The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

On games

Posted By on November 9, 2008

  • I’ve decided to start playing some video games again. This is not unusual, since winter is coming and there’s lots of evening darkness – aside from working on indoor projects (including the garage) it’s not like there’s much else I can do. I started with some computer games, and played a little bit of Vegastrike and Tremulous. Vega strike was very “meh”. Hard to learn, didn’t much see the point, etc. I suppose I could make the effort to learn, but at this point, with such a large selection of games which I have to choose from, I’m not really going to bother with too much learning (unless the game comes highly recommended, which this hasn’t). Now regarding Tremulous – this was VERY good. Well done FPS with lots of variability/points/classes/etc. That said, as much fun as it is, I’m looking more for “progression and accomplishment” – beating levels/games/etc. and playing through storylines. So, I’m picking up my large pile of PS2 games – 3/4 of which I bought used and haven’t beaten – some of which I haven’t played. Right now, I’m hitting the Star Wars: Battlefront games, playing through the campaigns. I also have several platformers (Jak and Dexter, Ratchet and Crank), those sneaky shooty special ops games (Metal Gear, SOCOM, Splinter Cell), the “roaming” games (GTA, True Crime), and a few other noteworthy ones – Red Dead Revolver, Resident Evil 4, etc. So, that will keep me busy for awhile.
  • Since I didn’t get off to Carnage this weekend, but also hadn’t planned on being here, I split the difference and got some work done around the house, cooked lots of food, hung out with Liz and and worked on assembling and basing a pile of microarmor (for playing Dirtside II… by myself).
  • The furniture for upstairs is coming in this week. This only pertains to gaming in that it gives me a bright, central, happy place to read gaming books.
  • Speaking of books, I found Amerikkka, which is being given away for free for the month of November in celebration of the election. After that, it will be $5. The rules are simple, but the setting is really the interesting part – a Balkanized and fragmented former US – the Confederate States, the United States of Nugent, Texas, the Free States Coalition, etc. Really good stuff.
  • We watched The Gamers: Dorkness Rising Good stuff. I highly recommend it.
  • Partly because of Dorkness, and partly because of a conversation which I had with some weeks ago, I think I need to reconsider my aversion to fantasy-based roleplaying genres. (For anyone who doesn’t know, my general rule is that if gunpowder and steam power haven’t been invented, I’m not really interested). I mean, really, think about it – is there really much of a difference between LOTR and Star Wars? So, I’m going to try to back off on some of my prejudices and be open to any opportunity to game which presents itself. I’ll also be reading the Burning Wheel rules (I liked the Burning Empire rules.. well, the first 50 pages, which was all I’ve read so far) and will also be picking up the D&D 4th edition rules.
I think that’s about it.

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