|Saving Tyr is a hard job to do...|
|Fire up the Doom Track!|
|My upcoming gaming schedule...?|
|FOPCon 3! Return to the Scene of the Con!|
|Mearls! *shakes fist*|
|Illogical penguin is illogical.|
Truth be told, 4e's done a fairly admirable job of finding the elusive sweet spot--wizards don't feel as frail, and can occasionally even take a punch, while fighters and other warriors have abilities that keep them on par with their mythic and literary counterparts. But, Mearls' argument seems to fly in the face of this logic, as he compares this inversely-proportional relationship favorably to deck-building in collectable card games: where some decks are built to win now, others favor a slow build-up and a powerful endgame.
|Pitiful 3rd level cult sorcerers are |
no match for Conan'smighty Cleave feat!
|Black Thirteen, in all its terrible glory...|
Oh, yes. A town called Derry. In a game based on a Stephen King book.Naturally, this brought the inevitable confrontation with the vampire lord Kurt Barlow, who rallied the town's vampires against Pere Callahan once more. A murder of crows burst through the church, followed by some of Barlow's thugs....then Barlow himself, leaping through the stained-glass window onto the altar where Roxanne lay.
|RIP, Rev. Elijah Jacobson. October 1, 1879|
|"Call no man happy who is not dead!"|
|Alas, poor Den Con...I'll make it next year...|
|Dayton's own Comic Book Extravaganza|
|Dealer hall from GenCon Indy 2010|
But, therein lies the rub, friends and neighbors. You see, I can't draw for the life of me.Now, for most of my games, this isn't a problem. In my experience, if you're asking to use a tactical battlemap when playing Call of Cthulhu or even Stargate SG-1, you're doing it wrong. The games are just meant to focus more on problem-solving and character interactions rather than shifting two squares diagonally and unleashing a Radiant Ultimate Smite with your +4 P90. Same with ICONS, with its rules-light approach. When powers are abstracted as much as they are in ICONS, there's no reason to whip out a full map.
|Map from "Dungeons OR Dragons" at Champion City ComicCon 2010|