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Hurricane Sandy To Assassin's Creed III: You're Not Bigger Than Me

Like I said this past week, the timing is extraordinarily bad.

It's one of the biggest weeks of the year for the industry, primarily because Assassin's Creed III drops on Tuesday. But when Mother Nature has other plans, sometimes you just have to bow...and cover your head.

Hurricane Sandy pounded the eastern seaboard this evening, causing evacuations of low-lying areas from New Jersey to Rhode Island, shutting down Atlantic City and full stretches of I-95, and causing flooding, power outages, and just wreaking general havoc. Hurricanes are problematic, plain and simple.

And because of this, as the storm travels further inland and leaves a lot of damage in its wake, GameStop has canceled midnight launches for the hotly anticipated Assassin's Creed III. They would've been kicking off in an hour or two but things are just too chaotic. Here's a statement from the company, provided to Kotaku (I'd put up the link but Kotaku's site seems to be having issues right now):

"Our top priority is the safety of our employees and customers. In compliance with directives issued by state and local authorities, stores in the path of the storm will remain closed until it is safe to re-open and midnight openings for Assassin's Creed 3 have been cancelled in the northeast. Customers should check with their local stores for details on when we will re-open."

Don't worry, ACIII will still be waiting for you when you get power back. How I still have everything I need, I'm not really sure...guess I just got lucky...hope it holds out.

Quick Edit: It appears that the storm may delay shipments of the game to stores in the Northeast so if you plan on trying to pick it up, call ahead.

Tags: assassins creed iii, aciii, assassins creed 3, gamestop

10/29/2012 9:33:44 PM Ben Dutka

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Jawknee
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 10:26:55 PM
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I heard some idiot woman in NY complaining on the radio that they won't let anyone use the subway and that she didn't "understand!" Then hours later a new report said the subways have largely flooded.

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tes37
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 11:16:09 PM

It kinda makes you wonder if she's swam there before.

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 9:53:11 AM

To be honest, it really boggles the mind... Reality is that the subway flooding is just part of it. Once this seedy mix of salt water and normal water soaks the innards of the subway, including all the electrical switches, cables, lift shafts, ticket machines etc - it will take some time to asses and get the system up and running...

If they turn the system on too soon, could get major shorts. Salt water damages electrical equipment badly, and in most cases has to be replaced...

Looking at an insurance bill of 20 billion... incredible stuff!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Norrin Radd
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 10:31:38 PM
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I the grand scheme of things - it's only a game.

Disclaimer: I live in Minnesota and will be picking up my copy in a number of hours. D'oh!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:07:40 PM

Mn ftw

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Jed
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 10:45:14 PM
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Things are definitely not looking good up there. I hope the people who decided to ride out the storm stay safe.

I heard of a celebrity tweet about the hurricane today that just left me in stitches.

"WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i'm calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace." - Lindsay Lohan

Say no to drugs kids.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 11:01:51 PM

And if you can't say no to drugs, say no to twitter in the least.

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Nas Is Like
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 11:08:33 PM

Twitter is a drug doe.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 12:27:57 AM

I'd like to see her standing in the middle of a football field.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 12:37:17 AM

Twitter helped land me my current job.

XD

Social Networking used properly, FTW!

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wackazoa
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 10:26:26 AM

Lindsay is right ! Stop the negativity ! Dont panic ! It's just a little rain ! And wind ! Perhaps some flooding..... but no need to panic !!!




Not to make light of the hurricane guys, But living in Florida I do find it funny to see how everyone else deals with hurricanes. Here us idiots have parties, elsewhere they try to escape. Im sure if they had one in L.A. they'd riot.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:08:38 PM

She smoked my pole.

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DeusExMachina
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:49:08 PM

In the words of the Almighty Dave Chapelle:"Man, I dont give a f**k what Ja-Rule has to say, Im dont wanna dance Im scared motherf***er! Im not gonna be all up in the crib, saying something like: Oh my god! where is Jah?! Somebody please find Jah, so I can make sens of all this! Help me Jah-Rule"

Serously I really do think we put too much stock into what celebrities say sometimes (especially that b**ch Lindsay Lohan). What the hell do they know about disaster, theyre safe in their mansions or choppers ofcourse theyll say something stupid like:

"WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i'm calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace."

