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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by BBP » Mon May 11, 2020 10:24 am

Exactly. Both the chant and the five finger fillet are completely optional and pretty much rewardless.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Tawmis » Mon May 11, 2020 2:02 pm

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Good luck, Tawm. ;) But, just wondering ... isn't WoW very, very addictive and very, very expensive to play? :| That's one reason why I stayed away from it.
It can be "addictive" (but these days, what can't be considered "addictive").
As for expensive; depends on what you would classify as expensive.

6 Months - $12.99/month (Save $24.00 per year)
3 Months - $13.99/month (Save $12.00 per year)
1 Month - $14.99/month


I currently have a 6 month subscription. Three of my D&D players from work all play (two of them - VERY heavily). And they wanted to drag me back - so they bought me the expansion and the character pop for their server.
So I figured I'd do 6 months. I did my 6 months and played with them, then when it ended I stopped. Another co-worker decided to play, and asked if I would come back (because they bought the expansion and the character pop for themselves), so I did another 6 months recently. The wife however, only did 1 month.

She and I (along with our friends, back then - Paul & Christi) used to do annual EverQuest. After EverQuest, we jumped to WoW, but my wife lost interest fairly quick (which is why she had stopped playing before the first expansion came out). She's only interested now, because of Quarantine, and being bored - and the fact that we have two machines that can run WoW easily, we can hang out and do stupid things in WoW.

For us, it's the cost of a movie - (actually cheaper than The Lott) and rather than last 2 to 3 hours, where we sit in silence - it lasts all month, where we get to talk, make jokes, and be silly. (She's the worse at trying to follow me since she's not that great at reading the WoW map quests) :lol:

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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Rath Darkblade » Tue May 12, 2020 8:04 am

:lol: Fair enough. Over here in Australia, because our dollar is so weak against the Greenback (and the Pound, and the euro...), we pay somewhere around $25-30 a month (with no savings). :(

When WoW came out, I was unemployed so I couldn't afford to splash out on non-essentials. I can afford it now, but when I looked at WoW and how huge it is ... it just struck me as a cash cow for Blizzard. Meh.

I also tried other play-over-internet games (e.g. Diablo II, Warcraft 3, TF2, Elder Scrolls Online etc.) and wasn't too impressed. Sorry. *shrug* Maybe my non-impressed thing is because:

a. I was never too impressed with Diablo II (way too many random enemies and way too much lag, 'cos I was playing it over dial-up, back in '98). ;)

b. WC3 online was exactly the same as WC3 offline, minus all the impressive "films". ;)

c. Elder Scrolls Online took forever to install, even with a physical DVD, and had waaaaaaaaay too much lag. :( And

d. TF2 online is full of jerks. :x I never want to play TF2 online again. Too many trolls, power players, and other jerks. They can all kiss my ----ing donkey. :P

(All right, it wasn't like that when I played TF2 with DPX and Maia. They were cool. :D One or two other people were cool. But when I tried playing with another random group, and mentioned I was new to the game etc., the other team ganged up on me and my own team left me to die. Donkey-holes.) :x

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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Tawmis » Tue May 12, 2020 12:08 pm

Rath Darkblade wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 8:04 am
When WoW came out, I was unemployed so I couldn't afford to splash out on non-essentials. I can afford it now, but when I looked at WoW and how huge it is ... it just struck me as a cash cow for Blizzard. Meh.
Well. It's a business. So... yeah, it's a "cash cow."
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I also tried other play-over-internet games (e.g. Diablo II, Warcraft 3, TF2, Elder Scrolls Online etc.) and wasn't too impressed. Sorry. *shrug* Maybe my non-impressed thing is because:
a. I was never too impressed with Diablo II (way too many random enemies and way too much lag, 'cos I was playing it over dial-up, back in '98). ;)
b. WC3 online was exactly the same as WC3 offline, minus all the impressive "films". ;)
c. Elder Scrolls Online took forever to install, even with a physical DVD, and had waaaaaaaaay too much lag. :( And
d. TF2 online is full of jerks. :x I never want to play TF2 online again. Too many trolls, power players, and other jerks. They can all kiss my ----ing donkey. :P
(All right, it wasn't like that when I played TF2 with DPX and Maia. They were cool. :D One or two other people were cool. But when I tried playing with another random group, and mentioned I was new to the game etc., the other team ganged up on me and my own team left me to die. Donkey-holes.) :x
Diablo II & WC3 are not MMO's, however. They're pretty much the same game on or offline - just online you can group with people.
Elder Scrolls Online, I never played.
TF2 - I don't think they left you. In TF2, there's no "Team" in Team Fortress.

Lord of the Rings Online is free to play (if you pay, you get more stuff) - but I play for free and never paid. And enjoy it. The game is enormous.
D&D Online (DDO) is also free to play. Again, you can pay to get more. I play this if I am really, really, really bored.
Neverwinter Online - Same. Free. Pay if you want more. I used to play this a lot. A lot. Haven't in forever.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play (again, pay for more) and is pretty incredible. Has NPCs that join you and have quests. It's Bioware, so of course.
Drakensang Online is free and pay for more. But it's just like Diablo. I play this from time to time for brainless clicking.

