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Wait, that feat is not a joke? Seems like something you'd release on April 1st.

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Tacticslion wrote:
Seriously, though, she actually is. A lot. I still don't know how I managed to con her into marrying me. I guess she's a sucker for goofballs.

Maybe she's the one who used her Super Intelligence to con you into marrying her?

ShinHakkaider wrote:

This, at least for me, is great news.

Looks neat. Is he the guy from the latest Captain America movie?

Also, how does taking over as Captain America work? Is it just costume + name + bring-your-own-powers-to-work-day? Or do they have spare supersoldier serum lying around?

I sure hope they don't mean to suggest that a woman would need magical accessories to be a powerful superhero! Hrmph!

Te'Shen wrote:
I believe that in the Norse myths, he's still the God of Thunder (and other polios) even without Mjolnir, as he was before he received the weapon. To be fair, he was also described as red haired and red bearded, and Marvel doesn't have him married to Sif anymore or fathering Thrúd, Módi, or Magni... or a lot of other things.

Yeah, I guess this is one of the main disconnects between Thor and MarvelThor.

Aranna wrote:

Awww... you seem pretty fired up for someone who is wrong, Jaelithe.

If Marvel says it's a title as well as a name and that they are giving it to a woman. Then it's true. They own it and can do what they want with the IP. No amount of petty ranting is going to change that.

Marvel can obviously do whatever the heck they want. That doesn't make it an inherently good idea. :p

I'm glad you like the change, but could we dial down the sniping of other posters? No sense descending to those levels just because you disagree with them.

Irontruth wrote:
I think it's less of an issue for older folk. Once you get past the age of 30 you're more likely to have a good concept of who you are and have better tools to do reexamination internally.

Enh. I guess. When I was a kid I hated those Spielberg movies where a bunch of kids were the heroes. Maybe I'm an odd duck.

Anyway, that was kinda my point. I don't think I've ever really felt a 'need to feel represented', and I think that's okay. It means they can represent someone else who needs it more, and I can still enjoy the story (assuming it doesn't suck. ;) )

ShinHakkaider wrote:

The New Ultimates

I will most definitely be supporting this book. As I've just dropped both Bendis X-titles and one of Hickman's Avengers books there's room on my pull list for this.

Heh. If it hadn't been for the thread/article title, I don't think I'd have noticed anything "wrong" about that lineup.

The article doesn't seem to go into detail about who these people are (I admit, I skimmed a bit), but none of them seems to represent me (they all look so young!) And that's okay, I don't really need to feel represented to enjoy a good story.

"When we deny women and girls representation, we put them in ever smaller boxes," she wrote. "And when we limit their potential, we limit the potential of our culture as a whole. When we limit the contributions of half our society, we cut our potential in two."

I... uh, okay, this is me talking from a "didn't really grow up with these comic books" perspective, but maybe that's giving comic books slightly more importance than they really deserve. It's just comic books. I'm pretty sure Marvel isn't the last line of defense against cultural decay, or something. :p

Would it be nice with a broader representation of women in comic books? Absolutely! Is it going to destroy our cultural basis that girls have to pick between She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and femThor? Probably not.

But I get that I'm a weirdo, so feel free to ignore!

Slight tangent: Also, that picture of Captain Marvel? *swoons*

ShinHakkaider wrote:
Well the guys griping an complaining about the black Nick Fury replacing the White nick fury in the 616 Marvel universe on the message boards that I frequent about a year or two ago were figments of my imagination?

Nah, I'm sure they were not. I'd be surprised if there were not idiots in any group of people. But that wasn't the question you answered...

Freehold DM wrote:
wha? You must have been in another internet or comic book store. The shaft jokes were all over the place.

You should reread the original question.

I'll sum it up for convenience:

Q: Does the people who dislike this also hate a black Nick Fury?

A: Absolutely!

Easily demonstrated to be false, as I think femThor is a silly gimmick, while having absolutely no issue with a black Nick Fury (or Heimdal for that matter). Heck, if the alternative is David Hasselhoff, I'd prefer every comic book character to be black.

John Kretzer wrote: relation to the threads title....where does the world end? I mean it is a just keeps going and going...

Pretty sure the End of the World is a bar on Christian's Island, in the Baltic Sea.

ShinHakkaider wrote:
Scythia wrote:

I wonder if the people now denouncing this as a gimmick or forced inclusiveness were equally disdained when Nick Fury became black?

They MOST certainly did/do.

Not even a little.

