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7361  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 27, 2008, 10:17:02 PM
Okay, I had my annual christmas board gaming marathon with a group of childhood friends earlier this week.  The clear winner was BSG.  This was my third time to play and this time it just all clicked.  The first two times we were struggling with some of the rules and we had a player who didn't understand the concept of "cylon" in the context of the game.  This last time it was just perfect.  The guy we thought was a cylon turned out not to be, and my friend's wife who I thought was doubtless a human turned out to be a cylon.  Much, much fun.

Pandemic also turned out to be a winner.  I really enjoyed it.  We put in about 3 games and lost the first two.  It's pretty cool the way the game can suddenly turn on you when you think you have it beat.

Dominion was a close third.  I still love this game but I think people are getting tired of me pushing it on them whenever we all meet up  icon_wink.  If you don't already have it, I highly recommend it.

Finally, I got to play a full game of Touch of Evil (from the folks who brought us the great Last Night on Earth board game).  Although last in the order of games in my opion, it was still great fun.

Someone earlier mentioned Axis and Allies.  I've been drooling over the anniversary edition that was just released.    If i could justify the 80 bucks or more it costs, and was sure I could find willing players in the chicago gang, I'd be all over it. 


edit:  oops, i think the anniversary edition of AA was what greeneggs was talking about.
7362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ballad of Douche Quadbike on: December 19, 2008, 06:10:37 PM
I know it lessens me, but god do i find this whole thing funny....
7363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 19, 2008, 06:07:01 PM
Those characters are pretty big ticket items in the superhero world, though.  The spirit hasn't had a significant presence on comic book stands in many, many years.  The only reason this one got screen time is because Miller is a big time fanboi of Eisner's work.  I just wish he was a big time director to boot.   icon_cry
7364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 19, 2008, 02:52:34 PM
ah dang it. 

Quote


Variety says:

    plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air. Pushing well past the point of self-parody, Miller has done Will Eisner's pioneering comicstrip no favors by drenching it in the same self-consciously neo-noir monochrome put to much more compelling use in "Sin City."

The Hollywood Reporter says:

    truly a mess. Fans of "Sin City" and "300" will populate theaters for the film's opening, but boxoffice will fall quickly. The film's campiness might then pull in a different sort of aficionados -- those who celebrate films such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for their silly acting and overripe dialogue.


I had hopes it might still turn out to be good, but I have yet to see even one positive word written about the movie.  I'm a huge Spirit fan and this sucks because it effectively means there will either never be another Spirit film, or we won't see another one for at least a couple of decades.  Box office receipts may save it if people are desperate and there's nothing else playing (see Scary Movies I, II, III, IV, XII and MXXII), but I have a sneaking suspicion that that won't happen with this one.
7365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Clearing the Backlog/Cheapgamer on: December 18, 2008, 09:16:42 PM
I'm also going into saving mode.  I haven't picked up a full price game since Fallout 3. 

Currently playing:

Gothic 3 (always wanted to go back and finish it with the community patch)
Fable 3 (almost done)
Fallout 3 (for some reason I burned out after 30 hours.  now i'm trying to work up the will to go back.   icon_confused)
The Witcher Enhanced (chapter 3 and going strong)


Always on rotation:

Burnout Paradise
Catan - Arcade
Ticket to Ride - Arcade
Sins of a Solar Empire
Med II - Total War
Space Rangers 2


7366  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 18, 2008, 07:51:02 PM
cool, glad to hear pandemic is as much fun as i've heard!  now i really can't wait for this weekend!
7367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 06:44:28 PM
about 7 years or so ago Chicago got hit with one of the worst snow storms on record.  it was also new year's eve when the worst came down.  i had a friend and his wife over for movies and drinks and a relatively quiet NY eve celebration that turned into a prison situation around 3am.  We literally couldn't even open the front door the next day as it was blocked with at least 3 feet of snow.  The city was shut down.

After about 3 hours of listening to those two fighting over some annoying crap, I went for the Chivas.  I polished off a half bottle by 1pm.  By 3pm I decided it was me or them so I crawled out the bathroom window (full bottle of Chivas tucked inside my coat) and started stumbling towards the movie theater complex about 4 blocks away.  My plan was to get away from it all via whatever friggin' movie was playing that day.

After about a block, I realized that absolutely no one within a 5 mile radius was as stupid as I.  I felt like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man.  If it weren't January in Chicago, I would've expected to see tumbleweeds. 

Naturally the theater was closed.  So I basically meandered around a frozen wasteland, drunk off my ass, for 8 blocks.  To this day I'm surprised they didn't dig up my frozen corpse come spring....
7368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 06:29:05 PM
Pete's got a point there.  If Chicago gets hit as badly as they say we are, I'm not coming into work tomorrow.  I need to know what the official beer for that situation is.  Can a brother get some help here?
7369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yay... it is a wonderful Christmas Gift from my company! on: December 18, 2008, 06:21:23 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 18, 2008, 06:17:34 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 18, 2008, 06:08:28 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 18, 2008, 05:58:09 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 18, 2008, 04:11:51 PM

Announced today:

And yeah, I know I shouldn't beyotch

Yeah you should because that sucks.

