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#1 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

If you look at any screenshots or renders of the character in the Images section of the wiki, you'll see that he doesn't actually look anything like Link. The gameplay is also very distinct from the Legend of Zelda games; it's much more action/RPG than action/adventure. I enjoyed it back when it was brand new, but it probably hasn't aged terribly well.

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#2 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

So, just happen to see Obsidian announce this on their Twitter feed a moment ago and noticed nobody else had made a topic for it yet, so in case anyone is interested: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/deadfire

I still have yet to actually play through the first game due to a backlog that would make God weep, but I went ahead and backed it regardless. The more games Obsidian gets to make, the better, and I'm sure I'll actually get around to finishing PoE eventually. The improvements to the game engine, graphically and in terms of AI and such, both look promising, even as someone who can't comment on any of the story or gameplay mechanics.

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#3 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

@thainatos: The Endymion books definitely don't clear the high bar set by Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, but I still enjoyed them for what they were.

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#4 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

I'd enjoy watching it, but I think they need to get someone besides Austin to be the GM if they run a campaign. Not because Austin wouldn't be great, but because he's too busy to do all the necessary planning and prep for a regular series -- and if they aren't doing it at least once every couple of weeks, I think it'll just peter out.

If they could find someone who is familiar with the rules of whatever game they choose to play, is good at GMing in general, and has the time to do it, I think that would be the best route to take. I've been a fan of Steven Lumpkin (who GMs for several of JP McDaniel's RollPlay shows) and Chris Perkins (who does the Penny Arcade D&D stuff), but I have no idea how much free time Steven has with all his other commitments, and Chris Perkins works for Wizards of the Coast themselves, so I'd imagine that comes with a hefty price tag attached. I'm sure Austin has some connections, though.

Of course, they could always stick to low-prep stuff like Fiasco or other off-the-cuff games, which I know the guys have stated some preference for. I personally enjoy a little more structure -- I enjoy RP and getting into character (even if I'm generally bad at it), but I also genuinely enjoy the game mechanics themselves -- so I'd be the guy who votes for stuff like 5E D&D or some of Fantasy Flight's games (WH40k: Dark Heresy, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire). However, if the more free-wheeling, "rules light" sort of games are what they'd prefer, I'd still find it enjoyable to tune into.

Honestly, I think the reasons the GBWest crew's attempts at this failed so quickly were pretty much the same: no time to properly prep and plan. Rorie clearly didn't have the time he needed to GM, and was probably more than a bit rusty, besides. I don't really blame him for things going off the rails like they did. I think if they'd had someone who was a little more familiar with the 5E rules -- and better at drawing in a bunch of rowdy newbies and keeping them focused -- a little structure could have fixed a lot of the issues and allowed everyone to enjoy themselves a bit more.

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#5 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

This is m'dude.

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#6 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

Some sort of Unplugged shenanigans would be at the top of my list. Preferably something a little more structured than the all-out chaos that were the previous attempts. That new adventure for D&D (Out of the Abyss/Rage of Demons) looks pretty good, and starts at level 1. Might be more of a time investment than is reasonable, though.

Austin and Vinny playing through Dragon Ball Xenoverse while Alex looks on in confusion also sounds delightfully entertaining.

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#7 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

Enjoyed both quite a bit when I was younger. Doubt either of them have aged well, but if these remasters tweak them enough, I'd be curious to take a look at them again.

Amusing that Turok 3 isn't being touched at all, but not at all surprising; that game was disappointing even at the time.

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#8 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

Lots of exciting stuff in the expansion. Can't wait to dig into it, even though there's still a lot I haven't finished (like any of the raids and the Prison of Elders, 'cause I only have a few other people to play with, and our schedules don't align very often). Bummed about yet more exclusive PlayStation stuff, but it's not like I wasn't expecting it.

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#9 Posted by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

This takes me back. When I was a teenager, I joined up with a group to do this stuff one summer, at the invitation of a friend. Same basic rules they're using here, though I don't think it was part of the same organization. It was really fun! It wasn't a full-on LARPing group; nobody was dressing up or in-character or anything, though several of the regulars were also involved with a long-running LARPing organization in the area. I was interested in trying that out, but never had the opportunity.

Some of the regulars had been doing this stuff for fifteen-plus years and were extremely good; they'd cut you down in the blink of an eye, but they'd graciously tell you exactly how you left yourself open and give you tips to improve.

They didn't bring it up in this video (not sure if it's permitted in the specific rules system they're using), but I was personally a fan of dual-wielding smaller weapons, such as short swords or dirks.

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#10 Edited by EchoEcho (859 posts) -

Halfway through this trailer I thought to myself, "If they don't have a dramatic pause at the end of this, followed by 'Welcome back, Commander,' they done fucked up." Glad to see they didn't fuck up.

Still haven't played through the Enemy Within content, despite buying it day of release. I should really get on that at some point.