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2020-12-03 1:34:38 PM  
Decided to splurge on Black Friday and got a new desktop with a RTX 2060, so I decided to play...

...Monkey Island!


Yay?
 
2020-12-03 1:43:52 PM  
I think Covid quarrantine has done what no other thing in my lifetime has managed to do... make me bored of videogames.

I've been listlessly trying out a bunch of stuff over the last month and nothing is sticking at all.  I gave Monster Hunter World a try last weekend.  For a game that is both hyped up and focused around monster combat, I find the combat really lacking.  Hunt monster, wail on attack buttons, chase monster, wail on attack buttons again, repeat as necessary.  Is there some nuance I'm missing?

I gave Rage 2 a try on Gamepass.  I got bored pretty quickly.  I picked up Borderlands 3 on the cheap too, It's more fun while I play it, but I don't have a huge urge to play more when I stop.

I started rock hounding a bit, and the ski hills and trails are finally getting into shape.  Hopefully that will help balance out my gaming apathy.

Best games to keep kids busy?  I don't have kids but I assume some combination of Minecraft and Fortnite would work.  Maybe some Terarria too, and Kerbal Space Program if you want them to learn something.
 
2020-12-03 2:19:11 PM  
Playing Hades mostly. I love it but a lot of the time it reminds me too much of an isometric Dead Cells. In other words it's a blast and a solid game, but doesn't deliver anything really unique to the genre.

Other than that I'm just wasting time until Cyberpunk like I imagine most everyone else is.
 
2020-12-03 2:22:37 PM  

Lord Bear: I think Covid quarrantine has done what no other thing in my lifetime has managed to do... make me bored of videogames.

I've been listlessly trying out a bunch of stuff over the last month and nothing is sticking at all.  I gave Monster Hunter World a try last weekend.  For a game that is both hyped up and focused around monster combat, I find the combat really lacking.  Hunt monster, wail on attack buttons, chase monster, wail on attack buttons again, repeat as necessary.  Is there some nuance I'm missing?

I gave Rage 2 a try on Gamepass.  I got bored pretty quickly.  I picked up Borderlands 3 on the cheap too, It's more fun while I play it, but I don't have a huge urge to play more when I stop.

I started rock hounding a bit, and the ski hills and trails are finally getting into shape.  Hopefully that will help balance out my gaming apathy.

Best games to keep kids busy?  I don't have kids but I assume some combination of Minecraft and Fortnite would work.  Maybe some Terarria too, and Kerbal Space Program if you want them to learn something.


Monster Hunter is surprisingly a solid shooter if you use the gun weapons. It's the only way I can play it personally, because like you I find the melee combat boring. I also just get a kick out of how a game centered almost entirely around swords is more playable with the guns that seem to have been added as an afterthought.
 
2020-12-03 2:40:15 PM  
Hearthstone, love that game albeit I am nowhere close to great.
 
2020-12-03 2:49:01 PM  
Started RDR2 over from the beginning. Gonna try to get 100% completion this time. I forgot how visually pleasing this game is.
 
2020-12-03 2:55:52 PM  

Lord Bear: I picked up Borderlands 3 on the cheap too, It's more fun while I play it, but I don't have a huge urge to play more when I stop.


I tried so hard to get into that game. Just never stuck.
 
2020-12-03 3:01:02 PM  
GTA Online mostly this week. Snagged both Oppressor vehicles during the "Black Friday" sale. Wife tested positive for Covid last week, so working from home until the 16th. Kids are also stuck home doing remote learning, so yeah.

Best distractions I would agree would be stuff like Apex, Minecraft, and Fortnight. My kids are a little older so we also do multiplayer GTA sometimes. Though, truth be told, the living room Xbox (which is the Series X) has the most playtime with the YouTube app.
 
2020-12-03 3:09:23 PM  
Trying to 100% Zelda: BOTW. Time consuming pain in the ass, but still fun.
 
2020-12-03 3:18:08 PM  
I see Wolcen is on sale for $29.99, down from $39.99.   Worth it or should I wait for a better deal?

/not like I have much time to play games anyways
 
2020-12-03 3:19:32 PM  
I just finished another FO4 survival play through, and I am rather bored with Borderlands 3 so I am holding off on the latest DLC.

