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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 08, 2014, 11:23:10 PM
I still enjoy most of the types of game I ever did, but for the most part I don't have much interest in games that don't feature co-op play. That's probably mostly due to me being into Pen'n'Paper RPG's and boardgames in a big way. If I can't get a social experience from a videogame, I just don't seem to enjoy it much. Competitive mplay shooters have never tickled my social interaction itch unless they're played at a LAN party. The exceptions are some Android tablet and DS games, which I still do enjoy for their SP play - would probably enjoy iOS SP games too, but don't own one. I do sometimes play a SP 360 or PC game, but that's rare and almost alway an RPG.

I was big into crunchy flightsim and racing games in the 90's, but despite still owning decent wheels and HOTAS, I don't make much time for them any more. Not that there's many quality titles for those types of game now anyways. The biggest change for me is adventure games; loved playing them on the PC a lot in the 90's, but seldom ever play them anymore.
42  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: July 08, 2014, 10:26:32 PM
Sorry I did't reply back again earlier.

I'll 2nd the recommendation of Pandemic for a very good co-op game, although I'm of the opinion that in order for adults to get a decent challenge from it you need the On the Brink expansion. If you like Tolkien's Middle Earth, the Lord of the Rings boardgame can be fun for co-op.

For something with a bit of a Lovecraftian horror flavor Elder Sign can be a fun co-op experience, but it's fairly light on theme. Along the same lines Arkham Horror nails the Lovecraft theme in a much deeper way, but it's rules are crunchy and it takes a long time to play - well worth it though. There's also the newer Eldritch Horror that many seem to enjoy, but I personally haven't played it.

Another good co-op game with a Fantasy setting is Legends of Andor. Just be warned that it has a time-limit play mechanic that a number of players don't like. I've played it with my kids a number of times and they've always enjoyed it, despite often losing. And of course there's the 3 Dungeons & Dragons adventure games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt) that nail the feel of playing the RPG quite well.
43  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 08, 2014, 09:05:10 PM
I'll just chime in and comment that I bought Risen 1 yesterday and I'm quite impressed with it. I previously owned the Risen 2 DVD, but wasn't nearly as impressed with it.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 08, 2014, 08:46:01 PM
Yep, would never have predicted this - all sorts of records being set in this match! I don't have the audio where I'm watching  it, so I'm curious if the usually very noisy Brazilian crowd is rather silent?
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 11:03:41 PM
I want to say the Netherlands have a chance to go all the way now that they've got the extra time monkey off their back, but I've been very impressed with Argentina. I'm gonna say Argentina wins if they keep the Dutch off the score board. If they let the men in orange get even 1 in the net though, I expect they'l lose. I'll go with Argentina repeating their magic of 78 and pulling off a 1-0.

Even though I've seen the Germans in many a World Cup start slow and finish strong, I"m going to say Brazil gets pumped up by the home crowd and finds a way through. So I'm going with Brazil winning 2-1. With an Argentina Vs Brazil final, I don't even want to venture a prediction, except that it'll be 1 helluva game!  smile
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 10:43:35 PM
Don't look now...Netherlands and Cost Rica are going to a penalty shootout. Netherlands look like they may have done yet another of their dominate-the-entire-game-but-somehow-manage-to-lose. many times have I watched them do this - deja vu all over again.

[Edit]Phew...Netherlands does it on penalties. There was going to be 1 or 2 breakthroughs there -  a Concacaf team gets to the semi-final for the 1st time since 1930, or the Netherlands finally win a game that goes to extra time. Hard to believe the Dutch had never won a world cup game that went to extra time until today. Next up; a rematch of the 1978 World Cup in a semi-final!
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 08:04:16 PM
With both Brazil and Argentina now through to the semi-finals, I'm starting to feel more certain that this will again be a cup held in the Americas and won by a team from the Americas. I was very impressed that Brazil got by Columbia, as the latter had been playing so well. Argentina looked very good in their match against Belgium too. Brazil gets Germany, Argentina probably Netherlands, but based on they way they've both played, I'm not convinced either of the European teams are good enough to reach the final.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 05, 2014, 06:12:46 PM

Quote from: Zekester on July 03, 2014, 11:25:16 PM

2) why did you move to another line??? Fuck that.

