Sunday, October 28, 2007

News Coming Soon

Sorry for the long absence. News on the 4th.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Here's a board game combination that I'm not sure we'll ever see again.


Thanks to Erik Yaple for the link.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Guitar Hero II

Not only am I way behind on writing up games, posting on my blog, and in general getting any sort of work done... I am also way behind on cool video games.

Guitar Hero II has been in my possession for one month and I am in love.


Everyone already knows and plays it tirelessly. I get it.

I'm only just now mastering Medium (I may not bother with Hard and Expert).

But man, am I having a blast with this game.

Hanger 18 (of course) is my favorite song ... and solo 8 is my favorite part of the song. YYZ is also awesome, and well as half the songs in there. And I have somethat I hate, but that's to be expected when there are 48 songs from all walks of "rock."

And Guitar Hero III is just around the corner.


Here's my list of song suggestions for GH4. Feel free to add your own.

AC/DC Hells Bells or Back in Black
Bad Brains (anything)
Black Flag (cripes. greg ginn is amazing. pick something.)
Chet Atkins *considered the greatest country guitar player of all time
Circle Jerks (anything)
Dead Kennedies (i'm partial to Banzai trees, but everyone loves Holiday in Cambodia.)
Deep Purple (anything)
DRI (anything)
Dream Theater (anything. most definitely for the best players of the game.)
Eric Clapton (anything)
Fastway (something off their first album)
Fates Warning Fata Morgana
Foghat Feel Like Makin' Love
Foo Fighters My Hero or One by One
Great White (something off their first album)
Husker Du Broken Home, Broken Heart
Iron Maiden Where Eagles Dare or Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Judas Priest Demonizer or Painkiller (super difficult)
Kiss Detroit Rock City
Krokus Headhunter
Limp Bizkit (not a fan, but I recognize that his songs are fast)
Lynkyn Park (one of their faster songs, but nothing new)
MC5 Kick out the Jams
Megadeth Holy Wars... the Punishment Due or Wake Up Dead
Metal Church Rest in Pieces
Metallica Creeping Death
Ministry (anything)
Molly Hatchet (anything)
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Nirvana (the obvious choice)
Pantera (anything)
Pennywise Alien or F**k Authority
Peter Frampton (how is he not in this game? the same goes for jeff beck and stevie ray vaughn)
Prince When Doves Cry (oh please. you know that ending rocks.)
Queen Stone Cold Crazy
Queensryche Queen of the Ryche
Quiet Riot Metal Health (i hate this song, but someone somewhere likes it)
Rammstein (pick one)
Ramones (again. how was this missed.)
Ratt Round and Round (Warren DiMartini is an incredible guitarist... just watch his fingers)
Rush Freewill or Limelight
Sammy Hager Heavy Metal
Saxon Crusader
Scorpions Coast to Coast or The Zoo
Slayer Reign in Blood
Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
Styx (anything)
Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever, Stranglehold, or Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
Tool (anything, particularly The Pot, Jambi, Bottom, The Grudge, Eulogy or 46 and 2)
Triumph All the Way (for one of the easier levels)
Van Halen Panama
Whitesnake Still of the Night
ZZTop Tush

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Coil Magic

Since COIL will not be a d20 product when I release it, I am brainstorming magic system ideas.

At present, I have a dice mechanic that supports five, at tops six, different magic styles.

In order to capture the level of fear and trepidation in the game I am thinking that Divination Magic is prevalent and the easiest magic to cast. It is everywhere in the city and allows people to watch everyone's movement.

Wards are also everywhere (a second kind of magic).

Enchantments are a useful tool of the "church" and internal negotiations of the guilds.

Lightning is the offensive magic of the realm, used to keep others in line. The guilds have learned to shape it as well, creating walls of lightning. Because the city would be ravaged by fire, magical fire is outlawed and punished by death.

Finally, there is shadow magic, guarded and protected from other "lower" classes of mages. It is a tool of assassins and mages that come into the homes of those who oppose the state.

Comments? Suggestions?