Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays all! The end of the year is quickly approaching and between the Holiday Shopping and mindless hours in new video games, I am unable to properly oversee or promote the Community Game of the Year event. So we are switching things up! If you would like to nominate a game you can do so by replying to this post or you can still write your post on why you are nominating the game as your personal Game of the Year!
Power up Players for today’s collaboration with Ian from Adventure Rules! The Charming and Open event is where Ian accepts questions from the community and attempts to answer them in a single post. He has recently started including the community in these questions and here we are!
What are the questions?
We have decided to talk about board games for this post.I have asked Ian:“In a tabletop RPG, which character do you like playing the most (type and favorite character)?”
What parts of playing tabletop are you best at? Where can you improve?
This is a pretty interesting question. As I am fairly new to tabletop gaming, I asked the help of my gaming buddies for this question. Jaysen told me that I excel at picking up the rules quickly and that he really likes that I am open minded about the type of games we are playing. A few times a month we get together for a game night and select a game from their massive collection that only seems to continue growing in size. My bucket list has become to play every board game that they own.
So I’ve started thinking more in depth about the type of role that I normally play. We played a co-op dungeon game called Gloomhaven and I was immediately drawn to the mage character for several reasons. I’m a creature of habit so choosing the female or the purple tokens are a given, just as much as choosing Yoshi or Daisy in a Mario game is for me. The mage was a female purple caster so I was immediately drawn to her.
Mages are great characters to use when you want to deal out a ton of damage from a rather safe position (normally behind your teammates lol). Gloomhaven was my first experience with a dungeon diving game and I was super happy to play it cooperatively with my team. My co-worker and his husband have game nights where I am a frequent guest. What I love is that they have a ton of games to play and each with more intricacies than then the previous game.
Root is a board game that I’ve recently played with my friends during our weekly game night. In Root, characters battle for control of the land using the resources of their kind. What I have found fascinating about Root is that every faction has different strengths and ways that they can win the game. I played as the Woodland Alliance where my main objective was to spread sympathy to rally supporters for my cause. Once I was able to build sympathy on a designated clearing, I could take control by moving my soldiers into that space.
The more areas of the forest that your character controls, the more options you have when attacking or initiating an action.
Root is my example on a way that I know I can improve my board gaming experience. I came in 2nd in Root having played a great game where I was seemingly last until the final few rounds where my plan started coming together. I am the type of player that loves the flashy plays and this tendency pushes me to play “The Long Con” game. A long con is basically looking like I’m always a step behind because I am playing for the huge playoff at the end of the game. Long Cons are super fun to play when they pay off and you see the reaction of the other players in the room ( which happened the 2nd to the last round where I lept into first place).
All was looking good for me except for 1 fatal flaw… my long con plan to release a large scale attack and score points was thwarted by my miscalculation. When I pulled the move I added my points incorrectly placing me 1 space from winning. During that same round after my turn, my friend Carl who played Marquis de Cat was just 3 spaces from the end and casually walked past me to score his final points and win.
Root isn’t the only board game where I failed at the long con, falling just shy of the victory. Because this strategy requires you to think several moves ahead, one mistake and you can find yourself in 2nd place or worse, still in last waiting to make your final move. I believe I can improve on the timing and farming needed for long cons to really play a well rounded game.
My game nights with my co-worker has really opened my mind in the possibilities of playing board games and playing outside of my comfort zone. I am eager to learn and willing to try any and all games to see if I enjoy them or not. Have you played any board games recently? What are your go to roles and where do you think you can improve? Let’s talk board games!
Power Up Players for a community collaboration! God of War took home 2018’s Game of the Year and it got me thinking about the games that I’ve played this year. 2018 has been a great year in gaming for me personally, from the long awaited release of Red Dead Redemption 2, a nostalgic Super Mario Party, to the first Call of Duty game that I’ve wanted to play in years. The end of the year is quickly approaching and I want to know what is the Community’s Game of The Year!
