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    Funny Cat Pictures

    What This Thread Is I accidentally high-jacked another thread... oops. It kinda ran away with itself and... well, now this one has been started. I'm making this an open thread for any submissions. I've condensed my already posted 90 pictures into two albums... REMOVED - Dead Links Anyone is free to post, just please follow the rules: I remind you of these rules, because... well, even having been here for many years, I forgot about our image restrictions. So, just wanted to give everyone a refresher. Image Hosting There are lots of places to do it! The best places, that allows you to control size and post thumbnails are: ImageShack.us PhotoBucket.com
  2. "A Restrospective Review of Wildlands" My love for this franchise will never die, I swear. It has waned more than once, but it is making a hard left turn back towards pure love again. I don't know that any game will ever come close to holding the special place in my gaming heart that OGR does. For me, it was the perfect FPS Tac-Sim, and it was awesome! Once GR received full mod support the community exploded, the clans grew, the competitions were constant, and these forums were bustling. And the rest, as they say, is history. I was fourteen when I got a perfectly wrapped box for Christmas in 2001. With a quick shake, I heard the CD case and leaflets knock around the edges of the box and I couldn't have been more excited to get Ghost Recon installed. Don't get me wrong, Rainbow Six was very cool, but I came from a family with more military than law enforcement. Following the events of 9/11 there were few greater heroes in my young mind than the fine members of the US Special Forces that I knew were out kicking ass and taking names. Once my homework was done, I could join them in a future battle - do the math, by OGR's 2008 setting I could have been out of high school, in the military, and trained up for a deployment of my very own! Interestingly enough, I was - so I guess I got the Desert Siege experience. Fast forward fifteen years, and here I sit just three and a half months away from thirty... and I'm still playing Ghost Recon! How cool is that! OK, my OGR disc (and my DS disc... and my IT disc) are long since scratched up, but they rest peacefully in my binder of computer games from the late 90's and early 2000's alongside Rainbow Six and its various expansions. I still get a giggle when I remember a [GRNET] practice that was interrupted by a house fire my father accidentally set, or the ridiculous antics of Schenk, the efforts it took for me to first understand Rocky over a headset, and even the gratuitous fun that was found in the old M16 vs. AK47 matches. Needless to say, for a lot of reasons, no Ghost Recon (or anything) since has come close to helping me reliving those experiences - mostly, I blame you guys. Ghost Recon Wildlands is a very 2020 spin on our old game and I expected to not like it. When the franchise took a turn towards a third person view I thought these forums may explode. Thankfully, we had already endured the great debate of visible firearms models in Rainbow Six: Raven Shield, so it was easier on everyone, I think. By then most of the OGR Old Guard had moved on and Real Life took hold. Yet, here we are. I'm currently at 65 hours of solo game time and 70% mission completion in the campaign I am really enjoying the new face of Ghost Recon. It has its quirks, its annoyances, and its special brand lunacy at times, but overall this is a really enjoyable game. An old Army injury has crept up and I'm on week six of ten with a broken foot and still staring down the barrel of surgery, so I enjoy whatever entertainment I can get while cooped up in my master bedroom while I'm home alone with the dogs waiting on the lady to come home from work. There are times I take my invisible and worthless AI teammates to the highest elevation within 300m of an objective, flip on the NODs, launch the drone and gather intel, and I'm taken back to a [GRNET] appearance in a Stealth Tournament. Who stepped on that mine again? Anyway, I wait, and I watch. Little orange circles bopping around awkwardly... "baby makes three"... "got a generator over here"... "that makes fifteen"... or worse "the drone is being jammed!" With as much affect on my AI buddies as I would have herding cats, I head towards the objective. Inevitably, at least 75% of these attempts end the EXACT same way - with my stupid self pulling a long distance shot with my Mk14 because that sicario was a bit more inside of his tower than I realized, or because he was perfectly situated behind that apparently bulletproof 1/8" thick piece of corrugated tin, but, whatever. Daytime is where I shine. Get it? Seriously, the day/night cycles of this game are a blast. It completely changes the mood and your tactics. Knowing that the shroud of darkness is hours (minutes) away, my patience run short and that Unidad FOB reminds me of when Agent Smecker recounts the first meeting of Il Duce, the McManus brothers, and Rocco. [REFERENCE - LANGUAGE WARNING] With maxed out rebel assistance I've got my own personal militia, a drone that explodes, mortars falling, and grenades flying. Bring on those helicopters! My Mk249 will take you down! One of my favorite moments made my laugh the hardest and was caused by sheer panic (textbook Ghost Recon). Remember how in OGR you could get so enveloped in a mission that it could literally startle you? No? Just me? OK. Alright, so SPOLIER ALERT there's a mission in Ocoro where you have to find a fella called "El Emisario." Conveniently he's located at the very top floor of a multi-story mansion that is surrounded by the cartel and Unidad. This place looks like a nightmare to infiltrate once you're done with your drone recon. Playing this as one of the first missions I came across I had no idea where to find this guy. Turns out there's a room that is conveniently blocked by a Unidad soldier with a clipboard. While trying to maneuver my super stealthy drone to see if I could peek past him to find my guy - I'm thinking snipe and run - my girl dog flings all fifty pounds of her body weight into one paw that hits my left hand. My drone goes careening into the Unidad soldier and in my attempts to keep him from being alerted, I panicked - hard. I clicked the mouse. Remember exploding drones? I'm convinced I'm made, I'm ready for the biggest firefight I have yet to experience. Suddenly in big flashing letters across my screen: "SANTA BLANCA IS ATTACKING UNIDAD" What? Is this for real? I sat perched on the hill gawking at the bloodbath unfolding in front of me. I was in hysterics. When the firing stopped all that was left was an alerted Unidad patrol and one lone Unidad survivor. Since then I've often used rival factions against each other to do my dirty work - I love mortars. OGR would have never allowed that to happen. And who cares? I imagine what that experience would have been like had I been on my headset with three buddies hee-hawing over the madness. Review and Comparison of GRW and OGR GRW rules the free world when it comes to customizations. Seriously. I drool. Anyone who remembers me and how I got started here knows that I LOVE skin mods. My character looks like me when I was in uniform only with today's beard. We rock our signature sunglasses and MC ballcap and even have a pack that looks a lot like the one I wore daily in Iraq. The ability to "gunsmith" weapons is cool, but it could be WAY cooler. I understand the Dev's desires to make unlocking parts a part of the gameplay - but how far we have come from GR mods with 400 plus KIT files to get that one configuration on that one weapon we so desperately want. I wish they could have accessed more commercial licensing and featured a few more accessories (like an 8x or 12x rifle scope with a zeroing ability), but at least you can design each weapon for what you want. Ultimately, because it is still a video game, for me it's all about the damage. There are rifles I had before my ACR I really preferred to shoot, but the ACR dominates the class that I have unlocked so far in all-around damage and penetration (giggity), so I use it the most. That's a lie. Whatever the Mk14 messes up, the Mk249 cleans up in glorious action movie fashion. ****the following is a rewrite courtesy of a strange glitch, apologies if it doesn't flow as well.... where's my beer?**** Ballistics leave some room for improvement. It's like a Budweiser to me. Is it beer? Yeah. Will it get the job done? Yeah. Is it as satisfying as the hoppy goodness found in a sticky west coast triple IPA? Nah brah. Ballistics in games have always been odd in my opinion (why are sniper rounds so slow?). When I started playing OGR I was a 9th grader raised by two teachers with nary a firearm in the house. Today I'm a combat veteran who is an avid shooter with countless hours on the range and down range. Ballistics are math, and there are hundreds of reliable sources packed with data on how every caliber reacts with different materials, or how trajectory is affected and energy lost over a distance. That big brand video games can't, or won't, replicate this is very strange to me. Each sniper rifle in GRW has the exact same ballistics model. Again, can we get long range scopes we can zero please? I would like to see the ballistics model improved because I'm a nerd mostly. Also, never get rid of that very pleasing sound I hear whenever bullet meets flesh. Devs, come over here... we need to talk about these vehicles. I need you to take the Battlefield 4 devs out one night (tonight? It is Cinco de Mayo!) and get them to spill the secrets of their vehicle control models. I feel like every airborne vehicle is missing the ability to control at least two of its axes and that is really annoying. I feel like I'm flying a big awkward box that can fall out of the sky really really fast. The land vehicles are tolerable - except the APC, that thing sucks. The motorbikes are well intended and are some pretty staunch off-road beasts, but if one more of them flips me over the handlebars and kills me for