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The Games Parlour / The PWBeast from the East!
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:32:49 AM »
I downloaded Tokaido for my phone. It's a lovely we adaptation of a great game, but playing it solo really highlights just how light the gameplay is. Not in a bad way, there is definitely a place for fun, simple games, but as a solo game this is no more than a distraction. I mostly bought it to add Tokaido to our college gaming lunches.

My new D&D game got off to a great start. One session in and one of the PCs has already had his Intelligence permanently reduced from 9 to 5 while another almost got eaten by a mirror trap. I have a fairly long campaign planned. I don't think many of these first PCs will be surviving to the end.

While Mrs Bloodaxe is away (see Bin) we've been watching TV that she wouldn't like. So me and Bloodaxe Jnr have been working through Babylon 5 season 2 (still awesome) and I've been watching Dirk Gently in the evenings which is amazing.

I was tempted to renew my PlayStation Plus for Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank, but realistically I probably won't play them.

I bought a bunch of RPG PDFs in the sale last night with my birthday money. Coriolis, Genesys, supplements for Luther Arkwright and 13th Age and a wonderfully dumb 2e book all about Beholders. So I don't think I need anything new right now.

Snow. Usually I don't mind too much, wrap up warm and drive sensibly and everything's fine, but this stuff is impossible. Cars drive onto it instead of through it so there is zero grip. It makes rubbish snowballs. The wind is so cold it sucks the live out of any trip outside. Oh, and it's left Mrs Bloodaxe stranded in Bristol since Tuesday. Stranded in a 5-star hotel, but still. Currently she is due back on Sunday afternoon. Fingers crossed.

The Games Parlour / I Love Pwb!
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:59:42 PM »
C&C: Tiberian Sun - It's very old now and I'm not sure I'm enjoying the actual game but I've been wanting to replay this for years so it's good to get it out of my system. The FMV is truly awful.

D&D - I'm playing in a Whitehack game just now. I'm playing an asshole magic using Thief called Ruberg. I expect someone will kill me fairly soon. The Star of the show is Ben's character, a myconid called Shroom who is built like a sumo wrestler and has the gentle curiosity and enthusiasm of a young elephant.

More D&D - I will soon be running a new Whitehack game for my main group and a 13th Age game for the teenagers. I once told Luscan that I didn't like D&D; that me is gone now.

I am contemplating jumping into D&D 5th Edition. It's growing faster than any RPG ever has and is going to be around for a long time yet. It's like the Wii only instead of housewives jumping in on the youngster's hobby, this is youngsters joining in with what was assumed by many to be a fading niche of small hobby. This week Matthew Coleville's kickstarter for a 5e supplement broke $1,000,000 in a day. A few months ago the whole gaming industry was only valued at $35 million. So I figure if 5e is going to be 90% of RPGs for the next ten years it would be remiss of me not to run it for the group of teenagers I run for.

In addition to all that, Mike Mearls (lead designer on 5e, so take this with a cup of salt) was talking in a video chat about the audience for 5e now being unrecognisable compared to the a fitness you had even three years ago. For unrecognisable read, young and diverse. He went on to say that he's really excited to see what sort of content that audience produce when they progress to that in five years. Sounds good to me.

Illness, infected toenails, potentially broken toes, headaches, disabilities, exhaustion... The family's had it pretty bad over the last few months. Nothing too serious but I could really do with a rest.

The Games Parlour / In browser PSone games.
« on: January 15, 2018, 04:41:34 AM »

Just in case anyone has any spare productivity they wanted to use up.

The Games Parlour / Happy New PWB!!!
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:26:34 AM »

Videogames: zip

RPGs: About to start a hopefully epic old school D&D campaign. I've linked together a whole bunch of OSR adventures I like and located them around two sandboxes. The first is an ancient mountainous land with all sorts of weird going on, the second is after the end of the world and inspired by the videogame Bastion. Wish me luck.

Books: I good Ursula le Guin's Orsinia collection for Christmas. First two chapters are good but then I got distracted by:

Comics: I've been blitzing through Marvel Unlimited for the last few days before my annual subscription runs out.
Star Wars/Darth Vader ongoing series are fun enough. Nothing special though.
Annihilation: Conquest was good.
Ms Marvel is fantastic.

A Switch. They are €300 here with Zelda. I am very tempted.

