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The Office / Test Please Ignore
« Last post by aniki on April 04, 2018, 03:25:57 PM »
Just seeing if I can still post - feel free to delete once access is restored.
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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« Last post by cavalcade on April 03, 2018, 09:39:59 PM »
Brian - you want a quick playing game which works at variable player counts, is endlessly entertaining and actually fairly deep (but with buckets of luck?)

Looterz. Its been our office staple for months.

Thank me later.
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The Billiard Room / Re: By popular demand - The Board Game thread
« Last post by cavalcade on April 03, 2018, 09:32:07 PM »
So, cavalcade's recommendations for April!

Paper Tales - light drafting game, with some similarities to 7 Wonders. I *really* like it, though I'm probably the most positive on it in our groups. Nice art, card drafting, quick play, interesting card ageing mechanic. Works well at two too, but optimised for 4 or 5.

Marco Polo - late to the party on this one. But wonderfully slick asymmetric midweight euro. Dice placement, radically different player powers, some nice interlocking systems. Probably takes Viticulture/Tuscany/Snowdonia/Ancient World's position as my go-to "next step up" boardgame for people transitioning from stuff like Ticket to Ride.

Liguria - cheap Queen game. Cheerful, pastel cube trading between islands on little cardboard boats. Non-offensive and pretty entertaining.

Nations + Expansion - like Through the Ages, but with a reasonable playing time and streamlined systems. We've really enjoyed this - it's cutthroat, deep and very well designed. The art is utter shite and it can be grindingly depressing if you fall behind and have no way of digging yourself out, but we have been very impressed. 

Sidreal Confluence - another game with terrible art. It's a sort of cross between Diplomacy and Twilight Imperium, and is a game framework around negotiating with your friends to trade cubes and machines that.... make cubes. It sounds dreadful, and many bits of it are, but we've played at variable player counts and there's not much out there that plays as well, and as sociably, at above 5. A lot of people are calling it their GOTY. It isn't, but it's a solid 8.

We're still very much enamoured with Trajan. So are slowly working through Feld's back catalogue. Just got La Isla. Looks shite, but.... Feld?
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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« Last post by cavalcade on April 03, 2018, 09:12:40 PM »
Yeah. Far Cry 5 is a case in point. How anyone can even raise an iota of enthusiasm for that is beyond me. it's literally.... every game from the last 10 years. Again. Slightly shinier.

I do have Moss to play on VR, I'm hoping that's magical. And my kids have been enjoying Monster Hunter. It looks vaguely diverting. Maybe I need a Switch...
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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« Last post by Brian Bloodaxe on April 03, 2018, 04:28:03 PM »
It just seems vaguely pointless when one could be playing boardgames/RPGs really.

QFT

That and the fact that everything that comes along just looks like something I've played before. Ten years ago I would tell people that the reason I loved playing videogames so much was that you could see them evolving. That just doesn't seem to be the case any more.

Oh, I missed the Bin section earlier...

Bin


erm...


Overpackaged overpriced chocolate?
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The Games Parlour / Re: Your Games Completed of 2018
« Last post by Garwoofoo on April 03, 2018, 03:40:32 PM »
JAN
Batman: The Telltale Series

FEB
Monster Hunter: World

MAR
Fire Emblem Warriors
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Thimbleweed Park

APR
RiME

I was a bit disparaging about this yesterday in the PWB thread but it redeemed itself somewhat by (a) not outliving its welcome - it was shorter than I expected; and (b) having a surprisingly good ending. I think a second playthrough would probably reveal all sorts of hints and clues that I missed first time through, as the real purpose of the game kind of eluded me right to the very end.  Whether that's a great reveal or poor foreshadowing, I'm not sure.  But it was an enjoyable enough game, and if you're in the mood for some mellow block-puzzles any time soon then you've probably got this waiting for you thanks to PS+.
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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« Last post by cavalcade on April 03, 2018, 11:54:04 AM »
Want
I would like to play some sort of epic fantasy adventure. Something with a big world to explore. I have Bauldur's Gate on my tablet, or I could grab Witcher 3 and actually get some use out of my PS4. Xenoblade Chronicles? I have a PC now so I could grab Pillars of the Earth or something. Somehow I've got too many options and none that are quite right.

