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8521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you look like? on: April 11, 2008, 11:06:58 PM

Quote from: MHS on April 11, 2008, 10:47:37 PM



<Comment deleted because it was intended to be locker room humor but it ended up making someone feel badly...which was never, ever my intent.  I sincerely apologize if it was taken as an insult.>
8522  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Finally, after years of waiting, I can complete my DS9 collection on: April 11, 2008, 05:58:26 PM
Let us not forget that DS9 had the single greatest character from the Star Trek universe...




Garak.  The level of moral ambiguity the writers gave that character was amazing.

I loved the episode in which Cisco needed the Romulans to turn on the Dominion and asked Garak to handle it.  Garak told him he probably wouldn't like his solution to the problem.  Cisco, not realizing what would happen, told him to go ahead.  Garak ended up killing hundreds of Romulans in a rigged explosion that made it look like the Dominion double crossed the Romulans. 

8523  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Finally, after years of waiting, I can complete my DS9 collection on: April 10, 2008, 07:23:05 PM
It got MUCH better towards the end of its run.  Didn't they push braga mostly out of the picture around that time?  I thought I'd read that they brought in fresh (and infinitely better) writers around that time to try and save the show.  Alas, it was too late by that point.
8524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 10, 2008, 07:16:43 PM

Quote from: Austin on April 10, 2008, 06:52:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 10, 2008, 06:45:06 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on April 10, 2008, 06:39:41 PM

Quote from: Austin on April 10, 2008, 06:28:31 PM



I hear GT has a front page though.  icon_eek

OO has a front page.  In fact, it was updated just a couple of years ago.

I remember when it was last updated.  I was sorry to hear about all those lives lost at Pearl Harbor....

No, Octopusoverlords.com directs straight to the forums... or did before directing straight to OpenDNS.  icon_wink

eventually it did so.  but for a solid year and a half we were treated to a movie review for that new blockbuster film "Gone with the Wind".   Tongue
8525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 10, 2008, 06:45:06 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on April 10, 2008, 06:39:41 PM

Quote from: Austin on April 10, 2008, 06:28:31 PM



I hear GT has a front page though.  icon_eek

OO has a front page.  In fact, it was updated just a couple of years ago.

I remember when it was last updated.  I was sorry to hear about all those lives lost at Pearl Harbor....
8526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That is that, done that damned final year paper. on: April 10, 2008, 06:16:17 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on April 10, 2008, 06:12:01 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on April 10, 2008, 05:59:28 AM

You know... I'm not sure if I've written 10,000 words in the last 5 years of school.... there's a reason I'm not a history major smile

Congrats man!

What are you majoring in Jarrodhk?  Also, congrats on the paper CSL smile

If our time together during my days attempting to actually play Ghost Recon and R6 are any indication, it's " Ass Whuppin' "
8527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 09:11:22 PM

Quote from: Semaj on April 09, 2008, 09:03:26 PM

I cant believe this comes as a shock since so many ooers are gters as well... I think.. maybe... who knows?


registered back in aught 4.  i remember it well.  GG was gone and the cries of gamers were being met with silence.  out of the darkness Ron appeared.  He brought both a torch to light our way and, for some unknown reason, an autographed picture of a shirtless Brendan Fraser.   

over the years I drifted over to OO since i was too stupid to remember it was "gamingtrend.com" instead of "gamingtrends.com".  yes...i was thwarted by an "s".  in my defense, I AM a well known moron.
8528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 08:11:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 09, 2008, 08:07:52 PM

I didn't watch the original BSG but from the looks of the pictures a Daggett/Muffett is a poor attempt at reaching K-9 awesomeness.  Can Daggett play chess?



I doubt it.

bah, your question loses all significance when the REAL question is asked:

Bare knuckle cage match:  Twiki or Muffett?  (this is presupposing that Twiki ditches dr. theo as he COULD conceivably be used as a weapon during the match)

....

.......


............it's right about now that the majority of GT folks are probably starting to debate the whole "welcome aboard, stay as long as you need" thing.
8529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 08:06:47 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2008, 08:04:40 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 09, 2008, 07:33:05 PM

I believe I made a bit of a mistake in that earlier post.  "Daggett" was supposedly a general term for the creature's breed/make/whatever.  I guess his name was actually Muffett.  So it was "Muffett the Daggett"...which takes it to even new levels of sheer stupidity.

