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  • ByloBand wrote: »
    so I dropped all the Bytor, Binaural, OutlawTorn nonsense

    Snap. I was several variations on Bytor on several forums eons ago.
  • SunshineRikerSunshineRiker ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mr. @ByloBand, sir:

    Have you played many RPGs - digital, tabletop, or otherwise? If so, which ones caught your fancy?

    Sincerely,
    A big fan <3
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    Sorry gang. I just woke up and see there is quite a backlog of things to get to in here. Worry not, I will be back in a bit to give all of your questions the time they deserve, but in the here-and-now I only have a few moments before I have to get the kids from daycare, then come home and make dinner, and all of that.

    But, to give you something in the meantime to chew on, I have not tried in a couple of years but when I was younger, if I properly warmed up, I could actually hit that high note on Aha's "Take on Me". The first time I did that for my wife I did not prepare her first, we were in the car with the kids driving to a local restaurant for dinner, and when that song came on I just went for it 100% and she just sat there with a permanent look of shock on her face B)

    -EDIT-
    It is currently 4:32 PM local time, and my schedule clears up around 6:30 PM, so I will be back then, thank you for your patience :)
  • FlemmingFlemming ✭✭✭✭✭
    What does AMA mean?
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  • [7TW] UnkieB[7TW] UnkieB ✭✭✭✭✭
    Flemming wrote: »
    What does AMA mean?

    Ask me anything
  • Banjo1012Banjo1012 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Flemming wrote: »
    Flemming wrote: »
    What does AMA mean?

    Ask me anything

    Thats what I am asking.
    What does AMA mean?

    HA!
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    Ivanstone wrote: »
    Uncle Martin, Mr. Hand or Boothby?

    Oh come on, you know I'm going to take Boothby :p But I gotta say, this was a really intriguing question :) It really showcases just how profound an impact Ray Walston had.
    Jim Steele wrote: »
    Would you rather be stuck in an elevator with Patrick Stewart, or Avery Brooks?

    Avery Brooks. I think we'd be able to pass the time by just chatting, singing, telling stories, etc. Maybe it is just my American bias, but Mr. Brooks seems infinitely more approachable and down-to-Earth. Plus, I'm pretty sure I'd just stand there dumbstruck if I ever met Mr. Stewart!
    ByloBand wrote: »
    so I dropped all the Bytor, Binaural, OutlawTorn nonsense

    Snap. I was several variations on Bytor on several forums eons ago.

    Yeah, Bytor was my first ever screen name and it was a 50/50 proposition that it would already be taken when I joined a new community. Even variants like Bytor2112 was usually taken as well. I switched to Binaural which was usually free, but people kept spelling it wrong, plus it just never felt right because some people thought I was a fan of the actual audio phenomena instead of the Pearl Jam album, so I tried OutlawTorn. I could usually get away with that, but as Metallica is pretty popular the odds of somebody already having that grew over time, so a change was needed. To date I have never encountered another Bylo Band, so I'm happy with it.

    As an aside, I was using the name OutlawTorn on an R.E.M. community fan page back in 2002, and it was on that community's forum that I met my future wife! We actually "dated" long distance for years, with frequent plane trips and all of that. Thankfully, we live in the same place now, I know the kids at least appreciate that :p
    Mr. @ByloBand, sir:

    Have you played many RPGs - digital, tabletop, or otherwise? If so, which ones caught your fancy

    Oh geez, you may have struck the mother load here!

    I will start with digitial. In high school a few friends and I were really into Playstation RPGs like Final Fantasy VII and VIII (I beat VII 3.5 times - one of my games glitched halfway through and I had to start over) andother games like Chrono Cross and Star Ocean 2. In college pretty much my entire dorm floor were all a loose collection of cooperative Diablo II online players, and that nearly caused several of us to be removed as we played FAR too much. One friend actually did have his parents pull him out because he played too much! I then transitioned to WoW back in Vanilla as was the primary healer in our guild (Troll Priest named Binaural) on the....I forget server, but our guild name was Prolong the Torment and we were a semi-serious guild that ran lots of dungeons for fun, and we were affiliated with one of the BIG server guilds and would regularly fill in with them on their raids. I've come and gone with WoW several times since, but it just never catches my interest anymore as it is too much of a streamlined treadmill now. I've also played KOTOR about 10 times, splitting time equally between light and dark side, and also KOTOR 2 at least 6 times (I enjoy KOTOR 2 much more, but the lack of a proper ending does leave one feeling unfulfilled). I may be forgetting some, but those are the biggies.

