The Santiago Bernabeu crowd regularly sings the 32-year-old's praises, while last season he even took the plaudits of rival supporters, earning a standing ovation at Eibar after engineering a 4-0 win at the Basque minnows.
Now it is so different. You have to go back to Everton in 1894 for the last English team to have scored so many top-flight league goals by this stage of the season. City has five or more goals on four occasions in the Premier League, has 10 different scorers, and has 17 goals in its last three home games.
A truly great role-playing game has to allow players to develop in any direction and compensate for this flexibility by incorporating multiple paths through the game. There's no point in creating a computerized role-playing game if the character does the same thing in every single play through of the game. The most annoying of these issues is a game where you can have a spell wielding character but they develop the exact same spells at exactly the same point in every run of the game. It's a little more forgivable for warrior types but even in this case there are many games which allow for dozens of different fighting styles.
Since 2000, only seven rookies have averaged 20 points per game. They were Blake Griffin (22.5), Carmelo Anthony (21.0), LeBron James (20.9), Kevin Durant (20.3), Joel Embiid (20.2 last year, after he missed his first two seasons), Elton Brand (20.1) and Tyreke Evans (20.1).
A fluent Arabic speaker, Jalaluddin also fostered close ties with Arab jihadists including Osama Bin Laden who flocked to the region during the war. Later, Jalaluddin became a minister in the Taliban regime.
MADRID, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Gareth Bale may have scored more decisive goals for Real Madrid than Luka Modric since the pair swapped Tottenham for the Spanish capital, but the Croatian midfielder has proved far more popular to Real fans than his team mate.
"Real Madrid were the right club for me and when I learned they were interested in me I didn't care about anything else in the world. Now I'm playing the best football of my career and feeling good every day." ($1 = 0.8459 euros) (Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
You are not stupid. You know what things you say that could upset other players. You know what is socially unacceptable. You know that you shouldn't use certain slurs when a member of your group is of a certain ethnicity or has certain religious beliefs. You also know that projecting said slurs onto fantasy races instead of 'real' ones is pretty transparent. Be a sexist pig, if you can manage (both genders are equally capable of this, I assure you). Make the other players as uncomfortable as possible.
Make it clear that none of the other players know how to properly play the game. Give them blow-by-blow accounts of exactly what they did wrong and where after every session. Explain how they are role-playing their characters incorrectly, and what they should actually be doing. Be fair, though - make sure to point out the GM's ineptitude regularly as you pontificate. The other players will appreciate your constructive criticism, and thank you for it later.
Here's the last three rookies to make an All-Star team - Blake Griffin in 2011 (which was his second year in the NBA), Yao Ming in 2002 (after he was a pro in China before coming to the NBA) and Tim Duncan in 1998.12. Interrupt everybody. Constantly.
ESPECIALLY the Game Master. Make sure he or she can never finish a single sentence. Do this with completely unrelated things, if possible (shouting internet memes or simply screaming incoherently also works well). This is best done when the GM is trying to describe an important location or relate an important story detail. Having your character constantly interrupt other characters and NPCs is also effective.
During the summer, Puig followed big hits by planting an equally big kiss on the cheek of hitting coach Turner Ward, grinningly powerless to escape Puig's grasp. Ward has played a key role in keeping the slugger focused and upbeat.
Puig set career highs this season with 28 homers and 74 RBIs while playing his usual superb defense in right field and appearing in a team-leading 152 games. In the postseason, he is 7 for 16 with five walks and six RBIs. He has already surpassed his entire career postseason RBI total, capped by his first playoff homer in Game 1 against Chicago.
Just 14 months ago, that quest appeared to be over, at least in Los Angeles. Puig had been demoted to Triple-A and seemed unlikely to return to the Dodgers amid frustration with his consistency and discipline.
Puig has made big plays in every game for the unbeaten Dodgers, who resume the NLCS at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Once a shameless free-swinger, he drew three walks and scored a run in Los Angeles' 4-1 win in Game 2.14. Talk on your cell phone during the game.
You can roll dice and chat at the same time, right? Make sure that you never differentiate between what you are saying in-character and what you are saying to the person on the other end of the line. Chat during important events, such as combat encounters.In a recent news conference, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he did not know when Bale would return and faced repeated questions about whether the Welshman's injury record could lead to the club being forced to sell him.
