RTS me do

From: koswix28 Jan 2017 14:35
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Looking for a strategy time sink, base building/resource gathering/economy focused ideally.

Tried offworld trading company recently, but find its either too easy or too hard, no nice middle ground. Also there's not a huge amount to it, unless I'm missing something.

Been Googling for a couple of weeks and nothing has grabbed me, is rts/strategy a dying breed? Oh, borrowed Prison Architect from Jim to see what it's like, not tried yet though.
From: ANT_THOMAS28 Jan 2017 14:41
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From: koswix28 Jan 2017 14:53
To: ANT_THOMAS 3 of 63
I've been playing that one for 12 months, pretty sick of it now tbh.
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)29 Jan 2017 18:27
To: koswix 4 of 63
For traditional RTS there's Planetary Annihilation: TITANS and Company of Heroes 2. They're both well regarded but I can't vouch for them personally because I fucking hate traditional RTS.

There's also the ANNO games if you're in the mood for something excessively German.

For something with a more HOMMy/4xy lean there's Age of Wonders III which is pretty cool. I need to play more of that.

If you're open to something a bit weird then I'd *strongly* recommend Creeper World III or its (kinda) sequel Particle Fleet: Emergence. The former is amazing and the latter is probably even better but I've not played enough to be sure yet. They're essentially RTSes where the enemy is a fluid.

Kinda stretching it for RTS, more of a management game (but in the same vein as Prison Architect), Rimworld is *very* good. It's great at generating interesting emergent situations.

Also Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II (and Stellaris but it needs to be fleshed out) are *technically* RTSes so I'll mention them cos they're great.

From: koswix29 Jan 2017 18:59
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From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)29 Jan 2017 19:29
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From: koswix29 Jan 2017 20:56
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 7 of 63
Going to try Planetary, then look at the other non-traditionals you mentioned. Not really sure what I'm after - something between a management/economic and rts I think.
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)29 Jan 2017 21:53
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Rimworld would fit that bill. But it's fairly slow paced. Maybe XCOM? Not what you're asking for exactly but might scratch that same itch. XCOM2 (which is better) is in the current Humble Monthly for $12.
From: koswix29 Jan 2017 22:28
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 9 of 63
So Planetary... I can see why people like it, but I can also see exactly how it's going to go. I'm bored just thinking about playing it.

Rimworld next.
From: koswix29 Jan 2017 23:32
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Well that went well. Everybody's dead.
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)30 Jan 2017 02:45
To: koswix 11 of 63
Yeah that happens a lot.
From: koswix30 Jan 2017 12:17
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 12 of 63
God damned rabid squirrel :(( :((
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)30 Jan 2017 18:23
To: koswix 13 of 63
My friend had a game where everyone but the sculptor died. Sculptor literally couldn't do anything but sculpt, not even cleaning, so he was depressed, living in his own filth and making sculptures, trading them for food whenever a party passed by. Eventually a new settler arrived and... it was another sculptor who could only sculpt. Bandits attacked and he managed to capture one of them, eventually getting her to join his settlement and... yeah, turned out to be another sculptor.

Amazingly he kept them alive, in their own filth, and eventually someone useful joined and he turned it around. Was pretty cool.
From: koswix31 Jan 2017 11:01
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 14 of 63

Will try again tonight, it certainly caught my interest in the brief shot I had.

Although one of the games I borrowed from Jim recently seems to have come bundled with a load of malware (at least I'm assuming that's the source) :(
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)31 Jan 2017 18:44
To: koswix 15 of 63
It's the closest game I've played to Dwarf Fortress with a decent GUI. It's pretty cool.

Oh, shit, I totally forgot Factorio. I'm pretty sure that would appeal to you.

And yeah, that's probably where the malware came from :((
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)31 Jan 2017 19:35
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 16 of 63
That looks like ants running around a motherboard. If you squish them or leave them, it's gonna short out.

EDITED: 31 Jan 2017 19:41 by DSMITHHFX
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)31 Jan 2017 19:48
Poor ants :'S

Reminds me of the time Andy Black had termites living in his monitor and for the longest time thought it was a graphics problem. I *think* it was Andy, at least.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)31 Jan 2017 20:13
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 18 of 63
I found where mice had set up housekeeping in an old powerpc 8100. They got in 'cause I had sawed a big hole in it for an ac-powered cooling fan.
From: koswix31 Jan 2017 20:46
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 19 of 63
Oooh, I recognise that. Sure I added it to my wishlist but now I can't see it.
From: koswix31 Jan 2017 20:51
I was thinking the other day that an Ant Colony sim would be awesome. Meant to check if there was one, but then I forgot.