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(Some Guy)   Les noisy than an IBM Model M keyboard it's the Friday Fark Gaming Thread. LGT Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Kingdom New Lands free at Epic. What have you been playing this week? Tell us inside. Side note: best/worst DLC you ever bought?   (epicgames.com) divider line
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2020-10-15 12:12:22 PM  
Diablo 3, getting ready for Diablo 4. I love Diablo. Especially when you get a character to that sweet spot where they just come in waves and you're essentially invulnerable. Very satisfying.


/CSB on model M's, I left a job recently where we had thin clients that still had PS2 ports. I used one there that I found in a pile of old equipment for about 4 years? I really wish I had taken it with me when I left, it used to drive people I thought sucked eggs absolutely mad as I type fast enough that it creates a nearly ceaseless clacking... I'm sure those assholes threw it away without knowing what it was. They were too busy talking about their quiverfull plans and various fake news, and not listening to me ask them about how they stomached donald trumps clear godlessness.
 
2020-10-15 12:22:49 PM  
Best DLC? Old World Blues for Fallout NV.
Worst? Anything from Borderlands: Pre-Sequel
 
2020-10-15 12:23:15 PM  
Been playing The Survivalists all week.  I feel like I'm pretty close to beating it.  I'm rather disappointed with the length of the game, but it definitely is fun.  I guess I can't really complain when the deluxe version of the game is $30.

The worst DLC I ever got was the Legacy of the Yakesha expansion.  Not only did it offer no new content for max level players, but the stupid Frogloks took over Grobb!  My Troll Shadow Knight was ridiculed for years because of that.
 
2020-10-15 12:25:45 PM  
I finally got my battlestation moved to it's own room downstairs with the house clear of all roommates, a man could get a whole lot of nothing done in this chair.
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Been finally trying to whip my first play through of Tony Hawk with Jamie Thomas because that is how I used to roll. Won a few more Fall Guys rounds, and still trying to finish the admittedly not strong Squadrons single player campaign. 
Now that I have fairly adequate space for V.R. I am going to calibrate it today or tomorrow to the new room and finally dig into Alyx.

Mod I got the most out of recently was the X Games and Olympics DLC on Steep. Loved that game but not the lack of content, that fleshed it out with some really fun parks.

I feel like I will finally get a solid 10+ hours of gaming a week in now that most of the chores and house work are caught up. I have no excuses left.
 
2020-10-15 12:26:43 PM  
Not mod, DLC.
 
2020-10-15 12:32:11 PM  

arrogantbastich: Diablo 3, getting ready for Diablo 4. I love Diablo. Especially when you get a character to that sweet spot where they just come in waves and you're essentially invulnerable. Very satisfying.


/CSB on model M's, I left a job recently where we had thin clients that still had PS2 ports. I used one there that I found in a pile of old equipment for about 4 years? I really wish I had taken it with me when I left, it used to drive people I thought sucked eggs absolutely mad as I type fast enough that it creates a nearly ceaseless clacking... I'm sure those assholes threw it away without knowing what it was. They were too busy talking about their quiverfull plans and various fake news, and not listening to me ask them about how they stomached donald trumps clear godlessness.


I use a Model M at work, have been for years.
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2020-10-15 12:38:55 PM  
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That's my personal best.

As far as worst, it would probably be something from the "Civ" franchise.
 
2020-10-15 12:46:10 PM  
Finished The Original Strife: Veteran Edition. Started up Dishonored 2 after much deliberation over what I would play next.

Best DLC? Old World Blues for Fallout: New Vegas. Loved every minute of it.

Worst DLC? I do not know, honestly. I tend to be a bit stingy so I rarely buy DLC unless I know that I want it.
 
2020-10-15 12:57:06 PM  
I won't say it's the best DLC, by far, but the most underrated one is XCom: Chimera Squad.  A lot of the hate was "it's not xcom!" or "it's xcom light!"

It wasn't grognard, it was beer and pretzels. It was well balanced and fun. I played it through 5 or 6 times.
 
2020-10-15 12:57:47 PM  
Been playing a bit of Medieval Dynasty.  It's still in alpha, so it's raw, but it's heading in a good direction.  There are a lot of things had haven't been developed out yet, so if you're looking for really deep gameplay, you're not going to see it yet...but the developers seem open to including new ideas for the future.
 
2020-10-15 12:59:02 PM  
Broke down and bought Squadrons.  Finally, a decent EA Star Wars game.  It certainly captures the XWvTF vibe.  Got called dogshiat in my first multiplayer mission, so that was cool.  Still haven't quite made the adjustment from flight stick to controller though.
 
2020-10-15 1:30:33 PM  
Re-playing Bully right now, I hope to actually finish it this time.

I'm disappointed that I can't build ground floor hotel rooms in Project Highrise's Las Vegas add on, but it's not really a big deal. It would be nice, though.
 
2020-10-15 1:40:01 PM  
I'm about to finish Secret of the Silver Blades, I'm on the second level of the final castle, only the inner sanctum left to go after that.  Then its off to Pools of Darkness, so I can wrap up that little bit of lost history.  I have the level setting maxed, so I have been at maximum exp since the Frost Giant Village.

DLC, like paid for it?  I really don't like any of it, it makes it seem like the developers released an unfinished game (Stellaris!, CIV VI!) but it would probably be Nuka World for Fallout IV.

Not-paid-for (mods) it would definitely be some of the aesthetic enhancement mods for the Elder Scrolls games.  Especially the ones with enhanced physics.  Yes, I'm a dirty old Nord.
 
2020-10-15 1:46:56 PM  
I continue to play Star Wars: Squadrons.  Its just a ton of fun. I finished My Life At Portia on Monday.  It was a good game, but could have been 25 hours shorter.  I started a Plague Tale: Innocence.  Despite some solid reviews, I'm not terribly impressed so far.  It seems to be a walking simulator, with the puzzles in the game play very obvious and straightforward.  I'm on the 4th chapter, does anyone know if this gets better?

Thanks to Moike in last week's thread, I've ordered some parts to upgrade my X52 flight stick to have a less crappy cable.  Hopefully I'll get time to wire that up this weekend.

Best DLC?  This one:
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/I guess its not technically DLC, since it came on 3.5" floppies.
 
2020-10-15 2:07:26 PM  
Best DLC is Shivering Isles.
 
2020-10-15 2:14:25 PM  

HedlessChickn: Best DLC is Shivering Isles.


Wrong. Horse Armor wins out!
 
2020-10-15 2:32:31 PM  
Bought Raft when it was on sale last week...very, very addictive.

Meet my new friend...

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Sadly, little G____e drowned a couple days ago when I went ashore a little too long.  :(
 
2020-10-15 2:48:58 PM  
I'm enjoying the BG3 early access at the moment. So far it's looking like Larian have knocked it out of the park again, to me at least
 
2020-10-15 2:52:48 PM  
 
2020-10-15 3:29:21 PM  
Horse Armor best DLC....

'Tis a joke.

The DLC I've spent the most time on was for Shogun 2 Total War. 500 hours and counting.

I may get DLC for BOTWor Ghost of Tsushima.

For some reason, I just stopped playing Star Wars Fallen Order. I'd like to start up again if I ever have any time
 
2020-10-15 3:32:54 PM  

isamudyson: Looks like Sega has a few anniversary gifts for everyone:

https://kotaku.com/sega-made-a-mashup-​of-yakuza-and-streets-of-rage-2-you-18​45371926


Steam has a sale on all Sega games going till the 19th. Including some Total War and Warhammer 40k
 
2020-10-15 3:36:58 PM  
Damn you to the cold vacuum of space, Steam! Space Crewis out and on sale.
 
2020-10-15 3:43:18 PM  
The worst DLC I ever bought was World of Warcraft Shadowlands.  The game wasn't even online yesterday.
 
2020-10-15 3:59:56 PM  
Les who now?
 
2020-10-15 4:04:56 PM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: I'm enjoying the BG3 early access at the moment. So far it's looking like Larian have knocked it out of the park again, to me at least


Same. Loving Baldur's Gate 3, although I'm kinda not a fan of the camera aesthetic. Maybe that's what they are going for, like playing on a tabletop, but I feel like I'm missing something by not being able to look around.

Gonna hopefully play some tonight w/my buddy. I joked with him that I was gonna play an elf princess, then the custom menu came up and it was an elf female. Destiny aligned. Too late, I'm elven nobility, don't care.
 
2020-10-15 9:32:29 PM  
Spent last evening re-talenting my wOw alts.
 
2020-10-15 9:46:54 PM  
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For some reason getting screenshots from CoH in Windows 10 is a pain.  It seems to capture what was onscreen some time earlier (possibly when I switch to a different application and back) rather than what was onscreen when I hit PrtSc, and it does not even capture the entire screen sometimes.

Anyway, here is Giga Farad waiting for the Hamidon raid to start.
 
2020-10-16 4:00:58 AM  
Currently playing football manager 2020 since the free giveaway. Currently taking my local side, Wingate & Finchley from the lower lower leagues to the top! Currently in the Vanarama national. It's getting exciting!

Never regretted a DLC purchase I've made.
I'm quite sparing, and I tend to wait for sales. I'm currently waiting for another Assassin's creed sale to get the Odyssey DLCs.

The best would be almost any paradox grand strategy DLC. I think they've got it nailed down, add content to the game for a decent value. They're also not essential so you don't need to if you don't like the sound of it.
 
2020-10-16 7:19:17 AM  
I just want you all to know that co-operative mode in Pump It Up is the high point of our civilization.

[PUMP IT UP XX] District 1 CO-OP X3 / Triple Performance ✔
Youtube cqWy-C-kgmc


Understand that this excellent genre of alleged videogames and alleged dancing may not appeal to Farkers because it requires basic human skills like "not getting exhausted because you walked from the front door to your car", but you can take confidence that my findings are genuine.

Consider that most people do not even know there is a Doubles mode, where you play both sides of the board, and then they come up with this idea that you create a dance team and you share the entire board -- multiple people play Doubles at the same time -- you even get bonus points for saying "You got served!" at the end of the song.

I think the reason I enjoy this mode so much is because there is this thing in videogaming where you blame your noob allies for costing the match, and now I can do this in my cutting-edge fake dancing simulators.  What the hell were red and blue even thinking, hitting the notes in a substandard fashion?

