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Reply 80 of 94, by Lawnie

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Update the thirty-second!

Like an albatross with unfettered movement and clear skies, Lawnie keeps soaring into the realm of DOS gaming!

This week's scripted video was about Luxtorpeda, a steam compatibility tool that attempts to automagically install source ports on Linux-based systems. Does it do that well? Lawnie investigates! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWBj3pqvaFM

100 More Worthwhile DOS Games returned, with a distinctly chess-based theme. This time Battle Chess was replaced with The Chessmaster 3000. Check! (it out) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY0UoAOvHDU

The Stele Chronicles continued after another week's absence, and this time Maarek has radio trouble in what is otherwise a routine bombing run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxv3l8FRJsw

The only game from Random DOS Game land really worth playing was Screamer, a fast-paced third-person driving game with that arcade goodness and rock soundtrack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cWprzNn9w8

That's your lot! Until next week of course, when Lawnie undoubtedly shall return with more link spam... I mean, another update!

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Reply 81 of 94, by DracoNihil

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Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-12, 16:39:

This week's scripted video was about Luxtorpeda, a steam compatibility tool that attempts to automagically install source ports on Linux-based systems. Does it do that well? Lawnie investigates!

Well the problem with Unreal Gold and Unreal Tournament, (especially Unreal Gold) is that they're using "fan patches" that were made by someone who... really doesn't fully understand what they're doing. (and it's of dubious legality but I rather not go into details with that)

I'd actually rather run the official UT436 for Linux than either of those, but that has gotten so rare to find because even the Arch Linux AUR tries to install 451 instead of 436 for whatever reason. I was even briefly in touch with somebody who could actually make working .so's that will link back to the original Linux UT 436 release, so it'd really only be a matter of compiling UTGLR against that, and having a better written OpenAL using OpenAL Soft and liboprenmpt for music support.

One thing I've been curious about the Luxtorpeda project is, there are games running on the Godot Engine that devs of said games for some reason or another only publish a Windows compile and not the Mac OS/X or Linux compiles, even though the engine works natively on both of those environments. There are people that tried to run Cruelty Squad by simply compiling the specific version of Godot Engine that game used and loading the PCK, but that appears to no longer work anymore and I wonder if that's because of the "steamapi" DLL file that's linked into the Windows version.

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Reply 82 of 94, by Lawnie

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Update the thirty-third!

Just when you thought your ad blocker covered every form of spam, Lawnie returns to prove that wrong!

This week's first scripted video was about the exciting world of DOSBox processor cycles and memory management, and how to prevent things from spiralling out of control when auto doesn't cut it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TALEGw3fso0

The second scripted video of the week highlighted the ten differences between the TIE Fighter Total Conversion and the original TIE Fighter from Totally Games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvCXTTtELy8

In Random DOS gaming land there was only one title that really caught my attention. Something called War... craft? Never heard of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW7Ha1NnkSQ

Maarek also returned with yet another exciting episode of The Stele Chronicles, in which he loses his patience and takes it out on some Y-Wings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOjD9GLynv0

Will there be even more content next week? Of course there will. Until then!

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Reply 83 of 94, by Shreddoc

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Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-19, 14:45:

In Random DOS gaming land there was only one title that really caught my attention. Something called War... craft? Never heard of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW7Ha1NnkSQ

https://youtu.be/zW7Ha1NnkSQ?t=530

I heartily lolled. Callback acknowledged and appreciated! 😀

Reply 84 of 94, by Lawnie

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Shreddoc wrote on 2021-09-21, 23:00:
Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-19, 14:45:

In Random DOS gaming land there was only one title that really caught my attention. Something called War... craft? Never heard of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW7Ha1NnkSQ

https://youtu.be/zW7Ha1NnkSQ?t=530

I heartily lolled. Callback acknowledged and appreciated! 😀

I wanted to squeeze a Count reference in there somewhere, this one just gave me the opportunity! Glad you spotted it! 😉

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Reply 85 of 94, by Lawnie

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DracoNihil wrote on 2021-09-14, 14:05:
Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-12, 16:39:

This week's scripted video was about Luxtorpeda, a steam compatibility tool that attempts to automagically install source ports on Linux-based systems. Does it do that well? Lawnie investigates!

I'd actually rather run the official UT436 for Linux than either of those, but that has gotten so rare to find because even the Arch Linux AUR tries to install 451 instead of 436 for whatever reason. I was even briefly in touch with somebody who could actually make working .so's that will link back to the original Linux UT 436 release, so it'd really only be a matter of compiling UTGLR against that, and having a better written OpenAL using OpenAL Soft and liboprenmpt for music support.

One of the cool things about Luxtorpeda is that it allows multiple engine options per release on the initial install. If you get in touch with them on the Github you could perhaps get the Linux 436 version pushed, if you can find a reliable repository for them to source it from.

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Reply 86 of 94, by DracoNihil

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Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-22, 18:07:

if you can find a reliable repository for them to source it from.

It's like looking for a needle in a haystack for that thing unfortunately! It doesn't help that the Linux UT99 I speak of is way back when Loki Games were still a company so it involved their ancient installer, among other old stuff.

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Reply 87 of 94, by Lawnie

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Update the thirty-fourth!

Like a falling meteor, Lawnie is back with another update to impact upon the crust of DOS gaming!

