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Punnchy

Feed Me Pizza
Rune Factory 2 (DS) I'm liking it, I played it for several hours after my AC:NL went to sleep.
Borderlands 2 (360) I'm sad about the multiple character deaths v.v
 

Cyberra

Pain in the Ass
Halo 3: ODST in co-op, and Halo: Reach in single-player
 

Stratelier

Well-Known Member
So in Skyrim I'm near these hot-water and/or mud springs around Darkwater Crossing and the Mistwatch when there's a random dragon flying around. It took out a bandit, a mage, some skeletons, and tried to fry me. Repeatedly. I couldn't take the thing out, but I was able to heal up, run away, and live to tell about it.

After that some NPC named "Fugitive" spontaneously gives me something and runs off. Not ten seconds later a second NPC named "Hunter" runs up asking about the first guy. I chose the third option ("I take it this item is yours, then?"), he thanks me and runs off. Then, while en route to Iverstead (from the southeast) I take out a wolf who seems to be harassing an NPC, only when I try to find the NPC all I find is a black-robed hostile named "Assassin" who was apparently hired to take me out. That timing cannot possibly be a coincidence....

Anyway, so there are two dungeons within walking distance of Iverstead and I clear them both. The highlights:
- The boss of that island dungeon, some kind of Draugr who teleports out of the room, then back in with two dummy Draugrs alongside. And they're all packing bow & arrows. So am I. I used the terrain for cover and popped off arrows at anything I could spot, it felt more like a heated FPS battle than anything you'd expect in a high fantasy RPG.
- One room had a half-dozen skeleton archers at the bottom. Amidst a huge puddle of oil in the room. With two hanging lanterns overhead. I drop one of the lanterns and *FOOM* area's secure.
- The huge room of a dozen Draugr in the other dungeon. Emerging 2-3 at a time, I was never spotted, and probably took out half of them before they even realized there was me in the room. Lydia went toe-to-toe with a few of them, but only a few.
- I set off an arrow trap while opening a treasure chest -- but didn't actually take any hits from the trap. (I opened it from the side.)

Made my way up High Hrothgar, finally. That Frost Troll halfway up was really strong, I ended up stranded on a boulder (not unlike a cat up a tree) hitting the troll with occasional bursts of Flame magic while Lydia whacked away at it from aside. I hate trolls.

At one point a dragon started harassing the rural area of Whiterun. At some point during the battle somebody must've landed a crit because the dragon crashlanded. Like ripped-a-thirty-foot-long-skidmark-of-dirt-into-the-ground HARD. Terrain deformation is awesome! (Even if it was just an overlay.)

Anyway, my character's best skills are currently Sneak (at 55) and Archery (high 30's), and I've got a supply of over 200 Ancient Nordic Arrows for his bow (which I've enchanted with Soul Trap; good for filling those soul gems and recharging batteri -- er, I mean weapon enchantments). According to Skyrim astrology he must be born under the sign of the Thief. He's decidedly not a thief (I've picked more than a few locks, sure, but generally just bandit treasure chests, nothing criminal), but I do take quite a few risks with all these stealth kills against groups of foes. I have Lydia decked out in heavy armor currently, Dwarven armor looks kind of odd on her but if there's a close-range fight to be had I let her go first while I assist her from the shadows with my arrows.

The funniest part, though, was accidentally starting the "Night to Remember" quest. After a drinking contest of three ales your character is apparently too sloshed to disagree when the NPC who challenged you to a few drinks suggests you go hang out somewhere. Next thing you know, you're waking up in Dibella's temple in that far northwestern city (Markhart or whatever its name is) and the priestess accuses you of thrashing the place, groping the goddess statues, and generally making a mess. And how exactly you managed to get 2/3's of the way across Skyrim in a drunken stupor is part of the mystery. Not to say that it wasn't entertaining (it was), but I'm not going to keep that on my primary save file. Maybe with another playthrough, another character, sometime, but right now, not now.

I'm also wondering if you can design a Khajiit to look like Grumpy Cat ... rumor says apparently there's a 'face sculptor' in Riften to the east....

