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I want ships exploding to bits in the vast nothingness of space, which game does space combat the best?
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>>676578
a lore accurate experience
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>>686055
this anon knows what's up
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>>697567
>Honorverse
More sci-fi should use lasers created by nuclear explosions. (Does any game besides SoTS2 even uses this concept?)
Thanks USA for actually trying to do this IRL.
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>>661292
Flotilla is honestly the only space combat game I’ve played where z levels actually matter
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>>711063
>lasers created by nuclear explosions
Forgive my ignorance, but WHAT?

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>bought this and the original at a Savers discount bin like 2003 still think its unique

any fans?
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>>711042
Never played that game in my life but those graphics hit that nostalgia sweet spot - just the right amount of blur.

>>710929
King of cozy for me will always be the original Black and White. It's a shame the campaign gets less sandboxy/less good as it goes, but it's so fun to just mess around with in Skirmish or the first half of a new campaign
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My brother originally picked it up second hand at a car boot sale for like £5. Didn't know what it was, we didn't play it for ages because of how fucking confusing the manual was.
Wasted so much time on it when we finally did install it though.
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>>711904
I wanted to try black and white as one of the only god builders out there but it just seems so restricted when I saw gameplay. Is worth getting and have I just missed some hidden complexity?
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>>710929
this game is bizzare, so many good ideas with a truly horrid execution.
its also like a precursor to cossacks in regard to some mechanics but 3d and bad
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>>712085
It's abandonware so you can pick it up free and the tutorial is just playing the game so certainly worth grabbing just to mess around with if it ever caught your eye.

It's a unique blend of simple city building, economic management, AI training, and physics based gameplay that are more than the sum of their parts. But like I said, it is really only fun as a sandbox since the enemy God AI is not dangerous. Also the music/ambience is kino, I would enjoy building forest gardens listening to that Norse tune.

Xcom /vst/ Thought
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>>706735
You have to care about the casualty rate. You don't have to care about any singular rookie or squaddie. It is rare for any single click to decide if a mission succeeds or fails. Even if you click a wrong position, get seen from a window and shot dead the dozen or so remaining operatives can still finish the job. Contrast with the modern games where a single click moving you to a bad spot where you get flanked and killed can suddenly mean a loss of 25% of your fighting power. Unless you are close to the end it is unlikely you can finish the mission with just three operatives, although this certainly becomes less impossible once you get to a full team.

I think savescumming is exactly the definition of giving a fuck. In the modern X-COM losing a soldier usually means the mission just became imposssible, so I am forced to care. In the old X-COM I might lose four guys, finish the mission and just get replacements. I think the latter is definitely better in this respect, because in this alien war death actually sticks.

>Though normally it's because you finally unlocked a class' super omega final broken skill.
Whether the original is easier with floating power armor and psionic powers or the modern ones are easier with top level skills is of course a question of taste. Both games are essentially over once you get to that point and only the end game remains.
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>>691884
But can I recruit sneks
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>shoot down large ship
>send in skyranger
>jump out of skyranger
>2 chryssalids right in front of the ramp
what do?
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>>686562
The only use I ever got out of tanks was to park it in front of a human factions base that was opposed to XCOM and level their base it. I could have even done that with something else, but ti was such a big dick move to park a tank in their yard.
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>>677495
Its not, its a RPG cake with some strategegery iceing.
With mods its a pretty good RPG. It will never be a good strategy game though. The geoscape is not utilized. Taking your ship base to different areas for random scanning was pretty low effort. So is the base itself. The previous game had only slightly better buildings (in long war) so I can't ding part 2 that bad for it.
The tactics is also unbalanced. early game my favorite because its the most difficult. by the time you get to late game your soldiers have so much action economy that you can alpha strike any pod off the map. Adding lots of enemies with mods sort of helps this.
Running into a late game pod of 3 clone alien rulers with 120 hp each makes the game interesting again.

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10 days to go to global release of released game
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>>712133
Buff niggas
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>>712133
I love visual bugs
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>>712133
Gear boys dabbing on Yesod's manlet rage.
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>>712133
big cogs
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>>712133
This reminds me of the other glitch I got sometime ago, which is making a card disappear by selecting speed die and canceling with a right click. Did anyone get this glitch too? so far I haven't see it shown here.

