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2017-09-29 11:30:09 AM  
DNext Wednesday, I will be having my ankle fused.  Will be off work a month and then working from home for an additional three.  I fully expect to play the shiat out of my Steam backlog.

Despite the backlog, I just picked up Dead Island: Definitive Edition while it was on "Eh, fark it" sale last week.  Played the original twice and now plan to go through a third time.  I have no idea what it is about that game that i liked so much, but there's never been another I've played through three times.
 
2017-09-29 11:31:28 AM  

Boxingoutsider: Smoking GNU: Slaxl: C&C Tiberium Wars! Take that you filthy Nod bastards!

I can't believe it's 10 years old. Well, I can when I look at the graphics, but besides that, I can't believe it.

Me, i'm playing Tiberium Sun. It's 17 years old and i'm still having a blast. Which answers both questions in the headline.

I play generals zero hour, which lacks the gdi nod stuff but is the best most balanced overall game of the series.


I just love the Scud Storm in that, especially with the explosive expert general.  Man, that is some mayhem!
 
2017-09-29 11:34:44 AM  
Regarding playing an older game... many years ago (when it was new, and even years later) I'd heard nothing but good things about Dungeon Hack. Infinite replayability, etc. But other than screenshots in magazines/websites, I'd never seen the game in action really, or played it. (None of my friends had it).

But then my favourite YouTuber did a LP of it


Let's Play Dungeon Hack #01: Introduction
Youtube 0qJIgoONLGk


And I thought "I need to buy this." Then I discovered I already owned it from one of the GOG collections, and now I can't stop playing it lol.

In fact, here's the dungeon I'm slogging through now (I took a screenie of the code if you'd like to join me in spirit). Use the dungeon seed below and you'll get the same dungeon I have:


i.imgur.comView Full Size


It was late at night, I couldn't think of a good character name so I went with Jacqueline. A Cleric/Mage so I can identify things. I chose Normal, and didn't set any custom options.

(For those who don't know you can set a TON of options. I'll link a YT video demonstrating that in my next post.
 
2017-09-29 11:35:43 AM  
D&D Roguelike! │ Dungeon Hack #1
Youtube VgjjvZKBJds


You can set a ton of options. Underwater levels? Undead? Amount of food you use? Amount of keys? Amount of treasure? Fight difficulty? Number of floors? Etc.
 
2017-09-29 11:36:00 AM  
Forza 7 on the PC.   It runs and looks fantastic,  the menus and car purchasing is a little messed up but that may be because I put so many hours into 6 and 7 is a bit different.
Overall I am really enjoying it,  definitely less frustrating to play with an xbox controller than Project Cars 2 and the selection of cars suites me better in Forza.
 
2017-09-29 11:38:50 AM  
 
2017-09-29 11:39:15 AM  
Got a new pc on the way next week so I'm going to try and not play anything until it gets here. I had originally just bought a new video card but then I went to install it and said "fark it might as well do it right" and I've now got a new Ryzen 1800 system on the way (minus the videocard). The Ryzen benchmarks aren't setting the world on fire like I hoped they would but it will still be better than what I have now and was still plenty cheaper than an Intel build and I don't game like I used to enough to justify spending Intel money anymore.
 
2017-09-29 11:39:54 AM  
Wofenstein: The New Order. Got it on sale. It started strong but then got way too repetitive.
Beat final boss. Felt completely underwhelmed. But damn that game did a great job of making you feel helpless.

How many times can you be surprised and stabbed in a cutscene and NOT die. So many times I thought it was a long death cinematic and then suddenly, you're fine and continuing.
 
2017-09-29 11:42:35 AM  
I'm going to pick up my SNES Classic pre-order today at lunch, and I look forward to revisiting some old friends.  I've also been playing Metroid: Samus Returns, which is fun but flawed, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on the Wii U, which is my first ever AC game and I'm enjoying it except that it feels "sticky" - it feels sometimes like you get stuck to objects, like instead of jumping over a downed tree, you end up running up the tree, which isn't what I wanted to do and it took me into the line of sight of an enemy.  Also, walking speed is glacial, but sprinting is often too fast.  I wish there was more of a scale, like there was in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which came out the same year from the same developers.

Also, Ballz.  High score 260!
 
