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9081  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 04, 2005, 08:57:08 AM
Have you tried changing the audio hardware setting to "emulation only" to see if it's your sound card that's doing it?  Some of the older audigies had trouble with VIA chipsets.  The setting is somewhere in the audio control panel under advanced.

What watt rating is your power supply?

How's the cooling system in your computer?

Have you disabled the onboard sound?
9082  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have City of Heroes collecting dust? on: July 04, 2005, 08:52:12 AM
I also have a copy for trade, not looking to sell, just trade.  Can you send me a list of what you're willing to part with?
9083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 04, 2005, 08:50:33 AM
I haven't figured out morale either, but I've seen a few times where morale won me a complete and utter victory when enemy units started breaking away and I was able to sweep in behind them.

I would not suggest playing any random pickup games on lobby service.  It'll ruin your view of the game as everyone there, literally everyone, uses only rush tactics.
9084  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 04, 2005, 08:44:23 AM
If you check the boardgamegeek reviews for the game, many people say the same thing.

The real problem is that the game is actually balanced so that the marine player should keep running away.  That goes against the game its based on, where you would normally just blow up anything that got in your way.  So if the marines stand and fight, they get killed, but if they run away, it's not a satisfying victory.

Luckily, there's a few updates and variants they've released online at fantasyflightgames.com

They have difficulty level modifiers and a faq that should help clarify things.  It still doesn't change the way they skewed the game, but it helps a little.

Oh, and a different designer has taken the Doom boardgame mechanics and made a fastasy version called Descent.  It's a massive $80 big box game (like Twilight Imperium 3) that makes quite a few improvements to the formula, such as making the Overlord's cards cost a certain amount of "threat", basically points that the overlord gets as the players move forward in the game or as he discards cards.  There's also a way for players to get more "lives" as it were, by completing certain tasks or reaching certain points in the game.  Thus, you don't end up in situations where its clearly impossible for the players to win.

Oh, and there's no ammo.  slywink
9085  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Arkham Horror boardgame released, a cooperative Cthulu game on: July 03, 2005, 03:11:08 AM
Fantasy Flight just released the Arkam Horror boardgame.  It pits the players as investigators running around Arkham trying to stave off one of the old ones from coming into our world.  Yes, it's part of the Cthulu Mythos.

Anyway, I figured since people were talking about Shadows Over Camelot, I figured I'd let you guys know about this one.

It's considerably more advanced than SoC, but good for groups that don't have the energy or time to start an RPG campaign.
9086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MegaMek on: July 03, 2005, 03:10:12 AM
I used to play the original battletech, complete with minis and everything.

I found the rules took a little too long to work out and hex based terrain was hard to make, but with computer automation it should be nice.

Now all we need is a 3D version with spiffy graphics.
9087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / July 3rd, 1976 on: July 02, 2005, 02:24:32 AM
Mine is on July 2nd.

I'll be 24.

I'm getting old.  frown
9088  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Oh no...more collectable crack..and I'm being sucked in!!! on: July 01, 2005, 03:07:43 AM
I have the rules, but I haven't read all the way through them.  From what reviews say they're easier and more action oriented ruleset, as opposed to a rules heavy simulation.  There are plenty of rules, but it's based off of defined systems.

So, it certainly won't be as gamey as a collectable game, but it'll better portray combined arms, infantry, etc...

However, their propietary miniatures are overpriced and a bit out of scale, there are dozens of WW2 15mm miniatures manufacturers out there that have the same quality at a fraction of the cost.

There's also plenty of other WW2 rules out there, all spread out along the game to simulation range of rulesets.
9089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: June 30, 2005, 11:59:48 PM
That depends on whether you have a system powerful enough to run it and if you can overlook the plentiful bugs in the game.
9090  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Oh no...more collectable crack..and I'm being sucked in!!! on: June 30, 2005, 11:53:52 PM
Don't bother.  If you're willing to paint and assemble, you can buy much better looking white metal miniatures from affordable companies like Old Glory or Pig Iron productions.
9091  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What's a good sound card these days? on: June 30, 2005, 04:10:31 PM
The reviews say not to bother with the riviera and catalina cards from Turtle Beach, for some reason they're way behind the times with those cards.

They do have a third card out right now called the Montego DDR, but I haven't found any reviews on it yet.

