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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.
  • Pixies are not to be trusted.

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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:

Penny Arcade is a general Steam group for folks from the PA forums.
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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.
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How do I join the Steam groups?
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. 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 join the chat rooms of the PA Steam groups?
Each PA Steam group has its own chat room which you can freely join once you are a member. They are happy places with no monsters.
To enter a group chat you must follow these steps:
  1. On the main Steam menu, go to your username submenu and then click on the "GROUPS" option
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  2. Then, click on the link showing the number of people present in the chat of the group that you want to join. This will launch the Steam client (in case it is not already running in your system) and open the group chat in it
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  3. In case your web browser is not able to launch the Steam client, the following window will show giving you the option to open the group chat directly in your web browser (web chat) or to download the Steam client
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  4. Alternatively, you can go to the main page of a Steam group and then click the "Enter chat room button"
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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.

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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.

Important Note: If you are waiting for a particular game, be sure to mind the countdown timer on the game's store page.

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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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.
  • Steam direct gifting still works, but since we can't use our inventory the same, Steamgifts doesn't work as well anymore, thus you may find this Paypal Steam Wallet link handy should you want to throw Steam Wallet Codes instead.
A Steam thread participant preparing for gifting...
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Rare footage of a gift fight in action...
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Where are you guys getting those nifty Steam Signatures?
Check out Alabaster Slim for his lovely signature generator.
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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!

Steam Game Categories
You can make a copy of of the file below to backup your category tags!
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Trading cards? Badges? Steam profile levels? Boosters? FOILS?! What the hell?
Jrraghen put together this helpful guide: The House of Cards!
Many games 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.
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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. Join the Steam group we created for trading cards: PA Card Sharks
Also check this handy tip from HiT BiT:
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.

Is Steam down?!
Is it Tuesday? It's probably scheduled maintenance.
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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.


December 2018 Classy Christmas total, $2,190.06!!!
I'm working on finding some of the other old totals from Summer Drives as well, if you find them before me, please PM me! Thanks!

Previous Years
Classy Christmas 2016: $5,315.84
***If someone finds the 2015 total before I can dig it up, please PM me, Mudzgut***
Classy Christmas 2014: $9,248
Classy Christmas 2013: $11,903

Fanda shared this with us:
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.
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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 it up.
Steam Cleaner also available through GitHub!

Okay that helped. Now I have more room for stuff. Free stuff.
Isorn wrote:
Someone on a Steam forum made a nice list of all free DLC you can add to your Steam account 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.

VR - it's that new thing, you know, with the goggles and the doo-dads.
EvmaAlsar did a great write up about various VR game options on Steam. Check it out!

What was the PA Friday Night Game Fever?
CorriganX had this crazy idea of getting some folks together to play games and thus Friday Night Game Fever began. Each week a game was posted as the Friday selection and at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific people would get online and fire up some multiplayer action. The games were typically streamed by at least one or two folks for viewing as well. The game night and its Steam group are not actively managed any more.
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Old PA G&T Friday Night Game Fever banner made by HiT BiT

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited August 14
    Mmmmmmmm new thread....

    Cross-posting good vibes!
    Coffey wrote: »
    I just want to say, I had a job interview this morning that I think went really well. There was a lot of optimism & encouragement in the room, so I think I may have the job. I'm hopeful as unemployment is super stressful, in more ways than one. So I wanted to drop that in the Steam thread to give it a good, positive vibe. I already mentioned it in the Steam Chat.

    Maybe I won't be broke anymore! And then I can grab a new game or two. Plus my girlfriend's birthday is later this month & I want to get her something.
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  • HiT BiTHiT BiT Fresh, straight from Pac-Man's 🍒 Registered User regular
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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
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    HiT BiT wrote: »
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  • destroyah87destroyah87 Registered User regular
    Done did it now.

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  • LD50LD50 Registered User regular
    He's been here long enough, he should have known better.

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    that's such a fun part.

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  • DonnictonDonnicton Hey it's me, your old pal Movie Sonic - let me in. LEMME IN. Registered User regular
    Donnicton wrote: »
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    New patch, new giveaway.

    Repost to the new thread.

