Picking up the slack – Wildstar, Tropico 5 and Caverna: The Cave Farmers

So Keen has been pretty busy lately and hasn’t been able to post much at all. He hasn’t even gotten any Wildstar impressions up yet and we can’t have that. Until his schedule clears a bit I will have to pick up the slack.


I didn’t get Wildstar so I should probably mention that upfront. I don’t really know what to say about the game so I drew some pictures in MS Paint to illustrate what I imagine the game must be about.

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So yeah, close enough I imagine.


I put several hours into this game and I’m still not entirely sure if I’m playing it right. This is my first Tropico game so I don’t really have much experience when it comes to being a dictator and unfortunately life experience doesn’t quite translate. The tutorial seems to teach you the very basics of the game and not a lot more. Everything else I’ve kind of picked up on my own. Basically, from what I understand, I want to make my people love me and re-elect me in spite of how I badly I treat them and that’s something I can really get behind.

I like how you can create your own dynasty and there are various ways for you to funnel funds into your secret bank account. You can use those to better your dictator benevolent ruler and the rest of his dynasty. I’m also a fan of these kinds of economic games and trying to maintain balance while expanding and through difficult times. I don’t know if it’s quite as deep as Anno 2070, which I love, but it is very amusing and the theme is hilariously fantastic. The little kernels of knowledge about real world dictators on the loading screen are fascinating to read.

Caverna: The Cave Farmers

We’ve had this one on pre-order (restocking pre-order) for MONTHS and now it finally arrived! Caverna is a board game where you play as a family of dwarves and do stuff like mining and expanding your cave. Apparently it’s made by the same guy who did Agricola and is essentially Agricola 2 or whatever; I have no idea since I never played Agricola. I’m excited to test this one out with Keen and anybody else I can rope in. We haven’t played a board game in a while so this should be fun. I’ll make sure to do a more in-depth post after our first playthrough or two.

Other Stuff

I’ve still been plugging away at Mario Kart but mostly by myself which really isn’t a whole lot of fun. Trying to 3-star some of these cups is ridiculous. I can not count the amount of time I’ve come in 1st on the first three races only to get screwed in the fourth by a last minute blue shell or a bunch of red shells stuck up my tailpipe. I’ve even had a few computer opponents swoop in at the last possible second to steal my victory. The randomness is hilarious and fun when you are playing with other people but when you are by yourself it is truly maddening. I was constantly feeling like I needed to flick somebody in the eyeball.

Watch Dogs is another game that I’m trying to play but I haven’t given it a whole lot of time so I will have to get back to you on that one. So far I’m hearing a lot of negativity about the game and that always gives you something to look forward to.

Anyway, that’s all I got. Hopefully Keen will get a Wildstar post up soon ’cause I’m mentally tapped out. So… What are you guys up to?

  • If your time is precious and you have a large selection I would say skip Watch Dogs… especially on PC. The ‘hacking’ is a joke and most of the mechanics and game play are nothing you have not seen done before… and in many instances done better elsewhere.

  • Thanks. I’m no artist but I like drawing stuff and I do the best I can with what I’ve got. One day I want to get something nice like a Surface Pro 3 to draw on. Bit of a pipe dream but who knows, right?

  • I have heard Caverna is excellent and basically replaces Agricola in every way. BTW Graev did you play Dark Souls 2? I havent seen anything from you guys on it.. so good… I recall you playing the first one Demon souls when nobody knew about it and i got it because of your posts back then… became one of my favorite series of games of all time now.

  • @KennyG Not sure why you even think that. A quick browse of the EQN website/tweets doesn’t show anything remotely “#SkyisFalling”.

  • I liked Watch dogs. There are not many free roam games on the PC, and while the story might be a bit boring, the gameplay is pretty good. And the online part is really fun.

  • @Cthreepo Have you tried Sleeping Dogs yet? It is a really well made game and quite enjoyable. I love it because it plays like a free roaming game set in the world of Hong Kong Cinema like Hard Boiled, but also with some martial arts tossed in. Really worth taking a look and I think pretty cheap now.