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 on: August 30, 2014, 04:36:20 PM 
Started by davidrobots - Last post by Lordnine
I picked it up on PC when it was $15 a couple weeks ago.  A surprisingly good game.  Unfortunately, I canít get any of my friends to play with me because the license scares them off.  icon_cry

 on: August 30, 2014, 04:33:11 PM 
Started by MonkeyFinger - Last post by forgeforsaken
Did you sell any old consoles or devices?  May have left one paired.

 on: August 30, 2014, 04:02:56 PM 
Started by MonkeyFinger - Last post by MonkeyFinger
Went into Netflix on my PS4 last night for the first time in a while and it asked me "Who's watching?" and showed me three profiles: mine and two others I did not add. Just checked online and while one of them has only watched one movie, the other has an 'interesting' history. So... I'm assuming my Netflix account was 'hacked' in some fashion and these were a couple of freeloaders? Deleted both profiles (sorry two and ubuntu), changed my password and did the 'sign out of all devices' thing, guess we'll see what happens next.

 on: August 30, 2014, 02:55:36 PM 
Started by WorkingMike - Last post by Bullwinkle

Quote from: WorkingMike on August 30, 2014, 05:05:53 AM

Hahaha, we've been playing Star Realms A LOT. I'm on IOS as Jarvin if you want to play a game or two. I've been giving a few decks away to friends as well, everyone is really enjoying it.

Run, Fight or Die is topping my list. It will have to wait until next year, the gaming budget has run dry for us. Seemed to be the talk of GenCon though.

Darkest Night is great! I feel it is the spiritual successor to an old game called Dark Emperor. I'm really impressed with the quality that VPG has been putting out lately. I need to grab some expansions for it one of these days.

The others were completely off my radar, I'll need to add them to my BGG list. Hoplomachus in particular sounds intriguing. Is it mano y mano, or more akin to the formations of say, Battle Line?

Neither, really.  Small groups go at each other, and each unit has different tactical abilities, but I wouldn't call it formation based.  You need to get your fighters into position to help each other deal the best damage to the other guys.

It feels like a classic arena skirmish, though the cities who are presenting their fighters include Xanadu, Atlantis and El Dorado.  It doesn't go crazy with the fantasy at all.

There's a progression system as well, through crowd favor, which will have you unlocking certain abilities (with the caveat that you also help your opponent a little), including releasing your champion, who is essentially chained in place on the battleground (and can be attacked) until you earn enough favor to release him.  You can almost hear the crowd roaring when that happens.

The gameplay is quite good, and the real draw of it is the mousepad style gameboard and the chip based health system. It's not gorgeous or anything, but it's clever.
Here's a look:
Spoiler for Hiden:

That said, if you've play Splendor too soon before playing this, the chips will feel a little disappointing.  But the system is still cool.

There are also some cool solo scenarios.  Especially in the sequel, Rise of Rome, where you have to send your cities gladiators in against a Titan.  

 on: August 30, 2014, 02:53:22 PM 
Started by Eco-Logic - Last post by MonkeyFinger
I'm just not a big fan of that unit scale.  icon_neutral

 on: August 30, 2014, 01:41:55 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by ATB
We severely limit what they can access to a few sites that we've approved (pop tropica, webkinz world or whatever it's called, and a few other sites like those which only allow text based chatting character to character).  They do get to check the weather and search on topics for school or look up words and what not.

They NEVER browse into the wild. We do let them hit up youtube for videos about kid stuff and so far they haven't stumbled across anything terrible.

We do let them browse library sites and app stores and things.  We've had discussions in general that there are things they are not old enough to know about and things they should not see at this age. They take us at our word and haven't been pressing the boundaries yet.

 on: August 30, 2014, 01:08:55 PM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by Teggy
This explains how people went to 70 in an hour. It may or may not have been hotfixed now. Some people claim people are getting banned but I don't see any concrete evidence of that.

 on: August 30, 2014, 10:23:45 AM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by Harkonis
A few key points and you should be fine

Be courteous to others, ignore most of what they say, no personal info, trust nobody, then reiterate ignoring people and that while it doesn't matter if they insult you, just ignore them.

I was the one 'training' my nephew on internet gaming and he was jumping in the deep end on xbox live cod at the time.  Worked out fine and he learned early to just laugh and ignore the trolls without joining in.  He was 10-11 at the time though, so a bit older.  He also grew up in a household with freely spoken curse words by his mom so I wasn't worried about exposure to language, just his response to it.

I think as long as you are able to shape the experience you'll be fine, just don't worry too much since the internet is the internet.  Kids these days will grow up with a different overall exposure to some things as a result anyway

 on: August 30, 2014, 09:24:16 AM 
Started by EddieA - Last post by EddieA
Here's a trailer.

 on: August 30, 2014, 09:22:55 AM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by Harpua3

Quote from: Hrothgar on August 30, 2014, 05:32:57 AM

I finally broke down and grabbed this on PS4.  I barely started a coop game with my wife.  It was fun, but we'll have to try again when we're not tired.  Some unexpected wallers nearly wiped us. 

Same here. If the wife's not super tired she really likes this. Waiting for it ...

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