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Which AP villain would you say would be the best disposed to do an evil laugh about their plans and stuff? I know usually the protagonists aren't present in the exposition scenes those laughs normally accompany so the odds of the villain doing so in front of the PCs is slim, but I'm curious all the same.
Karzoug. He kinda does this already a few times during the AP; once at the end of part 4 and again at the end of part 5.

What's his evil laugh like? Subtle chuckling? Loud and bombastic "MOO-HA-HAing?" Insane cackling of the variety that Mark Hammill built his post-Star-Wars career on? I'm curious and if I ever run this AP myself I wanna do it justice.

I suppose the Runelords ARE Golarion's supervillains.

Vincent Price of course.

*takes notes for his mocking laughter in Fortress of the Stone Giants*

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I do find it fascinating how our tastes change in so short a timespan as fifty years. Add to this the fact that cinema has only been an art form for a bit over a century, and Bond has been with it for half of that time. The story of how cinema's art form evolved, and how we tell stories with moving pictures, can be gleaned by watching the Bond films, and seeing how they capture the zeitgeist of the era.

That said, I'm sure they'd find Dalton and Craig monstrous in the same way I find Connery's Bond reprehensible. Hell, Dalton's actions in License to Kill are closer to the Craig films than Moore, and I think that's the real reason he didn't get to stay on very long. Dalton's Bond was twenty years too early. (Dalton's Bond, by the way, is CN. "You hurt Felix. I will now visit that hurt upon you and your organization tenfold.")

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Zola lives!
This I would love to see. His little face popping up again on computer screens all over! That would be epic.
In a down in the dumps moment when the Avengers are almost defeated, with Iron Man's suit integrity down to 13%, with only his left repulsor left undamaged with one charge left, and Ultron standing over him about to bring down his improvised steel weapon torn from a STOP sign down and through Tony Stark's chest, the little Zola face flickers on one of Ultron's displays and causes him to pause and paralyze, followed with a "WHAT IS THIS???" James Spadersian hiss... :)

Pretty sure it'd be 12% suit integrity.

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According to the James Bond film tailors in London, at 6' 2" Timothy Dalton is the tallest of all the Bond actors. The tailors who have fitted and measured each of the 5 Bonds over the years claim the following heights for each of the other Bond actors: Sean Connery 6' 1 1/2" without shoes, George Lazenby 6' 1 1/2" without shoes, Roger Moore 6' 1" without shoes and Pierce Brosnan 6' 1" without shoes.

*note - to forestall the inevitable pointing out of the above leaving out Daniel Craig, I double checked, and IMDB has him listed at 5'10".

What about David Niven?

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He's more Zorro than Batman, really. But you're not far off.

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It's going to be tough to top Spook's analysis. Fortunately, I have seen On Her Majesty's Secret Service somewhat recently, so I can talk about Bond!Lazenby's alignment.

He's a bit more selfless than Connery's Bond, as he gets involved with the Contessa when she tries to run into the sea and kill herself. I can hardly imagine Connery's Bond caring that much about a woman he doesn't know and doesn't have information or access that he needs for the mission. I'd put him closer to Good than Neutral, just for this alone. As for Law/Chaos, it's harder to say, since we only have one film to draw on for inspiration, so I'd lean towards Neutral for that reason. NG.

Oh, and I'd say Connery's Bond is a well-intentioned monster. NE, considering how little remorse he shows for the sexual violence he visits upon Pussy Galore in Goldfinger and Patricia Fearing in Thunderball. It's really hard to watch those scenes today, doubly so when the women seem to come around to admire Bond for what he forced upon them.

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./' A mix tape! He made a mix tape!
./' He was thinking of me which shows he cares
./' Sometimes when someone has a crush on you
./' They'll make you a mix tape to give you a clue

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As sad as this is, I never anticipated that the loss of $50M would garner much notice from the governor. We've rattled our lightsabers, and I'm sure we'll follow through on this threat, but I suspect Governor Pence won't miss the extra money the con generated.

I do anticipate, however, he will miss $4B. Money talks.

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That'd be Alderpash, who was name-dropped by James just a bit upthread.

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I'm not sure how big the crossover between Age of Ultron will be, honestly. I mean, they'll talk about it, sure, but I don't know if it's as game-changing as Winter Soldier was. Still, it gets us on the road to Civil War, which they've done exceedingly well thus far in setting up in the show.

*crosses fingers that they get it right this time*

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Fromper:

I'm getting close to running the Attack on Sandpoint, and I plan on using Jimmy "Big Daddy" Ho-Chunk's maps on this thread to map the raid. Overall troop movement happens on this map, while actual tactical fighting will happen on a battlemat.

