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81  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Exploration type Board Games on: May 01, 2013, 06:21:49 PM
Eclipse is now out for the IPad and it's really, really good. If you dig the boardgame you will love it on your tablet.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/26/13 on: April 28, 2013, 12:42:59 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 26, 2013, 02:18:30 PM

Borderlands 2 has it's hooks into me again.  Will probably work on Zer0 and Gaige in TVHM

I've been playing this as well on 360 if you want to do some co-op. UVHM is kicking my arse
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSN reviving Heroes? on: April 18, 2013, 05:24:42 AM
No, they had a brilliant first season and then were tragically cancelled before the show could take off
84  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Silversword (IOS) on: March 23, 2013, 03:09:07 AM
So this little gem has sucked me right in over the last couple of days. It's a labor of love that's inspired by and emulates the original Bard's Tale. I really recommend it for anyone who loves the older, party based fantasy games.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "I'm Roger." (warning - self congratulatory content inside) on: March 12, 2013, 11:12:05 PM
Dude, that's awesome! I give you mad props for just getting on stage, but landing a lead in a beloved production is pretty amazing.
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 11, 2013, 07:13:07 PM
I can't get over how good Procreate is. It has become, in a few short days, my most used app. Anyone with a hankering for art should check it out.
87  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Claustrophobia (a sort of review) on: March 11, 2013, 03:32:28 PM
yup, those are the assassins (I think they are called Sicaria?). We haven't fielded them yet, maybe tonight we'll get further along in the scenarios.

Of the dungeon crawlers I've played (Descent, Space Hulk, etc...) this is the stand out. The only other one that has come close is Incursion.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remakemania: Poltergeist on: March 11, 2013, 03:26:15 PM

Quote from: Reemul on March 11, 2013, 11:13:58 AM

The preacher in number 2 still scares the crap out of me. When he starts singing, ooh imagine that playing late at night outside your bedroom window.

The fella that played him was dying of stomach cancer at the time. He was involved in some pretty out there living theatre, I believe there is video footage of him performing on youtube.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Trainspotting 2 on: March 11, 2013, 03:19:10 PM
maybe...i love Danny Boyle as a director. I seem to remember he burned Ewan Mcgregor on a project (The Beach?), so getting him might be a little more difficult.
90  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Claustrophobia (a sort of review) on: March 11, 2013, 05:24:03 AM
So I got the expansion for Xmas and just this week we finally got some play time in. The new units are hellhounds and assassins. Additionally it brings new cards, tiles and scenarios into play and changes a couple of rules (demon players are limited to 3 event cards in hand, etc...)

The scenarios have been excellent thus far, with us playing the 1st two repeatedly in order to get feel for the changes. The expansion is a must have if you own the base game.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: March 10, 2013, 01:59:55 AM
nope, no thanks. Vacation is just fine as is, I have no interest in an update.

I wish they would make new movies rather than trying to update my childhood.
92  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Must have IPad games? on: March 07, 2013, 11:03:15 PM
I'm completely new, this is my first IOS device. I'll check out your list, thanks!

So far I am enjoying Plague Inc. and Hunters 2.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remakemania: Poltergeist on: March 07, 2013, 09:47:18 PM
Monster House was awesome, so maybe?

I dunno, Poltergeist is pitch perfect. Plus, you need brass ones to try and remake Spielberg.

edit: Why did I think Spielberg did it? Produced it maybe? Turns out it was Tobe Hooper.
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Must have IPad games? on: March 07, 2013, 09:44:20 PM
So the wife bought me an Ipad 4. Any must have games, old or new, that I should buy? I like anything in gaming that is well done. I love boardgames, so anything along those lines is cool with me.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac/iOS] Space Hulk on: March 03, 2013, 01:46:47 PM
aside from Wasteland 2, this is the game I'm most excited about. This might be the game that gets me to buy an Ipad.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 22, 2013, 11:14:08 PM
Safety Not Guaranteed was pretty good. I seem to enjoy the Duplass brothers, so i'll be keeping an eye out for other stuff by them.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I just had my worst day at work ever... on: February 21, 2013, 02:02:48 AM
Yeah, I'm really hoping I don't pick up a bug from her.

I feel kinda bad for the guy, he was a pretty nice fella and I'm sure his awesome weekend at the beach is pretty ruined.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, I just had my worst day at work ever... on: February 21, 2013, 12:46:09 AM
So, I'm a tattooer. I've been a professional tattooer for 13 years, 10 of which is in an old-time street shop on the dodgy end of town. I've seen some shit go down, so when I say this is my worst day you can damn sure believe it.

So I'm working 7 days a week, but I usually do one of those "on call". I only live a couple of miles away and the boss calls me in if I'm needed. Last night I got the call as I was sitting down to dinner and head on over to the shop. My client is a middle aged couple who live a couple of hours away, in town for a weekend at the beach. She wants some flowers on her foot to fill a gap between 2 existing tattoos, so I spend about 40 minutes or so drawing them up and we finally arrive at the design. I get her the paperwork, she uses the restroom, I set-up everything and we get ready to do the tattoo.

