My Next 5 Games to Finish

I'm Not Squishy

So far my goal of only purchasing a few games this year has been going well. I’m not entirely sure I’ll make it through the entire year, there’s bound to be something interesting released that I didn’t account for. I’ve found myself not hunting through the Steam Store when I don’t know what I want to play and instead hunt through my Steam Library.

A neat little feature of the Steam library is “Sort By Recent Activity” It really puts into perspective just how long you’ve been sitting on a game. I have unplayed games all the way back to 2014 the year of my very first Steam Sale. And it’s interesting to see what’s been left behind. I haven’t played Trove since October last year. I could have sworn I’d played Limbo not too long ago but there it is filed under 2017.

Anyways, the point is that I…

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GameBlast20: game schedule revealed

Later Levels

This weekend, hundreds of committed gamers all over the UK will be participating in marathon streaming sessions. This isn’t just being done for fun though: we’re all coming together for the GameBlast20 weekend to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for SpecialEffect.

This amazing charity believes everybody should be able to benefit from the joy of gaming. Their aim is to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to join in, through technology such as modified hardware and eye-controlled software. By levelling the playing field in this way, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on confidence and rehabilitation.

In the past we’ve completed extended streaming marathons for the GameBlast event but this year we’re going even bigger: we’ve managed to play video games for at least an hour every day since Sunday…

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Raids week 161

Micki's Delirium

Raids 161 were Wednesday Feb 12 and Saturday Feb 15.

Wednesday

1. Project Nemesis LH

The Wednesday raids were just after update 45 and the raid took a bit longer to fill, probably because a lot of ppl who would have joined instead TR’d into an alchemist. I was running the new 64 bit client and was seeing funny yellow effects – every once in a while when I looked at the characters, their names would have turned yellow/ gold. Guild names below 160 would also be the same color (160 upwards have a different color already). Update 45 also saw a nerf to inquisitive, and PN felt like it took longer. Completion time: 27 min 15 s (with waiting inside before starting). Loot: 84 nemesis runes, 30 threads of fate.

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Gamer Spotlight: Jeff Grubb

Jeff Grubb(Writer at Venture Beat)

Jeff Grub started writing about video games the way many people do these days, on his own personal blog. He later started doing freelance writing for various outlets before landing a job in 2012 at VentureBeat where he covers all aspects of the games industry for their GamesBeat section.

Jeff works from his home just outside of Denver, CO where he lives with his wife Stephanie and children Emme (3) and Addy (1). Working from home allows him the benefit of being able to spend more time with his family, although the stress of writing while wrangling two little ones can be a bit much. He also wants to make sure you know that he is not the author of a series of successful fantasy novels… that’s the other Jeff Grubb.

What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“I have very vague…

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Greyfalls Cave

Dyson's Dodecahedron

I was asked what features I liked best in a dungeon map, and after a bit of conversation and contemplation, I decided a multi-tiered chamber with a statue and some sort of water feature would fit the bill. To show what I meant, I drew this small cave / dungeon map. The main chamber is four tiers – the entrance leads to the top tier, with stairs down to a mid tier with a statue, and then again down to a lower tier. Below the lowest tier is the flooded cave floor, with the water reaching up to about 10 feet below the lowest tier. Other stairs and passages connect to the various tiers outside of the main chamber.

Greyfalls Cave Greyfalls Cave

The lower right corner of the map has a columned cave that steps down gradually to the level of the water – providing a space a bit away from…

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Maidae eTR 16

Micki's Delirium

Yesterday at lunch I did Maidae’s 16th epic reincarnation. Here are her before and after pictures.

Before                                                                          After

I post these for documentation and so I can link them in my reincarnation spreadsheet.
That’s all for this post.
Thank you for stopping by.

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Friendliness vs isolating mechanics in MMORPGs

GamingSF

How welcome are other player characters when you’re out and questing? Do you ever chip in to help fight or heal a stranger when out in the field? These are the questions I’m writing about in this blog post. I play MMORPGs almost exclusively because the game has that wider community dimension. Even if I’m mostly solo’ing in Everquest 2, or playing in a static dungeon group in World of Warcraft; it doesn’t stop me stopping and observing other players riding past on a fancy mount, or casting the odd ‘drive by buff’.

Boat = buff party

Beyond such superficial distractions or interactions, MMORPGs vary a lot in terms of whether they encourage you to be friendly to other players or to prefer playing in isolation. Older games positively discouraged joining a fight already under way, even penalising those who dared.  In Lord of the Rings Online, before the devs…

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The Fantasy Trip Megahex Poster Map

Dyson's Dodecahedron

Slightly disappointed.

When Staples printed out my 36″ by 48″ megahex map sheet, they shrunk the image slightly – and to be fair, I approved the first print, so I should have measured it properly before doing so.

Laminated, It is still a LOVELY massive playsurface that works with wet erase and/or tdry erase markers, but it doesn’t scale 1:1 with the megahexes from the two megahex sets of the Legacy Edition Fantasy Trip.

Meanwhile, on the left side of the sheet there, you can see a ledger sheet (11 x 17) of the same hexes that I printed off – which is perfectly scaled to the legacy edition hexes.

For those asking about where to get these – I released the graphics for these sheets as a Patreon-Exclusive release in May of last year: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patreon-dysons-27130415

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History of Legend of Zelda

The Nerdd

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most influential video games of all time, and has created a series of games that includes 18 core titles (not including remakes or non-canon games). That’s more than core Assassins Creed or Call of Duty, and as many core titles as Pokemon.

Note: I don’t talk about every Zelda game, but I do mention most.

How did we get from the one of the first Nintendo titles, to a game that practically sold the Switch on it’s own? Let’s take a look!

Original

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Zelda and Mario grew up in Sonobe, Kyoto, Japan, and as a child enjoyed exploring the rural area around his hometown, where he would find caves, secluded lakes, and beautiful forests. His clear memories of the area as a child, as well as his habit to get lost in his own home, would later inspire…

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Easing Into Riot’s Games

Me Vs. Myself and I

Somehow or another it’s been over a week since my last post. Honestly don’t know where that time went. I have been playing a ton of games though, and a bunch of MTG to boot, so I do have some drafts floating around in various states. Still figuring out where blogging fits into my life at this point, seeing as how I’ve had some swings in momentum for the last 6 months. Whatever the case, I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about Riot Games.

The last time I did so, I wrote about the company’s 10 year anniversary and their livestream with a bunch of announcements for a bunch of different games they have in development. It seems they are aiming at being more than just the company that produces League of Legends. Since then, I hadn’t really played the game, but in the…

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