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No Mara Jade..sniff


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Trying to be as objective as possible, I think a lot of gamers still bear a lot of animosity towards WOTC for the poor execution of their transition from 3E to 4E, and want to see them fail.

I admit I was biased against 4E for precisely that reason. I eventually got roped into playing it and bought a fair number of hardcovers and modules. But it just wasn't as good as Pathfinder or 3.5 in my experience, so I focused on Pathfinder.

Having done that once, it's extremely hard to want to go back and do it again, even if it appears WOTC has put out in 5E a far superior gaming experience to 4e.

Enough time has passed for me that I now longer begrudge WOTC their success, and in fact recognize it is better for gamers as a whole for them to be successful, to bring in new participants.

So back to the topic at hand, I do feel that WOTC in not putting out more adventures is limiting growth opportunities, in that I believe that a sizeable proportion of old and new gamers would like to have more adventures available.


I am not sure why, but I am happy Marvel got one over on Universal. It just feels like Universal doesn't deserve anything


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Slightly off topic, I wish everyone would stop blasting the new droid as looking silly. Seriously, half the droids in the original trilogy looked silly (everyone remember the boxy rectangle with legs?).

I for one am extremely happy they decided to make a real functioning droid as opposed to more CGI crap.

I apologize in advance for mentioning this, but remember how fake even the first scene in the phantom menace looked due to overuse of CGI, and how it got worse and worse even before Jar Jar showed up..

I don't get any of that kind of feeling from this trailer or the first.

Anyway, I will be happy to fork over the dough to see it, just as I was to see the Hangover 3. The difference is that I only went to see the Hanover 3 once, whereas I expect I will be seeing teh Force awakens at east 5-10 times at the box office and untold times after once the dvd comes out.


spy droid


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"Chewie, we're home"


I don't really care one way or other about the droid. The rest of the trailer looks freaking fantastic.

You know I know this movie is going to be awesome? A freaking crashed Star Destroyer in the desert. I was so so for Abrams in Trek reboots, but this scene alone tells me he gets what Star Wars should feel like..


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Buying published adventures is like reading other novels to read when you are a writer, it gives you more ideas to play around with. For example, don't tell me Tyrion Lannister did not in some form come into being as result of Martin having read the Miles VorKosian saga.

My best homebrew campaign incorporated the Night Below campaign settling, about half of the Volos guidebooks to faerun, the city of spendlors boxed set and about a dozen adventures from dungeon magazine.

I don;t plan on buying 5th edition, but if there was a library of adventures to build upon, I might be more curious. Of course, not if they are simply retreads of previous golden age adventures, I am heartily sick of that money grab technique.


My favorite moment in the old Star wars EU, the Ewok "hawk bat" who inspires Zingi to create a real one.


I was confused when I watched Krull and didn't understand why the glaive was so small


I know it was already mentioned but my top vote goes to Mad Max 2, which was way more entertaining than the original.


Humm, as you say it may be a matter of taste. I think I had Dune built up in my head to be the Lord of the Rings of Sci-fi, but did not find it so.

But just checking my facts, Dune did win the Hugo in 1966, so obviously it impressed a lot of people.

Let me amend my statement to say not the quality of writing has improved, but the sheer breadth of writing styles has. Which means that I find more enjoyment from more recent fiction.

Of course, just thinking about it some more, taste changes as we get older. I ate up Star Wars EU novels when they first came out, rereading them now I find some of them extremely painful.

But yes, someone in Hollywood get a clue and make some Vorkosian movies. Almost every book in the series has been nominated for a Hugo and at least 3 of them won one.


All I know is I saw the 4 hr version on TV and it made very little sense at all.

I eventually read the book a few years ago, I actually found it somewhat dissapointing.I had assumed the movie had made a complete mashup of things, but no, the book was meh.

I have to remember the standard of writting in sci fi has gotten better since Dune came out.

Someone like Lois Bujolds Vorkosian saga, which has won several Hugos, would make a better set of movies than the Dune series ever could.


Goldfinger "no Mr. Bond, I expect you to die"


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Sword and the sorcerer for sure
Sinbad and the eye of the Tiger
Jason and the argonaughts
conan of course but I don't think it has been underrated

but if we are allowing the D&D movie in this mix then I submit

Deathstalker 2! Pure parody goodness (or badness really, you have to watch it to see what I am talking about)


If I recall Admiral Jole is responsible for the Sergyar sector


I always enjoyed reading his posts. He really was a great example of what I love about Paizo and the industry in general. smart creative people trying to bring more fun to their fellow gamers. RIP.


