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561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Snooker Game on: April 18, 2008, 12:00:02 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 17, 2008, 09:07:43 PM


Seriously, leaving PC games aside for the moment, snooker is bloody difficult to play.  I used to play pool all the time in my student days and naturally thought I was pretty good at it.  Then I tried playing snooker.  The tables are huge, you just don't appreciate it until you stand next to one.  I went from being able to pot balls with relative ease and actually positioning the cue ball where I wanted it after each shot in pool, to not even being able to hit my target ball in snooker.
My GF and I had the same experience when we first started going to this poolhall in San Francisco - we thought we knew something about the game (we'd played often enough at her parents' and at friends houses in Berkeley) and thought we'd try snooker. Those tables seemed huge, we thought at first we were shrinking...

Sorry, OT, but I had to chime in...
562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Europa Universalis:Rome on: April 17, 2008, 09:08:44 PM
Glad to hear there's enough barbarians to keep me from becoming too complacent - it's those random annoying invasions that'll prevent me from committing the entire army too far away.

Like the assassinating or diplomatic missions where you can rid yourself of a disloyal or annoying person. 

I've enjoyed in previous Paradox games playing minor countries just to see what I can do, but I can understand why this might be more difficult to do in this setting where the big guys are so close.
563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dwarf Fortress on: April 17, 2008, 06:37:04 PM
I play it now and then: I'll be intrigued for several hours before I stop.  Then I'll pick it up and start fresh. One of the more interesting games around right now - despite its unholy graphics.

New Dwarf Fortress: Now with less Dwarven Drowning.

There's always something new...
564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Europa Universalis:Rome on: April 17, 2008, 05:15:07 PM
Sepiche: thanks for the thoughtful post. I think the hours you've played give your impressions more weight than the hour and a half I spent on the demo. I think the good in EU Rome seems to far outweigh the negatives - and so, I'll probably purchase far sooner than I'd anticipated.

BTW: does anyone know if there were any barbarian invasions during this time period? I've always liked having to deal with challenging situations like barbarian hordes and would-be-pillaging mobs.
565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm having FUN! Are you having fun? on: April 17, 2008, 01:32:51 PM
Now that I've finally finished my UFO: Extraterrestrials 10,000 Missions game, I can chill with an FPS or the new HPS Gallic Wars that I just received.
566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 17, 2008, 03:27:45 AM
Inconceivable!

It would be inconceivable for OO not to return. The finest fighting force ever assembled scattered to the far corners of the Internet?

Inconceivable!
567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do eyedrops cost so much? on: April 17, 2008, 12:09:27 AM
My father has a prescription for Xalatan eyedrops which cost $35 for a bottle that has precisely 60 drops; no more, no less. He puts a drop in each eye nightly and he has enough for one month. I think that's a pretty pricey amount for eyedrops but his doctor says he needs it.

He also has a prescription for Levobunolol eyedrops which sell for $5 and it comes in a bottle that lasts two months. He takes those daily.

I asked my cousin who an opthamologist if Dad could just use the $5 but he says they should be used as prescribed.

So those Artificial Tears  (ironrodically, I think they're called "Natural Tears" TM) might be a bargain if it keeps your eyes healthy.
568  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: *edit* I'm playing a boardgame with myself!! on: April 16, 2008, 07:16:54 PM
Even real-life face-to-face chess has disappeared for me. I used to play dozens of speed/blitz/action chess in San Francisco at the Mechanics Chess Club and even in Santa Fe, I'd play at the local coffeehouses.

I think the PC has made it too easy for me to satisfy my gaming habits without leaving home. Why travel to play a handful of games against relatively weak chessplayers, many of whom have what could best be describe as having "odd personality traits" when I can easily play dozens of games against stronger players online where their personalities can easily be ignored ("option: turn chat off")?

