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  • PREVIOUSLY, ON REALI-TAY TV (I Wanna Take You To A TAYbar, TAYbar Edition)
    ~
    Rocketman has called on TAY’s finest spirit mediums, Transient and Pants, to help him with a most grievous matter.

    Rocketman: What do you mean?

    Transient: I mean that nothing can be done for him.

    Rocketman: But…the exorcism…

    Transient: Yes we have news about that. It didn’t work on your friend, but..

    Rocketman: But?

    Pants: But this bottle has successfully been exorcised of spirits.

    He holds up an empty liquor bottle.

    Transient: To the liquor cabinet!

    They push past Rocketman, leaving him alone with the clearly still possessed Blaghman, thrashing violently against the ropes tying him to the bedpost.
    ~

    Tonight, on The Block

    Shots of TAYbies frantically renovating the interior of a fancy apartment building.

    Meanwhile, outside, DC sits at the controls of a wrecking ball with an empty bottle of liquor.

    DC: …buildings.

    The wrecking ball swings violently.
    ~

    Handsome and virile Bachelor Freeze is faced with the difficult decision of who to give his final red rose of the night to. Before him stand three beautiful women, and a very anxious Nobs.

    Freeze: I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. And in the end, it could only ever have been one person.

    Reaction shots of all the contestants. Nobs bites his lip. The host drinks heavily from a hip flask in the background.

    Freeze: It’s you, Nobs.

    The music swells. Tears stream down Nobs’ face as he accepts the rose.
    ~

    Revisiting Baron Blaghman’s holiday villa, a group of TAYbies have gathered in the dining hall. They are all standing around CJ, who looks up at them from the comfort of his new beanbag.
    Pants: We need to talk about the beanbag, CJ.

    CJ: It’s mine and you can’t have it.

    ?: But you haven’t gotten up from it in over a week. The smell is making diners nauseous.

    CJ: I can get up any time I want to.

    Silence.

    CJ: I just don’t want to.

    Smash cut to CJ attempting to run from the room, carrying his beanbag as the group rushes him. The beanbag gets caught in the door, and as CJ tries desperately to get it through, he is attacked.
    ~

    Rize blowing on empty moonshine bottles in a jazz ensemble.
    ~

    On the epic finale of The Voice, Delta Goodrem stands alone on stage, champagne flute in hand.

    Delta: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce the winner of The Voice 2015: Fishgief!

    Gooky, in his Zangief outfit but with a giant fish mask on his head, descends from the ceiling dramatically. His rendition of Turbo Lover brings the whole audience to their feet. The applause is so thunderous, the very foundations of the building begin to crumble. One of the judges you don’t like is crushed beneath a falling skylight.
    ~

    Nova and Ash rush out from an airport. They stop dead in their tracks, bewildered by what they see.

    Nova: Mexico?! We were supposed to go to London!

    Cut to Beavwa and Pip in a fine restaurant in London. They clink wine glasses and smirk evilly.

    All this and more, tonight, on The Amazing Race.
    ~

    Greenius has found a hidden immunity idol! He hugs it with glee, dancing for the cameras then collapsing because he hasn’t eaten for four days and doesn’t have the energy to dance like that.

    Cut to Powalen speaking candidly to a camera.

    Powalen: I know Greenius has an immunity idol.

    He pulls an idol out from his shirt.

    Powalen: Just not a real one.

    In the background, the freshly eliminated Pants sails away from the island.
    ~

    Matt Preston hurls a dish across the room. It smashes against the ground, splattering food across contestants and cameramen alike. A seemingly shattered Strange stands before him.

    Preston: That dish…

    Ad break. And we’re back.

    Preston: That dish…was so divine, no one should ever be allowed to eat it again. Tell us, Strange, what was your secret ingredient?

    Strange: Human flesh.

    Silence. Then Preston laughs heartily.

    Preston: Oh, what a joker! You’ll go far in this competition, I’m sure!

    Strange: Indeed…

    She turns away from the cameras, her face filled with malice.
    ~

    AND NOW, THE THRILLING CONTINUATION

  • Didn’t want to buy into the Jessica Jones hype but ended up watching every episode in two days.

    Kilgrave is the best Marvel villain so far. Admittedly, he’s basically an evil version of The Doctor (which I guess makes him The Master) but that’s just fine. Amazing what having a villain who is straight up evil but still strongly motivated and interesting does for a show.

    Went onto Netflix this morning and saw that there were new episodes of Black Mirror. They added the Christmas special. I wanted season 3. Boo.

      • Stand alone.

        It’s probably better if you watch Daredevil first. Simply because both series exist in the same post-Avengers “saving” New York version of New York.

        Completely unnecessary to watch anything else beforehand though.

    • I’ve got two episodes left to watch. I told myself I’d watch them tonight after uni but I dunno if I can hold out until this evening.

    • Marathonned it all this weekend while procrastinating on doing all the super important things I should have been doing like trying to find a place to live. It was good. I feel like the Marvel TV stuff is a lot more satisfying than the movies simply because there’s much more room in 13 hours or so to develop all the characters, especially the villains. Also the more localized conflict rather than saving the world / galaxy / universe.

      I think I enjoyed Daredevil slightly more though.

        • My girlfriend and I went to the pub on Saturday so we could have a quiet beer while we got some work done. I ended up doing no work and playing Hearthstone, she just browsed Facebook, and we drank 3 jugs.

          So it didn’t end up being quite as productive as yours.

          On the plus side, if there are any Sydney vegans in the house, the vegan fish and chips shop in Newtown is pretty great. They do a deep fried Mars Bar which is friggin’ amazing.

          • It’s called Bliss and Chips, it’s like… 1-2 blocks up from the Dendys on King St. Even if you aren’t a vegan the chips are good, and apparently they have a deep fried snickers thingo too so I will need to go back and sample that.

            In other news, I am probably also getting diabetes soon. No ragrets.

            Edit: I should add that, seeing as it’s a vegan shop, it’s not an actual deep fried mars bar, but it is a bunch of chocolatey vegan caramel inside deep fried batter, and it is still amazing.

          • Damn sneaky vegans.

            Still probably curious enough to try it, but kinda wary. My stomach has strongly protested every time it’s been tricked by a vegan restaurant in the past.

          • Really? I thought Vego/Vegan food was meant to be good for that sort of thing, since there’s no meat to undercook. I grew up in a third-world country and therefore have an iron-clad stomach, so can’t really comment.

          • @cffndncr My totally unfounded theory is that’s the problem. The brain goes “ooh, meat!” and then the stomach ends up with not-actually-meat and throws a tanty 😛

            My ironclads can deal with most things, but apparently have a weakness there. Also tends to not like carrot, especially raw. Although that seems to mostly just be the gross metallic-tasting ones you get these days. And raw apple’s been known to do it on occasion too.

            It lives on undercooked meat though. Blue is the best way to have a steak 😛

  • I haven’t even finished Fallout 4 yet, and I am already looking forward to the DLC!
    I feel like it’s been so long since I played a game just for the fun of it, instead of trying to get a certain amount of achievements or finish it so I can tick a box.
    It’s very refreshing to just enjoy playing a game instead of feeling like it’s a bit of a chore.

    I’m also having day dreams of the next Elder Scrolls game.

  • I bought Kittens in a Blender.
    I have had a look at the cards and i have absolutely no regrets – even if it does turn out to be a sub-par game.

    I also bought another magic booster and got some really neat cards.
    Yes, i am still aware that this is a TERRIBLE way to get card – but I was there and they just started saying things to me. Things that were enticing. Totally worth it.
    Still love that fresh-pack-thrill.

    I also attended an engagement party with a full Tamil ceremony! There was lots of chanting in a language i don’t know, and i had no idea what was going on at almost any point.
    But everyone looked really nice.

      • The highlight was probably Graveblade Marauder – I really like the potential of the card (i’m currently building a black/red deck). And at 3 Mana? yes please.
        Could be great if played in the later stages after sacrificing some of my lower tier creatures. Plus i have some good buffs that could keep him alive longer, if i get lucky.

        • If you’re interested in that sort of deck, you should look up an archetype called Aristocrats. It centers around Zulaport Cutthroat and uses sacrifice effects to do silly things.

          Fairly sure the decks are GB or UB and not RB but in a casual environment, you can make anything work.

        • You should have a look at the Sultai stuff from the Khans of Tarkir set, lots of cards there about putting cards into your own graveyard.

          Also, make him unblockable for funsies.

  • So, I finished Child of Light. Such a good game. The dialogue can get a little tiring at times, but the combat and boss battles are so awesome.

    Then I decided to play Contrast. Such a technical mess of a game. It’s simple and short but man does the game break regularly.

    and due to the release of Fallout 4, I decided to go back to New Vegas and play through the DLC I never got around to for 4 years. Went through Honest Hearts (meh) and now I’m doing Old World Blues.

    • Old World Blues was my favourite by a long way. Probably followed by Lonesome Road, Honest Hearts and Dead Money.
      (Not really much of a spoiler for Dead Money, but tagged anyway:)
      DoT environments and forced stealth sections are not my idea of fun. Kill everything and then explore the place is much more my style, and Dead Money just won’t let you do that in a bunch of places.

    • Honest Hearts was a bit underwhelming, it seemed like it had a lot of build up then fizzled out. Old world Blues was pretty good but I feel like I didn’t enjoy it as much as my wife did. Maybe because she played it first she hyped it up.

      I tried to finish Lonesome Road a few months back and got stalled about halfway. I should really just sit down and do it, or it’s going to bug me.

    • Old World Blues is one of the funniest and interesting DLC I have played in any game.

      Lonesome Road is really great, pretty linear but the story is just fantastic.

      Dead Money is interesting but can be really really shitty to the player some times.

      Honest Hearts is good for something different with it’s new area but can get pretty boring fast.

      Basically in my opinion the DLC ranked is OWB > LR > HH > DM although it is worth noting there’s a tonne of lore that can be picked up in OWB, HH & DM which are related to LR.

  • The most exciting part of my weekend was at 11:30 last night when my wife made a snap decision that she needed to buy specific errata for the sole purpose of cleaning her make up brushes, which necessitated a run to the local K-Mart which is open until midnight. We arrived at the shopping centre Hume Highway just before 11:40pm to discover the front doors locked and the gates to the road that would take us to the rear parking lot locked. A quick check on my phone insisted that K-Mart was open until Midnight, even if I could not can access to it. My wife was resigned to the misery of reverting to her makeshift arrangement of plastic snack bowls and irrevocably staining tea towels, but I was not. I knew there was a back road and presumed we could gain access to the K-Mart that way. We piled back into the car and navigated the back streets of Bass Hill effortlessly using an innate sense of navigation and spatial awareness that is about the only thing I bring to our relationship other than a comprehensive vocabulary of swearwords. We arrived at the K-Mart at 11:45pm just in time to hear the announcement that they were closing in 15 minutes. We felt giddy with excitement, like we’d somehow cheated the system. I bought some cargo shorts in my exultant jubilation, which my wife assures me “look dreadful”.

    Other than that, I finished Fallout 4. I think I pushed too many sidequests up against the main quest because when I made my decision, I got locked out of a surprising amount of other quests.

    I was in the process of obtaining high-powered magnets for the Brotherhood to rebuild liberty prime (I had already obtained the beryllium agitator for the BoS and become an enemy of The Institute) when I chose to give the Network Scan card to Sturges so he could find an alternate way into the Institute and free the synths, an option that I no longer had available as I could no longer teleport in and out at will. As soon as I gave the card to Sturges, I immediately become locked out the missions relating to rebuilding Liberty Prime, which I assume is because Liberty Prime is directly tied to another ending. I also apparently missed a rather good quest chain where you find out Paladin Danse is a synth.

    Anyway, my first playthrough was a bit haphazard and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I have a save from just before I chose to make enemies with the Institute so I think what I’ll do is go back and play that for what I see as the “bad” ending (i.e.: get the beryllium agitator for the Institute’s reactor and see if I can still sneak out the synths after becoming Director), hey, could be interesting! Then I’m going to start a second playthough and try to go completely loyal to the Brotherhood, see how that plays out even though I think they’re kind of assholes.

      • Coming this summer, from the people who brought you Road Trip, Eurotrip and Bella de la Croix’s Fisting Sessions

        Starring Jennifer Lawrence as “mstickle”, Zach Galifinakis as “kermitron”, and Leonardo DiCaprio in his Oscar-winning performance as “K-Mart assistant shift leader”, in the greatest story of our generation…

        WORLD WAR K – THE SHOPPENING: FIRST BLOOD – PART 2.

    • I didn’t know they locked up the front gates. But I guess that makes sense, not having people walk up the entire length of the otherwise closed centre. I usually use the back entrance anyway 😛

  • Secret SanTAY 2015

    Final day! If you don’t get your email withwith your address to me to Binoter with the hot males then you are locked out from the festive celebrations, doomed to look in forlornly from the outside, cold and shivering while we studiously avoid looking in your direction. Avoid tears. Get in now.

  • On Friday I set out to finish up painting a box of Dire Avengers that’s been sitting around half done for like four years. Now it’s Monday morning and I have 2 of 10 done (one of them was done already, and the other just needed to be glued together). On the plus side I did manage to finish all the helmets except the Exarch’s as well as all but one of the non-Exarch legs/torsos/bases. All that’s left to do is highlight the weapons/arms, completely repaint a leg/torso/base set I botched, paint an entire Exarch from scratch, glue them all together and the unit will be done.
    In retrospect I should have went with a basic Space Marine faction. I didn’t realise Eldar gear being covered in bumps would be such a challenge for my not so steady hands.

    • Also does anyone know if there’s a way to check the progress on the NBN in my area beyond the simple started, completed, not started status? Construction has begun but I remember from the ADSL2+ rollout the status changes to under construction way before they actually start working on it.

    • As a first time painter, I realised my mistake in buying Eldar. There’s no being lazy and just lathering the whole thing in one colour and highlighting certain section of the armour. That said, whenever I finally finish my units (currently doing some jetbikes), they should look pretty sweet.

      • That was the reason I bought a Necron army back in the day. Black base coat, drybrush with boltgun metal, then start flaying some space marines!

        • I imagine Flayed Ones are the only problem unit for painting in a Necron army. At least you could buy black in bulk for the rest. 😛

          • The Necron weapons do certainly flay people but I’m referring to these ones specifically. Painting Necrons that are coated in rotting flesh and skin would be tricky to pull off.

          • Oh yeah I remember Flayed Ones. They would be a nightmare to paint.

            Then again, my painting skills basically consisted of a black undercoat and drybrushing EVERYTHING, and then hoping for the best. I was super-talented.

      • Yeah. I thought they’d be pretty simple since they’re all more or less a base colour with a secondary in a few spots, a lot of smooth surfaces and barely any skin/faces, but between the armour plates and the little gem-like bumps on everything there’s quite a lot going on. It’s a lot of work but I guess I like the way they look as an army and as long as I don’t rush it my paint work looks ok after I’ve taken a step back.

