National Hard Candy Day Shortbread

This game is 'hard candy' for me.

I watched a stream of They Are Billions last week and bought it later that evening. Somehow, I managed to put over 20 hours into it over the weekend and I'm eager to get back to it for more punishment. They Are Billions ticks all the right boxes for me. It's a steampunk base-building RTS with tactical pausing and a focus on turtling up against waves of zombies, tower-defense-style.

That said, I'm planning to make my next playthrough more aggressive by using fewer walls and towers in favor of more units and quicker expansion. I certainly need to try something different, as I've yet to unlock the second map, which only requires beating the game at 20% difficulty. That final wave is brutal, man!

By the way, don't let the Early Access status of the game fool you. The only thing it's missing is the campaign. The survival mode feels complete, polished and generally well balanced.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Nvidia Titan V review part 2: compute performance @ PC Perspective
  2. Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 56 Nitro+ review @ bit-tech
  3. The Intel Optane SSD 900p 480GB review @ AnandTech
  4. PowerColor Red Devil Vega 56 8GB review @ Guru3D
  5. FSP Hydro PTM 750W power supply review @ HardOCP
  6. Razer Blade Pro Full HD review @ Hexus
  7. Asus Tinker Board review @ KitGuru
  8. SteelSeries Arctis 3 gaming headset review @ Legit Reviews
  9. Fing Fingbox reviewed @ SmallNetBuilder
  10. nerdytec Couchmaster Cycon review @ TechPowerUp
  11. Dell XPS 13 review @ TechSpot
  12. Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ review @ TFT Central
  13. Nvidia Titan V review @ HotHardware

Games and VR

  1. Tokyo 42 only somewhat reluctantly fixes its biggest flaw @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. You ain't got time to bleed in Ghost Recon Wildlands' new event @ Quarter To Three
  3. The adorably ultraviolent Gang Beasts is fully out now @ Rock Paper Shotgun (the biggest gaming laughs I've ever had are thanks to this gem)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. ADSL robustness verified by running over wet string @ HackADay (just like AT&T does it)
  2. Ancient giant penguin could have looked us in the eye @ New Atlas
  3. Reverse engineering the Nintendo Wavebird @ HackADay
  4. Krill "deposits" transport atmospheric carbon to the ocean depths @ New Atlas
  5. Amazon Echo Spot review: as smart as it is cute @ Engadget

Tech news and culture

  1. Ajit Pai taunts net neutrality critics. Mark Hamill taunts Ajit Pai @ Slashdot
  2. Bitcoin jumps another 10 percent in 24 hours to pass $19,000 @ Ars Technica
  3. Alibaba to sell cars "like cans of coke" through a giant cat-themed vending machine @ New Atlas

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Ask Slashdot: What's the worst IT-related joke you've ever heard? @ Slashdot
  2. A new Minneapolis grilled cheese shop hires, and empowers, people with a criminal record @
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