I really wanted to post a video of someone playing this, but turns out that Dance Dance Revolution and Pump It Up players are physically incapable of having enough balance to play these games without the use of the metal handrails behind the dance controller, it is legitimately embarrassing and I do not wish to give them publicity.

Imagine playing these games with the safety bar when you could be playing them with two long sticks, one in each arm, as you smack the buttons with the sticks in order to achieve the full combo.  Degenerates.  The whole lot of 'em.
 
2020-10-16 8:01:42 AM  

Mike_LowELL: I just want you all to know that co-operative mode in Pump It Up is the high point of our civilization.

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Understand that this excellent genre of alleged videogames and alleged dancing may not appeal to Farkers because it requires basic human skills like "not getting exhausted because you walked from the front door to your car", but you can take confidence that my findings are genuine.

Consider that most people do not even know there is a Doubles mode, where you play both sides of the board, and then they come up with this idea that you create a dance team and you share the entire board -- multiple people play Doubles at the same time -- you even get bonus points for saying "You got served!" at the end of the song.

I think the reason I enjoy this mode so much is because there is this thing in videogaming where you blame your noob allies for costing the match, and now I can do this in my cutting-edge fake dancing simulators.  What the hell were red and blue even thinking, hitting the notes in a substandard fashion?

I really wanted to post a video of someone playing this, but turns out that Dance Dance Revolution and Pump It Up players are physically incapable of having enough balance to play these games without the use of the metal handrails behind the dance controller, it is legitimately embarrassing and I do not wish to give them publicity.

Imagine playing these games with the safety bar when you could be playing them with two long sticks, one in each arm, as you smack the buttons with the sticks in order to achieve the full combo.  Degenerates.  The whole lot of 'em.


So, what about Para Para Paradise?
 
2020-10-16 9:04:14 AM  

Dimensio: Finished The Original Strife: Veteran Edition. Started up Dishonored 2 after much deliberation over what I would play next.

Best DLC? Old World Blues for Fallout: New Vegas. Loved every minute of it.

Worst DLC? I do not know, honestly. I tend to be a bit stingy so I rarely buy DLC unless I know that I want it.


You're in for a treat! Dishonored 2 is one of my all time favorites. And the new game plus mode is an absolute joy.
 
2020-10-16 9:10:57 AM  
Been playing Squadrons here and there. Having some serious issues with the ranked mode, as half of my placement games have been uneven teams. They shouldn't be able to launch a ranked game unless it's 5v5. Devs claim they are working on it, but it's sapping my desire to play.

Best DLC? Lair of the Shadow Broker for Mass Effect 2. Brings back Liara, and had a decent length of gameplay to it, and the Shadow Broker files on your party just add that little bit of extra spice to the party members' backstories. ME2 is my #1 game of all time, so that colors my opinion somewhat.
 
2020-10-16 9:12:54 AM  
Best DLC?  Definitely this one (although it's actually an expansion so not sure if that counts)
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2020-10-16 9:13:39 AM  
I've been playing Dishonored 2 while waiting for Torchlight 3to be released on Xbox. I'm about to reach the clockwork manor on NG+, which should be pretty fun.

The best DLC I've ever purchased would be Witcher 3's Heart of Stone or that one in Elder Scrolls where you go to Sheogorath's realm.

The worst: I'm an actual sucker who paid for horse armor.
 
2020-10-16 9:13:39 AM  
I think I made a horrible mistake in CK3.

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2020-10-16 9:20:28 AM  

Windle Poons: I think I made a horrible mistake in CK3.

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You should post that to r/shiatCrusaderKingsSay

/it's gonna get nailed by the filter, I know
 
2020-10-16 9:21:41 AM  
Fell into the Remnant: From the Ashes hole.  I never knew I wanted to spam panic rolls while taking potshots.  Not overly fond of the bosses, but I do love all the nooks and crannies throughout the map.  Been playing in offline mode, since it's pretty annoying when they run off without you and kill everything when I want to slowly comb the map.  Will mess with online co-op after I finish the game.

As for DLC, the worst will always be Horse Armor.  I personally blame it for normalizing first-day DLC AND paid cosmetics.
 
2020-10-16 9:25:08 AM  
Been playing Persona 5 Royal after picking it up during the sale.  I had misgivings, since I've already played the base game, but I'm enjoying it all over again.  Beat the second boss last night.


Lord Bear: Best DLC?  This one:

/I guess its not technically DLC, since it came on 3.5" floppies.


Eh, neither was Throne of Bhaal, and that was going to be my answer.
 
2020-10-16 9:28:43 AM  

Windle Poons: I think I made a horrible mistake in CK3.

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That's not a mistake in CK3,
That's keeping the dynasty strong ... well until your children start to get the 'inbred' trait anyway.
 
2020-10-16 9:29:05 AM  

Atomic Jonb: I'm about to finish Secret of the Silver Blades, I'm on the second level of the final castle, only the inner sanctum left to go after that.  Then its off to Pools of Darkness, so I can wrap up that little bit of lost history.  I have the level setting maxed, so I have been at maximum exp since the Frost Giant Village.

DLC, like paid for it?  I really don't like any of it, it makes it seem like the developers released an unfinished game (Stellaris!, CIV VI!) but it would probably be Nuka World for Fallout IV.

Not-paid-for (mods) it would definitely be some of the aesthetic enhancement mods for the Elder Scrolls games.  Especially the ones with enhanced physics.  Yes, I'm a dirty old Nord.


Yeah, I hated what happened in Nuka world too. I've way too many hour shooting raiders on sight and now I need to hand over the settlements i built for the people to them?? piss off. I only missed 2 achievements in that game, they won where i have over all of the settlements to raiders and the one in nuka with the gun game, that's not fun that punishment.
 
2020-10-16 9:33:31 AM  
Finished Squadrons story mode and good lord they need to fix the refresh rate bug.
 
2020-10-16 9:35:04 AM  

gopher321: Bought Raft when it was on sale last week...very, very addictive.

Meet my new friend...

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Sadly, little G____e drowned a couple days ago when I went ashore a little too long.  :(


that is on my watchlist.  Looked fun when FGTvee were playing it.  glad to hear good things about it.

Epic free games have been great with kids at home.  they get a 'new' game every week if they are good, given they are 8 and 6, some weeks are more appropriate than others.

Civ 6 was nice to try (thanks Epic), but vastly different from  Civ 3, which is my civ go-to

Started with Rocket League a couple of weeks ago.  Very fun break between meetings.
 
2020-10-16 9:37:01 AM  
Squadrons is the game I've wanted every video game generation since the 90s.  Got a fairly solid team that actually uses tactics.  I took to the standard TIE right away, and I'm not sure why.  This week I found a hit-and-run Interceptor stealth build that makes escorting and covering easy-mode, and a tractor-and-beacon Support build that shuts down the "mosquito" bomber tactic (ie, touch nose to capital ship and hold down fire button).

When my team isn't on, Fall Guys.
 
2020-10-16 9:43:20 AM  
I've been playing Warzone and Ostriv almost exclusively this week, I came back to Warzone this week after a month off, and it takes some time to get back into. Mitigating adrenaline from the hunting of others and being hunted takes some getting used to again. Ostriv is definitely my current favorite colony sim, though I wish the guy would update it a bit more often.

Best DLC? Blood & Wine for Witcher 3.
Worst DLC? Probably one of the shorter Borderlands expansions, or Fallout's.
 
2020-10-16 9:46:03 AM  
Checked out a couple of hours in the latest Grounded update. Nothing all that interesting, still no new areas to explore, and nothing major for base upgrades...

Went through several boxes in storage last night and found all my older RPG books. 3.x D&D, 3rd, 4th, and 5th edition Shadowrun, 2nd and 3rd Edition Star Wars, 2nd edition Mutants and Masterminds, 1st edition Vampire: The Masquerade, 2nd edition WoD and Vampire: The Requiem books, some Pathfinder stuff that I forgot I had...

All in all, about 4 plastic bins worth of books.

Now I need bookshelves...
 
2020-10-16 9:46:57 AM  
More GTAV Online. Went to go see if I could finish up Spider-Man PS4 but found the game data deleted (not the save thankfully) cause the kids had to make room for some other stuff. So I deleted the other stuff and proceeded to re-install it. While I waited I got a little further in Control and God of War PS4.

Best DLC I've personally bought would be Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. Worst would be the Fortnight battle pass I purchased for each of the kids once.

Mike_LowELL: I really wanted to post a video of someone playing this, but turns out that Dance Dance Revolution and Pump It Up players are physically incapable of having enough balance to play these games without the use of the metal handrails behind the dance controller, it is legitimately embarrassing and I do not wish to give them publicity.


I know, right? Including this "speedrunner" from Summer Games Done Quick this year. 
Pump It Up! by happyf333tz in 1:03:31 - Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online
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2020-10-16 9:50:44 AM  
As ever, my video game habit manifested itself in quick micro doses of games played as I slowly, slowly work my way through my backlog. Part of that is that my long-planned/wish-listed/waitlisted/et​c. new desktop build looks like it might actually finally fall within my budget this time next week, which is exciting, even if a Ryzen 5 3600/GeForce RTX 2060 Super is nobody's idea of a cutting edge rig.

First, as ever is good old Star Wars: The Old Republic, where my Jedi Knight finally is doing missions on Hoth. Eventually, the goal is to scavenge plans for the current Sith Emperor's fortress-ship from an ice-preserved wreck. Unfortunately an Imperial invasion force has delayed that somewhat, so I'm currently sabotaging artillery emplacements:
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Those have now been disabled, and increased Imperial activity around the aforementioned ship crash site is about to get some lightsaber diplomacy.

Moving on from Hoth to what the localization team is certain is Definitely Not Japan, I decided to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All, the second game in the franchise after I had enjoyed the loopiness and insanity of the original game last year. Despite the game opening with Phoenix getting assaulted with a fire extinguisher and arguing the opening case with head trauma induced amnesia, I was disappointed in how relatively sane the first case was. No parrot cross-examinations here, just this jerk who never shuts up:
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Who might qualify as the most annoying opening witness yet.  I did successfully defend my client and send this dude to trial for the murder he basically confessed to. Now off to have "burgers" in an American noodle stand (and definitely not Ramen in Japan) with Mia Fey before the second case.

