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I know guys that devour kilowatts powering their video games, but I get by maxing out around 45 watts, because I like turn-based games where a pause is granted after every move, as in chess and other board games. These games tend to require a lot of strategy but little or no reflexes. In fact, they are better for old farts that may not be as quick on the draw anymore.

 

I don't like real-time games because of the pressure to remain always in the game. That can be really engrossing. I like to quickly tab to another window and visit a web site or answer the phone if I need to without worrying about having to hit the Pause button. Some turn-based games I like are online chess at chess.com, a gay-friendly site, where one can play with people all over the world, and the Battle for Wesnoth, which is pretty cool. Both of these are free, by the way, and run fine on all kinds of computers with minimal resources. You can check out the Battle for Wesnoth here: http://www.wesnoth.org/

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I'll admit it: I'm a Civilization junkie.

 

Not sure why but I always seem to end up in a battle to the death with the Japanese and the Russians.

 

That's what I'm talking about. I spent countless hours playing Civ 1, 2, and I think 3. Civ is definitely a true classic turn-based video game. I remember all the heads of state trying to appease me and then getting upset and bitter because I kept double-crossing them and taking over their territory. I play Civ like Risk most of the time.

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I also play Civilization.  Civ5 is not as battle intensive, than let's say, 4....  But it's fun.  I like old school RPGs as well.

 

If you want to go really old school and be a dinosaur like me, give Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup a try. In my opinion, it's the best Dungeons & Dragons - type simulation in existence today, extremely detailed and diverse, with every game different. It requires very little in terms of computer hardware.

 

On the downside, the graphics aren't fancy, but old-school, but I like that and count it as a strength rather than a weakness. There are no sound effects. It's basically like Rogue or Larn of yore, though those names may mean nothing to you. But the developers have created a Tiles version that uses graphical representation for monsters and players and treasure, instead of using ANSI (color text) characters. This is a huge improvement over Rogue and Larn.

 

They offer their hard work for free, and it runs on any operating system, including Linux.

 

I don't know why software developers offer up their work for free, but then again, why do we?

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You guys convinced me...

 

I am pulling it out... my Civilization 5 of course! 

 

When I had to switch computers it never seemed to work right again, but it will be worth another try. 

I had all the Civ's at one point or another and liked that you actually had to THINK and PLAN while playing them.

Hours and days gone before I knew it! :*)

Not like the shoot 'em ups that these kids today play... :P.  No wonder no one has an attention span anymore.  :facepalm:  :rofl:

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Ok I feel like an intruder here (a bit :P ) but if you guys really like strategy games I can maybe recommend a few. I personally love RTSs as much as MOBAs or RPGs or MMOs.

 

I have a lot of fun on them too!  I mean some evenings after class all I want is to relax, and you can't with live games like Diablo or LoL. On those evenings I go play Civ 5, I really like the whole aspect of the game. But I know of another series called Heroes of Might and Magic. It is very different from Civ V as it's magical (aangels, demons, necromancers, wizards, orcs, dwarfs, elves etc...), and the point of the game is very different. Still it is still strategy based. It also has a lot of experience (franchise started in 1990), but I don't recommend the latest one ( MMH 6 ) as they changed too many things compared to the old ones (I'm not saying it's bad, just too different for me) If you have time give the 5th a go, it's really worth your time (I think :P ). If you want the best one of the 6 though it probably is the 3rd... 

 

Have a good day :)

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I understand what you mean and I completely agree with you. I am like you because I want to put on pause the battle or other games to respond at call or to eat something and many other things. However, I love a strategy game how will be 8 ball pool, it is easy for the game but it needs some strategy to win. Only I don't like that when I won they gave me little money for it and it wasn't enough to buy something or entry in some tournaments. I tried to find some mods with coins and the best one which I tried is https://www.jrpsc.org/8-ball-pool-mod-apk/. After installing it, I have a lot of money and I can enter in any tournament I want.

