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Zaister wrote:
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it's a bit to test CGI to show off the design of the ship, for a show which I don't think even has a cast or scripts yet. I wouldn't assume the CGI quality has any relevance to the actual show
Actually, six of 13 scripts are in the can, according to showrunner Bryan Fuller. I think casting is probably underway at least, considering shooting is scheduled to start in September.

Regardless it's footage that was probably just quickly created to show off the ship, and not necessarily representative of the show's actual use of CGI.


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it's a bit to test CGI to show off the design of the ship, for a show which I don't think even has a cast or scripts yet. I wouldn't assume the CGI quality has any relevance to the actual show


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1. Speaking of movies, did you hear that the Adam Wingard ("Your Next, etc.) movie "The Woods" was announced at comic con with a new name, "The Blair Witch"?

2. Does this make you more excited or less? I love that director and was excited, but admittedly the idea of an original movie from him is somewhat more appealing than a sequel to a franchise that hasn't had a new entry in quite awhile.

3. Do you have a current favorite "active" director of movies (horror or otherwise), a director that automatically makes you pay attention to their next project?


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Jaçinto wrote:
You don't even need to watch this movie to actually see the movie. Watch the trailers and you will see the entire movie laid out in front of you. They screwed up big there. Hey when was the last time that Sony made a good movie? I honestly can not remember, and I mean good as in it was quality, stands up to people actually paying attention to the movie rather than laughing at the shiny keys dangling in their face, and is rewatchable multiple times. Ghostbusters was a great film. Everything fit their narrative and you could tell they actually cared when they made this. The jokes were actually funny and the normal people actually acted like people. Plus, Officer Carl Winslow.

As someone who actually saw the movie, I couldn't disagree more. And as someone who recently watched the first movie, I actually find that just as many of the jokes in the original landed as the ones in this movie. Nostalgia can really help a movie.

I think the big failing of that there really is no market for a big budget blockbuster comedy. After all can you name a recent example? Other than Pixels, which I think was also a flop?

Sony should have reigned in the budget on this (a lot of the climax could have been trimmed down quite a bit without hurting the movie, and some more practical effects would have probably improved it in fact.


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I wouldn't actually be all that surprised if a (non-powered) Kamala Khan doesn't show up as a sidekick esq character (think the kid from Iron Man 3) in the Captain Marvel movie. She is certainly one of the stronger characters available for movies that Marvel owns.


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Trailer

on one hand it is definitely fantastic. On the other hand...did we need a "streetsmart" Arthur? Is that the only interpretation Guy Ritchie can provide for characters from literature?

I am incredibly confused why the Camelot mythos is so damn hard to adapt for movies. The characters are well known to audiences, there is an infinite amount of material to work from, it has iconic villains and dramatic twists, and plenty of potential for awesome battles. And it's large enough that you could easily produce multiple trilogies off the material. Yet either people chuck out most of the story to produce a streamline narrative that is name only, or they go a hyper-realistic route and remove all the magic.

On another note, at least Littlefinger plays a character named "Goosefat Bill".


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thejeff wrote:
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A lot of more mainstream Republicans will have a hard time supporting a guaranteed to fail impeachment attempt without something solid to go on.
Take another look at their voters. They were chanting, "lock her up", at the GOP convention whenever Clinton's name was mentioned. So far as the vast majority of Republicans are concerned, based on right wing media fiction, Hillary Clinton has already been 'proven guilty' of treason. If she is elected and their GOP representatives don't impeach her the base will never be able to accept it.

Possible. Depends on how many Representatives think their support depends only on the hard-core base and on how much they think they'll lose based on slow walking it with more investigations and hearing vs how much they think they'll lose with a guaranteed to fail impeachment attempt.

If Trump loses big, will catering to his most rabid supporters really be Paul Ryan's first move?

The voter base pushing Trump seems to have a lot of overlap and shared goals as the Tea Party base. If that base still maintains a large degree of influence over congress Paul Ryan may have trouble pushing the rest of the party in a different direction.

Of course if the Republicans also do poorly in non-presidential elections than Ryan will have a lot more room to maneuver and rebradn the party


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thejeff wrote:
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I actually favored Hillary over Bernie. While I would prefer Hillary to be a bit more progressive on some issues, I think she can actually get a lot of what she promised done. I feel that if somehow Bernie did get the nom and then won the election, Bernie would have a much greater difficulty working with congress and wouldn't be able to follow through with a lot of his campaign platforms.
I don't think that working with congress is a thing that happens anymore with a democratic president.

I have just been wondering when they will begin impeachment proceedings... before or after her actual inauguration.

PS: Not that I am saying she should be impeached. Just that they will.

OTOH, there was a lot of talk of Obama impeachment too and that never happened.

