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After spending over $100 on getting the various new Marvel restarts, I've had enough. Nostalgia had me hopeful that I could get back to some of my favorite heroes of my child hood, Reality woke me up faster than a flatulent noise in church though.
I've read the following new book restarts until their current issues...
Marvel lost me at Civil War originally (except Planet Hulk at the time), but the new Marvel universe is totally unrecognizable to me. Still a boatload of Avengers books, and X-Men books. Now they are even being blended together with Uncanny Avengers (not too bad btw), and Shield Agents are EVERYWHERE! In almost every book, even the new Uncanny X-Men this week.
On the other somewhat lighter side, The Red Skull has Xavier's noodle, The FF is now pretty much a kindergarten for weird kids, Dock Ock is in Spider-man's body trying to nail Mary Jane, Hulk is working for Shield, Iron Man is trying to nail a Shi'ar chick, and the Avengers roster is so huge that If I was a super-villain, I'd either retire or take my chances in Metropolis or Gotham.
All the decades taken to define these characters, wrecked in the past several years. Newer talent like Remender, Aaron, Bendis,etc. just don't hold a candle to people like Miller, Byrne, Claremont, David, etc.
The only barely passable titles were Superior and Thor. Uncanny Avengers is great from a logic perspective, it was a matter of time before the Avengers had a co-op grouping with Mutants to maintain the peace so to speak, but the Red Skull/Xavier brain story is thin.
Whew, end rant. I cancelled all my Marvel pulls at my local Comic Shop. I'll stick to DC and Valiant.
Consistently crap to the point where I look at my pile of books for the month (arranged from meh to great) and get lazy to start reading.
Time to shed 3 pounds.
I must say the expansion has been enjoyable so far. Horde side quests are fun and varied, I really enjoyed the FPS quest chain. My disc/shadow priest is 87 ATM in the Valley of Four Winds. The Temple and Brewery dungeons have been fun too.
My only issue is the sever my mains are on. Area 52 remains overloaded and locked with que times at night reaching 1500+. Last night I transferred my Resto Shammy (3rd fave toon) back to Garrosh Alliance because of the que ($55 faction/server xfer fee). I'll be there during the eves until it all balances out.
The alliance quests are similar of course but it's always fun seeing the other side's take on things.
MoP's art and setting are wonderful two zones in so far. Quests are varied and fun, the loot system seems like its changed as my priests quest rewards seem to only be stuff I can use now, no more junk like swords, etc. I'm waiting for the better loot. So far as a previously 402 Priest, I have only swapped out 3 pieces but I have much better enchants on my old gear. ;(
Btw, anyone else on Area 52 Horde or Garrosh alliance?
I'm off all summer and I've been craving a different MMORPG. I'm bored to death of WoW (currently 4/8 heroic DS 10man) and I can't bring myself to log in.
The new Raid news about GW2 kinda burned that bridge for me so I'm not sure I'll even try it now. Nothing else out there interests me.
I don't know what the purpose of posting this is, pretty sure I'm semi-venting until I decide what I'm going to stick to. It's leaning toward Rifts again though. The game still looks great, with killer lore, and the raids look pretty good.
Anyone else playing SW:TOR or Rifts? Anyone gung-ho about the upcoming GW2?
Last week I stopped at a comic shop in LI (where I was just passing through from a Roosevelt Field Mall trip) on Jericho Turnpike. I wanted to see if I could snag a first print of Avenging Spidey #6 and Punisher #10, because they crossed over with a current story arc in Daredevil (the only Marvel book that I read).
While there, I noticed a good selection of back issues at VERY reasonable prices. I asked him if he was interested in buying my old collection, about 46 boxes worth (4000+ books) for a low bulk offer.
He looked at me and said most of us who are looking for the books that I had are the older sort, and were collecting at that time and probably have most of them. Books from the 60's were easier to sell, etc.
I was kind of saddened by this not because it would be hard to get rid of my old stash before I move, but because most of the newer comic generations really missed out on what good comics were all about. To them the New 52 Teen Titans are "THE TEEN TITANS", the new Peter Parker publically known to be Spider-Man is the original Spider-Man to them. It's all about splash page art, characters that have "Dead and Blood" in their names, etc.
