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  1. I instantly thought of three films when I saw the thread name, and two of them (The Phantom Menace and The Matrix Revolutions) have already been said, so I guess I'll go with Mission: impossible 2. Teenage me had really enjoyed the first film, and was now familiar with John Woo through Hard Boiled, and The Killer, so I genuinely couldn't wait, but unfortunately the film was an underwhelming mess, full of ambitious but slightly unconvincing stunts (the motorcycle "jousting" sticks out), ridiculous plotting, and a thoroughly forgettable antagonist. I'm now trying to think of a disappointing indie/non-blockbuster, as so far everything we've said has been something with an enormous marketing budget, and while it's understandable that our most memorable disappointments stem from an overabundance of hype, I'm sure there's plenty of other stuff that just didn't live up to our expectations... But no, I've just remembered The Lost World: Jurassic Park instead.
  2. That series was my contribution to the ‘rllmuk Recommended Reading’ thread, not because they’re necessarily classics, but because they seem so little known on here, and I just thoroughly enjoyed them, without any kind of caveat; they’re funny, well plotted, and populated by characters I cared about, with satisfying arcs over a series that had time to breathe without outstaying it’s welcome. I really need to reread them.
  3. When the Cherry trailer came out there were a couple of quick flashes where I thought I saw Shiva, and the fact that it is him (and that I remembered his name) is hitting all the right buttons, nostalgia-wise. I hope there’s a cheat to play as him again. Also, it’s odd, because it seems like it’s 2019, and I’m old, and yet I seem to be excited about an upcoming scrolling beat ‘em up.
  4. JDubYes

    Arsenal

    Yup. Which is part of why I’d probably have taken that result before kick-off, especially with our upcoming tricky run of fixtures meaning points might be at a premium for the foreseeable. Game went pretty much as expected, bearing in mind that team was far from our strongest, with a lot of our best players either unavailable or unready. Hard to really read much into it for that reason, but it was nice to see a couple of flashes of quality from the new guys, as well as Auba doing Auba things.
  5. JDubYes

    Arsenal

    I was actually genuinely surprised to see that he played 50+ times for us last season, even if they weren’t all (or even mainly) starts. My initial (objective) reaction to the transfer was that it lost us a useful squad option, and that stat suggests I understated it a bit too. Beyond that, I’m genuinely sorry to see him go. His finishing and composure might have frustrated at times, but I liked his drive and strength, and his being both an academy graduate and immensely likeable didn’t hurt either. I understand (if not necessarily agree with) the suggestion that he’s not good enough for where we want to be, it might be that he was deemed surplus to requirements based on what Emery’s plans are, and the amounts being quoted are arguably decent business for someone perceived to lack end product, but one way or another it’s taken some some of the shine off of what looks like an otherwise very good window for us, especially considering expectations going in. I’m a little worried we’re going to struggle to have a strong start to the season, what with so many important players returning from injury, bedding in, returning late, or some combination of the three, but I’m still genuinely excited for the season now, and generally very pleased with what’s been achieved in the window. Roll on Sunday!
  6. I’ve only read the first few so far - my recent iPad purchase has meant I finally only generally read one or two issues of things at a time (instead of binging whole tpbs/series at a time), and so have multiple series on the go at once, which is lovely - but this seems really great, and I’d echo the recommendation. There’s a Harrow County sale on ComiXology at the moment too, if people are interested.
  7. It is an amazing game, which also works surprisingly well on the PS4, I have learnt to the cost of yet more of my free time. If an iPad version ever comes out, I'm doomed.
  8. Oh yes. In terms of longevity, I'd recommend Solitairica, as that has lots more to unlock, and runs take longer, but Card Thief is also great, as are the other Tiny Touch Tales card games, Card Crawl and Miracle Merchant (which I've finally started playing having originally downloaded it years ago, and am now mildly obsessed with). To be honest, if you take those four games and add Meteorfall you're probably talking about the iOS games I've played the most (outside of Hearthstone), so I'd heartily recommend them all. Worth looking here too - https://www.pockettactics.com/guides/best-card-games-android-ios/. It's a solid list (though I haven't played them all, and am a bit wary of the Elder Scrolls game), as the ones you've mentioned (or I have) are all either on the list, or referenced in the Hall of Fame at the bottom (with links to the reviews).
  9. JDubYes

