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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: Today at 01:09:24 PM »
I feels a bit overly cynical to be thinking along these lines, but he didn't even resign in that speech. Just said the Tories wanted a new leader and he'll hang around until that happens. Then a little victory lap of his 'achievements' without a shred of contrition, acknowledgement that he had done anything wrong, or apology.

I reckon he thinks he's just bought himself an extra three months.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: Today at 12:25:28 PM »
He's appointing a new cabinet even as the podium is being set up for his speech. Still not 100% convinced he'll actually resign - it's not like he's ever lied about stuff before after all.

Film & TV / Re: Stranger Things 4 *SPOILERS*
« on: Today at 09:31:24 AM »
I had originally thought Eleven was the one who created the upside-down, but it looks like it was Vecna who shaped it into a Hawkins replica, although I don't know why. Tbh I think the more explanation we get around what the upside-down is, the less cool and interesting it is.

Zenith all the way here

I think it's going to be Survival Geeks for me too purely on the basis that I'd rather re-read that than RoboHunter.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: Today at 09:13:07 AM »
He seems to have forgotten the mandate was for Tories, not for him personally. Not surprising as he 'forgot' one of his toadies was a sex offender.
As I type, hearing he's agreed to resign if he can stay on till the Autumn...

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 06 July, 2022, 01:26:22 PM »
That'll be where I read it then!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 06 July, 2022, 10:26:20 AM »
I think couldn't get through without FEAR 10, I'm pretty sure I read online 9 is the minimum. The fear mechanic sucks, quite frankly.

Thought long and hard about this one as Cradlegrave is fantastic and there's a fair amount of Rogue that's turgid. But when it's not turgid it rules. I just can't vote against Rogue Trooper here.

Got to agree with all of my fellow posters. Taxidermist is ace but Brink is superior.

Off Topic / Re: Happy Birthday!
« on: 05 July, 2022, 11:34:30 AM »
Many happy returns dude!

Film & TV / Re: Stranger Things 4 *SPOILERS*
« on: 05 July, 2022, 11:28:50 AM »
Found it a bit like eating a huge pizza in that I very much enjoyed it at the time, but afterwards felt a bit puzzled and sick from excess.

Overall hugely engaging, but in the cold light of day there are a lot of issues: all the stuff in Russia, whilst fun, was pointless and really credebility-stretching. Brenner's return also seemed pretty needless although I'm glad he didn't get away with his redemption speech as the bloke was evil.

I agree on Eddie's ending - his 'I didn't run away' seemed very forced given his job was to stall things by... running away. If he had to be killed off, this would have gone down much better if he had taken a bullet (bat) for Dustin or similar. Then what happens to his body, do they just leave it in the upsidedown?

The ending... yeah, that was not great. All the drama of the rifts opening / Max dying and then an extended happy ending thing (this really dragged, like the ending to Return of the King) and then suddenly it's all grim foreshadowing again. I think they should have stuck with one or the other - the rifts open and the series ends, or we get all the jolly wrap-up and that's it.
Then if I'm nitpicking, I think we saw too much of Vecna - I get they needed a villain with more agency but the more he was on-screen the less scary he got. There's a shot near the end where Eleven blasts him through the air and he's flying backwards with his big flappy feet facing the screen and a daft look on his face and he looked like he'd come out of GWAR, frankly.

I've seen some people saying it's the best series yet but I'd challenge that. For all the above, still the best thing I've seen on TV this year though (I don't watch much tv) and I will watch the next series...

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 05 July, 2022, 10:55:35 AM »
Great writeup!

Sounds like you missed the arena in Mortavalon, which is a shame as it's excellent. Kwon's flail is the business!
I think the descriptive paragraphs, and the need to make intelligent and thematic rather than random choices, really elevates this book.

Lawless for me too. Mazeworld is amazing artwise, but Lawless is amazing artwise and storywise.
Some tough choices today!

Easily Nikolai Dante. Also got a lot of love for DR and Quinch but Dante is one of the best things in the Prog, ever.

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