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My gaming group normally only has one copy of most campaign world supplements. We have two of the most heavily used ones, if they have a lot of 'crunch' in the books, especially if multiple players are constantly dipping into it (the 2E FR pantheon bok, since in 2E we tended towards 'god squad' style parties, and the 3E FR main book).
Because D&D 5e seems to be focusing on promoting feelings of nostalgia, I would not be surprised if they bring back iconic settings (even as one-offs or licensing deals) and adventures. I believe they are at least considering a strategy like this.
My semi-educated guess (or maybe even less than that) is a two-fold strategy. Nostalgia to pull the old players back, and being simple enough to lure in new ones at the same time. If they do feel that 'splitting the customer base' was one of their mistakes from the TSR days, then we won't see many campaign settings. I'd expect the FR, with maybe one or two more at most, and those aren't likely to be high-fantasy type settings (so Greyhawk and Dragonlance would most likely be out. It sucks for fans of those settings, but IMO those three feel a lot like variations of a theme) but would more likely be something with a completely different feel. Eberron is the top candidate out of what's left. It's reasonably popular, and far enough away from the theme and feel of the other big three to be much less likely to split the customer base.
I think he just believes her conclusion was mistaken?
Everything I heard about TSR during those days tells me that 'splitting the customer base' was just one of their many mistakes. Someone who went over what passed for their books says it was the biggest one, and I am inclined to believe that myself since she really has nothing to gain by lying, and as she is currently involved in running a successful company I'd say she is also competent at the job (making me think she is less likely to make a mistake than me, even if I had the benefit of seeing the books).
So that means Zuko must have ended up with Mai. His name has a 'K' sound in it and hers ends in that long 'A'. They never did say if she came back after leaving during the comics. But now we can figure it out.
My main group isn't going to switch - nobody wants to invest in the cost of the books. Another group that bounces from game to game will, but the GM has a large disposable income and a short attention span. So how long it will last is anybody's guess.
I'm going to be one of the few ex-Trekkies to put in a mention for Star Trek:The Animated Series. While it was disowned by Roddenberry, and the animation quality is not something that even Filmation should be proud of, It had better storylines than much of the original series, and introduced some rather neat alien crewmembers.
One of the great things about animation is you don't need a makeup budget. Freaky-looking aliens often cost the exact same amount as normal looking humans and never have the actors complain about sitting in the chair for hours.
Blayde MacRonan wrote:
Le Chevalier D'Eon... awesome series. It has that right mix of history and fantasy that just makes it so good.
It is. My only problem with it is that Lea is pretty much of a 'corpse sue'. It seems like EVERYBODY of any real importance they meet thinks she was perfect and was in love with her.
You don't need to explain to someone who is already dead. :P
They prefer nobody seeing a movie they spend millions on to "encouraging torrenting"? They certainly should rethink their status as a movie making company. Seriously.
IIRC Sony's music label arm had put malware on the CD's to 'prevent piracy' or some crap like that.
The only problem I have with it is the use of the overdone 'cram both names together' crap. I hated it when the tabloids coined 'Bennifer' and like it even less now that any public couple (real or fictional) gets a similar moniker. Blegh.
Chris Mortika wrote:
I feel like I am alone in my feelings about those shows. I thought the lions, while looking cooler, were piloted by 4 (quickly 5 when Sven was written out) very flat characters who never grew in any meaningful way. And the villains they had were even more one-dimensional. Plus the lame -try-everything-even-though-the-only-thing-that-ever-works-is-the-sword- is something that destroyed my suspension of disbelief even as a kid (I got a soft spot for the vehicle pileup solely due to seeing something other than blazing sword take out the monster of the week in the first episode I saw).
I have two answers to this.
One: Crunch isn't required, but it helps
Two: Trying to exactly duplicate a character from other media is nearly impossible
A character from a long running television show, novel series, or comic book is going to have had loads of development, and will be able to do things that a class based system won't allow them to do without serious multi-classing (or often even with it). Almost no writers follow the character making rules from Pathfinder or any other RPG, even in books [b]based on[/I] a specific RPG (although they will follow the rules more closely).
It's as good a guess as any with the information we have available. Not everyone with powers is going to be Inhuman, though. I think Scorch from S1 is a good example of "gifted, not Inhuman." He didn't know how he got his powers. I really feel like if you went into an abandoned temple and briefly gained a stone cocoon after a crystal farted on you, then you'd be prone to remembering it. It's possible that Wanda and Pietro will fall in that category.
Also a good point. I mentioned the Inhumans in the manner I did to bring up the point that it is an explanation which shouldn't be discounted out of hand. But, as you rightly point out, it shouldn't be accepted to the exclusion of all other possibilities either. Anyways, we will have definite answers eventually, as the comics will not let a storyline like that sit for too long (I think it's part of the next relaunch of Remender's title) and Avengers II is due out next Summer.
They should screen it at the White House to send a message (even if the movie isn't any good) and invite all the world leaders to it.
Where are Dingo and his petitions when you need them?
So much for dubbing means it must have been ruined. Direct from the horse's mouth.
I'd say there is a chance. It isn't certain, but given the ties Quicksilver has to the inhumans in the comics (being married to one of the royal family and having a kid with her) I can't discount the possibility either.
Freehold DM wrote:
Wait, does that mean you are watching something dubbed, then subtitled back?
