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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 11, 2013, 07:27:18 PM
I just watched "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes character driven films.

Oh, and my wife STILL complains about Nazis at the Center of the Earth. I liked it. I mean, it was super horrible, but the payoff at the end was worth the 90 minutes preceding it.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 28, 2012, 12:26:32 AM
I just watched it this morning. Very well done documentary about some fabulously wealthy folks whose business model was a proverbial house of cards.

Quote
Queen of Versailles was added, too, and it's supposed to be a fantastic documentary.  Don't let the Jersey Shore meets Legally Blonde cover fool you.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you like in a movie site? on: December 19, 2012, 03:04:22 PM
I'm pretty much all done with Hollywood blockbusters, so something that focuses on indie and foreign films would appeal to me. I watch most film via Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime, so that would be of interest (much like the Netflix thread in off-topic).

I really hate reviews of any variety. I find that it's impossible to judge whether or not I'll enjoy something based of another persons opinion of that thing. Most reviews are either too glossy or too bitter and nitpicky for me.

I love anything about the craft of cinema. I even love films about the making of a film. I find the techniques and personalities to be as fascinating as the films themselves An example would be Overnight. I loved that, despite (or perhaps because of) hating Boondock Saints. More of that would get me to tune in, as it was.
84  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Smallbox Games - Tooth and Nail/Hemloch both for 22 bucks on: December 19, 2012, 01:57:56 AM
http://www.smallboxgames.com/blowout.html

A really great deal on a couple of really great games.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 16, 2012, 12:40:14 AM
I really enjoyed The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe. He plays a hunter that is contracted by a pharma company to track and kill what may be the last Tazmanian tiger in existence and deliver it's genetic material. Slow paced, but well acted and it doesn't take any cheap outs.
86  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Exploration type Board Games on: December 14, 2012, 07:17:06 PM
Eclipse is the new standard for what you are looking for. Avoid Space Empires, it's pretty much bookkeeping in space. We've played it twice and I doubt there will be a 3rd time.

Two other suggestions that are perhaps a bit easier to get into, but may not exactly fit the bill. They re-released Merchant of Venus and it's a long time favorite of mine. I haven't played the FFG version, but I'm sure it's up to their usual standards. Core World is a deckbuilding game, more combat than exploration, but it's amazingly fun and well balanced.

I haven't played Terra Prime, but i've heard wonderful things about it.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/9/12 on: November 10, 2012, 01:58:37 AM
Borderlands 2 and XCOM. I have the newest Ghost Recon on deck, so maybe i'll give that a whirl.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 08, 2012, 08:44:49 PM
Yeah, he wasn't that hard with my Commando (my buddy was playing a Gunzerker). I think I got knocked into the lava once, but overall it was pretty easy. E-tech weapons were a saving grace in that fight.

Oh, and I've found my turret useless in there, it just seems to kill the rakks.

I expect it to be much harder with my Siren (the game is much more difficult for me on PT2 using her).

Quote from: Teggy on November 08, 2012, 06:42:03 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on November 08, 2012, 05:54:26 PM

The Bee took that long? I got two of those in one 90 minute session. Weird, drop rates seem to be all over the place.

I actually was lucky with Terra, I got my class mod plus The Blood of Terramorphus when my buddy and I downed him. I'm trying for the shotgun now.

Did you kill The Warrior before you had The Bee? I'm still looking for a good non-cheese strategy for killing The Warrior.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 08, 2012, 05:54:26 PM
The Bee took that long? I got two of those in one 90 minute session. Weird, drop rates seem to be all over the place.

I actually was lucky with Terra, I got my class mod plus The Blood of Terramorphus when my buddy and I downed him. I'm trying for the shotgun now.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: November 08, 2012, 04:02:50 PM
so after 3 weeks of killing the Warrior off and on I finally got the Conference Call to drop. Now onto farming Terramorphus....