2017. Preferably in an incinerator.

The Games Parlour / It's beginning to feel a lot like PWB
« on: December 03, 2017, 08:37:42 AM »
Videogames - Nada. I want to play something but I don't know what.

Boardgames - Introduced the college crowd to Welcome to the Dungeon on Friday, that went down well. Age of War still getting a lot of play, and Tiny Epic Galaxies. Played some Sushi Go! at home, still great.

RPGs - My Star Wars campaign gets it's epilogue tomorrow and then we are back to D&D (well, Whitehack). I might be running something for my son and his friends and a couple of the parents of that group want me to run something for them too!

Definitely a Switch. Can't see it happening sadly.

Does anyone know if Pyre is any good? I love Bastion and barely started Transistor so I should probably just play that but I just heard about Pyre and I am curious.

Pandemic Legacy Season 1. It will be mine in approximately three weeks...

Shitty pointless busywork college courses which don't teach you anything.
Our annual festival of consumerism. which now starts with Black Friday and rolls on through to the January sales. I mean, I like buying shit as much as the next man but do we all have to be so obsessive about it?
My Uncle died on Thursday which was neither expected nor reasonable considering his age. I didn't know him particularly well but I liked him all the same and it sucks.

The Games Parlour / Remember, Remember, the Play Want Bin of November
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:17:17 AM »
Videogames - I played through the paperclip game. I also just found my long lost GBA charger and I've dug out all of my GBA carts. I thought that Little Miss Bloodaxe might enjoy it and I'm thinking of playing Zelda or Pokemon or something. Maybe Fire Emblem?

RPGs - It's session 21 of my Star Wars game tonight. The PCs are stranded on a station owned by a Hutt and they need to quickly get out of there, get down to a waterworld which is about to explode, save a couple million people, fight a weird mist/possession alien, help the rebel fleet and maybe save their friends who are trapped on a star destroyer. It should be a pretty exciting session.

I also just bought World War Cthulhu in the Bundle of Holding and I'm enjoying reading that (I've never read any Cthulhu/Lovecraft before).

Boardgames - I've been introducing all the kids at college to my bag of games. The other mature students have been playing Zombie Dice, Age of War and Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms with me. I asked the rest of the class if anyone else wanted to join in an ten minutes later four of them were having a great time playing Love Letter.

Meh. Dunno. I'm too busy with college and life and RPGs to really want anything.

A Switch with Zelda and Mario would be nice but it's so expensive I can't really justify it.

The real world. All of it. Good god it's such a mess right now.

The Games Parlour / My Gizmondo moment
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:49:26 AM »
I just found and bought an Ouya in a charity shop.

The Games Parlour / PWB August Joke
« on: August 02, 2017, 03:53:15 AM »
Videogames - So this is a bit weird. Over the last couple years I've been finding videogames less and less interesting. Lego Dimensions and Assassin's Creed Black Flag were the killers. Run around, collect stuff or break stuff so that you can run around collecting and breaking in a slightly different location. That's videogames though, and it always has been, but those two games just seemed particularly blatant in their attrition entertainment. So I pretty much stopped playing. Last month though I found GTA3 on my phone and now I am half way through it and having a blast. The other day I spent an hour getting up to three stars wanted rating, and then parking by the river and watching the police cars fling themselves into the water.

RPG - My Edge of the Empire game is going wonderfully just now. We have had to take a couple weeks off due to holidays and such but I'm really looking forward to getting back to it on Monday night. I've just found a fifth player too which is good.

Music - For some reason I can't listen to Arcade Fire's Rococo enough just now.

Youtube - I have been watching Matthew Colville newish series on how to GM D&D. It's excellent and is highly recommended if you run RPGs, would like to run a game or if you just want to understand RPGs a bit better.

Work - Mrs Bloodaxe has a job! I think the last time one of us had a proper job was 2009. I'm off to college at the end of the month to get some qualifications and see if I can get a job myself in a few years. Which is nice.

I really want to get a second evening of roleplaying going. I have too many games I want to run and one night a week just isn't getting me through them quick enough.

I might go play some Crackdown. If I'm enjoying GTA3 this much Crackdown should blow my mind. Again.

Binning things. No negativity!

The Billiard Room / Videogames>Hobbygames>RPGs
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:41:50 AM »
If you were ever curious just how small tabletop RPGs are as an industry, this article has the answer:

Videogames in USA&Canada $91billion
TT RPGs in USA&Canada $35million

The Games Parlour / Beyond Good & Evil 2 is actually happening?
« on: June 12, 2017, 07:14:41 PM »
I just watched the trailer for BG&E2. It's a fucking great trailer, if a bit mutherfuckin sweary for fuck sake.

