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I loved original thunderbolts.

I can't wait for this, as I did not care for the newer incarnations(although blizzard, speed demon and taskmaster were AWESOME).

Yea, everything up until the end of the Niceza run was great.

I tried staying after for the wrestling thing and really thought that it should have been it's own separate thing. Came back for the two miniseries with Niceza and the original team but stayed away from Ellis' run as I'm not a fan of Ellis when he works with established superhero characters.

Wayward by Jim Zub is pretty decent though. Not really a fan of the Pathfinder Comics. Skull Kickers is kinda fun though.


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Alzrius wrote:
From what I've heard, a lot of it should be melting over the next day or two, so hopefully things will be better very soon for everyone that's been snowed in.

I think you've been misinformed on that account. At least here in NY there's going to be snow on the ground for some time I think. Temperatures being what they are and the fact that in some parts of the city there are over two feet of snow.


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Fake Healer wrote:
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I don't read DC comics any more not since New52 started but it's not hard for me to look at the TV shows existing on one earth and the movies existing on an alternate earth.

That makes total sense to me and kinda throws me when people have issues with the actors and the characters being different between the movies and the shows. I think that it allows them to tell one kind of story with the character in one medium and a different type of story with the character in another. I think that way is more interesting especially for the DC universe.

I don't have a problem with them using different actors but I don't like when they totally change a character. I feel like some consistency is warranted. I feel like every time I have ever seen Deadshot he was a white dude so seeing Wil Smith in the role makes me think that either this is some obligatory nod to political correctness or that DC has gone the other way and is tossing in color just to appease people or garner attention. It almost seems more racist to see movies shoehorning black or any other ethnicity of actors into a role that has been portrayed in comic books and other formats as a different one.

For the record I also wouldn't like if Wonder Woman was suddenly a Blonde, or if Superman was suddenly Asian, or if Spiderman was suddenly a red-head. It just takes away my ability to immerse myself in the story when there is such a major inconsistency with basic source material.

Okay. I'm gonna just agree to disagree and walk away from this one.


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I'm not that interested in the DC universe movies.

I'm interested in seeing Suicide Squad after this trailer. It looks like it might be a brutal movie filled with black humor.

I don't read DC comics any more not since New52 started but it's not hard for me to look at the TV shows existing on one earth and the movies existing on an alternate earth.

That makes total sense to me and kinda throws me when people have issues with the actors and the characters being different between the movies and the shows. I think that it allows them to tell one kind of story with the character in one medium and a different type of story with the character in another. I think that way is more interesting especially for the DC universe.


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The Punisher is interesting as a guest star / villain, which is how he got his start in Amazing Spider-Man #129. But as a protagonist he's never interested me. He's a serial killer who kills criminals.

He's a borderline sociopath and yet there's a huge contingent of fanboys who look up to Frank Castle as the personal embodiment of their macho revenge / vigilante fantasies.

One of the best parts of SERENITY was the Operative's speech to Mal. He does horrible things and KNOWS that he has no place in the utopia that he's trying to create but he believes so completely in that Utopia that he'll pretty much do anything to protect it. Now the foundation of that belief gets questioned later on in the film but his declaration of not trying to justify his monstrous behavior is what I admire the most about the character and one of the reasons why I'm not a fan of Frank Castle or why I cant take his hardcore fans seriously. AT. ALL.

He's not some unsung hero. He's not trying to protect people. Or fighting for some greater cause. He's not trying to stop crime so that people dont get hurt.

He just likes murdering criminals.


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Personally I dont think that they were too long.

I think that if people are complaining about AP's being too long maybe there's enough interest (or not) for a 3rd party company to do shorter more focused Adventure Paths that can be dropped into the existing campaign world sans Paizo IP of course.


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Well, it's been fun. I've been a AP subscriber since the beginning and have been happy to support you guys for the past 7-8 years or so but an evil AP is kinda where I draw the line. I'd like to cancel my AP subscription BEFORE Hell's Vengence ships.

Thanks!


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Young Americans


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sunbeam wrote:
ShinHakkaider wrote:

Robert Downey Jr. (an American last time I checked) was the lead in a VERY British movie with a VERY British Character. In fact TWO movies...

Maggie Gyllenhall starred last year in the critically acclaimed british mini-series THE HONORABLE WOMAN.

Robert Vaughn was in HUSTLE.

