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  1. Anyone playing this at the moment - there's an interesting event going on in Imperial Space

     

    4 starports have been attacked and are on fire - requesting supplies and/or evacuations. I know a few of you are Imperial allied so it's probably quite near your locations.

     

    It's just a nice different task to do if you're bored and it's intense flying into a burning station. Kit your ship with passenger accommodation and heatsinks and there are some quick bucks to earn - especially Empire reputation. I managed to rinse an entire Promotion (from Lord -> Viscount) in about an hour.

  2.  Returning to this after a couple of years - removed the dust covers off my trusty Python - still got 134m credits in the bank.

     

    Seems I took my furlough in the Basuseku systems so I'm in the heart of the RLL Mukhang Symposium territory so gonna start picking up some missions for them again.

     

    ...and yeah - I need to remember how to dock again too. :lol:

  3. Downloaded this yesterday on the recommendation of my 12 year old (he was watching live streamers before I even knew this game existed).

     

    The great thing about this is it's almost as much fun to watch as it is to play - and with games lasting only about 10mins max it's fun alternating between me and my son even when i'm supposed to be *cough* working from home!!

     

    1 hour ago, Vemsie said:

    I wish Slime Climb was in every rotation. 

     

    I've got a real blind spot on this one and can't ever seem to complete it. Keep falling off those 2 logs / balance beams!! I did get my first win on Hex-a-Gone last night though which felt good.

  4. @moosegrinder I'm by no means an expert at this, and it depends what level you're playing it on as I was getting my arse kicked on anything above Normal but my tips would be:

    - start small and don't go exploring beyond the perimeter of the immediate area you want to grow your town in

    - work towards getting a barracks as soon as possible and start churning out rangers.

    - build watchtowers at the perimeter of your base and again, slowly start expanding these (destroying them gives you 50% resources back and increases as you add more research points)

    - only really start exploring when you've got a nice group of 10-15 rangers, but even then go slow.

    - work on getting your base watertight with walls and watchtowers before the first horde approaches.

  5. So I bought this blind yesterday - to be honest I was already sold at the Zombies, RTS & Tower Defense description.

     

    Tough learning curve - as mentioned, no tutorials so it really is trial and error and it can all go devastatingly wrong within seconds - don't think I've lasted more than 7/8 days so far. Not being able to go back to earlier saves adds a lot of tension and risk to everything. Being able to pause and plan really helps even if just to explore the UI / menu system.

     

    Very early days, but I think I'm enjoying it so far.

  6. Well, after 27 hours I just completed this with only 60% completion :o

     

    i thought I’d be a bit higher than that must have missed a lot. The only areas I know I couldn’t reach were ...

     

    Spoiler

    ...those bits blocked by the black pillars of smoke. Any hints?

     

    ..and mention of Hornet 2. Never faced her - where should I look?

     

    Eventually found a nice charm combo which meant I did the final boss on only my second attempt

     

    Fantastic game - love a Metroidvania game, but was a little daunted by the twitchy / quick reactions I needed in my old bones to navigate some areas initially. Glad I persisted :D

  7. 4 minutes ago, MardiganX said:

    I am dreading reaching the end of currently available books and then not having the next one ready to go, much like I am with the TV show at the moment with Season 3 not yet viewed. For the time being I have everything I ever wanted in a series of books and could not be happier!

     

     

    Same - other than I recently finished Book 8, having rinsed all the books since January. I'm at a complete loss now until the next one is released in the autumn. :( Slowly catching up on the TV show to tide me over until then!

  8. It's been over a year since I docked my ship at Daedalus station in the Sol system. Not sure why I left it behind - but dusting off the Python and taking it out for a spin felt good. Took a while to get used to the controls again but the muscle memory kicked in and it was soon second nature.

     

    So, what have I missed? Is Mukhang still a going concern? Is it worth heading back there and checking out the Symposium? Do we have any other systems under our influence?

  9. 20 hours ago, MardiganX said:

    I’m approaching the end of Calibans War (Book 2) and it was absolutely the right fucking decision to get into them alongside the show. Reading a few comments above saying the crew don’t have as much camaraderie as the show depicts but so far I am finding it possibly the other way round. Every character is as good if not better than their show version, especially Amos and Avasarala but weirdly I don’t think I would be as hooked on the books if it wasn’t for the show laying the foundations. Just brilliant!

     

    The one thing I noticed in the show that I liked was that there was a noticeable suspicion between all the characters when they first get on the 'Knight' to investigate the asteroid - as if they didn't know each other very well. Very much 'The Belter', 'The Martian', 'The Earther' - who are all essentially on different sides of the war/peace in the system.

     

    I didn't feel this in the books as the narrative suggested that, although they didn't know much about each other they'd all been working together on the 'Cant' for so long.

  10. 4 hours ago, MardiganX said:

    My initial hesitation on moving to the books is that some plot threads might be different and the characters might translate slightly differently from how I currently view them. I want to protect the way the show has built up these amazing people and worry the books won't damage that, but could have some nuances to them that are not consistent. If my concerns are unwarranted please let me know and I will head straight to my nearest book shop

     

    I only started listening to the books about 2 months ago. Halfway through the first book thinking "this would make a great TV Series" I then found out it was already a great TV series (currently halfway through season 2, just starting book 4). Anyway I've been really pleased with how the characters in the books have been portrayed in the show - I may have a different idea on how the characters look but the characterisation is pretty spot on (to me).

