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@Paul It was specifically targeting groups with 'tea party' and 'patriot' in their name. The IRS then lied about it.
And now that BNW has raised the boogyman of the Koch brothers (apparently in his view Soros doens't exist, and MMFA is a figment of the imagination) I'm quite convinced my analogy was correct. He feels the tea party groups 'had it coming'.
But I've said my piece, I'm done with it.
Re impeachment. One of the charges specifically was using the IRS to target 'enemies' Apparently BNW doesn't feel this rises to high crimes.
Also, these groups were targets specifically because of their beliefs. BNW seems fine with that. So they 'had it coming' I'm just wondering if those he feels that way about those girls in Cleveland "Well she took a ride home with a stranger, it's her own fault." It also looks like they were going after groups that *gasp* wanted an informed populace. And there's now reports of Jewish groups being targeted.
but hey, BNW has no problem with the government investigating him because he's speaking out right?
No worries though. After all the IRS is going to be the enforcer of Obamacare. Surely they'd never abuse that power.
I don't have my CRB up, but aren't Long Swords in the 'heavy blades' group?
As to growing/shrinking, I was going by the sheet and John's post that, "the Chronicle sheet notes that at this time the Pathfinder Society has no means to repair Gamin. It's not that he's broken; he simply was never finished correctly."
I'm assuming there will be something in season 5 planned that allows you to 'finish it' correctly. So why not finish into a different sword? I'm just tossing my two c-bills out there.
John Compton wrote:
I'm assuming/hoping that there will be a season 5 follow up where you can have him fixed/finished. If so... PLEASE allow him to be finished in a different form of sword (heavy blades). I think it would make him more 'desirable' for players.
Only if they don't have the reflexes/thought processes to keep up. Peter David really played with that in X-Factor, even coining Pietro Maxmimoff Syndrome. Now Jarvis (and face it, maybe Cap*) could tag him, Thor could call the lightning, etc. It also depends on how high his power level is. Even in the comics he's 'only' super sonic, not Wally West speeds.
Oooh, just thought of another super hero sibling set that Marvel *might* own the rights to. Auora/Northstar.
I say Cap might, because his own reflexes are high end human/meta-human. If Quicksilver doesn't have physical combat training he has to 'tell' his body to strike instead of relying on muscle memory. In Seige he took down someone (Mister X?) because X always read his opponent's mind to know what move he was throwing. Quicksilver beat the tar out of him because while he could see everything Quicksilver was going to do, he didn't have the training/reflexes to react to that knowlege before being hit.
Then at the Bachelor party... Mammy Graul! comes out of the cake.
Hmm, Wiccan and Speed? (Aside, I'd rather see Morena Baccarin as Wanda)
@ Scott, That's exactly the point I'm making. For some people it's a big deal for demographics if there are a sufficient number of lefties. For others it's GLBLTALPHABETSOUP. I don't give either much thought. I *have* played with gender roles in my writing.* But that's more of a 'how would such a society develop' vs making any sense of balance. I don't find making sure there's X relationship any more important than making sure there are left/right handed ratios.** It's not discrimination, it's indifference.
For example, I had a tribe that was ruled by a council made up of first wives. Men could sit on the council, but they had to bond with one of the great cats. (in Pathfinder terms have an animal companion) An unmarried female, could also bond with a cat and be on the council, but they were treated as a male in all aspects (including the ability to take a wife) IT fell apart in complexity, but it was a fun experiment
Well one aside, a stabacadabra type character I've wondered which hand they cast with vs use their sword in.
One other thing...
So was AIM behind the terrorists in IM 1? OR did they just co-opt the name after the first movie? IT seems that Extremis/Mandarin didn't have any 'real' terrorists. It was more a 'Bill blew up, and the government's blaming terrorists. Let's run with it!' as I saw it.
Also, while it was nice to see the kid get his Christmas Lab. I'd have liked to have seen some closure for the wife. Rhodey showing up and giving her an official notice of "No, your husband wasn't a suicidal kook." or something.
