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Games People Play - Updated Weekly

Games People Play - Updated Weekly

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Your weekly 1-stop for satire on roleplaying games, videogames, politics... or whatever geek stuf, really. Not for the easily offended. You have been warned.

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Games People Play - Updated Weekly

Your weekly 1-stop for satire on roleplaying games, videogames, politics... or whatever geek stuf, really. Not for the easily offended. You have been warned.

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It's just pathfinder 40k, but they made the mistake of making the universes the same because of Canonical fucking aliens in Pathfinder. That's where all the setting based errors come about.

Also even if they made a Pathfinder 2E and didn't include the faults you mention, then they'd just be bankrupting themselves because their fans who actually vocalize and don't get banned are fucking retards who care more about the effect on their bookshelves and physical collections than they do about the rules, and the rules they do care about is all about being endeared to "optimization" and pretending everything is perfect and if you disagree with them you can fuck off. After all that's Paizo's market, disgruntled whiners about 4e who just wanted more and more splat books instead of accepting an evolution from their Min/Max caster fagging.

Which makes you saying 3.X is the non-draconian side is fucking hilarious. As much bitching as you and other "personalities" makes about it, in practice of 5e it's more like if something isn't there at a minor inconvenience, then you ask the GM and 8/10 times they'll say "yeah sure" rather than having to beg and suck their dick for the GM to do anything in your favor, because most GMs understand it's not a competition between them and the players. But considering your comic is a strawman and you're a whining git who uses extremes, it makes me wonder if you have an actual group to run and discuss things with.
November 11th, 2017
Battle For Azeroth
So, the latest WoW expansion is already in Beta... and if Sylvanas is really in charge of the Horde now, then the sociopolitical commentary got definitely less than subtle.

Try it, just say it loudly, you'll put 2 and 2 together right away.

By the way, credit for this page goes to Nerf Now's Jo Pereira, who basically gave me the idea on a silver platter one week ago (and he's probably not likely to use it, since he's averse to unnecessary controversy in his webcomic).

...Let Him See
While I can't say I feel one way or the other about Gigantic, it was sad to see the untimely demise of Torchlight's makers.

The ones who should be most worried, however, are Cryptic Studios... closing two studios and firing everyone on the same day sounds like some aggressive spring cleaning from PWE (yes, spring, all business decisions are made two business quarters in advance) and Cryptic shares the same profile as our two victims:

1) "Underperformer" (their games are niche products, mostly).

In Mexico, we have a saying: When you see your neighbour cutting his beard, start preparing to do the same. I just hope Valiance Online is released before the curtain comes down beacause, from where I see it, the writing is already on the wall.

October 18th, 2017
An Indecent Proposal?
THIS NOTE really should have been posted sooner, but the prior comics just couldn't be delayed.

Granted... there's already plenty of material to impeach 45 into oblivion, it has been there since the elections, yet nothing happens, so no amount of dirt mr. Flynt could bring would make any difference, sadly.

@Dogbert: Fair enough. I chose Lars because of the viking hat. Went kind of a Scandinavian way with it.
@Brian: His name for some reason turned out to be "Bill." I like Strawman for last name, though!
One of the main reasons I was eager to read Starfinder was because it's been about seven years since Pathfinder first came about, and I'm sure they're using SF to test ideas that may become Pathfinder's second edition.

Now, I can only hope I'm wrong, because it seems Jacobs & co. have been playing too much d&d 5E, and used its worst elements (namely, player disempowerment as main design objective). Not only that, the setting is blatantly incomplete: a future tie-in with your fantasy game, but absolutely NO HISTORY on how they got there? Seriously? The only explanation is that mr. Sutter didn't read Dragonstar and in his inability to reconcile elements, he just threw up his hands and decided not to do it.

Also, you can't make players totally dependant on equipment if you're going to have two different economy scales (equipment and starships) since all you need is hijack a ship, sell it, and the game breaks. The way to deal with this would have been trivializing equipment so only ship economy remains, make player characters less dependant on equipment, not more (remember that episode where Kirk and Spock were penny-pinching for Comm Badge parts? Yeah me neither).

Now, granted, not everything in Starfinder is flaming excrement: Salvaging Saga's a-la carte class feature is a genuinely good idea, and refurbishing 4E's Second Wind points into something actually serviceable is also a net gain. Alas, those two are the only good ideas, and clearly not enough to rescue this garbage fire of a game that treads on the sad brown line between too draconian for 3.X fans and not draconian enough for 5E fans (and thus, it will please neither demographic other than hard-core Paizo apologists).

Avoid this book like the plague, especially when Aethera does a light-years better job at bringing you Space Opera for Pathfinder.