Guardiola places a huge significance on the impact of his full backs in terms of his team's attacking game plan. Last season, he had four of them (Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta) and all were over 30 years of age and unable to carry out his orders.
One of the most vital elements of immersion is a storyline; a really believable and yet gripping storyline. A role player doesn't want to load up the newest game and find to their dismay that storyline consists of the flimsy idea that they have to kill heaps of things to get enough experience to kill the apparent bad guy. Who wants to play a game where the bad guy is designated the bad guy without good reason? Have you played a game where you are part of one group of people and you've been chosen to defeat the other group of people but there's no actual evidence that shows why the other group is bad? The worst of these are the recent thug games where one criminal organisation wants to defeat another criminal organisation and you're the hitman. Who is really that stupid to fall for such a terrible storyline? It's certainly not for intelligent role-players.
The 30-year-old Serbian is a rookie for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, and yes, he's eligible for rookie of the year honors. He's starred in pro leagues in Russia and Greece, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers - not a bad passer in his day - says Teodosic is one of the best distributors of the basketball that he's ever seen.
Now, if I were to continue with this discussion I'd add other topics like the renaming of attributes with no good cause, allowing for more than one quest to be given at a time, real world purchase requirements during the game and other ridiculous practices.
With his most consistent big-league campaign and a dynamite start to the playoffs, Puig is a major component of a team closing in on the World Series after a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.
One thing that will jolt a role player out of a game is a sudden unwanted conversation with a hastily introduced character who explains where the next local town is and that you have to be careful because there's a war on or some such thing. This is only done in games where the maps are updated as you discover places of interest. Making a major city that lies not ten miles from your current position something that you have to discover is ridiculous at best and only suits scenarios where you've been teleported into a new reality or you've lost your memory although the latter should be used sparingly as there are already too many games out there that rely on the character having amnesia. Discovery can be implemented in far more subtle ways by having secret areas within already well-known places and it is this that gives a role-player a sense of discovery.
"This is as good as we've seen him focus on every single pitch in the game," said manager Dave Roberts, who took over the Dodgers before last season. "When you combine that with the skill set that he has, and the energy he brings, he doesn't only energize 50,000 people. He energizes everyone in the clubhouse."
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - They're scoring at a rate not seen in English soccer since the 1890s, in the days when the penalty kick was new to the law book, 2-3-5 formations were the norm and goalkeepers could handle the ball anywhere in their own half.
The Solution: In Quests of the Realm, I wanted the option for all-out, grueling, in-depth, detailed battles--but only if the players were interested in playing them. To that end, I made sure that each preference had a number of combative possibilities, offensive and defensive. The advancement system is based on actual difficulty of the encounter more than relative power of those involved, so more strategy or going "all-out" tends to lead to slower advancement. Combined with basic costs for using abilities, and the opportunity for the villains to use the same sorts of powers as the players, and the system promotes strategy while allowing simplicity to remain an option.
"When you hear US officials, including in private settings, talking about what worries them the most, they always talk about the Haqqanis," said analyst Michael Kugelman, of the Wilson Center in Washington.
Aside from the dangers of strategy with regards to character building, there is also the threat of strategy within the game. This is especially visible in cases where only some members of the group frequently strategize. Improper strategic systems create a situation where those who choose to rely on tactics result in having much greater success during the game. Players less adept at this play style lose interest, and may even be exposed to greater risk as the referee begins to utilize encounters where the opponent strategies are equally complex. To make the game fun, a system for strategy has to allow strategic players to gain appropriate advantages--they are putting more effort and thought into the game, after all--but it should also allow players whose strengths lie elsewhere to handle challenges simply and effectively.The ability list system holds to an average point, which in many ways gives it the both the advantages and disadvantages of both RPG systems. The list system, especially depending on the number of lists available, offers the potential for unforeseen combinations. Importantly, just because players purchase entire lists of abilities does not mean that the potential combinations of individual abilities cannot become overpowering. The list system does tone down on combining only the most powerful of abilities, though, and also tends to lessen the actual number of choices a player can effectively make.