    • On my half-painted table at the moment:
      Magnetised Imperial Knight
      Magnetised Dark Talon/Nephilim Fighter
      Corpse Cart
      Deathwing Squad
      Defiler
      Forgefiend

      …. I keep getting distracted… The corpse cart alone has been on and off for something like 8 years…

      • I think everything I’ve ever planned to add magnets to is untouched. I’ve got the magnets sitting there but I get distracted trying to figure out the optimal build. It doesn’t help that even with my lack of painting talent I want to get an airbrush for the grav tanks (and obviously as an indecisive idiot I’m not going to even think about assembling them until I’ve figured out the optimal way to paint them). Sometimes I think I enjoy the idea of buying tools and planning builds more than actually following through with them… =S

        • I was going to get an airbrush a while ago but ultimately decided against it – the current painting community is what turned me off them – people just go overboard and it all looks so silly and unrealistic… They over shade/highlight and it just… no thanks. Plus it can look powdery…
          Plus it’s a lot of cost and maintainance for something i’d really only be using for tanks/basecoats

          • Yeah. There’s some pretty crazy stuff out there that really only exists to show how good the artist is with an airbrush. That’s great and I’ve got a lot of respect for the talent and the art, but it’s not what I look for in an army.
            Even if I did everything I want to with it I wouldn’t get my moneys worth out of it. Plus the designs I like aren’t that complicated. An airbrush opens up a few cool paths for simple designs but realistically I’m not going to come out of the gate with the skills to do much more than I can do now with a brush. There are probably cheaper ways for me to get even coats. I think mostly I just want to play around with one for an afternoon and I’ve already got half the gear I need floating around my workshop at work.

      • I really need to get someone to paint up the Star Wars models I build. I am crap at painting, and just don’t understand how people can actually paint the tiny pilots etc. and not just have it be an awful mess.

  • Not sure how many different ways I could’ve asked my MIL yesterday if she was trying to use the remote control for her set top box to try and change the input on the TV. Headed over there, pressed the input button on the TV twice and presto, desktop is shown on the TV. This morning, there’s no sound, send her a list of things to check – problem? Sound was way down on the TV. It’s probably worth noting that she has, quite recently, been employed to teach TAFE students computer skills.

    • It’s also worth nothing that in a Certificate II in Information Technology one of the modules is literally about how to power on a computer…

  • Morning, TAY.

    Went and saw the Pokemon Symphony on the weekend. Was pretty great! I made friends with the old lady sitting next to me 😛 She was going on about how she and her husband go to the symphony every other week but have never heard of Pokemon before today, so in the back of my mind I’m thinking “Ugh, she’s going to be really stuffy about the music, isn’t she? ‘The real orchestra would never do this’, etc” but talking to her afterwards she thought it was fantastic. She was also telling me that if I ever went again that I should get a box seat “so you can see the man playing Cello up close. He’s enthralling.” Alright, cool off, granny.

    Performance itself was really good, though I could’ve done without them encouraging the audience to sing along when they played the TV show’s theme song at the end. I’m not here to listen to a hundred people mumble-sing 😛

    • The Toronto crowd were really into it, actually.
      It was really awesome to hear… until the second verse that barely anybody knew and then it faded off and those who were left just didn’t seem sure when it was going to end.

  • Morning Tay

    Didn’t have as productive gaming weekend as I would have liked. None the less a good weekend. Helped friends move a massive ass fish tank and then set it up on Saturday and played a little fallout 4. Used a sharp pool que to make the boss in the satalight installation my bitch.

    Also played a whole bunch of battlefront and used the heavy blaster to rape people, that aside Australian internet connections suck. And used got swarmed by crowds in cost co in Queensland so used aggressive negotiations to get out of the car park in a hurry.

    Bring on Monday blues….

  • Where’d all the weekend go?

    ​​Spent Friday night playing the Elite 1.5 beta, floating around in my Federal Corvette trying out the drone-assisted mining mechanics to gather more moneys to kit it out further. Then hopefully jump over to the Cutter to test that out. It handles surprisingly well even on C-grade thrusters for something so gargantuanly huge.

    All the while, had the secondary monitor going on iView, catching up on the last five eps of The Ex PM. That was so friggen great. Shaun Micallef’s the best.

    Saturday ​​turned into a huge shopping trip. All I wanted to do was duck out to grab a Falco amiibo and Child Of Light, since EB had the deluxe edition for just $8. Perfect timing, Wingman lost the keyring from hers just the other week, so now I’m sorted for a birthday present. Then I ended up asking EB about Injustice on Wii U, just to see how much it was in their sale. Four bucks. And there was one copy down in Menai. Welp, not too far. Off I go then. Once there, I found out why it was the last copy. The box had gone missing, so no wonder it had survived this long. People couldn’t take it to the shelf to buy it 😛 Annoying though, since collector OCD and everything. Still, can hardly complain for that price. Ended up grabbing Beyond Good & Evil since I saw that there for like $5 on PC, and Blood Dragon was 10 at JB so that’s my sister’s boyfriend sorted for Christmas. Then ended up at Wingman’s that night, checking out the piano in the back shed to see about giving it a tune-up. And saw the most gigantic redback I’ve ever seen. Think I’ll leave that for the daytime. And come back with a flamethrower or something.​​

    ​​Her boyfriend gave me a go of Black Ops 3 or whatever it is that he was playing. Game was weird, couldn’t really tell what was going on most of the time but I was really good at dying. Then we moved on to Battlefront and played some multiplayer there. I was happy to find there was a sniper rifle available. I totally won 😛

    Sunday: THE WEDDING. The one for the friend who got me to help move and tune a piano ​​for his proposal back at the start of the year. Time sure flies.

    Made my way to Observatory Hill, wandered around for a while trying to find the wedding-looking gathering. And found one. Then another. And possibly another. And couldn’t tell if I was finding the right ones or not because I just hardly knew anyone there 😛 Eventually caught the groom making his way up and followed him round. Got plenty of beard comments of course, once again seeing people for the first time since it became a thing. Another friend’s girlfriend isn’t overly keen on it, but the dislikes still seem to be heavily outnumbered 😛

    ​Despite all the clouds, the weather held off pretty well. And the sun even decided to come out in time for their photos afterwards. I didn’t have my usual big breakfast, so was kinda hungry during the interim wait between ceremony and reception. We ended up at ​​The Australian, they didn’t seem to have much in the way of “small” on their menu. Shouldn’t have bought the wedges, there were way too many of them and I was way too full afterwards. With all the wedding food I ended up way too full, should’ve avoided having the cake at the end too. Still feeling it now, bleh 😛 The food was pretty great though. The friend I was sitting next to didn’t like seafood at all, so I got both those dishes, and ended up with the dessert I wanted in the end too. Good placement. Oh, and there was a live band, one of the groom’s friends and his group. Drums, double bass, keyboard and sax. They sounded so good, although the venue was probably a little bit tiny so they ended up a bit on the louder side. But not too bad. Live music is great.

    ​​So, obligatory popcorn stuff 😛 There was a girl on the opposite side of our table who seemed to be eyeing me off throughout the night. Like, I would catch her looking at me. But then she would continue to look for what felt like a really long time, rather than turn away. And of course not knowing what to do I just dumbly looked right on back 😛 Didn’t help with the combination of being tired, overstuffed and a little wine-addled, in hindsight it seems fairly clear that action should have been taken. Classic me. But I conferred with my friend’s girlfriend, to see if she had noticed anything at all, and she seemed to think that there were some signs of interest there. So at the very least I feel vindicated that my suspicions aren’t just some kind of hypersensitive paranoia, and maybe I have a decent sense of perception after all. Now I just need to figure out how to boost my abysmally low stats for reaction time.

    • You should really just ask someone out, you have so many conflicted feelings of will she/wont she with girls and i think you physch yourself out, If me with my terrible stories and bad facial hair can get a girl without too much hassle, a stud like you who is a talented musician and very easy to talk to should be slaying them in the isles.

      • Easy to talk to, but doesn’t find it so easy to talk back 😛

        But yes. Basically need to get out of my own head, it keeps getting in the way.

        • I’m the last person who should be giving advice here given my experience level, but I imagine the solution to that issue would be practice.

    • Do what I used to do with my horrible noticing women are noticing me radar. Massively overcompensate after you realize they like you and ruin the whole thing for the next 3 months =P

      Edit: Also your beard reminds me of a streamer called Lifecoach =P look him up!

  • So great having a proper coffee machine. I’ve had a capsule machine for over 2 and a half years, but it’s not really good enough. The coffee’s ok, but it’s nice to feel like I’m making the coffee, rather than just waiting for it. I’m going to make a point of buying different coffees whenever I run out. I even bought a jar with a good seal to store my coffee grounds properly.

    So, a Monday morning question: What is your favourite way to drink coffee? Mine is as espresso, without sugar, which in my mind is the only way to drink coffee as you get the proper flavour of the coffee without any other flavours intervening.

    • Big mug, black, sugar. Then a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and/or a generous helping of liqueur. Sambuca, Tia Maria, Kahlua, Amaretto, Strega, Fior D’Alpe, probably others I’ve forgotten. Best.

      • This doesn’t sound like something you should drink on a Monday morning….. Or should. Depends on how much you hate your job xD

        • I only ever drank it when visiting my Nanna. And funnily enough, for years and years that would be the only time I’d drink alcohol either, until I discovered cider 😛

          Still basically never drink coffee any other time though. Probably been a couple of years since the last one by now, actually.

    • Flat white, no sugar. The milk compliments the coffee well and gives the drink a bit of body.

      Long blacks are reserved for nice, warm afternoons from coffee places that really know their shit. For me, they’re the best coffee experience and I’m not going to sully it by having it first thing in the morning on a shitty day from a barista who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

      I really need to get me an aeropress.

    • Large skinny flat white, with an extra shot if it’s been a long night.

      Although I am growing quite partial to the ol’ soy milk.

    • I generally have mine as a flat white.
      That said I do enjoy an expresso without sugar if I had a really big mean. Nice just to relax and digest while sipping.
      Generally don’t have expresso out as at least with a flat white a half decent barista can make it acceptable, expresso is much less forgiving.

    • I’ve got both coffee machine and capsule. I love making the coffee and my favourite way to drink is cappuccino and no sugar. To me the hall mark of a good coffee is rich smooth enough that you don’t need to add sugar. If it’s incredibly bitter they are not doing it right or there stuff is dirty.

      Funnily enough my coffee machine isn’t getting a lot of work atm I’m out of water filters

    • My morning coffee is a large latte (extra shot if tired, like today) from the local French patisserie. The best part is they have an app that allows you to order your coffee from your phone and just walk in and pick it up. So I get off the train, order my coffee while exiting the station which takes like 20secs (Open app > select ‘Favourites’ > Select ‘saved order’ > confirm ‘Order’), walk straight past the queue and go to the coffee pickup area, grab my coffee, thank the guys who made it and continue on to work. THE FUTURE IS NOW.

      We have one of those business Nespresso machine at work which I usually use once I’m at work throughout the day. Makes a nicer coffee than the consumer ones. I’m currently using these, which are quite tasty.

      I was using the Ristretto Origin India and enjoyed it too, but it was a little too intense for the 3pm home stretch coffee.

    • A skinny flat white. The skim milk doesn’t completely overwhelm the coffee flavour.

      But some days, ‘in a mug’ will do nicely.

    • Low fat latte or flat white. No sugar.

      Have not had a good coffee in weeks. 🙁 I’m sure it exists somewhere in the city (I had a really good one at employee orientation, actually) since Seattle is supposed to be one of the big areas for good coffee in the US… but it’s also where Starbucks comes from 🙁

    • I don’t drink coffee at all, probably due to a combination of funneling my money into gadgets instead, and not liking anything that gives you headaches if you stop having it.

  • Got Guitar Hero Live. quite enjoying that.

    Also knocked off the main quest in Fallout 4. I have mixed feelings about that. Will be starting up my second play through shortly, even though i’ve got loads of side quests in my first one. Just want to try all that stuff from a different angle.

    Also, does anyone recall what that site was that can give you random custom objectives in Skyrim? Like, you can randomly spin it so it gives you a character that can’t use bladed weapons, must explore everything, but cannot own a house.

  • I AM MOVING OUT WITHIN 2 WEEKS.
    My passive aggressive ridiculous room mate is literally the only bad part of my life, so what do you do with bad things, you remove them. So i am arranging a bunch of inspections today and tomorrow. I might get a cat. Ive always wanted a cat. How good is life.

    @sernobulus You in for a house and a cat and to be my BAE

  • My sister is off to Greece and Italy for two weeks while I get to relish in the heat. Yay. Also, buses that have broken air-conditioning should count as cruel and unusual punishment.

    The weekend was filled with lows and more lows thanks to my poor dice rolls. Dwarves killed one of my Chaos Beastmen in Blood Bowl. One of my mercenaries died and two other mercs lost their arms in Mordheim. And the most damage I was able to do to my players in RPG was breaking one guy’s ribs and sending one guy puking in fear after encountering Chaos Furies. I want to kill someone dang it.

  • So to my eternal shame my list/pile of unfinished games goes back quite a few years…. One of the oldest on the pile without a doubt would have to be Wings of Liberty. I finished the campaign for the first time this weekend =D

    Also not touching Fallout 4 until the holidays; that game is too damn addictive and I got no gym/study done last week and slept way later than I normally do. Go sit in the corner fallout 4! D=

  • Thoroughly enjoyed a bit of Quiplash/Fibbage on Saturday night and thanks to the few TAYbies who joined in. Made the night a hell of a lot better.

    • So you seem like kind of a big deal around here..

      I’m heading to Port Stevens with a few friends for a week on Saturday. I would like to purchase some card and/or board games to take with us. There will be 4 people there for the whole week, and other friends dropping in and out throughout.

      The people I’m going with are all non-gamers, so a super-heavy RPG probably will not go down well. Something fairly easy to pick up, fun with a smaller number of players, and preferably pretty replayable.

      So, what games would y’all recommend? I have Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, Boss Monster, Uno, Absolute Balderdash, and a deck of playing cards, so I think the short-term people are covered. I heard that Pandemic was good for 4 players, how tough is it to get into for non-gamers? Of course, all suggestions welcome.

      • I’m not a big deal but don’t tell my ego that.

        Pandemic is a fantastic game for non-gamers. It has a slight quarterbacking problem (where someone who knows what they’re doing will try to take over the game) but it’s easily avoided if your group gets along well. Pandemic also has a couple of expansions, so once you start to feel like things are wearing thing you can add an expansion to mix things up.

        Spyfall is a clever little game where players have to suss out the spy. Everyone except the spy is dealt a location spy (the spy gets a card that reads “Spy”) and have to ask questions to suss out who knows what the location is without giving it away. Look up the Shut Up and Sit Down review to get a good idea of this one.

        Codenames got a mention in today’s article. If you can find a copy (it’s the hot new thing), it’s definitely worth the effort. Hell, everything I mention in that article is good for your situation.

        Edit: If you don’t go with Pandemic, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert are simpler takes on the same concept by the same designer. I prefer Forbidden Desert because you can fiddle with the airship you build. Forbidden Island is a more versatile game because you can use different tile layouts to mix things up.

          • I’d throw in Ticket to Ride as well as a great “gateway” board game.

