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#1 2004-01-06 07:16:00

wiked
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Renfield's Game Lab

and with a smack of the magical salmon it hath been done...

A room full of bookshelves full of RPG's and Boardgames, 8'x4' tables at varying heights surrounded by comfy chairs.
In one corner is a collection of bins with carefully packed miniatures for war games. Another seris of bins hold dice of all sizes from d2's up to d100's. One whole section is occupied by a series of Computers wired into a LAN and set up with a plethroa of multi-player games.
Come in, sit down and enjoy a game or two!

[ January 06, 2004: Message edited by: wikedtrybe ]


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#2 2004-01-06 07:28:00

ElderTurtle
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Woo Hoo!


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#3 2004-01-06 07:42:00

wiked
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

hey ren,i moved your description up into the first post, then deleted the redundunt one,..

with that said, any one here ever hear of diskwars?


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#4 2004-01-06 07:51:00

ElderTurtle
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Some miscellaneous gaming chatter:

Heptonian's Game Reviews

Based on a potential 5 Happy Turtles [@] system where more happy turtles equals a better game!

For now, I'll yammer about games that I play on the X-Box.  Caveat: All Heptonian reviews are basically worthless as they reflect only what games he personally liked or didn't like.  Go out and play 'em for yourself! 

Knights of the Old Republic
Rating @@@@ + 9/10 @

The best thing to happen to Star Wars since A New Hope!  This game is one of the top ten reasons to own an X-Box.  Great story meshed with good game-play.  The only reason that I don't give it 5 happy turtles is that the two "paths" Light-Side and Dark-Side that you can take the protagonist down are (until the end) essentially identical.  It's exactly the same story with two different endings.  Although the plot twist had me up out of my chair and cheering the first time I hit it.

Halo
Rating @@@@@

Wow.  Just wow.  And I don't even like First Person Shooters!  This game is one of the top ten reasons to own an X-Box.  Probably up there at number 1.  And Halo II is coming out soon.

Armed and Dangerous
Rating: @@@@ + 3/4 @

So now there are two First Person Shooters I like.  Imagine if Monty Python, Douglas Adams, and the guys who do South Park all got together and developed a shooter.  This give you an idea of the strange, bizarre, twisted, and just plain wrong humor that litters this game like some littery thing.  Game play is simple ... perhaps a little too simple in places.  Not a lot of interaction with the world other than shooting things.  A lot.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Rating @@@@

A fun puzzle-solver/fighting game mix.  I found the story to be a lot of fun.  Unfortunately they didn't get around to getting voice actors (although the cut scenes are clearly modeled for speech) so it's all sub-titled.  Likewise the save-game system is a little wierd (in that you can only have 3 games active at a time and can't go back to an earlier "save" point in a particular game.)  However, these were but minor detractions from a game that I really enjoyed.  If you have a choice between Prince of Persia and Sphinx ... get Sphinx first.

More games reviewed later.

Currently in play -- Prince of Persia and Goblin Commander.


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#5 2004-01-06 07:51:00

Ren
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

works for me! Thanks.

Yes I have heard of that game, lots of fun and took off like a rocket, then died horribly. Fortunately I sold out of my statsh when it was still realtively popular...8)


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#6 2004-01-06 08:00:00

wiked
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

yeah, magenight pretty much killed it, it ruled though, i still have mosto my mogs, stuck gathering dust most of them


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#7 2004-01-06 08:05:00

Ren
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

You mean mageblight right? Hate that damn cheap POS game...so many people argue that "Oh it' so much chepaer than Regular miniatures and you don't have to paint them"

Well by the time You have the army you want you've spent mroe money than most Miniatures players for crappy craftsmanship and worse paintjobs. I'll stick to my 40k thanks.


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- me

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#8 2004-01-06 10:31:00

Sahi
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Hey, now we have two gamerooms! :) (More games is a good thing.)

Yalahii.


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#9 2004-01-06 11:33:00

fangler
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

anyone here play monopoly? i like to be the hat.

 

#10 2004-01-06 11:49:00

Ren
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Hat? not Me always the Car...zoom! Can't charge me rent if you can't catch me!


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#11 2004-01-06 11:57:00

wiked
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

the iron works better as a projectile,..

and then there are those versions with the cannon..


