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1  RPG / RPG Discussion / Re: RPG and other games-related humor here. on: May 14, 2018, 06:45:03 am
2  RPG / The New World / Re: CSG update #25 - Weapons, Armor, and Attacks on: March 28, 2018, 04:02:33 am
Sounds good guys.

Also, Starlord confirmed in The New World. Wink

3  RPG / The New World / Re: CSG update #23 - State of the Game (the first screenshots) on: February 26, 2018, 10:44:27 am
Holy moley, that's looking good.
4  Other / The Reading Lounge / Re: Cool comics and graphic novels on: February 23, 2018, 03:33:52 am
Been binging Birthright, a comic about a kid who goes missing, whose disappearance tears his family apart, and then a year later a man dressed like an extra from a Conan movie appears claiming that he was that kid, that he stumbled through a gateway to a magical world where he became the Chosen One, the hero destined to defeat the Dark Lord.

That's the setup, and then it gets twistier from there. It's fundamentally a story about this family and their relationship against the backdrop of this hellova cool fantasy setup that deftly plays with the tropes.

Definitely recommend it.

5  RPG / The New World / Re: Taking Care of Business - 2018 on: February 21, 2018, 06:04:22 am
Very interesting.

About sequels not making as much as the original game - it may be (in part) because they were released later and steam sales seem to be worse across the board (unless you're a viral hit like PUBG). Which may be related to the increasing glut of games being released on Steam.

But yeah, even in the best of times, I suspect that a new game is more exciting than a known quality like a sequel or an expansion, regardless, and thus has more potential sales.

I know that, for System Crash, I hesitate on making sequels/expansions because, even though I'd love to grow the game further, the base game is not yet profitable, and as you say, an expansion would probably only achieve 30% of the sales figures. But I'm resolved to make one expansion just to get the data point. Maybe I'm wrong and it will be a worthwhile venture.

6  RPG / The New World / Re: CSG update #23 - State of the Game (the first screenshots) on: February 01, 2018, 02:54:00 am
Making some great progress there. And loving the screenshots, that's a rather substantial improvement in the graphics department, relative to AoD. Nice work dudes. Wink
7  RPG / System Crash / Re: A request if you enjoyed System Crash on: October 24, 2017, 07:38:53 am
If you got it via Humble, there'll be a redeemable steam key in your library. Smile
8  RPG / System Crash / A request if you enjoyed System Crash on: October 24, 2017, 05:53:09 am
Hey folks, long time no chat.

Got a quick request, for anyone who enjoyed System Crash and feels like helping a brother out.  Wink

Turns out those user tags are super helpful for Steam discoverability. If you've got the time, going and clicking that little plus next to the user tags and ticking whatever tags you feel appropriate would be very helpful.

And if you've got time for a user review, that's also really helpful.

Help me work the algorithms, chaps. Wink

9  RPG / System Crash / Re: Halloween Update - Night Terrors on: January 26, 2017, 06:36:24 am
Glad you had fun with it, and thanks for the feedback, I'll check out that balance. Smile

As to what I'm doing with it...that's something I'm thinking about at the moment. The game hasn't made me back the money I spent on it, yet, and there's a huge glut of card games at the moment.

I basically settled on making a CCG right at the point when a bunch of other devs had the same idea. And, like you say, no multiplayer means it doesn't have the legs of say a Hearthstone.

So I'm left wondering whether it's worth investing too much more into it, or whether it would be throwing good money after bad. Adding MP would be quite expensive, I'd need a critical mass of players to get the raw numbers needed to have a full lobby,  and would it draw people away from Hearthstone and what they've invested there?

So yeah, I'm still thinking about what to do next with it. I'll probably test out what happens with a proper expansion (decent number of new cards, new story, new mechanics etc), whether that is profitable, and judge based on those metrics. It might be that expansions make me a profit, and grow sales in the base game.

Running a business is like playing a strategy game, figuring out where to spend your resources effectively.  lol
10  Other / General Discussion / Re: What Happened to the Trump Thread? on: December 13, 2016, 10:39:27 am
Then maybe we should end the conversation before it escalates further.

11  Other / General Discussion / Re: What Happened to the Trump Thread? on: December 13, 2016, 10:09:56 am

Oh good, you found some opinion pieces to support your position. What a surprise turn of events.

Did you even read those pieces? They're already out of date.

Instead of launching military maneuvers as many American foreign policy experts feared, the Chinese Foreign Ministry simply lodged a complaint with the US.

Errr, except the bomber flight is a military maneuver. Seems you're mistaken there, Johnny Opinion-haver.

How delightfully patronizing.

Calling it like I see it.

And? Did it end the frozen conflict in Ukraine? Did it keep Russia from Syria?

This is what's called a straw man argument. You're attacking a position I didn't take, hoping I wouldn't notice. No such luck, I'm afraid.

No one said sanctions would stop Russia. Only that they would punish Russia. Which they have, their economy is taking a beating.

But they're a long-term squeeze, not an immediate block.

Well, fuck. I thought that maybe I should spell it out that sanctions are only effective against small, weak countries that can be easily "suffocated" economically, but I thought it would be obvious.

You thought something that is false would be obvious.

Well, you were mistaken.
12  Other / General Discussion / Re: What Happened to the Trump Thread? on: December 13, 2016, 09:57:49 am
Sure, let's present the devastating defeat of the Democrats (not just Hillary) as "a few states" loss. Archaic or not, the US system uses a different set of rules and Clinton's overwhelming victory in California (she beat Trump by 4.5 million votes) doesn't mean shit for the rest of the country.

