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General / I am confused by Slaine
« on: 12 August, 2003, 02:52:30 PM »
On reading yesterday's prog, it occured to me that I don't really know what's going on in Slaine. Is it just me, or is the whole story a bit difficult to follow? Maybe this is a result of it being told in books, but anyway could anyone tell me:

1) Where's Ukko?
2) Why, exactly, does no one take Slaine's side? After all he's done?
3) Does this fit in, in any way, with the early episodes? THere were references to Sky Chariots? I thought they were in the past?
4) Is Moloch et al any relation to Elfric? If yes, what do the Fomorians have to do with the Cythrons?
5) How can Kai be a child if Slaine has gone into the future, after being killed?

General / A Second Golden Age?
« on: 08 August, 2003, 03:35:44 PM »
In an attempt to draw together a few of the more prasiey (I just made that word up, so its (c) me) threads, I do declare that we are curently enjoying a second Golden Age in 2K tales.

It's a veritable Aucthung Baby of a comic just now - a couple of stand out tracks, and the rest would be the highlight of a weaker edition.

Not since the heady days of the early 80s has each story in the comic, in my view anyway, been so consistently good. Sure there have been good storie, but for every Zenith there is a Time Flies.

For me, this weeks prog was almost on a par with the might Prog 224 - which not only was the first prog where I made a point of buying the next issue (I whored myself for the earlier Buck Rogers sticker album), but also featured some consitently good tales, inclding Judge Death Lives, the first book of Nemesis and Meltdown Man. I even liked Mean Arena at the time.

So what do you consider to be the First Golden Age?

And do you think we will need to sink to the 700s style pant-eeze (also (c) me) before we see the likes of this glory again?

Off Topic / Doc Oc pic
« on: 07 August, 2003, 03:12:46 PM »
Found this while wandering around the web (pun intended).

It's the poster for Spiderman 2. There are bigger versions on the Sony Movies site but I couldn't figure out how to post them here.

Help! / Pros and Cons when shopping for killer Armies
« on: 06 August, 2003, 10:50:25 PM »
I'd appreciate some help from the meglomaniacs on the board, at least while they can still think freely.

To boost the numbers in my horde of chaos, I was thinking about recruiting. To be honest, this is something I think I'll need to do anyway - most of humanity will be drooling, mindless zombies by the time I'm done with my Manchurian programming - but even so I think I'd like some company to rule over.

Now, the way I see it I have two options with a set of sub-categories, all with their up-sides and down-sides. The main categories are human or non-human, and the problems I forsee are:


PROS: To be honest, I don't think you can go wrong with an army of nun-chucking, shurikiening assassins. Always good for a laugh.
CONS: Where do I get all that black for their uniforms? And surely they will just get shot from a distance? Or what if one of them in American and demands a set of dosgy sequel battles?

PROS: A variety of twisted spawn would be quite nice. Especially if their mutations were useful, like electric killer skin or an uncanny resemblance to Demi Moore. Or Durham Red. Or Famke Jansen in Z-Men. Or... any girl from the underwear thread.
CONS: Could be psychic and read my dirty mind.


PROS: Always up for a bit of world-shattering.
CONS: Not too reliable, and usually have a pathetic weakenss (gold, common cold, water)

PROS: Giant killer robots are always in vogue.
CONS: Too self sufficient? I don't want things going all Skynet/ Replicant on me.

Anyway, what would you suggest? I've got September's "Meglomania Monthly", and there's an ad up the back for a Venusian made killer Terminator that looks a bit like Demi Moore, only mutuated to be ten years younger. Should I just go for that?

Suggestions / Dredd v Death Beta testers
« on: 29 July, 2003, 02:54:14 PM »
Can I volunteer? I've got a PC, XBox and Gamecube and have been playing games for over 20 years. Please?

Off Topic / Less evil silliness for a Friday
« on: 25 July, 2003, 09:52:30 PM »

General / Best cover, best line
« on: 23 July, 2003, 02:59:57 PM »
So we've had the best cover competition, but what about the poor writers out there? What do you think the best every line or piece of dialouge in 2K was?

