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Krensky wrote:
Akane-chan: I can't have orgasmo-chocolate, so I'll summon an asteroid. That'll show you!

I'm surprised nobody pointed out that if she destroys Earth, that means no more chocolate for her...EVER. And no more candy of ANY kind....also ever. Talk about cutting of your nose to spite your face.


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I know everyone talks about how focused Blood of Fiends and Blood of Angels were, but with all the alternate versions, they basically transformed tieflings and aasimar into multiple races in those books (not that I see that as a bad thing) which were unified by a common theme.

That's they key, I think - keep the overall theme tight.

I'm looking forward to this one, and I haven't made a 'Blood of' purchase since the first two. After hearing how Blood of Night got all mucked up by becoming a GM reference rather than a player one, I haven't really bothered with the line. Here's to hoping I get pulled back in....


Aranna wrote:

I have also started watching Legend of Korra. Fun show. All early 1900's radio drama style. It does tend to wrap up subplots in one 24 minute episode each... which they didn't have to do, and would have been far more dramatic if they had left them to run their course more naturally. But they were pressed for time so I guess they had to shorten where they could.

The radio announcer from the beginning of each episode is an actual character who appears in a couple episodes. (much like the narrator for the first series was an actual character as well - just this guy isn't a previous avatar like Roku was) He even has a hilarious line (based on delivery - what spurs it isn't supposed to be funny at all) later in the season.


Krensky wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
Meanwhile, Anna keeps escalating the crazy.........
?

Shimoneta.

The next episode is titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Masseurs?


Meanwhile, Anna keeps escalating the crazy.........


Currently my wife and I are watching Mauyo: Archenemy and Hero. Interesting and amusing so far after 5 episodes in. The bit in episode 1 with the projected memory of her special pillow made us both laugh.

"Please forget this.'

"I'll try." (the look on his face says he's gonna try REALLY hard)


Sadly, I'm an episode behind on most Crunchy shows (my premium is with Anime Network for ze dubz) so I'm going to be a bit off on all the references (the things I know ahead are from TvTropes discussing the manga).


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I'm waiting for the Actually, I Am episode where Youko's dad and Asahi play Life while waiting for her.

<dad draws card> Your daughter is getting married!

<Asahi draws card> YOU are getting married!

Hilarity ensues.........


Krensky wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
kyrt-ryder wrote:
Rednal wrote:
It's hard for me to decide on the best monster girl - I like all of them. XD

Shishido Shiho hands down.

Wait... which monster show? Because if we're talking about the whole season, Overlord definitely has better picks than anything else running.

From that show I actually like Nagasi - she's like a slightly better adjusted rule 63 Souske Sagara....from space. Although that show pretty much has an official couple, even if neither one realizes it yet.

Well, even ignoring the first harem member rule, Nagisa had her chance and Mikan was too caught up in her 'I like you so I'll bully you since I'm not girly enough' thing.

Akane and Shiho aren't interested in Asahi other than as a target of pranks and harassment, and in Shiho's case, a way to mess with Yoko.

Also, Souske's perfectly well adjusted to the environment he grew up in. Sadly, (or hilariously) that environment is not a Japanese high school.

I'm not sure you can truly call Actually, I Am a harem show, even if it does dip into the tropes heavily. When you only look at those, Elfen Leid uses harem tropes but most certainly is NOT that kind of show.

For the last part, Souske's lack of adjustment to high school is certainly on the hilarious side. I've seen Fomoffu.


kyrt-ryder wrote:
Rednal wrote:
It's hard for me to decide on the best monster girl - I like all of them. XD

Shishido Shiho hands down.

Wait... which monster show? Because if we're talking about the whole season, Overlord definitely has better picks than anything else running.

From that show I actually like Nagasi - she's like a slightly better adjusted rule 63 Souske Sagara....from space. Although that show pretty much has an official couple, even if neither one realizes it yet.


The oldest starting human character I have ever played was 25 - his backstory included an energy drain to explain his experience despite the low level.


Krensky wrote:
I guess I like more... subtlety. Monster Musume just seemed tired. I found Actually, I Am to be much more entertaining.

I've started watching Actually, I Am as well. I like the pure over the top insanity of Monster Musume, but the emphasis on relationships rather than sexual hijinks makes Actually, I Am more of a touching show (albeit not as jaw-droppingly hilarious - they are using similar themes to achieve different effects from what I can see).