hitting a pebble, there will be fisticuffs. The rebel missions and supply raids are always a treat, even if repetitive. Although, it did take this genius a while to remember his drone could do more than make things go "boom" when trying to stop convoys of supplies, so once I swapped for the EMP drone my efficiency went up. While these side missions (radio tower, intimidation etc.) provide interesting banter and a dose of character, they're rather tedious. Once I hit 45 successful missions I stopped doing them altogether. Paired with the clunky aviation mechanics supply raids involving a helicopter or an airplane can be more than a bit frustrating. Oh, and don't you dare let a single SB get near that thing because apparently, they are ALL pilots. Once you do get to the choppa (or plane) just take off and enjoy a nice leisurely fli- WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THE SAM SITES EVERYWHERE AND WHY WON'T THEY STAY DESTROYED. SB must have some serious cash and same with Unidad. If you've made it to the supply raid mission at the FOB on the runway in Media Luna you feel my pain. Three SAM sites on the runway and three more in the vicinity? Don't forget the ONE that gets you right near the improvised landing strip EVERY TIME too. I know, just "hug the terrain" and you can avoid it. Well, since my airplane flies about as well as a finless fish swims that's not exactly the easiest task. Can the SAM sites have a longer death period too? If I destroy one can it stay dead for a full 7 days/168 hours? The "Gunsmith" is pretty flipping cool too, and I think it's about 85% complete. Going back to my issue with ballistics, you're very much catering your designs to the game's data instead of Real World tactics. Again, I understand the sacrifice for gameplay and that this isn't really a Tac-Sim but more of a Third Person Strategy game (I guess?), but my cunningly handsome character is so close to being the "real deal" that I want his accessories to match, just like my lady needs her Louis Vuitton's to complete her ensemble. Maybe reach out for some licensing and get us some cool gear? Oh, and throw us veterans a bone could you? With proof of military service, we should be able to access a branch specific patch pack for free (or just a handful specific to our personal service, how cool would that be?). The Cavalry sabers RuinII is currently sporting are as close as I've got to my real sabers, so they'll do for now, but they're just not right. But let me put the sabers on my hat and a 1st Cavalry Division patch on my pack and you'd have one very grateful veteran. For all my petty griping about the Gunsmith, we sure have come a VERY long way since the days of 400+ KIT files in OGR mods. You remember, when we had to memorize which character class had kit 136 that was the one specific combination of accessories on the one weapon we wanted... Customization has always been a part of the OGR experience. What was once user-driven is now developer led, but I since that's a discussion for a different thread. Let's talk about the missions themselves, beyond their monotonous objectives (destroy those, kill that guy, sneak into that place, follow them, cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war) and their hilarious unpredictability (being on the wrong end of a mortar livens things up), they really are all very unique. Courtesy of the immense and varied terrain every mission is its own head-scratcher. Much like I learned in the Army, it is the same with these missions: You can be smart, or you can be strong - pick one. Given enough time debating with a couple of Scotsmen over the headset I can see how every mission could be accomplished without firing a single shot (unless mandatory). When you're home along with a broken foot and nature is calling, sometimes the best thing to do is fire for effect. The Devs have done an excellent job allowing you to approach the mission as you see fit. Combined with the cooperative gameplay that made OGR so successful and I could see myself wanting to rewatch that episode again. However, when it comes to single player, you're back to the two options real fast. Helping you increase your real number of options is that cool little skill tree. I see it as an expanded version of the Specialists skill points from OGR. While the skill tree leaves you constantly deprived of the supplies that thirst beast demands, the benefits of the upgraded skills are immediately noticeable. Much like when my male dogs hurries down the steps so he can shove is big nose in the garbage can your desire for supplies will have you hunting out intel caches and harassing SB lieutenants all across Bolivia. Frankly, the intel system is tedious and annoying to me at times, but I understand it. I suppose I'm just cheap and impatient, but I've paid for this game and I want to play all of it as soon as I buy it, not be handicapped at the beginning because I've not proven myself worthy to the game to enjoy all of the benefits. I do confess, it does make sense. The side missions do add extra game time and offer an opportunity to grind and improve your Ghost before heading into the new AO's story line. I'm bad to roam the outskirts looking for easy targets. I like the XP bump and I like bullying the weaker NPCs. Sometimes this means that in my blood-lust I miss things like accessories or weapons cases that a sell-out sicario will reveal afterwards and I'll have to go back and do it all over again - remember that "one episode twice in a year" thing? I'm at the point where I'd love an "Intel Drone" that revealed all the intel in a given AO to me so I can plan my approach to that whole AO accordingly, but maybe I'm just overthinking it? TL;DR: Conclusion All in all I'm happy to see Wildlands wear the Ghost Recon name. While this is no OGR I don't see that anything will be ever again. And why should we expect it to be? Really we should think about what made OGR, OGR. First and foremost: Community. Time will be the judge as to whether or not the GRW community will ever be akin to the OGR community. I fear that the lack of mod support for this game and the profit producing DLCs were the final nails in the PC Game Community Coffin, also a discussion for a different topic. COOP: Cooperative play was the cornerstone of OGR (did you ever wander into an ADV server? Chaos!), and GRW's utter lack of PvP play shows that Ubisoft still values that in the GR franchise. GRW offers you a wide variety of tools, including a day/night cycle, to let you plan the perfect mission with your friends. In some situations you could have three spotters and one operative where the spotters use drones or other equipment to guide the operative past enemies undetected. Or you can grab a gunship or two and fly on over and just go nuts. Variety: Not only do you have a variety of options in how you want to accomplish your mission, but you have tons of missions to chose from and you can use different means of transportation to get there. You can complete a mission in the frozen peaks in the southwest and head over to your next one in the rain forest of the southeast. While I know it has ZERO impact on gameplay I do love to dress RuinII up depending on climate and terrain because... Customization: Unlock new weapons and accessories, tune your weapon to suit your style and abilities, and then paint it make it look cool! There has to be millions of possible combinations out there when customizing your character and his or her kit. This is why we modded OGR at the very beginning - I made my Ghosts wear black wool for goodness sake! If you get bored with your look or want more accuracy in your rifle, you can change it. Want to dawn El Pulpo's hat? No problem! Once you've unlocked it just hit "I" and then hit "G" and make it so. Dear god hit "I" first. HIT "I" FIRST! DON'T GO STRAIGHT FOR "G" OR YOU'LL KILL PEOPLE. Longevity: Once again, we modded the crap out of OGR. Not only did it make things look super cool, but it kept the game popular and active for several years. Hours and hours of gameplay. I'm 65 hours in and completed 70% of the missions, found 66% of the collectibles, and have killed over 3700 bad guys! And that's just the campaign, I've not even touched Narco Road yet. More DLCs will certainly be on the way if The Division is any indicator. For those of you who shared the OGR battlefield with me some years ago, I hope you enjoy this game as much as I do. While this game looks and plays almost nothing like OGR, it has its soul. It's an appropriate refresh and reboot to our beloved franchise and while it isn't without fault, it is a very fine start, especially for such a massive undertaking. OK, now you go drink a beer, you've earned one. Also, PLEASE add me on Uplay (RuinII if you haven't figure it out yet) and let's get some co-op time in! I have 31 minutes. And with at least four and a half weeks left in this cast, I could use the entertainment. Cheers y'all, Ruin
  3. OK, making that image up top was fun. What you can't see is the Mk249 modeled off of the one I carried... sorry, these are the only surviving pics thanks to the dog and a laptop hitting the floor.
  4. Aww hell, thanks y'all! What's the matter Rocky, I'm not front page worthy anymore? Really,you weren't that bad at all. I can't for the life of me remember who else was on with us, but I feel like you had a friend or someone from the R6 days who had an accent that was incredibly thick. Remember I was an American boy from the south who had just wrapped up three years in the Middle East... Scottish accents I was not accustomed to. I'm not sure I've always been good with words, I just like to talk a lot haha. NC, we can't all be winners. No tequila for me, I've played that game a time or four and always seem to lose. Zee, thanks for the well-wishes! Lightspeed, it was Roger Wilco to start with for me too. I never really got on board with Ventrilo or Trillian. TeamSpeak was always where it was at. Alright, I'm going to go and clean up my typos, maybe do some formatting work... look for the inclusion of a fun picture too. Cheers!
  5. OK, it's long, but it's done.
  6. Ruin