If you take even thirty seconds you'll realise that there are so many to choose from - lines or phrases that have stuck in my mind, anyway, for years. And that's despite sometimes only reading them once!

Zenith Phase I has a few classics in particular - how about:

"You didn't drop him, did you?" (when Zentih drops the Welsh bloke)


"We still have to deal with... THAT!" (upon seing the big baddie in all its glorious colour-back-page-ness).

But enough of that, what do you think the best line is? It could be a catch phrase (Crime is life, sentence is death) or just an apt expression (S'right).

If you're half way interested, post a line. If there's enough of a response I'll try and organise a Logan style head to head (hey, I can steal anyone's thunder) or other vote. If not, then... Kiss my axe!

Off Topic / Do you feel lucky?
« on: 07 July, 2003, 02:47:16 PM »
Type the following into Google, then hit "I Feel Lucky". Then read closely (and, in the case of the second one, go for the alternative search).

First up:

"Weapons of mass destruction"


"French military victories"

Help! / The fine art of blowing things up (PC techie assistance post)
« on: 04 July, 2003, 11:05:50 PM »
I am planning to invest in a new, bespoke, PC in order to play Doom 3, Half Life 2 as well as a whole host of strategy games that won't work on my 5 year old PC just now.

Any tech-heads got an idea about an ideal spec? Money no object - I can always downgrade but want to know what is considered "top of the range" just now.

What about a graphics card? The last I knew it was all Vodoo, but they seem to have gone. Having done a bit of research I think its a toss up between a Radeon 9800 and a Geforce 5900. What's the best?

And what about AMD processors? Are they the same as or better than Intel?

And should I wait until 64 bit processors come out in the autumn? Or will it be a couple of years until they are stable enough - and cheap enough - to warrant buying?

Off Topic / Woe is me
« on: 28 June, 2003, 06:49:10 PM »
I have been to the darkest place.
I have been in the pit of despair.
I have been in the maze.
I have been afraid for my sanity, and my wallet.
I have been miserable.
I have been to hell.
I have been to Ikea.

Off Topic / Small minded, xenophobic and arrogant
« on: 26 June, 2003, 02:39:09 PM »

Off Topic / Harry Who?
« on: 16 June, 2003, 02:44:43 PM »
Harry Potter's ok, but if you ask me the books are far from the first or best juve's tales that can be enjoyed by 'dults. This isn't a new phenomemen either. In addition to the Northern Lights triliogy, which is ok, there are some good books from the 70s and 80s out there which I'd suggest checking out if you are into this kind of thing.

My own suggestions for superior stories are:

The Dark is Rising Sequence (Slaine meets Finn in Wales, for children, by Susan Cooper. More coherence than Mr Mills)

Momo (shit scarey as a kid, drug addled wierdness as an adult. About Grey Men who steal time. By Michael Ende, who wrote Neverending Story)

The Half-Men of O (can't rememeber who wrote this)

Anything by Dahl.

Any others out there?

Suggestions / Celebrity Totty-Match
« on: 10 June, 2003, 11:04:05 PM »
In an effort to continue the sexism here,

Purity Brown vs Durham Red

Cass Anderson vs Gallen De Marco

Who would you prefer? (To win)

The challengers from the first two bouts would then, bloddy but impeccably couiffoured, to the final. Who would win then?

General / Insurance
« on: 05 June, 2003, 04:56:05 PM »
Have any of you insured your comics? I have a complete set of 2K, all the specials, all the annuals and all the original print anciallaries (eg poster progs, team ups), all the Complete Dredd/ Law in Order. Everything, in fact, other than the Best Ofs/ Eagle reprints.

I reckon this lot would cost over ?1500 to replace, which is the ceiling for notifying most UK home insurance companies about the collection. Given that they are kept in my loft they could be damaged by damp, rain coming through a hole, or a busrt pipe or water tank.

What do you think it would cost to replace them? Any idea who would value them? To have them insured, you need to have a valuation passed to the insurer.

General / Easy the Bush
« on: 04 June, 2003, 03:16:49 PM »
I was re-reading The Day the Law Died last night. I don't have a scanner, but would like to point out that Fergee (especially in Prog 100) bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain "leader of the free world".

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