Monday, August 30, 2010

Video Spotlight #15 Self Defense



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.

About the authors:
Derrick Comedy. Look them up. They've got tons of hilarious videos to toy with your funny bone as if it were their play thing. They are the puppeteers and your skeletal frame shall twist and shake at their leisure. Popcorn and snacks shall be served.

About the video:
Real life self defense techniques for real life situations. Tested in the only laboratory that matters: the streets.

This is Kylak signing out and getting wrist control.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Leak Sauce #5 Deadpool Movie



Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

So this has been known by many for a while but I figured I would gather all of the facts for you and shove them here into this little post. For those of you who don't know who Deadpool is, let me take you guys to the side here and have a sit down.

Deadpool in a nutshell: Deadpool is the merc with a mouth. Hilarious antics, over the top jokes, and breaking the fourth wall are actually a norm. Deadpool/Wade Wilson's main superpower involves an accelerated healing factor (which he got from an experiment that involved taking cells from Wolverine of the X-Men). The healing factor was intended to cure him of his cancer but this backfired by disfiguring his skin and rapidly regenerated his brain cells which consequently turned him insane.



So here's what is known:
1) Ryan Reynolds is playing Deadpool.
2) Robert Rodriguez is signing the deal to be the director of the movie.
3) The script was made by the writers for Zombieland.
4) It has been confirmed that Deadpool will break the fourth wall as God intended.
5) Ryan Reynolds is a huge Deadpool fan and gets to play the role of "authentication police" for any material presented.
6) Release date is 2011.

That isn't a giant pile of info to go on but it's something. The names being thrown around make it sound like this should be a ton of win but we'll have to wait and see. If I find more info I will probably edit this post and add it in later.


Edit: May 26, 2011 - UPDATE
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I've noticed that this article has been getting a strange amount of traffic around the web. For those of you just showing up, I regret to inform you that this post is mostly outdated but don't worry because I've got the updates right here.

The Updates
- Robert Rodriguez won't be the director and instead that role goes to Tim Miller (sigh worthy).
- The release date obviously won't be 2011 since Ryan Reynolds just finished up with Green Lantern.
- 20th Century Fox is going to release this.
- One of Xavier's mutants is getting a role. Word on the street says: Colossus. (strange choice)
- Also starring: Deadpool's love interest Vanessa Carlysle, his pal Blind Al, contact Patch, and Weapon X teammates Sluggo, Wyre, Ajax, and Garrison Kane.

This is Kylak signing out and getting ready to repair the fourth wall frequently with duct tape.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Updates Updates Updates !!!



It's that Phoenix again! He's like the official update mascot. I don't have a clue who the artist is or I'd give them credit. You rock, whoever you are!

THE UPDATES:
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1) I'll be fixing up the site's navigation bit by bit. I'm busting out my internet hammers and nails to get this done. If you have any suggestions then please comment below by all means. If no one has any suggestions to spruce things up then most of the work will be behind the scenes. Top secret ninja whisper kind of work.

2) Updating my complete profile/about me page. I've been putting it off but it's kind of necessary I suppose. It's already been updated with my email address if you need/want to talk to me.

3) There won't be any posts for over a week! Let me fill you in on why. I'm a senior in college and things are going to be mad chaotic. Summer break is about to end and there's plenty to do around here before I take my trip back to my college town and dive into the nitty gritty. After I get settled into my dorm again, I'll be right back here with open arms. Just so we're clear: Yes, I do see the irony in the fact that one of the updates is that there won't be any updates for awhile. Sweet delicious irony!

WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT:
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1) Catch up time. You have all this time to read any old articles you missed out on. How lucky is that?

2) Promote the site. If you like the site or maybe a very specific article, there are buttons everywhere to share this on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and more. Maybe you have friends you can persuade into taking a look and following. Maybe you frequent a forum and want to spread the word in your signature with kind words like, "Check Ky's shit out! *link*".

