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In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

16 November 2017 - 07:47 AM

I know, right?  And if someone does come up with games that actually sound unique and fun, like, oh I don't know, Star Wars Ocean's Eleven (Ragtag) written by Amy Hennig herself, not only does EA divert its resources to recycled garbage like Battlefield Hardline, they shut down the entire studio that was working on it!  What's with all the apparent hatred for single-player games from EA?  (I haven't played or really looked at Titanfall 2, so I don't know if that counts.)





I heard about this, but this video informed me about some new stuff I hadn't heard about before. 


I was planning on buying the game as soon as I've got my gaming PC up and running, but screw EA's money grubbing tendencies, I'm waiting until Christmas to pick up this game.




Or you could "stay woke," as the kids say these days, and just not buy the game AT ALL.  I did the same with the first new Battlefront, even after being impressed by the demo's graphics; and I haven't regretted it once.  The beauty of the Capitalist system is that you can make a difference with how and where you spend your money.  You just need to make informed decisions, and the information I have gathered tells me that EA doesn't need a penny from me.  Don't wait for a sale, don't rent it from a store, just spend your time and money on a game from a company you want to support.  Or invest it for the future, so you can afford to buy better games' collector's editions later on, if you so desire.  Up to you.  I need to take a few deep breaths. 

In Topic: What Are You Currently Playing?

15 November 2017 - 02:43 PM

Invite sent, with my compliments.


Heh, "don't get bogged down."  I wish you'd told me that before I went and got my boots soaked chasing a drowned dead for Siegried's tongue contract.  Preeettty sure I'm going to get trench foot.  XD  But in all seriousness, thank you!  I'm just doing the sidequests for the coin, since apparently quests in this game have required reading, but the textbooks , er, sorry tomes and such cost exorbitant amounts; but I need to get that information to be able to do the bigger, better jobs so I can have the money to buy the gear I want.  Wait....am I in college again?



Anywho, I promised a Gwent deck screenshot, so here it is, for your viewing, critiquing, or mocking pleasure.





I've probably overstuffed it, but I found that this arrangement allows me to win wars of attrition, particularly against some AI challenges and most players at my level...which is the very bottom... >.>  But it gives me plenty of troops for Foltest to buff, armor for my Dun Banner Cavalry to exploit or to otherwise keep my units in the fight, and plenty of lovely siege weapons that whittle the enemy down with satisfying "whoosh-thumps."  I'm working on getting more Temerian cards to capitalize off of the Blue Stripes' ability, they definitely pair well with the Temerian Infantry.  Those and the Blue Stripe Scouts seem to be the only cards with the same power, though.  Ah well, it's still handy to be able to drown the enemy in numbers like that. 


In Topic: What Are You Currently Playing?

14 November 2017 - 07:25 AM

Oooh, I play Gwent!  My clanmates who also play the Witcher games either didn't play Gwent or complain the freestanding one is too different from the version they played in The Witcher III, so I've just been puttering around in the Single player challenges and holiday events.  I'll occasionally make a brave charge into casual play, but get only mixed results with my very basic Northen Realms - Foltest buff and armor deck.  I'm experimenting with a Nilfgaard deck, too, but haven't invested enough time or money to really get good at the game.  I'll gladly take a screenshot of my deck when I get home, though!  (and add you on GOG, too, if you'll allow me.)

In Topic: What Are You Currently Playing?

10 November 2017 - 09:18 AM

My clanmates convinced me to jump into Path of Exile, a free-to-play top-down RPG, and I'm glad they did, because I'm enjoying it more than is probably healthy.  Instead of being the chosen one whom people just give stuff to because you're destined to kill blah-blah badguy, as is the norm, it builds off a similar foundation to the more recent Elder Scrolls games where you start as a prisoner.  The difference that stood out there was that every NPC you react with doesn't conveniently forget your crimes just because you left the tutorial area.  Each character class has different reasons for being exiled to the magically-scarred wasteland that is the continent of Wraeclast, from the pious Templar who asked too many questions about his order's past to the charming Duelist who won a duel of honor against the wrong person; from the enigmatic Witch who was caught tampering with powers unsanctioned by the church to the wondrous Scion who literally murdered her husband on their wedding night.  Your character's voice lines and their relationships with the NPCs reflect these backgrounds, as some characters even witnessed your crimes, or at least know you by reputation or saw your life begin to decline.


