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2021-06-17 12:24:53 PM  
*surreptitiously steps into thread*

Syndicate is the best Assassin's Creed game!

/*smokebomb*
 
2021-06-17 12:28:00 PM  
Been spending a lot of time stomping around in MW5. only real complaint so far is the atrocious job they did with HOTAS / joystick support.
 
2021-06-17 1:10:37 PM  
Red Dead 2.

I accept that it's a masterpiece. But the movement is so god awful that I don't want to play it for more than 5 minutes.
 
2021-06-17 1:16:39 PM  
I'm going to build a four player guncade capable cabinet. It's my hope to be able to play Lethal Enforcers, Area 51, The Simpsons, and X-men in my basement.
 
2021-06-17 1:22:50 PM  
I love Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.


I have always loved it. I played through it with my kids a couple of summers ago.

I get why people don't like it, but I think it's a quality Zelda game.
 
2021-06-17 1:24:06 PM  
Oops, I got that backwards.


But I can go the other way.


I don't get Dark Souls. At all.

I see what it's trying to do, but man, that game isn't fun. There is no fun to be had in that game. It's tedious and annoying, I f*ckin' hate it.
 
2021-06-17 1:28:21 PM  
I dusted off my Oculus Quest and have been playing TopGolf pro putt because they also have a driving range and mini games AND I hear full courses are coming. That's been a lot of fun. That and VR Bowling.

Games people love that I hate: I don't really hate 'em, per se, as much as they disinterest me, but that would be military/war FPS. Oh, and MOBAs.

Also, Grand Theft Auto is overrated. Yeah, I said it.
 
2021-06-17 1:50:12 PM  
After last week's thread, I decided to load up a new vault on Fallout Shelter.  My first one from a few years ago was nearly maxed out, but starting fresh is fun.

Playing Control all the way through with the expansion packs as well.

As for games others love that I hate, there's a few.  I'm not sure why, but I generally can't stand the XCOM type turn-based systems.  I have no love for it at all.  Deathmatch and MMORPGs also bore me extremely quickly.  I've own Morrowind on at least 2 platforms, and I can't make it more than 20 minutes into the game without getting frustrated at the pace and giving up.
 
2021-06-17 1:58:22 PM  
Doom Eternal annoyed me and I stopped playing it.  The Witcher 3 is my third favorite of The Witcher series - I don't exactly hate it, but I didn't love it either - certainly didn't care for it as much as TW2.
 
2021-06-17 2:06:44 PM  
Games others love you hate? Can I make it "games I have no interest in" too?

Assassin's Creed
Fortnite
Skyrim
WoW
CoD
Fallout (although I have a couple of the games)
Minecraft
Pokemon (anything)
Gears of War
Left for Dead
The Sims
LoL/DOTA


I could come up with a few more but that will do for now.
 
2021-06-17 2:18:08 PM  
I usually don't see a theme build and think "I could live with that", but this one...I would sell all of you & Drew's liquor collection for this:

I built a custom Gundam Themed Gaming PC... and its AWESOME!
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Only way it could be better is: make a Macross one, try NGE and the water cooling could be LCL for the Evas (or pretend it's Bake-lite for when it all goes wrong), make an Ah! My Goddess case with 3-in-1 systems (Skuld would be a Pi or a low-power NUC, Urd would be a maxed out Threadripper & 3090 and Belldandy would be a "normal" top tier Ryzen like the 5950X with a 6900XT LC edition...with optical drives!)
 
2021-06-17 2:29:54 PM  
Seeing the E3 trailer for the new Fallout 76 expansion made me pull it off the shelf and reinstall for the first time in two years.  With all the changes, the game seems playable and fun now.  I started a new character just to see how it played from scratch.  Having live NPCs makes a huge difference.
 
2021-06-17 3:10:17 PM  
I'm playing The Outer Worlds again with the DLC since I finished Subnautica:  Below Zero.
 
2021-06-17 3:17:18 PM  

HawgWild: Also, Grand Theft Auto is overrated. Yeah, I said it.


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2021-06-17 3:19:56 PM  

isamudyson: Games others love you hate? Can I make it "games I have no interest in" too?

Assassin's Creed
Fortnite
Skyrim
WoW
CoD
Fallout (although I have a couple of the games)
Minecraft
Pokemon (anything)
Gears of War
Left for Dead
The Sims
LoL/DOTA

I could come up with a few more but that will do for now.


So basically, this is you.

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Just kidding.

But seriously, what games do you play?
 