3) Comment. Even though I'm taking a break from posting for a little while, I'll still be here. Don't be a stranger. Comment up a storm. Even if it's an ancient article, I have it setup to notify me if anyone leaves a comment so you won't be speaking to an empty room. I typically comment back so be prepared for that. Suggestions, discussions, greetings, or maybe you just want to say things are peachy keen.

WHEN I RETURN:
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1) There will still be frequent updates but no longer will it be every single day. There are many reasons for this but I'm sure it will just work out better for everyone in the grand scheme of things.

2) The Podcast shall make its debut!

3) There are plenty more articles to come as well as some other surprises.


This is Kylak signing out for a week and lurking in the shadows to reply to your comments. You all rock outloud!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Critical Playtesting #5 The Warlock



Playtesting different classes and races so you'll give them a shot.

The Warlock of Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition is an Arcane Striker that comes in six different flavors. When starting on your journey as a Warlock you must choose a pact that will forever change the fate of your life. Sorry, no refunds. As of the time of writing this, there are six pacts: Infernal, Fey, Star, Dark, Vestige, and Sorcerer-King pacts. I could blabber on for days about the list of pacts and if you really want me to do that then comment below and vote for it.

Before we delve any deeper into the rabbit hole, let me warn all adventurers: this class takes effort. If you don't put the extra time into the mechanics of your Warlock then your character isn't going to shine. Think of this as a challenge rather than a setback. Stoutmeister has a wonderful little chart to explain this (I keep seeing his chart all over the place so now it's your turn):



Rangers, Rogues, and Warlocks pretty much all have the same potential but Rangers just happen to be much easier to build. So what makes the Warlock stand out in a crowded room full of Strikers?

1) Controller aspects - Many of the Warlock's powers sacrifice pure damage for lovely effects that will leave your enemies crippled in the most delightful of ways. The skies the limit with a vast variety of effects at your disposal thanks to manipulating arcane magic. There are plenty of AOE effects if you want to be a secondary controller but many powers incapacitate one foe while dishing out some hurt at the same time.

2) Defense - Between gaining concealment (+2 to all defenses) almost every turn thanks to one of your class features and teleporting to get out of sticky situations, you should be rather comfy for a mage. You would think that would be enough. Constitution based Warlocks state they can do far better. These guys take spikes through the chest and ask for more! Thanks to their primary stat being CON, they literally will have Defender level HP and healing surges.

3) Mobility - You get more teleportation powers than any other class and you get the best of the best it would seem. Fey pact Warlocks reap the benefits from this the most. Since most of your attacks are ranged, that in itself is a kind of mobility as you can move wherever you please and frag enemies with magic blasts.



4) Flavor - Making a pact with some mysterious being to grant you power sets up for so much roleplaying potential in and of itself. Not only does your background story suddenly become badass but it can setup your goals and what drives your character throughout the campaign.

5) Combat variety - Arcane blasts, dominating minds, curses, debuffs, teleportation, and a mile long list of other powers. It's even possible to design melee builds. You aren't forced to use the entire arsenal of kick ass but the options are at your fingertips if you so desire.

This is Kylak signing out because I have a pact with Cthulhu and he demands I take care of some other matters for now.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Video Spotlight #14 Final Fantasy with Lyrics



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.

Brentalfloss is already an internet phenomenon but just in case you were snoozing, here's a sample of his work. His "What if the Mega Man 3 title theme had lyrics" video gained enough popularity to push him into the music career he has today.

Since I posted Duane and BrandO recently, it's only fair to post the OTHER video game lyric adding internet sensation. Brentalfloss also has a CD out so that's something else to take a look at.

This is Kylak signing out and going outside to raise some levels.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wicked Reviews Series: Sengoku Basara Season 2- Episode 5



Most of this episode involves Masamune struggling with the losses he's endured and a few flashbacks to show more of the bond between Masamune and Kojuro. I'm still wondering what it is that made Kojuro so loyal in the first place. I hope we get to that at some point this season.

