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  1. You know Raithe, having blocked facebook, I don't see any of your images.
  2. I liked both PoE2 (better even than PoE) and tyranny. Combat wise, I prefer Tyranny, but I think the world of PoE has more potential.
  3. I managed to beat the game in 3 days, though that was with me playing till deep into the night. I completed every quest and task. I too, thought it was too short. I did like how the open world was staggered so as not to be overwhelming (thank you Zero Punctuation) But Byzantine was a disappointment after the content rich monarch. the inclusion of a Big Bad to defeat near the end, and a twist that came out of nowhere felt tacked on. I wouldn't mind it if I there wasn't some overarching story to drive to a conclusion either. That's a Obsidian Staple and the strength of obsid
  4. Obsidian joined Microsoft for security. The idea that that conglomerate gives a **** about job security is a joke. They'll shut you down as soon as you go against the grain or have more than one disappointing result. The video states that Microsoft was on board with not changing the culture at obsidian, that too, will be an empty promise that nothing in the contract will enforce. I've long felt about Feargus that he's drunk at the wheel and doesn't know what he is doing, and selling himself into bondage fits with what I expected from him. I think this will be the end of Obsidian as the
  5. So, Norway in the late 90's? Sign me up.
  6. anything is possible in Easter Europe Easter Europe, the most religious part of Europe.
  7. "When they go low we kick them". This is what you get for inciting violence. except when you look up the full video, you understand that FOX news cut it off right there and ignored the nuance that completely changes the message.
  8. most democratic governments aren't limited to two parties. which may be why 40% of US citizens never vote, they're eager for option C or D but it doesn't really exists. That way, 'correction' wouldn't have to be so drastic every time.
  9. So I've been reading in Nicholas Jubber's Timbuktu school for Nomads. I loved his previous books and this one is no different. If you like adventure stories, travel writing and history, this is the author for you. His first book, The Prester Quest follows his backpacking journey from Italy overland to Egypt and ultimately Ethiopia, while he retraces the steps of a letter from the pope to the mythical Christian king Prester John who supposedly reigned over a powerful kingdom below Egypt, with the ultimate goal of delivering the letter he found in Jerusalem. The book alternates from recount
  10. Your national debt has grown by 1.6 trillion MORE than expected since Trump took office.
  11. I definitely think we're in the darkest time-line, with right-extremist strong-man politicians such as Trump, Putin, Joko Widodo, Rodrigo Duterte, Shinzo Abe, Jair Bolsonaro, Reccep Erdogan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Viktor Orban and Andrzej Duda, amongst many more longtime hyper-conservatives such as the king of Morocco and the King of Saudi Arabia, I think it might be historically the worst time to be an immigrant anywhere on planet earth today. And you are right to have fear if you are a woman or part of a minority. I see someone in this thread remarking on how because he's been unfairly accu
  12. I read welcome to nightvale, ironically because patrick rothfuss recommended it on his blog. I thought it was OK, but I feel I missed out on some in-jokes because I don't follow the podcast.
  13. Me too. Protagonist proceeds to rape the first person he finds in a new world, then a few pages later, horrible Vogon poetry.
  14. I read the first trilogy as a teenager, so that will have skewed my view as it was pretty much my introduction to fantasy fiction that didn't accompany a MTG pack. I finished Fitz arc early this year and I was pleased to see it bookended, but I've come done somewhat from my love for the series. The Bingtown trader books I couldn't get through and I really tried. The Soldier son trilogy I finished but didn't like so much, the ending was too neat. the whole time you're set up to expect a bad ending and then at the end it all falls into place a little too nicely.
  15. For Fantasy fiction I enjoyed Robin Hobbs books, if you can get past the melancholy of her characters, I've enjoyed Trudi Cannavan, even if it is a little stock fantasy, Jacqueline Carey, if you don;t mind lots of sex, and Brent Weeks, although he manages to move from low to high fantasy within a trilogy, I like his well written characters, enough that I tolerate his use of prophecy as a narrative device (and yes The_Dog_Days, I'm aware that in Dune it's social engineering, and yet the protagonist still works out to be the actual "chosen one") Mistborn I've read because it was recommended
  16. I've been reading The Lions of al Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, it's not really grabbed me yet. Before that I finally read Dune, which I have to say is a piece of ****. I don't understand how that book became such a cultural touchstone. It's plot driven, the main protagonist is a giant Mary Sue, the main antagonist is a one-dimensional cruel stereotype, all ancillary characters are there to support the plot. I guess I should have seen the red flags when they were talking about prophecy early on. Next on the docket is "Adults in the Room" by Yanis Varoufakis. I'm still hoping Rothfuss
  17. I am happy to see I can now plan my character by seeing the entire ability tree right from the get-go. Thanks guys!
  18. With the last game I think they needed more of a heading, and part of the first crowd-funding deal was very backer driven content. Now certain design decisions have been established, and I think the devs have a good understanding of how to foist up PoEs mechanics seeing as they actually made the first game not us. Plus they probably want to test out some ideas of their own and leave more as a surprise. I'm sure they are quite busy working and socializing amongst themselves, so I'd rather us be their resource rather than the other way around. I'm sure that even in PoE they had a roadma
  19. I'm so happy to see that there is a real animation budget for Deadfire. But I dunno, I've seen more developer interaction in Eternity, I'd like to see you guys more on these forums.
  20. I think it would benefit Deadfire to have not just one but several quests that do not revolve around combat OR dialogue, but rather force the player to pay attention to the environment. It's clear that obsidian has put some effort into their environments, I think one of the best ways to make players appreciate those better is to have an incentive to look around. So something like a secret network that exists throughout the game, where you can find secret rooms in buildings for instance, would be a great way to showcase environment art. Also note that combat isn't what everyone gets the mo
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