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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Discussion] The Redshirt Army on: August 31, 2014, 11:49:49 PM
Guess what book I gooooot?  Small hint: it's literally named the subject we're talking about.  Grin

A few things:
1.) The book hinges entirely on prior knowledge of Star Trek, so it doesn't even really bother itself with descriptions.  What do the characters look like?  No clue, your just supposed to assume that they are just like what you'd expect.  This got annoying whenever a character is introduced by name, but it's the type where you don't know if the character is male or female until a few lines have been said.
2.) The book loves skipping over action scenes.  It does have a few, but most tend to be glossed over completely.
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3.) The book can get a bit dirty in points.
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But other than that, read through it in one go, and loved it.  It also brings up some great points about the trope in general. (And some other tropes besides, which I'll mention because they are so true)

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But yeah, pick up the book and give it a look.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 30, 2014, 05:43:24 PM
Civilization: Beyond Earth- "Master Control" video
3  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Z-Corps Question for Everyone on: August 29, 2014, 08:09:56 PM
Larry Correia, between Monster Hunter International and the Grimnoir Chronicles, he's demonstrated the chops to do everything needed for some good world-wide zombie, with a USA focus, madness.

Big +1 on Correia, though he's already got game hooks in the HERO system.

Under the same publishing roof, John Ringo, a guy known for his military SF chops.  Also currently doing his own zombie apocalypse story where humanity isn't completely wiped out.  Also rather... infamous for some things.  Oh, John Ringo, no...
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 28, 2014, 04:32:22 PM
So, you can get Link in Mario Kart 8 in a new DLC.  Bound to happen sooner or later, really.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Civ: BE]Harmony, Supremacy, or Purity? [Discussion] on: August 27, 2014, 08:54:59 PM
The usual ways:  Running locals out of your embassy, honey pots, ELINT, "thousand grains of sand" if there is significant movement of people.

Well that's a boring answer if I ever heard it. Tongue Wink
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Civ: BE]Harmony, Supremacy, or Purity? [Discussion] on: August 27, 2014, 11:43:24 AM
So here's an interesting subject: So covert ops are in the game, and work in general to how they did in Civ 5 with some tweaks.  And it turns out ARC, the one with this symbol, are the spy specialists.  Who knew?  Roll Eyes

The question is: how would that work cross-Affinity?  The first two levels, sure, when humans are still like they are today, with some slight ideological differences.  But when level three roles around, and those ideals kick into full on modification of the human body?  How would spying work then?  Would Purity spies go full on borg to fit in with the Supremacy population?  What if they then are moved to a Harmony city afterwards?

I mean, of course makeup technology would probably advance to the point where you could fake being modified a certain way, but I'm curious how the smart "spy" people of these boards would approach something like that.  And you don't have be Purity when theorizing.  How would Harmony spy on Supremacy, and vice versa?
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: August 25, 2014, 01:52:18 PM

If they really wanted to use that body type for the female hamsteroids they should have used the red carpet male hamsters.

Still would have been skeevy, but at least it would have been equal opportunity.

Just to elaborate, what I meant was I wish they used that filming tech to create fox girls for something.

Alternatively, I could have just titled that "furry bait".

But anyway, ask yourselves this: what was the gender of the pet hamsters before zapping?
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: August 25, 2014, 12:12:20 AM
... Wish they did a version of this for "What Does the Fox Say".

Queue silence from the forum...
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 23, 2014, 02:18:29 PM
Late to the party me got Civ 5 complete collection the other day.  I always wonder if the game can read me, cause I started up a second American run (have to get the B17 achievement) on large Terra, and I started right next to THREE fox fur tiles, with another FOUR within settling distance.  Even lucked out on faith to start a pantheon with Goddess of the Hunt, so I got a lot of food out of it.  Naturally, once I got a religion, I named it Foxism.  Smiley
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 21, 2014, 06:20:09 PM
Apparently Steam was trying to update itself and so uninstalled itself, but didn't reinstall itself?
Or maybe what changed was a registry association? Zomg, so obtuse. >_<

Ok. I've got Steam, I've got a Steam account, I'm logged into my Steam Account, and it's offering to let me download Steam.
Yeah. Maybe a registry problem.

Just had something similar.  Steam had trouble updating itself, restarted computer, now the icon is different (round and blue instead of square and black).  Still got my games, and the store's working properly after an initial error message.  Looks like they were updating the program, so we might need to just let it play out.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 21, 2014, 10:33:40 AM
And.. if that's Supremacy and Purity.. what's gonna be Harmony?!

Kaiju.  Seriously.  Yes, Pacific Rim has already been referenced.

Just noticed the Aegis has a sash. Nice.

Someone looked at the first mech they built and thought "Put some clothes on!"


That's supposed to be Purity's thing: they are trying to recapture Earth's past civilization, which includes all sorts of banners, sashes, sigils, etc.  There have already been plenty of comparisons to the Imperium of Man, just with less skulls.  Wink

By the by, those pictures are nice, but they don't really convey just how huge some of those units are supposed to be.

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Admittedly the units aren't anywhere close to scale, but I'm sure the point is made: that Lev-Destroyer is HUGE.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 21, 2014, 01:12:00 AM
Speaking of things Civ: BE the Steam release date is 10/24/14.
I'm half tempted to go-a-Googling and see if that date holds an appropriate significance.

They got a live stream going on later today (11AM PDT) on where they might mention it.  I'm willing to believe it, though.

And speaking of which:

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13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 20, 2014, 04:23:45 PM
System requirements for Civ: BE are up on Steam, and I'm pretty sure my comp falls under them... I think.  Probably won't be a graphical powerhouse, but that's not why people play Civ, now is it?

Wasteland 2.  Sept. 19th.  That is all.

Neat.  Probably won't get it, unfortunately.  Sad
14  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: August 20, 2014, 10:58:20 AM
You know... I'm not sure if we're the only ones guilty of "Oh!  Another Edition is coming out, let's put off playing Spycraft until we get 3.0!", but that was definitely our mentality.  And while we're still eager to see what the Crafty put out for 3.0, we just went full hog back into 2.0 while Ramrodding FantasyCraft into it.  

For those of us who haven't played SC2 lately, she's a good ship.  She belongs on the water.  She misses you.  lol.  We're using all supplements, and.. I literally forgot how crazy SC2 can get.  We've already got one guy who's Paranoid of Holiday Characters.  Easter Bunny, Santa, etc etc.  Terrified.

Dag nab it, I'm trying to keep it going, okay?!  I'm just not that well practiced a GM!

Ugh, it's bad enough that my books keep whispering to me from their place on the shelf every single dayTongue
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 19, 2014, 11:49:18 AM
Y'seen this?
Jimquisition on Squeenix being kinda batshit crazy.
This is good, and not just because I agree, but because perhaps like you I really want to love Final Fantasy again, and I just can't.

I stopped watching that show after the episode where he waved a fake dragon d*** around to the tune of the 8-bit Ducktales theme.  Sort of capped the distaste I gained when he pretend f***ed a Sonic doll for a cheap laugh.
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