They might try. Barring the revelation of something truly criminal in Clinton's record - which has been inevitable and imminent for 20 years now, they can't possibly get a conviction in the Senate.
Depending on the make up of the House, it's pretty unlikely they'd even get articles passed there. If the "Freedom Caucus" types grow by a lot, the chances go up. A lot of more mainstream Republicans will have a hard time supporting a guaranteed to fail impeachment attempt without something solid to go on.

The funny thing about this is that Trump, unlike Hillary, is very likely to actually end up in a courtroom in the near future over the Trump University debacle.


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Sony might also be judging its success as a comedy. It's the director (who generally is considered a pretty successful comedic director) largest opening weekend. a sequel with a reduced effects budget could actually be successful. Comedies just in general don't seem to be things that work effectively as big budget blockbusters.


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That trailer seemed way better than the trailer for Dawn of Justice. Although how much of that trailer reflect the movie I have no idea.


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The trailer looks cool, but I for one really prefer my Kongs to not be Kaiju sized.


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I...did not see that coming (well I knew about the Kurt Russell thing but not so much the Ego thing).


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I assume she will pop up first though in a non Captain Marvel movie.


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Yeah I am guessing season three might focus on Kingpin and Bullseye as the bad guys. Seems that the next season will likely take place after Defenders, which will probably use The Hand as the main big bad.


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I actually favored Hillary over Bernie. While I would prefer Hillary to be a bit more progressive on some issues, I think she can actually get a lot of what she promised done. I feel that if somehow Bernie did get the nom and then won the election, Bernie would have a much greater difficulty working with congress and wouldn't be able to follow through with a lot of his campaign platforms.


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Eric Hinkle wrote:
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Heck I wish some movie directors could read it. Like every single one doing a "horror" film for the SyFy Channel.
I'm sure not EVERY one from SyFy needs it. They've had a couple gems. Not many to be sure, but a couple. Manticore (aka Manticore WMD) Reign of the Gargoyles, and Sasquatch Mountain (aka Devil on the Mountain) were really good. (I can't believe I am defending SyFy :) )

True enough, though it seems that for every movie that you mentioned they do half a dozen of Megashark Vs. Giant Octopus.

Getting back to the actual book, I do wonder what sort of monsters would work best for slasher horror. Wouldn't a slasher 'monster' normally be an ordinary if strong and tough human with levels in barbarian or slayer?

Well obviously humanoid in shape, but quite a few would probably count as undead or unique outsiders. Ogres, Ogrekin, and bugbears can also slot into the role pretty effectively. There are probably some weirder types too. The Leprachaun and Chuckie movies would count as slashers but feature a fey and constructs (although Chuckie gets a bit weird in that he stops turning real)

I am curious on how they recommend setting up a slasher style horror game as well, since slashers usually focus on a single or pair/trio of antagonists. The exception being the "redneck hillbilly" variation of slasher movies, where you can have entire clans or even towns of slasher-folk (which is again emulated in Pathfinder with Ogres/Ogrekin)


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Fetchlings are Azlanti that fled to the Shadow plane; Darkfolk just went underground


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thejeff wrote:
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I would have preferred someone a bit more liberal as a choice. I think Hillary may be underestimating the republican dislike of her. Just because a faction of Republican voters hate Trump doesn't mean they like Hillary. If the more "moderate" Republican voters stay home, and the hardcore Bernies supporters do as well, Hillary may not be able to defeat Trump.

"May not", sure. It's politics. Anything can happen.

Frankly, I doubt many of the hardcore Bernie supporters would vote for her unless she admitted she was a corrupt pawn of wall street and promised to resign in January. Even if she'd picked Elizbeth Warren for VP. Anything less would just be another Hillary lie. Even that probably would be.
Most aren't that hardcore, of course. Most would have switched with a Warren pick. Of course, most will switch anyway.

If moderate Republicans stay home, she wins. This is a play for centrist independents, not for actual Republicans. She'll get some. And she'll sweep Democrats, despite the Bernie Bros. She'll win African-Americans by close to Obama's margins and Hispanics by even more. She'll win women by a landslide too.

Trump will dominate among white men. Especially older white men. But to steal from Lindsey Graham, there aren't enough angry old white men left.

If Trump doesn't get a ground game campaign up and running and can't organize it better then he ran the convention, he's going to lose in a landslide.

My major concern is that...all along analysts and politicians have been predicting Trump losing/dropping out, and so far he had defied those odds.

Yes I know that the Republican situation can't be extrapolated to the entire country. But the most recent polls I have seen don't see Hillary leading by much, and often within the realm of error. The Republicans seem to be slowly consolidating behind Trump. Core Democrats are already consolidated behind Hillary, but I am concerned she won't really be able to bring in the independents or youth vote.

