Kickstarter, the Mandate, Project Eternity

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The Mandate by Perihelion Interactive

“One Rule, no Quarter” states the Mandate homepage proudly showing off a game. A game fully funded by the players themselves over Kickstarter and PayPal. I too have proudly decided to show my allegiance. An allegiance not to the faceless corporations that publish games like FIFA Five million or NHL L33t Haxxor, but rather to these companies that are making interesting and amazing games that are fully funded by the players and designers. People who actually love games.

A new page is unfolding in the history of games. Decades ago when games were simple things ran on even simpler machines, most games were published straight from the creators garage and bought by a set of loyal fans. As times went on however games like movies and TV shows before them became an outlet for mass marketing and the quality declined. People no longer made good games because they wanted to play them, but they made crappy games that they thought would sell enough to increase their profit margins. Something was lost, but now it is being reclaimed. Games are again being made by people who actually play them, not simply people who have a business decree.

Project Eternity by Obsidian Entertainment

Games like the Mandate and Project Eternity represent an ideal that I can totally get behind: games funded by the players whom want them. Imagine that? Designers whom actually want to make the game they are designing rather than it simply being another tired Call of Duty clone, and players whom fund it if they desire to play it. All we have to do is vote with our wallets as we did before, with none of those middle-men in between us and our games.

Personally I was too late to support Project Eternity, but I’ve pledged what money I could for the Mandate and am hopeful that when these games come out they will signal an end to companies like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. Companies that are deciding what kinds of games we want and should play.

Hail to the glorious revolution! Let us see where this takes us.

Role-playing and how to get into it?

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Hello folks, today I thought I’d do an update on my favourite past time and hobby: namely Role-playing games. Not the naughty kind (though I do like those too!), but the kind you play with your friends during a Saturday night with pizza and soda on the side. It can be quite therapeutic and a great way to pass the time.

Now there’s been a lot of backlash on RPG’s mostly due to an overblown story about players being satanists in the 80s after some fundamentalist noticed that their sons gaming books had… TEH DEHVUL on its cover. It only went downhill from there with a few comics, but I won’t get into that today. Today my topic is on how to get started with the hobby.

Here are the things you need:

  • Friends.
  • Dice.
  • Pen and paper.
  • A rulebook.

A pretty short list, and everything can be gotten from your nearest gaming store. Friends too probably if you are a nice enough guy that showers daily and aren’t afraid to get into a conversation with strangers looking at the same bookshelf you are. A good thing to remember with gamers is the same rule that applies to animals: They are probably more afraid of you than you are of them! Hence as long as you’ve got the confidence to talk to them and make your case you should be okay. Don’t be discouraged if you get turned down a few times as gamers are also very pack oriented and unlikely to want new players into established groups or games. Eventually you will get lucky though.

From there the rest is all about learning your system of choice. Dungeons&Dragons is the number one favourite of all time for most, whilst others swear by World of Darkness or even some less known systems. Whatever system it is you choose, you’ve quite an adventure ahead of you.

Good luck!

A Dicey Proposition

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Hello I am Olli and this is my first ever post in a blog. Having followed some of the more intriguing ones for a while I decided that I too might make my own and ramble on things that are interesting to me. Seems rather therapeutic really. Maybe something will come out of this exercise in word play and imagination… maybe not. I guess we’ll see.

Some background on myself: I am a young man from Finland that has traveled the world in his youth, with a ravenous appetite for all things with a good story. It doesn’t matter what format: games, books, TV shows, movies… it’s all good to me as long as the story is good and can keep me entertained. In this blog I will attempt to explore my interests and unravel WHY I find those particular things interesting… and why you should too.

This blog hasn’t really been planned, but out of the top of my head I can already think of a few different types of posts: Posts where I ramble about my life and recent experiences, Posts where I show off something that I love and explain why (such as a TV show or a game) and Posts where I instruct/show a tabletop RPG and teach anyone interested its basics.

As stated prior: I really have no idea where this blog will take us, but I am hoping you will find it interesting and give me feedback; positive or negative or constructive. I am not easily burned off and like to think of myself as a strong enough character to take some critique without bursting into tears. I reserve tears only for Doctor Who’s epic moments and excellent cooking.

Cheerio everyone!