If you have a regular group of gaming friends who can get together for an evening, treasure them! Get as much gaming in before circumstances scatter you all. My high school gaming group was really a disagreeable assortment of snobs,geeks,anti-social elitists but damn it! Those bastards could game! And they'd buy them, so I didn't have to!
569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heroes of Stalingrad on: April 16, 2008, 07:01:12 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 16, 2008, 11:25:14 AM

It's certainly getting a lot of flak over at Matrix with it's delayed publishing. Another one of these "I'll forget about it until it's released" for me.
For me too...although "a lot of flak" at Matrix really translates to "a couple of guys" made a couple of posts. That forum isn't a beehive of activity. (Even now, it's only slightly more active than OO at the moment.)Anyhow, this thread was just a headsup and not an endorsement.
570  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: *edit* I'm playing a boardgame with myself!! on: April 16, 2008, 03:27:16 PM
I've played several boardgames by myself mostly to familiarize myself with the rules - but that was when I was in high school and knew that I had available opponents to challenge.

Sadly, now I see all these interesting looking boardgames and realize that the people I know just aren't interested in that sort of thing. We'll play poker or basketball, shoot pool, etc. but Orcs? Knights? Vampires? You're joking right? And of course, I must be... It's no big deal, I suppose, but I do miss the combination of in-person gaming and socializing.

I'm not tempted to buy any boardgames anymore since it would be too sad to see them go unused...

On the plus side, my high school chums were kind of sore losers and would occasionally knock over a game after the final roll of the dice. I don't miss that.
571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Europa Universalis:Rome on: April 16, 2008, 03:06:29 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 16, 2008, 11:21:28 AM

I was kind of sitting on the wall until I saw the $50 price tag which pushed me to the other side of the wall. At that price it's not something I want to take a chance on if I'm not firmly convinced it's for me. I'll have to wait for more reviews and perhaps a price drop.
I believe Best Buy has it for $40 if that makes a difference. I'm planning to wait too because I'm swamped with other stuff and as much as I like Roman-themed games, I like price drops even more. Having seen EUIII and Crusader Kings drop to like $5, I can wait. Perhaps not that long, but a little while.
572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Free download: Matrix Games makes The War Engine available on: April 16, 2008, 03:01:03 PM
Matrix Games is making The War Engine Toolkit available for free download. Who doesn't like free stuff? For free, I'll look at it.

Features include:

* Highly tactical watch your tracks, destroy key terrain, find the objectives!
* Seven full games in one
* Individual scenarios as well as linked campaigns
* Move your army from one battle to the next!
* Weapons, terrain and units are all fully configurable
* Use our graphics or your own
* Excellent AI performs well under the wide variety of situations

573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Europa Universalis:Rome on: April 16, 2008, 05:20:56 AM
Gamespy's review was less favorable than the other reviews so far. They gave 3 out of 5 stars citing a poor UI and army management problems.

I think they mentioned, among other things, that changing an army's marching orders while on the move resulted in the army losing all movement and returning to its start. Also it was difficult, the review says, to make sure that the entire army arrived at a destination at the same time leading to part of the army facing the enemy days before the rest of the troops.

Anyhow, don't kill the messenger: I'm still enthusiastic but I'd like to hear the opinion of someone here who's actually encountered this sort of thing in the game.
574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 16, 2008, 02:58:40 AM
As much as I appreciate being made to feel welcome here - in that no one here has wished me any specific harm - I miss OO.

I never thought I'd write that. I didn't even agree with 1 in 100 posts I read there and yet...if it doesn't return, I will miss it.  icon_frown

(Plus with most of its inmates free to roam the internet...who knows what mayhem will ensue?)

OO Come Back! All is forgiven.
575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heroes of Stalingrad on: April 16, 2008, 02:44:35 AM
It may not be better; certainly it'll be different. I don't see it as a Heroes of Stalingrad Vs. AOTR situation.

Advance of the Reich is an ok game. I own it and have played at least three dozen scenarios, often more than once. It's just that AOTR's graphics are so minimal, its sound FX dull, and its A.I. barely competent: they get the job done but even for a East Front fan like me, it's not that atmospheric a game. Tank combat is dull - in a Russian Front game! - and the computer frequently doesn't protect trucks/halftracks from any weapons fire, troops leave favorable cover to charge and battle damage (like decimated squads) are not reflected onscreen except by going over a units' stats. It's a decent early 1990s era game but I can understand why it's not inspiring much enthusiasm.