Terquem wrote:
Slaunyeh wrote:
thejeff wrote:
It's not like someone stealing the the fighter's +2 sword and becoming the fighter because Mjolner is not a +2 sword and because Odin is a bit of a jerk. (Primarily for reasons of plot though).
Well, excuse me, +2 hammer then. :p
Comparing mew-mew to a +2 hammer is like unto comparing the Hand of Vecna to a Ring of Spell Storing

Given how neither of those changes your name or makes you a god of something when you put them on then yes, the comparison is equally apt.

I get the complaint, it just misses the point. Which was closer to: haha, norse mythology is like the precursor to the D&D christmas tree effect. :p

thejeff wrote:

Out of context, I kind of agree. Obviously whoever this woman is, she won't actually be Thor.

In context, we don't know yet. We don't know the circumstances or how and why she takes up the name as well as the hammer.

Maybe it'll be stupid. Maybe it won't.

This is, I think, the most important point. I mean, they could take the idea in a good direction, or a stupid direction. But the only thing that has been presented so far is "omg Thor is a woman now!" which is, hopefully, not the full story.

thejeff wrote:
It's not like someone stealing the the fighter's +2 sword and becoming the fighter because Mjolner is not a +2 sword and because Odin is a bit of a jerk. (Primarily for reasons of plot though).

Well, excuse me, +2 hammer then. :p

LazarX wrote:
They haven't appeared since then, but in Norse mythology, Thor actually NEEDED both to wield his hammer properly.

Yes, but I was asking about Marvel Mythology. :)

LazarX wrote:
Blondie isn't being turned into a woman. (although that HAS happened in the comics) There actually is a different person, possibly Sif? getting both the hammer, powers, and the name of Thor. That's happened to. A stuntman once was found worthy and he was given Thor's mythological belt and glove of strength to help him wield Mjolnir.

In Pathfinder terms, that's like stealing a fighter's +2 sword and then you become that fighter. I don't care how you twist it, it's silly. :p

There are ways that Thor could pass on the torch, as it were, (and preferably to someone a little less White Power) but going "oh yeah and Thor is a chick now" isn't the best way.

Oh. The belt and gloves are a thing in Marvel too?

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
"'You just don't in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext,' Mr Kerry told the CBS program Face the Nation."

Take note Kerry, Putain is showing how it's done in the 21st century!

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I remember a Dark Heresy game a while back. The group got themselves into some hot water, surrounded by evil cultists they are brought before the cultist leader who just wants a pleasant chat. He promises to let us go, on a few conditions.

It's all quite civil, really.

Also, all the PCs are nervously eying my Adepta Sororitas, because really, this is a "do as he say or die" situation. So I just smile politely to the GM and say: "I shoot him."

Things went to hell quite fast, after that.

I'm working on making her a more... 'constructive' character. :)

(incidentally, all the PCs survived more or less intact. In unrelated news, flamers are <3).

I don't know what it is about Dark Heresy, but I find it very easy to just not care about the consequences and just do what my character would do. This would never have happened in a D&D game.

Vlad Koroboff wrote:
You see,if anyone has more or less accurate evidence,it's russians.


Clearly the work of (pretty big) purple worms.

sunshadow21 wrote:
Captain Marvel was at least a Marvel creation and not a ripoff from ancient mythology with a lot of stories existing that Marvel had no part of.

This is how I imagine femThor. :p

Also, I wouldn't really consider MarvelThor to be a ripoff of the Thor from mythology. They don't even have hair colour in common. This is also why I don't really have much of a say in this. I could go "...but the hammer doesn't work like that" except, you know, I have no idea if it does for MarvelThor.

Mythologically speaking, I could see a plot go something like "Thor has gone missing! While the gods' squabble and waste time discussing what to do about it, Thor's daughter takes matters into her own hands, claim the mantle of God of Thunder and goes to search for her father." (Possible edited to be less cliché, but this is a comic book we're talking about).

Incidentally, this was also roughly the entire meta-plot of City of Heroes. :)

I made the mistake of making my first character (for multiplayer) a Lone Wolf, and have had a really hard time playing anything else, since then. Those perks are just so useful!

Is archery working out for you? It kinda leaves me with the same impression as scoundrel melee: it doesn't seem terrible good against undead, and even the specialty arrows still comes with the baggage of having to find/make/collect those arrows and worry about bow durability, that casters just don't have to worry about (while also blowing everything to heck).

In my multiplayer game, we're a caster/archer duo and we're just worlds apart.

Larkos wrote:
You mean who the new Goddess of Thunder is.

