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8601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sad day for a friend on: June 05, 2008, 09:08:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 05, 2008, 08:45:23 PM

You could also try the approach that one of my friends used and proved successful. Go ahead and invite him to live with you, while he's asleep sedate him so that you can move him to a room which you plan to imprison him in, keep his legs and arms bound so that he can't move too much. Feed him, whatever, but keep him clean of drugs for 30 days. He won't go to the police after because he'll be thankful that you helped him with his problem.

Jesus H. Christ!  Someone here has read John Fowles' The Collector WAY too many times...
8602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God help me on: June 05, 2008, 03:56:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on June 05, 2008, 03:49:15 PM

Quote from: dback99 on June 05, 2008, 02:19:01 AM

Im there Friday night.  I dont like Adam Sandler, but this movie looks sooo freaking ridiculous I have to see it.  The no arms push up in the preview practically had me spitting my drink out when I saw that.

-dback

After seeing the forum name "dback" I assumed that you are a fan of the Diamondbacks and may even live in Arizona.  I then checked your location and saw "Surprise, AZ".  I'm not sure why, but anytime I see the name "Surprise", whether it be on a document, on a map, or noted as the location where one of my techs is doing fieldwork, I always need to yell "SURPRISE!!!!!" rather than merely stating the town's name in a normal tone.  I can't seem to help myself.  Carry on.

 ninja 

I'm the same way with the word "Lambada".  Everytime I hear or see that word I have to add "The Forbidden Dance!" in a creepy ass tone.  Go figure....
8603  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers Updates (DERKETO Server) on: June 05, 2008, 03:54:19 PM
Hit level 25 last night.  what is the lowest level dungeon or other instanced area groups can take on?
8604  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Arkham Horror: Kingsport Expansion is out on: June 05, 2008, 03:09:06 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 05, 2008, 01:08:34 AM

Only problem I have with the game is that there's a lack of player interaction.  It seems like everyone was playing their own single player game for the most part.

when we play everyone communicates what they're going to do, as well as letting others know what gates they're going after, monsters they're clearing away, etc..  i see what you mean, however.  but if you get a group together that treats it the way you would a good rpg session of CoC, it becomes more coop based.
8605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God help me on: June 05, 2008, 02:58:49 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 05, 2008, 02:45:34 PM

Just make sure you wear a better outfit at this premiere, hepcat. This is what you were caught wearing at that Larry The Cable Guy movie you wanted to see so badly:



jeebus, what in the hell am I wielding in that photo???  It's like a prop from a bad hentai film. 

in other news, i just found out that one of the writers for Zohan is Judd Aptow.  That makes me feel a LITTLE less dirty...

8606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / God help me on: June 04, 2008, 11:12:46 PM
I want to see "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" this weekend.  Really. 

I feel...dirty. 

Can you forgive me?

...please?
8607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sad day for a friend on: June 04, 2008, 11:10:33 PM

Quote from: hentzau on June 04, 2008, 07:41:31 PM

Good call.  If only for purely selfish reasons, like him not messing up game nights (any more than you already do!)

it does drive home the point that i've been actively pursuing the life of a hermit the last few years and need to surround myself with like minded (read:  as old as me) people who aren't alcoholics or people i work with.  expect me to start trying to reenter civilization over the next few months  icon_wink
8608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Updated: Sad day for a friend on: June 04, 2008, 06:57:24 PM
So I have a friend who was a successful male nurse after college.  Male nurses are rare so they command a pretty decent price in the health care market (at least at that time they did).  He was making almost 6 figures a year working for a private home care company.  Unfortunately, he's always been prone to anxiety attacks and had issues with drinking.  Putting him into a job with access to pharmaceuticals was, in hindsight, a really bad idea.

He got in a car accident and started taking pain killers.  After he recovered, he kept on taking the pain killers.  Eventually, his wife left him, he lost his job, and the police arrested him for forging scripts.  He was sent to rehab and then to jail for a year.  When he got out he moved to Columbus, Ohio and got a job with a home security company.   Unfortunately, he kept on drinking like an Irishman on St. Paddy's day.  He then added Klonopin to the mix.  He got a prescription from a doctor for his anxiety attacks (he says).  It was soon after that that I told him that every time I talked to him, he sounded high as a kite.  He laughed it off and said that the drinking wasn't an issue since he could quit any time and that the Klonopin was prescribed by a doctor so it was alright.  I pointed out that his doctor most likely gave him a doseage limit that was a bit more specific than "a handful when you feel like escaping reality", but he kept telling me, "I'm a nurse, I know what I'm doing."

Fast foward a few years to this week.  He takes two Klonopin AT WORK and then falls asleep at his monitoring station.  His boss walks in to find him asleep with alarms going off around him and can't wake him.  He eventually has to punch him in the arm to rouse him.  He then sends him home.  Today his boss drops by his apartment and tells him that he has to let him go. 

