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Carcassonne

Published on March 30th, 2009 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Sierra Online ESRB Rating: Everyone Genre: Turn Based Strategy Platform: Xbox 360 (arcade) Publisher: Sierra Online Release Date: 6/27/2007 What is Carcassonne? Carcassonne is the video game adaptation of a German board game in which [&hellip... Read More


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Chromehounds

Published on February 18th, 2009 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: From Software ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: Mech Simulation Platform: Xbox 360 Publisher: Sega Release Date: 7/11/2006 What is Chromehounds? Chromehounds is a mech shooter/sim in which you pilot a HOUND (it’s a mech but they [&hellip... Read More


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Fallout 3

Published on February 10th, 2009 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Bethesda Softworks ESRB Rating: Mature Genre: Role Playing Game Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Publisher: Bethesda Softworks (Zenimax Media) Release Date: 10/28/2008 What is Fallout 3? The Fallout series deals with an interesting parallel universe [&hellip... Read More


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Mass Effect

Published on January 7th, 2009 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Bioware ESRB Rating: Mature Genre: Role Playing Game Platform: PC, Xbox 360 Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Release Date: 11/20/2007 What is Mass Effect? I’m sure one day at Bioware someone was thinking, “What if we [&hellip... Read More


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King’s Bounty: The Legend

Published on November 12th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Katauri ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: RPG Platform: PC Publisher: 1C Publishing, Atari Release Date: 9/23/2008 King’s Bounty No Losses Guide What is King’s Bounty: The Legend? King’s Bounty is a remake of an old classic [&hellip... Read More


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Rondo of Swords

Published on April 21st, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Success ESRB Rating: Everyone Genre: Strategy RPG Platform: Nintendo DS Publisher: Atlus Co. Release Date: 4/15/2008 What is Rondo of Swords? Rondo of Swords is a strategy role playing game (SRPG) that attempts to defy [&hellip... Read More


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Riviera: The Promised Land

Published on April 14th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Sting ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: RPG Platform: GBA, PSP Publisher: Atlus Release Date: 6/28/2005 What is Riviera: The Promised Land? Riviera is a role playing game based (very) loosely on Norse mythology in which your [&hellip... Read More


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Sins of a Solar Empire

Published on April 1st, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Ironclad ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: Real Time Strategy Platform: PC Publisher: Stardock Release Date: 2/14/2008 What is Sins of a Solar Empire? Sins of a Solar Empire is one of the most misadvertised games in [&hellip... Read More


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Yggdra Union

Published on March 27th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Sting ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: Strategy Role Playing Game Platform: GBA, PSP Publisher: Atlus Release Date: 11/26/2006 What is Yggdra Union? Technically Yggdra Union is a strategy role playing game. But it’s not like any [&hellip... Read More


Game Research

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Know Your Undead

Published on March 11th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

The undead are a staple of most modern games. Whether they consist of hordes of mindless zombies or a solitary yet potent lich, the undead fit perfectly with almost any storyline or location. And why wouldn’t [&hellip... Read More


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Final Fantasy X

Published on February 25th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Square Enix ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: Role Playing Game Platform: Playstation 2 Publisher: Square EA Release Date: 7/19/2001 What is Final Fantasy X? FFX is the first Final Fantasy title to be released for the [&hellip... Read More


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Galactic Civilizations II: Gold

Published on January 28th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Stardock ESRB Rating: Everyone Genre: Turn Based Strategy Platform: PC Publisher: Stardock Release Date: 2/12/2007 What is Galactic Civilizations II: Gold? GC2: Gold is a compilation of Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords and the expansion [&hellip... Read More


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Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

Published on January 28th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Stardock ESRB Rating: Everyone Genre: Turn Based Strategy Platform: PC Publisher: Stardock Release Date: 2/14/2007 What is Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar? Galaxies don’t conquer themselves, they need your help. Dark Avatar is the first [&hellip... Read More


White Collar Slavery

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Double Income

Published on January 9th, 2008 | by Matt Haberfeld

One of the hidden benefits of white collar work that goes largely unused by most employees is insider information. As an expert in your field or just someone with exposure to detailed experience about a company [&hellip... Read More


Game Design

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Designing Realistic Loot

Published on December 19th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

If you’ve played any RPGs since Diablo came out in 1998, then you’ve probably had some exposure to modern loot distribution systems. They are very sophisticated, and for the most part ensure that a wide variety [&hellip... Read More


Guide

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How to Run a Successful Guild

Published on December 11th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Player run guilds are pretty much a staple of every modern MMO. They are both social clubs and places to recruit talent into your party to go adventuring. A guild is designed so that individual players [&hellip... Read More


Game Research

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Final Fantasy XII

Published on December 10th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Square Enix ESRB Rating: Teen Genre: Role Playing Game Platform: PS2 Publisher: Square Enix Release Date: 10/31/2006 What is Final Fantasy XII? Final Fantasy XII in many ways represents a departure from the traditional Final [&hellip... Read More


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Battle for Wesnoth

Published on November 2nd, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Genre: Turn Based Strategy Platform: PC Download this game for free What is Battle for Wesnoth Battle for Wesnoth is a free fantasy turn based strategy game. Players recruit units from castles and can take over [&hellip... Read More


Game Design

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SRPG Combat Engines

Published on October 26th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

SRPG stands for “Strategy Role Playing Game” and it is a relatively new term for a very old gaming concept. I’m glad someone finally came up with an industry acceptable name, I have been calling them [&hellip... Read More


Game Design

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Integrated Gaming

Published on October 26th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Integrated gaming is the ultimate pipe dream for everyone who plays video games. It is the idea of taking several games and linking them together either directly or indirectly to create a more immersive experience. It’s [&hellip... Read More


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Incursion

Published on October 22nd, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Developer: Julian Mensch ESRB Rating: Not Rated (Fantasy Violence and Themes) Genre: Role Playing Game Platform: PC Download this game What is Incursion? Incursion is a CRPG (computer role playing game), similar to Nethack, ADOM and [&hellip... Read More


Game Research

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Character Class Origins: Warlock

Published on October 4th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Assassin | Cleric | Necromancer | Paladin | Ranger | Warlock Warlock The warlock is the male form of a witch, and the word can be translated as “oath breaker”. Warlocks practice sorcery, so in effect [&hellip... Read More


Game Research

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Character Class Origins: Ranger

Published on October 4th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Assassin | Cleric | Necromancer | Paladin | Ranger | Warlock Ranger Historically the term ranger represents a man who protects a given territory, like a warden. Park rangers and the Texas Rangers maintain the original [&hellip... Read More


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Character Class Origins: Paladin

Published on October 4th, 2007 | by Matt Haberfeld

Assassin | Cleric | Necromancer | Paladin | Ranger | Warlock Paladin The term paladin evokes images of a holy knight, someone who is both powerful and pious, a soldier and a defender of the faith. [&hellip... Read More


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