Alexandros Satorum wrote:
Chengar Qordath wrote:
Both the Archer and Crossbow fighter archetypes have the same basic problem: replacing simple, effective, always-on abilities with complicated fiddly ones that only have niche usefulness.

I suppose that is the idea with the archer, since you can be as good in archery using the vanilla fighter, the archetype is designed to be way more specific.

The crossbow one is really terrible tough.

Exactly, the archer archetype at least lets you do things that others cannot, even if the cost is extremely high. The crossbowman is a worse archer than a non-archetyped bowman (although that is due to the prohibitive cost of getting multiple crossbow attacks coupled with the ease of getting str damage added to bows), making it a contender for worst archetype in the entire game.


Hyamda wrote:
I don't think it was mentionned but Crossbowman Fighter's anyone?

Who can forget (No matter how hard they try) the archetype which trades away nearly every class feature for somewhat improved crossbow use, yet manages to still be weaker at ranged combat than a vanilla fighter who merely spends a few feats on bow use as a secondary thing. And the vanilla fighter will be lightyears ahead of the the crossbowman if things ever get down to melee combat.


Anzyr wrote:
Krensky wrote:
You must have watched some other show because that's not Eureka Seven.
Having watched it and come to many of the same conclusions, I can assure you it is. I'll also back Alzrius on Eureka Seven being more Evangelion knock-off then Gundam knock-off. That being said, Dominic is the real hero of the series.

I stop watching if I have problems with a show, and tune into to something I like instead. When I mention it on the internet, I just say I couldn't get into it - like Cowboy Bebop. It may be incredibly well done, and the gold standard for English dubbing of anime, but I couldn't get past the concept of 'supposedly incredibly skilled people who somehow manage to never, ever succeed at their actual jobs.'

Rednal wrote:
It's hard for me to decide on the best monster girl - I like all of them. XD

From what I have looked into, in the manga the official pairing is leaning more and more in Miia's direction.

Personally, one of the things I love about it is the truth in mythology bits that make it into the plot - Rachnea getting drunk on coffee (spiders really do get drunk on caffeine) and the centaurs using pretty human men to get into the mood to mate with an actual (ugly and brutish) male centaur (a trick actually used - just with horses instead of people - with racehorse breeding).


chbgraphicarts wrote:


And every edition fractured the fanbase.

Original/Basic to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition started the "edition wars", but was never quite that huge because the playerbase was still relatively small in 1977

1st to 2nd Edition had its fair share of annoyed players. 2nd to 3rd was very controversial, since it was such a drastic rewrite of the system.

3rd to 3.5 caused some tension, too, but was

3.5 to 4th was basically a complete disaster, and made the 2nd-to-3rd disparity seem tame.

Even 4E to 5th has had its share of holdouts. What 5th managed to do, however, was win over some of the remaining 2nd Edition players, and work as a new "Basic" version to Pathfinder's "Advanced" version of D&D.

So, yeah, you can see where Paizo would be reticent to putting out a new "Edition".

The following is all anecdotal - based only on what I have seen - take it with a grain of salt.

I can't comment on the Basic to AD&D transition, as it is before I started playing. The 1E to 2E transition happened when I first started playing, so I had limited exposure to any edition warring (the few gamers I was in contact with had almost all switched, except for one group that stuck with Basic, which was driven by 2 players utter refusal to even entertain opening the book for a different version).

The 2E to 3E transition was made easier for my circle of gamer by the fact that due to TSR going under everyone knew changes were inevitable. Most of them were eager to switch when they actually tried it (however, we made the same mistakes WotC did by not checking out post lvl 10 play).

I know the 3.5 switch had some serious flamewars on the WotC boards, often with a complete lack of logic shown by both sides.

As has been said, 4E had a very bad marketing campaign (often coming across again and again as 'here's why they game you loved for so long truly sucked'), but my group didn't truly decide we hated it until playing it for several sessions.

We have tried 5E, but the current lack of support materials prevents a full switch - although that is likely to change soon, my group has an older GM who isn't keen on trying overly complex systems, as he feels it gets in the way of a complex story. He is keen to give 5E a try, and since when he is 'in the zone' he is one of the best GM's any of us know (on the flip side, when he isn't his games are a chore - it's awesome or sucktastic with him).


