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2021-03-04 3:37:53 PM  
I've been playing the PS5 mini game in the Walmart app. It kind of sucks.

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2021-03-04 4:25:31 PM  
Ratchet And Clank is free on PSN. No Plus needed.


Tetris. Hands down the best of the best.

I worked as a mover in the past millennium. The guy I worked for had his business for 45 years and I was the first person he let pack the truck without needing to be told how. I credit that to many hours of Tetris.
 
2021-03-04 8:34:45 PM  
Been playing a lot of Rimworld, getting back into Total War:Shogun 2 too. Think I'll try to play as Oda (been watching the Age of Samurai series on Netflix, pretty good docuseries)

Also started up a Star Citizen machinima group for those that have or want to make shorts/films/etc in SC a place to pitch ideas and find folks to collaborate with.

In the meantime, I put together my first attempt at a spoof Aegis Dynamics ad as a test of my editing skills. Not bad for a first attempt.

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2021-03-04 9:04:27 PM  
Burned out another PSU. So until I make it back stateside and get another, my rinky dink backup laptop is only capable of a chess program.

All time favorite puzzle game ... Portal 2
 
2021-03-05 3:07:02 AM  
Bearing down and playing Ys IX:  Monstrum Nox.  Has a different and interesting structure than the previous titles, though it does retain the party system they've had since Seven.  Using the different character abilities ("gifts") to explore the city is amazingly fun, particularly climbing walls (which has its own stamina bar, so it's sorta like Breath of the Wild's climbing, except you go insanely fast).  Game seems to be pretty easy though.  Only time I've gotten a game over is in the sections where you're navigating a prison and have to watch out for instant death traps.
 
2021-03-05 7:05:38 AM  
I spent the week still waiting on the hotas I ordered off eBay. USPS shows it's at the local P.O. office in my area, so hopefully it shows up today (?). In the meantime, I got to spend some time with my Retroid Pocket 2. The construction is really nice. Not quite Nintendo or Sony quality but far from feeling like some flea market special. Games sound nice from the dual front facing speakers and the controls won't make you regret playing for more than 5 minutes like some things do. As you can see in this picture, the HDMI out works well and without tweaking it, it still gives an acceptable image.

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And here is a fairly close in shot of the unit's built in display.

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It looks fine in the pic but in real life it seems much more detailed. However, the screen brings me to one of my three biggest gripes with the RP2: the screen size. I really didn't recall how big (or not big in this case) a 3.5" display was! I have to put on my reading glasses to really get some enjoyment out of this and I rarely carry them with me. A 4.5" or even 5" would make a huge difference here. Hell, if they went crazy and jumped to a 7" display, it would be amazing to play on. But that would kind of ruin the "pocket" aspect of things, so 5" might be the limit for keeping it small.

Second gripe: the games selection. With a lot of these systems, if you get a pre-loaded SD card with it, you are at the mercy of whatever they decided to throw on it. Mine came with a 32 GB Kingston card, so I was pretty hopeful on this. NES, MD, SNES, Neo-Geo, FBA, MAME...you get a decent number of games. But Mega CD, Dreamcast, PCE, N64, PSP and even PS1 have just a token number of titles (PCE was only 7 and DC was just one game! WTF?). Trying to use RetroArch was an exercise in frustration as I could never locate where any game files were.. Switching to the Retroid OS (which is really just like the set up used for Pandora Boxes) lets you access the games but there are a lot of hacked titles mixed in with the genuine ones.

Third gripe: using Android on it. Since it doesn't have a touch screen, you either can use "gamepad" controls OR you can put it in touchscreen mode and your the left directional stick to move a cursor dot around to do things...which really sucks when you need to put in passwords for Wi-Fi or anything else. And since I really couldn't get any of the emulators aside from the Neo-Geo one to work outside of the Retroid OS (tried Metal Slug and it was fine), I can't see using it too much. And even the Retroid app needs to be downloaded and you have to reboot to get into it (and the machine take about 30 second to load up from being powered off until you can use it). They need to fix that fast!

As for if I am going to keep it, that's up in the air. I like the HDMI out on it and I know if I spent a good amount of time with it and slowly learned how to add games to the SD card for RetroArch, it might be the best portable gaming experience around at this price. But I know I don't have the patience for it. I could barely make it thru getting a few systems to work when I tried it on my laptop and I barely use it (main due to being at my folks all the time looking after Dad & helping mom). I just wanted something I could pick up, turn on and just play and so far, this isn't it. I will hold onto it until my RG351M arrives and see if it has a better out of the box set up and if the lack of an HDMI out bothers me. Also, while it also has a 3.5" screen, it's more widescreen than the RP2, so that might help things a little.

In all honestly, I really wish these things worked a bit more like my PS Classic does with those True Blue and Game Box USB drives I got for it: plug them in, turn the system on and just start playing. No muss, no playing around with cores, no searching all over your removable storage for where the files are....IT JUST WORKS! If only it was a portable. Gaems really needs to make a lightweight case like their ones for PS/Xbox systems but with a smaller screen and a battery pack for it. At 11" or 13", I would be all over that. But instead, I am just an older games yelling at clouds it seems.

