LEGO had an anniversary, so I felt I should write about them.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has many bad things happen to good people.
You are one of the bad things.
What battles are you likely to fight? Orc assaults will likely rely on superior infantry numbers, Gnoll infestations will be guerilla-style salt-the-earth raids, Illithid conflicts will be psy-op 4GW affairs, and if you have a dragon problem, you can kiss those thatched roof cottages goodbye (pace Trogdor). Will your bog-standard infantry/archery/cavalry mix be suited to defend the kingdom against these sorts of threats?
Escalation of stakes is part of the appeal of doomsday end-game modules, but I have a hunch there’s more to it than the natural progression from local to regional to national to global threats. I suspect that apocalyptic stories draw from some dark universal well abiding in the human heart. Or maybe it’s that engine from Event Horizon. Maybe that engine from Event Horizon is the darkness that dwells within the human heart.
Something interesting happens in most high fantasy and science fiction settings. Capital-F Faith in an absentee God who may or may not exist is absent. In Dungeons and Dragons, the gods exist. If you want proof, watch a paladin lay on hands. Science fiction settings can be a little looser with divine intervention tropes, but a sufficiently advanced AI is a reasonable substitute for a supernatural entity, and for ordinary NPC plebes, even modest mutant, cybernetic, or technological abilities are sufficiently advanced to provide a reasonable stand-in.
What stops demigod-tier player characters from dominating your entire fictional world? How limiting are information and principal-agent problems in your universe?
Having trouble finding the soul of your fictional society? Have you considered their fundamental rule-making process? Why not take a little time to suss the foundations of your make-believe culture by drafting their constitution? You might find that specific laws, mores, and cultural habits are easier to develop when you have a framework for decision-making and conflict resolution.
Many Americans consider it boorish to bring up politics or religion outside of sanctioned times and places. One simply does not talk politics at the dinner table. It won’t do.
But the gaming table is not the dinner table. Ideally, you play games with friends. Or if your close friends don’t share your hobbies, then at least your regular group is acquainted well enough that political differences of opinion are unimportant enough to keep you from playing together. Or if that isn’t the case, then at the very least you all retain enough courtesy to stow your partisan inclinations while the game is underway.
Traits are carried in the genes. Use this simple observation to your advantage.
Last time, I promised you I would write a bit about microfoundations. I will not be doing that today. I apologize for breaking my promise, but it is to my great sorrow that I must digress. Instead of the planned topic, I will revisit motivation. More specifically, I will revisit my own motivation for the campaign I am running right now.
You can create reasonably immersive, fairly convincing setting by remembering a simple five-letter acronym.
MERPS: Social, Political, Economic, Religious, and Military.
From tiny little subsistence bands to mighty intergalactic empires, from sword-and-sorcery barbarian epics to swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, these five dimensions allow you to cover every major aspect required to create conflict and a memorable story.
Have you ever built a world? If you are so inclined, let’s explore some principles for world generation using insights from economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
Insufficient ethical boundaries lead to some odd situations for some men and the women they abuse. (Content note: Not safe for work. Unpleasant subject material. Also, language, though that’s the least of it.)
All the bases and balls are running together. Today on Play All The Nintendo, I stretch a double to a triple and get thrown out going for home with Bases Loaded 2, 3, and 4.
This week on Play All The Nintendo – Baseball Stars, Baseball Stars 2 and Bases Loaded.
This week on Play All The Nintendo, I take a swing at Baseball Simulator 1.000, Basewars and Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting.
This week on Play All The Nintendo – I tussle with some thugs on Bad Street Brawler, play the links in Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Peach and hit the skies with Balloon Fight!
This week on Play All The Nintendo: Astyanax, Bad Dudes and Bad News Baseball. I love the NES, it’s so bad.
This week on Play All The Nintendo – Arkista’s Ring and 2 awful Back To The Future games. Any way I can take a time machine back to a period I hadn’t played these?
This week on Play All The Nintendo: I find two old friends and 1 new friend with common interests: American Gladiators, Arch Rivals and Arkanoid.
This week on Play All The Nintendo! I play Alfred Chicken, Alien³, and Alpha Mission, and manage not to have many of my feathers ruffled.
This week on Play All The Nintendo, I fly through Air Fortress, crash and burn on Airwolf and race through Al Unser’s Turbo Racing.
This week, I try out The Adventures of Dino Riki, Rad Gravity, and Rocky And Bullwinkle and Friends. Respectively.
This week on Play All The Nintendo, I trudge through some bad headers to get to a lovely trio of puzzlers from Hal Laboratory.
Maybe you only need to visit Adventure Island 3 times to shake off the bad games of your past…
This week on Play All The Nintendo! I trudge my way through almost 3 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons games.
This week on Play all the Nintendo, I cover Abadox and two Addams Family games.
This week I tackle 720°, 8 Eyes, and A Nightmare On Elm Street
I stumbled into what will likely take a few years to complete: Play every game for NES and write a short review about it. This Week: 10-Yard Fight, 1943, and 3D Worldrunner
Where a father attempts to review the new Final Fantasy game.
Bet you weren’t expecting this..
Why do people play games that they know are unfair?
Empty your wallets. It’s time for the Steam Holiday Sale!
On what might work if Fallout 4 doesn’t work for you.
On Karma and making sure that your companions are sufficiently dapper.
If you’re stuck wondering what do I get for the person who has everything (or you just want to see what we think is cool), we’re here to help!