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My group threatened a Star Wars GM with a party of all Gamoreans.

PIGS...

IN

SPAAAACE!


Greylurker wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
Rednal wrote:

I don't want to give any spoilers - that takes away from some of the impact and fun. I'd just... let the wife know that the series is somewhat more insane than many other shows, and you don't know how weird it's going to get.

Because it IS going to get weird.

Just watched episode four and.......** spoiler omitted **

But she is anxiously awaiting the next episode....

well just about everything is tamn next to the Overfiend

you should try Gakou Gurashi (School Live). It's a remarkably well done series. The mix of cute slice of life against survival horror is fantastic. The most recent episode in particular was heartbreaking, especially the subtle points like how they did the ending credits.

You mentioned end credit stuff and I thought of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - the typical end credits was Yuuko singing that sad song of hers (Calendrier I think), but after the show ands an episode with her unable to recognize Techi, the end credit song plays but it's the empty window Yuuko sat in for the earlier credit scenes. That was the first time I had seen an end credit change without a season change, so it really stood out to me.


Greylurker wrote:
Krensky wrote:
She's a rather tame example of the yandere type.
and I usually like the Yanderes. This one just hits me a little different for some reason, not exactly sure why, might be the cookies...that was a bit squeakish

I mentioned to my wife that Anna comes across as perhaps the creepiest stalker with a crush since Mr. MiMania from Perfect Blue.


Rynjin wrote:
Hama wrote:
Bah ninjad
But the most recent post before yours was over 6 hours ago

Probably had a thing called a 'job' running interference on him. :D


Rednal wrote:

I don't want to give any spoilers - that takes away from some of the impact and fun. I'd just... let the wife know that the series is somewhat more insane than many other shows, and you don't know how weird it's going to get.

Because it IS going to get weird.

Just watched episode four and.......

according to my wife...:
She saw less intense versions of such scenes in Legend of the Overfiend.

And I say the only thing needed to make the scene more disturbing was a pinball machine.

But she is anxiously awaiting the next episode....


Rednal wrote:

Shinometa is... how should I put this... it's the kind of show where there was clearly a point where they needed to stop, and they knew where it was, but they just said "Screw it, let's keep going and see what happens".

Have fun. XD

What line do they cross if I may ask? This may effect whether or not I watch it with my wife or I reserve it for early morning viewing while she is still asleep.


Greylurker wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
I looked it up - the title is Shimoneta.
I know, but Edit timer......bloody damn edit timer

My wife and I are gonna watch the first 5 episodes tonight on Hulu, before the first one vanishes (I wish they had a flag or something that says -THIS show loses episodes and THIS one does not).

We also finished both seasons of Chaika: Coffin Princess. Loved her line towards the end..."Give Father funeral!"


John Woodford wrote:
Hitdice wrote:


Edit: When I think of bad, bad animated movie adaptations from my childhood, I'd like to nominate The Black Cauldron. I read The Chronicles of Prydain when I was 10 or 11, and absolutely loved them. I mean, I was young, and I, like, experienced the mythic hero story of Taran. But before I was even finished reading the series, I heard that Disney was making a movie adaptation of the the first two books, and I got really, really excited. Then I saw some pictures of the disneyfied Gurgi in some magazine (World, I want to say, but don't quote me on that) and even at the tender age of 11 I was all, "This entire enterprise is going to be a travesty!"

Three decades have not changed my opinion.

I felt the same way, although tbh John Hurt did a fine job as the villain.

Incidentally, if you like the animation in The Last Unicorn, I think some of the same people also worked on Metamorphoses/Winds of Change. I saw the release without the Peter Ustinov narration, IIRC, and it was IMHO a much stronger piece.

From what I have read about the film, the voice people were the most unhappy with was Schmendrick. (Not sure who the quote was from, either the screenwriter, director, or producer, or maybe even the novel writer - I forget exactly who).


Rynjin wrote:

So wait, they're making pretend like the old universes never existed at all?

...Why. That makes things more needlessly complex.

I thought they had just slammed the two together and had some elements of either one just not make it to the new 3rd universe. If they ret-goned the old two universes out entirely, then that's just stupid.

