The GWJ CRPG Club - Main Thread (Nominations Open!)

Shadout wrote:

Divinity: Original Sin Something is also on the way
Wasteland 3 is also on the way

Need to cut the playtime to one month...

No kidding! We’re not catching up. We’re just falling behind less slowly.

I give in to peer pressure so easily. Added a second and third choice but I’m jonesing for a good classic D&D experience.

Game 7: Ranked Choice Round Voting Update

Last call for votes! A little over 12 hours to go.

Baldur's Gate slides a bit more away from the field, but is well short of a majority. Ranked choices will be a factor, but the three games clustered in second will need to pull a bunch of support to pass the leader. Could this be Baldur's Gate's day at last?!?

Voters: 30

Baldur's Gate - 10
Tyranny - 6
Vampyr - 5
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - 5
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - 3
Wasteland 2 - 1

Leader Has Majority: No

Candidate Information
Baldur's Gate ($4.99 - Sale) (31-87 hours)
Divinity: Original Sin 2 ($26.99 - Sale) (52-140 hours)
Tyranny ($14.99 - Sale) (23-43 hours)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines ($14.99 - Sale) (23-40 hours)
Vampyr ($19.99 - Sale) (16-42 hours)
Wasteland 2 ($14.99 - Sale) (40-110 hours)

How to Vote

Spoiler:

1. Please rank the candidates in your order of preference of play, with the game you want to play the most at the top of your list.

2. You may rank as many games as you’d like. You do not need to rank all the games. However, keep in mind that a game in the bottom half of your ranking could win. Ranking at least all the games you would play is a good idea.

3. If you do not want to rank a particular game, please make sure to delete/omit it from your list. (Don’t simply leave the unranked games at the bottom of your list.)

Quill18 (i know he's not everyone's cup of tea!) has been doing a Gnome Fighter/Illusionist play-through on BG Enhanced edition the last week or so. If anyone wants to know what the EE looks like.

I gotta be honest, there are enough QoL improvements in it that I might well just pick it up in the steam sale. assuming it wins of course.

(Vote Tyranny you heathens)

And ... done!

I've entered the ranked choices into our gerbil-powered UNIVAC. It's cranking away on the results now!

It looks like it's already started giving us data. First out of the ticker-tape...

Round 1
Voters: 30

Baldur's Gate - 10
Tyranny - 6
Vampyr - 5
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - 5
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - 3
Wasteland 2 - 1

Votes with no remaining preferences: 0

Leader Has Majority? No

No game has a majority of the votes, so we start eliminating games at the bottom. Wasteland 2 is the first to go.

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Round 2
Voters: 30

Baldur's Gate - 11
Tyranny - 6
Vampyr - 5
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - 5
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - 3

Votes with no remaining preferences: 0

Leader Has Majority? No

Redherring’s Wasteland 2 vote changes to his second preference, which is Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate takes another step closer to victory, but still needs more votes to win. Vampire: The Masquerade is next to go, with only 3 votes. This would be a good opportunity for any challenger to close the gap on Baldur's Gate...

Round 3
Voters: 30

Baldur's Gate - 14
Tyranny - 6
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - 5 (5)
Vampyr - 5 (4)

Votes with no remaining preferences: 0

Leader Has Majority? No

All three voters who voted for Vampire had Baldur’s Gate as their next remaining preference, so it jumps to 14 votes! It’s turning into a rout! But it doesn’t have quite enough votes yet…

With Vampyr and Divinity: Original Sin 2 tied with 5 votes, we look to people’s second remaining preferences for those two games to break the tie. There, Divinity just edges out Vampyr, 5 to 4. Vampyr is eliminated and we go to Round 4…

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Round 4
Voters: 30

Baldur's Gate - 15
Tyranny - 8
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - 6

Votes with no remaining preferences: 1

Leader Has Majority? No

Baldur’s Gate pulls out the win, in a romping runaway vote! Vampyr’s five votes get spread pretty evenly over the remaining three games, with one voter having no remaining games on the list. Of the 29 remaining voters with preferences, Baldur’s Gate has 15 votes, which gives it a majority and the victory!

It's truly a happy day for Baldur's Gate fans across the globe. The game finished second in three previous votes, and never finished lower than 5th in our six elections.

Thanks to everyone who voted! I’ll get the Baldur’s Gate thread up at some point today and we’ll get started. Time to install!

For anyone interested, here's the Univac Spreadsheet with the breakdown of results.

Fake news! Recount! Reeeee!

Hmmm. Original Edition or pick up the EE in the steam sale. Decisions decisions.

