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Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Top X Videogames as of Now.


On a retrochat IRC channel (#retrochat on synirc.net) I just listed my top 10 games of all time, then top 3 per platform.  Here they are straight from my brain as I came up with them.  Maybe I will come back and update the entries with pictures and thoughts later on.  Or not.  But what the hey?  I wrote em down might as well cut and past and repost here!

Thinking of what I own, what still holds up for me NOW, and in no real order:  Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries.  Ultima 1.  Super Street Fighter 2.  Master of Orion 2.  Fallout 2.  Phantasy Star 2.  Atari Arcade Star Wars.  Warlords 2.  Ultima 5.  Doom 2.

Now top 3 for each system:

Atari 2600: Berzerk, Cosmic Ark, Missile Command.
Intellivision: Snafu, Burger Time, Astrosmash.
NES: Dragon Quest 4, Contra, Castlevania.
C64: Ultima 5, Ultima 1, Defender of the Crown.
Amiga: Gods, Eye of the Beholder 2, Secret of Monkey Island 2.
Game Boy/Color: Dragon Quest 1/2, Dragon Quest 3, Zelda Links Awakening.
Master System: Castle of Illusion, Phantasy Star, Spellcaster.
Genesis/CD: Phantasy Star 2, Valis 3, Star Control.
SNES: Chrono Trigger, UN Squadron, Actraiser.
Turbografx: Bonk's Revenge, Cosmic Fantasy 2, Ninja Spirit.
Atari 8 bit computer:  Miner 2049er, Up n Down, Pole Position.
PC DOS:  Wing Commander, Mechwarrior 1, Warlords 2.
PC Win 9x: Final Liberation, Master of Orion 2, Warlords 3.
PC Win xp-7: Space Marine, Legend of Grimrock, Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries.
X Box: KOTOR, KOTOR2, Mech Assault.
360: Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Condemned.
Gamecube: Resident Evil remake, Beach Spikers, Gladius.
PS1: Symphony of the Night, Lunar SSS, Space Hulk.
PS2: Timesplitters 2, Disgaea, Star Wars Starfighter.
PS3: Valkyria Chronicles, Little Big Planet, Little Big Planet 2.
PSP: Ys Oath in Felghana, Valkyrie Profile, Valkyria Chronicles 2.
Wii: House of the Dead Overkill, Fire Emblem whatever its called, Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles.
Saturn: Panzer Dragoon Saga, Macross DYRL, Dragon Force.
Dreamcast: Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Re Volt, Phantasy Star Online.
GBA: Advance Wars 2, Metroid Zero Mission, Super Robot Taisen OG2.
DS: Dragon Quest 5, Advance Wars Days of Ruin, Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon.
Neo Geo Pocket Color: Cardfighters Clash, Capcom vs SNK, Magical Drop.
N Gage: Pathway to Glory, Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands, Warhammer 40K Glory in Death.
Arcade: Star Wars (Atari), GI Joe, Raiden 2.

 And I think I am done as there arent enough games on the GG, 3DS, or N64 I like enough to make a top list.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pathfinder Beginner Box Campaign Comic Report Part 3

Its up a bit late and its a bit short but here was our last Pathfinder game report.  3 new players AND one of our other players stopped by while not feeling well to sell me some cool ancient games for an amazing price.  (Combots, and 4 Zip Loc games.)



Yes we basically just got through with one short session.  But 3 new players, 2 never having played any tabletop RPG before got in today.  That's cool.  I now have 9 players which I will probably call the maximum I would use in any one session.  (If we were running Swords & Wizardry or X Plorers maybe more as characters are super light in stats and the rules are about the same, sans my optional X Plorer stuff.  But 2 people already have bought the MASSIVE core book and I keep debating doing the same.  It wouldn't be right to mess with folks' investment.  I play it rules light and only vaguely seem to follow the rules anyhow though.  We will endure.  Besides, the odds of everyone making it even as a biweekly game is usually pretty low.  I'll just balance for 6 players instead of 4 and tweak as needed on the fly.)

Its a very RP lite game so far.  Some PCs don't even have names.  Folks show up, I give a quick recap, they explore the dungeon.  If they want a more guided game once they leave this dungeon I will keep building as such but if they want a more sandbox one I will set that up too.

I might run the game, but without players its just ideas in my brain.  Part of the joys of tabletop RPGs is you can change rules to suit your groups' whims and needs.   You get to hang out and have fun with lots of people, some you might have never met otherwise.  You all get to build a story where luck and creativity reign supreme. 

What's not to like?

Monday, April 2, 2012

8 Player Battletech Demo Game Report

Text and stuff after the comic!

