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Empires & Puzzles / How to best level up your Heroes
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:07:00 AM »
As you start out, one of the biggest issues you will face is how to best level up your heroes. It does not take long before you realize that this is a slow and arduous task that require a lot of food and loot. So, the problem isn't how fast can you level up your heroes, but what is the smartest way of doing so.

Let's start with the basic first. In order for any hero to level up, he or she needs to "train" with other heroes. Simply choose the hero you want to level up from your Heroes menu, then click on Level Up and start sacrificing other heroes. Please note that any hero you sacrifice is lost forever, so don't sacrifice someone you like.

Now then... let's get into the more advanced strategies...

Different ranked Heroes give different leveling bonuses. The higher the rank, the higher the bonus. Also, just like everything else in the game, the hero's element also plays an important part:
Common Hero: 150 Experience Points
Common Hero of the same Element: 180 Experience Points
Uncommon Hero: 390 Experience Points
Uncommon Hero of the same Element: 468 Experience Points
Rare Hero: 630 Experience Points
Rare Hero of the same Element: 756 Experience Points
Epic Hero: 900 Experience Points
Trainer Hero: 1000 Experience Points
Epic Hero of the same Element: 1080 Experience Points
Trainer Hero of the same Element: 1200 Experience Points
Legendary Hero: ?? Experience Points
Legendary Hero of the same Element: ?? Experience Points

But simply advancing your hero's level is only one half of the equation. The other (and most important) part of leveling up is to increase your hero's Special Skill. The maximum level for any hero's Special Skill is 8, but it is no easy task getting it there. However, this Special Skill will automatically gain one level every time you Ascend your hero - which can be done once his or hers current tier has been maxed out.

Just like the experience bonuses above, different heroes give different skill bonuses when used to level up your hero:
Common Hero: 1% Chance
Trainer Hero: 1% Chance
Common Hero of the same Element: 2% Chance
Trainer Hero of the same Element: 2% Chance
Uncommon Hero: 2% Chance
Rare Hero: 3% Chance
Uncommon Hero of the same Element: 4% Chance
Epic Hero: 4% Chance
Rare Hero of the same Element: 6% Chance
Epic Hero of the same Element: 8% Chance
Same Hero: 25% Chance
Legendary Hero: ??% Chance
Legendary Hero of the same Element: ??% Chance

As you can see, the percentage chance to increase your skill is ridiculously low, unless you use the same hero. This means that you should always try to level up your heroes with the same heroes as often as possible. Just remember that if you use the same hero four times you are at 100%. Do not use any other hero at this point, as they will basically be useless. Instead take two turns leveling up your hero. And, if you don't have any duplicate heroes, try to use as many heroes as possible each time. The maximum amount of heroes you can use each time is 10.

But even by using the above information, increasing your hero's special skill is all luck-based. I hope this information is useful to you. :)

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Empires & Puzzles / Introduce Yourself
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:16:15 AM »
Since I created this Alliance, it is only fair that I start off.


My name is Tom, and while I was born in Norway, I currently live in Florida with my wife, 2 cats and an Icelandic Horse. I am 37 years old, and have been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember, which is also why I created this website.

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Empires & Puzzles / House of ViGERP Alliance Rules
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:04:47 AM »
House of ViGERP Alliance Rules

While the main goal with any video game is for everyone to just have fun, we do need some rules of conduct to ensure that players don't ruin the game for the others.

1. Respect the other players
The core principle of the Alliance is that everyone just have fun. However, if you enjoy trolling others and/or being a jerk in general, this might not be the Alliance for you. As such you will be kicked out, so that you may have fun elsewhere.