Variety is one of the most important aspects of a role playing game, and also one of the most difficult to properly use. Assumptions and excessive detail can lead to imbalances that only squelch the opportunity to use the versatility offered to its fullest extent. To best encourage variety, design a system that allows players to build characters they way they wish to play them, and forces them to play their characters the way they built them.
But for a game to provide such options, it must be versatile. The RPG has to be able to support not only the vast (infinite?) number of character types that imaginative players might think of within a single genre, but if you want to cater to crossover players, also to the possible character types from other genres. And you have to do so while maintaining the first three challenges, and the six that will be provided afterwards.
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve reacts after scoring the game-winning run during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz will be part of Philadelphia's young core that the 76ers hope get them back in the Eastern Conference playoff mix, No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum should be a big part of a Boston team that believes it can compete for a title, and No. 9 pick Dennis Smith Jr. - an absolute freak of an athlete, even by NBA standards - is already being mentioned as a star of the future in Dallas and a legitimate rookie of the year candidate this season.
The Solution: As I noted in previous articles, the core rules for QoTR rely on a selection of broad ability types, each with lists of advantages that a character specializing in the ability can gain. Unlike many role playing games, the actual abilities the character has and the player's description of its abilities are not tied together save for to assert that the description must emulate the stats. Of the various systems I have tried, I found this to be the best option for allowing unlimited description, versatile stats, and balanced character value.
He averaged 10.2 points per game last season, the lowest for any NBA rookie of the year in the 68-year history of the award. Brogdon started only 28 games, by far the lowest for a ROY winner since the NBA started charting that statistic. Of Brogdon's four most recent predecessors as top rookie, three - Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns - started all 82 games.
The learning curve can be steep, when considering that stars of now like Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol and Al Horford all averaged less than 12 points as rookies. James Harden averaged 9.9, Mike Conley 9.4, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were just under 8 points per game, Giannis Antetokounmpo was at 6.8, Kyle Lowry and Gordon Hayward didn't even average 6 points and CJ McCollum barely averaged 5.
Promoting strategy in a role playing game does not necessarily require that certain choices be better than others, or even that there has to be a specific counter for each choice. It requires only that all choices have an advantage and disadvantage, a benefit and cost. In this way, it isn't about deciding which is best or what beats what, but about critically evaluating the situation and determining if the cost, at the moment, is worth paying.
Dallas Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. (1) drives between Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky (44) and Kemba Walker (15) in the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Sal Iacono is a writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and is also known as "Cousin Sal" as a regular guest on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." During an appearance Monday on Simmons' show, Iacono told a funny story about Romo prepping for his new gig.
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
That includes recently released Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman, and their three children -- all born in captivity -- as well as US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in 2014.Altuve has more than done his part so far, becoming a star of this year's postseason by going 13 for 23 (.565) after going just 4 for 26 (.154) in the 2015 playoffs. He added two hits and scored the winning run on a bold dash from first base in the ninth inning Saturday.
"We end up watching him play all afternoon, beating up on these 12-year-olds," Iacono said. "He's not listening to a second of the color commentary. Jimmy's like, 'Do you realize you didn't listen at all to what they were saying?' [Romo] was like, 'I know, I've got to beat this guy.'"
The Risk: Incorporating strategy into an RPG is definitely a difficult proposition. Certain dangers are obvious. Game balance and character value are the most likely aspects of the game for strategy to compromise. The reason is that cost and benefits, as has been noted before, do not necessarily balance out even if they are evenly matched.
Any player dedicated at all to strategic character building will naturally seek ways to get around the limits applied to its choices. When determining penalties, such a player will select those that it deems the least likely to actually impact its character's performance, while balancing these disadvantages with those benefits most useful to the character's specialty. This technique is known as min/maxing--minimizing the impact of your penalties while maximizing the benefits you accrue.
You can also practice casually not paying any attention at all between turns. A laptop with an Internet connection is exceptionally useful for this. Make sure you giggle/guffaw, sneer, and type loudly while the other players are trying to role-play.
You could have each sort of ability working in a different way, but again, the complexity is there. In that case, it's almost like you're creating a different role playing game for each genre, and collecting them all into an anthology. This naturally leads to too many supplements, and a feeling that players have to buy them all to keep up to date. Good for business, bad for players, and very bad for attracting new players to a new RPG, where there is no brand loyalty getting them to buy even the core book, let alone supplements.