2017-09-29 11:45:06 AM  
Picked up the SNES Classic this morning. I got to Best Buy too damn early. They had more tickets than there were people in line. I went home to walk the dog and shower before heading back when the doors opened at 9:00. When the doors opened they had run out of tickets. The clerks wouldn't say how many they had, but the lady in front of me had ticket #101.

I'm planning to start a game of Link to the Past and a few others of my favorites like Donkey Kong Country and MegaMan X. If I'm able to meet up with any of my gamer buddies for some couch co-op I'll be sure to get in some Mario Kart, F-Zero and Street Fighter II Turbo. I'm also looking forward to taking another crack at Super Mario RPG. I rented it a couple of times as kid but never beat it before I had to take it back to the video store.

In non-nostalgia gaming, I've been playing some Marvel vs Capcom Infinite online. The netcode is pretty solid and the UI is sooooooo much better than SFV. I'm pretty terrible at the game, but at least my wave dashing is getting better (baby steps). Also played my first couple competitive games of Overwatch in a few weeks. The new Mercy is hella strong.
 
2017-09-29 11:45:50 AM  

AgentKGB: Regarding playing an older game... many years ago (when it was new, and even years later) I'd heard nothing but good things about Dungeon Hack. Infinite replayability, etc. But other than screenshots in magazines/websites, I'd never seen the game in action really, or played it. (None of my friends had it).

But then my favourite YouTuber did a LP of it


[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/0qJIgoONLGk]

And I thought "I need to buy this." Then I discovered I already owned it from one of the GOG collections, and now I can't stop playing it lol.

In fact, here's the dungeon I'm slogging through now (I took a screenie of the code if you'd like to join me in spirit). Use the dungeon seed below and you'll get the same dungeon I have:


[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

It was late at night, I couldn't think of a good character name so I went with Jacqueline. A Cleric/Mage so I can identify things. I chose Normal, and didn't set any custom options.

(For those who don't know you can set a TON of options. I'll link a YT video demonstrating that in my next post.


If you play a character without an "Identify" spell, you can find in-game artifacts that will ID items for you.  I think they were called looking glasses, or something like that.  Its been a long, long time since I've played Dungeon Hack.  I remember it was alternating fun and then frustrating as hell.  But then again, I was never a big fan of rogue-likes.
 
2017-09-29 11:46:22 AM  

Dimensio: SonsoftheSod: For Skyrim fans that don't know yet, a head's up. Unlike Fallout 4, you'll have to get the survival mode through the CC. I think the Frostfall creator is involved. Cost is 800 credits. The lowest tier for buying credits is 750, so if you've used up the free 100 when it launched for Fallout, you need spend more for the 1500 deal. However, they're making it free for the first week. The Cazador dildo using turds are trying every trick in the book.

Or, alternatively, I look for a fan-made "survival" mod on the Nexus.


Is there any word presently on when that is going to be available?
 
2017-09-29 11:46:27 AM  

LucklessWonder: Flashfyr3: Wife texted me this morning to let me know she was able to get an SNES classic at Target, so instead of airbrush priming and base coating my space marine army I've been assembling I'm going to try that out this weekend.

Which Space Marine chapter? Back when I played 40K, I had a Salamanders army (started them in 3rd Edition under Codex: Armageddon, so was upset that they got a reputation as cheesemongers in 4th/5th edition). I've been out since 6th Edition, so I live vicariously through the Horus Heresy novels and other people still playing. I've had a ridiculous number of armies

2nd Edition
Blood Angels (they came in the boxed set)
Orks - Bad Moonz, specifically
Genestealer Cult
Tyranids

3rd Edition
Salamanders
Craftworld Eldar
Thousand Sons
Tau

Kept the Tau & Salamanders through to 6th edition

4th Edition
Imperial Guard

5th & 6th was mostly just expanding the 3rd & 4th edition ones, but I think I also added a Black Legion army and maybe some Evil Sunz Orks. Sold out midway through 6th.


Back in high school when I played (2nd into 3rd) I had an Ultramarines army that ended up lost to time many years ago and just recently got the bug to build some again.  Got Dark Imperium Primaris guys, a tactical squad, a devastator squad, Marneus Calgar and honor guards, a Sternguard squad, and Roboute.  Getting my Ultras back.  Just sold the Chaos components to the box on ebay and i'm gonna use that to get a couple tanks or dreadnoughts.
 
2017-09-29 11:52:59 AM  
Ordered the SNES thingy and got confirmation and receipts. Expecting it to be cancelled in 3 . . .2 . .

