Jul 18, 2019
In This Episode:
beforetime, the long, long ago (season 3), we covered tabletop
RPGs. It's 2019, things have changed somewhat, and we wanted to
revisit the topic.
Beej has taken up playing Dungeons & Dragons with a local
group, mainly with the Adventurer's
League. Basically, the AL is the Wizard's sanctioned D&D
league where rewards travel over between everywhere, and no matter
where you go, you can find a table to play at.
It's a really interesting idea, and it lets newcomers to the
game find a game immediately and anywhere. It sure helped Beej.
While Void hasn't really dug into playing tabletop RPGs again,
it's been on his mind a lot. He still listens to The Adventure Zone
podcast, and it makes him want to play more and more. And since his
kids are getting older, they can do more as a family. Which fits
directly in with how much he loves TAZ.
He mentions other actual-play
podcasts, and he recommends specifically Friends at the Table. Beej has
got to try this one sometime.
Scheduling is definitely the
hardest part of playing tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons.
Beej wants to play Star Wars: Edge of the Empire more, but the hard
part is finding time when everyone's schedules work
Void is trying to find the right
approach to playing tabletop RPGs with his kids. They've
made D&D characters and
have all the books needed to
get started. The trouble is taking that first step.
One word: intimidated. Two
words: intimated and overwhelmed. Okay, that's three, but you get
Void feels intimidated to start
because it requires energy and time that he's not sure he has
enough of right now.
For Beej, the whole thing is
kind of overwhelming. He has a lot of stuff going on with family
and friends this time of year, has a new foster doggo, so even
taking that one extra night for a few hours on a weekly basis is
hard to do.
The gaming itself is super fun,
though, and the state of tabletop RPGs has really never been
better. Someday, we'll get a chance to do that Geek to Geek
playcast that we've talked about for years.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
as good the second time. Less wow, but get to see a lot more of the nuance in
characters and hidden things.
the Spider-verse BluRay
as good as I remember
- Comparing it to Far From Home is Apples and
colors, oh the colors!
think my Halloween costume is going to be Janky Old Broke Hobo
- Spider-Man PS4
story is so good. I had forgotten how great the story was until I
costumes from Far From Home
wait for DLC
FFV FJF update
realized that I’m stalling out because in past years I played a lot
over my lunch breaks at work
not really taking lunch breaks right now, so… yeah. I’m
stalled. I typically work 10 hours without really taking a
much a mobile game
fall up instead of down, but outside of that… it’s basically Dr.
Luigi, Dr. Peach, Dr. Bowser, Medical Assistants like Goombas… I’m
feeling very suspect of these people being properly
- Stayability? Not really, I’m already done
puzzles feel really punitive after level 20 or so
feels like they made them in a way that almost requires items so
that you have to pay them more money to keep making
is the worst monetization I’ve ever seen in a Nintendo
- Started playing FFIX with my kids!
intro is really good and does a lot of interesting things with
jumping back and forth between characters while setting the scene
and telling an interesting story
definitely will be playing more of this with my kids
is still my favorite FF game
- Rougher around the edges than I
because it’s an asset reuse game?
also does some things with letting you choose the order you
experience the story which is interesting but might actually make a
we’ve come a long way with animation and VO since PS2
class & combat system is super interesting.
is the only reason I’m still playing around with FFX-2 and didn’t
hard bounce off of the game
maybe 2 hours into the game and have Gunner, Warrior, Thief,
Singer, festivalist?, Black Mage, and White Mage
- You’re constantly picking up more
dress sphere system for swapping jobs on the fly is so
- Garment grid lets you lay them out in different
- Example: think of a square with a node at each
corner. You can move along the lines of the square between
nodes (jobs) but you can’t jump from one corner to the other corner
without traveling through the in-between nodes
- That’s basically how garment grids work but
with lots of crazy shapes.
beaten this game once…
If I end up playing more of this game right now it will be for the
job system and combat system
will not be for the story
wanted to see if the storytelling, animation, and VO felt as rough
in FFX as it does in FFX-2.
doesn’t. FFX feels a lot better all around.
beat this game fairly recently so I’m probably not going to dig in
very deep right now, but I’m having fun playing through the
Phase 1 with the kids
Man 1 is one of the least kid-friendly MCU movies (skip the first
20-30 minutes until he’s leaving the cave)
1 was better than I remembered
first Avengers movie is still really good
kids are excited to watch all the MCU movies and
sounds like my wife might join us once we get past Winter
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