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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: [PC] Age of Wonders 3 on: April 12, 2014, 03:08:31 AM

Quote from: Azhag on April 12, 2014, 12:44:36 AM

More impressions... likely will grab this one day when it's on sale...

I've posted more impressions in the OO thread, but the tl;dr version is that I'm loving it. I'm on mission five of the first campaign and am nearing 35 hours played.

Can't. Stop. Playing.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: April 07, 2014, 04:24:15 AM
No GTers are playing this one? :o
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: January 09, 2014, 06:18:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 09, 2014, 06:11:51 PM

That's pretty damned cool Zaxxon!  I missed this during the holiday madness, but that's cool.  I think I'll take a look myself!

Sweet! 

Since my initial post in Sept, the group has moved from $2,600 lent to over $3,400.  The more, the merrier!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 09, 2014, 05:50:38 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 09, 2014, 04:23:05 PM

I watched Europa Report and thought it was actually pretty good.  Itís basically what you would get if NASA made a found footage movie.  Itís a bit on the slow side but if youíre patient, quite enjoyable.
Just watched this late last week. I also enjoyed it.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: January 09, 2014, 05:49:39 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 03, 2013, 11:03:16 PM

Thanks for posting this. I've heard about this before but never gotten around to doing anything. I'll join you guys today after work if I have some time (and if not then definitely the next day). It sounds fun. Do we get reports about how the money is spent and the end result?

Sorry for the late reply... Yes, mist of the time you will receive a periodic update, but that depends on the Kiva partner on the ground. Some are better than others.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 09, 2014, 05:48:10 PM
I'm into book 11, here... Slow and steady.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: December 03, 2013, 10:39:09 PM
Getting really close to our 100th team loan now (96 currently).  Perhaps consider spreading some holiday cheer if the year has been good to you.

8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: September 10, 2013, 03:42:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 10, 2013, 03:23:19 AM

I just requested to join as well, with my name Shane. 

Acceptified!
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: September 10, 2013, 01:06:22 AM
In fact, I got a bonus just now for your join using my invite link.  According to the promotion you should have one, too.  Not sure why you wouldn't.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: September 10, 2013, 12:59:20 AM

Quote from: Punisher on September 10, 2013, 12:56:36 AM

Signed up as Anonymous and sent a request to join OO.. No free $25 though...

Just OKed your team join.  Odd on the bonus, as I got one today on an invitee join. Maybe there's a delay.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: September 09, 2013, 03:05:59 PM
FWIW, a bunch more loans went out this weekend--if any of those were stealth GT members, thanks! 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 06, 2013, 09:45:20 PM
In today's Steam marketplace, If I've spent more than $0.20 per hour invested, I've really failed. 
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 06, 2013, 09:24:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 06, 2013, 09:16:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 06, 2013, 09:14:31 PM

For you folks new to GT who liked hanging out here the last few weeks, if you need an extra incentive to stick around more I highly recommend you at least pop in on Mondays for a start to visit the weekly What are you buying this week? thread, in which Destructor posts all the upcoming releases for the week (PC and console alike) and people talk about what they are or aren't excited about buying this week.  It's as addictive as the Steam Sale thread, and I've found a lot of great games from seeing others excited in those threads that had previously been entirely off my radar.

OO is now full of fuddy duddies that won't spend more than $6 for a game.

Truth.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: September 06, 2013, 08:30:08 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 06, 2013, 07:03:00 PM

Very cool, thanks for the info, Zaxxon!  I'll definitely look into this a bit more when I get a little time, and look into joining the OO group if no GT group pops up.  smile

Sweet!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 06, 2013, 06:04:04 PM
Just finished Path of Daggers yesterday.  Enjoying these middle books more than expected, probably since I have them all available at once.  Looking forward to getting to the Sanderson volumes, as well.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: September 06, 2013, 05:55:29 PM
I've been a proponent of Kiva for several years now.  Kiva is a microfinance group that takes lending funds from folks like you and me and provides it interest-free to on-the-ground partners in impoverished areas who then manage loans to local people. The end result is that those folks are able to obtain funding for various projects at better terms than they'd get through a bank (if there's even such a thing as a bank where they're at, and if they could even hope to be approved).

