Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness 3

I don't think there's a thread for this yet, but it's coming out Monday so I thought there should be one.

Or it WAS coming out Monday. Robert Boyd, co-creator, was interviewed on Active Time Babble (good episode, gender and LGBT issues in RPGs) revealed that while the PC version will indeed release Monday, it may be a little while for the XBLIG release because someone found a very minor glitch that forced another attempt at certification, which can't be submitted til a week after the failure. I really think I should get around to playing the first two episodes, so maybe this'll be a good chance for me to do so. Unlikely though, as I bought on Steam but never play any damn PC games.

He also revealed that there will be a fourth and final episode starting development after this, targeted for release around PAX West next year.

Here's the Giant Bomb Quick Look of the game (direct link)

If you buy in the first week you get a copy of Zeboyd's last game, Cthulu Saves the World, for free.

If anyone else has something they'd like added to the OP let me know.

I played the first two and enjoyed them, although I think that a lot of people didn't. I'm not a fan of where they took #3, though, so we'll see if I pick it up.

CptGlanton wrote:

I played the first two and enjoyed them, although I think that a lot of people didn't. I'm not a fan of where they took #3, though, so we'll see if I pick it up.

I am more interested in this one specifically because of the new direction

Shared JRPG roots and all.

And the $5 price point is a lot more attractive than, I think it was $20 each for the other two originally? Or $15...

I quite enjoyed the Penny-Arcade games, episode 2 had one of the most annoying minigames I've ever encountered (the insanity game) that nearly made me quit when I played a couple of weeks ago.

Haven't looked up this one, will do so when I'm back at a PC.

*edit*

Okay, wondered why Zeboyd was ringing a bell. I have Cthulu Saves the World and Breath of Death, but haven't even fired either up yet I really must.

This looks interesting too, definitely keeping an eye.

Supposedly the game should be available to buy today on Steam, but I can't seem to find a product page. Am I missing something or is it not there yet?

I enjoyed the demo of the first game but never bought it because I suspected they wouldn't finish the series; for a while it seemed like I was right. I remember that "Episodic Gaming" seemed like it would be The Future Of Gaming when they started the series, but the problems with sustaining hype and momentum always had me suspicious of its viability.

At this point, though, I'm going to wait and hope I can get them all in a bundle. Episodic or not, what I played was fun.

zeroKFE wrote:

Supposedly the game should be available to buy today on Steam, but I can't seem to find a product page. Am I missing something or is it not there yet?

Here's the web link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/21...

Yeah, looks like they just added it. Thanks!

I'm in on both PC and 360 (once it's released). Will give first impressions later this evening, if I can!

Will be buying for the PC. I've played through most of both Breath Of Death and Cthulhu Saves The World. They're high quality, well written, perfect for a $5 JRPG fix.

I played through the first episode on the PC and really liked it, have bought but haven't played the second one (damn you Steam). I suspect that's a non-issue in terms of enjoying the third game.

I'm pretty sure the 3rd picks up where 2 left off....

Worth noting that the first two games are selling for $2 each or $3 in a combo on Steam until July 2nd.

It should also be noted that until July 2, it comes with giftable copies of Cthuhlu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII. Both games look interesting if you're into the whole retro JRPG vibe.

I bought the first PA game and really enjoyed the writing, but the combat never grabbed me. It seemed a little too difficult. Although I haven't played it in quite some time, so I may give it another try. Personally, I am interested in giving the whole series another go because of the new direction. Maybe they're just pushing my nostalgia buttons.

It's Zeboyd! Guess I'll need to throw money at them.. Just because they are Zeboyd!

I had a blast with Cthuhlu Saves the World, so I had to buy it again on Steam.. and bought it for like 8 persons on the last Steam Sales.

When will it hit iOS/Android btw? Did they release a date?

http://rainslick.com/about/rspd3

There will be a fourth episode as well. Well, for a episodic games that went sour, and now back. Seem nice.

And for iOS/Android, no date yet on the website.

Really liking it. It's not complicated so far (only unlocked the first slew of jobs), but the writing is fun.

UPGROIDS!

The class system in this game is interesting. Each character starts with a base class, but as you go through the story you unlock additional classes that you can assign to your characters - at first one at a time and later in the story each character can have two additional classes. The classes level up faster if they're equipped, and offer additional skills and passive bonuses. It's a nice bit of customization that I'm not used to in games like this.

Enjoying it! A little bummed that it doesn't seem to work with my gamepad controller (1 D-pad and buttons, yeah its older) anyone know why? Perhaps its only compatible with a wired Xbox 360 controller?

Dax wrote:

Enjoying it! A little bummed that it doesn't seem to work with my gamepad controller (1 D-pad and buttons, yeah its older) anyone know why? Perhaps its only compatible with a wired Xbox 360 controller?

I'm using the wireless xbox controller for what it's worth.

I'm totally loving this game. I'm around level 26 with most classes.

Currently using:

Gabe: Elemenstor and Cordwainer (I'm bouncing around with the elemenstor slot)
Tycho: Slacker and Crabomancer (slacker just because I want to get it really high)
Jim: Hobo and Gardenar
Moira: Tube Samurai and Masochist

What's everyone else doing for combos?

