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Here's a rough draft of my submission; elements possibly subject to change. Halfling barbarian. Yeah, not exactly optimal, and I don't typically play martials so I have a lot to learn there--a notable disclaimer. I hope the concept works though.

If accepted I'll throw this into an alias.

Dekklan Springwall:

CG Halfling Barbarian (Superstitious) 7

Senses Low-light vision; Perception +8
Init +5 (Dex 2 + Trait 1 + Sixth Sense +2); Speed 20 ft. (Medium armor, fast mvt)

===Defensive Abilities===

AC 20/21 (10 + Armor +7 Dexterity 2 + Size +1/ +1 dodge vs Medium or larger foes) (+2 insight during surprise rounds for 22/23 vs Medium or larger)
(18/19 while raging)
CMD 21
hp 105 (7d12+14 + 7 favored class) (119 while raging)
Fort +8 (Base 5 + Con 2 + cloak 1) Ref +5 (Base 2 + Dex 2 + cloak 1) Will +4 (Base 2+ Wis 1 + cloak 1) (+6 while raging)

Fearless: Halflings receive a +2 racial bonus on all saving throws against fear.

Underfoot: Gain a +1 dodge bonus to AC against foes larger than themselves and a +1 bonus on Reflex saving throws to avoid trample attacks. This racial trait replaces halfling luck.

Sixth Sense (Ex): (+2) At 3rd level, the superstitious barbarian gains a +1 bonus on initiative and a +1 insight bonus to AC during surprise rounds. This bonus increases by +1 for every three levels after 3rd. This ability replaces trap sense. ((I am interpreting this as the bonus to initiative is all the time and the bonus to AC is during surprise rounds)

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): Cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does he lose Dexterity bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. Still loses Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized or if successfully feinted against.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): Can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the barbarian by flanking her, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target has barbarian levels.

===Offensive Abilities===

BAB +7/+2; CMB +10

+1 Falchion +13/+8 (1d6+6)/18-20 x2
Power Attack: +1 Falchion +13/+6 (1d6+12)/18-20/x2
While raging, +1 Falchion +15/+10 (1d6+9)/18-20/x2
While raging, Power Attack: +1 Falchion +15/+8 (1d6+15)/18-20/x2

Mwk staff sling +10/+4 (1d6+4)/x3
While raging, Mwk staff sling +10/+4 (1d6+4)/x3

See also feats and traits below
To confirm crits: +1, +3 vs Medium or larger creatures

Small: Halflings are Small creatures and gain a +1 size bonus to their AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –1 penalty to their Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defense, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks.

Low Blow: Gain a +1 bonus on critical confirmation rolls against opponents larger than themselves. This racial trait replaces keen senses. (+2 with Improved Low Blow feat, see below)

Warslinger: Halflings are experts at the use of the sling. Halflings with this racial trait can reload a sling as a free action. Reloading a sling still requires two hands and provokes attacks of opportunity. This racial trait replaces sure-footed.

Rage (Ex): (16 rounds/day) As a free action, Rage for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + Constitution modifier +2 rounds after 1st level. Temporary increases to Constitution, such as those gained from rage and spells like bear's endurance, do not increase the total number of rounds that a barbarian can rage per day. The total number of rounds of rage per day is renewed after resting for 8 hours, although these hours do not need to be consecutive.

While in rage, gains a +4 morale bonus to her Strength and Constitution, as well as a +2 morale bonus on Will saves; plus a –2 penalty to Armor Class. The increase to Constitution grants the barbarian 2 hit points per Hit Dice, but these disappear when the rage ends and are not lost first like temporary hit points. While in rage, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except Acrobatics, Fly, Intimidate, and Ride) or any ability that requires patience or concentration.

Can end rage as a free action and is fatigued after rage for a number of rounds equal to 2 times the number of rounds spent in the rage. A barbarian cannot enter a new rage while fatigued or exhausted but can otherwise enter rage multiple times during a single encounter or combat. If a barbarian falls unconscious, her rage immediately ends, placing her in peril of death.

Rage Powers (Ex): A barbarian gains the benefits of rage powers only while raging, and some of these powers require the barbarian to take an action first. Unless otherwise noted, a barbarian cannot select an individual power more than once. (3 rage powers)

- Superstition (Ex): The barbarian gains a +2 morale bonus on saving throws made to resist spells, supernatural abilities, and spell-like abilities. This bonus increases by +1 for every 4 levels the barbarian has attained. While raging, the barbarian cannot be a willing target of any spell and must make saving throws to resist all spells, even those cast by allies.

- Witch Hunter (Ex): While raging, the barbarian gains a +1 bonus on damage rolls against creatures possessing spells or spell-like abilities. This damage bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the barbarian has obtained.

- Boasting Taunt (Ex): While raging, the barbarian can incite a creature to attack her by making an Intimidate check to demoralize. If the check succeeds, the target is also shaken as long as the barbarian is visible and raging or until it makes a melee attack against the barbarian. The barbarian receives a +2 circumstance bonus on this check for every alcoholic drink she has consumed during this rage. This is a language-dependent mind-affecting effect, and it relies on audible components.

===Statistics and Other Abilities===

Str 18 (16 w/out belt) Dex 14 Con 14 Int 10 Wis 12 Cha 10
(20 point buy, halfling racial bonuses, +1 to Str at 4th level, belt of giant strength)
BAB +7/+2, CMB +9, CMD 21

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Proficient with all simple and martial weapons, light armor, medium armor, and shields (except tower shields); treat “Halfling” weapons as martial.

Power Attack (Lv 1): (-2 penalty for +4 bonus to damage (+6 two-handed)—ignore this penalty on first attack, see below). Can choose to take a –1 penalty on all melee attack rolls and combat maneuver checks to gain a +2 bonus on all melee damage rolls. This bonus to damage is increased by half (+50%) if you are making an attack with a two-handed weapon, a one handed weapon using two hands, or a primary natural weapon that adds 1-1/2 times your Strength modifier on damage rolls. This bonus to damage is halved (–50%) if you are making an attack with an off-hand weapon or secondary natural weapon. When your base attack bonus reaches +4, and every 4 points thereafter, the penalty increases by –1 and the bonus to damage increases by +2. You must choose to use this feat before making an attack roll, and its effects last until your next turn. The bonus damage does not apply to touch attacks or effects that do not deal hit point damage.

Point-Blank Shot (Lv 3): You get a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with ranged weapons at ranges of up to 30 feet.

Improved Low Blow (Lv 5): Your bonus to confirm critical hits against opponents larger than yourself improves to +2. Furthermore, once per day, after you fail to hit with a critical hit confirmation roll, you can reroll the confirmation roll, but must take the new result even if it is worse.

Furious Focus (Lv 7): When you are wielding a two-handed weapon or a one-handed weapon with two hands, and using the Power Attack feat, you do not suffer Power Attack's penalty on melee attack rolls on the first attack you make each turn. You still suffer the penalty on any additional attacks, including attacks of opportunity.

Favored Son: Sherriff (Campaign): The no nonsense arm of the law, is like the uncle you never had. The benefits of being close friends with the town sheriff are extensive, and you can call in favors from him once per game session. A favor can either get you out of a legal jam, hook you up with a town guard for help, or give you a one-time +10 bonus on a Bluff, Diplomacy, or Intimidate check made against any local person.

Anatomist (Combat): You have studied the workings of anatomy, either as a student at university or as an apprentice mortician or necromancer. You know where to aim your blows to strike vital organs. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all rolls made to confirm critical hits.

Veteran of Battle (Religious): You have fought in several battles, and each time felt the presence of Gorum guiding your sword-arm, making you ready to act at a moment's notice. You gain a +1 trait bonus on initiative checks, and if you are able to act during a surprise round, you may draw a weapon (but not a potion or magic item) as a free action during that round.

