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511  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: January 24, 2014, 05:59:38 PM
Gal Gadot signed for solo Wonder Woman movie

I don't know why, but every time I hear her name I keep thinking "Buck Godot".

...same, really.
512  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 24, 2014, 07:53:10 AM
Sanctum 2? Wut?

Tis a tower defense FPS with a near-future vibe. Action is frantic, messy, and slightly comic.
Basic riff: get materials, lay out turrets or fencing. Fencing is also stackable. Herd spore hordes into weapons fire.
Participate! Choose a soldier, kill stuff.
Free for download and trial on Steam for next few days.
First impressions: fun! Messy. Nice aesthetic. Clear possibilities for complexity. Not sure about long-term growth, but given that it's been discounted down 85% there isn't much to lose. Even for me.

Minimum:
OS:Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 1.6GHz or better
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7 or 8
Processor:QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible, 512MB VRAM+; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or better
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
513  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Too MANY skill points? Wait a minute... on: January 24, 2014, 05:55:38 AM
Surgery?
Egads. Best wishes and all that.
514  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 24, 2014, 01:27:01 AM
Well done!

Thank you thank you thank you.

That was...uh...hard. I barely struggled through my first couple of solo bronze missions. Had to improve to pass the silver, and the gold missions were...taxing. Angry
515  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 24, 2014, 12:09:29 AM
Thanks.   Cool

My advice for your gold runs is the Turian Infiltrator vs the geth (slow movers with no synch-kills) at Vancouver (good sight lines and evasive possibilities). Ignore overload completely and max everything else building for max durability (I recommend the duration evolution for the cloak -- you'll need it when things get hairy). Use the harrier if you've got it, with the AP and damage mods. Pack disruptor ammo, assault rifle rails, cyclonic modulator and grenade gear at the highest levels (you can never have too many stim packs, they'll save you so very very often).

Both my gold runs took me a tad over 80 minutes, and were the final thing I did to earn Mass Effect -- it's far more epic a feeling getting that banner doing a solo gold run than it popping up after you achieve an arbitrary number of points like with most of the other challenges



/Inside, I stand alone./

As Torque the Krogan Warlord, aka Uncle Crunchy the Christmas Krogan (he of broad red and green warpaint), and armed with the Vindicator Battle Rifle* and Graal Spike Thrower did I challenge the Geth hordes occupying Firebase Vancouver.
After much violence and dozens of expended supplies and at just under 80 (78:46 this final time) minutes per attempt on Gold, I broke through and achieved Lone Wolf.
I am not the Best of the Best, nor am I likely to ever be, but bet anything you treasure that as a lone predator, as a lurker in the darkness with naught but rage to warm me and no one but the Furies to comfort me that against all odds and opposition as long as I have a thermal clip and a reason to hunt I will find a way. Evil

Also being on the PS3 I couldn't take a screenshot nor figure a way to make Firefox take a screenie of my actual profile page. Oh well.

*Also imo the Vindicator is severely underestimated. Put a whole burst into a target and you've just hit them with 150% of a Mattock round. Plus it devours shields and barriers. 'Course I also really like the Incisor rifle, so as has been assessed I am "weird" like that. Cool Wink
516  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 21, 2014, 06:36:11 AM
Which Doctor are you?

Bleh, I scored as 10:

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The good news is, people seem to really like you. You're kind and generous and warm company, and you're never short of the right thing to say in a difficult moment.

However, you've been through some fairly tough times, and it can sometimes feel like all of this affection is just raining down and the bouncing back off your defences.

You put on a brave face, but sometimes that feeling of isolation can be hard to bear.

It's just as well you have some amazing friends to help you deal with it.

Aaaaaand so did I.
Hmm. Huh?
517  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Off Topic: RPGs with Narrative Dice on: January 19, 2014, 09:19:20 PM
I have a hard time saying to "Absolutely" avoid them.. but they're taxing on the GM's imagination.  It's a very narrative game system.  But the dice rolls... man.. exhausting.  Now.. if you like working on your mental feet for every part of every scene, you may love it.  Me?  I'm a little tired from the gymnastics. 

Outsource the heavy lifting. Player gets a success-with or failure-but result? Great! They describe the outcome. YMMV, of course, depending on play group.

