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2017-10-06 09:07:19 AM  
5 votes:
My favorite mod of all time was BF1942 Mod: Desert Combat.  It brought the game into the modern era with tanks, jets, helicopters and everything.  Some of the people that played that mod would bring crazy expensive equipment (fancy joysticks, etc) to play with extreme accuracy.
2017-10-06 08:14:37 AM  
5 votes:
Slightly less panic this week.  Ran my first DM session last Sunday and it was incredible.  Got halfway through the planned adventure, which was a surprise, because I was worried I didn't have enough material. Never underestimate your players' abilities to overturn every rock looking for clues and treasure.

And speaking of players, I had no idea how much fun it would be to watch them ruin my plans.  Underground cavern filled with mysterious places and people?  They cut right through to the heart of the matter by casting Speak With Animals and bribing a rothe with delicious moss.  Epic cliffside battle fending off swarms of giant bats, with swarms of critters waiting up top?  The wizard flew to the top of the cliff and fireballed half the mobs.

I'm going to have to rebalance for the next half, because no matter what I throw at them, they come up with a creative solution that makes it look easy.
2017-10-06 10:20:34 AM  
4 votes:
Gave up on Fallout 4 for a second time. I like some of the things they've done, like the power armor change, but the game just leaves me cold. I feel the need to find somewhere cozy to move into, and this game just doesn't have it. Home Plate is utter shiate, and trying to turn a settlement into a base is just isn't doing it for me.

Also gave up on Borderlands 2. Was having a fun Maya Cataclysm run for the first time, but every time I have a playthrough, I'm reminded of my two biggest bugbears with this game. I find it too long for a loot, multiple difficulty game, and those damn repeat visits to areas. Defeat Flynt. Then let's do it all over again just to burn a midget. It sucks the life out of me. Maybe I'm just in a gaming rut at the mo.

Did start Unreal World and Sunless Seas, though. And dipped into my GOG list of shame and started Dark Falls. There are noises, and floorboards creaking.
2017-10-06 12:47:43 PM  
3 votes:

Dimensio: SonsoftheSod: Gave up on Fallout 4 for a second time. I like some of the things they've done, like the power armor change, but the game just leaves me cold. I feel the need to find somewhere cozy to move into, and this game just doesn't have it. Home Plate is utter shiate, and trying to turn a settlement into a base is just isn't doing it for me.

You just need to find the right settlement crafting mods that will let you build nice places:

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Heh, nice.

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This run, I've been aiming for a mix of Canadian rustic (log cabins, 'soddys'), japanese-style(ish) rock gardens for home courtyards, and Victorian-era London for my architecture. Heavy use of console shenanigans for micropositionning or offsetting wall parts, double-placing objects (the first floor windows on the Jun and Marcy Long's house (image 3) require four overlapping 'parts' per wall section). The roof has overlapping sections, too. They're meticulous to build, and I occasionally break the nav-meshing for an area, but I think the results are well worth it.

Most of the major settlement-construction mods are involved in these images, although not necessarily all up to date. Diamond City, eat your hearts out.
2017-10-06 10:41:56 AM  
3 votes:

Dimensio: SonsoftheSod: Gave up on Fallout 4 for a second time. I like some of the things they've done, like the power armor change, but the game just leaves me cold. I feel the need to find somewhere cozy to move into, and this game just doesn't have it. Home Plate is utter shiate, and trying to turn a settlement into a base is just isn't doing it for me.

You just need to find the right settlement crafting mods that will let you build nice places:

A house in Sanctuary:

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The National Park center (in Far Harbor):

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Approaching Sanctuary again:

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A closer view of the Sanctuary entrance, after I added a guardpost.

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Love the work you put into this.
2017-10-06 10:32:56 AM  
3 votes:

SonsoftheSod: Gave up on Fallout 4 for a second time. I like some of the things they've done, like the power armor change, but the game just leaves me cold. I feel the need to find somewhere cozy to move into, and this game just doesn't have it. Home Plate is utter shiate, and trying to turn a settlement into a base is just isn't doing it for me.


You just need to find the right settlement crafting mods that will let you build nice places:

A house in Sanctuary:

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The National Park center (in Far Harbor):

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Approaching Sanctuary again:

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A closer view of the Sanctuary entrance, after I added a guardpost.

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2017-10-06 10:15:32 AM  
3 votes:
My weekend "gaming" is going to be messing with my first raspberry pi, which is more nerding out than gameing, but still fun.
2017-10-06 10:08:45 AM  
3 votes:
I've also been looking into the massive shiatfest that has been the release of Bethesda's "Creation Club"

1. time bomb for your HDD. *especially* if you're a space-challenged SSD player
2. it's the exact opposite of what they originally said it would be....it's poorly copied free mods that you have to pay for
3. Skyrims's are slightly less liquid ass than Fallout 4s, but only slightly. The ass is a thicker liquid, I guess
4. The charge cash money for the 'credits' for this crap, and upsell you on bundles THAT way, too

It's pretty much a double-fisted middle finger faceplant all the way around
2017-10-06 06:09:13 AM  
3 votes:
Been replaying Mad Max, because there's something deeply cathartic about roaming the waste land in your awesome custom car with you crazy high priest of mechanus side-kick.

For anyone who still hasn't bought it:  Its not replaying the events of the recent movie or any of them but its set in the same world/local region and from my understanding its pre-last-movie.  Imorten Joe's son is the main nemesis in this one and mentions like bullet farm and gas town are liberal.  Its atmosphere is dead-true to the series, pretty damn dark themes and a lot of rich content in there.    Extremely well done game world too, the region you start in is somewhere off the coast of Australia where the ocean used to be so most of the forts and bases are all rusted out ship-wrecks and such.  Game play wise picture a typical assassin's creed type open world divided into zones of control with a scattering of common activities across them.  There's a main story to follow and a couple side-quest type things but its pretty open to just picking a target and going for it.  One of your secondary objectives is to build up the local warlords' bases but weakening Scrotus's(son of Joe) hold over the region by whacking his bases, taking out his convoys and generally killing every war boy you run into.

