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FirebrandRoaring  ·  427 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

I've been enjoying smaller games in the last few months. Not much time to play, and my laptop is no heavyweight, so size matters.

Bastion was one of the things I've finished recently. Thoroughly enjoyable game with a casual, simple gameplay. It wins my heart by having wholesome atmosphere. Ground itself keeps collapsing around you, and it's the end of times for your land — yet the Kid and Rucks both keep going, keeping their chins up. "You can do it, Kid. I believe in you". God damn you, old man. Your heart is in the right place.

There's also been a bundle of Choice of Games interactive stories. Never thought CYOA could be so exciting. Admittedly, they keep the bar high for approving games. I'm going to try to nail Metahuman, Inc.'s story again. Last time was good, but I've noticed I could do better because by the end of it I wasn't a demigod. Time to change that.

I've also been slowly returning to Dota 2. The last update shook things up in terms of balance, and old solutions only seldom work as well. League of Legends, Smite and other MOBAs feel different to make me return to Dota 2.

EDIT: Also been looking to get into tabletop RPGs, inspired by TableTop (the Wil Wheaton show on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel) and its take on FATE. I'm a fan of RPGs, and I like to (watch someone) tell stories by actually telling them. Anyone know where I can start?

kantos  ·  426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Speaking of simple and casual games, I think Getting Over It is something to look out for on Steam when it comes out. A simplistic physics driven game - though turning off the in-game narrator may be worth it... hard to tell the intent to be sarcastic or not in some points when messing up is inevitable.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    <...> developed by QWOP creator Bennett Foddy

kantos  ·  426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was expecting some sort of egregious article on Bennett Foddy. Glad that wasn't the case.

I don't know how his game 9 years ago would affect decisions to take a peak on what he has to offer now. It certainly doesn't compare to QWOP. Getting Over It is more polished and, from what I've seen, more enjoyable.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The link was about more being facetious than anything. I have nothing again Foddy and QWOP personally.

I know myself: if I start playing it to win, a game with unreliable controls — which, I think, describes Getting Over It in a similar way it did QWOP — would drive me all kinds of mad.

Thank you for making a suggestion, though. I appreciate you showing me new stuff I might enjoy.

kantos  ·  426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ahhh, gotchya. Thanks for the clarification!

Right, it can get irritating, but the controls are way more intuitive. Whether that's better or worse... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Isherwood  ·  427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Have you tried Transistor, the second game from the Bastion team? It's another wonderful lightweight game.

If you're just looking to listed to table top stories, Adventure Zone is a good podcast. It's a dad and his three adult sons playing a game.

If you're looking to play, there's probably a hobby shop near you that makes groups. Or you can get two friends and run one on your own. It's not cheap, but DnDBeyond is a great tool and allows you to share books pretty easily.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Have you tried Transistor, the second game from the Bastion team?

I've tried both Transistor and Pyre. Both are wondeful games in their own rights, and I have a special place for Transistor because of its use of programming as a game/world mechanic. They're not explaining it, either: it's just the way of things!

Neither compares to Bastion, in my eyes, however. Can't tell you what it is, exactly. Everything's good, but those two have no... it, you know. The it that made Bastion special.

    If you're looking to play, there's probably a hobby shop near you that makes groups.

Thanks for the advice! I'll check those out.