2021-06-17 3:25:07 PM  
I think the definitive answer would be EVE Online. There don't seem to be any middle ground opinions.
 
2021-06-17 3:30:02 PM  
Not much playing this week.  Just some Mechwarrior Online, and I downloaded Anthem since its free on gamepass, I have a friend that worked on it, and I want to see how much of a train wreck it really is.  I'll start that tonight.

Games I hate that others love:
BioShock 1 and 2 - Always felt like a run of the mill shooters to me.  I did like Infinite a bit more.

The Witcher 3 - Not the worst game ever, it had great graphics and story.  It had awful role playing, stats and combat systems

Monster Hunter World - combat system was just bad, especially for a game that should revolve around it.

Civilization V - not the worst game ever, but I always felt Civ 1, 2, and 4 were better.  Civ 1 is still my favorite.

X-Com 2 -the round/time sensitive missions are antithetical to the series.  The original Xcom/UFO is still better than any modern interpretation.

Dark Souls - The PC version I have looks like a PS1 game, and the controls and camera are farking awful.  I think they have remastered it since, but I'm not paying more to see.

There are probably more, but those are my hot takes.
 
2021-06-17 3:57:09 PM  

Lord Bear: X-Com 2 -the round/time sensitive missions are antithetical to the series. The original Xcom/UFO is still better than any modern interpretation.


But what's great about X-Com 2 is you can find a mod or just directly edit the game's settings files to cater to your wants.  Like I love the extended campaigns that the Long War mods provide, but I didn't quite want the masochistic degree of resource starvation and general brutality so I was able to extend it with more mods to give me what I wanted out of it.
 
2021-06-17 4:00:56 PM  
Still cracking away at Animal Crossing. Just about every day I find something new to do or some info that should have been imparted on the player long, long ago. Christ the game never even tells you how to run or that you can rearrange your pockets.

Just a couple days ago I found out that you can have 10 Animal Villagers. Now you might be saying, "Well, duh. You can have 10 Villagers." The problem is YOU are a Villager. (See Smash Bros. where you can fight as a Villager, a HUMAN Villager.) So thinking that it's you and 9 animals isn't that far of a stretch.

So today my 10th Animal Villager got out of her quarantine and my Island is officially full.

The Cast:

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I wouldn't say I hate it but I do not think it's as great as everyone makes it out to be. Marvel's Spider-Man. I liked swinging around the city and finding collectables and stuff, but the combat, ugh. Plus it was WAY too repetitive.

Another, "Glad I got that on sale, " game.
 
2021-06-17 5:03:05 PM  

Rev.K: isamudyson: Games others love you hate? Can I make it "games I have no interest in" too?

Assassin's Creed
Fortnite
Skyrim
WoW
CoD
Fallout (although I have a couple of the games)
Minecraft
Pokemon (anything)
Gears of War
Left for Dead
The Sims
LoL/DOTA

I could come up with a few more but that will do for now.

So basically, this is you.

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Just kidding.

But seriously, what games do you play?


Just because I don't like/haven't tried (and no interest in doing so) those games means I am gameless. Aside from retro game setups (Pi, hacked PS1, Super Console X, Minis, etc), I usually pick up the following when they come out:

Tales of...
Yakuza series
Legend of Heroes
Y's
Guilty Gear
FF games (unless they are mainly online play)
Ace Combat
Diablo
Dead or Alive
Dragon Quest
MSG
Doom
Wolfenstein
BlazBlue


and a lot of random things here or there. In some cases, I missed the first few games in a series and by the time I go "oh, that could be neat" but then find out getting to that point takes 3 games of backstory, I am "NOPE!". Or the ever popular "OMG! This new game is amazing! You need to try it!" is pretty much a good way to insure I won't. But don't worry about all that fun I am missing. Currently, I have enough "fun" sitting on my shelves to keep me quite occupied for several years. Add in that I seem to be drawn to picking up really oddball things like both Eureka Seven games for the PS2, the Atelier games, Tobal 1& 2, I don't think I will be stopping any time soon. 

I really want to see what Scarlet Nexus is like when it comes out on the 29th & what the pre-order "interactive poster" is all about.
 
2021-06-17 5:27:40 PM  
What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.
 
2021-06-17 5:30:20 PM  
Bad joke incoming:

It smells like HOTAS and cabbage in here!

End bad joke.  Stand down from red alert.
 
2021-06-17 9:21:28 PM  

xanadian: What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.


xanadian: What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.


I never really got in to Minecraft, but now that my daughter and her cousin play it all the time I keep feeling like I should set up a server. What I have to put it on is probably overkill though.
 
