1. We have added a Gift Upgrades feature that allows you to gift an account upgrade to another member, just in time for the holiday season. You can see the gift option when going to the Account Upgrades screen, or on any user profile screen.
    Dismiss Notice

In What Electronic Entertainment Have You Been Partaking #18: Reticulating Splines

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aimeeandbeatles, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. AmazonQueen

    AmazonQueen Virago

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Messages:
    5,432
    Location:
    Climbing Kero Fin
    It probably doesn't help that in RPGs I make loads of characters then when playing them decide I'd rather have played something/someone else and restart.
    Means I tend to know the early stages of my RPG excessively well.
     
    haroon likes this.
  2. haroon

    haroon Deity

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    3,504
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Paris Van Java
    Actually I have similar problem playing Western RPG and CRPG recently. I really worried on choosing skill, allocating my skill or attributes. Later on I will read a guide just to make sure I did it right, when I understand my build is not optimal, I start a new game and too lazy to continue the grind.

    Sometime I wish I can just play the game like the old day without bother looking at the walk-through, let the game to surprises me with its mystery.

    edit: Easy internet screws my rpg experience.
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2020
    Ajidica likes this.
  3. sendos

    sendos Immortal

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Messages:
    1,222
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thank you. I will check these out. I remember checking Aven Colony and Banished. They did look good.
     
  4. AmazonQueen

    AmazonQueen Virago

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Messages:
    5,432
    Location:
    Climbing Kero Fin
    I do try and do my 1st playthrough of a new game completely blind.
    Some great moments come from the mistakes you make in games.
     
  5. Sarin

    Sarin Prince

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2013
    Messages:
    484
    Ban_Hammered and Arsonne. I'm spending most time on the latter, trying to get to stage where I might see if my build is viable or not.
     
  6. Broken_Erika

    Broken_Erika Nothing

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2004
    Messages:
    8,013
    Location:
    Glasgnopolis, Grottland
    Just bought Garry's Mod on steam. :mwaha:
     
  7. Synsensa

    Synsensa Deity Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    22,072
    2006 called.
     
  8. Sarin

    Sarin Prince

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2013
    Messages:
    484
    So? I still play games from 1990's sometimes.
     
    AdamCrock likes this.
  9. haroon

    haroon Deity

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    3,504
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Paris Van Java
    I still able to replay my chrono trigger or breath of fire 2 anytime. Now I'm considering to play Earthbound.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2020
    amadeus likes this.
  10. Synsensa

    Synsensa Deity Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    22,072
    Oh, playing older games is fine. It's just that the magic of GMod has been expired for a while. Now it's just a vehicle for things like Trouble in Terrorist Town and propping for comics. The days of using wiremod and asset packs to make a fully operable BSG Viper that can go through Stargate portals and lay waste to manmade fortresses are few and far between now.
     
  11. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Messages:
    19,852
    Gender:
    Female
    It didn't help when GMod updated in a way that broke half its addons and then when people tried to port the now-abandoned addons and put them up on the Workshop they were likely to be taken down because it technically "stolen content."
     
    Synsensa likes this.
  12. aelf

    aelf Ashen One

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    16,747
    Location:
    Tir ná Lia
    Because of this thread I went and read up on Civ 3 strategies. Also for nostalgia reasons. I learned that bomber spam is even more powerful in C3C to the point of brokenness. Didn't know that back then.

    I guess you still have to survive till the modern age with the 0% science gambit.
     
