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41  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.
42  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 13, 2014, 03:41:29 AM
Preorder is active, ships on the 20th
43  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
44  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.
45  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.
46  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?
47  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?
48  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.

49  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.
50  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
51  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.
52  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
53  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games similar to HeroQuest? on: January 18, 2014, 03:47:54 AM
Claustrophobia is really fun, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 06, 2014, 03:51:36 AM
Just an FYI for anyone with similar issues as mine. My thumbs would start sliding off the thumbsticks on the DS4 after 20 minutes of play or so. I purchased the CQC grips from Kontrol Freek and they have solved the problem. They add a little more height to the sticks as well, giving me a greater range of motion.

Anyway, just my .02 in case anyone else has the same problem.
55  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: January 03, 2014, 09:36:10 PM
Just an update (in case anyone in interested).

OGRE was a hit. We played a couple of games in which my buddy insisted on being the defender. Despite my knowledge being 30 years out of date, I destroyed him on both. He overextended himself and grouped his units together a bit too much, especially his GEV's. The second scenario included cruise missiles, where I got a lucky dice roll and he did very poorly on his rolls. Next time I'll be taking the role of the defender and I'll have to explain to him about the death of a thousand cuts (harrying the OGRE with GEV's, harassing with infantry, effectively combining firepower, etc...

Additionally, I actually happened to receive Great Fire of London for Xmas. We played our first game with the four of us on NYE and everyone had a blast. Despite my wife appearing to be the clean winner, the game was a bit closer than we expected. Quick play, good table talk, and decent interaction makes it a winner for us.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: December 24, 2013, 07:22:02 PM
Did nobody on the development team play test this game? The network is fine until the host quits, then it pauses and migrates you over to a new host. I had that happen 5 times within 15 minutes earlier today. I can't actually seem to race anyone, as there are a grand total of six of us in the world and navigating to another person is an exercise in frustration. The quick menu is freaking terrible. Why did they not map the Headquarters/Hideout and repairs to the up/down on the dpad? Or even a swipe on the touchpad (I'm on PS4).

Seriously, who were the geniuses that made the decisions here? The thing is that despite all of that there is a solid game here, just not one you can actually play WITH anyone else. Unless you count watching them zip by in the opposite direction.

Back to Gamefly with you. I hope The Crew is better when released.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crowdsourced! Best video game novels / comics on: December 24, 2013, 06:57:09 AM
The Okami art book is excellent, as is Monster Hunter Illustrations.

There was an ICO novel that I rather enjoyed. It deviated quite a bit from the game however
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/20/13 on: December 22, 2013, 05:14:28 PM
I'm on what might be the final battle in Bioshock Infinite, so hopefully I'll get past that one. NFS Rivals perhaps, or I might start Folklore (I just bought a PS3, so my Backlog is ginormus).
59  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: December 13, 2013, 03:54:07 AM
So, I went into my FLGS and they had OGRE sitting there in it's massive box. He's been down with the light, tactical war games we've played, so I grabbed that. 100 dollar impulse buy.

OGRE was one the earliest games I played and I loved it when I was a kid, I hope it ages well.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2+ Local Play Games Thread on: December 01, 2013, 07:22:14 PM
Driver: San Francisco is our go to local multiplayer game.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 01, 2013, 01:57:31 AM
I really preferred his stand alone novels to the trilogy, "Best Served Cold" being my favorite.
62  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: November 30, 2013, 02:35:55 PM
Thanks for the info, I think that I will buy Suburbia. I'll report back after the holidays after we have a few games under our belts
63  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: November 27, 2013, 08:41:14 PM
Looking for an Xmas gift for buddy. He loves games with a screw you element. Preferably something with planning/strategy and not overwhelmingly random
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you change your allegiance? on: November 25, 2013, 09:13:48 PM
Xbox gamer since 02 or so. My wife bought me a PS3 last August and I just got a PS4. I'm sure I will eventually get an Xbox One, but it won't be for years.

