What game are you playing or looking forward to play?

Another German town on the way to Berlin,

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Will remain in German hands, until we level it with artillery....

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The game started off badly with a Panzer IV getting a lucky hit on the Pershing, removing one of its command dice.
I was very lucky rolling for initiative on most turns, but generally not getting the right command dice results I needed to move,acquire,aim,load,fire.
Did manage to knock out one of the Panthers with a catastrophic ammunition detonation and damage another one and a Panzer IV by turn 3.
This made me a little over-confident and charged into the town with reckless abandon....... and got arse-shot for my troubles....

Oh well.
 
Spent a few more hours on Far Cry 5, solo and coop campaign with a buddy.
The game has some seriously creepy doomsday cult stuff and some really out of context side-missions/challenges.
I'm in the middle of liberating a county from said cult....why does the game want me to fly a plane through a series of rings within a certain time? Why do I need help organize a festival involving desert oysters?
Not sure why the game involves shooting so much of the Montana wildlife either.
I'd put this in the middle of Just Cause 3 / 4 and Ghost Recon, it does involve some stealth, but also a lot of arcade-like gameplay.

I do love petting all the good doggos in this game.

I've finally forced myself to play with random strangers in Helldivers 2, because I've maxed out everything I can playing difficulty 4 missions on solo.
I need to play at least difficulty 6 missions to get those super samples you need for the bigger upgrades.
And so far I can barely complete missions on this setting, maybe 1 out of 3. And I vary rarely manage to actually extract with the collected samples.
 
Spent a few more hours on Far Cry 5, solo and coop campaign with a buddy.
The game has some seriously creepy doomsday cult stuff and some really out of context side-missions/challenges.
I'm in the middle of liberating a county from said cult....why does the game want me to fly a plane through a series of rings within a certain time? Why do I need help organize a festival involving desert oysters?
Not sure why the game involves shooting so much of the Montana wildlife either.
I'd put this in the middle of Just Cause 3 / 4 and Ghost Recon, it does involve some stealth, but also a lot of arcade-like gameplay.

I do love petting all the good doggos in this game.

I've finally forced myself to play with random strangers in Helldivers 2, because I've maxed out everything I can playing difficulty 4 missions on solo.
I need to play at least difficulty 6 missions to get those super samples you need for the bigger upgrades.
And so far I can barely complete missions on this setting, maybe 1 out of 3. And I vary rarely manage to actually extract with the collected samples.
There are many reasons why I gave up playing open world games, especially the Ubisoft ones, one of them being the amount of content filler with boring and lazy fetch quests and the "climb-a-tower" to unlock missions on a map area.
I miss the days of a good ol' games with interesting story, action packed missions and good value for your time, aka the new Doom series for example.

But I would like to play FarCry 5 for the dog companion and petting all the doggies. I would definitely not enjoy killing all the wildlife side quests though. At which point is it pointless violents and promotion of hunting for sport?
 
I would imagine you'd hate it, because in one of the regions the cult uses trained wolves to attack the non-believers/player. I have not found an obvious way to spare them.
I supposed other angry wildlife could probably be coerced to go after bait you throw at them instead.....not sure about those darn turkeys though....
 
I would imagine you'd hate it, because in one of the regions the cult uses trained wolves to attack the non-believers/player. I have not found an obvious way to spare them.
I supposed other angry wildlife could probably be coerced to go after bait you throw at them instead.....not sure about those darn turkeys though....
Thanks for the warning, I guess Far Cry 5 is going on my avoid list now, unless I can find a mod to disable that. I really hate when games forces me to shoot dogs and wolves. As much as I love the story mode of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare it always hurt me when they send in the German Shepherd, I always say out loud I'm sorry when I have to kill them and I hear that little whimper.
 
Highlights of Yesterday's AD&D session:

Our party comes across a nobleman on a horse threatening a farmer and his little girl. It appears he demands a duel to the death because the poor man has startled his horse.
My paladin takes in the scene and immediately challenges this noble and asks to serve as the farmer's champion. The fancy-dressed ponce swings his rapier at me spouting all kinds of threats and snobbish comments.
As I'm ready to teach this man a lesson, the Bard in the party simple puts him to sleep with a spell.

