KOEI Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the real world


I like to play KOEI’s game, especially Romance of the Three Kingdoms (San Goku Shi). It is related to the real world management.

When playing the game, we need to first build a kingdom. Then, the player should found that, if the kingdom has only one character (officer), the kingdom can do nothing, because each character can do only one task (or limited tasks) for each month. Even the character has maximum status values: intelligence 100, war 100, politic 100, charisma 100, though the character is useful, the kingdom itself is useless. Thus, the player needs to recruit more officers to work for the kingdom.

For recruiting the officers, there is a problem. It is difficult to recruit good officer. Because some of the good officer is already work for other kingdom. Simply recruiting any officer also has a problem, especially there are some useless officers. Recruiting these useless officers does not help much in a small kingdom. This is because they cannot work for the kingdom, they cannot contribute anything. Yet, the kingdom need to pay for the officers every month.

To increase the income of a kingdom, the kingdom must have lands, then the officers need to develop the land for economic growth to earn money seasonally; or to develop the land for farming to increase the food supply for every year. Therefore, in order to make a kingdom strong, the kingdom must develop to get the income. Yet, the features of the land is also important, because some of the lands are not fertile. This is exactly same as the real world, that is why some of the country are rich of resources, yet the other not.

One of the feature of San Goku Shi I like is the compatibility value of each character. This is a hidden value, one can only see it with the character editor in Power-up Kit. The value range is from 0 to 149. When the two characters has the compatibility values which are close, they are easily to get together, and 0 is close to 149 as a cycle. So, Cao Cao is 25, Liu Bei is 75, and Sun Quan is 125. Their innate enemies are the value Yuan Shao (almost 100), Dong Zhuo (almost 0), and Liu Biao (almost 50). Therefore, a kingdom will always has a group of people which has similar compatibility value. This is exactly same as the real world, that is why people are normally divided into groups with the similar characteristic.

Therefore, a kingdom, not only needs the lands for the resource, good officers to work, and also the opportunities. They are important factors: 天(时)、地(利)、人(合).  With these factors, the player can build a strong kingdom.

我喜欢玩“光荣”的游戏,尤其是“三国志”。“三国志”和现世的管理系统是息息相关的。

游戏开始时,我们首先需要建立自己的势力。玩家必定发现,若新势力只有一位武将,那个势力几乎一无所能,因为每个武将每月只能做一件工作或有限的工作。纵然武将的各项能力全满,也对势力无济于事。因此,玩家必须录用更多的武将。

关于录用武将,也并非易事。因为优秀的武将,早已为其他势力效劳了。随便录用武将,尤其是那些一无是处的武将,对势力也没有贡献。因为这类的武将,办事不利,而且还要发薪资给这些武将。

要增加势力的收入,土地是必须的。玩家可利用武将来发展商业等等,提高每季的收入;或是发展农业,提高军粮的收入。因此,若要让势力变强,就必须增加势力的收入。并且,土地的发展度是必须的。因为有些地方非常难发展,尤其是那些小都市。人口不够,不能增兵,等等。这和现世是一样的,有些国家天然资源富裕,而一些落后。

“三国志”里,有一项特点是我非常喜欢的,就是武将的“相性”。这是隐藏的数值,使用“威力加强版”才能看到这数值。数值是从0到149。当两位武将的相性值接近,那么两个武将就容易接近。曹操的相性是25,刘备75,孙权125。他们的天敌是袁绍(大约100),董卓(大约0),刘表(大约50)。因此,势力总是会把武将归类,所谓物以类聚,人以群分。正如现世一样。

因此,一个势力,必须有丰富的地方资源,优秀的武将,还有把握时机。这正是重要的因素:天时、地利、人和。藉着这些因素,玩家才能建立强盛的势力。

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Playing games with Ubuntu


Linux is a great OS. Open source and free. Can work as server or desktop. There are a lot of applications: office suite, internet web browser, email client, image editor, 3D modeler, games, online games, software development tools, etc. Using Linux, I can almost do anything I want just as I am using proprietary OS.

However, there is a drawback. If a computer cannot be used for playing games, then it will not be 100% perfect. Yes, Linux has a lot of free and open source games, but I feel that there is still a gap between free games and the commercial games. Though I may not use Linux to play the latest game, at least it should allow me to play my favourite game.

