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  1. Good article here on why Legends needed to be retired: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/lucasfilm-pretty-good-reason-scrapping-221757185.html
  2. The EU was made non-canon. But that doesn't mean Disney ignored it. Look at Rebels. Adm Thrawn from the original episode 7-9 books was brought in. But by Disney making the EU non-canon, it gave them a free hand to do episodes 7-9. Not just make Mr Zahn's books into movies and are locked into what someone (who might also have some copyright claims that need to be negotiated with separate of the Lucasarts sale) else had written. Not to mention that if Disney made a change in the movie from the books, the hardcore fans would still be unhappy. I wasn't a fan of the Force Awakens for a long time. It was too much like Episode 4 for my tastes. But then after reading a synopsis on the First Order, the Starkiller made more sense. The First Order was rebuilding in secret, and at the start of TFA was ready to strike but risked being discovered having rebuilt. So they needed something to incapacitate the New Republic quickly. A planet killer now makes more sense. Even with its one shot before being destroyed, it did its job. But back to my post above, you needed to read material outside the movie to get what is going on. Rouge One showed what tight writing and an eye on the source material can do. I still think it is one of the best Star Wars films out there. And I love Rebels. I'm excited for and nervous about the remainder of Season 4. I know Chopper and Hera are going to be in Rouge One, but worried that Kanan and Ezra have a darker story arc.
  3. I'm split on TLJ. I do feel it and TFA have some issues. And I think both of them are the same: reliance on reading the books that Disney commissioned to help fill the void when they dumped the Expanded Universe. I know that a lot of people were upset with that move, but for Disney to use their new property, they had to. Otherwise their hands would be tied and episodes 7-9 plus any side projects would be savagely attacked for straying from the EU. So the books are an attempt to explain what happened after RotJ. The original trilogy and even the prequels could stand on their own without needing the EU to explain what we are seeing. But after seeing TFA, I read some spoiler pages, and when they drew on the books, it explained what I saw on the screen. And why was Jakku so important in TFA? Go read the books. Some of the throw away lines in the original series were important in establishing the back stories that helped make Star Wars so good. It helped make this weird, alien galaxy seem more real. But the two new movies I never got a real sense of what was going on in the big picture.
  4. So who else remembers this?

    My first was a 486SX33. The original Civilization was a huge time waster. And then I discovered Aces of the Pacific and Aces over Europe. Good time. And having various '... For Dummies' and 'Complete Idiots Guide to...' for DOS/Windows 3.1to set up the boot disks.
  5. This is just like the Chinese TD line in Tanks. Another cynical attempt to get the Mainland China players to open their wallets instead of developing real tank/ship lines. Ships still has plenty of real ships to implement, and there are still a few nations in tanks that need to be introduced.
  6. British naming contests

    Trucky McTruckface? Plowy McPlowface?
  7. What is the armor on that Tiger 1? Bounce a 5.56mm or .308???
  8. Your tanks are safe. For now. But if they make something like this that is a small scale 8.8cm Flak 36/37 and/or in a 30 caliber or 5.56 I will go tank hunting. Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/10/31/16th-scale-50-bmg-field-gun/
  9. is it weird???

    Canada is the 51st State. So enjoy :D Growing up in Michigan I used to go to Canada as a kid in the summers. Lots of fun in Windsor and Sarnia, not to mention the North Channel in Lake Huron. And in the Navy I've worked with the Canadians a few times. I used to joke on the annual 'what foreign languages do you speak' survey that I was fluent in Canadian. While most gave me a dirty look for that, I would then chuckle when they butchered names of HMCS ships.
  10. I think the increase is to help keep USS TEXAS going. These large ships need a lot of $$$ for up keep.
  11. The Titanic returns

    And then there is this: http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/none/aircraft-carrier-spotted-chinese-mainland-517697/
  12. I was going with range finders too, but all the photos I could find had the rangefinders too.
  13. Tanks or Ships?

    I'm back to tanks right now. But... MM is still broke. And WG isn't listening. My pref MM tier 7 tank ends up as medium tier about 90% of the time. I'm rarely top tier. And I've seen others complain loudly that the pref MM tanks are not competitive when they lost the balance of lousy gun not seeing higher tiers as often. Plus to many times the sides seem stacked. Blow-outs happen. I get it. But when you suffer 4-5 of them in a row, something is wrong. Arty was buffed. OK, I thought it needed a buff. The Nerf killed that class. But having three artys on a team is bad. Too many times I get tracked/stunned by one, and then have the other two take turns keeping me there and I cannot escape. In ships you have AAA and WASD to help fight air attacks. But no such luck in tanks. Limiting to two per side is a reasonable move. Maps. Come on. New maps are not hard. And some of the older maps needed some love in balance, but would still be playable. For a game this old, still going strong, there should be an embarrassment of riches in maps covering battles from the 20s to the 60s. I tend to go to tanks because it is faster. I'm married and have kids. So in the time I play a round or two of ships, I can get in several rounds of tanks in, and feel like I am pushing a goal.
  14. Has WoWp finally become good?

    Was a CBT for WoWP. I was not impressed. And after a few months of playing after release I decided to go back to tanks. Now I'm going back between ships and tanks.
  15. Yep. Happens a lot. Do better in a loss than in a win.