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  • CoffeyCoffey Terre Haute, IndianaRegistered User regular
    Hello new Steam thread smell. Can't you smell that smell? The smell of gifts around you!! ♫

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited August 14
    LD50 wrote: »
    He's been here long enough, he should have known better.

    Yeah but I'm at work and bored and forgetful!

    I'm only turtle, LD!

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Yay, someone took the bullet and made the thread safe

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    Coffey wrote: »
    I just want to say, I had a job interview this morning that I think went really well. There was a lot of optimism & encouragement in the room, so I think I may have the job. I'm hopeful as unemployment is super stressful, in more ways than one. So I wanted to drop that in the Steam thread to give it a good, positive vibe. I already mentioned it in the Steam Chat.

    Maybe I won't be broke anymore! And then I can grab a new game or two. Plus my girlfriend's birthday is later this month & I want to get her something.
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    Good luck! I've been employed since May, and I know how you feel. I was unemployed for...well, I hesitate to say how long I went without a job, but I'm very fortunate to have been able to go without one for that long. Still, it's very stressful, and job rejection after job rejection does take its toll mentally. Things are much better for me now and I hope the same will be true for you soon!

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  • ThawmusThawmus Registered User regular
    I almost....almost got that first post, and then I barely remembered. Jesus that was close.

    But anyways, @LD50 just scared the bejeezus out of my wife by giving me Surviving Mars!

    I'll be sure to console her over this horrendous travesty, but after I play a fuck-ton of Surviving Mars tonight!

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  • Pixelated PixiePixelated Pixie Future world ruler Registered User regular
    Never take the first post.


    Just in case. It's the only way to stay safe.

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  • HiT BiTHiT BiT Fresh, straight from Pac-Man's 🍒 Registered User regular
  • dresdenphiledresdenphile Watch out for snakes!Registered User regular
    Dat new thread smell, tho.

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  • DaringDirkDaringDirk Father of Nearly Two! Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    I love you guys and I'm sorry that I left and I hope to stay more back than other times that I've come back and left again and again... I'm going to try to be more active in the forum here in addition to chat. So, I have this new laptop tablet hybrid thingum with a super-pretty 15.6" 4k screen, and a Radeon RX Vega M to run most recent games in 1080p fairly nicely. Thinking that my gaming setup will be this thing in yoga position on the table in front of me, with a movie on the TV in front of that, my cell phone on the table to my right, and my chrome tablet to my left with walkthroughs or maps or whatever open. Or maybe this forum and SteamChat, they finally got a working mobile app for group chats!!!

    At any rate, I'll likely go between that, my PS4, and the Switch for my gaming time. Gaming time is Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday all day, between whatever responsibilities my attempts to start a business pull me away.

    So, is there a multiplayer game people are doing together lately, something non-subscription based and co-op? I'm assuming Borderlands is out of fad, as much fun as PayDay was back in the day I'm too woke to the maker's behavior, and I've never been into the shoot each other multiplayer games. Anything popular or any suggestions for someone who's been out of it for the last few years? Assuming we're not still living in 2015, of course.

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  • BetsuniBetsuni Insert Disk 4 and Press Any Key to Continue Registered User regular
    HiT BiT wrote: »

    I was typing up a similar thing to the Aliens quote as you posted this.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Richland, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 14
    DaringDirk wrote: »
    I love you guys and I'm sorry that I left and I hope to stay more back than other times that I've come back and left again and again... I'm going to try to be more active in the forum here in addition to chat. So, I have this new laptop tablet hybrid thingum with a super-pretty 15.6" 4k screen, and a Radeon RX Vega M to run most recent games in 1080p fairly nicely. Thinking that my gaming setup will be this thing in yoga position on the table in front of me, with a movie on the TV in front of that, my cell phone on the table to my right, and my chrome tablet to my left with walkthroughs or maps or whatever open. Or maybe this forum and SteamChat, they finally got a working mobile app for group chats!!!

    At any rate, I'll likely go between that, my PS4, and the Switch for my gaming time. Gaming time is Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday all day, between whatever responsibilities my attempts to start a business pull me away.