My friend calls me, upset.  He relates his tale and then tells me he has three options:

1) He can look for another job in Columbus.
2) He can move back with his family in Cleveland as they've been suggesting he do for a while.
3) He could move to Chicago and live with me!

I told him, in no uncertain terms, there's NO WAY IN HELL you're moving in with me.  Dropping you into my neighborhood in Chicago would be like putting a kid in a candy shop.  He asked, "So you honestly think I'd be out buying drugs if I lived with you?".  I told him I had no doubt in my mind whatsoever that he would.  He then pointed out that he had no money to buy drugs and I told him point blank that I truly believed that he would sell everything I own and steal the rest to get drugs.  I told him I (and many others) had been trying to get him to seek help for the last few years but that he never listened.  I told him I felt bad for him but that he'd brought this on himself.  I then told him that he needed to move back in with his family so he had people around him 24x7.  I then told him to quit the damn drinking and toss the Klonopin. 

I don't think he wanted to hear that.  I think he wanted me to welcome him into my life here in Chicago.  But that's not going to happen.  I hope that doesn't sound selfish, but I can't take care of an addict.  I fear that he would eventually destroy me as well as himself.  I told him I'd talk to him anytime he needed someone to listen to him, but that I was done being anything but frank with him from now on. 

Now I feel kind of bad, but I honestly think I did the right thing.  Going back on that now would only end up hurting him in the long run, IMHO.

 icon_frown
8609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 04, 2008, 06:03:51 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 04, 2008, 02:02:13 PM

I found out yesterday that the EB's in my area are offering Lego Indy for 3 game trade ins. I'll definitely be taking them up on the offer.

oooh, is this official? 
8610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 04, 2008, 05:53:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 04, 2008, 05:21:23 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 04, 2008, 04:26:29 PM

Is that the whole datacentre? I should upload some pics of ours sometime. Tongue

Ditto

two amigas, an old apple IIe and a powerstrip with the words "Hasbro Edutainment!" written on the side do not a datacenter make...


 Tongue
8611  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Developers update on: June 04, 2008, 04:32:34 PM

Quote from: Cota on June 04, 2008, 04:20:03 PM

I don't think the "visible prison" is a good idea at all. Griefers grief for attention. Putting them on display in a glass box is like giving them a stage. It's exactly what they want. Attention. It's more like a reward than a punishment. I bet you people would end up going to prison on purpose. It's a 'look at me' crowd and what could be better for them. Remove the visible part of the punishment, and you might have something. No chat either, not public or private.

-Cota

other players would have to make the effort to actually visit the jail, however.  it's not like the griefers are being placed on a stage where everyone has to see them.  personally, i would probably stop by the jail every now and then to taunt those folks, but i would probably be able to count the number of times i did so on one hand after a year.
8612  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Developers update on: June 04, 2008, 03:43:15 PM
Personally i think it's a fantastic idea.  I really applaud them for taking a bold approach!
8613  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers Updates (DERKETO Server) on: June 04, 2008, 03:02:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 04, 2008, 03:01:26 PM

I need to get the hell out of the newb city so I can join you guys....

austin needs to get his butt in gear and join up, then we in the 20's should do some exploring together.   icon_smile
8614  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers Updates (DERKETO Server) on: June 04, 2008, 02:48:37 PM
sorry for the crankiness last night after i discovered that i was still having issues with my dark templar Kaij and his buffs.  i had just experienced yet another construction zone on my way home from work earlier and i had been looking forward to some mindless hack and slash to vent my anger...only to find that i had 75 buff icons lined up on top of my screen, debuffs from mobs that wouldn't go away, and a character who kept growing and shrinking like Ant Man on acid.   icon_frown
8615  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: After retrying various MMOs, I find Vanguard is now REALLY actually playable on: June 04, 2008, 02:45:34 PM
I've always thought that the concept of Vanguard was fantastic, it was just the execution that I (and many, many others) felt was so bad.  As soon as I burn out on AoC I'll have to give Vanguard another look. 

D'art, is it still a memory/system hog?  I remember my new system (at the time) was still brought to its knees even though every other game I had I could play at ultra settings with no hitch.

8616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 03, 2008, 08:55:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 03, 2008, 08:28:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 03, 2008, 08:21:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2008, 06:48:07 PM

Episodes 1, 2 and 3 of the New (old) SW trilogy.

The first one is garbage.

The second one is ok.

The third is arguably the best movie of the series (though I've only seen it once).

So there.

1 was fun and fresh at the time.  It still holds up relatively well.  2 was the best by far, imho (and the opinion of many critics).  3 was only marginally better than 1.



