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Everything posted by kanisatha

  1. I was quite active on the BIS/Interplay forum because the IE games are what got me into playing video games. But BIS closing down so very suddenly and the cancellation of the original BG3 (and almost-cancellation of IwD2) all left me feeling rather angry and bitter and I walked away from playing RPGs for several years. That time-period coincided with my finishing up grad school and beginning my professional career, so that worked out pretty well as my job kept me extremely busy. The PoE KS campaign is what re-ignited my interest in RPGs, and also brought me to this forum as the successor forum
  2. Once you get past the first little part of the game, yes you can just explore and kill stuff and do side quests while ignoring the main questline. It is exactly how I tend to replay the game. You can also opt to do certain bits of the main questline without completing the whole questline. The game is very flexible in this regard and allows you to do whatever you want. Eventually you'll run out of things to kill and places to explore, with only the main questline still available to you. For me, that's my cue to go find another game to play.
  3. https://twitter.com/jesawyer/status/1326718682412720129 An interesting bit of discussion on die rolls, BG3, and PoE. I am 100% in agreement with Sawyer. His point is exactly why I have, in recent years, soured on D&D mechanics and don't care for D&D that much anymore. I am so glad he opted against using the D&D SRD for PoE, especially because the resulting original PoE mechanics are far superior to D&D mechanics imo.
  4. Dark Matter was my all-time favorite show on Syfy. When they walked away from that show, I walked away from them.
  5. Any idea what the project code name is for Adler's project? You always seem to know this way ahead of anyone else.
  6. I knew the two Voyagers had left our solar system. But this new discovery is very interesting to me. Thanks for posting.
  7. I've played the game very recently and there are no major bugs. Personally I didn't have any bugs at all, though It's possible I just missed noticing them.
  8. Aren't these entirely subjective? I for one liked the concepts of Rhin, Wilson the Bear, and pretty much all the Kingmaker companions. Not saying their writing was perfect or even great. Only that I liked their concepts and enjoyed having them in my party. OTOH, the companions I have generally disliked across games are the ones written by Avellone.
  9. I wouldn't mind having some recommendations for: (1) space exploration games, and (2) realistic medieval sims, if you have the time.
  10. If you find anything, please post in the "new games" forum.
  11. As a huge military history buff, I love movies of 20th century wars. But this one looked suspect from its trailer, as yet another effort by today's movie-makers to 'reimage' history based on their values and feelings. So this is useful feedback.
  12. I have four KS-backed games out there whose release I'm waiting on, so those would be at the top of my list: P:WotR, Black Geyser, Realms Beyond, and Solasta. I have CP2077 on my wishlist but I will wait to buy it. Same for CK3. Whenever Dark Alliance comes out I will at least take a look at it. BG3 I'm not excited about, but I can see myself picking it up years from now at a bargain price. Games further out in the timeline that I am definitely excited about are: Avowed, DA4, Starfield, and the next Witcher game.
  13. Haven't heard of DoubleBear, but for inXile are you speaking of it as an offshoot of Black Isle? I was thinking more in terms of the many tiny little offshoot studios that have been created by somewhat well-known figures leaving big studios in the past few years.
  14. So many different offshoot companies have been created in recent years it's hard to keep track of them all. But as far as I know, none has yet come out with an actual game (at least among RPG studios). So I have to wonder how many of these will actually amount to anything.
  15. Yeah we don't know enough about Avowed to say one way or the other. Maybe I'm just needlessly panicking. I just want Avowed (and Bethesda's Starfield for that matter) to not get derailed in any way.
  16. Given today's blockbuster news, if Avowed is Obsidian's "Skyrim clone" game and Microsoft now owns the actual Skyrim/TES, where does that leave Avowed? Doesn't Avowed risk becoming a duplicative, and therefore redundant game for MS?
  17. Yeah these are exactly my feelings as well. When MS bought up Obsidian (and inXile) I was one of those happy about it, precisely because it made Obsidian the top-dog RPG studio within the MS empire. Now, the new top-dog is Bethesda, and the top-dog always gets the biggest slice of the pie. So where does that leave the smaller entities like Obsidian? I hope someone at MS addresses this question at some point.
  18. Secret NGAD fighter flies, sets records, raises a lot of questions
  19. Agreed. It's what I've been arguing as well.
  20. That is a good bet. That's what the SETI program has largely been all about, continuously scanning the radiation spectrum for any wave signals that may be artificial because radio signals would be the most basic way for us to receive signals from some other civilization. Technically it is possible there could be technologically advanced life that has, for whatever reason, chosen not to broadcast anything using radio waves, or else developed a way to limit the spread of their broadcasts. I would say it is unlikely, but who knows? The more likely event is that technologically advanced life
  21. Yup. What @majestic said, though I think signal strength will remain sufficient well into a signal's travel into our galaxy. The closest, the Alpha Centauri system, is about 4.2 light years away. Proxima Centauri b is the closest known exoplanet. The Gliese, Eridani, and Trappist systems (@ 15-16, 20-22, and 39.5 light years respectively), all have multiple terrestrial exoplanets within the habitable zone.
  22. Traveling at the speed of light since what, the 1930s? Sure, they have reached nearby star systems.
  23. I am a very strictly beer guy, but recently tried some Disaronno and really loved it. Can any of you recommend other similar liqueurs I might therefore enjoy for me to try?
  24. Oh, "they" already know. From the moment we broadcast our very first radio signal, "they" have known.
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