Everyone says that the Audigy 2 ZS is the way to go these days.
9092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally a real Mech/Robot RPG! - Gundam True Odyssey on: June 30, 2005, 04:04:41 PM
Eh, it's a kiddified mecha game.  Super deformed gundams just feel wrong to me.
9093  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 In-Game Nicks *Important* on: June 27, 2005, 08:35:17 AM
I'm Vanigan in most games these days, Turtle is always taken before I can register.
9094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 1 game the way you want it..what is it? on: June 26, 2005, 08:54:26 AM
You know, your description of SS3 would actually be a great new way to take the series.

I mean, not all AIs are bad and eventually there'll be a powerful one that fights on our side.

They could keep some of the isolated feeling by having all these people be scattered survivers (and they actually survive the course of the game this time) early on in the game.  Then as you link up with them, they become team members.  If you lose one, you can reclaim him at those quantum restoration machines.

Each team member would have skills that complimented your own,

The friendly AI would be crippled from the initial attack from SHODAN, but one of the major goals would be to restore functionality to the AI.

Of course, they'll never do this.  But I'll file it away under something I have to do in some form when I become a developer.  Maybe I can manage it as a Half-Life 2 mod, or Gears of War for the squad AI.
9095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suggest me some of the best RPGS out there... on: June 26, 2005, 08:37:12 AM
Suikoden 3 was a pretty good RPG for the console.  Suikoden 4 got bad reviews so you should avoid that sequel.
9096  Gaming / Analog Gaming / New Release: Shadows over Camelot on: June 25, 2005, 10:56:43 PM
I'm a big board gamer, so I picked this up on the first day.

We've had a lot of fun in our first real game (where we weren't all learning the rules) and lost, but only because we had a really good traitor in the game, and I forgot a rule about the excaliber that would have allowed me to cancel out the last black card that lost us the game.
9097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 25, 2005, 10:47:35 AM
Oh I'll be there alright.

Either me in a tank as an engineer (kinda fitting that I love driving around in armor).

Or using my mad helicopter skills.
9098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pic of XBOX 360 Kiosk on: June 25, 2005, 10:19:44 AM
That looks like the Halo 2 battle rifle on the screen.

I guess they really are making a Halo 2.5
9099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 24, 2005, 02:54:21 AM
How do you up the amount of bots in single player?
9100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 23, 2005, 08:28:48 PM
Don't start thanking them for the SAM sites yet, those missiles are the easiest thing to dodge in the game.

Seriously, if you just pull a normal turn you've dodged the missiles, and if that fails you just launch flares.
9101  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Favorite board game? on: June 22, 2005, 12:30:36 AM
I also play Warmachine and the new Starship Troopers miniature games.

I think the ISC is perfectly fine the way it is.  It's meant to be a time limiter to the game and it works.  You can't take it twice in a row, and observant players will make use of its drawbacks.

Nexus ops plays like an RTS.  You have three home base hexes in which you build things, you explore outward revealing exploration chits, which have mines or free units on them.  You mine the mines for cash to buy new units.

The key to nexus ops is that it's quick, there's no other depth besides the random board, unit special abilities, and the combat phases.  So you're really pushed towards building and winning those battles, all the while the unit mix still promotes the use of tactics.

SOC is a very fun game, especially if you're not feeling up to the usual adversarial gameplay and backstabbing of other boardgames.  There's still the potential of backstabbing from the traitor, but it's not as personal, and overall you're all trying to work together.
9102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Alan Wake latest trailer 6/21 on: June 22, 2005, 12:16:53 AM
It's remedy, they're the people who reinvented run and gun gameplay and dual wielding weapons.  So, I think you can be sure that you can use a flashlight and a gun at the same time.

Doesn't look like gun combat is its emphasis though.  Probably something more exploration and escape based.  No doubt there's still weaponry around the many locales you visit, though.

I think that Max Payne 2 level in the funhouse was just them practicing for this game.
9103  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Favorite board game? on: June 21, 2005, 05:02:08 PM
Twilight Imperium 3rd edition - Master of Orion in space.

Risk 2210 - Risk in space, adds a lot of neat new ideas, but it's still basically risk style combat.

Nexus Ops - Axis and allies in space, well sort of.  It uses a randomized set of hexes as the territories surrounding a central monolith.  It's a light wargame that's fast and fun.

Shadows Over Camelot - One of the few truly cooperative boardgames where you battle against the game itself instead of other players.  You play various knights of the round going about questing to stop the fall of camelot, but beware, one knight may be a traitor.

