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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 21, 2014, 07:59:03 PM
Hey everyone, I'm currently building a boardgame prototype that's thematically set within the Arctic Circle. It's a game that uses blocks as units and will have unique units for Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Norway, Russia and USA. The challenge is that all of those nations have flags that are some variation of red, white and blue or red and white. So using one of those colors as a unique one for any of the 5 nations only gives me 3 to work with. I also have some NATO units, but I'm fairly certain I'm going with a neutral grey for those.

So I'm hoping someone can give me feedback on a color other than the 3 above that might have some significance for one of the above countries. Any color association of significance could work  - a color that a famous, or once famous, international team wears/wore, one of the nation's military colors, a color on a predominant coat of arms, a color associated with any famous national celebrity/person, etc. Be as creative as you want, but I'm hoping not to get too many "Blood Red because that nation once had a blood thirsty despot/murderer" or "Black for Russia because Putin is an evil  despot." Anyhow, rather than coming up with colors on my own, I thought it would be more interesting to see what gamers might think are appropriate colors.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 19, 2014, 07:35:39 PM
I'm watching the Netflix original series Marco Polo which was jointly produced with The Weinstein Company. Wow, am I ever impressed with this new series! It deals with Polo's life during the time he was present in the court of Kublai Khan. I'm only 4 of the 10 episodes in, so I'm not sure if it moves to other locations.

While it may not be that historically accurate, it's damn entertaining. I give it 2 thumbs up for anyone who's interested in history or anyone who might find the maneuvers and intrigue of an Asian medieval court entertaining. There's a fair amount of gore, nudity and sex -although not of the explicit variety- so not recommended for preteens
3  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Best Voicechat app for Android? on: December 08, 2014, 06:46:18 PM
I initially placed a similar post in the Software/Hardware Hell forum, but I didn't get a response and this is really the appropriate place for the question anyways.

I'm looking to get some sort of voicechat app for my 2nd smaller Android tablet which I mostly use an an eReader. I have a bluetooth headset paired to it, so it got me thinking it would be nice to vchat at a cafe hotspot instead of chewing up my airtime on my mobile phone. I've read that the Android version of Skype is pretty craptastic, so I'm wondering about other possibilities. I tried Google Hangout, but that appears to only work with other people that have it the same app. Before I dive into the Interwebs searching for reviews, I thought I'd ask here, because many of you are mobile savvy. As well, if you've had good experiences with Skype Android, I'd appreciate hearing about that too. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 08, 2014, 01:51:06 AM
I could only commit to watching 1 game today and that was Hawks vs Eagles . So someone please explain to how the 49ers managrd to lose to the Raiders?!  icon_eek
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How much RAM should I have? on: December 06, 2014, 04:09:54 AM
I have 16 GB on my main laptop running Win7 64 bit which just so happens to double up as my gaming  laptop. I have to run Geographic Information Software on it to support one of my tech writing gigs. GIS software is noted for being a RAM pig and I've never seen more than 12 GB of resources consumed on it. I'm thinking you'd be good to go for a while with 8 GB.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: December 02, 2014, 10:42:57 PM
I see where the gaming site markets going. If GT had a nude video host it would be #1 on the Internet. Maybe almost completely nude witn only DVD's/BRD's covering their breasts and groin. Oh and the host can't be Ron or any of the existing GT staff - that definitely wouldn't work.  Tongue
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Pat Quinn - A Hockey Legend Passes Away on: November 25, 2014, 04:58:33 AM
Yeah, Quinn had some great years in Toronto. One of my favorite sayings here in Vancouver; Pat Quinn is the only thing Canuck and Leafs fan can truly agree upon.  smile
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RIP Pat Quinn - A Hockey Legend Passes Away on: November 24, 2014, 07:58:01 PM
Sadly Pat Quinn passed away many years too early today at the age of 71. He's a legend here in Vancouver, having played for the Canucks in their 1st 2 seasons and having returned to GM them in 1988 and later coach them to the Stanley Cup final in 94. He was also the GM that drafted current Canucks' President Trevor Linden in the 1988 entry draft; my all time favorite player. He also had good years playing and coaching in Toronto where he took the Leafs to 2 conference finals and for also coaching the Philadelphia Flyers who he took to the cup final in 1980. He also coached 2 Canada youth teams to world cup gold. IMO his greatest moment was when he returned the Olympic gold to Team Canada after a 50 year drought, at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

