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Posts tagged “RPG”

Feature: Touring different types of worlds

The RPG Scrollbars: Cool Setting, Bro!

The problem with fantasy is that it's often not very... well... fantastical. Far too often, even brand new worlds feel like Tolkein or Warcraft or Star Wars with a few twists, and the serial numbers scraped off. The good thing about this is that when a game does take us somewhere new, it feels all the more special for it. This week then, a quick…

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Feature: A bit like Wikipedia, but on paper

The RPG Scrollbars: The CRPG Book Project

Since the invention of the RPG, there have been many, many RPGs. Maybe too many to count. At least six! Let's see. Ultima VII. Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse. The Magic Candle III. Faery Tale Adventure II: Halls of the Dead. Two or three more, probably, and that's if you don't count Quest For Glory. But who has time to play them all?Oh, if only there…

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Feature: Words read: 2 / 1921

The RPG Scrollbars: Saving World Quests

Previously in this column, somehow not taken up by the industry as of yet, I suggested that the word 'quest' was being somewhat damaged of late by the fact that it can be anything from 'Kill the Great Red Dragon' to 'bring me some orange juice.' I advocated a system where instead, tasks were split between two basic categories - what used to justifiably be…

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Feature: It 'aint easy beating green

The RPG Scrollbars: Back To World of Warcraft: Legion

Like many, my relationship to World of Warcraft [official site] has shifted over the years, from second home (though never second job, unlike many) to an occasional jaunt to go catch up with my Undead Mage and see the latest fun stuff and twists and turns in Blizzard's ongoing demonic soap opera. Sure, it's a theme park, but so's Disneyworld. I like making return trips…

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Feature: The long awaited follow-up to Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate

The RPG Scrollbars: Predicting Planescape

If you go down to planescape.com today, you're sure of a big surprise. Unless you're expecting a countdown, in which case, it's that. What could it mean? Well, if you open the page source, you'll see a secret message hidden in there - 0x50 0x53 0x54 0x45 0x45. Convert that from ASCII numbers to letters and you get PSTEE. The two most likely translations of…

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Feature: Uneasy Ryder

The RPG Scrollbars: Before Mass Effect Andromeda

Since the original trailers, some players have had questions about Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] and some of its details. In the name of answers, we present this snippet from the official prequel novel. Available March 28th from all good bookshelves.From where Director Tann stood, the curves of the Nexus stretched out like the wings of an angel, embracing Andromeda and all its potential. He…

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Feature: Breath of fresh air

What can PC RPGs learn from Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

Regardless of platform, when you've got so many people rushing to call a game 'possibly the best game ever', it's worth taking a look. This week then, what can RPGs learn from the 1994's Rise of the Robots - the action brawler that combined ugly rendered graphics with ridiculous AI, and a musical score produced by the Queen's own Brian May sitting uncomfortably on his…

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Feature: Digital archeology

The RPG Scrollbars: Old Habitats Die Hard

There's no better way to cause trouble than to talk about 'firsts'. Say for instance that King's Quest IV featured the first female adventure character, and you're probably going to be drowned out by some pedant waving a copy of Infocom's Plundered Hearts in your face. That pedant may even be me. Of course, that's nothing compared to the folly of calling, say, Everquest the…

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Feature: The Long Journey Here

The RPG Scrollbars: Notes On Writing A Universe

Hello, God talking. At least, within a certain small sphere. Like a few of Team RPS, I've been writing for games as well as writing about them recently, most prominently as the writer of Daedalic Studio West's The Long Journey Home [official site] - a space exploration RPG with roguelike elements (but not the crap ones). You know. A SERPGWRENCO. We're now at the stage…

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Feature: New perspectives

How Darkest Dungeon found new horror through its turn-based combat

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Darkest Dungeon [official site].Darkest Dungeon is an RPG in which four flawed heroes face damnably transcendent terrors as they explore the ancient narrow passages beneath a cursed mansion. Notch by notch, their grasp on sanity slips and their vitality trickles thinner as their torch dims and…

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Feature: The Psychopath's Toybox

The RPG Scrollbars: The genius in the inventory

I forget which game it was, exactly. If I had to pick one, I'd say probably the text adventure Humbug. It doesn't really matter, as it's not really the game's fault, but I still remember the sadness of being told to go into the inventory and realising that while I was thinking of a big room full of bubbling liquids in interesting flasks and other…

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Feature: Backed by the Space Pope

The RPG Scrollbars: New Years Res Commandments

Yes, it's that time again... give or take a week. 2017's looking like a fantastic year for RPGs already, thanks to the second big wave of Kickstarters due to hit, and bringing sequels and brand new adventures with it. But, let's not get complacent. Since I sadly cannot, and would not be so arrogant as to lay down resolutions for the industry without its will,…

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Feature: What's it like to revisit the WoW of old?

Heading back to World Of Warcraft with Nostalrius

Last week saw the return of World of Warcraft's most controversial server, Nostalrius. It's a private server which aims to recreate the experience of 'vanilla' World of Warcraft - that is, WoW as it was at or shortly after launch, before being supplemented and re-shaped by a hundred updates and multiple expansions. Logging on, I'm told "Position in queue, 3801. Estimated time: 47 minutes", before…

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Feature: A Two Year Tradition

The RPG Scrollbars: The Scrolls Of Honour 2016

As mentioned last week, it's been one of those years. Lots of the biggest RPGs that we were expecting decided to spend a few more months in bed, or simply skip 2016. Can't blame them! It'll mean an awesome 2017, even if looking back there's only been a few big names to pick from. Still, tradition is tradition! This week, another year marks another set…

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Feature: What to look forward to next year

The RPGs of 2017

So... 2016. (FX: 'Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh....') It's not been the greatest of years, from just about every celebrity you might have loved deciding to peg it, to America electing the Curious Orange. As far as RPGs go, it's also been fairly quiet, thanks to lots of stuff deciding to stay in the oven for a few more months. That's not to say we've had nothing, not least…

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Feature: Ankle-deep

Tyranny review

It's been a long time coming, but finally here's my final review of Tyranny [official site], having completed the very lengthy game. You can read my thoughts at about the mid-point here, and I'd say I've changed my mind about very little, other than to have a greater respect for where the story was heading. Here's wot I think:

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Feature: Shelf assured

The RPG Scrollbars: A fine figure of a Witcher

If you want Geralt to go and fight monsters for you, it'll probably cost a few orens. To have him on your shelf? If you're lucky, about £25. I've been waiting to get my hands on the official Witcher 3 figure set for months now... and honestly, I'm still waiting. They were originally due out at the end of October, only to be delayed until…

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Feature: The meek shall inherit NOTHING!

The RPG Scrollbars: memories of evil and wickedness

So, a confession. My plan for this week was to talk about Obsidian's Tyranny [official site] - the game, not any rumours of Feargus Urquhart openly stealing puddings from the company fridge no matter how well labelled! Unfortunately, that plan hit a tiny snag... I haven't had a chance to play much of it yet. A shame, simply because the genre is well overdue a…

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Feature: In space, nobody can hear your bias

The RPG Scrollbars: Questing at the speed of light

This week, something a little different. I'm going to talk about something I'm working on myself. Obviously, this brings with it certain complications. I'm won't pretend not to be biased, though I don't mean this to be an advert. I just thought it would be interesting to share some of what I've been working on as the writer and co-quest designer of Daedalic Studio West's…

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