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Fanservice Online.

So after flunking out of Monster Hunter: World the other day, I decided to give Black Desert Online another shot.

I’d played it before briefly on my old computer, which didn’t handle the graphics well and consequent made the combat too annoying. But I have a new computer now, and I reinstalled it, and… I’m really enjoying it?

BDO pros:

  • Really obnoxiously pretty (and fanservicey!) characters in the character creator.
  • Combat is pretty fun, even for noobs like me who aren’t great at that “action combo buttons” style of play.
  • Interesting zone mechanics around exploration and unlocking content. (Talking to NPCs actually matters!)
  • Cities actually feel alive and populated, even in lowbie zones.

BDO cons:

  • Anime Nazis… anime fucking Nazis every fucking where.
  • Like I’m not even kidding the first zone I was playing in was controlled by a guild whose Pepe the Frog fucking avatar was slapped on every guard in the city.
  • I turned off all chat and nameplates and play like it’s an offline RPG makes the experience much better A++ would recommend.
  • Can only be a human.
  • Horses.
Japanese-looking man with a large polearm, dressed in a revealing Cupid costume.

You can be really stupidly pretty, though.

2019-02-20T20:09:17+10:0020th February, 2019|Tags: gaming, mmos, video games|

Return to Rune-Midgarts.

My little Wizard girl now has a little Monk boy to hold hands with!

I am… really enjoying Ragnarök M, which I should totally post about at some point properly. The game is just really fun, super addictive, and well-engineered for mobile but, more than that, being able to run multiple instances of it in Android emulators on my PC gives me massive, massive university flashbacks, where we used to mass-bot accounts in the original Ragnarök Online.1

I do find it kind of amusing that apparently Gravity took the architectural decision with their mobile game to, “Make it like people used to play RO. Y’know. With AFK botting.” but… I’m into it.

  1. This ironically means I now… don’t play it on my phone. Which… go figure? I should really roll up that third account…
2019-02-05T10:41:57+10:004th February, 2019|Tags: gaming, mmos, mobile games, video games|

I’d forgotten how, like. Ridiculously extra you can make characters in Champions Online.

I picked this up again today on a whim. It’s definitely a very oldskool-style MMO, but it’s still kind of fun in that takes-literally-an-hour-to-design-your-character way.

2019-01-03T09:06:22+10:002nd January, 2019|Tags: gaming, video games|

Roll Therapy DC 20.

So I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m not… always enthusiastic about the trend in indie tabletop RPGs towards making deeply intimate games that focus on psychological trauma and interpersonal drama (see MonsterheartsBluebeard’s Bride, and Ten Candles, for example). Not to deny that these games can be fun, but they’re also sort of the TTRPG equivalent of Oscar bait; focusing on the cheap evocation of emotion rather than anything necessarily substantial.

Oh, and also? They’re an absolute nightmare when it comes to people using them as an inappropriate form of therapy. So, yanno. There’s that.

2018-07-03T09:23:50+10:0027th December, 2018|Tags: gaming, rpgs, tabletop rpgs|

Things I care about in RPGs:

  1. What awesome race can I play? (Horns/tails preferred.)
  2. What awesome clothes can my PC wear to look awesome at all times?
  3. Who are my love interests and what tragic story can I console them through?

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  1. Combat, I guess.
2018-12-06T07:54:51+10:004th December, 2018|Tags: gaming, rpgs, video games|