Car combat is brutal but your priest-mechanic will repair your car infinitely between fights and even if you get into a bad spot you can hop out and deal with things while he brings the car back to life.

Ground combat is very assassin's creed style where you are one vs many, you are typically just using your fists to punch the crap out of war boys and other dessert evils.  You have a shotgun and knives but they're more for special situations, ammo while not exactly scarce isn't plentiful enough to just shoot your way through encounters.

I found it played better with the xbox controller then keyboard, specifically for the driving part.

I also just bought a sweet new 34" ultra wide that arrived yesterday so I've been getting a little screen-shot happy.
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2017-10-06 09:52:09 PM  
2 votes:

AgentKGB: Old HDD was on the way out so I grabbed a SSD.

It arrived in the mail, I installed it, and oh my giddy aunt.

11 mins to install Win 10, 10 second reboot, etc etc. No more spinning rust drives for me. :p


I need to consider getting an SSD for my living room computer. I do not know if it can handle Windows 10 but even Windows 7 with an SSD would be an improvement over waiting at least five minutes for the system to come up and load everything.

I should at least look into rebuilding my user profile.
2017-10-06 09:32:28 PM  
2 votes:
Old HDD was on the way out so I grabbed a SSD.

It arrived in the mail, I installed it, and oh my giddy aunt.

11 mins to install Win 10, 10 second reboot, etc etc. No more spinning rust drives for me. :p
2017-10-06 01:34:14 PM  
2 votes:

grumpfuff: Warframe


I should also add that the wiki is your best friend when you are starting out.  Some of the systems and terminology can be a bit obtuse, and the wiki helps a TON.
http://warframe.wikia.com/wiki/WARFRAME_Wiki

Also, the warframe community is generally the least toxic and most helpful I've seen.  Many clans are always looking for players, and they can help a lot.  Friendly clanmates can often help you out with free mods and stuff, and that helps cut the grind down a lot too.
2017-10-06 12:21:49 PM  
2 votes:

xalres: I'm thinking of getting Cuphead once I get paid again (I'm kid-broke). Anyone played it yet? Yea? Nay? It looks gorgeous and tough as nails.


It's both those things.  Nothing else looks like it, AFAIK, and good God it's hard. You'll get plenty of chances to absorb all of those hand-drawn visuals again and again and again and again and...
2017-10-06 12:07:58 PM  
2 votes:

Vash's Apprentice: Mike_LowELL: Smoking GNU: Oh, and for mods, i'ma assume you mean really big mods?

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I would like to remind everyone that a true mod MODIFIES the root game files, hence the name "modification", this means that the Sexy Girl mod for Counter-Strike is a mod of a mod, and that the Sexy Girls map for Warcraft III is NOT a mod, I say this as one of its original creators.

I write this because your implication seems to be that "mod" is determined by file size, when any long-time Usenet user would know better.

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I'M ONTO YOU, MEME THAT LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE JIM STERLING
2017-10-06 10:03:48 AM  
2 votes:
Playing Warframe in prep for next week's Plains of Eidolon patch: 
Warframe - The Plains Of Eidolon Expansion Trailer
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Favorite mod? Long War for Enemy Within.
2017-10-06 10:02:22 AM  
2 votes:

triptheory: I wanted to pick up Forza 7 but everything I've read makes me want to hold off. I've paid for the VIP since F3 but with their decision to nerf it (I know they've come around on that), and the changes they've made to game progression (No more credit boost for using fewer driver nannys, hundreds of cars locked behind an exclusive content wall that ushers you to buy loot boxes to open them). I don't think I want to reward them any longer. I hate this move to microtransact the shiat out of everything.


That times 7 trillion.

I'm also not a fan of 20 different pre-release editions of a game or pre-release DLC (that's just a slap in the face).  To combine those with microtransactions....well fark me running....
2017-10-06 09:33:29 AM  
2 votes:

Joe Satin: I've finally given up GTA 5 after a couple years of enjoyment. I think rockstar has killed the game purposely with all the dlc that you have to constantly grind for and I will not buy shark cards. So, I have to find another game now.


I am still waiting for the new single-player content that Rockstar promised in 2013.

Any day now!
2017-10-06 09:21:50 AM  
2 votes:

LowbrowDeluxe: Side note:  You cannot stop once you start this process.  When populations start dying off from chemical processing your energy tanks and you're suddenly -300 energy with a fleet cost through the roof.  I've got 2500 out of 4700 fleet capacity currently, and no way to support it without new victims coming in.  Thankfully I'm almost done with the 109 months of research mega structures took and have access to a ruined Dyson Sphere.  Once that gets up and running it will stabilize even my sprawling empire.  (along with my sectors having been switched over to energy focus for now).  The ruined science nexus will help with further research to be ready for end game crisis, which I'm now at 110 years in and have taken out the first awakened fallen empire and one other for good measure.  Also, I have a multiple crisis mod, so this should get exciting.


Historically, that's been one of the causes for empires falling.  You start conquering outlying areas and get reliant on an influx of booty and slaves to fund your core, and eventually you either hit an ocean (examples are for Rome, in this case Spain), an enemy you can't beat (Parthia), somewhere that's just not worth conquering (the northern half of Britain), or it's just too far away and your supply lines can't go that far (past Germany).
2017-10-06 09:09:39 AM  
2 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Been replaying Mad Max, because there's something deeply cathartic about roaming the waste land in your awesome custom car with you crazy high priest of mechanus side-kick.

