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Devac  ·  454 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

University stuff:

Turns out that the track practice is really exhausting. For the first time in quite a long while, I feel like I'm out of shape. I could barely slog myself back to the dorm, and taking the elevator was really tempting. It's awesome! Shows room for improvement. :D

One more person resigned from the individual track on physics and went to the 'normal' level. Fifteen entered, nine managed to get to the second year, now there are seven of us left. No, I didn't just forget how to add, note that I've used "more" :P. That switch was in the middle of last semester. To add the fact that one guy from current seven failed the Classical Mechanics exam, we are on track to repeat my brother's "graduation of the Fantastic Four".

Also, guess which part of the physics building was the only one to constantly lose power yesterday? The Electronics Lab! There were troubles even before the main source of possible problems (ie students) were allowed in. This whole lab exercise will need to be repeated.

Board games!:

This weekend we plan on renting a copy of XCOM board game. Has anyone tried it? Is it any good?

I have entered a chess tournament that starts in a few weeks. Goal: to finally get promoted to the 2nd category (Elo 1800). It's kind of a threshold when it comes to playing in high ranking tournaments. Almost everything below it can be called as entry level or local event.

My roommate has also joined, which I find to be an exquisite troll to happen. He's a 5th category (1200) player who can reliably kick my arse if he'll put his mind to it but stopped attending any tournaments around the third grade. I want to see how all the people there are slowly realising who's the real dark horse of the tournament. ;)

Would anyone be interested in the game analysis threads?

rd95  ·  454 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can't say anything about the X-COM board game directly, but FFG makes solid games in general, so it'll probably be very good. Much like Master of Orion II, I've wasted countless hours on X-COM and Terror From The Deep when I was younger. The modern X-Box versions suck in comparison, but I'm half tempted to steal one of my wife's Windows Boxes so I can download and replay the X-COM series again. I'm pretty certain they're on Good Old Games right now, alongside Jagged Alliance, which is another great squad tactics game.

Devac  ·  454 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You can play X-COM via DOSBox without any problems. The version on GoG is reliable and iirc comes with a preconfigured DOSBox frontend. You can also just extract the game files and run it on Linux if that's your platform right now, although I think that it had some extra strings attached.

    I've wasted countless hours on X-COM and Terror From The Deep when I was younger.

That's what I do now when I'm certain that I have no plans or stuff to do for next eight hours or so. :P

I told you about it already, but the new XCOM is pretty good (and closer to the original game) with the Long War fan-made mod. Here's a bit of their FAQ that convinced me to give it a go:

Q: I'm fairly new to XCom. What difficulty should I start with?

A: Normal.

Q: I'm an XCOM veteran. What difficulty should I start with?

A: Normal.

Q: But I'm really awesome at --

A: Sorry to interrupt, but just start with Normal. We don't have easy difficulties in this mod that hold your hand while you learn the ropes and we've removed every bit of code we can find that cheats for the player on the lower difficulties. It's going to be hard. The other difficulties are just harder versions of Normal; feel free to move up when you get a handle on all the new mechanics.

EDIT: They didn't lie about that.

    Jagged Alliance

I'll have to try it someday. I heard almost exclusively good things about the game. Since we seem to have really similar taste in games, I'm taking that as a recommendation. :D

rd95  ·  454 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In all honesty, I like plug and play games. Modding and/or having to fiddle with a system to get a game to play aren't much fun. Plus, Dala has like three laptops. I'm sure she can spare one. :)

As for Jagged Alliance, especially the first one, just keep in mind you're playing a game that's over 20 years old. There are some dated aspects, especially in the UI, but its bones are solid as hell.

Shadowwatch is fun as hell too.