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25 April, 2011

The focus on numbers in MMOs
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:51 PM

One thing I’ve been considering lately is how focused MMOs (and CRPGs) are on raw numbers, generally stats. No, this isn’t the start of an argument to do away with numbers; I think numbers in RPGs are useful to give feedback to the players. But, it seems that they turned into a crutch.

Let’s take a look at numbers and how MMOs abuse them compared to other RPGs.
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17 April, 2011

Weekend Design Challenge: Create a monster

Since two different people mentioned the weekend design challenge in the feedback thread, I figured I’d relent. Since one of the people asking about it is The Ancient Pokémon Gaming Noob, I figured I’d make something for him. (Make sure to shame him if he doesn’t participate!)

The challenge this weekend is to come up with a monster in the style of the Pokémon games. Read on for more info.
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12 April, 2011

Time for feedback!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 1:40 PM

It’s that time again. Give me some feedback on the blog! What do you want to see? Any questions for me? Anything you don’t particularly care to see again?

Leave a comment. Or, if you’d prefer, send me an email.

9 April, 2011

Interview with Age of Fear Developer
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 4:54 PM

I love indie games. Sure, I still play big triple-A games, but those can sometimes feel like empty calories. The thing I love about indie games is that they have the opportunity to do something a bit different. They don’t have to cater to the lowest common denominator, so they can do things like work with ignored genres or focus, focus on a specific element like A.I., or even try out new types of gameplay. Yes, sometimes you’ll find pretentious crap or lazy developers who slop together a game in hopes of cashing in on the trend, but when you find something that scratches your itch it’s so awesome. (And usually the indies are more willing to chat with you about their game.)

I was approached by Leszek Sliwko, author of the game Age of Fear. Age of Fear is a fantasy turn-based strategy game. Looks like the kind of thing that would definitely be of interest for people who read my blog, so I figured I’d get Leszek to do a quick interview about his experiences developing the game.
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2 April, 2011

The Fae’s Wyrd is online!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 1:47 AM

After some months of looking for a sponsor, we finally found one. As a result, The Fae’s Wyrd is available for everyone to play. Hit one of the links below to play it.

http://www.playtowerdefensegames.com/games/1079/play.html

http://www.kongregate.com/games/Over00/the-faes-wyrd

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566336

Read on for some more thoughts.
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1 April, 2011

I believe in America!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:29 AM

It is with great pride that I am announcing my intention to run for President of the United State in 2012! I plan to run as an independent and fight against those fatcats in Washington! Read on for my platform and some campaign materials for you to download!
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