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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 09 May, 2022, 09:36:24 AM »

The FF’s aren’t 1st editions (although I think there might be one in there) - but they are the first versions published (no zig-zag line along the top, star-burst number on the front cover, etc.).

Interestingly, my edition of Warlock has a purple spine - as it was printed in Australia (where I live).

The dice - I sourced from AliExpress for a handful of dollars.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 08 May, 2022, 11:03:45 AM »
Correct - no combat system.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 08 May, 2022, 10:46:35 AM »
Thought I might make a small contribution to the thread.

My daughter is 2 - going on 3, so I figured I’d track down some game-books for when she gets older (I’m 51 and enjoyed them as a kid).  Yeah, an old Dad!

Thought I’d start with a gateway drug and track down the first 10 CYOA titles - all vintage.  Some very spooky-style illustrations by Paul Granger.  Should get her on the right path…

Once she’s had her fill of CYOA - she can graduate to the first 5 of the Fighting Fantasy books - again all early editions.  Even obtained some nice fantasy-style D6’s to pair with the books.

That should keep her out of trouble - and I can relive my youth at the same time.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 04 March, 2022, 03:28:47 PM »
At work here in Oz (1:25am).  Have just yelled out to my work colleagues…”Holy f$&k!  Warney’s gone!”  And only a day after Rod Marsh died.

Always considered that I grew up watching Warney bowl - but he was only a year older than me.

Sad day.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 22 January, 2022, 12:00:16 AM »
I find TBOBF all the more interesting now, knowing that Matt Berry is involved.

If the writers don’t get a ‘yes I can hear you’ in there somewhere, I’ll be sorely disappointed.

Off Topic / Re: challenge yourself!
« on: 16 August, 2021, 06:34:45 AM »
Having hit 50 this year, my body (which up to this point has been in good nick) is starting to 'grumble' with regard to my food choices/lack of exercise.

Won't take up too much time here, as everyone is different.  However, this might assist...

I've got my weight down from around 82kgs to 75kgs in the past two months - simply from cutting out refined sugars, refined carbs and animal fat.  That simple.  And making smart food choices.  Yoghurt laced with sugar?  Nope, now 100% greek yoghurt with a drizzling of real maple syrup (which in moderate amounts is healthy for you).  I don't touch anything that's 'white' either - no milk, no white bread, no white potatoes, no white rice.  Have replaced them with sweet potato and brown rice.  I don't have a yearning for milk or bread at all.  The exception is greek yoghurt, which is packed with good stuff.

Have also tried to incorporate a bit more fruit into my diet.

I'm a police officer - and yes the police diet (ala 'The Simpsons') is a real thing.  A combination of shift-work, sitting in vehicles or in front of a computer - and easy access to crap fast food.  It's worn me down in the past year or two.

In relation to exercise (very important once you hit the half century) - three exercises ONLY.  Pull-ups/Chin-ups, Squats and Push-ups.  That's it.  I follow an exercise bloke on YT who recommended these 3 exercises, with the motto, 'little and often'.  Essentially, I'll walk out to my carport and do 4 pull-ups, 20 squats and perhaps 6 push-ups - about four times a day.  Each work-out takes about 5 minutes.  So 20 minutes total a day.  Even made a custom pull-up bar out of galvanised pipe.

Oh, I forgot to mention - the above workout only has to be done every alternate day - which provides for a recovery day.  20 minutes workout every 48 hours isn't too bad!

I have a 22-month old toddler - and I have no time for visiting the gym or lengthy workouts.  I can pop outside, hang the laundry out - and get a quick 5 minute work-out under my belt.

Seeing some good results from following the above.  Good luck to all.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 10 June, 2021, 04:24:45 PM »
A bit late to the party, but...

Skyrim on a Switch Lite.

Gotta laugh when I compare it to my orange clam-shell Nintendo ‘Donkey Kong’ LCD game from the early 80’s (which I still have).

Just an amazing experience to play this game on a handheld - and it’s the Special Edition with all the bells and whistles.  A lot different to the vanilla version I played on PC back in...what?...2011?  Great stuff.

