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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: May 03, 2012, 02:10:03 AM

Quote from: Scraper on May 03, 2012, 01:24:03 AM

Quote from: notrich on May 02, 2012, 10:30:20 PM

welp... a minor character gets killed

almost a full book early (and takes some of the emotional impact of that scene in the book away... i would have liked to see the actress play that scene - but unlikely to happen now)

Spoiler for Hiden:
If you're talking about Aria's victim, then yes it was an entire book too early, actually since it happens towards the end of book three it was probably two seasons too early, and I was really looking forward to her killing him in that scene too, if I remember the book correctly she repeatedly stabs him with needle after she steals it back from him.

yep - book spoilers
Spoiler for Hiden:
screaming "is there any gold in village - where are the brotherhood - how many were there?" as she stabbed him

for me the dogs swordfight and her reclaiming her weapon was almost as big as the wedding scene... it was a HUGE payoff in story telling for me as i was reading it for the first time and on subsequent readings

its also why i was worried that she might be too old unless they pushed up filming of all her scenes for the next two seasons early in next years production - you could easily argue that she ages overseas for the purposes of the tv series but she is still super young at that point in the books

if they didn't have weese in the tv series they could have had a nameless cohort of tickler and saved tickler for later... the killing of tickler in the books was awesome... in the tv series -- eh

the dinklage remains awesome "Demon monkey???"

also i think the set designer that built/dressed "the fist of the firstmen" set must have worked on spinal tap
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: May 02, 2012, 10:30:20 PM
welp... a minor character gets killed

almost a full book early (and takes some of the emotional impact of that scene in the book away... i would have liked to see the actress play that scene - but unlikely to happen now)
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 27, 2012, 04:09:49 AM

Quote from: TiLT on April 24, 2012, 04:26:43 PM

As for the character, here's the current speculation in its roughest form: (moderately big book spoilers)
Spoiler for Hiden:
She's actually the Jeyne we know from the books, only she's "undercover" for one reason or another which is likely to be revealed soon. Robb might end up in the hay with her, and only afterwards realize she's a noble. His honor will force him to marry her, which leads us to the events we know from the books.
well i was more worried that she was a character made up out of thin air to replace the character in question...  seems like a silly way to introduce the character (if the speculation is true)
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 24, 2012, 02:31:41 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 24, 2012, 01:35:30 AM

Quote from: notrich on April 24, 2012, 12:34:58 AM

this last episode was pretty good... the flayed man makes his appearance.  I was a bit surprised where they ended it - though I enjoyed how it ended with the red witch (she is growing on me - initially didn't like the actress)

It didn't have anything to do with her baring all, did it?  icon_biggrin
lol no... actually the way she speaks was annoying to me... but its growing on me after hearing her more. (and some of the cooler lines made it in from the book)

also - liked the special effects at the end

upon seeing the repeat tonight... looks like another non-book character?  the girl from volantis?  not ringing a bell for me anyway

45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 24, 2012, 12:34:58 AM
this last episode was pretty good... the flayed man makes his appearance.  I was a bit surprised where they ended it - though I enjoyed how it ended with the red witch (she is growing on me - initially didn't like the actress)

46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 21, 2012, 04:22:48 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on April 19, 2012, 08:23:48 PM

I was thinking that Osha was going to have an expanded role and replace the frogs.

except she can't be in two places at once?

big book spoiler
Spoiler for Hiden:
she is supposed to go with rickon in one direction... AND NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN FOR 2-3 BOOKS   icon_lol

and the frogs go with bran - actually the frogs could be slightly older or replaced by another character... and bran's scenes will probably be a total of 15 minutes screen time the next two seasons - i exaggerate of course)
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 19, 2012, 03:51:36 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 17, 2012, 05:20:45 PM

What does bother me is I just read the episodes are shorter this season.  I thought I was imagining it but it seems like there are so many characters barely getting any screen time.  Daenerys and Robb weren't even in the episode and Bran, Jon and Arya basically just got one scene/sequence each.  Hard to see how they'll cover the events of the entire book this season.
I think that part of the problem with so many characters is that some parts of the story will be glossed over until there is a reduction in the amount of cast members.  And it is kind of annoying that they spent so much time on characters that did NOT have significant pages in the books... it wouldn't seem so glossed over if they had a few more episodes this season to flesh things out (or reduce the number of characters to focus on). 