They have finally fixed the infamous unreachable hinterlands mosaic piece. Completionists everywhere rejoice!


While I found Cryoburn the low point of the series, I have to point out that Captain Vorpatil's alliance has some very funny moments.


James,

that is very very encouraging. I love it when some minor detail from the first adventure has significance in adventure 4


Why did Spiderman never join the avengers? If he was important enough to be in the Secret wars I would have thought the avengers would be happy to have him. How is hawkeye in and he wasn't?


I am part of a Pathfinder group that plays every Saturday. Recently we lost two of our full time players and are looking to add a few new faces.

The campaigns we have been running are set in Golarian, the current one in the River kingdoms. It's been a lot of fun, and we want to continue in that area, but the DM has some interesting retrofiting so new players can start at the ground floor.

Demographics wise are all in our 40's but are willing to take any age/gender who has a genuine interest in playing. The main requirement I guess is the ability to be avilable consistantly to play. As I mentioned we try to play once a week on the weekend for 4-5 hours, or longer if people can stay longer.

A side note, we have been trying out the mythic rules set, so the basic players book, the APG and mythic rules would be helpful to have.

Location is not set, we had been playing in the NW but our host has been disloctaed by the oil patch upheavel so we haven't yet set a new base of operations yet. Once we have some player interest, we can choose a location convenient to everyone.

Anyway, if there is any interest please message me and provide some background about yourself.

Thanks


Finished Finally..197 hours..that is exploring every region every side quest, ever NPC personal mission, did not get all the mosaics, only complted 1 of 5 sets, was missing 1-2 from the rest and was notg going to waste more time on them. only missed 1 of the bottles. Killed 11 dragons total. Lvl 24. Lvl 18 Perks.

Exhuasted but from an entertainment value perspective 60 bucks wenta long long way..

And without spoiling things, Bioware did a Marvel so sit through the 5 minute long credits for a final surprising cut scene.


what i want to know is why Solas disapproves of almost all my judgments..its annoying


Killed my 10th dragon, lvl 24 now, finished the ball, just a whole bunch of NPC side quests and then i think its endgame mission for me


Lvl 23, 9/10 dragons dead..going for the final one tonight, after i finish the orlais winter palace drama.


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All your base are belong to us


pres man wrote:
Hama wrote:
Nope, just Fili, Kili and Thorin.

True, I was pleasantly surprised that Jackson didn't kill more dwarves, as I had expect him to. Sticking to just those in the books was a nice nod.

Now expect that if they give him enough money, we'll see a movie about the brief retaking of Mordor and the fall of Balin.

you mean the retaking of Moria right?


Shackled City Adventure Path...B
Age of Worms AP....................A
Savage Tide AP......................B+

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Rise of the Runelords..............A
Curse of the Crimson Throne....A+
Second Darkness....................D-
Legacy of Fire.........................B
Council of Thieves....................C
Kingmaker.............................A-
Serpent's Skull.......................C+
Carrion Crown........................A
Jade Regent...........................B+
Skull & Shackles.....................B
Shattered Star.......................A++
Reign of Winter......................B+
Wrath of the Righteous............B
Mummy's Mask......................B
Iron Gods.........................NA


It strikes me that the villains of the stories would have much better luck if they operated in NYC or Boston or LA, basically anywhere but Chicago.


I kept hearing about this series and about 10 years ago made a concerted effort to buy the entire series as a collectible.

It was interesting that the hardest to find books were the weakest in the series(i.e. #15 -22). I read them all once since I bought them but really beyond #6 they get quiet tedious.

I have read a lot of fantasy/scifi in my time, and in the grand scheme of things, not a lot stands out aside from the sexism/slave girls theme.

Still, I suspect if I went and sold them I would double or triple my investment.


Gandal wrote:

Last evening the Vinsomer went down,after about 40 min battle and every potion i had. But i haven't understood why the ps4 didn't save the gameplay ; i take a video of every slain high dragon but couldn't with this one and i don't know why, i fast traveled to skyhold after the fight and the ps4 recorded the game from there,skipping everything from immediately before the dragon fight.

So now "only" 6 high dragons to go.

hah..last night I took out 2 high dragaons in relatively short order and then decided to take out the only other one I knew off..Vinsomer..