I bought Death Stranding on sale and giving that a go. I am not sure about it. It is rather pretty in its dismal way but it is a confusing mess of what I am doing. All the fonts are way too small, even on my 65" tv, the menus are designed to look cool but give minimal info, and there is way to much cinema in the opening. I think I have played only for 45 minutes out of the first 3 hours , the rest being cinema scenes.

for the kids, get them co-op games or boxing gloves.
 
2020-12-03 3:24:44 PM  
Hideo Kojima's game Death Stranding (written by Hideo Kojima and produced by Hideo Kojima) was on 50% off sale on Steam so I picked it up.  Has possibly the slowest start of any game ever where you get two hours of lovely Hideo Kojima-scripted cutscenes which start to explain the deep lore (created by Hideo Kojima) behind the craziness of the absolutely beautiful Hideo Kojima designed world.  In possibly the most Hideo Kojima move ever you can't turn down the Hideo Kojima selected music at any point since that would spoil Hideo Kojima's vision.

I haven't decided if I like it. The graphics are gorgeous and the moments when you're just walking along in the wilderness are serious Zen.  Then you have to stop for 3 consecutive cutscenes and deal with the ported-wholesale-from-console menu and inventory system and you realize Hideo Kojima doesn't know how *games* actually work as opposed to interactive experiences directed by Hideo Kojima, written by Hideo Kojima and scripted by Hideo Kojima

(And seriously, sit through the opening credits and see how many times his name appears on screen)

/Hideo Kojima
//Hideo Kojima
///Hideo Kojima
*duck*
 
2020-12-03 3:32:07 PM  
Made solid Arkham City progress this week, and finally admitting I'm not going to be screwing around getting all the side quests done (fark you Riddler and needing 400 collectibles to do yours).  Soon, it'll be back to doing some fighting game cleaning up, Smash Brothers Ultimate World of Light and Soul Caliber VI are calling up next.

As for keeping the kids busy?  Damned if I know, the only kids I see aren't going to be in front of my screens to play my games, because I don't know them.  Plus the whole pandemic thing.
 
2020-12-03 3:36:46 PM  
I managed to pick up Battletech (and all DLC) during the Steam sale, for a very decent fraction of what I would have bought the base game for at full price. Go 75% off eh? While my brother recommended it, it's for my son who liked how it looked. Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech, as I discovered the board game as a 12-year-old, but he's 12 now so it's his turn.

Speaking of giant robot games, ones which only last one hour or so, I did a few upgrades to Titanomachina on Tabletop Simulator: I put in a bigger table so it's easier to play cards, and I unlocked the buildings and removed them from the board so that players can enjoy the set-up element of the game. I also updated the rulebook in TTS so players know what to do.
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Recently playing live it was just more fun to include set-up. Of course, you don't have to deploy all your buildings at once...
 
2020-12-03 3:49:20 PM  
I picked up Star Wars: Squadrons and got completely frustrated with the controls.  I'm going to go back and finish tweaking them, but in the meantime I picked up a cheap copy of Ghost of Tsushima and HOLY COW this game is beautiful. I can tell I'm getting old and rusty, though.  The game relies heavily on blocking and parrying (samurai sword dueling and what not), and I have trouble remembering to block or time my parries; instead I dodge and button mash attacks.

In tabletop news, my Broadsides: Empires of Steel kickstarter came in and I have all the STL files I could possibly want for printing WWI battleships.
 
2020-12-03 4:04:27 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: I see Wolcen is on sale for $29.99, down from $39.99.   Worth it or should I wait for a better deal?

/not like I have much time to play games anyways


When it came out it was buggy as hell. I was pretty disappointed with it and didn't go back to it after I finished the main story. So I would say wait for a deeper discount. But I do think most of the game breaking bugs have been fixed.
 
2020-12-03 4:14:26 PM  
Lothar IB:

Thanks!
 
2020-12-03 4:19:48 PM  

Nurglitch: Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech


Welcome to Angry Red Farky!
 
2020-12-03 4:21:36 PM  

deanis: Started RDR2 over from the beginning. Gonna try to get 100% completion this time. I forgot how visually pleasing this game is.


i got super bored of it after a few months.
 
2020-12-03 4:26:28 PM  
Wreckfest, I wanted it to scratch the itch for just crazy crashes and driving like an ass. Its ok but I wish Burnout would bring back the crashmode nothing else has been as fun since.

