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June 4th, 2020, 23:17
Oh wow, thanks for remembering this thread, it's turned out to be surprisingly historical. Back in June 2019 it looked in all likelihood like the next year in RPGs would be chocka block with major releases again, starting with The Outer Worlds and culminating in Cyberpunk 2077. It turns out The Outer Worlds has been pretty much the 'biggest' release in the whole last year.

Meaning that at this moment I could repeat the OP almost word for word and it would be pretty much exactly as relevant

Anyway, thanks for listing what you've been doing in gaming the past 6 months, it's been a very enjoyable read.

So far in 2020 I've been doing:

Anno 1404 (2009), abandoned but after about 100 hours. These kind of games, RTSes/city builders/economic sims, don't really have an end to abandon but let's just say I didn't bother completing any campaigns and the free-build bored me relatively quickly by this genre's standards.

Eschalon Book III (2014), the final part in the quirky but extremely fun series of 'One Man Production' Eschalon RPGs. Unfortunately the weakest of the series by quite a margin, more like a DLC to Book II, but I suppose a suitable end to the saga that neatly weans one off the Eschalon crack.

The Temple of Elemental Evil (2003), a long-overdue replay of the quasi-classic RPG that attempted to convert an existing D&D Pen and Paper module into a computer game, this time actually defeating the end-boss and this time actually trying to find all the game's content. Still as lacklustre and disappointing as the first time I played it, but I now feel duty bound to try it again at some point with all the 'recommended' mods that 'make it enjoyable'.

Tower of Time (2018), touted as a fun dungeon crawling isometric RPG romp but turned out to be a fairly tedious literal corridor walk where combat was both dull and repetitive in the extreme and the loot was about as rewarding as minimum wage slavery with added heavy taxes. I gave it a good 10 hours or so but even bloody-minded completionism couldn't keep me playing this one.

Avadon 3: The Warborn (2016) was the 'grand' finale to Jeff Vogel's 'One Man Productions' Avadon series. It was ok. For the first half of the game I was actually enjoying it a whole lot more than the first two games. Then a portal took me to Avadon Castle and then all the companions wanted their quests done and it got slightly more boring than the first two games. Upon completion there was no sense of having completed a gigantic epic trilogy, but at the same time there was a nice cosy feeling that it was nice to play in this nice cosy world just one more time and it is a kind of a shame it has to end, but not to the extent that I'd ever want to play a part 4.

The only RPG in my 'waiting to play' list at this point was Avernum 5, however, I'd just completed a Vogel game so this wasn't really an option for me.

So I returned to my great 'nothing to play game':

Civilisation 3 (2001) and ran through a few victories and a very amusing loss.

Then I determined to find a new game to play and found the following on a GoG sale:

Stronghold HD (2001) which is another RTS/city builder/economic sim. Only this one I'm really enjoying. Am currently at mission 15 out of 21 of the first campaign and am still highly motivated to play on. Ah man, it's good to have some true classics in the 'As Yet Unplayed' locker in times of trouble!

I'll probably have a stab at Pathfinder Kingmaker later in the year, when I'm working less and when the rain clouds come back over. Other than PK, Avernum 5/6, and the self-imposed ToEE challenge, I'm really struggling to see where my next RPG is going to come from. Other than eternal replays of games I've already played before, of course. Not to worry yet though.
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June 6th, 2020, 20:50
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Oh wow, thanks for remembering this thread, it's turned out to be surprisingly historical. Back in June 2019 it looked in all likelihood like the next year in RPGs would be chocka block with major releases again, starting with The Outer Worlds and culminating in Cyberpunk 2077. It turns out The Outer Worlds has been pretty much the 'biggest' release in the whole last year.

Meaning that at this moment I could repeat the OP almost word for word and it would be pretty much exactly as relevant

Anyway, thanks for listing what you've been doing in gaming the past 6 months, it's been a very enjoyable read.

So far in 2020 I've been doing:

Anno 1404 (2009), abandoned but after about 100 hours. These kind of games, RTSes/city builders/economic sims, don't really have an end to abandon but let's just say I didn't bother completing any campaigns and the free-build bored me relatively quickly by this genre's standards.

Eschalon Book III (2014), the final part in the quirky but extremely fun series of 'One Man Production' Eschalon RPGs. Unfortunately the weakest of the series by quite a margin, more like a DLC to Book II, but I suppose a suitable end to the saga that neatly weans one off the Eschalon crack.

The Temple of Elemental Evil (2003), a long-overdue replay of the quasi-classic RPG that attempted to convert an existing D&D Pen and Paper module into a computer game, this time actually defeating the end-boss and this time actually trying to find all the game's content. Still as lacklustre and disappointing as the first time I played it, but I now feel duty bound to try it again at some point with all the 'recommended' mods that 'make it enjoyable'.

Tower of Time (2018), touted as a fun dungeon crawling isometric RPG romp but turned out to be a fairly tedious literal corridor walk where combat was both dull and repetitive in the extreme and the loot was about as rewarding as minimum wage slavery with added heavy taxes. I gave it a good 10 hours or so but even bloody-minded completionism couldn't keep me playing this one.

Avadon 3: The Warborn (2016) was the 'grand' finale to Jeff Vogel's 'One Man Productions' Avadon series. It was ok. For the first half of the game I was actually enjoying it a whole lot more than the first two games. Then a portal took me to Avadon Castle and then all the companions wanted their quests done and it got slightly more boring than the first two games. Upon completion there was no sense of having completed a gigantic epic trilogy, but at the same time there was a nice cosy feeling that it was nice to play in this nice cosy world just one more time and it is a kind of a shame it has to end, but not to the extent that I'd ever want to play a part 4.

The only RPG in my 'waiting to play' list at this point was Avernum 5, however, I'd just completed a Vogel game so this wasn't really an option for me.

So I returned to my great 'nothing to play game':

Civilisation 3 (2001) and ran through a few victories and a very amusing loss.

Then I determined to find a new game to play and found the following on a GoG sale:

Stronghold HD (2001) which is another RTS/city builder/economic sim. Only this one I'm really enjoying. Am currently at mission 15 out of 21 of the first campaign and am still highly motivated to play on. Ah man, it's good to have some true classics in the 'As Yet Unplayed' locker in times of trouble!

I'll probably have a stab at Pathfinder Kingmaker later in the year, when I'm working less and when the rain clouds come back over. Other than PK, Avernum 5/6, and the self-imposed ToEE challenge, I'm really struggling to see where my next RPG is going to come from. Other than eternal replays of games I've already played before, of course. Not to worry yet though.

We obviously have fairly different tastes in games, but have you played the original Knights of the Chalice? It seems that is similar to other games you like.
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