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3) Had a stressful dream about walking home in the woods and the road was washed out by the ocean so I had to turn back and then bears started following me, including a weird mutant black bear with a 5 foot long stalked snout.

Soon to be appearing in Bestiary 5! Snoutbears!

To turn this into a question - have you ever taken a figment from a dream you had and turned it into a monster for your PCs to fight?

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I thought they revealed some of that in one of the back-of-the-book columns in the Pathfinder comic line. Can anyone confirm?

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That's my takeaway as well, Fromper. It's most likely to grab a fighter or some other big beatstick that has a stack of hit points, so its constrict ability probably won't kill the character. In my game, I was describing its tactics pretty gruesomely, as it grabbed the elven fighter soundly by her neck with one pincer in the first round and by the other in the second. It didn't get a chance to do a third, but it was certainly likely to tear her head off if it got that far.

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On a related note, how do you feel about rats as pets?

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Yay, foodie stuff!

1. The Churrasco.

2. Initially divided between the Churrasco and the Mojo Cerdo, as both main dishes sound tantalizing. The sides, however, push me to the Churrasco, as the Carrot Jalapeno Vichy sounds far more interesting to me than simple sautéed spinach. I have a little bit of sticker shock, since it is the most expensive thing on the menu, but cows are expensive, but skirt steak is cow on the cheap that doesn't sacrifice the flavor of good steak.

3. Escabiche y Pulpo.

4. Because octopus be nasty. If I wanted to eat rubber, I'd chew on a garden hose. Honestly, I don't mind buying something I could make at home - just because I make a mean chili doesn't mean I don't want to try someone else's chili. So while I would probably order the Churrasco over the Arroz con Pollo, for instance, I would definitely try some of a friend's if they ordered it. My dealbreaker would be ingredients that I can't stand, and pretty much the only thing on this menu I would reject out of hand is the octopus salad.

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They go to Devil's Platter. It's the biggest concentration of goblins left in the vicinity, and a freed Malfeshnekor can pull on those goblins to raise the army Nualia needs to destroy Sandpoint.

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WFRP did it first.

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Thor in the Marvel universe isn't Thor from Nordic mythology. The Norse came up with all that stuff.

Fanfic does get weird, sometimes.

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What was the sacrilegious act that the person committed in Janderhoff? That might give us some ideas as well.

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Honestly, based on everything we've seen thus far, Hell's Rebels is turning out to be the AP that everyone thought Council of Thieves was going to be. I'm really looking forward to throwing my PCs against the Devil Nazis of Golarion (which, by the way, would be a good name for a grindhouse film).

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I think that makes a hell of a lot of sense, Dire Elf. With Civil War not far off, I think we heard the first shots of it in that last episode. "WE need to be protected from [I]HER![/b]" That's the dividing line right there. Besides, Stark has Fury's right hand woman, Maria Hill, working in Stark Industries now. She'd be the perfect person to run an op against Coulson.

What is it that Fury's holding in there? My guess is the gifted list.

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Yeah, I totally agree with Latrecis. Nualia is incredibly close to realizing her dreams of shedding her celestial heritage for something darker. The steading itself hasn't been breached, and only some goblins have been killed. No way she gives up so easily. If anything, the PCs are on a definite timer now - she knows she has to break through the wall of coins soon, before the meddling adventurers come back.

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I totally agree, Hama. I really think she's been screwed by bad directing and worse writing.

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"I signed for a year, and the year is up."

I'm pretty sure that if the writing staff had any idea what they wanted to do with the character (or why she was integral in the first place), then they would have worked something out.

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I'm fine with the sudden shift, memorax. She's definitely not thinking clearly, as she was a lot closer to Trip as she would like to admit. His death is weighing heavily upon her, and she's wanting to lash out at the people she believes is responsible for his death - Raina and Cal. I'm pretty sure the Emma from S1E1 would be horrified to hear her say those things, but I don't think she's ready to start carrying around "Die Mutie Inhuman Scum" signs just yet.

It's going to be bad when she finds out that Skye's not human any longer, but worse when she finds out Fitz covered for her.

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Oh yeah, the Dollmaker! I guess we know where all those missing kids were going from Episode 2 now.

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Yeah, there seems to have been an uptick in quality in the last two episodes. I still was screaming at my screen for the doctor to just shoot Fish and get on with his illegal organ harvesting program, but whatever - Fish apparently has magical plot immunity and there's nothing I can do about it.

