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Matthew Downie wrote:
In the context of RPGs, I'd define "Agency" as "ability to make meaningful choices".
When discussing classes, this agency should be provided by the class itself, not by factors that are wholly independent from class choice (e.g.: roleplay and GM fiat), otherwise the discussion is pointless.
Some classes give you a greater variety of effective actions, which increases your agency. This is important because not all GMs are equally competent, generous, rules-savvy or forgiving.
Fixed it for you.
What? I never have the chance to type "Fixed it for you" and actually fix something instead of just using it to say "your argument is terrible".
Freehold DM wrote:
You monster! XD
Huh... Let's see...
(I don't know their english titles, though).
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! - This is my current favorite. It's rare for me to enjoy Japanese humor, but this is one of the few animes that actually make me LOL. Literally.
Dagashi Kashi - My 2nd favorite of the ones I'm watching. It's very simple, but funny. The main heroine's devotion to candy and sweets is hilarious. :)
Koyomimonogatari - I'm a big fan of the Monogatari series, though its quality can vary from story to story (as happens to every series that runs goes for this long). Hopefully we'll see more Kaiki on the next saga. ^^
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar - I'm not sure how to classify this anime... I thought it'd be adventure/comedy, but it seems to be going for a "slice of life/(possibly drama) in a fantasy world" vibe. Still entertaining...
Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai - My current guilty pleasure... It's so. freaking. dumb... But I can't help but laugh at the absurdity of the situation.
Musaigen no Phantom World - This anime has colorful art and great animation. I like the visual design of the characters and world, but it's not as fun as I expected... Good, but overrated, IMO.
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut - Watched 2 episodes... Seem pretty uninspired so far... I'll watch another 1 or 2 and then decide if it's worth following... Probably dropping it, though.
Utawarerumono - Itsuwari no Kamen - Tsc... I'm watching this just out of inertia and nostalgia. I loved the original Utawarerumono series, but this is one is... Well... Boring. They wasted 12 episodes doing basically nothing but introducing tertiary characters, and are apparently setting up the same "twist" of the original series. I'm really disappointed... Watching it feels like a chore at this point. :/
Triage X - I thought the premise was interesting... A secret organization whose Punisher-like members see criminals as diseases to be expunged... Turns out it's a ecchi-fest with barely any plot or character development and mediocre action scenes... Now, I don't mind fan service... It doesn't make or break anything for me, but if that's all the series has to offer, it's a pretty weak series. Dropped.
I think there are a couple more... Though I can't remember them right now.
Just out of curiosity, what Will saves *aren't* covered by your version of Bravery? (ie: why not just give full Will bonus and scrap Bravery?)
Tsc... I really should make that more clear. I'll get around to it... Soon... I just have to figure out a way to describe it without ruining the page formatting. :P
The Bravery bonus applies against fear and the same stuff Protection From Evil would protect you from: spells that allow the caster to have direct control over you... So it applies against stuff like Charm Person and Dominate Person, but not stuff like Confusion, Feeblemind or Glitterdust.
Pathfinder's Infallible Rule of Thumb*: Is it a Summoner or full caster?
Yes: Probably overpowered. Specially if it uses vancian casting.
*This rule doesn't take 3pp material into account.
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Anyway... Kineticists have a few tricks that are really good... But overall, they are rarely above mediocrity.
At least it's Skywalkers have an easy time dealing with grief...
"Those people who raised me all my life are dead? Well... Guess I'll go on an space adventure with that old man I barely know..."
"My whole home planet was destroyed? Nooo!!! Eh... I'm all better now. Time to kiss the handsome scoundrel... And my brother!"
Of course... That's still better than how Anakin dealt with grief... So... Progress?
So... I just realized something...
6 months ago I wasn't watching any anime series... I was finally over my addiction. Then I decided to try a suggestion someone made here... And now I'm watching 6~8 series... And waiting for more.
G~$$%@mit, you guys! I hope you are proud of causing a recovering addict to have a relapse. :P
Great logic there... "You're free to choose to buy the product... After it's been censored. No choice on whether you want the original content or not."
Scott Betts wrote:
The number of people in this thread complaining about "censorship" is really concerning.
What is really concerning is that people still think sparing someone's feeling is more important than allowing the free market of ideas.
Something offends you? Don't buy it. Support stuff that pleases you. Don't force or pressure others to stop using whatever it is that you find offensive. Truth and freedom of choice are far more important than hurt feelings and political correctness.