Normally, I would ask what is your favorite game that has released this year, but since many of us gamers are not able to play ALL of the new games that we would like, I’ve decided to open this up to ANY video game that you have played this year. Your blog post can be as creative as you like while giving praise to the video game that is your personal Game of The Year.
How to Participate:
To Participate, write a post on a video game that you have played this year ( does not need to have been released this year) on why you nominate this game as your personal Game of the Year. Link back to this post so that I can read and tally everyone’s votes.
Your entry should be posted by December 29th so that I can tally the votes and compose the ending results.
On December 31st, I will release the Community’s Game of the Year post highlighting everyone’s post and vote and revealing which games the community voted for!
Have a great December and I look forward to reading the video game that you pick as your Game of the Year!
Happy Thursday Players! This week the competitors competed in a head to head dodgeball match. The results ended with Team Red Bowser, Peach, Spyro and Solid Snake being up for elimination. You can review the episode here! Since this week we need to narrow down to 4 finalists, we put the vote to Twitter to eliminate 2 of the Players.
The competitor saved was Solid Snake with the most votes!
Then we ran into a problem. Both Peach and Spyro tied. So Luna went into recon mode and asked co-workers who they would choose. The character with the most votes and the last person saved from elimination was… Spyro!
Congratulations to the Finalists and the Winner of the 2nd Blogger Blitz Competition! You can read the final results by clicking here!
There are some people who come into your life and make it better. They bring out the best in you. Ian from Adventure Rules is one of those people. Last year he challenged the blogging community to participate in a Community Event known as the Blogger Blitz. As the 2nd Blogger Blitz comes to a close, I wanted to show appreciation by saying how much this event has helped me in blogging. Ian puts his heart and soul into making this event special with the drawings, the brainstorming for events and the way that he promotes each blogger in the competition. It’s admirable to see someone put so much effort into a project that lasts over a month. To have his dedication as strong at the end of the event as it was at the beginning is something that I hope to achieve and learn from. It may not be obvious to him, but Ian has helped cultivate the Video Game Blogging Community!
Although I lost in the first round, the experience and passion for my writing burned inside of me and allowed me to start an idea that I had mulling over in my brain for a few months prior. I was able to finally define and initiate my Memoirs of A Villain post. If not for Ian’s event, I may not have ever started the Villains post speaking out on the injustice against Villains in the world!
Not only was I able to participate and meet awesome bloggers, I was also able to test my first person writing style. This was important because I participated in NaNoWriMo last year and my novel is written entirely in first person. I was struggling with the writing style and Ian’s event allowed me to practice.
I am hosting my own Community Event with the Video Game Reality House that starts Monday 10/1/18. I thank Ian because I was able to fully develop this idea based on his progressions with the Blogger Blitz. His guidance allowed a spark of an idea to flourish into a full fledged event that I hope goes over as well as his Blogger Blitz.
Ian works extremely hard on bringing the Blogger Blitz to the Community of Bloggers and his dedication allows us to have fun and do what we love best. In last year’s competition I recall bloggers saying that they’re shy with their writing and didn’t have much confidence. The feedback that they’ve received from the competition helped reinforce their choices to write and know that they are worth the read.
This year one of last year’s judges Chris from OverthinkerY, placed his hat in the ring and was on the other side. He has first hand experience on the judges and competitors point of view. His champion Master Xehanort was exquisite this season and he posted in interview formats that were a first in the competition. Chris wrote with passion to honor the event and he did justice to his character.
Ian would always post comments on the competitors submissions with kind words of encouragement. He appreciated ever person that took time out to compete, judge and read the blitz posts.
This month he is also the star blogger for Later Level’s Question of the Month! His prompt challenges gamers again by proposing the question of creating the ultimate video game using 4 games that have already been released. You will want to pick each game for Storytelling, Visuals, Game-play and Music and compile an Ultimate Video Game! You can participate in his challenge here!