As for the weekly question: Tetris, Puzzle BobbleDevil Dice were my favorites to play. but these days, and feel free to laugh, Candy Crush Saga gets a lot of my attention when I only have a few minutes but want to play something to kill time. It's easy to pick up, the right mix of easy & hard levels, enough free bonuses I don't have to worry about buying anything in it & you can chew thru 15 or 20 level in one sitting if you have the time and get on a good run. Still can't figure how someone managed almost 2 Billion points on one level though. Best I ever got was 14 million due to it getting stuff in a near endless cascade of matches on night while I was playing waiting for my carry out food order. I got in the car & drove home (about 5-7 minutes) and it finally stopped matching as I was walking up to my apartment with my dinner. And no, I wasn't watching to happen while driving. It was in the passenger seat next to me (face down) but I could still hear the audio from it.
 
2021-03-05 9:11:54 AM  
I would have really enjoyed Dr. Mario if the erstwhile Mrs. Moriarty hadn't routinely just destroyed me at it.

So let's go with Portal 2.

I'm not currently playing anything.  Considering my Boobies-real release foray into factorio, but I don't want to sabotage my willingness to go outside this summer.

The team that made Defense Grid (an all-time favorite) is recruiting Devs to work on a 3rd-person Dungeons and Dragons game.  No details, but that company and that idea seem like an intriguing match to me.
 
2021-03-05 9:12:58 AM  
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2021-03-05 9:14:51 AM  
Plugging away at God of War.  I'm currently in Nilfhiem grinding echoes to scratch off a few trophies before cleaning up any remaining collectibles. Then it's Surturs challenges and the Valkyrie Queen before heading for the endgame.
 
2021-03-05 9:18:51 AM  
Pushing my way through Control. Enjoying the story and atmosphere, though worried that it might leave too much unanswered because that seems to be part of the aesthetic and theme. Most recently took out a boss that vomited up massive quantities of clocks. Really looking forward to hearing more of James McCaffrey's voice.

Took a break from it last night, though. Ran a Numina Task Force in City of Heroes to unlock the Task Force Commander badge on my Peacebringer. He also just hit lv50 so I need to respec him now, then unlock his Incarnate abilities and equip some good sets but Peacebringers are hard for me to spec because they are the real "jack of all trades, master of none" of the game.

Also did some retro gaming via RetroArch last night. Played through the arcade game Armored Warriors, because I had never played it before, then played a bit of Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen'in Shūgō!? which is a good "pick up and play" type of Kunio-Kun game.

Favorite puzzle game? Probably Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.
 
2021-03-05 9:20:53 AM  
Been slogging it out at the Temple of Elemental Evil on Dungeons & Dragons Online - any DDO players here in Farkistan?
 
2021-03-05 9:21:14 AM  
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2021-03-05 9:22:08 AM  
Age of Calamity has me going back to BotW. Such a great game. As far as favorite puzzle... either Tetris or Dr. Mario. Depends on the day.
 
2021-03-05 9:23:31 AM  
Based on the recommendation a couple of weeks ago I got my Gamecube setup working with SSBM.  The 3rd party controller is good (not great), and I spent the extra few bucks for the rumble equipped controllers with Gamecube connectors and the USB adapter so I've got rumble on my PC!!!!!

/the only downside is that this is my 3 and 6 year old's first introduction to gaming and they have started punching each other and talking about how they are going to beat each other over the head with a hammer
 
2021-03-05 9:27:50 AM  
I had taken a break from gaming to focus on general ennui and staring into the void, but started back up the XCOM 2: Long War of the Chosen - GI JOE/Mass Effect/Resident Evil Edition campaign. Probably should have done a simple LWotC campaign first to better understand it, but that's no fun.So many of the missions I was getting were just repetitive out the whazoo I was starting to wonder if there was a mod conflict preventing the game from progressing. Nope - just a long, long, long, loooong war. Finally have a team of GI JOEs (forget which ones exactly - Muskrat, Rock 'n Roll, Leatherneck, and a few others) infiltrating a Advent network tower to blow it to hell and start liberating West Africa.

Favorite puzzle game? Have played way too much Minesweeper.
 
2021-03-05 9:30:33 AM  
Just began Hollow Knight this week and it's been glorious playing a Metroidvania while avoiding any reviews or walkthroughs. What I can only assume is normal progression feels like sequence breaking.
 
2021-03-05 9:35:43 AM  
Jumped in Diablo 3 seasons after a year or two break to try out a couple of the new armor sets.
Nice to have a Necro build that isn't run around while waiting for cooldown to expire.

Also goofed around in Smash Ultimate to shake off the rust ahead of last night's new DLC fighter release and the kiddo's visit this weekend.
He wins the majority of our matches but I have more fun if I can pull the occasional upset.

Re: puzzle games
I liked Monument Valley quite a bit. Pretty easy but had a nice vibe.
 