2021-06-17 9:31:11 PM  
Whoops.

I don't really get Animal Crossing, but maybe it's more fun to play than to watch. I also only ever played the original Sims, but I wouldn't say that I hate them.
 
2021-06-17 10:18:54 PM  

Driedsponge: After last week's thread, I decided to load up a new vault on Fallout Shelter. My first one from a few years ago was nearly maxed out, but starting fresh is fun.


I also started a new vault after that thread, my first time trying Survival mode. I'm up to a population of 84 with 3 dead along the way. The layout is similar to my previous vault but I've had to tweak a few things, like adding more power plants.
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I haven't checked in on my Animal Crossing island for a while, but maybe this weekend I'll have time to do a bit of gardening.
 
2021-06-17 10:20:00 PM  

gamergirl23: xanadian: What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.

xanadian: What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.

I never really got in to Minecraft, but now that my daughter and her cousin play it all the time I keep feeling like I should set up a server. What I have to put it on is probably overkill though.


You may be surprised.  An endpoint can never be "overkill" for a Minecraft server.  The more resources the better.

Mine has about 12 mods (Forge modded) with a crap-ton of scripts running, thanks to one of the mods (CustomNPCs allows you to run python, etc, in the game).  It's on an older Xeon CPU based machine with 32 GB RAM (I use 16 for the server) and a SSD.  One or 2 people and it runs just fine.  More than that and the tick rate (game speed) starts to suffer.  I calculated that if I were to ever have 20 people on it (lol) the game would probably slow to a crawl.  Again, my server struggles because I have scripts constantly checking for skill increases (it has a custom skill system), mob spawning (I completely rewrote mob spawning, kinda), anti-cheat/anti-grief stuff, custom death events (you don't lose all your stuff, but you don't keep all of it either, it's all roleplay-based), and a crap-ton of other things.  I'm constantly optimizing it the scripts so they're more efficient....when I'm not playing 1.16/1.17 or loading up Valheim instead. :P

Java Minecraft is a major resource hog, BUT you can do much more with it than Bedrock.  If you have a 6th gen i7 or better and at least 16GB RAM, you should be fine, especially if you're only doing it for 3 or 4 people.

If you can code *at all* and want to do some weird shiat with a Minecraft server, download Forge for 1.12.2 and CustomNPCs (this mod is only at 1.12.2 unfortunately) and give me a shout and maybe I can help out with stuff.  And if you're curious what mods I tend to use, again, just ask.
 
2021-06-17 10:22:31 PM  
I should note that some of the "weird shiat" I do with my Minecraft server and the CustomNPCs mod has ...uh...broken the game a few times.

One time, I wanted to have mobile (dynamic) light in caves.  If a player had a special object, the code would adjust the light level and it would move with the player.  Instead, what my code did was make all caves as bright as day, all because (a) I tapped into Minecraft's code proper (had to deobfuscate some methods) and (ii) I didn't know what I was doing :P

Usually, my scripts work.
 
2021-06-17 10:53:10 PM  

xanadian: gamergirl23: xanadian: What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.

xanadian: What have I been playing?

Minecraft 1.17 came out.  Duh.

I've been thinking about doing more with my 1.12.2 server, honestly.  Every so often I get an inspiration.  Though, it's pretty feature-packed right now as it is.

I'm also waiting on the Hearth and Home update for Valheim.

I never really got in to Minecraft, but now that my daughter and her cousin play it all the time I keep feeling like I should set up a server. What I have to put it on is probably overkill though.

You may be surprised.  An endpoint can never be "overkill" for a Minecraft server.  The more resources the better.

Mine has about 12 mods (Forge modded) with a crap-ton of scripts running, thanks to one of the mods (CustomNPCs allows you to run python, etc, in the game).  It's on an older Xeon CPU based machine with 32 GB RAM (I use 16 for the server) and a SSD.  One or 2 people and it runs just fine.  More than that and the tick rate (game speed) starts to suffer.  I calculated that if I were to ever have 20 people on it (lol) the game would probably slow to a crawl.  Again, my server struggles because I have scripts constantly checking for skill increases (it has a custom skill system), mob spawning (I completely rewrote mob spawning, kinda), anti-cheat/anti-grief stuff, custom death events (you don't lose all your stuff, but you don't keep all of it either, it's all roleplay-based), and a crap-ton of other things.  I'm constantly optimizing it the scripts so they're more efficient....when I'm not playing 1.16/1.17 or loading up Valheim instead. :P

Java Minecraft is a major resource hog, BUT you can do much more with it than Bedrock.  If you have a 6th gen i7 or better and at le ...


