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ZOMG Samnell, dumb it down a bit for the rest of us, will you? I prefer books featuring rocketships and rayguns, okay?
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Y'know, back in the early 80s, some publisher rebooted the Tom Swift series as science fiction. God, those books were awesome; a redhead (platonic) girlfriend, an "Amerindian" sidekick and a robot named Aristotle, but best of all? No complicated words to look up!
Subtlety and nuance are too much work! I just want to shout insightfully pithy bons mots about books I haven't bothered to read, it's easier!
Smilo, I'd love it if you'd put a downloadable version up somewhere so I could print it and peruse it at my leisure. If that's too much trouble, I totally understand, but I'm a dinosaur, so I prefer that sort of thing.
That said, I like what I see. Just don't ask me about specifics, 'cause I've read everything through the filter of squinting-at-a-screen. :)
Harry Dresden? Oh pish, I far prefer Stephanie Plum! I mean, if you want that sort of thing and you've already memorized every single one of Robert B. Parker's Spenser books.
The Jesse Stone stuff is pretty good, but there aren't like forty books in the series or anything . . .
87th Precinct? Never heard of it, but I'm pretty sure Alfred Hitchcock wrote the script for The Birds. :P
Me three for Secret of Kells! It's just a beautiful, beautiful movie. CGI is a treat for the eyes, but I love me some stylistic 2D cell animation.
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.
Set, that's true of just about every song Cohen's ever written, imnsho.
Having seen the whole series, I wonder how much time Pizzolatto spent on the season one script as compared to the season two script. I saw an interview in which McConaughey mentioned having the entire script to work with, suggesting that Pizzolatto had been working on it for who knows how long, whereas season two feels like it was written more quickly.
Of course, that opinion is colored by an interview I heard with Matthew Wiener, where he said that the Mad Men pilot didn't get produced for years and years, so he had a lot of very specific ideas about casting when the finally went into production. Thinking it over after last night's episode, it occurred to me that a show like True Detective, with a new cast every season, only benefits from that sort of long term preparation in its first season, rather than for the whole run of the series.
Anyhow, I actually quite liked the finale, I'm just not sure it had to take seven episodes to get there, if you see what I mean.
Burnett's the series Music editor or whatever, but he doesn't cover the theme song; it was The Handsome Family for season one and Cohen for season two.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (or at least the third of the novel's three sections) describes a technologically advanced society which lives in an orbital habitat recolonizing the earth's surface 5,000 years after an apocalypse. The first two sections describe the apocalypse and the experience of the survivors, but the third section sounds like what you're looking for.
No, I'm not going to spoiler that, because it's nothing you can't read on the book jacket flap.
James Jacobs wrote:
Have you ever read Reamde by Neal Stephenson? 'Cause that's sort of a really huge issue about halfway through the book. :)
James Jacobs wrote:
Does Paizo have the same sort of rule about hyphens, or are you just using those things like a kid spending pennies at the candy store?
Oh, I totally think it's definitely happening, my point was that I have been SEVERELY disappointed by the production values of every single D&D based movie (yes, that includes Mazes & Monsters, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks) thus far.
. . . I remain hopeful. Willfully hopeful!
. . . Interesting; I've been disappointed so many times before that I can only remain curious, rather than actually get my hopes up, but interesting nonetheless. Just, not so campy as the Transformer franchise, please!
Hey Kirth, you think that deserved a footnote? :P
I suppose transhumanism in a d20 system depends on your definition of baseline humans. Maybe norms have 10 ability scores across the board and never gain any class levels whatsoever. Or maybe norms can only gain levels in NPC classes, and all PCs are transhuman sheerly by dint of their level advancement. Or maybe norms are martial classes and caster classes benefit from a sufficiently advanced tech.
I guess what I'm saying is, if anyone out there is running a game where Gandalf and Ben Kenobi start at first level and gain enough levels to face off against the Borg queen, I wholeheartedly approve!
ZMOG, Dan*, pick up the psionics UA; the Mystic class needs to be playtested by lost-in-the-crowd-casualty-replacement PCs! :)
*Or "Smilo," whichever you prefer.
Edit: Also, the Mystic class advancement only goes up to level 5 thus far, and if all the campaigns you play have surpassed that level, that's just on circumstance, MANG.
A lot of the difference in customization has to do with the two systems different treatment of feats. In 5e feats are optional, and replace ability score increases when used. 5e feats are also much more broad, with each feat granting multiple effects. (Feats aren't included in Basic, so you'll just have to trust me if you don't want to buy the PHB.)
Though personally, I think most of the complaints about lack customization come from the fact that 15 years of d20 OGL has resulted in an amount of supplemental material that 5e, being a year old, just can't match.
Also, 5e has no ninja class; Kalshane, take note. :P
I found that the first Bones kick starter was so "worth it" that I got many MANY more minis than I had planned on, so in the second (and third, now) I went for the $1 Foot in the Door contribution. But, yes, if you want to get a mini collection started in one fell swoop, Bones kick starters will do it for you. Very good value for the contribution amounts.
Trying to get Go Set a Watchman downloaded. Squeeee!
I'm very curious about that one, but I feel like I'm going to have to wait a year or two for the hubbub to die down before I can give the book an unbiased reading. If I hear one more NPR puff piece about how it's just the worst thing ever that Atticus Finch supported segregation later in life after everything that's gone in South Carolina this summer, I'm just gonna start punching white people, and that's coming from a white guy.
I got ahold of Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson, and want to read it, but am afraid the book may get the better of me.
Judy Bauer wrote:
A Pig of Cold Poison—lots of exciting archaic/dialectal terminology and horrifying early "medicine"!
