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Smileys World for me please Colin.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 22 July, 2021, 12:28:21 PM »
That's terrible about your wife Jim, she really should be pushing back. I hope it's resolved in her favour as it sounds like forcing her and her team back is literally because 'we used to do it like that' without any real assessment of the impact on actual work done.

I can empathise as I feel exactly the same. I've raised it with my line manager and it's been suggested that I do this for a few weeks and we review mid-August. Obviously I'm hoping I don't catch anything on the plague-train in the interim, but even without that there's quality of life issues: not wasting hours on a commute is huge and you can do a lot with that extra time. (It's a big saving financially too but I've been wasting all that on comic stuff). I feel it'd be different if there was a business case for it, but it doesn't appear there is one.

I think there'll be a few cases arising of people challenging this reverting-to-an-old-status-quo, I suspect a lot of employers will go with majoroity opinion.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 22 July, 2021, 11:39:41 AM »
A bit of both for me, I think there's substantial pressure from commercial landlords (i've been told this morning several companies who rented floors in our office block have left over this year - landlord must be sweating it) but also I think both the government and a lot of industry leaders do think 'work' means 'in an office, in a suit, talking to people face to face'. Although my job is essentially IT based, the focus of the company is sales, as thus the higher ups are still in a sales mindset.

Flexibility is definitely key: I want to work at home, but I have a spare room, a garden and a cat, which all make the experience extremely nice. If I was in the skanky Birmingham bedsit flat I once lived in then I might feel differently.

I think / hope we will start to see that shift in working habits that we were talking about at the start of the pandemic, but I have a feeling it'll be a while coming,

Off Topic / Back to the Office
« on: 22 July, 2021, 10:43:45 AM »
I'm back in today, doing 2 / 3 days a week in the office.

It seems a weird decision on the part of my boss: I'm now in here with just four other people, so there's not really the sort of jolly atmosphere that I think they want; I'm working in a less efficient way and I had to spend an hour getting here (I don't want to go into the various Covid risks that no longer seem to be being observed and threaten to derail things, but obviously that's a factor too). From those of us that are in there's a general feeling that it's a waste of time.

I know it varies from job to job but I can't see the benefits to the company of having this massive office sitting 90% empty when they could save money on rent etc and I'm wondering if 'the office' is going to get gradually phased out in favour of home working, regardless of pandemic. What do you guys reckon?

I'm not hugely into Warzone, I find Middenface can grate a bit at times and he does here.
The Doc Quince Case isn't an all time classic but it is a good story. Gets my vote.

Judgement Day qualifying for this seems a bit dubious, but it doesn't really matter because it's pants and surely won't get past this round especially when up against such a big gun of the series.
Rage all the way.

Journey into Hell is not a good SD story in my opinion. There's some nice ideas in there but it's meandering and just frankly not all that interesting: I find I always skip it when doing an SD reread.
On the other hand Outlaw is great and gets my vote.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 20 July, 2021, 08:49:05 AM »
I had two cans of beer explode in the heat yesterday. Stupid 2020 2021!

Slavers of Drule by a long way on this one. I don't rate Galaxy Killers whatsoever.
Also Titus Smitus is one of my favourite one-note SD characters.

Definitely The Killing for me. Stone Killers has it's moments but I think it loses it's way a bit with at the brewery nonsense. The Killing is classic Johnny and Wulf action with a great cast of lunatics.

Weapon of choice? Napalm Blister Blaster
Permitted additional weapon? Bigger Napalm Blister Blaster

Prog / Re: Prog 2241 - Menace of the Multiverse
« on: 19 July, 2021, 01:49:28 PM »
Monday Prog for me but thanks to an exceptionally quiet 'Freedom Day' morning I've been able to read it already. Wicked, striking cover from Dan Cornwell but sadly the Prog within did not entirely delight.

Dredd is the exception - masterful as ever. There's a lot of information conveyed: Dredd himself is excellent, the story now seems to laid out but I think there's more going on than at first seems. Lots of black humour as well. And what about that little Justice duck?

Skip Tracer - This is better than it's been but it's so slow and formulaic in it's pacing and it's main character is still struggling to rise beyond generic.

Department K I think I've made my feelings on this known and this episode didn't change things.

Sinister Dexter What a disappointment. I feel this strip has been running on fumes for a while now (not helped, in fairness, by the irregular pacing of the current arc) and killing one of the leads was a bold move to shake things up so reversing that - I'm not into it whatsoever. This AI storyline has been running for ever (again, not helped by the irregular pacing) and I just want this to end. Nice touch in the AI being the Satnav but how does Weld know everything when she's only been awake a couple of minutes longer than Finnegan?

Aquila - It may be because I read the last three strips with increasing grumpiness, but this episode felt a little bit on the rushed side. No complaints here though and some really striking images - the centaurs were good, but how great is that last page?

The prospect of a Prog next week with SinDex, Department K and Skip Tracer in it does not hugely enthuse. Still, that's the breaks with an anthology I guess!

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 19 July, 2021, 01:16:13 PM »
I haven't played it but it looks like 4th ed from the art - and it's definitely not 2nd or the risible 3rd edition. Perhaps it's some kind of Switch-hybrid?

I must admit I had to refresh my memory on some of these!

2 points: The Sad Case - This story is absolute genius, from Kid Knee's sex doll head to 'Slippery' Doc Dickory. Carlos art. Really love this one.

1 Point - Top Dogs - Can't not rate this for the beautiful art even though the Dredd tie in doesn't really make sense

1 point: The Beast of Milton Keynes - Like Jimbo says this is a lovely story with Johnny at his badass-with-a-heart-of-gold best. Some nice mutie designs from Carlos again!

1 point: Complaint - Very lightweight but, enjoyable setup and Carlos on art once again, hurray!

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 19 July, 2021, 11:29:46 AM »
No worries! I didn't realise you'd been playing 4th edition on the Switch so obviously ignore all that stuff about 2nd edition, sorry!
I'd never heard of Star Wars Talisman and it looks like there's a few different editions of Talisman now.

My mate also said Dungeon is not bad, but he'd suggest you start with those others ones and don't add on too much too fast.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 19 July, 2021, 10:20:38 AM »
Talisman 2nd edition was a staple of my younger years, and although I've only played a little of the 4th edition it's a lot better in terms of gameplay. By modern standards 'classic' Talisman is a bit of a drag: clunky rules and games take about 900 hours to finish: the Fantasy Flight release tightens things up a little bit and I'd recommend that.
(You can still get the old GW second edition in places and the art is much better imo, but some of the expansions are almost impossible to get now)

Expansion-wise I wouldn't go in too heavy on these, as FFG will churn out expansion after expansion until they overwhelm the core games good points and the game collapses under it's own weight (Arkham Horror being a good example). The City I have heard can be a bit OP. I ran this by a friend of mine who has most of the 4th ed content and he suggested the best 'big' expansions were City & Woodland, and he also loves the Reaper expansion.

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