This week the boys, together once again, like the Ghostbusters or some kind of fantastic team (Fred would be Sue, James would be the Thing, Nate would be Johnny, and Ray would be Richard in the second scenario), kick it off like always with “What did you play this week?” Ray, James, Nate, and Jen kicked off their Shadowrun campaign with Fred at the helm. On a more personal level, Ray continues to be consumed by the all powerful Marvel Heroes, but managed to take a break to watch the new Captain America and Arkham Knight trailers. The conversation went completely off rails as Nate once again aired his hesitations about Chris Evans in the role of Cap. Valid points are made all around, and eventually the conversation gets back on track. Everyone is understandably excited about Batman, which Rocksteady is taking over once again. Ray also wanted to mention that he will be running a GM workshop with James and Jack at War and Pieces this Sunday the 9th, so please try to make it out if you need advice be you fresh blood or old hat.
James is starting up his much loved Deadlands campaign, and taking his players back to the weird west and all that entails. He also talked about Person of Interest on CBS, a show about preventing crime before it happens, while never really knowing the full story before going in. Fred had a busy week getting back into Diablo 3 with the new patch, the rogue-like action platformer Rogue Legacy, Gunman Clive, and preparing his Shadowrun campaign for everyone else. We also wanted to take the opportunity to give a shout out to one of our favorite pieces of software Hero Lab, a great tool for RPG’ers for character creation. Please check them out and wonder what you ever did without this awesome program. Nate played the super affordable One Finger Death Punch, which is a two-button kung fu indie title that can only be described as insane. He and Fred also played the new DLC for Shadowrun Returns, called Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall (that IP keeps coming up this week…) and both find it to be even better than the original campaign (which was still fantastic) in every respect. Seriously, go get it; it’s just that awesome.
Nate brings up a topic he’s been neglecting for too long in the form of Twitch Plays Pokemon. This internet phenomenon is a social experiment of sorts where people have managed to successfully complete Pokemon Red using communal chat commands to guide the character. It is one of the most insane things ever, and yet still super fascinating. The boys then toss about what other games they’d like to see done in a similar style, naming games like Contra, Punch Out, Metroid, and many others. The frustration mentioned in these endeavors segues nicely into the topic of frustrating game mechanics. Ray hates mass combat; James hates percentile dice; Nate hates grappling, and Fred has unhappy memories with the Palladium system. Somewhere in middle of this conversation Nate comes to grips with the fact that Matthew McConaughey is now a serious actor, he finds this to just be “alright alright.”