• This Week in Gaming

    by  • September 30, 2012 • News • 4 Comments

    The Escapist says that InKarnate’s RPG Toolset could change the way players use technology for tabletop gaming.

    The designers of Black Ops are disappointed that not everyone plays their multi-player option. I think I get good multiplayer action at tabletop – computer games are my “me” time! Anyone else feel the same?

    RinCon is this weekend and Aztec Press Online has an interview with Seth Jaffee, a con coordinator. I hope AZ, USA residents get the chance to check out the con!

    I found a new site through an article on morningsun.net called Roll20.net – it’s intended as a virtual tabletop site. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

    Over on 6D, there’s a very good article about the female pandarans in WoW’s Mists of Pandaria, the mechanics, and the fails inherent. A good read, especially if you’re a game designer looking to represent female non-human/”monster” characters, and includes a reminder about having broad gender representation for NPCs.



    I'm a 25 year old admin assistant from around Pittsburgh, PA. I am married, work and attend college concurrently, and have been tabletop gaming for about 8 years. I blog (very, very periodically), and write unpublished short stories. I play tabletop RPGs, board games, and both casual and RPG video games. I live for the social part of gaming, but do enjoy a good explosion, and am learning the ropes of creating worlds in which people can play.


    4 Responses to This Week in Gaming

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      September 30, 2012 at 21:18

      6D put down my feelings about WoW far better than I ever could myself. Especially the underlying antisocial nature. That is what put me off of it when I tried it, in a good part (I also dislike the visuals), and that is why MMOers tend to be such unpleasant dudebro-ish me-against-all-others people to deal with. Extremely interesting link, thanks for bringing it up!

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        October 1, 2012 at 04:42

        You’re welcome! I know plenty of people like MMOs and are great to play with outside of MMOs, but they’re not my deal.

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      September 30, 2012 at 21:52

      I feel the same regarding social interaction. The most social game I play online is Lexulous and that’s only with one other person at a time. Even when I’m playing with my friends, the most conversation we have is “good game” or “nice one” if someone scores a bingo.

      My tabletop gaming group is very much a social experience and that’s a big part of the fun. Lots of multiplayer action and we never get tired of finding new ways to interact. We usually play D&D or board games, but we’ve also touched on FengShui and the Dreadful Secrets of Candlewick Manor.

      I also really liked the Escapist article. Most of my group uses some kind of computer assist when we play D&D. Wizards has the character builder, which is generally very helpful. There’s an android app that will track what powers have been used. My boyfriend uses a spreadsheet to track combat stats when he runs the games. I’ve been making considerable use of the adventure tools Wizards offer–the monster builder allows for a lot of customization, and the encounter builder is good guideline. I would like it, however if the tools were more dependable–some days they work better with Chrome, others with Firefox or Safari. You also can’t use more than one at a time, which makes for slow going when making a homebrew campaign.

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        October 1, 2012 at 04:45

        That’s cool. I like to hear about how people use different tech and media to enhance gaming. Thanks for sharing!

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