Isn't it? It's been like that for decades with no updates at all -- which probably explains a lot. (The last time I ordered from them actually was in the 90s and they had the same site then.)
They have many neat things, though!
For the conspiracy theorists: http://www.allnewspipeline.com/They_Are_Preparing_For_Something_Huge.php
There are a lot of people hearing alarm bells going off in their heads with the recent announcement of multiple Walmart Supercenters closing, all at once, in multiple states (some of which are states being prepared for the Jade Helm military exercises), all claiming a "plumbing" issue, with recent news of some type of underground tunnel projects involving Walmart and DHS.
Over the last year Caterpillar has shuttered multiple facilities with the claim of consolidation, and now some Walmart facilities are closing in Florida, California, Texas, and Oklahoma, with no notice given to employees, citing "plumbing issues," yet major news outlets report that no permits had been applied for by Walmart for future repairs.
In a previous ANP article we quoted a former military man as stating via email "Walmart's are outfitted with extensive communications, communications that are identical from store to store and even country to country," stating he believes "the primary purpose for Walmart's, similar stores and malls will be for supply depots for military and initial staging area for local civilians to be processed (clothes ID's etc.), then moved to sanctuary's/FEMA camps after processing." He continues on to point out "the delivery entrances and storage are already set up."
A former Navy Seal also shares his take on the underground tunnels recently reported on, stating "The tunnels are already in place. they are using the 6 months, which brings us into September, to clear the places out and configure them for supply depots, communication hubs and pre-processing centers."
If only there was a way to use a small group vs the setting made up of other small groups game in a small group to small group way.
Really it just abstracts everything and lets the players and ST fill in details only as needed.
As much as I like Apocalypse World (and its many spin-offs like Dungeon World), it is still a Game About Stats. It is one of the most focused Games About Stats that I have seen in a long time; it doesn't matter what the other person's skill is, if you succeed lives on your stats alone. This keeps the game rules part more understandable and accessible. Mind you, all the AW games are pretty damn dark.
I usually get frustrated enough I just cheat level all the skills to legendary 5 or whatever it is. I like to do the questing not sitting and levelling all the skills.
For alchemy, though, you learn 1 or 2 of what the crap can be used for if you eat it. I think it is 2. I don't recall if it's a more than once thing.
I'm intrigued. Looks like they'll be going with the basic d20 dice style, so nothing too unusual. The story sounds interesting enough. I like the idea of risks increasing with magic use over a set number of spells. Not too sure how well the 'GM Freedom' part would transfer to a MU*. People tend to like to know what they need to roll, not have it just made up on the spot. But that's really the only stand-out ping to my cynic-meter.
I don't really know my thoughts on this crazy. I mean she and Adam did make Firan which had a strong rape and slavery element. So, it is unsurprising she would make a tasteless joke like that. I'll totally grant that she did good to apologize. The sincerity of that is not what I know because I only know the Firan her.
I can't promise anything, but I will try to be better next time. I kinda suck at games though. Especially ones I haven't played in over a decade. (I don't know if you saw it, but the Roman died).
Seriously though, whether it's me, or you look up someone actually good on Youtube, I really suggest anyone who loves Lovecraft to check it out. The graphics are a bit dated, but it was an awesome game.
Once you get it working, it's tolerable and there are glimmers of gold in the giant pile of shit that Ubisoft dropped, and if it had come out after AC2.75, it would have been a fantastic game with a lot of improvements in graphics and game play.
That said, if you are playing on PC, take backups of your save files often. One little error or one little blue screen while the game loads (and apparently saves/syncs as it loads), the save game is kablooey. And you can only have one save game per account. It took me an hour to recover what I was worried was a totally destroyed save file which involved playing through the intro so that it registers the 'finished intro' save file and overwrite the new save file with the last good save file (which I had by pure luck on a rare database backup).
It's buggy as hell and even with the new fixes and optimizations, my rig which is a i5-4690K overclocked to 4.6Ghz, a Nvidia GTX 760, and 16 GB of RAM can barely handle it on highish settings at 900p. I've invested enough time where it's starting to get enjoyable, but I spend way more time on AC4 blowing up ships and storming Man-o-Wars. It speaks volumes about what my subconscious thinks.
Stick to AC4, ACU sucks unless you are a die hard completionist.