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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 20, 2014, 06:27:00 PM


So this WASN'T a documentary?
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 19, 2014, 12:33:55 AM
This is still one of my favorite things.  Fox news panel slamming Palin's show from a years ago while off air.  The best is the commentator who said she's heard it described as "like The Sound of Music without the Nazis, without the romance and without the music.".
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 06:25:29 PM
Why not?

But seriously, I'm sure that in the course of the film, the reason for the name would be revealed. 

Or not.  If you've seen Dogtooth, you'd know the makers of that movie are very, very eccentric. 

Which is why this film may just crack under the weight of its oddness and fail completely.  But the trailer...the trailer has intrigued me.
4  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoG and GMG Weeklong Sales on: August 13, 2014, 06:13:48 PM
GMG has Age of Mythology the Extended Edition on sale for 10.19 right now.  I do love me some Mythologizing in my RTS's.
5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 13, 2014, 05:03:13 PM
What kind of DPS are we talking about?
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 03:08:51 PM
It could be a total train wreck, but it just looks so unique that I have to give it a try. 

There's a low budget vampire film from the 90's called Blood and Donuts that I caught on late night tv once that I still remember to this day.  This film gives me kind of the same vibe.  If you can find that film anywhere, I suggest checking it out.  It's not great, but it's certainly fun.
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 13, 2014, 02:24:56 PM
Yes, but can they dual wield?
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 02:24:05 PM
From the production team behind the extraordinarily eccentric film Dogtooth, comes a film about a vampire who has to dance to keep his heart beating and his adventures in the underbelly of 1980's Athens, Greece.

At least, that's how it's being marketed.  The trailer is just so incredibly odd and beautiful at the same time that I can't help but want to see this immediately.  It's playing at this year's FantasticFest, which is how I learned about it. 

Definitely a film I'm going to keep an eye out for.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hard West - tactical shooter in the old west on: August 12, 2014, 08:26:22 PM
Just a heads up on this one.  You're not actually funding the creation of the game shown. At least not directly.  You're actually giving the designer money that will help them remain open so they can hopefully work on the game you're seeing.

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As mentioned in the Video (soon with subtitles!) (sorry!) we don't expect a full production funding. We need a kickstart. The funds from our last finished project are running late and we need a bridge to get across. Owing to our publisher, it wasn't revealed yet and we have to bootstrap through KS, else we risk going out of the market/miss paying our bills BEFORE you even get to hear the title.

Absolutely worst case scenario - $70k will allow us to survive until we can publish a solid EA containing what you saw in the trailer and the 6-scenario campaign, we go down, PlayWay wraps it up.

Best case scenario, there's a lot of awesome stuff for us just around the corner, if we can only get there:

We'll get the final batch of funds for finishing our last project - 100% sure, but date remains unknown
Our RTS project gets released, and starts selling
Early Access sells
This campaign draws attention of investment partners to us (this is actually already happening, nothing solid yet though, we just started talking)
I've prepared a specialistic finance diagram for expert econominsts only, clearly depicting the situation and use of the kickstarter funds:
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 12, 2014, 05:57:11 PM
Well, .02 percent of the population can't be wrong!   Tongue
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 12, 2014, 05:55:29 PM
The biggest draw of Gencon for me is the demos.  There's nothing like sitting down to play a game you've never heard of and discovering that it's a gem.  Then waltzing off with a copy and lording it over everyone back home in your gaming group until they inevitably stop calling you and eventually have you physically removed from their front porch when you show up at a game night you weren't invited to with your game....

12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 12, 2014, 05:24:49 PM
I don't even see Bush Jr. as the chief architect of the failed campaign.  I primarily blame Cheney, Rumsfeld and his deputy Wolfowitz.  They were the ones whispering in Bush's ear that the people would welcome the United States with open arms and that the revenue from oil and other Iraqi commodities would pay for the clean up following Saddam's removal.  

Do I believe we've made mistakes under Obama?  Of course I do.  But by that point, mistakes on his part were like deck chairs being tossed off the Titanic. 
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 12, 2014, 04:44:18 PM
Ah semantics, I do so love you.

I think you know exactly what I meant.  The discussion is about the current crisis in Iraq, not the long standing existence of sectarian violence in the middle east.  Before Bush Jr. took Saddam down, the region was relatively stable.  Granted, it was through violence on his part, but you can't take down a tyrant who controls a large group of people who have shown they can't live together without a greater force to keep them in check without having a decent plan to address that.  He played kingmaker (again, I'm fully aware that word existed before Bush Jr..  That doesn't mean its validity is immediately negated due to that) without listening to anyone but a bunch of hawks who had no plan for what to do after they toppled the current regime.  
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robin Williams found dead on: August 12, 2014, 01:23:43 PM
That surprised me as well.  I never realized he was troubled.
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 12, 2014, 01:02:22 PM
But we're discussing the current situation in Iraq, not the broader topic of violence and unrest in the Middle East.  In particular, the breakdown of Iraq due to sectarian violence and their inability to work together in any meaningful capacity.  That, I truly believe, can be laid at the feet of Bush Jr..  Even his father knew not to play kingmaker and backed off before doing so.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 08:17:10 PM
to what?  Infinity and beyond, Buzz?
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 07:50:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 11, 2014, 06:11:19 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 11, 2014, 04:04:31 PM

too much money at Gencon I'm sure

Instead of going all the way Gencon you can probably just go to any nearby bank and buy money at a pretty standard 1:1 rate.

Did you just call him Gencon?

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 11, 2014, 06:04:47 PM

This. mostly on the Battletech Pods I expect. 

