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Total War Series / Total War: Warhammer announced-ish.
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:13:51 AM »
FYI

http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?677233-Total-War-WARHAMMER-officially-revealed

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/01/14/its-time-total-war-warhammer-confirmed/

After Rome 2 I'm a bit hesitant. But then again, playing dwarves is tempting. No dwarves and I'll be sad, though.

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Paradox and TaleWorlds have parted ways. As a result you should have a copy of Magicka: Wizard Wars in your steam library.

Magicka: Wizard Wars is essentially a Magicka MOBA-like type of game that is currently in early access. Is it any good? I don't know. Just downloading it at the moment.

Uhmm... Here's TB's video on it from a few months ago, I guess. That's what you're supposed to do right?


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General Off Topic / 'Review a movie' - thread
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:04:06 AM »
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Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Movie Review by Khorin (includes spoilers)

“Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!”


Plot:

The plot of the movie centers on the barbarian archetype Conan the Cimmerian. Cimmerian’s are a warrior people that live far to the north of where the majority of the movie takes place.

In the introduction we are introduced to the young Conan and his tribe and family. His father tells him of the Enigma of Steel, a.k.a. the riddle of steel. When doing this he is referring to how man found the mastery of steel after a great battle between the gods, led by Crom(the god of the Cimmerians that lives under a mountain), and giants. Soon after this Conan’s entire tribe is killed by a group of men wielding a banner with twin serpents. Conan himself is sold to slavery were he spends his entire teenage years and early adulthood doing slave labor that hardens his muscles.

After this he is sold yet again to a group of men looking for a new fighter for their arena. Conan, strong as he is, survives better than expected and is rewarded with advanced combat training by his masters.

Conan eventually escapes and finds an ancient tomb with a throne upon which rests a skeleton clutching a sword. Conan refers to the skeleton as Crom and takes the sword. After this Conan earns plenty of riches through adventure while at the same time trying to find the men who murdered his tribe. He eventually tracks down the men to a cult that uses the very same banner and is given a quest by a king to rescue the king’s daughter that has been seduced by the cultists. His friend Subotai and his love Valeria consider it too dangerous, but Conan driven by the need to avenge his tribe leaves alone in the night.

During his attempt to rescue the daughter and find information on the murderers, Conan meets Thulsa Doom, the leader of the snake cult. In a memorable scene, Thulsa Doom and Conan(who is badly wounded) share this great dialogue:

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Conan is eventually joined by his friends again and by a new character referred to only as the Wizard and together they eventually take down the cult and rescue the king’s daughter. Valeria, on the other hand, dies in the attempt. The scene where the leader of the cult is killed is hauntingly good. Thulsa Doom attempts to convince Conan not to kill him, using his powers of persuasion the same way he had charmed all his followers. Conan does not fall under his spell and kills him, proving that Thulsa’s understanding of the riddle of steel was not enough to stop Conan. The cultists who consider him a god see his head get cut off and thrown down the stairs. Realizing how wrong they were all the cultists leave quietly grieving and ashamed.

Here is the final scene:
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Visuals:

The filming is great and throughout the movie it feels like a true high-budget movie, especially if you watch the Blu-ray version. You can barely tell it’s filmed in the 80s.

The graphical effects for the most part hold up incredibly well, considering the movies age. There is only scene that I can think of where the special effects are a tad odd, and that’s the scene where spirits are trying to steal Conan’s soul. Otherwise, the magic in the movie is actually incredibly low-key, to the movie’s credit. There are no fireball-hurling wizards here. Conan’s friend, the wizard primarily performs only ritualistic magic, while Thulsa Doom does simple things like turning a snake to a poisonous arrow.

The costume design of the movie is also top notch quality, though the style might seem extremely 80s to some. However, this style was already set partly in place in the Conan art designs and was after Conan the Barbarian copied a lot. Conan is still to this day, the quintessential Barbarian. Personally, I really enjoy the costumes, they’re really metal, except maybe for a few goofy helmets, but even those I whole-heartedly accept.

The fighting scenes are for the most part well-choreographed and are most enjoyable to watch. The scenery in this movie is also beautiful and it really gives the movie a sense of scale and wonder along with the, for the most part well thought out sets.

Audio:

The soundtrack of this movie is in my opinion one of the best ever created. It sets the tone perfectly for “high adventure”. It is a great orchestral score created by Basil Poledouris.