Jeremy Piven is the lead MR. SELFRIDGE.

GIllian Anderson is the lead in THE FALL.

There are American actors in british productions but being as the US Entertainment industry dwarfs the UK one considerably I'm not surprised that there are more of them working here than us working there.

What's your source for this? I caught one a few years ago with Robert Downey playing... Sherlock Holmes. I'm guessing that was an English production, looked like it was shot in London (of course) if memory serves. Though it could have been a US concern on location.

I'm sorry..What's my source? My own eyes I guess.

As in I've actually SEEN both Sherlock Holmes movies? Directed by a British director (Guy Ritchie) about a British fictional character. In fact aside from Dr. Who and King Arthur I'm not sure there is a more British fictional character out there. And he's played by an American.

I've seen THE HONORABLE WOMAN as it was available on Netflix.
I've seen more than a few episodes of HUSTLE as it was also available on Netflix at one point.
I've seen both seasons of THE FALL on Netflix.
MR. SELFRIDGE is also available on Netflix (havent watched this as I'm not a fan of Jeremy Piven at all).


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Robert Downey Jr. (an American last time I checked) was the lead in a VERY British movie with a VERY British Character. In fact TWO movies...

Maggie Gyllenhall starred last year in the critically acclaimed british mini-series THE HONORABLE WOMAN.

Robert Vaughn was in HUSTLE.

Jeremy Piven is the lead MR. SELFRIDGE.

GIllian Anderson is the lead in THE FALL.

There are American actors in british productions but being as the US Entertainment industry dwarfs the UK one considerably I'm not surprised that there are more of them working here than us working there.


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Misroi wrote:
sunbeam wrote:


a lot of stuff that won't fit in this box any longer

Let's turn this argument around. Here's a list of the heroes from each of the movies, and the nationality of the actor playing them.

Iron Man series - Robert Downey, Jr. (American), Gwyneth Paltrow (American), Scarlett Johansson (American), Terrence Howard (American), Don Cheadle (American), Samuel Muthaf**kin' Jackson (American)

The Incredible Hulk - Eric Bana (Australian), Ed Norton (American), Mark Ruffalo (American)

Thor - Chris Hemsworth (Australian), Jeremy Renner (American)

Captain America series - Chris Evans (American), Hayley Atwell (UK), Sebastian Stan (Romanian), Anthony Mackie (American), Emily VanCamp (Canadian)

Guardians of the Galaxy - Chris Pratt (American), Zoe Saldana (American), Dave Bautista (American), Bradley Cooper (American), Vin Diesel (American)

Avengers - Cobie Smulders (Canadian)

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Aaron Taylor-Johnson (UK), Elizabeth Olson (American), Paul Bettany (UK)

Ant-Man - Michael Douglas (American), Paul Rudd (American), Evangeline Lilly (Canadian)

28 main characters across 12 films, and only eight are played by non-American actors. Any agenda you see is one you're creating.

And to in full disclosure, Hayley Atwell has dual citizenship in the UK and the US. Her father is American. So Half Yank?


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James Jacobs wrote:

Then change things to suit your players better if it's that huge of a deal. That's kind of the GM's job if his/her group has an issue with an adventure.

You can redraw the map (change circles to squares, or diagonals to ziz-zags that follow squares). A better solution might be to allow characters to occupy those partial squares as if they were full squares without worrying about whether or not the shape of the miniature's base matches the "available room" of the square itself. It won't hurt the game at all to let a PC or NPC occupy such a spot, and frankly, in the real world, since a person can fit in a much smaller space than a 5 foot square, it doesn't really shatter verisimilitude either.

I'm running my players through THE SKELETONS OF SCARWALL and I'm redrawing MANY rooms on Tact-tiles by hand and when a room is odd shaped or would prove difficult to replicate? Whatever part of the room would be problematic to draw I change. And I let the player know this and they really dont care.

I dont know if this is a generational thing or not but I'm just used to changing things to make them easier for myself and my groups to use. One size doesnt fit all and that's not a slam against pre-drawn maps/adventures what have you. It's just the nature of the beast. I could go on and on about the need to modify pre-written adventures and sourcebooks but that's not what this thread is about...


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Sissyl wrote:

Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, the much-maligned other two matrix films.

Why they suck: The philosophical aspects and new action sequences of the first were replaced by movies that tried too hard to be stylish and had too simple plots that really made no sense. Still with Mr Boardface in the main role.