    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!
  • Banjo1012Banjo1012 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I also enjoyed Ray Walston in Of Mice and Men. BTW @ByloBand I met REM when I was in the scene. 2nd row seats and VIP access. Great guys and to me, one of the best bands of all-time. If you don’t mind me hijacking your idea for a brief moment, I opened for Green Day at The Riviera in Chicago, Fuel opened for us, I tried out to be Limp Bizkits guitar player, did a private performance for one of the co-founders of Motown, and played with Disturbed at a dive bar in Lansing Illinois. If this was intrusive on your thread feel free to call me a jerk
  • Your IP address? :smirk::blush:
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    Banjo1012 wrote: »
    I also enjoyed Ray Walston in Of Mice and Men. BTW @ByloBand I met REM when I was in the scene. 2nd row seats and VIP access. Great guys and to me, one of the best bands of all-time. If you don’t mind me hijacking your idea for a brief moment, I opened for Green Day at The Riviera in Chicago, Fuel opened for us, I tried out to be Limp Bizkits guitar player, did a private performance for one of the co-founders of Motown, and played with Disturbed at a dive bar in Lansing Illinois. If this was intrusive on your thread feel free to call me a jerk

    By all means, this was a VERY cool share :) Did you meet R.E.M. before or after Bill Berry retired?

    I can help you segue your testimonial here AND pay off one of my teases from earlier in this thread: The famous person I mentioned earlier that went to my high school was none other than Jerry Cantrell, primary songwriter of legendary grunge band Alice in Chains. I may have acquired an old yearbook with him in it through other than honorable means ;) Allegedly of course!
  • Dirk GundersonDirk Gunderson ✭✭✭✭✭
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)
  • Banjo1012Banjo1012 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ByloBand wrote: »
    Banjo1012 wrote: »
    I also enjoyed Ray Walston in Of Mice and Men. BTW @ByloBand I met REM when I was in the scene. 2nd row seats and VIP access. Great guys and to me, one of the best bands of all-time. If you don’t mind me hijacking your idea for a brief moment, I opened for Green Day at The Riviera in Chicago, Fuel opened for us, I tried out to be Limp Bizkits guitar player, did a private performance for one of the co-founders of Motown, and played with Disturbed at a dive bar in Lansing Illinois. If this was intrusive on your thread feel free to call me a jerk

    By all means, this was a VERY cool share :) Did you meet R.E.M. before or after Bill Berry retired?

    I can help you segue your testimonial here AND pay off one of my teases from earlier in this thread: The famous person I mentioned earlier that went to my high school was none other than Jerry Cantrell, primary songwriter of legendary grunge band Alice in Chains. I may have acquired an old yearbook with him in it through other than honorable means ;) Allegedly of course!

    Alice In Chains was the last great guitar metal band. It was tragic when Layne Staley died. He was an innovator, especially with his constant harmonizing. I met REM while Bill Berry was still the drummer. It was not soon after that he had the anyeurism. Sad state of affairs too but they kept pressing on and every album they made was better than the one before.
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)

    That is tricky because the later expansions have really changed how the game plays. Although for my money, I still think Chapel from the base set is the best card ever printed.

    Here however is my all-time favorite Dominion card. I have never lost a game that featured it!

    jmiy2v6ktm7w.jpg

    Jack is simply amazing. He obviously works best in a Big Money strategy, but he has a very unique way of negating almost all the brutal attacks in the game. If your opponent makes you discard a bunch of cards with things like Militia or Torturer, Jack lets you draw back up to 5 cards. Somebody handing out curses, no problem as Jack lets you trash stuff! Jack also gains you a silver every time you play him AND he even lets you occasionally discard victory cards from the top of your deck if you get lucky! He wins games all by himself, and there is even a Big Money variant named Double Jack that basically boils down to this:

    Step 1: Buy 2 Jack of all Trades.
    Step 2: Buy the most expensive coin you can afford each turn.
    Step 3: Buy provinces every chance you get.
    Step 3A: If the game lasts long too long, buy a third Jack of all Trades.
    Step 4: Win the game.