Acting:

The acting is perhaps the weakest part in the movie. It is not exactly bad. Arnold Schwarzenegger does a fantastic job as Conan. Indeed, it’s probably Arnold at his best. He fits perfectly, due to his accent and weak grasp of English. It is just what you’d expect from a northerner that has received no education and spent most of his life as a slave or a pit fighter. Perhaps the weakest performance in the movie is that of Valeria, simply because she does nothing to distinguish herself. It’s competent, but nothing special. The Wizard plays the role of the hermit extremely well, and I knew I recognized his voice from somewhere, and it turns out he’s the voice of Aku in Samurai Jack (among many other things), my favourite cartoon as a kid. He is also the narrator/chronicler of the entire movie.

However, hands down the best performance of the movie actually comes from the king, who only has one scene, but he performs it to near perfection.

Just watch:
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Dialogue:

There really isn’t that much dialogue in this movie, compared to others. I suspect it’s partly because of Arnold’s weak English, but I don’t know. However, what little dialogue there is is practically instant classics. They are simple, but very powerful, and therefore easy to remember. Conan doesn’t philosophize, and when he does, he does it in a very down to earth fashion, fitting his character.

Here’s a selection of memorable quotes:
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Personal Opinion:

So, as you may have noticed, I really like this movie. I’d put it in my top 5 movies of all time. It is a bit cliché to modern eyes, but it’s cliché because this movie made it cliché. It’s like faulting Tolkien for being too generic. Keep in mind, Conan and Lord of the Rings was first conceived around the same time. Conan, in my opinion is equally ground-breaking as Tolkien’s work, though perhaps a lower class of literature perhaps of lesser quality (assuming you care).

I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen this movie, to watch it. It was the standard that other fantasy movies strived to reach until Lord of the Rings was released and still holds up incredibly well. The worst case scenario is that you will find it incredibly campy, but really funny. Either way, you should definitely see it.

Thoughts about the Riddle of Steel:

The riddle of steel is mentioned twice in the movie:
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Also, in the last scene Conan's life becomes full circle when he cuts Thulsa Doom's head off the same way Doom cut Conan's mother's head off. But before that he tries to convince Conan not to do so.

Conan's father considered steel to be stronger while Thulsa Doom considered flesh to be the strongest. Conan realizes at the end, that both of them were wrong, and that the true riddle of steel is that it is steel and flesh together. It is the will of Conan that could not be swayed, and the sharpness of his sword that gave him the power to cut down Thulsa Doom. This is the generally accepted "answer", but there are variations.

I always enjoyed imagining Conan at the end when he sits on the stairs contemplating his victory as him wondering what has changed. The only thing his quest for revenge made for his personal life was that he lost his love.

Let me explain. By killing Thulsa Doom, he set himself "free" of his quest for revenge, and also "freed" the cultists from Thulsa Doom's lies. But free to do what? Same things they could've done earlier had they the will to do so. Really emphasizes the futility of revenge in the end.

I’ll do a short write-up of the failures of Conan the Destroyer if people are interested. Thank you if you managed to make it this far!



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Diplomacy / So, about this weekend, my dear DRZ.
« on: March 17, 2013, 06:58:33 PM »
So, this weekend for me is a bit of a haze, but I noticed that I had been wronged yet again, this time by those who guaranteed a weary trader protection and shelter:

It is pathetic that such a huge Coalition languishs over with their S&D.

Ninja_Khorin, you are welcome in Druzhina Free Trade Zone. You will find shelter and support in our fiefs and can recover fortunes. Our S&D is free to use for all kind travelers.

So, after that proclamation, I obviously made my way to your lands and happily made my living. However, this weekend at some point I was maliciously attacked. Can you guys explain me this?
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Apparently this gentleman felt the need to harass me without any cause and rob me of my fairly bought goods. As you can see, the thug in question is clearly a part of your faction.

Care to comment or are you truly the band of liars and thieves that the rumourmongers warned me of?

- Ninja_Khorin



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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/torment-tides-of-numenera (The video is pretty funny.)

A thematic sequel to Planescape: Torment on Kickstarter.

The campaign started an hour ago, and they already have 255 000$ out of 900 000$.

I'm thrilled and might donate. Yes, I'm a lousy fanboy.