I can rationally go through all the arguments for Trump losing. But the fear of him winning is still there. Hopefully after the DNC convention next week I will feel a lot better about the situation.


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Why exactly did we need this thread again? It's not like the original OP is unaware of the billions of martial vs caster disparity threads that exist.

Anyway, I guess the thing I find amusing about these lines of arguments is that Anime is a pretty broad topic covering multiple genres, ranging in tone, target demographic, and subject. It's no more useful than saying they want martials to emulate "TV". Okay, but "TV" covers everything from Gummi Bears to Xena: Warrior Princess to Game of Thrones. Clearly more specific references are needed.


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God the casting of this show is amazing. Still really looking forward to Gillian Anderson as Media

I do wonder though...is there any idea how they are adapting this? is season 1 going to cover all of the first book, or are they going to stretch it out more?


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don't forget panic as well!


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I would have preferred someone a bit more liberal as a choice. I think Hillary may be underestimating the republican dislike of her. Just because a faction of Republican voters hate Trump doesn't mean they like Hillary. If the more "moderate" Republican voters stay home, and the hardcore Bernies supporters do as well, Hillary may not be able to defeat Trump.


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You know it always boggles my mind that solutions like A giant expensive wall are the best approach to illegal immigration, rather than you know...actually enforcing labor laws so businesses can't hire illegal immigrants, who because they are not here illegaly can be exploited far more easily than US workers.

It's almost as if politicians realize rhetoric about walls and border patrol are safe discussion points, because it's unlikely to tick off Big Business, and the measures that are discussed actually do squat.


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If enough Bernie supporters stay home because "Trump probably won't win", than Trump is very likely TO win...


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
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Well whose to say what exist in Arcadia. But since Arcadia is the Americas analog in this setting it would be one of the most likely places for trains especially since the Inner Sea doesn't have them.
It's supposed to be the analog for Primitive America, with all the civilisations and tribes that existed before the European extermination of them. So don't even expect to find wheels... save as children's toys.

I wouldn't expect things to play out like this. The dev's have already stated that they are drawing inspirations from Arcadia, and not adapting things whole cloth. I can't recall if Adam Daigle has flat out stated it, but it's at least heavily implied that many Arcadians nations are on par with Avistan as far as technological/magical development.


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Almost done...

T-U:

Tachwüll = Aonikenk SA; race of bola-using dwarves, who fashion tools of stone; first race to settle the Andes, their cities destroyed in a volcanic cataclysm; rather animal-like, with sharp claws; built cities of gold

Tailypo = US folklore; cat like monster with yellow eyes; sapient; loses its tail to a hunter, than returns to it, killing the hunter to remove the tail from his stomach.

Takwish = Penutian/Takwish; wife-stealing meteor spirit; giant who takes the form of a meteor or blue flame; eats people; power over ball lightning, meteors, and thunder; can turn a person’s heart into a star by ritually eating a person’s shoulder; stole souls

Tapire-iauara = Amazon; “Tapir nymph”; aquatic cow-sized jaguar, with red, waterproof fur with a cream patch on its chest, a thick mane, long droopy ears half a m in length; and an overwhelming stench; may be variable in color, including red, gold, and black; may have the limbs of jaguars or horses, and the paws of a jaguar, otter, or duck; putrid odor nauseates prey and can cause them to faint or die of shock; may also mesmerize prey into standing still before it pounces on them; resilient to damage; often catch and drag fishermen into rivers to feed on them; stench may cause a victim to lose there souls; Carana resin repulses them, and they can also be evading by climbing into a tree, as they can not climb

Tapugi = Macro Carib; sexually dimorphic giants; huge males and child-sized females (or vice versa)

Taquatu = Tierra Del Fuego; Invisible Giant who travels around via a canoe; can levitate over the tops of trees with no sign of his passing; collects and carrys away inattentive humans it encounters in its travels

Tariaksuq = Half man, half caribou monster from Inuit myth; can also appear as a humanoid shadow creature; powers of invisibility and control of shadows; invisible if viewed straight on; have complex human like societies and families

Tcetin = Athabaskan NA; apelike creatures, which rule over and created wolverines, wolves, dogs, foxes, and martens; dwell in dens and originally came across the ocean; spirit stored in his tail, which can allow him to resurrect.