    Absolutely love Jack of all Trades!
  • Dirk GundersonDirk Gunderson ✭✭✭✭✭
    ByloBand wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)

    That is tricky because the later expansions have really changed how the game plays. Although for my money, I still think Chapel from the base set is the best card ever printed.

    Here however is my all-time favorite Dominion card. I have never lost a game that featured it!

    jmiy2v6ktm7w.jpg

    Jack is simply amazing. He obviously works best in a Big Money strategy, but he has a very unique way of negating almost all the brutal attacks in the game. If your opponent makes you discard a bunch of cards with things like Militia or Torturer, Jack lets you draw back up to 5 cards. Somebody handing out curses, no problem as Jack lets you trash stuff! Jack also gains you a silver every time you play him AND he even lets you occasionally discard victory cards from the top of your deck if you get lucky! He wins games all by himself, and there is even a Big Money variant named Double Jack that basically boils down to this:

    Step 1: Buy 2 Jack of all Trades.
    Step 2: Buy the most expensive coin you can afford each turn.
    Step 3: Buy provinces every chance you get.
    Step 3A: If the game lasts long too long, buy a third Jack of all Trades.
    Step 4: Win the game.

    Absolutely love Jack of all Trades!

    I see what you mean...wow!
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    Banjo1012 wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    Banjo1012 wrote: »
    I also enjoyed Ray Walston in Of Mice and Men. BTW @ByloBand I met REM when I was in the scene. 2nd row seats and VIP access. Great guys and to me, one of the best bands of all-time. If you don’t mind me hijacking your idea for a brief moment, I opened for Green Day at The Riviera in Chicago, Fuel opened for us, I tried out to be Limp Bizkits guitar player, did a private performance for one of the co-founders of Motown, and played with Disturbed at a dive bar in Lansing Illinois. If this was intrusive on your thread feel free to call me a jerk

    By all means, this was a VERY cool share :) Did you meet R.E.M. before or after Bill Berry retired?

    I can help you segue your testimonial here AND pay off one of my teases from earlier in this thread: The famous person I mentioned earlier that went to my high school was none other than Jerry Cantrell, primary songwriter of legendary grunge band Alice in Chains. I may have acquired an old yearbook with him in it through other than honorable means ;) Allegedly of course!

    Alice In Chains was the last great guitar metal band. It was tragic when Layne Staley died. He was an innovator, especially with his constant harmonizing. I met REM while Bill Berry was still the drummer. It was not soon after that he had the anyeurism. Sad state of affairs too but they kept pressing on and every album they made was better than the one before.

    Have you ever listened to the band Down? They are a southern metal super group made up of guys from Pantera, CoC, and other groups. Their guitar work is pretty spectacular.
    ByloBand wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)

    That is tricky because the later expansions have really changed how the game plays. Although for my money, I still think Chapel from the base set is the best card ever printed.

    Here however is my all-time favorite Dominion card. I have never lost a game that featured it!

    jmiy2v6ktm7w.jpg

    Jack is simply amazing. He obviously works best in a Big Money strategy, but he has a very unique way of negating almost all the brutal attacks in the game. If your opponent makes you discard a bunch of cards with things like Militia or Torturer, Jack lets you draw back up to 5 cards. Somebody handing out curses, no problem as Jack lets you trash stuff! Jack also gains you a silver every time you play him AND he even lets you occasionally discard victory cards from the top of your deck if you get lucky! He wins games all by himself, and there is even a Big Money variant named Double Jack that basically boils down to this:

    Step 1: Buy 2 Jack of all Trades.
    Step 2: Buy the most expensive coin you can afford each turn.
    Step 3: Buy provinces every chance you get.
    Step 3A: If the game lasts long too long, buy a third Jack of all Trades.
    Step 4: Win the game.

