Arbitrary Thoughts on Random Things + chance of free stuff

This sucker isn't going to be attached to the forums, if only because it's not in the formal style of my other blogs and is more just a stream of consciousness-type ordeal. Also because I am offering you stuff and I don't want those forum plebs to know about it.

Kickstarter-funded development is definitely going to blow itself up at some point. There's just no way that something this feel-good (despite a surprising number of naysayers) can last. Because the remake/reimagining/generally maligned object of The Bard's Tale is the daily deal on steam, I've decided to educate myself on what exactly the hell InExile's previous work has been, since I've seen enough of Hunted to know that I never want to play it ever. I think Brian Fargo talks big, and I still put my $15 behind Wasteland 2, but he was in high administration by the time that stuff like Fallout and Baldur's Gate started coming down Interplay's pipeline and cannot be lumped in with the likes of Tim Cain and Chris Avellone. If not anything else, I'm at least expecting an Arcanum-style interesting failure as opposed to a Lionheart uninteresting failure.

Speaking of that, I reinstalled Arcanum. That probably will go nowhere, but if it does, maybe I'll write something up about it. Icewind Dale II is slowly being worked on in between me getting distracted by things that matter and things that don't.

I am done with school in a month. Not having spring break has its perks, though this is kind of bad since most of my classes seem to be bottom heavy as far as multi-hour projects are concerned. On an entirely unrelated note, I've found that I occasionally have trouble concentrating. I say this, not because I'm an attention whore and like talking about my personal life (that's what Facebook is for, and quite frankly I value my internet privacy for as paranoid as it makes me seem at times), but more likely than not it means I'll be able to actually sit down and blaze through some vidya games (and that means hella old RPGs) when I'm done for the day with whatever horrific manual-labor based job I end up getting for the summer. Most of my friends will be gone anyways, and it's not like my parents can get on my case when I'm making money. Summers past have yielded some blogs on some lengthy games, so we'll see what happens here.

I have reached the threshold of League of Legends where I am now playing against people who know what they are doing, and thus am unable to mess around with champions I suck with but think are fun, instead having to resort to champs I am good with. Currently I enjoy rocking Vladimir and Shyvana, though it seems like my AP carry of choice changes with the seasons. Also, my roommate is now level 30 while I am only level 26. I guess him always staying up later than I do adds up.

Now for free stuff. And by free stuff, I mean I will give you the opportunity to purchase a game for only $25 as opposed to $50. Because, for some reason, I got these 50% off Might and Magic: Heroes VI coupons in my inventory. Maybe it's because I pre-ordered the game? I haven't played it since October, but for all its faults I think Heroes VI is at the very least an interesting game and I think it's worth $25.

I'd like to make an interesting contest out of this, but since I'm attaching it to the forums and the number of people who want Heroes VI, or even know what it is is miniscule. Thus, it's first come first serve. If I don't already have you on steam, put your account in the post or whatever.

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Posted by ArbitraryWater

This sucker isn't going to be attached to the forums, if only because it's not in the formal style of my other blogs and is more just a stream of consciousness-type ordeal. Also because I am offering you stuff and I don't want those forum plebs to know about it.

Kickstarter-funded development is definitely going to blow itself up at some point. There's just no way that something this feel-good (despite a surprising number of naysayers) can last. Because the remake/reimagining/generally maligned object of The Bard's Tale is the daily deal on steam, I've decided to educate myself on what exactly the hell InExile's previous work has been, since I've seen enough of Hunted to know that I never want to play it ever. I think Brian Fargo talks big, and I still put my $15 behind Wasteland 2, but he was in high administration by the time that stuff like Fallout and Baldur's Gate started coming down Interplay's pipeline and cannot be lumped in with the likes of Tim Cain and Chris Avellone. If not anything else, I'm at least expecting an Arcanum-style interesting failure as opposed to a Lionheart uninteresting failure.

Speaking of that, I reinstalled Arcanum. That probably will go nowhere, but if it does, maybe I'll write something up about it. Icewind Dale II is slowly being worked on in between me getting distracted by things that matter and things that don't.