Looking forward to playing some old favorites.
 
2017-09-29 11:53:10 AM  

Mike_LowELL: leeto2: Mike_LowELL: It's about those special moments where someone on the other team shoots the hostage for no reason whatsoever.

Or in my case planting the cluster bomb on the ONE window where the hostage was on the other side..LOL

*takes notes*

Subtle griefing is the best griefing, because there's bad people, on both, on both sides.  Very bad people.


You need to play Friday the 13th then.  Nothing's more aggravating than a character with bad repair "helping" by trying to fix the car and alerting Jason due to all the fark ups they make or wandering aimlessly with key items like the phone fuse or the car keys, then dying far away from where people would find your ragdoll.

Plus, if they ever fix Chad's luck, a good Chad can troll Jason for most of the round.  Even a mediocre one like me can stall him for a few minutes most of the time.
 
2017-09-29 11:57:58 AM  
Destiny 2: Trying to beat the Prestige Nightfall with my 301 Hunter. Trying to get my 294 Titan up to 300.

Probably some 2k as I need to get some bronze badges knocked out.
 
2017-09-29 12:00:07 PM  
I'm sitting on the tail end of BOTW because I've been pretty damn lazy (and also picky about lighting when I play since the WiiU is hooked up to my Projector; I prefer it to be dark but the wife doesn't like turning the lights off when she's working in the living room) and partly because I just don't want it to be over. The wife beat the game over the weekend and immediately started a Master Mode playthrough. This is unheard of for her as she freely admits she has no patience to play through most games more than once. I'll probably just finish it off this weekend. I'm also debating hitting our "local" Walmart this weekend to see if they'll have an SNES Mini in stock (we live in the middle of fark-all nowhere so this isn't as crazy as it sounds. They frequently have Switches in stock as well) as a surprise for her. She's not picky nor squeamish about Emulators but the SNES was "her first" and she immediately fell in love with the tiny size of the Mini. As for me, I hit a Computer Works while we were in Dallas last weekend and managed to pick up a working PS2, some controllers, and a Network/HDD adapter for like 30 bucks total, so now there's a 250GB ATA HDD on the way that's immediately going to get loaded with Free MCBoot and a bunch of crazy old shiat when it arrives tomorrow, at least according to the tracking number. I've had a serious craving lately for the PS2 Castlevanias and some Katamari Damacy, and the wife has always wanted to look into Kingdom Hearts, so we'll both get what we want.
 
2017-09-29 12:02:41 PM  

Atomic Jonb: If you play a character without an "Identify" spell, you can find in-game artifacts that will ID items for you. I think they were called looking glasses, or something like that. Its been a long, long time since I've played Dungeon Hack. I remember it was alternating fun and then frustrating as hell. But then again, I was never a big fan of rogue-likes.


Yup, scrying glasses or scrying mirrors. I can't remember which hehe. But you only get around 3 uses on each. I'd rather go cleric/mage and be able to identify all the stuff I want.
 
2017-09-29 12:06:37 PM  
Yes on Elite the new routing is much better. I think the distance is at least 10,000 ly. I have tested for an 1,200ish ly route and it worked fine, it is also much faster than before and if it's going to fail because you have a filter condition it fails quickly instead of spinning for minutes.

One Thargoid sighting as I was near Maia after the update working on the CG. After the CG was over I looked at missions and there was so much money to be made I stuck around the area. I have not been hyperdicted yet even though it seems to be fairly common in the area according to the forums. I had to check out a Non-Human signal source for fun. I dropped and came to a stop, Thargoid rushed over and scanned me then went about his business sorting through wreckage.
 
2017-09-29 12:07:42 PM  

The_Y2P_Problem: Mike_LowELL: leeto2: Mike_LowELL: It's about those special moments where someone on the other team shoots the hostage for no reason whatsoever.

Or in my case planting the cluster bomb on the ONE window where the hostage was on the other side..LOL

*takes notes*

Subtle griefing is the best griefing, because there's bad people, on both, on both sides.  Very bad people.

You need to play Friday the 13th then.  Nothing's more aggravating than a character with bad repair "helping" by trying to fix the car and alerting Jason due to all the fark ups they make or wandering aimlessly with key items like the phone fuse or the car keys, then dying far away from where people would find your ragdoll.

