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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 18, 2015, 05:31:10 AM
I have a Weber Performer, which is a gas start charcoal grill. I mostly purchased it for the integrated side table. Always starts up immediately and cooks well.

I own a Weber Smoker as well and can't say enough nice thing about it.
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita Impressions! Price drop! Casual Edition! Vita TV! on: March 11, 2015, 05:23:26 AM
Just an FYI, I bought some joystick extenders from EBay and they are fantastic. You have to nudge the right stick a little to get to the X button, but they make longer sessions much more enjoyable.

Anyway, these are the ones I bought -
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 05:15:06 AM
I prefer both sales people and servers to be "available, but invisible". Be there when I need you and disappear like a ninja when you complete that task.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 23, 2015, 07:38:50 PM
Hahahaha, you got me there! Thankfully I am never asked that. Perhaps I should rephrase in the future..

Quote from: Punisher on February 22, 2015, 08:12:37 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on February 21, 2015, 02:11:23 PM

I generally tell them "my answer to every question you will ask is No" and then stare at them while they stumble through the spiel.
Would you want to walk out of here without a warranty?

5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 21, 2015, 02:11:23 PM
I generally tell them "my answer to every question you will ask is No" and then stare at them while they stumble through the spiel. It helps that I'm a big dude, covered in tattoos with a big ol' beard. Over time it's rather trained them how to deal with me.

I understand it is the job and the salesperson would rather not go through the whole thing either, but I really can't stand sales tactics.

I also handle every single person who knocks on my door this way.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 27, 2015, 07:02:46 PM
I leveled my Crusader to 70 last night and made a nice little Lightning build. I have an epic gem that turns me into a walking conducting pylon, a bunch of gear that adds to my lightning damage and a flail that turns my foes to allies with Akarreats Champion.

That coupled with my archery phalanx allows me to march an veritable army through the rifts, casting lightning as I go (even my blessed hammers are charged).
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 25, 2015, 10:21:38 PM
I'm always up for a game. My PSN is Working_Mike (I'm on PS4)

Quote from: Blackjack on January 25, 2015, 05:08:57 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 24, 2015, 08:44:59 PM

I tend to only play through games once. Can a few of you recommend the the class of character that you found to be the most entertaining, or have the best loot?
Class preferences in ARPGs tend to be a really personal preference, Dante.  icon_smile Some of it is about if you like to wade in and take on everybody, or sort of stand back from afar. If you like mashing keys and mouse buttons as much as possible, or if you'd rather "fire and forget" and not mash so much. If you prefer flashy spells or you prefer mashing things with weapons, etc.

fwiw, I'm having an awesome time with Crusader (but dunno if I'd recommend $39.99-$59.99 for just the one class unless you're into all the sounds-like very cool end stuff game it adds). Very Swiss Army knife like class with all sorts of different influences, and I think anyone can have fun with it no matter your play style. I'm constantly changing skills on it because I enjoy so many of them. Which you can say for all the classes probably, but I just haven't to this point gotten comfortable with the Witch Doctor or Wizard (which I tried in late beta only).

That the Crusader fits me better  was drummed into my when I tried to get back into my mid 20s Monk and repeatedly died against that hellish Beliale boss regardless of difficulty -- I might need some advice for that class against that boss. My Crusader just kept spamming his spinning hammer secondary and also has a death-cheating passive of sorts, didn't even break a sweat on Hard.  icon_smile
I was skeptical of the whole Loot 2.0 hype but I am actually consistently seeing cool, usable loot specific to the class I'm using (or at worst useful to the class but not class specific). Sprinkling of cool legendaries.


it's maybe a moot point now but I went ahead and created a GamingTrend Forums D3 "community" in the game. Unlike Clans, you can be in multiple communities. Most of the GT folks on my friends list either don't actively play or appear to ignore me (which is OK  icon_razz) when i try to invite them to it. If anyone interested, let me know.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Avenger Gaming Controller Add on? on: December 31, 2014, 05:20:35 PM
Is this the product that got the internet up in arms over the crazy marketing guy? I seem to recall it was designed for gamers with disabilities
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Year later - PS4 or Xbox One on: December 25, 2014, 02:10:17 AM
I have no experience with Xbox One, but I love the PS4. I like how clean the UI is and I love the controller. Infamous was a fun exclusive and I'm stoked for The Order and Bloodborne, as well as Abzu
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 24, 2014, 11:33:08 PM
Have you read The Broken Empire trilogy by Lawrence? Those might fit the bill for you.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 18, 2014, 01:25:45 AM
I just started Half a King, so far so good.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 06, 2014, 03:44:24 AM
I only have cable because of the missus. That said, i have hundreds of channels that I don't watch, a DVR that can only record two shows at once and customer service that seems clueless at best. All for 130 a month for cable, phone and internet.