On tabletop, both my Dungeons & Dragons games got postponed due to scheduling, so to scratch that Rime of the Frostmaiden itch, I busted out the OG Icewind Dale game again. This was the only Infinity Engine series I never really played much back in the day, so I'm playing the Y2K-era interface here in 2020 and getting mildly aggravated by the QoL improvements that simply don't yet exist. I created my party with useful descriptive names in the hope I might remember their classes/roles:
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And on to the prologue in Easthaven. I did all the initial side quests (fighting beetles below the bar, rescuing the boy's fish from goblins, clearing a wolf from a workshop and reuniting a river spirit with the descendant of her true love) and rested a bunch between each, since I'm both not trying for a speed run, and also recall how lethal 2nd Edition D&D combat can be.

That done, it's off to the caves to try and track down what's happening with the trade caravans:
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Which I think becomes the first part of the main quest when I report back to Hrothgar in town and the expedition begins in earnest. All I remember is that the next location opens with a surprisingly large Orc force as the first encounter. So it's time to get stabby.
 
2020-10-16 9:57:13 AM  

LucklessWonder: I created my party with useful descriptive names in the hope I might remember their classes/roles:


You couldn't come up with better names?

Brock Punchface
Elisa Cutpurse
Merlin McFlamus
Healana Feelgood
Ginsu Cutter
Mara Kidneykick
 
2020-10-16 9:58:28 AM  

isamudyson: So, what about Para Para Paradise?


I appreciate the entire lineage of games spanning Dance Dance Revolution, Pump It Up, Dance Maniax, Para Para Paradise, Just Dance, Dance Central, and Dancerush Stardom.

Understand that I am a degenerate who takes up hobbies and interests that suit his various psychological needs, and when it became apparent I will never become the best Warcraft III player in the world, I saw an opening, I saw an opportunity to lift weights and become Rank One™ at the fusion of dance and videogame.

I am still not Rank One™ and I will never get close to being Rank One™, but I disabled the setting in Dance Dance Revolution where you get booed if you do poorly.  Even when I fail, I feel as though I am achieving greatness.
 
2020-10-16 10:00:04 AM  
As to the side question, I'm generally not much of a one for DLC, and am old enough to remember when they were called expansions and you bought them off the shelves at Virgin games centres or Electronics boutique stores.

I suppose by default in the post-Steam/Epic/Origin era of DLC, I've only really purchased a few, so it's probably either The Old Gods/Sword of Islam bundle for Crusader Kings II, the Horizons pass for Elite Dangerous that turned that into an actual fun game from a void simulator, or my most recent DLC purchase Star Wars: Journey to Batuu for The Sims 4 (which I'm leaving to install on my home laptop whilst I type this on my work one. I assume it'll also be the worst DLC just because the Sims stuff is so wildly variable.)
 
2020-10-16 10:00:27 AM  
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elite dangerous. i just bought a cutter. i painted mine red.
 
2020-10-16 10:04:33 AM  

Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: LucklessWonder: I created my party with useful descriptive names in the hope I might remember their classes/roles:

You couldn't come up with better names?

Brock Punchface
Elisa Cutpurse
Merlin McFlamus
Healana Feelgood
Ginsu Cutter
Mara Kidneykick


Last time out, I went all Space Mutiny (Roll Fizzlebeef etc.)
 
2020-10-16 10:06:19 AM  
Trying to figure out tier 5 and 6 in Satisfactory.

Enjoying Noita and its successful end of early access.

Wondering why a magic kinda sucks compared to mele in Baldur's Gate III

I dont usually get DLCs, but I got the deluxe edition of Dark Souls 3, and thought the extra stuff was lame.
 
2020-10-16 10:07:44 AM  

Markoff_Cheney: I finally got my battlestation moved to it's own room downstairs with the house clear of all roommates, a man could get a whole lot of nothing done in this chair.
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That's one hell of a setup. I'm hoping to iterate my aforementioned new build with stuff like additional monitors, HOTAS, Fight Sticks etc, but after the initial purchase, most of the shared family income is going to stuff to help LucklessWifeder's health situation (new wheelchair ramp, most prominently)
 
2020-10-16 10:10:07 AM  

Mentat: Broke down and bought Squadrons.  Finally, a decent EA Star Wars game.  It certainly captures the XWvTF vibe.  Got called dogshiat in my first multiplayer mission, so that was cool.  Still haven't quite made the adjustment from flight stick to controller though.

Squadrons

is one of three new games (alongside Baldur's Gate III and Crusader Kings III) that I'm definitely buying before the year is out.
 
2020-10-16 10:18:32 AM  

Slaxl: Currently playing football manager 2020 since the free giveaway. Currently taking my local side, Wingate & Finchley from the lower lower leagues to the top! Currently in the Vanarama national. It's getting exciting!


I should try and drag the MIGHTY Oxford United up the pyramid in that.
 
2020-10-16 10:20:00 AM  

Billlbo: I know, right? Including this "speedrunner" from Summer Games Done Quick this year.


I have probably given way too much thought to the topic, and the more thought I give to it, the more insane the whole course of events is.

Like, videogame players are desperate to push this idea that games can be sports, but here is the closest thing videogames have to an actual sport and the players actively hate the physical component, they'll sabotage anything interesting about the physical performance in order to get the prettiest letter grades possible.

I'll also briefly note that the player in the video you linked regularly plays the game without footwear and only plays in socks, because when I think of a series of games that simulate club dance, I always take my shoes off before going on the dance floor, my Vegeta socks drive the ladies wild.

But yes, It's actually quite insane that I am a little bit of a pariah at the arcade because I play without the handrails and look relatively good doing it -- I say "relatively" because I am a 400-pound neckbeard who slides across the panels as though I am some sentient goo.

The techs hate when I come in, they know they're gonna have to clean the cheese powder off the pad when I leave.  I think they just need to be more accepting of who I am.  How else am I going to play these games at the highest level without the nutritional value of Cool Ranch Doritos?
 
2020-10-16 10:20:32 AM  
Been playing Smash Bros and MUA3 with the kiddos all week, eventually I'll get around to playing some solo games this weekend, not sure what I will play though.

Best DLC for me was Witcher Blood and Wine. Not sure what the worst was as I have never actually purchased DLC until it had been thoroughly reviewed. I have been pretty happy with all DLC purchases I have made.
 
2020-10-16 10:23:53 AM  
I rebuilt the Behemoth Attack Adventure theme park in Fallout 76...about 40 feet to the right of where it was originally.   I liked the way it was sort of creating a dam across the river, but the landscape had a natural ampitheatre effect that funneled towards the behemoth's spawn point in the other location.  So I gave up having water access for purifiers for a slightly better show.  Might install some capture software and record the show.  At dusk with the artillery dropping huge clouds of smoke for the behemoth to stride through and the lasers, missiles, and heavy machine guns rattling it's actually pretty nice looking.
 
2020-10-16 10:26:11 AM  
Squadrons, with what little time I've had. I also am enjoying playing through Othercide. It has an interesting aesthetic, but I feel that limiting the game to 3 classes is going to be the downfall and cause me not to finish.

Also had my FPV quads up in the air a few times, but nowhere near as much as I would like. Even had a trip up to North GA for my kid's soccer games. Whole weekend in the mountains and it farkin' rained THE ENTIRE TIME. I didn't even pack my quads, sadly.

I'm debating upgrading my Ender 3 so I can print TPU and make some of my own parts to get better video. This Bando Killer feels like a solid frame, but I have to find a better mount for my session. Current video out of the GoPro is hot garbage.

So, anyone with suggestions on how to take a stock ender up to a decent TPU printer, I'm open. I know the Titan Aero is going to be the answer, but how much effort is putting a new mainboard into it (and is it worth it?).  The only upgrade I currently have on it is linear rails on the Y axis.
 
2020-10-16 10:27:54 AM  
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2020-10-16 10:28:16 AM  

arrogantbastich:

/CSB on model M's, I left a job recently where we had thin clients that still had PS2 ports. I used one there that I found in a pile of old equipment for about 4 years? I really wish I had taken it with me when I left

If you want a keyboard that feels roughly the same, and has a great noise, I recommend DasKeyboard. Expensive, but worth it. I've had mine for 3 years now and you would think it was new.

Markoff_Cheney: I finally got my battlestation moved to it's own room downstairs with the house clear of all roommates, a man could get a whole lot of nothing done in this chair.
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Your setup reminds me a lot of mine.

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2020-10-16 10:28:36 AM  
Been playing Star Wars Squadrons and enjoying shooting down tie fighters wearing my new republic hoodie.

Best DLC has to be Blood and Wine, although Shivering Isles is up there.
 
2020-10-16 10:33:02 AM  
Still playing Fallout 76 and enjoying it more than I thought.  It's a bug filled, glitchy mess of competing ideas, poor design decisions and obviously hacky attempts to fix a fundamentally broken program, but then again that's pretty much every Bethesda game.  You can actually mod it and there are some that *vastly* improve gameplay- why Bethesda won't include a perk manager is beyond me.  The mod broke with the last update and it's painful to play without one.

But at the core there's still the "What's around this corner?" explore and scavenge loop that makes games like this so interesting for me.  See screenshot below of my avatar finding a banjo in the middle of the New River Gorge bridge.  No reason to put it there, I'll bet 99% of people have never found it but it's one of those "Well, this is cool" moments.  I'll probably put it on the shelf for a few months- I've run all the main content and even got around to launching a nuke last night so other than side quests too annoying to bother with I'll wait for more content.

As far as best DLC the winners have to be Blood and Wineand Heart of Stone. Anyone thinking about creating DLC for an existing game should be forced to play both of these to see what DLC should be.

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2020-10-16 10:34:19 AM  

phimuskapsi: Your setup reminds me a lot of mine.

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I enjoy how the two comments on your Fark display are both in red.
 
2020-10-16 10:34:29 AM  

stuartp9: Best DLC?  Definitely this one (although it's actually an expansion so not sure if that counts)
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2020-10-16 10:35:27 AM  
Been playing Underminethis week. It's a fun little rogue-lite that's not too time consuming but which has a lot of replayability.