In any case, I always just assumed that "Muffett" was actually Winnie the Pooh after a horrible car accident...




HEY!  no personal attacks in here....oh, you said Daggett.  I thought you said the other thing....

Saget?

8530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I LOVE Colorado! on: April 09, 2008, 07:45:40 PM

Quote from: rickfc on April 09, 2008, 07:40:25 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 09, 2008, 07:38:13 PM

Sheesh, it's like watching my two grandmothers argue over who had it worse as a kid...

"One gumball...that's all I had during the war....one gumball.  AND THE NAZIS TOOK IT!"

I know that you don't want to get in on this action!  biggrin

nope...i've just always wanted to use the words "gumball" and "nazis" in the same post.   icon_smile
8531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I LOVE Colorado! on: April 09, 2008, 07:38:13 PM
Sheesh, it's like watching my two grandmothers argue over who had it worse as a kid...

"One gumball...that's all I had during the war....one gumball.  AND THE NAZIS TOOK IT!"
8532  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Finally, after years of waiting, I can complete my DS9 collection on: April 09, 2008, 07:35:26 PM
35 bucks a season for ST: OS, Next Gen, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.  There are also some other deals on that page, but the DS9 sets are what's calling MY name.   icon_wink
8533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 07:33:05 PM
I believe I made a bit of a mistake in that earlier post.  "Daggett" was supposedly a general term for the creature's breed/make/whatever.  I guess his name was actually Muffett.  So it was "Muffett the Daggett"...which takes it to even new levels of sheer stupidity.

In any case, I always just assumed that "Muffett" was actually Winnie the Pooh after a horrible car accident...

8534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 07:16:38 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 09, 2008, 07:11:07 PM

Blah, you old geezers and your old timey Battlestar Galactica. <grumble grumble>





Did you hear something, Daggett!?
8535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 05:58:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2008, 05:56:07 PM

Quote
p.s.  i hereby designate dbt as our Adama



If you photoshop a straw hat on his head I'd totally support that.

 icon_lol  i should also photoshop in an outhouse being towed behind one of the craft in the fleet, a guy brandishing a shot gun sitting on the hood of the lead ship, and a goat being dragged along.
8536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 05:53:40 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 09, 2008, 05:51:45 PM

<Raises hand>  Oooh! Oooh! Can I be Dr. Gaius? I dream all day about banging hot blonde chicks anyway, so it would be an easy transition!

Dr. Gaius Baltar?  Sure...



good luck bedding down anything that still has sight, though...
8537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 05:06:08 PM
On OO most of us loved Battlestar Galactica....now we're living it.



p.s.  i hereby designate dbt as our Adama

8538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I LOVE Colorado! on: April 09, 2008, 04:31:43 PM
 icon_frown


Here's a photo from my office window...

8539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 08, 2008, 06:47:10 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on April 08, 2008, 06:28:00 PM



To paraphrase the great English author Garth Marenghi:

OO was like a candle in the wind....unreliable.

i kid, i kid.  here's hoping Rip gets everything back up and running without driving himself batty while doing so. 



8540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 08, 2008, 02:20:28 PM
Just thought I'd drop in to tell everyone that even though OO is down, my hair is still up.


I think this is the longest outage we've had at OO since its inception.  It's actually allowing me to do real work AT work! 

I'm not sure I want to live like that...
8541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 21, 2008, 02:02:56 PM
I played a bit more SP last night.  I'm diggin' the size of the maps in the SP campaign.  They're freakin' huge.  The first game was excellent as well, but the maps felt too linear for me.  It was like "Go from point A to point B to finish level".  In vegas 2 I get to Point B and I find out I've got to now head to Point C then D then...well, you get the idea. 

Plus, they really have added some variety to the way in which i can approach most situations with enemies. 

