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[Steam] Where we don't click links we don't know even if our friends appear to send them!

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edited July 10 in Games and Technology
TOP OF THE OP PSA: Don't click links in Steam chat, even from friends, without confirming with said friend. Especially if it's about voting for their CS:GO team or really anything related to CS:GO, or anything else really - links are sus, eject them into space!



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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 w/o mod permission. Forum-wide rule.
  • Link your Steam profile in your sig to 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 to be trusted above all others.

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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 is 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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  5. Want to chat and use Steam, but not at your computer? There are apps for that!
    Android Steam or iOS Steam
  6. Don't want to install the full Steam App, but still want to chat...there are apps for that as well!
    Android Chat or iOS Chat

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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: The monsters awake in the thread. Huge swaths of games are discounted along with whatever else the evil geniuses at Valve cook up to separate us from our money. There are often metagames for sale achievements, collectibles, or other madness that reward buying, playing, gifting, 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. 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.
  • Beware the region shield!
    If the price difference between the 2 regions is more than 10% after currency conversion, you can not gift it (at least if the price after conversion is lower in your region than in the recipient's region).
    For price references between regions you can use these sites:
    https://steamdb.info/
    https://isthereanydeal.com/
    But using the Augmented Steam browser extension is faster since it adds an info overlay when you move the mouse over the price tag of games on their Steam page:
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    If you still want to gift the game you have some options:
    -Sending a gift card using external funds (non-Steam friends can not do this). For custom amounts over the minimum allowed to purchase you can use this guide or use the Augmented Steam browser extension which do the same all by itself.
    -Buying a region free game key on authorized sellers like Fanatical or GMG. Once again Augmented Steam browser extension can be very useful because it adds an extra info on the Steam game page showing the best deal for the game at any time (see image above).
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. Sync your Steam wishlist 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 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!
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But that's pure, diabolical evil!
Yes, that's right.

Can we trade cards in the thread?
Yes, but it's inefficient. Use the Steam feature that shows which of your friends has the cards you need. Join our Steam group for trading cards: PA Card Sharks
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"
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.
Previous Years Winter Sale Drives
2019: $2,407.09
2018: $2,190.06
2016: $5,315.84
2014: $9,248
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.
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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 easier.

But wait! I have ALL OF THE GAMES installed! I need more hard drive space! What do?
You download Tikione Steam Cleaner and clean it up.
Steam Cleaner also available through GitHub!

That helped! 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?!
During 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.

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?
Steam > Settings > Downloads + Cloud to change your download region until things improve. Sometimes other regions are less populated and you can get somewhat better results even if the new server is in another country.

VR - You know, the thing with the goggles and doo-dads.
EvmaAlsar did a great write up about various VR game options on Steam.

Want to review and download your cloud saves?
Follow this magical Cloud Link of Saves and Wonder!!!

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 EST/6pm PST 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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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    I'm sure it's safe, right @MNC Dover

    Ideas hate it when you anthropomorphize them
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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    FTL has great music, and also you might just want to turn off the extra content. Vanilla FTL is fine. I've never had the issues Aegeri was having with it.

    I've never beaten FTL, of course. But that's more lack of skill than the game being "unfair".

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  • ZetxZetx 🐧 Registered User regular
    I felt I had better luck with Into the Breach than FTL. Although after realizing I should pause for everything in FTL, it was a little better.

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  • AegeriAegeri Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    edited July 5
    Dorfromantic was only $11.

    I am already obsessed.
    FTL has great music, and also you might just want to turn off the extra content. Vanilla FTL is fine. I've never had the issues Aegeri was having with it.

    I've never beaten FTL, of course. But that's more lack of skill than the game being "unfair".

    Yeah I only remember the base game of FTL
    being “Very hard, but fair” and not instant death to asteroids + unerring missiles + flak II and mind control. While they start with 4 crew invading.

    Like some of this has been truly bananas.

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  • InterpreterInterpreter Registered User regular
    I'm sure it's safe, right "MNC Dover"

    I'm sure it will be completely and utterly safe. Nothing bad would ever happen.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Yes, yes...a new thread. I'm sure it's safe from monsters. Please, all of you, feel free to post away. There's nothing to fear....as long as you're not the....well, that's our little secret, isn't it?

