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  1. Witcher TV Show

    When one of your favourite gaming franchises releases a TV show and you’re on episode 7 of 8 and hoping it gets better, you know its not as good as it can be. The Witcher series is known for its phenomenal ability to produce episode beautifully orchestrated stories which can standalone is great fables. It has a subtlety in its writing, an effortless main character and a really rustic charm to the entire franchise. I like the TV show but man is it just lost potential for the simple fact that for some weird reason, they’ve dumped down the entire TV show. It can be summed up by the first episode. Gerald has a difficult choice to make between two shady sides. AND OH MY GOD DO THEY LET THE VIEWERS KNOW THAT. Geralt mentions ‘the lesser evil’.. then the mage does.. then Geralt does.. then the woman does.. then geralt does.. then at the end of the fucking episode when we all know geralt picked the wrong side potentially.. my man the fucking mage has to spell it out to us and remind us retarded special needs viewers that he had a choice to make (YES U FUCKING MENTIONED IT 20 MINUTE AGO). Anyway the show is overall visually very pleasing despite them deciding to just cast people that don’t look like the characters in their roles; triss is totally different, yen is now Asian and dandelion is a bit chubby... but whatever. Good show but man it could have been phenomenal.
  2. We already have the kitchen worktops/bathrooms/construction/interior design covered. We actually have TOO much work. The problem with manufacturing is my parents are getting old now and its to a degree, stressful and manual work. I have a bit of foresight to see that although they are smashing it, in 5 years time they'll be 60 and not have the physical strength to do it. Our manual labor force (employees) are just not reliable enough over a 10-20 year period to manage themselves so its easier in the next 5 years transition out of that side of things. And finally sadly me and my sister are doctors and haven't learnt the trade nearly well enough. also I much prefer the idea of a more passive income approach where I open up my phone and fulfill orders than measure up, template, go to the factories etc. My plan is to try and diversify the business by making normal house hold items and jewerelly out of the semi precious stone. I'd be targetting younger generations (18-35) who would like a nice looking diamond bracelet but can't afford one basically. I've seen the competition and they use very cheap crap, fake stone. We can basically make ANYTHING out of the stone. I saw a few clocks for example made that look 100x better than the clocks available on amazon (IMO)... you name it, we can make it. The youtube marketting idea is where I was thinking of going. Idk how to get their contact details etc but i'lll look into it. Are there any products as general consumers you guys think you'd like to see where there is a potential gap in the market?
  3. Hey guys. I'll do the short story. My parents own a semi precious/granite/marble business. We have a premium product line which is the semi precious stone. This includes £2,000 fruit bowls and £20,000 dining tables. The bulk of their work is manufacturing: bars, buildings, football clubs, kitchens, dining rooms. Anyway the actual stone which we use to create the luxury items is readily available for myself. They're close to retiring in the next 5-10 years because simply enough age and the mental stress is finally catching up on them. I want to shift their business from manufacturing to something where they can sell a product and mail it to someone instead. I've identified a few product lines we could make with the products. I know their are competitor products for some of the stuff we're offering. I've checked them out (heck I own a few of them) and honestly the product I'm planning to put into place after some diligent QA and prototype testing in the next 6 months will be MUCH more superior to the competition in every single way. Where competition like to spend mone on the band mechanism, we will prioritise the quality and finish of the actual semi precious stone. We can also offer a plethora of different types of stones (some exclusive to our plant as we own the naturally occuring rock its coming from and theres not THAT much left). I will be customising the size, thickness et al to ensure its JUST right. Its not going to be some cheap out-sourced chinese knock off type item. I've been youtubing about and learnt about shopify, instagram advertising and facebook advertising. I was wondering if anyone can further help me with this? The thing is a lot of these shopify programs work towards basically identifying a supplier like aliexpress and just marketting their products at a higher premium with a buy it now click button. My situation is slightly different in that I'm investing in the QA and development of a product I actually believe in. We're based in the UK and I'm happy to ship anywhere but I'm very foriegn to the whole idea of shipping a product (our business usually involved us coming and installing our products). Any help would be MUCH appreciated. We've been a basically offline business in terms of gaining revenue as our scope has been where we can install to but at last, I'm hoping we launch a globally accessible product. Packaging/Storage/manpower for anything physical is MORE than in hand. Our weaknesses are everything else behind it; namely the online presence and actually pulling sales. As a business, we've always been used to people coming to us as we are a niche product.. but I understand the shift to a more consumer ready product will mean we need to start coming to people.
  4. Also I want to run a strong affiliate program for the first 3 months at least, where affiliates get £5 cash for a referral purchase and potentially buyers get a £5 discount .I have no idea how to do this.
  5. Daytrading free money thread

