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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Twenty years ago... a brief history of my social gaming

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One of my friends recently posted the following picture on his Facebook timeline, in honour of our first gaming clan which started twenty years ago. It got me thinking back to the fun times we had, and really what was the start of  two decades of online social gaming (I'm the one being Mr White for those wondering...)


Things have changed a lot since then, obviously, but stumbling across some old forum caches recently was a real nostalgia trip into my gaming history.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

A bee, a mummy and a freedom fighter walked into a bar...

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I've just finished my play-through of the latest storyline content for The Secret World (Issue 6: The Last Train to Cairo) and I'm still buzzing from the experience. Funcom have really kept up the stunning quality they delivered in Issue 5, giving a new storyline that sees you involved with environments and mechanics I've not seen in an MMO before along with a fun and involving story. There will necessarily be some spoilers in the following discussion.


The new storyline took about four hours to play through and introduced some fun new mechanics into the game. Highlights included a section where my character was captured and had all their equipment taken, necessitating a daring escape that required both sneaking and hand-to-hand fist fights. It was really fun having to dodge and block my opponent, catching them with quick jabs and powering up left or right hooks when the opportunity arose.

The final fight against a huge, burly wrestler was amusing and very reminiscent of the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy took on the boxer under the taxiing airplane. In fact much of the content was full of subtle allusions to the Indiana Jones films, but in a way that homaged rather than parodied and never came across as too cheesy.
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Two weeks until winter

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Just going to leave this here. Can't wait for the new season to start!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Last Train to Cairo is now departing...

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Time to get your Indy on! Issue 6 for The Secret World is now live. The new issue includes a new auxiliary weapon (the bullwhip), a brand new quest chain, 12 new missions, a new veterans reward system, and new pvp systems and rewards. You can find the full patch notes here.

Funcom have released a fun new video that previews the new Issue, which I've embeded below.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 13 - War in Essex

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The best laid plans... sometimes work out.

This session of the campaign saw a more thoughtful and planned approach from the Investigators, and they got safely through an encounter that I had expected to cause them a lot of difficulty and several deaths. Their success was probably down to this new approach, along with a little luck as they decided to strike at exactly the right time...

How most plans to face the Cthulhu mythos end up...

Convinced that Edward Gavigan, manager of the Penhew Foundation, was behind the murder of Cutter last time round, the group had enlisted the aid of young socialite Casandra Fox and were determined to bring vengeance to Gavigan's Essex estate, Misr House.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Masks of Nyarlathotep Corkboard/Mural

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Masks of Nyarlathotep is a big and difficult Call of Cthulhu campaign. My group is slowly but surely working their way through it as you'll know if you read the regular campaign journals. However even I as Keeper am losing track of some of the clues that the investigators have uncovered.

So, to help them out a little and to keep things clear in my own head I made them a corkboard/mural that contains all the clues they have found so far, all linked up so that they can track where they all lead. From now on the investigators themselves will be maintaining it, and hopefully they'll find it a useful tool.

You can have a look at the corkboard by clicking the embed below.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer

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It's now only a few short weeks until Game of Thrones returns to our screens. I've been re-watching season 2 as a refresher, and I'm particularly looking forwards to season 3 because it's based on my favourite of the books. HBO have just released the trailer for the new season and it's looking good. The end of the month can't come quick enough!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Assassins Creed 3 - The Very Good and the Very Bad

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About one-third of the way through my playthrough of Assassins Creed 3 I threw my hands in the air and shouted at my PC in frustration. The game had yet again forced me out of what I had been doing (playing an absolutely brilliant historical action RPG) and made me do something much less fun (play a boring, nonsensical action SF game) instead.


Assassins Creed 3 is a game of two halves. Luckily the brilliant half accounts for the vast majority of the game, but the poor, frustrating, boring half is so bad it detracts from the experience every time rears its ill-judged head.

Let's deal with the good stuff first. There's a lot of it, and it really is quite superb at times.
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