Also... daenerys' story potentially involves a cameo by the dragons which is probably adding significantly to the budget (but it would seem by now that those kind of effects should be getting cheaper).  So it kind of makes sense... and skipping an episode kind of pushes her story toward the end of the season... I expect they will be skipping some of the desert stories... which might allow the stories to be similarly paced near the end of the season (hitting climaxes around the same time).

and are those digitally enhanced wolves i am seeing?  

The wolf dreams are nice to see... hopefully the frogs make an appearance soon or are they skipping those characters?

I am still bummed that there were no Ned dreams for season 1 (even if they were 5-10 seconds a piece)... and since they skipped that entire thread of the book then I suppose it is possible that the frogs won't even make an appearance at all.

major book spoiler
Spoiler for Hiden:
the ned dreams and the stories from the marsh kids contain hints about jon's mother - the story of which the tv series seems to be skipping entirely
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 16, 2012, 03:58:00 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 16, 2012, 02:06:11 PM

I don't recall Renly's queen knowing about her brothers relationship with Renly. Was that in the book and I just spaced?
the whole changes regarding the story of renly are a shame... it was pretty cool in the book when you started noticing what was happening and put the pieces together (its not like they are making him gay completely out of thin air... some of the clues are sledgehammers).

it would have been cooler for them to plant the seeds in the first season and have the shocking revelation happen during (or just before) the BIG scene coming up (if they felt the need to confirm it or make it explicit).

But I can't fault them for making it more upfront - its on the checklist of film/tv making now... next up incest will be in every show... lol .

alluding to a book spoiler
Spoiler for Hiden:
Also, it kind of makes sense for them to expand renlys story a bit considering the limited amount of time they have to tell his story
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 16, 2012, 01:55:27 PM
i honestly don't mind some of the changes they are making to the story (having fights instead of jousts, having a camp instead of a small keep for the nightwatch showdown, being caught immediately instead of having a side adventure before getting caught).

but I sooooooo wish that they had the scene where damphair was drowning converts for the god of the ironmen...

and the beauty should have been uglier.

definitely enjoying the season though... still worried about seeing a 20 yo arya at some point (but i guess they have stated that they are going to film the next two seasons back to back so maybe they might push the arya scenes early in the schedule)

the tyrion and cersi stuff has been fantastic... and that little shit king has continued to be awesome...
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: April 01, 2012, 06:21:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2012, 05:55:04 AM

HBO can come up with a ending, but you'll have to read the books for the perfect one.
i will be perfectly happy if it makes it to the end of ASOS... (it would be nice if they used flashbacks in a couple of episodes to flesh-out the knight of the laughing tree story... the armorer could play the young baratheon, arya could play lyanna stark... it would be awesome... too bad it will probably never happen)

Meanwhile... the GOT marathon is happening today... and I finally got a joke (completely missed it the first time iirc)

it is the time that jon snow is talking with tubby about not wanting to father any bastards and...

Spoiler for Hiden:
tubby makes a good oral/other sex joke, "well then... you DIDN'T know where to put it"
that made me laugh... i can't believe i didn't notice it before
51  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Black Panthers offer $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman on: April 01, 2012, 03:58:29 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 31, 2012, 10:59:13 PM

In fact, wouldn't Florida's stand-your-ground law give Travyon legal permission to do whatever he felt he needed to do to protect himself when a strange man starts following him in at threatening way?

This, in fact, is a critical point that I'd first heard on NPR that really turns this case upside down.  If Trayvon was threatened by a man with a gun, his 'stand your ground rights' allow him to pummel that guy in self defense.
wouldn't trayvon have to kill zimmerman for stand your ground to take effect (a simple pummeling wouldn't be enough to trigger it - right)?   At the very least, it seems unlikely that SYG would be triggered if the opposing party is there to muck it all up by telling an alternate tale.

seems like it would be better to kill first and ask questions later... <- I am being sarcastic (of course i guess you would have to start out by saying  "you are scaring me - i am in fear for my life" )

it generally pays to be able to start our your statement with, "I can speak without fear of contradiction"

is a gun required for stand your ground to be in play?
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rick Santorum almost uses the "N" word? on: March 31, 2012, 09:59:37 PM
this reminds me of the tape that people claim that the super neighborhood watchman said some sort of racial slur (except this one isn't all fuzzy and unintelligible)

one of the other videos (20secs long) at your link actually go on past the vocalization that you claim can only mean one thing

