Prison Architect Escape Diary: Invisible Is The New Black

Posted on Dec 15, 2016

I can?t stop fighting. I wonder if this is a common feeling for prisoners, but in my case it?s literal. No matter how many times I press it, the button to lower my fists and surrender doesn?t do anything, and even though I?m cuffed, the guards still consider me hostile. That?s how I ended up unconscious and in the infirmary; the door to my cell in solitary opened, an armed guard saw me restrained and stationary inside, and immediately shot me twice in the chest. This was a concern, at least until I pulled the greatest escape of all. I vanished. Prison Architect?s escape mode is compelling, but not without its problems. Escape Mode flips the prison building and management simulation on its head, putting you in control of a single prisoner within a jail rather than the architect of the facility?s systems. You earn reputation points through acts of criminality ? destruction of property, beating people up ? which can then be spent to unlock traits for your character. Among others, those traits include Deadly, which gives you a percentage chance to kill a person with a single strike; Instigator, which increases the likelihood other prisoners will join in with whatever ruckus you create; and Quick, which helps you to outrun pursuing guards after whatever terrible deed you?ve just committed. Gain enough reputation points and you can then also recruit other people to your crew, ordering them to follow, controlling them individually as desired, or possessing them in lieu of a Game Over should your current wrongdoer be killed. Other than this, the game?s simulation is mostly unchanged. As you wander around a prison with WASD, guards will still patrol as before, prisoners will still follow their routines, and riots will break out should the seeds of dissatisfaction be spread too far and wide. It is exciting, in the way Dwarf Fortress? own Adventure mode is exciting, to know that you are dealing with a simulation robust enough to stand up to multiple genres of game ? at least, in theory. My name is Wilders. I don?t know what crime I?ve committed, but I?m a newly arrived inmate at a high-security prison. I?m told it has three gangs ? the infamous reds, blues and greens ? and that riots are a regular occurrence. But this is not my experience. During the first few days inside, not a single riot takes place. Instead I fill my time by destroying the toilet inside my cell, sucker punching guards and being repeatedly tasered unconscious. Soon, I?ve enough of a reputation to start expanding my crew. An inmate named Corner joins my group, then another named Ranger, then another named Wilson. Levelling all these inmates can be a bit of a grind, requiring you to repeatedly create low-level mischief to get reputation points, to spend one of those reputation points to skip...

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Pets Round-up: Summer holidays

Posted on Dec 15, 2016

Photo credit: The Dog Photographer, Shutterstock Well it?s been a busy time over the summer for our pet-friends ? so much so that I had to miss August?s post, sorry about that! Kate over at Family Fever is looking at dog-friendly holidays and what to look for to choose the perfect one. But it?s not always possible to take your pooch with you, so I?ve been looking at the alternatives for holiday care while you?re away on holiday. Whether it?s kennels or dog sitters ? or perhaps something else ? here?s how to find the right solution. The holidays has meant spending more time than ever with my pet and it?s been funny watching her routine (mainly sleeping!) Lucy from Lish Concepts has done what I?ve always wanted to do, and secretly filmed her dog to see what he really gets up to when she?s out.  Ruth from Rock N Roller Baby has done similar with her super-cute kittens.  They?re adorably playful and so fun to watch! Sarah from Mum Of Three World had some sad news over the summer with the loss of one of their guinea pigs. This meant a grieving lonely guinea pig left alone, so she also has this really informative post of how to deal with the remaining guinea pig ? who knew they suffered so? Another bereavement over the summer as poor Emma from Farmer?s Wife lost her beloved Minty the lamb (great name!). It?s funny how people don?t get how attached you can become to pets (of any persuasion) unless they?re a pet owner themselves.  There?s a perceived hierarchy of pets when it comes to loss, but I know that isn?t true and I have never got over the loss of my amazing chicken Barbara. I do hope all your pets are safe and well and look forward to hearing all about them. Please do send me your posts to be included next time.  You can tweet me @missielizzieb.  Thanks for reading. About Liz Burton Liz Burton is a stay-at-home mum with a 7 year old daughter. She blogs at Me and My Shadow about all things from interiors, travel, family and food with lots of bargain-hunting thrown in. An avid fan of recycling and upcycling, she can often be found in the charity shop or at a car boot sale. You can find her on Twitter and also on Facebook Open this link Click...

