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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 22, 2014, 09:22:50 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 25, 2014, 02:28:20 PM

Avadon 2: The Corruption is on sale for $4.99 for the first time.

Anyone played this?  I love spiderweb software so I am interested but I know I will probably never finish it! smile

I bought Avadon 2 for iPad after seeing this post, and have put about 8 hours into it so far.  I wasn't sure how well the touch interface would work, but it turned out well.  As a fellow Spiderweb fan (who has never finished a Spiderweb game), I think this is well worth $5 (if it's still on sale), even full price.
2  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: RPG for a 7 year old who loves Castle Ravenloft on: September 06, 2013, 07:10:13 PM
When my boys were 9 and 7, I found a used copy of the D&D beginner's set (3 or 3.5 edition).  It was very easy to set up and run them through the included adventures.

This year I got the Pathfinder Beginner's Box and ran them through (now they're 14 and 11).  It seemed more involved and cumbersome than the D&D red box a few years ago.  That's a subjective assessment, of course.

You might take a look at Tunnels & Trolls.  The rules are lighter (both in content and in atmosphere) than either of those I've mentioned, I think, and there's a good amount of material available for it (DriveThruRPG).
3  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Depths of Peril -Free Steam Code on: August 29, 2013, 03:05:45 PM
I'll give it that one a try, if it's still available.
4  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls on: February 01, 2013, 03:41:07 PM
My wife thinks it's sad and/or pathetic that I still have all my old T&T stuff, despite the fact that I haven't played a solitaire since the 80s.  Instead I've spent the last 20 years hunting them all down, dragging her along into dusty old hobby shops in search of new treasure.  I dragged her to GenCon in '92 and got my rulebook autographed by Stackpole and Danforth.

I've never played T&T with other players.  Now my boys want to play an RPG, and I'm inclined to start them with this one: the quick combat, along with the emphasis on fun and role playing, make it a strong contender.

I guess it IS sad and/or pathetic, but nobody's perfect  icon_wink
5  Gaming / Analog Gaming / [Kickstarter] Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls on: January 31, 2013, 09:47:01 PM
This almost snuck past me: Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls.  I started playing T&T way, way back, even before D&D.  T&T's appeal for me was the solitaire adventures, to which I devoted many happy hours of my youth.  If any of you are fans, here's your chance to support an updated edition.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Request for beta readers on: February 16, 2012, 04:43:06 AM
Thank you both.  PMs have been sent.  As usual, Gone Gold--I mean, Gaming Trend--forum members come to the rescue.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Request for beta readers on: February 15, 2012, 09:58:18 PM
Esteemed gentlemen (and/or ladies) of the forum,

A friend of mine is writing a book and is looking for a few beta readers who will provide some objective, honest feedback.  If you are a fan of page-turners / thrillers and are willing to preview a few chapters, please send me a PM.  I will send you the preview chapters and a few diagnostic questions.  Those who read the preview and complete the survey will receive a copy of the ebook (when it's completed).

Thanks, everyone.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Netbook Gaming on: January 15, 2012, 05:10:56 AM
For the last year my only gaming computer has been a netbook (Asus EEE 1015PEM, dual core).  It has worked very well for quite a few games.  Naturally you don't want to push it too much.  Before investing in a game, you'll want to search to see if your particular netbook runs it.

Since you don't have an optical drive or the horsepower for newer games, GOG is your friend.  I have rebought a lot of games that I already own, just because it's much easier to install them the GOG way.

Your mileage will vary depending on your exact hardware, but on this netbook I've had great results with:

Civilization III (I heard that IV is very slow so I haven't tried it yet)
Arx Fatalis
Baldur's Gate (I'm sure the other Infinity Engine games will work just as well)
Divine Divinity
Might & Magic 6, 7, 8
System Shock 2

Others, like Neverwinter Nights and Gothic 2, run but can get a little choppy.

