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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

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

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 6: M*A*S*H @ 50 Rank 4, Valor Normalization


This HD video is narrated PVP footage of my “M*A*S*H” Justicar/Shaman/Warden Cleric melee healing spec in Patch 1.4.1, from a Codex warfront. I queued for the warfront with a guildee, Frizzlepot the R7 Mage. This is my 2nd video for

Posted in Cleric, Mage, PVP, RIFT, Video
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