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  • A Deep, Thematically Satisfying Story. The philosophical underpinnings of Torment drive the game, both mechanically and narratively. Your words, choices, and actions will be your primary weapons.
  • A World Unlike Any Other. The game has a fantastic, original setting, with awe-inspiring painterly visuals, imaginative locations, truly offbeat items, and massive feats of magic. In Numenera, however, "magic" is actually something surprisingly different.
  • A Rich, Personal Narrative. The story is thoughtful and character-driven—epic in feel but a deeply personal narrative, with nontraditional characters and companions who have their own motivations and desires that drive them throughout the game.
  • Reactivity, Choice, and Real Consequences. The game emphasizes replayability and reactivity, and your choices will make a real difference. You can play the game with a different approach and discover entirely new pathways. Most important, we won't tell you how to play. The best ending is the one you choose, flowing naturally from your actions throughout the game.
  • Torment is not a sequel to PS:T. It does not continue the stories of PS:T or its characters.
  • Torment is set in Numenera’s Ninth World, a new tabletop RPG setting created by renowned designer Monte Cook (he and Colin wrote much of the material for the Planescape tabletop setting).
  • Torment will use a new rules system that's based on the Numenera system but adapted specifically for a computer RPG.
  • We'll strive to make Torment's combat system and encounters an engaging and entertaining part of the gameplay. We'll connect them narratively to the overall story. And, continuing the Torment tradition, we'll make most if not all combat avoidable.

Story:
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You are the Last Castoff, the final link in the chain of the lives of the being they call the Changing God. He once was a man who discovered a way to use the relics of the ancients to cheat death and skip across the face of centuries in a succession of bodies. But he never knew that his bodies lived on as his consciousness fled, a new consciousness arising in each. Now he has awakened an age-old enemy, the Angel of Entropy, and his days of change are gone as the Angel hunts him and all his works. That includes... you.

With the ever-present threat of oblivion looming over you, you must find your sire before he—and you—are eradicated by the avenging Angel. You will find allies and enemies among the other castoffs. You might inhabit their minds for a time through the devices called “the Meres,” turning their lives to your advantage. You will travel across the face of the Ninth World, and above and below it, with your companions at your side—or alone, if you wish. Your quest will take you to alternate dimensions and distant worlds under strange suns; particular Meres might afford you even more bizarre experiences, such as folding time itself. And you will build your legacy as you find your answer to the question:

What does one life matter?

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General Discussion / Heraldry in cRPG
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:15:10 PM »
This thread is inspired by this post by Dave here:
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I figured it could be some great fun to see how clans ended up with the banners they use to this day. So I figured I'd tell you a little bit about the heraldry of the Ninja Clan, the all-time favourite *wink*. So, in the dawn of cRPG when the Clan was formed we obviously chose the best banner to represent a merry band of small men wearing black pyjamas:
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The bird is still one of the official symbols of the Clan and it has featured in most of what's been created since. When I joined I was just starting out with toying around with GIMP and found it to be fun to make banners. So I made one that looked horrible. The clan used it for about a week until I started to dislike it so much I had to try again. Here it is:
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I disliked it mainly because the ninja looked terrible and the letters looked out of place. Though, the combination of black and grey I liked and I liked the concept of the bird still featuring. However, in general it was horrible. Now, to explain the weaboo letters I hope it is self-evident to everyone that they stand for Ninja(or Shinobi). As I said, in a week I decided it was time to make a better banner that used a different symbol for the Clan.

At first I experiment with using the katana as a symbol and I just couldn't think of a way to make it look good, so eventually I chose the all-time favourite Ninja weapon, the shuriken. This came with the added bonus of looking a little like other Japanese symbols of the time period, see here. So after a little dabbling, trying to get the colours right I ended up with the banner we use today:
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Note the bird sitting inside the shuriken in the center and the japanese letters. I tried to make it remind people of a feudal japanese banner without directly copying one. Since then, the symbols have featured in a lot of Ninja promotional material:
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I guess that's about it. There still my signature to show. But thanks for reading and PLEASE, post your own clans historical stuff. I like reading this stuff. :)

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- Ninja_Khorin, Keeper of Tradition in the Ninja Clan

PS.
I made a banner to friend who never had the time to put it to use, so if anyone wants it, feel free to ask me. It looks like this:

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Diplomacy / Coalition. This is OUTRAGE!
« on: February 06, 2013, 01:01:35 AM »
I am but a weary and poor travelling missionary on my way to a feast in Bardaq Castle invited by Lord Elmuri himself, yet I am attacked by your thugs! I have nothing to offer. My purse is empty, my horses old and three-legged. I am but a lonely missionary. I demand and explanation and compensation for your thuggery.

I call upon all honest and righteous men to defend me and my altar boys. If we win, you will be richly rewarded with the moeny earned from the looted gear. If we loose, I can only offer you my eternal thanks. I also call upon all emperor, kings, earl, barons, duke, sultans, shahs and grandmasters to fight these villanous dogs and teach them what moral society has to offer!

Sign up today!
http://c-rpg.net/index.php?page=battlesupcoming#!?page=battledetail&id=2304

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Because not every game deserves a thread!


