Endless Space – Spaceships Lite

I’ve had Endless Space (ES) on my list of games to check out for a while now. Unfortunately the early releases weren’t very good, but now there’s a much better tutorial and seems much better overall- didn’t crash once this time! At this point Sid Meier’s Starships is a much better version of this game; I’m not sure how much ES influenced Starships, but someone learned their lesson well (assuming they had even played this one and weren’t just taking cues from the large wealth of 4X games that came before this).

2016 Gaming Backlog

I needed a third because I’m bad at getting to all of these. Then again, according to most list of how long games should take it’s going to take something like a decade to get through all of my games anyway…so maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.

  • Grim Dawn
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong
  • Pokemon: Sun/Moon
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
  • Evoland
  • Wayward

Zealotry in Sports II

Teams are still an interesting thing. Previously I opined a bit on why I do or don’t like certain teams. Some things with the NFL have changes and I forgot about the NHL last time.
NFL
With the Rams coming back to Los Angeles I may have a new favorite NFC team, sorry 49ers.
Raiders > Rams >>> 49es > Steelers > Chargers = Broncos = Chiefs >>> Everyone Else
NHL
This is the most conflicting for me; before the Ducks were a team I was a Sharks fan. I had a Sharks sweatshirt I wore everywhere, no matter the temperature. So, even though the Ducks are close by there’s part of me that’s still a Sharks fan. In keeping with the local team first I tend to route for the Ducks a bit more- but not by much. Now that the Ducks have a couple cups I wouldn’t mind the Sharks making a run and finally clinching The Cup…
Ducks >= Sharks >>> Everyone Else
NBA
The older I get, the less I like watching the NBA.
MLB
The older I get the more I like listening to baseball.

Sports Radio
A more interesting development for me had been listening to sports radio on SiriusXM- my commute to work is about 30 minutes each way, no real traffic, but still that’s at least an hour a day. I like music, but for my own safety I can’t always listen to it while driving. What has been decent and keeps me focused is: sports radio. Starting with NFL Network over the football season, and now on to NHL Network (and once the Stanley Cup is over on to MLB), it allows me to keep up to date on some things and have something going on that I don’t get that in to that it is distracting. The other sports stations are…interesting, but ultimately not entertaining or too distracting.

OpenVPN – Creating ovpn files

After doing so many “things” with OpenVPN and going through so many great tutorials over the years I’ve collected quite a few ways to get things up and going.

Creating users is usually the biggest pain, so for ease of getting up and going on Ubuntu using easy-rsa I just run this as root (sudo su): https://gist.github.com/tekton/7a585d7a3f869bc2fd53#file-openvpn_user_create-bash

Creating the iptables is covered a lot of other places but sometimes I find it easier to just have a gist for such things: https://gist.github.com/tekton/7a585d7a3f869bc2fd53#file-iptables_update-bash

Sid Meier’s Starships – First Impressions

It was a happy coincidence that my vacation happened during the release of Sid Meier’s Starships. With a few games under my belt the initial reaction is summed up nicely as: that is one fun little game.

The turn based nature of the game gives it a go-and-wait feeling that would feel great on an iPad if it saves the state- sadly my current iPad is not up to specs to play so I was reduced to playing on my gaming rig. As it is on the computer the feel is fine- the only gripe I found myself having was actually do to with camera panning with the arrow keys; if that’s not minor I’m not sure what is.

Possibly the best overall aspect is the multiple win lanes- depending on how you feel like playing you can win the game differently. Though that did lead to a rather humorous point where I won a Wonder Victory while trying to go for dominance; on the turn I was going to assault the home world I bought a  wonder since it filled out a blind spot on my ships and instead it triggered a win. Whoops?

The core of the battle system feels like a board game of spaceships done right as a computer game. Many times it feels oddly translated but I could imagine this being an actual board game to compliment the digital game. This is much higher praise than the simple two sentences would make it seem.

Overall, a great game and well worth the cost!

Comic Pull List – 2015 Start

Not a lot has changed from last year. Though I did drop all of the Hulk books since they got a little “meh” as time went on. New Warriors from Marvel came and went, it was a good little series I’m sad to see it go. These are all down from my monthly high in 2012; now I get less on a week to week basis, but I’ve been supplementing with more trades. As I make new storage options for the books I may go back up and get more of the “indie” stuff now that most of the IDW, Boom!, etc stuff I was reading ended.

DC

  • Batman
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman: Detective Comics
  • Batman: Eternal
  • The Flash
  • Grayson
  • Future’s End
  • Deathstroke
  • Batgirl (Trades)

Marvel

  • X-Force
  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Hawkeye (Trades)
  • Moon Knight (on the cusp…I miss Declan)

Other

  • Transformers
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

2015 Gaming Backlog

I’m not going to replace anything since I’m still working on the last one. I will be adding to it though!

  • Pokemon Omega Ruby (Complete 2016-01-01)
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (Complete 2016-01-01)
  • Wasteland 2
  • World of WarCraft – 10th Anniversary Achievements (Complete 2015-01-02)
  • Marvel Heroes – Prestige back to 60 & 3 Geared Characters (Complete 2015-01-31)
  • Xenoblade
  • Mario Kart 8
  • New Super Luigi U
  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • LEGO Batman 3
  • LEGO Marvel Superheroes
  • Defense Grid 2 (complete 2015-03-09)
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth – Complete Achievements (complete 2015-02-20)
  • Planetary Annihilation
  • Space Run
  • Magika Expansions
  • Transistor

Comics Pull List in 2014

Remapping my comics pull list after catching up on most stories. May switch to digital for some of them, but I prefer supporting my local comic book shop as it were.

There’s a chance I’ll be dropping Justice League, but the Lex/Batman dynamic is entertaining for now. The only confirmed so far from the big two are Detective, The Flash, New Warriors, and X-Force; Daredevil, Batman, and Captain Midnight will probably make the list. All Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on the list already, too.

I’m still not sure how I feel about Spider-Man; even with Peter coming back I’m not sure if it will stay in my pull list. I will probably give it the first 6 issues again to see if I like it enough to stick with it. Same with Ms. Marvel and Red Hood.

Aside form the pull list there’s a few I get as trades: Hawkeye, Gambit, and World’s Finest.