Why I still love them: They ARE stylish. They even manage to convey emotions with Mr Boardface in the main role. Various scenes are awesome. The philosophical parts of the setting have an impact, if you let them. And really, they are grounded in some pretty deep stuff. Finally, Animatrix made it all quite a bit better, in my eyes.

To this day I contend that the fight in the Merovingian's Chateau is the best cheorographed and shot fight in the entire trilogy. It's the fight I keep coming back to over and over in those movies and it's the one I never get tired of watching and dissecting.

I also find that Reloaded and Revolutions work best when watched as one BIG movie. I dont take the popular and too cool for school approach that the Reloaded and Revolutions sucked. I liked them. Could they have been better? Could a few things been cut? YUP. But I've seen actual bad movies. These two are not bad.


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SPEED RACER

I'm not going to list why it's bad because honestly? Understanding exactly what it was when I sat down to watch it it stayed true to what it was: a live action adaptation of a classic anime.

I've only grown to love this movie more and more upon subsequent viewing. Is it corny? YES. but it's supposed to be. Speed is a HERO is always gonna do two things:

1) STICK with his family

2) Do the RIGHT thing.

The racing / car sequences are basically what a 10 year old boy playing with his toy cars would be doing (crashing them together, making impossible jumps, driving them through every type of terrain imaginable). And if you've been a 10 year old who played with toy cars? Those sequences make perfect sense.

Speed Racer, for me, was pure crazy fun and filmmaking craft and I love it like a fat kid loves cake.


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Haladir wrote:

Jupiter Ascending

Why I loved it anyway...

  • A Brazil-esque space bureaucracy scene that's actually a whole lot of fun.
  • Did you recognize who that last bureaucrat was who issued the final stamp?


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    Hama wrote:
    Second one was OK. 3 was better than 1 or 2. 4 is mostly terrible except for the dinobot sequence.

    I generally dislike the Transformers movies. The 1st one I can sit through. I hated the 2nd one and the 4th one made me want to give myself a frontal lobotomy with a rusty spoon.

    That 3rd one though...

    There's a lot to hate about it but once the Decepticons pretty much start destroying Chicago? WOW. My son and I saw this is IMAX and it was a horrifyong visual wonder to behold.

    Say what you want about the quality of the story and the acting (Spoiler: THEY SUCK) but in terms of visual spectacle (READ: DESTRUCTION) there's not a lot that comes close to that Dark of the Moon.


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    Zeugma wrote:

    Krull

    Why it bombed: sci-fi fantasy mashup with cheesy special effects and plot (didn't help that it went up against "Star Wars" during its release).

    Why it rocks: soundtrack, cheesy-aweome sets, so very, very Dungeons & Dragons in the manner of its sci-fantasy mashing. Really the whole reason I like Numeria in Pathfinder is because I saw "Krull" as a kid.

    It didn't bomb because of Star Wars. Star Wars opened in 1977. Return of the Jedi opened in 1983. IN MAY. Krull didnt open until late July. Little more than two months after Jedi opened.

    Krull didnt bomb because Return of the Jedi took it's lunch money.

    It bombed because it was a bad movie.


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    The more that I think about it the more that I realize that my era of the X-men was from Giant Sized #1 to about #175. That's when I was most excited about that book and for me that's when the book was at it's best.

    Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, The Reavers, The Marauders, Gambit, Jubilee and the million other X-men who came afterwards I'm not as familiar with and I dont have a connection to them.

    I also HATED Mohawk Storm for reasons that I wont go into here and really thought they were diluting her character. I didnt start liking or caring about Archangel until Remender's run on UNCANNY X-FORCE.

    So this movie, much like Batman v Superman is definitely NOT for me. And that's okay. I'll be waiting for Captain America: Civil War.


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    Rynjin wrote:
    Hell's Kitchen hasn't even been called that in 2-3 decades either IIRC, so that point is moot. Isn't it Midtown West now or something?

    Yeah Midtown West. They tried calling it "Clinton" for a while but I dont think it ever took.

    People were still like:

    "So where exactly is Empanada Mama at?"

    "its on 51st and 9th..."

    "...In Hell's Kitchen?

    "Yeah."

    For native New Yorkers it's always gonna be Hell's Kitchen. Even Google Maps still has it as such I think.