Thanks to the netbook's portability and convenience, I've done more PC gaming in the last year than I'd done in the previous 2-3.  Finally I'm catching up on my backlog of old games  icon_wink

9  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 19, 2011, 04:11:52 PM
I'm 99% certain that I have an extra copy of Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (bought it years ago, got bored and forgot it, then bought another copy).  If you want it, you can have it.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 13, 2011, 09:47:51 PM
Logitech Wireless PS2 controllers are $15 used at Gamestop and well worth the money. 

Dragon Quest VIII is also worth every penny. 
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: October 13, 2011, 09:40:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 13, 2011, 06:23:55 PM

Quote from: Crawley on October 13, 2011, 05:57:39 PM

Now they just need to get Knights of Legend. It might actually run well on current systems.

Oh man, I remember playing that game for countless hours on our Apple IIGS in the basement with my stepbrother and friends.  Aah, the good ol' days.  smile

I still have it: original box, disks and all.  Bought it when it was new, played it for an hour and put it aside thinking, "I'll play this when I really have the time to devote to it."  Still waiting....
12  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Might & magic Weekend Sale on: August 07, 2011, 01:47:36 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 06, 2011, 02:28:05 AM

Quote from: Scraper on August 06, 2011, 01:50:17 AM

I love me a good dungeon crawler, but somehow I missed these games when they were released. So if you could only play one of them which one would it be?

6 is my favorite, and it comes in a pack with the first 5 games.  M&M 7 and 8 are both similar to 6 and still fun, but they're not as good as 6.

EddieA's right.  I'm playing M&M 7 on my netbook right now.  Its gameplay has some improvements over 6 and it's definitely a fun game, but I still like 6 better.  Maybe 6 seemed more cohesive than 7 does, or maybe I'm biased because I bought 6 on release day back in 1998 and enjoyed it immensely (and am about to rebuy it for my son--curse you, GOG).
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming rental fees... on: July 12, 2011, 08:47:11 PM
Even with the combined price (we have 2 DVDs at a time), it's still a lot less than cable or satellite would be, and my wife is never lacking for something to watch.  When she runs out of things she's interested in watching, we'll reconsider; till then, I guess I don't mind paying the bill.

I work for one of the content delivery networks which provides the streaming video for Netflix.  Netflix alone makes up a large percentage of our total traffic every day, and keeps growing.  Honestly, I'm surprised prices haven't gone up sooner.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Experiment of '11 on: July 12, 2011, 01:31:42 AM
When our Comcast bill hit $65 (internet only, no TV or phone) I was going to do the same thing.  I started looking around at the options...but down here between Romeoville, Lockport and Lemont, there don't appear to BE any other options. 

Quote from: hepcat on July 11, 2011, 06:49:26 PM

edit:  added another w to the grannylove site because apparently that doesn't lead to a blank page...

15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Weekend Sale 4-7-2011: 1C Collection Sale on: April 08, 2011, 02:24:09 PM
Are any of the UFO games worth buying?  I've had a netbook for 3 weeks and have been looking for a good excuse to buy something from GOG.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4/1/11 - April Fool's Edition on: April 04, 2011, 09:39:56 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on April 02, 2011, 01:41:07 AM

Quote from: Qbe on April 01, 2011, 08:32:27 PM

Might & Magic VI.
I've just recently started M&M VI again, too.
Just got my party through the Temple of Baa and they're up to lvl 9. It's held up quite well and I'm remembering why I loved it so much the first time around.

The Temple of Baa went more quickly than I remembered, and my son was impressed by the mass of skeletons that showed up when I took the gong.

Unfortunately he was so impressed that he played M&M VI over the weekend and I didn't get a chance at it.

Meanwhile, I finished up the Dragoons' Cavern and moved on to Free Haven to buy some travel-easing spells.  M&M VI has definitely held up well over the years.  I bought it on release day and never regretted it; this time, maybe I'll even finish it.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4/1/11 - April Fool's Edition on: April 01, 2011, 08:32:27 PM
Might & Magic VI.

