The Brilliant Bounty Of The Supporter Program

Every weekday one of the denizens of RPS Towers scuttles into a corner and deposits a unique Supporter post, ripe for reading, into a wicker basket. At first we put these online behind the RPS Supporter Program curtain but eventually they fly the nest, heading off into the wider world and gathering curious readers as they do.

In case they passed you by we’ve scooped just some of the latest batch up in our big net (it’s the net we usually reserve for capturing freelancers and/or January sales bargains) and collected them here for your delight!

You can find out more about the program or sign up here BUT FIRST, here’s a taster of what lurks within…

Fallout 4 Is Best Enjoyed As A Survival Game

Alec and the case for Fallout 4 as a survival game:

“Fallout 4 is not a roleplaying game. Fallout 4 is a survival game. That’s how I’m playing it, in my journey around the outermost edge of its world, making do only with what I stumble across, and treating every fight as potentially my last rather than something I can beat if I reload the game enough times. Every item I find is meaningful. Every enemy I encounter is my ultimate nemesis. There is no temptation to fast travel, because there is no goal other than to keep moving forwards without dying. “

Our 100% Accurate Predictions About The Next Batch Of Licensed Telltale Games

John speculates on what might still be up Telltale’s sleeve – Downton Abbey?

“As the television series draws to a close, Telltale plans to expand on the run, bringing the lives of the Crawley family and their servants into the 1930s. Following the themes of Fellowes’ programme, the five-part episodic run will explore how the major events of the time affect the family members and their relationship with their staff.”

Japanese Spider Crabs Why Not

Pip shares everything she knows about Japanese Spider Crabs:

“The Blackpool Sealife centre apparently houses the world’s biggest crab – a giant Japanese Spider Crab called Big Daddy. There is a professional Dota 2 player called BigDaddy. You can tell the two apart because one is a crab and the other is not a crab. Also the crab is 10.2 feet across. I think BigDaddy is like 5 something.”

Games I Was Wrong About

Alec on the games he dismissed or praised and now regrets:

“Even by the time I was working a computing & games magazine, I openly mocked the colleague who delightedly volunteered to review Civ III. It was for beardy weirdos, right? It wasn’t cool. Inevitably I played it a few days later and was sucked in entirely. I’ve been an enormous fan of the series ever since. What a stupid, feckless teenager I was.”

(Part 2 is here – Alec has been wrong about a *lot* of things)

Perusing The Main Menu At The In-Game Cafe

Adam tries his hand at creating a tiny choose-your-own-adventure:

“Attempting to ignore the snuffling, sneaker-squeaking of the gangly-limbed werehog at the chilli dog trough, you pick up a menu. On cue, the proprietor appears…”

Why I Hate Fallout 4’s Stupid Dog

John vs approximately half the RPS audience:

“I’ve tolerated dogs in videogames before, although never without knowing they’d have been better if they were a cat. Dogmeat had a chance. But good grief, what a disastrous piece of crap he is.”

Four Reasons To Love Toilets In Games

Or at least four reasons for Adam to love toilets in videogames:

“Toilets are everywhere. And so it makes sense that if a level designer wants to make a space seem more believable, a toilet is a fine addition. Imagine the first level of Duke Nukem 3D, that beautiful cinema with the projector room, arcade and screen. Would it have seemed half as realistic if there hadn’t been a toilet?”

Just Cause 3 Ignoro Gallery – Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions

John’s gallery of men who look away from explosions:

“Well, it’a a tradition now. As with Just Cause 2, and this year’s Mad Max, it is imperative that we gather together images of Avalanche’s central heroes not looking at the enormous explosions they’ve caused.”

Is A No-Betrayal Subterfuge Playthrough Possible?

Can Graham win a no-betrayal playthrough of Subterfuge?

” I’d not played with most of them, they’d had their own experiences, and were consequently wary to return. And so my thought was: can I play Subterfuge and, while likely still attacking people, at least not betray anyone? Any alliance I made, I would honour to the end of the game assuming the other players did the same. If I had the intent of invading someone, and they asked me for a favour, then I would say no.”

Fail Forward: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Marsh on Black Ops’ segue into sci-fi:

“By leaving current-day warfare behind, Blops has unshackled itself from many of the series’ problems. It dispenses with that icky propagandising for today’s wars and, in more recent instalments, adopted a more clearly cynical perspective on who pulls the strings and what they have to gain.”

The Five Emotions Of Sega Bass Fishing

Pip spends an evening fishing. And also drinking medicinal brandy:

“You seek solace in fish but the fish are idiots and one of them has bugged out. It is swimming like a duck, arse in the air, face pointing downwards. “WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM,” you demand of the fish. The fish just hovers there. Willful. Mocking you and your relaxation attempts.”

Audio Diary: My Ridealong With An Arma 3 Bandit

Brendy investigates banditry in Arma 3 mod, Altis Life:

“Recently I was dispatched to a UK server to make contact with the citizens. I discovered tales of banditry, traffic regulations, police corruption, salt barons and much more. Most of my information came from a criminal known as Hank. Here we offer you the chance to hear my ridealong with Hank firsthand”

The Joy Of Expansions And Enhanced Editions

Adam on why he loves digital expansions:

“There’s a Shigeru Miyamoto quote that does the rounds whenever a release date is postponed: “A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever.” I’ve always thought it’s apocryphal, or at least paraphrased, but it’s a useful reminder that a delay of a few months can be a good thing. The nature of digital expansions and updates means that a bad game might only be bad for a while though.”