The only one that isn't used for work or school during the day is a ryzen 3700x with 32GB of ram, 3060, and 512GB SSD. I could put 64GB in, but it's an itx board, so I'd have to pull out what's in there now. I can code, but don't do it too often.

Normally that wouldn't be the slower pc, but the 1600/1050ti went to a friend in PA for his kids, and the 3200g went to a neighbor trying to do publicity interviews on her windows 7 computer, which sounded like a nightmare. The 3200g eventually got a 1650 super added to it before all this madness, so I didn't need the APU. I had to accelerate our upgrade schedule to try to get those together for people.
 
2021-06-17 11:15:06 PM  
I don't really like shooters, so I'm not a fan of Overwatch, Fortnight, or BioShock. I prefer games where you can spend time thinking about strategy like the Fire Emblem or Disgaea series.  Currently, I'm trying to finish Disgaea1  I because I've never finished it.


//Although I do like Borderlands for some reason.
//I think because it's a fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously (looking at you, Bioshock), it has strong RPG elements, and has a pretty and unique art style.
 
2021-06-17 11:25:19 PM  

gamergirl23: The only one that isn't used for work or school during the day is a ryzen 3700x with 32GB of ram, 3060, and 512GB SSD. I could put 64GB in, but it's an itx board, so I'd have to pull out what's in there now. I can code, but don't do it too often.

Normally that wouldn't be the slower pc, but the 1600/1050ti went to a friend in PA for his kids, and the 3200g went to a neighbor trying to do publicity interviews on her windows 7 computer, which sounded like a nightmare. The 3200g eventually got a 1650 super added to it before all this madness, so I didn't need the APU. I had to accelerate our upgrade schedule to try to get those together for people.


The GPU isn't important for a server (unless you're talking about taking a single-player world and opening it up to LAN).

I'm not very familiar with AMD's APU offerings.  Always have been an Intel guy.  But if they're at least middle-range and made in the past 2-4 years, it'll probably be more than adequate.  And if all you'd use it for is just a little Minecraft server for your daughter and cousin, 32 GB on board is more than enough.
 
2021-06-17 11:47:06 PM  

kermit the forg: I don't really like shooters, so I'm not a fan of Overwatch, Fortnight, or BioShock. I prefer games where you can spend time thinking about strategy like the Fire Emblem or Disgaea series.  Currently, I'm trying to finish Disgaea1  I because I've never finished it.


//Although I do like Borderlands for some reason.
//I think because it's a fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously (looking at you, Bioshock), it has strong RPG elements, and has a pretty and unique art style.


The art in some games has gotten me to try something I might not normally, given the genre. Other times, an character designer or mecha designer has done work on a game that I know all the reviews hate but I still pick it up because "It's so pretty!!!"


/much like comics, good art can cover a number of sins
 
2021-06-17 11:59:43 PM  

xanadian: gamergirl23: The only one that isn't used for work or school during the day is a ryzen 3700x with 32GB of ram, 3060, and 512GB SSD. I could put 64GB in, but it's an itx board, so I'd have to pull out what's in there now. I can code, but don't do it too often.

Normally that wouldn't be the slower pc, but the 1600/1050ti went to a friend in PA for his kids, and the 3200g went to a neighbor trying to do publicity interviews on her windows 7 computer, which sounded like a nightmare. The 3200g eventually got a 1650 super added to it before all this madness, so I didn't need the APU. I had to accelerate our upgrade schedule to try to get those together for people.

The GPU isn't important for a server (unless you're talking about taking a single-player world and opening it up to LAN).

I'm not very familiar with AMD's APU offerings.  Always have been an Intel guy.  But if they're at least middle-range and made in the past 2-4 years, it'll probably be more than adequate.  And if all you'd use it for is just a little Minecraft server for your daughter and cousin, 32 GB on board is more than enough.


The 3700x replaced the APU, so it's an 8 core cpu from mid 2019. It should be fine. I got the 3060 because I got a purchase availability notification from evga and that's just how things go these days. My husband's friend wants to do adobe medium, but doesn't want to spend too much. I told her to swing by with her VR headset to test it out because I'm not going to have any idea what framerates she'll find comfortable vs nausea inducing and we have enough of a range of cards that she can find the most affordable one. I suppose it's also possible her laptop simply doesn't have enough ram since I think she said it has graphics. Lately I feel like tech support for half the Bronx.
 
