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  1. A primer to the works of KJ Parker (which admittedly leaves out the Engineer trilogy [his best series] and some of the other standalone books, but seriously, go read The Folding Knife, Sharps and Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City as all three are excellent) https://www.tor.com/2019/12/09/eight-ways-to-approach-the-work-of-k-j-parker/
  2. I never really got on with Keown to be honest and the art of The End looked rubbish when compared to Future Imperfect or Gary Frank's very clean lines. Actually, Gary Frank was by far my favourite Hulk artist of PAD's run. I doubt the sale is still on, but just to second that the original PAD run of Spider-Man 2099 was excellent and well worth reading. There's a fucking crossover at one point, but you can pretty much ignore it (although it faintly pains me that I missed on one of the damn crossover issues at the time but fucked if I can be bothered to buy it now). The art does take a massive nosedive after Rick Leonardi leaves though, and none of the artists that followed him could hold a candle to the standard he set, but the story was worth it. EDIT: Don't be a muppet like me and start reading in the middle as there are a few interesting twists that you'll be spoiling!
  3. Late to the party but... 1. My Arms Your Hearse (most probably because it was the first Opeth album I ever heard, but damn) 2. Blackwater Park (maybe it's overrated like Empath, but then maybe so your Mum) 3. Ghost Reveries (although this one is tough. I love Still Life just as much, and Deliverance isn't far behind) As for albums of the year, it's been a bit of a nightmare. I used to do lists and write them on my blog that only I read, but I've missed the past 3 years and now I can't fucking even decide on years in the past when the albums that I still regularly listen to is pretty cut and dried. Bah. Anyway, current front runners for 2019 include: Borknagar - True North Damim - A Fine Game of Nil Hath - Of Rot and Ruin Lucidity - Oceanum Fvneral Fvkk - Carnal Confessions Wilderun - Veil of Imagination Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within Cattle Decapitation might show up, but reviews have been mixed and I haven't been entirely convinced by the two singles released so we will see.
  4. Just finished K J Parker's Scavenger trilogy at long last (bought the paperbacks like 10 years ago then bought them again on Kindle since the physical books are in a different country to me right now). The first book is the best as the main character blunders from disaster to disaster as he keeps on meeting people who know him but don't realise he's lost his memory. The second book is provides background detail, despite the long-winded tracts of interminable detail about blacksmithing (with some horrific outcomes) before the the final book ties up all the loose ends, albeit doing so with a 10 page summary of the entire plot at the end that was somewhat overdone. It's not prime Parker (that being the Engineer trilogy, Sharps and The Folded Knife) but if you're a fan then it's certainly worth reading.
  5. Jemisin's Broken Earth or whatever the most recent trilogy is called is excellent, so I hope that you get on with it. I have to shamefully admit that I haven't actually read it myself but the Daughter/Servant/Mistress of the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Jenny Wurts is supposed to be excellent (and apparently draws a lot from Japanese medieval culture)
  6. I have to admit that I loved Pac-Mania as a kid.
  7. Talvalin

    Gears 5

    Pos'd for the info, but where's the goddamn Cole Train? :'( (also, thanks for the info on the Cryo kills and grenade kills. I've been ever so slowly getting those kills via Horde, but I've only killed like 200 Juvies when I need 2500 for the medal so that will also help a lot)
  8. If this does well (and I'm probably buying it early full price), then maybe just maybe we'll get Alpha Protocol 2 (or hell, just a remaster of the first game), which is still the best RPG I've ever played that isn't Mass Effect.
  9. Talvalin

    Gears 5

    Since I get the feeling that we're the only two people here who are playing multiplayer a lot, are you attempting to go for General during this operation? If so, what's your current rank title and what's your medal completion like? I was kind of half-arsing it, but since it looks like I may be out of a job shortly, I might as well for it during this operation. Unfortunately I'm only Master Sergeant 3 with around 20% of the medals so it's going to take some serious grinding to hit General by the end of the year.
  10. Talvalin

    Gears 5

    Whoops. I think I got that wrong. From what my friend, freezing and then kicking them to death is what counts. They have to freeze first for the kill to count. Smaller enemies cannot be frozen and therefore don't count towards the medal.
  11. Talvalin

    Gears 5

    A friend basically grinded his way through a Hive over and over again on Beginner where two Scions spawn in the first enemy room, with a reasonable chance that one of them has a Cryo Cannon. He then picked it up and mowed down all the small to normal sized enemies, and rinsed and repeated until done. I'm not sure if that was a custom Hive though or one of the designed ones. Edit: It's also possible in Horde, but people tend to save those weapons for bosses (the Matriarch in particular) so you'd get a lot of shit for using it on standard enemies.
  12. Talvalin

    Dark Souls 3

    After clearing all of the main game's bosses apart from The Nameless King, I flailed at him repeatedly and then gave up. I'm not sure I could go back and start from scratch, although I've now done that three times with the first game (got to Seath the first time with a melee-ish character, did the game + DLC with a dex/pyro build before getting owned by O&S on NG+ and currently just the final boss to go on my holy knight build, but wait we were talking about DS3). I should really finish this game at some point, and then decide if I want to go through it another couple of times to mop up all the achievements or not.
  13. That was me for DMC4 to be honest, Swordmaster all the way and it basically carried me through the entire game. However, I'm finding that on the harder difficulties you really have to use more of Dante's styles, Royal Guard in particular. Either that or get really really good at dodging lol!
  14. The Best Offer Geoffrey Rush is superb in a film about an auctioneer whose life gets turned upside by a mysterious client. It's beautiful to watch but the story and the other characters prevents the film from being great. 3/5
  15. New In Mourning due October, and the first single is far better than I had anticipated after the last couple of faintly disappointing albums
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