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News Comments > On Sale
2. Revelations 2012 Jun 25, 2012, 22:36 jimnms
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
32. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 25, 2012, 07:37 jimnms
 
There is one thing I miss from Civ IV, and that is the colony thing. Although I think to form a colony in IV the city/cities had to be on a separate continent. I remember in a Civ IV game I didn't have a resource I needed, but there was some on a small unclaimed island. I sent over a settler, made a city, turned it into a colony so I could get the resource without the negatives of an extra city to maintain.

I'm in a similar situation in my current Civ V G&K game. I just researched iron working which reveals iron on the map. As my luck goes, there is no iron in my borders. There is one source two blocks outside the border of my capitol, but it's too far out to buy the tiles and I don't think the borders will expand any farther. I want that iron, but it's in a shitty location and not worth putting a city there just to get it.

I had an idea for a unit like a settler, but instead of making a city it would put up a mining colony so that you can get resources from outside your borders in unclaimed territory without having to build a new city. It wouldn't have territory borders, but it would have a range around the colony that would let you mine/farm the resources in its range. The farther from your border, the more expensive to build and/or maintain. It also can't defend itself, so you would need to guard it from barbarians and other civs.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2012, 00:12 jimnms
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 14:34:
Have you guys seen this Steam analyzer before?

http://www.lambentstew.com/webblog/miniproject/steamanalysis?steamid=Sepharo

Apparently I haven't played 62% of the games I've bought

Also keep in mind that Steam didn't track game play time since the beginning. It shows I have 0.2 hours on HL2 and 0 hours for EP1 and EP2. I know I've played through HL2 three or four times and each episode at least twice.

Does anybody know when Steam began tracking play time? I believe it was some time in 2009 based on the oldest game in my list that has what I believe is an accurate play time.

EDIT: http://www.lambentstew.com/webblog/home/steamanalysishelp

I found the answer to my own question. Steam started tracking play time in March 2009, and they're working on a way to keep the DLC from being counted as a game not played.

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
22. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 24, 2012, 21:05 jimnms
 
Jerykk wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 18:33:
Orogogus wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 17:03:
Chromius wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 16:52:
Civ IV was the last Civ game for me. Civ 5 was dumbed down (simplified) way too much for the console masses just like many other titles in the last few years

If that's the case, I think they missed a key part of the strategy, i.e., actually releasing it for the consoles they dumbed it down for.

This. If you're going to accuse a game of being consolized, at least check to make sure it was actually released for consoles. Civ 5 may have been simplified but it had nothing to do with consoles.

I have yet to see this dumbing down in Civ V. Some parts of the game were streamlined or simplified, but not dumbed down. I find it more challenging than Civ IV. No longer can I create a huge military stack and steam roll my way to an easy domination or territory victory. I tried creating a massive army in my first game and dominating the other civs only to find my civilization crumbling due to massive unhappieness from expanding too fast and razing and conquering a few cities. By the time I managed to get my civs happy enough to begin producing stuff and my military fighting again, I was left in the dust while the other civs had advanced way ahead of me. Civ V requires a lot more strategy and planning than Civ IV.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 24, 2012, 20:50 jimnms
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 17:12:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 16:39:
Sepharo wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 14:40:
As far as the expansion goes... Meh, I don't think it brings all that much to the game. Spies and religion felt very minor in terms of my empire. I had some religious perks that gave me gold for every follower, faster border expansion, and faster religion expansion. Being the top religion was very easy and maintenance free and I got some big borders and extra gold out of it.
I disagree. Spies make a huge difference to diplomatic victories and mean that city states are no longer just huge money sinks. Faith allows you to customise the game to your play style, which for me means a focus on happiness and/or production. More importantly, the AI has received a complete overhaul and is much more compelling - especially now that you can take cities from the sea (very useful for dealing with city states). In addition the entire game has been rebalanced, so cities are much stronger and siege units are much more important. And the new civs have some interesting perks, like the ability to annex a city state via forced marriage or razing cities at twice the rate.

