In a fury of deleting multiple copies of the damn Klez worm and spams, I accidentally deleted a real e-mail. I got a brief glance before it was fried; it started with ‘How about this…’ and then I zapped it. If you sent that to me, please resend.
Not much else new to report, except that I’ve officially exhausted the list of emulatable laserdisc games I want. I got Thayer’s Quest and wow, it was bad. Terrible UI and inability to skip animations I’ve seen dozens of times. Game design was weak; one wrong move (and the ‘wrong move’ is never clear until you make it) and you have to do 10-15 minutes of backtracking to get healed and get the items you were forced to drop — and some items you can never get back once dropped. Forget it. Galaxy Ranger, the last one on the list, also is pretty lame looking; it’s like a scifi flick with models by Mrs. Wembly’s 3rd Grade Art Class.
I downloaded the Neverwinter Nights manual illegally (boo!) because I’m thinking about getting the game and wanted a preview (yay!). Only three things would really turn me off from it: A) limited character appearance options, B) crappy graphics, and C) steep difficulty.
Why? Well, A) when I do an RPG I like to feel that ‘this is MY character’ rather than ‘this is my permutation of the five faces and three hairstyles available, oh, and it’s wearing shiny armor’. B) If everything is brown and people’s heads are six polygon blocks, it kind of wrecks the ‘you are there’ feeling of an immersive world. The fact that the game’s billed as running on 300mhz TNT2 class machines worries me. C) I suck at games, okay? Which means it has to be fairly easy to pick up and go with without the frustration of being bitchslapped down at every turn. (If you want the worst example of all three of the above, go play Asheron’s Call.)
But, NWN seems to have a lot of things right — it automates a lot of the mathematics involved in Pen & Paper RPGing. It allows for online play with incredibly powerful module customization. It’s putting more emphasis on good RPG gaming rather than ‘here’s another dungeon to raid with a bunch of l33t d00dz’. All very positive things. Plus, the fact that wire-fu martial arts masters are an actual class appeals to me greatly. (Hmm… multiclassed Monk+Bard, so I can Taunt the enemy and sing karoke? Dan Hibiki, anyone? Or maybe Li Ping?)
So, anybody got NWN and can give me a review? Will it be fun for casual gamers who enjoy the ‘roleplaying’ part of ‘roleplaying games’? Will I be getting killed every two minutes due to lack of skillz? Will I have, to wit, ‘fun’?
Tonight I burn a CD-R of MP3’s to listen to on the way to / from the funeral tomorrow. (Beats the hell out of loading maybe 25 songs on my PocketPC.) I’m really hoping I do okay with this. That’s not some stupid manly ‘I won’t cry’ thing, I just don’t wanna be emotionally annihilated after I’ve spent the last few days doing generally okay and adjusting to the idea that Dr. K is gone. Plus, after the funeral it’s Shaolin Soccer — this is confirmed. I’m really looking forward to that, but if I’m in no mood to see it, I’ll have to pass. I’m guessing I’ll be okay, but… ugh. It’s all very strange.
Next week is another Learning Tree class. Oh, joy. You may recall my burning hatred of these things; they’re usually very boring, it takes twice as long to drive there through very dangerous traffic, and I end up totally drained by the end of the day and unable to think. Don’t expect great forward strides on UE.