Alright time for the monthly State of the Nerd post!  Look, I am actually doing a second post about this topic wee! With it being the holiday season and the family issues on both my side and my wife’s side of the family (personal stuff, not effecting us directly, but we gotta help out) I am going to be even more busy then usual on top of my usual madness.  GOOD TIMES INDEED.
So let’s dive right into how things have been going!

TABLETOP

In the tabletop world I am hoping to finally spend 12/3 Sunday recording, editing, and uploading my Heralds Savage World Setting book review.  I cannot keep putting it off, and I am feeling up to doing a video so that should be fun.  I also might do a video on the Pugmire Core Rulebook as well since I have read that and could review it.  Even though I won’t be playing Pugmire or Streaming it for a while (because again, family matters).

I also was able to pick up the Indie Bundle of Holding. I got the Max Tier of that one, and got 6 games. Honestly, 3 of em are horror themed and not my jam, but the other three I absolutely want to read: Spire, Tiny Dungeons 2e, and Dusk City Outlaws.  I actually have read most of the Tiny Dungeon 2e Core Rulebook (I am in the Microsettings section) and honestly I have fallen in love with the Tiny d6 system.  It’s easy to understand, superfast to run, and the way characters are built is excellent. They use a trait system rather than stats, so instead of having a 12 Strength you could have the “Athletic” trait, which would give ya a bonus.  Supposedly at some point Gallant Knight Games will be sending me a goodie box full of Tiny D6 stuff (no idea what) and once I get that I am probably going to go over the contents of the box and do some videos / posts about the stuff within.  Whenever it is they manage to get it out.  Again, Holiday Season.  It’s a mess right now over here.

Also the day I am writing this is the day Pax Unplugged has kicked off.  By the time most of you read this, Pax will be over. I wonder what news and exciting things are going to come out of the convention, what treasures and cool pictures and new games to get excited over.

I mention this because you might have seen me talk about my change in Tabletop “tastes” on twitter. I realized that the crunchier, prep heavy games like Dungeons and Dragons 5E and the like are becoming less and less appealing to me as a GM.  I don’t want to spend even 2 hours writing up dungeons, balancing encounters and treasures, and all that jazz.  I am much more comfy doing Improv styled GMing, working off what my players want to do.  DND 5e CAN do that, and I have done that, buts its much harder to manage and requires a lot of tools and books (like books of Encounters) to make it run smoothly.  I mean, Sly Flourish has an entire book called the Lazy GMs Guide whose sole purpose is to lower your prep time for 5E!  Other systems do not require this.

After reading Tiny Dungeons 2E it hit me that the kind of game I like is more Crunchy then say FATE, but less than 5E.  Stuff like Tiny Dungeons, or Michtim, or Savage Worlds.  Things that are rules lite but still have SOME Crunch to them, and are easily moddable. I mean, I can come up with custom baddies in all three of those systems in moments, making Improv super easy. Do I need a bandit for example?

  • Michtim: He has 5 wounds, a 3 in Anger, 3 Fear, 3 Grief, 2 Joy, 1 Love. Can make 2 ANGER actions a round and move.
  • Savage Worlds: Not a wild card, D6 Fighting, D6 Str. 4 Parry. Uses a long sword, does STR+1d6 damage.  Notice d4
  • Tiny Dungoens 2e: 4 HP, Carries a Heavy Weapon, is Athletic and Perceptive.

Those are all valid enemies in those systems, and I just made them up typing this out.  I can’t really do that in 5e.  This is why all those tools exist FOR 5E and games like it.

So expect to see a focus on more indie games, more small games, and lighter games from me. Pugmire is most likely going to be the last 5e based game I run for a long time. It’s not a bad game, by any means! It’s just not what I am after much anymore.

Finally, Patrons should expect a Tiny Dungeons 2e One Shot in January.  And I might switch to the Tiny D6 games for the Gen Con 2019 games that I run (the 2 of em) instead of Savage Worlds.  Yes, I like the Tiny d6 stuff THAT MUCH.

STREAMING

I haven’t been able to stream much.  Either been too tired, or too busy to really get to it. I did manage to stream a bit of Hellgate London and The Secret World Legends recently.  My current plan for the Mass Effect Trilogy Run is to start that in January after the Holidays. I don’t want to get into that and not be able to do it fairly consistently.  As mentioned above, I am hoping to have a Tiny Dungeons 2e One shot (or several) starting in January as well.  Once things settle down a bit.  I might do some Grim Dawn when I have time, or something along those lines. A good mindless Grinder game so I can chat with my viewers.  And Speaking of Games!

VIDEO GAMES

I have gotten ahold of, and started playing, a couple of different games in different genres.  I am still working, slowly, on Final Fantasy 9 and Dot Hack GU Recode.  I play them when I am in the mood for some hot JRPG action.  However, I am starting to get my Anime Game fix from another game that I am actually playing with my wife: SoulWorkers.

