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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 05:43:53 PM
I've only played a bit, but my god that tactical camera is atrocious. I keep hoping they will realize what they had with DA:O, but it simply seems to move further away. The AI is terrible and the lack of scripting options for companion control frustrates me to no end.

I'm thinking that there is a good game under here somewhere, but constantly fighting the UI to get anything done makes it less and less likely I'll make it through until the end.

2  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Lewis and Clark on: November 03, 2014, 07:37:01 PM
We've been playing this quite a bit lately and really enjoying it.

It's a race game, the goal being the first to reach Fort Clatsop on the west coast and camp. Without going into great detail on the gameplay, it's a game of management, in both people and resources, and using them to move forward along a track, along a river and through the mountains. I've had games that I thought were lost, only to have my opponent make an error and squeak a win out. I've had others where I was convinced that I was victorious, going so far as to gloat prematurely, only to be denied.

It plays a little long for what it is, but plays very well with two (which is a requirement for my house). There is one slightly cheesy tactic that folks were using, where they would hang back and gather and then rocket ahead, but that has been addressed.

Anyway, two thumbs up smile
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 01, 2014, 04:10:32 PM
My buddy and I have been playing and the bosses have been crazy easy. Belial was maybe a 20 second fight?

We are having fun with it, but it's become kind of a running joke. At least it will be quick, as we seem to level every 15 minutes or so. Heck, he was a little below me in level and I watched him level twice when we defeated Zoltan Kulle.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 31, 2014, 04:12:46 PM
When does the difficulty ramp up? I've been playing on expert and just mowing the mobs down. I think I died once, those arcane fellas can pack a whallop.

5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 24, 2014, 07:04:15 PM
I finally picked this up on PS4 if anyone wants to game together. My PSN is is Working_Mike.

I think I'm level 8 right now, but I'd be happy to roll up a co-op character so we can level about the same.
6  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dead of Winter on: October 18, 2014, 12:57:29 AM
It's great fun. I'm a sucker for a strong theme, and it doesn't disappoint. Indeed, the theme and gameplay are strong enough to overcome my minor criticisms.

7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 17, 2014, 10:30:05 PM
High five Dragon!

Faith is a blanket that only keeps you warm. That other person's blanket might look comfy, or maybe kinda ratty, but it's theirs and doesn't do shit for you anyway.

8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 16, 2014, 09:25:23 PM
What ever happened to just being cool? I neither believe nor disbelieve in God. I actually don't give it any thought at all. I do, however, try to treat people well. I watch out for my family, my neighbours and my friends. If I have more than I need, then I try to kick a little over to those who don't.

I have faith in myself and in the better nature of people. Folks can often be greedy, short sighted and foolish, but mostly every person just wants the same things, health and happiness and a little bit of security. I think that maybe if you stop worrying so much about the big picture and pay more attention to the smaller details, then everything else takes care of itself.

If there is a God, I'm pretty sure that I'm gonna get a high five when I die. I'm kinda aiming at a cosmic high five.
9  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Dead of Winter on: October 16, 2014, 08:28:44 PM
This one has been hitting the table a bit lately, and has been universally loved by everyone. Indeed, it has replaced City of Horror as our go-to negotiation game.

In a nutshell, everyone starts the game with two survivors at the colony. Things are bad out there, winter is coming and everything is scarce. Each player begins with a hand of starting cards, which represent their hidden cache of supplies, and more cards are obtained by leaving the colony and searching nearby locations. You may equip items you find, find other survivors or simply more gas, food, medicine, etc. Additionally, there is a colony objective, one which the group must work towards in order to win.

You WILL have to leave the colony, as every round there is a crisis which must be resolved. And moving can be bad, as that means that you must roll the "exposure" die. It's a 50/50 shot of bad stuff on that die, as six sides are blank and the remaining six sides contain wounds, frostbite and the mother of all bad stuff, the bite icon.

You see, when you are bitten you instantly die, but not before biting someone else at the location you moved to (or reside at if you were simply attacking a zombie). That player now has a choice. They can roll the die and hope for a blank (50/50 shot there!), as any other result means you perpetuate the bite. Conversely, you can choose to kill yourself and stop the chain reaction right there. Do you really care for the group enough to do that? Do you have an alterior motive? Is Mike Cho the next guy in line and you just really hate that guy? Decisions, decisions....

