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September 14, 2014

12:03
Disclaimer: These impression are based on a free copy of Destiny for the PS3 that I received. Reviews are frequently based on a comparison of the reviewer's expectations with the actual product. I...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
From Clicker Heroes : Zubon Epic Foes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Epic Foes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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04:58
There is a movement afoot in the universe that insists that #gamergate is ALL FOR THE DEVELOPERS.  All for me and my ilk!  Protecting our freedom of speech!  Trying to
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September 13, 2014

07:02
If the rumored deal goes through, I’m happy for Notch and Mojang. I’m told there is some sort of internet controversy about selling out, but “and someone on the internet complained about it” is true for all values of X, and the only counterarguments I’m really interested in entertaining are variants on “he could get […]

Cashing In is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 12, 2014

20:01
A list of 5 million GMail addresses was published, together with *a* hacked password for each. According to Google those passwords must have come from somewhere else, because mostly they weren't...
Source: Tobold
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18:00
Years ago, back when we thought the World Wide Web was new and cool and we actually called it the World Wide Web and you had to have “www” in front of a web address because otherwise somebody might think you wanted Gopher access to their site for Christ’s sake, back then I read an […]
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18:00
Years ago, back when we thought the World Wide Web was new and cool and we actually called it the World Wide Web and you had to have “www” in front of a web address because otherwise somebody might think you wanted Gopher access to their site for Christ’s sake, back then I read an […]
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09:41
In the interest of full disclosure I'd like to report that I received a code for a free copy of Destiny yesterday. Given recent events, that of course made me think: Will I get death threats from...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
I like what I hear about Final Fantasy XIV. Job-switching sounds like what I have wanted for years and what Horizons aspired to. Sadly, after having killed ten rats and ten thousand goblins, the idea of a new leveling treadmill makes me reach for a book, so I will be spending time with Russian science […]

Wanting to Want is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:43
This next entry will bear a lot of similarities to a comment I just left on RPS, but I realized it was basically what I was up to this weekend when I wasn't Hack N Slashing or Space Running.  (I...
Source: Geldon
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September 11, 2014

22:00
Most modern armed forces, including those in the US, now recruit women as well as men.  So do most terrorist organizations – 15% of all suicide bombers in groups that
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18:00
Avoidance is a wonderful thing.  You can accomplish so much when you are trying to avoid doing what you are actually supposed to be doing. I am not ready to admit defeat on my run for the Loremaster achievement, but I must admit that my current focus on the little Nintendo 3DS XL screen is […]
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18:00
Avoidance is a wonderful thing.  You can accomplish so much when you are trying to avoid doing what you are actually supposed to be doing. I am not ready to admit defeat on my run for the Loremaster achievement, but I must admit that my current focus on the little Nintendo 3DS XL screen is […]
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16:12
It’s been a few days since the second Feature Pack arrived from Guild Wars 2, and large chunks of the vocal community are in an uproar. My favorite description of the Feature Pack contents comes from Bog Otter’s delightful YouTube video, but for the written word head to Jeromai’s overview. So there were some class […]

[GW2] Feature Shock and Collection is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:30
Syp is asking whether special editions are getting too pricey. I don't like that sort of question, because the word "too" is always a judgement. And whether something is "too pricey" is not only...
Source: Tobold
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08:35
One of the more important concepts in how to run a tabletop roleplaying game like Dungeons & Dragons is player agency: The concept that the players should feel that their destiny is in their...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
Lately I have been fascinated with idle games, the way one might be with a wind-up toy or train set. You set things up and just watch it go. AdVenture Capitalist remains strangely compelling, at least for a little while after they add updates. When you can quickly double your earnings, there is something to […]

Idle Hands is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 10, 2014

23:02
I had not heard of Destiny until today. Sounds kind of interesting. : Zubon Somehow Missed the Hype is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Somehow Missed the Hype is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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21:03
Through the mercy of Steam sales, some good gaming has come my way on this, the eve of the Archeage release reckoning. Space Run is hella great. We are all quick to lambaste bad games and drag on...
Source: Geldon
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16:00
Remember when Facebook announced they were buying Occulus Rift back in March? We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Well, the outrage or discomfort or whatever passed with time it seems. And about […]
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16:00
Remember when Facebook announced they were buying Occulus Rift back in March? We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Well, the outrage or discomfort or whatever passed with time it seems. And about […]
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09:47
I'm in the middle of my second playthrough of Divinity: Original Sin, and I'll probably stop playing there. On my first playthrough I used the Lone Wolf talent on both characters, which meant that...
Source: Tobold
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07:02
Love Letter is a fun game. In my first game, I was eliminated before my first turn, and in just over half the rounds I have played, I have been knocked out before my second turn. In most games, I would not tolerate that degree of lack of player control, but the game creates a […]

Variability and Time Investment is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 9, 2014

21:00
25 million people play Call of Duty monthly, but that pales in comparison to 2.5 billion people on the Internet. That’s 1 percent of the Internet, that’s nothing. Michael Pachter, at Cloud Gaming USA That is one of those quotes that boggles the mind as it lets so much slip by, to the point of […]
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21:00
25 million people play Call of Duty monthly, but that pales in comparison to 2.5 billion people on the Internet. That’s 1 percent of the Internet, that’s nothing. Michael Pachter, at Cloud Gaming USA That is one of those quotes that boggles the mind as it lets so much slip by, to the point of […]
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20:18
As things cool down on the GamerGate morass a little bit, the various press outlets have started to voice their own opinions and declarative statements on where they stand.  As
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18:00
The return to Deklein seems to have been accomplished for most people over the weekend.  Somewhere I missed the broadcast about there being a channel set up for people looking to get ships brought north via excess hangar space in carriers.  By last night the channel was deserted, leading me to the conclusion that most […]
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18:00
The return to Deklein seems to have been accomplished for most people over the weekend.  Somewhere I missed the broadcast about there being a channel set up for people looking to get ships brought north via excess hangar space in carriers.  By last night the channel was deserted, leading me to the conclusion that most […]
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12:46
I was reading Syl's post on Where all the Hate comes from, and while I agree with most of what is said there, I did stumble upon this question of hers on why some people attack so-called social...
Source: Tobold
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10:49
Being signed up to various sites on the internet, I regularly get mails of the type "our Terms of Service have changed". Like everybody else on the internet I never read any ToS in the first place,...
Source: Tobold
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07:58
Love letter is another simple bluffing game, with a little less to offer than Coup but with greater simplicity and a more pleasant theme. You are trying to get your love letter to the princess. The deck of 16 cards represents 8 roles around the castle, with higher numbers being closer to the princess. You […]

[TT] Love Letter is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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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

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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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