2021-03-05 9:36:56 AM  
Inspired  by the recent Blizzard showcase, I dug out my old Diablo 2 CDs and installed it on the newer computer. It's still pretty entertaining for a shoot-and-loot game. Favourite puzzle game? One of Blizzard's early games: The Lost Vikings, which you can download for free from their website.
 
2021-03-05 9:38:06 AM  
This week I received a meat-space copy of the new Titanomachina board, printed on linoleum by Tiny Wargames (who do wargaming mats in rubber, fleece, and other materials as well). It feels oddly luxurious. I wasn't expecting it so quickly, and I'm currently whipping up some prototype road tiles from 1mm plasticard (styrene plastic sheeting). It looks great with the colour-coded blocks, although I still feel a certain attachment to the stickered blocks for buildings.

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2021-03-05 9:40:45 AM  

Dimensio: Favorite puzzle game? Probably Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.


Oh fark yeah that game is great. Make those giant crack rocks.
 
2021-03-05 9:47:29 AM  
Played some more GTA: Online and Hades. Since I do all the daily objectives for my family sometimes, I get to look at loading screens a lot. So I pop in to Hades while GTA loads. Here is hoping that the recent fix the one person worked out that makes load times ~70% faster is adopted by Rockstar.

I will have to agree with most up-thread that best puzzle game is Portal 2. Next best one I can think of that might be classified as a "puzzle" game is Tetris. Though if you set me down in front of a good jigsaw, I will loose hours to that sucker.
 
2021-03-05 9:50:37 AM  
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2021-03-05 9:57:16 AM  
Mostly playing The Hex.  From the same developer as Pony Island, it's a story game full of different characters from different genres of games.  Really, you do something simple and tedious until you black out and flash back to your past.  Here you get into the commentary about how miserable it'd be as a video game character.  You are powerless as people condemn your later adventures, find yourself trapped in an endless quest to save the world, and are overall powerless to forces greater than yourself like Game Developers.  The main plot really doesn't matter much so far.  I do love all the secret rooms that paint the sad, hopeless existences of some background NPC.

I was playing STALKER Clear Sky, but I got stuck trying to clear the Garage.  I feel like I got there when I shouldn't have, or am sequence breaking a quest I have yet to discover.  There's stalkers in there with bandits having a conversation or being held hostage.  I can't tell because if I get close, all the bandits kill them and then turn to me.  If I wait too long, the Stalkers still die. Maybe I got to the Garage from the wrong entrance, I'm too confused.

Favorite puzzlers are environment puzzles like Human: Fall Flat, traditional puzzles with the simple geometric shapes like English Country Tune, but probably the best puzzle game is Scribblenauts.  Many paths to victory, encourages creativity, and full of silly fun.  Still haven't finished it, but the fact I keep dabbling in it over seven years and counting should be a testament.
 
2021-03-05 10:11:08 AM  
It took me a couple of months, but I finally tracked down a copy of the Memoir '44 base game.  I love Richard Borg's Command and Colors system, since the release of Battle Cry in the early 2000s.

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I'm a sucker for beer-and-pretzels wargames with toy factor.  And you can play a scenario in about an hour.  But holy hell Days of Wonder is awful about letting stuff go out of print.
 
2021-03-05 10:20:31 AM  

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Dyson sphere game looks like Satisfactory on a global scale, is this at all correct?
 
2021-03-05 10:27:10 AM  
I played a fair bit of Wargame: Red Dragon (and its predecessor Wargame: Airland Battle) back when they were new-ish, and it's actually a decent bit of fun, especially in the really big maps.

Just NEVER EVER EVER look at the chat.

/otherwise been playing a lot of solo Valheim
//have some minis to start on this weekend too
///and working on the next session of my D&D campaign and the associated world
 
2021-03-05 10:29:30 AM  
Greetings, fellow Farkers of the Friday gaming thread. I still haven't fully escaped from Thedas. As you might have noticed over the last few weeks, I've been playing through the Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins. After finishing the base game, I went through the Leliana's Song DLC campaign as a prequel, then the Awakening expansion. Last week, I went through the Golems of Amgarrak DLC since I had read that this made the chronology make the most sense for me to finish the final bit of in-universe DLC (since Darkspawn Chronicles is an alternative timeline) - Witch Hunt.

At the end of Origins, Morrigan was with my Warden's child and had disappeared. Between then and the start of the DLC, an in-world year seemed to have roughly passed. My Warden-Commander is in the Korcari Wilds, and I'm met by my faithful Mabari Hound, Baskerville. Risking my life to explore Flemeth's hut, I stumble across Ariane, a Dalish Elf who had a book stolen by Morrigan. That meant that our goals aligned, and we needed to find Morrigan.

Needing to understand what was in the book, we had to seek out help from the mages of the Circle Tower, so we headed there and indulged in using their library. Though we had to defeat the haunted Sentinels and tears in the veil between life and death. After that was done, we ended up with another party member, Finn, a mage, and a coward who was basically a translator.