2021-06-18 4:15:26 AM  
Been playing Halo and Flight Sim again. Started another run of Breath of the Wild. E3 got me excited for stuff - Mario Party, Advance Wars, and the usual stuff people wanted.

The game I hate that others love? Fortnight Sonic Adventure 2. For the record, Sonic Adventure 1 is my favorite game ever. I played it at launch and it's a game that always means something to me. However, I have to play the dreamcast version (or modded steam port), It feels like a true classic Sonic game that is in 3D.

Sonic Adventure 2, on the other hand, took that and spit on it. The adventure is gone because of the lack of world to explore. The gameplay is alright but they hurt knuckles gameplay with the radar and the mech segments for both tails and Robotnik seem forced.

Finally I have to say something that no one in the Sonic community will acknowledge. The story is a mess. No where in the history of Sonic at this time has Chaos Control been a thing but the characters just accept it and never ask what the hell it is. GUN is just accepted as a thing with no real look as to why they were created. Shadow is just a emo Knuckles. It went of the story rails that Sonic 1,2,3 & K, and Adventure had built up.

Yet, people consider SA1 to be the messy one. Mostly because they play the shiatty DX version from the Gamecube era
 
2021-06-18 9:03:20 AM  
I come before this humble thread today to ask for my fellow Farker's help. As the world slowly returns to normal, my friends and I have all gotten our shots, and that means that D&D is back on the menu in person! The reason that I need help is that for the first time in several years I will be the one behind the screen.

So I am here to enlist the creative folks here, please send me your NPC concepts. The world is generic 5th edition, a homebrew, just need bodies to pull from when things inevitably go off the rails.

Many thanks in advance
 
2021-06-18 9:05:56 AM  
As for the digital gaming side of things: I was lucky enough to be able to bag a Series X at Gamestop on Wednesday, when they made sure each store would have inventory. Last generation was PS4, and before that 360, so I know that the One generation has some gems that I missed that I need to go back and find. Suggestions welcome there.

Currently tooling around in Forza Horizon 4 and eagerly awaiting the release of 5 at the end of the year, and I grabbed Mass Effect Legendary Editon, which will certainly keep me busy for a while.
 
2021-06-18 9:16:15 AM  
Cast aside WoW classic because , enough is enough.

Bought Valheim the other day so I only have an hour or two in it but even this early I like what I'm seeing I have my 3 day weekend to really dig into it.
 
2021-06-18 9:17:08 AM  
Alright, this week in gaming I barely touched any games that were newer than 2011, with the sole exception being Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realmswhich barely qualifies as a proper game:
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I did do a bunch of clicking but I can't tell which characters are active and if the attacking is doing much of anything. Guessing these type of games aren't really for me. Apparently the PC release was 2020, so this is by far the newest game I played.

The first older game I played is almost fifteen years old and birthed a meme that was inescapable for quite a while:
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Yes, I fired up the original Portalfrom the dim and distant realm that was 2007. This was because on one of the Maximum Fun Drive episodes of the Triple Click podcast (hosted by former Kotaku employees Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers) had Justin McElroy of The Besties podcast (among many others) on as a guest and they discussed why the Portal series were perfect games. (It's a bit more nuanced than that though).

Because Steam is surprisingly good about maintaining saves between installs even if on totally different computers, I discovered that I had last played Portal roughly 5 years ago (which was also the only time I'd ever played it) and had left off after finding the incinerator in Test Chamber 19.

I tried picking up from that, but I'm apparently too smooth-brained to do that, so I nuked that and started the entire game over from scratch. I had forgotten just how satisfying Portal is as a playable experience, with just enough hand-holding to get you ramped up and literally thinking in those orange and blue portals. It's also a considerably better experience to play using a gaming mouse rather than the laptop touchpad I had in my 2016 playthrough.

Anyway, a few hours later I was back in Test Chamber 19, and this time, I did something I hadn't done before:
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Yep, I defeated GLaDOS and actually finished the game. "Still Alive" remains a great song.

After that, I moved on to the middle game of a BioWare RPG trilogy and a game originally from 2011. That's right Dragon Age II. Since my first play through of Dragon Age Origins and most of its DLC (specifically Leilani's Song, Awakening, The Golems of Amgarrak,and Witch Hunt) back in February, I had determined that I wanted to return to Thedas at some point and carry on the story.

After going dual-weapon warrior in Origins, I decided to switch it up, and my Hawke (named Edgar, though I really  should have named him Stringfellow) was going to be an archery rogue.

