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What are you playing this week?

Inspired by @Whom's music and anime threads

What have you been playing to this week? You don't need to be playing the latest games, nor do you have to write gigantic essays. This is just a space to talk games!

Feel free to give recommendations, thoughts, opinions. Chat about playstyles and habits! Reminisce about games and mechanics long gone, or coming back!

35 comments

  1. [5]
    masochist Link
    More D&D. Not as much as the last time I commented in this thread, but I'll still be playing much of Saturday and preparing to run my own game on Sunday. I lost my barbarian last weekend to...

    More D&D. Not as much as the last time I commented in this thread, but I'll still be playing much of Saturday and preparing to run my own game on Sunday.

    I lost my barbarian last weekend to hellhounds. This is significant in that my PC was the only one serving as a guide for the island the rest of the PCs crashlanded on. I'm not allowed to play a native any more, so we have to be more independent going forward and rely on the lizardfolk natives rather than my barbarian. That said, I was an awful guide (I failed several times due to abysmal rolls), and it was that awfulness that got me killed.

    This time round I'm coming back as a wizard. Total opposite in both approach and in location in the PHB! I'm working on a character that focuses on battlefield control rather than nuking (we have a rogue who just joined for that, in addition to a fighter, a cleric, and a crazy rogue/wizard hybrid, plus a transmutation sorcerer who's around occasionally to buff the frontliners). I'm rolling a conjurer, though I haven't yet decided if I want to focus on summons or other methods for manipulating the battlefield. I should point out that this is 3.5, not 5e, so things are a little different. It's still a lot of fun, though!

    8 votes
    1. [4]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      Man... It's stories like these that make me fall in love with D&D and related tabletop RPGs. The closest I've ever gotten to playing one was playing a forum RPG, which are entirely text-based....

      Man... It's stories like these that make me fall in love with D&D and related tabletop RPGs.

      The closest I've ever gotten to playing one was playing a forum RPG, which are entirely text-based. It's a load of fun, especially if you like writing, but tabletop RPGs are on another level. Exemplified by this spectacular short session of FATE Core, which made me enamored with FATE-like systems.

      3 votes
      1. [3]
        masochist Link Parent
        Play by post is a perfectly cromulent way to play! I've done a number of PbP campaigns myself; quite a lot of fun, especially if you like writing as you say. Several gaming forums (Paizo, Giant in...

        Play by post is a perfectly cromulent way to play! I've done a number of PbP campaigns myself; quite a lot of fun, especially if you like writing as you say. Several gaming forums (Paizo, Giant in the Playground, D&D Beyond) have PbP forums where you can play online. Virtual tabletops are a thing, too.

        And there are also resources on e.g. reddit (/r/lfg) and meetup.com if you need more help finding something. If you just want to play, and you don't care about an ongoing campaign, organized play is definitely your best choice. It's not the same as a regular campaign, but you may meet people at your organized play table who have open slots in their regular games.

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
          I'm currently looking for forum RPGs in the Russian scene. It's a popular game style here, with lots of different games, including original-world ones.

          I'm currently looking for forum RPGs in the Russian scene. It's a popular game style here, with lots of different games, including original-world ones.

          2 votes
          1. masochist Link Parent
            There you go. I hope it works out for you. :) There is nothing like tabletop gaming and I am so, so happy to be doing it again.

            There you go. I hope it works out for you. :) There is nothing like tabletop gaming and I am so, so happy to be doing it again.

            3 votes
  2. [3]
    The_Fad (edited ) Link
    I picked Doom (2016) back up because I can't justify buying any new games right now. When I first bought it I thought it was fantastic, but the campaign is fairly short (if you play it linearly,...

    I picked Doom (2016) back up because I can't justify buying any new games right now. When I first bought it I thought it was fantastic, but the campaign is fairly short (if you play it linearly, as I did) and with no interest in Multiplayer it faded fast from my list of "currently playing".

    Having already beaten the campaign I'm now going back through and finding all the secrets that I missed in my mad dash through the campaign. Still just as fun as it was the first time.

    7 votes
    1. TheJorro Link Parent
      I enjoyed that game far more than I thought I would, I straight up fell in love with it. It is absolutely relentless with its action and the music blaring the entire time just kicks it up to that...

      I enjoyed that game far more than I thought I would, I straight up fell in love with it. It is absolutely relentless with its action and the music blaring the entire time just kicks it up to that next level for me.

      I can't stop myself from grinning like a madman whenever I'm playing it.