SOmetimes a name can have a second level of humor.
My half orc lore warden is Enuck. When he drinks a potion of enlarge person he shouts 'Enuck Chug!' If I get him to living monolith, I'll declare he grows when he calls 'Chuk'. (Yes it's obscure, but I couldn't resist.)
Mostly I try to keep names pronouncable, but obscure. Sometimes, they get nicknames of their own though.
Watched it yesterday, enjoyed most of it in the theatre, but after I left the fridge knocked me upside the head. (Massive spoilers)
PTSD, call it an anxiety attack if you want, but Tony's PDST made him mortal.
Javis, always Jarvis. If I ever play Eberron again, I'm going to play a warforged like Jarvis.
I actually found the kid entertaining.
The Effects were nice, as was the humor. It was nice seeing Happy in a more active role. Also a nice callback to see Yinsen. One could argue Tony's life wasn't y2k compliant.
The scene with him salvaging Dummy was touching.
Ben Kingsly chewing the scenery
Ok, irritated that the villians are scarred military vets and corporations again. And that we have fake terrorists in place of real ones.
The War Machine. Gods the War Machine
I want to see if Barack Obama was referenced as the President in the Avengers.
Iron Man suffers from Conservation of Ninjitsu. Tony Stark in a suit of armor, difficult. 40 so suits of armor, no problem.
Where does Extremis get the energy to fuel itself? It's pretty clear it's not tesseract tech, and the subjects should be eating a small Chinese buffet after regrowing limbs, let alone after enough heat to melt armor.
So... Tony's arc reactor no longer can power his armor, but it has batteries to charge from a car battery? Really? I understand all the armors were independently powered, but still. (This is a special pet peeve of mine, since in the comics, apparently car batteries can be used to fire nanotech robots in a plasma suspension :-( )
It was that easy to remove the shrapnel? Then why didn't he have it down two years ago?
Reed Richards is useless. In the denouncement, Tony says he 'fixed' Pepper, but doesn't make Extremis do only limb growth/regeneration?
We get super Pepper, but no mention of Rescue. Since the first two movies had the armor names mentioned in passing, him saying she was his Rescue or something would be nice.
Tony's suffering PTSD, afraid to vulnerable, but wears a suit of untested prototype armor?
I called it 'Crisis of Infinite Worfs"
If they ever go through and 'remaster' TNG like they did TOS, that is one episode I want to see them go hog wild with models on. Infinite Alternate Enterprises. Bonus if we can identify the ISS Enterprise-D :-)
pres man wrote:
Well he had a strong dislike for Kirk in Space Seed, when they first met, mainly because Kirk didn't kiss is rear as some semi-divine being. I'm not sure we need a whole lot of background relationship to develop a hatred between the two. All you need is a couple of alpha males getting into a scrap with each other.
Would irony be Khan takes the Enterprise and leaves Kirk on Seti Alpha V? :-)
pres man wrote:
You don't need youngish kirk to find the botany bay, iirc it was using an impulse drive (so not moving particularly fast relatively[?] speaking). If the federation got all gung-ho after kirk's dad got wasted, someone else could have easily run across it even earlier than what happened in TOS.
Good point. Let's hope the writer/director remembers that.
Marc Radle wrote:
It's my understanding that in the novels (semi-canon) it is revealed that Trip's death was faked for a deep cover mission. I'd love to see that, if for no other reason than I like Conner Trineer (even if I can't spell his name) and think it would be cool as heck to have him cameo as the director of section 31.
My somewhat snarky point that got lost was, if we ignore Hemidal's appearance in the comics and other material arguing 'film continutiy' then we can ignore Khan's TV/Movie apperances too.
And I agree Enterprise is still canon in the Abramsverse. In fact I'd love it if we found out Trip was in charge of section 31, after the poor series ending Enterprise got.
New player vs. Old player moment.
One of our local players was playing a new PC, a gnome paladin. She previously played a gnome sorcerer who was tormented by mites. (well to be precice she was tormented by my bad jokes, using mites as a proxy) She HATES the little blue buggers.
