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Postby Leisher » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:10 pm

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Postby TheCatt » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:44 pm

Whoa. I loved those games.
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Postby GORDON » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:50 pm

I had Bard's Tale II on the C64. One of the dungeons was broken, it always errored when I put in disk 2 (5.25" floppy disks). I took the game back to Sears (vid game stores didn't exist back then) and told them it was a bad disk and give me another. They didn't have another and just refunded me. The next week I saw the same box back on the shelf stapled shut.

DEATH AND DREK.




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Postby TheCatt » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:08 pm

I remember some of the harder puzzles being places that were completely dark, where certain squares randomly teleported you to other places in the maze, occasionally laden with traps.
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Postby Malcolm » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:10 pm

No. Fucking. Way. WL2 and now BT4.
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Postby GORDON » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:15 pm

TheCatt wrote:I remember some of the harder puzzles being places that were completely dark, where certain squares randomly teleported you to other places in the maze, occasionally laden with traps.

Yeah, I think they were spinners... I tried for so long to map that damned dungeon. Not sure if I ever accomplished it. No compass, no light, just banging into walls. Ridonkulous.
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Postby TheCatt » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:22 pm

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TheCatt wrote:I remember some of the harder puzzles being places that were completely dark, where certain squares randomly teleported you to other places in the maze, occasionally laden with traps.

Yeah, I think they were spinners... I tried for so long to map that damned dungeon. Not sure if I ever accomplished it. No compass, no light, just banging into walls. Ridonkulous.

We finished it. We finished ALL OF THEM. We'd take turns sleeping and playing.

Usually staying up quite late at night, fueled by soda and candy.
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Postby GORDON » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:37 pm

That one, and Legacy of the Ancients... I would get up 2 hours before school just to play a while.
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Postby TheCatt » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:50 pm

I liked that one too, but it wasn't quite the same. Ah... youth.
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Postby Malcolm » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:11 pm

TheCatt wrote:I liked that one too, but it wasn't quite the same. Ah... youth.

BT and Might and Magic sucked up all kinds of time.
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Postby GORDON » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:54 pm

I played the D&D games Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds on my C64 as well.
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Postby Malcolm » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:01 pm

GORDON wrote:I played the D&D games Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds on my C64 as well.

Ah, the SSI Gold Box series. Yeah, sunk time into that, too. At least that had rudimentary mapping functionality built-in. I can't believe the disk swapping and loading times for combat you had to put up with. And fucking everything resulted in combat eventually.

There was always one incredibly evil battle at a minimum in each:

Pool: fucking Kobold caves and the bullshit graveyard "you can't rest" marathon undead cleansing.

Curse: I remember reloading again and again charging into over a dozen dragons. Way early in the game and it was virtually impossible unless you imported twinked and maxed characters (because you could manually jack stats to 18) from Pool.

Secret of the Silver Blades: my memory gets fuzzy on this one. Not nearly as much playing time, but I remember beating it without too much trouble.

Pools of Darkness: holy fucking fuck. During the last 10% of the game, every battle is epic. Lord of the Rings epic. Except there's only six of you. Not uncommon for each of those fights to take over an hour to get through.




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Postby TPRJones » Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:57 pm

I played the SSIs.

Infocom games were better.
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Postby Leisher » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:40 pm

Kickstarter starts tomorrow.

Donate tomorrow and receive your choice of The Witcher, The Witcher 2, or Wasteland 2.

Well hell, looks like I'll be donating to Bard's Tale IV tomorrow!
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Postby Malcolm » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:58 pm

Sumbitch. I already have those.
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Postby TheCatt » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:49 pm

Dammit! I already own the Witcher 1/2 as well.

inXile Entertainment will reward early backers of its Bard's Tale 4 Kickstarter campaign, which is due to begin tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd June, at 2pm UK time.

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Postby Leisher » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:52 pm

I own all The Witcher games, but I'm eyeing that Wasteland 2 copy.
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Postby Malcolm » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:53 pm

Leisher wrote:I own all The Witcher games, but I'm eyeing that Wasteland 2 copy.

Go for it. Worth it.
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Postby Leisher » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:26 am

Kickstarter is live.

I'm in for $20, but I'm kind of eyeing other levels wondering if I should go higher.

For $55 you get Wasteland 2 (or one of the Witcher games), Bard's Tale 4, and Torment: Tides of Numenera.




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Postby TheCatt » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:41 am

Oh what the hell. In for $20
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