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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2018, 12:34:50 AM »
You're almost as valuable as you think.

Well, to the extent anyone cared about AARs.  Nowadays I have a good excuse to prevent me from making AARs.  I want to see what shelf life the current "big" one has, and what traffic it creates.  No reason to knock it out of its "top spot" various places until that more naturally occurs from something better coming along.  There's been a little bit of discussion at CFC.  The subject of "map generation" probably deserves some kind of final, highly polished summation once I feel I'm there.  Still haven't explored the continent proportion variables.

I've noticed that a lot of game review outlets have a substantial writeup of SMAC somewhere.  It might be worth collecting those up, repackaging them, and shamelessly plugging them.  Something like "six reviews of SMAC" of course aggregated here, with key quotes from the reviews themselves when making the pitch elsewhere.

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2018, 01:32:38 AM »
Give me links an I'll put having a look and considering and probably doing on my to-do list.  That's probably a great idea.

I actually meant your non-AAR contributions.  This and that  you posted in TOE, for instance, generated at least as much posting/response by others as the HARD work...

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2018, 01:38:06 AM »
BTW?  We're releasing Fusion power Is NOW! tomorrow - um, I'd really like it to stay topped all month at WPC, CFC and 'Poly if you can help it... :win:

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2018, 02:39:33 AM »
By all means.  I'm not worried about being 2nd or 3rd place in a listing, I'm already slightly that far down on Reddit for instance.  I just don't want to be knocked out of visibility any time soon.

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2018, 03:18:42 AM »
You're in NO danger on the forums.

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2018, 05:36:33 AM »
I'm a little confused... I think responding to your GotM post elevates it at CFC?  So I'm about to...

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2018, 05:39:44 AM »
Please sir.

There's three different petty stupid drama outbreaks going on at once tonight, more than one place, and I'm in a moodYou being cool about it helps more than you know. ;nod

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2018, 05:51:37 AM »
I need a "drama wand".  Wave it and drama goes away.  All I've actually got is CBD oil.

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2018, 06:09:56 AM »
I have trouble believing that you need it as bad as I do - I live on the net.


Your bumping post was excellent - I actually wrote considerable autobiography in Roze's thoughts.  Mart gave me enough to have the inspiration, suddenly I was like, my favorite victory, Ascent to Transcendence = The Group Mind, my own arch-enemy...

HOLY CRAP could I ever pen a screed against groupthink and stupid herding.  I knocked out that short intro story at one sitting about this late a week ago -less than two hours- few words changed on the second pass Friday.

So, I'll wait as a bump opportunity to respond, if I'm still choosing to have anything to do with CFC by early afternoon and beyond.  (More than one 'tard thing going on, alas and alack...)

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #39 on: April 03, 2018, 06:36:22 AM »
I have trouble believing that you need it as bad as I do - I live on the net.

I've got a family problem.  I went through a jar of CBD oil in a month that was supposed to be for my dog's arthritis.  So I ordered 2 jars this time.  I think the difficulty of "dramas" is whether you can walk away from them and never have to deal with them again.  In that case, they don't have any kind of permanent power over you.  If you hate some social situation, you abandon it, get rid of it, get the toxic people out of your life.  But when the situation is with people close to you, like family, or an important business partner, it's much more difficult.

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #40 on: April 03, 2018, 06:47:47 AM »
Yeah; I got bullcrap w/ important business partner, or I'd probably never gone back after the last time they screwed me over.

Too stupid to know what a 'tard mistake they're making if I can't fight my way through it.  Stupid, everybody-loses bullcrap.  -And I'd already be gone if it was just me, and not business.  &^%kers better learn some respect, quick.

I'm making another post, then off to bed, wrath being vulnerable to sleep.  Busy day, and went spectacularly pear-shaped around 8PM.

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Re: the vitality of 4X TBS gaming forums
« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2019, 01:13:56 AM »
I don't know if this thread is too old or not, but since it's pinned and I have some useful input (I think) I'll jump in. I own and have played every game mentioned so far in this thread and several others; 4x and grand strategy are my games of choice. SMACX being an old game presents significant challenges re community building; it's a niche game that is more difficult in some ways to mod than more modern offerings. Stellaris, for example, is self consciously built to be easy to work with. SMACX isn't new or flashy and it's AI shows it's 20 years of age, but there is one thing that it has over most of the more recent strategy offerings in that it has really solid core gameplay and it has stability.
I enjoy playing Stellaris, EU4, GC3 and the others, but I never really know what I'm coming back too. Stellaris' core gameplay has changed in major, foundational ways twice in the last year, and it borders on infuriating for those of us who like to mod the game. A lot of the communities that surround other games are essentially beholden to whatever the developers decide they want to do to the game next, since games with multiple expansions and dlcs are becoming the norm in this genre. We don't have to deal with that here. SMACX is a classic and a known quantity. I've played it for a couple thousand hours, much more than any other strategy game and I know that I will be playing it another 20 years down the line; because no matter how many times I leave, when I come back it never fails to grab my attention, flaws and all, and give me a fun time. I don't know exactly how to go about it, but we have to capitalize on that.

 

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