Whereas I think Heroes of Stalingrad's graphics are inspiring;both counters and maps are beautiful. The sounds FX are better than the usual perfunctory wargaming rifle fire and boom of an explosion. I like that Heroes will have two campaigns along with standalone scenarios. What I'm really hoping is that the A.I. will be competent.

If the A.I. isn't up to snuff, then AOTR will certainly be better.

576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When did you file in your taxes? -or- How many slackers we got here? on: April 15, 2008, 08:31:19 PM
I filed in Feb. because I had TurboTax and all the documents I needed handy. For me, it's easier to do the filing right away rather than constantly see on my TO DO bulletin board my note "IRS TAX" for months.
577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heroes of Stalingrad on: April 15, 2008, 08:24:32 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 15, 2008, 06:16:08 PM

So this is a computer port of the boardgame?
Not of the boardgames I mentioned (Squad Leader or the John Tiller Squad Battles series) which I merely mentioned to give an idea of the scale and type of wargame HofS might be compared to. It may be based in part on LnL's "Heroes of the Blitzkrieg" which was a boardgame. My understanding of Heroes of Stalingrad is that it is independent of other LnL products and there is no boardgame HoS planned. But I don't read all their forum posts and that may have changed.

As for the size of the map(s) - the examples show just a small screen - I have to think that's due to the person who made those examples using FRAPS and who wanted to emphasize that particular moment.

Anyhow, who knows how it'll be when released? I'm hopeful that the gameplay and AI will be sufficient. I'm certainly pleased with the look and sound so far; maybe there'll be other aspects like plenty of scenarios or challenging tactical decisions that will add even more.

So let's keep our fingers crossed.

Again, it's just an FYI. If I see any new info as time goes on, I'll post. If you all see something, it'd be good to add.
578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 15, 2008, 04:45:14 PM
I like GT. It's friendly. Perhaps we should all leave the ocean and venture onto dry land - permanently.
579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Heroes of Stalingrad on: April 15, 2008, 02:56:10 PM

Lock 'n Load publishing is coming out (when? soon) with a PC game called Heroes of Stalingrad which looks very similar to the old time boardgame Squad Leader and the John Tiller Squad Battles PC games. It's a turnbased game deliberately created to evoke the feel of a boardgame, down to the unit counters and rolling dice (optional).

I think it looks very interesting and very attractive too. Hope it turns out well.





Heroes of Stalingrad is not an RTS game and it's not a big-budget AAA production by a large team, but even outside its niche wargaming segment, it appears promising.

http://www.locknloadgame.com/hos/firefight.wmv

http://www.locknloadgame.com/hos/melee.wmv

http://www.locknloadgame.com/hos/armor.wmv
580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Europa Universalis:Rome on: April 15, 2008, 12:04:17 AM
There is a review at Out of Eight that gives the game 8/8. It's a fairly lengthy review.

Troy at Flash of Steel will have a review at CrispyGamer soon; he appears less enthusiastic though he thinks it's a good but not great game. Just FYI.

Short of a disastrous amount of negative feedback, I'll purchase the game within the next month or so.
581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HPS Winter War available on: April 14, 2008, 11:53:47 PM
It's an interesting series, ideal for quick battles. I see a campaign (or three) has been added, so that's a plus too. While the series is definitely dated in terms of graphics, it does have a quirky charm: you've got the boardgame feel, a decent A.I., and (esp. in the older games like Advance of the Reich) gamers have created dozens of extra scenarios.