I was looking at something Pillars of Earth class. Not really playing many games - though I did just order Wipeout for the VR mode - and wondering what could draw me back in.

It just seems vaguely pointless when one could be playing boardgames/RPGs really.
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The Games Parlour / Re: Play Want Bin - 20.18% APR
« Last post by martTM on April 03, 2018, 07:54:26 AM »
Burnout Paradise - Managed to miss Mart twice on trophy runs yesterday, thanks to differing lunch times and the whims of a 9-month-old. Maybe next time.

Back into playing it at some point today if you're game. Currently clearing out the island, since that's a nice break from the familiar landscape of Paradise City. Been cleaning up the online trophies with another friend, but can happily help out if you want to get them too.

Anyway...

PLAY
Burnout Paradise - Probably about 40% through this now in terms of races? Heading towards my A License, only got a smattering of gates/jumps/billboards to get. Still having lots of fun.

Batman Arkham Asylum - Had my eye on the PS4 bundle of this and Arkham City for a while, so I naturally grabbed it when it was £12 in the Easter sale. Started Asylum again, playing on Hard purely because there's a trophy for the difficulties, and it's rather more immediate than I remember it being... but then, maybe I was just dashing off in various directions to do stuff, rather than experiencing the story as I'm meant to. It's also a little frustrating to play when you know what you *can* do but haven't seen the initial tutorial telling you how, meaning you can't actually do it - have to backtrack for a few things I missed simply because it hadn't told me about scanning stuff or introduced me to the Riddler yet. Still a great game though.

Crazy Taxi Tycoon - This stupid clicker still has my in its grasp, though I'm nearing the end; got all but two cabbies, only one area left to unlock and my earnings currently hit octillion level in about five minutes. So, not long to go.

Pokémon Go - Nearly fell out of this, then the Field Research stuff pulled me back in. Dammit.

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp - Likewise, this has slowed since I've only got about 25 villagers left to get up to max level and that won't take too long. Since I'm out of Calling/Request tickets though, I'm at the whim of the game as to whether villagers I can level up appear in the sub-spots outside my camp. Hmm.


WANT
More plastic tat - I thought I was clear of my need to buy Transformers, but the planets have aligned to bring a load of things my way all at once. A cheap second-hand set of combiners I had no intention of buying full price; a mint-condition but low priced G1 toy that was my favourite when I was a kid and had to bring back into my collection; a complete set of G1 reissues of Soundwave's tapes, meaning I'll have the full group at long last. Add to that the fact that there are new versions of the Terrorcons (another combiner group, I only seem to like combiners) and a redone massive take on the Predacons coming, and suddenly I'm back into buying plastic shit I can't really afford. I'm such a child.  :blink:

God of War - I dunno... do I want it? I love God of War and everyone's saying this new one's great, but it's not really God of War, is it? It definitely doesn't look like it plays like it, so I'm not sure if I'll like it or not. I think I'll whack it on the wishlist and wait until it's inevitably discounted.


BIN
Nothing - which is a bit of a surprise. But then, I'm not playing all that much so there's nothing to really bin. I suspect if I went through the many, many games on my PS4, I'd find something but off the top of my head, there's nowt I can think of.

Oh, no, wait! Fortnite. Yeah, that. Don't think I'll be going back to that.
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The Games Parlour / Re: Screenshots thread
« Last post by Ninchilla on April 02, 2018, 07:29:58 PM »
It is a very nice hat!

EDIT: I even think I might be done with my outfit - the Sailor trousers look good enough. Going to start saving for a hull design now. 70,000 gold, here I come... eventually.

Oh, and unfortunately, your and Sarah's spec-ops-level rescue of me with those dastards' stronghold skull didn't save. :(
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The Games Parlour / Re: Screenshots thread
« Last post by aniki on April 02, 2018, 07:14:12 PM »
At the risk of making this just another Sea of Thieves thread...





And a special shot of Ninchilla's new hat, of which he is very proud.

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