Showing posts from November, 2015

Elite Dangerous: Now at a Black Friday sale price

One of the greatest virtual reality experiences around has just had its price slashed. We can now get the space flight/combat/trading/exploring sim/game Elite:Dangerous for just £9.99 Not sure how long the sales will last but I intend to pick up a copy for myself. I have been a fan of the original Elite and have put off getting a copy due to high price and the fact that the early reports were the game, while very good, wasn't quite ready for release. Now, nearly a year later the gaming is slowly maturing, and at this great price point I feel it is worth picking up. Screenshot from Elite Dangerous I spent many afternoons exploring the original 256 star systems (I never bought the inter-galactic hyperspace drive, so couldn't go to other galaxies) in vector drawn 3D graphics. Doesn't matter that the system's star/sun was just a round non-aliased circle in the space, and that ships were no more than polygonal shape

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

In the November SOG I had a chance to try this co-operative game and here's my first impression. Robinson Crusoe allows the players to take on the roles of up to four different shipwrecked on an island and basically trying to survive and maybe prosper. It takes about two to three hours to play. Each player/character has different advantages and skills, and they must work together as a team to make sure they achieve their goals, primary of which is not dying to natural disasters or starvation. Z-Man games has done a nice number on this well produced board game. The map look good, the components are generally good. The cards are more than serviceable. You typically start out exploring the island, hexagonal tile by hexagonal tile, which is revealed to you as you move along. At the same time, by the end of the day you need food and some kind of shelter. In my game, we discovered trying to accomplish all of this is difficult to say the least. We played the first scenario, and i