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Good RPGs/etc.
« on: October 25, 2009, 02:28:04 AM »
Hey rogues,

I'm looking for a game to get hooked on. Know any that live under the radar? I'll take anything, but specifically I'm hoping for something that's either a quasi-roguelike or a freewheeling RPG. I'm looking for the truly subcultural variety, here, not the ones that are on abandonia's top ten; like as not I've already been there and haven't felt that itch-scratching sense of "that's the one."

Hopefully, there lies some amazing amalgam of Legerdemain and Dark Heart of Uukrul. Hopefully, somebody here knows about it. What are my options? Please showcase your exquisite taste in under-appreciated games.

Yours truly & with respectful anticipation,

Jim

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 02:50:36 PM »
Well, perhaps Demise: Rise of the Ku'tan?  It has an expansion coming relatively soon after....many...years out now(Possibly a world record for the gap of time for such?).

Scallywag: In the Lair of the Medusa definitely counts as sub-subculture considering very few people besides me apparently bought it despite my own discovery of it coming years after it was released.  It surely has a personality to it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009, 09:07:41 AM »
In the RPGDX forums, they have compiled a list of recent and upcoming RPGS:

http://forums.rpgdx.net/viewtopic.php?t=1909

The early entries are a bit older, but should be interesting as well :)

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2009, 08:19:55 PM »
Thank you both, wise ones. I'll check out these options immediately.

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009, 10:25:35 PM »
Have you tried Daggerfall from The Elder Scrolls series?  I'd suggest Morrowind as well, but I don't think it's as esoteric as what you're looking for.

It has a good number of roguelike features, such as most of the world being procedurally generated rather than being made by hand, and the developers released it as a free download not too long ago.

Speaking of Uukrol, I tried to get into that a long time ago, but couldn't.  I think I'll give it another shot.

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009, 10:49:24 PM »
I've definitely gone through the both of them. Morrowind (despite having the combat sophistication of Mario Bros) remains on my top 10. There's nothing in a game quite like feeling that you're actually getting the chance to explore something exciting and dynamic. Daggerfall is also pretty awesome.

Uuk is just an interesting and difficult game that was ahead of its time. The major downside is that it chose to ensure a constant challenge level by capping experience levels quite near to the start of the game, which, in a strange way, consigns the rest of the experience to a 'grind' of a different stripe. Still loved it though. :)
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2009, 11:01:33 PM »
Obligatory considering:

http://openmw.sourceforge.net/jaws/
http://daggerxl.wordpress.com/

You might also like very much off-beaten path stuff, like Parhedros. (NSFW'ish site though)
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009, 11:14:05 PM »
I'm not quite sure if this fit's what you're looking for, but I thought I would mention it anyway.  This one is a party based game.

http://www.drakensang.com/

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2009, 11:50:24 PM »
I'm not quite sure if this fit's what you're looking for, but I thought I would mention it anyway.  This one is a party based game.

http://www.drakensang.com/

Which also has a sequel incoming in the nearish future.  One day I'll catch it on sale when I hopefully have money again.... :angryoldmanfistshake:

Ooh, ALSO, here's a recent indie that strays away from common fantasy tropes for a different, but apparently quite challenging, feel.  Legie

http://legie.sudokop.com/
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2009, 08:43:59 PM »
Legie looks really unusual. Unusual can be awesome. The language in the demo is partly awesome-antiquated, but also could use localization.

In the meantime, I eventually managed to crack open my wallet and bought Knights of the Chalice, a d20 RPG from limeyland. I have to admit that I was impressed. It took me back to the gold box days. It was fun to have my wizard craft a great battleaxe for my fighter, then sit back and watch the gory results. It's worth a look for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing.

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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2009, 10:27:34 PM »
Legie looks really unusual. Unusual can be awesome. The language in the demo is partly awesome-antiquated, but also could use localization.

In the meantime, I eventually managed to crack open my wallet and bought Knights of the Chalice, a d20 RPG from limeyland. I have to admit that I was impressed. It took me back to the gold box days. It was fun to have my wizard craft a great battleaxe for my fighter, then sit back and watch the gory results. It's worth a look for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing.

Indeed an excellent choice.  I recommend it with full and utter bias from my many hours spent beta testing it and head scratching to come up with/lobby for ideas on stuff.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2009, 02:36:01 AM »
Haha, I should have known. You are a boon to our specific end of the geekass community many times over.

What did you lobby for? I'm enjoying the polish of the game a great deal - the journal section and rules section let the player know that the minimalist dialogue was a choice, not an unavoidable limitation. Also, being able to re-inscribe the description of your items is one of those tiny-yet-wonderful things that I'm surprised more games don't have.

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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2009, 01:24:24 PM »
I notioned towards some of the nifty bits in it by the end....The Mega-Battle, more Summon fights in the keep past that first one...otherwise just beta'ish stuff from going over things as closely as I could and seeing what worked and such.   The patching post release with so many other people taking a crack at it has been stupendous.  Should they indeed move forward with a followup I hope I am able to help out again in at least as much capacity as I did this first time around.
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2010, 12:46:10 AM »
Heya, I'm casting threadomancy in order to letcha guys know that there's a nifty little freeware gem called Dungeons of Fayte, bearing an intentionally corny name to go alongside a self-aware multiplayer romp.

I often have trouble finding good co-op games to play with my girlfriend. We don't like to get overly hooked in in order to play together, and there's not much in the way of games available that you can really play together. You can comfortably play this one on a single keyboard (or keyboard and mouse, or joypad if that's to your fancy.) The adventure is short and sweet. Check it out!

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=10372.0

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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2010, 02:19:54 AM »
Nice....it'll be great when Assemblee gets totally rounded out and all the ones for it are neatly listed and done for all to peruse.
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