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The 3D steampunk dungeon crawler 'Vaporum' just had a huge performance update
21 February 2019 at 5:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

Nevertheless
scaine
slaapliedje
bidinouHesitating... Should I try to complete Dungeon Master on my Amiga (MiSTer FPGA) or this one or the former then the latter ?
Ha, so I actually started playing Dungeon Master on my Amiga (A4000 w/68060) quite some time ago, I need to finish it off (re-installed the 3.1.4 over the weekend, now just need to get WHDload set up).

While I beat DM on my Atari ST back in the day, I never did complete Chaos Strikes Back. So my plan is to complete DM again, and then import my characters into Chaos Strikes Back.

I loved Dungeon Master. I completed it. Completed it again. Completed it with 3 characters. Completed with 2 characters (oh my, they become godlike by the end) then finally gave up while trying to beat it with one character. The spell cooldowns were too difficult to manage in certain fights and you just don't put out enough sword damage as a single character.

Bloodwych was another favourite - I played that split-screen with a friend on his Atari ST. Two, four-character parties rocking around a massive dungeon. Awesome.

Finally, if you like this genre and have three (very) close friends, the Amiga version of Hired Guns was sublime because you each played one character in a party of four, quad-screen. Two characters played on mouse (the Amiga could handle two mice plugged in) and two on keyboard. Amazing. Great music too!

Aww great! Now theres the idea to play Dungeonmaster back again, because of you both! ;-)
Do it! Truly a classic! It's amazing that FTL never ported Sundog to anything. So you still have to play it on the ST. That's another fantastic game I'd love to get back to to play.

The 3D steampunk dungeon crawler 'Vaporum' just had a huge performance update
20 February 2019 at 9:26 pm UTC Likes: 1

scaine
slaapliedje
bidinouHesitating... Should I try to complete Dungeon Master on my Amiga (MiSTer FPGA) or this one or the former then the latter ?
Ha, so I actually started playing Dungeon Master on my Amiga (A4000 w/68060) quite some time ago, I need to finish it off (re-installed the 3.1.4 over the weekend, now just need to get WHDload set up).

While I beat DM on my Atari ST back in the day, I never did complete Chaos Strikes Back. So my plan is to complete DM again, and then import my characters into Chaos Strikes Back.

I loved Dungeon Master. I completed it. Completed it again. Completed it with 3 characters. Completed with 2 characters (oh my, they become godlike by the end) then finally gave up while trying to beat it with one character. The spell cooldowns were too difficult to manage in certain fights and you just don't put out enough sword damage as a single character.

Bloodwych was another favourite - I played that split-screen with a friend on his Atari ST. Two, four-character parties rocking around a massive dungeon. Awesome.

Finally, if you like this genre and have three (very) close friends, the Amiga version of Hired Guns was sublime because you each played one character in a party of four, quad-screen. Two characters played on mouse (the Amiga could handle two mice plugged in) and two on keyboard. Amazing. Great music too!
Ha, that's some nuts to complete it with only two characters!

The 3D steampunk dungeon crawler 'Vaporum' just had a huge performance update
20 February 2019 at 6:12 pm UTC Likes: 1

bidinouHesitating... Should I try to complete Dungeon Master on my Amiga (MiSTer FPGA) or this one or the former then the latter ?
Ha, so I actually started playing Dungeon Master on my Amiga (A4000 w/68060) quite some time ago, I need to finish it off (re-installed the 3.1.4 over the weekend, now just need to get WHDload set up).

While I beat DM on my Atari ST back in the day, I never did complete Chaos Strikes Back. So my plan is to complete DM again, and then import my characters into Chaos Strikes Back.

The 3D steampunk dungeon crawler 'Vaporum' just had a huge performance update
20 February 2019 at 6:10 pm UTC

TheSHEEEP
Nevertheless
TcheyI'd probably love to love this game, but the real time killed my will. I disliked the Grimrocks for the same reason. For me, this kind of games (RPG grid based crawlers) "must" be turn based. The last one to actually pleased me was Starcrawlers, who did many things "well" (but failed to provide a "less combat, more xp" option).

Funny, the realtime aspect is something I really enjoy! I think it enriches gameplay with the possibility to outmaneuver your enemies or lure them to dangerous places like trap doors or steam vents, etc..
I also do not enjoy these games that much if they are real-time.
I do find it more acceptable if the game just has one character, though. So I'll probably give this game a go.

