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Questions and Suggestions - The High Court / Poll: Site Chat Feature
« on: April 08, 2022, 10:44:38 AM »
After a staff discussion the question was raised as to how much the chat is being used.

At the time of writing the last post in there is from the 27th of February, and there are only 18 posts from this year. The concern is that this may make it appear (esp. to new users) that nothing is happening on the forum. A "frequent" thing that people seemed to use the chat for was announcements, but could these be actual threads / replies instead? We also have Discord that can host chatting.

So we thought we could put it to the forum as a poll. Do people want to keep the chat? Or could it be removed.

General Chatter - The Boozer / Exilian Pub Quiz - The Seconde!
« on: November 22, 2020, 08:22:59 AM »
Well as some of us have seen a return to lockdown (or incresed restrictions) - I think it's high time to do another pub quiz!

The prize is a custom pub quiz trophy to adorn your profile! So have a watch, maybe a chuckle and a think.
You have until Sunday the 29th of November to message me with your answers!

Good luck!

Round #1 - Missing lines from comedy!

In this video there are 10 scenes from comedy movies or TV shows. Do you know what the line that has been blanked out is? (Doesn't have to be 100% exact, you get a point for the right gist)

Round#2 - Musicless music videos

In this video, the music has been lost in the edit for these pop songs, leaving only the original sounds recorded during the filming of the video! Can you tell who the artist is, and what the title of the missing song is?  (1 point for each)

Round #3 - War

Just so the quiz is not all about pop culture, here are 10 questions about war! (no googling, you *narrows eyes*)

  • Who wrote "the art of war" in the 5th century BC
  • In WW2, US paratroopers and a British field army attempted to seize 9 bridges along the river Rhine, making a Salient into Axis held territory, disrupting their retreat and quickening the end to the war. What was the name of this operation?
  • What name did the city of Saigon take following the Vietnam war?
  • What is the race in the 40k universe that might be lead by a warboss?
  • What crisis did the bay of pigs invasion spark?
  • What is the name of a 1200 page classic novel by Leo Tolstoy (that might fit the theme of this quiz round)?
  • Which island nation was ceded to the Ottoman empire following the Ottoman–Venetian War in 1570, annexed by the British in 1925, then invaded by Turkey in 1974 where it eventually captured 37% of the territory (including half of the captial city)?
  • Who are the Roman, and greek gods of war? (2 points)
  • Which war, fought from 1337 was over the right to rule the Kingdom of France? Bonus points if you can name the three main houses that this concerned.
  • Which company developed the World of Warcraft?

General Chatter - The Boozer / Exlilian Forum Pub Quiz
« on: September 02, 2020, 10:01:48 AM »
Welcome to the Exilian Pub Quiz!!!

Good morning trivia fans. For a bit of fun I have put together a little quiz, consisting of few rounds of questions. It's open for anyone reading that may wish to enter. There is a small prize on offer: A trophy that you can add to your forum profile if you want!
All you have to do is send your answers by way of a message to me. Bonus point if you give yourself an amusing pub quiz team name :)

I'll leave this up for a week and then post the answers on this thread!

Good luck!!

Round 1: Video Round

This video is 10 theme tunes or well known songs from TV and Film - except they are done in a chiptune style. Can you identify which movie or TV show that the tune is associated with?

Round 2: Picture Round

Here are 10 visual puns - drawn by my own fair hand. They all represent a word or short phrase (no longer than 3 words). So by way of example, this one is lovable (love a bull)

So here are the 10 visual puns!

Round 3: Questions

These five questions are song lyrics that have been reworded slightly, as if someone posh were saying them. Can you tell what song the lyric is from, and who performed it?

  • You may well accuse me of dreaming, however there is an abundance of those that do. Perhaps you could as well!
  • I am in favour of the larger posterior, and I always tell the truth.
  • If you are in favour of it, then you should have adorned it with a ring
  • When you utter my name, it is just as an invocation to the lord. I am knelt down, and it would please me for you to join me.
  • There is an increase in humidity. The ambient pressure, on the other hand is dwindling. It is 22.30 hours, and there is some rather unusual precipitation

These five questions are "technically correct" movie descriptions. So they are a literal / oblique way of describing a movie. Can you tell what the movie is?

