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So Galactic Civilizations III is pretty cool. The largest map sizes are indeed enormous. I'm 200+ turns in on the Insane map and have yet to meet another Civ.
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I backed it, you may see my star.

Yes, I am still currently in the market for a girlfriend, why do you ask?

My laptop laughed at me when I tried the largest map size.
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First images of 13 TeV collisions at the LHC.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ATLASExperiment/posts/JFVtgverubv
Below is a display of a proton-proton collision event recorded by ATLAS on 21 May 2015 at a collision energy of 13 TeV. Tracks reconstructed from hits in… - ATLAS Experiment - Google+
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Crusader Kings II: The Charlemagne Campaign

Having more or less gotten the hang of Hearts of Iron III over a series of games in 2014, this month I returned to Crusader Kings II. Like all of the Paradox grand strategy games, it’s challenging to get into, with a complicated interface, brain-melting…
Having more or less gotten the hang of Hearts of Iron III over a series of games in 2014, this month I returned to Crusader Kings II. Like all of the Paradox grand strategy games, it's challenging ...
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First batch of lifepaths are done. Only 40 more to go.
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The fantasy RPG I'm working on
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Magic: school based; each school has,an associated skill and a shortish list of 6-10 spells that you can scale on the fly. If you know the school you know all its spells and can, in principle, cast any of them.
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Brief overview: Basic mechanic is 2d10 roll high againt a target number.

Lifepath character creation. Skill-based with narrative-driving traits. Combat lighter than d20 but with a number of fighting styles that g8ve access to specific combat maneuvers.

Magic will be more complicated.
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Big news for Linux gamers.
 
Spec Ops: The Line Released For #Linux, Initial Port Report Included http://buff.ly/1cYZ6z3 #Gaming
Spec Ops: The Line is one title I have been eagerly awaiting, and now that it’s available on Linux I took a look for you. Port report is currently IN PROGRESS.
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In the last several days I watched both Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road, in that order. While I didn't really hate the former, I was struck even while watching it by the lead's complete lack of agency. Later, while watching Mad Max: Fury Road, the difference became even more apparent. In Mad Max: Fury Road pretty much every significant character has agency. It's not "feminist" to do that to the female characters — it's just good film-making. Fury Road is the best Mad Max film, and the best thing I've seen in several years.

I might gently suggest that if a film as well assembled as this is an affront to somebody's masculinity, then that masculinity is pretty goddamn fragile. 
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We take our own messages home from these things. If somebody wants to read a feminist message into this movie, then that's fine by me. If not, that's cool, but there are good reasons and bad reasons for doing so. It's a great film regardless. 
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After 69 years of Carolignian rule, Imperial Francia, though beset by minor problems,  occasional rebellions and incessant Viking raids, endures. Under Charles the Just, grandson of Charlemagne, it has reconquered much of its lost territory, and Charles, still young at age 37, may yet re-acquire Baden and Bavaria.
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SF and Age of Sail authors will both love this. It's a synopsis of the different classes of ships in naval fleets and their typical function. With plenty of examples. A very handy reference for anyone dealing with military fleets of some kind.
Yup, spaceships again.  Between Star Citizen, the new Halo, the new Star Wars, a couple of key mods for Sins of a Solar Empire that I keep up with and have done some voice work on, and Destiny...
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I am writing the current rules pre-draft in Excel. Is that weird?
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Very!  But also incredible.
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Overrated. Not a bad restauant, but a terrible _German_ restaurant. Schmidt's sells itself as such, but the best sausage in the place is the distinctly non-German Bahama Mama - which is admittedly very good. And the creampuffs are amazing. The bratwurst, however, is of vending machine quality, and there is simply no excuse for that from a place with the pedigree of Schmidt's
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