Gaming

Open Legend RPG Kickstarter

It’s been several years since I last backed a project on Kickstarter. Since my initial spurt of enthusiasm for Fate Core (which I still consider an elegant little piece of RPG machinery, though a little too much toolbox for my currently low levels of creativity), I’ve basically ignored the crowdfunding site, maybe peeking in once in a while when one of my friends pledged to a project that caught my eye.

But a couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a mention of the “Open Legend RPG,” possibly from Geek and Sundry‘s account, and started digging into the rule set. Initially, I was less than intrigued. It seemed like just another d20 mod with grid-based miniature combat and a long laundry list of abilities and spells and feats and whatnot.

Yesterday, I stumbled across another post referencing the Kickstarter campaign for a print edition of the game and a new multi-genre setting for it, so I dove back into the rules to give them another shot.

And let me say, there are more things in Open Legend RPG, Horatio, than were dreamt of in my philosophy. 😀 (more…)

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Goals: September & October

I knew when I posted my gaming goals for last month that the impending Rise of Iron launch might distract me from some of my other gaming activities. However, I hadn’t counted on getting sucked in by the weekly Trials of Osiris or the monthly Iron Banner PvP events that resumed once the expansion dropped. That, combined with Six starting her new job in medical transcribing, meant that I didn’t accomplish quite as much as I would have liked to.

But they say that goals don’t matter if you’re not accountable for them, so here’s the rundown of how I did.

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Also, a dragon. 🙂

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Iron Rising

Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion dropped last week, and while I’m not quite raid ready, I have been having fun with the new content. The PvE missions are enjoyable, if a bit short, and I’m still working on snagging that Gjallahorn and Thorn. (Apparently, the questlines start with a random drop, so it may just be a matter of logging more time in-game, if I can tear myself away from WoW. Which, sadly, may not be that difficult. I’m nearing level 110 on my druid, Nahaltin, and quickly running out of story. Given that I had to drop 5k on my max riding speed last night, it’s probably safe to say that I won’t be earning enough gold to buy a WoW token for another month of game time before my current sub runs out.) (more…)

Gaming Goals (With some screenshots)

Originally, I’d written up a huge post detailing everything I wanted to get done in September, both for gaming and for life in general.

Then it sat in my drafts folder for several weeks …

Oh, look! A distracting dragon!

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Sometimes I forget just how pretty this game can be.

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On School, Gaming, and Life in General

Ever notice how the days drag on, but the months fly by? That’s been my life since my last post, back in mid-June. I won’t bore you with all of the gritty details (as “gritty” as things get in Happy Valley, Utah), but here’s a quick rundown on what I’ve been doing over the past few months, when I should have been blogging all along. 🙂

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On Boarding the Hype Train, and Taking Off the Training Wheels

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Choo choo!

If you live on the internet and know who Blizzard are, you’ve most likely seen something regarding Overwatch. And if you haven’t seen advertising, the name itself should hopefully ring a bell.

But if, by some strange chance, you’re from some neck of the digital woods where this isn’t a thing, let me explain.

No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Overwatch is a new first-person shooter coming out of Blizzard, the company responsible for StarcraftDiablo, and the soul-devouring behemoth known as the Warcraft universe. (Seriously. I haven’t played World of Warcraft in nearly a year, and I still find myself wanting to resubscribe and preorder the new expansion.) It’s a slightly different genre than Blizzard have tackled before, seeing as how they cut their teeth on real-time strategy and action roleplaying games, but I must say, it’s looking beautiful. (more…)

On Rolling Out, and Getting Dangerous

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I fear that these Steam sales will be the death of me.

A couple weeks ago, a bunch of Activision games went on sale, giving up to 75% off some of their popular titles. Now that I have a computer capable of running post-2012 games at decent quality and frame rates without worrying about my computer slagging itself on my desk, I’m having a much harder time resisting Gaben’s siren song.

But while I was slightly tempted to pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops III for the PC—because some of us are weak and buy the same games on multiple platforms—it was the Transformers games that forcibly abducted cash from my wallet.

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On Hacking RPGs

Anyone who has followed this blog long enough knows that I’m a fan of roleplaying games, both tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons and video games like Final Fantasy. I haven’t actually played as many tabletop games as I’d like to—it’s hard to carve out a specific three-to-four hour period every week—but I still enjoy fiddling with them when I can. Because of this, I have an ever-growing library of books and files that I often use to run a play-by-post game with like-minded individuals. (more…)

On Gains, and Losses

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Sunset over Sastasha Seagrot

This has been a week of ups and downs. Why don’t we start with some of the ups?

One of the nice things about getting a little older is that you get cooler and cooler Lego sets. But while a Lego Death Star would have been less expensive than what I actually received, it wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long. (My second son is an absolute Star Wars nut, and my third son is a three-year-old wrecking ball. 🙂 ) (more…)