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#485657 The Mystery Project: Part 1

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 22 September 2017 - 03:20 PM

Something that always bothered me about literally every action figure ever is the seams. The joints at the elbows, legs, etc where you can see where the two plastic parts fit together. I've always wondered why toy companies don't just put cloth over these sections to hide it. I'm doing exactly that. I cut up an old t shirt and glued it onto the figure's bones, about half an inch above the joints. Just cut it to size and glue in place. Not that hard, every toy company ever. Though I may find out why they don't do this. There could be some unforseen consequences to this method.

 

Ever looked at "Hot Toys" action figures? They have a rubbery skin-like material over pretty much the whole figure, with a jointed skeleton underneath. The quality is more than adequately reflected in the price tag though...

 

I was trying to guess what you're making, but... I got nothing. :P Need more clues. Sounds cool though - I always wanted to do some LEGO stop-motion, but never got around to it...




#485653 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 22 September 2017 - 02:49 PM

Been playing Divinity: Original Sin II, which came out just last week. I'm kinda torn on whether I like it as much as D:OS1. Right now, I'm leaning toward "not quite as much", but I haven't gotten very far.

 

My first turn-off was how ugly the character models are, especially the elves. They suffer from "our elves are different!" syndrome, which always makes me roll my eyes. Contrary to every other title in the Divinity series (and this game's own artwork), the elves in D:OS2 are these lanky, deformed things with tiny heads and twisted, knotted, bark-like skin. I guess they were going for a "tree people" look, but the art department could have at least made them nice-looking tree people, like the Sylvari in Guild Wars 2, instead of horrifying mutants. I'm tempted to sit down and make a mod that simply smooths out their skin - should be easy; just edit some texture/mapping files.

 

Why do RPG's with an overhead isometric camera even feel the need to show us our character models close-up, anyway? The characters look fine in-game, but once you zoom way in they're horrid. So why shove them in our face during character creation and on the inventory screen? Pillars of Eternity did the same thing, and would have been much improved with 2D character sprites like in the Infinity Engine titles.

 

Anyway, on to the gameplay: It's much the same as D:OS1, which means it's great, but it has one major flaw: the addition of "physical armor" and "magic armor" on every enemy, which makes it extremely hard to control the battlefield using elemental surfaces - one of D:OS's main appeals. The "physical armor", I can tolerate somewhat, as it only blocks physical attacks and prevents things like knockdown until the armor is destroyed. But the magic armor blocks all elemental damage and effects (burning, poison, etc.) until it's broken, which means you can't set up traps with oil barrels and fire arrows, or water surfaces and lightning spells, etc. Enemies just walk right over it. All of this makes the game way HARDER. I always played D:OS1 on Tactician Mode (the hardest difficulty short of ironman mode), but in D:OS2 I keep getting stuck on almost impossible fights, and most guides on the Internet basically say you have to metagame and minmax and other such nonsense in order to win in Tactician. Murdering friendly NPC's just for a few extra XP before a fight should not be necessary, you know?

 

But, how about some positive comments? :P I do like having a selection of races (humans, elves, dwarves, lizards, and undead), I like the new Polymorph class (though I'm not sure about Summoner), and overall I like most of the companions characters more than I expected to. Well, I like at least half of them, anyway (the dwarf, the elf, and the redhead). I still would love to have the option to create my entire party myself, but sadly I'll have to wait for a mod to do that... again. The story seems alright so far, I suppose, except you'd think people would be tired of the same old "evil religious cult" badguys by now, and the same old "the gods are dead!" storyline. Seriously, I think every RPG for the last 5 years has done the same type of story. Dragon Age Inquisition, Pillars of Eternity, Wasteland 2, Age of Decadence, D:OS1...

 

Oh crud, I'm being negative again. :P Ah well. I'm honestly enjoying the game despite my nitpicks, but I'll have to progress a whole lot farther before I can confidently recommend it.