            Agricole might be an option too, although @trjn will be able to better advise on that. And something like Elder Sign might be a useful alternative (co-op like Pandemic but more pared down).

          • Agricola is a fantastic game that I wish I could play more. It’s also not something I’d recommend to non-gamers. Aside from being rather heavy with a complicated setup, it’s a stressful game. The best thing about Agricola is the constant struggle to plan out your turns to get just enough to avoid starving and get enough points to win.

            Caverna is a much better alternative for that crowd. It has the same play time (about 45-60 min per player) and set up but is much more open, less stressful and you get to be adventuring dwarves with puppies.

            I haven’t played Elder Sign because I’m not a huge fan of push your luck games. I group it with King of Tokyo, which I prefer because it’s much lighter and we have a quickplay house rule where I just sit out. It saves me being eliminated after two rounds.

            Ticket to Ride should be on every list of entry level board games. Come to think of it, I wrote one of those lists back in April.

  • Saw Les Miserable on Saturday afternoon.

    Totally cried like a baby at least twice.

    Amazing show – easily gets 10/10 crying adult men. Would go again.

  • Greetings All,

    I hope you all had a fun and great weekend! 🙂

    Hosted my first Edge of Empire RPG campaign with friends on Sat. It was my first time in many many years but it appeared to go fairly smoothly. Looking forward to picking it all up again next month when we all catch up again.
    Rest of the weekend was Rocket League, Battlefront, Fallout 4 and Jessica Jones in no particular order.

    Have a good week all and thanks for always making every monday enjoyable by reading your TAY comments! 🙂

    • How did the Edge of the Empire go? I got halfway into figuring out how to GM that but found the sourcebook to be a bit obtuse.

      • I just used the Rulebook from the Beginners Kit and the premade characters to make it easy. We had limited time so I thought for the first run that this would be the best option and I am glad I did. I would suggest going that way too if that suits you.The first adventure is based around every learning the rules and getting used to how it plays (I am still figuring out how some of the more complicated dice rolls work). But this method worked for us as while we are all previous tabletop RPG players, this is the first one we had played in a very long time. Once we play a few more games and I am a bit more familiar I am then going to delve into the core rules and rolling up new characters etc.

        Hope this helps! 🙂

        • I tried running some friends through the beginner game for the Rebel one – forget what they called it – but almost immediately found it to be a bit too barebones. The instant you get past the first encounter and are like “where do you want to go now” my guys started asking to do stuff that was perfectly logical but I had no idea how to do as GM, had to grab the Edge of the Empire sourcebook and flip through pages of it.

          • Ah I see. I was fortunate not to have that issue as before we started my friends knew we were just doing the one adventure to see how it went and given the time constraints. Did you grab the Long Arm of The Hutt free expansion? From reading that earlier it seems that has a bit more meat to it than the first adventure. That’s what we are going to play next time. We have our boardgame catch up monthly so I will be spending the next few weeks reading up on the rules Plus to be perfectly honest, to keep it fun and interesting for everyone, any time we got really stuck, I just winged it so we could continue. That probably doesn’t work for a lot of people, I can already feel the heat from the hate of RPG purists 😛 But the main thing me and my friends all agreed on was that we didn’t want to spend too much time looking up the rules.

            But once I have had more time and read through a bit more I will be happy to help where I can.

  • Fallout 4!
    If you recognise this word, you’re safe to read under the tag. If not, don’t look it up cause it’ll spoil cool things:
    Prydwyn!
    Holy shit, the entrance that ship made was amazing. Did not expect to see that at all. Also, sudden massive increase in Brotherhood presence across the map was unexpected.
    I went up to the ship and continued my training with the Brotherhood…although it was a tad awkward that everyone kept saying “YOU CAN’T HAVE POWER ARMOUR YET” and I’m standing there in my full T-50f armour…

  • I have a terrible habit of constantly refreshing the articles I write in the hopes of new comments appearing. Going to try and avoid that today. It won’t work.

  • @blaghman @popdart5 @tech_knight

    Hey, are you guys able to shift Numenera to Tuesday night this week? I’d still like to do our session but I’ve been invited to a thing on Wed

      • Yep I saw Edward and one of a couple of Mad Hatters! On Sunday that is.
        Was it Nerd By Night’s Edward?

        I don’t recall seeing any on the Saturday.

          • It’s a very impressive Edward cosplay!
            I was The Crow on Sunday just skulking about and waiting around for photo shoots and couldn’t help but looking at her auto-mail hand thinking how damn good it turned out.

  • So i’ve finally just about had enough of GW’s shit.
    For those not in the know, they are now charging a little under $60 for a single plastic mini.
    http://www.games-workshop.com/en-AU/Blood-Angels-Chaplain-with-Jump-Pack
    And this fig isn’t the only one…

    For reference – A Dark Angels Chaplain was released 3-4 months ago for $30 made of the same material
    http://www.games-workshop.com/en-AU/Dark-Angels-Interrogator-Chaplain

    Seriously.. just get fucked, GW.

    There was a point on the weekend i even considered selling my whole collection to invest into other games that don’t seem as intent on whittling down their player base..

    • I see what they’re doing; they’ve looked to price models not just on material cost but lore + game value as well. I remember buying a Tau Fire team for $60 bucks a few years back (maybe 2-3?) but now they’re up close to 90 which is ridiculous but you can’t run an effective Tau army without the them. The Kroot squad however which you could take/leave depending on your strat are priced the same. Christ even a Tau Commander is $85??

      *shrug* I was always into them for the countless hours of painting they gave me. I guess I just pick and choose a bit more what I’d like to paint =p

          • I’ve gotten far better quality out of my 3D printer (printing Epic 40k rhinos with plenty of detail). That looks like the base Dawn of War I marine model.

            Still not to the same quality of ‘real’ GW minis but not nearly as bad as that linked one.

          • Yeah i know – that’s a reallly early 3d print model – plus i purposfully chose it because it looked horrible for laffs.

          • I really want to find someone at cgtalk or something to send me through a high quality sculpt of a model so I can print it at 40k scale and see how it comes out. Different 3D printing software makes a huuuuge difference too, I’ve discovered. I paid for the most expensive consumer stuff and my prints are so much better than before.

        • The Form1 prints stuff at more than good enough quality. It is fiddly, but will do the job.
          Also the powder based printers are certainly there quality wise. The filament based printers, not so much.
          Yes, the slicer you use makes a huge difference. Simplify3D is probably the best in the ‘affordable’ consumer space.

    • Yeah, pricing is getting out of control. My friends swear by some retailers in China that sell minis for sometimes up to 50% less than GW store price. The quality can be a bit naff but they’re happy, especially when they can afford to buy two Imperial Knights for the cost of one from GW. The shipping is the only thing that stinks but it still comes out to less than GW.

      On a separate note, GW have been getting very, very bad at balancing rules. The most recent Eldar and Tau codices are filled with cheese units and are considered rather overpowered. Heck, the formation rules are nice thematically but absolutely broken mechanically. I’ve heard that the Buffmander for the Tau in a Hunter Cadre formation can choose to group multiple units in firing at a single target and apply bonuses to each unit as if they were part of the Buffmander’s squad. Why yes, I too would like to have three squads of Fire Warriors that all have Marker Lights, twin-linked, and ignores cover for no extra point cost.

      This, combined with Age of Sigmar for Fantasy, is making it very hard to continue supporting GW. Only the revival of specialist games has me holding out hope for the future.

          • I went to a house inspection maybe a year ago – the guy was obviously pretty cool, had NRL jerseys sitting on the table next to his WOW paraphernalia on the desk (and I mean, we all know that union > league, but still)… and then I saw a copy of Necromunda sitting on a table… and I really wanted to just hang around until he got back and make friends.

            But there was a real estate agent there, and it would have been weird.

          • I don’t know what the difference is in rugby but I’ve had a similar experience! Went to an open house and saw so much Warhammer & D&D stuff but was too afraid to nerd it up (and I don’t think the dude WANTED to move but was being forced out).

            GOODBYE potential frond!

          • So you seem like a cool guy who will totally answer all my questions…

            If I was considering getting back into 40k, but have not bought any figures or glimpsed a single codex or white dwarf since, say, 2005… just how out of the loop would I be?

          • @chuloopa would probably be your best bet, since I quit in around 2004 then dabbled briefly before dropping it again last year. But I wasn’t a huge fan of the direction they’ve gone with everything. I would honestly recommend going to another game. The prices have gotten so insane it’s not even funny and some of the canon changes and stuff are silly. Necrons now are no longer all “rar, we are silent killing machines allied to no flesh” and have, at one point, allied with the Space Marines (Blood Angels!) etc etc.

            In a nutshell – you’ll be out of the loop on the details but GW straight-up refuse to move the storyline ahead in any meaningful manner so that’s not such an issue. The rules have been simplified and are, in my mind, boring.

          • @f4ction What games would you recommend though? I’ve been looking at alternatives and it doesn’t seem like there’s much that has the same gravity to it. They all feel like start-ups with only a handful of factions that don’t have the model count to go toe to toe with Warhammer 40,000. As much as I love Necromunda/Mordhiem I really feel like something big.

          • @dogman People have had nothing but positive things to say about Warmachine/Hordes. But yeah, I’ve got no idea. Warhammer has such a great history of… history. If they dropped the prices back to the old 2000 days I’d jump back into it in a heartbeat

          • @poita the first rule of 40k is you don’t talk about 40k.

            The second rule of 40k is you will give all the monies to GW.

    • Yeah. They’ve always been bad price-wise but it seems like every year they manage to find a new way to double down on fleecing new users. Get new players in with a $180 box set or $140 manual (only available in the VIP collectors hardcore edition), a pile of paint, some tools, a set of dice, some markers, some objective cards and a few hundred dollars worth of models. After that it doesn’t matter if they get frustrated and quit because there will always be another 12 year old who likes it enough to rope his friends into giving it a shot. If you’ve already got a 1250 point army then you’ve probably moved past the super profitable phase which means they don’t care if you quit.
      It’s like if a free-to-play game swapped micro-transactions for macro-transactions. It’s designed to get as much money out of players as it can before they figure out it’s basically a scam.

      The part I truly hate about it is that I don’t feel like I can get this anywhere else. Nothing seems to have the size, scope, lore, community or history of Warhammer and 40k. Even if there was an alternative I really don’t want to see 40k die. I want to see Games Workshop have to compete with someone long enough to rope all their BS in, but I’m guessing they’d just dig in, raise the prices and try to destroy independent retailers who dare stock the competition.
      I really want to get back into 40k but it’s hard not to be insulted by their business model.

    • I played about 10 hours of GH Live over 2 days, figured I was really enjoying it but never went back and have zero inclination to pick it up again.

  • Saw Spectre last night. Jeez that movie was a wreck. Desperate not be a Bond movie while being stuck in the confines of a Bond movie.

    Some super pretty shots though.

    2 things

    1.The long shot at the opening was brilliant until they fumbled ending it. Just a sudden cut that didn’t seem necessary and kind of spoiled it all.
    2. Why the hell did Blofeld’s base blow up? Left me literally scratching my head and @beeawwb with a horrified look on his face.

    • Also it had the Point Break trailer at the start and holy hell that movie looks like the worst thing ever. One big Red Bull ad for people with ADHD.

    • I’m still angry about that explosion. Fun (not fun) fact: It was recently awarded the Guinness record for largest f/x explosion on film. I think that’s the only reason it exists; so they could get the record.

    • 1. I don’t remember it exactly, but it ends with the camera behind him and then cuts to his face doesn’t it? I remember it being slightly abrupt. I wouldn’t say it spoiled it though, it was a very well put together shot, with the transitions hidden pretty well, but I think if the camera panned to in front of him and then it cut it would’ve been better.
      2. Yeeeeeah. It feels like it was missing an insert shot of them shooting a gas pipe or something.

      • 2. No, he did shoot a gas something or other. There was that small explosion that took out a couple bad guys. But then the whole base explodes, simultaneously and in perfect synchronisity? FUCK. THAT. This was a small explosion, not an exhaust port on the Death Star. ASDFJHLAKSDHLKWHTLSDKFHSLKH!!!

        • Huh, I don’t even remember seeing him do that. The whole base exploding perfectly is part of the problem I had with the movie. It couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a Craig era Bond movie, or a pre-Craig era Bond movie which had silly moments like that.

          • Exactly. They had the small explosion and it was so disconnected from the larger one that it lost all relevance. Pick one: Chain reaction explosion as the base goes up, or simultaneous demolition. You can’t have both, movie! I’ve been less than impressed with Craig-era Bond. I get what they’re trying to do, and why, I just think they’re losing what makes Bond, ‘Bond’. The tropes exist for a reason.

          • I don’t mind them, but then I’m not a massive Bond fan so losing the tropes doesn’t bother me too much. I’ve only seen the from Goldeneye onwards, and a handful of the classic ones, because I’m terrible. It is interesting going back and watching them and seeing just how good a representation of filmmaking at their time that each entry into the series is.

            The Craig ones though I’d rank:
            Casino Royale 4/5
            Skyfall 4/5
            Spectre 3.5/5
            Quantam of Solace 3/5

          • That’s a pretty fair ranking, but I’d personally rate all of them 3* or less (out of 5) on my personal rating scale. I’d probably rate Spectre slightly in front of Skyfall but that’s only because the ending of Skyfall really annoyed and bored me.

            Edit, ok fine rate them.

            Casino Royale: 3/5 – Watchable, but plodding.
            Spectre: 2.5/5 – Barely watchable. More concerned with effects.
            Skyfall: 2.5/5 – Let down by a poor ending.
            QOS: 2/5 – Straight sequel that forgets what it’s sequelling.

          • I put /5 what I’d rate them all. I really enjoyed Casino Royale and Skyfall. Casino Royale is my favourite Bond. The story beats for it are near perfect. Plus “You Know My Name” is a great song.

            Skyfall is an extremely well made film on a technical level, so it elevates it a little. It does drag on the tail end when it turns into Home Alone. That Roger Deakins cinematography is just amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFacxpBhXFg

          • @freezespreston

            You’re already on the list. We spent like 2 hours on our drive to Canberra discussing movies. You forget so quickly… *insert stroke reference here*

          • @cakesmith I thought we had a special relationship but seems you’ll have a discussion with anyone these days.

          • I’m with @cakesmith (though I’ve seen nearly every Bond movie). I didn’t really love any of them till I saw Casino Royale. And I’d probably rate Skyfall even higher, cos I was blown away when I saw that at the cinema.

          • @batguy I honestly would have rated Skyfall higher (3 or 3.5) but the ending just bored me to tears.

            I should also clarify. In my rating scale, a 3 is a “met” – it was watchable, it did what it promised, but it didn’t really stretch to a 4 (good/enjoyable) or 5 (excellent/masterpiece/amazing/adjectives).

      • What they should have done is run the shot up behind him, down the rifle sights and zoomed into the meeting completing the journey to the target.

    • It felt like they had an awesome idea for a beginning, and thoughts on all the important pieces and players that needed to be there at the end, then just padded out the middle till it was long enough. There were moments in the middle where I was genuinely confused about what Bond was actually trying to achieve.