2. Inactivity will get you kicked from the Alliance
One of the major aspects for any alliance is to combine forces and take down massive Titans. This can only be achieved with the help of every teammember. It can get really frustrating for active members to helplessly watch as a major Titan slips through the cracks, due to the inactivity of the other players. As such, any player is subject to the following rules:
Regular Members: 5 days of inactivity
Elders: 10 days of inactivity
Co-Leaders: 15 days of inactivity
Don't worry if you know you can't play for a while (like going on a vacation), just let us know in the game's Team Chat or in this forum. We understand that real life takes priority. The above is guidelines for any member who just suddenly stopped playing without any warning

3. Reward System
As you become more active within the Alliance, you will get promoted to Elder and even Co-Leader status. Back in the day you became an Elder when you dealt more damage to a Titan than the Alliance Leader, and a Co-Leader when you hit 1000 Trophies. However, nowadays we follow this guideline:
Elder: 500 Trophies
Co-Leader: 1000 Trophies
Please note that as the Alliance grows stronger, these requirements may increase.


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For Sale / $80 PS2 SCPH-39001 model. Console only.
« on: July 07, 2017, 12:35:23 PM »
The SCPH-39001 model is by many regarded as the very best and most reliable PS2. It has the best laser and mechanics of any model before it, and does not suffer from the mechanical issues that the later models did. It has been cleaned inside and out, and works like a charm. It has also been tested with both PS1 and PS2 games, and in both Component and RGB mode. I am selling the console only.

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Currently selling an original Nintendo 64, that I have also modded to play both North-American and Japanese N64 games. It has been cleaned from top to bottom, and is working wonderfully. It does have some signs of wear and tear, especially on the Reset button, but this does not affect its performance in any way. I am asking 70 dollars for the unit.

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For Sale / 80$ Intellivision. Console only.
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:03:37 PM »
The unit has been cleaned inside and out. Contacts and ports have also been treated for corrosion. Is showing signs of wear and tear, but works. Most notably, it is missing the on/off switch cover, and the aluminium cover for the controller buttons. However, it still functions without them. Controller cords are in excellent condition. Does NOT come with the RF cable.

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For Sale / 33$ Sega Genesis 2. Console only.
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:58:27 PM »
Console only. Professionally cleaned inside and out. Does have some scratches on the cover from wear and tear - most notably across the logo (See photos). Is missing the expansion bay pin protector, and had a faulty trace that has been re-soldered. Tested and works great.

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For Sale / 30$ Original PS1. Model SCPH-5501 Console Only.
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:36:45 PM »
I am selling an original Playstation, which has been professionally cleaned inside and out (see photos). It looks and feels brand new, and is the 5501 model. This means that it does not have the RCA ports on the back, but does have the serial port. I am asking 30 dollars for the unit.

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Wanted / Rules of conduct
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:09:52 PM »
This forum is intended to be used for requesting items for sale. It does not need to be video game related. There are a few important rules to follow, though.

1. Clearly state the item you are looking for in the subject/header of your topic.

2. Use the topic to discuss the item in question. It is acceptable to offer the item for a lower price than someone else - after all these topics will be used by the discretion of the buyer.

3. Once the item has been located and bought, the topic will be closed. This is done to avoid misunderstandings between buyers and sellers.

4. Payment and shipping is agreed upon by the buyer and seller, and ViGERP is not responsible for any trades or missed payments.


With that being said, I do hope that people find this forum useful.
Happy shopping!

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For Sale / Rules of conduct
« on: June 29, 2017, 04:55:40 PM »
This forum is intended to be used for selling anything and everything. It does not need to be video game related. There are a few important rules to follow, though.

1. Clearly state the item for sale as the subject/header of your topic - and with the desired price first!
(Example: 50$ Original NES. Console only.)

2. Use the topic to discuss the item for sale. Do NOT jump into someone else's topic to declare that you are selling the same product cheaper. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

3. Once the item has been sold, the topic will be closed. This is done to avoid misunderstandings between buyers and sellers.

4. Payment and shipping is agreed upon by the buyer and seller, and ViGERP is not responsible for any trades or missed payments.


With that being said, I do hope that people find this forum useful.
Happy shopping!

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I am selling an original Xbox with everything you need to start gaming. It has been professionally cleaned inside and out (see photos), and works like a charm. I have also changed out the disc drive belt with a brand new one, which should last several more years. The unit has been tested and works like a charm. The only minor issue is that the AV port is a little loose, but this is easily corrected by putting some leverage on the AV cable. I am asking $85, and will ship it anywhere in the US for free.

