98SE is the last version of Windows to be a Windows Shell over a DOS core. XP is very much like Windows NT/2000 in how it boots. It has a command line interface that can be reached but that is more similar to the NT command line interface. For those old games I'd go with WIN98SE as a second OS option. The only issues I had with 98 were how poorly the USB subsystem was supported under 98 and how easily driver issues would crash your system. Also, getting drivers that work for later chipsets, video, and sound might be a problem.
For windows 98 you need a really old stuff too. When XP was released, sometimes Windows 98 liked to kill itself even after fresh install. I used to have on those days two partitions, one with XP and one with 98SE, until one day I've just fed up with 98 because the components I had, were too modern for 98. With SP1+ W98 became obsolete.
However there is no need for dual systems with Windows 8, because there is a little workaround. It worked fine for few old windows games for me like X-COM Interceptor or Divine Divinity or Jagged Alliance 2.
Lots of great old games work on XP so it's a decent choice. But ultimately it depends entirely on what games you want to play. If it's an older game around the Direct X3.0 era (like Interstate '76, to name an obscure example), perhaps Windows 95 ~ 98. I know old favourites of mine like Fallout, Battlezone and Baldurs Gate engine games work great on these.
Alternately, get a removable hard drive rack and a couple of hard drive mounting frames for the rack. This way you can have separate hard drives for each OS that you can plug and unplug as you wish. I got one of these back when I was still at university with the intention to set up a spare HD with Linux , but for whatever reason the blasted copy I had would never set itself up after preparing the HD partitions. After the motherboard mysteriously split in two, I haven't really had a desktop PC since. It's certainly an option.
My humble experience in RTS and TBS tells me this:
There are a quite a big number of conditions for AI to look for in order to be “good” (like comparison of battle stats, defense bonuses, current strength, detection and engagement ranges, weapon type, allies & enemies nearby, etc)
It is more of a challenge from design perspective to properly list all important conditions, behaviors’ and well balanced reaction thresholds. Once this is set up as schemas and functions then programming tackles begin to kick-in.
There more conditions and situation you push to implement the higher the change some condition will go wrong, will be missed at all and this of course will lead to annoying in-game situation. For sake of the discussion let’s assume conditions and responses were set up top notch and you have AI character/unit that appears “intelligent„ and deliver to you nice amount of challenge. Congratulations you have excellent AI for you Character class/Unit. But wait a minute… I have so many different character/unit classes, special traits and so many weapon types. Yeah, I will need to customize AI for most of them.
Now we have some awesome AI let’s do some combat in RTS. Ops AI need to calculate most of his condition every frame in order this to be really efficient. We have a CPU performance issues. OK then let’s reduce condition checking to every second, but not every frame. Well it appears this is not frequent enough. AI is not as good as we wanted.
At some point you are asking, how much time do I need to invest to got my good AI opponents
Just my two cents.
Will be happy to read more hands-on on this topic
I spent the better part of 2 days feverishly scanning the TFTD Draft Publishing Plan (it's actually 37 pages long, the Table of Contents isn't considered a page) and getting it ready to see the light of day for the first time in 20 years. Initially I resized the scans to a maximum dimension of 1600 pixels, but that made the file balloon to gigantic proportions so I rescaled them to a maximum of 1200 pixels which helped a lot. The images were "printed" via PDF995 into an Adobe Acrobat pdf file (file size 2.7MB) and then zipped up (final size 658KB). Sorry about the condition of the screenshot images as they are hard to convert. You can find the file here in our files section.
Please "like" this post if you found it interesting as I put a lot of effort into this to get it ready for it's grand anniversary re-release!
neptunesnookgames, on 19 December 2014 - 10:28 AM, said:
Do you think it would be a good idea to farm those two rather than take them out as soon as I have armor? I was thinking the one above Europe might need to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Why are you still thinking of farming the base supply ships? I'm positive you visited a supply ship for the first base a few videos back and then aborted as it was Lobstermen. Can't say what aliens the other supply ships carry, but knowing your luck it'll be Lobstermen too.
silencer_pl, on 20 December 2014 - 09:29 AM, said:
I don't think DPLs come in supply ships. Not with lobsters I think.