For anyone who still hasn't bought it:  Its not replaying the events of the recent movie or any of them but its set in the same world/local region and from my understanding its pre-last-movie.  Imorten Joe's son is the main nemesis in this one and mentions like bullet farm and gas town are liberal.  Its atmosphere is dead-true to the series, pretty damn dark themes and a lot of rich content in there.    Extremely well done game world too, the region you start in is somewhere off the coast of Australia where the ocean used to be so most of the forts and bases are all rusted out ship-wrecks and such.  Game play wise picture a typical assassin's creed type open world divided into zones of control with a scattering of common activities across them.  There's a main story to follow and a couple side-quest type things but its pretty open to just picking a target and going for it.  One of your secondary objectives is to build up the local warlords' bases but weakening Scrotus's(son of Joe) hold over the region by whacking his bases, taking out his convoys and generally killing every war boy you run into.

Car combat is brutal but your priest-mechanic will repair your car infinitely between fights and even if you get into a bad spot you can hop out and deal with things while he brings the car back to life.

Ground combat is very assassin's creed style where you are one vs many, you are typically just using your fists to punch the crap out of war boys and other dessert evils.  You have a shotgun and knives but they're more for special situations, ammo while not exactly scarce isn't plentiful enough to just shoot your way through encounters.

I found it played better with the xbox controller then keyboard, specifically for the driving part.

I also just bought a sweet new 34" ultra wide that arrived yesterday so I've been getting a little screen-shot happy.
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loved this game, right up until a certain race near the end where I rage-quit after gods know how many attempts.

Currently playing Skyrim (sword and board Argonian) and UVHM Axton in BL2.
2017-10-08 01:56:54 PM  
1 vote:
Speaking of which...

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Ladies and gentlegennies, I give you: orbital dynamics in board game form!
2017-10-08 11:45:03 AM  
1 vote:
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///thought others here may enjoy it
2017-10-07 11:17:13 PM  
1 vote:
Sorry for the double post. I'm using this controller to play it

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(Next to select choose "USB NES controller for Windows").
2017-10-07 11:02:57 PM  
1 vote:
So... it's October and I was thinking "I need to set a goal and beat something by Halloween." But I couldn't think of what.

And then one of my favourite YouTubers gave me the answer


SPOOKY SCARY NES RPG! │ Sweet Home #1 │ ProJared Plays!
Youtube 5U-8qAJx3Po


^ Unfortunately the cart they gave him has the old crap translation. There is a much much better translation out there and that's the one I'm playing.
2017-10-07 12:01:09 PM  
1 vote:

Non Sequitur Man: Dimensio: Non Sequitur Man: My buddy gave me a PS3 today. All my free time is going to be consumed by rpg's, me thinks. Haven't owned a console since PSX. Oh lordy.

If you like JRPGs then get a WIi, a Wii U or Dolphin (and a computer that can handle it) and Xenoblade Chronicles.

/Also, for PS3 get Demons' Souls and Dark Souls

Thank you,


I forgot to mention Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for Playstation 3. A JRPG with art and animation from Studio Ghibli.
2017-10-07 08:52:38 AM  
1 vote:

dickymug: Karac: fusillade762: Non Sequitur Man: Apparently I've decided that I'm not pulling out enough hair from my head. I recently re-started playing Alundra on epsxe and Riven from the MYST series, I had to quit Alundra due to travel years ago, so I've rekindled my frustration. Whee.

While looking for a Diablo clone, discovered Torchlight 2 and have been spending waaaay too much time on that. If anyone could recommend a good hack-n-slash I'd be most thankful.

If you like those Path of Exile is pretty fun. And it's free.
 Grim Dawn is also good.  A sort of Solomon Kane-ish setting with a world being invaded by several flavors of Great Old Ones.  It's not free, but the character advancement system isn't nearly as deep as the one PoE either.

I will through Titan Quest out there also. ARPG in ancient Greece/Egypt/Asia. This  was the first game from the group who went on to make Grim Dawn. You can grab the Anniversary Edition on Steam and elsewhere, it goes on sale regularly.  THQ basically took the full game and prettied it up a bit and removed some bugs.


I'd also add The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing to the list. Great series - especially the Final Cut which combines all three games into one long adventure.
2017-10-06 11:15:43 PM  
1 vote:

Dimensio: I need to consider getting an SSD for my living room computer. I do not know if it can handle Windows 10 but even Windows 7 with an SSD would be an improvement over waiting at least five minutes for the system to come up and load everything.

I should at least look into rebuilding my user profile.


You'd be surprised what can handle Windows 10. I'll put it to you this way. I have a 13 year old Athlon 64 3200+ with 3 GB of DDR1 RAM and a Radeon 9800 Pro (256 MB) that can run Windows 10 lol.

It depends on how old your PC is and what instructions the CPU supports. As an example, Semprons can't run Windows 10. But anything from about 2006 onwards should be fine.

Essentially, if it's anything from Core 2 Duo onward you shouldn't have a problem.

BumpInTheNight: Yah man I freakin love the solid state stuff. Currently watching the prices for a 'decent' 1TB SSD to replace the last of the spinning rust. After that it'll be watching prices on the M2 variants to begin the next round of storage upgrades since this motherboard I've got has two slots for them. Watch black friday for Samsung's evo series, 2/3s the price of their 'pro' line with 90% of the performance and still about 2/3s the price of their Intel equiv.


Yeah my next PC I'm definitely going M.2.
2017-10-06 07:44:01 PM  
1 vote:
Gavenger:  I usually play Washington in Civ V (Romans in 6), but Ill give Rome a try this weekend and see if the play-style will work for me.  Im pretty pacifist unless someone angers me.  Typical ranged defense in every city (the policy next to the wonder building one makes garrisoned units free) and just pump out buildings that boost culture and science.  However, if another Civ manages to wrest control of one of my cities.  Its on, I will decimate and lay waste to that civilization, I do not make Peace, I can not be reckoned with, I will remove every trace of that Civilization from the game.