That gave us two things to find, some kind of magical lights, and the shards of a mirror. Since the former was in a Thaig and my Warden-Commander was a Dwarf, that's what we went for first.

It turns out to find the lights, we needed to use magic with Dalish blood as a component, but because said blood wasn't powering the spell, it's not considered blood magic. That seems a very technical difference to me. Once we got the four lights, Ariane, Baskerville, and I had to fight off shades while Finn did a ritual with the Lights.

Next off to find a mirror shard in some Elven Ruins, which was filled with a surprisingly large number of Elves infected by shades of some kind. Eventually, they were basically all dead, we found the keys, the mirror shard, and another ritual reveals that we need to head to the Dragonbone Wastes.

After fighting through various dragon-type things, including a cool lizard called a varterral. That done, I was able to confront Morrigan in front of the Eluvian, a portal of some kind. After asking after the child, my Warden-Commander let Morrigan enter the portal without trying to attack or follow her through. With that, it's time to take a break from Thedas for a bit (though I definitely want to get Dragon Age 2 to see what happens next in story.)

My next location was Gotham City - specifically the Gotham City of Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within. The second of the two Telltale Batman games, and the second Telltale game I'd ever played (the first Batman being the other). While I'm sure my decisions probably aren't having as big an effect on the game as it pretends, I am really enjoying playing it.

I suspect that might be because I haven't been burnt out on the Telltale engine and its all-QTEs all the time play style. Of the five episodes, I've finished the first three and am halfway through the fourth. I'm enjoying the story a lot, and especially appreciated the version of The Riddler here. He's deliciously awful. I was a bit surprised by the decision to have Harley Quinn active before "John Doe" assumes his identity. I mean I'm assuming the green-haired, white-faced guy gets a criminal alias by the time Episode 5 ends, if not sooner. Also, the Bane here is so perfectly hateable that it's brilliant.

The other thing that's been consuming my time is a different fantastical world. A final fantastical world if you will. A bunch of my friends have been playing Final Fantasy XIV and my resistance finally broke down and I signed up for the free trial. I created my character, a beefy Roegadyn Lancer. Unfortunately, most of said friends are on the Zalera server/world, which is still considered a priority one, so (at least initially) I kept being presented with the following message:

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As a consequence, I decided to get thirteen Final Fantasies earlier whilst waiting and busted out Final Fantasy I on the RetroPie:
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This ROM is called Final Fantasy I Restored and has a bunch of bug fixes, but since these are the only Final Fantasy experiences I'd ever had, I can't say what those bugs were. Also, legally speaking, LucklessWifeder has a NES with the original Final Fantasy cartridge, so I think emulation is okay, but it's a grey area at best.
Incidentally, that pirate battle was incredibly easy, which surprised me, and I now have Bikke's ship for more progress. I feel like I need to level up some more, so I've been grinding random encounters outside of Pravoka town. The ROM apparently removed something nicknamed "the peninsula of power leveling" so I suspect I'm going to be grinding longer than most people.

Anyhow, after some Final Fantasy I grinding time, I was finally able to get into the Final Fantasy XIV Zalera server and have started exploring the area around Gridania and Eorzea in general. I have to say it's a beautiful looking game, but all the prettiness makes it a little hard to navigate and I found myself getting frequently lost until I mastered the map. My big beefy boi is currently Level 5 and is still doing the introductory tutorial quests before I can start the main story. Current Lancer quest is "Spear of the Fearless" and I'm only on the first objective there. It looks like I have to finish that at the very least before I can start on the main storyline quest "To the Bannock." I'm told the free trial lasts until the end of the Heavensward expansion, so I've got quite the while to go...
 
2021-03-05 10:30:51 AM  
Finished Hunie Pop 2 this week, which is a fun puzzle game but my favorite is probably Dr Mario.

Im on the final boss in the Destroy all Humans remake and getting my ass kicked for hours at a time. I need to go back and replay a bunch of levels and upgrade my ship apparently since I neglected ship upgrades the entire time.
 
2021-03-05 10:31:03 AM  
I've been running a Valheim dedicated server for a bunch of friends.  Been playing for a few weeks, and this is the first time in a long time I've spent so many hours playing something and enjoying myself.  
Currently we are prepping for the final boss, Yagluth.  I'm sure there will be more bosses and stuff to do when it gets out of Early Access, but it's taken us 3 weeks of work amongst 10-12 total players to get to this point, so I think we've all got our $20 worth out of it.  
The other night, one of the guys on our server summoned the final boss and died, and didn't tell anyone.  In Valheim, if you spawn a boss and die, the boss stays persistent in the world till you kill it.  I joined the server and took a portal to the base that is near the final boss spawn location, and he was right next to the portal where I came out.  Threw some fireball at me and I exploded.   So, now the final boss of Valheim is running around the Plains, smashing shacks and bases we've set up out there to prepare for him.  And we spent most of last night running around naked trying to get to our tombstones next to him to get our stuff back.  It's frustratingly hilarious.  But I still keep coming back to try different strategies and plans, which is what I think shines about this game.  It definitely is unforgiving of you not preparing for a battle, or not working out your base security.
 