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    archmagi1 wrote:
    The trailor with mockingjay 2 was pretty cool, and actually gives a bit of plot. Mean sounding politician Jodie Foster, menacing lex luthor, a few clears action shots of wonder woman, and a glimpse of zods frozen head. Lots of fight scenery Bt bats and supes.

    That politician at the beginning is actually Holly Hunter not Jodie Foster.


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    thejeff wrote:
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    If this is actually in the movie like this. I'm not paying money to see it.

    This. The Batman costume was hideous. Was he wearing a duster? And I don't care if he was chained and hanging upside down and naked, Batman would never look so freaking terrified as he does in that clip.

    I was willing to give this a go, but this clip is a big disappointment.

    Speculation is that it's a nightmare sequence.

    I'm not really buying Superman looking that mean and with goons kneeling to him either.

    The costume reminds me of what future Damian wore as Batman.

    It's probably not a nightmare sequence. Unless it's a lengthy one.

    The setup for Bruce's capture / escape is in the long trailer where he's fighting those same guys that are kneeling to Superman. The color palette for both scenes are similar enough.

    Not excited or looking forward to this movie at all but I'm probably going to be dragged to it by my son who saw the trailer on the big screen, turns to me and says:

    "We have to go see that Dad!"

    "Really?!?"

    "Yeah, Batman and Superman look like theyre bad guys!!! It's gonna be awesome!"

    *SMH*


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    Malwing wrote:
    Is masterwork tools not on iOS?

    As far as I can tell NO.


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    At this point building up to THE PHANTOM MENACE's run they'd already released the theatrical poster for general consumption. I have both the release poster and the pre-release one with Vader's silhouette behind a young Anakin.

    I'd like very much to purchase an official release poster.


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    Set wrote:
    ShinHakkaider wrote:
    Bedis has gone on record many times saying that this simply isnt true.

    I'm just going with what he said before, I'm sure he's changed the story multiple times, since he does that a lot.

    Quote:
    In a 2005 interview,[2] Bendis claimed that "[o]riginally, Alias was going to star Jessica Drew, but it became something else entirely. Which is good, because had we used Jessica, it would have been off continuity and bad storytelling." Previously, Bendis commented "I was at one time toying with doing Jessica Drew [in Alias] because she has the best hair of any superhero in comics, but this book is entirely different than what that idea was to be."[3] Although both statements make clear that Drew was a part of Bendis' earliest conception of Alias, by the time he was actively developing the title, Jones was his central character, one with a distinct background and voice from Drew.[4]

    Yeah but that's still very different than what you originally wrote there. You stated that he wanted to use Drew but couldn't for whatever reason. That's very different than him toying with the idea of using Drew and then deciding against it.

    Not looking to start a fight just felt that what you said kinda misrepresented everything that I've read and actually heard him say at cons when straight up asked about that.


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    Set wrote:
    Mark Hoover wrote:
    So that's Spider Woman and Purple Man?

    Her creator wanted to use Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, but couldn't, for whatever reason..

    Bedis has gone on record many times saying that this simply isnt true.


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    Took me two hours from when I got the notification from Fandango that the tickets were on sale to get my ticket. I'm going on the 18th at AMC 25 in Times Square. Thier Dolby theater is showing it in what I'm guessing is regular digital projection, (did Abrahms shoot this in 35mm?) no 3D.

    I saw a screening of CRIMSON PEAK there about 3 -4 weeks ago and it was all cushioned, reclining chairs, great projection and great sound.

    I'll be taking my mom again during Christmas weekend. She took me to see the first Star Wars in Times Square when I was 6 or 7 years old. It's only fair I return the favor...


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    Saw the S6 Premiere Friday night @ Madison Square Garden.
    If this episode is any indication of the rest of the season? Its gonna be another rough one for our survivors.

    Not spoiling anything by saying that i liked how they used flashbacks in this episode.


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Who's going?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

    *Raises Hand*

    Only the first day and really didn't enjoy myself that much. Last year I did a few major panels for the first time including the Agents of SHIELD, Tomorrowland and The Walking Dead.

    This year it just seems like the major panels this year are pretty WEAK. The only thing that I'm considering camping out for would be the chance to get wristbands for the Jessica Jones signing or the Daredevil one on Saturday. But not looking forward to camping out and STILL not getting into those as Marvel's handling of these events have been pretty sketchy in the past.