I also second trying NWS Online for HPS games - and other wargames - I've found them to be fast, reliable, and significantly cheaper.
582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Collectors Edition...metal lunchbox!!!!! on: April 14, 2008, 06:42:42 PM
It's kinda pricey given my interest level. So I'll probably just beat up some kid as he heads to the lunchroom and take his Fallout 3 lunchbox...
583  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [$.01 BB gameguides] WIC, Bioshock, Societies, Gears, Halo2, more... on: April 14, 2008, 03:09:22 AM
Sadness. Didn't find a single penny guide this time.
584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 14, 2008, 12:29:18 AM
Walking past the old Octopus Overlords place gives me the creeps! - what with the hastily boarded up windows, neglected front-yard (which truthfully hadn't been tended in years anyway) the shutters banging in the wind and the hint of movement in the darkened second-story rooms.  icon_confused I'm glad I can come here where it's bright and friendly...
585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gal Civ II: Twilight of the Arnor - Beta Updates on: April 11, 2008, 07:09:35 PM
Galactic Civilizations II: Game of the Year Edition is about $20 at CircuitCity - maybe even a bit less - so what one could do is try that and see if its gameplay is at all enjoyable. As much as the game has improved, I still think it likelier than not, that those who don't enjoy the GalCiv2, won't enjoy the latest version. This wasn't true in my case, I admit: I admired the first game but didn't find it "fun" - it's only been with the latest version of Dark Avatar that I've really enjoyed the game. I'm going to purchase Twilight without feeling taken advantage of because a) no one's forcing me and b) I believe that all the additional work will be amazing. I'm in.
586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dogmeat in Fallout 3 on: April 11, 2008, 06:49:55 PM
Well, I intend to replay Fallout 2 soon as it will distract me from the fall of OO. If I see the dog on the road, I hope he'll join up. And if I meet the Buddha on the road?

BTW, that's a cool screenshot Daehawk. It is now my new wallpaper.
587  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 10, 2008, 11:09:44 PM
Found Supreme Commander for $7.98 at my local Target.

CheapAssGamers report both Supreme Commander and its expansion at the $7.98 price BUT I scanned the expansion and it showed $29.98.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if I find the expansion at yet a third price at another Target.



588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 10, 2008, 12:18:28 AM
"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?"

Anyhow, the time for weeping is past.

It's time now to assign guilt.

Who benefits from OO's "going offline"?

Who?

(BTW: GamingTrend seems like a nice place. I may stay and learn their ways.)
589  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [$.01 BB gameguides] WIC, Bioshock, Societies, Gears, Halo2, more... on: April 07, 2008, 10:07:20 PM
It's been along time for me with regards to the penny guides. I got to go to BB anyway. Thanks for the info.
590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 05, 2008, 10:20:00 PM
good thing i checked here. i thought you all had packed up and moved away without telling me. just like my own family did in '04.  crybaby
591  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Will Wright speaking on: December 31, 2006, 11:07:24 PM
Heh. It would be cool if he showed up in that "Creature from the Black Lagoon" costume and attacked anyone who criticised his game.
592  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Gamers with families, how do you manage playing time on: December 31, 2006, 11:04:39 PM
I'm single and I find it difficult to find the time to game right now! Gamers with families must be more hard-pressed for time than me - I'm impressed that any game at all.

One thing I've found that works for me - and this works not just for gaming but any activity - is that when I do game, I focus on the game for that amount of time without allowing myself to listen to music or tv or conversation. I know it sounds ordinary but 15 minutes concentration is worth an hour of casual this-and-that "let the time drift by" activity. Haven't you ever been the gym and seen someone spend 10 minutes talking to the fellow next to them instead of working out? Or been at work and let an hour slip past without making much progress? And then, you wonder where did the time go? I may not spend as much time as other people but that 20 minutes on X3 or Mount&Blade or CivIV was intense. Anyhow, I find it works for me.
593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gothic 3 Impressions? on: December 30, 2006, 06:47:12 PM
I've played Gothic 1 and Gothic 2. I enjoyed both games moderately; they had more than their share of frustrating moments (or should I say I had more than a few frustrating moments with both games) but overall I'm glad I experienced them. The atmosphere and the story were very involving; in the sense that I cared about how it came out. So the inconsistencies and annoyances were minor compared to my overall positive feeling for the two games.