Hanbei pulls a dick move to try and trick Kojuro into believing that Masamune is dead though it's not a very good plan. I mean, it's just one of the six swords... it doesn't really prove anything. I doubt Kojuro will fall for this lame attempt. Then the plan becomes complete fail because he just leaves Kojuro alone in the room with the sword... It's like begging the guy to escape.



Keiji makes his attempt to talk to Hideyoshi but is ultimately ignored. Poor Keiji, that's twice he's been ignored by those closest to him. Scenes switch over to Yukimura who worries that he's neglected his duties due to Hideyoshi's army already having caught up with his current position. Then Masamune and Kenshin have a quick chit chat.

The episode ends with Chosokabe currently on the winning side of things against Mouri. Mouri remarks how useful Fugaku (Chosokabe's floating fortress) is and that seems like some grim foreshadowing to me.

This is Kylak signing out and thinking a moving fortress on the water with multiple giant cannons is pretty useful too. No shit Sherlock!

Wicked Reviews Series: Highschool of the Dead - Episode 6




Most of this episode consists of fan service piled on top of fan service. It literally becomes borderline hentai and I can't help but feel that it's all rather unnecessary.

Takashi and Hirano get some buddy time which they haven't had until now. It's nice to see the two main male cast members getting along in comparison to every other Anime where they usually clash or have some kind of rivalry. We also find out how Hirano is trained so expertly in marksmanship. Elsewhere, there is a protest against the blockades the police have set and the police are ordered by the top brass to keep order under any circumstances.

Also, when did this show become such a harem? Every female main character in this show seems to have feelings for Takashi...

Rei brings up Hisashi again and I keep wondering how different the show would have been if Hisashi were alive for more than one episode. Takashi gets rightfully pissed at her constantly comparing him to Hisashi and strangely that causes them to have a moment together... Weird!



As always, the ending isn't really the ending and there's multiple scenes afterward. That's actually getting kind of annoying because I can imagine the average viewer watching this on TV won't continue to watch after the credits start rolling. The police order construction members to use bulldozers and take out all the zombies on the bridge. Go construction workers! Then Hirano informs Takashi about the shit that's about to get real.

This is Kylak signing out and purchasing a really tall fence since that's all you need to stop a zombie invasion.

Wicked Reviews Series: The Legend of the Legendary Heroes - Episode 6



Everything is on the line as Sion purposely walks right into the anti-king faction's trap with the most untrustworthy guy possible as his guard. Sion has proven to us plenty of times already that he's a heavy risk taker and I can only imagine it's going to get him into deep shit at some point. While Sion visits Nelpha, he decides to drop in and see Ryner and Ferris. I personally would love more scenes like this as we rarely get to see the three main characters in the same room.

Skipping ahead, Frouade assassinates just about everyone and their mom and then takes it upon himself to head to Toale's place. Ryner and Ferris face off against our resident goth to prevent him from killing Toale. Frouade gets to show off a decent variety of powers here as it would seem he has complete control over shadows and darkness. Long range blasts, an orb-like shield, a giant construct, teleportation, and the ability to be extremely antisocial. The thing that scares me is that Frouade can hold his own against both of them working together without any trouble. Ryner pulls a bluff that gets Frouade to leave and Ferris rests due to her injury.



Since no one has made a comment of which they prefer, I'm sticking with doing much shorter Anime reviews for now so I'll be stopping here.

This is Kylak signing out and thinking Frouade makes himself seem way too openly suspicious.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Video Spotlight #13 Mega Man 2 by the Adventures of Duane and BrandO



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.

As always, I get to share ancient videos with you that I couldn't before since I didn't have the site at the time. That should probably be the new tagline but that's another matter entirely.

You could pretty much call this Mega Man 2 abridged in music video form. It's delicious parody and it still manages to capture the story accurately enough to be considered a tribute. Even better is the seamless mixture of a metal cover soundtrack with hilarious rap lyrics.

Duane and BrandO are the brilliant minds behind this. They have a CD you can purchase full of goodies and there are some other vids and songs on their Youtube channel to sit down with. All of their songs are of this quality so start being impressed already.

