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  1. Comment on What's a "house rule" that has made a game more fun for you? in ~games

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    The first episode of the new season of "Game Changer" on Dropout (Game Changer's a comedy game show wherein the rules are different every episode and the players don't know what the rules are when...

    The first episode of the new season of "Game Changer" on Dropout (Game Changer's a comedy game show wherein the rules are different every episode and the players don't know what the rules are when the game starts) has a similar vibe. The person in 2nd place in each round of the competition gets the points, and the person in 2nd place at the end wins the game.

    It's a particularly good episode because Brennan Lee Mulligan is a very competitive person and totally refuses to do less than his best. He makes a very good show of it.

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  2. Comment on Nimona in ~movies

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    I had this one on my List since Netflix released it and I finally got around to watching it last month. Now I regret putting it off because it was so much fun! Chloë Grace Moretz is brilliant and...

    I had this one on my List since Netflix released it and I finally got around to watching it last month. Now I regret putting it off because it was so much fun! Chloë Grace Moretz is brilliant and brings so much energy, and Riz Ahmed plays off her energy with so much style. I love the way they end up making their characters' relationship work by just accepting one another (even if Nimona's a little insistant on doing things the evil way to start).

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  3. Comment on A peer reviewed journal with nonsense AI images was just published in ~science

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    AI image generation has come a long way in a very short time. Hands are rarely a problem any more, and at least a small amount of text that you specifically request comes out well at least some of...

    AI image generation has come a long way in a very short time. Hands are rarely a problem any more, and at least a small amount of text that you specifically request comes out well at least some of the time. Just yesterday I had DALL-E create an image of a dog dressed up as cupid with a bunch of Valentine's day decorations behind a sign that read "Merry McLove Day" and that's exactly what I got.

    Granted, there's a banner in the background that reads "Medy McL ovev" and a box that says "Meerpy Love", but at least the main sign was legible and I got that image in a single prompt attempt.

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  4. Comment on Has anyone else noticed a difference in their winters? in ~enviro

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    I'm in Edmonton, Canada, and we've been having some large swings ourselves. Just two weeks ago, Edmonton was the coldest place on the planet with a windchill a bit below -50C and today's expected...

    I'm in Edmonton, Canada, and we've been having some large swings ourselves. Just two weeks ago, Edmonton was the coldest place on the planet with a windchill a bit below -50C and today's expected to be 10C, that's a 60C perceived difference (factually a little less than 50C since the actual temperature was just above -40) in just two weeks! I know this is an El Niño year, but this is very far from our norm. Usually it's bitterly cold at the end of January, moving into February. Typically steadily around -25C for a good month, but this year at least my wife will get a relatively warm birthday?

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  5. Comment on Single-player games to play with my partner in ~games

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    No way, that's awesome news! I'm sure I've forgotten enough about the puzzles over the years to give it a shot with my wife myself.

    No way, that's awesome news! I'm sure I've forgotten enough about the puzzles over the years to give it a shot with my wife myself.

  6. Comment on Single-player games to play with my partner in ~games

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    Have you played Braid before? It's a delightfully trippy and challenging puzzle platformer that I played with a friend exactly the way you and your Wife are playing. The controls are a little more...

    Have you played Braid before? It's a delightfully trippy and challenging puzzle platformer that I played with a friend exactly the way you and your Wife are playing. The controls are a little more complicated than point and click, but for the most part you're just looking at moving, jumping (I think? I can't even remember all the mechanics), and carrying a thing.

    It does a lot of time-related shenanigans and you have to figure out how to manipulate the mechanics in order to complete the puzzles, but it's well worth the work! There are also secrets that are tucked behind some devilishly hard puzzles.

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

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    I've been playing a bit of The Messenger, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek NES-style platformer from the same folks that made Sea of Stars. It's a lot of fun! It's not insanely challenging, but there...

    I've been playing a bit of The Messenger, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek NES-style platformer from the same folks that made Sea of Stars. It's a lot of fun! It's not insanely challenging, but there are some tricky bits if you want to try and get all the secret stuff. The skill merchant is hilarious, I'll never stop trying to eke every last ounce of dialogue out of them that I can. It's delightful to pick up for a quick session on the Steam Deck, and pretty much exactly the break I wanted from the approximately one billion RPGs I have installed on there already that really want you to play a longer session to get anything done.

