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#1 Posted by bawalo (62 posts) -

I honestly don't think I've ever been more excited about a GB feature. That being said, if this ends up being a recurring show, what would you like to see the GB crew tackle?

#2 Edited by Confirm4Crit (138 posts) -

Pathfinder? Pathfinder?

sweet jesus this will be beautiful

I would love to see some intense board games. The Doom board game is great.

#3 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5272 posts) -

Yeah, I'm real excited too. Can't wait for next thursday!

#4 Posted by csl316 (8189 posts) -

I missed something, what the hell is happening??

#5 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 posts) -

@csl316: MTV is going to be airing a live Giant Bomb acoustic show.

#6 Edited by ArbitraryWater (11501 posts) -

The idea of watching them try to play Pathfinder sounds amazing.

#7 Edited by csl316 (8189 posts) -
#8 Edited by smokeyd123 (326 posts) -

Dear god. THIS IS GOING TO BE GLORIOUS. Anybody have any early guesses on which classes the bomb squad members will roll up?

#9 Posted by Mento (2444 posts) -

I suspect (and hope) it becomes something like the Fortune Street TNT: a long yet engrossing few hours.

I didn't learn much in my brief stint as a professional game designer, but I was taught that playing board/card games and understanding why they were fun was of paramount importance for a game designer in any field. Comparatively speaking, board games generally don't have all the bells and whistles of a video game and therefore must rely on tight design in order to be successful. I hope it's an enlightening experience for them, as well as hilarious for us.

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#10 Posted by climax (63 posts) -

I'm so damn excited! I can't wait to see who plays what and how deep they RP.

#11 Posted by Turambar (6677 posts) -

@mento said:

I suspect (and hope) it becomes something like the Fortune Street TNT: a long yet engrossing few hours.

I didn't learn much in my brief stint as a professional game designer, but I was taught that playing board/card games and understanding why they were fun was of paramount importance for a game designer in any field. Comparatively speaking, board games generally don't have all the bells and whistles of a video game and therefore must rely on tight design in order to be successful. I hope it's an enlightening experience for them, as well as hilarious for us.

Pretty much described in this Extra Credits episode as well.

#12 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

Awesome. Hopefully it's a recurring feature.

#13 Edited by myketuna (1655 posts) -

@climax said:

I'm so damn excited! I can't wait to see who plays what and how deep they RP.

I am also very much looking forward to this. Ever since the idea presented itself to them. However, I think we'll see a smattering of RP amongst whoever is playing. Some people just aren't into it and others lose themselves in it. This factor will only add to the entertainment value of the event.

#14 Edited by FLStyle (4599 posts) -

Apparently you all know something I don't, what's going on?

#15 Edited by The_Vein (270 posts) -

Here's what I see for classes:

Dave: Wizard

Vinny: Fighter

Brad: Cleric

Drew: Rogue

With Rorie as DM and Jeff glaring from across the room while playing a "real" game.

#16 Edited by crusader8463 (14415 posts) -

#17 Posted by RainDog505 (100 posts) -

Space hulk?

Space hulk

#18 Edited by The_Vein (270 posts) -

I wonder if Rorie is DMing and if he'll look over the adventure/rules beforehand or if they'll just stagger through the whole thing with no prep at all. The latter would be pretty funny, but I think they'd all have more fun if they were a little prepared. Pathfinder and other tabletop RPGs can get bogged down if people start flipping around for rules, even the simplified rules that the Beginner Box has.

#19 Posted by joshwent (2144 posts) -

@the_vein: If Brad's the healer, they're all fucked. Unless getting bored, checking twitter, and nodding off somehow play into his character.

#20 Posted by The_Vein (270 posts) -

@joshwent: You must not play a lot of D&D--its pretty typical for the cleric to be at the bottom of the initiative, bored, and then ask who needs a heal on his turn, channel energy, and then go back to twitter.

I guess barbarians/fighters have the same stereotype, except with power attacks instead of heals.

#21 Edited by jeffrud (382 posts) -

@joshwent: So like the healer in every party ever?

#22 Edited by The_Vein (270 posts) -

I just hope they have a good enough time to keep the tabletop RPG train rolling. Weekly Pathfinder would be awesome. I'd happily send them the Core rulebook/bestiary to keep it going.

#23 Posted by joshwent (2144 posts) -

@jeffrud: @the_vein: When I WAS A CLERIC, I tore that shit up! Although, I didn't have a smartphone at the time...

#24 Posted by alternate (2688 posts) -

They are streaming a D&D game (well a varient of anyway). Old school pen and paper - hence unplugged.

@csl316 said:

I missed something, what the hell is happening??

@flstyle said:

Apparently you all know something I don't, what's going on?

