As many of you may know, I am a huge fan of tabletop roleplaying games! As a person who loves to write stories and be apart of stories that has a true feeling of control, these games are right up my alley. As a player, I love interacting with a world, playing in it, and molding it through my actions. Unlike video games, there is no preset path that you need to remain on and the levels of imagination in the game are only limited to the Dungeon Master’s imagination. When it comes to being a DM, I love creating entire worlds, settings, and characters for my friends to talk to and influence. I create a grand story as I guide these players through this world that I have built for them and see how they react to new and complex challenges.
For those of you who have been following me since the VERY beginning, I wrote an article on general advice for DMs to follow way back in 2013. Boy does that feel long ago since I am fastly approaching my third year running this site. But, in either case, I have not done much with RPGs since that time, so I think it is high time we revisit this.
Over the years of playing and DMing games, I have noticed a set of patterns emerge between my friends and associates who play RPGs with me. Certain people tend to be drawn more to certain classes when they are presented to them and it tends to be that you can match a person’s personality to the corresponding class. Now granted, many people play many different things. I myself always love bringing variety when I come to a game and different parts of my personality come out in different versions of characters. But there always seems to be one that just screams ‘YOU’! So today I decided to have a little fun and put aside the movies and video games for a day and psychoanalyze all of you who take part in these games.
For the sake of time, I have decided to focus only on Dungeons and Dragons classes. Even though World of Darkness is my personal favorite and there is a whole slew of articles I can write on that, I will keep with the traditional game that got the cogs turning in this wonderful past time. Continue reading
So I think I made it clear about my feelings for the ‘XBone’ and one of its most ‘popular’ new releases Dead Rising 3. Even if my opinions are not very… popular should we say on this matter. I stick by it 100%. I absolutely detest that game and if you find it enjoyable, then I am not going to take that from you. But we certainly have different tastes when it comes to zombie games and I will leave it at that. So with that being said, let’s talk about the other end of the spectrum… How is the PS4 fairing?
I have made it clear in the past that I am a little biased when it comes to a contest between these two consoles. I owned the original PS1 when I was a kid, I owned a PS2, PS3, and was planning on purchasing a PS4 and I have never owned an XBox or any of its successors nor ever plan to. So I suppose that when I get a chance to play both the XBox One and the PS4, I might be a little more… ‘friendly’ to the PS4… Well this kind of the case, but not by much. While it is true that I did enjoy my experience with the PS4 and the new title Killzone Shadow Fall more than I did the XBox One and Dead Rising 3, that does not mean that this wasn’t a wonderful experience for me. Killzone Shadow Fall may have been a technically better game, but the feeling that it will leave you is a very strong feeling of… meh, who gives a shit? Continue reading
This game is in serious contention for Game of the Year and that is not a term I am using lightly. With games like The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, and Grand Theft Auto V in contention for the title, I think you will understand where I am coming from when I say that this game is absolutely amazing. But of course mixing the elements and story of a JRPG along with the animation from none other than Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and music composed by none other than Joe Hisaishi… What more can you expect? It has been a long time since I have found a truly legendary JRPG on the level of Chrono Trigger and the early versions of Final Fantasy. Continue reading
So seeing as how the two games on my list, Saints Row IV and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch are currently tied up in prior engagements, I find myself with an open slot for this fine Saturday. That being said, I’ve decided to reach into the vault and pull out a game that I for one feel gets a little more shit than it deserves. Plus Final Fantasy XIV is coming out soon so it is sort of relevant. But granted, with scores ranging in the 80’s on sites like Metacritic and Game Ranking this could be a bit of a missed number. But what really brings the derision to Final Fantasy X-2 is the hardcore Final Fantasy fans who saw their gaming franchise take a hard right turn straight into bubbly J-Pop, Powerpuff Girls territory…. Which I can completely understand. Up until the point of Final Fantasy X-2, the community was used to very serious stories and very linear story telling of a hero being called upon to save the world. So I am not going to stand here and say that all of the anger for this game is completely unfounded… I just think that the anger clouds the judgment of what is by all accounts a relatively fun and lighthearted adventure. Continue reading
Boy oh boy! How could this idea not lead to epicness?! Take the creators of Mortal Kombat, in my opinion the greatest fighting game ever in the history of video games (That’s right Tekken fans!) and then combine them with the same awesome system they used BUT with DC Comic heroes!!! That is the perfect combination of awesome! Continue reading