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Raid the Tombs for [steam]!

MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
edited January 2016 in Games and Technology
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Welcome to the Steam thread!
This is a pretty neat community of people who like to talk about video games, sales, digital distribution, hat economies, classiness and classholery. We enjoy long walks on the beach, digital hoarding, gifting, the suffering of longtime members, and raising money for charity.


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This is a big, busy thread. There are some guidelines to keep things nice and orderly:
  • Be civil.
  • This thread is for Steam-related discussion. Try to look for other, more appropriate threads before discussing games or other topics in here. Let's not drain other threads of precious content!
  • If you feel someone's acting inappropriately, then quietly report the responsible parties to forum mods.
  • Don't post links to active kickstarters without prior mod permission. Forum-wide rule.
  • Linking your Steam profile in your sig will help community members find you, see what kinds of games you like, invite you to MP games, etc.
  • Do not beg for games.

PA Steam Groups
We have two core Steam groups: Both of these groups have chat, and both are used sometimes to try to limit giveaways to community members. If you've just arrived, hang out here in the thread for a while and talk games with us before you ask for membership. When you do ask, include a link to your Steam profile. Steam name search is poop from a butt.
Penny Arcade is a general Steam group for folks from the PA forums.
PA G&T Adventure Team is a group that was originally created to get multi/coop going for smaller or older titles. Because it is actively moderated, a lot of folks use it as a giveaway group (to avoid problems we've had in the past with non-forumers scooping up gifts intended for the community.) Membership is locked during major sales.
HiT BiT wrote: »
Occasionally we also go on quests to slay a dragon and win the heart of a princess
The Newell needs those hearts (apparently they are used as power supply for the Steam servers).
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PA G&T Friday Night Game Fever!
@CorriganX had this crazy idea of getting some folks together to play games and thus Friday Night Game night began. Each week a game is posted as the Friday selection and at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific we all get online and fire up some multiplayer action. If there is a big enough reception, a second round of the game is usually played on Saturday or Sunday at Noon Eastern/6pm Central European so our friends from across the big drink can join us without needing to pull an all nighter. The games are typically streamed by at least one or two folks for viewing as well.
Thanks to @HiT BiT for this awesome banner!
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On the nature of gifting.
Sometimes people gift games.
  • Don't feel that you have to gift games to be a part of this community. It's just one of many things that go on. Some people can give lots of games. Some people can give a game or two a year. Some people make amazing images. Some people find hidden indie gems and report about them. Some people relay amazing gaming moments. Some people report sales. Some people are hysterical. Etc. There are many ways to participate in this community. Gifting is just one of them and is not required.
  • If you run a contest, have entries PMed to you. The thread gets too cluttered otherwise. You can, however, post the winning entries.
  • If you receive a gift, then take a moment to thank the gifter. Use the notification system so they can see your thank you post! ( @NAME. Use quotes around names with spaces.) See below for an example.
  • If you win a Steamgifts giveaway, in addition to thanking the gifter, be sure to mark the gift as received on Steamgifts. You tie up a gift 'slot' for the gifter until you do.
  • In addition to contests, wishlist gifting, ninja gifting, revenge gifting, pile-on gifting and Steamgifts.com giveaways, we have the new [ codes ][ /codes ] tags which can fire off one or more Steam codes (or activation links). More info about [ codes ] below.
A Steam thread participant preparing for gifting...
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Rare footage of a gift fight in action...
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Steam sales are legendary. From small to honking massive:
Daily Deals: One game a day goes on sale at 10am PT for 24 hours.
Midweek Madness: Starts 10am PT Tuesday and ends Thursday afternoon.
Weekend Sale: Starts midday Thursday and ends with the sale rollover Monday. Sometimes accompanies free play weekends for MP titles.
Publisher Sale: Many of the publishers games will get a modest discount with a single title or franchise getting a featured day with a deeper discount. Follow the big sale guidelines.
Seasonal Sales: Mardi Gras time here in the thread. Huge swaths of games go on discount, with daily specials, flash sales, community vote sales, and whatever else the evil geniuses at Valve cook up to separate us from our money. There are often metagames such as sale achievements or collectibles or other madness that rewards buying, playing and gifting games and participating in Steam's community. The summer sale usually starts in the last week of June and runs for two weeks, and the Winter sale usually runs for two weeks across Christmas and New Year's.
Other retailers like Amazon and Green Man Gaming get into the act now too, so there are often great values to be had during sales for Steam-activatable games from other sites.
Seasonal Sales Birthdays are basically a big deal around this thread.
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Important Note: If you are waiting for a particular game, be sure to mind the countdown timer on the game's store page. Starting Winter 2013, the last day of the sale was just a recap of top sellers. Most games went back to full price.

Steam's refund policy, Abuse section:
Refunds are designed to remove the risk from purchasing titles on Steam—not as a way to get free games. If it appears to us that you are abusing refunds, we may stop offering them to you. We do not consider it abuse to request a refund on a title that was purchased just before a sale and then immediately rebuying that title for the sale price.


