1141 You Turn The Screws.

Someone, I forget who, commented about how you sign into another account on the second player controller to play Borderlands splitscreen. That was what was wrong. I’d never even heard of such a thing. Since I’ve never had a multiplayer account I’ve never needed to know anything about how that works on an Xbox. Anyway, thanks whoever it was. We were able to play a bunch of missions and it saved to the proper accounts and everything.

You know those Skylanders figures you can order from bags of chips? I never got the first run of them because we never used to buy chips, but the Teen is always having friends around, so I was able to score the order codes for a set of the second wave. That was a while ago. They started showing up the other day. Not in the order I ordered them in, mind you, but eventually they all arrived. They’re “free” for buying the chips, but in reality it’s $5 for the chips and $3 for shipping, which makes them as expensive as a regular figure. (Depending on where you buy regular figures…) They also have virtually no purpose in game. They just follow you around, looking adorable, on console versions, and only appear at the stage select on the 3DS. Strangely though, they are treated as regular characters in Skylanders Lost Islands. I guess since you never really save anything to the figure on that they decided to just cut people a break and make them useful. At least as useful as anything is in that game. It’s pretty pastoral. In any case they’re cute and a fun addition to the collection.

I was tempted to pick up the Halloween version of Eye Brawl, but it turns out the variation of that figure is even more cosmetic that usual. He has an orange “pumpkin” head on the toy itself, but in game he’s just a regular Eye Brawl, which I have. It’s gotten to the point where having multiple versions of the same character is getting out of control. I don’t think I’m going to bother with variants in Swap Force. I didn’t get every version of every character in Giants either. I’m still at a bit of a loss as to why they’d make a light core version of a character and one that isn’t in the first place. There’s about a million new and returning characters in Swap Force and enough is enough. I haven’t actually checked, but I think I got all of the new characters in one form or another finally. It’s possible I missed some though. (I never saw a Jade Flashwing and I would have preferred the green color scheme.) By the time the final wave was appearing the local stores had apparently had quite enough of not selling the 3.5 billion glow in the dark Sonic Boom variants they over ordered. The Wal-Mart that’s an hour away even tried clearencing out their stock of Skylanders to make room for the thousands of Violet Pars they decided it would be a good idea to have. Apparently having learned nothing at all from their Skylanders debacle.

Swap Force is in direct competition with Pokémon X/Y on their release date. I’ll have to wait to get Pokémon, and I intend to download it, so I can get it whenever I feel like it. I never actually completed BlacK 2. It got lost in the shuffle at some point and I never went back for it. I think Fire Emblem kind of sealed the deal on that and then State Of Decay heaped a mound of dirt on it. I’ll probably just pick a team and take them to the end without a bunch of swaping out like I would normally do. I don’t have time to level up new guys every gym. I’ll just decide on a balanced team and get it done.

I also never finished Pokémon conquest, because apparently I’m not sure when, or if, it actually ends. Every time you beat it it seems to start you over as one of the other characters. Maybe at some point you get back to being you, but I have no idea, at this point, how long that will take. The game actually gets challenging after a few times around too. You can’t just wander in and kick things into submission. You have to plan shit out. My time is at a real premium anymore. It’s hard to give up any for a game that gets super slow at some points. The Teen’s insatiable movielust really burns up my minutes. I really wonder how parents ever get anything done.


Wait… did Ed just give her the okay to hit on Nina?

Actually, I don’t think Ed intended to give Jess the green light to hit on Nina, rather, he was asserting that Jess’ promiscuity more that counterbalances his apparent celibacy. As I think about it, he was indirectly (although it is not clear if it was intentionally) implying that Jess is a slut…

you are welcome, Crave, I’m familiar with the 360, ’cause I’d trust that system more than a ps3, since I had one that completely crapped out as far as CD’s went..had to get Last of Us digitally..

