Aug. 9, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
is dungeons and dragoons type milarki!?
Aug. 9, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST
I know a decent amount of people and I do not know one person who has played a tabletop game in 10 years. My wife's cousins's husband was into Heroclix like 5 years ago but he even admitted it was stupid and stopped. I'm not calling for Massawyrm to stop because I actaully read this column, but it's worth saying that the thought of actually playing any of these games has never even crossed my mind. I keep waiting for a decent D&D videogame. I got the PSP Tactics a few months back played it for 15 minutes and literally threw it in the trash.
Aug. 9, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
the mid 30s to mid 40s. I cant imagine any one younger hooked into this because of on-line gaming. However, to those who dismiss D&D on tabletop because there is online gaming is missing the point. Online gaming, networking etc creates bigger nerds than before. People go out less. Less face to face socialising. At least with D&D there is an element of face to face socialising and hey, there's far more chances of having sex with a female gamer than online...even though those chances are actually slim... Oh and holly shit, RIP Bernie. Fuck thats way way way too young to die, especially now he was approaching the more comically cynical time of his life. There was a lot more comedy to come from him.
Aug. 9, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
by Fat and Curious
You could have returned it and got your money back. That sure was a waste.
Aug. 9, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST
Still in publication. Thats symbolic enough to prove D&D is alive.
Aug. 9, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST
Computer RPGs involve zero imagination. Staring at a screen and continually selecting x, y, or z array element to trigger x, y, or z animation/sound sequence? Yeah, your generation sure does have gaming figured out.
Aug. 9, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST
White Wolf is releasing the new Hunter game at Gencon. :) BTW, I make character sheets for White Wolf games: http://mrgone.rocksolidshells.com/ And yes, there are people who still play pen & paper RPG's.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10 a.m. CST
Thats just crap. The longevity of this game has shown MMORPGs will come and go, but D&D will live on forever. I have run school based D&D campaigns and they have continued on after I moved on. Those with imaginations will continue to be draw to all pen and paper type gaming for years to come. Don't get me wrong, MMORPG's have a place and alot of my friends are into them, but most enjoy kicking it back and RPG'ing in freedom.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
He was the best thing about Transformers.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST
you arent supposed to die at 50....of pneumonia??? thats crazY
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST
He was a funny guy, even if he was in Transformers.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
I bought it on ebay. I know I could have traded it in but it wasn't worth the effort for the 6 dollar trade in. The game was just so tedious I was excited about the concept, they were attempting to reproduce the table top experience. The execution was awful, unplayable.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST
I can't believe I'm having an online conversation with someone named Fat and Curious. This seems like the kind of thing you can get arrested for.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST
I'll take Exalted and/or Earthdawn over D&D any damned day of the week. D&D itself was once a cheap knock-off, stealing quite liberally from Tolkein except the Hobbits became Halflings.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST
Cuz he IS a Comic God! Anyone who came up like he did gets my respect.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST
Where is the official?
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST
I gotta say, I actually read this column every week, I haven't done trad. pen and paper campagins in forever but appciate the hard work you put into this<P>btw where is gencon being held at?<P>Finally to one of the OKC, Godspeed adn God rest
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST
Gen-Con is held in Indianapolis at the Convention Center, downtown.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST
...but, since we don't seem to have an official Bernie Mac thread, this'll have to do. RIP.
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST
Berni...naa too soon
Aug. 9, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST
Bad: There isn't a Bernie Mac thread. Good: There isn't a Scrip Girl thread.
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST
by Reverend Toast
Even though the system itself was complex, i think Alternity had the fastest and fun gameplay of any of the more "modern/SciFi" based games. D&D is fun, but its about attaining power, Alternity was about becoming better at what you did... but you never really became godly.
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST
An internet RPG is all well and good for some, after all, loosing yourself in a online fantasy world, for inexpicable reasons doesn't get as much stick as "group of nerds in a basement rolling dice". It's obvious why D&D appeals to me, for one I get to hang with friends and drink beer with them, smoke, laugh and make a night of it. As someone mentioned above, the imagination used in such a game is more potent than a computer based one. Fight monster, level up, fight monster, level up, buy weapons, fight bigger monster, level up, get killed by elitist scum that spend more money and time on the game than you do, start over. That's not fun and IMO it's the epitome of the modern nerd which I've now come to despise. I plan on spending tonight with mates, watching a movie, having a drink and playing a game that we control, rather than one that control us. Come out of your bedroom gamers! Make some real friends.
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
10:30am Pacific time and Harry still hasn't posted a gushing obit on Bernie Mac! Where's the love?
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
How's it feel to be a walking piece of shit?
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST
The only thing it has in common with RIFTS are words like "post" and "apocalypse" and "the" and that it uses dice.
Aug. 9, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST
by Rat Fink
doesn't have anything about Bernie Mac. Comingsoon.net is such a better site. Thier shit's always up-to-date unlike this bullshit ass second rate site.
Aug. 9, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST
Harry is probably taking his time to compose something decent about BM rather than rush something out. Chill.
Aug. 9, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST
Rest in Peace man,first Carlin now Mac. Who's next Mencia? Sad year for comics I tell ya.
Aug. 9, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST
by Lord Haw Haw
1. As usual, it's good to hear from all the anti-D&D people that think they're too fucking cool for the room. Last I checked, this was one of the geekiest sites on the Internet. I will not begrudge anyone's right to their opinion in an open forum, but let's get real here... 2. Bummer about Bernie Mac. Still one of the best Def Comedy Jam routines ever. 3. I went to GenCon last year for the first time, and enjoyed the hell out of it. It's like a geek Woodstock. GenCon is to nerds what Mecca is to Muslims. Make the trip. 4. Still kickin' it 1st Ed. and damn glad too, from the sounds of things. Fuck WotC.