    So, is there a multiplayer game people are doing together lately, something non-subscription based and co-op? I'm assuming Borderlands is out of fad, as much fun as PayDay was back in the day I'm too woke to the maker's behavior, and I've never been into the shoot each other multiplayer games. Anything popular or any suggestions for someone who's been out of it for the last few years? Assuming we're not still living in 2015, of course.

    I know @CorriganX dips in and out of Vermintide 2. I don't know if there's a sizeable amount of people doing that. Honestly, we as a Steam community are kinda terrible at actually playing stuff together. Even when people actively try and organize groups like Friday Night Gaming or whatever, there's usually fairly sparse attendance. Probably the best way to find a group is hit up a specific game thread and see if they have anything going on. I know that's how I play with PAers for Mechwarrior Online or Final Fantasy XIV.

    But yeah, if you want a fairly popular, modern coop game, I think Vermintide 2 is probably the best one out there right now? On sale for $7.50, too! Hot damn that's a deal.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    @DaringDirk there's a YDKJ Humble Bundle. That's probably a good start.


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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    New thread, new reminder!

    I highly encourage those with ASTRONEER to give it a play if they haven't already within the past two months. Not only have there been lots of cool little content updates, there's currently a number of cosmetics that you can acquire before the month ends.

    Just entering the game and playing will give you a set of Summer cosmetics: the Sunrise and Sunset suit palettes and visor effects.

    There's also an Apollo Lunar Module which can be found on the world of Desolo. You can take a retro photo with it and, through the end of August, earn a Retro suit palette and visor.

    Note that any of these may require restarting the game in order to appear on the list. Also hit me up if you want to multiplayer!

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  • CoffeyCoffey Terre Haute, IndianaRegistered User regular
    I got the job. I go to the Annex building tomorrow for a drug screen. Just got back from the bank because I had to make a new account for direct deposit. Things are looking up. :)

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    ok wow. Newegg has Vermintide 2 for under $7 US.

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  • ThawmusThawmus Registered User regular
    Hey you know what's better than one giveaway?

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    Consider this kinda a parting gift to you fine goddamn people for being so warm and inviting to me since I started participating in this thread earlier this year. Parting, because as soon as WoW Classic is released I anticipate I'll be missing from Steam for months or longer, but I'll try not to be!

    Hand of Fate is perhaps a drug for me. It fills me with joy when I play it, like sipping a fine scotch or going to a winery with your beloved. I create this giveaway because I hope that this Saturday, for my birthday, someone else gets to share that joy.

    Thank you, and good luck!

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    I'm sure that's fine.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited August 14
    I can't get to my personal email at work, but I have a strange feeling there's some emails in there from a certain Dover...

    ...a Dover of the MNC variety.

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  • DoublySymmetricDoublySymmetric Registered User regular
    Thawmus wrote: »
    Hey you know what's better than one giveaway?

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    Consider this kinda a parting gift to you fine goddamn people for being so warm and inviting to me since I started participating in this thread earlier this year. Parting, because as soon as WoW Classic is released I anticipate I'll be missing from Steam for months or longer, but I'll try not to be!

    Hand of Fate is perhaps a drug for me. It fills me with joy when I play it, like sipping a fine scotch or going to a winery with your beloved. I create this giveaway because I hope that this Saturday, for my birthday, someone else gets to share that joy.

    Thank you, and good luck!

    Hand of Fate (2) is the card collecting Action RPG, yes?

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited August 14
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    Especially to those who are just super bored at work and have just been refreshing the forums over and over for the past three hours or so.

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  • McMoogleMcMoogle Registered User regular
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    I believe right now we're in quantum state of gifting. Technically Koopah has both been gifted and not gifted at the same time. Until they open their e-mail thereby collapsing the state.

    You or your various familiars should be adequately acquainted with this postulate.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    Especially to those who are just super bored at work and have just been refreshing the forums over and over for the past three hours or so.

    I'm just gonna start bringing my Switch

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  • Pixelated PixiePixelated Pixie Future world ruler Registered User regular
    McMoogle wrote: »
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    I believe right now we're in quantum state of gifting. Technically Koopah has both been gifted and not gifted at the same time. Until they open their e-mail thereby collapsing the state.

    You or your various familiars should be adequately acquainted with this postulate.

