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Celebrating 15 Years of Acquisitions Incorporated with TREASURES!

Last year Penny Arcade launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a season of their D&D actual play - Acquisitions Incorporated! My co-conspirator EBongo is a huge Penny Arcade and AcqInc fan, so he backed the campaign at the very highest tier, which granted him an exclusive backer reward - a D&D session with Jerry Holkins! He invited me to join him in Seattle at PA HQ! I decided that - in order to properly celebrate 15 years of Acquisitions Incorporated - I would create some "treasures" to bring along and share with our gracious hosts. I used all my engineering, 3d design, and electronics skills to create some unique stuff, and I want to share what I did and what I learned with you as well!

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Starfield Review: A different Bethesda mess

I went into Starfield with what I thought were reasonable expectations. This is a Bethesda game, after all, and I've "been there, done that" enough times that I thought I knew what I was in for. Usually these games are fundamentally fun, with better-than-average writing and a wide world to explore. However, it quickly becomes apparent that they're bogged down with a substandard engine, iffy moment-to-moment gunplay, a fetish for inventory management, and rife with bugs. I applied my "Bethesda filter" to Starfield's hype, and went in with some measure of confidence. What I found initially exceeded my expectations, but as the hours tick by, that rosy initial outlook has steadily ticked downward.

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Bambu Labs X1C Review

What's the "best" 3d printer out there on the market today? The answer is quite subjective, but many publications and people are touting the Bambu Labs X1C as being the winner. Why is that? How is it different from other 3d printers? Will it be the best printer for you? Having bought one last month and used it a ton in the intervening time period, I feel like I'm qualified to weigh in an help you figure it out. Will the Bambu Labs X1C be the best 3d printer for you?

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Resin Printing Quickstart

I just picked up an Elegoo Mars 2 Pro on a Black Friday sale, and finally managed to complete my first print with it! I learned a lot along the way, so I thought I'd share with my 3d-printer interested friends.

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Cleaning Sticky Black Rubberized Plastic

Like a lot of tech junkies, I find myself collecting various tech devices. Usually, if I store my gear properly, the electronics will last a long time. One thing that tends to age really, really poorly though is the sort of "rubberized" coating on many objects. This stuff goes from being (relatively) nice to touch and making surfaces easy to grip to something gummy, sticky, and just totally unusable over time.

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Let's Encrypt for Private Networks

I want to have Chrome stop telling me that the other SSL-encrypted devices on my private network are insecure. Chrome is unhappy because these devices use self-signed certificates. What I'd like to do is get certificates that are signed by a recognized certificate authority. While I don't mind a good technical challenge, I'd rather not spend a bunch of cash on my certificates.

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Easily Modifying & Splitting STL Files

The most popular format on the internet for 3d printed objects is the humble STL file. These files are great for slicing, but they're not so great for editing. STL is basically the PDF of the 3d printer world. Nothing hurts more than getting a STL file that is pretty darn good, but just needs a few tweaks. And we've all been in a situation where a STL is just too big for the printer, or is difficult to print in just one piece. The workflow for editing STL files can be somewhat painful, but with the tips and tricks in this article, you'll be well on your way to becoming an STL editing pro!

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