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Guild Wars General / old PC gamer article someone on reddit unearthed
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:33:09 AM »
I just thought it was a neat look back. I was even surprised by some of the early information before I got to play in the beta. Apparently the mesmer used to be called the "menser."

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: August 12, 2017, 10:05:40 PM »
Guild Wars 2 has an open beta event for their next expansion this weekend, so I checked it out. It goes into the Crystal Desert and parts of Elona again (Nightfall), and Balthazar has become the villain. As usual the art is gorgeous, but they haven't really changed any of the things that made me stop playing, so I am not likely to actually buy it.

Was entertained to see that someone threw a googly-eyed basket over Balthazar's head at this shrine to the 6 gods though.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: April 22, 2017, 09:21:02 AM »
Everybody: "Hi Meclar!"

Anywho, I've had the nostalgia urge to play GW again, but specifically with people who haven't played before so someone will have the drive to finish the entire thing, but I haven't convinced anyone to do this with me yet.

I am playing Hollow Knight. I love the art style, but it mostly reminds me how bad I am at platformers, so every time I start I play until I get frustrated and give up for the time being.

I'm still putzing around in Warhammer: Vermintide every now and then for some good ol' stabby stabby. My general feeling is that they have finally now released all the free content updates that should have been in the game at launch.

This morning I am starting another 5e DnD campaign (as a player this time). We're running the Curse of Strahd adventure, and I'm playing a paladin. Should be fun. Anywho, I've got to go conquer undead tyrants in that now.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: September 05, 2016, 02:10:38 PM »
Are you the druid?

Nah, I'm the DM.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: September 02, 2016, 08:02:01 PM »
Finished Teslagrad a few weeks ago. Puzzle platformers are my go-to lately. It was a pretty fun mechanic.

I have a couple of games on my radar for eventually, but money's still tight - good news is that I just got a new job, so that should get better after I start later this month.

Other than that I'm mostly playing tabletops still. Scythe is the new hit in my gaming group. My D&D campaign is going well. Our druid, sorcerer, and friendly gelatinous cube got to have tea with a mindflayer last session. The sorcerer was stoked, even though he ended up being insulted repeatedly; the druid wasn't convinced he wasn't about to have his brain eaten; and the gelatinous cube was sent because it doesn't have a brain to be eaten and wanted to know what tea was.

Sorry I missed out on playing through Guild Wars again, Meclar!

Guild Wars General / Re: General Playing Alerts...
« on: September 02, 2016, 07:43:47 PM »
Feeling very nostalgic for the old elite missions. Anyone up for doing Underworld or Fissure of Woe sometime? Mo, Meclar? (Or anyone really?)

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: April 17, 2016, 11:48:21 PM »
I really like 5e. I played the Starter Set campaign with friends over Christmas and had a blast. They have really taken out the rules/options bloat that had crept into 3.5/Pathfinder and made your class choices more thematic. They also evened out the power curve so that casters are sturdier at lower levels and melee characters keep up well in higher level play. Everything about it is intended to streamline play so that there is less flipping through rule books and tables while returning a lot of discretion to the DM.

I never really cottoned on to 4 (and tbh I don't know many people who did), so I'm not super familiar with it's rulesets, but the common description I've heard is that they picked the best parts of earlier editions and integrated them into a simpler, cohesive system. In terms of lore, they also dug back to a lot of early first and second edition material for inspiration regarding classes and creatures.

My major criticism is that the PHB and DMG could be laid out much better. I spent a lot of time between sessions of that first campaign figuring out how certain pieces worked together because the information is spread out. Once you actually get them, they work really well though. I think the other major criticism I've seen floating around the internet is that there are some imbalances remaining (which the current content lead has stated that he is okay with) and that the Ranger options laid out in the PHB aren't very good. They released an errata for play testing last fall, but that wasn't well received either, so they are still working on a new version. Tbh, we used the play test version and loved it, so I'm actually kind of disappointed that it was unpopular.

I'll have to pop on GW some evening and join you!