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How do I join the Steam groups?
Membership to the two Steam groups is for reasonably active community members. If you have been on the PA forums for a while and have participated, post a link to your Steam profile here in the thread and a Steam group mod will take care of you.
If you've been on the forums for three days during a major sale and your only posts have been to casually express your strong desire for certain games, your request is unlikely to find a positive reception. Ditto if your very first post on the forum is to ask for group membership. Sadly this does happen sometimes.
The best parts of this community are available to you now just by showing up. Read some posts, make some posts, ask to be invited as a guest to chat, buy some games, play some games, etc. Group membership is modest icing on delicious cake.

Warning: This guy's going to make you buy games. All the games.
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How do I tag someone in the thread?
If you want to @ someone with spaces in their name, use quotation marks around the name so it looks like this:
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Which will then turn into this:
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Oh, and if you quote text that has an @alert in it, please take a moment to remove the @ (unless you really want that person to get another notification.) Sometimes we get to chatting and someone will get 3, 4, 5+ notifications all at once.

Where are you guys getting those nifty Steam Signatures?
Check out Alabaster Slim for his lovely signature generator.

Has Game X ever been Price Y? How can I keep track of all the sales and discounts?
http://isthereanydeal.com/ is your friend. You can sync your Steam wishlist to it if you like and get notifications when prices drop. Double check that you are getting a Steam key from a 3rd party site before buying.

How do the new [codes ][ /codes] tags even work?
Put a series of Steam activation codes (or activation links, or movie quotes, or winning lottery numbers...) inside the tags, each on its own line like this (without the spaces inside the brackets, of course):
[codes ]code 1
code 2
code 3
...
code n[/codes]
That will create a little box with a clickable link and a number. Each forumer who clicks the link will get a popup and a PM with the next line. Each line can only be sent out once and each forumer can only click once. It was originally designed to allow developers to hand out lots of codes for a game without some goose grabbing the lot.
Just one code thingy per post!
Note: [ code ][ /code ] is a different tag. Be sure to get that "s" up in there!

Trading cards? Badges? Steam profile levels? Boosters? FOILS?! What the hell?
Some games (more every week) now have trading cards. You can earn some of these cards by playing/idling the game. Some of them you'll need to get by trading or buying them from the Steam community market. Completing a set lets you craft a badge, which gives you an emoticon, a profile wallpaper, a coupon (usually) and profile experience. Leveling up your profile increase your friend cap, earns you customization options for your Steam profile and, allegedly, increases your chances of getting a booster. Boosters are packs of three cards that show up in your inventory sometimes. You can open them or sell them on the market. Sometimes cards are foil. Each game has a regular badge with five levels and a single-level foil badge. Oh, and you must be a certain level to get your card drops.

But that's pure, diabolical evil!
Yes, that's right.

Can we trade cards in the thread?
You can but it's inefficient. Use the Steam feature that shows you which of your friends has the cards you need. Oh, and join the Steam group we created for trading cards: PA Card Sharks
Also check this handy tip:
HiT BiT wrote: »
A little Steam trading trick some of you may not be aware of:
-Go to your Steam Inventory
-Click on the "Trade Offers" button
-Then click on the "Who can send me Trade Offers?" link
-Below you will find a "Trade URL"
You can share this URL with other Steam users to allow them to directly send you a trade offer even if they aren't on your friends list.
You can share this URL anywhere, including your forum sig.
If you have shared or posted your URL and would like to stop receiving trade offers from it use the "Create New URL" button. A new Trade URL will be created turning the previous one inoperative.
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Is Steam down?!
Is it Tuesday? It's probably scheduled maintenance.

