OTOKONOKO'S PROFILE

I am an old, old, OLD salt with an impressive record of failed projects and assorted non-game-related dramas.

However, I do usually mean the best with my criticisms.

Yup, that's about it for now.

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January 18 SOPA Blackout

I'll get right to the point:

Reddit's blacking itself out for 12 hours.

Tucows.com is blocking access to downloads for the same period.

Even Wikipedia is considering joining the blackout.

Is RMN?

BlizzCon 2011: Swarms of Diabolic Pandas

So BlizzCon just wrapped up its opening ceremonies.

Quick highlights because my battery is dying:
- World of WarCraft: Mists of Pandaria announced. Level cap to 90, PvE Scenarios, Pet Battle System, talent system revamp. New race Pandaren, new class Monk. Looks pretty amazing, to be honest.
- They showed an awesome hype trailer for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm with a bitchy Kerrigan and awesome looking new units for every race.
- The Blizz cinematic team continues its march deep into the Uncanny Valley with a goddamn CREEPILY-REALISTIC looking Diablo III cinematic. Seriously, THERE WERE WRINKLES ON THE CHARACTERS' EYEBROWS.
- Oh, and one more thing: anybody with a WoW account in good standing before today can sign up for an annual pass, billed monthly, to WoW, and in return get Diablo III, guaranteed access to the Mists beta, AND an exclusive in-game mount for WoW. WHAT THE EFF

Mists of Pandaria trailer:


Blizzard DOTA teaser:


Heart of the Swarm teaser:
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Diablo III "Black Soulstone" cinematic (Note: blizzard "edited for content", i.e. shouldn't be too spoilery. WATCH THIS.)

In summary: TAKE ALL MY MONEY BLIZZARD HOLY FUCK

edit: by "good standing" blizzard apparently means "not banned", so you don't have to have an active subscription, you just have to have bought WoW and linked it to a battle.net account prior to today.

Electronic Entertainment Exposition 2011

So, it's that time of the year again, when the gaming companies all converge on Los Angeles and reveal their big projects for the next year or two.

We've had topics here on RMN the past two years, and since a couple of companies can't seem to wait until the actual conference to do their announcing, I figured I might as well come OUT OF FUCKING NOWHERE (as is my M.O.) to start this year's topic up.

Notable Stuff So Far:
- Konami announced HD collections of Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and ZONE OF THE ENDERS (!!!!) for the PS3, and that games that can go over to the NGP can also have their saves transferred to the device as well. Kojima also announced that he's working on a multi-platform project with a brand new "Fox Engine".

- Speaking of the NGP, apparently it's going to be officially unveiled and given the title of PS VITA.

- Other Konami announcements: New Silent Hill game for the NGP (that hasn't even been concept approved by Sony yet... might be a bit early to announce it, but whatever), and apparently at the end of their conference a blast of flame curled into the familiar Contra "C" logo, with text saying "THEY RETURN". Contra reboot, anyone?

- A hacking group by the name of Lulz Security has claimed that they have hacked into Sony Pictures and taken over 1 million usernames and passwords... they further claim that the information was stored in PLAINTEXT and that PSN is still not secure. Could another breach of disasterous proportions be waiting to derail Sony's already tenuous comeback?

- On the Microsoft side of the three-way battle, rumors are flying that Project Orapa will be unveiled this year, and that it is a new tier of paid Xbox Live membership, Diamond, with IPTV functionality set to be launched by November 15th.

- Nintendo's new console, codenamed Project Cafe, will be unveiled as well. Rumors abound about how Nintendo will top the Wii and 3DS. Not much to say on this one, they've been keeping shit pretty close to the chest.

- Notable trailers so far:
Dark Souls
Tomb Raider
Soul Calibur V
Uncharted 3 Co-Op trailer

RMN Rumble!

Uh-oh. You hear that music?

That means... it's time for...



RMN RUMBLE!

That's right. I'm back with a brand-new pointless forum game to play! This time, it's a game hosted by Kevan Davis, whom you may recognize as the dev behind Urban Dead and Chore Wars.

It's called, oddly enough, Rumble.

Here's the basics:
1) You sign up. Super-hero identity optional.
2) You PM me THREE choices for Powers off of the Power List. Alternately, you may create your own Powers as well. One of these Powers will be given to your character, the other two will be added to the Auction pool. Note that I reserve the right to modify or reject Powers (be they from the List or home-made) if I feel that they break the game in some fashion!
3) Everybody starts off with 100 Energy. We'll start with an Auction to determine which players get which Powers. The winning bidder will have their bid deducted from their Energy pool, and we'll move to the first Allocation Phase.
4) During the Allocation Phase, each alive player shall PM me how they wish to divide their remaining Energy amongst Attack, Defense, or usage of applicable Powers.

Attacks must be directed towards a specific target. Example: I have 75 Energy at the start of an Allocation Phase. I choose to Attack geodude for 10 Energy, Kentona for 15 Energy, and use the rest (50) to Defend.

5) After everybody has Allocated, we move to the Resolution Phase, where I reveal everybody's choices and assign whatever damage and effects may occur. Energy spent on Defense will block an equal amount of Energy spent on attacking the defending player.

Continuing from the above example, let's say geodude decides to Defend with only 10 of his 60 remaining Energy, and Attack me for the rest (50). Kentona decides to go balanced with his 75 Energy, Attacking me for 25, geo for 25, and Defending with the other 25.

Results: I am Attacked for 75 total Energy, 50 of which is blocked by my Defense. I can choose which specific points of damage to block, so as to block any Powers that may have on-hit effects. Geodude takes 15 Energy worth of damage, and Kentona takes zero damage.