That is, if you're good enough to need to replay. I'm terrible, so I haven't even gotten to the first boss once, let alone have to fight it multiple times.


Nova Drift has been a good time sink as well. Asteroids meets Raiden - single screen ship fighting + powerups. But it has a strategy element, as you pick and choose your upgrade path, and not all choices work out in your favor. I'm determined to find the perfect grenades + mines + constructs build so that I can fill the entire screen with explosions.

And releasing from Early Access yesterday is one of the most miserable and punishing games I've ever been addicted to: Noita

It's a 2-d side scrolling platformer roguelike. The key difference is that it is a full physics simulation as well, in the manner of the old 'falling sand' type web games.

Every single pixel is given a material and a place in the physics engine. Things are flammable, explosive, affected by gravity, flow like fluids or powders, float like gasses, and so forth. And things happen while you're not in the area.

So you can be playing, hear an explosion off in the distance, and come across a scene of carnage that you had nothing to do with. You can kick a minecart down a hole, and find that it has crushed a monster.

But the best part is the weapon system: custom wandcrafting. You gather wands and spells as you play, and you can mix and match the spells in a sort of programming to give you various effects. This of course is also the source of the vast majority of player deaths. "this will be great!" I thought...
 
2020-10-16 10:36:39 AM  
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I really want to play the new baldurs gate but I need to upgrade my computer first :(
 
2020-10-16 10:43:24 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: But at the core there's still the "What's around this corner?"


I found an Old Man of the Mountain up in the northwest quadrant on the border of the Toxic Valley and The Forest.
 
2020-10-16 10:44:45 AM  

Mike_LowELL: phimuskapsi: Your setup reminds me a lot of mine.

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I enjoy how the two comments on your Fark display are both in red.


Not angry red though. Luckless Wonder is a Football Farker, and fan of the Washington [redacteds], so I have him marked vaguely the color of the team ;)
 
2020-10-16 10:44:56 AM  
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I bought this.  After several hours trying to set it up and getting it to work (I needed to update my Nvidia drivers), I haven't been able to touch it until tonight.  I'm hoping it works with Microsoft Flight simulator or ARK: Survival Evolved, or I might have to dust off Elite: Dangerous again.
 
2020-10-16 10:53:12 AM  

phimuskapsi: Not angry red though. Luckless Wonder is a Football Farker, and fan of the Washington [redacteds], so I have him marked vaguely the color of the team ;)


I was prepared to do a CSI-style forensic scan of your monitor and determine once and for all who the guilty party was, but I see that will not be necessary.  Thank you, citizen.

Please accept this coupon for a free account on Fark Dot Com.  It's the least our system of justice can offer you.
 
2020-10-16 10:59:20 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: But at the core there's still the "What's around this corner?" explore and scavenge loop that makes games like this so interesting for me.  See screenshot below of my avatar finding a banjo in the middle of the New River Gorge bridge.  No reason to put it there, I'll bet 99% of people have never found it but it's one of those "Well, this is cool" moments.


I'm getting close to 1k hours now apparently and I still occasionally find not just hand crafted set pieces but art assets I'd never seen before.  Earlier this week I found a tractor being ridden by a dead raider pulling a cart containing a bunch of trussed up dead settlers in it.  Pretty sure it's a permanent map item, not a random spawn point spawn I'd never seen before.  The tied up settler corpses was an art asset I'd never seen before.  Honestly, I think the tractor, while the base model is used in a few places, had a different paint scheme than any other too.

Now  that I've come back I'm really enjoying the content that was added....but I'm starting to feel like the human NPCs kind of ruined the narrative.  The story of West Virginia in Fallout was such...beautiful desolation and sadness.  Now there is noise everywhere and all of those tragic stories have been turned into 'man, those chumps were stupid, we're just going to build some walls and it's all good.'  'oh, the BoS died to the last man in a desperate but failed last stand?  No worries, here's some more coming to make things even more crowded.'

There's a lookout tower where if you go to the top on the bed is a ranger's hat.  If you pick it up there is note under it:

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There are moments like that everywhere, just tragic and sad.  And now the story feels like 'pass a red speech check against the raiders to save the dog because his owner was too stupid to go five feet down the road to find help everyone gets happy endings and there are people everywhere'.
 
2020-10-16 11:01:34 AM  

phimuskapsi: Mike_LowELL: phimuskapsi: Your setup reminds me a lot of mine.

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I enjoy how the two comments on your Fark display are both in red.

Not angry red though. Luckless Wonder is a Football Farker, and fan of the Washington [redacteds], so I have him marked vaguely the color of the team ;)


I don't trust that guy...
 
2020-10-16 11:01:47 AM  
This week was mostly spent getting the new PC* up and running, so my gaming has been very limited. I have, however, restarted Subnautica now that I can run it on settings higher than "potato".


Best DLC I've bought: Probably one of the Cities: Skylines addons, though picking one in particular is kinda like trying to pick a favorite child.


* Specs for the curious: Ryzen 7 2700X, Radeon RX580 Pulse (8GB), 16GB DDR4 (2133MHz), 500GB SSD, 2TB HDD, Win10 Pro (w/ a 250GB partition set aside for Linux later.)

 
2020-10-16 11:02:10 AM  
I currently have covid, so my two closest friends and I have been running multiplayer games of Baldur's Gate  1 and 2. We're all available to play every night because of the currently compatible schedule and it's been a ton of fun.

The game is actually cross platform multiplayer so one person is actually playing on a Chromebook. That's pretty sweet.
 
2020-10-16 11:04:09 AM  

LucklessWonder: Slaxl: Currently playing football manager 2020 since the free giveaway. Currently taking my local side, Wingate & Finchley from the lower lower leagues to the top! Currently in the Vanarama national. It's getting exciting!

I should try and drag the MIGHTY Oxford United up the pyramid in that.


Do it. Half the fun for me is that I live so close to their stadium I get to imagine it expanding it as I go up the leagues. It's more like an RPG.
 
2020-10-16 11:07:20 AM  
Worst DLC I ever bought?

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2020-10-16 11:08:29 AM  

Atomic Jonb: I'm about to finish Secret of the Silver Blades, I'm on the second level of the final castle, only the inner sanctum left to go after that.  Then its off to Pools of Darkness, so I can wrap up that little bit of lost history.  I have the level setting maxed, so I have been at maximum exp since the Frost Giant Village.

DLC, like paid for it?  I really don't like any of it, it makes it seem like the developers released an unfinished game (Stellaris!, CIV VI!) but it would probably be Nuka World for Fallout IV.

Not-paid-for (mods) it would definitely be some of the aesthetic enhancement mods for the Elder Scrolls games.  Especially the ones with enhanced physics.  Yes, I'm a dirty old Nord.


I just played the Gold Box series this year for the first time, and loved Secret of the Silver Blades, especially after how difficult Curse of the Azure Bonds was (for me, anyway). Good luck with Pools, it's a lot of fun, but it's very difficult!
 
2020-10-16 11:08:50 AM  
Farting around a bit with World of Warcraft. Pre-patch dropped on Tuesday, so playing with the appearances and running some new toons through the new starting content. Not a whole lot happening until the Shadowlands pre-event starts.

I have a 2015 iMac, so my options are a bit limited - feels like I've hit the point where the hardware's going up. Ordered a couple sticks of RAM to maybe goose it along a bit. Kickin the tires on building a rig.
 
2020-10-16 11:14:09 AM  

robertus: Farting around a bit with World of Warcraft. Pre-patch dropped on Tuesday, so playing with the appearances and running some new toons through the new starting content. Not a whole lot happening until the Shadowlands pre-event starts.

I have a 2015 iMac, so my options are a bit limited - feels like I've hit the point where the hardware's going up. Ordered a couple sticks of RAM to maybe goose it along a bit. Kickin the tires on building a rig.


Is there anything worthwhile in the Prepatch event?  I have Shadowlands but I was holding off until release to start a new toon in order to see the new starting zones and level squish.
 
2020-10-16 11:17:37 AM  

Mike_LowELL: I always take my shoes off before going on the dance floor, my Vegeta socks drive the ladies wild.


Mike_LowELL 2020
Why settle for anything less?
 
2020-10-16 11:18:41 AM  

HallsOfMandos: robertus: Farting around a bit with World of Warcraft. Pre-patch dropped on Tuesday, so playing with the appearances and running some new toons through the new starting content. Not a whole lot happening until the Shadowlands pre-event starts.

I have a 2015 iMac, so my options are a bit limited - feels like I've hit the point where the hardware's going up. Ordered a couple sticks of RAM to maybe goose it along a bit. Kickin the tires on building a rig.

Is there anything worthwhile in the Prepatch event?  I have Shadowlands but I was holding off until release to start a new toon in order to see the new starting zones and level squish.


The new starting zone and level squish are in place now. Prepatch event starts *waves hands*, my understanding is that it's basically a re-run of the pre-Wrath event and a handful of quests to get you out to Northrend and the Shadowlands.

/New zone is neat, but you gotta create one of the base races. Can't run an Allied race through it, since they start at level 10
 
2020-10-16 11:22:28 AM  
Finally trying to complete Assassins Creed Odyssey before Valhalla drops and oh man I messed up by waiting so long. I'm 56 hours in and still not even done with a third of the game. With family and work taking up most of my schedule, at this rate I may have to skip all the side content and just hit the major story quests. Turns out a game really can have too much content. That'll teach me to buy a game and put it off for years.
 
2020-10-16 11:22:44 AM  

Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: LucklessWonder: I created my party with useful descriptive names in the hope I might remember their classes/roles:

You couldn't come up with better names?

Brock Punchface
Elisa Cutpurse
Merlin McFlamus
Healana Feelgood
Ginsu Cutter
Mara Kidneykick


Bob Johnson.

/Wait.
 
2020-10-16 11:24:48 AM  
Still working through the treasure trove of mystery that is Spelunky 2, sans spoilers.  Beat the base game this week, and I've discovered some treats on the way through one of the new paths (the one passing through the volcano).

I'm working with a friend to try to unlock the secrets without relying too much on the internets.  We worked through the Ghost Door secret ourselves, then felt extremely proud.
 
2020-10-16 11:29:05 AM  
Best DLC was Dancing Draugr Deathlords for Skyrim.
 