It's not Tuesday. Is Steam down?!
http://issteamdown.com/

What are you people talking about? Why hats and what is an "Isy?"
Check out the handy Steam Thread Primer, written by @Smokestacks!
Steam Thread Primer:
Gaben/The Newell - Gabe Newell, Director of Valve Software. Called "Gaben" because in the commentary for older Source Engine games he would tell players to email him at "Gabe N. at valvesoftware.com" with user feedback.
Serve the Newell - To buy games on Steam, to give Gaben your money. From this comic edit.
Bad Rats - An incredibly awful 'physics' based puzzle game, available on Steam, notorious for being as awkward as it is broken. Will haunt your dreams. Popular gift to give to people.
Class - An attribute demonstrated by people who will generously purchase games and then give them to internet strangers.
Class War - When two or more forumers buy each other games back and forth until one of them gives up. I know this sounds really crazy, but it happens.
Bundle - Originally the Humble Indie Bundle, which was a "pay what you want" system for a group of games, now usually means any website selling a group of games (usually able to be registered on Steam) for a low price.
Giveaway/A Giveaway - Usually refers to a giveaway on Steamgifts.com, a website where you list a game you want to give away, people enter, and then a winner is randomly decided among all entrants after a set time period.
Hats/The Hatconomy - The purchase and sale of in-game hats or sometimes other items in TF2. Some hats are very valuable, which is funny because they are just hats for videogame characters. People who have valuable hats or other items in their inventories sometimes get messages from random people on Steam begging for those items.
Backlog - The list of games you have purchased, but have not gotten around to playing yet. Tends to grow over time, often to immense proportions. If you do not have a backlog yet, between the thread and the sales you will get one.
Spies/Russian Spies - People who lurk the thread or try to get into the various PA Steam groups not to participate in the community, but to try and get free games.
Steamsigs - Custom forum signatures that display a link to your Steam profile, as well as an image of a game you are currently playing, have played the most in the last two weeks, or have played the most over all time (if you haven't played any games on Steam in the last two weeks). Available here courtesy of forumer Suds. Having a Steam sig (or some sort of clickable link to your Steam profile in your signature) makes it considerably easier for people to add you to their friends list.
Child's Play - A charity started by the writer and artist behind PA that raises money for videogames/toys that go to children's hospitals, originally started in '03, has grown every year. Helps sick kids feel better about their time in the hospital while simultaneously refuting the idea that gamers are antisocial jerks.
Isy - Big Classy, a forumer. Formerly known as "Big Isy", he was granted the new name after donating a hefty amount of money to Child's Play during a fundraiser. Sometimes referred to as Isy, which might cause confusion to people who haven't been around very long.
Summer Dale - A phone's auto-correction of "Summer Sale", which through some sort of internet voodoo produced an actual entity, a smooth voiced funk loving man who lives in a world where the 80s reign eternal and supreme. Also sometimes used to describe the upcoming Summer Sale itself.
Rainbow and/or Slash - Two forumers by the name of Rainbowdespair and slash000 who are notable for developing the third and fourth installments of the Penny Arcade: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness series. Also developed Breath of Death VII and Cthulu Saves the World, two RPGs that, along with the Rainslick games, are available on Steam.
Also, sometimes shit gets real. Like that time we all murdered each other for bloodsport games. And there was a kabob conspiracy and a kind of Cthulhu bunny. @akajaybay took us down that particular rabbit hole. ;)

Why are you people obsessed with Bad Rats and Amnesia?
A moment of ill-advised swagger from anoffday turned into a horrifying LP of Bad Rats which, because reasons, turned into over $6000 raised for Child's Play.
CorriganX raised over $1100 for Child's Play via Amnesia.

Classy Christmas
We raised $11,903 dollars for charity in December 2013 and another $9,248 in December 2014!
Fanda wrote: »
For our Christmas fundraiser to restore TychoCelchuuu's threadmaking privileges (and help the kids), I donated to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. This week I received a nice letter from them! I figured I'd share part of it with y'all, since this applies to all of you at least as much as it does to me.
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What is this Steamgifts site? I wish to create a giveaway! I cannot enter a giveaway!
Steamgifts is a neat site that lets people create giveaways for games on Steam. Points for entering giveaways are accumulated over time, so just wait a bit if you need points. Entry to giveaways can be limited by Steam group membership to prevent mooches from getting games.

How do I make one of those cool Steam Gifts signature giveaway banners?
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What are all these bundles you people keep talking about?
In addition to Steam sales and sales of Steam keys on other sites and gifts, we live in a golden age of bundles! Bundle sites sell batches of games for modest amounts of money, often as low as a few dollars. Many, but not all, contribute to charity and many, but not all, give you Steam keys for the games. Sometimes you'll buy an indie gem that isn't even on Steam, and later when arrives on Steam you will get a key through the bundle site. Be careful if you plan to gift some of the games, as sometimes the bundled games will come in a single Steam key. We have a separate bundles thread.

I have too many games! Which do I play?
Steam Roulette randomly picks a game for you to play.

I have too many games! How do I move them to my new hard drive?
Steam Mover makes transporting your massive library much easier.

But wait! I have ALL OF THE GAMES installed! I need more space on my hard drive! wat i do?
You download Tikione Steam Cleaner and clean up that shit
Steam Cleaner also available through GitHub!

Okay that helped. Now I have more room for stuff. Free stuff.
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Someone on a steam forum made [url="http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/29711524/#Comment_29711524"a nice list of all free DLC you can add to your steam account[/url] if you have the base-game but that thread is currently not available so I figure I post it here. Since it is pretty easy to miss some of these.

The sale prices aren't right! What's going on?! Oh God, the darkness is closing in...
During the seasonal sales, you are one of a million monkeys hammering F5 at 10am PT to see the new sales. The system is always borked for 5-20 minutes. Take a deep breath. The Newell will deliver, and the new dailies will be available for 48 hours.

Why are some games not available in my region?
Publishers determine what countries get what games. Someone in a suit decided that it wasn't worth the money to make the game available to your region, so it isn't available on Steam. This also applies to cases of games having edited/censored versions showing up on Steam in certain countries. The good news is that you can generally get around this by having someone from another region gift or trade you the game.

