Saturday Morning Gaming: Darkest Dungeon


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  1. Jaybird says:

    (Still playing Cyberpunk, though. Man, that’s a good game. Or, whatever the equivalent is for a burning dumpster fire that happens to scratch my itch juuuuuust right.)Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    Santa left me a Sphero RVR. So far I can say that the Bluetooth bit is ugly — they use an odd variant of Bluetooth BLE not supported by all devices. I dug out an old Raspberry Pi Zero and am in the process of building up the software load so I can control the RVR over wifi.

    (This counts as a game, really. Just that I’m writing most of it before I play it.)Report

  3. Nevermoor says:

    (Actually playing: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, my first in that franchise)

    I really liked Darkest Dungeon until I beat the first ultimate dungeon run, and realized just how much of a grind I had left because of the special rules for doing that. I decided I didn’t want to spend 100 more hours on that, and haven’t played since.

    Getting to that moment, however, was awesome.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Nevermoor says:

      Yeah, that’s the upside of the game. When you accomplish something, you feel like you really accomplished it.

      I know the first time I beat the first prophet boss, I thought “HOLY COW! THAT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE!”

      And then I saw that there were two more prophets to beat.

      And my heart fell.Report

    • Fish in reply to Nevermoor says:

      I’ve never made it past that first level of the Darkest Dungeon itself. In fact, on my current run I haven’t even managed to make it to the boss after several attempts!

      The thing that really unlocked this game for me was my attitude toward my heroes. It’s best to treat them with a measure of contempt, because they probably aren’t going to survive. Sure, you get attached to some of them. Remember that time your favorite Highwayman critted three hits in a row to save everyone in that fight? What a guy. But what if I have to choose between healing that guy or having the Vestal take a swing with her mace to maybe kill the Swine God? Sorry man…there’ll be more eager Highwaymen on the next carriage, I’m sure.

      Yeah, it’s pretty dark, and it never really lightens up. But it’s so much fun finally getting a Crusader up to level 6 only to have him die of a heart attach because THAT GORRAM VESTAL FAILED ON HER STUN ATTEMPT ARGH!Report

    • JS in reply to Nevermoor says:

      I have pretty much all the Assassins’ Creed games, but I am slowly playing them in order.

      I am up to AC3. I have learned that first, I absolutely MUST play a different game between AC games. Otherwise my frustration level rises without a corresponding interest in the game. If I take a break, that’s not a problem.

      That being said, AC2 was magical — the protagonist (Ezio) was a fantastic character with a fantastic story set in a fantastic place and era. Complete with two significant — something slightly less than sequels, but more than expansions, so you followed the character from a brash teenager to his late 50s.

      The protagonist of 3 is….much less compelling. I mean he’s not bad, it’s just…bland.

      I understand the next (Black Flag) has less of that problem.

      I’m going to re-attempt 3 after I finish Red Dead Redemption 2. AKA “All of Dutch’s plans are awful”Report

      • Jaybird in reply to JS says:

        I adored Assassin’s Creed 2 and its sequels. Ezio was awesome.

        Like, to the point where Assassin’s Creed 3 was this huge letdown. Not that what’s-his-face wasn’t a good character. He was okay… but I don’t remember his name at all. I don’t remember the guy from 4 either… but I remember the Jackdaw.

        2 was just so freakin’ good, all around. It was a joy to reach 100% on it. Heck, all three.

        (The button setup is awful now, though. I usually have to spend 2-3 minutes figuring out which buttons my thumb wants to press to do a thing before I play. Batman and Lord of the Rings spoiled the heck out of me.)Report

  4. Doctor Jay says:

    I haven’t played Darkest Dungeon, but I know the money quote:

    This is a game about making the best of a bad situation.

    I am surprised someone thought this would make a game. I’m even more surprised that it’s so popular. That’s good art, there.Report

  5. Andy says:

    Great write-up.

    I saw some YouTube videos of the game when it first came out and I’ve had it on my Steam watch-list ever since. Still haven’t pulled the trigger though. I’m one of those people who has a hard time justifying buying any new games until I’ve finished the ones I currently have. So it’s still on the watch-list. But you may have bumped the priority up a bit.

    That’s the great and terrible thing about gaming: so much choice. Games are like books to me. There isn’t enough time for them all, so the most difficult part is prioritization. I have several games I got for “free” from Steam and GoG I haven’t even installed yet.

    Right now, I don’t see myself playing any other games until I finish Cyberpunk. I’ve decided to go for a mostly completionist playthrough on my first go, which means lots of time. I’m clearing the map of side jobs before continuing the main mission (skipping the boxing/brawling missions though – hate them!). But I’m also pleasantly surprised to find that CDPR has some hidden missions that never appear as “?” on your map, and others that only appear when you’re right next to them. Hidden content is great IMO.

    But I’m also seeing a lot more holes in these missions, storyline, and the world generally. It’s pretty clear that CDPR had a lot planned that was cut from development. Like any new game, there are compromises. More than I would like and expected in this case, but I’m still having lots of fun. Hoping for great DLC!Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Andy says:

      75% off for Darkest Dungeon right now. That’s $6.24!Report

      • Andy in reply to Jaybird says:

        Missed that on the Steam sale – Thanks! Purchased!Report

        • Fish in reply to Andy says:

          A word about the DLC: I really like the Shieldbreaker and the Musketeer. I purchased, but never play with, The Color of Madness or the Crimson Court–the game’s already hard enough. I did buy them, though, to get the trinkets and the one hero that comes with The C C. And I haven’t even looked at The Butcher’s Circus, as I’m not interested in PVP.Report

          • Andy in reply to Fish says:

            Thanks! I opted to get the bundle with all the DLC for $14 and some change, so it’s good to know that a newbie like me should not use those two. And I’m not interested in PvP either.Report

  6. Jaybird says:


    I just bought a baseball bat for $150,000 because it did 12% more damage than my katana.

    Now I’m reloading.Report

  7. Jaybird says:

    And remember the guy who told me “Don’t make me wait?”

    Since then, I’ve stolen a tank, gotten into street racing, became private security for a mayoral candidate who is getting brainhacked by a voice on the phone, and gotten a steady girlfriend.

    And *NOW* I will go and talk to him.

    “Don’t make me wait”, my Aunt Fanny.Report