He certainly had his controversial moments too; i.e. a truly terrible hit on Bobby Orr in 1969 and breaking a coaching contract with the Kings in 1987. Whatever way one chooses to remember him though, one thing that was for sure true about him; he was loved by his players wherever he coached. I personally got to be around him once at a charity event I volunteered at, where Quinn was there on behalf of the Canucks. All the stories about him exuding charisma from my experience are true; people were really drawn to him at that event and his warmth and personality were contagious. I for one will miss you Mr. Quinn, RIP.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 23, 2014, 03:49:59 PM
I finally got around to seeing this with my son this weekend. We both really enjoyed it, especially my son who really got into the dialog about Physics. For sure some of it was far fetched, but the writer presented it in a credible way and in the end it held together. I can't see many fans of SciFi being disappointed by this movie. As well, people that aren't fans of the genre might very well enjoy this film for the human element.

The cast in this movie was terrific; a strong performance by all the main actors and reallly not a weak performance by any in the minor roles. Kudos to Nolan for getting the absolute best from his actors yet again. I'd read a few reviews that claimed that some of the technical design and special effects in this film were weak, but that certainly wasn't what I saw. I agree about the robots - best take on them I've watched in years.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 05:26:06 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 14, 2014, 04:02:57 PM

Of course I was our regular dungeon master back in the 80s, so maybe I am not as lacking as I think? My initial plan for fiction is just to do a book in the style of a dungeon adventure. Group meets in the local inn by chance, then has to save the town from the evil lurking nearby. Simple stuff and just about as cliche as you can get, but I am doing this for fun so I am not too worried about it.

IMO this is a good way to improve your writing if you're interested in writing for genres that are covered by RPG's. I've watched my son become a decent adventure writer doing just that and 1 of the people in my writing circle significantly improved their writing. A lot can be said too for just playing a character in a tabletop RPG. With the right group -i.e. one that actually likes to roleplay as opposed to just pushing figurines around a grid- it alone will get you thinking in character and help with finding words for dialog. Of course being a Game Master is even better, as you're working with a cast of characters and defining setting elements.

If you struggle for ideas, some RPG settings have adventure generators which give a lose structure for which you write in the meat/content. The better ones have you rolling dice to randomly generate plot elements, personality traits for a cast of characters and elements for a series of encounters. The simpler ones just aid in producing a single encounter. RPG encounters are really just like acts, or scenes within acts, for a short play. While an adventure with enough encounters becomes like a chapter in a continuing story. You have to be careful which generator you use though, because some of them focus primarily on creating single combat encounters. I introduced my son to one of these tools, and what I found best about it was that the random elements challenged him to find ways to logically link them together. That really helped later when he wrote adventures without it, as he was better with things like plot twists and creatively coming up with credible characters and situations.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 06:26:43 AM
I've collaborated on 14 software manuals, written a software administrators guide and collaborated on 12 software training courses for a variety of companies. Do I consider writing - not really. It's dry, mundane and repetitive technical writing with hardly an once of creativity in it. It is however the type of writing that pays the bills.

I have a published writing credit for Interface Zero 2.0 (a RPG Cyberpunk setting) by Gun Metal Games, for which I wrote the content for the remnants of Canada and the fictitious Great Lakes Union.  Despite only contributing about 10,000 words to the entire book, I do consider it my best writing that I've ever been paid a $ for. I've also written a few novella and screenplays, none of which will likely ever be published, but it's fun to dream.

I participate in a writers circle, which helps to keep my interest, compassion and creative juices at least smoldering. We're a collection of wannabies mostly writing in the SciFi and Fantasy genres, but we do get dropped in on from time to time by a local writer that has a good number of published books to her name. I'd probably give one of my legs to exclusively write fiction, but my kids' college fees which are rapidly approaching, always reminds me to hold on to all of my appendages.  icon_biggrin
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 10 on: November 10, 2014, 10:43:49 PM
I'm following the Seahawks again this season and while I'm glad they're winning again, I'm really concerned about their passing game - seems nonexistent at times. Unless they can get it together on that front, I won't be surprised if the 49ers finish ahead of them in the division. Not that I want Leo and Naednek to have the satisfaction of seeing that.  Tongue