Note: Rome is useful if you like lots of cities. Keep in mind, though, that the more cities you have, the more social policies cost. A lot more. Same with science. It's a trade-off, but Rome's bonuses does tend to help mitigate the science part in a big way. Just don't plan on a cultural victory. Rome will easily price this off the table.

You might find this guide handy for figuring out who's going to be most comfortable for you to play. (The US isn't considered especially top in any of the major guides.)  For less-than-top-tier civs, along with Rome if you like expansion, the Incans are worth taking a very close look at if you want to make full use of your territory. They make excellent use of difficult terrains like hilly deserts and hilly tundra, especially with mountains nearby.

https://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/938528-sid-meiers-civilization-v/6358​0​230

Babylon's probably the civ you want to take an immediately close look at, it should solve most of the problems you've described you're having.
2017-10-06 06:59:45 PM  
1 vote:

LowbrowDeluxe: Oh, and I say all of the above, but the Adjusted automated behavior mod I use actually changes it up some.  There's some hardcoded shenanigans in the combat AI someone added after the game launched that apparently force the combat AI into making some stupid moves that are removed by that mod in favor of weighted target choices.  There are also mods that completely change the behavior of the individual ship ai's but I prefer not to use them.  While it's 'fair' in that the enemy gets the same change, I just don't like outright changing the basic concepts of a game usually.  (although I do have a Flagship/dreadnought research mod I use that gives a 16 fleet power capital ship)


I'm using the NSC mod along with the one that lets you fine-tune the ship tactical behavior per prototype and I gotta say I do love it dearly.  There is danger there in that I design things like my carriers to be far in the back of the pack and the heavies get in closer etc...but if I jump say right on top of an enemy either by landing on the same edge or victim of a station's inhibitor that can be very costly to my intentionally lightly protected 'edge crews'.
2017-10-06 04:31:58 PM  
1 vote:

Petey4335: I spent most of the weekend hopping to 3 different neutron stars about 2500ly out.  I get to the last one and think to myself 'I haven't been to Maia, I should finally get myself meta-aloy and start working on engineers. I also should be able to hop into some never explored systems.'  I route, its only 2500ly to Maia, or 2500ly home.  Maia it is.

Now, with the update, data caches are now legal salvage.  I made stops for degrade signals to pick them up. Small are about 7k.  Large Cache's are closer to 150k. I picked up about 5 large ones on the way  As I'm about 5 hops from Maia, the thought came to me 'waitaminute, I am now carrying something of value, and flying around in a weaponless systemhopper built low mass for higher FSD, and heading for Anarchy.'  I also see that 'goids are popping up in groups of 5 hunting me as I'm scanning my last bits of profit.  From that point on my goal was 'scanning over/time to run/get to the closest station possible'  After hopping into Maia, I quickly found the closest station, and ran.  I escaped two interdictions.  I have the PS4 controller set up that pressing down on the right stick drops speed to 0.  I accidentally pressed down on the stick for one.  I Dropped a large cache to give me a little time to boost my way out.  Apparently one large cash wasn't enough.  dang NPC wanted more.  I escaped, landed and sold it.  Bought meta alloys, plotted a route to farseer, and ran as quickly as possible there in my flying coffin.

After the ~5kly  exploration run, I came back 100mil richer.  I found quite a few terraformables, 2 ELWs and an Amonia world to call my own.

After decking out the Python, I have about 50 mil on hand.  I started to finally work on my less than stellar combat skills.  I am just fine, until I get a wing of 3 after me.  I have been hanging out at a non hazardous RES playing 'guard the NPC'.  Last night I got good enough to watch a pirate drop in, scan it & kill it, before system authority gets to do anything abo ..


I'm thinking about doing a long exploration run myself (anaconda modded to about a 40 lightyear jump range) to take a break from grinding to unlock the engineers.  Bubble Nebula sounds like a place to go.
2017-10-06 03:22:31 PM  
1 vote:

RPG_Guy: Yesterday was THAC0 Thursday.


Just as an FYI. A few weeks back, I was looking for a name for a character in Book 6 of my series when I happened to wander through a previous iteration of this thread.

"Thaco" was subsequently christened.  Thanks ;-)
2017-10-06 02:52:55 PM  
1 vote:
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My son and I have gotten into Star Wars Armada. It's expensive.. but extremely fun.

/son keeps beating me with that damn Calamari cruiser.
//need better squadrons... my ties keep getting killed.
///made some custom TIE Avengers  and Assault Gunboats, though.. to go with my Shapeways custom order.
2017-10-06 02:05:50 PM  
1 vote:
Trying to cut down on my violent video gaming. Just a little football as of late.

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2017-10-06 01:33:03 PM  
1 vote:

elchupacabra: Dimensio: elchupacabra: xaks: I've also been looking into the massive shiatfest that has been the release of Bethesda's "Creation Club"

1. time bomb for your HDD. *especially* if you're a space-challenged SSD player

lolwut

Please explain.

The original implementation of the Creation Club pushed out the entire collection of paid mods mini-DLCs to the player's computer/console and then the system would unlock the ones for which the end-user paid credits. This resulted in the initial rollout of CC for Fallout 4 bloating up the game's installation by several gigabytes for crap that, for most gamers, will be completely unused.

I have read that this system has been fixed in some way, but I do not know if the fix actually eliminates all CC pre-pushes or if it even removes the pre-pushed CC content already vomited up onto gaming systems at the initial launch.

Ok, so the damage has already been done, I take it.  Was worried that by signing in to CC, I committed myself to a punch in my SSDs nads.  Or that future nad-punching was imminent.


This mod supposedly cleans up the mess made by the CC push by replacing all of the CC-related files with tiny dummy files (as long as you choose to overwrite when the Nexus Mod Manager installs it).