So I feel even older now, yet happy that I got to experience the books like Frank Miller's historic Daredevil run (which this shop owner said he would unload for a dollar or two a book if he still had them which is sad indeed), Claremont's Uncanny, Byrne's FF, Norm Breyfogle and Kelley Jones Batman (among others), the old Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes (even Giffens awesome run), etc.
I am somewhat hopeful of DC at the moment despite the butchering of the Titans and mixing well loved characters into other books to sell (like Red Hood and the Outlaws and Ravagers). The other mainstream books have been good so far.
YMMV. Just a semi-rant and some opinions here. Hope no one takes it the wrong way and gets offended.
P.S. I wound up getting the variant cover versions of the 2 books I went in for because thats all they had. They were stickered at 20 and 15 bucks each, he gave me both for 20. I felt crappy about even spending that much on Daredevil tie-ins considering I will cancel DD this weekend.
I havent had time to open my last 2 shipments until now. Both AP#53 and Dragon Empires Primer have water damage in the bottom left corner. The AP volume a little less but the lower binding is warped. The Primer is wasted.
If anything can be done, I'd appreciate it. If not, I'll re-order a new #53.
Late Edit*** I don't know if it's UPS fault tbh, so I'm prepared to repurchase the AP volume if need be.
My regular group split up awhile ago, so I've only been in PbP games recently. Are there any local PFRPG groups out there? Maybe starting?
Title says it all.
I was just going through my Goodman folder on my hard drive and browsing the DCC pdfs. I really miss these modules and wish GG made some Pathfinder stuff.
I wouldnt mind an adventure or two from Harley Stroh, Adrian Pommier, and Mike Ferguson (besides his River Kingdoms article) for Pathfinder.
By reading the various AP threads, alot of folks seem to care that much for the ending chapter(s) of a particular AP.
Thousand Screams blooms, high level Fey/First world encounters, and final showdown realy came together in a nice package. Alot of high level modules go all over the place with creatures, this one stayed Fey from beginning and added an evil-wonderland, semi-planar feel to it.
Shadows of Gallowspire also stays true to the Undead theme of things without being overdone. Between the Witchgates, Renchurch, and the amount of detail to the Whispering Way Cult's workings, It really drives the point home that you are at high level with some pretty grim consequences if you dont succeed (i.e. Tar-Baphon).
Anyone else have any particular favorite end caps?
I liked it for what it was, an action packed first issue. I agree with the review (in the reboot thread, props to Joela) of Hal's personality, even though Hal Jordan is supposed to be fearless, the recklessness is abit much.
All in all, not too bad IMHO. Despite it's flaws I liked it. Is it an earth-shattering debut? No. It's a team book with many characters to cover probably in little time, so it was as good as I expected it to be.
Team books take longer to build on characterization based on the number of them in a single title. Give it a few issues before you decide it's horrible, and try to be impartial if you loathe the idea of a reboot.
I bought comics recently after quitting the hobby many, many years ago. I dabbled occasionally through those years, but never more than a few impulse "I was bored as I walked past a comic shop" books.
After reading Here Comes Daredevil #1-2, Captain America #1-2, and Punisher #1 yesterday, I've decided that Marvel still sucks.
Daredevil was one of my all time favorites as a kid (#158 was my first comic book btw) wasn't too bad (loved Mark Waid's Flash/Cap) but suffered form having an idiotic fill-in story in the very first issue of a walk through the city with Foggy. Umm...Why? Why didnt the debut issue have just one full-length story.
Captain America #1-2 - Brubaker from what I'm told is very popular now, I dont see why from these issues. Story is ok, but another WWII character found still alive is sort of like cloning spider man again. Add a kid that opens dimensional gates/realities in WWII as the reason the other guy is still alive, and the cheese factor goes up.
Punisher #1 - One my least favorite characters but the best starting book of all 3. Great dark and gritty atmosphere, but suffers the "Image Comics" effect. Lots of art, little writing. I know comics are a graphic medium, but I prefer more dialogue.
I may or may not continue with DD/Punisher. Cap definately is out.
Nothing earth-shattering in the video game world until October for me so my oldest WoW buddies got me to resubscribe/reroll (off of work all summer until sept. 8th anyway so I figured why not). I also transferred my 3 main toons to Llane (Horde).
