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So after watching all the trailers several times, I am happy to report that the AT-AT that gets hit by a missle in the left weapons mount later blows up and falls due to damage inflicted by a starfighter.

Not so tough now are you AT AT..

I can never remember, is the proper term:

Luke Cage and Iron Fist or
Power man and Iron fist?

My avatar name here came from the 1981 basic red box play example, so I guess I am one.

Long Live Morgan Ironwolf!

Where are the Y-wings?

Despite horrendous pre release talk I went to see it today and it was a decent movie..quite funny actually.

Would I buy it for my DVD collection..not sure, and its people like me that Sony needs to buy the home version so they can make back marketing..its a decent movie, but will never be a go to when I am bored movie like groundhog day or stripes or even hell caddysack..

Jaçinto wrote:
Well I just came back from the movie. I actually enjoyed it. I had some issues with it, like using glass instead of transparent aluminum and the whole warp four thing. Overall though, it's not as bad as most of the TNG movies. It is definitely better than Into Darkness though, without a doubt. All I wanted was for it to be better than Into Darkness. That one alien though, who's name I forget. The white skinned lady. They point out surprise that she spoke their language but there was no explanation as to why. Also, are they going to just ignore the maguffin floating over there at the end of the movie? As it can be a serious problem if ignored.

It was picked up and put into an unmarked wooden crate and now is residing in a very large warehouse just outside Washington DC.

I liked the fan service nods, like Chekovs comments on Russians inventing things they did not..they are smartly placed rather than slapped in your face.

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I didn't see any Y-wings, which was disappointing, but otherwise wow! I think this director has a real clue, we want something new. Respect the source material but don't worship it to the extent TFA did.

All I want to know is where the hell is Gendry? For that matter, where the heck is Eldric Storm?

If the main theme to the movie was the music they played when you booted up the orginal WoW game (warlords of Draenor) I would be so stoked..

but in any case I will go see it as the popcorn entertainment I expect it to be.

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 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.

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In the TV series, Sam asks Jon to go to Oldtown. During that same episode, Jon is lamenting losing the dragonglass, but then they discuss how longclaw shattered a white walker, so yes, TV show same knows,

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.

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MMCJawa wrote:
Hitdice wrote:

All I can say at this point is, I'm very curious to see what a high budget name brand D&D movie ends up looking like. If we get something on the same level as other Hasbro properties such as Battleship, G.I.Joe and Transformers, I'll be psyched.

Oh god those are my worst case scenario.

My biggest concern though is that the directors last work was Goosebumps. Which was less about adapting Goosebumps into a kid friendly horror movie, but rather a meta comedy referencing the books. I don't mind some Guardians of the Galaxy level humor but please oh god please don't let it become a portal fantasy with a group of gamers being put into the Forgotten Realms....

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.

From what I can tell, a squadron of YT-1300 freighters would have just am impressive kill ratio. Those things are indestructible despite losing radar dishes, belly crashing landings etc

Iron man 1
Captain America 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers 1
Ant Man
Avengers 2
Cap 1
Iron man 2
Thor 2
Iron man 3
Not Incredible Hulk

baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Exhibit A


It's really funny how books can influence you. After reading Cryoburn, my interest in frozen pizzas fell and I only now eat Pizza when I get delivery. bizarre, but somehow a comment from a character in the book made me realize I hate frozen pizza.

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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:
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.


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:

With VII:
VI (the Executor blowing up scene push it above)

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.!"

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.


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.

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