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  1. Almost finished my first XCOM2 War of the Chosen campaign. Superb game, adds a lot of meat to the XCOM 2 bones (which were somewhat bare in the vanilla game), but I made the mistake of not doing the Shadow Chamber research for a long, long time, mainly because the "breakthrough research" stuff you have to do immediately kept coming along one after the other and I didn't want to lose any of them. Unfortunately this has left me with an absolutely insane, massive roster of hulking death machines who put paid to all of the Chosen ages ago, so now the Shadow Chamber missions are far too easy. Still, a very good game. I don't think XCOM 2 has quite reached the heights of Enemy Unknown/Within (the ludonarrative dissonance in the sequel between story and gameplay is a bit too unconvincing, plus the busywork in the metagame still ends up extremely frustrating) but War of the Chosen at least brings it within spitting distance. I get the impression that Fallout 76 is a very odd game. It doesn't have the polished gameplay, heavy action or fast game turnover to interest hardcore FPS multiplayer fans, but it doesn't have the single-player storytelling focus to bring in the traditional Fallout fans. It seems to be mostly appealing to people who play Fallout mainly for the combat and settlement building and like a bit of low-stress, low-intensity multiplayer. The frustration I'm seeing is that people think the world is amazing and a decent size for a change, and could imagine the excellence of a proper, single-player, quest-based Fallout experience in that setting, but instead have this kind of psychopathic multiplayer version of The Sims to play with instead. My personal hope - given apparently it's still going to be a 2 year wait minimum for Starfield - is that Bethesda bolt in a single player campaign to Fallout 76 at a later date, which I think is more likely if the sales and reviews end up being disappointing (and I don't think there's much risk of either troubling the acclaim that Skyrim or Fallout 3/4/New Vegas received). Bethesda are also getting a lot of heat at the moment after confirming that not only Starfield but Elder Scrolls VI will both continue using the Creation Engine, which is demented.
  2. This is a farcically ludicrous assertion, unsupported by any evidence. If George was going to just stop work on the series altogether and give up, he would clearly and distinctly say so rather than lying about working on it for three years straight. There would also be highly significant legal andcost penalties he would have to pay to his publishers.
  3. He has spent years on it. He wrote the bulk of the material in a few months in 2012, he revisited it for edits when The Rogue Prince and Sons of the Dragon were published, and he had to revisit it for the book version, expanding the Jaehaerys section (which was apparently pretty bare-bones) and the Regency (which was more complete, but had to be adjusted to work as the end of the book). So the timeframe between starting the book (albeit without realising it) and publishing it will have been around 6 years. He didn't, however, spend six years solid working on the book instead of TWoW, which is what you are disingenuously hinting at here. What does this even mean? Martin's never expressed any mental health issues or concerns at all, ever. Lynch has, and those are well-documented. Rothfuss has somewhat recently started talking about them, but notably only after his father died in 2017. The issues with his writing speed before then seem unrelated. Martin's writing process does not permit this. He doesn't write the books in a linear fashion. The Red Wedding chapter, for example, was the last chapter written for ASoS. The prologue for ADWD wasn't written until he was almost halfway through the writing process. So at present Martin might have, say, Chapters 1, 4, 6 and 9 completed for TWoW, Chapters 2 and 7 only in a rough draft and Chapter 3 not even started. If, as you say, the publishers could cobble together a book out of Martin's current material, I'm sure they would, and probably those conversations Martin mentioned about cutting the book in two which he is resisting are in that vein (and those suggest that Martin now has more than enough pages and chapters to release a decent-sized novel). But the number of chapters is less important than the specific chapters he has finished.
  4. Werthead