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I used to play Bungie’s pre-ms Marathon trilogy after work with my coworkers on our networked Macs in the Nineties (I worked for an Apple-Authorized Retailer that was not owned by Apple). Everyone else rushed for the PowerMac 8600s and 9600s, but I’d use whatever because I wasn’t very good at the game. I was just playing for the social aspect.

I remember not being able to figure out why I couldn’t move when we started one session. They had invited a couple young customers to join us. After a second or two, I reasoned that someone else was trying to run into me and we were trapped against each other, so I shot and killed him!
;–)
 

My game is Civilization (for Mac), but I’ve recently rediscovered Spaceward Ho!, an iOS port of a classic Mac game (pre-MacOS X).

But I still have fond memories of SSI's Rails West for Apple IIe. It was a little buggy, but I used to drive over to their headquarters to swap my 5¼ floppy for one with a newer version of the game when I had too many problems. I shouldn’t have had to, but I used to save after every turn. Every once in a while, I play it in emulation (but the emulator cannot replicate the proprietary floppy format on the virtual disc required to save a game so I ‘have to’ play the game through in one siting).

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There's a great-looking CRPG getting Kickstarted right now called Knights of the Chalice 2. It's turn based, not graphically pretty at all, but mechanically it's very crunchy and offers a lot in terms of character builds and such. If you like CRPGs, tactics, and DnD 3.5 edition, this is likely going to interest you.

Actually ... @Brayon. You seen this one yet?

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On 6/4/2020 at 2:49 PM, Wayne Gray said:

mechanically it's very crunchy

crunchy‽‽‽
;–)

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15 minutes ago, droughtquake said:

crunchy‽‽‽
;–)

That's right. Crunchy means you can have two elven wizards who are completely different. There's replayability, because there are over 400,000 potential character builds thanks to all the classes, feats and races you can combine in various ways. For someone who likes and appreciates math in designing the perfect party, well ... this one is gonna be fun.

Edit: I forgot ... since we can build six characters, there are potentially over 2.5 million different parties you can create. So ... yes. Crunchy. As in "number crunching" crunchy.

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And all this time I thought ‘crunchy’ was a very derisive term applied to granola-eating, vegan, other-than-feminine womyn who love womyn!
;–)

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On 1/11/2015 at 6:39 PM, Drak said:

That's what I'm talking about. I spent countless hours playing Civ 1, 2, and I think 3. Civ is definitely a true classic turn-based video game. I remember all the heads of state trying to appease me and then getting upset and bitter because I kept double-crossing them and taking over their territory. I play Civ like Risk most of the time.

Playing Civ VI, along with Endless Legend & Endless Space 2; looking forward to Humankind.

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1 hour ago, Wayne Gray said:

Actually ... @Brayon. You seen this one yet?

I don't poke my head in the lounge that often anymore, so first I saw this thread, and hadn't seen that Kickstarter either. Thanks for pointing out both. 🙂

I like turn-base games, and real-time games. Or single player games I can hit pause and go "hmm..." in. Neverwinter Nights 1&2 in Single Player mode (Or if you're logged in as a DM on a PW Server 😈 ) was good in SP mode. Balduer's Gate 1&2, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale 1&2, and almost all of the Final Fantasy games and Kingdom Hearts were great for turnbase.

1 hour ago, droughtquake said:

crunchy‽‽‽
;–)

 

1 hour ago, Wayne Gray said:

That's right. Crunchy means you can have two elven wizards who are completely different. There's replayability, because there are over 400,000 potential character builds thanks to all the classes, feats and races you can combine in various ways. For someone who likes and appreciates math in designing the perfect party, well ... this one is gonna be fun.

Edit: I forgot ... since we can build six characters, there are potentially over 2.5 million different parties you can create. So ... yes. Crunchy. As in "number crunching" crunchy.

 

Nothing like Min/Max'ing a character to get the best of all combos. Half-Elf Warlock will always be my favorite in D&D 5.0. In Pathfinder, I was partial to a Magus Build.

