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Computer Gaming / Re: Stellaris: A little late to the party, but OK....
« Last post by 88mmkwk on Today at 05:19:16 PM »
I have Stellaris on my computer but I've only played about 3 hours worth of it. I would be interested in what you think about Stellaris after you have played a bit.
Since a lot smarter folk than me might wanna try Stellaris in the future, I thought maybe I'd chronicle here my FLAILEX as I try to wrap my arms around this beast....  Here goes....

Sunday Sept 19, 2021:  Paradox Strategy Weekend on Steam has Stellaris and all it's miscellaneous mods/add-ons/DLC's on sale.  I've seen Stellaris around for a while and heard that it with some combo of Deep/Complex.  I ended up watching the Livecast "Developer Plays" sessions on the Steam Stellaris homepage, and that's what drew me in to buying it.  After a quick search of GOG and other discount game sites, looks like the Steam sale is a decent deal and so I decide to buy it on Steam.  Steam has the Stellaris Ultimate Bundle for around $110USD, but I wonder if I really need the whole shebang.  Did some searching on both the product discussion forum on Steam and on the web, and made a decision to initially skip most of the species packs along with the MegaCorp and Nemesis add-ons.  If I really get into the game, I can always add those later.  Total out the door for me was ~$60.

Tuesday Sept 21:  Hopped up onto YouTube and started watching Stellaris Intro videos, tutorials, and How-To's.  Also hopped over to the Stellaris Wiki (https://stellaris.paradoxwikis.com/Stellaris_Wiki).  So much info and only a fraction sticks in my brain at this point....

Wednesday Sept 22:  Time to jump in and discover all the things I don't know yet!  Fire up Stellaris, select the Human Federation, make sure I dial down the Xeno option (important for a newbie per multiple threads), and away we go.  Screen pops up and a little tutorial help guy appears in the top right of the screen.  One cool note is that the game showed G-sync in the top right corner, letting me know that Stellaris was being rendered using my external GeForce 1070Ti vs my embedded laptop graphics chip.  The 1070Ti fan shortly kicked on and I must admit that I was quite impressed with the graphics detail.  Sol appears in the middle of the screen along with Earth and I start clicking on everything to see what screens pop.  Oddly, I missed a couple of the screens from the tutorial bot, and could not figure out how to "re-show" them.  Miss a tip and it's your loss I guess....

Time to do something......but what?  I remembered from the intro that I needed to first send a survey ship to discover other systems.  So I click a bunch of the stacked icons above earth and see one that looks like a science ship.  But where to send it?  And is moving done via right click or left click?  I see some arrows that seem to point to other systems, but no matter what I do, I don't see how to get to the other systems.  I scroll in and out, but everything seems just focused on my solar system.  What am I doing wrong?  I start looking around and suddenly I notice on the bottom center of the screen a GALAXY button.  What does this do?  I click it and suddenly the map zooms out and VOILA I see other systems! Yay!!!  So then I go back to my Earth spacedock, select the Science ship and right click (I think?) to send it on a survey mission to a nearby system.  I sit there for a minute and wonder how long until it start to head to the next system.  Maybe it takes some time to get up to speed?  Or maybe due to the scale, it is moving and I just don't notice?  Or maybe - just MAYBE - this idiot forgot to cancel pause mode for the game to run???  Jeeeeshhh..... I click the run button in the right corner of the screen and my little space discover science vessel starts to fly toward the next system.  It eventually gets there and I can now access info about the newly discovered planet.  Cool!  And my little survey ship sits there.....and...sits....... and sits some more.... OK, now what?  I think I'm supposed to send another ship to colonize or something.  But do I have to build the ship first?  Or is there one already at my space station I can send?  I click on the space station and realize that the stacked entries of what is in the space station have icons on them but I have no idea what icons mean what.  So I could easily send the wrong kind of ship and have no clue about what I'm doing.  At this point, I is getting late and I recognize that I need to save and close the game for tonight.  I also recognize that my action plan before coming back includes:
  • Spend some time up on the Stellaris Wiki learning the different ship type icons.  Next game I'll Alt-Tab regularly between the game and the Wiki page with the icons up.
  • Spend some time refreshing on the sequence of what comes after survey in the sequence for planet discovery, survey, and eventual habitation.
  • Figure out what make a planet worth investing time/resources to colonize
  • Figure out what the heck I should be doing with the settings for Earth.  Lots of screens to click for Earth - what settings do I need to pay attention to?
Where I stand now:  Feels good to have my first newb session out of the way.  The game graphics are wonderful, and I'm enjoying the game discovery process so far.  I'm still into it and looking forward to my next session!!
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Computer Gaming / Re: Battletech is back!!!
« Last post by Geezer on Today at 05:04:20 PM »
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Dude, I'm having fun with RogueTech. I would just give it a shot.

No crashes or issues, other than I've read it's brutally hard?
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Computer Gaming / Re: Old World from Soren Johnson
« Last post by Gusington on Today at 04:59:38 PM »
That service doesn’t come inexpensively…
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Computer Gaming / Re: Battletech is back!!!
« Last post by Jarhead0331 on Today at 04:44:01 PM »
Traveled to a nearby system (Cumberland) to get some more half skull missions.  Accepted a mission and the game stopped responding on the Prepping for Mission screen.   :tickedoff:

Luckily I had saved on my arrival so I'll try it again.

Dude, I'm having fun with RogueTech. I would just give it a shot.
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Computer Gaming / Re: Old World from Soren Johnson
« Last post by steve58 on Today at 03:59:37 PM »
Watch your back!   ...and hire Gus to be your food taster!  :-"
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Computer Gaming / Re: Old World from Soren Johnson
« Last post by solops on Today at 03:57:41 PM »
OK, the whole fish assassin plan fell apart. Before I got an option to train it I got a message that my daughter had become more like her mother and that she now hated me. No way her fish is going to get assassin training.
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Computer Gaming / Re: Battletech is back!!!
« Last post by Geezer on Today at 03:57:08 PM »
Traveled to a nearby system (Cumberland) to get some more half skull missions.  Accepted a mission and the game stopped responding on the Prepping for Mission screen.   :tickedoff:

Luckily I had saved on my arrival so I'll try it again.
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Tabletop AARs / Aboukir Bay, Late Afternoon, August 1, 1798
« Last post by MengJiao on Today at 03:45:08 PM »

  So I worked out a revised "Battle of the Nile" (versus the one in the playbook scenarios for Flying Colors): 3 commanders on each side (added Troubridge to the RN and de Breugnon on the Guerrier for the French).  Also the French had batteries and fireships and frigates backing up the head of the column and it was a shorter and tighter column and some ships like the Guerrier were active from the start of the battle so we will see how this goes:

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Computer Gaming / Re: Old World from Soren Johnson
« Last post by Gusington on Today at 01:32:31 PM »
 ;D
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Computer Gaming / Re: Old World from Soren Johnson
« Last post by Silent Disapproval Robot on Today at 01:03:09 PM »
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