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gogcom:

35 games are available up to 80% off on GOG.com, and this might be the last time we’ll be able to offer them to you. This post, therefore, is not only to notify you about the promo, but mostly to clear out any confusion about our reasons for removing these games from our catalog. This will happen on Tuesday, September 2, at 3:59AM GMT, and that’s also the expiry time for this offer.
Our aim was to give you - as always - best possible DRM-Free digital distribution platform, focused on the people who use it. We believe in freedom of choice and fair treatment for all. For that reason, as we’re introducing local currency payments, we’re following the simple truth that $1 does not equal 1€, in other words, that 1:1 currency exchange rate for digital goods prices make absolutely no sense and are not fair to the buyers. 
For that reason, along with the local currency payment option, we’re starting to use our own pricing scheme that brings the value of non-US Dollar prices as close to their actual equivalents as we can help it. A game with $5.99 price tag - for example - will cost 4.49 Euro, 3.69 Pounds Sterling, 6.49 Australian Dollars, and 219 Roubles respectively. 
Now, this is not your standard approach to pricing - just like our DRM-Free policy is not a standard approach to digital goods ownership. We did our best - and so did all of our partners, to keep all of the games in our catalog and offer them in the pricing scheme we’ve figured out, that we think is fair to all of you guys. Unfortunately, some of our developer and publisher friends had other obligations that made it impossible to reach a common ground. So, despite our combined efforts, the only sensible thing left to do, was to withdraw the problematic titles from our offer for the time being. 
We know this is quite a radical step, and we’re sorry if this causes you any concern. We do hope, that we’ll figure this out in the future and will be able to re-introduce all these games to the GOG.com offer. There’s definitely the will to do that on both ours, and our partners’ side. For the time being, they’ve been kind enough to offer you a last chance to get the games we’re removing from sales with a nice discount, so they can remain in your collections regardless of their future fate on GOG.com. 
That’s it from us, but we thought you might also be interested in a statement from the representative of Nordic Games (known to GOG.com forum regulars as ThomNG), as it’s the part of the catalog most affected by the change.We know this situation isn’t perfect, but we promise that we did everything we could to handle this in a way that’s least inconvenient and troubling for the gamers.
Kind regards on behalf of the whole GOG.com team!

I was expecting more of a “screw the customers, we’re pulling out because sensible multi-national pricing is unfair on the publisher” hissy fit, but Nordic Gaming (and most of the people on the GOG forums) seem to have been surprisingly grown-up, reasoned and sensible about this.
Is GOG the home of the sensible gamer?

gogcom:

35 games are available up to 80% off on GOG.com, and this might be the last time we’ll be able to offer them to you. This post, therefore, is not only to notify you about the promo, but mostly to clear out any confusion about our reasons for removing these games from our catalog. This will happen on Tuesday, September 2, at 3:59AM GMT, and that’s also the expiry time for this offer.

Our aim was to give you - as always - best possible DRM-Free digital distribution platform, focused on the people who use it. We believe in freedom of choice and fair treatment for all. For that reason, as we’re introducing local currency payments, we’re following the simple truth that $1 does not equal 1€, in other words, that 1:1 currency exchange rate for digital goods prices make absolutely no sense and are not fair to the buyers. 

For that reason, along with the local currency payment option, we’re starting to use our own pricing scheme that brings the value of non-US Dollar prices as close to their actual equivalents as we can help it. A game with $5.99 price tag - for example - will cost 4.49 Euro, 3.69 Pounds Sterling, 6.49 Australian Dollars, and 219 Roubles respectively. 

Now, this is not your standard approach to pricing - just like our DRM-Free policy is not a standard approach to digital goods ownership. We did our best - and so did all of our partners, to keep all of the games in our catalog and offer them in the pricing scheme we’ve figured out, that we think is fair to all of you guys. Unfortunately, some of our developer and publisher friends had other obligations that made it impossible to reach a common ground. So, despite our combined efforts, the only sensible thing left to do, was to withdraw the problematic titles from our offer for the time being. 

We know this is quite a radical step, and we’re sorry if this causes you any concern. We do hope, that we’ll figure this out in the future and will be able to re-introduce all these games to the GOG.com offer. There’s definitely the will to do that on both ours, and our partners’ side. For the time being, they’ve been kind enough to offer you a last chance to get the games we’re removing from sales with a nice discount, so they can remain in your collections regardless of their future fate on GOG.com. 

That’s it from us, but we thought you might also be interested in a statement from the representative of Nordic Games (known to GOG.com forum regulars as ThomNG), as it’s the part of the catalog most affected by the change.

We know this situation isn’t perfect, but we promise that we did everything we could to handle this in a way that’s least inconvenient and troubling for the gamers.

Kind regards on behalf of the whole GOG.com team!

I was expecting more of a “screw the customers, we’re pulling out because sensible multi-national pricing is unfair on the publisher” hissy fit, but Nordic Gaming (and most of the people on the GOG forums) seem to have been surprisingly grown-up, reasoned and sensible about this.

Is GOG the home of the sensible gamer?

No more flooding

Sorry for the timeline flooding today. For some reason my Android Tumblr app kept posting, then decoding it had failed and needed to retry, even though it had succeeded.

Hopefully I’ve fixed my Tumblr app. I had to take the brutal approach: nuke ALL of its data and log in from scratch.

Not that there’s some REALLY old bits of Lego in all of this, but …

(These bits are older than my stuff, at least!)

Not that there’s some REALLY old bits of Lego in all of this, but …

(These bits are older than my stuff, at least!)

What? Me, aged 30 playing with what (in theory) is now my son’s Lego and making strange cog contraptions with the Technics? Nah, you’re mistaken!

What? Me, aged 30 playing with what (in theory) is now my son’s Lego and making strange cog contraptions with the Technics? Nah, you’re mistaken!


Models and Wargaming, a set on Flickr.
Finished The Luggage. He looks good next to Rincewind. (Now in my “Wargaming” photo album)
Rincewind and The LuggageThe LuggageThe Luggage3D-printed "Thorn" D10 dice

Models and Wargaming, a set on Flickr.

Finished The Luggage. He looks good next to Rincewind.

(Now in my “Wargaming” photo album)

The Luggage, with non-metallic metal. I’m going to try a thin wash to tone it down, then on to the feet and the cloth (which will be part of Rincewind’s robes).

The Luggage, with non-metallic metal. I’m going to try a thin wash to tone it down, then on to the feet and the cloth (which will be part of Rincewind’s robes).

rain-cheese:

Susan tells bedtime stories 

mapsontheweb:

Most Stolen Car Model in Each State, 2013

I feel embarrassed for car thieves in Wisconsin, Illinois and Maryland!

mapsontheweb:

Most Stolen Car Model in Each State, 2013

I feel embarrassed for car thieves in Wisconsin, Illinois and Maryland!

My mum dropped off *some* of carraeg's and my old Lego. For our 6yo son, obviously.

My mum dropped off *some* of carraeg's and my old Lego. For our 6yo son, obviously.

Starting to paint The Luggage. Hard part will be doing the non-metallic metal.

Starting to paint The Luggage. Hard part will be doing the non-metallic metal.