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22 September 2010 @ 11:25 am
No zombie hunting last night and Civ V didn't magically unlock on the US release day - I knew it wouldn't, but I still booted into windows & fired up steam just in case. Yes. I'm a sad case, I am.

So, there I was sat in windows wondering what to do with my evening (and looking at my steam games library page) and Torchlight caught my eye. I picked it up cheap before Christmas and then never really got round to playing it any more than half an hour to check it ran. So I started up a new game & actually got quite into it last night (like I need another game in my life right now *sigh* ;) ). It's a Diablo II like game - hack'n'slash RPG, with the R so de-emphasised it doesn't really exist. I deleted my previous character & started over - but I pretty much always play the same sort of char in this sort of game. Whatever the tank-type character is - in this case it's called Destroyer. And I always play said tank the same way ... first he's called Arrrrgh! and if I were roleplaying him he'd be an illiterate barbarian, who does what he's told so long as he gets to hit things. Skillset is always based round Dual Wield, shields are for pussies. The name of the game is - if it moves hit it till it stops. If it doesn't move, hit it again just in case it breaks. Now pick up the loot. Basic character trait is "too stupid to die" ;)

You get a pet in Torchlight, cat, dog or imaginary. I have a cat, called "Meow" (well, what else would this illiterate barbarian call a cat, I ask you?). The cat is probably cleverer than the barbarian (were I roleplaying this) - you can send it back to town on its own to sell off your unwanted loot, so you only have to go back occasionally. And you can feed it fish (which you catch at fishing holes) that turn it into different things (like a spider :o ) or that buff its stats.

I've done one of the storyline missions I think and a small handful of side missions - there's a bard that gets you to kill things so he can sing about them, an "adventurer" who has portals and wants you to get him some artifact from the dungeon each one leads you to, and someone who wants specific bits of ember from specific levels of the dungeon. But mostly I've run at monsters and hit them till they died.

Oh, I almost forgot the most awesomest bit of the pet. You can teach them spells - so I've taught my cat how to summon zombies :D And you get these faintly cute little zombie things that run about (for a couple of minutes) saying things like "braaaaains" and hitting (eating?) your enemies!!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip "Angles"
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on September 22nd, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
well, what else would this illiterate barbarian call a cat, I ask you?
Cat? :)

(I used to have a landlady whose cats were called Kitten, Cat, and Tab. Who was tabby.)
Margaretpling on September 22nd, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
I suppose as well as illiterate I was thinking "not very good at language" ;)

I have (somewhere) a stuffed toy called "penguin", one called "rabbit", one called "owl" (Owl still resides in my old room in my parents house) ... I'm sure you can work out the naming scheme ;)
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on September 22nd, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
My stuffed toys when I was a child: Cat, Big Ted, Medium Ted, Little Ted, Panda, Mole, and Kola, who was a koala but I couldn't pronounce it properly. My mother loves to tell the story of a visitor who said 'what a lovely doll, what's her name?'. 18m old me looked her up and down witheringly, apparently, and said 'Doll', in a 'duh!' tone of voice.

(This is apparently a very Aspergerish trait but smallclanger, despite having a story friend called Monster, never actually named any of his toys so I can't claim it as one of his early indicators.)
8bit plastic love machine: bloo-lightsgravilim on September 22nd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of Torchlight, but that sounds amusing and now I want to try it. I am not allowing myself Civ V though, oh hell no.
Margaretpling on September 22nd, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
If you played Diablo II and liked it you'll like this :) I think you can probably play it in a somewhat more nuanced way than I do, too ;) There appears to be a demo on steam if you wanted to try it out.

I feel I shouldn't be giving you timesucks, but this IS just singleplayer, so not quite as suckable-into as WoW ;)
8bit plastic love machine: keetans - pirate gravygravilim on September 22nd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I did like DII a lot, though it's been FOREVER now since I played it. (I even tried to reinstall a while back, and couldn't find the damn CD key anywhere. FEH.) I'll have a look, though. I DO have downtime (and sometimes I just need to turn my brain off already!)

The biggest problem with WoW, really is that there is no ENDING. (Hell, I've "beaten" it as much as one really can right now, and there's still more things to do, which as a bit of a completist, is just a bad, bad thing. Hence running away entirely.)