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Oh for frex's sake - you're just a troll! And I fell for it! That ain't happened 'round here since aught eight!
Why do gamers still insist on this false division between role playing and "power" gaming. I "power" game all the time. My PCs are built to be very effective at their chosen role be that healer, fighter, skill master, diplomatic face or whatever. I'm also (I kid you not - this came a surprise to me as well) considered the best role player in my group of 6. I formed the group originally out of those people I felt were the top rpers of my friends with another friend as a DM.
So where do I fall on the whole power/roleplay gamer spectrum? Who knows and more importantly - who cares? Frankly keep your nose out of my character sheet and play your own damned character.
Hell yes guys will go to a WW movie. They won't go to utter crap like Catwoman and Electra but then most people don't like awful movies.
It is interesting to me that the only real super-heroine movies we've really gotten have been about 2 borderline villain characters. There was Supergirl back in the 80s but the less said about that the better, imo.
Looking over the wikipedia entry as far as American superhero movies go those three are pretty much it. There was Tank Girl in '94 but she barely counts as 'super'. So yeah 3 attempts two of which grossed over $50 million each and those were 10 years ago (and released in the same year).
I think Warner/DC is honestly full of s%@~ if they ever say there is no market for female superhero movies - there is a vast, untried and untested market out there to be taken!
Personaly I'd like to see a break with tradition and not have a "Monster Manual" at all, but see releases of box sets with loose pages for monsters and their associated pawns (but what am I saying, only Paizo is smart enough to do something like this).
Huh? TSR tried this 20 years ago and it was a colossal failure. Boxes of loose pages? Is that what paizo is actually putting out? 4 Bestiaries seem to tell a different story (and I would bet any money they outsell any loose page filled box you care to mention).
OK. Compare it to Iron Man then if that helps. Iron Man was always part of an ensemble (the Avengers) to many and Marvel making a stand alone movie series of him was pretty ballsy, imo. Also for the longest time I would never have considered Iron Man to be an A-List Marvel superhero. sure he hung out with A-listers (Captain America, Thor, Incredible Hulk) but he always seemed second string to me. The Iron Man movies changed all of that (hell they even made the comic book version of Tony Stark look like Robert Downey!) and they had to work a human hero into the real world. The confusing, mixed up mess that is Wonder Woman's origin (Greek-Amazon-made from clay???) could have been cleaned up at last and given a big screen debut. Instead we get...nothing.
Except talking racoons with machine guns!
Shia Lebooof is gone
*sigh* Bay... was really hoping he would finally step aside and give another director a shot at this. Especially since he did say the 3rd TF movie was to be his last one (honestly I don't have much against Bay - he makes what he makes and obviously there is an audience for it - and he consistently makes profitable movies - but I would love to see another director's take on TF)
No idea what the story is supposed to be about but there is yet another shot of Optimus gettin' himself killed again
SCREAMING!!! (as opposed to EXPLOSIONS! I guess)
Is that Megatron back again too?!
Exactly my feelings. It may be cheaper to bundle the PHB and DNG into a single volume but the unwieldiness of that 500 page monstrosity (with its weak binding and easy separating cover!) has convinced me I never want to own a book that big again. I'll take two 250pg books over that thing any day.
That is just too far, man! Too far!! Complete nonsense!
I mean no one uses hexes! Phffft!
Man the more I watch this the more I think it is going to be *the* superhero movie of 2014.
DC - "A Wonder Woman movie? How would that ever work? Too 'fringe' an audience."
Marvel - "We're putting millions behind goofy 90s joke characters like Rocket Raccoon, Starlord and Drax the Destroyer!!"
"Oh we also stuck an Ent in there because why not really?!"
Even my BiL a diehard DC fan said "Well that trailer was certainly good at its purpose - I now want to see GotG!!"
Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
The real problem with the independence campaign is that the Scottish Nationalists are trying to pretend there will be no real consequences coming from independence. There a (wrong-headed) dislike of the toffs down south but in reality the appetite for independence among the Scots is pretty shallow beyond that. They want their lives to continue as before with the relatively generous welfare spending, but the reality of independence won't really allow that. So Nationalists have tried to pretend that they can get away with independence lite - basically retaining all of the stuff of Britishness while somehow also being independent - hence the desire to retain the pound in a currency union, retain the Queen as head of state, even retain the BBC. Unfortunately, they assumed that the English would just fall in line with all of this as being "plainly" in our interests too, but it actually implies a cost upon the English taxpayer that we are pretty much unwilling to bear. Why should we? The Scots don't seem to like us and want independence. Fine, they have a strong national identity and history, I have no objection to their nationist desires if that is what they vote for. I object very strongly if I'm expected to pay for it all.
