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  1. Full in-game trailer tomorrow, apparently. I was wondering where Far Cry could go after Just Cause 3 completely out-Far Cried every Far Cry ever and made the series redundant, but a darkly satirical direction will do just fine.
  2. The books aren't very good. I read the first few and the writing was poor, the storytelling weak and the decision to blow up DS9 and replace it with some kind of utopian super-station was lame. They may have gotten better later on but, as with Star Trek Online, they made this odd decision to go for some kind of epic mega-story which is something Star Trek is not always best-suited for. If there is any future post-24th Century series, it will disregard all of that material as non-canon.
  3. This is the paradigm that exists right now. It will not exist for very much longer.
  4. Well, it doesn't look anywhere near as funny and it has Seth MacFarlane in it, who was very funny twenty years ago and has been very intermittent since then (Ted was amusing, the sequel was awful, A Million Ways to Die in the West had a funny trailer but the movie was lacklustre, the first Star Wars parody was very funny and the other two were dreadful and so on). I'd be surprised if The Orville was consistently funny or entertaining. It'll be better than Redshirts though, 3,000%.
  5. Compared to Erikson, the books are pretty damn short and The Black Company is vastly less dense than Gardens of the Moon (and a much better book in general, although I have a soft spot for GotM's enthusiastic ineptness) so I really don't see a problem in comparison. I need to catch up with the last four Black Company books. I took a break back in 2012 to read something else and still haven't gotten back to them.
  6. A more practical problem with this approach is that many companies now look for degrees for any kind of senior position, and that qualification trumps any kind or amount of experience you might have. If you can convince companies to make that change and start looking at people without degrees for management positions, great. But they won't, because it's a useful (on paper) winnowing process to reduce the number of candidates they have to look at.
  7. What is your proposed solution? Taking punitive action against all Muslims is the strategic goal of these people, widening the gulf between Muslims and non-believers and moving towards some kind of major clash of civilisations. They will not be dissuaded by the West making Islam illegal, shutting mosques and - somehow - exiling their own third-and-fourth generation citizens. As well as not being practical, it stands counter to our values, to whit punishing the actions of the overwhelming majority for the actions of the lunatic fringe few. These people are not operating on any kind of rational political or military basis: killing 22 civilians at a pop concert in Manchester, or 6 on Westminster Bridge, or 130 people in Paris, is simply futile in achieving any kind of lasting impact. Britain endured 300,000 dead to defeat Nazi Germany, France over 700,000 dead. We are simply not going to be intimidated by such measures. If anything, they will strengthen our resolve. These people are also not part of a centralised campaign being run by ISIS (who have their own problems as Mosul falls and Raqqa comes under siege), they are lone actors effectively franchising themselves out by adding on the name of ISIS to whatever they are doing, just as they did with al-Qaeda beforehand and will likely do so with whatever crazy group-of-the-month shows up next. If anything, this attack in particular has several oddities: it was a suicide bombing rather than using a vehicle or knife, the more recent trend of attackers. Getting together the materials for an explosive requires a bit more specialised knowledge and research, the sort of thing that should trip red flags and be much more detectable by intelligence services. The guy had also just come back from Libya, which should have really put him on a watch list (although, as C4 News pointed out, there's a fairly large Libyan expat community in the UK, many of whom have been visiting family back home after Gaddaffi's fall). It also looks like he had a network, albeit a small one, backing him up. These are all things that should have been detected.
  8. I think anything too politically heavy or focused on a big, galaxy-spanning meta-story in detail would be a mistake. A new Star Trek show should focus on exploration and the basics I think, before revving up that kind of story later on. Certainly have a political background on where the galaxy is at based on the stuff a general audience can understand very quickly, but jumping in with too much mythology will bore the casual viewer. My take would be to have a situation where the Romulan Empire has fallen (after the hypernova and the destruction of Romulus), with the surviving Romulan colonies divided between a group seeking to rebuild the empire (somehow) and others happy to accept help from the Federation on the basis they need to survive. You could have this tension bubbling away in the background (maybe even have a Romulan crewmember on board). The Klingons would still be allies but would now be recovering from the Dominion War and getting back on their feet and divided between maintaining the allies and wiping out the Romulans forever. Have a situation where our new ship might be forced to defend a Romulan convoy from a Klingon warship and that sort of thing. You could reference other developments: the Ferengi moving away from ultra-capitalism, a Cardassian renaissance as a peaceful culture (maybe with the Bajorans helping in their rebuilding, sparking a new and unlikely era of peace between them), the Borg toast etc. But one thing that might be interesting would be to look at the inner workings of the Federation. We've seen the Federation as too much of a monolith in the past and seeing situations where the Vulcans, Andorians and humans have very different ideas on how to proceed now the Federation is the most powerful force in the known galaxy would be interesting. I also wouldn't fuck around: the main ship is the Enterprise-F, it's an awesome top-tier thing and the crew are mainly out to explore new fricking worlds and seek new BAMF civilisations. Get the guy from Swear Trek to do the marketing campaign.
