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Gaming General / Re: D2 Beginning Character Gear
« on: April 12, 2019, 02:02:41 PM »
Great!  I hope this setup serves you well.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:40:51 PM »
I'm on the fence about a Dune remake. It's my favorite book of all time, and the 84(?) version is sooooo awful. Complete departure from some of the most key points of the lore. The introduction of the guns as the primary reason the Fremen were successful completely destroys a large point of the book, the superiority of man to technology, and the shaping of the Fremen through repression. The Bene Gesserit are all wrong. I could go on for an hour. Then again, if anyone can pull it off, it would be Villenueve. So,...
If I have a six-hour layover in an airport near you, I'll buy drinks and we'll still be going when the plane takes off.  "Usul no longer needs the weirding module."  Oy!

On a much more positive note, we're currently enjoying Into The Badlands.

Gaming General / Re: D2 Beginning Character Gear
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:58:42 PM »
With all due respect to RTB, I cannot stand using a slow-ass great maul in act I. My starting gear is all designed around the fact that hitting monsters is much harder than letting them hit you. So:

3 skt large shield with chipped skulls = attacker takes damage +12
Upgrade to flawed skulls at lvl 5 for atd +24
3 perfect skulls = atd +60
Hsarus boots and belt = attacker takes damage +5
Sigon's armor + gloves = atd +20
Weapon = Stoutnail for atd +10
2x Nagel rings for atd +6

At lvl 7, you can easily hit ATD +65. The rings and club have MDR, and with a little PDR from I forget where, the monsters kill themselves en masse and you never feel a thing. At least until the Dark Wood.

Charms for life, strength, and stamina, 3skt mask with amethysts or rubies. Sigon's gloves need 60 strength but give +10 str to help with the armor requirement.

I like big life and I can not lie, so one or both nagels get retired at lvl 12 in favor of Angelic ring/amulet combo. Otherwise, crafted prismatic amulet is good.

If you should ever lose your mind and play a paladin, this setup is even better with 4 skt shields. I vividly recall getting swarmed in the tombs by resurrected skeletons (darned mummies!). With full atd gear you can just run through them, laughing.

Also worth considering is stacking chance to cast lvl 3 nova, which spawns on pretty much everything. So much fun to be surrounded by monsters and then, foosh!  You're all alone.

Gaming General / Re: Original Diablo now on GOG
« on: March 07, 2019, 08:10:09 PM »
Hopefully the walking speed is faster than the original.  That was the most painful thing with that game.

In D2, my toons all run, all the time. 

General Discussion / Re: Greetings!
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:19:46 AM »
Wow, guys!  It feel like we just sat down over coffee or beers and had a good chat. Thank you for that.

Cluck Kent, you cracked me up with that!  Envisioning a utensil, perhaps an enormous spatula, to help shift people who have congealed in place.

Mn4nu:  I gave you advice?  Was it any good?!? Ha!
 Yes, great times with you and SSB, way back when. I haven't played in ages but the enthusiasm (i.e. insanity) around here is eroding my resistance.

@Sssith:  we play first edition AD&D and you are welcome to drop in on a game any time you're in southern Arizona. In fact, a couple buddies flew in from LA two weeks ago to continue a campaign that started in the 80s. That's not typical, but it's not the first time, either.

Hey ya, Tim!  Sorry to hear about your intestine, but really glad it didn't stop you from enjoying your travels. I myself had a Guinness after touring their factory in Dublin. Scratch one off the bucket list.

As for you Mr. NorthStarZon, it's great to hear from you! Peace and goodwill to you as well.
This business with wrists and computers, sometimes I just don't see how people do it.  Mine burned up playing Eye of The Beholder back in the day. Glad that you were able to get some help with it.

Thanks for the good word, Orbert!

Liquid Evil, good to see you!  Trying to kick ass at life?  What an excellent philosophy!  The only game I've played recently is kakuro, and far too much of that. The lure of it being good for one's mental acuity is a convenient built-in rationale for such a time sink.

Pixie:  Were you the one who penned the excellent "Rose" story?  Sorry if I got that wrong. As for having launched your kids, great job!  You probably still have reflexes enough and mad skillz to pwn those punks on the console when they visit. ;-)

All this discussion of life in general and kids in particular is really thought-provoking. It's neat to imagine what would be different with a few changes to the old timeline.


General Discussion / Re: WTF!?!
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:56:11 PM »
Tim, get Jimmy Carter on the job. He'll get some houses built.

General Discussion / Greetings!
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:49:51 PM »
Really nice to see some familiar faces. How you doing?

Me, I'm gray and pushing 60 with a son who's pushing 6. In a pretty good spot, overall, methinks, but the wife might argue.

I hike when possible, play dnd or poker with college buddies, and get tipsy on 1.5 glasses of wine or a couple (dark) beers. Haven't had knees since 1983, but somehow managed an uphill half marathon earlier this decade.

There's probably more that could be said, but we'll have time for that. Your turn.

General Discussion / Re: Do you drive with one foot or two?
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:43:33 AM »
Back in the day when most cars had bench seats and seat belts were not mandatory, an argument against two-footed driving was that when you stomp the brake, you can slide forward. If your other foot is covering the gas, it doesn't take much to goose it inadvertently. And then you careen through the guard rail and someone starts wailing out "Last Kiss" as you plummet to your doom, and, really, nobody wants that.

I use righty almost exclusively but occasionally drive two-footed under specific circumstances, like when going through a deep puddle to keep from soaking the brake shoes. Now that almost everything on the road has disk brakes, that may be largely pointless.

Or that time I replaced the transmission in my mustang and forgot to connect the neutral safety switch and wanted to see if it would start in gear (automatic). The wisdom of hovering over the brake largely negated the stupidity of attempting this experiment in a crowded restaurant parking lot with three passengers in the car.  That was 35 years ago and it still makes me shake my head (literally, doing it now).

Last comment about two-footed driving is that even light pressure can cause the brake lights to come on (or the pads to touch and heat/fade/wear) and people behind you may have a harder time knowing when you're actually stopping.

Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:57:30 AM »
Thomas Hardy is worth a read. I enjoyed the writing in Tess of the d'Urbervilles, but the subject matter is a little grim. If you weren't already planning to plow ahead with so many Russian authors, I might not recommend Tess. 

Shakespeare is good to the point that reading a play then seeing it live and circling back to read it again can be worth it. Or, same process in reverse order. For example, some of the innuendo in Othello wasn't obvious to me until I saw accompanying hand gestures in a play.

General Discussion / Re: Penguins win the Stanley Cup!
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:12:58 AM »
Congratulations or commiserations, as appropriate.

Ok, with the niceties out of the way, I want to thank you for the entertaining moment experienced before I realized you weren't talking about actual penguins.

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