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81  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 17, 2012, 11:42:45 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 17, 2012, 04:06:24 PM

 Your conversion sounds great; is it something you might eventully make available via the savageheroes or savagepoedia sites?

Maybe.  I'm writing it up and formatting it for others to use in case I decide to, but I'm also borrowing heavily from some of the other conversions out there, so I'd have to look into permissions/credits if I did so.  My droid system, for instance, was modified from a version I found in a .pdf (which is, incidentally, the same version used in the 'invitation only' version.  I have no idea which was first, but I modified it a fair bit.)
82  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 16, 2012, 08:58:16 PM
After not getting any leads for a while, I ended up buying some from Paizo and CoolStuffInc.  I ended up spending a little more than I wanted, but I got enough to cover a lot of types of encounters.

Quote from: kronovan on May 10, 2012, 05:29:38 PM

And bravo for choosing Savage Worlds as the RPG system for a Star Wars PnP. It works great for space pulp settings and some of those fan-made adaptations for Star Wars are awesome. Something to be aware of, is that there's a really good fanmade apdaptation hosted on a website that's only accessible by invite -IIRC the creator got some cease & desists from LA- so you won't find links to it on or savagepeodia. PM me if you want more info on that.

I found the invite-only site a while back, and contacted the author for an invite.  It's a great conversion.   I ended up grabbing five or six others from here and there.  In the end, though, I ended up writing my own, as most of them just didn't go into enough depth for me.  They all seemed to try to convert the West End Games Star Wars system rather than writing one for Savage Worlds, which is what I'm doing.  Instead of a list of ten weapons (all from WEG), I have a list of about 70 (all canon), which is enough to give the players trade-offs: range for damage, damage for AP, range for rate of fire, power for ammo capacity and so on, instead of having every 'blaster pistol' be identical.  I have about twenty types of armor plus a fully fleshed out equipment list and a group of setting rules, along with a full droid character system  I'm working on races and force systems right now.

Not only am I going to run it for my kids, but my Pathfinder group ended up a person short this week and I got volunteered to run a SW Star Wars game as a one-off.  Our first game was the past weekend, and it went beautifully.  Only one of us (not me) had any real experience with Savage Worlds, but it was so easy to GM that I didn't have any trouble at all.  It went over well enough that the group is wanting to ditch Pathfinder in favor of making it a full blown campaign.

One cool trick I found: has a crawl creator, but you can't save.  I made a crawl as an intro to the adventure, then recorded it with Fraps.  I played it on my big-screen to kick things off, and everyone loved it.
83  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 04, 2012, 01:54:49 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on May 03, 2012, 11:34:43 PM

I'll have to search but I think I may have some. I just have to remember where the heck my miniatures case got stored when we moved in twelve years ago.

You may have some Star Wars miniatures, but probably not the "Star Wars Miniatures (TM)" line I was referring to, as those only came out eight years ago. slywink
84  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 03, 2012, 11:09:07 PM
I went ahead and bought a few online so I'd have them ready, so my budget is more or less gone for this project.  I suppose I'll call the thread dead unless someone has a really, really good deal.
85  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 01, 2012, 04:46:25 PM
Summer is getting ready to start, and I don't have as much to work with this year as usual, so to help keep my kids busy over their break I was going to try and run a game of the Savage Worlds RPG with them set in the Star Wars universe.

I've heard that the Star Wars Miniatures line of plastic minis from Wizards of the Coast was ideal to use as RPG miniatures. Unfortunately, they're out of print. They don't seem to be going for high collectors' prices, but because they're out of print, they're no longer available in stores. I've seen them cheap online - many less than a dollar each - but once you add in $4+ shipping each, it gets crazy.

I was hoping that someone had some lying around somewhere not seeing use that would be willing to part with them. I'm also interested in the maps.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 05:45:38 PM
I was overdue for some bullets anyway.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 04:13:08 PM
Looks like good news.  It was a 'valve spring.'  I don't know what that is, but it looks like it isn't available on Steam.  Oh, well.  In any case, it'll run me about $200 for the fix, which is only about $100 more than I have.  That's actually good news, as I was afraid I was looking a three to five times that much.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 02:29:39 AM
It's 12 years old, 170,000 miles.  It had 100+ of that when we got it 10 years ago.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My car is brokeded. on: January 04, 2012, 08:59:42 PM
This morning on the way to take the kids to school my van (2001 Windstar) starts chugging and losing power, and the engine light starts blinking.  I'm able to get the kids to school and take the van directly to the local auto place.  A few hours later they tell me that the #4 cylinder has zero compression, while the ones next to it are fine.  They also tell me that they don't do deep engine work and actually getting it diagnosed and repaired will require taking it to a different place (there's only one place in town that does it.)  I took it there, but they won't be able to get to it until Friday, if not Monday. 

