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  1. Luke's last line is curious, but I'm also intrigued by the image of Kylo Ren's shattered helmet. His arc is the one I'm most interested in. I know the joke to make on the Internet is that he's a whiny, temper tantrum throwing brat, but its really not that simple. He's conflicted, volatile, more than a little unhinged. I don't think his dialogue in his scene with Han in the last movie was just to lure Han in, I do think he's struggling with his choices and the choices before him and a big part of him wants to do the right thing. Could the shattered helmet be something he does out of regret? I don't doubt that the opening scene is related Rey's "vision trial.". We all know how much Jedi love to go into isolated places and hallucinate some weird stuff.
  2. This all sounds great, pretty sure I'm going to like it. Perhaps I'll pick it up once I've finished Horizon Zero Dawn.
  3. Good to hear some positive word on it! Mass Effect 2 easily falls somewhere in my top 10, possibly top 5 games of all time. I didn't hate 3 as an overall experience, and I didn't even mind the ending, though I understand the frustration. Even if you weren't completely let down by the ending, you can't deny the trilogy ended with a whimper, and it deserved so much more than that. Still, I've had a hard time getting involved with RPGs and longer games in general since. ME2 really gutted the genre and stripped away a lot of stuff that you really don't need, stuff that really isn't fun, stuff that had long been considered necessary if you're making a RPG. It spoiled me. I no longer have the patience to manage my inventory, or spend hours traveling from point A to point B with little of import to do in between. Plenty of RPGs like Dragon Age, Skyrim, and Fallout have fallen completely flat for me, and I blame Mass Effect 2 for that. I'm eager to revisit the universe. There's too few serious games set in space outside of the 4X genre these days. Hopefully they'll have ironed out some of the issues by the time I get to it. Again, great to hear some positive thoughts on it, thanks for sharing!
  4. Stellaris

    One of my favorite subgenres in gaming is the "space 4X" (named so for taking place in space and for the four "Xs," eXlore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate). Think Sid Meier's Civilization only in space, which immediately makes anything better, right? My recent favorite in the genre has been Stellaris, which is in realtime as opposed to the more traditional turn-based, manages to work in some interesting subplots as you play, and definitely draws some heavy inspiration from Trek in how you explore space and study the new alien lifeforms you encounter. The game got an expansion last week, but the base game also got a huge patch that adds tons of new content and addresses many of the issues folks had with midgame. I was very impressed with the game when I first played it last November, but this patch really did wonders for the overall experience. Plus, there's a really well done Star Trek mod, not quite done in its current state, but still very, very playable. Anyone else play Stellaris or any other space 4Xs?
  5. Hello, all.

    I'm also new here, but I've already found everyone to be very friendly. I also got my start with TNG when I was young. Welcome!
  6. How would you fix Troi?

    Sirtis certainly did a fine job with what she was given. I think that my biggest problem with Troi as a character stems from the episodes centered on Troi. When you look at Worf or Data, each of which have several really great episodes that focus on those characters, they tend to work better after those episodes and as the show goes on. I assume that those episodes benefited both the actors in understanding their roles ands how to play them as well as the writers in knowing how to best utilize those characters in even small capacities and what kind of situations to best develop them in. Troi never really got that luxury. Troi episodes are just about across the board, front to back, bad episodes, some of the worst that TNG had to offer. Worse, most Troi episodes opted to focus on her mother and not Troi. That sours my overall impression of the character, because those moments the series took to develop her character were either boring, annoying, or both. She has her moments, sure, but without the same solid storytelling to lay the kind of groundwork that the other characters received, I get the feeling no one really knew what to do with her, but Sirtis gave it her all anyway. That could be because the role of ship's councillor isn't fertile ground for storytelling, but I don't know. Hey, Peter David did a pretty good job telling a Troi story.
  7. Hey, everyone. I've been looking to get into a Trek community for some time now, and after a few days of lurking, this seems like a really good one. A bit about myself...I watched TNG when it was on when I was a kid and loved it. I never went any further into the franchise until the 2009 movie, which I know has a shaky reputation with some fans, but I loved it and its sequels. After the first movie, I watched all of TOS, TNG, some of TAS, and I'm now working my way through DS9. I've enjoyed all of the Trek that I've encountered this far, but my heart is with TOS. I have a sizable collection of TOS novels and I'm also an avid hobby board gamer, and I enjoy a number of the Trek tabletop games. Excited to meet everyone!
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn - Review & Recommendation

    I'm about 15 hours in now, absolutely love this game. I don't ever buy games at full MSRP, but I made an exception for this one because the setting seemed so damned cool. Hasn't let me down. I just got my first bow that lets me shoot components off of machines, so satisfying.
  9. New user saying hello

    Thanks, everyone! So I kind of like "Justice." It's both hilariously bad but there's a decent story in there somewhere, underneath the questionable costuming choices. As far as movies go, I'm unapologetic in my liking of Into Darkness, TMP, and Nemesis. Yeah, I've done a bit of playtesting for STA. It's pretty good, I'm interested in seeing where the final product goes. I'm also a *HUGE* fan of Star Trek Ascendancy by Gale Force 9. No other tabletop game (that isn't an RPG) has captured Trek so well IMO. Those expansions can't come soon enough.
  10. New user saying hello

    There are a few genuinely brights spots in the first two seasons, I'm sure there's a couple Klingon episodes in there and that's almost always good in TNG. I definitely have a handful of guilty pleasures in there as well, which ones I'd rather not say.
  11. What Star Trek book are you currently reading?

    I've got two going right now. Most of the TOS books I've read have been from the last 5 years or so, so while there seems to be a lull in them at the moment, I finally have time to go back to some of the older ones I've picked up. So I'm starting with The Entropy Effect by Vonda McIntyre. Halfway through right now and it's not bad. Some of Kirk's characterization and mannerisms seem a bit off, but an entertaining read so far. I definitely like it more than her Enterprise, which I didn't care for. In the car I'm listening to The Fifty Year Mission Vol. 1. Wow, is this book fantastic or what. Absolutely riveting. I was going to hold off on the second volume, as I'm less familiar with VOY and ENT, but I have a feeling I'm going to finish this and dive right into the next.
  12. New user saying hello

    It took some time for me to get through TNG, pretty much due to the first two seasons being what they are, but I do really love it. I just finished my rewatching of it last summer, but I could already stand to go back. If I had to pick a favorite Trek character, it would probably have to be Worf.