I wouldn't say I went in unprepared but within the first 5 minutes it was clear I would not prevail given my current gear. Its the only time I have loaded a saved game other than from a crash.


Very true, I swapped out my ATI card for a NVIDIA card after having problems installing the game. Even though my NVIDia card is 4 years old the game runs pretty smoothly..resolution at 65% though as at 100% things slow to a crawl


Lots of little things bugged me about the movie. I had wondered where the goats came from, but what really got me was Thandruil having an army of golden armored bowmen, and yet when he is leaving dale none of the elves behind him had any gold armour..

lots of little things jarred it for me.

but Legolas CGI specials were the worst. I actually groaned out loud in a crowded theatre when i saw one particular sequence.

Overall, I'll rate it 7/10 for its mindless entertainment value, far better than any of the star wars prequels but just as guilty in its overuse of CGI.


Frush O Smuggil looks forward to this product


Human Illusionist with the name Bleep Wurp the ear biter


I was just curious what peoples favorite sci fiction/fantasy cartoons from the 1970/80's were. For me, my prime formative years and influenced my tastes into Adulthood.

In terms of my favorite 10:

1. Star Blazers
2. Robotech/Macross saga
3. Flash Gordon by Animation
4. Thundaar The barbarian
5. Spiderman and his amazing friends
6. Battle of the Planets
7. Superman and the justice league
8. Voltron defender of the universe
9. He-man
10. D&D


Anyone find more than 10 of the 12 mosaic pieces for the Hinterlands?


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Given how his father is the king of the Mirkwood elves, it entirely makes sense he would be around..but yes, as a minor supporting role, not the over exposure he is getting.


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Bought 2 of the Vong books. I hated them immensely. Hard to finish, just didn't feel like star wars. Much preferred the 12+ books of the rogue squadron series.

That being said, really liked how the Legacy comic series incorporated the Vong impact


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Magnimar..love the giant ruined bridge


seek out the arch-mage Quinn Mallory


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"There can be no peace while Snurre Iron Belly lives"


Fallen_Mage wrote:

Man 1: Can I ask you something?

Man 2: Go ahead, ask me.

Man 1: How come we doing this?

Man 2: For the good ol' American way. For the money, for the glory, and for the fun. Mostly for the money.

Totally guessing:

3 kings?


Andorian, because that is where the undead Kobold King reigns.


Time to roll up some characters:

1. Frush o Smuggil
2. Bleep wurp the eyebiter
3. Fonkin Hoddypeak
4. Flerd Trantle

Pretty original names - I am sure no one else has ever come up with them.


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The strangest thing I have read in this thread so far is someone who noted they avoid using James Jacobs adventures, for me Smuggler's Shiv is the only really good aventure in the Serpents skull AP. To each his own I guess.

For Mummy's Mask, I do agree the the OP. I forsee my group wanting to be foreign Treasure seekers..Adventure 1 setps that up great..but why the blazes would they go risking their life by going into the desert to stop a cult from raising an ancient Pharoah. They would be more likely to get on the first boat back to Absolom.

In that respect, I still like the setup from the Desert of Desolation series..you are ordered on pain of death to go into the desert to stop some raiders. If you succed or fail is irrelevant. You are foreigners and are expendable and are just proof the khan is doing something about the raiders.


Drock11 wrote:

I loved the Baldurs Gate games. They are still some of my all time favorites, but one of my few complaints about them is that for many parts you practically need a walkthrough or at least foreknowledge of what is to come, perfect tactics, and knowledge of where to get some items ahead of time that can very easily be missed. Even then after all that there are still fights you need tremendous amounts of luck and save scumming to hope to make it through. Even though I got through everything there were some fights I must have tried over fifty times to get past them, and that was when I was very well prepared for them.

If my memory is serving me correcting that golem was a real pain for me too.

Lilacor is the key..I do also remember giving a flail to Jaheiera (flail of ages)..but Lilacor was the main weapon which took the golem out.


FLT:"In the Winter of 1969, an elite force of the US Army was sent on a top secret assignment in Southeast Vietnam. The objective: rescue Sgt. Four Leaf Tayback from a heavily guarded NVA Prison Camp. The mission was considered to be near-suicide. Of the ten men sent, four returned. Of those four, three wrote books about what happened. Of those three, two were published. And of those two, only one got a movie deal. This is the story of the men who attempted to make that movie. "


RB:"Help me Jesus! Help me Jewish God! Help me Allah! AAAAAHHH! Help me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me! "

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