Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a special place in my heart. I was at the Edmonton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was covering it for local TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I contributed to the marketing and communications efforts of these games and the Infinity Engine that they’re built on.
At the time, there was absolutely nothing else that could bring the true D&D experience, the party-dungeon-crawling-holy-crap-is-that-a-Beholder experience to the computer as these games did.
So, through the help of Beamdog, I’ve got copies of the Enhanced Edition versions of these games. And Virginia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition:
Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never-before-seen content including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.
I want my BGII and so do you!
Here’s how you can support my fundraising efforts through a silent auction and get one of these amazingly engaging and challenging Dungeons & Dragons world games, specifically:
I’m starting to feel a bit spoiled. Seriously, what was the last major board game release that ended up a dud? It sure as hell isn’t BattleLore: Command, the latest release from Fantasy Flight Games, which, despite a major omission, is still a strong contender for digital board game of the year.
If you’re a fan of board games or just strategy games in general, BattleLore: Command is going to trip all your triggers.
Many of you will know that in my (admittedly rare) massively multiplayer computer gaming time, I’ve moved away from World of Tanks to WarThunder.
Similar concept except instead of driving tanks, you’re driving planes. Cool thing is they’ve got three levels of sophistication (Arcade, Realistic, Simulator). Also cool, that Arcade is actually quite tough.
WarThunder an evolution of the Wings of Prey / IL Stormivik style of combat flight sims. Accessible, detailed and sophisticated.
Also fun. Here’s a little action from a few nights ago where I had my clown car out for a ride, was soundly bounced, yet managed to land along a dirt road in the bush. Go figure 😀
Lately I’ve been playing a highly accessible puzzle-rogue-like game called Hoplite.
Simple graphics and ever-increasing difficulty make this a quick and easy game to learn, but a very difficult one to master.
You play the role of an adventurous Hoplite — a citizen warrior of ancient Greece city-states. You’re questing in ever-deeper dungeons looking for the Fleece of Yendor whilst avoiding doom at the hands of various dungeon inhabitants.
Each level is a smallish hex map with lava obstacles, opponents, a temple and an exit to the next level down. Defeat the opponents, heal or receive a boon at the temple and journey onward. Simple right?
Well, yes, and no. Depending on the number of enemies and your strategy, your journey could end on the first level, or you could retrieve the Fleece and win, or hang on to the fleece and quest even further.
I find myself coming back to Hoplite daily, for at least one or two rounds. As you can tell by the shot at the top, I’ve managed to recover the Fleece once (yay me!), but am wondering what lies beyond…