The game wastes very little time living up to the first part of its name, because after tearing through some Darkspawn, and then trying to escape the Blight in general, this beastie swoops down and takes care of my larger issue:
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Unfortunately, the slightly smaller issue of my younger brother Carver being dead after charging an ogre in the cut scene remained. And as I'm sure you're away, that dragon is more than it seems.
For it is Flemeth, infamous Witch of the Woods and mother to Morrigan who was a party mainstay for me back in Origins.

Anyhow, a bargain is struck. Flemeth saves us from the Darkspawn in exchange for us taking an amulet to a "friend" of hers once we get to Kirkwall.

Of course, it's never that easy, and when we do get to Kirkwall (accompanied by Aveline Vallen, whose husband Hawke put out of his misery due to Darkspawn taint) they're keeping Blight refugees out, despite family connections.

Eventually, Hawke's useless uncle Gamlen gets us conditional entrance to the city. That condition being an entire year of servitude to either a smuggler or a mercenary. Being a rogue, I opted for the smuggler choice, and had Aveline take care of the force that reneged on a deal.

A year later, we're being recruited for an expedition down into the Deep Roads, which means more Darkspawn to fight and gains us a new party member Varric Tethras, dwarven rogue and kind of hilarious storyteller . Unfortunately, we don't have the cash for that, so it's time to pick up a few jobs in the city. The first one I do is pay back Aveline and assist her in taking down some bandits on the Sundermount pass. An investigation into the corruption that led to saidambush winds up with Aveline as Captain of the Kirkwall guards.

Since I don't like being indebted to anyone, and because thanks to Tuvix, I know what happens when you get on the bad side of a Kate Mulgrew character, the next order of business was to take care of that amulet by dropping it off at an altar near the top of Sundermount. That brings the party to the attention of the Dalish Elves, and ends up recruiting another potential party member, Merrill the elven blood mage with a delightfully Welsh accent. I probably won't use her much for now since Bethany Hawke fulfils my mage requirement. Anyway, she accompanies us up the mountain to the altar and performs the requisite rituals, bringing forth:
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Yep, Flemeth again. Apparently the amulet was a pocket-sized Crazy Red.

With that taken care of, we speak to grumpy uncle Hawke again and discover that he left his father (and therefore Hawke's grandfather)'s will behind when he sold the estate to slavers.

The party promptly breaks into the estate via the cellars and steal the will back. Once we read it, its discovered that the estate was willed to Hawke's mother and grumpy uncle had no right to give it away. This, as you might imagine, led to a disagreement within the family. That's where I left off, but my next plan is to go to the pub with Varric...
 
2021-06-18 9:24:22 AM  
My gaming rig is disconnected right now. Only game I am playing is finish the basement.
 
2021-06-18 9:37:19 AM  
Game I just couldn't get?  Doom Eternal

I enjoyed the 2016 Doom- mindless shooter, but it got the feel of constant motion and flow that made it a great diversion.  I tend very much to stealth/sniper builds in most games and it was refreshing to do something different.

But Eternal just doesn't get that.  Lots of jumping puzzles where you die and restart if you miss a jump.  Lots of areas with missing floors that if you don't look down constantly you fall off and die and then restart.  It doesn't even get dying right- I went through 5 extra lives in literally less than a minute when it kept dropping me into the center of multiple powerful enemies before I found the one path out that got me into cover where I could snipe some of them down slowly.  Every now and then you'd get the 2016 version flow back, but then you'd kill everything and have to solve another irritating jumping puzzle.

Killing demons with a shotgun while jumping backwards?  Fun.  Falling to your death because you mis-timed hitting the jump key or didn't see the small section of climeable wall you needed instead of thinking you could clear it normally?  Not fun.
 
2021-06-18 9:38:42 AM  
I've been grinding away at MLB The Show 2021 like there's no tomorrow. I'm hooked on collecting new cards in Diamond Dynasty mode even though I don't play ranked seasons much yet (I'm 1-1 so far with my win coming from a first-inning quit.). But as an Xbox guy I'm a first year player so I still struggle at the plate. Once I hit All-star difficulty I'm helpless.

A game everyone loves that I hate? Basically any Zelda game, but most recently BOTW. I tried to like it -- I really did. I even picked it up a second time a few months after quitting just because I felt like I should like it. I lasted a bit longer on the second attempt but only by a few hours. I hate the fragile weapons, and the combat overall feels clunky.
 