    Cheers mate. I researched a little bit and I decided I'm going to put £20k into a vanguard ISA global all cap. I'm currently playing around with £1k buying and selling a few stocks. I think I might open up another ISA after April and see if I can trade and invest my own stocks, trying to time a few stock purchases to beat my Vanguard fund. If my sister can help support my mortgage application, I'll likely buy a super-house by this summer and then rent it out to 2 people whilst my sister and myself live there, buy another super-house and then hopefully buy a super-super-house as a potential end game property. If she doesn't, because she wants to buy a shit flat buy herself which is going to be useless in 10 years and basically just break even cos she's wants "independence", then idk wtf to do lol as my temporary wage cut has locked me out of mortgage options which match my bank account. Daytrading wise, I feel like I have loads to learn as I still don't quite get it (which I think is what you're doing right?). I wish I could get into it with a bit of knowledge but at present, its basically just gambling at my currently level of know-how.
  6. Your current car

    the thing is i REALLY like the interior of the model 3. it just looks so freaking clean. model S insurance will also i think be much higher and im fearful it will get outdated asap. in UK we have a sweet deal for businesses coming in april 2020, benefit in kind goes to 0% which i think equates to like 16% off the price of leasing an electric car so that should allow some decent tax to be claimed back.
  7. Daytrading free money thread

    can someone explain to me how this thread is free money? im trying to get into trading.. what resources should i start with and apps should i use? I'd say I have about 2 hours a day to learn it, and I can bank roll a decent ammount. would like to start small.. maybe 5k, then obviously if im going ok, and getting the hang of things, expand from there. tldr i have a chunk of money in the bank with no viable investment oppurtunities which im used to so want some advice please. ideally im looking to try and mature the cash i have as I want to build/open my own well being centre/practice and I think i'll need more money than i have now to buy in.
  8. Your current car

    never been into cars but recently i have after seeing a tesla. thinking of getting a tesla 3 (new) or a tesla s (2018). my brain is telling me to just lease a tesla basic 3 and invest the savings into a property tho. i can get a basic tesla 3 lease which will cost me like 300-400 a month which is dirt cheap imo. i dont mind paying 600-700/month for the car but tbh i fancy upgrading in a couple of years (im assuming im gonna get in a relationship/have kids so will upgrade for size).
  9. What're your favorite videogames from this decade? Off the top of my head; Breath of the Wild Divinity Original Sin 2 Trails in the Sky SC Red Dead Redemption 2 The Witcher 3 Dishonored 2 Skyrim VR God of War Fire Emblem Three houses Dark Souls I feel BOTW is a really easy bet. It revolutionised open world gaming as it made me forget about the mini-map, something which I've always focussed on as opposed to looking at the world around me. DOS 2 was amazing in regards to combat, quest line choice and charm. Trails in the Sky SC follows FC with best in class character development and simple but beautifully woven story. Cold Steel 2 is similar but more anime and on steroids with less class and nuance in storytelling. RDR2 combined narrative with excellent gameplay and graphical fidelity. TW3 has set the bar for side quest quality which I'm not sure will be bettered for a long time. Dishonored 2 is the only FPS which makes me feel like I have true control over my powers and the situations with multiple ways to deal with lots of issues. Skyrim (/VR) was just a beautiful experience and with modding becomes whatever you want it to be. In VR being head to head with a dragon is cool. God of War was a beautifully told story which left me wanting more with well balanced combat on the hardest difficulties but had crap boss battles. Three Houses is a flawed title but is the best tactical RPG re: FE to date. Dark Souls is the game for me which just absorbed me. Best in class boss design, combat and world design I've ever seen. The way they interconnected everything is simply incredible and something I haven't really witnessed in any other video game. What were your favorites from this decade?
  10. Favorite Videogames of this decade

