27 August 2019


The problem with buying bread at night is this, you can't find any!

I was at Barcook Bakery at Square 2 at 8:20 pm. Zip, nada, nothing! I was then at Breadtalk (I know I know, horrible stuff) but they are under renovation. Same for Cedele at Novena Square.

I went to Duke Bakery at United Square, sold out. Same for Cedele. I finally found a loaf of multi-grain bread from Swiss Bake at Cold Storage!

14 August 2019

F-4 Phantom II

What am I reading?

I have just started on the two volumes on French tanks by Steven Zaloga. This was sparked by playing War Thunder on the computer as a friend had taken to using French tanks in the game. They were pretty horrible in the game though their cast, shaped armour were pretty advanced for its time.

I am also reading "Battle Flight: RAF Air Defence Projects and Weapons Since 1945" by Chris Gibson. This is about British Cold War air defences as denoted in the title, much of which were paper projects and prototypes that were never fielded. This is an area that I know little about.

A few decades ago, Singapore did field the Bloodhound surface to air missile (SAM). This is examined in the book by Gibson.

I have read a few books about the Battle of Stalingrad over the years. I have also read much more on the Eastern Front.

"Winter Storm: The Battle for Stalingrad and the Operation to Rescue 6th Army" by Hans Wijers has just arrived in the mail. I have always wanted to read more accounts of the firefights in the tractor factory, the city fighting in general. This volume should have the narratives I seek.

And as I usual, I am reading numerous others, each at various stages of completion.

03 August 2019

10 July 2019

I have used metal straws some years before. This weekend, I had the experience of using one in a café. Needless to say, sucking a metal straw isn't pleasant, I rather drink from the glass. No, I don't like straws period, metal or plastic. This move to stop the use of straws is absurd and amusing at the same time, almost Kafkaesque.

02 July 2019

I wish the Orchard library will carry Air International and Jane's Defence Weekly. However, I don't think they will.

26 June 2019

I also finished Marble Age, a unforgiving but fun game.
I tried Gremlins Inc, TASTEE Lethal Tactics, Bronze Age, Polaris Sector, Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville.

Not bad, promsing games. I did finish Bronze Age, a neat little package, fun.
Someone was telling me something in what seems to be in English but I cannot make out what she was saying. She could not get to the point.

Yesterday, I had two insurance folks visit me. They also said a whole bunch of things. Again, they seemingly spoke in English but I could not make out what they were saying. I asked many things for clarification but they left me puzzled.

24 June 2019

I did also try Wartile. Slick and well implemented. However, despite my interest in Vikings, the gameplay doesn't seem compelling.
I tried a few more games yesterday. I had tried 16bit Trader some time ago. This time, I went a little bit further and I think I figured the game out. It involves doing quests to supplement income. It is hard to trade without quests as travel is extremely costly.

I also tried Killing Floor 2, it is not bad at all. It runs on the Unreal Engine. Unlike other games, this doesn't give me any headaches. I tried the Berserker, the Gunslinger and finally the Commando. I managed to get through four waves with the Commando only to meet my demise at the Boss.

I tried Airmech Wastelands which is a RPG-ish implementation of the basic Airmech. Slick, evocative but.. it feels a bit like a cash grab despite the amount of great work put in. I hear Front Line Assembly music in the background. Very nice.

I tried more of Battlevoid Harbinger. Good game. I think I have pretty much exhausted it. Time to move on. Recommended.

I went to take a look at Torchlight II again. No, I don't like it.

I also took a quite look at Void Destroyer. Five sets of tutorials. It looks involving.

08 June 2019

A battle between the Saxons and Vikings

It has been over a year since my last Field of Glory II game. I have been playing Grim Dawn a fair bit. There have been two or three expansions since the last time I played.

I set up a custom battle between the Saxons and the Irish Vikings, circa 1000 CE. These are armies from the Wolves at the Gate expansion.

I had forgotten how to play the game, it had been a year. I set my army in an L-shape, with the battle line extending across the width of the battlefield. I have four units of cavalry on the left. My shieldwall and housecarls form the battle line with about six or seven units behind as reserves. I have my light skirmishers forward of the line to seize the high ground. The terrain is broken and would badly affect the shieldwall and other heavy units. I expect the Viking army to be not very different in composition to my Saxon army.

My plan was to advance fast, close in, seizing the high ground with my left flank swinging like a hook. My right flank would be anchored to the forest on the right.

The computer AI for Field of Glory II is competent. As we will see later, it can do a lot of damage.

As I advance my battle line forward, it split in half due to a large pond in the centre of the battlefield. My skirmishers seized the high ground and began driving their skirmishers off.

As my left wing swung into their shorter line, their stronger left wing hit my weaker right. It would be a race of which army would manage to destroy their opponent's flank first.

The AI had cleverly inserted a light skirmisher unit into the forest, tying down a heavy unit of mine.

The Viking smashed my right flank and also my reserve units sent to reinforce that flank. I managed to crush their flank as well and rolled their line up. In the end, I orientated a new battle line and met theirs head on and won.

06 June 2019


I did wish that he hadn't showed me. A game such as this is about finding solutions and when the solutions are laid out starkly like that, there is no game left.

 I don't mind spoilers to the story however.

Yes, one can try to find new possible solutions or variations to those solutions. However, these being on paths well-trodden by much better players, there are unlikely many more.


Oh dear. My friend revealed all the endgame builds that allow one to eliminate the superbosses in Grim Dawn.

Suddenly, there is no mystery nor purpose left to many of the characters I have built. Many of the characters have no future while others can succeed if I were to do those builds.

As the game is deterministic, it suddenly removes the game aspect. I would be sure to succeed if I strive towards those builds, there is not much need for experimentation left, thus no game left.

It is time to take a long break from Grim Dawn.

29 May 2019

Grim Dawn level 100 builds

My level 100 characters. The primary mastery is shown first, followed by the secondary mastery.

Cabalist - Necromancer / Occultist
Sentinel - Occultist / Oathkeeper
Witchblade - Soldier / Occultist
Trickster - Nightblade / Shaman
Druid - Shaman / Arcanist
Elementalist - Shaman / Demolitionist
Purifier - Demolitionist / Inquisitor
Warlord - Soldier / Oathkeeper
Blademaster - Nightblade / Soldier
Warder - Soldier / Shaman

My Sorcerer (Demolitionist / Arcanist) is level 71 now.