What we did last night is nearly unmentionable. We sat through the FULL 1.5 hour Star Wars Xmas Special. It was some sort of disturbing variety show in essence and it made the children nearly cry. I was waiting for Carol Burnette and Don Knots to show up any second! I barely remember it as a kid except for two things: confusion and disappointment. Despite the horrifying Special, the commercials were amazing. Tons off stuff about unions and manufacturing cars and ‘made in America’ things (including and ad for the ladies undergarment workers union). The things these people worried about happened and we’ve of course become a consumer nation and Xmas is the consumer orgasm of the year.
Here’s some stuff.
That’s the wonderful thing about the game industry. Almost everyone burns out of it by the time they’re 35, so whatever institutional memory they developed disappeared and a new generation of worker bees is brought in to make all the same mistakes again.
Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.
This was a busy ass week, but I got a game in of Gloomhaven which is… interesting. It’s definitely not a game I would want to own or try to get people to play (or read the rules) but it was pretty fun. Gloomhaven is a mash up of Kingdom Death and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd edition with all the cards-as-actions and tons of counters for everything; except instead of an RPG, all adventures are pre-codefied in maps that unlock as you play. Classes unlock as you play as well which is interesting. While I don’t think it’s especially good after the first play, it’s still worth giving a good college try.
Comparing it to another similar, recent game: The Others, it’s the opposite in that the basic Gloomhaven gameplay is clunky and card driven, while the Others is very smooth and streamlined. However, the Others has zero as a campaign mode and is replayable only in that you can play through different missions with different hero teams. The lack of a Campaign mode in The Others really hurts the game, while the campaign mode in Gloomhaven makes a rather lackluster miniatures combat game much more exciting to play.
Anyway, here’s some other interesting stuff from the interweb tubes this week:
New 8th ed 40K FAQ. I love some of the questions (and answers): basically people are asking if they are planning on AOS’ing 40k. Seems not.
Freemium ios games are the worst of the worst trash mobile gaming has to offer, but there are exceptions.
An AWESOME rundown of the launch of the original Warhammer 40K. I read this and then started re-reading it right away.
And another GW-based post about 1989. That was when I was totally into the Warhammer stuff full bore (as full bore as a highschool kid could be) and it lasted until 1993 or so when we started playing too much Jyhad and MTG (and still a lot of talisman).
I spent part of the day looking for BLACK PAINT. The GW store was closed, and none of the other gaming stores had it in stock. I’m not even looking for Vallejo game color here and even would have settled for P3 black which I’m sketchy about until I’ve tried it. There was no black paint anywhere at all. I guess there was some new game out and people in the area are painting. A LOT. I should have called first right? Fuck…
I had four Legends of the Old west guys to finish up and I almost did until my Vallejo BUFF exploded (my fault, as I squeezed the tube too hard) across the backs of two of them. No terrible damage, but they had to be rinsed off with water which ruined the sand/PVA glue bases and touched up. It was one of those moments that I’ve had before where you just want to throw in the towel and quit painting for a time, but unfortunately this can last YEARS. I pushed through and the other two are done and the splatted cowboys are all touched up just waiting for the bases to be finished. I dropped a miniature and chipped the paint a few years back and quit painting for a year or so after that. Fixing would have taken about 30 minutes of work, but I was EMOTIONALLY MAIMED from frustration and couldn’t bear to do it. I won’t let that happen again.
Otherwise it’s been a weekend of children birthday party with today the first day I can do stuff. I played a lot of Mount and Blade: Warbands and must say, that is an addicting game. While I like the campaign and collecting guys, I really enjoy riding around with my massive meat cleaver — cleaving. This is why I can’t get into FIRE AND SWORD because it has guns and you just can’t do that… cleaving …any more. I took my first castle with my new guy today, so that’s progress.
I’ve got two more days left of vacation before it’s over (effectively due to a camping trip) so we’ll see what sort of painting I can get done. It sorta sucks to be off when no one else is off, but them’s the breaks.
Otherwise I’ve been working on a design for a miniature focused RPG. Sounds insane? Maybe. It’s something I’ll experiment with probably on Roll20 for a bit before posting about it more. The core thing is it will strip down the stat line compared to all but the most OSR-based games and the fights will be unapologetically for many, many miniatures.
Puzzle games are mostly boring shite. Suduko, Candy Crush, crossword puzzles, all that crap bores the piss out of me to even think about (though I do like Bubble Bobble and Super Puzzle Fighter). There are a mess of puzzle games on the iphone, since it’s a device that has such a small screen it’s a good form factor for that type of entertainment.
One that’s come out recently that is of note is SPL-T. It’s a game that involves splitting your iphone screen in half vertically and horizontally until you no longer can. You score points in ways I still don’t fully grasp, but seem to get more and more the more splits you make. Until yesterday, the high score (just over 7K) I had was from the first time I played the game– playing completely randomly with no idea what was going on! This was only beaten when my wife tried the game and played randomly and beat my score. At that point I had to figure out what the hell was going on and I finally got an over 11K score shortly after. That said, it’s quite a good little game you can pick up and play fast, or think about it a lot and play slow.