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How we speak has much the same effect as the clothes you wear. It shapes how others see us and how we see ourselves. If you speak like a street ganger then it will have much the same effect around others as dressing as a street ganger. It may be perfect for when you are hanging with a street gang but would likely cost you a job in an interview. Just as speaking in proper business manner will impress at an interview but leave you looking like a sell out to your gang buddies.

I have learned that it is a simple matter to adjust my speech to match the occasion. Think of it like role playing (something we should all be familiar with); if you are at a high society party then you speak with proper enunciation with no trace of any vulgarities and maybe even spruce up your language with a few attractive and witty words... just like the gown and jewelry you are wearing. Become high society in a high society event and you will be well received, change language to match the image you are presenting at the time.

Also it is a bit revealing the language people choose to use when they are being casual. When you are in casual mode you are at your most comfortable this is the closest to the real you.


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MMCJawa wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Liking Alien Resurrection was never going to be the popular thing but then I like what I like, I certainly can't help it. I won't even try to defend it either... it was what it was.

I didn't like Alien 3... the whole movie rubbed me wrong.

I also didn't much care for Alien. It was just too typical a horror film I guess. And predictable is never a good thing for horror.

Aliens on the other hand was a masterpiece of film making. Edge of my seat kind of stuff. This will always have a place in my collection.

As a fan of the Horror genre, I find Alien to be the best film of the genre. It may seem predictable now, but really it invented a lot of the horror tropes we see commonly in genre films, especially the "haunted house in space" trope, as well as reinventing horror aesthetics and monster design.

I tend to think Aliens is not only over-rated but would have probably worked better as a unrelated movie. It was "lets make a vietnam war movie in space!". I don't think its a bad movie, but well...as I said over-rated.

I haven't seen Aliens 3 in a long time, but I think it was an attempt to get back to its horror. Unfortunately that meant (or the director thought so at any rate) jettisoning most of the story elements of the second movie. the tonal shift hurt the movie badly. (Again, would have worked better as an entirely different movie without Ripley).

I mean really...the Alien movies are the most obvious examples of the problems of different directors and writers, with completely different styles and story interests, doing different installments of the same series.

That could be it. I wasn't really able to watch movies till like 1991... So by then Alien was really old. I actually saw Aliens first then Alien and Alien 3 when Alien 3 was released, and Resurrection when it came out. So that probably colored my opinion a lot.


Liking Alien Resurrection was never going to be the popular thing but then I like what I like, I certainly can't help it. I won't even try to defend it either... it was what it was.

I didn't like Alien 3... the whole movie rubbed me wrong.

I also didn't much care for Alien. It was just too typical a horror film I guess. And predictable is never a good thing for horror.

Aliens on the other hand was a masterpiece of film making. Edge of my seat kind of stuff. This will always have a place in my collection.


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:

I liked Alien resurrection the characters were wonderful and while the film didn't seem very scary it did kind of remind me of how a player character group would act.

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MUST we eternally be at odds?

Is my liking a film putting you at odds? I know it will never be a popular movie even in replays, but that doesn't take away it's charm.


I liked Alien resurrection the characters were wonderful and while the film didn't seem very scary it did kind of remind me of how a player character group would act.


Sissyl wrote:

While it's true that you can change your active skills more than the set ones in D2, the differences were not that big between the different ones available. In D2, you could build very different characters through your skill choices. *shrugs*

The new loot system sounds good. I do think, however, that there is too much single-class loot around in D3.

I am not sure what you mean by the differences were not that big? Just look at Rynjin's disintegrate wizard vs mine which used fire spells and arcane torrent; very very different paths. BUT if either of us want to try something else, we just respec at our convenience. In D2 you needed to start a whole new character.


Sissyl wrote:

Having played D3 single-player a bit, I would say this: The graphics are far better than D2, of course. They bloody well should be. The story has its ups and downs, but that has always been true. The bosses are... well, losers. The gameplay is decent, but never reaches the level of D2. The characters are okay, but lack the complete customization of D2. The random rewards are not where they should be, I felt. All in all, it feels like a glitzed-up sequel that Doesn't Quite Get It, but is sort of competently done, if that makes sense.

You do not, though, HAVE to play with others, use the auction houses (if they have them at all nowadays), or delve into the MMO:ness, if you don't want to.

Oh my, the game has changed a lot since you last played. The auction houses are gone, but they are replaced with a FAR more generous loot system that now favors your class rather than the crazy system D2 and the old D3 system used that favored other classes. I LOVE the far better customization offered by D3 over D2; you can completely respec your skill choices at will allowing you to completely alter your build to match that cool new piece of gear you found.


