05 November 2015

Tribes Universe games, including Earthseige, are now available free

I remember downloading and playing the demo for Earthseige, long ago. It seemed like a cool game, and the demo left me wanting more.
One apocalypse later, the Earth lies in ruin from these heavy metal marauders. You and your squad of HERCULAN warriors must prowl this target-rich wasteland to deliver some heavily mechanized payback. But beware--the Cybrids are an intelligent and relentless enemy. You'll constantly have to train new pilots, develop new tactics, and acquire new weapons to secure an advantage. If not, they'll be hosing your remains out of the cockpit for the next rookie.
Then I bought Mechwarrior 2 and mostly forgot about Earthseige. I recall reading about one of the developers saying they thought Earthseige suffered from the lack of a strong background story like that of the Battletech universe. I actually didn't know that the Tribes games were in the same series as Earthseige, so I guess they did OK without me. You can download all five Tribes games (for free) now at:  http://www.tribesuniverse.com/

Via Polygon News

11 August 2015

19 December 2014

Megabots: Not Funded

Megabots: Giant Fighting Robots - an unsuccessful Kickstarter project to develop arena style robot combat.

So of course I just had to share it. :-)


07 August 2014

Ludology Podcast

Ludology PodcastI have recently discovered the Ludology Podcast, which has serious discussions about what makes things work, including a bit of informal probability. If you have any interest in game design, it's definitely worth checking out.

17 July 2014

New Dice to Move your Mice

I've going to have to get some of these for my collection, because dice!

More info at The Dice Lab.

Visit +Henry Segerman for more mathy goodness. :-) 

07 December 2012

Levi's Double Dice

Just a quickie - On the new G+ Gamecraft community (and communities are brand new) Levi Kornelsen asks the following:
Okay, so, dice mechanic thing; kind of a "little idea" I keep playing with.Consider a character with skills like those in Skyrim - so, ranging generally from 15 - 30 to start, and up to near 100.Now, imagine you roll 2d10, and read them as percentile both ways.  So, 9,2 is 29 AND 92.If you succeed (roll skill or less) one way of reading?  Partial success.  If you do it both ways?  Complete success.How does that hit you, overall?  Gimmicky or good?#rpg    #roleplaying   #rpggames  

And here is what the cumulative distribution if Partial and Complete success looks like, assuming you need to roll your skill level or less, and "00" is both "0" and "100":

That's it --- I said it was a quickie!
Edit: Maybe the chart title should be "2D10 Double-Dice". Oh well ...