Casual Replays: Baal Runs

Remember those? I’ve been doing something similar in Diablo 3 lately.

For the past two weeks I’ve really been absorbed in Diablo 3 with some friends. Almost every evening I’ve been getting online to smash demons in Sanctuary and I can’t figure out why it’s so awesome. I recently wrote that it’s related to how great Blizzard games feels and I know that’s a huge part of it for me. The other part of me needs to admit that Diablo 3 armors look incredible and I enjoy the transmogrification and dyes.

I don’t have a video replay this time, but it wouldn’t be a very interesting thing to watch. D3 is one of those things you have to play because it’s not all that interesting as a spectator.

I’ve been meaning to catch a few rounds of Dungeon of the Endless for a few days now, but I’ve got D3 on my mind and that’s what I turn on lately. I’m pretty sure this will be followed by months of inactivity on bnet. I’ve been under these temporary spells before!

I haven’t turned on Necrodancer for a week despite playing that for many days in a row when I bought it. As I played I realized that the actually dancing in the game is too limited. I can’t really move the way I want on the beat, as the game wants you to move to the same steady grove on most of the levels. That made things less interesting, but I’m hoping the developer will allow players to be more creative with their dancing later on down the road. I don’t suspect that it will hapen, though. About two weeks ago they announced that the current beta version of the game isn’t that much different from what will be released. But we’ll see how that goes.

What have you been playing this week?

Necrodancer Replay

For the first Casual Replay you get to watch me kill to the rhythm of the Necrodancer! I knew I loved this game from the moment I heard the title. It’s not just a musical game, but a real-time strategy put to the beat of some necrotic jams! Even the monsters got some funky moves. You get to watch them dance with me below. Take notes if you wanna learn how to steal the dance floor!

The game is currently still in Alpha and this was an Early Access buy, but I have to encourage you to try it. It’s casual, it’s fast, fun, competitive, has coop, and it gets inside you. You’ll be playing for longer than you think and it’ll deliver some great little surprises as you advance.

Some things you should know: monsters move and attack to the beat. You have to try to move when they aren’t in an attack position and also on the beat. Some monsters are stronger than others and require multiple hits. Using the little arrow traps on the floor makes your next move twice as fast, which can be helpful for a double attack on whatever may be there. The music can speed up and slow down, and each piece of treasure you find either gives a passive bonus or you activate them using combos. In this clip you see me blow myself up at least twice because I fat fingered the keys and dropped a bomb on myself. But hey, my rhythm ain’t bad at all, right?

Also, most awesome conga line ever witnessed in a video game.

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You’re Invited to Community Gaming

Consider this your invitation to join me in the games I play. There’ll be games we have in common and there will be games we’ll simply exchange experiences about. Right now, I just want to make the announcement and see how many of you still love your games as much as you say you do.

Civ Nights

My wife and I have decided that I need one evening a week to spend relaxing over a battle of strategy. She’s tired of me dragging her into my culture wars in Civilization 5. And to be truthful I’m tired of her warmongering.

Thus the idea for Civ Sundays was born. Each Sunday evening (PST/Los Angeles) I’ll turn on my friends list and begin a round of Civ. You’re all invited. As we can see each other on Steam, on Sunday nights you’ll know exactly what I’m up to. For multiplayer rounds we’ll lay out some rules and determine how epic or quick we want the match to be. I’ll post recaps of each match just to share my gaming habit with you. For those of you who’ve played this with me, please be sure to tell everyone else what a pleasure it is to share a¬†Civ map with me ūüôā You can find me on Steam by clicking this link or just join the NBI Steam group where most of us can be found hanging around when we’re online.

Cook Off

I see my enthusiasm for the kitchen arts has caused some of you¬†to¬†begin playing Cook, Serve, Delicious ….and so we must celebrate with a feast! Record yourself cooking your favorite and worst menus, then simply post them on Youtube, your stream or your blog to share it. Share your progress! Likewise, I’ll post a challenge menu for the community¬†on occasion so we can have some fun with it. Right now I’m in New Game + which is horrifying, or extra fun depending on how you look at it. Meet me there and share your cooking journey with the rest of us.

For awesome game recording software use Open Broadcaster. It’s open source, free, and easy to use.

Casual Replays

I’ve got some other casual indie-type games in my library that I want to play more of. I’ve found these games fun in the past, but for reasons unknown have stopped playing them. It’s time to resurrect these gems and share them with you!

  • Volgarr the Viking
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Cubetractor
  • Transistor

This list will likely grow or just change over time, but right now these are games I want to play more of so I’ll be recording my sessions and posting the videos here for your mockery. If you have a game you’d like me to play, let me know. These replays will be me failing and flailing at these games and I’ll try¬†to do some modest¬†editing to keep the videos interesting, short and to the point. I don’t want these to turn into long LPs, but to give you a taste of what it’s like to watch me struggle through a good game.