You can find their official website here:
http://duane-and-brando.com/

As you can tell from the post on their site, it would appear that Duane and BrandO are splitting up. This has actually happened before but it was over merely one dispute that they managed to work out. Currently, there are several issues that simply can't be worked out as they creatively want to go in different directions and that's just how things will have to be. Don't send them emails trying to change their mind, it's set in stone. The good news is, they'll still be making music just they'll be doing it separately with their own respective groups. Duane will continue with Action Adventure World and BrandO will continue with The Adventures Of. Several of the songs they were working on will still be completed even after their disbandment so that's something to look forward to rather soon.

This is Kylak signing out and defeating eight robot masters every day of the week.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Flash Game Reviews #1 Tower of Heaven



Flash Game Reviews.

The game can be found here:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/544332

STORY:
Straight from the description:
"Climbing up the stairway in search of revelation, a lone traveler defies a spiteful god residing at the top of the world. Unamused, the indignant deity lays down increasingly difficult laws designed to kill his unwelcome visitor as he ascends toward the moonlit skies. Can you make it to the very top and discover the secrets of this divine structure? May heaven grant you fortune."

GAMEPLAY:
A traditional puzzle platformer with a twist. Each stage will bring a new challenge by adding another "law". For example, one law might be that you can't touch the sides of blocks. These rules stack which is only half of the challenge. There are puzzle aspects to the game but the predominant factor is the hardcore platforming. If you aren't able to pull off precision jumps between multiple giant moving buzzsaws then this might not be the game for you. To add to the complexity, every stage is timed so you need to be moving constantly.

GRAPHICS:
Old school Game Boy fat graphics. Shades of yellowish green and black are all you get. I personally find it nostalgic because I grew up with the original Game Boy (Game Boy fat) but I understand that many of the younger generations might not understand it.

MUSIC:
Top notch, heavily addicting, midi format sounding music which fit well with the graphics.

LASTING APPEAL:
A speed run mode, level creator, three hidden secrets, and the ability to load custom levels (although no one had made any the last time I checked) means there's a decent amount of extras but nothing overly exciting.

OVERALL:
Everyone can try this but only hardcore gamers are going to appreciate it. Casual gamers will get heavily frustrated and ragequit. With only 11 stages, it's rather short though I will admit that it's probably for the best due to the level of difficulty. The interaction of the "god" was rather interesting but I would have preferred more. I've seen this approach many times and this particular one lacks depth or a unique touch.

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Legend:
+ = plus
- = minus
+/- = too subjective to grade (you'll have to add or subtract based on your own criteria)
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+/- High level of difficulty and old school appeal means this won't please everyone
+/- There are many extra modes but none of them were very exciting.
+ The music actually adds heavily to improve the experience.
+ The platforming is very polished.
- The story had a lot of potential that I felt wasn't used properly.

Overall score: 8 out of 10

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Video Spotlight #12 Domino Animals



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.

You don't have to understand Japanese in the slightest to enjoy this video. The video is about a hilarious contest these people have made for animals. It's rather simple really. The animal starts at Point A and Point B has food. You lose if you knock over the dominoes. The animals that lose get eaten. Oh wait... sorry, I added that last part in. Watch to find out which animal manages to pull it off. I'm rather jealous of how much free time these people have to just setup dominoes multiple times, take care of exotic animals, and throw random contests on television.

This is Kylak signing out and preheating the oven.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wicked Reviews Series: Sengoku Basara Season 2- Episode 4



Oichi? Matsunaga Hisahide? Fūma Kotarō? All back in one episode?
HOLY SHIZ!

For those who don't remember:
Oichi = Oda Nobunaga's sister who I swear calls herself Ichi and not Oichi which forces me into spelling her name wrong constantly.
Matsunaga Hisahide = The greedy evil dude from the first season that only got one episode.
Fūma Kotarō = The silent ninja that fought the Tiger of Kai way early on in the first season.