I only use an SSD for my OS install, with my games on a standard 2TB drive, so I do not have the space issues that others might encounter but I still do not appreciate a game installation being unnecessarily bloated up.
2017-10-06 01:00:29 PM  
1 vote:

grumpfuff: How is Warframe? I heard about it and gave it a shot. Played a few hours, got a little further than that first "boss." I really do like it but as I've been getting further I have the impending sense of a huge grind, and I'm not really looking for that right now.


Warframe is great.  It can be a grindy at times if you want to get absolutely everything.  There is a pretty big learning curve and grind especially at the start, but then it gets into a nice groove.  Once you get everything figured out there is always something to do, but not much neccessary to do.

Its worth throwing in a few bucks if you are enjoying yourself after 20 or 30 hours.  It gets you past the 'hump' and into the sweet spot a bit quicker.  Buy some Orokin Catalysts and Reactors, and some weapon and warframe slots.  Then have fun opening planets, doing quests and getting new weapons and warframes.  Its pretty easy to make in game currency once you get to the mid game, and there is a lot of content and things to do.

The new expansion coming next could be amazing and bring this game to the next level too.
2017-10-06 12:58:12 PM  
1 vote:
Still playing the new Synthetic Dawn DLC for Stellaris.  Ran into the the new endgame crisis, The Contingency. They are big jerks.
2017-10-06 12:50:27 PM  
1 vote:
I know I'm extremely late to this but I just started Bioshock Infinite.
2017-10-06 12:35:57 PM  
1 vote:
I spent most of the weekend hopping to 3 different neutron stars about 2500ly out.  I get to the last one and think to myself 'I haven't been to Maia, I should finally get myself meta-aloy and start working on engineers. I also should be able to hop into some never explored systems.'  I route, its only 2500ly to Maia, or 2500ly home.  Maia it is.

Now, with the update, data caches are now legal salvage.  I made stops for degrade signals to pick them up. Small are about 7k.  Large Cache's are closer to 150k. I picked up about 5 large ones on the way  As I'm about 5 hops from Maia, the thought came to me 'waitaminute, I am now carrying something of value, and flying around in a weaponless systemhopper built low mass for higher FSD, and heading for Anarchy.'  I also see that 'goids are popping up in groups of 5 hunting me as I'm scanning my last bits of profit.  From that point on my goal was 'scanning over/time to run/get to the closest station possible'  After hopping into Maia, I quickly found the closest station, and ran.  I escaped two interdictions.  I have the PS4 controller set up that pressing down on the right stick drops speed to 0.  I accidentally pressed down on the stick for one.  I Dropped a large cache to give me a little time to boost my way out.  Apparently one large cash wasn't enough.  dang NPC wanted more.  I escaped, landed and sold it.  Bought meta alloys, plotted a route to farseer, and ran as quickly as possible there in my flying coffin.

After the ~5kly  exploration run, I came back 100mil richer.  I found quite a few terraformables, 2 ELWs and an Amonia world to call my own.

After decking out the Python, I have about 50 mil on hand.  I started to finally work on my less than stellar combat skills.  I am just fine, until I get a wing of 3 after me.  I have been hanging out at a non hazardous RES playing 'guard the NPC'.  Last night I got good enough to watch a pirate drop in, scan it & kill it, before system authority gets to do anything about it.

I guess I'll work on engineers, and community goals now.  I have yet to participate in a CG until now.
2017-10-06 12:04:04 PM  
1 vote:

Claude the Dog: Talk me out of buying a Switch.


You will probably end up buying one with 3.0.1 firmware, and the most recent promising hack only works between 2.0.0 and 3.0.0.
2017-10-06 11:17:14 AM  
1 vote:

SonsoftheSod: Since someone mentioned mod size above, one of my favs is a tiny little mod for Skyrim called Wet and Cold. All it really does is add some extra AI behaviour and visual effects depending on the weather, like visible breath and NPCs putting on hoods etc when it's snowing. It adds an incredible amount of atmosphere to the game, and I can't really play without it, anymore.

Glad to see the Script Extender and SkyUI  for the SE are in alpha, at last.


That's the neat kinda immersion shiat I like getting. FO3 has that mod to remove the green tinge, or the one to add a shiatload more period music to GNR. Oblivion has stuff like Natural Environments (adds a whole bunch of dynamic weather) or Illumination Within (occupied buildings will have lit windows; windows will dynamically darken depending on the sleep schedules of the people inside) or Book Jackets, which pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin, making the various books visually identifiable. It also has a dumb little mod to drop in Patrick Stewart and Sean Bean heads onto their respective characters.

/Nevermind the waifu mods DON'T JUDGE ME
//You should probably judge
2017-10-06 11:15:31 AM  
1 vote:

xaks: I've also been looking into the massive shiatfest that has been the release of Bethesda's "Creation Club"

1. time bomb for your HDD. *especially* if you're a space-challenged SSD player
2. it's the exact opposite of what they originally said it would be....it's poorly copied free mods that you have to pay for
3. Skyrims's are slightly less liquid ass than Fallout 4s, but only slightly. The ass is a thicker liquid, I guess
4. The charge cash money for the 'credits' for this crap, and upsell you on bundles THAT way, too

It's pretty much a double-fisted middle finger faceplant all the way around


I have already installed a mod that removes the "Creation Club News" window from the Fallout 4 main menu.

Also, I do not know which did it but some mod that I have installed adds a dollar sign in front of the Creation Club option in the menu. The dollar sign also appeared in the Creation Club News window before I modded it out. I found that amusing.

I considered taking advantage of the free-for-one-week "survival" mod for Skyrim until I found a comparison of it with free survival mods available from the Nexus that found that, while the CC mod was better integrated with the game, the free alternatives have more features that make them a better choice.
2017-10-06 10:29:47 AM  
1 vote:
Since someone mentioned mod size above, one of my favs is a tiny little mod for Skyrim called Wet and Cold. All it really does is add some extra AI behaviour and visual effects depending on the weather, like visible breath and NPCs putting on hoods etc when it's snowing. It adds an incredible amount of atmosphere to the game, and I can't really play without it, anymore.