2021-03-05 10:40:20 AM  

Mad_Radhu: I've been playing the PS5 mini game in the Walmart app. It kind of sucks.

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More competitive than my "Find a 2060 Super or better GPU for MSRP" game I'm in the middle of. Apparently, I'm all the way up to 1,6,63 in the EVGA queue for their 3060 TI XC card now, which is a climb since signing up in December.

JayCab: Just NEVER EVER EVER look at the chat.


That's good advice on 90% of online games.
 
2021-03-05 10:42:19 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: Finished Hunie Pop 2 this week, which is a fun puzzle game but my favorite is probably Dr Mario.


Everyone mocks the Hunie Pop games because anime tiddies, but the first game was a surprisingly solid match 3. How does the sequel compare?

I probably won't be getting it any tome soon because of the aforementioned anime tiddies, plus desire to clear my backlog, and committing to the Final Fantasy XIV grind...
 
2021-03-05 10:46:23 AM  

LucklessWonder: This ROM is called Final Fantasy I Restored and has a bunch of bug fixes, but since these are the only Final Fantasy experiences I'd ever had, I can't say what those bugs were. Also, legally speaking, LucklessWifeder has a NES with the original Final Fantasy cartridge, so I think emulation is okay, but it's a grey area at best.
Incidentally, that pirate battle was incredibly easy, which surprised me, and I now have Bikke's ship for more progress. I feel like I need to level up some more, so I've been grinding random encounters outside of Pravoka town. The ROM apparently removed something nicknamed "the peninsula of power leveling" so I suspect I'm going to be grinding longer than most people.


Among the bugs fixed: the TMPR spell actually works, the monk's armor stat when not wearing armor is actually handled correctly, the House item restores spells (it was supposed to but did not in the original game), the INT stat does something.

I actually do own a Final Fantasy cartridge somewhere so I felt no guilt about using the romhack.

The Peninsula of Power Leveling was a two-square part of the world map that extended into a much higher level area than the surrounding zone. The romhack "fixes" it by replacing those two squares with ocean so you cannot walk there to trigger the land encounters. I did not have to do excessive grinding even without it but I do wish that the romhack kept it, or at least included an option to keep it, because that initial oversight became so popular and well-known that Square Enix has kept it in all official remakes of the game.
 
2021-03-05 10:46:45 AM  

UNC_Samurai: It took me a couple of months, but I finally tracked down a copy of the Memoir '44 base game.  I love Richard Borg's Command and Colors system, since the release of Battle Cry in the early 2000s.

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I'm a sucker for beer-and-pretzels wargames with toy factor.  And you can play a scenario in about an hour.  But holy hell Days of Wonder is awful about letting stuff go out of print.


That is a big rabbit hole if you want to track down all the expansions for M44. Personally, I've been a big fan of C&C and bought up all the Ancients and Napoleonics sets, even though I've maybe played only a fraction of the battles. I guess spending hours putting stickers on wooden blocks takes the edge off my OCR - thanks, GMT Games!

There's actually a very good VASSAL module (http://www.vassalengine.org/ ) for C&C:A and C&C:N, that makes it possible to play with friends when you can't be in the same room for public health reasons. There's a YouTube channel called Patrick's Tactics and Tutorials that features a lot of online GMT games. They are working their way through the Ancients series and are just coming to the end of the Expansion #1 Eastern Kingdoms set.
 
2021-03-05 10:49:26 AM  
More Hades.  Got to the end (Credits, not first clear) and I actually watched through them since the story was interesting.  Anyone designing a roguelike going forward needs to study Hades very, very closely- they got so much right it's incredible.  Normally you get pissed at losing a long run in a RL, but it gets completely softened in Hades because you can go chat with people, level up something permanently, work on a prophecy or just decorate your bedroom.  Having Hypnos give you advice for idiots is awesome- "Maybe next time you shouldn't stand in the magma!"  You always feel like there's something new to do as opposed to starting another run at a slightly higher difficulty

Still can't get the hang of the bloody spear though, but the Excalibur mode on the sword is just absurdly overpowered with almost any decent set of boons.
 
2021-03-05 10:51:55 AM  

LucklessWonder: Hooker with a Penis: Finished Hunie Pop 2 this week, which is a fun puzzle game but my favorite is probably Dr Mario.

Everyone mocks the Hunie Pop games because anime tiddies, but the first game was a surprisingly solid match 3. How does the sequel compare?

I probably won't be getting it any tome soon because of the aforementioned anime tiddies, plus desire to clear my backlog, and committing to the Final Fantasy XIV grind...


Its very similar as far as the match 3 play goes, but they made it more difficult with you trying to date 2 girls at the same time and them having different likes and dislikes, as well as "baggage" which hurts the scores or has other different effects.

It was addicting as ever though, i put in 17 hours of play in one week to finish it which I never do anymore with having only time after kids go to bed to play.