Possibly I need to play Arcanum first.

That's disappointing. What awful thing is next? The Jags win the Super Bowl?

The dilemma of waiting out the console release verses making do with the PC release begins. The former is more preferable. The latter provides a longer window of opportunity for completion, and conversation.

Baldur's Gate thread is up!

I was pretty excited about most of the games on the list, but I'm really looking forward to this one. It's one of the ones I thought of when we first started this club, and has been on my backlog RPG list forever.

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As a quick aside, if I carried on the voting one more round, Tyranny would have picked up four votes and Baldur's Gate none, making the final tally of the two most popular games in the vote:

Baldur's Gate - 15
Tyranny - 12

So take heart Tyranny fans, you may not be that far away from a victory.

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Another interesting vote fact. After 22 votes, Tyranny was winning by 3 votes. The last eight voters swung the election.

As always, thank you for running point on this thing, GB!

ubrakto wrote:

As always, thank you for running point on this thing, GB!

You're welcome, ubrakto. My pleasure!

See you guys in three months.

For RPG fans, this seems like a good deal on Fanatical:
Pillars of Eternity II Obsidian edition ($26.99 after coupon)

It includes all three DLC.

Hoho! Geek overdosing here...

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/2beiRTh.jpg)

Looking forward to mine, supposedly, arriving tomorrow.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

Hoho! Geek overdosing here...

The mysterious package awaiting me at home just got a good bit less mysterious.

Mine arrived weeks ago and I was so thrilled with it. Enjoy folks!!

Just got mine.

It's beautiful.

And now I will stick it on the shelf and resume reading the digital version on my tablet, where I can't damage it.

Yeah, that's a great book! Enjoy.

What is that book and where can I buy a copy?!

The CRPG Book

Spread over more than 500 pages, The CRPG Book: A Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games reviews over 400 seminal games from 1975 to 2015, covering the role-playing classics we all know and love such as Ultima, Wizardry, Fallout and Mass Effect – all brought to life with vibrant and engaging in-game images. Each entry also shares articles on the genre, mod suggestions and hints on how to run the games on modern hardware. The book is completely by written by fans, AAA developers, indies, journalists, modders and industry personalities such as Chris Avellone, Ian Frazier, Scorpia, Ferhegón, Richard Cobbett, Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green, Durante, George Weidman and Tim Cain, to name but a few.

The CRPG Book: A Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games comes as a hardback as standard and uses thread sewn binding for extra durability. Each copy is then shrink wrapped. The cover features a specially created artwork by fantasy artist Jan Pospíšil.

In line with the project's non-profit nature, all of the author's profit will be donated to the Vocação charity in Brazil, where the books author, Felipe Pepe comes from. Vocação helps kids and teenagers from poor areas to get education and employment, who then go on to help others around them to do the same, changing the community for the better.

Bought it based on recommendation from here. Lots of good memories. I bought two, not sure if the second will be a present to a friend, or to my local library. Decisions, decisions...

Thought this article/list might give people some ideas for the next round of nominations: https://rpgcodex.net/article.php?id=...

Math wrote:

Thought this article/list might give people some ideas for the next round of nominations: https://rpgcodex.net/article.php?id=...

Nice article. Cool to see a lot of older ones in there, and nice to see that we've already played a few of them too.

That’s...... an interesting list. Some good options for future play-throughs though!

However any group that thinks Dragon age: Origins and the original Witcher game are better than Pillars of Eternity is a seriously niche group.

Edit: All is forgiven as they have Space Rangers plugged down lower in the list. Oh man I loved that game.

I'd say the same about any group that thinks Arcanum is the #4 CRPG of all time. Not that it has no value, but ... #4? Even as they recognize that it "remains more of a design concept than an actual game, since so little of what is implemented actually works"?

Sorbicol wrote:

That’s...... an interesting list. Some good options for future play-throughs though!

However any group that thinks Dragon age: Origins and the original Witcher game are better than Pillars of Eternity is a seriously niche group.

Edit: All is forgiven as they have Space Rangers plugged down lower in the list. Oh man I loved that game.

LastSurprise wrote:

I'd say the same about any group that thinks Arcanum is the #4 CRPG of all time. Not that it has no value, but ... #4? Even as they recognize that it "remains more of a design concept than an actual game, since so little of what is implemented actually works"?

Yeah, "The Codex" is full of grognards but some very interesting picks made it into the list: Dark Souls, Mount&Blade Warband, Prey, etc.

Thanks to this Club I played Arcanum and have completed 8/10 of their Top 10 (missing PS:T and Gothic 2).