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I agree about the first season being great and everything went down hill at season 2 and the writers strike. It felt like they were writing each script week to week which had obvious flaws. I will say this though Heroes at its absolute worst was better than agents of shield that show flat out sucks.
But seriously...Agents of Shield has been great. Heroes though...post first season (and really it began with the season finale) was pretty horrible.
Well most of the conflict in these threads tends to have its source in one poster, so I don't think it's any sort of rift in the community.
I would personally prefer Bestiary 5 over another codex, but would also enjoy and probably purchase the codex as well, so I don't really have much stake in the "fight".
On the other hand, we are getting an entire CS bestiary of occult monsters. Last time we got a bestiary in the CS line, was the year we got the NPC Codex.
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Uh...hacking is not required when you have permission to read the files with the information in question.
Vahanian 89 wrote:
Well the Clairvoyant is dead now and Deathlok was mentioned wither this last episode or the one before it. They still refer to him as Mike Peterson though. I would like to see him comeback for the last few episodes.
Deathlok was allowed to walk off into the sunset at the end of last season
After being used as a weapon by the Centipede cell of Hydra, I don't think he was all that interested in joining Coulson's shield.
Although with civil war getting built up, I would be pretty shocked if he didn't show up next year being hunted down by the government/Other Shield
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
it's funny they've all forgot about the Clairvoyant by now
It's funny that you forgot that the Clairovoyant was just a cover for Garrett. All of that "secret knowledge" that the Clairovoyant had was stated to just be information available via SHIELD agents of a certain security clearance. The obsession with how Coulson returned to life and the reason why "The Clairovoyant" couldn't see that was because Nick Fury arranged that off the books, and Garrett couldn't find that info out via Shield intelligence.
I don't think Ultron will figure in at all on the show this season. I think they have enough on their plate with Other Shield and the Inhuman situation.
Also if anything I think the whole season is building up to civil war, which looks like it might play out more on AoS, and probably be capped by Captain America 3.
On a random note, I'm starting to wonder if Ward is going to become the MCU version of Taskmaster. Someone on io9 mentioned that the actor looks a lot like how the comic character is drawn, and his "guru-like" antics last night seem to go with the comic characters history of training villains. The actor has also said that the character isn't going to try to ally with Shield or Hydra, but rather go his own way. Which also sort of fits for Taskmaster, who I think in the comics worked with both groups as needed.
There is precedent for this this, in that Deathlok and Quake were "introduced" long before it was obvious they were suppose to be specific characters. Also, Coulson, May, Fitz, and Simmons have all been added to the comics in the Agents of Shield comics, but Grant Ward (in commmon with Skye, who was turned into Quake), hasn't. That may suggest he exists already in the Marvel comics.
Joynt Jezebel wrote:
Something to keep in mind if you are comparing incidence of rape in the US versus Japan, is that Japan is very very much behind the West in how incidents of rape are dealt with by the law enforcement community. So rape is probably under-reported and under-prosecuted
Not that I think porn really has anything to do with Japan's cultural issues with rape. It's probably appropriate to mention here that a lot of pornographic material from Japan that shows up stateside really is not indicative of its popularity in its country of origin.
Kain Darkwind wrote:
I agree with some of what you are getting at. I think a monster codex works best when the monsters in question have some sort of society that would call for different stat blocks for different roles in the society. IN addition to belonging to a type of monster that would realistically see a lot of use in a campaign
In the case of demons/other outsiders, I feel that for the most part different kind of demons fill different roles within demon society, and so its a lot easier to justify plugging different kinds of demons into an adventure, versus needing to provide class levels.
The issue (to me) is that in many smaller communities, the business that chooses to discriminate maybe the only business around. Their really won't be any selective pressure against such businesses, and instead the people being discriminated with may have to travel hours to find an accepting business, or be just plain forced to leave the community completely.
Man...I loved the first three seasons of Chuck. Unfortunately, in my opinion they just ran out of stories to tell after the third season. Giving up being a spy, becoming a spy, giving up becoming a spy; Chuck getting his powers, Chuck losing his powers, chuck getting them back, etc.
Also the last two seasons really suffered from not having a great villain as well as not knowing what to really do with Chuck once him and Sarah became a couple.
Pika also live in Hokkaido Japan, although obviously a separate species. So they would be something pretty familiar with the Japanese
I spent an entire morning walking around a rockfield at a well known locality for them, but unfortunately the only morning I had to see them was also as foggy as hell. I could have walked 5 feet from one and never have known.