The anime tiddes were a little disappointing this time around too. I didnt like the art style that much but if you liked the first the second was just as fun.
 
2021-03-05 10:55:20 AM  

LucklessWonder: Hooker with a Penis: Finished Hunie Pop 2 this week, which is a fun puzzle game but my favorite is probably Dr Mario.

Everyone mocks the Hunie Pop games because anime tiddies, but the first game was a surprisingly solid match 3. How does the sequel compare?

I probably won't be getting it any tome soon because of the aforementioned anime tiddies, plus desire to clear my backlog, and committing to the Final Fantasy XIV grind...


Not as good in my opinion.  The double date mechaic is more annoying than interesting, and the game just HATES you... almost as much as it hates its own characters.  I don't say that lightly... the girls in the first game for the most part were likeable and positive.  In this one they're designed to be as annoying and/or stereotypical as possible, and to drive it home the dialogues, items, and hangups just drive home how little you're supposed to think of them.

I've reached the final match(s) of the game, and all of the above, plus needing incredibly specific builds and pure random luck has pretty much crushed 95% of my desire to complete it.  I probably will, if only because thanks to a sewer backup I'm not going to be doing any sort of sim-racing for awhile, and don't have as many options, but I seriously doubt I'll go back to it after that.  Whereas the first game will continue to be my 'I've got 30 minutes and don't want to brain too much' pop-3 for the forseeable future.
 
2021-03-05 10:58:17 AM  

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Dyson Sphere Program is addicting

Dyson sphere game looks like Satisfactory on a global scale, is this at all correct?


Galactic scale actually, you can colonize multiple star systems (64 is the limit?)
 
2021-03-05 10:58:17 AM  

Marcos P: Lö öp

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I played the snot out of the demo for this and it might be my new "game during meetings" purchase. Is the full game worth it?
 
2021-03-05 11:00:42 AM  
Still playing Final Fantasy XII. The next stop is hopping on the airship and flying off to... eh, I don't remember. I think I'm nearing the end of the main quest though.

My current puzzle game is a real life experience called New Cat. We're trying to get our two cats to accept the third cat we've adopted and mostly been keeping in the basement while we slowly introduce them to each other. It's complicated, but so far we've avoided major fights and no one's pissed on anything, so I think we're winning.

All-time favorite puzzle game is no contest: Tetris.
 
2021-03-05 11:01:23 AM  
I'm slowly upgrading my desk area in my room. I stream on occasion and can go in there to try to relax while my son plays out in the living room. I got a better Mic and I'm upgrading my hookups to some of my older consoles so they play nice with the TV/Elgato.

I might try some Dragon Quest this weekend and one of my Friends wants to run through Halo campign
 
2021-03-05 11:02:15 AM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: UNC_Samurai: It took me a couple of months, but I finally tracked down a copy of the Memoir '44 base game.  I love Richard Borg's Command and Colors system, since the release of Battle Cry in the early 2000s.

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I'm a sucker for beer-and-pretzels wargames with toy factor.  And you can play a scenario in about an hour.  But holy hell Days of Wonder is awful about letting stuff go out of print.

That is a big rabbit hole if you want to track down all the expansions for M44. Personally, I've been a big fan of C&C and bought up all the Ancients and Napoleonics sets, even though I've maybe played only a fraction of the battles. I guess spending hours putting stickers on wooden blocks takes the edge off my OCR - thanks, GMT Games!

There's actually a very good VASSAL module (http://www.vassalengine.org/ ) for C&C:A and C&C:N, that makes it possible to play with friends when you can't be in the same room for public health reasons. There's a YouTube channel called Patrick's Tactics and Tutorials that features a lot of online GMT games. They are working their way through the Ancients series and are just coming to the end of the Expansion #1 Eastern Kingdoms set.


Yeah, I figured the Equipment Pack is a lost cause, but between my WotC Axis & Allies minis and a 3d printer I figure I can make a full set of substitutes.
 
2021-03-05 11:03:22 AM  
Grinding alts to 50 in ESO, pending Update 29 and a big ol' set of changes coming down the Tamriel Pike.
 
2021-03-05 11:09:57 AM  
Auditorium is by far my favorite puzzle game
 
2021-03-05 11:11:08 AM  
Played around with the Civ VI barbarian update.  It's a bit underwhelming, to say the least.  It has potential, but in the two games I played, I saw *two* camps in each.  Yeah, you can pay them to leave you alone or attack someone, but by the time you've got the spare change for that, they have completed their transition into becoming City States (and they're nothing special city state wise, they're just random normal city states selected from the regular list).  So, by the time you're out of the ancient era, no more barbarians.

Kind of "meh".

/team "Portal"
 
2021-03-05 11:11:11 AM  
Lesseee.. Valheim, obviously. I'm not big on survival games, so this one is wearing a bit thin on me now. Fights in Tight Spaces is my go-to during meetings at the moment. It hits a lot of the right buttons for a deckbuilder roguelike, though I still think the deck customization is insufficient.

