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  1. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #1 - Chain Suggestions in ~games.tabletop

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    I've only played Mysterium with 3 players, and I thought the 3-player rules were a bit strange. I imagine the game gets a lot better with 4+ players. The BoardGameGeek community seems to agree.

    I've only played Mysterium with 3 players, and I thought the 3-player rules were a bit strange. I imagine the game gets a lot better with 4+ players. The BoardGameGeek community seems to agree.

  2. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #1 - Chain Suggestions in ~games.tabletop

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    I've only played 2210 a couple of times, more than a decade ago, so I can't recall how long those games were, sorry. Hopefully someone else have more to add.

    I've only played 2210 a couple of times, more than a decade ago, so I can't recall how long those games were, sorry. Hopefully someone else have more to add.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    I guess it's been around a decade since I read those books as well, but I remember enjoying them immensely, the antagonist included. But then again, I also greatly enjoying reading Wikipedia...

    I guess it's been around a decade since I read those books as well, but I remember enjoying them immensely, the antagonist included. But then again, I also greatly enjoying reading Wikipedia articles. I agree that the Commonwealth Saga is even better though.

    Have you read his newer books? Somehow I haven't read anything he's written since 2014 yet, and I'm planning on picking up some of his newer books next time I go book shopping.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #1 - Chain Suggestions in ~games.tabletop

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    One of the advantages of Risk Legacy is that games are a lot quicker than in Risk. BoardGameGeek claims 60 minutes for Risk Legacy, which sounds about right from my experience.

    One of the advantages of Risk Legacy is that games are a lot quicker than in Risk. BoardGameGeek claims 60 minutes for Risk Legacy, which sounds about right from my experience.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Local artists thread in ~music

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    The biggest local band is probably Publiners, playing folk-inspired rock music I guess. Here's that time they tried to qualify for Eurovision. These days they are a bit in the shadow of...

    The biggest local band is probably Publiners, playing folk-inspired rock music I guess. Here's that time they tried to qualify for Eurovision.

    These days they are a bit in the shadow of singer/songwriter Adrian Jørgensen, who is doing well in an ongoing singing competition. Here's that time he tried to qualify for Eurovision.

  6. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    In Norway we use Ola and Kari Nordmann. Ola was a popular male name, and Kari a popular female name, but they're both out of fashion these days. Nordmann is the demonym for a person from Norway.

    In Norway we use Ola and Kari Nordmann. Ola was a popular male name, and Kari a popular female name, but they're both out of fashion these days. Nordmann is the demonym for a person from Norway.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on ThinkProgress, a Top Progressive News Site, Has Shut Down in ~news

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    I guess publishers would make more money if we went straight to their front pages instead of using news aggregators. Then they could show us ads both on their front page and on the article page....

    I guess publishers would make more money if we went straight to their front pages instead of using news aggregators. Then they could show us ads both on their front page and on the article page. That goes for all news aggregators though, including the RSS feeds that many publishers offer.

    There's also been some controversy about Google using snippets of text and images from publishers without their consent. Some users might not click the link if they feel they've already gleaned the important parts from the summary.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on The Atlantic Launches New Subscription Plans and Introduces A Metered Model in ~news

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    Scroll is kinda that I guess. I certainly hope I won't have to pay for both Scroll and The Atlantic to get through the paywall.

    Scroll is kinda that I guess. I certainly hope I won't have to pay for both Scroll and The Atlantic to get through the paywall.

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

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    Every time I play Stellaris it's improved a lot since last time I played it, but every time it's still been very far off from its potential. Maybe I'll give it another chance. These latest changes...

    Every time I play Stellaris it's improved a lot since last time I played it, but every time it's still been very far off from its potential. Maybe I'll give it another chance. These latest changes sound promising.

    at least in an unmodded game

    Do you have any mods you'd like to recommend, if I were to start a new Stellaris game today? I'm a bit weary of modding Paradox games in general though, because all the major mods tend to break with every major patch.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Emily Atkin's summary of and thoughts about CNN's 7-hour Climate Crisis Town Hall in ~enviro

    KapteinB
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    This article just seems to be a critique of CNN and the DNC, not the candidates themselves. There are probably better summaries out there for learning about the candidates.

    This article just seems to be a critique of CNN and the DNC, not the candidates themselves. There are probably better summaries out there for learning about the candidates.

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

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    Cliff Empire (Linux) I wanted a new city builder, so I decided to try this one. The idea is that you have a very small cliff to build your city on, so you have to optimise the small area, which is...

    Cliff Empire (Linux)

    I wanted a new city builder, so I decided to try this one. The idea is that you have a very small cliff to build your city on, so you have to optimise the small area, which is an interesting contrast to Cities: Skylines and its massive sprawling cities. I played about halfway through the tutorial before losing interest though. There didn't feel like there was a whole lot of gameplay, to be honest. There's a tower defence mode, which I might try out if I feel like it some day, but the tutorial was just boring.