+1 to this.
Doing so gives the player a chance to relate, without getting caught up in the whims of the mechanics ("I am a badass rampaging swordsman!...who can't roll more than minimum damage and who has scored zero kills"), how their character does what they've succeeded at. Cold and precise? Furious and overwhelming? In a controlled silence? Screaming insults? Solemnly? Playfully? With a sadists glee? A saint's icy condemnation? Like a brawler? Or as an artistic technician? Disaffected in a battle-trance but with face frozen in a demon-mask of hate?

I love that kind of opportunity; I think it reflects life. Driving a couple of miles to hit a store for snacks and drinks is hardly noteworty in terms of challenge, but just how ("oh god no way we let Steve drive again") you get there flavors the experience.

Not so much to the "every silver-lining/cloud has a cloud/silver-lining." That just seems...uh...of dubious value....although I had an insight the other day watching a movie with two master swordsman banging the crap out of each other in a very brief but lethal duel. It looked like, by what I thought of as "normal" d20 mechanics, that they were constantly "missing" as neither scored a hit 'til the end.

I was getting it backwards. Neither was missing. Mechanically they were pounding chunks of Vitality off each other as neither had enough of a fundamental edge to just end the fight by forcing a disadvantage or by racing ahead with a massive strike. The winner was going to be decided by the whim of the narrative...which increasingly seems incorrect to me. I'm a big fan of Good > Evil, but I think there's also far more to being Right than just hoping Fate has your back because you're doing the right thing. Practice, preparation, tactics, and timing are all paramount.
Good Is Not Soft, and all that.
Point being is that victory should come for a reason, and not come with a de-facto, "but you sprain your wrist decapitating the demon and have to fight left-handed for the rest of the scene" because somehow that other guy keeps shooting the escape hatch open.
Unless maybe you're playing a dice version of Friendship is Magic, because nobody wants to play Rarity.
518  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: January 15, 2014, 11:01:35 PM
Agreed. Nothing I've seen suggests this'll be more than totally forgettable.
Took me a while before I got the "Jack Ryan" connection, too.
519  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 15, 2014, 04:52:11 AM
Jett, who's shared Markus's open pleasure at the aerochromatic delights of the trip but who remained alone in her utter indifference to the stickier, sweatier challenges of the climb, says something for the first time in hours and it's not particularly helpful, "truthfully I wouldn't know how. I wouldn't want to, but I don't think I could do it right either."

"We could just pay. I wouldn't mind; a gold talent isn't too much to someone who doesn't eat..."

Jett rummages around in a pouch and fishes out of a leather wrapping a sterling gold woman's arm rendered in not-quite-lifesize. It looks like a kind of ceremonial mace as it's finely detailed fingers are gripped in a tight fist. It also features a one-handed grip and a pommel ring.

"Or maybe we could offer him some tale or trick or secret that he might find more appealing than plain silver..?" she offers doubtfully before sniffing the leather and the mace skeptically.

"Apparently I don't actually have a genuine talent. Just...loot."
520  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 14, 2014, 10:18:22 PM
Best of luck with the exam.
 Smiley

This

Quoted for sincerity.
521  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 14, 2014, 11:53:44 AM
I've been dealing with some rather major bad news and hence not had anything to say.
522  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Creatures of the night [Dark Fantasy] on: January 09, 2014, 10:18:41 PM
Then who was it last time, I can't remember?   Tongue


Well, forget it.

The truth is surely sadder and simpler than fiction. Wink
523  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Medieval Radiation on: January 07, 2014, 09:14:15 PM
Radium does have that planetary romance pedigree, plus, its rays can taint other metals pretty easily.

Plus it glows!  Nothing like Radioactive night lights. 

Actually, radium does not glow, zinc sulfide glows when exposed to an energy source, such as radiation from radium.  They are mixed together to make glowing paint along with another substance for color either copper or, note this one, silver.

Set out to make a RPG adventure, learn all sorts of crazy things!  LOL.  Thanks mate!
Seriously, I love this board for such things.
524  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 07, 2014, 09:10:55 PM
It's not amazing, but screw the gnu I got so I did
Which Marine from Aliens Are You?
right, dammit! Evil
525  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Medieval Radiation on: January 06, 2014, 09:56:03 PM
For the core idea of a tainted metal mix, what about Polonium?
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