What the fuck happened?
Also sword of the stars thread
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>>711050
Bad take
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Hivers best race, prove me wrong
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>>711657
ywnbaq
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Morrigi!
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>>711707
>TFW Will never Be Morrow Khan and have a harem of Morrigi.

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Why is the expansion not remembered as fondly as the OG game? I thought all the factions were awesome and way more unique than any of the base game factions.

The aliens were really OP though. They dominated literally every game they were included in.
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>>706417
I haven't managed to make a custom faction I liked. I always make them either boring or too strong. Does anyone with more experience know how much is too much to give to a faction? Are there any good ways to test if your faction is too strong or weak?
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>>704618
You were supposed to reply with a lewd meme, you soulless hive scum.
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>>703816
I think the United Citizen Federation from Starship Troopers is the best way of portraying the Spartans. They don't really care about taking over the world for its own sake, it just naturally follows from genuinely believing military force to be the highest virtue.

It also goes well with my favourite playstyle, Democratic Free Market Spartans. With the +1 police bonus you can handle the occasional drone from military intervention.
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>>707013
https://disk.yandex.ru/d/DReXXki81WsX_A
>>707005
Well, some guy tried to roughly estimate relative weight of social effects. It seems to be about right.
https://alphacentauri2.info/wiki/Social_Engineering_Mod#Effect_weights

It doesn't account for special abilities but you can approximately deduce their values from there.
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haven't seen this before. I'm maxed on relations with her (Magnanimous) and we're both at war against a Believers-Spartan alliance but she just plain out refuses to even sign friendship treaty.

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I'm pretty sure Tod and Rotterdam are the same person.

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aoe2 thread, rustling phone posters jimmies edition. although I appreciate DE for its multiplayer and quality of life improvements, I think it is missing a lot of the charm of the CD version especially in its UI and in the campaigns voice acting and intros.
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>>706799
i use them all the time in the late game, especially when i'm looking for more ore piles
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>>711868
i'm more curious about the polish milf
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>>711823
>early 15th century Hussites get to upgrade their cannons
>meanwhile Turk Bombards have no damage bonus or even Siege Engineers
Ottomanbros...
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>>712121
They get artillery tech though
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>>712162
Without Siege Engineers, it's just +1 range and -20% damage against buildings compared to other civs.

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what codex do I pick?
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Everything by the numbers.
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>>711987
Yeah, I guess it really depends on who you're fighting.
I've gotten bogeymen (somewhat easy), some flavor of baseline humans I forget (extremely easy) and ninja gals (actually would have been really hard if not for the heroine carrying the team). Ghost gals sound like a nightmare.
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>>712052
At least the survivors leveled.
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>>712058
There's also zombie flavor aka squad wipe.
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>>712111
What the fuck
Why would Dio do this

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new patch notes have been out for a bit, what do y'all think of it
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/251060/view/2994315478659361278
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>>708681
>everyone who hates israel is an arab
typical retarded isramutt
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>>709077
I have the fucking DLC. I would rather play Eurocorp or Nordforce mechanized. Even Scandi is better. For motorized the Israelies are beyond garbage. Air is meh and Armor just makes you wish you were playing Norad or Eurocorp.
The only reason people play Israel is cause they think ATGM recon is ultra dank meme 9000 units, without realizing that Israel has the worst synergizing roster in the game.
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Multiplayer is particularly cancerous today.
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>>711421
>it's a day ending in y

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This shit is literally Pay2Win, it's so broken it's hillarious.
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Everything past the Age of Conquerors is dogshit.
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it's not out
is preodering winning matches for people?

>base factions are North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern, Native American, Steppes.
>A big focus on decentralised vs centralised. Decentralised factions have cheaper units, greater mobility, centralised have more building options and better units, but shit is expensive and you can collapse if you lose access to resources.
>Faction defines centralisation vs decentralisation. FE and ME are always centralised with different types of collapse (FE has warring state as soon as you collapse, ME has renaissance once/if you overcome the crisis), NE starts decentralised as barbarian tribes then centralise, Natives if not too centralised have an option to immediately flip to decentralised if they are losing too hard. ME basically freely shifts in each era depending on focus and Steppes is always decentralised.
>In each era of you pick cultural traits which define focus and aesthetic. A bit like Humankind but more logical (only NE can pick the Celtic, German, British, stuff) and focused on a bit of roleplay (ME temples only turn to mosques if you turn Muslim)
>Some are misseable uniques that require a lot of effort to get. FE can only pick divine wind for massive defensive boosts if their capital has never been sieged by another faction, there is also a generic mega fauna trait which requires a very good early game.
>There is a dynamic mode (default) and preset traits mode
>Minor nations you can trade with, own, but not destroy.
>More customisation, with building/unit packs planned as DLC (Japanese skin pre order) and lots of namelist
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aw sweet a schizo thread
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what are you even talking about

