher pressure, there’ll be lots of games that shouldn’t have been MMOs but would have been great boxed products. Lots of publishers are pushing for that subscription pie, but they’ll fail. -Rob Pardo,  MMOs Past, Present, and Future Panel at GDC 2007 Back in […]
Categories: Bloggers
19:00
…because of wow, and all the dumb money and all the publisher pressure, there’ll be lots of games that shouldn’t have been MMOs but would have been great boxed products. Lots of publishers are pushing for that subscription pie, but they’ll fail. -Rob Pardo,  MMOs Past, Present, and Future Panel at GDC 2007 Back in […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:30
The Tropico 4 Collector’s Bundle for 39 cents… um… I’m in. You could literally sell a couple of trading cards to pick up this bundle. I heard Alikchi spotted this and the word has spread. Addendum: As noted in the comments, somebody at Steam noticed their mistake and the price has been changed.  It was climbing […]
Categories: Bloggers
18:30
The Tropico 4 Collector’s Bundle for 39 cents… um… I’m in. You could literally sell a couple of trading cards to pick up this bundle. I heard Alikchi spotted this and the word has spread. Addendum: As noted in the comments, somebody at Steam noticed their mistake and the price has been changed.  It was climbing […]
Categories: Bloggers

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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers

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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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
Categories: Bloggers
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 [...]
Categories: Bloggers

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 […]
Categories: Bloggers
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 […]
Categories: Bloggers