Games with an Ending
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It’s an ongoing joke with anyone who knows me that I never finish the games I buy, especially not steam games. They can sit in my to-play list for years before I finally get...

The Rithmatist
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2015, 10:00 am

I love Brandon Sanderson.  Not the man... but his books.  They're so good.  With the exception of his very first novel, Elantris, I've loved every single book or novella of his that I've read.  I recommend them to people all the time.

I just finished listening to the audiobook version of The Rithmatist.  I've read the book a few times before, so the audiobook was a change of pace.  But, it was great!

The world of The Rithmatist is basically an alternative history version of the early 1900s in the U.S.  Some major event has shaken the world, changed the landscape, and created a new form of science/math called Rithmatics.  Those in the world who are Rithmatists can use chalk to do things that would be considered magic in other circumstance, but it conforms to a very precise set of laws and theories.  It's an interesting setting.

We learn throughout the book that wild creatures called chalklings may be on the loose.  They are animated chalk-like drawings that can interact with the world.

I don't know how much more to talk about the setting and the story, I'm afraid I could ruin it for anyone interested in reading the book.

If you're already a Brandon Sanderson fan you should definitely read this book.  If you haven't ever read a Sanderson book this is actually a great entry point into his work.  It's a quick read that will let you see his ability for amazing world building.  I highly recommend it.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood arrives digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam in just two weeks. As you get ready to play, here’s some important info to note before May 5th. It’s Standalone As we’ve stated previously, you don’t need Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood. They’re separate games, and there […]

Oh My God Is He Talking Again?
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2015, 8:27 am

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Well, at least I am funny sometimes. Now if only I could do it on purpose.

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Spectator eSports
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2015, 7:51 am
Belghast has an interesting article up on whether eSports are sport, and how that leads to controversy when eSports arrive on ESPN. For me the whole problematic of eSports boils down to the question what exactly you show, where you point your camera, so to say. In any "real" sport the camera tends to point where the athletes are, because that is the most interesting part of the image. In eSports the athletes are either shown somewhere in a corner as tiny picture-in-picture display, or not at all. The interesting part of eSports to watch is not the athlete (who doesn't move much), but his avatar.

This difference points towards a huge missed opportunity in displaying eSports: Currently games are typically shown in the same view that the player has. Now imagine a game of football which you could only watch via the helmet-cameras of the players. Obviously not the best view a spectator could have. And to the limits to which I understand 3D graphics engines, it shouldn't be too hard to display a different view. If you can send a different view of the scene of a multiplayer game to each of the players, then surely you could produce one more view of what is going on in spectator mode. League of Legends already has a spectator mode. Develop that a bit further and apply it to all eSports games, and they could become a lot more viewable.

Personally I watch neither sports nor eSports, I prefer doing to watching. I might not run as fast as Usain Bolt or click as fast as Hai Lam (now retired at the age of 22), but I am a lot more connected to that sport or to that game by doing it at my own pace than the connection I could get from watching the best doing it on a TV screen.
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GWJ Plays Dread - Part Two
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 11:44 pm

One of our 2014 Donation Drive stretch goals was for us to record an RPG session at rabbitcon so you could finally see what all the fuss was about! We've brought together some of the finest roleplayers around along with master GM Kevin Kulp to take you through a complete game of Dread.

Daring adventure! Space! A Jenga tower! Horrible visions that will keep you up at night! Stay tuned next week for the final part of our three part series!

Starring Lara Crigger, Karla Andrich, Graham Rowat, Rob Daviau and Shawn Andrich as the players.

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GWJ Conference Call Episode 446
Posted by Gamers With Jobs - Conference Call [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 11:24 pm

Episode 446 - April 29th, 2015
Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, Dungeons 2, Ironcast, Bloodborne, Selling Mods on Steam, Your Emails and More!

Right Click Here and 'Save As' to Download!
(A Steamy 51.6 MBs, 1:30:12)

This week Allen, Shawn, Julian and David Heron talk about Steam selling mods because that's still totally relevant!

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DDOCaSplat! 12 – Carnival Part 1
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2015, 12:34 am

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This week we start the phiarlan carnival quest series as we recruit a hill giant into theatre in A Small Problem and then crash a ball in Partycrashers! — Watch live at

Update 25 (Patch 1 and 2)
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 9:06 pm

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So, work has been kicking my butt and I haven’t been able to play much DDO let alone run Temple of Elemental Evil. I’ve heard some pretty good things about it but I’ve also heard that it can take a long time to complete and time is something I’ve been short on lately. In the...