Is this what MMO's are like?
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: November 06, 2012, 01:22:08 AM
It's available for pre-order.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/2/12 on: November 02, 2012, 07:00:47 PM
Borderlands 2 and XCOM. If I have time I might dip into the backlog a little.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/2/12 on: November 02, 2012, 06:59:52 PM
If you like DA2 give Divinity2: TDKS a try (the re-released one). It's the game that I wanted Dragon Age 2 to be

Quote from: Greg Wak on November 02, 2012, 04:04:41 PM

Had to do something I almost never do, give up on a game. Anachronox. While I liked parts of it, I never knew where to go or what to do next. I could just never follow it.
However, I was able to pick up DA: 2 in a sale. While I don't like the camera and battle seems way too fast, I love everything else about it and am having a great deal of fun.
94  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Claustrophobia (a sort of review) on: November 02, 2012, 01:30:14 AM
In a nutshell, buy this game.

This is the most well balanced, fun boardgame I've yet played. It's two player tactical, in the vein of Space Hulk. The premise is that a paladin (called a Redeemer) is leading a band of convicts into the caverns of hell, where the demons wait to destroy the warband. It's scenario based, with quite a few included scenarios, plus an expansion is available that offers even more. The mini's are pre-painted and really quite nicely done. The tiles are heavy and stay in place quite well. This is a good looking, well crafted game.

One of the most novel game mechanics is how the humans assign their stats. The human player rolls 4 dice and then assigns them to the warrior of their choice (barring an event card the demon player could possess which allows that player to assign them). The Redeemers powers are linked to particular numbers. If you place that dice on the warriors "line of action" then you are able to use that power (healing, holy smite, etc...). When the warrior takes damage then you must choose a line of action to cancel, thereby leading to exhaustion and ultimately death. Meanwhile, the demons roll dice and assign troops to the field and use certain powers. There are never-ending waves of troglodytes to place (although each side is restricted to 3 units per tile, 1 in narrow passages) and demon bosses (which may be fielded only 1 at a time, but are vastly more powerful).

One game we played had me venturing down a passage. I had split my forces into 3 groups, with two heavies entering the main corridor and my faster, more nimble units exploring the side passages. The demon player kept using an event card called "lost" which allowed him to view the next three tiles, placing one and putting the other two back down in any order. The end result was my main force becoming trapped at a dead end in the main passage, while my scout stumbled across a lair of trogs. The resolution of swift and brutal, my friend cackling as he cut me down.

Another scenario had us being forced one at a time through a narrow passage. My Redeemer was cut off, troglodytes placed between my main force and he and with our objective simply one room away. Do I press on or go back for my most powerful unit? I decided he was an acceptable loss and moved forward, and eventually whittled the main demon down to but one mere point of health. My opponent used a "terror" card which forced me back into the hall becoming trapped by his lesser units where he whittled me down. It was tense and could have gone either way, with me cursing my poor dice rolls and him cursing what luck I did have.

The play is quick and amazingly even, with an average game lasting an hour or so. It truly conveys the desperation of the humans, as each step leads them closer to victory or death. Traps, flooded tunnels, lairs of troglodytes and narrow passages are always just around the corner, and victory can be just a good roll of the dice and a single advantage card away.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: November 02, 2012, 12:39:23 AM
I'm enjoying this one, it harkens back to the games of my childhood. The one thing that I really dislike and can't believe they omitted is the lack of a "prone" option. Is it really not available, or have I just not figured it out yet? I just played mission 2 and wanted my sniper to lay low on top of the bus.

96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 27, 2012, 07:18:28 PM
It only takes about 5 minutes or so actually, it's pretty easy at level 50. Farming The Warrior is pretty good too (I can take him down in about 90 seconds or so).

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 27, 2012, 12:55:56 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on October 26, 2012, 11:38:56 PM

i've found that the LOTR easter egg consistently gives me better loot than the golden chest. That and Ol' Slappy.

