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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 12:55:01 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 02, 2014, 12:30:43 AM

You'll enjoy it a bunch more if you are in on the usual marvel insider stuff though.

I dunno. I am not sure I could have enjoyed it much more. In fact, based on your comments I think your insider knowledge of the characters detracted from your enjoyment.

As someone who never heard of these characters, it wasn't a superhero movie at all. It was a sci-fi movie that just happened to have a couple comic book cameos.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:58:00 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 29, 2014, 06:24:31 PM

I am curious to what your credit score is then, if you want to say of course. I am kind of similar, I have 3 credit cards that pay for everything. Every bill and expense I have is paid through those credit cards (for points, figure it's time to make money back from the banks). I pay them off in full every month and repeat the process. Until fairly recently I paid for a credit watch service through my bank, I think it was with TransUnion. My score has stayed at, or slightly above, 780 for three years, even when I had a car payment with 3 years left on it. I can make a large purchase, move, lose my job, pay off my car, etc, and it stays around 780. The credit watch service's only comments on how to improve my credit was to buy a house.

If it matters to you, couldn't you just pay the card at different date? Or get some credit cards with good a good cash back system to lower your utilization and get you some money back from them. I just applied for that Capital One card that is 1.5% on all purchases which seems to be the best out of there for cash back without categories (of course it looks like they are going to deny me because lack of income).

I think it was 726 (TU). As far as paying the credit card bill earlier, I'd rather squeeze the pitiful bit of extra interest out of having my money until the due date. I already have the Quicksilver Rewards card so I am good on rewards. I used to be one of those 800 guys but I got rid of some old cards and apparently that was a triple whammy: lowering my total credit, increasing my utilization and lowering the age my oldest open line.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:04:11 PM
The terrible thing is that I am considering reopening a credit line so I can move past you on the scoreboard.  saywhat

Oh, the original purpose of this post is to argue the point about it being crap. It indicates that I am a higher credit risk than you are. I find that difficult to believe (for those playing at home, I am not being a jerk - well more of a jerk than normal - this is based on Isg's post history). If I lost my job today, I'd be good for years without income or unemployment. It seems like net worth ought to be a factor in some way.

That credit score ought to serve you well when it comes time to mortgage yourself through retirement.  icon_twisted
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: July 29, 2014, 05:51:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 02, 2014, 03:59:06 PM

I enjoyed the first Horizon much more than the base Forza games, despite the dumb music festival setting, so I'll definitely be picking this one up on the Xbone. 

I agree with this 100%. When I was playing Forza... 5? all I was thinking was how much I preferred Horizon. I'm very excited about Horizon 2 but I will be doing my best to wait until Christmas.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:42:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM

I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

...and this is why credit ratings are crap. smile

The major negative on my credit rating (Capital One uses TransUnion and breaks it down into letter grades in categories) is credit utilization.  I only have one open credit card and utilization is fairly high on that card, but I pay it off in full every month. Because of the way the due date lags, the balance overlaps and it looks like I carry a high balance, but I don't and haven't paid credit card interest in 13 years. I have >50% equity in my house and my car is worth more than the loan. My credit rating is dragged down because I don't have lots of credit cards I don't use.

They also have a simulator that tells what would happen to your credit if you make specific changes. According their simulator I could get a 30 point bump in credit rating by getting another credit card with a $20k limit.

Then again it's not very relevant to me as I don't actually need credit for anything. The only impact I can imagine is insurance costs.
6  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: July 29, 2014, 04:07:48 PM

Quote from: The Rocketman on July 02, 2014, 02:16:21 PM

Or you could try Forgotten City, the sequel to Forbidden Island. While I don't have Forbidden Island, the reviews seem to point out that Forgotten City basically improves on most aspects of Forbidden Island.

I haven't heard of Forgotten City. Are you sure you don't mean Forbidden Desert?

Quote from: Graham on June 30, 2014, 08:15:14 PM

I haven't played Galaxy Defenders, but that looks like a lot of fun, as well as the upcoming Alien Uprising, though I'm not sure of the length of these too.