Dude, he still has a job.

Correct. So does that mean he shouldn't be upset if he gets a gash on his face because other people have terminal cancer?  Should he not be mad that his car needs 1000.00 in repairs that he can't afford because Mumbai had terrorist attacks?

i don't think anyone's trying to make him feel badly for not liking this situation (no one likes to lose money), they're simply trying to point out the positive side.  it's what friends do.   icon_wink
7370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 05:07:31 PM
Actually, we're both from ohio so we should probably be spelling it "roomer"....
7371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 04:49:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 18, 2008, 04:10:50 PM


rumour has it we may actually have a white X-Mas in some parts of Ohio, but I'll believe it when I see it.

drop the "our", you're an american, damn it!
7372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yay... it is a wonderful Christmas Gift from my company! on: December 18, 2008, 04:45:26 PM
I can only hope that the worst thing to happen to me is a 5 percent pay cut in these times.  I don't relish having to look for a job in this economy if they have to start letting people go around here. 

Although on the other hand, it would give me an excuse to go back to school and switch career paths. 
7373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 02:58:35 PM
Supposedly Chicago is going to get a blast starting tonight and lasting until late tomorrow.  I'm driving back to Ohio for the holidays on Saturday so I hope it's run its course by then.  I'd fly back but gas prices are so damn good right now that I want to actually enjoy a nice road trip while I can still afford it without selling off vital internal organs.
7374  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 18, 2008, 02:40:08 PM
BSG's a great game, so you won't be disappointed.

I'm gonna take a pass on Android as it seems it might be a difficult sell with the chicago gangs/ohio gangs i play with.  I did FINALLY get a copy of pandemic a couple of weeks ago.  that friggin' thing was out of print for ages.  i'm heading back to ohio for christmas week and i've got friends staying with me for 3 of those days.  i'm going into board game overdrive starting sunday.   icon_biggrin
7375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: December 18, 2008, 02:21:56 PM
what happens when eventually everyone just has the power to absorb other people's powers?  we have (well...had) 3 of them at one time.  after a few generations everyone will have a superpower that really doesn't DO anything ("Hey bob, I just absorbed your absorption power!"  "Nice one, ted!")
7376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: December 17, 2008, 08:43:36 PM
Walter FTW
7377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 17, 2008, 05:48:38 PM
I can see the Toys-R-Us ads for next month:

"Toys-R-Us Files for Chapter FUN!"
7378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's Play: Undying [thread in another forum] on: December 17, 2008, 05:05:54 PM
Hmmm...I have this and never finished it (I remember it got fairly difficult for me in the middle somewhere).  Wonder if it would work on vista 64....
7379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 17, 2008, 04:07:12 PM
Starting now, I have a new rule of thumb:  if the trailer voice over includes the words "visionary director" I will automatically place the name of that film in my "do not see" list.
7380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 16, 2008, 09:30:38 PM

Quote from: godhugh on December 16, 2008, 09:26:12 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 16, 2008, 09:01:34 PM

Bummer. it looked so good in the trailers frown

Man, I thought the trailers looked terrible. Always seemed more like an SNL spoof of Sin City then a real movie.

I grew increasingly disappointed with each new trailer, unfortunately.
7381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 16, 2008, 06:30:07 PM
Early word on the film is that it's a disaster.    (and that's the second early review...the first was much harsher) icon_frown

i was afraid of this.  from the trailers, all i was seeing was miller trying to redo sin city.  i don't think the style that rodriguez used for that film should become the defacto method for all comic book films, but if you're going to ape it at least try to add something of your own to it.  unfortunately, miller doesn't seem to have a good enough eye for film to do so.
7382  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stardock Weekend Madness on: December 12, 2008, 10:31:45 PM
You can download it to your heart's content.  Just hang onto the registration code you'll receive when you buy it.

7383  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stardock Weekend Madness on: December 12, 2008, 10:04:07 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 12, 2008, 09:25:13 PM

Dude, Space Rangers 2 Complete for that price is a must have.

+1000
7384  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 12, 2008, 06:17:05 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 10, 2008, 04:20:23 PM

I really wish Fantasy Flight would try and get their game lengths down. 

I started a game of Twilight Imperium III on March 23rd, 2006. 

...we're about halfway through the game now.
7385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Please explain Heroes to me..... on: December 12, 2008, 06:13:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 12, 2008, 05:44:26 PM

since the writer who left for Pushing Daisies is coming back it should get better for the last 5 or so episodes.

at the expense of a truly original, well written and utterly endearing show, unfortunately.   icon_frown
7386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: December 11, 2008, 07:52:31 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 11, 2008, 07:18:27 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 10, 2008, 07:10:48 PM

And what the eff is the Haitian's name?

He is listed on imdb as "The Haitian"

There's also a funny trivia note on imdb that Ando doesn't speak any Japanese and is doing his lines phonetically. He's Korean.

