PAW 190 – Onions Are Like Parfaits

Heavy Metal, Exotic Matter, and at least 2 mentions of India (and one Glaive Beam)
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PAW 189 – A Box Of Decks

Magic the Gathering, Kerbal Space Program 0.24, and Ingress

Wesley: Played Ingress
  • Okay I’m not a Level-8 demigod who has taken over North America yet.
  • Actually on Saturday I was still level 3. I had like 40,000 points and needed 50,000 to get to level 4.
  • Just this morning, though, I broke level 5 at 150,000 points :D
  • I learned some tricks before this weekend.
  • Most notably: Farms. Each team kind of stakes out a location, and the big guns protect them. They’ve ideally got 20+ portals in a very small (Easily walkable) area and you either drive or walk through and hack them all for massive upgrades. Then you go out and attack enemy portals or set up control fields for lots of whateverpoints. You don’t do anything to farms, though. Just hack them and recharge if you can. No linking or anything. And no attacking enemy farms. You just draw attention to yourself.
  • Also important: Pictures. Take a picture of every portal and submit it. Each is worth 500 points.
  • I learned more tricks on the weekend, thanks mostly to a “Level Up Party” I went to on Friday. In which I did not level up. But I did learn:
  • Glyph Hacking: If you hold down on hack instead of hit it, glyphs come up and if you draw them, you get more for your hack.
  • Control Fields Are Where It’s At: Seriously. Most of the points Jenny and I got were from control fields. You get over 1000 points per control field. You also get over 300 for making the link, so each control field is about 1500 points. And the non-control field links you use to set up control fields give you an average of probably another 500, or an effective 2000 per field.
  • Ideally find a place with a lot of unconnected portals (that is NOT A FARM) and connect them. Even better is have a friendly neighborhood Level 8 (or more) blow through town and destroy a bunch of enemy portals for you so you can come by and link them up. This is what happened to Jenny and I. In a day some guy flipped the entire city of Solon and because of that, we essentially blew through level 4 like it was paper mache.
Wesley: Got my couch!
  • Sweeeeeeeeeeet.
  • Not geeky, but awesome. And now we can couch co-op or play any games with far more relative ease.
  • And did I mention, Sweeeeeeeet.
Wesley: Played Magic
  • I really liked the black/green graveyard recursion deck I made.
  • The only trouble with it was that I didn’t have enough ways to put stuff into the graveyard. I needed more fodder, essentially.
  • But even though I lost (IIRC I was actually in 2nd place, lost to Bob but beat Jeffrey in the loser round) I had a lot of fun playing it.
Wesley: Watched Sherlock
  • Fun show. Not 100% on board with everything but it’s well done and I really like all the characters. Especially Watson.
  • The twists are sometimes a bit overblown, but I guess they have to be or the cops wouldn’t need Sherlock’s help.
  • Moriarty is an interesting character that I hope to see more of, though I like that they’re barely using him.
Wesley: Played Xcom: Enemy Unknown
  • Played the demo.
  • Why did nobody make me do that 18 months ago when it was new?
  • If it wasn’t for Kerbals I’d buy it right now. Because of Kerbals (and FTL) I’m waiting for a Steam Sale.
  • But it’s possible when I do get this that it’ll replace FTL, at least for a time.
  • Squad- and turn-based tactical combat with heavy reliance on cover and slow advancing into enemy territory.
  • And after every mission you get stuff and upgrade your base, hire soldiers, research new toys, etc.
Wesley: Played Kerbal Space Program
  • Finished Joolpollo and therefore Kerpollo.
  • Completed the tech tree with 1/3 science gains and never stepping foot on Mun or Minmus.
  • Started 0.24 playthrough, entitled “Teamwork”
  • The plan: I do contracts, viewers submit ships to do science.
  • The reality: Contracts are so plentiful and bountiful, the viewer ships’ completing contracts just as a side effect of doing the science missions have kept me gaining money.
  • I’m going to start a new series, where not only do I cut science by 1/3, but I severely limit Mun and Minmus science and increase the costs of all parts by 3 or 4 times.
  • I may also go whole hog, with deadly re-entry and NEAR (the softcore version of FAR) along with KIDS, Infernal Robotics and RemoteTech. Oh, and possibly Firespitter (propellers and extra plane parts) because if you’re going to have a realistic atmosphere, more plane options seems like a great idea.

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PAW 188 – Good Job, Bolivia

Ingress, Superman, and Sushi


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PAW 187 – Shoulder-Like Protuberances

Kerbals, Ender’s Game, and Xbox Arcade games (or whatever they’re called now)

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PAW 186 – Procedurally Generated Holes

This show is longer than the Minnow’s original tour!


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PAW 185 – Murders In The Kanga Morgue


Jeffrey and my “What We Did” show.
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PAW 184 – A Dirtier Word Than Baloney

Top 5 K-12 Extracurricular Activities


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PAW 183 – The Caddy Guy

Top 5 SNL Cast Members


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PAW 182 – All Of The Bruce Willises

Top 5 M0v135 with Numb3r5 in their N4m35

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PAW 181 – Trial By Stone

Top 5 Snacks (mostly for while watching movies)


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