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81  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 04:01:19 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 27, 2013, 03:05:16 AM

I am listening to other people, I am only calling the claim that pot has never harmed a single person in human history bullshit.   Once again, yes its safer then alcohol or tobacco, but stop with the claims that it has not harmed anyone ever.

Of course not.  I don't think anyone can make absolute claims for 'all of human history' in the literal sense.  How about 'documented medical history?'
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 03:03:28 AM
Brett, you're not listening to what people are saying.

Pot cannot, by itself, kill you.  Alcohol can.

Either can be a contributing factor in other types of death.

As to cancer - the studies contradict one another.  It might cause cancer.  It might not.  It might protect against cancer.  There are studies that show all three results.  It is hard to do thorough, controlled studies on the long-term effects of illegal substances.
83  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: RPG for a 7 year old who loves Castle Ravenloft on: August 26, 2013, 08:31:41 PM
The brilliant genius who suggested Savage Worlds was right on target. 
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 04:25:46 PM
Download Speed: 57968 kbps (7246 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 11321 kbps (1415.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 40 ms
8/26/2013 12:24:24 PM

To be honest, I'm not sure what my theoretical speed is.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 12:50:36 AM
http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=octopoverl-20
86  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 25, 2013, 10:27:41 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 25, 2013, 03:19:08 PM

Quote from: Canuck on August 25, 2013, 02:55:16 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on August 25, 2013, 04:33:44 AM

  No, no one has said sex should be illegal.

Sex while driving, however, probably is illegal.

Definitely should be legal.

And/or mandatory.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 25, 2013, 10:23:43 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 25, 2013, 07:28:57 PM

Agreed but the problem is pricepoint to dedicated server ratio.  VD was one of the cheapest options out there (now I see why); while I love OO I'm not going to dig into my own pocket for a few hundred a month for top tier server hosting.

If it comes to that, set up a mechanism and put me down for $5/month, zero expectations, indefinitely.  I certainly get more out of OO than other services I pay for.  I bet others would agree.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 25, 2013, 07:45:50 PM
The lesson?  Never rely on VD.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for feedback : Video reviews on: August 23, 2013, 08:34:23 PM
I've watched the Splinter Cell review.  You're off to a good start.  You've managed to avoid some of the pitfalls I see in other video reviews.

~The content sounds fairly natural.  A lot of video reviews are written by people for text reviews, then read.   Heavy adjectives and metaphors (for example) are fine in read text, but sound awkward and unnatural in speech.  You avoid most of that.  I don't know if the copy is being read verbatim or is improvised from an outline/talking points, but it isn't bad.
~You spend your time showing the game, not the reviewer.  A shot of the reviewer isn't a bad idea, but some places spend as much time on faces as they do on gameplay.
~The video content you show actually reflects what is being discussed.  That's a big thing that some sites never get right.

There were a couple of things that stood out as needing improvement.

~There was a lot of dead air.  Some of that may just be because the game itself is so quiet, but there were a few times when the video was just silent for an extended period.
~The volume of the gameplay was much lower than the reviewer's voice, making me either strain to hear the video or have to turn my volume up and down.

Those two can probably be solved the same way - fade the gameplay volume up a bit when the reviewer stops talking to let us watch, then fade it back down when he is narrating the review.

90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dungeons & Dragons on: May 08, 2013, 07:13:24 PM
Poor casting takes a backseat to the writing.

"Just like you thieves; always taking things that don't belong to you."

Groggle.  Phlumph.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Heads up to XBox Live Family Pack subscribers on: April 12, 2013, 01:09:44 AM
Microsoft has cancelled this service, and it is no longer renewable.  That means that each member of your household will require a separate account going forward, which could more than double your bill. 

Unfortunately, Microsoft failed to make an announcement or warn anyone, and lots of people are discovering they no longer have service.   If you have a renewal coming up, you might want to rework your budget.
92  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.)
93  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 savageheroes.com 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:  Starwars.com 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.
94  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
95  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.
96  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.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 05:45:38 PM
I was overdue for some bullets anyway.
98  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.
99  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.
100  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.
101  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.
102  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.

Arrival
Lair of the Shadow Broker
Overlord
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?
103  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.
104  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.
105  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.
106  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!
107  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.
108  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!
109  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.
110  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!
111  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. 
112  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.
113  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.
114  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.
115  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
Ico
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.
116  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.
117  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.)
118  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. 
119  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.
120  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.
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