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The Campaign: Crypt

February 22, 2019 by Tim

So I’ve played some Anthem for the past week, via Origin’s Premiere access. I did it that way because I was skeptical that the game was going to keep me engaged for four months, the point at which buying the game outright would have been cheaper than the subscription ($15/month x 4= $60).

After this week, I believe I made the right call.

I feel, as I have since I first played it during a closed test last fall, that Anthem is a fun game. I like flying around in my armor thing, and shooting the mean things until the glowy things pop out. Anthem’s core elements are entertaining to me, at least for the moment.

But while I enjoy the parts I enjoy, that doesn’t mean I need to gloss over the game’s many shortcomings. Anthem is noticeably unfinished. Like so many similar games before it (Destiny, Division, Sea of Thieves), Anthem will launch with a fantastic concept, fun core gameplay mechanics, and extremely limited follow-through. And, like all of those games I listed, if they keep iterating on the game, in 6-12 months I think Anthem will be a really solid game.

To their credit, in the past week I’ve seen Bioware be really responsive to some of the issues that have cropped up during the head start. So I feel confident they’re going to eventually get Anthem sorted out. But at this point I don’t think I’m going to end up along for that ride.


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foducool
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foducool

lol almost had to spell it out to him

The Legacy
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The Legacy

*Player 1 rolls the dice!*

*Player 1 rolls a 1.*

*Player 1 has died!*

James Rye
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James Rye

When you are desperate you take what you can get. Pity fuck trumps no fuck.

Atlachan
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Atlachan

But wasn’t it stated previously that taking any action would kill him?
So he’s going to sacrifice himself at best?

Skyblade
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Skyblade

Talking does not usually count as an action, I believe.

However, when he rolls a one and convinces the NPC he’s an enemy…

The Legacy
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The Legacy

This. lol

Also, talking is considered a free action, yes, but there are limits to how *much* you can talk. And, as you said, he *could* roll a 1. At a maximum of 18 at low-level (don’t know the stats that Tim uses for the Players), there’s still a strong chance of failure. Which would be hilarious.

Speaking of which, @Tim, do you actually roll rolls for the players, and psuedo-DM The Players Pathfinder comic? Or are you writing a fixed script?

Atlachan
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Atlachan

In one of the previous arcs (The Campaign: Heart of the Forest):
4: Hey where is everyone?
3: playing some mortal kombat. They god bored watching you roll dice for last half hour.

Benjie Phan
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Benjie Phan

I have the feeling that Player 4 will still kill Hedgon in the end

Urazz
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Urazz

Yeah, I get the feeling that he is going fail spectacularly with his roll to convince the guy to stop freaking out.

Anyways, onto why you want to wait on getting Anthem, I don’t blame you. Personally, I feel it’s not as bad as the streamers/youtubers make it out to be. I think most of them are just looking for an excuse to hate on the game and trash EA.

Drake
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Drake

It REALLY does feel that way! It’s like the opposite of a hype train… hate train, I guess. It’s actually a psychological aspect of how the human mind works. You’ll find what you’re looking for. So if you’re LOOKING for reasons for the game to fail, if you’re LOOKING for flaws in the game, that’s all you’ll really see. Conversely, if you’re expecting the game to be amazing, all you’re likely to see are the positive aspects. (Unless, of course, you’re desperate to prove the game WON’T fail, in which case you’ll be too busy looking for negatives to see… Read more »

Him.
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Him.

If I’m not mistaken, since he has maxed out his Charisma, there is no way for him to lose this roll. He’s trying to calm down a terrified man, not convince a king that he should not execute the party for a crime they have been proven to have committed. 1 may not be as successful as he wants, but he probably isn’t going to be stabbed by the guy.

Drake
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Drake

“After this week, I believe I made the right call.

I feel, as I have since I first played it during a closed test last fall, that Anthem is a fun game.”

I have much respect for you right now, Tim, for keeping it objective. I’m tired of all the YouTube creators hating on this game with the extremes of calling it garbage/trash.

Drake
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Drake

However, I want to point out, there won’t be a “limited follow through”

BioWare has already announced big BIG plans for just March alone. It’s going to be a fun ride, and I wish you’d be on it with the rest of us!

Urazz
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Urazz

Yeah, I pretty much ignore the youtubers and streamers on this one as they are definitely being heavily biased right now. The game is fun and the more important thing is what will the updates to Anthem will be and how much content they add in.

