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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1450 on: 11 Feb 2021, 16:38 »

I've been playing "Werewolf the Apocalypse: Earthblood".

Sure, its a little janky, needs quite a bit more polish and the plot is a little contrived and cliched, but damn if it isn't fun tearing through people as a freakin' werewolf! I'm rating it much higher than Cyberpunk 2077...admittedly that's not hard, but its still going to be one of my top games of the year
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1451 on: 12 Feb 2021, 21:59 »

I net another rare Total War Warhammer 2 achievement.



Honestly, I think I may abandon this Itza campaign I played to get this. Its so freaking tough! You're in the middle of Lustria and being attacked by skaven on all sides. I can see it being fun if you did a co-op campaign with Order of Sotek, since they are nearby, but other than starting with Lord Kroak, it feels like I'm rolling a boulder up a hill only for it to fall back down. I am not eliminating the skaven armies fast enough to then take out their settlements.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1452 on: 12 Feb 2021, 22:15 »

Yeah, considering how important Sotek was to repelling the Skaven from Lustria, you might have to ally with them.
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« Reply #1453 on: 17 Feb 2021, 20:04 »

A homebrew D&D campaign with a bit of a Dark Souls twist. All the rooms in the dungeon crawler reset after a) one of our characters die[1][2] or b) we head back to one of the safe rooms[3]. We can only level up in the safe room
 And we level up regardless of death or Homeward Bone.

I've always wanted to revisit ranger after the aimless misguided mess of the first one. I tried to play a few years back. I don't know why I wasn't expecting to be DPS, but I'm the party's DPS. Sharpshooter is an incredibly important feat and well worth the -5 to hit. Especially now that I've got it down to a -2[4]. He's a neutral evil variant human. Cooking up the disgraced noble background was interesting[5]. He signed the contract so his family's status and honor could be restored along with justice being met out to the guilty.

I really need to remember to use Hunter's Mark more.

[1] If one PC dies, all PCs get whisked back to the starting area as the terms in the contract our characters all signed states 'death is not allowed'. Apparently the entire dungeon is being recreated when this happens.
[2] The price of the world reset/teleportation time-travel mechanic is a random memory from our characters. Mine currently can't remember his own age.
[3] There's an item that's basically a Homeward Bone. It takes one full turn rotation to work after being used. We've used at least three over the course of 5 or 6 sessions.
[4] a +1 longbow along with something else I can't recall offhand.
[5]combo of noble and outlander since his family got non-magical banished to a primeval forest to keep the local massive dire beasts in check. Those details are over in the D&D Pathfinder thread if you're interested.

EDIT: better explanation
EDIT 2: clarification that they were banished not Banished
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« Reply #1454 on: 22 Feb 2021, 19:12 »

I tried out For The King, and I think I played about an hour before I felt like I needed a break. I leveled up to 3. It's... how do I put this? It's a lot like a huge chocolate cake, like that one out of Matilda. I just had one slice, and whoof, it filled me up for a while. But in terms of exploration I barely left the neighbourhood, I have no idea how much of the world is still hidden, and how long until I'm expected to complete this (or die trying). And this is just ONE chocolate cake labeled 'apprentice' that I don't even know I could stand to finish. There's like five more on display!

I'm used to roguelikes where the length of your average run is measured in minutes, and a winning game might last up to an hour. I'm not sure I can stomach For The King when I'm looking at, what, three hours? six?? for every campaign. It's not exactly conducive to failing forward. Maybe I'll just play Rage 2 (the current Epic freebie) instead, it's basically junk food that goes down easily.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1455 on: 13 Mar 2021, 22:55 »

I picked up Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock again. I did some research in tips and strategies to better understand the game and I am doing WAY better than my last attempt. I even unlocked a rare achievement!



The campaign is pretty brutal, but I think I'm in a good position to finally build a decent second battle fleet. I am on Chapter 7 out of 14 so about halfway through. Maintaining colony happiness has been a chore but is starting to pay off. I have learned so much since the last time I played (especially how to use Raptors and better fleet positions). I am still trying to learn how to use torpedoes (which are unguided but rip through hulls like tissue paper, unlike the missiles) but I just unlocked and built some missile/torpedo cruisers which may help in learning. In my first play through, I finally got to build an Artemis class Battlestar and it blew up in the first mission. I was so pissed and dejected.  It seemed so weak! In my current campaign I understand better how to use and protect it and now it just seems over powered, which is great! In one battle, I ended up losing my entire fleet save the Battlestar which won the day with barley a scratch. I ended up reloading and replaying the mission though so I could keep my fleet. Save scumming is perhaps the best way to go because the game is very unforgiving, even on normal difficulty. I am still trying to find the sweet spot on using flak cannons on the Battlestar. You have to be careful that you don't activate it and shred your own missiles or fighters.  So far it looks like the enemy fleets prefer to shoot at my other ships and leave the BS alone and my vipers take out the enemy fighters fairly quickly. Intel reports are coming in that some of the invading Cylon fleets are starting to include Basestars so I better be on my toes. I haven't fought one yet but they are the Battlestar's complement and have heavy armor. Time to learn torpedoes!

I also LOVE the "replay" after each battle. It takes all your decisions and events of the battle and plays it like a movie. Its great!
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1456 on: 13 Mar 2021, 23:48 »

i've been fixated on Destiny 2 for like a month or so now ._.

