Me, Myself And Psy: Telepath Psy Arena 2

Hullo. Feeling a little gassy today, which is no fun whatsoever. But I suppose I did eat Kieron in such a horrific rush. I’ve only myself to blame, as my dear departed mother would say. Well, myself and the deal she made with dark powers to warp my form. Still, I did eat her first. Anyway! I’ve decided to blog this turn-based strategy game (See – The Ye Olde Games Journalist book gives me all the lingo), not because of any merits, but because I found the e-mail its creator Craig Stern of Sinister Designs sent along with it. You can get the demo or buy the full version from here and see the letter (plus footage) below.

1. It’s a turn-based tactics game with no randomness. It’s like a tropical vacation for the shell-shocked Blood Bowl veteran.
2. It’s newsworthy! At least, these guys thought so: GamersHell, RPGWatch, Inside Mac Games, LinuxGames. Four whole gaming news sites can’t be wrong!
3. It’s simple to learn and hard to master. (That’s good, right? I remember someone saying that that was good.)
4. You can recruit floating cannonballs with eyes and mouths as troops.
5. Your men will complain about you wanting to go through the whole tournament, and will ask you for a vacation.
6. The Meat Market will sell you slaves at their everyday low prices.
7. If you don’t have balls, it’s okay, because you can win them during the course of the game.
8. Alternatively, you can play as a girl, in which case it’s also okay to not have balls.
9. You fight against teams with names like The Flailing Chickens and The Big Fluffy Bunnies.
10. The game was made by one guy while he was finishing up law school and studying for the Bar exam. (I don’t know why I’m referring to myself in the third person here.)

But more importantly than all that,

11. Your mother would be proud of you. (I’m, like, 50% certain of that one.)

Well, there you’ll be wrong, Craig. Anyway, here’s a little footage…

This perspective reminds me of how my prey look when I’m at the apex of my great attack leap. And… oh, I really am feeling very nauseous. I’m going to stop the post now, and head off for a nice lie down. Toodles!


  1. MD says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Monster. I can’t tell whether I will love or be completely indifferent to this game, but that’s what demos are for! It’s pretty unappealing to me graphically, but the lack of randomness is a nice touch that demonstrates a fair bit of confidence in the game’s ability to remain strategically interesting on its own merits, rather than through obfuscation and, well, randomness.

  2. Sir Digby says:

    Great, now I’m going to have De La Soul stuck in my head all day.

  3. _Nocturnal says:

    By the way, anyone remember who that Kieron guy was?

  4. James G says:

    Oh dear, I hope Kieron left enough notes that The Monster will be able to knock together a Sunday Papers. I wonder if it also suffers from the weakness that is being unable to conclude without posting a link to some music. (Which is probably somewhat related to my weakness, the inability to construct a sentence that isn’t unwieldy.)

  5. GJLARP says:

    This game looks positively brilliant. The hardcore nerd in me has finally stopped screaming for blood…for now…

  6. IndieStreetCred says:

    I heard about this game about a week ago but didn’t pay much attention to it. Now that it’s been advertised on RPS, I think I’ll check it out.

  7. protobob says:

    I tried the demo but it just crashes.

    • Mr. Sinister says:

      Can you provide info on the circumstances where this happens?

    • Mr. Sinister says:

      Can you provide details about the crash? When does it happen? What OS are you using?

    • protobob says:

      As soon as I double click the icon I see the outline of a window and then it crashes. Windows XP SP 2.

    • Craig Stern says:

      “The icon” being setup.exe, or the game executable itself?

    • Bullwinkle says:

      I’ve been getting graphical glitches (white blocks all over the screen) when in windowed mode. Going to full screen mode appears to remove the glitches, but I didn’t spend a lot of time confirming that. Also using Windows XP SP2.

  8. goodgimp says:

    If this gets made available on Impulse or Steam, I’d be happy to buy.