The GWJ Adventure Game Club - Main Thread

1- ... I'll second Life is Strange ...

2- I'm all in favor of the sort of curation outlined in your idea, Eleima. Though maybe picking two or three and we vote on finalists?

3- I'm also not a huge fan of the gamifying, because thank to my lousy laptop and stubbornness, I generally play things on console, which is not to say I demand that concession, I can either get over myself and try or quietly take in and nod at discussions. But like Clock, the leveling element would feel punitive and cliquey to me.

So very excited that this is happening. I'll third Life is Strange and second Night of the Rabbit and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.

I have limited VN experience, but from what I do know of them I think it would be reasonable to include them in the candidate pool.

Okay, trying to keep on top of things...
Nominated (still needs two confirmations):
To the Moon (2011) - Bubblefuzz
Firewatch (2016) - SpacePPoliceman
A New Beginning (2010) - ClockworkHouse

Seconded (still needs one confirmation):
Contradiction - Spot the Liar! (2015) - mrlogical, Pyxistyx
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (2016) - Pyxistyx, benign1
Night of the Rabbit (2013) - ClockworkHouse, benign1
Solstice (2016) - ClockworkHouse, Eleima

Thirded (going on the list):
Tacoma (2017) - Bubblefuzz, ClockworkHouse, mrlogical
Life Is Strange (2015) - Tanglebones, ClockworkHouse, SpacePPoliceman

mrlogical wrote:

Eleima, I don't understand your suggestion about the RNG. Is it that you'd randomly select a handful of items off the list for us to vote on? Or you'd just pick yourself from a randomly selected subset of the list? Apologies if this is clear and my brain just isn't working.

I myself would pick one that's near and dear to my heart, and let random chance pick either 4 or 9 from the list. So both. You'd vote on 5 or 10 games, one of which I would be highlighting. I'm not going to pick one game for all of you to play, that's more dictatorial that I'd like.
So basically, the majority of games are randomly selected and I try to sell you folks on one or maybe two others.

A word about VNs. I like VNs. I really do. But I'm aware that they're a bit of a niche thing, and not for everyone. That's why I don't want to force them in here if people aren't too receptive about them. That being said. There are some spectacular VNs out there. Some that you can fully appreciate without replaying through them a gazillion times (Hatoful Boyfriend, An Octave Higher). I'm definitely willing to open up the list to those VNs highly deserving of some spotlight, and in that spirit, I'll second Clocky's nomination of Solstice.

Also. !!!EVERYONE!!! I kinda want to do a raffle. So every month, I'll pull a member's name out of the hat, and gift them a game from the candidates list. My preferred method is Steam, so if you have games on another platform, we'll figure something out (I get you another gift, I pass along the game to someone else). I feel fairly confident I can keep this up as my income should allow me to do this, and we're picking games that aren't exactly shiny and new. Sounds like fun? I'd of course use a completely unbiased RNG, and previous winners would be excluded from following raffles until everyone has gotten a game.

I'll third Solstice

Eleima wrote:

Godzilla Blitz, I'm super glad you're joining us, and I hope you won't feel that I'm knocking the leveling system. It's just that I personally don't feel the need for the levels (says the woman with a gazillion badges on her Steam profile *sigh*), and if I don't have to keep track of those, that's one less thing for me to worry about.

I totally understand and I don't feel offended at all.

Thanks very much for putting this together, and I'm looking forward to taking part!

And I'll second Firewatch! I've been wanting to play that for a long time.

I have tried to do the JRPG club and the RPG club, and although I start with good intentions, I've always not been able to do it.

Eleima wrote:

much, much, much shorter games.

Ok, maybe I can do this one.

I'll third Firewatch, because it is awesome and belongs on the list.

I’ll second ‘To the moon’ just because it’ll perhaps get me to play a game I really do want to play but am consistently not gettting around to.

I’ve also started Machinarium and adore the art style but haven’t made much progress. I’ll nominate it for the list.

I just checked and Firewatch is apparently coming to Switch this year, so even if it gets picked first I should be able to join in. That's nice!

I'm sure most people have played already, but seeing as Gone Home is currently sitting in my watch list, I'd like to nominate it too.

Eleima wrote:

I kinda want to do a raffle.

That's really generous, are you sure you wanna put that on yourself?

blanca12 wrote:

seconding Thimbleweed Park and What Remains of Edith Finch, both games I think I would like but haven't gotten to.

Is blanca12 a bot? I thought this phrasing was familiar, and it was word for word my post earlier in this thread (minus an opening "ooh, yeah,"), and I see that several of this user's other posts are similarly just excerpts of another user's statements from earlier in the thread (but not presented as a quote), sometimes with links to products. Apologies if you're a real person who just agrees with my thoughts so strongly you couldn't think of a better way to say them

Eleima, I understand your suggestion now, that works for me. I definitely see the point in limiting the voting to a subset of our list, as we've got a lot of options on here.