2021-06-18 9:43:11 AM  
I've been playing a bunch of stuff, kinda of bouncing around until I find something that completely grabs me. I have been playing through DOOM the original with Brutal DOOM mod. I've been playing through Ultimate from Episode 1 and now I'm close to the end of the Episode 2. I have almost no experience playing the non-Shareware episodes and I've been getting lost and even dying quite a bit. Still massively fun.

Additional games in my playlist:
Stellaris - Good, but I have a real problem with the 'influence' currency. I hate how diplomatic treaties limit your influence. 
Banished- Ole reliable
Warzone- Getting kind of burnt out on this, so limited play
Super Metroid - Been playing this on my Retroid Pocket 2 and enjoying it quite a bit. I've never actually beaten this.
Chivalry 2 - I want to like this, but MP is still borked.


Gubbo: Red Dead 2.

I accept that it's a masterpiece. But the movement is so god awful that I don't want to play it for more than 5 minutes.


This is a good answer to the thread question. I wanted to like this. I really did. It's gorgeous, but it's so goddamn slow and the movement is momentum based and feels heavy. The story is excellent as well, but I've tried to play it 3 times with no success getting past like the first few hours.

Final Fantasy 7 is one for me, I just don't like it.
 
2021-06-18 9:50:10 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: But Eternal just doesn't get that.  Lots of jumping puzzles where you die and restart if you miss a jump.  Lots of areas with missing floors that if you don't look down constantly you fall off and die and then restart.  It doesn't even get dying right- I went through 5 extra lives in literally less than a minute when it kept dropping me into the center of multiple powerful enemies before I found the one path out that got me into cover where I could snipe some of them down slowly.  Every now and then you'd get the 2016 version flow back, but then you'd kill everything and have to solve another irritating jumping puzzle.


Having just played through Eternal, I can get the argument on some level, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've died to falls. As for 'sniping them down slowly' that is not what DOOM is, Eternal expects you to master the close combat skills like the flamethrower, chainsaw, grappling hook from the shotgun and the dash/slide controls. It took a couple tries for me to 'find' the combat and lock it in my head, but once I did the game got awesome. I think it's better than DOOM (16) in almost every way.

This is a clip from the final Slayer Gate (Ultra-Violence Difficulty) and pretty close to peak performance for my play through: 
Doom Eternal - Final Slayer Gate
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2021-06-18 9:58:54 AM  

Klivian: I come before this humble thread today to ask for my fellow Farker's help. As the world slowly returns to normal, my friends and I have all gotten our shots, and that means that D&D is back on the menu in person! The reason that I need help is that for the first time in several years I will be the one behind the screen.

So I am here to enlist the creative folks here, please send me your NPC concepts. The world is generic 5th edition, a homebrew, just need bodies to pull from when things inevitably go off the rails.

Many thanks in advance


Protip: design 3 or 4 encounter groups and keep them ready.

Each one should be a small group of NPCs, a mix of friendly and hostile encounters that let the players pick and choose what they want to do, but have an end goal that takes them back to the main plot line.  Feel free to bullshiat it up with some random dice rolls and muttering to yourself.
 
2021-06-18 10:01:46 AM  

Klivian: I come before this humble thread today to ask for my fellow Farker's help. As the world slowly returns to normal, my friends and I have all gotten our shots, and that means that D&D is back on the menu in person! The reason that I need help is that for the first time in several years I will be the one behind the screen.

So I am here to enlist the creative folks here, please send me your NPC concepts. The world is generic 5th edition, a homebrew, just need bodies to pull from when things inevitably go off the rails.

Many thanks in advance


What are you looking for exactly? I figure you're looking for NPC that could be potential adventurers instead of just innkeepers with a backstory? Something like :

-A sorcerer kid who's lacking confidence because she can only cast useless spells like Tenser's Floating Disk
-An older cleric who's seen some shiat and can drink even the sturdiest dwarf under the table
-The wealthy halfling merchant who's collecting weird/rare items, but who's also smuggling stuff for a necromancer because he pays well
-An half-orc who hides the fact that he's a wizard; all he really wants is to wear a pointy hat with stars and moons on it, but he doesn't dare to because of impostor syndrome
-A gnome who wants to make the world a more interesting place and whose classes are a complete mess, like barbarian/cleric/wizard/bard
-An halfling whose goal is to eat as many fantastic creatures as he can (this one's one of my PCs, that was a fun campaign)

/I'll stop before this devolves into shiatposting.
 
2021-06-18 10:02:12 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Game I just couldn't get?  Doom Eternal

I enjoyed the 2016 Doom- mindless shooter, but it got the feel of constant motion and flow that made it a great diversion.  I tend very much to stealth/sniper builds in most games and it was refreshing to do something different.