I would cancel, but that won't fly. If someone came along and gave me the ability to buy the shows i actually watch for half the price, I would sign up in a second. Give me the ability to change those channels every quarter or so. Give me stellar customer service with WELL TRAINED people (seriously, train your people to be knowledgeable. I know enough to turn it off and back on again. Stop reading from a script). You have to be able to provide more value than my 9 dollar Netflix sub.

You get that in line, and EVERYONE will sign up.

13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 05:43:53 PM
I've only played a bit, but my god that tactical camera is atrocious. I keep hoping they will realize what they had with DA:O, but it simply seems to move further away. The AI is terrible and the lack of scripting options for companion control frustrates me to no end.

I'm thinking that there is a good game under here somewhere, but constantly fighting the UI to get anything done makes it less and less likely I'll make it through until the end.

14  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Lewis and Clark on: November 03, 2014, 07:37:01 PM
We've been playing this quite a bit lately and really enjoying it.

It's a race game, the goal being the first to reach Fort Clatsop on the west coast and camp. Without going into great detail on the gameplay, it's a game of management, in both people and resources, and using them to move forward along a track, along a river and through the mountains. I've had games that I thought were lost, only to have my opponent make an error and squeak a win out. I've had others where I was convinced that I was victorious, going so far as to gloat prematurely, only to be denied.

It plays a little long for what it is, but plays very well with two (which is a requirement for my house). There is one slightly cheesy tactic that folks were using, where they would hang back and gather and then rocket ahead, but that has been addressed.

Anyway, two thumbs up smile
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 01, 2014, 04:10:32 PM
My buddy and I have been playing and the bosses have been crazy easy. Belial was maybe a 20 second fight?

We are having fun with it, but it's become kind of a running joke. At least it will be quick, as we seem to level every 15 minutes or so. Heck, he was a little below me in level and I watched him level twice when we defeated Zoltan Kulle.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 31, 2014, 04:12:46 PM
When does the difficulty ramp up? I've been playing on expert and just mowing the mobs down. I think I died once, those arcane fellas can pack a whallop.

17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 24, 2014, 07:04:15 PM
I finally picked this up on PS4 if anyone wants to game together. My PSN is is Working_Mike.

I think I'm level 8 right now, but I'd be happy to roll up a co-op character so we can level about the same.
18  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dead of Winter on: October 18, 2014, 12:57:29 AM
It's great fun. I'm a sucker for a strong theme, and it doesn't disappoint. Indeed, the theme and gameplay are strong enough to overcome my minor criticisms.

19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 17, 2014, 10:30:05 PM
High five Dragon!

Faith is a blanket that only keeps you warm. That other person's blanket might look comfy, or maybe kinda ratty, but it's theirs and doesn't do shit for you anyway.

20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 16, 2014, 09:25:23 PM
What ever happened to just being cool? I neither believe nor disbelieve in God. I actually don't give it any thought at all. I do, however, try to treat people well. I watch out for my family, my neighbours and my friends. If I have more than I need, then I try to kick a little over to those who don't.

I have faith in myself and in the better nature of people. Folks can often be greedy, short sighted and foolish, but mostly every person just wants the same things, health and happiness and a little bit of security. I think that maybe if you stop worrying so much about the big picture and pay more attention to the smaller details, then everything else takes care of itself.

If there is a God, I'm pretty sure that I'm gonna get a high five when I die. I'm kinda aiming at a cosmic high five.
21  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Dead of Winter on: October 16, 2014, 08:28:44 PM
This one has been hitting the table a bit lately, and has been universally loved by everyone. Indeed, it has replaced City of Horror as our go-to negotiation game.

In a nutshell, everyone starts the game with two survivors at the colony. Things are bad out there, winter is coming and everything is scarce. Each player begins with a hand of starting cards, which represent their hidden cache of supplies, and more cards are obtained by leaving the colony and searching nearby locations. You may equip items you find, find other survivors or simply more gas, food, medicine, etc. Additionally, there is a colony objective, one which the group must work towards in order to win.

You WILL have to leave the colony, as every round there is a crisis which must be resolved. And moving can be bad, as that means that you must roll the "exposure" die. It's a 50/50 shot of bad stuff on that die, as six sides are blank and the remaining six sides contain wounds, frostbite and the mother of all bad stuff, the bite icon.

You see, when you are bitten you instantly die, but not before biting someone else at the location you moved to (or reside at if you were simply attacking a zombie). That player now has a choice. They can roll the die and hope for a blank (50/50 shot there!), as any other result means you perpetuate the bite. Conversely, you can choose to kill yourself and stop the chain reaction right there. Do you really care for the group enough to do that? Do you have an alterior motive? Is Mike Cho the next guy in line and you just really hate that guy? Decisions, decisions....

