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Review | 2023.01.14
All the genres


Maybe not all the genres, but FPS, 4X, tabletop, and a meme game are a good sampling.
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The lolbaters squad played some Gunfire.
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The lolbaters meme game this xmas was Come See My Hole.



Review | 2022.10.12
Deckbuilding and action


Just vibeo ganes in this post.
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The lolbaters crew has gotten a few madness runs in. Dual rogue is fun and we like Nezglekt's madness healing passive.



Review | 2022.09.03
Battles


In this post:



Infopost | 2022.01.01
Charts


Changing the calendar number from 2021 to 2022 means there's data to be analyzed.



Review | 2021.12.13
On repeat


Another variant, another Far Cry, another Cowboy Bebop, another L4D, another Nioh, another Mass Effect. Oh yeah, and I mentioned all of them last month. (What I'm saying is my post title is totally on point.)



Review | 2021.11.27
Pre-omicron


Rewind 19 months:
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Left 4 Dead holds a special place in the hearts of the lolbaters crew - whether it's retro gaming sessions or shout outs to the greatest driver of all time, Jimmy Gibbs Jr. We were pretty excited to try the unofficial sequel, Back 4 Blood.



Infopost | 2021.07.04
Lambos or shambos


Big moves this week for the two tickers I've been following most closely. First, some (dark) giggles about a company I don't go near in any sense:
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The Lolbaters squad tried out Intruder, a gameplay-over-graphics original-Counterstrike-like experience. Intruders attempt to steal stuff or hack stuff, guards camp. There are some neat items that emphasize stealth over team wipes.



Storypost | 2020.11.15
Decisionvirus


Among Us memes are on the decline, but they got a little bump with the votingest election in US history. The lolbaters haven't played it in a couple of months, but we did have a few rousing sessions of griefing and dysfunction.



Storypost | 2020.09.09
The four horsemen


You already know about the covid, now you know about the sharks. The (relatively mild) brushfires have given the sunlight a pleasant orange tone.
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The lolbaters took another unsuccessful run at Mithrix - albeit to end a lengthy initiation run for Shane. The triple-shrine of the mountain beetle guard drop was funny.



Storypost | 2020.08.27
Go right


Covid continues, but the surge appears to have tailed off some. I guess this is the new normal until one of the many "almost-there" vaccines works out.
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The lolbaters (and Jes) have also given the new meme game a try.



Storypost | 2020.08.08
Revisiting


Covid time is time to revisit old projects and entertainment.



Storypost | 2020.07.03
High/low country


The album isn't new or anything, just decided to use the art.
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The lolbaters are back to exploring Europa by submarine.



Storypost | 2020.06.15
Choose your home adventure


Having bigger fish to fry, I hadn't really touched the media room in about ten years, aside from swapping some electronics and furniture. It seemed like a modest house project was in order when we hit reopening stage 2.5. The plan centered around repainting a darker, more cinematic color and moving the audio wiring from being exposed to hidden behind moulding.



Storypost | 2020.05.31
Opening/closing


From Corona to SpaceX to the Floyd protests, there's a lot going on and I'm just sitting here isolating. If only I had a 5G bioshield I could go ride some flat waves, maybe next birthday. Still, I can't complain about a beer and cheese of the month club and some home office-friendly dinosaur slippers. Thanks, Jes!



Storypost | 2020.04.05
Biohazards


The uncertainity of two weeks ago has given way to various stages of compulsory home isolation.
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The lolbaters/pubg squad is giving the indie Russian shooter Escape from Tarkov a go.



Storypost | 2020.03.14
Fourteen days later


Two weeks ago it was uncertain how this covid thing would play out. I don't think much has changed. I get the feeling we'll look back on this as either the biggest overreaction since terrorism or the epic disaster we absolutely could have avoided.



Infopost | 2020.03.01
Wild week


The last week of February was one to remember. Or forget.
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The original Lolbaters crew has picked up Wolcen. It's a Diablo-like clickfest with pretty visuals and a story that is serious business.



Storypost | 2020.01.04
P-games only


Cattle's xmas Steam gift this year was Pako - Car Chase Simulator. It had me pretty well captivated for my first two-hour session. I think I worked out a little bit of strategy:



Storypost | 2019.11.30
It's nicer indoors


Winter has arrived, it's cold and wet. But that's why there's egg nog and 500W graphics cards.



