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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Thread Ever! (Nov. 15 - Best Comfort Food) on: November 28, 2015, 03:51:04 PM
Urgh frosting. I almost always scrape 90% of it away because it's too darn sweet. I want to taste the cake, dammit, not pure sugar!

Couldn't agree more. Rarely does it actually compliment the cake (IMO, of course).

Chicken Parmesan (though i get it with alfredo, not marinara) (also gotta love that this is from a blog called munchmunchnomnom)

Goddamn, that looks fantastic! I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Chicken Parmesan!!
That chicken parm actually looks pretty meh...the cheese is not melted all the way which leads me to believe it wasn't baked and only quickly broiled to do that, the sauce over the cheese as an afterthought is sad, and the clumped up parmesan on top is just sad. The only 3 things my mom ever made well included chicken parmigiana, and this would have made her cringe.

To be fair though, one of her other specialties was cut-up hot dogs, sliced potatoes, and baked beans pan fried together. Disgusting sounding, but when I was a kid money was tight and my mom...she didn't cook so good. But I won't lie, a plate of hotdogs beans and potatoes usually hit the spot pretty damn good.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 28, 2015, 12:28:23 PM
I keep thinking about getting a PS4 then realizing that there's still nothing for it that I really want to play yet.  Somebody sell me on this thing...
If you wanted one, you would have bought it already. Best I can tell you is Fallout 4 is amazing, Destiny is good at times, and FFXIV runs great on it. The last of us, uncharted, MGSV, and Ratchet and Clank are all amazing games too. If you need motivation beyond that, you don't want a ps4.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 27, 2015, 01:21:40 PM
My initials are SJW. (Bleep) those SJWs for ruining my letters.

I got SS...

I've been saucy

I'm a beloved candy found across the world!

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2015, 03:59:41 PM
One of the biggest things I miss since my mom passed is a proper thanksgiving dinner. 6 years now since that happened, and every year we get a premade turkey (sucks), make a bunch of typical sides that generally lack that motherly love, and a bag of dinner rolls. No love in the prep anymore, but at least it was thanksgiving-esque. Last 2 years however, both my sisters were either working or had plans, so I've been basically having "deadsgiving" instead, where a part of me dies a little each year...
Buzzkill moment achieved!
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 25, 2015, 12:02:00 PM
Do you take any crazy supplements?

is this your way of asking if he does steroids
I have been asked that a few times...and offered it just as many. No to both, only things I take now are a preworkout energy booster thing (C4 cellucor is the brand I use), and a protein shake/drink after a workout to help recover. The preworkout seems almost useless but that could be because I have a massive caffeine tolerance so I barely notice the buzz taking a double dose, but the protein shake is miraculous now. Used to be so sore and hurt after a workout but with the protein shakes it's vastly less impactful. I don't do bcaa's or other shit like that, but the protein shake especially saves my ass now.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 24, 2015, 05:52:05 PM
So I've really amped up my gym game, going for 2-3 hours a day, ideally 5 days a week but minimally 4. 30 minutes cardio, hour and a half of specific muscle group lifting, and 30 minutes of miscellaneous stuff (grip/forearm/core/calisthenics/clean up if I feel like I did a poor day that week). It's been paying off, many people notice I've lost some size but look more toned out, which honestly kicks ass. Downside is I'm 90% sure I tore my tricep a couple weeks ago and it hasn't healed yet, making all of my workouts very painful. I'm debating using a compression sleeve to help deal with it better because I'm almost sure it's the reason why my 405 pound bench press attempt keeps failing, and why my standing military press only peeks at 245 before I can't maintain stability. Another thing that's a double edge sword is I've finally started to do squats again. I've held off for a very long time because I have bad balance and a bad right ankle, but I've been doing a lot of hack squats and leg presses to build up my leg strength and simply he-man through it. However, my squat looks kind of like a 4 year old doing jumping jacks....it's pretty damn horrible. But hey, there you go, Agent D. is trying to become the strongest man in the Bronx, and maybe one day New York.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: November 24, 2015, 05:32:41 PM
Jessica Jones is easily getting a ton of credit from me for being so willing to show 'ugly things'.  It's pretty committed to showing and talking about things that aren't always easy to show and talk about.