    I've also been continuing to play City of Heroes, but just as I was finalizing the bio on my Professor Elemental knockoff, my keyboard absolutely shat the bed. It had been double-typing a handful of keys for a week or so, but last night it just started spamming a handful of keys within a few inches of the backspace key, and made basically everything impossible to do, so I unplugged it and tossed it into the "I really need to get to the eco centre one of these days" pile. Thankfully, I already ordered a replacement which has shipped, but it isn't expected to arrive until Friday, so I'm pretty much certain I won't be able to really use my home PC until Monday. Ah well, so it goes. More Steam Deck and housework for me then, I suppose.

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  8. Comment on Magpies swoop bald men more often, eight-year-old's viral survey finds in ~science

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    You say this like it's a bad thing, but I think you're wrong. We should have a pirate battle to sort it out.

    But we might also have more pirate battles

    You say this like it's a bad thing, but I think you're wrong. We should have a pirate battle to sort it out.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on RIP PDQ Bach in ~music

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    My mom introduced me to P.D.Q. Bach while I was learning to play the piano. That exposure gave me a much broader understanding of music, especially classical, and how humor can be conveyed...

    My mom introduced me to P.D.Q. Bach while I was learning to play the piano. That exposure gave me a much broader understanding of music, especially classical, and how humor can be conveyed wordlessly. Schickele was brilliant, and a gift.

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  10. Comment on Game suggestions for a weekly online group in ~games

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    That's awesome, I'm going to throw Gartic Phone into the hat as an offering for sure. Thanks for the suggestion!

    That's awesome, I'm going to throw Gartic Phone into the hat as an offering for sure. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Game suggestions for a weekly online group in ~games

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    Oh man, I had started a game of KD:M with a couple of friends probably 5+ years ago but we only ever had one session and I'm so sad we didn't continue because we were off to a good start! We...

    Oh man, I had started a game of KD:M with a couple of friends probably 5+ years ago but we only ever had one session and I'm so sad we didn't continue because we were off to a good start! We fought the lion a couple of times and just kept getting lucky hits. We ended up with almost all of its special drops and didn't loose any characters in the process, it was a miracle!

  12. Comment on Game suggestions for a weekly online group in ~games

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    Interesting, I'll check it out! At worst, it could become another party game for when there are way too many people around to play a more traditionally sized board game. We've played a lot of...

    Interesting, I'll check it out! At worst, it could become another party game for when there are way too many people around to play a more traditionally sized board game. We've played a lot of Werewolf in our day, but a new spin might help make it fresh again.

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  13. Comment on How to preserve a 9000 piece jigsaw puzzle? in ~games.tabletop

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    That's fair. Maybe you could get a swath of some sort of cloth/linen-like fabric to give it some strength without adding too much thickness? Caveat: I'm no expert, nor am I particularly crafty, so...

    That's fair. Maybe you could get a swath of some sort of cloth/linen-like fabric to give it some strength without adding too much thickness?

    Caveat: I'm no expert, nor am I particularly crafty, so hopefully someone more experienced comes into the thread.

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  14. Comment on How to preserve a 9000 piece jigsaw puzzle? in ~games.tabletop

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    I found some instructions on how to use Mod Podge Puzzle Saver and it seems it can be backless: "Complete puzzle. Next, place puzzle design side-up on non-cling plastic wrap. Brush a medium coat...

    I found some instructions on how to use Mod Podge Puzzle Saver and it seems it can be backless:

    "Complete puzzle. Next, place puzzle design side-up on non-cling plastic wrap. Brush a medium coat of Mod Podge Puzzle Saver over the completed puzzle and let dry. Apply a second coat and allow to dry completely.

    Once the puzzle has completely dried, flip the sealed puzzle over when completely dry and position it design side down on new piece of non-cling plastic wrap. Apply a medium coat of Puzzle Saver over the back of the puzzle and let dry.
    Now sealed, the puzzle can be mounted to a display surface using Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. If desired, apply a couple light applications of Mod Podge Spray Clear Acrylic Sealer to seal puzzle pieces completely and remove any stickiness due to humidity."

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  15. Comment on Game suggestions for a weekly online group in ~games

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    I love Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes! We've found that it's the most fun in VR where everyone can be right around the person disarming the bomb without seeing the screen. But yeah, the...

    I love Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes! We've found that it's the most fun in VR where everyone can be right around the person disarming the bomb without seeing the screen. But yeah, the replayability does come down a bit after you start to essentially memorize sections of the manual.

