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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 12 April, 2021, 11:08:00 PM »
A coda on the Covenant books: I enjoyed the first two trilogies from the 70s/80s, but the more recent ones from the last decade were, quite simply, unreadable gibberish to me. I'm not talking plot or characters - I literally could not understand the words on the page.

The only other book to have that effect was Trainspotting, with its phonetically spelled dialect. (I read about 15 pages before I realised it the opening featured one character, as it kept talking about "us"). And I'm Scottish. A Weegie, true, but that just makes me less posh.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 12 April, 2021, 12:37:26 PM »
I went back and played Just Cause 3. I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "Why did you do that, you handsome Genius?" and my answer would be "Just 'cos".

It is a fantastically fun game with a simple yet satisfying core gameplay loop:

1.Wreak Havoc
2.Unlock challenges like races and whathaveyou
3.Beat Challenges to upgrade your havoc-wreaking tools
4.Go to step 1

All of this on the absolutely gorgeous fictional Mediterranean islands of Medici. It avoids the stumbling block of appearing like a condensed theme park version of real place and actually feels like it could be a real place in the Med. Well it would if you ignore the lack of "lads on tour" that usually ruin these places.

Played this through last year. A lot, lot, lot of fun.

1 America
2 The Pit
3 Oz

PS I think DoC is excellent, but I don't like the way it dismissed the Dark Judges. I'd have preferred another Necropolis to add to the ... chaos.

Angel Gang v Orlok?

The Judge Child gave us City of the Damned and bionic eyes.

Apocalypse War gave us the Sovs and Day of Chaos.

JUDGE CHILD by a whisker, but only because of Jigsaw Disease.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 April, 2021, 11:04:38 PM »

A Groundhog Day update, with him from Brooklyn 99 and her from Bridesmaids as sassy alcohol fuelled reprobates stuck in a beautiful hellhole. And him who plays JJ Jameson in the Spiderman films as their grumpy sometimes killer.

Is it a rom-com? I suppose, maybe, but it's also as nihilistic as a teenage goth.

I enjoyed it.

General / Re: Dredd's real-time ageing?
« on: 10 April, 2021, 05:05:56 PM »
Not at all. The beauty of Dredd is that he is the only constant in the story. The city can change. Justice Dept can change. He is the same. He is a motionless pivot around which another 40 years of plot could be spun.

1. City of the Damned
2. Mechanismo
3. The Cursed Earth

Apocalypse War

Games / Re: Freebies and/or bargains
« on: 07 April, 2021, 02:24:35 PM »
Ohhh I really want to get Talisman for the Switch as I loved the boardgame as a kid. If anyone plays this would love to know if its a good adaption.

It's better than good. It adapts all the fourth (most recent) expansions which - and I know from experience - take up more space than any table can handle, then has even more digital only expansions.

The DLC is regularly on sale at 80% off.

Oh that is good to hear. In Switch land I've got it on my watch list and I've only seen at 20% off (ish can't quite remember) but next time I see it I'll take the plunge anyway as I've been looking forward to playing it again and its great to see an endorsement - which it also seems to get online too.

I have it on PC, so you're talking Steam sale discounts.

One annoying thing is the way it randomises all dice rolls at the start of the game (it creates a table of a million or so numbers at the outset and then reads that). But it is fun. We play digital more than physical.


Pulls so many threads together.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 April, 2021, 10:33:32 PM »
I just started Dying Light today, for the first time. I find its area of attack hard to measure compared to other melee games, especially Skyrim, but I am enjoying it.

Regarding co-op, Dead Space 3 was my best experience. There is one section where a character goes mad. One player sees a series of demons attacking - which you have to shoot. The other player sees their co-op partner wasting a SHIT TON OF AMMO before a boss fight.

I was the mad one, and the experience of hearing my brother asking what the feck I was doing, then me saying "what are you on about? Shoot them! Shoot them!" was a true highlight of 40+ years of gaming.

Tour of Duty.

DM isn't even Dredd...

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Play-offs
« on: 05 April, 2021, 09:51:07 AM »
1 Pit
2 Oz
3 Day the Law Died


Film & TV / Re: Abandoned - Doomlord TV show???
« on: 03 April, 2021, 08:50:48 AM »
Deffo a fake. As the comments say, the animated faces are a dead give away.

Plus, I remember seeing some of the photos from when I read the damn thing!

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