PS CoachTressman, you're sucking in the NFL! Please come back to the CFL where the 3 downs & bigger field are more your cup of tea. And please make your return destination the BC Lions.  smile
Am I the only 1 that watched that Packers-Bears game? Good lord that was the pure definition of complete-ass-kicking!
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: November 10, 2014, 10:21:11 PM
I'm rewatching season 1 on DVD as I missed a good 3rd of the episodes. Now about 2/3rds of the way through I have to say the writing has slipped a bit for season 3. Not enough to make me stop watching, but the scripts for new episodes definitely don't seem to be as good. I'm trying to separate whether it's just that I preferred the revenge themes or that I'm watching it without commercials, which I really dislike, but that aside the new writing does seem weaker.

I'm with you 2 on Felicity and last episode - really like her character and thought that was the best season 3 episode yet.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 10, 2014, 08:13:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 10, 2014, 06:40:42 PM

I intended to see it but my back's been hurting. Reviews have been surprisingly mixed to negative in some quarters, including by many reviewers very fond of Inception and TDK.

I haven't seen it yet -that will happen tomorrow or Saturday- but I've read a number of the negative reviews now and I have to say I'm not impressed with them. Many such reviewers IMO are drawing too many parallels to 2001 A Space Odyssey, to the point where they set themselves up with false expectations for this. One even heavily criticized Interstellar's ending while extolling 2001's in comparison, to which critic I wave the bullshit flag high and boldly; 2001 the film had a piss poor ending, while the novel had a terrific one. I say that being a person that re-watches 2001 at least every other year.

It's natural to compare somewhat like -to- like, but heavily dwelling on what 2001 ASO, Inception, Contact and Close Encounters were, doesn't seem to be a solid good foundation for an honest review. I'm sure the film has its flaws, but none of the negative reviews I've read have been anywhere credible enough to make me want to wait until the BRD is here.
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 22, 2014, 08:38:39 PM
Nice try Fireball, you quoted the Creed as defined by the First Council of Constantinople of 381 not the Nicene. It's worth noting the difference between the 2 in regards to the reference to Catholicism. Here's what's actually stated at the end of the Nicene Creed of 325:

"But those who say: 'There was a time when he was not;' and 'He was not before he was made;' and 'He was made out of nothing,' or 'He is of another substance' or 'essence,' or 'The Son of God is created,' or 'changeable,' or 'alterable'—they are condemned by the holy catholic and apostolic Church."

In other words, here forth adhere to Catholicism's definition of the Holy Trinity or pay the price - persecution or worse.  Wow talk about a thread crap, you make a statement about who is and isn't Christian in a roundabout way, then drop in something as irrelevant as the Constantinople Creed verbatim and go on to falsely claim it's the Nicene. If your goal is to to sell Catholicism, a little bit more honesty and relevance might help.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 17, 2014, 07:09:16 PM
I'd definitely consider it, since currently where I live in Canuckistan I have to tie into a costly cable subscriber and then pay the HBO on top of that. That's meant me not watching the 1st 4 seasons of Game of Thrones until it was available on disk. My concern with this, along with the other recent announcements of networks and cable offerings moving to streaming, is that in my city the ISP's still have the right to cap bandwidth. So far that hasn't been an issue with Netflix, but with all these new offering coming online, I wonder how it will pan out. There's already a few time slots where I don't bother to watch anything HD on Netflix, and that's not even due to BW capping; just crappy capacity on the ISP's backbone.
17  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dead of Winter on: October 16, 2014, 11:25:17 PM
I've never played it, but have heard great things about it. The fiddly nature of it is the only criticism I've ever heard anyone make of it. I hope someone in my gaming group picks it up soon -  my gaming budget is spent until
the New Year.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 10:55:04 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 16, 2014, 06:24:44 AM

A Tal-vashoth is just an outcast Qunari than a race. Although the term Qunari refers both to the species, and to all those who follow the Qun.

Actually no;  a Qunari is anyone who adheres to the Qun. This is text from The World of Thedas Vol 1:

"However, the label "Qunari" more accurately refers to a follower of the religious text known as the Qun, regardless of his or her race-hence the capitalization of the name in many texts."

