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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Jeff Flake Hate Thread
« on: Today at 12:10:16 am »
So, is he just attention seeking? It's the only explanation I have at this point, he simpy loves seeing his name in print.

This year's mandatory global cat video watching day is a huge success.  Many thanks to internet giants for putting pressure on employers and governments to make this an official holiday.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:55:58 pm »
funny you should mention it, I just started a new Dual Weapon rogue in Inquisition. What do you think are the go-to perks I should take?

Depends heavily on the specialization.  I would always recommend putting a lot of points in the Sabotage tree though, when you can afford to, especially the left hand side.  Leeching Poison will keep you in the fight for much longer, and Lost in the Mist is heavily underrrated (the poison cloud that appears when you kill poisoned enemies will also give you stacks of Elusive.  Since you are in melee range, this will keep constant re-applying stacks on your character).  Also stealth, evasion and evade are mandatory.

For a low level, pre-Skyhold build, the one I used in the videos should cover you.  Stealth, Evasion, Evade.  Poison Weapons/Leeching Poison.  Twin Fangs, Dance of Death, Flank Attack and Skirmisher.  Any extra points to whatever you'd like (Shadow Strike is nice).

For a Tempest, I would only take Flank Attack/Skirmisher, Twin Fangs and Dance of Death, more for the utility than the damage in all cases.  Your real bread and butter should be Throwing Blades, with the Precision Targeting upgrade, and the Flask of Fire with the no cooldown upgrade.  Hit the flask of fire, hit poison, spam the throwing blades and if the enemy doesn't die, hit the Lightning Flask and go in for the kill.  Throwing Blades are also affected by the Pincushion passive from the Archery tree, which does not require you to be using a bow to benefit from.  Equipment wise, I'd focus on a mix of Cunning and Dexterity boosting gear, to increase both crit chances and crit damage.

For an Artificer, the power of spam is key.  The more hits you can do, the more chances to crit, the lower the cooldowns, the more stamina you get back.  So you want to go down the left hand side of the Dual Dagger tree, to get Spinning Blades and Neverending spin.  In Sabotage, you want to get Caltrops and then Looked Like It Hurt.  This is the key passive, along with the Artificer Opportunity Knocks perk.  Combine the two, and every time you (or an ally) crit, you get a 0.5 cooldown bonus, and 10 stamina back.  Cunning-boosting equipment will give you a higher chance to crit, so prioritise that until you can get them reliably.  Once you can, consider using the Sigil of the Great Bear, since you wont have stamina management issues, and then take Elemental Mines along with Throw Everything.  You might want to take anti-seizure medication before doing this, even if you don't suffer from seizures.  You must also name your character Michael Bay.

For the assassin, it's all about getting back into stealth.  I Was Never Here eliminates the stealth cooldown on a kill, and Knife in the Shadows grants automatic criticals when attacking from stealth.  So for the assassin, stacking dexterity boosting/crit damage equipment is the key.  You'll hit as hard as you can with that first attack, and likely kill them outright.  You can then go back into stealth and repeat.  Skirmisher/Flank Attack gives you a second way of getting into stealth, Dance of Death will keep your stamina up.  Later on, Deathblow/Thrill of Victory will allow you to follow up your first attack with something that is very likely to kill.  Poison weapons and the clouds they produce are an excellent bonus, as you can draw the enemy into them, then vanish back into stealth, and they will stand around like idiots, taking constant poison damage.  However, do not take the Clinging Shadows upgrade on Stealth, it has messy interactions with I Was Never Here and can prevent you from getting stealth back when you need it.  Lost in the Shadows is more useful, I would only toggle the Clinging Shadows upgrade when fighting a dragon, which can pull you out of stealth regardless.  Mark of Death is also awesome, and along with Potions of Might (+100% crit damage bonus) pushes the assassin into "crazy damage" territory - Poison Weapons, Stealth, Hidden Blades (upgraded to Overkill), Mark of the Rift and an early detonation can do over 60,000 damage.  The assassin is also the best class for using the Bosun's Blade - the 500% damage bonus from behind is noticeable, and if you're not soloing, you should always be attacking from behind while the tank grabs the attention.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:57:43 am »
Update on the solo assassin-ing:

Way Of The Assassin was a breeze.  I already had an asssassin guild leader token, taken from one of the Carta prowlers, if I recall correctly, but I went ahead and did all three leaders anyway.  Funny thing, Flank Attack with the Skirmisher upgrade doesn't have a timer for the stealth.  It sometimes bugs out, especially in tight spaces or on uneven ground, but once you go into stealth, you stay there forever - until you attack, of course.  So all you need to do is poison weapon - flank attack, repeat and you can take down a large amount of enemies without ever exposing yourself.

Crestwood was saved from the undead and the rift closed.  Caer Bronach was captured, of course.  Crestwood highwaymen were eliminated.  Not yet dealt with "Snowball", the giant spider below Caer Bronach, but IIRC spiders are immune to poison weapons, so I want to wait until I have some better gear for that.  As I recall, Snowball hits hard, which is fitting for a spider the size of a house.  Then again, I did solo the Northern Hunter dragon at level 11.  Killed, first go.  Did "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hards", finished with 100 approval.  "Under Her Skin" was also done...the Pride Demon went down pretty easily...had some trouble with some other demons and had to reload, but when I did they all vanished.  A shame, but it is what it is.

