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Nice - i still havent got decent to the table properly - apart from the basic mission about 4 times - as the need for a dedicated group. I even got the 3 print and play co-op games but not tried them yet. But this will mean I can at least try a 2 player co-op journey.

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That's the picture I took of Bloodborne at GAMA ;) I ended up playing the game a little with Eric - it's pretty brutal but does well to evoke the feelings of the chalice runs. He was pretty amused at how excited I was about it.

 

I also heard some news regarding another upcoming release tied into FROM software. Their next release after Dark Souls III will have a minis game launched around the same time. Can't say much more than that, but I'll be checking it out in a couple of weeks.

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On 20/05/2016 at 7:10 PM, And said:

Just bought ticket to ride to play with friends. (Yes, late to the party) is the 1910 expansion any good?

 

Yes, the big cards are nicer (although some people do prefer the smaller cards) but the routes are fairer.

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A nice little aside from me, especially if you've been disheartened by Michael's recent video on little metal dog (or rather, disheartened by the idiots denouncing women). Yesterday as part of NSPCC's big boarding day this friday, we put on a boardgaming for charity event. Really just a regular boardgaming event, but I tried to push the word a bit more and all money went to the NSPCC. We had a few new families in, and a lot of young girls playing boardgames and it was a really nice atmosphere for all. At the end one of the girls joined our game of Om Nom Nom (although it turned out she shouldn't have, because her mum was looking for her to leave), and they all really enjoyed it. Admittedly at one point some of them came to see what game we were playing, and it was Murder and Deception, and we were discussing whether a blender or drill would leave a body intact (genuinely an important part of the game), but no harm was done. Also we raised over £100 pounds, and will raise even more this friday (and will add on more money from games sold). Overall a successful day.

 

And I got to race ahead in Lewis and Clark, give Metro a whirl, build a city in Roll for the Ages, Iron age, horribly lose in Mysterium, albeit to a fantastically quick ghost, eat bugs in Om Nom Nom, catch murderers in Deception in Honk Kong, catch spies in Spyfall (and I feel like I'm missing some games, I did play a lot).

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Anyone running a D&D or similar campaign.. there are a bunch of nicely hand drawn maps here all with square or hex grid versions.. all in PDF, PNG & Jpeg format..

Anyway.. the creator is giving away 10 of them for free as a pack..

(You need to create an account, but no payment info is needed..)

 

 

Some maps (interiors of buildings etc) have several 'floors' as well.. and there are some sailing ship etc layouts too..

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The creator also sells a bunch more on his site for $1 each.. or packs of 5 for $4.. He's done over 60 in total now..

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Just came back from a long weekend at a board gaming event in Leicester. Look what I got to play the prototype of:

 

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Spoiler

It was just as brilliant and sufficiently different to the original for me to want to own both now.

 

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On 12/01/2016 at 15:33, MDY said:

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Polygon have just published an article on 'Critical Role' - a really fun, ongoing D&D campaign streamed over twitch each Thursday night (7pm in the USA, think it's 3am here.. eps are then up on Geek and Sundry the following Monday @ 8pm)

It's been going online for nearly a year and has just passed it's 40th episode.. the first episode now has over a million views..

 


It's being played by a group of voice actors who you'll have heard voicing ~someone~ in pretty much any game/animation/anime you may have seen in the last 5-10 years.. The campaign grew out of them playing initially for a friends birthday and kept going from there from there - word of it got around as they discussed it between them on social media over the next several months and Geek and Sundry asked them to stream their games live.. 

 

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DM-ing is Matt Mercer (Leon from RE6 + tons of others) who has run campaigns for years and is a fantastic storyteller and improviser..being voice actors, he and the rest of the cast bring their characters to life particularly well and are clearly having a blast.. 

 

Ashley Johnson (Ellie in The Last of Us) - plays Pike a gnome cleric..

Laura Bailey (Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands, Fetch in Infamous:First Light, Chun-Li SF4/5 and ~many~ others) - is playing half-elf ranger Vex'ahlia

Liam O'Brian (War in Darksiders, RedXIII in FF:AC) - plays as Vex's twin Vax'ildan, a lethal backstabbing rogue..

Sam Riegel  (Teddie in Persona, Ky in Guilty Gear) is the gnome bard (and usual comic relief) Scanlan..

Travis Willingham (Guile in SF4/5, Fred-104 in Halo5, Scrotus in Mad Max) plays Grog, a hulking goliath barbarian, with an intelligence of 6..

Talesin Jaffe (Blanka & Adon in SF4) as Percival, a human Gunslinger..

Marisha Ray (Margaret in Persona) as Key'leth an elven druid specialising in elemental magic and shapeshifting..

Orion Acaba (Nine in FF:Type-0, Apollo Justice from the Ace Attourney series) as Tiberius, a pompous dragonborn sorceror..


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There have also been occasional guest stars.. Wil Wheaton stepped in to bolster the ranks for a couple of episodes when the party was split in two halves for a bounty hunting trial.. (Wheaton's seemingly cursed dice rolling being hilariously in full effect..)

 

Each session clocks in usually 3-4 hours, but it's a very addictive watch.. :)

 

 

Additional articles:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/02/22/critical_role_is_flat_out_great_tv_even_if_you_don_t_care_about_dungeons.html

 

http://www.destructoid.com/inside-critical-role-the-live-d-d-show-led-by-voices-you-might-recognize-342464.phtml

I've just started watching this - having never played DnD and not knowing much about it beyond the 80s cartoon and the odd episode of Community, and it's absolutely fantastic. It's engaging, exciting and, surprisingly, really funny! The players doing voices for their characters are great (Tiberius is the best, the pompous oaf :lol:) and Matt Mercer is fantastic as the DM, giving real detail and depth to the campaign.

