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    Default What are you playing these days?

    Yes, I know we're all playing PbP tabletop games. But what about other games? Board, card, video and/or computer? Let's hear 'em!

    Personally, I'm more than slightly obsessed with two indie releases on the Switch lately.

    The first is Steamworld Heist. I'd already played Steamworld Quest, which is a solid card-based RPG with a funny little story; good, but not anything to write home about, really. But Steamworld Heist adds a fascinating twist: instead of it being a normal RPG, it's a turn-based tactical shooter with geometry-based mechanics for shooting. Picture XCOM and Snood combined, throw in some solid humor, and it's a game well worth your time and investment.

    The second one is Cthulu Saves Christmas. I mean, just the title alone should be enough to get you to cough up the ten bucks for it, but in case you need more reason than that, here you go: it's a turn-based RPG that looks like an DS-era Dragon Quest remake with a cool town-building/relationship-building section throw in, a la Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Beyond that, it's got a very cool twist on the battle system (no more smashing Attack endlessly, I promise you) featuring adjustable difficulty levels throughout. Finally, the real icing on the cake is it is funny. Like, really funny. I smiled at the Steamworld games; I laughed out loud at this one.

    So what about you, TTWer? What are you playing these days?



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    I've been playing Rogue Tech, the advanced mod of Battle Tech when I get free time. They just did a big update and changed a lot, with multiple updates daily hammering out bugfixes. RT is a massive overhaul and expansion of the base game and super fun for folks who like tactical turn based combat and fiddling with swapping parts on your mechs to customize them. I quite literally bought Battle Tech just to play Rogue Tech and skipped the base game and kicked the RT crew the same amount I paid for Battletech the base game, the mod is that great.
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    You had me at tactical turn based combat. haha



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    All I do is tactical gaming nowadays yeah. The discord for RT is here https://discord.gg/YYcd7pKv with a modding crew that does more work than most game dev companies do. It is a modern unity game so requires a decent pc to run. Be sure to follow the performance tips, pinned in the Questions channel on their discord. It makes the game go from clunky to smooth by doing their checklist. Stompy robots in space shelling each other for salvage to upgrade your ship and outfit mechs goodness.
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    I haven't done Animal Crossing yet, but I played the heck out of Stardew Valley last spring.



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    I never got to play Romancing SaGa III when it came out, since my Japanese leaves everything to be desired, but it just went on sale on Switch and is down to a measly twelve bucks. I bought it and, so far, I love it. It's exactly what a SaGa game ought to be: super weird, difficult and with a ton of unexpected twists and turns that seem to follow tropes until they break them. Good stuff.



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    Lot of sudoku, Klondike solitaire and slay the spire make up the bulk of my free time. I've recently ran a solo campaigns in starforged and gearing up to run another on discord soon as I get the oracle bot up and working.

    Soon I'll likely be playing COD: Cold War and Cyberpunk 2077 but I've been holding out on buying those, I'm kinda hoping they'll go immediately on sale on black Friday.

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    Cyberpunk pushed release again didn't it?

    I've been playing Spellbreak and Smite and trying to find more PBP games to play in lol

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    It did, was supposed to be come out today but now tentatively the 10th. Never know really, I'm in no rush for it honestly my relationships with video games have been strenuous of late.

    That said how is spellbreak? I have it downloaded but I haven't played it yet cause I bounced off fortnite pretty hard.

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    I love it. The feel is very different from a typical battle royale game like fortnite, smite, etc and I think they got some things absolutely right when they made it. For example using ice magic I can zoom in and shoot my ice lance for high damage but it also creates a path of ice along the ground that allows me to move super fast. If I'm also using wind magic I can then break up my ice trail to freeze anyone that moves across it or use electricity to shock anyone that moves across it. They did a good job with the mechanics and they're making good frequent updates.

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    That sounds like it might be worth a download, I admit.

    Speaking of downloads, beware of the DnD-licensed free mobile game Warriors of Waterdeep. It is insanely addictive. I don't know if it's the best game ever or just the most addictive, but man, I sure do play it way too much. It's just the right mix of mindlessness and deep strategy for a phone game featuring most of the iconic classes and monsters from DnD.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Raistlinmc View Post
    That sounds like it might be worth a download, I admit.

    Speaking of downloads, beware of the DnD-licensed free mobile game Warriors of Waterdeep. It is insanely addictive. I don't know if it's the best game ever or just the most addictive, but man, I sure do play it way too much. It's just the right mix of mindlessness and deep strategy for a phone game featuring most of the iconic classes and monsters from DnD.
    How are the microtransactions and blatant monetization in it?
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    Oh, they exist, surely, but I've never paid a penny for any of it. It's like Hearthstone: you can spend a ton of money if you want to, but you never have to or need to in order to be competitive. I'm in a top-ranked guild, I'm an active player, I like the game and win more than I lose and I've done it all for free, so it's very much doable, Tiger, as long as you don't mind being patient and not paying for short cuts.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Raistlinmc View Post
    Oh, they exist, surely, but I've never paid a penny for any of it. It's like Hearthstone: you can spend a ton of money if you want to, but you never have to or need to in order to be competitive. I'm in a top-ranked guild, I'm an active player, I like the game and win more than I lose and I've done it all for free, so it's very much doable, Tiger, as long as you don't mind being patient and not paying for short cuts.
    I tried playing it for a while shortly after it came out. It got to the point where it was either pay to win or grind for what seemed like eternity, so I deleted the game. It was not worth either investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rellott View Post
    I tried playing it for a while shortly after it came out. It got to the point where it was either pay to win or grind for what seemed like eternity, so I deleted the game. It was not worth either investment.
    As usual with a mobile game. That entire market is rotten to the core.
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    I'll have to check spellbreak out but alas, as predicted, my game time has been mostly consumed with cold war. It's pure nostalgia mind, not particularly something that'd make someone who doesn't like fps/COD/shooter genre switch I don't think. I think a lot of work was put into upgrading the campaign experience which sadly I haven't really made head space to enjoy it. But if you've fond memories, it's a fresh coat of paint on a solid fps so far. The multi-player community proved itself still fairly toxic the one time I admittedly forgot to mute it but the mute all feature does still works so... Not much of a resounding recommendation but it's what I'm playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Body View Post
    I'll have to check spellbreak out but alas, as predicted, my game time has been mostly consumed with cold war. It's pure nostalgia mind, not particularly something that'd make someone who doesn't like fps/COD/shooter genre switch I don't think. I think a lot of work was put into upgrading the campaign experience which sadly I haven't really made head space to enjoy it. But if you've fond memories, it's a fresh coat of paint on a solid fps so far. The multi-player community proved itself still fairly toxic the one time I admittedly forgot to mute it but the mute all feature does still works so... Not much of a resounding recommendation but it's what I'm playing.
    And the Zombies is PURE nostalgia with a few fresh touches. Its been a while since Zombies has felt this good.
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