SoulWorkers is a Korean MMO Dungeon Grinder Action Beat em Up RPG.  Yes it’s a mouthful.  Its free to play and on Steam, with all the wonderfully grindy time wasting shit that it comes with.  Hell it even has an Energy System to limit play!  But its actually a ton of fun to play and feels very Dynasty Warriors.  You basically spend time in small dungeons made up of themed rooms, killing hordes of bad guys and then a boss at the end.  You get loot which you can sell or break down (for crafting) there is some HIGHLY EXPENSIVE Player Housing (holy shit the gold cost for items is obscene) and character customization is kind of…non-existent.  You are playing a CHARACTER like a JRPG, with a story and personality to them, rather than a blank slate like in most Western games. My wife is playing, no joke, a guitar wielding demon dog summoning Loli (Little Girl) who is obsessed with eating and biscuits. I chose the girl who wields a Scythe and she is literally insane. She goes from Tsundere Proper Lady to ABSOLUTE BONKERS in seconds! She actually said during a mission, quote “AHAHAHAHAHA I WILL KILL THEM ALL!” followed by “COME INTO THE BALLROOM!” like WUT.  I might see if my wife wants to stream it with me one night so you all can see it dear readers.  Its wild.  And if I have already streamed it by the time you read this, well there ya go.  You will have gotten to see the wild gameplay of this brawler haha.

I also, at my wife’s urging, got Fallout 76 so I could eventually play with our friends Kraven Gaming and Saevrick.  I haven’t had much time to play Fallout 76 to be honest, and when I do I…get kinda frustrated.  Each time I pick it up I find something I enjoy…and something that irritates me.  For example, I love the crafting system, but hate the weight limits! I want to scour and scavenge and collect things so I can make cool shit, but instead find myself leaving a lot of loot behind because I can’t carry it…and if you go over limit your AP drains when moving AND YOU CANNOT FAST TRAVEL.  Given how big the damn game world is that’s a nightmare.  I have also had issues involving the damn latency of the game.  It’s always online, and data has to be transmitted right?  Well I have had, no joke, multiple instances of the game taking 5-10 seconds to register damage on the enemy, but they hit me just fine. I shot a ghoul who had almost no health point blank with my shotgun.  He ignored the hit, ran up to me, hit me, and ONLY THEN died to the shot I fired moments prior.  Stuff like that has to be fixed.  Once a few patches are in I see myself coming back and really digging in because it’s basically Fallout 4, only with some Multiplayer and in a MASSIVE world.  Although at times I am not sure the game knows what it wants to be.  It’s hard to explain.  And I personally don’t mind the lack of human NPCs at all.

Additionally I finally installed Grim Dawn the Action RPG (with its DLC Expansion) and started trying that out.  I tried the game when it first game out but was rather burned out on ARPGs at the time, so never really did much to grab me.  I am playing it now as a Necromancer / Shaman and its pretty damn fun. Inventory management is key, just like the old Diablo 2 days, which doesn’t bother me, and the fact that I can run around with 4 skelebros and a big ass Axe hitting things makes me giggle.  I love the Theme though so far, although I just got access to the first town and cleared out the sewers to fix their water source.  When I looked at the world map though I admit my eyes bugged out a bit cause HOLY SHIT is Grim Dawn a huge farking world.  I definitely want to play more of this though, so that’s always a good sign! Gotta get my Skelebro army up and running.

Finally I did manage to pick up two games on Black Friday, both for my New 2DS XL.  One was Persona Q Shadow of the Labrynth for $10 and the other was Blaster Master DX for $5 via the EShop.  Blaster Master was just for me (I loved the game on the NES) and this is the remake, so its prettied up but still the same game.  Persona Q is really my only way to experience Persona right now since I dont have a PS4 and thus cannot play Persona 3, 4, or 5.  And yes, I already played 4 to completion and loved it.  I am considering down the road, after Gen Con, maybe doing a Ko Fi campaign to get a PS4 so I can finally play some of the exclusive JRPGs.  Thats assuming Persona 5 does not come to PC (come on papa Sega give it to me)

Oh, and as much as I like Hellgate London and am happy to see it back?  Its apparently optimized EVEN WORSE than it used to be, to the point where my stupid computer that can run Dragon Age Inquisition, AC Odyssey, Fallout 76 and more HAS ISSUES WITH INSANE FPS DROPS IN HELLGATE!  I mean, we are talking SLIDESLOW 1 FPS LEVELS HERE.  It’s insane.  Sooo yea, avoid Hellgate London’s release on steam for a while, it’s kind of hot garbage right now.  I wish it wasn’t the case but it’s a mess.

Finally I am still messing around with Hyrule Warriors Legends when I am in the mood (but SoulWorkers is scratching THIS itch as well) and also Rune Factory 4 when I want a good farming sim.  Secret World Legends is going to be saved for Streams when I want something that doesn’t take too much effort to play.  It’s an easy MMO now to be perfectly honest.  Hell I did the first dungeon live on Stream and basically was the tank…as a character with a healer and DPS weapon setup!

Oh and I am back to playing Final Fantasy Brave Exivus and Siralim 3 on my phone as well.  What can I say, I am a sucker for FFBE.  And Siralim 3 is just an awesome indie monster catching dungeon crawler (and its $5 on IOS and Android!)

So there you have it.  The State of the Nerd as of this month, December 2018!  How are things looking in your life?  What have you been up to?  Leave a comment below and let me know, and always Stay Nerdy my friends and have a great Holiday where ever you happen to be!

State of the Nerd: December 2018
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