#485482 Destiny 2: Coming to PC via Blizzard of all people

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 07 September 2017 - 07:13 AM

I've only played the beta intro segment where the Cabal destroy the Tower, but it seems nice. I mean, it pretty much seemed like Destiny to me, but heck, I'll certainly play it now that it's on PC and I don't have to sub to PSN/XBL. If anyone else is on PC, my b.net is SaberScorp#1456




#485459 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 05 September 2017 - 08:49 AM

So I'm still addicted to these bloody online collectible card games I guess. Here's what's new in some of them:

 

Gwent updated recently, adding 30 new cards and heavily changing a lot of the existing cards, forcing everyone to rethink their old strategies. It worked out great for me at first, because Scoia'tael were powerful as hell, and I'm a Squirrels main anyway. Death to humans! Drive the ape-men into the sea! But just this morning they kinda nerfed some of the best elf cards (Vrihedd Officer, Elven Wardancer), so that might put a damper on my huge Elven winning streak. Might have to try switching back to Dwarves instead, or try building a Movement deck instead of a Mulligan deck. The worst thing you will run into in Gwent is people who save certain super-weapons for their very final play - namely: using Zoltan to move as many of your cards as they can to a single lane and then hitting that lane with Geralt:Igni or Merigold's Hailstorm (which are OP, plz nerf). Really puts a damper on your carefully built-up dwarven battle lines. I try to counter with Sheldon Skaggs, but you must save him until immediately after they play Zoltan... Anyway...

 

Oh! And CD Projekt also says they will be adding a new single-player story campaign soon, so here's looking forward to that.

 

Hearthstone has gotten more and more unplayable over time as the "meta" changes. The current meta is simply: "Druid." If you meet a druid player, you might as well just forfeit and get it over with. There are not one but TWO kinds of overpowered druids in the meta: the Jade Golems druid and the Buff Shit Really Fast druid. The latter will utterly destroy you by turn four, and the former will utterly destroy you at any point in the late game.

The Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion added an anti-JadeDruid card that eats all 1-cost spells (meaning no infinite golems for the druid), but it's still not enough. KoFT also added bunch of death knight versions of heroes, but they are hard as hell to play well. The Mage one sounds powerful as crap, but once you actually play it against skilled opponents, you realize it doesn't stand a chance against some of the ridiculous gimmick decks out there, like any Druid or the silly Resurrect Priest. Basically the whole meta is gimmicky netdecks right now.

 

I also tried out this other game called Elder Scrolls: Legends just for giggles, and as I figured, it's pretty much a 100% Hearthstone ripoff, unlike Gwent. The title page even says "Heroes of Skyrim" exactly like Hearthstone's "Heroes of Warcraft", as if things weren't obvious enough. The only little changes include the two "lanes" of play (one of which stealths any units played to it) and the addition of "runes" (players will draw a card when they are damaged to these stages of health, and some of these cards can be played immediately). Each deck is made of 2 different main card types, which are based on different attributes (back when TES games had those, lol): strength, dexterity, endurance, etc. - but I can't seem to get a good feel for exactly how each deck is supposed to play. They don't each feel as unique as Hearthstone's classes or Gwent's factions. Strength/Agility seems to work best for me, since it's got a good combo of power, lethality, and adaptability to changing board situations.

 

Fake edit: Also, Gwent has by far the best artwork of any of them, just throwing that out there. Hearthstone is fine but cartoony, and TES:L is passable but looks cheap if you enlarge it. The Gwent art is friggin' stunning at full size. They hire some terrific artists. I've been hunting them all down and following them on Artstation.




#485379 Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 21 August 2017 - 09:09 AM

So, I haven't watched this show since season 5, but from what I'm hearing, basically exactly this happened?

 




#485063 Official Wulfgard Q&A Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 01 July 2017 - 11:44 AM

Does Wulfgard have an afterlife? I.e. what happens after death? Or is that an unknown that you're not planning on revealing?

 

Every individual has a soul that lives on after the death of their body. The fate of that soul varies. Some might linger in the mortal world, due to a curse or some other powerful force. Most hope to pass to some afterlife or another, usually by proving themselves worthy to the gods they follow. The Achaeans believe they will go before a panel of judges in the Underworld, to end up in either Elysium, the Asphodel Fields, or Tartarus. Those in Kemhet believe that upon death, their heart will be weighed against a feather, and if their heart is heavy with sin, then it will be devoured by Ammit and destroyed forever - otherwise, they will pass into the immortal afterlife in the paradise of Aaru. Nordlings hope to die a heroic death so that the Valkyries may judge them worthy to pass to Valahalla, where they will feast and fight until the coming of Ragnarok and the end of all things. Otherwise, they will end up in Hel.

