Repopulation: A New Addiction

2015-07-31_00007I woke up at 4:30 this morning. I was tired, it was dark, but my bad leg was on fire due to the weather so I just got up. I’d caught up with J.C. Smith last night, so I thought I would spend a few minutes with the Repopulation before breakfast. I patched up the game, made my character, and tumbled into the tutorial and newbie zone.

The next thing I knew, my husband was prodding me about lunch and my starving cats. Yup. 12:30. I’d immediately lost 8 hours immersed in the game.

Despite 8 full hours, I haven’t yet even sunk my teeth into all there is to do here (I’m still in the newbie zone!), so I’m holding off on writing anything even trying to masquerade as a preview until a bit later. But a game that can immediately grab me like the deserves a shout out, so here’s a small look at what has caught my attention so far. First, let’s get one thing out of the way:





Ahem. Those of you who know me probably don’t need to read any more, right? You know exactly what happened. I discovered I could have a robot pet. Then I discovered I could tame animals. Oh, and look, I can sweet talk the NPCs with diplomacy! I can dance! Tell stories! Did I mention crafting? All kinds of crafting! Tracking, stealthing, stealing, all different ways of killing things from guns to flamethrowers, martial arts and melee weapons. There is poison making, traps, computer hacking.. culinary arts, style, genetic engineering, vehicle creation, housing, I saw a book with instructions for horticulture, a robot started telling me about training to craft robots – and that’s only what I’ve seen hints of so far. I just simply had no idea what to do first.

Can we say ferret shock? I am one overwhelmed Pherephassa.

Taking a deep breath, I quickly realized that I was running around like a crazed thing. I started talking to the NPCs, and working on my diplomacy. I like healing, so I picked up a medical scanner, and discovered to my delight that it can also be used as a combat weapon – and with a bit of practice I will even be able to spray my enemies with biohazards. Now that’s what I’m talking about, none of this healer throwing around balls of light silliness, what’s more delightful than a medic who uses her healing powers for evil as well as good? *insert evil maniacal laughter here*

Obviously with that thought process, stealth and thievery are no brainers, although I haven’t managed much with them yet. I’ve mostly been running around kicking things, spraying chemicals, and cutting up dead bodies to harvest their DNA and tissue as I fully intend on delving into genetic engineering.

Keep an eye out for more – I will definitely be going into more detail as time moves on, and we’ve got some interviews on the horizon.

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Looking for a game that you can play right now? You better believe that Angry Birds 2 is our game of the week!


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Pherephassa has been creeping around the etherspace long enough to have remorted so often that not even she can recall her original form. She loves sandboxes, challenges, chain mail bikinis and dungeons so large they take weeks, months or even years to fully explore. Currently seeking an MMO home, she can often be found on the side of the road, begging game designers for death penalties and slow leveling curves.

1 Comment

  1. I couldn’t agree more. A complex game to be sure with a lot of attractive ideas. I think it is definitely a niche type game but I also think that many folks are ready to call a game “home” again and not just a pit stop to another game. This may be the one for many.

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