But Eternal just doesn't get that.  Lots of jumping puzzles where you die and restart if you miss a jump.  Lots of areas with missing floors that if you don't look down constantly you fall off and die and then restart.  It doesn't even get dying right- I went through 5 extra lives in literally less than a minute when it kept dropping me into the center of multiple powerful enemies before I found the one path out that got me into cover where I could snipe some of them down slowly.  Every now and then you'd get the 2016 version flow back, but then you'd kill everything and have to solve another irritating jumping puzzle.

Killing demons with a shotgun while jumping backwards?  Fun.  Falling to your death because you mis-timed hitting the jump key or didn't see the small section of climeable wall you needed instead of thinking you could clear it normally?  Not fun.


*takes doom eternal away from you* get back to battlefield/cod multiplayer.  You don't deserve doom eternal.
 
2021-06-18 10:04:16 AM  
Still going for master prestige on COD WW2...also a game hated by many but after the division overhaul it became a master piece
 
2021-06-18 10:05:17 AM  
Trying to reconnect with an old friend over It Takes Two, if we can get schedules synched with our four-hour time-zone difference.
 
2021-06-18 10:10:15 AM  

MagicBoris: Klivian: I come before this humble thread today to ask for my fellow Farker's help. As the world slowly returns to normal, my friends and I have all gotten our shots, and that means that D&D is back on the menu in person! The reason that I need help is that for the first time in several years I will be the one behind the screen.

So I am here to enlist the creative folks here, please send me your NPC concepts. The world is generic 5th edition, a homebrew, just need bodies to pull from when things inevitably go off the rails.

Many thanks in advance

What are you looking for exactly? I figure you're looking for NPC that could be potential adventurers instead of just innkeepers with a backstory? Something like :

-A sorcerer kid who's lacking confidence because she can only cast useless spells like Tenser's Floating Disk
-An older cleric who's seen some shiat and can drink even the sturdiest dwarf under the table
-The wealthy halfling merchant who's collecting weird/rare items, but who's also smuggling stuff for a necromancer because he pays well
-An half-orc who hides the fact that he's a wizard; all he really wants is to wear a pointy hat with stars and moons on it, but he doesn't dare to because of impostor syndrome
-A gnome who wants to make the world a more interesting place and whose classes are a complete mess, like barbarian/cleric/wizard/bard
-An halfling whose goal is to eat as many fantastic creatures as he can (this one's one of my PCs, that was a fun campaign)

/I'll stop before this devolves into shiatposting.


Looking for a body and a personality. You've got some fun extras in there, but I mostly just need a rolodex to flip through for when the unexpected happens. "Oh, you guys need to go ask the local trapper about local animals? Well that would be *insert next random NPC here*

It is inevitable that the party will ask to talk to someone you never even considered existing, and I don't want to just throw out faceless humans for that. Quirks like the Floating Disk thing can be fun as well, so I'll take whatever anyone wants to throw a me.
 
2021-06-18 10:10:38 AM  

Ashelth: Glockenspiel Hero: Game I just couldn't get?  Doom Eternal

I enjoyed the 2016 Doom- mindless shooter, but it got the feel of constant motion and flow that made it a great diversion.  I tend very much to stealth/sniper builds in most games and it was refreshing to do something different.

But Eternal just doesn't get that.  Lots of jumping puzzles where you die and restart if you miss a jump.  Lots of areas with missing floors that if you don't look down constantly you fall off and die and then restart.  It doesn't even get dying right- I went through 5 extra lives in literally less than a minute when it kept dropping me into the center of multiple powerful enemies before I found the one path out that got me into cover where I could snipe some of them down slowly.  Every now and then you'd get the 2016 version flow back, but then you'd kill everything and have to solve another irritating jumping puzzle.

Killing demons with a shotgun while jumping backwards?  Fun.  Falling to your death because you mis-timed hitting the jump key or didn't see the small section of climeable wall you needed instead of thinking you could clear it normally?  Not fun.

*takes doom eternal away from you* get back to battlefield/cod multiplayer.  You don't deserve doom eternal.


That's fine, I'll happily go back to Doom 2016 which understood what Doom should be. (And COD?  I'm 55- I have no desire to be teabagged by a 13-year-old yelling racial slurs at me)
 
2021-06-18 10:13:21 AM  
Any of the Fallout games. I did not play the last one but I was bored by New Vegas so held onto my money.

I did try New Vegas. I'd read an article about how great it was or a friend would get excited telling me about it so I would install it and get bored.
 
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