On Monday, I [Callum] had the opportunity to speak with the folks at Midboss [http://midboss.com/] – Matt Conn, John James, Toni Rocca, and Philip Jones – about their game Read Only Memories, an old-school adventure game set in a cyberpunk-styled San Francisco inspired by games like Snatcher, and a bit about general LGBTQ representation in videogames. Enjoy!
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How do I feel about this new Hero and the cost of $9.99 for each new Hero they're going to introduce in the future?
HearthStone is a F2P (Free to Play) game... like Angry Birds, meaning you get to play the game without handing over cold hard cash. There are adventures to buy, you can enter the Arena (a game mode where players compete against each other using specially constructed decks to earn substantial rewards) and card booster packs to buy if you care to pay real money. You don't have to buy any of the extra brilliant stuff to play though. You can earn in game gold and buy booster packs, enter the Arena and even buy the adventures with the game gold.
Now with these new hero skins you don't get the option to use game gold, it's all hard cold cash! That will make many HearthStone gamers unhappy... just read the comments on the blog post announcing the King Magni Bronzebeard, http://blizz.ly/MAGNI, and you'll get their feelings about paying real money. I understand where they are coming from. But, Blizzard is a for profit company. They have given us all a brilliant game to play for free... I feel it's only fair that we pay real money every once an awhile to help support the game and the developers of it all. Plus you don't have to pay for this new Hero at all. You just won't get to play with him, or use any of the new Heroe's unique emotes and voices that convey their individual personalities, a play area featuring a custom visual theme, and the nifty “entering the game” animations so you can greet (or intimidate) your next opponent in style. Plus, a unique card back that will impress even the mightiest of dwarven kings!
Many F2P games only give you a taste of the game and then ask you to pay to get further in the game. Blizzard hasn't done this with HearthStone. You can play the game without paying a penny. You can make it all the way to being a Champion and even win tournaments without putting much money on the line.
So, the big question is... would I pay hard cold cash for the new Hero? Yes and I would even buy the adventures for $24.99. I see the value that Blizzard has given me and would be happy to pay for more. I will also keep using the game gold too. I want this game to keep going and to do so... I and many others, will need to fork over some cash. That way the game stays a F2P one and all of us win... it's one of those win-win thingies we always hear about.
A Faery Sprite and Rock Ogre are in bed making mad passionate love, when all of a sudden car lights flash on the wall above the bed.
"Oh, my goddess I see lights!" Shouts the Faery Sprite.
"I love it when you scream out when we're doing it." Said the Rock Ogre smilling.
"No really, I saw car lights on the wall, my husband the Hunter of Ogres must be home, Quick you got to get out of here."
"I didn't know you were married?" said the Ogre.
"Sorry that didn't come up in the conversation before the fun we're been having."
"I would have thought that you might just mention, "by the way I'm married and my husband is a hunter of Ogres. Big boy!" It just might have saved us this little issue," said the Ogre.
The Faery Sprite smiles at the Ogre and says, "trust me your issue isn't small."
"Thank you and you know how to lift my spirits, know what I mean?" he smiles back.
"You need to get out of here before my husband finds us!"
"Let me grab my clothes and run, I hate to run... but, it's for the best. Where's your back door?"
"We don't have one!"
"Where would you like one?"
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Everyone plays Mage or Paladin... they're fun and you can win about 65% to 70% of the time with a good deck, but we tend to forget the Rogue character. She not an easy one to play with a basic deck. Don't get me wrong a lot of players use the Rogue (Valeera Sanguinar.) But let's see if we give her a better chance of winning.
Valeera, the Rogue, is one my favorites to play, though I had trouble maker her deck work for me at the beginning. I have found that the best way for me to use the Rogue is to be very aggressive, which is how the common cards allow you to play her. I don’t play in Arena all that often at this moment (I'm working on getting my game gold up to 300, I'm at 225 6/7/15. I made this decision half way through the day before. I'm want to have 150 in reserve before I jump into the Area for the first paid game, I have played there with the freebie they give you.) I like fast games, but have learned to enjoy the long game lately. What I have read is that Hero powers that can affect the board tend to do better in Arena. Rogue is one of those heros.
Rogue - Dagger Mastery Equip a 1/2 Dagger, you get one hit point to use for two turn. That's two hit points to use on your enemy or their minions
Hero Powers are a great part of Hearthstone, (maybe even unique to card games.) HearthStone is divides into 9 classes, each class has its own set of class cards, as well as a pool of neutrals to choose from. Each class also has its own active ‘innate’ ability called Hero Power.
Hunter - Steady Shot - Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero.
Mage - Fireblast - Deal 1 damage.
Druid - Shapeshift - +1 Attack this turn. +1 Armor
Paladin - Reinforce - Summon a 1/1 minion
Shaman - Totemic Call - Summon a random Totem (minion)
Priest - Lesser Heal - Restore 2 Health
Warrior - Armor Up! - Gain 2 armor
Warlock - Life Tap - Draw a card/take 2 damage
Valeera, the Rogue, specialty is the Combo effect... the ability to use a card with a boosted power when another card is played before to it. This makes it very beneficial for Rogues to play second, using the Coin (a second player bonus) to trigger combos.
Here are some combos I like to play...
Kobold Geomancer or Ogre Magi + Backstab: This gets you 3
damage to an undamaged minion.
Kobold Geomancer or Ogre Magi + Fan of Knives: this combo turns a 1 hit into a 2 hit , by using +1 spell power to doubles the amount of damage Fan of Knives does.
Thing to remember and try...
Minions that draw cards help your Rogue brilliantly, since so many of the Rogue cards are cheap and have great combo effects. Having a way to draw those additional cards really helps out in your mid and later game. Loot Hoarder and Novice Engineer are fantastic additions to a Rogue deck.
Any minion that has spell damage is useful to a Rogue that uses Fan of Knives since it will boost the damage. This means looking at the Brilliant Azure Drake minion, which for 5 mana provides a solid 4/4 minion plus 1 spell damage as well as a card!
Having no minions with taunt in the Rogue class of cards, you better look for a few in the pool (neutral) cards, to help hold back the enemies minions from your hitting your life ponit. If you chose not to, make sure you have enough minions with buff or damage effects to keep your opponents minions at bay.
I like to add to all my deck Antique Healbot - 8 (2 cards) heal points added back to you hero per card = 16 heal points all together. This has saved my heros tushy many times..
We have seen how the Warlock, Hunter, Mage, or Warrior have always enjoyed consistent good game play, other heros have had their challenges, these heros at times being very hard to play. Rogue is one of those characters.
Valeera, the Rogue, has several brilliant strong cards in her arsenal. She is a good choice for the Play area, the Arena takes more time and skill, but it's doable... just remember she is better suited for aggressive play.
I have given you a screen shot of my Rogue's deck ===>
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Toni really caught the soul of this dog in her drawing.
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