......that made for some interesting role-playing where the Paladin needed to be distracted for having his failed in his duty by having his opponent knocked out in such a dishonourable way.
We figured that the others would ask him to help calm down the little girl, while the Bard and the Cleric rummaged through the noble's pockets....
The slumbering Noble is loaded on his horse and sent off in the opposite direction.

Eventually we arrived back in the village where we were supposed to meet up with a wizard's apprentice to escort
her back home. My character went round completing our other little list of side-jobs and visiting the local temple and pray
to Torm for his fumbled opportunity to do good.
Shortly there after I joined the others who went to the local tavern where the Bard hoped to perform again and earn us some extra money.
The expression on his face was priceless as he was immediately upstaged by another Bard.
 
Yesterday we got in a game of Robotech - Attack on the SDF1 with 5 players.
We don't play this nearly enough so a lot of time was spent leafing through the badly-structured rulebook.
It's a great game though. Turns are like episodes from the first season of the Robotech TV series.
....which pulled all the right nostalgia heartstrings for a couple of the players. Giant transformable mecha? What's not to love?!

We started with Scenario 3, which describes the return of the Super Dimensional Fortress to Earth, in a desperate fight to protect the planet from the alien Zentraedi hordes.
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The game is basically about worker placement and resource management. With the players controlling the lead characters from the TV-show, each one specialized to a specific task, like Construction, Science, Dogfighting or Ship/Fire control.
I played Max Sterling, the gifted fighter pilot. I spent most of the scenario out on Combat Air Patrol and managed to knock out a lot of enemy battle pods. I also fought off the alien baddy Kyron and defeated Miriya in a dual. (Which meant I got promoted to "Ace Duo Max & Miriya").

By the time the evening ended we had made it to the start of turn/episode 4 by the skin of our teeth. At this point the SDF-1 was in pretty bad shape. Macross City had taken a beating and our action point pool was suffering for it. The Alien Commander Dolza was about to make an appearance with his battle fleet hell-bent on destroying the Fortress. Things looked a bit bleak.

We had good fun though, and the other players were all for playing the game again next week.
 
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I was introduced to the board game Cascadia a couple of weeks ago at our church's board game afternoon, and we also played it at a game store (one where you can borrow from a game library and play at the store). I enjoy it. I don't think it's quite on the level of our standbys like Wingspan, and it feels a bit like Carcassonne, which is also a very solid game. I like the variability. However, I haven't played enough to exhaust the different goals that can be set, but I can tell they will eventually cease being interesting. Wingspan is similar. It's good when these kinds of games add to the variability of goals and such with their expansions, but I wish the game makers would start out with enough variability to make it feel fresh for a long time.
 
One of my all time favorite games was/is the original BioShock.

I'm hoping that there is something similar that would be released, preferably on a console (PS5 - wink-wink). I might try and find an OG copy of that game and maybe play through it again.
 
Next for me is Starfield. It was still way too expensive for my tastes on the Steam summer sale. But then a local retail store apparently wanted to get rid of their inventory. So I bought a very cheap physical DVD case that contained nothing more than a slip of paper with a download code for Steam. What a strange world we live in.

On the other hand, Starfield will have to contend with Ghosts of Tsushima and Alan Wake 2 at the moment, which I'm otherwise playing at the moment. A wealth of riches.
 
Next for me is Starfield. It was still way too expensive for my tastes on the Steam summer sale. But then a local retail store apparently wanted to get rid of their inventory. So I bought a very cheap physical DVD case that contained nothing more than a slip of paper with a download code for Steam. What a strange world we live in.

On the other hand, Starfield will have to contend with Ghosts of Tsushima and Alan Wake 2 at the moment, which I'm otherwise playing at the moment. A wealth of riches.
I finally finished the second playthrough (the Final Draft) of Alan Wake 2, which was very enjoyable to replay. The episodic first DLC is out now, so I have those three episodes to play.
 
