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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: April 30, 2015, 04:23:42 PM
Takenoko is my son's (9 years old) favourite game. 7 Wonders is very close to my favourite game, if not my favourite (but there are a lot of competitors for that slot). Ghost Story is very very good, and very very hard when on anything but the easiest difficulty setting (for those who don't know, it's a players vs the game game).

I saw the Wil Wheaton Tabletop playthrough of Tokaido, it looks sweet but I don't know anyone who has it.

The DC deckbuilding game is FAR superior to Legendary. The few times I've played Legendary one player has got way ahead of everyone else, so everyone else tanked the game so there was no winner (as they could not possibly catch up to the player that had got the better start). We experimented a bit with a co-op variant, but it just turned out dull.

I highly recommend Seasons (link), Mare Nostrum (link), and Shogun (link).
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 25, 2015, 07:02:03 PM
Jeremy Jahns is a YouTube film (and sometimes game) reviewer I follow because he's entertaining and I like his opinions - he said this new Joker reminds him of someone cosplaying as the Joker at a con
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: April 15, 2015, 01:30:16 AM
Catching up on a couple:

Percy Sledge

Richie Benaud (probably only known to a few here, but an absolute legend in his field of sports broadcasting and before that as an International Cricketer)
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 11, 2015, 05:28:49 AM
Not entirely sure you folks are the target audience for this, but just in case you were thinking of going to/taking younger relations to "Home" the movie; don't bother. It's eminently forgettable. Took my 9 year old son this afternoon and his favourite character was the cat. I was bored pretty much out of my skull. I have a particular dislike for stupid protagonists/antagonists, and this movie has them in spades, despite somehow having mastered space travel and anti-grav technology.

It's not even that pretty by today's standards, the writing is boring and cliche, and the voice acting is poor. (Not helped by the fact that the voice of "Oh" is instantly recognisable as Sheldon Cooper, which for me was extremely off-putting).

5/10, but only because I'm feeling generous.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 07, 2015, 05:39:28 AM
Aside from a post by RusVal almost a year ago, I've seen no one mention Invisible Inc (linky: ) It's currently in early release but there are any number of playthroughs up on YouTube and it's very polished, and also they put up a forum post ~12 hours ago as I post this saying that they have a firm release date for May this year.

It's a Rogue-like Corporate Espionage game, turn based like XCom (you go, they go). Rogue like is an overused term these days, but these guys mean it in the most appropriate of senses; it's procedurally generated (so no two games are the same), death is permanent, bad decisions are irreversible, and it's seriously difficult. It peaked my interest a few months ago and has again; I'm thinking of picking it up.

Rus, did you end up playing it? Has anyone here? What did you think?
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 26, 2015, 05:13:30 PM
  We also see that the spotlight TIE Interceptor pilot is an older veteran and experienced wing leader able to advise and encourage even ad hoc wingmen. The implication being as your combat hours stack up you graduate to the more expensive but more imposing Interceptor.
  ...TIE Bomber pilots are of course a breed apart (read "lunatics"). And not just because of the two X chromosomes Wink.
It's been way too long since I played TIE Fighter - is it the Bomber or the Interceptor that finally got shields? Or was that only on the TIE Advanced?
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: March 24, 2015, 02:27:46 AM
 re-watching the first season of Babylon 5 is through (4 episodes to go - my goodness there were a TON of hints/reveals dropped in season one that took years to play out fully).

Also, not that you probably care but you just went up several hundred notches in my estimation, and you were already pretty up there. (Granted, a notch isn't very big  Tongue )
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 16, 2015, 05:34:38 AM
That was, quite surprisingly, exactly what I needed. Thank you!  Grin
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: March 12, 2015, 11:48:22 PM
Godammit Wolverine  Cry

(OK so you warned me, but still)
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: March 12, 2015, 01:46:00 PM
Excuse my language but what a shit thing to wake up to  Cry Cry Cry

41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 27, 2015, 01:59:15 AM
Sounds like a hell of a guy, Rus. And someone who has had a big influence on you, so at least in part lives on through you. Sorry to hear about your loss.  Cry
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: February 25, 2015, 05:26:29 PM
So this guy turned up at my house last night. Don't trust him, he's an imposter.

43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 20, 2015, 03:46:50 PM
Yeah I've played it a bit, although we've only got the base set and one expansion figure (no new maps).

I really enjoyed it as a wargame-lite, but most of my friends were either wargamers who thought it was too simple or boardgamers who thought it was too much like a wargame. As a result it's been somewhere near 5 or 6 years since I've played it  Undecided
44  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Kickstarter? on: February 16, 2015, 04:32:48 PM
I'm perfectlyt content to wait, and I will certainly be buying everything SpyCraft3 that is ever printed/produced ever, I had just hoped that with the updates we'd had (including public playtests) it was a little closer to completion. Our group has been fumbling around for a decent modern-era spy game for a long time. For the record I'm a massive fan of SpyCraft (the original), but the rest of the group have moved on from such childish things (tongue firmly in cheek).

SpyCraft 2 is good, but it's not a Spy game as such without some work.

As I said, content to wait. I have money right here, waiting to give to the good folks at Crafty.
45  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Kickstarter? on: February 16, 2015, 03:25:32 PM
Yay for Kickstarter, shut up and take my money please!

However, I had (perhaps foolishly) hoped Spy3 was a lot closer to completion than "3-12 months before a product will feasibly be on the market" (and that after the Kickstarter winds up)  Undecided
Not this year, then. Especially not if you have a bunch of Stretch Goals to create (I'd assume they aren't existant before the Kickstarter starts, as you wouldn't know which ones will be needed.
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