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    MNC Dover wrote: »
    Yes, yes...a new thread. I'm sure it's safe from monsters. Please, all of you, feel free to post away. There's nothing to fear....as long as you're not the....well, that's our little secret, isn't it?

    Look at this classy gentleman, reassuring everyone.

    Ideas hate it when you anthropomorphize them
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  • FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    I expected some Dark Souls laughter.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    I expected some Dark Souls laughter.

    I've never played Dark Souls and have no desire to do so. But maybe I'll record an audio track for the vict....er, um...nevermind. :)

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited July 5
    Well clearly it's not any of us because we already posted.

    We were discussing Dorfromantik in chat. I'm watching one of the few Youtubers I can tolerate play it. It looks like a mix between Dominos (the actual game you play with the little blocks you make fall over) and Catan with all the matching hexes. With a little bit of Townscaper.

    edit: Booted up Roguebook. I have to learn all these new systems and they don't really tell you much about how stuff works. I also killed a boss who I guess was supposed to be somebody my party knew? They treated it like an old friend but I had no idea what the fuck was going on. Seems like they're doing an In Medias Res thing.

    double edit: I think I like it more than Monster Train, though. I can wrap my head around this.

    triple edit: I'm editing one post to avoid making new posts until MNC Dover drops the hammer.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Yay, new thread. Getting that blue marker for read

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  • AegeriAegeri Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    My partner and I can’t stop playing it. Game is so much fun.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    My partner and I can’t stop playing it. Game is so much fun.

    Which game? Roguebook?

    I'm still staring judgmentally at it, and haven't pulled the trigger yet. There's enoguh i've heard about it to make me leery

    On a different note, Humankind is looking real good.

    Ideas hate it when you anthropomorphize them
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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Thread's fine y'all, jump on in, pay no mind to the ominous cackling seven posts up. It's not like you know the conditions to trigger the trap anyway.

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  • ZetxZetx 🐧 Registered User regular
    edited July 5
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Zetx wrote: »
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

    Dragon Quest Builders sounds up your alley

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited July 5
    I started up DS3 again after talking about it with some friends.

    The story: I started a no heals of any kind run on my first playthrough when the game first released.

    What happened: I got distracted figuring out how poise worked (I actually figured this out and released it to the community after literally months of testing, and at one point getting access to a table that had the poise variable so I could watch it changing in real time in it, which really helped me finalise the formula) but this burnt me out on the game after so much testing.

    The now: I jumped back into my original no heals playthrough. I was up to nameless king and the dlc and I think the princes. So far I have gotten through a fair bit of Andariel. I feel a lot less burnt out so we will see how far I get. It's only on the list of games I'm playing tho, which is kinda long at this point. I tend to flip flop between several different ones.

    So far I've got Pillars 1, Nioh2, DS3, Last of Us 1 all actively playing at least once a week. My Xcom2 WOTC playthrough more rarely. Trails in the Sky 3rd....heavily on my mind but I haven't played it for way too long. It's on the "I really need to get back to this" list.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style He/Him | Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    edited July 5
    Zetx wrote: »
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

    Stardew Valley? If you wanted to dip your toes into an MMO, I hear FFXIV has a pretty good free trial.



    It's pretty chill, imo. There's so much to do that doesn't require forming a dedicated raiding team or anything. Can just hang out and craft and gather and experience the story and chat with friends in FC chat or a linkshell or whatever.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited July 5
    Aegeri wrote: »
    Dorfromantic was only $11.

    I am already obsessed.
    FTL has great music, and also you might just want to turn off the extra content. Vanilla FTL is fine. I've never had the issues Aegeri was having with it.

    I've never beaten FTL, of course. But that's more lack of skill than the game being "unfair".

    Yeah I only remember the base game of FTL
    being “Very hard, but fair” and not instant death to asteroids + unerring missiles + flak II and mind control. While they start with 4 crew invading.

    Like some of this has been truly bananas.

    On the discussion, I loaded it up for the first time in... Well I didn't know about the free expansion so that long. Couple weeks at least.

    First thought was that the AI makes good decisions and plays to win. And this isn't a game where that's fair, because it starts out a lot better than you. I didn't do good at that game, but I never died on the first 1 or 2 combat encounters before. I have no interest in sitting down to diagnose anything deeper or git gud, I lost interest in FTL so long ago I'm pretty sure if I actually checked the dates it would make me feel old.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    My partner and I can’t stop playing it. Game is so much fun.

