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  1. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    Are you a native or extremely fluent Japanese speaker? Because if not, I'd need to hear that from someone who is to believe it. Thinking a Japanese VA is super-cool when you have very little idea about what is being said does not make it "incredible". I suspect that unless you are, what you're...
  2. Ruin Explorer

    Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    This is the kind of stuff that I'd expect kids to like and that I think is cool for them to make, but I am definitely leery of giving a kid the actual MM or the like, especially once they can read and actually get how creepy some of the monsters are. Some kids will be just immune - sounds like...
  3. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    To be fair I should have specified WESTERN studios. It's definitely true that Japanese games coming to the Western market, even big ones, are often terrible or at least "very anime". But AAA Western CRPGs or close relatives of CRPGs (like RDR2)? Tend to have good-to-great VA. Larian's previous...
  4. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    It's not difficult to do voice-acting right (dialogue is a whole other discussion). You only two things: 1) A director who prevents overacting and gets the tone of the piece right. About 80% of AAA studios fairly consistently manage this. Close to 100% when we're talking AAA CRPGs - Larian...
  5. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    You like announcements for announcements (for announcements for announcements)? Seriously? I guess someone has to, explains why they keep doing them! The sound quality is literally bad - as I said, it sounds like it was recorded in a small room with relatively hard walls - you should never be...
  6. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    Actually 100fps is at least some information because we have had quite a few AAA PC games which were locked at 60fps or even a very few which were initially (I think all got fixed) which were locked at 30fps.
  7. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    I mean, that's not really "useful info". That they're using motion capture, on an AAA videogame in 2020 is like knowing that the game will utilize your videocard, and have stereo sound or better. Technically it's information. Technically, just barely. Volo is closer to information but we don't...
  8. Ruin Explorer

    Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    This is definitely true. Any setting that "comes back" is going to have to be successful with a new audience, who not the same sort of audience, nor have the same sort of values or interests as the 70s or 80s or 90s or whenever. We've already seen countless games try to "bring back the '70s" or...
  9. Ruin Explorer

    More info on Baldur's Gate 3 coming February 27 2020

    There's nothing that says "21st century marketing" like an announcement for an announcement. I mean, they tried it in the 20th century, maybe even before, but it's the 21st where we've truly perfectly completely wasting everyone's time with announcements for announcements (which are often even...
  10. Ruin Explorer

    Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    Yes, this, spot-on. I definitely could not have put it that well or that succinctly.
  11. Ruin Explorer

    Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    Yes exactly. With 5E, I've bought a number of books I extracted relatively little value from, didn't really enjoy, and didn't really want to buy, simply because that was it, crunch-wise, for that year. Now, I'm not saying that's a bad strategy! Look, it worked! WotC made me buy books I didn't...
  12. Ruin Explorer

    Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    I feel like you're getting a bit silly here on two points. First off, I don't think a two or four-year-old looking at a D&D book "generates future players" in any meaningful way. Otherwise I'd have been a zoologist, paleontologist, or pilot or something. And indeed pretty much everyone looks at...
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    The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    There's always one pointless pedant. Usually it's me! So thanks for being "that guy" so I can see it from the other side! Yes, thanks I did nearly become an archaeologist and have played D&D for 30 years, I am aware that D&D is not a middle ages Europe simulator! ;) My point is that generic...
  14. Ruin Explorer

    The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    That's a bizarre thing to say. I very much doubt the official WotC MtG account is outputting figures on people actually playing Ravnica and obviously as someone who isn't a deeply hardcore MtG fan (are you?) I'm not following individual MtG pros Twitters or Instas or MtG Facebook (is that a...
  15. Ruin Explorer

    Do your players map?

    I had the players draw stuff back in 3.XE and 4E when we used a tabletop battlemap, but on paper honestly unless the mapper is experienced and you're drawing pretty standardised maps with precise measurements, you're begging for misunderstandings and inaccuracy and time spent correcting them...
  16. Ruin Explorer

    Generic: is it Good or Bad?

    Context matters, this is essentially like "Hair, good thing or bad?" or "Fire, good thing or bad?" You can see this in the responses. Positive ones talk about an entirely different meaning and context of generic to negative. So it's actively unhelpful approach. You're not creating useful...
  17. Ruin Explorer

    The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    This is utterly bizarre. RPGs have been, in large part, like this since at least the late 1980s. You characterize it in the most negative possible way but your last paragraph is telling - many D&D players and indeed certainly most TT RPG players are looking for something that's more of a story...
  18. Ruin Explorer

    The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Ravnica is a nothing-setting, frankly. I have yet to hear of a single person running a long-term game set there. Eberron is definitely a move in the right direction, but it's far more "generic fantasy" than, say, Dark Sun or Spelljammer, or, I would argue Planescape. Note I didn't say medieval...
  19. Ruin Explorer

    The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Things change. 6E seems far off and 5E seems evergreen right now but will it in three years? Or five? Technology and society change. Will 5E still have outstanding sales in five years? One hopes so, of course but maybe, maybe not. I am skeptical that we won't see a 6E, at least a defacto one, by...
  20. Ruin Explorer

    The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Yeah I strongly suspect "another generic fantasy setting" is more likely than either, for better or worse. I'll be surprised if we see either before 6E.
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