One important thing to know about Anthem is that the DLC will be free (hence why they have cosmetic micro transaction that cost like $8.50 for a set of epic cosmetic armor, it’ll allow them to make free DLC).

Drake
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Drake

Actually, those cosmetics are closer to $7.50. You can buy 2200 shards for $20, which makes $1 = 110 shards, and the armor packs are 850 shards, so…

Even then, you can get them for free. They’re only in the store for a limited time, but I’m sure they will cycle back in eventually, if we’re patient. I’m not THAT desperate for armor packs that I’m going to throw money at the game yet. Not even for a “support the developer” excuse, like I used with Warframe.

Drake
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Drake

Also worthy noting: cosmetics in Warframe cost WAAAAY more than these armor packs, so I’m not too bothered by the pricing.

https://www.warframe.com/prime-access

Logan
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Logan

That’s… not exactly a fair comparison.

1) The items listed on that page are coupled (available only to ?_?) Prime Access (coupled to Twitch and Amazon Prime).

2) This set of packs in particular are for just the newest set of frame and cosmetics, and is not reflective of the rest of the armour sets, frames, or cosmetics for them.

3) Each of these also has various amounts of the MT currency tied to them as part of the deal. (Also not indicative of base prices for other items)

Drake
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Drake

Well obviously not the best comparison, but people are willing to spend $60 on a couple of accessories that are barely seen, while complaining about “$20 skins” which turned out to only cost a bit under $8. I guess if you wanted a more “fair” comparison, there’s the Nidus deluxe skin, which goes for 375 plat. Includes skins for Helminth charger as well as claws and an accessory, so it’s nice. I can buy 370 platinum for $20, and that’s with an included bonus of 70. But I guess you might say a “deluxe” skin still isn’t a fair comparison,… Read more »

Drake
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Drake

By “that one” I meant the Oberon Wendigo skin. For some reason, some of the text from that post got deleted. O_o

Ven
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Ven

One should also mention that Digital Extremes has a known reputation in the gaming industry as good guys. EA has the exact opposite, and should expect people to fear the worst.

Also, a good chunk of all the stuff on Prime Access is obtainable through gameplay with grinds of various degrees for each part. I managed to get Banshee, Chroma, and Nekros Primes without spending a cent.

tiamatt
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tiamatt

I like to think a good DM really tries to make his players happy, (not let them win for free but having fun playing the campaign) even if they make that job really…..challenging. The fact that #3 found a way to give a super self-gimped + disabled PC his time to shine is testament to what a amazing DM #3 is and how lucky the gang is to have him as their DM.

Kaelin
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Kaelin

The question is.. is how ‘bad’ is the character going to respond.

Does he still have this ‘ I am the dark knight’ ‘FEAR ME’ I am all and intimidation type…

So he rolls intimidation to ‘calm’ the person.. causing them to flee in fear and hurt him.. or that.

mean, people who usually build gimped characters.. jump at chances to use their ‘flavor’.. even if its detrimental 😀

Verdiekus
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Verdiekus

I can’t wait to see how he fucks this up.

GunnarT
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GunnarT

LOL….. that is great …. waiting to see how it goes wrong….LOL

Him.
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Him.

You can see the map they are using in the last panel.
Anyone know what it is based off of?

Zyrath
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Zyrath

I know it is not possible, but it would be hilarious if he could roll a zero. The result could be he frightens the man and dies instantly.

Tonkin
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Tonkin

Please tell me he gets to roll with advantage and both come up ones, pretty plz…

KaoGen
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KaoGen

Personally my main complaint about Anthem (apart from the bloody obvious) is that the abilities really need to have some sort of evolution to them, Mass Effect style. With the emphasis on combo effects, many of them (particularly Ranger ones) feel lame and obsolete.

Couple that with Anthem failing (like many before) to GET what a loot shooter is meant to be, it just feels so bland and flat to play.

Roamer
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Roamer

Here’s the scenario:
The guy who has lost his mind is confronted by a man wearing a bat helmet. Said man in bat helmet is bleeding from numerous open wounds, but is very appealing somehow.

Bat-helmet guy rolls a nat1, which the GM treats as a nat20 for an Intimidate. Madman guy decides that the entire party is evil and kills them all, as Yoff was the only un-squishy character besides the cleric with no healing spells.