Which brings us to the bread and butter of the game itself. You see, everyone is given a secret objective card in the beginning. Most of them require the completion of the main objective. In addition to that, you have a personal objective, which is the ONLY way you can win. Perhaps you are a "loner" and must have only one remaining survivor at the games end. Maybe you hoard food, or are a natural leader. And maybe you are a serial killer, a traitor to the colony driven by your own perverse needs. You can NEVER divulge your own objective, so while your friend across the table hasn't been contributing food to the colony in order to ward off starvation, maybe it's a quirk, a compulsion to collect those cans to meet their own needs.

Or maybe they aren't really with the group, and seek the end of the colony. Maybe they want to eat your liver.

On your turn you can vote to exile. It is a simple thumbs up, thumbs down system. Be wary however, as the character you exiled might be innocent. Exile two good members and morale hits zero and the game ends. Which could also be advantageous if you have already met your own traitorous objective.

The last thing to note is the Crossroads cards. On your turn, the player to your right draws a card from this deck. They read the conditions outlined on top and then only read that cards aloud if those conditions are met. They are almost always a risk vs. reward decision. For instance, you find a tanker full of gas. Do you drive it back to the colony, thereby also bringing a mass of walkers with it. Or do you leave all that much needed fuel there, feeling that the danger of being overrun is too great?

You might have trouble deciding, but rest assured, everyone else at the table will have an opinion.

The game is a little fiddly, and I greatly encourage printing up some player aids from BGG and going through a couple of 3 persons games first, before teaching it to the larger group. Regardless, this one has been fully embraced at our table with an enthusiasm I have rarely seen. Even our non-gamer friends have taken to it. And while zombies are perhaps a little over done, this is the closest I have experienced the Walking Dead at our gaming table.

It's infectious
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 11, 2014, 11:37:52 PM
What is everyone doing in the endgame? Raiding is out for me, as I don't pug those and haven't enough friends who play to start one. I'm kind of lacking the desire to play this one anymore.

Usually my motivation would be loot, such as in Borderlands and Diablo, so that I can do a hardmode game, but nothing like that seems to exist in Destiny. I can't even grind for a rad scooter or ship.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 10, 2014, 07:54:02 PM
I would be interested in archer, as it's a class that most games fail at.

Coming from tabletop rpgs, I would like to see how they handle feats and if it is tactical or you just spray and pray. How is the aim? Can I shoot while on the move at higher levels? Do I feel a sense of progression? Is the archer primarily a damage dealer or better for crowd control? Does the class feel more like a ranger or a rogue?

For a point of reference, I loved DA1 and hated DA2, not due to the focus on action, but the overwhelming sameness and mediocrity that it embraced.

SoM gets archery about half right.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 09, 2014, 05:36:09 AM
Ah, that sucks. Do you have aluminum wiring? I'm assuming you need a new breaker as well.

Rewiring a house is a giant pain in the ass, best of luck with it.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 04:21:44 PM
haha, this game is super rad. I had a mission to kill one of the war chiefs, a big mother with a shield and spear that would charge me. He was surrounded in his stronghold by bodyguards and a million Uruk Hai, and seemingly impervious to everything. Hit and run tactics and stealth both failed, and ranged was completely useless.

Finally, I got above him and did a brutal drop on a nearbye dude and he flipped out and bailed. I chased him out of the fortress and ACROSS THE MAP. Seriously, we traversed the entire map. I finally got close enough to throw some daggers and slow him down and felled the foul creature.

What a great game. After Destiny, this is a breath of fresh air. Easily my GotY.

If anyone is on PSN and wants to revenge my many deaths, my id is Working_Mike. I will return the favor.
14  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Okay I've tried before but.. on: September 19, 2014, 08:02:48 PM
I've been playing Destiny on PS4 from 11pm-1am lately. Feel free to add me, psn is Working_Mike
15  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 18, 2014, 06:36:49 PM
Yeah it is. Not OGRE heavy, but still.... eek
16  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 14, 2014, 01:39:46 PM
I have my name on a 2nd copy at my FLGS that I'd be willing to buy and ship for anyone who missed out. I was just hedging my bets so I didn't miss the chance to buy
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2014, 01:37:29 PM
I'm digging it. As an older gamer with limited time, I really appreciate the ability to just jump in for 30 minutes or so and do some patrol missions. I really like the controls as well, responsive without being floaty.
18  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 13, 2014, 03:41:29 AM
Preorder is active, ships on the 20th

http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Space-Hulk
19  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 10, 2014, 12:58:01 PM
+1 on the Space Hulk card game. It's really great
20  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Space Hulk on: September 10, 2014, 03:56:47 AM
So, it's just speculation right now, but sites are reporting that GW's announcement on the 13th is a reprint of Space Hulk. I missed out last time and will be all over this.
21  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 31, 2014, 03:34:24 AM
Wow, what a neat looking board! Yeah, Splendor set the bar pretty high with the clay chips smile

