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  1. I've been playing Project Zomboid again, not having played for ages, and was surprised to see that the game has vehicles now. I immediately grabbed the first one I could find keys for and then went for a joyride through Westpoint's suburbs blasting my horn, easily outrunning all the zombies that followed. Unfortunately I got caught on a lightpole and partly wedged myself against a fence while learning how to reverse, at which point I was promptly mauled to death. Started a new (serious) game and have set up shop in the downtown area, which is the only area I still remember very well. Instead of inhabiting one safehouse I've slowly been sealing off a section of the town, using the outer buildings as walls, manually walling off any gaps between them and barricading most of the entries and exits. I had a couple of close calls earlier on when exploring new buildings and triggering the alarms which attracted all the nearby zombies in the area, but the vehicles make it fairly easily to lure them away now. Once I've thoroughly raided the rest of the downtown area I intend to set up a farm within my little compound, then I need to find a sledgehammer so I can bust my way into the gun store.
  2. Awesome. I recently read the Shattered Sea books so I'm completely out of Abercrombie novels until this trilogy. It being mostly in the Union and North (again) is interesting. I hope the Old Empire and Styria have significant roles, they seemed like they were being set up as new world powers in the standalone novels.
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    Other unorthodox books like Cloud Atlas?

    The most out-there book I've read was Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (all of his books are pretty weird but this one stands alone). I've never read Cloud Atlas though, so I'm not sure how similar they are beyond that fact.
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    The Witcher on Netflix.

    Of the suggestions I've seen I think I'd take Karl Urban for Geralt. He can do gruff, cynical hardasses with a good heart and is convincing as a warrior. Mads would be a good Emhyr.
  5. Even if it weren't gambling I'd be happy to see it regulated away, just out of self-interest. So few of these big games have had extra content worth buying recently. I miss expansions.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    FPS seems the best option for a couple of reasons in addition to gunplay. It's easier to navigate cramped indoor spaces in first person than in third, and a large part of the game seems like it will be indoors if that comment about most buildings having an internal section is true. Plus if there are a lot of environmental objects like terminals, computers, keypads, etc, around the place it's easier to interact with them in first person. I do like third person for when I'm roaming the environment but I much prefer first for when I'm actually doing stuff, so the FPS doesn't bother me.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    I think I'll be giving Fallout 76 a miss. Entirely online, all surviving humans are players apparently, and I get the impression the game is just going to be PvP and open world PvE raids with some radiant missions directing you around the place, which has been my least favourite part of recent Bethesda games. Cyberpunk looks cool.
  8. There is no proof that he can get. Confessions are the only thing that could be considered conclusive in that time, and he isn't in a position to get one on either the parentage or the murder. He can only look at all the clues - all of Robert's bastards looking Baratheon, all Baratheon-Lannister pairings ending with the Baratheon look, all of the royal children looking Lannister, Jon Arryn's sudden death - and either assume that they are coincidence or that his theory is correct. The latter is not unreasonable (and it's mostly true, as it turns out). The reaction that everyone else had to knowledge of the bastards is relevant if we seek to judge Stannis, and neither Ned nor Jon revealed their investigations and conclusions. Ned for different reasons, but even Jon chose to leave cryptic clues rather than flat-out tell Robert. Renly, if he knew, also chose to keep it secret. I don't blame any one of them given Robert's reaction to bad news and his tendency to let the Lannisters get away with all that they do. Given that Stannis thinks Robert will disregard any accusation coming from him as self-serving opportunism (right or wrong, this is what he thinks) he can only work through mediators whom Robert actually cares for, like Jon Arryn. The fact that he enlisted Jon to try and convince Robert is enough for me to think that he had no malicious intent. His refusal to work with Ned (if Pycelle was even sending Ned's letters to Dragonstone) is just evidence of negligence and not caring about Ned, not a desire to see Robert murdered. Which would be pointless given it leaves Stannis with a few thousand men on an island and no one left to back his claim about the royal children.
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    Was the second shadowbaby necessary?

