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debo July 21, 2012 06:07

Sil screencasting / let's play
 
Hey everyone,

I've started recording some "beginners" tutorial-like videos for Sil, in which I try to explain the game mechanics and other tidbits about it as I play. There's not much point to this, other than me liking the game so much that I want to talk about it :)

The first couple of videos are uploading now. In them, I created a bare-bones melee/evasion build, took the character to 300', and -- spoiler alert -- died.

You can check it out here if you're interested: http://www.youtube.com/user/silstreamer

Next up is a smithing/protection build.

HallucinationMushroom July 21, 2012 17:50

Hey cool,

I watched these this morning while killing off my super strong fighter character. I blame you! Hah, not really... good quality videos. I'm looking forward to the next one. Now that you have the perfunctory introduction Sil video out of the way, it will be neat to see how you diagram out one of your smithing characters through the dungeons.

debo July 22, 2012 00:25

Thanks! I'm definitely not the best person to be doing these videos, since I don't consider myself to be especially good at Sil, but whatever :)

My condolences re: your recent loss ;)

debo July 23, 2012 19:25

Videos from the next series are going up over the next few days -- protection/smithing builds loosely inspired by elliptic's antics last month. The first in the series has just been posted.

HallucinationMushroom July 23, 2012 20:00

Yah, I had something to listen to at work. I wouldn't consider repeating until you get a forge a bad thing since it's not really that easy a task. Since you have a choice of a 50ft or 100ft first forge, I've often thought a guaranteed 3 or 4 use forge on 100ft would be nice since you've tackled the extra risk... but I don't forge much so my opinion should be worth about nothing. As far as gloves or robes, I will wear them to hedge my bet that these will get destroyed should I encounter acid worms. I used to keep them in hopes that orc thieves would take those instead of my liquor or herbs or something, but it never seemed to pan out that way.

clouded July 24, 2012 14:29

Cool, I'm enjoying these. Any time I play an offline roguelike I always miss being able to watch other people play.


By the way, for archers they have some manipulatable AI that I find the easiest way of dealing with them. Say they are in a corridor like so:

Code:

#############
#..@.'....o..
#....########
#....#
#....#
######

If you move diagonal to the door you can make them move like this:

Code:

#############  #############  #############  #############
#....'....o..  #....o.......  #...o'.......  #...o'.......
#....########  #....########  #....########  #...@########
#..@.#        #..@.#        #...@#        #....#
#....#        #....#        #....#        #....#
######        ######        ######        ######

The rest of the pack will stay in the corridor and you can repeat.

T-Mick July 24, 2012 18:20

I'm loving this so far. Very interesting to watch. Keep up the good work!

fizzix July 24, 2012 22:31

I haven't watched the videos yet, but great job in just getting these out there. I've been planning to do a let's play for Angband for a long time now, eventually I'll find the time...

When I do, I'll probably ask you about recording software.

debo July 24, 2012 22:44

Quote:

Originally Posted by HallucinationMushroom (Post 71247)
As far as gloves or robes, I will wear them to hedge my bet that these will get destroyed should I encounter acid worms. I used to keep them in hopes that orc thieves would take those instead of my liquor or herbs or something, but it never seemed to pan out that way.

Makes sense. I never thought of that! I mentioned this rationale of yours in the most recent video :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by clouded (Post 71264)

By the way, for archers they have some manipulatable AI that I find the easiest way of dealing with them. Say they are in a corridor like so:

<snip>

The rest of the pack will stay in the corridor and you can repeat.

Whoa! Thanks for this! I am definitely going to try it the next time I hit a pack of orc archers. Much appreciated.


Quote:

Originally Posted by T-Mick (Post 71266)
I'm loving this so far. Very interesting to watch. Keep up the good work!

Thanks :)


Quote:

Originally Posted by fizzix (Post 71269)
I haven't watched the videos yet, but great job in just getting these out there. I've been planning to do a let's play for Angband for a long time now, eventually I'll find the time...

When I do, I'll probably ask you about recording software.

Right now, I'm just doing the lowest-tech thing possible: I use the free quicktime player that ships with OS/X, and use the "screen recording" feature. It's dead easy, but requires 10.6 or later. So, I dunno how much I'll be able to help you :)

I originally was going to _stream_ my games on twitch.tv, but this was faster to set up w/out dealing with resolution problems, so it's what I went with.

Thanks for all the positive comments, folks. I posted vid #4 just a few mins ago.

Patashu July 25, 2012 02:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by fizzix (Post 71269)
I haven't watched the videos yet, but great job in just getting these out there. I've been planning to do a let's play for Angband for a long time now, eventually I'll find the time...

When I do, I'll probably ask you about recording software.

Try one of the following until you get something that works:
-Xsplit
-Camstudio
-Fraps


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