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  1. At the very least, an 'auto-sell' option would be good. Again from Xenoblade chronicles, but also Witcher, I think I would actually like to never ever ever have items as a quest reward. Just cash, and for shops to be useful, and for a shopping spree to be exciting. Maybe bosses can drop fancy loot and that's it.
  2. You're not wrong. Witcher is awful in that regard, and it put me off a bit, because I was finding it all a bit unfulfilling, but I think I will go back to it. I think turning off question marks is good advice. I think Zelda made more sense because there was a general sense of not really being sure how many side quests you could do, so you were really encouraged to just uncover areas at your own pace, and if you saw someone you'd be able to resolve whatever sidequests (I can't remember if there were actual logged sidequests or just random things). I'm currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles and I think I like the minimap on that. the ! quests are plentiful but not having to return to people to hand them in is great. And also not having "quest items" that only spawn when you have a quest. It's a great feeling accepting a quest, realising that you already have 4 sexy-turnips in your inventory and complete it there and then. Preemptive gathering is rewarded. Also I think they don't all spawn at once, and though sometimes it's somewhat frustrating feeling like you have cleared an area only to find 4 more ! pop up when you return, I think it's probably good for open world games not say "here is everything you can possible do" from the off. I think there's something in gating the sidequests around the main story, so that you can just 100% "a chapter" and then have to come back later. Zelda didn't do this, but I think not having some epic todo list, which is what a "quest log" really is, just allows you to run around and deal with things as you're passing by rather than turning a fun game into a fucking Jira board.
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    For what it's worth I am really loving the Wilfa Uniform. It was a crazy amount of money to spend on a grinder, but for something that is part of my daily routine I am satisfied. The people at Square Mile were also delightful in getting it sent to me next day. What I like is that it's very easy to dial the grind up or down back to a specific amount, since I generally do filter in the morning, and an espresso for my elevensies, I'm constantly changing it. it doesn't take up a lot of space on my counter and the grind is really good. Since discovering a good espresso Aeropress technique I have enjoyed a milky flat-white style coffee* rather than just V60 but heating milk is a bit of a faff. Our microwave is packed away as we hardly ever use it and it took up too much space. So I just have a small pan and heat milk on a hob. While also trying to do the faff around the Aeropress, it's a bit annoying when all I want is a mere 60-70ml of warm milk. On top of that, there's no microfoam....so I'm thinking of getting a milk foamer. This was mentioned: https://www.johnlewis.com/dualit-milk-frother-black/p231706525?sku=231706525&s_ppc=2dx92700053277443508&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=CjwKCAjwi_b3BRAGEiwAemPNUwazWvSvOYWHmnNFAaqCjoPnWb-CZLtILuM0PJ-99biNyH6flXZfdRoCINsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds But I'm not sure. I don't want big foamy cappuccino tops, that's silly. I just want that microfoam that just adds a little thickness / velvety texture you'd get with a proper steam wand. I don't want to spend too much money, or have yet another kitchen thing taking up space, so £50 seems about right. Anyone got any thoughts / advice? I could get one of those little mini whisks but I think more important to me is just a quick and clean way to heat a small amount of milk. * I tried Square Milk Red Brick and Sweet Shop. The Sweetshop has been disappointing iwth the technique. No matter how I do it Red Brick just gave so much more richness, flavour than Sweet shop. So I'm trying to bash through the Sweetshop so I can order another Red Brick!
  4. It's definitely worth the money if its your thing. I actually really enjoyed how 'normal' it could be. "hey so I know there's this looming threat that could destroy Tokyo but let's pause on leveling up our battle skills, pop over to the dance studio and work on how we can better perform as a pop star for our fans. We'll get a mochi parfait on the way".
  5. Alas it's digital otherwise I totally would. Don't let the realistic boob jiggle give you cause for doubt. I put about 50 hours in so I guess that's £1/hour.
  6. Thanks, I had tried them both. I was put off by both for different reasons. DQ11 because it is so so archetypal that I just felt...not right now. Xenoblade obviously is going to be at its core but the SciFi setting just feels a bit more what I'm after. ToM I was just put off by having to narrow my character choice down to 3, and it felt a bit too much like was saying at the start "you're gonna play this a few times through". Really wasn't interested in replay. I realise that's reactionary, but when you're looking for reasons... My dilemma right now is bascially Ni No Kuni or Xenoblade, or neither and wait for Paper Mario. Either way Paper Mario is getting played, and maybe I'll pretend I can run two RPGs at the same time. I doubt Paper Mario is going to be a really big time investment.
  7. Ah shit I've just remembered Paper Mario is out in a few weeks. I really want to play that, but getting another massive RPG now that will almost certainly not be done by the 17th seems like a not-sensible thing to do. So obviously I'm going to.