      Also:
      They blew up Blofeld’s based because he needed to have a scar. Simple as that. What bothers me is, if Blofeld knew he was coming, and wanted him to do so, then why all the stuff with the big guy chasing him through Roman streets, or kidnapping the woman, or attacking them on the train? Couldn’t that guy have just delivered him an enigmatic invitation card and been done with it?

      • It was full of reveal moments where someone would pop up and Bond would act shocked but they neglected to tell us who these people were exactly.

        Also they spend half an hour making a big deal out of the Pale King and then promptly forgot about him. Was it Blofeld? The guy who had his eyes popped? Someone else entirely? They never said.

        As much as I liked Craig as Bond the writers and producers never really nailed it and hopefully with a new Bond for the next one we’ll see some changes.

          • Yeah, I got that part personally, but
            I didn’t understand what he was then harassing white about. Tell me where he is, or something, yeah, sure, I’ll look after your daughter cos I need to know where he/it is. Also, I assume we were meant to know about white from a previous movie. I did not.

    • Oh, forgot to mention the most important thing about the movie, though. It was 9:20pm, there were 10 people in the cinema, but I still got a streetpass hit. 5/5, would watch again.

  • @powalen Project Zero V talk
    I had to take a break after Miu saved Miku. Miku was the protagonist from the first game. She followed her brother who was her only family, and friend, into the Himuro mansion where he’d gone missing. (following three people who’d gone into the mansion and had gone missing). Anyway, he does end up dying, as you probably realised, but the reason and why is a spoiler so I’m not telling how or why.
    Anyway, that chapter pretty much said that Miku was in love romantically with her brother and had always been. It kind of ruined the close sibling bond they had in the first game. =/ Miku and Mafuyu were both able to see ghosts but Miku was the only one who was unable to make friends because of it. It would make sense that they were close, but the whole sibling romantic love just makes me feel ick.

  • @AlexWalker mentioned Agricola on the previous page. I love Agricola. I also never, ever get a chance to play it. It’s just not the sort of game that’s easy to bust out at the gaming groups I go to (and if you can find the people able to commit that much time, they’re going to pull out Power Grid).

    Anyhow, I don’t have any iOS devices so I don’t have Agricola on my phone. That means that Play-Agricola.com is the best option available.

    Anyone want to try and get a game going there some time?

    • I’m always up for any board game I’ve not played before, but I’ve not played Agricola so… Please explain this Farmpepsi so that I may understand?

      • How to play Agricola:

        1) Don’t starve.

        2) Collect resources.

        3) Don’t starve.

        4 ) Get more workers.

        5) Don’t starve.

        6) Get a bit of everything so that you don’t lose points.

        7) Don’t starve.

        8) Get a bit more of everything so that you have some points.

        9) Don’t starve.

        10) Seriously, don’t starve.

      • Agricola is about the crushing sense of despair when you realize on turn 8 that the decision you made on turn 3 has resulted in you being utterly fucked and your family is going to starve to death and there’s nothing you can do.

  • Bob’s weekend update!

    Hey everybody. Had a pretty good weekend, especially given last week and whatnot. I’m feeling good and actually got things done. Friday I played some more Fallout which was on my list of things to do. I’m still not touching anything story related and barely even sidequest related, just wandering the Wasteland around Sanctuary because I can. It’s keeping me occupied.

    Saturday was too hot to turn on the PC so I watched a couple movies and then went out to take a photo of the ISS crossing in front of the moon. A friend had told me about the transit a couple days before and as it happened my house was directly in the centre “transit” path, which also meant that a nearby park was directly in line. So at 7pm I drove to the park for a 7:35:59 transit and…. the whole place was lit up like daylight because of some sporting match. I ended up parking my car and walking through the nature reserve in the dark to get to the summit of the hill, lugging my camera and tripod. Then when I get to the top I realise the moon is too high to effectively use my tripod without setting it to horizontal and laying on the ground so I lugged it all the way for nothing. Get myself set up with maybe 2 minutes to spare and then realise that the bench I’m laying on has a bug flying circles in front of the moon so I need to move. ARGH! Move over to a railing so I can brace my arms and as I do I can see the ISS approaching. Check all my settings one last time, frame the moon and wait………. THERE IT IS IN FRAME. SPRAY AND PRAY. SPRAY AND PRAY! I got the shot. 😀

    That’s significant for me because a lot of times I’d wimp out of going to do planned shots. I’d find some excuse or some reason it’s too hard. So for me to plan in advance, get everything ready and then go out and capture the rare shot, that represents progress to me. I’m proud of myself.

    Sunday saw Spectre with Freeze (see above posts), then dinner with Freeze, then dessert with Freeze and Transient and BrotherTransient. Was really good. Getting out of the house and socialising also represents progress to me, so I’m proud of myself again. Yay progress!

    Now work. Recovering from file corruption in some of my reports. Joy. Backups and testing and checking galore. Woo. Bring on the evening for more Fallout?

    • Nice. Getting ISS transits is pretty tricky, I tend to try and get the Sun transits, I couldn’t make the drive this time to get the moon transit in. You should post your shot over on iceinspace.com, you might get image-of-the-week.

      • Would love to post it in other places (it’s currently on my Twitter and FB but that’s it) but the page you mentioned gets an Unknown Host error?

        Description: Unable to locate the server named “iceinspace.com” — the server does not have a DNS entry. Perhaps there is a misspelling in the server name, or the server no longer exists. Double-check the name and try again.

          • That worked fine, cheers! Will give it an explore later. Have also been looking at telescopes recently.

            I see the image of the week is a much better shot of the transit. As I said on my Facebook though, I know there’ll be much better shots of the transit but [this one] is mine and that makes me very happy. 🙂

  • The second best part about Battlefront is when I try load up Origin multiple times and it doesn’t load so I play Fallout 4.
    It’s like when Ben Force Persuades those Stormtroopers. “This isn’t the game you’re looking for.”
    That’s what I dig about Battlefront. The authenticity.

  • It’s only 1:39 pm, I’ve already slept in and I want to have another nap D=

    @tech_knight I’m working on the backpack now.
    It may take a while as it requires I actually go in and edit the mesh of the 3D object. It’s lots of bits like the knee cap where it doesn’t actually attach. I need to change it. Are you okay with this?

    • Same. Must be the weather or something. I wasn’t sleeping weird or anything this weekend. It was really laid back and relaxing. Didn’t over sleep, didn’t under sleep, didn’t do too much work, didn’t do too little, yet ever since I got in the office I’ve been tempted to just lay down on the couch and sleep.

    • Go for it, I mainly just want to ensure that we keep the backpack parts capable of opening in those certain spots, the fans should be a simple task as we already know there’s space for them.
      Edit: Also, how will we attach it to the back, velcro, studs?

      • I made the mistake of sticking around. I’m just waiting for someone to say “the gays”. You can see it’s on the tip of their tongues.

      • Is there anyone who ever remembers / Changing their mind / From the paint on a sign? Is there anyone who really recalls / Ever breaking rank at all / For something someone yelled real loud one time?

      • My confusion is when did the wider-community become so intolerant here at Kotaku? Have I been spending too much time in TAY? A lot of those names are fairly new to me.

        The very fact they can make an argument that gay people wanting to hang out with gay people is segregation means in their mind it’s something that they segregate. They wouldn’t call a hockey club segregation or a dance class segregation but if it’s to do with gay people shout no! I’m being tolerant and you’re trying to get away from us!

      • “THIS THING THAT HAS LITERALLY NO BEARING ON MY LIFE OFFENDS ME! I AM INCAPABLE OF COMPARTMENTALISING MY DISCOMFORT AND SEEING WHY THIS MATTERS TO PEOPLE! I KNOW THAT THERE’S AN IMPLICIT INVITE TO ME, MR. STRAIGHTMAN TO EVERYTHING, SO I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULD WANT A DIRECT ONE, AND I CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS DOESN’T INVOLVE ME! WHAAAAA WHAA WHAAAAAAAA WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

    • I’m honestly baffled by the comments. So much of it seem to boil down to one of the following:
      “In my experience, homophobia has been eradicated because all my friends are nice.”
      “Everyone has problems in life. I got bullied once, which is totally comparable.”
      “I’m bi/gay and as such represent the global LGBT population. Now here’s why this article wrong:…”

      I want to get involved in the conversation but it’s turning into a big pissing contest and it all feels a bit pointless. I guess one positive to take away is that (so far) we haven’t seen the age old argument of “I’m straight, where’s my parade?” Never mind…

    • Been avoiding that article because I assumed the comments will get messy. With the previous articles I found there were a lot more ‘why do we need this’ comments than ‘gay is bad’ comments so I assume the comments on this one have those people becoming a little more defensive of their stance. It’s disappointing but I’ll give those people the benefit of the doubt and just assume they’re a little uncomfortable with their dismissive attitude being directly confronted.
      The ones that seemed really weird to me in the previous articles were the comments about how this is just a scam so that the guy who runs all the conventions can make more money. It’s not that I don’t believe someone could think that way, I just can’t really process how a person can draw the conclusion and stick with it.

      Also I say assume too much.

    • I saw the first comment (second now after the guest one came out of moderation) before it’s edit when it was the only comment and bolted.

      In another world I’d likely get involved and shout some of them down. Today though, I don’t have the energy to be bothered arguing on the internet.

    • I hadn’t read it until just now. Sounds like it would be a fun convention and I’d go just for the cosplays.

      But the comments are grim and I don’t have the energy for that today.

  • Hope everyone had a good weekend. Spent a lot of mine in Iron Banner, and some Fallout 4 (sought out a cheap PS4 copy after my PC died last week – I think it’s the GPU, going by the the beep pattern, so I have an excuse to upgrade :P).

    Worked out the most efficient way to get to rank 5 in IB on all characters – worked out around 5 matches a night (as long as I finish on a win) and all dailies every day, and turning in 3 weeklies on Saturday night to hit 5; kinda went off the rails by missing the first day’s bounties, so had to play a few extra games each night. I think I’m getting better at PvP overall – I can now see the signs of when the spawns are about to flip and reposition accordingly (which is a step up from a few months ago), and I know most of the sniper perches/sight lines on most maps. Anyway, got some decent loot – a 319 ghost, a 318 warlock bond, a 317 hunter helm and a 314 titan helm, plus a bunch of 280-310 chests/gloves/hand cannons/LMGs that I’ve still got to go through and sort out the chaff.

    Fallout’s been surprisingly good, too – having had to restart (something I was considering anyway, as I’d completely misunderstood the way perks get unlocked), I tore through the first few quests, made myself a sniper rifle asap, and am now one quest behind my PC save, with a much better loadout and perks, and having a blast. Even managed to kill a swan…

    …although it did burn through all of my sniper ammo, half my stimpacks and most of my food. Got a hell of a shock when I asked Dogmeat to investigate a bit of floating garbage in the Park near Diamond City… 😛 Then another one when I fled the scene and ran right into a nearby group of super mutants, one of whom was a legendary.

      • The rank 5 package seems fixed to a 310 shell and a 310-320 random IB item – my items (bond and two helms across the three characters) turned out to be pretty cool; a friend got the new sniper rifle at 314, but also got a 310 helm on another character. I was considering jumping back on for a chance at more high-light gear until I heard it’s just ghost shells that drop over 310, and trying to beat my 319 isn’t really worth the bother. Best non-ghost drop I’ve had/seen is a 310 chestpiece; weapon drops (only the hand cannon and LMG) seem to peak around 290.

        • Yeah nah I can’t play this.
          One of the reasons I liked Destiny PvP was that unlike a lot of shooters it was not a sniper fest.
          Now it’s a sniper fest. Both teams just pot-shotting across the map, until a lolbreaker comes in and cleans up.
          Thornpocalypse was more fun than this.

          Ahh well, shelving Destiny till the next content drop.

  • Don’t know how to tell my friend he’s reading his D&D character wrong and is way over-doing himself without coming off as stand-off-ish (claiming his level 3 monk has 5 attacks per turn and can move 50 feet a turn).

    THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS I FACE IN LIFE. When not dealing with being essentially homeless and the such.

    • If he’s the kind of person that can’t take criticism, make an “accidental” mistake about your attacks/movement and look up the rules on yourself, then transfer the conversation to his mistake by way of “hang on, I think you might have it wrong too”.

      • Is it obvious that I’ve done exactly this in the past? Friend of a friend was playing and got aggressive whenever someone pulled him up…

        Suffice to say it’s the only time I’ve been in the same game as him.

    • I had a similar situation with someone misreading a character.

      “Can I do magic?”
      “You’re a monk. Monks don’t have magic.”
      “But it says I have magic on my character sheet.”
      “Really?” *reads through it* “No, your fists count as magical weapons.”
      “But I can cast spells through my fists right?”
      Sigh

      • And then that whole thing with Drewan having +23 on his Climb checks because the character sheet was adding in his racial bonuses twice.

        At least I’m happy to admit the mistake when found. 😛

          • It’s only +15 now! I’m helping!

            (+2 Ability score, +2 ranks, +3 class skill w/ ranks, +8 racial climb speed)

          • I’m still waiting on that natural 1 for Knowledge: Bogan.

            “Why, I do believe this gentleman is quite uncouth and should cease his blathering.”

          • @beeawwb Red has Bogan, you have I’m Helping and maybe Wikipedia, and Freeze has Tolerate Cat. I don’t think Techie has his own fun personal skill but that can be easily arranged.

          • Well Dem’nion is an Elven Neutral version of Vegeta to me (Definitely not as much ego however being noble he has a fair bit), so how can we use that? 😛

          • @tech_knight I like that in addition to Lawful Neutral, True Neutral, and Chaotic Neutral we now have Elven Neutral. 😛

            I don’t know what we can do, maybe something like this skill to test against your noble dignity and tastes or something silly like “For Honour!” like the Zuko-parody from Last Airbender. It’s up to you for whatever you want as a characterful skill.

          • I have no idea what that “For Honour!” thing is 😛
            I think testing against noble dignity and taste is a good one (Especially the dignity bit), given that he was once the Yamcha of the group getting instagibbed, this happening after leaving a comfortable life of luxury and education.

          • @tech_knight I’ll dig it up when I get home but the Ember Island Players episode in Last Airbender had parody versions of all the main characters and Zuko was all “I must defeat you… FOR MY HONOUR!”

            A characterful skill can be helpful in figuring out what Dem’nion is interested in or what he values in life. There’s no pressure if you don’t want one but the option is available to you.

        • That was technology’s fault so it was a bit easier to figure out. And yes, it’s always good playing with people who are happy to correct an error rather than stubbornly clinging to it and saying “my character is ruined”. I’ve played with people like that and it gets rather tiresome that they bend and twist the rules, sometimes even outright breaking them, to get a power ego.

          • Let me know whenever I’m unintentionally doing that as all my perks can be a bit confusing. I haven’t actually done a Wizard properly in a D&D RPG yet, I did do Sorceror though, so diving right into Arcanist was probably biting off more than I can chew but yeah, it’s fun picking it up though.

          • It’s all good and I think I’ve said that I trust you guys enough to not accidentally give yourselves extra bonuses and stuff. As long as you guys are keeping a record of your characters and are happy, I’m happy.