I'm not quite as far in (maybe level 17 or so?), but here's my current setup:

Gabe: Tube Samurai and Hobo -- strong physical damage
Tycho: Slacker/Crabomancer and Apocalypt -- jack of all trades, I might make him a tank or buffer/debuffer
Jim: Elemenstor and Gentleman -- strong magical damage with some healing
Moira: Cordwainer and Gardener -- crowd control (interrupter) with some decent physical damage and heals

I saw new posts and got jealous I couldn't play yet, but then checked and it's now available on XBLIG! Hurray.

I've only played for about 45 minutes but I'm enjoying it a lot.

I'm not sure I want the answer to this but does Slacker do anything ever or is it just a really awesome joke?

SixteenBlue wrote:

I've only played for about 45 minutes but I'm enjoying it a lot.

I'm not sure I want the answer to this but does Slacker do anything ever or is it just a really awesome joke?

Spoiler:

At level 30, slacker has 'tool around' which doesn't appear to do anything, 'power nap' costs 0 and gains 1mp, and 'gadget fanatic' which says items are more powerful, how much more? No idea. I'm hoping there's a payoff at the end.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I saw new posts and got jealous I couldn't play yet, but then checked and it's now available on XBLIG! Hurray.

So are you avoiding steam? I had never heard of xblig so I looked it up... strange hoops MS has...

ibdoomed wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

I saw new posts and got jealous I couldn't play yet, but then checked and it's now available on XBLIG! Hurray.

So are you avoiding steam? I had never heard of xblig so I looked it up... strange hoops MS has...

I don't play PC games, generally. I think I have 70 or so games from Steam sales and about 10 hours total played in them.

I'm about an hour in, loving it so far. The pace is brisk, the sprite work is solid and warms my nostalgia-hole, the writing is humorous.

One major complaint though. I understand that JRPGs get some flak for being slow, and for having drawn out, noninteractive, unnecessary animations. But the spell effects in this game are sad. Actually, they might not be sad. But they only are on the screen for a split second, so I can't tell. Playing this next to something like Final Fantasy VI (I have been on Wii lately), the difference is stark.

Re: Interesting class combos

Only one I've come across that feels super overpowered so far is Tube Samurai and Cordwainer. Speed Stance + Sole Calibur = 1,000 damage for 1 MP.

Elemenstor and Apocalypt is pretty good, just for the ridiculous magic stat stacking. Put a Gardenar in there with him and do the magic+ garden, quite powerful. No AOE stuff yet, though, other than the prophecies, which take too long. Sticking it on Jim fixes that though. He's the best magey choice probably, because he gets the passive +1MP on Defend.

Dinosorcerer, I'm sure there's some awesome trick to them I haven't figured out yet. This is a pretty awesome combat and character development system, trying to figure out all the synergies brings me back to the first time I played Final Fantasy Tactics.

This game is... kind of amazing. Helps that I'm a sucker for the faux-16-bit JRPG trappings, and I really like the class system, which is more forgiving and open to experimentation than something like an FF Tactics where I always have the nagging sensation that I'm speccing wrong. I do share the complaints about the quickness of the spell effects (reminds me of FFIV more than VI). If I had another complaint, it's that the classes almost level up TOO fast so that you feel overwhelmed with options, and the combat is a little too easy on Normal mode to really demand that you take full advantage of the class system and seek out skill synergies in order to succeed. Still. Crazy fun game.

(Edit: Complaint withdrawn. The difficulty actually bumps up pretty nicely later on.)

My party is pretty similar to zeroKFE's:

Gabe-- DPS Fighter-- Tube Samurai / Hobo

Stacking Strength bonuses make him a beast, especially with the Tube Samurai's speed buffs that let him attack more quickly. I tend to favor the Speed Stance for the 0 MP attack that can let him save MP up for some of his devastating 2 and 3 MP attacks. Hobo is mostly for the passive Strength bonuses, although inflicting Hoboism on bosses and then spamming the 2 MP attack that does extra damage to Hoboized enemies is nice.

Tycho-- mage/healer-- Gentleman / Apocalypt

Apocalypt is great for long battles, especially during the sequence where he's paired with Moira who can use her interrupts to stall until it takes effect. If anything's left standing after the prophecy hits, he's loaded for bear with MP and can mop up the rest. I went with Gentleman for the sake of the pun (a gentleman and a scholar) and for the passive bonus to magic right after casting a healing spell, but I think I might swap that out for Elemenstor for greater flexibility against enemies that are strong against ice.

Jim-- tank-- Crabomancer / Dinosorcerer

His necro magic is pretty okay for easy encounters (love that skeleton summon), but in longer battles, pulling aggro and stacking defense buffs takes the heat off the rest of the party nicely. By the end of his Triceratops routine he's shrugging off hits like nobody's business.

Moira-- buffer/debuffer-- Cordwainer / Gardenar

I mostly just spam her Gumshoe interrupt attack, taking a turn off to summon a garden or do the Cordwainer speed buff (which stacks with Sole Edge/Calibur super nicely) whenever there isn't a good target within interrupt range.

I finished the first PA game and skipped the second. Looked a little too similar to the first game, and I crave more variety in my games. I bought this mostly for the great price and 3 games for 1 deal. I already own Breath of Death for XBLIG, so if anyone wants my steam copy, let me know. Digging PA 3 so far, but I've just unlocked the first classes, so I'm not in too deep, yet.

That's a pretty reasonable choice. PA 2 is definitely just more PA 1.

hbi2k wrote:

Tycho-- mage/healer-- Gentleman / Apocalypt

I currently have Tycho as a Gentleman, too. But that's mostly because I like using the phrase "You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman" in real life way too much.