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    Board games!

    I forgot how into it I used to be......I made this for just such people: http://s13.postimg.org/96yyhzhg7/image.png
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    Board games!

    I recommend the app, that's what I did to get good at Pandemic before buying Legacy. And I would recommend getting good at it, or you'll end up losing your first few months and possibly doing irreparable damage to the board. Or of course, you could just play regular Pandemic on the Legacy board. The app has a great tutorial though. The second edition basically adds in the sixth player that you already have with the CoK expansion, and simplifies the rules a little. As far as I can tell nothing from the aSoS expansion made the cut. But, there is a huge problem with the second edition: because it adds Martell to the board permanently, they had to rethink the 4 and 5 player set ups, and they're awful. 4 player particularly is flat out broken, I've seen Baratheon win just by invading the neutral forces in the south and never once going into combat with an actual player. The most common solution is to print out overlays that resemble the first edition......which you already have. So I definitely wouldn't bother with the second edition, unless maybe you're only ever playing 6 player. I was really excited by Chronicles 1: Origins, which combines a Legacy game with a new system called 'Echo', which provides continuity between different board games. But it seems to have been put on hold indefinitely, I haven't seen any info in a while. Basically (and this may be out of date info or possibly partially made up to fill in gaps by myself), you play a board game in which each player is striving to become the leader of a Stone Age tribe. Each time you play, you play with a different tribe and give this tribe different characteristics and territories and resources. After 8 Legacy games, the 6 most successful tribes are transferred via the Echo system to the next board game; the Bronze Age. You then play a whole new Legacy campaign with cities that have evolved from the tribes that you created. So the whole thing forms a giant alternate history which, if successful, would work its way through 5 planned games (I think). Whether they all have two games in each box I don't know. Sounds exciting, though to be honest I have no idea how the actual mechanics work in any of the games. Cool concept though.
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    Board games!

    I've also considered starting a board game thread many times. I started with A Game of Thrones and for the longest time just played that......I thought it was great, but it never really dawned on me that it was the whole board game scene that was great and not just this game. I got Dead of Winter next, which is a great entry game for non-board gamers with its zombie theme and easy rules (well, I think they're easy......but then I was comparing mostly to A Game of Thrones which is a pain to teach, I should know as I've done it what feels like a thousand times), it is a lot of fun but it's a little dependent on how the cards fall. If you end up needing school stuff for your secret objective and you're the principal for example, every turn you just sit at the school and search. It often doesn't require any interesting or dramatic choices. I've picked up Star Trek: Ascendancy which I really love, as it nails the pure exploration of Star Trek so well. I've only managed to play twice though. I'm also a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, easily the best mystery solving game for me. And then.........there is Pandemic: Legacy. I can't over sell this. It is the greatest game ever. I think, if I were forced to compare it to other things like movies, books, tv shows......it might just be my favourite thing of any kind ever. Base Pandemic is a very finely tuned co-op puzzle, and to add a whole story line that weaves into all these incredible, tight, dramatic games.....it's given me the best 14 (so far, I haven't played December yet) gaming experiences by a long way. To be honest, I respect regular Pandemic but it's hard to picture playing a game that was just isolated and had no wider repercussions now. I will be buying Season 2 if they charge 10 times what they did for Season 1. I'd be interested in any opinions on Seafall (the first Legacy game to be build as such from the ground up). Like Wert, I look to Shut Up and Sit Down for a lot of my news and reviews, and they didn't take to it. It has a lot of negative reviews, but I feel I owe it to the designers to at least give it a chance. I'm also considering buying T.I.M.E Stories despite a negative SU&SD review, as it has plenty of other great reviews. But that's on the more extreme end of the 'no replay value' model that Legacy and SH:CD are on, in that it's £30 for literally one game. So I'm less sure about that.
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    Rick and Morty Season 3

    I'll leave this a non-spoiler thread for a page or so as people might not have heard / assumed it was an April Fools.
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    Legion (FX's Marvel tv series) [SPOILERS]