      6 votes
    2. PopeRigby Link Parent
      This is my go to game when I'm super angry or feeling some other kind of strong emotion. Tearing into demons is so unbelievably cathartic. That's one of the main reasons it's my favorite game/series.

      This is my go to game when I'm super angry or feeling some other kind of strong emotion. Tearing into demons is so unbelievably cathartic. That's one of the main reasons it's my favorite game/series.

      2 votes
  3. [3]
    Grendel Link
    I've never really been into online gaming, but a coworker has invited me to play Apex Legend's with him and his son. It sounds like fun so I think I'll give it a try. I'm a little intimidated by...

    I've never really been into online gaming, but a coworker has invited me to play Apex Legend's with him and his son. It sounds like fun so I think I'll give it a try. I'm a little intimidated by what seems like a really steep learning curve though.

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      Sk8firecool Link Parent
      How did it go? I used to love online gaming, but haven't played anything since the glory days of Halo 3. I would love to play an online shooter but I also feel intimated and rusty.

      How did it go? I used to love online gaming, but haven't played anything since the glory days of Halo 3. I would love to play an online shooter but I also feel intimated and rusty.

      3 votes
      1. Grendel Link Parent
        Pretty well actually. The game actually has a decent tutorial you can play before you go online that explains how the classes and special abilities work as well as controls and other game...

        Pretty well actually. The game actually has a decent tutorial you can play before you go online that explains how the classes and special abilities work as well as controls and other game mechanics. I didn't end up playing with my co-worker so I queued up with random strangers (apex legends requires 3 man squads, it doesn't have a solo mode).

        I also noticed that the lobby seemed to pair me with people that were close to my beginner ranking, so It's not like I was dragging down high level players.

        The game itself is a lot of fun. It has about six characters to choose from so it's not as overwhelming as something like Overwatch.

        The biggest thing that threw me off is that you don't start with a weapon, you have to find one. Also you have to be thinking about ammo conservation because the maps are huge and don't have set spawn points for that stuff like halo does.

        4 votes
  4. TheJorro Link
    Been on a Dark Souls 3 kick this past week. I'm not one to wax romantic about the Soulsborne games but there is a raw appreciation I have for their format: exploring an unexplained world and...

    Been on a Dark Souls 3 kick this past week. I'm not one to wax romantic about the Soulsborne games but there is a raw appreciation I have for their format: exploring an unexplained world and struggling your way through. Emily Short wrote one of the best articles about the video game medium I've ever read about how this medium is able to translate the difficulty of an event in a way that no other medium can. It's something that's always stuck with me, especially when playing games that conflate difficulty with theme and story. Something like playing Batman: Arkham games on Hard mode so that it feels more appropriate to the challenge Batman would feel, or playing Witcher 3 on Death March so that fighting monsters feels like more than chopping down wheat.

    I suppose the Soulsborne games let me feel out that immersive difficulty in a way I don't really feel from most games, especially open-world type RPG games.

    5 votes
  5. nothis Link
    I had a lot of fun doing some backlog-work and installed a bunch of indies I had for literally years and never got to play. Currently playing Closure, a great puzzle platformer where only parts of...

    I had a lot of fun doing some backlog-work and installed a bunch of indies I had for literally years and never got to play.

    Currently playing Closure, a great puzzle platformer where only parts of the world illuminated by a light source are solid. It's a clever trick that leads to some interesting stuff, kinda breaks your brain in a good way. I just wished you wouldn't die so easily, there was a lot of restarting a level because I jumped 2 pixels too far in the last move. It's an older indie game, before the goldrush, but I like the rougher presentation and how it focuses on pure gameplay.

    Also back to Infinifactory, maybe I'll finally beat it! It's maybe one of the most elaborate Zachtronics programming-puzzlers, with a Minecraft-style (or should I say Infiniminer-style, since Zach made the game Minecraft copied that style from!) 3D block structure but somehow it's not harder than their 2D games, maybe even the most accessible one. Basically, I told myself to finish this one before finally trying Shenzen IO and Opus Magnum.

    I also bought Splatoon 2, despite absolutely hating the art style because I just had too much fun with the week-long online demo. What can I say, it's Nintendo once again taking a genre they had nothing to do with (competitive online shooter) and nailing it in their own, very Nintendo way. The paint-coverage mechanics is genius. It's the most brilliant thing, really. I also equally enjoy online vs, the coop tower-defense mode and singleplayer, even though it's still mostly a team-based online shooter with the other modes built on top of that.