If you see a pilot named Ted Baxter getting repeatedly slaughtered by his own hands, that will be me.
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 06:21:16 PM
Why is she blaming the buildup of Islamic militants on a bar in Brooklyn?
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 05:49:02 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 11, 2014, 05:31:15 PM

AA unnecessarily long and citation heavy post in 3, 2, 1...

It's bad form to start a political discussion then get upset when someone provides a well documented counter argument.  

As for the belief that the dems are blaming everything on Bush, the dems said the GOP was doing the same thing after Clinton left office and Bush moved in.  It's an old and tired piece of rhetoric meant to trivialize any argument that you can't successfully disprove.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 04:42:23 PM
Ah, good ol' Rip.  He hates to read the entirety of someone's posts before trying to belittle them.
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 04:23:45 PM
Don't you mean "THANKS OBAMA!".

p.s. It helps when you provide evidence to support your denial of that claim.   slywink
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 04:13:16 PM
Whether or not it received critical praise or critical damnation, a sequel was going to happen if it made money through either box office or licensing. 

I'm simply saying that films that receive this amount of negative criticism seem to have shorter box office lives.  While films with good reviews (like Guardians) tend to keep a steady box office income for quite some time after they debut.

23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 02:22:46 PM
I think you're overestimating the number of 6-18 year olds who even know what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is.   
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 11, 2014, 01:43:29 PM
This is NOT a game for those who are now used to the immediate gratification found in most newer CRPG's.  Some of the quests you can't even solve until you get into the second area (or later).  Don't look at your progress as something measured in completed quests and you'll be happier.  Just enjoy the ride.

I'm about 60 hours in (I restarted after about 15 with a new party) and while I'm still enjoying it and plan on seeing it through, there are a few things that are grating on me:

1) Inventory management is a beast. 
2) Crafting could be a little more fleshed out.  Right now it's a simple "drag and drop onto what you THINK might work, see if anything happens". 
3) The rock-paper-scissors dialog game is wearing out its welcome with me.

But I still love combat.  I'd kill to see this engine reused for more games.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 01:33:57 PM
To be fair, that's not really Obama's fault.  This (mostly) goes back to the initial meddling by Bush Jr. and his naive attempt to bring peace to the middle east.  Even when it was suggested that they should split the country up by major factions in order to avoid sectarian fighting, his administration thought they knew better.  

No matter who leads our country over the next few decades, the middle east is going to be problematic.  We're stuck in that quagmire until they either install a new warlord or leader who's as ruthless as Saddam, they draw up new boundaries for the major sects, or they finally learn to live together in at least a modicum of harmony.  

...I foresee the first one happening before any of the others.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top. 

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 08:10:42 PM
Now, now...I did make note of your post earlier.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 06:12:41 PM
I'm going to need a breakdown of sausages, brats, etc. so I can map out my spiralization plan.

Right now it's just:

Get meat
Spiralize
?
Profit!
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 08, 2014, 12:59:35 PM
Man, if only I'd spent my skill points differently I could've gone with the Assyrian Orthodox tree instead of going full Methodist.  Now my character is just gimped.   icon_frown
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 12:57:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 08, 2014, 03:04:55 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 07, 2014, 02:10:47 PM

You've graduated from hot dogs to bratwurst.  Johnsonville on the grill, get some hoagie rolls and some ketchup.  That's all you need.

Or Italian sausage. Hot dogs are for children.

The only way I can imagine eating a hot dog nowadays is the way I used to like them when I was young: Burned black on a stick in a campfire. In the dark. Half starved and drunk.

Jesus, what kind of Scout leader did you have as a kid???
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 07:13:30 PM
At first I laughed...then I realized I want to try this as soon as possible.

...but with bratwurst.  Never with the lowly hot dog that is made from the cast offs from a slaughter house floor.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 07, 2014, 02:06:12 PM
What exactly DID Jesus teach, though?  All we have are the written words of so many people...most with agendas...that it's become impossible to know what Christianity really stands for.

I think we should start our own care bear style church.  Keep out the evil PvP'ers and just be content with PvE.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 06, 2014, 12:22:43 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
...or kick as much ass as he should've been able to.

34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 11:40:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 04, 2014, 11:20:28 PM

I hadn't been aware that Fillion was in GotG either.

Nice list of trivia and Easter eggs.  Do not read if you haven't seen the movie though!

And Fillion's cameo was pretty sneaky (it's on that list).   icon_wink
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 07:01:54 PM
That was actually my take as well.  Peter reminded me of Crichton on more than one occasion, and the film's denizens were all of the Farscape school of oddness.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 06:47:17 PM
Fillion photobombs Gunn at the premiere of GotG

37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 04, 2014, 01:35:24 PM
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy this week, sit down and watch the fantastic space opera Harlock: Space Pirate.  I loved the anime as a kid, and the movie is a pretty decent CGI version.
38  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 07:18:23 PM
For some reason, I initially read that subject line as "I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, MMA!" and wondered what the hell those two things had to do with each other.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 03, 2014, 07:16:59 PM
I ended up seeing it in 3D as I didn't get out of work soon enough for the earlier, 2D showing.  I was grumbling to myself about spending 14.75 for a ticket to what my local theater calls "the XD experience" as the last time I caught a movie in that format, it wasn't any different than a normal theater.

However, the moment I walked in I noticed the screen was much larger.  Then I got to my seat and realized it was a reclining chair with extra cushioning.  At that point, I realized they had me.  I can't imagine seeing another movie outside that particular theater.  My god, what comfort.   icon_surprised
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 07:39:00 PM
"I don't think anyone is 100 percent a dick, sir!"  is still making me chuckle.   icon_lol
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