Glad to see the Script Extender and SkyUI  for the SE are in alpha, at last.
2017-10-06 10:28:45 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, mods.
ENBoost to cap my FPS at 72 since FO4's engine freaks out any higher than that.
House fixes for Croup Manor, Kingsport Lighthouse, Taffington Boathouse and Egret Tours Marina
Reshade\SweetFX for better image
Some outfit packs
CBBE and BodySlide
Ballistic Armor without Railroad
Skip raiding of settlements for Nuka World
Dogmeat's armor
Expanded Ballistic Armor
Several others I'm forgetting.

I've tweaked what I can but I'm still fighting the low-res texture bug (thought ENB was supposed to help with that) and the occasional CTD when exiting buildings. Figure it's one of my mods but haven't wanted to spend the time to hunt it down.
2017-10-06 10:19:41 AM  
1 vote:

Summercat: Ive been playing that DnD idle game.

I don't know why.

Been working on recoding an old browser based strategy game from 1999-2004 called Shattered Empires. Hope to have something to show for it in a month or so.


A browser version of Twilight Imperium?  You have my attention.
2017-10-06 10:15:10 AM  
1 vote:
The PS2 I picked up is working quite nicely, and I've been spending a my spare time loading games onto it. I should have picked up a 320GB drive for it (and probably will now, considering IDE drives are just going to get harder to find) but I wasn't even sure the damn thing would even work. 250GB will have to do for now. There's a few games I've had serious cravings for that I want to get back to, and still a few more that I never found time to play, but mostly the farker's going to end up being a Burnout 3 machine oh god yes.

I don't really ever go for mods that significantly change gameplay, so the only one I can think to put up would be Brutal Doom. My Oblivion and FO3 modding pretty much stuck to visual overhauls and bugfixing. Much older games usually get things like engine overhauls to up visual fidelity and basic QoL improvements like Zandronum, Darkplaces, whatever Quake 2 has now. PCSXR-PGXP also gets mention for taking Playstation games and (mostly) fixing all the weird visual bugs due to the limitations of the original hardware. No more wiggly-jiggly textures and polygons.
2017-10-06 10:13:11 AM  
1 vote:

Cthulhukefka: I loved this game, right up until a certain race near the end where I rage-quit after gods know how many attempts.


Yup
2017-10-06 10:09:34 AM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: Been replaying Mad Max, because there's something deeply cathartic about roaming the waste land in your awesome custom car with you crazy high priest of mechanus side-kick.

For anyone who still hasn't bought it:  Its not replaying the events of the recent movie or any of them but its set in the same world/local region and from my understanding its pre-last-movie.  Imorten Joe's son is the main nemesis in this one and mentions like bullet farm and gas town are liberal.  Its atmosphere is dead-true to the series, pretty damn dark themes and a lot of rich content in there.    Extremely well done game world too, the region you start in is somewhere off the coast of Australia where the ocean used to be so most of the forts and bases are all rusted out ship-wrecks and such.  Game play wise picture a typical assassin's creed type open world divided into zones of control with a scattering of common activities across them.  There's a main story to follow and a couple side-quest type things but its pretty open to just picking a target and going for it.  One of your secondary objectives is to build up the local warlords' bases but weakening Scrotus's(son of Joe) hold over the region by whacking his bases, taking out his convoys and generally killing every war boy you run into.

Car combat is brutal but your priest-mechanic will repair your car infinitely between fights and even if you get into a bad spot you can hop out and deal with things while he brings the car back to life.

Ground combat is very assassin's creed style where you are one vs many, you are typically just using your fists to punch the crap out of war boys and other dessert evils.  You have a shotgun and knives but they're more for special situations, ammo while not exactly scarce isn't plentiful enough to just shoot your way through encounters.

I found it played better with the xbox controller then keyboard, specifically for the driving part.

I also just bought a sweet new 34" ultra wide that arrived yester ...


I really enjoyed this game.

It is also the only game I have rage quit and will not finish.  The Stank Gum race towards the end in the city was impossible for me to win. Not sure how much of that is due to keyboard/mouse or my play style.  The close confines were just too difficult for me to maneuver (had the correct light vehicle load out, everything upgraded).
2017-10-06 10:05:06 AM  
1 vote:

Dimensio: Joe Satin: I've finally given up GTA 5 after a couple years of enjoyment. I think rockstar has killed the game purposely with all the dlc that you have to constantly grind for and I will not buy shark cards. So, I have to find another game now.

I am still waiting for the new single-player content that Rockstar promised in 2013.

Any day now!


It'll be released right after Half Life 3
2017-10-06 09:56:29 AM  
1 vote:

Smoking GNU: Oh, and for mods, i'ma assume you mean really big mods?


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I would like to remind everyone that a true mod MODIFIES the root game files, hence the name "modification", this means that the Sexy Girl mod for Counter-Strike is a mod of a mod, and that the Sexy Girls map for Warcraft III is NOT a mod, I say this as one of its original creators.

I write this because your implication seems to be that "mod" is determined by file size, when any long-time Usenet user would know better.
2017-10-06 09:52:36 AM  
1 vote:
Finished Assassin's Creed on Tuesday (did everything but the flags....fark the flags).

Started Assassin's Creed 2 later that night and am still playing it.  Good game, probably the best of the AC series, but so obvious that it's a console port....the draw distances....and no ini/cfg tweaks to fix it....

Going to play Assassin's Creed 3 next unless I pick up the rest of the Ezio Collection before then.