    Absolutely love Jack of all Trades!

    I see what you mean...wow!

    I seem to have managed to not address Grand Market :p Apologies.

    Grand Market is a really powerful card, and in the right deck it can fuel some crazy turns. I do not feel however that it is great on its own, as the other 9 kingdom cards present will have a great impact on how playable Grand Market will be. For example, if Grand Market is out with Bishop, I'm probably going Bishop. Grand Market gets so much better the longer the game lasts though, so if it looks like the game will not end quickly, Grand Market is absolutely a card worth building an engine around.
  • FlemmingFlemming ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    I need to break out Dominion again.
    Pandemic has been taking over my game nights as the collaborative aspect is more appealing to new players.

    Edit: and I am not murdering party guests because they refuse to trade sheep.
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  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019
    Flemming wrote: »
    I need to break out Dominion again.
    Pandemic has been taking over my game nights as the collaborative aspect is more appealing to new players.

    Edit: and I am not murdering party guests because they refuse to trade sheep.

    Not a question, but sure, lol

    Pandemic has a...strange relationship with our play group. We have one friend who has a MUCH more powerful affinity for Pandemic than the rest of us, and plays it all the time at home. As such, when he comes (he is not a regular) we end up playing it or one of the later version with extra stuff, and for the most part we all sit around while he basically plays our turns for us. It's like yeah, that is a good idea, but our idea wasn't bad either and this IS supposed to be cooperative, yes?

    Regarding Settlers, IMO it is not a proper game unless at least one player grinds up 8 sheep to make a road!

    Speaking of cooperative games and looping in Star Trek, I recommend you try out Star Trek: Five-Year Mission.

    b1zco7isafi0.jpg


    In this game you and up to 6 friends assume the role of either a TOS or TNG main crew, and your goal is to roll dice, resolve various color alerts, keep the ship in good repair, and try and live as long as possible! Along the way certain alerts will prevent the players from communicating until resolved, some will impose a timer, some will chain into other alerts which can damage the ship, it really does simulate the chaos of a typical Star Trek voyage! It is a dice game so there is a strong RNG presence, but it is a lot of fun once you've played a few times, the first few times we tried we got UTTERLY slaughtered!

    -EDIT-
    @Flemming, if you are interested in getting back into Dominion, I would be glad to offer up assistance in suggesting additional expansions to buy.
    ___________________________

    Thank you for all the questions. Keep them coming people, this has been a lot of fun :) Seriously, you can ask me anything (I've got my eye on you @(CSF) Jesus Is Lord [••••] !). Life experiences, music, whatever!
  • robownagerobownage ✭✭✭✭✭
    ByloBand wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)

    That is tricky because the later expansions have really changed how the game plays. Although for my money, I still think Chapel from the base set is the best card ever printed.

    Here however is my all-time favorite Dominion card. I have never lost a game that featured it!

    jmiy2v6ktm7w.jpg

    Jack is simply amazing. He obviously works best in a Big Money strategy, but he has a very unique way of negating almost all the brutal attacks in the game. If your opponent makes you discard a bunch of cards with things like Militia or Torturer, Jack lets you draw back up to 5 cards. Somebody handing out curses, no problem as Jack lets you trash stuff! Jack also gains you a silver every time you play him AND he even lets you occasionally discard victory cards from the top of your deck if you get lucky! He wins games all by himself, and there is even a Big Money variant named Double Jack that basically boils down to this:

    Step 1: Buy 2 Jack of all Trades.
    Step 2: Buy the most expensive coin you can afford each turn.
    Step 3: Buy provinces every chance you get.
    Step 3A: If the game lasts long too long, buy a third Jack of all Trades.
    Step 4: Win the game.

    Absolutely love Jack of all Trades!

    Jesus, that card is insane.

    Before my SO I was obsessed with Settlers, but then he introduced me to Dominion and I was hooked. Pretty sure he got sick of it, and he has since introduced me to many, many games. The current obsession in our house is Terraforming Mars. Ever played it?
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    robownage wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)

    That is tricky because the later expansions have really changed how the game plays. Although for my money, I still think Chapel from the base set is the best card ever printed.

