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Feb 05, 2006 13:38 # 41658

Saqqara *** has a suggestion...

Artifact

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This game is one of the very first online games I ever played. I found it way back in 2000 and just rekindled my addiction (still have my DROD addiction).

The premise of the game is very simple, such that it makes it sound like a game of Civilization. It is some-what of an empire building game, but there is so much more than meets the eye. Of course, you have your settler when you first start, with which you must find a suitable terrain to build your city. Once you've found that spot, you must build schools, farms, furnaces, quarries, etc. to supply the basic needs of your fledgling city. As always in games of this calibur, you have to monitor your city for food, supplies, morale, and fatigue. If your city is unhappy, they won't work, if your city is fatigued, you're running a Nazi death camp instead of a city.

The game runs in real-time rather than turns, and is in a persistant world. Even when you aren't there, your city is. This adds a new degree of play, as you have to not only plan an offense, but a formidable defense, less you be "offlined" as the general community likes to call it.

Unlike Civilization, which is just an empire builder, Artifact has a purpose. With the vast empire/wealth/resources you accumulate, you have to find 10 artifacts scattered about the map. Once you find them, you have to keep control of them to win. While it might sound easy at first, finding them is only half the battle. Established players are very persistant about hoarding, as well as attacking your position to get your artifacts. Once a single player/alliance has control over the artifacts, a timer is set. When that player/alliance has all the artifacts for the set period of time, the game is over.

As you can imagine, games in Artifact last not hours but days, sometimes weeks. This is one of the greatest features of the game for me, considering these days, I don't have 4 or 5 hours to sit down at a computer to challenge someone to a game of Empire Earth, or Age of Empires. Also, the game is free, to a certain extent. As a Freeman, you get 8 hours a day of access, and can play in up to 3 games at once.

Artifact is a great game for those who are just a bit to busy to play Civilization, but still want to get a strategy game fix.

Samu Games' Artifact

"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."

This post was edited by Saqqara on Feb 05, 2006.

Feb 05, 2006 14:12 # 41661

andromacha *** replies...

Re: Artifact

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Saq this sounds like an awesome game. I do love all the games like civilization, age of empires... lately I got a strategy game about pirates (which is more or less the same thing) and another one about the ancient Egyptians (where you have to build your empire based on the different time spans - predinastic, dinastic...)

The only thing I don't like very much about such games is war :P I mean, I love building my empire, my city, providing food and whatnot, but then I get scared about going to war. That's the part I dislike overall. In fact, whenever possible I always choose a type of game that allows me to never go to war. I guess I am more the type of "building things" instead of "destroying things" or "having things destroyed by the others". :)

I will definitely have a look at artifact though. So thank you for the suggestion :)

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Feb 05, 2006 14:30 # 41663

Saqqara *** replies...

Re: Artifact

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lately I got a strategy game about pirates (which is more or less the same thing) and another one about the ancient Egyptians (where you have to build your empire based on the different time spans - predinastic, dinastic...)

You've perked my interest with these two descriptions. Of course, Egyptian history is one of my hobbies I suppose you could say, and I've always enjoyed most anything involving pirates, things like Tropico 2 and of course, Sid Meier's Pirates!

If you are looking for great city builders that don't have you concerned with war much, you should check out the Impressions Games series. Caesar, Pharaoh, and Zeus all three let you take the choice of an economic powerhead, or a fantastic display of military prowess and might.

Both Pharaoh and Zeus have their expansions, Cleopatra and Poseidon respectively, which add considerable amounts of content and missions to your original game.

As I understand it, old developers from Impressions have come together to form Tilted Mill Games, which has recently released Children of the Nile, an Egyptian city-builder like you mentioned. They also announced the plans to create Caesar IV, which from the screenies on the website, looks wonderful!

Caesar IV

(jeez I'm good at going off topic!)

"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."

This post was edited by Saqqara on Feb 05, 2006.

Feb 06, 2006 05:01 # 41681

Aynjell *** replies...

Re: Artifact

I love playing shoot 'em ups. Bloody brawly totally vicious fast paced cut throat eat your freakin' heart out games. I dunno, maybe I like 'em too much. Oh well... it hasn't lead me to murder anyone... *yet*

But, if I was gonna play a game of strategy, well... since I normally don't buy such games I'd probably play Liquid War or Freeciv! Thanks for the link... I missed it, is this game available for linux (artifact)?

I should be ashamed of myself.

Feb 06, 2006 08:42 # 41689

Saqqara *** replies...

Re: Artifact

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No, I think it's a windows only game, but that shouldn't be a problem for you now. :) As for FPSers, I have my fair share of them in my collection, but once I beat them, I rarely play them again. FarCry and Unreal II have gotten a second glance though.

"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."

Feb 06, 2006 12:25 # 41695

Aynjell *** replies...

I still haven't beaten it!

Wow... Far Cry is hard. I got to.... I think I was moving through some facility to destroy a number of things, wanna say they had to do with power. Iono, can't remember... I'm in some really wierd place with really hot steamy areas.

I should be ashamed of myself.

Feb 07, 2006 17:47 # 41724

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: Artifact

I love playing shoot 'em ups. Bloody brawly totally vicious fast paced cut throat eat your freakin' heart out games. I dunno, maybe I like 'em too much. Oh well... it hasn't lead me to murder anyone... *yet*

Are we talking about ego shooters or shoot'em ups? These are total different genres. First one IMHO cant compare with the latter one. Ego shooters are crap - expect maybe the Duke Nukem-series.

A friend of mine was always talking about how good he was into ego-shooters, till the time I told him to give Tyrian a try - I've played and finished this game for countless times. It's the best shoot'em up game I know. Not the hardest, thou. The hardest one still is Uridium.

cu, w0lf.

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