Role Playing Games – What Are They All About?

A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game where players assume the roles of imaginary characters in a scenario created by the game developer and vicariously experience the adventures of these characters.

In role-playing games players often team up to generate narratives. The play progresses according to a preset scheme of rules and strategy, within which players may invent liberally. Player options shape the course and conclusion of role-playing games.

Role-playing games are usually more gung-ho and casual fun than competitive. A role-playing game unites its participants into a single team that fights as a group. A role-playing game rarely has winners or losers. This makes role-playing games uniquely different from board games, card games, sports and other types of games. Role-playing games attract because they fire the players’ imagination.

There are many different types of role-playing games. The PC-based RPG-s of today aren’t an original genre; they are derived from board-based or real-life games that have been popular with children and even grown-ups for a long, long time. One such RPG might involve guests at a dinner party acting out suspects in a murder mystery, while another might involve players sitting around a bonfire and narrating parts of a story and rolling dice. Another RPG might consist of costumed participants recreating a medieval battle with padded armor and heavy weapons.

At their nucleus, role-playing games are a form of interactive and mutual storytelling. Simple forms of role-playing exist in traditional children’s games such as “cops and robbers,” “dogs and mailmen,” “cowboys and Indians,” and “playing house” or “doctor”.

The original form of role-playing game was the fantasy war game, inspired by brave knight and witchcraft lore and using minute figures and scale terrain grids to demonstrate action in a way similar to that of strategic war games.

Role-playing games have rules known usually as game mechanics. Almost all role-playing games require the participation of a game master (GM), who narrates the game session and acts as the moderator and rules arbitrator. The rest of the participants create and play inhabitants of the game setting, known as player characters (PCs). The player characters collectively are known as a “party”.

Internet role-playing games range from graphical games such as EverQuest to simple text based games. They can also be divided into genres by the imaginary locale where they take place. Fantasy RPGs draw their inspiration from fantasy literature, such as the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. The best games in this field are Dungeons & Dragons, Exalted, Palladium Fantasy, RuneQuest, Legend of the Five Rings etc.

Science fiction RPGs are inspired by science fiction literature. The setting is generally in the future. The popular games are Rifts, Traveller, Cyberpunk 2020, Paranoia, Shadowrun and so forth.

Horror RPGs are inspired by horror literature. Horror RPGs can be divided into two groups. The first is inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft, focusing on humanity’s fight against malevolent, extra-dimensional entities. The second centres around playing supernatural creatures, such as vampires, changelings, and werewolves. The top titles are Call of Cthulhu, Kult, World of Darkness Changeling: The Dreaming, Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Hunter: The Reckoning, Orpheus, and Mage: The Ascension.

Historical RPGs, as you can probably imagine, take place in the past. Settings that have been explored in role-playing games include Pendragon (based on Arthurian legends), Sengoku (about Japanese warring states), Recon (regarding the Vietnam War), Fantasy Imperium (takes place in historical Europe).

Superhero role-playing games are inspired by superhero comic books and graphic novels. The major games are Champions, DC Heroes, Marvel Super Heroes, Mutants and Masterminds.

Today’s Habits – Tomorrow’s Reality: Time For A Review?

It’s undeniable that your current and past habits continue to contribute to your condition right now. It follows that changing your present habits would change your future reality.

The good and bad thing about habits is they are behaviors we sometimes do without thinking. It’s a good idea to review all your habits to be certain they are conscious choices.

A conscious habit, one you intend to have, starts as a single choice. Physical fitness results from multiple good habits involving working out, eating, resting and recreating. Habits blend together and either denigrate or elevate your fitness level.

The most important thing about habits is we can choose them. You have the power.

Start where you are. Start with an intention to identify and choose healthy habits.

Identify habits associated with fitness and those that should be divorced from your life. Make a two column “add vs. eliminate” habit list. Improve your fitness one habit at a time.

A great thing about habits is the longer you have them the easier they are to keep: the force of the habit keeps it going.

If daily repetition is the heart of habit, desire and intention are the soul. Desire and intention drive a single choice you make in your head that leads to a physical action to do or to resist doing something. Next you make an additional choice to repeat, or not to repeat, the action. Then one day a habit is born.

The smallest expenditure of daily effort can lay a foundation for any habit. Fortify a good habit with a focus on daily repetition, daily consistency.

Fitness starts as a consciousness and grows throughout your life. We can all be on a fitness journey- at different mile markers. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Your journey is   unique .