Anyone still playing civ 5? Tell me about your games.
Seems like everyone's either moved onto 6 or still stuck on 4.
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favorite civ?
Mine is Morocco
Bonus to trade plus desert improvements means you won't often be at odds with your neighbors when it comes to expanding, plus desert tiles become great with petra and the unique unit is pretty cool
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>>711703
Netherlands, I can trade away all of my luxuries and not give a fuck. Also, that war theme https://youtu.be/5Uf81Ikqnrw
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>>711703
I've got two: Mayans and Ethiopia.
The Mayans might not be able to get a Scientist before Babylon, but it does get 6-7 other free Great People. It's just very versatile because of that. The Pyramid building is probably one of the best in the early game.
The last time I played, I used Ethiopia in a game where I banned myself from Tradition, Liberty, and Ratio. I went Piety & Honor with Holy Warriors, and faith purchased xbows for war. It's dumb/inefficient, but at that point I was basically done with civ5, so it was a fun sendoff.
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>>711758
Polders are the most comfy improvements in the game
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>>711703

Overall favorite is probably Russia.
Free hammers with strategics and the ability to spam horse and iron units early is a godsend.

However, the single funnest experience I ever had was with the Celts, going super wide for the Longest Name Ever achievement.

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Is /vst/ ready to have this conversation?
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>>708498
>typing this out I realize you're actually correct since most other games are just spam a single unit to win, fuck
the truth will set you free
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>>699525
Anon, they were also made for 10-14 years old not just grow ass adult. It suppose to be basic
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Been playing tibsun on my linux machine these days after almost 10 years since I played CnC3. Like everyone seems to agree, they really nailed the atmosphere and the post-apocalyptic feel. The lighting and music ooze soul in a way that tib wars never could. Even though the gameplay is much more refined in the later titles, I hate how they dialed back the tiberium ecosystems forming and the futuristic tech. Even the addition of scrin, literal aliens, feels less mysterious and alien as the environments and the world felt in tibsun.
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>>699474
>graphics
RA2
>music and sound
Tie
>cinematics
TS
>atmosphere and setting
TS
>innovative/interesting gameplay mechanics
TS
>girls
RA2
>maps
RA2

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>>712090
RA2's campaigns are unironically shit.

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Another HOI4 thread: Kaiserredux edition
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>>711736
okay what exactly do you need to know. For a general idea of good and bad 5% is the minimum 10% is pushing it 15% is borderline over powered invert that for negative effects 5% is reasonable 10% is bad but manageable and 15% grinds the nation to a crawl. For tree length that depends on what you are trying to do and what not.
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>>711736
The Wiki is much better than Youtube.
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>>711744
Doing some planning for a quasi-default focus tree for my total conversion mod. A common research and industrial section, with the political tree having local variations. Like if it starts as an ideology, it will have two paths for that ideology, nations that start as a puppet will have a stay with/break away.

The standard generic focus tree has been played a million times so I don't want to use that, but at the same time, for the initial release, I don't want to be shoving a shitton of effort into one or two focus trees so most of the world doesn't look like >>711714 . Yeah, it may look impressive to have big focus tree specialized for a nation, but when the other 99% is unlocalized garbage or results in the nations just not doing anything, kinda not much reason to play through all the different options you'd get.
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>>711736
Mid-tier knowledge isn't something you get from tutorials, it's something you learn as you get better. In fact, I'd say this mid-tier knowledge is unique to each modder, if you know what to look for you can tell who made a focus tree based on their other work.

So in short, stop depending on others to supply you with creativity. If all else fails, you can always go and look at vanilla focus trees for ideas and ways to make things happen.




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