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13 June 2025 @ 02:21 am
This is my journal. Some posts are public, some are friends only. I'm usually quite happy to add new friends, as long as you're not one of those random people with a week old journal who's trying to accumulate a couple hundred friends for no good reason.

I do have a couple levels of filters to deal with a few topics, mainly to block out stuff that i think might be exceptionally boring or possible offensive to some people. If you're curious just ask and i'll tell you about them.

Also, i have a profile on G+ that i post to a lot. It's mostly just cross-posted stuff from here, but if you want to see it, here it is.

I wrote the rest of this post down on Friday and meant to post it this week. But then i checked YouTube today and discovered that the new season of Epic Rap Battles of History just started, and the first video is George R R Martin vs J R R Tolkien. And it is awesome. Enjoy!



If you remembered to come back from the video, this is my interpretation of the Middle-Earth creation mythos[1]:

Eru, to the other gods[2]: "Despite some initial unpleasantness we've got the world mostly worked out now and filled with plants and beasts[3], so we should get down to the important stuff, the sentient races. Since I'm the firstest and bestest of the gods i shall create the Elves, and they shall be the Firstborn."

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Eru: ARRAAARRRAAAGHHHHHHH!!!!!! *retroactively smites Tom Bombadil from existence

And that children is why Tom Bombadil did not appear in the Lord of the Rings movies.

1: The bit about the Dwarves and the Elves seems to be generally accurate. Information about the nature and origin of Ents is vauge, the information about the Eagles is even vaguer, and the information about Tom Bombadil is vaguest.

2: Ainu, whatever.[4]

3: "Years of the Lamps" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Arda#Years_of_the_Lamps)

4: I'm sure steuard will correct me on all the whatevers.
Current Mood: sillysilly
17 April 2016 @ 11:50 am
Symptoms i have experienced over the last week and a bit:

Stiff and sore neck
Nausea and light vomiting (1 night only, maybe mild case of food poisoning?)
Sore throat (scratch)
Sore throat (unable to swallow)
Goopy throat
Stuffy nose
Goopy nose
Swollen eyelids
Pink eyes
Goopy eyes

Not all of these symptoms have been happening at the same time though, so it's hard to say which, if any, are linked by a common cause and which are entirely independent =P Do i have a single sickness? Or do i have several different co-dependently opportunistic sicknesses? I don't know! The stiff/sore neck has been the only one that's been consistent the whole time, and what started out the whole mess. It was pretty bad at first. It's gotten a lot better since then, but i still feel twinges if i turn my head too much.

The weird thing is that everything below my neck feels just fine. So i don't feel like i'm sick so much as i just have a bunch of problems with me head.

If i'm actually sick with something i wish i'd just get all of it at once, get _really_ sick, and just get it over with =P
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
01 April 2016 @ 01:07 pm
In happier news, the description claims to be an April Fools joke but the way they reworked the dialog in this video is genius :)

Rey's Jedi Training Directed By Quentin Tarantino
Current Mood: sillysilly
01 April 2016 @ 12:37 pm
So there was some kind of FF15 event and now there's more info out, and a new trailer:

So, um, yeah. Still not really interested in a very actiony looking Final Fantasy game featuring a bunch of bros going on a bro-trip in a bro-car. And no, turning Cid into bro-bait isn't really helping. (Female Cid, awesome! Female Cid in bikini and short-shorts... not so much.) The story also seems really bland. I'm not sure if they're not revealing the details that actually make it interesting right now or if those details just don't exist.

Also, the music switch at the halfway mark is... very not what i want out of a Final Fantasy game.

So this will be the very first "mainline" Final Fantasy game that i will not be eagerly anticipating on launch day since i got Final Fantasy 1.

Maybe reviews and commentary from friends will change my mind after release (_is_ anyone else planning on getting it?) or maybe this will be the first mainline Final Fantasy game that i just don't buy period.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
30 March 2016 @ 02:05 pm
This was originally a response to Scalzi's review of Superman vs Batman:

However it got long enough that i decided to repost it here.

I've seen a couple responses saying things along the lines of "You know what Zack Snyder does, so why are you surprised that he modeled Superman and Batman in that style" and the closely related "if you don't like that style then just don't watch it, why do you care so much?"

