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I don't think they can pull a fast one like that nowadays. For starters, I believe most of the contracts they have do have a clause that says "X studio can't release a movie that would hurt the comics brand". Marvel in the past hasn't really pulled that trigger; Although there have been some crappy movies, they have all been major theatrical releases and not really so bad as to hurt the Marvel brand. There's also a good faith clause built in there. I think if someone tried to pull something off like that nowadays, Disney's legal team would annihilate them. Something like that is going on right now with Hasbro trying to reclaim the movie rights to DnD.
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
I am confused on what you are getting at. Quicksilver is definitely in the Age of Ultron, but has a completely different origin from the X-men universe Quicksilver and is played by a different actor. Given that the X-men/mutants are not part of MCU, why would you think the X-men version of Quicksilver would be in the MCU, even as an additional weird cameo?
What GreyWolfLord said.
I like reading them, but mostly for the support articles on deities, new monsters, gazetteers on locations, etc. The earlier entries are definitely easier to read than the later ones; I always feel that the 6th volume comes across as disjointed, between having to put in large statblocks and a reduction in thematically appropriate high CR challenges, leading to inclusion of enemies and monsters that sometimes don't fit the rest of the AP.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
For what it is worth, one of the other people being accused (and whose home the incident occurred at) has already plead guilty to sex with a minor and fled the jurisdiction. So the claims of sexual abuse are not without credence.
Some of the archetypes are broad enough I wouldn't mind expanding them, but some do seem keyed in on a certain race or group of races. I haven't had anyone ask to do mix-and-match yet, so how much I would allow would depend on the request. Then again I also regularly change the flavor for a race since I am not too fond of the Paizo version of some races (dwarves, kobolds, etc)
I have all the hardcovers with the exception of Inner Sea Gods (probably ask for it for my birthday), Ultimate Combat, and Ultimate Magic. I lack the two latter books mostly because I am new enough to pathfinder that I haven't had the time and money to grab those.
I have a good chunk of the Campaign setting books, all in PDF form. I don't actually know at this point how many of those I own and which ones I still need to get. I also have a few APs and companions, plus some 3rd party books, including the Hardcover Ultimate Psionics.
That just means recasting, which they have already done for Bruce Banner and War Machine. I don't think Marvel would hesitate for a second in bringing back Red Skull if they needed him or wanted to use him.
Hell, within the MCU this has already happened. As of Iron Man 3, the Mandarin was suppose to be a fake figurehead to drum up arms sales, with Adrian Killrich the "real" Mandarin. Except that the most recent Marvel short, focused on Trevor, reveals that there is actually a real Mandarin in charge of the real 10 rings from the first Iron Man, and he is not terribly pleased people have been using his name
IIRC, the showrunners have mentioned in the past they prefer to minimize the long term mysteries on the show, until they become relevant. They have 10 hours to play with a season, and I can understand not wanting to drop a ton of hints about Jon Snow's parents in season 1, and then not have it addressed until season 6 again. A lot of audience members are likely to forget those clues so early on, and I think the show's streamlining has removed a good chunk of the other clues/red herrings so far.
With Numeria this fall...they might cut back a bit on the interplanetary/science-fiction for awhile. I know James Jacob was recently complaining in his ask questions thread about how stressful doing AP's with no rules/not sufficient rules, concerning Wrath of the Righteous and the upcoming Numeria AP (which required a large chunk of new rules for technology)
A distant worlds AP I think might come up against similar issues (as well as anything requiring Psychic Magic, etc). So I expect the next "experimental AP" to dabble in new themes, but perhaps have elements relatively easy to model with an existing rule set.
Lord Snow wrote:
I recall making a facebook post decrying that all my friends are only NOW reading the books, when I had been telling everyone how awesome they were for the last decade. Accusations of hipster-dom flew.
Malachi Silverclaw wrote:
To me that is redundant, as the possibility of offense exists in all media. It's impossible to make an interesting product that doesn't offend some person somewhere in the world. It's up to the consumer to monitor their content and make a choice of whether a product is worth the potential offense.
In the case of the subject of the thread, If someone really is uncomfortable with a the existence of a gay couple in a product, or a transgender person, It's incredibly easy to ignore or replace. It certainly doesn't color the whole product, at least not as much as a religious conservative who doesn't like the ideas of demons in roleplaying games and is considering buying Wrath of the Righteous
So reading your interview on the blog, I didn't realize you invented most of the Eldest. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions concerning these?
1) What are the odds of getting a campaign setting book focused on the Eldest, ala Chronicles of the Righteous?
2) What are the odds of getting new Eldest?
