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9161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 05, 2005, 08:27:14 PM
Just tried it out.

Seems I'll need everyone to confirm whether they want to play, then select a civ and leader, then your PM all that info along with your email address to me.

I have to enter in everything at the start of the PBEM game.  Luckily, the game does include some methods of automation during play.  Namely the game includes its own mail client so you can send the next turn from within the game, and just double click to open any recieved turn files.

There's enough players interested to have 8 players, including me.  We need to decide which map settings to use.  I'm thinking either pangea or terra.  Pangea is self explanitory, but Terra starts everyone off together on a large continent, with a second continent (the new world as it were) located somewhere on the map which no one is on.  By the time people get there barbarians have usually overrun the continent with plenty of barb cities.

Continents has the very real chance of someone getting an entire continent to himself.
9162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 05, 2005, 08:00:49 PM
I'll start one as soon as I get back from lunch.  PM me your e-mails, decide which civ you're going to play in the forum.

Interestingly enough, if you turn on the "AI take over" option in regular MP games, if a new player joins he can take over an AI.  We discovered this when I crashed out of the game and had to rejoin.

I wonder if something similar can be done for PBEM, where if someone drops out, the AI can take over or if someone wants to join he can take over AI.
9163  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame in stores on: November 02, 2005, 02:12:58 AM
I like to support my local store, so $80, while expensive, is basically paying for my right to play at the store I bought it.
9164  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame in stores on: November 01, 2005, 09:40:07 PM

Well, this boardgame just hit my local game store.  Unfortunately, I haven't the cash to buy it.   (See my trade forum posts Tongue)

Basically, it's an $80 boardgame, similar to Doom the boardgame (based on the same rules) but set in a fantasy setting with much updated rules.  Yes, it's really worth $80 considering the high quality materials you get.

Basically, the game comes with a large number of thick cardboard pieces that are rooms and corridors in a dungeon, these all interconnect to form a dungeon map.  You layout this dungeon as per a scenario that comes with the game (or player made scenarios).

One player plays as the Overlord and basically runs the scenario/adventure and plays the monster.  He also has special cards he can play that represent traps and whatnot.  Unlike a true pen and paper RPG, the Overlord's task really is to defeat the players.

Up to (I think) 4 other players join in, each getting a character (out of 9 possible) with various strengths and weaknesses.  They use a starting amount of gold to buy equipment from "town", these equipment pieces are cards that let the player know their effects.

With that setup done, the players place their miniatures at the start of the dungeon and make their way through.  Anytime they open a new door the overlord player places any monsters or objects they see in the new room.

It's like an RPG-lite pretty much.  In fact, an enterprising RPG GM can buy the game and use it for dungeon diving.
9165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ4 AI difficulty selector and "Over Crowding" qu on: October 31, 2005, 08:08:59 PM
Just so you know, the "it's too crowded" unhappiness point is the generic unhappiness you get for each point of population in a city.

You don't have to worry about unhappiness until it goes over a city's happiness points.

So ignore those unhappy few until they're about to cause problems.  Then it's just a matter of making sure excess food is used up via specialists.

Just make sure you monitor your cities every now and then to see if they're reaching their happiness limit, then adjust accordingly.

The best way to stop unhappiness is to secure resources that grant happiness.  Each resource boosts the happiness for all your cities by 1.
9166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STALKER delayed...again on: October 30, 2005, 08:06:39 AM
Yeah sure, you can know that without ever having played or seen the game in person.
9167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / crap!!!! Fear Help on: October 29, 2005, 11:04:37 PM
The saves for the game is located in the My Documents->My Games folder.  So, if you lose your game directory the saves and profiles still exist in that folder.
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-3 Gold on: October 29, 2005, 10:12:33 AM
How is the interface this time around?
9169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civillization IV Impressions on: October 29, 2005, 09:04:41 AM
Calvin, have you read through parts 1-5 of Sulla's walkthrough?  He goes over a lot of the game from the start of his civ through to the end.  He pretty much covers all the changes made and many of the decisions you'll have to make in the game.