Galaxy Defenders is a good tactical combat game. It's a lot like playing an XCOM board game and it has RPG elements. There is a (very mildly branching) campaign that your characters level up through. It's a not a fast playing game. Game length depends on the scenario, but 90-180 minutes covers most of them.

Quote from: kronovan on July 08, 2014, 10:26:32 PM

And of course there's the 3 Dungeons & Dragons adventure games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt) that nail the feel of playing the RPG quite well.

Galaxy Defenders replaces the D&D games for me. The main issue with the D&D games is that you can level up once and the change is trivial. Also, the move or die mechanic that keeps the game going can get tiresome. I did have fun with it with my older son (Cool.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 25, 2013, 08:18:57 PM
xbox one smartglass app then!
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 25, 2013, 08:10:42 PM
live.xbox.com
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 25, 2013, 06:16:34 PM
Nov 2005 UI had no kids but my wife had just told me she was pregnant. I bought a Mountain Dew free every 5 minutes 360 on ebay. Now I have 7 and 4 year old boys and I preordered the XB1 direct from Microsoft. Same job, bigger house in the same area, just more kids. biggrin
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 25, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
If anyone hears about a Kinect 2.0 extension cable, let me know. The included cable is about 10 feet too short for my needs and as far as I can tell MS doesn't have an extension available.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 25, 2013, 03:48:28 PM
Finally got to play some yesterday. It is cool to see names I recognize on the track. I've never seen Hark. I guess he may not be on my friends list anymore (or maybe he is too good for the game to incluide him). Sparhawk is the only name I recognize that has beaten me. If his Drivatar is getting full payouts, he shoul dbe making bank.

To the rest of you, I apologize if you see me on the track, just try to stay away from me. biggrin
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 21, 2013, 03:54:23 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 15, 2013, 06:25:34 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 15, 2013, 06:17:16 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 15, 2013, 06:15:25 PM

Bought. I may need to move it to the head of the reading list for timeliness.

If you read it today it will be right about when the story takes place in relation to Real World Events. Just don't mind the actual day of the week.

It's about an hour's read. That would be funny if it coincided with real world - and maybe a zombie apoc is just what the capitol needs.

I was disappointed to find the real crisis did not end as your version did. Also the bonus story...  saywhat I can't decide if I like the way your mind works or I hope I never meet you in a dark alley.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 17, 2013, 09:15:45 PM
On day one I'll have an XBOne with:
Forza 5
Dead Rising 3
Assassin's Creed IV
Need for Speed
Skylanders: Swap Force

Whichever of those games don't come out on day one, I won't have on day one. I only bought the PS3 for the blu-ray player and for the Uncharted games and that lost my interest on the 3rd iteration. I don't know what will bring me to buy the ps4, but I assume something will eventually.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 15, 2013, 09:23:58 PM
Yeah, from that list it's 2-0 in XB1's favor for me.

15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 15, 2013, 06:15:25 PM
Bought. I may need to move it to the head of the reading list for timeliness.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 15, 2013, 06:10:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 15, 2013, 01:28:38 AM

2010 Infiniti G37x



Can't see the pic, but mine is a 2012 G37 and probably looks a lot like that one.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 15, 2013, 05:47:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 14, 2013, 10:47:53 PM

So how does the DS4 handle? slywink icon_twisted

Is the Kinect integration worth the money? What about the speed / install times of games?

Both boast a lot, but this isn't buying a product that's already on the market - it's investing in a concept. Whether the reality shakes out is anyone's guess.

I've heard the PS4 does a terrible job of playing Forza!
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: October 11, 2013, 02:25:40 PM
I'll take it. I want a nice house with a garage and the $22k I have isn't doing it. They need to let me sell stolen cars more often... and let me sell the exotics I steal!
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 07, 2013, 07:56:17 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 30, 2013, 11:01:08 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 30, 2013, 08:51:57 PM

I am feeling better about my preorder now that I see Skylanders Swap Force will be a "release window" title. My kid would be very, very sad if his ability to play Skylanders went away.