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BikerSaint
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 11:27:54 PM
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I'm right at dead-center ground zero where the center of the hurricane touched land & so far, it's been a hell of a ride.

There's been numerous off/on power outages, trees are snapping big branches off like they're toothpicks, we've gotten 11 inches of rain so far over the last 2 days from Sandy's outer bands, with more continuous rain until Wed.

The only good thing I have to report so far is even though I only live a 1/2 mile from the Atlantic Ocean, I haven't seen any evidence of a huge storm surge(and I hope it stays that way), but I'm not stupid enough to venture out to the beach to find out(hey surfers, good luck riding the curls). But with another day of torrential rain coming over those 11 inches we already got, and along with 2 more high tides tomorrow, that's really got me worried.

The scariest part is that I keep hearing my apartment making strange creaking noises during the worst 85-90+ MPH wind gusts & I can actually feel the floor of my apt rise up a hair or so every now & then(yay, just in time for Halloween).

Anyway, Sandy's been a biatch so far with at least half a million people ordered to evacuate, 10 deaths reported in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Some of the victims were killed by falling trees. At least one death was even blamed on the storm from inside Canada.

And Off North Carolina, a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" went down in the storm, 14 crew members were rescued by helicopter from rubber lifeboats bobbing in 18-foot seas. Another crew member was found hours later but was unresponsive. I'm sorry to say that the captain is still missing.

Well, the winds really picking up again, so I'm shutting down my 'puter for now.

See ya's all later(hopefully)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 12:12:43 AM

Hope everything works out for you down there!

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Jed
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:31:30 AM

Damn Biker, I hope nothing worse comes your way. Good luck man.

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 9:55:30 AM

Yhea Biker, hunker down and hold onto the pooch, he will protect you!

My sister is just off Philly, but so far has gotten through it. Poor women, she stated she had never heard such a load roar and seen such strong winds...

She got through it though... thank goodness - never nice when family is involved!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 10:03:12 AM

Hope you are doing well Biker. I'm on North Shore of Long Island kind of close to Port Jeff. I was actually thinking of moving down there and almost ended up getting a place. Its a good thing I didn't because I'm pretty sure the apartment I would have got would have been underwater and its on the second floor.

It wasn't too bad by me. Power outages & trees snapping but I moved my car so I didn't have to worry and no flooding so I am thankful.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 11:05:45 AM

Qubex,

Oh hell yeah, the noises were crazy, especially the creaking of my apt(all brick BTW).

And then I also had to contend with the sound of 2 freight trains from the hurricane whistling coming through both my living room & bedroom air conditioners.

So I didn't even bother to go to bed all night.
I just stayed up & sneaked peeks out of my slider in between Mafia 2 play-breaks while racing to my goal of a 1st Plat ever(boo-ya, I finally succeeded in getting one)

Anyway, now I'm so wired & overtired that I can't sleep at all so I just said screw it & I'm now about 3-4 missions into M2's DLC, "The betrayal of Jimmy".

I'm glad to hear your sis is alright too.

And a big thanks to all who expressed their comforting comments, much appreciated!

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Bigimpactpooch
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 12:06:23 AM
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It was planned the game holds secrets the "Elites" don't want us to know about! The Storm is man made that turn the storm took is impossible. Thumbs me down you naysayers but when the time arrives what will you fight for!!!!!!! To battle!!!!~

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 12:33:02 AM

There are too many things to mention that the 'elite' do to us. Don't feel alone, there are more people waking up than you may realize.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:49:09 AM

You believe there is a secret club that controls the *weather* with a supermachine? *blinks*

Or do you mean "man made" as in that we are responsible for a rise of the temperature of the seas and breakdown of the ice reserves, giving more more extreme weather, the butterfly effect and so forth?

The border of sanity is drawn somewhere between those two theories, you know... :D


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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 5:32:34 AM

Sanity and insanity are not medical terms, but rather they are legal terms used in a court of law. This is not a court of law.

Nikola Tesla, who was a brilliant scientist, claimed that he could split the earth to it's core like you would an apple. All you need is enough power and the right frequency.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 6:06:38 AM

If you really believe there exist a secret club with a group of "elite" persons who controls the weather with a supermachine and steered this hurricane towards the USA mainland you are insane according to every colloquial meaning of the word.