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
  5. Werthead

    The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

    The Stone Sky
  6. CANCEL BREXIT IMMEDIATELY. This cannot stand. Indeed. You have stumbled across the primary reason we're even in this mess, in that this was never really about sovereignty, or people's rights, or immigration, this was always primarily about trying to handle the egotism and self-destructive tendencies of the Conservative Party.
  7. The current status of talent in the Conservative Party means they've gone right through the bottom of the barrel and are now scraping lichen off rocks 200 feet below the barrel.
  8. It should be noted that May did say that there are now three options: Chequers, No Deal or No Brexit. Some have taken that as a hint that she might be willing to consider cancelling or delaying Article 50, or even invoking a second referendum if all other options fail (since No Deal also has to get through Parliament - unless we just run out of time - and very few will vote for that). The general feeling seems to be that the "No Brexit" idea was pretty toothless though. Using the handy vote tabulator linked earlied, I tried to see what it would take to get a second referendum through. The Brexit Ultras (68), DUP (10) and Veteran Labour Brexiters (6) would vote against it even if the alternative was Britain catching fire and sinking into the sea. The Wavering Brexiters (65), Brexit Delivery Group (150), Tricky Labour Leave Constituencies (13) and Norway for Now (8) are all pro-Brexit but not Brexit at any cost, and may break in favour of a referendum (particularly Tricky Labour). Obviously, if May decides to go down this road then most of the Delivery Group and some of the Waverers would follow. Tories for a People's Vote (6), Nervous Tory Remainers (21), Labour for a People's Vote (60), the Lib Dems (12), Greens (1), Plaid Cymru (4) and SNP (35) would vote strongly for a second referendum right now. So a key group is the Labour Frontbench (180), most of whom would back a second referendum ahead of No Deal if a general election was off the table. So the numbers in Parliament are there for a second referendum, but there would have to be a firm rejection of the deal and the reduction of the options to Remain or No Deal, which is also important for democratic reasons (it's a different choice to 2016) and to carry the Labour front benchers and the Tory prefer-Brexit-but-not-at-the-cost-of-No-Deal group.
  9. Yes. Two Point Hospital is, at the moment, my clear choice for Game of the Year. Yeah, I found this game interesting but ultimately a letdown. Far too hard and I must admit the 2D plane thing was infuriating. The same publisher brought out Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock a few months later, which was a far superior game.
  10. Precedent doesn't have much to do with it. Cameron was so convinced that he'd win that he turned down the possibility of requiring a supermajority and he refused to let 16 and 17 year olds vote (despite both of those things helping his cause), so it comes down partially to his arrogance and partially to what has been the case all along, that Brexit is really an exercise in damage control within the Conservative Party to try to bring it back together after 20+ years of hard wrangling on the subject of Europe (which they only really had a respite from when they weren't in power). If he'd stuck to a supermajority rule than the Eurosceptics in his party would have strung him up and UKIP could have made further inroads against the Tories. Of course, if he'd stuck to a supermajority rule he could have then used the 52% vote to justify taking a harder line in Europe (vetoing future expansion, an EU army, etc) to try to force the EU towards more concessions and changes and then perhaps done another vote a few years later on the results, but alas he decided on a short, sharp gambit which blew up in his face. If there is a second vote, it would be seen as a stitch up to introduce a supermajority requirement at that time as well.
  11. Probably in about the same time frame as a general election, so maybe 30 days at a push. Given the timeline of the next couple of weeks - May presents the text of the agreement to the Cabinet tomorrow, the EU27 meet later in the week, with a vote on the deal likely in early December (which will really be crunch time, unless a leadership challenge is launched tomorrow which is possible if unlikely) - the only time a referendum could be held would be in mid-January to early February. We technically leave the EU at the end of March. The appetite for a referendum will probably swing decisively based on the outcome of the deal vote in Parliament. If the deal fails to get Parliamentary approval, then No Deal becomes inevitable. At that point the referendum could be held on the basis of Remain or No Deal, which is a very clear (and much clearer than in 2016) question and one that Remain would almost certainly win, albeit with a massively amount of disgruntlement from those who want Brexit-with-a-Deal and may feel coerced into what could become a rubber stamp to remain in the EU for generations to come. What becomes more chaotic is if the deal fails to pass through Parliament but then a second referendum is held on approving the exit deal, crashing out of the EU without a deal, or Remain. That's much more controversial (because it divides the Leave vote, making a Remain victory overwhelmingly likely) and I suspect unworkable.
  12. Werthead

    Bernard Cornwell - warlord chronicles and beyond

    No. Netflix bought the series outright from the BBC.
  13. Werthead

    How much do you disagree with my top 50 tv series?

    No The Wire, no Battlestar Galactica, no Fringe and no The Expanse are highly problematic. Also, that's Doctor Who (1963 - ), thank you very much.
  14. Bullfrog may be the greatest development studio of the 1990s (alongside LucasArts) for this. Their games stand up brilliantly now, even the older Syndicate. Dungeon Keeper II is also excellent. Have you played Two Point Hospital? It's made by veteran Bullfroggers and is a modern version of Theme Hospital. Fantastic game. It's a bit of a stretch to call the Fallout or Elder Scrolls games "CRPGs" (at least past Morrowind and Fallout 2). They're action games with dialogue choices and some stats, which have become less relevant with each game. The highwater mark for CRPGs were games like Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Anachronox, Final Fantasy VII-IX and Knights of the Old Republic. Probably the best recent one, although it's still an action-CRPG hybrid, is The Witcher 3 (brilliant, brilliant storytelling though, particularly the Robert Baratheon-esque story of the Bloody Baron).
  15. It was a solid game, although perhaps just a tad overrated at the time. Never had a massive urge to go back and replay it. I see I put 150 hours into it (which is about a tenth of some people) and saw pretty much every single thing it could do. I have been developing a hankering to replay Fallout 3 recently though, so maybe it'll just take a few more years. What is remarkable is that seven years after Skyrim, one of the biggest-selling individual games of all time, Bethesda are still not really close to releasing a sequel. Elder Scrolls VI, on their current schedule, will be lucky to be out before 2023 at the earliest.