Thank you Ian for all that you do to help improve and push the boundaries of the blogging community. If you have not had a chance to follow or read the Adventure Rules blog, you’re missing out.
Want to read more gushing appreciation posts about Ian? Look below (Guess you’ve created another community event without event knowing Ian, you’re amazing!)
We are less than a week away from the premier of the Video Game Reality House Season 1, set to take place on Monday October 1st. After all of the interviews and video game characters looking to make a name for themselves, we have narrowed down our competitors and today, they will be revealed. As an added bonus, we have some of the interviews from characters that were rejected.
Luigi – So Mario was too busy for the show. When Luigi heard the plumber would not be able to attend, he graciously offered to take his place. The problem is that Luigi’s interview was BORING! Anything he talked about revolved around Mario and pasta. We don’t want the other contestants to fall asleep so we had to decline his interest. Don’t worry, we offered him a role on the production team instead.
Doomguy- The interview with the Doomguy was umm… interesting. He didn’t speak at all and damaged our offices in the process. During out interview Doomguy would pull out his gun and shoot at the monsters that somehow got past our security protocols. Our location is Hyrule Castle, I can’t imagine returning it to the royal family with holes in the walls.
Niko Bellic – See we had high hopes for Niko but during his interview his bad boy persona turned out to be a little much. We have the safety of the contestants to think about. It didn’t help either that after Niko’s interview a few company vehicles and electronics went missing. He’s too much of a liability to have on hand and quite frankly, he scares me. What happens if her gets eliminated.. I’m not going to be the one to tell him.
Pac Man- Probably one of the saddest rejections was for Pacman. He wasn’t invited to interview but somehow he caught wind of the show and demand an interview. Pacman is trying to revive his career and become relatable for the new generation of gamers. The problem is that Pacman really doesn’t have any abilities to help him in this contest, other than his insatiable hunger. A silver lining, we asked Pacman to come back next year with a few of his Ghost friends. That would make an interesting show.
These are the characters that will be entering the house on Monday. Tune in to read Episode 1 where our first challenge will allow the house guests to get to know each other better. Don’t forget, you will be able to participate by posting why your favorite character should advance to the next round and by voting on Twitter for the Instant Save on Wednesday Next Week! Have a great weekend!
Happy Sunday Players! Today I am posting my entry into September’s Question of the Month hosted by Kim at Later Levels! There’s still time to participate and if you want to get involved in asking a question, reach out to Kim! Click here for official rules and prompts.
You’ve been tasked with making the Ultimate Video Game, but there’s a catch – you can only piece it together from parts of other releases. You can choose separate titles for visual design, sound design, storytelling, and gameplay. What four games would you use to make the Ultimate Video Game?
Fable is a cornerstone game in my life and I think what makes Fable so interesting to me is the world building, storytelling and choices that the player makes is brilliant. Fable will be the Storytelling Design in my video game (also because I love Royalty and Period Pieces which Fable does well).
Kingdom Hearts 2 is my selection for the Sound Design and music for the game.
While I’ve never played any Kingdom Hearts games, I’ve heard a few of the songs and I love that come from the Kingdom Hearts Franchise and from watching streams on speed runs of KH, I can safely say that I would love to take music from the game and incorporate it into my Ultimate Game.
Horizon Zero Dawn
is my choice for the visuals of the game. The breathtaking scenery and color schemes would fit in seamlessly with the storytelling of Fable. In HZD, Aloy is able to hunt and journey through a great looking world. The colors used in this game would be welcomed and adapted to fit into my Ultimate Video Game.
I have to pay homage to my shooter games so Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption gets my final spot in gameplay. In RDR you play as John Marshton and journey across a semi open world similar to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. What makes the gameplay so amazing to me with Red Dead is that you can do so much in the game. You can scavenge, seek out legendary animals, play online with a band of friends or even just play mini games like shootouts to see who has the fastest trigger in the west. Instead of placing money into fancy cars, you’re trying to find or buy the fastest horse whose stamina can’t be matched. Red Dead provided variety and that variety kept me playing the game for longer than expected.