The phrase 'deep engine' sounds expensive, and I'm more than a little stressed right now about what this is going to cost me.  I know absolutely nothing about cars.  I have no idea what zero compression is caused by.  Can anyone suggest a best case/worst case scenario and approximate repair costs?  My finances are completely locked right now because of this, and I can't plan because I have no clue what it is going to cost me, other than the ~$100 for diagnostics from two shops.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 02, 2012, 09:33:48 PM

Quote from: Azhag on January 02, 2012, 07:00:29 PM

Look online for the DLC reviews. Most only really provide 2-3 hours of gameplay, so up to you if it's worth it.

I did that, and other than Shadow Broker, got reviews that were all over the place.  One says to avoid Arrival like the plague, the next says it is the best of the lot.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 02, 2012, 06:28:14 PM
I picked up Mass Effect 2 with a gift card I got this Christmas.  I can't afford all the DLC (which would run about $50 - on a game that cost me $20), so I could use some help narrowing down what to get and what to skip.  Reviews on the DLC are all over the place.

I don't feel much need for the appearance packs or weapon packs.  I'm buying new, so I don't need the Cerberus Network, and I played ME1, so I'll skip the motion comic dealy.

That leaves the actual content packs.

Lair of the Shadow Broker
Kasumi - Stolen Memory

All of that would still be $30 worth of points, which is more than I can spend right now.  I need to skip one of these.  If I assume that Shadow Broker is a given.  Which of the others should I pass on?
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games for little kids on: January 02, 2012, 04:31:56 AM
My kids were playing Mario Kart and Super Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube by 3-4.  They didn't find them frustrating at all, as they had no concept of 'winning'.  The whole goal, for them, was to run/drive around in circles and act silly.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 05:23:41 PM
The business owner made some mistakes.  From what I've read about him, the guy is an art teacher selling a product he made for disabled kids.  He doesn't seem to know much about running a business.  I think he just learned that.

Unfortunately, the asshole he hired to do his PR may have sunk his business (which really does seem like a worthwhile endeavor), and will end up walking away with nobody the wiser.   People will remember the controller, not the soon-to-be-changed name of the marketing business run by this con man.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/26) on: December 28, 2011, 03:12:09 PM
I got a small gift card for Christmas that I just turned into a behind-the-times copy of Mass Effect 2.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 19, 2011, 03:45:02 AM
Thanks.  I'll read up on those.  I really did miss a lot of good games!
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 18, 2011, 11:43:08 PM
Well, that's 'used - like new', and the shipping came from Prime, but here.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 18, 2011, 11:27:48 PM
Interesting timing, as Amazon warehouse deals has this for $3.44 shipped today.  Thanks!
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/16/11 on: December 18, 2011, 04:22:43 AM
Assassin's Creed 2 for me this weekend, assuming I get any free time during the pre-holiday craziness.
99  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 17, 2011, 11:45:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 17, 2011, 09:14:07 PM

At one point, I had a bunch of the PS1 FF games in a box in the basement.  We're doing some major remodeling at the moment, but I'll send FF 7, 8, & 9 your way if I can manage to find them.

Hey, that would be fantastic, thank you.  I have a lot of FF catching up to do!
100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 17, 2011, 04:03:45 PM
At this point, my budget is spent. 
101  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 17, 2011, 04:13:54 AM
Got God of War and Sly, and may be in talks for some Final Fantasy.
102  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 16, 2011, 02:50:47 AM
I just made a deal for DQ8 and the PSX card.  Still looking to get a couple more items, at least until my budget for this gives out.
103  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 15, 2011, 04:07:51 PM
I have very few 360 games, and most of them are my kids'.  I think the only one I own that I don't play is Forza 3 (came free with the system), so I pretty much have to do cash.
104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 15, 2011, 03:29:23 PM
Thanks to some excellent advice, I'll be getting a PS2 for Christmas.  I'm looking to get my hands on a few games.  I haven't touched a Sony system since midway into the PS1 era, so I haven't played a thing.  

I already have Final Fantasy XII, Shadow of the Colossus and Okami.