  13. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2005
    Messages:
    50,838
    Location:
    Stamford Bridge
    Football Manager 2020, for about a week now. I haven't played since FM2012, so this is exciting for me

    I created a new club from scratch, called them Oasby FC, put them in the 6th tier of English football. One of the generic crests/logos you can select from fits that name perfectly. I started off with 0 players and minimal staff, had to hire scouts and scout out some players. My first playthrough was a disaster, although I played through like half of the season. I restarted the save and actually played 3 seasons at which point the situation became a bit.. unsustainable.. I made some mistakes signing contracts early on, so now I was getting punished. I did not see a way forward for my club

    So at one point I just said "screw it" and given all I had learned I re-started my save for a third time, even after so many hours put in. I again started with 0 players, but this time knew to look for players just off their contracts ;) This time around my first season went well, I finished in 12th place I think, and at the end of the season my contract/wage situation was sustainable. I was trying to mainly sign younger players, so that they could grow into better players over time. In the off-season I beefed up the core of my squad and was able to get into the playoffs in just the 2nd season. I managed to get all the way to the final and win by a penalty. At 2:38am. It was pretty damn exciting

    So now I'm sipping on some coffee and working through the off-season, setting my squad up to be able to deal with the higher demands of the national league. I have 6 players who are exceptional who are sticking around for this season at least, 5 more players who are just a level below "exceptional", and then some players I will have to let go, and some up and coming youngsters who I will have to make judgement calls on. I'm waiting for June 30th to hit, so that I can send out my scouts and look for players to pick up who would beef up my "exceptional player" contingent. I figure if I have 8 or so exceptional starters, I can probably build my squad around that do alright in this league in my first year in it. It's not easy to do, since the board gives me a tiny amount of $$ for transfers ($7,000). That's why I turn to players with expired contracts (right after they expire). In the first year I had about $500k to spend on players, but I needed that as I had 0 players. Got most of my main players for free anyway, then bought some fancy looking 15 year olds for my youth academy. we will see if any of those will pan out in the next couple seasons.

    One of my best players is Maziar Kouhyar, who gets called up to the Afghan senior squad all the time. That's a bit annoying, and not a situation you would see in real life maybe? Not in the 6th tier of English football anyway. I'm not sure how I was able to sign him, but he's my captain. I would just hit up very well rated players out of contracts, and a lot of them would have crazy demands or wouldn't want to talk to me.. but some would talk to me, and some I was able to convince to sign on wages that were sustainable at that level. That's how I got this guy, and I'm hoping to unearth more players who will help me do well in the Vanarama National League .. .. Now!

    edit: LOL the holidays just ended and my players returned. I said "We will not be getting relegated, let's do this!" and 85% of the team got upset, thinking that's an unrealistic goal for the season. I see...
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2020
    Quintillus and Synsensa like this.
  14. Lexicus

    Lexicus Deity

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2007
    Messages:
    24,887
    Location:
    Sovereign State of the Have-Nots
    Lethal Land Bombardment ftw (also lethal sea bombardment but meh)
     
  15. Takhisis

    Takhisis Jinping, wer fragt uns?

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    50,754
    Location:
    up yours!
    Yeah, but I broke the AI's bomber span by massed Destroyers+Battleships+Mobile SAM+SAM improvement+(Jet) Fighters, the last of which with improved. The AI can lose a dozen bombers every turn.

    That, coupled with sowing forests on top of your barricaded borders, means that the inevitable waves of Tanks/Modern Armor/(Mechanised/TOW/--) Infantry/Cavalry just sit there for your artillery (which might just include your battleships and destroyers) to pick apart. Again, the AI can lose 80% of a 100-Modern Armor stack in the 3-4 turns it takes for them to get in and then limp back out.
     
  16. tjs282

    tjs282 Socially distancing since 1975

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,181
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    here, for the job/ handout / woman
    This has saved my butt in my current game. I tried to spy on the Dutch (to find out how Willy was getting on with his Ship), and he DOW'd me (again).

    It's a Large 60% Archi map, 3 byo (I assume: lots of Mountains and Hills, anyway) and I control a 2-tile wide diagonal neck of Hills between Wang and Shaka's former domains (now mine) and the Dutch homeland (from which they also displaced the Incans). I've also taken down the Sumerians (fighting back successfully after originally losing Persepolis to Gil's Knights and Cavs, which attacked from the Mountains due west) and the Japanese (on a mostly Tundra island to the west of former Sumeria). My various wars acquired me sufficient Armies that I could plant 1-2 ([Mech]Inf + Cav/Tank) on each Hill leading to my frontline city (which is also a canal), and I have parked Mobile SAMs on all Army-tiles to protect them from Dutch air-attacks. But I have not completely closed the choke, because I wanted Willy to send his troops through my Funnel of Doom, instead of shipping them round the sides.

