May 14, 2010

I'm doomed!

I just bought Duke Nukem 3D and Master of Magic.

Somewhere around here I have a couple of CDs which contain a backup of the DN3D directory I used to have. Reason I'd want to find it again is that it contains about 300 good single-player levels I colllected over a couple of years. But I was looking for it earlier and couldn't find it. Moan, I hope it isn't gone forever. That would really suck.

UPDATE: But before I make any kind of attempt to play MOM, I'm gonna read the whole manual, and then the entire spell book. The biggest drawback of MOM is that it has a steep learning curve.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Gaming at 08:41 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I just loaded up MOO2.  So much for getting anything done today...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 15, 2010 12:31 AM (PiXy!)

2 Bwahaha!  Take that, Antaran scum!

Whoops, it's 4AM...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 15, 2010 10:25 AM (PiXy!)

3

One of the things that's nice about MOO is that I can finish a game in a couple of hours. I remember games of MOM that took me days to finish.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2010 10:48 AM (+rSRq)

4 A much better Duke Nukem engine is at http://www.eduke32.com/

I've only run it under Linux, myself.

Posted by: Mark A. Flacy at May 15, 2010 11:30 AM (Lbkvv)

5

Uh oh... if what you liked about MOO was its brevity, MOM is possibly the worst game ever made for that. Take the length of a game of Civ 4, multiply it by the length of a game of MOO2, and you'll have the approximate length of a game of MOM... and you're pretty much guaranteed to never see more than a tenth of the possible content in any single play through. I've played the game for decades, only to encounter (and get my killer Paladin units slaughtered by) Chaos Spawn for the first time a few months ago. They're not even the most powerful unit, just one of the more unexpectedly difficult ones... basically Beholders that can be (but most of the time never are) summoned by Red Mages.

Honestly, I've never played a Civ-type game that has consistently been able to surprise me, even years after it was first created, as MOM. But yeah, when the (now long out-of-print) strategy guide has over a thousand pages, and not even a single one of those pages is dedicated to showcasing some in-game (or even fan-made) artwork, you can tell it's not an easy or simple game.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at May 15, 2010 12:55 PM (4njWT)

6 Hmmm, sounds like another excellent older game to try.

But first I need to finish my current run through X-COM. Mid-May, India just went over to the aliens, alien base popped up just as I finished off a battleship assault. Elerium, yummy. I have plans for that base, just as soon as I finish researching the stun bomb launcher and ammo. Yes, plans....

And another game of MOO sounds tempting, all this discussion has me thinking about playing the Meklar again....

Who needs free time, anyway?

Posted by: haphazard1 at May 15, 2010 01:29 PM (xF0tu)

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