            Besides, the game isn’t so serious that we’re getting caught up on the minutiae. If it was serious, I don’t think I would have allowed half of the things @freezespreston has attempted. 😛

          • Thanks Freeze. Always good to hear when people enjoy themselves and it encourages me to make bigger and better stuff for you guys to have even more fun with.

          • Very this. For @popdart5 to wrangle us through many laughs and good times, for over 18 months speaks volumes.

          • Agreed completely, a loud thud could’ve been heard with my jaw dropping when Popdart showed me what was actually going on behind the scenes in Rogue Trader after that was put on the shelf, usually I’d expect to see only see one of something huge like that happening in the story, he had 3-4 at once coming at us in the future. Insane! So far I’ve been really enjoying it (Both Pathfinder and Rogue Trader while that was a thing), I’m just looking forward to my new powers having a chance to be used the next time Lundgredolph picks a fight with someone that’s actually strong cuz it’s only a matter of timewe find trouble or trouble finds us 😀

          • Well the technology just wasn’t there yet to allow you to take that Drone without accepting insanity points, sheesh I took 9! 😛

          • I don’t think you’ll ever let that one slide hey? 😛

            Maybe next time I run something I’ll go a bit crazy and go Monty Haul for everyone. Of course, this would be for Orks and everyone can get something fancy or crazy because ORKS!

          • I have a shrine of broken Tau pieces with a Tau drone sitting in the centre to forever remind me of your betrayal! D=

            That and I need to finish painting them. But I like the first explanation better.

            Edit: Also I need a ranked buddy for HotS; interested? @tech_knight keeps standing me up. He’s too hot to be seen in games with me.

          • I’ve kinda given up on ranked HotS sorry Puppet. I rarely play anymore since hitting Rank 1 and the recent Cho’Gall stuff has all the usual hallmarks of OPness for a new hero.

          • You never said when you were done last time! Also, me? In Ranked? Pffft HAHAHA oh man I can’t even beat a single PvP in normal matches let alone go for ranked just yet… oh yeah and also me being only level 7 😛

          • @popdart5 He’s actually meh even when played well; any latency basically kills him. I doubt you’ll be seeing too much of him if you ever come back tbh. Leoric, johanna, valla, jaina and kael continue to be the staples.

            @tech_knight I thought you were going to message me once you were done with brekky! or dinner! take your pick on the number of times you stood me up *runs away crying*

  • Wrapped up my third weekend of making trips between Hervey Bay and Tweed South to move the family house. Roughly 6hr drive, each way. Sunburned. (Again.) Still tired.

    We still didn’t get it all finished, poor old Dad’s making another trip today with a trailer, while his boys go back to work.

    It’s been stressful. Really looking forward to some sleep and video games.

  • I’m trying to remember a board game that I played recently but for the life of me I can’t remember the name. It was about playing as the descendent of a recently deceased rich elder who, in their will, said that they’d give the entirety of their fortune to the descendent who had the least money. The game was all about spending as much money as you can on property, racing, posh soirees, and other rich people stuff to become destitute and win the inheritance. It was a worker placement game if that helps.

    Anyone know what it’s called? (cc board game afficionados)

    • Last Will!

      Edit: I’ve been meaning to give that game a shot. I’m a huge fan of worker placement games and the premise is so amazingly dumb. I love it. Copies are hard to find in Australia but I haven’t looked too hard.

      • Thank you! I really enjoyed it and wanted to see how much it was. As you said, the premise is silly and completely counter-intuitive to almost every other worker placement game I’ve played. I got stuck in a property spiral and had too much wealth in assets while everyone else trashed their mansions, went on wild cruises, and had joyrides in their carriages around the countryside. Delightfully ridiculous.

          • In the It’s Punky Brewster episode “Punky’s Millions,” Punky Brewster is on a TV show trying to win money for charity. In order to win the $40 million prize, she must spend one million dollars in 48 hours. To make sure that the money would not be spent all at once on something very expensive (e.g. a villa as suggested by one of Punky’s friends), a rule states the money cannot be used to buy any single item for more than $10,000. When the deadline ends, Punky and her friends have lost because one of her friends, Allen, forgot to spend the 98 cents he got as change when he bought chocolate. Fortunately, one of the dollars was spent on a lottery ticket, and the heroes win $100,000, saving the orphanage.

  • New graphics card is installed, appears to be running fine with my GTX 560 drivers, heh. Went to download replacement drivers, got the Windows 7 ones by default, cause I some how forgot I was running Windows 10…

  • Was playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 last night.
    Finished a delivery, but got a bit of damage to the cargo… okay, it was at 87% damage.
    Manage to make it to the destination on time, and end up not getting any money because the cargo was fucked.
    :`(

  • Today I played a night time level of Plants vs Zombies and totally impressed a 6 year old.

    “You’re even better than me!”

  • Decided to re-send the invitation for the Perth Meat.

    @fled @grandmasterb-funk @liondrive @phlanispo @phoenix @thecracks

    Perthians, assemble! I am planning a new and improved Adventure World meat! My initial plans a month ago fell through because everyone was busy with uni, and apparently two weeks isn’t enough notice.

    My new plans are to have a meat on the weekend of 5th/6th December. This will either be on a Saturday or Sunday, and will change based on what is best for everyone. I specifically chose this date because I know everyone will be on their uni break by then. I hope I gave enough notice, but you never know.

  • Stayed up for the Bloodborne expansion unlock, could only play for 20 mins due to work tomorrow.
    But geez its glorious already 🙂

    See ya tomorrow night fellow hoonters…

  • I know it’s in the wrong spot, but that Gaymer X article is dead, so I feel like venting here instead.

    Many, basically the majority of people in the article, are jumping up and down declaring that, “Australia doesn’t need a gay gaming convention”. I don’t let others speak for me, particularly those of who are unaware to the issues facing my demographic. You can speak for yourself, but not for an entire portion of the population that you are not representative of, or within yourself.

    There was a time when I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. Not uncomfortable, by any definition of the word, but stuck in this sort of limbo, where the disingenuous me was content, and the genuine me wasn’t.
    It’s a peculiar feeling.
    Not happy, not sad. Just kind of, existing.
    I’d hang out with friends. Do friend things, like go to the movies, hang out, go clubbing, etc, but I never felt like I had any one on my side.

    I digress.

    One fateful night, new years eve, if I recall, my friends decided to go clubbing. I was set to go with them, when last minute they tell me the location. A gay club. The Court, in fact.
    Now, my friends were all straight, are all straight still, so I was a little surprised, but very keen. I’d always wanted to go, but when you’re trying to hide being gay, saying, “Hey, let’s go to a gay club” is the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.
    I was eager to go. Moreceager than I’d ever been for anything before.
    More eager than I have been fir anything since.

    I’ll tell you what, that eagerness and anticipation lead to one of the best nights of my life.
    I’d never felt more in place in my life. It felt comforting being around others like me.
    I know it may be hard to understand from an outside perspective, but being around people you can relate to for the first time in your life. It was the first time I actually felt comfortable. Welcome.

    I know clubbing isn’t universally appealing, but if this Gaymer X convention can recreate this for even one person, or help even one person feel comfortable in their own skin, then it is needed.

    • People need a place where they belong. When you can walk into anywhere in the country and automatically belong, it’s hard to understand that others aren’t as privileged.

      There were so many people going “I don’t get it, therefore it doesn’t need to exist”. Empathy is rad. Those morons should try it some time. Right after they get “it’s not about you” tattooed on the back of their hands.

    • Don’t let it get to you, the internet just attracts loud mouthed jerks who’d probably cower in the corner if confronted irl.

    • This is basically why my take on the conversation was that I really can’t appreciate that feeling of not belonging. Sure, I might feel like a social reject who can’t really relate to other people, but I’m still basically the social default setting.

      We’d all like to believe that the world is an all-inclusive space where everyone is welcome, but it’s not. A lifetime of having to feel sorry for who you are in case it offends someone can affect you deeply.

      There is no reason not to have gay-oriented events, so why not? You lose nothing. You’d think all the dirty straights commenting on that article were having something taken away from them, they way they were carrying on. And all that “hurr hurr what if I had a straights-only event, how would dem queers respond herpaderp infallible logic I win the internet” garbage. I mean, way to demonstrate that you don’t see any divide whatsoever, guys!

      • Your last paragraph – removing the particulars of this scenario and don’t you get what the GG’s have been saying the last 2 years?

        That aside…

        Events that start out small like this can grow and add huge amounts of cultural capital. Look at the Mardi Gras. That party is now for so many more people than when it started out. To the point that the Sydney event is one of the biggest in the world.

          • I’m confused by that too. GG tends to be very against politics in games and see anything that’s not part of the status quo as politics in games. Take away the particulars and it’s still the opposite of what GG has been saying. Unsurprisingly, most of the dicks in the GX article are vocally pro-GG.

          • My understanding of Gamergate, at least based on the theory put forward by it’s proponents, is that gaming journalism entities such as Kotaku should disclose when there are relationships/connections or when content is effectively sponsored via promotions, contractual arrangements, business contacts or other financial interests. This is fair enough. It’s sad when a gaming site effectively “sells” a game, but it turns out they were basically shills for it and duped their audience for an advertising cheque (a la the Kane & Lynch 2 debacle at Gamespot).

            What I see, however, is basically abuse of women in gaming journalism for the audacity of even having a relationship, and abuse of any journalists (but especially females) who want to discuss social issues in and around gaming.

            I’ve said previously that while I don’t agree with everything said by people such as Patricia Hernandez or Anita Sarkeesian (who are repeat targets for GG vitriol), they have their right to have opinions but the GGers are the ones who are acting like they’re trying to take our video games away when in fact we stand to lose nothing, but instead may gain something.

            So, like you said, my comment when put in a GG-related framework, still seems to go against the actions of pro-GGers. Or how gay gamers wanting to seek out a place where they feel they can belong is at all related to the plight of GGers to begin with. Like how is that even pertinent to this discussion? Really scratching my head on this one.

          • That a gay focused expo adds to the community, just like games with different leads or play styles and focus adds to video games. Neither of them takes away for what we currently have

          • Right. I guess I was confused because it seemed like my point was being interpreted as aligned with some of GGs arguments, whereas it would, if anything, be opposed like trjn pointed out.

            I’m pro-diversity and pro-inclusiveness across the board.

          • Poorly worded on my part and I’ve probably missed the main point. Link was probably tenuous at best… What jumped to mind for me is that there is no reason why there can’t be diversity or changes in the landscape of gaming. Reflected in the way some (not all) GG’s get pretty uppity about those supporting/pushing for changes.

          • Wasn’t that you said anything about gamergate specifically.
            More that the arguments against this expo are the same ones about diversity in games or other aspects. CoD isn’t exclusive, there is no reasons girls can’t enjoy it. If we make games with female leads then the next battlefield game will be Battlefield: Barbies bargain slaying shopping trip.
            The people arguing who can’t understand that it adds to the community rather than taking away.

    • I totally get it, and I agree with you 100%.

      Going to use spoiler tags for wall of text


      We live in a society that is intolerant of pretty much everything. I’m a mum, and let me tell you, even something as simple as “feeding a baby” or “using a stroller” can raise the ire of the “general public”. Raised eyebrows, tut-tutting, lectures on how you’re doing life the wrong way (why don’t you cover up, why do you need that huge pram, why are you still breastfeeding your toddler, why aren’t you still breastfeeding your baby, why isn’t your formula organic, why are you wasting money on organic formula, can’t you make your baby stop crying, why do people insist on bringing their kids to , I don’t know why parents need a whole bathroom just for them, we didn’t have special parking spots when I had kids…). It’s no wonder a lot of parents retreat to their homes and feel that they just aren’t welcome anywhere, even if most people are kind. All it takes sometimes is one vocal idiot to smash your perceptions and make you feel like you are alone and do not belong. This is why mother’s groups are considered an essential part of being a new parent. It’s not about exclusion, it’s about support. Finding others who are walking the same path, and being able to talk about your life without having to explain, apologise or hold back.

      As for hobbies, I used to do dragonboat (I miss it so much! *sob*), and there were plenty of clubs with very specific memberships. Different Strokes are the first Australian LGBTI club, and they’ve been competing for about 7 years now. They race, they have a float in the Mardi Gras, they’re regularly featured in the local gay press, their local is The Oxford. It’s a sport that’s generally very inclusive, but there are also clubs specifically for cultural groups (Chinese Youth League), juniors (Blackwattle Blue Subs), masters (Bei Loon) and breast cancer survivors (Dragons Abreast). They don’t exclude people from their teams, but generally, only people who identify with that club would be interested in joining anyway. More teams, more people enjoying the sport.

      Everyone wins.

      GaymerX sounds good to me.

    • Totally, man!

      I think people in that article were coming to the weird conclusion that if it’s not going to solve all of society’s issues all at once, then it shouldn’t exist. I keep trying to parse the logic (though assuming there’s logic to parse might be my mistake), and it’s the only conclusion I can draw.

      But sometimes a safe place is valuable just because it’s a safe place, and its victories are smaller, and more personal.

      • I personally was seeing a lot of folks taking a disturbingly compassion-devoid way of pressing a belief that I personally hold (but don’t particularly press), which is that in a ‘perfect world’ you don’t treat anyone differently and you just fucking get on with your shit no matter how different someone is, so ‘let’s just start acting like that’s the world that is’.

        But that’s in a perfect world. Not this world right now.
        Maybe one day, when differences really ARE normalized to the point that kids don’t learn to remark or behave differently about someone’s sexual orientation or race or whatever… but that’s not now.

        I understand the theory that we should behave as if that’s the world right now; expecting that the ideal world will come into being through us acting as if it already is, just because enough of us agreed to act like it… and hope like hell that our kids won’t learn any bigotry because we aren’t showing it to them.

        But for those who are so affected by the ways in which it is currently not that ideal, no-one should begrudge them some coping mechanisms. Especially not ones that do not affect you.

    • I’d never felt more in place in my life. It felt comforting being around others like me.
      I know it may be hard to understand from an outside perspective, but being around people you can relate to for the first time in your life. It was the first time I actually felt comfortable. Welcome.

      That’s an interesting thing to read. The strength of it.

      It is hard for me to understand or relate, intuitively, at least – if not academically.
      A combination of privilege and only-partly-justified confidence has meant that I have rarely felt particularly out of place. Until I travel a LOT more to feel more alien, I may never understand that feeling of relief at the otherwise uncommon comfort of belonging – not emotionally or instinctively. I hear ex-pats get it a lot.

      …But you don’t have to understand a feeling or relate to it to respect it.
      Some experiences are so far removed from your own that you have to take the expression of it on peoples’ word. Which is why that article did need to be written. And why it’s disappointing that so many people missed the main point: that their experience is not universal.

    • Hey man, we should totally re-schedule that Court shindig we were planning a few months ago. I can’t remember exactly why we dropped the plans, something to do with me being an unsociable prick or something. Sounds like it could be a freaking great time. I’ll even wear a tie!

      • That could be good little Phlanisbro!

        I don’t think I can do the adventureworld meat though, unfortunately 🙁
        I had a great time last time we went, but I usually work weekends :'(

        We’ll definitely set up a time to go clubbing though 😉

  • Board games amirite?

