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25 August 2004 @ 05:00 pm
Coffee + Oreo cookie ice cream = the Lunch of Champions! =D

Stuff I keep forgetting to mention:

1) Somehow I now have 7 more Gmail invites, if anyone else is interested. Please comment and let me know!

2) I finished another song, which is now up on my site. Definitely my favoritest so far.

3) Mom's heading back to Iran sometime after the wedding 'cause my grandma isn't doing too well. Parkinson's sucks. That is all.

Nerdliness follows...

Nick and I have been on an RTS kick lately. He introduced me to Starcraft: Brood War, which I thought was pretty cool, but I got quite sick of the comptuer's huge, impossible rushes. We haven't been able to spend much time at each other's houses since the weekend, so we've been playing Age of Mythology nightly over a VPN. Had a real solid game going last night: the two of us (me with Isis, Nick with Loki) plus one computer ally (Greek, but I can't remember which god) against two non-allied computers (Thor and Hades) on Moderate.
Our CPU ally was targeted early and got thwomped. Nick and I haven't been on the offensive at all because we have our hands full defending our own territory. Still don't understand how the CPU manages to be so powerful on Moderate difficulty. With our powers combined, we can only beat it about 50% of the time- and Nick is a much stronger player than I am. We saved and quit that game about two hours in, 'cause I was falling asleep at the keyboard.

One thing I've noticed: if you take the time to build walls around your city, the CPU will target you. Sounds ridiculous, but I never build walls anymore, and now I don't get invaded nearly as often as I used to. Does that ring true to anyone else? *shrug*

What with all the similarly tilted role-playing I've been doing, I'm now thinking of breaking out Star Trek: New Worlds again. All I remember about it was that we'd get slaughtered playing as the Federation, because minor races would encroach on our resources and territory and we'd have to sit there and take it. Worse, we'd have to defend them from the Klingons. The Klingons, however, have no such qualms, and may freely lay the smackdown on the insolent little bastiches when necessary. I can't remember if you can play as the Romulans... I think you can. Federation or Romulans would probably work best for me. I'm the type who likes to forge alliances and keep a low profile, building up defenses and sending off reinforcements to my allies when they need help. I almost never launch invasions of my own volition. I'm not big on spying/sabotage either, but I'd take
advantage of the Romulans' comparative strengths there if I were playing as them.

The Feds and Romulans are also my favorite races to play in Birth of the Federation. I love all the research and diplomacy bonuses the Feds get, and I also love cloaked Romulan warbirds, heh heh heh. But BOTF is turn-based, and I'm too wired for real-time to think about turn-based right now.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: "Yami no Matsuei" soundtrack #1
mqstout on August 25th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
Targeting those who are shelling in is a known AI programming strategy.

I exploit it in Civilization 3. The AI in that game is programmed to attempt to start a war on you if you are noticed fortifying your borders with fortresses. Of course, it doesn't do that until you only have 0-2 tiles without fortresses (fortresses are EXPENSIVE to build, well, timewise, and time's your primary resource in the game). The moment you go to seal up the last hole in your wall, you'll be attacked AND you know where you'll be attacked (they'll try to go through the hole).

In RTS, you can exploit this by having your ally [assuming it's human] come down to where you are going to be walling with his armies/builders and help defend you as you finish your wall/build extra towers for you. It lets you KNOW where the AI will strike, instead of guessing. I don't know AoM (I don't like the Age of _ style of RTS really), but usually if you manage to wall yourself in in a game that allows sealing in with walls, you're at a VERY big defensive advantage. That's yet another reason I like War3. While it is possible to turtle, and go all-out-defense, it's extremely costly to do so (most games have walls insanely cheap; War3 has no walls, you have to do it with a lot of towers/farms).
mqstout on August 25th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to mention: In Civ3 with that, the AI will actually declare war on you -- that's the real benefit in that game. You often want to wage war, but you don't want to be the one to DECLARE war due to its effect on your reputation. You technically are the one declared upon, and are 'defending by offensive annihilation' *wink*.
mqstout on August 25th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
You know, there's still D&D at my place on Sundays...
Miusheri: sailorvenusmiusheri on August 26th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
That's an interesting strategy...

In some games, like Stronghold: Crusader, walls are a necessity. In others, they are a waste of time. I consider AoM to be of the latter variety. Sometimes geography will prevent you from enclosing a space (which you often don't realize 'til it's too late >.< )- but enemies can easily pick their way through the hill/forest/whatever that is blocking you. Besides, I don't tend to make a lot of peasants, so I need every last one of them to gather resources or build stuff that'll advance me to the next technology age.

I almost never declare war, hehe! I guess my avoid-arguments-at-all-costs mentality in real life brushes off in the game world, too. Most of the games I've played, the enemy will declare war on you soon if not immediately after encountering you.

As for D&D, it sounds lovely! But I'm still a little busy moving and wedding-planning right now, so I don't think I can commit to anything just yet. My RPing has been of the LJ variety of late. ^_^
though she be but little, she is fierce: beauty (by nyoicons)golden_d on August 26th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
Coffee + Oreo cookie ice cream = the Lunch of Champions! =D

And the breakfast of champions, and the dinner of champions, and the in-betweeen meals snack of champions, and the midnight snack of champions...hehe! ~_^

Question - if, hypothetically, I were going to send you a card for your wedding (is it on the 5th or am I confused?), would I send that to the address I already have, or some other address?
Miusheri: sailorvenusmiusheri on August 26th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Aww! ^_^*

You're right, it's the 5th. And the address you have works fine! I do have to alert everyone about my pending address change, though... ::adds that to the list of last-minute-things-you-don't-think-about::
though she be but little, she is fiercegolden_d on August 26th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
Hehe! ^_^ Great. Then I'll try to get one off by then.

(Sorry I won't be able to send along Oreo ice cream, though. Might make the card all gooey.)
Miusheri: Minnamiusheri on August 27th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC)
(Sorry I won't be able to send along Oreo ice cream, though. Might make the card all gooey.)

Completely understandable! But the thought is appreciated ^_^