Plus, if they ever fix Chad's luck, a good Chad can troll Jason for most of the round.  Even a mediocre one like me can stall him for a few minutes most of the time.


Theres tons of griefing in Friday.   But that's ok.
 
2017-09-29 12:08:46 PM  
I have been spending my last month studying for my oral boards in surgery on top of my normal 60-80 hour per week day job so I haven't had much time for gaming, but I have been watching some of the Christopher Odd YouTube videos about War of the Chosen to at least satisfy part of my craving.  I actually finally bought it off Green Man Gaming the night after the test and I just found out yesterday that I passed (that's right, Dr. Nick Riviera is now certified by the American Board of Surgery), so I am going to spend a good chunk of the weekend digging into that.

I also got my wife the Monster Box of Monsters expansion for the Hogwarts Battle card game about a month ago for her birthday but we haven't played it yet, so that looks like a likely activity for this weekend as well.
 
2017-09-29 12:19:38 PM  

ox45tallboy: Why has no one released a sequel to The Bard's Tale remake? There are plenty of writers looking for work., and Carey Elwes could use the money. Negotiate for the rights, hire a modeler and and a landscape artist for a couple of months to start, then then make sure Elwes is on board, choose an off-the shelf engine, then shop it to a publisher. Shouldn't take more than a year of development if you can hire the right programmers and artists. Then 6 months or so for tweaking, new dialogue etc., and another 6 months of beta testing.

I think in 2 years you could double your money on $80-100 mil, as long as you didn't get too ambitious and instead focused on story, then dialogue, then voice acting between characters, and ignored the stupid 100% thing where ou have to find some robin's egg high up in a tree that you can only get to using a teleport spell at exactly the right spot.

Aim for 40-60 hours off gameplay instead of 200+ by putting in senseless fetch quests all the way across the map. And if you do, do it sarcastically, with him biatching about the whole way. That game was brilliantly written and Elwes made it happen with his snark.


I loved the original BT games as a kid (and went through a lot of graph paper playing them), and then got the remake on PS2 years ago.  I loved the idea, once I got over the fact that it's a solo game instead of a party, but I got stuck fairly early on because Im apparently terrible at video games, so I never finished it.

/Not-so-cool story bro.
 
2017-09-29 12:20:37 PM  
Been kicking around in Rimworld, doing a very good job at having things snowball out of control to the point that I got everyone deathly injured and then a lightning storm hit, lit stuff on fire and burned everything to the ground.

Also playing some Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock   I'm enjoying it so far for the space naval warfare that you've always wanted and at the same time feeling like I just want a little more of everything.  That said, it does feel nice to blow up some toasters.

I should do another round or two ofarkII or EUIV, but if I'm gonna do that I need to like block out an entire day, or deal with only doing 50-60 years at a time over a couple weeks.

Hmm....also Re: Stellaris......I haven't played in awhile, but I really which one of these Space 4x's could figure out how to implement an old Star Trek style neutral zone.   None of this 'our borders touch' nonsense.   Just some expansive neutral zones that don't actually restrict travel, but you can set up monitoring stations and whatnot and use neutral zone infractions as pretexts for war or concessions.
 
2017-09-29 12:27:31 PM  
Finally found a boxed copy of Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday for SG. Only $55. Everything still there, even the map and TSR ads.

Game is hard as balls. Kinda knew that going in...

Also; day number 1,3XX: Still no US edition of Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls...
 
2017-09-29 12:31:33 PM  
Been playing a lot of Slime Rancher and Everspace recently. Slime Rancher has a surprisingly high content ratio and even though I've been playing it for a couple weeks now, I'm still finding new things that change a lot of stuff. Stupid fun, most of the time.

Also just found all of my character backups from Titan Quest and reinstalled the Anniversary Edition.
 
2017-09-29 12:31:52 PM  
We've got another session of Star Wars Imperial Assault on the tabletop tonight. To me, it's kind of an oddball game, given how PRESSURED you are to complete goals ( get X done in 5 rounds or you lose ) when the game feels like it really wants to be a miniature fighty/skirmishy/battle game. Then again, we are just playing through the campaign, which might be the reason.

I'm hoping that we can move on to something different after the campaign finishes, with my choice being trying out Blades in the Dark.
 