3) Is there a specific reason why the Eldest vary so much in alignment, but non of them are Good? Any possibility of getting a Eldest with Good in it's alignment?
Yeah but DnD probably to some extent has already passed beyond that point.
I think Hindu gods need to be treated carefuly, as they are worshiped by a large population of people, and whats more worshipped by a culture that a lot of people in the West are not terribly familiar with, so easy to accidently offend. I would argue that same case for Jesus, or Allah, or Yahweh. If you want to publish a Hindu Pantheon, or design a monotheistic religion, it's best to change the names and details.
I am sure there is some pagan group somewhere that venerates Greek gods, but they have to be an incredibly minor part of the population, on par with those who still worship Egyptian gods (which were recently introduced in the the last published AP volume). For the most part the Greek Pantheon has transitioned from religion to mythology and pop culture. Whats more, The Greek and Norse gods have always been somewhat a basis for how DnD gods have been portrayed. I don't think you can create a "serial number filed off version" that wouldn't seem like a generic DnD god.
I would argue the Bestiaries are a great example of this: a large chunk of them are named creatures from folklore/mythology, but many of them have had minor to major changes in their flavor. Similarly, Pathfinder already has incorporated a ton of real life Gods. Asmodeus, Lamashtu, the archdevils, most of the demon lords, a good chunk of the empyreal lords, Some of the Tian Xia dieties, etc.
Beyond what everyone else said (Good plot, characterization, etc)
-Minimal technobabble. I don't mind if a science fiction uses speculative ideas to explain the technology, but please keep the science in the setting consistent. I hate it though when technobabble is used to randomly get characters out of any problem they have, or to restrict the characters actions in ways that it didn't a few books/episodes ago.
-Keep a theme. Having a consistent theme in a novel or science fiction show is good, whether it's exploring the consequences of a certain technology or taking another genre and putting it in a new setting. Some themes to me just don't gell well when they are used in a kitchen sink approach (I am looking at you, time travel)
-Realistic time frames: Personally, if you are going to create a story about people colonizing the galaxy, try not to set it within the next 20 years. I always get distracted when I read space opera set in the far future of 1990.
-Build a realistic culture: Another pet peeve of mine is how much a future setting coincidentally shares all the same fashion/moral qualms/etc as today. Obviously you need shared cultural touchstones, but I think it's silly to think society will remain static between now and a hundred years from now, when it hasn't even in the last 50 years. Also I eyeroll everytime a show set hundreds of years in the future has characters that are somehow intimately familar with all of today's pop culture.
I always interpreted what happened to the Red Skull as being a result of the tesseract teleporting him somewhere. They might not want to use him again right away, but I am skeptical the MCU would kill off on his first appearance. He is one of the most iconic Marvel villains the MCU actually has the rights to use.
Anyway, my current impression is that Hydra might not be terribly unified right now, so I question whether it has a single leader. This is based on the ending of Winter Soldier as well as last nights AOS episode
Generally people don't get too up in arms when you demonized...err...a demon. I suspect religious people would really only have a problem if you portrayed Asmodeus in a positive light, and even then there have been plenty of at least somewhat sympathetic portrayals of the devil in various books and other media.
DM Pendin Fust wrote:
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Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are special cases...they are mutants but IIRC originally introduced in the Avengers, so Fox and Marvel can both used them. Since Fox own the rights to mutants, they can't be referred to as mutants, nor can they be linked to magneto
That is not the case for the vast majority of mutants, or Spiderman, or fantastic four
Horses are native to North America and have been for pretty much as long as their have been horses. There recent extinction on the continent was an anomaly, due to either overhunting by humans, climate change, or disease (or some combination of all of the above).
For that matter, DNA analysis shows that some of the Pleistocene horses in North America were actually the same species as those in Asia, which gave rise to the domestic Horse of today.
Given that the megafaunal extinctions were not that severe in Golarion (see survival of mammoths, etc), it seem pretty fair to assume that horses should be also present in Arcadia. I don't think they need to be introduced from Avistan.
I feel the same way. I would much rather get the F4 back to Marvel just so they could add Dr. Doom and the Skrulls to the bad guy roster.
DM Pendin Fust wrote:
I'm still of a mind that Sony, Fox, and Marvel/Disney are going to do a crossover for Avengers 3 or later. I truly believe the studios would realize that "loaning" there characters for a movie like Avengers 3 would be boatloads more cash for everyone.
Sony has apparently been pretty open with the idea of sharing elements...IIRC a building with Oscorp on it was suppose to be in Avengers, but got cut.
