More Fun and Gaming

More Fun and Gaming

I've long enjoyed the rather.... colorful.... posts over at gamingwhileconservative. The man has a way with words, and an opinion on gaming that anyone who lives the phrases "git gud" and likes the brutal difficulty curve of your typical roguelike would recognize and take to heart. You can't avoid the meta - embrace it. Find ways to lampshade it on occasion as needed. Your character may be better than average, but he's not world famous yet - so why do you have a backstory/origin that's more than one brief line of text? Also - part of the fun is…

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Having Some Fun!

Having Some Fun!

I've posted about the various hobbyist games I play, or have played, but not everyone is up for all that. Maybe you want to play a round of chess with far-away friends or family. Or GO. Yeah, I know. Nowhere near as easy or passive-aggressive as it looks. Sure, you could kick up vassal, or convince your friends to pay for Tabletop simulator (worth it, imo), but what if you needed something lightweight, preferably could run in a browser. So, for Chess, I've discovered lichess. You can create a free game and send an invite link to your friend. Works…

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Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Dungeon

Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Dungeon

I'd mentioned before that I'm running an ACKs campaign. For those not familiar, ACKs - Adventurer, Conqueror, King system - by Alexander Macris was an answer to the question "what if we took Basic, Moldvay-style D&D/OSR, and gave it a slightly more coherent set of rules, incorporated economics that make sense without requiring a ton of math, and used that to expand the rules all the way to "domain play" - kingdoms, armies, and so forth. While we're at it, we're neither running in the default Auran Empire (think late magical Roman Empire) setting,…

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Future Cop

Future Cop

First, a correction. The other favorite Cars album I was thinking of the other day was actually Heartbeat City, which had the song "Hello Again" on it. So, the Didact posts on Technometal a couple days back, featuring songs I hadn't heard by a band that I like, Dance with the Dead, but hadn't bothered to follow since discovering them in conjunction with retro-wave. I also had not realized they'd done a Scandroid remix. OK, my bad. Put the newer albums in the playlist ASAP. Nevertheless, in a very 80's/90's, mecha, synth driven way, I was reminded of an…

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They Won't Leave You Alone

They Won't Leave You Alone

I'd crow about how I told you so, but predicting SJW's will not leave a hobby or stone unturned if it may be liked by more white and male types than others, and that they will impose diversity on you and you'll like it, or else, and "get away with your hateful opinions you Trump bigot!" no matter how obscure it is is like predicting the night will follow the day. Craft beer, knitting, and yes, as I predicted, wargames. Even in the original kerfluffle over Scramble for Africa, one could already see the twitter and other threads where people…

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Improved Battle Plans

Improved Battle Plans

In case you didn't look at the battle for Winterfell or mz Dragonmom losing another of her kids through criminal carelessness and go " a six year old could have planned better", here's a couple of more pedantic breakdowns of how that could have been done better.…

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Convergence in Gaming

Convergence in Gaming

Yesterday's post may have been a bit unfair to Euro's. Having played games like Small World I know that a number do involve direct conflict and strategy, and that far from all of them are "parallel solo" games. Nevertheless, there is a degree of focus on economic engines and indirect conflict, if any at all, that in degree and depth is markedly different from older hobbyist games like AH wargames, the original Steve Jackson minigames, and the games TSR sold in addition to D&D like Awful Green Things from Outer Space. And even the heavy gamers…

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Just Say "No" to Euros

Just Say "No" to Euros

As one of my friends would say, "Not even once" I'm not quite that hardcore. I'll freely admit to not only liking a couple of them, but to owning four. One, Scythe, was a gift. Of the remaining three, I still well and truly like Power Grid, and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. I cannot stand a number of the "classic" Euro games. Agricola - boring. Ditto Le Havre. Don't even get me started on Catan. But first, what do I mean by a "Euro"? Some may think "fiddly" - in which case I can only shake my head. Seriously…

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