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« Reply #1457 on: 10 Apr 2021, 19:33 »

I've gotten back into Monster Hunter with Rise and it's like I never left. A little time getting used to the new wirebug mechanic but it definitely makes you more mobile.

i've been fixated on Destiny 2 for like a month or so now ._.

I finally got that monkey off my back and now I have a huge side eye for an MMOs going forward.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1458 on: 13 Apr 2021, 22:00 »

Not sure which has more bugs: Night City or the Amazon Rainforest.
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« Reply #1459 on: 23 Apr 2021, 22:22 »

So I knuckled down and played Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock all the way through (well the vanilla game anyway). Its probably the best space fleet combat game out there. It is really fun and intense. Its very rare that you will just roll over a Cylon fleet and every battle feels like its on a knife's edge. The story takes place during the first 3-5 years of the First Cylon War (about 50 years prior to the events of the TV show) and you only play as the Colonial Fleet (but you can play as Cylons in the skirmish and multiplayer modes). The campaign is fun, though not really deep and serves as a minor prequel to the TV series of the mid 2000s with a couple of familiar surnames popping up. The combat really shines and is easy to get a handle of but every battle feels like its own small story. After each battle you can see the replay and it plays out like a small movie.

Its a turn based game where you give all your units orders and movements and then when you hit "end turn" both you and your opponent's fleet act out your movements and orders. Because its turn based, its really easy to keep track of and command your fleet as opposed to the real time battles of say Battle Fleet Gothic: Armada. The campaign map is interesting as you build fleets and move them around to complete campaign missions, side missions, and fight off Cylon invasions of the 12 colonies. You have to try and protect the colonies as best you can so they stay in the quorum and provide money to your fleets to build and run all your ships. You also have to recruit and level up officers so you can expand your fleets and buff their abilities. I think I spent a lot of time between campaign missions 5 and 6 managing the colonies with small flotillas guarding the colonies and building battle fleets to act as an elastic defense to beat up any Cylon invasions.

The ships were great and you can tell the devs put a lot of love into the game as some of the ships resemble the 1970s show (like the base stars and the prototype cylon raiders, or the Artemis Class Battlestars resembling the '70s Galactica and the Mk1 Vipers are the '70s vipers). Its fun to play with fleet compositions and find what works best for you (strike craft heavy, missile boats, gunboats, etc) as each ship has strength and weaknesses that you have to work to balance in both fleet composition as well as in battle. Like the Artemis Battlestars don't have any guns on the bottom of the ships so you want them to be lower than the enemy or have a tough ship stacked underneath to protect it, but at the same time it has powerful top, front, and broadside guns along with fighters and ordnance.  Fleets are limited to no bigger than 7 capital ships and 1 support ship (I didn't have the DLC so I didn't have any support ships) and the size of the fleet also depends on how you level up the commanding officer you assign to the fleets. There is a nice balance of combat, fleet management, politics, and war theater strategy in the game. Honestly, its a really great game.



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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1460 on: 26 Apr 2021, 19:36 »

I've been on a bit of a Star Trek kick lately. I haven't logged into Star Trek Online in nearly a decade. I just logged in and am reinstalling it. Time to explore strange new worlds for a bit.

I also installed the Star Trek New Horizons mod for Stellaris and it is EXCELLENT!
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1461 on: 03 May 2021, 16:59 »

I started playing Hades, and by all things Greek Mythology based, I love it! Never had a game before where dying regularly is a necessary part of your strategy. Just wish I hadn't just watched a video where it was mentioned that, on average, people do a complete and successful run in 32 attempts. Pretty sure I've done more than that already. Am I that bad?
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« Reply #1462 on: 03 May 2021, 17:08 »

I started playing Hades, and by all things Greek Mythology based, I love it! Never had a game before where dying regularly is a necessary part of your strategy. Just wish I hadn't just watched a video where it was mentioned that, on average, people do a complete and successful run in 32 attempts. Pretty sure I've done more than that already. Am I that bad?

Don't worry about it. I can't remember how many times it took for me to complete a successful run, but the number was low enough that there were a ton of voice lines I didn't hear and several NPC questlines that I wasn't in a position to complete because I blew through the game so quickly. If you're below average, enjoy it while you can.
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« Reply #1463 on: 03 May 2021, 18:03 »

I managed to get to the first boss fight yesterday (got my ass handed to me, of course) and I was pretty darn impressed with myself until I saw that video :D  Ah well, it's about the journey, and at least I'm enjoying myself.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1464 on: 04 May 2021, 22:55 »

I've been playing One Deck Dungeon, a computer version of the dice-&-deck-of-cards board-game from Asmadi Games. The computer game, which is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, is simply a very faithful and streamlined adaptation of the board-game, so the linked videos describe the basic mechanics pretty well. It's a sort of "roguelike" in which one or two players explore a dungeon that is randomly generated by drawing cards from a deck (hence the name of the game). The computer version takes care of the book-keeping and dice rolling very nicely, and it's streamlined to play.
Board-game playthrough part 1: Board-game playthrough part 2: Trailer for the computer version:The game is brutally hard to beat, but I think it's an excellent solitaire game. On first sight, you would seem to be at the mercy of the random-number-generators, but there are a number of skills, potions, and tools to manipulate your dice rolls, and it is very satisfying to make a bad roll, but still survive and get the loot.
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