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Game Journals / Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog!
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:02:30 PM »
I buy weird stuff on Steam. Sometimes I buy a a little faster than I can play and the games stack up. Right now, I have this list of 20 games I'd like to play through sometime soon. I could simply roll a dice or three and decide the order that way, but that's no fun. I'll let you guys decide! Without actually telling you what games you're voting for!

Here's the list:
1. The Blackwell Legacy (20) - Playing that other game with a phantom detective
2. The Cat Lady (8) - Finished!
3. Costume Quest 2 (15) - Cancelled!
4. Cubicle Quest (4) - Finished!
5. Data Hacker: Initiation (19) - Now playing
6. The Deed (17) - Finished!
7. Her Story (6) - Finished!
8. Labyronia (16) - Finished!
9. Lilly & Sasha: Curse of the Immortals (14) - Finished
10. LISA (13) - Finished!
11. Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-  (5) - Finished!
12. Millennium 2: Take me Higher (11) - Finished!
13. A New Beginning (10) - Finished!
14. Postmortem: One Must Die (1) - Finished!
15. Science Girls (18) - Finished!
16. Phantasy Star IV (9) - Finished!
17. Sins of the Demon (3) - Finished!
18. Suits: A Business RPG (12) - Finished!
19. This Starry Midnight We Make (2) - Finished!
20. Time Gentemen, Please! (7) - Finished!


I've already played through Postmortem: One Must Die, a game in which you play as a grim reaper attending a fundraising gala in order to snuff out a life at the end of the night. You can choose randomly (which makes for a very short playthrough), or talk with the guests, make an informed decision and maybe even bend the future a little.

It was a short game that can be completed in 5-50 minutes, but since there are various different outcomes a few replays are recommended. I wouldn't recommend it at its original price, but it's a fun little thought experiment to grab during the sales. I paid 0,74, played for 87 minutes and it was worth it.

Next game up is This Starry Midnight We Make, a game in which I will be making stars using alchemy, I think? I'll keep you guys posted, because, of course I will. It'd be a waste of a perfectly good thread if I didn't.

Want to decide what I should play? Pick a number! But... maybe don't pick them too fast? Like, maybe keep the 'line' at 3 games or less? I'll mark the games I'll already played through, so it should be easy to see how many games are actively waiting.

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General Discussions / The great pet thread
« on: June 17, 2016, 04:04:02 PM »
Lots of serious discussions in haps right now, so... pets! Cuddly wuddly pets! Show yours now!

Here are my two rabbits, Bunny & Senka:



They spend a lot of time glued together. Bunbun is a fluffy goofball, Sen is a cute little ball of issues. And no, I don't know why Senka is curled up like a dog/cat.

Fun fact: the fur of rabbits like Sen gets darker as it gets colder. Point colouration like this is a form of partial albinism in which the melanine doesn't activate at normal body temperatures. Extremities are typically colder than body temperature, so you do see colour there. Animals with this colouration might get darker in winter and lighter in summer. Bun mostly sits near Sen's left shoulder and as a result, her right shoulder is somewhat darker than the left.

This is my cat.



She's 15 and lives with my parents. Like most of the pets I've ever owned, she has a difficult personality. We blame it on my sister's old dog.

Speaking of my sister, here's one of her two darling little princesses (playing with a cat toy I made):







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The Helper Monkey / RPG Maker games stutter
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:50:23 PM »
My laptop recently decided that it hates RPG maker games I play through Steam.

This is what's been happening:
The game will stutter BADLY. It runs kinda slow for a second or two, then stops entirely for several seconds. If I wait long enough, there's a decent chance it will stop for a while and work properly. However, if I'm unlucky, it'll go right back to acting like a spoiled toddler in a supermarket during Christmas season. This happens to nearly all RPG Maker games I bought through Steam. I used to be able to run these games just fine, but at some point in time (and I have no idea when that was, but it was somewhere between late August and last week) things went weird.