New player had just bought a Pathfinder Battles box, and pulled out (among other things) a mite mini. She doesn't have a mini for her new gnome on hand.
"Well you could use my mite mini..."
It's situational, but it made us laugh.
Tangental, but funny.
I was talking pizza with one of my (younger) gaming friends online. She said that she has mini-pizzas that she puts in the toaster oven. I commented that there was a 'lesbian/toaster oven' joke in there. She had no idea what I was talking about. I found the clip from the Ellen show on You Tube and sent her the link. I then realized she was three when that aired... (It aired about the time my mom decided she played for the other team, so it's always stuck in my mind. Well that and when my sister moved to Colorado I suggested sending her a toaster oven as a housewarming gift, and mom looked at me funny.)
Scott Betts wrote:
So how many lefties do you have in your NPCs Scott?
In the case of Khan, the character was not previously established in the film canon. :-)
More seriously, I want to see how the character shows up.
Wild Mass Guessing Below.
I wondered if Spock!Prime was going to have a long debriefing with Starfleet. "Yeah, there's an ice cream cone of doom coming from the edge of the galaxy and making its way to the Delta Quadrant. You need to stuff a couple of nukes down its gullet. Oh, and speaking of the Delta Quadrant, there's a threat coming from there that will arrive in about 70 years. Keep those Windows 8 disks around to fight it. There's also a group of genetic augments in a ship..."
Given that Enterprise is the only series valid in the new timeline (which gets really confusing, given that Enterprise's timeline was altered by First Contact) could Khan be one of the Augments from that series? And magic healing blood? Really?
Tangentally, I enjoyed the Fourth Doctor Special. I'd have preferred another episode than Pyramids of Mars (So far all the episodes they've shown are on Amazon Prime) It was nice to see Lis spoken of in such glowing terms, as well as John Lession and Louise Jameson. It is an interesting omission though that Romanna and Adric weren't mentioned (I could see Adric being considered a Fifth Doctor Companion, but to not mention Romanna at all was an oversight.
Of course the Doctor is fallible... but he's still always the smartest person in the room. River Song's sole purpose seems to be tearing him down and embarrassing him at every opportunity. That doesn't work for me.
I recommend watching the Key to Time series on Amazon if you can,
Romanna I made River positively endearing by comparison. (Now it's true Romanna II took a level in cute and a lobotomy, but Romanna I constantly showed him up.) That's not including K-9, Adric, Tegan at some points. Hells Tegan could out snark Amy :-)
Aside, one reason I love Alex Kingston is the scene where she finally admits to Amy and Rory that she's Melody. The look of joy, relief and fear of rejection in her voice and body...
Respectively, I disagree.
If you're looking for same sex couples, then the lack of them is an issue for you. If you're looking to include same sex couples, in the name of 'diversity' then where do you stop?
If something comes up 'without intent' then what's the issue? If something stand out, it will draw attention. For you it's handiness, for someone else, it's Bill and Ted.
I'd be interested if Blacklops stuck around now. A meeting between the two could be funny.
Cyclops: An alternate me! Come to the Xavier school so we can fight oppression.
Blacklops: Oppression? You call this Oppression? Let me tell you about Oppression, whitebread.
(Aside, Glad to see Blacklops and Gayverine survived. Wish the book had gone on longer and they hadn't killed all the Nightcrawlers.)
I'd like to see Sorcerers get healing (and cleric) spells. It would 'make up' for their delayed casting, and make them unique again.
Ezren: "I am sorry m'lady. I have studied every arcane theory. From Azlanti texts, to the lost writings of Hao Jin. I am afraid arcane magic is no help to your husband."
Seoni: *casts heal*
Ezren: "How the hell did you do that?
The iconic fighter is ambidextrous. Does that count for anything?
See, here's the thing. Basically, James and James both pointed out that you *can't* have a left handed iconic, or a right handed one for that matter. Because of the nature of the medium sometimes art gets flipped. (Case in point, look at Seelah in the CRB, and then the cover of Champions of Purity.)