About 5 minutes into the tattoo she apologizes and says she needs the restroom again. I get that hinkey feeling that I get when somethings isn't right (this is 10 minutes after her last trip to the bathroom). Now my station is a little small and I'm a big dude, so i'm sort of wedged into a corner with the tattoo chair taking up the bulk of the space in the center. She comes back and we start again. We have maybe 7 minutes of the outline and she asks for a break, she feels weird. Ok, no problem. I hand her a moist paper towel to place on the back of her neck and ask her if she wants to lie back for a couple. She belches, says "That was just a burp, i'm not going to puke" and then proceeds to projectile vomit all over herself, myself and the entire room. The ceiling had puke on it. I have a cork board behind me with drawings on it, the entire board was covered in puke. I had puke on my head, all over my shoulders (from a distance of about 3 feet mind you), it got into the pockets of my cargo shorts.

So this lady starts wailing and crying and leaps up screaming how pissed she is, she can't believe that happened, she's been waiting and waiting to get her tattoo. She runs into the bathroom. Now her significant other is career military, back home from the sandbox. I'm sure he's seen some shit and he's looking at me wide eyed. He says he can't believe that happened (yeah pal, neither can I) and apologizes and asks if he can clean it up. I walk out of the room shedding puke (it sorta looked like pineapple) and go get the boss. Meanwhile my clients comes out screaming and crying and saying she can't believe that happened to her, how pissed she is, how much she wanted her tattoo. I say "Well, you can imagine how I feel". She never once  addresses me or apologizes to me.

They leave, I go home to shower, the boss cleans the shop. I wasted two hours and got covered in vomit and didn't make one thin nickle. Indeed, I tossed out around 50 bucks in materials and lost about 20 hours of drawings.

I go home and my wife expresses her sympathy while simultaneously laughing her ass off and gagging.

TL;DR - Went into work during dinner and got puked on by a client.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 15, 2013, 02:20:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 14, 2013, 11:58:27 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on February 14, 2013, 11:38:39 PM

Keeping silent on it is the worst thing that they can do. We haven't heard word one from them at all.

Did you read Destructor's link above?  If true, it explains a lot.

I read it and I think I understand what may have happened. The thing is, while I didn't purchase the game, I'm betting a lot of people did. And 60 bucks is quite a bit of money to the average family. For any company to not only release a product in such a poor unfinished state, but also lie and falsify the quality of said product in the year preceding it's launch is reprehensible.

And all this is by a company that made Borderlands, two of my favorite games of the last year. I love those games and that makes me hate this even more.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 15, 2013, 02:10:26 PM
It won't have have any negative effect on the consoles themselves, just my purchasing of them. I think I'm just getting a little jaded in my gaming.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 15, 2013, 12:59:03 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on February 14, 2013, 11:38:39 PM

This kinda stuff I why I'm wary of the next gen consoles.

Why would their mismanagement of this project have any negative effect on the next gen consoles?

101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 14, 2013, 11:38:39 PM
Keeping silent on it is the worst thing that they can do. We haven't heard word one from them at all. Glad I didn't pre-order this steaming pile and went the Gamefly route instead...

This kinda stuff I why I'm wary of the next gen consoles.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So How's Your Week Going to Be? on: February 11, 2013, 05:47:01 PM
I've been working 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day since early December, so I'll be working and sleeping
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 07, 2013, 11:54:57 PM
Becoming a thoughtful and functioning adult. It sounds trite, but my life could have gone a very different direction.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: February 07, 2013, 02:25:05 PM
I haven't really. My only pc is a laptop that's pretty out of date. I haven't an Ipad, but I would like one very much. Money is the issue here, I haven't much of it after my bills and I'm thinking about school so that will eat up the remainder. I need to upgrade my pc before Wasteland 2 however, as I backed that Kickstarter.

Quote from: wonderpug on February 07, 2013, 02:34:34 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on February 07, 2013, 02:11:27 AM

I'm much more interested in the quality of gameplay. Games have become stagnant and repetitious, with new titles emulating whatever is popular. If the next console is going to be more Assassin's Creed and CoD then it doesn't matter to me what the specs are or whether or not it requires an online connection, I'll be opting out.

I use gaming as a way of getting away from my life for a moment. If the games themselves don't start improving then I will find my escapism elsewhere.

Have you checked out what's going on with indie PC and iOS titles lately?
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: February 07, 2013, 02:11:27 AM
I'm much more interested in the quality of gameplay. Games have become stagnant and repetitious, with new titles emulating whatever is popular. If the next console is going to be more Assassin's Creed and CoD then it doesn't matter to me what the specs are or whether or not it requires an online connection, I'll be opting out.

I use gaming as a way of getting away from my life for a moment. If the games themselves don't start improving then I will find my escapism elsewhere.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 01, 2013, 06:42:31 PM
I find myself shifting further away from console/pc games and more into board games. I find them more entertaining(even solo) and a much better value. I have a massive backlog from this gen, so that will keep me busy for awhile.

On the other hand I might be an early adopter and just go for it. I'm a sucker for new gaming stuff.
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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.
113  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.
114  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.
115  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.
116  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?
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: November 06, 2012, 01:22:08 AM
It's available for pre-order.
118  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.
119  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.
120  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.
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