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http://cruncheons.podbean.com/mf/web/2vjcfg/Cruncheons35Halloween.mp3 


Doug returns just in time for the long-awaited Book Club edition, with talk of Horror,Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Then it's on to the MS Surface RT, iPad Mini + 4, and general tablet talk. In Segment 2, Doug and Robert go in-depth on Fallen Enchantress and XCOM, followed by some quick hits on recent games.

SEGMENT ONE:

Book Club: Stephen Baxter, Jeremy Bishop's Torment (19:00), Scott Nicholson's The Red Church, Speed Dating with the Dead, The Skull Ring (26:15), Ian Tregillis (30:20), N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy (33:25)

Tablet Talk (38:00): iPad Mini, iPad 4, small-form tablets, Microsoft Surface RT & Pro (57:40)

SEGMENT TWO:

Borderlands and Diablo 3 redux (1:14:20)
Fallen Enchantress (1:29:15)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (1:53:30)
Quick Hits - Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Street Fighter x Tekken Vita, Anna, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (2:17:00)

Contest: Enter to win a games bundle (courtesy of longtime listener D3RANG3D) from Indiegamestand.com - The GeneForge Saga, Gnomoria, and a Mystery Game!

We'll talk with you again soon!
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Haha, I actually have been told to leave dinner tables before for being "impolite company"
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I don't know when this ep will show in iTunes, btw. That's a direct link in the OP. Podbean was down all day, and now I can't get it to imbed in the feed no matter how many times I edit, it just disappears from the post. I emailed their support, but they're the most uncommunicative service I have ever used (they make me long for the Borecast libsyn days), so I don't expect much. Best to grab the link.
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Still no Wii U roadshow impressions :(
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i gave those on a previous episode!
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Which one? I must be losing my mind in my old age, can't remember it.
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Ok, I was wondering why it wasn't showing up on iTunes.  I'll direct download.

i gave those on a previous episode!

Wow, you must be getting senile in your old age:

Cruncheons 34: Borderlands 2, FTL, Torchlight 2, XCOM, Guild Wars 2: http://www.thebore.com/forum/index.php?topic=39067.msg1567161#msg1567161

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Doug's stuck doing homework this episode, so Book Club and the Wii U Experience are vaporware yet AGAIN*

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*It's still coming, we swear!
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I KNEW IT
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ok, it should be up on itunes soon
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well! i am going senile! i'll hafta cut a wii u pre-launch hate special, then!
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I need to remember to cancel my wii-u preorder- I just wanted the dude out of my face so I pre-ordered
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http://www.circlemud.org/ -- MY touch-typing instructor. You cant look away from the screen but you have to buffer commands against the lag of your 14.4 connection ahhhhhh!
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Enjoyed the business laptop talk. I spilled nearly a whole bottle of water over my Dell Latitude two weeks ago. Like if I tried I couldn't pour more water over it. Water coming out USB/eSata ports, if I picked it up and tilted it water would flow (not drip or dribble) out of it. Despite this sudden bathing it survived and hasn't missed a beat.
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I kinda want a Nexus 10...but the fact that Doug said the build quality of the 7 is crappy, yeah I know not by the same manufacturer then there is that whole incompatibility of apps on certain Android devices. :-\
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I played with the Surface briefly, it just took me a few minutes to get decent at typing (touch typing) with the touch cover. I am really good at learning new instruments / interfaces / languages / etc though, YMMV if you're not as awesome as me.
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touch cover is great- im not going to bother with the type cover
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something to note about XCOM:

1.)The grey market is your best friend.

2.) If you rage quit because a soldier died. You are a pussy.
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Excellent episode. I really enjoyed the tablet talk. In all the tablets you guys have gone through, have any of you bought or tried a note 10.1? I don't own a tablet but if I did I think it would be that one. I can't draw worth a shit, but kind of wish I did. Might be fun learning on a tablet

Also, first post on the bore :D
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Welcome!