However, Gothic 3 just doesn't do it for me. Now, I've played the demo and several hours of the actual game with a friend's Gothic 3 and the game's bugginess and extreme load times were major problems. More disturbing, I suspected that the combat mechanics - even if everything else was patched to perfection - were enough to persuade me that the game would have to wait for an enormous price drop (basically I'd have to get it free) because I was able to do a great deal of mayhem just using the LMB and hoping no one ran through a freakin' wall (it happened, although at least that NPC fought back unlike some of the others) and...

I would've thought nothing could prevent me from buying Gothic3 but I was wrong. If anything, those reviews at 1Up and Gamespy and IGN and...were toooo kind.
594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4x ..Sins of a Solar Empire on: December 30, 2006, 06:16:51 PM
I came across the YouTube video and it also sparked my interest in learning about the game and visiting the official forum. I hope that it turns out well and is successful both in gameplay and in sales. We need more space genre games. Or at least, imo, I can't have too many.
595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1701 A.D. Impressions? on: December 30, 2006, 06:12:30 PM
I haven't seen  1701 A.D. at a B&M Bestbuy - which is unfortunate since when the inevitable price drop happens, I could buy the game for an extra $5 gamer's gift card coupon discount but oh well...

I definitely would purchase the game but as things now stand, I really can't justify full-price even though 1701 A.D. appears to be the sort of game that I enjoy. Problem is there are other games that I own now that have received their proper attention. Still, I'm such a fan that I'll still read other gamer's impression and Patch Readme's simply out of curiousity.
596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot's best & worst of 2006 on: December 30, 2006, 06:06:16 PM
With regards to "Trends", if the worst are in-game advertising (which frankly doesn't bother me as long as it doesn't interfere with gameplay or atmosphere) and so-called bad launches (hell, I'm not at all swept up with the need to buy something immediately anyway, so launches are amusing PR hypes at most for me) then that's not so bad at all. What I find more discouraging is how more and more photorealistic game graphics become while the essential A.I. in them isn't all that much more interesting. The idea that "it's in multiplayer where Game X really shines" is not necessarily encouraging, I'll play MP but I prefer the SP experience and I'd like the AI to be competent. But then, this is not a new complaint and emphasis is on MP is not a new trend.
597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Voodoo Extreme's GotY list on: December 30, 2006, 05:54:43 PM
I started playing Company Of Heroes because of all the positive feedback I was reading and it won me over: it may not be quite my GOTY but I'm glad that I've experienced it. I sure played a hella lot with it and that alone is worthwhile.
598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO Down? on: November 26, 2006, 03:05:58 PM
OO is down for me and I'm behind in fulfilling my 1.3 posts/day quota as it is.
599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Was Hegemonia any good? on: August 11, 2006, 03:20:25 AM
Now I feel better. I'd felt a bit guilty about buying Hegemonia and then not playing it. Perhaps the ultra-bargain bin price let me put it on the shelf mostly free of guilt but still I thought: one of these days.

I'll play it eventually if only because I have to find out whether:

a) gamers who gave it thumbs down are just "too demanding" fans of the space genre to give Haegemonia a fair shake cause it doesn't fulfill all those hopes of a great game

or

b) gamers who gave it thumbs down are being too generous and in reality, Haegomonia belongs on the next shuttle to the galactic edge.
600  Gaming / Analog Gaming / PnP vs. Board Games vs. Cards on: August 11, 2006, 01:08:20 AM
I have to go with card games primarily because they're the easiest to find enough players for and often the most accessible to new players. They don't have to think of themselves as "gamers" so there's no mindset (?) against their playing.

I prefer boardgames if the group is more obviously gathered for a certain amount of time and purpose. If we meet some Friday or Saturday, I'll play virtually any boardgame. Last week, we played Caylus.  I thought that was fun and really easy to get into.

PnP gaming: It's going to probably stay just history for me. Ironically though, it was the most fun but frankly too dependent on the nature of the players involved. I doubt that I could get a group such as the one I was involved with in high school. I used to think every gamer should have tried PnP gaming at some point.
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