    And it has worked perfectly: Willy's initial stack consisted mainly of TOWs, and MechInfs, with only a few Tanks. My Arty-stack couldn't do much damage to the Mechs on the Hills but once they reached the flatland beyond and split up into smaller stacks, I could whittle them down bit by bit while also puppeting them backwards and forwards by shifting my (much smaller) stack of Mechs among adjacent towns. I lost quite a few Modern Armour, but Willy's lost more: his initial doomstack is now gone (Colonel Effthree reports that we just went from "Weak" to "Average" vs. the Dutch), and he's switched to building ModArm himself (which are more vulnerable to Arty and Bombers). So now I can pile everything into the fontline town, kill the incoming, and then push forwards to close the choke completely, fighting a holding action until Monty and Joanie break our MPPs by signing peace with Willy.

    And then finish my ship, and the game.
     
    Quintillus likes this.
  17. aelf

    aelf Ashen One

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    16,747
    Location:
    Tir ná Lia
    Sounds like more trouble than it's worth. I mean, if you enjoyed it, that's great. From a purely strategic perspective, though, you probably shouldn't have had all that trouble if you had done it well.

    That's what I meant by Civ 3 (and to a certain extent Civ 6) constraining your play to certain optimal strategies. I find that successful Civ 3 games at higher difficulties invariably mean you'll be so dominant by modern age that you have no effective competition. Either no AI would attack you or no AI would present a significant threat if they do. And you'd be far ahead of the AI in your chosen victory condition.

    I remember Civ 4 somehow allowing you to have parity with AI civs while still being able to win comfortably.
     
  18. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Messages:
    19,852
    Gender:
    Female
    I felt like playing Morrowind again. So I am setting up Morrowind.
     
    AmazonQueen likes this.
  19. tjs282

    tjs282 Socially distancing since 1975

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,181
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    here, for the job/ handout / woman
    Well, I never claimed to be a great Civ3 player! :lol:

    This game was/is at my usual Emperor level, but (with hindsight) I screwed up big time by not making any significant effort to expand west initially. That was mainly because there was a substantial range of Mountains and Hills directly west and south of Persepolis, preventing me from putting a full first ring in place: I sent my Settlers to the more fertile looking river-Plains to the east instead. Unfortunately that meant that the Summies got to the "nearest" Horses to Persepolis (at 3rd-ring distance, to the west) before I did; aggravatingly, they also pipped me to the Statue of Zeus by only a couple of turns.

    So although I did get Iron for my Immortals (and used them to capture the speculative Zulu and Dutch settlements on my continent), my westwards foray afterwards, intended to secured the Sumerian chokepoint-town which controlled the Horses, was an utter disaster; the Summie stacks overwhelmed mine at the northern of the 2 towns I'd founded just the other side of the Mountain range, giving them an open path directly to my capital. If I'd made it to the Horses, I would have had the game in the bag much earlier; as it was, I couldn't build any fast units until I could trade over Oceans, towards the end of the Medieval era -- by which time I could also build Cavalry myself (and once I hit the Industrial Age, I beelined for Replaceable Parts, for Infantry and Artillery).

    In the meantime, the Dutch and the Aztecs ran away on their respective landmasses, quickly defeating the Inca (dead), the Iroquois (dead), and the Ottomans (long since evicted to a 1-tile island just offshore from France). I really only managed to overtake them in the late Industrial/early Modern, but they're still fairly hot on my heels (at least partly because I've been selling them older tech every 20T or so, to bleed their gold).
     
    Quintillus likes this.
  20. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Messages:
    19,852
    Gender:
    Female
    https://imgur.com/a/Uv1N5nW

    I don't even....

    (Also, I go to the effort of converting it to GIF. Imgur converted it back to GIFV, which isn't supported here. Boo.)
     
    cardgame likes this.

Share This Page