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[DISCUSSION] What Are We All Playing? - Ep.2
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I'm Sure This Was Dearly Missed

I've decided to create episode 2 of the mildly popular(?) 'What are We All Playing?' thread from a while back. Because some of us change our preferences over the course of 10 minutes. As threadmaker, I reserve first brag say. And...you know...it would be a short thread otherwise.

Also, since this is other game discussion I won't talk a bunch about Pokemon Ultra Moon and how I want to finsh my 'dex but can't be bothered to finish my 'dex.

1: ARK: Survival Evolved

And I'll just casually tag @0kamii here for obvious reasons...

Specifically the newest expansion, 'Aberration'. It's a complete, fresh change to the normal atmosphere and systems of ARK and it has to be my favourite map yet. ARK is a survival game which is meant to be played in a MMO style but can also be done singleplayer or in small groups. You're on an island/blazing desert/aberration full of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. On the surface it's just a survival game with dinosaurs, but deep in the juicy lore there's alien-theories, time travel and mutant-tentacle-men. Uh, yeah. ARKs are the name of these worlds and they're actually space stations built by either aliens or humans to test species' capabilities. Aberration is set on a broken ARK full of radiation where you live underground. Everything is mutated, there's 'shrooms all over and the whole atmosphere is creepy and awe-inspiring at the same time. In my time I've built a house, then a snake the size of a house ate said house, then I rebuilt the house, then I finally made progress.

I'd quite like to tame a Reaper since they're the apex predator but after finding out how one goes about this I'd rather not delve into horrible radiation to fight a house-sized xenomorph and then after 9 hours birth my new best friend forcefully out of my chest cavity. Never thought I'd have to say those words

Since the trailer had no narration, I've got much better stuff to offer as a good teaser.
[Image: 200px-Dossier_Aberration_Boss.jpg?versio...2a7dee693a]
Small picture, but that's the teaser dossier for the boss. The 'writing' all over the left side is 'alien' language. It translates into the following:


"I am not a god. I am more than that. Infinitely more. I am everything. This world, this ARK, it is my body. "

"I can feel every bit of it, every footstep of man or beast that falls upon my skin, and every root that digs into my flesh. They are all mine. Everything in this world happens only by my will. "

"The ones who put me here have long since fled, but though I hate them, I accept their escape. It is their reward, for they placed me upon this throne. "

"Yet should anyone else challenge me, they shall receive no mercy. My wrath will be swift and terrible, and my enemies will know only pain. I am everything. "

Ok, I'm done on Aberration for now. I've beaten the boss and I won't spoil that much.

2: Shadow of War
This is the only other thing I've really been playing much of. It's the sequel to Shadow of Mordor. They're both games about the times before Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit and even before Sauron turned into a firey eyeball on a tower. In both games you play as a human ranger from Gondor called Talion. In the first game's opening you, your wife and your son get killed by a lovely fellow called 'The Black Hand of Sauron' and then Talion ends up bound to the wraith of the elf that created most of Sauron's non-one-ring rings. Confused? Good.

They're actually kind of groundbreaking RPGs. They both employ their custom-made 'Nemesis System', which has orc captains which different strengths and weaknesses which go through power struggles and other feats and ultimately rise and fall and clobber you over the head for being bad at the game. I'd recommend going and reading about the mechanics, they're quite something.

In Shadow of War you forge a second copy of The One Ring to create your own army and conquer Mordor and then kill Sauron. It's a fun process and I've been enjoying ransacking useless castles and stuff for a couple weeks now. Except this one captain called "Kuga Cave-Rat" who killed me twice in a row (you come back a week later) and ultimately got mega-promoted. I finally got his famsquad to betray him and killed him, and then 2 minutes later he came back again wearing a mask and was "Kuga The Survivor". Naturally I wanted to enslave his mind and add him to my army but he was too high-level so I 'shamed' him to lower his level. The game decided to mock me and instead he turned into a mumbling maniac and went up to level 33. I was level 17...
Still, I hunted him, he killed me. Still, I hunted him, he was this close to killing me when my own mumbling maniac bounced into town and decapitated him before giggling to himself and jumping into the nearest shrubbery.