I also played through the demo for Outriders. That's going to be a very solid game, I hope. Obviously, you get the Anthem vibes off of if, but I hope it goes more towards how The Division (1 and 2) and manages to actually have an end game, not just a broken launch and 2 years of life support.  The engine feels pretty solid, so there's hope.

Favorite puzzle game? Currently Sagrada is probably up there. It's a neat little game about stained glass that is quick and fun, with just enough interaction with folks at the table to create some opportunities for cussing.  Plus, it'll all fit in a ziplock bag for trips. Wife and I took it on our honeymoon a few weeks back and played it most evenings after dinner.
 
2021-03-05 11:19:48 AM  

LucklessWonder: Greetings, fellow Farkers of the Friday gaming thread. I still haven't fully escaped from Thedas. As you might have noticed over the last few weeks, I've been playing through the Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins. After finishing the base game, I went through the Leliana's Song DLC campaign as a prequel, then the Awakening expansion. Last week, I went through the Golems of Amgarrak DLC since I had read that this made the chronology make the most sense for me to finish the final bit of in-universe DLC (since Darkspawn Chronicles is an alternative timeline) - Witch Hunt.

At the end of Origins, Morrigan was with my Warden's child and had disappeared. Between then and the start of the DLC, an in-world year seemed to have roughly passed. My Warden-Commander is in the Korcari Wilds, and I'm met by my faithful Mabari Hound, Baskerville. Risking my life to explore Flemeth's hut, I stumble across Ariane, a Dalish Elf who had a book stolen by Morrigan. That meant that our goals aligned, and we needed to find Morrigan.

Needing to understand what was in the book, we had to seek out help from the mages of the Circle Tower, so we headed there and indulged in using their library. Though we had to defeat the haunted Sentinels and tears in the veil between life and death. After that was done, we ended up with another party member, Finn, a mage, and a coward who was basically a translator.

That gave us two things to find, some kind of magical lights, and the shards of a mirror. Since the former was in a Thaig and my Warden-Commander was a Dwarf, that's what we went for first.

It turns out to find the lights, we needed to use magic with Dalish blood as a component, but because said blood wasn't powering the spell, it's not considered blood magic. That seems a very technical difference to me. Once we got the four lights, Ariane, Baskerville, and I had to fight off shades while Finn did a ritual with the Lights.

Next off to find a mirror shard in some Elven Ruins, which was filled with a surprisingly large number of Elves infected by shades of some kind. Eventually, they were basically all dead, we found the keys, the mirror shard, and another ritual reveals that we need to head to the Dragonbone Wastes.

After fighting through various dragon-type things, including a cool lizard called a varterral. That done, I was able to confront Morrigan in front of the Eluvian, a portal of some kind. After asking after the child, my Warden-Commander let Morrigan enter the portal without trying to attack or follow her through. With that, it's time to take a break from Thedas for a bit (though I definitely want to get Dragon Age 2 to see what happens next in story.)

My next location was Gotham City - specifically the Gotham City of Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within. The second of the two Telltale Batman games, and the second Telltale game I'd ever played (the first Batman being the other). While I'm sure my decisions probably aren't having as big an effect on the game as it pretends, I am really enjoying playing it.

I suspect that might be because I haven't been burnt out on the Telltale engine and its all-QTEs all the time play style. Of the five episodes, I've finished the first three and am halfway through the fourth. I'm enjoying the story a lot, and especially appreciated the version of The Riddler here. He's deliciously awful. I was a bit surprised by the decision to have Harley Quinn active before "John Doe" assumes his identity. I mean I'm assuming the green-haired, white-faced guy gets a criminal alias by the time Episode 5 ends, if not sooner. Also, the Bane here is so perfectly hateable that it's brilliant.

The other thing that's been consuming my time is a different fantastical world. A final fantastical world if you will. A bunch of my friends have been playing Final Fantasy XIV and my resistance finally broke down and I signed up for the free trial. I created my character, a beefy Roegadyn Lancer. Unfortunately, most of said friends are on the Zalera server/world, which is still considered a priority one, so (at least initially) I kept being presented with the following message:

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As a consequence, I decided to get thirteen Final Fantasies earlier whilst waiting and busted out Final Fantasy I on the RetroPie:
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This ROM is called Final Fantasy I Restored and has a bunch of bug fixes, but since these are the only Final Fantasy experiences I'd ever had, I can't say what those bugs were. Also, legally speaking, LucklessWifeder has a NES with the original Final Fantasy cartridge, so I think emulation is okay, but it's a grey area at best.
Incidentally, that pirate battle was incredibly easy, which surprised me, and I now have Bikke's ship for more progress. I feel like I need to level up some more, so I've been grinding random encounters outside of Pravoka town. The ROM apparently removed something nicknamed "the peninsula of power leveling" so I suspect I'm going to be grinding longer than most people.