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Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards

Posted on Dec 14, 2016

Many moons ago, we had a lovely lovely guest post showing us a great Paper Quilling for Beginngers ? it was a beautiful (and easy!) Paper Quilled Heart card ? perfect for Valentine?s Day or Mother?s Day. They were well received and I loved the fact that people where having a go at a ?new skill? ? ie paper quilling ? all be it a simplified version of paper quilling. It may be simpler, but it isn?t any less beautiful nor less fun! So I decided it would be nice to have another Paper Quilling for Beginners project for you and came up with these Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards for you! Where old traditions meet modern trends!!!! Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards (affiliate links have been added in brackets for your convenience!) How to make your Paper Quilling Emoji Cards Remember, if you like our videos you can subscribe to Red Ted Art on YouTube for free! You will be the first to see new videos (rather than having to wait a week or two for me to add them to the blog!!). I DO hope you liked our Paper Quilled Emoji cards and that you do have a go at this easy paper quilling project!!!! Do share anything you make with me on Facebook or Instagram! Want to learn more about paper quilling? get the paper quilling ?stuff? and check out some of these ideas here on Red Ted Art!! Paper Quilling Supplies Quilling paper (US/ UK) Slotted Quilling Tool (US/ UK) Quilling Stencil & Pins (optional) (US/ UK) (here is a handy glue dispenser for quilling US/ UK) If you are feeling inspired you may also LOVE this Quilling Set: Aren?t they adorable? Get your kit here ? US/ UK!! They would make a lovely gift too! Paper Quilling Projects on Red Ted Art Paper Quilling Flowers ? so sweet! And a perfect introduction to ?grown up? Paper Quilling! Check out these fabulous Paper Quilled Butterflies Cute Paper Quilled Christmas Wreaths! Or check out this adorable Quilled Heart Card ? a great intro to quilling for kids: Did you like this? Share it: Tags: card making, cardsc, emoji, mother’s day, paper, Paper crafts, paper quilling, quilling, valentine’s day, Valentines Day Cards, videos, vlogs Category: Card making, Gifts That Kids Can Make, Mothers Day, Paper Crafts, Paper Quilling, Quilling, Valentines, vlogs click me...

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10 Things That Prove Doctor Who Really Exists

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

BBC The Doctor is a legend woven through time. But what if he actually is? I mean, he’s obviously not, but what if he is? Doctor Who fans look at the world differently. We approach shop window dummies with caution and we’re terrified if we can hear a clock but not see one. Steven Moffat once claimed that he took the idea for the Weeping Angels from a statue that guarded a graveyard, and when he took his son to show him the origin of this inspiration, the statue had gone. It’s stories like that, that either fuel our imaginations, creep us out, or leave us writing “So what? This is a massive disappointment, I don’t know why I clicked on this” in the comment section below. Well, here are ten examples of the Doctor cropping up in the history books, and on more than one occasion, tricking us with some cunning Photoshopping. Seen one I haven’t? Let me know! directly to the site click here...

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Marx, Darwin, And Queen Vic Walk Into A Video Game?

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

Question: what do you imagine Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, and Queen Victoria herself would do in the kooky Dan Brown historyfucking world of Assassin?s Creed: Syndicate [official site]? I ask because I laughed when I saw they?re all your pals in the next AssCreed, but I can now leak a few details about their roles. Four words: Charles Darwin?s spider mutagen. Watch this daft new trailer closely and I?m sure you?ll figure out a few more secrets: [embedded content] Right, here?s what my source Ian Video Games told me. Bell is obviously your gadget guy. Though his invention of the telephone was sparked by his interest in speech and sound, he also invented the grappling hook gun and electrobombs. When he joins you in combat, expect lots of awful deathpuns like ?Looks like you?ve been CUT OFF!? Charles Darwin?s your other science bod. While Bell upgrades your tech, Darwin upgrades your body. His mutagens will splice Evie and Jacob with powerful abilities from animals such as spiders (+10% climbing speed), jellied eels (+10% dodge chance), and Cockney sparrows (a handsome beak letting you chirp to summon swarms of birds and regain health by pecking up seeds). Karl Marx is the focus of a key quest line. Templar agents have swiped his original manuscript of Das Kapital, which ? oh no! ? contains hidden messages from the aliens. Does AssCreed still do aliens? Point is: across a dozen quests you will retrieve the manuscript and cipher and unlock powerful proletariat abilities ? if you have the coin. At the quest?s end, Marx quips ?Last words are for fools who haven?t said enough? before popping an electrobullet through the face of a Templar spy ? his own wife. Amazingly, Florence Nightingale is written by someone whose research into her took the form of a YouTube search which ended at that sweary Big Train sketch. Her appearances are all too brief, and she?s gone after you win her lamp (+10 night vision) beating her in a race across the rooftops of Lambeth Walk. ?Jerrybag,? she spits. [embedded content] ?I?d be happy if you could stab Charles Dickens in the neck,? Pip told me. She will be happy. He is a Templar spy, but you?ll be right narked after you kill him and lose the powerful abilities he gave you. These include Let?s Twist Again (an AoE melee attack) and David Copperfield (disappear in a puff of smoke and walk through a wall). As for Queen Victoria, well, I shan?t spoil it for you, but here?s a hint for how to earn Syndicate?s most difficult secret achievement: what will make her amused? Please do share any details you?ve spotted in the trailer, chums. Or wait until it comes out on October 23rd and see how real all these real facts are, I guess. This Internet address...

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