“A Certain critic — for such men, I regret to say, do exist — made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names’. He has probably now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have outgeneralled the man this time by putting in all the Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.”—The Preface to Summer Lightning, in Life at Blandings, which I found in my book box while unpacking today. (via eush)
“Life, the Universe and Everything” was the only book in the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series to be censored in the US. The US censors replaced “asshole” with “kneebiter”, “shit” with “swut” and “fuck” with “Belgium”.
A set of dice (4 sided, 6 sided, 8 sided, 10 sided, 12 sided, 20 sided)
Dungeon Master’s Guide
Snacks to share
The DMG and MM are optional unless you’re the DM, in which case they’re essential, and I’d add DM Screen to that list. Also, I’d bring 1d4, 4d6, 2d8, 2d10 (for percentile rolls), 1d12, and as many d20s as possible, in case the first one you grab doesn’t like you on the night.
You’d probably believe that Mouse Guard was nominated for something, considering most of my posts today. And you’d be right. For Best Interior Art, Best Production Values, and Best Product of the Year, to be exact. As well as that, Archaia Studios was nominated for the Fan Award for Best Publisher.
OK, I’ll stop talking about Mouse Guard (for now…).
(via Robin D. Laws) The Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming. It can be awarded to a group, a trend, an RPG, a board game, anything to do with gaming. Irish Gaming Convention Charity Auctions won in 2006, resulting in it touring Irish conventions for the entire year. Here’s the shortlist:
Dominion, a card game by Donald X. Vaccarino (published by Rio Grande Games)
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, a role-playing game by Rob Heinsoo, Mike Mearls, Andy Collins and James Wyatt (published by Wizards of the Coast)
Jeepform, a game-style from Scandinavia (fostered by the Vi åker jeep collective: http://jeepen.org/)
Mouse Guard, a role-playing game by Luke Crane (published by Archaia Studios Press)
Sweet Agatha, a mystery game by Kevin Allen Jr (self-published)
Yes, Mouse Guard again. I may have hinted that it’s rather good.
A new Pandemic game! Pandemic 2 was one of my favourite flash games ever. This one turns the tables, and rather than attempting to spread a virus, you have to stop it spreading. And yes, the virus you have to stop is Swine Flu, of course. (I’m surprised a game like this took so long to appear.)
It’s a lot harder and strategy-based than Pandemic 2, which is perfect, since it didn’t have a great deal of replay value, and was mostly just waiting.
The board game, Pandemic, has you try to stop the disease as well. Not as much fun, imo. :D
(Gamasutra) An article discussing the carrot-stick usage of permadeath in games, particularly roguelikes, though Left4Dead, Spelunkey and Dwarf Fortress are also mentioned.
The basic premise of the article is that permadeath prevents users from beating a game through “rote learning”, and forces them to become skillful at the game, learning its various nuances. It also prevents players grinding before going down, as the game will make even the most basic grind fraught with peril.
The recent string of catastrophes — 9/11 (apparently still considered recent), the London bombings, the Iraq war, the recession, Bird Flu, Swine Flu — were all a set up, and are a clear sign that the government are trying to scare “us” into submission. This approach is modelled on China, apparently.
I find it really upsetting that I have to be so embarrassed of someone directly related to me, someone that is completely unwilling to listen to reason or common sense.
My brother feels the same way about me. Admittedly, his reasoning about why I’m embarrassing ranges from “you’re such a geek” up to “whistling”. He’s getting better, though (and will probably be reading this, so: Hi bro! How’s Lake Bled/Trieste?).
Also: what government? Don’t you guys live in England? As I recall, the Iraq war and 9/11 were in America, so how would England be involved?
“What IP blocks do their corporate offices have? If they’re really cutting off my trashy time-wasting web entertainment, I’m cutting off theirs.”—xkcd is now blocking AT&T [reddit: AT&T blocking all access to img.4chan.org.] (via tristn)