2020-10-16 11:33:45 AM  
Finally got to play Fall Guys with a friend and had a blast. Highly recommend to anyone as even playing solo felt more fun than most online multiplayer games I've tried (probably because they just sidestep the whole 'interaction with randos' element that I dread so much). Downloaded Baldur's Gate 3 and will try that out this weekend along with another friend, we'll see how it goes. I'll probably also dive back into Monster Hunter World for a biatchaven't tried/don't own the expansion yet, I'm slow with such things).

Favorite DLC? It's probably a tie between Dragon Age: Inquisition'sTrespasser DLC and Assassin's Creed Origins'Curse of the Pharaohs DLC. Trespasser just scratched that itch so good for more Dragon Age content (man I am starving for that), and Curse of the Pharaohs was just so, so amazing when it was running on all cylinders. I loved the idea of exploring the Egyptian afterlife, and it was beautifully presented.
 
2020-10-16 11:34:27 AM  

evilskinnybroad: Mike_LowELL 2020
Why settle for anything less more?


FTFY, but he still gets my vote.
 
2020-10-16 11:43:05 AM  

phimuskapsi: Your setup reminds me a lot of mine.


Someone could get a lot of nothing done in that chair as well. It is kinda funny, my cousin bought me this PC originally back 9 years ago and the only remaining part of that build is the back up internal hard drive, but it is still essentially my first true gaming PC and has gone from a AMD FX 6300 with a 650 GTX using my old 48" 1080p TV as a monitor to this.
I remember drooling over nice setups a decade ago wondering how the hell someone just goes out and buys all this top of the line stuff and nice crap without realizing you slowly keep building and adding till one day you just have an excess of stuff.
 
2020-10-16 11:43:38 AM  

ThomasPaineTrain: Best DLC? Old World Blues for Fallout NV.
Worst? Anything from Borderlands: Pre-Sequel


Um, the only campaign DLC for the Pre-Sequel was Claptastic Voyage, which was one of the bestDLCs of all time.  (There was other DLC-a pre-order slaughter dome map that was later sold separately, a second slaughter dome (which most people disliked), and two additional characters.  All DLC came with the Season Pass except the pre-order map.)
 
2020-10-16 11:44:15 AM  
Me in factorio lately:
Need Red circuits
*runs to red circuit line*
need plastic
*runs to plastic line*
need petroleum
*runs to petroleum*
need oil
*runs to oil processing*
FARK BITTER ATTACK
 
2020-10-16 11:50:46 AM  

LucklessWonder: Markoff_Cheney: I finally got my battlestation moved to it's own room downstairs with the house clear of all roommates, a man could get a whole lot of nothing done in this chair.
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That's one hell of a setup. I'm hoping to iterate my aforementioned new build with stuff like additional monitors, HOTAS, Fight Sticks etc, but after the initial purchase, most of the shared family income is going to stuff to help LucklessWifeder's health situation (new wheelchair ramp, most prominently)


See above, props on getting a base rig going.
 
2020-10-16 11:52:31 AM  
Being from far back enough that nethack holds meaning over the label "rougelike."
As first to a thing is rarely also best at the thing, but first to commonly gets to be the nomenclature (genre term).

I have totally had my fill of procedural generation RNG luck fest games.
Yeah a good nethack can be good. BUT that's just craps table gaming for the ratio of player luck vs player agency.
And for me, while i do love the craps table, my average weekly game play ratio needs to be way more player agency than RNG luck to be satisfying.

And fook the market for noticing that procedural generation is more cost effective than deigned levels, and gambling addiction is a way easier hook to leverage than well designed player agency game play.


My POV sees the terms "endless replay of procedural generated levels+ as "cost effective RNG level design so hope you like a random difficulty game.
Games like Oxygen Not Included. This is all but a great game to me. 100% made uninteresting due to RNG level potential and difficulty.
Does the map have X, Y, Z resources that will make the game that much easier or is the map full of stuff that makes the play that much harder?
You can't know until you dump hours into the play, and then if it turns out south go back and repetitively do it again, just to find out if this map is a good late game map of a shiat one.

Random map generation that means random difficulty curve sounds like the exact opposite of crafted game play design to me.

But a lot of this is just, the vast number of hours i've logged. It's why BR games got nothig of instead to me, that's just Counter Strike. A team elimination game . the "twist" is just a big map, and many many small teams instead of only two teams. But ti still just feels like playing any other elimination FPS game. one off small picture goals of minimal team work.
Where as i way prefer a game more like BF2/2142, Planet side 2 stuff. Bigger teams working to a specific goals besides don't miss and don't get shot. Where the team work of a team can beat the pants of a "team" of highly skilled shooters that lone wolf play it.

The challenge of coordinating and corporation with 11-31 other players, to work a larger goal than just get more kills. that's way way more interesting to me than how many kills can i get before i get killed, will we get the most kills?


I like needing to plan in advance to notice an objective will need to be moved on now to protect it because if we wait to noti9ce ti is being attacked it will take too long to get there to protect it.


I been pretty hard pressed to find satisfying video game aciton  of late. As so many games just want to be either PG maps and RNG outcomes solo play, or just various twists on simplistic counter strike elimination game play.
 
2020-10-16 12:05:50 PM  

PvtStash: Yeah a good nethack can be good. BUT that's just craps table gaming for the ratio of player luck vs player agency.


I feel like you're looking at it from the wrong direction.  The point of it is the player's skill comes in from adapting to what they get.  Agency and choice is all about how you use the cards you're dealt, as opposed to a static strategic choice.
 
2020-10-16 12:17:11 PM  

Abacus9: Atomic Jonb: I'm about to finish Secret of the Silver Blades, I'm on the second level of the final castle, only the inner sanctum left to go after that.  Then its off to Pools of Darkness, so I can wrap up that little bit of lost history.  I have the level setting maxed, so I have been at maximum exp since the Frost Giant Village.

DLC, like paid for it?  I really don't like any of it, it makes it seem like the developers released an unfinished game (Stellaris!, CIV VI!) but it would probably be Nuka World for Fallout IV.

Not-paid-for (mods) it would definitely be some of the aesthetic enhancement mods for the Elder Scrolls games.  Especially the ones with enhanced physics.  Yes, I'm a dirty old Nord.

I just played the Gold Box series this year for the first time, and loved Secret of the Silver Blades, especially after how difficult Curse of the Azure Bonds was (for me, anyway). Good luck with Pools, it's a lot of fun, but it's very difficult!


I spent a whole summer trying to win the last mission in Pools of Darkness, having used the same party (swapping one elf out in Azure Bonds since that was back when they had level caps) all the way through.

The final battle in Pools of Darkness is basically impossible given those circumstances. Without spoiling anything, the most productive way to approach the end of the series is to patiently play through most of the game TWICE with the same characters, which you can do pretty easily because of the save system. You want everyone to be a near max level caster and melee sort. AD&D dual class rules allow a character to use old class powers once they exceed their level in their old class, so mages can wear armor and use weapons and clerics get better to hit modifiers.

This is about the only way you'll cheese the last fights in the game. And even with that, you still kind of have to abuse some mechanics. I know they wanted it to be difficult but  otherwise it's basically a rocks fall everyone dies deal.
 
2020-10-16 12:24:58 PM  

likefunbutnot: Abacus9: Atomic Jonb: I'm about to finish Secret of the Silver Blades, I'm on the second level of the final castle, only the inner sanctum left to go after that.  Then its off to Pools of Darkness, so I can wrap up that little bit of lost history.  I have the level setting maxed, so I have been at maximum exp since the Frost Giant Village.

DLC, like paid for it?  I really don't like any of it, it makes it seem like the developers released an unfinished game (Stellaris!, CIV VI!) but it would probably be Nuka World for Fallout IV.

Not-paid-for (mods) it would definitely be some of the aesthetic enhancement mods for the Elder Scrolls games.  Especially the ones with enhanced physics.  Yes, I'm a dirty old Nord.

I just played the Gold Box series this year for the first time, and loved Secret of the Silver Blades, especially after how difficult Curse of the Azure Bonds was (for me, anyway). Good luck with Pools, it's a lot of fun, but it's very difficult!

I spent a whole summer trying to win the last mission in Pools of Darkness, having used the same party (swapping one elf out in Azure Bonds since that was back when they had level caps) all the way through.

The final battle in Pools of Darkness is basically impossible given those circumstances. Without spoiling anything, the most productive way to approach the end of the series is to patiently play through most of the game TWICE with the same characters, which you can do pretty easily because of the save system. You want everyone to be a near max level caster and melee sort. AD&D dual class rules allow a character to use old class powers once they exceed their level in their old class, so mages can wear armor and use weapons and clerics get better to hit modifiers.

This is about the only way you'll cheese the last fights in the game. And even with that, you still kind of have to abuse some mechanics. I know they wanted it to be difficult but  otherwise it's basically a rocks fall everyone dies deal.


This right here.  I went through Pools of Radiance with 1 cleric, 1 paladin, 1 ranger (thank you Gold Box Companion), and 3 fighters.  I dualed the fighters to 1 thief and two mages when they got to max hit dice (level 9).  My characters are maxed on XP right now (almost done with SSB) with the cleric having the lowest hitpoints in the party.  The first two gold box were almost comically easy with 6 fighter types.  Now my spellcasters and thief hang back and pelt the enemy with arrows.  What they do to the enemy is brutal.
 
2020-10-16 12:37:03 PM  

Mike_LowELL: isamudyson: So, what about Para Para Paradise?

I appreciate the entire lineage of games spanning Dance Dance Revolution, Pump It Up, Dance Maniax, Para Para Paradise, Just Dance, Dance Central, and Dancerush Stardom.

Understand that I am a degenerate who takes up hobbies and interests that suit his various psychological needs, and when it became apparent I will never become the best Warcraft III player in the world, I saw an opening, I saw an opportunity to lift weights and become Rank One™ at the fusion of dance and videogame.


You, sir, are a man of culture.

/I was never really coordinated/talented enough to freestyle, though
 
2020-10-16 12:39:57 PM  
Speaking of keyboards, got my GMMK with Gateron Browns. Very nice keyboard, has  a good feel. I went ahead and got the black aura keycaps to make it extra special.