My ultimate video game will have the same variety, allowing the players to choose different tasks and work towards common goals.
So how do 4 completely different video games add up to an ultimate video game?
That’s easy, the game will be an RPG game with variety in goals, tasks and side quests that can keep gamers intrigued for the long haul. I want a game set in the Medieval Period where the Player can choose to play as a Royal, A Servant, A Merchant or A Peasant. I want to make the game truly choice driven like it is in Fable. Each role will have several pathways that they can choose like a peasant can follow a path to become a soldier or knight and a merchant can follow a path to ship goods for the royals. Each choice will affect the way the character is portrayed to the public and their appearance.
With a story with many different routes, there has to be a main plot-line. In my game, everything is leading up to the Annual Festival taking place in the Kingdom. Each storyline will have something to do with the festival. The knights will need to protect the royals, the royals will need to secure an alliance, the merchants can secure the royal contracts, etc. Playing from different angles will increase the play time and replay ability of the game.
The music will be dynamic and intriguing with each event that happens. I imagine an orchestra of sounds from melodic strings to thumping drums all the way back to the prestigious trumpets. I want discovery missions to seem whimsical and when appropriate tense to make the players heart race.
Lastly the visuals taken from HZD would fit in perfectly. The Kingdom can be in the mountains so the liberal use of brilliant color schemes in the form or green, blue, white and gray would be recommended and encourage. Scenic views of the countryside when a player is traveling to another town or kingdom for a mission would be detailed.
This is the ultimate video game that takes from games that follow similar patterns. Which video games would you use to create an Ultimate Video Game? Let’s talk video games!
Hello Umm… King Koopa. It’s nice to meet you in person.
Well of course it is Bwahahaha. Bowser Jr told me about this reality show and you can’t have a reality show without a top character like myself.
I’ve heard that before. Actually I was going to ask you to be a part of the Reality House…
Of course you were. Me and my associate here were waiting for our calls to grace your house with competition, intrigue and good looks.
Umm who is your associate?
*A purple dragon, smaller than Bowser but just as intimidating walks into the rooms with his wings at bay*
Surely you know Spyro! He’s an acquaintance of mines and very capable of being in the competition.
This is interesting. We did not have Spyro on our list of possible competitors but he looks like he will cause quite a stir.
So tell me Bowser, why would Spyro be a good fit for the show?
The giant turtle king huffs at my mundane questions.
Just look at him! Spyro is built for competition. He’s fast, agile can fly and my personal favorite he doesn’t take crap from anybody. He’s as fiery as he is strong. I’m sure your ratings will soar as high as Spyro does.
*The purple dragon bends to his hind legs, blasts smoke in the air before taking flight around the room.*
Perhaps a demonstration is in order! Bowser huffs again. He takes out round discs that have an oddly familiar appearance and tosses them in the air. Spyro circles the room and spits fire at each disc disintegrating each one which precision.
*Next Bowser gestures for myself and the crew to back up. We inch as close to the back wall as we can. What happened next was a sight for sore eyes. Bowser built up air in his lungs, huffing and puffing along before exhaling and sending 4 giant smoke rings into the air. Spyro barrel rolls through the air and clears each ring successfully before circling back and shooting fireballs in between each ring. This settles it, Spyro is in! His performance mixed with his need for mischief makes him a perfect candidate.*
You’ve convinced us Bowser, Spyro is in! Now about your interview, well we want….
Say no more. I accept your proposal and will gladly enter and win the Video Game competition. Who else can be as brutal in challenges, as intimidating in house votes and as handsome as I to become champion? Definitely not any low life plumbers I tell you that. Now our time is valuable and Spyro and I have to prepare for the competition. We will see you on October 1st!
Wait, but you don’t understand….