They finally made me care a bit more about the Nygma plot, too. I don't really care about him, and the woman involved probably should have reached out to HR about him already, but I really feel bad about the cop she's now dating. He seems like a nice guy, and wants to be friends with Nygma as well. This can only end poorly. :(

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I've been using the usual answer - K (dungeoneering) for aberrations, K (nature) for animals or plants, etc. However, to reflect their other-worldliness, I've been adding 5 to the DC.

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As a fan of the Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf novels, has Hand of Fate attracted your attention?

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@Klokk: Yep. Just as you can't sunder a golem, a caryatid column, an animated object, or any other construct, unless the rules specifically allow for it.

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On a related note, what happens when you cast reincarnation on a gnome, and he turns into something else? Does he still have to worry about the Bleaching? What about someone who is turned into a gnome by the same process? Do they now have to worry about it?

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I was fortunate enough to try that beer at Old Chicago during the winter minitour, BigDTBone. I'm not usually a fan of fruit-flavored beers, but the peach worked very well in this one. I didn't taste pecan anywhere in there, though.

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I chalk that up to Coulson being more genre savvy than Carter.

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I'm telling you, she's a meta. It's the only thing that explains why nobody's put a bullet between her eyes yet. The only other answer is that everyone that gets into the crime business in that universe is an idiot.

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About that Barbara scene:

** spoiler omitted **

Yeah, I think the writer's are pushing the whole "this is how the character got to be their far more awesome selves in the future" thing a bit to hard.

As I fast-forward past the boring characters, I was unaware of the pedo-ish nature of the scene. Definitely would have screamed pedo- if it had been a dude saying that and not Barbara.

I'm fine with seeing how Selina Kyle became Catwoman, but it really feels like the writers are trying to do it all in the first season.

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Yeah, that scene should come with heavy trigger warnings. Where the hell did that come from? And why would Barbara - or anyone, really - say the things she was saying to Selina? "Your beauty is a weapon, as dangerous as any gun or knife." HUH? What the hell does that have to do with anything?

By the way, did this show forget that Renee and Crispin were people or something?

Snark aside, this one was actually pretty good. An interesting idea on how the Red Hood Gang came to be, character development for Alfred, and the Fish scenes actually made some degree of sense. Someone finally called Fish on her scheming, even if it kinda, sorta backfired on him. Though you have to wonder, if she's mutilated herself like this, why would they not just kill her now? She doesn't have a matched set of eyes, so just shoot her in the head, harvest the organs, throw the body into the basement to discourage further rebellion, and it's back to business as usual.

Even the Penguin/Butch scenes were sort of interesting - I honestly have no idea where Butch's allegiances lie. Maybe Falcone has placed him there to report on Cobblepot's plans. He knows the Penguin can't be trusted, and put Butch there to keep tabs on him. Maybe the plan is to have Penguin get the place up and running, and Butch takes over at some point in the future. Who knows.

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If you expand your list of available minis to include the D&D minis line, a lot of those Xs disappear.

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After a brief diversion to Kaer Maga to sell the Large-sized loot and raise the recently deceased PC gnome, the Five from Sandpoint began to head north towards Skull's Crossing. They had little problem with the stairs leading up into the caves, but only Fociss, the Shoanti inquisitor of Abadar, was able to climb the 15' ledge easily. As he reached the top, he found himself face-to-face-to-face with Gorger and Chaw, and after getting hit hard with one of their flails, he decided to leap back off the ledge. Gorger and Chaw threw a javelin at the party, and it looked like this would be a long standoff between the ettin and the party, none of whom outside of the mage are especially good at ranged combat.

Then the party cleric came up with a plan. "I cast chains of perdition, and try to drag him off the ledge." One high CMB roll later, and G&C are pulled from their ledge.

Unfortunately, Fociss hadn't had a chance to get up yet, so he ended up breaking G&C's fall. "The ettin takes 5 points of falling damage. Fociss takes 5 points of ettin damage."

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@Rynjin: That's exactly what I said to my TV when Fish spoke up. Here's how that scene should have played out.

Scary Guy: "Prisoner M-57E, raise your hand."

Fish: "Um, can we talk?"

Scary Guy: "Shut up. M-57E, come over here."

Fish: "No, I'm in charge now. We're going to talk."

Scary Guy: "Um, no, I'm in charge. You can tell, because I'm the guy with the guns."

[Scary Guy's goons shoot Fish, and train the guns on the rest of the prisoners.]

Fish: "GAK!"

Scary Guy: "M-57E, pick the woman up and come with me. Trust me, she's going to get far worse than you are."

By the way, did I miss the part where they said that the purpose of keeping the prisoners here was to illegally obtaining organs from the prisoners? Fish just said that out of nowhere.

