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April 6, 2014

14:52
I pre-ordered Wildstar, and as a result I have beta access during special beta weekends before release in June, or rather headstart end of May. So what does one do in beta, when one knows that the...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
The World of Warcraft April Fool’s patch notes really are that good. Seriously, go read them. You may not catch all the references, but I think I just learned a lot about WoW culture from the mockery of it. Still, my favorite? The Love is in the Air quest “Crushing the Crown” has been renamed […]

[WoW] Read the Patch Notes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 5, 2014

06:02
I think I am somewhere around the middle of the story mode of Batman: Arkham Origins, although it is tough to tell without looking up something spoiler-tastic. The Arkham games really are some of the best around. I am, however, becoming rather frustrated by the poorer quality control at WB Montreal (makers of this game) […]

Offline Games: Also Bugged is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 4, 2014

20:00
Today is the official go-live date for The Elder Scrolls Online.  I was a bit skeptical about them hitting their target in good order, especially after a couple of the beta weekends, but here we are. And what I have read online so far seems to indicate that things are going well.  SynCaine, something of […]
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20:00
Today is the official go-live date for The Elder Scrolls Online.  I was a bit skeptical about them hitting their target in good order, especially after a couple of the beta weekends, but here we are. And what I have read online so far seems to indicate that things are going well.  SynCaine, something of […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
It is Friday and Blizzard has announced a bunch of things this week, wisely waiting until after April Fools day. (Unlike CCP, which did a Dev Post on drones and Summer expansion forum posts on mining ships and Nosferatu upgrades on April 1st just to torment us. I am still not convinced they are real.) […]
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16:00
It is Friday and Blizzard has announced a bunch of things this week, wisely waiting until after April Fools day. (Unlike CCP, which did a Dev Post on drones and Summer expansion forum posts on mining ships and Nosferatu upgrades on April 1st just to torment us. I am still not convinced they are real.) […]
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08:48
I hope you didn't get too excited about the title, because there is no such thing as a massively multiplayer online game called Fifty Shades of Grey Online. I am just using that example to discuss...
Source: Tobold
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06:02
I am having trouble finding motivation in another set of “do this 100 times” achievements. At least the numbers are lower than in Season One, so the extrinsic motivation is a smaller factor. : Zubon [GW2] WvW Spring Tournament 2014 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

[GW2] WvW Spring Tournament 2014 is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 3, 2014

23:19
Asynchronous PvP creates the unusual possibility of having something called “PvP” that never brings you into direct conflict with another player, where everyone playing wins, and the computer takes the losses on behalf of the players. Reward-seeking players will often create nigh-asynchronous PvP situations. Given the chance to pick the fight, most people pick fights […]

Everyone Wins? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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19:00
The… well… I am not sure what to call our Age of Kings group, especially since this post will be about us not playing Age of Kings. I suppose I will call us the Strategy Group, lacking any other ideas.  We seem to be picking titles in genres where strategy is the common denominator.  And […]
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19:00
The… well… I am not sure what to call our Age of Kings group, especially since this post will be about us not playing Age of Kings. I suppose I will call us the Strategy Group, lacking any other ideas.  We seem to be picking titles in genres where strategy is the common denominator.  And […]
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14:18
It seems like only a few years ago when Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition (D&D 3e) came out. I remember how almost everybody in our gaming group had the Player’s Handbook. A few of us had the Gamemaster’s Guide, and there was one or two Monster Manuals lying around. Now things are incredibly different. Tabletop roleplaying […]

[RR] PDF Roleplaying is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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11:02
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune had entered the tower of the wizard Vandomar, looking for information on how the fall of Gardmore Abbey might be connected to the chaotic Far Realm....
Source: Tobold
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01:18
Do you finish one game and then move onto the next? This is the dominant pattern of play for gamers. What happens when players stop consuming and starts investing in a single evergreen computer game... [...]
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00:00
EverQuest and EverQuest II? We hope they never die. We have no intention of ever shutting those games down. -David Georgeson, interview at IGN I was just picking on Georgeson this week because of a quote from a year back about the idea that MMOs should never die.  Of course, this week we saw SOE […]
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00:00
EverQuest and EverQuest II? We hope they never die. We have no intention of ever shutting those games down. -David Georgeson, interview at IGN I was just picking on Georgeson this week because of a quote from a year back about the idea that MMOs should never die.  Of course, this week we saw SOE […]
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April 2, 2014