He has to wait a month after it releases for current gen consoles to get it, though. I'm waiting for the PS4 version myself, but it will stink seeing the toys out there and not be able to do anything with them.

A bit late getting back to this, but this will be a christmas thing either way so no hardship there. The big question will be what happens between the new system arriving and Christmas when I am dying to connect it and play Forza 5.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Animated]Batman:The Dark Knight Returns on: October 07, 2013, 03:52:58 PM
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What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
 Man of Steel (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack)  ~ Diane Lane Blu-ray

 Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)  ~ Robert Downey Jr. Blu-ray

The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)  ~ Jodi Benson Blu-ray

 The Croods (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy + Toy)  ~ Nicolas Cage Blu-ray


Uhhh...
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top Ten 360 Games Based on 360Voice Days Played on: October 04, 2013, 03:34:56 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 08, 2010, 11:52:26 PM

The record for shortest attention span goes to...

   FINAL FANTASY XIII   20 days
   Mass Effect 2   9 days
   Assassin's Creed II    7 days
   Need for Speed™ SHIFT   6 days
   FUEL™   5 days
   Magic: The Gathering   5 days
   WET    5 days
   Red Dead Redemption   5 days
   Fight Night Round 4   4 days
   Cars   4 days

I imagined it wouldn't have changed much as I rarely touch my 360 any more... but only 2 game remain in the top 10 from 2010.

 Skylanders Giants 38 days 
 FINAL FANTASY XIII  20 days 
 GTA IV  20 days 
 Test Drive Unlimited 2  16 days 
 Rock Band 2  15 days 
 Mass Effect 1 13 days 
 SmackDown vs RAW 2008 10 days 
 Fallout 3 10 days 
 Guitar Hero II 10 days 
 Mass Effect 2 9 days 


I still don't stick with one game for very long.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: October 04, 2013, 01:20:57 PM
Finished it, enjoyed it, want more!
23  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Shadowrun 4th recruitment in Dallas area on: October 04, 2013, 01:19:33 PM
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Location: Garland, Tx

I'd be interested... if we rewound about 15 years to when I was single and childless (of course I also lived in NY then so that might be tricky). Good luck!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: October 03, 2013, 05:10:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 03, 2013, 01:57:12 AM

also, does it feel like the cars handle a bit differently online?  if feels like I'm spinning out way more, and the brakes feel touchier as well.

Are you starting with zero driving skill? I haven't played since the online launch so I know nothing Jon Snow.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 30, 2013, 08:51:57 PM
I am feeling better about my preorder now that I see Skylanders Swap Force will be a "release window" title. My kid would be very, very sad if his ability to play Skylanders went away.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: September 26, 2013, 03:57:55 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 25, 2013, 08:06:47 PM

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II

Can it really look like that on my home screen, really? If it can I may never leave the virtual garage.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 26, 2013, 03:46:16 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 26, 2013, 12:43:31 PM

Time to find a Car Wash


I don't think my cars ever last long enough to get that dirty.  icon_eek
28  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: September 26, 2013, 03:35:13 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 26, 2013, 01:23:02 PM

Seeing that makes me wish I had kept the little plastic inserts that come with the ship.  Pretty soon here I am probably going to pull the trigger on that custom foam thing.

I considered it, but they increase the storage space a bit too much for me. My ships move around a bit in their plano boxes, but I am ok with that. On the flip side I have to use 3 plano boxes to hold pretty much the same amount of stuff (I have 1 of each SKU and a second base set)... though mine come in a handy dandy carrying case. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E3FKTO
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 24, 2013, 09:41:50 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 13, 2013, 06:59:51 AM

In Denmark we have Religion as part of normal school. Its taught for 4 years and covers all major religions, their belief systems, and their history. Since religion is a major part of eveyday life, even for people without faith in any of them, its important to understand in order to understand basic human motivations and society at large as well.