Wow. As a Canadian who has had to hear, for pretty much my whole life, how much the province of Quebec wants to separate and become its own nation, I can really sympathize with this.
I have seen 3 referendum votes on this issue alone in my lifetime (2 since I've been able to vote) and it just gets tiring. It erodes any sense of unity the country has when 20% of it wants to go its own way and yet keep all the perks the other 80% are paying for (in Canada's case it is mostly about language - 80% of the province of Quebec is french-speaking (while hold about 15% of the population) while that number drops to less than 20% across the rest of the country. Officially we are bilingual but in reality that only applies to a small portion of the population). We in Canada hear of violence towards and persecution of anglophones for something as meaningless as having the french and english wording of a shop sign being the same size (yes - this actually happened and the shop owner was fined) or Quebec's latest 'triumph' - banning "large" religious symbols from public workers (unless its a crucifix of course) this was mainly about persecution of Muslims, Hindi and Jews.
Sorry to ramble and thread jack I just thought some of the similarities in the 2 situations as noteworthy.
Depends on where on the internet I am.
Facebook? I rarely say anything on it and now just use it to message family (especially my BiL who can't seem to be contacted through any other means up to and including carrier pigeons and telepathy)
Mini Painting sites? I'm the rapt student learning from the masters - occasionally offering what tiny bit of wisdom 20+ years of painting poorly have given me
Gaming Sites? I say whatever the hell I like and don't really care to argue about anything. Most gamers have vacuum sealed opinions that nothing can ever penetrate (myself included).
Work-related sites? Who ever goes to these? Unless I'm actually *at* work I ignore anything to do with work when I'm off the clock.
Other than online games and webcomics that's about it for internet surfing for me nowadays.
Matthew Morris wrote:
so you're saying depression isn't an illness?
Meh, not concerned about mass extinction, rather concerned about shadowcat suffering emotional issues that might have removed her from the role of kitty pryde. If kitty is happy, yellowdingo is happy...and may yet see her in film version of xmen issue 143? Where kitty is home alone for Christmas when a giant monster breaks in to eat her.
God I would watch the crap out of that movie. One of my all-time favourite XMen stories. Only the Dark Phoenix Saga beats it imo.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Hmm, I think I saw that one in the theater. I don't remember anything about it, though. Apparently, you made the right choice.
Really? You don't remember her going up against the Juggernaut? She phased him into the floor and then you get the line "Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, b+##!!" That thing was played to death all over the internet for months.
In a Shadowrun game a friend was running at a convention I was a witness (I was just killing time until my next Con event) to the following;
Phys Adept PC "I call the troll Street Samurai on his phone"
PA "Don't leave I'm coming right now to pick you up!"
Troll (who just got finished leveling a bar over a $5 tip, he was the classic 'Big Dumb Guy') "No, I'd better leave right now. Cops r' comin'"
PA "Don't! I'll get there in a few minutes! Just sit tight!!"
This goes back and forth a few minutes - long enough that the GM hands the PA player a note saying he has arrived at the former bar and sees the Troll talking on his phone in the middle of wreckage.
PA (to Troll) "Good I'm glad you're still here! Lets get going!"
Troll (without a moments hesitation) "Quiet! Can't you see I'm talking to you on the phone?!?"
Still makes me grin to this day.
John Kretzer wrote:
Just from the hint I would say Being John Malkovich although i have never actually seen the movie!
So their customer service, while 'outstanding' is effectively worthless to you. You won't pay for it and go to others for a cheaper price.
I'm not trying to single you out but it is a very common mindset to have - the 'other guy' could have lousy service but offers a deep discount so they get the business. Now ime Miniature Market is a rare entity in offering good service and a good price so we're all lucky there.
D'oh! How'd I forget Puerto Rico?! Great game that was a long time staple at our table - it has been supplanted by newer games but we do still return to it on occasion.
Also thanks for the recommendation on Timeline Mordo - we are always on the lookout for those quickie 'filler' games to play while the pizza is being eaten and the last players arrive. It sounds like just the ticket!
