The food in Bugman’s Bar was better than expecting! There’s a few exclusive minis that I’ll be putting up pictures of later…
DC Rebirth: pretty much the entire thing has been released in previews. Which is a little sad, I was really hoping for something of substance. Instead it was a quick rehash of what led to the last reboot, and why this “new threat” may or may not need to be dealt with.
Spoilers if you haven’t read the previews or seen any screenshots from them….
Wally West returns! One of the two characters I was really waiting for (Cassandra Cain was the other) is now back and is trying to warn of what really happened in the aftermath of The Flashpoint.
Most interesting panels to me were Pandora’s panels- she really did know and was right all along! And paid the price.
Putting “The Watchmen” now as a part of the DCU proper is an interesting choice; more interesting than bringing in the Vertigo characters. I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but it’s interesting that Manhattan is described as more powerful than anything in the current DCU.
Some people get invested in movies, other in characters on shows, I do for characters in books and comics.
Within a few months of “The New 52” launching I cut my pull list in half. With the Captain America issue that came out today I’m probably going to start cutting back on Marvel in the coming weeks- Amazing Spider-Man has been on the verge of shark jumping, and the book I had been looking forward to (Captain America: Steve Rogers) did just jump the shark in a big way.
The hardest part of reducing my comic buying is the impact it has on my local comic book shop- that’s less issues that they’re going to sell, and if I’m less interested in going that also mean less “other” purchases from me.
Here’s to hoping that things get better…
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).
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.
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
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!
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.