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Books & Comics / Recommend me a novel to read on holiday
« on: 08 May, 2017, 08:37:34 PM »
Looking for three or four books to stick on my Kobo and read on holiday.

Any recommendations? Something obscure that wouldn't be on the Tesco shelves is fine (Pirlo Family Circus, say).

You read 2000ad. I read 2000ad. You know what I like.

As part of my clearing out, I am going to get rid of my collection of 2000ad progs. It's sitting in boxes and I've not looked at it for the best part of 15 years; I have the stories I want in collections.

I'm looking for help on how to sell it.

A quick look on eBay and Wake's old threads suggests that a complete collection of the Prog is going for £1800 - £2000.

I'd be grateful for help with the following, though:

What's the going rate for a complete collection of the Meg?
What's the going rate for a complete collection of Starlord?
Are there any rare Meg or Starlord editions?
What's the going rate for the annuals (I have them all)?
Basically, I've bought the lot. Are there any special items I shouldn't let go cheap (eg poster progs)?
How do I sell it? eBay? Or are there collectors?


EDIT: I know I will get the best price if I split it, but I cannot be arsed with the drip-drip of piece-meal sales.

Classifieds / 3A Tharg - worth selling on?
« on: 30 January, 2017, 10:06:00 PM »
I'm about to embark on a big clear out of tat.

I'm thinking about parting with my 3A Tharg. Any idea what he's worth? Is there a demand for him? He's complete but out the box (which is mint and in the loft) and staring at me over a polystyrene cup as I type this.

I'm not sure I'll sell but at present I'm 90% inclined to do so. Unless he's worth bugger all, in which case I won't.

Thanks in advance.

Film & TV / Designated Survivor
« on: 24 October, 2016, 06:54:29 PM »
This is on Netflix.

Highly recommended to anyone who likes 24. Or who thinks House of Cards needs more explosions.

Off Topic / Parental Pride
« on: 20 October, 2016, 09:12:15 PM »
So, a thread for pride in sprogs. Because if you cannot live your live vicariously through your prog, then you damn well can through your children.

My eldest, upon being shown the command prompt (hey, I've just bought a c:\dos run t-shirt) typed in "tree" as a command. And then shat it at the files we had.

Games / Dying Light - Any Good?
« on: 20 October, 2016, 04:23:34 PM »
I quite fancied this but never got round to it.

Is it any good? It's available in its "enhanced" edition with all DLC for £20.

That, or Bloodborne?

General / The Galaxy's Greatest: Celebrating 40 Years of Thrill Power!
« on: 15 September, 2016, 07:04:53 PM »
Ooh. Maybe a spolier, but it's on Amazon.

This is news to me. Any special edition planned before I pre-order?

Galaxy's Greatest: Celebrating 40 Years of Thrill Power!

Says its by Wagner and Grant but that could be wishful thinking.

Looking forward to that 40th!

Off Topic / 5000th post! Go me, and thanks to all
« on: 05 September, 2016, 08:14:03 PM »
So this is my 5000th post. Blimey.

Some folks have raced to their five yellow stars. Others have come and gone in a burst of activity, then found better things to do.

Me, I've plodded along - slow and steady - at around one post a day for thirteen and a half years; from 13th January 2003 to 5th September 2016. I'm not sure how I feel about that, you know. There's teenagers around today who weren't born when I started posting here.

Whether in the early days of Karne and Oddboy, or chatting to those who have been here forever  (and those who just... can't... keep away; I'm looking at you Trout), it's a great little corner of the web to hang about in. Who'd have thought so many people like the same comic as me?

So thanks to everyone, especially those who I've met up with for a beer in real life. This really is a fun site and all the forum folks make it that way. Personal highlights include Space Maths and the exploits of the Beast, but that's unfairly plucking two things out the air at random.

I'd love to think I'll make it to Call-Me-Kenneth. Even if I don't, the journey will be fun.

Could've done without learning what a goatse was, mind.

Help! / Game Recorder? Recommendations
« on: 17 July, 2016, 09:33:44 AM »
One of my kids wants a game recorder for his birthday. He's looking to record from an Xbox One and a PC, an upload videos to YouTube.