Tcipitckaam/Jipijka’m/Chepechcalm = Alqonquian/Micmac NA; horned serpent with a single, unicorn-like red and yellow horn; horn has magical powers; body like a crocodile; inhabits lakes and eats people; can shapeshift into human form

Teakettler = Fearsome critter; stubby-legged dog like creature, with cat like ears; makes a sound like a whistling tea kettle; walks backward; shy and elusive forest denizen

Teakiak'k/Goga'ne/Na'hnias = Native American; fey; resemble young boys but size of babies; long-waist length hair; can run down trees upside down; decorate with red woodpecker feathers

Teehooltsoodi = Navajo; giant monstrous otter with bull-like horns; can control waters and create floods

Te’e’i = Navajo; Anaye of poverty; spirits which appear as a filthy old man and woman, dressed in rags; allowed to exist so people had an excuse to give away old cloths and items and buy new ones

Telek’um/Swau’waut/Tub-ta-ba/Tubsadad/Tubca’dad = Salish NA; gurgling two-three foot tall hunchbacked dwarves; provide dance power to people on vision quests; mean but can heal the sick; can possess people and make them crazy; avoid humans and dwell along damp creekbeds and and gullies, and hid amidst plants; hunter-gatherers; dressed like local native Americans and held potlucks

Tepictoton = Mesoamerican; legless mountain dwarves;

Teyu Yagua = Guarani; spawn of Tau and Kerana; chimeric beast, with the body of a lizard and the head of a dog; clumsy and slow; covered in gold and gems from rolling in the treasure of Itayu; sometimes given 6 heads; considered the lord of caverns and protector of fruits; although scary in appearance, it is benevolent, and feeds on honey and fruit

Thunder Horse = Sioux; immense horses who create thunder with their might hoof beats, and who leap down to the earth during storms. Based on remains of Titanotheres found

Tihwo’bi/Itsee’bi = California NaDene; Small, stinky, black dwarves of the wild; evil;

Tisikh Puk = Inuit; Colossal worm like creature, with the body of a caterpillar and the head of a human; could take human form

Tlahuelpuchi = Mexican vampire; born that way; females more powerful than males. feeds on the blood of infants/children can be distinguished by glowing aura while hunting. Sheds legs when hunting, and can shape shift into a vulture; usual vampire rules

Tlaloc/Tlacoques /Danzantes= Mesoamerican god and class of spirits; god of rain, fertility and water; toppled the Toltec empire when not appeased; goggle-eyed and fanged; dark-skinned and bearded; depicted with snakes around eyes, eyebrows, nose; made servitors such as Tlaloques which are dwarves tasked with delivering rain; held up the skies; may have had wings; Aztecs who drowned went to Tlalocan, the domain of Tlaloc; Tlalaques dwell in peaks and mountain caves and under water bodies; wears snake masks a crown of heron feathers; green and red jewelery,and sandles; carries a jade hatchet and can throw lightning; can be agents of retribution, and when angry will shatter water jars which contain bottled lightning, or thunder; can cause floods, snow, or droughts

Tlaltecuhtli = Aztec creator god; immense fanged sea monster that symbolized primordial chaos that the gods tore apart to form the heavens and earth; has both female and male properties; humanoid covered mouths with sharp teeth, which spit blood; clawed feet and hands; often depicted with a human exiting it’s nether regions; was propitiated with human sacrifice to keep it from eating the sun. blue, red and ochre; somewhat frog-like; lower half has a thick tail that ends with a massive crocodile head

Tlanowa = Cherokee/Natchez NA; Giant birds covered in impenetrable metallic feathers

Tlanusi’yi = Cherokee; monstrous giant leech with red and white stripes; would create giant spouts of water to wash people into the water, where it ate their ears and nose; aquatic, but sometimes returns to land

To-ya-nu-mu = Numic Na; Pygmies which live above treeline and whose dancing creates the snow seen in summer
Tonop = Algic NA; half a body and head, lives in trees and makes tracks like an axe strike; if wrestled and loses, will grant magic shaman powers; communicates by whistling

Toonahyannas = Taruma SA; Water people; humanoid who adapted to a life in the in the water due to encroachment of white men; build aquatic stockades and sleep underwater;

Totochtin = Aztec rabbit gods who enjoy partying and alcohol

Trempulcahue = Mapuche; a group of four flying mystical baleen whales who transport the souls of the dead to the afterlife; take the form of old women during the day, and hide from men; Like charon took payment to assist the dead in there travels

Trelquehuecuve = Chilean; ray like monster, with a thick hide with multiple eyes and claws around the exterior edges; brown splotched with white; creates whirlpools that suck people down, where it drowns and eats them by wrapping around them. Feeds on blood and can leave the water for short periods; Minion of the Ivunche

Tripodero = Fearsome critter; odd kangaroo like creature, with telescoping legs, prominent and long snout, and long balancing tail; stalks the chapparal, shooting clay bullets from it’s snout to kill its prey; nearly perfect aim

Trueno = Central and northern South American; Thunder Jaguars; fierce race of cannibals 4 feet tall with long beards; generally nude; linked to thunder and rainbows; suck blood; inhabit deep lakes; can shapeshift into serpents and are master shamans; related to olmec jaguar dwarves?