    My son and I are going to The Walking Dead fan event on Friday so that's gonna be the highlight of the weekend I think.

    All in all I may be done with NYCC.

    or Maybe it's just a weak year.


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    knightnday wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Except people screaming "that isn't in the rules" and throwing tantrums that GM dared to change monster from its exact bestiary block were around at least since nineties, and I suspect that they were here soon after the beginning... Arguing that "game" requires holding to the rules isn't all that new.

    Do not play with those people. Treat them like you would any other group of people screaming at you about things they don't like that you've changed in your game, your life, your clothing or anything else.

    Unless you are forced to GM PFS at gun point, there is no reason to stand for someone screaming at you about rules, and even then I'd be hard pressed to put up with that sort of nonsense. Tell people at the beginning of your house rules and that you might *gasp* be creative ith creatures that don't exist in their books or that you might make a ruling that doesn't always line up with the exact words in the book.

    If they freak out about that, find more people to play with. Life is too short.

    I'm in absolute agreement here. And was going to pretty much say the same thing except less elegantly. I used to have a lot of tolerance for my fellow gamer and this kind of obsessive behavior. Now I find it the opposite of fun and try to find decent PEOPLE to play with. You can pretty much teach people what they need to know about gaming but you cant teach or foster decency and / or civility in people past a certain age.


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    baron arem heshvaun wrote:
    All hail the Empire of the Mouse.

    Yeeeeeeeeeah...I'm gonna wait on some official confirmation on this before I start weeping with joy and scheduling PTO's for the subsequent OT marathon.

    I'll be happy with a OT release in Anamorphic Widescreen on BluRay.


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    cartmanbeck wrote:

    .... get ready to welcome a ton of new Pathfinder gamers to our forums!

    Seriously, shutting down their forums? How could they think that's a good idea???

    I seriously doubt that they would be coming HERE.

    I'm thinking that ENworld is going to be getting a huge influx of people though.


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    Black woman ends up in Psych Ward because cops don't believe that she owns BMW


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    I guess Joss Whedon is to you what HP Lovecraft is to me.

    Except I dont have the same WHITE HOT HATE HEAT for Lovecraft that you do for Whedon...


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    thejeff wrote:
    Kthulhu wrote:
    ShinHakkaider wrote:
    stuff
    I have a question for you....do you do your best to avoid any type of entertainment where you object to any of the views held by any of it's creators? Because if you do, you will very rapidly be left with absolutely no entertainment remaining.
    Not to speak for him, but there's a difference between "object to any of the views held by any of it's creators" and "the author's works often openly refer to people like you as sub-human".

    Thank You.


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    I think that there's going to be a joint Daredevil/Jessica Jones panel at NYCC. At least I'm hoping that it's joint. I also think that there's going to be a joint Agents of SHIELD / Agent Carter panel at NYCC as well.

    I will be trying to attend both. I at least hope that Haley Atwell will be there. Wont be much of an Agent Carter panel without Agent Carter...


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    Rednal wrote:

    *Raises hand*

    I think it's worth noting that he was hardly alone in any racism, given the time period in which he lived in. He also tended to value being English more than being White - and people of at least partial African-American descent, as in The Dunwich Horror, even had some heroic roles in his writing. Racism isn't good, but unless someone's feelings and views in the past were particularly egregious and led to others being harmed, I'm not sure there's much point in trying to judge them by modern views.

    I also think it's possible to believe someone was wrong about something without disliking the entirety of their lives and anything they were involved with. Our modern society has flaws of its own, after all. ^^

    The time period that he existed in grants context I agree but it doesn't EXCUSE him. People who tend to make this argument tend to make it almost sound as if it okay that he's a racist because everyone else was, when that's not even true. Lovecraft isnt the average racist because of his popularity and the reach of his work.

    No one is judging him by modern views. I'm pretty certain blacks and asians back in his day wanted to be viewed as equals and humans too. Being a racist in a time where racism was more openly accepted doesn't excuse that fact that you're still a racist.

    I'm not telling anyone NOT to read Lovecraft. I'm not even calling fans of Lovecraft BAD PEOPLE. I own copies of REANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND on DVD. Those were purchased before discovered what kind of person Lovecraft was. I'm not going to throw them away because I still love those movies but I'll probably never re-purchase them if my copies ever go missing. Much in the way that I'm probably not going to throw out all of the Lovecraft influenced Pathfinder stuff. But going forward I wont support a Lovecraftian AP.