Steam is downloading slowly. What gives?
You can head to Steam -> Settings -> Downloads + Cloud and change your download region until things improve. Since other regions are typically less populated, you will probably get somewhat better results even if the new server is in another country.

I enjoy watching video game streams. Where can I find some streamers that call the Steam Thread home?
@Houn has made a hub for finding Steam Thread Streamers.

The Steam thread has a proud tradition of marrying our love of Steam and Penny Arcade in comic edits:
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  • MudzgutMudzgut OhioRegistered User regular
    edited January 2016
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    So you own a lot of games. But they're just sitting there in your backlog, doing nothing for you. Do you know what you need? Steam Trading Cards So you've got that game that you want to get, but are just a dollar short in your Steam Wallet and can't bring yourself to pull out the credit card. Do you know what you need? Steam Trading Cards So you like the Steam Community, but think your profile is kinda drab. Do you know what you need? Steam. Trading. Cards. About a year and a half ago, Valve introduce this little meta-game into the Steam Community called Steam Trading Cards, which has since been added to Literally thousands of games. In order to get your cards, you need to play your games - crazy concept for people in this thread, I know. As you play the game, cards will periodically appear in your inventory until you've gotten all drops available for that game - always half of a complete set. Free to Play games work a little differently, where you get 1 drop every $9 USD (appx) spent in the game.
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    So now you've got your cards, the question is what to do with them. Well, there's three main options:
    • Sell them on the market
    • Build a full set of cards
    • Trade/gift them with/to friends
    The market works like a stock market - you'll put yours up for sale at whatever price you're looking for, and buyers can list the prices they're interested in buying cards at. There's even historical data for the card available on the card's page if you check before listing, so don't just list it for 3 cents, or whatever the current cheapest one is. Maybe you can make more of a profit!
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    If you want to build a full set, you just do the same, but in reverse! Click the buy button, choose the amount you want to pay for the card, and then let the buy order sit until a match can be found. If one already exists, you'll get it immediately, or if you choose a price cheaper than what's listed, you'll get it when someone lists it. Higher prices take priority in the queue, so if you make one for 10 cents, and there's another buy order for 15 cents, if a card is listed for 10 cents, the 15 cent listing will take priority. And obviously, you've got to already have the money in your wallet in order for the order to take place. Once you've got that set built, you can go and craft a badge. Go to the "Badges" page under your profile dropdown, and you should see something like this:
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    Clicking the "ready" button will cause a silly little animation to play, and you'll be rewarded with a badge. Badges are little bling for your profile to show that you've crafted a badge.
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    Each badge can be leveled up to level 5 (so 5 complete sets of cards), with the exception of foil badges, which can only be crafted once. Foil badges are crafted from foil cards, which drop in place of normal cards approximately 1% of the time. In addition to your badges, you'll get emoticons, coupons, and profile backgrounds for the game in question.
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    Truthfully, emoticons are mostly useless because the messenger window is so tiny, although there's a few which are worthwhile. Coupons can be hit or miss - their value varies from 25% or so at the low end to as much as 90% (although those are obviously more rare), but tend to be on the sorts of games which are on the weeklong deals. It's rare to get a coupon for a real AAA game. That being said, they are discounts, and discounts are always nice. Backgrounds, on the other hand, can be applied to your profile, and some of those are simply excellent artwork.
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    Also, each card (if you click on them) has much more detailed artwork themselves, and once you've crafted a badge, you can access that artwork regardless of whether or not you have the card. Some of these are super nice!
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    In addition to this, you get 100 XP. That's right, Steam itself is a game now! As you gain experience points, your Steam account will level up. Levels 0-10 cost 100XP per level, 11-20 cost 200XP, and so on and so forth. Every level, you get 5 more spots on your friends list added, and the ability to add new sections to your profile.
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    And finally, being higher level increases your chances of getting booster packs. Once you've gotten all card drops for a given game, any time anyone crafts a badge, a booster pack is generated and given to someone, somewhere in the world who is eligible for that game. Booster packs can be sold like items, or opened to get 3 cards (which could include foils, but once more only 1% odds). At level 10 you get a 20% boost to your chances, level 20 a 40% boost, and so on and so forth. So as you level up, you'll get booster packs much more frequently. Now, buying cards isn't the only way to get cards. You can trade them, too! If you go to the badge page for a badge you're looking for, and scroll below the cards, there will be a listing of people on your friends list who have the cards you're missing.
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    You can then submit a trade or send a message to any of them to see what they'd want. And if none of your friends have cards, there's a number of places you can go to try to find trades, which will save you money in the long run, since Valve and the developer don't take their cut of the transaction of buying a card.
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    But now you've got all these emoticons and backgrounds which you don't want, but you don't necessarily want to sell. Well, you can turn them into gems! In your inventory, there should be a numerical amount of how many gems your items are worth - they vary from very low numbers to 100 gems, based off of prevalence in the market. Foil cards are the only items that can go for over 100 gems, as they're always 10x the value of normal cards. The more common an item is in the market, the more gems they're worth. These values were set in the Holiday 2014 sale, and may be rebalanced at some point. Why turn items into gems? Well, you can use gems to craft booster packs! These booster packs can be opened for more cards (and an additional shot at a foil), or sold on the marketplace, presumably for fun and profit.
    But what about special sales?
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    Well, it will change from sale to sale, so I'll refrain from giving specific advice. However, the following rules seem to be the standards anymore
    • There will be special badges for the sale, with 10 cards per level
    • The badge can be leveled up infinitely, including the foil badge. Some of these go up STUPID high. For example, here is the Holiday Sale 2013 badge for level 2000+: e041163b0c4d5cba61fb54612973612636cdd970.png
    • You will get one card for every set of other cards you craft, in place of coupons
    • You will get one card for every $10 you spend in the store.
    • You will get one card for per day when you vote in the User Choice poll (number of times will vary depending on number of polls per day).
    • Cards will expire one day after the sale ends, so they must be sold or crafted by then, or they will disappear.
    • In some sales (NOT the Winter 2014 sale), you will get some bonus item for a free to play game which can be redeemed for your account or sold if you craft a sale badge, 3 items if it's a foil.
    This past summer, there was another metagame where everyone was split into teams, so it was potentially better to hold onto your cards. This past holiday, there was an auction prior to the sale starting, so crafting early would have been a benefit as you'd have more items to make more gems to bid. Holiday 2013, there was just items and some of them were quire rare and valuable, so crafting as soon as possible was the best option. I'd recommend taking a stance of "wait and see," particularly for the first morning of the sale - Steam gets hammered at the start of the sale, and it's not uncommon for item drops to get screwed up if you craft around update (10am PST). Either commit to being early, or wait until the rush has passed. So that's the long and short of it. If you've got any questions, feel free to PM me. Some other resources for you to check out:

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  • an_altan_alt Registered User regular
    A certain individual sent me a copy of Aces Wild: Manic Brawling Action!, but asked not to be named.

    Thank you kind and mysterious stranger!

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    Guys, Mad Max took a turn. Deep Friah's territory is not fucking around. Regular scavenging locations (or maybe they're permanent because of the proximity to Gastown) now have the same sorts of defenses that formal camps have on the outside. Also, the fully upgraded Thunderpoon is amazing. I'm taking out level 2 armored cars in one hit.

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  • hatedinamericahatedinamerica Registered User regular
    OMG the Steam sale is still happening? I've barely logged out of Ark long enough to feed myslef. What month is it. What year is it.

    Oh shit it's 2016 wtf

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  • chrisnlchrisnl Registered User regular
    So in KOTOR I chose Tatooine as my first stop after Dantooine. I figured since they rhymed, it must be like poetry (or something) so off I went. Surprisingly fun planet so far, I won a couple of swoop races so I had enough credits to afford a shiny new droid, and he's awesome. I'm kind of bummed that I can't use the repair skills of my other droid to fix this guy up (at least I think you can't, if you can then I'll get him right as rain in no time because my side characters have good repair skills), though; he seems like he has a few issues that would be nice to fix but I don't have a lick of repair on my main character so I figure he'll just have to suffer with limited capabilities.

    Outside of Anchorhead was a really neat puzzle where I had to fix some droids, and I'm super pleased that I was able to figure out all of the puzzles on my own (though only one was even remotely difficult). I also found a stowaway on my ship, but I managed to communicate with her well enough to get her back to her father. I liked these little puzzle-ish quests, hopefully there are some more of them scattered about and in KOTOR 2.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    We should get a G&T Town of Salem game going. It's on Steam, but buying it on Steam just gives you in game money to spend on cosmetics. It's actually free to play at this website. It's basically Mafia with a different paint job and tons of custom roles. Would be a lot of fun for a FNG or something.

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  • MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    We should get a G&T Town of Salem game going. It's on Steam, but buying it on Steam just gives you in game money to spend on cosmetics. It's actually free to play at this website. It's basically Mafia with a different paint job and tons of custom roles. Would be a lot of fun for a FNG or something.

    I used to have fun playing that but more often than not people were cheating using skype or something. They would collaborate with each other even if they had opposing roles. It got so bad I stopped playing.

    If you can get a game of just PA people playing it should be fun.

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  • Karrde1842Karrde1842 Registered User regular
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    The last FNG group just stopped playing. We were so close to beating the mission, but fell just short in the final moments. Here we remember the brave men who fought in their Trenches to stop the evil Monos in the Iron Brigade!

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  • Talus9952Talus9952 Registered User regular
    I got back to my desk to find the first present of 2016!

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    Thank you @an_alt for Metro: Last Light! I've been looking forward to this one!

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    @CorriganX put his foot down and decided we were doing Iron Brigade. So after a slow start with the TS server being down and needing an alternative plus me forgetting about the tutorial levels we got several great hours of gaming in.

    Wanted to thank @CorriganX @User2006 @Karrde1842 @Ianator @JMan711 for showing up and making it a blast.