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: April 17, 2016, 10:58:01 AM »
My friend and I have also started new characters in GW 1 but that's moving very slow they like to kill everything.

When are you playing? I'd be up for playing through Tyria again.

I've mostly been playing Vermintide because money, although I suspect I am nearing the end of replayability for that unless I want to learn a new character for it. Otherwise I've mostly been tabletop gaming every week. I'm also about to run the Out of the Abyss D&D 5e campaign over Fantasy Grounds with college friends. Pretty excited - it should be a fun campaign.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: March 12, 2016, 01:03:41 PM »
I've been clocking more hours of Warhammer: Vermintide lately. Fun co-op first-person hack and slash, definitely quite enjoyable. The player base is relatively small though, so you sometimes have to really hit peak hours to find a party to play with if you aren't playing with people you know.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:14:50 PM »
It also has a module creator. So you + a group of 4 (you being the DM) can run the module. It seems pretty interesting. Character creation is a little weird, the look isn't stellar. But once in the game, the game looks great. It reminds me of Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale. Play style wise, more similar to Icewind Dale.

The module creator isn't as powerful a tool as the Toolset in NWN was, and honestly I expect modern releases to look like modern releases. The graphics looked like they could have predated NWN.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: January 06, 2016, 05:37:14 PM »
Just downloaded Sword Coast Legends, a Forgotten Realms game on Steam. Gonna give it a go tonight after work. Will update my post with a short review.

Oh, hah, sorry, I probably should have updated everyone after I tried it on the free weekend. I got about five minutes in before giving up on it. Character creation was a mess. Couldn't figure out what bonuses anything gave. Then actually playing it was rough. Looked and felt horrible. Glad I didn't buy it.

News & Annoucements / Re: Downtime?
« on: December 29, 2015, 10:59:08 AM »
Rage rage rage. Rabble rabble rabble.

Computer stuff / Re: Windows 10
« on: December 23, 2015, 08:57:02 AM »
At some point this break I need to do a clean reinstall of Windows 10 to see if it fixes my issues with it. Otherwise I'm rolling back to Windows 7. I have not been particularly happy with my experience of it. At no point have I really been convinced that it was designed with desktops in mind. And yes, yes, it is ugly.

General Gaming / Re: Sword Coast Legends
« on: December 15, 2015, 06:34:52 PM »
Sword Coast Legends is free this Thursday 10am PST through next Tuesday 10am PST. Does anyone want to try it out together?

(The game will also be discounted to $19.99 for a brief period immediately after.)

Diablo III General / Re: Post Your BattleTag Here!
« on: November 27, 2015, 10:06:18 AM »
I bought DIII (finally!) this morning since I realized I can probably afford it now. Does anyone still play?

My battletag is etelrunya#1455.

General Gaming / Re: Sword Coast Legends
« on: November 02, 2015, 04:55:35 PM »
Same. I'm currently have fun with Warhammer: Vermintide. It's a first person co-op game focused on meelee combat against hordes of enemies while completing missions. It's got RPG elements, but is pretty light on story. the missions are quite fun though.

General Gaming / Re: Sword Coast Legends
« on: October 24, 2015, 05:44:55 PM »
Has anyone tried this? The reviews on steam are mixed.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: September 18, 2015, 11:09:55 AM »
I've been playing Heroes of Might and Magic III lately because it was $3 on gog a while ago. It's a lot harder than I remember.

Guild Wars 2 General / Re: gw2 expansion: Heart of Thorns
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:27:00 PM »
In the realm of vaguely interesting news related to the expansion: The base game is now available to players for free - something which I'm sure will cause a some furor within the current player base. You will still have to purchase the expansion to play that content, but anyone new can try out the base game without paying up any money. There are certain restrictions on free accounts to prevent free accounts from being used to cause other problems in game, but they'll probably be constantly fiddling with those limits for a while.

link for anyone interested

Computer stuff / Re: Windows 10
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:58:04 PM »
No, everything should transfer over smoothly.