I'd stay in line, order neopolitan and proudly display my cone while proclaiming I've just ordered a multi-colored, multicultural flavor. Then again, I live in Canada.  Tongue
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: July 01, 2014, 11:12:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 27, 2014, 07:03:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 27, 2014, 09:26:13 AM

Side note, $14 for a popcorn and large drink??? I can't believe how expensive it is to go to the movies nowadays.

Expensive???  Try watching a film here in Chicago.  I had to prostitute myself in the alley behind the theater to get money for a medium sprite.
You make that statement expecting us to believe you wouldn't do that even if you didn't need the money.   Tongue

All of this is confirming my intentions to not waste a cent on this and maybe, MAYBE, watch it if it shows up on Netflix.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 10:38:48 PM
Yup, Belgium has indeed returned to their form of the 80's.  That was one great game! Howard was truly outstanding; if it wasn't for him the USA could have easily been down 3 by the end of regulation.
51  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 27, 2014, 03:37:48 PM
I'm sure you're aware of all the co-op boardgames available. I find 3 players to often be the sweet spot for gameplay with most of them.
52  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 26, 2014, 11:01:07 PM
I don't have any direct experience with Dixit Origins, but the base Dixit game IMO really needs 5 players to shine. Of course with 3 very creative thinking players it could play half decently. You can always check out what other players think the minimal required players are by checking out Dixit game page at Boardgamegeek. There's a section called "User Suggested # of players" where you can view what other players think are optimal numbers; just click the [Poll] then [Results] button.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 10:14:28 PM
Lol! Belgium plays half the game down a player & still manages to beat Korea.   icon_razz

So very happy that Algeria did the David & Goliath thing & advanced at the expense of Russia. First Russia completely chokes in Olympic hockey and now this.  icon_lol
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 06:09:19 PM
Team USA moves on to face Belgium - a team that appears to have returned to their form of the 80's. Going to be a good, but challenging game for team USA.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 05:36:28 PM
Ghana has now tied up there match with Portugal. Not looking good here for Team USA - they look seriously outclassed in this match. If it wasn't for Howard they'd be down by 2 or more goals. They're going to need some major, lucky brake to walk away from this one with a draw.

[Edit] Portugal has taken the lead (2-1) again - there's hope yet for Team USA.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 04:51:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 26, 2014, 04:31:02 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 26, 2014, 04:19:52 PM

Rather than ban Suarez, I don't know why FIFA and the leagues he plays in don't just make him wear a mouth guard. He's obviously a repeat offender with no ability to handle his primal/vampiric urge to bite. The minute he doesn't wear his mouth guard in a match, ban him for life or put a wooden stake through his heart.   icon_twisted
I believe they have a shot of this. 

Perfect!!!    icon_cool thumbsup
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 04:19:52 PM
Rather than ban Suarez, I don't know why FIFA and the leagues he plays in don't just make him wear a mouth guard. He's obviously a repeat offender with no ability to handle his primal/vampiric urge to bite. The minute he doesn't wear his mouth guard in a match, ban him for life or put a wooden stake through his heart.   icon_twisted
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 24, 2014, 07:23:07 PM
Italy officially out, maybe I shouldn't have edited the subject line afterall, as they truly did suck.

I'm bummed about Croatia; their defense played terribly against Mexico and they had an excellent shot miraculously stopped by a Mexican defender. Still Mexico played a very good game -particularly their offense- and got a well deserved win. With Mexico and Costa Rica through, If team USA also advances this world cup really can be claimed ground-breaking for Concacaf.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 23, 2014, 06:14:37 PM
Wow, I knew Netherlands had a good chance to beat Chile, but I really didn't expect them to shut them out! With that win I believe they avoid a round of 16 match up with Brazil.  Go Netherlands!   icon_biggrin thumbsup
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 23, 2014, 08:56:32 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 23, 2014, 06:00:28 AM

Is Penelope Cruz in this film, and I just missed her slywink?

