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Guest Column: Roll the Dice and Be a Hero!

Many of us have taken various personality assessments from the Meyers-Briggs to the daily horoscope to Quizzilla’s “Which Firefly Character are You?” test. These allow us to pinpoint character strengths and weaknesses in ourselves. But results may vary.

Depending on the internet quiz, I’m Zoe, Snake Plissken, Han Solo, or Wile E. Coyote. More professional type assessments are often just as vague. This doesn’t really help me much. That’s why I think roll playing game companies should make personality assessment, based on various d20-type rules, where they take one’s personal attributes and career aptitudes and paint a more accurate picture than what we currently see with other tests.

This is what I rolled up so far, complete with Player’s Guide explanations:

Name: Clint
Character Name: Clinton A. Harris
Race: Human
Sex: Male
Class: Writer (Specialization: SF)
Level: 3 (Aspirant)
Armor Class: 8 (5 against Rejection and Criticism)

Strength: 12 (I should be working out more)
Dexterity: 13 (I can make coffee in my sleep without spilling!)
Constitution: 9 (I’m a cheap date, okay?!)
Intelligence: 15 (I’m no Cormac McCarthy, but I do okay)
Wisdom: 16 (You call it cynical, I call it “wise”)
Charisma: 14 (as a Writer, gain +2 with written word, suffer -3 in personal interaction)


Fallout 3 vs. Fable 2: Mutants, Marriage, Magic and Mutts

I think about the end of the world as we know it quite a bit.

Well, okay, usually I’m contemplating causing the end of the world as we know it by conquering said world with my robot army, but when I’m not doing that, I’m thinking about how it might otherwise end.

So I am totally loving Fallout 3, the new role playing videogame from Bethesda Softworks (the creators of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion).

But I also love freezing time and blasting my mortal enemies with spells of lightning and flame. And since I’ve found that doing so in real life tends to be frowned upon by the authorities, I am pleased to find I can do so in Fable 2, the cleverly named RPG sequel to Lionhead Studio’s Fable.

RPG fans like myself with limited time or limited budgets face a real dilemma, because these two new games came out at the end of October, just a week apart from each other. If you have to choose between the games, the decision may be made easier by the fact that Fable 2 is exclusive to the Xbox 360, whereas Fallout 3 is available on the 360, PS3 and PC as well.

But if platform is not a factor, which shiny new RPG should you get?


Five Reasons You Should Be Playing Fable 2

Released on October 21st this year, Fable 2 is the sequel to Fable, the many-time award winning video game designed by Peter Molyneux. Like many other fans of the first game, I was anxiously awaiting the release for Fable 2 after the success of Fable on the original Xbox, many avid RPG players were eager to see what the developers would do with the considerably more ramped-up power behind the 360. As far as I’m concerned, after a solid play-through, Fable 2 is an awesome game for anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre–or even just a damn good story. Here are my top five reasons you should be playing this game


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES Will Eat Your Life (But You Won’t Mind)

Tired of stock fantasy RPGs? Are you bored with stalwart heroes and one-dimensional sidekicks? Had enough of stat building as a substitute for character development? Are you gonna scream if you have to rescue one more #$%ing princess? Well, have I got a fantasy game for you. Persona 3 FES is the latest representative of […]


Gamer+Girl: How to Get Your Girlfriend into Gaming

1. Consider dating someone who is already a gamer

Seriously. If you have a strong interest in gaming (or anything else), doesn’t it make sense to pursue people with similar hobbies? One of the things that baffles me the most about the “How to Get Your Girlfriend into Gaming” lists is that they generally proceed from the assumption that “Your Girlfriend” not only doesn’t like any of the things you like, but might actually even hate them. Why would you date this person?

3. Don’t be an elitist jerk

I am saying this fondly as one geek to others: You know that thing you do where you show off how awesome you are to your friends by challenging them to provide the correct answers to (often very obscure) trivia questions? It’s not attractive.


Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom

I was around 8 years old when I got my first Nintendo.  Original Nintendo, thank you very much.  (And I still have it.)  Like most people who played the original console, I spent a lot of hours playing Mario Bros.  Down the years, as new consoles that were super and 64 bit and cube-shaped and […]


Guttersnipe: Girls Do Play D&D

I loved fantasy and adventure and brave heroes and cunning spies and noble Halflings. And yet, I didn’t play my first game of Dungeons & Dragons until I was 23.

Because D&D was for boys.

Really, that was it. I really didn’t get into the habit of questioning my own assumptions about what was and wasn’t for anyone until I hit my late teens.


Gamer+Girl: Boobs in the Tubes

If you follow video game news on the internet at all, you’re probably aware that gaming culture has something of a boob fixation. On the bulk of mainstream gaming blogs, discussion of characters’ breasts — and also those of players and game creators — is pretty much constant. But even amidst the eternal stream of “I’d hit that”s and “Top Ten Gaming Hotties” lists, there are always a few boob-related gaming news moments that really stand out…


Randym Thoughts: Is Our Nation Safe from Terrorists Trolls?

…if the government were to listen to most sci-fi television writers, then in the case of terrorist attack they’d either activate the nuclear self-destruct device, or attempt to reverse the polarity or shield harmonics of whatever thingymajiggy the terrorists use. Roll end credits.

But while we may be ready in actuality for the Andromeda Strain (as seen in the recently released mini-series), I’m pretty certain our government is completely unprepared for, say, attack by evil fairies…


An Atypical Princess: Ashelia B’Nargin Dalmasca

Female video game characters began as either the prize, the motive or the vixen, and then settled into supportive roles. Currently, video game ladies struggle to break free of the “hot and deadly” shell of a male audience. Princess Ashelia B’Nargin Dalmasca deviates from the stereotypical female role with her powerful personality and abilities in Final Fantasy XII and empowers females, gamers and characters alike.

Princesses in video games rarely appear without a typical entourage: gallant princes, castles and flowing dresses. Pursuing these princesses are devious, not-as-pretty women and arrogant, ill-intentioned men. FFXII’s Ashe does not carry such baggage; a refreshing and much needed change.