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Bryan Jones
Attended University of Texas @ Austin
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Okay, Gearbox...over nerf this one now

Near as I can tell from inspecting all of my inventory, a lot of shields have been nerfed, including the Avalanche. However, it yields nearly 30% more roid damage than my excessively nerfed Shooting Star.

I took it for a spin in Tycho's Ribs. I used to be able to run amok in there without ever using my Aspis or going down. No more. However, I did manage to reach Eleseer without dying and slaying everything on my way.

Unless anyone knows better, I guess this is the new must-have melee shield.

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and i need his pot o gold to buy it
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I Am Frickin' Pissed!
Shooting Star nerfed beyond the pale

Okay, okay...Athena + Shooting Star + Moxxi Probe was, ahem, a tad OP in the game. Great fun, yet probably too easy to slice and dice your merry way. Never even really used my Aspis except to revive teammates. 

And I anticipated they would nerf this shield. I simply didn't anticipate by how much. I wish I had a screenshot of this shield before the nerf, but trust me when I say it was just shy of 100k. I had other Shooting Stars with higher roid damage, but I ran amok with this one because of the recharge delay and rate. You want this shield down as long as possible.

Now... sniffle, sniffle, rage, rage ...it's not even 7% of its former glorious roid damage. I could deal with, accept, say 20-25% of former damage, but this is fucking ridiculous.

I am truly and royally pissed...

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You simply can't resist pushing me to look for the silver lining...can you?

pout pout
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Ecstatic Farewell to ClapCrap

I know there are folks who adore ClapCrap. In BL2 he was mildly annoying, but as a playable character he was downright despicable. Ugh. The only reason I played him was for the achievement and I stuck with him up to level 25 and as many frustrating hours. I even dislike playing co-op with this little putz because of the way his random routines can negatively affect your play.

So long, ClapCrap. I will miss you not one iota.

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+Iris Confusion I know. Rather frustrating that the final routine I needed was a basic skill available from the beginning.
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The Eye Slam
As opposed to the butt slam

Do you know how to do it? No? I bet you do.

First...play the Pre-Sequel for 4-6-8 hours. Then, go to bed...close your eyes...and there you go! The eye slam!

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+chewie baccas  dropped?
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Uber Melee Athena
Gladiator with a skill to kill

Haven't posted or checked in for two days as I've been on a push to complete TVHM. I've never been much of a melee player, but I have to say I've been having a fricking blast with this particular build for Athena.

A couple of caveats...this build will do you little good unless you have the Shooting Star shield (melee Bee), plus a Moxxi Probe (Grog Nozzle). However, if you have those two items and some decent gear, this build is nigh on invincible.

The level 50 Shooting Star I have has just over 100K roid damage. Pay attention to that number, folks. It isn't a typo. It means you can one-strike most anything, including super badasses and rabid stalkers. Yes, rabid stalkers...that we all love to hate. I've even 1-2ed some of the raid bosses with this build. It will also whittle down Zarpedon and the Sentinel in fairly short order if you get critical hits.

Note that I avoided anything to do with buffing my shield because you want your shield to go down to get the roid damage. And I completely ignored the Ceraunic Storm skill tree in order to cap out on Phalanx and Xiphos.

Besides the obvious fun of Athena's Aspis, it also acts very similar to Maya's phaselock revive skill, but even better because it can give second winds to all your teammates, not just one player. Additionally, capping out on Xiphos gives you a melee dash (farther and faster than Zero in my opinion) that resets with each kill.

If you think you have a better melee build for Athena, please hit me with a comment and a screenshot post. I'm open to suggestions!

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True that.
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Ain't she sweet
And totally kawaii!!
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Is it just me?

Note that I am nigh on to a rage quit with the Pre-Sequel after the uber-nerf of the Shooting Star shield. However... deep breath, another deep breath, chanting and more chanting ...am I the only person deeply disappointed that a playable Jack is ONE of our FOUR DLCs under the season pass?

Really? A playable character equals a new map?
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Playable Jack = DLC
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Playable Jack ≠ DLC
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haven't played borderlands in a while to know that nerfing occurred.
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Slightly soiled from ass-sniffing?

Is it just me...or does anyone else feel, well, violated when players run up to you to inspect your gear?

"Oh, my, where did you get that?"

"How did you get so much legendary gear?"

"Would you dupe that for me?"

In BL2, the bulk of the hours I consumed playing the game were spent in co-op play, jumping into public games and helping people. I enjoyed that a great deal. And, if they weren't total putzes and asked nicely, I was always happy to dupe gear for them. Most of the Steam friends I play with now I met this way.

