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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: July 05, 2015, 09:50:22 AM
Hello there uncanny valley.  Nuke it from orbit.   Tongue
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: We need to give Koala his own dedicated sightings thread on: July 01, 2015, 03:11:25 PM
That looks from start to finish like the work of the PR department. I've never seen him looking that cute or happy.
There was that one time, but we never did hear from that R&D group again...
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: June 30, 2015, 08:43:56 AM
Seeing just how fast Greece can organise a referendum, it strikes me that national populations should be given the opportunity to decide if they want to join up to the treaties our plutocratic overlords decide they want to benefit from.
I don't think "the people" should get to do more than reject proposed bills and treaties, but I do think any legislator who votes for a bill without reading the whole thing should be drawn and quartered.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: June 29, 2015, 01:01:47 PM
A bit of simplifying, and Keynesian bunk around "austerity," but if TPP wasn't a pile of trash, you wouldn't need to hide what is in it.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 29, 2015, 09:55:12 AM
Yes!
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 26, 2015, 04:29:19 PM
Mimetic skin is a bit OP, which isn't too bad in a single player game.  The jump legs gmod is pretty handy too.

It does make me wish that some of the niftier armors, Archangel and the one with the grappling hook, didn't have powers usable/useful enough to be worth the decreased armor.  At least for me.  YMMV.  I thought Archangel armor was pretty useless without the fuel upgrade.  Love the jump jets on the MEC armor though.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 26, 2015, 07:34:16 AM
I found Mimetic Skin in particular to be a game changer and probably overpowered once you understand how it works.
Combined with the skill that lets the trooper treat half cover as full cover, it is Slammin'.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 25, 2015, 08:48:12 PM
I found MECs to be better off at the get go, then eventually surpassed by a veteran trooper with a few mods.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 22, 2015, 08:56:24 PM
To those of y'all that haven't gotten to that mission yet, you'll know.  And we aren't warning you.  But we told you so.   Evil Wink  And holy pants does that mission looming give me unpleasant touches with Long War's changes.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 22, 2015, 08:54:26 PM
The end of that one had us falling back in good order, move and covering fire.  MEC's flamer saved approximately three bacons.

Yeah, I got a heavy with Close Combat and he was brutal.

Right now I'm "enjoying" the latest iteration of Long War, which is apparently vastly different from the first versions of Long War.

FWIW, the guys at Firaxis should have snatched up Long War, QAed it (not that it needs hardly any), and sold it for a few bucks with most of it going to the fan devs.  I am very happy to hear about mods for X-Com 2.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: June 22, 2015, 06:59:48 PM
Warm blood is required?

330 pounds?!  Shocked
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: June 21, 2015, 09:58:33 AM
The New Zealand method is vastly superior to the Scandinavian model.  Criminalizing business activities of consenting adults is how you get stupid high jail populations.  (Criminalizing inborn things like race or sexual orientation is how you get pogroms and democide, but I digress.)
13  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Trophic Cascade on: June 21, 2015, 09:54:49 AM
Pikachus?  Grin
Making them pikachus, or generic electric rodent, instead of shocker lizards crossed my mind.  Unless they are particularly slow breeding, their local predators are probably somewhat electricity resistant.   Smiley
14  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Trophic Cascade on: June 20, 2015, 01:12:51 PM
It's been about 1,500, years, so midget boars and panthers could be there.

Do you think there would be more packs of those little electric lizards?
15  Community / License to Improvise / Trophic Cascade on: June 19, 2015, 09:56:59 AM
So, what happens when the magically powered automated defenses on a jungle mountain kill everything warm blooded that masses more than 50kg?

The apex predators are gone, but so are the larger primates, (which may not have been there in the first place).  Big herbivores are also gone.

Wikipedia on trophic cascade.


Wolves changed the rivers in Yellowstone.
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