DPL's do indeed drop from supply ships, at least the later stage supply ships have them. The rank that gets them is the medic. If an alien race doesn't have a certain rank, it'll substitute another rank in it's place. That substituted rank will still get the original rank's intended loadout though. In our case, the Lobstermen substitute Technicians for Medics and those Technicians will carry the DPL's.
Why do you give the worst sonic weapons to the "tanks" wearing Ion Armor, Neptune? If those are the front line troops, they need to strike first and strike hard. Backup troops can carry the smaller stuff and be more mobile, getting into the areas they are needed the most. You send Broken in to open the door to the ship (which was fine), but then shoot the full health Lobsterman with a... sonic pistol? Should have let Zombie shoot away with his sonic rifle first to hopefully draw Rx fire on him. Then Broken could have used his pistol on the alien with impunity.
I should mention that the aliens in TFTD can see the same distance in daylight as nighttime which makes them that much more terrifying. Your troops, however, cannot see very far at night. In order to circumvent the sight issues, the flares are used, but you have to remember not to scout ahead of them. Slow and steady, keep tossing those flares ahead of the previous one so that you will not encounter any nasty alien Rx fire. The best though, is to do what NKF mentioned and set up a semi-circular line around the door and fire away.
You are doing better Neptune, but are way more aggressive than myself, running ahead, not sweeping the battlescape before heading to the ship etc. I would have set up a short "line" with troops between the corner of the map and the alien sub with some flares ahead of them. Lock them in place and don't move them at all, let your sweeper team position themselves on the opposite side of the craft, then slowly start to tighten the noose by moving soldiers forward until they have uncovered all the dark areas. Once the map is explored and the outdoor alien threats neutralized, then you can focus on the ship. Fighting a 2, 3 or even 4 line "front" in a war is useless as your troops are spread too thin to be effective.
I think the title of this Topic be should renamed.
"Let's pretend we know what we're doing and make a Let's Play youtube effort out of how shitty we are"
Yeesh, tough crowd...
It appears you are not familiar with the point of my channel. I'm obviously not here to show how amazing I am at playing any of these, nor do I ever claim (or pretend) to know what I'm doing. It's a channel about me revisiting some of my favorite games from over a decade ago. If you're looking for a tutorial on how to play any of these you would be sorely disappointed, there's plenty of those to find on YouTube anyways. I was a huge fan of UFO defense when it came out but I never really played a lot of TftD, having just finished a UFO LP I figured it was finally time I visited and put some real effort into Terror.
Easy - Thread locked. Not so easy are the guest accounts. They don't exactly have profiles to mark down as spammers. Will need someone with higher level clearance to sort them out.
Sorry Fullauto, temporary fix, the robospammers seem to gravitate to this thread. Just give the mods a yell later if you want to continue the AAR.
NoX, on 13 November 2014 - 06:40 AM, said:
I'm not quite sure who is running the show at SC, but someone needs to get their head out of their ass and fix things, asap.
Hey, it's not that easy to be glued to the forums. All this silly life stuff and other commitments get in the way. Plus international time zones. Oh, and that blasted contrivance of man known as daylight savings.
Well, you guys already summed this up much better than I could.
As of late my time is very limited and I continue to face exactly what Thor posted. I want to try new games, but it would demand an effort to get to know them. Joined with little time, it would mean a lot of dwindling gaming intervals before I'd be able to actually play the game. However I'd love to be stronger than that, I rarely gather the will. VERY rarely. This, sadly, extends to many new things, not just games.
So I'm left with playing games I already know. But those, however great, have been played to no end and it is a pain to kick myself to start a new game.
There are some rare exceptions. Frozen Synapse is a game that is simple in principle, yet complex if you want to be good at it against other people. It really is easy to get into, but hard to master. Most of the complexity comes from the fact that there is a human being on the other end and the tools at his disposal are simple enough for both to use them to full potential.
Funnily enough, I think of movies as non-interactive games. And of games as interactive movies. They are converging faster and faster, but I did realize there will always be place for both. When you don't have the time or the will to use the interactivity, the non-interactive games that just unfold for you to follow the story are great.
The conclusion would be that video games still are exiting to me, but their pull has been significantly reduced.