Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Tortanic band is still playing everyone!

There is a lot that can be said about this piece from Massively about SW:TOR, but it’s Friday so I’ll just get right to the good stuff: Based on BioWare’s pre-launch metrics, the team expected players to get through the … Continue reading

Posted in Random, Rant, SW:TOR | 15 Comments

Devilish details

Yesterday’s post got some interesting replies, not the least of which is this post over at KTR. It got me wondering if I just over-focus on some things, or if other MMO players don’t see them or don’t care about … Continue reading

Posted in Asheron's Call, beta, Combat Systems, Darkfall Online, MMO design | 38 Comments

DF:UW – The brilliance of the prowess system

The appeal of a “use and improve” system to character progression is easy to understand, in part because it mimics real life. Want to get better at something? Do it (practice). Unfortunately sometimes being ‘realistic’ does not work in the … Continue reading

Posted in beta, Combat Systems, crafting, Darkfall Online, MMO design, PvP | 48 Comments

Eador: Masters of a Broken World pre-order

If you like deep TBS, this will likely be the best $20 you spend this year. The title being available on is a pretty sweet bonus as well.

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Graphics creating gameplay

I find this post from City State (Camelot Unchained) mostly on point. It’s a good read, and I want to focus on one line in particular: “There’s not a tradeoff between graphics and gameplay when the graphics are the gameplay.” … Continue reading

Posted in Camelot Unchained, Darkfall Online, MMO design | 8 Comments

Digging out of the hole

Oh EA. Someone has already proven your game can be played offline just fine, yet now you insult the dummies who bought your village simulator AND MMO fans by calling your pile of junk an MMO? Only EA (and maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Random | 10 Comments

Fallen Enchantress, SimCity, Darkfall, Kickstarter

I picked up Fallen Enchantress when it was on sale. The main problem I have with the game is it’s not Eador, which is unfair to FE itself but such is life. It’s not bad, and has some interesting systems, … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, Random, The Sims 3 | 19 Comments

Forcing the issue

Yesterday the topic of Origin holding back SimCity and other titles focused on the player’s perspective. Today I want to focus on the devs. Imagine you’re part of the team creating SimCity, and some suit from EA tells you to … Continue reading

Posted in Random, Rant | 20 Comments

Problem at the source

I consider myself a fan of SimCity in general, and the upcoming release should be on my radar. The game requiring you to log into EA’s Origin is a dealbreaker. No matter how great this new version is, I’m simply … Continue reading

Posted in Diablo 3, Random | 36 Comments