I actually meant to say Kossith which is the correct term for the horned race, so my bad on that. It's true the Tal-Vashoth are those Kossith that have rejected the Qun, but they're treated as a unique background in the tabletop RPG which Bioware approved.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 06:02:09 AM
Are the character choices they're giving you all for the Human race or can you also choose an Elf, Dwarf, Qunari or Tal-Vashoth?

The class choices seem generic, but of those I'd give a vote towards the Rogue Dual-Wielder. I've gotten to watch the damage that class specialization can deal to my NPC's and beasts time and again in my DAGE campaign - it would be cool to see it in videogame footage.   icon_cool

And now that we're on the topic of generic. My question would be: Are there any plans for add-on/DLC content for Inquisitor that would actually let players play classes and backgrounds that aren't generic fantasy archetypes? I'm thinking out-of-the-box here, like maybe a Called Grey Warden or an enlightened Darkspawn Architect?
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 13, 2014, 09:04:34 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 06, 2014, 03:31:09 PM

That’s fair, but is this REALLY the only game that interests you on the system?  The WiiU actually has a pretty good exclusives lineup now, at least better than the XBONE and PS4 currently has.

I almost feel guilty, and I stress almost, that I still don't own a WiiU yet and don't feel compelled to. I bought all 3 of Nintendo's previous gen consoles day 1, but almost 2 years after release I still don't own their latest. This game looks interesting  as does Super Mario 3D, but to be honest only Pikmin 3 has given me the slightest feeling that I'm missing out. A Zelda game would do it, but the flashy, new graphics on Windwaker HD wasn't enough and Hyrule Warriors seems like a lackluster attempt at anything in the Zelda universe. If I got a WiiU with this game and Pikmin 3, and maybe a few others like SM 3D and Mario Kart, I'm sure the system would grab the brunt of my gaming time for a month, but it'd likely just sit idle after that.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 13, 2014, 08:46:54 PM
My primary device is whatever the game I'm currently playing runs on, from my DS and Android tablet to my PC and consoles. I really don't have a favorite, although I currently do lean slightly towards playing more on my tablet and PC. I also don't own any of the new gen consoles as a  must-have/GOTY hasn't arrived on any of them yet for me. Maybe when I get one of them  it'll change, but I do still have a decent backlog of quality 360 and PS3 games, but neither of those occupies more of my play time.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 07:25:01 PM
I'm interested in both Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and The Evil Within, but I'll definitely await reviews and impressions. As per usual though, I'll probably wait until they price drop, but maybe the Evil Within in time for Halloween if it proves to be good.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Flash on: October 08, 2014, 04:05:08 AM
Anyone watch the opening episode? Thoughts?

I'd give mine, but a few friends are working on it, so I fear I might be viewing it with a bias.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 01, 2014, 04:46:53 AM
I'm not sure if this is on Netflix USA, but we recently got the cBBC (youth BBC) series Wolfblood here on Netflix-Canuckistan. I noticed it was getting good viewer ratings, so I checked it out with my daughter and was pleasantly surprised by it. It's a take on the lycathropy mythos that's aimed at a younger teen audience, although IMO there little in it that wouldn't be fine for preteens.  It  has a very good cast of youth actors and the handful of adult actors turn in solid performances too. I watched the 1st season -unfortunately all that's available on Netflix Canuckistan- and except for 1 or 2 goofy episodes that were deliberatley targeted at a younger viewers, the writing has been good with dialog that really doesn't talk down to its audience, making it enjoyable for adults. The CGI for the wolves is fairly cheesy, but it still works and the canines come across as, dare I say it, cute at times - they do have their scary moments too. Best thing about it is the music which is Celtic and very tastefully done - one of the best opening songs I've heard in a while.

The series was produced for a youth primetime viewing slot, so the episodes are only 25 minutes long. cBBC produced  2 more seasons, so my daughter and I are hoping Netflix picks those up too. IMO definitely worth watching if you have some youngsters at home that would enjoy watching something from the horror genre that'll entertain them, but won't give them nightmares.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 06:25:38 AM
I bought it a few years back on the 360, but it never really grabbed me. My kids have sunk countless hours into it though and built some very impressive homesteads. My daughter has a mansion with a small forest on the rooftop with some sizable tree houses on top of some of the trees, which in turn have trees growing from them topped yet again with tree houses.  icon_eek I can see where you could really get hooked, but I always just got lost in the dark and then ganked by spiders or nasty humanoids that blew up in my face.   eek

If there's lots of other kids out there as into it as mine, I don't see how M$ loses on this deal.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 06:46:36 PM
I thought the 1st film was OK, enjoyed the 2nd more -somehow it seemed to work better in a dark, medieval setting- and absolutely detested the 3rd. I almost feel a sense of shame that the 3rd was filmed in my city - almost.