    Hopefully I haven't forgotten anyone but please speak up if I did.

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  • KarozKaroz Registered User regular
    Ack, double post but I wanted to get the notification out.

    Thanks @DyasAlure for having the patience of a saint while I bumbled around trying to get things to work!

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  • UseR2006UseR2006 MelbourneRegistered User regular
    @destroyah87 is one hell of a classy guy. I was unable to join FNG as i didn't have Iron Brigade. They fixed that and numerous other holes in my catalog.
    So Many games to enjoy. Thank you so much.
    You should all go show them your love :twisted:

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    I can't remember who recommended Banished, but I ended up playing it for hours last night and most of today. Not only that my husband bought a copy and my mom did too.

    I took what I learned last night and read the wiki tips and started a new map today and was doing great! I got up to about 175, maybe even 200 people...and then everyone started starving to death. I know this was my own fault because I had gotten such a huge surplus of food and I wasn't paying enough attention when it became a major deficit and suddenly everyone was dying within about two years. I lost over 100 people (mostly just walking away and letting it run at this point because I figured it was a lost cause) and then looked into it and found a reddit thread where someone posted some tips about how to stop the starvation spiral, tried it and, hey, it worked, at least, people stopped dying. But now my town is like, Banished Detroit. It might be interesting to see if I can bring it back to its former glory.

    So...for the recommendation...thanks? Heh. It's fun but I never noticed how late it was getting...

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  • chris: waffle kingchris: waffle king Registered User regular
    This is only tangentially Steamy...but it is Winter Sale-esque. See, they do big first of the year sales over hear, yeah? So...i might have some how ended up with a PS4 and a copy of Disgaea 5.

    We'll see if this is enough to break my addiction to Rebirth.

    (i somehow doubt it)

    Though this is finally a chance to play some of the things y'all go on about that my lappy just can't handle.

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  • HeatwaveHeatwave Come, now, and walk the path of explosions with me!Registered User regular
    Thanks @Teeman for Spelunky and Grim Fandango Remastered! True class

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  • AstharielAsthariel The Book Eater Registered User regular
    edited January 2016
    Working through my backlog, i finished DMC today. 8/10, it would be a much better game if it was entirely new IP instead of DMC reboot. The levels were really pretty, shame that music was uninspired.

    I also wonder how much Dante being completely unlikable, immature asshole was intentional, because if it was accident, then what can i say, EPIC FAIL.

    ALSO,
    i would like it more if game really end after killing Mundus, and conflict with Vergil was entirely in a sequel.

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  • Santa ClaustrophobiaSanta Claustrophobia Ho Ho Ho Disconnecting from Xbox LIVERegistered User regular
    edited January 2016
    @chrisnl Sadly, in KOTOR 1 all skill checks are based on the primary party member and, except for the one time you'll know*, it will always be you.

    KOTOR 2 fixed that and allowed party member skills to actually matter outside of combat.

    And yeah, the puzzles were pretty well chosen. Except for the Tower of Hanoi toward the end. So, yeah.

    EDIT:
    Oops. Forgot about the asterisk...

    Make absolutely sure you're saving reasonably often and in multiple slots. I don't know of they fixed it for PC, bit there is one particularly nasty bug if you make a single, specific choice for a party member and use a specific item and then perform a specific action. On the Xbox, it can really waste a lot of your time.

    Sorry for being vague, but, spoilers. For everybody else, 'Carth Bug' should tell you what I'm talking about.

    (Otherwise, don't Google it because it really does have spoilers attached to it.)

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  • CroakerBCCroakerBC YorkRegistered User regular
    edited January 2016
    Alright, new year, time to look back over the Christmas madness and thank..well, every one really. I mean, you guys make a great community, and it's one I'm always happy to be a part of. It's been a good Steam Thread year, and everyone deserves a virtual pat on the back. You're all awesome.; Carry on doing that.

    Christmas specific thanks and/or plots of horrible vengeance go to:

    @Berylline for Satelite Reign - I started this, and it has that wonderful turn-based cyberpunk vibe. Looking forward to finding time for more of it.
    @Antoshka for Rebel Galaxy - I tocked around the multiverse in my lumbering space freighter and thoroughly enjoyed it. Until a random pirate blew a small...ish hole in the craft, and left me sucking vacuum. Still, great fun so far, thanks! He also sent @Lady Faroe Planes and Things, which I believe has led to a degree of swearing - I think that means thanks....
    @Isorn who responded to a simple "How's it going?" with a volley of the Dungeopn Siege collection. It looks...ridiculous. But fun. Thanks man - remind me never to inquire after your wellbeing again!
    @Pixelated Pixie , who decided that asking about narratively interesting VN's was the perfect excuse to send me a copy of Planetarian! I'm looking at this right now, and it appears to be both interesting and, so far, lacking in tentacles - which is good news. Thanks agaiN!
    @Viking who took my inquiries about which co-op game to buy to play with @Lady Faroe far too literally, and dispensed a copy of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. I suspect this is a lie, and that we will be exploding a lot, but still - you're a gentleman and a scholar.
    The mysterious PAPYRUS for Undertale, which I hear so much good stuff about. Truly, the mummy's curse this year was Christmas cheer!