It's what convinced me to buy the game even though I'm more of an action/strategy oriented gamer.
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civillization IV Impressions on: October 27, 2005, 05:10:10 AM
I got it from Fry's, it's good.

I was never a big Civ player, but I really enjoyed the first two games.  Didn't play Civ 3 much.

Civ 4 feels very refreshing though.  A lot of things they changed make sense and all in all, it just feels right.

Edit:  Interesting, those rivers you see on the map now work like roads that connect resources and cities.  This is actually good for my first game, since I'm right next to a very long river with plenty of resources along it.
9171  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: October 27, 2005, 03:40:23 AM
Let's get this started shall we?  Anyone up for a PBEM Civ 4 game?  Current player limit is 8 for MP and we can discuss the settings to use.

The current list is

Indians - Turtle
Persians - Lord Ebonstone
Greeks - Lockdown
England - Pricecs
9172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX] Call of Cthulhu -- Let the Bethesda bashing begin! on: October 27, 2005, 02:39:07 AM
Um, more impressions please?
9173  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Who else here likes the change? on: October 27, 2005, 02:37:35 AM
Frankly, I like the new title.  Although I'm sad that such serious issues had to spur the change, I always thought CG would eventually change into a new site as it expanded its coverage.
9174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So did Rich kill Octopus Overlords also? on: October 27, 2005, 02:34:10 AM
Navigator Hosting (Rip's hosting service) is down, so most likely it's just server issues.

As mentioned already, probably caused by the massive influx of CG people wondering what happened to CG, and some other security issues.

Good grief, I sound like some politician going on air to make it look like the government knows what's happening when he really doesn't.
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civillization IV Impressions on: October 27, 2005, 02:15:49 AM
I think the reason why we aren't seeing impressions yet is that everyone so busy playing the game.  slywink

I've just read page 2 of the write up, and I have to say this guy really knows his Civ games, he's strategizing about things I've never even thought of in my Civ games.
9176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civillization IV Walkthrough by Sulla on: October 26, 2005, 12:01:14 AM
All I've read so far makes no mention of mission based coop, just playing COOP on some maps.  There may be objectives, but it doesn't look like there's coop through the campaign.

That may change later, but until that day comes, my money is on Civ IV.

Speaking of which, I just had an interesting idea for a mod for Civ, one that features a cooperative campaign in a fantasy setting.  Basically you start your kingdom and everything, and then hordes of something or another invade.  It could be goblins, orcs, barbarians, undead, etc... but everyone has to work together with very limited resources against an overwhelming threat.  Where do you attack, where to defend?  If it's goblin hordes, you have a ton of goblin cities popping up everywhere turning out large stacks of goblin troops.  Barbarians would probably raid via sea, be stronger, have less cities, but essentially be like the goblin hordes. Dragons would be singular powerful units that require large armies to take down.  Undead, well, they're just undead, difficult to kill permenantly, weak in attack, but they just keep coming and they regenate unit strength in the field quickly.

The normal game would, of course, be the typical fantasy Civ mod that you know will come out as soon as someone can dig into the files.
9177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civillization IV Walkthrough by Sulla on: October 25, 2005, 10:02:21 PM
Honestly, it seems like updated Civ 2 at first, but there's many little feature descriptions in that write up that shows it's more than just an update.  Certainly enough to make me buy it.

Plus, I have three friends nearby that like strategy games and have computers that are somewhat mobile.  Looks like I'm replacing the Vietcong 2 lanparty with the Civ IV lanparty.

That is, until the pit boss server patch is released.
9178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX] Call of Cthulhu -- Let the Bethesda bashing begin! on: October 25, 2005, 10:00:00 PM
Could be, but the game has been in development for 6 years, I think they want to cut losses in general.  Plus, those who want to buy it, the Cthulu crowd, either already know about it, will find out from other people, or already plan to buy it.

