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Lincoln Hills wrote:

It says something that I'm so out of touch with my comics habit that this thread is how I found out about it.

They have to handle this with care. Fold up the old world with dignity and... I hate to say it... let some of their most beloved themes rest in peace. If they're going to run this risk they can't go halfway on it: "We're starting over... but keeping everything exactly the same!" won't comfort old fans and won't interest new ones. "We're changing everything just to make people realize how extreme our reboot is!" is something DC already tried a couple times...

The X-Men being "a family united by adversity" is a theme that's too central to eliminate, but the 'constant irrational racism' theme that never lets them get any credit could stand a rest for a few decades. Spider-Man being a self-critical underdog? That has to stay - it's central - but his personal life being in a constant state of crisis could be given a rest. The Fantastic Four being explorers, problem-solvers and inseparable companions is fundamental: having superpowers, odd as it sounds, isn't really essential.

And above all, no messing with Doom. As he'd be the first to tell you, he's perfect as he is.

I think this is going to come down to bringing in popular parts of the Ultimates and various non Universe 616 elements (Spider-Gwen) into a new shared Marvel Universe, as well as retconning some of the less popular elements. Also probably setting up MCU friendly storylines and characters.

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Given that Kree ruins are in Puerto Rico, did anyone find themselves amused that Raina sort of ended up looking like a Chupacabra?

Random Questions:

1) Did you watch/finish American Horror Story: Freakshow? if so what did you think?

2) Same question, only with Penny Dreadful.

2) Have you read through the World of Ice and Fire book yet? Some great Lovecraft references are in the book, and the book in general is very awesome and works as a pretty good campaign setting book for Westeros and Essos.

3) Have you seen Lazarus Effect yet? if so what did you think?

4) Now that Iron Gods is finished, Do you have a sense of how well it's been received? This has been my favorite AP so far, but I also know it has content that some people have considered divisive

I have to say I did enjoy how Gordon handled the commissioner at the end, starting to play dirty to get his way.

Aranna wrote:

Liking Alien Resurrection was never going to be the popular thing but then I like what I like, I certainly can't help it. I won't even try to defend it either... it was what it was.

I didn't like Alien 3... the whole movie rubbed me wrong.

I also didn't much care for Alien. It was just too typical a horror film I guess. And predictable is never a good thing for horror.

Aliens on the other hand was a masterpiece of film making. Edge of my seat kind of stuff. This will always have a place in my collection.

As a fan of the Horror genre, I find Alien to be the best film of the genre. It may seem predictable now, but really it invented a lot of the horror tropes we see commonly in genre films, especially the "haunted house in space" trope, as well as reinventing horror aesthetics and monster design.

I tend to think Aliens is not only over-rated but would have probably worked better as a unrelated movie. It was "lets make a vietnam war movie in space!". I don't think its a bad movie, but I said over-rated.

I haven't seen Aliens 3 in a long time, but I think it was an attempt to get back to its horror. Unfortunately that meant (or the director thought so at any rate) jettisoning most of the story elements of the second movie. the tonal shift hurt the movie badly. (Again, would have worked better as an entirely different movie without Ripley).

I mean really...the Alien movies are the most obvious examples of the problems of different directors and writers, with completely different styles and story interests, doing different installments of the same series.

It would be great if WotC could start providing pdfs of the 5E rule set. I don't have the space right now to buy a set of hardcover books, especially for a game I am not actively playing at the moment.

HOWEVER, I also don't think I represent the typical gamer, and I think a lot of casual groups don't even know there are PDF options, not to mention various grognard groups that probably don't even allow computers at the table. Also, while we can laud Paizo for their PDF options, I should note that Paizo having their own storefront helps alot with this. I will also note that until the recent TOR announcement, Paizo had 0 support for Kindle and similar devices, which had to have been significantly impacting sales of their fiction.

So I think PDFs are important to woo over the gaming crowd, but perhaps not vital to keep the edition going.

