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One Hundred and Eleven Months ago

The Way Back Machine

A while back, I read an article that inspired me; that article was a blog posting about how a couple opened up a comic book store. It wasn’t a blow by blow DIY or HOW TO BE A MILLIONARE, but it had some great details, the author was open and honest and was engaging when I opened up a dialog when it came to questions and answers.

In July of 2007, I left a job in the tech industry to do something that I had a passion for and to fulfill a dream of mine. I opened a comic book store.

If anyone tells you that running a business is easy, then I think they got extremely lucky. There was work to be done, but the rewards of talking to people about comics, movies, TV series and comparing them time and time again was fun, entertaining and just made the work appear to be part of the process.

pondering

Not the Comic Book Guy anymore

Times and things change, I don’t know exactly why, just that less and less comics were being bought and ultimately it put me in a position that I wasn’t able to keep things going and I had to close the comic book store for good.

Twitch Stream

A little over a year ago, I started to stream on Twitch. During that time, I was able to share my gaming experience with an interactive audience, where not only did I learn some great stuff, but also got acquainted with some really awesome peeps.

Unfortunately, the twitch experience wasn’t enough to pay the bills and that is the brutal truth. I haven’t given up, but I don’t have a set schedule, my situation and status is tenuous.

Future

Work in progress as it all I can do it persevere and keep positive

Fallout 4 Update Disabled Mods: How to Fix

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Double check that your:

C:\Users\[usernaame]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\Fallout4.ini

sResourceDataDirsFinal=STRINGS\ is this:

sResourceDataDirsFinal=STRINGS\, TEXTURES\, MUSIC\, SOUND\, INTERFACE\, MESHES\, PROGRAMS\, MATERIALS\, LODSETTINGS\, VIS\, MISC\, SCRIPTS\, SHADERSFX\

Also that your:

C:\Users\[usernaame]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\Fallout4Prefs.ini has this still:

[Launcher]
bEnableFileSelection=1

Lastly:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Fallout4
plugins.txt

Is not set to ‘Read-Only””’

Thanks add back in the names of your .esp files or if you are using Nexus Mod Manager, go to the plugins tab and click the check boxes of the mods that you want re-enabled.

Let me know if this doesn’t work for you. – Andy

Fallout 4: Disable Vsync / Laggy Mouse possible fixes

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For those that might be suffering from frame rate issues and or a laggy sluggish mouse, this is what I did to fix it.  [your mileage may vary]

Mouse Acceleration Fix in Fallout 4

Mouse acceleration appears to be on by default in Fallout 4. To remove it you will need to open your Fallout4.ini (C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\).

Scroll down to [Controls], and under this add the below line:
bMouseAcceleration=0

Next open up Fallout4Prefs.ini also in (C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\) and under [Display] add:
bForceIgnoreSmoothness=1

Next go to the second Fallout4Prefs.ini located at wherever you installed steam then open steamapps\common\Fallout 4\Fallout4, and under [Display] once again add:
bForceIgnoreSmoothness=1

Note: this will not remove it from menus or similar, but it removes it from ‘within’ the game.

Unlock Frame Rate / Disable VSync

The following is a possible work/fix [verified when I made the changed] to remove some miucrostutters.

     The below is how to unlock your frame rate if you have this 30fps cap:

To unlock frame rate open Fallout4Pref.ini (located at C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\). Note making a backup isn’t neccessary as if you simply delete Fallout4Pref.ini the game will auto generate new one next time it is opened.

Search for the line iPresentInterval=1, and change it to iPresentInterval=0

Next to re-enable vsync got to the nvidia/amd control panels and enable vsync via the hardware.

How to change the game FOV.
In Fallout 4 it appears that you will need to change three files, there are two files called Fallout4Prefs.ini in two different locations and one called Fallout4.ini, all three need to be changed as below.

Firstly go to your Fallout4.ini (loacted at C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\) and under [Display] put the below:
fDefaultWorldFOV=XX
fDefault1stPersonFOV=YY

* where XX is you desired fov in third person.
* where YY is the desired fov in first person.
I have set mine both to 100 for now.

