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By codemonkey uk (Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 10:08:00 AM EST) ios, iphone, pc, mac, web, games (all tags)
The games that occupy my time of late.

Minecraft - an indie game developer's take on an MMO lego concept.  Alpha quality software written in java, that somehow rises above being just the sum of it's parts.  You dig up stuff, and use it to build.  I've been pottering around on the BuxVille server, which is run by the same guy who ran the WoW raid group I used to play with. 

WordSquared - Basically, solo Scrabble on an infinite board that is shared with other people.  Surprisingly addictive, especially given I don't usually enjoy word games.

Zen Bound - a puzzle game in which you wrap a statue in string.  A delightful, and lovingly crafted game.

Carcassonne - a classic board game, faithfully recreated on the iPhone, with support for AI players, ranked "quick play" with strangers, and play-by-mail style play with friends.

Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition - (with friends from work).  With the 4th edition, Wizards of the Coast have supplemented the classic pen and paper role playing experience with elements of board game and card games.  I'm still new to the system, but so far it's been fun.  I rolled a Minotaur Battlemind.

Shameless Self Promotion
Don't forget to also check out Syd Sym, my candy themed puzzle game for iPhone & iPod Touch.  Available in free (with ads in UK + US) and paid versions (no ads, bonus Game Centre Achievements content).

What have you been playing recently?

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well, 4th edition rules by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 10:14:51 AM EST
planescape: torment, from 1999..

Might dig out Baulders Gate again too.. I think I have I and II on CD somewhere..

What's your verdict on 4E? by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 01:33:27 PM EST
Most of the reviews I've read are overwhelmingly negative.  Reading through the rulebooks, it looks like it's way too tactical, removing a lot of the ability for characters to do much outside of combat.  A friend of mine who was raised on 2E, but who also runs a 4E game says that it is "a fun little game, but definitely not D&D".

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it doesn't eliminate outside combat actions by garlic (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 01:43:39 PM EST
it just doesn't have as detailed rules for them. But D&D always focussed more on the combat rules than most everything else.

It's different. It's more streamlined, and all character classes are more similar in abilities and end effects. Probably easier to grasp then previous editions.

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Alas by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 01:46:02 PM EST
I grew up on 2E, but haven't played pen/paper in, hm. 1989-1990-ish.. Only CRPG implementations, which aren't quite the same..

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iPhone by kwsNI (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 10:56:53 AM EST
I'm totally addicted to Trainyard.  All but the last 5 puzzles solved.  There's a free version Trainyard Express - damned challenging puzzle game. 

Trainyard. by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 01:35:36 PM EST
I was looking for that for my Android phone last week. To bad for me.

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That game is so fucking hard by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 11:16:28 AM EST
Reminds me why I work in customer service and not IT

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Yeah by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 04:48:27 PM EST
Totally finished the free version and 5 puzzles left on the full version.  If it's any clue, the hardest levels on the free version around 10 stars, most of the regular version is 10-15 stars at the most difficult; and once you finish all those, the final 5 levels are unlocked and they're all 20-30stars. 

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Minecraft by duxup (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 10:59:37 AM EST
I've been playing some minecraft here or there, just locally.  I hadn't thought of trying any of the servers yet.  Anyway yeah it plays well beyond its alpha state.  It is a very keen idea.

I have an Android phone now.  You may begin porting Syd Sym over to Android now.  Thank you.

Have you built an obsidian castle yet? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 11:20:27 AM EST
That's my long-term goal.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I built a pac-man maze by codemonkey uk (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 11:38:17 AM EST
See if you can find it: map.

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Been playing Red Dead Redemption by dmg (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 02:02:55 PM EST
To the exclusion of everything else. That game is just so good. Some have described it as 'grand theft horse' but it's so much more than that.
dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.
Yeah by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #12 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 04:29:01 PM EST
It's a great game and certainly one of the better written I've played.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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The multiplayer is fantastic. by dmg (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 03:45:04 PM EST
The team based co-op gang matches can be amazingly good fun when you play with experienced players.

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Haven't tried that by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #18 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 11:19:26 AM EST
Should give it a go

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Double XP this weekend... by dmg (2.00 / 0) #22 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 05:32:38 PM EST
Due to thanksgiving, so you can level up much more quickly... 
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Enjoyed it to a point by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 11:18:55 AM EST
But like the GTA games started to find it a bit samey and got bored after a while. A lot of the missions are very similar.

It's a stunning game though, absolutely beautiful, great story and the control system is a huge improvement on GTA.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Also by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 03:56:26 PM EST
The latest installment of Assassin's Creed is out today.  Something about that game that I absolutely love.  Not quite as expansive as GTA, but the combat mechanics and a great story seem to make up for it. 

Assassins Creed II by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #19 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 11:21:57 AM EST
Was a bloody good history lesson, I really enoyed that side of it. I want to visit Florence and see if I know my way around from the game :)

Got a bit bored of the gameplay in the end though and gave up - as a counterpoint the first few days I was playing were amongst the best gaming experiences I've had.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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I'm a bad gamer by fluffy (4.00 / 1) #13 Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 05:15:41 PM EST
 I've tried Minecraft a few times but just can't get into it.

The most recent game I played to completion (mostly) was Tumble (on PS3 Move).  I'm also still plugging away at Picross 3D (which is good bedtime gaming as it puts my brain into the right frame of mind to transition from my usual obsessive-compulsive thinking-about-everything to just falling to sleep), and occasionally screwing with Angry Birds on Android.

I've only played Syd Sym a couple times since buying it. Sorry.  It's a lot of fun when it goes well but a lot of the time it just kind of feels a bit arbitrary based on where the candy pieces happened to be placed on the board.  I feel like it would be a bit more fun if the piece floated in a bin that you had to actively drag onto the board, instead of it just starting out somewhere and granting points and completing combos on its own.  Or maybe I missed a key part of the strategy?  It's hard to tell if it's by design or accidental, which leads more to feelings of arbitrariness.

Also, The Sly Collection just shipped.  Soon I will be replaying Sly Cooper in glorious 3D with nice crisp edges and a decent framerate instead of muddy PS2 pixelcrud.

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Minecraft is great by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #15 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 11:15:44 AM EST
I had a week of intensive playing on the easy, no monsters mode a month or so ago. Had loads of fun just digging a giant whole. Haven't had time to pick it up since but have a free evening tonight *rubs hands*

My flatmate has just finished Fallout New Vegas (he's been made redundant and spent his first three weeks of freedom completely rinsing the game). Hoping to pick that up as well over the next few days.

Just bought Syd Sym. Will have some fun with it on the tube later :)

It's political correctness gone mad!

Lately, I've been playing by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #21 Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 08:58:07 PM EST
"Get The Chuffing House Sorted So We Don't Have A Mad Scramble To Finish Like We Did Last Time".

No time for games; I think the last game I got lost in was Oblivion.

You, however, can legitimately claim game playing as "personal work based research".

Me, I'm buried in Excel, discount factors, forward value, dividend schedules and settlement rules.

You win, I think!

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