Count me in on the fun! I'll third Night of the Rabbit. I mean, why wouldn't I?

mrlogical wrote:
blanca12 wrote:

seconding Thimbleweed Park and What Remains of Edith Finch, both games I think I would like but haven't gotten to.

Is blanca12 a bot? I thought this phrasing was familiar, and it was word for word my post earlier in this thread (minus an opening "ooh, yeah,"), and I see that several of this user's other posts are similarly just excerpts of another user's statements from earlier in the thread (but not presented as a quote), sometimes with links to products. Apologies if you're a real person who just agrees with my thoughts so strongly you couldn't think of a better way to say them :)

I thought the same thing when I saw things they'd posted in other threads. This post was actually the first one that made me think they weren't...but at the time I hadn't noticed it was exactly the same as what you'd written...

mrlogical wrote:

Is blanca12 a bot?

Definitely a bot. "She" posted spam links in this post:

https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/...

Also, I'll throw a third in for Thimbleweed Park.

PaladinTom wrote:
mrlogical wrote:

Is blanca12 a bot?

Definitely a bot. "She" posted spam links in this post:

https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/...

No Secret Stan for you Blanca-Bot!

Eleima wrote:
mrlogical wrote:

Eleima, I don't understand your suggestion about the RNG. Is it that you'd randomly select a handful of items off the list for us to vote on? Or you'd just pick yourself from a randomly selected subset of the list? Apologies if this is clear and my brain just isn't working.

I myself would pick one that's near and dear to my heart, and let random chance pick either 4 or 9 from the list. So both. You'd vote on 5 or 10 games, one of which I would be highlighting. I'm not going to pick one game for all of you to play, that's more dictatorial that I'd like.
So basically, the majority of games are randomly selected and I try to sell you folks on one or maybe two others.

I like this idea, though realistically I can't see myself going for a random pick over your personally selected and pitched pick very often, if ever. But then I'd be 100% fine if this was just Eleima's Pick of the Month Adventure Game Club, so it works for me.

benign1 wrote:

But then I'd be 100% fine if this was just Eleima's Pick of the Month Adventure Game Club, so it works for me. :D

So would I. I'm still a little confused at the rules with all the seconding and thirdeding.

Eleima, if this process gets too untenable, I would support the idea of your picking 3-5 games for everyone to vote on.

I'm interested in so many of these games. Firewatch I bounced off but I'm willing to give it another go.

Awww, thank you for the kind words. I'm really trying to go for a collaborative process, I don't want it to be just Eleima's pick of the month adventure game thing, because heck, I know not everyone likes the same thing, and I wouldn't want everyone to feel compelled to go with my suggestion.

PaladinTom wrote:

So would I. I'm still a little confused at the rules with all the seconding and thirdeding.
Eleima, if this process gets too untenable, I would support the idea of your picking 3-5 games for everyone to vote on.

Basically, what I'm going for is at least three people expressing interest in a game. For example, I put Shivers on the list, because I adore it and played it a gazillion times, and think it would be a perfect Halloween game, but if I'm the only one interested in it, then it kinda defeats the purpose of a club.
And thanks, I'm good so far. I have a spreadsheet and I'm not afraid to use it!!

Stevintendo wrote:

That's really generous, are you sure you wanna put that on yourself?

Definitely! I think it would be a cool thing to do, and I'm already gifting games left and right during Steam Sales anyhow. That's how Clocky ended up with Solstice.

Here's the updated list of games. For a full list of confirmed candidates, see the spreadsheet in the OP (ie stop nominating Thimbleweed Park, I got the message ).
Nominated (still needs two confirmations):
A New Beginning (2010) - ClockworkHouse
Machinarium (2009) - Higgledy
Gone Home (2013) - Stevintendo

Seconded (still needs one confirmation):
Contradiction - Spot the Liar! (2015) - mrlogical, Pyxistyx
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (2016) - Pyxistyx, benign1
To the Moon (2011) - Bubblefuzz, Higgledy

Thirded (going on the list):
Solstice (2016) - ClockworkHouse, Eleima, Tanglebones
Firewatch (2016) - SpacePPoliceman, Godzilla Blitz, Aristophan
Night of the Rabbit (2013) - ClockworkHouse, benign1, SillyRabbit

Edit: nothing to see here, move along

Interesting. The CRPG Club has been great. The community vibe whilst playing is awesome. Adventure Games Club may house many titles I've meant to get to, but have not. Cool!

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
Eleima wrote:

Oh, I do have a question: do you folks want me to keep track of the whole gamified aspect of it, like we’ve seen in other threads?