20:53
You might wonder why I've been playing so much Minecraft lately.   Actually, so do I; it's not like I don't have a lot of other games I could be playing - my list of half-off Steam...
Source: Geldon
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17:00
I can hear some of you groaning even now.  Hush! While 2014 might be the Year of Faff elsewhere, around here it seems more like the year of renewal and return to past happy times.  Nothing new around these parts.  I am bland about The Elder Scrolls Online, completely indifferent to WildStar, and can’t think […]
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17:00
I can hear some of you groaning even now.  Hush! While 2014 might be the Year of Faff elsewhere, around here it seems more like the year of renewal and return to past happy times.  Nothing new around these parts.  I am bland about The Elder Scrolls Online, completely indifferent to WildStar, and can’t think […]
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07:27
If only I were the freaking Batman and had some way to deal with a locked door. : Zubon Door Locked is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Door Locked is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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April 1, 2014

15:00
The day is upon us, April Fools, where we must filter through the funny, the flat, the trite, and the just plain mean. Blizzard has always spent some effort on this front, and usually has something interesting for us each year.  You can look at past reviews: April 2009 April 2010 April 2011 April 2012 […]
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15:00
The day is upon us, April Fools, where we must filter through the funny, the flat, the trite, and the just plain mean. Blizzard has always spent some effort on this front, and usually has something interesting for us each year.  You can look at past reviews: April 2009 April 2010 April 2011 April 2012 […]
Categories: Bloggers
08:32
Let's face it. MMOs are dead. We've waited for over a decade for a worthy game to realize our dreams of hacking the Gibson with our VR goggles and gloves, and nothing has appeared. So, I'm calling it: MMOs are over and done. There's no purpose for this blog anymore, I guess. But, I still like writing. So, time to write about my second favorite genre: Match 3 games! Let's dive into some discussion about what makes an interesting match 3 game. Oh, and do make sure to check out my site at http://psychochild.org/ to see the new site redesign!

Post copyright Brian 'Psychochild' Green. Visit the post to participate in the comments: Introducing my new blog: Match 3 Mania!

Source: Psychochild
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06:02
Perfection is attained, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. – Antoine de Saint Exupéry The basic idea of Big Money is to maximize the value of each card in your deck. Where Big Money does that by adding only high value cards, the Chapel […]

[TT] Streamlining in the Chapel is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 31, 2014

23:00
The Site WordPress.com, ever fodder for for this section of the monthly round up, popped up something amusing this month. We all love the number 1337 right, being “leet” in “leet speak” and all that.  But the pop-up does make me wonder a bit.  I am close to 3,200 posts here, but only 1,337 were […]
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23:00
The Site WordPress.com, ever fodder for for this section of the monthly round up, popped up something amusing this month. We all love the number 1337 right, being “leet” in “leet speak” and all that.  But the pop-up does make me wonder a bit.  I am close to 3,200 posts here, but only 1,337 were […]
Categories: Bloggers
21:22
On one hand, I am sympathetic to how fast, and how transparently, game developers rip each other off in the casual and mobile space. It’s particularly galling when the company
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18:00
No.  No more kids games.  Kids don’t spend well and it’s very difficult to run a kids game.  Turns out Kids do mean stuff to each other a lot. John Smedley, Reddit AMA Back towards the end of January, SOE announced that it would be closing down four of its titles this year.  The closures […]
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18:00
No.  No more kids games.  Kids don’t spend well and it’s very difficult to run a kids game.  Turns out Kids do mean stuff to each other a lot. John Smedley, Reddit AMA Back towards the end of January, SOE announced that it would be closing down four of its titles this year.  The closures […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:54
None of us here seem to be leaping into Elder Scrolls Online, but the one thing I’m not seeing on my RSS of MMO bloggers? The usual Day One issues with logins, authentication, servers, unrecognized keys, queues, and whatever your online game of choice suffered through in its first weeks. As far as MMO launches […]

Smooth Launch is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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01:36
You are familiar with sites that regurgitate content with provocative headlines as linkbait. You see them on your Facebook wall or as the “related content” gnawing at the edges of web pages. They are fond of lists, gifs, splitting small amounts of content across multiple pages, and generally working their content-to-ad ratio as much as […]

Social Media Linkbait is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 29, 2014

01:41
Steam has the Batman franchises (Arkham and Lego) 75% off, so I now have Arkham Origins. Is it worth springing for the Season Pass or any DLC? I have the Millennium skins from a Humble Bundle. New Humble sale, so I have a few new indie games to try. I already have and enjoyed Defenders […]

