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81  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. Sigh...how 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!
82  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.
83  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
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  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.
88  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
89  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.
90  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.
91  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
92  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
93  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.
94  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
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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
99  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.
100  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.
101  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.
102  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
103  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!
104  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
105  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.
106  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.
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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
113  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.
114  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
115  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.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: March 07, 2014, 05:12:42 PM
I've finally gotten around to watching this. I'd almost bought the BRD's a number of times, but my hefty netflix, DVD and BRD backlog always deterred me.  Anyhow I was ready to pull the trigger, but then my local public library acquired many copies of Season 1-3. I'm just a few episodes into Season 2 and enjoying it very much. I read the 1st 3  books, but wasn't wow'd by them and I'm actually enjoying watching this much more - rare for me as I almost always prefer books.
117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 05, 2014, 07:32:52 PM

Quote from: Rip on March 05, 2014, 06:56:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 05, 2014, 06:07:51 PM

Quote from: Rip on March 04, 2014, 07:20:18 PM

The Ukranian navy is largely irrelevant. The only major ship they have is an outdated Krivak frigate. The remainder are corvettes, minesweepers and a couple landing craft and a single ancient foxtrot submarine that you would have to have huge balls to even submerge in let alone fight with. The most valuable thing the Ukranian navy has is the bases themselves.

You're missing the point - the prize for Putin isn't some obsolete Ukrainian navy ships, it's the potential tonnage he can bank if he decommissions them and replaces with modern ships. The tonnage restriction on the Black Sea is a real pin the eye for Russia's aspirations for their BSF.  The Russians have even previously made threats to replace a ship for a ship regardless of tonnage differences - acquiring more ships makes that threat that much larger. For sure acquiring other naval ports in Crimea is a boon to to Russia, since Sevastapol is Russia's only warm water naval port. The real importance of those ports though, is  being able to sail the BSF from them and consequently have a year round naval presence in the Mediterranean.  That presence amounts to squat though, if it's pint-sized and made up of outdated ships.

This is true but it also plays with angering NATO and more importantly on this front Turkey who has a great deal of latitude about what goes in and out of the Black Sea. All they need to do is decide they feel threatened and that is the end game. Of course he could try to play hardball with Turkey but there is little doubt that playing this game with Turkey would bring about a military confrontation with NATO, which I doubt he wants.

Agreed - Turkey is the real Naval presence in the region. In fact, if the Russian forces aren't out of Crimea by the end of the March, I'd be in favor of Turkey sailing a portion of their fleet out of the Sea of Marmara into the Black Sea of a size that violates the tonnage treaty by exactly 1 ship. If Putin's willing to play his bullshit game around the naval treaty, let him know that NATO will not abide by it either. After all, with Bulgaria and Romania NATO members since 2004, the majority of the Black Sea coast is bordered by NATO nations. And with Georgia likely joining sometime in the next few years....well, it starts makes sense why Putin's desperate enough to pull off something like the Crimean invasion.
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 05, 2014, 06:07:51 PM

Quote from: Rip on March 04, 2014, 07:20:18 PM

The Ukranian navy is largely irrelevant. The only major ship they have is an outdated Krivak frigate. The remainder are corvettes, minesweepers and a couple landing craft and a single ancient foxtrot submarine that you would have to have huge balls to even submerge in let alone fight with. The most valuable thing the Ukranian navy has is the bases themselves.

You're missing the point - the prize for Putin isn't some obsolete Ukrainian navy ships, it's the potential tonnage he can bank if he decommissions them and replaces with modern ships. The tonnage restriction on the Black Sea is a real pin the eye for Russia's aspirations for their BSF.  The Russians have even previously made threats to replace a ship for a ship regardless of tonnage differences - acquiring more ships makes that threat that much larger. For sure acquiring other naval ports in Crimea is a boon to to Russia, since Sevastapol is Russia's only warm water naval port. The real importance of those ports though, is  being able to sail the BSF from them and consequently have a year round naval presence in the Mediterranean.  That presence amounts to squat though, if it's pint-sized and made up of outdated ships.
119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 08:18:30 PM
I also think everyone's underestimating the military capability and the shear determination and conviction of the Ukrainian people.  Just in case anyone's memory needs refeshing, here's a reminder   icon_cool
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 07:15:37 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 03, 2014, 06:53:09 PM

Russia can afford to play the long game. Of course they want their old empire back...or at least a comfortable buffer zone in their west.

If by long game you mean then military game, then I agree. However, they won't win the political or economic game - all of this will seriously pooch the Russian economy and eventually they're going to be faced with internal dissent and terrorism in Crimea and the Caucasus. Hence my earlier comment that  10-20 years from now they'll have lost the the game. Meanwhile a number of UN member nations will have had their sovereignty seriously violated in the process.  Continuing along this path, the only thing that could save them economically would be a highly favorable trade agreement with China, but Bejing is looking across the Pacific and to the EU for its trade future.

I guess it comes down to whether you're comfortable with a Russia that's engaged in a convoluted attempt to live out the dreams of Peter and Catherine the Great in the 21st century - I know I'm not.
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