  8. I finally finished Tokyo Mirage Sessions. I think I liked it? I feel like if it didn't have the boob jiggle I'd have unashamedly loved it. But the typical anime misogyny would have been shrugged off when I was in my 20s but now it's a bit cringeworthy. But I just loved how ridiculous the concept was and I just couldn't stop grinding through it. I was glad for it to finally be over though, but then it leaves this massive hole for what story based thing to play next. I guess I should get Xenoblade Chronicles. I tried it on 3DS and just didn't get on with it. I had no fucking clue what was going on with the battle system but I imagine it just didn't translate well to the small screen. But I think I am up for some action / MMO style combat* as after a while just waiting for endless sessions in TMS made the combat start to get boring, as there wasn't a whole lot of strategy in its battle system beyond "don't die, try to get big sessions" I'm also up for big huge vistas and a story that is more epic, more fantasy setting. As fun as the world of Japanese idol culture was for a little while, dialogue about "trying ones best to become a better performer thanks to the support of your friends" ad infinatum did grate a little. Lockdown has given me a taste for JPRGs that has been long dormant. Earthlock had its flaws but there was something nice about it being pretty 'straight up', not complex, and not being bogged down in sidequest & cutscene hell. That much worries me a little about Xenoblade. But it looks so nice. And this much football won't be on all summer, but the pandemic will soooooo I'm also tempted by, and have never played Ni No Kuni. Ahh decisions. * I'm also tempted to resub WoW but I'm forbidden from falling off the wagon.
  9. I did not realise this. I put it on fast mode recently as I figured I didn't need the animations but I think it's made me worse at the game, as its taken away a bit of observation and thinking time.
  10. The difficulty I've had while trying to let a dark orb stack up its power, is that I'll just end up evoking it because I need to channel frost to withstand the damage, as their passive damage isn't enough on its own for certain turns. I mean the answer I guess might be trying to get more block from cards alone, while letting dark build up. I'm still learning Defect though.
  11. I want to believe that the lego sets are part of the build somehow.
  12. I was curious about this. I don't have kids but maybe I might one day, and funnily enough this issue of protecting them from the internet or too much screen time is the biggest fear of parenting right now! But my take, for what it's worth (nothing) is that surely 'screen time' is an all encapsulating phrase. But there's a difference between them watching, I don't know, PewDiePie on their own vs playing a nice point and click adventure with the rest of the family. I say that last one because one of my most cherished video gaming memories is playing Monkey Island with my mum, dad and sister. That was me spending 'hours' playing video games but it's not the same as fortnight. I remember playing hours of Speedball 2 and my parents rightly telling me off, because I was getting so frustrated I ended up punching a monitor. That was an extreme case I think. But I think the game in question is significant, and I'd imagine possibly also that there's a bit of a variety. If they're playing one game endlessly and exclusively, I don't know if that's bad but it feels like a shame.
  13. As in, The 'Ding? Because if so I am sold on the name and my heritage alone. For now I just got 24 Pillars lager so with that and the other orders I don't need any more for a little bit. I realise I might have been speaking out of my arse about the beer sub ones, but it's a word of warning for the 'selection boxes' that they do on places like Ocado, eg Beer Hawk selection pack. I guess because these are just supplied to stock a shop they are about 60% BeerCo and 40% slightly more interesting. I was just echoing that it's pretty fun trying a complete selection from one single brewery anyway, so why not work your way through them.
  14. I bought this on PC about, hmm, 3 weeks ago? I've already clocked 40 hours on it. It's scary. I'm easing off though because I think I was playing it too much. I'm not very consistent, but i've beaten the heart with Silent and Ironclad. I got really really close last night with Defect but my plan is to 'complete' it that way with Defect then move onto the monk girl (can't remember her name) Something I'd say to Mawdlin, it's probably okay to just play recklessly and not agonise too much over the cards. Being a little random will maybe be frustrating as you end up dying really quickly for no good reason, on an enemy you've maybe killed loads of times before, but on the flipside not thinking too much, taking every card, experimenting, will help introduce ways that some cards will work together. Cards I hadn't really appreciated ended up creating a synergy with others and some ridiculous chain reactions. People will tell you not to take too many cards and that's all very correct for proper strategy but it's sometimes worth just taking everything to see what happens. I would like to be more strategic though, I am not quite good at appreciating what cards I've ended up with and then letting that influence what cards I take, i.e. adapting to the cards you acquired rather than going in with a mindset on how you want to play. I'm sad there's no android version yet though. Then again it's not too bad over steam link - a little fiddly but it works.
  15. Also places like beer52, or beer hawk seem to just keep sending Brewdog, Magic Rock or Camden Brewery beers. At that point you might as well just get a selection from Sainsburys / Tescos / Whoever. It's not terrible beer, but it's quite uninteresting and they all taste the same as each other. We've been ordering direct from a few breweries since lock down began and I've been really impressed with the speed of delivery. We've tried Crate, Pressure Drop and Tiny Rebel. I mean these aren't exactly unknowns, it's just what we picked. We ordered from Pressure Drop as they're round the corner from us, they are great for those 8% hazy hop monster beers, big tall cans though so we can have a can between two. This sour: https://pressuredropbrewing.co.uk/products/future-sunshine-peach-pineapple-passionfruit-sour was one of the nicest sours I've had in a long time. Juicy, full of flavour, but not too sour, not too cloying. Just really nice. We ordered Tiny Rebel, not because they're particularly small or indie, in fact I'm seeing them on Ocado quite a bit, but they always did beer at Green Man festival, since that's cancelled, it was nice to have a few different ones. What I'm after now is some decent Lagers though. Have really enjoyed some decent craft ones. Pillars Brewery is delicious so I'll probably order a case or two from them. https://thornbridgebrewery.co.uk/beer/lukas/ is a nice one and I generally love all Thornbridge beers. But am interested if there any other Pillars-esque breweries that are nice, small, indie, but chose to specialise in lager. With the heat it's sometimes really nice to have a frosty lager.
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