    You Play GR Too Much When

    Fourth thread, and 326 reasons strong! Good work everyone! The original list came from XRW and XRW Hotdog introduced them to our fourms. The original thread can be found here, the second thread here and the third thread here. I went ahead and reupdated the list so here they are! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You know you have been playing too much Ghost Recon when... 1) You start straifing down the grocery store aisle 2) You dodge from cover to cover in a parking lot 3) You try to hit the V key when you enter a dark room 4) You try to flank the waiter on his way back to the kitchen 5) You try to use your peripheral vision to see farther 6) You say "fricking campers" under your breath when solicitors catch you sneaking in past them at Wal-Mart's 7) You say the same thing after unsuccessfully sneaking out. 8) You peek around corners first. 9) You can take a pee, wash your hands, make a sandwich and grab a soda all in less than a minute and a half 10) Your computer is tuned to reboot in that time as well. 11) Instead of laughing at a friends joke, you LOL. 12) After you are done having sex you say "good game" 13) When your boss at work catches you taking an extra smoke break, you think he was glitching in the and that's how he found you. 14) Every time you watch Black Hawk Down, you feel the need to jump on your computer to play GR. 15) When someone takes your last beer you yell Murphy. 16) You see a puff of smoke outside and make a mad dash for it. 17) You know more clan names then friends and family members names 18) When you pick up the phone and say: can you guys hear me? 19) You actually duck for cover when you are getting shot at on GR 20) You fall backwards out of chair when you get hit and you yell "I'M HIT!!!" 21) When you are at work in your office working on a spreadsheet and you think that someone is close by you hit the Map key to look for red dots... 22) You refer to getting dressed as kitting up. 23) Your girlfriend is always telling you that you play too much is a dead giveaway. 24) Every time you kill a moth you yell "enemy down" 25) During intimate moments you say things like, "at all costs" or "taking a look around" 26) Every time you see your boss from a distance you think "Tango in sight" 27) You make posts about playing ghost recon too much 28) You actually get exhausted from running a long distance in the game. 29) In bed your wife says "Man down" 30) You reply "He's hidin? in the bush" 31) You refer to chicks you meet in a bar as "new player" 32) Your girlfriend catches you talking to said "chicks" and you swear she?s using the "vertigo" cheat. 33) You follow your wife to bed and say "I?ve got your six" 34) Family time is when your wife joins you in TS 35) Every time some one knocks on your door you hear "New Player" 36) Every time you hear a car back fire you yell "Taking fire" 37) You refer to your kids as "Tangos" 38) When your mother-in-law slips and falls you say "Enemy Down" 39) When your wife hears you, you say "Medic" 40) You keep finding new excuses to spend as much money on your pc to play Ghost Recon 41) You refer to bed bugs as team killers. 42) When you're tired you say you've got lag. 43) You start to think that this game provides good training for real world situations. 44) There are more cigarette butts then cd's near your computer. 45) When you think someone is close u look for an elbow sticking out of the wall. 46) You are telling stories with the boys at the bar (all bragging) and only thing you can brag about is I got 32 kills on gr last night. 47) "Hey baby, how 'bout you 'n me kick it in a sub 50 ping server?" 48) (After she slaps you) "How 'bout a lil' teamspeak action then?" 49) You try to pee "semi-auto" in the morning for better accuracy. 50) You announce, "blind fire" after missing anyway... 51) Your wife screams "friendly fire!" after she discovers this the hard way. 52) You prefer 12oz cans "cuz they got a faster reticule". 53) You complain about Russian beers not having enough zoom. 54) You refer to your wireless keyboard/mouse as "sniper kit 4" 55) You call the ######-kisser at the office "a potential TK'er..." 56) When u cant get to the coffee machine, and wish you had a grenade for room clearance 57) When walking around outside, you keep looking for sniper holes 58) When you spend most of your morning posting GR tactics on a forum 59) You keep hitting left shift to find where the boss is! 60) Towards the end of the day you keep hitting 'B' to see how long is left before you dash for the car park! 61) Your wardrobe has your clothes arranged in 'kits'. 62) You try to hit "R" instead of reaching for your glasses. 63) The food dripped on your desk from three nights ago matches the food on you shirt you're wearing right now. (go ahead look down, you know who you are) 64) I , um, You run a beer tap to your desk. 65) When you see a hot chick in the street you say 'target acquired' 66) When she turns you down you say 'target lost' 67) When her boyfriend rounds the corner you say 'enemy at 10 o'clock' 68) When he thumps you, you say 'Under fire' 69) When your seeing stars you also see 'team member out of action' 70) You're walking down a corridor, and lean around a corner, to see if any 'tangos' are there. 71) Your outlook on 'shopping' is 'Go in, get it, get out.' 72) You are a crack shot with every gun available to mankind, but can't pick up a date to save your life. 73) When you are sitting in Physics class, you start to calculate ballistics info. 74) You can spot a chamelon anywhere, but can't seem to turn off the computer, and take out GR. 75) When your 'friends' ask you how your day was, you recount your latest GR mission. 76) You won't sleep until you finish Xmission without any casualties. 77) Your house is decked out in Camo. 78) You own 10 different army camos, but not one suit. 79) You instinctively go prone when you see a 'tango' 80) The other day while driving with my son, I saw a police officer along the side of the road and whispered, "contact" 81) You want to write a book about your experiences with the Ghosts and you want to add pictures of you and fellow commands in it 82) Whenever playing football, you look at your teammates and say to yourself "Right, no shooting blue" 83) You have dreams about how you're going to rescue the POWs from that camp. 84) While on a dull date, you sketch battle plans on a cocktail napkin. You then use a piece of the same number, and give her your IP address as you telephone number. 85) You've downloaded all the GR and Rainbow Six MP3 music and listen to it. 86) You've read every single Tom Clancy book. 87) You refer to Tom Clancy as *GOD* 88) You refer to GR as *GOD* 89) You want a job at UBI. 90) All you play are Clancy games. 91) You don't believe that the real world is REAL. 92) Yea, so when people ask me how my off days were I really do think of my last mission 93) You copied the .wav files of the GR theme music and burned it to a CD that you play in you car, house, *coughworkcough*, etc... 94) When you meticulously examine every computer tweak and setting thinking, "How is this going to improve my GR gaming." or when every piece of hardware you upgrade to is somehow related to GR. 95) Your power button is right by your bed. You wake up press the button, go to the loo, come back, log on and at 11pm go to sleep after a days worth of playing. 96) You apply ghost recon tactics when paintballing... 