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Near Rorikstead there's a small cave with two vampires. First encounter against those enemies, a little difficult but I took them out, and the first one had some snazzy armor that reduces cost of Destruction magic and boosts MP regeneration by 50%. And it's about equal to leather armor in physical defense! (Unlike, say, mage robes.) The cave also has an alchemy lab and enchanter within easy reach, so I might be heading there often... enchanting actually seems pretty easy to level up, y'know?

Then, I was on my way to get Nettlebane from the Hagraven up at Orphan's Rock when I realize "hey, why's the gate to Helgen locked? What are these dead bodies on pikes?" Because apparently some bandits have taken up residence. At some point when I was clearing the place out I lose Lydia. No, she didn't die, she just ... disappeared. I went into Helgen Keep and she wasn't behind me anymore. Helgen Keep was easy to de-bandit, but it put me at a distinct disadvantage in Orphan's Rock. I ended up sniping the four Witches and the Hagraven (to various degrees of success; the Hagraven in particular I ended up having to close the distance and finish off up close and personal).

Then, after being told where to find the Eldergleam, an NPC pilgrim walks up to me and asks if he can come along. Not sure he'd approve of me using the Nettlebane to get sap from the ancient tree (I've actually seen this part already) but I figure, what the heck, sure he can come along, as long as we don't get, say, MAULED BY RAMPAGING DRAGONS along the way. Yes, there's apparently still a dragon roaming around Darkwater (dangerously close to Eldergleam sanctuary).

Anyway, I had the good sense to NOT reveal to Asla at the sanctuary that I was carrying the Nettlebane. Pilgrim is of course shocked to see me using it, objects to the idea of harvesting sap to save the Gildergleam (which he has no kind words for anyway). We talk and find a peaceful solution: Eldergleam begets a sapling to take back, and we leave in peace. No angry Spriggans to fight or anything like that. Danica at the temple is a little annoyed that I brought back a sapling instead of the sap, but I tell her what Pilgrim said ("renewal is more important than maintenance") and it's happy end all around for this little quest.

Oh, and I decided to join the Companions. That Falkoth or whomever guy really provided a good, deep answer to "who are the Companions". (And I'm already a little spoiled to the fact that their Circle members are werewolves.) Anyway, I'm asked to show off my sword skills with one of the guys, so I conjure up a Bound Sword, only for him to chastise me for using magic instead of muscle. So I turn to Lydia (who somehow reappeared when I warped back to Whiterun), thinking "Lydia. Sword. Now." and promptly retrieve that Steel sword I gave her awhile ago. I may as well keep it on me anyway because it's much faster to ready than a Bound Sword (though the Bound Sword is more fun, and it counts towards both Conjuration and One-Handed skills)

There was also one night I was out travelling near Rorikstead, a pretty dark night at that when a dragon swoops down on me. In the middle of nowhere. No guards to back us up or help us out. We almost had that thing, but I took a bit too much of its flames....

Next stop: Crash that bandit/vampire cave I spotted on the mountain road between Helgen and Iverstead. Nothing like a good bandit raid, by which I mean I'm the one doing the raiding.
 
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KyryK

Well...you tried
Banned
Payday 2.

I managed to sort out the problems i was having with it so now i don't have a good excuse for when i manage to miss a guy that's 5 feet away from me with a shotgun. :cool:
 

Sarcastic Coffeecup

Hand. Cannot. Erase.
War Thunder tank battles.
Holy shit Gaijin I know you're a russian dev but for fucks sake stop overpowering your country's tanks. If I can't penetrate a t34/76's rear armor with a Pz IV ausf. f2 from a point blank range I know you're fucking cheating to boost your own tanks.
Especially when suddenly things are impossible to penetrate from perfect angles. On stats I should be able to punch through 100mm of armor at 100m range. If I am 50m away and shoot at you at a 90degree angle it sure as fuck should go through 45mm armor.
Not to mention how they're able to fire immediately after losing a gunner. It's like it doesn't even matter anymore if russkies lose a crewmember.

The game has it's bullshit moments at times, and I've had one too many today.
The occasional lucky hits are nice though, ones where my ammo goes through the pilot, and the gunner and explode the ammo stores.
The flaming pillar of death emerging from the hatch is a beautiful sight.
E: Having said that the very next game had 4 first shot kills and the trend continued for the remainder of the day.
 
