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  1. now come on Kerraig had Bladerunner, Smitty had (Rebooted)Tomb Raider let Zok have Dredd 3D as his regular punchbag.
  2. Nope, Rafe is an npc or a sentient magical item with a story. he was a rakish sort that was a scourge of the ladies. He seduced the wrong woman and ended up killed by the lady’s suitor and cursed to inhabit his own rapiers. he is sort of a mix of lord flasheart and Leslie Phillips and others. A dandy, a rake, a roister doister and, as you point out, a pompous prick
  3. No we are still going strong as a party of 7. We mostly communicate on Discord and writing up sessions is too much work for me on top of everything else. The campaign was the Saltmarsh book but it was heavily homebrewed and then left behind and now the entire adventure is homebrewed (hence my lack of time to do writeups). The party have been chasing down an elusive Illithid who originates from the Blightshore far to the west of the sword coast. This illithid has arcane powers and has been working towards becoming an Illitholich. To this end he has enslaved/is controlling a Kraken using two arcane chains that bind him , one in the Nine Hells and one in the Plane of Fire. The current plan is for the Harpers to dispel one chain in the plane of fire while the party find and dispell the chain in the city of Dis simultaneously. They are currently in Dis and trying to find a Pit fiend called Blordak and a rakshasa called Galabra*. Once they have released the Kraken (hehe) they intend to go to the Illithid's tower called Lunamis on Blightshore to defeat him. * Galabra was a rakshasa that killed Rafe Recidio ,a dandy who has his soul bound to his rapiers during his demise. The tabaxi in the party has these rapiers and talks to Rafe regularly, Rafe wants revenge on Galabra.
  4. I've used it for a while in curries, as long as you add it in middle of hot pan and sizzle it/cook it out when you add it then it's usually ok for base flavour. Adding it into a sauce wouldn't be a good idea.
  5. Thanks both - I assumed that fridge was important bit however chicken can be a funny thing so thought I’d check with the food prep people
  6. stupid question time. I don't food prep as such but as a singleton I often make enough for two and freeze one. I always pop it in fridge about 30 mins after cooking then put it in freezer once completely cold. I made a lovely spanish chorizo chicken chickpea potato thing last night I ladled out a "clicky box" for a 2nd portion and popped it in fridge 30 mins after cooking. However I forgot to pop it in freezer but remembered this morning. Food safety wise will that be ok? or was it in fridge too long before freezing.
  7. the spinach is a hit - i tend to cook it into stews and curries and it is so simple to use frozen garlic and ginger is a hit as well. I use KTC jars of minced garlic and ginger but I think I'll use a mix of that and frozen now.
  8. Its odd, they spent a couple of seasons on the whisperers which I thought didn't deserve more than half a season given their limitations as an adversary. THen they spend less than a season on the COmmonwealth, a huge community of thousands. It was all horribly rushed and as a result they had to jump from one conclusion/plot point to the next without any time. If you want to have political intrigue with a governor etc you have to give it time otherwise it will just look compressed and messy. the final episode made little sense and the closure wasn't there. the reappearance of It's all watchable as I like zombie films/tv shows and watch them all and this is a decent stab at a zombvie tv show, it just could have been so much better. As for the possible spinoffs, Daryl is ok I could watch more of him if he was given good material. Carole is spent as she has checked out and back in so many times it isn't relevant anymore. Negan as a character was almost destroyed by the finale but he is always watchable so I could stand a spinoff with him. The rest I can take or leave. I like Khary Peyton as an actor but that send off actually worked for him I thought. I will now continue my rewatch from season 3 episode 2
  9. Mine was 1978. No England but for some reason I was drawn to the Netherlands throughout and they are my 2nd team to this day.
  10. As I share my name with a porn star* I don't google myself. I can see the logic of Google "combing the internet more thoroughly" but in practice I don't notice search results being that different, it was the one thing I assumed would be worse when I gave it a whirl but it seems fine. I do prefer google maps though and use that. * The curse the day my parents christened me Benjamin Dover!
