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    Dammit. I was trying to make a special effort to follow your rules about Lego, I forgot 1 god damn time and here you are.
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    Lepin are a Chinese company who make fake Lego, based on existing Lego sets. I have been reading about Lepin for a while. In all honesty, having used fake lego on very small builds several times, i considered them a high risk investment. But after reading a couple of half decent reviews, i decided to give them a go. I ended up buying the Larger version of the Hogwarts castle by Lepin, from a Spanish outlet. It cost £120, and the Lego version is £350. So just over 1/3 cost. Being distributed from Spain, i didn't face any import duties. It arrived in about 2 weeks, in a plain cardboard box. Anyone expecting Lego style packaging would have been rather shocked. Photo one shows how it presented, around 100 bags in a shabby brown cardboard box. So i was a little nervous. Not wanting to sort through 100 bags every time i needed a new one, i decided to sort them out into sets and store them grouped into sets of 5 in ziplock bags. This has worked very well. The very first thing you have to do in the instructions is to build 1 minifigure, which has a beard and hair. The hair they include is the wrong style (it's very different to the picture), and too big to allow both the beard and hair to fit the head at the same time. Let's just say that i was now very worried about the future for this set. Generally speaking, the plastic is good quality and very good colour. I would say around the same quality and colour as lego - if it weren't for the branding, i doubt i could tell the difference visually. In using Lepin, I would say it is ever so slightly tougher, with less give than Lego. Pieces fit slightly tighter and, after a few hours use, I feel it in my hands. However, i would say this is no bad thing. Possibly one piece in every few hundred has trace edges from the moulding process, but these are very slight and fragile, and no issue to remove. About 3 of the bags are unnumbered. So i am waiting to find out where they belong. They used the right numbering on the bags, but substituted the letter "q" for the number "9" on about 15 bags. That took me a while to figure out. Cutting to where i am now: I am on bag set 39 of 48, so around 5000 pieces out of 6020 in, and every one of the pieces, except 1 coloured stud, has been there. But it hasn't all been plain sailing. After building the core of the main tower, you need to build and apply 6 sheets of cladding to the outside. These ended up slightly shorter than the tower, but not short enough to fit on the next stud down. I laboured with this for around 4 hours, often ending up with the tower in pieces. I ended up having to remove a single layer of Lego from the height of the core of the tower, and now the cladding is slightly longer, bows slightly and doesn't fit right - it would likely collapse with a knock. I believe this points to the manufacturing tolerances inherent with Lupin, and never seen on Lego in my experiences. But, even with all of that, i would accept it for a saving of £230. Overall, my main intentions going forward were to buy the Super Star Destroyer, but i wanted a test set first. At this point, i would have to say that i have no intention of buying Lego for any expensive sets. It's just not worth 3 times the price. I just wish i had bought the Lepin Falcon 18 months ago, and saved myself £400. Unboxing - note the beautiful graphics on the main box... So Lepin as a brand and logo, is banned in the UK. Note the stickers over the Lepin logo on the instruction manuals. By the way, the instruction in the manuals are identical to Lego. Let's just say it; they are Lego's instructions. The Great hall, The Chamber of Secrets and the changing staircases. Note the flying Dementors. If you zoom in on the last photo and look at the centre of the main tower, you can notice the bulge. This is about half the model constructed so far.
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    So..... which one of us is Jar Jar?
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    It felt very rushed. Like they just needed to move a bunch of pieces and rush plotlines so they could get to the big action sequences. Every one of those reunions was rushed and not given enough time. Tarks have always been incestuous so no biggie there, especially since we have known the truth forever. Cerci is a whore and always has been. This isn't the 1st dirtbag she has slept with. Jaime, Lancel, Taena, Osmund Kettleblack, Osney Kettleblack. There is also an unknown number of people she fucked before GoT started. She even told Sansa that her crotch was just a tool to be used. The problem is that the source material is gone and they are literally just making everything up as they go along. I expect the book to be much better. I fear the drama, scheming, and intrigue is all about played out and season 8 is just season one of GOT: The Walking Dead.
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    Shameless self promotion here, but instead of typing it all up I recorded a quick video today going over my thoughts on the decks and their prices. Feel free to watch, or not! (If not, the let me summarize by saying that the decks are totally worth it, and they actually average out to the SAME value as last year's decks, it's just that the value is poorly distributed and too heavily weighted in the Arcane Tempo deck.)
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    My niece was really into this stuff when she lived in LA. There are school-sponsored teams and lots of resources. She won a few competitions and started getting letters from IVY league schools and such. It's very cool stuff. The competitions felt more like dog shows than battle bots. Mazes and tasks and such. Her team won one of them because they used an IR laser to guide it.
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    It's all shit isn't it. If that had gone the other way, they would have said sorry, you missed you window, you'll have a 2nd try, then need to pay for pick up... or worse.