"the anti-war government" -oddvocalization- "that america was a source of division around the world"

hopefully i typed that out accurately...

the place where i have -oddvocalization- (originally i had stutter there but it isn't quite a stutter )- you have the n word?  it wouldn't even make sense in that context

i am no fan of santorum... but jesus - what will happen when you actually see someone utter the word? (and not just imagine the intent?)
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Vengeance (TV Series) on: March 31, 2012, 04:13:45 AM
well this show is getting predictable... every shocking scene tonight was just a matter of thinking "what could be the most shocking thing they could do?"

54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: March 25, 2012, 03:35:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 24, 2012, 10:04:56 PM

damn, if they keep up with one book per season it looks like they could get close to running out of stuff to film before he is done with the series:

Still, Martin is promising his fans a tad quicker finish to the sixth and penultimate book in the series, "The Winds of Winter." He says he already has 200 pages written and hopes to have it finished in two, maybe three years.

Even with that "speedy" prediction, it could be the turn of the next decade before Martin finishes up the series with "A Dream of Spring."
that link isn't working for me, so i don't know if it references one book per season, but in previous articles - there has been reference to the later books in the series getting two seasons per book (starting with storm of swords)

meanwhile... events in the storm of swords take place within a year or so from the beginning of the series.

in that book arya was still at the beginning of her story by the time the (or one of the - depending on your opinion smile ) most awesome sword fight in a fantasy book occurs...

real life arya will have aged 3-4 years (depending on if they have an extra season in there)

in book 5 and 6 take place in parallel for the most part (adding another 6 months to book arya?)... and real life arya ages another 2-4 years

THAT is the real problem for the tv series in my opinion (if they were smart they would film ALL arya/bran scenes for the ENTIRE - currently published - BOOK SERIES in the next season - assuming there isn't a time gap in any of the later published books)

(i have no problem with tv arya being older than book arya - i think i would have a problem with tv arya aging 8-10 years after the series ends when arya likely will age 2-3 years - at most)

book spoiler regarding rickon
Spoiler for Hiden:
with rickon... they can just recast him 8 years from now when he reappears

most successful tv series end around season 5 due to the syndication stuff right? (probably poorly worded but i think you know what i mean)
when do most HBO series end? frown
i will be happy even if they end it at storm of swords...

if anything... this series kind of proves the original point GRRM had stated a long time ago that it would have been impossible to film a movie series based on the books that gave it any kind of justice.  Even in the tv series they are blowing some of the good stuff - like ned dreams from the books (a pet peeve of mine - but i am glad the tv series made it to air).

I really wish they would do a hedge knight movie...  heck THAT might have been a better TV series to shoot for... traveling knight and his squire traveling from village to village solving crimes and having succinct 48 minute adventures

queue law and order bom bom
55  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Senate bans insider trading on Capitol Hill on: March 24, 2012, 10:02:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 23, 2012, 03:12:48 AM

I have the same response to this like I did a recent law making bestiality illegal. 

why the hell did it take this long?
i would imagine for the same reason that it took so long to close down insider trading on capital hill...
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 24, 2012, 09:43:37 PM
a blonde genius... ac outside

what makes me laugh harder is that she seems to know the idea is wrong but you can see her "thinking it through" and talks herself into it being a good idea.

the look she gives at the end kills me...

(i hope it is not a staged/fake)

this probably was posted before?  blonde math - how long does it take to go 80 miles at 80mph?

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 19, 2012, 01:05:16 AM

The real meaning of MPH.  Oh jeebus this girl is dumb.

ugh... i missed that one on the previous page... at least it was the second link in the post (think of it as a bonus to the original post?)

i was going for providing proof that sometimes stereotypes are accurate theme...
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Vengeance (TV Series) on: March 24, 2012, 09:26:28 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 11, 2012, 05:10:42 PM

Quote from: notrich on March 11, 2012, 04:41:08 PM

Also an annoyance for me... for several episodes they would kill endless romans AND LEAVE ALL THE WEAPONS AND ARMOR (yes - they stars of the show are gladiators... but not all slaves are gladiators)

I think in most situations this season, Spartacus et al. killed Romans mainly by necessity (i.e. when they were on the run). In those cases, they can't really stop to strip the soldiers of their armor.
yeah i understand what you are saying... but it is not like they couldn't pick up a sword or shield and hand it to the next unarmed slave they see... it is nice to see them picking up weapons occasionally now.

