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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I checked the EU4 Steam page to see what the DLC situation is like (after not playing the game for years). There are a total of 38 pieces of DLC, which combined cost more than 7 times the price of...

    I checked the EU4 Steam page to see what the DLC situation is like (after not playing the game for years). There are a total of 38 pieces of DLC, which combined cost more than 7 times the price of the base game. But apparently they also offer a subscription service now, at a monthly price of about a 9th of the base game. They're a bit vague about the contents, but "over a dozen expansions and immersion packs", that sounds like a pretty good deal.

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  2. Comment on This 'boring' album cover is hiding a masterpiece in ~music

  3. Comment on ‘Nope’ just became Jordan Peele’s third movie to reach $100 Million domestically in ~movies

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    I haven't actually seen Us yet. Definitely need to get around to that.

    I haven't actually seen Us yet. Definitely need to get around to that.

  4. Comment on ‘Nope’ just became Jordan Peele’s third movie to reach $100 Million domestically in ~movies

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    It's the first Peele film I've seen in the theatre, and I thought it was great! Though, I think I like Get Out even more.

    It's the first Peele film I've seen in the theatre, and I thought it was great! Though, I think I like Get Out even more.

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  5. Comment on What happened to flying wings? in ~humanities

  6. Comment on Language learning thread #3 - Share your progress, tips and questions in ~humanities

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    I'm trying to learn Tagalog, which isn't an available course on Duolingo, and I recently got fed up with Drops and started looking for alternatives. The biggest annoyance for me is that Drops...

    I'm trying to learn Tagalog, which isn't an available course on Duolingo, and I recently got fed up with Drops and started looking for alternatives. The biggest annoyance for me is that Drops doesn't give itself time to finish long phrases: The text disappears before the app is done reading it aloud, and sometimes it even starts reading a second phrase before finishing the first. But also I miss the way Duolingo teaches you words by using the same word in several different phrases, instead of just the single phrase that Drops endlessly repeats.

    After doing some research online, and looking at screenshots and user reviews, I ended up installing Mondly. It has more in common with Duolingo than with Drops, and so far I quite like it. Interestingly, it allows me to use my native Norwegian for any language course it offers, which actually has me slightly worried. Most apps that are available in Norwegian have the feel of being machine translated, which would probably be disastrous for a language-learning app. I haven't really noticed anything strange about its translations yet, but I haven't got to the advanced lessons yet.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on One Hit Wonderland: "Macarena" by Los del Rio in ~music

  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) I first played this game several years ago, but didn't think much of it, and put it down rather quikly. The gimmicks of the game didn't really appeal to me, the...

    Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

    I first played this game several years ago, but didn't think much of it, and put it down rather quikly. The gimmicks of the game didn't really appeal to me, the platforming up intil then was unimpressive, the one boss battle I did was underwhelming, and the last I remember I was wandering around lost in the desert searching for power moons.

    A week ago I let my niece and nephew try the game. Honestly not my brightest moment. They're 6 and 4 years old, so the game is much too difficult for them, and yet they both got unhealthily engrossed in it. They've played quite a bit, but when they got too frustarted or scared, us adults had to take over. Together we made it quite a bit further than I previously did on my own.

    And you know what? This game is actually pretty good!

    Partially I think it's due to the shared social experience of being multiple people cooperating with the game. But I also feel there's a serious improvement in level design past the desert map. We also kept discovering ever new creatures with cool special abilities we could mind control with our magic hat. The platforming sections got better, and the puzzles more interesting. Boss battles didn't improve much, but they're a very minor part of the game.

    I'm planning to start my own save over, power through the desert map, and see if I find myself enjoying the game solo too.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I completely fell in love with the world, and think it would be a great setting for a tabletop RPG. Or a fantasy novel. Or a film. Or an animated TV show. Anything really! I think Pyre's may...

    I think my main takeaway so far is I want to read a fantasy novel set in this world.

    I completely fell in love with the world, and think it would be a great setting for a tabletop RPG. Or a fantasy novel. Or a film. Or an animated TV show. Anything really!

    The music is not as good.

    I think Pyre's may actually be my favourite Supergiant video game soundtrack. I like the vocals better in Bastion's and Transistor's soundtracks, but Pyre's has so many great instrumental tracks. And there's one song on it that I can't listen to without tearing up; not going to tell you which one until you've finished the game.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Star Munchkin (tabletop) Basically a reskin of Munchkin. For those not familiar with it, Munchkin is a parody of fantasy tabletop roleplaying games, mocking all the tropes that are common in such...

    Star Munchkin (tabletop)

    Basically a reskin of Munchkin.

    For those not familiar with it, Munchkin is a parody of fantasy tabletop roleplaying games, mocking all the tropes that are common in such games. The gameplay itself isn't much to write home about, and the game instead leans heavily on humour for its entertainment value, with each card featuring at least one joke or funny reference, and an amusing illustration.

    Star Munchkin swaps the fantasy theme for sci-fi, riffing on franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek. One immediate issue with this is that we now have a game where the gameplay parodies tabletop RPGs, while the content mostly parodies film and TV franchises. (It's worth noting that there does of course exist sci-fi tabletop RPGs, but they've never been even remotely as popular as their fantasy counterparts. If your primary TTRPG experience is with Star Wars d20, then you may find that the gameplay and content compliment each other as well as they do in Munchkin.)

    After playing a few games, I've found Star Munchkin to be a kinder game than its fantasy original. There are a lot fewer ways to screw over your competitors, and the consequences of being defeated by a monster are usually less harsh. One of the few new mechanics in the game are weapons that can be combined into single weapons (anything that rhymes with "laser"), and there are fewer items with class and race restrictions, which together means it's rarer to sit with cards in your hand that you can't equip. I'm guessing they did these changes to avoid games of Star Munchkin turning into the four-hour slogs that Munchkin games sometimes devolve into, but by removing most opportunities to screw over your competitors, I feel like the game has lost part of its soul.

    Overall; it's fine. You'll like it if you like Munchkin, and you may even like it more than the original if you are really into sci-fi.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide in ~tech

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    Can you elaborate? We're not seeing the stagnation or security issues we had back in the age of IE6 dominance.

    The situation is quite possibly worse than with IE, because Google is substantially less incompetent than 2000s Microsoft.

    Can you elaborate? We're not seeing the stagnation or security issues we had back in the age of IE6 dominance.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Email client K-9 Mail will become Thunderbird for Android in ~comp

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    The announcement from Thunderbird is probably more informative than this article, but I liked Ars' headline better. I've been using K-9 Mail for a couple of years now, and honestly I hope they...

    The announcement from Thunderbird is probably more informative than this article, but I liked Ars' headline better.

    I've been using K-9 Mail for a couple of years now, and honestly I hope they don't change it up too much. Calendar synching between desktop and mobile would be useful, though.

    1 vote