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Though the classes are somewhat muddy, I enjoyed this game. Plus, it felt good to play with 3d6 again (after last playing WEG Star Wars a few years ago).
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Has anyone seen a good list of Wii U eShop games that will (or could) release by July? I have some of those Wii U deluxe points to spend. And right now, I'm not seeing anything really catching my attention. (I had a buying binge towards of the end of last year.)

I know there are the bigger games coming in the first half--Woolly World, Mario Maker, and (hopefully) Splatoon. But I like the smaller indie games, too, which can be harder to predict.

In particular, I'm partial to RPGs. And I don't think Xeno Chronic X will release before July 1. 
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I don't like overgeneralizing from isolated incidents, but this happened just 5 minutes from where I live. I can't help but put it in context of acquaintances and even friends here in Texas who express disdain for tolerance, diversity, and even specific groups. We know there's been progress, but i find even "small" acts like this still disturbing for the simple reason no one can claim ignorance. 
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I'm glad to live in Toronto, which is diverse and largely tolerant. 
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We played Aradia Quest on our game night, a game I've looked forward to playing and wasn't let down. I won, partly because I was fortunate to a) load up some great equipment (I immediately went after increasing my defense rolls and getting rerolls) and b) had 2 great characters in Seth and Wisp. Seth disallowed opponents to roll defense dice, and Wisp doesn't trigger monster attacks, allowing to slip among them. So, the theme and strategy of my team was sneakin' and assassinatin'. 

Things I enjoyed most: 

+ It's a much more tactical game than I expected, where you had to decide when to use weapons, when to rest & reset, how to get your gold, and how to play the monsters and other players. 

+ The other 2 players targeted me early on, so I had a bit to deal with. Even though I got to early lead, the player seemingly in last place had a couple of great rolls exactly when I had my worst rolls, allowing her to get my quest token, and nearly tie my gold count. No one's completely out. 

+ While the board doesn't really have a sense of place, it is a dynamic board that gives you several options and hazards. I couldn't help bu. contrast this to Dungeon Command, where the map barely has a presence. I would love to see events in this game, things that help give it a sense of place.

The player with the character I thought most dangerous wound up getting stuck among four monsters, thanks in part to me and the third player killing monsters and respawning them. It's long-term, but you can do things like this to throw people's strategies for a turn. 

+ The combat system is elegant. Yet, it gives plenty of options, thanks to having 3 characters and different equipment. 

I think this is a game where you have to play tactically but also have to play responsively to the changes. As you draft weapons, you have to look at your characters and get an idea of how to use them individually and together. As I said, 2 of my characters had very obvious strengths that clearly suggested how I should play them. I don't know if the other players' characters weren't as clear or if they become too focused on defending against me to play their characters. But it's a great game, and I look forward to playing again. 
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Nice job, Pensacola, of not being embarrassed by your geeky guests but welcoming them. I'm sure the $1.4 million dropped on the local economy helps. 
In honor of the event, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward issued a proclamation today to temporarily rename the airport Pensacola Intergalactic Airport
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A few pictures from my sister and brother-in-law's place outside of Kerrville, Texas, when my daughter and I visited in September, to see them, my aunt from California, and some of my East Texas cousins.

They've worked the 120+ acres for several years. They have nice hills not far from the back of their house, which feels almost reassuring, certainly peaceful. We were outside when it wasn't raining--cooking, talking, and enjoying it all. My daughter set off exploring a few times, and she seemed to like being out on her own. I grew up having adventures like that, and I miss living in the country.
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One of my favorite parts of the state.  Out of my price range, but lovely to visit.
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Over a late lunch, my wife and I talked about squeezing in a 4-day vacation this summer. We started with Mexico, then San Francisco, and now Quebec CIty. I know little about it, but I think it would be a great change from Texas and the summer heat. Plus, we could brush up on our college French. 
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Trying to find posts in G+ can be a pain, especially when I'm fuzzy on the details.

A few week ago in November or so, I saw a nice drawing in my feed several times, and I was trying to find it again. It showed a thief (dwarf or hobbit I think) sneaking down a street. It had the moon and a lantern in the scene. I'm 99% sure the artist was a woman. 

See? Why can't I find that? :) 

The thing is that I reshared it to my bookmark circle, which is now complete empty. (I've reshared dozens of posts to that private circle for more than a couple of years.)

I wish I could review my plus history. (There is one, but it doesn't show G+ posts that I've plussed.)
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I'm not sure if this is a bug or not, so I wanted to verify I'm not missing some step. I have the original SE and connect regularly to my NAS (Synology). In the 2.0 alpha, when I use the same configuration (SMB, select IP address, enter credentials), SE 2.0 never connects: "A problem occurred with network communication."

I tried it both with SMB 2 disabled and enabled. 

I also don't have any success with Webdav (I have both HTTP and HTTPS enabled), though again it works with SE 1.0. 
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Will do. Thanks for confirming.
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This weekend, I finished a basic set for my card game and ran through 2 test games. While it captured a bit of what I wanted, several aspects need tweaking or significant revision. One major issue was the fussiness of the game: It has a lot of parts, and tracking those was more mental work than I wanted. 

But the biggest issue was the dice rolling and the success rate. My goal was to have players maximize bonuses and succeed somewhere around 2/3 of the time. When I created the target numbers, I calculated the probabilities and made the target number right in the range for that 60% success rate. 

But for a couple of reasons, that's not what I got while playing. Since I'm using 3d6, I assumed maximizing rolls would get at least +2 in bonuses, +3 if really good. Even when I ran tests early on and rolled with the +2 bonuses, I was hitting 12 or better 2/3 of the time. 

But the truth is that maximizing was harder to do than in theory. In fact, I rolled 10 or lower more 50%, even with bonuses. My takeaway is that, given the different decisions player make, getting the desired success rate will require fewer spreadsheets and more hands-on iterative testing. 
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So, for work, I'm always installing and configuring our products, so I frequently have to create fake users with special permissions.

And every time I assign "incident master" permissions to a user, this is the image I have in my head of that user.
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Well done Amazon. As a fan of Philip K. Dick, I'm really enjoying this adaptation, even with a couple of significant changes. I hope Amazon continues with the series. 
Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).
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I've tried to develop different talents and mastered none of them.  I enjoy talking about them regardless.
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Carrollton, TX
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Longview, TX - College Station, Texas - Lafayette, Indiana - Nacogdoches, Texas - Deer Park, Tx
I've lived in Carrollton for more than 12 years and thought that I had eaten at Joe's. But I realized recently that I hadn't. It's not the same as the Joe's Pizza and Pasta further north in Carrollton (which is a bit nicer but informal setting). But Joe's on Beltline is good, basic Italian food. The service can be good and friendly (though one time they were simply indifferent). It's mainly a serve-yourself place anyway. The pizza is good, and I've had a couple of pasta dishes that were good, too. The sauce is tasty, a lot better than some other nearby places with bland sauces and overcooked pasta.
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