• Tag Archives Let’s Play
  • Beyond Earth is finally here!

    I have to admit, I have been a bit excited for the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. Although I did not get into it until Civ V, I am really a fan of the gameplay, though I can see how it might get a little tired for those with more time than me. The announcement of Beyond Earth really excited me because, other than the game engine, nothing is truly familiar. The sponsors, planets, aliens, and everything else is coming from imaginations of the developers and inspirations from books like Dune. It is all new and exciting stuff to discover and enjoy. I also like the concept of the tech web, because the linear tech tree of Civ V annoyed me almost as much as the denouncement happy AI.

    I decided I would make a Let’s Play of my first game of Beyond Earth because I thought the learning process would be entertaining. Plus, that is a lot of what my channel is about: learning games by trial and error and trying to improve. I am playing as the American Reclamation Corporation (ARC) and plan to pursue a Harmony affinity path, but I will try to use covert ops to keep enemies at bay and speed along my science progress. I have only managed a couple hours of playtime, so far, but I am really enjoying it. If you want to learn more about the game or see how someone else plays it, please check out my Hep plays learns to play Beyond Earth series:


  • Let’s Play Civilization V as Carthage

    I started a Let’s Play of Civilization V Gods & Kings a while back that continues today (I never realized how many 25-minute episodes it would take to finish a playthrough). I wanted to change it up a bit, so I picked a “ring” map type, which makes it interesting in that it really keeps your attention focused on your neighbors, as movement beyond them, even by sea, is very limited. I learned that the map size can greatly affect how much you can fit on it when only one of the numerous city-states I had planned showed up.

    In this playthrough, I am attempting to be a warmongering civilization. While I am doing a good job of keeping Carthage at war, I have made a lot of missteps along the way that have kept the civilization weak and prevent the technological and economic advancements needed to match other civs toe-to-toe militarily. I have been able to use the map to my advantage, though, and continue to struggle along with my weak forces.

    I invite you to come check out the series. I am still working on my ability to speak continuously, as a Let’s Play of a game like Civilization V needs fairly consistent discussion to remain interesting. I welcome thoughts and feedback on the gameplay, or just general comments and discussion that could be incorporated into this or another series.


  • Let’s Play Don’t Starve

    I have started a Let’s Play of the fantastic indie survival game from Klei Entertainment, Don’t Starve, on my YouTube channel. I am only a few hours into the game, so this Let’s Play is centered around playing the starting character, Wilson, and putting my learning process on display. It is really quite fun. If you don’t know much about the game, you can also check out my Don’t Starve first impressions video. So please, join me every Don’t Starve Saturday for another episode! Here is the first one: