NerdWords Picks of the Month: November 2017

There is way too much new stuff for our hobbies every month to keep track of. So I decided to pick my four favorites from all the news, posts and curiosities hitting the internet in the last few weeks.

Map Drawing

I love maps! Especially in pen-&-paper roleplaying games. Most of the time I just grab an empty piece of paper and get started. I usually end up with something that could be a dungeon, a village or other adventuring location for my players to explore.

This month, the GreatGM put up an amazing video. A detailed tutorial to get started with drawing your own maps using photoshop (but you can probably use any other similar software, too). I really like the approach. It’s a four part tutorial and if you’re a GM yourself, you should check it out.

Total War: Rome II DLC

Total War: Rome II was released in 2013 and is still considered one of the best installments in the series. I wasn’t playing the game myself when it was released, but I always liked the concept of the Total War games. I remember spending nights with Total War: Shogun many years ago. 

It’s highly unusual to release a new DLC for a game that is now nearly five years old. But in respect of the large community of players still actively playing the game, the developers decided to go back to it and give it’s fans a whole new experience. 

The DLC will focus on a difficult and interesting time period for the Roman Empire: The Crisis of the Third Century. As I understand it, the main actors will be the Roman Empire itself, the Gallic Empire and Palmyrene Empire. I don’t know if this era has been explored in computer games before, but for me it sounds like a totally new setting.

Wizardry 8 Guides

Wizardry 8 was released in 2001 as the last installment in the Wizardry-series. It was (as far as I know) one of the last roleplaying games using a first person perspective for managing your whole adventuring party. At the time of its release most developers of RPG computer games already went different ways. Baldurs Gate was released a few years earlier and introduced a gameplay, that would define the genre in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. So the finale of the Wizardry series never got the attention it deserved.

In my opinion, Thoughtful Gamings Let’s-Play is a little too long to watch it completely, but I really enjoyed clicking through some of the episodes and the guides he put on YouTube this month. So if you are a fan of the game yourself, or just like to have a look into the history of computer roleplaying games, it’s worth taking a look.

Wizardry 8 – Guides & Complete Playthroughs by Immanuel Can from Thoughtful Gaming

Star Trek Tikis on ThinkGeek

I think these are neither new nor exclusive to Star Trek, but I just found them a few days ago.

And to be honest, I’m not even a big fan of cocktails. They are usually too sweet, too sour or just “never right” for my taste. But with these cocktail jars I could make an exception.  I guess you could use them for beer or lemonade or whatever you like, too. There are versions from other Star Trek series, Star Wars and other franchises as well.

What was your nerdy highlight in November so far? Something completely different? Maybe the Star Wars Battlefront II pay-to-win scandal? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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