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First of all let me say that I've read the previous questions about games in Linux. They're useful but I have a bit of a different question. I'm not looking ...
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    New laptop, gaming suggestions please.


    First of all let me say that I've read the previous questions about games in Linux. They're useful but I have a bit of a different question. I'm not looking for an FPS here; I've beaten most of those. I just wanted to get that out of the way.

    As some of you may have read, I'm receiving a new laptop some time in the next few weeks upon which I plan on installing some form of Linux. What form remains to be seen, but that's not what I'm asking.

    On my previous laptop I did very little gaming, but there have come times when I'm in situations where I have an awful lot of time to kill, a spare wall outlet and my laptop. Let's assume no wireless internet, because free WiFi isn't always an option. At these times I found myself hacking away in Diablo 2, mostly.

    A good example of this is a yearly convention I attend with my girlfriend. It's essentially a music teachers' trade show. I have no real interest in running around the convention floor so I usually hole myself up on a couch or in a lounge chair somewhere next to a wall plug and kill many hours (and monsters) that way.

    With my new laptop there is of course the option to dual-boot and play Diablo 2 on the version of XP that ships in the box. However, before I resort to this I'm curious if anyone has any suggestions for more Linux-friendly alternative games that might keep my attention. Ideas? They don't necessarily have to be free of charge, but it's certainly a plus.

    I'm already going to be playing a lot of mahjongg, card games and Frozen-Bubble, and probably some SuperTux thrown in there too. I'm more curious if there are any deeper games available out there that I may have missed.
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    Battle for Wesnoth Battle for Wesnoth is a fantastic game that I rarely see talked about. It is a turn based strategy game. Has nice graphics and great audio. Comes with a great set of campaigns and has the ability to add more.

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    And there is always freeciv which can keep me entertained for hours at a time.

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    Pingus and Neverball are alright I guess. I like to play Starcraft in Wine, Broodwar specifically. It's entertaining in 1st player mode and online. I also do 1v7 top/vs/bottom matches to brush up on what is to come...... Starcraft 2!
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    I like Neverwinter Nights 1. Use the ravage installer to make things as easy as possible installing the native client, then grab the updates from bioware.

    Sadly NWN2 wont have a native client, but the first one is a good game.

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    Along the lines of puzzle games, ksudoku would be my suggestion.
    depending on the difficulty level a game can be solved in 10-15 minutes.
    If you get the latest version, .4 there is a bunch more options such as samurai and 3d sudoku.
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    i really like games such as X2 X3 and freespace. they are space combat/trading/empire building games. freespace has been completely open sourced and for an old engine, the graphics are pretty decent. x2/3 are both commercial but tuxgames was selling native linux versions last i checked.
    all of them will take you some time to play through, with freespace being more mission oriented and the x-series being more open ended and slightly more focused on building a trading empire than combat. all are fun and free/relatively cheap and are really polished games that will kill more than a few hours. i'd recommend a joystick but the x series play pretty well on a conventional mouse.
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    Well, I appreciate all the suggestions that have come through so far. I should have been more specific in my original request and mentioned some genres I like and don't.

    Games like Civilization and space oriented trading/pirating/piloting games really don't do it for me. I inevitably get bored. Most strategy games are like that too. I'll certainly take a look at them all though. You never know. Wesnoth looks promising, and perhaps I can get past the fact that it's an RTS.

    I had Neverwinter Nights a while back and ended up selling it. I got pretty far along the initial quest and eventually just stopped playing. I'd pick it up now and again but I don't have it anymore. It's not as easy to find at used book stores as it used to be.

    Keep them coming. I've got a while before this convention (it's the middle of February), and I expect the new computer in some time in the next week or so.
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    I played a little bit of the tutorial for Wesnoth tonight. It has promise. The visuals have had a significant upgrade since the last time I played it, and it's a welcome revamp. I managed to kill an hour and a half just running through the tutorial campaign (I lost). Could be a worthy time killer.
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    when i get to work this morning i will dig through and find you a diablo like game. i found a few of the games just like diablo a while back but since i dont really play games like those i overlooked them.

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