I've never tried a Note, but I've always been intrigued by it. Samsung's tablets always seem so underpowered compared to the competition, though. It's like they don't really give a shit and are just going through the motions of releasing a tablet every now and then.
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i have a tab 7.7, but i'd really like to try the note. good luck on me gettin THAT one past the wife after today's purchase :teehee
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i have a tab 7.7, but i'd really like to try the note. good luck on me gettin THAT one past the wife after today's purchase :teehee

What did you get a Surface or Ipad 4?
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You paid in full for a WiiU  :teehee
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Worse
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 :teehee
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Did you get a slave, Van Cruncheon?
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yes :-( i finally got tired of samsung/verizon/google sucking and went back to my abusive mommy apple

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watching the RDF descend over that iPad Mini GAF thread is hilarious:

Stage 1:  "Man, the screen is kinda bad."

Stage 2:  "After using it for a while, the screen isn't so bad."

Stage 3:  "I like the screen better, actually. Even though it isn't retina, it's much more intimate and warm."

Stage 4:  "This is the real iPad."

As someone not susceptible to that kind of bullshit, I ask you - is the screen as shitty as I think it probably is?

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IMO it benefits from the smaller dimensions- looks fine to me- its not retina but wtfever looks good.
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it's shitty. the galaxy tab 7.7 screen poops all over it. heck, even the surface looks better.
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I dunno- it looks ok; I mean from a JOE SCHMOE standpoint
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Saw it at Best Buy today. Screen not as bad as I thought, but still pretty fuzzy on tiny text. It's crazy light.
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i bought it because 7-8" is the perfect size <3

i can touch it all day
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I dunno- it looks ok; I mean from a JOE SCHMOE standpoint

yeah, but it's still billed as a premium product.  I don't mind all the problems with my nexus 7 because it's only ("only") $200.  For the more expensive Mini, I'd expect more for the money.  If there's a faster retina ipad mini, I'd upgrade right away.  I like iOS and I like small tablets. 7-8 inch is the perfect faffing around size.  For some reason 10 inch gets me thinking it's big enough that it should replace a net/notebook for real work.

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i've owned the first three generations of iPad and I still dont see how its anything more than a device for consuming media
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you can do productive stuff on it, you just have to needlessly go around your elbow to get to your ass every time

i can write on it using google drive/docs, but that isn't optimal
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I expected something truly shameful like a second Vita or something. :lol

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i've owned the first three generations of iPad and I still dont see how its anything more than a device for consuming media

I think this is the main reason why I haven't went to a tablet.  Despite its small screen size, there is a lot that I can do with my 4S.
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Honestly, I have been considering dumping my iPad 3, getting a 16GB mini, and just keeping the leftover cash. I kind of want out of the Apple ecosystem, but between the iPod Touch I used to own, the iPad 1 I had to sell, and the 3 I now own, I've dropped around $150 in apps over the years. That's hard to walk away from, particularly if I had to rebuy a lot of that stuff on another tablet. The Mini would let me continue to use those apps, and I'd have around $150 left to put in my pocket (coincidentally around the amount I've already spent on Apps).  If I ever wanted to upgrade in the future, it would cost a lot less money to do so.  The screen isn't great, to put it kindly, but while I was at Best Buy I checked out some comics online and they seemed fine (the extra screen real estate actually made them a little more readable than the Nexus 7). I dunno, just kicking it around for now.
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I can do MOST things i'd want to do with a netbook on my Surface- but what i'd really like is for it to be my go-to work machine; waiting on the Pro for that. For now it's my note taking/email sending/forum browsing/communicating device while @ work. Also nice n subtle device for killing time during meetings ;)
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i've owned the first three generations of iPad and I still dont see how its anything more than a device for consuming media

I think this is the main reason why I haven't went to a tablet.  Despite its small screen size, there is a lot that I can do with my 4S.

I still use an old ipod touch for all my tablet needs. But my eye sight isn't what it used to be, I think I'll need to upgrade soon
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