The GWJ CRPG Club - Game 4 Underway!

Yep Shadowrun Dragonfall has been the first game. You could nominate Planescape Torment next week for sure. See the opening post of the thread from Godzilla Blitz, explains how games are picked.

Yep, as Bubblefuzz mentions, Dragonfall was our first game, and I try to keep the first post updated as an overview of how things work and what's going on. But by all means, ask away about anything. I'll repost the instructions for each stage of voting as we go through them again as well, but it's pretty straightforward.

Torment was nominated last time, and got a good number of votes. For reference, here's how the voting ended last time. We had a runoff between Dragonfall and Baldur's Gate EE, which Dragonfall won.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - 12
Baldur's Gate - 12
Pillars of Eternity - 10
Vampire - 9
Planescape: Torment - 8
Blackguards - 7
Wasteland 2 - 7
Icewind Dale 2 - 4
Icewind Dale 1 - 3
Tyranny - 3
The Quest - 2
Arcanum - 2
M&M 6 - 1

Something to keep in mind - it looks like Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition is due to release on Steam/Beamdog this month on the 27th. So that might be worth remembering for the next voting cycle.

Was Neverwinter good? I couldn’t remember anything positive about it.

The main campaign was fairly middle of the road, but the two expansion packs (which come with the enhanced edition) were really good - almost on par with Baldurs Gate quality writing at least. There's a bunch more individual 'premier modules' as well, three of which are in the EE for free and the rest are DLC. I seem to recall hearing good things about them, but they were locked behind really restrictive DRM at the time so I didn't really pay them much attention at the time.

The real draw though is the editor and the thousands of really cool fan modules, most of which will still be compatible with this version of the game. I think they're looking to tie in Workshop support on Steam as well.

pyxistyx wrote:

The main campaign was fairly middle of the road, but the two expansion packs (which come with the enhanced edition) were really good - almost on par with Baldurs Gate quality writing at least. There's a bunch more individual 'premier modules' as well, three of which are in the EE for free and the rest are DLC. I seem to recall hearing good things about them, but they were locked behind really restrictive DRM at the time so I didn't really pay them much attention at the time.

The real draw though is the editor and the thousands of really cool fan modules, most of which will still be compatible with this version of the game. I think they're looking to tie in Workshop support on Steam as well.

Pyxistyx is wise, smart and right. You should listen to her.

Pff. Copy paste endorsement.

I have considered a NWN replay for the longest time, the expansions were indeed good. Even bought it on GOG. But playing EE is even more interesting. The game sure looks ugly though, is it even improved :O

I have an overly heightened excitement level about the next vote. I'm thinking it has to do with some game being selected for me to play rather than trying to pick something out of the pile. I have way too long of a list of games to play and the selection via vote gives me the focus to finish a game.

Shadout wrote:

Pff. Copy paste endorsement.

I have considered a NWN replay for the longest time, the expansions were indeed good. Even bought it on GOG. But playing EE is even more interesting. The game sure looks ugly though, is it even improved :O

. When it came out I got the discs but my internet was still dial up so I didn’t get to experience the mods/dlc. I may not have the proper context for Neverwinter nor which mods to install.

I loved Neverwinter Nights. I still have my boxed copy. Somewhere.

The music was fantastic. As were a few of the environments. I enjoyed the story, all that it was, and got along well with the gameplay. Good memories.

I dabbled with the online aspects and had fun, but never kept up with it.

I was really hoping for Baldur's Gate. Then I thought Planescape: Torment. Maybe Vampire. Now Neverwinter Nights! So much goodness.

Wow, Neverwinter Nights. That brings back memories. That was the first online RPG I tried to play. Gosh, what lag.

The single-player campaign would be fun. One thing that would lead me away from voting for it so soon is that everyone would have to pay around $20 for it. I wonder if that would limit participation.

RnRClown wrote:

So much goodness.

Good time to be alive!

pyxistyx wrote:

Something to keep in mind - it looks like Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition is due to release on Steam/Beamdog this month on the 27th. So that might be worth remembering for the next voting cycle.

I absolutely want to buy and play this, but I think doing a Beamdog game at release as a club title would be a bad, bug-riddled idea.

That game will probably be on my vote list next time, but not this one.

It’s time! Let’s get started with Game 2 Nominations!

Nominations Guidelines
• Each member can nominate one game.
• Each member can "second" any number of games.
• For a game to be included in the voting, it must both be nominated and seconded.
• Games nominated should be non-Japanese RPGs at least a year old.
• If possible, please include a link to Steam or GOG for your game so others can check it out easily.

When nominating games, consider expense (shouldn't be expensive), accessibility (easy to find, set up and run), and quality (good).

Nominating and seconding will close at 6pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday, March 20.

I nominate Pillars of Eternity

Steam GOG

Baldur's Gate!

Steam
GOG
iOS
Google Play

I'll second Baldurs Gate, but my Nomination will be for Wasteland 2.

Steam / GoG

I'll second Wasteland 2!

Jade empire.

Doubt it would win but brining awareness to the title that looked cool as I was reasearching titles.

oh, I'll second Jade Empire, too. I've not played that in AGES.

Jade Empire was actually my first Bioware game, years ago. I'm curious how it holds up.

I’ll second Pillars of Eternity.

Nomination Update

Nominated and Seconded
Pillars of Eternity
Jade Empire
Wasteland 2
Baldurs Gate EE

Nominated
-

Fantastic selection already!

Nomination: Avernum: Escape From the Pit
Second: Baldur’s Gate EE

I'll second Avernum: Escape From the Pit

I’ll nominate Planescape: Torment and second Jade Empire (oh Sky, I’ve missed you! <3 ).

I like this bit

However I won't nominate anything because...

A. I haven't finished Dragonfall yet and don't expect to until well into April.
B. Wasteland 2 has already been nominated. It's already sitting there on my Mac pile and would be my pick, so I shan't nominate half heartedly for something else when I'll be rooting W2 all the way!

Saying that I'll second Planescape: Torment. I'd give that a go if Wasteland didn't get the nod.

Nomination Update

Nominated and Seconded
Pillars of Eternity
Jade Empire
Wasteland 2
Baldurs Gate EE
Avernum: Escape From the Pit
Planescape: Torment

Nominated
-

Wow, there is a whole family of Avernum stuff, all of which I somehow have accumulated in my Steam pile. Except for Avernum 3, which is somehow the latest game.

The only reason why 3 wasn’t on steam because they had to do some clean up work on it.

Oh, I see now. Avernum Escape from the Pit is a remake/reissue of 1, and now 2 and 3 have been remade as well.

I was confused why Avernum 4/5/6 were older than Avernum 3, which was recently released. But now I get it.

Yeah, following those can be confusing.

First was the Exile trilogy, Exile: Escape From The Pit, Exile: Crystal Souls, and Exile: Ruined World. Those went through a re-write in the early 2000's, and were re-named Avernum 1, Avernum 2, and Avernum 3 respectively. Then three more games were added, as Avernum 4,5,6. (I'm getting lazy with my italics) Then more recently the first three games were rewritten for a second time, this time using Avernum: [Name From Original Exile Game].