    And if that stance makes ME a bad person then I'll live with that.


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    Yuugasa wrote:
    While this is a horrible incident and I feel for the victim there is an element of dark humor to the fact that it isn't just innocent blacks the cops can gun down without consequence, apparently they can empty their guns into each other and still have the system do it's best to cover their ass's.

    Oh dont worry they shoot black / latino cops too, especially here in NYC.

    Desmond Robinson

    Omar Edwards

    Despite a Diverse Police force Black cops face Special Peril


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    It may be a generational thing but maybe not. I'm 43 going on 44 and look at tech as something that's there to help, to streamline, to make things easier and more fun.

    I work in IT so I work with computers all day, but that's WORK. I dont have that much control over implementation or customization.

    But in my personal life? What I do for fun? Yeah totally.

    I just set up a slide show for my COTCT game using Keynote. This so that I can show my players what their facing, what Scarwall looks like and some key NPC's. Laptop connected to 50"tv via HDMI.

    There's a creature that they're going to be facing that's going to have some musical accompaniment so I've downloading the music I need and am going to stream it via bluetooth to a portable speaker (UE Megaboom) when the time comes.

    SO many ways to make the game more accessible and interesting with technology as long as it's used when it makes sense.


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    Marc Radle wrote:

    Yeah, I think that kind of blanket assumption is a bit off. Most everyone I know or play with owns the actual print books, uses actual character sheets etc. I see very little of the tech described above at gaming tables.

    In fact, I tend to see things like tablets and laptops *strongly* discouraged at the game table and I'm very much ok with that

    Which is kinda the opposite of my experience. I have and have seen players who use the summoner app to prep their summoned creatures and several of us have PFRPG on our phones and ipads for quick reference.

    When I'd have to travel to run my games? It's possible for me to have my entire Pathfinder Library with me on my iPad. I'm sorry but I dont miss lugging around books with me to sessions. And I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't game with people who have a problem with me using tech as a utility to make my gaming life easier.


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    Tinkergoth wrote:
    Fair enough, personally I've never been a GW fan but I don't get the massive backlash they've been getting over AoS. The videos of people burning their minis particularly confused me. Yes, that will teach them, burn the stuff you already gave them vast sums of money for!

    EXACTLY. I mean it's their property to do with as they will but that's exactly the type of vitriolic fanboy I try to avoid in real space.

    At least do what the OP is doing and try to find another game that you can use your existing army with or SELL the bloody things. But to put all that money into an army or armies and the TIME painting it to just burn them.

    UGH.

    I love my hobbies but jesus H. Christ I can do without the fandom sometimes...


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    Distant Scholar wrote:
    Those are bigger than HERO System Fifth Edition Revised? I am impressed.

    Considering that there's video out there of that book STOPPING BULLETS? I'm impressed indeed.


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    Bob Bob Bob wrote:
    If you really think it's poor GMing to use the fixed numbers provided by the book and numbers derived from actual stats and skill points instead of scaling every challenge the party faces to the member with the highest modifier for that challenge, I have to disagree. Vehemently. Someone who puts skill points into a skill wants to be better at it, not make everyone else worse.

    I totally agree with this.

    I also agree that a GM who is just spamming arbitrary DC changes needs some work.

    But I really also believe that you need to take into consideration the power level actually at the table. In some cases raising the DC is needed. Other times GM Fiat is needed.


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    baron arem heshvaun wrote:
    Star Wars the Force Awakens taking over ALL IMAX screens for four weeks in December.

    THANK GOD Lowes Lincoln Center IMAX has reserved seating.

    No waiting out in the cold on lines for hours on end. YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!


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    The critique that I mentioned earlier : HERE


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    Krensky wrote:

    And history shows that over 6 million didn't. Including most of Spielberg's father's family.

    But, by all means, let's tell the Jewish man what stories of the Holocaust it's ok to tell.

    No one telling him what stories he should tell.

    But I do remember reading a similar critique of Schindlers List from a Jewish site. I'll try to find and post the article when I get home. So as much as you may protest Spielberg despite his fame and notoriety isn't the arbiter of all things Jewish.

    As I said before I don't think anyone is saying that it's a bad film. Not even close to bad. I've just become LESS enchanted with it because of what I stated upthread.