    I’ve been making a concerted effort to play many lots of board games lately. If I’m meant to be the board games guy, it makes sense. Right? Probably.

    The funny thing is that now I want to tackle the issue of breadth vs depth. Do I try to play as many different titles to get as broad an understanding of the hobby as possible or do I dig in on a few titles to really see what’s going on there?

    Power Grid’s a great example of a depth game. There is a group of retired/semi-retired peoples that hang out at all of the local board gaming groups. They play a lot of Power Grid. A lot. They have literally every map and the deluxe edition. I could easily latch onto them to get a lot of games of Power Grid under my belt in a short time.

    Or I could try and play a lot of Agricola with you guys via Play-Agricola.com

    The other option is to try and play everything that I’ve been meaning to play. Terra Mystica, Mage Knight, everything by Uwe Rosenberg that isn’t Agricola.

    Breadth vs Depth. Both give me a better understanding of board gaming. Both are options I can take. Sod it. I’m just going to play whatever the hell I can play. If that’s more Power Grid, hurray! If that’s the titles I haven’t had a chance to check out, hurray! If that’s the games I’ve played once or twice, hurray!

    More games. That’s my solution.

    • Por que no los dos

      I’d go depth-first, personally. I think that’s more interesting. But if you’re going to go in-depth, I feel like focusing on interesting mechanics is the way, rather than going deep on specific games. At least that’s what I’d do.

      • Power Grid and Agricola are both games with interesting mechanics and enough variation to go very, very deep on them. They’re also games that I can expect to play reliably.

        Android: Netrunner is another game along those lines. I’m trying to suss out the local ANR community. Although I expect if I really wanted to go deep with ANR, I’d have to live in Melbourne.

    • I’m with neg, do both.

      When I go to board gaming events I have a rule that I try a game new to me and that I try to play more games I don’t own (unless I’m teaching).

      • I’m much more of a slut. I’ll play anything interesting and that includes games I’ve played before. Even amongst complete strangers, I default to teaching. It’s what I know.

    • Depth is probably cheaper so I’d opt for that. Unless your board gaming group has a large library that gets new products coming in regularly, keeping up to date with new games would be a challenge.

    • Personally I go breadth. I’m more interesting in trying out new and interesting games than getting right down to the minute strategy of the one game.

        • I finished it in two days and it’s my favourite MCU product so far.

          Tenant was very well cast and Kilgrave was effectively an evil version of his Doctor. They did a great job of fleshing him out and making his evil personal. They didn’t hold back. Kilgrave couldn’t comprehend that he was evil, that’s important. His victims truly suffered and continued to suffer if they were lucky enough to survive. That’s important. MCU lacks in this area and while Daredevil did a good job with Kingpin, it’s nowhere near Kilgrave.
          I liked the supporting cast. All of them added to the story in various ways. Finding out that Malcolm was both Aussie and a Power Ranger was an odd revelation though.

          • Agree pretty much on all points.

            Would have liked maybe an extra, non-Killgrave related case for the first two eps with more of the flashbacks & scary cuts.

            I feel like they introduced him straight away then dragged it out for a number of episodes before throwing Nuke in the mix as a little diversion.

            I find it pushes believability a tad by having absolutely everyone linked to Killgrave, even Luke.

            They didn’t all have to be.

            Also, as a fanboy, I miss the way the original comic weaved it’s way into the existing Marvel U. That was fun. Not needed, they did a great job setting up Jessica’s own little corner.

          • Having everything related to Kilgrave worked for me because of how personal his evil is. It’s a defining point of this version of his character, his obsession with Jessica. She had one thing that wasn’t related to him and at that point, she was well and truly paranoid.

          • The main stand out for me was his wife’s death being related. Yeah it added tension but are we going to find out that the company that made Nuke also made Jessica & Killgrave & then they all happened to move to Hells Kitchen & all happened to cross paths?

            It was a little to tight, too clean for me.

            We’ll see what the story is next season though

          • If they have any sense, Kilgrave should be nothing more than a bad memory in future seasons. Nuke and co should be a separate thing otherwise it’s a little too Heroes-ey. I’m hoping Luke’s wife is just a sequel hook for Luke Cage’s show.

          • I thought Nuke was primarily a Cappy villain these days. Anyhow, with the Defenders around the corner I think we’re going to see a lot of cross-pollination. Want to bet that Luke Cage runs into Kingpin or one of this minions?

          • @trjn He always was used as a grotesque mirror to him. But he’s popped up in Wolverine as well as that Red Hulk team, I can’t remember the name.

          • Most of the cast and crew of Power Rangers were Aussie or Kiwi. They filmed in New Zealand with whoever was available in order to avoid those pesky screen actors guild requirements. Malcolm was the Red RPM Ranger, if you care.

        • Seems everyone likes it, but I saw one person bitching about one particular plot he didn’t like, which apparently ruined the entire show for him, for some reason. I haven’t started it yet, so I have no idea what he was talking about.

    • It’s okay. A bit long. Dragged a bit toward the end.


      – Killgrave is an awesome villain.

      – Didn’t like elements of the writing. Why is everyone in the Marvel TV stuff a fucking booze hound and no one really thinks there’s anything wrong with that?

      – Carrie-Ann Moss steals every scene she’s in. Possibly the best casting of the whole show. I so hope at some point when these characters come together there’s an episode involving a legal battle between Murdoch and Hogarth.

      – I’m not really looking forward to the Luke Cage series. He worked well as a companion, but I didn’t see anything there that was interesting enough that I’d want to see a whole series about him.

      – Action sequences were largely boring brute force stuff.

      – Enjoyed Daredevil more.

        • I thought he was a great Luke Cage, but I kinda hope his series is a bit lighter in tone- the guy who is getting his shit back together, not the guy going through oppressively dark shit, which is what Daredevil and this were about

          • Yeah
            I’m not sure, dark seems to be the tone Marvel Netflix is leaning on. But the DD & JJ source material they’ve used mostly was dark originally.
            Like has been many things over the years, I guess they’ll mix in some of his 70s origin with the feel if Bendis & Azzerello’s takes.

            A lighter tone would be nice though. Surely once Iron Fist appears it will be almost buddy cop

        • I didn’t mind the casting. He’s well cast. Though the guy needs to work on his enunciation a bit as there were lines that felt mumbled a bit.

          The issue I have is that the character didn’t seem like he had remotely enough interesting about him to hold up a 13 episode show.

          You probably feel different because you’re familiar with the comics. I’m not. This part of the Marvel canon is completely new to me – I only ever got into 90s X-Men stuff with a bit of Iron Man on the side.

          • I hope so. More than happy for them to surprise me. Just doesn’t seem like something I’ll be as interested in.

          • I hope it’ll be more like DD, many more decades of source material to use for a more interesting, less loose & tighter packed tale.

            I really liked how many names pop up in DD that either fill out the universe or set up next season.

            JJ had to create more on the fly & it didn’t always work as well.

      • Jessica self-medicates her PTSD with booze. I don’t think everyone likes it but accept that she’s got serious shit to deal with. Trish should make a bigger deal of it, as a recovering drug user. Malcolm should care but is only just coming clean himself, with her help, so is justified in not making a point of it. Luke… he’s a bartender, which is shorthand for “we needed an excuse for him not to mention it.”

        • I think there was a nice reversal near the end (end of season spoiler)

          she drops her keys & he picks them up & opens the door for her. This plus him taking the phone at the end sets him up as her obvious secretary, so I imagine a lot of whiny whinging will go on next season

          • Malcolm’s development was rad. He went from something that showed Jessica’s human side despite the brashness to someone to take care of her. Putting him in the same room as Night Nurse was a little on the nose but I like that it means Trish won’t be anywhere near that position.

        • @jimu
          I think my issue is that I felt like she stays completely static the entire show. No development. Doesn’t have a proper arc where her beliefs are challenged or anything. Gets revenge on Killgrave and then she seemed like she was exactly where she was to begin with. That was disappointing. I didn’t feel like she went through any tough decisions or moral choices or anything.

          I think that was why I preferred Daredevil. There was more of a character there. So many dichotomies to the guy, like the conflict between his Catholicism and the fact he murders people, or even just the issue he has where he’s not sure whether he’s going out and doing what he is because he’s actually a rage-fueled nutjob. I felt like thee was a lot more character there and that he goes through a real arc.

          Maybe a good amount of it is because Murdoch tries to keep his identity secret from his friends, and the way things eventually fall apart because of that. Jessica doesn’t try to hide her abilities.

          • Yeah, you’re right. In the comic

            Killgrave is only ever hinted at, she takes on many different cases before he finally returns & defeating him is the series end.

            The follow-up series Pulse, is her in a much happier place having beaten the prick.

            Seems they wanted the best bit of the comic without the loss of Moody Jessica :-/

          • I can’t see how they could have written it differently with just one 13-episode season to play with but it definitely needed a few extra subplots woven in.

  • Ran into one of my highschool friends at climbing last night, so ended up doing some top rope.

    Near as I can figure it, last time I did that would’ve been with Climbey. Which would put it at two years ago, almost exactly. And once again, the whole time I’m stuck thinking “god damn when did climbing get to be such hard work?” Climbs just go on forever, don’t get to stop every couple of minutes and sit under the fan for a while. I need an air conditioned shirt 😛

    Felt good nailing a bunch of reds though, and seeing that finger strength get put to use.

  • You Should Try Fallout 4 Without Fast Travel

    Because it’s awesome discovering things that you didn’t know about… LIKE ALL OF THIS CONTENT. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT HOW AWESOME DISCOVERING IT WAS. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO JUST STUMBLE ACROSS THIS CONTENT WITH NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE.

    • Anyone who shuns Fast Travel obviously doesn’t have the same kleptomania problem that I do.

      Yes. Let’s all crawl everywhere.

      • I fast travel paths that I’ve already walked, primarily for the inventory dump return. That said, I try to wander and explore an area instead of beelining straight to the next quest marker.

          • Last time I followed gunfire it was just the wandering trader bumbling into the next set of enemies that I should have blundered into.

          • I thought those traders were immortal, but then Doc Weathers picked a fight with a Mr Gutsy who killed the badass older female caravan guard with the short white hair. The one who had that line that always cracked me up. (“It’s a shit job, but at least the pay’s terrible.”) I really mourned her loss. Later, I came across the corpse of one of the wandering booze salesmen. He’d been next to a car that had gone nuclear when a Gunner dropped a grenade off the overpass.

            Now I run to gunfire to try and protect the traders and their employees.

    • I’m still surprised how full of stuff the wasteland is. There are little stories everywhere, of people trying or failing to survive…

  • So important questions…

    Fallout 4 or Battlefront?

    Mad Max for $21 or Lords of the Fallen for $15?

    Rage for $5 or Brink for $5?

    • Fallout 4 for me, I’m a bit over multiplayer at the moment and I feel like Fallout has more longevity/bang for buck.

      More interested in Mad Max than Lords of the Fallen, but I have no idea about their objective merits.

      Between Rage, Brink, and not spending $5, I’d keep the $5.

        • But but… I can get the full FO4 experience this time next year, whereas all the multiplayer crowds will have moved on to other games by then

          • Ugh. Oh crap, I meant what @Tigerion said. Yes, that. Longevity/timing.

            Even though FO4 is undoubtedly the better game, it’ll only keep/improve over the next few months. 😛

    • Battlefront is likely to die off as a MP only game so if you want that get in early, fallout 4 will always be awesome but BF may have a timeframe
      Do you like AC / Just cause / Far cry collectathons / clear the map games? If so Max otherwise LotF
      Rage of those, brink MP is dead

    • Hard to answer the first right now without knowing about your tastes.

      I really disliked LotF, felt like all the worst aspects of Dark Souls exemplified with none of the fantastic counteracting elements. Mad Max was hardly stellar, but it didn’t really do much wrong, it just sort of… was.

      Despite owning Brink I never played it. RAGE on the other hand was wonderful, and I loved it far more than popular opinion says I should have. Not that I ever finished it, but shhhhh.

    • Fallout 4, Lords of the Fallen (I haven’t played Mad Max, but I really enjoyed my time with LotF), Rage.

      And that last one is a very reluctant and disappointed endorsement. Brink did so much right, but its time has passed – it’s a multiplayer-only in disguise, thanks to bots, and they’re crap. Rage you can at least play.

    • EDIT: Reasons

      – neither (fallout 4 boring, battlefield MP-only and looks like it’ll peter out in months)

      – neither (mad max was panned badly, lords of the fallen’s a low-budget dark souls ripoff)

      – neither (rage isn’t very good, brink’s good but multiplayer-only and the game’s dead)

    • Fallout 4

      Lords of the Fallen

      And save your $5, Brink was mostly a multiplayer game and there’s probably next to noone playing it anymore and Rage … well, it’s just shit.

      (Actually, maybe Rage isn’t that bad but I got it close to release and it would constantly crash my computer or if I was lucky, just refuse to run.)

    • Mad Max was way better than Lords of the Fallen, and I say that as a diehard Dark Souls-type game fan. MM wasn’t by any means perfect, though.

  • This weekend I slacked off and didn’t look at houses and made myself feel very stressed. \o/

    I’m currently in a conundrum. Too many games but nothing I feel like playing. In addition to Jessica Jones I polished off a couple of visual novels because I don’t know why:

    – Fault: Milestone 2: Side Above
    This was really good. Better than the first one. Entertaining read. Shame it’s so short (4 hours to read it all, zero branches). Not the best thing out there but I don’t regret my time spent with it.

    – Sakura Fantasy
    Terrible. Average-quality writing that’s basically a string of excuses for showing images of big-boobed anime girls in compromising positions and situations. Developer seems to churn out one of these games every 6 weeks or so and they’ve got some kind of patreon racket going too.

    They’re pretty decent boobies though.

    I have Trails in the Sky SC sitting there taunting me, but I really want to play that with a 100% guide as there was a ton of stuff I missed in the first game and it made my OCD flare up something terrible. The Steam achievements all look really obtainable for once too. So waiting.

    I had Tales of Zestiria lined up but that game was over really fast. I also had AC Syndicate as the backup game but the first few hours left me with such a profound sense of ennui that I haven’t gone back.

    Played a bit of Kantai Collection and I probably should get back to that. On the last map for the event but the reward for clearing it is shit compared to how hard it looks – I have too many lowbie destroyers as it is, and Hagikaze is all kinds of bland. Same issue as the last event, where the ultimate reward for clearing it was also a Destroyer (Teruzuki) though at least in that case she’s got a niche she’s useful in (though I have sister-ship Akizuki already so the niche is filled). I cleared E4 really fast – 3 sorties only – and didn’t get Graf Zeppelin as a drop yet so I may actually ignore E5 and grind E4, though it’d be nice to actually finish the event too. Generally finding the game doesn’t hold my attention the way it used to though.