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    Time to dust off this thread! Just started this week, and the game is really well done, and really fun. Builds are endless, especially with mods. The world is interesting with lots of secrets and relatively open. It's about what you would expect for the sequel. I decided not to make the mistake I made in the 1st one and wait for people, so I am just enjoying it myself 1st! I am playing a side game multiplayer, but its well behind at this point. We have played a bit with the GM mode, and it's really fun. They made a design decision to make the game work over LAN with only one copy and I LOVE THAT! So my kid is bringing over his D and D group to play this weekend. I will let you know how it goes. 4 computers around a table should allow for all the same table talk.
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    What @JesGolbez said! You only need to worry about what is standard-legal if you are playing in Standard tournaments, such as Friday Night Magic or Standard Showdown. If you are just playing casually with friends, then it probably doesn't matter - though you can ask them if they play any specific format, just in case. If you DO need to stick to Standard, then you just need to avoid certain sets. Standard rotates once per year and the oldest sets all rotate out in 1 big batch. That won't happen until the fall or winter of this year (last year it was Oct. 5th) and the sets that will rotate out this time include Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Core Set 2019, and Dominaria. Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance won't rotate out until Fall/Winter of 2020, so those sets are perfectly fine to buy into...assuming it matters at all in the first place. Edit: Oh! And here is a convenient site that keeps track of what's in standard and when it rotates out: https://whatsinstandard.com/
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    Kromide, Do you just play casually with your friends? Or do you want to play in tournaments like Friday Night Magic? If you are just playing casual matches, then any cards are fine.
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    In terms of taking their time to cover the material, somewhere between what they're currently doing, and the Hobbit would have been good.
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    No. You can only do that if you buy LEGO.
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    I am VERY glad they changed the release back to Christmas.
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    Figured this video was thread worthy. I'm disappointed they keep going back to the old characters and cater to the fandom instead of doing something new. They dug up Lando again... why? Why don't they create new interesting characters and move away from the old ones? A universe full of potential and they focus on the same 10 people for the last 30 years. Before Luke did all his crazy Jedi ninja shit he trained and trained. Rey can do all this crazy Jedi ninja shit without any training?
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    Love this YouTube channel, lots of great stuff. If you're even a little bit into music, Rick Beato's channel is pretty awesome. This video was pretty eye opening.
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    Wow, 2-mana boardseeper for Planeswalkers with upside. Pretty crazy. And Nicol Bolas, who has the loyalty abilities of ALL Planeswalkers. o.o
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    Spent last week in Iceland with the family for a spring break trip. This was our itinerary: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SjQuaECbjIruRluTr6IjZRVzlygLAz75&usp=sharing We stayed in a different location every night, except the last 2 that were spent in the capital. Rented a car (4 wheel drive with studded tires) and drove around the island. Went to the Blue Lagoon: Spent time in the 2nd largest city of Akureyri: Rode horses at a farm and happened to catch the Northern Lights (my photography skills aren't great and it wasn't the strongest aurora): Went to the Myvatn Nature baths: Saw the Joklusarlon Iceberg Lagoon and Diamond beach: Saw a billion waterfalls, some of which we could get very close and even walked behind 1: Walked between the continental plates at Thingvellir National Park: Walked along their black sand beaches: Saw some turf roofed churches: Saw the main church Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik and even got a view from the top: My impressions: Absolutely beautiful country. No matter where we were, the views were amazing. Food is off the charts expensive. They can't grow chicken food on the island, so chicken is just as expensive as steak and salmon. But it didn't seem to matter, everything was very expensive. The weather, and driving in the weather, at the time we were there (maybe its different in the Summer) is very unpredictable. I drove in 0 visibility blizzards, massive wind gusts, ice sheets, and some very questionable "roads". Road closures are quite common. Speaking of wind ... it is the 3rd windiest place in the world. The first 2 are uninhabited. I wouldn't call native Icelanders the friendliest people in the world ... or any Europeans I met. A percentage of people everywhere are tourists. From the capital to the smallest of fishing villages, there are tourists everywhere. It can make driving that much more of an adventure. I never knew there were no clothes dryers in Europe. That went over well with the Wife. All and all, I had a fantastic experience. There is so much more to see and do and there are parts of the island I would love to explore in-depth. Would I go back ... maybe. The only reason I wouldn't is because the cost of food is so expensive ... but I am so glad we went.
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    Yes. I understood that, but he told me these were the rules they were using. so I duno haha. It was not very fun for me, the kids had fun though. I was looking for story progression and battle. There was this deck of cards that forced people to draw and had random effects, one of the kids just wanted to be an idiot every 5 minutes because it was fun? So I felt like there was a LOT of wasted time, as so much time just spent on this one kid messing around. I duno. I prob won't play with him again with those friends.
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    So they killed off Niv Mizzet off camera? Kinda sucks that the prequel novels by Django Wrexler don’t come out until June. These are in addition to the Ravnica Novel coming out on April 23
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    If you want everyone at your Commander to hate you. Also someone on Twitter pointed out this combo, which is going to be Standard-legal. If you have 10-mana, you get to Wrath every single turn, but even with just 5 you can Wrath every-other turn, which is still going to be difficult to get damage through if you're trying to win with creatures. (You wrath the board with Time Wipe, choose Salvager of Secrets as the creature you bounce, then play the Salvager to get the Time Wipe back. Rinse and repeat.)