I mean, really. Come on.

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 6:11:46 AM

You are the one with a mental condition and yes go back to discussing gaming.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 9:12:53 AM

Deal. Lets. :)

But in all seriousness: Do you in all honesty and all kidding and mudslinging aside seriously believe there is a secret organization somewhere with a machine that controls weather, and that this organization now are performing a terrorist attack on the US east coast using their custom tornado as weapon?

I'm sorry that I joked around, I didn't mean to be disrespectful but I thought you were half-kidding yourself. I must admit I get kinda perplexed if this is how you perceive the world you live in, but hey - who knows. :)

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wackazoa
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 10:28:20 AM

It's the FREEMASONS !!!!

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 10:56:55 AM

No. I do not believe that a secret group can steer the weather as if you were steering a remote control car. When I brought up Tesla, if you were to build the machine he described, you could trigger an earthquake with it. It operates by bouncing frequencies off the ionosphere, which in turn heats it up in the process. Theoretically, it could have adverse effects on weather patterns.

What Bigimpactpooch described is within the realm of scientific possibility. That's why I didn't ridicule him.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 3:12:52 PM

The Tesla theory was tested and declared busted by Mythbusters. He did have his theories, but they don't work. You can create some pretty nice vibrations, but nowhere near any earthquake.

One should not put too much trust into all theories by the old scientists. They did of course based their theories on what they knew back then, and much of their work is impressive from that perspective. But also, much is... Well... Not that relevant anymore. :)

But to to control a hurricane the size of my entire country (Norway) is *not* within the realm of current scientific possibility. Who knows what the future will bring, but there are no technology, not even any *theories* today of how to control such weather. Only on how to best tackle it.

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 3:21:40 PM

LOL, Mythbusters. I'm sure they used millions of watts of energy to test that theory too. Regardless of who's right or wrong, I'm dropping the issue. Sorry for all the hoopla.

Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation mysteriously showed up early as well. Starting it right after watching Solomon Kane.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 3:37:16 PM

Theoretically, if only you got enough energy you can destroy the entire universe. In theory, based on pure math. But where to get that amount of energy?

But Teslas theory doesn't involve a lot of energy. His idea was that if you find the exact right frequency, the "sweet spot", the vibration will escalate itself up to the level where the material breaks. And to a certain point Tesla is right. Items do have one "sweet spot" where it starts to vibrate. We all experience that phenomena in our everyday life. It just never gets to the level Tesla estimated. He thought that if you only let the process continue long enough it could eventually pulverize an entire house, and ultimately split the planet in two.

His estimations were, to put it mildly, extremely optimistic. I mean, seriously, if there was anything behind his theories, don't you think this would have been actively used in modern warfare today?

Anyhow: Science is fun!

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 3:58:39 PM

Which is the reason amplification is absolutely necessary.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 4:50:44 PM

Dude, you can't shake a planet apart. Forget it, his theory is nonsense.

There are easier ways to destroy a planet. Like pushing it into the sun, or something. :D


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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 4:52:37 PM

PSN id TES37

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 7:54:16 PM

Too scared, don't worry I understand. You know you don't have to add somebody to finish a conversation. I was worried about pissing off Ben.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 1:28:33 PM

You know, at one time when the musical Moog Synthesizer(1950's) that broke out musically in the 1970's that great composers such as Jon Michele Jarre still use, were classified as weapons & you had to study for 4 years under scrutiny just to get a government license to own or even play one.

The reason being that they could produce any sound(meaning sound-waves & vibrations) & therefore also classified as a weapon.

So I can just imagine what they can do with today's tech too.

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jugheadjones
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 12:35:41 AM
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I'm in Maine, Norrin, and we are getting what we always do with these storms - a little wind - so I will be definitely unaffected and ready to go!

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La_Bete12
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:28:06 AM
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I live at a college in western Wisconsin, so after my boring Geology class tomorrow I get to take the hour long bus ride to get to the other side of the city to get to the mall to pick up my copy of AC3. and honestly, I never fully appreciate how fortunate I am to be living in such a safe area, not only crime wise necessarily, but also nature wise. Sure we have the occasional tornado or mini earthquake, but we never have to deal with tsunamis and hurricanes, and I am pretty happy that I don't.