    Hearthstone

    The nerfs go live today, and I have to say that I think they're all pretty reasonable... apart from Preparation finally getting hit. I'd have rather it got HOF'ed than nerfed, but then it's been my favourite card for years, so I'm less than happy to see it hit; when a card has been defining the Rogue Spell cards as much as Prep has, it's hard to see it get nerfed in the middle of a rotation, without any amendment to all the existing cards that were costed around it. Will my last few years as a pseudo-Rogue main* survive this nerf? I'm not sure, to be honest. I think I quite fancy a change, so will be casting around for other stuff to play even more than normal now, I suspect. In any case, I responded to the loss of my true love by retreating to an old flame (or two) of mine, and have been playing Murloc Shaman in both Standard and Wild. The Standard one seems pretty good, if less consistent than I'd like, but the Wild one... Well, I've just legend in Wild for the first time, so you work it out. Oh, and there are buffs coming! Buffs! In Hearthstone?! What a time to be alive..! * I'm always less of a Rogue main when they're (really) good anyway, to be honest, so for the last month or so, and the Tempo Rogue reign of terror, I spent half my time playing something else, in much the same way as I first moved away from Shaman when it was Shamanstone a few years back. I'm such a hipster...
  10. Yeah, I know, of course, and shouldn’t have used such emotive language, even if itheir continuing to push did feel a bit “unnecessary” in the moment. Just felt sorry for Watford, or at least their fans, seeing as they’re my local team, and I know a lot of people who went today. Having seen all the ‘can’t believe we’re in an FA Cup final!’ posts prior to the match, it was just a shame to see it end that way, even if all Man City did was what I wish Arsenal would do more often*. * play well
  11. I appreciate that it’s a final, they’re professionals, people want to try and get on the scoresheet, etc, but doesn’t this just come across as a bit cunty at this point? It’s tantamount to bullying. Way to ruin Watford’s run to the final though, City. A hearty slow clap for you. Happy to see Wolves in Europe next season though, thoroughly deserved after the way they’ve played this season.
  12. I meant that I’m working on the assumption that it’s binary in that you’re either worthy or not, so you either are (and can use it) or aren’t (and it won’t budge an inch). Whether a person is worthy or not is obviously in flux, but the nature of the enchantment seems to be fully on/off, which is why I (now) think Cap could always have used it.
  13. JDubYes

    Hearthstone

    I agree with most of what TGP said, but will just add my two-penneth... For Hunter, Oblivitron is not necessarily a good craft. It was absolutely necessary in the (surprise, surprise) super greedy version of Mech Hunter that popped up in the few days after the expansion, and that is still very good against Warrior, but has been surpassed by a version that focuses on bombs, and magnetising onto them and a constant stream of smaller Mechs, and actually runs Boommaster Flark. (Yes, we live in a world where Boommaster Flark is in a good deck.) There's still plenty of cheapish Hunter decks around anyway. and a lot of variety in general, so it might be worth holding on for a bit and seeing what comes out on top, because with Hunter it's always tended to be the simpler, cheaper, more refined versions of decks that do better than the expensive ones (as has happened with Mech Hunter already). (I've played a little with a Secret Hunter with Subject 9, very few other (Beast) minions, Master's Call and a couple of copies of Dire Frenzy, which is very much like Viper's in the above video in some ways, and I'm enjoying it, though I haven't tested it that much yet.) If you want to play a decent, more Control-oriented Mech deck, that might be the one thing Paladin can still do well, although, as with the greedier version of Mech Hunter, you need to be wary of Rogues with Sap when buffing stuff and/or playing high cost minions. I've tried a deck with a Secret package bolted on to the Mech one, and that's gone pretty well, although it's got some poor matchups, and struggles to draw cards sometimes. Finally, onto my usual specialist subject - Rogue. There's three main schools of thought on Tempo Rogue at the moment, by the looks of things. There's one that says you should primarily be going face, one that promotes shenanigans (this is the one that has Togwaggle, and even sometimes Chef Nomi, for after you've used Myra's Unstable Element), and the one that uses the Burgle package (Hench-Clan Burglar, Vendetta, etc). The aggro version is probably the most successful, though it's quite expensive for a borderline aggro deck (I'd always play Leeroy, Edwin and and Myra's (if you have them), as well as Captain Greenskin and two copies each of Prep and Waggle Pick. The shenanigans version will add Togwaggle (and possibly EVIL Cable Rats for more lackey generation), Zilliax and Chef Nomi depending on what your plan is/what you're playing a lot of. The Burgle version has some great swing turns and value generation, but might be the worst one of them at the moment in some matchups, as it lacks some of the burst and struggles to kill some decks in time, but is still pretty good, mind, and possibly the most fun a lot of the time. To be honest, as long as you have Leeroy and two copies each of Waggle Pick and Preperation you can probably throw a lot of (potentially cheaper) complementary cards around them and make a competitive Rogue deck at this point, and this might be where the Burgle package comes in.
  14. I've spent far too long considering what is probably my favourite bit of the film (Cap with Mjolnir), and how it ties back to the party scene in Age of Ultron. I'm probably way behind the curve here anyway, but... I'd always just assumed that Cap just shifted Mjolnir slightly because he was worthy-ish (which makes very little sense, especially in hindsight, but hey), and that Thor's reaction was mainly based on surprise, with maybe a little bit of jealousy thrown in, and so he doesn't draw attention to the little shift. Now I'm starting to think that shifting Mjolnir is pretty much a binary on/off thing, and that Cap could've picked it up it all along, but decided not to to spare everybody else (Thor and those who couldn't budge it). He still moves it a little it when gripping the handle, with Thor noticing but playing along. In hindsight, it seems like the latter is probably closer, because "I KNEW IT!" makes more sense as a reaction that way, and it also never quite sat right with me that Cap couldn't budge it, when if anything he seems more worthy than Thor for most of the series. Either way, I like the party scene, Vision being able to lift it, and the scene in Endgame more now.
  15. My sister was taking my nephew today, and she was in the same boat. While seeing them is obviously preferable, I just showed her the Ant-Man and Wasp mid-credits scene (only strictly relevant bit of the film) and the Captain Marvel trailer (to illustrate her power level) and she was good to go.
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