Neptune’s Pride 2 Journal (Part 1 of 4) – Once more unto the breach

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Early in 2013 me and my friends played a closed game of Neptune’s Pride 2: Triton, before even the glorious saga that was the war of the Space Bears. During the surprisingly brief, two-week-long game, I once again kept a journal of the exploits of my Empire in a rise and fall of epic proportions. Despite it now being two years later, I kept all my materials and have finally decided that the time is ripe to post the story. Continue reading

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Xenonauts review – Certainty of death, small chance of success, what are we waiting for?

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Xenonauts by Goldhawk Interactive is billed as the “spiritual successor” for UFO: Enemy Unknown, also known as X-COM: UFO Defense from the early 90’s (thanks Wikipedia!). I.e. back in the day when I was more concerned with learning how to walk and breath simultaneously instead of complex and novel turn-based strategy. X-COM is a turn-based strategy game which was, apparently, a commercial and critical success but honestly I had not heard of it until a few years ago when 2K Interactive rebooted the series with X-COM: Enemy Unknown (taking the best parts of both names and mashing them together to make a new one it would seem). This is also not to be confused with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified which was a 3rd person shooter which was about as successful as warm milk on a hot Summer’s afternoon.

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Cities in Motion 2 review – Also known as “Throwing Trams at the City Until it Works… 2”

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Cities in Motion 2 is one of several Paradox Interactive releases from last year which slipped through the cracks at MMGaming. I have to admit to being intrigued by the title and looking it up, because I was hoping I would see a sort Predator Cities style game, with gigantic moving cities which eat each other. Or at least something with moving cities, because I have to admit that I used to be quite the fan of Predator Cities. Although… I disliked the way it ended, but I digress. However, the few bits of cover art and screenshots I saw all pictured trains and the like, and because I instantly assumed it was some form of Train Simulator, I decided to ignore it.

Well look at all this egg that is currently residing on my face right now and I have to admit to be tucking into a slice of humble pie (only a slice of course, humility is fattening) in that having recently downloaded and spent some time playing Cities in Motion 2 that I actually really quite enjoy it! Continue reading

A Game of Thrones in Crusader Kings 2 (Part 1) – A United Scotland

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Crusader Kings 2 by Paradox Interactive is a game which has slowly been growing on me over recent months. Since I wrote the official MMGaming review of the game I have been picking it back up again every now and again and continuing a dynasty I started months ago. As I now am nearing the passing of the 200th in-game year I have had some cause to reflect on my dynasty and the success it has had, and I have come to the decision that it is a story I would like to share, because my noble house has indeed had great success. This is not a review or anything of the sort about CK2 but is simply a tale of how a noble house in Scotland has come to rule one of the most powerful nations in the entire world.

It should be noted that most of this story is told from memory, so unfortunately there are no screenshots of most of my progress through the game. I also will be talking about my progress in a way that might not always make sense to someone who hasn’t played CK2, but for the most part I hope it will be easy to follow. Continue reading

The Space Bears Neptune’s Pride 2 diary – Days 19 to Ending – A Humble End

324425A close friend of mine became rather addicted to Neptune’s Pride 2: Triton in the early months of this year, after I introduced it to him. Part of his addiction has led to the playing of many games, far more than I’ve ever played, and in his time he even managed to secure a place in the group stages of the Neptune’s Pride 2 World Championship back in July (3 games of 6 people). Due to the importance of the game to himself and to the community of Neptune’s Pride, I persuaded Sam to keep a log of the major events and he went a step further to keep a detailed and entertaining diary. I will post the diary in short segments for you reading pleasure! Here are the previous entries: Days 1-3Days 4-7Days 8-11, Days 12-14 and Days 13-18.

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The Space Bears Neptune’s Pride 2 diary – Days 13 to 18 – Darkness Rises

Fall of Reach

A close friend of mine became rather addicted to Neptune’s Pride 2: Triton in the early months of this year, after I introduced it to him. Part of his addiction has led to the playing of many games, far more than I’ve ever played, and in his time he even managed to secure a place in the group stages of the Neptune’s Pride 2 World Championship back in July (3 games of 6 people). Due to the importance of the game to himself and to the community of Neptune’s Pride, I persuaded Sam to keep a log of the major events and he went a step further to keep a detailed and entertaining diary. I will post the diary in short segments for you reading pleasure! Here are the previous entries: Days 1-3Days 4-7Days 8-11, Days 12-14.

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The Space Bears Neptune’s Pride 2 diary – Days 12 to 14 – Fighting Fang and Claw

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A close friend of mine became rather addicted to Neptune’s Pride 2: Triton in the early months of this year, after I introduced it to him. Part of his addiction has led to the playing of many games, far more than I’ve ever played, and in his time he even managed to secure a place in the group stages of the Neptune’s Pride 2 World Championship back in July (3 games of 6 people). Due to the importance of the game to himself and to the community of Neptune’s Pride, I persuaded Sam to keep a log of the major events and he went a step further to keep a detailed and entertaining diary. I will post the diary in short segments for you reading pleasure! Here are the previous entries: Days 1-3Days 4-7, Days 8-11.

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