    I was starting to think that his power was imprinting realities onto other people, so he has these delusions and is unconciously projecting them into others so they misremember things. So maybe there was no Lenny, but he not only experiences her but also forces others to as well...? I dunno. What was with the hand on his shoulder at the end, it looked like Yellow Eyes hand but Lenny's face? Is there a hint there?
  6. So I stopped watching Game of Thrones to enjoy the eventual books more, as I figured that was the superior medium. I stopped reading The Expanse cos I think the show is better and wanted that to be my first experience of it. Now I'm torn on whether to read this.......sounds like a great book and a very promising show.
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    Legion (FX's Marvel tv series) [SPOILERS]

    Yea I didn't really get the theatre either, my best guess is it's thrown in to cast doubt on what's real and what's not. I can see this being the kind of series with trippy stuff throughout that doesn't quite add up, I was initially hoping to pin down the era in case it became relevant to any X-Men films, but again, it doesn't seem like we're gonna see major tie ins with this.
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    Legion (FX's Marvel tv series) [SPOILERS]

    Woah. I went in blind, I only knew it was an X-Men related series on FX. So I was thinking like.......Arrow was my benchmark. What the fuck did I just watch? It was awesome.
  9. So Aida made a May replica so good that it can get past all the measures they introduced after HYDRAgate?
  10. Yea it's been a good season so far. It'd be just our luck that they stop tying in with the films, get good, then get cancelled.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    He started with Screenwipe which was a late night dissection of recent TV, then did a one off Gameswipe I think, then Newswipe. Then he condensed it all into Weeklywipe, but even that hasn't been on for a while. It's mainly yearly wipes now (2016 wipe will be on some point this month), but I really miss Screenwipe most of all. He completely killed off Top Gear for me with a brilliant dissection of all the paperwork and red tape behind all the "spontaneous" stuff the presenters do and made me realise it was actually a kind of Jersey Shore / TOWIE / Made In Chelsea style program, in that it purports to be real stuff happening to dull people. Of course it's heavily scripted, but I'm not sure people realise quite how much the whole thing is 'acted'. I once went for breakfast in my local village, hungover, and was told by someone from the BBC that I could meet Konnie Huq if I went on this big bus with him. I was too hungover and needed to eat, several months later I discovered it was for Screenwipe and was a brilliant take down of X Factor style 'euphoric moments' where a bunch of guys went and pissed on a hill. But it was to Coldplay's Fix You, so it was all uplifting and stuff. I was devastated.
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    South Park: Member Season 20? [SPOILERS]

    You know I still think of that as a fairly 'new' episode.......then I remembered it's about the Wii coming out and is therefore a decade old. Woah.
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    South Park: Member Season 20? [SPOILERS]

