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I'm currently in the execrable M3 Lee (it's too tall, it's too slow, the gun is mounted too low... it's all the downsides of a turretless TD, with none of the upsides) grinding towards the Tier 7 T29 Heavy in the American tree. Which is better, the classic M4 Sherman and Sherman Jumbo, or the T1 and M6 Heavies? Or should I grind through both sides of the tree?

I do like the idea of both sides - the M4s are decently fast, have a rapid-firing gun, and are a classic of American war machinery, plus they also open up the T20 Medium at Tier 7 as well; on the other hand, the T1 and M6 are decently armored, decently fast (for this tier of heavies), and have decent guns as well. On one hand, I do like fast tanks with decent guns (mediums), but sometimes, I like watching you puny mortals bounce shot after shot off of my armor as I grind forward (something something lamentations of their women and children.... I really need to memorize that Conan quote better). 

Which way do you think I should go? Thanks in advance!
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+Mark S. Shows how much you know....
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Had a hell of a game in my Covenanter last night, as did the Luchs on my team, and the Pv I C on the other team did as well, until he annoyed me enough I charged into a crossfire just to finish him off so he'd quit shooting me with his little popgun (that's where all the bounces and deflects come from, that one guy alone). And no, don't have a replay to share, I'd had all games saved to replay, but turned it completely off as it was just too depressing, some of the strings of losses. After this one, though, I'm turning it on to at least the last one, so I can save the important ones.

And yes, after this game, I had to quit for the night. It was such a tense game and such a hard fought win for us, I couldn't play anymore last night. Even my wife, who peeked in over my shoulder throughout the match was a little jittery watching the game.
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To everyone who played against any team I was on last night, you're welcome. We all know how everyone loves to face a team that is full of lemmings and retards, and we did our best to give that to you. In many cases, I would say we didn't just go retard, we went full retard, just so you could crawl atop our piled corpses and scream your defiance at the universe. And for that, you are truly welcome.







Seriously though, I'm more chuckling about it than I am pissed now, but for two solid hours on USE or USW (I don't pay attention, I just get in game and drive), every team I got on lemming'd to one side of the map and trickled into our enemy's gunsites one at a time until they were all dead. Usually with me on my usual flanking mission in something fast, all alone on the other side of the map, and not long 'til I was dead as well. There were good games, and good teammates who suffered the same fate that I did, usually next to me, but for the most part, full retard. And I was upset that I couldn't get anything accomplished last night, or so it seemed, but I know that's a part of the game and nature of this particular beast. I didn't rage on the chat channel (okay, before one game, I did let off with a "okay guys, quit licking the windows and play the game, please" before one game, but no one read it as they lemming'd just as bad as the others), I just kept playing until I finally got the T46 Soviet unlocked, which is what I was aiming for. It just took a lot longer than it really should have.

And don't get offended when I say retard. Mentally handicapped people were born that way and can't help it; retards were born with the normal amount of brains like the rest of us, they just choose not to use them. Remember that when you hear me say "retard".
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+Ken Mitts Yeah, I like the looks of Warships, but I'm not into buying tanks yet, so I can wait for Warships to come out of closed beta. My current go to is FireFall, a great F2P MMOFPS that's been building for quite a few years now.
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Does anybody like the new Mittengard map? 

Okay, okay, I seem to keep drawing it every time in a turretless TD (bad enough to be in such tight quarters in a light armored TD to begin with, but always one of my turretless beauties to boot?), which is just nigh impossible to do much with in such tight quarters, but I have had at least one halfway decent game. Every time I hit it, though, I just sigh. Just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe if they set the matchmaker for only tier 3 or lower turreted tanks (no TDs, turreted or not, and no artillery), it would be real fun, but with the full mix? It's a knife fight in a closet with 5 other guys - too many people, too dangerous, and so tight it causes claustrophobia. 

What say you, tankers?
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Mittengard is annoying, unless you're an SPG or a fast tank.
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After an almost year-long draught, I finally returned to the world of PC gaming last night. (btw, if you have an Alienware or Dell brand gaming laptop that is more than 2 years old and it has a hardware issue, skip going to Dell, they won't support it, go straight to +Stephen Dingwall's Alienware repair in Denver, CO - http://www.alienwarelaptoprepair.com/)

Did I rejoin the FireFall crew in pushing back the Chosen invasion? No, that 7 gigabyte update is still downloading. I did kill some zombies in L4D2 (go single, set it to easy, and just club them undead seals all day long, so therapeutic), but the big one I've really been hankering for the past couple of months? World of Tanks. Got in and played a whopping 3 games last night. How did I do? Died in the first 2 games (team lost one, won the other), and in the 3rd, while I didn't die, my team also didn't win and I didn't manage to plant any penetrating shots on any opposing tanks (couple of bounces apiece). 

{shrug} Oh well, it was fun, I've unlocked the American T18 Tank Destroyer and plan on having some fun with that. Definitely don't plan on becoming the next Patton or Rommel (or even +Mighty Jingles, who has been a large contributor in my hankering to play, check his videos out - https://www.youtube.com/user/BohemianEagle), just getting good enough to make a positive contribution to my team's effort, and not just as a bullet sponge. 
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Okay, I got a few building bricks, but this guy... Wow. Just wow.
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M551 Sheridan (recognize the turret? yep, the American T49 gets the prototype turret from this one in WoT) and M4 Sherman.