97) You start seeing a reticule develop in your vision... 98) You just start seeing in pixels 99) You insist on putting your beverage in an olive drab colored canteen! 100) When you start reciting the Ghost's Creed at random parts in the day or at meal time (a.k.a. chow time)...or in my case, say the Ranger Creed three times a day! (I really do!) 101) You actually believe that someday you will get to meet Will Jacobs or Austra G... 102) You?re playing gta3 and all you want to do is frag every hallway, and snipe from the bushes... 103) Your wife or significant other ###### you off and you yell ######!!! 104) She shoots down for sex again and you say under your breath "TK'r" 105) "You map out each part of an M16 in CAD" 106) "Thinks this qualifies you a job at UBI Soft" 107) "Stand still in the store and swear you saw an enemy behind the coats" 108) "Refer to your clothes as BDUs" 109) "Align your computer perfectly with the sun so you get no glare" 110) "Avoids sitting in bath tub saying 'Too Deep'" 111) "Walks through a door squatting" 112) "Yell 'Cheaters' when cars cut you off" 113) When you are asked where you are taking your vacation, you reply with your favorite Ghost Recon map 114) Your girlfriend dumps you because she thought that you called her Susan and her name is not Susan 115) When you drive by farmland and you think of all the good sniper positions you can have... 116) In general, suffer signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder without having been anywhere near Vietnam, Grendada, Panama, Somalia, Iraq or any real war. 117) Waking up at night in a cold sweat knowing that an Ethiopian Soldier is coming down the hall. 118) Looking at people on the street and thinking, "Ha, a Demo Expert." Hmpf, a support specialist." 119) Ducking for cover or reaching for a c key when you hear a car backfire because you know a nade is coming. 120) Visiting gun stores in town demanding that they special order an OICW, tell them their full of it when they say they don't make them yet, "Look buddy, I've been using one for over a year now, so don't give me your..." 121) Not voting or going anywhere near polling centers because there are always bad guys in there. 122) Looking for sensors on ebay. They don't have them EITHER? 123) Looking at familiar things and getting flashbacks: Gilligans Island isn't the same anymore because you know there is a tunnel inside and somebody's camped in there. The Grand Canyon isn't the same because you know there's a sniper on the other side. And heaven forbid if you have to go down to the docks for anything. Especially at night. 124) If you're deployed and your wife copies and emails you GR news. 125) You randomly put your Co2 tank on your paintball gun and fire it because it sounds better than making the gun noise yourself 126) Family member/friend asks you a question and you reply 'Copy' or 'Roger' and you're nowhere near your mike. 127) When using a computer my fingers automatically go for the a w s d keys... 128) Someone asks you how far away something is and you give the distance in klicks. 129) You can name 50 assault rifles, snipers rifles, pistols, shotguns etc and state their ammo capacity and round size. 130) Whistling the GR theme tune whilst driving. 131) When you enter a room, you have a vision of yourself running down the far wall holding a sa80 and shouting 'clear!' at the end. 132) You have an urge to buy a leg pistol holder just for the feel of it being there. 133) When walking round town or a shopping centre etc you suspect EVERYONE is a bad guy. 134) Have dreams or sleepless nights sometimes after a great mission or firefight, replaying it over and over in my head whilst formulating new strategies and plans of attack 135) I have actually burned a CD of Ghost Recon and other R6 and RS music. 136) Your hand stays in a permanent cramp from clinching the mouse too tight in tense situations. 137) When you see people walking down the street and part of what you see is the crosshairs on them. 138) Everywhere you go you start thinking of ways you would attack or defend the area. 139) You have GhostRecon.net set as your homepage. 140) How about if you removed everything but your OS and GR from your computer just so you could have room for more mods. 141) You have Four windows open and all are in various places of GR.net. 142) Between exams you go home to check if "standard upgrade" has been released yet. When you discover it has, you spend your time playing it instead of studying for you next exam! 143) Have dreams where I?m holding my house from the enemy in my front yard 144) Have considered "decorating" my new home office in olive drab canvas or camo netting 145) "You call the new guy at work def_player" 146) "While sitting in the waiting room at the doctors office, some one asks you to pass a magazine and you reach for your belt." 147) "When you get deployed to Afghanistan (Real Life) and you check to see what the Taliban are ranked. 148) When someone tries to talk to you while you are playing, everyone hears you on TS cause you think you need to press the Talk Button 149) You replace your windows start up sound with the GR theme song. 150) Your wife tells you dinner is ready and you tell her you have to wait for reinforcements to arrive. 151) When you see your ex-wife, you shout, ?got a tank? or ?got armor?. 152) When you see a couple protesters you think, ?got non-combatants?. 153) When your wife or lover screams at you for going anal you shout, ?to deep?. 154) When you get up in the morning and take a leek and accidentally hit your leg you shout, ?cease fire?. 155) When you finish making love you scream, ?huah?. 156) When a woman slaps you, you cry out, ?hold your fire? or ?watch your fire? or ?Murphy, Murphy? 157) When your buddy tosses away an empty beer can you shout out, ?look out, grenade?. 158) When you sleep with a friend?s girl, you think, ?all your base belongs to us?. 159) When you first get on top of your woman, you shout ?in position?. 160) When you are about to shoot while making love your wife stops and says, ?holding position?. 161) When you see a hot babe and she gets out of your view you shout, ?out of site?. 162) When you first go to a bar and notice all the woman are nasty looking you shout out, ?this could get ugly?. 163) When you go to bed you scream, ?taking cover?. 164) When your woman is on top you say, ?were pinned down? 165) You know you played to much GR is when asked to show a family photo album you pull a binder out with nothing but GR screen shots and say "roger that". 166) When you do all your talking to your family through radio even when they are standing in front of you! 167) You think of new clothes, food, etc as mods. 168) When you collect 12 inch action figures and you make a Russian army and American, and British army. 169) When you play wargames. You know those things with the dice, ruler and book? And you try to send guys in as SF teams. 170) You know you are playing too much Ghost Recon when you get that "thousand yard stare" 171) I have a lot of trouble remembering my team chats (short term memory is shot) so I usually jot them down. I always lose that paper or spill liquids on it or ash on it or something. So I found a laminator at the office. Dude, I now got this little card with all my team chats -- color coded mind you -- nice and laminated. 172) 'Roger that'......... has now become a perfectly acceptable socially used phrase.... 