 

Those souls forsaken by all the gods and judges of the afterlife usually fall into the clutches of the Demon Lords, depending on their most prominent vice in life. A particularly greedy man, who hoarded wealth without compassion for the less fortunate, might fall under the dominion of Baal, while a traitor who betrayed the trust of his brethren might find himself in the realm of Orcus. The Demon Lords torture these souls for eternity, using their power to fuel their endless wars, for the demon who possesses more souls has greater power.

 

These are the generally accepted beliefs, though of course the exact nature of the afterlife and the soul remain mysterious, especially to most mortal beings in the world of the living... at least, until they die.




#485059 The Video Game News Thread of waiting for PSX for DMC5

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 01 July 2017 - 08:27 AM

Just posting some amusing game related tweets:

 

https://twitter.com/...517281117110272

 

https://twitter.com/...270882184798210

 

Also:

 

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#484975 General LEGO Discussion

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 23 June 2017 - 07:26 AM

MFW when I saw the brightly colored sets that came with them:

 

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For some reason that's the style Marvel seems to be going for with this Thor movie - lots of bright, clashing colors. Flip through some of these photos and look at the costumes/backgrounds: http://ew.com/movies...st-look-photos/

The whole movie looks more like Thor got dropped into a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel than a Thor movie akin to the previous two. I know Marvel wanted to make this a "soft Hulk movie" of sorts, mixing in elements of the "Planet Hulk" storyline from the comics, so maybe this is a byproduct of that. All the solo movies have to be Avengers quasi-sequels now... :\

 

In other Lego superhero news, I finally found the Wonder Woman set in a store yesterday:

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For some reason, I see piles of the Spiderman Homecoming set everywhere - even though the movie's not even out - but this is the first time I've ever seen this one. And it was just one of them, stuffed in a corner. Weird. Set seems to be only loosely based on the movie too.

 

 

EDIT: Also, LEGO has been tweeting out pictures of the new Ninjago CMF line. Here are a few:

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#484917 Nightstalker's Junk

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 19 June 2017 - 11:52 AM

That's an awesome keep, dude. I love a nice, solid, square keep.  :lego_grin:

 

Just last night I felt an itching to build an epic LEGO castle... either a Wulfgard thing, or Kaer Morhen... hmm...




#484829 General LEGO Discussion

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 14 June 2017 - 11:06 AM

My goodness, those have a lot of studdy surfaces. :P




#484790 E3 2017: Everything was Metroid

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 12 June 2017 - 10:12 PM

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Capcom why?

 

You know your character models could use some tweaking when they come out looking uncomfortably similar to a Rob Liefeld drawing...

 

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:ph34r:

 

I'm sure the characters look much better in action in the game, but I kinda miss the stylized, heavily contrasted, comic-y look of MvC3.




#484714 E3 2017: Everything was Metroid

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 11 June 2017 - 09:41 PM

Well, that was... something. That was a 2 game? Wolfenstein... 2? Last time I played Wolfenstein 1, the whole story was "ride this elevator through a castle, shooting everyone on every floor, then kill Hitler". Would prefer something more like that ala the new DOOM, instead of... whatever the heck that was. Oh well.

 

Anyway this presentation was seriously lacking in The Todd. Where was Todd?? I wanted to hear some sweet little lies. :( Also no rumored sci-fi game. Disappointing.




#484710 E3 2017: Everything was Metroid

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 11 June 2017 - 09:24 PM

Quake: Overwatch

 

something old, something new, everything borrowed, nothing original. :P




#484693 E3 2017: Everything was Metroid

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 11 June 2017 - 05:09 PM

EDIT - While this fellow waffles about the tech specs we already knew, let's appreciate that the initials of X Box One X are XBOX :P

 

That is pretty neat. But since it's not called the Scorpio, I am no longer under any obligation to buy it. Phew! Saves me some cash. :lol:




#484646 E3 2017: Everything was Metroid

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 10 June 2017 - 02:42 PM

Anthem looks pretty uninspiring. So this means BioWare and Bethesda are both doing a space thing. I wonder if either of them will be RPG's? Oh wait... BioWare and Bethesda. So these days, probably not. :P

Wonder if there's any possibility of seeing some Cyberpunk 2077 stuff from CDprojekt this year...

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

 

Ah, there's what I was gonna post! Been looking forward to this one a long time now. Hope it's as cool as it sounds.