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"I suspect whatever minor financial penalties his publishers might impose (beyond not getting money when the book came out) may have been dwarfed by the decision to sell to HBO resulting in the books selling approximately ten times what they had one prior to the TV deal"

Absolutely true! I remember reading GOT in 1998 and no one was talking about it. Only after clash of kings came out did the series have any kind of internet awareness, and only after storm of swords did the internet actually start asking when the next book would come out. But even then, the crowd that got upset at the long wait for feast of crows was still a small subset of the geekverse (i.e. geeks who like fantasy vs scifi etc). It was only after the first season of GOT aired that I noticed my non geek friends and associates would talk about it, and yes, I admit I was one of those obnoxious people who felt superior over the TV crowd because I knew what would happen..until now.

But absolutely, we all know people who decided to read the series after watching the show..hell, if I hadn't already read them I would have. Its a great adaption for the most part and it helped sell more of the books. I would guess the publishers are disappointed but the flip side is that is that they know as long as the books get done before the Tv show is over or soon after they will still sell well.


baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Forgotten Realms “Grey Box” (the original, 1st edition AD&D version)
Exceptionally well made, I can not say how much I loved this work. Its a collectors item for sure and can stand up to material even by today's standards.

Yes, I agree, currently mine is 2 feet away from my keyboard as I was reading it last night contemplating a 2nd edition campaign starting in 1356.


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Here's my take on the things..

as we know the force is linked to life force

as we all know, there is a circle of life, as demonstrated in the Lion King

and as we learned in Mass Effect, History repeats itself

So is it any surprise that the Force awakens echoes New Hope?

question is, does Rey pull a Sheppard and press the Red Button (my game, my cannon) and stop the Reapers er Empire from reappearing in 40 years


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"No Mrs Mclean, I am an exceptional thief!"

after that line, I worshipped whatever role Mr. Rickman played


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I saw it for the second time tonight. Without being super pumped up I actually found I enjoyed much more.

It still has flaws, but being relaxed about them allows me to soak up the fun


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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Krensky wrote:
And yet armor was quite popular with Jedi before the Ruusan Reformation.

Merpp.

There's always one. I am literally, respectfully face palming.

My issue with the Ruusan Reformation was it was introduced in the Star Wars timeline in order to explain several differences between the Old Republic as presented in the comics, and the Republic which appeared in the Prequel Trilogy which by definition was canon.

In brief, the Ruusan Reformation in which the Republic is reorganized following the already established defeat of the Sith a thousand years prior to the films at the Seventh Battle of Ruusan was invented by writers to give an alternate explanation of a SINGLE line Supreme Chancellor Palpatine made.

Some of it is jarring, and some of it could have been much better thought out, almost all of it was unnecessary.

gah, it was such a throw away line I didn't even remember it. On the other hand, I don't remember my Jedi in Kotor running around in armour either.


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The Sword and The sorcerer

General Talon

Fighter 7/Rogue 7 AL CG leads a band of mercenaries (lv 3-7 fighters and rogues AL N,CN, NG, CG)

against the evil lord Cromwell (LE Fighter 13) and the evil Lich Zusia (sorcerer 18)

Despite having no wizards or priests in the party to counter the lich, the hero triumphs with the use of a unique +4 Bastard sword of piercing (can launch 2 javelins/1day that auto crit for 10d60 points each of piercing damage)


Freehold DM wrote:

I truly cannot wait for this movie. I have wanted this since I was a kid, even more when the rogue squadron books and comics came out, even more when I had a computer that could RUN X WING VS TIE FIGHTER OMGGGGGGGGG.

There better be y wings in this movie.

I hope to see some T-16's in it, maybe some womprats getting pasted as well


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"I have never seen such devotion in a droid before"


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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
The Empire Strikes Back

I loved that! A real sense of brilliance there as to what to put in and where.


That's why I prefer Jim Butcher. he always delivers when expected. I waited 5 years for Feast for crows and what 6-7 years for dance, as much as I hoped for a 2016 winds I knew it wasn't likely.