2017-09-29 12:43:24 PM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: I have been spending my last month studying for my oral boards in surgery on top of my normal 60-80 hour per week day job so I haven't had much time for gaming, but I have been watching some of the Christopher Odd YouTube videos about War of the Chosen to at least satisfy part of my craving.  I actually finally bought it off Green Man Gaming the night after the test and I just found out yesterday that I passed (that's right, Dr. Nick Riviera is now certified by the American Board of Surgery), so I am going to spend a good chunk of the weekend digging into that.

I also got my wife the Monster Box of Monsters expansion for the Hogwarts Battle card game about a month ago for her birthday but we haven't played it yet, so that looks like a likely activity for this weekend as well.


Congrats on passing!
 
2017-09-29 12:44:48 PM  
Last night, was THAC0 Thursday, so we're continuing our 5th ed Forgotten Realms game. We went and killed some Orcs in a place called Wyvern Tor, and then we lied to a Red Wizard of Thay/Necromancer about how the guy that built the wizard's tower was named Alenerol. The Necromancer bought it, and it turns out he needed the name of the builder so he could take control of a Revenant. We gave him the wrong name, so the thing killed him. Of course, our party was only level 3 (we dinged 4 at the end of the session), so we couldn't take him out. My Gnome Illusionist (named Bramble Fox) cast invisibility on himself to escape the revenant, and went to loot the dead Necromancer. Picked up a dagger, a healing potion, and a note that he had written "Ha ha, if you're reading this it means I'm dead and I buried all of my loot so you don't get anything." I didn't find that out at first though, so as I'm there, the Revenant comes back into the tower where I'm trying to loot things, and blocks the entrance. It saw me looting things, so it knows that something is in there. I start stuffing books into a backpack - hoping to find a spellbook (remember I haven't read the ha ha note). Long story short, I stole a book on anatomy, and a book on history. Decided to climb over the wall of the ruined tower to get away from the Revenant that is just standing there waiting for me to give myself away. While I was climbing, he still managed to hit me once, but my epic wizard hitpoints saved me with 2 hp to spare. I got inspiration out of the whole ordeal, so it wasn't a total loss. It was a good session.

As far as video games, I've been playing a lot of Skyrim the last few weeks. I've got my character up to level 57 or so. I'm making progress on the Thieves Guild, Brotherhood of Death, and Wizard's College quest chains. Just recently went legendary on Sneak, so my character has gone from awesome to suck where stealth is concerned. I'm on the brink of doing the same with archery. I have smithing at 100, but I'm going to leave it there for a little while until I've made all the dragon armor and weapons that I want, then I'm going to go legendary on that and start using the materials that I've been saving up to level it again. Just recently hit 80 or so enchanting. Used up all of my filled common, petty, and lesser soul gems. All in all, it's coming along slowly but surely.
 
2017-09-29 12:48:20 PM  

TempeSun: palelizard: Does anyone remember the game which used to advertise in Dragon magazine with art of a graffiti wall/alley saying "Always outnumbered, never outgunned"? There may have been a dead person on the ground kinda Borderlands looking and I think the game was cyberpunk-y/dystopian future. I cannot remember the name.

The Prodigy album of that same name had a graffiti cover back in the day. Maybe it was an ad for that next to an ad for a game?

/I honestly just Googled this for the last 20 minutes to help solve your mystery!
//That name seems to be all Prodigy or military patches


I remembered another ad for it. The RPG is Underground. Haven't found the ad itself, but it's definitely the right game. Thanks for looking.
 
2017-09-29 12:57:34 PM  
Finally bought XCom 2 War of the Chosen, and WOW what a difference. Did not expect it to be as feature packed as it is, but what a dramatic change to the game. Really good stuff.

Tried the CoD WW2 beta last night, and it's.. well. It's CoD, not sure what else to say. I think the sound the Garand makes is the most unsatisfying weapon sound I've heard in a long time, which is a shame since MOH AA basically perfected the sound of the Garand over a decade ago. It definitely is an improvement over every installment since MW3, but I don't know if it's enough to make me buy another CoD game. 

Probably picking up Divinity 2 this weekend. I was going to buy it and play it earlier this week, but I felt dirty even thinking of playing a game like that solo. So I'm waiting for my group to get paid. 

Fortnite Battle Royale is a lot better than it should be. I actually really like the building aspect of it all, but the weapons are a wee bit unsatisfying to use compared to PUBG.
 
2017-09-29 12:58:34 PM  
Picked up Picross S and Golf Story yesterday for Switch, so I'll be getting into those this weekend.

