Jan 7, 2013

Digital card and boardgames are a balm to my battered gaming soul.

An interesting development is tabletop gaming has quietly been taking shape in the shadows of the gaming world, and it is totally not of the Chinese variety.  I speak of several genre-bending games on the horizon - or already here.

Clash of the Dragons - This game (formerly on my "if it advertises on my sidebar - I'll never play it!!!) lured me in when one of my good friends was hired to program for them.  It is a free-to-play MMO (notice the RPG missing from the end?).  It makes this list because Magic: The Gathering still ranks among my favorite time-destroying methods.  It is essentially a collectible card game with a very active community, and fun Holiday multiplayer boss brawls.  Unlike some other games who will remain nameless, the paywall here is soft, and doesn't leave marks on your face.

The Banner Saga - Is an absolutely gorgeous looking example of where I think mainstream RPG's are heading.  Lush graphics, deep story rooted in norse mythology - I signed up for my beta account, what about you?

Minion Master - Looks to be exactly the geeky PVP I've been looking for.  My wife will still probably own me though.  Life just isnt fair sometimes.

Arkham Horror - The seminal (Ha!) classic reskinned as a complete online experience.  No update on this for awhile - but I have high hopes this labor of love sees the light of day..

Anybody else know of any cool projects that need a shout-out?  Let me know in the comments.

Jan 5, 2013

No promises...or porpoises, but possible a cetacean of a different color.


Been awhile, hasn't it.  There was no question mark because it wasn't a question (see what I did there?)  It was a statement of being absent far too long.

I still game - as often as I can (which isn't very often), and have revived my old Dragonstar campaign.  Love that game - Spelljammer with plasma cannons :)

As for me, I found a job with ONLY a 1 hr 15 min commute, and basically lost myself in the gridlocked rat race of existence for awhile, or exactly one year, as I was laid off again 3 days after my 1 year anniversary.  Company needed a little more payroll overhead for the new executive team they hired.  Sigh.

So here I am hopeless, but hopeful for better things.  In fact, I applied for a job as a community manager for 5th planet games where a good friend of mine is working as a software developer.  If any of you know these peeps, let them know that Donny_the_DM is legit :)

Otherwise, just watching the kids grow up, and teaching them geekery of the best kind.  Family game night is either spent on Munchkin (sometimes quest), Talisman, or Clue Jr.  (three guesses which night I have to put my imagination away).  My kids are totally geeks in training, and doing well.

I apologize for a meager catch-up, but I retrieved my lost PW on a lark, and didn't have anything else better to talk about- though I sense a D&D next rant coming...be warned.

WotC is still staffed by cheese-weasels, and Pathfinder online is going to be a hideous clone of some other shitty game.

Take care folks, I'll try not to range so far this time.