    Honestly, that's just a small sample of the outpouring of classiness inside this thread, both for eahc other and other people. You guys are a credit to each other, and yourselves. When someone has a crap day, you're there. When they want to celebrate, you're there - in either case, often with a humorously photoshopped image. It's rare to find a haven of humour, decency and humanity on the internet, and I'm glad we've all shared the year together - you're all legends.

    Lets make this next year even better!

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    Ah that new thread smell.

    Smells like...Cinnabons

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  • Santa ClaustrophobiaSanta Claustrophobia Ho Ho Ho Disconnecting from Xbox LIVERegistered User regular
    Ah that new thread smell.

    Smells like...Cinnabons

    You're using the mall Wi-Fi again, aren't you?

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  • FoefallerFoefaller Registered User regular
    So, as some of you may know, even though everyone else's games have the same sale price for the entire sale, Ubisoft's games are only going on sale (or at least have their best sale price) when they show up on the highlighted deals.

    Well, if it wasn't mentioned/didn't see it in the last thread, today Child of Light is one of those games, less than $4 right now.

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  • FawstFawst The road to awe.Registered User regular
    I am really, really digging on Hacknet. I bought it and TIS-100 at the same time and started with TIS-100, which I absolutely love. Hacknet is just pure fun. The music is great, it's actually funny as hell with the various IRC logs you come across and it's clever enough to change things up on you every once in a while (there was one semi-early moment that made me go "whoa, wasn't expecting that" which I really admired).

    I need more games like these! Human Resource Machine sounds like it fits with the TIS-100 side of things. Any others that are similar to those games that I should be aware of?

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    Karrde1842 wrote: »
    The last FNG group just stopped playing. We were so close to beating the mission, but fell just short in the final moments. Here we remember the brave men who fought in their Trenches to stop the evil Monos in the Iron Brigade!

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    Man, I loved Iron Brigade. Sad that I never really got into it again when I bought it on Steam, but I had a blast playing through it with my brother on XBLA years ago.
    Fawst wrote: »
    I am really, really digging on Hacknet. I bought it and TIS-100 at the same time and started with TIS-100, which I absolutely love. Hacknet is just pure fun. The music is great, it's actually funny as hell with the various IRC logs you come across and it's clever enough to change things up on you every once in a while (there was one semi-early moment that made me go "whoa, wasn't expecting that" which I really admired).

    I need more games like these! Human Resource Machine sounds like it fits with the TIS-100 side of things. Any others that are similar to those games that I should be aware of?

    I'd also like to know this; mainly because my wife is just starting to get into programming and I think she'd enjoy this sort of thing. She tried SpaceChem years ago and hated it, but that was before she was trying to learn coding.

  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    I keep hearing about how great Hacknet is as a "movie hacking" simulator, but it still feels like it'd be the same level of impenetrable as these games about programming and coding if you don't know how to hack/program/code, like me.

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  • StericaSterica When it comes to beauty, I rarely make boasts but I look quite good, compared to your posts!Registered User, Moderator mod
    It's time to give Geth an avatar! I'll be giving you all the breakdown later today, but here's advanced warning so you can start looking for candidate images.

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    This may be of interest to folks here who were frustrated by Ori and the Blind Forest's shutting off areas and locking out 100%:
    Didgeridoo wrote: »
    For you other Ori people who shared my gripe about the ending save file business:
    Found a pretty simple save file editor which will unlock your completed game by transporting you to a different area. Just tried it, and it works! I look forward to hopping all over the map and finding the secrets I missed. :D

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  • Ed GrubermanEd Gruberman Registered User regular
    Nuts! FNG sounds like it was a lot of fun, @Karoz. I wish I could have made it. Looks like I should be available next week though so I'm pretty much game for whatever.Is it too early to start thinking about/discussing it? I'm thinking I might grab Vermintide as my only self purchase of the sale with the possibility that we might play it next week. If we don't I can either keep it or try out Steam's new return policy :)

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    Somthe old reason that preorders did not yield cards was that you could return them after the sale, but now we can do that with anything. In short, give me my cards, Steam!

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  • KarozKaroz Registered User regular
    Nuts! FNG sounds like it was a lot of fun, Karoz. I wish I could have made it. Looks like I should be available next week though so I'm pretty much game for whatever.Is it too early to start thinking about/discussing it? I'm thinking I might grab Vermintide as my only self purchase of the sale with the possibility that we might play it next week. If we don't I can either keep it or try out Steam's new return policy :)

    If you love L4D gameplay with a melee focus while taking place in the grimdark Warhammer Fantasy setting then Vermintide is highly recommended. It can be a good deal harder than L4D when set above Easy and voice communication is recommended but not a must. Also in order to increase your loot chances for completing a mission it encourages you to search for tomes and a grimoire to get even better dice to roll BUT they take up a slot where you'd usually carry your healing item/buff item (tomes can be dropped in order to use healing, but not grimoires for buffs) so it increase the risk/reward feel.