John Kretzer wrote:
Wow - can't believe I didn't get this one on my first pass by it (I think the 1st quote was messing me up :D ) but the second quote is right from a towering classic in 50s sci-fi movies
The Thing from Another World (or just The Thing more commonly. Later remade in 1982 by John Carpenter of course). Truly a fantastic movie any fan of horror and sci-fi owes it to themselves to watch.
This one's still on the table but I'd like to offer another from a different movie;
Man: "Hey boss. Got a question for you. Why did you make so many suckers? You say, 'love never endeth.' I say love never started. You say 'the meek shall inherit the earth.' And I say all the meek can count on is getting the short end of the stick. You say, 'is there one among you who is pure of heart?' and I say not one."
These are two of my favourite non-nerd movies.
If you want a slightly heavy worker placement & area control game I cannot recommend Dominant Species highly enough. Players take the roles of various species (mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds or arachnids) at the dawn of an encroaching Ice Age and try to make sure they can survive, adapt and thrive in the ever changing world. You can evolve your species to survive off of a variety of resources and even have some control in how the board expands and changes throughout the game. Once you get over the initial learning curve (the best way to play 1 or 2 'walkthrough' games were you don't worry too much about score just try all of the options each turn) you'll find a huge variety of game play options as each species has it own quirks and abilities to make it seem a different game each time you play.
Other games that people have already mentioned that see regular play at our table are 7 Wonders, Carcassone, Shadows Over Camelot (which I would recommend over BSG myself) and Dominion.
John Kretzer wrote:
While I don't know the second one (although I think it is from a John Wayne movie for some reason) the first is definitely Cool Hand Luke.
"What we got here is a failure to communicate"
Cool Hand Luke wasn't it?
I think that was
Shaun of the Dead.
Steven T. Helt wrote:
Really? I don't know GoT very well (just enough to know I don't care for it) but did she also have a dagger named Scalpel? Did she wear gray a lot too and hang out with red-headed barbarians? I guess if you're gonna rip something off you might as well go with the greats...
My friends for their wedding had the wedding party write scenes from 'geek movies' that, for the most part, had to deal with love and marriage. At least 2/3 of them came from The Princess Bride.
For my Best Man speech I gave the Impressive Clergyman's speech. (Mwarriage...)
Gawd I am *such* a dork!
RainyDayNinja - I had to cheat to find out your movie and I am surprised to say I have never heard of it. Surprised b/c it has 2 of my favourite actors in the lead roles! At least now I have a movie to hunt down and watch immediately!
man - 'Into the mud Scum Queen!' *throws woman #1 into a mud puddle*
Right movie, wrong scene. It is just after Count Roogan (the 6 fingered jerk) has stabbed Indigo and recognizes him as the son of the man he killed years ago;
"Have you been chasing me your whole life only to fail now? I think that's the worse thing I have ever heard. How marvelous."
I guess the item by item list of Things the GM Must Do threw me off what the hell you were trying to say.
And yeah I call myself PsychoticWarrior because I just so crazy...
Jebus - did the GM kill his dog or just make a crappy, spiteful ruling? Taking this way too serious.
As always you can talk to the GM or just ignore it. If, after talking to the guy, he still insists he is going to run things this way from now on (arbitrary rule changes to favour himself) you walk. Make sure the other players at the table know exactly why, though. Do not rely on the GM to relay the story.
Apparently the guy who runs Defiance is known for having done this exact same thing in the past. The people running Torn Asunder were woefully naive to think this guy wouldn't do the same to them.
Violence - lots of it. D&D is a violent game and we like it that way.
Gotta be 12 Monkeys. The first movie I saw Brad Pitt ever actually act in (despite seeing him in several movies before that). He noticeably improved for having been in 12 Monkeys.
My wife and I have started re-watching the series from Season 1. Knowing what Michael O'Hare was going through all that time you can see it in his performances. In some episodes he is wonderful to watch - passionate, emotive, energetic while in others he comes across as so stiff and wooden you wonder if his evil twin Skippy has taken his place or something.
That said I am liking the season 1 stuff much better this time around - I had forgotten things like one of the First Ones showing up at Sigma 957 - I always thought they only appeared in the later seasons. I do wish I could go in and digitally edit Jerry Doyle's hair so he is clean shaven (or at least close cropped) - that poofy, whipped look is sooooo 1980s!