Especially when you realize that they will tell mores stories set in those old universes eventually. Even the fact that a universe no longer exists for legit in story reasons won't stop them from returning if they think there is money to be made (or even if a writer with pull just wants to use it).


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thejeff wrote:
cmastah wrote:

@Arturius Fisher, Honestly I may have been a little harsh on specifically kung fu panda (I did certainly like it and I remember I was surprised with how good the sequel was (the villain wasn't as cool as the guy from the first, but he had some more depth, and the story was also decent)). The prison breakout scene from the first was just amazing.

I also noticed the musical numbers in the last unicorn and yeah, I'm no fan of music in my movies UNLESS it's a musical (and even then, I'm picky).

And yeah, pop culture references or even references to current events can just take one out of the spirit of a movie.

At first I remember I was a bit apprehensive of studio ghibli's art style because I didn't 'get it', but I certainly enjoyed howl's moving castle. I didn't like spirited away but that was my first encounter with them and the shock of the different style may have influenced my opinion. One of their movies that I was curious to see (at least I think it's theirs) is called grave of the fireflies, it sounds like the time period it's based on is interesting.

Oh and I just remembered: Ernest and Celestine, a french animated movie that was just brilliant. I never watched the English dub but the french dub was truly amazing and the art style added a lot. The story was heart warming, funny, and the two characters were quite endearing. The story was actually quite fascinating. I'm not sure if this movie deserves an entry on this thread as Ghibli and Disney are both primarily intended for a US audience (and I think even Ghibli is a US company, despite having Japanese animators), or at least I think Ghibli was intended for US audiences, I'm not really sure on that front.

I've liked everything I've seen from Ghibli, to varying degrees. But then I'm fond of much anime.

Be wary of Grave of the Fireflies. I haven't seen it yet, but it's supposed to be incredibly sad and depressing. Really good, but not light.

Grave of the Fireflies is commonly considered the single most depressing animated feature ever made - and I have heard that you should only watch it if you are in such a good mood that your happiness overwhelms people and pisses them off.


I looked it up - the title is Shimoneta.


Turin the Mad wrote:

Cost considerations is the primary reason why the cell-by-cell animation has gone the way of the jubjub bird as I understand it. Some of the hand-drawn animation is spectacular.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the two merge, where computerized animation frames are "underneath" the hand-drawn animation done on various dooflichies. For all I know, this may be in use in some form or fashion.

One thing I remember hearing is that even when you see it, cell-by-cell animation is 'slower' now (fewer frames per second or something) even as the quality of the individual parts has gone up.


cmastah wrote:
Krensky wrote:

Yes, yes...

Everything made after your childhood ended is bad.

You realize old farts have been saying that for as long as we have recorded rants by them, right?

I don't think EVERYTHING new is bad....I thought studio ghibli's 'wolf children ame and yuki' was good....then I realized it's not studio ghibli and I was like 'so THAT'S why it was good'.

The funny thing is that from what I know all the Disney dubs of Studio Ghibli have the endorsement of Miyazaki himself. I think I'll defer to his opinion...


Haladir wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Haladir wrote:

I grew up in northern New England (New Hampshire and Maine).

My favorite soda has to be Moxie.

So... just make it Moxie for mine!

(And, yes, I know that you have never heard of it unless you've lived in New England or are over 80 years of age.)

They don't sell Moxie where I live. Whenever I go back to New Hampshire to visit family, I always bring back two or three cases of the stuff.

Or in your case, both!

More seriously, I heard it's an acquired taste.

I'm not that old! Of course, I do remember the Ford Administration...

Unless you grew up with it, Moxie is a an acquired taste. Moxie is much less sweet than most sodas, and has a complex herbal flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. I grew up drinking the stuff, and don't remember ever not liking it. I've heard the uninitiated say it tastes "medicinal" or more specifically, "a bit like Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup." Honestly, I don't really see that myself.

The fastest way to lose my interest is to describe a taste with the word 'bitter'. I can't even eat much milk chocolate (and that's the sweeter kind) before the bitterness creeps up on me, and dark chocolate is right out.


I also want to watch Attack on Titan, but until Netflix gets the dub back I probably won't (nothing anime-related pisses me off more than the existence of a dub coupled with a 'we won't show it! Nyah!' attitude - especially from a source that shows dubs for other stuff).