Yukimura investigates the cries of sorrow that echo from the remains of Oda Nobunaga's castle. He runs into Hisahide who plans to drink sake from Nobunaga's skull. Their ideologies clash before Kotarō interrupts Yukimura's attack and sets off bombs to Michael Bay the castle (yes, I just used Michael Bay as a verb).



The rest of the summary shall be in list format for no adequately explored reason:

1) Yukimura faces off against Oichi's shadow hands and somebody gets a cameo.
2) We find out the aftermath of Masamune's fight with Hideyoshi.
3) Keiji has flashbacks. Many involve food.
4) Survivors of Oda Nobunaga's army come to take Oichi away.
5) Oyamada looks and acts a little too much like Kojuro.
6) Mouri and Hanbei seal the deal of their alliance.
7) Mouri didn't act like a complete ass this time so I think it's a doppelganger.
8) Chosokabe's parrot would be much kewler if it talked.
9) Michael Bay is officially synonymous with explosions.
10) I'm not even discussing the show anymore so I guess it's time to end this list.

This is Kylak signing out and fighting the temptation to keep adding to the list.

Wicked Reviews Series: Highschool of the Dead - Episode 5




This episode literally bitch slaps all angst and desperation of the previous episodes. Humanity is persevering, snipers are sniping, the military is kicking ass and chewing bubble gum except they're all out of gum, annoying teens get knocked off a bridge, the fourth wall gets shot in the face, Shido gets his pride taken down fifty notches, Hirano gets to be completely awesome, epic fight scenes on motorcycles, and things are looking up. As you can tell, all of those things combined make this the best episode so far! I think I just summed up the entire episode in one paragraph even though fifty things happen. Should I stop there or should I continue? YOU DECIDE!

This is Kylak signing out and giving you the shortest Anime review I've ever given unless you desire otherwise.

Wicked Reviews Series: The Legend of the Legendary Heroes - Episode 5



We're in Nelpha this week folks. Their library is so top notch it might as well be the equivalent of the internet for their time period (replace Google with a guy named Toale). That's good news for Ryner and Ferris who are looking for info. Most of our episode however takes place back in Roland as we see what Sion's up to.

Sion's a busy bee with piles of paperwork, research on every single person under the sun (the guy knows everyone before he meets them, I swear), avoiding plots against his own life and the lives of his friends, developing his plans for world domination, and stressful parties. You think prom night sucked? Imagine dealing with royalty and knowingly inviting the very people who want you dead. Yeah, it's kind of a big deal.

There is quite the bit of character development for most of the main characters in Roland and a touching moment that I'll just let you watch. It's not my job to spoil major scenes in the series. I will say that due to this episode focusing on Sion, there is a giant pile of political intrigue and even if you aren't into that sort of thing, if you have a heart at all, you should still enjoy this episode.



Miran Froaude is finally introduced. He's our resident goth/dark character that lurks in the shadows and all that jazz. He brings Sion an offer he can't refuse and I'm not referencing Godfather and I'm not talking about those deals your mother squeals about at the local Wal-Mart. Sion is quite the troubled soul and Miran offers to help bear the darkness that is currently placed on only two shoulders. Bargain bin priced assassinations being part of Marin's resume lands him the job and the episode ends with Sion doing his best Gendo impression (it's not a very good one since it only lasts for a second before the credits start to roll).

This is Kylak signing out and bringing you the latest Anime reviews around! And by "latest" I mean literally a week late and not the other definition of the word.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Giving Pledge Program


Big news!

I was going to finish up those other articles I just talked about yesterday but then my mind exploded after reading this:
http://stars.ign.com/articles/111/1110726p1.html

Simply amazing! That's over 115 billion to charity. So that got me doing some research and found more on the subject:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/us/05giving.html

While the first link mostly describes George Lucas's addition to the program, the second link explains the thought processes going on and there's more explanation as to why some have and some haven't donated.

