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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 24, 2015, 08:20:36 AM
I never really thought Shadowrun's combat was that deadly.  Of course we didn't play much because the crunch is so unpleasant.  (And some things are just weird.  What do you mean I can't use pistol ammo in a submachine gun?  That is a defining characteristic of an SMG.)

The way most folks play Shadowrun, it might make more sense to play down in Mexico during the corp wars...
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 22, 2015, 02:55:18 PM
I had the weirdest experience on my first selectable run.

No combat at all.

What's HBS thinking?!

Smiley
That yer doin' yer run right?
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: August 21, 2015, 03:32:58 PM
Between this and Fallout 4 I think I am just taking December off.

The family will just have to do without me at the holidays this year.
Don't forget the expansion to Civilization: Beyond Earth...  I might make it back in time for Valentine's Day.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: August 11, 2015, 10:06:10 AM
Despite Colnel Seidule's eloquent take down of the state's rights myth, you still felt the need to include it.
Indeed, because when someone mentions the Confederacy and states rights they have it exactly backwards.  The southern states were quite hostile to federalism and very much resented their inability to force the northern states to enforce the fugitive slave act.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Third Decade on: August 11, 2015, 08:21:07 AM
For home use, I tolerate 7.  I really miss XP.  Cry
I think 7 is a lot better than XP.  (Minus size, but every OS is stupid big these days.)
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: August 11, 2015, 08:18:32 AM
Yes, the Civil War was about slavery, with a side of hostility towards States' Rights.  Now let's move on.

Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: August 06, 2015, 04:19:09 PM
Respecs and picking your classes are solid features.   Smiley
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: August 03, 2015, 06:53:49 PM
A "true" daiquiri, as opposed to a frozen one, is a basic cocktail consisting of 8 parts white rum (preferably Cuban, but Bacardi will do fine), two parts lime juice, and one part simple syrup. Shake over crushed ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Typically served without garnish, but lime slices or peel would work.
I've gone with a teaspoon of sugar over ice, squeezed on one lime, and added two ounces of chilled Bacardi silver.  It's pretty good.

The classic Doctor Who serial "Vengeance on Varos" had a wonderfully novel idea of how leaders not seen by the people as doing their job might be motivated to improve their performance. While satisfying, it would need to be rethought somewhat to work in a modern context to avoid corporate interference.
As long as The New York Times is as messed with as Exxon by whatever anti-interference statutes are put in place, I can work with that.

I thought briefly about making someone pass a basic economics quiz (if supply of a good or service decreases, what happens to the price?) to register to vote, but that stinks of the Jim Crow literacy tests and I don't actually want more restrictions on any civil rights.  But I had a better idea:  Kick people off the ballot for failing that simple economics exam.  (Later we can add questions on scientific method.)
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: August 03, 2015, 10:42:26 AM
I'm more worried about where the world is going to.  What do we hit first, Shadowrun's MegaCorps or Metal Gear's War Economy?
Neither, I think.  Maybe if Google starts some seasteading project?  We're already on track to blaze past chrome straight to bioware.  YMMV on that being a bad thing.
I think the true problem is society as a whole and police and the poor are stuck in the middle.
Bad cops start with bad legislators.  Better rioters would burn down the houses of their "representatives."

I say "Just a daiquiri, not a booze slushy."
I always thought they were boozy slushies.  Maybe I will warp some other bartender by getting one sometime, I don't really keep good enough rum for this on hand.
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Potential new game... on: August 03, 2015, 07:26:41 AM
Steampunk/Dieselpunk airships sounds freakin' sweet.  But I can't promise anything like that regularity, so I must decline.   Cry
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: July 31, 2015, 08:18:15 AM
In other shocking, shocking news:  Using fines to make up for lack of a tax base erodes trust in the local police forces.

The actually shocking thing is Mother Jones publishing an article with which I agree.  What is the world coming to?
12  Community / Off-Topic / Best Bond? on: July 30, 2015, 06:52:24 PM
I usually think Connery, Craig, Brosnen.

Let the flame war begin!
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 30, 2015, 12:49:26 PM
And everyone that were hoping for an XCOM 2 Long War mod went "aaaaaaaaaw".
Hope for that is not lost, though it is looking sadly unlikely at the moment.  Sad
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: July 30, 2015, 08:49:59 AM
It does kinda stink that the choices seem to be "support consoles" or "support mods."   Sad  I think mods are more important than consoles, but I am a PC gamer, so I may be biased.  That said, the modding communities of the Fallout and Civilization games really help the replayability of their franchise games.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 29, 2015, 07:51:02 AM
Saw this and thought, "Happy Birthday MilitiaJim."

(click to show/hide)
Mid November, but I will celebrate it anytime.  Cheesy
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