==Skills and Skill-Related Abilities==
Skill points: 4 + 0 Int/level (28)
Climb +10 (7 ranks + 4 Str -1 ACP)
Handle Animal +2 (2 ranks + 0 Cha)
Intimidate +7 (7 ranks + 0 Cha)
Knowledge (nature) +5 (5 ranks + 0 Int)
Perception +8 (7 ranks + 1Wis)

Languages: Halfling, Common

==Special Qualities==
Fast Movement (Ex): A barbarian's land speed is faster than the norm for her race by +10 feet. This benefit applies only when she is wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor, and not carrying a heavy load. Apply this bonus before modifying the barbarian's speed because of any load carried or armor worn. This bonus stacks with any other bonuses to the barbarian's land speed.

Keen Sense (Ex): At 7th level, the superstitious barbarian gains low-light vision (triple normal vision range in dim light if she already has low-light vision). At 10th level, she gains darkvision 60 feet (or adds 60 feet to the range of any darkvision already possessed). At 13th level, she gains scent. At 16th level, she gains blindsense 30 feet. At 19th level, she gains blindsight 30 feet. This ability replaces damage reduction.


((All relevant items are of Small size))

=Sheathed on back=
+1 falchion (1d6 18-20/x2 S) (2, 375 gp, 4 lbs)

=Strapped to back on other side=
Mwk Halfling Slingstaff (1d6 damage, x3 80 ft.) (320 gp, 1.5 lbs)

Soldier’s Uniform (free; guard uniform)
+ 1 agile breastplate (+7 armor, +3 max dex, -3 ACP, 20 ft. mv) (1,550 gp, 12.5 lbs)
(The armor check penalty for Climb checks and jump checks is only –1. )
Belt of giant strength +2 (4,000 gp, 1 lb)
Cloak of resistance +1 (1,000 gp, 1 lb)
Mwk Backpack (50 gp, 1 lb)

=On belt=
x50 Sling bullets (5 sp 25 lbs) (bag of)
1x tanglefoot bag (50 gp, 4 lb)
Belt pouch (1 gp, 0.125 lb)
Hip flask (human size) (1 gp, 1/2 lb)

=In belt pouch=
5 x Acid flasks (50 gp, 5 lb)
1 x thunderstones (30 gp, 1 lb)
1 x oil of keen edge (750 gp)
1 x oil of magic weapon (50 gp)
1 x cure light wounds (50 gp)

=In Backpack=
Bedroll (1sp, 1.25 lbs)
Blanket (5 sp 0.75 lbs)
Crowbar (2 gp 5 lbs)
everburning torch (110 gp, 1 lb)
Flint and steel (1 gp)
Gear maintenance kit (5 gp, 2 lbs)
Grooming kit (1 gp, 0.5 lbs)
Manacles, masterwork (50 gp, 2 lbs)
Mess kit (2 sp, 1 lb)
Signal whistle (8 sp - )
Silk rope (50 ft) (10 gp, 5 lbs)
Stove can (10 gp, 1 lb)
Teapot (1 sp, 1 lb)
Mug (2 cp, 1 lb)
Whiskey (2 quarts) 8 sp, 4 lbs
Waterproof bag (5 sp 1/2 lb)
==Inside waterproof bag, inside backpack==
= 1 week's halfling trail rations (2 gp + 0.125 lb per, x7 = 14 gp, 0.875 lb)
= Tea (1 lb) (4 cp, 1 lb)

=Coinage (half in belt pouch, half in boot)=
16 gp, 8 sp, 4 cp

Total weight carried: 84.625 lbs
Max light load (with belt + mwk backpack): 87 lbs

Dekklan Springwall’s family escaped slavery from Cheliax when he was but a young lad, and he learned early on to fight ferociously to protect his precious freedom and his even more precious loved ones. Fueling early years of pain and shame into a terrifying rage that drove his weapon’s blows, he grew quickly into a formidable warrior. However reckless his style appeared to be, he deftly protected his family and friends from all that threatened them as they moved into Varisia for freedom. He learned a few special tricks fighting folk with magic-gifts, to defend his family from Cheliaxan wizards and their summoned spawn, and he knows how to use his small stature to his advantage when catching larger opponents off guard.

Eventually, he joined as a caravan guard for a traveling circus show, the “Flying Suncatchers” comprised largely of his own distant cousins and associates. The troupe was well known for taking in strays, including a human lass Kizzy, who shared with Dek a love of swordplay. Always on the alert for all manner of assailants, thieves, he is sometimes accused of being paranoid, but one cannot argue that he failed to keep his charges safe.

When the Suncatchers decided to settle in Sandpoint, Dek took it as an opportunity to settle as well, eager to finally gain a sense of belonging, of home in one place after many years of travel. Still eager to use his fighting skills to protect those around him, he signed up for the constabulary and quickly befriended the town’s sherriff, who appreciated Dek’s willingness to get things done fast and thoroughly. Dek has been busy since goblins have been raiding Sandpoint, and he’s getting tired of pounding the ferocious little buggers, and looks forward to dealing with more substantial foes.

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I'd like to throw my hat in if you're still recruiting. You know certainly from your Moru Country game I post regularly, though whether you want my big fat mouth running in two games might be another question. :) I played in a RotRL game once but it fizzled before we finished the first book. Will get a submission up in a bit.

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When the party is split, sometimes I spoiler the text just to keep things neat so everybody can easily find the post meant for them.

You can read the other spoilers as long as of course you do not use knowledge you glean from them in character if your character would not have that knowledge.

(I read other ppls spoiler text in other games all the time, I just don't metagame with it.)

Obviously if I have a spoiler labeled "GM only" I'd rather you not read it but it's not like I can stop you. :)

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JGray wrote:

Just letting people know...

Feedback has suggested the inclusion of a hailstorm weather event was a bit of a letdown since rules for hail already exist. So, we've made some changes and rewritten the section to be about exploding alchemical hail with unpredictable and random effects.

Cool! Is the .pdf itself updated?

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Oh, I should also add in the interests of disclosure: I edited what I think was chapter 3 of the revised version of the hardcover of CoCT coming out. (Whatever chapter is where they go out to meet with the




So I know the plot of that particular chapter pretty well. I can guarantee I would do my best not to let that interfere with any character I'd play, but I still have foreknowledge.

I will also reiterate I know I'm late to this and you may not want yet another application at this point. I'm trying not to waste your time--but also not my own if it's not worth leveling the character.

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Very late to this, but I've got a character who was in the start of not one but two CoCT games that died with the departure of the GM. We never finished the first book in either case, I believe.

It would be awesome to play her again and finish out her story. Here she is: Callie Cobalt

That said, she is neither ranged nor a true front liner -- she's an arcane duelist so she is meant to handle melee competently, but is certainly not a tank.

I'd rather have something more suitable for your party, but she's the one with the background already set up for the campaign. Is she worth applying with? Or should I just not bother (or come up with another character)? I'd need to level her to 5th.

ETA: BTW, closest thing to main gauche in Pathfinder is the swordbreaker dagger.

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That is AWESOME!!! So glad you got the school game club started.

You're running Dungeoncrawl Classics right?

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I'm counting nine so I'm hoping I can be ten. This'd be very useful in my seafaring pbp.

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For the latest patches (1.23.1765, which you very very very very much want, especially as it'll strip SecuROM off the DRM and help things run better), here ya go:

Follow the instructions in the READ ME at that link.

*steps into nearest shadow and disappears*

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KeefX wrote:

Interesting take on the question in the links, especially this one.

In the thread referenced above, it was first established that familiars are not Animals, but rather Magical Beasts. Then, expanding on that:
"Magical Beasts are similar to animals but can have Intelligence scores higher than 2 (in which case the creature knows at least one language, but can’t necessarily speak)".

The thing is, they only sort of are (and sort of aren't) magical beasts. In D&D 3.x they were described as specifically having their type change to magical beast, and that poster is erroneously assuming this still to be the case.