Tsamtas/Tosetax = Nivakle Paraguay; immense sky serpents that radiate heat and feed on rain bringing thunderbirds, causing droughts. Red and gree, with three mouths, one in the head, middle and tail; build nests in the sky

Tse’cabe = Siouan; black spiderlike fairies

Tsenahale = Navajo; Giant draconic eagle or harpy creature and progenitor of all other eagles; One of the Anaye; partly featherless, with feathers on its back and shoulders; capture humans to feed to it’s offspring at the top of the mesas; can create whirlwinds with it’s wingbeats

Tsemaus = Haida/Tsimshian NA; an immense fish whose dorsal fin is sharp enough to cut someone in half; personification of river snags; dorsal fin has the appearance of a snag; can be bear like, killer whale like, frog like, dogfish like, or sea lion like in form; often found in rivers

Tsenayai = Navajo; Sentient rock which rolled after people, crushing them to death; chips of stone from his body eventually formed the various pigments used in sandpainting as well as geological features; contact with the original fragments can drain the life force from a person; Escaped from the Monster Slayer by diving into a river, where it appeared as a rock gleaming with fire; promised that if it was allowed to exist it would ensure the flowing of rivers

Tsetahotsiltali = Navajo; Cliff dwelling Anaye monster who would butt travels off of the cliffs with it’s head or legs, killing them and feeding them to it’s scavenging young; can not be knocked from it’s ledges, as it’s long hair burrow through the mountain like roots; after it was destroyed vultures were formed from its flesh

Tshenkutshen = Ecuador arboreal rainbow hued cat; deadly predator; jaguar like build

Tsi-noo/Chenoo: Native American Abenaki; a person/giant with a heart of ice and no soul, who gains power through eating the souls of others. Originally a human but turned into a monster through a great crime motivated by greed

Tsi-Sgili = Cherokee; undead witch associated with owls; can be any sex or age; keep dogs, wolves, owls, and lizards as demonic familiars; power derived from lizards that inhabit the witch; will devour the witch if not regularly fed with human flesh; violate sacred spaces and can soar through the sky or shrink in size to enter any dwelling; psychic powers including the ability to make there thoughts real.

Tsiahk = Wakashan NA; nocturnal spirits with yellow hair covering their shoulders and horns on ther temples and behind their ears; placated by dance

Tsiatko = Stick Indians; Tall, thin, atheletic, uncivilized humanoids who inhabited the wilderness and lived like animals; frequently stole from humans; stole children to use as slaves. Communicate by whistling; will swear vengeance against any who hurt them; superstitious and won’t cross water; have an aura of fear and can cause people to go into a deep sleep; excellent archers

Tuniit = Short stocky arctic people; peaceful but very strong; use primitive technology

Tunkasila = Siouan; three feet tall, mud-daubed pygmies, with bare feet and dressed in breech clothes; smell like sweetgrass; hunt with bows and arrows; watch over ceremonies and teach the sun dance; can heat rocks; dwell between earth and sky and were driven from the earth by white people;

Tunrak = Innuit; monstrous creatures of varying shape and sizes; evil; tried to tempt people; derived from the souls of bears, wolves, and foxes

Tzitzakien/T’si T’son Kia Deneh = Canadian/Alaska NA; “chickadee folk”; change into chickadee’s in the winter; hunt rabbits and owls; start forest fires; pick the eyes out of people; can be as tall as three feet;

U’tlun’ta/Spearfinger = Cherokee; crone-like figure with stone-like skin and a long sharp finger on her right hand; mouth stained with blood; uses her finger to remove the livers of her human prey; only weak spot was in the palm of her left hand, where her heart was located; produces thunder as she hunts, warning of her coming; all animals flee her presence; enjoy shapeshifting into the form of her child victims, to infilitrate families; can only shapeshift when not observed; control of stone; invulnerable to weapons; victims may no realize their liver is initially eaten, and die days later; prefers to feed on children

Uahti/Wax-ti = Macro-Tucanoan; dark, hairy, ugly pot-bellied dwarfish creatures, with no toes; covered in ash; eat humans; associated with Whip-poor-wills, vampire bats, and morpho butterflies; cause echos; dwell in dark, secluded, abandoned buildings; enjoy strangling prey; strike down trees; formed from the spirits of the dead

Ucumar = Quechua Argentina; large-bigfoot/bear like creature, with prominent fangs, razor sharp claws, and thick black fur; small eyes, with prominent jowls and a huge mouth with protruding teeth; lack a soul

Ugjuknarpak = Inuit; giant rodent monster, with unpiercable skin and a long scaly tail, which it uses to snare it's victims. found near aquatic environments.