Also going for the best ending in Metroid: Samus Returns.

Oh, and trying unsuccessfully to find the Samus / Metroid amiibo pack.
 
2017-09-29 01:03:41 PM  

AgentKGB: Regarding playing an older game... many years ago (when it was new, and even years later) I'd heard nothing but good things about Dungeon Hack. Infinite replayability, etc. But other than screenshots in magazines/websites, I'd never seen the game in action really, or played it. (None of my friends had it).

But then my favourite YouTuber did a LP of it


[_ image _x_]

And I thought "I need to buy this." Then I discovered I already owned it from one of the GOG collections, and now I can't stop playing it lol.

In fact, here's the dungeon I'm slogging through now (I took a screenie of the code if you'd like to join me in spirit). Use the dungeon seed below and you'll get the same dungeon I have:


[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

It was late at night, I couldn't think of a good character name so I went with Jacqueline. A Cleric/Mage so I can identify things. I chose Normal, and didn't set any custom options.

(For those who don't know you can set a TON of options. I'll link a YT video demonstrating that in my next post.


The only thing I didn't like about Dungeon Hack was that, as a single character 2nd edition AD&D game, you were pretty much required to be multiclass.  Cleric/Mage or Cleric/Mage/Fighter were the only viable options.
 
2017-09-29 01:05:21 PM  

AgentKGB: [_ image _x_]

You can set a ton of options. Underwater levels? Undead? Amount of food you use? Amount of keys? Amount of treasure? Fight difficulty? Number of floors? Etc.


Locked door on level X, key on level Y?
Or for the people who really hated themselves, locked door on level X, lever to toggle it open or closed on level Y.
 
2017-09-29 01:11:15 PM  

McGrits: I just started Divinity: OS2. I picked the dwarf (beast) as a cleric. I am only on the second level of the opening ship. Hopefully I won't have to restart too many times from stupid character build decisions.

I tried to play some old castlevania on a raspberry pi NES emulator. The sweet memories didn't flood back.


Warning:
When you get to the main town in the second act (Driftwood), DO NOT talk to the couple having a picnic.  I lost like 8 hours of playtime because talking to them bugs your char so you can't complete a bunch of NPC interactions.  It can be worked around (using other party members, and one of the "fixes" involves chaining two chars together), but since I pretty much killed everyone else >.>

Currently Many Faced God Fane has found an eternal vault, and saved a Sourcerer (to then steal his face) when shiat caught on fire.  Don't cast magic on the top of an oil rig, friends.

I think I'm around 30/30/30 str/int/wits, 20ish memory, max summoner (think its technically 12/10 with gear), 6 pyromancer, 4 aero, 2 hydro, 2 hunts, 1 poly.

The switch to pyromancy and hyromancy is making it extremely hard to collect faces :|
 
2017-09-29 01:11:55 PM  

shortymac: GhostfacedFiddlah: Panic!  PANIC!  I'm DMing my first game in decades in a full-day adventure on Sunday.  I'm running a homegrown campaign, and I'm nowhere near ready.  My mind is chock-full of D&D rules, gods and cosmology, not to mention the map, encounters, and characters of the first adventure.   I ... may have overextended myself.

The campaign's heavy on universe-mechanics (a wizard tries to understand the gods scientifically), so I've been cramming like crazy.

I also bought a few minis and I'm really happy with the results.  I've got a beholder (zombie) to scare the shiat out of the PCs, and a glabrezu as the Big Bad.  When the party first sees it, it's battling a halfling, with both of them locked in stasis.  The scale of the models is exactly what I wanted, with the glabrezu towering over the halfling, almost 3x the height.

2 more days and still so much prep to do.  Wish me luck.

Step one: Breathe!
Step two: Get a rough outline of where you want the part to good with hooks and the like, but have a few back up options as well.
Step three: You don't have to be perfect, all DMs make mistakes and forget rules occasionally, just be fair.
Step four: Don't be afraid to steal, modify some AL and DMs Guild modules for your campaign, especially in the beginning.


Good advice.  I read similar advice in The Lazy DM: Re-skin existing creatures as something unique.  I wanted to create a creepy vibe, so I'm including some "Scuttlers", which are large fleshy crabs with humanoid faces.  But I'm just using the stats from Giant Centipedes rather than try to roll my own monsters.
 