lol. Yeah, I did a brain fart there - edited and corrected.  I must have seen one of Penelope's films recently - although I can't recall which one.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 23, 2014, 03:20:04 AM
I saw this last weekend with my son and really enjoyed it. I'd classify myself as a Cruise fan and I thought this was one of his best films of the past 5 years. Much to my surprise my son didn't enjoy it nearly as much; he didn't think the subtle humor meshed well with the rest of the movie. Whereas I thought it added some nice contrast. We had just watched Oblivion the night before, which my son thought was excellent and a better Cruise film, so that may have been some of it. I'd never read any of the graphic novels or novella, so I went in blind and found the story to be good, solid SciFi.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 23, 2014, 02:44:04 AM

Quote from: Scraper on June 23, 2014, 02:27:05 AM

Mexico will advance. Concacaf has been tough in this cup and Mexico is playing with a new found confidence.

While I'll admit Mexico has a good team, I don't think it's a slam dunk for them. Croatia looked decent even in their loss to Brazil and would have looked that much better if they hadn't had a bad call go against them.  Meanwhile they absolutely demolished Cameroon - one of the most lopsided results of this tournament yet. It's for sure going to be a good game, and the way things have been panning out at this World Cup so far...who knows.

[Edit] Too bad about Team USA; I figured they'd outplay Portugal, but a miraculous save by a defender and a lapse in the final minute cost them. I won't be surprised if they still make it through, but they're going to need some luck go their way in the last group matches.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 21, 2014, 08:27:52 PM
Wow, watching the Germany vs Ghana game and it's not going the way I predicted at all!! Germany looked strong in the 1st half and on the 1st goal, but seemed to have fallen apart after Ghana's 2nd goal.  eek It'll be interesting to see if Germany gets back into the match.

[Edit] Looks like their back in via some good subs.  smile
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/20/14 on: June 21, 2014, 08:24:06 PM
Working through my 2nd playthru of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. Last time playing was more than 5 years ago, so it feels fresh. If I pick up the Sons of Abraham in the Steam sale, I might get in some Crusader Kings II play too.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 21, 2014, 06:03:04 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 21, 2014, 05:30:03 PM

I wish this game would end, very boring. Argentina look very lackluster.

I take it you were making your post before Messi's goal  icon_biggrin  - man that was one beautiful goal. Give credit to Iran; their goaltender was outstanding, their defense was solid, and if it wasn't for some excellent saves by the Argentine goaltender they would have a draw.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 21, 2014, 05:17:12 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 21, 2014, 05:09:39 PM

You really think we will beat Portugal?

There's the possibility that Portugal will prove to not be the chokers they usually are, but my gut feeling says the won't and the USA moves on.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 21, 2014, 03:45:02 PM
As to Concacaf teams performing well, I don't really see this being a big break-through world cup for the conference. I'm still of the mind that Croatia will find a way to advance at the expense of Mexico in Group A, and Honduras is out unless you believe in divine/miraculous math. IMO Costa Rica and USA are the only Concacaf teams that will advance to the round of 16. As to teams of the Americas doing well (thinking Columbia and Chile here in additional to the usual Argentina, Brazil) in general, I think that's par for the course for world cup held in the Americas. All World Cups hosted in the Americas, have always been won by a team of the Americas:

Uruguay 1934 - Uruguay
Brazil 1950 - Uruguay
Chile 1962 - Brazil
Mexico 1970 - Brazil
Argentina 1978 - Argentina
Mexico 1986 - Argentina
United States 1994 - Brazil

Now if you were to be talking Women's World Cup - hell yes, both USA and Canada are cup contenders from Concacaf.  slywink thumbsup
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 20, 2014, 06:32:04 PM
If Team USA can beat Portugal on Sunday they'll no doubt go through - don't see Ghana fairing well against Germany.  Unfortunately my schedule is going to make me miss that game and most of Sundays other matches too. I get Monday though to watch Netherlands Vs Chile and Croatia Vs Mexico. Man am I pumped for those 2 games!
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / World Cup 2014 on: June 20, 2014, 06:11:30 PM
I'm trying to remember a world cup when this many top rankned teams took an early exit. Well...I guess in theory Italy is still in, but after that truly suckastic performance against Costa Rica I having a hard time believing they'll beat Uruguay. I'm rooting for Netherlands and Croatia, so I'm not sad to see some top ranked European teams exit before the playoffs.

Anyone else following the cup...