"I said, 'You know what you should do,'" Iacono told Simmons. "'You should watch 'Madden' and see what the play-by-play is and the color commentary. Then you can see what is marketable and you can see what you want to stay away from and what to go with. He says, 'That's a great idea.' So he puts 'Madden' on and he plays."
"This is my best season," Puig said. "I grew up a little bit more. I'm going to home plate for having fun, because I know (if) I hit nothing, I do nothing in the game, my teammates are going to have my back. That's the reason I play better and my team is in this position again."
Puig usually hit near the bottom of the Dodgers' lineup this season while the spotlight settled on youngsters Corey Seager and Bellinger. He thrived as a supporting player, no longer carrying the weight of the Dodgers on his shoulders.
There's no humility in Ball's game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers' rookie point guard is high when he's on the floor and with a ball in his hand. But when he speaks, when microphones are thrust near his face and the lights of cameras shine in his eyes and reporters pepper him with questions, there's no bluster or bravado emanating.
He then produced his strongest performance in over a year in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, a display which earned the praises of the Spanish media, including in AS, whose repeated criticism of Bale has been tantamount to a campaign to get him to leave the club.
Another part of a great game play experience is being aware that you have been a part of the fictional world since you were born. This is conveyed by knowing where things are in the world and knowing who the current leaders are, along with knowing current events. This can be done cleverly by feeding snippets of information in a natural manner during conversations with non-player characters. Some extremely vital information can be revealed in otherwise meaningless banter, just like in the world you're immersed in right now.
I only hope that the gaming companies pay attention to this and realise that they are making role-playing games for role-players and if they're not in the market for role-players, then they should call their games by a different genre.
Ever since he joined the Dodgers in 2013 after his perilous exit from Cuba , Puig has played baseball with an ebullience that offends some baseball purists, but usually proves irresistible to younger fans, most teammates and anybody who enjoys fun.
There was one game in which this happened and the involvement of two love interests was the excuse for one of the non-player characters to do worse at being a support while the other became a great support. Sure, the idea was novel but it was also very childish because it assumed that these two love interests were so enamoured with the player that neither could do without him. It was worse than watching Baywatch or Desperate Housewives.At a point the in the series when everyone is looking for a new hero, it's a bit ironic that Edd is here to save the day. Book readers have been longtime fans of Edd's, but not because he is a great fighter or a strong leader. His bleak sense of humor is what really endears him to fans.
The Solution: In the role playing game I created, Quests of the Realm, I use a system balanced somewhere between the abilities and the skills system. Players have a number of points to devote to ten different lists of abilities, with the points spent and their level determining which abilities from the list they get. Players cannot select individual abilities from a certain list, but must pay all requisite costs to get to the higher-level abilities of each list. Generally speaking, a player can specialize in three or maybe four of the ten lists. There are also certain aspects of creation that use a more standard skill system, which generally have limited effect on combat (where stats are most important).
Incredibly, Puig is now the Dodgers' fourth longest-tenured player - third excluding Adrian Gonzalez, who is injured and not with the team. His English has grown strong enough to allow him to conduct interviews in his second language, and he relishes pregame chats with Don Newcombe, the 91-year-old Dodgers legend.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during a press conference at the City Football Academy, Manchester, England Monday Oct. 16, 2017. Manchester City will play Napoli in a Champions League soccer match in Manchester on Tuesday. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander reacts after getting New York Yankees' Greg Bird to ground out during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The summer signing of Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva and the return to fitness of center midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has given Guardiola an abundance of options in the five places ahead of the defense and regular midfield anchorman Fernandinho. This is also the first time in years that Sergio Aguero has started a season with genuine competition for the lead striker position, stardew valley wiki guide
in Gabriel Jesus.
"There is not necessarily a safe time for the head to be hit and for the brain to be moved around ... over and over again. It's just not made to do that," Stern said. "To do whatever can be done to reduce the overall number of hits is critical."
The 7-2 win over Stoke on Saturday featured six different scorers and has been widely lauded as an attacking masterclass. One of the goals was even a length-of-the-field effort started with a back-heel by center back Nicolas Otamendi.