#25 Posted by crusader8463 (14415 posts) -

I'm already watching Rollplay and the official D&D live stream they do on some Fridays as it is. So a third one can be really fun. I just hope these guys take it somewhat seriously and this doesn't turn into one long video of them saying how dumb it is over and over.

#26 Posted by Darknezz (64 posts) -

I'm not usually a fan of watching other people play D&D. I mean, I like playing it myself, and the Acquisitions Incorporated games put on by Wizards of the Coast and Penny Arcade and endlessly entertaining, but it really takes the right people with the right amount of enthusiasm to keep the game from being both boring to play and boring to watch. I guess that's what I'm worried about. A lot of the Giant Bomb staff haven't ever seemed too keen on the idea, and that can really quickly turn into just not being into it, which then makes the game boring.

All that said, I had a great time watching everyone go from slightly interested to being goddamned miserable when they played Fortune Street, so hey, maybe this'll be like that.

#27 Edited by SharkEthic (1012 posts) -

So, looking at the What's coming up on Giant Bomb section, it might be time to become a premium member again.

Edit: Aaaand, done.

#28 Posted by Damodar (1304 posts) -

@darknezz said:

I'm not usually a fan of watching other people play D&D. I mean, I like playing it myself, and the Acquisitions Incorporated games put on by Wizards of the Coast and Penny Arcade and endlessly entertaining, but it really takes the right people with the right amount of enthusiasm to keep the game from being both boring to play and boring to watch. I guess that's what I'm worried about. A lot of the Giant Bomb staff haven't ever seemed too keen on the idea, and that can really quickly turn into just not being into it, which then makes the game boring.

All that said, I had a great time watching everyone go from slightly interested to being goddamned miserable when they played Fortune Street, so hey, maybe this'll be like that.

I'm gonna be optimistic about it. I believe Rorie has played his share of pen and paper RPGs and can probably do a decent job as DM. Vinny is the eternal optimist and generally willing to give stuff a proper go, even if he doesn't know anything about the game and is the likely candidate for the "Jim Darkmagic" of the group. I can see Drew coming at it with the right approach too. If they could get Dave to come in to participate, that would be perfect. Brad could go either way, but if he's not in to it, he'll probably just keep quiet and not be too disruptive. Jeff seems like the one likely to rip on it etc, but if he's the only one doing it, that could be a welcome thing too, could make it funnier.

Either way, I'm excited for the feature and I really want to play some more D&D now :(

#29 Posted by Rorie (2714 posts) -
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#30 Posted by GreggD (4482 posts) -

@csl316: MTV is going to be airing a live Giant Bomb acoustic show.

Vinny's gonna sing Rape Me, and then yell cunt.

#31 Edited by Animasta (14651 posts) -

I am so bummed my subscription is ending before this D:

#32 Posted by GreggD (4482 posts) -

@animasta said:

I am so bummed my subscription is ending before this D:

Too broke to re-up? If so, that sucks.

#33 Posted by csl316 (8189 posts) -

@greggd: "What, did I go too far?"

#34 Posted by Grilledcheez (3943 posts) -

I'm excited and doubly excited that I will be home from work by then and able to watch live!

#35 Posted by medacris (645 posts) -

I didn't know they were doing this, I'm psyched! I've wanted to play Pathfinder, but two people in our group keep changing what race/class they want to play, and haven't finished their character sheets yet. So we've been waiting on them for a couple of months now. Argh.

#36 Edited by GreggD (4482 posts) -

@csl316 said:

@greggd: "What, did I go too far?"

Vinny is the Lewis and Clark of gaming websites.

#37 Posted by BigDaddy81 (319 posts) -

@the_vein said:

Here's what I see for classes:

Dave: Wizard

Vinny: Fighter

Brad: Cleric

Drew: Rogue

With Rorie as DM and Jeff glaring from across the room while playing a "real" game.

You're crazy if think Brad isn't going to choose the Monk, party balance be damned.

#38 Posted by The_Vein (270 posts) -

@bigdaddy81: I'm pretty sure there are no monks in the beginner box, but if he did go monk they'd probably be fine--Pathfinder doesn't have to be played like an MMO despite most people approaching it that way.

I'd actually like to see Brad as a monk with Vinny as a bard for support, then you free up Drew to play a paladin because look at him--he's obviously got high charisma and strength scores IRL.

But like I said, I think the Beginner Box is limited to standard fighter/wizard/rogue/cleric classes, if not I'd be very excited, though.

#39 Posted by rjayb89 (7717 posts) -

Man, seeing the amount of upcoming premium stuff makes not having a premium subscription look so shitty. The day they come up with a regularly scheduled free live show (that isn't just two dudes just talking to each other) is the day I resubscribe (mine was supposed to have run out a few days ago).

