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9161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 24, 2005, 08:03:29 PM
Basically, one person creates a PBEM game, fills in all the data from everyone, then passes it on to the next guy.  That player opens up that savegame, does his turn and then passes it on to the next guy.

They tend to get bogged down by players who don't check e-mail or have slow e-mail servers, though.  So it's best to keep the numbers small.

Setting the game setting to make one turn mean more also helps.
9162  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for Suggestions on: November 22, 2005, 09:26:27 PM
Think of runebound more of an RPG lite, for when either people don't want to play a whole detailed RPG session that night, or when you have players that aren't role players.

Then all those little expansions make sense.  They're equipment supplements, class supplements, premade adventures, etc...

I wasn't too keen on Runebound due to lack of player interaction.  It didn't feel as though the players are really competing, nor did it feel like the players were cooperating to defeat an enemy.
9163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom 'console' -1 on: November 21, 2005, 11:52:33 PM
The sad thing is, Infinium already got what it wanted.  Some poor stupid investors got creamed from this.
9164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero - Huge Hit or Colossal Failure? on: November 19, 2005, 08:06:09 AM
What other MP modes are included?

I heard something about a counter-op mode, where one player plays Joanna Dark and the others play the nameless mooks on the map.
9165  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for Suggestions on: November 17, 2005, 12:54:40 AM
If you want a more cutthroat game, try "A Game of Thrones" based on the same series of novels by George R. R. Martin.

A lot of diplomacy and backstabbing along with military conquest.

There's many layers to its gameplay, as not only do you have to manage your military conquest and make deals with other players, you vy for control of certain meta aspects of the game, which give you abilities such as resolving ties, deciding who goes first, the ability to see what your opponent has planned, etc...  These are represented by secret bidding wars.

It's like Fantasy Diplomacy with a lot more layers.
9166  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for Suggestions on: November 15, 2005, 07:25:43 PM
Sounds like you're looking for more cooperative games.

Runebound 2nd edition from Fantasy Flight.  Basically RPG-lite

Arkham Horror is also good, running around Arkham, defeating various lovecraftian horrors.

Betrayal at the house on the hill (or something similar) is also a good game, however halfway through the game one of the players will become the monster player who will work against the players as they try to defeat him.

Shadows Over camelot is pure COOP using a card deck to determine what the bad guys do.  However, there is a chance of one player being a "Traitor" and having to work against the group secretly.  Rules variants allow you to remove this option.

Return of Heroes is a recent european in a similar vien to runebound.

Look up all these on to read reviews and the like.  Most fantasy flight games will have the rules for download on their site so you can get an even better idea of how the game plays.
9167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got my first Xbox 360 game today! on: November 12, 2005, 07:02:31 PM
That's why they invented plastic coating spraypaint.  slywink

I hear duplicolor is a good brand.
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer The First Decade announced on: November 11, 2005, 04:19:06 AM
I remember coming home with C&C Red Alert with my friend.

We fired up a skirmish.

I saw you could build some sort of flamethrower trooper, and I promptly did that.  Then we both sat there amazed as it torched an infantry and watched the poor fellow run about on fire.

Ah the birth of gaming violence.
9169  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame in stores on: November 10, 2005, 07:27:40 AM
How's the gameplay, and has it actually improved over the Doom mechanics, or are there still balance issues?
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Movies - Release Day! Now with REAL Impressions! on: November 10, 2005, 05:30:24 AM
The real question is, when do we start seeing complete movie remakes in The Movies?

I'd like to see a remake of The Matrix, Eternal Sunshine, and Serenity. Tongue
9171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I may not get a PS3 - if this is true on: November 09, 2005, 09:57:29 PM
Honestly guys, how many big rumors did you hear about the Xbox 1, PS2, and Gamecube that ended in no way true?

Yep, thought so.
9172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Search on: November 09, 2005, 02:16:49 AM
I could use some luck too, been applying everywhere and a few interviews.  No jobs.
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox 360] Finally got to play with one today! on: November 09, 2005, 12:42:33 AM
Then in the next few months after the console is released the PC will come out with something better that'll eventually become the norm for PCs.

Honestly guys, this argument has been done to death.  Let's all agree here and now that comparing consoles to PCs and that whole stupid argument is just pointless.

If you like the system, like the games on it, then play it.
9174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [SC] Does anyone else... on: November 09, 2005, 12:36:56 AM
Wait what?  Oh, it's a starcraft picture?  I was too busy examining her a--er I mean the alien landscape.  Yeah...
9175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 08, 2005, 07:54:27 AM
We have four players, including myself.  Want to wait for more?
9176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jack Thompson on CNN video on: November 08, 2005, 02:25:25 AM
Actually, I think JT is more like Senator Mcarthy, albiet, with a topic that won't get people hung for no reason.

He doesn't really believe, he's just playing up the scares to further his career.  Unfortunately, now that he's built his entire career around this one thing, he has nowhere else to go.
9177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SONY PS3 to LAUNCH IN 2007 on: November 06, 2005, 11:34:06 PM
I wonder, if it's delayed that long, perhaps they'll be able to one up MS with more games for release and better hardware?

I mean there's a lot of discussion about 360 hardware issues, including the lack of hard drive.  If Sony takes the time to build up its manufacturing capabilities and somehow makes the system cheaper.  Perhaps they could fit in a small hard drive.
9178  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 06, 2005, 08:46:28 AM
Semaj, we're establishing that list right now.

So far it's just:

Persians - Lord Ebonstone
Greeks - Lockdown
9179  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Xfire Username List on: November 06, 2005, 08:40:41 AM
I'm also on Xfire under the name Vanigan
9180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I hate little kitty cats on: November 06, 2005, 06:37:25 AM
Reminds me of the Mythbusters episode on removing skunk spray.
9181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 06, 2005, 04:26:43 AM
Okay, so LE and Lockdown are both confirmed as the Persians and Greeks respectively.

I'll go ahead and claim the Americans as Roosevelt, although if someone else wants the Americans I'll go with one of the Asian civs.

We'll be playing on a standard size Terra map.
9182  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.
9183  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.
9184  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.
9185  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.
9186  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.
9187  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.
9188  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.
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-3 Gold on: October 29, 2005, 10:12:33 AM
How is the interface this time around?
9190  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.
9191  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.
9192  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
9193  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?
9194  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.
9195  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.
9196  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.
9197  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.
9198  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.
9199  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.
9200  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
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