You know what I do at work on the Friday before vacation, when we all leave early for the company Christmas party? Yeah, that's right: nothing.
Defense Grid, Dawn of War, and LoTR were all Thursday night for me. I stayed up late. No work was going to be done, so I wasn't too worried about it. I'm still doing very poorly with the LotRO Yule event. Out of five days this week, I only managed to do the token-earning quests twice. I have to reconsider my anti-grinding stance. I may start doing the daily quests with Maessa and Celefinnel to make up time.
In my Dawn of War campaign, I took two Ork provinces, gaining the Bastion ability and a Fire Warrior team for the Honor Guard. I'll see what counter-attacks I get next time.
Defense Grid is fascinating and frustrating. The designers added a neat mechanic to the well-known tower defense gameplay. You have a pile of "power cores." The aliens grab them and march back out the way they came. if they reach the exit, that's when you lose them. If you destroy the alien carrying them en route, the cores float slowly back to their storage site. However, they can be picked up by fresh incoming waves of aliens, making their trip to the exit point much shorter. After the first couple of missions, my scores plummeted. I have no idea how I'm supposed to beat the early waves on some of these levels without losing cores.
I did indeed finish Penny Arcade in the afternoon at work (I ended up going out to lunch with a coworker). The final fight was a gimmicky thing, in the end surprisingly easy. I'm not sure whether or not I liked it.
My favorite sequence in the game was the fight at the apartments. Charles is introduced in a way that suggests he's going to be horribly difficult to beat, and Gabe and Tycho are removed from the party. He has an absurd number of hit points, so I opened up by chucking a mega-explosive item.
In a scripted sequence, he's blasted back into the wall, drops to 25% health, and the words "SISSY BOSS FIGHT!" splash across the screen.
I smiled for the rest of the day.
Adventure/Third-Person Graphic Adventure