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Introductions / Hi everyone
« on: February 29, 2016, 09:07:05 AM »
So, I figured that it would only be right if I was the first to introduce myself.

My name is Tom, and while I am originally from Norway, I now live in Orlando, Florida with my wife and two cats. I have been interested in video games from an early age, and have collected them for almost as long. I do not have a favorite system, rather I have favorite games. In my past I was very active on other gaming communities, and I loved helping those sites out the best that I could. However, there were times where my ideas would clash with the overall mission of those sites, and so I felt that I never really fitted in.

That is why I decided to design and build my own video game site, where everyone would be welcome, and where no idea (regardless of how insane it may sound) is discouraged. The whole concept behind ViGERP is that it should detail every aspect of every game ever made. It does not focus on games from any specific platform or time period. Nor does it limit the creativity of the users. Whatever you can envision, or feel that the site needs, is there for you to implement. The whole site is designed to allow its users to take an active role in shaping and forming it to their own personal preference.

Anyways, that is enough about the site itself.

I hope that you stick around, and that together we can make this one of the best and most friendly forum out there.

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Top 10 Lists / Top 10 Gems for under $5
« on: August 17, 2015, 10:28:07 AM »
These are all games that are (in my opinion) great games that you can buy today for less than 5 dollars. If you think I missed a game, or want to share your own list, feel free to comment below. :)



10. Summoner
Released: April 6, 2001
Platforms: Playstation 2, Windows & Macintosh
Developer: Volition
Price: $1.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

Being a summoner is not easy. Something young Joseph found out the hard way when he summoned a demon in the middle of his village. The demon destroyed everything and everyone he cared for, and life kinda went downhill from there. As Joseph you try to come to peace with the past, and to fulfill an ancient prophecy in order to save his homeland. While the voice acting does leave a lot more to be desired, the rest of the game is solid rpg-ing fun. It has randomly spawned monsters, solid battle mechanics and intuitive controls. Summoner also played one of the (at the time) funniest 4th wall breaking videos after the end-credits rolled.


9. Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land
Released: October 4, 2002
Platforms: Playstation 2
Developer: Atlus
Price: $4.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land takes you to the desolate kingdom of Duhan in search of great treasures. You create your own character from a selection of 5 races and 8 different classes, each one letting you play the game in a different style. The game focuses on the player befriending other characters in the game and setting up powerful teams. As the members of your team learn to trust each other, they will learn new attacks known as Allied Actions.  This allows you to take advantage of their full potential and release devastating attacks to the enemies. Just be prepared to do a lot of grinding as you make your way slowly down the labyrinth. As with most dungeon-crawlers there is going to be a lot of back-tracking and redoing a lot of previous areas, but this just makes the feeling of discovering new areas that much better.


8. Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Released: November 19, 2006
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Developer: Atlus
Price: $2.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

Bringing the nail-biting tension of the emergency room to the gaming scene, while at the same time putting the Wii's nunchuck to good use is no easy task, but this is exactly what Trauma Center: Second Opinion manage to pull off. You will have to re-set broken bones, remove foreign objects, stitch up wounds and other tasks, all while trying to save the patient's lives. However, things take a turn for the worse, when it becomes clear that there is definitely more to this than meets the eye. This game can be extremely hectic from time to time, so make sure that you have a cleared area to play in, as your arms are going to flail about wildly.


7. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Released: December 7, 2001
Platforms: Playstation 2
Developer: Naughty Dog
Price: $1.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

Naughty Dog is probably best known today for the Uncharted series starring Nathan Drake, however they have been making great games for a long time. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is no exception. It is a thrilling action-packed platformer with tons of humor thrown into the mix. The game stars two mischievous friends who sneak off to a forbidden island, only for Daxter to be transformed into a small furry mammal. It is now up to Jak to find a way to get Daxter back to his old self again. At the same time a sinister plot grows in the shadows.