    Which game? Roguebook?

    I'm still staring judgmentally at it, and haven't pulled the trigger yet. There's enoguh i've heard about it to make me leery

    On a different note, Humankind is looking real good.

    I think they were talking about Dorfromantik, which my thumbs keep wanting to call Dork Romantic on my phone

    Also I get HumanKind mixed up with Humankind Odyssey, aka the Monkey Game from the Assassin's Creed guy.

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  • VikingViking Registered User regular
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    Zetx wrote: »
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

    Stardew Valley? If you wanted to dip your toes into an MMO, I hear FFXIV has a pretty good free trial.


    It's pretty chill, imo. There's so much to do that doesn't require forming a dedicated raiding team or anything. Can just hang out and craft and gather and experience the story and chat with friends in FC chat or a linkshell or whatever.
    This game is consuming my life right now, like maybe someone should send help and arrange therapy or something.

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  • OrivonOrivon Happy Fun Ball They/ThemRegistered User regular
    If folks are looking for a good logic puzzle game (and you already have Tametsi) go pick up Voxelgram. It's Picross 3d on steam and it is very good.
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  • IsornIsorn Registered User regular
    Orivon wrote: »
    If folks are looking for a good logic puzzle game (and you already have Tametsi) go pick up Voxelgram. It's Picross 3d on steam and it is very good.
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    I'd be surprised if anyone does not have Tametsi after that rampage of yours a while back.

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  • AegeriAegeri Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    My partner and I can’t stop playing it. Game is so much fun.

    Which game? Roguebook?

    I'm still staring judgmentally at it, and haven't pulled the trigger yet. There's enoguh i've heard about it to make me leery

    On a different note, Humankind is looking real good.

    Dorfromantik.

    It is the perfect thing I need while I have a lot of painkillers after my recent car accident. It doesn’t demand anything of me barring making things pretty.

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  • CroakerBCCroakerBC TorontoRegistered User regular
    I was too tired and full of vaccine yesterday to properly thank @Isorn for Shortest Trip to Earth. He, and @Iolo (who thinks I should play Wildermyth and sent it to me right before I got jabbed) will share the title of history’s classiest monsters.

    It’s nice to know you all are out here being classy while I’m wiping baby poop off my shirt before work. Keep up the good work!

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  • ironzergironzerg Registered User regular
    Thanks, @Karoz ! Another RTS game I had my eye on trying out to see if the kiddos would get into it. They like the CoH style point capture, plus mechs. We'll see how it goes.

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  • PoketpixiePoketpixie Registered User regular
    Zetx wrote: »
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

    Maybe try Garden Paws? It looks pretty chill.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    @Zetx If you like building things, Satisfactory is V. Good for this. It's a factory-builder. There is some limited combat, but it's pretty avoidable and easy to deal with, and you get to build crazy mega structures. It's about as involved as you want it to be - you can be crazy like me and build mega structures and world spanning factories, but you dont have to.

    ...and honestly, this is probably like heresay or something in this thread, but why not Minecraft? I'm serious - it's by defintion chill, there's a LOT of content to it these days, there's modpacks for Even More Content, and it's still got some of the nicest, easiest feeling building in the genre. I've been looking at getting back into it with this Modpack: https://www.curseforge.com/minecraft/modpacks/better-minecraft-modpack

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks The Myth, the Legend, the Bowman, the Shambler FuckerRegistered User regular
    I used to use Treesize to help with that, but i havnet really looked in. It's usually aggreate screenshots and things that end up eating space i've found.

    Treesize is awesome for suddenly remembering that you have 400gb of recorded videogame footage or 60GB of some game you never play anymore or 200GB of a season of some TV show you pirated, watched once, and promptly forgot about.
    Viking wrote: »
    If you wanted to dip your toes into an MMO, I hear FFXIV has a pretty good free trial.
    This game is consuming my life right now, like maybe someone should send help and arrange therapy or something.

    I fully support your desire to get help to break this horrible addiction to Final Fantasy XIV, and I will do whatever I can to assist you with this goal but first let's do like three more dungeons together so I can check them off of my duty log.

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  • JazzJazz Registered User regular
    Thirding the Treesize recommendation, it's such a useful utility that it's one of those things you wonder why it's not baked into the OS.

