Month: February 2013

Geek Jitsu – how I roll

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“Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Logo Design” by MinohKim

So, after giving you some really basic tips and food for thought in previous installments of Geek Jitsu, I feel like it’s time to share something more personal and dear to me: the sport that keeps me healthy. In one of the very first articles of this column, I told you that you should find a way of exercise that is fun and challenging, and the poison I picked is the gentle art known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In this week’s Geek Jitsu, I’ll tell you what it’s about, what keeps me fascinated and why you should find a gym close to you.

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Actual Play: Courage – Chapter II

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And we’re back with the next chapter of the Courage chronicle. In this installment, we’ll meet two important NPC’s: one being the Lunar’s love interest, the other one being her future husband. Isn’t that just unfortunate, little shapeshifter kitty? Anyway, click below for the PDF. Once you’re done reading about what transpired in the underground baths of Whitewall, please leave your feedback, criticism or oaths of fealty below in the comments. Happy reading!

Courage – Chapter 2

It’s a kind of Magic

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“Magic the Gathering Mana” by hush66

Last weekend, I did something I should have done a long time ago: for the first time in a few years, I bought and played with Magic cards. I didn’t just buy a few packs and a theme deck, no: I got myself a whole booster box of Gatecrashand Winston Drafted my Saturday night away with my buddy Dee. I had totally forgotten how much fun this game is, and now I’m considering getting back into the game. Should I, or should I not? This article is devoted to my temptation to dive back into this time-consuming, money-devouring game, so why don’t you read further and see what I’m looking for in Magic: the Gathering.

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Strange Sunday – Sidekicks & sponsored heroes

Lately, I’ve been watching a show I should have started watching some time ago: Young Justice. It’s all about those sidekicks of well-known DC heroes, working together as a team to prove their own heroic worth. It’s a cool concept, putting the spotlight on the number twos. It also got me thinking: why always play the big ones in games, when so much can be told from the point-of-view of the up-and-coming? That’s why I dedicate this week’s Strange Sunday to the sidekicks & sponsored heroes, showing you some cool themes that can be explored from their perspective!

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I didn’t want to write about this

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“Playstation 4 Concept Final” by Artificialproduction

No, I really did not. Actually, my plan was to write about Game of Thrones Ascent, the first Facebook game I bother with since that one where you run your own farm and annoy your friends with stupid requests. But I can’t. There are two reasons for that.

First of all, the current state of Ascent makes it nigh impossible to play. Loading times are bizarre, some of your clicks don’t register at all and it seems in general that this game should have stayed in Closed Beta for a few more weeks. But I don’t want to talk trash about it too much, because it might be all better in a few days. No, my second reason is far more important.

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Geek Jitsu – a word on supplements

When I ordered a new load of protein bars and powder this morning, an awful truth hit me totally unprepared: there are so many people out there that have a completely skewed view on nutritional supplements. This cannot stand, so I’m dedicating this week’s Geek Jitsu to them, including what they are and why they could help you!

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The other kind of experience

Gosh, my players love experience. Especially Dee, who is usually the first one to ask “So, how much XP do we get?” at the end of the session. I can’t blame him, though: getting those sweet points to turn into new, even sweeter points on your character sheet is one of the essential parts of our hobby, so it’s alright.

However, I don’t want to talk about experience points today, but about the other kind of experience. I’m talking about how the players actually experience a game, and remember some parts of a session even years later. This little essay will be about my experience with experience, inspired by this post over at The Pathfinder Chronicles.

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