    5 votes
  6. spctrvl Link
    I picked up Risk of Rain 2, and played co-op with some friends for about 5 or 6 hours last night. We'd been looking for something new to add to the rotation, since we're burning out on Heroes of...

    I picked up Risk of Rain 2, and played co-op with some friends for about 5 or 6 hours last night. We'd been looking for something new to add to the rotation, since we're burning out on Heroes of the Storm and Borderlands, and I think RoR2 is a real winner there. It's pretty surprising how well the basic Risk of Rain formula translated into 3D, and while it's a bit barebones at the moment, I'd definitely recommend giving it a go if you liked the original. Sadly, none of my favorite characters from the original have made it in yet, but the new ones are decently fun. Also, in case you were holding out for Linux support, although it doesn't yet have an official build like the first one, it runs flawlessly (or at least not any buggier than on windows) out of the box through Proton, no tweaks required.

    5 votes
  7. [3]
    Whom (edited ) Link
    I bought a used PS3 with a broken HDMI port that I'm going to hook up via component to this HD CRT that I got a few weeks ago, and I am very excited. Don't know when it's going to get here, but I...

    I bought a used PS3 with a broken HDMI port that I'm going to hook up via component to this HD CRT that I got a few weeks ago, and I am very excited. Don't know when it's going to get here, but I have Demon's Souls and Gran Turismo 5 coming along with it as well as "3 games" that they didn't label and which I'm assuming just means 3 Madden games or something.

    So in preparation for that I've been playing some stuff on my PS2, which will be nicer now that my component cables appear to have just been delivered to the front desk where I live. Last night was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3...and I'm not sure if I actually like that game or not. I forgot how tedious and difficult Tony Hawk movement was before spine transfers in THPS 4, my personal favorite.

    On the more immediate side of things, I also picked up Battlefield V on sale and did a bit of the campaign (which seemed pretty great) while I had the partially complete download going. Today I'll be dipping my toes into the multiplayer, and from what I've seen of this game I fully expect to love it and be into this series again. It was a long time coming, really.

    Oh and as always if anyone would like to play, hit me up!

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      dysoco Link Parent
      THPS3 is my favourite, maybe it's just the nostalgia factor. Fun fact, I actually play with the keyboard, I got used to playing it in an old netbook and can't stand playing Tony Hawk with joystick...

      THPS3 is my favourite, maybe it's just the nostalgia factor.
      Fun fact, I actually play with the keyboard, I got used to playing it in an old netbook and can't stand playing Tony Hawk with joystick even though it's supposed to be better.

      1 vote
      1. Whom Link Parent
        I think THPS 3 is one of the normal picks for favorite, most people seem to think the games started losing their identity after that. Personally, I like the games better as free roam things where...

        I think THPS 3 is one of the normal picks for favorite, most people seem to think the games started losing their identity after that. Personally, I like the games better as free roam things where I can do missions when I feel like it, plus I actually really enjoy how they increasingly became Jackass games :P

        1 vote
  8. ali Link
    I just returned this week from vacation and bought minecraft for the switch last night. It's just fun and relaxing. Built my first home base, somehow they always look the same though haha.

    I just returned this week from vacation and bought minecraft for the switch last night. It's just fun and relaxing. Built my first home base, somehow they always look the same though haha.

    4 votes
  9. escher Link
    Playing two adventure games on the Nintendo Classic that I never had as a kid, so for the first time I am getting to experience The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.

    Playing two adventure games on the Nintendo Classic that I never had as a kid, so for the first time I am getting to experience The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.

    4 votes
  10. xstresedg Link
    This week has been completely filled with Rise to Ruins. I did play a bit of Stardew Valley but that was to show my partner what it is. I may try to get her to play it. If she likes it, I may buy...

    This week has been completely filled with Rise to Ruins. I did play a bit of Stardew Valley but that was to show my partner what it is. I may try to get her to play it. If she likes it, I may buy it for her for PC if her laptop can handle it once she gets it back.

    3 votes
  11. [2]
    Amarok (edited ) Link
    Deadlands. Our posse consists of one seventy year old geezer pinkerton agent who looks rather like the guy who shot Buster Scruggs... one half-mad drunken irish hexslinger who has sold his soul to...

    Deadlands.