No, seriously.  I got a netbook and M&M VI runs very well on it.  My last playthrough (1998) was interrupted by the birth of our first son, and I never got back to it; maybe I'll finish it this time.  Meanwhile, that son watched me play M&M VI last night and now he wants to play it himself.  How's that for making you feel old?

I may also put a little more time into Dragon Quest VI.  Time permitting.  Ha ha ha.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenogears, Vagrant Story, and more coming to PSN on: March 24, 2011, 01:50:54 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 22, 2011, 04:02:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 22, 2011, 03:52:59 PM

You'll reach a point where even the most epic JRPGs would stop and call it good but that's only halfway through the game and then Xenogears just keeps on going from there. 

Unfortunately, they keep following Nietzche all the way down into his descent into madness. 

That is indeed unfortunate.


Oh well, the gameplay stays great through the end.

Ok, ok, you guys have twisted my arm enough.  I'll give it another try.  icon_wink
19  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Just reformatted the wrong drive... recovery options? on: March 23, 2011, 04:48:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2011, 10:51:42 PM

This is why humanity invented the sledgehammer.

I thought it was invented so Peter Gabriel could write that song.....

Nope, it was so David Rasche could be in that TV show.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenogears, Vagrant Story, and more coming to PSN on: March 22, 2011, 03:43:19 AM
A few years ago mirage775 was giving away strategy guides, and I snagged the one for Legend of Mana.  Never got to play it.  Maybe I'll give it a try on the PSP.

The first town in Xenogears killed my interest in the game.  Maybe I'll have to give it another try, since it apparently gets better.
21  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: AD&D1, where good place to buy the books? on: October 06, 2010, 06:54:24 PM

Quote from: Morgul on October 06, 2010, 05:34:46 PM

open mind, reward the players..  

I guess that means no more Tomb of Horrors where you start the module,  go down, open the door to the dungeon and the roof caves in on you, killing the entire party?  lol

Like that old Foxtrot where Jason convinces Paige to play D&D, she spends hours generating characters and then they're all killed in the first 30 seconds (or something like that).

Ah, the good old days.
22  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: AD&D1, where good place to buy the books? on: October 05, 2010, 07:06:31 PM
These aren't online as you requested, but I'll throw them out there anyway since Graham already mentioned Noble Knight.

If you have a Half-Price Books nearby, it'd be worth checking out.  Many of the stores I've visited have some AD&D1 stuff; some have quite a bit.  Other used bookstores might have stuff too.

If you're in Milwaukee, Happy Hobby on Burleigh has a lot of old stuff.  If you're in Michigan, Titan Games in Battle Creek used to have a lot of great old stuff in the store, but I don't know if that's still the case.

23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Returning to Baldur's Gate on: September 29, 2010, 09:14:56 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 25, 2010, 03:53:28 AM

This thread has made me dig out all the discs.

Me too (actually, I found them yesterday).  I played a lot of BG when my second son was a baby and needed to be held upright to sleep.  I spent a lot of very late nights (back in the Gone Gold days) holding him with the left arm and playing BG with the right.  My wife thought I was a saint, letting her sleep at night and still getting up for work the next morning.

Well, now he's almost 9 years old and I still haven't gotten much past the Nashkel Mines (pitiful, I know).  It might be time to load up BG again and make some more progress.  BG2 and TOB are still unopened in The Box O' Shame and occasionally call out to me in the night.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 10:34:30 PM
I consider myself fortunate to have missed a lot of the movies mentioned so far (but hey, I did like the hokey vibe of Signs).  But I've still seen some pretty bad ones:

The Emerald Forest


Beaches  (aargh--in a theater full of women)

and how about:

25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I want a PSP. on: July 23, 2010, 07:36:32 PM
The list of RPGs and strategy RPGs available for the PSP finally reached critical mass for me, and I bought a modded device last month along with a pile of games.  I was aiming to convert some of my collection of PS1 RPGs to play on the device, but didn't find the time.  Overall it's a great system if you like the games it has available.