  • QuestorQuestor PAX Aus Tabletop [E] Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    I have many gigs of games I will probably never play any more installed as a remnant of when my internet speeds were REALLY bad

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  • ThawmusThawmus Registered User regular
    Okay now I'm seriously curious, FTL had an update?

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  • AegeriAegeri Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    Poketpixie wrote: »
    Zetx wrote: »
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

    Maybe try Garden Paws? It looks pretty chill.

    I highly recommend Dorfromantik. Very calm little game with a lot of thinking behind how it all works. You can unlock delightful deers!

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Zetx wrote: »
    Looking for some recommendations for chill games to play after everyone's gone to bed? Was thinking about something chill but had a sense of progression that I could come back to... I was thinking something along the lines of actually building things or maybe an MMO, but those can be pretty involved too :?

    Stardew Valley? If you wanted to dip your toes into an MMO, I hear FFXIV has a pretty good free trial.



    It's pretty chill, imo. There's so much to do that doesn't require forming a dedicated raiding team or anything. Can just hang out and craft and gather and experience the story and chat with friends in FC chat or a linkshell or whatever.

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    FFXIV is an excellent single player MMO where other people only exist for dungeons. Very chill community too, it's one of the rare few where it not only has a visual "newbie" indicator but also actively welcomes those newbies instead of harassing or trolling them.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited July 5
    That Moogle picture is fucking adorable @Stabbity Style . Is that official or fan art?

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  • Pixelated PixiePixelated Pixie Cupcake Sorceress Registered User regular
    I keep trying FF14 and I keep not getting anywhere. I'm sure the story gets good eventually. But man is it a boring slog early on, especially when you have like 3 combat skills that share a cooldown so your combat consists of "press 1, wait, press 2, wait, press 3, wait, press 1, wait..."

    Someday I'll break past the point that I keep losing interest. Maybe by then they'll have done away with forced grouping, too. :D

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks The Myth, the Legend, the Bowman, the Shambler FuckerRegistered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    FFXIV is an excellent single player MMO where other people only exist for dungeons.

    You'll never have to deal with randos if you don't want to. You can just do dungeons with other forumers and spend the rest of your gametime playing a single player JRPG that just so happens to have a bunch of other people running around in it. You can even turn off other player names and pretend they are NPCs if you really want to. The best way I've heard it described so far is that FFXIV isn't an MMORPG so much as its an RPGMMO.

    Also, the amount of content you get in the free trial is completely bonkers. It's the entirety of the base game and the first expansion, so you are looking at 200+ hours of gameplay. There is no time limit, and the restrictions are fairly minimal. You have a level cap of 60 (the normal maximum is currently 80), you have a limit on the amount of gil you can have (which would be kinda tough to hit as long as you are keeping up on buying gear as you level), you can't join the equivalent of guilds, and you can't do any player to player trading (so no giving items to or getting items from other players, or buying items that other players are selling). You can't create a party, but you can be invited to one that already exists.

    The amount of entertainment you can get for $0 is pretty wild.

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    Great now I'm humming good king Moggle Mog.

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  • destroyah87destroyah87 Registered User regular
    edited July 5
    I keep trying FF14 and I keep not getting anywhere. I'm sure the story gets good eventually. But man is it a boring slog early on, especially when you have like 3 combat skills that share a cooldown so your combat consists of "press 1, wait, press 2, wait, press 3, wait, press 1, wait..."

    Someday I'll break past the point that I keep losing interest. Maybe by then they'll have done away with forced grouping, too. :D

    I would not count on it.

    Like seriously, removing dungeons from the story is not going to happen.

    Best you could hope for is them backporting the Trusts system introduced into Shadowbringers dungeons to all dungeons in ARR/prior expansions and I think even that's massively unlikely.

    Also, Horizon Zero Dawn on pc continues to be a good time. Playing on Very Hard first time through was a good grinder to build my skills back up. Getting enough skills, gear, and practice under my belt that the early machines are not a deadly risk anymore.

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  • übergeekübergeek Registered User regular
    MNC Dover wrote: »
    Yes, yes...a new thread. I'm sure it's safe from monsters. Please, all of you, feel free to post away. There's nothing to fear....as long as you're not the....well, that's our little secret, isn't it?

    IT'S A TRAP!

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