    The way the children, marriages and the recent timeskip mechanic has worked is masterful. The children especially (which I really missed from three houses but I get it).
  11. Favorite Videogames of this decade

    I'm always surprised by this opinion RDR2 BOTW GOW DOS2 FE games Bloodborne have all been near best-in-class for me. RDR2 is the best open world game I've played in regards to storytelling and world mechanics. Witcher 3 edges it in side quest quality and atmosphere. BOTW was just a beautiful open world GAME. GOW revitalised the video gaming single player RPG formula IMO and is close to a piece of art with the over the shoulder angle DOS2 was phenomenal for a CRPG and modernised the entire formula and provided a sense of freedom and creativity we haven't seen in ages. FE revitalised the tactical RPG gentre and altho not quite at FFT levels.. has added A LOT of mechanics which are AMAZING imo (having kids, time skips, relationships) Bloodborne re-wrote the formula of the 2009 Dark Souls and somehow made it different but just as good with a faster gameplay mechanic anc accessibility I honestly see any of those game seasily getting into my best video games of all time list. I find when I look back at older games its sometimes with rose tinted specs. I still can't keep up with the ammount of video games produced and my backlog continues to grow which I believe it testament to the quality of games i still there somewhat. I just think the transition between graphical fidelity, storytelling and games being GAMES is a bit of a rocky one..
  12. What games are you currently playing?

    @rei haven't played p5 as i read they are releasing a final/new version soon so i thought i'd jump in on that. p4 favorite girl rise just cos her boss battle was sexy af and shes evidently a secret nymph/exhibitionist. whos urs? is the jump from P4 to P5 good quality wise? P4 started to bore me near the end which is why I'd ideally want to play persona games via some form of portable means but oh well.
  13. What games are you currently playing?

    ok it back on rdr2. now 60 hours in and i really underplayed it. its just incredible. its storytelling is beautiful, side mission variation is awesome, visually phenomenal and the world is so absorbing for a game which doesnt have a lot of outside cutscene npc dialogue.
  14. Top 10 Tv shows.. again

    i got like 4 episodes into twin peaks then stopped watching it. no idea why. i really need to restart this and finish it properly as whenever i watch the show, i get so engrossed by how beautiful it is. the girls in the show are so gorgeous. like classic beauty.
  15. what are your top 10 tv shows? excluding anime The Wire Narcos breaking bad House Its always sunny in philadelphia Curb your enthusiasm South Park game of thrones stranger things west world prison break s1-2/friends/spartacus s01/arrested development/house of cards (lacks bingeworthiness)/nip tuck (lacks consistency and quality) narrowly miss out quite liked modern family/community but feel phialdelphia + curb hit the spot more. ive watched daredevil s1 + better call saul s1 and thought they were overrated but good. given the introduction of netflix, i feel like our lists can all vastly differ now. combined with the plethora of pre-netflix originals. currently watching narcos episode 5 s01, think it will break my top 10. its like a mafia film but over 2 seasons, insane quality.
  16. hey my valve index controllers squeak. i thought some tech ppl here might be good and know what fixes a controller squeaking. which oils potentially are safe to use?
  17. Steam Sales

    yup steam sales are just so dangerous man
  18. What games are you currently playing?

    rdr2 its sick. not sure if its a good game but its a sick experience of being a cowboy.
  19. Steam Sales