In addition to that, holy fuck, some of the deaths on the show are absolutely brutal.  Easily the worst (or best?) I can think of in any Marvel-related show/film.

Also, David Tennant is a really cool villain. :)

Personally, I will never be able to watch it. Krysten Ritter's face really bothers me. It's unsettling... I was very thankful her role in BB wasn't that big.


It's... just one of those things that's visually unsettling from the get go. It just happens to be KR's face, in my case.

My wife feels the same way about the squinty-eyed chick from Meet Joe Black (can't remember her name). She can't watch anything with her in it.
Claire Forlani, and she irritates me too, so don't feel bad. But I like Krysten Ritter, I just find she takes terrible photos. As an actress though she looks much better. I'm pretty eager to start watching Jessica Jones too, but I've been a tad occupied with Fallout 4, and too cheap to renew my netflix sub. I'm hoping this gives the possibility of a Luke Cage/Danny Rand series in the future...or better yet a real Punisher series, since he never gets a good medium for media aside from comics (3 bad movies, bad cartoon appearances....unsure how he will be in Daredevil yet so here's hoping). I really do wish these shows were more accessible, as having a subscription to netflix annoys me since I need to boot up a system or my phone, and when I do those I get sidetracked easily...

@Orson Dude, The Flash is killing it. Hands down the best show on network television, and probably my second favorite show of all time (Rick and Morty may just surpass it). Next episode will be Vandal Savage....I'm so stoked to see how they play him out. I also stand by their approach here with the 52 universe thing they're doing. It gives them so much room for creativity... no fanboy can get butthurt by it. Seriously, even if Iris is just eye candy, that show has never let me down.

Last thing, been watching Supergirl. It's a lot better than people gave it credit for. It is very superhero teen drama, but I like it. Calista Flockheart plays her role so well...she's so full of herself you want to slap her but then she does something so redeeming and noble....then plays the bitch card again with no stutter. It works. Also, Melissa Benoist is really growing on me... at first she seemed like a poor fit but now she's really getting into it. Last night's episode in particular showed her pulling the patented superman "I know you tried to kill me, but I can't prove it yet and I can't just crush your skull cuz morality" confrontation with a soon to be Lex Luthor-esque bad guy... seriously give it another go if that first episode left a funky taste in your mouth.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: November 22, 2015, 07:43:30 PM
2 characters have that ridiculous face now? Wow... never thought I'd say I'm straight unhappy with a star ocean before...
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 22, 2015, 01:15:57 PM
im early in the game and having severe inventory issues ive dropped off junk but i still fill up quick. is there somewhere i can sell weapons or something?
Dismantle old guns you don't use at a weapon workbench. There is a perk which gives you better items from the dismantling too. I'm an item hoarder so I know your pain with inventory management. I never have free space, but I now have 5 full sets of power armor and spare pieces for the next frame I steal, and enough guns to stock the entire brotherhood, lol.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 22, 2015, 05:01:20 AM
The adhesive need serious, yo.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 21, 2015, 08:34:25 PM
I've been having a lot of success with the combat shotgun decked out V.A.T.S. abuse. Headshots with the shotgun up close seem to stop everything. In the case of higher tier enemies, i usually snipe from afar with a .50 calibur hunting rifle and switch to my legendary explosive submachine gun. I actually haven't done much with melee yet, though I have a shitload of legendary melee weapons.

One question I have, though, is what's a good way to build up my ammo supply? I have a shitload of .38 rounds and plenty of .308, .45, .50, and 10mm, but .44 and shotgun shells are very rare. I mean not as rare as missiles or mini nukes or even cryolator ammo, but yeah I always seem to be skimping on shotgun shells. At leas the .44 rounds are less important right now cuz I barely use the .44 handgun but that could change...mebbe.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 21, 2015, 04:53:00 PM
There are time-sensitive quests, yes. I know cuz I failed one. However I only think they become time-sensitive once they're underway.
I'm quoting myself on this because I wanna make sure no one does what I did, but at the same time I don't wanna spoil story or surprises for people.

