Captain Novolin

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  1. Idle Thumbs 193: General Interest

    The Disney disclaimer thing seems like it's a lot of legal wrangling so they don't get sued if Jose Mexico falls off a ladder and cracks open his skull, I've ended up signing pretty similar stuff when I worked retail. Although with the legal/monetary power the company has, I wouldn't be surprised if they could cover up a murder.
  2. Crusader K+ngs II

    The current team running CK2+ is going through and re-doing everything from the ground up since between SoA and RoI basically everything broke so hopefully they'll have a stable release soon (They have a dev version floating around but I'm too lazy to find it, and it's pretty crashy anyway) CK2+ died right around the time I was just getting into the game so I never had a chance to properly try it out, but I know a few mods try to use its faction system, so hopefully some version of it will remain in the new release, and the current team doesn't seem to be going overboard with dumb things. LATE EDIT: they talked more about the expansion and:
  3. Crusader K+ngs II

    I don't know if the forum is open for unregistered users right now, but the Tutorial Megathread on Something Awful is really good and really in depth. The Irish Catholic guide is a little out of date, but most of the basic mechanics still hold true, and a lot of the other ones are good reads. I highly recommend the Karling resurgence tutorial I'm getting ready to move back to a computer that can actually handle CK2 decently, so I haven't been playing for a while, but I"m interested in some of the changes coming with the next DLC. If the tribal vassals stuff includes some tweaks to crown laws, and lets the HRE act more like it did historically (a loose confederation of states, rather than a mega blob of doom) I'll be really interested to see how things play out. They're getting dangerously close to the point that you can't really define a separate Orthodox and Catholic church, though.
  4. Gaming News and Reviews Sites

    I mostly use forums/friends/twitter to hear about new things, and I usually get most of my suggestions from there, too. In all but a few cases I've stopped buying games when they're new, so I usually just wait to find out if they're buggy messes or bad ports, and then make up my mind from there. It helps that the stuff that I am interested in knowing about pre-release/at launch is mostly sim games or other things that generally don't get much press outside of enthusiast blogs. For those I usually go to the source because SCS Software (Euro Truck Sim 2) have a good dev blog, and the Eagle Dynamics forums are chock full of info on upcoming DCS games (as long as you know Russian/are willing to use Google Translate) For general news I tend to migrate to Giant Bomb mostly because I find their video content entertaining, and I know how my tastes mesh with the crew over there. Sometimes I'll flip around Kotaku, Polygon or siliconera for general news, and I do enjoy some of the features on Rock Paper Shotgun.
  5. The Ultimate Playthrough, Metal Gears!?

    I got Portable Ops on my vita during the period where the store glitched out and let you download any psp game onto it, and the only way I will ever replay it is with a second stick, the controls are just SO BAD. I like the mission structure, but everything else about the game varies from "poorly implemented" to "don't ever do this." Maybe I should start an all-games playthrough, too. I've never played metal gear 1 or 2 for more than a few minutes.
  6. Quitter's Club: Don't be ashamed to quit the game.

    I feel like everything until you finish the first dungeon in Majora's Mask is a slog. It took me a long time to get past that, but I enjoyed it after I got rolling. It's not my favourite zelda, though. I feel like I need to give The Last Remnant one more go before I finally give up on it for good, but so much of it is counter-intuitive and poorly realized that it's going to be hard to play without a guide. I got spoiled on a few plot points the last time I played and I am glad I did, because certain characters that I was leaning on as the backbones of my party were only a couple quests away from dying. I'm hoping that since I have more JRPG experience now I'll be able to beat it, but if I can't get into it I'm probably never going to touch it again.
  7. New people: Read this, say hi.

    I'm finally getting around to posting here despite lurking and forgetting to for a while! Hello!
  8. Crusader K+ngs II

    The big portrait is usually your spymaster, so he could be plotting to kill himself (although it's likely there's another Robert he's gunning for.) In this case, though, my spymaster totally wanted me to help him commit suicide. I've been playing a Welsh republic (I did some cheatyness to set it up, and to make sure my vassals are all mayors more easily) and once you get to a certain point, money is never an issue. This is on top of the 30,000 gold that's just sitting in my treasury. At a certain point I started getting more money than I knew how to spend. Every holding in my demense is fully upgraded, or on the way to it, every province has been maxed out (with cities, of course) and the only way I can go into the red now is to hire all my boats and then truck my entire retinue down to Jerusalem for some holy warring. I could hire mercs to burn more money, but I don't need to because I have enough retinues (full of archers only) that I can stomp on every other christian power at the same time and still come out ahead. The only things stopping me from becoming insanely powerful are truces (which can be solved with stabbings, and I can afford a LOT of those) and claims. The latter is less of an issue because all the rejects with claims are sent to the Knights Templar, and I can just give one of them land, press their claim, and bam, instant vassal duke. It took me until 1200 to become an empire only because the kings of england would only ever have one son, or they'd die and Aquitaine would inherit and I'd have to wait for the truce with them to end for my campaign in the north to continue (via a pressed claim for the english throne) I ended up forming Francia despite holding Ireland and Scotland for so long that duchies were starting to drift into the kingdom of Wales. I love this game.