    Wait.

    So if we just never open our emails, we're never actually gifted?



    I approve of this loophole you've discovered!

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  • ThawmusThawmus Registered User regular
    Thawmus wrote: »
    Hey you know what's better than one giveaway?

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    Consider this kinda a parting gift to you fine goddamn people for being so warm and inviting to me since I started participating in this thread earlier this year. Parting, because as soon as WoW Classic is released I anticipate I'll be missing from Steam for months or longer, but I'll try not to be!

    Hand of Fate is perhaps a drug for me. It fills me with joy when I play it, like sipping a fine scotch or going to a winery with your beloved. I create this giveaway because I hope that this Saturday, for my birthday, someone else gets to share that joy.

    Thank you, and good luck!

    Hand of Fate (2) is the card collecting Action RPG, yes?

    I would call it a Rogue-lite Encounter-based Deckbuilding Action RPG. So there's quite a bit of, "Do you pick the thing in the right hand, or the left?" type stuff, that often leads to tests of one kind or another (4-card monty, dice rolls, wheel spinning, and a visual/precision metronome thingy), and/or combat.

    The way the cards are used is that they are:

    1. Encounters, and thus form the game board
    2. Equipment, and thus form the deck that equipment is fished out of during the game

    So it's deckbuilding in that you decide what encounters you want in play, and what equipment you want available, then the dealer adds his stuff to that, shuffles, and then the game starts. As you proceed through encounters, if you succeed enough you will often unlock new cards to be used in later game sessions. This is how it's rogue-lite. Each game session you start off with nothing (well, next to nothing, there's starting equipment that improves over time), and sometimes an adventure that looks like it's going real bad real fast just means you unlock a bunch of stuff.

    The combat is pretty simple but rewarding. There's some Arkham combat stuff in there, but it doesn't require keeping a rhythm like HoF 1 or Arkham did. You can take long breaks to get your bearings if needed, and you have allies who give you various benefits (and benefits to specific chance games).

    I enjoy the VA for the dealer considerably, I like the aesthetics of the game a lot (reminds me a lot of Fable's aesthetic), I like the encounters and the story, I like I like I like!

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    McMoogle wrote: »
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    I believe right now we're in quantum state of gifting. Technically Koopah has both been gifted and not gifted at the same time. Until they open their e-mail thereby collapsing the state.

    You or your various familiars should be adequately acquainted with this postulate.

    Wait.

    So if we just never open our emails, we're never actually gifted?



    I approve of this loophole you've discovered!

    At the same time, though, you are never not gifted.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    McMoogle wrote: »
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    I believe right now we're in quantum state of gifting. Technically Koopah has both been gifted and not gifted at the same time. Until they open their e-mail thereby collapsing the state.

    You or your various familiars should be adequately acquainted with this postulate.

    Wait.

    So if we just never open our emails, we're never actually gifted?



    I approve of this loophole you've discovered!

    To show my disapproval allow me to state that if you leave a comment on someone's Steam profile it generates a green envelope for them.

    So go forth people, and use this knowledge for evil. On Pixie

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  • el_vicioel_vicio Registered User regular
    Oh man, GUN has a crazy cast - I thought I recognized Brad Dourif, but Ron Perlman is in it, too! And Lance Henriksen! And...Kris Kristofferson, with the sleepiest performance.

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  • destroyah87destroyah87 Registered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    McMoogle wrote: »
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Oh, are we gifting people again? That never happens here...

    I believe right now we're in quantum state of gifting. Technically Koopah has both been gifted and not gifted at the same time. Until they open their e-mail thereby collapsing the state.

    You or your various familiars should be adequately acquainted with this postulate.

    Wait.

    So if we just never open our emails, we're never actually gifted?



    I approve of this loophole you've discovered!

    To show my disapproval allow me to state that if you leave a comment on someone's Steam profile it generates a green envelope for them.

    So go forth people, and use this knowledge for evil. On Pixie

    Sure, I can do that. Again.

    It's Fun!

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    So when do I get my Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port?

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    I have opened Dover's (Schrödinger's) Gift.

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    Someone had to take the bullet! Thanks @MNC Dover , for the extreme gifting.

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