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Cosmic_Guru

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    Reading history, fiction in translation, science fiction or more or less anything if stuck on the proverbial Desert Island.
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    Football and in particular supporting Arsenal & Sutton Utd.
    Listening to all sorts of music, but nothing particularly recent (see Mafia III soundtrack for reference)

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  1. Cosmic_Guru

    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Yes. I don't really do much or read much about SUFC, other than going to home matches, so it was quite an eye opener in how open, frank and familiar the panel were with the supporters. We are a community club and hopefully will continue that way, albeit we probably have to set our ambition on the pitch to survival in National League and a trip to Wembley in the FAT. A thumping 4-2 win from 0-2 down on the Saturday beforehand undoubtedly helped the mood! I'm sure we've all played Football Manager at some point, but when you hear about the issues with injuries (2 ACLs, 3 youth players promoted to the 1st team out for the rest of the season, one lad with his 3rd concussion who won't play again this season), problems players have off the pitch, run-ins with the FA (presumably for contesting ridiculous decisions), all whilst trying to juggle the cash you can begin to understand what it is like IRL. It's one of those things - as football supporters we may all gripe and whine at times through the season, but there are always many clubs worse off.
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Attended an interesting Q&A session with the Chairman, Paul Doswell ("Doz") and Ian Baird ("Bairdy") on Monday. As I had surmised, the club is rattling the can to try to drum up sufficient funds to remain competitive at this level AND retain their independence. The problem seems to be less great than I feared because they argued they spent a seriously large sum on maintenance in the year I was looking at, financed from the FA cup receipts. Anyway £150k pa is sought via a new syndicate lottery scheme, a share offering and hikes in season tickets & gate admission for adults, but with reductions for under 10s now (free) and 11-18 (£30). Seems a sound strategy. The other major news was that Doswell is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons and the team will be under "Bairdy's" management for the rest of the season (for some reason I didn't make the connection with the former Leeds player). It seems to have been a stressful season for the two, although all agreed we are actually punching above our weight. Neither Doswell nor Baird receive a salary. Doswell said he had invested millions over his 11 year involvement but owns no shares. He said he would ideally like a squad of 24 players on "a grand a week" but had a wages budget of £0.7m. I think this is for a 44 week year, so that is more like an average £700 pw, although he mentioned some younger players are on the like of £350 pw. Regardless, it is clearly somewhat less than the new boys in the National League. The team very rarely stays overnight. Transfer targets this summer include an old fashioned centre half and younger defenders. One of the keepers will go (I thought they already had but they were only on loan). No-one could explain why we regularly (3 seasons in a row) lose to a relegated team late in the season on a Tuesday night!. It was an interesting and well attended session and most of the questioners were known to the panel. On a practical note, if Leyton are chasing promotion when they visit they are likely to be given half the ground
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    The Kickstarter Group Thread

    These two https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1263001724/anno-domini-1666 (this is the production delay one although on closer inspection they also have money from Polish sources) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1890003488/castle-von-loghan (the redesign one)
  4. Cosmic_Guru

    The Kickstarter Group Thread

    Just received another long tale of production woe from one of my backed projects. There are two in particular which I think are now running a high risk of being unable to fulfil their orders (quite apart from any issues arising from Brexit) - this one and another which still seems to be refining the game design itself which isn't a good sign. Both are hopelessly late, and I imagine are burning through the backers cash unless they have other sources of finance. I think for both of these one has to write off the investment cost, know that you have at least helped them to develop their work and move on. Looking at the small number of backers in both cases, it's pretty clear the kickstarter market were wiser than me to these projects - they looked interesting though!. All the other games I've backed are either from established outfits who seem to have a sort of production line in place for their projects, are reprints or expansions, or otherwise seem less risky.
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    The Division 2 - Nothing like Sekiro

