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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by MSJ on October 20, 2019, 04:47:10 am »
Finished up A Little Hatred by Abercombie (7) last night. Classic Joe. Very reminiscent of first book of first trilogy. Some action, plenty of laughs, but essentially a introduction to the plot, characters and threads of the story that we will follow throughout. As always with his stuff...highly recommended.
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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« Last post by TaoHorror on October 20, 2019, 02:41:13 am »
I've watched the first 2 episodes of Carnival Row ... first impressions are as follows, hoping someone can tell me it gets better ( lie to me if you have to ).

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by sciborg2 on October 18, 2019, 03:49:07 pm »
"my son is no bigger than a grub...where does he live? at the moment, between the leaves of a book. this is where he runs the least risk of being lost. inversely, he risks being squashed, if someone puts something on the book. otherwise he rests between the leaves without much difficulty.

what is the future for such a grub?

not much hope. he'll vegetate. if he stays this size.

but then slowly he takes on substance. this is doubtless the result of my efforts: sometimes i take him out, i place him in a bed, or outside, for after all he has a right to the world, and he seems to lean toward life. the danger that someone unaware will crush him remains. little by little he even gains in intelligence. he begins to think, to be happy, to become a real living being.

obviously, he is very far behind, since he has existed in this form for months. but now he has really decided to catch up. now i spy him running, having gone downstairs, and climbing...

i feel happiness, love for my grub leaving his twilight state. seeing life "crystallize" is such a blessing...."
-Helene Cixous, 'The School of Dreams'
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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by H on October 18, 2019, 03:27:48 pm »
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We are now in a position to draw out the implications of Dasein's special way of being, which is existence. Cultures and cultural institutions have existence as their way of being, and so does each of us. To exist is to take a stand on what is essential about one's being and to be defined by that stand. Thus Dasein is what, in its social activity, it interprets itself to be. Human beings do not already have some specific nature. It makes no sense to ask whether we are essentially rational animals, creatures of God, organisms with built-in needs, sexual beings, or complex computers. Human beings can interpret themselves in any of these ways and many more, and they can, in varying degrees, become any of these things, but to be human is not to be essentially any of them. Human being is essentially simply self-interpreting.

Hubert Dreyfus - Being-in-the-world: A Commentary of Heidegger's Being And Time
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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« Last post by H on October 16, 2019, 01:00:29 pm »
Twilight Imperium would be awesome, but I don't have anyone that would want to play a game like that with me. Too much time investment for the others I guess. Games that size (gloomhaven, descent, etc.) just aren't on the docket.

It is definitely the sort of game I want to play, just that I don't have the time or anyone to play it with, haha.

My most recent purchase was Ex Libris - you play as the curator of a town library. You compete with other players for the best/rarest books, trying to impress the city inspector who assigns points based on size, stability, variety, rarity, and theme. Basically you collect cards in various ways, arrange them in alphabetical order as best you can. Its pretty fun, a worker replacement game, and the book titles (of where there are some 600+) are pretty witty and brilliant making it fun to read them.

Sounds like fun.  I think I've recommended them to you before, but you might like Stanislaw Lem's A Perfect Vacuum and Imaginary Magnitudes, one is a book of reviews for books that don't exist and the other is introductions to books that don't exist.
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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« Last post by Wilshire on October 16, 2019, 12:01:06 pm »
Yeah we played a few games of Gloomhaven, there are some quirks like "no sharing or trading" that seem ridiculous for a co-op RPG lol.

7 Wonders base game has a 2 player rule set, but it adds a non-player character to be a 3rd player. Dual I guess was redesigned slightly to make it better for 2p.

Twilight Imperium would be awesome, but I don't have anyone that would want to play a game like that with me. Too much time investment for the others I guess. Games that size (gloomhaven, descent, etc.) just aren't on the docket.

Wingspan is a resource management / engine builder. You get a player mat that has different biomes, and your goal is to get points by placing/growing various birds on your mat. The artwork is brilliant and pleasing, and it seems to be a good engine builder with simple mechanics which can lead you down a couple different paths to victory.