I think the problem is that Superman and Batman are very old characters with a lot of history behind them that a lot of people have known for a long time, many of them having grown up with the characters.

And those characters are completely under the control of DC. And because the movies are such a big investment DC is not going to muddy the waters by having two different Superman or Batman franchises in film at the same time. You get (very approximately) one interpretation of a superhero in film per decade. If it does well you get a couple movies in that series before a reboot. If it does poorly they _may_ reboot it early, or they may just forget about it for awhile.

Which means that if you don't like the interpretation of your favorite superhero in their latest movie you have to give up on that entire "generation". If you don't like Snyder's style then not only has he made a movie that you happen not to like, he actually has "ruined" your chances to see a Superman movie you do like for at least 5-10 years. And the more successful the movie is the more likely there will be sequels and the longer until it gets rebooted into something you might possibly like.

So not only are you unhappy with Snyder for "ruining" it, you're unhappy with the people who do like it for validating that stylistic choice, and you're unhappy with the financial success. Because all of that means that there won't be an early reboot. There will be more Snyder-esque DC movies that you don't like instead of possibly DC movies in some other style that you might like.

On the other hand no one really cares if the latest movie to reinterpret Snow White does so in a way they don't really appreciate. They may not like the movie, but they don't accuse the studio of having ruined Snow White. Because in another year or two (and in some years in just another month or two!) there will be another Snow White movie with a different interpretation.

Under any kind of sane copyright system Superman and Batman would be in the public domain by now. In such a world DC would still be making tentpole "official franchise" Superman movies, because why wouldn't they? But if you didn't like what DC was doing then some other studio would be doing their own interpretation of Superman that you might like better.

I think there might be a lot less acrimony about the whole thing in such a world.
29 March 2016 @ 12:58 pm
We went to see Batman vs Superman over the weekend.

It's not good, it's not bad, it's just meh.

There are some individually good bits, there are some individually bad bits, but my overall impression was just that it was kind of dull. Also dark. Dark and dull.

If you want to see spoilery and very snarky text review, Rob Bricken has come to the rescue as usual with a Spoiler FAQ:

If you want to see a spoilery but less snarky video review, there's this:

If you want to see a much longer spoilery review (an hour long, and i haven't actually finished it yet myself) you could check this out:

Here are my non-spoilery thoughts:

Good bit: The movie practically opens with Superman getting some comeuppance for inadvertently murdering thousands of people in Man of Steel.

Bad bit: It doesn't do a great job of making that comeuppance feel meaningful. After processing Rob's Spoiler FAQ, i suspect that Snyder still doesn't understand that Superman killing lots of people is bad, and therefore was unable (or possibly just unwilling) to invest it with as much emotional weight as it deserved.

Good bit: Batman was a kinda okay character.

Bad bit: But the movie _actually_ opens with yet another goddamn retelling of Batman's origin story.

Bad bit: And Batman also murders a lot of people.

Bad bit: Also, Batman either doesn't seem insane enough or seems too sane, depending on which way you want to approach things.

Good bit: Wonder Woman was awesome.

Bad bit: Except for the part where she sits down to watch a trailer for the next movie in the series.

Bad bit: Also, there are way too many dream/vision sequences in this movie.

Bad bit: There are more jump scares than i want in a movie. (Correct number for me: 0)

Bad bit: The trailers are very intentionally misleading about the nature of the movie. (Big surprise, i know.)

TL;DR: Too many plot threads that weren't explained well enough and weren't integrated well enough, too many people doing weird things for insufficiently explained reasons, and too many weird things happening with no good explanation whatsoever. And some good action bits mixed in with all the other strange, dull, confusing stuff.

I think that's about as much as i can get into without spoilers, which i will save for the next (or technically, previous) post.

Edit: Oh yes, i also think it made a bit too much use of quick cuts during action scenes and a bit too much shakey cam during non-action scenes. My tolerance for that kind of thing is pretty low though, so it may not bother most people. (Such things don't make me feel sick like some people, they just annoy me.)
Current Mood: dorkydorky
29 March 2016 @ 12:54 pm
This is the spoiler post! The non-spoiler post should be right above this!