The main story path is fun and challenging. I would say yes, it is very playable with just yourself. And it is pretty easy to join with others later if you decide to. Or even join our PFS guild.


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Actually I disagree on the spellbook thing. Your starting level is 1 so you only get the free spellbook if the first level class you took was wizard. If you switch to wizard after 3 levels of barbarian than you began play as a barbarian, Pretty straight forward.


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memorax wrote:


thejeff wrote:

Like playing Skull and Shackles with a character who's got no interest in pirating. What are you doing there?

That kind of player behavior has not happened to me very often. But even I would not work to hard to incorporate such a player. A few months back I dropped a player who was pretty much the defination of a "lump" playstyle from the GMG. He loved playing Palladium rpgs and when it came to those rpgs he would come up with the best backgrounds. Any other rpgs he was lazy as heck. Simply stating "make me a character". No input or help. After a certain point I had enough.

That being said I do wish posters would stop using such extreme examples. Really how often does a player join a pirate themed campaign with the intention of not playing a pirate.

Actually there is a sizable number of players out there that do just that. These entitlement players often think that even though the majority of the group wanted to play one theme they will go out of their way to try to make a character that forces the game in another direction completely. Fortunately most of these players are online players, making them easy to ban and replace... unfortunately that anonymity means they can get away with simply making a new account and playing that way. ~sigh~


I have to say I am with thejeff on this. If you can't be bothered to explore the why of your more unusual choices in your build it only advertises the fact that you don't want to play a "role" playing game, instead you want to play a wargame with a unit size of one. Which while it may be fun for some people, it isn't what I want to play.


It is a bit of a game of luck...


Thank you Blayde, Ashram is awesome in a dark way.

Thank you R_Chance, I wish I was more familiar with Captain Akuh. I may have to add it to my watch list just to better think of you.

I guess the rest of you don't really identify with character's in a show? Cool, maybe this is why there is such a difference in how people react to shows? Either they are relating to different characters or not to any of them?


As with most things my tastes change... BUT for the most part I prefer a more serious game over a big joke game. I mean I love humor as much as the next girl but I do want the theme to remain serious in a campaign. Now one shots are a whole different story, feel free to ham it up in a less than serious one shot as much as the rest of the players want to. Even there I would stop it if it was ruining peoples fun... like too much Monty Python in a game that is supposed to be Gothic Horror in theme as an example.


I don't know anything about Titania; Is this "Girl Power" thing unlike her? I just assumed when I read that she was some 'feminist' flavored villain. The part with Freyja seemed in character though, she was letting this new Thor know she had allies... and enemies.

I however was totally confused when Thor struck down Titania AFTER she had surrendered. That doesn't strike me as the sort of person worthy of the hammer... unless the hammer's standards are more villainous than virtuous.


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CN is often used by players as CE in disguise.
They frequently forget that 'N' means something.


If they are going to include a romantic interest for Peggy then I would certainly hope they would spend more than a matter of minutes on it; and that is all that they really have to do so in the one episode they have left.


Perhaps one of you could answer me why Frejya is Odin's wife?
This seems to be a huge change from myth.

Although the comic does give a better list of who could be wielding the hammer then I came up with... did anyone else notice Loki was on the list of women Thor was romantic with?


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Aranna wrote:
So will you share who you identify with?
Hmm, this will take some thought, if only because my anime consumption is prodigious.

I look forward to your answer.


In case it isn't obvious, the version I play is the computer game version which came out within the last year or so. The AI has been getting better with each patch and the computers no longer alchemise their entire inventory when given the chance. In fact they now actively work against you and each other making them far more exciting to play with.


I was watching No Railgun again and it strikes me how much I identify with Misaka Mikoto, and it got me wondering is there an anime character you identify with? And why?

In my case the why is on many levels. While it is pretty obvious we aren't the same (I am not super powered for one :p ) I do have that compassion, the same "I will be your opponent" thing (although in my case it tends to just be in forum or face to face arguments), that willingness to overcome obstacles, we both have a not so normal best friend (in case you were wondering from other posts I made how a born again Christian girl ended up in a LGBT meeting), we are both basically nice to everyone regardless of their social level, we both were late bloomers.

Still I suppose Mikoto is pretty level headed compared to me at her age...

So will you share who you identify with?


Sissyl wrote:
Con survival can be pretty harsh...