I am done with school in a month. Not having spring break has its perks, though this is kind of bad since most of my classes seem to be bottom heavy as far as multi-hour projects are concerned. On an entirely unrelated note, I've found that I occasionally have trouble concentrating. I say this, not because I'm an attention whore and like talking about my personal life (that's what Facebook is for, and quite frankly I value my internet privacy for as paranoid as it makes me seem at times), but more likely than not it means I'll be able to actually sit down and blaze through some vidya games (and that means hella old RPGs) when I'm done for the day with whatever horrific manual-labor based job I end up getting for the summer. Most of my friends will be gone anyways, and it's not like my parents can get on my case when I'm making money. Summers past have yielded some blogs on some lengthy games, so we'll see what happens here.

I have reached the threshold of League of Legends where I am now playing against people who know what they are doing, and thus am unable to mess around with champions I suck with but think are fun, instead having to resort to champs I am good with. Currently I enjoy rocking Vladimir and Shyvana, though it seems like my AP carry of choice changes with the seasons. Also, my roommate is now level 30 while I am only level 26. I guess him always staying up later than I do adds up.

Now for free stuff. And by free stuff, I mean I will give you the opportunity to purchase a game for only $25 as opposed to $50. Because, for some reason, I got these 50% off Might and Magic: Heroes VI coupons in my inventory. Maybe it's because I pre-ordered the game? I haven't played it since October, but for all its faults I think Heroes VI is at the very least an interesting game and I think it's worth $25.

I'd like to make an interesting contest out of this, but since I'm attaching it to the forums and the number of people who want Heroes VI, or even know what it is is miniscule. Thus, it's first come first serve. If I don't already have you on steam, put your account in the post or whatever.

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Edited by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I'll take it off your hands if you haven't already given it out. My Steam name's Sparky_Buzzsaw.

I'm withholding judgment on any of these Kickstarter projects until we see where the money goes at a preview event or something. That said, I love seeing projects get funded that otherwise wouldn't be - especially when it's up to the fans of these series. It gives me hope that long-dormant series can make a comeback, too, which gets the inner geek in my all turned on.

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Posted by ArbitraryWater

@Sparky_Buzzsaw: Maybe I should have been a bit clearer: I have 3 of the coupons and I'll totally give one to you when I'm done with class. I already have you on steam, so there isn't a problem there.

Otherwise, I really like the Kickstarter thing in concept. It will only be a matter of time before someone is like: "Hey guys, do you know what the world really needs? Another game that's like Might and Magic VI." But as I said, the second a bad game is turned out by this process is the second it stops being a thing. Kind of like the Humble Indie Bundles. One can only take so much "platformer with a gimmick and an artstyle" before one tires of it.

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@ArbitraryWater: Cool! Thanks, man. I'm looking forward to trying out that game.

And yes, I definitely agree with you that the Kickstarter projects are going to be on very shaky ground. Still, if it really does result in a new Tex Murphy, it's already a winner in my book.

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Posted by kalmis

I would be interested in one of these codes as well if you still got one left. My Steam ID is same as here.

Agree about the Kickstarter, it will become the next indiebundle thing. Still if they keep on bringing old games back I wont complain.

Which Kickstarter projects have you backed so far?

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@kalmis: Ok. Invite sent. Sadly, I can't just give you the coupon, so we'll have to engage in trading at some point. Just send a request when you see me online or something.

I've only backed 3 projects, and honestly I've probably overextended myself already. I backed Wasteland 2, The Banner Saga and Faster than Light, all at their minimum pledge donations.

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Posted by kalmis

@ArbitraryWater: Added you on Steam now.

Didn't want to backup that Banner Saga because it is unclear what kind of formatting they are going. And also it got funded so fast that my meager pennies are not necessary anymore.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

How do you pronounce coupon?  Like kyoopon or koo-pon? The answer will determine what I do next.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@ahoodedfigure: COO-PON. Not Cue-Pohn. But sadly, those coupons are long gone. Heroes V Complete is on GOG now though, and if you buy it they'll throw in Assassin's Creed 1 for free. Considering that that is a better game than Heroes VI anyways, I'd recommend you get that for $20 instead of spending the $25 that the coupon would have afforded you.

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Posted by ahoodedfigure
@ArbitraryWater: Well, I was more making sure the coo'pon didn't go to waste. 
 
And here I am thinking if I buy AC I'll get H-V for free :) I wonder if AC has a demo or something. Maybe I won't like it so much. Stupid pressure deals.