    Can’t play World of Warships due to shit intermittent lag on my connection which I can’t fix (and which might be caused by my laptop – which by the way is a miserable way to play that game as I keep bumping the touchpad with my left thumb and that causes my guns to fire). The WiFi spectrum is so overloaded that I can only get a good signal sitting right beside the router. Can’t stream anime from anywhere else which has put a big dent in that, so I’m a long way behind in shows I was watching before I moved. Netflix seems to stream fairly fine to my laptop anywhere in the apartment but I guess it’s designed to automatically adjust quality and stuff, where Crunchyroll et al don’t do any work to compensate for intermittent signal issues.

    Horrible feeling, being bored but not wanting to actually play any of my backlog.

    • trails in the sky… man that game is amazing… except sony doesnt want to take my money, and still wants to charge me $50-odd for psp digital download…. >_

    • You’re better off taking a break on the house hunting every now and then. They’ll still be there next time you check and that whole situation just layers stress upon stress which leads to mistakes if you don’t vent from time to time. It wasn’t causing me too much stress but I’m sooo happy to be done with the apples and oranges side of finding a place. Now it’s just shuffling paperwork. It’s annoying but it has definitive answers. I know it’s the eye of the storm before I actually start moving but it’s so nice not having to make choices right now.

  • Crap. I messaged my friend asking for Stare Girl’s number, intending to figure out what to message her before I get a chance to convince myself that this is a terrible idea.

    But now he’s apparently scoping out whether there’s any interest there and will pass it on once he finds out, and I get to enjoy waiting in limbo til that happens.

    Inb4 everyone else I know decides to message me throughout the day about unrelated nothings making me jump every time the phone buzzes.

    Definitely a terrible idea.

      • When he does, he’ll just go from West Beverley Hills High to an apartment building full of models, like Melrose Place. Don’t worry. Plenty of episodes left.

    • *deep breath*

      POP CORN! GETCHER POPCORN RIGHT ERE

      *Adelaide City Council breaks in to TAY*

      “oi, do you have a food truck licence?”

      “Yes I do officer it’s right-”

      “NO YOU DON’T WE HATE FUN FUCK YOU GET OUT”

      ACC knocks popcorn to the ground, overturns cart. Jay Weatherill comes and consoles me.

  • Welp, turned out to be the graphics card. Swapped the 7970 out for my old 7770 and gavve it a bit of a clean out while I was at it, and all’s good. Except Anno 2205 now runs at 20 fps, with huge stuttering when loading new areas. Now I need to figure out if I can cope with the old card until christmas so my parents have an idea of something I’d actually want (for once – seriously, I’m horrible to buy gifts for :P) or do I go a couple of blocks down the road and pick up that 390x that MSY have in stock…

        • Wouldn’t the physical size of the screen be irrelevant? 4K on a 30″ monitor would be the same as 4K on a cinema projector. Just the relative physical size of each pixel that changes.

          • I always assumed it was easier to run 4k on a phone screen than a PC monitor, but there is a super high chance that I am an idiot and that’s not at all how it works.

          • I think (others, please correct me if I’m wrong!) it depends on the complexity of what’s being rendered. So something being rendered on a phone screen is likely to be less complex (computationally) so it’s “easier” on the phone processor, whereas something on a PC might include many fancy anti-aliasing techniques and reflections and whatnot which is what makes it more complex. Welbot posted a screenshot for a not-at-all complex game (Cook, Serve, Delicious) which now includes 4K rendering but seeing as the game is rather simple this shouldn’t be difficult to render on any screen.

            If all things are equal hardware wise, you should be able to plug the same hardware in to different screens and achieve the exact same result FPS wise. E.g. a 19″ 1080P monitor should behave the same as a 24″ 1080P monitor should behave the same as a 1080P projector (projector performance notwithstanding). At those points the capabilities of the monitor (e.g. refresh rate, Grey-2-Grey response, etc) come in to play but they’re not on the computer hardware side.

      • Sadly, MoBo only has one PCIe slot big enough for a GPU… 🙁 Also, bank account only has budget for one GPU, so it kinda works out. 😛

  • Tired. Send coffee or sleep capsules.
    Days like this I really wish you could stockpile sleep and draw on pre saved sleep to keep you going. Need to take a long boring trip, just spend those hours stockpiling sleep.

    • That is a brilliant idea. I would just bank up sleep during Summer heat or when game releases are slow, then spend all my sleep-surplus on entertainment marathons or really great Winter weather periods.

      • During uni, I developed a mild superpower – I was able to fall asleep on public transport, and miraculously wake up when I reached my stop.

        Alcohol was my kryptonite though, so many drunken trips out to the middle of nowhere because I slept too long.

        • That was where I developed my superpower too!

          Though it became overpowered. I couldn’t sit in a lecture without falling asleep within minutes. And I also developed a resistance to my alarm in the mornings, sometimes sleeping through the entire thing. Other times, even turning it off in my sleep. Crowning achievement was when I did the whole “set it up across the room so you have to get up” thing, and managed to slither across the floor and back into bed again, hardly stirring from my sleep at all.

          Thankfully never managed to sleep through my stop though. Even if occasionally I’d wake up as the train was stopped there, and had to rush out before the doors closed.

          • Sleeping in lectures is normal though. It’s warm, it’s dark, no one cares what you do and it’s just an hour of someone standing behind the battlements of their lectern and droning about god knows what.

            Only a couple of lecturers I had were able to keep everyone awake. Either they had really interesting content and were good speakers (the guy that took Computer Graphics stuff for example was always really good) or because they knew why people would nod off and would deliberately turn down the thermostat to make it cold, keep the lights on full and wander around the room and randomly ask people questions.

          • Lectures? Warm? What madness is this 😛

            Damn things were always freezing, and that was part of the problem. I’m probably a lizard, put me in a cold air-conditioned room and watch me doze off. If it were warm, I’d be fine. Actually, they were usually light too, didn’t often end up in darkness.

            I had a few really good lecturers, and loved listening to them teach us things. But even with the added interest, still couldn’t fight the sleeps. Which really sucked for the Discrete Maths lectures, since Steve was pretty much the best lecturer we had but also there were no notes for that one, had to write everything down ourselves. And there was a lot to copy down.

            My notes are covered in lines where I’ve started to doze off and the pen’s just slid across the page from wherever it was last 😛

          • Maybe, and I’m just guessing here based on the first two occasions I met you, but you’d be warmer if you wore more clothes…

            🙂

          • Something about training/learning in a classroom situation just puts me straight to sleep. Doesn’t need to be a lecture hall, doesn’t seem to matter what environment. Sitting in a group of people with one person talking at me for an hour is fucking chloroform.

        • That’s impressive. I’ve seen Japanese people do that on trains over there, but in that case their system runs to military precision so their bodies are trained that if they sleep for exactly 22 minutes then wake up they’ll be at their stop. Australian public transport can barely keep within 10 minutes of schedule.

          • I’d say most mornings I can doze on the train and, because I get off at Town Hall (which is an underground station, in case you don’t know Sydney), I tend to wake up when we enter the tunnel after passing through Central.

            I need to be truly exhausted to oversleep. I have on one or two occasions woken up at Circular Quay, when the train again emerges into the morning light. I think on one truly horrifying occasion I followed the city circle all the way around and woke up back at central, strongly debating whether I should just continue on back home and call in sick out of embarrassment.

          • Habit’s a funny thing.
            When I was sleeping polyphasically (6x sessions daily of 25-30min each, at 2, 6, and 10am/pm), my body learned those times automatically. I would set an alarm anyway, but wouldn’t need to. I’d be up within 1-2 min of the timer.

            …Unless I missed more than one nap. Missing one nap was tolerable, but if I ever missed two for some reason, I knew with certainty that the next time I laid down, I was going to be out for precisely 4hrs (to the minute – no more, no less), come hell or high water. That included the apartment building evacuation alarm noise – no waking.

        • I get on a plane, and if I don’t slap the ‘Please wake me for meals’ sticker on my shoulder, then I wake up 17 hours later dehydrated and mildly confused as the plane descends into LAX.

    • I’d settle for just being able to sleep on command. I swear my body thinks that if I went to sleep at 11PM and woke up at 8AM, then the next day I must need to go to sleep at 1AM and wake up at 10AM. And if I dare try to sleep earlier than that by body cracks it and refuses to let me sleep at all.

    • FOR FUCK’S SAKE.

      I need to move out of this fucking shithole before they decide to tear up the lines and turn them into a decorative fountain in Artarmon or something.

      • Having lived in 2 suburbs attached to the bankstown line (bankstown being one of them) the most life changing decision I ever made was moving to a suburb that doesn’t use that train line. For reals.

        • Carramar wasn’t so bad when there was a direct line to the city via regent’s park. Then they shut it down on weekends, so when I wanted to visit my mother (when she lived at Carramar and I was at Summer Hill) I had to catch two trains instead of one. Now they’ve gotten rid of it entirely.

          The small comfort I have about my one hour commute to the city each way every day is that it was at least easy. One train, I get a seat and chill, read, snooze, whatever. Now I had to change at Bankstown and hope there isn’t a huge delay in the connecting train? And hope it’s at least as fast otherwise my commute gets longer. The least they could do is reopen the via regent’s park line, but they fucking won’t. Assholes.

          I’ll probably just wind up going to Cabramatta and changing there, but even that’s a huge hassle.

      • That ‘thing’ that you could have done and then it was done was ask for her number at the wedding. Then it would have been done and straightforward.

        • In front of everyone I know and everyone she knows? Way too ambitious 😛

          Also would require presence of mind to think of and act on that at the time >_>

          • You could always ask her to dance and then ask her as you walk her back to the table
            but that is for next time so you don’t have to worry about this limbo

            Have you sent the message yet?

          • Haha, dancing is even further out of the question. Doesn’t even have the possibility of avoiding failure, so on come the brakes 😛

            As for the message, well… no. Not yet.

  • I’ve been playing Base Defence in the Battlefront companion app (fun little game, especially for free) and have been stuck on one level where all enemies have two abilities: they hit harder and they always shoot first (kind of like Greedo..right? Right? RIGHT? RIGHT?!!? RIIIIGHT???????)

    Anyway, I finally beat it. This isn’t an interesting story, I just wanted to brag.

  • I went to the doctor this morning, my self diagnosed low blood pressure resulting from diabetes is a wee bit off, My doctor said my blood pressure was a bit low, not dangerously low but low enough to cause dizzy spells when under hot water for long periods of time which i thought was a anxiety attack but nope. He also said my anxiety i had been feeling is probably from the stress of personal stuff and moving away from home and that i should keep myself busy with electronics stuff and excercise a little more.

    Oh he also said that if i ever open WebMD again he will know and flog me.That made me smile.

    It funny, i knew all that stuff already but it kind of takes someone with a coat and glasses saying it to make me feel more at ease.
    Tl;Dr i have to sit in the shower.

    • Haha, it’s so funny when lecturers at uni who also work as nurses mention WebMD. I recall one saying something along the lines of, “you always need to respect a patients opinion even if you really want to strangle a patient because they think they know more then you because they looked on WebMD”

  • All Secret SanTAY emails have been sent.

    If you didn’t get one let me know.

    It’s in your hands now. Use your Santa powers responsibly.

  • Changed my workstation’s desktop background to a particularly awesome screenshot of Fallout 4. That…was a mistake.

    *staring at clock intensifies*

    • My desktop background is our corporate assigned one. However it doesn’t take in to account that I use one monitor in landscape and the other in portrait so on my vertical monitor I only get half a background.

      2 monitors. 1680×1050 (L) + 1050×1680 (P)

      • Ditto. After two years here I finally started using a background. Then they gave me a laptop to replace my desktop PC. It’s been a year and I still haven’t set a new desktop. I guess I see it so seldomly I don’t really care.

    • I have a laptop with a screen that is approximately 20% dead pixels. Not even an exaggeration, big chunks of the screen don’t work.

      Background is some stock HP blue swirly thing.

    • Company logo. I’m not allowed to change it. 🙁

      Two monitors, although they’re both completely different shapes and sizes and I’m constantly plotting to steal other peoples’ monitors.

    • Two monitors, and I have… four wallpapers that I set it to cycle between? There’s a piece of Metroid Fusion fan art I found which was pretty cool, then some Pikmin 3 art, and a crop of a huge piece of hi-res Wind Waker art, then the last one is one of the super hi-res screenshots I took in Elite some time last year, looking at a station which used to float really close to its sun back in beta. Baker Platform, I think it was.

    • 2 monitors (13″ MacBook Air, 24″ monitor). Rotating Force Awakens art at the moment.

      24″ monitor basically runs terminal windows all day.

    • Forgot to mention my own. Totally lucked out with 3xDell U2414H monitors in landscape, and change my wallpaper once a week minimum because I’m fickle 😛

      Honestly, 3 monitors still feels like overkill but I do actually make frequent use of all three at the same time.

    • A screenshot from Vanishing of Ethan Carter, overlooking a river next to the bridge near the starting area – such a pretty game. On my laptop, some random space/fantasy planet thing I found on deviantart/google that worked well with my rainmeter clock.

      How many monitors? Hmm… effectively four. Workstation has two (2x 1680×1050), then my laptop (1920×1080) has a second plugged in (1920×1200) because the main screen is only 12″. Synergy to share the workstation KB/M between the two, so feels like four continuous screens, for the most part.

    • I have no idea, it’s never visible.

      2 monitors. One of which is a really nice, giant, shiny touchscreen, which I intentionally use to show black-background pages and menus on so that I can stare at myself in the reflection.

      …God damn I’m gorgeous.

    • Mine varies a lot, I have 4 monitors hooked up at the moment.
      The background was of my work-in-progress full size BB-8 plans, that way I could keep working on them in a way whenever I was slacking off. But then we had a catchup movie night, and it ended up a montage of bad 70s science fiction movie posters.
      I only managed to keep the Zardoz backdrop for a few hours before I got complaints though.

    • Home: Single monitor, Waterfall photo I took in NZ
      Work: Dual monitor. Photo of Tiglet sitting on work chair with her hands on the keyboard and smiling

  • So. Response from friend was less than encouraging. But number was still passed along anyway?

    Currently tossing up between “abort mission” and “full steam ahead (into what appears likely to be certain doom)”. Heavily leaning towards the former, even though I feel I should probably do the latter 😛

  • My head is becoming overly acquainted with my desk today.

    11th November – email from me to people – this thing you did is wrong. Please review customer profile and do a, b and c to fix. Please email me to confirm done by 20th November.

    24th November – Me reviewing non-responders – On checking the customer profile where that thing was wrong. No one from your team has even looked at the profile since I emailed you 2 weeks ago. Please fix it. Now.

    The complete lack of accountability some of our people have is stunning.

    • If you wanted results, you should’ve been breathing down their necks every day, so they could complain about how unreasonable you are… y’know. For wanting results.

  • Afternoon/evening all how are we?

    Quick question for everyone i know nothing about PC gaming so i am unsure what is good/bad as far as desktops for gaming, anyway i have come into possession of a Lenovo E31 tower with a NVIDIA quadro 600 graphics card, would this be alright to completely rebuild and use for someone for gaming?

    Being a cheapskate i just want to build it up and give it to someone else who would be able to get use from it but not 100% sure on whether it is suitable or not.