Nonsense I usually have a great time at Cons. A cute outfit and a friendly smile can get me all kinds of free or discounted stuff. And for the encounter with the hygiene challenged a handkerchief scented with perfume hides any discomfort till the offender checks out some other table. And caffeine gets me past the long hours gaming.


And yes Dottie is really creepy, I bit my lip in apprehension of what the bread offering meant. I do wonder why she needed to swipe her room keys, isn't she trained in lock picking?


You mean the bullet wounds on her shoulder?


I agree with ElterAgo. In far far more cases this explodes in everyone's faces. Can it work? Sure it can if everyone is mature AND they have a method to deal with the eventual alignment conflicts that ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.


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I like the window into Stark working with the Russians, that was the background for Iron Man 2 right? Stark and his Russian counterpart going their separate ways.


Ok wiki is a big help.

So the list is:
the Enchantress
Lorelei
Sif
Jane Foster
Brunnhilde

This doesn't sound like either Enchantress or Lorelei based on my limited knowledge. And Brunnhilde seems too unlikely.

So the new Thor is probably Sif or Jane Foster
Either one has potential.


Well... I was surprised, I thought for sure since issue 1 that Thor was Frejya... Now obviously I was wrong. But I know nothing of Male Thor's comic history... who was he romantically involved with? The list of potential hammer wielders can't be that long can it?


This is easy to fix. First talk to everyone except the trouble maker and see if they want to kick him out. If they do then boot him, simple. However if they don't then start a new group and only invite the ones you like from this one. I would suggest you find a new GM as well, this guy is a total doormat and that isn't going to end well.


Scythia wrote:
Talisman, the hours long RPG board game (did anybody play without houseruled leveling?)

There were house rules for leveling?

Actually I am addicted to Talisman now. Can't get enough of that computer game... learning all the ways to level and what items are best.


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I try to avoid grinding gears... but when I do it's probably because I am trying to drive my brother's manual transmission car.


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Ok I am going to watch the no Index / no Railgun series in chronological order. Wish me luck!


Ok my boyfriend doesn't apparently have Kino's Journey... he can get it. Is it better in sub or dub?


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14- Characters start out as members of the community they live in rather than murder hobos. This means they get a package of extra abilities, skills, traits, and feats to represent the occupation they held before becoming an adventurer. An appropriate list will be provided by me suitable to the setting and level your characters will be starting. This also includes free occupational gear.


I think a Choir of Bards
a Tribe of Barbarians
an Order of Monks (or Paladins)
a Squad of Fighters
a Denomination of Clerics
a Sect of Oracles

Although I do love a Murder of Hobos from above.


ElterAgo wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Hama wrote:
I think that making emotional judgements based on prior bad experiences and reading too much into what someone wrote aren't good things.

But very, very human things.

Extrapolating from past experience and guessing at what people mean when they might not be saying the exact truth is a big part of what we do.

Especially when it comes to avoiding bad experiences. I'm sure most of the GMs that led to those bad experiences weren't up front about how bad they were going to be.

Hama, I can agree with you in the abstract. That's part of why I didn't want to start throwing accusations.

Consider. If what someone says/writes agrees almost precisely with your 'prior bad experiences,' how likely are you to decide join their group? Or might you just decide to pass on them and find a different group who says things the match up with prior good experiences?

As I said, a few words along this line are not enough by themselves to cause me to get up and leave a table. But it is a red flag that does get me thinking along that line and watching carefully how things are going to proceed.

I can absolutely guarantee you that not one of those 'prior bad experiences' said they were going to try see how miserable they could make my gaming experience. However, that's pretty much what happened.

I personally have a moderately limited amount of time that I am able/willing to devote to this hobby especially face-to-face gaming sessions. They aren't always easy to work into my schedule.
Therefore I will put that time into a situation that seems most likely to be fun rather than not fun. How do I go about making that decision? The only way I know of to make an evaluation like that is based on what I have experienced in my life.

I have had one GM say she was going to see just how horrible she could make the game for me... Such upfront honesty was indeed a unique experience however.


ElterAgo wrote:
Mark Hoover wrote:

TheJeff: yes, you're right. This is why I've stipulated over and over that the GM

1. Not be a jerk about it
2. Work with the player

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My point is that sometimes GMs modify backstories. Sometimes these modifications are a beautiful thing. For this reason I am ok with a GM working with me on mine and I hope that my players will let me work with theirs.

I think the parts I bolded are the really important parts. I would have no problem with a GM that was even attempting to follow those.