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    Dragonchess Player wrote:
    Schindler's List is also an example of a great movie that couldn't be made in Hollywood (and it wasn't, being shot entirely on location in Poland and Germany with mostly non-Hollywood actors, other than a few roles).

    I'm curious as to what you mean by this because it sounds like you're saying that because a film isnt shot in Hollywood proper or uses American actors that it's not a Hollywood film.

    Steven Spielberg is as Hollywood as Hollywood gets. The movie was financed and produced IN the Hollywood system by both Universal and Spielberg's own production company, Amblin.

    About the film itself, when I first saw it decades ago I was impressed and moved by it. But upon revisiting it several times afterwards I can say that I'm less impressed with it for the same reason that I'm not that impressed with stories told about the tragedy of "The OTHER". The people that the story is about are seldom given agency in their own stories and are treated as objects to be pitied or objects to be horrified at when horrible things happen to them.

    It's a solid technical achievement, I still do like the movie a bit and the fact that Ralph Fiennes didn't win the Best Supporting Oscar for his performance was galling but it was typical emotionally manipulative Spielberg. The least he could have done if he was going to make it a pity party he could have given the "objects" of the pity some agency and actually TELL their stories instead of the focus on Schindler and Commandant Goeth.


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    Damon Griffin wrote:
    How exactly did Dr. Doom get to be God? I had no intention of trying to follow all the different series that tied into that, so I've just been reading the few whose settings I thought would be interesting: Thors, Squadron Supreme, Years of Future Past and 1872..or '74, or whatever year it is. And there's no setup for any of them, you just get dropped into a...

    WOW. Thejeff did a pretty good job of skimming the surface of how, but this whole thing actually has it's roots in Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four run (as well as the Fantastic Foundation aka FF) then carried over into his runs on BOTH New Avengers and Avengers. He's been laying out a pretty complex story of opposing philosophies and how heroes deal with facing inevitable defeat and destruction of everything that they care about. As well as the lengths some of them will go to try and save their world (s).

    Really strong characterizations of Reed Richards (and his compulsion to SOLVE EVERYTHING), Tony Stark (and how is futurist thinking often backfires HORRIFICALLY) Black Panther (his conflict between wanting to do what is RIGHT but having to do what is NECCESSARY) and Namor (who simply doesn't have that conflict AT ALL.)

    New Avengers is the stronger book but really to get the full picture you should read both as they kinda merge in the last 4 or 5 issues and lead directly into SECRET WARS.

    I'm not reading any of the side titles myself just the main book. And they main book is fantastic. It is by far the best of Marvel's event books in the last decade. EASILY.

    That's just me though.


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    knightnday wrote:

    But to just go somewhere to not like something and tell them daily how much you don't care for it -- that I don't get. I don't do that to the music groups I don't like or that have changed. I don't do that to TV shows I don't care for.

    Maybe it's me. Maybe it's the Internet Age. I just think that I'd rather spend my free time doing the things I like and supporting the products I like rather than trying to discourage others from liking it or tearing it apart.

    This isn't "If you don't like the game then go away!" This is "Maybe step back and consider that there are better ways to spend your time."

    Play and have fun.

    This pretty much sums up exactly how I feel.


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    Greylurker wrote:


    I don't think there was any love in Fantastic 4

    People need to repeat this again LOUDER because the Josh Trank obviously never got the message.

    This is why I want it to go back to Marvel Studios.


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    Pan wrote:
    Do you folks have inside knowledge of the rights contract? Is there a clause saying if a film sucks you give up the rights?

    I dont think that's part of the contract BUT I think that if a licensee doesn't do anything with the character for a set amount of time the rights revert BACK to Marvel. Which is how Daredevil wound up back with Marvel after being with Fox.

    And why I think that if Marvel wanted to do another Blade movie theyre not worried about New Line because it's been over a decade since the last Blade movie.

    There's also the idea of the smart play.

    Fox has made 3 Fantastic Four movies with varying degrees of financial success.
    This last one looks like it's going to flop magnificently. When you have to downgrade your estimate from a 50-55 million dollar weekend before release, then to a 40 million dollar weekend on Thursday and now it's looking like MAYBE a 28 million dollar weekend? That's REALLY not good.

    Granted, the international Box Office may help out a bit but at this point Fox has to be considering going to Marvel Studios for a deal of SOME sort. Because they just CANT get this particular property right.

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