As for the release schedule, 5E is a simplified game and I honestly think simplified games work better with slower production schedules. Really the only material that would benefit from a high production cycle are campaign setting books, which given all the settings WotC has are pretty near inexhaustible. Hell, I worry about the Pathfinder production schedule, and that is a complex game. The only real issue I might criticize is the almost complete lack of news regarding what if any rulebooks are coming out this fall. This really feeds the speculation that 5E might be an "abandoned" system.

BigDTBone wrote:

That simply isn't the case as universities which want to retain tier 1,2, or 3 research status will continue to need and hire full time faculty to support their publishing effort. The number of jobs is the same as it always has been, it is just that the applicant pool is saturated.

Blue Collar Woes of the Ivory Tower.

At both research Universities I have been associated, there have been non tenure track faculty hired to teach courses. Obviously they are not getting rid of the tenure system, but they are trying to cut costs as they raise attendance in basic courses.

I do agree with the saturation though. That is probably the biggest problem. But again, Universities love grad students because they are cheap labor. So professors are encouraged to take on grad students as part of the tenure process, even as the chances of said students finding employment decreases.

BigDTBone wrote:

Im torn on the idea of adjuncts and poor pay. Partly, I see it as an entitlement issue and partly I see it as trying to make a part-time job be full-time work.

PhD Adjuncts at my local community college earn $40 per contact hour (page 16) and that includes a mandatory 1 hour of "office hours" per week even if the instructor doesn't have an office and meets with students by arrangement only. So, an instructor teaching a lab class will have 3 contact hours for lecture, 3 for the lab, and 1 office hour. So that's 280 bucks or $1175 a month for teaching a single class. If the instructor were to teach a full load of 12 hours or about $3500 a month. That's with 8 weeks off a year, ultimate flexibility in scheduling, and still only working 20-22 hours a week.

This is particularly notable with automatically graded coursework, use of blackboard to rollover and copy classes. The job is only asking you to present course material in a compelling way and then go home.

If you are having issues making ends meet on a part time gig, then maybe try working full time; also maybe teaching isn't what is best for you and your family and you should look into the practical career of your field of study.

Well as mentioned, there is a substantial amount of variation in what adjuncts make (again, in Laramie it worked out to be $400 a month for a general biology course, while in Northern Michigan I think I worked it out to be somewhere around $600 a month). And something to consider is I don't know anywhere where its just regurgitation and computers correcting material. My friends who adjunct teach are also responsible for creating all their presentation material and quizzes, and none of the classes I taught at any level were simply scantron...grading can stack up quite a bit for essays and such. And those 8 weeks of vacation could also be looked at as 2 months of unemployment.

I don't think adjuncts at community college should be pulling in Salaries equivalent to that of profs at 4 year or higher universities. But there should at least be some guarantee that if a prof is sticking around for more than a semester, that he should be guaranteed 12 teaching hours and actually is making a wage he can exist on.

yeah...not having kindle had to be severely limiting their sales compared to comparable fantasy books

The easiest option would probably to use the Lamia commoner stats from Kobold Press's Advanced Race series, which would give you the serpent lower body you want. If that is still not enough, I would work with the GM to homebrew some Aasimar variant of the latter race, maybe give it the Aasimar stats + magical abilities, but keep the Lamia abilities associated with the serpentine lower half (Speeds and the Snake Body racial trait).

Unless I was starting a campaign at Level 8 I would never allow a lillend PC. I assume that is what you are asking about, but if the other PCs are starting lower, than I don't see you getting to play this.

I actually rather like Alien 4, although I know I am in the minority. But then I also think that Aliens is vastly over-rated.

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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Falcone - Victor --> their "brainwashing" of Butch seems like it's a ruse or something... I think Falcone - Victor didn't really brainwash Butch and they're waiting to see if Butch will betray them when Fish comes back. Maybe a test. And Falcone's offering to Penguin "you no longer have to sneak around, you're officially one of my guys" could be true, but I think Falcone knows full well that Penguin cannot rest if he's not completely in charge. So by making an official announcement that he owns him, he knows Penguin will chafe at the bit and start scheming... whether Butch/Fish join Penguin or whether Butch stays loyal to Falcone is the critical variable here...