I'll get Origins like I get every other AAA game that isn't online FPS -- a year later and at least half off with all the DLC bundled.  If there aren't multiplayer servers to go dead or I don't care to use the multiplayer features, I don't care when I buy a game.
2017-10-06 09:51:52 AM  
1 vote:
I took the advice of another Farker and sprang for Skyrim Special Edition for my XB1. What a difference - it went from "this looks pretty cool" to "DAMN." I'm already past the point I'd played on the PS3 version and looking forward to more.

In RPG news, I've restored my old Heavy Gear Web Site at Banzaidyne III Redux, and have been updating some of my Heavy Gear D6 work at Banzaidyne IV. Stop on by!
2017-10-06 09:50:47 AM  
1 vote:
Total War Warhammer II.  Beat a hard campaign as Mazdamundi and it was hard for sure.  I really like the changes to the game and the vortex campaign.  Not sure if I'm going to do another playthrough real soon.  Have to decide if I want to do Mazdamundi again or try Kroq Gar or play as rats.  I may wait until they add Norsca in and some more lords and races.  I like it when the map is full of factions.  I love this huge map but if I had a complaint, Id say it's thin on playable factions which of course will be fleshed out.
2017-10-06 09:49:48 AM  
1 vote:

xalres: Holy crow! I didn't know the Gunpoint guys made another one! WAAAAAAANT!


Yup. It's well worth the money. Kind of a gunpoint/hotline Miami/Monaco love child.  You'll love the first time you concussion hammer your capture target through a window into space, then remotely fly your pod to pick him up.

Or when your personal mission is to assassinate the guy who killed your brother, so you hijack another ship and shoot his engines out, rip his entire ship in half with missiles, then slowly float by the wreckage to watch him asphyxiate in space.
2017-10-06 09:42:28 AM  
1 vote:

Dimensio: Joe Satin: I've finally given up GTA 5 after a couple years of enjoyment. I think rockstar has killed the game purposely with all the dlc that you have to constantly grind for and I will not buy shark cards. So, I have to find another game now.

I am still waiting for the new single-player content that Rockstar promised in 2013.

Any day now!


I watch Funhaus videos of GTA 5 unline antics from time to time. I would like to thank them personally for reminding me why I never reinstalled after the HDD holocaust.

Divinity Original Sin 2 is currently owning my down time.
2017-10-06 09:42:22 AM  
1 vote:

Dimensio: Two more game mods that I highly recommend:

Nehrim: At Fate's Edge, a mod for Oblivion.
Enderal: The Shards of Order, a mod for Skyrim.


I can't recommend Enderal enough.  It's just stunning- the main plot and side missions are just better than Skyrim itself all the way around.  Five minutes into the game you're going to be sitting there with a "WTF JUST HAPPENED?" expression on your face

/Off to get a nice crispy piece of meat.
2017-10-06 09:31:06 AM  
1 vote:
I've finally given up GTA 5 after a couple years of enjoyment. I think rockstar has killed the game purposely with all the dlc that you have to constantly grind for and I will not buy shark cards. So, I have to find another game now.
2017-10-06 09:27:03 AM  
1 vote:

MaxTigar: I can answer both questions in one statement...

Tekkit Legends.


I've been playing this a lot with my daughter recently.  Tekkit has always been very high on my favorite mod list.

Other mods I've played a ton of over the years were Counterstrike and Day of Defeat, back when those were mods instead of actual games.  I played a lot of 'History in the making' mod for Civ 4.

Enderal is up there too.  That is practically it's own game instead of a Skyrim mod, but it is a Skyrim mod, so it counts.

This week, I've been playing Elite: Dangerous.  I took a big step in my goal of unlocking all of the engineers: I can now access Bill Turner and his PA blueprints.  You have to mine 50 tons of Bromellite, which was boring but didn't take too long, and you have to get the permit to access Alioth, which took longer but I was able to get by bounty hunting.  Bounty hunting is a LOT more fun than mining.
2017-10-06 09:17:30 AM  
1 vote:
Went back to Civ 5 for a bit & was surprised at how many Civs I somehow hadn't actually won a game playing (and I've got close to 3000 hours in at Civ 5, how the HELL did I never complete a game as Washington or Bismark?)

So I'm kickin' through a bunch of smaller games and using the leaders I'd not so far

Doing more Battletech testing too, which is always fun. Giant stompy robot tanks with LRMs are just viscerally awesome
2017-10-06 09:13:48 AM  
1 vote:

LowbrowDeluxe: Side note:  You cannot stop once you start this process.  When populations start dying off from chemical processing your energy tanks and you're suddenly -300 energy with a fleet cost through the roof.  I've got 2500 out of 4700 fleet capacity currently, and no way to support it without new victims coming in.  Thankfully I'm almost done with the 109 months of research mega structures took and have access to a ruined Dyson Sphere.  Once that gets up and running it will stabilize even my sprawling empire.  (along with my sectors having been switched over to energy focus for now).  The ruined science nexus will help with further research to be ready for end game crisis, which I'm now at 110 years in and have taken out the first awakened fallen empire and one other for good measure.  Also, I have a multiple crisis mod, so this should get exciting.


Ayaaaaa.

Haven't been able to play Synthetic dawn yet because my mods haven't caught up to the new pieces of the game yet and the game crashes on startup.

Been playing Dragon Age Origins lately.
2017-10-06 09:09:17 AM  
1 vote:
Picked up Mass Effect Andromeda for $20, have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.  I understand it was buggy as all hell, but underneath that is a solid game.   I love the ideas they created in Andromeda, and while the presentation isn't quite as clean and polished as 2 or 3, the concepts are great, the galaxy feels different enough, and there's tons of potential here.    No DLCs to come though, but we may end up getting more content in a sequel, or they may choose to go back to the Milky Way.    Fine with either idea.  Just a good scifi explorer RPG.
2017-10-06 09:06:07 AM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: Been replaying Mad Max, because there's something deeply cathartic about roaming the waste land in your awesome custom car with you crazy high priest of mechanus side-kick.