That's a pretty awful thing to add to a game... But I think it should not be removed. If it's such a problem, people should simply not buy the game or ignore that portion of it.
It's much healthier to allow developers to include whatever they want in their games and then let the fans decide what is good and what isn't. And by "fans" I mean "people who actually buy/play the game".
That said, yeah... It's quite an idiotic idea to have in the game. Why not simply make the character bisexual, then?
Orfamay Quest wrote:
To be fair, none of that is of much concern in an universe where explosions consistently light on fire and make lots of noise... In space.
Yup. Though it isn't a "compulsion" in the sense that he can't help but do it. That's closer to Dexter's case. Punisher does believe his ways are necessary and so he does it. Similar to how Dr.Doom honestly believes the world would be a much better place if he were in charge.
Their beliefs do not justify their actions, of course, but it's not what I'd call a compulsion.
To be fair, the only reason that's the case is because comic book characters go through many different writers in many different times. Dexter, being a TV series, doesn't have nearly as many authors...
I think he can be an interesting character. There are many stories where the villain are the most compelling character and many stories where the hero does terrible stuff but doesn't get as much backlash because it's presented in a positive light...
As long as the writer keeps in mind that the Punisher is not a good person, but a vengeful man with a twisted morality, his stories can be very entertaining.
Between him and Dexter, it's difficult to tell which one is a worse person...
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
I think it's because he has a cool attitude and is presented as the best pilot in the Rebellion... But, yeah... I agree that he gets more attention than he deserves.
I found out most of Kylo Ren and Rey toys were sold out.
Lots of Finn toys left, though, I think he didn't sell very well. Understandable, since he doesn't do a whole lot of cool stuff in the movie and doesn't have a cool armor like Phasma and the Stormtroopers. Same goes for Poe, but I think he doesn't have as many toys left because they didn't order all that many Poe toys, since he isn't one of the main characters.
Toys are pretty expensive, so if parents have to choose, it's understandable that they will prioritize Rey, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers.
My nephew chose Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader... My niece got Rey, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. Neither of them showed much interest in Poe or Finn. :/
Dexter is the one who kills because he likes killing and then simply proceeds to find "acceptable" victims.
Punisher doesn't think of himself as a hero, but as a "necessary evil". He kills because he thinks that must be done to protect society, but also to satisfy his unquenchable thirst for revenge. How much he cares about actual justice varies a lot from writer to writer.
Neither character is meant to be sympathetic or admirable... They are just meant to be interesting. They might have humanizing moments and their attitude might be understandable at times, but at the end of the day, they are both murderers. Trying to present them as heroes completely misses the point, IMO.
True... Luckily, those aren't the only opponents found in the game. And secondary natural attacks still suffer a -5, and that can make a huge difference if you have good AC.
Dragons do have a terrifying full attack routine, but even if they need a 5 to hit you, that means on average they'll miss 1~2 attacks per round... That can save your life.
I agree that AC is not as useful at higher levels as it is at low levels, but it never grows useless... Specially touch AC. A good touch AC only grows more and more important as the levels go up and rays and other touch attack abilities become more and more deadly.
Yeah, I'm really curious about this series... Two episodes in and I'm still not sure what kind of series it'll be.
The movies do imply that the Dark side is a corruption o The Force, a conflict where there should only be serenity... So bringing balance to The Force would be destroying the Dark side, or more accurately, stop people from twisting The Force into something evil.
It makes sense, which is why the Jedi preach control over their emotions, though I think they gradually took it to the other extreme, culminating in the "Never Have Any Feeling" BS of the prequel trilogy.
Anakin brought balance to The Force by destroying the Sith while also teaching Luke that emotions can be positive as well (it was his fatherly love that brought him back to the Light, after all).
I guess it depends on how much fun you want to have with your toys and how much you care about their market value.
Personally, I like to open all toys and figurines, then place them in cool poses around the house. Having Darth Vader fight Luke is much cooler than having both of them staring at nothing from inside their plastic bubble. :P
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Realistically, I think that Kylo and Rey are so awesome at the Force because Abrams felt like he needed to "ramp up" the awesome for the new trilogy. That said, it's fun to imagine in-universe reasons. Like, maybe they're so good because there are only three Force users in the universe, so the Force works that much better for them. In Episode IV, you have Luke, and Vader, and Yoda, and the Emperor all running around doing stuff, so it was that much weaker -- they had a smaller piece of the pie. And in the prequels, Jedi get slaughtered easily because there were so many of them!