So far Penguin seems quite content with his club. My guess is something will happen to his mom, which will set him off on a roaring rampage of vengeance.

I just want....something to happen with the mob plotline...

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Freehold DM wrote:
I would say that's unfair. You pay subsistence wages, you get transitory staffing at best.

Yeah the universities are looking for any way they can to cut costs for actual instruction of students, while administration keeps growing and growing.

Making the situation all the worse is the over-production of PhDs, since Universities increasingly rely on grad students to cover classes and labs, since they are fairly cheap labor. That means that the current system is producing PhDs at a far greater rate than the number of available positions opening up each year. So a lot of people have to take adjunct jobs, or leap from Postdoc to Postdoc (and budgets cuts to research make the latter rarer and rarer).

I received my PhD last spring and the market is terrible. I am cashiering at a grocery store, and only since January has my publication record built up enough to land me job interviews. I thankfully landed a postdoc position for the fall, otherwise I would have driven out to San Diego and been forced to enter the community college adjunct market.

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Slayer sort of seems to fill the Assassin niche

Freehold DM wrote:
BigDTBone wrote:
meatrace wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
meatrace wrote:

Or just make college free here to citizens and aliens alike, then you'll massively brain drain the rest of the world as all the smart folks come here.

Germany did something similar recently and I'm sure they're working the same strategy.

Germany is also very selective about who they admit into a regular university type setting. They don't let just anybody get free college. If you don't have the academic chops you don't get to go. Period. No remedial classes for illiterates in German universities. That seems to be an American thing exclusively.

Any halfway-decent school in the US is just as selective.

I mean, sure, any old boob can get into University of Nebraska at Bumf~#+, but you'll probably get about the same level of education as a community college.

I've never heard of classes for illiterates at university though, so you'll have to elucidate me.

I think you are confusing "decent school" with "prestigious school."

On a side note, between the courses that I have taken at Tarrant County College, University of North Texas, TCU, and Rice, the adjunct lecturers at TCC that actually work in their fields and teach at the community college at night were BY FAR the most rigorous/demanding AND most informative instructors.

I am concerned about the heavy handedness of some community college professors. As well as the lackadaisical nature of others. There seems to be little middle ground.

the lackadaiscal nature of adjunct community college teaching is an unfortunate side effect of a job with no job benefits, security, and minimal pay. Some school may pay as little as $400 dollars a month for an instructor to teach a class, which means taking on 4-5 classes a semester just to stay afloat. And unless you have been in the system for a long long time or somehow landed a permanent community college job, there is no guarantee you will get ANY classes the semester afterward. I have friends who teach at this level and they are often contacted a week before classes start.

A lot of community college instructors are basically treading water while hunting for other there isn't as much effort put into instruction of the courses while teaching there.

Originally the show runners only planned for 16 episodes...and then fox ordered more episodes to bring it up to 22 (I think?)

Its obvious the showrunners are really lost on how to fill out the rest of the season.

There are very few characters on Gotham that can't be said to have an idiot ball in their pocket...

apparently the cast listings on the poster indicate Falcon and Peggy Carter are in the movie.

Also Danny Elfman apparently was credited with additional music score, so io9 is wildly speculating that their will be a post credit scene with Spiderman...

I don't disagree with you that factors starting before women even get to college are certainly having an influence.

I think women also significantly get a lot of pressure from husbands and families to start families, which is extraordinary difficult to do while pursuing a PhD or academic job. Divorce rates are pretty horrible for people who stay in academia, and it's actually worse if your significant other isn't an academic. "Well we moved for your Masters/PhD, so we can now move/stay in town for my job". Which sounds fair until you realize that their are often only a handful of jobs across the country advertised per year. So effectively people are put in a position of choosing their job or their relationship, and it seems that very often it's the man making that choice, with the woman following along.