Which brings us to the bread and butter of the game itself. You see, everyone is given a secret objective card in the beginning. Most of them require the completion of the main objective. In addition to that, you have a personal objective, which is the ONLY way you can win. Perhaps you are a "loner" and must have only one remaining survivor at the games end. Maybe you hoard food, or are a natural leader. And maybe you are a serial killer, a traitor to the colony driven by your own perverse needs. You can NEVER divulge your own objective, so while your friend across the table hasn't been contributing food to the colony in order to ward off starvation, maybe it's a quirk, a compulsion to collect those cans to meet their own needs.

Or maybe they aren't really with the group, and seek the end of the colony. Maybe they want to eat your liver.

On your turn you can vote to exile. It is a simple thumbs up, thumbs down system. Be wary however, as the character you exiled might be innocent. Exile two good members and morale hits zero and the game ends. Which could also be advantageous if you have already met your own traitorous objective.

The last thing to note is the Crossroads cards. On your turn, the player to your right draws a card from this deck. They read the conditions outlined on top and then only read that cards aloud if those conditions are met. They are almost always a risk vs. reward decision. For instance, you find a tanker full of gas. Do you drive it back to the colony, thereby also bringing a mass of walkers with it. Or do you leave all that much needed fuel there, feeling that the danger of being overrun is too great?

You might have trouble deciding, but rest assured, everyone else at the table will have an opinion.

The game is a little fiddly, and I greatly encourage printing up some player aids from BGG and going through a couple of 3 persons games first, before teaching it to the larger group. Regardless, this one has been fully embraced at our table with an enthusiasm I have rarely seen. Even our non-gamer friends have taken to it. And while zombies are perhaps a little over done, this is the closest I have experienced the Walking Dead at our gaming table.

It's infectious
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 11, 2014, 11:37:52 PM
What is everyone doing in the endgame? Raiding is out for me, as I don't pug those and haven't enough friends who play to start one. I'm kind of lacking the desire to play this one anymore.

Usually my motivation would be loot, such as in Borderlands and Diablo, so that I can do a hardmode game, but nothing like that seems to exist in Destiny. I can't even grind for a rad scooter or ship.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 10, 2014, 07:54:02 PM
I would be interested in archer, as it's a class that most games fail at.

Coming from tabletop rpgs, I would like to see how they handle feats and if it is tactical or you just spray and pray. How is the aim? Can I shoot while on the move at higher levels? Do I feel a sense of progression? Is the archer primarily a damage dealer or better for crowd control? Does the class feel more like a ranger or a rogue?

For a point of reference, I loved DA1 and hated DA2, not due to the focus on action, but the overwhelming sameness and mediocrity that it embraced.

SoM gets archery about half right.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 09, 2014, 05:36:09 AM
Ah, that sucks. Do you have aluminum wiring? I'm assuming you need a new breaker as well.

Rewiring a house is a giant pain in the ass, best of luck with it.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 04:21:44 PM
haha, this game is super rad. I had a mission to kill one of the war chiefs, a big mother with a shield and spear that would charge me. He was surrounded in his stronghold by bodyguards and a million Uruk Hai, and seemingly impervious to everything. Hit and run tactics and stealth both failed, and ranged was completely useless.

Finally, I got above him and did a brutal drop on a nearbye dude and he flipped out and bailed. I chased him out of the fortress and ACROSS THE MAP. Seriously, we traversed the entire map. I finally got close enough to throw some daggers and slow him down and felled the foul creature.

What a great game. After Destiny, this is a breath of fresh air. Easily my GotY.

If anyone is on PSN and wants to revenge my many deaths, my id is Working_Mike. I will return the favor.
26  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Okay I've tried before but.. on: September 19, 2014, 08:02:48 PM
I've been playing Destiny on PS4 from 11pm-1am lately. Feel free to add me, psn is Working_Mike
27  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 18, 2014, 06:36:49 PM
Yeah it is. Not OGRE heavy, but still.... eek
28  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 14, 2014, 01:39:46 PM
I have my name on a 2nd copy at my FLGS that I'd be willing to buy and ship for anyone who missed out. I was just hedging my bets so I didn't miss the chance to buy
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2014, 01:37:29 PM
I'm digging it. As an older gamer with limited time, I really appreciate the ability to just jump in for 30 minutes or so and do some patrol missions. I really like the controls as well, responsive without being floaty.
30  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 13, 2014, 03:41:29 AM
Preorder is active, ships on the 20th
31  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 10, 2014, 12:58:01 PM
+1 on the Space Hulk card game. It's really great
32  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Space Hulk on: September 10, 2014, 03:56:47 AM
So, it's just speculation right now, but sites are reporting that GW's announcement on the 13th is a reprint of Space Hulk. I missed out last time and will be all over this.
33  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 31, 2014, 03:34:24 AM
Wow, what a neat looking board! Yeah, Splendor set the bar pretty high with the clay chips smile

