Aven Colony - First few steps and some trouble

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I've been wanting to try Aven Colony for a while now. It's a city builder, colony sim and it looks pretty cool!

A little while ago, it was free on Epic Games, so I snatched it up and have now decided to take the time to dive into this game. The setting seems a bit more ehm... colorful than what I saw in Surviving Mars, so I hope this will be more interesting for me. Graphics are very important to me!

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I'm having a hard time getting into new games and usually try them once and then never open them up again. Not because they're bad, but mostly because my energy is still low and it's easier to just go back to the games I know really well. I wonder how things will go with this one.

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Settings seem okay right from the start. You can adjust keybinds, but I don't see the need for that yet.

Just starting with the first option, Campaign, seems like the right thing to do. I can start off with two training missions, which might be a good idea!

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Aah, this is a nice and easy start. And doesn't it look like a pretty colony already? I haven't even done one thing yet. Hooray for a training campaign!

Right, moving around works in the normal ways. Luckily, I can also change camera angle through the right mouse button. Q and E help me turn aswell and I can double-click on a building/spot to easily center the camera there.

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Ehm... and this is where I notice my pc making lots and lots of noise...

That can't be good!

Sunday, hubby decided to play Neverwinter Nights again for nostalgic reasons. When he did so, his pc started to make a weird noise aswell. He checked and it turned out the game used over 80% of his GPU. Turns out, some old games just try to go for the highest FPS possible and the solution to this problem is to cap that (if possible).

So! I just checked my own GPU usage and it seems that Aven Colony has that same problem. 100%! Bah! There is no ingame option to cap FPS though, so for today, that means the end of Aven Colony for me. However short it was...

Hubby fixed his problem with some third party tool to cap FPS, so I'll have to ask him about that once he gets back from work. Easiest sollution for me is to just use that same tool. He already knows how it works!

Maybe I'll get to give this game another go later on.


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I'm having a hard time getting into new games and usually try them once and then never open them up again. Not because they're bad, but mostly because my energy is still low and it's easier to just go back to the games I know really well. I wonder how things will go with this one.

Yesssss. So much this.

I've been struggling a lot lately, trying to actually get into something new... but past things I've played a hundred times are just so much more comforting, easier to enjoy.

As for the fps capping - if your graphics card is an nvidia, you should be able to change it when starting the game using GeForce Experience... or by going into Nvidia Settings and selecting the game and forcing it to a maximum amount of 30 or 60fps there.

I had to do that with the Sims 3 🙂 without the frames capped, my laptop sounded like it had turned into a jet and was going to fly away! Capped it to 60, and everything was perfect once more.

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You are my savior yet again! My Nvidia Settings were completely bugged out and my driver refused to update, but I fixed it, updated everything and now I can cap FPS through Nvidia Settings. Much better than some third party tool. Thank you! 😃🤗

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Woo! 😃 Happy to have helped! 😊

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Out of curiosity, which GPU do you have? :) Well hopefully your GPU isn't about to fail because their prices and availability are in a rough spot.

I've been playing games with outdated GPUs for a long time so I have very low expectations on the game graphics.

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You ask as if I still know such things ;-)
I have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. The problem is fixed now, thanks to the amazing @kaelci, so everything should be okay again!

I can't really remember how old this one is, so yeah, I'll just hope it'll stick around for a while to come 😅

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Here I stand with my GTX 970, which is older model and lower tier than yours is :D

But glad you got it fixed. It's a cruel world for those whose GPUs fail.

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I share so much of the same problem. My Steam library is actually full of new games waiting to be played, but I keep finding myself going back to classics or games that I have crazy nostalgia over.

I'm not sure if it's my busy schedule and inability to fully lock into games for hours on end like I used to these days, but I do miss being excited about the thrill of a new game.

The old adage, "they don't make'em like they used to!" seems to be ringing in my ears lately!

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but I do miss being excited about the thrill of a new game.

Yeah, me too. I guess at some point we might just get stuck in our ways somewhat. Like, I get too annoyed by the fact that people now ask for 'DD', instead of 'DPS' when they need a damage dealer for their group. DD is actually more accurate too! But I'm used to DPS.

New World managed to suck me in though. It is far from perfect and I hope they improve a lot, but I guess it's just my kinda game.

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I'm so close to trying New World. I just want to make sure I have a few days from work to immerse myself, haha!

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