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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: Today at 03:35:45 AM »
I remember Sigilstun saying he farmed someone 200 times and didn't get a legendary.  I struggle with replayability in this game.  I'm not quite sure why, maybe its similar to early D3 when the chance of something good dropping didn't feel worth playing.  The journey to the target is a drag at least for me.

A lot of the legendaries won't drop until you're close to max level. I didn't start seeing legendaries regularly drop from the train chests after Tinder Snowflake until I hit level 61 and there are some I won't see until I hit level 72.

Farming for the Lyuda, I get a legendary drop one in every five kills. So I can quickly build up a selection of Lyuda's that way. Farming Boll for the Fast Ball grenade mod is similarly quick. Not tried Savage Lee for the Harold yet or the Treants for the Bee but, they're both relatively quick farms to do. Same for the Wattle Gobbler.

Some of the best items in BL2 come from quest rewards as well.

I started a Maya yesterday, as I've not played her yet. Got a Legendary drop from the first mini-boss, Knuckledragger. That'll make the first few levels very easy for her to do. After that, I'll bin it as there's no way of getting it to a starting character for it to be useful to them.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:23:24 PM »
I am in the middle of a long stretch without new equipment.  I think I am level 63 or 64.  Looking forward to having my full build done.

Just run Marcus Mercenary Day a few times. That's what I do each level to keep my equipment topped up.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 22, 2018, 07:06:43 AM »
I'm also beginning to appreciate what people mean when they say UHVM can be easier than TVHM. In the former you can't be underlevelled for an area, only undergeared. In TVHM you can often be both, depending on how quickly you plough through the main storyline. Case in point, did the Wildlife Preservation Reserve with Axton on TVHM last night and it was a real slog. Then I died to Bloodwing a lot before finally and nervously taking her down.

With my Zer0 on UVHM, the reserve was less of a slog and Bloodwing was one shotted, partially thanks to the power of Lyudas.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:38:25 PM »
Defending the beacon is a bit of a pain but doable.  I assume you are TVHM?

UVHM - as TVHM only goes up to level 50, although with the quests in the expansion content I suppose you could crawl up to lvl 52 in TVHM but, it would be a slog and equipment won't level up 50.

Have you farmed Savage Lee for a Unkempt Harold?  If not you might want to pick one up.  That is one of the easier farms in the game.  People also farm wildlife preservation for the legendary midgets which can drop anything in the game.  Though I think it might only be worth doing in UVHM, not sure.

I've not done that farm yet, really should I suppose. I'm presently farming the Good, the Bad and the Mordecai for the various Lyuda sniper rifle types.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:51:44 AM »
You are up to lvl 58 already?! I am going to need to watch your videos.
I'd gotten to lvl 54 on my zer0 before taking a break.

Level 60 now having got through one of the more frustrating parts of the game, Bright Lights Flying City. The gluttonous thresher with the beacon was a pain to kill until I watched a video guide that made the process easier, although it still killed me a few more times. The final defend the beacon part of the quest was made soooooooooooo much easier by reading up and realising don't have to rush to repair the beacon. Ignore Angel's noise and just kill all the mobs you see, then repair the beacon, which spawns more Hyperion bots, rinse and repeat. Keeps the number of enemies manageable and the whole thing becomes a doddle.

Also got my first zero legendary class mod from the train after Sir Tinder Snowflake. Yay!

Now for the wildlife preservation centre..............urrggghhh.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:51:53 AM »
Sssith inspired me to dust off BL2 again to see if I could make it to level 72. Playing through the main game was painfully slow going so I looked at a few guides and decided to try farming Sir Tinder Snowflake again, something I'd tried previously and not done too well at.  Having already cleared the zone, the boss was ready to farm. Using a handy video guide on how to cheese the boss, I realised I didn't have the damage output to kill him with the weapons I had. A few golden tokens later, I had some better weapons and finally some success. It took me quite a few rounds of killing him before I got into a rhythm that enables me to do it quickly each time. Reaching lvl 58 on my Zero and unlocking critical ascensi0n makes the kills go so much faster.

No decent loot for my Zer0 yet, although I did get a gunzerker legendary from the train.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:38:54 AM »
This is the first time that I haven't been able to beat a boss in BL2.  Though I guess the DLCs have a bunch that I haven't tried.

For Borderlands 2 the absolute must play DLC is Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. The story is superb and had me in absolute bits at the end. It's really the only Borderlands 2 DLC that actually has a story that meaningfully, really meaningfully, is about the story of the main game.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:16:20 AM »


The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:42:57 AM »
Beto O'Rourke - running for senate in Texas against Ted Cruz. Regardless of whether he wins or not, he looks like the kind of person the Dems should be hustling to the fore for 2020.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: July 25, 2018, 03:18:53 AM »
As competent as she was, at least in my eyes, she galvanized the right like few other candidates could. 

Eloquently and succinctly put.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:44:06 AM »
It's way too early to call it. We need to shake the candidate tree and see who pops out (personally, I'm hoping for a President Cory Booker).

Is it too early to call it? I don't know enough about US politics to say if any contenders are emerging on the left but, from this side of the pond there don't appear to be any credible candidates at this point and given the circumstances, this is worrying. My perception of US politics is that the approach of candidates tumbling out of the bag the year before the election leaves a lot of the electorate asking "who is this person?" but, that's a fault of the process rather than people.

I do know that I don't want Sanders or Warren or Biden to run. They're too damn old and we need a younger, fresher face. I *do* fear a pull to hard left (a la Ocasio-Cortez) even though I'm personally very far left... because I worry about the likelihood of losing the middle.

Sanders did an amazing job of energising the youth vote in the US. So whilst I see where you are coming from, I'm not sure a younger person is the key factor. That said, someone comfortably under 50 who a broad section of the populace can identify with wouldn't hurt.  I'm not sure getting someone under 40 is terribly realistic for modern politics but, its a dream I have for the UK as well.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: July 19, 2018, 02:09:46 PM »
it took a perfect storm to elect trump the first time. that's unlikely to be repeated.

And what was that perfect storm exactly?  I don't see anything remarkable about the circumstances under which Trump was elected.

1 - He's going to run again unless he's impeached.
2 - I don't know enough about the EC to say whether what occurred last time would be replicated.
3 - Even if it wasn't, Trump stands a better chance of unifying the right than the left does of getting its act together.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: July 18, 2018, 08:45:00 AM »
I hope the Dems come up with a whole heap of great candidates, not just 2 possibilities.  I hope they pick someone with a real chance of getting there.  I also hope there are some other republications who put their name in (if they can) :P

I don't really have any great hope here and if anything, 2016 showed how divided the left in the US is. It is far far easier for the far right to rally around a candidate, especially when they just go mindlessly for soundbites over substance.

Rallying the political left behind a single candidate, especially when Bernie demonstrate both how "big" and divided the political "left" was, is going to be a huge challenge. Regardless that Hilary lost because of the failings of the EC, it seems pretty clear that the left won't, on principle, all rally behind a candidate just to defeat abhorrent opposition. I've not seen any signs this side of the pond that the Dems have learned any lessons from 2016 or have plans to appeal to the voters, especially younger voters, who Bernie appealed to.

I don't think a "project fear" vote for X candidate or we'll get Trump, is going to cut it.

At present, I fully expect Trump will get four more years.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: July 17, 2018, 03:01:23 AM »
Have fallen down the rabbit hole that is Starbound.  :(

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:16:47 PM »
This summarises neatly EVERYTHING which is wrong with Trump on the world stage but, also why his followers like him so much.

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