Again, as examples, I know two people who were given these ultimatums by husbands/significant other, one who worked in a car rental place and another as a baggage handler. Both worked in positions that would have not been difficult to find a new job, especially since the woman would actually be making far more money. The former dropped out of research and took a job as a lab tech. The latter ended up ending their relationship (To be fair, the guy was a controlling jerk of a manchild, and needed the boot even without the issuing of ultimatums)

I mean my masters lab was predominately female (marine mammal research is for whatever reason an attractive research area for women). However, only 4 of her female students went on in research and completed their PhD. Interestingly only 1 of of those students ever married and had kids. My sample sizes are not great (probably only 10 female students total...not counting students still in her lab or only recently graduated)

As a contrast, of the male students where she was a primary supervisor, 3 of 5 completed PhD's and went onto academic positions (including me). Of the other two, one basically washed out and became a male stripper (None of the female students washed out), and the other went to vet school . Again anectdotal, but still...

Lord Snow wrote:

theJeff, the thing is (and despite me raising the point several times, you have never addressed it directly) that there is no reason to think that exact science faculties are and were more hostile to women than other traditionally male area of study, such as for example law. However, we have seen a major rise in female presence in virtually all schools except for engineering, mathematics, and physics.

Doesn't that suggest to you that the hostility faced in the universities and colleges themselves is a negligible part of the problem, and not the reason that we don't see women's participation in those areas as much as in others?

Law and medicine are not the same fields of study as science, so there might very well be different expectations or influences than what we see in science.

Off the top of my head, most people who go to law and med school...go onto either a job in a private practice/company/other private institution. At least in my field, most people get their PhDs and then go to a University or Museum...that perhaps upps the competition level which in turn may make it more difficult for women (due to factors explained above). It might very well be a situation where there is less pressure against female applicants and its considered to be more socially acceptable for them to take a teaching position rather than become a surgeon or corporate lawyer.

Like I said, the big issue isn't necessarily people telling grad students to get back to the kitchen, it is subtle biases which may influence hiring and tenure processes, societal pressures, or aspects of academia that generally make it harder for women overall.

James Sutter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
well i'm not paying $15 for a paperback, not trying to be critical or negative, just saying that might be too high a price point, the books are good but with one income they aren't that good, i'm actually rather crushed by that:(
Ah, BUT: We'll be selling them on for a 30% discount. So if you buy them from us, you'll actually get them at basically the same price, just in the bigger and nicer trade paperback format. :)

Will Tor be reissuing any of the already released novels in Kindle? I'd love to read Death's Heretic, but having to move back in with my parents until this upcoming Fall means space for books is at a premium, and the Kindle does help with that...

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I thought it was significant that they focused on Black Widow removing that flash drive after plugging it in. Marvel has been pretty good at leaving room for villains to come back.

About that Barbara scene:


Anyone else mildly creeped out by Barbara's interactions with Selina? Commenting about how attractive Selina was (twice I think?), and how she should use it as a weapon, followed by a suggestion of dress up time...?

Felt like we were getting into "To Catch a Predator" territory.

Also man...Even Selina is even commenting on how worthless a character she is.

nah I didn't think he was wrong, I was just not familiar with the monster, and was curious where he found the reference

Lord Snow wrote:
But even ignoring the overt stuff, there are a lot of aspects of academia that turn women away. For instance, one common complaint is that the tenure system basically means a faculty member has to devote most of his life towards that goal. He always has the option of waiting until his 40's to start a family, or foisting a lot of the childcare onto his wife. A women however really doesn't have that freedom, and many faculty members don't really consider pregnancy or child-rearing "acceptable" reasons why a given person's productivity is not on par with her male colleagues. It's also a lot harder to get tenure when women often get consistently worse teaching evaluations than men, or are judged as less successful than male candidates with similar publication records

While I find the rest of your post to be focused on anecdotal evidence and so not very convincing (I can say for myself that despite spending several years in two of the supposedly most hostile faculties - electrical engineering and exact sciences - that I have literally never seen any male student or professor treating any woman differently because of her sex. Furthermore many of my professors, younger and older alike, expressed strong feminist sentiments during class. I have had the pleasure and the honor to study under some really big names in the field, and they were all modern and open minded, and most of them were actively working with women. The thing with anecdotal evidence is that it's really easy to counter by other anecdotal evidence), this last part is a very real thing.