The only downside is that the game is so darn intense that I can only play about an hour or so at a time before my nerves are shredded.   icon_biggrin
8542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 06:34:16 PM
 

 icon_lol icon_lol
8543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 06:13:34 PM
Is it just me or is the voice command feature almost unusable in the R6 games on the 360?  I practically have to shove the damn mic down my throat to be heard by my AI teammates...and even then my calls of "Go, Go, Go" are almost always met with either "Roger that, holding" or "Weapon's Free!".  The remaining time my teammates respond approximately 2 to 3 minutes AFTER i give the command.   icon_confused

...of course, it COULD be that I'm a mush mouth...but I'd have thought this would've been pointed out to me by NOW, for cryin' out loud!   icon_biggrin

8544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC Update! Nov 2007 on: November 27, 2007, 07:27:40 PM
that is so freakin' weird!  i was JUST looking at the BC list after months of not even thinking about it.  then i come over here and see this posted??? 

 icon_eek
8545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 10:36:44 PM

Quote from: CSL on November 13, 2007, 10:33:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 13, 2007, 10:16:21 PM

wow, talk about confusing.  everyone seems to have wildly different opinions on this one! 

is there a neutral and objective reviewer that people agree with (or at least believe them to be sincere most of the time) floating around the 'net?

Maybe the reviews are different because *GASP* people have different opinions on the game. A shocking idea I know, but it could be true.

while i would normally agree with you, the divergent reports about something that can easily be verified like the framerate issues noted above leads me to believe that may not be the only reason for the inconsistencies. 

by the way, sorry i pissed in your wheaties this morning.   icon_biggrin
8546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 10:16:21 PM
wow, talk about confusing.  everyone seems to have wildly different opinions on this one! 

is there a neutral and objective reviewer that people agree with (or at least believe them to be sincere most of the time) floating around the 'net?
8547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about downloadable Xbox 1 games for your 360? on: November 13, 2007, 06:39:22 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on November 13, 2007, 02:57:34 PM

For the price of just one ass-raping, we'll sell you a game that you can buy used at EBGames for $10 less.  nod

Heck, they'll probably throw in 200 points worth of achievements, just to sell to the achievementards.

what's the standard ass raping rate, by the way?  can you buy an ass rape in a package deal, if you were so inclined?  tell me more, i'm intrigued by your ass raping service.   icon_wink
8548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/12) on: November 12, 2007, 07:00:16 PM
sigh...i'm spending WAY too much on gaming the last two months.  I know, I know...a common sentiment around these parts.   icon_cry

i'm going to hold off on assassin's creed and warhammer 40K:SC until I see some reviews.  I'll probably pick up Crysis sometime this week on sale at CC. 

8549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: October 31, 2007, 03:54:04 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 31, 2007, 12:33:55 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 31, 2007, 12:31:39 PM

I just had a couple of my really good friends from High School (who I talk to off and on) call me and ask if my brother and I were getting Hellgate London. 

"We should all hook up and play together.  It would be fun!" they say.

Guess that takes me right off the fence, now doesn't it?

I love that aspect of our hobby, truth be told.

I'm jealous. I don't have one friend in real life who plays computer games. All together now...AWWWWWW.... crybaby
Seriously though, I'm sure I would be enjoying this hobby so much more with real-life friends interested in it as well.

i know we've butted heads before elsewhere, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a game or two together.  add me to your friend's list, if you'd like.  i have two characters so far:  saij and caij.  i'll probably make up a third tonight and go with the highly imaginative name gaij.   icon_biggrin
8550  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Will you be my Halo 3 buddy/buddies? on: September 27, 2007, 09:45:30 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on September 27, 2007, 09:00:52 PM

I'm down for whenever, but as a disclaimer I'm going to kick your ass. slywink

Nah, I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully use young guys aren't left out of the loop, however. smile

you have to be THIS high to ride this attraction...

 icon_smile
8551  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Will you be my Halo 3 buddy/buddies? on: September 27, 2007, 08:58:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on September 27, 2007, 08:56:03 PM

Finally received my copy in the mail.  The discs are scratched all to hell, but I'm going to see if it's playable after work so that I can at least join in on Friday.  My wife is in as well. 

 icon_eek  did you get the infamous legendary edition or something?
8552  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Octo-con Chicago - November 3, 2007 (updated info 9/27/07) on: September 27, 2007, 07:09:25 PM
updated 9/27/07
8553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Picking up your Halo 3 today....... on: September 25, 2007, 09:06:32 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on September 25, 2007, 08:57:50 PM

