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  1. I thought it was fun to do nonlethally, I always enjoy having a limited toolset and finding the one weak point that lets you exploit them. The worst bit is when you leave someone snoozing and then they fall 10cm and die, or rats get them, and the game doesn't tell you. That's the only reason I didn't get ghost on the first game. I did get it on the later ones where there's an indicator that you fucked up somewhere.
  2. Life

    That's great to hear SAM, whew.
  3. Life

    Geez, that's horrific. Wishing you a lot of strength, hope it works out. Even if it requires up-front payment, are medical costs as insane there as in the US?
  4. Looking for TBS recommendations

    I think so, if there's a game like Auto Chess that gives you more deterministic insight in what the consequences of your positioning or character synergies would be.
  5. Looking for TBS recommendations

    I don't think the distinction is all that important to be honest, because there's a huge blurry area with stuff like setting up synergies between character builds in advance, choosing which direction each character engages from etc. Strategy's your high-level plan, at least as far as I loosely define it. Anyway going back to Clyde's original question, you can even have strategy games where you control zero characters, e.g. Majesty, Auto Chess, various tower defence games, Settlers...
  6. Looking for TBS recommendations

    How are you distinguishing your hypothetical from already-existing party-combat games like Divinity: Original Sin 2 for example, where each player controls one character? There's plenty coordination required between characters/players for good strategy/tactics there.
  7. Gosh guys, this looks aces. The trailer really sold me. A++!
  8. Half-Life 3

    Artifact VR relaunch
  9. Episode 464: Dota 2 Auto Chess

    Yessss I've been waiting for this. Such a weird game.
  10. The Good Place

    I have so much faith in the writing team that yeah things are for absolutely sure going to get real interesting relating to this. I'm most curious who/what actually brought her case up.
  11. The Good Place

    I think what happened is that
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    Me and the missus loved this, extremely recommended. I could just watch the main character do her thing all day, she's so entertaining.
  13. I'm awful at this game but it's definitely the most positive online gaming I've dones with strangers since TF2. They did a ton of work to help with that, it's really cool.
  14. Idle Fiction Jam - Rumours and Hearsay

    Cool little slice of life story. I like the way the title interacts with the ending. Also the toys for bob/skylanders connection is amusing. I'd say it could do with an editing pass. Especially jarring to me are sentences like the following, which to me read like the comma should be a period:
  15. Netflix Originals

    The books are even better. Recommended.
  16. Post-apocaliptic books: were do they hide?

    Are you asking about recent stuff? If so N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is pretty good. Otherwise there's a shitton of stuff out there just a Google away. Personal favourites include Margaret Atwood's books like Oryx & Crake and The Handmaid's Tale.
  17. Recently completed video games

    I unexpectedly was alone for quite some time over the holidays, so I dug in and played through Divinity Original Sin 2 - I've not got the time and stamina for such long games these days, but this was an unexpected delight. The systemic nature of the combat and the willingness of the game to let you just do things when you think you should be able is amazing. Examples: a speedrun of the game involves carrying barrels of toxic fog around and exploding them in key fights, rather than severe glitching. I got stuck on a few puzzles but it was never because the puzzle was bad, but rather that I've been trained by games so thoroughly to only think inside the box of combining items. So for example when I'd run into a well with spirits that complained the well was dry I tried dragging buckets of water onto the well to no effect, instead of simply casting a rain spell on it. I played on the default difficulty which felt appropriately balanced to me. The biggest issues I had were mostly self-inflicted: I'm one of those do-everything see-everything players and the game is gigantic. I'd run into similar problems in Skyrim where I'd try to carry around everything that wasn't nailed down.
  18. I've got this game on my shortlist of things to pick up & play soonish but haven't gotten to it yet. So many games, so little time.
  19. Designer Notes 44: Clint Hocking - Part 2

    I was really hoping he'd touch on the weirdest aspect of Far Cry 2: the conversations all seem to run at like 1.5x speed. Everyone's in a gigantic hurry to get their message out and get on with being on fire/a terrible person/both.
  20. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    It's kind of silly because they're talking about WW1 in the lyrics. Also the ping is for rifles not machine guns, unless there's some gun lore I'm not aware of (quite possible).
  21. Designer Notes 44: Clint Hocking - Part 2

    Yes! I was waiting eagerly for this.
  22. Filmmaking

    Very atmospheric video Erkki, cool. Also, nice to hear that your hobby's going places. It's always a tough choice to switch careers, especially if you're already established. Good luck.
  23. Photos of things

    Congrats! Lovely pics, lovely people : ) I like the height gradient in the second pic. Very dynamic.
  24. Kickstarters

    I would have probably had a lot more fun with those games if I hadn't already had so many that anything that doesn't super-grab me just gets snowed under. Oh well.
  25. Bloozzard

    I think it's important to remember that 'failure' means something very different to the game designers and to the management/moneyhat people.