I've decided I like the Gateron Browns better than Cherry Reds or Browns. The bump is subtle and not as "grindy" as the Cherry MX browns.
 
2020-10-16 12:45:06 PM  
Cities Skylines isn't scratching my itch anymore. And my YouTube algorithm is throwing Civ IV:The Rising Storm at me.

And to be honest, it looks fun. Especially the cheesey exploits, that aren't straight hacks. Because deep down in my sad soul, I want to be God.

Is it worth buying the base game at full price or just to put it on my wish list? The DLCs look farking expensive. Any must have ones?

Best DLC I bought was the Industries DLC of Cities Skylines. Really makes your city feel real. Also borks your traffic real farking good. So it makes you flex those road planning muscles.

But by sheer numbers, Wrath of the Lich King for WoW. So many wasted months of my life.
 
2020-10-16 12:48:00 PM  
Got the credits to roll in Hades- what a fantastic ride that was.  Still some end-game stuff to do but I think I'm going to put it down for a while as Factorio has been calling me back (the factory must grow!)
 
2020-10-16 1:14:56 PM  
I rarely, if ever, buy DLC.  But I'll be getting the DLC for Oxygen Not Included on day 1 - if the devs are still alive.

Or perhaps I should just get around to writing my clever idea for a mod - advanced chemistry.  For example - steam + sulfur on the same tile (above a given temperature) produces sulfuric acid - that can then be used in other reactions, like refining rust.  I've only barely started the planning for this, much less the code.
 
2020-10-16 1:45:48 PM  

dj_bigbird: arrogantbastich: Diablo 3, getting ready for Diablo 4. I love Diablo. Especially when you get a character to that sweet spot where they just come in waves and you're essentially invulnerable. Very satisfying.


/CSB on model M's, I left a job recently where we had thin clients that still had PS2 ports. I used one there that I found in a pile of old equipment for about 4 years? I really wish I had taken it with me when I left, it used to drive people I thought sucked eggs absolutely mad as I type fast enough that it creates a nearly ceaseless clacking... I'm sure those assholes threw it away without knowing what it was. They were too busy talking about their quiverfull plans and various fake news, and not listening to me ask them about how they stomached donald trumps clear godlessness.

I use a Model M at work, have been for years.
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Maybe pop off the keys and wash that spacebar once in a while...
 
2020-10-16 1:58:19 PM  
Mostly Stardew Valley Multiplayer and To The Moon this week. Probably gonna try Minecraft with my kid this coming week. Never played it before but I have enjoyed Portal KnightsCyberpunk 2077 is only a month away and I cannot wait!
DLC... I was quite pleased with the DLC for both Assassin's Creed: Oddyssey and Syndicate.Also liked the expansions for Steepand Fallout 4.
 
2020-10-16 2:04:28 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: phimuskapsi: Your setup reminds me a lot of mine.

Someone could get a lot of nothing done in that chair as well. It is kinda funny, my cousin bought me this PC originally back 9 years ago and the only remaining part of that build is the back up internal hard drive, but it is still essentially my first true gaming PC and has gone from a AMD FX 6300 with a 650 GTX using my old 48" 1080p TV as a monitor to this.
I remember drooling over nice setups a decade ago wondering how the hell someone just goes out and buys all this top of the line stuff and nice crap without realizing you slowly keep building and adding till one day you just have an excess of stuff.


Yep, just keep adding when able. 

For my photo you can actually see an evolution as well. The monitor on the left was one of a pair of 1080p's I started off with. Then the one on the right is a 2K screen that I went to next, then the Acer 34" ultrawide g-sync was the next purchase. 

My PC is fairly new new but I built it up over the last 3 years pretty extensively after getting into a better financial position that allowed me to splurge a bit. I have no major plans for years though, at this point it'll be a GPU upgrade at some point.
 
2020-10-16 2:09:15 PM  
I want to get Red Dead Redemption 2, but I have so many other things to get through first...
 
2020-10-16 2:18:53 PM  
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I really want to play the new baldurs gate but I need to upgrade my computer first :(

I was able to play it for an hour or so.

Then I shut it down for one reason or other and no matter what I do, I can't get it to start again.  It just crashes on launch.

Updated drivers, run windowed mode, turned off AV, verified integrity in steam.  Nothing works.  I am sadness.
 
2020-10-16 2:38:22 PM  
Burned out on Gungeon, so I've just been playing Subnautica. Oddly, I can find the parts for the scanner room, but just can't find the site that has the general purpose room and it's driving me up the wall and leading me into Reaper territory all the damn time.
 
2020-10-16 2:40:42 PM  

MinatoArisato013: Burned out on Gungeon, so I've just been playing Subnautica. Oddly, I can find the parts for the scanner room, but just can't find the site that has the general purpose room and it's driving me up the wall and leading me into Reaper territory all the damn time.


Beat DLC I ever got? Because I actually enjoyed it and the revamp it did, the ReMind DLC for KH3 and all the super bosses it added. Worst? Fallout 3 The Pitt.
 
2020-10-16 2:56:30 PM  

toraque: ltdanman44:

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I really want to play the new baldurs gate but I need to upgrade my computer first :(

I was able to play it for an hour or so.

Then I shut it down for one reason or other and no matter what I do, I can't get it to start again.  It just crashes on launch.

Updated drivers, run windowed mode, turned off AV, verified integrity in steam.  Nothing works.  I am sadness.


Well it is early access.  Is it at least out of alpha build?
 
2020-10-16 3:03:41 PM  

LowbrowDeluxe: Pvt


LowbrowDeluxe: PvtStash: Yeah a good nethack can be good. BUT that's just craps table gaming for the ratio of player luck vs player agency.

I feel like you're looking at it from the wrong direction.  The point of it is the player's skill comes in from adapting to what they get.  Agency and choice is all about how you use the cards you're dealt, as opposed to a static strategic choice.


Check your analogy there.
IF i'm playing cards and i get dealt  a losing hand...against the house not another player i might try to bluff.
Exactly what was my agency in the hand i was dealt?

Blackjack is of a minimal amount of real agency, no skill that you can practice influences what cards you are dealt. There's no actual refined skill player agency to the static statistical odds of obtaining 21 without going over, while also needing to beat the house too.

Sure agency is in how i use the ice wand, but as there is no agency in obtaining it, there is no skill to practice at for it. And to find out what wand you got is just RNG.

there is no player agency in working to make sure you obtain ___ useful weapon. And if it is or is not cursed is just, to the player, no agency RNG to finds out.

You really missed what a ratio is that i am speaking of here.
Yes every game has some agency, you pick what craps table bet to place all on your own.

But when most of what weighs in on if you will or will not beat the game on this run is: do i get good or bad items do i find hard or easy baddies, are there more or less traps this run?
That's 100% nothing that you have any agency about.

Imagine Diablo 4 comes out. and it has 5 levels of difficulty. but you never unlock or pick one, ever time you start the game even for the game toon, you get a  randomly assigned difficulty level.

That's a basically what roguelikes are. you might have even odds and get what woudl be "normal"
difficulty of the random spread of good bad/ stuff. but you might have anywhere up  badass  run or those didn't make it past lvl 2 goes.

random difficulty curve is not a designed game by my POV that's just an excuse for padded play time where the vast majority of players just need a good luck run in order to beat the game. They can't actually improve at a skill that significantly overcomes the RNG weights of the mechanics.Ratio is what it is about.RNG/skillMore skill than RNG as what determines outcomes, , but some RNG is not a bad thing.but it defines if i am playing the craps table, luck not skill or if i am playing chess, skill not luck.and all stops in between on a spectrum like say poker, where the random cards are what they are, but a good bluff can overcome the RNG of the card deal. And good spot of lies and ability to calculate card odds, can overcome the bluff.calculating card odds is a skill you can improve at, telling lies is a skill you can improve at, but getting the cards you want is just random.
 
2020-10-16 3:21:10 PM  
A new level was opened up yesterday in America's hardest game, "Dude, Where's My 3080 Car(d)?"

Bestbuy dropped what must have been a few hundred or thousand of multiple models all at the same time yesterday.  Almost got to add one to my cart.  So close.
 
2020-10-16 3:22:43 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: I finally got my battlestation moved to it's own room downstairs with the house clear of all roommates, a man could get a whole lot of nothing done in this chair.
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Been finally trying to whip my first play through of Tony Hawk with Jamie Thomas because that is how I used to roll. Won a few more Fall Guys rounds, and still trying to finish the admittedly not strong Squadrons single player campaign. 
Now that I have fairly adequate space for V.R. I am going to calibrate it today or tomorrow to the new room and finally dig into Alyx.

Mod I got the most out of recently was the X Games and Olympics DLC on Steep. Loved that game but not the lack of content, that fleshed it out with some really fun parks.

I feel like I will finally get a solid 10+ hours of gaming a week in now that most of the chores and house work are caught up. I have no excuses left.


Bro, do you even RGB?
 
2020-10-16 3:55:25 PM  

RussianPotato: A new level was opened up yesterday in America's hardest game, "Dude, Where's My 3080 Car(d)?"

Bestbuy dropped what must have been a few hundred or thousand of multiple models all at the same time yesterday.  Almost got to add one to my cart.  So close.


I'm too old and my reflexes are too bad for twitch gaming.  Let me know when the release something turn-based.
 
2020-10-16 3:59:00 PM  

ThomasPaineTrain: Best DLC? Old World Blues for Fallout NV.


I actually preferred Dead Money. The "beep beep beep", okay, that was annoying, but getting away with 100K+ caps worth of old world money and another 40K in gold bars? Absolutely delicious.

Worst? Anything from Borderlands: Pre-Sequel

Horse Power Armor (full price paid mod) for fallout 4 creation club. A slap in the face by the original slap in the face, Horse Armor DLC for Oblivion.
 
2020-10-16 4:00:37 PM  
I honestly don't think I've played much in the way of DLC. As in, I don't buy many games and I buy even fewer extras. Which is odd because I've pushed out Titanomachina as DLC for Tabletop Simulator. It's free though, which means when you subscribe you don't really buy it. The idea is to get people playing it though, rather than milk people for their hard-earned kopins. Maybe if people like it enough, they'll be interested in playing it as a real tabletop game with their friends when the risk of impending doom rolls back enough.