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 11, 2012, 09:06:55 PM

Are you sure his hair was blonde?
i am pretty sure the woman that got killed that episode was a girl... going to miss her

I am also going to miss the latest girl to get the axe... (the story twist was a tad ludicrous but will ensure that my favorite evil blond - who actually looks like a girl i know - will be around for another episode or two i guess)

I am beginning to think these writers hate hot chicks...

Quote from: leo8877 on March 24, 2012, 04:43:28 PM

Damn the Roman stuff is good!!!
yeah... the roman story is more fun to watch - whenever they switch to the spartacus story it seems like they spend 20 minutes playing grab-ass and have one or two lines that advance the story.

58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: March 19, 2012, 03:53:40 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on March 19, 2012, 02:03:14 PM

Decent episode with three glaring problems.
Spoiler for Hiden:

1. This ain't Mass Effect or Counterstrike, folks. The head shot parade was insane and defied belief. Trying to shoot zombies in the head while driving 20-30 MPH over rough terrain isn't going to happen. Also, how many shots does that rifle have, Hershel? 25? 30?

2. Jimmy's death was moronic. You pull over into a herd and don't even have the door closed?

Ok, I could forgive those two...but this next one almost ruined it for me.

3. Lori's reaction was again evidence of horrible, sloppy writing where there's no consistency. Just a few episodes ago she was telling Rick to essentially kill Shane. Now she's upset when the deed is done in self-defense? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Even my wife, who is much more forgiving than I am, said that was "dumb".

But at least "Teh Stupid" was covered up by some good zombie action.

Also, I was wondering if anyone else caught this. In Episode 1, Rick sees a helicopter in Atlanta and starts to gallop after it. That's when he turns the corner and meets up with a huge pack of zombies and has to take refuge in the tank. That's the real start of his zombie journey, which put him at the farm. This pack of zombies followed a helicopter (I believe it was the same one) out of Atlanta and, like Rick, ultimately ends up at the farm. I just thought that was interesting and some nice consistency.

I have to agree with black...

1 - i will give someone in the movies/tv 80% accuracy but not 100%

2 - it was more than just that specific example -
Spoiler for Hiden:
ALOT of those deaths were stupid - not to mention the fact that they are in cars... RUN THEM OVER as the first option and save the ammo.

and NO backup plan... NO walkie talkies... one gun shot wakes up every zombie for miles around and sends them into a frenzy????????

3 - it was a bad over the top reaction (even if you discount the specific timing of her overreaction)

Overall it was a good episode, but some of the hamhanded actions/dialog/deaths made it less than it could have been (it could have been listed in a top season finales list if not for some of the poor choices they made)

good stuff for next season - still interested in watching it  - (i just think that the farm story was poor in general - story logic wise it just didn't make sense to me)
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Defenders on: March 19, 2012, 03:40:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 16, 2012, 04:32:52 AM

looked on the forums and saw that some people had to restart Steam a couple of times to get it to show.
cool little game... i thought it might not work when i saw how choppy the movie and menu screen was... it was slideshow speed on the menu but silky smooth in game on my old pc (it would be funny if min specs were required for the movie or menu but not the game).

the only downside is that now that the free weekend is over steam does not list the game to let me remove the game (3gb with no way to delete it? ouch).

i will have to dig around the forums to see how we are supposed to remove the game in order to recover the HD space.

here is a thread that provides a link to launch steam and delete it... (weird that the game doesn't show up to allow you to delete it  yourself without the link)
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Defenders on: March 16, 2012, 04:06:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 16, 2012, 02:55:18 AM

free weekend this weekend on Steam.  it almost looks like they have Aang in the game:

i have been looking around for 20 minutes for a free weekend button... the store page... my library... its not the demo button - right?
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Wyoming Kills Doomsday Bill on: March 11, 2012, 04:53:32 PM
were they talking old time aircraft carriers?  or nuke?

wouldn't a nuclear aircraft carrier be a cheap way of getting a nuclear reactor? 
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Vengeance (TV Series) on: March 11, 2012, 04:41:08 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 11, 2012, 04:25:16 PM

I feel like the Spartacus camp stuff gets worse every week and the Roman back-stabbing gets better.