    Our posse consists of one seventy year old geezer pinkerton agent who looks rather like the guy who shot Buster Scruggs... one half-mad drunken irish hexslinger who has sold his soul to the coachman for dark power... one mayan-descended indian shaman with an axe of meteoric iron... one full cyborg automaton whose brain in a jar is the last piece of him left... a preacher with the demeanor of macho man randy savage and the powers of god... and the historical Tom Dooley, back from his hanging and hell-bent bent on revenge. Our games get wierd. ;)

    Last session we pulled into Des Moines on a train bound from dodge city to deadwood, and it was a ghost town. Train's engine had just had a bad break down so we were stuck until the next day at least, and with a train load of innocent passengers to protect. After fending off a horde of headless zombies we traced the town-ending evil activity back to an asian vampire-thing that was raising the dead in the basement of a local church.

    Dealt with that, but our metal man being low of spirit was possessed by his manitou while we were doing the hunting... so he rigs up the train with explosives while he's repairing it. Now we're barreling into cedar rapids on a runaway train mined with multiple ghost rock bombs and still trying to protect a train full of passengers though all this madness.

    3 votes
    1. cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
      The guy who shot Buster Scruggs was the young singing gunslinger dressed in black... you're probably thinking of the bank teller from the next scene. ;) Regardless, Deadlands looks like fun and...

      The guy who shot Buster Scruggs was the young singing gunslinger dressed in black... you're probably thinking of the bank teller from the next scene. ;) Regardless, Deadlands looks like fun and that sounds like a fun campaign.

      I just started playing a new campaign a few weeks ago too. It's D&D 5E (with lots of house rules to make it more tolerable) but with a completely custom setting our GM came up with based on Norse and Slavic mythology, and with completely custom races, classes and monsters. The setting is a bit like the Witcher but far less populous or technologically advanced. MAP

      2 votes
  12. moocow1452 Link
    Hearthstone, again. The new expansion came in, and I got a pretty decent haul from the packs I could get from In Game Gold and freebies. Between that, Whizbang still being a valid way to play, and...

    Hearthstone, again. The new expansion came in, and I got a pretty decent haul from the packs I could get from In Game Gold and freebies. Between that, Whizbang still being a valid way to play, and the Odd-Even decks having rotated, there is no real complaints from me.

    Not sure I want to keep chipping away at Dead Cells, I was able to get the Vine Rune, but the rest of the garden and the sewer areas are too killy for me. In Rogue Legacy or Issac, I had the off chance that I got a horrifyingly OP item, and I could track my progress through a floor and had a general idea of what had to be done before I advance. Cells kind of throws you to the wolves, and like Gungeon, gives you a quick time Dodge that you HAVE TO learn to use or die lots.

    3 votes
  13. guywithhair Link
    A coworker convinced me to join him in a Rocket League tourney, so I picked up a multiplayer game for the first time in something like 8 months. I'm shocked that I didn't do horribly; it was...

    A coworker convinced me to join him in a Rocket League tourney, so I picked up a multiplayer game for the first time in something like 8 months. I'm shocked that I didn't do horribly; it was actually really fun! I had been playing Rimworld in the few weeks before that, but stopped because I lost interest in all of the micromanaging. So instead, the bit of free time I have for games right now is back into Divinity original sin 2.

    3 votes
  14. aphoenix Link
    Our board game of the week is Splendor which is a fun little game that is simple to pick up and understand, but deep enough to be interesting. One of my daughters stomped the rest of us last night...

    Our board game of the week is Splendor which is a fun little game that is simple to pick up and understand, but deep enough to be interesting. One of my daughters stomped the rest of us last night as well, so if you have kids that are relatively board-game savvy, they can play this.

    I haven't played a lot of video games in the last few weeks. I have an ongoing thing with World of Warcraft (my guild is doing casual Mythic stuff). I reinstalled Civ VI and have played a few hours in one game of that, but then Queen Victoria backstabbed me and I was filled with loathing and shut it off. My younger daughter and I have been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as time allows. We don't spend all that much time on screens though, especially since it was starting to warm up.

    I'm in the middle of an ongoing D&D campaign, run by my brother, who is a pretty good DM. It's going pretty well; our party is poised to enter the Underdark and explore. My character is a deliciously evil warlock who is fanatically devoted to his friends. He's not a "grand plans evil villain" and will happily to the good deeds that they want to do if it enables him to do fulfill his baser desires; he's often heard saying things like, "I don't like to talk about my Patron" and "Uh, this was for the greater good." As far as game sessions go, it's hard to beat a good D&D session, although it's increasingly hard to schedule times, since I have three kids, and my brother has a 2 month old baby, and some of the other guys have kids, puppies, and shift work to think about. We actually just cancelled tonight's session, unfortunately, but with plans to reconvene on Easter Monday.