Going through the list of stories, I would say probably the most powerful (as well as the most depressing) was Tobias Bucknell's "Pale Blue Memories", which is a parable of racism, slavery, and privilege set in a Venusian setting. good enough that this was the one story whose author was clear in my mind even weeks later. Other stories I really liked were Michael Cassett's "The Sunset of Time" and Stephen Leigh's"Bones of Stone, Bones of Air"
Overall even the weaker efforts hear were still pretty enjoyable.
Lord Snow wrote:
Will try to do so later, when I can look through the list of stories/authors again. It's hard to do so from memory, because there is a blurring of stories because the Venus theme does lend itself to similarities in stories.
on the "movie better than a book", front, Jaws absolutely.
on the remake better than the original, and including movies based on other material:
The 80's Blob
I will also throw in the Nolan Batmans over the Tim Burtons
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Barely average? I watch Agents of Shield because it has had great plot arcs and characters, and I love the worldbuilding it does for the MCU. Too me, the Inhuman reveal, war with Hydra, build up to civil war, etc are far more important tie ins than random C-list villains which I only get after the fact due to the io9 "Secrets of..."
Gotham LOVES comic references...and that has if anything only made the show worse.
Heroes suffered from a showrunner with absolutely no spine, who gave into every complaint and criticism online and from the network, with no interest in sticking with his guns.
As an example, Sylar, Peter, and Nathan were suppose to die at the end of the first season, and season 2 would have been mostly a new cast. Had they done that, I think a lot of the later seasons would have been much better.
That's not getting into the whole Sylar evil or not flip flopping, or all the aborted plot threads that were just dropped.
Finished Fevre Dream last night
It was great to read a novel by GRRM that didn't have a million POV's and was a rather quick 400ish pages. The vampires themselves were probably not that original, but the setting (Mid 1800's Mississippi)was.
Next book for breakroom reading will Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It sucks to be underemployed, but I guess I am at least getting caught up on my reading...
The woman with the razor blade nails shares the same name as a (non super-powered) abuse victim Daredevil once helped.
The other two are I think are invented for the show.
Lord Fyre wrote:
As far as I can tell from Winter Soldier, Pierce killed almost all of the Security Council, with only the member impersonated by Black Widow still probably alive
I know this is a tangent on this thread, but I feel I have to reply.
As someone who has lived in New Zealand and Japan, and has also visited a diverse range of countries including South Africa, Kenya, Australia, and the UK...sex is not any more visible in those countries than it is in ours, unless you go and look for it. It sees about a comparable use as it does in our own country for advertising and such. There are different attitudes towards sex maybe, but unless you are clubbing and hitting the night clubs, or perusing the dating scene, I doubt you will encounter them. About the only place that might pose an exception to that rule was the Akihabara district in Tokyo, which is Otaku central and has a really weird mix of shops (i.e., a store will have a huge selection of gundam toys in the front, but as you walk through it you suddenly find yourself in hardcore porn land. It's weird).
If you go out of your way or live in an area a long time, you might encounter some stuff you don't run into in the US often, but otherwise you really won't encounter anything outside what you see in an urban area in the US, especially if you are hitting up cultural/natural history/etc tourist sites.
I honestly didn't consider the "Other" Shield that much of a surprise twist. I pretty much figured everything on the show was leading up to that, and it makes perfect sense given the fractured fall of the organization after the Hydra reveal. Of course their would be other factions that were not Hydra that would be interested in rebuilding the organization, and not all of them would be fans of Coulson/Fury.
There is certainly some element of handwaving you have to do with games, I am mostly just offering this up as one take on the Realism vs Magic debate. What breaks one groups sense of realism in a fantasy game isn't going to be even noticed in another group.
I probably muddled my point above using Bron, since Game of Thrones is far more realistic than say...the action movie genre. In action movies however (with or without Bruce Willis), characters are regularly surviving damage and events that would leave a person in the real world dead. Same thing with a lot of the feats they perform. If you can sit down in front of this sort of movie, you are probably pretty forgiving on this stuff.
A lot of the realism vs magic debate is really different people having different areas where their suspension of belief breaks down. Their are probably ways of boosting fighters that can keep them within those boundaries for a lot of people.
I think in the case of the realism vs magic thing, a lot of difference is opinion in how "grounded" fighters and mundane classes should be is based on what archetypes they are visualizing in their heads for how a class should be like. If you want your fighter to emulate Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Bronn from Game of Thrones, or other western action/Fantasy movies, than your threshold for what is acceptable ability wise will be lower than someone who might be using Wuxia martial arts movies or Neo from the matrix as their mental archetype.
