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Diablo 3 / Re: Season 12
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:49:19 AM »
I haven't played.  I keep trying, but every time I turn on my computer I wind up playing Civ 4
 ::)

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Diablo 3 / Re: I snickered, but not very loudly
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:47:28 AM »
But this thread actually made me laugh out loud.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:43:42 AM »
I've been short on time, but I managed to read two books since the last update
First was Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire.  This series is very strange, but very good.  This one was a mild step down from books one and two in the series (it wasn't originally supposed to BE a series, from what I can tell.  One finds one doesn't care.)  But in truth it was really the setting of the book that didn't quite inspire me.  The story itself was still pretty good though.  I'll leave it at that. 4/5

And the second?  Damned if I know.  I usually take a picture of my books so I can write them in here later.  I forgot to.  And now I can't recall what I read.  Hazards of old age perhaps.  Or perhaps... I never finished.  I have several of those books lingering.  I should finish one of them up shortly.

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* = reread
1. She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow - 3/5
2. Vallista, by Stephen Brust - 4.5/5
3. Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5

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Gaming General / Re: What are you looking forward to in 2018?
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:27:28 AM »
I'm kind of excited for Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition. I can't tell if that's sad or epic.

In an odd twist, I just stumbled across my old Neverwinter Nights disks two days ago.  Not sure if that means anything to anyone other than me...
And possibly you.  :D

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General Discussion / Re: Welcome to GamersOasis, again!
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:26:25 AM »
Tim, you're a sick bastard.  I've missed that.  :D

Sup Liquid?  And others?  And people who haven't joined yet but will eventually and will see this and see what a friendly guy Reigns is? 
 8)

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Sports / Re: NFL 2017-2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:00:40 AM »
I suppose my petition to the NFL to allow both teams to lose was denied...
 ;D

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Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:01:54 PM »
SPOILER!




...Luke's in it

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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:00:09 PM »
Yup, this and the random D3 updates are why I keep coming back.  Since I finished a book right on January 1, it seems I'm off to a good start as well.  Hopefully I'll make that book a week goal this year.  Missed by 3 last year.

She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow.  Honestly this is an author that is very hit or miss.  Her best stuff tends to be urban fantasy, and is fantastic.  Straight fantasy, etc isn't as good. This one was just sort of weird.  It was good enough to finish but not good enough to read again, so that's sort of my definition of a 3 out of 5.

On the other hand Stephen Brust's new Vlad Taltos book finally came out.  I found Vallista to be pretty well written and fairly entertaining.  It had Brust's usual problems with being a bit difficult to follow, but by the end he had pretty much cleared it all up.  For me, this was a shiny 4.5 out of 5

* = reread
1. She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow - 3/5
2. Vallista, by Stephen Brust - 4.5/5


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Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:50:45 PM »
So here is my last update for 2017
Stories of your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang, which I give a 4 out of five.  This anthology was fantastic... at first.  Then it hit a major low point with the title story, which was what was turned into the movie Arrival, which I loved.  However, the actual story was very thin.  Fascinating, but thin.  He followed it up with some more mediocre pieces and then a few more good ones.  So in truth this is a mix of 5* and 3* stories for me.  4 seems about right. 

I didn't hit the book a week tier that I always try and get to.  :(


* = reread
1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien - 5/5 *
2. Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L Hughes - 4/5
3. The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, by Vivien Alcock - 2.5/5
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
5. Reckoning, by Lili St. Crow - 4/5
6. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - 3/5
7. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
8. Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs - 4.5/5
9. The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
10. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5
11. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5
12. The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5
13. Jhereg, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
14. Yendi, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *
30. The Martian, by Andy Weir - 5/5
31. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro, 3.5/5
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
48. Shaman Rises, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
49. Stories of your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang - 4/5


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PCs / Re: Favorite Anti-virus Software?
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:50:20 PM »
What did you settle on?

BTW I have used Kaspersky for years but am now going to switch, since my auto-renew has been invalidated due to US companies no longer supporting it due to concern that the company is using it to steal data for the Russian government.  Maybe, maybe not.  But it's still a hassle I don't need. 

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Diablo 3 / Re: The game hates me
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:47:20 PM »
Primal puzzle ring. Would be a good thing if Blizzard had included a primal vault. Can you imagine? Packs of gobs in every room all the way to Greed. Greed herself would be shooting off gobs like multi coloured popcorn and when finally slain she would drop a dozen treasure chests.

The way I envision it, it would take an afternoon to bring all the loot back to town.

Yup.  And you'd only have 60 seconds before the room closed.   ::)

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Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:41:55 PM »
I've spent far too much time back and forth with my mom's health issues to do a ton of reading.  But I finished The Walker Papers at least.  Shaman Rises was about what was expected.  Enjoyable but not mindblowing.  I don't mind.  I started this series literally years ago and it was nice to read the conclusion.  It was even vaguely satisfying.  4/5


* = reread
1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien - 5/5 *
2. Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L Hughes - 4/5
3. The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, by Vivien Alcock - 2.5/5
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
5. Reckoning, by Lili St. Crow - 4/5
6. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - 3/5
7. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
8. Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs - 4.5/5
9. The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
10. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5
11. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5
12. The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5
13. Jhereg, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
14. Yendi, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *
30. The Martian, by Andy Weir - 5/5
31. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro, 3.5/5
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
48. Shaman Rises, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5

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Sports / Re: NFL 2017-2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:36:26 PM »
This was horrible to watch:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/ryan-shazier-injury-update-hit-video-steelers-back-improving/qfj5rw6enqkf1l386xaxy45zl
Some of his teammates were crying on the sidelines when it was obvious that he couldn't move his legs at all.   
Thankfully there's hope that he'll recover fully -- but they don't know for sure. 

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PCs / Re: New Firefox
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:32:35 PM »
I've used it.  It's okay.  I'm tired of them moving crap around.
Chrome I loath, despite the security features.  I find it unusable. 

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Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: November 01, 2017, 03:27:41 PM »
So I've read the next couple of The Walker Papers, by C.E. Murphy.  Raven Calls was a good read that took things in some slightly new but not unexpected directions.  Another solid 4.5.  Mountain Echoes wasn't as interesting to me, for a lot of reasons.  Still good, but more predictable than I'd like.  Down to a 4 for this one.  And then there was No Dominion: A Garrison Report, which was a novella and a bunch of short stories put together to make a book.  Most of it was told from the point of view of the main character's best friend, who is also an important character in the series.  Very nice change of pace and important to fill in some of the blank spots I think.  I'll also give this a 4 although it verges on that extra .5
The very last book is up next.  We'll see how we end up.


* = reread
1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien - 5/5 *
2. Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L Hughes - 4/5
3. The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, by Vivien Alcock - 2.5/5
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
5. Reckoning, by Lili St. Crow - 4/5
6. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - 3/5
7. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
8. Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs - 4.5/5
9. The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
10. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5
11. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5
12. The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5
13. Jhereg, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
14. Yendi, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *
30. The Martian, by Andy Weir - 5/5
31. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro, 3.5/5
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5


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