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Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

4 years ago

Feature: In space, nobody can hear your bias

The RPG Scrollbars: Questing at the speed of light

This week, something a little different. I'm going to talk about something I'm working on myself. Obviously, this brings with it certain complications. I'm won't pretend not to be biased, though I don't mean this to be an advert. I just thought it would be interesting to share some of what I've been working on as the writer and co-quest designer of Daedalic Studio West's…

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Feature: My F***ing Sky

The RPG Scrollbars: Adventures In Spaaaaaaace!

Today, a little bit of heresy. I'm going to talk about adventure games. Specifically, about a thing I've always loved in them, when they offer the chance - that sense of being given a ship and a universe to explore. I get a shiver when I look at the star-map. I feel proud of my usually low-resolution, 256-colour VGA vessel. And yet, jump genres to…

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5 years ago

Feature: Up all night to get Frungy

The RPG Scrollbars: Praise The Ur-Quan Masters

There aren't enough SF RPGs, and of those, there aren't enough that prioritise what I want from them - the feel of being in an impossible universe full of infinite possibilities, not simply being in a futuristic showroom with a lot of tech manuals. It's why I loved Mass Effect so much, why I got on so well with Anachronox despite hating basically every actual…

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Feature: And the clock strikes a critical hit

The RPG Scrollbars: Time And Seasons In RPGs

The times change, and we change with the times. Or in the case of RPGs, not. I've always felt this a bit of a shame, especially in games like World of Warcraft, where your character is officially hanging around long enough to see the leaves fall off the trees and the snow to cover up the capital cities. That's why I was quite keen on…

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8 years ago

Ur-Quan Masters HD: A Star Control 2 Remake

Star Control, and particularly its embiggened sequel, is one of those classics of the 1990s that, while it perhaps doesn't inspire quite as much mass veneration as some of its early-PC peers, has remained beloved and deathless in the long years since release. Ur-Quan Masters was an ambitious and well-received fan-made (and free) remake of its galactic exploration and roleplaying, interspecies chat and spaceship-based shooty…

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