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6631  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 15, 2009, 02:51:47 PM
All of your talk of epic medieval history and strategic dealings has made me play the next best thing (that I own), Civ4. I'm really not that good at the game, but for some reason I tend to do rather well. Part of that could be that I am playing on the second easiest (default) difficulty setting, but sitting down for a game of Civ relaxes me and I don't know if I quite want to lose that aspect by pumping up the difficulty. I'm playing with the Dutch (Willem Orange or something like that), and everything is peachy except with Joao II (Portugal). Who is a cunt. I think he poisoned my water supply. Back to why I'm bad, I never read the manual and the tutorial is pretty bad at introducing the more complex concepts of the game like espionage. So I basically don't know what I'm doing. I'm also really tired, so if none of this makes sense: my apologies.

If your town is sick, it could be because there are too many people in it. You're going to want to start capitalizing on resources like fish or anything else that gives health bonuses. You'll want fishing boats and engineers for that. Keep in mind that if you build, say, a hunting camp on a deer location, you're going to need to connect it to your city with roads.

Of course, it's also possible someone poisoned your water.

To do espionage, if the game works like older Civs in that regard, just build a spy unit and send it to the enemy town you've got a problem with. The game has pretty good fedback and extensive tooltips so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
6632  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 15, 2009, 03:44:51 AM
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Slowly I've come to hate vegans/vegetarians and what they stand for.

WAY TO GENERALIZE THERE, BUUUDDY.
6633  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 15, 2009, 03:41:48 AM
TP HAS jumping puzzles IIRC, but they're not as obnoxious as OoT.

Anyway, CK:

Leon died of a disease, and the Kingdom of Georgia went to his brother because he didn't have kids. I managed to close the eastern front, and on that side, I'm making a push into the middle east. In the West, the war with Azerbaijan is essentially a stalemate. I take some provinces, they take some provinces, and then I lose them again. And the eastern group of Seljuk turks is being huge and problematic again. I might just start pillaging the hell out of Azerbaijan and then focus on the Seljuk's. Still, I DO almost have a nice ring around the Caspian. And Sebeos Bagratuni doesn't suck at diplomacy like his brother.

I'm trying to raise Sebeos' kids NOT in the army, as raising Leon in the army as a child made him a bit unbalanced.
6634  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The irony is raping me on: January 15, 2009, 03:37:30 AM
I like Alaska. They make Ohio look less bad.
6635  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: whats your next highly expected rpg! on: January 14, 2009, 06:20:40 PM
Oh wait there's a new puzzle quest game coming out. That's gettin' me fairly happy.
6636  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SaGa 2 remake announced on: January 14, 2009, 06:14:33 PM
goddamn yes you are the best news ever

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wait goddammit the screenshots don't look that promising.
6637  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: whats your next highly expected rpg! on: January 14, 2009, 04:14:49 PM
Hnnnnnnnn The Dark Spire maybe? Although I'm sort of thinking that's going to just end up being a grindfest or completely miss the point of how first-person dungeon crawls work.

Dragon Quest 5 DS, maybe. Unless Square takes out party chat again, in which case I'm not buying it out of principle.

It's kind of hard to get hyped up new games because the DS is the only sort-of-modern system I have, and my laptop doesn't have a graphics card, and I'm not fond of a lot of indie RPGs because they're generally either kind of derivative JRPGs or kind of derivative roguelikes. And getting anticipated about indie RPGs is a tad risky given the high projects to vaporware ratio.
6638  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you like the Star Ocean-style RPG structure? on: January 14, 2009, 04:08:32 PM
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As for the AI doing nothing problem, it's a combination of the Attack/Defense skill level, strategy set for the character, and current HP or MP. It's not a bug, but it can be annoying.

No. It was a bug. They AI broke. None of the other conditions would've caused the NPC to behave like it did. I'm not the only person that experience this. If it actually was a feature, it's a damn stupid feature, and if it's something you can turn off, then that speaks volumes about the level of feedback you have on the game's mechanics in-game.

And the dungeons were horrid, which was the worst part for me. Nevermind that they made item making a pain in the ass. Nevermind that the game was just flat-out ugly. Nevermind the stupid turtle minigame. Nevermind that the battle system was slow and felt kind of outdated. The only game I've played where I liked the dungeons less was Daggerfall, and *that's* what killed the game for me.
6639  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 14, 2009, 02:50:07 AM
Crusader Kings:

All of my decent marshals and stewards keep becoming counts, so my stats are getting worse. Specifically, in a recent push into Turkey towards some one-province, non-allied Muslim beydoms, I apparently pissed of the Very Massive Sheikdom of Seljuk turks. So they went to war with me. I took one of their provinces on the western front, they took one of mine. Big deal. However, 'cos they were distracted, I had some of my vassals in east Georgia (one of which was now a Duke, because I had enough of the provinces over their to make that title) take out... oh, three or four provinces in the east. Then I declared war on someone who as part of a (small) Emirate. Whoops. They didn't do much cause they were fighting in the west, but then some OTHER non-Seljuk aligned Sheikdom go mad because I was getting too close to their borders. And then they declared war. And then Azerbaijan decided they wanted in on the action too. Azerbaijan alone isn't a huge problem as they're small. Same for this other Sheikdom. Problem, though, is that I'm drained from fighting the Seljuks, and now I'm fighting two separate wars on two separate fronts.

On top of this, some of my old vassals died and their kids don't like me as much. Their kids also aren't masters of the battlefield which DOES NOT HELP.

Also, they're Muslims, so if I try to offer peace deals with them the Pope gets all up in my grills as he's like

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU

and i'm like

goddamit you stupid bastard i'm orthodox go to hell

Also Leon doesn't have any kids. That could be a problem. His wife's like, in her 50s and he's only 30 so I don't really blame him. He is, however, chaste. Which IS a problem. So I need to change the inheritence law to something more beneficial, but I think that can cause revolts which is *bad*.
6640  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 14, 2009, 02:42:14 AM
You can make your own sea kitten in some flash game there. Most are horrifying. It's great.
6641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Make your own stupid jRPG abbreviation on: January 13, 2009, 10:24:53 PM
Terraformation & Inundation Battle Abilities for Strategic Isometric Combat
6642  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 13, 2009, 06:45:26 PM
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Not even kidding, that sounded like an incredibly interesting game. What exactly are you playing and where can I get it?

Crusader Kings. Paradox Games makes it. I think they sell it on Gamer's Gate, though if you live near a Half Price Books & More it's typically sold for like, 6 bucks there..

Risk meets The Sims isn't an ENTIRELY inaccurate way of describing it. Also the extent to which it works as an RPG depends on the extent to which you play it as one, kind of. You do have to delve into the dynastic stuff to keep from shooting yourself in the foot, but how much you want to micromanage inter-character relationships is up to you (and the expansion pack, which I don't have, adds a friends & rivals system which sort of furthers it in that sense).Int

6643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Make your own stupid jRPG abbreviation on: January 13, 2009, 06:37:21 PM
Oh well, for explanation, Ninja Gaiden has, or had, this weird tendency to show up on eBay as Ninja HME because of how the kanji for gaiden look. I noticed that you were actually spleling out HIME now though.
6644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you like the Star Ocean-style RPG structure? on: January 13, 2009, 06:32:48 PM
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sorry but i don't understand what you mean here, would you please explain it?

I dislike Star Ocean 3 a great deal.

What is your native language, out of curiosity?
6645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's that are easy to get into. on: January 13, 2009, 02:46:37 PM
Puzzle Quest! It's also pretty cheap (and if you don't want to play it on the DS, it's been ported to, uh, every other system. And computers.
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