I don't think it is some Right-Wing conspiracy. I don't see Paizo as anti-sinister, nor as it being 'Dextro-normative'. That Paizo hasn't gone to exceptional steps to make a definitive left handed iconic, despite making iconics that cater to a much smaller population, isn't a slam on we Southpaws.
It is that they've not worried too much about it.
All these people who are lamenting the 'default' of straight white males, how many lefties do you have? How much thought do you give to it? Likely the exact same amount of thought some people give to GBLTALPHABETSOUP interests.
The only time it becomes an 'issue' is when it is plot related. If I'm playing with players who like a CSI: Golarion story, the issue of handiness will come up in murder scenes. It means I can paint a character guilty as sin, and the deciding factor in his innocnence is that the attacker was right handed, while he's left.
If (generic) you want to make sure there's the occasional gay couple, fine. If (generic) you want to make the island Lesbos, knock yourself out. Don't assume that because some people don't think about it, it's a slight on you.
Romanna comes readily to mind. To a lesser extent Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.
(cute seen in the Five Doctors, Five says comments on Tegan's lack of faith, tries to open the TARDIS doors and fails. She simply says "Do you blame me?)
My problem with that explanation is that they don't really seem to give a damn about the wizard/sorcerer spell list trampling practically every other niche in the game.
The spell list also doesn't make any sense.
I mean, explosive runes is abjuration. Well I guess that might be justified because it is a defensive ward- Wait, none of the symbols are abjuration! And why is shield abjuration, and mage armor conjuration, when most every other spell with the force descriptor is evocation?
I'd love a top to bottom rewrite of the spell lists. If you give up defense (allegedly Abjuration) you shouldn't get it back willy nilly with the blasting school (evocation), for example.
Now if you want *higher level, less effective* evocation spells that defend you, sure.
Erik Mona wrote:
I'll agree. I'm very impressed with Kingston. If I'm remembering correctly (and I'm sure Vic will correct me) One thing they were hoping to do with McCoy's Doctor was, with the longer episodes, work more with the companions than exposition. While I'd be happy to have normal, non timey-wimey companions (Martha, and maybe Donna are the only two in NuWho) I don't mind giving them additional depth.
Aside, I'd love to see a teen/college age companion who goes on 'Bill and Ted' style adventures with the Doctor.
*Doctor shows up in modern times, has crazy adventure with new companion.*
Then you could have an amazed companion both for exposition and for commentary, and play up the Doctor's eccentricities. "You thought Abe Lincoln was impressive, let's go talk to the President of Earth in the year 3000!"
The Crimson Masque wrote:
It wasn't until I was much older that I realized Misters Went and Kidd were more than eccentric assassins in Diamonds Are Forever.
That works. It's be fun to play a super powered housecat spellcaster.
Back in 2e/3e I had a Kara Tur merchant clan of hengeyokai. Most of them were psionic, and what they'd do is use their cat form to 'check out' a town while goods were being loaded/unloaded. Use of speak with animals from being hengyokai and detect thoughts to 'listen in' while prospective buyers were looking around or talking. Less scrupulously, using various powers to sabotage others details. Telepathic suggestion to offend your host, anyone?
Another alternative, using the essay posted above, might allow an arcane caster to bolster some effects. Off the top of my head...
Well, if you expand necromancy to positive energy, you can get thematic healing.
I'm trying to finish up the first in (hopefully) a new series of Donna's Dozens called 'If all you have is a hammer' Looking at new ways of using the 'traditional schools' To that end I have a few spells, like this.
School necromancy; Level wizard/sorcerer 3
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Target one creature
Duration 1 round/level
Saving Throw Fortitude negates (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)
By conducting positive energy into a target you touch, you stimulate its natural healing processes. For the duration of the spell, the target gains fast healing 1. This increases to fast healing 2 at 10th level, and fast healing 3 at 15th level The target is also immune to fatigue for the duration of the spell.
Just as an example.