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1  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: February 24, 2014, 09:05:17 PM
Hello, Fans!  As many of you have probably noticed, RPGFan is launching a Twitch stream channel found here:  http://www.twitch.tv/rpgfancom

We're still working the kinks out and getting acclimated to the accompanying software, so thank you for your patience.  As always, we're interested in your feedback on the channel.  We also would like to know what games you're interested in us streaming.  We'll have a more official post on the front page about this later, but for the time being, feel free to follow us, tell your friends, and enjoy the stream!
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 16, 2013, 09:44:03 AM
Rediscovered this thread after like a year and a half.  Definitely a terrible/awesome use of my time.  To contribute:





3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: August 28, 2013, 07:34:42 PM
Escape and Last Will are fantastic.  Last Will is a fun Euro, so lots of calculation and efficiency involved.  The theme is pretty strong, and it has some unique mechanics.  The turn-based system is like Fresco's, but with more variety.

Escape is great, hectic fun.  Have to be with an active group to fully enjoy.  Light game, but unique and fun.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: August 09, 2013, 11:52:39 PM
It's so funny how far down the rabbit hole goes.  There are like tiers of board game snobbery.  Got the traditional / family games (Monopoly, Risk, Password), then there are the new age entry level stuff (Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Dominion), and then there are games like Terra Mystica, Power Grid, Agricola, etc. that are for the "serious" board gamers.  Seems every hobby has some sort of structure.

I mention this only to give the newcomers an idea of where to start, in case you're interested in dabbling.  Settlers, Carcassonne, and Dominion are the best games to try out and get hooked on.  If you like them, then you're screwed, because it can get dauntingly expensive (Dominion will result in several expansions bought, likely totaling well into the hundreds--FOR CARDS).  For people who don't mind setting a few hours aside for one game that is gratifying (to win or lose--for me, anyway), then the latter set are good choices.  My personal top 3:

1.  Dominant Species (worker placement, LOTS of choices, called a "brain melter" due to the potential "analysis paralysis," most fulfilling experience).
2.  Mage Knight (mentioned in previous post--LONG game, but oh-so gratifying).
3.  Agricola (with so many sets of cards and variation in setup depending on how many people are playing, it's always a new experience).

There are tons of other great games.  Lots of great "light" games, too.  Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan online suckered me in.  Met some great people through local meetups--worth checking your area through meetup.com if you don't have some friends to play with or who are interested.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Humble Bundle yet on: December 19, 2012, 08:28:37 PM
Well, these are my personal thoughts, but I've seen many a bundle come and go, and this is top notch.  Naysayers are fine, because I'm all about balance.  And value.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Best Humble Bundle yet on: December 19, 2012, 08:04:54 PM
Hey, folks.  Those of you averse to charities and buying high quality games for less than you probably should will want to check this one out:  http://www.humblebundle.com/.  Probably the best bundle to date.
7  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dota2 on: December 18, 2012, 06:16:42 PM
I don't recommend this game, and that's after playing the original for several years, as well as League of Legends afterwards.  Unless you have an absurd amount of free time and don't mind angry shut-ins screaming at you because you don't last hit creeps properly during the first 10 minutes of the game, it's just not worth learning everything there is to know about it.  It's a timesink for abuse.  No matter how good you are, there will be someone better and angrier who will find something to get upset about.  Or, even worse, you could become that angry douche bag.  But, yeah, I'm totally handing out keys.
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dota2 on: December 14, 2012, 06:05:44 PM
Handing out keys, PM me for 'em.
9  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: April 30, 2012, 02:42:33 PM
This is going to be an awesome title.  A killer app, for sure.  I might have to buy a PS3 now.  Dang.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Grimrock on: April 17, 2012, 08:25:26 AM
I'm covering this and have enjoyed it thus far.  When it's not overheating/crashing my computer.  Turned on triple buffering.  Hopefully that resolves the issue.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: February 19, 2012, 11:32:23 AM
I'm an Engrish teacher living in Tokyo,Japan.

Easy job, I love it but, it doesn't have much of a future. I might just marry a nurse and just live here forever on that.

Japan rocks though. There are so many problems that just don't exist here due to circumstance.  They get import games a few days late. I did get Skyrim on 11-11-11 tho. I was happy about that.

I used to teach in Nagano.  It's awesome, isn't it?  So easy.  Do you work through a program or are you flying solo?  Of course, I left it for the reason you pointed out--no future there.  I could have been content just teaching the rest of my life, honestly, but my ambitions got the best of me.  Sometimes I regret the move.  I had a lot of friends who became lifers after their JET contract was up (was JET, too).  Also, nice royal assassin avatar!
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: December 13, 2011, 11:33:42 AM
To answer your question:  was Diablo 2 an MMO?  This can be as MMO-y as you want it to be.  Similar to Dungeon Fighter Online, when you leave a town, the instance is your own or your party's.  No one can come in and steal crap.  In my opinion, it technically is an MMO, but can be enjoyed as a single player or co-op venture.  But, yes, sign up for that beta key and try it out yourself.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 05, 2011, 01:41:29 AM
Thanks for the tips, Ashton.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: November 30, 2011, 01:41:43 AM
She's basically just ignorant to the entire freelancing aspect.  She wants to do it for a year or two before she applies to doc programs.  So, I was wondering how you went about it, etc.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: November 29, 2011, 02:00:31 PM
As I prepare to take my license exam, I am doing freelance translation/interpretation. Unfortunately being self employed in this manner leads to shitty benefits so I sent a resume to Lion Bridge.

My girlfriend's looking to do some Chinese translation.  She got an internship at the Cleveland Clinic, which is pretty big, but not sure if that'll result in a job immediately following her undergrad graduation.  Tips?
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