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Will Robinson
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Dux.
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Wark!
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Currently staying at Lanlas Farm near Lampeter. It's very quiet and isolated. Considering the possibility of using this place for a coding getaway should that ever prove necessary - nice warm place, not too expensive, no distractions, and free wi-fi. And plenty of pretty scenery and animals for cooldown periods.
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I've been playing Skyrim again recently, specifically with the Requiem mod.

It's an entirely different experience, in many ways. More immersion oriented (every piece of text that can be changed has been, AFAICT), and much, MUCH harder. You have to unlock perks to perform any crafting at all, or pick locks, or to sneak with any chance of success. Heavy armour is a massive hindrance without top-level perks. All the enemies have inherent stats, there is no auto-levelling of enemies. Yet beyond that, it's still the same game; it doesn't try to remake the heart of Skyrim, just makes the gameplay vastly more challenging.

To give you an idea, I've been playing for around 12 hours, and I've just reached level 7, and I'm shortly going to make my third attempt at Bleak Falls Barrow, having been killed repeatedly beforehand. The giant frostbite spider in there is a nightmare, which I only felled by sniping at it repeatedly from safety. The draugr are almost entirely immune to arrows, and in groups can slaughter me in less than a second. Running back through traps to catch them in it is often the only sensible option.

Besides the difficulty, there's a lot of small tweaks. Plants grant you a number of items between 1 and 5, with a peak around 2, which makes gathering components a bit easier and seems less absurd. Killing animals now nets you lots more meat and other useful bits, making hunting a real benefit.

And I'm reliably informed that I've barely scratched the surface.

I really thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of trying out Skyrim again but wants a serious challenge. But be warned, it's hard.

(There's a YouTube video guide to it here: Skyrim Mod: Requiem - The Introduction )
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I would watch a Let's Play of this if you were involved.. I'm having a hard enough time in the original version, getting past a sodding ice troll..
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And just a little more music. Have some Tim Minchin.

This is one of my favourite numbers of his. There is something in his eyes during the choruses that I swear I could follow into the gates of Hell. 
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The Axis of Awesome: Because Australia isn't just about bad soaps and incredibly deadly wildlife.
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A cut-and-paste error has just invented the keyword "virtabstractual", which totally should exist as a word, although preferably not in any programming language ever.
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Too late, Stroustrup read this and already added the keyword to C++14. 
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Pictures from Lanlas Farm, including a very snazzy panoramic that Auto Awesome made for me. 
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What ^he said.  Bethan will be pleased to see her rainbow in use :)
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Updated. Do you recognise any of your own characters on this chart? :D
 
Looks like your alignment is off.
Let the edition wars begin. Thanks to everyone who contributed (or inspired) the new additions. High rez version here:
http://www.rafaelchandler.com/alignment.png
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Bargle!

I killed him.  With an arrow.  With my first ever character, a halfling.  In err.. 1989?
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Seems about right :D
 
A new approach to alignment.
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This is really quite sad. Not exactly surprising, but sad.

This does have some upsides. For starters, it makes other videogames set in the old White Wolf properties vastly more likely, and makes the uneasy possibility of a successful Vampire MMO screwing up the relationship between CCP and Onyx Path disappear.

But we can say bye-bye to any chance of any other MMO projects set in any WW universe, because CCP owns all the videogame rights AFAICT and they're hardly going to encourage competition for EVE. So forget about ever seeing an Trinity/Aberrant Universe MMO, or an Exalted MMO. Both of which would rock stupidly hard, arguably far more than a WoD MMO ever would have.

I'll settle for an Exalted JRPG with excessively over-the-top effects. It'll be like coming full circle.
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That is a pity, although I never could work out how you could make a Vampire MMO. At best you could make a Secret World Clone in which the Masquerade is as thin as tissue paper.
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  • Mutant Caterpillar Development
    Embedded Software Developer, 2012 - present
  • Mutant Caterpillar Games
    Director, 2009 - 2011
  • Broadsword Interactive
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I'm Will Robinson, embedded software monkey, occasional game developer, devoted father and International Man Of Mystery. I live in a land far, far away... unless you happen to live in Wales, in which case I'm probably next door.
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    1998 - 2002
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