As for the kids I have been playing Overcooked 2 with mine, they also love Minecraft

I got them Mario Maker 2 for Xmas since my older one loves building things so we will see what kind of levels she comes up with.
 
2020-12-03 4:33:52 PM  

Atomic Jonb: Nurglitch: Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech

Welcome to Angry Red Farky!


Ew, like Snake red or Amaris red?
 
2020-12-03 4:40:22 PM  

some_beer_drinker: deanis: Started RDR2 over from the beginning. Gonna try to get 100% completion this time. I forgot how visually pleasing this game is.

i got super bored of it after a few months.


Same here. It was visually amazing and had some satisfying gameplay elements but the story was a snoozefest and it's a quintessential example of too much shiat in one game. It's overwhelming how many interconnected gameplay loops and mechanics were at play. At any given moment you had a dozen different things to worry about. I finally burned out and haven't had any desire to go back.
 
2020-12-03 6:11:12 PM  
Unreal Tournament 99, Infiltration Mod.  Forget scopes, forget red dot sights, forget fancy optics.  I have been doing quite well in the various maps with an FN FAL, iron sights only, no need for full automatic because that 7.62 NATO is good enough.
 
2020-12-03 6:11:13 PM  
Started playing Rocket League.  Waiting for Oxygen Not Included Spaced Out DLC and Cyberpunk.
 
2020-12-03 7:35:07 PM  
Got back into my PS4 these past few weeks after shelving it when I had to reconfigure my desk space for WFH during the first lockdown. I finally beat Horizon: Zero Dawn and its DLC. Great game overall, loved the setting and story.

After that I've been continuing the post-apocalyptic theme by playing Last of Us Remastered. Liking it so far, but the controls feel so awkward after H:ZD. I keep fumbling weapon swaps and screwing up the arrow shots. Although I'm enjoying it enough that I picked up the sequel on sale.

Otherwise I'm looking forward to Cyberpunk. Thinking about trying to get a 3060 Ti to replace my 1070 so I can play it with ray tracing. It looks like my local Microcenter had quite a few 3060s at launch yesterday and took much of the day to sell out. That gives me hope that I can maybe get one in the next couple of weeks when they restock. Of course that assumes a fix is released so that an RTX 3000 card works in my Alienware Graphics Amplifier. If not then it's probably going to be a lonnnng wait for me to get an equivalent RX 6x00 series card if I want to keep going with my current setup.
 
2020-12-03 10:17:54 PM  
I haven't had much time for games this past week. I have spent some time with them. The first one I've been playing is Else Heart.Break() which is one of the more difficult ones to spell properly.

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I've played it before, getting absolutely nowhere. This time I've got a little bit somewhere, but I've yet to unlock the programming mechanic that is at the core of the game. I hope to get started with that soon. I've never seen anything like that, unless you count early computer games written in BASIC purely because you can break into the listing and change the game if you like. Nothing deliberately so.

I've also been playing Occupy White Walls.

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This is something extremely rare for me, an online-only game. I normally avoid them like a sensible mask wearing person avoids the plague. In the game you begin with your own art gallery space to decorate and expand. You can also visit galleries created by others. It's quite a nice way to unwind in front of the computer and I think it's free on Steam.

Finally I've been enjoying Self-Checkout Unlimited.

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It's a first person puzzle/adventure game set in an abandoned mall with some trippy/surreal/horror elements. I don't get much time in which I can concentrate fully on a game, so I've only been able to play for about half an hour or so. It doesn't seem like it's going to be a long game. I don't mind taking my time. It's OK. Walking around a mall in 2020 is the most compelling part of it for me. It's like being back in the Before Time. The camera is set quite low, however. Even when I was a little mallrat I wasn't that little.
 
2020-12-03 11:27:28 PM  
Still kicking names and taking ass in Star Wars Squadrons.

Where are you scrubs?
 
2020-12-04 8:20:23 AM  
The new update to War Thunder introduced jump jets, Harrier and Yak-38. It also introduced game breaking bugs in the Linux client.

So until they're fixed I've been playing Superliminal, which is a First Person Puzzler (FPP?) where you walk around while dreaming solving levels by changing the size of objects, changing perspectives etc. I'm currently stuck on a level where you can change the size of an object that has a door in it, thereby changing the size of the room inside of it, that room is connected to the room the object is in thus you can change the size of your self relative to the room your in with the object, which hurt my brain typing that as much as it hurt yours reading it.