Gah I’m loving Ed here. Got here late, so I was reading the last comic and now this one. And the whole time I’m thinking of what I’d be doing if the tables were turned, and someone was hitting on my man, or what not. At first I was all, Oh drat Jess I am just gonna hit you! Then I realized in real life I’d just give a whiny awwww come on =(

I’m enjoying both. I think Jess makes things more interesting. :P

Looking forward to the rest of whatever’s left of this arc!

goad g?d

1. provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate some action or reaction.
2. drive or urge (an animal) on with a goad.
3rd person present: goads; past tense: goaded; past participle: goaded; gerund or present participle: goading


1. a spiked stick used for driving cattle.
plural noun: goads

Yep, Jess is just Nature’s cattle prod.

Its quite touching that Jess actually looks concerned about her (in her eyes) poor hopeless bro’ in the last panel.

Thats the stuff rigth there, gentlemen! A lot of people dont like Jess, but like the owner of this comic, i prefer not to judge. Now i can see how Jess cares about his brother. In her way, yes, but she cares!

Can’t help but notice, Jess and Ed are like the King and Queen in chess. The Queen can pretty much go however far she wants to go in any direction that suits her fancy every turn; the king must move far slower, and with far more caution.

Wow — I hadn’t really thought about them that way, but what a great evaluation. You really nailed it.

I just have to say, glancing at the comment section Jess doesn’t have a lot of fans, but I am one of them. I adore her character. She knows what she wants and goes for it, no tiptoeing around.

When I encounter such cluelessness in my fellow men, it’s that – cluelessness. If Ed knew what the hell he was doing, he wouldn’t be in this situation. What then is gained from simply stating the obvious problem when the problem creating it is both just as obvious and completely unanswered?

I’d like to see her take him under her wing.

So, Skyalanders lost islands… I am quite addicted, mostly as pre sleep wind down. At the risk of horrible embarrassment when you see how much I have put into my isles, wanna be friends? :) You can add me on activate with the name Tzivya ( I know, shocking!) or my email from this post. I usually only play once a day but with the advent of kudos I find my lack of friends mean I will never get admiral thump back and that one missing skylanders bugs me to no end.

I sympsthise on made flashing, I don’t think Australia ever even got it. My daughter wants her SO BAD but I haven’t been able to get her one. Getting her ninjini was hard enough since they released so few in oz and they sold out in. Hours. Did finally get one, and this will sound odd, but we are disappointed to only have the special scarlet one. We love purple. ;)

She is really bummed at the lack of female characters in swap force. It is like the original release revisited, no swappers will be female and it doesn’t look like more than two or three others. She gets so tired of having to either playboys or have slim pickings, though she does love the ones they have done. Stealth elf is my own personal love, so awesome. got her legendary for Xmas last year. Getting the dark edition of swap force which I think comes with dark stealth elf, go me!

Made flashing is Jade Flashwing, I am typing for one of the rare times ever on my iPad and it makes my terrible typing worse. Sorry. Probably others I there as well but that one leapt out. ;)

If I find a regular Ninjini you want me to get it for you? There’s still some random Skylanders out here. I think I saw one tonight.

Also, the game won’t let me add you as a friend for some reason.

Nah, the shipping isn’t worth it on her, she’ll settle eventually here. Jade Flashwing is probably the last we’d actually go out of our way to get at this point. But thank you deeply for the offer!

And boo on that, that’s weird! I will have to poke at it and see if it’s something I’ve done. I do things. Then I forget. So who knows!

Hey, speaking of games, you liked Fire Emblem, which I also have, and I am curious if you’ve played Agarest: Generations of War (Or I think it was originanally Legend of Agarest Wars or something)? It was released last week on Steam, and bears a lot of similarities if you can get past the overly ecchi art style.

I don’t do steam. If I have to play on a computer I just don’t play. That’s why I never bothered to buy the second Starcraft 2 thingy.

It is also on PS3 and maybe 360 I think. The PC port is a port from console. :) Couldn’t figure anything out in LI, oh, well, nevermind! Thanks for trying. :)

It let me look up facebook friends. Maybe that way would work. When I put your username in it said there were no players by that name. I don’t even know what mine is actually…

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