Viking hat guy
Does the Viking hat guy have a name? I suggest Lars Strawman! :D
Chapter 2: #85
Comment title for those who checked like me, also I noticed you used the 4e DM Screen?

In one RPG like Mutant: Year Zero, each PC declares NPC's into existence of: one they desire/protective, one they hate/rival, and one PC who is their Best Friend/Buddy. Since the game is meant to be player-driven, I would think this "network" of NPC's is a good thing no?
October 9th, 2017
The Movie
No, watching this movie won't cause your testicles to fall off.

Yes, I'm a fan of Tabitha St. Germain and Tara Strong.

And yes, this movie competes with Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 for "most pop-culture references than you can shake a stick at."

Having said this, and as much as unwarranted persecution sucks, the cases of kid-stalking and otherwise "stranger danger" in MLP cons are enough for me to be wary of a garden variety Comic Book Guy at the showing room.

@Afro goblin: *groans*


Well played.
Comic Title: Error
This one name is Error (so this comic issue should be called.)

Yes, Zelda 2 + 404 joke in one.
September 30th, 2017
Being the quintessential douchebag car, I wanted to give VH a Hummer at first, but he doesn't make that much money... so being how the Mustang 2006 is the car for run-down douchebags, Mustang it is.

Happy Halloween!
@Brian: Ikr? But then GMs will do well with being coherent. If you don't care for PC-NPC interaction, then openly discourage it.
September 26th, 2017
Cutting The Nose
Consider yourself blessed if your life is still good enough as to still have time to roll eyes at the latest white supremacist crap regarding the NFL.

Yes, it took me this long to make any comments on the earthquakes. I didn't feel like talking about it because I'm not coping well with it, at all. I'm blessed for having dodged all three bullets, I was also alive for 1984's big one; nevertheless, for thousands of people, this was the month their lives ended, the atmosphere in the country at all is thick with distress and fear, and we're not the only ones; Puerto Rico was de-facto forsaken for weeks, Barbuda was destroyed, the crap in Houston is far from over... also, this month's quakes ran all up our side of the Ring of Fire and I don't even feel like going through the implications. It's a nightmare. Lots of people often wish for the house of cards to finally go down, but now we can look up and see Damocles' sword above our heads, so let's see where that people stand now.

Peace, may you and your loved ones be safe.
Death by Origin Story
One of the most offensive Worst Practices of crap GMs is accepting a (probably off-camera) network of relationships as part of a character's background from a player only to go on a killing spree with said NPCs for the lulz (and more often that not, said deaths are by decree without anything the interested parties can do about it).

Funny thing about that is that the same GMs who do this are the same who complain when their players all roll sociopathic orphans or go full murderhobo.

September 9th, 2017
Tomb of Horrors... redux.
As of the time I put this comic in the queue, I have yet to read this canned adventure, but not only acquaintances of mine confirm is a new Tomb of Horrors... also, I'd recognize that infamous Sphere-of-Annihilation face anywhere.

Regardless of whether you love or hate old ToH, the release of its 5E incarnation is always noteworthy.

@Dogbert: It reminds me of the old "women in refrigerators" trope in comics and other fiction. The supporting character who serves no purpose in the narrative but to die and send the hero on a mission of vengeance. Some GMs use NPCs and lazy ways to spur adventures, but I think a lot of them honestly have no idea of what else to do with NPCs. It's easier when the PCs are murderhobos wandering from town to town, and never see NPCs more than once.
September 3rd, 2017
Moronic Lawsuits Theater Presents
One would think people would have learned after Marvel's petty attempts to copyright the letter X and the word WEB were promptly shut down by the courts.


Regardless of what people signs, or even what government offices sign, there are many laws that are legally, constitutionally unenforceable. You're looking at one right now, Hasbro claiming the rights to an ANIMAL's name. You just can't, and even when you find a crooked-enough judge to rule in your favor, anyone can challenge in court the unconstitutionality of that ruling, and flip birds at you.

I'm tempted to create a Bumblebee OC just to prove my point, and dare Hasbro to sue me.

Twice in a Row

Tapastic is perhaps the biggest and most popular webhost for webcomics.

As of late, however, Tapastic has been getting increasingly greedy, and this is its second attempt at a power grab over its own community... in two months (the first one was a claim of Prima Nocte on its authors' publishing rights).

Needless to say, Tapas members are not stupid, and Tapas has been bleeding members ever after its first attempt (even after they backpedalled on it). Unlike their previous attempt, this new scam is not compulsory for publishing your webcomic there, but still, lots of creators that hadn't left during their first attempt are doing so now on grounds of not being willing to put up with recurrent attempts at screwing them over.

If Tapas keeps this up, they'll end up like Project Wonderful.