All the spoilers!Collapse )

But seriously, i am nowhere near as good at snarking as Rob Bricken, you should go read his (also spoilery) version instead:
Current Mood: dorkydorky
28 March 2016 @ 01:11 pm
The VCA contest wrapped up last week. If you've got an account you can see the results here. As expected, two well done videos that i personally did not appreciate from an artistic viewpoint managed to sweep up 7 awards between them. but a couple of videos i liked managed to sneak through. So how good a job did i do at influencing the outcome?

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I think it's worth reiterating, especially in this context, that just because a video wasn't my favourtie doesn't mean it was bad. The two the cleaned up at the awards were _very_ well done, i was just personally annoyed by some of the themes and source material.

But in any case, the videos i really liked went on to the finalist round in 53/120 cases, or about 44%. The videos i _voted_ for went on to the finalist round in 44/120 cases, or about 37%. The reason for the disparity is that in many categories there were more videos that i liked than slots i could nominate for. So in many cases what would have been my #6 choice or #7 choice or etc made it in.

As far as actually winning goes, videos that i really liked made it in 9/24 cases, or about 37%, and the ones i voted for won in 4/24 cases, or about 17%.

But wait! There's more! There were also the editor categories!

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So for some reason i rocked in the editor section! I voted for 10 of the 20 nominees and 3 of the 4 winners! So 50% and 75% success rate!

Interestingly, if you eliminate the categories in which the two stellar videos won, then my "favorites got nominated" rate stays steady at about 45%, while the "voted for nominees" rate actually _drops_ to 32%. However as expected the "one of my favorites won" and "voted for the winner" values skyrocket to 53% and 23% respectively. But obviously if i had the magical power to dictate the categories and/or results then very quickly my success rate would shoot to 100% :)
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Current Mood: dorkydorky
22 March 2016 @ 12:55 pm
My brain seems to run into the same difficulties with Stardew Valley that i do with boardgames.

I will come up with elaborate long range plans. And sometimes those plans will come off perfectly and everything will be great! Especially early on in the game when my resources were limited and therefore the range of possibilities were limited.

But other times, especially now that i have plenty of resources to work with, i will have a plan to do tasks W, X, Y, and Z during a day. And then i'll discover that there are some prerequisites for W that i forgot about and i need to do tasks Q and R first. And then i'll realize that you can't do both X and Y at the same time. And then i'll realize that in doing X i've used up some of the resources i needed for Z. And then just to make things complicated a mini-quest will pop up that adds in task G. And finally at the end of the day i'll realize that i entirely forgot about task D which i really ought to have been doing instead.

So aside from that i just made it through the first year of the game and things are going pretty well.

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Current Mood: dorkydorky
12 March 2016 @ 09:26 pm
I've finished watching all 196 AMVs in the AnimeMusicVideos.org VCAs. Or rather, all that are available, there were one or two that weren't downloadable.

So this year i'm going to mix things up a bit by just listing a bunch of my favorites without waiting to see which make it to the finals.

Starting with one of my favorite kinds of AMVs from this year by one of my favorite editors,

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And finally, the food porn!

For some reason there were _three_ food porn videos this year. Actually i suspect the reason is that the anime featured in two of them is probably newish.

But in any case they all ended up in the "Fun" category (although some of them had noms in other categories as well) and because of a coincidence in the editors names they showed up in and order where each one was more food porny than the one before it.

And, uh, i'm using the term "food porn" very literally in this case. The first video is just fine, but after that, i would probably not watch them at work if i were you.

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And that's it for my favorites! Well, probably. Given there were 195ish videos to sort through it's entirely possible i managed to miss one or more, even with my giant spreadsheet of doom, so there might or might not be an addendum later.
Current Mood: tiredtired
11 March 2016 @ 11:29 am
So i _was_ playing the new Master of Orion early access for awhile. (After 3/4ths of a game plus watching some Let's Plays, my impression is exactly what i expected. It's a well done Master of Orion 2 reboot that's vaguely disappointing to me as a Master of Orion 1 fan.)

But then i got distracted by Stardew Valley, which i'm blaming entirely on stormfeather ;)

Okay, to be fair i'm sure i'd have heard about it pretty soon anyways, given that it's up to almost half a million sales in the first two weeks (http://www.pcgamer.com/stardew-valley-sales/) which is pretty damn good for an indie title!