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PurryFurry

Furry Artist
I just finished Tomb Raider- the one for the PS3. I liked that Lara looks more realistic now (no giant triangle boobs), but I feel like compared to the old Playstation 1 games she had a wussier personality. Why is she so insecure? She's always been a badass!
 

SkyboundTerror

Thrashing About
Finally beat The Thousand-Year Door. I'm kinda sad it's over. Paper Mario games have such relatable and loveable characters, it takes more than some credits to let go of them. </3

Onto Super Paper Mario!
 

Eggdodger

Mourning Dove
Finally beat The Thousand-Year Door. I'm kinda sad it's over. Paper Mario games have such relatable and loveable characters, it takes more than some credits to let go of them. </3

Onto Super Paper Mario!

Super Paper Mario was excellent, no complaints.

But I think you can skip Sticker Star, in all honesty. As a diehard Paper Mario fan, I would not begrudge you for that.
 

Stratelier

Well-Known Member
So, in Skyrim...

While out hunting bears around Iverstead, a wolf bit me and I contracted Lockjoint. Then while clearing out a vampire cavern (Haemar's Shame) I contracted Sanguine Vampiritis, apparently first-stage vampirism. (It was the message about a "strange hunger as the sun sets" that I took notice of.) Nothing that a temple blessing couldn't cure, though, I'm not playing a vampire cat.

Later, heading roughly from Helgen to Falkreath along Skyrim's southern border, out of nowhere a dragon flies by and attacks. On rocky terrain that is like / steep. I've got good reason to be afraid of dragons, my record is like 1-8-1 (wins/deaths/fleeing). We almost had the thing, though, except (once again, damnit) I took just a little too much dragonfire at the end.

So I head to Riverwood to trade some goods with the shop and right as I walk out the store a hostile blip appears on my radar 12 o'clock - a dragon's attacking Riverwood!

Together with the guards we took the thing out, no townsfolk killed, and now Riverwood has a new tourist attraction: one big honkin' dragon skeleton lying right in the middle of town.

...And Whiterun still hasn't cleaned up the bodies of those two Cultists that attacked me earlier. NPCs comment about it but that is it.
 

FenrirDarkWolf

Trapped in a Lucid Eclipse
Super Paper Mario was excellent, no complaints.

But I think you can skip Sticker Star, in all honesty. As a diehard Paper Mario fan, I would not begrudge you for that.

I never really could finish Sticker Star. I got so bored with it honestly.
 

Sarcastic Coffeecup

Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Evolve. It's 6am now and I couldn't sleep because of it.
After a very frustrating start in the hands of a brutal learning curve, I started to manage with the monster and now I can pretty much dictate how the game flows. I love it.
Also unlocked the second monster just now and it flies and fires lightnings and aaaaahhhh it's great. I managed to shit on a hunter team as stage 1cancer. I should be the one hunted at that point. It's a can of whoopass.
 

Eggdodger

Mourning Dove
Evolve. It's 6am now and I couldn't sleep because of it.
After a very frustrating start in the hands of a brutal learning curve, I started to manage with the monster and now I can pretty much dictate how the game flows. I love it.
Also unlocked the second monster just now and it flies and fires lightnings and aaaaahhhh it's great. I managed to shit on a hunter team as stage 1cancer. I should be the one hunted at that point. It's a can of whoopass.

I'll get it if my friends do.

I find that team-based games are very hard to play for me unless I'm playing with friends. Not as fun otherwise, but I suppose you don't need friends to be a monster. Just like real life!

Also, the whole concept seems perfect for what the Wii U was designed around, but maybe that's just me.
 

Kit H. Ruppell

Exterminieren! Exterminieren!
...And Whiterun still hasn't cleaned up the bodies of those two Cultists that attacked me earlier. NPCs comment about it but that is it.
Nope. I stuffed them in one of the aqueducts. Falkreath has 2 or 3 stiffs from a dragon attack, the alcoholic dude I was supposed to talk to in Winterhold is face-down on the doorstep of the tavern, and I'm supposed to talk to Degaine, except Degaine's paddles-up in the middle of Markarth's marketplace.
 

Tao

Hare Boi
Rising Storm again after getting bored with Spiral Knights. I love Spiral Knights but it's hard to play when there's nobody to group with for a boss.
 