"After the hurricane I love the people from Houston even more," Altuve said. "They've been supporting us all the time, since 2011 when we lost 100 games and they have a lot of heart and are encouraging us to keep playing. And now that we are playing really good we want to finish it up for them, for us and for our families."
The Astros have worn the patch each game since returning home. It sits on the upper left side of their chests and features the word "STRONG" in white block letters between an Astros' logo and a rendering of the state of Texas.4. Harass the other players
Really, why just focus on that one player's girlfriend? That's selfish. You should spread the joy! Take suggestion #3 and apply it to ALL of the other players! You'll be the most popular member of the group.
The Challenge: Character ability is the first thing that any role playing game designer should consider, and in many ways the most important. Fortunately, it is also generally the easiest to perfect in and of itself. The challenge of character ability comes from the need for a variety of character types, each with their own unique capabilities.
To make this system work, I use a number of tactics to minimize the disadvantages of my chosen styles. One of the weaknesses of the list system is that it might limit creative control some. To solve this, I keep the lists broad in scope. For instance, there isn't a list for weapon skills, magic, psychic powers, and so on. There is a list for attacking, defending, stealth, and the like. It is a strict rule in QoTR that the description of a character's abilities must reflect the character's stats, but do not affect them. A mage is not necessarily better at dealing massive damage to multiple foes than a warrior, although certainly a warrior who chooses to be strong in such a field is going out of the box for its archetype.
Pakistan intensified a military operation in the area in 2014, however, and some militant sources say the pressure has forced many of the Haqqanis underground or over the border into their Afghan strongholds, claims that AFP could not confirm.
Modric will be the only former Spurs player available to the European champions when they host Mauricio Pochettino's side on Wednesday in the Champions League as Bale is still recovering from a calf injury, the 18th fitness setback he has faced in less than five seasons in Spain.Houston Astros' Jose Altuve scores the game-winning run past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
But Puig's banishment lasted only a month due to his ability to hit left-handed pitching, and he contributed to the Dodgers' postseason run. He returned this season with a clear dedication to his job, and it translated into his most complete season.
The character type system is the least versatile of the styles, as players have less option to mix and match their abilities. However, it can be the most balanced, as you know exactly what each character type can do. This is one of the fundamental rules of RPG creation; the more choices the player can make, the more likely it is that the rules will interact in an unforeseen way to give that player an undue advantage or disadvantage.
His father, LaVar Ball, has generated plenty of headlines with his sometimes over-the-top remarks, plus has faced tons of criticism for things like slapping a $495 price tag on the infamous Big Baller Brand shoe that was released months before his son made his NBA debut. But Lonzo Ball speaks with humility, a calmness that helped convince the Lakers that he indeed was the right pick to be the rebuilding team's point guard of the present and future.6. Be purposely offensive
This is slightly more specific than simply harassing the other players. Don't claim that "what's offensive to some people isn't offensive to others". That isn't the issue at hand.
A role playing game designer's most important choice may be the abilities it allows characters in the game to possess. Do not fall into the trap of limiting characters to only a few possibilities so overburdened by limits that they cannot function. Separating stats from description, making the players work to earn their levels, and making sure that every ability has its uses are three excellent tactics to keep an RPG customizable without compromising its balance.
Personally, I have been a role-playing gamer for about thirty years and I fell in love with only two systems that I probably can't name because of article writing guidelines. What I can say is that very few game producing companies have come even close to the pen and paper versions of the best role-playing games on the market, you know, the ones that people actually enjoy playing. I will say that I rejoiced when role-playing games became computerized as it meant I could do my role-playing without the need to hunt for people with similar tastes and even though some games have risen to become great role-playing games, they are sadly few and far between. On that note, of the styles of role-playing games that include pen and paper, computerized games and online games, there is only one type that can meet the fully immersive needs of a role-player and I'll reveal why later.
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in Anaheim, Calif. Lonzo Ball is receiving attention out of all proportion to his actual accomplishments in basketball. That's the price of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, and the rookie point guard must learn how to navigate the pressures while growing into his role as the centerpiece of their rebuilding effort. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)