Recent content by Halbert

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    8 Awesome Things New Gamers Will Never Get to Experience

    Likewise on the love for arcades, although the current (American) incarnations make me sad. You either get the Chuck-E-Cheese experience, or the Dave & Buster experience; either way, you still end up paying $2 per game for an experience that ends all too quickly. Most of the games aren't even...
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    Card Hunter - These Are a Few of my Favorite Things

    Ah, I played this for a while. It's been a year or so since I last touched it, but my impressions, from what I remember: -Random nature of loot and gear rarity really pushes freemium nature of the game (i.e. It's hard to advance if you aren't paying for loot) -Rare gear rewards for online...
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    Remake Retake

    I never attached to FF7 the way other folks did, but I played it on PC; that version was ridiculously unstable, so I never finished it. At one point, it caused a crash so bad I had to restore the PC to factory settings. I hadn't even made it to disc 4 yet.
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    Five Rules for Being a Good Dungeon Master

    I find rule 4 (Know what your players want) to be critically important, and probably the reason why there are so many arguments about gaming. If your players want a brutal, merciless game, then GMing that way is fine. If your players just want to feel like bad-asses while crushing the opposition...
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    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Give In to the Dark Side

    I think the gameplay was fleshed out for the sequel, but KotORII is just a mess, otherwise. The game was a mess of bugs and broken quests, and the narrative limped along until it ended rather abruptly, and in an incredibly unsatisfying way. It was clearly a pre-mature release, rushed out to hit...
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    This Week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is All About World-Building

    I'm beginning to wish they hadn't introduced those at all. I find shape-shifters (or the tech variant, in this case) to be a really tiresome plot device.
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally Tackles Its Biggest Mystery

    "Hey, we've got, like, four Mjolnirs leftover from Thor 2. You think the Agents crew could use any?"
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally Tackles Its Biggest Mystery

    One of the things that made me smile was Mack trying to acclimate himself to the status quo. It may be a world of superheroes and mutant inhuman nightmares, but weird is still weird. It'd be a bit too much if they said, "Oh, so the boss was using alien goo to resurrect the dead? Cool. Who wants...
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Continues to Set Up the Story for Season 2

    The portrayal of Fitz this season is killing me. They might as well just add a one-legged puppy to the cast.
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    Bonus Rewards in D&D: Why XP Is the Wrong Way to Go

    I also moved away from XP to give levels at proper milestones. I've also tended to give minor benefits, such as temporary HP, +2 to your next attack, +2 to defenses on for a round, etc. They're relatively minor, but they still feel like a proper perk when the players do something I want to...
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    Zero Punctuation: EarthBound - Not Your Typical JRPG

    I don't see this get mentioned frequently, but this right here is the point of half of Earthbound's humor. It's basically a send-up of the "traditional JRPG:" NPCs who wonder why you're rooting through garbage cans for food, tutorials where the NPC forgets to stick with the game's terminology...
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 17: Turn, Turn, Turn

    You are a difficult man to please, Bob.
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 16: End of the Beginning

    Agreed. I have one question after seeing the movie:
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    Escapist Podcast: 128: Which Edition of Dungeons & Dragons is Best?

    For what it's worth: I started with D&D 3.5, and haven't tried 5E/Next yet, but 4E has been my favorite thus far. It gets a lot of grief for various reasons, but I'll always prefer it to 3.5. That said, FATE has become my go-to RPG system. Love me some FATE.
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    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 12: Seeds

    I really enjoyed this episode, although I'm nervous about Skye being the superhero on the team. Also a little disappointed that they went with the "lightning bolt causes superpowers" trope, but I've accepted worse.