So far I really dig the PS4. The UI is clean and snappy and the controller is really nice. I'm starting to see what MS is trying to do, it just doesn't really appeal to me.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 21, 2013, 11:40:20 PM
I'm at the same job, married to the same woman and live in the same neighbourhood (although I have since purchased a home).

Very little has changed and that's A-OK with me
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 21, 2013, 11:36:14 PM
This is a tough one. I think the game that disappointed me the most was Total Annihilation: Kingdoms. I wanted to love it, and that made me hate it all the more.

The straight up worst game I ever played was Rogue Warrior. That game was train wreck bad (which I kinda expected).
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: November 06, 2013, 04:43:50 PM
Put this one down for a few days. Booted it up last night and the patch appears to have corrupted my saves.

This kinda shit is why I use Gamefly.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 06, 2013, 03:36:00 AM
That's the first thing I've yet seen that makes me kinda want an Xbox One. They should have been showing us this instead of Ryse.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: November 06, 2013, 03:29:49 AM
They really fucked this one up. They went through the motions, but neglected to capture the essence of the story. I give it a C-
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Sucker for Jason Statham Movies on: November 06, 2013, 03:27:32 AM
Redemption is one of my favorites. Really great picture.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: October 16, 2013, 01:43:43 AM
My wife had that done. She had to go back in a week later for stabbing pain in the same area, and the Dr. Claimed it was just gas from the surgery. Turned out one of the stones had lodged in her bile duct. Another surgery and she was right as rain.

The whole thing was pretty easy and she has never regretted it.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I like feeling a part of a gaming community.. on: October 15, 2013, 01:47:38 PM
Maybe it's an issue of perspective. I always considered this place less like a community and more as a support group. Or a dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner(in Canada?).

That kind of makes you my crazy uncle  Ralph who gets drunk and pissed off, storms out and drives off blaring the horn. We know we'll see him for Xmas and everyone will act like it never happened.


73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go Away Monday! No One Likes You! on: October 08, 2013, 12:16:02 AM
On my way back from breakfast this morning, the wife and I saw two stray dogs roaming. While following them (trying to see if we can catch them up) we watched them grab a cat and pull it between them like a rope toy.

Mondays can piss off
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Tom Clancy on: October 02, 2013, 05:56:46 PM
When I was young I worked at a bookstore in Connecticut. Whenever Tom had a new book coming out. He would do a signing at the Booksmith in New London, which was a small independent. It was his way of thanking them for being so supportive when he was first starting out, and it always stood out to me as really generous, as I'm sure time was pretty limited for him.

75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 02, 2013, 05:49:49 PM
Scotch, typically Aberlour or Lagavulin. Sometimes rum, which I favor El Dorado or Ron Zacapa.

Beer is seasonal, but my go to beers are Harpoon UFO and Cigar City Maduro.
76  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTT GTA V (PS3) for Last of Us on: September 26, 2013, 04:41:30 PM
77  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTT GTA V (PS3) for Last of Us on: September 23, 2013, 06:46:32 PM
I mistakenly ordered GTA V for the wrong console, figured i'd see if anyone wanted to swap before I return it. It's brand new in shrink, so I expect a spotless copy of Last of Us in return. US or Canada only please.

78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] The Mark of Kri returning on: September 21, 2013, 04:21:39 PM
One of my favorite games of all time. Hell, I even enjoyed Rise of the Kasai, despite it's shortcomings
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roach problems (bugs, that is) on: September 13, 2013, 12:41:28 AM
Get some Advion, that stuff is brilliant. I live in Florida, the land of giant, flying cockroaches. I put some Advion down on index cards every other month, placing them under sinks and cabinets and I have zero problems with roaches. You can also dust behind your outlets with Borax as an intermediate step.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 11, 2013, 07:12:31 PM
I'll have to give this one a shot. I'm reading Blue Blazes by Wendig now and it's piqued my interest in the genre.
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