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Digital Gaming => Computer Wargaming => Topic started by: Jarhead0331 on April 05, 2019, 02:58:23 AM

Title: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Jarhead0331 on April 05, 2019, 02:58:23 AM


Steel Division 2, Star Citizen 3.5.0, Division 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2, DCS practice...

Everyone enjoy.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Anguille on April 05, 2019, 03:06:51 AM
Ah...i thought it was this song:



Of course i was wrong...would have been very surprised!

Going to play:

- Master of Orion (1993). Was expanding nicely when i met the Silicoids who have twice as many colonies!
- Oriental Empires
- 1-2 missions in Oil Rush
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Yskonyn on April 05, 2019, 04:32:00 AM
AoW 3 and Civ 6 PBEM games

Space Engineers

DCS World

C:MANO

and Advanced Squad Leader
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Barthheart on April 05, 2019, 06:31:48 AM
Civ VI PBEM game.

Stellaris with Star Trek mod.

Couple of different beta tests ongoing.

Corps Command: Dawn' Early Light on the table.

Need to measure the eaves troughing so I can install some leaf guards, too many tall trees now.
Also need to make a mirror frame to continue finishing the basement bathroom. Then the drop ceiling is the last thing and it's done.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: JasonPratt on April 05, 2019, 06:47:24 AM
Well, for most of the week (up to and including this morning while I'm at work) I've been defragging the main data drive. With the system drive still to go!

.....yep. All week. That's how bad it was.  :buck2:

I thought I had been doing good by defragging the data drive (which is disc, not solid-state) once or twice a month. Then last week, after several years of using the free version of CCleaner, I upgraded to the full paid suite while it was on sale (since it does a better job on my system than Avast's goofball attempts -- they should just stick to anti-virus), which came with a nice defragmenter. Great, I can finally look at my disc sectors.....!

Oh.


 :buck2: :buck2: :buck2: :pullhair: :hide: :timeout: :wow:


So, aside from some Grogpublic umpiring, and the occasional Lords of Waterdeep mp turn (which I can do on my phone), and the Age of Wonders 3 mp game with AzTank, Yskonyn, and the Frog, I've been off the computer altogether this week. The defragger runs all day while I'm at work; then I come home a do a few things; then I set it up to run some more and go play my PS3.

In this case, I haven't run through the Prince of Persia Sands trilogy (or quadrilogy now) for a year or two, so I've been doing that. This year, I discovered something on the second (released) game, Warrior Within, that I somehow never once noticed before: despite its ferocious combat reputation, being far more bloody and explicit than the first game, the game RARELY REQUIRES ME TO ACTUALLY FIGHT ANYONE!

Yep, I can just scuttle or fiip past most enemies. Even some minor bosses. This is going to cut down my usual 10 hour playtime substantially!

In Sands 1, most fights are necessary in order to unlock save points, or because the enemies will kill you if you try to just go past them. And the Prince levels up, in a way, by fighting, so skipping the fights, even when technically possible, is not a good idea. Also you're often working with Princess Farah and she'll stop to fight instead of continuing on (though she's far more useful than most 'escort' missions.)

In Forgotten Sands (set between 1 and 2), the Prince levels up again from fighting, so even when it can be skipped it isn't a good idea. Plus the mobs are much larger, making it tougher to skip most fights.

In Sands 2 (Warrior Withing), however, the Prince levels up through simply progressing through the game, aside from the 9 secret Life Upgrades (which don't involve fighting either). So in most cases, the Prince can just block or avoid enemies until you get him to the next stage in the parkour path. And now that I have finally noticed this, I have also realized THE GAME WAS HINTING AT THIS ALL ALONG! The Prince (being an edgy grunge type temporarily for this game) will growl things like, "I don't have time for this" and "You're wasting my time" and similar things suggesting that he could just be going along the puzzle-paths instead of fighting!

