SurveyYou have played the OGame MMO http://www.ogame.org
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-23 at 16:51:01   (24 comments)

On 2008-10-23 at 17:05:52, BorgClown wrote...
My nephew told me about this browser game he's into, and I joined him. It's interesting, but what I find annoying is seeing how all the countless rules seem arbitrary, which is reflected in the game design itself, based on arbitrary restrictions on what you can do. For example, you can build mines and storage tanks. Once the storage is at 100%, your mines will stop producing, which is reasonable, but if you send the resources to another planet, let the storage get full again, and return the original resources, your storage can be at 200%. The storage is obviously just a pretext to limit your resource production. Another lame design issue: When your ships attack another fleet parked on a planet, the debris can be gathered as resources, but when you attack ground defenses the debris can't, despite them being made with the same kind of materials. There's lots of these illogical rules which don't make any sense, but apparently the other players don't bother.
On 2008-10-23 at 17:09:02, BorgClown wrote...
Oh, and this is just stupid: Building infrastructure costs geometrically increasing amounts of resources and time, but you can also debuild it for half the original cost. I mean, if someone destroys your orbiting ships they generate resources as debris, but a controlled debuilding on ground not only can't be recycled, but it costs you half of what you used to build it. WTF?
On 2008-10-24 at 13:57:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It seems to be extremely boring to me... So you create a bunch of buildings, presumably in much the same way that all the other players do, and build up to a higher level. When does the fun begin?
On 2008-10-24 at 16:29:17, BorgClown wrote...
Building for defense and mining is boring, albeit planning your way through the technology tree can be entertaining. The more active players get fun by pillaging each other. I think I'll abandon OGame when I fill the technology tree, since I came in peace (shoot to kill).
On 2008-10-24 at 16:38:34, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I've decided to have another go at Nation States <http://www.nationstates.net> - it's been about 4 years since I first played, and although it doesn't e-mail you with the issues each day now it's still the same. You basically just make a decision once a day, and wait until the next day for the unexpected consequences and the next issue. Ideally you'd want 2 nations - one where you do what you believe, and another where you do the opposite.
On 2008-10-24 at 16:43:36, BorgClown wrote...
The new NationStates2 has an interesting twist on trade and coming soon, war. It will be opened after the elections, but I was lucky to be in the early testing round.
On 2008-10-24 at 16:46:22, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I suppose OGame is a little bit like playing a mud, where you have to advance levels, but it doesn't feel like one - it seems very limited in what you get to see at any given time. Is Nation States 2 worth playing, do you think?
On 2008-10-24 at 16:54:26, BorgClown wrote...
Yes OGame is all about advancing levels, like a crude simplification of Civilization. About NS2, if you liked the gameplay of NS, NS2 is a great upgrade, because your nation is no longer an isolated universe. It includes pay-to-play extra features, so maybe not all is good if some players can get gameplay advantages by paying.
On 2008-10-24 at 17:09:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It doesn't sound very appealing - you'd have to put in the time to stay on top of things, whereas the original game lets you just answer an issue a day. I only created a nation a couple of hours ago and I've already got invites to regions - I don't know if there's really any point to joining a region or not, as a nation evolves quite happily by itself.
On 2008-10-24 at 17:33:13, BorgClown wrote...
If you're into roleplaying, joining a region and its corresponding forum is enjoyable, or so I have been told. I just ignore the invitations. NS2 still has the daily issues, but the trade makes interesting alliances like this one: http://nationstates2.com/g/alliances/world43/oilexportingnations They intend to monopolize the oil production to raise its price.
On 2008-10-24 at 19:35:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It takes forever to get enough metal to upgrade my solar plant again.
On 2008-10-24 at 19:57:49, BorgClown wrote...
Oh yes, it's thought to be played a little each day, you collect resources overnight. I managed to colonize nearby planets early and used them as mines, so my initial growth was a little faster.
On 2008-10-24 at 20:05:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, that's what made me think of Nation States. Yay, finally got enough for a single upgrade.
On 2008-10-24 at 20:12:55, BorgClown wrote...
I'd send you some resources to help you get out of noob town, but I'm in the Spanish speaking universes, we can't interact.
On 2008-10-25 at 09:09:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This is annoying - it logged me out overnight, and now it says that my user doesn't exist.
On 2008-10-25 at 22:03:47, BorgClown wrote...
Woops, someone doesn't like you =) It logs you off every once in a while, I bookmarked the direct login URL to speed up the task. I have no idea why your user was lost, though.
On 2008-10-25 at 23:32:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I reluctantly started again, so hopefully it will stick this time. Oddly, I cannot refresh any more - previously the URL had ?page=b_building&session= in it and I could just reload, but now it's always http://ogame.org and so a refresh takes me back to the login page.
On 2008-10-26 at 08:36:25, BorgClown wrote...
My bookmark is more like http://uni22.ogame.com.es/game/reg/login2.php?v=2&universe=uni22.ogame.com.es&login=__________&pass=__________&button.x=0&button.y=0 The password is sent mangled.
On 2009-09-04 at 03:19:23, BorgClown wrote...
Ah, memories. NS2 tanked, but my OGame account is still running strong. My nephew abandoned it, but I couldn't manage to let go of my account. I only have one technology left to fill the technology tree, so I think I'll keep it for another year to enjoy the ├╝berships
On 2009-09-04 at 13:37:54, Thelevellers wrote...
Hmmm, I think I'm in the mood for a new game along these lines... I will go have a try... :)
On 2009-09-05 at 03:16:36, BorgClown wrote...
Be sure to select one of the newest servers, the older ones are dominated by a few monster players who trash everything else.
On 2009-09-05 at 08:25:00, Thelevellers wrote...
So far I have a horrible feeling i'm already badly addicted, as the resources update by the minute (or less)... It's almost entertainment to watch them grow... Oh dear. I think I need work to start to get me outta the house... HELP!
On 2009-09-05 at 19:23:12, BorgClown wrote...
Don't worry, you can play a defensive strategy. That only needs a short checkup each day or two. http://ogame.wikia.com/wiki/Defense
On 2009-09-05 at 20:06:12, Thelevellers wrote...
Ah, but just because it only NEEDs to be checked every couple of days, there's nothing but my (weak) will power to stop me checking every 5 minutes :(