Anyways, i haven't played a _lot_ of it yet since as previously mentioned i've also been chugging through the AMV.org VCAs. I'm currently at about 7 hours of playtime and only 3/4ths of the way through the first month/season. (At least some of that playtime was the game being paused while i dug around in wiki pages and such =)

However at a $15 price tag i think i would say i've already gotten my money's worth out of it, even if it inexplicably tanks when i get to the next season :)

Obviously it's very much like Harvest Moon. It's also giving me a bit of a Recettear vibe, probably because of the dungeon delving in the Mine and having to juggle time between maintaining your base of operations vs doing more of that dungeon delving. However i admittedly haven't played a lot of the Harvest Moon games so maybe some of them had a dungeon element as well and i'm just not aware of it.

I definitely haven't been playing in a very optimal manner. I almost certainly should be keeping more crops in rotation. I definitely should have opened up the extra section of the beach earlier. Instead of buying the backpack expansion first i probably should have saved the money for strawberry seeds at the Egg Hunt Festival. On the plus side though i did encounter the warning that the chicken coop is an unnecessary money sink early in the game before buying it.

I also wish i'd checked ahead of time and found out that same-sex marriages are allowed in the game. If so i'd probably have made a female avatar. (I also kind of wish there was a dateable girl who was gothy _and_ geeky, but i've already got Avalyn in real life so i guess i can't complain too much ;)

In any case i'm sure i'll be playing more of this, especially after the VCA semifinals round wraps up. I'll probably get back to Master of Orion 4 at some point too, but who knows when that will be.
Current Mood: dorkydorky
11 March 2016 @ 09:18 am
For some strange reason i've been thinking about politics lately =P Which has gotten me thinking about election systems again. (Have i posted about this before? If so, too bad for you!)

If you're not already familiar with the problems with "First Past the Post" voting systems (aka what we do in the US all the time) i strongly suggest checking out CGP Grey's video series on voting systems, starting with the aptly named "The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo

I think anyone who really cares about the issue agrees that anything would be better than first past the post, but past that the merits of the different systems vary. So here's a system that seems pretty good to me. It would only be applicable to the House of Representatives, but would do an excellent job in that arena.

This method would really only work for the House of Representatives, but i think it would work admirably for that purpose.

(And i suppose i should insert a disclaimer here, none of this is particularly original. It's just me piecing together bits of ideas that others have come up with into the structure that seems most appealing to me.)

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Realistically speaking though, i'd be pretty darn happy if we could just get STV implemented for our current election system. (Not that that's likely to happen either =P)
04 March 2016 @ 08:46 am
So this came out last friday, just barely too late to make it into last week's post about Final Fantasy stuff

Top 10 Video Game Theme Covers

Speaking of video game covers though, have i mentioned before that Extra Credits, one of my favorite educational YouTube channels, has a series on remix artists? Sadly there are only about a dozen episodes and they haven't made any more in awhile, but the ones they do have are good.

Extra Remix: All Episodes

And speaking of educational channels, both "Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell" CGP Grey came out with new videos recently.

Kurzgesagt did "Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure"

And CGP Grey has "Zebra vs Horses (Americapox Part 2)"

Which is obviously a follow-up to "Americapox: The Missing Plague"

Hmm, we're gone from video game music, to the drug war and mass incarceration, to genocide. Very "fun" stuff =P

Maybe we should see what i've linked to on twitter recently instead?

"Chris Christie’s wordless screaming"

Well that's funny, though still kind of depressing, what else?

"The rise of American authoritarianism"

...not helping!

Well as long as we're talking about Trump anyways, i'm sure most people have seen this already, but:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)

I'm not sure how i feel about trying to defuse Trump by referring to him by a name that sounds a bit silly, but the video is certainly funny at least. (And contained a couple tidbits about Trump's suckitude that i didn't know before.)

Ok, to try and end things an an upbeat note, and get back to the theme of music, how about a new Doubleclicks song about Star Wars?

PROTOCOL (C-3Po's Lament) - The Doubleclicks

...well okay, it is a Lament, but compared to some of the previous stuff it's positively cheery!
Current Mood: sillysilly
02 March 2016 @ 01:12 pm
For those of you who like AMVs, the AnimeMusicVideos.org Viewer's Choice Awards are currently going on.


They're currently in the semifinal stage, which runs through March 12th. After that the Finals will run from March 13th to March 23rd.