I'll be curious now to see how much of this skippableness carries over to the finale, The Two Thrones. I do know (from long experience) that they redesigned the combat system so that you can save time by stealth-killing enemies in your path (a game mechanic leading into Assassin's Creed, the series that has essentially replaced PoP in Ubisoft's stable), but many of them might be just skippable, too. I don't recall any upgrading or leveling up coming from fighting standard guys in that game. (Although during the Dark Prince segment, he harvests time sand off dead foes, which is necessary for him to survive as he runs out of life otherwise.)
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Dammit Carl! on April 05, 2019, 08:44:37 AM
House painting/maintenance is on the horizon and will pretty much take up the whole weekend, methinks.

Otherwise, if I can get the time, I think I'll just be shooting things in Insurgency: Sandstorm and/or RS2.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Gusington on April 05, 2019, 09:24:55 AM
That is a quality, classic, insane post from Pratt up there.

I have returned to The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine, and am about 2/3 of the way through the main story missions, and the vampire enemies have been having me for lunch. They are uber powerful and take no crap and I have been getting my ass kicked. Finally advanced passed most of them after hours of bloody fighting last night and then advanced in to this bizarre fairy tale world, where a wicked witch proceeded to kick my ass.

I finally beat the snot out of her too but between these new enemies, my gross out in Resident Evil 7 and getting mired down in Hellblade last weekend it’s like all my games are out to get me.

To relax a bit, I will be starting Thronebreaker this weekend as well. Hopefully it will allow me to chill, even just a little bit.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: DoctorQuest on April 05, 2019, 09:36:47 AM
I have some time tomorrow so I am getting back into Enemy Engaged - Comanche vs. Hokum with the 1.16 community mod.

http://eechcentral.simhq.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

The sim now supports a much wider range of video resolutions and they are trying to do what they can with improving the graphics. It will never be DCS but I think it is more than good enough to make the sim enjoyable.

There are 9 helicopters modeled in the game that are flyable with their own cockpits, and seven of those have 3D cockpits. On the Blue side, these are the AH-64A Apache, AH-64D Apache Longbow, the RAH-66 Comanche, the AH-1Z Viper, and the OH-58D Kiowa. On the Red side, these are the Ka-52 "Hokum B", the Ka-50 "Black Shark", the Mi-28N "Havoc", and the Mi-24V Hind. All other helicopters in the game are flyable, but they use a 'default' cockpit from the Apache A. 

The maps now include the following:

Thailand
Cuba
Georgia
Taiwan
Lebanon
Yemen
Alaska
Aleut
Kuwait Gulf War
Libya
Grand Canyon
Mars (yes, the planet)
Alexander Archipelago
Skagway   
Saudi Arabia Red Sea
Kenai Peninsula
Afognak
Puerto Rico
Jordan Dead Sea
Lake Powell
Hawaii
Mesa
Afghanistan
Grand Canyon 2




Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Jarhead0331 on April 05, 2019, 09:58:57 AM
Wow. That terrain has come a long way. Might have to re-install.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: mbar on April 05, 2019, 10:06:00 AM
Survival mode in Space Engineers, building my asteroid base.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: JasonPratt on April 05, 2019, 10:26:29 AM
Wow. That terrain has come a long way. Might have to re-install.

Ditto to the square of heck yeah!  :o :smitten:

Apparently, only EECH is needed now? Is AH effectively included in EECH with the allmods?
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: DoctorQuest on April 05, 2019, 10:36:06 AM
With the EEAH install you get working gauges for the Havoc cockpit. The Apache and Havoc choppers are included in the mod.

EECH is available at a reasonable price over at GOG. (As is EEAH.)
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Huw the Poo on April 05, 2019, 11:29:23 AM
With the dismal failure of Borderlands 2 last week, my gaming group and I are looking for a new weekly game.  Current contenders are Don't Starve Together and Minecraft, so I'm sure both will be played this weekend.

And of course, over on the PS4 my love affair with The Division 2 continues.  It's been such a good launch.  Certain other developers should take note...
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: GroggyGrognard on April 05, 2019, 11:37:37 AM
More The Division 2 this weekend.  I am having a lot of fun with this one.


And of course, over on the PS4 my love affair with The Division 2 continues.  It's been such a good launch.  Certain other developers should take note...