I put the expansion right up there with Beyond The Sword.

You disagree but I agree with everything you wrote

I wasn't sure if the AI and general game improvements were part of the expansion or just patches since I last played at launch. As far as spies go... I'm always the one with all the city state allies anyway, I do pay them frequently but since I usually focus on gold anyway it's no big deal... Also the missions help a lot and it seems that they cut down on the "destroy this encampment" missions. Most of mine were "connect a road to us", "have this luxury resource", and "generate the most culture/faith/happiness in a certain period" all of which were easy. Perhaps I have the difficulty too low, I think it's a few notches above default though.

edit: Oh... they just don't give you enough spies to have a huge effect in my opinion either. I think you get 2 by the modern age, and then another if you build the NSA. Probably an extra if you're a specific leader too.

So far I'm enjoying the expansion. I'm still in my first game with it, and I was the 2nd civ to founded a religion, and a neighboring civ founded one after me. I like that you get to pick perks for your religion, one for you if you're the founder and follower perks. I happened to have my capitol city near 4 sources of wine, and one of the pantheon beliefs was +1 faith for each source of wine, so I chose that. When I was able to expand it to a full religion, I chose the monastery deal that adds more faith for each source of wine worked by a city, so I'm rolling in faith. I bought a prophet (or whatever it is) to spread my religion to one of my cities and to my neighbor because his religion was starting to push into one of my cities. I like the way religion is done with this expansion. In Civ IV religion really wasn't useful.

I'm not sure of the AI enhancements yet (if there are any). I usually play with the random personalities turned on so that you don't know what a leader is going to be like, but this game I left it off since I'm playing with the new civs and leaders. I think the AI cheats, or it was huge coincidence and this particular civ leader is just weird. I only have one civ on my borders, Pacal of the Mayans. I was thinking that he would eventually attack me because of our close borders, and there is a lot of unclaimed land north of my territory that no one else can get to without going through me. My military was a bit pathetic, just two archers, two or three spearmen and a warrior. My military adviser said that our military was no match for theirs and not to mess with them, so I was planning to beef up my military. Then I started a golden age, so I took a gamble and switched two of my three cities to building world wonders. One of the wonders was Stonehenge.

The very next turn, Pacal declares war on me, and when his military stormed out of the fog, it was warriors and his unique version of archers. He focused his attack on the city where I was building Stonehenge. I'm playing as Carthage, and I had enough gold to buy two spearmen or my unique unit the African War Elephant. I chose to go with the war elephant because of its special fear penalty it puts on nearby enemy units. I weakened his units with attacks from the city and the archers in the city. He hit a couple of my units hard which I pulled back to heal, then my war elephant got there and I took out three of his units before I had to retreat it to heal. He chased it down with three of his archer units and killed it though. Anyway, he made three attacks at the city then retreated and offered a peace treaty and some gold, which I gladly took.

After this he is all nice to me and shit. He attacked me with weak units when he had more powerful units. He was either testing my defenses, trying to get rid of obsolete units, or this is part of his personality or just AI weirdness.

A bit later, I'm two turns from completing Stonehenge when Pacal beats me to it. Either the AI cheats and he knew I was building Stonehenge too since he only attacked the city where I was building it, maybe trying to force me to change production. It could be a coincidence because it was the closest city to his border, but only by one tile. Either way, I now have a sizable military presence on our border now, and he's still friendly to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2012, 21:57 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 15:52:
In preparation for the Steam Sale - I have the following games for free/trade if anyone would like:

*2 copies - Post Apocalyptic Mayhem
*1 copy - Nuclear Dawn (showed up today for no reason)
*1 copy - The Ship
*1 copy - Torchlight 1
*1 copy - Terraria (gave Blue almost a year to claim it as a gift)

Also, it anyone playing the free Source based Vindictus (action MMO).
http://store.steampowered.com/app/212160

In preparation for the summer sale, I'm putting Steam in offline mode and avoiding Blues News until it's over.

