Saturday Morning Gaming: Outsourcing Schwag



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  1. Avatar Pinky says:

    The one thing that bugs me about Steam games is that you don’t get the instruction manual. If I’m buying a game that I plan on playing for a while, I want to make the effort to learn about it. If possible, I also want to learn the backstory of the setting. One great example is a game we were discussing recently, Diablo II. That little 100-page manual was my bedtime reading for a stretch. It really fleshed out the game. Another example – I’d love to play another BattleTech game because I liked the gameplay of an old one that I had, but also because of fond memories of the lore.

    You can find instruction manuals online sometimes, and there are always discussion board and strategy guides, but they vary in quality and by play style. Still, I miss the immersion of a good print book, with art and personality.Report

    • Avatar Morat20 says:

      There is a fairly new Battletech game. Turn based squad combat. It’s a great game, and in any given conversation with someone, half the words are hyperlinks to the in-game Wiki if you really want to know the deep backstory behind people, places, events, etc.

      It’s made by the people who did the new Shadowrun games, and it’s a lot of fun. You run your own mercenary company. The actual management of that is complex — trying to decide how many pilots to carry, how many mechs to have out and ready and how many stored, how much salvage you want versus how much money from a contract, etc.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Dude. What Morat said. Check it out.

      It *FEELS* like the tabletop game.Report

  2. Avatar Will Truman says:

    The feature image is the wheel from Bard’s Tale III. As it happens, I’ve been playing some Bard’s Tale lately. One of the weird things is that in one way the Bard’s Tale series became worse each time: the character images. In the original one, all of the different classes had different images: Not only were Bard’s different from Paladins, but Paladins were different from Warriors.

    In Bard’s Tale II, the Paladins, Warriors, Hunters, and Rogues all looked the same. Magicians and Conjurers looked the same, but Sorcerers and Wizards looked different.

    By the time of Bard’s Tale III, all of the fighter characters including the bards all looked like knights. I will say in their defense that they included both male and female characters, but still. If they could have distinct looks for the first one, they should have them for two and three.

    Anyway, long-time followers of Hit Coffee and Bard’s Tale afficionadoes will notice that I actually used Bard’s Tale names in Trumanverse. Colosse, for example, was a Bard’s Tale city in addition to a real one.Report