At the end of a loan, you can either take your money back or re-lend it. (Defaults are very rare-- <1%.) It thus makes a good 'keeps on giving' charity as you can periodically put in small amounts and keep re-lending as time goes on. It's a cool feeling to put in $25 and see it help multiple people--and you can still (with 99% confidence) take it back out in the future.

I'm trying to participate more on GT since you were all so gracious hosting all of us OOers during the recent OOtage, and figured sharing Kiva was a good way to start.  We have a Kiva group going on over at OO that you are welcome to join in on, or feel free to create your own.  I thought since we have a large cross-forum contingency that joining forces in one group would make sense.

Further, right now Kiva is running a free $25 to lend promotion for new members, where when you sign up, a rich-guy Kiva friend gives you $25 to lend.  So far our group has lent $2600 and to my knowledge no loans have fallen through without being repaid.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 06, 2013, 05:42:52 PM
Thanks for hosting us during the OOtage, folks.  I do plan to try to participate more here in the future.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: September 01, 2013, 07:34:14 PM
Thanks, FP. Disappointing ending, but we'll survive. I'm curious what our SLA was, and whether 'oh shit, we lost it' if covered. Not that VD sound like the type to honor it.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: August 30, 2013, 04:43:01 AM
I haven't finished WoT yet, but with that caveat I concur with Kraegor's characterization of Abercrombie vs Jordan vs Martin.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: August 30, 2013, 04:22:47 AM
I've been making a similar trek through the series (started in January) after having read through 7 or 8 when they first came out.  Just finished book 7 today and am 8% into book 8.  Looking forward to finally getting to new (to me) stuff--although much of the re-read seemed new since it's been so long...
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 09:58:03 PM
Congrats on the OOniversary!  I think your plan sounds prudent.  Will be tossing salt, etc this weekend hoping our server emerges from its slumber.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 06:10:19 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 29, 2013, 05:59:31 PM

Quote from: newcastle on August 29, 2013, 05:58:34 PM

So let me ask a quick question - why dont we find another provider, and boot up the image from July?

That's the plan, but the old host has the image.

I don't think that's true--FP has the image, but I believe he's waiting to spin it up until essentially all hope is lost of retrieving a current backup.  I don't think starting with the old image and then merging in the new is something that's technically possible (or at least not feasible in our case).
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 03:03:49 PM

Quote from: KKBlue on August 29, 2013, 02:58:33 PM

The death of OO has caused the stages to become blatantly apparent. BTW, I do believe in afterlife so fingers crossed OO will arise again.

Hey, now.  Death is a strong word.  OO is merely resting.  And waiting.

In the deep.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 02:54:16 PM

Quote from: Carpet_pissr on August 29, 2013, 02:46:44 PM

Also: Does she have a secret desire to kill a horse with a bat?

Secret?
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 28, 2013, 04:02:18 PM
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 28, 2013, 03:14:56 PM
Any updates from Rip or the well-clothed aquatic one?  I'm wondering whether it's worthwhile putting a simple note up on the new server (if indeed we have one yet) to calm the masses if we're still going to wait a bit longer on the old server before restoring.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 27, 2013, 06:34:34 PM
Since we're all friends here and the NFL season is starting soon, are any of you GTers interested in joining us for a little foosball prognostication competitioning?  For those not familiar, it's an every-game pick-em pool that runs all season long.  Cheap to enter, hours of fun.   

If more than one or two are interested, I could conceivably add an 'average GTer vs OOer score' to my usual stats in order to add a little site-to-site funnage.

Anyway, if you're intereted, say so here and I'll PM details.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 05:10:44 PM
Download Speed: 34522 kbps (4315.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 2619 kbps (327.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 84 ms
8/26/2013 11:09:27 AM

Theoretical max is 40/3 Mbps. 
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: August 24, 2013, 04:57:18 AM
Thanks, FP and Rip, for handling this for us all. I'm knocking on wood that it actually comes up tomorrow evening so we can jump ship with data intact.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 23, 2013, 09:03:04 PM
Man, that WHT thread is a mess.  Hopefully VolumeDrive gets our server back up tomorrow, but even if they do, this level of unforced downtime is beyond ridiculous.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: September 14, 2012, 07:45:50 PM
Funded.  Final tally including PayPal is $2.3M and change.  All stretch goals funded.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: September 14, 2012, 02:18:44 AM
Hoping so...
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: September 09, 2012, 08:12:25 PM
Metal planets will be achieved tonight.  Bring on galactic warfare!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: September 07, 2012, 12:46:18 PM
2nd stretch goal was achieved last night.  The 4th was announced--galactic war.  I am hoping they reach that one (1.8M), as it sounds pretty intriguing to me...
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: September 02, 2012, 01:07:39 AM
True, you can just buy it when it's out. It's all a matter of whether you care about the stretch goal features or not. If not, buy when out. If so, back and help them get made.