I haven't finished the game yet but if there's a lot more levels to it, it's worth the money.
 
2020-12-04 8:20:31 AM  

Nurglitch: Atomic Jonb: Nurglitch: Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech

Welcome to Angry Red Farky!

Ew, like Snake red or Amaris red?


Its more of a Salmon color, I can't be too angry.
 
2020-12-04 9:07:03 AM  

Atomic Jonb: Nurglitch: Atomic Jonb: Nurglitch: Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech

Welcome to Angry Red Farky!

Ew, like Snake red or Amaris red?

Its more of a Salmon color, I can't be too angry.


Pink works for me.
 
2020-12-04 9:09:10 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i got super bored of it after a few months.


I played the game for four-thousand hours and I simply can't recommend it.
 
2020-12-04 9:09:29 AM  
Decided to grab Mega Man 11, managed to beat it on "Casual" which was the 2nd level of difficulty. Haven't really felt compelled to try the harder difficulties. Hardest fight was the Yellow Devil boss fight, only one I needed multiple E tanks to complete.

Been kinda bored with every game I have at the moment, and decided I'm going to jump from PS4 to the Series X whenever they come back into stock, so that I can check out Haven (mostly switching to XBOX for the likelihood of Bethesda games being exclusive)
 
2020-12-04 9:21:31 AM  
I slammed through the Grandia 2 HD remaster this week because it was on steam for 10 bucks. What a classic.
 
2020-12-04 9:21:44 AM  

Nurglitch: I managed to pick up Battletech (and all DLC) during the Steam sale, for a very decent fraction of what I would have bought the base game for at full price. Go 75% off eh? While my brother recommended it, it's for my son who liked how it looked. Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech, as I discovered the board game as a 12-year-old, but he's 12 now so it's his turn.

Speaking of giant robot games, ones which only last one hour or so, I did a few upgrades to Titanomachina on Tabletop Simulator: I put in a bigger table so it's easier to play cards, and I unlocked the buildings and removed them from the board so that players can enjoy the set-up element of the game.


My 7-year-old thinks giant fighting robots are the best thing ever, but he's not quite ready to play PC game versions of Mechwarrior/BattleTech, and the tabletop versions are still a bit too long and complicated, so I invented a d6 based tabletop version of MechWarrior: Online. Models are all straight from the game, and the painting is amateurish and sloppy because said 7-year-old likes to do the painting. Very "arcadey", in the same vein as Hero Quest / Battle Masters, and games take about 45-60 minutes.

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/I have lots more pictures and info if anyone cares; just didn't want to dump an album and a novel if nobody does.
 
2020-12-04 9:22:24 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: I see Wolcen is on sale for $29.99, down from $39.99.   Worth it or should I wait for a better deal?

/not like I have much time to play games anyways


Imo no. Its like Path of Exile that you get the privilege of paying for.
 
2020-12-04 9:25:13 AM  
Phoenix Point Ultimate Edition (but not really because the 3rd DLC hasn't released and much like going Epic exclusive they just decided their kickstarter didn't really matter and is now separate from the original plan) has released on Steam finally.  I got it for 60% off on GreenManGaming so I went ahead and got it.  Given the several jerk arounds they performed I was going to wait for at least 75% off, but they're not quite Randy Pitchford so unlike Borderlands 3 I was going to end up getting it.
 
2020-12-04 9:25:30 AM  
I'm back on the warcraft. Just hit 60 two days ago, I don't power grind like I did when I was younger.
 
2020-12-04 9:27:19 AM  
Picked up Per Aspera for a self birthday gift. Got a few days off next week so I will be diving head long into that. Loved the demo, so I immediately wish listed.

/ as for kids... Minecraft
// they also like Roblox ?
/// I don't get it. Off my lawn.
 
2020-12-04 9:30:13 AM  
I have been playing the same games for the last couple weeks. Foundation, COD Zombies, and Fallout 76.

FO76 has gotten a lot better, but it still has a lot of problems for a game that has been out for some time at this point. From random server hangups to issues of being unable to walk in any direction with power armor without jumping around to get unstuck from the geometry. That all being said, adding people for the Wastelanders expansion and the new BoS expansion, adds a lot to the story and game itself.