    Check your order on the website - that's where the code is.
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Nightmare results for both Fatsam and myself tonight. Ours was entirely predictable since something similar happened v Torquay (relegated) last season and our best performances seem to always be against the higher placed sides (recent defeat at Salford excepted). I took refuge against the wind amongst the handful of Braintree fans for the second half and their goals were lovely to behold from behind that goal - nothing lucky or scrappy, really crisp efforts on the break each time. They also missed a first half penalty. I ended up laughing and applauding them. 4 more home matches to endure this season, and two of those are v sides in the relegation zone. Maybe the visit of Gateshead Saturday will reverse this poor spell.
  7. Cosmic_Guru

    The Division 2 - Nothing like Sekiro

    They will most likely post first class tomorrow and you should have it Thursday all being well.
  8. Cosmic_Guru

    Xbox One Console Thread

    Plenty more indies in the pipeline... https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/03/11/id-xbox-gdc-2019/
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    Anthem

    That's exactly my experience (XB).
  10. I've been aware of this game from Quebec-based nine dots for a little while but reading (in-store) a preview in PC Gamer this morning made me rather more interested. The game has some intriguing features and features a human "nobody" as Charname. couch and on-line co-op attention to detail on survival elements, you can't just scoff a dead animal no perma death - rather you are transported elsewhere on the map (potentially without your backpack - see below) no quick travel a spell crafting system which reminds me a bit of Two Worlds II, combing different ingredients or components to different ends auto-save only stamina cost to combat magic comes at the cost of lower health and stamina wearing a backpack hinders rolling away in combat
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    Anthem

    Thanks to the EA pre-order promotion with Shopto I've enjoyed 50 hours of free play with this! The basic gameplay loop (Storm) is very enjoyable but when it comes to working through another checklist for another Legionnaire path of glory its time to cash out. I also still, post patch, have an issue with the arcanists doing a vanishing job when you approach them and being unable to debrief from their final quest or to access the ongoing bulletin board, so I have even less incentive to carry on at the present time. I might well return though. The intense end of quest line scenarios where you were working with sentinels (LOL to be held up at one point by needing revivals) were great, so I can imagine MP would be fun.
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    The Kickstarter Group Thread

    Much more cautious. To be honest I went on a bit of a Kickstarter boardgame splurge last year, partly to get hold of games which aren't for sale at retail, but also signing up for several which most likely will be - mostly smaller projects which took my fancy and which appear to cater to solo play, rather than the big CMON type mega boxes. Now it's a case of hoping as many as possible get fulfilled before exit (whenever that happens). I've recently backed the new Hall or Nothing Kilforth game but that is likely to be the last (just hit that reminder button instead - note to self). If all the games I've backed come good, I won't lack for things to play this year and into next. I'm pretty sure now however that there will be problems with some fulfillments being delivered even before, say, July. There are just so many potential pitfalls - for example one game I backed arrived in Germany but the developers didn't realise they needed to include product details in German, so the crates were not cleared through customs and have to be re-routed. Even more experienced outfits encounter delays in getting the components correctly manufactured to their specifications, and then there is the lengthy 6-8 week transit period even when everything has been printed, moulded and assembled. Sometimes cartons get damaged in transit (which happened with the City of Kings reprint, which is the only one to come in on time so far).
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    Anthem

    No, but I still consider it a DPS or possibly a "control" build - as you say with constant movement, freezing for the easiest time with AoE and combos pinging all the time, and with well timed ultimates. Priorities after par shield and armour add-ons would be ice intensity, gear recharge times and gear intensity (shooting being more of a preliminary with the sniper rifle or backstop with a heavy pistol or shotgun in my case). Anyway breezed through the final sequence (on normal) with that ice build + a bit of sniping v the frost elites. Also completed Brin and the Arcanist's quests which built up nicely in intensity, although the Archanists are now bugged and won't speak to me. Surely the brief post credits sequence points the way for dlc or free expansions?
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    Anthem

    I wouldn't call my Storm's approach exactly defensive, but after a little long range sniping to start things off I generally have to keep moving between hovers and, in particular, need to time and direct the special most expeditiously. I did prioritise shield and armour enhancements admittedly.
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