There’s a strange contradiction that I’ve been wrestling with for a little while. I thought that Journey was an absolutely beautiful and wonderful game. It even won eight awards at DICE this year, including “Game of the Year” and “Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay”. But here’s the thing: I think I might somehow be the only person in the world that absolutely hated Journey’s multiplayer system. If you haven’t played Journey, the multiplayer system works like this: you start playing the game as if you were playing a single-player game, and the game matches you with someone else who’s playing where you are.
Janice and I have been playing a lot of Anno 2070 lately. Getting into it is a bit rough, as there’s really no tutorial to speak of, and it’s a little on the complex side. But you get the hang of it soon enough. It’s worth it once you do - it’s a combination of supply chain management, SimCity-style building, and RTS-style combat with diplomacy and goods trading… all in one game.
Many months ago, I wrote a little GnuPG-verified dice CGI page for myself and my gaming group to use when resolving gaming situations over email. (Feel free to use it yourself, you can check it out here.) It’s inspired by other verified dice web applications out there. But while other scripts require you check a roll on the site itself, either by cut and pasting into a form, or by finding the roll in a list, I wanted something I could verify easily by looking at the message in my mail reader.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Now Playing” post. I haven’t had much time to actually play games lately, but one game I do have time to fit in is Neptune’s Pride. It’s a 4X strategy game of galactic conquest written in flash, and played in “real time”. Turns are generally a day long, but ships move and combat happens between turns as well. I’ve been quite enjoying it, and it only takes a couple minutes of my time here and there.
So I’ve been sans-MMO for a while now, ever since I stopped playing WoW several months ago. Until, that is, I got back into playing [EVE Online](http://www.eve- online.com/). I have to say, I tried the 2-week trial once before, and never really got into it. But EVE is different than most MMO’s.. it’s got a bit of a steeper learning curve, which means it doesn’t grab you right off the bat like some other MMOs do.