Now, I find myself hardly playing public games in the Pre-Sequel. This new feature has turned players into dogs...who like to sniff strange ass. Meh. I don't like.

Then again, maybe it's just me...

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lol
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The Grind Is Done
Back to having fun!
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i had bl2 since it came out but i gained friends and lost them over stupidity.. i have like 6 friends that play bl2 now
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Best Borderlands Game?
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Borderlands 1
4%
Borderlands 2
78%
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
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On story 2 on weaponary presequel
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Secret Minecraft Super Mario Room
Use jumpad to reach the Z8N-TP Mission

Take the lift (marked by the waypoint) and it will transport you into a hidden Minecraft room. Kill everything and the loot room will open. I did this three times and all I got was white/green trash. Meh.

Also, next to the second lift (to the right of the lift marked), you can use the jumpad to reach the Claptrap who gives you the Z8N-TP mission.

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lol...well, I am much older than you folks and, although I've been a gamer all my life, I never played Super Mario, nor have I played Minecraft. I thought it was Minecraft because it looked similar to that hidden cave in BL2.
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Aspis/Gun merge with Athena
A Claptrap .exe effect? Or a glitch?

This was very bizarre, especially when you're in the throes of putting down the Sentinel. I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced it, too.

If you've played Athena, then you know the Aspis hangs more to your left when you use the skill, yet I was consistently getting this effect yesterday on my way to completing the story line.
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Straddling two cultures...an American in China since 2005
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Introduction

Actually About Me...

I was a newspaper publisher and editor in a former life, where I lived for 25 years on a 50-acre slice of Texas hill country heaven, dabbled as a breeder of Arabian horses and German Short-haired Pointers and, in general, tried to let nature and light shine in.

Then, I moved to the most populated country on the planet.

I have been living in China since the fall of 2005, much longer than I originally planned. But quickly realized that one cannot adequately soak up the country, the culture, the people or the language without hanging in for the long term.

I got started on G+ as my virgin foray on a social network, not very long after G+ popped its own social network cherry. I love The Wall, but I've never posted to a wall. I know a twit when I see one, but I've never tweeted. And I've been living in the most populated country on the planet for almost eight years, so I've never been particularly motivated to get linked-in.

Content I'm interested in (no particular order):

  • China
  • Macintosh/Apple
  • iphoneography/rolling shutter
  • Photography
  • Censorship
  • Free Speech
  • Art

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My Circle Management Policy
If you've found your way to my stream via a shared circle, please note the following:

  1. I no longer circle back as a simple courtesy.
  2. I'm looking for interaction, engagement – not numbers.
  3. I share primarily about China and Chinese culture.
  4. Yet, I'm not one-dimensional.

If you aren't interested in content intended to give you insight into China, perhaps even change your perspective, or engagement, then I'm probably just noise you don't need to add to your stream. If you found your way here via a search or hashtag, then chances are I might be worth your time.

Followers ≠ Readers
In the beginning, I had less than 100 followers. Now I'm creeping up on 5,000. Back then, I had a mere handful of growing relationships. Today, I can count those relationships on my hands and toes. Hence, I rather suspect that 95% of the people who circle me based on a shared circle have never even seen my stream. I'm just another grain of collective sand in the sandbox.

Readers ≠ Friends
I have no problem with people lurking – paddling by and paddling on. Hell, I do the same. Or doling out the occasional pats on the back (+1s), maybe even a high-five (re-share) and then rowing downstream. We all do that, right? But in real life, simply greeting one another occasionally doesn't a friend make.

Commenters < > Friends
I love geometry, but hate math in general, so maybe my formulas stink. Ask me if I care. But I do care about this aspect of G+ because this is how I've seen relationships grow in this community. Someone comments on my posts. Or I comment on their posts. We interact. We engage each other. And much to my amazement and gratification, I now have new friends from just about all over the globe. Simply because we did more than say hello.

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Those G+ formulas above are a big, fat clue about how I manage circles. I use three basic circles...and very few specialized ones.

Read – users whose content I find interesting enough to make sure I'm current with whatever they're sharing, either daily or at least several times a week. I might lurk. I might pat on the back. I might even interact. But we're not necessarily friends and don't necessarily need to be.

Readers – users who drop by and comment often enough, via more than one word blips, will automatically be added. I will return the effort by checking out your content as often as possible. Whenever I find something engaging, I will interact with you in return. Maybe we'll become friends. Maybe not.

Friends – For whatever reason, I don't have a single real life friend who has joined G+. So, these are the people who have become my G+ buds. I see you. You see me. I enjoy you and I'm grateful for the reciprocal relationship.

Bragging rights
I know how to say fuck off in Chinese.
Education
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