All I ever seem to get from the chest is grenades for some reason

Yeah but that sounds like a complete arseache to do

When i get further in for my TVHM,i will give it a try,but waiting for the level cap rise first so that the XP doesn't go to waste
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official: my favorite type of beer.... on: October 27, 2012, 12:01:11 AM
Julius Echter and Harpoon UFO are usually topping my list. I also really like Dale's Pale Ale from the Oskar Blues brewery.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 26, 2012, 11:38:56 PM
i've found that the LOTR easter egg consistently gives me better loot than the golden chest. That and Ol' Slappy.

All I ever seem to get from the chest is grenades for some reason
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 25, 2012, 01:21:45 PM
Anyone successfully kill
Spoiler for Hiden:
Hyperius the Invincible
yet? We are getting our asses handed to us.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Tactical TBS Games? on: October 25, 2012, 01:16:28 PM
I have no idea how it holds up, but I loved Warhammer 40k: Chaos Gate back in the day. That is my gold standard for turn based strategy games. I'd also second Silent Storm, it's a very well done game.
101  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: local gaming in Tampa Bay, Fl? on: October 17, 2012, 06:03:50 PM
haha, you're welcome!
102  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: local gaming in Tampa Bay, Fl? on: October 15, 2012, 10:28:49 PM
Claustrophobia has been getting a lot of love lately. It's two person tactical, but plays amazingly well solo
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 06, 2012, 05:20:00 PM
films I've watched recently:
Punching the Clown - A really interesting character driven film about a musician trying to make it in LA.
Rid of Me - This one is about a woman who follows her husband out to Oregon (where he's from) and ends up divorced and alone. I'm torn on this one. A couple of the performance were worth it, but the overall direction was odd.
God Bless America - directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, it's the story of a man with a fatal disease who is disgusted with the state of the country. Oh, and he has a pistol.
Perrier's Bounty - Irish crime film with Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson
The Go-Getter - I enjoyed this one. A simple story of a kid who steals a car and hits the road looking for his brother. Nick Offerman shows up in 3 tiny roles.
You Kill Me - Ben Kingsley is an alcoholic hitman who leaves Buffalo for San Francisco in order to dry out.
Coldblooded - Jason Priestley as a reluctant hitman. It has a sort of tv movie feel about it, but I actually really liked it.
The Trip - Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play fictional versions of themselves on a foodie tour of northern GB.
Get the Gringo - Payback, but in Mexico.
104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Borderlands 2 late night coop starting tonight! on: September 28, 2012, 05:51:09 PM
i'm on later at night, but on 360. WorkingMike if anyone wants to play
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] ... I'd never like to see again. on: September 17, 2012, 09:36:13 AM
Inception. It was genuinely one of the finest pieces of filmmaking I've ever watched, almost note perfect and yet while I was glad I watched it I did not enjoy myself. I feel no need to ever sit through it again.

Spun. One of the most genuine films about addiction ever made. I needed a hot shower afterwards and I simply can't see myself revisiting it.
106  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: local gaming in Tampa Bay, Fl? on: September 15, 2012, 05:57:14 PM
Nobody? I usually have fine beer and make some decent bbq smile
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Obsidian Countdown on: September 15, 2012, 05:55:03 PM
they got my 20 bucks. I have a love/hate relationship with Obsidian, but 20 bucks is nothing for the possibility of some fine gaming.
108  Gaming / Analog Gaming / local gaming in Tampa Bay, Fl? on: September 01, 2012, 07:33:39 PM
Anyone located near here? I'm up in Clearwater and would like to get a regular group together. Right now it's just my buddy and I, so we've limited ourselves to smaller games (lately it's been Infiltration and The Adventurers).

