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Sureshot

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  1. Outside of already-mentioneds: Battle Line Kingdomino The Dice Throne games Quacks of Quedlinberg Guillotine Gizmos Star Realms Qwirkle War Chest And if you enjoy some dexterity, KLASK and Crokinole are must-haves.
  2. Slapshot Rebound went into early access last week, which is a developed-from-the-ground-up-in-Unity sequel to Slapshot. If you enjoy hockey games or really just organised/skill-based games, it's worth a look. The difficulty curve is a bit tricky initially - and yes, while controllers are supported now, most players do use M&KB. The action feels somewhat Rocket-Leaguey with 3-on-3 games, lots of focus on rotation and people flip-flopping between looking very fancy and very silly in equal measures. It is also free (paid cosmetics) so nowt to lose, really. I do recommend perservering a bit as the likelihood of being cheesed-off due to uncontrolled flailing is moderate-to-high in the early offing. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1173370/Slapshot_Rebound/
  3. Been listening to Nightrage's first album (Sweet Vengeance) and man, it feels like something that could have slotted into In Flames' pre-Come Clarity backlog. They had Thomas Lindberg (from At The Gates) as their vocalist for their first 2 albums, but it's a shame they just don't stack up as well following his departure - their output after that is just OK. Worth a listen if you haven't heard it before and are craving some good ol' melodeath:
  4. Pretty catchy. Robb sounds like he could use a Strepsil or two these days, though. Also, great cover:
  5. Picked up Cartographers on iOS recently and have been playing it an absolute ton. There is a fairly big downside in that the app has no multiplayer, but if you are looking for a great solo flip-and-write, it’s amazing. Perhaps the best part is that they have leaderboards which reset every week, with different scoring cards each time. There are 2 different flavours - one where the scoring cards AND sequence of exploration cards are the same (which represents the most ‘fair’ competition), and one where the scoring cards are the same but explore cards randomised for a bit more variety. There’s also a final mode where both are random, but no leaderboards for that. If you enjoy the likes of Patchwork or Tiny Towns and want something solo to play, I highly recommend it. I’m definitely going to pick up the physical version at some point.
  6. Was randomly looking around the Capcom Sound Team stuff on Spotify, and ran into this: Had no idea it existed but it's really excellent stuff - some great remixes in there. I also really enjoy the interlude of madness with Blanka's song - captures his essence to great effect.
  7. Definitely played a lot of Brutal Sports Football on the Jag before going to the pub back in the day. Otherwise, Mutant League Hockey has always been a favourite (although sadly a bit rougher around the edges than NHL '94). Another good one not mentioned yet is Heavy Smash from the arcade: More recently, I absolutely loved Frozen Cortex. Obviously a slightly different affair with it basically being a sporty version of Frozen Synapse's turn-based action, but I'd spend hours poring over the outcomes of different plays to try and figure out unbreakable strats with which to outwit my opponent. Sadly, it wasn’t that popular and had a few game-breaking issues where your simulation didn't match up with the actual outcome, which ultimately never got fixed due to support being dropped. I hope someone has another stab at it in the future, but the simulate -> execute formula worked so well that it would be hard to imagine another way of going about it.
  8. Anyone playing Creatures of Aether? (by the same folks as Rivals of Aether) I’m finding the relative simplicity refreshing. It has a great looking/sounding overall package, too (the music sounds like something taken right out of Shining Force). The card leveling stuff is a bit grindy, but so far I haven’t played against anyone where it feels completely unfair. Worth a look.
  9. RIP EVH. A true pioneer for sure.
  10. I have definitely inadvertently restarted a run despite having about 45 seconds left because I heard the end of New Girl coming up and wanted to get my new run started ASAP. Amazing what your subconscious can make you do.
  11. Sureshot

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    Wow... Randomly tuned into this match today as I’m looking at taking up tennis again, did not expect to see that...
  12. Just finished watching Pretending I'm A Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story which came out this week. Doesn't go perhaps as much in-depth into the development side of things as may have been expected, but it's still a fantastic retrospective of the series and confirmation about how much it influenced music and pop culture, as well as the skating scene and skaters who featured in the games. Absolutely love the first 4 THPS games so it was right up my alley. The games and soundtracks were definitely a huge part of my formative years and I still certainly count them as some of my favourite games of all time. Definitely welled up a little bit hearing this acoustic version of Superman by Mike Herrera (who fairly recently became Goldfinger's bassist but is perhaps better known as lead singer for MxPx) at the end as well: Worth dropping a few quid to watch.
  13. GH has one of the best multiplayer modes ever. First, unlock all characters in the game, which allows you to play every single one in multiplayer. It will take some time - there are a LOT of characters. Then start a 6-player game with everyone selecting random. This will not only randomise the characters, but also the level of the character. Finally, watch in awe and absolute mirth as the chaos unfolds with laser gods and giant monsters battling it out against the poor fool that randomed the snail-paced old woman that can only damage people via coughing on them. Although she won’t die because you are level 4 and she is level 99. Truly amazing stuff.
  14. Basic Omega is only 170 PLEX - Standard is 430, combo 500.
  15. Don’t forget you can buy Omega status with PLEX. I managed to gain enough ISK (and then some) to buy enough PLEX for a month of Basic Omega. Go to your character page and select your current account level to purchase different levels for PLEX (instead of buying in the store).
  16. Just under 2 days until this comes out. Having never played Eve before but always intrigued by the spectacle, looking forward to giving it a bash. Who else is in?
  17. Don’t worry, the Oilers will find a way once again.
  18. So, Pens went out. Time for that #1 draft pick!
  19. Glad to hear positive feedback on the new BB stuff so far. The other good news - having never played the TT game - is it means Blood Bowl 3 is not far off as they are supposedly releasing in-step. I must admit I haven’t played much of 2 recently, but will try to pick up again once that arrives. I’m really hoping they can find ways to streamline things some more as trying to find and hour-plus for a game can be tricky these days.
  20. The current TOTD makes me want to quit the game - I’m about .500 off the author medal with no idea how to feasibly reduce that, and somehow there are people a further second below that... One to add to the Murtagh list, I think.
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