New Releases: April 2020

Featured Title – Final Fantasy VII Remake

Years in the making, Final Fantasy 7 Remake brings players back to the world of Midgar to experience the story like you never have before. Completely reimagined from the ground up, this retelling of the classic RPG features a more action-focused combat system, expanded story, and jaw-dropping visuals. The scope of the game has expanded so greatly that it will be told over multiple parts. For both fans of the original and those experiencing it for the first time, Final Fantasy 7 Remake promises to have plenty of surprises in store for us.

New Releases – April 2020

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Bargain Bin Gaming: April, 2020

Cannibal Halfling Gaming

Welcome to Kickstarter Wonk! This month we’ll take a look at ten Kickstarter campaigns that definitely exist, that people can definitely pledge money to! 

April Fools! Now, fooling aside, there’s a very good reason that there’s no Kickstarter Wonk this month, namely that there are no Kickstarters (not *no* Kickstarters, but you know my spiel). This is not because of any peculiarity in the RPG world, but rather a peculiarity in the real world. In less euphemistic terms, a global pandemic. On one hand, creators have had to refocus their time into activities that keep food on the table. On the other, many people who would typically have a budget for things like Kickstarter projects are finding their money diverted as large chunks of the economy shut down, and jobs along with them. Because of this, many creators have determined that there’s way less money to go around for Kickstarter…

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Hoarding in MMORPGs #EQ2 #WoW

GamingSF

Massively have a post from the 26 March discussing hoarding in MMORPGs. It’s a topic I’ve been thinking about since as I have various inventory management troubles in different games that I play. This post isn’t about organising items though, it’s about what I keep and why. I’m not a “lost cause” hoarder by nature, if I do keep things a long time it’s usually because of forgetfulness. I have no problem with getting rid of things normally.

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But in MMORPGs there are certain types of items that I tend to keep way past their usefulness, hence this list:

1) Crafting materials

I generally enjoy crafting in most MMORPGs at least to dabble. I like my characters to have a measure of self-sufficiency at least at the ‘account’ level. That is to say I’d only have one alchemist in a given game who can supply all my characters…

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Syp’s gaming goals for April 2020

Bio Break

March 2020 in review

  • Well, I don’t think this month went like ANYONE planned, unless you were some sort of doomsday prognosticator. In any case, both life in general and my gaming routine was upended with the COVID-19 outbreak, and I found myself cycling through several different games.
  • I made good progress on Lord of the Rings Online’s progression server, hitting level 83 in Rohan and dabbling in the spring festival a bit to get a hedgehog pet.
  • Two sessions in Elder Scrolls Online, and I officially finished up the first Elsweyr zone. While the combat continues to do nothing for me, the setting and story are still pretty engaging.
  • Neverwinter went back into mothballs, as did World of Warcraft Classic. I had some good fun in both in recent times, but they weren’t sticky enough nor did they provide enough of a sense of community to keep…

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Real Neat Blog Award

Gaming Omnivore

I’ve been tagged for the Real Neat Blog Award! This time by DanamesX at Tales from the Backlog. Thank you for the nomination! I really enjoyed the recent posts by DanamesX describing some Super Nintendo favorites growing up or finally crossing Final Fantasy VI from the backlog and I encourage you to check out their site if you haven’t already. I’ll get straight down to business, starting with the rules…

– Display the awardlogo

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their site

– Answer the questions of the one who nominated you

– Nominate 7 – 10 bloggers

– Ask them 7 questions

Alright then, let’s do this!

Yes or No?

I’ll have to go with no…I tend to generally be the pessimistic “why should I?” type of person.

Do you experience aches and pains in your body?

Not really, fortunately for…

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Six classic PC games that still hold up great today

Bio Break

So here’s a question related to our situation: Are you getting through your gaming backlog during your new life at home? I can see that happening, and I can also see people going back to old favorites as comfort gaming food. And since I’ve been going through classic PC games over the past several years here on Bio Break, I thought I’d make a recommendation of six games that were not only great back in the day but are still very enjoyable even in 2020.

I’ll start by holding up The Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck’s Revenge, because humor doesn’t ever really age badly. What was funny in 1990 is still pretty dang funny 30 years later. And the fact that both of these titles received facelifts that make them more modern if you want that experience.

Over in the RPG side of things, Star Control 2 was…

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BARBARIAN PRINCE: Easy-to-play, hard-to-win Old School Solo Game (1981)

Wayne's Books

As the Barbarian Prince Cal Arath, amass 500 gold pieces in 70 days, needed to raise an army to claim his rightful throne in the Northlands.

“…A mixture of a sandbox hexcrawl and a choose-your-own-adventure book, though it’s not as heavily scripted as the latter. It’s also a lot more difficult than in most choose-your-own-adventure books I remember reading, since, like many sandbox campaigns, there’s no way to be sure that the ruin over the next hill isn’t inhabited by foul demons beyond your ability to defeat.”

Grognardia retrospective on Barbarian Prince

The original Dwarfstar set is hard to find these days with all its parts – especially the metal miniature, which often ended up with the owner’s other miniatures.

Good news for those who don’t want to pay collectible prices: A free, legal download is available!

There are some great quotes at the site from contemporary reviewers…

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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 21

Dyson's Dodecahedron

(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)

Session 21

Death on the Reik

  • Martin [Scout]
  • Wilfried [Fence]
  • Larry [Bodyguard]
  • Othmar [Charlatan]
  • Wilhelm [Wizard]
  • Gottlieb [Bounty Hunter]

Seeing a goblin guard in the front hall of the structure on his way back to the party, Martin and the group hide in the bushes at the edge of the forest across from the tower. They formulate a number of plans on how to approach the tower and deal with the unknown number of foes in attendance (12 to 20 perhaps, based on footprints, plus at least a dozen more wolves?).

As the night darkens further and plans are still not agreed upon (walk up to the front door and ask to see Etelka?), the goblins start to show up and…

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Static group is enjoying the available packs

Micki's Delirium

As you might have heard, SSG made all the content available to everyone until the end of April. Seethis post to read more about it.

Since this meant my static group has more content to run, we started with wiz-king R2 and continued with Outbreak in the druid’s chain. We usually run for about 2.5 hours, and after those two quests we were out of time. Have a look at the screenshots below.

I am playing Jarvanna with Judet piking for xp. I can use Judet to raise the group if things go sideways.

That’s all for this post, thank you for stopping by.

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Persuasion Check: Unearthed Arcana 2020 – Spells and Magic Tattoos

Ready To Role

I would have thought for sure that right now I’d be writing about Part 4 of the recent subclasses that have featured on Unearthed Arcana in 2020, but instead I’m pleasantly surprised to take a look at some new spells and magic tattoos!

As always, our Persuasion Check articles are less hardcore analysis and more commentary drawing insights and some direct analysis where needed. If you want a more flavorful approach to opinions on playtest content backed up with some insights, this is the place for you! Now, follow along and let’s dig into this edition of Unearthed Arcana!

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