That is definitely going on the list, hopefully the wife will be interested. I'm really surprised I haven't heard of it before this.
22  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 30, 2014, 05:05:53 AM
Hahaha, we've been playing Star Realms A LOT. I'm on IOS as Jarvin if you want to play a game or two. I've been giving a few decks away to friends as well, everyone is really enjoying it.

Run, Fight or Die is topping my list. It will have to wait until next year, the gaming budget has run dry for us. Seemed to be the talk of GenCon though.

Darkest Night is great! I feel it is the spiritual successor to an old game called Dark Emperor. I'm really impressed with the quality that VPG has been putting out lately. I need to grab some expansions for it one of these days.

The others were completely off my radar, I'll need to add them to my BGG list. Hoplomachus in particular sounds intriguing. Is it mano y mano, or more akin to the formations of say, Battle Line?
23  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 29, 2014, 12:59:16 PM
The dynamic of Splendor completely changes at the higher player count. My strategy usually revolves around the nobles and denying critical cards to others. It's not a deep game, but we've enjoyed it as a starter.

You might want to get the Giant Squid expansion for Survive, it really changes the feeling a bit. Squids can pull meeples from land as well, so no one is safe. It quickly turns into a race to get ANYONE to safety. My wife refuses to play with it actually.

Have fun with Robinson, it's a blast. I just ordered the King Kong scenario, so I'll report back once it arrives and I get a couple of plays.

I'm hoping to get Quantum to the table this weekend, and maybe a couple more games of Core Worlds. We've been playing a ton of Star Realms as well.

Have you played anything outstanding lately?
24  Gaming / Analog Gaming / A quick look at some new games on: August 29, 2014, 04:15:39 AM
We've been on a bit of a spree lately, and not all of these are new, but new to us.

Dread Curse - This one was a huge hit. Plays 3 - 8 at around 30 minutes. Everyone is a pirate, whose rank ranges from Captain to Cabin Boy. The goal is to amass the most treasure at the end of the game. Being pirates, however, means stealing from each other and using a variety of dirty, underhanded tricks to amass that coin. Beware the "Black Spot", as it will lose you the game if you can't get rid of it.

Survive: Escape from Atlantis - The island is sinking, and everyone must flee for safety. There are not enough boats, whales in the distance, sharks are circling and holy crap! Is that a freaking sea monster? We all loved this one, a great reprint of a classic game 2-4, up to 6 with the expansion.

Keyflower - my new favorite euro game. Every season the boats bring new workers. You send them out to build on tracts of land, work to generate resources or even be the first to greet the boats. Between the seasons you assemble your village. Plays quick and has a surprising amount of player interaction. 2 - 6 players, and works at every player count.

Splendor - a great little game. You grab gems to purchase cards, in order to build an economic engine. With the right cards you can get a visit from a noble. First to 15 points wins. Plays best with 3 or 4, at 2 players we would rather play Jaipur (we enjoy the theme).

Robinson Crusoe - you must survive on an island and complete your objective, which ranges from resource gathering to exorcising the native temples. There is never enough of anything, bad stuff happens constantly and you will fail as often as you succeed, maybe more. Great fun with the right group. It is a board game that feels like an rpg. Plays 1 - 4.

Cheaty Mages - The tournament is starting, a fight among these creatures for the amusement and profit of us wizards who gathered here. Being wizards, we will cheat of course, as much as the judge allows anyway. The wizard with the most coin after 3 rounds is the winner! Plays 3 - 6.



25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 25, 2014, 02:31:05 AM
It's pretty easy to make yogurt using a commercially available one as a starter, using a dutch oven or even a crock pot. I love berries and almonds in mind.
26  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What are your thoughts on our Tabletop content? on: July 21, 2014, 11:53:23 PM
Well, if any of you folks are near Clearwater, FL then I usually have tabletop gaming space open mid-week. Just PM me smile
27  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What are your thoughts on our Tabletop content? on: July 14, 2014, 04:31:08 AM
I've really been enjoying it, my wallet not so much. I bet my tabletop gaming purchases have doubled these last fews months, in no small part to the great reviews.