But why was there 8 players, 9 if I had another mini and mech sheet on me?
Clearly its because my mechshake brings all the gamers to the yard.






I ran an amazing demo game of Battletech Tuesday. 8 players. It could have been 9 but I only had 8 minis and sheets on me.  I did NOT expect this kind of turn out.

Its the third time I have run the game for mostly newbies and taught all of them how to play. Most of the folks seemed to really enjoy it too.  

I taught it like a videogame tutorial. Show them how to walk and turn with the unit commander. Then they try it. Then I explain how running works. Then I show jumping. Then show the basics of terrains for hills and forests. (I mention water but keep it out of the training mission.)

I have the players follow my commander around my map. (Which was Heroscape terrain. Its really THE way to play Battletech. It might have been part of the reason I had most of the people in the store playing.)

I put a little Gundam blind box figure on the field and explain the basics of shooting and heat. Give a couple examples about movement affecting accuracy, and range. Also get into the basics of critical hits and ammo explosions.

I answer a buttload of questions. Lots of them were about things they were kind of joking being able to do like burn down forests and beat people with their own arms. I say there ARE rules for such things but we are keeping it simple for this session. Battletech is fun but its VERY in depth and has stupid amounts of rules for any bloody thing you might really want to do in game.

I then explain initiative and give the players X turns to go hide somewhere. First 2 turns I have them just worry about movement and placing my Litko movement counters I had made from their Custom option, then the next 2 also placing down their to be hit counters so they get used to actually keeping track of how far their actual movement is in effecting modifiers.

I helpfully say my commander is joining in at a random time and is a 3/4 to their 4/5s and tell them to let the virtual combat begin. No close combat allowed as well.

As everyone goes all Battle Royale/Hunger Games on each other I help answer additional questions, and the 2 players who had any experience help out a bit as well. (One being nice enough to take the Jagermech.) People were mastering the rules FAST this way. By the second weapons free round I was barely needed outside of checking up on various things or refreshing myself on certain rules.

In my style I give the players callsigns based on their actions.

The Rifleman was Nancy, due to his running off and hiding behind a large wall.

The Phoenix Hawk was Backstabber due to his jumping behind a mech and going alpha on it. (He could have also been Weeble Wobble as he took more damage than anyone else and still survived the session. With an Engine AND Gyro hit.)

The Blackjack was Camper as he jumped on a large ruined building and sat there. Till my commander came online and got him out of his perch.

The Wolverine was Wooverine as he tried shooting at 2 targets, one with each arm going all dual wield. Till he realized he didn't have guns in both arms.

The Jagermech was Fry Daddy as he was shot in the back and had a virtual AC5 ammo explosion. Like 100 points of ammo explosion.

The Vindicator was Glory Hole which caused everyone to laugh at it, and was being run by 2 players. A lady and another guy who came in late so they worked together on strategy. Their strategy being to pretty much hug a wall and shoot at things. My commander character said they clearly knew a thing or two about humping walls.

The Shadow Hawk was Me Too! as he seemed to basically just gang up on any target any other mech was shooting at.

(My commander was as always Lepus in his trusty Enforcer. Known for hopping around and not sitting still. Was part of the original 4 members of the "Red Rockets" (Yes its a South Park reference.) unit commanded by Dirty Bob, a man who smelled like a brewery and had the STDs of a frathouse. Generally I say most of the newbie players are his horde of illegitimate kids and his child support payment is a giant combat robot. He died in his Hunchback, having fallen over an ammo dump when drunker than usual.)

Using 3025 tech medium/heavies in the 1000 BVish range with the Solaris Skunkworks sheets that have the nice side charts helped it be enough to play with to be fun but not a ridiculous assault fest or boring scout war.

I once played at a Connecticon BT demo where they gave each player an entire medium/heavy lance of 3060 era tech. Thats not a good demo.

It might be a month or more before we can get to play again, but I am thinking lance on lance with water, close combat, pavement, and possibly fire/smoke rules since outside of buildings that really does cover most of the important BT rules.

Figure each lance with a heavy, 2 mediums, and a scout, and the winning lance has to face the Commander who will have the Refit Enforcer (or a Refit Victor.. I haven't quite decided yet...) and be at his full skill as a 2/3 and see if they can't take him out.

If there is still interest, game 3 would involve tanks and possibly some infantry as the final graduation exercise.

Its funny though. I've taught more people over the years how to play Battletech than the regional Commando has. He sadly seems to follow the normal BT player SOP of "If you don't play exactly when I play in the style I play in the game group I play in you simply don't even exist".

Course for a while I even knew the rules better than he did.  I just haven't gotten as many games in the last few years so some knowledge has gone wherever it goes into one's brainmeats when they don't make use of it.

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