Pathfinder changed the wording to:

It retains the appearance, Hit Dice, base attack bonus, base save bonuses, skills, and feats of the normal animal it once was, but is now a magical beast for the purpose of effects that depend on its type

This means it is an animal for many intents and purposes (meaning the description of "magical beast" in the Bestiary, which is where the line about understanding language comes in, doesn't apply to them) but they are not susceptible to a spell that targets animals specifically, e.g., hold animal. (Although I'd make an exception with the speak with animals spell.)


"It (the familiar) gets the ability to deliver touch spells at level 3, so wouldn't a wizard have to communicate who to touch? I'm pretty sure you can't convince it to touch someone emotionally o.O"
PRD wrote:
Empathic Link (Su): The master has an empathic link with his familiar to a 1 mile distance. The master can communicate empathically with the familiar, but cannot see through its eyes. Because of the link's limited nature, only general emotions can be shared. The master has the same connection to an item or place that his familiar does.

The last sentence I also interpret to extend to creatures. The master or familiar can deliver a "sense" of a person to one another (which I've tried to manifest in my interpretations of Muffin's perceptions as "smells like fish and rotten fruit" = Kroop).

It is not a linguistic command, it is a sense of "*that person there* *anger* *hunt*.

I do interpret the empathic link as slightly more liberally than "emotions only" only because as that is pointed out is rather useless. I see it as how an animal would "think" -- in a series of sensations, images, and basic desires (including a desire to attack, hide, etc.).


Given the above, it sounds like there may be a case for saying that Muffin already understands Common (but has been smart enough to not let that information be widely known until now) without the skill point in Linguistics. But his ability to speak it doesn't exist and I agree that reading and writing should be an undeveloped and/or very limited use thing (though the thought of Muffing thumbing through a book is amusing). Also amusing? Bananagrams. Maybe Muffin needs a little chalkboard. And if someone needs attention? Cat claws on a chalkboard would do it, probably.

As it is, my ruling is this:

First, Muffin cannot understand anyone's communication with him, except for you (beyond the normal ways which people communicate with animals). But with your empathic link, you can certainly communicate your (simple) commands to him effectively.

But, if you expend a point in Linguistics, he can understand, but not speak or read or write, any language you also speak (which would be Common, Halfling, and whatever language you choose to learn by buying your rank in Linguistics, e.g., Celestial).

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Happy birthday!

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Lord Fyre wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
I think I'd enjoy living in the dreamscape of your mind.

It is largely filled with badass spy chicks and chocolate, mainly.

Also, realized the Cartinelli should be a rhubarb pie glazed with schnapps.

DeathQuaker, Agent Carter is over. Let it go.

So. I've been thinking. Post more on thread topic? Go away? Rant and rave?

Decided to try to keep it simple as I could:

- I made the mistake of having a very silly idea and wanted to share it, hoping to share my harmless and irreverent joy with other people. My bad.

- I was of course almost immediately told to shut up and stop talking.

- My feelings are hurt, because I am a human being, and human beings don't like being told to shut up.

- I am tired, here at the Paizo boards and elsewhere on the Internet, of seeing some folks post just to piss on other people's parades.

- Already was avoiding posting on most places here and elsewhere (PBPs aside) because of this reason.

- Also, I avoid posting because no one ever has your back here. No one ever supports you when you're down and says, "Hey, it's mean to tell people to shut up!" (Clicking the favorite button doesn't count.) You're just standing there, all alone with egg on your face. There's an illusion of community here, but it's not real.

- My parade is covered in piss and it's stinky as hell.

- I don't want my parade to pissed on any more.

- So I'm officially done.

- You win, Lord Fyre, you've silenced me and I will never commit the sin of discussing imaginary lesbian pie in front of you again. Congratulations! You win three Internets and no pie.

- In b4 "you're overreacting." Ya know what? I'm unhappy with this situation. I don't like being unhappy. I'm'a do what I need to stop being unhappy here, and I don't give a flying f##% about your opinion of my reaction, over-, under-, around, or through.

- As of this posting, I'm outta here--this thread, all threads on except for PBPs. Hiding all threads. Bye everyone.

- Those of you who did try to have fun with me, thank you for trying to push back the endless tide of misery that is otherwise communicating on the Internet. (And I wrote this before the latest of sillyposts, which takes a bit of the wind out of my sails of righteous indignation +2 but yeah, still done here, folks.)

- Have a good and happy life, everyone. I really mean it.

- I drew you a picture as a parting gift.

*takes ball*
*takes dice*
*takes Dottie*
*goes home*

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Dude, this is the Agent Carter thread. You don't want to discuss it, there are other threads, but please don't police my posting just because you don't want to talk about the thread's actual subject. If others feel what I am posting is irrelevant, the responsible thing to do is ignore me.

And no, I'm not clicking on whatever nasty or snarky thing you linked to.

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Kajehase wrote:
I think I'd enjoy living in the dreamscape of your mind.

It is largely filled with badass spy chicks and chocolate, mainly.

Also, realized the Cartinelli should be a rhubarb pie glazed with schnapps.

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So, in today's department of DeathQuaker-is-STILL-ridiculously-obsessed-with-Agent-Carter-and-expressing -it-in-the-silliest-ways-possible:

I've decided I want to run a dessert cafe (in the dreamscape of my mind, not IRL), and all of the dishes will be named after Agent Carter "ships." E.g., "the Peggysous," the "Cartinelli," etc. I'm still coming up with what the food would actually be, but I know that the Peggysous will basically just be vanilla layered on vanilla, and the Carterwood will involve devil's food cake and have the tag line, "It'll probably kill you, but it's worth it."

Whatever the Ana/Edwin thing would be called, I'm thinking a cross between Hungarian and English trifle. Omnom.

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I remember there was a part where he gets a bit broody and seems to sit around and do nothing but mope for a bit, but IIRC there was good reason for it. He works through an arc though--he doesn't just stay listless (also IIRC--it's also been awhile since I read it). I know it ended with me feeling generally much fonder for him, and if all he did was sit around and brood that would not have made me endeared to him.

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Mark Thomas 66 wrote:

I also love the fact that Hawkeye is the consummate professional to the point that Nat and Fury were the only ones that knew he had a family. It also makes Nat's refusal to give up on him in the first movie that much stronger since she would probably have been envisioning having to make the Casualty notification and look them in the eye.

You also realize how much of a badass Clint is when you consider he's the person waiting on the kill order to put down Thor.

Good points all!

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CallousJack, you're right, there are especially in the earlier movies moments his wit pays off. Perhaps there's an inconsistency--and again, part of the issue is that we don't really get to know him until after he shows up a couple times. I still personally feel he was off in CW (I'm on Team Everybody For F#$&'s Sake Talk To Each Other, You Morons), but obviously YMMV, and I will give him credit for referencing Robert Downey Jr.'s album. Perhaps Hawkeye has a subtle version of Deadpool's 4th wall breaking power (along with his guacamole obtaining gifts).

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Fraction's Hawkeye (and I liked Aja's art). It was one of the few comics I read starring a dude (though of course I also liked Kate in it). ;) I really like Clint as depicted in this series. The newer Hawkeye series (with the creepy kids) I found weird and dropped.

Mark Thomas 66 wrote:
I'm definitely down with Widow-wrap being an official term.

Along with Widow-jump, Widow-fall, Widow-kick, and Widow-Snark, it is definitely an official and legit superpower.

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DeathQuaker wrote:
One of my favorite bits of scenery in Far Harbor is the tank cooking the mirelurk a la a lobster steamer.
I felt bad for two reasons: 1) it still looks alive; and 2) it reminds me of Pilot from Farscape. Pilot was a likable character, even if it was a puppet.

As a crab-eating Marylander with lobster-eating Yankee relatives, all sympathy for crustaceans being boiled alive has been systematically removed from my being. I'm sure I lose karma for it, but come to think of it, the last time I was actually on Mt. Desert Island and went to a lobster pound, the lady showed me the big MF lobster I was getting, struggling in the tongs she was holding him in, and all I could think of was, "ha ha ha yes! Toss'im in the steamer!"

