LAN Gaming at Norwescon 41

Norwescon Special EventsBlog, Gaming, Norwescon 41

Hello everyone! AngelWolf, your NWC Gaming LAN curator, here to tell you about all the new games that will be added this year. One thing I learned from last year’s LAN was that more people wanted to play single-player games.  I searched high and low on the internet, compiling a list of free adventure games that I had played in years past. On top of this, I was given a small budget to buy a few more games from during the past winter sale, and thanks to their generous licensing agreement, I can also add GOG games from my own personal library. Come visit us at our new location in Maxi’s!

Free Games:

Brutal Doom – The original ‘90s shooter, cranked up to 11 with lots of red pixels.

Mega Man 8-Bit DeathMatch – Someone took the Doom engine and turned it into a colorful 3D representation of the original NES classics.  Mega Man and every robot from the original series are in there.

The Marathon Trilogy – Long before Halo, Bungie made a trilogy of shooters exclusively for the Mac.  They made it freeware and released the source code, so someone made a PC version.

King’s Quest 1, 2, 3 – Fan-made VGA remakes of classic Sierra point-and-click adventures.

Maniac Mansion Deluxe – Fan-made VGA remake of a classic LucasArts adventure.

Quest for Glory 2 – Fan-made remake.

Heroine’s Quest – Original game in the style of Quest for Glory, with a female protagonist.

Mental Repairs, Inc. – In the future, machine AI requires psychological soothing. It’s up to you to repair a depressed coffeemaker and a photocopier with low self-esteem in a high-tech office.

Sam And Max Episode 104 – Cartoon hijinks ensue as Sam & Max, Freelance Police, take on a semi-fictional President of the United States in this 2007 adventure game.

Beneath a Steel Sky – A classic cyberpunk, sci-fi adventure game set in a dystopian future.

The White Chamber – A sci-fi adventure game with some horror elements. A girl wakes up on a spaceship with no memory of how she got there.

Cayne – Another sci-fi horror adventure, involving a pregnant woman waking up in a creepy facility.  Where is she? Why is she there? And why do they want her baby?

Yahtzee’s Adventure Games – Zero Punctuation’s satirical game reviewer Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw once made a series of adventure games about a thief named Trilby.

Slender: The Eight Pages – The original indie horror game.  Collect 8 pages in a spooky forest while being stalked by a creature that kills you if you see it.

StarCraft – Blizzard’s original space real-time strategy game is now free, and we have it!

Enclosure – A creepy adventure in a haunted research base in Antarctica.

Flight of the Amazon Queen – An adventure game in the style of Indiana Jones.

FEAR Combat – The free, multiplayer component of FEAR, a shooter about a supernatural cleanup crew and an army of psychically controlled clones.

Bendy and the Ink Machine demo -This indie game demo is a first-person adventure about an animator being stalked by his own creation, an early 1930’s cartoon character.

Paid for games:

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Two brothers must work together, journeying across a fantastical land to find medicine for their sick father, in this cartoon adventure.

Dungeon Keeper 2 – A building game where you get to be the bad guy. Carve out dungeons and populate them with monsters to keep those goody-goody heroes away from your gold!

FTL – Advanced Edition – Micromanage the crew of a starship as you attempt to deliver a message to headquarters in this randomly generated game of strategy and resource management.

Thief Trilogy – A series of first-person stealth games, where you play as a master thief named Garret in an atmospheric medieval world with steam technology.

Outlast – An anonymous email leads an investigative journalist to Mount Massive Asylum to get the scoop on the shady corporation that runs it.  He ends up trapped in a horrific nightmare in one of the scariest video games ever made.  (ADULTS ONLY, during night gaming)

The Dig – A classic LucasArts adventure about 3 astronauts who get whisked away to an alien planet and must unlock the mysteries of an alien archaeological dig in order to get home.

Monkey Island 1 & 2 – The classic LucasArts adventures of Guybrush Threepwood, a bumbling pirate searching for treasure and his true love in these pirate comedy adventures.

Loom – Another LucasArts fantasy classic from the ‘90s about the weavers of fate, which allows you to use musical notes to cast magic spells.

Free Gifts:

Hard West – A randomly-generated western survival adventure.

Oxenfree – Side scroller about teenagers uncovering a mystery in a small town.

Curator loaned:

Back to the Future – Picking up from the end of part 3, this adventure has Marty travelling back to the prohibition era and teaming up with a teenage Doc Brown.

Game of Thrones – An episodic adventure based on the TV series, it follows members of the Forrester house immediately after the Red Wedding.

Clive Barker’s Undying – Horror author Clive Barker wrote the story for this spooky shooter.

Grim Fandango Remastered – An adventure, based on the Mexican afterlife, about a Grim Reaper/travel agent who uncovers a conspiracy to steal souls in the land of the dead.

Jade Empire – A martial arts role-playing game set in mystical Japan.

Syberia – An adventure game about a reporter uncovering the mystery of a dead toymaker in Syberia.

Walking Dead: Michonne – A 3-episode miniseries adventure game based on the comic book character.

System Shock 2 – A spooky shooter set on a spaceship infected by an alien virus and a rogue AI.

Darkwood – A spooky top-down survival adventure in a dark forest that won’t stop growing.

Fran Bow – A creepy indie adventure about a little girl living in an insane asylum with a very Tim Burton-ish art style.