6) Any damage taken is recorded, and play continues to the next Allocation Phase, then Resolution. Once a player reaches 0 Energy without hope for revival, they are removed from the game. Last player standing wins!

Sound interesting? Give a post here and PM me your Power selections, and we'll begin when we reach 5 or 6 players, as a test run.

Player Status:
1) Craze - The Blonde Prince
2) Arno - Captain Belgium
3) Ark - The Gay Thunder
4) ChaosProductions - Dispater
5) demondestiny - The French Tickler
6)

Iron Gaia Mafia!

By popular demand, here's another round of Mafia!

Here's the basics:

1) The game starts with a Day Phase. During this phase, all currently alive players will be able to post in this thread, discussing who they wish to vote to lynch (remove from the game).

2) Once a majority has been reached, the person selected is lynched and their role is revealed. This ends the Day Phase and begins the Night Phase.

3) During this phase, any player with night actions may submit their action privately to the game moderator (in this case, myself). The Mafia also chooses which member of the town to kill in the same fashion. Once all night actions are resolved, anybody who is killed during the night has their role revealed to the town, beginning the next Day phase. Nobody may talk in the thread during the Night Phase. Mafia members may communicate amongst themselves during this time, out of thread, as they can at any time during the game.

4) Play continues until either the Town (known in this game as the Resistance, see flavor below) eliminates all threats, or until the Mafia (known in this game as the Celestials) controls the vote, or is in a position where such a situation is inevitable.

I'm not telling you the exact role set-up for this game. I will tell you, however, that it's slightly bigger than the last one, clocking in at 11 players.

So if you're interested, or if you have any questions that aren't answered by the above overview, make a post here and we'll get this game rolling!

Player list:

1. GameOverGames Productions
2. ChaosProductions

3. AeroGP
4. Natook
5. AznChipmunk
6. Gemini
7. Relyt

8. Liberty
9. ace prime
10. Tonfa
11. Ark


Dead players:

Gemini, Resistance Soldier, erased from existence Night 1
ace prime, Omegus (Celestial), throat slit Night 1
ChaosProductions, Resistance Soldier, lynched Day 2
Relyt, Resistance Soldier, erased from existence Night 2
GameOverGames Productions, Tom Brighton (Resistance Roleblocker) lynched Day 3
AznChipmunk, Armand Carter (Resistance Cop), mutilated Night 3


THE FLAVOR: The GAIA has brought Armand Carter and a small handful of the rebels into a VR simulation. At this time, the GAIA tells Carter that they are sick of wasting resources hunting down what remains of the resistance, and proposes a challenge. Among the group are an undetermined amount of her Celestials. If the Resistance can identify the Celestials before the Celestials gain majority, the GAIA will stop experimentation on the Iron Gaia's passengers and land on the planet below. If the Resistance fails, experimentation continues.

Carter accepts this challenge -- and now the game will begin.

RMN Mafia!

You may have heard of a game called Mafia before. In fact, you may have even played it before. For those who haven't, Mafia is a game that pits an uninformed majority (the town) against an informed minority (the mafia, also known as "scum"). I've had great fun playing the game on other forums, and want to see how well it'll work here.

Here's the basics:

1) The game starts with a Day Phase. During this phase, all currently alive players will be able to post in this thread, discussing who they wish to vote to lynch (remove from the game).

2) Once a majority has been reached, the person selected is lynched and their role is revealed. This ends the Day Phase and begins the Night Phase.

3) During this phase, any player with night actions may submit their action privately to the game moderator (in this case, myself). The Mafia also chooses which member of the town to kill in the same fashion. Once all night actions are resolved, anybody who is killed during the night has their role revealed to the town, beginning the next Day phase. Nobody may talk in the thread during the Night Phase.

4) Play continues until either the Town eliminates all Mafia members (town victory), or the Mafia holds the majority of the day's votes (Mafia victory).

For this first attempt, we'll be using a very common setup called PieC9. In PieC9, there will be 7 total players, assigned roles as follows:

- 3 Vanilla Town. These players have no night powers, but may cast a vote during the day phase. They win when the Mafia are eliminated.

- 1 Doctor. Each night, the Doctor submits the name of one player in the game to protect. Any person protected by the Doctor is immune to being killed by the Mafia for that night. The Doctor wins with the Town when the Mafia are eliminated.

- 1 Cop. Each night, the Cop may investigate one still-living person to determine their alignment. This makes the Cop a very dangerous role for the Mafia, as a confirmed Mafia is most likely a dead Mafia.

- 1 Mafia Goon. This player is part of the Mafia, but otherwise has no special power apart from voting during the Day Phase. Wins when the Mafia controls the vote.

- 1 Mafia Roleblocker. This player is part of the Mafia, and may choose one player per night to roleblock, nullifying any night action the target may have had. Wins when the Mafia controls the vote.


OH. One last thing I almost forgot. The Mafia are the only people allowed to talk amongst themselves OUTSIDE OF THE THREAD about the game in progress. This is mostly by the honor system.

So if you're interested, or if you have any questions that aren't answered by the above overview, make a post here and we'll get this game rolling!

Player list:

1. AznChipmunk
2. Natook
3. Yellow Magic
4. Little Wing Guy
5. NoblemanNick
6. ChaosProductions
7. GreatRedSpirit


Dead players:

AznChipmunk, Town Doctor, lynched Day 1
Yellow Magic, Vanilla Town, shot Night 1


Disregard this

Stream over, we all got bored and called it a day :P
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