This may explain why mirelurks chase me relentlessly, come to think of it.


Totally forgot that mods are supposed to be available now for console starting today! A little off due to the Memorial Day weekend throwing my schedule off.

Yay for you guys! It's been a long wait! :)

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DeathQuaker wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:

In Agent Carter news, the "Bring Agent Carter to Netflix" petition has reached nearly 113,000 signatures.

(And before someone brings it up again to argue, before they knew "Agent Carter" had been cancelled, "Conviction" had already been cast and Hayley Atwell said at the time she would do both if both got picked up. She's also linked the petition on her FB so I think she's down with it happening.)

Oh, if only there were some Infinitely powerful Gem of Time, that Carter could be tasked to retrieve from Hydra's/[INSERT BAD GUY] research division. In the process of liberating it, it would accidentally trigger, and bump Carter forward through time (using her subconscious thoughts) to the current location (the present) of Rogers. Oh noes, Dottie grabbed Peggy at the last moment and was dragged forward too!

My only issue with that scenario is that Steve and Peggy have finally moved on (sort of in the case of Steve) WRT each other, and it would make it hella awkward. Which, mind, might be a gold mine for drama, but I really really really really want for Steve to stop living in the past. I have a fundamental need to see people work through grief and not wallow in it (that theme is why I loved season 1 of Agent Carter, seeing her work through her grief through the season to a natural feeling moment where she decided to move on was wonderful) and s!~$ keeps happening to Steve that makes it very difficult for him to move forward in his life.

Of course, I'm sure Dottie would be happy to interf- assist with the healthy management of expectations.

Steve: Peggy, I-
Dottie: MINE.
Peggy: Dottie stop-
Steve: Who is-
Dottie: You died. *Widow-wraps herself around Peggy.* MINE NOW.

I keep imagining out this scenario and the more I do, the more it's from the perspective of a quietly-watching, popcorn-munching Natasha.

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Longfellow gave me access to his workshop of his own free will, he can suffer the consequences of having random people bowling on his property. What I find interesting is you can't build a bar on his Island, which is sad given his predilection for booze.

I did feel bad, sort of, about sending Uncle Ken home, but the Visitor's Center is way too cool not to make good use of as a settlement. I reasoned that while sure, his family lived there a long time, but before the War, my hubby and I went on vacation to Acadia National Park (there is no proof of this in game, this is me making s#~$ up), and therefore we were there first and have first stomping rights. Yes, this is very strained, but my character is a thief at heart.

I've mostly finished turning Eden Mill into quite a nice settlement. Needs some final retaining walls and some decorations, but fixed up the old house, putting an infirmary on the front first floor (with decontamination shower and surgery center) and workshop/kitchen in the basement. Bedrooms above, with office on the top floor. Top floor contains windmills for power. Front entrance area contains restaurant and marketplace (armor, weapon, and clothing shop), side/rear contains farm field and brahmin barn. One day I might put up a fighting arena since there's there's an audience stand right there. I forgot to put in the bathrooms and bathhouse but I'll get to that at some point.

I didn't have major issues with the Azalea, but I did get shot at a lot by people I couldn't see (and my perception's quite high).

Two hermit crabs have scared the piss out of me by popping up where I didn't expect them. The first one I took out pretty quickly. The second one I got stuck on the terrain and nearly was killed but just barely managed to survive. Really glad I gave Longfellow a railgun. A third I was asked to take out by Eden Mill settlers -- one of those infamous quests where they say, "Let's fight this monster nearby" and then we trek halfway across the island. That one I could sneak up on, so it didn't startle me, but it was an albino and took awhile to kill.

One of my favorite bits of scenery in Far Harbor is the tank cooking the mirelurk a la a lobster steamer.

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Brahmin SHOULD produce brahmin milk, which you should then be able to craft butter and other things with (chowder!).

Also, as there are radchickens on the Island, and you can find cooking oil, you should be able to get eggs and make mayonnaise to make crab salad. (In other news, DeathQuaker may have also played too much Harvest Moon and Rune Factory in her life.)

I have not found any of the power armors yet (save for a suit of raider armor a trapper was wearing). I am obsessive as ever in getting settlements up and running on the Island... moreso, even, as I want to be able to give these folks more safe places to live... which of course is eating up my time. I spent a ridiculous amount of time last night trying to patch up the walls and roof in the main building at the Lumber Mill (which is generally a fairly awesome spot for a settlement.

For some reason, the "terminal tale" of Beaver Lanes Bowling Alley Broke my heart--they never got to rebuild! And they made me this cool gun! So I built a bowling alley on Longfellow's Island and named it Beaver Lanes II, and hung an American flag in honor of Thomas.

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:

In Agent Carter news, the "Bring Agent Carter to Netflix" petition has reached nearly 113,000 signatures.

(And before someone brings it up again to argue, before they knew "Agent Carter" had been cancelled, "Conviction" had already been cast and Hayley Atwell said at the time she would do both if both got picked up. She's also linked the petition on her FB so I think she's down with it happening.)

Oh, if only there were some Infinitely powerful Gem of Time, that Carter could be tasked to retrieve from Hydra's/[INSERT BAD GUY] research division. In the process of liberating it, it would accidentally trigger, and bump Carter forward through time (using her subconscious thoughts) to the current location (the present) of Rogers. Oh noes, Dottie grabbed Peggy at the last moment and was dragged forward too!

My only issue with that scenario is that Steve and Peggy have finally moved on (sort of in the case of Steve) WRT each other, and it would make it hella awkward. Which, mind, might be a gold mine for drama, but I really really really really want for Steve to stop living in the past. I have a fundamental need to see people work through grief and not wallow in it (that theme is why I loved season 1 of Agent Carter, seeing her work through her grief through the season to a natural feeling moment where she decided to move on was wonderful) and s%!* keeps happening to Steve that makes it very difficult for him to move forward in his life.

Of course, I'm sure Dottie would be happy to interf- assist with the healthy management of expectations.

Steve: Peggy, I-
Dottie: MINE.
Peggy: Dottie stop-
Steve: Who is-
Dottie: You died. *Widow-wraps herself around Peggy.* MINE NOW.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:

Hawkeye needs a miniseries with Kate and Pizza Dog.

Having the ability to get free Guacamole at Chipotle is a good anchor power for any modern superhero team.

Between Clint AND Kate, they could probably get guac AND chips.

Kalshane wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:

Hawkeye needs a miniseries with Kate and Pizza Dog.

This. Or a Kate and Pizza Dog series with occasional appearances by Clint, since the MCU has pretty-much ruled out the Hawkguy version of the character.

You may have a point. Also because if they gave Hawkeye an elongated story, they'd probably kill off his wife and kids for shock value/gratuitous manpain and that's not a thing I need to see. So maybe better if he's a side character.

In Agent Carter news, the "Bring Agent Carter to Netflix" petition has reached nearly 113,000 signatures.

(And before someone brings it up again to argue, before they knew "Agent Carter" had been cancelled, "Conviction" had already been cast and Hayley Atwell said at the time she would do both if both got picked up. She's also linked the petition on her FB so I think she's down with it happening.)

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Hawkeye needs a miniseries with Kate and Pizza Dog.

For you Hayley Atwell fans, here's a trailer for Conviction.

Looks.... shaky, at best, but I'd watch Hayley Atwell read the phone book, so I'll check it out.

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thejeff wrote:
Norman Osborne wrote:
Set wrote:
since all the glorious snark and attitude that makes comic book Hawkeye such a fun character has been surgically removed and added to RDJ's version of Tony Stark
I'm worried this will happen to Spidey as well. ESPECIALLY since they've decided to shoehorn Stark into the Spider-Man movie.

Still, I really loved how Peter was handled in Civil War.