Next go to the Fallout4Prefs.ini and do the same directory as above (C:\Users\[name]\Documents\My Games\Fallout4\), under [Display] put:
fDefaultWorldFOV=XX
fDefault1stPersonFOV=YY

* where XX is you desired fov in third person.
* where YY is the desired fov in first person.
Again, I set them both to 100.  The great thing, if it doesn’t work or you don’t like it.  You can make tweaks as you go.

Next go to where you installed steam then open steamapps\common\Fallout 4\Fallout4 (a folder called Fallout 4 is in another folder called Fallout4, how many levels deep does this go 😉 ). Next open the Fallout4Prefs.ini here and once again under [Display] add the below:
fDefaultWorldFOV=XX
fDefault1stPersonFOV=YY

* where XX is you desired fov in third person.
* where YY is the desired fov in first person.
Again, 100 for the vlaues.

After making these changes, if you make changes in-game [under Interface] , the above changed will be changed back.
Your FOV should now be changed for both first and third person. 🙂

Finally to change you gun model (and pip body fov) do the below.
If you find your pipboy to be to small, press ~, the type fov XX, where XX would be the size of the pipboy screen you will want and you might have to go back and forth a couple of times.  Next type in refreshini, doing so will make it so your game will not revert to the default fov. Next press ~ save your game and from that point on you should be set

Elite: Dangerous Refunds Reconsidered

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A forum post from David Braben has further follow-up on outcry about Frontier’s refund policy following the news that Elite: Dangerous will not support offline play. Word is they are reconsidering refunds for cases where the customer has already played a an alpha or beta version of the crowdfunded space combat sequel:

I want to keep you all updated.

We initially declined some people’s request for refund as our records showed they have already played Elite: Dangerous online. After listening to many of the comments I received after my AMA here, we have since re-opened these requests and informed those people that we will be contacting them so that we can fully understand their individual situation before making a more informed decision.

We will be contacting them each in the next few working days.

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Trio of ‘Princess Bride’ Card Games

30255TPB%20Battle%20of%20Wits_MD[1]Game Salute will release a trio of card games based on The Princess Bride: A Battle of Wits, As You Wish, and Miracle Pill, in the second quarter 2015.  The games are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Designed by Matthew O’Malley, The Princess Bride: A Battle of Wits is a deduction and bluffing game.  A row of goblets sits in the middle of the table, and will be filled with wine or poison.  Players bid on which goblet they will drink from at the end of the game, and choose to put either wine or poison in each goblet.  When players drink from a goblet, if there is more wine than poison, they survive.  If there is more poison than wine, the player falls prey to the Sicilian, and is eliminated.  Those who survive, win.

The box contains: 70 Character Wine/Poison cards, 12 Sicilian Wine/Poison cards, 10 Character cards, 10 Goblet cards, and a time card.  The game is for 2-10 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 15 minutes.  MSRP is $25.00.

 

30255TPB%20As%20You%20Wish_MD[1]Designed by Daniel Solis, The Princess Bride: As You Wish is a set collection game where players draft cards depending on the needs and desires of the character drawn for that round.  The more icons on a player’s group of cards, the more point they get at the end of play, but some of the cards are poisoned and will causes losses.  The goal is to complete the character’s Quest with the most points.

The box contains 75 Quest cards and 10 Character cards.  The game is for 2-6 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 20 minutes.  MSRP is $25.00.

 

30255TPB-Miracle%20Pill_MD[1]Designed by Philip duBarry (Revolution!, Canalis, Courtier),The Princess Bride: Miracle Pill is a card drafting game in three rounds.  Players attempt to create a pill that will hopefully bring the Man In Black back to life.  Players draft cards each round, revealing them at the same time, to build up ingredients to be combined together over the rounds to create needed items, but some cards have instructions that must be followed when revealed.  In the final round, scoring cards are added to the mix, determining values for the collections. The player with the highest score makes the miracle pill and wins.

The box contains 72 cards: 12 Red, 11 Rainbow, 11 Orange, 12 Yellow, 10 Green, 10 Blue, 6 Black.  The game is for 2 -6 Players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 10-15 minutes.  MSRP is $25.00.

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