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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.
 
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