It means your cute narrative is wrong. But keep telling yourself whatever.
13  Other / General Discussion / Re: What Happened to the Trump Thread? on: December 13, 2016, 09:36:08 am
She didn't fight for the middle-class, she offered them absolutely nothing, in fact she pissed them right off. It wasn't Trump vs Hillary, it was an outsider vs the establishment and the outsider's timing was perfect because everyone was sick and tired of the establishment and Hillary was its fucking embodiment and avatar.

Cute theory.

Problem is, Trump has now lost the popular vote by the largest margin in US history.

"Everyone" wasn't sick of the establishment and its embodiment and avatar, Hillary Clinton.

A few states flipped by a small margin, and because of the archaic Electoral college effectively weighting those voters votes higher than others, Trump won.

Your "she was just unpopular, people were so fed up with the establishment!" theory is just so much bull.

14  Other / General Discussion / Re: What Happened to the Trump Thread? on: December 13, 2016, 09:22:12 am
Trump was well aware of what he was doing. Taiwan didn't call out of the blue hoping that someone picks up the phone. It was arranged and it was a good move, no matter how you look at it.

You've arrived at that conclusion through a process of hand waving.

Look, either the US stands by Taiwan or it drops it like a hot potato. It's idiotic to support and trade with a nation but refuse to take their calls because the US must pretend it's not really a sovereign nation but part of China. Do you advocate that the US severs this relationship because China has nukes? No? Then might as well make the relationship official.

You don't seem to understand what you're talking about at all.

What exactly is concerning? The artificial islands that lay a territorial claim? The nuclear bombers flight that started long before Trump was even nominated?

I assume you can read what I wrote above, where I spelled it out.

I'd take an experienced and pragmatic CEO over a career politician or bureaucrat any day.

Oh noes! He has ties to Russia! Of course he does, he's an energy sector guy.

Cute rhetoric.

The ties he has represents a conflict of interest and a potential source of corruption. Putin isn't best friends with just anyone. If you're in his good books, chances are you're in his pocket.

Oh noes! He advocated to drop the sanctions! Because sanctions work so well, eh? From North Korea and Iran to Russia, sanctions are a great and effective tool and not a knee-jerk reaction that does fuck all but hurts the local population.

You still don't seem to know what you're talking about.

The sanctions have contributed to Russia's current financial crisis.

Sanctions also helped pressure the government in my own country to drop Apartheid. So sneer as much as you like, it's just silly.
15  Other / General Discussion / Re: What Happened to the Trump Thread? on: December 13, 2016, 04:17:28 am
"The flight was the first of its kind since March 2015, though other shorter flights have occurred since, officials told Fox News."

The article makes it sound like it's a new and serious development, a cardinal policy shift. The first of its kind in decades ... years ... year  and a half, but not really because they kept flying them bombers all year long but those were shorter flights but this magnificent bastard is truly one a kind, unless you count the one they did last year...

I suppose those artificial islands they keep building in the South China Sea, it was also done to send a message to Trump years before he even decided to run. His arrival must have been foretold, eh?

You're missing the point. He's not even president yet and already he's needlessly provoking China. Over what, Taiwan? He didn't seem to realize he'd caused a diplomatic incident until after he'd stepped in it.

He doesn't have much more than a phone and a twitter account yet, and already he's achieving the same kind of response from China that a territorial dispute in the South China Sea did. Wait till he gets real power, and his blunders become more serious, and the heat starts to rise.

You're acting like nuclear powers rattling their sabers at each other is a common occurrence, haha, happens every day, nothing to see here, go back to watching reality TV.

Yes, how silly of me to think this is concerning.

Anyway, Trump continues to drain the swamp in order to build a bigger, more luxurious swamp, with special discounts for Russian visitors.

Trump has picked Rex W. Tillerson to be United States Secretary of State. Here are 6 things you need to know about Tillerson:

1. He is chief executive of ExxonMobil. He has been with ExxonMobil for his entire 41-year career. ExxonMobil is the 8th largest corporation in the world. It has been criticized for its slow response to cleanup efforts after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, widely considered to be one of the world's worst oil spills in terms of damage to the environment. ExxonMobil has a history of lobbying for climate change denial and against the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The company has also been the target of accusations of improperly dealing with human rights issues around the world, and improper influence on American foreign policy.

2. Tillerson is close to Vladimir Putin. In 2013, Putin awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreign citizens. Tillerson came up through the ranks at ExxonMobil by managing the company's Russia account. After Tillerson became CEO, ExxonMobil bet billions on Russia's vast oil resources through a partnership with Russian oil giant Rosneft, owned partly by the Kremlin. Putin himself attended the 2011 signing ceremony for the deal. Russia has already indicated it would welcome Tillerson being named America's top diplomat.

3. Tillerson has advocated that the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine be dropped and economic ties between the two nations be restored. When sanctions were imposed, the Arctic drill deal between ExxonMobil and Russia tanked and ExxonMobil suffered as much as $1 billion in losses.

4. Tillerson has led ExxonMobil into other despotic nations also accused of human rights abuses, including countries in the Middle East, Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan. The State Department is supposed to be the lead agency on human rights abroad.

5. He has aggressively defended ExxonMobil amid investigations by several state attorneys general alleging ExxonMobil hid research showing the human effects of climate change while publicly opposing policies designed to curb global warming and the burning of fossil fuels. The State Department is supposed to be the lead agency in international climate negotiations.

6. He would be yet another hugely wealthy addition to the wealthiest cabinet ever assembled. He earned $27 million last year.
In sum, on every measure that counts -- lack of diplomatic experience, huge conflicts of interest, close relations with Putin, disinterest if not rejection of international human rights and international climate negotiations -- Tillerson is a preposterous nominee for U.S. Secretary of State.

America got played hard.
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