Finally beat the Easter Egg for Zombies as well, I have the whole process memorized at this point, but the last few waves are a pain in the ass. 

Waiting patiently for Cyberpunk 2077 to drop. I'm off from the 14th to the end of the month, and I plan on spending a lot of that time playing that.
 
2020-12-04 9:31:46 AM  

Klivian: Decided to grab Mega Man 11, managed to beat it on "Casual" which was the 2nd level of difficulty. Haven't really felt compelled to try the harder difficulties. Hardest fight was the Yellow Devil boss fight, only one I needed multiple E tanks to complete.

Been kinda bored with every game I have at the moment, and decided I'm going to jump from PS4 to the Series X whenever they come back into stock, so that I can check out Haven (mostly switching to XBOX for the likelihood of Bethesda games being exclusive)


Is there even a Bethesda game that will be released in the next few years? While I wouldn't think that the company would restrict their sales potential but then again the Epic store shows that I don't know what I am talking about.
 
2020-12-04 9:34:42 AM  
We rewatched the original trilogy over Thanksgiving break so the youngest has been playing Battlefront 2 off of Game Pass. I suppose I should get him Squadrons for Christmas but I hate the thought of giving EA money.
 
2020-12-04 9:42:26 AM  
Want to keep your kids entertained?! Get them to play Rust! It's full of 12 year olds screaming racial slurs all the time at anything that moves, so it's just like when they aren't around you!
 
2020-12-04 9:46:41 AM  
I have missed a few previous gaming discussions for various reasons, like not working on a Friday and thus sleeping well into the afternoon on those days.

Since I last participated I managed to complete Dark Souls 3. I pushed a little bit into New Game+ but I decided to move on with the possibility of coming back to DS3 again later.

I was not sure what to go with next but eventually I settled on WATCH_DOGS 2. I found it frustrating at first but I soon got into a groove when I realized that it is very accommodating of different playstyles and I just needed to tailor my playing to the style that I wanted. I ended up doing a primarily stealth-based play, staying out of danger whenever possible and sending in my RC jumper to do my dirty work whenever possible. One amusing event occurred during a mission where my objective was "neutralizing" a gang leader; I used the security cameras throughout the area to get the layout and mark the wandering guards with the intent of carefully sneaking through afterward. Instead, I managed to find the target after a few minutes and I used the "APB" ability to call the cops on him, not even sure whether it would work but the police showed up and... arrested him. He did not even put up a fight. As soon as he was in handcuffs the objective completed and I got a laugh out of that.

I ended up finishing WD2 a few days ago and I had already decided upon either Undertale or 3D Dot Game Heroes. I ended up settling on the latter and I have pushed a bit through that.


The discussion question is not applicable to me because I have no children which is for the best all around.
 
2020-12-04 9:53:14 AM  
===================================     Video Games     ==================================

SCUM: Got on a co-op server and it's been really fun. Built my first "base" last night (It's really just a log cabin with a cabinet inside at the moment). Ran into my first player and we ran around for a couple minutes while I was looking for padlocks for my cabin. They made a couple of changes this week mostly seeming to do with locks and gun cabinets. Looks like they also shortened the hit box distance on the sledge hammer, which is disappointing. Sledge hammer is not considered a weapon, but will take out any zombie in a single hit except one wearing riot gear and it takes only 2 hits on those. They didn't nerf the damage but they shortened the distance so you have to be basically touching a zombie to hit them now which is quite a bit more dangerous. But sledge is my preferred zombie killer since it doubles for any hammer needs (No unitaskers in my backpack!).

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla: Well... I got about 20 hours in and experienced a game breaking bug. I'm not the only one either, there's a ton of threads on this issue on reddit, on the ubisoft forums, on Twitter. Everywhere. It's in the early stages of England, you pledge to Ledecesterscire and talk to Ubba, and if you choose to talk to the king's son the entire mission breaks, NPCs fall through the ground, and a ship appears on land when you try and reload and the mission doesn't continue, making it impossible to finish the main storyline. I've had this going on for over a week now and Ubisoft ONLY WEDNESDAY responded to their forums on the matter and they had no idea it was an issue. And based on what I'm reading, this has happened across all platforms, so it's not system specific. I decided while I was waiting on it to be patched I would do some side stuff and collect stuff and upgrade my settlement. Well... I'm now level 152, my settlement is up to Borough status, I've gotten my gear up to legendary and I'm just wading waist deep through dead Saxons as I carve my way across England. And I'll be damned if I start this farking game over just to fix a bug that was 20 hours in.