My many prayers and hope for the best go out to everyone out in the East. I really hope no one gets hurt or killed, and I hope that the storm dies off fast. And also remember this, after you weather this storm and wait for the tempest to be over, you will be able to experience one of the top games of the year. I think that's worth it :)

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 3:16:48 AM
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Forget Assassin's Creed III, I feel for anyone in the path of Sandy. From personal experience, the aftermath can be utterly devastating. Enjoy the wind while it lasts though! Never mind that I have to be one of very few people in the world that can smile and laugh when the windspeed is peaking at over 300km/h.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 5:06:57 AM

Haha - you know what? I had to read that sentence "Enjoy the wind while it lasts" twice, I thought I read it wrong. Cause I'm the exact same! Wind is my by far favourite kind of weather.

We don't have hurricanes here in Norway, but whenever there are strong winds/storms I love getting outside and just take a walk. And while on holiday in the states some years ago we experienced extreme winds and heavy rain. It was so extreme that it was impossible to drive, all cars along the main highway had to just stop and wait until it was over. Man that was awesome!

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T2X
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 5:11:26 AM
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Storm's over in Boston MA. But what a rough night! Man, I've never heard wind like that in my life and the rain was like someone spraying a hose nonstop on my windows all night. But, the good news is I'm off work for the second day. At least I don't have to drive through the damage at 5AM this morning. Hope everyone is safe and gets their power back soon!

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 7:45:47 AM
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Sandy's New Jersey update:

Well, the wind died down from 95 MPH gusts to around 20-25 now, & the torrential downpours have diminished to a regular rain, at least for the moment.

But the weird thing is that it's now 7:05 AM & it's an eerie foreboding looking mischief-nite morning as the sky is dark as midnight.

From my slider, I can see that about 12 or so big heavy-looking branches are down from a 60 year old tree out back, but that's about it.
I just hope the 2 high-tides today don't wreak havoc here later with the 11+ inches of rain we already got.

I have to say that I only had 2 quick power outages that only lasted a couple of seconds, & I only had to reset the time on 2 VCR's, a microwave & my alarm clock.

Hell, I was even able to play Mafia 2 long enough to get the last 3 wanted posters I still needed to get my very, very, very, first "official" Platinum trophy(BTW, I say "official" because I actually got rooked out of my Plat for finishing a full 100% completion in infamous:Festival of Blood, because they never made a Plat for that.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 10:12:20 AM

Cool beans. Glad you're all right down there...I'd miss my news tips! ;)

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 11:17:33 AM

Congrats on your first platinum Bikersaint. Glad to hear you are safe after the storm blew through.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 11:25:54 AM

Ben,
Thanks!
I feel like a mailman, neither rain snow, sleet, hail, or even Sandy, will stop me from delivering the U.S. Saint's Tip service.


Tes,

Thanks, I'm riding a natural high this morning just knowing I finally got a Plat because I can usually get close, but no cigar so to speak.

Just be cause there's always been that 1 single, or 2 trophies away from the Plat in a game that's full-throttle determined to elude me, and then after 35+ tries it starts feeling like a chore instead of the reward it's meant to be.


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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 8:33:22 AM
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Wow. From the storm. Crazy.

http://youtu.be/ZAqYZ433TeQ

http://youtu.be/UiyhF_GIQlI



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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 5:39:11 PM

Wow. Crazy indeed.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 11:28:04 AM
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Jawknee,
I read about that ConEd explosion earlier this morning, but at the time there weren't any pics or video's to go with it, so thanks.

BTW, According to the article, that massive explosion was "inside" the transformer building, so you can just imagine the power it had.

And 16 workers were inside working on it at the time, but no conditions of the men(or women)were listed.

It will truly be a miracle if anyone survived it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 1:14:23 PM
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So... how's the game?

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tes37
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 2:15:03 PM

I saw Nastycuts playing it Sunday and when I inquired, he described it as being fantastic. My jealously was kept to a bare minimum because my plans were and still are, to play Liberation first.

I'm still waiting for that UPS truck. When I don't have anything being delivered, they show up in my neighborhood before noon. When I am expecting something, they show up after 4::00 pm.

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FxTales
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 5:40:26 PM
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My copy just arrived a half hour ago. Whoo.

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