173) When you spend over 30 hours making your own personal ghillie suit. 174) When you use said ghillie suit to stalk other people you work with. 175) Every time you go to the beach people always ask, why don't you go farther out in the water? You simply reply, "to deep" 176) You are guilty of at least half of these... 177) When you're not sure where you are, so your left pinky instinctively reaches out to hit L-Ctrl.... on your steering wheel. 178) You go to press your TS push to talk button, when your responding to someone in the same room as you. 179) Your word processing software recognized words like NAD, SPAWN, etc 180) When agreeing on where to go for dinner, you say the following to your friends: Operation "Dinner Out" is a go...Over... 181) When you say "Roger That" to your boss... 182) Your idea of "kicking it with friends" is blasting each other with AKs and M16s across a riverbank... 183) When you consider upgrading your DSL line to Cable so you can host more peeps... 184) When you buy a ?700 pc - purely for GR use 185) When you leave your PC on standby instead of shutting down, for quicker restart. 186) When I first sat down to play GR my hair was brown. Now the stress from all the battles has turned my hair gray. 187) Cable is the ventilator that keeps my life pulse *bleeping*.... 188) When you have to make a choice between keeping your telephone on, or your DSL just so you can play GR. 189) I remember playing paintball and moving around like in Ghost Recon... 190) I could only be "Standing" "crouched" or "prone"...and when I came up to a 2 foot high ledge...I wondered whether I could go over it 191) When you're finished making love with your partner , you yell "Objective Accomplished" 192) When your Windows log off sound is "Goodbye" 193) When McNamee kills you in a 1 on 1 sniper match you jump so much screaming in pain that the other people in the room turn round and look at you funny. 194) In an earth tremor you say " Enemy Amour in sight" 195) When walking down the street and you hear a sound like hissing air you go to hit the x key and scream "LOOK OUT!" 196) Your idea of Euthanasia is when a MP team mate says, "I?ve got a leg wound" you pull out your side arm and put him out of his misery. 197) When you look at the Reason on your newly received divorce papers only 2 words are listed: Ghost Recon. 198) "Every time a helicopter passes overhead you: Point at it with your 'air' M136 or M249 and start firing (sound effects included) Stand at attention and salute, cause you know the Ghosts are heading out for another mission Sigh deeply cause you wish you were going with them Run for your life, cause you know some modder probably equipped the thing with missiles and a vulcan cannon" 199) Your boss said to bring him the book (or whatever!) and when you have it done ,you wonder why the mission won't end 200) When you want your kids to buy some bread (or whatever) you come up with a briefing, 4 objectives and a map of your hometown. 201) When you can remember a whole list of GR server IP's by heart, but you can't remember where you parked your car 5 minutes ago. 202) When you sit down at your computer, your left hand goes for W, A, S, and D. 203) When your mom calls your house to say hi, and she has to ask you what "Alpha Two, go..." means. 204) You never sleep at night, instead you are patrolling with your HK through the garden 205) You stretch and exercise before playing hoping to have an advantage. 206) You are using a Camelbak to keep you from dehydrating. 207) You tried to get your mother to play 208) Your at work and a new employee asks you how to do something you reply noob 209) When ever you see a screen shot of a dead ghost you cry. 210) You put a rain coat on to play on rainy maps 211) You take a paintball mask apart just to use the goggles 212) You avoid open fields 213) You know more about modding then your wife or girlfriend 214) When you make a ghillie suit out of old cloths, cloth, and spray paint. 215) You put camo makeup on before you play. 216) You spent more on Ghost Recon then for your girlfriend. 217) You wash your Ghost Recon CD more then yourself. 218) Your LEET machine cost more then your car. 219) When taking a shower in the wee early morning and you caught yourself saying: ?Cold...too cold" 220) When in the Maccas drive through you say... Resupply, this is Alpha1, requesting 2 Big Macs, 1 no pickles, i say again 1 no pickles, 2 Large chips, 2 large fantas and an apple pie over.? -When told to drive forward you reply Roger that Resupply, proceeding to pickup at all costs. Out? 221) When you start arranging your wardrobe into 'kits?. 222) You get bad grades on report card and yell "IM HIT!" 223) You stand to the side of doors when u open them 224) You stay away from 2 story hotels because you know there will be tangos around 225) You look at ramps to find glitches on roads and stairs 226) If u see a person dumbfounded and unarmed you bump into him so he will follow you. 227) You get lost walking to your desk or to a room in a building you been in for 2 years but You know your way around each GR map by heart. 228) You have read through the list more than once to see how many more you can own up to today. 229) You take over 100 screen shots on replays that last only 10 minutes 230) When almost kill you get scared to death and start to sweat and breath hard. 231) When surfing the net you look at the left top corner of the screen to see if someone was trying to contact you. 232) You dream about being the person you are playing 233) You have tried to set your feet on fire to be general. 234) You now 2/3 of the clickable smilies by heart on gr.net 235) You sit for hours waiting to see if someone has written back to your post. 236) When You girlfriend closes the entrance to the honny cave, and doesn't speak to You for days... 237) When you make a profert about H&K and about Special Forces in school... 238) When moving down the produce aisle in the store, you go croutched and scan for snipers. 239) You look to avoid "choke points" in the mall. 240) Tom Clancey has a restraining order on you just because you've sent 1000 requests for him to do some recording for the briefings for your really cool "Mod in the works". 241) When you watch movies like "Sniper" and "Platoon" you mumble what kits each actor has. 242) Before farting you mumble "I'm now checking my backblast area" 243) When you cal your manhood your tunnel rat. 244) Wwhen your Girlfriend gets *cough* ready for bed and you say "eyes on". 245) When given time to work on projects for school or work you spend your time reading the GR forums. (history can wait right now). 246) You can find out what your enemies gun is by him firing it 1 or 2 times. 247) You cry any time you see a teddy bear on the ground. 248) Any time you go camping you have an urge for fish. 249) You fear going into banks. 250) You take a sight seeing trip to Moscow to find good hiding spots for the game. 251) You eat your food in rations. 252) You make scaled versions of desert siege maps in your kids sand box. 253) You can name all the Ghost Recon, Desert Seige, and Island Thunder maps in order and name all 4 objectives for each map. 254) You play "hide and seek" with advanced ghost-style tactics. 255) You have the strong urge to blow apart your sister's teddy bear with your pellet gun. 256) When you first begin to watch a recruiting commercial, you think: "Are they advertising MODs now on TV?" 257) You go to your local recruiter to ask them to "put pressure" on RS for an earlier release date for GR2. 