    I particularly love that accessing the bomb defusal manual is done by accessing www.bombmanual.com which can't not put your IP address on a list somewhere, I'm sure.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Game suggestions for a weekly online group in ~games

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    A GM-less system does sound intriguing since we tend to struggle to find someone other than our usual DM to run everything. A quick peek at Emberwind has me very interested just based on the art!...

    A GM-less system does sound intriguing since we tend to struggle to find someone other than our usual DM to run everything. A quick peek at Emberwind has me very interested just based on the art! I'm excited about that one!

    Goblin Quest looks cute too, I do enjoy a silly game now and again as a one-off. We've played Everyone is John a few times, even at a party! Good laughs to be found in there for sure.

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  17. Game suggestions for a weekly online group

    My weekly D&D group has been running for a number of years now and unfortunately our current DM is suffering from some pretty severe burnout at the moment (both in life and D&D in general). I...

    My weekly D&D group has been running for a number of years now and unfortunately our current DM is suffering from some pretty severe burnout at the moment (both in life and D&D in general). I think ultimately we're going to end up shuttering our D&D campaign, and may well never pick the game up again as we've almost all soured on WotC/Hasbro after the OGL debacle.

    This week we entertained ourselves by messing around with image generation (velociraptor nun was a favorite result and became a bit of a running theme through the evening) but the fun in that can only last so long. We've also had some nights playing games like Dead by Daylight and Midnight Ghost Haunt but those are typically games we reserve for around Halloween. We also play some of the Jackbox Party Pack games, but they're only moderately fun to be honest.

    We're usually a group of 7, and this particular formation of the friend group has been meeting almost exclusively online and will probably want to continue that way for the foreseeable future. I'd like some suggestions for games we could play together (either video game or TTRPG that works well online) that are: mostly cooperative or at least team based (we're not very competitive), something that won't become repetitive and dry after a couple of sessions (goal-oriented I guess), and something that we don't have to pay a subscription for. The ability to drop in or out as life dictates would be a plus too. Any thoughts?

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

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    Oh man, Bear McCreary is one of my all-time favorites! He did the music for the 2005 version of Battlestar Galactica and I've been using The Shape of Things to Come as my wakeup alarm for the past...

    Oh man, Bear McCreary is one of my all-time favorites! He did the music for the 2005 version of Battlestar Galactica and I've been using The Shape of Things to Come as my wakeup alarm for the past 15 or so years.

    I'm really looking forward to playing GoW: Ragnarok when it (presumably, eventually) comes out for PC. In the meantime, I never quite finished the 2018 God of War on PS4, which I've since bought for PC. Sooner or later I'll get that cleared out of my backlog, but in the meantime I'm still looking forward to seeing what it looks like with the visuals cranked up as high as they can go.

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

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    Ok, hear me out: Far Cry 1995. They play it up as a fight against some soviet remnant that's held out in a remote corner of the world somewhere, amp up the stealth & spycraft components and the...

    Ok, hear me out: Far Cry 1995. They play it up as a fight against some soviet remnant that's held out in a remote corner of the world somewhere, amp up the stealth & spycraft components and the internet is technically available, and has some useful sites to visit (or maybe is required in order to unlock bases), except it can only be accessed at locked down terminals. You could probably manage to sneak into a place to use it, but you have to activate the dial-up and hope nobody's close enough to hear the modem squawking and screeching as you wait to access whatever it is you need.

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

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    I enjoyed my time with Far Cry 6. It wasn't a perfect game, but it was pretty much what I expected it to be when I came into the game. I ended up buying one of the DLC outfit packs because it had...

    I enjoyed my time with Far Cry 6. It wasn't a perfect game, but it was pretty much what I expected it to be when I came into the game. I ended up buying one of the DLC outfit packs because it had an item that was practically necessary for my stealth playthrough (which is the only way I play Far Cry, or Fallout, or Skyrim, or Dishonored, or...) which was a bit of a turnoff. I didn't really like the abilities being tied to specific equipment vs. a skill tree, but I got past it.

    I didn't love the plot, to be honest, but Giancarlo Esposito plays such a fantastic villain. It also doesn't have the satisfying traversal and oomph that Just Cause has, but with 6, I found that Far Cry does still have that satisfying feeling of progression as you brutally slaughter your way through what amounts to an entire country's military presence.

    All in all, I'd say that I was left with an overall impression of a 7/10 game. Good, but not amazing.

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