Stark is a snarker, but Iron Man doesn't really have the battle patter thing going and Spidey definitely did.

Yeah, given how Spidey was portrayed in Civil War I'm not too concerned with Stark "replacing" his sense of humor. His personality wasn't undercut in a movie largely about Tony and Steve where he is a side character, so I don't think it would be in the movie that is about him where Tony is a side character.

And I think the issue with Hawkeye being so stiff compared to his comics counterpart (whom I love) is more to do with Jeremy Renner's performance than Stark overshadowing his sense of humor. Hawkeye does get some flippant lines but they just don't carry perhaps as far as they should, and Renner grabs onto the moodier beats of his character more notably than the humorous ones. Hawkeye also kind of got screwed by being mind-controlled in his earliest appearances so we didn't really get to know him. He's had the least interplay/banter with the rest of the team -- and Civil War didn't help him either, as the way he yelled at Stark made him come off more of a jerk than I think they intended (at least IMO--I felt sorry for Tony). (Obviously they need to fix this by having him actually sing that song in Infinity Wars.)

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In relation to my latest obsession, something very WRONG just happened when I started a new game of Nethack (well, unNethack, but still)...

Dottie! (also if you don't play Nethack half of this will not make sense):

Welcome Dottie! You are a Chaotic Human Rogue.
#name monster
What would you like to name the kitten? Peggy

<insert wandering through dungeon level for a bit, still on level 1>

You see here a war hammer named Mjollnir.


<waits for Peggy to walk over the hammer to be sure it's not cursed. She does, so it is not cursed.>


d - a war hammer named Mjollnir

((Well, if I try to wield it, it'll probably blast me*, but I've gotta try....))

w d

You are wielding a war hammer named Mjollnir.





Well, the greatest threat to the world may not be Moloch's bid for ascension after all. I think Mojo's lowered its standards. Or has it???!!?

(* It wouldn't because it's neutral aligned, which I checked on later.)

Also, I think I need to see this in artwork....

ETA: I've of course already gotten her killed because I'm terrible at unNethack (the damage monsters deal is exponentially larger than in the vanilla game and I never account enough for it). Except she was killed via a bonesfile by a Dottie in a prior game who was killed by a mummy, so was Dottie the Mummy. So first of all, her greatest enemy is obviously herself. Second of all, now if the bonesfile remains, there will be an Undead Mjollnir-wielding Dottie running around.

I will stop these silly posts now, but that was amusing as heck and I didn't know who else in the world would appreciate.

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Bah... have they shown a pretty girl yet in MCU that wouldn't have Tony... or any Stark wrapped around her finger. Fooling Vision may be something, but TONY?!? That's not high skill :P

Phantom, you don't have to like Black Widow, but part of her skill set is cold-reading and manipulating people -- she tricks a f!%&ing Trickster God, which is a fact you seem to ignore upthread. No one else could do that, not even the other badass spies in the MCU.

Her infiltration and hacking skills are also repeatedly useful in Winter Soldier (including decrypting a file in a frikking Mac Store of all places). Yes, there are other spies that can do some of that too, but one of the points is she is the best, and it's important for narrative reasons she's the one that does certain things (like release the SHIELD files to the world, meaning she also chooses to release her own profile to the world -- someone else doing that and inadvertently revealing her origins would not hold the same personal repercussions).

I think a lot of what she does is awesome, and that isn't limited to combat -- and she is also just an interesting and human character with a crazy backstory. She often subtly helps keep the team together, helping the others focus on the task at hand (and yes, she fails to do that in Civil War, but that just creates an interesting arc for her--and part of that is she is one of the few people who realizes how personal things are for Cap and that he isn't going to rest until things play out). A character's contribution to a superhero team (or any team) isn't just what cool special effects they can pull out of their ass -- it's all about human (in-, "enhanced" or otherwise) relationships, and how all the team members know, interact, befriend, be-enemy each other are part of the movies' appeal, and you can't replace Widow (or Cap or Stark etc) for another person with the same skillset because they don't have the same story, relations, chemistry, etc. The way she knows and reads and works with the team is just as important as her considerable skillset -- and as much as I actually want Mockingbird as an Avenger, that is not something she could replace (nor do I see her as a replacement for Black Widow per se). Now, does BW need to be in every movie? No.

Also, this is not a remark on you particularly but just an expressed wish for this thread: that we can discuss character likes and dislikes without pissing on other people's parades by expressing such things in mean or disrespectful tones.

In other news:

Dear santa, I want an all spy lady movie with Black Widow and Mockingbird and Agent 13 and the Cavalry and Maria and Simmons and also Peggy and Dottie in flashbacks. I will watch it, and I will mind control enough people to watch it with me to make it worth the studio's while, I promise. (Yes, I know this movie is not happening. Please leave Death Quaker in her happy place for now and save the "well actuallys" for people looking for an argument. Thank you.)

And she has a signature fighting style designed around fighting like a spider (crawling all over an opponent's body and using her own as an entanglement weapon)

Interesting fact! Bridget Regan studied Scarlett Johansson's moves to ensure Dottie's fighting style would look similar.

Oh, look who I'm talking about again! *squeeeeeee!* DOOOTTTTTTTTIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Scythia wrote:
One thing I noticed, every Trapper I've seen so far has been male. It gave me good reason to pick up Black Widow.

For some reason, where my mind initially went with that is picturing you flirting with Natasha Romanoff.

Then I realized you meant the perk.

Good idea, BTW.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
darth_borehd wrote:
Of course you can never make a character exactly like Green Arrow, but what would be the closest?
Which Green Arrow are you talking about? The one with the basket full of comedy arrow types? Or the far more serious archer who walked away from arrow silliness, and concentrated on being the deadliest archer alive?

The thread title indicates the television show version. Which is a somewhat less experienced (but still very skilled) version of the latter.

As for the thread's question, I agree with Rainy Day Ninja's vigilante.

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Liking Far Harbor more and more as I go into it. The characters are interesting -- and it's definitely worth taking Nick along with you, BTW. The environment is nicely creepy.

Haven't done much with the new companion, and he just seems to be a walking Salty Ol' Yankee stereotype--though a fun one at that.

They seem to have taken into account some criticisms and it seems like dealing with the different factions can be more nuanced... I'm hoping for some diplomatic options opening up as I play through. Although of course it's plain the option to just blow everything up is there as well.

Monsters are suitably tough, and I like the new creatures. My only
"complaint" is the presence of super mutants... they are wholly unnecessary and there should be no reason for them to be there--the Trappers and the various monsters are more than enough. I know Bethesda is just in love with super mutants and wants to put them everywhere but FFS.

The murder mystery plot is entertaining.

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Since this is the Agent Carter thread, while discussion of related MCU properties is at least vaguely on topic, we might wanna move serious discussion of the DCEU to another thread. I didn't meant to derail things with my offhand comparison comment (I have thoughts on the above, but not sure it's the best place). :)

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Even if some of the AOS team got appropriately namedropped (in contexts audience who didn't watch the show would not be lost) that would help.

Since this IS the Agent Carter thread, I feel this is an appropriate place to note that I feel like one of the reasons Agent Carter works better for me as an MCU sideline for me more than Agents of SHIELD (and I like Agents of SHIELD for the most part) is because it is set in the past. It immediately frees you from stuff like, "Well, why doesn't Peggy just call Cap?" Agent Carter was free to fill in historical gaps without being beholden to the current movies' timeline OR being forced to lampshade why it isn't directly connecting to something it should. By all means it can be used to set up or explore some long-term plots or concepts Darkforce, which gives it that connectedness without hamstringing the plot.