Nothing about gameplay obv.

The Games Parlour / Play, Want, Bin - June fucking Sarpong edition
« on: May 30, 2017, 06:56:15 AM »
No videogames. I've been spending my evenings watching Game of Thrones.

Still running two games of Edge of the Empire. The kids game will soon be shifting to Tales from the Loop though.

One of my players just bought me the 13th Age Bundle of Holding which was nice. First up I'll be reading the Eyes of the Stone Thief campaign which is about a massive living dungeon which rises up out of the ground to consume towns and add them to itself.

I have the two Machi Koro expansions and I have been playing that a bit. The Harbour expansion is excellent, not so keen on Millionaire's Row.

Still a Switch and Zelda. I'm in no hurry for Mass Effect Andromeda any more.

I'd really like to buy and play through Pandemic Legacy.

Where to start?  :(

The Billiard Room / Running RPGs for teenagers.
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:34:18 AM »
Alongside my regular Monday game I have, for the last three weeks, also been running a weekly game for my son and four of his friends. They are all thirteen and OMG they are so bloody loud. Still, when they remember that they are supposed to be playing a game and pay attention it's working better than I expected.

I am running Edge of the Empire for this group too, which has mostly worked. They all figured out how it works easy enough and they have no problem with the odd dice. This means that they can all come up with crazy plans I can can tell them what sort of roll they will need to make and it all makes sense, which is exactly what you want. Unfortunately the dice also need a bit of interpreting after the roll so I end up having to negotiate with the players to determine what they are trying to do, and then negotiating with them again to figure out what actually happened. If I run any more Star Wars with them I will be using a much more straight forward system.

The game has been pretty mental with the players trying to navigate their way through the criminal underworld of Coruscant to find a traitorous Bounty Hunter. Breaking & entering, death sticks, gambling, arms dealers. One of the kids made a Kane&Lynch joke at one point. Good wholesome family fun.

Anyway, it's been a great success so far. For various reasons four of the five players don't get out of the house much to see their friends outside of school so it seems to be doing them some good too. It is bloody exhausting to run, but just one more session of Star Wars to go and then they are all off for a game of Traveller with one of the other dads.

Mass Effect 1 - Not very often though. I am still enjoying it, I think I've just been busy.

RPGs - My Star Wars game is going well, also I'm about to start running a weekly session for five or six 13 year olds. I am only slightly terrified. And I've been invited to play in a Whitehack online game on Sunday evenings which should be good. It'll be the first campaign I've played in in about ten years.

F1 - I'm liking this season so far, even if the Sochi track is dull as fuck.

Marvel Unlimited - Still really enjoying this. The comics aren't all great but that seems like less of an issue when you aren't buying them individually. I'm working through Annihilation: Conquest just now.

New Mass Effect/Persona/Zelda/Wipeout

Some money to go see Guardians of the Galaxy.

The UK. We are just an embarrassment now.

The Games Parlour / Play Want Bin - Protests March
« on: February 28, 2017, 07:57:23 PM »
Videogames - Chipping away at Psychonauts and finally started Dishonoured. Both are good.

Boardgames - I just received Takenoko, Codenames and Exploding Kittens for my birthday. Played some Tokaido the other day too. Looking forward to more tomorrow night.

Role-playing games - My D&D game finished on Monday after eighteen sessions of twisted fantasy adventure. I also ran a successful one-shot recently based on 2000AD's Flesh!, From the point of view of the dinosaurs. Next up is Dredd and then back to Star Wars: Edge of the Empire.

Comics - Marvel Unlimited is getting a lot of use. I have the new Mouseguard book to read too.

TV - Legion is great. This season of Elementary seems to have lost something though.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Old Man Logan - What a pointless piece of crap. I've played games on my Speculation 48k which had more depth to their story than this comic.

Kingdom Builder - Don't enjoy it. It's like everyone's playing a dull solo game, then you add up the points.

It's almost time for Edinburgh's annual con again. I was wondering if anyone here might be interested in coming along.

I'll be running a couple of games (one about dinosaurs, the other about MegaCity Judges) and there's always time for a few boardgames in between the burgers and beers and RPGs.

Is anyone else interested? You can find the details here if you are:

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