I picked mine up at Walmart at lunch.  I guess they were open at midnight last night, but I didn't care that much.  What was weird is that they escorted me and another buyer up front and had an employee stand with us until the cashier was clear.  Seemed awfully inefficient.




how many times have i told you to take the bloody ski mask OFF when you go into a store!?

 icon_wink
8554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Picking up your Halo 3 today....... on: September 25, 2007, 05:28:41 PM
just posted over in MP that I got my copy at lunch, even though I swore i wouldn't be swayed by the hype machine. 

you may commence killing me whenever you please....
8555  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Will you be my Halo 3 buddy/buddies? on: September 25, 2007, 05:22:04 PM
I am weak.  I broke down and picked up halo 3 at lunch today.  If you guys are on this friday night, i'll try and get my butt on there so you have a slow, easy target...
8556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 reviewed on: September 24, 2007, 06:16:39 PM
i think i've been spoiled by Bioshock...   icon_wink
8557  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Tannhauser release on: September 21, 2007, 07:03:29 PM
Had a friend pick this one up for me at Gencon this year.  We gave it a couple of tries the following Saturday night.  I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed in it. 

The concept of the game and the history behind it are fun.  It's the execution that left me a bit wanting.

The board's much touted "pathfinder" system sounds great in theory, but the colors are a little hard to determine without getting up close.  And god forbid you're playing in a room without a main light directly overhead.  Combined with some issues of doors looking like walls, and vice versa, and you've got the makings of some confusing movement rounds.

Also, the rules are a little...well...odd.  You can tell that it was translated from the another language due to some syntax issues, but the way you have to jump around to different sections just to get rules for something that SHOULD be in one area (combat rules, for example, should be covered in a section called "combat", I would think.  Not chopped up and placed in various other sections throughout the manual, as it stands now) is annoying.

As for the combat itself, the meat of the game, it plays like Heroscape with an extra page of rules.  It really needs enhancement to become something more than it is, which is basically a very light miniatures game.  Of course, that could've been the intent the whole time.  I just expected more from it, I guess.  Hopefully the expansions add some new rules, new characters, boards, etc.. 


8558  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Octo-con Chicago - November 3, 2007 on: September 19, 2007, 07:06:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 19, 2007, 06:51:54 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 19, 2007, 06:34:10 PM

check out the Octopus Overlord Everything But Gaming forum for updates, or I'll try to update here as they're posted there.  I don't have an exact address as of yet for the church.  But it is on the near north side, as far as i can tell.

Link:
http://www.octopusoverlords.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=54983

Address:
6525 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago, at Irving Park Rd. and Narrganset Rd.

D'OH!  and i'm one of the chicago guys who's been involved with this since hentzau brought it up in an e-mail a week or so ago.   'tarded!
8559  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Octo-con Chicago - November 3, 2007 on: September 19, 2007, 06:34:10 PM
check out the Octopus Overlord Everything But Gaming forum for updates, or I'll try to update here as they're posted there.  I don't have an exact address as of yet for the church.  But it is on the near north side, as far as i can tell.
8560  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Octo-con Chicago - November 3, 2007 (updated info 9/27/07) on: September 19, 2007, 05:22:46 PM
as posted over on OO, we chicagonites are planning a "mini-con".  Since GT and OO have a long and friendly relationship, it only seems natural to let you folks in on it, too.   icon_wink 

Here's the original post from hentzau, in case anyone from GT wants to attend. 

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Update: 9/27/07

What: OctoCon Chicago 2007

When: Saturday, November 3rd, 2007, 9:00 AM to Midnight

Where: United In Faith Church, 6525 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL

Why: Games, games, games!!!

Who: OOers, spouses, and friends

The Skinny:

We wanted to try and spread the gaming love beyond our Chicago borders, so we (the boardgaming contingent of the Chicago OO'ers) have broken out of our basement and into my church, and are inviting everyone here to come and play!

The Facilities:

I have acquired the use of the fellowship hall and lounge of my church for us to use for a gaming day. Cost of using said room is whatever donation you care to make, so I would like everyone attending to make a donation of some sort. Don't care how much, just a donation, however much you want to give. (Note that this is NOT manditory, just if you feel like donating, donate!)