This morning I gave it to my son as a reward for helping us in our recent move, so now I have to make a decision: cough up the $150 for a new 3000 at Gamestop, or $120 for a used (but possibly moddable) 2000?  Decisions, decisions.
26  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Wing Commander strategy guides on: June 20, 2010, 05:50:08 PM
I have the WC3 guide, and I think it came with a bonus CD too.  However, we're moving in a few weeks and I think it's already been packed away, so you might have to wait a bit (if you're interested at all).
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Give me your top 5 "must-see" anime on: August 23, 2009, 02:38:20 AM
Tsk.  No one's mentioned Mach GoGoGo yet?

Several years ago Knightshade Dragon sent me his unwanted copy of Moldiver.  I hadn't seen any anime since Speed Racer, so it seemed very strange...but I still have it and still watch it occasionally.  Entertaining.  But it warped my anime sensibilities, so here are some less-mentioned suggestions for some (mostly) less-serious series:

Trigun.  Don't dither, just put it in your queue now.
Sorcerer Hunters.  Mostly comic, with a few serious episodes at the end.  I enjoyed it enough to buy it.
Azumanga Daioh: girly but entertaining.
Zipang.  What if a modern JDF ship were teleported back to the battle of Midway?
DearS.  Not bad if you're into that sort of thing.

And last but certainly not least:
Dragon Half.
28  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PC Games Free, just pay shipping please. on: January 09, 2009, 04:59:44 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on January 09, 2009, 03:44:36 AM

Does anyone want HL2 by any chance?  If so, contact me tonight with your address.

Yeah, ok, if it's still available I'll give HL2 a try.  PM sent.
29  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: January 07, 2009, 01:06:06 AM
+1 to Eduardo X for a great deal on Baldur's Gate.
30  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Target Clearance 2009-01 on: January 01, 2009, 06:33:41 PM
As with all Target clearance, YMMV.  Might as well start with that.

Some of the Milwaukee area Targets have had Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold on the clearance train for a few weeks.  Monday it hit $9.98 (75% off).  That was my target price (ha ha) so I picked it up.
31  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Baldur's Gate (PC) on: December 26, 2008, 10:46:26 PM
Thanks!  PM sent.
32  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Baldur's Gate (PC) on: December 24, 2008, 03:41:38 AM
I have a young whippersnapper coworker who I'm like good PC games.  I've finally talked him into trying Baldur's Gate....and now it's apparently become impossible to find.  If you have a copy you'd like to send to a good home for a reasonable price and/or trade, let me know (and Tales of the Sword Coast would be a nice bonus, if you have that too).  I have a bunch of older PC games which would like to find new homes and can probably get him to scrape up some cash.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Needed: advice on buying refurbished/off-lease/old laptops on: December 05, 2008, 01:04:24 AM
Thanks for the input.  I'd like to spend less than $200 each (since I need to buy 2), and maybe ebay has a few reliable sellers after all.  Or, maybe I need to lower the specs a little.  Looks like I have to do some digging to find the bargain I'm looking for!
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Needed: advice on buying refurbished/off-lease/old laptops on: December 02, 2008, 03:31:45 AM
I'd like to buy my boys (ages 7 and 9) each a laptop.  The 100MHz Windows 95 laptops I got them last year don't quite have the power they need.  They don't need the latest and greatest--in fact, I don't want to spend that kind of cash.  Something in the 1GHz range would be fine; Windows XP would be good, and Linux-capable would be even better.  In other words, something that was top of the line 5 years ago or so.

Obviously you can't buy laptops in that range in stores anymore (at least, not in any stores here), and I won't buy from ebay or craigslist.  There are apparently a number of sites online where you can buy/bid on refurbished and/or off-lease laptops.  Can any of you recommend a reputable or trustworthy vendor?  How about uBid?  Is that a scam?  Any other recommendations? 