Part of Agents of SHIELD's troubles is that it exists roughly on the same level of threats to deal with AS the Avengers, and ridiculous contrivances have to be made (like apparently no one letting them know Coulson is not only alive but the current director of SHIELD) as to why there's never any intersection. Sometimes, "well so and so is not available" or "we have to keep this a secret" CAN work, but you can tell when the narrative is doing backflips to avoid addressing the obvious, and that ruins immersion--and yet further, AOS has to bend its plot sideways to accommodate the films while the films ignore AOS. I can understand the theoretical appeal of wanting to make it all connected, but it has often failed in practice with AOS (slightly less so with Jessica Jones and Daredevil, but they operate on a "street level" that makes it easier to pull them away--and reference other MCU issues on a broader note).

Frankly, I think the one thing DC has done right has let its "DCEU" operate in a multiverse (Snyderverse, Berlantiverse (aka Flarrowverse), Karaverse [also produced by Berlanti but on another Earth], and Gothamverse), so the shows and movies don't HAVE to connect (but can be connected if opportunity arises, like the Flash/Supergirl crossover).

On the upshot, IIRC one of the reasons why there's been such a disconnect is because one dude was controlling the films and another the TV... now my understanding it's all the bailiwick of Kevin Feige now, and so maybe some of these problems will be mitigated somewhat. I think AOS needs to carve out its niche more, and I think they need to be less afraid of referencing (briefly, appropriately) it in the movies---especially since AOS introduced the motherf@**ing Inhumans and they're going to be dealt with in the movies at some point. I was disappointed there was not a brief discussion of the Inhumans in Civil War -- IIRC the tainted fish oil thing was a publicly known thing, so the Avengers and people like Ross should be aware of the Inhumans, and the question of how the Sokovia Accords affect other "enhanced humans" should have come up, however briefly.

What better management can't control is the fact that movie production and TV production operate on very, very, very different schedules. SOME of the disconnect (but not all) is very simply due to "well, they had already finished the movie script when we started writing these upcoming TV episodes." Nothing is going to change that.

Some of the creative teams are aware of what's going on with each other at least. IIRC there's an article on IGN where Markus and McFeely (the writers of Winter Soldier and Civil War) are asked about events in Agent Carter and they said THEY would be willing to try to wrap up some of AC's plot threads in ways that they could in their projects (which also means AC WAS setting up stuff that would impact the rest of the MCU). Whether that will really happen, I will try to remain reasonably skeptical.

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As for Maria Hill, obviously we need to see more of her emotional side.

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I have a feeling at least some of the Avengers probably know Coulson's alive. Hell, I think May called Romanoff in an episode last season and so Natasha knows SOMETHING is going on with SHIELD. ((In MCU scenes we will never regrettably see: just picture the Cavalry and Black Widow kicking bad guy butt together and then grabbing a drink afterward. And this is why the disconnect between the TV shows and movies is sometimes painful to think about.))

Thor may not know if Heimdall or Sif hasn't told him... but god, it wouldn't make any sense at all if that was the case.

Tony may well have figured it out for the reasons Set states.

Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird as an Avenger, for instance, could be one way to go.

If there was one character who deserved to go from TV to movies, it's Mockingbird. (My vote for #2 would be Daredevil, even though he ticked me off a little in season 2.)

She's more interesting, IMO, than either Maria Hill or Sharon Carter, thus far.

I feel super sorry for Sharon Carter. She is in the MCU what the Earth-616 Peggy is in the comics. In other words, in the comics, Sharon is Cap's primary love interest and a badass agent in her own right who's done a lot of cool stuff (okay, also gotten kidnapped and brainwashed and stuff but that's what happens when you're a superhero's girlfriend that's existed in the comics since the 60s, you get your turn in the fridge, unfortunately [let's just not do that ANY MORE people!]), whereas Peggy's largely a background character there to fill out Cap's (and Sharon's) backstory and be largely just an older imitation of Sharon.

In the MCU, though, Peggy got a GREAT major role in the First Avenger and people loved her so much she got spun out into the one shot and the TV series AND she is probably second only to Stan Lee in terms of cameos in the films and AOS. We saw her FIRST, and fell in love with her. It doesn't hurt that Hayley Atwell would be fascinating to watch even if she were reading the phone book.

Sharon was SO SO SO sidelined and minimized in the Winter Soldier, a lot of people didn't even think of her as anything but a side-character of any particular importance--just sort of an everywoman of SHIELD rather than a major player in the Captain America universe. I know people who saw Civil War and didn't even remember her being in Winter Soldier or realize her character was a relatively major one in the Cap family. Sharon had more to do in Civil War, but that movie was so crowded of course she couldn't be given much more spotlight either (even though she still managed to have way better moments in the few scenes she was in, for the most part). So she's instead become a pale imitation of Peggy and comes off ultimately as Cap's rebound rather than a character in her own right---which really isn't fair to her, because the very little material she's had has in fact been really good. Emily Van Camp doesn't quite have Atwell's presence (IMHO), but she's nonetheless a damn fine actress who deserves a lot better.

Much as I loooooooved Black Widow's role in Winter Soldier (I know this will come as a surprise to you, but I happen to like badass spy ladies) I have to wonder if the bulk of her part should have been Agent 13's instead. I know they had to establish Nat's and Cap's friendship for later films (and I'm sure the studio wanted Johannson, who is more well known, drawing box offices sales), but if a lot of what Widow did in the movie had been handed to Sharon -- including stuff like handle the sense of betrayal from Hydra taking over and helping Cap find answers -- she would be both received a lot better and be in a much better place for future opportunities/stories. (Sharon for the MCU's American Dream!)

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Caineach wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:

Not to piss on anyone's parade, but given it's merely a rumor, I'm guessing that site pulled some speculation from elsewhere--I remember reading a recent article where people were saying what they'd LIKE to see on Netflix and those heroes came up. I worry someone else took that for possibility rather than a wishlist.

It'd be cool to see those heroes--and more--but I'd also worry about them biting off more than they can chew. I'd like to see the Defenders come together and the new Cloak and Dagger -- and of course *wishful thinking* Agent Carter brought over -- before they start bringing in bunches of new shows in earnest.

It wouldn't be the first time rummors were leaked/started to influence negotiations. *Eyes Deapool trailer*

Yes, but that's different because Deadpool himself started those rumors.

Lord Fyre wrote:
Damon Griffin wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
DC should be reminded that there is a smoking hawt actress (Bridget Regan) available to help revive their "cinematic universe".

Right, but as who, at this point? That ship has sailed for Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, the Enchantress, Katana, Lois Lane, Mercy Graves, Mera....

Huntress? Zatanna?

I was thinking Pamala Isly.

That would be awesome. For heroes I'd vote Zatanna or Black Canary. And totally NOT just because I think she would look hot in fishnets.

Actually, given how amazing Ms. Regan is at fight choreography, Black Canary would be awesome.

Lord Fyre wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Yeah I have to side with the Slaad one. Either of those two would be a much better use of LMD tech.
But, we know that the voice being uploaded is female.

I am totally behind on SHIELD (taking Bobbi away broke my heart) and barely know what you're all talking about, but based on the conversation here and even in spite of this particular piece of information, my guess at who the LMD is is Aloysius Samberly.

On another note, I remember Tony Stark name dropping the term "Life Model Decoy" in one of the Iron Man movies.

In a slightly more serious response to Ambrosia Slaad's second spoiler:

IMO, the show wasted both Hand and Xena (because she was totally Xena in that particular role) and either one coming back would be glorious. Plus we know Lucy Lawless is a Cylon and there's already duplicates of her anyway.

On the subject of Dottie not being a SHIELD agent, how do we know? Last we saw her, she seemed actually concerned about Peg being aware of the corruption in the SSR, and notably using the phrase "your idealism will kill us all" like she considers herself included in Peg's circle (far more than Peg does at the moment, in fairness). Maybe they eventually realize she's a hell of a lot safer kept close and more than useful as long as she's given clear mission parameters. Maybe part of why SHIELD eventually took a chance on Natasha is because a precedent had already been set (to be clear, not why Barton spared her, but why Fury agreed to it when he had a kill order on her because she was the kind of person who burned down children's hospitals to get to her targets--the likes of which I'm not even sure Dot had on her rap sheet)... Not that I've totally and obsessively overthought this to death or anything.