These two (plus a F15 and a Cobra) are out in front of the Museum for Missouri Military History in Jefferson City, MO (http://www.moguard.com/moguard-museum-of-missouri-military-history.html), you should stop by if you're in the neighborhood.
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Makes you wonder why we even bother playing. Here's the screenshot from my last match, where I had to go AFK just as the match started and come back to find that, even though I hadn't moved the entire game, hadn't spotted anyone, hadn't pulled trigger once, nothing, I made more experience than all but 4 of the opposing team. Players who destroyed my teammates, who played the game, who had driven out of the start circle and did something. 

This game drives me nuts, from time to time.
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you do know that the losing team gets less XP than the winners... just saying.  Anyhoo, a win's a win right =o)
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On orders from my doctor, I've started riding my bike again to strengthen my legs and help out with my aging knees. I've found an excellent route around Columbia that's roughly 10 miles and a couple 100 feet worth of elevation change, and best of all, starts and ends at my garage. I like to do it in the early hours of the morning as I don't have as many cars on the road, nor walkers on the trail and bike paths I follow.

This morning during my early morning workout session, I passed one of the many, young, female college students in the area (there's 3 colleges/universities in town, and one of them is a girls only school, so, yeah, lots of college aged females running around), and she stared at me like I was going to hop off my bike and do unspeakable things to her as I rode past.

First off, it's not that she looked at me like that which is bothering me, it's because it took her until I was almost on top of her that she saw me - an average sized guy on a bike not trying to be quiet with all kinds of lights and reflectors on an open, straight stretch of trail snuck up to within 10 feet of her before she realized anyone was near her. Why? Her face was buried in her phone as she sauntered down the MKT spur trail. If I had any ill intents towards that young lady, well, let's just say that ignoring the rest of the world to look at your phone is not the way to make sure someone bad is moving towards you.

Second off, a fast moving target is harder to hit than one that is merely wandering down the trail. This young lady was walking, and if she thought she was getting exercise out of it, she was fooling herself. Yes, walking can be good for you, but at that pace, you'd have to walk the entire 10 miles of my route to do yourself any good. Pick up the pace, and maybe you'll be in good enough shape to outrun or beat up any potential attacker, or be in and out of their ambush area too quick for them to react. 

Third, she was alone. Bring a friend. Go to Petfinder.com and get a dog. Something! Alone, not paying attention, and moving slowly on the pre-dawn trails is just asking for trouble, either from your fellow humans or from the wildlife in the area. And yes, I've seen a bunch of deer, rabbits, squirrels, and birds on the trail that predators (coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, even black bears) are a distinct possibility. Not a high probability, to be honest, but I've been worried about being clobbered by the deer as, in their panic, they attempt to bound back into the trees, usually right past me.

It's deplorable that attacks on young women (anybody, really) happen, but we don't have to make it easier for the bad people. And trust me, this is far easier than toting along pepper spray, a Taser, a telescoping or at the extreme end, a firearm and a CCW license. Don't forget the training and practice to use any of the above - a weapon you can't use effectively will just be taken from you and then used on you. Better to avoid it all and not look like anything an attacker wants to mess with.
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Nice. We covered a pretty decent chunk of it last year. Our longest ride was from our place out just past Jeff City and back for about 75 miles. That was kind of brutal, but a nice accomplishment.

(Mental note: still owe money to the cash-only fried chicken restaurant off the side of the trail. D'oh!)
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Okay, one of you programming smart people need to create a website that enforces a little bit of social values on Craig's List. What am I spouting off about today? You know what I'm talking about, you just don't realize it yet - you're shopping on CL and you find what you're looking for, posted or updated in the past 2 weeks, so you send an email. The next day, you send another email and a text. The next day, you finally break down and call the number (even though they said they preferred calling last to the other two options), and they're pissed off because, of course, they sold whatever it was a week and a half ago.

But the ad is still up. And another two weeks go by, and the bloody ad is STILL ON CRAIG'S LIST, proclaiming to the world that chucklehead is selling that left-handed ganglefarber you've always needed to complete your collection. 

Since CL themselves won't let you send them a message telling them to pull the ad, it's already sold, I figure a little bit of peer pressure is in order. I want to see a website that allows you to enter in a CL ad's address and all it does is each and every day until it's pulled down is email and text the seller once an hour, every hour, asking if the item is still for sale. Simple, I just want to bug and annoy you to the point that you're forced to act like a responsible person and clean up your mess like we all should.


And after you've got that one, I want a button on my phone that will give a tiny shock to anyone on the other end of a text or an email who lowballs me on my own CL ads. Yes, I am selling them for $40 apiece for two of them and I will entertain offers. No, your offer of $40 for both of them is way too low and not worth my time to respond. That's not even a good starting point, I don't care what you've seen on Pawn Stars.
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Human resources clerk in the Missouri Army Guard, avid paintball player, former medieval recreator with the Society for Creative Anachronism, and generally friendly guy.
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