That was my first thought, but at this point I'll just accept that I don't 'get' Marvel's "Thor" at all, so taking him (her) further away from the mythology he's based on might make it less confusing for those of us who read norse mythology long before we heard about Marvel. Which is a good thing.

"Thor is a woman!" is still a silly statement, But I won't even begin to guess whether that's how the hammer works in Marvel "Thor".

That said, I'm all for super-strong heroines, so it could be a very interesting character. Especially if she turns out to be "a wielder of Mjolnir" and not "literally Thor".

(but now that they are changing the shape of Thor's boobs, how about changing the "brick on a stick" look for Mjolnir too? That bothers me much more than Thor's testosterone levels. :p)

I find it... difficult to play a melee-focused scoundrel type character. I like the benefits of focusing on Dexterity over Strength, but the actual in game difference seems to be a character that hits for a few points of damage eight times every turn, vs. a guy who oneshots roughly everything everywhere.

The main problem is that almost everything you fight are undead, and daggers are doing squat against skeletons, and your bleed/poison attacks aren't particular handy either.

I've played three or four groups to level 7 by now, and I still don't have a formula for a scoundrel-style melee guy that I feel works.

On the flipside, a full-caster elementalist-style guy works wonderfully well.

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I think Word Crimes will be pretty legendary. That's the one that stood out for me the most.

I have this tendency to always play the same character, and when I finally notice I go out of my way to make the next one markedly different from my usual trend (and thus starting a new trend). It's not something I do on purpose, and I do prefer my characters to be different... I guess I'm just wired that way.

Pan wrote:
Did Jar Jar Binks make you happy?


Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
limsk wrote:

Out of all the MMOs I've tried, I miss the community in CoH/CoV the most which was a far removed from the kind of jerkass-ism you expect from these games.

And I could spend all day playing with the costume creator.

I allowed my son one hour of computer time daily. After I opened a linked account for him on mine & let him play, he would frequently spend that entire hour fiddling with the Costume Creator, and that was just with the 'open to everyone' costume options.

When I purchased about $50 in credit for him for his birthday, we opened the Mastermind Archetype, the Animal Lord powerset & all the animal themed costume pieces. I had to let him have an entire afternoon that day.
It was also one of the only MMO's on the market with actual mechanics in play for genuine 'Player Created' content.

Just as a heads up, I believe there is a stand-alone project that gives you access to the character creation, and makes you able to run around the game zones. Mind, there's no game attached, but if you enjoyed the character creation, that's still somewhat possible to play around with. I believe the project is called Titan Icon, if you google that you should be able to find instructions for how to set it up.

(I have no direct experience with Icon, alas, but thought I'd mention it.)

"Disney's Star Wars" makes me sad. Though I suppose it could be worse. :p

Kryzbyn wrote:

9 on the active list also, with the oldest active (Lineage) being over 15 years old.

I guess this is equally compelling to not boycott them then?

I realize that you're just trying to pick a fight (which is, imho, extremely poor taste, but whatev) but people totally have a right to boycot NCSoft for whatever reason they choose.

It's a good idea to just dive in... there's a lot of options, and you're not really tied to any choice (the classes are more guidelines than actual rules, for instance) so it's hard for anyone to tell you what you'll enjoy.

I'm not very far into the game, but my advice would be to not worry about it too much. Pick two characters that sounds like they might be fun, and go explore. And steal all the paintings you can. ;)

KSF wrote:

I always end up using a cheesy tactic.

I have one hasted character run in, grab the treasure, and get chased out the door by the smaller golems. The character runs back to the nearby bedroom, where the other characters are waiting with blunt weapons to beat on the golems.

Oh you can go way cheesier than that, in this part. :) Since the golems only activate if you loot the chests or attack them... you can just calmly murder each of the small golems one at a time.

Also, I think one of the weapons you loot in that room is a +3 axe or a giantbane hammer or something? I vaguely recall that in Korgan's hands it worked wonders to dispatch the big golem.

Alaryth wrote:

Resume of Netherlands - Argentina: ZZZzzzzZZZZZzzzzZZZZZ

What waste of 90 minutes.

Now THAT's the football we all know and love. Not this billion-goals-every-game abomination this World Cup was threatening to turn into. ;)

An entirely uninteresting spectacle... I was rooting for the Netherlands, so I guess it kinda sucks that they lost the rock-paper-scissors contest at the end, but Argentina has actually done well (in an incredible boring way) this world cup, so getting to the finals is not undeserved.

Personally, I'm rooting for Germany now, largely because they have (against all odds) started to play some interesting football, and I like that to pay off so others will get the same idea.