[Edit] Was time to remove the derogatory comments in the Subject line.  smile
70  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Twilight Struggle digital version on kickstarter on: June 06, 2014, 05:50:09 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 06, 2014, 04:28:19 PM

I've enjoyed their Nightfall app on my phone, and have good things about their Lords of Waterdeep adaptation.
Sadly not available for Android.  icon_frown My daughter keeps asking me about this, but all I can offer her is the Nightfall adventure game from Big Fish. If Playdek's Nightfall doesn't get adapted to Droid by the Holiday season, I'm thinking I'm going to be buying an IOS tablet for her.
71  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Twilight Struggle digital version on kickstarter on: June 06, 2014, 05:41:32 PM
I own the boardgame and a few others in its style (Labyrinth the War Terror and 1989 Dawn of Freedom) and have enjoyed them all. Twilight Struggle is the better of those 3 IMO. I'm in, but since I already own the boardgame and really only want it for my Android, I'm only going in for a $10 pledge.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat X on: June 06, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
I just want a new equivalent to MK Shaolin Monks. Man did my son and I ever have a blast playing that co-op. The 2011 MK game was decent, but I'd rather have another MK that was solely focused on adventuring.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG Galaxy on: June 06, 2014, 05:28:09 PM
I don't know, I ran XFire and Steam for a few years and having 2 clients running never seem to get in the way. I like GoG enough that I'd probably run Galaxy provided it's footprint is small enough for run on my older PC too. I'm not at all surprised GoG's doing this; when classics started showing up on Steam I figured it wouldn't be long before something like this would be coming down the pipe.
74  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Realms on: June 03, 2014, 04:00:05 PM
Want it, but I already have too many good DBG's that don't make it to the table often enough.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: May 06, 2014, 09:00:03 PM
I've been watching the anime series Fate Zero which was just added to Netflix Canuckistan. A sort of urban arcana theme with an interesting story and some terrific animation. Highly recommended to fans of anime.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Games on: May 06, 2014, 05:45:30 PM
Personally, I'd be embarrassed if I created a top 10 Star Wars videogame list and had SW The Force Unleashed in it - a truly mediocre game at best.  I'd have JK II Jedi Outcast and Rogue Squadron II in my list.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 27, 2014, 03:47:12 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 25, 2014, 04:43:47 AM

Sword Art Online actually... and enjoying them myself as well.   icon_cool

And dang but the Christmas episode was all kinds of sad.

I'm really enjoying this series. I especially liked the 2 part story that spanned episodes 5 and 6 -  very cool story with lots of mystery and intrigue. About the only thing that's bothered me about it, is  a bit too much fan service in terms of sexy shots/angles of some of the female characters features. That's to be expected for the target audience though and it isn't frequent enough to be too annoying. Another good anime series and I'm definitely going to watch it through to completion.   slywink thumbsup
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 17, 2014, 04:20:39 PM
Am I the only one who caught the opening episode of the new Netflix series Dusk till Dawn. I never cared much for the original movie and the opening episode left me feeling about the same. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and watch a few more episodes, but it really needs to improve to keep my attention.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dungeons & Dragons on: March 14, 2014, 06:10:57 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 14, 2014, 11:18:07 AM

Unless, you know, Sweatpea were to... disappear or something.  ninja

Drow Rogue would do nicely.  icon_twisted
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dungeons & Dragons on: March 14, 2014, 08:49:24 AM
Necroing this thread just in case anyone missed this news from about 6 months ago. It looks like this movie is going no where, as Hasbro aka Hasblow also had plans for a new D&D movie with Universal studios. The film linked in the OP was a deal that the producer of the original movie (Courtenay Solomon-Sweatpea Ent.) had made with Warner Bros. Hasblow has filed law suit to block the Sweatpea-Warner Bros deal and Sweatpea has file a counter suit.

Apparently Hasblow granted all rights in perpetuity -doh!- to Sweatpea Ent for films based on the D&D license. Meanwhile Hasblow claims that those rights reverted since Sweatpea only made 1 theatrical release (the truly craptastic 2000 film) and 2 TV movies. Yeah well....this is going to be in the courts for some time and I doubt we'll be seeing a new D&D movie anytime soon.
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