  11. I usually am quite picky about stuff and the user experience. I get used to an OS or interface and stick with it and am resistant to change. iOS was my first smart phone and since then I've tried android and I find it horrible but I'm aware many love it. I was reticent to changing search engine for the same reason but I switched it to Bing and I don't find it much different. I type in stuff into a search box and I get results, I don't notice those results being less useful than Google etc. What are the issues with Bing?
  12. the good news is that it is 10.99 a month if you pay full price, not 14.99 - so even better value. it is worth it for me as I don't have a ps5. I have a switch and PC and Xbox. That is a good combination for me ands my sporadic gaming. Switch for portable fun, pc for indie ish stuff, xbox for console stuff. The switch and pc stuff is cheap as chips as i buy in sales and the xbox stuff is mostly Gamepass. I just miss out on ps5 exclusives but I haven't got time to play what I have so currently I am defeating the FOMO - just.
  13. 72000 points gets you 13 months of ultimate. Gold is 15k for 3 months so you get 4 of those and 12k for a month of ultimate. You let gamepasss expire then redeem the gold then convert with the 1 month. There are cheaper ways to do it but that is the way I do it. SO that would be 6k a month As to how easy it is to earn 6k or even 12k a month. Well I get 20k a month without spending money. The vociferous opinions on both sides indicating it's a doddle or a massive chore are both right. It depends on your own usage of xbox and pc and daily routine and gamepass games. For me it is a doddle to get 12k and 6k would be very easy based on my own usage. When I sit down and switch on pc I just click through the various links for daily set and I do the PC online game one. Takes 5 mins. About 400 pts for that a day. I use bing as my search engine which gets me a few points. I don't always do it at weekend as streaks aren't worth it. I could get 8k a month just doing that. It helps that I get offered the PC online game daily thing as not all do. Then in evening I switch on xbox and check rewards app , I dont do the daily achievement (not worth it for 50pts). If it is a new week I check the weekly set. Often that is just open rewards app 3 times or use bing 3 times etc. Then check the weekly game challenges, if they aren't games I want to play I don't but it often inspires me to try new games. Inside is a recent example, I bounced off Limbo so had avoided Inside but turned out to be more my thing. The PC stuff takes me 5 mins a day and the Xbox stuff minimum is 5 mins a day or more if its a game challenge. I can see why some people think it's a chore but I am an old gamer short on time who doesn't play as much as he used. I have other pulls on my time and this kind of encourages me to switch on xbox and play more. Also my son plays on Xbox and it pays for his gamepass as well. The best suggestion I can make is try it for a few days and see if the routine/effort is a doddle or a chore
  14. i used conversion and now I use rewards points to stack when ti runs out. So unless they get rid of conversion AND rewards I am good. But if they removed all of that I'd pay monthly but I wouldnt go ultimate as I dont play much on PC
  15. When I initially saw clips of his standup on apollo et al I found his delivery grating and I didn't bother watching him or seeking him out etc. As time went on he was around more on tv and I have seen more of him here and there and I've been more impressed with him and I probably judged him too harshly. The new standup/show tour "More more more" apparently had a clever construct or device underlying it which took him a long while to realise and the whole thing is intriguing. Now it's available from his website for a tenner and I wondered if anyone had seen the show and if it was worth a watch? Obviously not asking for spoilers and not googling for that same reason. And am aware that part of the spoiler might be talking about the show at all in which case this thread may get no replies.
  16. I assumed they were exaggerating about the underage nature of Katie barberi playing tangerine. I thought maybe there was an IMDb typo but she really was 15! That is super creepy and I’m not comfortable with how many clips RLM repeated to make their point.