6. Destroy All Humans!
Released: June 24, 2005
Platforms: Playstation 2
Developer: Pandemic Studios
Price: $4.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

In this hillariously addictive game you play as Cryptosporidium 137 (or Crypto among friends), a Furon who is sent to Earth to assimilate humans for the greater glory and continued existence of the Furon empire. This is simple mindless fun that will keep you entertained over and over. With clever writing, over-the-top weaponry and mass mayhem, destroying humankind has never been more exhilarating.


5. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
Released: November 23, 2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Developer: Game Republic
Price: $2.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is a great puzzle oriented game, with beautiful landscapes and a wonderful storyline. You play as Tepeu, a thief who is determined to get to the bottom of the sudden darkness that has swallowed the land. He discovers the Majin, the ancient protector of the kingdom, and together they set out to bring the light back. The dynamic between the two characters is superb, and you'd be hard pressed not to fall in love with the Majin's personality. This game has scored really well by those who have played it, the only real negative feedback has usually been the voice acting and having to backtrack through previous areas. There are elements of Puzzle-solving, Strategic Planning, Combat and Stealth all wrapped up in a very enjoyable game.


4. Stranglehold (Collector's Edition)
Released: September 5, 2007
Platforms: Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Developer: Midway Chicago
Price: $4.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

Before John Woo got western recognition by directing The Matrix, he was writing and creating cinematographic masterpieces in Hong Kong. One such movie was Hard Boiled, where viewers are introduced to Inspector Tequila, a drunken tough as nails cop, who does whatever necessary in order to bring criminals to justice. In Stranglehold you continue as Tequila and take on the underworld with guns blazing. While the story is somewhat predictable, it is the action that sets this game apart. Using Tequila Time to slow down time (similar to Max Payne's Bullet Time, which was actually inspired by John Woo's film technique) the player is able to accurately take out multiple targets in a split second. This ability is used throughout the game, and extra points are given for spectacular kill-shots, or by using the environment to your advantage.


3. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Released: October 4, 2002
Platforms: Playstation 2
Developer IO Interactive
Price: $1.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

As Agent 47, a genetically-engineered assassin, you take out your targets using stealth and finesse. The Hitman series has always focused on getting in and out without raising an alarm and only eliminating the key target, and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is no exception. For extra points and bragging rights you can also set up elaborate traps making any deaths look like tragic accidents. Definitely a must have for any stealth loving gamer.


2. Dishonored
Released: October 8, 2013
Platforms: Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Developer: Arkane Studios
Price: $4.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

In this epic stealth game you play as Corvo Attano, who is framed for the death of the Empress. In order to clear your name, you must become just as skilled as the assassin responsible for the murder. Dishonored focuses on letting you complete the game in the style you prefer the most. You can be as stealthy as a ghost, leaving no trace of ever being there, or you can go ballistic and leave corpses strewn in the street. This opens up the game for several playthroughs, where you will discover new strategies and paths every time. The only real problem in this game is the story, which is extremely predictable. However, the story is just the backdrop. The real value of this game lies in it's focus on letting the player control the cause of the game. If you like stealth based action games, then this is a deal you can't turn down.


1. X-Com: UFO Defense
Released: Summer 1994
Platforms: PC
Developer: MicroProse Software
Price: $4.99 (GameStop pricing as of August 17, 2015)

One of the best action strategy games from the late classic era of gaming, X-COM: UFO Defense places you in charge of obliterating an extraterrestrial invasion of Earth. The game focuses on researching alien technology in order to adapt the technology to your own. As the game progresses, tougher aliens will appear, constantly pushing your abilities and weaponry. You will have to make political decisions in order to gain the support of different nations, and you will also need to protect these sponsors. While the graphics might be outdated by today's standards, they are still very good for the time it was made. The only negative aspect to this game are "magic bullets", where occasionally an enemy bullet will clip straight through structures. However, this can also happen to your guys, so it kinda levels the playingfield somewhat. While it is really annoying to have one of your soldiers die from a bullet that just went through three buildings, remember that there is a good reason why re-makes and re-imaginings of this game are still being made to this day.

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Death Rally / Download File
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:15:28 PM »
On October 20, 2009 Apogee released Death Rally as freeware. The downloadable file is an ISO of the MS DOS version of the game.