    The problem is that at this stage Stannis is proceeding based on what Melisandre says is a necessity. He isn't the sceptic that he is in ASOS onwards, as all of her promises thus far have come true and she's gained him the cream of the Reach and Stormlands chivalry with their infantry likely to follow. She has apparently told Stannis that they "must" have Edric before they can leave, and he believes her. Using her magic is the only thing that guarantees a swift victory. \
  10. No. Stannis begins to suspect the truth and he approaches the only other honourable man at court so they can investigate. They discover that every one of Robert's children they come across shares his look while not one of the royal children do, and he (potentially) learns that every recorded instance of Baratheon-Lannister pairings ends with the Baratheon look dominating. The healthy Jon Arryn suddenly drops dead. Short of a confession (which he cannot expect to get) he can only assume that all of this is coincidence or else that he and Jon were onto the truth. There is no proof available to him. The only hypocrisy is that he didn't lay it all down for Robert given he'd probably want his own men to do the same for him, but then neither did anyone who learned the truth.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    Speaking of people in need of a good Roman conquest, Ancient Empires (mod for Attila) came out recently. I started a game as Rome, and it's been pretty fun. The game starts with the battle between Hannibal and Scipio. After beating Hannibal, I sent Scipio to siege Carthage (and later the city to the south). Hannibal has this annoying tactic where he waits in harbour with a sizeable army to force me into the starving the city rather than attacking, but then proceeds to sail away once I've withered down the garrison. I'm sending a second legion to hopefully blockade him in the next city he sails into. Meanwhile in Spain, all the tribes are killing each other and calling me into their wars. The local legion was only at 1/4 strength and I don't think I can recruit soldiers in that region yet, so I've filled it with mercenaries. Imagining that it would be too hard to keep public order positive, I'm just sacking the local tribe cities rather than conquering them. Once I've dealt with Hannibal I'll send my two African legions to help conquer Spain. Then, Egypt.
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    Danys campaign

    Aegon has stolen her thunder in that regard. He's the young male heir of Rhaegar Targaryen, leading the most disciplined army in the world, with Varys working PR for him, and in the sample chapter... He's everything a Targaryen supporter could want in a claimant. If either he or Dany is uninterested in sharing power then she'll need to defeat him and his allies, so her invasion likely won't be smooth.
  13. I'm certain Stannis would have Mel and Selyse killed if they sacrificed Shireen behind his back. I can see him making the decision himself if the situation was dire enough, like if the Others have breached the Wall, but he's not the sort of person who would let others make the decision for him. He ejected most of the king's men from within his inner council because they smuggled Edric away, even though Davos convinced him after-the-fact that it was the proper thing to do, because it wasn't their decision to make.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    I started playing CK2 again, this time as a custom doux of Sicily at the 769 starting date, using a steam mod that makes Africa more detailed. Within this initial ruler's lifetime I've stolen all the counties within Sicily and added them to my demesne, seceded from the ERE, taken the nearby African duchies in holy wars and taken enough counties from the Lombards in southern Italy to create the Kingdom of Sicily. I've married into the Lombard ruling dynasty so my plan is to put my wife (or possibly mother at that point) on the throne when an opportunity arises, at which point my king will control the entire peninsula and much of Africa. My long-term goal is to worm my way into the Byzantine ruling dynasty, get a claim on the empire and then take over. With my western holdings and the byzantine lands in the east I shouldn't be far off recreating the complete Roman Empire at that point. Basically the entirety of western and central Europe is being run by a battle-hardened hunchback dwarf, incidentally. The vassals of King Karloman of East Francia rebelled in order to put King Karl of West Francia on the throne, and they won. Karl legitimised his son, Pepin, and then died soon after without leaving any male heir. Throughout Pepin's rule he finished Karl's invasion of Saxony and Denmark, took some land in Spain via holy war, helped an Umayyad vassal secede and put down Widukind's rebellion, so his vassals mostly love him (other than the pagan ones).
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    The Best commander in ASOIAF

    The ones we know of aren't necessarily all the ones that happened. Stannis almost exclusively talks shit about Robert so for him to speak highly of Robert's battle record must mean that it's excellent. If it wasn't, he'd probably instead complain about being overlooked at yet another thing.