Yeah, I recently saw the actor who plays Ando on some other tv show playing a Korean cop (I think it was CSI). 
7387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 owner - suggestions please on: December 11, 2008, 07:44:26 PM
If you haven't already picked it up, you can get Crackdown off buy.com for about 12 bucks for the time being.
7388  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Monty Python: 16-Ton Megaset: $30 on: December 11, 2008, 07:21:10 PM
Got it for around 150 bucks about 6 years ago.  An absolute steal at 30 bucks.  You'd be crazy not to get it at that price.  It should actually be a bannable offense for GT members if they DON'T buy this.   icon_biggrin
7389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 11, 2008, 06:54:39 PM
# - 3
Streak - 14 months

The first two exchanges were done using the Best Buy replacement plan.  Before my second one died however, MS extended the warranty on the 360 and it was made somewhat comparable to the BB replacement plan.  I opted to forego the BB plan in favor of the MS warranty and use that extra 50 bucks that would've gone to the BB plan to get an Elite. 

So far, so good.  Although I have absolute faith that this system will eventually go belly up.  I use it for so many damn things that it's not even funny.  It's my dvd player, my digital media player (both audio and video) and my gaming console.  Microsoft created a very shoddy console and maintained that level of shoddiness for more than a few generations.  However, they did such a friggin' stellar job with Live and the extended functionality of the 360 that I'm sure I'll keep on replacing the damn things as they break. 

I just hope they eventually create one that actually isn't pre programmed to fail.
7390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Please explain Heroes to me..... on: December 11, 2008, 03:18:10 PM
Season 1:  Show is fully written.

Season 2:  50 percent of the show is written.

Season 3:  Show is written by a house cat with a pen strapped to the side of its left leg and a plastic mouse suspended from a stick that is taped to the top of its head.
7391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 12/9: Why so serious? on: December 10, 2008, 05:44:27 PM

Quote from: mori on December 09, 2008, 03:16:31 AM

Many will recognize my avatar from Deadwood. It is a great series if, you can accept the fictitious style of speech and enormous amount of profanity.

 icon_confused  in interviews with the writers, they seemed to indicate that the style of speech was fairly authentic for that time period. 
7392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: December 09, 2008, 07:55:39 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on December 09, 2008, 07:34:32 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 09, 2008, 06:44:06 PM

The Haitian has limits? Arthur with no power is able to exert his, um, power to override the Haitian? Then Sylar walks in and is apparently immune to the Haitian? All kind of weird about who's power shall rule them all. Given how Sylar survived having his throat slashed by HRG you would think he would be more thorough when it came to Arthur.

This entire scene was just a complete mess in my opinion. 

ditto
7393  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FINAL WEEK!: Food Lion: Buy 6 Milks Get 1 Free: FINAL WEEK! on: December 09, 2008, 02:21:59 PM
Will they price match Gamestop?
7394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 09, 2008, 03:16:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 09, 2008, 01:55:58 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 08, 2008, 10:00:19 PM

Someone wanna start a thread called "Finish the sentence: I wish that the Atari 2600..."


had more flexible joysticks so they wouldn't hurt as much if you accidentally sat on them.

in your case...over and over and over again
7395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 08, 2008, 10:12:56 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on December 08, 2008, 10:11:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 08, 2008, 10:00:19 PM

Someone wanna start a thread called "Finish the sentence: I wish that the Atari 2600..."

...had a second button.

Had a career mode in Pong.
7396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 08, 2008, 10:00:19 PM
Someone wanna start a thread called "Finish the sentence: I wish that the Atari 2600..."
7397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 12/9: Why so serious? on: December 08, 2008, 09:54:48 PM
Jeebus, they're STILL milking I Am Legend??
7398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the true story on Xbox 360 and Blu-Ray? on: December 08, 2008, 05:47:24 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 08, 2008, 05:37:54 PM

I think Microsoft is more interested in digital distribution than blu ray. IE they would rather sell 120 gig hard drives than blu ray players. I doubt it will happen until the Box 720 or whatever it will be called, is released.

I would agree.  I believe MS is planning to dominate the digital distribution format for movies and tv shows.  I would look for them to spend far more time cutting deals with studios than talking with sony about blu-ray.
7399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: December 06, 2008, 02:29:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 05, 2008, 10:30:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2008, 09:07:20 PM

I think almost all of the missed quests from Ch 2 can be completed in (but no later than) Chapter 3. 

I think you can only have the Captain Kirk moment and nail the green chick in chapter 2.

ah....god da......KKKKKHHHHHHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!
7400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 owner - suggestions please on: December 06, 2008, 02:53:24 AM
Cheap "must haves", IMHO:

Retail:
Crackdown
Dead Rising
GRAW (1 and 2 are cheap)
RS:Vegas 1 (dirt cheap)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Assassin's Creed


Live Arcade games:
Settlers of Catan
Puzzle Quest

You got a lot of really good, really cheap games available right now.  Go to town, my boy!   icon_biggrin

edit:  oh man, mass effect is 19.99 used at gamestop?  put that on my list.   icon_wink
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