Which is why I've been painting:
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They're all primed black. Leftmost is based with 'Sprout' from Uber Matte, and then a sepia wash with Agrax Earthshade from GW. Left is based with Averland Sunset, washed with Agrax Earthshade, both GW, then layered with Golden Yellow (Vallejo), Pale Yellow (Vallejo), and Fluroescent Yellow (Craft Smart). Also lowlit by Mephiston Red and then Carroburg Crimson (both GW). Right is based with 'Wisteria' from Uber Matte, and far right is 'Lake' from Uber Matte.

Mind you, I've been fiddling with ways to improve the game and one way, I think, is to revert 'pushing' slightly and limit it to Limbs and Weapon Systems with the Hard Rounds trait. This would change the way the Hard Rounds trait currently work as it makes guns too flexible. To recap: players play cards face down as a cost to play others face-up; Hard Rounds allowed players to play additional cards face-down to increase the Effect (damage, push, etc) of the Hard Rounds Weapon System played face-up. Maybe tweak some of the system costs (HR cost vs Charge cost, etc).

I should also commission this artist again:
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2020-10-16 4:02:19 PM  

Kornchex: but the stupid Frogloks took over Grobb!


I think one of us may be having a stroke, and I can't tell who....
 
2020-10-16 4:11:06 PM  
Not much playtime this week, but I have kept abreast of Fallout 4 and Skyrim mods because I'll only stop going back to those wells when the next installments release. At this point though, it is mostly just a matter of installing a new weapon mod that seems cool enough to try.

This weekend will undoubtedly see more Baldur's Gate 3. I'm rolling through the different classes to get a feel for them, but I can't tell if wizard really is more efficient than warlock, or I just have a better idea of what I'm doing on my second go.

Best DLC was when Epic just kept releasing free maps and new modes for Unreal Tournament 2004. Those were the days. They just kept give my LAN party nerds free stuff.

Best DLC I actually paid for was probably Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep for Borderlands 2. The framing device was fun, the writing was some of the team's better work, and it unexpectedly hit me in the feels at one point. It's the most memorable at least.

Worst DLC was any CoD maps that were required to keep up with multiplayer, but cost money. I could afford it, but paying just so I could continue to enjoy the game because matchmaking would go to shiat if you only had the old maps felt like a pretty big "fark you, pay me" moment.
 
2020-10-16 4:52:36 PM  
Tropico 6 has been getting my attention lately , played 4 plenty but it's been a while since I touched the game at all. Having fun so far.

I upgraded my folks computer from something pretty old to something new and my Mom hated the new smaller keyboard , loved their old IBM M klanky yet larger keyboard so I found a replacement she fell in love with.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01​B​FCBNEI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_​s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
 
2020-10-16 5:14:38 PM  

Raider_dad: Tropico 6 has been getting my attention lately , played 4 plenty but it's been a while since I touched the game at all. Having fun so far.


I've been playing a lot of the original Tropico lately. Fans of the first seem to pan the later ones as being "dumbed down" but honestly as fun as the first one is it definitely needed some dumbing down, clicking all around the horribly-disorganized alamanac every January 1st to make sure you're not getting thrown out or invaded or running out of food is super farking tedious. I kinda wanna try one of the later ones.
 
2020-10-16 5:42:24 PM  

IHadMeAVision: Raider_dad: Tropico 6 has been getting my attention lately , played 4 plenty but it's been a while since I touched the game at all. Having fun so far.

I've been playing a lot of the original Tropico lately. Fans of the first seem to pan the later ones as being "dumbed down" but honestly as fun as the first one is it definitely needed some dumbing down, clicking all around the horribly-disorganized alamanac every January 1st to make sure you're not getting thrown out or invaded or running out of food is super farking tedious. I kinda wanna try one of the later ones.


I had alot of fun with 4 and so far 6 is good. My only complaint is trying to maintain missions or trade with The Crown during the Colonial time frame , if you miss one or mess up and decline a mission or trade offer your time runs out before getting another and it's game over man. Just annoying is all.

I'm pretty sure you would like any of the other ones , 4 is only $15 right now on Steam
 
2020-10-16 5:59:34 PM  
I started red dead 2 last night.

I finished the first quest and frankly I found it to be a terrible game thus far.

Picking things up, aiming, moving your character, it's all as clunky as fark.

Ps4 fwiw.
 
2020-10-16 6:03:13 PM  

ltdanman44: toraque: ltdanman44:

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I really want to play the new baldurs gate but I need to upgrade my computer first :(

I was able to play it for an hour or so.

Then I shut it down for one reason or other and no matter what I do, I can't get it to start again.  It just crashes on launch.

Updated drivers, run windowed mode, turned off AV, verified integrity in steam.  Nothing works.  I am sadness.

Well it is early access.  Is it at least out of alpha build?


I think it is still Alpha in a lot of places, especially beyond the early access chapter. There are some obvious placeholder things and gameplay improvements that are needed (especially in the UI). That being said it is still quite fun and playable.

My biggest grip as a D&D nerd is that while they are making some needed streamlines to the ruleset to make it good for the computer, they have mucked up the action economy a bit, especially for rogues. Rogues get a 2nd level feature called 'cunning action'.  Essentiall gives rogues some bonus actions that nobody else gets like "disengage, hide" etc. However, the game gives many of those actions to all classes. I think they need to compensate by giving rogues something in return like a bonus action attack   (The reasons rogues get these things is because for a martial class they have a smaller hit die and can end up needing multiple attributes to be effective, depending on their archetype)
 
2020-10-16 6:08:43 PM  

The Irrelevant Gamer: Best DLC was when Epic just kept releasing free maps and new modes for Unreal Tournament 2004. Those were the days. They just kept give my LAN party nerds free stuff.


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2020-10-16 6:14:36 PM  

isamudyson: The Irrelevant Gamer: Best DLC was when Epic just kept releasing free maps and new modes for Unreal Tournament 2004. Those were the days. They just kept give my LAN party nerds free stuff.

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Same.

We played UT so damned much (my fark handle was one of my UT names, the other was HisOwnMomma, so it would say "SuchAndSuch killed by HisOwnMomma".) Glorious times. I really miss LAN parties where everyone would bring their own rig and you'd just got to town with deathmatch, CTF, and the other game modes.
 
2020-10-16 6:22:40 PM  

RyansPrivates: My biggest grip as a D&D nerd is that while they are making some needed streamlines to the ruleset to make it good for the computer, they have mucked up the action economy a bit, especially for rogues. Rogues get a 2nd level feature called 'cunning action'.  Essentiall gives rogues some bonus actions that nobody else gets like "disengage, hide" etc. However, the game gives many of those actions to all classes. I think they need to compensate by giving rogues something in return like a bonus action attack   (The reasons rogues get these things is because for a martial class they have a smaller hit die and can end up needing multiple attributes to be effective, depending on their archetype)


I'm downloading it now. How hard is it to keep enemies at happy sneaky range? I guess what I'm asking, as a skyrim player, how much of an adjustment am I going to have to make? :)
 
2020-10-16 6:23:46 PM  

RyansPrivates: We played UT so damned much (my fark handle was one of my UT names, the other was HisOwnMomma, so it would say "SuchAndSuch killed by HisOwnMomma".) Glorious times. I really miss LAN parties where everyone would bring their own rig and you'd just got to town with deathmatch, CTF, and the other game modes.


AFluffyKitten would be an awesome name for similar reasons. :D
 
2020-10-16 6:24:51 PM  

RyansPrivates: isamudyson: The Irrelevant Gamer: Best DLC was when Epic just kept releasing free maps and new modes for Unreal Tournament 2004. Those were the days. They just kept give my LAN party nerds free stuff.

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Same.

We played UT so damned much (my fark handle was one of my UT names, the other was HisOwnMomma, so it would say "SuchAndSuch killed by HisOwnMomma".) Glorious times. I really miss LAN parties where everyone would bring their own rig and you'd just got to town with deathmatch, CTF, and the other game modes.


Hell yes.  CTF-Face, LowGrav, MoonJump, Instagib.  You could cross the entire map in a single jump, but it would be in a slow, predictable, easily-sniped arc.  When my friends got more into Halo, I just couldn't see the appeal next to UT's fast-paced badassery.  Flak Cannon 4 Lyfe.
 
2020-10-16 6:35:49 PM  

Last Man on Earth: RyansPrivates: isamudyson: The Irrelevant Gamer: Best DLC was when Epic just kept releasing free maps and new modes for Unreal Tournament 2004. Those were the days. They just kept give my LAN party nerds free stuff.

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Same.

We played UT so damned much (my fark handle was one of my UT names, the other was HisOwnMomma, so it would say "SuchAndSuch killed by HisOwnMomma".) Glorious times. I really miss LAN parties where everyone would bring their own rig and you'd just got to town with deathmatch, CTF, and the other game modes.

Hell yes.  CTF-Face, LowGrav, MoonJump, Instagib.  You could cross the entire map in a single jump, but it would be in a slow, predictable, easily-sniped arc.  When my friends got more into Halo, I just couldn't see the appeal next to UT's fast-paced badassery.  Flak Cannon 4 Lyfe.


Same. I haven't really done FPS since quake and urt days.

Then at a family thing a younger relative asked me to play some halo with him. I was disgusted.

Maybe I'll do some splatoon this weekend. I was decent at it on the wii-u, but somehow got worse on the switch.
 
2020-10-16 6:53:27 PM  

Raider_dad: I'm pretty sure you would like any of the other ones , 4 is only $15 right now on Steam


Thanks for the heads up.
 
2020-10-16 7:11:43 PM  
I'm currently replaying my entire library on a Ryzen 5 3400g desktop after almost a decade of exclusively using laptops. I had no idea games could be played at 1080p!
 
2020-10-16 7:20:52 PM  

RussianPotato: Bro, do you even RGB?


I even turned off all internal lighting so it isn't annoying in the dark, and it is in a plain jane black Rosewill case.
 
2020-10-16 7:22:16 PM  
Been flying around Star Citizen this week.

Explored some wrecks:
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Finally traveled to the Javelin wreck on Daymar (also, I really love this rifle and the animations):
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Crusader peeking out from behind Daymar:
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Honestly this was just a really nice shot I had:
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2020-10-16 8:19:49 PM  
 
2020-10-16 8:54:53 PM  
Planning on playing the fifth scenario of Gloomhaven - Jaws of the Lion.