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Tyranny of Dragons: This game has been fraught with problems ever since I ran the boss battle back around New Years. Had some health issues that landed me in the hospital for a month, then had some personal life issues that put the game on hold. Then had to drop 3 players from the game because 1 got heavily involved in a relationship and was ditching the sessions. I'm happy for him though and glad to see he's happy in a relationship, so that wasn't like a bad departure or anything, just had to drop him from the group is all. Then had to drop 2 other players because the one girl couldn't keep focus. She can play her ass off and be a great character when she is the center of attention, but the moment the focus is on story or someone else she's nose deep in her phone and distracting other players with stuff on her phone and doesn't know what's going on half the time. The 3rd player is her fiance and while he would like to play, he lives over an hour away and his new position at his job runs his schedule until about 1/2 way into the game session (runs from 7-12 and he gets off at 9pm) so it just isn't going to work out for him.

But wait, there's more!

Couple months ago, my best friend since 7th grade and member of the group that I've been gaming with for over 20 years had a stroke and lost most mobility in his right arm (his right leg is recovering quite nicely).

So gaming with this group happens when it happens and only through Discord now due to COVID. And we've literally only touched the first few pages of Rise of Tiamat. Now... I realize how this book is set up, but I am changing a lot about how this book is going to be and quite frankly, it lends itself to being reworked and rewritten to play out like Avengers: End Game, and quite frankly, I think this adventure could be written to play out like the build up to End Game including having an Infinity War thing happen.

The Dragon Masks could be the Infinity Stones, a bunch of the chapters could play out like some of the movies for the different Avengers movies. Because this entire book is centered around bringing different factions in to battle Tiamat in a final battle that basically plays out like End Game with all the factions coming together to fight the dragon army and Tiamat being in the role of Thanos...

I really want to rework this campaign now but I'm 3 years into this and I think I'm over the halfway mark, but I definitely want to rewrite it to feel more like Avengers than the way it currently plays out.

Shackled City: This campaign is coming together pretty nicely. This is my 3rd time running this one, but I've never been able to complete the campaign for one reason or another. The group is about to hit 2nd level and go on their first dungeon crawl. Interesting characters in this one. A Tortle Barbarian, Half-Elf Warlock, Half-Elf Rogue/Bard, Tiefling Divine Soul Sorcerer, Gnome Wizard, Aasimar Monk. All in all a decently rounded group and they are getting their feet under them for not knowing each other as players and having a couple newbies who've never played before. Again this one is being done through Discord right now.
 
2020-12-04 9:56:19 AM  
I operated on my laptop last night. I've never messed around with the insides of a laptop much, so that was... fun. One of the two fans went from annoyingly noisy to barely running recently. I tried to clean it with canned air without opening up the laptop, which didn't help. Note: An Acer Helios 300 requires removing 19 screws just to get the damn thing open. Did that. Sprayed more canned air. No good.

I thought maybe I should just say fark it and buy a new fan. That can't cost much. So this laptop has the two fans and heat sink all attached as one big piece. It's still not clear to me if it's possible to buy the right part to replace just one fan. The entire assembly is $70 everywhere online I could find it. Meh. I found individual fans for sale for  Helios 300. Yeah. Turns out there are two models of Helios 300. The other one has the fans on opposite ends of the computer. That seems to be what the individual fans I see for sale are for. Maybe. I still don't really know.

Anyway, I took the fan/heat sink assembly out. 12 more screws. Cleaned some more. Still no good. Then I found a video online showing how to disassemble a fan and lube the pin the fan sits on. 8 very tiny screws. WTF is with these miniature screws? You need doll hands or Donald Trump hands to work on them. Got that apart, put a bit of automotive grease on it, and the fan was able to turn properly again.

38 screws to clean and lubricate a fan. Well, it's all back together now and seems to be working well.
 