For anyone who still hasn't bought it:  Its not replaying the events of the recent movie or any of them but its set in the same world/local region and from my understanding its pre-last-movie.  Imorten Joe's son is the main nemesis in this one and mentions like bullet farm and gas town are liberal.  Its atmosphere is dead-true to the series, pretty damn dark themes and a lot of rich content in there.    Extremely well done game world too, the region you start in is somewhere off the coast of Australia where the ocean used to be so most of the forts and bases are all rusted out ship-wrecks and such.  Game play wise picture a typical assassin's creed type open world divided into zones of control with a scattering of common activities across them.  There's a main story to follow and a couple side-quest type things but its pretty open to just picking a target and going for it.  One of your secondary objectives is to build up the local warlords' bases but weakening Scrotus's(son of Joe) hold over the region by whacking his bases, taking out his convoys and generally killing every war boy you run into.

Car combat is brutal but your priest-mechanic will repair your car infinitely between fights and even if you get into a bad spot you can hop out and deal with things while he brings the car back to life.

Ground combat is very assassin's creed style where you are one vs many, you are typically just using your fists to punch the crap out of war boys and other dessert evils.  You have a shotgun and knives but they're more for special situations, ammo while not exactly scarce isn't plentiful enough to just shoot your way through encounters.

I found it played better with the xbox controller then keyboard, specifically for the driving part.

I also just bought a sweet new 34" ultra wide that arrived yester ...


It is indeed a great game.  A little grindy, tho, but then, I like grindy (more than 1k hours in Elite Dangerous).

As for what I'm playing this week:  the usuals (Rocket League, Elite Dangerous), some new stuff (Heat Signature), and I'm itching to replay something else but not sure what yet.  This usually ends with me digging out Jagged Alliance 2 again, but that's really starting to look old now.  :D
2017-10-06 08:19:16 AM  
1 vote:
Side note:  You cannot stop once you start this process.  When populations start dying off from chemical processing your energy tanks and you're suddenly -300 energy with a fleet cost through the roof.  I've got 2500 out of 4700 fleet capacity currently, and no way to support it without new victims coming in.  Thankfully I'm almost done with the 109 months of research mega structures took and have access to a ruined Dyson Sphere.  Once that gets up and running it will stabilize even my sprawling empire.  (along with my sectors having been switched over to energy focus for now).  The ruined science nexus will help with further research to be ready for end game crisis, which I'm now at 110 years in and have taken out the first awakened fallen empire and one other for good measure.  Also, I have a multiple crisis mod, so this should get exciting.
2017-10-06 08:12:33 AM  
1 vote:
Decided to try early game rushing in Stellaris with a Determined Exterminator machine mind.

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Worked pretty good.  Took 3 empires before they could build space ports on their first colony/two colonies, which gave me enough planets (and enough energy from chemical processing of the inhabitants) to roll over the 3rd closest who was doing an excellent job of getting established and almost stalled me between his fleet and spaceports.  With his 5 planets added that put me in control of a good 1/4th of the 2500 star galaxy with around 15 planets at a time when building them up myself would have put me at 5ish.  Next empire had just a few more planets than I could claim in a single war, so I absorbed what I could then moved past them to the next and did the same.  Then those two made defensive pacts with the guy past THEM, so I declared on him and they got dragged into the war despite having 5-10 years of truce left.  Took chunks out of all 3 empires and just kept rolling rolling rolling.I had about 3/4ths of the map under my control before I paused being in war even once, and then it was just to start upgrading my fleet in between wars so it'd be ready for eating Fallen Empires.

I'm happy with how this went down, other than with so many planets and so little development it takes years to get a single tradition and I still only have 1 ascension perk so far.  However, I started this game to play around with Determined Exterminator's 25% weapon damage increase and see if I could get Kinetic Artillery damage high enough to one shot ships. =/  Not going to be much point to chasing levels of +damage tech now, especially with so many planets multiplying research costs.
2017-10-06 05:41:49 AM  
1 vote:
I've been sick as fark with the flu this past week and I've played almost nothing other than a round of Mechwarrior online here and there and never for any amount of time.

I had preordered Cuphead a while back and played the first couple of levels. It's breathtakingly gorgeous.

I can't wait for this sickness to be over so I can actually get in to it.
2017-10-05 11:47:00 PM  
1 vote:

Non Sequitur Man: Apparently I've decided that I'm not pulling out enough hair from my head. I recently re-started playing Alundra on epsxe and Riven from the MYST series, I had to quit Alundra due to travel years ago, so I've rekindled my frustration. Whee.

While looking for a Diablo clone, discovered Torchlight 2 and have been spending waaaay too much time on that. If anyone could recommend a good hack-n-slash I'd be most thankful.


If you like those Path of Exile is pretty fun. And it's free.
2017-10-05 10:43:27 PM  
1 vote:
Took a brief break from Skies of Arcadia Legends to finish cleaning up Nuka World in Fallout 4, but now I'm going back in to the open skies in 3D, assuming that Dolphin does not screw things up on me.

Also, I just picked up a New Nintendo 3DS with some special firmware and I've been playing around with it for a bit. I may end up selling my old 3DS model (LoZ-branded unit) if I can find a decent price for it. I have CFW on it, so I might be able to get something for it, if eBay does not kill the auction.

Favorite gaming mods:

Brutal Doom for Doom
Unfinished Business I & II for the Baldur's Gate trilogy.
Ascension for Baldur's Gate II (primarily affects Throne of Bhaal but has effects through the game)
The fan-patch for Vampire: The Masquerade:Bloodlines
Salvage Beacons for Fallout 4 -- this one was so damned useful that I sent a donation to the mod's creator.
 
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