Storypost | 2019.10.27
Apexes


Taking a few weeks off for the mcl tear, I did a photo session at volleyball. I started with a post-mounted off-camera speedlight triggered by the on-camera flash. It had the best lighting (side lighting woo), but was hard to keep the flash out of the frame. Probably would have been better to use the 20mm rather than the 50.



Review | 2019.09.14
New games


The August-September handoff has been hot and muggy - perfect weather for AM runs and surf sessions followed by afternoons in the cave.



Storypost | 2019.08.10
Deeper dive


August meant it was time again for the annual Vegas trip. The Silverton was a pretty chill spot that was convenient for us, but there was good and bad. I killed it at craps, and Matt at the giant Wheel of Fortune machine. As usual, pai gow was a slow, losing battle. Corey and I posted up at a roulette table while we were waiting for the crowd to thin out elsewhere. Three times we caught the dealer (wheeler?) clearing his chips off a square Corey had won - pretty darn sketchy. For the rest of the weekend the name Roger was a synonymous with infamy.



Storypost | 2019.07.20
Sweltering


July is beach month, we did some vball at dog beach where Lana and Kaf and Herman got some swimming in.
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The lolbaters crew is still doing a mix of PUBG and RoR2.



Storypost | 2019.06.30
Beating the heat


The Women's World Cup and Gold Cup have offered some exciting and anxiety-inducing soccer.
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The lolbaters/RoR squad has made some progress on unlockables and secrets. We managed to find the Gilded Coast and Aurelionite on our first attempt:



Storypost | 2019.06.01
Back to it


After travel and catching up, things are getting back to normal.



Metapost | 2019.04.06
Some improvements


A couple small changes that are fairly evident below: I created an about page and a list of lists.
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The lolbaters crew have jumped on the early access to Risk of Rain 2. It's remarkably similar to the original, but in 3d so not similar at all.



Storypost | 2019.03.16
Bouncing around


Last month's journeys were followed by an early March trip out to the east coast, so suffice it to say I've been happy to spend some time in the man cave.
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The lolbaters and even J and I played a little bit of Apex Legends. It has a lot going for it, but it didn't really catch on. I must say though, if I never again play a game with hero selection I will be a happy man.
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On the lolbaters side, we're giving Payday 2 a try.



Storypost | 2019.01.27
Entertainment


2019 has been all work and all play.
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The lolbaters squad is doing some Deep Rock Galactic - a (still in development?) co-op space dwarfing gaming.



Storypost | 2018.11.25
Looking back/forward


A year after going tankless it was time to flush the heat exchanger. At Ted's recommendation, Pops originally installed it with isolation valves, so hooking it up to a pump would be a wrench-free affair.
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The Lolbaters Battle Royale Squad is ticking off unofficial team achievements, in this case a squad wipe with mostly vehicle kills.



Storypost | 2018.11.04
Masks


Jes and I went up to Seattle/Burien to see Jon/Tori's new place and new pup. Jes went up early, I joined on Friday and we took Pepper to the shore.



Storypost | 2018.08.30
Drafted


First and foremost: Tori and Jon got a pup.
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Lolbaters have gotten a good amount of pubg in.



Storypost | 2018.07.23
Tactics


Brutal heat has meant lots of tabletop and video gaming between surf and pool sessions.
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The Lolbaters crew is getting a fair amount of PUBG in. Even the worst of us can get a kill or two per night, progress.



Metapost | 2018.05.31
Dialogue


Sometimes there are fun conversations I think about transcribing, so I added support in my web tools. This, of course, meant partly manifesting a longstanding desire to create avatars for everyone mentioned herein. The second part is ongoing, the first part took an hour or two at the keyboard.
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The lolbaters crew is going fully against the pirate code - lighting up ships in port, ignoring signalling lights, and other piratey things. Rarecrosoft released a minor content update, hoping more comes soon.



Infopost | 2018.05.13
Deep dive


A little while back I ran into this Reddit post about using neural networks to redraw an image in an iconic art style. Okay, so, a computationally-intensive Instagram filter. Not really my thing but at the same time kind of cool. As it turns out, this dude implemented the thing using a Java deep learning library called DL4J. So a cheesy graphics tool as a way to get acquainted with a neural framework, why not?
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Still, the sea battles have been worth it. The lolbaters crew has improved its technique to where we stand a chance against most all newbs on the the water.