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  1. Fez

    Elden Ring

    Yeah, the fire giant and the Castle Sol boss (Naill?) both seem like enormous pains, and even the regular field enemies are tough. I haven't killed that dragon, just in case there's something else it's involved in. But I need 70k+ to level up, so in the grand scheme killing it wouldn't help too much at this point. I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet, but it is frustrating. Especially since the game world has collapsed down so much at this point. Other than a few minor caves and tombs I skipped I just don't have anywhere else new to go right now. And I believe I won't unlock any other places without beating one of those mountain top bosses. It's not really an open world anymore for all intents.
  2. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Apparently this particular footage is from the attack a couple days ago, not the most recent attack. It's not clear if this footage below is also from a few days ago or is after today's attack. But, either way, the fact that Russia is towing damaged helicopters away is a clear indication they no longer consider the airport secured:
  3. Fez

    Elden Ring

    Some of the spells do seem a bit better, but nothing worth coming into the main rotation. Ah well. I finished off Volcano Manor. That sword you find at the entrance to the boss room really makes it a cake walk it turns out. I may be just about done with the game though; because I don't know if I have it in me to get through Mountaintop of the Giants. It feels like such a slog up there, I do so little damage to the bosses. But I don't want to spend hours grinding levels. Maybe I've just played too much of the game, I am at 70 hours now. I'm worried if I stop playing for a few days I'll start losing my muscle memory though.
  4. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Never. If any Russian commanders emerge from this as "heroes" within the Russian army, they'll be purged within a year or two.
  5. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Any competent military structure would remove most of them from command. It's not just dumb big decisions (which have maybe been forced by Putin), it's dumb little ones. This would at minimum be the third successful strike on the airport, it might be even higher than that. Clearly, it's not a secure location (especially after yesterday, where it's now straight-up within range of Ukrainian artillery), so why the hell would you set your command structure there?
  6. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Ukraine claims to have hit the Kherson airport yet again, this time destroying a Russian command center; possibly killing multiple generals. ETA: removed DMC's quoted text, not sure why that was there.
  7. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Seems like Turkey has been trying to draw all of the Central Asian republics away from Russia. The "Turkic Council" was recently renamed to be the "Organization of Turkic States" and there's been lots of talk about improving economic and other ties between members. Considering Turkey's GDP is about 3x larger than the other members combined (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan— Turkmenistan has observer status) this basically means Turkey gaining influence over the others.
  8. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Afghanistan might not be stable enough to put a pipeline through. The news out of there is that supposedly several of the northern groups are gearing up for the spring fighting season, and that the Taliban has been sending more forces into places like Panjshar to try to preempt anything. Could easily end up being nothing, but I don't think the Taliban's control is secure enough to guarantee to Russia that any pipeline running through doesn't get repeatedly blown up. I think any pipeline has to run through Iran or China probably. I also wonder whether Pakistan or India would allow a pipeline to go through its borders to reach the other country? Or would Russia need to build two pipelines, one through China to India and one through Iran to Pakistan.
  9. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    It all ties together for them, likely because Russian-funded troll farms are, and already had been, helping guide them. The theories literally involve Dr. Fauci working at those supposed bio labs.
  10. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Seems like there may be a pretty decisive battle in south in the near future. There's footage of a large Russian column heading north out of Kherson tonight; presumably in response to the Ukrainian counterattack this morning. As for the east, Izium seems firmly in the fog of war right now. And it's entirely possible that Ukraine did ambush one column but other Russians won the battle. If it did fall, that would be a rather bad setback for Ukraine.
  11. A few games came out today/yesterday that I'm interested in, but I really want to finish Elden Ring before jumping into anything else. Also, each of them seems like it could a few patches first. So win-win if ER keep dragging out and I don't buy any of them for a while longer. Black Geyser- A new CRPG, though RTWP only I believe. Still, it looks interesting enough. Sounds like there's a couple nasty bugs that they promised to patch today (like all the text swapping from English to another language). My bigger concern, though perhaps unfounded, is that the game was only in early access for a very short period of time and doesn't have a ton of reviews. I worry that the game isn't really finished but they decided it was a lost cause so they just slapped a "done" label on it to move on to other things. Guess I'll see what reviews say in a few more days. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax- A sequel/spin-off fighting game to Persona 4. It's a port of an old game, which was supposed to be really good. I absolutely want to play it, but it sounds like the port (at least on PC; it's also out on PS5 and Switch) is a pretty bad one. I don't mind lazy, I feel like a lot of ports of old Japanese games don't do much on the upgrade front. But visual and audio bugs are not something I want to deal with. Hopefully a couple patches will come out. ANNO: Mutationem- Has nothing to do with the 'Anno' series. It's a pixel art cyberpunk game. Cool visual design (maybe a bit overly horny, but the game is also on PS5, so nothing NSFW) and is apparently a mix of 2.5D/3D exploration/narrative sections and 2D platforming/combat section. Reviews are generally favorable, but sounds like the combat feels a bit clunky until you start getting upgrades (though I feel like that's been a complaint in some recent AAA games too, like Dying LIght 2; that parts of the core combat were ripped out to become unlockable upgrades for the sake of "progression").
  12. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you. I wonder which it is in this case though?
  13. I wouldn't worry too much Scot. Pelosi has no reason to listen to the likes of Tom Cotton, and the article has quotes from plenty of House Republicans who want to pass the bill. The bigger issue is if House Democratic leadership decides it looks "frivolous" to vote on a bill like this while there's issues like Ukraine and inflation dominating the news.
  14. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Basically. My point was just more related to the fact that, at least on Twitter (where he, somewhat confusingly has an official tag for being a Belarusian Government Official), some people were thinking he was announcing a takeover. As for the "explosions", there's still no word on what that was; but the Belarusian government has separately claimed it was a sonic boom and that it was an artillery strike from pre-planned exercises. Which is a little curious that they can't get their official story straight. My best guess: A couple Russian missiles striking Ukrainian border villages went off-target and hit Belarus. In other news, Odesa can still get private deliveries apparently:
  15. Lol at this one: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/paulmcleod/daylight-saving-time-senate Turns out while is bipartisan support in the senate for permanent DST, probably enough to overcome a filibuster, there are opponents (most notably Tom Cotton). But there was apparently a whole lot of communication breakdowns and a lot of senators on both sides had no idea Rubio was about too ask for unanimous consent to pass the bill. So it was by accident, rather than intentional, that this happened. And now those senators who were caught off guard are apparently now lobbying the House to not vote on the bill.
  16. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Some trusted aide who has the same vision of "Greater Russia" that he does, probably. He does have at least two daughters, but neither of them are apparently part of the government; so dynastic succession would seem unlikely.
  17. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Yeah, attacking Odesa at the present time would seem to be the very definition of foolhardy. Supposedly its just as fortified as Kyiv at this point, and there'd be the added challenge of trying to make an amphibious assault. Has there even been a successful fully contested amphibious landing since World War II? And the defender in this case seems to have far greater advantages than, say, the Nazis at Normandy did. Ukraine's forces in Odesa are probably there for the duration, no matter what. Since there isn't much of a Ukrainian fleet, it'd be too easy for Russia to get in position to attack at anytime if the city was left relatively undefended. And retaining Odesa is vital to Ukraine.
  18. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    I'd like to see more confirmation, but it's started being reported (including by verified eastern European news media, who hopefully did due diligence) that Ukrainian forces have retaken Posad-Pokrovske. This is a town about halfway between Mykolaiv and Kherson and about 20KM away from the Kherson military airport. If true, not only would it suggest that Russian forces are seriously on the backfoot in the region (and therefore even less likely to try attacking Odesa), it also means that the airport is now in range of Ukrainian artillery. ETA: There's video confirmation out there now.
  19. Fez