Many of us have experiences with GM's that won't even consider those to be a valid points or even a think to even be thought about.

One or two of those up thread certainly sound like they wouldn't consider those valid points.

May I ask, which posters gave you that impression?


It doesn't sound like a done deal yet. It is quite likely that Disney will say no considering their own push into TV.


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Trigger Loaded wrote:

Along this theme:

158: Jump off hundred foot cliffs onto sharp rocks because they can't be bothered to find another route down, and it'd take too long to climb down anyways.

I can honestly say I have never encountered this. Usually by the time they can survive a 100 foot fall onto sharp rocks they have easy access to magic that lets them reach the bottom without harm.


Thunder Strike? What was this?


As far as the movies are concerned I agree completely; just recast the role and keep going forward. So maybe on one level thejeff is right. If you are NOT going to care about continuity in your shows or books anyway then neither rebooting or retiring seem like good ideas. I love continuity... and so I hope they NEVER do a reboot with the MCU. A big part of the MCU's charm for me IS the continuity on display not just in one movie and its sequels but rather all the way across the entire line of super hero films. Because of that continuity I would be horrified by a reboot. If the actor gets too old either retire them in the show and let a new person inherit the role OR recast them; but PLEASE never reboot.

Oh and this goes for Thor and Ms Marvel as well, I hope they never reboot those books. I had never heard of an inhuman before Ms Marvel so when they did the inhuman thing on Marvel Agents of SHIELD I suddenly was excited "Hey this is like Kamala, I can't wait to see more". Someone above mentioned Thor being included in the new reboot... I really hope they are wrong or I will be very disappointed in the comic industry as a whole.


LazarX wrote:
Aranna wrote:

thejeff your arguing that they don't get rid of big name heroes... I get that, but if superman is retired and a grown up superboy takes the name and uniform then who would really care? It would still sell under the superman title. Are you really suggesting that the ONLY superman fans will buy is the original Kal-El? And if so then how irritated will those fans be when they reboot him and wipe out every story they ever loved reading in one shot?

If he's suggesting that, you only have to look at Batman on how right he is. There have been lots of Batman's including Dick Grayson wearing the hood and cape. They're all overshadowed by the original, Bruce Wayne who IS Batman. That's what carries forward from reboot to reboot, Bruce Wayne as Batman, Clark Kent as Superman, Princess Diana as Wonderwoman, Green Lantern is a bit more pliable, but that's because at best, he's a second stringer in the DC Pantheon compared to the Trinity.

Maybe that's why I am failing here. I don't know most of these heroes outside of TV or movies. It just seemed like common sense.


Lemmy wrote:
You mean the younger generations who haven't grown tired of the stories because they haven't seen them yet?

I am new to comics... the two I am following with interest are Ms Marvel (the new one, Kamala Khan) and Thor (the new Thor, the woman). I don't want to read about the dusty old heroes who held those names before, they don't matter... well Thor might later when he eventually reclaims the hammer, but for now this is her book. I may not be tired of the old stories, I am just not interested in most of them. I want a new hero. Someone I can read about as they grow into the role. It's people like me that will grow or kill the comic industry; we the new readers, the old readers are a shrinking group clinging to an ever smaller set of old fashioned heroes. This is why they want to reboot everything yet again. They want us to fall in love with the old heroes, so they are wiping the slate clean. Cleaning away their histories and restarting them anew. But I think that would only accelerate the alienation of old readers. I know some of you think my idea of just retiring the old to clear room for the new is a bad one. And I wonder, do you really prefer your old heroes to be reset? I mean you old fans should probably be the ones to decide the fate of your heroes reset or retired? Either way it seems the comic companies will give me my new stories. Which way is easier on you guys?


thejeff your arguing that they don't get rid of big name heroes... I get that, but if superman is retired and a grown up superboy takes the name and uniform then who would really care? It would still sell under the superman title. Are you really suggesting that the ONLY superman fans will buy is the original Kal-El? And if so then how irritated will those fans be when they reboot him and wipe out every story they ever loved reading in one shot?


Tormsskull wrote:

When a player creates a background for their PC, how much control or manipulation should the GM have over it?

I'm assuming that the PC background fits with the campaign world, and the GM has reviewed it and accepted it.

After those steps are completed, should the GM have free reign to affect a PC's background, alter events that the player wrote about, or should the GM get the player's consent before doing so?

Example, a player writes in their back ground that their character has a wife and children. If the GM thinks its a good idea for the wife or children to be killed or kidnapped, is that fair game, or should the GM ask the player first?

