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Torchwood Rant (humourous, spoilers) [Jul. 8th, 2009|12:36 pm]
Mathew Freeman
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

OK, so for anyone that hasn't or isn't watching Torchwood: Children of Earth, you're not going to want to read this as it's chock-full of spoilers. Hopefully, though, you'll consider coming back and reading it another time.

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Nerd Test [Mar. 20th, 2008|08:55 am]
Mathew Freeman
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |amusedamused]

NerdTests.com says I"m a Dorky Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!
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Stolen from Emmelinemay [Mar. 14th, 2008|03:36 pm]
Mathew Freeman
This image is just bloody terrifying if you ask me.

Shall also do well for "sarcastic applause" posts, should I need them.

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D&D 4th Edition Post - Gamers Only! [Mar. 12th, 2008|10:50 am]
Mathew Freeman

It's struck me recently whilst reading all of the D&D 4th Edition News and tidbits that have trickled out over the last few months - 4th Edition puts the players at the centre of the story in a way that 3rd Edition never did.

3rd Edition excelled at being a consistent system - if a Wizard fired three Magic Missiles at you, you knew he was either 5th of 6th level. A skill check was always the same, regardless of how success or failure would affect the story. Characters had to live by the rules of the world around them.

However, in 4e Edition this is not quite so true. For example, we've been introduced to some changes relating to healing. Put simply, once per fighter any character can heal themselves for an amount of damage - it's called Second Wind, and reflects the character taking a moment in a fight to recover themselves and keep on going. Characters that take a Short Break (5 minutes) can use their own healing to heal all the way back up to full (although you only have a certain amount of personal healing per day). Taking an Extended Break (six hours) heals you back up to Full Hitpoints, regardless of the amount of healing you have left.

At first glance, these all seem a little odd. But when you think about how it serves the story of a group of heroes fighting through tough situations, overcoming trials and accomplishing great deeds it makes perfect sense. Does Conan need to be healed by a Cleric every time he takes a couple of sword blows? Does John McCain in Die Hard get any healing at all? No - the story dictates that these characters can keep on going without magical assistance, and it makes sense that Player Characters (being the central part of the story, as they surely are) should be able to do the same.

Of course, there are still options for magical healing. We've seen abilities of both the Cleric and the Paladin that allows them to heal others (or themselves) and from what we've been told the Warlord will have similar abilities (more along the lines of "Get up and fight!" than "The power of my God shall heal you!").

I think this is a brilliant move. It places the characters (and thus the players) at the centre of the story, meaning their actions are important. Not everyone in the world heals completely overnight, but allowing the characters to do so avoids a lot of problems of campaigns being derailed by PC's heading back to the village every two days to get healed up.
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Worldwide GaryCon [Mar. 6th, 2008|12:02 pm]
Mathew Freeman
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[Current Location |Work]
[mood |enthused]

This is an idea that has been spreading around the internet:

"By now most of you have seen the news about Gary Gygax.

I suggest that as a way of honoring Gary Gaygax we have a "GaryCon" across the globe this Friday and Saturday night.

By "We" - I mean every gamer possible who plays RPGs. Everywhere.

All of us play either Dungeons & Dragons this Friday and Saturday night


We play the RPG rules system of our choice - but we do a typical D&D-type dungeon crawl. ...either Friday or Saturday night.

Everywhere....every city or town possible."

I may be running a little something with villainous_mog on Saturday, depending if I'm working, but I'd certainly suggest to anyone else that can manage it that this'd be a great way to mark his passing.
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Open Letter [Mar. 5th, 2008|08:00 am]
Mathew Freeman
To the arseholes who tried to get into littleangel_103's car, broke the front passenger door lock so the door won't shut properly and took the blades off both the front and back windows. You can really just F*** off and die.

No love,
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2008|06:58 pm]
Mathew Freeman
Indiana Jones game!


And it's LEGO!
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Warren Ellis Freakangels [Feb. 14th, 2008|04:20 am]
Mathew Freeman
[Error: close lj-embed tag without open tag]
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RPG Style Quiz [Feb. 13th, 2008|04:53 am]
Mathew Freeman

Law's Game Style
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You scored as Tactician

You're probably a military buff who wants to have the chance to think through complex problems. You want the rules, and your GM's interpretation of them, to match up what happens in the real world or at least be consistant. You want challenging yet logical obstacles to overcome.





Power Gamer


Method Actor






Casual Gamer

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Books 2008 [Feb. 8th, 2008|08:32 am]
Mathew Freeman
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |impressedimpressed]

9. Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

A very pleasant little book by the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, who used to be a chef (amongst other things). It collects a column in a newspaper detailing the food he ate as they did their world tour. Very evocative of different places, and very enjoyable to sift through and feeling the highs and lows of eating out around the world.

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