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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Rath Darkblade » Wed May 13, 2020 3:17 am

There's no "Team" in Team Fortress 2? :? What about maps where you have to capture and hold a point? If I'm on the defensive team, I might play an engie, so I'd build those machines that fire on people - plus machines that'd heal me and give me more resources. The guns would fire at people, and the resource-machines would give me resources to upgrade the guns. ;)

But I couldn't defend the point just by myself. I'd need help. And that's what I mean - those other guys were off pointlessly playing Rambo, and I was left to the other team, like a lamb to the slaughter. :( Their spy killed me, another spy disabled my guns, and then their soldier just waltzed into the point, cool as a cucumber. All the while, the other people on my team were still playing Rambo, and we lost both points. Drat it. :x

Hmm - LOTRO sounds fun. I might give it a try. :)

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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Tawmis » Wed May 13, 2020 2:41 pm

Rath Darkblade wrote:
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Hmm - LOTRO sounds fun. I might give it a try. :)
I'd say jump on the same server I am on; but considering the time zone difference, I doubt there's much chance we'd be on at the same time.

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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by BBP » Sun May 17, 2020 6:46 am

Got hooked to Mahjongg Investigations: Under Suspicion to the point I'm going to chuck it off for self-protection.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Tawmis » Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:55 pm

Tawmis wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:08 pm
Lord of the Rings Online is free to play (if you pay, you get more stuff) - but I play for free and never paid. And enjoy it. The game is enormous.
D&D Online (DDO) is also free to play. Again, you can pay to get more. I play this if I am really, really, really bored.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Rath Darkblade » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:50 pm

So I started playing Full Throttle ....... and I'm in a pickle. :( What do I do in the Old Mine Road to beat up those bikers and take their weapons? :( It seems that no matter what I do, they beat me up and throw me off my bike. It's very repetitive. :(

Does anyone know if there's some way to beat these guys?

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Post by MusicallyInspired » Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:16 am

You can kick/punch other bikers on Old Mine Road. Eventually (with strategy) you can defeat them and take their weapons. Some bikers can only be beaten with certain weapons that you can only get from other bikers. This makes it a bit of a ladder climb working your way up the easier bikers to the more difficult ones and it's quite arcadey (this game has lots of arcade sequences). You can also find one or two other items ....somewhere...I don't remember where. In ScummVM you can auto-win with a certain control (Esc?) since it wasn't 100% reproduced authentically and can be finicky. If you're playing the Remaster, I don't think you can do that.

LMB attacks with the currently selected weapon. RMB selects a different weapon. Moving the mouse horizontally back and forth moves your bike left and right on the screen which is highly necessary to avoid attacks and move in to attack them.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Rath Darkblade » Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:38 am

Hmm. I noticed the other bikers have their own weapons:

1. Chain;
2. Chain with ball-and-spikes;
3. Chainsaw;
4. Length of wood; and
5. Those little guys on their yellow bikes. :(

What weapon do I use to beat these guys? :( I've beaten one or two by trial and error, but I just can't work out how I did it, or what to do next. Spoilers welcome. :)

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Post by MusicallyInspired » Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:29 pm

The Cavefish bikers are the trickiest ones. If you get too close for too long they quickly shoot out an oil slick which crashes your bike instantly. The only way to defeat the Cavefish bikers is with the plank of wood and only when they lift their heads up to look straight ahead (they otherwise look straight down through a visor screen on their bikes). You get a pair of their special goggles from them so you can find the Cavefish secret hideout while wearing them when you're simply driving (not in battle).

You must use the chain without ball-and-spikes on the male Vultures biker to get his speed booster. He attempts to speed away and you grab him with the chain and pull him off while he tries to shoot off, crashing his bike and granting you his speed booster.

I BELIEVE those are the only two items you need to progress, so the idea is to get the chain and the plank of wood so you can do so. I don't remember who has those or how to defeat them to get them though. If you already have them, you're good to go.

There's no REAL trick to it. You just attack them with different weapons to see what works. After hitting them for so long eventually they go down. It's just a matter of time and how many times you hit them. Except for the Vultures guy who will go down immediately when you use the chain and likewise the Cavefish with the plank of wood (when you can finally get a shot in that is without crashing your own bike on his oil slick).

There's also a crowbar you can use that you find in the world somewhere. I'm not sure if it's required to defeat a specific biker or not.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Rath Darkblade » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:11 am

Hmm. Thanks, MI! :) I also noticed from time to time that I lose one or two of these weapons that I worked hard to acquire. Is that normal?

Well, I got most of the stuff - the chain, the chain with ball and spikes, etc. But I can't find the male Vultures biker ... what does he look like? I beat up many of the male bikers, but where is he?

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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by BBP » Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:38 am

Yes, you can also lose some o the weapons. There's a man who always cycles away fast when you approach - because he has the booster you need to jump the gorge. Male with black hair iirc.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Post by Rath Darkblade » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:39 am

Thank you, BBP! ;) I have now finished the game. :)

It's obviously shorter than many other LucasArts or Sierra games, but I liked it very much. The plot is fairly simple, but many of the puzzles are non-intuitive. The music and the voice art is top-notch. The graphics are nice too. ;)

I'm not sure what more there is to say here ... Full Throttle is a very good game, and the remaster is great! :D

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