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Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 4/29/2015
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 9:07 pm

*Star Guardian Lux and SSW Skins in the PBE

Star Guardian Lux

SSW Thresh

SSW Talon

SSW Twitch

SSW Singed

SSW Rengar

Champion Abilities


  • Event Horizon [E] - Delay reduced to .5 (down from .75)


  • Unspeakable Horror [E] - Damage increased to 80/125/170/215/260 (up from 50/100/150/200/250)

Item Changes


  • Damage reduced to 15 +.06 per champion level (down from 16+1)

The first hour of Rose Online! Live Now!:

The DDO Chronicle: Issue 140
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 6:42 pm

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The latest bonuses, events, news, and more from the world of Dungeons & Dragons Online!

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Server Maintenance: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 7:46 pm
All game servers will be down for maintenance on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, at 5:00am PDT / 7:00am CDT / 8:00am EDT / 12:00pm UTC/GMT and will end at 9:30am PDT / 11:30am CDT / 12:30pm EDT / 4:30pm...

I’ll stream the first hour of the first FTP game I played, called Rose Online. 9PM EST, here:

The Fastest Alligator Snapping Turtle Rescue Ever: – we are super brave and animals think we’re cool.

Employee Profile: ukickmydog
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 6:07 pm

Hey, kids! I just found this profile sitting on my desk. Turns out this guy's been on payroll for years, though I can't find him in the org. chart anywhere. Anyone know who he reports to?

Maybe I'll bring this up with HR. This could be one of those "Milton" issues.

Anyway, here's ukick.

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Patch 5.8 Notes
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 5:07 pm

Patch 5.8 Notes

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Greetings, Summoners.

Items. The new frontier.

Not entirely, but we've got one in this patch. Technically you could say the same with champion updates because we have a Ryze update, so maybe we'll say that.

Items and Ryze. The new frontier(s).

Oh, and a pile of changes for Howling Abyss. That's entirely too many frontiers.

I just remembered that I did not use Dark Age of Camelot as one of my favorite old-school MMOs for character models.

The Sixth Line: Part Two
Posted by Bwblog | Star Wars: The Old Republic [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 2:51 pm
Surro’s team crawled along the mountain ledge to follow Bowenn’s man on the ground...

Champion Update: Ashe takes aim at PBE
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 3:12 pm

Champion Update: Ashe takes aim at PBE

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Another old timer within League’s ever-deepening champion pool, Ashe has seen almost six years shoot by with her launch kit largely intact. Until now! We’re not rebuilding her from the ground up, but we have made some pretty meaningful changes to her abilities all intended to solidify Ashe as League’s premier utility carry. Finally, we’re also sliding in a couple of small tweaks to give her opponents more ways to play against her. Here’s a rundown of her new moves!

Announcing Samsung White Championship Skins
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 1:03 pm

Announcing Samsung White Championship Skins

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Samsung White may go down as the best team in the history of League of Legends. While DanDy and Mata were rightfully given a ton of credit for the team's dominant, and near flawless, run through the 2014 World Championship, the team was filled with superstars at every position.

Looper proved to be one of the most versatile top laners, playing 9 champions throughout the tournament. Pawn proved that he was the best mid laner at Worlds, destroying those thought to be his betters, including both Bjergsen and Dade. And Imp played his aggressive and roaming style of ADC, which led to snowballing his bot-lane advantage to his teammates.

This was a lot of fun to write! I had to leave out quite a few.

RIP Greg
Posted by Terra Nova [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 1:00 pm
Greg Lastowka died last night. I really can't find the words, if you can, feel free to comment below. ren

Marco Polo Impressions
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 10:00 am

Last week I wrote a little bit about my impressions of Daredevil after the first few episodes.  This week I checked out Marco Polo, another Netflix Original Series, and I'm reporting back after watching the same amount of episodes.

I like it so much more than Daredevil.

This is my kind of show.  There's intrigue and competing objectives.  It's epic in scope, yet based on real events of the past.  In some ways it reminds me of Game of Thrones.

Marco Polo is the son of a merchant who travels the world looking for new goods and trade routes.  He tags along while his father is visiting Kublai Khan and ends up unexpectedly getting placed as a servant in his court to save his father's merchant dealings.  It's the story of a westerner thrown into an eastern culture.

It's all set in the 1200s and based on historic facts.  I think that's so cool!

I love the characters and I'm already very invested in seeing what ends up happening.  This show immediately grabbed me in a way that Daredevil failed to.  This is why I keep giving Netflix Original Series a try.  Different shows appeal to different people and this one clicked with me.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Playing With History
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2015, 10:01 am
When it comes to videogames, nostalgia can be powerful thing. When done right, it can evoke a feeling that will reach even those who have no memories of the distant past. It can create a deeper bond with players, regardless of whether they experienced the original events being referenced. It sets the stage, defines the […]

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