My church also houses a food pantry that feeds a couple of hundred families on the northwest side of Chicago. I am currently working up the possibility of getting a raffle prize that we will give away for anyone making a dontation of canned goods at the door. More on this if I can get something firmed up.

The church is a converted printing plant, so the main fellowship hall is inside of the main plant space. It is large and roomy and doesn't look very church like (except for the statue of Jesus that will be staring out at the room the whole time. Hoping this might deter cheating.) We will have access to over a dozen 4X8 tables, and more could be grabbed if needed. It is totally handicap accessable. There is a soda machine in the fellowship hall that we are free to use. There is also a kitchen that is part of the hall, we should be able to use the refrigerator there for soda and snacks.

The lounge is right off of the fellowship hall, with couches and places to relax if you are not playing a game at the time. There is a 35" TV in there, so if someone so desired we could have video games running in there during the down times as well.

Food:

There are a number of restaurants in the area. Across the street is a Burger King, a Subway, a Dunkin Donuts, and a chinese fast food restaurant. Down the street is a gyros/hot dog place, a typical Chicago corner greek restaurant, a bar, and another Chinese place (non-fast food).

There are two grocery stores right by the church, a large chain store, and a smaller Polish market, for your junk food needs. You can bring your own munchies and soda in with you.

I have been thinking that we may do something like this. I would provide 3-4 dozen donuts and coffee for breakfast in the morning, on a first come first serve basis. Everyone would be responsible for their own lunch, but we have a wide selection. For dinner, we could have everyone that wants to eat chip in $5 (or whatever the total may be) and we would order a bunch of Giordano's Chicago Style pizzas for a buffet dinner. But like I said, that's just an idea at this point, we could once again disperse and have everyone do their own thing for dinner.

Alcohol:

I'm still waiting to hear if we could have beer in the church. Lutherans generally like beer, but i need to hear from the church council/building committee to see if there is an insurance liability if we do that.

Regardless, there are a number of neighborhood-style bars and pubs around the church.

Lodging:

Link to Google Maps showing hotels in the area

I've checked out a couple of no-name hotels in the area. Most are kinda on the rundown side, but are probably fine, in the general sense of the term.

The closest motel is the LP Motel, 4605 N Harlem Ave, Harwood Heights. Room rate is $65 a night for two queen beds. This motel is about 5 minutes from the church. Number for the motel is (708) 457-0600. No guarantees about quality, it looks pretty beat up and run down from the outside.

However, if you are wanting to go the inexpensive route, I'd recommend the Motel 6 at 9408 Lawrence Ave in Schiller Park. It's also $65 a night for two queen beds. Disadvantage is that it is more like 15-20 minutes from the church. If I were coming here and didn't want to stay in a fancier hotel, that would be my first choice. Phone number is (847) 671-4282.

If you want to stay someplace with historic significance, why not stay at the hotel were OJ cut his hand on the broken piece of glass, and not on a big old butcher knife? Stay at the Ramada Plaza O'Hare! 5615 N. Cumberland Ave., Chicago, IL
(773) 693-5800. No idea about rates, but, here's another little secret...you'll be staying mere minutes away from where John Wayne Gacy lived!!!

Otherwise, lots of hotel choices all very close because we are near O'Hare. Just look at the map link I provided and use whatever cheap lodging deals you can find!

List of games so far:

Talisman - Zarathud
Game of Thrones - Snow
Tide of Iron - Snow
Call of Cthulhu RPG - Snow
AT-43 - Friend of Zarathud's
Tannhauser - Hentzau
Heroscape - Chaosraven and Hentzau
Arkham Horror - Hepcat

Would like to see run:

Cosmic Encounters
Twilight Imperium III (was said almost in jest, but I'll throw this out there anyway...)
Last Days on Earth

Open Pick up and Play games:

Carcassonne
Munchkin
Apples to Apples
Cineplexity

Attendees:

Confirmed:

Hentzau
Hepcat
Jeff V
Snow
Seppe
Zarathud
Chaosraven

Thinking about it

Zaxxon
Remus West
Lord Mortis
JimDave
ImLawBoy
Stimpy
Windows95
Orgull
Archinerd
(plus some random other non-OO folks)

If I misinterpreted anyone's status, please let me know.

More info as we go along!!! 
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