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[#] Fri Jan 17 2020 08:44:13 EST from darknetuser

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I am just rediscovering Roguelikes. Such simple concept, such challenge, so many dead heroes in the dungeons of doom!

[#] Sun Feb 23 2020 17:09:22 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Standard disclaimer about how I'm probably the last person in the world to discover something...

My youtube feed suddenly filled up with videos of people doing ridiculous simulations of car wrecks and other disasters using some sort of simulator.
After laughing our butts off for way too long, I decided to find out what simulator they were using.

It is "BeamNG.drive" , an open source derived game that is available on Steam.
It's basically a soft-body physics simulator that is full of vehicles and other things.

Game site with sample video: https://www.beamng.com/
YouTube channel "Car Pal" with lots of ridiculous simulations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-_P5TZ0Ko_YiZ4ds4i2sDg

We may just have to get this game and do lots of stupid things with it.

[#] Tue Aug 25 2020 19:39:15 EDT from interrupt

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I knew a girl who loved rogue. i would get it for her and she would play it at work.



[#] Wed Aug 26 2020 12:10:44 EDT from nonservator

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My wife played Rogue before I met her. One of the many reasons we've stayed together.



[#] Wed Aug 26 2020 17:33:52 EDT from zooer

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[#] Sat Aug 29 2020 09:06:02 EDT from darknetuser

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2020-08-25 19:39 from interrupt
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I knew a girl who loved rogue. i would get it for her and she would
play it at work.


Original rogue is still available in many versions. You can even play the original via ssh at rlgallery.org. You can visit the website. Beware the game is brutal.


[#] Thu Oct 22 2020 17:33:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I never played much Rogue but I played a lot of Star Trek. I also remember the Apple ][ port of Star Trek, called "Apple Trek" where you were in charge of the starship "Endeavor" and fought against "Klarnons".

[#] Tue Oct 27 2020 14:35:06 EDT from darknetuser

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2020-10-22 17:33 from IGnatius T Foobar
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I never played much Rogue but I played a lot of Star Trek. I also

remember the Apple ][ port of Star Trek, called "Apple Trek" where you

were in charge of the starship "Endeavor" and fought against
"Klarnons".



I love the Trek game at bsdgames.

If you play it in "short game" mode and "impossible" difficulty, it is also brutal. Your ship gets half destroyed in the two first turns hahahaha


[#] Sun Nov 08 2020 14:46:07 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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I think I'm going to be playing a lot of old video games over the next 4 years - or doing anything else that keeps me away from Facebook and Twitter. 

 



[#] Mon Nov 09 2020 10:29:20 EST from zooer

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A Slower Speed of Light is a first-person game prototype in which players navigate a 3D space while picking up orbs that reduce the speed of light in increments. Custom-built, open-source relativistic graphics code allows the speed of light in the game to approach the player’s own maximum walking speed. Visual effects of special relativity gradually become apparent to the player, increasing the challenge of gameplay. These effects, rendered in realtime to vertex accuracy, include the Doppler effect (red- and blue-shifting of visible light, and the shifting of infrared and ultraviolet light into the visible spectrum); the searchlight effect (increased brightness in the direction of travel); time dilation (differences in the perceived passage of time from the player and the outside world); Lorentz transformation (warping of space at near-light speeds); and the runtime effect (the ability to see objects as they were in the past, due to the travel time of light). Players can choose to share their mastery and experience of the game through Twitter. A Slower Speed of Light combines accessible gameplay and a fantasy setting with theoretical and computational physics research to deliver an engaging and pedagogically rich experience.


For Linux, Mac and something called Windows.

http://gamelab.mit.edu/games/a-slower-speed-of-light/



[#] Fri Nov 13 2020 06:32:07 EST from darknetuser

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May I suggest Hyper Rogue to you? It is a GUI Rogue game which takes place in an Hyperbolic space. Non-Euclidean movement. The concept is awesome. You really need to try it out.

Also, tak care because you die in just one hit :)

[#] Thu Jan 14 2021 10:38:43 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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For the record, The SciFi/Fantasy of Roger Zelanzy's "Chronicles of Amber," is one of my favorite series in this kind of genre. It certainly takes a more "Heavy Metal" approach to mixing in some science and modern with the fantastic elements of the story - but it is well done - and if you want to argue that removes it from High Fantasy - then eventually the Ultima series of CFRPGs does the same thing, basically, and so does The Chronicles of Narnia. 

 



[#] Thu Jan 14 2021 11:25:44 EST from darknetuser

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I don't agree that High Fantasy is a cartoon necessarily. There is more to it than D&D merchandise.

Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman wrote a lot of "cartoonish" High Fantasy for D&D franchises - and actually some of that stuff is quite good - but they also have a lot of works that are quite unique in their own right.

[#] Thu Jan 14 2021 17:45:30 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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I don't disagree with you. I'm saying the working definition the 5th Edition kiddos I saw trying to develop basically boils down to that...


That the further the world is from reality, the more HIGH the fantasy is... Older generations are using the word differently.

Like, a HIGH elf would be tinkerbell, a LOW elf would be Legolas - one would totally be out of place in our reality, in our dimension - the other is basically a slender human with pointy ears.


