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  1. Even a small foreword along those lines would have been a great idea but thanks for that, that’s a great help.
  2. Good enough for me, I didn’t fancy waiting around to read something else first, figured I could bash out a few more issues later tonight.
  3. The first issue / chapter is called Loose Ends, and the name says it all really! It assumes I already know who both the couples are, and I don’t, and that I know all about whoever / whatever died just before it started. No spoilers, I just want to know if I should ( if I can ) buy the start of the run or if there’s a primer I can read instead? I can’t imagine I’m the first person to buy the Absolute who is new to the series!
  4. Bought myself the first two Absolute Swamp Things on a whim for my birthday, having never read it before. It seems to have started halfway through a story arc, which seems odd. And not only that, but it’s assuming that I have either know the back story or don’t care what’s already happened as there wasn’t even some sort of ‘Previously on Swamp Thing’ but which explained what had already taken place. The book itself is wonderful, and I enjoyed the first ‘issue’ but before I continue, I’d like to know what’s going on without spoiling what’s to come. Am I better of getting the start of the arc before continuing? Is it available from anywhere? Or is there a good summary somewhere I could read instead? Related question; I had assumed that all Absolute Editions were supposed to be self contained but I’m guessing now that it’s just collections of best issues / runs of certain issues from an arc & they might not actually make any sense to people that were new to the series?
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    Pokemon Go

    The queue for Azelf on the 9db site is in the tens of thousands, if anyone knows anyone who is in the right region or could invite me to one, I’d appreciate it. I could return the favour with the EU one if required. 9836 6855 8210 Thanks
  6. Watched this over two nights this week with my kids ( 9 & 4 ), they absolutely loved it, mainly the dog but I thought it was fantastic. Story was great, the stuff with the dad was relatable, the shit dinosaurs at the restaurant, the robots in the restaurant & the mum was brilliant once she went crazy. Might have made me tear up a little bit too though. I can see us watching it a few times over the next month or so.
  7. I’ve only gone & bloody won a scenario in Arkham Horror, as in properly won it ( not like Saturday when I reached R3 of the final scenario of Night of the Zealot which was kind of a win but I felt a bit mean ). I’d moved on to one of the separate scenarios; Murder at the Excelsior Hotel, which sounded pretty interesting & boy was I fed up of the f**king Ghoul Priest so I needed a change. It is such a breath of fresh air & there were quite a few different options / ways it could have played out which was a surprise. Based on that, I’m really looking forward to other scenarios now. Played a few games initially with the standard chaos bag setup & Roland ( starter deck ) & managed to make some good progress but not enough to identify the ‘True Culprit’. Then I decided to drop the difficulty down a bit by switching to the easy chaos bag setup. The rolls were definitely kinder but I still had one turn in the middle where I drew tentacles, -3 & tentacles again, which was annoying. Everything came together right at the end though, the perfect encounter card ( now that’s a strange sentence to type! ) & I put all my resources into it, praying for anything other than tentacles from the bag; drew a 0, which was enough to finish it off in style. What I really like about the game as a whole is that it basically plays out like a ‘rogue-like’, each time I try a scenario, I get a little bit further; I learn what each room has / does, I advance the act or agenda, I see a few more encounters & all of that helps me shape the moves I make in subsequent games. Going to take a little break for now as Cloudspire is due to arrive tomorrow but I’ll definitely be back at the weekend, think I’ll have a crack at Curse of the Rougarou next.
  8. So I found some Mayday 'green' sleeves in an old box while sorting & I there was enough to sleeve my core set of Arkham Horror LCG, which made a huge improvement over playing Marvel Champions unsleeved. However, now I've played a good number of games, they are starting to stick together in places, the cards move quite a lot in the sleeves & I'm playing on a wooden table ( which I know isn't brilliant ) so they are sticking a bit when I move them around. I'm assuming that getting a play mat will sort my sticky / moving around issues, which I'm looking into but is this just typical of sleeves in general, or ( as I'm assuming ) do they get better as the price goes up? EDIT There's also quite a lot of slack / free space, i.e. the card doesn't fit snug-ley into the sleeve. I know you wouldn't want it so tight that it would risk warping the card but it seems like it could be a little bit tighter...
  9. Picked up a Cloudspire bundle from eBay for £245 delivered after watching the start of a solo play through on YouTube to get a good idea of how it plays. Comes with main game, plus the upgrade pack, all expansions, first set of miniatures & the scenario / lore books. The main game has been played a couple of times but all the stuff from the second campaign is still sealed. As long as it’s all in mint condition, it’s a pretty good price as it would be about 320 to buy it all new from Chip Theory’s website.
  10. And that’s that; we’re all dead, everyone is dead, dead, dead!
  11. Drew Ghoul Priest from the encounter deck on the first turn, which was effectively game over. I unmasked zero cultists, never left the starting location, was defeated via a retaliation attack from the priest & have now suffered another mental trauma. It almost feels like I’ve skipped the entire second scenario.
  12. Oh, I'm prepared for full & complete failure, based on how the campaign has started. Not sure that actually matters though, in terms of enjoyment!
  13. I reckon Arena with randoms is going to be a shit show, particularly once you go down a round or two. If it becomes a problem, they should add the quit penalty that the ranked games have. I played a good few games last night with my regular buddies from here, we won the first two, then lost a few & I’m pretty sure we won another later on. The first game went all the way to sudden death, so that’s 9 rounds in total! Took forever. It has potential as a mode though, and definitely adds some much needed permanent variety to the game.