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#12 2004-01-06 12:12:00

fangler
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

C'mon. the hat is so carefree. it just blows doen the street with the wind.

as for charging rent, you have to run out of gas sometime.

as for projectiles, i use the boot.

 

#13 2004-01-06 12:13:00

wiked
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

yeah, but the boot says lasy bum, the iron says pissed off housewife, who is more frightening to you..


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#14 2004-01-06 16:15:00

fangler
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

i choose option C: the rabid dog. sic 'em boy!

 

#15 2004-01-06 23:46:00

Tiny
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Haven't played monopoly for a loooong time, I tend to play more on the Xbox and PS2, when I get time to play anything. I've been playing Project Gotham Racing 2 on Xbox Live - it's great fun to fire up the box and jump into a race any time, with people from all over the world. And you get to insult them while racing :)

 

#16 2004-01-07 06:23:00

Ren
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Anyone else here a fan of the Monster Rancher games for Play Station? I finally beat the Ubermonster for MR3 a few days ago. Now aiting to get my hands on MR4!


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- me

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#17 2004-01-07 08:22:00

Ren
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

when I get a chance, ie- a nice block of time, I'll post the stuff I've been doing to my 7th sea Players. I'm ery proud of the convoluted plotline I've been running...8)


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- me

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#18 2004-01-07 12:10:00

fangler
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

okay, i'm thinking of getting an x-box or ps2 so i can play football and /or hockey on it. any suggestions as to which unit to buy and then which game?

 

#19 2004-01-07 12:39:00

Ren
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

I*'m partial to the PS2 but Xbox live lets you play people around the world.
I can't reccomend sports games as I don't play them...not my bag baby.
Gimme a good RPG any day of the week.

Speaking of Good RPGs:
Xenogears for the Playstation has one of the BEST storylines EVER done for a platform game. Sure the graphics are outdated now, but an awesome story.


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- me

"Eeyore is my Totem Animal"
- me

 

#20 2004-01-07 12:54:00

Rook
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Has anyone seen that TV show on MTV2 that animates game characters and has them dance and lip synch to a top 40 hit?

I'm not really a fan of the show, but I did see it while flipping through the channels last Saturday.  I never realized how frightening the SSX 3 characters could be until they showed an interview with "Moby Jones".  And, of course having Zoe (whose original voice is alternative artist Biff Naked) get voiced by someone who sounds like L'il Kim.  Truly, truly disturbing.

Sad, too, since SSX 3 is an awesome game.  I kinda miss the "Tricky" theme when ubertricks become available, though.


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#21 2004-01-07 16:40:00

AJ
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Hi Ren!

I promised to pop in and I've finally made it :)

Can't really talk about games ATM, *eyes the LOTR Xbox game that's still in it's wrapper after 5 months*, but one that my brother told me about is divine/divinity (apparently it's a rubbish name but a fantastic RPG for the PC) Anyone played?

 

#22 2004-01-07 16:52:00

shadowsandice
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

If you want to play sports online, it might (might) be best to stick with the PS2.  EA, who in general make the best sport games around, don't have a real happy relationship going with Microsoft, and to my knowledge have no intention of making any Xbox sports game online.

If online isn't a huge priority, then you can't go wrong with either, really.

Seconds for Hepner - Knights and Halo are the only two reasons you need to buy an Xbox.  (Got Knights for Christmas.  Wheee!)


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#23 2004-01-07 16:55:00

Jendaiya
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

I'm playing through Deus Ex on my pc again. Once I'm done I'm gonna rent and xbox and check out the Invisible War (deus ex 2). I don't really expect that it'll live up to the first one, but it'll be something to do.


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#24 2004-01-07 17:21:00

lian
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

Xenogears!

fear the disc 2. Fear it. Nonetheless,

I want  to marry Citan Uzuki.


*sobs*

 

#25 2004-01-07 20:14:00

Ren
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From: Austin, Tx
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Re: Renfield's Game Lab

*GRIN*
Yeah Doc Uzuki is verra cool and prolly one of the more entertaining characters in the game. Not to mention I NICE bonus addition to the party since he's all kinds of bad-ass from the get go!

Ah, the next question though is, have you played Xenosaga, the prequel? I Played it and loved it thought it was too short and left too much unresolved. Course it's designed to be a continuing storyline. Can't wait till Part 2!


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- me

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- me

 

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