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  • The Fine Art of Bartering, 2008 Edition | StupidRanger.com
    me Not actually buying selling anything but discussing strategies and preferred decks I understand that M tG may be his braed and butter but still how hard would it have been to ask the other guy to step aside and ring me through the cash Todd Bradley permalink June 17 2008 I ve only had 2 game stores I d call local in the past 12 years One was a Wizards of the Coast outlet store which offered the same products you could buy online for the MSRP They offered no additional services and they went out of business The other was a small locally owned comic book and game store that offered great service including big tables in the back that anyone could reserve for gaming for free After the MTG craze blew over they found that they couldn t make rent selling comic books and games and so they went out of business too So I don t have any local game stores anymore and don t feel at all bad about buying all my games online Michael permalink June 17 2008 I have to admit I did feel a bit guilty about buying my copies of the new books via amazon I love my local game store Phantom of the Attic Games in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh but the nearly 50 discount offered by Amazon was just too sweet to pass up Unfortunately small local stores are unable to compete on media with the big box stores and internet giants Amazon is buying in such bulk that it makes sense for WOTC to cut them a deal They ll still make a good profit Amazon will be moving so many copies they can afford a smaller profit per item By being an online store they are also able to cut down on overheard staffing location costs etc They are able to turn around and pass those savings on to the consumer Since I m lucky enough to have a great game store in town I make sure to by my minis paints battle mats dice other accessories the occasional board game and the occasional manual in the store I plan on spending the 50 i saved specifically in the store Sal Manzo permalink June 17 2008 I m with Michael I couldn t pass up the discount compared to what my FLGS could offer Game Empire Pasadena CA but intend to offer them my cash for some of their higher margin stuff That said I m fortunate to have a few stores in my area I switched from m old store to GE because it was a nsFLGS GE is nice and bright with friendly staff and a decent selection of stuff plus a very nice used item area and significant gaming area My old store was grognard central with a better selection but indifferent staff and more claustrophobic feel My wife doesn t mind going to GE with me She would find something else to

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  • Hooray for our new Sanctuary! | StupidRanger.com
    local game shop is one of the few places we can find acceptance If you haven t been lately I encourage you to visit your local sanctuary and re acquaint yourself with the thrill of the shop And for those of you in Central Illinois I encourage you to visit the Gamers Sanctuary at 1618 Valle Vista in Pekin from game shop rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger 5 Responses leave one DNAphil permalink March 28 2008 Congrats on your new discovery Out here in Buffalo NY we have not had a new game store in some time A few years ago the local game store I went to closed down It was sad on many levels First I loved to walk through the store and browse the books Second I use to play Mage Knight and MechWarrior tournaments there And finally I envied the owner who for the time was living the dream running a game store as his job I miss the local game store Buying PDF s and ordering books online isn t the same as walking the isles of store and getting to flip though a book with your own hands or strike up a conversation with a fellow gamer Congrats again on your find and enjoy that store Give it good patronage and hopefully it will be around for a while Stupid Ranger permalink March 28 2008 I can commiserate with loss because nothing can ever replace the ability to browse books in a beloved store Here s to hoping someone will bring that dream back to life somewhere close by you Ed permalink March 31 2008 Wait you folks are based out of Pekin Sunnova I m originally from there and was actually in town last week And even stopped at the Gamer s Sanctuary to marvel

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  • Playroom Entertainment Games | StupidRanger.com
    deck wins the round Then everyone counts the cards they have in their hand multiplies them by two and subtracts that total from the number of cards they played on the piles The first person to 99 points wins The trick to Ligretto is being able to keep track of all the piles in play With four players we easily had 7 10 piles on which to play and trying to keep track of all of them is the key to winning So this game is great for those of us who can multitask and keep track of so many game elements all at once If you re the kind of person who is most comfortable focusing only on one element at a time this could be a frustrating game On the Double On the Double is still a fast paced card game but it differs from Ligretto in one key element On the Double plays on a single discard pile so there are few game elements to track The game begins by dealing the entire deck among all players Then the youngest person plays their top card to create the discard pile Each card has a split personality each side of the card has a color shape combination So you have two different shapes and two different colors on each card You can play a card if you can match either the shape or color on each half of the card to the card on the top of the discard pile If the top card is a yellow cross red diamond you need to find a card from your hand that is yellow and red or cross and diamond or yellow square and blue diamond or blue cross and red star or anything that would allow you to match

