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Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« Last post by sintec on Today at 12:11:19 pm »
Kingdom Death's aesthetic is definitely not for everyone - personally I thought the SU&SD review was a little harsh but then a survival horror game like this is somewhat outside their comfort zone so it wasn't overly surprising.

In its defence I'd say that despite the Berserk influence (cos lets face it that manga is pretty grim in places) the game avoids any references to rape in the story events or plot lines.  The Intimacy event by which survivors reproduce explicitly states that 2 consenting survivors be nominated. And despite an expansion which contains a monster with particularly phallic tentacles it resists the urge to go full hentai with rapey tentacle attacks. In fact (ignoring the art for a moment) it's gender politics are actually pretty progressive, there's vitually no difference between male and female characters beyond a chance of death in child birth for the ladies. The art however is definitely divisive and I can well understand how it's a barrier to entry for many. The game is also a brutal RNG a heart and that's not to everyones taste either.

Just backed https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1492106834/aeon-trespass-odyssey/posts/2619413 which looks like it's going for a similar campaign style co-op but with an Ancient Greek theme. They've committed to keeping nudity out of the game and from the look of it they've toned down the body horror elements of KD some too. If you are interested in the campaign and boss battle elements of KD but put off by the art/world then this might be worth a look.
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Games / Re: Last game played...
« Last post by wedgeski on Today at 11:37:53 am »
Picked up a few Switch games during last week's sale:

Cuphead: Insanely hard but I'm in for the amazing aasthetic.

Overcooked 2: Brilliant and hilarious. Throwing raw fish at my wife's head caused her to almost die with laughter (and in-game too).

Crypt of the Necrodancer: I'm a little tired of pixel art but this one is great fun in short doses.

Bastion: I didn't really like this on the PC but that was a couple of years ago and it was so cheap I had to give it another go. I now have £2 of regret. The combat just leaves me cold.
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Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« Last post by Bolt-01 on Today at 11:32:13 am »
Chortle!
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Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« Last post by Bad City Blue on Today at 11:25:14 am »
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Games / Re: Last game played...
« Last post by Tiplodocus on Today at 11:23:51 am »
WARGROOVE on Switch. Just started it but it looks like it will scratch my Advance Wars itch.

Also Prof. Layton and Spectre's Call on my DSLite. Utterly charming and gentle puzzle solving in a slowly unravellj g mystery. The very opposite of twitch gaming and none the worse for it.
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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« Last post by AlexF on Today at 11:10:44 am »
Yeah, Sci Fi hospital dramas really ought to work in 2000AD - I wonder if the problem is that no writers in a position to deliver such a strip have actually worked as medical professionals or even in a hospital setting - I think it's one of those things where you need a bit of real-world knowledge to bring a story to life.

Anyway, on to Prog 1300 and beyond - thrills are going to start ramping up, I'm sure of it!
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Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« Last post by wedgeski on Today at 09:26:58 am »
I presume it's me, since it's very popular, but KD always seems to me to be unnecessarily horrible. Lots of willies and boobs and distended entrails in the service of, what, unpleasantness?
Based on that alone, the SU&SD review was quite enough to put me off.
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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 09:03:34 am »
I've never understood the Stix Fix. This is a post-apocalyptic world where there are tropical jungles in Antarctica, a mutant free-state in Africa, an Intergalactic Crime Commission, time-travel, routine FTL and actual magic, and this story uses a parodic contemporary North Korea. Why?

Why isn't this some sort of made-up futuro-place where Wagner can cut loose with the silly names and cannibalistic royalty? Its not like it works as satire. A very, very odd misstep.
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It's April 1983. We take a look at the end of Sam Slade! Then, the end of Slade again... then, again... It's Robo-Hunter: Volume Three.

https://thrillshots.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/27-billion-ways-to-die-robo-hunter-volume-three/
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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Last post by Tjm86 on Today at 07:06:44 am »
Well, this has been a bit of a left-field experience.

Last week was a heavy one with lots going on both with the family (youngest daughter performing at Welsh Millennium Centre) and work (two kids and one parent taking a pop).  Thought I'd weathered it okay.  Bit shaky Friday but got through weekend.

So this morning has come as more than a shock.  Something triggered a cascade and I went from being okay and sorting stuff out for the day to being a quivering wreck trying my best not to wake up the street by screaming my head off which is what I wanted to do.

See this is what I hate about BPD.  How easy it is to swing between states for no apparent reason.  I hate not trusting myself when I have interesting ideas that I think might be helpful.  I hate mild dark thoughts triggering a depressive episode that leaves me incoherent.  I hate being a burden to those around me and inconveniencing people because I can't function properly.  Most of all I hate myself but I'm not sure that is about the BPD.

Sorry, rambling and ranting.  I know it will pass and I will stabilise again.  I know that this will happen again for no clear reason.  Just going to ride it out, accept that it is what it is and pull myself together when it passes.

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