  9. There's a big 33% discount on Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun on Steam this week. They've also doubled the size of the free demo to the first two whole levels of the game, which is very generous. Again, this was my favourite game of 2016 bar none. Absolutely stellar. I'm seriously tempted to replay it again.
  10. Kala's husband also did some very bad things by allowing defective medicine to be sent to Africa. That's actually a really interesting, powerful moment, when Kala realises the sensate bond trumps any artificial national borders (the same point is made when it's suggested that the governments fear the sensates because they have more loyalty to one another than their countries) and Caphaeus and his friends and family could be hurt by her husband's uncaring actions. His rather unconvincing apology (seemingly generated when he realises how much of an issue this for her than any internal realisation) backs that up further. I think at that moment Kala realises it will be very difficult to replicate the sensate bond with anyone outside of the cluster. It's not impossible, with Nomi and Neets managing it by them being completely upfront about, and Lito and his lover and friend forming their own cluster of shared interests, but still an issue for Kala.
  11. That's definitely Harriet being modest. The books were still being edited, but they were being edited on the rush because Tor were rushing the schedule each time, to both Harriet and RJ's annoyance (reaching a nadir with CoT, which had effectively ten days of editing, and improving again with KoD, which had around five months). To get LoC (Book 6) out they had to edit the book in a New York hotel room in a fortnight, which made them pretty annoyed, and then for ACoS the writing/editing schedule was so torturous it made Jordan quite ill (not related to his later cardiac issue), so they built in longer delivery dates in the contracts so they could schedule more editing into the writing process. This is what GRRM's always done (up to ADWD anyway), engaging in editing and revisions whilst still writing material because he knows the books won't have the luxury of a year or more between hand-in and publication to allow for a full, even luxurious editing cycle. The way the schedule has fallen out for LKoOA, Tad's had that luxury as well.
  12. Glad to hear your daughter is safe, Mormont. Pretty much none of the above. There is no coherent political-military strategy at work here. Anyone who thinks the nation that outlasted Napoleon and Hitler and endured thousands of deaths at the hands of the IRA and hundreds of thousands at the hands of the Nazis will roll over should really know better than by now. The IRA, at the very least, had an identifiable and even practical thing they wanted and were forced into compromising for far less. These terrorists don't have any achievable goal at all. They're just lashing out.
  13. Mine. I ran Part 1 by Bakker a year ago because I really wanted that map with the Nine Mansions on it. I'm a bit puzzled by this.
  14. That's a good point actually. Not sure what he's going on about in some of those. On the discussion about the depth of the story and themes and other stuff: I think Bakker has, several times, made a choice between accessibility and going all out into the thematic wankery of this series and always chooses accessibility, perhaps aware of that highly mixed results Erikson had being going into the thematic morasses of several books of the Malazan series (which is how we ended up with Toll the Hounds). In fact, speaking to Bakker a decade ago, he said that he had originally envisaged TAE as being much more "hardcore" on the philosophical/thematic stuff with lots of new characters and ideas but had changed his mind after reading A Feast for Crows (!) and decided to root the new storylines and developments in either the original characters or in the bare minimum possible of new characters, all related (literally or figuratively) to existing ones. I think this choice was ultimately the wiser one, especially if he wants the series to ever really take off in the future.
  15. Going forwards, both society and life in general and employment will require better, higher-educated people more capable of dealing with complex issues. Not everyone can handle that, which is a problem (and will get considerably worse as time goes on), but it can be mitigated by educating as many people to as high a level as possible. The refusal of many British young people to go to university, in part due to tuition fees putting them off over the last twenty years, is partially responsible for the problems we see now with not enough people going into engineering, the sciences and medicine, with our resulting need to draw on foreign migrants instead.