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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Postby Semi-Happy Partygoer » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:21 am

Tawmis wrote:And welcome to the US!


Thanks for the welcome! Actually, I'm from the US. I moved to Sydney, Australia a few years ago. Sorry for any confusion!

Tawmis wrote:I am one of the folks that's never understood those who disliked KQVII. Yes, it was much "easier" and less "exploring" that the previous games; but it was essentially an interactive cartoon that was utterly amazing to behold and be able to control the characters! It was done absolutely beautifully - especially for it's time.

Now... if we talk Mask of the Betrayer (which I refuse to call a part of the King's Quest franchise, despite taking place in Daventry) - then I'd have some negative things to say! :lol:


I quite agree. I've replayed it frequently and never tire of it. I love the characters, the environments, the music, the voice acting...absolutely everything. It's truly a remarkable creation. Mask of Eternity, on the other hand, has never done much for me, either.

Tawmis wrote:Ah yes, youth, ... when you got excited about finding dead bodies. :lol:


Haha! Yeah, those were fun times. I credit that game for instilling me with a love of murder mysteries at a young age. Needless to say I was thrilled to discover The Colonel's Bequest a few years later (after I was old enough to type).

Tawmis wrote:SQ3 is my favorite, followed closely by SQ4.

You mentioned playing KQVII - but have you played I-VI also?

Or Leisure Suit Larry (only I-III, and V-VI... don't worry about finding IV) :lol:

Or Police Quest (I, II and III), or Quest for Glory I-V, or Gabriel Knight I-III...

There's more - but that's the core.


Oh yes, I've played many of those! I just touched upon my introduction to Sierra in my previous post. I love all the King's Quests...only one I haven't played is the third. Well, that and the original AGI edition of the first game. I'm sorry to say that I struggle a bit with AGI; I have hard time getting into it. EGA I'm fine with, though. King's Quest II is the only AGI game I've played in its entirety. I do intend to give the engine a chance someday, however.

I love Quest for Glory as well. LSL and Police Quest I haven't really tried yet, but I bought all of them on GOG when they had a sale a while back. Now that I'm on a kick, I hope to give them a go soon.

Tawmis wrote:Curious - when was the last time you played Legend of Kyrandia? Because I recently replayed it (remember loving it as a kid) - and how I made it through that game (puzzles are insane), I will never know. I am currently (on hiatus) but playing Legend of Kyrandia II, as well as King's Quest IV and Les Manly 1 (and Dragonsphere) - for old school games (and then somehow trying to play an assortment of new games all at the same time... I need to clone myself!)


Last time I played Kyrandia was a month or so ago. That's one of my all-time favorites, so I tend to replay it a lot. On average, at least twice a year...sometimes more. I revisit the second one (The Hand of Fate) a lot, too. Malcolm's Revenge I play on occasion, but not as much as I used to. I enjoyed that game more as a kid than I do now. It's got a lot of things I find enjoyable, but it's too different in tone and style to really fit in with the series. It feels more like a parody of the first two games than a direct sequel, let alone the conclusion of a trilogy.

For the first one, it's not so much the game design as the environment that sucks me in: the art and music. It's very soothing and comforting for me. I fully admit some of the design weaknesses it has, but I've played it so many times now I've got everything long committed to memory, so it doesn't bug me anymore. I've even got the fireberry maze memorized, if you can imagine!

Tawmis wrote:Best community is right here for Sierra. Collector can provide you all kinds of information about the game structure, I'm sure.


I've so enjoyed browsing all this site has to offer, along with the SCI programming wikis. I've still a lot to learn but it's fascinating just reading about how it all works.
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Postby JasefWisener » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:37 am

Hey, new blood! Welcome!
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Postby Tawmis » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:27 am

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:Thanks for the welcome! Actually, I'm from the US. I moved to Sydney, Australia a few years ago. Sorry for any confusion!


Oh! In that case - um - welcome BACK to the US! :lol:

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:Mask of Eternity, on the other hand, has never done much for me, either.


We're going to get along splendidly! :lol:

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:
Tawmis wrote:Ah yes, youth, ... when you got excited about finding dead bodies. :lol:

Haha! Yeah, those were fun times. I credit that game for instilling me with a love of murder mysteries at a young age. Needless to say I was thrilled to discover The Colonel's Bequest a few years later (after I was old enough to type).


