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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It's hard to do horror in D&D

I love the Ravenloft setting, but I have to admit that it is really hard to pull off horror games with Dungeons & Dragons. The biggest issue is clerics. They can heal everyone, possibly resurrect the dead, and curb-stomp the undead. Even if clerics are heavily limited, mid to high level fighters and mages can handle the vast majority of monsters.

I can see why level-draining monsters were added to fight this, but I think that mechanic is very unfair (not to mention a terrible paperwork mess). In any case, I've done what I can to make it scary for the players, but oftentimes, it is not an easy sell. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Life is Strange - best video game I've ever played

What a fantastic game. I'm still kind of in shock over everything that happened. If you like mysteries, where your choices actually matter and affect the outcome. I highly recommend it. Easily the best video game I've ever played. 10/10


SPOILERS AHEAD - DON'T CONTINUE IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILED


I feel really bad for Max. The whole time trip where Chloe was in the wheelchair was really rough. I think just that segment of the game made this a 10/10. It was so well done, but so hard on Max. It does show just how much a handicapped person is helped when one of their friends will come and visit them. If you know anyone who got into this situation, go visit them, even if it makes you uncomfortable. You are doing a world of good for that person.


There was no happy ending for Max, no matter what she did. If she saves Chloe, everyone else she knows in town dies. If she saves the town, Chloe dies. Even worse, Chloe dies never even knowing Max came back, or what happened to Rachel. Max is very aware of this, and will have to live with it the rest of her life.


I also really feel bad for Joyce and David. They also get screwed no matter what choice Max makes in the end. If Chloe is saved, Joyce dies (I'm pretty sure David will still be at the barn, but he may also be in town).


If Chloe dies, Joyce will have lost both her and her first husband within a 5 year span. In addition, David is the one who discovers Chloe's body in the bathroom with Nathan. He does love her, even if he doesn't show it. Finding that shitbag Nathan standing over her must kill him inside.


In the end, I saved the town, but damn, I felt bad about it. I actually had to stop the game and think for a while before I finally made my choice.
I really wish there was a way to get an actual happy ending, but I know it really wouldn't fit the story.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fantasy AGE

I recently bought the Fantasy AGE rulebook from Green Ronin. I've mostly just skimmed it so far, but it seems like a really nice system. Roll 3d6 with stunts. Once I finally give it a good reading, I will hopefully get to run a game of it.

In any case, just on first impressions, this seems like a really good game.