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16  Gaming Stuff / General Gaming Discussion / Re: Does randomization method equate to games you like? on: July 25, 2014, 04:19:50 pm
I like All of the Above, personally.

I'm happy with any randomization method that fits the game mechanics mechanisms.
17  Gaming Stuff / Calandale / Re: The Minimal Life on: July 25, 2014, 12:28:09 am
My wife does not drive, either. And it's a pain to play taxi driver all the time, especially when each boy was involved in a different sport and needed to be driven to practice or a game.
18  Gaming Stuff / General Gaming Discussion / Re: Designer Notes on: July 24, 2014, 10:25:30 pm
If you print so little that your inkjet cartridges dry up, consider laser (or go to your local print shop if you print that rarely).


How quickly does this happen? I'm pretty sparse on printing.

I think it depends on brand and environmental conditions, but it took about 4-5 months of no printing on my last inkjet. My new printer has an automated mode that stirs the print heads every few weeks.
19  Gaming Stuff / General Gaming Discussion / Re: Funny little things that are gaming related on: July 24, 2014, 10:21:14 pm
Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games vs. Steve Jackson from the UK screwed me over for a long time.
20  Gaming Stuff / General Gaming Discussion / Re: Designer Notes on: July 24, 2014, 10:17:19 pm
If you print so little that your inkjet cartridges dry up, consider laser (or go to your local print shop if you print that rarely).

If you print so much that you could buy a new car (or fifty pairs of running shoes if you're Calandale) with the money you would spend on inkjet cartridges, consider a color laser. Note that some color lasers don't do a real good job binding the toner to the page, so the printouts might crack when folded or cut, which is a pain for prototyping.

I'm partial to Brother brand lasers. Inexpensive and decent output. We have a B&W at home for the kids schoolwork. Their color printers were worth checking out when I was doing research.

I went with an inkjet that could print 11x17, which has turned out to be incredibly useful for making maps.
21  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Nuts on: July 24, 2014, 10:10:51 pm
Islanders love Spam (the "meat", not the email).

Cashews and macadamia nuts are strong choices. After careful consideration, I had to go almond. But would have picked either or both of those two if I could vote multiple times.
22  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Rants on: July 24, 2014, 07:10:22 pm
(One of my hobbies is to watch 15 minutes of Russian dash cam videos a day.)

That's a good way to spend 15 minutes of your day. Some of those are freaking incredible.

My two sons are just starting to drive. One of the lessons is making them watch those videos and saying "See that? Don't do that."
23  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Very rich ahistorical games on: July 24, 2014, 06:11:08 pm
I've been reading David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef and getting so many ideas for a grand epic game set in that world that it's actually distracting when I try to read. Undecided

You and me, brother. He's pulled a few of these "high-tech characters stuck in a low-tech world" stories before, but OAR really hums right along.

Yep, I really enjoyed OAR.  However, he's up to how many books in the series now?  8?  They do start to drag.  I think he needs an editor that can stand up to him.

They aren't dragging as bad as the Honor Harrington series, so it may just be the comparison between the two, but I find OAR is actually getting stuff done and the books aren't too badly edited.

You're right, tho. He really needs someone to sit down with a big red marker and just gut his books to something reasonable.
24  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Rants on: July 24, 2014, 06:09:15 pm
Roundabouts are more efficient. There are a few in Orange County; one in the Orange old town area and one in Irvine. They do seem to confuse people. And by confuse, I mean they inflict mind-numbing terror into some drivers.

If you watch any of the numerous Russian dash cam videos on YouTube, about half the crashes are drivers turning without signaling. (One of my hobbies is to watch 15 minutes of Russian dash cam videos a day.)
25  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Very rich ahistorical games on: July 24, 2014, 05:16:52 pm
I've been reading David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef and getting so many ideas for a grand epic game set in that world that it's actually distracting when I try to read. Undecided

You and me, brother. He's pulled a few of these "high-tech characters stuck in a low-tech world" stories before, but OAR really hums right along.
26  General Category / Site Direction / Re: So, how's it going on: July 24, 2014, 04:56:48 pm
I don't even notice the different forums for the most part. I use the "Show unread posts since last visit" link at the top.
27  Gaming Stuff / Calandale / Re: The Minimal Life on: July 24, 2014, 04:55:29 pm
You could get one of these:

28  General Category / Fuck it all / Rants on: July 24, 2014, 04:08:32 pm
A place for general rants, not necessarily game, gaming or gaming community related.

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Drivers that can't be bothered to flick their turn signal when changing lanes or turning bug the ever-loving crap out of me. I can't remember if it has always been this way, or if it is something specific to California drivers (we are the worst drivers, right?), but no one uses their damn signal anymore. Hyperbole alert -- by no one, I mean the vast majority no longer take the 1/2 second and a 1/100 of a joule to flip the turn signal. Maybe they are too busy talking on their cell phones or maybe they are stuffing their face with McDonalds, or maybe it's because they are too damn narcissistic to care about the other drivers on the road.
29  Gaming Stuff / Other Games / Re: Fantasy/Adventure games not represented? on: July 24, 2014, 01:43:02 pm
Once Upon a Time would be a good camping game, ya? Its just a deck of cards, correct?

A couple decks, but yeah. We used it for coffee shops a few times. I think I'd prefer a
spooky version for camping trips. Cheesy



They did a Dark Tales expansion that added some spooky.

We used to play OUaT quite a bit a work, but at one point some used a "Giant with a massive log swinging between his legs" and that became a meme that was used every game after that. Kinda went downhill from there.
30  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Standout Fantasy Wargames on: July 24, 2014, 01:40:49 pm
Didn't SPI also have a quad wargame covering 4 LotR battles? Or did I hallucinate that?

The Games of Middle Earth (1977) had three games in it: Sauron, Gondor and the War of the Ring.
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