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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,454 posts (2,457 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 alias.


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Set wrote:

Like all comic book characters (Batman used to carry a gun! Wolverine had super-speed and his claws came off with his gloves!), the Punisher has changed a lot. In his earliest appearances, he was firing automatic weapons at some dude who threw a paper into the trash and it fell out because the trash was too full, calling him a litterer. Dude was *nuts* about killing criminals.

And then 'heroes' with guns (and pouches, and headbands) got popular, and he got a more sympathetic portrayal (and was drawn differently than the scrawny curly-haired lean-faced man he was originally depicted as, getting muscles and a more square jaw and straighter hair, because thin dudes with curly hair have to be crazy supervillains like Harry & Norman Osbourne).

????

When was the Punisher ever depicted as curly-haired and scrawny?


thejeff wrote:
I've never had a problem with Busiek's version of Thor. Busiek's written Thor more than once, including a solo miniseries. He's said he likes the character.

He's also consistently portrayed Thor as being the most powerful Avenger, which isn't the mark of someone who disdains the character.

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I'm really not sure where the Busiek hates Thor thing comes from, other than JLA/Avengers - which really isn't a fair test, since everything in that was negotiated between the two companies, not just something the writer came up with off the top of his head.

I think it just comes from people who are still upset that KB doesn't believe that Thor is bulletproof (as pointed out in the responses below). I've been a big Busiek fan ever since Astro City and Heroes Reborn, and I've never seen or read anything to indicate that the man disdains the character of Thor.

Anyway, moving off-topic now.


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pres man wrote:
I am still not sure what the droid is suppose to ... do. I mean, R2-D2 was a repair droid. His trashcan shaped body had various tools in compartments for repairing things. C3-P0 was a protocol droid.

Would just looking at either of those two droids give you any idea what function they were supposed to fulfill? Probably not.

I think this is just a case of "wait and see." They can only show so much in a trailer, and giving a rundown of the functions of a droid probably doesn't rank very high up on that list.


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I expect it will probably be no more than Artoo or Threepio levels of silliness.

Could be wrong, but I'm hopeful.


Albatoonoe wrote:
Okay, so looking at the list of outsider types, I'm really surprised the Kyton isn't included, but the Div is. Dev team, please make more. YOU MUST.

Wha...? No Kytons?

There shall be much vile torment until this gets amended!

(And even more afterwards.)


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For all the naysayers: BB-8 at Star Wars Celebration


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Julie Iaccarino wrote:
B-b-but... Why does the key have a keyhole in it.

Clearly, it is the Key of Infinite Regressions.


Master Pugwampi wrote:
Feh. Those fuzz balls barely qualify. Where are the Pugwampi plushies?!?! Now is the perfect time of year to hold all accounting systems hostage you know...

I second the motion for Pugwampi plushies!


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Ravingdork wrote:
I can't stand the fact that if my 20th-level unchained summoner makes his eidolon huge, and increases a single ability score by 2 points, he only has 1 evolution point left over.

I hate when my 20th-level characters get nerfed. I feel like I have nothing left to strive towards any longer.


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I hear that gremlins are the eternal nemeses of accountomancers.


Nohwear wrote:
Arguably, Wrath of Winter at least has elements of old school fairy tales.

Just enough to whet the appetite for a full on, Grimm's Fairy Tales Meets Aesop in a First World Adventure kind of way.


cartmanbeck wrote:
Fey Performance

Shades of Disney.

I really, really want to see a First World/Fey/Fairy/Storyboook Tale themed AP now.


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Sure, and it doesn't make it any less playable. But such a gaffe is not work of the standard I expect of myself.

Don't beat yourself up too much, or else we'll have to take that flagellating whip away from you.

(But seriously. Don't beat yourself up too much about it.)


How do we know everyone who has their copy isn't too busy reading and/or playing to bother checking the message boards? :D


I'd like to see them bring some of the Nocenti-era storylines and characters into the show, though I suspect the earliest that might happen is season 3, as they seem to be heavily into the Miller run. (And there is enough of his run that could last them easily into three seasons itself, frankly. Pun not intended.)

