Humble Bundle key redemption is awesome again (mostly) but the games are kinda meh

An esoteric collection of Paradox stuff in the latest bundle. Virtually all stuff I already own, and in many cases you’re looking at the base game for something with a mountain of DLC, but lots of good stuff here regardless:

Age of Wonders 3 for a buck and Battletech for $12 are great deals.

Warlock : Master of the Arcane is also very good, if a bit old by now. Getting it, Europa Universalis IV AND Age of Wonders III for only $1 is a ridiculous deal.

Plus, like you said, the $12 tier is great for Battletech and Tyranny, plus Stellaris which you get as well since it’s in the BTA tier. If you don’t own any of those 3 games, $4 each for them is a steal.

Sadly, the only game I don’t already own in the whole bundle is Imperator :Rome (the sole game in the $17 tier), and while I’d be happy to add that to my collection, it’s been on sale for as little as $10 in the past. I can wait.

Yeah, the first Warlock was decent, but its sitting there next to AoW3 which is a best-of-genre game in my opinion. EU4 is fantastic, but of course the base game is barely a starter pack. It is probably worth noting, though, that these days new players can just sign up for a low-cost monthly subscription that gives them access to all the DLC content - that’s both cheaper and easier than actually trying to buy all of it, I’m sure.

That’s my exact situation as well.

I don’t disagree that Age of Wonders 3 is a better game, but Warlock had a decent niche, and the hex map was kind of cool. I would encourage everyone to try it for a dollar, if you get it along side Age of Wonders 3.

That being said, you know it’s an awesome deal if you own and have played most of the games. Which is also what makes it a terrible deal.

I enjoyed Warlock for a bit. I’d certainly recommend it over its sequel.

Exactly that.

Ah, the sequel wasn’t bad. It let you play the original game if you wanted.

I played like 5 games of the sequel and every single one of them I got an impassable Dremer world as my second or third shard, which meant I spent the entire game walled up away from the other AI players slowly grinding away on a tiny chunk of map to level up enough to get past it. That’s just terrible design/balance. I gather it didn’t happen to others, but every single game I played went that way.

Warlock 3… sorta
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=493257789

I tried that a few years ago. How’s the balance?

Now that’s interesting. Thanks for the link, I was totally unaware of it.

I’m no expert, but I have enjoyed it. The author has done an amazing job working in that framework.

Aren’t the new games supposed to be out today? I’m jonesin’ for a hit!

First Friday of the month, right? So that would be next week.

Damn 31 days in a month!

You would think we could shave off a few of them, and give them to February.

But Racists would hate that. Damn Racists, keeping February down.

August picks look great

Also the bonus game for last month is now revealed to be Vikings - Wolves of Midgard

If you say so. Vampyr and Call of Cthulhu are my speed (though I already own them) but received very mixed reactions. Hello Neighbor I never ended up hearing much about once it came out. I’ve never seen anyone even talk about Little Big Workshop or Through the Darkest of Times or either The Coma, reactions were pretty lukewarm to American Fugitive, and Genesis Alpha One is reputedly actively incomplete and broken. I hear A Case of Distrust is good, but also it’s like $10. Wargroove is probably the most appealing thing, but I also already own that.

Banner says we get all 12 this time.

I’ve heard good things about Little Big Workshop. How’s Automachef?

After one of the best months I’ve ever seen, this is easily (from my perspective) one of the worst. I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever paused. And for once, I don’t even own any of this stuff, it’s just that absolutely none of it’s of interest.

I’m in for Vamp and Cthulhu, which is easily my 12 bucks worth right there.

From that point…we’ll see.