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Out of the Blue

Last night was a tough way to open the football season for a Giants fan, and the scheduling I mentioned yesterday means an extended wait for the possibility of redemption. The team's defensive backfield is not their strength to start with, but injuries had the fifth-string cornerback playing with the ones last night. That's not even a tertiary, much less a secondary, and while I always want the NFL season to last longer, if the team can't defend passes better (presumably by generating more of their famed pass rush), it's going to be a long season in that negative way. Anyway, I'm 0-1 on my picks... nowhere to go but up!

R.I.P.: Former Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell passes away at age 87.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: TU Unleashed.
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Hollywood's summer heads south as films fizzle.
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Says Goodbye to Giant Asteroid Vesta.
Astronauts fix the International Space Station using a toothbrush. Thanks HARDOCP.
Images: Dating Fails: It Would Solve A Lot of Problems.
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Never Gonna Give You Up - MAD MEN VERSION.
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2012, 22:39 xXBatmanXx
 
Cool. THanks guys. I will pick it up - just not ready to drop 60 on it....hopefully you will all still be around when I join.  
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2012, 11:33 Creston
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 16:36:
Cutter wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 15:54:
http://gw2cartographers.com/

GW2 interactive map!

How is the game? You guys having ablast? Staying power? I got into GW games late and everyone fizzled - our Blues CLan died a horrible death....

It's fantastic. Most fun I've had in a long time. It's so nice to be able to play a multiplayer game without any form of griefing, people just genuinely being friendly to each other (not always, but I'd say 99% of the time, it's just a really nice community. It's probably also due to the server though, as I've heard some stories of some of the hardcore PvP servers where apparently all the Call of Duty and Halo asswipes wound up...)

There's awesome, awesome, AWESOME scenery to explore, with really cool content (and some really crappy ones too. There are several hearts where you just get the feeling that they were plunked down there "just to have a heart", and they spent literally 5 minutes creating the triggers for it).

It has cool powers and tough combat until you learn how to play your character (I used to be able to beat 1 mob and would get ganked if there was a second. Then I learned how to handle two, and now I'm at the stage where I can reasonably comfortably handle four or five at a time, and if I fight a single mob it basically never gets a hit in.)

Really the only thing that kinda disappointing to me so far is the personal story. I did about five more chapters of it last night, and I guess I just picked a combination of choices at the start that makes the story just kinda... boring, I guess. Oh noes, we have a corrupt minister who committed treason. How shocking! Please spend four missions finding out what happened to this old squad that got sent to their deaths by this traitor!

Yawn. What is this, an episode of NCIS? Or am I playing a fucking FANTASY game??

I'm kind of forcing myself through them just because they give a lot of XP. If it wasn't for that, I'd just abandon the whole thing altogether, not the least because these personal missions, for whatever reason, seem to be far, FAR harder than the stuff I'm doing in the rest of the game. Yesterday I got put into a small cave with three fucking ettins, one of whom did AoE attacks. I mean, wtf??? I got through with 83 health left (out of 1500 or so), and really only because I had multiple stealths and the Thieves Guild skill (which summons two kick-ass thieves to destroy shit for you.) It was a level 15 mission, and had I tried it at level 15, I would have just been absolutely murdered.

I have no idea what the hell they're thinking in these. Another mission I got put into a cave with three groups of five to six pretty tough bandits. And though I had Logan Thackeray with me at that point, he's dumber than a bag of hammers. Most of the time, he was standing there in the corner doing nothing. The ass.

I honestly have no idea how a different class would handle this, though admittedly that's because I haven't played them. Maybe an Elementalist just AoE blasts that group into nothing or something. My thief is really focused on survival and she barely managed to get through those fights.

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2012, 09:31 Verno
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 16:36:
Cutter wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 15:54:
http://gw2cartographers.com/

GW2 interactive map!

How is the game? You guys having ablast? Staying power? I got into GW games late and everyone fizzled - our Blues CLan died a horrible death....

It will probably ebb and flow like most other MMO games. The lack of a sub fee makes it a great game to come back to after taking a break though. I'm still having a great time and there are way less social restrictions than in other MMOs like WoW - you can be in a guild on a different server than yours, do cross server activities with friends and so on.

The base game itself has an absurd amount of content, probably a thousand hours or so if you were to do everything. Great bargain considering much of it is experienced organically rather than in a traditional treadmill too. It's the first game this year where I felt it really lived up to all of my expectations, hopefully BL2 is the second.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 16:50 Cutter
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 16:36:
Cutter wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 15:54:
http://gw2cartographers.com/

GW2 interactive map!

How is the game? You guys having ablast? Staying power? I got into GW games late and everyone fizzled - our Blues CLan died a horrible death....

It's great. Still just scratching the surface really, and the guild keeps growing. We're getting our guild bank today and I have to create our guild emblem for gear too. I'm hoping they have an icon of the Gunnar-man taking a pee in the house.


 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 16:36 xXBatmanXx
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 15:54:
http://gw2cartographers.com/

GW2 interactive map!

How is the game? You guys having ablast? Staying power? I got into GW games late and everyone fizzled - our Blues CLan died a horrible death....
 
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In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. / Few men have virtue enough to withstand the highest bidder.
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 15:54 Cutter
 
http://gw2cartographers.com/

GW2 interactive map!
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 14:57 1badmf
 
little late, but that twilight bad-lip-reading link from last night was bust-a-gut hilarious!  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 12:48 Cutter
 
Anyway, I'm 0-1 on my picks... nowhere to go but up!

That's not exactly correct. Anyway, I'm suprised Dallas won too.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 11:47 Mr. Tact
 
I suspect he'd claim it wasn't due to his spleen injury. And I did read one report saying the laceration was completely healed. So, maybe it was just a bad game independent of the injury? *shrug* If nothing else you'd think he wasn't as prepared as he might have been without the injury.  
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 11:33  Blue 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 10:45:
I was a bit surprised Witten made it into the game. Lacerated spleen? Just rub some dirt on it!

Yeah, he's a pretty tough dude. OTOH, he had a terrible game with drops and penalties, so he seemed like a liability out there.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 11:29 NegaDeath
 
mch wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 10:24:
Oh man, I want some Space Whiskey real bad.

That stuff puts hair on your chest. That hair then turns green. You might grow a glorbnax.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 11:00 killer_roach
 
But isn't this what the Giants do every year? Suck it up the first few weeks, then storm back to life at the end of the year?  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 10:45 Mr. Tact
 
I was a bit surprised Witten made it into the game. Lacerated spleen? Just rub some dirt on it!  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2012, 10:24 mch
 
Oh man, I want some Space Whiskey real bad.  
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