Greylurker wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:

Slowly watching more and more anime - my wife and I started Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood last night - and one of the first episodes creeped her out (although she is still watching).

I'll probably get back to the Slayers after that.

The Dog?

That would be it.


Slowly watching more and more anime - my wife and I started Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood last night - and one of the first episodes creeped her out (although she is still watching).

I'll probably get back to the Slayers after that.


thejeff wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
World's most interesting Pan wrote:
I dont always drink soda, but when I do, its ginger beer with a shot of whiskey.
Bundaburg also makes rum and adding that to Bundaburg ginger beer is called a Dark & Stormy...Great drink for sitting on your veranda on a hot summer afternoon.

I've never seen Bundaburg, but Gosling's Black Seal Rum is supposedly the definitive Dark & Stormy. With any good ginger beer.

Gosling also makes their own ginger beer. It's pretty good too. It's often sold in the larger liquor stores.

For mass market soda I drink Pepsi Max, and Mountain Dew (especially Baja Blast or Livewire when available) most often.

Otherwise, I try to find a decent brand of root beer, sarsaparilla, or cream soda - as long as it isn't any of that stuff with licorice in it (in too many small market root beers for my taste).

Although when Roddy Piper passed away, I did have an "All Out of Bubblegum' soda in tribute.


Bill Dunn wrote:
"Arbitrary character changes" Sounds like code for making Johnny Storm (and Franklin Storm) black.

For me, evil blogger Doom was my jumping off point. I would have preferred if they made Sue black too, since she and Johnny are siblings (not adopted in the comics), but that's really a minor point.

Sadly, the guys making films can't seem to realize one simple thing...

DOOM is a self made villain. He doesn't owe his powers to cosmic radiation, but to himself.


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Currently my wife and I are amusing ourselves with Chaika: Coffin Princess. "Shocking Truth!"


Spoiler:
If that's what I am thinking of, that's just a regular tuna that was swimming too close to the island when the space fold happens. It took the entire island and the two carriers into space as well.


I watched a couple episodes of Sakura Trick today. The series is best described as Yuri fanservice/high school slice of life (There is even an episode titled 'Swimsuit Fanservice, With Bonus Slippage').

Plus I rewatched Dusk Maiden of Amnesia again, this time dubbed (It's visually striking enough that I don't care to take my eyes off the visuals to read dialogue), as well as the dubs for Bodacious Space Pirates (one of my wife's favorites that we only caught subbed before)and have just started a 90's classic - The Slayers.

On a note about why it isn't always best to translate everything directly, in Full Metal Panic?: Fomuffu there is a line which would be lost on most people outside the Japanese audience - Tessa tells Souske's class that she is in 'The Water Business', a reference to her commanding submarine, but (according to what I have read on TV Tropes) is a Japanese slang term for something a little raunchier.


The Thing That Should Not Be wrote:

As far as I know there are only 2 apps that Paizo offers -- the crit deck and the fumble deck in app form.

I'm curious why there aren't many, many more.

Paizo is wonderfully active in giving the player base a multitude of source material, options, toys, and tools to make their Pathfinder experience as awesome as it can be. I put forth that there is money to be made and great tools to be offered in the form of iphone/ipod//ipad/android apps.

I currently use several independent apps for a variety of things that are immensely helpful in-game at my home tabletop sessions.

  • I have an app that has all available creatures that can be summoned by the Summon Monster 1-9 spells that includes a full stat block. (soooo useful!)
  • I have an app that organizes all of the "core" splat books into an easy to use indexed format, and it is simply wonderful to find so much information so quickly.
  • I have an app for initiative tracking.
  • I have an app that has all Pathfinder spells with full descriptions, organized however I desire (by class, by school, by level, or any combination of these)

    Those are just a few examples of apps that I believe Paizo could duplicate (and make better, streamline, or expand upon) that thousands of us hungry players would happily give our money for. Paizo, let's get this in the works! There is a untapped revenue stream that you are ignoring completely (your incentive!) that will make your customers' games more streamlined and awesome. (our incentive!)

    Thoughts?

  • If someone could make that app and include a toggle on/off for all the feats that can boost summons (complete with modified stat block) I think I'd buy it.