So I decided to go to the key source itself at the official website and found the list of pledges:
http://givingpledge.org/#enter

Not only does it have every single entry but each person or group wrote a letter. You should definitely take the time to read some of these letters. A range of touching and emotional to hopeful and giving. Some are literally out right shocking at how much money is being donated. It's a wonderful read, I assure you.

As you can probably imagine, time slipped by rather quickly from all the reading. As such, the articles will get posted as they get completed but the four out of five I planned on posting today aren't obviously going to make it in time. I also didn't imagine I'd be getting home so late but that's a whole other story.

This is Kylak signing out and finding it ironic that Jar Jar Binks actually managed to benefit the education system. Irony wins again!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Video Spotlight #11 Tiny Japanese Girl



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.

Oh Weebl and Peabo, how I adore your work ever so much. If you don't know about Weebl and his crew then you need to check yourself right now! Reevaluate everything you thought was real as of this very second. Done yet? Awesome. Let's move on.

This is my first time ever hearing of Savlonic but I'll joyfully look into them since this song is so heavily addicting it's unreal. The lyrics are an intriguing mesh of hilarity and struggle. Hyperbole takes on a new meaning, especially after witnessing the music video above. Acceptance feels desired and yet its acknowledged by the one that matters and that provides this piece with a lot of heart. I'm listening to this on repeat several times over.

This is actually Weebl's second video with Savlonic. The first can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wX8AbBWc08&feature=channel

Weebl's official site here: http://www.weebls-stuff.com/

Sorry that I gave you two Video Spotlights in a row but I tried out a strange method of working on five articles at the same time... Yeah... I'm sure you can tell how well that panned out in the end. At least the tough work is done so be prepared to see most of those at some point tomorrow.

This is Kylak signing out and also being big in Tokyo merely due to my height. If I ever go there, I'll be sure to wear a Godzilla outfit. Just kidding, I'd get SHOT!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Video Spotlight #10 Zelda: Heart for the Hero



Sharing videos I managed to find scattered across the Internet.

I found this video eons ago but you know how I am about sharing vids (it doesn't hurt that I didn't have a site eons ago either). This video revolves around the joke that Link never speaks in any of the Legend of Zelda games. How does he buy what he wants in shops? Watch to find out!

If you want to find more delicious videos by the same person then you shouldn't be looking on Youtube. Matthew Seely is the man behind the picture and you can find a higher quality video and the rest of his work at this link right over here *point point*:
http://sexysexybicycle.newgrounds.com/
And you can find his site at:
http://www.sexysexybicycle.net/

They might seem like very strange URLs but trust me that they're safe.

This is Kylak signing out and adding hearts to the grocery list.

Monday, August 2, 2010

League of Legends = Elder Dragon Highlander


EDIT: If this is your first time to my site then skip this article. It isn't funny, it isn't my usual style, it isn't anything but an observation.

I know it's a rather random article but I wanted to bring this up for Magic the Gathering and League of Legends fans. Please excuse me if I'm late on this it's just that I never get to play EDH or LoL so the thought never occurred to me until today.

EDH = Elder Dragon Higherlander (A variant format for Magic the Gathering)
LoL = League of Legends (A free to play game online)

For those of you who haven't played either then this probably won't make a bit of sense to you and you should go look them up.

LoL is literally EDH in literal form. Let's break it down:

1) In each game you need to choose a "general".

2) In EDH you have life totals that needs to be attacked and in LoL you have bases.

3) If a "general" dies then they have to respawn. In EDH this is represented by having to pay 2 additional mana each time your general dies which is the equivalent of a respawn counter.

4) In EDH you have other spells that you typically build around your general for different synergies and tactics. In LoL you have items that literally do the same thing.

5) In EDH you have other creatures you play along with your general. In LoL you have minions that fight with your chosen character.

6) In LoL you have lanes to choose from to attack the enemy base and in EDH you have different opponents you can swing at.

7) Both are multiplayer games.

The only major difference conceptually is that LoL is a team VS team game while EDH is usually played as a free for all. You could play EDH as a team game though and you have roughly the same thing. The difference when playing is whether you're using controls or drawing and casting spells from your library.