Look me up as Desna (85 Holy Priest), Gozreh (85 Resto Druid), or Stormwracked (85 Resto Shaman, semi-retired) if any Paizonian WoW'er wants to say "Hi". ;)
Im sort of prepping Kingmaker to maybe run it as a pbp. Being that I love Neil Spicer's Realm of the Fellnight Queen I came up with a blend that keeps all of Varnhold intact, and adds some Fellnight coolness as well as some foreshadowing for Nyrissa for those that want to do that too.
Copy/Pasted from my Kingmaker outline...
1d) Late Edit*** Wardstone can be broken (the Treant can tell them this as well), causing it to immediately reappear in the Fellnight Realm.
I figured why not create this kind of thread to help GMs look for players if they are considering running a PBP. If this gets popular, we can ask for a sticky.
Let's use a standard format like...
Character Name: Kordel Mordaen
* can rework to 15 point buy or whatever GM desires.
and why? :)
With the many APs out there, played through, read through, still going on, I was wondering what other Paizonians considered to be their favorites. :)
Please pick just one. If its a tie, pick the one you would want with you if you were shipwrecked on Smuggler's Shiv with a few other players.
For me it would have to be Kingmaker.
Even though I would run this without the kingdom building (the rules are abit clunky to me), the feel of it still speaks to my old school likes of early tabletop RPGing.
It is open enough to insert just about any kind of side-trek you could want ("hexploration" ftw), yet focused enough to have a final uber-goal of founding and defending a kingdom. I also like the varied locales such as the forests, hills, swamps, etc. with several adventures sites sprinkled throughout.
There's something for everybody, moreso for the folks that like to get their hands dirty with the actual kingdom building.
Just installed this almost 10 year old gem on my uber-pc. Oddly it runs widescreen high resolution from the settings menu. Same with the sequel Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich.
I forgot how much fun this game was way back. Comic book fans shouldnt miss this (though older fans will probably appreciate it more). One of the best super hero video-games ever.
Ok title says it all. Im really just gauging at this point to see if some people would be interested in this.
Im looking to possibly start a CC ap via Maptools and using voice on Ventrilo or skype (if skype conference calling is free). If we use ventrilo, I will supply the server. The game will be weekly or biweekly (not set in stone im still re-arranging my own schedule), and probably a weeknight using Eastern time on my end (Im in NYC).
Now for an interesting twist (at least I hope so)....
The 0 level everflame is just an idea I had wanted to try as an AP prequel, based on Goodman Games' 0-level module idea. It isnt set in stone and if folks would rather skip it, thats fine too.
So.... "got interest?™"
p.s. This wont start for a few weeks as I need time to read the Player's Guide myself as well as the first module when it's released, though the everflame prequel could be sooner.
***thread title was meant to say "without" kingdom building or mass combat, sorry.
Im thinking about doing an online AP (maptools/ventrilo), Serpent Skull or Kingmaker.
Im pretty sure I could keep the Kingdom building parts in the background, but so far Ive only really read the first module in its entirety. If there are random events based on unrest, i could always add those in at certain points just like any other adventure.
Are the other modules still viable running this way?
Also, I know later there are rules for mass combat (armies). Being that im putting the kingdom building in the background, can I still run the mass combats without the kingdom building aspect?
I know the size and number of armies are based on the kingdom size etc, do the modules have some standard armies to be used without knowing the exact kingdom size? or do I need to know the exact kingdom size/scores to do this correctly.
Also if for some reason I choose to run the army clashes in the background too, will I need to replace a large chunk of a module to make up for it?
Just trying to see if this would be too much trouble running this way and any opinions are appreciated, thanks.
My group has pretty much dissolved due to RL events and scheduling difficulties for the past 2 years. Im a D&D veteran of almost 30 years and currently looking for another adult group (25+ hopefully). I own a car and am willing to drive.
Manhattan isnt doable for me.
Also, Id like to stay 3.5 or PFRPG. I have no interest in 4E.
Let me know if theres any interest, maybe we can start a new group.
Preferably an AP btw :)
Can play pretty much anything needed, but would like to get in from the beginning. So anyone starting up a Serpent Skull, Kingmaker, etc. please keep me in mind.
30+ years gaming, almost all of it as DM. Would be nice to be a player for a change.
For an online game, I have ventrilo and I could download RPTools again if needed, though im not experienced with the program.