258) You atart refering to military movies as actual mod titles (example...you see "GI Jane" and you think "Island Thunder") 259) When you are heading out for the night, for fun on the town, you say to your buds "Ok, so what's the mission briefing and objectives?" 260) You go out and buy a ghillie suit and an airsoft Barret..so you can shoot flies in the house instead of using a swatter...and then your roommate tells you he's/she's about to drop a MOAB on your AO. (thus prooving they ARE looking over your shoulder as you play! Unless they are in the military already in real life) 261) In winter, while your fingers are purple and numb and someone askes "Got frostbite?" you reply that you do...version 2.9 no less! With extra maps, kits and skins! And you're waiting for version 5.8 which is suspose to be double the fun! 262) You've actually pondered getting the GR logo tattooed on the back of your eyelids so that even when your eyes are closed, you wont forget about the game. 263) You start modding 264) You get a "404-server not found" error on all pages other than GR.NET 265) When you actually understand this phrase: The Mod's MoD MOD is mod. 266) You go on the enimies TS server for undercover recon. 267) You have a 5 min speech on why spawn camping is ok. 268) You can pick people off from your spawn when they are in theirs with a mm1 or any grenade launcher. 269) You take screen shots of every time you or another person is injured in the head and make a big picture listed of the cut out soilder card. 270) When working on mods you join a TS server for the comedy in it. 271) When playing you hear an argument on TS between two team members with the topic of why his team mate should of went to the bathroom before the mssion started. 272) You memorized all your friend's quick keys when they kill someone. 273) Your ghost recon CD hasn't left the cd drive in 5 weeks. 274) You camo up (green up) when you go to the park. 275) When in a crowded place you tap the person in front of you and say you've got point. 276) When in a dangerous night enviroment in an urban area you tell your mate to watch the 6. 277) You speculate on the addition of vehicles, sniper systems, rag doll physics, game engines, and console ports 6 months before the newest version is going to be released. 278) You're in the outhouse writing scripts on the toilet paper about a Splinter Cell / GhostRecon Prequel. 279) When it's 3 years later and your still modding / playing it. 280) You want to use the ghostrecon logo on a triathlon relay team named "The Ghosts". 281) When two female cousins (16 and 17 years old) who live in diffrent states threaten to come to your house take your GR cds and brake them in half than beat some ####### common sense into you. 282) When you stare at a well-endowed female a little too long you tell your girlfriend/wife: "sorry, all those polys were really slowing my framerates". 283) When you think the handle of your badminton racket is a silencer. 284) When going outside for hide and go seek you try to evade the dog and try Lethal or Non Lethal force on the dog so you wont be spotted . 285) You want to purchase the games that other GR.net members have 286) Everytime you go somewhere you plan how to react if attacked by, terrorists, kidnappers or robbers. (I have and do this alot) 287) When left home alone you tell your parents to call you if anything bad happens i.e. robbed, kidnapped, ect. (I've done this too) 288) You want to talk to every policeman, active duty military, and vet you see. 289) You post in this thread. 290) You want to sleep with the .45 under your pillow. 291) Every time you hear a sharp crack you instantly assume that it was a gunshot. 292) You go hunting with a M82 Barret 293) You try to see how close you can get to people facing the other way before they hear you. 294) You clear your house regularly. 295) When you try to make your own frag grenades. 296) You keep pressing a non-existant peek key at corners when playing Doom 3. 297) You start visiting your local army store more often than you do the game stores 298) When your bus arives at the bus stop you say "extraction complete". 299) On sunday mornings you always play M08 Battlefield because there's a church in the village so you don't have to go out of the house for praying. 300) You never go into a forest without your self-made ghillie-suit. 301) When you go to a bank everyone thinks you're a robber because a GR player cannot enter a bank without a MP5 and frags. 302) You often meet old WW2 veterans and tell them about your adventures in GR. 303) Every morning after getting up you check the command map and your 4 objectives for today's "mission". 304) When you ask your parents to buy you a XM29 with 20mm GL for christmas. 305) When you wear a camel back to keep u hydrated while playing for long hours. 306) When you count down the days till April 16, 2008 (1st mission). 307) you pick up your girlfriend and radio in "We've got the target". 308) When you are moving from one room or another you always keep in mind the three S (Speed, Stealth and Surprise) and saying on your mind "Hit hard and fast" repeatedly while straffing on the sides of the room while aiming an invisible gun at the room. Once you went to your desired location you look around and you say "clear!" while you see the phrase "at destination" or "we're here". 309) When you love to assume the "kneeling position" when you are idle. 310) When you feel cold you say, "(gasp, gasp) collld, (gasp) to cold for me". 311) You have lots of special forces films and memorize the tactics they did and some lines. 312) The only sexy girl you know are the female players of GR. 313) You fantasize on the metioned above. 314) You desperately look for pictures of GR female characters clad in sexy outfits and bikini. 315) You train younger members of your organization how to clear a room instead what should be taught and watch them when they execute the tactics. 316) When you love to assume the "kneeling position" while you make love. 317) You claim that you know Georgia, Lithunia, Russia, Ethiopia, Cuba and at worst claim that you went there! 318) You name your children based from the named specialists. 319) You would defend GR from any critics at all costs. 320) You would die defending GR. 321) You are constantly on watch on development of upcoming mods. 322) You are reading this thread, still. 323) When you date a girl just because she reminds you of Lindy Cohan. 324) Then she breaks up with you because you accidently call her Lindy one day. 325) You've been a member of this website since, or before, the first month GR was released. 326) You've taken the time to compile this freaking list! I'm crazy... -Ruin
  7. Wow!! Official Site First Look First Drive Finally, Ford releases a TRUE 5.0L Mustang. 412HP, 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. Ford gives the Camaro SS a run for its money. The new 3.7L V6 cranks out over 305HP and still gets almost 30MPG highway. A new tuned suspension on the car, optional Brembo brakes and optional 3.73 gears make for one quick, light and agile new car. Finally a muscle-car that's truly ready to go right off the assembly line. I'll let you know how my test drive(s) go once my local dealers start bringing them in. And for those wondering... oh yes, I plan on buying one... within the year.
  8. Ruin