So spoilers!!!

The first mission at greentop nursery where you need to aave the guys wife I think. Once you start it, you gotta go and deal with it soon, so if you're messing around or such, DO NOT SPEAK TO HIM OR GO THERE!!! I let it run for a couple in game days and she died it seems, and I failed the mission.

If you want to be safe, do not begin quests unless you are ready to complete them. You can get the quests it seems, but do not start the first objective. I have left a few quests from the start alone since I began playing (besides the diamond city one I mean) and nothing negative has arisen from them. If I ruined anything for anyone with this I'm sorry, but I feel like it needed to be said for those of us who didn't wanna accidentally fail a mission cuz they got sidetracked.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 21, 2015, 02:45:18 PM
There are time-sensitive quests, yes. I know cuz I failed one. However I only think they become time-sensitive once they're underway.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 20, 2015, 08:00:27 PM
@ ZeronH and D -- Thanks for getting back to me about the inventory inquiry the other day. Sorry I wasn't more prudent with my response (working like a demon this week, klyde is). And double thanks for the tips and making me feel more comfy with my approach/experience not being ass-nine. On that note, I will say that with a combo of all info offered herein by you guys there has been a real dent struck in how frustrating the menu surfing is. I hope there is a way to expand the shared inventory of workbenches as in Sanctuary, to other locals.

A shared workbench inventory that extended beyond sanctuary would make tons of sense here.

I was figuring this more like an ultimate vault hunter mode from borderlands style of enemy levels, where they are your level and simply go up when you level up.

I hate when enemy level scales with my own. Really takes the air out of the whole character progression for me to some extent. The worst case of this is when it actually makes things more difficult and unbalanced when you become too leveled.

(OPINION INCOMING)--Difficulty should scale with progress but NOT with progression of my level. It simply undermines leveling up to a greater or lesser degree depending. Now there are exceptions to this rule for me. A GOOD game will have other elements/mechanics inherent with leveling that still yield a distinct sense of strength/advantage over lesser enemies but this being pulled off right has proven to be the exception and not the rule (Borderlands 2 was a prime example of level scaling done right by my measure)

FFTactics was a good example of overleveling being detrimental. Enemies scaled to your level,but being that equipment had finite caps, being level 50+ with starter gear just made encounters stupidly hard (fun in my opinion). Borderlands was cool about scaling since it threw weapons and shields and such at you constantly, so you were never outclassed unless you went and fought stuff that was over your level. If fallout continues the way I hope it does, then gear shouldn't be an issue.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 20, 2015, 07:00:38 PM
From the sound of it the game has told you, you just haven't caught onto the pattern yet. It's all in the naming.

For example. (Not the full chain of enemy types.)

Super Mutant < Super Mutant Brute < Super Mutant Master

Softshell Mirelurk < Glowing Mirelurk < Mirelurk Queen

So something higher up the archetype chain, like the Mirelurk Queen, is going to be vastly more difficult than a plain-jane Super Mutant. The skull is merely there to say 'This enemy is a higher level than you are.' Partly for power labeling, mostly for telling you 'Pacification will not work'.

For a more generic example your Mirelurk Queen is a Blastoise and the Super Mutant is a Bulbasaur. Even if they're both Level 50 one is going to hurt vastly more than the other because 'higher evolution'.
That's just an enemy hierarchy though, I get it more or less (can't specify which is which in the hierarchy), but I'm referring to more of an rpg standpoint where you walk into encounters with enemies far over your level or capabilities at that point. I mean do you stop seeing raiders and super mutants and only start seeing raider wastelanders and super mutant skirmishers later (whichever name is next in the chain), or does that happen in later areas, or do the enemies have an innate level that scales alongside you so you're never that overpowered compared to them? I was figuring this more like an ultimate vault hunter mode from borderlands style of enemy levels, where they are your level and simply go up when you level up.
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