Yeah... something is missing... i think the actor is fine.  The writing/situations seems weaker for the spartacus camp though.

Also an annoyance for me... for several episodes they would kill endless romans AND LEAVE ALL THE WEAPONS AND ARMOR (yes - they stars of the show are gladiators... but not all slaves are gladiators)

In the last couple of episodes, they are showing non-glads getting trained in archery and stuff (but it would still be nice to see them picking up shields for the non-glads at least)

I also enjoyed this last episode showing that the recent slaves right of the boat didn't appreciate what was given to them.  I am hoping the story they are trying to tell with the gladiators gets better from here.

ps - i am going to miss that blond
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cartier Ad on: March 11, 2012, 04:27:24 PM
I was watching/listening to the sunday morning shows when this ad came on... (i missed the beginning where they show the name of the company)

the commercial was endless - I don't know if it was the full 3:30 secs or if it was trimmed to 3 minutes... but i was laughing outloud (thinking that the fabled "what the hell is this ad selling" riff has gotten out of control - keep in mind i missed the beginning... i figured jewelery or watches... but had not seen any company brands)

in this day and age when most commercials are limited to 30-60 secs... i was stunned that they did the crazy long commercial on sunday morning.

enjoy (for viewing out of the sight of women)
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX] Justified on: March 08, 2012, 07:34:44 PM
hopefully someone will post that desk conversation soon... the laugh when they accused him of being corrupt with the dumbass was pretty awesome
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX] Justified on: March 08, 2012, 07:04:19 PM
this past episode was pretty funny... I especially liked the replay of one of the coolest lines evar!

local cop:  you THREW a bullet at him?

badass:  I was sending a message

local cop: ???

an edited version of the original (and of course the spoil the punchline)
66  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Happy Super Tuesday! Updated with winners! on: March 08, 2012, 06:43:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 07, 2012, 09:47:47 AM

perhaps a Gingrich/Santorum team up to take on Romnet? icon_lol

which one is the top?

<share crash>
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Kingdoms on: March 08, 2012, 06:47:14 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 01, 2012, 05:19:27 AM

I saw this when it appeared on Steam the other day, so I thought I'd give it a go. Well the account creation screen seems to be so ineptly programmed that it won't accept any password I enter. I'm glad I've gotten to the point where I don't have the patience for things like this anymore. I figure with something as rudimentary as that flawed, the rest of the game really can't  be worth my time. Oh well...deleted....gone...moving on.
you really aren't missing anything... i saw it on steam too and decided to download it simply because i have been immobile for about 5 weeks and have been running out of games to play.

This game is actually a web browser game that takes up around 500mb on your hard drive (it reminds me vaguely of evony)... I am stunned that steam let this crap in their store. <-- maybe too harsh?  it just seems waaaaay out of place as a steam game.

Basically you might spend an hour or two reading up and "playing" the game the first time you fire it up, but I am finding myself only spending about 10-15 minutes once or twice a day to send out scouts and build a building or two.

I am currently in World 4 in the county just to the RIGHT of dublin...
i might give it a week just because i am so bored - anyone that wants to give it a try feel free to pick a city near me and when i leave I can send you my stuff.

I have also read some complaints on their boards that the game is rife with multiaccounters who are making the game unfun.

The only thing that might make the game more enjoyable would be if the game speed was multiplied x100 for a game of weekend play.

Three big mistakes i made:
1.  I thought that we could move buildings around for free... apparently that was due to a beginner credit that was invisibly counting down every time i moved something... i was moving my resourse pile around so that i would maximize stone or wood production as needed... now it is stuck forever by the stone production (instead of in between to balance out production for the long haul)

2.  The research tree is nonsensical (in a couple of ways)...
A- there is a little number in the pictures which make you think that you need that level of research - nope... it is based on the level of your account (which is incredibly slow to advance).  So i was sitting there advancing my food research to such a level that i thought it would unlock wheat and pigs, but it would not unlock.
B- some research items that require much higher level are way to the left (where you might think that beginner research items would be)

3.  I waited too long to build the merchant house which has really left me in a jam - i would suggest building it early (right when it comes available at lev5 (i am currently level 7 i think)

a few hints:
Be sure to build wood and stone production and focus on orchards until you get up to level 6 or 7 (bondsman or freeman i think) - multiple food items give you a bonus but only if they are equal amounts (it seems like in early game there is a bigger bang for double and tripling rations of one item instead of having multiple food items).