    • You’d need to replace a few parts for a start. That graphics card is a Workstation (i.e. CAD) card not gaming. So I suspect if that’s the graphics card it’s got (and that’s a few years old as is) it’s probably got a pretty old processor in it sooooo… maybe? Depending on the level of gaming involved some of the parts may still be more than ok but that GPU is going to be your priority to upgrade.

      • Of course, if you’re going to replace the CPU with a good one, you’ll probably need to get a better board that supports it, which may mean that you need to get new RAM and an extra couple fans and the new GPU and OH GOD THIS IS WHY I DON’T HARDWARE ANYMORE.

    • Ok, well to start, with, quadro cards are more for 3d modelers/animators/gpu enabled software. They have poor game performance due to lower memory bandwidth than the regular gtx series, and also the standard line of cards have their drivers optimized specifically for gaming, where as the quadro’s are not. In general, you will find that games will run slower on a quadro (depends on what models you are comparing, but compare say, a K2200 quadro to a 750ti, and games will perform (on average) about 7% faster on the 750ti. Sounds nuts given the awesome looking specs of the quadro’s but they’re really made for entirely different purposes. Quadro’s generally have more memory due to the developers using extremely high poly models to generate normal maps etc, and also humungous textures, which would not be used by all cards out there, but the devs need to make sure they can cater to anyone, while keeping their costs to a minimum.
      quardo’s are also required to run some CAD software, as they have to have qualified drivers.

      The same applies for the workstation/tower itself to some degree. it should be running a Xeon processor, which is geared more towards server work and development stuff, but there are some poeple who use them for gaming at home too. They are somewhat comparable to the i7 series, in that they have more cores, and also hyperthreading, but how many and low much L2/L3 cache it has will depend on the model of the CPU.

      Could you use it to build a gaming machine? Technically yes. Would you be better to try and sell it and buy a more mainstream setup geared specifically toward gaming? If gaming is what you want out of it most, yes. If you want to dabble in a bit of dev, and don’t care if your games run a tad slower than they would on the equivalent mainstream setup, go ahead. Nothing to stop you in terms of compatibility. You will still be able to do everything with either system, it just depends on what your priorities are.

  • Cheers guys,

    @beeawwb Considering what i have available at home i think this might be the newest stuff i have on hand unfortunately, My goal was to build up something at least serviceable for a bit of gaming.

    The PC will most likely be getting used by a teenager so i am guessing his choice in games may not be 100% compatible for this PC but i am not sure what they intend to play if much at all i think it may be a bit of an all round family pc with a bit of gaming on the side for the teens.

    @welbot

    As i describe above it could be used as an all rounder with some gaming, The family doesn’t have much money so i am doing this as more of quick favor for them to get something in the house that could do a bit of everything and play games which the teens will want. Previous machines of theirs i have looked at had LOL and i think Minecraft and that was all that was installed. However they may want newer games now.

    So in summary it could do what i want it to but to get the best out of it i should upgrade a few things to make it the best possible system.

    • yeah essentially that’s what it boils down to. You could get away with just putting a better GPU in it, as the CPU is more than capable, just optimized in a slightly different way. The GPU would make much more of a difference than changing the CPU though.

    • In all seriousness, if you already have the thing, I would just run the games you want to play on it as it is until you encounter some noticeable bottlenecks. All kinds of machines should be able to run some LOL/Minecraft/WoW/etc without too much hassle. You really only want to look at upgrades if you’re noticing that you wish you could play more recent-release AAA or whatever.

      Identify what those bottlenecks are (eg: CPU/RAM/GPU) and if it’s easy and modular to upgrade (GPU/RAM) do so relatively cheaply for that one component, and if it’s CPU… well. That’s a different can of worms.

    • Cheers for all the suggestions guys/girls, i will see what the machine is capable of running first and then go from there, No doubt i will encounter something at some point but i will tackle that when the time comes. Knowing my recent luck with PC’s though i could end up blowing the damn thing up :S

  • On the train, headphones in, head down.
    Look up 15 minutes later, I’m well on my way down the wrong line.

    Ahhhh. One of those days today.

      • Wow…. those sure are some… words.

        Is it just me or is he kinda missing the point? I’d prefer to get heads up that a game is broken/glitchy over a day 1 review saying the title gets 8.5 advertising slots out of 10 and a wishy-washy blurb about a ‘refreshed narrative for the series but could use refinement in the mechanics’.

        • Kotaku US has had some harsh words about Holkins in the past, especially when they had their accuse everyone phase a while back and Holkins is completely unable to let grudges go. They’re never going to be friendly.

          • I think it was when they reported on some discontent with Hothead studios who effectively said they didn’t want to make the Penny Arcade games anymore because Jerry can’t write to a deadline and it was costing them a lot waiting on him. Which is a shame because the Hothead games were much better than the Zeboyd ones.

        • Yeah. I agree with him that Kotaku US stir things up and that their behaviour should cause publishers and developers to question why they support them, but at the same time it feels like he doesn’t agree with Bethesda’s actions in this specific case as much as he’s using the Bethesda/Kotaku conflict as an excuse to make a statement he’s had on his mind for a while.

        • I normally love the PA guys but in this case a personal grudge means that he completely fucking missed the point.

          In their comic they imply that the games media/scorpion actually reported on something that was told to them in confidence, with the understanding that it wouldn’t be shared, which – my understanding is – didn’t happen with the Ubi/Bethesda leaks.

          There’s a big fucking difference between betraying someone’s confidence and fucking up their marketing plan. Anyone who thinks that these are one and the same has their head up their ass.

          • Many years ago, Warren Ellis wrote up a gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem in a garish, dystopian future, and one particular comment stuck with me.

            He goes to do some actual investigative journalism, and his assistants are amazed at the things he finds and how they’re not better hidden. He remarks that no-one’s used to journalists actually doing REAL journalism anymore.

            “When I tell her I’m going digging, she thinks I’m looking through the press releases.”

    • What I find bizarre about this whole thing is that people complain that Kotaku wrote those articles solely for profit while – in the same breath – defend Bethesda/Ubisofts right as a corporation to do whatever they want for profit.

  • My fitbit charge hr has been bugging me this week about a firmware update for the tracker.

    After MANY attempts trying to update it using the mobile app, I had to use the pc dongle and software to do the update. No idea why, possibly a flaw in the bluetooth (no error messages).

    Just figured I’d share in case anyone else was having problems.

    • I had to do that a couple updates ago. Last one went through just fine via phone, though I had to make two attempts at it. (Spotty reception on the bus, I assume.)

      • Just waded through a Reddit thread full of them.

        I’m not surprised at all. It’s a not so successful spin off of a somewhat successful franchise. I’m not interested because when T&A are the main selling point, it means there’s little else to sell. There’s plenty of porn on the internet if I want to fap.

          • It’s one of those things that works but for the wrong reasons. Do I want a beach volleyball/friendship sim? Sure, it’s probably genuinely fun – but like, am I hugely invested in that? Not really. Add some pretty girls and you have my interest, sort of.

            Like Playboy: the Mansion. Actually a really fun magazine management sim. But no one wants to paly a game where you operate Better Homes & Gardens. Gotta get some celebrity centrefolds and let the player control the topless photo shoot to make sales.

            I’ve never played an XBV game and likely never will, especially since they’re no longer being sold here.

            I really should pick up DoA5 though. It’s the one fighting game franchise I don’t get bored with, even though I suck at it.

          • I’ve found it quite enjoyable. Get Last Round for PS4, it seems to be the best version (has the new characters as standard). Don’t install the DLC-enabler packs though because holy shit some of those costumes are embarrassing. 🙁

            I wish that series would tone it down just a bit.

          • Yeah, I was looking into it last month and I guess the cheaper base game only had a core selection of fighters plus some game modes, but last round includes all the characters and all of the game modes that were tacked on as DLC? It looks like there’s a LOT of extra costume packs too, are there any unlockables? I assume each character starts with at least 2.

          • Most of the costume packs are for-pay. You can install the packs which makes opponents eg CPU show up using them but seriously, don’t do that. Trust me.

            There’s actually been two re-releases. Ultimate was the first, which made Leon and Ein playable, added Rachel and Momiji from Ninja Gaiden, and added Jacky from Virtua Fighter. That then had three DLC characters – Marie Rose (aka the first female character in the series to not have boobs bigger than her head – I really like her, quickly displaced Hitomi as my go-to character), Nyotengu (basically a rebalanced girly version of the Tengu boss from DoA3) and Phase 4 (weirdo Kasumi clone that’s OP).

            Last Round bundled in the three DLC characters from Ultimate and then added two more – Raidou, the boss from the original DoA, and Honoka, who is a pretty interesting fighter that has attacks that are taken from other DoA characters. She’s not a randomized character like, say, Mokujin from Tekken or Edge Master from the Soul Calibur games.

            Marie Rose and Honoka have been ridiculously popular additions – topped the popularity poll they did for DoAX3.

  • @shanewsmith, @thecracks, (any other rabid Star Wars fans). Super Star Wars is out now on the Playstation store. No sign of Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter or Star Wars: Racer Revenge though.

    Hoping their plan is to release one a week until the movie releases, although if it was me I would’ve released Super Star Wars last. I was under the impression they’ve all been released in the US already too, which sucks for us, but as long as we get them all I’ll be happy.

      • I’d like to see Shadows of the Empire get an HD remake & both KotORs released digitally for consoles.

        I’ve got the KotORs on both PC & 360 (backwards compatibility) but the load times are absolutely excruciating.

        • Never played Kotor, really should get around to it though, heard great things about them. Got both in my Steam library, so there really is no excuse. Although, according to the Steam page Kotor II requires 4GB of RAM, which is weird, I was under the impression it was a 10 year old game. Only got 4GB, so I’ll have to try running it and see what happens.

          http://store.steampowered.com/app/208580/

          Also, haven’t played Shadows Of The Empire since the late 90’s, I don’t really remember a hell of a lot about it, but I do remember that I enjoyed it.

          • It ran on my pc when Vista didn’t support the 4gb I had .

            It runs ok now that Vista uses that 4gb.

            There’s a really great patch to up the resolution that runs on my craptop too.

            I was replaying it but the load times finally got to me.

            Both are great, like Mass Effect but better because Shepherd is an AJ.

          • If you can make it past the game breaking bugs, it’s apparently the best of the lot by far due to the characters and story.
            Edit: I couldn’t progress any further myself due to crashing to desktop while transitioning between cutscene/gameplay, specifically leaving/approaching planets. However during the course of the game it really makes you think about the real ways being a Jedi actually works with your actions, especially delving into how the Grey Jedi’s methods work, it’s very well done.

  • Just got approached by my friend saying he and the boss were wondering about having me on for an extra day a week for game dev stuff.

    Nooo, my three day weekends 🙁

  • Does anyone know if the new Bloodborne dlc adds a weapon option that tones down the difficulty like using a sorcerer in Dark Souls?

    I think a lot of my problem with that game is an inability to use melee at that speed.

    I can do it, but I die in far more frustrating ways than I did in Dark Souls.

    I’d always see what I did wrong & come back & out think a situation in DS but in BB I die on the same shit over & over because I’m just shit.

      • It’s just too fast for my aging reflexes. I see the hit coming, I press either dodge or attack & it’s too late.

        There’s a reason I play so many turn based games.

        Souls was a happy medium. I needed to react & think on the fly but I had time enough for my brain to send the snail mail down to my hands.

          • Souls had no animation canceling like BB but not the kind if delay between button press and start of animation in BB.
            The pace of BB is what makes it so noticeable.

  • White Ribbon Day actually sees the Premier come up with something a bit more meaningful than opt-in (ie: preach to the converted) education programs.

    Qld government’s implementing a couple weeks special leave (per year) for any government employees affected by domestic violence to allow them to attend counselling/legal/medical appointments, make accommodation/childcare arrangements, etc, etc, plus expanded access to existing leave pools and flexible work arrangements/role adjustments for the same.

    It’s not a magic bullet, but it’s action. It isn’t often that I’m impressed by the actions of politicians. That’s a better start to the day.

  • I’m getting a bit… *gasp*… tired of Fallout 4.

    It’s an excellent game and I’ve enjoyed it a whole damn lot, but I’m at the point where I just want it to end so I can rebuild the shattered ruins of my life. 😛 This is just a problem with how I consume games, though. There’s no reason I can’t pace myself and play in small doses over weeks or months, but I always feel compelled to marathon the mofo. *shakes fist*

    • Yeah, after 60-something hours I feel like I need to work towards the ending now, I gather I still have quite a way to go though…

      • I’m at the point where different factions keep sending me on busy work to the same locations I’ve cleared out atleast three times now. Starting to feel like the game’s not respecting my time. Haha! I absolutely love the game, though. Enjoyed the substantial story arcs and all that, I just need to stop myself from feeling the need to complete side quests I’m not enjoying any more. 🙂

          • It is. Who did you side with?

            I did all the quests for all faction up until they turn on each other. Kept a save , tried them all. Ended up supporting

            The Railroad

          • My wife is at the point where:

            she has to basically choose the next step – she wants to do the Beryllium Agitator mission for the Brotherhood however unfortunately Proctor Ingram is in the same place as Knight-Captain Kells, who interrupts her and starts talking to her about destroying the Railroad – no matter how she carries out that convo, she becomes enemies with the Railroad which is not ideal. 🙁

            So now she’s considering siding with the Institute, thinking maybe she can change it from the inside once she takes over as director (I have a save from before the Beryllium agitator mission which I am planning to go back to to get the pro-Institute ending before I start a second playthrough) but basically her natural tendency is to do an “independent” playthrough where she doesn’t side with a faction. She can’t proceed without siding with someone and pissing someone else off, so she’s kind of stuck and keeps stalling.

          • I did not know this. So now I can stop placing MILA transmitters… unless I want to travel with a companion and improve their rep, I guess?

          • Yeah, that’s why I’ve been doing these quests. Something to do on the way to a more substantial quest goals. (As well as bonding time with companion pals. XD)

          • Oh, cool. I was wondering about that, after getting sent on the same mission to a different area three times in a row.

    • I beat the mai story at about 40 hours I think. Now I’m doing a bit of exploration + any interesting quests while levelling towards the perks I need to try for that settlement trophy.

      I have no idea what getting a ‘home run’ requires, was just hoping it randomly happens like the touchdown trophy.

      I’ve also got to *sigh* pickpocket someone & I have no interest whatsoever. I’m obsessed with lock pickin.

      • I’ve been moseying like a mofo. Taking eight hours to get to one quest marker, because I’ve been doing seventeen other quests along the way. It’s so cool to take in the sights and sounds and stumble upon stories. Went to Salem yesterday. Good times. Good times. But I’ve been using fast travel more and more over the last day or so, a good sign that I should probably wrap things up. 🙂

    • The only Bethesda game I ever finished was Oblivion…. and when I finished it there was a big gaping hole in my life. From that day on I vowed never to complete the main story in a Bethesda game because I just love them too damn much to let them end!

      Edit: This is also probably why I’ve just stopped playing the Witcher 3; I’m not finishing these games until the next game comes out! [email protected]

      • For a similar reason to this, there are a significant number of games, books, movies and TV/anime series which I have got about 90% of the way through but not completed.

  • “Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Part of the ship, part of the crew

    The Send button still seems so impossible to press.