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  • Review: Blue Dragon Plus (Nintendo DS) | StupidRanger.com
    most notably Marumaro I think maybe I was expecting something else The screenshots I d seen made this look like a turn based strategy game like Final Fantasy Tactics It was a bit jarring at first when I discovered everything worked like that but in realtime I was having a lot of trouble figuring out how to keep track of my characters and make them move sensibly Admittedly it took some willpower to get me through those first few minutes And here s my advice about Blue Dragon Plus don t give up on it too easily A few battles later I d discovered the buttons that select all your characters and figured out how to work the camera There s also a very helpful map on your top screen if you can t find one of your guys The game isn t so much big on overt tutorials the ones it does give are a little confusing but what it is good at is putting you in situations where you learn the skills you need as you go For instance I got tossed into a really fun battle where four robots with different strengths and weaknesses attack all at once and that helped me learn the individual capabilities of my party members I was very pleased to see that there are things to do on the battlefield besides beat people up There are things on the battlefield to interact with that get used either in combat or as puzzles For instance I had to move one of my characters to a lever that controlled the flow of steam from a pipe and then use my other characters to goad a bad guy into the steam to disable him I really enjoyed that it sets this game apart in my mind from your standard FIGHT MAGIC HEAL dynamic used in so many RPGs over the years The story also started getting better as I got through the game a little I personally have trouble giving a crap about a story unless I get invested in the characters Let s just say until my robot friend is turned back from the dark side and we re playing awesome robo baseball back at the castle I won t be putting this game down anytime soon VISUALS 7 10 As I said before the characters seem a little kiddy at first but you get used to them fast Most everything is 2d sprites on top of 3d backgrounds which works really well on the DS I ve hated this before on larger screens because it looks weird but smaller it seems to blend well Nothing blew my socks off but it s a good looking game And if you re into cutscenes this game will NOT disappoint you MUSIC 8 10 It s Nobuo Uematsu Of course the music is good Prepare for it to be stuck firmly in your head GAMEPLAY 8 10 High learning curve at first almost frustrating enough to

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  • gencon 2010 | StupidRanger.com
    0 8 4 10 StupidRanger does GenCon 2 7 12 10 Roleplaying Therapy for the Severely Disturbed with Stupidranger com Newer Entries Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character

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  • The Fabulousity of Familiars | StupidRanger.com
    it is subject to being attacked which means it won t live long with its 1 hit point Fortunately if your Familiar dies it will reappear after a short rest or extended rest Familiars will also grant you bonuses depending on what kind of Familiar you have The list of Familiars is on pages 140 and 141 in Arcane Power and each Familiar has unique properties such as bonuses to skill checks and bonus languages Familiars Should Be Special Familiars are fun but they should also fit your character So if the standard list of Familiars just doesn t have something to strike your interest work with your DM to find something perfect For instance while looking for a Familiar for Eaerenel my fiery wizard the options on the list just didn t suit her Dante I came up with a great compromise We took elements from the Dragonling and the Falcon added a little twist and suddenly we had a Phoenix Even if you don t want to develop something different I still recommend working with your DM to make the introduction of your Familiar something special Instead of just suddenly popping into existence Dante I worked out that my Phoenix would emerge from the ashes of the campfire in the middle of the night You are using a feat to gain a Familiar it should be something pretty special So don t hesitate to involve your DM in your decision to add that extra something to make your Familiar extra Fabulous from 4e player tips rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger 2 Responses leave one Saragon permalink July 1 2009 If I remember my readthrough of Arcane Power they specifically say that the appearance of one s familiar should be customized to your character Which makes a lot of sense given

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  • Rituals in Roleplaying | StupidRanger.com
    time there is combat In character rituals are a little harder to identify as they are generally subjective One that comes to mind stems from both parts of our last big campaign Various characters had their rituals to follow whenever the party arrived in a new town Nathanial the goblin turned human paladin of Horus Re would visit the local temple and clean it Batloaf the Rock bard extraordinaire would scope out the population of available women and select his partner s for the evening I won t share with you the specifics of this ritual so as to keep this post family friendly My character Ari didn t really have any specific pattern of behavior to follow when arriving in town I realize after the fact that this is one of the components of roleplaying that I neglected with this character I was vaguely uneasy when reaching a new town as it seemed that most other characters had something to do and Ari didn t really have a ritual to follow In a fluff heavy group not having something fluffy to do made it a little less fun It s easy to say that the solution in this case would be to find something to do but that may be difficult to accomplish depending on the character s personality So unsatisfyingly I don t really have an answer for this But I would recommend that if you are involved in a fluffy campaign take some extra time between sessions to consider your backstory because it s a fluffy campaign and I know you have a backstory Is there something there that your character could use to fill those empty hours in town Maybe you could write letters home or update your adventuring journal these two options don t require

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  • Rhetorical tropes on being a Player Character | StupidRanger.com
    focusing on only one character s development storylinee passions and needs Instead of painting in broad strokes you get to paint in fine details It s D D pointalism people To me part of the fun of being a player is obsessing about and exploring the fine details of this character whose actions I get to guide for awhile Learning to love those details is the path toward enjoyment of being a player again Get yourself a big bag of contentment max load 50 lbs Just as in life we suffer from the ability to always want what we don t have Another key to becoming a player again is learning to be content with the pacing of the campaign and the treasure spells abilities random miscellanea that you have been dealt Feeling confined is natural when you re used to calling all of the shots You the person not the character can make the choice to be pleased with your cozy new niche or you can be frustrated by the perceived restraints as Phil so articulately phrased it The choice as they say is yours and yours alone Make the most of it Special thanks go to Phil for inspiring this post and to Mad Brew Labs for accurately guessing The Simpsons episode El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer that I was referencing yesterday Thanks guys Adventuring Shoes are magical shoes that appear tattered and worn and grant a 5 bonus on all Perform checks when telling adventuring stories from Dante player tips rpgbloggers One Response leave one bbrandt permalink August 8 2008 That s a great one massively multithreaded player I have just been lured back in to RPGs after a 22 year absence by a friend starting up a 4e campaign I primarily used to GM and

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