August 24th, 2004

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Doom 3

Simply put, it's an awesome game. There's a creepyness that I haven't experienced since System Shock 2 and even then, Doom 3 is orders of magnitude more intense. There were times where I have literally jumped back in my seat, startled by some steam pipe exploding nearby. The designers are to be complimented for the misdirection they've achieved to keep you off-balance. Level designers will be using this game as the golden example of "how to do it right" for years to come.

So who is playing? I'm in Delta Labs 2 (North) at the moment, and have played 10 hours or so. I usually check out every inch of an area and got most of the hidden stashes. The only area I couldn't get access to was Security Chief Abram's office with the BFG. Dunno if that's just for show, or if there's a non-cheating way to get in and I just missed it. I won't look at game guides to find out.

More GenCon Boardgame shots

I was able to digup a few more interesting shots from gencon, check these out:

Twilight Imperium
The 3rd Edition of Twilight Imperium is scheduled for release this fall. But Here is a nice shot as well as a close up. TI is apperently a risk type domination game with a variable (settlers like) game board. This one is definatly on the "buy when its out" list.

The War of the Ring
The War of the Ring game is something I have been curious about. I have LoTR risk so I wasn't real sure that this would be different enough to warrent purchase. Some recent articles and pics are starting to bring me around. However this is still a bit of a maybe purchase for me.

Doom: The Boardgame
Here is a shot of a prototype of the new Doom Boardgame. Apperently it plays a bit like the old Space Hulk game (one that I have never played but that I have the PDF rules and scans of). One player plays the invading demon horde while up to 3 others play marines. I don't have any games that play like this so it could be interesting. Regardless the figures look decent enough to actually paint. If it shows up check enough on fairplay I will likely buy it.

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