    Here however is my all-time favorite Dominion card. I have never lost a game that featured it!

    jmiy2v6ktm7w.jpg

    Jack is simply amazing. He obviously works best in a Big Money strategy, but he has a very unique way of negating almost all the brutal attacks in the game. If your opponent makes you discard a bunch of cards with things like Militia or Torturer, Jack lets you draw back up to 5 cards. Somebody handing out curses, no problem as Jack lets you trash stuff! Jack also gains you a silver every time you play him AND he even lets you occasionally discard victory cards from the top of your deck if you get lucky! He wins games all by himself, and there is even a Big Money variant named Double Jack that basically boils down to this:

    Step 1: Buy 2 Jack of all Trades.
    Step 2: Buy the most expensive coin you can afford each turn.
    Step 3: Buy provinces every chance you get.
    Step 3A: If the game lasts long too long, buy a third Jack of all Trades.
    Step 4: Win the game.

    Absolutely love Jack of all Trades!

    Jesus, that card is insane.

    Before my SO I was obsessed with Settlers, but then he introduced me to Dominion and I was hooked. Pretty sure he got sick of it, and he has since introduced me to many, many games. The current obsession in our house is Terraforming Mars. Ever played it?

    Actually, yes I have! Once, VERY badly. Our friend brought it over for Game Night a month ago and we "played" it, only I later learned after watching a few tutorials that we did literally EVERYTHING wrong, so it would also be accurate to say I've never played it properly!
  • Since you had a screen name of Bytor....

    1. Fan of Rush (Y/N)?
    2. Seen any of their concerts?

    I'm in China now, and unfortunately, last live Rush concert I saw was Vapor Trails. But, thankfully, I've got all their DVDs!
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    Since you had a screen name of Bytor....

    1. Fan of Rush (Y/N)?
    2. Seen any of their concerts?

    I'm in China now, and unfortunately, last live Rush concert I saw was Vapor Trails. But, thankfully, I've got all their DVDs!

    1. I LOVE Rush! I have all of their albums, including all the live albums. It may be accurate to say they are my favorite band, although that changes from time to tine.

    2. Yes, I saw them at The Gorge in George on the "Snakes and Arrows" tour. They opened for themselves!
  • robownagerobownage ✭✭✭✭✭
    ByloBand wrote: »
    robownage wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    As for tabletop, hooo boy, where to start? I guess this simple answer is that every 2 weeks we host a Game Night at our home, and friends come over and we play all manner of games. I have all of the Dominion expansions (except the new one, Renaissance) SLEEVED (seriously, I've probably got a couple hundred bucks invested in JUST sleeves for my Dominion cards!) and loads of other games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers, Legendary and all the expansions, Smash Up and all the expansions, Kingdom Builder, Small World, Tsuro, Quarriors, Marvel Dice Masters, and TONS more! Our friends also bring over games they have that I do not, and yeah, we play games all day! I also was in a multi-year D&D campaign in college (3rd ed) and a homebrew RPG in the style of AD&D that was created by one of my housemates.

    I hope that is a satisfactory answer. I welcome follow ups!

    What is the most OP Dominion card and why is it the Grand Market? (Full disclosure: we only have a couple expansions, so there may be others that I’m not aware of.)

    That is tricky because the later expansions have really changed how the game plays. Although for my money, I still think Chapel from the base set is the best card ever printed.

    Here however is my all-time favorite Dominion card. I have never lost a game that featured it!

    jmiy2v6ktm7w.jpg

    Jack is simply amazing. He obviously works best in a Big Money strategy, but he has a very unique way of negating almost all the brutal attacks in the game. If your opponent makes you discard a bunch of cards with things like Militia or Torturer, Jack lets you draw back up to 5 cards. Somebody handing out curses, no problem as Jack lets you trash stuff! Jack also gains you a silver every time you play him AND he even lets you occasionally discard victory cards from the top of your deck if you get lucky! He wins games all by himself, and there is even a Big Money variant named Double Jack that basically boils down to this:

    Step 1: Buy 2 Jack of all Trades.
    Step 2: Buy the most expensive coin you can afford each turn.
    Step 3: Buy provinces every chance you get.
    Step 3A: If the game lasts long too long, buy a third Jack of all Trades.
    Step 4: Win the game.

