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  1. I’m trying to find a good second thing to get alongside House/Powers of X, as I’ve heard good things, am a old/lapsed X-Men fan, and I like Hickman... For anyone who’s been reading the ongoing series since, are the Dawn of X books a good way to keep up? It seems incredibly sane to have one book collecting all the ongoing series, so I’m half-expecting there to be a catch, or one (or three) of the books to be dreadful, or something.
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    I’m playing again, yeah. I actually started playing Gwent a week or so ago too, which probably wasn’t ideal timing in theory, with Outland just around the corner, but I’ve been furloughed, so I’m finding it easy enough to find the time to play a bit of both here and there. Speaking of the new expansion, I’m already wondering how long it’ll be before they make some changes to Demon Hunter. The class is ridiculously overpowered at the moment, to the extent that the combination of that and the level of representation on ladder at the moment mean that all nine other classes currently show a sub-45% winrate on HSReplay, which is absolutely insane. I think the Galakrond Shaman nerfs took nine days (when that deck wasn’t as dominant or prevalent as about three different DH ones currently are), and it wouldn’t surprise me if this prompts an even quicker response.
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    Yeah, it seems so rare for our defenders to move toward the ball carrier, or stand their ground. It’s not always inadvisable to back off, of course, and often the shot ceded isn’t too dangerous, but still, we do seem to do a lot of it (Luiz had a pretty glaring example yesterday that sprang to mind) and I always wonder how much it’s coached, and how much it’s a lack of confidence.
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    My mate was saying during the game that ‘one-nil to the Arsenal’ is still probably his favourite chant; I told him that I still love it, but miss feeling like you could sing it with a bit of confidence/conviction, when lately it’s felt more like opportunism - sing it while you can! Regardless, a good result (especially considering how the other results have gone this far) from a half-decent game and an fairly meh performance. Leno was certainly still a bit busy for my liking, so thank fuck he’s as good as he is. It definitely feels like there’s an actual system in place now, but we’re lacking a bit of a spark going forward sometimes, and remain prone to individual errors at the back. I’m also so, so tired of watching our defenders continuously backing away from opponents coming at them with the ball... The main thing I’ll remember from the game is the lengthy delay and then (amazingly, positive) result of the VAR decision on the goal; the general mix of bemusement and disapproval in the ground was something to behold, giving way to the the slightly surreal scenes as we realised it’d been given, with people who’d been watching the ref celebrating as people who’d been watching the screens gradually caught up and joined in the celebrations. Five minutes of injury time, and I genuinely believe four of that was from the VAR delay...
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    My favourite Jenas-ness of the evening was how he was gleefully negative about our defending (which was admittedly nervy at times) any time Portsmouth got anywhere near our goal, and kept singing Nelson's praises all game, but then when asked who his MOTM was said 'none of the attacking players for Arsenal caught my eye, so I'll give it to David Luiz'. Brilliant.
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  7. Some advice/opinions please folks! There's a sale at Comixology at the moment on Dan Slott's Spider-Man stuff, some of which I read/liked previously - I read from Big Time to around Spider-Island before eventually being reminded why I tend not to read ongoing Marvel/DC series (continuity and crossovers, mainly) - but I've never managed to read any of Superior Spider-Man, despite my interest in it. So, has anybody here read it? Do they recommend it? And if I just buy the two collections of the Complete Collection (which have the last few Amazing issues that lead in, and then the whole Superior run), is it standalone enough that I won't need to supplement it with anything else?
  8. I thought that sounded familiar - it's 'The Sea Hates A Coward' (which I've read) and 'Grand Amazon' (which I haven't, yet) put together into one book, instead of as separate short stories. Just a warning, in the unlikely event anyone else has bought one or both previously.
  9. How long does the eShop sale tend to last? I don't have a Switch yet myself (though my resolve weakens every day), but my nephew does, and I was going to get him Luigi's Mansion 3 and a couple of download codes, but it turns out the little bugger has already got LM3... Now I'm considering getting a fairly hefty eShop card, and then telling him there are a few things that, unless he has serious reservations about them, I'm getting him with it on Christmas morning - he likes bending my ear about games, so I figure if he wants to start bending my ear about games I actually know (and think he'd like), like Dead Cells, Slay the Spire, Into the Breach, Gungeon, etc, then that would be even better. If any of them are in the sale it could work out very nicely, as I can plan accordingly, and if there's anything not spent on those then he'll have some credit on his account to spend on what he wants.
  10. Are they trying to set this up as something that runs as a series for about 20 years? As otherwise (and even then, not least because counting those chickens before they've hatched rarely goes well) that makes very little sense.
  11. Not sure what's in the sale, but as far as Batman goes I like Year One, The Long Halloween and Hush (besides the stuff you've already mentioned, which I'm variable on), and am pretty sure I enjoyed Arkham Asylum, but need to reread it at some point. The ones on my to-read list (which is to say that I've bought them in previous Comixology sales and not read yet) are Dark Victory (the follow-up to Long Halloween, I think), Court of Owls and Son of the Demon (which I got a used TPB of for 50p from the local library as a kid, and have meant to reread for years).
  12. Once it's broken once it's often done for good, as well - the focus of the action then tends to switch immediately to Point A, as the attackers suddenly have multiple options in terms of approaching it more quickly, and under relative cover, and can make it very difficult for the defenders to rejoin the fight. Sometimes a team will successfully defend that first choke for the whole round, and sometimes it'll get flanked/a defending tank and/or healer will die almost immediately and it'll all fall apart in seconds.
  13. I instantly thought of three films when I saw the thread name, and two of them (The Phantom Menace and The Matrix Revolutions) have already been said, so I guess I'll go with Mission: impossible 2. Teenage me had really enjoyed the first film, and was now familiar with John Woo through Hard Boiled, and The Killer, so I genuinely couldn't wait, but unfortunately the film was an underwhelming mess, full of ambitious but slightly unconvincing stunts (the motorcycle "jousting" sticks out), ridiculous plotting, and a thoroughly forgettable antagonist. I'm now trying to think of a disappointing indie/non-blockbuster, as so far everything we've said has been something with an enormous marketing budget, and while it's understandable that our most memorable disappointments stem from an overabundance of hype, I'm sure there's plenty of other stuff that just didn't live up to our expectations... But no, I've just remembered The Lost World: Jurassic Park instead.
  14. That series was my contribution to the ‘rllmuk Recommended Reading’ thread, not because they’re necessarily classics, but because they seem so little known on here, and I just thoroughly enjoyed them, without any kind of caveat; they’re funny, well plotted, and populated by characters I cared about, with satisfying arcs over a series that had time to breathe without outstaying it’s welcome. I really need to reread them.
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