Film & TV / Re: Endlessly Re-watchable
« on: 18 January, 2021, 12:55:10 PM »
Plenty of great movies already mentioned - and I’ll throw in the following...

The Usual Suspects
12 Monkeys
The Departed
Cross Of Iron
Fight Club
The Day Of The Jackal
Picnic At Hanging Rock
Robin And Marian
The Name Of The Rose
Das Boot

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 December, 2020, 10:57:18 PM »
Sad to hear about Jeremy Bulloch.  I obtained his autograph some years ago - and he wrote a very nice note about Ashes Cricket (I’m in Australia).

Here’s the status of my autograph collection - most of which are personalised.  Very sad to think how many legends have passed in recent times.

Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 28 November, 2020, 10:21:19 AM »
"but do we know canonically how much time passes over the course of the original trilogy?"

Canonically - nope.

I think the general consensus* is about 3 years between ANH and ESB...and about a year between ESB and ROTJ.  You're certainly right about Luke - much more composed and 'with it' when he takes on Jabba in ROTJ, etc.

* The general consensus being greatly influenced by the Expanded Universe and all of its shenanigans.

Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 28 November, 2020, 09:56:51 AM »
(Apologies if the following has been raised earlier...)

The emergence of Grogu also plays nicely into the exchange between Ben and Yoda in ESB...

Ben: "That boy is our last hope"
Yoda:  "No...there is another."

Yoda would have had knowledge of Grogu's initial training on Coruscant - and perhaps he assisted with Grogu's escape during The Purge?

Yes, yes - no doubt Yoda was referring to Leia. ;)  But it makes for a nice 'what if...'.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 October, 2020, 01:10:56 PM »
In relation to playing Star Wars Squadrons in VR...are you playing on a plain ol’ PS4 or a Pro?

Film & TV / Re: The Batman (2021)
« on: 24 August, 2020, 02:49:47 AM »
There's a touch of 'se7en' in that trailer - which is no bad thing.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 09 June, 2020, 02:33:14 AM »
I'm about 60% through Assassin's Creed 1 on the PC (see details of my AC marathon on the previous page of this thread).  It's a strange beast - the visuals are incredible for something 13 years old - and yet - it feels so empty.

I'll give it some leeway for it's age - but the various missions are all rather boring and predictable (and they vary little from city to city).  The controls are also somewhat difficult on a PC.

In any event, I'll persevere so that I can make the switch to AC2 on the PS4 - it's the 'Ezio Collection' that includes all the DLC and add-ons (Brotherhood, Revelations, etc.) - and has been 'enhanced' for the PS4.

Enjoy The Witcher 3 - I've played a bit of it on the PS4, and barely scratched the surface!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 16 May, 2020, 11:12:54 AM »
Haven't been too active in the world of video games for some time.  Aiming to change that...:)

I thought I'd track down all the major open-world Assassin's Creed titles - and play them from beginning to end.  The only AC game I've actually played in the past is AC2 (which from memory, I rather enjoyed).

Yes, I'm only too aware that the AC games have something of a 'marmite' connotation attached to them. :)

I was able to purchase all nine (!) major AC games second-hand for the princely amount of 69 pounds ($131 Australian dollars).  Interestingly, the only title that I can't play on my PS4 is the original AC game - which I've had to resort to playing on my PC.  Looking forward to getting AC1 out of the way so I can then migrate to the comfort of the lounge to use my PS4 for the remainder.

Where possible, I'll also try to play some of the downloadable missions (some of which I might be able to get for free using activation codes, etc.).

I'm sure there will be some frustration ahead - but the journey should get more enjoyable as I progress.  Many of the titles should have had their wrinkles ironed out by now (I'm looking at you, Unity!).

The PC version of AC1 is apparently a 'Director's Cut', with some extra missions, etc.  That cost me 2 pounds 64 pence.

Watch this space!  No spoilers please. :)

The irony is that I'm still working full-time, with no isolation at home - and I have a seven-month old daughter who's suddenly learnt that she can crawl...so God only knows when I'm going to find the time to play these games!

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