Anyhow, after some Final Fantasy I grinding time, I was finally able to get into the Final Fantasy XIV Zalera server and have started exploring the area around Gridania and Eorzea in general. I have to say it's a beautiful looking game, but all the prettiness makes it a little hard to navigate and I found myself getting frequently lost until I mastered the map. My big beefy boi is currently Level 5 and is still doing the introductory tutorial quests before I can start the main story. Current Lancer quest is "Spear of the Fearless" and I'm only on the first objective there. It looks like I have to finish that at the very least before I can start on the main storyline quest "To the Bannock." I'm told the free trial lasts until the end of the Heavensward expansion, so I've got quite the while to go...


No applying Fire 2 to Zombulls? Ah well. I think my main disappointment with the FF series is that they weren't more like the first...
 
2021-03-05 11:20:42 AM  
PIcked up Loop Hero, and it's a blast. It's like somebody dropped a box full of video game genre descriptions and had to scoop them all back up before anyone noticed.

Roguelite Deckbuilder City Manager Autobattler RPG Puzzle Indie Pixel Art Retro

The basic gameplay loop is exactly that: a loop. You start each run with a blank loop of road and a level 0 scrub character. As you automatically travel around the loop, enemies will spawn, starting with basic slimes. As you kill enemies, you get gear with stats and experience to upgrade your character, but you also get terrain cards. Cards are placed on the board, either in the wilderness , along the road, or on the road itself. Different terrain tiles then affect the gameplay. They will spawn enemies, change other terrain types, buff or debuff enemies in range, and boost your own stats. Resources are collected for placing tiles, crossing tiles, defeating enemies, and so on.

As you continue around the loop, you build the world around you, getting stronger and fighting harder enemies until you die, at which point you return to the base for the city-building part. The resources can be spent on new buildings and upgrading, which gives you better starting stats and buffs in the Expedition phase.

Each run you can chicken out early and keep 60% of your resources, if you make it back to the start of the loop. If you die you keep 30%. and if you manage to place enough tiles you will summon the boss. Defeat the boss and you get to keep all your resources to upgrade the base and unlock more stuff.

It is a great casual game with some deep strategy to it. I've only got a few hours in it, but I'm really interested to see how deep it goes.
 
2021-03-05 11:22:04 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: UNC_Samurai: It took me a couple of months, but I finally tracked down a copy of the Memoir '44 base game.  I love Richard Borg's Command and Colors system, since the release of Battle Cry in the early 2000s.

[ncdn0.daysofwonder.com image 645x300]

I'm a sucker for beer-and-pretzels wargames with toy factor.  And you can play a scenario in about an hour.  But holy hell Days of Wonder is awful about letting stuff go out of print.

That is a big rabbit hole if you want to track down all the expansions for M44. Personally, I've been a big fan of C&C and bought up all the Ancients and Napoleonics sets, even though I've maybe played only a fraction of the battles. I guess spending hours putting stickers on wooden blocks takes the edge off my OCR - thanks, GMT Games!

There's actually a very good VASSAL module (http://www.vassalengine.org/ ) for C&C:A and C&C:N, that makes it possible to play with friends when you can't be in the same room for public health reasons. There's a YouTube channel called Patrick's Tactics and Tutorials that features a lot of online GMT games. They are working their way through the Ancients series and are just coming to the end of the Expansion #1 Eastern Kingdoms set.

Yeah, I figured the Equipment Pack is a lost cause, but between my WotC Axis & Allies minis and a 3d printer I figure I can make a full set of substitutes.


Lord, Axis and Allies miniatures. I got totally pulled into the War at Sea sets, and after that I swore I would never buy any more mystery-pack game system, especially after the WotC decided to bin the series. A couple of years ago I spent weeks cataloging and packaging my entire WaS collection and shipped them off to Miniature Market for $1500. There's a small chance I made back what I spent on it all.

But I am a total sucker for cool miniatures in games. In my early twenties, my friends and I played the hell out of all the prototypical Ameritrash games: Axis and Allies, Conquest of the Empire, Fortress America, Shogun, Buck Rodgers, etc.

I got into X-Wing a lot, mainly because those miniature were of amazing quality, but had to abandon collecting because of a financial issue a couple of years ago. With the switch to Version 2.0 of the rules, I knew it was way too costly for me to jump back in. Ditto for Star Wars: Armada.

I do still have a full collection of the Wings of War / Wings of Glory WW1 and WW2 airplanes. That was always a fun system to play and the quality of models was excellent as well. I also enjoyed the Sails of Glory rules, but fell behind on those sets.
 
2021-03-05 11:23:05 AM  
Favourite simple-seeming puzzle game: 'A Good Snowman Is Hard to Build'.
Seems easy, but I guarantee you it is not.   Steam link:
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build on Steam (steampowered.com)

/  Take your time - there is no reason to cheat and look online for answers!
 
2021-03-05 11:25:19 AM  

Mad_Radhu: I've been playing the PS5 mini game in the Walmart app. It kind of sucks.

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Same, I'm not paying more that retail.  I hope there are more people like me and the scalpers get farked but I'm not optimistic.  It's been almost 4 months since launch.

It's the same with the Xbone series X.

What a flustercluck.
 
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