Nocenti's Daredevil was in many ways ahead of its time in terms of the themes and stories she tackled, and she is often dismissed or forgotten it seems to me, despite the fact that she is the longest running DD writer (save, maybe, for Bendis).

At the very least, I'd expect them to use Typhoid Mary at some point. But I'd really love to see Daredevil run the gauntlet of his rogues like Nocenti did in issues 259-260 of DD v. 1 That is still one of the most memorable storylines of just about any comic, to me. She did Loeb's "Hush" storyline years before he did it in Batman, and much more effectively (and it was John Romita Jr's best phase of his art career, too, IMO, and definitely gives Jim Lee's a run for its money. Lee's art being the best part of Hush, naturally.)


Kthulhu wrote:
Also in fairness to him, Wanda's powers are some of the least-well defined I can think of.

True. They've been defined and re-defined by some of the best writers in comics, too. (Byrne was rejiggering them in his aborted Avengers West Coast run; Busiek tweaked them a bit during his run. I can't think of who or where it was, but somewhere between her first appearance in the Brotherhood and her subsequent appearances in Avengers, I believe they got some redefining as well.)


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
The Feyborn alternate racial traits are: and Low-Light Visions.

"The future... is hazy." :D


Kalindlara wrote:
What we would need is a Magic Unchained product that strips the 3e compatibility out of the Spells chapter. Fixes for planar binding and simulacrum, among others. Maybe some of Mr. Jacobs' ideas about cure spells as necromancy and cure deadly wounds. Who-knows-what else. Maybe if reactions to this book are positive enough, we'll see such a product. :)

I'd like to see the Undercasting concept from Occult Adventures put into "mainstream" usage. It could even be made broader, I imagine, to make it apply to a wider range of spells (and spell effects) that keep them more in scale with level.


Set wrote:
Bendis wanted to use Luke Cage as an Avenger, and following on his not having a clue what the Scarlet Witch's powers were, he didn't have much of a clue (or, more accurately, didn't care) that Luke Cage could only lift a third of what Spider-Man could.

I am not a Bendis fan, and am generally among the first to jump on his sloppy research, but in his defense (in this case), Luke Cage had actually gotten a power up long before Bendis, in his own 90s series (titled "Cage"). He got a second dosage of the serum that gave him his powers in the first place.

It was a pretty obscure comic, however, and came at a time when there was a lot of crap on the market, so I'm not surprised it isn't widely recognized.

(And Bendis probably hadn't read it either.)


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Devilkiller wrote:
I find the continued complaints about the Fighter class before we've even seen the book kind of tiring.

Slight modification, but otherwise, I nominate this quote for the new forum motto! :D


Rise of the Runelords seems almost tailor-made for Dark Sun, thematically. Curse of the Crimson Throne, as noted, also works pretty well from a thematic standpoint.


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Some words were never meant to be pronounced by human tongues. O_o


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For what it's worth, there are going to be more phantoms in the final book when it comes out.

Stephen Radney-Macfarland wrote:
The published class will have a more complete list of emotional foci.

Just a few more months, and we'll all be able to see what those are.


doc the grey wrote:
I mean why would shepherds design a tool specifically to help them in their primary profession that is somehow too complicated for even their most novice members to use?

I think there is a world of difference between using a crook to herd relatively docile sheep and trying to use it in combat against an armed opponent.


Does anyone play the game long enough that aging ever plays a factor? Not a dig, genuinely curious.


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Kthulhu wrote:
I'm having trouble buying Caitlin as a potential villain. She's just too damn adorable.

It's entirely possible that if they do have Killer Frost on the show, it won't be Caitlin. There have been something like three of them in the comics, as I recall (Snow being one of the more recent ones, IIRC created during "New 52").

In fact, that's what I'd prefer to see. Like you, I don't quite see how they'd have her believably turn into a villain and feel it would be a waste of a great character.


