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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Dave » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:26 pm

I´m in the middle of moving house at the moment. The house is filled with moving boxes and too much furniture. I´ve packed down most books, but have been reading a little David Bladacci and Lee Child. Easy reading!
Gamewise, I´m stuck with Fallout 4 and am doing a spelunking playthrough as the lone wanderer.

On tele, there´s Humans, 12 Monkeys and Shades of Blue. Westworld ended before it started. I enjoy Shooter and SIX.

And I came back here for a spell!!

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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:30 am

Welcome back! I finished Ultima Underworld months ago and played a game of Civlization: Beyond Earth with the Rising Tide expansion. I was Chongsu, so I started with an aquatic city. I ended up getting a Domination victory even though I was going for Contact, and I did it without declaring war (which netted me an achievement). I allied with ARC, and that dragged me into a war it started with INTEGR, which we wiped out easily. I had high levels of Harmony, so my units were far more advanced than everyone else's, in large part due to my insane science from espionage. I later carried out a successful Coup d'Etat against the North Sea Alliance's capital Deepcastle, causing it to go to war with me. It only had one other city (its outposts kept getting eaten by a siege worm), and my forces were already poised to take it, which they did right away. I finished the Beacon and was only 40-odd turns away from a Contact victory when ARC rather suicidally declared war on me. I had forces in position already, and I took its capital in two turns. Game over.

Then I started playing Civilization VI. The tutorial was pretty easy, though not being able to save the game was annoying, as I had to leave it running for over a week. Then I played a "full" game which I won quite easily and quickly. I was Arabia, playing against Germany, Greece (led by Pericles), and China. On turn 10, I found a relic in a tribal village. Although one of my special abilities meant I was guaranteed to get a free Great Prophet eventually, I decided to go for a super-early religion by building Stonehenge, which I completed on Turn 30. This won me the game, as for one of my beliefs I chose Reliquaries, which triples the Tourism and Faith of relics. I had originally been planning to win a Religious victory, but I got a Cultural victory instead after 48 turns, as the other civs weren't producing much culture yet, and the insane amounts of Tourism I was generating swamped what little they had in short order.

I then upped the difficulty level and started a new game. This time I'm Nubia, and I'm playing against Japan, Brazil, Spain, Arabia, and India. Japan and Brazil are on my landmass, and the other three are on the other major landmass. This time the barbarians were brutal. They found my capital early and swarmed me with horsemen and horse archers while all I had was a single warrior, but I managed to get enough troops together to beat them off and eventually take out their outposts, though it stunted my early growth. Spain founded Catholicism, but I was sure I would get the second religion. I was just about to get a Great Prophet when all three of the remaining religions were claimed. Brazil got one first; they must have spent Faith to finish it. The next turn Japan completed Stonehenge and Arabia got the last prophet, leaving me empty-handed. However, I'm still doing very well, with a huge science lead and the beginnings of a culture lead. I'm in the late Medieval Age and getting close to entering the Renaissance early, while only two other civs have recently entered the Medieval Age and the others are still Classical. I'm also starting to put out Great Works of Writing to help towards a Cultural victory, which will be doubly effective once I research Printing, which shouldn't be too much longer.

I've been watching 12 Monkeys too, though I think the movie was better than the TV show. I missed the last two episodes last week because I was away. I also like Shades of Blue and Shooter. I've watched a bunch of other videos, and I'm currently watching the Blu-ray collection of Tom Baker's first season of Doctor Who. I've seen Robot and The Ark in Space, and The Sontaran Experiment is up next after I finish The Ark in Space bonus materials. I'll probably put them on hold once I get the Blu-ray of SS-GB, which I preordered from BBC America.

I've long since finished The Drums of Autumn and am now almost 90 percent of the way done The Fiery Cross, the next book in the series. I'd never even heard of the War of the Regulation before I read it, and I know a lot about history. It's amazing what doesn't make it into (most) history books. I've put the sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, on hold at the library, though it hasn't arrived yet.

I haven't had any time for solo boardgaming since January, when I tried Mansions of Madness (first edition) with the Call of the Wild expansion. There's one coop/solo scenario with two variants. It's a hard one. I almost won, but got killed shortly before the end.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby evil_scientist » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:14 am

I picked up Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. It's about a Scooby Gang type group of teenage sleuths, now grown up, teaming up once more to follow up on their last investigation. One of them suspects that there was a real supernatural element, and not just a man in a mask... I'm just a few chapters in. I have some qualms with the writing style (often the author uses explicitly "cinematic" descriptions, like "the camera pans to the right"), but in general I'm enjoying it, it's fast paced and quite dark.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:39 am

I'm in the Renaissance now and currently researching Printing in my game of Civilization VI, and I'm also close to getting the Divine Right civic, which will allow the Monarchy government. I've got Cartography, so my ships can cross the ocean now.

I finished The Sontaran Experiment and have watched most of the bonus materials. I also watched the new finished version of Shada, which just aired on BBC America. I preordered that too last year when it had a January release date, but then they changed it to September. The UK got it last December, on schedule. SS-GB is about to ship, so it should be waiting for me when I get back from California.