Review what you do. You may decide to change what you’ve been doing. Timing is everything, right? Maybe your time is now. A little success leads to more. Once you experience a little success you may determine that now is the time to eliminate habits that don’t serve you well.

What you don’t know in the beginning is how easy it will become to maintain healthy habits and that healthy habits push bad ones out of your life almost without effort. Time is limited. Habits use time. Fill your time with healthy habits.

Maybe we should create a national “Habit Review Day” as part of an initiative to create a healthier America.

Emerald and Diamond Ring: A Unique Engagement Ring

An emerald and diamond ring is one of the most valuable and precious wedding or engagement rings available. Emeralds can be even more valuable than diamonds, and these two precious gemstones are often combined together in silver or gold rings. The green color of these gems looks beautiful with silver or white gold, and a combination of diamonds and emeralds in sterling silver or white gold is a stunning choice for an engagement ring or for a special gift.

Emerald is one of the most valuable of all gemstones. Its green color is very attractive and the deeper the green, the more valuable and sought after the stone is. Paler ones are often simply called green beryl. The most valuable ones come from Colombia. Brazil and Zambia produce high quality emeralds too, although the color of the Brazilian emerald is usually lighter than that of the deeper green Colombian variety. One of the most famous varieties of emeralds on the market is the Cat’s Eye Emerald, a stone that has an effect of a cat’s eye and is a very rare type of pale one.

Most emeralds have some flaws, and these are generally accepted even in high quality stones. Flawless emeralds are very rare and very expensive. Today most emeralds on the market are treated with oil to hide the flaws, and oil treatment is seen as an acceptable way to treat the stones. A flawless stone that is sold as an emerald but seems too cheap is probably a fake. Fake emeralds and synthetic emeralds are very common today, and other stones are often sold as emerald.

It can be very difficult to tell a synthetic stone from a genuine one and usually only a professional can tell the difference. Synthetic ones often have attractive names, including the Regency Emerald, the Kimberly and the Spanish Emerald, but the Spanish variety is just glass that has been dyed green to resemble an emerald. Sometimes other gemstones are passed as emeralds, including green sapphire and green fluorite. It is important to only purchase emeralds from a reputable dealer who can tell synthetic from a genuine stone, and who can prove the authenticity of the stone.

Because emerald is the birthstone for anyone born in the month of May, an emerald and diamond ring can be a  unique  and highly valuable birthday present. Most of the time diamonds and emeralds are combined together in wedding rings and engagement rings.

Book Party Games – Celebrate the Gift of Literacy!

There are all types of party opportunities available, but as parents if we can foster learning and a love of reading with book party games, we will have accomplished allowing our children to combine fun and learning. Most every parent has wished at times that their children would read more. If you want to help your own and other children learn about the joys of reading, consider a book party and enhance that with book party games!

Charades book party game

Have props available, for a charades book party games, and print names of books and well known book characters on slips of paper. Let guests draw a slip of paper and act out charades until the book is guessed. If you see your guests are having trouble, consider having the book handy so they can take a peek! Another alternative would be to have a list of book party games possible answers, so everyone can take turns choosing an answer. That way, everyone is sure to get a chance to win. Just keep Book party games simple with questions that everyone will know like “Harry Potter is an_______.”

PrintableP book party games

Print out book party games word search puzzles and anagrams on your home computer for fun games, giving prizes to the ones who solve the puzzles first. Consider a great book party game of book and character matching! Just have posters with titles to well-known books and have cut outs of appropriately well known characters. Place the characters and the poster equal distances apart, and give each player some sticky putty. Have each child run down to match a character to a book. When all book titles have a character, the next guest in line gets another chance to correct mistakes until someone has all the characters matched to their appropriate book.

Critical Book Review: Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff

In business and especially in sales, people are looking for the magic words to “close the sale.” Oren Klaff. in his book Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal, does not have any magic words, but he does provide the reader with a 20 minute process template that should take average ho-hum boring presentations and turn them into dynamic, engaging interchanges.

Beyond his acronym for STRONG (Setting the Frame; Telling the Story; Revealing the Intrigue; Offering the Prize; Nailing the Hookpoint and Getting a Decision, his book is laced with essential neuroscience facts about the primitive to the neocortex brains. This is one area of knowledge that should not be ignored by crazy busy sales people or anybody who wants to be more successful in persuading others.