    Elden Ring

    Speak of the devil. I just looked at the patch notes, seems like some pretty major rebalancing of spells. I'll have to test tomorrow if any more are actually usable now. Also, the mimic ash sounds like it's been nerfed.
  20. Fez

    Elden Ring

    It may be worth going back at least once to talk to the announcer. His dialog suggests he may have more to in the game, though gives no hints as what a quest might be. So possibly it'll be nothing, like Kenneth Haight apparently.
  21. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Not surprising really.
  22. Fez

    Elden Ring

    It took going back to the castle 3 times for me. First time, everything was the same but the announcer guy had new dialog. Second time there was a boss in the end area where the announcer had been. And third time the whole time was packed with enemies and the doors were unlocked. I can't recall finding anything particularly valuable though. I finished Deeproot Depths tonight and started exploring the Mountaintop. It seems to be yet another difficulty spike to overcome, which feels kinda excessive since I'm already level 105. But there are elite (non-boss) enemies taking almost as many hits to kill as the last boss of Deeproot Depths did.
  23. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    For those who can't get past it, this was a small town that dealt a massive rout to Russian forces. What's especially noteworthy is that this was likely Russia's attempt to bypass Mykolaiv and get troops in place to support an assault on Odessa. Since they failed, it makes any attack on Odesa even less likely to succeed.
  24. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    It is curious that this came out at the same time as the report of explosions in Belarus. I don't know if it actually means anything though. Pavel Latushka, this guy, is basically the leader of the opposition in exile in Poland. He's not a current government minister turning on Lukashenko on anything like that.
  25. Fez

    Ukraine 8

    Maybe. Lots of people are now saying this, but it all seems to stem from the same original tweet. So could be big, or could be nothing. If it is real, seems kinda odd for a false flag to be so widespread and target so many cities at once (though perhaps that makes it even more likely; an attempt to throw people off the trail). Could be something more mundane, like the "explosions" being supersonic booms from jets. Or, hell, could be something unexpected like a coup attempt.
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