I do think the premise of the films is good; if they can up the quality with a reboot, I'd be interested.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 28, 2014, 05:04:53 PM
I'm IN for Dragon Age! Umm...that is, I'm IN for BoxSet 3 of the tabletop RPG. With the outrageously long delays in it's release, I'd already moved my Dragon Age campaign to a fan-made adaptation for another RPG system, which has run very well. The BoxSet 3 PDF's released a few weeks ago though -print copy releases this week- and they're getting very good buzz. That got me to push the button today for the print edition. The way I see it, even if I'm not sold on the system after what's added by the level 11-20 content, I can always use the fluff and adapt the expanded bestiary to my current campaign.

I like most of what I've read & seen about DAI so far, but I'm still holding on a wait-&-see approach to it. I've read that David Gaider has had much greater involvement with it, so that's keeping me optimistic. I have to say I'm not the slightest bit interested in the Inquisitor edition though, despite really enjoying the setting. Other than the journal and cloth map, that bundle just looks like a collection of cheap toys for a hefty price tag.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 21, 2014, 02:59:59 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 05:57:58 PM

The believe extras are included with newer iTunes movies.

Good to know, I hope the same thing happens with Ultraviolet and the Google playstore. I've had bad experiences with the iTunes store, so I can't see myself going digital through them.

Quote from: hitbyambulance on August 21, 2014, 03:23:51 AM

I realize my answer of "I only buy movies on LaserDisc" puts me in the company of no-one else here. I just picked up a few the other week for a dollar each. analog video ftw

That's cool, 2 of my friends are really into Laserdisk collecting. I can't say I'm into films enough to have it as a hobby, but both of my friends work in the film biz and were early adopters of the tech. They both have Pioneer HLD-X0's, which they claim are the best players ever built. All I know is that they're hulking big players, but very nice to look at in a retro sort of way. icon_biggrin
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 05:08:44 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 20, 2014, 02:55:39 PM

I only buy Blurays if it’s a two pack that comes with a DVD copy as well.  I give the DVD to my mom so she has something to watch since she doesn’t have cable/satellite.

The same, except the DVD is destined for the 360 in the den and the older laptops and DVD players my kids have. I prefer to buy the 3 pack combos with BRD, DVD and digital. I doubt I'd ever buy just digital though. There's very few films I'd like to own where I don't want the extras that come on disks. If the home movie biz goes all digitial and they continue on their current trend of excluding extra content, I'll just stop buying.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Shadow Realms - Bioware New IP on: August 13, 2014, 08:45:18 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on August 13, 2014, 03:00:19 PM

retard  Not what I was hoping for. I realize co-op is the salted caramel of gaming, but I'm not a fan.

I don't think the co-op in this will play out like Diablo 3 style, if that's you're concern. Baldurs Gate, BG2 and Neverwinter Nights all had 4-player co-op, but they also had a decent character party system for those who wanted to experience it's campaign in SP.  I would expect this would be similar, since it's also from Bioware.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 13, 2014, 08:12:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat 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.

It'll happen; the strong box office for TMNT is primarily USA based, whereas GotG is roughly splitting it's box office between USA and foreign. Movies that draw a majority of their box office from the USA tend to trail off if they aren't good, as bad publicity tends to have some impact in a media saturated market like the US. Regardless, GotG has now done $325 million globally in just 2-1/2 weeks and I won't be surprised if  TMNT doesn't even achieve that in its entire theatrical run.

BTW I watched TMNT at a local cheapie Tuesday viewing since making my last comment. I'm siding with my friends; IMO it was piss poor and apart from the fact it was somewhat darker like the original manga, I thought the 1990 film bested it in just about every department.  So glad I only had to dole out $6 to see it.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 07:40:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 13, 2014, 06:18:55 PM


Why is it called "Norway"?