Exciting Gaming Weekend Ahead is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 28, 2014

23:00
A new humor series about World of Warcraft is starting on YouTube.  Called WowCraft, it naturally opens with character creation. I like the criteria presented for class selection.  Simple and direct. On the other hand, I never have much problem with name selection.  I suspect my conventions for character naming are… different.Filed under: Humor, World […]
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23:00
A new humor series about World of Warcraft is starting on YouTube.  Called WowCraft, it naturally opens with character creation. I like the criteria presented for class selection.  Simple and direct. On the other hand, I never have much problem with name selection.  I suspect my conventions for character naming are… different.Filed under: Humor, World […]
Categories: Bloggers
17:00
It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley.  I put on a jacket last night.  And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late.  Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered. It is […]
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17:00
It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley.  I put on a jacket last night.  And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late.  Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered. It is […]
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13:14
If you work for a company in Europe, you'll most likely have a lot of holidays, anything from 4 to 8 weeks per year. Americans tend to have a lot less. For me that is the explanation for a curious...
Source: Tobold
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05:43
I had four whole days off, back to back, and what did I spend them doing?  Minecraft!  What sub-par nerdening is this?  I should have spent at least a little of that time in...
Source: Geldon
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00:44
I apologize. This week has been a ruddy mess. I wanted to talk about print-on-demand publishing and digital books, but just couldn’t get it together. I kept going off on tangents. Combined with work, barometric headaches, and prepping to start my own campaign… well excuses. Since I can’t share my grand thoughts, just yet, I […]

[RR] Scarlet Heroes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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March 27, 2014

18:00
We have had a bit of a gap since our last full instance group run.  Birthdays, marathons, and some other outside activities have intruded.  We have done some things together.  Operations in search of mounts, bags, and rep are always an option.  But it hasn’t been the full group for almost a month. And I […]
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18:00
We have had a bit of a gap since our last full instance group run.  Birthdays, marathons, and some other outside activities have intruded.  We have done some things together.  Operations in search of mounts, bags, and rep are always an option.  But it hasn’t been the full group for almost a month. And I […]
Categories: Bloggers

March 26, 2014

23:00
More on the phishing front.  This arrived in my spam folder with the incongruous subject line: Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor! That sounds like an announcement asking you to buy the expansion, but the graphic inside purports to have a code for a free copy of the expansion. […]
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23:00
More on the phishing front.  This arrived in my spam folder with the incongruous subject line: Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor! That sounds like an announcement asking you to buy the expansion, but the graphic inside purports to have a code for a free copy of the expansion. […]
Categories: Bloggers
16:00
So yeah, yesterday after the markets closed, Facebook announced they were going to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is the company currently working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. And then a corner of the internet exploded.  I figured I ought to mark that moment in time so we can come […]
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16:00
So yeah, yesterday after the markets closed, Facebook announced they were going to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is the company currently working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. And then a corner of the internet exploded.  I figured I ought to mark that moment in time so we can come […]
Categories: Bloggers
10:58
I was reading an article in the New Statesman about how horribly players behave to each other in the sandbox game DayZ. And that got me wondering whether bad behavior is inherent to all sandbox...
Source: Tobold
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03:10
greglasMarch 25, 2014 was a pretty interesting day for virtual currency and virtual reality! It seems the IRS deems mined bitcoins (& Dogecoins!) to be income. So it seems pretty clear that Linden Dollars are a "convertible" virtual currency and should count as income too. I'm assuming professional goldfarmers should have to report loot drops too, since they're skilled at converting that virtual currency. But I'm still unclear about participants in primarily virtual, ludic economies -- e.g. MMORPG players who may occasionally sell or buy virtual property. Language from the IRS follows -- full text is here. -- ...Virtual currency...
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March 25, 2014

22:00
In pre-launch days, the one system I disliked the most in Guild Wars 2-to-be was the transmutation system. Coming from Lord of the Rings Online, with its excellent wardrobe system, the design of the Guild Wars 2 transmutation stones felt like a step backwards in usability and a step forwards in the cash shop arena. […]

[GW2] The Wardrobe is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
The day has come, the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has launched.  Death is here, or so they tell me. It had the big midnight launch, like so many past Blizzard games and expansions.  And I am not buying it. Well, not today at least. I have been enjoying Diablo III since the 2.0 […]
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