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Offline Wet Orange Ostrich Toilet

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Funny First-Time Player Stories
Let's tell some funny stories from the time where you have played Freespace/Freespace 2 for the first time.

(Doesn't need to be Freespace, you can also include other games if you want to.)

I was around 5 at that time:
I didn't get the concept of IFFs and complex missions, I was stuck on the first Mission, with several hundred friendly fire incidents.

I also didn't know how to jump out, so I had to suicide through the missions.

Oh, and I thought the medal tray was a baking tray.
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
Not having shields from the off.
That went down well.

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Playing so bad that I had to play everything on Very Easy or Easy. It's difficult to control a ship when you're 6 :p

And also, being so scared in Playing Judas that I peed on myself. Literally.

 

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Nothing wrong with this topic, just moving it to an appropriate board.

 

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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
I was around 5 at that time
It's difficult to control a ship when you're 6 :p
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And also, being so scared in Playing Judas that I peed on myself. Literally.
While I didn't pee on myself I remember being so scared of that mission that I would never play it and just restart the campaign, I must've been around 8 at the time, also playing on very easy and struggling on some missions.

 

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My first Freespace experience (aside from watching my friend play it at his house) was with the demo game FS2:Colossus, which came bundled with my Logitech Force 3D stick.  I was so psyched up for the first mission that I was convinced that I would fail completely.  My level of apprehension was as if those were REAL lives on those transports that I was assigned to guard.
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
My first Freespace experience (aside from watching my friend play it at his house) was with the demo game FS2:Colossus, which came bundled with my Logitech Force 3D stick.  I was so psyched up for the first mission that I was convinced that I would fail completely.  My level of apprehension was as if those were REAL lives on those transports that I was assigned to guard.
Wow, the game made you really feel like a pilot then.



Oh yeah, at 'Mystery of the Trinity' I thought we were having a race or something so instead of following Zeta 1, I boosted through the nebula like a mad demon.
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
I can't really remember FS back then, but I do remember playing X-Wing and Wing Commander 2.

In X-Wing I remember loving, but being absolutely awful at the training area. Just a big run of gates to go through, three at a time with little targets to shoot as you fly. Ah, the sound of a B-Wing just grinding against a floating, virtual metal spaceplate...

And in Wing Commander 2, we didn't have the manual at the time, so I had to try to figure out the controls alone. I got most of them, just never figured out how to lock on to capital ships in order to launch torpedoes. So any mission where I was assigned to kill a cap ship, I just ejected immediately so I could move on to the next mission. Yay, branching story!
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
"DIVE, DIVE, DIVE. Hit your burners, Pilot".

If i could only experience THIS the first time again. :)


Unfortunately this is the only first time experience in Freespace i really remember.
I was already 13 when Freespace 2 was released. And i played Freespace 1 a year later after that, because it was very rare back then. But in the end of 2000 it was bundled in a gaming magazine, so i bought it. It was followed by Silent Threat only a few weeks later, that was still in the shelves in our local shopping centre.
So Freespace 1 was not soo surprising after i already knew Freespace 2's story.

So another story i have, was with I-War: Independence War. That is not to many years ago.
This game has also a branching story and in one mission you can decide for which side you want to fight. I am continue the fight against the rebellion for a few more couple of missions and saw eventually an ending of this game.
Actually, i thought THIS was the ending of the game.
Only a couple of days later i read, that you have to fight for the rebellion to continue and actually to experience the whole game.
The missions until this choice are only like an introduction.

But nevertheless... i did not play I-War after that again :/.

I hope that i will play it again sometime :).
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
Heh, do remember first time fondly. Was in a PC World store (was probably about 9-10ish at the time). Had fun flying the ship around and shooting... then I noticed the ship I was shooting at was identical to my one, green on the radar, and not shooting back. Worked out how to escape the mission, then went through the training missions and was hooked. Raided PC World every time we went near it for months until we found 'that space game' in stock and grabbed it. :yes:

I recall my Dad (and I think my sister as well) ran afoul of the 'actually managing to protect the Ramses' thing during first playthrough; walked into his office and found him confused saying "been here for ages" alongside a still-there Ramses and a disabled/disarmed Taranis.
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
Well. Quite a few years ago I found Silent Threat expansion as an extremely cool game. Silly me.

And yeah, protecting the Ramses is not that hard. Been there too, as many others who did their first playthrough when they were kids (at least I think so).
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When I 1st played it, I remember thinking that the Kurasawa 2 mission in Wing Commander was impossible. I guess I got a lot better as I got older.

For something a bit funnier, but not technically from myself, I tried to introduce my future wife to X-Wing Alliance. Played through the 1st mission with me pointing out how to do things. At the end, I said "fly towards the station & land".... and got distracted which resulted in her crashing into the station at full speed and dying. Sadly, that's probably the last time she played a space-flight sim  (empathy fail... I laughed :sigh:)

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I remember finding The Great Hunt completely amazing, especially with how terrifying it was to be flying between two huge warships blasting the crap out of everything with flak, just trying not to stay in the crossfire. And then that ending!

 

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Oh, yeah, I remember vividly, the time I've ever played Freespace 2, I did not expect the wingmen to scream into the comms when shot down... yeah, caught me off guard (as in: it scared the living daylights out of me and caused me to run out of the room.)

Also, first training mission "Don't touch the controls until you're told to do so" while I am busy mashing every single button on my keyboard.
And I tried taking on that one station in that second training mission... yeah... good times...
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Playing the first Wing Commander I had a mission where I had Bossman as my wingman. We come across 3 Kilrathi at a waypoint and I order him to take on one of the enemy ships while I deal with the other two. The first one fell pretty easily but the second one was giving me problems so I just decided to switch up to full guns and kill him as soon as I get a clear shot. Sure enough, after a bit of dogfighting I get a clear shot up the enemies tailpipe. I immediately fired a full volley of everything I had at him only to watch in horror as before any of my shots reach the enemy it blows up. Bossman had apparently dealt with his fighter and decided to help me. His shots blew up the enemy only for my shots to go straight through the exploding Kilrathi and straight into Bossman's canopy. 

I then got to fly back to the Tiger's Claw and watch his funeral.
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Heh; that reminds me of one, in WC2 flying the Epee with two wingmen, we'd killed all the Kilrathi at a waypoint except for one, who seemed to be in coward mode and just constantly fled. I lined up a head on pass with my two wingmen on his tail... and prompted died to a hail of particle cannon fire from my wingmen missing the Kilrathi and hitting me in the face.
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Re: Funny First-Time Player Stories
Secret missions on the snes.
Button mashing the control to promptly eject.

Then ejecting on every mission to watch what happened. .......
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