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      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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Here's a photo of our book case with most of our physical console games. My boyfriend has some older ones, but they are in the attic. I also have some PC games and handheld games in the attic.

 

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I have that same yoshi stuffed toy hehe.

 

 

 

I got a mention from the rebellion developers (who made sniper elite 3) - I framed my pc special signed edition and showed it to them via fb :D

 

I'd sprayed the backgrounds myself, pretty proud in how they turned out. i have done this to most of my frames in my gaming room.

 

http://s744.photobucket.com/user/PSIress/library/sniper%20elite%203%20pc?sort=3&page=1

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I quite like the Yoshi plushy. I bought it in the UK.

 

Congratulations on being mentioned! Lovely photos, you did an excellent job :D!

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Been playing Alien: Isolation.  In terms of evoking the atmosphere of the first movie it's just about perfect.  And it's bloody scary :hide:  :lol:

 

I think this video pretty much sums it up (there's some swearing - most of it bleeped out :giggle2: ).

 

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So recently I've been playing Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which is enjoyable. It has some pacing issues but I am liking that the developer added some new features from the previous games made. It's a game I can play even when I'm a bit tired.

 

I also play a mission of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm now and then and am making progress in it. It's enjoyable too.

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I had to stop playing Pokemon games when they moved off the DS Lite :(

 

Does anyone on here ever play Hearthstone? I started playing it a few months ago and while I suck quite spectacularly at it, it's great fun.

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I had to stop playing Pokemon games when they moved off the DS Lite :(

Awww I understand that :(.

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I had to stop playing Pokemon games when they moved off the DS Lite :(

 

Does anyone on here ever play Hearthstone? I started playing it a few months ago and while I suck quite spectacularly at it, it's great fun.

 

Yup. Not played that much since the expansion came out but its a great fun little game. I think my tag is Melodious85 on there.

 

I don't play much games these days but this I play frequently:

 

http://www.cardhunter.com/

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Currently enjoying Elite Dangerous. Trying hard not to get addicted to it the way I got addicted to Frontier: Elite 2 about 20 years ago.  It was touch and go over the Christmas hols but I think I've managed it :wacko:

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Does anyone on here ever play Hearthstone?

 

Still playing it's big brother.  The latest expansion is very alt-unfriendly.

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After not playing it for about two years me and a friend were playing some XCOM online, so I decided to go back and finally finish the XCOM: Enemy Unknown campaign, which I did, and have now started XCOM: Enemy Within.  They could never replace the original two X-COM games in my affections (especially Terror from the Deep), but they are as good an update as I could have hoped for.

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After not playing it for about two years me and a friend were playing some XCOM online, so I decided to go back and finally finish the XCOM: Enemy Unknown campaign, which I did, and have now started XCOM: Enemy Within.  They could never replace the original two X-COM games in my affections (especially Terror from the Deep), but they are as good an update as I could have hoped for.

 

I just finished a game of XCOM: Enemy Within last night. Great game. Terror from the Deep was first and favourite XCOM game (except when you spent an hour trying to find one more alien who was hiding in the corner).

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I can't decide if I want one of these, or as I'm old enough to remember the original that I should take that as a sign that I'm too old to buy the remodelled one! :lol:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-30810148

 

I've got two original 48K Spectrums and a Spectrum + in a cupboard somewhere (plus a stack of tapes).  Problem is, I have no tape recorder to load the games with . . .

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I just finished a game of XCOM: Enemy Within last night. Great game. Terror from the Deep was first and favourite XCOM game (except when you spent an hour trying to find one more alien who was hiding in the corner).

 

*sighs*  Ahhh, those were the days :D

 

I was planning to really get stuck in to XCOM: Enemy Within this afternoon, but then I - typically - got side-tracked by (and suddenly addicted to) Shadowrun Dragonfall (Director's Cut).  Similar turn-based combat to XCOM but surrounded by a full-blown RPG.  It's rather good so far :smile:

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So I finished both Shadowrun games and was planning on going back to play XCOM: Enemy Within again when I saw that Xenonauts was on sale on Steam.  I'd seen about it when it was in its Kickstarter phase and held off (the new XCOM seemed enough at the time), but it was hard to pass by for £9.  So I bought it, and it is everything it promised to be, which is to be more like the original X-COM (hyphenated!) games, i.e. UFO Enemy Unknown and X-COM Terror from the Deep.  And I'm addicted, completely.  I lost most of the past two evenings and this afternoon to it.  No flashy graphics or anything, just pure old school X-COM.  It seems to be stopping me doing anything else, though  :doh:   :lol:

 

 

 

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I may have to check out Xenonauts. I remember hearing about it a long time ago but I'm not sure if my laptop will run it. 

 

I've been enjoying an oldie - Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 :D

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I'm glad you two are having fun with your games :). I've not played RCT 2 I believe, but I played the first one quite a bit.

 

I've been playing Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, and Borderlands together with my boyfriend (only now and then though as it's quite tiring).

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I may have to check out Xenonauts. I remember hearing about it a long time ago but I'm not sure if my laptop will run it. 

 

I shouldn't imagine a laptop bought within the last five years or so would break a sweat with it - it's not graphics intensive at all (you can see the game running here).  It's also very mod-able.  I noticed that mine comes with community mods pre-installed, including a huge map pack.  I've yet to see the same map twice  :smile:

 

The minimum specs are:

 

 

 

Minimum system requirements - Windows: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8,, 2.0 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), 3D graphics card with 512 MB RAM with DirectX 9.0c support, 3 GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard. Compatibility notice: Xenonauts requires a minimum resolution of 1280 x 720.

 

 

Alternatively there's this  :D

 

Also, if you play XCOM: Enemy Within on pc, this sounds very intriguing.

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It's also very mod-able.  I noticed that mine comes with community mods pre-installed, including a huge map pack.  I've yet to see the same map twice  :smile:

I like the sound of this, more games should be mod-able!.

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Finished Xenonauts the other day.  Loved it, loved it, loved it! :D

 

Made a start on Wasteland 2, which I was enjoying, but it's had to go on the backburner because I bought this yesterday: 

 

 

 

Bye bye life :giggle2:

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I didn't know that was out! Thanks for posting about it :). I'm not sure I'll ever play it myself, but please post what you think of the game, if you want :).

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It's stunning!  Basically, it's a love letter to games such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment.  Don't think I could possibly do it justice in just a few words, easiest just to point to a couple of video reviews . . .

 

one for people who haven't played those other games:

 

 

 

and one for those who have:

 

 

 

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I watched the interview for those who haven't played those games (I haven't, though I do own some on GoG), Pillars of Eternity sounds really good! It looks great too and I liked the music (though I personally usually have the sound off during video games in the past few years).

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The official trailer for Fallout 4 has been released. :boogie: I am sooooo excited about this. No word on release date, but we should find out in a couple of weeks. :boogie:

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