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13 October 2010 @ 02:28 am
I've been playing a lot of Roguelikes lately. DoomRL has been taking most of my time, probably because it's so easy to play. There aren't really that many complicated commands to remember, it's mostly just Tab to run, R to reload and F to shoot. It does a good job of remaining simple while allowing some complexity for those who look for it. Stuff like build order (it has a talent system--faster shooting, faster running, extra HP, etc., when you level), weapon choice from the various uniques and rares (including things like the Trigun, the gun from Equilibrium, the nuclear plasma rifle, the BFG 10 thousand, etc.), unlocking the secret kill-John-Carmack ending, and so on. I've beaten it once, on I'm Too Young To Die, legit, then scummed back to an early point and got the secret ending. I currently get owned on any difficulty higher than that, but I'm working on it. A typical game takes maybe 10 minutes before demons are feasting on your entrails, so it's nice when you have a bit of downtime.

I've also been playing Diablo and Diablo II again lately, maybe to prepare for Diablo III coming out. Diablo I've found a still-updated mod by some Russian guy called The Hell that's primarily designed to make the game harder, but also tweaks spells, items, uniques, quests, bosses and everything else. In Diablo II, I've been playing with softlykarou. It's more fun than LotRO, I think, when it's just the two of us.
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Joshdesh on October 12th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
What got you started on them? All I've ever tried is (vanilla) Angband, which I liked but stopped playing for some reason. (Probably because I'm not really a gamer anymore.)
dorchadas: Broken Dreamdorchadas on October 12th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I started back in college, but it's been on and off since then, mostly because I'm, as a rule, bad at them. :p I tend to forget that turn-based means patience, blindly charge ahead, and die. I'm having lots of fun with Unreal World, though, which is a Finnish Iron Age life simulator.

I don't actually know how I learned about them at first. I don't remember.