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    Only problem is that a coworker was notorious for getting things sent to work, which may be why I didn't think of it. He would get all his dresses and skimpy clothing sent there...
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    What is this? ... I don't even ... *sigh*
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    The insidious thing about it is that you would actually look forward to going in to work. You can thank me later.
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    Yeah, I acquired all for my GoG library even though I already own them on physical media. The price, for me, includes them doing all the technical futzing required to make these old DOS games run on modern machines, which, if it works right out of the box, saves me and my valuable gaming time from having to do so. I'm hoping that GoG will also provide access to Diablo II plus LOD and Warcraft III with all of the extras. I'm kind of /meh on whether GoG can acquire the rights to resell the Starcraft properties; don't get me wrong ... it isn't because I dislike them ... it is because I did and played them to the point of burnout. I'm not sure I would buy them again just to sit in my digital library (I have physical copies of these, too).
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    Can you not take delivery at your work address, or is that discouraged by your management?
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    It's not the best response, but it's not terrible either. I hate the fact that people have to wait a day at home for some dels/pickups. It feels so wrong.
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    The two best titles i've played in VR, almost make the price of the set worth while on their own. Those being Subnautica and Lone Echo (short but amazing). I played an early release of Subnautica, which got stuck in geometry about 15 hours in, then my Rift cable got chewed. Not played since. Completed Lone Echo, mostly because i just couldn't put it down. So atmospheric, which, considering most of the game is played in a vacuum, is some feat! I have a few humble bundle sets of VR games that i've not played, but i'm fairly sure they're mostly kids games. P.S. They're both floaty-hands games...Get over it P.P.S. I've heard ST Bridge Crew is decent. P.P.P.S. Elite Dangerous has control issues for me, but looks potentially very good.
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    And here I was wondering whether, between this and Subnautica, I should dip my toes into the VR waters. I've successfully resisted the VR siren's call thus far, because I think the technology is too rapidly changing yet still far too crude (although even I will admit it is far better than it was a decade ago). That and apparently I'm much too easy to immerse without it - graphic quality be damned. I play NMS and played Skyrim mostly in 3rd person, because I don't like phantom hands floating in my field of vision (side note: I play the starship flight sessions in 1st person, not 3rd, because of my background with flight simulators). Most VR titles that I've previewed include those same floaty hands - or worse, blocky affairs barely recognizable as hands/controllers.
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    I'm not going to buy a game i've hardly played, twice. But i get your point.
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    Rumor has it that Steam is currently running a half-off sale on NMS ($29.99 US). That's a pretty good price point for the resulting entertainment value. I have logged over 250 hours with my main "normal" character, and numerous other uncounted "permadeath" characters. My most recent Permadeath character is the longest lived (by far - probably over 50 hours) and I seem to have gotten past the initial difficulty period where you are fragile and easily killed (either by my own stupidity or by getting two-shot by a pack of predatory creatures as I exited my spaceship). I'm going to dread when this latest character dies. I've been keeping manual backups of the game save files just in case my death is due to an errant glitch or bug (they still do exist, unfortunately).
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    Sweet. Could be good. I quite like the idea of VR with this title; it naturally lends itself to the tech. Unfortunately, my copy of NMS is PS4 and my VR is PC.
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    No Man's Sky: Beyond ... upcoming new free update with VR support. Quote source: https://steamcommunity.com/gid/103582791438685735/announcements/detail/1814295005572765492
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    I really hope this doesn't happen. Not only because I'm a fan of physical media, but because it would drastically change the way we play games. Giving Google more power over what we play and when we play it is a bad idea. Not only Google as a company, any company having this much control over our games and how we consume them is just asking for trouble. It would change the gaming industry and could potentially exclude companies who don't play nice with Google and their political views. Why leave it to a single company to decide which games we have access to and which ones we don't? I'm not buying that the technology is there to play these games at 60 fps and at 4k with seamless response time from a wifi controller. What do you all think?
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    Captain Marvel 6.5 out of 10 Typical Marvel movie with all the usual stuff they do to set up a new character. One of my favorite things ... I love the main character's personality. I'm a sucker for confident, sarcastic, tough girls that still maintain their feminine side.
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    Yep! Charged for the phonecall to arrange it all with them in the first place too! If I don't hear back from their email I am going to have to call them again too. Bloody should be paying me to call tehm! Tell it comrade!
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    The Man always trying to keep us down!
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    I imported all the decklists onto MTGgoldfish. Here are the current values: Arcane Tempo: $122 Lightning Aggro: $79 Deadly Discovery: $71 United Assault: $63 Arcane Tempo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1726987 Lightning Aggro: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1726969 Deadly Discovery: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1726976 United Assault: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1726952
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    I'm so proud of my influence in this forum. I've played these Shoot and Loots like Borderlands 2 and others, other than the looting mechanics I don't consider them related, and am sure they have been doing similar looting mechanics across all games for some time now, but could be wrong.
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    The two above me said it correctly, so I won't reiterate it. Here is a nice site for people getting used to the rotating format and helps you figure out what will be "standard legal" for how long. https://whatsinstandard.com/
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    Funny you should say that, apparently this may be true for plants at least. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internet