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    sunshadow21 wrote:
    Qaianna wrote:
    I won't even try to quote Deadmanwalking's post here, it'll probably cut off somewhere, but that's a solid point. There's no reason to assume that LGBT themes are considered usually 'wrong' or even 'overly weird' in a game world; that assumption in and of itself is its own agenda, if you think about it.

    True, but my personal view is that if you are going to bring something like the LGBT movement into my game, and only that movement, I'm not interested. You get all the real world headaches that come with it and none of the, what is to me, interesting part of exploring it's full ramifications. Either leave it out entirely or be willing to accept that others may have other views on that or other similar matters that are not in complete agreement with your own that they would feel deserves the same amount of game time and focus as what you care about. I wouldn't automatically look for other points of view or issues to bring in to cause trouble, but I certainly wouldn't hold back if something else came up either, because the DM had already opened the door.

    If one person decides that they can bring the real world into their game, everyone else at the table should have the same ability. Now, in most cases, that's not going to be a major issue because I doubt people will bring these kinds of topics up in a public game, and a private game is probably going to be amongst friends anyway, but it is a point to consider when considering how to present it and when that cannot be ignored. If one is willing to accept the risk of other real world issues leaking into the game, those topics can be a very enjoyable game, but the second it starts to clearly push one side over the other, and the entire group is not 100% behind that push, it needs to end immediately. If the entire group is okay with it, by all means, let loose and go to town; just don't be surprised if everyone else at the table does too and in ways that may not be entirely what you wanted or expected.

    That depends on how it's brought up. Once relationships get brought up at all, LGBT stuff has the potential to appear. My group has dealt with some of it on occasion (but since we fade to black after the flirting stage it isn't overly prevalent). Interestingly enough, the only relationships that have ever caused issues around the table were the hetero ones, but they were a function of the players involved (one kept playing think-with-his-junk characters, another could not be introduced to a high Cha female NPC without trying to get her in bed) rather than the sexuality referenced.

    Problem players will remain problem players, no matter what orientation their characters have.


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    Kobold Cleaver wrote:

    It's handy, albeit a little awkward for those of us who know the brony definition (which originated from people saying they watched the show "for the plot").

    ;)

    Thankfully I am almost completely ignorant of anything Brony.


    Jessica Price wrote:

    Most of my single NPCs are plotsexual.

    I is gonna jack that term too.

    Plotsexual.


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    Freehold DM wrote:

    I would have been more into the article if I didn't hate kyle so much. This comes off as less of a "fans can be scary" and more of a "why doesn't everyone love kyle?!" piece.

    Think of HEAT as Hal Jordan fans that manage to make Browncoats at their worst look like reasonable people. And I say this knowing your opinion of all things Whedon, the comparison still stands.


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    ShinHakkaider wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Caineach wrote:
    Kirth Gersen wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    But after that last...uh..green lantern...whatever it was, if that schmoe can be jordan, why can't this guy have a chance to f%## up a movie?
    I really liked Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. What I didn't like was that the directing, storyline, pacing, script, and cinematography all sucked moose dick.

    Yeah. His acting (and everyone else's) was fine. It was the rest of the movie that sucked.

    As for this guy, I haven't seen a single one of his movies so I can't really say one way or the other if he would be any good.

    no, it really, really wasn't. It was an awful movie. It exists solely to be an example of how not to make a green lantern movie.

    Yeah I really try not to bash things or even talk about things that I dont like or care for but I had a really hard time understanding how they made a movie that bad.

    I mean I'm not even a Hal Jordan fan (Kyle Rayner was my Green Lantern. Just like Wally West was my Flash not Barry Allen) but the trailers got me excited and interested and hopeful. Hopes that were eventually dashed on the rocks of mediocrity and boredom...

    eyes well up with tears

    I thought we could be friends...

    As long as you weren't part of HEAT. Those guys need to be dragged out into the street and be subjected to their own threats.


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    ShinHakkaider wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Caineach wrote:
    Kirth Gersen wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    But after that last...uh..green lantern...whatever it was, if that schmoe can be jordan, why can't this guy have a chance to f%## up a movie?
    I really liked Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. What I didn't like was that the directing, storyline, pacing, script, and cinematography all sucked moose dick.

    Yeah. His acting (and everyone else's) was fine. It was the rest of the movie that sucked.