Have you read the Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel? The plot synopsis you linked sounds . . . relevant, I guess is the best way to describe it.
I actually haven't read the books, but I really enjoyed the BBC dramatization on Masterpiece. Y'know, 'cause watching TV is easier than reading, look, whatever!
Also, until the entire surviving population of the Earth in living through a post apocalyptic drought, I'm gonna put it in the fantasy category.
ZOMG, they're already living like that in California; The End Is Nigh!
I'll freely admit that there aren't any wizards or magic in the story, but there are plenty of examples of Itto Ogami displaying supernatural combat prowess.
Are we talking about RPG systems, or settings?
I feel that systems are designed with core mechanics as standard since the late 90s/first millennial decade. Gone are the days when (D&D) you'd role a d20 for combat, a d% for some skills and a d6 for others. Gone too are the days when (Traveller) baseline human character have one set of ability scores, but aliens replace Social Standing with Social Level, Caste, Charisma, Sense and Caste (but, like, different castes, don't worry about it), Psi (actually, any character you generate rolls for psionics, but it's recommended to play an intendant or noble if you're going Zhodani), Party Standing or Curiosity. (Darrians kept the baseline human ability scores, which feels like a real missed opportunity; given how transparently they were space elves, you think they would have replaced Social Standing with "Elfness" or something, but I guess at that point whoever wrote the alien modules had just had enough.)
Fantasy settings, on the others hand, have to be pre-industrial; the more I think about it, that's the one differentiating factor between fantasy and science fiction. Of course, the more I think about it, the more sure I become that RPG settings always ALWAYS blur the dividing line. At this point I feel like RPGs can't really have a standard setting. Just in order to break even, you have to account for stone age Quest for Fire characters adventuring alongside The Ship Who Sang cyborg types. Then again, I'm the sort of gamer who watches Michael Clayton and starts thinking about adapting it to D&D when it really should (obviously!) be Top Secret.
What's funny is, while watching the trailer I thought, "Filmed in New Zealand? Starring John Rhys-Davies? An orc type with piercings all down his nose? It's as if the producers decided that derivative of Tolkien was a feature, not a bug!"
I'm impressed by the trailer, and plan to watch the series when it airs. It remains to be seen if it end up on the top shelf with Games of Thrones, or the one in the middle with Turn, but so long as it's not another Salem, I'll be happy.
I've only read The Fountainhead, but in the introduction Rand describes Roark as the ideal of Objectivist masculinity, and then halfway through the book he rapes the female lead. I'm not talking about different social mores in a different time, I'm talking about Dominique saying "I've been raped," later in the course of her narrative. I finished the book, but I could never quite get past that one.
Then, after I read about noted comic book artist and Objectivist Steve Ditko removing his endorsement from a biographical art book because the interviewer was "anti-Ditko" (I didn't even know there were pro- and anti-Ditko factions; I suppose that makes me anti-Ditko) I sort of decided that if you have to abandon your family while fleeing the Russian Revolution, you either come up with a social theory as nut-job bizarro as Objectivism, or die or grief and survivor's guilt.
Speaking of Rand, I think I'll reread Sewer, Gas & Electric by Matt Ruff, that's a fun one.
Tanith, I don't mean to be disrespectful, or snarky; I certainly don't think you're doing it wrong, but I'm very curious as to how a marriage between multiple parters would function legally. Same sex marriage never required changing the legal function of marriage, where including multiple partners would. I'm thinking particularly of pre-nuptual agreements and divorce.
I'm not saying multiple partnership shouldn't be accorded legal status, but that I think one of the reasons same-sex marriage gained federal recognition was because it was simply including same sex couples in an existing legal status. Hell, don't ask me, maybe all I'm saying is that getting bigamy decriminalized is the first step.
I read some reviews before I saw the season premier, and was completely unconfused when I watched it, despite having heard only that it was too fragmented and nihilistic for the human consciousness to comprehend. This one has me just as intrigued as the first did, but I think it's important to remember how little the first season premier (that is, just the first hour of season 1) defined. I think the lackluster reviews are a result of reviewers comparing the emotional-closure-gestalt-experience of having seen the entire first season with the vast, open-ended WTF?! of having watched only the first episode of either.
When writing his novel about William Shakespeare, Nothing Like the Sun, Anthony Burgess only used words that appear in texts written by Shakespeare - and he did it on a typewriter.
Did Burgess do that on purpose, or was it just that Shakespeare had used so many words that "vocabularic range" wasn't issue? (I assume the typewriter thing is A historical artifact.)
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Just "it," Orf, just "it."
SCIENCE WILL NEVER BE GENDER SPECIFIC!!
(Sorries to Katie!)
Weird theory: The gods of the north are real. They just happen to be that one wizard looking through the weirwoods. What if the other gods in the series are just powerful wizards, Like Rhlor looking through fires and communicating with his followers?
That is interesting, if only because we've seen Bran warg into a weirwood to receive visions of the past and future. I was as interested to see that when the warlocks of Qarth gave Dany a vision of the iron throne, it was Joffrey's interior decoration, which she had no way of knowing about.
Mel seems to be a pretty unreliable prophet; every time she sees a vision of banners aflame, she assumes it means victory for the red god, whereas given the the track record in Westeros, it's just as likely that everyone's gonna die in a house fire. :P
Remember Elfquest? It had a magnet and magic! But the magic was more like psychic powers, and then at the end it was revealed that the elves were aliens all along, and you knew it was science fiction because in their original form the elves only had one nostril. One nostril!!
Look, it's been like 30 years, I'm not going to spoiler it.
Yes, but let me just say that "rightful" is a fuzzy-edged concept in Westeros, to say the least.