Archive for April, 2010

RSS Timeout issue fixed

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Some RSS readers/validators were complaining of timeout errors when they tried to get my RSS feed. Turns out the LaTeX plugin wasn’t caching its images so it took too long to create the RSS feed containing a jillion small LaTeX formulas. Hopefully this has fixed the issue.

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A different approach to items

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Items are easily liquidated in most RPGs, especially MMORPGs. The main reasons for this are utility, efficiency and flexibility. It allows you to sidestep the minutia of item-for-item bartering, and incrementally build up a fortune. But as with most game mechanics, this is firmly anchored to the one true indicator of progress: the character’s level.

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Pen and paper RPGs vs Computer RPGs

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Rock Paper Shotgun have a nice article on traditional RPGs vs computer RPGs. If I can get my narrativist RPG Kung Fu Legends up and running, I’d be interesting to see how it went on this debate (old and silly as it is). Maybe you’ll get a purity scale for RPGs, with old school first […]

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Kung Fu Legends

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As Yahtzee pointed out in his review of Dragon Age: Origins, we’re in a weird situation if there exists (without irony) the concept of a “generic fantasy game”. Even moreso when that phrase is basically equivalent to “action- and statistics-oriented role-playing game”. Seems like it’s time for people to try something a bit different, and […]

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