In order to install and play the game, you would need to have an ISO reader, like ISO Opener or WinRAR installed on your computer. You do not need to burn the image onto a CD-ROM, if you use any of these programs. Simply open the ISO and extract the files.

Now, since this version is only compatible with MS DOS, you either need to have MS DOS installed on your computer, or you can use DOSBox (which I highly recommend). Note that, in both cases, you will need some knowledge of MS DOS.

The last step is to open your newly created folder in DOSBox and install the game using the inst.exe file. You may now play the game in its full glory.

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Future Revisions / Website Upgrades
« on: June 28, 2015, 11:54:17 PM »
The following are the changes we have in mind to improve the main website:


  • Improving upon the shopping links. The vision is to enable users to compare prices from multiple stores for the same game or accessory, giving you the power to decide where you would get the best deal.
  • Creating a Local Shop network by developing a function that allows retailers from all over the world to put up their local inventory for sale. This would be for those of us who wants to support local businesses, and/or get the game the same day, instead of having to wait for a random online seller to ship it in the mail. This would work in a similar fashion to online store locators, where you would put in your zip code or city or origin, and the engine would give you a list of shops in your area, and if any of them have the game you are looking for, complete with ordering and paying functions.
  • Improve upon the user's game libraries (Haves and Wants). The idea is to create a system that allows you to mark a game as Complete In Box, Game Only, Manual Only and also how many copies you own of each. This will allow users who is just missing the manual, to automatically locate other users who only owns the manual. Thus setting up a trade or sale.
  • Creating an auction site, directly tied to the main page. The benefits of this auction site, compared to other sites like ebay and so on, is that every single user of this website would be a gamer, and as such are a dedicated market for buying and selling video games.
  • Tie the "Wanted" in with the auction site, as every member who has set a game as "Wanted" would be alerted as soon as someone puts that particular game up for sale. Needless to say, this should help the seller quickly selling his or her game, but also give the buyer the peace of mind that they would not have to check the site every day to see if someone is selling a game.
  • Also create a "Have it" and "Want it" for achievements and trophies, allowing gamers to quickly locate others for achievement/trophy hunting.
  • Better Genre and Modes layout. These tags help to describe the functions of the game, but are fairly limited as of right now. They are also growing rapidly out of control. In the future, I am hoping that we can rework them so that it would be more intuitive for everyone. The idea is to use these functions to describe the timeperiod the game is set in, the characters involved, the mechanics of the gameplay, how many players, etc. Perhaps changing these to hidden attributes is a better solution.
  • Better search function. This ties in with the Genre and Modes. The idea is that you should be able to search for a game using only descriptors. We've all been there... you can't remember the name of the game, but you remember that it involved knights... and that it was a side-scroller... and that you could level up your characters... and that it might've been for the Super Nintento... or maybe it was the Sega Genesis? This new search function would give you the power to put in exactly the features that you remember, and showcase you all the games that check off those exact boxes, for the systems you have selected.
  • Creating a mobile app for the site.
  • Making the website dynamic, so that users won't get updates about games they are not interested in. This will tie into the user profile and their likes and dislikes.
  • Make the different game details clickable search links. For instance "Genre: Educational" or "Developer: Microsoft". By clicking on these, it will return a search with all the games that belong to Educational or made by Microsoft.
  • A better way to implement links into list items
  • Add a drop down field labeled "Add Section After" categories. Drop box should display all other sections for the game. For instance a user can create a section after Attributes or Game Details. This will enable regular Users to change how the categories are sorted for each game.
  • Add a feature in the sub section content area. Add navigation to move next or previous. Also name the next section, for instance: "Next: War Armor >>". This will enable Users to navigate through a category without having to reopen the category tab.
  • Add a Reviews Tab as a hard coded section. This should function to adding a sub section with each review. Hard code the Reviews to display at the bottom above the authors.
  • Add a feature to edit and delete reviews. This would apply only to the Admins, and the original author of the review. That way you can correct any mistakes you may have made, but also know that others can't change your review while you are not looking.
  • Enabling live streams of games in play from the individual game pages. This could be done with the help of Twitch.

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