That's me being optimistic, though.  I suspect with the way the scores are jumping back and forth, the game is good but with some dated mechanics and bad technical problems.
9179  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: FEAR (5 CD) and boardgames on: October 25, 2005, 06:29:26 PM
I'm looking to unload FEAR for PC, the CD version of the game that comes on 5 CDs.  I'm looking to sell this for the money to buy Civ IV.

Price is $25 + shipping.

I'm also looking to sell some boardgames that just aren't getting played by my group.

I have:

Shadows Over Camelot - $20 + shipping.

Nexus Ops - $20 + shipping.

Twilight Imperium 3rd edition - $40 + shipping
9180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MotorStorm for PS3 on: October 24, 2005, 01:35:09 AM
Those look like screencaps from the preview stuff they showed during E3, there was a lot of confusion over whether these are actual in game screenshots or if they were doctored somehow.
9181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 23, 2005, 08:47:15 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:

It's just a little bit at the end of the credits, but still a very juicy morsel.  Definitely worth a sit through.

No name mentioned, I think they should have given him either a generic sounding name, or some sort of generic title so that characters could talk to the player directly.

I loved the ending bit, watching the nuclear explosion happen before my eyes.

I think they were trying to go the Half-Life 2 route with the character never speaking and always in first person.  I don't think it was as good an idea since the game really needed some banter between the main character and cast.

In the next game, they should pull from Splinter Cell/Metal Gear as yet another resource, not for the stealth aspect, but with the team of experts that were on call over the radio to assist.  There was always chatter coming back and forth from people both on and offsite in those games, enough to make what would be a very lonely sneaking game into one that was alive with characters.

Basically, I'm main disapointed in Monolith, they usually have the strongest FPS characters in the market, but this time they really did poorly in that regard.

Oh and one thing I really found annoying about the level design was that you could predict a map switch whenever they had to jump down from one area into another, it's the poor man's way of keeping you from going back to a previous level.

9182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Famitsu] Final Fantasy III DS on: October 23, 2005, 08:29:04 AM
For those that don't know, FF3 was actually FF6 in Japan.  The FF3 they're talking about now is the original FF3 from Japan, which was never released here in the states.
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 23, 2005, 01:08:59 AM
Finished it.

Spoiler for Hiden:

The armacham technologies building went on for way too long, almost as though they artificially extended it to add game time.  Armacham was easily the most tedious mission in the game, but once you got past it things really picked up.

What ever happened to your first teammate, what's his name?  It's obvious that he's still alive in some form.  I'd have liked to see him more in a sequel, he was an interesting character from the little you got to see of him.

And of course, they killed the hot blond.

Honestly, for the inevitable sequel, they need to work on more interesting levels, get their writers working on more interesting characters and interactions with those characters, teammate AI would be nice as having FEAR or Delta fighting with you would have made tedious combat sections more interesting.

STAY THROUGH THE END OF THE CREDITS!  There's a little bit extra there that you should see.  slywink
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the Scoop on Starcraft Ghost? on: October 21, 2005, 03:20:00 AM
Sounds like a new company.

One thing's for sure, Blizzard has high quality standards, so if it's not good they're not afraid to scrap a project that's well along.

Of course, they know their brand less games alone, so they can afford to take risks.
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, any Vietcong 2 love? on: October 21, 2005, 12:58:41 AM
Vietcong 2 is coming out the same day as Civ 4.

I'm buying the game, sight unseen, based solely on the fact that it has a full cooperative campaign in the game.

My friends and I had a blast playing Vietcong coop, and a story mode is all the better.  In fact, my friends and I have already dedicated that weekend for a lan party just to play it COOP.
9186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 19, 2005, 03:52:23 AM
Olaf, I can run the game just fine on a 2000+ and ATI 9800.  Obviously you've got some settings wrong or out of date drivers somewhere.

Of key note is to turn off the soft shadows, that setting is a real fps killer.
9187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shattered Union impressions? on: October 19, 2005, 03:50:15 AM
Eno, the game isn't to scale.  If you were using realistically scaled models on this maps then all your units would be little dots on the landscape.
9188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 18, 2005, 06:39:29 PM
There's good news, I just saw on the official forums that they will release an SDK for the game.