2020-12-04 9:56:19 AM  
I was in a Far Cry mood so I picked up 3 & 4 on the sale.  Been running through 3.  I'll be probably be done with it this weekend, just in time for Cyberpunk
 
2020-12-04 9:56:58 AM  

grinding_journalist: Nurglitch: I managed to pick up Battletech (and all DLC) during the Steam sale, for a very decent fraction of what I would have bought the base game for at full price. Go 75% off eh? While my brother recommended it, it's for my son who liked how it looked. Personally I think life is too short to play any more Battletech, as I discovered the board game as a 12-year-old, but he's 12 now so it's his turn.

Speaking of giant robot games, ones which only last one hour or so, I did a few upgrades to Titanomachina on Tabletop Simulator: I put in a bigger table so it's easier to play cards, and I unlocked the buildings and removed them from the board so that players can enjoy the set-up element of the game.

My 7-year-old thinks giant fighting robots are the best thing ever, but he's not quite ready to play PC game versions of Mechwarrior/BattleTech, and the tabletop versions are still a bit too long and complicated, so I invented a d6 based tabletop version of MechWarrior: Online. Models are all straight from the game, and the painting is amateurish and sloppy because said 7-year-old likes to do the painting. Very "arcadey", in the same vein as Hero Quest / Battle Masters, and games take about 45-60 minutes.

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If you can find a set on Ebay... grab a core set of HeroScape. It has hex tiles in the exact size for battletech and a pretty easy to play rule set designed for smaller kids. The dice are d6 but the pips are shields vs swords and you can just replace the heros for the mechs (and they have mech sets for it as well).

I bet your kid will love it.
 
2020-12-04 9:58:57 AM  

Esroc: Playing Hades mostly. I love it but a lot of the time it reminds me too much of an isometric Dead Cells. In other words it's a blast and a solid game, but doesn't deliver anything really unique to the genre.

Other than that I'm just wasting time until Cyberpunk like I imagine most everyone else is.


I just finished Hades, but haven't played Dead Cells? How similar are they?

I thought Hades was amazing, pretty much perfect actually... I can see how the rooms changing and the dying-as-progression model aren't entirely unique but those things didn't matter. What made it better, and different, than other roguelikes for me was the sheer variety of boons and weapons. Each run felt different because you had to change combat styles to account for the boons you were getting, which kept it fresh much longer than just changing rooms.

But if Dead Cells is similar in that way, I might actually have to give it a try soon.
 
2020-12-04 10:07:53 AM  

McGrits: Klivian: Decided to grab Mega Man 11, managed to beat it on "Casual" which was the 2nd level of difficulty. Haven't really felt compelled to try the harder difficulties. Hardest fight was the Yellow Devil boss fight, only one I needed multiple E tanks to complete.

Been kinda bored with every game I have at the moment, and decided I'm going to jump from PS4 to the Series X whenever they come back into stock, so that I can check out Haven (mostly switching to XBOX for the likelihood of Bethesda games being exclusive)

Is there even a Bethesda game that will be released in the next few years? While I wouldn't think that the company would restrict their sales potential but then again the Epic store shows that I don't know what I am talking about.


I listen to the Giant Bomb podcast and they said on there about a month ago that it was confirmed the Bethesda would be going PC/Xbox exclusive, but that was based off of someone high up on Twitter, so it's possible they're wrong. But it does mean that Starfield, ES6, and the next Fallout will be exclusives.
 
2020-12-04 10:13:40 AM  
I hear you about the GPUs, subby. As I'm still trying to buy the parts for my new PC and was originally looking for a GeForce RTX 2060 Super, but the GeForce RTX 3060 TI has the same MSRP and is considerably more powerful, so I'm also in the "beat the bots" vibe...

As to actual gaming, I've done what is a surprising amount for me and my infamous potato of a laptop. First up, my wife watching the Hobbit movies on one of the streaming services inspired me to try out a game on my Steam backlog: 2014's Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor. I enjoyed it, although I'm still crap at all video games. I'm having trouble with the archery, but I have been pretty decent at stealth kills. I've basically been calling it Assassin's Creed: The Precious given my play style. I have done the first few story missions, including the first one with Gollum. The story seems fun, but based on the benchmark modes, might have to wait for the new PC.

Also inspired by streaming, I returned to our local tabletop group's Patreon-only Minecraft server. Mostly because one of the admins was streaming his attempts at Minecraft on Facebook.  I hadn't been on in a month or two and things had changed, so I did the usual rebeginning stuff of punching trees and digging this hole:
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I'm setting up an underground sleeping chamber with beds, furnace, chests, torches and crafting tables as I search for veins of coal and iron ore so I can tool up a little bit and build a nicer house rather than squatting in other people's dwellings.

