August 16

Blurb – Gamescom 2014

Gamescom
Gamescom

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.

Console Features:

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).

Game Announcments:

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.

Play more games Nerds!

August 16

Blurb – Gen Con Second Day!

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!

Enjoy Nerds!

August 15

Blurb – Gen Con Previews!

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!

Dungeonscape
Dungeonscape
Kamus-The-Famous
Kamus-The-Famous
Kamus-The-Famous-PT
Kamus-The-Famous-PT

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!

Enjoy Nerds!

August 15

Blurb – Gen Con First Day!

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!

In the words of Wil Wheaton! “Play More Games!”

August 13

RPG – 5E: Monster – Tarrasque & The Sphinx!

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!

5E: Tarrasque
5E: Tarrasque
5E: Tarrasque Info
5E: Tarrasque Info

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.

5E: Sphinx Info
5E: Sphinx Info
5E: Sphinx
5E: Sphinx

If this is what they are starting us off with I am way excited to see what they are keeping to themselves.

Until next time Nerds!

 

August 6

RPG – A Strange Character!

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 adjective noun who verb.” My first character statement was “I am a stealthy spinner 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.

Types
The Strange – Types

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!

Next up the Cyphers and Recursions!