So who knows, maybe we'll see that Goldeneye style one shot kill mod I've been wanting or a Perfect Dark-like counter op.  One player (or players) as the hero/deltas, the rest of the server as respawning mooks.
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 18, 2005, 04:23:33 PM
At least it wasn't like Daikatana, where it was hyped as the second coming, but it was really just a poor Quake 2 clone.

I recall a dev basically admitting it was unoriginal in an interview (in so many words), but went on to say that the combined elements do make a fun game.
9190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shattered Union impressions? on: October 18, 2005, 06:00:23 AM
As the title says, anyone getting this for the Xbox?
9191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The NHL is officially back TONIGHT! on: October 17, 2005, 08:24:22 AM
So what were the changes made to hockey rules?

What do you guys think of the changes?

The last time I watched hokey was way back in high school, got free tickets to see the Mighty Ducks at the Pond.
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Opinions on pay download sites on: October 15, 2005, 09:06:41 PM
I currently use Fileshack, it's a great low key service.  The speeds are great, however their selection of files is lacking, they're usually on top of the big name file releases, but they're definitely not fileplanet.
9193  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / F.E.A.R. on: October 15, 2005, 07:45:57 PM
Fry's is the sole reason why I haven't gone bankrupt supporting my gaming habit.  Tongue

Seriously, with my very little income, the day one sales at Fry's really help.
9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN F.E.A.R. Impressions! on: October 12, 2005, 10:52:49 PM
If you want an extra challenge in the MP mode, try holstering your weapon and only using melee attacks or grenades to kill.  On the plus side, you move extremely fast without a weapon equipped.
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 11, 2005, 01:52:06 AM
Well the first game I played that I actually owned on my PC (not from school etc...) was "Quest for the King" from Sierra.

I never got past the fifth screen.
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Terrific hands-on preview of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion... on: October 10, 2005, 06:27:03 AM
And by then, I'll have a new PC and I'll be playing Oblivion with all the fancy new mods released for it.

Oh yeah, was there going to be mounted combat in game?  I mean, you now can have mounts, so can you fight on horseback?

Also, anyone here familiar with Morrowind modding?  How in depth could you mod Morrowind?  Has anyone created an entirely new setting (say a scifi or western) for the game or is that even possible?
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 4 70% PC Gamer on: October 09, 2005, 08:58:24 PM
Nope, they're not acknowledging anything, it's just that Id, Raven, or the publisher didn't pile up enough cash in the briefcase to make them raise the score up higher.

Thankfully, I already plan to get FEAR first since I already know how it plays.  I'll wait for other quake reviews before I make a decision.
9198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / S E R E N I T Y on: October 08, 2005, 09:39:56 PM
DVD sales will be what makes Serenity.  I think Universal understands this, and are hitting themselves over the head for not running earlier over the summer to cash in on DVD sales during the holidays.

Remember, it was the series DVD sale numbers that convinced them to pickup Serenity and while the movie isn't doing great, we all know the DVD sales will be great.  I know that I'll be buying it, and Universal can count of a large percentage of those who bought the series to buy the movie.

Also, the movie may actually do better overseas than here, different cultures being what they are.

Finally, it's only been a little over a week since release day.  The numbers have dropped, however that's not to say Serenity might enjoy a longer, if somewhat lower key stay in theaters (assuming the numbers stay good).
9199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any interest in a Quake 4 or FEAR MP CG Clan? on: October 08, 2005, 06:40:00 PM
Wrong forum WBS, this is the massively multiplayer forum, MMOs.  Tongue

I assume a mod will come and change it eventually.

I don't join clans at all, but I wouldn't mind playing with fellow forum goers.
9200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 08, 2005, 06:30:58 PM
I'm waiting for Dawn of War 2.  You just know they're making one using the Company of Heroes engine.
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