I have three copies of The Ship, one Nuclear Dawn, Half Life 2 and Grid (which I got for doing the winter achievements and haven't decided if I'm going to play it yet). I also have Steam keys for Killing Floor and Plain Sight from an indie bundle.

One thing we can do for game giveaways is to create group giveaways on Steam Gifts. Everyone would need to be in the Blues News Steam group and sign up on Steam Gifts. That way winners will be picked at random instead of luck of first come first served.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Random thoughts (DayZ, Fallout MMO) Jun 23, 2012, 21:35 jimnms
 
I finally got it to do it (http://imgur.com/bIwdh). The error(s) in the box are different each time. Clicking dismiss or continue closes it and the page still works fine.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Random thoughts (DayZ, Fallout MMO) Jun 23, 2012, 21:29 jimnms
 
PHJF wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 19:11:
If you were out in the wasteland scavenging, questing, etc. and saw another person, you wouldn't know if they were friendly or would shoot you on sight and loot your stuff. If they were friendly, you could trade, team up, but never really know if they're going to shoot you in the back when you're not expecting it.

This was supposed to be STALKER until the realities of game development hit GSC like a brick to the nuts.

Anyways I went back to Flash 10.3 and it solved my Firefox problem.

Yes, but Stalker was always going to be SP.

As for Firefox/flash, since updating flash the other day I get an error box pop up when I visit pages with flash content. I forget what it says and now that just tried to make it do it, it's not popping up. Once it did freeze Firefox, but I killed the plugin-container.exe process and Firefox was fine.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Random thoughts (DayZ, Fallout MMO) Jun 23, 2012, 19:07 jimnms
 
I played a bit of DayZ when it first came out. Not being able to play every day and usually only at night kind of killed it for me. I always logged in to find myself dying of hunger and thirst. The new version changed that, so I'm going to check it out again.

I've been watching some let's plays on YouTube and streams on Twitch.tv to get some "intel" on where good stuff is, and a though occurred to me. This kind of game play would be awesome in a Fallout MMO. You could have towns, cities, etc. where fighting isn't allowed, where you trade and get quests, but outside those walls it would be a huge open world like DayZ with everyone for themselves. If you were out in the wasteland scavenging, questing, etc. and saw another person, you wouldn't know if they were friendly or would shoot you on sight and loot your stuff. If they were friendly, you could trade, team up, but never really know if they're going to shoot you in the back when you're not expecting it.
 
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News Comments > Dead State Kickstarter Funded
11. Re: Dead State Kickstarter Funded Jun 23, 2012, 18:52 jimnms
 
I went in for $15, but I may bump it up to $30 now that it's funded and seeing the push reward list. I hope they get to at least $210k, but $300k would be awesome. This game and Wasteland 2 are on my most anticipated list.  
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Editor and Follow-up Plans
14. Re: Legend of Grimrock Editor and Follow-up Plans Jun 20, 2012, 15:16 jimnms
 
Orogogus wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 12:48:
jimnms wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 12:44:
I liked it too, and I also need to finish it. I got stuck, took a break hoping I'd come back fresh and feel like an idiot when I find out what I missed.

I like that it's a modern version of games like Eye of the Beholder, etc., but I'd like to see a blend of LoG with roguelike elements, ie. random dungeons, permadeath (optional).

That was Dungeon Hack, made with the Eye of the Beholder II engine. Permadeath would feel kind of weird with a party-based game, though.

I think it could work. Like in Dungeons of Dredmor, have it an option and remove the ability to save/load with it on. If a party member dies, it's permanent. After all party members die, it's game over, save deleted.
 
