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46  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Ipad questions on: May 29, 2014, 01:16:59 AM
I don't have an iPad*, but a friend of mine had one, and at the same time that she bought it, her daughter bought an iPad Mini.  My friend used hers mainly for reading, and in the end, they swapped devices, because the regular one was too big for comfortably holding while reading (this was before the air, and I have no idea the weight difference), and the Mini was too small for whatever the daughter liked to do.  Probably streaming.

Which is to say that either way, you may not love the experience of doing one of your things.  But if you plan on your kindle still being your main reader, you're probably fine with the big one.


*I don't have any tablet at all, because I live on my laptop.  I got an android tablet a while back, and I really liked it, but after the initial "ooh, I have a fun new toy" period, I stopped using it pretty quickly.  My wife, on the other hand, has a tablet and a keyboard for it, and she uses it all the time.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I made a game: Ramble Planet on: May 28, 2014, 11:34:08 PM
I have, but not a ton.  I like the graphics after an initial period of getting to know them.  I wished there was some manner of instructions... but at the same time, the whole thing is about diving in and just seeing what happens, so I also like the lack of instructions.

From a technical perspective, I seem to have trouble getting the action button to work.  The one on the right.   I'm on a Sony Xperia Z running Android 4.2.2.  (Seriously?  Man, I need to update my OS.)
48  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: May 27, 2014, 12:53:27 AM
Sad evening for me - my hardcore wizard died at level 66.  I really just wanted to get him to 70, that's all.  Wouldn't even have really played with him after that.

Oh, well.  He leaves behind a stash full of gems and crafting ingredients and equipment that he used for extended periods of time.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 25, 2014, 08:43:24 PM
That dog contraption is a way to help dogs who have a certain disorder that makes it so they can't swallow.  It's cute, though, because they all seem to get so excited!  (But of course, it's a dog and food!)
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: May 23, 2014, 11:26:25 PM
Congrats on your safe return home!
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I made a game: Ramble Planet on: May 23, 2014, 09:39:01 PM
Downloading it on Android now. :)
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 22, 2014, 06:36:01 PM
As somebody who played Skylanders (Giants), I have to say that it's actually a fun game.  Greatest game ever?  No way.  But fun.  When you weren't being frustrated trying to get your hands on those last three figures you need for your collection, that is.  (In the end, I got every character that was released in generation 1 or 2 of the game, but just one copy of each guy.)

I think they're running into the same issue that the Guitar Hero/Rock Band genre did.  So much hardware, and every game/generation has to add its own into the mix.  Pokemon Rumble, Disney Infinity, Skylanders 1, 2, 3 (and I've seen trailers for the next entry in that series already)...  There's just not enough room at anyone's house or wallet to hold them all.  I think this is a genre that's going to burn out soon.

That said, one of the things that helped Skylanders succeed was that the figures are high-quality and have designs cool enough that you don't get depressed every time you see them.  Nintendo will, I assume, also succeed in this area.  And they've got one advantage over Skylanders: they'd be building a game with established characters that players love and will want to have.  They'd just better not pull the Disney Infinity crap with the blind grab bags of tokens.  I don't like that game's general design, either, where you can only play with characters in their own world or in the sandbox where you have to build your own game.

So if anyone can make it work, it's Nintendo.  But I won't be buying it, or a Wii U just so I could play it.

And yeah, a Fallout 4 announcement would make my month.
53  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 20, 2014, 08:41:25 PM
can anyone recommend some good nonfiction to read? History, biographies, science... etc.

I feel like reading two ASoIaF books in a row is not helping me brain out.

I liked Guns, Germs, and Steel, which is about the development of civilizations in different parts of the world.  It starts from the premise that we know the Spanish conquered the Native Americans because they had guns and germs that the natives had no defense against, and steel armor that stopped the weapons the natives did have.  But why did they have those things and why didn't the natives?  It's stupid to think that the natives weren't as intelligent, so what led the two cultures to develop differently?

I also liked The Elegant Universe, which is about quantum mechanics and string theory, but is still pretty understandable to a layman.
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 19, 2014, 11:34:50 AM
I watched Unicorn City today, thought it was a pretty decent little indie flick.

It's a movie about a bunch of paper & pen roleplaying gamers who try to start up a city of their own in the woods, as their characters.

Sorry, forgot to say that I saw it free on Crackle.
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 19, 2014, 01:27:09 AM
I watched Unicorn City today, thought it was a pretty decent little indie flick.

It's a movie about a bunch of paper & pen roleplaying gamers who try to start up a city of their own in the woods, as their characters.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 19, 2014, 01:09:41 AM
I saw this today and thought of Klyde and Mac's work in building things:

57  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 15, 2014, 06:04:56 PM
The past couple of days, I've been listening to a quite good audiobook version of A Canticle For Liebowitz, which I got for free from Archive.org.

https://archive.org/details/ACanticleForLiebowitz

For anyone unfamiliar with the book:
"A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.

Set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.

Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research."
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Trek or Wars.. on: May 12, 2014, 10:42:40 PM
I really need to watch Babylon 5 one of these days.  I've never seen so much as one episode.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: May 09, 2014, 11:34:19 AM
Don't work too hard at it - most folks aren't fans.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 07, 2014, 12:40:28 PM
Very nice!
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