    2011 Ford Mustang *Update 5/27/14

    Just thought I'd share. Life never goes how you plan. I think back on this original post that was just over four years ago. How my life has changed, and what got in the way of my dream. But! I'm happy to report, dreams really do come true. Four years and ten days after this original post, I ordered my dream car. This beauty will be in my driveway as soon as she rolls off the assembly line and finds her way to WNC. I couldn't be more grateful for the path that lead me here. It has been trying and has been a steady battle. This is a physical representation of how hard work, determination, and tenacity DO pay off. Next step... own a brewery.
  9. Hammer, I wish! I looked far and wide for a Vizsla puppy in a shelter and had no luck. The ones I found in rescues were grown and on the wrong side of the country. Awesome video though!
  10. Holy hell, look at all those names! And the CPL's "to do" list is not far off, I have it on good authority! Prozac, if you see this anytime soon shoot me a PM and let me know how you've been, still with Uncle Sam? A goofy pic, because I can.
  11. I wish I had seen this some time ago to stop you. Save the money, get better gloves... buy Mechanix gloves. I went through Oakley, Under Armor and both sets of my Army issued gloves before I just went to the autoparts store and bought a pair. I got in country and loved them so much I ordered five more pairs... that I still have laying around in pristine condition... somewhere. I have my pair I wore through the whole tour in with my other gear, and a pair I use around the house and on the car in my glove-box (so literal right). Best part, they're about $12 and a perfect fit.
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    2011 Ford Mustang *Update 5/27/14

    Well, it took a bit longer than I had planned... but two and a half years later, I brought this little beauty home on January 5th. 2013 Mustang V6 Premium I've added the Airaid Cold Air Intake and Borla Axleback Touring exhaust. She sounds mean! I'm enjoying the little 6 with an auto as my daily driver, but I've already started saving for the 5.0 as I have always planned. I HAD to get out of my Mazda in January and decided to start with the six while saving for the 8. Most of the differences between the 11 and the 13 are cosmetic - namely the front fascia which the 13 steals from the GT500, which is awesome. The decklid and tail lights are different too. I'm waiting on my last exterior mods to come in before I use the real camera to get some great shots. Once the weather gets better the Stang and the Vette will go out for a join photo-op together haha.
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    Your Username.....