I finished The Fiery Cross last night and started A Breath of Snow and Ashes. It's 1773 now, and the American Revolution is just around the corner.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby kabukiman » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:04 am

I finished watching the fourth season of Babylon 5. The last episode could be a nice ending, but I'm curious now with season 5.
I also finished the game stellaris. Well, that game never ends, but I achieve the federation victory, so I decide to stop playing. I played Earth (and humans) with a democracy (the other members of my federation were aliens with democracies). We gave full citizenship to all populations conquered (including aliens and robots). I made some genetic engineering to improve the populations (getting smarter) and we defeated the horrors from another dimension. A good game.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:06 am

I watched season 1 of Babylon 5 a few months back and enjoyed it. A cable channel I get airs ten episodes in a row every Wednesday from 6 PM to 4 AM. They used to air the same five episodes twice, once from 6-11 PM and again from 11 PM to 4 AM. The first three weeks, I saw the first showing and saw fifteen episodes. The fourth week, they started showing ten episodes instead of the same five twice. I watched the first seven of them then to finish the first season, but I had to call it a night at 1 AM. Stellaris sounds cool too. The description reminds me a little of Master of Orion 2, which is a fun game.

I achieved the victory conditions for a cultural victory in Civilization VI some time ago, but due to a bug in the game, my victory did not register. I had hoped they would patch it, but it still failed to give me the win even after the latest patch. Right now I'm replaying Star Saga: One and Two, this time with a different character. I mentioned them before here. I'm about halfway through the second game now, and really enjoying it.

I recently bought a couple of dozen videos from BBC America during a massive sale where they were all 50-80% off the regular price. I'm in the middle of watching Terminal, which stars Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, and Mike Myers. It's weird, in a good way.

I finished the Outlander series through the latest book, and the next one has no release date yet. Then I read 11/22/63 by Stephen King, which is very different from (and better than) his usual books, though there are references to some of them. It also combines time travel and romance.

I recently played a solo game of Terraforming Mars with Venus Next, which was a lot of fun. Next I plan to play it with both Venus Next and the Hellas and Elysium boards if I ever have time.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby evil_scientist » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:53 am

I am currently watching the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It's a well-made and consciously cheesy horrorshow. It's not genius, but I enjoy it...
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:55 pm

I managed to get past the Clathran Survey Line in Star Saga: Two, opening up previously inaccessible parts of the galaxy.

I finished Terminal, which was a very cool neo-noir with some clever twists, not all of which I saw coming. Then I started watching Churchill, which stars Brian Cox as Winston Churchill and Miranda Richardson as his wife Clementine. It focuses on the first week of June 1944 and the lead-up to D-Day.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Dave » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:29 pm

This one is going to watch El Camino, the Breaking Bad movie, tonight.
We´ll see what it´s like. Might be good. Might not.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:32 pm

That does sound good. I've actually been able to resume watching Babylon 5, as now the station that airs it does so from 8-10 PM on Monday through Thursday nights. I'm well into Season 5, and I should finish it in about two and a half weeks. I'm currently almost done watching Hidden, a Welsh police procedural series. Next on my list is season 1 of When the Boat Comes In, set in Northern England after World War I.

I'm in my fourth consecutive playthrough of Star Saga: One and Two, each time as a different character. I'm over a third of the way through the second game again and just about ready to run the Survey Line. I don't have much time to play computer games, so it really says something about a game when I play it multiple times in a row. I'd like to be able to play it multiplayer, which it was designed to do, but in hotseat mode. I might be able to host it on my computer and run it as a play-by-post, but that would only work if every player had all of the text and maps available. Almost of all of the game's story is in the character booklets and the books of text that come with each game. The games are both hosted on archive.org, but they don't come with documentation, though Home of the Underdogs has a link to an archived all-digital kit that has all the text and maps in HTML format. Still, I don't think that's strictly legal, even if the games have been out of print for decades.

I haven't had much time for solo boardgaming, but I've started learned how to play Tiny Epic Mechs. Months ago I did win a solo game of Terraforming Mars with Venus Next and the Hellas board.
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Dave » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:15 pm

So, I went out to a local thrift store and found a board game from 2009 called Runewars. It looks like a MERP fantasy battle game 2-4 players with perk cards and no dice. Has anyone tried this one? I bought it primarily for the 190 or so figurines. Spent 15 dollars and will use them in a start-up D&D game. Beats buying the real miniatures!

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I also found a pair of foldable Skullcandy on-ear headphones. Cleaned and all in working order, they sit quite comfortably and sound is good enough. 3 bucks.

What about you guys, do you bargain hunt at Goodwills and such?
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Re: What´s my/your current reading/viewing/playing amusement

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:29 pm

I don't have any board game stores near me, and the ones I've visited don't have bargains. I get most of my games, except the ones I back on Kickstarter, through CoolStuffInc and Miniature Market. All of their games are discounted, and they have sales where they have even steeper discounts. They also have free shipping in the USA for orders of $99 or $100 or more, and I never have a problem finding enough games I want to spend that much. I got the bulk of my vast board game library that way. The only thing I lack is the time to actually play them. I do have Runewars 2nd edition, along with an official solo variant, though I had to pay a lot to get it. It was $65 at the time, as the game was out of print. You got a great bargain! There's a more recent 3rd edition, which has an expansion that allows solo play, but I don't have it yet. I haven't played 2nd edition yet, though.

I finished watching Babylon 5 a couple of weeks ago when the final two episodes aired. Yesterday I finished Season 1 of When the Boat Comes In, and I just started watching Good Omens, which only just came out on video. It arrived yesterday, which was great timing. I loved the book when I read it in college, but there's much I don't remember about it.

I'm now in the middle of my fifth consecutive playthrough of Star Saga, almost halfway through the first game. This will be the last for a while, unless I can find people to play multiplayer with, as once I complete it I'll have played through both games with all six characters. I learn more about the story from each character's personal parts of it. This time I got stopped by a space pirate early in the game before I was ready to fight him and lost a rare cargo I need for my personal mission, which is annoying, but at least it's an extra challenge. I got that cargo early in the game for free, and now I'll have to find somewhere that sells it and pay dearly for it.
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