If you have not heard there is a convention that is solely for console games and it is taking place this weekend in Cologne, Germany. Below is a quick run down of the highlights so far from both Sony and Microsoft.
PlayStation 4 gaming console announced new features including SharePlay, the ability to search for PlayStation Network users by their real name, and uploading saved videos directly to YouTube. Xbox One new features will include a new “Friends” section that allows gamers to stay up-to-date with their friends; a “Snap Center” that will allow gamers to switch back and forth between games, Messages, friends and achievements; an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner; Stream TV and Boot-to-TV (August patch).
Playstation 4 played up the soon to be released Destiny (not that it needed it) and Xbox One suggested the sequel to Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive and will launch in late 2015.
The second day of Gen Con brought about a great few pictures. Below are a few of my favorite which include two giant game boards, one which was build to Lego’s and had actual robots! I ended the gallery with Wil Wheaton just because I think he is awesome!
Days three pictures will be up tomorrow! I will be looking through all the post to find the good ones!
One thing you can be certain of is that a lot of companies like to hold off showing the public stuff so they can have a big reveal at Gen Con. So I have seen two so far one is for the Pathfinder and Obsidian pairing that you can see on a previous blog.
And this next one!
It is the love child of the Dungeon & Dragons and Trapdoor Technologies pairing called D&D DungeonScape (codename was Morninstar). This is the official character generator for 5th Edition D&D! The beta is being shown off at Gen Con and you can see the pictures of it on Dwarven Foundry’s twitter page!
A lot of awesome pictures were taken at Gen Con 2014 first day! I have compiled a few of what caught my eye!
Oh and if you forgot head over to www.geeknative.com and learn about Anti Gen Con. It is pretty awesome idea allowing those of us stuck at home to connect to other gamers on Gen Con weekend. You can also win great prizes in the GenCant2014 contest!
On the eve of Gen Con 2014 I sit back and think of all the fun I have had at this convention in the past. I have had the privilege to make that journey 8 or so times and each and everytime I have had a blast and made a lot of friends and played a lot of games!
This year it was not meant to be and I will not lie, I am a bit bummed that I am not in Indy this weekend. I will live vicariously through those that are and go to my local gaming store and hang out with my fellow nerds that could not go as well.
We do have a virtual solution and you can head over to www.geeknative.com and learn about Anti Gen Con. It is pretty awesome idea allowing those of us stuck at home to connect to other gamers on Gen Con weekend. Also you can go to Twitter and see all the fun some us folks are having with #GenCant2014. If you want you can join in on the fun and enter to win a couple of prizes (details can be found here).
Thanks Chris Cormier for this awesome graphic and it just sums up how much it sucks that I could not make Gen Con on it’s 40th anniversary.
My parting words are this…gather up some friends this weekend and play a bunch of games or support your local gaming store by gaming there.
Obsidian’s first licensed product for Pathfinder will be a tablet game based on the highly successful Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, a cooperative game for 1 to 4 players. For more information check it out here!
I have played the first box set and I cannot wait to try it out on my tablet in the future!
Wizards of the Coast will release it second Core Rule book the Monster Manual on September 30th 20014. Which monsters did they decided to give us a peek at… well only one of the most iconic monsters of all time (sorry Flumphs) the Tarrasque and one of the most sacred the Sphinx!
I never met a more formidable and terrifying creature in my role-playing career and from what I can see in the picture and stats this has not changed.
If this is what they are starting us off with I am way excited to see what they are keeping to themselves.
As most of you know the Doctor returns on August 23rd and BBC has released the official synopsis for the first episode “Deep Breath”.
The synopsis reads, ‘When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.’
I am going to miss Mat Smith’s Doctor, I loved his quirky ways…. I guess all we can do is hold our breath to see just what type of Doctor Peter Capaldi brings!
A picture gallery of “Deep Breath” can be found here!
Below is a quick overview of creating a character in the new Monte Cook Games RPG The Strange.
Each players starts out as a human on Earth and have three stats that represent who you are. These are Might, Speed, and Intellect. Might is your strength and durability, Speed is your endurance and coordination, and you Intellect is how smart and charismatic you are.
Each stat has these three components Pool, Edge, and Effort. Pool is your base measurement of each stat, Edge is used to reduce cost of what you are trying to do, and lastly Effort which is what you spend when you really want to accomplish your task. What Type you choose (see below) dictates the values of your starting stat pools. In addition to the base values you have 6 points to distribute as you see fit.
Now to the coolest part of character creation. Creating a statement that describes yourself “I am a adjectivenoun who verb.” My first character statement was “I am a stealthyspinner who solves mysteries!”.
The adjective is your Descriptor and 13 are included in the base rules. This is what adds flavor and depending on what you choose enhances your character in different ways (Not all are positive).
The noun is your Type (class) of which there are three. The Vectors characters are the soldier hunter types. The Paradox characters are the scientists sorcerer types. The Spinner characters are the entertainer political types. Each of these Types have a different starting pool, Vectors receive more Might, Paradox more Speed, and Spinners more Intellect. As you level (there are 6 tiers) you gain specialized skills and abilities of your chosen Type.
The final piece is the verb which is your Focus. When you choose your Focus (each player character must be unique) you receive a special connection to one or more of your fellow player characters. Like the Type choice (see above) when you level you unlock different and improved abilities. One other thing to mention about your Focus is that it may or may not translate when you travel to a Recursion. When it does not you will need to choose a different Focus.
So there you have it a very quick overview of the character creation for The Strange RPG.
The Strange is due to be release this month so make sure you keep checking MCG website if you are interested in learning more!
If you missed my first post about The Strange check it out!
Kickstarter is a pretty cool site to find awesome up and coming projects of all types. It is even better if you have an idea and you need help funding to get it off the ground. I have backed several projects and I think that it is pretty cool when you can help someone achieve success.
I have been watching one game for a couple of weeks and is about a week away from closing and another that has just started up.
The first is Factions it is a science fiction war strategy game where you can customize the playing field, your factions, and strategy. This one is just under 50 percent and ends in 8 days. Why not back it if you think it looks like something you would enjoy.
The second is Game of Legends is role-playing board-game with a financial part. The board looks impressive and it looks like a whole lot of fun.
I will most likely post a couple of these every so often if I think they are nerdy enough!