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#AprilTTRPG Maker 1-15

1. Who are you?

26 year old creative-student-worker-father-gamer

2. Where ya at?

West coast of Ireland. Wouldn't have it any other way really.

3. How did you start creating ttrpgs?

Ooh. Funny how I spent my youth creating new card and board games based off old ones or inventing whole new concepts altogether. A very elaborate game of chess involving the red hit dice from Battle Masters of all things comes to mind.

TTRPGS specifically? Myself and two old friends used to play Lego and hey would have their set characters, player characters if you will, while I had one guy but also controlled the world and all other people - DMPCs, NPCs, and dungeon mastering all at once. We transitioned easily over to 3.5 edition D&D after a failed GURPS one-off. A great two year campaign followed.

4. Describe your work.

Very elaborate RPG systems if designing in isolation from the setting.

5. Favorite game you've worked on.

GURPS can be absolutely fabulous if there is a limit to what tables a…
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Love/hate #16 LA NOIRE

I first played this back in 2014 or 2015 I think. I watched the review of it like so many other things on Zero Punctuation and for some reason it stuck with me. What sold it was the memes. I had to see what it was all about and was not disappointed.

^ the mandatory image

The actual gameplay is typical Rockstar, slightly clunky walking and driving, the latter suiting the late 1940's. Some damn good looking cars were made back in that era. Unlike GTA or RDR you can't just whip out your sidearm and blow away pedestrians - you are part of the LAPD. Even Nick Kang had a karma system to stop him doing this too liberally, Cole Phelps must get by running over the occasional street walker and get a few points deducted from his mission record.

^ Cole, the hero and the villain (ha)

I kind of liked how they melded the flashbacks showing Cole the by the books officer in the army being a total disaster (well, it's complicated) and being an absolute star in the police (with your help). N…

Love/hate #15 Fallout 3 playthrough #8 (?) 1st time Very Evil + DLC comments *spoilers* 2016 DRAFT DIG-UP

Fallout 3 and me + memories of the one time I played a Very Evil character , intro written 15/03/2018 remembering a playthrough from May 2016!

There are just so many opportunities to be evil. In the Vault growing up and from the moment you exit there are so many opportunities to just cut loose and be a dick. Go to Megaton and destroy it. Fuck up the lives and relationships of Rivet City, from drug additions, jilted lovers and suicidal old men. Help the slaves and then help them into the hands of the slavers, then kill them with pocket grenades and stealth. Enslave people yourself. Help all the clearly wrong people get what they want in every situation. Reluctantly fight for the Brotherhood and screw them over wherever possible. Reluctantly fight the Enclave and embrace everything they give you and do everything they tell you to do, then drink the consequences later (heh).

^The worst 1000 caps you'll EVER spend. Didn't last one fight.

This was just one of those many games in th…

Civ 4 18 civs Pangaea test Marathon Monarch episode 7

Kind of a desultory ending to a decent game, the insanity of the first half kind of killed the competition off also their insistence on not researching Rifling - though they had steel Cannons, Airships (in limited supply) and had just gained access to Machine Guns and Steel ships, the land war was what mattered.

Frickin' slaughter here actually makes Lincoln renounce Charlemagne's protection.

^ My allies actually beat me to a variety of locations as we feasted on the Viking-Zulu-Ethiopian Empire.

^ He concedes quite lightly. Mao and Lincoln follow in exact sequence after he goes under.

^  Thought he would be the real big bad.

^ They all have NICE technologies.

^ Rameses looking chuffed. Top score and managed to displace one of my early win Roman games. Might return with either Earth map or another crazy 18 civ random script map next time. This was good fun and I was probably lucky not have got dog-piled by advanced civs earlier in the game. Weak or dead neighbours also played …

Civ 4 18 civs Pangaea test Marathon Monarch episode 6

Almost there. Attacking Genghis and almost winning now.

^ His lands. His giant stack of doom is still in the Zulu lands there on the left.

^ I declared on him and then didn't try and topple the vote. Everyone said 'no' to ending the war so it's all good.

^ Early concessions - I forgot he had some land south of me.

^ My stack squares off with his in Celtic lands. I will now try and get him to move onto the lowland so he will lose that hill defence bonus.

^ He's getting closer...

^ There we go!

^ A terrible clash of arms, we took so many casualties in this game at 60% or more odds in our favour, but I guess that's civ.

^ Tons of promotions available next turn and despite surviving with a large number of troops intact after our assault his counterattack fails miserably, we lose 4 guys while he loses every other battle.

^ Still not giving in. The amount of red relations here and wars versus all 9+ of my vassals...

^ A quick look at the global situation.

^ Set up a …