And they’re gone. Yes, we want Bowser in the show but he has no idea what role we have in store. Oh well, should make for great television!
That’s settled we have Bowser and Spyro entering into the Reality House. There’s 3 days left to submit your video game characters to be casted into Season 1 of the Video Game Reality Show! You can review the details and rules by clicking here!
Who would you like to see in the house? What plans do you think we have in store for Bowser? Who will turn up next? Stay tuned for more unveilings this week and make sure to catch Episode 1 on Monday October 1st!
Happy Tuesday Players! We have extended the deadline for characters to be submitted into the video Game Reality House to next Tuesday 9/25/18! This year’s competition will take place in Hyrule at Hyrule Castle! Hyrule offers plenty of space and different attributes to make sure the housemates are entertaining for the first season. If you didn’t have a chance to submit a character, the rules are simple:
Select ANY video game character that you would like to see in the reality house
Link back to this post and post your response in the comments so that we can read your entry
Tune in on September 26th to see the full reveal of all characters in the house for Season 1
That’s it! We already have a few great entries which you can read below
Tomorrow the competition really HEATS up when our next contestant is revealed. Let’s just say that him and his new found friend both have fiery tempers!
Not able to participate? No problem, Season 1 will start on Monday October 1st with our very first episode. We will also post teasers and have a live vote on Twitter each week to save characters up for elimination. For full details on the event, click here!
We are still casting for the Video Game Reality House and the deadline to submit characters for the house has been extended until 9/25/18! You can view the rules and premise of the house by clicking here! Today’s post will be an interview with a contestant that did not want to be named before the start of the competition. The contestant has used a voice changer but there are a few hints as to their identity. If you know who this contestant is, lets us know in the comments!
Everything is quite adequate. Thank you.
So what’s with all of the secrecy? Your identity will be revealed sooner or later, why try to conceal it at this time?
There are other factors working against me aganon… I have to make sure the passage to the house is clear before I can reveal my identity.
Are you having trouble with the IRS? I have a guy for that.
Nothing of the sort. This Reality World is quite fascinating but to be free and explore it I have to often walk in disguise. Many would wave me off as a common Ninja or shady character.
What is it?
I can’t imagine how anyone can walk past you without a second glance. You’re a magnificent creature.
I appreciate the compliment.
I’m sure you receive them often when you’re not playing dress up. So if you are concerned about your freedom, why do you want to join the reality house?
It’s a brilliant social experiment is it not? Also, my friend and protector hath informed me that a rival may be afoot at this house. With our varying responsibilities, it would be nice to make the acquaintance of someone from a similar background. You can’t imagine how many people both pixel and 3D assume to know my life. How many times I’ve been spoken for and my destiny being preplanned.
Like an arranged marriage?
Luckily my parents haven’t gone that far, though many of my activities and wishes are often ignored.
I see. So you want to be normal than? I can tell you, here a reality show is far from normal. Many of your flaws and indiscretions will be revealed on National TV for all to see. If it is normalcy you seek, you may want to try going to a garden or something completely different.
I don’t seek a normal life. I see a life of adventure and wonder like I would read about in letters from my protector. He tells me of his adventures and challenges when protecting our homeland. He writes to me descriptions of the people he has met and the lands he has seen. I thirst for just one of his adventures. To experience them myself, with my own flesh and blood. Not behind a cloak or mask.
Well you definitely seem interesting enough. What are your skills? Will you be able to compete in the grueling competitions each week?
Oh, that was a neat magic trick
I am more than capable. In your world you would fancy me a wizard or sorcerer. I’m able to transform and use my magic at great length. I am also agile and have trained in the art of combat. I’m sure I will be fine.
Is that so your highness… I mean your? Your? What should we call you for now?
I’ve been known by many names, but for my safety and yours, better call me Sheik.
Ok Sheik. Thank you for interviewing with us a-ganon. I’m not supposed to do this, but I want to offer you a spot in the reality house.