2017-09-29 01:15:30 PM  

Theaetetus: McGrits: I just started Divinity: OS2. I picked the dwarf (beast) as a cleric. I am only on the second level of the opening ship. Hopefully I won't have to restart too many times from stupid character build decisions.

Muddle through Act I (the first island), and the ship becomes your home base, and includes a magic mirror you can use for free to reshuffle your character points.
That said, I only used it once - started with the undead guy, Fane, and got Pet Pal so I could talk to animals... and then picked up Sebille, the elf, who can talk to animals. Reshuffled that point. But other than that, there's enough latitude in the builds that the points don't really matter so much.

My wife and I are now on the second island, so will not give spoilers. But for a tip - if you stealth and pickpocket people, when they notice they've been robbed, they'll demand to search you. You can try to talk them out of it or bribe them, or, if you only steal skill books, you can quickly learn them before they demand to search. When they do search, you've got nothing stolen on you, so they grudgingly let you go. And skill books can be some of the most expensive and most useful items, so it's well worth it.

Other tip - having different characters focus on different spell types is obvious and makes sense. You've got the pyro guy, the warfare guy, the necromancer, etc. However, polymorph is a jack-of-all-traits skill, and it may be worthwhile to have everyone pick up a point or two in it. For example, your tank can grow bull horns and charge in to combat; your ranged attacker can grow wings and fly up to high ground or fly away from melee; your stealth guy can turn invisible, etc.


I got supremely annoyed that i clicked the mirror not knowing it respecced (something I didn't want to do) and I lost my +1 all stats rose potion.  It didn't even erase after using the mirror, just randomly disappeared later and I can't be bothered to go back even farther than I already have.
 
2017-09-29 01:17:49 PM  

GhostfacedFiddlah: shortymac: GhostfacedFiddlah: Panic!  PANIC!  I'm DMing my first game in decades in a full-day adventure on Sunday.  I'm running a homegrown campaign, and I'm nowhere near ready.  My mind is chock-full of D&D rules, gods and cosmology, not to mention the map, encounters, and characters of the first adventure.   I ... may have overextended myself.

The campaign's heavy on universe-mechanics (a wizard tries to understand the gods scientifically), so I've been cramming like crazy.

I also bought a few minis and I'm really happy with the results.  I've got a beholder (zombie) to scare the shiat out of the PCs, and a glabrezu as the Big Bad.  When the party first sees it, it's battling a halfling, with both of them locked in stasis.  The scale of the models is exactly what I wanted, with the glabrezu towering over the halfling, almost 3x the height.

2 more days and still so much prep to do.  Wish me luck.

Step one: Breathe!
Step two: Get a rough outline of where you want the part to good with hooks and the like, but have a few back up options as well.
Step three: You don't have to be perfect, all DMs make mistakes and forget rules occasionally, just be fair.
Step four: Don't be afraid to steal, modify some AL and DMs Guild modules for your campaign, especially in the beginning.

Good advice.  I read similar advice in The Lazy DM: Re-skin existing creatures as something unique.  I wanted to create a creepy vibe, so I'm including some "Scuttlers", which are large fleshy crabs with humanoid faces.  But I'm just using the stats from Giant Centipedes rather than try to roll my own monsters.


Don't be afraid to fudge your rolls in the interest of fun.

ALMOST dying on the first fight is fun.  ACTUALLY dying in the first fight farking sucks, especially if you're the only one who goes down.

/double especially if it's due to a lucky crit from an enemy.
 
2017-09-29 01:21:38 PM  
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My wife just came in the door and gave me this. She is the best.
 
2017-09-29 01:25:56 PM  

Swordblade: [img.fark.net image 425x239]My wife just came in the door and gave me this. She is the best.


The device tempts me, and yet I have little space at my entertainment center and a viable means of playing all of those games already
 
2017-09-29 01:26:07 PM  
Picked up Total War: Warhammer 2 and Danganronpa V3 this week. Going to check for a SNES classic when I get a chance.
 
2017-09-29 01:26:44 PM  
Apartment management kicked us out for the weekend to recoat the bathtub. I've had a few thargoid encounters, but haven't been taken out. I think I'm on to something with tactics to fight them. I heard SDC took one out already. That checks out: they're canonically damaged by toxic waste.
 
2017-09-29 01:30:13 PM  

palelizard: I remembered another ad for it. The RPG is Underground. Haven't found the ad itself, but it's definitely the right game. Thanks for looking.