Any recommendations? Any pitfalls I should avoid, or are the devices pretty much plug n play?

Budget is £100.


Film & TV / Never forget, the cat is evil
« on: 08 July, 2016, 09:36:57 PM »
I am a responsible parent.

Which is why I have just let my 11 year old watch the 18 certificate Alien.

Now, maybe he's a mature lad. Or maybe he's enured to sci-fi violence.

But - he was most disturbed by Jones the cat. He made the astute observation that the cat is responsible for at least two, maybe three, of the deaths. They all die trying to find or move the cat. Now, there are seven on the crewn. John Hurt and the robot are not killed by the alien, and Ripley survives.

So,...the cat is responsible for 60% of the deaths in Alien

Proof, if it was needed, that cats are evil.

So, while on holiday in Spain last week, the forum decided to give me a permanent ("this ban is not set to expire") ban for being a stealth spammer.

This was very saddening for me. Not only did I feel slightly cut off, making me realise just how much of my idle time I spend faffing about on this board, but also I was aggrieved. I felt a bit besmirched after 13 or 14 years of good behaviour. I've no problem with taking a punishment for something I've done - if you can't do the time, don't do the crime and all that - but I was just minding my own business when this happened.

It would be good to know that there was nothing wrong with my account. Also, I'm flagging this in case others experience a similar problem while abroad. Everything was fine when I got back yesterday, and all seems well now. I'm guessing that this was to do with me using a foreign IP? If so, then fine and I guess no harm has been done now that I'm back in Blightly.

That said - I didn't expect Rebellion to implement Brexit quite so swiftly or viciously.

Off Topic / Bounts - anyone used them?
« on: 04 January, 2016, 04:08:52 PM »
So I came across this site:


They seem to give away points, that can be cashed in for gift vouchers at places like Sainsbury's, Toys R Us and Amazon.

Anyone heard of them? Anyone used the site?

I'm guessing they want to syphon away personal data somehow?

For those of us who exercise, and those who need motivation, then it seems a good idea... but it also seems too good to be true.

Games / 4x games: recommendations?
« on: 30 December, 2015, 07:35:55 PM »
Anyone play these games?

Is Civ 5 the daddy? What of GalCiv 3? Or Endless Legend?

Any others worth looking at?

General / Ulysses Contracts: Resolutions with Teeth
« on: 28 December, 2015, 08:32:29 PM »
So, I am entering into a Ulysses Contract with my missus.

Regrettably, this has nothing to do with the cartoon.

I've simply got more games than I can play, following some drunken Steam sale purchases, getting a new PS4 and generally getting loads of games from family for Christmas and my birthday. Highlights, unplayed, include:

Bioshock 2 and 3, GTA 4 and 5, Halo 5, Wasteland 2, AssCreeds Black Flag and Syndicate, MGS V, the Uncharted Collection, Deus Ex and Fallout New Vegas.

First world problems? Crass consumerism? Either way, I've promised not to spend any money on games in 2016. If I do, she gets £500 cash to blow on clothes.

There are two caveats: (1) I get to trade in any of the games I have for a new one; (2) I get to play anything I fancy from the free monthly games you get with Xbox Live/ PSN.

If I survive, then I get to buy a shiny new PC in January 2017, along with Doom 4, Fallout 4, Dishonoured 2 and Xcom 2. It's all about the incentives.

So, that's my Resolution with Teeth. Anyone else out there willing to put something on the line, to bring about change caused by the opulence of the West?

General / The Great Spouse Error of 2015
« on: 27 November, 2015, 07:42:06 PM »
So, we've just converted our garage into a second living room. It's got a telly, a couch, and all that living room stuff.

Somewhere for me and my three boys to play the Xbox while Mrs X watches soaps.

But. I pointed at a bit of freshly-painted wall and said, "that could do with a picture. Could I get some comic art?"

To which the wife said, "the couch is black. It would have to be black and white." (A beat) "You don't actually get black and white comic art, do you?"

And that, my friends, is carte blanche to search for the one and only piece of comic art I will ever be able to hang downstairs.

Any suggestions?

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