This week heralded not one, but TWO scripted videos! Oh my! The first of which was the return of 10 of the Best with a list of great source ports that everyone should have tried out by now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XadYRRfDO7k

The second scripted video was a rare return to actual proper reviewing! The subject for review? The underrated Starcom by Grey Software, a shooter almost nobody has heard about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gFwgw-HBog

Meanwhile is Random DOS Gaming land the pick of the bunch was a turn-based/real-time hybrid strategy game called Alien Legacy. I was most impressed by this title that I had never heard of before! Very Master of Orion in many ways! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aFJK3XY6w8

Will I return like clockwork next week with yet more DOS-related spam to shamelessly bump this thread? Undoubtedly! Will I respond more timely to people trying to talk to me? Less likely! Until then!

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Reply 89 of 94, by DracoNihil

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Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-26, 20:05:

The second scripted video was a rare return to actual proper reviewing! The subject for review? The underrated Starcom by Grey Software, a shooter almost nobody has heard about.

You know, I was wondering when someone was going to take a look at that. I have been linking various retro Twitch streamers I've come across to that game if they wanted a obscure shoot-em-up that has abysmal difficulty.

One thing I've been curious about is the music. I can't seem to find any other game that had music done by "Halfmoon Studios" as credited in the game. One of the musicians, "Skye", has a bunch of independent works that you can find on Modland FTP and ModArchive though.

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Reply 90 of 94, by Lawnie

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DracoNihil wrote on 2021-09-30, 12:52:
Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-26, 20:05:

The second scripted video was a rare return to actual proper reviewing! The subject for review? The underrated Starcom by Grey Software, a shooter almost nobody has heard about.

You know, I was wondering when someone was going to take a look at that. I have been linking various retro Twitch streamers I've come across to that game if they wanted a obscure shoot-em-up that has abysmal difficulty.

It seems like it's a one-and-done for nearly everyone involved in the game. A single moment of creation that didn't work out, and then that was that. I spoke with Andy Cunningham and he said that he could probably make something far better these days with the tools available to him. He just... hasn't.

I think a lot of developers are like that, for one reason or another life will get in the way and prevent their future ideas from coming to fruition.

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Reply 91 of 94, by DracoNihil

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Lawnie wrote on 2021-09-30, 16:27:

I think a lot of developers are like that, for one reason or another life will get in the way and prevent their future ideas from coming to fruition.

Yeah, I suffer this same problem. Life has always been getting in the way of my dreams and aspirations.

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Reply 92 of 94, by Lawnie

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Update the thirty-fifth!

Like the gradual erosion of tooth enamel, Lawnie continues to eat away at your precious free time!

This week boasted two scripted videos, the first of which was another 10 of the Best episode, featuring DOS games that aren't available digitally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxZ2gQQaGMw

I also went outside of the DOS/Windows gaming landscape for the first time and talked about a game that came out for the Amstrad in my review of Burnin' Rubber. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNUY8d7SvSQ

In Random DOS gaming land, Horror Zombies from the Crypt was a delightfully-titled and themed side-scroller that wasn't too shabby for 1990! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IFqD6g_7Is

There was also an excellent little Russian Battleship clone called The Battle on the Black Sea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8WIWdZ0jXw

To cap things off, Maarek destroyed the Narwaak in the 21st episode of The Stele Chronicles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPvzuSuFIL8

Like Milton Berle where there's money to be made, I just keep going on way past my shelf life! Will more DOS-related content be spammed here next week? You bet!

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Reply 93 of 94, by Lawnie

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Update the thirty-sixth!

Like the British economy going down in flames, I can't be stopped!

This week sported two scripted videos, the first was the return of the Subscriber Spotlight, where I feature several intriguing accounts that subscribe and/or comment on my videos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEcr5giirEo

Speaking of sporting, the second video was a significant departure from previous content. A twenty minute review of Championship Manager 01/02 and how it's one of the most underrated strategy titles of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcJmIvO_LNc

In Random DOS game land it was slim pickings this week, and while all the games were intriguing in their own way it was only RPG Warriors of Legend that really had me sit up and take notice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIPLa0YfEL0

Lastly and most importantly, the Stele Chronicles finally reached episode 22. Which is THAT mission, for TIE Fighter fans. The one that has you clearing a minefield in an Interceptor. Somewhat spoilery, it's titled The Inevitable Betrayal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK0y6ohlrik

Will Vogons grow sick of my ever-increasing spam? Will the intrusion of reality grind all production to a halt? Find out, next time!

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Reply 94 of 94, by Lawnie

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Update the thirty-seventh!

Like a steam iron burning through a fresh new shirt, I just can't be stopped!

This week's scripted video was hardware related! I turned a 2008 netbook into a retro gaming machine. It was amusing to do so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOrOJNYygw4

I also returned to my green screen format to randomly talk about Loom! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bql5VzT1SzU

The Stele Chronicles continued, there were four random DOS games and none of them were great, and I released an album of music. It was a rather busy week, all in all!

With that said and done, the new season of RDGS begins tomorrow, complete with a Top 25 countdown from the previous hundred. It's going to be mighty.

Will Lawnie keep posting into the ether? Will he run out of steam for his iron analogies? Find out, next time!

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