"Recruit teams of criminals" sounds very cool. I wonder if that will mesh with some of Ultimate Campaigns' Downtime Systems (notably Team and Organization building).


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Vic Wertz wrote:
I will just mention that I would put this book down as "very well received" by people who have had early access to it for, uh... various reasons.

Who says blackmail is immoral, I ask you? :D


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Jason Bulmahn wrote:
As per usual, we can never please everyone...

... especially when people jump to conclusions based on nothing more than a preview teaser?

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...

That's the long held traditional end of that quote, right? :D


FattyLumpkin wrote:
Will this ship with the April subscriptions?

Can you really trust any answer that might be given today? :D


One thing to bear in mind is how equipment may change. Heavy armor of the sort that is standard in more medieval fantasy (plate mail, etc.) was not developed by the Greeks, who went about more lightly armored. This is great news for the non-martials, but will impact martials quite a lot (particularly Fighters). It will be even more noticeable if you set this in a Bronze-Age era. You might need to compensate by giving some alternative type of armor bonus (such as has been used in systems like d20 modern and the like).


@Samnell:

Spoiler:
Father Gabriel didn't murder anyone. He just didn't shut the gate properly, and because the Alexandrians are so lackadaisical and inept, they never bothered to check. Which is the whole thing that Rick and Co. have been worried about, and which caused Rick to go off on his second little rant in as many episodes at the meeting.

EDIT: And Gate Guy was at the meeting; he was the one that said he'd told Gabriel to close the gate. He was in too much of a hurry to get to the town meeting to be bothered to do it himself.


With all of the mayors of Starling City getting killed, does this mean we're eventually going to see a Mayor Oliver Queen?


DeciusNero wrote:
Wonder if we'll get some more on Hellknights - namely, some of the lesser orders (Scar, Pike)?

IIRC, the Order of the Torrent is set to play a big role in this AP.


Blood of the First World.


Zonugal wrote:

I didn't go into my thoughts & such during the construction of the character but the idea for this particular re-imagining of Thor is at 19th level he loses all of his divine abilities & is exiled to Midgard by Odin. So following this point he becomes something akin to Dr. Donald Blake.

It's why the final level is Paladin.

Oh, duh! I completely forgot about the Don Blake aspect of Thor. Makes sense now, and I do like that you have developed him "organically" that way, rather than just mechanically.


I applaud your notion of keeping them "same, yet different," though I think it could stand to be even a bit more different than the source material.

I'm not sure I understand giving him the Ship's Surgeon trait, particularly at such a high level (19) when their impact is lesser (at least that trait).

I also can't help but think Thor should have some Mythic levels, but I'm interested to see what else you do.

One of these days I should get around to posting my take on Golarion's Guardians of the Galaxy.


Just finished a Double Jack IPA. Those things have so much flavor rolling around the tongue. Mmmm.

I really need to head back up to Paso Robles soon and grab a couple of their barrel-aged dbas before they run out (since they're discontinuing it; that's if they aren't already out.)

Just learned that Golden Road Brewing here in LA is going to be opening shop in the Central Phoenix area, which is great. It's one of my favorite breweries here (even if I don't get up there much), and now when I visit back in AZ I can get their stuff fresh. If only Four Peaks would set up shop here in CA in return, I'd be a happy beer lover! :D


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Chess Pwn wrote:
Now lets say the guys reaction was to go to confess at the temple, well what if my next thing was to convince you not to go and to carry out the task? What if my next thing is to convince you to not do your response to that but instead to go carry out the task? How far would you say it needs to go before the guy carries out the task/kills himself to stop it?

About 1 hour per level.


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Chess Pwn wrote:
So I am convince I must/should kill my family. I'll just go sit on my couch and do nothing about it.

Hamlet, anyone?


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New pictures of two of the Occult iconics (the psychic and what looks like the Medium?) on Paizo's FB page.

In full-color!