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Yeah, I am confused why anyone thinks Han I coming back, given the planet exploded shortly after he plummeted of the bridge. what there was some unknown resistance agent on the scene but unseen that went down the pit at the same time the place is exploding..followed soon after by the entire planet exploding.

Sigh, give it up ..

And no, Admiral Piet did not have time to get off the Executors bridge before the a-wing took out the place.


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All I can add is that if Tarkin and the Empire hadn't seen Yoda in 20 years, and that no reports of Yoda doing anything had been noted since he fled the senate building, than if Yoda wasn't dead he migh as well been in terms of the Empires thinking. After all, what consequence could Yoda's fate have been to Tarkin after 20 years of The Empire having its own way.


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I have been reviewing the evidence and it is somewhat shocking to admit that Lucas may have indeed had a more sinister role for Jar Jar Binks. It could all be conjecture based on incorrect evaluation of events in the prequels, but by all rights the physical abilities Jar Jar displays at the battle of Naboo are extraordinary, such as those a sith might have.

I am still treating this as pure fun speculation but there seems to growing mass of people on the net that actually think Snoke is a disguised Jar Jar.


Irontruth wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
JoelF847 wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
JoelF847 wrote:

Another thought just occurred to me. Why is it The Force Awakens?

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And there's some evidence that Palpatine wasn't actually intended to be the "phantom menace". There are comments from both Lucas and actors that point to a different character playing a greater role, but that the story line was scrapped after fan backlash.

I am also not using spoilers for movies that would be nearly old enough to drive.

Seriously, are you suggesting there's some validity to the Darth Binks theory?


My ranking prior to VII:
IV
V
VI
III
II
I

With VII:
IV
V
VI (the Executor blowing up scene push it above)
VII
III
II
I


I'm with Werthead on this one, the new Treks had so many logic holes it drove me crazy. The limitless transporter is a good example. Even a through away line that stated the tech wasn't stable and could put you in the void or in another quadrant would have be fine, but they don't. They introduce events that should have huge ripple effects and pretend that everything is self contained within the current story. Who cares about canon at that point?


I saw it tonight. Entertaining, hell yes. some minor issues, yes. Overall B+. Certainly better than the prequels, not quite as good a Return of the Jedi. (but come on, nothing is better than the Executor crashing into Death star 2, so JJ had too high a hurdle to cross). I think I need to see it a few more times to really judge, may revise my opinion upward.

Harrison Ford really knocked it out of the park with his performance. A little hammy at times, but solidly entertaining.


Seeing it tomorrow night. I am stoked

"are you ready for this?"

"hell yes!"


Has it really ben 20 years? ugh.

All I want now is for the Will Smith replacement to shoot down an alien over orange county and then slug him when he tries to leave the ship.

"welcome to the O.C. Bi.ch!"


ALL I can say is that Chewie looks like something has really pissed him off when he activates that remote


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Its a trap ACKBAR "concentrate all power on that super star destroyer!"

Admiral Piet : concentrate all fire power on the forward batteries, I don't want anything getting through!

Admiral Piet ' I said concentrate all fire power!:

Kamakazie A wing pilot "AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!"

Doomed Imp officer "Too late"

Bridge goes bye bye.

Favorite part of entire movie for me.

If the Imperials were so paranoid of TRD, they certainly didn't act on it enough to stop a few snub fighters from (a) taking out their most important shield generators or (b) put enough AA batteries in the trenchs that was the Executors topside.


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Even if Starkiller base was vulnerable to TRD, its not like there are any Jedi's around who can hit Vomp rats in their crappy 2000 credit T-16's back home.

You would need the force to awaken in some unknown kid for that to happen.


It's worth watching just to see how horrifying a mind controller can be, especially with amp up powers.

JJ struggles with her conscience, but there was only one logical way to end the threat. Mr Spock would have dealt with him by the 2nd episode, but then it wouldn't have been much of a series.


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Seriously, just who else would Luke have been talking to in the trailer?

forget spoilers, just based on the trailers so far I can guess the outline for the movie.

Its like when JJ said the big bad in ST2 wasn't Khan, but we knew it had to be cause no other canon villain would fit the profile.

sigh


Is anyone else disappointed that Jessica never said "you failed Hells kitchen" when beating someone up?