There are 28 categories, 4 for editors and 24 for videos, and for the semifinals there can be up to 20 nominees per category. That means a maximum potential of 480 videos, which is quite a lot. Thankfully(?) there are a lot of videos that are nominated multiple times in different categories, so this year there are "only" 196 total videos. Which is actually still a lot.

In the Finals stage it will be narrowed down to approximately 5 videos per category. Which means a maximum of about 120 distinct videos. Last year there were about 70 videos that made it to the Finals, and it will probably be similar this year.

So if you're lazy wait till the Finals to take a look, and if you're _really_ lazy just wait a couple weeks and i'll tell you what to like ;)

But i think it's definitely worth taking a look at a favorite category or two during the semifinals to see what all is there. In past years a number of my favorite videos didn't make it out of the semifinals round.

(And for those who don't have an AMV.org account it's free to create one, with which you should be able to view the nominees but won't actually be able to vote this year.)

Oh, and if anyone just wants to look at a giant list of all the nominees, i put a spreadsheet together :)

Current Mood: geekygeeky
01 March 2016 @ 01:41 pm
What we've been watching over the last couple months

Dragon Ball Z:

We finished it! After starting on episode 1 of Dragon Ball, near the end of 2014 i believe, we've gotten through all 153 episodes of Dragon Ball and all 291 episodes of Dragon Ball Z! That's over 9000 minutes of Dragon Ball in total! (Though maybe not if you discount the episode openings, and endings, and "last time on"s, and "next episode"s, and flashbacks, and...)

I'd actually only seen about 125 episodes of Dragon Ball Z and no Dragon Ball at all when we started this, so it was a pretty epic undertaking for me as well! And now that we're done it seems that Avalyn love-hates it in pretty much the same way as i do :)

(We're probably not going to watch GT. Will probably get around to watching the new series at some point.)


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New X-Files:

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Firefly, if it was a police procedural, and on earth, and in the present, and didn"t have any Firefly actors except Nathan Fillion, okay, so really nothing like Firefly at all actuallyCollapse )

But yeah, individual episodes that don't focus on the conspiracy stuff are still good.

Legends of Tomorrow:

This show is fun, but also dumb. It's dumber than dumb. It is probably the most stereotypically comic book-y live action TV show i have ever seen.

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Despite that we're still watching it, so that says something i guess?

The Flash:

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Speaking of, still watching this, still enjoying it. Even if Barry Allen is sometimes an idiot. At least when they do dumb stuff it's a bit more understandable. (Except maybe for casually hanging out next to a chaotic wormhole in the process of undergoing collapse. Why would you do that? Move away from the unstable portion of the time-space continuum!)

(But seriously Barry, that big thing last episode that you were saying was all your fault, and your dad tries to console you by saying it wasn't? He's just trying to make you feel better. It really was all your fault. Sorry.)

Sleepy Hollow:

He"s a magical time traveler, she"s a kick-ass cop/federal agent, together they fight the Bible!Collapse )


Fourth-wall breaking musical fantasy comedy, with Weird Al cameosCollapse )

The Expanse:

Last and very far from least, i insisted we jump on this one right away, since i'm a fan of the books by "James SA Corey" (not a real person, actually the pseudonym for two co-authors.)

It's set in the moderately near future, a couple hundred years off. Humanity has discovered an efficient fusion drive that has allowed them to settle throughout the solar system (mainly Mars, the asteroid belt, and the outer moons) but no significant progress has been made in regards to interstellar exploration/settlement.

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Hmm, if i had to sum up the series (since a lot of people probably haven't seen it, and they ought to) i guess i'd say it has a setting similar to Firefly (just set in our own system instead of an alien one) crossed with the characterization and socio-political scale of Babylon 5. (And the moral ambiguity of both.) Plus a little bit of horror tossed in for good measure. But i'm bad at describing things so take that with a grain of salt.
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26 February 2016 @ 08:24 am
Have i mentioned that i'm easily distracted by top 10 lists? (Yeah, me and the entire rest of the internet, i know.)

So here are some JRPG focused lists, with an emphasis on Final Fantasy.

