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31  Community / Off-Topic / The Third Decade on: August 10, 2014, 12:16:18 PM
I shall be starting it one year from today.  Around-ish.  Congratulate me.  Please.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 10, 2014, 12:14:33 PM
Anyone caught this video yet?  I hear some people might find it important...
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 07, 2014, 07:33:20 PM
Speaking of Firaxis, Civ: BE first livestream.

Nice to see the XCOM team hard at work.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 03:55:28 PM
Well, I'm not a professional board game critic, but looking at the main description page it doesn't look as complicated.
If I understand it correctly, this is mostly a co-op resource allocation press-your-luck type of game.  You try to resolve tasks by rolling pass/fail dice, the number of which is chiefly determined by the amount of resources you assigned to the task.  The task and resources in question are determined by which of the four roles you are playing in the game:

-The Commander and Central Officer try to shoot down UFOs with Interceptors and Satellites respectively.
-The Chief Scientist attempts to complete research with scientists.
-The Squad Leader sends soldiers on missions, and uses more soldiers to defend the base.

There is also a heavy emphasis on cross-player communication, since the Commander is in charge of funds and crisis resolution, the Central Officer relays information from the digital app (still don't know how I feel there), the Squad Leader chooses the missions, and the Chief Scientist ultimately chooses how difficult a time everyone has on their respective jobs.

... I'm hoping there's a Tabletop episode of this game, I really do.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 02:00:58 PM
Hmmm... Firaxis... Fantasy Flight... Board game of a video game...

History shows us it will be horrible.

I'm sorry, but you're going to have to elaborate for the audience.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 01:23:54 PM
OoooOhhhh. oooooOOOoooohhh.  I need to double post because this is important.  My birthday's come early, and that's because XCOM's getting a board game!  With little XCOM figurines!

Still would have loved a tabletop wargame to go with it...  maybe as a companion piece?
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2014, 01:15:34 PM
*looks over at Z-Corps*

Well, we'll just have to do our own and make it better Smiley.

I was going to mention that, actually, that I found it funny that there was so much hate for the later RE games when we have Crafty's BSAA: The Game going on.  Admittedly, Z-Corps will have more "proper" zombies going on.

That said, RE 6 is the only game in the series that I've owned and properly played (tried a demo of RE 5, but found the controls too dang clunky), and I really enjoy that game.  Worst yet?  Chris's campaign is my favorite.  It's what I wanted and paid for, Call of Resident Evil Duty.  I enjoy the combat, the controls (when they register properly), switching on infinite assault rifle ammo and kicking in every door that I come across.  Heck, I just like plunking the in, starting the survival mode, picking BSAA Chris, turning on my Disturbed soundtrack, taking out Chris's knife, and slashing all the zombies' throats.

Though that QTE scene with the meat mulcher can go back to whatever grimy depths it crawled from.

So, to each their own.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: August 04, 2014, 08:30:10 PM
The Evolution of Video Games - Acapella Edition

How many of those games have you played?
39  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: August 03, 2014, 03:09:35 AM
Y'know, I could talk all day about how metal everything is, but that means nothing until we get some actual... Metal.  \m/ Evil\m/

North American States
Southeast Asian Alliance

The rest is a bit harder to pin down, so any suggestions would be welcome.  Celtic Kingdom's I semi-have, if we consider this close enough to a Celtic song.
40  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: August 03, 2014, 02:16:07 AM
Let's talk armor.  Specifically, how armor looks in this setting, with absolutely no change whatsoever to the ruleset.

So armor technology's come a long way since the days of slapping on a neometal plate vest and calling it a day.  Now, in this day of modularity, the truly modern soldier requires the ability to modify their protection to both fit a varying number of sizes, but also better fit for the various missions they must go on.  Therefore, what is known as "body armor" is actually a collection of smaller plates attached together in a vest-like whole.

At it's most basic, the one thing all armors share is the chest plate.  Chest, shoulder straps, under arm, and back.  Standard combat armor adds abdomen plates, usually stomach, sides, and normally an overlapping spine-like back.  Particularly heavy armor usually adds upper arm and thigh plates.

What shape this armor takes both depends on the person wearing it (modularity, after all), and the country of origin (because being the exact same design with a few slight differences would be boring).
As an example, the UAO, due to their almost fanatical obsession with the human body, tend to style their armor in a more curved, musculature-like form, which tends to go well with the ultra long hair that they like to stuff into their well-defined helmets. 
The NAS, on the other hand, tends to take a more rugged, sturdy look.  Often times the joke goes that NAS troops don't build body armor, they just rip off bits from their battle tanks and wear that.  Which isn't far from the truth, since while other nations use a special lightweight neosteel mixture, NAS uses similar alloys that they use in their ground vehicle plating.  Basically they are like Halo Reach Army troopers with more exaggerated shoulder straps, Spartan-like chestplate, and a more rounded helmet. 

And before you ask, yes women get a choice between a more practical look and breast plates.  Ironically, even though breast plates are remarkably more common than you would think (cause I sez so), most "sexy" artwork in this setting usually drops the chest plate altogether for a more corset-y version of the abdomen plating (with plenty of chest belts). 
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 31, 2014, 05:02:22 AM
Don't know about you guys, but the Arachnid Quarter's Heroic mode was rather easy... but the Plague Quarter's Heroic mode is BRUTAL.  Nothing quite like pounding away at the Plaguebringer, only for a Plague card to wipe out your side, and flood the other side with 5/5 minions.  Tongue
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 31, 2014, 03:47:51 AM
A deadpool test footage link that still works as of 650pm EST Deadpool test reel

Wow. Why is that movie not made yet?

Dunno.  Ask Fox's lawyers, since they've been cracking down hard on any legitimate site they can find that's linked to the video.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 29, 2014, 09:58:36 PM
Test footage of a Deadpool movie

44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Power Armor? Power Armor on: July 29, 2014, 09:40:22 PM
Y'know, I'll admit that I am a bit afraid that the real TALOS will not look as cool as stuff I've seen in pop culture.  Turns out one of the top pop culture designers is actually helping out.]]Turns out one of the top pop culture designers is actually helping out.  I'm still a little leery, considering this is a real life military project, and those have such an awesome track record.  Gotta keep the hope alive, though.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 29, 2014, 04:47:40 PM
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Campaign trailer (with multiplayer teaser)

Quick question: does this comic inspire any nostalgia for you guys?  Man, I played that game all the time when it first came out.  First real Gameboy game for me, in fact, since my parents never got me the others before.
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