Monday, September 27, 2010

This week's RRRWAT

I've dug up the first game we've played in our group, the bug ridden 3d RPG known as Dungeon Lords.

After picking up this masterpiece at the local Big Lots for $6, I soon realized that it was unfinished and rushed, and would have dumped it completely if not for the multiplayer component. Multiplayer is an entirely different ballpark, with the netcode seemingly made by apes. We would play a game with only three of us, even though the maximum allowed was 8 (This was due to the netcode, which I will discuss more later).

The game is somewhat playable with three people, depending on the host computer. However, many things persist even on a good computer, some of which are hilarious.

  • If anyone other than the host jumps forward and opens their inventory, the game freaks out and teleports them in a random direction. This can easily be abused to teleport oneself over mountains or even halfway across the map.
  • If you equip any throwing weapon to your secondary slot, and then swap to your primary weapon as you perform the throwing animation, you throw your primary weapon instead.
  • Moving in one direction too far will cause monsters to be spawned, which temporarily freezes the game for a few seconds depending on the number spawned.

Anyway, I'll post a guided walkthrough of the first hour or two of the game sometime this week once the RRRWAT crew is ready to roll.

RRRWAT in a nutshell

RRRWAT is the name of the steam group that we use when playing games. Most of these either horrible or very old games have some sort of multiplayer component we can cobble together via LAN, hence the existence of the group in the first place. Due to repeated problems with Hamachi, we use Tunngle for our VPN needs, even though it's German and in beta. Who cares.

Anyway, the other members of RRRWAT consist of:

Spazm: An old griefer pal of mine. He is known for vanishing mysteriously in the middle of a game to eat snacks; the time spent doing so rivaling the lifespan of an asian elephant.

Relic: Yet another griefer pal of mine, from the same place as Spazm. Prone to hoard all of a single resource, teamkill, screw up the game, and other general team building exercises.

Siffur: A friend of Spazm. He is Canadian and drinks tea. Akin to Spazm, he mysteriously vanishes, but for more complex reasons, such as "swimming with grandpa", "taking a nap", "taking a shit", "pouring tea", "grandma bitching at me". He is also known for taking very long showers. Gaming sessions have been delayed many times due to all this.

Blizark: Another friend of Spazm. He hardly does RRRWAT due to his constant need to smoke cocks on Starcraft 2.

Atom: An autistic friend of Spazm's that invites himself into any game being played, then proceeds to talk in a nasally voice about dota animes.

People come and go, but these five are the main bit. 

Except Atom.

Sunday, September 26, 2010