As far as past events are concerned... NO the GM shouldn't change what they both already agreed on without getting permission from the player first. This is harmful to the player's creative process and I consider it bad GMing. If you as a GM want to go a different direction in a PCs background then the time to discuss it is during character creation.

However it is a GOOD thing to use elements of a characters background going forward. Stating up enemies and allies from the background can make them an ongoing driving force in the campaign and really really make the player feel involved in the story, his creative energies were well spent. That said there is a wrong way to do this... turning all a PCs loved ones into victims and all the PCs rivals into major bad guys with an unhealthy obsession against the PC is way way off course and probably just as damaging to a PCs creative process as any altering of past events. Sometimes it is best as a GM to step back and look at the story you want to tell using the PCs background, and if it is something you would be either bored or disgusted by then maybe you should get outside creative help... maybe the player will have excellent insight into the sort of ongoing story they were hoping for from their back story; it is the place I would start.


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phantom1592 wrote:
Aranna wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Here is a thought. Why not let these heroes age?

Spiderman was introduced in 1962... 53 years ago. The amazing spiderman should be in his early 70s. We should be reading about his amazing grand children. This way the stories stay fresh without constantly having to alter the universe.

Because writing out popular characters due to old age isn't good business. You wouldn't get really cool new generations of characters, you'd get new universe reboots whenever characters started getting to old to fill their roles.

Well, except for Thor. He'd still be around. :)

But you don't have to write them out... they can just pass the title on to a new generation. Heck you could even have specials where the old timers come out of retirement now and then for some epic event.

Wouldn't work. And really nobody would want that. If people REALLY wanted that, then Nightwing would have outsold Batman. They would not be rebooting Batman in the movies, we would get Joseph-Gordon levitt's version of nightwing or Batman.

Bruce Wayne = Batman. The lonely rich kid who saw his parents murdered and trained himself to be the best in the world using his brains and his tech... Not Bruce Wayne the 3rd who follows his granddaddy's footsteps...

Same with Spider-man and Superman and Captain America... The CORE of the charcters personality is iconic backstory attached to the Secret ID, NOT just the costume. ANYONE can where a Batman costume... but it doesn't mean they are 'Batman'.

Comics have teased this idea a few times over the decades. We get replacements, but they don't last. We get brand new characters that are 'like' spider-man or superman... but they don't sell because they are 'just knock-offs.'

If people were REALLY bored reading the main character, then they would stop buying the book. Which happens sometimes. People really seem bored with Wonder Woman... The book goes away for awhile.

Here's why I consider the idea...

Others above have pointed out cases where it has worked, just as you have point to cases where it doesn't. So it isn't as guaranteed a failure as you want it to be. And in the face of shrinking comic sales I would think it would be worth at least a test run.


But thejeff they basically DO replace all their heroes with ones that people don't recognize every time they do a reboot. At least by aging them those iconic stories remain forever canon. Newer readers can just open a digital copy of the old stuff to catch up on the epic events of the past that the grognards are talking about. While at the same time newer readers can enjoy a new hero from their start, even if they have an old name.


thejeff wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Here is a thought. Why not let these heroes age?

Spiderman was introduced in 1962... 53 years ago. The amazing spiderman should be in his early 70s. We should be reading about his amazing grand children. This way the stories stay fresh without constantly having to alter the universe.

Because writing out popular characters due to old age isn't good business. You wouldn't get really cool new generations of characters, you'd get new universe reboots whenever characters started getting to old to fill their roles.

Well, except for Thor. He'd still be around. :)

But you don't have to write them out... they can just pass the title on to a new generation. Heck you could even have specials where the old timers come out of retirement now and then for some epic event.


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Here is a thought. Why not let these heroes age?
Spiderman was introduced in 1962... 53 years ago. The amazing spiderman should be in his early 70s. We should be reading about his amazing grand children. This way the stories stay fresh without constantly having to alter the universe.


Freehold DM wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Okay...phone lost my post.

Long story short, antagonistic girlfriend aranna, please watch Kinos journey and tell me what you think. I think you might enjoy it, and I recommend it strongly. I may put it on my watch list for the year.

I only caught bits of that when my roommates were watching it in college. It looked really interesting. I should find a copy.
a warning that it is an incredibly dry series. I wouldn't suggest watching it late at night. But it is very deep in parts.

If your sure I would like it and you aren't just trying to trick me into watching it, then I will add it to my watch list.

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