You're Amelia! You're late! Amelia Pond! You're the little girl! I'm Amelia, and you're late.
Sunday, July 31
I sank over a hundred hours into Terraria back when it was fairly new, before it died its untimely death and then undied again.
Now that Starbound is out (and honestly kind of meh) I was curious as to what was up with Terraria these days. Here's part of the changelog for the recent release of version 1.3.1:
Added Logic Gates (AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, NXOR)
Added Logic Gate Lamps (On, Off, Faulty)
Added Logic Sensors (Day, Night, Under Player)
Added Liquid Sensors (Water, Lava, Honey, Any)
Added Conveyor Belts.
Added The Grand Design.
Added Yellow Wrench.
Added Junction Box.
Added Mechanical Lens.
Added Announcement Box.
Added Actuation Rod.
Added Team Blocks and Platforms.
Added Static Hook.
Added Engineering Helmet.
Added Companion Cube.
Added Gem Locks.
Added Large Amber.
Added Weighted Pressure Plates (4 colors).
Added Wire Bulb.
Added 12 new craftable Critter Statues.
Added Portal Gun Station.
Added Trapped Chests.
Added Projectile Pressure Pad.
Added several new monster statues.
Added Angler Tackle Bag.
Added Geyser Trap.
Added Bone Campfire.
Added Ultra Bright Campfire.
Added Multicolor Wrench.
Might need to fire it up again...
Update: Starbound gets better. In Terraria, you spend most of your time on a single world, defending it from various menaces. In Starbound, things don't really get into gear until you get off your starting planet. Unlike Terraria, where you have to build (or rebuild) everything yourself, there's a functioning civilisation in Starbound. You just need to find it.
It probably involves setting up a secure server farm in an old abandoned Soviet bunker...and the terrifying discovery, upon descending into the dark catacombs, of WHY it was abandoned...and sealed...with those peculiar stick-like runes etched into the metal plates welded over the entrance.
One of the most striking things about new Doctor Who is how often the companions die. In the old series, the only long-standing companion to die was Adric, though the First Doctor story The Daleks' Master Plan killed off short-timers Katarina and Sara Kingdom.
But they only died once each.
Amy Pond died in The Pandorica Opens; young Amelia died in The Big Bang; fake Amy was disintegrated in The Almost People; older Amy died and had her timeline erased in The Girl Who Waited, and finally, real Amy died not once but twice in The Angels Take Manhattan.
River Song died in Forest of the Dead, as a child in Day of the Moon, and as Melody in Let's Kill Hitler.
Rory died in Amy's Choice, died again and was erased from existence in Cold Blood, drowned in The Curse of the Black Spot, and died no less than three times in The Angels Take Manhattan.
And Clara died in Asylum of the Daleks, again in The Snowmen, again in Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, again in Last Christmas, again in Face the Raven, and from the glimpses we were given, at least sixteen other times in TV-series canon alone, before eventually swanning off with Ashildr, who is also dead.
Of course, this is because where the original series used time travel mostly as a plot hook upon which to hang the story of the week, New Who often involves time travel as a plot device, with every kind of time loop, divergent timeline, parallel universe, and temporal paradox cropping up at some point.
But maybe the next companion could just, you know, leave?
Fake River was also disintegrated as an infant, Jack died twice for real, and of course Donna was effectively killed when her mind was wiped. Martha and Mickey were pretty much the only modern companions who got to just walk away, unless you count Wilfred.
Steven, it's more complicated than that; not all of the paradoxes and undos are by the Doctor's direct action, and there's regeneration involved. As for Clara, well, there were a lot of her.
Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, July 26 2016 10:30 AM (ZlYZd)
Though the only reason Mickey didn't die at least once is that his parallel universe duplicate had a different name.
But it's mostly not the Doctor directly returning his companions to life; his track record on that is pretty bad.
To take it in order of how they were saved:
Amy's Choice: Their deaths cancelled out the fake world they were trapped in. Twice.
The Pandorica Opens: Used the Pandorica itself.
The Big Bang: Rebooted the entire Universe.
The Almost People: Reverted to the original.
The Girl Who Waited: Time travel by the Doctor restored the original timeline and cancelled out the one in which she would die - though not before the two Amys met.
The Angels Take Manhattan 1: Their deaths created a paradox which prevented the creation of the trap that would have killed them.
The Angels Take Manhattan 2: No rescue, trapped in 20th century New York.
River is not human and can regenerate, like the Doctor. On her last death, she was uploaded to the moon of the Library, a huge computer.
Amy's Choice: Their deaths cancelled the fake world they were trapped in.
Cold Blood: Was gone for several episodes, but returned as an Auton posing as a Roman Soldier because the Nestenes were part of a grand plot using Amy as a trap for the Doctor and copied him. Hung around as a robot for 2000 years until the Universe disintegrated, then was restored as a human when the Universe was rebooted using the Pandorica and the power of the exploding TARDIS.
The Curse of the Black Spot: Was restored by an insane spaceship sickbay hologram.
The Angels Take Manhattan 1 & 2: Their deaths created a paradox which prevented the creation of the trap that would have killed them.
The Angels Take Manhattan 3: No rescue, trapped in 20th century New York.
Mostly not saved. When she jumped into the Doctor's timestream at his grave on Trenzalore she was shattered into personality shards and scatted all throughout the Doctor's past lives, who live and die normally. We only have full episodes for two of these - The Snowmen and Asylum of the Daleks.
Journey to the Center of the TARDIS: The Doctor used a reset switch sent back by his future self so that the events of the episode never happened.
Last Christmas: The Doctor realised they were still not back to reality and broke out one more level.
Face the Raven: The Doctor attempted to save her by extracting her from time at the moment of death and taking her to the end of the Universe where the force that killed her would no longer be in operation. This didn't work, leaving her as a zombie. Which she doesn't seem to mind.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, July 26 2016 08:22 PM (PiXy!)
The Parting of the Ways:Restored to life by Rose using the power of the Time Vortex. But Rose overdid it, just a little, leaving him serially immortal. (That is, he can die, and does, quite frequently, but it doesn't stick.)
ies, though at this point he may be billions of years old. And might be someone else.
The Girl Who Died:Restored using the medikit from a Mire battlesuit. This is designed to keep Mire soldiers going when bits of them get blown off; on a human it keeps the subject alive more-or-less indefinitely. We later meet Ashildr at the end of the Universe, having apparently lived through it.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, July 26 2016 08:22 PM (PiXy!)
What show is Momoko from? Her irises are disturbingly large, even by anime standards, and someone should really give her a sandwich, but despite all that she looks cute/interesting--something of a genki-girl/tomboy hybrid.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Monday, July 11 2016 06:07 AM (iohoY)
Currently the major parties are split 68/67, with 10 seats still undecided, and needing 76 to form a government. There are also 5 independents who will obviously be getting sweet-talked to death right now.
Update: Official but not final results have the Liberal (i.e. conservative) Party returned with a much reduced majority, down from 90:55 to 76:69. One seat has not yet been declared, but that can't affect the overall outcome.
Labour leader Bill Shorten conceded, so it appears you get a slightly narcissistic and far less rich version of Donald Trump as Prime Minister. Which is better than having to deal with President Hillary for four years.
Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, July 11 2016 03:51 AM (DuUoO)