(And Erik Mona, too!)

EDIT: I'm guessing Medium because he appears to be holding a Harrow deck. He also has a star-knife, interestingly enough. And the psychic is using some kind of telekinesis to have a couple of objects floating around her, including a crossbow!


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DM_Blake wrote:
OK, fine, as a trusted friend you've told your victim that his half-brother raped his wife. You make the check and he believes you. You still have no way to make him murder his half-brother. He might just go to the authorities. He might go punch him in the face and tell him to leave and never come back. He might go stone his wife to death because that's what people do in his culture. You have no control over what he does.

Something like this might even break the spell, causing the person to no longer consider you a friend. Oftentimes, the bearer of bad tidings- no matter how well intentioned- ends up being the person that ends up as the object of misdirected ire. There's a reason there is a trope of the boy/girl ending a friendship when the friend reveals that said boy/girl's significant other was a cheater/dirtbag/etc, because it often happens.

It's things like these that make me enjoy spells like charm person from a roleplay perspective, because there are still a lot of nuances of interplay between player and DM that must go on in order to achieve the ends that you want to achieve; or at least more nuances than can (should, IMO) be found in a simple d20 check.


Doug Henning says the answer is "no."


Rynjin wrote:
Palmer's IQ being only 140 is...surprising considering the impossible supertech he's invented.

He didn't really invent all that much that we've seen, though, has he? The specs on the suit he got mainly from info he obtained when he took over Queen Enterprises. Felicity figured out how to get some key parts of it working.

I can't think offhand of a whole lot he's been shown or described as doing, honestly, which is too bad. I feel as if he's kind of been dumbed down a bit since he first appeared on the show.


JoelF847 wrote:
I wonder if the Captain Cold pledge of no killing is also setting him up to be one of the 7 supers in the new spin off show. Still wondering how they'll get more traditional hero types to work with a criminal like him.

That's assuming he's going to be a protagonist, and not one of the main antagonists of the series.


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Saldiven wrote:
So, you expect Jason to come up with an exhaustive list of possibilities? You're also misquoting Jason. He didn't say, "He can still not carry it out by killing himself." He said, "the creature might take its own life instead; it's not your puppet." As a DM, I could come up with dozens of other "mights," too...

Those "mights" are even in the spell description itself:

Charm Person wrote:
An affected creature never obeys suicidal or obviously harmful orders, but it might be convinced that something very dangerous is worth doing.

(emphasis mine)

There is and should be a lot of leeway and interpretation in what a GM allows a character to do with this spell, and it really should focus largely on roleplaying and what works best for that particular gaming table. (IMO obviously, as clearly not everyone's or else this thread wouldn't exist)


Kthulhu wrote:
And yes, I realize that Barry Allen ends up with Iris West in the comics. But the show is an adaptation, and shouldn't chain itself to the comic book continuity.

Agreed. Especially when events outside the writers' preconceptions may present alternatives, such as the unpredictable chemistry (or lack thereof) between performers. In this case, Gustin and Panabaker have shown more of it than Gustin and Patton, for instance, and I think that pairing (Barry/Caitlin) may have more legs than Barry/Iris does. Might have less drama, though, which writers hate.


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Two questions:

1) You clearly put a lot of thought into the details of the costumes, do you keep a file of notes on things like where you get your inspirations from, fabric material, sumptuary laws of the Golarion cultures represented, etc?

2) Is your avatar a new iconic? :D

(I love it!)


GREMLINS!!!!!

(and Kytons)


Just out of curiosity, is it possible that a Runelord might have changed traits at some point? For example, say that the Runelord of Lust became increasingly warlike, and began to embody the traits of Wrath more fully.

Would such lateral movement have been allowed or are they eternally "locked in" to whatever sin/virtue they began with?

(I know that there are mechanics that are essentially schools from Inner Sea Magic, but even wizards can retrain schools using the mechanics from Ultimate Campaign, so even from a "by the books" approach, it should still be theoretically possible.)

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