Magic is a great part of fantasy. As much as I am a Science Fiction guy, and the definition I work off of does not allow for magic (check out the definition here), the escapism of Fantasy (check out the definition here) can be a lot of fun. Fantasy and that level of escapism better lend themselves to gaming, because in gaming you can work outside of the bounds of reality, outside of our normal physics.
A fun sort of thought experiment, here I have a list of the ten best spells – with the thought being that you’re coming up with a spellbook and using them all together. Many spells or spell effects are duplicated, in various ways and various manners, in all sorts of books, video games, and tabletop games. So many of these have a variety of analogs, and are a good bet in most of these circumstances.
There are some spells, of course, that are a bit much. Are almost too powerful for regular sorts of use. The king of these spells is the Wish spell, from D&D – basically, it does what all these spells do, and just about anything else. It’s a plot-changer, game-breaker, and is a bit too much. So maybe it’s better to say, these are the tops of spell types, the best for use, for your gaming wizard or fictional mage of choice! Continue reading
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Mobile gaming has opened up our lives for having a game with us. Gone are the days where we had to remember to bring a Sodoku book with us, or a newspaper for the crossword puzzle. Gone even are the days many people my age grew up with, of having to carry around a Game Boy for entertainment.
I mean, there are moments in our lives where a little gaming is right, right? Like waiting in lines. Or when traveling. Waking up in the morning or winding down at night. Good for children who can play while perhaps other things are happening. Mobile gaming – in its many and varied forms – is not a new idea. But with our Smart devices, it’s easier than ever.
Now there’s even a new Nintendo system that looks far more like the merging of a Nintendo DS and a tablet than it does like much else. How we view mobile gaming is changing. But even as I play some games on these hand-helds, they don’t all work the same way as each other. And one keeps bringing me back. I’m going to consider mobile gaming just a little bit, and then talk about my favorite one, but then really I’d also like to hear from you – what are your go-to mobile games? Continue reading
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Tagged Ascension, Baldur's Gate, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, iPad, iPad App, iPhone, KotOR, Mobile Gaming, Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo DS, PSP, Smart Phone, Solitaire, Tablet
A couple weeks back, I talked about my gaming past in terms of strategy – my love of building decks, armies, and characters leading to my choice of games. There’s one game that especially gave me a world where I not only got to create my character, I got to pause the game to strategize and control what happens, and got to make choices that influenced the game that I ended up playing.
That game was Baldur’s Gate 2.
I had played games earlier that similarly had party-based control, even ones where I could pause, choose my party, most of the elements. I guess especially Baldur’s Gate 1. However, Baldur’s Gate 2 added a couple of excellent things that really pulled me in. Way more classes, for one thing. Excellent cutscenes for the moments out of our control. And what is still probably my favorite video game villain of all time (see him in a video here).
So there are a chain of related games I have played since, trying to live up to this great game. Nostalgia time: here’s some of my gaming past!
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Tagged Apple, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, BioWare, Black Isle Studios, Consoles, Dragon Age, Dungeons & Dragons, Icewind Dale, iPad, KotOR, Mass Effect, Neverwinter Nights, PC, Review, RPG, Sourcefed Nerd, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, X-Box