Silva rerum (5) feat. computer games

It is a very slow summer here at Re-enchantment. And now, with my new super-powerful PC I’m finally going to play Witcher 3… and Total War: Warhammer, two video games that made me spend… way too much money on a machine I don’t really need for anything else. Open Office & Firefox work on my old laptop well enough…

I experience genre fiction in several complementary forms. Books might be most important, but movies, tv series, tabletop & video games are also great. For social gatherings tabletop games are just perfect, but when I want to immerse myself in a fantasy world and influence the events (and not only let my imagination go wild with wonderful stories prepared in a static form by writers) – I go for c(omputer)RPGs and strategies.

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Elizabeth Moon, Divided Alliegiance (1988), Oath of Gold (1989)

Ok, so last week I ranted about Halloween and also reviewed Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon. Book I liked very much for reasons then explained. So now, having finished the rest of the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, I feel like I should follow up.

I’m not enthusiastic about this task.

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2nd and 3rd books are not bad, but slightly disappointing. The warning signs were there, but it could go either way. What happened is a transformation into something similar to good tie-in novels, Pathfinder Tales or classic D&D titles come to mind. Not bad, but not very demanding, mass produced fun for specific target group. In this case I’m in the target group, but after book one I hoped for more.

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Will Wheaton’s Valkana – Tabletop RPG show for beginners and veterans.

RPG, tabletop RPG (we’re not talking about video games here, this is serious stuff 😉 ). Short introductory text is available here. I’ve tried to sell the idea of RPG to many people, many times, sometimes with some success. To me – it’s the highest form of social entertainment. Board games, fun as they are, are only a substitute 😛 Other lesser activities, aren’t worth mentioning here…

But, I don’t want to drone about my favourite pastime. It’s not a big post, there will be another, proper one, soon. I just want to recommend a new youtube series, by an actor and geek celebrity, Will Wheaton (Star Trek, Big Bang T.), from the great Geek & Sundry channel.

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Introduction

Episode One

See, how great an RPG session can be, and do try it yourself, at home. There are games for everyone out there, fantasy, s/f, history, present times, any genre imaginable. It’s fun you share with friends.

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