  • An overprotective father eventually lets his disabled son out of his sight only for him to be captured. The father then goes on a quest to find his son. The father eventually finds his son, and realises he is more capable than he thought.
  • The harrowing tale of a woman whose ex boyfriend will stop at nothing and deceive everyone just to be with his kids
  • A Man lies and fakes his way into a job. Once there, he proceeds to corrupt the innocent youth he was hired to protect, and instead convinces them to form a group, with him as their leader, following his every word.
  • A young boy steals a book, skips school and gets waaayyyyy too into the story, which definitely ends.
  • A big time criminal gets stuck with a smart-arse kid after her mother dies. He agrees to employ her in exchange for a place on an apprenticeship scheme, before she gets him killed.

I am going to run a little quiz with a video round, picture round and question round - with a chance to win a prize!

Please let me know if you would be interested in participating by replying here - or send me a message! If a few of you are interested I shall put up the first round! :)

General Gaming - The Arcade / Inkulinati
« on: June 09, 2020, 08:41:35 AM »
Interesting looking project here

Love the idea, nice and silly

Arts, Crafts, Music & Drama - The Artisans' Guilds / Tusky drew a thing
« on: October 31, 2019, 03:41:25 PM »
I was messing around with krita and drew a thing! I know it's not especially amazing but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out anyway.

I made it for a d&d character I've played a couple of sessions with. I also wrote a backstory for him I'm rather pleased with too. Here it is, if you are interested :)

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

General Chatter - The Boozer / Video of a dive trip in Cyprus
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:07:22 PM »
Here's a little video I edited together of a diving trip to cape grecko in Cyprus during my divemater training internship

Here's an old blog post I wrote that I thought I should share here.

I recently was given the opportunity to apply to be an astronaut at NASA. That is – on a whim I found where to submit an application to be an astronaut and sent them my cv (or resume).

As such I would say I am pretty much an expert at it now, and thought I should share my wealth of space knowledge with all you budding astropeople.

10 top tips:

  • Where your interests are listed, put ’space’ and ‘being an astronaut’
  • You must be in the peak of physical fitness to float about in space ships - so it may be useful to impress the reader with one of your feats of physical prowess. Under my achievements I put that I am able to jump a staggering 21 times before needing a shower.
  • Underline your name at the top. Your name will then stick in their memories when they are choosing who they will get in to run their space stuff.
  • Your space employers can be very fussy about who they choose – so be sure to sound very clever by using long words such as satanistic, garrotted or diarrhoea
  • You may be required to work with others. Show your space popularity by listing how many friends you have. Personally I put both of their names in case they wanted to check.
  • Annotate with space ships, stars, robots, aliens and other futuristic imagery. You will show yourself to have a good familiarity of all the things you will be dealing with on a day to day basis
  • Many people would advise the use of a word processor and spell check or proof reading for an important document like this. Not true. At NASA a character trait that is prized is assertiveness, and decisiveness. Therefore feel free to write in whatever medium you think best: computer, handwritten or annotated painting. So long as you seem sure of your decision you will be on your way to Caprica in no time!
  • Write that NASA is awesome in very tiny lettering throughout. This is a well known and effective subliminal messaging technique which is sure to create a positive impression
  • You must include a picture of yourself. I chose to prove my dedication by superimposing my own face onto that of an astronaut using futuristic image editing methods which are probably beyond most of your capabilities, so I recommend simply using a passport photo.
  • It is necessary to mention that you will be comfortable defecating in your space suit as most people don't realise that you are allowed to (actually it is the main reason for my initial application)
I include a scanned photo of my monitor with my cv on it so you can get an idea of how to lay out your document. I would wish you luck but follow these tips and you certainly won't need it!

See you in space.

There's a really interesting video and article about pangolins on the beeb today:

Not sure this article really belonged in "nature yays" given that it talks a lot about the trafficking that the animals suffer...
Anyway well worth a look - I'm sure this mustn't have passed by Jubs!!!

 :pangolin: :pangolin: :pangolin:

Tabletop Games - The Game Room / Kingdom death: Monster
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:17:06 AM »
Following on from my post about gloomhaven I thought I would post about another boardgame we gave a go recently. The (I think) rather atrociously named "Kingdom death: monster"

It's a horror themed miniatures boardgame for 2 to 4 players. It's a persistent world, where you play a settlement of survivors who wake up in some unknown hellish limbo. The game has a settlement phase where you build and equip your settlers, and then a hunt phase where you track and then battle a horrific monster to gather resources and food.