Stratelier

Well-Known Member
Nope. I stuffed them in one of the aqueducts. Falkreath has 2 or 3 stiffs from a dragon attack, the alcoholic dude I was supposed to talk to in Winterhold is face-down on the doorstep of the tavern, and I'm supposed to talk to Degaine, except Degaine's paddles-up in the middle of Markarth's marketplace.
Ouch. Anyway, a dragon attacked me after clearing out the cavern west of Falkreath. I was actually hoping to lead it back to town so the guards could assist (at least one guard was griping that "if those Whiterun guys can take down a dragon, so can we"), except I forgot which way town was. Low-level frost "Dragon", Lydia and I took the thing out unassisted for a first.

And Falkreath is a really dreary place, isn't it?

Completed the quest "Ill Met By Moonlight". (Partially spoiled to this particular quest already.) Once Sinding gave me the "Cursed Ring of Hircine" I thought "...now might be a good idea for me to check out of town...." Anyway, stealth killed that white stag to get Hircine's attention, then when Hircine mentioend "other hunters will gladly do my bidding", I chose to spare Sinding and take out the other hunters. I actually cleared out the cave in question before this, then played the following part over several times because it didn't feel quite right. Hircine did enjoy me turning the hunt upside down and did take the curse off the ring, and Sindig gets to live in peace. And while I hate to admit it, I almost wish the cursed ring had taken effect at least once during the quest (but apparently you need to have lycanthropy already for it to do that, and I don't. But my not knowing that certainly put some tension on this quest)....

Anyway, Lad in Falkreath wonders about this dog he's spotted east of town. Turns out the dog talks, his name is Barbas, and he's a familiar/whatever to the Daedric prince Clavicus Vile, whose shrine is in Haemar's Shame. Which I previously cleared out of vampires (not without trouble). So now my objective is to trek all the way across Skyrim to its NW corner into a cave called Rimerock Burrow. In the meantime, it's nice to have a third party member (we just took down a dragon NE of Falkreath), but the dog is a bit pushy in my personal space, and he's absolutely ruining my ability to be stealthy (the dog counts as detecting me). So this walk into the middle NW corner of nowhere is absolutely necessary. Found a mining town, a cave or two, some ruins occupied by Forsworn, a Stormcloak camp, and an Orc camp (who at least warned me to keep my distance since I'm no Orc). But I finally made it, and it's high time to go crawling another dungeon.

What next after this? Maybe it's high time I explored northern Skyrim and retrieved this horn of Jurgen Windcaller doodad ... there's also a Guardian Skeever around there, the third beast of Kyne's hunt, and two cities.

Then maybe we can go on a drunken rampage in Markarth's temple. ;)
 
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Punnchy

Feed Me Pizza
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance A2 because I'm tired of playing the only two 3ds games I have, might as well pop in a DS game.
 

Stratelier

Well-Known Member
Just found my way into my first Dwarven ruins in Skyrim (the one near Dawnstar). Salvaged a bunch of metal from the broken dwarfbots, sniped some bandits, returned to Dawnstar, then --

A wild Blood Dragon appeared!

I actually didn't seem to do all that much damage compared to the town guards, Lydia, and a mage. (Town guard quote: "Maybe I'm the Dragonborn and don't know it yet" or somesuch) Two NPCs got torched in the battle, though, Eitild and Irgnir. Those guys weren't particularly important were they?
 

Punnchy

Feed Me Pizza
Risk of Rain I suck at this, but it's fun. I wish there where more starting equipment options.
 

Stratelier

Well-Known Member
I'm making Dawnstar my hub for the time being. Was a trek to get up here, and I still need that Horn of Jurgen Windcaller thingie. Town doesn't seem to have a grindstone or workbench, though. Still, making tons of steel arrows and random pieces of armor definitely improves the Smithing skills (need to get it up to 30 for Elven materials) and it earns me some pocket change (need another 2k to buy Breezehome)

Trekked east and cleared out the Forsaken Cave / crypt. Not too many surprises here, the boss Draugr at the end took more than one try to defeat, got a new word of power out of it too. It was nice exploring a full dungeon for once (as opposed to the last few which were, at most, 1-2 rooms).
 
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