Seriously, the game's amazing. There's trolls who are all Russian, stereotypical drunk Scottish orcs and generally mayhem incarnate. For now, take a moment to enjoy the most beautiful sight in the entire universe:
[Image: cmiaw0okeafgminvmyvv.jpg]

Have fun discussing stuff. I have studies to be doing, and also sleep. At least 5 hours, hopefully.
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i'm play path of exile since my mates managed to convince to play the new expansion that came out, and i always play a little hearthstone casually on the side just.

oh yeah i'm since it took my a while to get my shiny rowlet in ultra sun and still goin though that as well i'm just about to leave the first island.
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@vornz 
Well, naturally I've been trying to fit as much Hearthstone in on the side as well. I maybe play a few games per day.

In terms of my Ultra Moon playthrough I'm still trying to finish my pokedex and then shiny hunt a Pheromosa and maybe some other UBs as well.
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I've been playing an absurd amount of Fire Emblem recently. It is a little difficult for me to explain, since it can get very complex. I personally think the best game is Sacred Stones, because it made the most out of it's gba soundchip and did it really well. I've played Fire emblem 6,7,8,11,12,13,Birthright + Conquest and 15

The GBA ones are the best because of the glitches and exploits. In Fire emblem 7 and 8, if you place a Mine or have an enemy step on a trigger tile and reset immediatley, this will allow you to control the enemy so you can force them to drop all weapons.
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@TheAlmightySancho 

Hey, TAS!

I didn't actually see the tag in my notifications. I'm only seeing it now because I looked at the post manually. I think tags only appear in notifications if you use them in thread posts instead of the main post. Just so you know!

Also, thanks so much for mentioning "Aberration"! I've been having tons of fun in the underground biome, and I agree: it's easily my favorite map yet. @LittleFoxS and I just got our first Rock drakes (Venturi, Subject 1, Aquis, Taizong, and Hypatia), and we're busy preparing to go after the Artifact of the Depths! I'm also in love with the Ravagers, but not as much as my Thylos. I love the Thylacoleo. Glowtails are pretty awesome too.

I'm also playing Portal 2 again, but only casually. I'm not speedrunning or anything. I've been looking for someone to play the cooperative testing initiative with, so hopefully I find a P-body soon!

Thanks again for the tag!

- 0kamii
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#6
I have to finish u moon(still at rock trial)

Collecting stuff on old moon is becoming like smoking... I can't stop collecting aaa..

I saw that this month some good games are coming (or are released) like new digimon game, and another game for ps4 called ''nino kuni'' something. (It had some stuff similiar to pokemon in previous version about evolving monsters at lv and other similiar things with pokemon) but in this version they removed that i think..
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@Reis
I've still not got round to playing FE even though I've meant to for a good while now.

@0kamii
It's good to get rock drakes. I'd recommend them for the boss fight for their abilities, except the boss can see you even if you're invisible but its minions can't. Getting a Basilisk is always a good choice, although the only one I've ever found was the one that ate my house. I think when I did the boss my random Ovis I took with me kamikazed it.

Also, I'm sometimes confused with tagging as well. Sometimes it works on the main post but then other times it just doesn't.

@Drangor2
I must admit I've not really seen many upcoming games this year. I'm excited for this Kingdom Come:[some word I don't remember], though. It's a medieval RPG but set in real life 1403 Bohemia and it looks really cool.
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Generally, other than pokemon, its Summoner on PS2. And both weekly tabletop games, and monthly LARP.
 
(Jan 10, 2018, 09:07 PM)Drangor2 Wrote: I saw that this month some good games are coming (or are released) like new digimon game, and another game for ps4 called ''nino kuni'' something. (It had some stuff similiar to pokemon in previous version about evolving monsters at lv and other similiar things with pokemon) but in this version they removed that i think..

You mean Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom? The sequel to Wrath of the White Witch (which is on PS3). Though didn't know the creature thing was dropped.
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@dmann
Tabletop games are something the world's not got enough of anymore. People can sign me up for any kind of D&D or whatever, even if some of my friends hate that idea.

Though LARP is never something I've tried, it sure looks fun.
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@TheAlmightySancho The tabletop game I play, which is an ongoing campaign of 8 years (I think), is a 3.5/Pathfinder/other (I think Conan is involved in there somewhere) game, in an original world. My girlfriend, and the GMs wife, are also players. Some day, the GM and his wife hope to get their little one (whom is 3 currently) to join in.

The LARP I am in is a Vampire the Masquerade one, longest still running in the UK at over 20 years.
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