Greetings and salutations, and welcome back to this crazy little blog! In this episode of Milady Geek, I will, once again, be discussing 2 very different things, as that has seemed to work out well for me so far. Also, I’m beta-ing my new ‘ratings system’ on you, so be prepared for that insanity.
Anywho… Are you ready for this?
First off, how many people here remember DnD 3.5e? Yeah, I know you do. You probably had the same griped about it that I did (still do, really): why do bards still suck? What the hell is a paladin supposed to do with a mount in a dungeon crawl? And what the hell is is with the hybrid classes totally sucking?
Well, fellow tabletop fantasy geeks, I bring you tidings of good fortune- and a game that may get you to look away from DnD 4th edition. And that game is… Pathfinder.
Now, you may be asking, ‘MG? What, exactly, is Pathfinder?’ Well, allow me to expound: Pathfinder is- quite literally- DnD 3.75e. You see, when Wizards of the Coast was coming up with the new rules for DnD, they decided to scrap the ol’ d20 system we’ve all come to know and
despise love. Well, once man’s trash is another’s treasure, and Paizo picked up the rights to 3.5′s ruleset. Only, they didn’t just leave all of the dumb questions above unanswered (well, except for bards. They still suck.) No. Paizo fixed some of the more glaring errors in 3.5, and slapped a new name on it: Pathfinder.
Now, what you have to keep in mind: they did make a couple of changes to the basic ruleset, but nothing a veteran player of DnD won’t easily pick up or a new player won’t easily learn. Each player class has a special something that makes you want to play them. Paladins can have either the standard special mount… or can grant their weapons bonuses. Druids can have an animal companion (which were also buffed to be more useful overall)… or they can have a cleric domain. Sorcerers have to choose a Bloodline trait, which colors who they are and how the operate (and even gives bonus feats and spells!) Those are just to name a few, some of the more outstanding changes they chose to make. Paizo has released, to date, 9 Adventure Paths- fully fleshed out campaigns, each in a series of 7 paperback magazines (including a separate, special Player’s Guide for each!), ready to be picked up and played as is. And on their site, linked above, they also have beta test books available, where DM’s can download and print out new, test material, run it in their groups, and give feedback on them! How nifty is that?
Now, I’ve played Pathfinder pretty extensively- we had a really good campaign going on there for a while, and I’m looking at playing an Elemental (Earth) Elven Sorceress in a friend’s new group- when he finally settles down long enough to support a table of players, that is. And I can say this- I was absolutely delighted by this system, almost as soon as it was put into my hands by Questionable Methods (you see? I really can blame him, and my husband, for everything.) When I got his book, I had been playing a Half- Elven Druidess at the time, and I was significantly underwhelmed by my class. But we switched over to Pathfinder at around 4th level, and the game became so much more dynamic for me. Finally, my wolf companion, Nymeria (cookie to whomever gets the reference!), was not only useful… but a serious problem for the bad guys! And, having played a DnD3.5e paladin, I- literally- gasped at the paladin changes.
I highly recommend you go and at least check it out, even if you do play 4th Edition. You might be surprised at how good it really is. But bards really do still suck. They were just bad, no matter what.
And now, let’s talk about a brand new game, just out in the past couple of weeks- that will have you screaming bloody murder at your significant other as you try to beat each other senseless with not one, but 3, heroes. That’s right, you guessed, it…
This game is RIDICULOUSLY FUN. I mean RIDICULOUSLY. And this is one game I’d advise you get the Brady Games book for… because the moves- my gods, the moves- can be difficult to learn, aside from the standard ‘half or quarter circle + button’ combo Capcom games are famous for. And there is a wide variety of characters to choose from. You, of course, have many of the Marvel super heroes and villains: the X-Men, Spidey, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, etc. And Capcom brings its own lineup of bad asses to choose from: Dante and Trish from DMC, Tron Bonne and Zero from Megaman, Morrigan and Felicia from Darkstalkers, and several Street Fighter characters, amongst others.
Now, what about this game makes its so likable? Well, unlockable characters, art, and other goodies are awesome. Pair combos and group mega-blaster ‘mess up your husband’s team’ attacks are supersweet. Being able to mix it up with crazy party compositions is always entertaining (unless you’re like me and you always manage to pick the absolutely WRONG third person for an otherwise awesome team.) Being able to switch between characters and have your offscreen characters heal when they aren’t being used is freaking amazing!
And, of course, there is the ‘I get to beat the crap out of things’ aspect. Because who doesn’t love that? And being able to haul out some sick- nasty group combos doesn’t hurt. Watch out, though, because slow characters are SLOOOOOOOW, and fast characters are CRAZYINSANEDODGINGTHOUGHSPACEANDTIME fast. Oh, and Tron Bonne has flame throwers. Which I why I rock her so hard (my ‘Dream Team’ is Zero, Tron, and Dante… even my husband will say I’m good with all three of them. Good enough to even beat him occasionally. He’s a mutant- he’s instantly good at any video game he picks up, I swear!) Gimme speed over strength any day.
Bottom line is- MvC3 rocks. Its an insanely good time with crazy awesome action. I give this game 3 bags o’ chips and a soda (max rating!) for its sheer entertainment value.
And now, before I go, lets take a look around the blogosphere and see what other people are saying about… geeky things!
- Over at Forever Geek, there is an article about a giant Optimus Prime made out of scrap metal. I’m sure his mom is proud.
- At the Weekly Geek, there’s a podcast up about an existential experiment in Minecraft. My brain isn’t sure it can handle that yet.
- And over at Girl Gamer, the debut game play trailer for Batman: Arkham City is up! -squee!-
Well, that’s it for now. Stay tune for some more of my insane ramblings soon!