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Scythia wrote:
Why are there outhouses all over? The bombs fell in 2077 not 1877. :P
Presumably they built them after they no longer had functional plumbing.

Okay having played through more, I see what you're saying. You find them in ruins of campsites and such.

I have a vague recollection--which means I could entirely be making this up and should be taken with a large grain of salt--from the last time I went to Mt. Desert Island (the setting for the DLC) that some of the older, more rustic campsites were equipped with outhouses (or buildings that used to be outhouses but were later repurposed).

Old farms and other sufficiently old buildings--of which there are many in Maine--sometimes also still have outhouses (the house I grew up in [not in Maine]) had an outhouse). Now, realistically being largely wooden structures that need a fair bit of maintenance to remain standing, they shouldn't have survived the apocalypse, but the same goes for a lot of stuff in the Fallout landscape, so.

But probably the real reason is to feature an item you can now build in settlements -- for which I am very grateful, as I am one of those weirdoes who has to build bathrooms for their settlers. Look, people need to have a place to pee!

There's not a LOT of new settlement stuff in FH but what is there I really like. The barn building set (which includes the outhouses) is really great. The traps are cool too, as are the nautical decorations.

On another note, I am really impressed on the details on the landscape in this game. I know this is going to sound bizarre if you haven't been there, but the rocks really look like Maine coast rocks. I'm sure a resident would find issue, but as an occasional visitor, the place really does look and feel to me like I'm wandering around a postapocalyptic Mt. Desert Island--even moreso than Boston or Washington, DC, two places I've also been to frequently. Mind, it's reasonably a much smaller relatively speaking area with a lot less urban detail, but still.

The lag for some reason is better today and I have no idea why. Stealth patch? Luck? idk.

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Sorry, but I'd much rather have the Defenders.

We can still agree on our love for Dottie, however.

Dottie! *wriggles free from restraints and runs wild*

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FWIW (I have not played on Survival yet) my current character was built as a pistoleer, though I'm high enough level my rifleman perk is maxed out by this point too. With both perks maxed out, I generally get more bang for my buck with pistols, and especially with Deliverer than any other ballistic weapon because the fire rate is so good and the VATS AP rate is so ridiculously low. The caveat here is this is in good part because of my Stealth/High Agility build -- Deliverer+sneak attack+Gun Fu is insane. And 10 mm ammo is so common (and I do not have Scrounger or anything; my character is named "Jinx" for a reason) it's pretty easy to keep well stocked. Usually if I'm not using Deliverer it's because I'm at long range or fighting something that's more vulnerable to energy weapons.

I went into Far Harbor with Deliverer and a cryo gauss rifle I named "Iced Lightning."

I know it'd be awhile before you'd be willing to quest far enough to get to Deliverer, but you can get Wastelander's Friend early on (Carla should wander past you at some point and I think she's the one who sells it), and while not as crazy fast as Deliverer, it should do well once modded up a bit.

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Not to piss on anyone's parade, but given it's merely a rumor, I'm guessing that site pulled some speculation from elsewhere--I remember reading a recent article where people were saying what they'd LIKE to see on Netflix and those heroes came up. I worry someone else took that for possibility rather than a wishlist.

It'd be cool to see those heroes--and more--but I'd also worry about them biting off more than they can chew. I'd like to see the Defenders come together and the new Cloak and Dagger -- and of course *wishful thinking* Agent Carter brought over -- before they start bringing in bunches of new shows in earnest.

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Claxon wrote:

Lots of people complained about the fog slowing down their game.

I believe it's something that will be addressed as a bug soon.

Good to know. I'll probably stick with my Survival run for now. I just hit level 5!

I managed to scavenge a magnifying glass in the Red Rocket cave, which gave me the crystal I needed to build a recruitment beacon. Now I've got a single solitary settler at Sanctuary, but he didn't bring any crops with him. Stole some tatos from Abernathy farm though.

Olivia Station is near there with a suit of power armor nearby and the Abernathy's daughter's locket--as well as a mini nuke and a fusion core inside. That'd give you three settlements to work with and all the tatoes you can eat--as well as the ability to trade with Connie for additional scrap without having to go too far afield. The raiders will probably be tough, but that location gives you a lot of cover to hide behind.

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Scythia wrote:
About Far Harbour...

[pedant]"Harbor." It is a place name (the actual location is Bar Harbor, ME; you can see the signs at Far Harbor just have the edges of the "B" rubbed off) so would be spelled as it is printed on maps regardless of which English written standards you use.

Likewise if there's a British place name of X Harbour, an American should spell it that way even if otherwise they would usually use "harbor" in a non-place name.[/pedant]

Why are there outhouses all over? The bombs fell in 2077 not 1877. :P

Presumably they built them after they no longer had functional plumbing.


Liking the new story so far, but I'm getting lag something fierce--something that had finally gone away for me as of the last patch. I think it's the fog, which doesn't bode well.

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DeathQuaker wrote:
The only problem with that is Peggy showing up in the present day going, "He's seeing WHO?" ;)
That's classified ma'am... You may have helped found this, but you're not level 8. ;)

Pffft, like that would stop Peggy.

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Jester David, it's Secret Empire, not Hydra! The similarity to the symbol they showed on SHIELD really was a coincidence. The Arena Club is the Secret Empire. Here is the article that explains this: ce-secret-empire

(Also, Peggy in that red dress in that picture on the top.... gosh she's a purty lady.)

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
{whispers:} Psyche-Magnetron

Which I TOTALLY knew and HAVEN'T been reading Captain Marvel titles for the last two years without remembering that AT ALL. *rolls Bluff* Eh, that 4'll do I'm sure.

So wait, are you saying she should be cast as Carol, or are you saying Ms. Regan herself should be merged with Kree DNA and become our own universe's Captain Marvel?

Because, while I'll be honest that on the first bit I don't personally picture her as Carol, I really wouldn't object to either scenario.

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What I think would have been awesome, if the Agents of Shield were doing something in the present, and Agent Carter was doing something in the past, and the quests were related somehow.

Kind of like how we got the flashback of finding the obelisk... but more so.

Either have them both working the same case... or have them thematically similar to show the differences in SHIELD then and now... Then have them switch every week with who we're following.

If such a scenario could also touch firmly on the founding and establishment of SHIELD that would be awesome. I'll be honest, I get sick of a lot of time jumps in TV shows (Arrow thoroughly wearied me on flashbacks) this is the kind of thing that if handled well could actually be both entertaining and edifying for solidifying certain elements of the MCU.

Maybe even toss a time machine in there somewhere...

The only problem with that is Peggy showing up in the present day going, "He's seeing WHO?" ;)

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*may possibly be sedated by SSR agents now*

Damon Griffin wrote:
In "Civil War" Steve and Bucky were reminiscing about a time Bucky spent their return bus money trying to win a prize at Coney Island for a redhead named Dottie. Hmmm....

And if comics lore is anything to go by, Buck likes his Black Widows...

Of course Dottie's not a natural redhead (though Bridget Regan is) but she's dyed her hair, so who's to say that wasn't her?

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I like Dottie too. {makes sekrit Bluff check not to swoon} I'd really like to see Bridget Regan play a bigger starring roll as a different character in an MCU film(s).

They seldom recast the same actors for different characters in the MCU (though with some exceptions) though that would be awesome.

Or alternately, an immortal superpowered clone of Dottie is more than acceptable. Dottie! *struggles as she is restrained and injected with something*


I will also take as a consolation prize narratively appropriate flashbacks to Dottie -- for example, Kevin Feige said maybe possibly, perhaps definitely in an alternate universe, there might eventually be a Black Widow movie in our (and possibly more importantly, hopefully Scarlett Johannson's) lifetimes, and it would be cool if Dottie showed up in a historical flashback there (perhaps a MacGuffin to do with the Secret Empire stuff Dot was investigating turns up in the present day).