Bang! - a quick fun card game where one person is the sheriff, and everyone else is either a deputy, outlaw, or renegade.  Your identity is always hidden until you're killed.  Deputies try to kill off all the outlaws and renegades, whilst making sure the sheriff survives.  The outlaws need to kill the sheriff, and the renegade wants to be the last man standing.  The sheriff has one more life than normal, and that grants him an extra card in his hand, so it's not a good idea to take him on directly.  So you have a lot of banter around the table trying to fool each other into thinking that you are who you're not, while positioning yourself for the kill.
9104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Parents play World of Warcraft, kid dies. on: June 21, 2005, 12:02:16 AM
I bet more parents lock their children in cars with the windows up in outrageous heat than leave their children alone like this.
9105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PD0 Screens on: June 18, 2005, 07:58:14 AM
Um, well, it's widescreen?  That's nice.

Yeah, they seriously need to get a better art director or art tech lead if they're going to let the next gen tech go to waste.  Maybe fire their marketing guy if they release screenshots like this.  Perhaps it's just some uninspired level design?

That said, it can look bad but if it plays great and has decent AI, then I'll still buy it.
9106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG News - Magna Carta and Riviera on: June 18, 2005, 07:52:15 AM
Good grief!  Finally they bring Magna Carta over.

I heard about this game because the character artist for this game is really active on art forums, I saw the character design paintings he did and knew I had to get this game.  Unfortunately, it's only been available in Korea with no translation.

If you can, go find some of the preview character art for this game, it's really quite amazing.
9107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespy will have the BF2 review up tomarrow! on: June 18, 2005, 07:47:26 AM
Haven't we learned better than to trust reviews on big name titles these days?

Of course, we've all played the demo, but even so, I don't trust any big name reviews these days.
9108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespy will have the BF2 review up tomarrow! on: June 17, 2005, 11:35:38 AM
I've gone with the assault class as of late.  They have a boatload of health and their weapon is very accurate even at range and does a lot of damage.

Add on that spiffy underslung grenade launcher and you have a quick bunker clearer or use it against light vehicles.

My main problem with the game is that the heat seeking missiles are completely useless.  By the time you lock onto something, it's already too far/close and you don't even have to make and dodging them requires little more than a slight turn.  Then there's the flares that completely fool them.

I mean, if the missiles are going to be this bad in game, why not just give every anti tank man some?
9109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 17, 2005, 12:01:23 AM
Anyone know a way to get these episodes cheaply?  I'm a starving artist here and I really can't afford $80 for a single season, let alone all 5.

The best I could do was get Firefly for $35.
9110  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Paper miniatures on: June 16, 2005, 01:23:22 AM
Not miniatures, but there's a place that makes some very excellent paper terrain.  Everything from massive modular fantasy castles to scifi ships.

www.worldworksgames.com
9111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge of the Sith Script - Abridged on: June 13, 2005, 06:00:45 AM
He did it all for the wookies.
9112  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 11, 2005, 12:19:09 PM
That's really cool and all, but can we get an IP?  slywink
9113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 10:21:23 PM
I subscribed to fileshack since their service has been great to me.  I'm already at 41% downloading at my max 80kb/s.

That said, this demo goes true public tomorrow.

Oh, and there's word that there's a 12 minute limit for game rounds on demo servers.  If that's true, I hope someone cracks the servers.

Although, the full game comes out in about two weeks.
9114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 09:10:29 PM
Actually, it's basically a ploy to get people to pay for their subscriber service.

Deliberately cap the downloads for non subscribers to ludicrously low levels.
9115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / USS Liberty survivors file war crimes report against Israel on: June 10, 2005, 04:58:08 PM
They would attack for more power.  Remember that they had figured that the jamming signal would prevent the crew from telling the US they were under attack, and they were set to kill every crew member on board.

It was after the liberty that they had to reign in their counter offensive.  The Isrealis got greedy.
9116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 04:51:31 PM
Next you guys will want me to fetch your slippers for you too.  Tongue

Keep it up and the next crate will just happen to drop directly on top of you.  slywink
9117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 12:22:55 AM
Actually, gamespot has said that registered members, non-paying, can download the demo too.

However, it's most likely that the non paying servers will be overloaded.
9118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 09, 2005, 08:02:23 PM
I'll be there as well.

Oh, and I call commander, medic, or engineer.
9119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Han Shot First- the smoking gun on: June 09, 2005, 08:23:55 AM
At least we won't have to deal with Mal shooting second.
9120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best SRPGs? on: June 09, 2005, 07:36:58 AM
Gala, any idea when Berwick Saga and Metal Saga will be released in the US, or will they be released here at all?

If not, I suppose I'll just have to learn Japanese sooner than I'd planned.
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