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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.


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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! :)

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

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yazagames/inkulinati

Love the idea, nice and silly

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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)

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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


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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.


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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47200816

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:

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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)



Summary

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

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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

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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.”

Article: http://newsthump.com/2017/09/10/commuters-express-concern-as-thomas-the-tank-engine-falls-to-the-power-of-chaos/

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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.


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Spamfest! / vent
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:16:38 PM »
I JUST SPENT A DAY TRYING TO FIX A THING AND FINALLY FIXED IT


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

Tourney is a tycoon or "life simulator" game for PC aiming for completion in 2019. In Tourney you will need to build up a medieval tournament or "tourney" ground, attracting peasants, nobility and knights to compete. You will take on the role of one of 13 noble houses, and will be responsible for selecting your champions and making sure that they have all the best equipment and skills.

Gameplay features for Tourney:

* Build areas for jousting, melee and archery. Build feast tables, blacksmiths, stands, stables and decorations
* 13 playable houses with unique heraldry, traits and heroes
* Send knights from your house to compete in the tourney. Build their skills and give them the best gear from your vendors
* Take direct control of your champions in their events to give them the edge
* Keep the peasants and nobility happy so they keep coming back to witness your triumphs.
* Hire jesters, troubadours, falconers, guards and more.



The project has been in development since late 2017 - so there is still plenty to do, and as I finish bits off I'll keep this thread updated!


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General Chatter - The Boozer / Musical instrument question
« on: April 12, 2018, 01:05:54 PM »
Does anyone happen to know what the instrument is that forms the main motif in this song?


Also is it the same instrument that they are using at the beginning of this song (about 10 secs in)?


My best guess is either a lute or an oud

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Random cool words I've come across and either not heard before, or have heard before and forgotten.

Please feel free to add your own!

Today's word: Petrichor - the earthy smell you get after rain

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