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How can a decade old accusation of sexual harassment against Herman Cain even be an issue in American politics after all the liberals dismissed Bill Clinton's adultery with a member of the staff in the White House as being completely irrelevant to his job as president.
The 28% tax on long-term capital gains brought in only $36.9 billion a year from 1987 to 1997, according to the Treasury Department, while the 15% tax brought in $96.8 billion a year from 2004 to 2007.
You're France in S01 and Italy moves to Piedmont while Marseilles moved to Spain and Paris to Picardy along with Brest-MAO. Barring any real diplomacy that has gone on, are you more likely to return to Marseilles in the fall assuming Italy will attack it, or list a hold order assuming a bluff?
Diplomats fall into different categories or archetypes. Some are bossy and curmudgeonly. Some are vague and try to stay neutral toward everybody. Some are pushovers (the best allies of course!). And some are true diplomats. There is a lot to say on this topic and I hope to get a lot of participation in this thread, but I'd like to start with a couple pointers that have served me well:
Oftentimes you are presented with difficult tactical decisions. Consider a move where you could take a SC two different ways. Your opponent can defend against either move successfully, but not both. Which move do you choose?
Now that he's gone, I kind of miss him. Though his comments were often inane and nonsensical, there was a sort of clarity of thought to them that, in retrospect... I really respect. You might even call it a kind of genius? Come back to us, KA!
Yes yes yes yes! I want! I want! I'm jonesing for a good game. Starcraft was much of a letdown....just a rehash of an old game with updated graphics. <sigh...> But never played diablo much, so even if it's a rehash, it will be new....AND I can get my wife to play, too - which I didn't have when I last played. So...bring on the Diablo!!!
I haven't tried Starcraft. Not as great as they say hey? I used to love RTS games. Age of Empires 2 and Rise of Nations are probably my favorite games of all time. I haven't played much RTS for ages and I am looking for a new game. I have Company of Heroes - its good game. What's Age of Empires 3 like? I heard mixed reports. That it is flashy and complicated but lacks the strategic and tactical depth of with AOE2 or Rise of Nations. What do you guys think? What's a great RTS (multiplayer online or LAN is what I like to play).
SCII was a letdown because I played the original back in 1998 and the game is essentially UNCHANGED....so yeah....big letdown.
It's a big letdown because Starcraft (the ORIGINAL) was such a *fantastic* game. It set the mark for what an RTS should be and was the game that everyone wanted to emulate, as WoW did for MORPG. The problem is, SCII is simply little more than a visual update with good cutscenes. HUGE letdown. Oh....wait....they added the talent tree (from WoW).
LOL, I might not be playing diplomacy much anymore (my baby girl is turning 1 year old in a week) , but I am still going to stick around this site. I greatly enjoy our various discussions, philosophical, scientific, political, etc, AND our ability to get off track.
Essentially, the problem is that blizzard has conquered gaming. I've played many different MMORPG's, from WoW, to City of Heroes, Rift, and others...and I can't find anything that beats WoW (as most things are trying to emulate WoW)...but I'm bored to death with WoW.
In the RTS world, it is difficult to imagine what else can be done with the genre. Starcraft set a high bar, and was emulated over and over and over again. What can you do to make it better? Talent tree was interesting, buying tech to personalize your army....but the game play is the same.
Maybe I'm just an old fart who is no longer impressed with updated graphics layed over a decade-old concept...
abe, how do you personally tend to play those games? Single player or multiplayer? LAN or online. (I tried AOE and RoN online against strangers and man the competition was tough. Playing against friends was my level, and incredibly fun).
I play RPG and Turn-Based Strategy games for the single-player experience. I have little patience to get with other people. Will play D3 with wife though (trying to get her to agree to play wizard while I roll Barbarian or Monk). On that note... Anyone let me beta a barbarian? PM me. :)
PI games are good. Also, the Total War series is also good, though I hate how they've made it harder to mod the last few games and the shitty DLC (I don't mind DLC, but I would prefer it to be something of worth, not just reskinned models which can be done by almost anyone).
Sins is good, but you need to get the patches, otherwise the AI has a few problems and it is quite easy to win just spamming fighters/bombers.
gameID=71352 - everyone determined to submit orders in time and not to leave in the first turn just 'cause Austria sucks - is welcome to join the game. However, volunteers from the late "Why so Anonymous?" game are most likely to be given priority (pacta sunt servanda). But I think we will have some free seats.
@ Splitdiplomat userID=36887 to withdraw your draw vote seconds before a CD while the rest also votes draw, only because you came out of the turn well is very unsportive behaviour (at least in my eyes).