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Finkbug
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Got a habit of leaving games the open and active window then wandering off for the day to do something else. Crazy numbers result.

KB and SR2 have the same publisher; don't know if it's the same team

I've bought Space Rangers 2 three times. Kinda like it. [Image Can Not Be Found] Most of the game is top down flying around shooting and trading at planets. Set orders and path, automove one day, repeat. The three competing Giant Enemies devouring star systems and all the planets and other ship captains go about their business independently. All in close-enough-to-correct-English to be utterly charming.

But wait, there's more! Text adventures, logical puzzles, fishing competitions, RTS robot battles, an arcade shooter, prison escape, management sims and more I've forgotten pop up like refugees from other games. One moment you're a star hopping bounty hunter trying to catch and explode the ship that hypnotized a senate out of its lunch money, the next you're in ASCII managing a ski lodge.

The end movie is a must see, even for those who won't play the game.

 

KB looks good, has goofy-strange humor to spare (particularly the original, with its wife/baby as buff items), and plays like a cousin of HoMM. The basics are the same but reinforcements aren't available as consistently and there are no map respawns to grind/recruit. It's easy to become stuck. Map movement is real time, which allows sneaky tricks but can also be a giant pain in the [Image Can Not Be Found]. In KB I played paladin, whatever the green middle class is, and it's underpowered. The three are better balanced in AP.

grooowrrrr! [menace menace] rrrrowwwr!

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I believe that myself, my friend Luke and my brother (Lewis B) will be online tomorrow evening at about 8pm BST for some Alien Swarm if anybody fancies joining us. Login to Steam and say 'AYE!!' if you're in, it should be a good laugh.

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That's 2pm my time, but if you're there three hours later, I will endeavor to AYE!

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Finkbug
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Mic is busted and never played it (read: probably more dangerous than the aliens) but otherwise a likely AYE. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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xtal
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Can I add a "Yarrrgh," as surely I'll be working at 3 o'clock? You damnable Brits!

 

I got an invite to Swarm from your mate Luke yesterday afternoon but I was away from the computer; by the time I returned they were full.

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Ah, I was going to join Luke as well xtal but I was knee deep in the abyss on Black Plague so decided to stick with it.

It'll probably be about 8-9pm BST so don't fret if you can't get there on the dot, we're pretty placcid for hardened badasses. While you folks are getting back from work we Brits are getting sleepy so we'll try and hang in there for you all 😉

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Have I been stood up by my own brother? [Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found]

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I forgot and only noticed the invite hours too late. Was on the phone trying to gently* talk a friend down from her newest twitch, a raw food vegan diet. "No hun, those are not ravioli." "You'll lose weight. So that's good." "Turnips do not have magic root energies." "Local turnips are not more magical." "I hope Phil is impressed by your commitment." "Don't try to eat mustard greens raw."

She's a sweetheart but I'd've rather been blowing up aliens or teammates. Zzzzzappp! [Image Can Not Be Found]

 

*Me. Gentle. Start laughing.

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At least your avatar looks gentle and sensitive, right?

 

Or maybe he's just trying to eat his own face, I can never tell [Image Can Not Be Found]

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Lewis B said:

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What time did you post that o patient brother? 8:01pm?

Shortly after you left Lew, Zutty joined us which was a lot of fun because -- like me -- he'd not played it since the AI director got added. It's a totally different experience now; far more intense and unpredictable. Lots of screaming 'Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck' and 'Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgh' whilst running backwards. We had an empty spot for most of the evening Fink so you were one button away from wanton zappy gunnage.

Strangely we were playing with GoogleTM last night. It loved using adrenaline while pulling this face: XD

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xtal
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What, what, changes to Alien Swarm, you say? AI Director? Whoza? Whatzits?

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Cosmic Encounter!

Reminiscing with an old friend about epic Diplomacy and Civilization (not the videogame) sessions got us both excited and Cosmic is a perfect fit. Strategy, luck, bluffing, in fifteen to thirty minute online chunks. We've already roped in a couple others but you're all welcome to join.

