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A weekend killing monsters


We should strive to look on the bright side of… well, everything that happens to us.
For instance: I spent about twenty years, more or less, without playing PC games, basically because I was too busy doing other stuff. And right now, I have a very old, no-name PC on which two thirds of the recent games don’t run.

Bright side: I can get old PC games for real cheap, and they run a wonder on my anything-but-state-of-the-art system – and right now I feel like playing something new.

So yesterday I spent three euro and a half (the price of a bucket of ice cream) on a 2012 game called Torchlight II – a fantasy RPG with a vague steampunkish flavor and lots and lots of monsters.

I found it on Steam, it runs on my Linux machine and it is a pleasure to see.
Sure, it’s old, but considering I missed it when it came out, it’s new to me. And it’s kinda fun to play in the role of a wandering engineer taking quests together with his pet alpaca.

Yep, every character you play gets a random pet at creation, and I got an alpaca – not the fiercest of creatures, but he’s saved my life a few times already.

So that’s how I’ll spend the weekend – killing monsters and exploring strange places, and letting off some steam.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “A weekend killing monsters

  1. Haha, I’m doing something similar: Diablo III


  2. I did the same thing with another steampunkish rpg: Arcanum, of Steamworks and magick obscura.
    Never finished. And I’ll like to do the same thing with someother isometric “low-running” games like “Planescape: Torment” or “Torment: Tides of Numenera”.
    Oh, right. I still have to finish the graphic adventure “Syberia”. I’ve never been a dedicated player and my physical instruments never helped me.


    • I have fond memories of Torment, the last PC game I played for a long time.
      And really, sometimes finishing them is only part of the fun.
      Sometimes it’s just good to kill monsters to discharge some frustration (in this sense, Torchlight is almost perfect, because it’s very plot-light).


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