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  1. So I bought this blind yesterday - to be honest I was already sold at the Zombies, RTS & Tower Defense description. Tough learning curve - as mentioned, no tutorials so it really is trial and error and it can all go devastatingly wrong within seconds - don't think I've lasted more than 7/8 days so far. Not being able to go back to earlier saves adds a lot of tension and risk to everything. Being able to pause and plan really helps even if just to explore the UI / menu system. Very early days, but I think I'm enjoying it so far.
  2. Well, after 27 hours I just completed this with only 60% completion i thought I’d be a bit higher than that must have missed a lot. The only areas I know I couldn’t reach were ... Eventually found a nice charm combo which meant I did the final boss on only my second attempt Fantastic game - love a Metroidvania game, but was a little daunted by the twitchy / quick reactions I needed in my old bones to navigate some areas initially. Glad I persisted
  3. Same - other than I recently finished Book 8, having rinsed all the books since January. I'm at a complete loss now until the next one is released in the autumn. Slowly catching up on the TV show to tide me over until then!
  4. It's been over a year since I docked my ship at Daedalus station in the Sol system. Not sure why I left it behind - but dusting off the Python and taking it out for a spin felt good. Took a while to get used to the controls again but the muscle memory kicked in and it was soon second nature. So, what have I missed? Is Mukhang still a going concern? Is it worth heading back there and checking out the Symposium? Do we have any other systems under our influence?
  5. The one thing I noticed in the show that I liked was that there was a noticeable suspicion between all the characters when they first get on the 'Knight' to investigate the asteroid - as if they didn't know each other very well. Very much 'The Belter', 'The Martian', 'The Earther' - who are all essentially on different sides of the war/peace in the system. I didn't feel this in the books as the narrative suggested that, although they didn't know much about each other they'd all been working together on the 'Cant' for so long.
  6. I only started listening to the books about 2 months ago. Halfway through the first book thinking "this would make a great TV Series" I then found out it was already a great TV series (currently halfway through season 2, just starting book 4). Anyway I've been really pleased with how the characters in the books have been portrayed in the show - I may have a different idea on how the characters look but the characterisation is pretty spot on (to me). Possible spoilers - how I see the characters between books and show
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    Illustration Club

    I use Adobe ProCreate - not sure if its the best, but it's the one they have on all the iPad Pros in the Apple Store - which convinced me I needed one, and an Apple Pencil. Not sure it will teach you to draw, but it is a much more forgiving process than trying the real thing - supporting layers, undo etc which gives me the confidence to try different things rather than fearing the next stroke is going to ruin my work (I think that's a common feature of the artistic temperament though). Here's one I finished today - something I'm doing for my Mum & Dad's 50th wedding anniversary next month....
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    Illustration Club

    Was playing with my new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil over Christmas....... What an amazing piece of kit - drew this picture of my wife. Took approximately 9hrs to complete Drawn using Adobe Procreate. So pleased with how it came out - have started one of my son so will post that one soon
  9. It's fascinating how everyone seems to be in exactly the same place with this show this season. Previous seasons have had staunch fans, waverers and abandoners of varying degrees but suddenly it's like we've all fallen off the same cliff at the same time. My problem, other than the terminally dull and poorly written / filmed episodes is that - i think on paper this season must have all sounded so great to the show runners. "Let's film it all on the same day from everyone's different views!" Shootouts, car chases, explosions - peril, death, treachery!! But it just hasn't worked, and the thing is I don't know where its going any more as they stumble from one 'big bad' to another, established over 2/3 seasons - going through the same emotional / existential conflicts and crises - rinse and repeat.......
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    SNES Mini

    Just managed to get one from Tesco. Hopefully won't get cancelled via email others have..... Edit: Balls!! Just cancelled!
  11. You don't need to take out the Sentry Skimmers at the base for them to count towards your mission target. Any sentry skimmers you encounter within the vicinity of the outpost will count as they will all be affiliated to that faction. Just use your scanner to search for resources - some of which will be protected by 3 (sometimes 4) skimmers which are a doddle to take our with your SRV
  12. Ooh - been tempted to get a paint job for my Python for a while....might have to take the plunge now!
  13. I tend to cruise across all stations in the system to pick up missions from the Symposium as they often target deliveries etc to the same systems / stations - so I don't see any harm in that manner. I've just paid off ~500,000 bounty from Basuseku (due to the Symposium's electioneering efforts a couple of weeks back) as well so the timing is pretty good for me
  14. Political missions are a dirty business aren't they? Took on some political combat missions in Basuseku and it was all Civilian targets - now got a massive bounty on my head in the name of the Symposium. I don't know what the rules are for faction expansion, but there was a lot of political missions targeting Basuseku so I wonder if that's where we'll be next?
  15. Interdicted by an Anaconda. Lost canopy pressure - hull at 6% but defeated him. Bounty - 400 credits
  16. I agree - given our size, a bubble of smaller systems slightly off the beaten track seems potentially quite manageable
  17. I had originally pledged allegiance to Zachary Hudson of the Federation, but haven't ever really contributed anything to Powerplay. I have however just defected to Aisling Duval as her influence, and alignment to the Empire is the closest proximity to Mukhang
  18. I was working my way up the Federation ranks and had just made Ensign, but the call to arms for the Symposium has made me question my loyalties and I've thrown in my lot for the Empire. Cmdr Jim Starslinger (PC)
  19. Do we have (or can we list) a roster of those Commanders that are actively basing their operations around (and for) the Symposium? That might give us an idea of how large we can spread. The link @Danster provided earlier stated that a system with 1.5m population could be influenced by just one commander. Mukhang has (I think) ~17m population.
  20. I love it when you have a Pirate chasing you from system to system "The rumours were right..." "I'm surprised you made it this far..." etc etc only to be interdicted and find they're in some crappy Asp Scout that my Python lights up in about 5 seconds flat.
  21. So I've been banging out trade missions all weekend for the Symposium and am now Allied with them. Checked our status this evening and our influence has increased to joint top - 43% - Elections are now pending between us and Empire Grace. That's exciting! How long does it take to decide an election?
  22. I'm considering defecting to an Empire aligned power now that I'm basing my activities around Mukhang. Which powers would you chaps recommend? - I'm assuming it might be Aisling Duval as she seems to be closest to Mukhang but I'm not entirely sure how it all works.
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