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Mana Bars: Good or Bad Game Design?


Mana bars are the long-standing resource implementation for casters in MMORPGs. In this article, we’ll look at the implications of mana bars on game balance and mechanics. But first, let’s consider why mana bars were (probably) created. I’ll use the

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Posted in Cleric, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, Mage, PVE, PVP, RIFT, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

RIFT Cleric PVP Video: Volume 9: M*A*S*H @ 50 Rank 8 in Library of the Runemasters


This HD video is narrated PVP footage of my “M*A*S*H” Justicar/Shaman/Warden Cleric melee healing spec in Patch 1.5 at Rank 8, from a Library of the Runemasters warfront (queued solo). This is my 8th video for M*A*S*H at level 50.

Posted in Cleric, PVP, RIFT, Video

RIFT World PVP Live Stream: 5-man Guardian Group vs Defiants on Dayblind


Here is a highlight reel from my Twitch.TV World PVP stream from yesterday morning: http://www.twitch.tv/taugrim/b/299424299 You can also check out the video on YouTube, but note that the video quality is lower due to codec conversion loss when transferring from

Posted in Cleric, Livestream, PVP, RIFT, Video

RIFT PVP Video: Pre-Kiting and Strafe-Kiting FTW


There has been a lot of controversy since Patch 1.5 launched. One of the common arguments I’ve read on the RIFT PVP & Warfronts forum is that “RDPS are squishy and need(ed) survivability buffs.” Yesterday I decided to record the

Posted in Cleric, Mage, PVP, RIFT, Rogue, Video, Warrior

RIFT Cleric PVP Video: Volume 7: Stayin’ Alive in Patch 1.5


This HD video is narrated PVP footage of my “M*A*S*H” Justicar/Shaman/Warden Cleric melee healing spec in Patch 1.5, from a Codex warfront. This is my 3rd video for M*A*S*H at level 50, and I talk about how I’ve dealt with

Posted in Cleric, PVP, RIFT, Rogue, Video
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