    Bottom line: check it out. If it doesn't grab you in the first two hours then it probably isn't for you. Pubs seem to be fine but even more fun with fellow PAers.

    As for FNG, I know some people were interested in Vermintide this week but I sort of dropped the ball there though I'm willing to play some rounds now. I won't be able to make it for the next two weeks due to work but my Friday's should clear up after that.

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Iolo wrote: »
    This may be of interest to folks here who were frustrated by Ori and the Blind Forest's shutting off areas and locking out 100%:
    Didgeridoo wrote: »
    For you other Ori people who shared my gripe about the ending save file business:
    Found a pretty simple save file editor which will unlock your completed game by transporting you to a different area. Just tried it, and it works! I look forward to hopping all over the map and finding the secrets I missed. :D

    Ori and the Blind Forest Debug/ Save File Editor

    I used a program like that.

    You still can't get anything you missed in the Mysterious Forest, because those areas cease to exist once you complete the area and make the forest into a linear place.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    Well they're releasing Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition (at a discount to people who already own the game, natch) in a few months. They claim to have incorporated fan feedback into the new version, so they've got to mean you can more easily backtrack and 100% the game, right? Or are they just making the game easier?

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  • StericaSterica When it comes to beauty, I rarely make boasts but I look quite good, compared to your posts!Registered User, Moderator mod
    I still haven't figured out what the hell you do with these cards

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    I still haven't figured out what the hell you do with these cards

    You get a complete set and turn them into a badge, which you can display on your profile.

    Or you just sell them.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    Yeah, I completed my badge and I'm currently working on selling off my remaining stock. They tend to sell pretty quickly when you put them up at market price...except when they don't. I have a handful of stragglers that haven't sold since I put them up hours ago, but I've made a total of 74 cents so far.

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  • FawstFawst The road to awe.Registered User regular
    I keep hearing about how great Hacknet is as a "movie hacking" simulator, but it still feels like it'd be the same level of impenetrable as these games about programming and coding if you don't know how to hack/program/code, like me.

    The best comparison I can give is this: TIS-100 is Flight Simulator; Hacknet is Rogue Squadron.

    If you have ever used DOS/Linux you'll feel right at home. I think there was an extremely minor learning curve simply because I couldn't remember some commands off the top of my head right away. There is a GUI but I think that everything can be done via the terminal (but I have no idea why anyone would actually type "connect 163.15.142.57" instead of just clicking on the computer node in the UI). Pretty much you need to remember the basic steps early on:

    Connect to a computer
    Run PortHack to break in
    Scan its network to find other targets
    Explore the file system and download anything useful/read humorous IRC logs
    Delete the files in the log (cd log ... rm *) to cover your tracks
    Disconnect and move on

    It gets more complex from there and is more of a puzzle game once you start hitting targets that try to trace you. They also don't do a great job of explaining some stuff, like setting up a shell on a system you have admin rights on in order to overload a system with a proxy so you can make the SSH port vulnerable which in turn allows you to PortHack your way in.

    And everything I said is fancy mumbo jumbo for what are very simple commands. I'm used to a DOS environment, so it didn't take a long time to learn its commands. I'm not sure how much more difficult later stages of the game get, but for now it's a really fun, low barrier to entry game that I am so glad I bought. I actually hope it does get more complex because it's becoming second nature to hack a system, steal what I need and get out without leaving a log behind. I'm sure there's more to it considering the most recent development in the game for me.

    Bottom line: you do not need to be a 1337 h4xo2 to play this whereas you DO need some coding knowledge to play TIS-100.

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  • bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    Fawst wrote: »
    I keep hearing about how great Hacknet is as a "movie hacking" simulator, but it still feels like it'd be the same level of impenetrable as these games about programming and coding if you don't know how to hack/program/code, like me.

    The best comparison I can give is this: TIS-100 is Flight Simulator; Hacknet is Rogue Squadron.

    I just want to say I think that is a wonderful....simile? Analogy? Which ever, it's pretty great.

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  • DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    FNG was fun. I left because I got disconnected. After waiting around so long at the start, I decided it was just a sign it was time to move on. I would play that game again.

    unsure when I will have time off on a Friday night again. Maybe people would be interested in a Saturday night? I might be spotty early in evening, but more possible later.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    SteevL wrote: »
    Yeah, I completed my badge and I'm currently working on selling off my remaining stock. They tend to sell pretty quickly when you put them up at market price...except when they don't. I have a handful of stragglers that haven't sold since I put them up hours ago, but I've made a total of 74 cents so far.

    Re-list them for one cent less than market value.

  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    @Kanden sent me a mystery code which ended up being Rust! Thank you so much!!!

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    I still haven't figured out what the hell you do with these cards
    You could always charge them up with potential energy and then throw them as missiles.

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