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  1. In terms of taking their time to cover the material, somewhere between what they're currently doing, and the Hobbit would have been good.
  2. 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.
  3. No. You can only do that if you buy LEGO.
  4. They are identical in every way. Every piece is a direct copy of the original Lego piece (sans logo). They are bagged in precisely the same way as the Lego equivalents are bagged. They have to be, because they use Lego's own instructions, which tell you which bag number to open.
  5. Ohh! You've just reminded me.
  6. The answer to every question is "money"
  7. Thanks for sharing Dunnar. Iceland is known to be expensive for us too. I would like to go but, having been North in other places, i don't feel the pull quite so much. How did you feel about the Northern Lights? For many it's a bucket list thing. A colleague here went about 2 years ago, just to see the lights, and had a complete no-show. On that basis i guess you could count yourself very lucky.
  8. I played Anno 1503 many moons back, which i quite enjoyed. Some of my colleagues swear by ST: Armada as being the best RTS they've ever played.
  9. Anyone watching ST:Discovery? It's just coming to the end of season 2. What do you think?
  10. I originally posted this on Furiant, but i finished season 1 recently. The Expanse. Must say, i loved this series, apart from the ending, which gave about as much closure as any of the other 10 episodes - i had to double check as i couldn't believe it was the last in the series. It has been picked up for a second season, but still, it wasn't a cliff hanger, it just didn't finish. Really solid sci-fi with a decent plot (from a fairly well know sci fi novel series), decent actors, decent effects and a nice ambience. I would heartily recommend it for any fan of space opera, or sci fi in general.
  11. I see. Thanks.
  12. The graphic above discusses contributions by employees. How is the company responsible for what it's employees donate to? I feel i'm missing something.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I'm not going to buy a game i've hardly played, twice. But i get your point.
  16. 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.
  17. /sniff Our Dunnar has all-growed-up!
  18. I think it'll happen. I think some titles will work fine for some people, some of the time. Over time the experience will improve and, eventually, it'll more or less deliver, and it will find a player base that will make it successful for decades to come. One little snippet in there was that it demands 25mbps network connections. According to Akamai in 2017, the UK had the worlds fastest avg at 26mbps, and the US avg then was 10.7mbps. I've no idea how reliable that stat is, but i understand Akamai to be the silent power somewhere near the centre of the global Internet. I suspect their licensing model may persuade indie game devs to look for other outlets. Some non-indie will also look elsewhere, just because they don't believe in giant ubiquitous Google. So in 10 years we'll have a slew of these gaming platforms, of which Google will be one, and then we'll have hundreds, or thousand of other game makers still knocking out titles to be played in the old way. If it did go ahead and take over... - Imagine what the likes of Nvidia and AMD are going to have to saying, if it appears the bottom will just disappear from their market for GPU...? - Come to think of it, if AAA games no longer need gaming rigs, outside of tasks such as video editing, none of us will need a quarter of the RAM, nor SSD capacity, but monitors and wifi access points should continue to sell well. Home based gaming creates a massive market in other shit.
  19. Best description of a game EVAH!!! Never had the slightest inclination to play it. Until now.
  20. I've started Hitman2. From the small amount of gameplay i've seen, it seemed like my kind of thing. I like the outwardly non rushed pace. Somewhat stealthy, although not as stealthy as you might think. Takes a lot of keys to control, and mostly for no really good reason. Sloppy porting??? Graphically, it's as slick as you'd like on a GTX 1080, although , so far, the design and quality, is a little cartoony and 5 years ago. I think i'll persist for a bit longer. Has anyone else played, or have a view?
  21. So yeah. Enjoyed SotTR quite a bit. The balance of main quest and side quests felt about right. I still had a few minor quests left before i decided to head for the home straight. It could have ended more epic-ly i guess, but it was warm and fine as it was. Overall, the game felt less on rails than the previous two. I think this was probably because each of the main settings we a fair bit larger and had more quests emanating from them. I didn't like the end-boss fight as it just felt a bit like a choreographed dance. It was hard, but for the wrong reasons. They had fewer of the high-paced rush scenes, where you ARE on a thin path and you can't stop or divert from. One in particular was just stupid and involved a mud slide and volcano eruption nearby the main village, which causes utter devastation to all the land around during the 45 seconds of the sequence, then completely disappears from existence and history once the scene has finished. You'd never have known it had happened. Just sloppy direction. I'd wait for 9.99 (GBP) and doubt you'd be disappointed - especially if you like any of the other two, or Lara's butt.
  22. Still can't see the vids, but yeah. I like the sound of that.
  23. 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.
  24. How's it going?