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    RPGs and the best of the rest, has to be interesting though these days to get a look in.
    Board games - dungeon crawlers or anything good for solo play.
    Reading history, fiction in translation, science fiction or more or less anything if stuck on the proverbial Desert Island.
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    Tennis for 2 weeks a year.
    Football and in particular supporting Arsenal & Sutton Utd.

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  1. Excellent. Hope he brings us luck like the chap I stood next to against Carlisle.
  2. Getting a nosebleed now. Tough test against Swindon on Tuesday though.
  3. Sorry to hear that @grounded_dreams, not familiar with your particular background, but it seems to happen far too frequently across every league.
  4. Football; Bloody Hell! Incredible game which finished Sutton Utd 4: Port Vale 3 and sees us move up into the playoff places with a game still in hand. Beautiful warm sun, our biggest league crowd for ages. Sold out away end, giving it some when they (deservedly) went 2 up in the first half. We scrambled one back before half time, equalised via a perfectly planted own goal header, only for them to go ahead again from a ranged strike into the corner (hate those ones). Credit due, we didn't give up and scored twice, the second time in injury time, to send the home fans absolutely crazy. My favourite spot is always along the rail at pitch side off towards the away fans, and usually that empties out second half when we kick toward the home end, but the ends were swapped this time around. Cue absolute mayhem when the goals went in just in front, and the need for an instinctive straight arm, backside out, brace against the railing to protect myself and a gaggle of young kids to my left from a couple of 2/3 lad deep surges which fortunately didn't have the added momentum of going down a terrace. Still buzzing.
  5. Tell me about it. So incredibly frustrating. Today however we seem to have absolutely dominated Northampton, won away for the first time, and move up to 11th, not far from the playoffs
  6. You can't go wrong with the Penguin Classic paperbacks curated by ST Joshi.
  7. Gratifyingly easy 4-0 win for Sutton today versus Carlisle although I guess the very early goal helped a great deal. Two goals from new boy Alastair Smith, and Ajiboye a real handful once again. The ground hopper next to me proved a good luck mascot for the match.
  8. And finished. Around 37 hours to complete, running teams of 3 (albeit with the benefit of re-doing some of the early quests). "This is only the beginning" remarks Brynn at the end, how right she is. I think the logical next step would be for character specific DLC, maybe 2 or 3 quests for each so you can prioritise your favourites, before any physical material need be added. 4 of the 6 characters were great to play, Kehli seems very undercooked* and Brynn is simply dull, dull, dull. All in all, really good game despite the app glitching for me in places, and it might be worth a replay on higher difficulty and seeing what differences arise from rebalanced traits and taking alternative decisions near the end.¥ *impression also borne out by having lower trait combined trait points than all the others. ¥ but not for a good while yet!
  9. That number of quests in Descent spoilered above turns out to be understated by 1. Just the final quest to do now. The last couple of quests, bringing to a conclusion the plot lines of Syrus and Vaerix have been quite a bit more challenging, but good. I would expect paid dlc to come along before any boxed expansions. Getting quite strong Dragon Age Origins vibes from this at times.
  10. Christoph has added some interesting items to his sale range https://meeplescorner.co.uk/product-category/offers/
  11. Exactly right. The game is amazing - assuming you like JRPGs, of which this is a pretty pitch perfect cardboard analogue. There is a wonderful combat system, sophisticated enemy AI akin to that in S&S, gorgeous tiles which include elevation, water currents etc, the ability to develop your characters in diverse ways, and a story pretty typical of the genre, BUT it has A monster load of components Quite a few crunchy rules A 500 page storybook with reams of text to be read or listened to, including immediately after boss battles, which I'm fine with because I can put it aside and read it when it suits me, but which may be difficult to manage in a group. I've played a fair chunk and just reached equipment tier 3 (of 4) - basically 95% of loot is coin which you spend inbetween scenarios to gradually upgrade all your equipment, just like you do with Final Fantasy - so it's quite daunting to contemplate picking it up again after a lengthy break, but I will at some point. And this is just Act 1! The set up / tear down isn't too bad if you can keep the in-play materials out of the box on a side table or something in-between sessions. I think I made the card holders for this game and they also help. I cannibalise other boxes for the tokens, the Kilforth "pimping " ones are good, even if that means not putting them back in the main box. There are probably even more tokens in S&S.
  12. It's brilliant isn't it? As you say, a complete hybrid. The sort of thing you mention in the spoiler occurs quite often in Middara, but it's a helluva lot more cumbersome to implement. Although you never really seem to cut loose and learn new skills, you can at least begin to customise your characters a little as you get further into the game, and try to build some synergies around specific card types. Also, the dialogue choices you make along the way have an impact, at least moderately. My only criticism is that it is a little too easy, but that makes it ideal for family groups. The early scenario I failed in the first runthrough (Kehli's) happened simply because I missed one key line of text, and second time around it wasn't a problem. Sometimes the app has glitched on me and it has a few errors, but otherwise the game is really enjoyable. Edit. I think there are 4 difficulty settings and I'm on normal, so maybe I should try hard next time around, just to have to work the cards more efficiently.
  13. Im sure there will loads of expansions and/ or dlc for Descent. The base game is pretty lengthy as is, with each quest taking me around 90 minutes running 3 characters, and at least (number of) Quests available. This is probably the first TTG I'll be able to say with some accuracy how long has been spent.
  14. Cosmic_Guru

    Tennis

    Discussion of GOAT has obviously been deferred for now, but how do you factor in rule changes (for one thing)? 1970 ladies Wimbledon final BJK lost to Margaret Court 12-14, 9-11, over a gruelling 2 hours and 27 minutes, with both players carrying injuries into the match.
  15. Cosmic_Guru

    Tennis

    The financial reward for winning womens singles, doubles and mixed doubles at Wimbledon 1967 (just before the Open Era) was At that time US women were paid $28 per diem during the US championships. Players of other nationalities were financially supported far more generously, despite being officially amateur.
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