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News Comments > Dead State Interviews
3. Re: Dead State Interviews Jun 20, 2012, 12:58 jimnms
 
I'm in for $15 too. It looks similar to another zombie game called Project Zomboid that went the alpha fund method, before Kickstarter became popular. The DayZ mod is a lot like a first person version Project Zomboid. It seems like a lot of the elements from DayZ were taken right out of PZ, you start with nothing and scavenge for supplies and weapons. It's $7.99 on Desura, but to get the latest alpha you have to go to their forums. For a while they were putting out new builds daily, sometimes several in one day, but it's gone quiet for the past couple of months though. I hope they keep it going.  
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Editor and Follow-up Plans
8. Re: Legend of Grimrock Editor and Follow-up Plans Jun 20, 2012, 12:44 jimnms
 
I liked it too, and I also need to finish it. I got stuck, took a break hoping I'd come back fresh and feel like an idiot when I find out what I missed.

I like that it's a modern version of games like Eye of the Beholder, etc., but I'd like to see a blend of LoG with roguelike elements, ie. random dungeons, permadeath (optional).
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings
12. Re: Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings Jun 20, 2012, 01:11 jimnms
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 20:29:
Also that's apparently on top of the 10% sale they were already doing for it.

Purchased for $22.95... It's gotta be on Steam anyway so why not save $7.04. Thanks!

edit: I have no idea how maths work.

dj LiTh wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 00:01:
Huh? What? AI's Good? Um....not in my version, all you need is 1 high level unit with buffs and thats /endgame....

Back to the thread....I picked it up, bout to fire it up now

So what's the verdict? I still have my finger on the buy button.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings
9. Re: Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings Jun 19, 2012, 20:27 jimnms
 
If you're still undecided like me, GMG still has this for 25% off until the 22nd if you use "CIVIL-IZATI-ONGOD" code. I'm actually starting to sway toward picking it up.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Flash & Firefox 13 Jun 18, 2012, 22:53 jimnms
 
Firefox wasn't crashing on me, but the damn FlashPlayerPlugin process kept crashing after updating.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
7. Re: Game Reviews Jun 18, 2012, 22:08 jimnms
 
I was considering pre-ordering today from GMG. Found out you can get a stackable 10% off coupon for taking a survey bringing the total down to $24.30. Although a couple of the reviewers sounded overall disappointed, they seemed to have a lot of good things to say. It's just a matter if this is worth $24.30 or not. One thing that was keeping from ordering earlier was that I only paid $11 for the base game on sale, then I picked up the expansions for another $15 when they went on sale. I was having a hard time justifying paying more for one expansion than I did for the game and all the DLC, but it took so long for them to go on sale though.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: New Internet Explorer 7 Tax Jun 15, 2012, 17:07 jimnms
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 16:21:
So punish IE users who still use a perfectly good computer that's just too slow to use a more modern browser?
The "buy a newer computer or pay more" tax?

Older computers are perfectly capable of running modern browsers. My sister's old ass 1.6GHz Celeron w/ 640MB of RAM runs Firefox and IE9.

Anyone running IE 7 and lower needs to upgrade regardless if it's expensive to code websites for. MS no longer supports them, which means no security updates, which means they're systems are vulnerable.

Putting a simple notice on websites warning users that their browser is outdated and my not work on the site probably doesn't get taken serious by lazy computer users that don't keep their shit up to date, but if it's going to cost them more money I bet they'll take a few minutes to update.
 
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News Comments > Civilization V: Gods & Kings Trailer
17. Re: Civilization V: Gods & Kings Trailer Jun 14, 2012, 08:24 jimnms
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 16:18:
To compare this EXPANSION PACK with the $5-10 DLCs they've done so far is asinine. But a cheapass will still be a cheapass and refuse to pay full price, even though it's a way better value to begin with.

Plus Green Man Gaming has it for 25% off today.

Fuck, I missed another sale (not counting the global 10% off pre-order). I want this, but I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on an expansion pack that costs more than twice as much as what I paid for the original game.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 10, 2012, 23:41 jimnms
 
I haven't been having speed problems, but I've noticed two annoying things started happening recently. When watching a YouTube video embedded on another site, if I go full screen it shows the HD icon on the status bar, but the video is certainly not playing in HD. The other is when watching videos longer than 10 minutes, it randomly stops somewhere in the middle and starts over from the beginning.  
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