I'm looking for:

Final Fantasy X
Persona 4
Dragon Quest 8
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
God of War
Champions of Norrath
Other Final Fantasy titles, including PS1 games (7, 8, 9, Tactics)
PS1 memory card or an extra PS2 controller.

I haven't got a huge budget left after buying the system, but I'd like to pick up a few titles, and figured I try here before I headed to Amazon.  As always, I haven't got much to trade (I don't buy many new games), so it would have to be cash.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Push to Get Rid of Cable on: December 15, 2011, 12:44:16 AM
I've been cable-free for about a year and a half.  Netflix + Amazon Prime streaming give me more to watch than I have time for.  With broadcast TV I rarely ever bothered.  Of course, I don't watch sports at all, so that isn't a factor for me.  The main thing is that a month of Netflix plus an entire year of Prime cost me less than what I used to pay for one month of cable.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 13, 2011, 10:14:17 PM

Quote from: Qbe on December 13, 2011, 09:47:51 PM

Dragon Quest VIII is also worth every penny. 

Yep.  That's on my short list, along with Persona 3, Persona 4, and Final Fantasy X.  Possibly Ico.  Shadow of the Colossus and Okami are already on order.

I'll look into the wireless controllers down the road after I have a handful of games on hand.  I'm a little cautious, as I had enough issues with them on the original XBox that I quit using them on that system (nasty input lag.)
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 13, 2011, 05:44:52 PM
Well, I done did it.  The PS2 arrived today.  I gazed at it longingly, then put it in the closet to be wrapped and put under the tree, where it shall tease me for the next couple of weeks.  Still, I can spend that time finishing research on games and picking out a couple to keep it company under there.

So, thanks for all the advice. 
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/9/11 on: December 10, 2011, 03:54:45 AM
If the kids give me any gaming time this weekend, it will either be spent finishing up Halo CE: Anniversary or Assassin's Creed 2.  Yes, I'm behind the times.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 10, 2011, 02:53:20 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 08:14:02 PM

FF XII is one of the finest RPG's ever created, and I thoroughly enjoyed FF X as well.  Hit me up if you do get a PS2...I'd be happy to donate my FFXII to a good home.  smile  The first two Shadow Hearts games were also superb, as were the first and third Xenosaga titles, and the Baldur's Gate games were very fun hack-n-slash'ers.  There's also a ton of RPG's that I wasn't personally crazy about, but are very popular:  Dragon Quest VIII, Suikoden III & IV, the Persona/Shin Megami Tensei games, Champions of Norrath, Kingdom Hearts, Rogue Galaxy, Star Ocean, Dark Cloud 2, the .hack series...the list goes on and on.

Thanks for the list - I've used it as a starting point for researching available games.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 09:52:12 PM
Well, alrighty.  It sounds to me like the PS2 is a hands-down winner on this.  Thanks for all the input.  Time to make it happen.  Adding a memory card and spare controller to the list.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 08:24:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 08:14:02 PM

The only reason I might lean towards the PSP is because the games might be easier to find, since many of them are available via download from the PSN store.  I imagine the only way you could get some of the PS2 titles is through E-bay, and I have no idea how crazy the prices are. 

Amazon.  I have prime, and used titles are anywhere from $0.01 up to $15, depending (and obviously not counting the occasional titles that, for whatever reason, sell for $150.)
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 06:37:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 06:17:40 PM

If you're an RPG fan (especially JRPG), you're in a for an ridiculous amount of absolutely incredible gaming.  

I am.  Other than XIII (which I finished on the 360 last week), I haven't seen a Final Fantasy since 7.  I miss them.

Quote from: corruptrelic on December 09, 2011, 06:34:22 PM

Too bad you couldn't hold off another two months for the PSP Vita.

I saw the Vita, but it is double the price of the PSP, and much, much higher than the PS2 (which is $99 new right now.)
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 05:57:01 PM
Yeah, you read that title right.

Someone is going to get me a Christmas gift.  These are my two options - a PSP, or a Playstation 2 (yes, that's a '2'.)  The thing is, I haven't owned a Sony system of any sort since the PS1 toward the end of the last century.  That means that any games I get for either will be new to me.  Not only that, but they've been around long enough that used games can be had for a pittance (especially for the PS2.)  Either option would give me a gaming option when the kids take over the living room every evening for their own gaming time, which is what I'm looking for.

The PS2 would go in my bedroom, and the TV in there isn't HD anyway, so that wouldn't be a factor.  The PS1 compatibility would be nice, too.