The online version is a pay service, though there's a guest race subset for a test run. http://cosmicencounter.com/scr...../home.html

Cosmic, originally released in 1977, is universally considered one of the best boardgames. Very simple rules but each player is randomly assigned a race at start, each of which breaks one of those rules.

 

Btw, site's spell checker toggle is throwing errors.

grooowrrrr! [menace menace] rrrrowwwr!

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@xtal: sorry, very late response. Yeah the AI director is now controlling the aliens so now it's incredibly difficult and the encounters are different each time. For instance, I got gang banged before we even got to the first door on level 1. Y'know that metal gantry you start on? Right there.

@Fink: that looks interesting, I'll try and have a look if I get a chance and let you know whether I'm in. It's been an age since I played a board game. I've been playing Solium Infernum for the last 8-10 months with Lewis if that counts. Solium Infernum is superb.

Does anybody here have an interest in Planet M.U.L.E.? I've never played it but it sounds good fun.

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I'll do some M.U.L.E. Suspect the game is so highly regarded because it was innovative at the time and won't hold up well, but I've not played it in, gosh, twenty years. Definitely worth another whirl.

Thanks for the Solium reminder. I was excited when it came out but it somehow slipped off my brain and never tried it.

After I posted I went to Cosmic to play a few bot rounds. I'd subscribed when it was new but that was years ago. The interface is usable but gives very little feedback if you don't know the game, so don't be scared away by that. It really is simple at the rules level.

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M.U.L.E. was good b/c it let people play together.  They'd take turns doing their little prospecting/etc.  It was the only game for many years that allowed this kind of multi-player.  So if it'd hold up now in the age of onliners, well, probably not.  But at the time it was innovative and totally alone in its class.

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Steerpike
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You know, I never actually played the original M.U.L.E. It's funny because I was such a huge fan of DB Berry's other super-classic, Seven Cities of Gold. M.U.L.E. was so far ahead of its time, making use of online technologies that in the early eighties were practically unheard of. I think there's a reason so many more mature (read: older) gamers and developers still cite it as one of their great loves and influences.

 

I did get to spend some time playing the new web-based version, and while it may be simple compared to the games of today, the kernel of strategic richness is still there. It's like Tetris in that: simple, maybe, but ageless.

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So how about a holiday bout of Alien Swarm, anyone? Or Team Fortress 2? Or... or...  *looks up other co-operative games**

 

Left 4 Dead 2, Uncharted 2, umm... hell I don't know what other games are co-operative? I probably own some and don't even know. Start sending some Steam/PSN/XBL messages around during the holidays, people! I want to shoot some of you.

 

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I'm always up for some Left 4 Dead. And now that I'm on vacation I can probably even manage to match the British Contingent's bizarre crumpet-y time zones.

 

I should warn you, though: I just had botched eye surgery, I'm on vacation so I'm probably wasted, and I was never very good at L4D to begin with.

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Drunkin L4D2 party is on! Greggs already organized a few. You guys should join in next time.

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Well I'm up for anything co-operative providing that a) I own it and b) it'll run on my machine (L4D2 remains untested, Alien Swarm can get a little slow when Luke insists on toasting hordes of bugs with the flamethrower). I'm open to suggestions for any free co-op games as well.

Me and Luke tend to start playing at 8-9pm which makes it about midday in the wild west if that's workable for you folks? Armand has been joining us comfortably (since he's his own boss) so hopefully while nobody's at work we should be able to get a few sessions in together.

xtal, it's been a long time. I miss your high explosive healing.

Armand I think the last L4D game we played was the most I've ever laughed online. Me, you and Luke had died and only Lewis was remaining. He was within running distance of the safe house but was so heavily wounded that he could barely move. The problem was the tank chasing him. We were all screaming 'get to the safe house!!' (get to ze choppa!!!). He was within a few feet of the safe house door and we all thought he was going to make it (or at the worst get smashed by the tank) but then out of nowhere a lowly female zombie jumped into the fray and took him out with a single pathetic slap. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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