Even though I do not have Klaff’s experience with multi-billion dollar deals, his words only confirm what I know to be true about the sales process and more so the buying decision process.

  • People buy from people they know and trust.
  • People buy first on emotion and then justify that decision with logic.
  • People buy on value unique to them.

There are many gems sprinkled throughout the eight chapters and 218 pages. In the first paragraph, Klaff provides 76 words to summarize his book. Having been an educator and instructional designer of training materials and curriculum, the author brings an honest dialogue as to how people receive and digest information.

Also he connects neuroscience with economics and discusses neurofinance. This connection allows him to pitch anything with far greater success. What salesperson would not like to have that advantage?

The continual reference to the Crocodile Brain (primitive brain) helps to further understand how this first brain is a two-edge sword. Then the simple explanation about the Mid-brain and Neocortex explains how all three brains work simultaneously together and independently.

By weaving his own personal experiences provides a rich context of examples. The reader is taken step by step through this 20 minute process where he or she can learn how to pitch anything with much greater success. Another gem is his discussion about building rapport and how this is truly old school.

Beyond the four sections or phrases within a successful pitch, another gem is the three market forces pattern of trendcasting. Then the discussion of frame stacking and hot cognition is like the whip cream on a hot fudge sundae.

This book is not only invaluable to sales people, but to anyone who is having trouble in having their messages received such as speakers, teachers and even parents and truly wants to be the Red jacket in the sea of gray suits.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Games – Kinect Sports Review

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect – Kinect Sports

With the launch of Microsoft’s new “Kinect” add-on for Xbox 360 comes a range of interactive games and fitness programs which by far surpass anything previously available.

There has been a good deal written about Kinect and most of it has been extremely positive. Here I would like to give you a review of Kinect Sports.

Kinect Sports.

With Kinect Sports you can make your own living room into a fabulous sports stadium with track and field events, soccer pitch and even a bowling alley. The cool thing is whatever sport you play, you are the star! There is also boxing, volleyball and table tennis.

Now this is nothing like previous systems. With Kinect you can even apply topspin.

It is very good fun and intuitive, great for parties and family gatherings. Whether you’re going for the winning goal of getting a thumping in the ring, it’s down to you and even as a spectator it really is enormously entertaining.

Details

There is a total of six individual and team based sports – beach volleyball, table tennis, soccer, boxing, track and field and bowling. Each game throwing up new challenges. It is really quick and easy to get right into the game as it is so intuitive.

Solo Sport.

There are several games for the single player with various levels of play for all ages which encourage and challenge all skill sets. Switch to party mode and compete against a friend or get a relay team together and jump in and out to get the best from your team.

Team Sport

“Kinect Sports” places your own avatar in the spotlight so that you can live the dream of world class athletes and sports stars. With that of course comes the press attention and the accolades of your team mates. You can even decorate your avatar with awards and medals for your victories.

Conclusion

It would not be an exaggeration to say this is the most fun I have ever had with an Xbox. The whole family were in hysterics. I can highly recommend the Xbox 360 kinetics games and certainly kinect sports.

Online Game Reviews Make People Buy and Play

Information along the lines of performance ratings, genre, review on the actual game play or special features of the game, the positive and negative aspects of the game, what console it plays on, who created the games, and the overall rating for the audience it is initially targeted to.

The gaming industry has become a multi-billion dollar enterprise, which has infected everyone from, every known aspect of society. From rich to poor, child to adult, everyone has had come in contact at on point in time with video games, so much now that there is a need for these reviews to act as advertising to the masses. Also for the amazing amount of different genres and more realistic video games being produced monthly, it has become so much easier for adult content, violence, and even nudity to find its way to the wrong type of audience, say children.

That type of mishap has happened before and to a grand scale. The many video game bodies of America and the world have been given ultimatums by the censorship boards that have to clean up these sort messes, and tighten their grip on what is the correct thing to do. They now have a tougher criterion when handing out these ratings for Mature, Everyone, Teen etc. And there are now stiff penalties for anyone choosing to stray from the rules that have been set by these boards.

These reviews are done by any number of individuals, websites or business that revolves around the innumerable characteristics of the gaming industry. And reviews on every single game has to provide some kind of useful information to not only the users of these games, but also the reviews work as an advertising post and putting the game out there for potential new gamers that may be interested in the games.