    As for this guy, I haven't seen a single one of his movies so I can't really say one way or the other if he would be any good.

    no, it really, really wasn't. It was an awful movie. It exists solely to be an example of how not to make a green lantern movie.

    Yeah I really try not to bash things or even talk about things that I dont like or care for but I had a really hard time understanding how they made a movie that bad.

    I mean I'm not even a Hal Jordan fan (Kyle Rayner was my Green Lantern. Just like Wally West was my Flash not Barry Allen) but the trailers got me excited and interested and hopeful. Hopes that were eventually dashed on the rocks of mediocrity and boredom...

    The plot was so paint-by-numbers that it was insulting, the script didn't just overuse exposition, it relied on it extensively, in fact, almost exclusively. They tried to cram in too much into one film, and all three of those problems fed into each other in a quantum loop of suckage. The acting ability (or non-ability) was really a moot point after that, I don't think anyone's acting could have saved the film.


    Misroi wrote:

    I dunno, I still think Reynolds the wrong person to play Hal Jordan. I'm not sure I know who the right person is, but I loved Reynolds as Wade Wilson, and didn't care about him as Hal.

    I'm still amazed at how badly Green Lantern failed. I mean, if you asked me before I saw it how it would be possible to make a movie about space cops boring, I'd be hard pressed to answer. They gave me that answer in 2+ hours.

    That said, I loved that they set up Sinestro as the big bad for the sequel that will never come, and even made sure to make him a southpaw! I also loved the fact that Carol wasn't even fooled for a minute that Hal is the Lantern, calling into question the whole reason for a secret identity. Still...any scene where Hal and Hector are on screen at the same time is poorly paced, and there aren't enough facepalms in the galaxy to apply to the phrase "hard light Hot Wheels track."

    All the important stuff was spoon-fed to the audience via exposition.


    LazarX wrote:
    Why does everyone think that Gandalf inspired the Magic-User just because Tolkien slaps a "Wizard" name on him? About the only character that casts fewer spells than him in literary fiction is Rincewind. In three books, I think he casts at most, two spells total.

    Literary wizards before him never really cast much in the way of magic either, the mere fact that they could do it was enough to make them special. Other than seeing the future, I don't remember Merlin casting many spells in the early Arthurian fiction, and Malagigi (aka: Maugris) didn't do much of it either in the Charlemagne stories. Malagigi's main note of wizardry seemed to be knowing about other magical stuff that comes up in the stories.


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    Digitalelf wrote:
    MMCJawa wrote:
    gods do withdraw power from those who don't roughly follow the dictates of their faith.

    I can just imagine the player's reaction if a GM EVER said to the player that his cleric PC can't cast spells any more, or was denied any specific spell that the character prayed for... Would go over like the proverbial passing of gas in church...

    It's something that as a DM, I would do (provided that the player of a cleric was playing the character rather flippantly towards his deity/religion), but I know that many players on these boards don't think it is the GM's place to take anything away from a player's character, especially standard class abilities.

    Happened once in a game I was in. The cleric threw a grappling hook through a window (when the party had the authority to walk in the front door, it's what the rest of us did), heard a shout, set the hook, heard a scream of pain, then heard another scream of pain with each shift of weight as she climbed up, and when the she suffered a bit for those actions, began all her prayers after with 'Dear ungrateful goddess'...

    Let's just say she was the only person at the table who was surprised when she lost her magic.


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    This same thing has been mentioned before, but I'll paraphrase it.

    Your adventuring companions are highly skilled and efficient killers, and over the course of the adventure you have likely witnessed it several times. You also know they outnumber you. Why would you think stealing from them is a good idea?


    It almost never comes up in my group, being made up exclusively of straight people. We had a (poorly) closeted gay man and a couple of bisexual players years ago in the past, but lost them all to relocations. Even the few times it does come up, it's more along the lines of a mention of the flirting, then fade to black if anything gets to the 'naughty' stage.

    I tried to play a closeted lesbian in a 1920's Call of Cthulhu game, slowly reaching out to a different female character who was unaware (player was unaware as well) but it didn't last all that long, as she had a random insanity roll which landed on nymphomania. Probably shouldn't have played the user of magic with that concept. That was the most serious anyone in my group ever tried to play such a thing.

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