This game has been called "everything Diablo III tried to be."  Having never played any Diablo, I can only speculate as to the meaning of that statement.  What I can say is that this game has a compelling, truly dark narrative that made me even more industrious than usual in finding pieces of lore as I sought to figure out what the bloody heck happened to this entire continent.  Without giving too much away, you find that you are sifting through the wreckage of a once-great empire that relied on tyranny and magic more than was good for it, and hear the stories of numerous heroes who tried (and apparently failed) to cancel the apocalypse.  Will you falter beneath the weight of your own sins and follow those heroes into the grave (or worse), or rise above the endless hordes of zombies, magical mutants, malformed beasts, and corrupt soldiers (among other dangers) to not just survive, but thrive?


Be warned, the levelling system is very different from what you may be used to, as while all classes focus on certain types of gear and attributes, spells and abilities are, for the most part, COMPLETELY INTERCHANGEABLE.  Want your Duelist to toss fireballs like a mage? Sure!  Want your Witch to loose special arrows from a bow?  Why not?  While not every weapon or skill is perfectly suitable for every character, you can still level your passive stats to match your desired build, and the actual blade swings/spells/teleports/etc. you want to happen when you click are up to you, and upgrade independently from your character.  It gets a bit overwhelming at first, so be sure to go to the main website to pick a character you think best matches your playstyle, then go to the forum to see recommended builds for that character, so you can work from there.  Everything from skills to gear is included in the best articles, as the community is surprisingly helpful in showing new players what works for them and is fun/less confusing to play.




On the single player front, I finally dipped my foot into the endless ocean that is the Witcher series.  Yep, only ten-ish years late!  I'd been interested ever since Scorp first released that one vignette and spoke so glowingly about the series, but I only recently managed to acquire a copy on Steam and the time to play it, as opposed to other games.  Needless to say, I'm glad I did.


Being a stickler for order and proper narrative, I started from the very, very beginning with the Witcher: Enhanced Edition (okay, so not the very beginning), and was immediately intrigued with the amnesia mechanic/narrative I'd heard so much about.  Finally, we have an excuse for all the exposition, and our character having to ask about basic concepts that the NPCs learned long ago.  While the animations don't seem to have aged particularly well (is it REALLY necessary to load into a cutscene of Geralt showing a signet ring we can't even see?), I'm powering through it and the need to get obscure journal entries before you can complete quests because darnit, I want to see what happens next!  All these people who remember Geralt, who even saw him die, and some evil he was fleeing that could end the world according to prophecy?  With characters who act and sound so alive, a world full of lore and politics that I can't get enough of, and story choices that actually feel significant but aren't always strictly black-and-white?  I'm hooked.  I'm running around the temple quarter of Vizima in Act 2 like a chicken with its head cut off, and I couldn't be happier!


(That being said, I'll be looking back for Scorp's and Maverick's old reviews of the Witcher games to see if any advice can be found, and I will happily welcome any tips from veteran Witchers in our ranks.)

In Topic: Werewolf's Writing Tidbits

10 November 2017 - 07:57 AM

Now he almost felt bad for teaching Kye the girl’s part of the dance.




For the first time in his life, he had been happy.



Drake thought about that for a second. “Well,” he replied, “Facebook is where you collect all these ‘friends’ you don’t really know and then brag about things you do to make all your non-friends on your friends list feel bad.”

Kye blinked. “That doesn’t sound very nice.”

“It isn’t."



Kye furrowed his brow. “So… what’s the point?” He paused. “This seems like something demons of Pride would invent.”


“You think everything is pretty,” Drake said flatly.


“Eat it. #WWCD”

In a reply to the above tweet, “No or minimal chewing.”


Your affinity for summing up the state of modern culture and social media while juxtaposing it with fantasy characters is absolutely splendid!  Your capacity for cruelty to your own characters is...worrisome...however.  :P


Still, all of these were great fun to read!  I have a few prompts to suggest, if you like:


  • Caiden vs. Plexaura - Embarrassing childhood photo sharing 
  • Kye asks a girl on a date (maybe modern Febriel?)
  • First taste of battle - any character
  • Tom trips into someone important, has to charm his way out of it  Edit: Bonus points if it's someone he can't/doesn't want to seduce, but knows he shouldn't fight.  But if you want to show him putting his famous moves on, I won't complain.


Have fun!