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Not yet. The PCs have heard that there's a giant over that way in my game, but they've not followed up on it.

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Actually, it's not. I don't have the book in front of me, but if I recall correctly, if the PCs have the seedpod, then Milstamm will switch sides and ally with them against Deacon Hope and his kytons.

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I disagree with the sin magic suggestion - Runelords is all about discovering the truth behind the ruin of Thassilon, so having an actual sin mage in the group sort of spoils the revelations. I'm good with giving up Illusion (it takes a sort of creativity this guy is likely to lack), but I'd also suggest Enchantment as well.

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And also, we don't know that Carter still has the blood. All we know is that the container was still in the wall. Dottie's an expert deep cover operative, so she'd definitely leave the container. After all, why steal the safe if you only want the money inside?

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Back in my day, you couldn't just drink a bunch of healing potions to recover your hit points, you had to worry about potion miscibility. And we liked it just fine!!!

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How did you and Ms. Andosana get on?

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"Then, as I end the refrain, thrust home!"

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I've been disappointed with Gotham as a whole ever since the Bill Loonman affair, but this episode was at leastwatchable. There were a few headscratching moments (you find out that your suspect's wife died, and you don't check that story?), and there are the usual offenders, but in general, things seemed improved over the last few weeks.

'Fish' Mooney remains as terrible a character as ever. I mean, I get why they decided to break with the narrative truism of "show, don't tell" when it comes to threatening a female character with rape, but seriously, you're in a terrible prison filled with terrible people. These deplorable men have done this to women before, and so far all 'Fish' has done is wake up and sit next to a guy in a suit. Why would they believe she has any ability to kill both of them, let alone one of them? Whatever. I think she's a supervillain, and her power is to hand anyone she's talking to the Idiot Ball, which is the only reason I can construct why Mace would even let her get close to him while he has the knife. Incidentally, part of me hopes that she's in Santa Prisca, but the other half tells me that, if she is, then they're angling to make her Bane's mother, and I can't stand that thought.

I find it hard to care about Leslie and Jim's apparently budding romance. I don't really get much chemistry between them at all, especially from Jim. Maybe there's a payoff coming down the road, but right now, I don't see it.

Harvey's definitely the most watchable cop on the show. He's as clean a cop as you can find in Gotham, and definitely a good detective. I was kinda hoping that we'd see more of the phobic girl from last week, but no luck. ("Are you...Irish?" indeed.) He's clearly puzzled by Gordon, but they're a team now, at least.

Nygma's still hard to watch, but as worthless as the scene with him and Penguin was, it was at least interesting. If nothing else, it sets up these two future supercriminals as antagonists.

Penguin remains the most entertaining thing on the show, and his scene with Boss Maroni at the grand opening of Oswald's contains my favorite shot of the show thus far. As the expensive champagne flows out of the goblet and onto the floor, we cut to a shot of Penguin's legs from behind, as the liquid splatters to the floor. Damn creative way of visually saying "Penguin is pissing himself in fear."

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a turning point for this show, and we start to see where this story is actually heading. I'm not holding out a lot of hope, though. Whereas Agents of SHIELD had a slow start due to the sandbagging they did for Winter Soldier, Gotham is under no such restriction. They need to give a clear vision of where this story is going, because right now, it feels like they're adrift.

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Unfortunately, Lorax, I'd label your experience as "anecdotal evidence," ...
I agree, that's why I said "This is purely anecdotal, on both my part and NobodysHome..."

/facepalm

Wow, that's what I get for not reading carefully. Apologies, Lorax!

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Unfortunately, Lorax, I'd label your experience as "anecdotal evidence," and echo Yesterday and NobodyHome - for first time players (and especially first time DMs), having a paladin and an antipaladin (of Lamashtu, no less) in the same group mixes like lithium and water. An experienced DM with experienced players can run into PvP and have it work, but that would be the exception to the rule, in my experience. The guy playing the antipaladin, especially with his response, seems to have built his character specifically to bully players and play the game the way he wants. This is just about as bad as the paladin who forces PCs to give away money to charity and refuses to let them loot tombs. Actually, it's worse, because the rest of the PCs signed up to be heroes. There is nothing heroic about being an antipaladin.

Look, if the player wants to be an antihero, that's one thing. But there's a very fine line between antihero and villain, and I'm really reluctant to let a new player walk that line.

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Hey, I think we did pretty good for our first outing with the Tech rules. I know The Powers That Be were holding their breaths hoping the response for the AP would be good, but now that it's done, and they can reflect on the sales numbers, there might be some Numerian influences spreading to APs down the line...

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