don't sweat building an army - you can't build anything but peasant troops until level 6- right after a new world start i am finding 10 peasants can go out and fight wolf lairs and minorbandit stuff - i generally just put leftover peasants into the army because you have to wait sooooooooooooooo long for buildings to build up as you get further into the game.

definitely build banquet stuff (can be used to boost your level over time) and food multipliers during the early game (you can double rations so that peasants come in faster)

the one cool aspect of the game mentioned is fuzz's first post is the faction/house system and that there are parish, county, and kingdom cities... i voted myself in as parish leader, which gives me access to build out the parish city.  there are in-game forums where you hypothetically can communicate, but no one is doing that at this point (only a few days into a new game world).

the most annoying thing for me?  about 50% of the time when you click your shortcut to get into the launch screen - around 50% of the time they wont put the start button in their launch screen... so you have to restart around 3 or 4 times just so you can get into the game for 10 minutes and log off.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: March 06, 2012, 07:17:54 PM
wow... just catching up on reading a bit and then saw this thread

here are the end results of the kickstarter campaign
pledged of $57,750 goal
seconds to go

my favorite pledge...

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 Backer SOLD OUT (0 of 1 remaining)

Your original D&D character, based on your descriptions (within reason), gets a walk-on cameo in The Order of the Stick webcomic sometime this year. Plus, you get an original signed crayon drawing of that character, an autographed copy of War and XPs, and the Roy Greenhilt magnet.
Estimated Delivery: Dec 2012

direct link to rich's updates on the project

the stories picked by a backer have been announced
I've also gotten a lot of questions about what the "Backer's Choice" PDFs are that were mentioned on the Monster in the Darkness' charts. Scroll down the list of rewards to the $1250 level: three stories where the main character is being chosen by a backer rather than by me. I'm also ready to announce which three characters these stories will be about: Therkla, the Cliffport Police Department, and a pre-Order Belkar Bitterleaf. All three stories will be delivered to all backers once they are completed, too, so that's three more things you have to look forward to.

interview... with a funny one panel at top
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: February 25, 2012, 12:51:11 AM
I know its dumb to complain about, but everytime I have been at a farm... there has been at least one other farm within 5 or 10 miles.

it seems weird to me that this is THE ONLY farm that is inhabitable.  going there for medical help made sense, but after the first dustup between the two groups, why didn't the old man say... go down a few miles to the ol'Johnson farm (it could use some fixing up but is defensible and you can do some farming while your ol'lady pops out a future zombie etc.)

70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Top 5 Graphic Novels on: January 22, 2012, 10:40:04 PM
2112 by Byrne (this thread is going to make me dig it out again)
The Dark Knight
The Killing Joke
Rising Stars (I guess it was a series technically and I only really liked the first third of the series - but it initially read like a graphic novel/miniseries) - there was also another series that was more in line of what this thread was meant for I think... midnight nation)
71  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Romney Handing Out Cash! on: January 17, 2012, 06:05:44 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 17, 2012, 03:06:34 AM

Buying votes one at a time when you need a million to win is something his opponents hope he does.
$50 per vote sounds like a deal
(unfortunately the numbers are for iowa... i imagine there must be a site out there that compiles it for each state)
72  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Romney Handing Out Cash! on: January 16, 2012, 06:40:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 15, 2012, 04:11:39 PM

Mitt Romney gave a handful of cash Saturday to a woman who had told him she was struggling financially after an event in Sumter, South Carolina.

An aide said the GOP candidate gave the supporter "what he had on him" - about $50 or $60.

The woman, Ruth Williams, met Romney earlier in the week and told him she was having trouble making ends meet. On Saturday, Romney recognized Williams while he was shaking hands with supporters after a rally, an aide said.

Romney spoke to the woman and handed her several bills.
well that's one way to get votes.  I could use 50 bucks to buy a few six packs of Guinness, Mitt biggrin
I wish she would have given back the money and asked for a job...

73  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Stephen Colbert will not run in 2012 on: January 16, 2012, 06:38:22 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 15, 2012, 09:38:30 PM

Colbert Super PAC has a new ad out  "Mitt the Ripper"

i loved it... but i wish they said it was Bain that was a serial killer (and then asked the question - who should go to jail for all these murders?)