One of my all time favorite games was/is the original BioShock.

I'm hoping that there is something similar that would be released, preferably on a console (PS5 - wink-wink). I might try and find an OG copy of that game and maybe play through it again.

Well, Bioshock 4 has been in development since.....2019? Latest I've seen about it was that they are "Ramping up development" and the studio is recruiting people to work on it)


After grinding for a couple of weeks I unlocked another Premium War Bond in Helldivers 2, went with the Polar Patriots". I had some 100 medals to spend on it so I collected about half of the content already.
What made it particularly annoying that I didn't find a single Super Credit drop for 4 missions in a row, while I only needed 40 of them to unlock the War Bond.
So yesterday after work I decided to play one game on a low difficulty level (3) an found those remaining easily.
On the lower difficulty the pool of rewards you find at points of interest is smaller. So a higher chance of finding credits. (but you come across less POIs)

Then I did some higher difficulty runs with some Randos. The ore drilling objective on one mission was borked so we couldn't complete it. But instead of quitting we all just stuck it out for the remaining mission time, until the emergency extraction shuttle came down. We just went round the map to cover all the POIs together and collect those elusive Super Samples and shot up a LOT of bugs together.

The hug emote is still awesome.


One of my buddies was busy 3D-printing some Soviet WW2 armor for What A Tanker!.


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KV-1S, KV-2 and an ISU-152
 
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If you play tabletop wargame, do you also play computer wargame like Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord? The only one I can remember playing Civil War Generals 2.

Last night I finished Metroid Dread. Last boss surprisingly easy, at least compared to the earlier bosses, especially considering I got only combined 6 hours of sleep the previous two nights.

Last night I started playing The Silver Case, also on Switch, only 15 minutes in. I never played a VN style game before, so I am not sure what to expect.
 
I've not played a turn-based strategy wargame on PC/Console in ages. I think Perfect General was the last one. Have played a few real-time strategy games like Dune 2, Company of Heroes and the first Dawn of War with the expansions.

Change of plans for this evening; We're playing What A Tanker! again. Germany Vs. Russia.
Already printed a few more road sections for it.
 
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My Panther A trading shots with a T-34-76 yesterday in What A Tanker!.
For most of the game I was lucking out with enemy shots bouncing off the front armour, but that usually threw off my aim.
Like last time I just wasn't getting the required Command Dice Results. And this time I was rolling pretty badly in the Initiative order as well.
I was taking fire so often that I just kept the tank buttoned up, which hampered my ability to acquire targets.
If I did acquire a target, I usually did not have the option to aim at it, or I did not have the option to shoot at it, or I would simply miss.

The Soviets were outnumbering the Germans in tanks, and were quickly outflanking us. My fellow commander lacking the tactical insight to what was happening got his Pz.IV-F2 shot in the ass TWICE, and it brewed up.
At which point I simply told him to follow my tank with his Panther A and we both charged towards a KV-1S skulking at the opposite end of the table. We managed to get a couple of damaging hits in at this point.
But we ran out of time to continue. With one damaged Panther and a destroyed Panzer IV against one damaged KV-1S, it was clearly a good day for the Soviets.
 
The weekend was spent playing a lot of Far Cry 5 and Helldivers 2
Working my way through Hope Valley county, liberating outposts, doing side missions and I managed to unlocked a few more NPC-sidekicks in Far Cry. I now have Cheeseburger the Grizzly Bear and Peaches the Mountain Lion to take along.
Nearly ready to take on one of the major baddies.

In Helldivers there was a tough fight to finish the Major Order and get three planets under Super Earth control. The Automatons did NOT want to give up these planets, particularly as we've now effectively cut their forces in two.
Nearly saved up enough Super Credits to buy the lastest Premium War Bond. 100 SC left to go. The Viper Commando War Bond doesn't offer much beyond cosmetics though.
 
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