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Interesting comments, I was actually recommended to the series by a woman I was dating. I got it and found it a chore to read. I feel the series was overbearing..it wasn't a fun series to read..I don't like a fantasy series that tries to hard to be clever. I must confess the sexist connotations didn't register that much, mainly because I felt like it was a chore to get through the damn thing.
I have read a lot of fantasy and sci/fi. In fact, some series I have read over and over a dozen times, such as the Vorkosian saga, the Videssios novels by Turtledove, all the Dresden novels, and all the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwall. So, I like to read a lot and I have very varied tastes.
But Bakker's series is not enjoyable. The author tries to hard to prove he is smart and demands you prove worthy of his "gift" by understanding his unconventional story telling. I was ok when Stephen Erikson did this, but even then I was relieved when the Mazatlan series was over and I haven't bought any his or Esselmonts follow through for the exact reason I never reread Bakker..cause you shouldn't get a headache when reading a fantasy novel while on holiday sitting on a lawn chair on a beach in the Carribean.
there is a story that in one of the dance of dragons manuscripts that George sent to his editors, the editor wrote in the margin is Coldhands Benjen? and on the next round of back and forth George replied no. I have seen this on numerous websites, so its well traveled.
I suspect the showrunners of doing their usual parsimony by merging characters. I hate that they do it, but I understand why.
Come on, 6 young teenagers at an amusement park get on a roller coaster that starts going through a tunnel with the sign Yawning Portal at the entrance. They emerge to find themselves in a fantasy land being chased by 5 headed dragon that is actually a lesser deity, but for some reason can never catch them. Every 15 minutes they think they are about to go home when something happens and they have to start a new quest.
Its such a great idea it will spawn TV spinoffs, maybe even a cartoon series.
Well, here' s some new developments"
Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Gets ‘Goosebumps’ Director
Back in August, Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment finally resolved a long-running legal battle swirling around the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, announcing that a live-action theatrical movie is finally moving forward. We haven't heard much about the project since then, but today The Tracking Board reports that the project has brought on Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to take the helm. The filmmaker will be working from a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), who was attached when the project was announced last year.
Dungeons & Dragons was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 as a fantasy roleplaying game and since then has amassed millions of players and fans worldwide. The hugely popular property has also influenced numerous writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades. The game previously spawned the 2000 adaptation Dungeons & Dragons, which famously flopped at the box office, earning just $33.8 million worldwide from a $45 million budget.
The Tracking Board reports that the adaptation will center on a warrior and a group of creatures who embark on a perilous journey to find a legendary treasure. Some of the creatures joining this warrior include a "half-dragon" and a "cunning gnome." It isn't known if any of these roles will be based on specific characters from the original game.
Back in September, Vin Diesel, a longtime D&D player, claimed that the game's late creator E. Gary Gygax wanted the actor to "tell his story," shortly before he died in 2013. It isn't known if this means E. Gary Gygax wanted Vin Diesel involved in a biopic of some sort, but there are reports that the producers want a "Vin Diesel-type" for the lead character. No cast members have been attached at this time, but now that a director has come aboard, we may hear about casting in the near future.
Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing with Courtney Solomon of Sweetpea Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Stephen Davis. Allan Zeman will executive producer for Sweetpea, with John Powers Middleton executive producing for Vertigo. Rob Letterman most recently directed Goosebumps, and his other credits include Shark Tale, Monsters Vs. Aliens and Gulliver's Travels
"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:
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.
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
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
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.
The Sword and The sorcerer
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 hope to see some T-16's in it, maybe some womprats getting pasted as well
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.
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.
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.
Seriously, are you suggesting there's some validity to the Darth Binks theory?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I always thought he was on the Executor when travelling to Death Star 2.
Freehold DM wrote:
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.