The majority of these reviews are done for online gaming sites, and various e-zines that relay that information to a wide number of people. Some examples of these sites and search engines are: Tech TV, Game Spot, Game Zone, IGN Games, Game Rankings, Computer Games Online, Business Week/Game Room, Gamers, Review Center etc. And these are just a few of the popular reviews that are available to the public. There are actually millions of sites on line that give out this information, and the games are reviewed by a lot of players also, so you always get great feedback on the games of your choice.

These games are reviewed by any and everyone and are for the many consoles out there; Xbox, Xbox 360, Playstation, PS2, Nintendo Game Cube, Nintendo DS, and even for the PC. Games are already being tested and reviewed for the highly anticipated PS3. I just shudder to think about it, such grandeur. Anyway these ratings are very important, it lets you know what to spend your money on, what games are right for children, if you highly awaited game sucks, or scores, or if you just want to know what the competition is up too.

Super Mario Bros – Mario Is Arguably The Most Known Character In Video Game History

Mario was arguably the most known character in the video game history. The likeness of Mario was originally established in the Donkey Kong, the gorilla, which was launched in Japan in 1983. It first appeared as a coin operated video game. Donkey Kong kidnapped Mario’s girlfriend and took her to the top of a steel structure that made Mario aggressively moved over girders, barrels, ladders and fast moving elevators. Nintendo release Super Mario Bros. in late 1985. It was considered more superior than the other consoles. It was presented with compelling storylines and characters in a graphically advanced manner. Super Mario Bros. 3 was released by Nintendo in 1990. Disney released the first movie based on Super Mario Bros. in 1993. A combined success of the video games and films were noted that they began producing other films based from other types of video games too. Super Mario Bros. was noted as the best selling video in 1999.

Gender preference

Super Mario Bros. appeals to boy’s interest in sports, adventure and combat. It drew characters and activities that were popular among the young male gender. Productions of these interactive narrative forms of games replicate the gender differences found in traditional toys and the interest and appeal that they successfully generated among the boys.

The Italian’s Quest

Jump on top or hit those mushroom baddies from underneath. Super Mario Bros. is an uphill battle. Save Princess Peach and benefit from the 240 star coins you find on the game’s total 80 stages. Of course we have to deal with the mortality side of Mario. You got to power up the plain Mario first. Transform him to a Super Mario by grabbing standard mushroom power. He will then turn to a larger form that can break blocks. A single hit may turn him back to the old standard Mario again. As the game progresses, Super Mario also goes through multiple transformations in each stage obtaining additional skills and strength. Basic controls are plain walk, dash and jump. Grab as much coins as you can. You earn an extra 1-up for every 100 coins you collect. Jump through the floating red rings and collect all eight red coins. The reward would be a good power up too. Remember that power ups are needed for Mario’s super transformations. Then unlock the paths on the World Maps. Find the three star coins in order to gain access to the mushroom’s houses. Collecting the star coins gives you the privilege to save your game too. The secret to unlocking these color coded mushroom houses is just a matter of perfect timing. Hit the flag if the last two digits of the clock reflect the same number.

Navigating moves

Right button means he walks to the right direction. Pressing the left button means going to the left direction. Pressing the down button will make him duck. Releasing it will make him stand. But this has its own disadvantage. He slides one block if the down button was pressed while he was walking and he slides three blocks if pressed while he was running. The up button is used for climbing vines. The B button will make Mario shoot a fireball to either the left or the right direction. The A button will make Mario jump to either the left or right direction too. Memorize this well and have fun playing the Super Mario Bros. game!

Super Mario hits and sales

The Italian plumber adventures have earned Nintendo to over $5 billion already. Super Mario Bros. first sold about 40.24 million units in 1985. Then in 1987, Super Mario Bros. 2 sold about 7.46 million units while Super Mario Land sold about 18.06 million units. Super Mario Bros. 3 sold about 17.28 million units in 1988. In 1989 Super Mario land 2 sold approximately 11.09 million units. At the same year, Super Mario Bros. 3 grossed over $500 million in US. It has sold about 7 million copies in the US and about 4 million copies in Japan. One never knows when these Mario players today will hit their own program of fortune. Let’s continue tracing where your hard earned money went. In 1990, Super Mario World sold about 20.60 million units. Super Mario 64 sold about 11.62 million units in 1996. Money comes from aggressive graphics and system innovation to create a more fun challenging environment. One never knows how to improve a system unless he got hooked with it. So I think playing video games now makes a child a kind of a genius that may create a fairly lucrative business in the future.