No. I hate that, and it feels like crap to get "dinged" for not replaying something or for not slogging through a game I don't like.

That’s interesting. I never imagined anyone would feel that way about it (that you’re punished for not playing). I always envisioned it as a positive, that you gain something by playing. That’s valuable feedback, thanks.

It's kind of neat, kind of irrelevant. I wouldn't take something off the table just because it wasn't for me, though. That would say more about my inner workings. Level 0 or Level 100? Who cares. It is nice to keep track. See who can be counted on for participation. I've no qualms about not climbing the ranks myself.

OMG! Shivers!

RnRClown wrote:

I wouldn't take something off the table just because it wasn't for me, though. That would say more about my inner workings. Level 0 or Level 100? Who cares. It is nice to keep track. See who can be counted on for participation. I've no qualms about not climbing the ranks myself.

My inner workings are just fine, thank you. It may be nice to keep track, but it's a lot of work. I don't see myself doing it, and the majority isn't overly attached to it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

OMG! Shivers!

Eleima wrote:

I have a spreadsheet and I'm not afraid to use it!!

Now we need a new avatar of Eleima wielding spreadsheets instead of lightsabers.

Another nomination: Tex Murphy: The Tesla Effect

Interested in this. I like adventure games but I don’t seem to play many. Instead of nominating anything I’ll just follow along for now.

I'll second Tex Murphy: The Tesla Effect while I continue to stew over whether or not to nominate something.

Eleima wrote:
RnRClown wrote:

I wouldn't take something off the table just because it wasn't for me, though. That would say more about my inner workings. Level 0 or Level 100? Who cares. It is nice to keep track. See who can be counted on for participation. I've no qualms about not climbing the ranks myself.

My inner workings are just fine, thank you. It may be nice to keep track, but it's a lot of work. I don't see myself doing it, and the majority isn't overly attached to it.

It's all good. Opinions can be different. Everyone need not agree. It is okay to say you simply do not like something.

Everyone's inner workings are fine. Different doesn't negate that.

An explanation of my two cents? As it feels necessary? I think? I'm confused. What is this Shivers?

A level up system is not really a lot of work, not in comparison to, or even on top of, running the main thread, the separate game threads, and maintaining the voting systems correctly, and timely. A level up system can be done with a reporter pad and a pen. *take a moment* Users 1 - 10 started. *wait six months* Users 1 and 3 finished. *another moment* Users 1 and 3 level up. *cup of tea or coffee is still warm* Everything else is the lot of work. This is quick and easy if following the game thread.

It seemed insincere to claim it was anything other than a thumbs down from a view of dislike for the arguably uneven competitive nature some may see.

Now that that unnecessary/necessary/unsure response is out the way.

What I had come to ask. Does Gemini Rue qualify?

I loved that game yet failed to finish. I may have forgotten enough to delve in again. The setting was so good!

Gemini Rue totally qualifies, and I'll second it. We could probably have just a Wadjet Eye Adventure Game Club and be set for a long time...

RnRClown wrote:

A level up system is not really a lot of work, not in comparison to, or even on top of, running the main thread, the separate game threads, and maintaining the voting systems correctly, and timely.

Dude, she said no. However much work you think it'll be, she said no.

RnRClown wrote:

What is this Shivers?

Shivers is a fantastic 7th Guest-style puzzle horror game from the '90s. You play as a teenager staying overnight in a creepy museum. It's been haunted by demons that possess different items around the museum, and your goal is to solve puzzles to get through the museum and to find the magic containers you need to capture all the demons. I played the heck out of it as a kid.

Shivers is one of the few 90's CD-Rom era Adventure games I've never played, so I'll second that...even if it does mean buying it on GoG.

Well, to tell the truth, I'd already put Shivers on the list, even though I also have misgivings regarding GOG.
Gemini Rue is clunky, interface wise, but it's a spectacular story. I'm also giving it a nod.

Nominated (still needs two confirmations):
A New Beginning (2010) - ClockworkHouse
Machinarium (2009) - Higgledy
Gone Home (2013) - Stevintendo

Seconded (still needs one confirmation):
Contradiction - Spot the Liar! (2015) - mrlogical, Pyxistyx
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (2016) - Pyxistyx, benign1
To the Moon (2011) - Bubblefuzz, Higgledy
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (2014) - Tanglebones, benign1

Thirded (going on the list):
Gemini Rue (2013) - RnRClown, mrlogical, Eleima

mrlogical wrote:

Gemini Rue totally qualifies, and I'll second it. We could probably have just a Wadjet Eye Adventure Game Club and be set for a long time...

I'd propose we not select a Wadjet Eye game twice in a row. But yeah, even if we stuck to their catalog, there would be enough to keep us occupied for two years.