Luckily there is WINE. Though it cannot 100% compatible to all the games, at least have a try. The following is a screenshot of my most favourite game!

Taikou Risshiden 5
Taikou Risshiden 5 using WINE

Review and cheats of Totem Tribes


I played Totem Tribes 3 times, because I want to see the different endings. Besides that, it is quite a good game, the storyline is good.

It combines War Craft and “seek and find” game genre. But the “seek and find”, is very very difficult. Sometimes, need to search for the solution from internet.

Now, I want to talk about cheating in the game. Because playing it for 3 times, without cheating, it will be very boring. Besides that, remember backup the files before editing for the cheating.

Cheat 1: To make your objects easier to be found.
Just go to “Totem Tribe\data\texture\game\item“, paint the PNG files again, modify the picture, edit it, do whatever you want, then you can see the result if you restart the game.

Cheat 2: Make your building speed faster.
Open the “Totem Tribe\data\cfg\building.xml” with any text editor. Find the “build_points” tag, then change the value in it. Your building speed will be modified. But do not change the value to “1” or “0”, my experience told me “10” is enough. But remember, do not change all the buildings build points, because you might need to build a building slowly in one of the levels.

Since you can change the data about building, you can also change the “observation” tag, so that the map will be shown.

Cheat 3: Make your research faster.
Similar to Cheat 2, but open the “tech.xml” instead. Then modify the “cost” tag.

Cheat 4: Make your magic faster.
Similar to above, but “magic.xml“, and the “cost” tag can be modified.

Cheat 5: Build your units faster.
Open the “unit.xml“. Change the “train_points” tag. You can also change the “damage” tag, “speed” tag, or other else. But I tried to change the “observation” tag, and when I drag my unit, this cause an error to the application. So, try your own.

Note: Changing the data in the XML unlike changing the image file. It will only affect to the units or building or magic after you change the XML. For example, when you build a building with the default HP. After that, you exit the game, and modify the XML and change the HP and start the game. Your building is still the default HP, but the new building you build will be the new HP.

Cheat 6: Find all the fewels.
This is the most difficult part. Because, if you want to unlock the secret level, you need to find all the jewels. How can you do that? My final solution is go to “Totem Tribe\data\level\original”, open one of the level XML. And you will find “item” tag, with the attributes: “sub_id“, “type“, “x“, and “y“. “type” indicates the gem type, there are “RedGem”, “OrangeGem”, “YellowGem”, “GreenGem”, “BlueGem”, “VioletGem”, and “WhiteGem”. “x” and “y” is the coordinate of the gem. And the “sub_id” indicates the level or category of the gem. So, the level 1 start the “sub_id” from 0, and the level 19 ends the gem with the “sub_id” 62. That means, you can create all the gems from sub_id 0 to sub_id 62 in any one of the level with the coordinate x,y you want. So, do this, you can collect all the gems in one level.

Note: But type in all the text from sub_id 0 to sub_id 62 manually with all types of gem is quite exhaustive. I solve this problem by writing a program to generate the text, and copy the text to the XML file. Besides that, I put all the gems at Aruku’s starting coordinate. Then, start the game, and start that level. And you will see all the gems at Aruku’s coordinate. Then, just click the gems until your finger is tired.

Finally, the game is written using several libraries, Audiere, Expat, and HGE. This makes me have the eagerness to write my own game. A simple game with a good storyline, which make me played 3 times. But, I don’t have so much free time to do this. Hopefully I can spend sometimes to write a game.

Suikoden II review


Just finish an old game, Suikoden II. Easy to play. The story is good, with good ending. Though there are 4 kinds of ending, but still has a best ending. All the main characters survived at the end. Besides that, there are 108 stars (characters) can be recruited. And you can switch anyone you like in the game.
刚玩完一部旧的游戏,“幻想水浒传Ⅱ”。容易玩。故事很好,有很好的结局。虽然有四种结局,但是有个完美结局。所有的重要角色都活着。另外,有108个星(角色)可以录用。你可以换上你喜欢的角色。

An old game doesn’t have 3D objects and beautiful scenes, but if the story is good, even it is old, it is valuable to be played.
一部旧的游戏,没有三维物体和美丽的画面,但是如果有好的故事,就算是旧的游戏,还是值得玩的。

Devil May Cry 4 review


Recently, I played Devil May Cry 4 PC version. This is very nice, because Devil May Cry 4 not only released in PS3, but also XBox 360 and PC version. This is cross-platform. Hope that all the games in future will target cross-platform.