Uissa/Uissuit= Innuit; Deep sea dwarves; sometimes seen on ice

Uktena/Uhcegila/Misi-kinepikw = NA Horned Serpent; giant serpent with glowing iridescent crystalline scales and a single large crystal horn in it's forehead, with magical powers. Also stag horns; pestilence breath; glow can blind and confuse people; enemies of the Thunderbird; not evil, but avoid humans and may be a death omen; can control game

Urayuli = Alaskan Native American hominid; gray fur, 10 feet tall; very long arms which extend past his knees; shy and gentle, but often steals fish; good swimmer. Form from children who become lost in the forest.

Urkuyaya = Quechuan; Mountain Father who can kill trespassers with his gaze

Utano = Ge-Pano South America; 3ft tall, wild men with animal like skin from before the flood


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dipping into nonfiction at the moment: Just "borrowed" via kindle and amazon prime "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. Been wanting to read this book for years but it somehow never got on my read list. Should be interesting as someone interested in world building.


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Stranger Things:
I don't think she banished the "Gug", I think she utterly disintegrated it, but in the process temporarily was removed from this plane. The thing could cross over at will (once it knew there was some place to cross over to), so I don't think banishing it would have worked.

At any rate the scene with the eggo waffles implies that she is alive still.


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oh rereading the comments, some general concerns raised based on the trailer:

As far as black characters being cliche/token, Leslie Jones as Patty is actually a huge improvement over Ernie Hudson's character. She joins the team as a self-taught historian of New York City lore, and significantly contributes to the team, versus just holding another proton pack.

As far as Raunch goes, uh...It's a stretch to really identify any. There is certainly far far less than the original, as the movie skews harder towards PG than the originals. The "all the cracks" comment might actually be as explicit as things get.

For people who dislike or have mixed feelings about Melissa McCarthy, her persona is more subdued than some of her other roles. Probably closer to Mike and Molly than her more outright slapstick work. To me none of the 4 ghostbusters came across as super over the top, although they all have their moments here and there (Kate McKinnon is probably the closest, and her characterization is more weirdo way to into her tech than comic relief)

Actually the only really overtly over the top character is Kevin, who is played as being so stupid he edges into "he really shouldn't be living on his own". He's basically the dumb yet hot secretary trope cranked to 11 (and for those who are interested, don't worry...you get a lot of shirtless Hemsworth humor).


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huh...I would have expected this thread to come to the surface again.

I went and saw Ghostbusters yesterday and rather liked it. With so many recent reboots or attempts to jumpstart massive franchises, it was nice to see a reboot that included plenty of homages without straight up copying the original plot and characters, or felt the need to leave a billion plot threads dangling for future movies. The cast mostly was pretty solid as well.

My only complaints might be: The comedy was a bit more overt than the original, although I feel this might be more just a difference between the 80's and today. And the CGI...was a bit overdone. Quite a bit of it lacked the physical presence to really feel threatening or feel like the characters were not just sitting in front of a blue screen.

Overall worth seeing IMHO.


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I'll have to think about this some, although at the moment the first thing that comes to mind are humans. Because seriously, human villains can be horrifying in the sense that they can carry out monstrous acts, without having the excuse of actually being "monsters" in the species sense.


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Hi James...Did you start or are you going to watch Stranger Things? I literally just put it and the opening has several things you might like :P

Also...where was it announced you were taking over the module line? I was surprised to see that mentioned here but it was the first time I have seen that said?


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a "create a colony in the wilderness" is a cool idea but I do find it a bit disturbing that Arcadia is always the go to spot. There are plenty of places you can set such in Golarion without attaching the baggage that goes with setting it in Arcadia. Azlant, filled with ancient ruins and monsters, would be a wonderful spot. So would some of the remote areas of Varisia, or the recently depopulated Iobaria.


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Currently reading an anthology of original werewolf stories (Mark of the Beast). Prior to that Sharkpunk, an anthology of short genre fiction dealing with sharks, and the latest Ellen Datlow "best of the year" anthology of horror.

Sharkpunk wasn't horrible, but I find it has the same issues as the Mark of the Beast. It's an anthology that is very narrow themed and mostly has stories by folks of middling talent. There HAVE been a few good stories in both books, but you have to slog through the crap to get to them. Datlow of course is an amazing editor so nothing but praise for her anthology.

Feeling I might need to switch gears to some nonfiction soon. Honestly starting to feel burnt out on horror anthologies, because I have read so many recently that I have knocked off most of the stellar recent entries on Kindle, I keep coming across things reprinted elsewhere, And the stuff I haven't read is every decreasing in quality.