    So I guess from the title that that's it for the serialisation.....I think they nailed it last season, with stuff ticking over in the background while they were still able to do (sort of) individual episodes. Even the 'arc' episodes still had a more defined story to them. Still a very good season though, I guess we'll be forever wondering how they were planning to stick the landing had Hillary won.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    Yea I rewatched that episode recently, Yorkie does say if you don't like it you can just quit, at which point I assume they just pull you out and you're dead. That'd be a tough call though, especially if the servers running San Junipero were getting larger and larger and there was constant talk of expanding and new towns and maybe new countries. When would you say "OK, today's the day, I'm out"?
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    Finally saw the last one, it was OK but nothing special. A shame for an extra long season closer. Something they've always managed in the past is to offer a natural feeling environment regardless of what they're portraying, and make you believe that these people live with this technology as part of their everyday lives. Hated in the Nation felt very stiff and stilted at times, as if the actors didn't quite believe in all this stuff. I can imagine the writers sat round with a script that portrays a devastating outcome to a social media storm, with one final thing to figure out - "is there really no other way he could kill people without being there? Or are we gonna have to stick with this stupid bee thing?", which sadly needed far more exposition than the episode needed. It's not like it had time or inclination to actually say anything about the declining bee population or its impact.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    San Junipero feels like it needs a 'sister' episode from the perspective of Wes (or someone like him)..... I loved San Junipero and I guess the season needed a lighter episode, but it feels like there's a much more interesting episode hiding in that dialogue.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    I guess this is what I was getting at when I said it'd probably change if I watched them in a different order, SUaD felt like it was partially retreading White Bear in that it took a vilified part of society and began its story from their perspective. But where White Bear took this point of view of "prison's too good for em" and cranked it to 11 to ask just how much torture you'd be comfortable with these people enduring, SUaD was kind of the same but not quite as extreme. And I just left feeling much the same as I did before about both child sex abuse and 'mob rule' social justice, that they're both (though not necessarily to the same degree) awful. It employed a bad thing to punish a bad person.
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    I've seen 1 - 4, and so far it's very, very good but there hasn't been one that's completely knocked me for six like previous seasons. Or maybe it's just that they felt newer and exciting and I've kind of desensitised to the show now. I'm not sure. There's so many shows out there that will depict something unusual and say "oh look we're exploring this issue", and hope that that's enough. Black Mirror immediately raised its own bar by truly exploring issues and putting characters through the ringer with it, and really feeling like it had something to say about each issue.....whereas this season it feels it's slipped slightly back to simply depicting the issues as opposed to commenting on them as such (but only very slightly, and it's still incredible). Take Shut Up and Dance.......it made for horrific viewing, but does it really tell us much about internet blackmail? What's the take-home? Or Playtest; again an excellent hour of television, but other than perhaps 'call your Mum more often', do we come out the other side having enriched our opinions in anyway? And I'm really asking, I've watched them over two days so probably have more digesting to do. White Bear remains my favourite, the way it looked like it was going to be a proto-typical Black Mirror episode (wouldn't it be weird if everyone filmed everything) and then managed to pack its twist and its message and a fairly controversial one at that into one brutal gut punch of an ending. There haven't been any real gut punches for me this season. White Bear The Entire History Of You Be Right Back Fifteen Million Merits White Christmas The National Anthem San Junipero Nosedive Shut Up and Dance Playtest The Waldo Moment But to be honest 1-5 are very close and would probably shuffle around if I rewatched them.
  19. As to your last question, of course it wouldn't. Captain America agrees with you. Except the show got renewed and it had to be about something, so here we are. But taking its existence as given, the Inhumans are perceived as a potential threat. That was the whole arc of the show, that they were practically a new species and could we trust them etc etc. So an organisation famous for allowing the enemy to be secretly running it......hires a guy belonging to the very next threatening group to come along? Nah.
  20. I think it could make for some interesting plots, but no it doesn't make sense. If Coulson was entirely in charge of appointing him it would, because he would want a show of confidence in them so people trust them.......except those people include the government, who actually are the ones doing the appointing. And no way in hell do they appoint an Inhuman after HYDRA-gate. Unless, maybe, they don't plan on telling anyone and just figured it'd be cool to have a superman in charge. Or, possibly, they want all the unaccounted for Inhumans to trust SHIELD as an organisation they can turn to. I enjoyed them talking about publicity and funding, it's something that's come up here plenty. OK it wasn't entirely clear who was paying for these billion dollar jets, but at least they're acknowledging it. Also, not to beat the film-tie-in drum too much again but, SHIELD going public has to be the easiest thing to reference ever. It'd be global news, and very easy to slip in a comment or even a newspaper headline or something.
  21. There's still Inhumans in it, but it's not really about their story anymore. Season 2 / 3 were gradually pulling back the curtain on them, and seems to be done with the grand plan of Hydra's to bring Ward-Alien thing back to earth. Not buying that they knew about Winter Soldier. Otherwise they would have dropped something earlier, Ward could have gone for a secret meeting or something, however small. The first half of the season was just the show not being very good, plain and simple. Then they had to pull a plot out their ass cos the films just destroyed the organisation it was based around. In fact I specifically remember an interview with a producer saying he was annoyed that that got thrown at them.
  22. Thing is, the one-off bad guy of the week from Season 1 kinda disappeared, 2 and 3 were pretty much all about where Coulson's resurrection led - the Kree, the Inhumans etc. Other than that, it was still SHIELD agents running around beating people up and doing spy like things. They were a bit more low tech and small scale after Winter Soldier, now it's been brought back under government control and they seem to be back to normal. Actually now would be a great time to get back into it, basically Coulson is just an agent and there's a new director, Skye's gone rogue hunting random powered people with her new found Inhuman powers. Skye's stumbled across Ghost Rider......that seems to be all you need to know right now. All the Inhuman / Kree / HYDRA stuff seems to have been put to bed.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Can I ask a question about Tigana? I've just started Part II, Dianora.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    http://thewertzone.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/where-to-start-guy-gavriel-kay.html?m=1
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