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 on: Today at 04:19:51 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Ashton
From what I heard, there were a team of AIDS specialists on that plane. Whoever did this may have well shot the future cure for AIDS right out of the sky.

 on: Today at 03:31:17 AM 
Started by insertnamehere - Last post by Kevadu
You guys should read Gamasutra's The History of Computer Role-Playing Games.  It's pretty good.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 2

 on: Today at 03:13:10 AM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Tomara
And here I thought Zombie Batman was weird... Is the Dark Knight the new Hello Kitty?

 on: Today at 01:02:04 AM 
Started by insertnamehere - Last post by Jotacon
I've been thinking about the differences between WRPGs and JRPGs a lot lately and I think the real thing that defines the difference is that JRPGs lean more heavily on abstraction. Whereas WRPGs historically try to simulate as much as possible.

WRPGs came from D&D which wanted to simulate as much of an adventure as possible. Of course, as a game certain elements have to be abstracted. Think of levelling, it is a simulation of personal growth over an extended period of time on a quest. Experience points are an abstraction to facilitate that growth. Whereas JRPGs needed to abstract more of those same systems and ideas due to their more limited tools. Early ass computers and all. Think of how FF1 translates D&D almost exactly, but sacrifices many of the simulated elements so that it can have the scale it wants compared to one of it's own inspirations, Wizardry. Plus, this means JRPGs are abstracting mechanics from something that already has to abstract elements.

In fact Ultima Underworld was supposed to be "dungeon simulations" and Daggerfall a "fantasy simulation" and I think why WRPGs mix really smoothly into other genres, something like the Deus Ex series.

Other example: abstractions like "random battles" are in both genres, but the way that JRPGs used them leads them to a more deliberate segmentation between story and battle which allows for story to be separate deal that can be focused on independently. While WRPGs use things like a charisma score as a mechanic that influences world interaction, which is how they tell their stories. And at this point they are tied to their genre conventions and inspirations.

I haven't put together research or anything, but these are my current thoughts on the subject. Make sense to anyone? Sorry if it's too rambly.

On what makes an RPG an RPG? I dunno... feeling, I guess.

 on: Today at 12:51:24 AM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Aeolus
Tetsuya Nomura (uh huh) designed a Batman outfit for the play arts figures....  Surprising lack of belts, but it looks like Dark Knight Bahamut.

In addition to the Batman Rising: Revengeance figma, there's also Wild Wild West Batman, Steampunk Warhammer Batman, THIS IS SPARTAN Batman, and Samurguy Batman.

 on: July 23, 2014, 11:44:30 PM 
Started by Agent D. - Last post by (Tunnels)
I'm personally loving the Hunter. I know it's cheap, but I can't help but abuse the knife throwing skill.

 on: July 23, 2014, 10:43:59 PM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Dice
Pokemon TCG illustrator also draw Pokemon "fusions"...and they're very good.


Tetsuya Nomura (uh huh) designed a Batman outfit for the play arts figures....  Surprising lack of belts, but it looks like Dark Knight Bahamut.

 on: July 23, 2014, 10:17:02 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Daggerstrike
I asked my roommate to move out. He will be leaving next Friday after he gets his next check. I will have to keep my eyes on my stuff for the next week or so.

 on: July 23, 2014, 10:02:01 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by MeshGearFox

 on: July 23, 2014, 10:00:17 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Aurian
Some asshole stole my Magic: The Gathering cards in Junior High. These were like, 1st edition cards too. Way back when.

I've been working crazy hours lately. Drinking too much too.

Got some ribs for dinner today. Watching BBC Sherlock now.

1st edition? They could be worth thousands now.
Loved BBC Sherlock. Wish seasons weren't 3 episodes long :(

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