That is definitely going on the list, hopefully the wife will be interested. I'm really surprised I haven't heard of it before this.
34  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 30, 2014, 05:05:53 AM
Hahaha, we've been playing Star Realms A LOT. I'm on IOS as Jarvin if you want to play a game or two. I've been giving a few decks away to friends as well, everyone is really enjoying it.

Run, Fight or Die is topping my list. It will have to wait until next year, the gaming budget has run dry for us. Seemed to be the talk of GenCon though.

Darkest Night is great! I feel it is the spiritual successor to an old game called Dark Emperor. I'm really impressed with the quality that VPG has been putting out lately. I need to grab some expansions for it one of these days.

The others were completely off my radar, I'll need to add them to my BGG list. Hoplomachus in particular sounds intriguing. Is it mano y mano, or more akin to the formations of say, Battle Line?
35  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 29, 2014, 12:59:16 PM
The dynamic of Splendor completely changes at the higher player count. My strategy usually revolves around the nobles and denying critical cards to others. It's not a deep game, but we've enjoyed it as a starter.

You might want to get the Giant Squid expansion for Survive, it really changes the feeling a bit. Squids can pull meeples from land as well, so no one is safe. It quickly turns into a race to get ANYONE to safety. My wife refuses to play with it actually.

Have fun with Robinson, it's a blast. I just ordered the King Kong scenario, so I'll report back once it arrives and I get a couple of plays.

I'm hoping to get Quantum to the table this weekend, and maybe a couple more games of Core Worlds. We've been playing a ton of Star Realms as well.

Have you played anything outstanding lately?
36  Gaming / Analog Gaming / A quick look at some new games on: August 29, 2014, 04:15:39 AM
We've been on a bit of a spree lately, and not all of these are new, but new to us.

Dread Curse - This one was a huge hit. Plays 3 - 8 at around 30 minutes. Everyone is a pirate, whose rank ranges from Captain to Cabin Boy. The goal is to amass the most treasure at the end of the game. Being pirates, however, means stealing from each other and using a variety of dirty, underhanded tricks to amass that coin. Beware the "Black Spot", as it will lose you the game if you can't get rid of it.

Survive: Escape from Atlantis - The island is sinking, and everyone must flee for safety. There are not enough boats, whales in the distance, sharks are circling and holy crap! Is that a freaking sea monster? We all loved this one, a great reprint of a classic game 2-4, up to 6 with the expansion.

Keyflower - my new favorite euro game. Every season the boats bring new workers. You send them out to build on tracts of land, work to generate resources or even be the first to greet the boats. Between the seasons you assemble your village. Plays quick and has a surprising amount of player interaction. 2 - 6 players, and works at every player count.

Splendor - a great little game. You grab gems to purchase cards, in order to build an economic engine. With the right cards you can get a visit from a noble. First to 15 points wins. Plays best with 3 or 4, at 2 players we would rather play Jaipur (we enjoy the theme).

Robinson Crusoe - you must survive on an island and complete your objective, which ranges from resource gathering to exorcising the native temples. There is never enough of anything, bad stuff happens constantly and you will fail as often as you succeed, maybe more. Great fun with the right group. It is a board game that feels like an rpg. Plays 1 - 4.

Cheaty Mages - The tournament is starting, a fight among these creatures for the amusement and profit of us wizards who gathered here. Being wizards, we will cheat of course, as much as the judge allows anyway. The wizard with the most coin after 3 rounds is the winner! Plays 3 - 6.

37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 25, 2014, 02:31:05 AM
It's pretty easy to make yogurt using a commercially available one as a starter, using a dutch oven or even a crock pot. I love berries and almonds in mind.
38  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What are your thoughts on our Tabletop content? on: July 21, 2014, 11:53:23 PM
Well, if any of you folks are near Clearwater, FL then I usually have tabletop gaming space open mid-week. Just PM me smile
39  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What are your thoughts on our Tabletop content? on: July 14, 2014, 04:31:08 AM
I've really been enjoying it, my wallet not so much. I bet my tabletop gaming purchases have doubled these last fews months, in no small part to the great reviews.

I would like to see some tutorials or quick run throughs of the more highly rated games.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Fargo on: May 11, 2014, 06:40:30 PM
This is the greatest show of the year. Easily my new Breaking Bad
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