I’m obliviondoll. I found out about GSB a long time ago, but I’ve been mostly a console gamer for the past few years, and at the time, my computer was barely competent running DOSBox for my retro gaming (Frontier: Elite II and One Must Fall: 2097 mostly). I heard “space battles” and my interest spiked, but then I looked at the “no PS3 version” and saw the system requirements and promptly moved on to something I already had the hardware to play.
For my birthday, my parents very generously gave me their old (but still newer than what I was using) laptop. It’s been a few months, but I was looking for an old-ish space game and accidentally rediscovered GSB. I promptly downloaded the demo and realised it was even more awesome than I’d hoped when I first heard about it. So a few days later, I bought the game (the Collector’s Edition with the first 3 DLC races included).
In spite of my rather low-spec laptop, I’ve managed to get the game to run smoothly without having to drop the resolution (although extended play sometimes locks the machine up). I’m still slowly grinding my way through the missions included in the game (I’ve got 3 or 4 left, I think, then onto the DLC missions), mixing up my fleets and playstyles to try new things.
I’ve basically taken each spatial anomaly so far as a cue to create a new race. No shields? Switch to the Rebels, and build an armour-heavy fleet. No repair modules? Switch to Swarm, and build a fleet of fast, cheap ships.
I haven’t yet looked at challenges, so I have no idea how my “awesome” skills will hold up when I’m trying to compete with real people. Probably pretty badly, at least to start with. I’m looking forward to what I’ve been describing as “kinda-sorta-multiplayer-but-not-really” though.
Anyway, not sure there’s a whole lot of point to this thread beyond greetings and hoping to see some of you on the battlefield in the not-too-distant future. Wish me luck? Or a quick death? That’s up to you.