+1
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Tripoli on April 05, 2019, 06:00:23 PM
Catching up on some play testing/work for a couple of games.  I Installed a new graphics card  as well as doubled my RAM, so I am itching to get out of Texas and on to Louisiana in my P3D4 X-country flight
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: al_infierno on April 05, 2019, 07:50:01 PM
In anticipation of the recently announced Panzer Campaigns: Japan '45, I bought a small pile of John Tiller games that I plan on diving into this weekend.  Panzer Campaigns: Moscow '42, Salerno '43, Normandy '44, and Squad Battles: Pacific War.

Also, just got Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall and Platoon Leader by James McDonough in the mail today.  Gonna crack those open soon!
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Grim.Reaper on April 05, 2019, 07:51:42 PM
In anticipation of the recently announced Panzer Campaigns: Japan '45, I bought a small pile of John Tiller games that I plan on diving into this weekend.  Panzer Campaigns: Moscow '42, Salerno '43, Normandy '44, and Squad Battles: Pacific War.

Also, just got Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall and Platoon Leader by James McDonough in the mail today.  Gonna crack those open soon!

Just a small pile:)  That seems like it would last you for years:)
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: al_infierno on April 05, 2019, 09:26:22 PM
In anticipation of the recently announced Panzer Campaigns: Japan '45, I bought a small pile of John Tiller games that I plan on diving into this weekend.  Panzer Campaigns: Moscow '42, Salerno '43, Normandy '44, and Squad Battles: Pacific War.

Also, just got Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall and Platoon Leader by James McDonough in the mail today.  Gonna crack those open soon!

Just a small pile:)  That seems like it would last you for years:)

Hahaha well, I have gaming ADD when it comes to playing a specific theater/setting, so I figured I ought to cover all my bases  ;)
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: MengJiao on April 06, 2019, 06:22:07 AM
AoW 3 and Civ 6 PBEM games

Space Engineers

DCS World

C:MANO

and Advanced Squad Leader

That sounds swell -- as for me mostly boardgames such as Montélimar – Anvil Of Fate.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Moreb on April 07, 2019, 09:40:48 AM
Down in the woods again. I messed with the extremely complicated and often not intuitive Fantasy Grounds for an hour or so but, like at home, I am still in the midst of some weird computer gaming funk. Seems I can't sit still long enough to ever get that comfortable to sitting. I think the clinical term is Ants in the Pants but don't quote me on that.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Gusington on April 07, 2019, 01:34:32 PM
^Better than a case of dongle dick.

Or is it?
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Wburn on April 07, 2019, 01:58:14 PM
Finished a large scenario with CMANO, finally got the skill of knocking out AD and radar sites with cruise missiles and aircraft. Submarine skills still lacking, can't seem to get my russkie subs on station in first scenario of Northern Inferno campaign. Everytime I transit past the ice cap the ASW forces are on me.  I think large scenarios in CMANO are  improving my ADD. When I get frustrated now, instead of starting 3 other games and quitting. I pick up the manual.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Moreb on April 07, 2019, 05:59:40 PM
^Better than a case of dongle dick.

Or is it?

I had to look that up. I am not the better for it.

On a slightly similar sounding ailment my dog did get neutered though this weekend while we were away.  Country vets are awesome. Get your dog fixed and then help with Hardware disease.

Overall the weekend was like this
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Gusington on April 07, 2019, 06:07:52 PM
 :-[
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Moreb on April 07, 2019, 06:11:28 PM
Twiki wants you to smile. Not frown.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Kushan on April 07, 2019, 07:13:13 PM
I think my love affair with The Division 2 has just about run its course for the moment. Don't regret paying full price for it. I've played it almost exclusively since it launched. But for the moment I find myself more and more pissed off with some of the game mechanics then having fun. I'll still be playing it here and there but time to focus on other things. Going to relax tonight and watch some Game of Thrones S1 and do some work on El Dorado Canyon for CMANO, and maybe watch some videos in preparation for jumping into the DCS F-14 this week as work allows.
Title: Re: King Without a FRIDAY
Post by: Staggerwing on April 07, 2019, 07:30:50 PM
Twiki wants you to smile. Not frown.



"Gee Buck!"



"L'Chaim"