Pregnancy is tough. You can't blame a woman for wanting to get pregnant young because bearing a child later in life is more risky and less likely to succeed and most people want children. You can't blame an employer for preferring to hire the worker who will not deactivate for months every two or three years (or in this context, for giving tenure to the researcher with the higher output, likely to be the one who didn't have children). You can't blame...

I got to ask, are you a undergrad still or are you a Masters/Graduate Student.

Because, as a former undergrad, I don't think I detected much of this stuff, as honestly it tends to be subtle and even great teachers just don't give as much attention to undergrads. No Professor is standing up in front of classes telling women they would be better off baking pies than going into evolutionary biology.

If our anecdotes are at odds, it's because mine are coming from inside of Academia while yours are a (no offense) superficial view of professors via taking their classes. Going to conferences in areas of research that are still dominated by men, or having female colleagues with advanced degrees, or getting the inside scoop on department politics provides a much different view of the atmosphere inside of academia.

As far as the family problem with tenure, one solution is to offer equivalent maternity leave for both men and women. This is actually increasingly being implemented in US universities, and I think most people would agree that its rather unhealthy for scientists to have to potentially throw their families under the bus to keep a job in their field, regardless if they are male or female. And some subconscious elements can be removed from the field via blind peer review and review of job applications, another aspect that is growing in use.

I dunno:


Mooney can stay around if she just keeps losing body parts every episode :)

on a more serious note...that actually wasn't that bad an episode, but maybe it just seemed decent because of how bad the last episode was.

Wannabe Demon Lord wrote:
Just found out that D&D's Eye Killers are from mythology. I want them.


James Jacobs wrote:


Longer (128 pages, I believe)

NPC article

Adventure's a little longer than normal

Normal length Aroden article

And a little more fancy that we haven't yet revealed!

Scratch and Sniff encounter labels confirmed

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That said with the above, in the 10 years I have been in academia, I have seen a huge surge in increased participation of female grad students. I do think there is a huge shift, and that things are improving.

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I really wanted to post on women in academia earlier today but didn't have the time. So excuse the return to the earlier tangent.

At any rate, I only recently finished a PhD in Ecology (really biology/paleontology), and have several female friends who also recently have finished their degrees (and know of many more)

I would say that I feel fairly confident that current discrepancies in the sciences are not simply some sort of gender-related differences in science.

TheJeff made a great point earlier about the old adage that sciences progresses by the old guard dying off. This very much also applies to attitudes towards women in science. Unlike many jobs, scientists don't really fully retire, and tenure often means near complete immunity against even egregious offenses.

I don't consider myself a huge social butterfly, but I have heard the following stories:

First, my advisor (who was in a PhD program in the late 70's/early 80's), was forbidden from field work, because it wasn't consider a proper activity for a women.

More recently,

A museum curator told one friend she shouldn't bother with getting a PhD, but should instead work on her MRS

Same friend, when on a field season dig, was always assigned (with the other female PhD) cook duties. Despite not at all being a good cook.

Another female colleague took a postdoc at a prestigious university in the lab of a rather well known researcher, and suffered some pretty nasty sexual harassment

Add on several researchers who have a notorious...record of hitting on/harassing younger female researchers? Yeah I think there is still a lot of discrimination going on overtly.

