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  1. Both are respected series, both are good entries in their series. Tekken is probably the more hardcore competitive one. I personally find Soul Calibur more enjoyable as a very casual fighting game person; in Tekken I feel like I have to learn individual characters to have any sense of competence, whereas Soul Calibur tends to produce broadly similar results from the same button sequences across characters, so it's easier for me to play a bunch of different characters without getting my ass kicked as easily.
  2. It sounds like you are playing a lot of AAA releases that take a huge number of hours to complete and have long load times and intensive graphics and lots of cutscenes. Try some of the smaller indie stuff that you can be in and out of quicker.
  3. I'm glad this finally got sorted, but please use a separate computer for business stuff with only the stuff for the business installed on it. You really don't want to be unable to do payroll, for example, as you said.
  4. What server are you on? I'm on Excalibur. I've been leveling THM, CNJ, and GLD so far, all at lv 25 (well, GLD is about to be the next time I turn anything in); THM was my original and I think if it as my "main," but the term barely has meaning for me at the moment. I was thinking of trying another class out, too.... Edit: Do every one of those sprout dungeon training quests, the rewards are great and will last you a while.
  5. I'm around but not very active. Among other things, the show has brought a ton of new people, and while that's fine, the board can no longer be the quiet friendly corner of the Internet it once was at this scale.
  6. I've played ESO, and it did a nice job of making its MMO quests stuff you might actually care about. Wasn't as good for group content though. My interactions with others were pretty limited. FFXIV is definitely pretty welcoming and friendly. I will say that I've been told that bad players in dungeons will usually slow you down but not stop you, and it can be hard to gauge how you're doing as DPS; one thing I like in MMOs is doing the best job I can, so I wish I could get a bit more data. They specifically outlaw combat parsing, though, although people do still do it client side, to prevent people from being dicks to other players. I really hated GW2. Just nothing about it motivated me to play it at all. We were promised dynamic quests; what we got was quests that don't matter with no narrative value. Maybe I'd like it more now with more experience in the genre, but neither GW nor GW2 ever gave me a desire to keep playing, ever. Other than letting me name a Mesmer "Olivianewtonjohn."
  7. After ignoring it for years, I bought the cheap complete edition of FF XIV to try out and... I'm actually really enjoying it? Coming from years of WoW, it's refreshing to play an MMO that doesn't hate its players. Easy teleportation anytime! 100% droprates on all quest items! The map shows you where to go for all your quests! You can level every class on one character and switch between them anytime, for free! Most people aren't screaming assholes! It's not perfect but it's a lot friendlier to players than I'm used to from WoW.
  8. I use TTS, it's great. Lots of community made modules. They do pull them if an official module is made. I totally understand the concern about legality, but one reason I like TTS is that I can test drive games before buying them — board games can be shockingly expensive these days. I would never have blind bought Spirit Island, but I got to play it on TTS and as a result I bought the game and the expansion and backed the new expansion on Kickstarter. I bought Sidereal Confluence because of it too. (I use both physical games, but there are a ton of pieces and they take up a lot of space, so I actually prefer to play on TTS! Glad I bought them, though. If you don't support board creators, they'll stop making them.) Pricing is $20, or $60 for a 4 pack.
  9. I've been playing A War of Whispers and it is Good(tm). I'd describe it as middleweight -- it plays in an hour or so, far shorter than, say, Terraforming Mars, but much longer than, say, Jaipur. The premise is that there are a bunch of nations at war, and you are... none of them. You are a secret society trying to rig the outcomes of those wars in a way that benefits you. So you plant agents in the ruling councils of those nations so that they'll do what you want, but the outcomes affect you only secondarily -- for example, causing House Eagle to suffer a military catastrophe might be terrible for House Eagle, but it could be great for you if you don't like them. This is a good step up for people who want to try a middleweight strategy game -- people who have already played and liked some of the simpler hobbyist board games and want to take the next step, but don't want to jump into 3+ hour monstrosities.
  10. Do they, though? The number of useful project managers I've ever known approaches an asymptote at zero. I too would like to hear some more examples from Graeber of what he considers a bullshit job. Not someone trying to make a smarmy point, but what jobs the actual author argues are bullshit.
  11. IIRC American pancakes are very different from European pancakes. American pancakes are thick and are typically served with butter and/or maple syrup and I believe they are a completely different animal.
  12. We made a Thai green curry with jasmine rice. Used store-bought paste instead of making from scratch, but I think that's considered acceptable even by Thai cooks. Pretty good! Not much guidance on how much curry paste to use; we used 4 tsp per can of coconut milk, but would probably use more next time. (This presumably varies by brand too; we used Thai Kitchen.) Recipe didn't call for any salt, I thought maybe the paste would provide it, but we did need to add more salt in the end.
  13. I'm halfway through this, still good. Episode 4 was intense.
  14. In episode 3 now — we are taking it slow — and the contempt for superheroes is coming through. I actually really like that about it, though.
  15. The Bechdel test makes no attempt to say that media that passes it will be good, or that not passing it necessarily makes it bad. Just that it's a very low bar and yet most media doesn't pass it, and maybe we ought to think about why that is. It's other people who are trying to turn it into more than that.
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