Conman the Bardbarian wrote:

I thought by That he meant Brazil and by fixed he meant neutered.

Haha. I like that. :p

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Freehold DM wrote:
That looked so fixed it is not funny.

What, someone bribed Germany to try extra hard? :p

DSXMachina wrote:
Well the German keeper has made 3-5 great saves.

He's been playing a great game.

Well, it is kinda unfair when your keeper is clairvoyant, I suppose. But even if Brazil had scored on all their chances, they wouldn't be halfway there.

Conman the Bardbarian wrote:
Football it is then.

Don't you mean American Soccer? ;)

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7-0. They should have gone for the two-point conversion!

The pain just won't stop. 6-0! :p

GeraintElberion wrote:
I hope Brazil try to 'win' the second half and not just avoid a record spanking.

They're attacking pretty hard, so at least it's not boring! But if they don't get any payoff from all that effort soon, I suspect they will completely deflate. It's also pretty risky.

But props for not just giving up.

Sheesh. I don't even know what to say.

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Azmyth wrote:
Whenever I talk to anyone about the game, I deliberately avoid calling it anything other than D&D. I believe that deploying that kind of language perpetuates the mentality of edition wars and community polarity around them.

You don't have edition wars because they call the editions different things. You have edition wars because there are different editions.

Stubbornly referring to all editions as "D&D" and refusing to clarify which you mean is just going to lead to a lot of confusion. It can work in your private gaming group because, presumably, everyone will know what you're talking about. We're not your private gaming group.

Kthulhu wrote:

" To be fair, it doesn't help when networks screw shows over by airing episodes out of order, jerking their time slots around before they've had a chance to establish a fanbase, and so on. I'd count that as network failure."

To be even more fair, none of that happened to Community.

To be even more fair than that, it was probably a reference to the Firefly debacle.

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BigDTBone wrote:
There are kiosks, right?

Uh. I would assume so, but who knows what those southern savages gets up to. :)

Also, remember to wish them a nice trip from all of us!

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I think the easiest thing would be to pick a country and a pre-paid option, and then check the roaming fees. Due to recent EU legislation that limits how much companies can charge, cross-country phone usage, while inside the EU, should be fairly cheap. (I just can't remember if this went into effect on july 1st, or if it's on august 1st)

Aranna wrote:

Did we?

We were eliminated in the round of 16.

Yeah, finishing in the top 16 of the entire world is pretty good. I realize that the US isn't used to competing against anyone but themselves, so take it from the rest of us: You did well. (Significantly better than many of the usual contenders, like England, Portugal, Italy and Spain.)

I've seen it and thought it was absolutely brilliant. And Eva Green is amazing.

It's also quite clever. I haven't seen anyone else bring it up, but I love that Victor Frankenstein has been quoting Shelly on several occasions. :)

W E Ray wrote:
We could potentially do really really well.

You did do really well.

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Grey Lensman wrote:
It's that last part that bugged me. Apparently it is no longer enough to be making money, the product must be making a whole lot of money. (IIRC CoH was still turning a profit, but only a modest one)

From a business perspective, it makes sense. If you spend a million dollars to earn two million dollars, that's basically free money right? Why mess with that? But what if you could instead spend that one million dollars to earn ten million dollars? Wouldn't it be financially irresponsible to not pick the second option?

From a business perspective, that makes sense. Assuming, of course, that you're not in a business where people are emotionally invested in your product.

(Of course, stories of the "real reason" circulates, suggesting the decision was not financially motivated at all. At best that's hearsay though, and we might never know for sure. Still, sharing stories of how much NCSoft probably sucks is what keeps us warm at night!)

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Sissyl wrote:
Honestly, expecting several millions of users in a monthly payment MMO is not a reasonable threshold any more.

To be honest, I don't think it ever was. Before WoW, a playerbase in the 200,000s was a strong and healthy game. And, really, that's also been true after WoW.

I think the game publishers are finally starting to realize this, as the "MMO Craze" appears to be dying down some. I really like the MMO game format, but the past 10 years have been silly (and surprisingly short on innovation).

That said, for the shock of CoH's termination, I think the main reason it stung as hard as it did was that it seemed to come completely out of the blue. If it had happened after the game had stagnated in "maintenance-mode" for years, I don't think it would have been much of a surprise to anyone. It would still suck for those of us who liked the game, but at least we had probably seen it coming.

That's not what happened though. CoH was gaining momentum, there was a lot of plans, new powersets, new zones, new stories, and the development team seemed really excited and then boom. One day. Game over.

It was unreal.

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