But even ignoring the overt stuff, there are a lot of aspects of academia that turn women away. For instance, one common complaint is that the tenure system basically means a faculty member has to devote most of his life towards that goal. He always has the option of waiting until his 40's to start a family, or foisting a lot of the childcare onto his wife. A women however really doesn't have that freedom, and many faculty members don't really consider pregnancy or child-rearing "acceptable" reasons why a given person's productivity is not on par with her male colleagues. It's also a lot harder to get tenure when women often get consistently worse teaching evaluations than men, or are judged as less successful than male candidates with similar publication records

Imbicatus wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

Mystic or Philosopher: A monk/cleric hybrid. Basically a 6 level caster who augments their spell casting with something like a ki pool, and who doesn't follow a specific diety/have alignment restrictions, but instead embodies an ideal or philosophy. Could be int-based. Within the Golarion setting, we really lack a divine anything that fills the conceptual niche of studied divine caster, that isn't tied to a specific god or nature in general.

We have a monk/cleric hybrid, the Sacred Fist Warpriest. It covers this niche very well.

As for not being tied to a god, Clerics can be clerics (and by extension warpriests) of an ideal. Gods are not required RAW.

That is why I specifically mentioned that within the Golarion campaign setting, since the setting specifically prohibits clerics of ideals or philosophies.

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I think it could work, especially if you have a sheltered upbringing...I don't believe their are any rules saying common followers have to be one step away from their God's alignment. I would say that eventually such a character should probably catch on that Asmodeus isn't at all a good god.

Other ideas:

Fanatic: Cleric/Barbarian Hybrid (Or Barbarian/Paladin), full BAB with 4 level casting, which x times a day can unleash the wrath of their god upon a person, with the type of effects varying by god or alignment.

Mystic or Philosopher: A monk/cleric hybrid. Basically a 6 level caster who augments their spell casting with something like a ki pool, and who doesn't follow a specific diety/have alignment restrictions, but instead embodies an ideal or philosophy. Could be int-based. Within the Golarion setting, we really lack a divine anything that fills the conceptual niche of studied divine caster, that isn't tied to a specific god or nature in general.

Cultist?: no idea really on the name, but a charisma-based who grows in power as he decreases in sanity. Maybe use some sort of Wisdom-based pool of point to augment his casting, or perhaps something like the Burn mechanic of the Kineticist. Basically the standard lovecraftian magic user.

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Lord Snow wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

I'm moderately optimistic. I actually liked MoS quite a bit, and if they can make it as good as that, this should be a good movie.

Sure he won't be the best Aquaman, but he might just be good.

holy shut someone else who liked man of steel! I liked the movie very much and found the complainers to be boorish in their views.

It seems we really must disagree :(

I disliked Man of Steel. I actually fell asleep while watching it, which should be quite the proof of my extreme sense of boredom since it was very loud. It should be pointed out I never read a superman comic in my life and never watched a movie about him either.
The movie was bad because supermen didn't have a character - it literally skips between him as a space baby and him saving people from a burning freighter in the gap of a single scene, and throughout the movie we never learn about him as a person. Maybe that works for people who've seen many variations of his story before but for me that made the character so flat that I just couldn't care.
Then there were the action scenes which were the industry standard of toppling sky scrapers and destroying entire towns and killing thousands of bystanders without ever giving the fact a second thought. Not very heroic - as some people pointed out, it's less as if Superman is saving humanity and more as if two hostile aliens invaded Earth and chose it as their battleground, at the expense of the helpless natives.

Maybe there was some more character development and plot in the middle of the film. I wouldn't know, though, seeing as how I was asleep.

I completely agree. I think Superman is a horrible character to do the grimdark angle on. It works for Batman, because Batman is a dark vengeance driven character. It doesn't work for Superman, which ultimately is a more of an optimistic, hopeful character/comic.

watchmanx wrote:
I think after occult adventures the hard cover line is going to switch to more campaign related stuff..thats good news no more rules bloat

What makes you think this? so far the campaign setting hardcovers have been additional books, and not part of the main RPG subscription.