I'm thinking it's because every Norwegian secretly dreams of being a dancing vampire in the Athens underworld of the 80's. wait...don't you?   Tongue
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why all the hate toward Activision? on: August 12, 2014, 03:04:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2014, 07:32:04 PM

The hate has mostly died down to a mild simmer since they shut up Bobby Kotick.  He had a real penchant for making statements that made him (and Activision) come across like a greedy prick with no respect for gamers as consumers.

Yep, pretty much the reason for my dislike of the company. left to his own devices, the Kold-tick would burrow under the skin of gamers and suck their enthusiasm away with a constant parisitic stream of online fees & DLC. Others are more forgiving, but I won't warm up to Activision until they finally jettison him.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 08:42:46 PM
Went and saw this the past weekend with my kids and we all really enjoyed it. One of the criticisms I heard before going in is that it's a bit of a mindless action film. I can't say I agree with that at all, as I found the screenplay well written with dialog that at time was even witty. As well, for the party of rogues sort of space opera it is, I found the characters were better conceived that 99% of such movies. Very impressed with it and I'll have no problem recommending it to friends that aren't even SciFi fans.

BTW I talked to a few friends that saw the new TMNT movie this past weekend, and a sense of outrage at how truly craptastic it was seemed to be the consensus of opinion.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 09, 2014, 12:23:57 AM
Mostly board and card games with my kids, as my tabletop RPG group is taking a week off and I've been putting in too many nights recently with RPG videogames. Going to get in a number of sessions of the Nightfall deck building game, probably a game or 2 of BattleTech and maybe a session of Last Night on Earth. If we do get to any videogames, it'll probably be some co-op Diablo 3 on the 360.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 08, 2014, 09:11:04 PM
Meh, it's ultimately Kold-tick and his company behind this. He'll manage somehow to suck the spirit out of anything potentially good from a Sierra brand resurrection. This will probably amount to our beloved heroes from those Sierra games being featured in some bland shooter. Oh, and you'll no doubt have to pay extra for everyone of those heroes, as they'll likely be DLC.  icon_twisted
37  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: August 08, 2014, 08:47:40 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 29, 2014, 04:07:48 PM

The main issue with the D&D games is that you can level up once and the change is trivial. Also, the move or die mechanic that keeps the game going can get tiresome. I did have fun with it with my older son (Cool.

For sure the game has a few rough edges. I didn't have much problem with the movement or dice mechanic though, since the movement isn't much different than D&D or Pathfinder and the attack dice mechanic is just the standard d20 rolled against Armor Class like those RPG's too. Which is why I think the games do capture the feel of the tabletop RPG to a certain degree. I do like how the games forgo the DM and allows every player the chance to take ownership of an opposing monster - even if it results in them attacking their own PC. The levelling is trivial, but since I play it with my kids, I just house ruled that you get a healing surge -outside of those available to the party- when levelling. That certainly made it feel less trivial and made it possible for me to play the more challenging scenarios with them.

I haven't played Galaxy Defenders, so I really can't comment. I'm thinking it probably wouldn't replace the D&D boardgames for me though, as it's based on a completely different genre and setting.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Horns on: August 03, 2014, 03:53:08 PM
Wait, wasn't this supposed to be out last year? I know one of my buddies watched it, but that could have been a special prescreening.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 03, 2014, 03:24:34 PM
Netflix Canuckistan just got the 2012 Total Recall movie. I watched it and enjoyed it for the most part, but it did seem to weaken a bit towards the end - or maybe I was just getting sleepy. I think it's worth watching for fans of the original or SciFi movies.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 03, 2014, 03:07:49 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on August 02, 2014, 04:45:03 AM

The recent CGI Captain Harlock movie just showed up on Netflix. This is something I've been dying to see since I saw the trailer months ago. I heard it's not that good but I loved the old Harlock TV series so I'll still give it a go.

If you enjoyed the TV series and other things Harlock, I highly recommend the 1982 feature Acradia of my Youth. I consider it the high mark of the Harlock universe. The 6 part OVA Harlock Saga that came out in the early 90's was also decent, if not a bit weird. It's a retelling of Wagner's Das Rheingold, so watch it for what it is. I'm not sure if either is available on anime services like crunchy roll, but both of those are available on DVD. Aracadia is considered a golden age classic, so any rental outlet that has an anime section should have it.
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