So, this is a general thread where you can throw in random discussion topics that don't really warrant their own thread. Or ask questions about random games. You know, basically anything.

To start, I happened to watch a TotalBiscuit video about Dead Space 3.

It's basically about how dead Space will be a straight PC port, because apparently the devs think it's unfair that PC gamers get better quality than console gamers with their ancient hardware.

The game will also feature microtransactions apart from being a fully priced 60 dollar/euro title that will allow you to buy weapons and such from the very beginning. To me that sounds a bit off in a horror game. And to be clear, this is a singleplayer game. I swear, every time I think EA can't sink any lower. They discover a new crevice to fall down.

Am I the only one slightly offended about this?

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Not buying it myself(no money after christmas gifts), but seems like a good deal, so thought I'd share.

26 euro for: Dishonoured, Skyrim, Fallout 3/NV GOTY, TES III/IV GOTY, Brink, Rage, Doom 3, Hunted, Rogue Warior

http://www.gamersgate.com/DDB-BETHESDANYC/bethesda-new-year-collection-bundle

Site's getting hammered, though.

/lazy thread creation.

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So whaddya think about this bit of news?

http://www.creative-assembly.com/sega-and-creative-assembly-announce-partnership-with-games-workshop-to-create-warhammer-games/

Are we seeing a potential Warhammer Fantasy/40k Total War or a whole new IP?

I'm really interested in seeing it and I pray to sweet baby jesus they'll make a 40k Total War over a fantasy one.

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Mercenary Recruitment / Coalition attacks a peaceful trader. :(
« on: December 07, 2012, 03:54:37 AM »
The big and almighty Coalition has decided to attack me, an old peaceful trader that has been working the same trade routes for many generations.
http://c-rpg.net/index.php?page=battlesupcoming#!?page=battledetail&id=1714


I call out on all you find folks to take up arms and join me in my struggle to repel the invader. Best fighter gets 1000 gold, 2nd gets 500, 3rd gets 100. The rest get 10.

I don't really care if you're NA or EU. But I'll be picking those I find fitting.

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Diplomacy / バナナ Laughing Shogunate
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:15:26 AM »
So, another one of these threads, eh? I can hear the sighs all the way here. I figured that before I’ll do my announcement I’m going to write something about my experiences and perspective in the Shogunate.

TLDR version:
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If you have no idea what I'm on about, don't let me keep you ----> http://www.purepwnage.com/original_series/video/life-pro-gamer

So, who else of you watched and waited for Pure Pwnage episodes back in the day and was sorely disappointed when it was cancelled? And when the TV show got cancelled. They suffered the death of a crew member, and the two main characters had a falling out, and generally stuff did not work out for them in the end, so they stopped.

Well. There's some light at the end of the tunnel:
http://www.indiegogo.com/purepwnage

I have to say, I'm thrilled to see them conclude the series. Can't wait and hope it gets funded.

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Pillars of Eternity

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Project Eternity is a working title for an isometric, party-based RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. The game was crowd funded via Kickstarter campaign and PayPal pledges. Kickstarter campaign achieved its initial funding goal within 24 hours of launch, and was concluded on October 16, 2012 after raising $3,986,929 in total from 73,986 backers, with additional $324,650 from roughly 5,698 backers PayPal pledges.

Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur's Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.

Combat uses a tactical real-time with pause system - positioning your party and coordinating attacks and abilities is one of the keys to success. The world map is dotted with unique locations and wilderness ripe for exploration and questing. You’ll create your own character and collect companions along the way – taking him or her not just through this story, but, with your continued support, through future adventures. You will engage in dialogues that are deep, and offer many choices to determine the fate of you and your party. And you'll experience a story that explores mature themes and presents you with complex, difficult choices to shape how your story plays out.

Gameplay teaser:



Description ripped from here: http://eternity.gamepedia.com/Project_Eternity (yeah, I'm lazy)



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Total War Series / Rome II General Info Thread
« on: July 02, 2012, 04:20:10 PM »
The other thread is too cluttered. Here's something to listen to while reading this thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj_kRsTUwJc

Here you go:


Some cools stuff:
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Total War Center dev chat:
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24.7.2012 update:
Alright. Super tired since I arrivved from NY today and 1 hour later I was out with my friends, but here's the latest updates.

A podcast from TWC with a Creative Assembly(JackLusted) member in attendance answering some questions. Some new and some old info :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVG_mEoWgNg&feature=player_embedded#!

TLDL, keep in mind they can't reveal much yet and most of this is stuff they want to do and try to achieve, but can not be confirmed at this early stage:

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TLDR:
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