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41  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:
42  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
43  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....

44  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. 
45  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.  
46  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.
47  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.
48  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?
49  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.
50  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?
51  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.
52  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.
53  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
54  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.

55  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.   
56  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.
57  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.
58  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.
59  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.
60  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!
61  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
62  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???
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.

66  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
67  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.
68  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

69  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.
70  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.
71  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
72  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
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 04:35:36 PM
The cameos and arcana in GotG are probably even more obscure than the main characters.  But yeah, it's meant to be more sci fi...however, between Groot and Drax, you've got plenty of superhero stuff to boot.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 11:41:22 AM
Season 1, yes.  Season 2, no.  Season 3, yes.  Season 4, so far yes.

The problem with season 2 was that they should have wrapped up the story in season 1 and went onto a new mystery (like they did season 3 and are doing with season 4), but instead they artificially extended the story from season 1 through ridiculous and stupid plot devices that made viewers and critics alike write the show off.  But they learned their lesson and returned with a much better story for season 3. 

But the real draw of the show are the leads.  They're fantastic.  Especially Holder.  He's made even more impressive when you realize English is the actor's second language. 
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 11:07:20 AM
Don't be so hard on her.  I'm sure she can be funny when she wants to be.   icon_razz
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 03:28:10 AM
Ah hell yeah, season 4 of The Killing is up.  Episode one was fantastic.  Gonna be hard not to binge watch them all this weekend.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 02:39:10 AM
I'm rather curious as to what Marvel insider stuff made the other Marvel studio films unapproachable for you.  Because to be fair, there's just as much of that in GotG as in any previous films.  But just like all the other films, you need absolutely zero knowledge of that stuff to enjoy it. 
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 01:56:39 AM
I enjoyed it and that's really all that matters.  I feel that what little disappointment I may have had in some portrayals was greatly overshadowed by my love of the end product and its loving and numerous nods to the source material.  I can't divorce myself from years of enjoying the comics as a kid, nor do I want to.  It made me enjoy this endeavor all the more for it, in spite of what you may think.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy 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.  

Just got back and it's definitely in contention for best marvel film with Avengers.  Such a fun, fun ride.  Even the simple introduction of adult Peter was so damn endearing that you couldn't help but cheer for the guy from minute one.

Things that worked:

Chris Pratt.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, casting him was genius.  

Groot and Rocket.  Freakin' loved them.  I was worried that Bradley Cooper the movie star would overshadow his voice work, but he pulled it off perfectly.

Gamora.  I honestly didn't think Saldana could pull it off, but she did.  

Lee Pace.  What little I saw of Ronan in the trailers always left me a bit cold.  But he actually made it work.

The story.  It wasn't terribly deep, but neither was Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  Both of those films obviously served as inspirations for Gunn.  He managed to make a film that has you laughing hysterically one minute and almost in tears the next.  The great cast was a huge part of that, sure.  But you have to give Gunn credit for not being TOO manipulative in the emotional scenes.  Although there were a few times he nearly crossed the line.

Things that didn't quite work:

Drax.  They hired an athlete and it showed more than once.  He tried, but I ultimately felt he was the weakest character in the ensemble.  Plus, they neutered the character a bit, imho.  In the comics, Drax earns the name The Destroyer by being...well...a destroyer.  In GotG, he's more like Drax the Nuisance most of the time.

Nebula.  I love Karen Gillan as much as any red blooded male.  But for some reason her character was never terribly believable for me.  

It's a nitpick, but I prefer the Yondu from the original GotG, by the way.  Still, Rooker did a good job.

Oh, and you show Cosmo but you don't make him a bad ass?  Why???  smile
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:49:08 PM
Hmmm....looks like the only true IMAX showing near me is down at Navy Pier and I'm not about to make that drive on a weekend.  I'll just go with 3D.  They have one of the digital IMAX retrofits at a theater near me, but that's a giant scam worthy of its own thread.
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