 

Absolutely love it.

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3 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

I've just started watching this - having never played DnD and not knowing much about it beyond the 80s cartoon and the odd episode of Community, and it's absolutely fantastic. It's engaging, exciting and, surprisingly, really funny! The players doing voices for their characters are great (Tiberius is the best, the pompous oaf :lol:) and Matt Mercer is fantastic as the DM, giving real detail and depth to the campaign.

 

Absolutely love it.

 

I can't remember how I discovered it, but ended up devouring most of it over the Christmas break.. now I'm often up at 3am on Friday morning to kick off recording the stream (or if I get hooked early, watching it through.. or at least until I have to get up for work..)


Enjoying it far more than pretty much anything I've seen on TV of late.. there's just something about seeing it take shape, unscripted and live, capable of turning in any direction that's just really compelling.. Especially with the cast being so into playing their characters..

And they're all brilliant.. and each gets their own time to shine..

If you're still near the start (the Underdark episodes) Percy probably won't have featured heavily, but he comes majorly into his own later on.. Grog and Scanlan in particular are hilarious, with Travis revelling in Grog's low IQ and Sam being particularly great at coming up with crazy shit to pull during the campaign.. (which usually works..) Some find Keyleth annoying, but Marisha purposefully plays her awkward, insecure and a bit self righteous as a nod to her low charisma score..
Matt keeps it all together and both paints a vivid world filled with interesting characters and pushes the plot forward in interesting and unexpected ways, often flipping the story in a completely different direction based on a single player action, and still pulling it off in a way that makes him seem like he was ~totally~ prepared for it..

 

There's a short recap of the pre-stream adventures (which is probably best watched after you've seen a few and have a handle on who everyone is..)

 

It's grown into quite it's own little phenomenon now, and has inspired a load of similar games (as well as getting Acquisitions Inc to do them more frequently..) though I definitely think the more heavily edited/'produced' games like Harmonquest, Titansgrave and Force Grey (which Mercer also DMs) don't work half as well as the pure live stream of a game in progress.. though they are considerably shorter..

 

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I love it. I'm currently on episode 4. Mad shennigans already, with big spider things, tenctacle cthulu faced brain sucky things, flying carpets and Scanlan being bonkers. You're right, Percy barely features, but the guy doing Tiberius' voice is hilarious. The random stuff he comes out with and how he reacts to stuff is wonderful.

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2 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

Episode 5...bucket of goblin shit...hug of banishment...63 damage critical strike from stealth on the mind flayer...gunshot inside a big land shark thing's mouth...epic scenes! :omg: 

 

Plenty more epic where that came from!
Clarota wasn't even intended to be anything but a creature encounter.. the girls just talked and rolled well enough to persuade him to join..
 

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9 hours ago, MDY said:

 

Plenty more epic where that came from!
Clarota wasn't even intended to be anything but a creature encounter.. the girls just talked and rolled well enough to persuade him to join..
 

 

It's actually making me want to play DnD. Except I never have and don't know anyone that does. :D

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8 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

 

It's actually making me want to play DnD. Except I never have and don't know anyone that does. :D

 

Same, finding a group seems pretty difficult.. :(

Even most of the sites where people post looking for players rarely seem to have GMT games listed.. I'd prefer to play in person than online too, which makes it even harder to find something.. :( 

 

1 hour ago, cavalcade said:

As a counterpoint I find it excruciating. Watching other people play DnD makes my skin crawl. 


Depends on the group.. some of the ones that get streamed on twitch etc are very difficult to watch and the more 'produced' stuff comes off stilted and overedited..

CR is definitely way better by having a group of longtime friends who are actors (and in particular ~voice~ actors) playing - and having played long before the stream starts so they're well into their characters and natural and relaxed.. It's far more compelling and entertaining that way..

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Yes! I'm going this year which will also be my second trip although my last visit was 2011. It was amazing and I'm very excited to be going again. I've started looking at the Essen Preview thread on BGG for an initial idea of what to blow wads of money on.

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I should probably do that too! I know a couple of the guys I'm going with have got spreadsheets of the games they're interested in.... I did similar 2 years ago but still ended up buying sone rubbish games! Think I'll just have a wander this time and pick up stuff I try and like.

 

Where are you staying Jonny? I'm going with 4 friends and staying in the Ibis. Stayed there 2 years ago and it was good for evening gaming as they opened up the restaurant so everyone could play on the tables.

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We're at the Sheraton having missed out on the Ibis as we booked too late. Stayed at the Ibis last time and the evening gaming was great although I'm hoping all  the hotels will do something similar since the whole place gets taken over by boardgamers.  It does look as though we'll be able to walk from  the hotel to the Messe so that will be good and saves on train fares although the rooms turned out more expensive than we planned for.

 

We're arriving Thursday morning and probably heading straight to the show and then we're leaving Sunday afternoon with, hopefully, bags full of booty. 

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Ah that's a shame Andy. What games have you got your eye on this year?

 

Going to be there Wednesday to Monday. The Saturday was so busy last time that I think we are going to skip it this year. May see something of Essen other than the Messe and then spend the rest of the day playing our games haul. And drinking excellent German beer, obviously.

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I really like the look of Vast and The Networks. Seafall has been on my radar for ages now, but I feel like it'll not get played if I buy a copy :/

 

I plan to do a more detailed look before the show though. Not entirely sure if that's a great idea...

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