{briefly stops fine-tuning on Psyche-Magnetron targeting system to Google for Bridget Regan's current location}

I just follow her on Twitter, but ya know, what works for you! ;)

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Chris Mortika wrote:
Why was Dottie even in this story-arc? What did she do? Her story had no resolution, and her abilities fluctuated wildly. And why was she trying to obtain the Hydra pin?

I... I'm sorry, I am misunderstanding your question. You seem to be questioning why Dottie was there when of course the question should be why wouldn't she be? Why Dottie? Because Dottie. Because Dottie is wonderful and amazing and talented and just the cutest little ruthless sadistic murderer/ballerina EVER! Why Dottie?!?! Dottie!!!! Dottie Dottie Dottie. Why is there not MORE Dottie? Why is there not a show called "Agent Underwood" that is on every day 24/7/365? And don't give me silly answers like "Because no show works like that" or "I'm not sure of the demand" or "Because Bridget Regan is in other shows too and has a life and has to eat and sleep on occasion." Dottie!

Dare you question Dottie's careful masking and/or use of different abilities to keep us guessing? Dottie! Why Dottie? Dottie Dottie. And did you not clearly hear Dottie explain she was investigating the Arena Club, a front for the Secret Empire and not HYDRA (the similarity to the astronaut symbol is a red herring), because they control this cesspit of a country? Dottie is here to save us all (maybe with a tiny bit of help from her true love and sidekick Peggy)! Or she might be here to kill us all, I'm not sure, but at least that means she'll pay attention to us for a hot second.

Dottie! Love Dottie. Be Dottie. Dottie is all. Worship Dottie. Dottie Dottie Dottie.

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I'm kinda amazed at how many people in this thread really look at this show and think that how men treated Peggy in terms of the sexism that she faced was too much or over the top or was done just to setup a girl power angle to show how great Peggy was.

It's as if people here really thought that white guys in the 20's 30's and 40's were more magnanimous than they really were? As if they, for the most part wouldn't have treated Peggy and every other woman or non white person like that. And it's not that I'm saying that white d00ds were all evil but that's just how it was back then. Women had JUST gotten the right to vote a little more than 20 years prior to this story. Sexism and attitudes wouldn't have magically changed or disappeared during that time. Hell it's 70 years later and some of those attitudes STILL havent changed.

I love Captain America: The First Avenger but the inclusion of Gabe Jones as part of the unit stuck in my craw. The army wasn't integrated until after WWII in 1948. I know that he was part of the Howling Commandos in the comics but that bothered me a little bit too.

I liked that Peggy's world was reflective of the real America / world at the time and that world wasn't as accessable for a woman or a person of color.

I will miss this show and I'll put this out there: I thought that AGENT CARTER was hella brave for even TEASING the idea of an interracial relationship with a black guy. Didnt think it was very realistic but it sure as hell was brave.

My interpretation of those reactions:

Put quite simply, seeing the more unsavory elements of history reenacted--even in a pulpy fictional format--can make people feel uncomfortable. It's hard to go, "Oh s~$&, my father/grandfather (or mother/grandmother) etc. acted like that." Seeing it occur, again even in a fantastic narrative, pushes one to see that was--or even still is, even if less common or muted or perhaps not happening in a given individual's personal sphere--reality.

And we don't like to be made uncomfortable when looking for happyfuntimes tv, especially. However, ironically, often very well written tales, although not always happyfuntimes, do a good job of making us uncomfortable at times as part of the experience of the drama.

How comfortable you are with yourself and your own personal history or self-regard impacts how well you can handle that discomfort.

In one scenario, you can can allow yourself to be challenged by this discomfort and accept the realities being depicted amongst the pulpy fiction for what they are. You can perhaps realize you've learned something important about history and/or yourself, and you can trust in yourself that you treat people better than that... and are certainly confident the show is not judging YOU or anything connected to your life. At this point, the depiction ceases to lead you to feel uncomfortable and you can get on with enjoying the historical story.

Or you can get stuck in a quagmire of discomfort, even feel "attacked" by something that is obviously not targeting you. Rather than allow it to help you be self-reflective and self-aware, or at the very least grateful you no longer live in such times, you push it away from yourself and complain about the show being badly written instead.

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Talking of what the new stuff gives, I've renovated Starlight Drive In, giving my minions a new concrete laden home that wraps around the side of the projection building/diner, over the fallen "wing." Ended up looking pretty good, if not terribly fancy. Removed most of my perimeter wall, though I might still cordon off some areas with some concrete walls (better than the steel-wall-and-foundation thing I had going on before). And most importantly, I now have a pet cat.

Trying to wrap up any loose ends, so I'm done with the main game when Far Harbor comes out in a few days. It's crazy, at this point I think I've discovered almost every location (I think there's one or two in the Glowing Sea I haven't hit yet), and done most every quest. Finishing up "To the Mattresses" and that's about it... I didn't do "Confidence Man" intentionally on this playthrough (I kind of like Travis-as-is and "Confidence Man" is one of those quests where you can't refuse to do it once you get it) and the Drinkin' Buddy Quest is still on my log because it doesn't properly clear away if you decide to keep it for yourself. I own every settlement possible; the only place I haven't populated yet (not counting Boston Airport and the Mechanist's Lair) is Spectacle Island, as I want to finish doing some building there before I send people over. If you're gonna have an island resort, gotta do it right! (I also girded the ruined hotel there in concrete to turn it into a livable space... it annoys the heck out of me you can't just scrap the place, but it at least looks a heck of a lot better.)

Crazy thing is I'm sure there's still bits I've missed, and I've logged 423 hours... I know there's scenes and characters I've still never run into (I only just met the brahmin saleslady for the first time yesterday, and there's stuff like the silly Mr. Gutsy scene I've never personally run into). I just heard dialogue from Piper the other day I never heard her say before. Oh, and while I've used the animal traps (to get the cat) I haven't done ANYTHING yet with the arena mechanics. (I'm thinking I might build a rock-em sock-em robot arena in Boston Airport or the Mechanist's Lair, if that's doable). It is just nuts how HUGE this game is. Folks can rightfully complain about the oversimplicity of some of the quests, bugs, and clumsily cut content.... but no one can honestly complain there isn't enough to do!

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Comparing Agent Carter to Supergirl in terms of writing quality is like comparing J.K. Rowling to the chick who wrote Twilight. The former may have made mistakes at times and had some occasional trouble with plotholes, but still managed to make something thoroughly entertaining with memorable, beloved characters. The latter just wrote drivel based on what was popular or desired. (Mind, I actually liked much of the Supergirl show, and I do NOT like Twilight, but I am aware its writing is not its strength).

Sundakan, maybe I skimmed over something I don't know what "lines" you are referring to, and the youtube link you provided goes to an episode of MacGyver. There was some cringy dialogue in Carter on occasion... most of it revolving around that dumbass love triangle in Season 2 (that and the anticlimactic ending were that season's two weakness, IMO), but it was more the exception that proved the rule. Certainly I can't think of any equivalent to your "swinging sack" comment off the top of my head. In terms of stuff that referred to the sexism of the period, I don't think stuff like...


Roxxon Exec: ((Something on the attractiveness of the local secretaries.)) What's your name, darling?
Peggy: Agent.

... Are comparable. (Actually, that scene in particular I found pretty funny.)

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Marik Whiterose wrote:
Save Carter!
Will not work. Hayley Atwell has already moved on.

She said originally if Agent Carter had been renewed, she was planning to do both. She took on Conviction before they knew Agent Carter's fate, after all, so had to plan to make it work if she needed to. Agent Carter is a short series so it's a lot easier to schedule amongst other projects. (A lot of Agent Carter actors also did other stuff, but had stipulations in their contracts to be sure they could also do the show, which says a lot about how much they liked working on it.)

Not to mention, IF Netflix took on Agent Carter, it'd likely be awhile before it started filming.

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