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When Games go Minority Report


I have not slept for more than 24 hours now so I’ll make this post a quick one. If you remember *Which is highly doubt so* when I first started this blog, one of my first few post was about technology and how it can and is being integrate into games, as you can see here. Yes, I am talking about the touchscreen technology and gaming. I recently came across an article on Kotaku that was covering the same topic.

Took them awhile if you ask me. In all honesty, I am extremely excited at the possibilities it can bring to both the boardgame industry and the video game industry. But I’m kinda sad that in the end as this technology progresses, we will no longer have actual dice to toss, game pieces to move. The total assimilation of video game and reality is the ultimate goal of gaming immersion. Which leads me to the other article on Kotaku. Total immersion of games. Pretty interesting read.

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Warhammer Witch Hunter Costume


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Sweet huh, I’ve recently been thinking of getting a Witch Hunter costume. Great for Halloween costume if you ask me. NOBODY EXPECTS THE SIGMARITE INQUISITION!!  So  a few click here, a little research there.  Here is a break down of the cost it will set me back by if I choose to make a Witch Hunter costume.

Flintlock Pistol replica: SG$ 126

Rapier/sword replica: SG$ 500+

Duster: US$ 59.97 – 69.97

Pilgrim Hat: US$ 12.99

Breeches: US$ 25

Buccaneer Boots: US$ 155

Undershirt: US$ 40

Yeas so it is gonna hit close to 1000 bucks and it will only look something like this.

If I’m ever gonna get this outfit, I’m definitely gonna get a fake mustache !


Lootz of the Day


Yes folks! The board game, Chaos in the Old World is in! I placed an order for it a few months back and now it is finally here! Have no fear, with my awesome intellect, I shall unravel the secrets of the warp. Review coming soon!


Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition


Having recently bought the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition, I am still in the process of going through the rules. But from what I have read so far, the new system is quite a overhaul from the traditional percentile system adopted by the first and second edition as well as its 40k compatriot Dark Heresy.

Below is an actual picture of the complete box set.

As you can see, Warhammer FRP is reminiscent of other FFG games like Arkham Horror and its ilks. The new system requires the usage of tokens, Ability Cards, Character cards, Carree Cards and all that Jazz. (It is possible to do without it, but it will be too much of a bother) And then there are your custom dice, Warhammer FRP is wholly based off the color coded and custom symbol dice.

So let us say you have a Strength of 4, this gives you 4 blue dice (Blue dice are used for Characteristic rolls) to roll when testing for a Characteristic. In this case strength, in addition, depending on the action as well as Stances you are taking. You get to roll additional dice of different color, different symbols and frequency of symbols. This will determine if your action was a success or a failure depending on what symbols rolls up and how many times you get it. All this values are usually compared to an ability card.

Ability cards are usually class specific cards. They will list out the success condition of the roll as well as the drawbacks for failure. They can range from a Bright Wizards fireball to a simple twack with a mace. The thing to take note here is that there are 2 types of Ability cards, the Abilities are of the same name but they are colored differently. Red Abilities are abilities used when a character is in a stance of Recklessness while green represents the slow and calculated approach of the Conservative stance

Earlier I mentioned that Stances will affect your dice poll/rolls. There are 2 main Stances to take note of, namely Conservative and Reckless. As the name implies, the Conservative grants the player low risk low rewards while Reckless allows the players to pull off a Do or Die action. High risk, high rewards.

The classes are limited to what is provided in the main game set, but you can buy the Adventurer’s Toolkit to improve your repository of classes. Which is one of the gripes I have with Warhammer FRP 3ED. Of course, from a buisness POV, this was a smart move by FFG as it helps increase their sales overall.

So speaking of gripes, the main issue I have now is the fact that you are rather limited in options and to get more is to buy all those little toolkits that will trickle down slowly over time. Kinda like paying for DLCs for video games nowadays.  The other are the dice, since they are custom dice it can be a bitch to not have a set of your own, since the game requires you to have a dice pool.

Gameplay wise, I have yet to play it so no real comments there. But it does look like a hassle with all the components and cards you have to lug around.

Artwork: 8

Quality: 8

Gameplay: 7

Packaging: 8

Total: 8