Hey, just wanted to say that Keanu Reaves wasn't bad in Point Break..or maybe it was Patrick Swayze that elevated it..have to rewatch


I was really hoping for spider-man. In my opinion, his arc was the best part of civil war.


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"Chewie, Get off my plane!"


"BB8, hold on!"


The whole "passing the torch to the next generation" would usually imply a death of a original trilogy character, if only to exploit the dramatic effect.

In that regard, I think Han's death would carry the most heft, followed by Luke or Leia.

As much as I would prefer C3P) blasted to atoms I know it ain't happening.

Killing off Chewie, possible, but there's no little wookies taking up the fight, so suspect if anyone is dying is a parental figure.


"Are you ready for this?"

"Hell No!"


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Don't believe the trailer, its a trap!


"hope is not lost today, it is found"


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Yeah, kinda suspicious that they all have the same exact pose


I own all the star wars dvd's aside from phantom menance. There is a reason for that. PM is a craptastic movie that has about 10-15 minutes of watchable scenes. The rest of it feels like it was meant for a 7 year old, specifically Lucas own children.

Now some people are saying they got sucked in by the trailers for the PM and so feel very wary of being sucked in again.

The first Force awakens trailer had me a little dubious, but the second one this summer dispelled all doubts. The third one is stellar. I have a lot of trouble understanding people saying they think this will stink like PM after seeing these trailers. I almost suspect some of trolling. This is not fanboy nostalgia talking, from a purely visual presentation it looks like a kick ass action adventure movie.

However, it does help that I am a fanboy..it makes it all sweeter.

With Lawrence Kasdan writing, you can be sure there will be less "I hate sand" and more "Apology accepted Captain Needa" moments.


"just let it in"


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So we were tossing around numbers..apparently wookiepedia says 25,000 IMP1 star destroyers were built and who knows how many IMP2's, let alone escort craft like the Nebula's.

So that being said, how many Imperial ships were at Endor? I know the movie doesn't show more than 30 capital ships simply because of screen limitations, but I would think they would have needed more than that to prevent any rebel ships from escaping?


baron arem heshvaun wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Randarak wrote:
I got 13. And the two I got wrong, I didn't know those things had names. I guess I should have read the book.
I'm not sure which you refer to, was it the Star Destroyer Devastator which was named after a World War II bomber on the Allies side?
The Purity of Violence wrote:
Douglas TBD Devastators were mid-WW2 USN torpedo bombers (well they first flew in 1935, which doesn't portent well for an '42 combat aircraft). They were withdrawn from service after 35 out of 41 present at the battle of Midway were shot down.

There are very few Cliff Claven facts I know in this world that come close to Star Wars. World War II history is one of the few.

I was asking Randarak if he meant he missed the Star Destroyer Devastator which was named after Douglas TBD Devastators of the US Navy. I know their history well.

You are definitively correct. Sadly after their woeful performance and severe losses at the Battle of Midway (considered the turning point of the Pacific theater) there were pulled from active service.

Interestingly enough they were replaced by the newer Grumman TBF Avenger, which gave its name to the Star Destroyer Avenger, which Han later tricked and used to make their escape from the Hoth System asteroid belt and served as the lead communications ship at the Battle of Endor.

Further all films in the OT start with a scene showcasing a Star Destroyer.

It is the Devastator we see in the Star Wars A New Hope and gets the distinction of being the ship we all thought would never end as it gave chase to Leia's Corellian Corvette, so it's the first Star Destroyer we ever see in the OT. The Avenger is the Star Destroyer we see bringing Darth Vader to the Death Star II, in the opening scene of Return of the Jedi.

While for many years the Avenger was considered the ship seen in the opening scene of The Empire Strikes Back, and has the distinction of...

I always thought he was on the Executor when travelling to Death Star 2.


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Freehold DM wrote:
CapeCodRPGer wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:


There are very few Cliff Claven facts I know in this world that come close to Star Wars.

Its a little known fact that the actor that played Cliff was in Empire Strikes Back
beat me to it!