I’m A Leg Man

Alec moves a step beyond navel-gazing and discovers… leg-gazing!

“I like to see a little bit more of what my usually unseen character looks like, how he or she moves, and most of all how they are placed in the world. Without the legs, I am essentially a floating orb spewing some manner of death from a disembodied hands. With the legs – and of course with the torso they should be attached to, unless something really weird is going on – I am controlling an entity.”

An Entire Box Of Christmas Crackers

Confession: The crackers were Pip’s idea but everyone contributed the jokes!

“Why does Rico Rodriguez give gifts when it isn’t Christmas?

Which games industry figure makes the best Christmas cake?

What do you call a dog who helps you with your Christmas presents?”

I Miss Watching Other People Play Games

John and the things Twitch can’t replicate:

“Here, at the end of a long day writing about games I’ve played, it was a real pleasure to lie down on the couch and watch Jonty play games I wasn’t writing about. I most especially remember Burnout 3: Takedown. To this day I’ve never played a minute of that brilliant-looking game, but I’ve watched it for hours and hours. My role was to cheer loudly as the ludicrous crashes raked enormous scores, without ever having to lift a finger. Drink was spilt, pizza was wiped on furniture.”

22 Comments

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    SlugMan says:

    I just wanted to pipe up and say: a) I love the supporter program. It’s not obtrusive at all and I feel like I’m supporting my my favorite website b) I love Fail Forward
    also, I hope the program is working out for RPS as well (sure seems it is!)

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Hey, just a heads up that your supporter tag is gone. You may need to resubscribe.

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        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        Gasp! So is mine!

        • thedosbox says:

          FYI, there seems to be an issue with supporter tags not reappearing after your sub renews. There’s a thread about it in the forums if you’re also affected (as I am).

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    From a reader perspective, it seems like it’s been quite a success! Long may it continue.

    (also my only very minor annoyance with supporter articles is when they get reposted later, but I can’t remember if they’re new or not and it’s not obvious that I’ve already read/commented on them.)

    Those christmas cracker “jokes” though…

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      Andy_Panthro says:

      It also seems like I’ve lost my supporter tag. I’ve no idea when I first got it, so I’m not sure if this is a bug, or I just need to re-subscribe? Should I have received an email?

      • Jp1138 says:

        You don´t get an email or anything, you just stop being a supporter when the time you “paid for” passes…

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          Andy_Panthro says:

          I think it should have expired in late september 2015, but I’m pretty sure I was still able to access supporter stuff after that point, but I’m not 100% sure if that was just because it was available to everyone anyway.

          Either way, I’ve re-subscribed now. By next year I’ll no doubt forget again when it expires though.

          • Jp1138 says:

            My subscription expired sometime last year, but I haven´t been able to pay again for now. It should be easier to see when it expires, etc.

  3. caff says:

    As a member of the RPS supporter program, I would just like say how much I endorse the program. It makes the sky just a little bit brighter each day.

    I became a member because I appreciate the independence of the writers and diversity of the articles here. Hopefully if you do too, you’ll do the honourable thing and donate too.

  4. DevilishEggs says:

    I also hate German Shepherds in games. Now if they had dachshunds with rocket launchers …

  5. Vandelay says:

    I thought we all agreed that we would never speak about the Christmas Cracker Jokes again?

    Also, are we to expect another Fail Forward before the end of the month? I believe it came back in November as a monthly thing. I always enjoy it, so I hope it doesn’t go the way of the Electronic Wireless Show.

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    Thulsa Hex says:

    This has no-doubt come up before, but is there a way to get a reminder when one’s membership is about to lapse? This article caused me to realise that I haven’t been seeing Supporter Program posts of late, and sure enough mine had expired a few weeks ago.

    Anyway, RPS is great, and has introduced me to many excellent games writers over the years. An endeavour well worth supporting xoxo

  7. melnificent says:

    My supporter status lapsed after a year. But that was because the promise (an article a weekday) went down to a couple of articles a week at most.

    Is it really back to one every day? I want to sub again, as I miss the interesting stuff (and supporting you guys), but not if it’s not what’s promised in this article and way back when it started.

    • amateurviking says:

      Can’t say I’m counting, but it’s hard to keep track because the ‘supporter’ overlay (the mean bear saying ‘ta’ – definitely a Marsh joint) doesn’t end up on all the posts. I feel like they’re hitting the goal of one per staff per week with the occasional wobble for sick leave etc.

    • Alec Meer says:

      It is back to one every weekday. We had a wobbly patch last year where everyone was away half the damn time and it was impossible to get everything done, but we are now much better organised, both at making sure we remind each other to do these pieces and to not book away time simultaneously.

      Hope you’ll reconsider subscribing, but many thanks for your support in any case.

  8. amateurviking says:

    I can heartily recommend the supporter program: RPS-‘Gaiden’ posts, slightly more measured discussion in the comments, and a definite sense of the hive mind experimenting and being a bit more playful.

    Also: HATS

  9. drewski says:

    Hmm, my Support has probably also run out.

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    mecreant says:

    Love RPS and just renewed but this year $35.00 us comes out to $50.00 cdn. Ouch!

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    particlese says:

    This program leads to more RPS-style articles on RPS, and I love that. I also like that many of those articles are eventually released for all to enjoy, something requested into being by the supporters themselves, if I remember correctly. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and stuff.

    The lack of renewal reminder was vaguely inconvenient, but on the upside, I wasn’t nagged to renew, and when I finally noticed and did renew, I had a whole pile of good posts to read through!