    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Linux)

    I have a friend who gifts me weird games now and then, and now he's gifted me this one. The concept is fun. You're trapped in a prestigious high-school run by a psychotic teddy-bear, and to escape you have to kill one of the other students, and get away with it. Your character is however not the murdering type, so instead you spend much of the game investigating crime scenes and arguing in murder trials. The rest of the game (as far as I've played at least) you spend socialising with other students and searching for a way to escape.

    There are many things I like about the game. I enjoy the first-person exploration parts, the point-and-click adventure game style crime scene investigations, and the debate style trials. But in addition to that, this game is also a visual novel, and like many other such, it has too many words for my liking. And you might say duh, of course it has many words, it's a visual novel, but the problem is that so much of the text just feels like padding to extend the length of the game, without adding very much of value to it.

    Dominion (tabletop)

    This happens to be my favourite board game. I played a couple two-player games with base+Intrigue+Prosperity on Saturday. I prefer the older expansions, because they don't slow down the game like the newer expansions do. I won the first game by using Mint to create a lot of copies of my gold, and the second with a Wishing Well/Talisman/Conspirator/Festival engine.

    Dungeons & Dragons (tabletop)

    Somehow I keep forgetting this one when making these posts, but I DM a group that plays every Tuesday. We're doing Waterdeep Dragon Heist, which is kind of a sandbox adventure. My group is a mix between experienced and new players (all of them guys from work), and this is my first time DMing an adventure on this scale. It's challenging, but it's lots of fun. The players have achieved the main objective of the adventure, but due to its sandbox nature, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up before moving on to the next adventure.

    Friday the 13th (Windows)

    I did a few games with friends on Sunday, which was fun! We all suck at the game, and it took us a while just to figure out what we were supposed to do to escape. And we never succeeded. But still fun.

    Imperial Settlers (Tabletop Simulator, Linux)

    Been playing this in Tabletop Simulator with a friend who loves it. He taught it to me by sending me a rules explanation video, and then playing the game while text chatting. Which is probably not the ideal way to learn a game, because I keep getting the rules wrong. Imperial Settlers is a solid game though, and Tabletop Simulator seems like a pretty good tool for playing with friends when you don't have an opportunity to physically meet up.

    Pokémon Go (Android)

    This one I also keep forgetting about when writing these posts, even though I've played it almost every day for the last several weeks. It's not exactly a deep or challenging game (you could argue it's barely a game at all really), but it's soothing fun. And a good motivation for leaving my flat now and then to go for a walk.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Australian who says he invented bitcoin ordered to hand over between 410,000 and 500,000 bitcoin in ~finance

    KapteinB
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    Well, you used the original article title, so the fault lies with The Guardian, not you. :-) But yes, the new title is more accurate, I believe.

    Well, you used the original article title, so the fault lies with The Guardian, not you. :-)

    But yes, the new title is more accurate, I believe.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Australian who says he invented bitcoin ordered to hand over between 410,000 and 500,000 bitcoin in ~finance

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    There's a very big difference between handing over 5 billion USD (as the title implies) and handing over 500,000 bitcoin. Wright probably doesn't have that much money, so to obtain the money he...

    A US district court in Florida on Tuesday ruled that half of the bitcoin mined and half of the intellectual property held by Wright from that time belongs to Kleiman.

    One issue is it is not known exactly how much bitcoin Wright holds. It has been claimed that the Kleiman estate could get anywhere between 410,000 and 500,000 bitcoin, putting the value at between A$6.1bn and A$7.4bn as of Wednesday.

    There's a very big difference between handing over 5 billion USD (as the title implies) and handing over 500,000 bitcoin. Wright probably doesn't have that much money, so to obtain the money he would have to sell his bitcoin. But if he sells only a small fraction of those bitcoin, it will probably be enough to completely crash the entire bitcoin market, just like what happened when they sold off the recovered Mt. Gox bitcoin.

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

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    It's a cool concept, but it requires listening and reading at the same time to be ready to reply before the timer runs out. Conversations in Alpha Protocol made me stressed, and it's the main...

    I can think of one game that implemented Mass Effect's original dialogue system: Alpha Protocol.

    It's a cool concept, but it requires listening and reading at the same time to be ready to reply before the timer runs out. Conversations in Alpha Protocol made me stressed, and it's the main reason I couldn't really get into the game.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on PewDiePie surpasses 100m subscriber mark on YouTube in ~tech

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    Maybe a dumb question, but how reliable are those numbers? Meaning; how many of them are actual users and how many are bots? Trying to find an answer in DDG just gave me a bunch of links to buy...

    PewDiePie surpasses 100m subscriber mark on YouTube

    T-Series, the popularity of which rose in step with wider internet access in south Asia, now has almost 110 million subscribers. For context, Justin Bieber has 46 million, Rihanna has more than 32 million and Drake has almost 19 million.

    Maybe a dumb question, but how reliable are those numbers? Meaning; how many of them are actual users and how many are bots? Trying to find an answer in DDG just gave me a bunch of links to buy YouTube subscribers, so that's not very encouraging.

    8 votes