I don't have any sort of a portable system, which would make the PSP nice, and I do have wireless, but I don't travel much.  The PSP would be used almost exclusively inside the house, mere feet from where the PS2 would be hooked up, so the portability isn't a huge deal (nice, but not huge.)

So, is there any particular reason that I should absolutely choose one over the other?

114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 07, 2011, 03:50:20 AM
I'm not liking the new Netflix interface.  For one thing, Recently Watched is gone, which is a huge pain, as I use it to get quick access to whatever series I'm watching.  The start key is no longer 'pause', but brings up the menu bar.  You can then choose pause, but it adds another step when trying to answer the door or phone, all to give easier access to fast forward, rewind, and stop, which I don't use at all. 

Also, for whatever reason, Netflix just scrambled the order of my instant queue.  Whether its related or coincidental, I dunno.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 05, 2011, 04:13:06 PM
I'm still hoping they get around to adding Amazon video integration.  I'm a Prime customer already, so I get if for free, but never use it as the current Media Center streaming process is a pain.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/2/11 on: December 04, 2011, 04:05:12 AM
I finished my first Skyrim play through a few days ago (imagine that, me playing an Elder Scrolls game), and won't be starting another character until the first round of patches are patched and the first round of polished plugins comes out.  Sometime this spring, perhaps.

I just finished Final Fantasy XIII.  I didn't hate it like many did, but by the time I finished the story at 90 hours, I didn't have the oomph left to go do much of the end-game stuff.

Starting up Assassin's Creed II now.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: December 02, 2011, 04:46:34 PM
I enjoyed the city sections.  I found them atmospheric and immersive.  The gameplay was dull in the city, true, but to me, at least, the atmosphere and immersion can be just as compelling as exciting combat sequences.  The way it was used between the scripted, linear segments was refreshing.  It let you take a breath and take your time between the more intense segments.  I found it refreshing compared the nonstop go-go-go of the other titles.

Of course, a lot of people don't like directionless, low-intensity wandering in games.  If you don't, then ODST would likely be a chore.

One reason ODST got knocked a lot, though, was its multiplayer.  As was mentioned before, Halo is like Call of Duty - its big draw is its multiplayer.  ODST didn't really have any.  It came with free access to Halo 3's multiplayer (which fans already had), and added one new mode (firefight.)  While fun, ODST's firefight mode didn't have any matchmaking utility, which killed it.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 28, 2011, 03:18:56 PM
The Library was really, really repetitive, but when most people are remembering 'cut and paste', they're probably remembering a level called 'Assault on the Control Room'.  I did the PC version strategy guide for Gamespot.  Here are some excerpts from the guide for that level:

This level is a huge one. You will fight in a variety of environments, from wide open expanses of snow to close underground spaces to big round rooms (lots of these).

Past a short hallway is a distinctive big round room full of Covenant troops. Clear it out and continue out the far side.

Another short section of hallway leads to a big round room very much like the one on the other side of the bridge.

Here you will encounter another big round room

Inside you will findů you guessed itů another big round room. This one has a pair of Blue Elites, and you will find a pile of supplies on the ground near the exit.

You will enter another big round room full of Grunts. You know what to do. Go down the exit ramp on the far side.

The Big Round Room around the corner has a pair of Hunters in it;

When you are finished, go on through the door to the big round room (Jackals and Grunts, this time) and down the ramp into the elevator. Guess what's at the bottom? It's a big round room, this time with an Invisible Elite, Jackals, and Grunts.

Ah, and then you leave the big round rooms.  You do 343 Guilty Spark.  You do The Library.  After that, you get to turn around and backtrack through Assault on the Control Room backwards:

Does this area look familiar? That's right; it is one of the big, round rooms you cleared out earlier. Clear it out again

The next big round room is full of Flood.

The next Big Round Room (tm) starts off with a couple of Warriors followed by Carriers.

This time, the big round room is full of Sentinels. Take them out with your assault rifle and step into the beam. Enjoy the cutscene.

I do love Halo, but that stretch, with the Library in the middle, was tedious.
119  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Black Friday Deals Week on: November 25, 2011, 09:32:29 PM
Folks are just blindly adding everything to their cart to 'reserve' it, then deciding whether they want it or not.
120  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF a few DS games on: November 23, 2011, 05:25:49 PM
Thanks for all the offers and so forth.  What's left now I'll be getting from Amazon.
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