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  1. Had an interesting dream last night about Sonic 2017, and what my subconcious apparently thought it should play like :P

    It basically played like Generations, except the level was split up (both by distance, and vertically) into sections defined as being for Modern or for Classic. The moment you go into a section as the wrong character, the other jumps in and you start playing as them instead. Also, obstactles in the levels were designed so that if you messed up they'd drop you down to a lower floor which was set up for the other character (reminiscent of Classic jumping in to save Modern in the trailer), and there was the occasional section where the other would run beside you and you could switch characters freely Heroes/Time Eater-style.

    Sceptical as to whether something like this would work in practice, but seemed cool in my head :)

    1. Cyrus


      I still don't know if I want switching between Sonics on the fly to actually be a thing

    2. bmn


      Me either if I'm honest. Personally I don't like the idea of having two Sonics again at all, but it's happening :P

  2. Today's TSS bidnis trivia:

    For nearly five years, TSS has had £100 of credit on a random shopping site, from an advertising campaign that went (a lot) better than expected. It's in New Zealand though, so we can't actually do anything with it :(


    Anything grossly wrong with this, guys? I haven't done the news-writing thing in a while!

    1. Mysterion


      Nothing wrong except the fact that PS4 version is now sold out. 

      PC and XBOX One are still available.

    2. Mysterion


      Well, back in stock now it seems...

    3. bmn


      I imagine that'll be people not completing their order - the store will have to reserve the item for a certain amount of time, so it doesn't sell out while someone's actually paying for it, but then if they don't, eventually it goes back into the stock pool.

  4. Does the Sonic Mania demo (haven't played it, this is what life is like as an event organiser!) have any speed shoes in it? I'm wondering if Mania has/will follow the StealthTax classics in doing the music speedup properly (as opposed to Generations/4's mess of a workaround).

    1. TombRaiderBendy


      Yes, in the GH demo I played at SoS it did.

      Can't remember how it sounded.


    2. Ryannumber1Scarer


      I could see StealthTax just making new speed up music for the game, seeing as it's also using new invincibility music. 

    3. TombRaiderBendy


      The invincibility music is a remix of Mania's title screen music, so I'm thinking the speed-shoes will be something similar and not just the level music sped-up.

  5. The official footage finally begins to surface! Hope it's worth the wait...
  6. The whole of Saturday and Sunday is Off Peak, so if you're only travelling at the weekend you're all set. I'm pulling figures out my ass here, but Peak on weekdays is somewhere in the region of 6-10am and 4-7pm. I could look the times up properly if anyone needs them.
  7. Gatwick and Earl's Court/West Brompton are actually the last stops, so no need to worry there, as long as you're on the right bus
  8. Gatwick's quite awkward for getting into London, because it's not connected to the London transport network (Oyster is only usable within this network, so you have to actually get into London first before you can use it!). Unfortunately, London really is that expensive! What you choose to do depends somewhat on what you're planning on doing in London, but here's the main options from Gatwick: Taxi: Money. Don't do it Gatwick Express: Expensive (£18 single, £31 return), gets to London Victoria in about 30 minutes, then you have to get from Victoria to West Brompton on the Underground. National Rail (Southern): Still expensive (£12 single), passes through Clapham Junction (continuing on towards Victoria) in about 45 minutes, then you've got an easy, less than 10 minutes, Overground trip to WB from there. Coach (National Express): Variable price (tends to be around £10 single), gets to London Victoria in around 90 minutes, then you have to get to WB. Coach (easyBus): Variable price (again, around £10 single), goes direct to West Brompton in about 65 minutes, so if you're not doing other things in London this may be the best choice as this coach is the only thing you pay for.
  9. You've got four basic options: Pay cash at the ticket machines for each journey: Don't do this, it's prohibitively expensive and slow. Buy a Day Travelcard at the ticket machines when going for your first journey of the day: It's about as slow (ticket machines, particularly at the mainline stations, are busy as fuc), and you need to tell it whether you're planning at Peak times (Saturday and Sunday is all Off-Peak) and which Zones you want to cover (see this map but generally if staying in Central London, pick Zones 1&2), but an Off-Peak card is cheaper than two cash journeys. Some train tickets into London include a Day Travelcard for the day of travel, but you'll generally know about this when you buy it. Buy an Oyster card from ticket machines or helpdesk when you arrive. This costs £5 upfront (paid back to you if you return the card), and you preload it with a certain amount of money. Then, tap it on the yellow points on the turnstiles when entering and leaving the station and it'll take the value of the journey (around half the price of a cash ticket) off your card's balance. The card maxes out on a daily basis at about the same price as an equivalent Day Travelcard, so in general you won't pay more per day. You also get a couple of specialist perks like being able to apply your Railcard to it (reduces your daily cap by a third) if you have one. Use a contactless bank card on the yellow tap-in points. If you have a contactless card, this is the easiest choice as it requires no setup. It's generally the same price as Oyster, but it's taking money directly out of your bank account. The price you pay on the Tube is based on which Zones you go through in a single journey (so, you don't pay for each train) - you enter at one station, leave at another, and that decides the fare. The spaghetti of train lines looks complicated, but it doesn't take long to get used to. Yeah, as Kevin said it's all of the above. The train part is only connected to a handful of other stations in London, so you don't really need to worry about that. If you're arriving from Heathrow, take the Underground as it's only one change (at Earl's Court, to the District Line for trains going to Wimbledon). Other arrival points, we can advise In general, there's some travel info at that may be of help. The general rule on the Underground is: Get to Earl's Court (or get onto the District Line - the dark green one - and get to Earl's Court; all District trains go through it) Make sure you're on a District Line train going south towards Wimbledon - West Brompton is the first stop from Earl's Court.
  10. Yes, if you arrive with fewer people than covered by your ticket, you can still take the number of goodie-type stuff that's covered by the ticket.
  11. We will have mobile ticketing in addition to printed tickets, for those who aren't able to print their off for whatever reason. The release of tickets is essentially waiting on Sega's legal team to give us the go-ahead, which is Monday at the earliest. They're ready to go, otherwise.
  12. Hub, on the Your Settings page When (if?) we sell out for real, I think we may be attempting to set up a way for buyers and sellers to find each other (probably on Facebook). No idea how well it'll work though!