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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:28:03 PM »
It just seems vaguely pointless when one could be playing boardgames/RPGs really.


That and the fact that everything that comes along just looks like something I've played before. Ten years ago I would tell people that the reason I loved playing videogames so much was that you could see them evolving. That just doesn't seem to be the case any more.

Oh, I missed the Bin section earlier...



Overpackaged overpriced chocolate?

The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:39:28 PM »
Dammit, I was all ready to go with "April PWB's Day" but I forgot all about it.

Videogames: Still nothing.

Boardgames: We swapped out Love Letter for Coup at college for a couple weeks but each round is over so quickly that it feels a little pointless. It could do with a mechanic for winning overall after passing multiple hands like Love Letter does.

Tokaido went down well too.

RPGs: My Whitehack game set in Yoon Suin has started well, I'm still excited to see how it progresses.

I'm planning to continue running 13th Age for the teenagers. There's a bunch of free to download adventures on their site intended to run for six two-hour sessions so I'm going to plug in one of those.

I would like to play some sort of epic fantasy adventure. Something with a big world to explore. I have Bauldur's Gate on my tablet, or I could grab Witcher 3 and actually get some use out of my PS4. Xenoblade Chronicles? I have a PC now so I could grab Pillars of the Earth or something. Somehow I've got too many options and none that are quite right.

I just backed the Coriolis Kickstarter. If Arabian Nights in Space with gorgeous artwork appeals you've got two days to join me. There's a free and fairly comprehensive quickstart available at Drivethrurpg if you are interested.

The Games Parlour / Re: Screenshots thread
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:19:57 AM »
I didn't notice the Sea of Thieves header there so I thought you were trying to trick us!

The Games Parlour / Re: Screenshots thread
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:36:14 AM »

Look how purdy FF14 is.  :wub:

It really does look lovely. I'd love to get lost in a big fantasy world just now.

The Games Parlour / Re: Sea of Thieves
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:00:13 AM »
I was interested in Sea of Thieves until I heard it was by Rare. I've always found their games to be soulless. But then, I loved No Man's Sky so, you know, my opinion on this might be more irrelevant that usual.

The Games Parlour / Re: The PWBeast from the East!
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:50:05 PM »

You sure we've played the same game, Bri? Your God of War sounds nothing like mine, and I've finished them all (including the PSP ones no-one played).

Yeah, you are probably right about God of War. I played Devil May Cry a lot more than God of War so I'm thinking of that really.

The Billiard Room / Re: Dungeons & Dragons
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:35:04 PM »

I have no idea about anything else happening there.  I'm going to take it as a pleasant surprise if I find something good. Sunday's are usually better for cons, I've found, because all the exhibitors are still there, but a lot of the students have hangovers so they stay back for a while.

Wise words.

The Games Parlour / Re: The PWBeast from the East!
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:32:30 PM »
I could be wrong but I think the DMC/GoW audience moved on to Dark Souls and similar.

Those games couldn't be more different if they tried though. I loved the former, never enjoyed the latter. DMC/GoW was about making you feel like a badass while also offering skill-based gameplay. You could've said Bayonetta...

Both games are about being punished at first but if you persevere you can eventually kick ass and show off. Both games place heavy emphasis on learning your enemies' attacks and vulnerabilities. I don't know, they seem to have more in common that not to me.

The Games Parlour / Re: The PWBeast from the East!
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:38:02 PM »
I could be wrong but I think the DMC/GoW audience moved on to Dark Souls and similar.

The Billiard Room / Re: Dungeons & Dragons
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:29:41 AM »
I'm running a tonne of 5E at Deecon this year if people are in Dundee and wanna play. Characters provided, fun assured. I promise I won't even be system mastery grumpy.

I was just looking into this, I was thinking it might make a fun day trip for me and Bloodaxe Jnr, but it's the weekend before Conpulsion here in Edinburgh. I'm not sure I can get away with doing two cons in two weeks.

If I did come along, should I come for the Saturday or the Sunday?

The Games Parlour / Re: Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES Edition
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:30:34 AM »
I got one of these at last!

I have game paralysis. No idea what to play. I think it might have to be Super Metroid but my boy's very keen on trying out Kirby.

I noticed they are available for sensible money now. If you have two controllers the first priority really should be Secret of Mana.

The Billiard Room / Re: Dungeons & Dragons
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:37:24 PM »
I have a few character concepts that I'd like to play some day. For some reason in my head they are all Basic D&D characters. I must have been feeling particularly imaginative while reading through my B/X books one day.

Ruberg the Magic Using Thief. I realised that with spells like Charm, Sleep, Open, Lock, Invisibility, Teleport and occasionally, Fireball, the Basic Mage would make a significantly better Thief than the Thief. I actually got a chance to try this one out and it worked great.

A Cleric of the Suffering Enlightenments. The Basic D&D Cleric has decent attack potential, excellent armour, low XP and some useful spells, the only thing that holds it back is that it is supposed to be running support and often won't be able to get stuck in to the combat. So what would happen if a Cleric only had Cause Light Wounds and it was against his religion to speed people through their painful healing process?

Domestos the Barbarian. This one's simpler. He kills 99% of everything.

I would also like to play a whole bunch of the 13th Age classes some day. The Wizard and the Rogue especially.

The Billiard Room / Re: Dungeons & Dragons
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:10:19 AM »
First PC death in my game last night. I killed him with Love Letter.

The Billiard Room / Re: Dungeons & Dragons
« on: March 07, 2018, 06:35:52 AM »
There are other online alternatives, if you're playing with people you can trust to be honest.

A big part of the fun in this system is the whole group getting together to interpret the dice results, it would be a shame to lose that.

The Billiard Room / Re: Dungeons & Dragons
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:31:34 PM »

Have you considered Roll 20?

I had a look, but the SWRPG support is pretty pants on R20; if you're not a top-tier subscriber with API access, you can't roll the weird dice.

That is shit. Looks like Fantasy Grounds isn't any better. People do play it online, but I guess maybe they just pay through the nose for the privilege.

The first two sessions of my game went well. It turns out that if you put an obvious trap in front of six players, one of them will always trigger it.

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