Glad you found it. I just read the wiki for it and that seems like a crazy game!
 
2017-09-29 01:36:39 PM  
Btw if anyone wants to wing up or just chat or whatever in Elite, I'm Kyle Donovan in game, and do the MrMyu videos on YouTube.

I'm not much for ganking other players out of the blue (on account of having a conscience and soul) but I'm reliable enough in a fight, love exploration, and don't mind escorting cargo or giving folks a hand making some cash.
 
2017-09-29 01:43:58 PM  
Thanks Subby for giving me the idea for my next DnD one shot.
 
2017-09-29 01:44:20 PM  

hammer85: Currently Many Faced God Fane has found an eternal vault, and saved a Sourcerer (to then steal his face) when shiat caught on fire. Don't cast magic on the top of an oil rig, friends.


I have to admit, I'm disappointed how useless the face-stealing ended up being.  I guess it's better as a generic Undead, but as Fane, you can get your original mask back about five seconds after leaving Fort Joy anyway.  Unless there are some unique faces, and nothing seems to suggest that's the case, there's really no benefit to it other than "it's fun to kill people and rip their faces off."  For that matter, since most gear covers up all the relevant undead bits anyway, the mask's disguise powers really don't help you unless you particularly want to use the target race's special traits for a minute.
 
2017-09-29 01:50:16 PM  

The Green Intern: Btw if anyone wants to wing up or just chat or whatever in Elite, I'm Kyle Donovan in game, and do the MrMyu videos on YouTube.

I'm not much for ganking other players out of the blue (on account of having a conscience and soul) but I'm reliable enough in a fight, love exploration, and don't mind escorting cargo or giving folks a hand making some cash.


I'll check out the videos. I'm a filthy console peasant on the XBone or I'd be happy to wing up. I'm practicing my combat skills PVE at the moment and trying to pick between a Fed Assault Ship and a Fed Gunship. Not that great with combat other than running away as far as PVP goes but will hit the CG in open and do my best to run through most blockades. Euyribia or whatever it is was a slaughterhouse in open at the last CG, at least part of the time. I went to Maia to get on the other CG and get away from the gank fest. Managed to never die while doing my hauling in an Orca that boosts to 507 and plenty of shield but nearly blew it up crashing into the station a couple times.
 
2017-09-29 01:52:06 PM  
Broke down and got Destiny 2 since some friends are playing it.  Currently at lvl 11/20 soloing the campaign, trying to catch up to my lvl 20 friends.  Looking forward to that.  I like it enough so far, but it's not blowing my hair back.  Probably will be more fun with friends, tackling tougher content.  Also, I'm just starting to get blue drops, so I can see that more exciting things are in store.

Put my entire PS4 library on an external drive so I can access it all.  Fired up Dark Souls 3 and started a new character, only to get stuck right away (25+ min of dying on the first boss).  Might just go back to my leveled up guy and respec if I'm actually that curious about different playstyles.  :)
 
2017-09-29 01:54:46 PM  
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Space should only be a concern with this thing if you can't even find room for a remote. PS4 and 360 controller for scale. That said, I won't fault you for sticking to other methods, especially if Nintendo's supply chain continues to embarrass itself. Our local Best Buy apparently got 20, compared to 5 of the NES version, so that's a marked improvement, if still low.
 
2017-09-29 01:57:48 PM  
Wow, keep forgetting it's Friday and then I see this thread... I need a nap!

Grabed Metroid: Samus Returns over the weekend and enjoying that quite a bit. It definitely shows its age in things like the lack of enemy variety, but definitely a lot of fun.

Some of the bosses can be frustrating though, right now I'm stuck on the robot thing and trying to scour the planet for more energy tanks. All I keep finding are missiles though...
 
2017-09-29 01:57:52 PM  
I need an idea for a game that I can play with my GF.
Something like an old school rts, with base building, resource gathering and a deep tech tree.
Basically something we can play together and build stuff our own cities and whatnot, then when we get bored we can war or war against the computer.

I prefer real time, but RTS has a genre seems to have died.
I feel like we will be playing Age of Empires 2 or Rise of Nations. I wish I kept my copies of Battle for Middle Earth 1 & 2. I can't believe they aren't on steam.

I've never played multiplayer turn base? How does that work. I feel like it would take forever.

Suggestions?
 
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