High Fantasy to me really just means it is a low tech, middle ages world with en epic feeling to it. Low fantasy would be the same thing, but with very little "supernatural" going on, if any.

It is a definition drift.

 

Thu Jan 14 2021 11:25:44 EST from darknetuser
I don't agree that High Fantasy is a cartoon necessarily. There is more to it than D&D merchandise.

Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman wrote a lot of "cartoonish" High Fantasy for D&D franchises - and actually some of that stuff is quite good - but they also have a lot of works that are quite unique in their own right.

 



[#] Sat Jan 16 2021 07:26:46 EST from darknetuser

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It is a definition drift.


Pretty much.

There is also this tendency to declare that anything that is not heroic / epic / shiny cannot be High Fantasy, which is why I have seen people lump things like the Warhammer setting on the Low Fantasy pile.

For the record, the original Warhammer Fantasy setting has dragons, orcs, demons and evil wizzards popping up from under every rock, in a cruel world that is going to shit blazing fast as the Chaos gods eat it a bite at a time.

[#] Sat Jan 16 2021 17:18:23 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Well, and if you get SciFi elements involved, a lot of purists have ALWAYS rejected it from the fantasy genre altogether. So, Dragonriders of Pern - Sci Fi, not fantasy. 

 

Sat Jan 16 2021 07:26:46 EST from darknetuser
It is a definition drift.


Pretty much.

There is also this tendency to declare that anything that is not heroic / epic / shiny cannot be High Fantasy, which is why I have seen people lump things like the Warhammer setting on the Low Fantasy pile.

For the record, the original Warhammer Fantasy setting has dragons, orcs, demons and evil wizzards popping up from under every rock, in a cruel world that is going to shit blazing fast as the Chaos gods eat it a bite at a time.

 



[#] Mon Jan 18 2021 06:33:48 EST from darknetuser

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2021-01-16 17:18 from ParanoidDelusions
Well, and if you get SciFi elements involved, a lot of purists have

ALWAYS rejected it from the fantasy genre altogether. So,
Dragonriders of Pern - Sci Fi, not fantasy. 


I am a bit of the opposite myself.

Fantasy with a heavy dose of science-fiction is still fantasy.

Science-Fiction with a dose of fantasy becomes less of science-fiction to me the more fantasy you put in.

[#] Mon Jan 18 2021 12:58:06 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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I feel like older generations that grew up on Heavy Metal and space operas understand this better. 

Star Wars isn't science fiction, it is Science Fantasy. High Fantasy has castles, knights, and monsters. Low fantasy has little or no magic. But genres are messy. Where does Conan fit into this? Exotic Summerian fantasy. Then someone decides to take all that, and throw in clues that it is a post-present day apocalypse, and you've got Conan fighting a robot sentry in an abandoned military base. :) 

I love that last kind of casserole of fantasy genres. The Dark Tower - although King failed to stick the landing, was most epic when he had cowboys following the code of Arthurian chivalry fighting infectious cyborg bears and riddling with psychotic monorail AI next to heroin addicts from New York city. 


Mon Jan 18 2021 06:33:48 EST from darknetuser
2021-01-16 17:18 from ParanoidDelusions
Well, and if you get SciFi elements involved, a lot of purists have

ALWAYS rejected it from the fantasy genre altogether. So,
Dragonriders of Pern - Sci Fi, not fantasy. 


I am a bit of the opposite myself.

Fantasy with a heavy dose of science-fiction is still fantasy.

Science-Fiction with a dose of fantasy becomes less of science-fiction to me the more fantasy you put in.

 



[#] Mon Jan 18 2021 13:00:34 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Why aren't there any CFRPs that do that? Give me a post-apocalyptic FRP where suddenly I'm in a middle-ages fantasy side-quest, but still with the technology and armor of my post-apocalyptic world. Do I join the knight and use my plasma rifle to vanquish the dragon, or do I join the dragon and use my plasma rifle to dispatch the forces of good? 

Mon Jan 18 2021 12:58:06 EST from ParanoidDelusions

I feel like older generations that grew up on Heavy Metal and space operas understand this better. 

Star Wars isn't science fiction, it is Science Fantasy. High Fantasy has castles, knights, and monsters. Low fantasy has little or no magic. But genres are messy. Where does Conan fit into this? Exotic Summerian fantasy. Then someone decides to take all that, and throw in clues that it is a post-present day apocalypse, and you've got Conan fighting a robot sentry in an abandoned military base. :) 

I love that last kind of casserole of fantasy genres. The Dark Tower - although King failed to stick the landing, was most epic when he had cowboys following the code of Arthurian chivalry fighting infectious cyborg bears and riddling with psychotic monorail AI next to heroin addicts from New York city. 


 


[#] Mon Jan 18 2021 18:02:16 EST from Nurb432

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And really, what is good? What is evil? Who gets to decide?

Mon Jan 18 2021 13:00:34 EST from ParanoidDelusions

Why aren't there any CFRPs that do that? Give me a post-apocalyptic FRP where suddenly I'm in a middle-ages fantasy side-quest, but still with the technology and armor of my post-apocalyptic world. Do I join the knight and use my plasma rifle to vanquish the dragon, or do I join the dragon and use my plasma rifle to dispatch the forces of good? 

 
 


 



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