This my system (please don't laugh):
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CPU: i3-2370M 2.40GHz
4GB RAM
Intel Graphics HD 3000

As pathetic as it is, it's severly overqualified for RPG Maker games, so it should not be having trouble, even with the Steam Client (and a browser!) running in the background.

I know that:
-my drivers are up to date (maybe that's the problem?)
-virus and malware scans say my system is clean
-other Steam games run fine (Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star is the only exception, but that one has constant drops throughout the whole game)
-RPG Maker games I did not buy through Steam appear to work fine (haven't tested ALL games I've downloaded)
-it happens in both windowed mode and full screen
-Reduce Screen Flicker is unchecked

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Single-Player RPGs / Recommend me some RPG Maker games!
« on: August 12, 2015, 10:29:28 AM »
I'm working on a big article about RPG Maker and games made with it. While I've got a little list of interesting games, I'm certain there are amazing things out there I've never heard of. Since you're all awesome people who know things, could you help a fellow forum member out?

Some of the games that may make their way into the article:
Corpse Party
To The Moon
Labyrinthine Dreams
Last Dream
Eternal Eden
Skyborn
Always Sometimes Monsters
Off (heard good things about its weirdness, but haven't played it yet)
Yume Nikki (another one on my 'to play' list)
Millennium series (not very familiair with Aldorlea's stuff, have they made something more noteworthy?)

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General Discussions / Completion List 2015
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:20:28 AM »
It's a new year! Anyone finish any games yet? I did and I need a place to brag (j/k).

1. Long Live the Queen
So many dumb ways to die... that princess deserves her own song. Finding new ways to kick the bucket is a lot of fun, though. Actually living long enough to see your own coronation takes some trial and error, but I didn't mind that very much since you can skip text you've already read (but be careful not the skip anything you haven't).

2. A Bird Story
See, you don't need loads of polygons for emotions! 16-bit style graphics work just fine.

3. Choice of the Deathless
Okay, imagine Ace Attorney set in, I dunno, Shin Megami Tensei and it's not a VN but a digital choose-your-own-adventure book. This is a thing you can play. Isn't it awesome that this is a thing you can play?

4. Child of Light
Charming, but it tried a little too hard. I'm no expert, but half of the rhymes felt off. Flying around, however, was amazing and something I want to do in more games,.

5. The Sacred Tears TRUE
This is some Japanese RPGmaker game recently released on Steam. The art felt a bit retro and basic, but the use of colour was nice. I also liked the battle system, which is based on rock-paper-scissors. The game can be very heavy on random encounters, though, which sometimes sucks the fun out of it. The story is divided into chapters and you choose which one you want to play in a special menu. Sadly, there's no replaying old chapters (what's the point of chapter selection then?) and since many of the side chapters have a good and a bad ending, you might screw yourself over. Perfectionists should stay away until there's a good walkthrough available.

6. Reccetear
Should have played this much earlier, because capitalism is fun! I'd pay good money for a game that's half this, half Atelier.

7. Fairune
This was very much an impulse buy (€2,99 on 3DS, free for iOS and Android), and I planned on playing 15-30 minutes before bedtime, but that quickly turned into two hours and I went to sleep rather late last night. Whoops. What's so great about this thing? It's like a bite-sized 2D Zelda game with some light Ys-like fighting thrown in (you bump into enemies to defeat them and the final boss makes it rain energy bullets and beams while you should magic sword beams at him). If you're looking for something short, cute and fun, this game is great.

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The Helper Monkey / Folklore - How to switch folk?
« on: October 13, 2012, 07:41:22 AM »
Just started Folklore, but my used copy didn't come with a manual and how I'm having some trouble with the menus. How do I switch folk?

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Brush and Quill / Kirby crochet
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:31:53 AM »
I can't draw, I can't write (well, not in English anyway), but I can make hundreds of tiny knots to make this:



(I hope I posted this in the right forum...)

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