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Paragon: Looks Kind of Boring

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I just finished watching a video released by MMOBomb.com featuring some gameplay from Paragon, a game currently in development. I was left with mixed feelings about it, and I wanted to discuss them here. The footage I saw didn’t get me excited for the game’s release, nor was I entirely put off by what I saw. I’m at that level where I think the game needs A LOT of work before the developers launch it. In today’s post, I want to discuss why I was left with the impression that Paragon looks kind of boring.

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RM Project: All of the Revamp

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It has been almost two months since my last RM Project post. In the previous post, I discussed some changes I intended to make to how I would use the equipment feature in RPG Maker VX Ace. At the end of the post, I revealed I had purchased RPG Maker MV after wrestling with the idea of avoiding it completely. Since then, I have been reworking the ideas I had planned for my VX Ace project to make better use of the tools available in MV (specifically the Yanfly Plugins). In today’s post, I will discuss some of the ideas I have been playing with.

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My WoW Clone: Level Cap (Part 1)

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When an expansion is announced for an MMORPG, it is common for one of the highlighted changes to be an increased level cap. This is often coupled with the release of new zones where players can acquire the experience to reach the new level cap, and new max level content. For most people, this brings joy and excitement. After playing through two World of Warcraft expansions (and part of a third), I find the value of a level cap increase to be worth nothing. In today’s post, I will explain my disdain for increased level caps, and next week I will divulge how My WoW Clone would differ in this regard.

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I’ve Been Playing Creativerse

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About a week ago (or so), my buddy Groupy introduced me to a game that was free on Steam. When I installed the game, I wasn’t expecting to be surprised because it just looked like another Minecraft-like game. Little did I know I would already have a fort/castle built near where I initially spawned, and dozens of crafting materials stockpiled after only 27-ish hours of playing. I’ve had fun with Minecraft, and I’m having fun with this new game. Today, I will discuss some of the things I have learned about the game I’ve been playing, and how it differs from its predecessor.

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My WoW Clone: Shadow Priest (WoW)

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Today, I thought I would showcase one of the most important facets of the My WoW Clone project. This is the portion of the project that I am most excited about, because it requires the most creative thought. It is also one of the most challenging, because it involves taking a class that exists and doing something different with it. This could be mechanically, thematically, etc. In this post, I will be introducing the My WoW Clone version of World of Warcraft’s Shadow Priest.

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Crowfall: Skills that Pay the Bills

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If you have not yet heard, it turns out Crowfall will have a metric shit-ton of skills available at launch. ArtCraft Entertainment recently released the information about this portion of their game, and there is a lot to take in at once. You can also find an interview with J. Todd Coleman on MMORPG.com that was released earlier in the week. Most of the information from the interview can be found in the Skills FAQ on the Crowfall site, but there was an image from MMORPG’s post that caught my eye. In today’s post, I will discuss what I have learned about the skills system, and how I believe it might affect the game in the long term.

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My WoW Clone: Introduction

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Today marks the start of a new blog series! In this series, I will embark on a journey to concept an imaginary MMORPG that follows in the footsteps of RIFT and Star Wars: The Old Republic. This journey will be filled with a lack of original thought, a lack of imagination, and a rabid need to imitate everything that the most popular MMORPG has done since its release. I will go against everything that I stand for to concept a game without action combat, that focuses on Raid progression, and boasts the gear treadmill as its primary source of content. Join me as I endeavor to create my very own World of Warcraft clone.

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Build a Hero: WoW Warlock for HotS

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Heroes of the Storm has been releasing new characters at quite the rapid rate since going live (as in not in beta). I haven’t played it as much since it went live, but I have kept up with the updates primarily through videos on YouTube (see MFPallyTime). For this post, I thought it would be fun to do something creative. I want to create a concept for a new Hero based on a class I enjoyed when I played World of Warcraft. Today, let’s imagine what it would be like to play a Warlock in Heroes of the Storm.

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The Fault in Our PlayStation All-Stars

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I can recall my excitement following the announcement of PlayStation All-Stars. I had been a huge fan of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series (I still am), and played a metric crap load of each title that had been released. For several years before the game’s announcement, I believed Sony would be capable of creating a game similar to Super Smash Bros. due to the PlayStation’s collection of memorable characters. Learning that this idea I had in my head was actually happening made me really hopeful for the possibilities. The resulting title PlayStation gave to its fans was great — until you started to see the faults in its design.

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RM Project: Iteration of Itemization

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Over the holiday break, I did some quick number crunching for my RM Project. I wanted to know precisely how many armor items I would need to create to fully realize the itemization system I had intended to use. Keep in mind, since I am using RPG Maker VX Ace, I need to stay within the 999 item limit. This wouldn’t be so bad if the database information for the Armors tab didn’t consist of items from four different equipment slots. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for more modern item systems.

I will let you know that the results were not encouraging. Due to the aforementioned item limit, my initial design would not have worked. In order to complete the full list of items, I would require at least double the space that RPG Maker VX Ace affords, if not more. While I didn’t expect to be able to use my initial design, I was still surprised by how much I would have to do. I was not surprised by RMVX Ace’s inability to support it.

I was forced to rethink the system as a whole. I took what I already had and chopped it into pieces. I created a new assortment of equipment slots, a new system of organizing the bonuses from equipment, and removed shields as a standalone item (more on the last bit later). Today, I will do a quick overview of how I organized the original equipment slots and itemization features I had planned to use. Then, I will discuss the new system that was created from the ashes of the previous one. This may get a bit technical at points, but I will attempt to speak plainly, for both our sakes (lawls).

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