Episode 47 – Building a Gaming Community

What’s better than breaking out a board game, rolling up some characters, or snatching up some controllers with your closest friends?  Okay, maybe a lot of things, but in terms of gaming and having fun, nothing!  However, those of us with established groups can often take that reality for granted, so what’s an isolated gamer to do to help plant the gaming seed and make that community grow?  Join us this week as we tackle listener @AllenStucker’s question and offer an insiders-looking-out perspective on how to help a fledgling gaming community grow.  Make nice-nice with the locals, gather up your games, and put on your extrovert pants as we talk gaming communities on a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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TERA: Come for the combat, stay for the combat

Rob is an avid gamer, both on screen and on the table. When he’s not at work, he’s either at his computer, on a console, or thinking of new stories that could eventually become roleplaying adventures. He currently co-GMs a monthly Pathfinder game with his wife and wishes it would be a weekly game, and plays as a halfling rogue in an online pathfinder game with old friends that live all over the place. You can look him up on twitter @Necian01, or on XBox live and PSN as Necian.

The Lowdown

For those that don’t like to read a novel for reviews, here’s the lowdown on TERA. I always ask myself the question: is a game worth purchasing at full price? The answer for TERA is this: Maybe. It really depends on your situation.
If you have friends that are playing, or know you can talk some of them into it, it is a great game to pick up. If you’re extremely social online, particularly in MMOs, it’s a great game to pick up. If you’re going to solo most of the content though, you’re probably better off picking up a game like Kingdoms of Amalur, which has a lot of similarity to it, but is a single player game. Playing solo means you have to skip all of the instanced areas, or at least skip them and come back when you won’t get anything good out of them. TERA is not an easy game to play solo, and even the group content can be difficult if people don’t work together (and even then it can be hard).

If you love fantasy games, and enjoy combat that requires you to actively think and react, TERA is great. It is beautifully created, the combat is challenging and fun, and there’s plenty of content to sift through as you progress through the game. Want to know more? Then on to the breakdown!

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