35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 26, 2008, 03:57:50 AM
Voted.  I used to live in Battle Creek--you guys need all the help you can get  icon_wink 
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Japanese Coach [DS] on: October 17, 2008, 12:33:30 AM

Quote from: Frogstar on October 16, 2008, 02:58:46 PM

I thought about picking this one up.

Do you think that someone using this application could learn enough to navigate menus (or achieve some cursory understanding of a plot or storyline) in a Japanese game?       

That'd be cool (learning enough to get some understanding in a Japanese game), but I don't know how far "My Japanese Coach" takes you.  You'll definitely learn the kana and be able to read some words early on.  However, all the games I've tried have plenty of kanji too, and that raises the learning curve.  "My Japanese Coach" would be enough to get you started, but there'll be plenty more work to do.  Some of us consider that to be fun  icon_smile
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Japanese Coach [DS] on: October 17, 2008, 12:28:26 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 16, 2008, 12:54:25 PM

Thanks a lot for the impressions, Qbe!

Can you tell if it's going to have any grammar or full sentences involved, or does it seem like it's going to be mostly vocabulary and reading/writing?

I did another lesson at lunch today--it's still pretty basic and I haven't seen any new types of games yet.

The minigames so far seem to be primarily vocabulary recognition and reading/writing.

The lessons themselves cover grammar and sentences.  You can practice reading and speaking there, but sentence-level review seems to be absent from the minigames.  They'll quiz you on words you learned during the lesson, including verb forms (as far as I've seen), but you don't have opportunity to reproduce sentences yourself.  At least, not through lesson 12.  That's where Pimsleur really stood out for me.

38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Japanese Coach [DS] on: October 16, 2008, 05:24:25 AM
Good timing--I just spent an hour or so with "My Japanese Coach" (couldn't resist).

First impression after that hour: this is pretty cool.  It uses a lesson-based format, each of which introduces a little bite (yes, I said "bite", not a typo) of Japanese vocabulary, grammar, culture and writing.  You can hear each word and phrase spoken by a female speaker.  You can practice saying words and phrases, then compare your pronunciation (I finally cracked open that headset I bought last year to give it a try, and the recording quality is pretty good).  You can practice writing kana (I haven't seen any kanji yet) and compare against the CPU.

You unlock new lessons and activities by "mastering" each lesson's content.  After completing a lesson you may still need to earn points toward that mastery; you do so primarily by playing minigames: so far I've seen matching, word search, Memory (like the card game), and Whack-a-mole (they call it "Hit a word"). 

That last one really sold me.  You're told to tap gophers that match a particular word, and you only get a few seconds before they're gone.  First time through the gophers' words were all romaji.  Yawn.  Easy.  Next time half were in kana, and I really had to hop to keep up.  Speed-recognition and reading of kana?  Cool.

And there's a dictionary, and a phrase book (with audio pronunciation), and I'm sure there's plenty more I haven't seen yet.

This won't be a complete comprehensive Japanese course by any means, but it packs in a lot of content and activities.  I'm a follower of the All Japanese All The Time school of thought--immerse yourself in as much foreign language content as possible to aid learning--and can see where this would be a great additional learning tool.  It probably has its downsides too--I hope there's a male speaker at some point, and I have no idea how far the content will go--but so far this seems to be a good value and a fun tool to aid in learning Japanese.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning a new language - best method? on: August 20, 2008, 04:00:05 AM
As everyone says, immersion is key: the more of the language you get, the more quickly you'll learn.  Pimsleur was a great start for me, but definitely make your first stop for much better, more comprehensive and inspirational advice.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT Book Club: The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril [Spoilers] on: July 26, 2008, 01:26:32 AM
If you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?  Get going!  I read it a year and a half ago because it was being discussed here, and was really glad I did.  There were 2 or 3 places where it didn't have the just-one-more-turn/page factor, but it never took long to pick up speed again.  Great book.
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