I actually like Colonel's Bequest more than Dagger of Amon Ra, myself! Maybe because it's the whole house, thing? Seems like a more ... ideal situation for a crazy murder spree. :lol:
(I also think it's because it had the cool secret passage ways where you could see or hear extra bits)

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:Oh yes, I've played many of those! I just touched upon my introduction to Sierra in my previous post. I love all the King's Quests...only one I haven't played is the third. Well, that and the original AGI edition of the first game. I'm sorry to say that I struggle a bit with AGI; I have hard time getting into it. EGA I'm fine with, though. King's Quest II is the only AGI game I've played in its entirety. I do intend to give the engine a chance someday, however. I love Quest for Glory as well. LSL and Police Quest I haven't really tried yet, but I bought all of them on GOG when they had a sale a while back. Now that I'm on a kick, I hope to give them a go soon.


I've started a King's Quest play through (includes KQ1 AGI) over on this thread. I've finished KQIII - I think only the non commentary is posted, I've not yet spliced it for Youtube with the Commentary section. King's Quest III ... can be brutal. :lol:

I enjoyed Police Quest (but be sure to read the manuals so you do arrest procedures correctly!) - and for Leisure Suit Larry, you could say I am a huge fan! I run LarryLaffer.net I was even in the Sierra InterAction magazine as Larry Laffer himself! (I can't tell if I should be honored or insulted!) :lol:

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:Last time I played Kyrandia was a month or so ago. That's one of my all-time favorites, so I tend to replay it a lot. On average, at least twice a year...sometimes more. I revisit the second one (The Hand of Fate) a lot, too. Malcolm's Revenge I play on occasion, but not as much as I used to. I enjoyed that game more as a kid than I do now. It's got a lot of things I find enjoyable, but it's too different in tone and style to really fit in with the series. It feels more like a parody of the first two games than a direct sequel, let alone the conclusion of a trilogy.


I agree about LoKIII... it didn't feel like it fit... other than to tie Malcolm in and just have a chaotic time with him.

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:For the first one, it's not so much the game design as the environment that sucks me in: the art and music. It's very soothing and comforting for me. I fully admit some of the design weaknesses it has, but I've played it so many times now I've got everything long committed to memory, so it doesn't bug me anymore. I've even got the fireberry maze memorized, if you can imagine!


That's incredible (about the maze) :lol:

What's weird is the stones you have to place on that table, randomize at the start of the game, apparently? It's never the same stones, right?

Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:I've so enjoyed browsing all this site has to offer, along with the SCI programming wikis. I've still a lot to learn but it's fascinating just reading about how it all works.


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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Postby Semi-Happy Partygoer » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:05 am

Rath Darkblade wrote:Welcome to the forums, SHP! (Can I call you that? SHP = Semi-Happy Partygoer, and also Sierra Help Pages!) ;)

JasefWisener wrote:Hey, new blood! Welcome!


Thank you both. I'm thoroughly enjoying all this site has to offer.
And Rath, SHP is a fine nickname. I hadn't even thought of the initial similarity when coming up with it :)
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Postby Semi-Happy Partygoer » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:12 am

Tawmis wrote:I actually like Colonel's Bequest more than Dagger of Amon Ra, myself! Maybe because it's the whole house, thing? Seems like a more ... ideal situation for a crazy murder spree. :lol:
(I also think it's because it had the cool secret passage ways where you could see or hear extra bits)


I enjoy both Colonel and Dagger equally, but I agree about the setting of the first one. The environment of the plantation was so well executed. I still get nervous goosebumps when exploring the grounds. Also, such excellent use of dithering to create a sense of depth and color.

Tawmis wrote:What's weird is the stones you have to place on that table, randomize at the start of the game, apparently? It's never the same stones, right?


The first gem and last gem are always the same, but the two middle gems alternate every game, yes. It is trial and error, but I usually just gather up all the scattered gems, place them in front of the altar and save. That way I don't need to go searching for them again after they burn up. Unless I feel like doing it the long way - then I just let them burn and go searching again.
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