I doubt the next unannounced book will have any new classes (and if it does it will be only 1 or 2), but I wouldn't expect to an end to new rules content any time shortly.

Yeah the Kineticist also kind of covers similar mechanical ground to the Warlock as well.

UnArcaneElection wrote:

^A lot of this could be solved if class abilities would be available more a-la-carte (with prerequisite chains, of course). This would cut WAY down on the number of archetypes needed, and cut down substantially on the number of classes needed (converting some of them into archetypes in the process).

I don't think there is anything wrong with such an a-la-carte approach, but I think the Class approach is iconic to DnD, and it makes leveling a lot more easier and less likely to result in non-functional characters.

I suspect all the vacancies in classes I can think of have probably been mentioned, but here seem to be the most obvious "holes"

1. Engineer/Gadgeteer/Artificer class = There are a ton of 3pp options, and I think even some of the Paizo folks have said this is the most obvious "hole" in concepts. I could see something like this easily working as a hybrid class between a alchemist and a summoner.

Basically give the class bombs, a mechanical companion that can be built with something like the evolution point system, and some sort of "discovery" functions, that could be used to buff himself/his companions/party.

2. Related to that, a sort of "mechano-synthesist" Tank would be an excellent class. Basically, Iron Man, the class; A high BAB class oriented around defense and protecting allies, via armor

3. Full BAB dedicated Shapeshifter class. No spells, just scaling ability to take the form of specific animals and monsters, and maybe a way to steal the natural abilities of them

4.Master Spy, the class. Basically a Rogue/Bard Hybrid. I know both classes can emulate this role to some extent, but both have certain degrees of baggage associated with them that as a player I don't want to deal with. Basically...lets have James Bond, the class. Sneak attack, maybe very limited spellcasting, and class functions oriented towards infiltration and deception.

5. The D6 priest class. I think this might be a nightmare to create, since the cleric already has full divine spells, but I really want a "less fighty" priest, and something more scholarly. I would give it full 9/9 spellcasting abilities, and maybe class features similar to an arcanist, letting it get greater use of out spells/channelling at the cost of offense.

6. Telepath. With occult adventurers, I was expecting something like this, and surprised I didn't see it. I would basically use the chasis of a kineticist, only instead of doing elemental damage, I would focus it on spells and abilities focused on mind-reading, mind control, and mental combat.

7. Other ideas that I could work could be a super-soldier class (Alchemist/Fighter hybrid) and making Mystic Theurge and Arcane Trickster full 20 level classes. Also specialist casters that focus on specific schools, such as Necromancers, etc.

Lord Snow wrote:
Not trying to have a go at you here Lord Snow, I just find this to be one of the reason I find quite a few critics irritating. They judge films based on what they wanted them to be rather than looking at what they were trying to do and judging them based on if they achieved that. It's understandable, personal bias is always going to play into it, but it's something I try to avoid doing.

To clarify, I wasn't saying what I think but citing a reviewer, and I wanted to get input about the subject from people here too. Generally speaking I am not the kind to be bothered by violence in movies, but like any other theme I want it to be implemented well.

In Kickass, I couldn't really connect with some of the violence. There's a scene where the little girl slaughters an apartment full of people who might not be nice guys, but are certainly not worthy of being murdered. I admit, that kind of turned me off from the main characters in the movie - they are worse than the bad guys at that point.

So I'm not in the "don't show me a broken bone or a decapitated head or my soul will puke!" crowed - I'm in the "justify your violence" crowed.

I'm the same about sex, which allows me to illustrate with an example: I'm completely fine with the sex in A Song of Ice and Fire (the books) because it is used well to increase verisimilitude or for character development and sometimes (rarely) as it's own thing. However sex in A Game of Thrones (the HBO show) is in your face, gratuitous and pointless - a scene has a lot of talking? that's OK, set it in a whorehouse and have naked women do acrobatic moves in front of the camera.

Lord Snow,


I actually would rank the movie as less violent than Kick-Ass, although there is a higher death count.