Aug. 9, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
"Who's next, Mencia?" We can only fucking hope, friend. We can only fucking hope.
Aug. 9, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST
If he died, it would probably erase some of that karmic debt that I hear so much about. Stealin' jokes is bad business. But when you steal bad jokes, well that's just sad.
Aug. 9, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
Not long after Vista first came out, store were actually selling copies of XP for a higher price than Vista. Today, I see similar phenomena at game stores. Anybody hoping to pick up cheap copies of the 3.5 Players Guide will be sorely disappointed. I just wish Mongoose could put out a 3.5 version of their Pocket Player's Guide. AFAIK, it's stuck at the 3.0 ruleset. Point's moot, I suppose, since you can easily play with nothing but the SRD, and enough people have websites with the 3.5 SRD in an easy-to-read format that WotC can never shut it down.
Aug. 9, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
My buddies and I all bought MMOG games and gave LAN parties a shot. We quit pretty quick. Tabletop is more fun. Computer games require the players to conform to the limitations imposed by the designers. Tabletop imposes no such restrictions. You don't like a rule? Don't use it. Try doing that with World of Warcraft.
Aug. 9, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST
It's either for people who can't muster up enough friends to play real D&D, or can't muster up enough basic hygene to take a daily shower. Here's a tip for you WOW wannabes: Prioritize - Sometimes taking the shower actually helps you get the friends. Just want to throw that out there.
Aug. 9, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST
by The Thinker
You and the rest of your staff have seriously got to start proofreading your articles before you post them. You come off as one of the dumbest sites on the internet.
Aug. 9, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST
appciate the response, I can't make it but I was curious as to where it was at
Aug. 9, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST
by Duke of Hurl
Check Paizo.com to see who's really carrying the torch...
Aug. 10, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST
Ditto on your feelings toward WoTC and 3rd and 4th bastardized editions (though I actually enjoyed 2nd ed under TSR).<br> Castles & Crusades at Troll Lord Games is the true heir of OD&D.
Aug. 10, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST
by Cyrus Clops
I'm actually surprised AICN didn't have an RPG column sooner (but then again, I thought the same thing about their comic book section). I find all the weird intra-nerd snobbery towards gaming here a little weird, but I for one really like this column, and think Massawyrm's taking the right approach to it: a little news, a little commentary, something mainstream (read: D&D), something a little more obscure (i.e. everything else). I'm interested to see how the GSL situation plays out. And I agree some White Wolf/WoD coverage should be put on the docket (and Mr. Gone's character sheets are indeed very good; he's well known for them on White Wolf's boards).
Aug. 10, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST
Personally, I think 4E sucks... and hard. For starters, the loss of a few very staple classes and races, replaced by new ones that are so retarded they make the screaming mongoloid next door look smart. Then there's the whole "power" system. It's not fun, it's not logical, it's not reasonable, and it's a pain in the fucking ass. My group stopped playing DnD a while back and thought we'd give 4E a shot - but not only is it terrible, this GSL legal nightmare ensures that there's no market for players OR third party developers. So you know what - fuck you WoTC. We're not buying your shit OR playing your game. GURPS, here I come. http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/lite/
Aug. 11, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST
To clarify; The classic monster you mentioned; 'The Landshark' AKA 'Bulette' is part of the OGL. BTW: 3E 4ever!!!
Aug. 11, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST
Humanity is broken, scattered in small camps fighting for survival. The magic that destroyed all you knew also mutated animals and creatures and released magical beasts long thought extinct from the bowels of the earth. Few trust magic at all anymore, treating most sorcerers like the Colonial era puritans treated witches. There is no law and packs of bandits raid what communities are left for supplies. Now. Doesn't that sound like WARHAMMER?
Aug. 11, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST
Thank you for this part of Ain't it cool. I dig the gaming reviews. and Mencia can fuckoff.
Aug. 11, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
The society in Desolation is gone, totally shattered, but yeah, shades of Warhammer. Better comparison than Rifts, at least. Imagine Warhammer if the Empire had fallen and you're getting there.
Aug. 11, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST
You're welcome. Yea, I was wanting go too, but I won't be able to make it this year. I'm going to for next year.
Aug. 11, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST
Yes, there's a new Hunter game coming out. It;s going to damn awesome too.
Aug. 11, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST
"..and Mr. Gone's character sheets are indeed very good; he's well known for them on White Wolf's boards. " Thanks, glad you like my stuff. Yea, I'm all over the boards there, and I even have a section on White Wolfs sites for my sheets. I have my own site as well, but they thought it would be cool to host some of my stuff there too, so they gave me access to upload whever I wanted of mine. I thought it was pretty cool of them to do.
Aug. 12, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST
Just an FYI, per Wizard's of the Coast: Wizards of the Coast announces a forthcoming revision to the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Game System License (GSL) and System Reference Document (SRD). “We recognize the important role third party publishing support plays in the success of the 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. We have listened to the community and our valued colleagues and have taken their concerns and recommendations to heart. Our commitment to the health of the industry and hobby gaming lifestyle is reflected in the revisions to the Game System License.” --Linae Foster D&D Licensing Manager While the delivery date is not yet firmly established, the revised documents will be available in the very near future. The new fan site policy, to be made public at a later date, will be posted upon completion.