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also as a horror fan, a Tian Xia horror-themed campaign would be pretty awesome. It's not like the Paizo folks don't have a lot of inspirations to pull from, and it would be a pretty novel idea.


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I am interested in a Tian Xia campaign but at least for now would prefer it focus on only a couple of nations. The more you travel, the more spread out and thin the relevant background material is for a region. I would rather explore one or two areas and get a lot of info and depth for a region (and also actually allow PCs to have some sort of homebase and develop attachments to NPCs and such)

On a related note, A Lung Wa unification AP just doesn't seem that uh...tenable. There are far too many countries to adequately cover in one AP.


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If i preorder this book do I get pdf copy to?

A free PDF only comes with a subscription.

That said it's super easy to subscribe and just cancel the subscription after you get Horror Adventures. You also get to benefit from getting the PDF (and usually the book) before the street date.


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Stuff on Bernie not conceding

I agree with thejeff on this. I think Bernie is done, and I think if he wasn't than we would not have given the endorsement we did. Bernie did really good in the grand scheme of things, and caused Hillary to probably move more left than she is truly comfortable with.

After all, even if this is just some weird ploy to be heard on the convention floor, he still loses since Hillary is beating him on delegates/super-delegates. Short of a major disaster for Hillary of some sort, most of the people who support her are not going to switch sides right now

I just have been noticing a lot of equivalent commentary by folks. There is very much a sense of denial over Bernie endorsing Clinton, especially amongst the hardcore Bernie supporters.


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Arturius Fischer wrote:

MMCJawa: The Republican Party has effectively been nuked from orbit. Now the question is: Are they the survivors of the fallout who will try to rebuild a functioning society with the numbers they have left? Or are they the radioactive mutants who will mindlessly swarm the one they failed to take down before in a bid for vengeance?

There are pretty large swaths of the country that always go Red. So even if the Republicans lose the next presidential election, and lose some seats in the Senate and such, there will be still a pretty big base for them to build upon. So "nuked from orbit" is not at all what I would consider the state of the country. But they are reaching a point where they may now longer be competitive in enough states to win the presidency, and where many traditional battleground states are going to shift to being locked down as Blue states.

The Republicans can definitely still salvage themselves with some rebranding and strong leadership. But the current party leadership seems to still be in shock from Trump getting the nod and other events, while the latter might prove difficult with the amount of control the Tea Party still has on Republican politics.

Also, on a different tangent related to this thread. Something else to consider is that, even if by miracle a third party candidate got elected, how easily would they get anything done? Likely the third party candidate would either need to already be very close politically to one of the major parties, or need a significant number of house and senate positions to also go to his party. It's hard for me to look at say, the libertarian platform, and see positions that are not likely to annoy both the Dems and the Republicans.


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Canorous End (I think that is the name...the failed Cheliax colony) would be an awesome place to start an adventure, what with the weird aberrations behind that colonies disappearance.


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Politics are largely a matter of compromise, so Sanders endorsing Hillary is just another compromise.

Something that I think is increasingly forgotten about in today's politics. If you don't get your way you don't take the ball and go home, so to speak. You work with your opponents and find some solution that both sides can feel comfortable with, even if its not their preferred choice.

At any rate yeah the current electoral system is broken, but it also favors the two leading parties, so at the moment there really is no reason for either side to support a new system. That could change: Demographic change and increased shifts to the "right of the party" may increasingly reduce Republican influence to just the core red states, which means they are unlikely to win future presidential elections or have much influence on the Supreme Court. The Republicans came to this conclusion themselves after Obama beat Romney, but then didn't really appreciably act to change anything, possibly because too much of the hardcore base wants to compromise on issues that turn off women and various minority groups.

It will be curious to see the outcome of the next election and how the Republican party reacts over the next half decade


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I would guess that Ymeri was the obvious choice since it gave them an opportunity to update the old 3.5 stats from Legacy of Fire.


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I am going to guess Farscape and Star Wars (especially Stars Wars if you incorporate other media). Both have pretty overtly magical elements (more so Farscape I think) incorporated into a framework of laser guns and spaceships


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anyone else mildly irritated that we are getting an Innistrad book before Ravenloft? the first MtG...okay neat sure. but it kind of sounds like we are going to get a new 5E book for ever art book they release for MtG. So MtG setting are soon to have a lot more support than uh...anything traditionally associated with Dungeons and Dragons.


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James Jacobs wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

Oh wise Tyrannosaur:

1. Have you seen either "The Shallows" or "Purge: Election Year" yet? I have seen the former but not the latter, so curious on your thoughts?

