I just got my most recent issue of Dragon Magazine in the mail yesterday. Being the geek that I've been for the last 20 years, I immediately sat down to read it. My wife usually refers to this as the time in which I ignore her. I think of it more as keeping up on current events. The big news in this issue is the release of the new rules for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as the return to Greyhawk as TSR's default setting. The issue came with a Demo version of the new character generator for third edition on CD-ROM. I took the generator out for a spin, and liked it.
S. John Ross is proud to present the Blue Room Gamer Registry Form, a spiffy free (and tiny) file available at his website. Download it here. It's a 13k archive containing an Acrobat (version 4.0) file and a plaintext ReadMe file. Snag it, live it, love it, take it to your local retailer.
I really wanted to like this game. Really. I tried hard. But when 23 megs of the 27 meg download are two mpeg movies, I start to wonder. Much less the fact that the multiplayer aspect forced me to restart my computer (no "Exit", no "Return to Menu", no "Ctrl-Alt-Del"). And, wait, I can't walk backwards? Huh?
I still feel the dread every time I look down at my hand... the hand I now cover with my once proud tartan. I feel disgraced, stuck and struck with an object of ill desire. I wonder sometimes why my God has put me through this trial. I had always been faithful to you, my liege, and yet you leave me with this.
In a sense, the Rosebaon (pronounced "rose-bay-own") is a true rarity - a group of men, women, and creatures with the overwhelming desire to spread evil in all its natural glory. Naturally, groups like this don't last long - they can't trust each other with sharing world domination. Because of their ego and insane desire, they are relatively simple for PC's to pick off one by one. No more Evil Corporation, happy worlds once again, cue the sickly sweet music.
If you can get past the 11 Meg download, you'll have fun with this online RPG. Realms of Kaos is a mud ("multi-user dungeon"), in essense, with a flashy display. While the screen shots would indicate that it has a different picture for each "Square" you're on, the picture doesn't change until you enter a new zone.
Being bored and hunting for new games is not a healthy mix. Because inevitably, you're going to run across some turd that just rubs you the wrong way. Enter Canopia 3.20, a Direct3D game that instantly reminds me of BugRiders for PSX. Can it be ready for a commercial project in five months, as its creator hopes? Read more to find out...