The big problem though is the whole cost sharing for a larger crossover. That's a nightmare to work out, and apparently a major reason why we haven't gotten a sequel to "Who framed Roger Rabbit". I would also imagine that Marvel, since it's trying to do a consistent shared universe continuity, might be a bit loath to cross over characters who they have limited rights on, and might have to ignore the existence of later.
Yeah...back before they got their own studio to make movies, they sold off a ton of rights. A lot of them have clauses where basically if a movie isn't done with the property in X-amount of time, they revert back, which happened with the hulk and I think a few other properties. They have also bought back a few.
Personally, I don't want to see elves on Arcadia, if only because we have them in Tian Xia. I'd like to see either halflings or gnomes in Arcadia (I would would like to see Dwarves as the Avistan race in Casmaron)
I don't know how important that question of how humans got to Arcadia is really. IMHO it still not been adequately established why they exist in Golarion to begin with. I do get a sense that Syrinx might have been the dominant eastern Arcadian empire during age of the Azlanti. Now? who knows?
I also don't necessarily see an issue with stone age hunters in Arcadia. In Avistan, you have stone-age barbarians In the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, at the same time as steampunk elements in Alkenstar, and high magic in Nex, with a vast diversity of nations filling the spectrum in between. Arcadia (I think) is bigger than Avistan, so I don't see a problem with it being just as diverse.
The setting I had been originally doing was basically an alternative history of Earth, and I abandoned it just because I didn't feel my knowledge of history and anthropology was up to snuff to set something in the real world. Which is basically why I turning my setting into Faux-Earth, with some continents rearranged and some "historical events" changed around or reversed. It's makes a setting way way easier to play with since I feel more comfortable handwaving things like anachronisms, etc.
Kairos Dawnfury wrote:
Marvel is never ever getting X-men back, or at least they won't until Super heroes are no longer profitable. Which is kind of the same thing
Sony has also said they will never ever sell Spiderman, although my understanding is that Sony Pictures has been having some financial difficulties, So I suppose Disney just up and BUYING Sony isn't impossible, and presumably they would hand over Spiderman rights to Marvel.
Fantastic Four (and Namor..wtf) are pretty much the only series I could imagine might get sold back, and that probably depends on if the next movie is a failure or not.
James Jacobs wrote:
Thanks for answering! I did want to clarify that for 1), I wasn't asking what your favorite horror film was, rather if there was a decade that you thought produced the best horror.
I tend to think, and I admit it might be from sheer nostalgia, but the 80's for instance were I think a really good decade for the genre: Special effects were getting good enough to pull off convincing monsters, their was a lot being produced due to the VCR home rental boom, and for the most part there was a pretty wide variety (zombies, slashers, creature features, etc)
I do have to say, while some trends are getting a bit boring to me, I do think the last decade has been good at exploring more existential/psychological horror than previous decades. So I do feel that the "IQ" in some respects has risen for horror, and pretty much all the horror movies that have gotten under my skin in a bad way are things from the last few years (The Girl Next Door, Megan is Missing, The Woman, Red, etc)
I think the current Pathfinder approach is to do a different set of core races for each area, with some minor overlap
So Tian Xia has elves and humans, but Nagaji, Tengu, Wayang, Kitsune, and Samsaran are the other the other dominant races.
I really like this approach, since I would rather see new races inspired by New World folklore rather than a bunch of reskinned races. Presumably Skinchangers and humans are part of the core 7 for Arcadia. the cryptid revisisted book also hints at a half sasquatch race as existing there as as well.
I hope you are having a lovely Sunday, and not too inundated with project deadlines
Anyway, I was in Hastings the other day and thinking about horror movies, which inspired these questions
1) What do decade do you consider the best for horror film, and why?
2) What was the worst decade (limiting yourself to say, the 1960's to today)
2) What is your opinion of the boom in zombie movies over the last decade? Good or bad for horror? and are you getting a bit tired/sick of zombies yet?
3) any predictions for the next big trend in Horror?
4) are there any particular genres/themes/monsters you would like to see more of in horror and think are currently underrepresented in the last decade or two?
5) What overall theme or trend have you most enjoyed in horror movies that have been made over the last decade?
Armin Zola also may have just not given a huge crap if he revealed Hydra's plans. I can't imagine getting mostly abandoned in an old military base is exactly the sort of thing that endears you to an organization.
Pierce seemed to believe that Zola was dead due to missile strike, so if Zola did download himself elsewhere, he obviously wasn't sharing that info with Shield-Hydra
When Garret started going off on what the Clairovoyant has done, he mentioned putting Raina in the same machine as Coulson. Maybe that machine is not only used for interogation, but also brain washing. In which case Ward could have unwittingly been a sleeper agent the whole time, and was only activated somehow in this episode.