    Absolutely love Jack of all Trades!

    Jesus, that card is insane.

    Before my SO I was obsessed with Settlers, but then he introduced me to Dominion and I was hooked. Pretty sure he got sick of it, and he has since introduced me to many, many games. The current obsession in our house is Terraforming Mars. Ever played it?

    Actually, yes I have! Once, VERY badly. Our friend brought it over for Game Night a month ago and we "played" it, only I later learned after watching a few tutorials that we did literally EVERYTHING wrong, so it would also be accurate to say I've never played it properly!

    In that case, I would strongly recommend a second round. She's a beauty of a game.
  • ByloBand wrote: »
    Thank you for all the questions. Keep them coming people, this has been a lot of fun :) Seriously, you can ask me anything (I've got my eye on you @(CSF) Jesus Is Lord [••••] !). Life experiences, music, whatever!
    Me?!?! I'm just your friendly neighborhood ethical hacker!! :smirk:
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    What are your feelings about tardigrades?

    Only vaguely familiar with them but the first word that popped in my head when reading the name just now was "durable".

    How do I feel about them? Having now seen an image of one I find it hard to imagine or understand how something that small can look like that!
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    ByloBand wrote: »
    Pandemic has a...strange relationship with our play group. We have one friend who has a MUCH more powerful affinity for Pandemic than the rest of us, and plays it all the time at home. As such, when he comes (he is not a regular) we end up playing it or one of the later version with extra stuff, and for the most part we all sit around while he basically plays our turns for us. It's like yeah, that is a good idea, but our idea wasn't bad either and this IS supposed to be cooperative, yes?

    The solution is for the rest of you is to download the Pandemic App, play the crap out of it and beat the game on Legendary. It’s only 7 Epidemics so it’s not too hard. Then all of you show your achievements to the other dude.

    Like this:
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  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ivanstone wrote: »
    ByloBand wrote: »
    Pandemic has a...strange relationship with our play group. We have one friend who has a MUCH more powerful affinity for Pandemic than the rest of us, and plays it all the time at home. As such, when he comes (he is not a regular) we end up playing it or one of the later version with extra stuff, and for the most part we all sit around while he basically plays our turns for us. It's like yeah, that is a good idea, but our idea wasn't bad either and this IS supposed to be cooperative, yes?

    The solution is for the rest of you is to download the Pandemic App, play the crap out of it and beat the game on Legendary. It’s only 7 Epidemics so it’s not too hard. Then all of you show your achievements to the other dude.

    Well, the other dude is a good friend of mine, he just has an unfortunate tendency to take over a few cooperative games, and truth be told, so do I :p I usually do it though in Star Trek: Five-Year Mission, where I try and play as the captain so at least I have an excuse!

    But OMG, SEVEN epidemic cards?!?! That is ridiculous!
  • ByloBand wrote: »
    Since you had a screen name of Bytor....

    1. Fan of Rush (Y/N)?
    2. Seen any of their concerts?

    I'm in China now, and unfortunately, last live Rush concert I saw was Vapor Trails. But, thankfully, I've got all their DVDs!

    1. I LOVE Rush! I have all of their albums, including all the live albums. It may be accurate to say they are my favorite band, although that changes from time to tine.

    2. Yes, I saw them at The Gorge in George on the "Snakes and Arrows" tour. They opened for themselves!

    Rush is my favorite band. I've been teaching myself guitar and playing some riffs like the intro to Spirit of the Radio, 2112 Overture, and Closer to the Heart. Fun tunes.

    3. @ByloBand , whenever anyone in the Timelines forum mentions the Bynars, do you also subconsciously hear the song "The Body Electric" from Grace Under Pressure....

    one-zero-zero-one-zero-zero-one SOS
    one-zero-zero-one-zero-zero-one In Distress

    Glad to meet another Rush head!
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