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2 minutes ago, Brayon said:

I don't poke my head in the lounge that often anymore, so first I saw this thread, and hadn't seen that Kickstarter either. Thanks for pointing out both. 🙂

I like turn-base games, and real-time games. Or single player games I can hit pause and go "hmm..." in. Neverwinter Nights 1&2 in Single Player mode (Or if you're logged in as a DM on a PW Server 😈 ) was good in SP mode. Balduer's Gate 1&2, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale 1&2, and almost all of the Final Fantasy games and Kingdom Hearts were great for turnbase.

Nothing like Min/Max'ing a character to get the best of all combos. Half-Elf Warlock will always be my favorite in D&D 5.0. In Pathfinder, I was partial to a Magus Build.

You're welcome.

I vastly prefer turn-based any time I'm playing a game with AoE effects. Frantically trying to ensure I don't roast my own party in spell effects isn't much fun for me. 😛 Though I love all of those games you mentioned, and played all of them too. I just often used single target spells with liberal use of pause.

Magi are wild. A blur of steel and spells in one terrifying package? Yes, please.

Look at the "Mage Knight" here. This is the creator's page of all of his classes he has put in so far. http://www.heroicfantasygames.com/FWE/Pages/FWE_Title.htm

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11 minutes ago, Brayon said:

YES!!!!! Warlock, and Magus right there! Perfect!

Well, the classes are different, certainly. His names don't mirror Pathfinder.
But ... Warlock looks wild. It's a blend of psion and wizard. Flexible, lots of firepower. Nasty.
My class line up looks like this:

Storm Warrior
Psychic Warrior
Death Knight
Mage Knight
Bishop
Psion

Yes ... I copied that from my "character planning spreadsheet."

No ... I don't think it's weird that I have a character planning spreadsheet. 😐

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4 minutes ago, Wayne Gray said:

Well, the classes are different, certainly. His names don't mirror Pathfinder.
But ... Warlock looks wild. It's a blend of psion and wizard. Flexible, lots of firepower. Nasty.
My class line up looks like this:

Storm Warrior
Psychic Warrior
Death Knight
Mage Knight
Bishop
Psion

Yes ... I copied that from my "character planning spreadsheet."

No ... I don't think it's weird that I have a character planning spreadsheet. 😐

Totally not weird at all. LOL.

When I was active on the NWN Server I played on, one of the things that we did was fantasy character builds. Neverwinter Nights, for those that don't know, was based on D&D3.5 and had forty levels to work with. The most powerful character I had was a Cleric 10 / Confounder 30. (Confounder was a paladin type holy warrior, custom class, that was based on CN and serve the god of Chaos, Forian. Primary weapon was the Flail.) Given a few mins of prep, his spell buffs ran off the screen, and could go toe-to-toe with legendary dragons, and only need two heal potions if I was fighting an AI controled one. If a DM possessed the dragon, then it was a toss-up who would win.

It was fun.

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2 hours ago, Fae Briona said:

Playing Civ VI, along with Endless Legend & Endless Space 2; looking forward to Humankind.

I play Civ VI (but haven’t gotten New Frontier yet – I’ll wait for a sale). I love Hot Seat multiplayer mode so I can gang up on the AI. I’m certain I’d get killed very quickly if I ever played against real people.
;–)

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1 hour ago, droughtquake said:

I play Civ VI (but haven’t gotten New Frontier yet – I’ll wait for a sale). I love Hot Seat multiplayer mode so I can gang up on the AI. I’m certain I’d get killed very quickly if I ever played against real people.
;–)

I am waiting for it on sale also.  Which is also giving them time to sort bugs out.  Paying less for a more polished product.  What a weird concept.  LOL.

Currently I am playing Cultist Simulator.  LOL.  Such a weird game.  Big learning curve and careful reading is required.  Great for tinkers like me.  Don't know why it's called Cultist Simulator, because I can see the engine to have the potential to become "Create Your Own Subculture Simulator," except the police and press are constantly after you.  LOL.

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Oh, Civ VI, bane of my existence... I always come down with acute justonemoreturnitis. :gikkle:

I tried playing Total War Shogun 2, because I love the history aspect, but I got a little bored with, well, the war part. I like that there are different ways to win in Civ. Just conquest and battle after battle gets a bit same-y.

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