If it is real-time and you have a whole party (like Grimrock), then combat just devolves into clicking everyone's main attack as fast as you can while you play Dance Dance Revolution in a fantasy dress. Because first person real-time with so many "moving" parts just doesn't allow for any real strategical thinking (like careful spell selection, etc.) and is thus extremely easy (honestly, combat in Grimrock is laughably easy). That's the exact opposite of tactical combat and strategy, it becomes an arcade game.
Or take something like Might & Magic. I love that game, but the combat is just "equip everyone with bows and become a living machine gun" for 80% of the game, and the rest is mostly spell buffing.
But with only one character, even real-time usually leaves you with enough time to do some proper tactical thinking, and as the developers know that, the challenge is also higher and requires you to actually do that. Well... in the optimal case, don't know if that is true for this game.
These are all very much Dungeon Master clones, and Dungeon Master was party based and real time. It literally created a new Genre of games. A lot of people missed this Genre, so hence there are now quite a few new ones around. Too bad Legends of Grimrock 2 wasn't released for Linux.

Valve is getting back to focusing on gaming, with non-gaming videos being retired
20 February 2019 at 6:04 pm UTC Likes: 3

They don't need to sell video content to get the living room feeling, just have some netflix/amazon prime/etc 'apps' in SteamOS/Big picture mode.

I bought Conman through Steam, otherwise yeah never bothered with their other videos.

The 3D steampunk dungeon crawler 'Vaporum' just had a huge performance update
19 February 2019 at 4:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

I just started playing this last night, pretty sweet game, felt like playing a dungeon crawl, and with steampunk, it looks pretty sweet.

Was playing it with my Steam Controller through big picture mode and it worked fine.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm should see day-1 Linux support tomorrow
13 February 2019 at 9:42 pm UTC Likes: 1

sarlejWhat about cross platform multiplayer?
Aspyr mentioned it's in sync right up there in the article.

Imperator: Rome release date announced for April with new trailer plus a Paradox Humble Bundle!
6 February 2019 at 5:09 pm UTC

Mountain Man
stretch611
HoriHype, hype.

Paradox games are easily my favourite strategy games.

I have so many plans for this game. I think I was never before so exited about a game before its release.

Started playing Paradox games with CK2. Eventually I started wishing that they would make an alternative to Galactic Civilisations and something similar to CK2 but in the roman era. My dreams came true with Stellaris and soon with Imperator.
Ahh...Galactic Civilizations... That brings back memories... What a wonderful OS/2 native game that was.
Yep. Wardell made a bad bet that OS/2 was going to be a major player. Of course it would have been if Bill Gates hadn't stabbed IBM in the back.
Imagine how different the world would have been had IBM won that particular war. Especially now that they eventually bought Redhat...

Imperator: Rome release date announced for April with new trailer plus a Paradox Humble Bundle!
6 February 2019 at 12:23 am UTC

marcus
slaapliedjeMy understanding of it is this is before (timeline wise) all of them. You've got Imperator: Rome -> Crusader Kings II -> Europa Universalis -> Hearts of Iron -> Surviving Mars -> Stellaris.

Granted I don't know if Surviving Mars and Hearts of Iron is in that, but it sort of fits. My question is, are you going to be able to convert from Imperator all the way up to Stellaris at some point? I know they have one from Crusader Kings to Europa Universalis.

Surviving Mars is a completely different genre. It is more of a City Builder and not Grand Strategy. It is also originally not a Paradox Development Studio game but has been developed by Haemimont Games.

The order for the Grand Strategy games is:

I:R -> CK II -> EU4 -> Vic2 -> HoI4 -> (Stellaris)

Where Stellaris is not really a "continuation" as there is an obvious jump between it and HoI4
ha, yeah I was REALLY iffy on throwing Surviving Mars in there, but it kind of padded the time frame between HoI4 and Stellaris. Kind of forgotten about Victoria 2, because it is really old.

Imperator: Rome release date announced for April with new trailer plus a Paradox Humble Bundle!
5 February 2019 at 9:36 pm UTC

Mountain ManWow, that trailer gives you absolutely no idea what the game will actually be like.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see how Paradox is able to distinguish this game from Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis.

My understanding of it is this is before (timeline wise) all of them. You've got Imperator: Rome -> Crusader Kings II -> Europa Universalis -> Hearts of Iron -> Surviving Mars -> Stellaris.

Granted I don't know if Surviving Mars and Hearts of Iron is in that, but it sort of fits. My question is, are you going to be able to convert from Imperator all the way up to Stellaris at some point? I know they have one from Crusader Kings to Europa Universalis.

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