Face Folio

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I received my physical copy of the “Face Folio“, a project I backed sometime in the recent past and produced by the inimitable Goblin’s Henchman. It’s a nice little booklet – about A5 – and contains dozens of small head-shot style images of fantasy characters.

What I like is the immediate utility of the booklet. For me, it’s a quick way in to creating interesting fantasy NPCs. You pick a suitable image and there are some nice random name generators in each section of the booklet, each keyed to the different species (such as Elves or Dragonblood).

The images are all black-and-white but very nicely drawn by artist “Marcin s“. It reminds me that all you really need is a decent picture in your head and you can easily cook up the other details that will make for a useful NPC. This booklet give me…

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5RD – Leukun’s Tower

Dyson's Dodecahedron

Leukun's Tower
Leukun’s Tower (300 dpi promo)

The aged tortle mystic Leukun built this stone structure to house great works of tortle art, spirituality, and all knowledge of the grand unified turtle theory. Originally intended to have a much taller tower, the elderly Leukun realized that he didn’t have the time to complete more levels, and at 41 years of age he capped the tower (with an egg-like dome) at 44 feet tall.

Leukun's Tower
Leukun’s Tower (1200 dpi)

The stonework of the structure was Leukun’s life’s work. The contents of the tower are collected from other tortle archives – in many cases reproductions brought here by tortle sages and adventurers, but also a library of original works that were rescued from other tortle collections. The alabaster egg-like dome on the tower gives the tower section a beautiful nacreous light mornings and evenings – shining down on statues of a pair of tortle mystics.

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Reach For the PlayStation Stars with New Loyalty Program

It has been revealed by Sony that a new loyalty program will be coming to PlayStation in the future. This free program, entitled PlayStation Stars, will cultivate new opportunities for the PlayStation community with a bevy of benefits.

Some of these benefits may include:

  • Loyalty points for redemption
  • Activities and campaigns
  • Digital collectibles
  • PlayStation Plus users receive bonus points for purchases

You will complete activities, such as monthly check-ins or participate in campaigns, such as being the first to obtain a platinum trophy in your time zone, to gain loyalty points or other rewards for completing such tasks. Use the loyalty points to redeem credit in your wallet or other PlayStation store products like DLC or demos. Also, all subscribers to PlayStation Plus tiers will receive loyalty points for PlayStation store purchases.

The loyalty program promotes Sony’s nostalgic past and the inevitable future of the company and its IP’s. Do…

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Inverting Clues, Finding Ideas

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As I’ve been practicing my Daily Game Prep, in which I roll on a random table to see what tiny prep task I will perform, a frequent result has been, “Write a clue.”

Initially, I was happily adding clues to my Mystamyr game and seeking to enrich the adventures by making meaningful decisions more accessible using the Three Clue Rule. Over time, I discovered that some days I just didn’t have any ideas for an existing game.

My solution was to start making up clues. Once I had a pad of three random clues, I realised that I could use the Three Clue Rule to help me create interesting adventures.

The Three Clue Rule, as propounded by The Alexandrian is simple:

For any conclusion you want the PCs to make, include at least three clues.

In other words, if you want the player characters to realise some fact about…

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Retro Arcadia Weekly Spotlight #40

Retro Arcadia

Time for our regular quick-fire reviews and impressions of what’s been under the spotlight at Retro Arcadia this week, old and new and a bit of both…

Capcom Fighting Collection on Nintendo Switch is really turning out to be incredible value for money. After about a month of play since release, apart from the customary dabble with everything on there, so far I’ve properly played one character in two Darkstalkers games! This week I’ve still been at it with Morrigan in the second in the series, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge. This game is really something special, and the animation especially continues to blow me away, but it really has got everything! And while I’m terrible at fighting games, I was pretty pleased with my performance in the quick clip here – for anyone else though, maybe ignore the crude gameplay and just enjoy the good-looking leaping about!

What I’m not…

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Boss Rush Banter: What Are Your Favorite NES Games From Nintendo Switch Online’s Library?

One quality I love about the Nintendo Switch is the NSO membership plans come with retro consoles and a satisfying library. I’m interested to hear everyone’s favorite NES titles from the NSO library. Here are five of my favorites!

Ninja Gaiden

Image courtesy of Nintendo via Wizarddojo

Ninja Gaiden is a very punishing side-scrolling game, and when it comes to gameplay, this game relies on being quick and making the right moves to stay alive. Although an extremely hard game, there was so much satisfaction upon completing that level you’ve been trying so hard to beat!

Super Mario Bros.

Image courtesy of Nintendo via GevShop

One of the most iconic franchises for Nintendo, this classic Super Mario Bros. can continue to be remembered and enjoyed in the NSO library. It seems every generation of children got to experience a piece of Mario, and this is where it started…

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Habit and Practice

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Sometimes I have buckets of energy and enthusiasm for the roleplaying games hobby. Other times my vim and desire to play wanes to the point where I question why I do this at all. This is natural and reflects, I think, the general scientific understanding of motivation. Initial steep peaks of enthusiasm are commonly followed by a trough before undulating along like a shallow roller-coaster ride.

What surprises me most strongly as I get older is the speed and severity of the rush towards enthusiasm and the contrasting plunge into despair. One day I can be tearing into a project like a man possessed, excited and filled with visions of the glory of my creation. Within hours, I can be sitting in a puddle of tears wondering why I ever thought this was going to be worth my time.

What is needed, to counteract this ebb and flow of motivation…

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Reignited: How Breaking Up With Social Media Helped Me Fall Back in Love With Mobile Gaming

A couple of weeks ago, I made the decision to quit social media. Here’s what happened. After the Supreme Court announced their decision to overturn Roe vs Wade, my Instagram and Twitter became flooded with posts of hate from both sides of the issue. Comments and posts from one of my friends perplexed me, particularly because of the vitriol and hatred she used to describe people who didn’t agree with her. I sent her a message after I noticed she no longer followed me on social media, asking her for some clarification as to what she was saying in a genuine attempt to try and understand someone who thought differently from me.

The response I got back was immediate, hateful, and absolutely crushing to me. This person was a friend I had worked with for three years, someone who met my wife, went out to dinner with spouses and friends…

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Top Ten Third-Person Shooters

The Game Campaign

Before starting this list, I don’t think I have thought about third-person shooters much as being that important to my gaming experience. I had written them off as being all the same for the most part. I honestly don’t know what gave me that impression because this list is even more varied than the top ten first-person shooters list that I did a few months ago.

Third-person shooters have quite a few heavy hitters and a few franchises that I had begun to forget existed (and there’s some that I love that couldn’t even make this list). The third-person view is often criticized by some people as being less immersive, but it allows for the player to experience much grander displays of action around them without having to necessarily take control away from the player.

It’sa trade-off, but there is a reason that a lot of the best action…

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Writing for Noble Backgrounds in D&D

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You’re a Dungeon Master for Dungeons & Dragons, and your players have just made their characters in your Session…. You have your first adventure all planned out, fighting some zombies in a crypt of this small fishing village. Should take about three weeks to play through, but then you don’t know what to do. You don’t know what your players want to do, what they’re interested in, and you feel uncertain about what to plan for.

Luckily for you, you’re players have already told you what kind of game they want to play, you just don’t know where to look. Check out their backgrounds! A Player Character’s background is the spot in character creation where a player tells you what kind of game they want to play, because they made it so central to their character.

Criminal? They want to steal some stuff. Sailor? You better put them…

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