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  1. I've got a spare key for Stalker: Call of Pripyat - PM if you wants it! Edit: it's gone.
  2. Few Steam keys for anyone that wants them: Agricultural Simulator 2011 Agricultural Simulator 2013 Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Combat Wings: Battle of Britain Dark Sector Guardians of Graxia + Map Pack DLC Guardians of Graxia: Elves & Dwarves DLC Off-Road Drive Pacific Storm Allies Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator Space Pirates and Zombies Guardian
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    Stars of The Lid

    What did everyone think? I was pretty disappointed, but largely because I came from Cardiff and had to leave to catch a train at about half ten. All the faffing about with gear between every act (why couldn't it all have been set up ready?) cut massively into the SoTL time that was rightfully mine, and I was pretty annoyed when they finally did pitch up. All was forgiven the moment they started playing, but I only got to hear three tracks before I had to leave, hugely disappointed, for my train. December Hunting was magnificent.
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    Stars of The Lid

    I'm going too, I grabbed one of this extra batch of tickets that just appeared. I've never seen them live (or anyone else) so I'm really looking forward to it
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    Please may I have it?
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    Anyone have a spare invite please? Thanks.
  7. Last thing I am is nubile, but I've never pinned down the trade thing very well. I'm grinding away at T2 ships at the moment but it's still annoyingly slow progress. I've never had more than about 300m in 7 years of playing and I'd like to do better.
  8. I'm certainly noticing this with market behaviour in general. More and more things it's looking like you need to be spending hundreds of millions or billions just to make any real money. Isn't it inevitable, with people raising their buy prices by 0.01/lowering their sell prices by 0.01 constantly so they are the top order? It's like simultaneous inflation and deflation. Won't it just keep going until there is virtually no difference between buy/sell prices? Or is it balanced out by orders being fulfilled?
  9. http://www.eveonline.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=1427146 I've been trying to use evecentral instead because I don't know how to strike out trading on my own (other than just buying and selling in Jita, which though requiring patience is netting a steady income). But the contribtastic client isn't working properly. Doesn't upload anything when it scans. I've also noticed lately that the trades evecentral comes up with are total bullshit. Sell prices way higher than they are according to EC, and buy prices way lower. I know sometimes the trades will be snapped up by others but lately I'm finding it is the case with everything I look at. Are people poisoning the data?
  10. I just lost a Nighthawk in lowsec after I'd been there about 5 minutes on a mission. Other than admittedly impressive scan-fu on the part of his wingman, fucking fuck. This is why I hate PvP. I have never, in almost 7 years of playing the game, had a single fight in which I was not immediately and utterly dominated by the other player and the outcome of the engagement was obvious within the first 10 seconds, and the remaining 5 minutes was tedious orbiting while I waited to get killed. I don't understand how this can be fun. And I'm not being rhetorical - I literally do not understand, and I would like someone to explain it. In 1-on-1 PvP, isn't the outcome dictated 90% by the ships and their fitting? Where's the skill, other than in making sure you press the right F-keys after you've reloaded ammo? I've probably been unlucky every time this has happened because I've never gone out looking for a fight, although the absolute roasting I got this time left me wanting to chuck the whole PC in the bin. I thought I'd have a fighting chance in a T2-fitted Nighthawk but this time a fucking Tengu caught me - can you get worse luck? I was on him with drones and a full rack of heavies immediately but I never got him below 90% shield and it was just a matter of time before he broke my tank - firing what seemed like one t2 heavy every 10 seconds but doing 600+ damage every time. This is bullshit.</whine>
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    Put Here

    I wrote this intending it to be part of some occasional picking at a time travel story I've been trying to develop, but am starting to think I'm not smart enough to plot, much less write. When I was about to run into a wall it suddenly turned into a comedy. Hey ho. I don't know if it's actually funny, but it made me laugh to write. I don't know if that's a good sign or not.
  12. This. I only finally read it a few months ago - the bit where (you'll have read it) is a genuine "oh shit" moment like I've never experienced from a book before.
  13. Reading The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey/Mercedes Lackey. I'm liking the story and characters, but the prose sometimes comes off like this is a 'young adults' book or something. The words that are obviously deployed to avoid swearing in the dialogue are very conspicuous and cringeworthy. Also, pointlessly replacing things just because it's scifi - "he glanced at his wrist-chrono..." What, they don't have watches in the future?
  14. Ah yeah, that one's from Spacewreck. I only got that one fairly recently - love the stories in there.
  15. Just found this and want to share. For anyone familiar with Peter Elson's scifi work this is simply delicious: http://www.peterelson.co.uk/ Looks like his family have put up an archive at last. Everything I can remember is on here, and plenty I haven't seen as well. PE brought the TTA universe to life for me, and I'll always remember the stuff in those books.
  16. I've done pretty well with Christopher Brookmyre so far. I imagine Charlie Brooker would be something like this if he turned his hand to novels. This started me off nicely:
  17. I just finished 'The Cryptographer' by Tobias Hill. His prose is very deliberate and delicate, which was quite satisfying to read, HOWEVER - the plot development about 3/4 through totally confused me. I didn't realise I'd missed some key information until I'd read too far to want to go back, and ended up finishing the book in somewhat irritated incomprehension. Can someone who has read it please explain to me Thanks.
  18. Yes, one of the most chilling scenes in there. The theatrical cut with the two seconds of swaying alien added would be perfection for me.
  19. Exactly how I feel. I got a massive grin on my face when I saw that in the cinema. That said, I don't like most of the other changes. Especially cutting the "what are my chances?" scene, for god's sake.
  20. Campfire, yours made me feel sick. Nice work.
  21. Cool. My choices are a bit limited as I'm in South Korea, but I think I can get at least one of those. Thanks all!
  22. I'm bumping this, as I wonder if anyone can recommend decent condensed history books? I'm seriously mortified at how little I know of England's history. I know there were Normans, Saxons, and maybe Plantagenets and Tudors at various points. And Cromwell. But that's about it. I'm hoping the fact I find it difficult to get interested in 'real' history (i.e. before the 19th century) just means I haven't read the right book yet, so I want to start with some kind of condensed history written for idiots, so I can get an idea what to delve deeper into. Any recommendations?
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