In high school in the late 80s in rural New York (yes, there is such a thing), I took an elective class called Mythology. I would love to see what would happen if such a class were taught in Texas today (I have lived in Texas for 15 years, both my kids were born in Texas and will graduate from Texas schools someday). It covered the sorts of mythologies you would expect like Greek, Roman and Norse, but it also covered a few other mythologies, like Christianity and Judaism. You can probably imagine my bible thumping aunt's reaction when I told her about my teenage revelation on the similarities between Christianity and Greek Mythology. I wonder if they still teach that class and if they still include active religions.

I went to church on and off until I was 12 or 13, sometimes with my mom, sometimes with grandma, sometimes all by myself. Eventually I stopped going but couldn't explain why. That class talked about why religion is so important and the innate need to believe in something greater and I finally had an explanation of the behavior of others I could understand and didn't need to explore religion any more.

That is the kind of religious education I would like to see... that will probably never happen here.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 24, 2013, 08:59:43 PM
I am about 60% through. The first few chapters were interesting, but you totally captured me with Peaches. Awesome. Seriously.

My only complaint is I have seen about half a dozen funny word replacements, where it's obvious you wanted one word but another appears. I'm trying to remember an example now but they are all escaping me. One is perspective vs prospective. It happens on forums, IMs, SMS, etc but I really don't want to see it in a book.

I find the world interesting enough and I'm really interested to see how it turns out. I am generally more of a traditional fantasy fan, but I really like the fantasy in a modern setting. I haven't really read much like this before.
31  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 09, 2013, 11:05:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2013, 06:39:49 PM

Thanks.  Just did a little more reading up on it, and came across this:

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"Before you can attach materia you must complete the "Waking the Spirit" quest given by F'hobhas at The Bonfire in Central Thanalan at 23,13. This requires you to be level 19 or above in Armorer, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Goldsmith, Leatherworker or Weaver."

Level 19 in a crafting profession?  Yeah, not sure that's gonna happen.

If you are going to do it, I would go with weaver. Tons of recipes for the first time recipe bonus and weaver makes crafting gear so it helps itself.  I have 18 woodworker and ~13 leatherworker, just starting weaver (10 or 11 now) because it was at the last city I hit. lots and lots of moko grass... I mean stupid amounts, but it is going pretty quickly. Goldsmith is also pretty nice for the gear you don't seem to get through quests early.
32  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 09, 2013, 01:14:53 PM
Finally decided to go for it and made it through the first 3 group dungeons plus ifrit... holy hell the running back and forth leading up to the ifrit fight. One day I will have a mount. One day.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time 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.
34  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 06, 2013, 06:39:56 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 06, 2013, 06:15:02 PM

And the game crashes every time I use the duty finder now! YAY!

Well that's easy enough just don't use the... oh... nevermind.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/6/13 on: September 06, 2013, 02:15:08 PM
FF XIV - maybe, just maybe, I will join a group for the first time in about 50 hours of play... ok that's not entirely true. I did the 5 minute training guildhest
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 06, 2013, 01:08:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 04, 2013, 01:05:52 PM


But... that's in the middle of BGGCon!!!
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's September 2013, How's Your Year Been? on: September 05, 2013, 08:58:00 PM
I've had one. Shits yes, giggles no.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's September 2013, How's Your Year Been? on: September 05, 2013, 08:17:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2013, 07:52:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 05, 2013, 07:47:39 PM

I can't believe I'm about to turn 40 in just under 4 months.  Probably should do something big for it.

Colonoscopy?

I think that's generally 50 unless you have risk factors.
39  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC] America's Army: Proving Ground on: September 05, 2013, 06:57:39 PM
Was there a ceremony when I enlisted? I don't remember that. I think we have raised our right hands and said something, but it was in a little room with school desks for signing the contract. I guess you could call that a school desk. The Marines might be more formal about it.
40  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC] America's Army: Proving Ground on: September 05, 2013, 06:53:38 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 05, 2013, 06:49:34 PM

I'm sure there's a catch, like if you rank up all the way they enlist you.

Obviously the games are created as recruiting tools, but America's Army was a fun game.
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