So the force obeys the law of conservation of ninjutsu... That... Makes is sound incredibly disappointing. :P
I don't remember where I saw something about Kylo Ren being powerful because he is in the limit between Light and Dark sides of The Force... But wouldn't that go against previous lore, where jedi/sith get more power the more they are aligned with their side of The Force?
I wonder what will be the explanation for Rey's abilities with the Force...
Freehold DM wrote:
I think you are getting your movies confused - she wasn't very well represented in toys in avengers 1, not 2 iirc. And I think it was a specific type of toy, the dress-up one. Which was already facing problems because she (at the time) had a pair of guns as a iconic weapons. This is of course, assuming I am remembering things right.
I remember that happening in Avengers 1 I really didn't see many BW merchandises at the time...
But it really doesn't seem to be the case with TFA. When I bought toys for my nephew and niece, I could see Kylo Ren and Rey everywhere! Finn and Poe were harder to find, but they were there.
People are way too eager to shout accusations of bigotry these days...
Yeah... I really liked the original show... But this one is tiring. Nothing really happens, characters introductions feel forced, the protagonists barely do anything... Haku is supposed to be charismatic, but he doesn't really display any charisma other than characters magically liking him despite he not saying or doing anything remarkable.
At this point, I'm watching it just out of nostalgia for the old show... Hoping Hakuoro shows up and steals the show or something. :P
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
I rather avoid an Animal Companion/peanut butter discussion... That's bound to go somewhere icky. XD
Similar, but different... Turning Evil doesn't mean you're suddenly unable to control your actions. And there are many, many stories where evil creatures (including Undead and even Demons) turn good.
We have devils/demons turn good! How is being twisted by dark magic any worse than being a literal personification of evil!
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Ah! The one movie where Boba Fett is actually somewhat competent. XD
I wouldn't even say it's Chaotic all the time. It might very well be a very old, respectable, lawful tradition preserved by a very old, respectable, lawful culture (that said, Law/Chaos is very poorly defined in PF).
I agree that committing acts of cannibalism probably won't make you very popular among most people... Personally, if my friend saved enough of me to resurrect me (assuming that's a real possibility and what I want), I wouldn't care. I might actually be pleased by the fact that my body made one last contribution to the team. I'd find it disgusting of course... The same way I think eating snails is disgusting... But disgusting isn't the same as morally wrong (or Chaotic).
(Also, forcing others to commit cannibalism could be considered "oppressing others", so that might actually qualify as Evil).
I'd like to point out that the rules don't say cannibalism is evil, and that the man who said cannibals can't be completely lawful or good is not a rules-guys and often goes out of his way to say he's not a rules-guy.
So, yeah... Unless cannibalism is hurt, oppressing or killing others, it's not Evil.
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Yeah, that's one of the things I love about this movie. :)
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Ah! So he does throw a blaster away! Cool. That satisfies my curiosity and fixes the only problem I had with the scene.
Here's hoping the following movies keep on showing the Stormtroopers as the scarily effective and cold-blooded soldiers they are supposed to be.
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Yeah, I saw that... And it's cool and all... But it doesn't explain why he didn't at least have a blaster pistol (or did he have one and I simply don't remember?). Finn and his soon-to-be-killed friend were carrying rifles at the start of the movie.
I gotta say. I like how TFA shows the Stormtroopers as competent soldiers. I know the original trilogy didn't sell it very well, but at they are supposed to be really good at their job.
Lord Fyre wrote:
Well... Kinda... But at least she wasn't killed by a blind man... By accident.
Cole Deschain wrote:
Heh... The first time I saw that movie I missed 99% of the references (I was 6 years old. :P), all I recognized was T-1000 (because of my unyielding love for Terminator 2) and the Stallone Terminator poster (again: unyielding love for Terminator 2).
So, every time I watched it, I got more and more of the jokes and references. To me, that movie literally grew up with me, since it was bigger and better every time! XD
The Last Action Hero!
Why it's good: Because it's mindless fun! So. Much. Fun! It's full of cheap references to other movies and silly, marvelous humor. I just love the scene where the heroes casually walk past T-1000 and Sharon Stone's character from Basic Instinct. XD
Why it's bad: Because... I have no idea! How can anyone not like this movie? Why do people say it's anything less than freaking awesome?!