Its also a little known fact John R has a one line quote in a Bridge To far. When he was a Calgary expo last year I got him to sign an autographed Empire pic. And then he blew me away by quoting exactly the line from a bridge to far. Great actor, great dude.


Just to be clear, Relg and the Marag woman were not nice to each other at all, until Relg was told to wise up by Ul and then he stopped being a jerk and go procreate.

As a rule, I like High fantasy like Tolkien, but I also like more "realistic" fantasy..that sounds weird..anyway, like Ice and fire or the Dragonbone throne trilogy.

When I was younger, my favorite popcorn fantasy was the Riftwar and follow ups by Fiest..but then he got divorced, and his writing went into the toilet and he kept writing more and more crappy books to pay alimony presumably.

Actually, right now my total favorite writer is Jim Butler. The Dresden files is the perfect mix of light and grimdark.

Martin I still enjoy but concur the story has been mired in to many sideplots.


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I got 14..couldnt remember the name of the game R2 and Chewie played.

I got the number of rebel spacecraft attacking because it was an obsession of mine as a kid..

lets see Red squadron and Gold squadron..red had 12 fighters, gold had 3 or 6 .

only reading the book helped me understand there were 4 squadrons if I am correct, or was that Lucas screwing around and changing Blue squadron in the book to Red in the movie. Now I am going to have to look that up again. But the number 30 always stuck with me..we certainly don't see 30 on the way to the station..

and we have 3 returning..90% casualities..Han was right, it was a suicide mission


I disliked fifth element and hated Hudson Hawk ..I hadn't felt that kind of loathing after leaving a theatre since Bonfire of the Vanities..which also was a Willis stinker.


Cylyria wrote:
Shifty wrote:
Mate, I just watched Hell comes to Frogtown.
That movie is awesome!

Roddy Rodney pipers moment in the sun


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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

It's now seventy days hours, seven hours, and seven minutes to The Force Awakens.

Since the number 7 played some iconic role in the Original Trilogy (seven heroes in each of the OT), I would like to share some "news," that many fans already knew in their hearts, but now, thanks to the Disney publishing Warmachine, is now finally canon.

HAN shot FIRST!

And may have been the only one to get a shot in.

damn straight..Greedo was not the most competent of scum


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LazarX wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Hama wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Of course, in Star Trek every humanoid sentient species in the galaxy is a descendant of the precursors, who seeded their DNA into the genes of several species throughout the galaxy in order to try to give life to thing long after they were gone.
Which was terrible writing, and never mentioned outside of that one episode...
It does make sense, however.
It also explains how things like human/vulcan, human/klingon, and bajor/cardassian offspring can happen when they evolved on completly separate planets.
Yes so DNA was rewritten for the sole purpose to send a holographic message to the future. That episode ranks with the worst of TOS Season 3.

Even Spocks Brain?


MMCJawa wrote:
Hama wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

Right now I am "watching" Star Trek: The Next Generation for the first time (i.e. it is playing on netflix while I do research-related work at home).

I was pretty happy to hear a familiar voice last night and releasing that the actor who played G'kar also had a reoccurring role as a Romulan commander.

Ahhhh yes. I knew I knew him from somewhere.

Also. Don't "wathc" TNG. It deserves your undivided attention.

Most of the first two seasons certainly didn't :)

come on, Tasha Yar killed by a black sludge monster..It was riveting stuff..

Actually, no. I think there was a positive correlation between the quality of the episode and Rikers beard..i.e. when he grew a beard, the episodes got better.


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1.Dead Heart of Zin..it wrapped up the path by incorporating people and events from the previous adventures, and had a suitably epic big bad..
too often I find the sixth chapter feels like an add-on ..I felt that way in kingmaker, pirates, white witches council of thieves and a few others

2. rise of the runelords..stopping the runelord of greed,,great conclsion after long buildup

3. legacy of fire, good end mitigates a crappy part 5..not sure if that why it stands out..usually part 5's of the best.


Humm..I never got through season 4..season 3 was so bad..

still I hear the reboot has Parkman in it..

he was awesome in season 1 and parts of the rest "what Am I thinking Parkamn..?


My biggest disappointment was that Crusade only got a season. I love Gary Cole, try to watch him in anything he is in.

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