     

    Possible spoilers - how I see the characters between books and show

     

    Spoiler

    Holden - pretty much exactly how I imagined him

    Miller - spot on for me, although I think the books have tended to describe him a bit older, less handsome

    Naomi - same, although the books portray 'Belters' as having a slightly elongated physique and larger head (which I think is explained away in the show through 'implants' to slow bone growth)

    Amos - I imagined him as being maybe slightly physically stronger and broader in the books

    Alex - Is portrayed as being a bit more 'middle aged', bordering on 'podgy' in the books

    Avasarala - I think the books portray her as being older and greyer

    Bobby - Slightly disappointed by her - in the books she's described almost like the largest, strongest most athletic woman you'd ever meet. Guess it was a tall order to find someone who fits this description.

     

     

  11. Was playing with my new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil over Christmas.......

     

    What an amazing piece of kit - drew this picture of my wife. Took approximately 9hrs to complete

     

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    Drawn using Adobe Procreate.

     

    So pleased with how it came out - have started one of my son so will post that one soon :D

  12. Am I right in thinking....

     

    Spoiler

    If Finn and Rose and Poe had done nothing other than follow orders - then the Resistance would have successfully made it to Crait pretty much intact and the New Order would have flown past?

     

    Nice on Finn - as long as your 'story arc' gives you a sense of self worth and courage then I guess the countless unnecessary death's is worth it!!

     

  13. It's fascinating how everyone seems to be in exactly the same place with this show this season. Previous seasons have had staunch fans, waverers and abandoners of varying degrees but suddenly it's like we've all fallen off the same cliff at the same time.

     

    My problem, other than the terminally dull and poorly written / filmed episodes is that - i think on paper this season must have all sounded so great to the show runners.

     

    "Let's film it all on the same day from everyone's different views!"

     

    Shootouts, car chases, explosions - peril, death, treachery!!

     

    But it just hasn't worked, and the thing is I don't know where its going any more as they stumble from one 'big bad' to another, established over 2/3 seasons - going through the same emotional / existential conflicts and crises - rinse and repeat.......

  14. Just managed to get one from Tesco. :)

     

    Hopefully won't get cancelled via email others have.....

     

    Edit: Balls!! Just cancelled!

  15. Spoiler

    I thought the ending was incredibly powerful in the school hall - my wife nearly burst into tears (and she has a heart of stone ;)) but I guess a lot of it is open to interpretation.

     

    In my view the 'movements' might have frozen time or confounded the shooter to buy time for someone to tackle him rather than it being a WTF moment.

     

    I also think the 'portal' OA was attempting to open was analogous to death - but a permanent one she had been seeking. Almost as if she knew that Homer was dead also.

     

    Her partnership with the boys (and BBA) represented her attempt to try and 'save' them in a way she was unable to on the bus when she was a child - almost as if she was on a mission she had to complete before she could die (similar to the Sheriff's wife who had to pass on a message before she died). The boys were saved in a way that, as they all represented marginalised sections of society either through their aggression, absentee parents, sexuality etc - that either of them could have been the shooter in the school hall that day - but instead they all worked together to prevent a massacre.

     

    The more I think about it, the better it gets although I admit initially my wife and I were a bit confused.

     

  16. 1 hour ago, Captain LeChuck said:

    I tried this this morning - nothing.  But when I got close to the colony in my SRV and targeted a skimmer, it said "Mission Target".  So again I took out the ship there (it gave me a beating) and the three turrets, and then tried taking them out on my SRV.  IMPOSSIBLE!!  My SRV was blown to pieces by the skimmers in seconds.  I had no chance.

     

    On top of that, the mission has disappeared from my transactions list.  I haven't failed it, or ran out of time - there's no message of disappointment from RLL.  It's just gone.

     

    This game is a mess. 

     

    edit: I also had a little go at interdicting a wanted ship.  A royal pain in the arse with the joypad controls. Likewise for being interedicted - it's far simpler to just submit and take them out than try and avoid.  

     

    You don't need to take out the Sentry Skimmers at the base for them to count towards your mission target. Any sentry skimmers you encounter within the vicinity of the outpost will count as they will all be affiliated to that faction.

     

    Just use your scanner to search for resources - some of which will be protected by 3 (sometimes 4) skimmers which are a doddle to take our with your SRV

  17. I tend to cruise across all stations in the system to pick up missions from the Symposium as they often target deliveries etc to the same systems / stations - so I don't see any harm in that manner.

     

    I've just paid off ~500,000 bounty from Basuseku (due to the Symposium's electioneering efforts a couple of weeks back) as well so the timing is pretty good for me

  18. Political missions are a dirty business aren't they? Took on some political combat missions in Basuseku and it was all Civilian targets - now got a massive bounty on my head in the name of the Symposium.

     

    I don't know what the rules are for faction expansion, but there was a lot of political missions targeting Basuseku so I wonder if that's where we'll be next?

  19. 12 minutes ago, Strategos said:

    Im alliance in Powerplay, should I ditch that ? 

     

    I had originally pledged allegiance to Zachary Hudson of the Federation, but haven't ever really contributed anything to Powerplay.

     

    I have however just defected to Aisling Duval as her influence, and alignment to the Empire is the closest proximity to Mukhang

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