    So I ended up getting (most games I'll probably never play): RDR2 Sekiro A Plague Tale: Innocence (it looks beautiful) Total War Hammer II (cos Henry Cavill plays it) Disco Elysium Valiant Hearts the Great War Half Life Blue Shift Half Life Opposing force Resident Evil 2 The Witcher Tales Tyranny Sayonara Wild Hearts Moss (VR) The Spy who Shrunk Me (VR) Duck Season (VR) Straw Trek Bridge Crew DLC (VR) Gorn (VR) Elven Table Tennis (VR) Pixel Ripped 1989 (VR) Westworld Awakening (VR) Boneworks (VR) Dead Effect 2 (VR) I also GOG'ed: Torment Tides of Numenera Baldurs Gate I Baldurs Gate II Elder Scrolls III Morrowind Pillars of Eternity Pillars of Eternity 2 Dead Fire Vampire the Masquerade Bloodline Overall I feel like I wasted a lot of money. The CRPGs are all down to Planescape Torment and how much I find myself thinking about that game. The VR games are just because I bought a Valve Index so a lot of games without Oculus SDK support I'm now very psyched to play. They're also a decent investment as VR games age really well. A game like Moss is better to play now on the Valve Index than it was on its release on the vive/rift as they scale up incredibly well. I normally wouldn't buy Sekiro as I like to only buy those games when they're old and like 9.99 but the fact I didn't complete DS3 or DS2 proves to me if I don't play games near release, I might never play them as I love to penny pinch in PC games but I'm the first idiot to run out and pre-order whatever Nintendo exclusive is released and prioritise and play that to death. Same applies to RDR2. I bought GTA V like 6 months ago but without the hype struggle to get through it. If I do ever go into the nostalgia realsm of gaming, I rarelty decide on a graphical intensive game and instead seem to have a fetish for older games and they seem to satisfy me a lot more (my most satisfying gaming experience this year was Final Fantasy Tactics, it blew me away). I had a few more games I wanted to buy but I'll re-evaluate in April whether I've actually played many/any of this lot.
  20. I'm tempted to grab this game on sale but honestly my backlog is so freaking huge atm. I just played planescape torment. Still Trails is the king of storytelling videogames for me (planescape is just too bad as a game). FFT is probably the best I've personally experienced for plot. I really liked it and was blindsided on quite a few occasions with where the story went.
  21. What games are you currently playing?

    finished planescape torment story 10 characters 9 diaglouge choices 10 gameplay otherwise 3 graphics 4 If i was to summarise it in one sentance; An excellent story with a beautiful cast of characters in an imaginative setting and excellent dialogue choices; but marred by poor combat, navigation, graphics and gameplay. I don't think the characterisation reached trails in the sky levels which is still holding he bar for me but it was very close.
  22. drunk message deleted as it upset ppl
  23. what are you doing with your life in 2020

    if u want a training program lemme know. i am sure i can get u shredded before april if u have the dedication (u evidently do as u've quit booze).
  24. what are you doing with your life in 2020

    nah i dont think i have a following to comfortably do it. i think the effort:money ratio will be shit for me atm my streams of revenue are: 1. medical work (salary job at hosp) 2. botox + lip fillers + medical aesthetics (4-8x treatment a week) 3. 2x commercial properties rent / week i wanna get: 4. 1-2x properties non-commercial rent (a flat in town and a house would be perfect) 5. somethingoutsideofmedicineandproperty aka modelling agency or photography business or semi precious stone jewellery and try and market is via instagram celebs or i'd love to do a VR gaming/tech youtube channel. i did toy with trying to invest in my friends band but i found out really quickly they have talent but literally zero direction or intiative so i think it'd be quite akin to throwing money away. and they just have no business sense whatsoever which is sad or a gym related clothing brand which focusses on shirts based on countrie's identiies i was planning to eventually take over my parents business too but sadly i have not learnt the skill base for their work so it'll probably be easier for them to just sell it off in the next couple of years now as they wanna retire. i think realistically im not gonna attain any of this except for the house and maybe a cheap flat which i will give to my sister for a year to live in. i just dont have the energy i used to have. my biggest regret os the 2005-2020 is not getting onto the youtube money-train. I'd LOVE to buy a factory unit, set it up as a film studio, buy in some camera equipment and film some fun as fuck pod casts/gaming shows/ vr gaming shows etc. also not trying to get into the gym related clothing game earlier (i wanted to do it in 2010 but i was distracted by uni).
  25. What games are you currently playing?

    i might buy this on ur recc. just not sure if i should play tactics ogre before it first. i played it for like 5 mins and just think i will love it.