3. Somewhat similar question, are there certain things which completely turn you off/sour you on a horror movie/book? I don't mean like basic craftmanship type of things (bad writing/acting, cheesy effects, etc), but rather topics you would just prefer not reading or watching. Since my parents got a new small dog I find I don't really like watching anything where a pet cat or dog dies (Especially if its played for humor).

1) Saw "The Shallows" and it was incredible. One of the best shark movies I've seen, one of the most intense PG 13 movies I've seen, and overall just a great movie. LOVED IT. Haven't seen the latest Purge movie yet... might do that today or tomorrow but I'm not sure.

2) Absolutely. Clowns are high up on that list.

3) Absolutely. Musicals sour me to horror. As does mixing it with disrespectful comedy. As does disrespecting the genre.

Hah...I am glad someone else likes it! I was feeling like the only one! A really solid Shark movie, and absolutely needed given all the Syfy channel drek.

Although as a birder I mentally thinking that I really hope someone submits that go-pro footage of Steven sea gull, since it would be the first record of Silver Gull (an Australian species) from North America :)

As far as your response to "disrespectful", do you have specific examples? I mean I can definitely think of examples of the first two but kind of curious on the specifics of that third choice?


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RE: Cleric and archetypes. Probably best to start a new thread on this since its pretty off topic. I will conclude my own thoughts here is that, most of the "issues" with Clerics is that it has an overall boring chassis, like Wizard, which makes cool and equally powerful archetypes difficult to come up with. Not many people care however because Clerics and Wizards are already so powerful that even an inferior archetype is still likely to be very playable in most parties. The fighter situation is completely different (See the 50 bazillion threads on that subject). Again my last words on the subject here.

RE: Gods and clerics. Remember that hardcover rulebooks (or the books in general) are not just for people with PCs. Many options (especially in something like Horror Adventures) are also present to give GM's the ability to craft unique and flavorful enemies and NPCs for the PCs to play against. Not every option is put forward with the expectation that players will use it. Yes, you can go ahead and be a CG priest of Azathoth, a CN priest of Rovagug or a true N priest of Szuriel, but realize that you are likely the only worshipper in existence of that alignment, regular people will probably not trust you, other worshippers of that god will try to kill you, you have increased risk of losing your abilities by violating your gods credo, and you probably won't have a nice fate in the afterlife.


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Oh wise Tyrannosaur:

1. Have you seen either "The Shallows" or "Purge: Election Year" yet? I have seen the former but not the latter, so curious on your thoughts?

2. On a horror related note, are there specific themes or topics that just really get under your skin and creep you out, even as someone I assume is a hardened horror reader? Personally I find the idea of losing control of your own actions (ala the puppeteering in Carrion Comfort or the basic premises of Neuropath) terrifying.

3. Somewhat similar question, are there certain things which completely turn you off/sour you on a horror movie/book? I don't mean like basic craftmanship type of things (bad writing/acting, cheesy effects, etc), but rather topics you would just prefer not reading or watching. Since my parents got a new small dog I find I don't really like watching anything where a pet cat or dog dies (Especially if its played for humor).


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Harleequin wrote:
Crisischild wrote:

It makes sense though! The worshipers of Old Ones quickly degenerate and devolve. They don't stay the same or gain power, at least not for very long.

I love Mark's idea of an inbuilt insanity component to the archetype but not if it means it becomes unPC-able!

I don't agree with them 'falling apart'..... yes their afflictions will get worse but this should be counterbalanced by the powers that they wield and the fact that they become mentally toughened by continued exposure to the abyss.
The thematic gold of this is that some priests go mad early on in their service but the mentally strong rise through the ranks!!!

Worshipping GOO/OG should be no more inherently risky than worshipping demons, daemons or devils..... in the end all gods need followers...

I think the big difference is that GOO/OG don't really have agendas...for that matter some OG might not even be properly sentient. They may supply spells to their worshipers but care even less about them than demons or devils (who at least probably view their mortal servants as useful tools to carry out there agendas).

Personally it would take a very very very compelling backstory/idea for me to let anyone play a daemon or demon worshipper in a campaign, since I hate evil campaigns and generally enforce a "no evil" character clause for PCs in my campaign. And a lot of evil deities really don't make much sense as N PC patrons.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

I think we'll go

Book of season 7

Seaon 8

Season 9

Book of 8 9

Movie?

Nah the show has only 13 to 15 episodes left (13 if the showrunners have their way). Season 8 will be the conclusion. And since HBO relies on people tuning into there shows for subscription, I think they would be very hesitant to conclude the series with a theatrical movie.


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Fair enough...wasn't expecting to see a Pathfinder version until quite a bit after the release of the 5E version. But as someone who owns both the Midgard Bestiary and the Southlands Bestiary, I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing a new volume from you folks!

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