Aaron Bitman wrote:
Heh. I am amused by people bringing science into a discussion about Star Wars, personally. In a world where ghosts talk, certain people can do the impossible by waving their hands, space fighters maneuver like they are in the atmosphere, a sword is better than a gun, and dozens of other such things, what sets people off is a crossguard on a sword made out of light?
I thought Enterprise was dismissed as canon by itself, declaring that the whole thing was a holonovel. That series managed to anger the hardcore fans so much that unrelated science fiction got killed over it. (Threats of outright refusal to watch anything featuring those producers - sight unseen - by a large number of Trek fans)
But you picked an important TOS episode to highlight, Network TV's first interracial kiss IIRC. And the story behind that one is pretty funny. NBC was going to force them to film with and without the kiss and decide at airtime (meaning with 100% certainty without). Therefore, Shatner purposely messed up every single without the kiss attempt.
Gee, they deal with the worst scum of humanity on a day-to-day basis. I can't understand why some of them become cynical.
While the end result is perfectly understandable, the potential fallout for everyone else is something that needs to be addressed as well. The mere perception reduces trust between the populace and the police department, which in turn isolates them more from the public, in a perpetual motion generator of suck that reaches out and costs people their lives, freedom, or (least of the three) property too often.
Easier said than done when the union (and despite the blows they have taken in the private sector, govt unions are still powerful) will circle the wagons as well. When the person is 'cleared of any wrongdoing' by a police run investigation, and a grand jury fails to indict, there isn't the justification needed to fire someone from a government job. Although the case in NYC may be able to have that outcome, seeing as how the guy used a hold banned by department procedures.
For me it is Kyle Rayner (who won me over by not having a clue to the fact that he couldn't affect yellow, so therefore he could: since retconed) and the 'from the Golden Age' version of Alan Scott.
I think the real problem with the GL movie was that the tried to do too much for one film, leaving too much to exposition rather than showing it in the actual movie. If they had stuck to Hector Hammond and Hal's training it would have been much, much better.
I never played under you. All posts I make can be considered my own anecdotal experiences rather than generalizations of everything, everywhere. I guess sarcasm isn't the only thing lost across messageboards.
Steve Geddes wrote:
I think it's the set of D&D boxed sets, each tied to ever increasing level ranges: Beginner - Expert - Companion(?) - Master(?) - Immortal.
That would explain it. I have never played any of the box sets past basic. Back in those days, none of us ever even made it to level 2. All GM's considered an eventual TPK to be the goal, success was measured in how long it took before that point was reached. I don't miss it at all.
Steve Geddes wrote:
I never played BECMI, I'd always just assumed it was the same as AD&D. What are the differences, do you think?
I don't even know WHAT it is, since I have never seen the full name once on these boards, just the acronym.
My gaming group has a retiree (who has barely progressed past 2nd) and a stroke victim (who lost his math skills as a result). If 5th ever releases digital tools there is a very high chance my group could switch. Although without them the chances are much, muh lower.
IIRC, the old movie version isn't the comic version either. Doom did not get powers from the same accident that created the Fantastic Four (nor does he really have any - it's the suit, the brains, and the sorcery he learned). He's pretty much a self-made monster.
While a stupid idea, it did give me one laugh from the DOOM tumblr (reblogged from a guy I follow)
'DOOM cannot deny that he leaked this nude photo of the hated Susan Richards'
It's just the couch.
The rest of it is gonna be a train wreck, methinks.
One of her comic Images shows her room. A wall of Ollie pictures (think Mr. Memania from Perfect Blue) and one poster of Black Canary. The eyes are X'd out and 'Die Tramp Die!' has been scrawled across the top.
So many liberties were taken with the Lensman anime that the Smith estate has refused all adaptations since.
J.K. Rowling couldn't get a publisher to give her the time of day until the last one handed the manuscript to his kid.
I don't know about you personally, but I game with a published author myself. He makes more per digital sale than per hardcopy sale, despite the digital stuff costing the consumer less.
And spit in the faces of the entire collective trust of minds who contributed to the EU for almost as long as he was alive. Yay.
Considering that Lucas himself contradicted much of the EU when he did the prequels there is already precedence.
Remember, Aang's avatar state was kind of bloodthirsty too, at least in comparison to Aang himself. While in the state, he was about to force Ozai to 'pay the ultimate price' for his actions and had to force himself out of it in order to try something a little less lethal.
Well, the title could have been dumber I guess...
Well, when you stop and think about it, 'The Empire Strikes Back' was a pretty lame title as well. We only think it is awesome because it is difficult to separate the lame title from the incredible movie associated with it.
We do have several people who stream television and won't always get to watch on the network air date. Granted, that doesn't apply to a show that is only available online, but it is still a good rule of thumb.
I was referring to the line, not the rules behind it which made the line itself completely false. I can't remember exactly where the line 'alignment is a tool, not a straightjacket' is from, but it stuck with most of the people I game with. Thankfully I never played under a GM who used the 'you can't level until alignment is resolved' garbage, er, I mean rule.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
I'm glad I don't include alignment for PCs anymore.
My group only worries about it for paladins and alignment based effects (which don't normally show up often, other than the occasional holy-type effect). We try to stick to the 'alignment is a tool, not a straightjacket' line from waaaayyyy back in AD&D. It might get mentioned if the character is doing really evil things (especially when the party often deals with a knightly order whose point of contact with us is a paladin) or when someone tries to claim they fit in one place on the law/chaos axis but the rest of us can't hear the claims without derisive laughter.