This isn't a rant. This isn't to prove a point. This isn't to get people flustered. I just thought it was hilarious how similar the two games are and thought it would be fun to post about it.

This is Kylak signing out and thinking you should give both games a chance.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Reverse Dungeoneering #2 - Encouraging Roleplaying: It's delicious!



Improving your D&D experience. For Dungeons and Dragons Players and DMs.

So you think D&D is only about combat? *slaps you with a fish* Look what you made me do! *helps you get back up and brushes you off* Alright. Now that the unpleasant part is over with, we can move to the next step. This lesson is about encouraging roleplaying for both players and DMs. Now with 100% more cooking metaphors! Time to eat up.


For Dungeon Masters

1) Sprinkle a little EXP and a dash of sugar.
That's right. You heard me. Don't just give EXP when they slash open a dragon's chest and carve their names on its scales. If there is some interesting roleplaying going on and people are staying in character then hand out some additional EXP. That's the first step.

2) Cook up some scenarios.
Don't just think of ideas for combat or that's all there might ever be. Make up scenarios to entice your players to get into character. Maybe they have to talk their way out of a fight? Maybe they have to talk to some townsfolk to figure out what's going on? There are a million ways to go about this but provoke them into talking with each other and with the NPCs to get those creative juices flowing.

3) Put on the apron.
You think I'm kidding? Get into character yourself. It's your job as the DM to be the main storyteller. You control all NPCs so you need to try your best to improve your own roleplaying. Try to engage them into conversation.

4) Variety is the spice of life.
Vary up your NPCs. Different quirks, voices, appearances, intelligence levels, personalities, ages, and so much more. Go for the gold.

5) Don't constantly serve your best dishes.
It gets stale when you keep giving them lovable characters. Make some of your NPCs creepy, angry, rude, brash, judgmental, whiney, etc. Maybe they have some horrible quirk or bad habit. Maybe they're super polite but they eat babies? Just try not to make anyone so unlikable that they'll never return to that character. People have flaws, it's a fact of life. Learn to make flaws in your characters.

6) Learn from another recipe.
Don't try to be 100% original. Seriously. Quit it. There is nothing wrong with borrowing ideas from shows, movies, novels, other people, and so on. In fact, it's a part of good game design to borrow. Maybe there's an Anime character you think would be a great side character for next session or you got an idea for a setting from the last movie you just watched. Borrow what works and maybe take what doesn't work and expand upon it.




For Players

1) Write down the recipe.
Bust out that pencil. Write ideas down. Lots of them. Plan out your characters as much as possible out of game. Some people seem to think that a long backstory equates to having a character with personality. It doesn't mean squat if all of your characters act the same. Too many people spend too much time on background and not enough time on quirks, traits, flaws, manners of speech, ideologies, philosophies, likes, dislikes, the works.

2) Make a dish of your own.
It's great that you borrow ideas or turn your favorite character into a D&D equivalent but maybe you should try to make your own? Even if you throw together a ton of other ideas and tweak and expand them into something of your own, that's fine. Test out some ideas on paper first and then bring it to the table.

3) Get ready for the heat of the oven.
Even when the battles get heated up, you should still try to roleplay. Roleplaying during combat can be rather rewarding and make battles a bit more exciting at times.

4) Variety is the spice of life.
Vary up your PCs. Different quirks, voices, appearances, intelligence levels, personalities, ages, and so much more. Go for the gold. Deja vu!

5) Mix some ingredients.
Sometimes when you mix peanut butter with chocolate you get reese's cups. Mix some ideas together that you wouldn't normally see in the same light. You might be surprised what you come up with.

6) Communicate with the head chef.
Talk to your DM about your character. Maybe you can both come up with a plot element that you can both enjoy for the campaign. It can't hurt to try.


Well there are obviously a million other examples but I can't put all of my eggs in one basket if you know what I mean. Get out there and encourage some roleplaying.

This is Kylak signing out and hoping you enjoyed the taste of this article.

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