Top 10 Final Fantasy Video Games

Top 10 JRPGs of All Time

Top Ten JRPGs (NOT From Square Enix)

Top 5 JRPG Battle Systems

Top 10 Worst Final Fantasy Games

Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters

Top 10 Final Fantasy Jobs

5 Final Fantasy Fan Theories That Change Everything

And to break away from the Top X part of the theme:

Final Fantasy VII Honest Game Trailer

And now for something completely different! A cute video staring Lindsey Stirling as Link :)

Legend of Zelda: Pot Smasher

So there you go, ten videos of (mostly) top 10 lists about (mostly) JRPGs made (mostly) by Squenix.
Current Mood: sillysilly
25 February 2016 @ 01:10 pm
So in much more recent news, there's a new Master of Orion game coming out! It will be available for Early Access tomorrow! Some special lucky reviewers/Let's Players already have review copies!

quill18's Let's Play:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3-YLyZBkjs
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjzX42xKHk8
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzjk2Dvym0c
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC0waD10S1g

(Part 3 and 4 came out this morning, so i haven't seen them yet and won't until i get home)

So far it seems like a very well done "reboot" of Master of Orion... 2.

Which makes me a little sad, since as you might have guessed from the last post what i really want is an updated Master of Orion 1. But hey, at least it's not another Master of Orion 3?

But i'll almost certainly still pick it up anyways, probably even the Early Access version, maybe even tomorrow. After all i _did_ like Master of Orion 2, even if not as much as 1. And it's not MoO 3!

(The one and only benefit of having been foolish enough to pre-order Master of Orion 3 back in the day was that it provided me with the ultimate low bar of disappointed expectations, not only for the Master of Orion series or the 4x genre, but for the entire video game industry as a whole.)
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
25 February 2016 @ 12:59 pm
This is posted mainly for my own amusement. You really don't want to read it. (Unless you're even more of a MoO nerd than i am i guess.)

So after struggling with Beyond Earth i decided to turn to the original Master of Orion. One of the very few games that i actually _like_ playing on the hardest difficulty setting. The basic gameplay is simple enough not to overload you with details, but the limited range and environment types you can settle at the beginning always makes the opening an interesting puzzle, and the randomized Tech Grass (like a Tech Tree, but there's multiple starting points and no branching) sometimes presents unexpected challenges to overcome.

But anyways i started this game as the Klackons, one of the two easiest races in the game. So even though it was on Impossible difficulty it shouldn't have been _that_ bad.

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Current Mood: boredboring
25 February 2016 @ 12:45 pm
So i mentioned a couple weeks ago that i was trying out Sid Meier's Starships and Beyond Earth.

Good news, i was eventually able to work my way around the bottleneck and win my first game!

More good news, in my second game i was able to win a One City Challenge on Easy... eventually. And it wasn't as easy as that difficulty setting makes it sound!

In less good news, The My2K connection between Beyond Earth and Starships has been totally busted ever since the launch of XCOM 2 =P

Totally random news: That prompted me to do some Master of Orion, at which i got my ass kicked!

So shortly after my last post about Beyond Earth i got back to the game and eventually, through a long hard slog, i managed to push past the isthmus corked by a settlement and get my troops out into the rest of the continent.

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So after all that i discovered that unlocking the tie-ins between Starships and BE doesn't just require having both games installed on the same machine, you have to create a My2K account and log into it with both games.

So i went ahead and did that, and then discovered that you need to actually accomplish the relevant achievement while the My2K connection is active. Luckily as usual i have a pretty extensive set of saves, so it wasn't too hard to go back to the necessary points and redo the relevant actions to get the achievements.

But while i was redoing all those achievements i discovered some additional achievements that i wanted to unlock so i started a new game.

This time i was still going to be on Easy, but i was going to be a different faction and aim for a One City Challenge victory right from the start.

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So in short if you're doing a One City Challenge, you don't have the trade routes you need to get the resources you need to build and research things quickly, and even if you _did_ have the resources there are more techs available than you could possible research in a single game anyways, and you won't have the strategic resources to build all the Wonders and buildings even if you could research all the techs required.

I understand that playing with just one city was never the original intended design of the genre (though there _have_ been achievements included for that in some games) and there's an argument that those choices by the developer may increase the strategic depth of the game (well, maybe not the trade routes, but aside from that) but i'm still sad that i can't easily play Beyond Earth in the simple and silly way that i've played so many of the previous games in the genre.
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