Parks and Rec’s Cones of Dunshire Kickstarter Has 10 Days Left

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 7.00.29 AMParks and Recreations Ben Wyatt is a great nerd character, becoming completely lost in his hobbies are various points in the series, much like most of us real-life geeks. His magnum opus to nerdity is his “punishingly intricate” table top game, Cones of Dunshire. It appears to be mocking Settlers of Cat’an but looks to be about ten times as complex. In the show, it becomes a surprise hit on the Internet and with his complexity-loving buddies at Tilton and Randomski Accounting Firm. The show’s finale even shows it’s sequel Winds of Tremorrah, which is supposed to be even more insane.

Well, some fans who just don’t feel that the current table-top games and RPGs are hard enough to learn, are running a kickstarter to have Cones of Dunshire made, for reals! They have about 10 days left, so, if you’re into that sort of thing, help them out!

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Aeon Genesis Completes 10-year Project of Translating NES Classic Lagrange Point

In a translation work that took almost 10 years, Aeon Genesis has completed their translation of Konami’s 8-bit NES sci-fi 1991 RPG Masterpiece Lagrange Point.

Lagrange Point is one of the most advanced NES games ever to come out. On a technical level, it uses Konami’s VRC7 sound chip to create FM synthesis on the original NES. While not all the tune are super memorable, they have a character all their own and the FM Synths really lend themselves to the games space theme.

Ironically, the VRC7 inclusion is probably what kept the game out of the USA. Its $78 price tag in 1991 was pretty nuts for a video game. People did get what they paid for with this game. It has a great story that makes you care a lot more than your average 8-bit RPG.

There aren't many Sci-Fi RPGS on the NES, let alone with FM Synthesis soundtracks!

There aren’t many Sci-Fi RPGS on the NES, let alone with FM Synthesis soundtracks!

Game-wise, Lagrange Point plays like a futuristic Final Fantasy 1. It has some features that are far ahead of its time, such as a weapon forging system. Have two decent weapons, meld them together in the factory and get something even better. The colorful graphics are a treat and the “flying corridor” battle backgrounds really draw you into the game. There are 3 different kinds of playable characters; humans, cyborgs and robots. Each have their own attributes and weapon types. There are 10 playable characters in all who can be swapped in and out of your 4-person team.

Lagrange Point does suffer from a lot of the 8-bit RPG downfalls. You will be fighting a lot of repetitive battles. Even the auto-battle function doesn’t help you stave off the annoyance of this. However, the story keeps you going to see what happens next. If you loved Phantasy Star, you will like Lagrange Point.

Here’s what you’ll need to play it.

The Original Rom (just Google search for it)
Aeon Genesis’ Patch
IPS to Apply the Patch
NES Emulator (I recommend FCEUX since it can play the FM music which some emulators can’t)

Enjoy!