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Forum: What types of games do you like?
Old Chuck
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After retiring a few years ago, I looked around for some kind of game that I would enjoy at my age. Adventure games just didn't appeal to me anymore. Then I discovered the world of "Old School" RPGs. The 8-bit or 16-bit turn-based, top down tile based map and not too complicated games really got my interest. I started with Final Fantasy 1 using a NES emulator. Unfortunately, I had to get involved in something else and have yet to finish it. But I will someday. Other games of this sort that I played through: Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 (NES), Cthulhu Saves the World (PC), Gurk, Saga RPG - First Blade, Saga RPG -- Evolution (Android). Tried Final Fantasy Adventure for the Gameboy, I didn't care for it and gave up. I also have Breath of Death VII and Kingturn RPG (Android) on tap. If you have an android phone or tab, you should check out the Kingturn demos. Cthulhu is a fun parody and cheap enough for anyone. I'm looking forward to Gurk 2 & 3 and hopefully someday Saga RPG 3. I prefer the turn-based over the action games, I'm not as quick as I once was.

The fun of these games is in 3 parts. First, playing the game, of course. It helps if there is something of a plot or story, but not more plot than play. (Mardek is borderline in that aspect.) Second, I like to create full size maps from screen caps (using several programs to expedite the process). That's why I like the tile based map. (Mardek is perfect.) Third, I like to create a database or spreadsheet to keep track of all the items, armaments, characters, places and monsters, whatever happens to be in a particular game. (Mardek may overwhelm me.) It's just my nature to be organized. My penchant for map making goes back over 30 years to when I made hand drawn sketches of the Atari 2600 games Superman and Pitfall and a bit later for the Atari 800, Pitfall II.

Mardek is just a bit more complex game than I would normally attempt with it's many items, weapons and accessories. But I'll stick with it, I hate to quit something once I've started it. I'm only at the Eastern Glens. I know there are maps on the Fig Hunter Wiki but I'd rather make my own.

And for all the PC games (even Flash), I'm still using my 20 year old 4 button Gravis GamePad.

To those of you who posted suggestions here and in the thread for Free RPG Recommendation, I say Thanks Much. I will check out some of the games mentioned, already looking at Wine & Roses.
Game: MARDEK RPG: Chapter 1
Old Chuck
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Ok, I got it now. Thanks for the help. Chalk it up to a lack of experience with this kind of game. And thanks for the quick response!
Game: MARDEK RPG: Chapter 1
Old Chuck
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Not much traffic here anymore. Hopefully someone can help. I'm new to the Markdek series, and kinda new to rpgs in general. When I started playing Mardek, there was a "React" bar near the bottom while fighting the Monsters and The Dragon. It's not there when fighting the Fumerats in the sewer or the Fungoblins in Soothwood. Does the React bar only appear for certain monsters or did I screw up the game somehow?
Forum: Free RPG Recommendations?
Old Chuck
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I'm kinda relatively new to the RPG scene and I have also been searching for free or cheap games in the genre, especially the "Old School" types of games. You didn't mention the platform, but I guess you're looking for PC games since that's where we're at. I'll mention the android real quick, there are a garbage truckload of games for your phone or tablet but a few good free games: Gurk, Saga 1, Saga 2. It was at Google Play that I first came across Mardek and a bunch of other SWF games. Unfortunately, there are no usable android flash players for these games (unless you have a hardware keyboard), I tried all the ones I could find.

Anyway I searched on MobyGames and didn't find any PC games that tempted me, DOS or Windows, the games just didn't appeal to me. However, I discovered the world of emulators, and the many "Old School" RPGs that are available for them. The NES is a good place to start and you can take it from there. MobyGames lets you search by platform and other categories. You might also try looking for so-called abandonware, there are several sites that have downloadable games.

If you can spend a few pennies, Steam has some cheap games (1502 games under $5). I got "Cthuhu Saves the World" and "Breath of Death VII" on sale but the regular price is only $2.99 for both. If you don't like the idea of linking through Steam to play, you can find and click on the executable game file and play offline (at least it worked for Cthulhu).