I believe he is talking about episodes 1-3 and you are talking about episodes 4-6.

eek!  sorry   icon_redface
8617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 03, 2008, 08:21:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2008, 06:48:07 PM

Episodes 1, 2 and 3 of the New (old) SW trilogy.

The first one is garbage.

The second one is ok.

The third is arguably the best movie of the series (though I've only seen it once).

So there.

1 was fun and fresh at the time.  It still holds up relatively well.  2 was the best by far, imho (and the opinion of many critics).  3 was only marginally better than 1.

8618  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC update notes 2nd of june + extra (Updated with unoffical notes) on: June 03, 2008, 05:54:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 03, 2008, 05:40:30 PM

maybe they should just dump pvp altogether  icon_twisted

i've heard whispers around the developer's forum that they're doing just that and replacing it with PVC...Player Versus Ceekay.
8619  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Arkham Horror: Kingsport Expansion is out on: June 03, 2008, 05:21:46 PM
Every christmas I go home and play Arkham Horror with all the expansions for almost 3 days straight with old friends.  It really is a great game to whip out when you have the time.  It has a good RPG feel to it thanks to the large number of investigators you can choose from with different abilities and skills.  Plus, the loot is always fun.
8620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 03, 2008, 05:19:57 PM
Resident Evil??  Saw??? Really???

 icon_eek
8621  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 03, 2008, 04:12:17 PM

Quote from: Silky on June 03, 2008, 04:07:53 PM

I will go ahead and throw my impressions into the ring.  I leveled up a Tempest of Set, Priest of Mitra, Necromancer, Demonologist, and Dark Templar to 20. 

 icon_lol  Rittchard and some of the others in the Wanderers were picking on me for having "Alt Fever".  Glad to see I'm not the only one with more than 2 characters in AoC!
8622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 03, 2008, 04:08:26 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 03, 2008, 03:59:42 PM

None of the actors in Caligula knew it was going to be turned into a porn. It was mostly done after most of the movie was finished.

I thought so.  O'Toole wouldn't stoop to such lows.  I had to watch My Favorite Year three times to wash the taste of Caligula out of my mouth...

...uh...that didn't come out right. 
8623  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 03, 2008, 04:03:35 PM
Jeebus, the game was buggy last night.  My guy kept shrinking and growing in size (I believe that's supposed to be due to buffs wearing off/taking affect), buffs kept appearing and disappearing, and my health and mana bars wouldn't fill up completely.  Plus, I do believe that buffs weren't actually working correctly as my Dark Templar was getting slaughtered by just about anything he came across. 

Hope it's working right tonight!   icon_cry
8624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 03, 2008, 03:55:24 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 03, 2008, 07:38:12 AM

Quote from: The Grue on June 03, 2008, 06:41:05 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 03, 2008, 05:42:53 AM

I like the show and enjoyed the movie although they really turned the girly factor up a notch. Hey, at least I didn't walk out of this one like I did Indy. Not like I had a choice even if I wanted to.

Wait...people really walk out of movies?  I thought that was just something stupid people made up.

I know people walk out of movies.  I've seen it in TV.

two movies i've walked out on and the reasons why:

1) Andy Warhol's Bad - Watched it at my college theater with some friends.  Walked out when they showed a baby fall from a 10 story window and then nibbled by a passing dog.  Warhol may have been a decent painter in the realm of pop art, but he was utterly horrible as a filmmaker.

2) Caligula - Again, at the college theater.  Walked out when they went from showing Peter O'Toole (who i worship as an acting god) to displaying two centurions giving each other oral pleasure in an alcove.  I'm not a prude and I'm not homophobic, but I admire O'Toole so much that it just made me feel angry for him.  He couldn't have known that the film would eventually just become (really bad) pornography.

8625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 02, 2008, 07:09:46 PM

Quote from: Austin on June 02, 2008, 07:06:13 PM

Quote from: Gedd on June 02, 2008, 06:53:02 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 02, 2008, 02:38:36 PM

If nothing else it will be an interesting social experiment.

Code Purple! Code Purple! We've been found out!

Turns out OO was all really an experiment by Squire_SCA!  icon_eek

oh god, i remember that whole incident.  hiiiiilarious.   icon_lol
8626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 02, 2008, 07:04:36 PM
ah darn.  oh well, i guess I'll just make do with ultimate destruction since it's backward compatible. 
8627  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Arkham Horror: Kingsport Expansion is out on: June 02, 2008, 06:55:16 PM

Quote from: Doopri on June 02, 2008, 06:52:49 PM

wait what? i literally JUST checked before coming here and it was still up as "on the boat" - not even a shipping notice

do you mean you have it in hand, you saw it in stores or what???

from the ffg forum for arkham horror:

Quote
It arrived in stores yesterday. I picked one up today and ran a solo testrun through it. Epic battle variant makes GOO combat more interesting, and rifts sure can get nasty if left unattended too long.