I would like to see some tutorials or quick run throughs of the more highly rated games.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Fargo on: May 11, 2014, 06:40:30 PM
This is the greatest show of the year. Easily my new Breaking Bad
29  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games similar to HeroQuest? on: January 18, 2014, 03:47:54 AM
Claustrophobia is really fun, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 06, 2014, 03:51:36 AM
Just an FYI for anyone with similar issues as mine. My thumbs would start sliding off the thumbsticks on the DS4 after 20 minutes of play or so. I purchased the CQC grips from Kontrol Freek and they have solved the problem. They add a little more height to the sticks as well, giving me a greater range of motion.

Anyway, just my .02 in case anyone else has the same problem.
31  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: January 03, 2014, 09:36:10 PM
Just an update (in case anyone in interested).

OGRE was a hit. We played a couple of games in which my buddy insisted on being the defender. Despite my knowledge being 30 years out of date, I destroyed him on both. He overextended himself and grouped his units together a bit too much, especially his GEV's. The second scenario included cruise missiles, where I got a lucky dice roll and he did very poorly on his rolls. Next time I'll be taking the role of the defender and I'll have to explain to him about the death of a thousand cuts (harrying the OGRE with GEV's, harassing with infantry, effectively combining firepower, etc...

Additionally, I actually happened to receive Great Fire of London for Xmas. We played our first game with the four of us on NYE and everyone had a blast. Despite my wife appearing to be the clean winner, the game was a bit closer than we expected. Quick play, good table talk, and decent interaction makes it a winner for us.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: December 24, 2013, 07:22:02 PM
Did nobody on the development team play test this game? The network is fine until the host quits, then it pauses and migrates you over to a new host. I had that happen 5 times within 15 minutes earlier today. I can't actually seem to race anyone, as there are a grand total of six of us in the world and navigating to another person is an exercise in frustration. The quick menu is freaking terrible. Why did they not map the Headquarters/Hideout and repairs to the up/down on the dpad? Or even a swipe on the touchpad (I'm on PS4).

Seriously, who were the geniuses that made the decisions here? The thing is that despite all of that there is a solid game here, just not one you can actually play WITH anyone else. Unless you count watching them zip by in the opposite direction.

Back to Gamefly with you. I hope The Crew is better when released.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crowdsourced! Best video game novels / comics on: December 24, 2013, 06:57:09 AM
The Okami art book is excellent, as is Monster Hunter Illustrations.

There was an ICO novel that I rather enjoyed. It deviated quite a bit from the game however
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/20/13 on: December 22, 2013, 05:14:28 PM
I'm on what might be the final battle in Bioshock Infinite, so hopefully I'll get past that one. NFS Rivals perhaps, or I might start Folklore (I just bought a PS3, so my Backlog is ginormus).
35  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: December 13, 2013, 03:54:07 AM
So, I went into my FLGS and they had OGRE sitting there in it's massive box. He's been down with the light, tactical war games we've played, so I grabbed that. 100 dollar impulse buy.

OGRE was one the earliest games I played and I loved it when I was a kid, I hope it ages well.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2+ Local Play Games Thread on: December 01, 2013, 07:22:14 PM
Driver: San Francisco is our go to local multiplayer game.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 01, 2013, 01:57:31 AM
I really preferred his stand alone novels to the trilogy, "Best Served Cold" being my favorite.
38  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: November 30, 2013, 02:35:55 PM
Thanks for the info, I think that I will buy Suburbia. I'll report back after the holidays after we have a few games under our belts
39  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: November 27, 2013, 08:41:14 PM
Looking for an Xmas gift for buddy. He loves games with a screw you element. Preferably something with planning/strategy and not overwhelmingly random
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you change your allegiance? on: November 25, 2013, 09:13:48 PM
Xbox gamer since 02 or so. My wife bought me a PS3 last August and I just got a PS4. I'm sure I will eventually get an Xbox One, but it won't be for years.

So far I really dig the PS4. The UI is clean and snappy and the controller is really nice. I'm starting to see what MS is trying to do, it just doesn't really appeal to me.
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