I'm planning to pick up Torchlight 3 this weekend as well. As if I didn't have enough games I don't have time to play.

As for best DLC- Undead Nightmare for Red Dead Redemption. I also like the free "holiday" DLC for Borderlands 2.

The worst DLC isn't DLC I've downloaded, but DLC for games that's exclusive to say, pre-orders. And although the DLC shows up in the store, you can't buy it because it's "unavailable". As a completionist, I find that very annoying. Not my fault I didn't hear about a game three years ago to pre-order it.
 
2020-10-16 8:59:28 PM  
Got a few hours of Batman in this week, but not much else, due to watching debates, or working late.

As for DLC, the best is either Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, because anything involving Tiny Tina is great.  Worst DLC was probably the first attempt at fixing the ME3 endings, such that I never even bothered to add the later DLC's that tried to fix it properly, because nope, you had two shots and failed, you don't get a 3rd chance
 
2020-10-16 9:46:54 PM  

Deathbymeteor: Got a few hours of Batman in this week, but not much else, due to watching debates, or working late.

As for DLC, the best is either Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, because anything involving Tiny Tina is great.  Worst DLC was probably the first attempt at fixing the ME3 endings, such that I never even bothered to add the later DLC's that tried to fix it properly, because nope, you had two shots and failed, you don't get a 3rd chance


Yeah, I'll put Tiny Tina above the holiday DLC...
 
2020-10-16 9:56:26 PM  
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Got bored, played around with mixing power armor cosmetic skins.
 
2020-10-16 10:24:19 PM  

ParadoxDice: Deathbymeteor: Got a few hours of Batman in this week, but not much else, due to watching debates, or working late.

As for DLC, the best is either Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, because anything involving Tiny Tina is great.  Worst DLC was probably the first attempt at fixing the ME3 endings, such that I never even bothered to add the later DLC's that tried to fix it properly, because nope, you had two shots and failed, you don't get a 3rd chance

Yeah, I'll put Tiny Tina above the holiday DLC...


Not gonna lie. I cried at the end.
 
2020-10-16 11:50:40 PM  
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2020-10-17 12:46:52 AM  

Stands With A Tiny Fist: RyansPrivates: My biggest grip as a D&D nerd is that while they are making some needed streamlines to the ruleset to make it good for the computer, they have mucked up the action economy a bit, especially for rogues. Rogues get a 2nd level feature called 'cunning action'.  Essentiall gives rogues some bonus actions that nobody else gets like "disengage, hide" etc. However, the game gives many of those actions to all classes. I think they need to compensate by giving rogues something in return like a bonus action attack   (The reasons rogues get these things is because for a martial class they have a smaller hit die and can end up needing multiple attributes to be effective, depending on their archetype)

I'm downloading it now. How hard is it to keep enemies at happy sneaky range? I guess what I'm asking, as a skyrim player, how much of an adjustment am I going to have to make? :)


Well it's turn based, so when you "enter combat" it goes into that mode. That being said, every charater can attempt a hide on their turn if they don't use that "bonus action" for something else. Additionally position matters: if you are elevated you have better chance of hitting, you also do if you are successfully hidden (in D&D terms it's called advantage: where you roll two dice instead of just one, and take the higher one)

There was one part (no spoilers) where I managed to pick off a whole bunch of bad guys from the rafters by sneaking around up there and keeping my less than stealthy party members well out of the detection radius.
 
2020-10-17 12:48:27 AM  

somedude210: Been flying around Star Citizen this week.

Explored some wrecks:
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Finally traveled to the Javelin wreck on Daymar (also, I really love this rifle and the animations):
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Crusader peeking out from behind Daymar:
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Honestly this was just a really nice shot I had:
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Damn, that looks beautiful.
 
2020-10-17 1:02:19 AM  

Atomic Jonb: likefunbutnot: Abacus9: Atomic Jonb: I'm about to finish Secret of the Silver Blades, I'm on the second level of the final castle, only the inner sanctum left to go after that.  Then its off to Pools of Darkness, so I can wrap up that little bit of lost history.  I have the level setting maxed, so I have been at maximum exp since the Frost Giant Village.

DLC, like paid for it?  I really don't like any of it, it makes it seem like the developers released an unfinished game (Stellaris!, CIV VI!) but it would probably be Nuka World for Fallout IV.

Not-paid-for (mods) it would definitely be some of the aesthetic enhancement mods for the Elder Scrolls games.  Especially the ones with enhanced physics.  Yes, I'm a dirty old Nord.

I just played the Gold Box series this year for the first time, and loved Secret of the Silver Blades, especially after how difficult Curse of the Azure Bonds was (for me, anyway). Good luck with Pools, it's a lot of fun, but it's very difficult!

I spent a whole summer trying to win the last mission in Pools of Darkness, having used the same party (swapping one elf out in Azure Bonds since that was back when they had level caps) all the way through.

The final battle in Pools of Darkness is basically impossible given those circumstances. Without spoiling anything, the most productive way to approach the end of the series is to patiently play through most of the game TWICE with the same characters, which you can do pretty easily because of the save system. You want everyone to be a near max level caster and melee sort. AD&D dual class rules allow a character to use old class powers once they exceed their level in their old class, so mages can wear armor and use weapons and clerics get better to hit modifiers.

This is about the only way you'll cheese the last fights in the game. And even with that, you still kind of have to abuse some mechanics. I know they wanted it to be difficult but  otherwise it's basically a rocks fall everyone dies deal ...


I dualled all my characters, leveled them to the max by the end of Silver Blades. I thought it was the easiest of them. Pools of Darkness, especially the end, was still damn near impossible. I only got through the last battle after a couple days of trying for several hours, even using save states (for shame). Naturally, you need an SVN build of DOSBox for that. If you don't have it, google the ykhwong build if you're interested (it also provides Roland MT-32/CM-32L emulation, if you have the ROMs).
 
2020-10-17 7:02:59 AM  

RyansPrivates: There was one part (no spoilers) where I managed to pick off a whole bunch of bad guys from the rafters by sneaking around up there and keeping my less than stealthy party members well out of the detection radius.


Oooh. :)  Okay, I'm definitely looking forward to this.
 
2020-10-17 10:07:38 AM  

RyansPrivates: somedude210: Been flying around Star Citizen this week.

Explored some wrecks:
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Finally traveled to the Javelin wreck on Daymar (also, I really love this rifle and the animations):
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Crusader peeking out from behind Daymar:
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Honestly this was just a really nice shot I had:
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Damn, that looks beautiful.


I have to say, their planetary tech is outstanding now. You can pick out planetary features from thousands of km away and it'll be there as you fly towards it.

All bugs aside, it's a pretty impressive game so far
 
2020-10-17 10:19:12 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: Cities Skylines isn't scratching my itch anymore. And my YouTube algorithm is throwing Civ IV:The Rising Storm at me.

And to be honest, it looks fun. Especially the cheesey exploits, that aren't straight hacks. Because deep down in my sad soul, I want to be God.

Is it worth buying the base game at full price or just to put it on my wish list? The DLCs look farking expensive. Any must have ones?

Best DLC I bought was the Industries DLC of Cities Skylines. Really makes your city feel real. Also borks your traffic real farking good. So it makes you flex those road planning muscles.

But by sheer numbers, Wrath of the Lich King for WoW. So many wasted months of my life.


Hey there, the Civ franchise goes on sale all the time.  Definitely wait.  You should be able to pick up the base game and all DLCs for like 7 dollars.
 
2020-10-17 10:21:02 AM  

Smackledorfer: I started red dead 2 last night.

I finished the first quest and frankly I found it to be a terrible game thus far.

Picking things up, aiming, moving your character, it's all as clunky as fark.

Ps4 fwiw.


That's the nature of the beast.  It's a clunky game.  I guess because your character can do so much and interact with so much.

Once you get out of the snow area the game REALLY opens up and becomes completely different and amazing.  The snow part is like 3 hours of meh.  Get through it and you'll find a fantastic game.
 
2020-10-17 11:46:11 AM  

RussianPotato: Smackledorfer: I started red dead 2 last night.

I finished the first quest and frankly I found it to be a terrible game thus far.

Picking things up, aiming, moving your character, it's all as clunky as fark.

Ps4 fwiw.

That's the nature of the beast.  It's a clunky game.  I guess because your character can do so much and interact with so much.

Once you get out of the snow area the game REALLY opens up and becomes completely different and amazing.  The snow part is like 3 hours of meh.  Get through it and you'll find a fantastic game.


It's also the engine. The Euphoria engine tends to make people 'heavy' because it's not pre-canned animations, it's actually calculating the physics of your body in a physical world. It's 'realistic' in that your momentum and acceleration will be added to your actions.
 
2020-10-17 4:29:55 PM  

Last Man on Earth: Been playing Persona 5 Royal after picking it up during the sale.  I had misgivings, since I've already played the base game, but I'm enjoying it all over again.  Beat the second boss last night.


Lord Bear: Best DLC?  This one:

/I guess its not technically DLC, since it came on 3.5" floppies.

Eh, neither was Throne of Bhaal, and that was going to be my answer.


Nothing comes close to Throne of Bhaal.  Better than BG1, and not many things are that good.
For "actual DLC", does Dawnguard (for Skryim) count?  Mostly on account of showing up free in my account.
/don't have my Steam account on this machine, so I'm probably missing something big
//but not better than Throne of Bhaal
///this slashied locked behind a DLC paywall
 
2020-10-17 8:58:27 PM  

Billlbo: Best DLC I've personally bought would be Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep.


This is the correct answer.
 
2020-10-18 3:36:30 PM  
Oh, and I updated Titanomachina up on the Steam Workshop. Turned out the Initiative deck had been missing since the last update!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfile​s​/filedetails/?id=2091149334
 
2020-10-18 8:33:45 PM  
I'm pretty close to 1k hours in Fallout 76.  I've run the Mad Dog Malone event at grafton dam dozens of times cause it's easy caps.  I just now found an audio log of a survivor of the nukes dropping that I've never found before.  It amazes me how many little things exist in this game and provide color and flavor.
 
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