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36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: September 01, 2012, 02:28:15 AM
In the interest of continuing my posts-in-thread-without-a-response streak, here's some more info.  They're closing in on the $1.1M stretch goal and have 13 days to go.  If the current momentum holds, they'll also hit the 1.3M, 1.5M, and 1.7M stretch goals.  Below is the update that just went out tonight.  Back this project!

Quote
Hello Kickstarters!

In honor of reaching the $1M milestone we are adding a few things to the $100 tier and revealing our next stretch goal.

NEW ADD-ONS FOR $100 TIER AND ABOVE

Alpha Commander - A unique, in-game commander model designed especially for our Alpha users. See concept art below.

PA Commanders Miniature Set - Weíre partnering with a certain miniature company you Kickstarter fans know and love to bring you THREE high quality 3-4 inch miniatures of PA Commanders. These include the Progenitor and Alpha commanders as well as a secret commander that weíll talk more about later!

If you are pledged at the $100 level you automatically get these additional rewards.

NEW STRETCH GOAL

$1,500,000 - Lava and Metal Planets

Weíre excited to introduce two new types of planets- lava and metal. Lava is extremely volatile but provides vast amounts of energy and raw materials. Geothermal plants and liquid metal processing mines provide the next level of resource extraction technology. Build in strategic locations to take advantage of the natural defense provided by rivers of flowing lava.

Thatís no moon. Itís a space station! Metal planets are wandering relics of wars long past, giant artificial battle stations that can be recycled or reactivated to bring a new level of destruction. Harness the lost knowledge and brute power of the ancients by repairing their installations. Then take over the control structures and rain destruction on your opponents.

COMMANDER CONCEPT ART

We hit the ground running when we reached our primary goal and started to design and develop some of the Commander concepts further. Here's an early look at the limited edition Progenitor and Alpha Commander:


37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: August 31, 2012, 05:53:12 PM
Nice PA link. 

Update time...

1) They're going to cross ONE MILLION DOLLARS today.  Looks like at the least we're going to get the game plus a stretch goal or two.  Anyone that was on the fence due to uncertainty over whether it'll be made: PLEDGE.  smile 

2) Total Biscuit did a 40-minute interview with two of the lead guys on the project.  After watching, it seems clear to me that they've actually thought the game mechanics through pretty well.  I was afraid initially that the 'gameplay visualization' kickoff video was basically shiny propaganda.  It seems that they do intend the actual game to match up pretty closely to the concepts seen there (including things like zooming out off of a planet and having things fold down into labeled planets/bases and that sort of thing).

3) They've got another video up from when they crossed the initial funding level of $900k.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: August 21, 2012, 05:30:16 PM
How about 'Complete pew pew pew boom'?
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: August 20, 2012, 01:37:23 PM
Up to $514k now--almost 2/3 of the way there with 25 days left.  The donation pace has slowed down significantly, but I'm hoping that had more to do with it being a weekend than folks losing interest.  I'd really love to see what Uber can do with this concept.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Planetary Annihilation [TA on Steroids] [Kickstarter] on: August 16, 2012, 03:41:51 PM
This is a cross-post from OO, something I generally try to avoid.  But I think this is a project that a lot of folks here will be interested in, so here it is.

Some guys who worked on the original TA (and SupCom 1, and Monday Night Combat) decided that they could do with some more TA, but with interplanetary combat.  Including the ability to launch entire moons at other planets.  Actual, real Death Stars.  This could go terribly wrong, but the demo video and description got me hooked in for $15.  If they pull off the ideas they're describing, this could turn into a very cool game.

Kickstarter link

The biggest hurdle they may have to deal with is pissing off Chris Taylor and/or whoever owns the TA IP.  The demo video is basically TA on a larger scale.

After less than a day, the project is over $175k and rising very quickly.
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