    3 votes
  15. bilbodwyer Link
    I've committed myself to completing Hollow Knight before I move on to anything else, so I've been smashing a reasonable amount of that (and making limited progress!). It's rock hard, and I don't...

    I've committed myself to completing Hollow Knight before I move on to anything else, so I've been smashing a reasonable amount of that (and making limited progress!). It's rock hard, and I don't think I'm very good at it, but it's a beautiful game, and never having played a Metroidvania before, I'm loving it. Next on the list is going to be either Doom 2016 or Breath of the Wild.
    Some friends just picked up Mysterium and we've played a bunch of rounds in the past few days. This game is fantastic, a combination of Cluedo and Dixit, and it's a whole bunch of fun to play either as the ghost or as a psychic. It'll be a while before we tire of it, I think.

    3 votes
  16. [5]
    ThatFanficGuy Link
    I was going to play Rise to Ruins, but my laptop doesn't have enough RAM for it, it appears. CPU got clogged to 90% while it was loading, too. It's a fucking Java game: how bad can it be? I can...

    I was going to play Rise to Ruins, but my laptop doesn't have enough RAM for it, it appears. CPU got clogged to 90% while it was loading, too. It's a fucking Java game: how bad can it be? I can run 3D games on it, but not this?

    Probably gonna play some more Dota 2 on the weekends. I don't play it often, these days. Used to have a match or two every day; now it's once or twice a week.

    2 votes
    1. [4]
      xstresedg Link Parent
      It can get pretty angry when there's enough stuff on screen. Sucks that you can't play it though :(

      It can get pretty angry when there's enough stuff on screen. Sucks that you can't play it though :(

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
        I'll try again when I get my hands on that custom-built $3k battlestation. Maybe that will do the trick.

        I'll try again when I get my hands on that custom-built $3k battlestation. Maybe that will do the trick.

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          xstresedg Link Parent
          o_o; n...nani?! $3000? Fuck. My. Life... I wish.

          o_o; n...nani?!

          $3000? Fuck. My. Life... I wish.

          1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
            Oh, no, I'm not getting one anytime soon! :D This is, much like for you, a dream for me. I'm writing this – and working – on a $200 laptop I bought for my student days. It's terribly insufficient...

            Oh, no, I'm not getting one anytime soon! :D This is, much like for you, a dream for me.

            I'm writing this – and working – on a $200 laptop I bought for my student days. It's terribly insufficient for gaming of any sorts: all I can play is anywhere between text games, 2D games (sans Rise to Ruins), Dota 2, and the latest Shadowrun games.

            2 votes
  17. zaarn Link
    I've been playing Division 2 a lot. It's basically Division 1 but with quality-of-life improvements and new missions. I especially love that I don't have to craft 100 mods for my weapons anymore...

    I've been playing Division 2 a lot. It's basically Division 1 but with quality-of-life improvements and new missions. I especially love that I don't have to craft 100 mods for my weapons anymore but that they are unlocks now. Stripping mods from guns was my least favorite task in D1.

    I've also established that they didn't fix LMG's, which are, at the top end, over powered bullet rains of destruction. I've even managed to complete an entire side mission without having to reload once. I just love that.

    2 votes
  18. mrbig (edited ) Link
    I’m playing Earthbound for SNES. I tried the NES installment but the gameplay was too cumbersome. It’s a beautiful game if you like pixel art (I recommend disabling any smoothing... I prefer the...

    I’m playing Earthbound for SNES. I tried the NES installment but the gameplay was too cumbersome. It’s a beautiful game if you like pixel art (I recommend disabling any smoothing... I prefer the bare pixels myself), full of nice little touches. The dialogue is short and quirky. I’m playing for the story so I fast-forward most of the combat – otherwise it would be too boring. My main reason to play Earthbound was research for my own game, but I’m really enjoying it. I put Lakka on a USB so I can boot to a distraction free environment, I can’t concentrate on videogames on my main OS.

    2 votes
  19. Ign Link
    Forza Horizon 4 mainly

    Forza Horizon 4 mainly

    1 vote
  20. actionscripted Link
    As with nearly every other week: Overwatch. It's become my TF2 and I almost never get tired of playing it.

    As with nearly every other week: Overwatch. It's become my TF2 and I almost never get tired of playing it.

    1 vote