It can be very bleak and savage. Your people will snuff it almost constantly and will usually go insane (much like darkest dungeon or mansions of madness) although insanity in this game can actually be actually a good thing because it's a stat that protects you from brain damage.

The good

  • The artwork for the game on the cards and in the books is varied and really gorgeous
  • It comes with masses of miniatures both for the monsters you encounter, and also the survivors. You get loads of variations for the survivors so you can always have a survivor model that has the equipment appropriate to them
  • Whilst there are similar games (as I mention it is easy to draw comparisons to games like darkest dungeon) I still think it's a novel idea since it really pushes the angle of hellish oblivion - and role playing the attempt to build a settlement in such a place

The bad

  • The rules are sometimes not particularly clear about some details or ambiguities which means a few trips to the internet to get a concensus on what to do
  • On our first playthrough our band of survivors got immediately decimated within about 3 hunts due mostly to unfortunate random card draws during the settlement phase. It really put me off at first (although our subsequent and current playthrough is going much better) so I feel like there should be something to prevent certain events happening straight away

Here's a blurry pic I took of the settlement plase (you can see some of the nice artwork in the rulebook - bottom left, which also shows you a little about the feel of the game)


It might sound quite depressing and harrowing, but it's a lot of fun. It becomes more about the survival of your community, and forces you (usually) to not become attached to a character too much because there is a lot in the game that will just kill them without warning. When horrors are the norm, it becomes quite entertaining to see what absurdly horrible thing these people get to encounter next, and when you do well - when there is so much that can go badly - it's an amazing feeling

General Gaming - The Arcade / Chris Livingston
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:52:39 AM »
Has anyone read concerned: The half life and death of Gordon Frohman?

It's a webcomic written back in 2005 by Chris Livingston (a games journalist who now writes for Rock, Paper, Shotgun and PC Gamer). If you haven't it's actually hilarious - it is a spoof of Half Life 2, and follows the misadventures of a character that moves through the HL2 world just ahead of Gordon Freeman. If you haven't played the game the comic is still very funny.

Here's one of my favourite strips

You can read the whole thing here


Taking the name ‘Thomas the Daemon Engine”, the newly corrupted machine will run a service between the town of Tidmouth and the dark city of Commorragh twice a day.

“It could be worse,” passengers told us. “We could have to commute by First Great Western.”


Just wanted to air this in case anyone hadn't seen it

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord - Dev Blog 31/05/18. Recruitment system

I really like the sound of having specific people that you need to approach to gain troops, and that they wont always just be entry level townsfolk.

It sounds like a vast improvement on what - to my mind - were the 2 approaches in warband:

Approach 1: Have killy people.
Step 1: Go to towns
Step 2: Get lots of cannon fodder
Step 3: Ensure my army lineup is mostly cannon fodder
Step 4: Start (and hopefully win) fight
Step 5: Is my army now full of awesome people? y: hooray! n: Go to step 6.
Step 6: Is my army too small? y: Go to step 1. n: Go to step 3

Approach 2: Rescuing / capturing.

Basically the same as above except start with a club, and bash other people with clubs on the head

That log also mentions that all the lords recruit from the same recruitment pools. That should make it more realistic, but a slight concern I have with that is that warband had a lot of battles going on all the time.
It may mean you have to get inventive with where you recruit from. For example if there is a lengthy war going on and all the troop vendors are constantly low because lords are using them all the time maybe you can travel further afield to more peaceable lands where there is more of an abundance of troops.
I wonder if they will leave in the option of doing some sort of pressgang / conscription to corall pezzies into your ranks - like what would have happened historically when the population ran out of the best candidates for soldiery.

Spamfest! / vent
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:16:38 PM »

Build the ultimate medieval tournament - and lead your house to glory

Release Date: 4th November 2021

Tourney is a tycoon style simulator / simulation PC game. It will allow you to take control of a medieval noble house, and then build a tournament or "tourney" ground where you can watch your champions vie for victory, or dive in and get involved in the combat!

Gameplay features for Tourney:

* Build your tourney ground. Event areas for jousting, melee and archery; and buildings such as apothecaries, blacksmiths, stands, ale wagons, hog roasts and more
* Choose your champion. Build their skills. Buy them the best armour and weapons.
* Fight your way to the top and win the tournament
* 13 playable houses with unique heraldry, traits and heroes
* Keep the peasants and nobility happy to keep the gold rolling in
* Hire staff members such as jesters and troubadours
* Lots of parody and hidden references!

For more info on what is planned in development for the game, see here

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