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Maori Tattoo Designs – Find the Best Designs

Maori tattoo designs are part of the Polynesian culture. The Maori people live in New Zealand and have a long history of tattooing. Most ancient Maori tattoo designs were on the face of men. Women were not tattooed as much but when they were, their tattoos were usually put on the chin or lips. Nowadays the majority of tattoos are inked on the body, like the arm.

You may really like the tattoo designs but keep in mind that it is considered an insult for a non-Maori person to have a traditional Maori tattoo design. If you go to an experienced tattoo artist, they will give you a tattoo that resembles the Maori design. You can find high quality Maori tattoo designs online and pick which one you want your tattoo to resemble.

What’s different about Maori tattoo designs? Most Polynesian tattoo designs follow a straight line pattern. Maori tattoo designs are spiral in design. When you first look at the tattoo you will see small circles but as you keep looking, you can see how those small circles blend into bigger ones. Maori tattoos were painful to receive. Knives and chisels were used to make incisions to insert the ink. A person without a tattoo was considered worthless.

If you are considering a Maori tattoo think about the significance of the tattoo. A tattoo is your statement to the world. It should be personal to you but you will tell the story when someone asks about your tattoo. Find a tattoo design that can be changed to fit your personality. The best place to find unique tattoo designs is an online tattoo gallery.

An online tattoo gallery will give you thousands of high quality tattoos to choose from. You can take more than one tattoo and combine them to get the design you want. What’s so great about membership tattoo galleries is that you can print or download as many tattoo designs as you want. Once you’re a member, you have full access to the site. It is a small investment to make for something that will be with you for life.

Social Proof As A Website Conversion Tool

Turning the site visitors into permanent loyal customers is always a top priority for most of the brand websites. Social Proof is a powerful tool that can help you achieve the dream of turning visitors in to customers. Social proof implementation will help visitors understand why other people like the product you are willing to sell.

There are a number of well-tested methodologies that has made social proof an important factor when it comes to converting the visitors landing on your web page in to business.

Word-of-Mouth Campaign

Referral programs are among the most effective way of improving your brand popularity. Word-of-mouth advertising is considered to be more effective since your friends and relatives are getting feedback on the hands-on experience on the product they intends to buy from you. Most of the businesses offer various incentives and discounts to visitors who refer their friends and colleagues to buy the company product and services. By rewarding the visitors with gifts or discounts for each referral, there is no loss that the company will have to incur since the gifts are rewarded only after the referrals become their customers.

Reviews

Customer reviews is the most watched segment by visitors especially before making any online purchases. It is the only way one could get a feel of how worth the product would be once they buy it. Customer reviews are real-insights about the product the visitors would wish to purchase. Good customer reviews or average customer reviews about the product or services offered by a company are likely to encourage visitors more in to opting for the service or purchasing the product. The credibility is high for customer reviews since a user will have to create a profile of their own before writing a review.

Testimonials

Testimonials have an important role as a social proof tool. Testimonials on your website cannot be taken slightly. Most of the studies suggest the presence of testimonials to increase the chances of business almost by 50% rather than without one. It has always shown better conversion rates whenever testimonials are included within your website. It gives a clear picture of how users have felt using the products and services offered by the company. If the product is really good, good reviews will be posted. Adding a photo of the person who has posted the testimonials will further increase the chances of lead conversions.

Feature Client Logos

It is good to include the client details within the website. However including the name merely within the content can go unrecognized since there is no guarantee that visitors would read the copy. Logos of the client company is the most suitable way to make visitors recognize your reputed clients. The key benefits of placing a logo are its instant recognition.

Endorsements

Endorsement of your product or services by a popular celebrity can have a greater impact on the lead conversion rates. Choose a celebrity who is related to the field of business you are dealing with. Send a sample of your product and request for a recommendation. If it works, then you have a popular celebrity endorsing your product and taking your product popularity towards a larger community of audience.

Media

High quality content can enhance your brand popularity and lead to better conversions. If you think your product is unique and is much useful compared to others, then write a few articles and submit it with some of the popular publications. If the readers feel it as genuine and not too promotional, they are likely to use the product or service offered by you and thereby improving the lead conversion rates of your business.

Conclusion

Social proof helps those who are still unclear or confused about whether to buy your product do so without a second thought. Social proof is a confirmation required for the visitors to ensure the decision they have taken is right. Since you cannot view products in real-time in an online shopping unlike retail shopping, social proof is the only way one can be assured of the product quality and become loyal customers of your product.