It's been a long while since the story section last had any attention. A while back, I gave up on the idea of ever finishing my Star Wars stories, so instead have typed out a rough outline as to what may have happened during the rest of the saga. I've also expanded the names & characters section with images where possible.
Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.
A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.
This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.
On a more interesting note, and one much more challenging to my brain, I've recently started looking into making mods for Dawn Of War. I knew this was possible years ago, but all I did back then was make maps, badges and banners. Rather than use Relic's own tools, I've started learning Corsix Mod Studio. It doesn't help that there are hardly any tutorials for modding out there, and no full manual for either Relic's tools or Mod Studio, but I have managed to get a few things worked out.
I originally wanted to make a mod where all races were combined into one "Apocalypse" race, so everyone would have access to everything in the game, but this baffled me. I have instead chosen to apply my own fixes to the races that currently exist, and make the armies slightly bigger. It's proving fun so far.
That's a lot of Land Raiders
Much bigger armies make for more insanity
Yes, I think he's dead
Also had a bit of an RTS revival recently playing a few sessions with Mr. Gallear. Included were some games of Rome: Total War for the first time since my days as a Wild Monkey general. We also played some Soulstorm, with one 2v2v2v2 battle lasting nearly two hours, and another 2v2v2v2 battle where every army was Necrons. Crazy fun.
My wonderful pink cavalry ride to the aid of Mr. Gallear
Catching the enemy from behind
The massive 4v4 battle stretches down into the valley
The Living Saint takes a beating
The Ecto-1 sure looks different these days
March of the Necrons
The enemy Necrons stand no chance
Been having some pretty cool games of Dark Crusade recently. First, had a single player skirmish where my Eldar allies ran riot over the enemy, and I decided from then on to give the pointy ears a try. Scoob joined me for a 4v4, and we both went with newish armies, with me being Eldar and him running Chaos. In a monster of a battle that took quite some time, we eventually pushed through to take the win against the Necron and Guard enemies.
Tau and Eldar sort 'em out
The Avatar leads the attack
My Avatar gets backup from his bro
This Monolith won't last long
Then JIK joined us for a couple of beastly 4v4 games with us going against full Necron enemies. I ran Eldar again, with JIK Chaos and a Marine CPU ally. For the first game Scoob took Guard. We were under pressure right from the start as 4 Necron Lords tanked the hell out of our few troops, allowing their Warriors to attack unmolested. My base was at the front of our diamond and it soon fell. I started to build another at the rear of our formation but before it was up and running we were overwhelmed. In the second game Scoob switched to Marines. It went pretty much the same as the first game for a while, with my base falling. This time I managed to get the second base up and running, as Scoob with his favoured army and JIK getting back up to speed managed to hold out. I built up a big army and threw them in. It seems that masses of Dark Reapers, Wraithlords and the Avatar can turn a fairly balanced fight quite quickly, and most of their attackers were killed. However, with 4 armies worth of Tomb Spiders and Necron Lords constantly resurrecting in our bases, our defence had to be constant. It took just one lull in the fighting, and I charged my surviving Wraithlords and Dark Reapers at the enemy base, managing to take out one of their Monoliths. From then on we completely steam rolled them. But it was a long, awesome game.
Game 1 - my base falls easily
Game 2 - my reinforcements join in
Game 2 - taking the first Monolith
Today me and Mr. Gallear had some games of Dawn Of War to try and remember how to play it properly. As usual I went with the Tau and their amazing plasma firepower. Gallear tried something different than his usual Necrons or Eldar, and went with Guard.
Up first we did an 8 player free for all, with 6 CPUs to fill things out. At first we each had our struggles against CPU players, but forged through them and started to fight each other. As the battle went back and forth, the last two CPU players sat staunchly in their bases, whereas they could have been attacking us and causing problems. Instead, they waited for me to grind Gallear down, and then I was easily able to finish them off.
Up next was a 4v4, and we teamed up to take on the Chaos scum and their traitor Guard allies. This time Gallear chose Eldar, and dominated the enemy from the start with his Wraithguard and Warp Spiders tearing it up.
The Chaos forces are taken out
Mayhem breaks out as Tau and Guard clash
The Guard's defences come under pressure
Eldar and Tau allies attack the traitor Guard
It had been such a long time since we had played it multiplayer. It was good fun just going nuts on the game again.