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 on: January 28, 2015, 12:06:23 AM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Bullwinkle


Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon

This is an awesome cast.

Leslie Jones is kind of out of left field.  She's a beast of a woman and kind of uniquely hilarious.  To me, she's an inspired choice.

I love all of these women, though.

 72 
 on: January 27, 2015, 11:08:35 PM 
Started by naednek - Last post by Isgrimnur

Quote from: Devil on January 27, 2015, 06:33:23 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 27, 2015, 04:47:56 PM

Quote from: Devil on January 27, 2015, 04:23:25 PM

If you say you want the balls between 12.5 and 13.5 do you really mean it?
12.5 psi and -15 degrees in Green Bay, the ball will loose something.
13.5 psi and it's 107 in Miami, the ball will gain something.

You are preemptively fired as my travel agent. 

And it has never hit 107 in Miami. Tongue

Arizona?

Record high in Glendale, the home of the Sun Devils stadium, used prior to the opening of the UofPhoenix covered stadium.  In October.

 73 
 on: January 27, 2015, 10:59:41 PM 
Started by naednek - Last post by forgeforsaken
Since that Sharp analysis showing the Patriot's fumble rate to be some crazy anomaly is bound to be posted at some point, just go read this instead
and see why he's wrong (and possibly intentionally fudging the data)

http://drewfustin.com/2015/01/27/patriots-fumble-comments/

Or this one

http://regressing.deadspin.com/why-those-statistics-about-the-patriots-fumbles-are-mos-1681805710/

 74 
 on: January 27, 2015, 10:24:57 PM 
Started by Dante Rising - Last post by Dante Rising
I'm surprised there has been so little interest on the forum for the RPG Lords of Xulima. I picked this up during a daily Steam sale, and the game is superb. If you like classic RPGs such as Baldur's Gate or Might and Magic, you should definitely pick this one up.

The premise of the game is that the Lords of Xulima (similar to the Greek Gods) are losing their power, and have vacated our realm to fight an enemy that threatens to reshape the world through the use of destroyed human souls. In their absence, several corrupted princes have divided up the the land of Xulima and subjugated its people. Your quest is to overcome these princes, who have fallen under the influence of the enemy, and restore the Xulima back to the Lords.

Exploration is played out in an isometric view similar to Diablo III or Baldur's Gate. You create 6 user generated characters and navigate through a HUGE country, exploring, harvesting herbs, and fighting various on-screen and randomly encountered enemies:



Exploration is more limited than Baldur's Gate, as you can not actually enter buildings. Instead, people stand outside of them offering up quests or selling their goods. Likewise, dungeons are not quite as intricate, although they do still feature traps, hidden doors, and secret locations. The world also has fewer NPCs, but the main focus of the game is exploration and combat, so I do not consider this to be a fault. I recommend playing on the "Classic" difficulty, as it makes the need to forage for food and gather herbs much more crucial. Likewise, almost every enemy encounter will test the player, and you will need to use every weapon, spell, and potion in your arsenal to win.


Combat is turn based, and takes place in a perspective similar to the of Might and Magic Legacy:



On classic difficulty most battles, especially in the early game, tend to be gratifying, hard-fought wins. Initiative, encumbrance, speed, weapon type, etc, are all factors in gameplay. Enemies use various buffs and debuffs to excellent effect, and the AI does a good job attacking the weaker mage and cleric units hiding in the back row. I'm also pleased to report that there is a wide variation in the types of enemies you will encounter, along with the typical "re-coloring" of enemies you've already seen.  As mentioned previously, there is a combination of on-screen and random encounters. Random encounters are tolerable, as one only occurs every 30 seconds to one minute. Each area you explore also has a limited number of random encounter enemies, and once they are defeated the area is safe. You also gain extra experience points for purging the area.

Character creation and leveling is detailed, and leveling occurs frequently enough to keep that next upgrade just beyond the horizon. Along with your typical stat upgrades, characters also learn skills such as lockpicking, harvesting, hunting, mercantilism, etc. Likewise, various spells also upgrade and the usual suspects are all present: fire, ice, poison, wind, etc.



Overall, I'm very pleased with Lords of Xulima. While not as feature rich or story driven as Baldur's Gate, it is a well crafted RPG with tons of nooks and crannies to explore. The storyline is also slightly off the beaten path, and the combat is difficult enough to keep things interesting. Steam users rate the game as "Very Positive", and Metacritic currently has it rated at 79%.




+Large maps to explore
+Excellent customization of your party
+Difficult, varied combat (on classic mode)
+Solid storyline
+Pleasing graphics and a great soundtrack


-The best weapons and armor are only at the merchants. Chests usually have gold, gems, or potions.
-Less NPC interaction than the AAA RPGs.
-Cannot explore building interiors




 75 
 on: January 27, 2015, 10:22:45 PM 
Started by Turtle - Last post by naednek
Turtle, did you get my PM?

 76 
 on: January 27, 2015, 10:09:03 PM 
Started by rittchard - Last post by Roguetad
My oldest and I have been playing it since the holidays.  He loves it.  He completed the main story, leveled up a few crafting professions and adventure professions to master, and is working towards level 50 to play the expansion.   

I've been a little less enthusiastic about it, but it's still good...better than the North American reviews would indicate.  It has a mmorpg feel to it, with a switchable job system.  The only downside for me is the crazy amount of dialogue.  It's nuts.  But that's only for the main story stuff.  The heart of the game is the open world mmo-like exploration and crafting.  The player ratings for the game are much higher than the critic ratings in NA.

 77 
 on: January 27, 2015, 09:36:24 PM 
Started by Caine - Last post by Purge
XBL Deals for Gold has a huge list of games.

Might pick up Another World (XB1) $4 and NHL15 for 28bux, though I am an EA Access member - I might hold off until they toss it in the vault.

#IDARB comes out late this week for free for XB1 Gold (no confirmed link). I would really like to get Dying Light, but with my backlog I'm fine with waiting.

Chugging through Thief. Ugh.

 78 
 on: January 27, 2015, 09:36:09 PM 
Started by rittchard - Last post by rittchard
Game was patched again and servers improved.  There are still some issues but things were much smoother last night.

I forgot to mention there is also a draft mode similar to other games of the genre.  You get to select your two factions and then you get a series of cards to choose from to build a deck.

Last night I ended up in an epic battle from Draft.  It kept going back and forth, every single time I thought I had the match under control, my opponent would counter with everything he had.  And then vice versa, it was just crazy.  I ended up winning but I'm not entirely sure what happened.  I think the opponent forfeited but I don't know if it was by choice or if he ran out of cards or what.  While I thought I was up, I'm not entirely sure I had the match won when he quit.  Either way it was one of the best online matches I've had in a long long time.

 79 
 on: January 27, 2015, 08:33:33 PM 
Started by jztemple2 - Last post by Greggy_D
Also available at gog.com

 80 
 on: January 27, 2015, 07:48:25 PM 
Started by Gratch - Last post by Isgrimnur
 Bring your own!

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