  14. Servers still down, not that I’d have been playing anyway till later.
  15. Well, it’s most certainly still down here.
  16. Servers are down so you’re not missing out.
  17. Started my first proper Night of the Zealot campaign ( Arkham Horror LCG ) after a few goes at playing the first scenario on its own. Got my arse totally handed to me, enemy after enemy while I was in the cellar & not enough good rolls to get myself out of trouble. Didn’t even make it past the second act! Going into the second scenario with two trauma, meaning I can only take another 3 before I go mad ( again ), not holding out much hope here. On the bright side, the Arkham Cards iOS app is absolutely fantastic, how they haven’t made it official somehow, I have no idea. Now, off to unmask some cultists while slowly ( or perhaps not so slowly ) going insane.
  18. It’s not so bad now, I figure, as I can spread out the remaining expansion cycles, plus I understand they do reprint those so I don’t need to panic buy anything ( forgotten age box is basically out of stock everywhere so I assume that must be on the way soon-ish ). And I guess that’s birthday & Christmas covered for the foreseeable too!! The real rabbit hole is that this could be the start of a ‘board gaming phase’ in general, as I’ve also got Too Many Bones on the way, plus I’ve backed the Marvel United Kickstarter so things could get real expensive, real quick.
  19. Picked up the last two standalone Arkham Horror LCG scenarios from eBay tonight which means I’ve got all of them( or have them on the way ), all that is apart from Barkham Horror which is ludicrously expensive & apparently will never be reprinted. Shame I don’t speak German, as there’s one I could buy for £16. AH LCG Scenarios ~£145 AH LCG Core £30 AH LCG Complete Dunwich Expansion £87 Total £262 All funded by selling loads of stuff from my loft, so nowhere near as bad as it looks.
  20. Watched the first 20 minutes of someone playing it on Twitch earlier, looked pretty interesting but this idea of no saving mid-run & runs possibly going over 2 hours is hilarious. I guess everyone at Housemarque has no wife or kids & absolutely nothing else to do in an evening / weekend. Not jealous at all.
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    Coffee

    The Aeropress doesn’t require much messing about, been using mine for the last four years or so. I pull the plunger halfway down the tube ( about halfway between the 2 & 3, put one scoop ( from the scoop that comes with it ) & fill it with 95 degree water. I try to leave it for around a minute but sometimes it’s longer if I get distracted & it doesn’t seem to make too much difference. I do exactly the same whatever coffee I buy, which is nearly always pre-ground filter stuff from the supermarket, and it’s normally delicious. And if it isn’t, it’s because I don’t like the actual coffee as I end up not really enjoying any of the cups from that bag. If I’m making two cups, I pull the plunger all the way to bottom of the tube & add two scoops, rest is the same. Obviously everyone is different but I’d take a coffee from my Aeropress over an Americano from anywhere else, still love a proper Flat White though.
  22. Picked up the Arkham Horror LCG core box last week after being a bit disappointed by the lack of a campaign mode in Marvel Champions ( I mean, no fault of the game, I just didn't investigate it clearly enough before buying it ). I like the fact that it shares a very similar base to Marvel Champions so I didn't have to start from scratch in terms of the mechanics & I also managed to find some bags of card sleeves that I must have got free years ago, so sleeving them made shuffling so much easier than unsleeved. I'm only playing solo, and with one investigator, as opposed to two & using the suggested deck list. Failed the first two attempts before getting to the third act / agenda but it was more about getting to grips with the flow of the game than actually trying to win ( obviously winning would have been better though! ). Managed to complete the first scenario successfully just now, got so lucky with the token draws though, so so lucky!! I also missed the bit about the number of each type of asset I can have in play at one time, so might have exceeded them briefly but it's all part of learning process. My wife has expressed an interest in having a go as well, which should prove "interesting" so I'm going to try & run through it a few more times before the weekend just so I've got the mechanics down as I don't fancy trying to explain it to someone else before I know!! Oh, and since I'm fully carried away, I *might* have also bought the whole Dunwich Legacy expansion & a couple of the stand-alone scenarios packs as well.
  23. It's a fine balance between dropping last & dropping first. While you're absolutely right that looting & running for 10 minutes before being instantly dropped by a much better squad is rubbish, similarly dropping in 'hot' at the start can also be equally frustrating if you don't get a weapon out of your first bin / room as you're also dead straight away. I had a year or so off after getting burnt out playing the first two seasons non-stop but I've been back this season & am loving it again, just about to finish off the Battle Pass & I only started halfway through.
  24. Got the following games, that I mainly backed on Kickstarter over the years, which I want to shift: Boss Monster ( Legendary Edition for Original Backers! ), plus 'Tools Of Hero-Kind' expansion - Both sealed Two copies of this have sold on eBay for over £100 but I'm sure that can't be right?? Machine Of Death - The Game of Creative Assassination - Not sealed but never used & seems to have lots of decks / card packs in the big box Eaten by Zombies , plus 'In Cahoots' expansion & some sort of sealed extra card from the Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maydaygames/eaten-by-zombies-deckbuilding-to-die-for-game Pixel Lincoln , plus Bonus & Extra cards from the Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/pixel-lincoln-the-deckbuilding-game-0/description Not really sure what they are worth, but I'd much rather they go to a good home ( and more importantly free up space in my home before I move house ) so please let me know if you are interested.
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