Unfortunately, due to limited space on my aforementioned laptop (damn you NaNoWriMo! and uh the next few things listed.)  I ended up uninstalling Shadows of Mordor.

One of those things I did try out was something I'd talked about for a while but had never gotten around to:
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Yes, I dropped into the free trial of World of Warcraft. After being surprised at the sheer size of the install (75GB! really?) I recalled that I think I had done a free trial back in the dim and distant past. As in before Burning Crusade existed. Possibly before I moved to the United States in October of 2003 but I might have the timeline off.

I decided I liked the look of the cow dudes, so I created a Tauren character, so I guess I'll be fighting For The Horde for 20 levels:
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Also, the character is disturbingly pantsless on the creation screen. In the game itself, Cow Dude (who's name the RNG made 'Aitndai' but I'll call him 'Cow Dude' until the end of time). The new starting area is apparently part of the new Shadowlands expansion. It was a pretty nice tutorial and helped me get the hang of the controls. Also, the ogres made some pretty entertaining opponents and a few sweet jokes, especially the Forsaken necromancer dude who's speeches made me laugh consistently. It also gets you to level 10 really quickly.

Also nice, the final part of the tutorial is a 4-person dungeon and I was able to do with my wife and a couple of friends, who created alts or took advantage of the free trial. Once that was done, we ended up in the game start proper at the city of  Orgrimmar:
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Unfortunately, at this point the sheer lagginess and age of my laptop conspired against me and the game froze and my character was no longer being displayed. So, I left Azeroth and will probably attempt to return later.

So I went to my comfort zone and was back to Star Wars: The Old Republic and my Jedi Knight playthrough. I feel like said Knight, Elduderel is getting close to the end of his class story, especially based  on the loading crawl here:
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I'm surprised that the text mentioned Voss because I'm pretty sure I'd cleared that, instead I was on the planet of Dromund Kaas, where I had to confront the Sith Emperor in what was the toughest combat of the class story:
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I had to get the interrupt timing down right which was a problem with laptop/internet lag. Fortunately I was able to eventually overcome that limitation and finish off the Emperor (I went with dialog option 1 in the screenshot above), so I assumed I had finished the class story. So I was mildly surprised to see this loading message next time I logged in:
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Apparently there's an Interlude before the story is fully over where I have to do some mopping up on the planet of Ilum. I'll do that and then temporarily uninstall The Old Republic so I have hard drive space to install the latest game I bought: Star Wars Squadrons. Which was on enough of a sale that I don't mind that I just bought a multiplayer focused game for single-player content.

I also got a quick tabletop session in as we played another session of our Rime of the Frostmaiden Dungeons & Dragons 5e campaign. Last time, my trusty Barbarian as shown on Foundry VTT here:
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Had been beguiled by Harpies. initially he was up against three of them by himself, although thanks to some terrible rolls on the DMs part they mostly missed me. My hammer swings didn't do much better. Thankfully the noise of my smacking my shield with my warhammer and calling forth the thunder as part of my Tundra Storm Aura was able to attract the rest of the party.

One of the harpies got killed by a combination of the gnome wizard's magic missiles and the half-elf ranger's longbow shots. The ranger was shooting while standing up in his small Axe Beak beast master companion's saddle.

Thanks to rage and several indiscriminate hammer swings, I had softened up the other two harpies without finishing them off, so my wife's Paladin character did a flying leap off of my Barbarian's back and swinging her longsword through one of the harpies and then channeling divine smite so the sword was glowing and the harpy exploded in a kill we described as "dope ass anime shiat."

The third harpy tried to fly away, but I was able to successfully grab her by the talons and grapple her to the ground, which allowed the Paladin to decapitate it.

The combat took up a lot more of the session than was initially planned, so all we were able to do beyond that was explore an iced cave that included all the characters other than my explicitly disabled (he has a prosthetic wooden leg after an unfortunate dire wolf attack in his backstory and a low Dexterity) fell off a rickety bridge and slid down an iced over river. Once I gingerly limped and caught up to them a skeletal undead giant holding a shield that was part of the Paladins family heirloom that was slowly awakening and busting out of an ice wall as the session ended...
 
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