My most recent purchase was Ex Libris - you play as the curator of a town library. You compete with other players for the best/rarest books, trying to impress the city inspector who assigns points based on size, stability, variety, rarity, and theme. Basically you collect cards in various ways, arrange them in alphabetical order as best you can. Its pretty fun, a worker replacement game, and the book titles (of where there are some 600+) are pretty witty and brilliant making it fun to read them.

Also recently played Bargain Quest, though only about 15% of it as we ran out of time. You are a shop owner trying to sell wares to heroes, who then go out adventuring with your gear. If they live and kill monsters, you get fame, and they get gold which they can then bring back for more gear. They can also die, in which case you get no fame. The dead heroes are rotated out with new ones. Each turn you compete with the other players to attract 1 hero to your shop. This one was quite fun, and I wish I played more of it. There's something of a bidding phase each turn where you compete mildly to grab the best customer who can buy your stuff, which means plenty of interactions with other players without be overly competitive.
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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« Last post by TaoHorror on October 15, 2019, 06:11:14 pm »
7 Wonders has a 2player varient called 7 Wonders dual.

Oops! Yes, it was 7 Wonders Dual that we played. Sorry, I didn't know much about the game to know we were playing the 2-player only version of it.

... but again I don't prefer games withotu some interacting with other players, which there isn't any...

I've not heard of Wingspan. If you like player interaction, you might like Twilight Imperium IV. That is the funnest game I've played to date, but we did have a full game of 6 players. The political phase of that game puts it into a new class of game altogether, so much fun. I agree about the player interaction aspect you're bringing up. I find the best games are the ones balanced with thematic play - so for games that limit player interaction, for example, that comes across as they made a game without balance in mind and then balanced it with play testing and you get weird stuff like you can't share items with other players in Gloomhaven ( which is simply jacked for a co-op game ). Descent is much better than Gloomhaven imo as the only restrictions are really just mechanics to manage the game ( like taking turns in lieu of simultaneous action, getting knocked down in lieu of dying so you don't have people sitting around waiting for the game to end, etc ).

We're playing Fury of Dracula next Friday night, so I'm boning up on the rules for that one. Dumb name for a game, but it looks pretty cool.
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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« Last post by Wilshire on October 15, 2019, 03:56:03 pm »
7 Wonders has a 2player varient called 7 Wonders dual.

7 Wonders plays pretty well with 3, OK at 4 but not ideal. I don't prefer games that dont allow player interaction, and you only interact with the player to your right and your left. I haven't tried it, but there's an expansion, something to do with Ships, that allows you to trade/etc. with farther away players, which seems like a needed improvement (since the base game allows up to 7 to play, more with expansions).

Its one of the first games that I really played. It can be fun, but its definitely not one that my various groups prefer. I think it gets a bit stale with 4 players and no expansions.

Did I mention I played Wingspan? I feel like I already did, but dont see the post... Its entertaining enough, with a lot of fun mechanics, but again I don't prefer games withotu some interacting with other players, which there isn't any... Hopefully its popularity will mean future expansions that let you foil your opponents!
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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« Last post by TaoHorror on October 15, 2019, 02:25:55 pm »
I play the funnest 2 player game I've ever played recently - 7 Wonders. I was skeptical being only 2 player, but it's pretty cool. I lost the first game 54 - 34 ( highest score wins at the end, most victory points ). I annihilated my opponent 2nd game, 84 - 56, hee hee! Anyone else play it? Very fun, not hard to learn, but there is a bit to it. It's essentially resource management style game with some mild cock-blocking. Has a nice mechanic to stay in the game if one player is kicking the shit out of the other. Like for my winning game, he went for another victory condition that supercedes most victory points and he had it, except he couldn't afford the card when it came to him, man I was in the dumps at first until he realized he didn't have enough scratch - so he wasn't looking ahead and took a few cards for victory points in lieu of discarding to get gold which would've game him the game. Pretty cool game.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by H on October 14, 2019, 12:57:55 pm »
Could be that the first one is so short you can't get a solid feeling for it. But also, in generally I find people don't like books that are confusing and throw you into the middle of a story that already happening. This is definitely what happens in Gunslinger, so I'm not surprised it is not fondly remembered by many.

I might also just be remembering parts from other books and figuring they were in that first one.  But I do recall liking it for how vaguely it sketched the past.  Of course, I read it probably 15 years ago, maybe even more...
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