Demons are basically the only problem at this point.  Specifically wraiths, despair demons and rage demons.  The first two are only a major problem if they're promoted, or if you've fucked up and are out in the open with no defences and everything on cooldown.  They can have an impressive amount of barriers, if promoted...later on I intend to invest in some daggers with bonus damage to barriers to compensate for that.  Rage demons are more of an issue because they have some insane tracking, hit hard and fast, and apply a damage over time effect that can throw you out of stealth.  You can do a flank attack on them and they can turn around and hit you in the time between you moving behind them and going into stealth.  I've found it best to take them out with Hidden Blades, though if they're promoted that will only bring them down to half health.

Next steps: doing the Emerald Graves, the Plains and into the Western Approach.  Key things here are to get Andraste's Sacrifice, the necklace at Villa Maurel, and then get to level 13.  If you're not a warrior and you're soloing, Andraste's Sacrifice is the best necklace in the game.  The 10% cooldown bonus is nice, especially on the assassin which has no other way to reduce cooldowns, but the regen benefit it gives you is the highest in the game, a 50% bonus I believe.  And the "taunt" effect actually works in your favour, as it works exactly like the War Cry ability, giving you Guard when it attracts nearby enemies.  That and a Sigil of the Bronto can give you quite a bit of extra survivability. Level 13 is important because that's when the trial awards become Fade-touched crafting items.  These are unlevelled as well, so it's very possible to get Imperial Vestment Cotton or Plush Faustian Velvet or Dawnstone right away.  Especially since so far I have only gotten fade-touched obsidian and onyx, it will be a game changer in terms of the damage that can be inflicted.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:23:08 pm »
And that 10% difference between the center and far-right is pretty consistent along the variety of questions.

It's a strong indicator that the centre-right has been radicalised, while the far-right have somewhat moderated their position, for the most part.  That fertile "populist right" ground between the two has seen a lot of cross-pollination over the years, while at the same time the American right, of both varieties, have been forging strong links with their European counterparts.

Incidentally, the UK attitude to immigration has been terrible for decades.  I would argue up until quite recently it has been a lot worse than the US, and it's been fed by decades of tabloid fear-mongering, that since 9/11 has steadily moved into the broadsheet press (Times, Telegraph, sometimes the Guardian or Observer).   Immigration was the wedge issue on which popular anti-EU sentiment was built, as evidenced by the Brexit debate's focus on "taking back control of our border" as opposed to "this will economically ruin us all".

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:00:04 pm »
Even the Brazilian guy would be something.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:49:03 pm »
And this is how you become a dictatorship.

Well, yes.

Oh, I know.  It's just disappointing, that it's happening at the hands of some banal, tanned egomaniac who struggles to string a coherent sentence together.  He doesn't even have good dress sense.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: October 18, 2018, 09:43:06 pm »
And this is how you become a dictatorship.

We could use that 400 million a week we were going to put into the NHS into repairing the same bridge, over and over again.

Also, news on the Brexit front.  Barnier has said he would be open to extending negotiations, for up to another year even.  However, May has thus far refused to mention it at the EU summit.  According to sources in the Tory party, if she was to take that deal, they would instantly move for a vote of no confidence against her, one she is of course not guaranteed to survive.

Well, it's possible, until a storm rolls in.  Then it's a very expensive mistake.

most expensive and largest manmade structure on the planet

Until the bridge from Northern Ireland to Scotland is built, anyway.  You know, the one Boris Johnson promised everyone a few weeks back.  The completely impossible one from an engineering point of view.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:25:03 pm »
Thanks for the advice.

I had to look up “DSA,” as I had never heard of them. Then, I remembered having accidentally met some members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the CPUSA, back in the late seventies. They were in pretty bad shape back then, as their leader was clearly suffering from what is now commonly diagnosed as dementia. It wouldn't surprise me if those people morphed into today's DSA, as no one took them seriously as Communists.

The DSA is more of an attempt to create a social democratic wing in the Democrats.  Communists hate it, because Social Democrats are insufficiently committed to Sparkle Motion the Revolution.

That said, the CPUSA is probably also still a joke.  Just not as much of a joke as the Revolutionary Communist Party, I think Bob Avakian may be actually crazy.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:45:43 am »
Looks like it is working again, sorry to disappoint.

On the plus side, this down time likely interrupted no less than 200 new Nazi/incel/Qanon videos from being uploaded.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:49:16 am »
YouTub3 just crashed; I was checking-out maze-solving algorithms. Nothing to see here.

Yeah, it got me too.  At first I thought it was my browser fucking up, so I deleted all my cookies and history....but nope.  Google fucks up again (probably)

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: October 16, 2018, 11:26:39 pm »
So, the left-wing screeching about the dems has reached new levels on social media.  Apparently, if you vote to stop the redneck trash in the GOP, you are literally the next Hitler.

Do your part, America.  Shove a progressive down a manhole today.

What’s this now?

I just had - and I'm not kidding, here - some raging berner tell me that he isn't voting this year because Bernie never even got a chance to run for the ticket.


I hate everyone.  I hate everyone and I demand a return of the Spanish flu.

I wish people would stop ruining the term "progressive".  I mean, it's getting to be the same reaction when I tell people I'm a Discordian -- there are far too many assholes who don't get it, giving it a bad name.

Last week, I got tired of my Republicult™ neighbor carrying on about me being a “Librul.” (I do not start political conversations with him, as they are a waste of my time.)

Now, in the not too distant past, I considered myself to be a “moderate.” But, being a moderate doesn't seem to be possible these days.

As far as political party membership goes, I am, and have been for a couple of decades, officially registered as “non-affiliated.” However, by today's standards in the era of Trump, I might as well be a Card-Carrying Communist. So, I calmly told the neighbor that I am a Communist.

He didn't believe me, so I guess I'm going to have to design and print-out a membership card. This is not over.

Remember to get a proper CPUSA one, none of that DSA nonsense.  Nothing worse than getting called out by Communists and Conservatives.

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