  17. I won’t be watching . As a Newcastle fan since childhood I’m already suffering enough and now the World Cup is drenched in blood as well? ffs fuck football
  18. if they play it like Gears of War 1,2,3 then it could be good. Big dumb budget Cannon 80s/90s action style film , think Starship Troopers without the intelligence or social commentary I absolutely love Gears of War (1,2,3) for its absurd OTT nonsense (being inside the giant worm was amazing), it is doubly hilarious when you realise that the the guys guiding the story thought is was a serious thought provoking piece 4 and 5 aren't quite as fun as they scaled back some of the nonsense and tried for a more serious tone. Kait Diaz is fun though.
  19. Leslie Phillips - aged 98 - a good age. Enjoyed his caddish performances even when the material was more than a little regressive. "Well, hello" Now goodbye
  20. Stupid question I know but I rarely use frozen stuff other than fish fingers (for the boy), fish fingers,lollies and freezing batch cooking etc. So I know some veg survive freezing better than some. My son loves broccoli and I buy it fresh usually but I don't like it and so it never goes to waste but it certainly gets a little soft/rubbery as time goes on. So I was considering frozen broccoli florets for convenience. When cooked on hob in hot water do they have same consistency and bite and flavour as fresh? I won't bother if they are going to go mushy. ANd opening this out to other frozen veg does it all really work. I see frozen chopped onions and chillies and mashed potato etc. I personally use those fresh or cook them for myself but can see that they might make sense financially frozen (ok not the mashed potato) Is there any loss in quality compared to fresh?
  21. As i was up to date I have just embarked on a full rewatch to see how it holds up. Yes I KNOW , but Im a fan of zombie films and zombie things in general, I even watch the 2nd Romero trilogy willingly. I was thinking I would post my rewatch impressions here as the thread would be as dead as the majority of the inhabitants of the Walking Dead but now I see the 2nd half of final season is landing bah! Anyway I am past season 1 and 2 and just starting season 3 so here are some simple updates for these and I will keep future updates for once the series is over! Season 1 It has an odd little mini series feeling. It is oddly a tad dated and feels slightly amateurish around the edges. The use of CGI is very distracting and the acting is soap opera level in the "camp" (specifically Carol's husband which I thought was decent on first watch but now is quite clunky. Patchy but enjoyable in retrospect, the first two episodes are very good and it ends well after a dangerous dip in the middle. Michael rooker is superb but underused. season 2 The opening half is pretty bad and wanders too much, takes ages to get going and the stuff around sofia is horribly contrived (both the loss and reveal), I will admit my attention wandered during these episodes. The maggie glen stuff is pretty rubbish as well, there arent many redeeming features. Once the 2nd half (post barn reveal) gets going it picks up nicely, it wont be for everyone but I like the stuff with the kid they catch and the moral quandries they try to negotiate and the way they realise they are changing. Shane is meh Season 3 Only watched first episode or two. That 6 months over winter when they struggled to survive? SHOW IT FFS. Do what Battlestar Galactica did in 33 and show an episode where it is mostly silent surviving in horrible bleak conditions, like a massive montage. Pile on the bleakness til we realise how desperate they are. Don't just use exposition to say IT'S BEEN TOUGH OVER WINTER over and over and over. If you show rather than tell you will earn the first two episodes reveal of prison and it will make more sense why Rick and crew are so desperate to live in a dangerous hellhole prison.
  22. I think they have left a sensible gap (2 yrs+) before releasing it so that launch PS5 owners might be up for paying a similar amount again. It is similar to the gap from launch PS4 to PSVR release and again those were similarly priced so equivalent to paying the same again 2 ish years later for the "next big thing" THat worked for me last time as I bought a PS4 at launch but I didn't buy a PS5 this time round so it makes it look too pricy a prospect for me.
  23. yeah in the same way that if video games cost £118 that would be ok as street fighter 2 cost £60 in 1992
  24. I thought it was 349 at launch - wikipedia says so (I know) and launch videos say that (i know). Also my Amazon launch preorder and invoice all say £349 Just so we can all be sure of the justifications we are making
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