Jesus Christ, Giant Bomb. Are the meetings you guys go to forcing you to do nothing but premium live streams?

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#40 Posted by The_Vein (270 posts) -

@rjayb89: Isn't the point to have good subscriber content so people give them money?

#41 Posted by Rorie (2714 posts) -

@rjayb89 said:

Man, seeing the amount of upcoming premium stuff makes not having a premium subscription look so shitty. The day they come up with a regularly scheduled free live show (that isn't just two dudes just talking to each other) is the day I resubscribe (mine was supposed to have run out a few days ago).

Jesus Christ, Giant Bomb. Are the meetings you guys go to forcing you to do nothing but premium live streams?

No.

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#42 Posted by BigDaddy81 (319 posts) -

@the_vein: Didn't realize they were gonna use the Beginner Box. I was hoping they would use the Core Rulebook at the very least. Maybe even go beyond that and bring in a Gunslinger or a Magus.

Feeling a little disappointed now, but I still look forward to seeing this thing go down.

#43 Posted by Rorie (2714 posts) -

@the_vein: Didn't realize they were gonna use the Beginner Box. I was hoping they would use the Core Rulebook at the very least. Maybe even go beyond that and bring in a Gunslinger or a Magus.

Feeling a little disappointed now, but I still look forward to seeing this thing go down.

We have to start somewhere! We'll do something more complicated once we get the basics down, I'm sure.

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#44 Posted by yinstarrunner (1182 posts) -

This should be really funny with Vinny constantly trying to break the game.

#45 Edited by GreggD (4482 posts) -

@the_vein said:

@rjayb89: Isn't the point to have good subscriber content so people give them money?

Brings me right back to the early days of premium content proliferation. Ah, the memories.

#46 Posted by yoshisaur (2668 posts) -

@rjayb89 said:

Man, seeing the amount of upcoming premium stuff makes not having a premium subscription look so shitty. The day they come up with a regularly scheduled free live show (that isn't just two dudes just talking to each other) is the day I resubscribe (mine was supposed to have run out a few days ago).

Jesus Christ, Giant Bomb. Are the meetings you guys go to forcing you to do nothing but premium live streams?

So, you're saying that when they "finally" come out with a regular, free show, you'll pay them money? Does that make sense to anyone?

#47 Edited by rjayb89 (7717 posts) -

@the_vein said:

@rjayb89: Isn't the point to have good subscriber content so people give them money?

Look, I'm not asking for more premium stuff - that's great that they're doing that, and so much of it. What I'm asking for is a regular live show that makes their live stuff worth it from the other side, and I am not seeing it at all.

I guess a Big Live Live Show Live would have been the perfect thing to sway users who haven't jumped the loop yet, but that didn't happen and I understand why. But now nearly everything live is premium now, from looking at today's upcoming box especially, and with the absence of I Love Mondays and TNT, it's much more noticeable. Obviously it isn't easy to figure out some sort of replacement for either one, but (96%) pure Giant Bomb is nothing but Quick Looks, Bombcast, and the sporadic mailbag videos, and that's free and I'm fine with it for now.

It's just weird looking at the upcoming box at this moment so packed with live premium content planned, and near-absolutely nothing for free members.

@rorie said:

@rjayb89 said:

Man, seeing the amount of upcoming premium stuff makes not having a premium subscription look so shitty. The day they come up with a regularly scheduled free live show (that isn't just two dudes just talking to each other) is the day I resubscribe (mine was supposed to have run out a few days ago).

Jesus Christ, Giant Bomb. Are the meetings you guys go to forcing you to do nothing but premium live streams?

No.

This is great news.

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#48 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1401 posts) -

I'm happy to see a bunch of premium stuff on the site, it makes paying this subscription worth it.

#49 Posted by BigDaddy81 (319 posts) -

@rorie: Good to know!

I was only concerned because I am in the process of learning the Pathfinder ruleset myself and watching you guys play the Core game would have gone a long way towards my understanding of it. I cut my tabletop teeth on DnD 4E and I'm finding Pathfinder to be a bit more of a challenge to wrap my head around.

#50 Edited by The_Vein (270 posts) -

@bigdaddy81: Beginner Box isn't that simplified, I think the main changes are a consolidated skill list, easier to understand attack of opportunity rules, less combat maneuvers like grappling, and a limited class/feat/spell selection. The main thing the BB is for is introducing people to the game and presenting them with easy to understand rules and objectives with lots of big, pretty character sheets and maps and stuff so it doesn't look as scary as a bunch of numbers on loose leaf paper. If you're trying to learn Pathfinder/3.5 D&D I think watching them play the BB would help more than it hurts.