I seldom play the action game. And this is the first time playing DMC, never played the series before. Firstly, found that it is quite difficult, because the game system uses “Proud Soul” to equip new moves. And earning “Proud Soul” is quite difficult. Because I played RPG game, thought that secrets are the important part of the game. So, I tried to play DMC by following the walkthrough. And this makes the game become boring. Because secrets are few, and wasting time to look for the secret items causes the final score of the mission decreased. Finally, just play to finish the mission. Then, I earned a lot of “Proud Soul” in every mission. This should be the correct way to play DMC4.

Besides that, though there are several modes with different level of difficulties, the story, i think is same. (Because I only finished “human” mode). But, nicely, the “Proud Soul” and all the items are shared, that means, whatever mode you play, they share same resources. Besides that, like most of the games, unlocking the secrets are the most interesting part. There are many modes wait to be unlocked.

About the graphics, I can only say: “Amazing!”.

Overall, it is a very nice game~

軒轅劍5外傳 漢之雲 review


(注意!一下評論包括一些劇情透露)

剛剛玩完“漢之雲”。三國真是了不起,因為有很多遊戲都是用三國時代來做故事背景。但是,既然是遊戲,改變歷史故事是理所當然的啦。故事劇情就算了啦,但人物性格,并不是很喜歡。

諸葛亮:真是沒想到,一點都不像諸葛亮。
朝雲:反正在我所玩過的中文遊戲中,各各男主角都是優柔寡斷的。“暮雲”在“軒轅劍伍-一劍凌雲山海情”裡,還比較突出,可能因為他是配角吧。
橫艾:本來是很喜歡的。但因為太多秘密,甚至她可能是個男人也說不定。秘密也該有個限度吧。最讓我疑惑的地方是,為什麽那個“丹道村”的大長老稱橫艾為“壺中仙”?煉妖壺可說是軒轅劍系列的重點,可是遊戲都沒解釋煉妖壺怎會在橫艾手上。

唉,其他角色沒什麽啦。只是不明白,為什麽中文遊戲很喜歡把那些辛辛苦苦栽培的角色,轉眼間變成敵人?或是到最終boss前死掉?劇情真是好無情。那些角色歸類成NPC不是比較好嗎?那樣,玩家就會知道哪些角色是應該栽培的了。

趙雲:他的造型,我還以為是什麽仙人。還不知道他是趙雲時,我還以為他是“劉備”。結果不是。沒想到趙雲的地位那么高。而且值得讓橫艾等人幫他續命。甚至能讓諸葛亮和劉禪的關係和好。

說實在,故事的那些秘密,實在沒什麽意義。就算橫艾在結局說諸葛亮并不是想象中的那么遜色,但我還是看不出什麽厲害。

因為故事一直都是保持秘密狀態,就說說我的猜測過程。
當丹道村的長老稱橫艾為“壺中仙”時,我真以為橫艾就是壺中仙。到後期,諸葛亮說他有個手下在“飛羽”裡,我就知道是橫艾了。但我還以為諸葛亮才是“壺中仙”。原來也不是。
那個被續命的人,我起初以為是“劉備”,後來看到是白衣老人的造型,我以為他才是“真·諸葛亮”。原來不是,是想都沒想到的趙雲。他的身份并不震撼,而是失望。

關於結局,為何朝雲是和耶亞希在一起?明明只是單戀。神器配神器不是比較妥當嗎?算啦,玩家最多只是給個評論罷了。

總的來講,是可以玩玩。但就是故事和人物并不是很喜歡。

Civilization 4 quote I like most


When I played Civilization 4, there is a quote I like most

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
by: Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

This is really true. If we eat unhealthy food, surely we will be unhealthy. If we eat healthy food, surely we will be healthy. When we eat, we digest the food, and the nutrients become part of our body. That is why we are growing when we eat. How wonderful is our body.

What a priest told us also corresponding to this quote. He said something like this: “What we eat becomes part of our body. We have the power to make the food become our body. Can’t God with the almighty power, make the bread become the Body of Christ?”