Personally, Mundane martial should be boosted at the SAME TIME that classes like the Wizards should be nerfed. A lot of common complaints on the forum against some classes would be reduced if the Wizard could be more specialized and didn't have the ability to emulate every single class role in the game with preparation.
Nothing to new to say here, but I would and do consider Psionics to be "future/sci-fi magic", while occult is more mysterious but also archaic
So Psionics would be something you would find amongst aliens and space travelers. In the case of Golarion, it would probably be really only common in Numeria and perhaps a few other places that have had some extraterrestrial influence, like the Sodden Lands. It would also be found on Verces and Eox, amongst other places
Occult would instead by the magic associated with mysticism and spiritualism. So it would be found associated with places like Ustalav or Jalmeray, as well as the Darklands.
Finished Old Venus yesterday
Pretty good anthology, although the book would have benefited from reading a few stories at a time in between other books and anthologies, since unsurprisingly a book of short fiction set on pulp Venus is bound to be a bit repetitive.
As with any anthology, there is a bit of range in quality as well. There are some straight up pastiches which...err...don't read that well, especially compared to some stories which subvert those cliches while still providing a solid story.
At any rate, might take a look at Old Mars next, not sure...
Given that the seems to be a schism in the team forming over supers, that might be the impetus for the formation of SWORD
By the time a product announced here, it is usually so far along that canceling it isn't feasible. The same for hardcover books when play tests are released.
And really the sales data tends to be most useful. Your only getting a vocal minority on any issue, and I think some of the vocal complaints (and to be fair some of the gushing praise) are not indicative of the broader community
Hypothetically I don't have a problem raising such objections, if done in a polite way. I especially encourage people to cancel subscriptions temporarily, since ultimately money makes more an impact than viewpoints of vocal posters (who may or may not be a minority)
But on the other hand, some people just don't LET IT GO, or can't raise that objection without accusing the people who want that material as wanting to ruin their game or being Weebos/Furries/Munchkins etc. Its especially aggravating in product threads, playtests, and the 3PP forum. Do you honestly think that Paizo is going to cancel an AP or book if you post multiple replies about how lame that product is going to be?
People also sometimes just take the hyperbole up and suggest that because such a product exists, the game will be broken for ever, or that Pathfinder will stop being fantasy, etc.
Yep...and Thor is also nobility, and thus probably there is an expectation that he doesn't really need to worry about all the tech and specifics, since that is what the servants are for.
Also...I am betting the the folks Bobbi and Mack work for are a splinter group of shield that will go on to form SWORD.
Like others here, I really hate the concept of mortal races having an innate alignment. There might be cultural reasons for why race X is hostile and unpleasant, but that is it. Granted a lot of humans and similar races might THINK that is true, but that's true in the real world
This probably has the most effect in my homebrewed Golarion.
For starters, stories of Lamashtu and similar gods being responsible for the creation of specific races is just...religious propaganda sponsored by clerics of said gods.
Kobolds are still xenophobic and prone to Napolean complexes, but are also incredibly loyal and democratic within their own society, and also have great inventors. Their small size and weak martial ability however has continually made them vulnerable to enslavement or marginalization by other races.
Hobgoblins are still close to the Pathfinder model, but are heavily based on the Peacekeepers of Farscape, in that they lack a real homeland and function as "neutral" peacekeeping forces brought in to pacify or police a region.
Orcs are from Akiton, and somehow got into the Darklands via a portal. They still have a "might makes right" background, but the current chaotic and barbaric practices are largely a result of Dwarves annihilating the culture.
Drow are basically the culture presented in the Purge movies. Decadent elite who remain in power (and curb their own violent tendencies) by fostering a kill or be killed attitude amongst those of lower (economic) class
Most of the core races remain the same, but I hate the fluff of Golarion Dwarves, which is basically about as cliched and unoriginal as you can get. Instead, I use the Midgard model, and most dwarves are more along the lines of neurotic German engineers than drunk scottish clansmen. I do like the variants dwarves in Garund however
Other minor tweaks:
Guns and similar technology is more widespread, but restricted to only a few races, such as Dwarves and Kobolds (who fiercely argue who originally invented the technology) and Ratfolk.
The Worldwound effort is a much more international affair, with crusaders receiving significant backing from practically every organized, united, and stable nation in Avistan, including Cheliax
Probably other stuff I haven't thought of. It should be noted that I am also developing my own setting (for writing purposes), which really doesn't share much in common at all with DnD/Pathfinder.
I guess my problem with this mentality is what one groups loves, another group loathes. Really the only way to accommodate that viewpoint is to just cease any further production of new books.
I would rather get some products released I am not a huge fan of, than...no new products.