I think it is awesome that colbert is playing up the south carolina presidential committee thing - I suspect that he might push the idea that write in candidates should be allowed... maybe he can sue (for the ability to have write in candidates) and take it to the supreme court?

74  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Great Gift Pile (trade talk - coupons, coal, etc.) on: January 01, 2012, 12:11:19 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on December 31, 2011, 06:04:13 PM

Open steam.
Click on Friends -> View Friends list
On Friends List click the arrow next to their name if they're listed as online
Click on 'Invite to Trade'
Trade Away

well that is just awesome for people that are sitting by their computer 24/7 lol (thanks though... i was going crazy clicking on every drop down list i could find)
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Giveaway Challenge on: December 31, 2011, 05:22:27 PM
sounds like a great idea!  (unfortunately i can't participate this year)... but hop on over to the gift pile thread in the other forum and i would be glad to give you my coupons so your game prices are cheaper!
76  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Great Gift Pile (trade talk - coupons, coal, etc.) on: December 31, 2011, 05:17:25 PM
i am looking everywhere (except google) to try and trade... rightclicking on friends - checking out all the drop down menus, etc.

you would think there would be a trade button somewhere lol
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Romance/Seduction in the workplace on: December 30, 2011, 11:42:13 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 30, 2011, 05:27:21 PM

If I were to use that seduction technique--walking someone to an ATM so they can see my account balance--I wouldn't get laid.  nod icon_lol
yeah that was what i thought was funny... and to the guy that thought the poll was creepy... i didn't take alot of time to figure out funny ways to add options from the story that was linked

the story had some ludicrous allegations... so i was trying to make a poll focusing on those - wasn't expecting serious responses to be honest.  the dude was allegedly groping her, bragging about how desperately sheryl crow wants him, showing of his atm balance and bragging about multibillion dollar deals... nothing you would see in "normal" harrassment stuff (just like the farve thing was fairly unusual).
78  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Steam: Great Gift Pile (trade talk - coupons, coal, etc.) on: December 30, 2011, 11:35:29 PM
I didn't notice anyone talking about trading coal and stuff in the other steam threads... hopefully ok to have a seperate one here (i was thinking about putting this in the trading area but i would assume that not alot of people read that section of the forum).

Is anyone going for the max coal?  if so I would be willing to help out if we had everyone here add 1 coal to the guy.

Meanwhile... I have 2 coals (need 7 for a free giftpile game)... and two bs coupons - willing to give the coupons away (or will trade for coal if you don't want yours)!!

-50% off for men of war assault squad
-50% off for bit trip runner

list your coupons here if you don't think you would ever want to use them?

send me a pm to exchange info if you want a coupon or coal

79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 30, 2011, 04:27:37 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on December 29, 2011, 07:51:50 AM

A press release from N-Control:

Seem like this Kotkin guy was really bad in choosing people to work with. A 38 years old asshole as marketing consultant and maybe business partner that now get thrown under the bus for screwing up badly? A teenage kid as a social media consultant?

a press release with MORE EYEBALLS than ever before imagined possible for that company... congratulations for the greatest free marketing campaign evar!

(also... how many people NEVER heard of this game controller company before?  how many will (almost) NEVER forget the name of the company and product?  Or at least until the product is proven worthy/unworthy)
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Romance/Seduction in the workplace on: December 30, 2011, 04:06:03 PM

During dinners, hotel-room visits and other meetings in cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, St. Louis and Madrid between 2007 and 2009, Hurd kissed and embraced Fisher, brushed his hand against her breast and attempted to initiate an affair, according to the letter sent to Hurd on June 24, 2010, by Fisher’s lawyer, Gloria Allred. Hurd, who is now a president at Oracle Corp. (ORCL), wasn’t found to have committed sexual harassment by Hewlett-Packard, and Fisher herself later said the document contained inaccuracies.

Hurd also told Fisher of plans to buy technology services company Electronic Data Systems Corp., a deal that was ultimately completed in 2008 for $13.9 billion, according to the letter. During a meeting in Madrid in March 2008, Hurd walked Fisher to an ATM and showed her his checking account balance of more than $1 million to impress her, the document said.

While there is some dispute of the accuracy of the letter... I thought some of the alleged acts were funny.
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