I"ve had Descent 1st Edition sitting on the shelf unplayed for a few years now, and I've been eyeing Eclipse and Earth Reborn.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/24/12 on: August 27, 2012, 03:49:55 PM
I just bought Tales of Vesperia, so that might be on deck this week. I'll probably grind a little in Resonance Fate.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remake-VIDEODROME on: August 23, 2012, 01:44:53 PM
nobody should even attempt remaking Cronenberg. This one is a personal favorite of mine and pairs well with his film eXistenZ
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/3/12 on: August 06, 2012, 02:31:12 PM
I'll probably chip away at Resonance of Fate some. Maybe play a little Dark Souls.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/30) on: July 31, 2012, 12:10:55 AM

Please post impressions once you get to play, i've been eyeballing this one (although I haven't any boardgame friends, I keep buying them in the hopes someone will show some interest)

Quote from: Cragmyre on July 30, 2012, 02:39:35 PM

Nothing on this list, but I did just buy Mage Knight Board Game and will be getting it in a couple of days  icon_biggrin
113  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Last of the Red Hot Steam Freebies on: July 26, 2012, 03:15:57 PM
I'm interested in Frozen Synapse. My Steam tag is workingmike

Cheers!
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: July 21, 2012, 02:40:38 PM
it's looks good! Honestly though, the graphics are backseat to gameplay/story for me. I much more interested in how it plays
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Long PS3/360 lifecycle "biggest mistake ever", has expedited decline on: July 11, 2012, 12:59:09 PM
The decline in gaming can be attributed to a number of things. I think the most overlooked is innovation. While I understand the desire to make a bestselling franchise from a business perspective, the lack of new ideas is boring the crap out of me. Lately everything has been a sequel or yearly installment. I already played Darksiders, I really don't need another one. Prototype 2? No Thanks, been there (and fuck you very much for that last level). I'm anticipating Borderlands 2, but not really excited for it. Farcry 3? Farcry 2 was a brilliant failure for me (enemies that respawn immediately, traversing that stupid map over and over again., etc...)

Things weren't as polished or pretty on the Xbox/PS2, and I'm sure the sale figures were much less, but the games really shined. There was always something a little bit different on the horizon. Bring back story(I'm look at you Gears of War), innovation and gameplay and you'll bring back the gamers.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ouya on: July 10, 2012, 08:03:37 PM
I backed it for 95 bucks in order to get the console. That's cheap enough that I won't really be dissappointed if it falls apart. I really dig where crowd funding and open source, DRM free gaming is going and i'm excited to see what comes out of all this.

I'd kind of like to see the magic some back to gaming a little and 100 bucks is a small price to pay for that chance smile
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 03, 2012, 07:54:16 PM
I've been a reader since the days of Gone Gold, but I rarely post as I honestly have little to say. One of the things I have always liked about this forum is that we are all a bit older and more mature.

The shift that gaming seems to be headed towards all blockbuster franchises sort of makes me lose interest as well. Most of the games I've been playing are older ones, as very little recently has interested me. Just these last two days I've fired up RDR and Red Faction:Guerrilla, and I'm thinking about another playthrough of Psychonauts. Meanwhile I have Mass Effect 3 sitting there from gamefly, I'm maybe about 2/3rds in and I really can't be bothered to finish it.

Now boardgames lately have really been catching my fancy, I just wish I had a group that was interest in them.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are any of the comic superhero games good (other than Arkham)? on: June 27, 2012, 04:38:00 AM
Not a superhero, but The Darkness is pretty awesome. Prototype has a comic anti-hero flair and was really fun until the end.

If you are feeling frisky, I really recommend Freedom Force on the pc.
119  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: some 360 hardware free to a good home on: June 22, 2012, 07:11:57 PM
It's been claimed and sent out smile
120  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: some 360 hardware free to a good home on: June 21, 2012, 11:27:29 PM
I haven't had it RRoD, just get hot and shut down while it was in the entertainment center, and only after a couple of hours of gaming. Still fires up and plays when the drive opens. There are no controllers and the av cables are still plugged into my tv with my new 360.

PM me with your address and i'll check on the coast of shipping and get back with you smile
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