Computer stuff / Re: Windows 10
« on: August 07, 2015, 07:56:32 PM »
Just upgraded. It seems to work alright. Only hitch was having to restart before it would detect my monitor's resolution, but that's no big deal. They didn't parse out any of the tablet functionalities for desktops though, which really annoys me, so I've spent some time turning certain things off, and of course it came with a crapton of software I don't want (No, candycrush, I won't play you on my desktop any more than I will play you on facebook), so I spent a while getting rid of that. You'll have to use powershell to get rid of some of the stuff though. Otherwise it seems fine so far. We'll see.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:26:35 PM »
Started playing TERA yesterday. It's a free-to-play MMO on steam. I think I'm only just past the tutorial stuff, but it's fun enough so far. Pretty standard MMO stuff, but I think they're trying for a more fluid combat system (it feels very similar to GW2 combat, but without being able to activate skills while moving). Not expecting much from the story, since most of the quests so far have been "go kill x monsters," but oh well. Right now free suits my wallet.

Diablo III General / Re: Patch 2.3.0
« on: July 09, 2015, 01:49:15 PM »
No, it was this. You can play up through defeating the Skeleton King. I think they had a similar demo for D2.

Diablo III General / Re: Patch 2.3.0
« on: July 08, 2015, 11:39:41 AM »
Trial version of D3 :p (on topic, or at least on forum)

Computer stuff / Re: Windows 10
« on: July 08, 2015, 11:10:44 AM »
Huh. I didn't realize it was free. I'm also still on Windows 7 64-bit, and assumed when the obnoxious little icon popped up in my tray with no way to get rid of it that it was a scheme to wear me down until I caved and bought it. At least, it claims to be free? I don't know. I'll ask around.

edit: according to their faq, it is indeed really really free

edit 2: update from a friend who is currently running the beta version - The only issue he ran into was one of the beta builds wasn't compatible with the processor on his Surface 3, but that had been in the release notes and was fixed. Otherwise it "runs butter smooth" and can revive some older/slower machines because they optimized it very well. He says that Microsoft is a very different company now than when it released Windows 7. He recommended reserving the upgrade, at the very least so you don't eventually get borked if you want to upgrade after they stop offering it for free. He has no idea what the strategy behind offering it for free is though. My guess would be that if they're actively trying to change their image it's easier to pull people in with a free upgrade, especially since Windows 10 comes with the new browser they're releasing to replace IE. Fastest way to make sure people at least try it out is to give it away for free to people who might not otherwise upgrade.

Diablo III General / Re: Patch 2.3.0
« on: July 05, 2015, 11:07:02 AM »
I actually played the trial version recently and had a lot of fun (especially since the voice actress for the female wizard is Grey Griffin, who voices Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender), now if only my wallet could catch up so I could just buy it already.... :p

I snagged Witchers 1&2 from a Steam sale a while ago, but I couldn't get into the first one, so I never gave the second one a try.

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: April 06, 2015, 10:42:50 PM »
Did you play with mouse keyboard or controller?

Controller. I tend to give it a try on a lot of the indie games that support it because it's easier on my wrists. I'll probably stick to keyboard/mouse for things like Thief and Bioshock though...

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: April 01, 2015, 01:10:26 AM »
Just finished playing through Ori and the Blind Forest. Excellent puzzle platformer, very well-written too, but god damn those boss sequences (for lack of a better term) brought out the worst in me...

Random Ranting / Re: LEGO!
« on: March 23, 2015, 10:10:35 AM »
It opens up like a dollhouse...that's great!

I have a batman set somewhere still waiting to be unpacked from my last move. Maybe I'll find it and put it back together...

General Gaming / Re: What is everyone playing
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:28:31 PM »
Picked up DA during the discounted week but I've only played for a couple of hours. I've been spoiled by Skyrim.  The same week I got Civ 5 and Batman Arkham City (I know I'm a little behind) but I just can't get into any of them.

Yeah, I haven't played much more of DA than when I got it. I may eventually just jump to Inquisition, since from what I've heard they fixed a lot of the things that bug me about Origins in Inquisition.

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