Friday, 11 January 2013

One ship, two ship, red ship, NEW SHIP

Yes, I'm still trawling around the galaxy in I-war, but I have made a bit of progress - not as much as I wanted to make before this post, but enough. I now have a new speedy spaceship. It's actually a souped-up version of the one I had in the previous game, and it's much better than the little tug that I used to have. One of the things that I like most about it, bizarrely, is the sound design. The old tug used to roar about the stars, ambling between jump points in the time it took me to write an email or two, but this new ship has a beautiful high-pitched hum as it zips about. If anything, it seems to go a bit too fast at times. It has an annoying habit of crashing into ships when it's auto-piloting up to them, which never used to happen with the old slow tug. It's also, really, really annoyingly, crashed on the way home from missions a couple of times. I set the auto-pilot to take me home, then turn around to do something else, and next thing I know the blighter's ramming head first into a cargo transporter. I think it happens at Lagrange points - what the game uses for making jumps between systems. You often have to queue up to use the points, as there's often a bunch of other traffic making system hops, and this new speedy ship seems to have a tendency to jostle and push its way up the queue, smashing in its own hull in the process. I'm not sure why it does it, as I say, the tug never used to, but it doesn't half get my goat. Anyway, I've completed a bunch more side missions and cashed in some booty for ship upgrades, but I haven't really made any headway with the uber mission yet. I'll try and do that the next chance I get to play.

In other news - I order you to go out and play FTL (Faster Than Light) right now. I think it's even on sale on Steam at the moment, so you have no excuse. Go buy buy (don't worry, I bought my copy in the sales last year, so I haven't broken my resolution quite yet). It's a wonderful little spaceship-based roguelike (it's not really anything like Rogue, but that's what they call it), which I recommend everyone have a go at. It doesn't take long to play, and the action's all pausable so old folk like me can stop and think in mid battle. It's super great, and I finished it today...not sure if I'll mark it as complete quite yet, though, as I unlocked a new ship when I killed Mr. BigBadGuy, so I might just fire it up for another quick go.

In other, other news, I won a competition! Don't worry, not a big serious competition, just a frivolous online one, and guess what the prize was? Yes, it was two RPGs from GoG! I think there were only actually two that I didn't own yet, but still, it's two more games to feed my addiction and I didn't have to buy them. Yay!

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