EQ5e – Training Points

EQ3e was interesting for a lot of reasons, but leveling was a big part of it. The level scale was 1-30 from the very beginning, not terribly uncommon as 3e had the epic levels by then and everything was accounting for them, but you also got another resource pool as you leveled up. No, not…

Epic Weapons – EQ5e

I am now committed to a complete overhaul of the EverQuest 3e supplements. I love EverQuest for myriad reasons, but I really dug the setting when I was younger. I might also have the full series of books, modules included. I might have an unnatural attachment due to my time with the video game. What…

Color Blindness, Pattern Recognition, and Encounter Design: Part Two

Three years ago, I wrote this. In the intervening three years, I am sad to say shit hasn’t changed. I am moderately-strongly red-green color blind, but I exhibit some symptoms of blue-yellow colorblindness. Last year, I got a pair of EnChroma glasses as a present, and it has significantly improved my life. It’s a jarring…

What’s My Motivation? Part Three

Here we are again, looking at more motivations of World of Warcraft villains. So far, we have covered the core game (I don’t like calling it Vanilla), The Burning Crusade, and The Wrath of the Lich King. I had planned on talking about Cataclysm last time, but apparently I was…verbose. Rather than make it 4k…

What’s My Motivation? Part Two

I had originally intended this to be a single post, but when I reached 2k words and hadn’t remotely finished, I knew it was time to break them up. As it turns out, having a lot of bosses means there is a lot to talk about. Who knew? Anyway, we soldier ever on, and move…

What’s My Motivation? Part One

With another expansion for World of Warcraft around the corner, I got to thinking about expansions past. Not in a nostalgia way, but rather in a contemplative way. This expansion, aptly named Legion, is all about the return of the Burning Legion. Alternate Past Gul’dan has been thrown into the current timestream and has been…

Nintendo and D&D Part 2: Media Blitz

The life of the animated works of D&D and Nintendo are very different beasts. 1989 saw the explosion of Nintendo multimedia with several cartoons and a film about playing Nintendo. This was already well into the lifespan of the product, and was used to more as brand and product awareness boosts rather than product introduction….

Nintendo and D&D Part 1: 1989 Nintendo

“Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!” -Link the Asshole The year is 1989. President Reagan gives his farewell address, and President George Bush, Sr. takes over. Emperor Hirohito passes away, and the Heisei period begins in Japan. It was a year of change for both the United States of America, and for Japan. Luckily, Nintendo was here…

Raise your chalices high

I love it when video games provide new storytelling methods. People might scoff, but it has happened quite a bit in recent years. Two recent examples are the continual story re-framing in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, and the non-linear presentation in the Dark Souls games. I’ve spoken at length about the story framing, but I haven’t delved too deep,…

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! and Storytelling

The following post has information that could be considered spoilers for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. If you don’t want to know some of the finer story details, do not continue reading.  There is a lot of backlash out there right now for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. After the massive success that was Borderlands 2, it was bound to happen. Critics harp…

Ned Moresiege: Player vs. Door Commander

The more I play the new generation of MMOs, and the more I consider the previous and dwindling generation of MMOs, I find myself thinking one thing over and over again. Man, Guild Wars 2 is a really good game. It’s funny. I played it on release, but started splitting time with Borderlands 2, my…

Inclusively Exclusive

I’m pretty sure I can talk about Wildstar now. It’s in open beta, I don’t see any watermark on my screen any more, and it’s being heavily advertised. I think that means I am off the hook and I can talk about it in full. In the age of the internet, believing something is true…