As for the scene in question, it's worth noting that none of the people involved were in control of themselves. It was a test of a weapon that the main bad guy was planning on unleashing on the world. The director/writer does certainly try his best to make sure the audience don't feel too much remorse for what happened to the Pseudo-Westboro Baptists (I noted no kids or babies in attendance), and the main character does seem...not happy with the aftermath. But I don't think the viewers were out and out suppose to cheer in that scene for what is going on.

My two cents though would have to turn your brain off for parts of the movie, especially the ending (which despite what the movie implies, would essentially result in the collapse of world society as we know it). There are some amazing action sequences, some nice playing with spy movie tropes, and pretty much everyone gets their comeuppance. BUT some aspects of the plot/character motivations are completely glossed over, and the plot...hhmmmm...well in some cases I couldn't help feel that a good chunk of the audience probably thinks the villains plot is happening in real life.

Well last night's episode certainly indicated that the Cole can change the past and create a new future, so it doesn't look like its going to be pure predestination.

Which is good, because Predestination is a horrible idea to run with for a time travel show that plans to run multiple seasons

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I think it looks badass. I don't think the original costume would be very easy to adapt, and given that Aquaman is routinely considered a joke character in pop culture, he needs all the help he can get for the big screen.

Ya know, it is fully possible that no one introduced this season is meant to be a future love interest.

I think the issue is that the Penguin really doesn't have much to do

His goals don't really seem to have been "take over Gotham Underworld" so much as "Get Fish's Club". Which he kind of...has now? So now what?

My guess is that Penguin's mom will die in the finale, and that will kickstart a roaring rampage of revenge.

I wonder...does anyone know the demographics of "50 Shades of Gray" viewers/fans?

I think that would impact quite a bit what level of influence 50 Shades has on people

If it largely appeals to middle-aged or so woman, than odds are those women have already developed a view of romance/life/relationships that is not likely to be seriously influenced by a movie. They are basically set in their ways, and probably have enough experience to separate the fantasy aspects from everything else.

In contrast, I think books like Twilight probably are way more harmful, because they have a wide readership amongst teens, whose mindsets malleable and which romanticizes some truly messed up relationship dynamics.

I mean, 50 Shades IS Twilight fanfic, and really a lot of the messed up elements of former is expanded from the latter.

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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
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Maybe if they stretched things out to CR 35 (which I think they could have done with mythic), but currently...nah. Would require a new edition probably.

That can be solved by simply putting out another Bestiary... say in the style of the old Fiend Folio.

Make funky god-like enemies whose powers are auras that force you to reroll if you roll an even result... or if you fail a save, you fall in love with them, and must roleplay that.

Actually, as far as the core rulebook line goes, they would need to revise and release a new version of Bestiary 4. Since Pazuzu and Cthulhu are suppose to be at the top tier of power levels in Demigod-hood, increasing the CR scale suddenly only puts them at mid-range. Which I am pretty sure is not the place James Jacobs and Co want them to sit.

I am mostly linking this here as a source of inspiration, but this art project has some great ideas and information on Medieval Africa, that could be easily mined for Southern Garund

Alternative History of Africa

Purple Dragon Knight wrote:

Not everything done by Paizo needs to be an unmitigated success that will be forever more supported by future products.

At least they didn't call it "Epic" which means in theory they could now go that way... ;)

While some points have already been covered, epic is sort of prevented by how they have currently set up the post 25 CR range, to mainly include various demigods and similar creatures. Unless they did Epic and only allowed 5 epic levels, the current range of demigods would end up too weak, with say a 30th level character more powerful than most Gods.

Maybe if they stretched things out to CR 35 (which I think they could have done with mythic), but currently...nah. Would require a new edition probably.

IIRC, the actor who plays Bucky/Winter Soldier has something like a 9 picture deal, so the rumor is that he will stand in for Captain America after the current version's actor is done.

The AP after Hell's Rebels should be announced at Paizocon.

Do we know if we might get future seasons?

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