I found it listed as "IN STOCK" on the coolstuffinc.com site so ordered it.  make the run to your local gamestore and demand they hand it over to you!   icon_wink
8628  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 02, 2008, 06:52:05 PM
ouch...think i'll hold off.   icon_wink
8629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 02, 2008, 06:24:19 PM
I thought the Problem Child trilogy got progressively better as it went on.  So many unanswered questions were left for the audience after the first film that I knew they'd need a second and perhaps third film to fill in the film's backstory. 

I was happy to see the makers of the films didn't sacrifice their artistic integrity as well.  The depth of emotion displayed during the "fart noise" scene in PC 2 was, imho, a real attempt to revitalize cinema in such a way that hadn't been seen since Citizen Kane or Revenge of the Nerds 2.

All in all, I still blame John Ritter for dying as it effectively brought an end to this series of arthouse hits.
8630  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 02, 2008, 06:16:15 PM
ah, okay.  i was used to getting new combos/spells at least once every other level towards the end of the 1-20 level range.  good to know i  haven't run into a bug.   icon_biggrin
8631  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 02, 2008, 06:07:39 PM
timeshift for 20 bucks catches my eye.  anyone have a thumbs up/thumbs down impression on it for that price?
8632  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Arkham Horror: Kingsport Expansion is out on: June 02, 2008, 05:52:50 PM
The Kingsport expansion for Arkham Horror was released today.  I ordered it off Coolstuffinc.com as my usual provider, timewellspentgames, didn't have it listed yet (I feel kind of guilty, but I'm impatient!  icon_wink).

I'll post some impressions (if anyone's interested) after I get a chance to play with the chicago group or at Origins later this month.

Here's the FFG forum faq on the game.  There are some spoilers on the game so if you don't want to know EVERYTHING about the game, avoid that thread.
8633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bo Diddley R.I.P. on: June 02, 2008, 05:35:26 PM
Bo Diddley was my choice for the greatest influence on Rock n' Roll that ever lived.  Rest in peace, pioneer.
8634  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 02, 2008, 05:13:14 PM
Do you stop getting new combos after lvl 20 or something?  both lvl 22 and 23 came and went last night for my dark templar and i received no new spells/combos.  in perusing the 'net for class guides, they all seem to end their combo lists at lvl 20.   icon_confused
8635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 02, 2008, 05:10:41 PM
If the Hulk game follows the paradigm set forth in the Ultimate Destruction version of the game from xbox days, I'll be on it in a new york minute.  However, i'm holding off until i see some reviews.  it's rare when a comic book based game gets it right. 
8636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 01, 2008, 03:24:56 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 01, 2008, 04:50:52 AM

Lil' Matty Broderick isn't much of a looker himself....

with gas prices breaking the 4 dollar mark all over the country, lil' matty was smart in obtaining an alternate form of transportation.
8637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hats Off To Knightshade Dragon and the GT Krew on: June 01, 2008, 03:22:55 PM
other than letting dbt in, GT has been great!
8638  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Discount Boardgames? on: May 31, 2008, 08:05:16 PM

Quote from: warning on May 31, 2008, 01:12:37 PM

I've ordered from Time Well Spent a lot and they have great prices and service.  And they're a penny cheaper than Thoughthammer!

ditto.  honest and fast.  you can order from them with 100 percent confidence that you're gonna get your stuff quickly and in perfect condition.
8639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 31, 2008, 08:03:58 PM
sweet mother of god, i smell a sequel. 

i don't think i wanna live in a world that wants to know anything more about those annoying yentas.  the only unanswered question from the first film i could imagine would exist would be, "If they were to all suddenly die from a random drive by shooting, how could one get the bullets back before a CSI team could analyze them?".
8640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 31, 2008, 06:47:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 31, 2008, 03:49:20 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 08:56:07 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 30, 2008, 08:44:18 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 08:13:05 PM

I know that PR_GMR was all hyped for this one.  He'd even put together his "Carrie outfit" for the midnight showing.  Weeks after the movie was announced he was continually starting threads on the official fan board for SaTC with titles like "Why I'm the Anti-Samantha" and "Shoes, Jews and Shrews: The Sex and The City FAQ".

Yes, hepcat, you've uncovered my secret plans. I am going to cross-dress and sneak into a screening. I hear that men won't be allowed at screenings of 'Sex And The City' even if they wanted to go. It's a secret estrogen society movie. The result of my sneaking will be a front page review at Horror-101.com.

PR_GMR catches an afternoon movie with friends...May, 2006

 Tongue

ok, late to the party but L freaking O L!


shouldn't that be 2008 though?  are you still signing your check 2006?

sorry, SatC was just opening so i had to dig out a photo from a little while back.  That was PR at the premiere of Nanny McPhee.
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