    You assume correctly. Way, way, way back when on the older boards, Sart's username was Sartillies.
  14. I'd like to keep a roster of members who are planning on playing on PS3 and their PSN IDs so we can get some friendly games going once FS is on the shelves. So check in here! GR.net Members on PS3 w/PSN IDs Ruin - Rum-n-Son Havok - Vapourspace Wolfsong - WolfsongSwe twcrash - NFMZ1 mfryers50 - mfryers50 FifaJay - CEO_FifaJay kingotnw - kingotnw Ornery_1 - Ornery_1 DerpyHooves - alanrawr halo_jones - halojones101 =SEALZ=MATRIX - SEALZMATRIX mcsizzle23 - mcsizzle23 bigbosslim - sicse7en BIGBOSS_312 - BIGBOSS_312 Hellman - H3LLMAN69 NavySeal74 - NavySeal74
  15. Alex, I suggest you keep everything as CHEAP as possible. Do the absolute bare minimum you need to do to work on marksmanship training. BB or Pellet, same difference here. If you don't NEED the license, don't get it. Save the cash. You'll thank me in the long run (trust me, I'm clearing out 95% of my gun collection plus accessories and ammo - I'm taking about a %30 hit on everything). Iron sights are perfectly acceptable for marksmanship training if you want to save the coin on a scope. A scope gives immediate feedback and control, but with iron sights you have to examine your target to know what you're doing wrong or right (up and down drift is breathing and left to right drift is trigger pull). Focus on grouping, not bullseyes. This is simple marksmanship training at its core and is why I keep one .22lr in my collection. Anything beyond that is up to you, but definitely not necessary. Grow into the sport, don't try to buy into it.
  16. For BB shooting? A rifle, a cheap scope to practice breathing and trigger pull, lots and lots of BBs, ballistic rated eye protection (only some Oakley's are rated for this), lots and lots of BBs, targets, action figures, soda cans, and a back-stop (like a hill or big pile of dirt). That's it. No need to over-spend or over-think. Protect your eyes, no need for ear protection with BB guns. Make sure the BBs don't go beyond the target. Practice all the rules of firearm safety. And unless you go competitive, no need to spend too much money. I still have a $40 BB gun I had as a kid that got no case, no safe, nothing... and it still shoots like brand new.
  17. Ruin

    Independence Day

    As I said that day: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.“ I think today these words are just as relevant as they were in 1776, and should serve as a point of reflection for our politicians. We are not the only country that began life with this rhetoric, these ideas, these beliefs. We were the first and we fathered an era of freedom of which the world had never seen and is now considered common practice. Happy Birthday.America, I've not forgotten where we came from.
  18. Ruin

    Post your pics!

    I've sold about 25 guns in the past four months, but here's one I've held on to...
  19. Ruin

    Dual Monitors

    Dudes... this rocks. This is your Public Service Announcement brought to you by Ruin for the month. Enjoy. Seriously though, I just got custody of my old 17" Westinghouse flat-panel back. Set it up along side my 22" WS Samsung 226BW... woah, this is fun. Have two different backgrounds, running iTunes and other junk on the right, and web-browsing/PS on the left. Very nice indeed. If you've ever thought about it... do it. Get a cheapo monitor for the extraneous stuff on one side, and use your good monitor for the rest on the other side. Awesome. Pics later... still going through these pics from yesterday! Over 320 in about 2.5 hours!
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    Cats

    I do, don't you?
  21. Here's one for you Ledanek... I brought in a bunch of games today (to include Crysis 2 and Tiger Woods 12 - jerks) and walked out with SOCOM 4, a PS Move Sharpshooter Controller and some extended triggers for my R2/L2 buttons... and a surplus on my card. Anyway... initial thoughts after the first couple hours of gameplay. FINALLY! A FPS I CAN ACTUALLY PLAY ON THE CONSOLE! Here's the deal. I've got thumbs that have the dexterity of a pool stick and the attention span of an ADHD 9 year old playing HALO. Simply put, joysticks on console controllers and I DO NOT get a long when it comes to precision aiming. This leads to multiple deaths and lots of frustration when trying to compete online with the forty year old virgins living in their mom's basement demanding hot pockets at regular intervals. I'm a casual gamer and this level over precision helps a lot! Once PSN removed A from B and starts working again I'll test it out in MP and see how I fair. I miss my days of dominating a leaderboard - RS:RVS, oh yes how I miss you. I'll go more in depth later, but if you were wondering about using the Move with SOCOM 4, save $40 or $50, and use your existing Move control and navigation controller. Sit comfortably, calibrate and kick ass!
  22. Ruin

    Happy Birthday

    Thanks everyone! It's been great, even in the midst of moving, haha.
  23. Ruin

    Happy Birthday

    "I'm too drunk to taste this chicken!" - Col. Sanders Thanks CPL. It's already shaping up to be a great one!
  24. Hi Guys, I'm trying to download Skype to get my family all set up for when my family leaves to Jakarta in a few days. But... for whatever reason, I'm having one hell of a time downloading Skype from their website. It will download at 18Kb/s (Which is painfully slow for this connection... usually hitting 150Kb/s - 500Kb/s range), run for a few minutes, and then just stop. Sometimes it will say that it's done, but the file wont open. Anyway, I was wondering if someone could download it for me, and either host it somewhere for me, or e-mail it to me (pm for address). I'd really appreciate it!
  25. Ruin

    Future Soldier for $10

    Preorder price? The rest is due on arrival...? If not... I'm buying 5. Or 10....
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