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This one is going to be set in Colorado and a have a much more powerful engine. It will have vehicles and multiplayer co-op, along with fully voiced dialogue and cinematics.
The game has an interesting funding model. They've gone with Fig rather than Kickstarter, as Fig entitles people to a slice of the profits of the game rather than just a copy of the game, which they thinks will get people more interested.
They're also only crowdfunding about 25% of the game's budget. The rest will come from profits from Wasteland 2, which seems reasonable.
Tarkin first appeared in THE CLONE WARS TV series as a Captain in Season 3. He was promoted to Admiral at the end of the series (during Ahsoka's trial). According to the novel TARKIN he was then promoted to Moff about five years after REVENGE OF THE SITH. He was promoted to Grand Moff by eight years after REVENGE OF THE SITH. That would have made him Grand Moff long before the events of REBELS.
Cold Fire is the weakest book in the trilogy. It's a bit oddball and takes a detour from the main story, which gets going again in the last one.
What I do like about Elliott is how she changes things between series. This trilogy is very different from the CROSSROADS trilogy, where she basically tried to do a fantasy with no cultural touchstones from our world and more or less succeeded, and CROWN OF STARS, which is a more realistic take on a medieval fantasy series (and from the start of the medieval period rather than the end).
On that note, is Might and Magic any good. With it at that price, I might be tempted to get it.
It depends what you are looking for in an RPG. If you don't mind bad graphics (and they were bad when the games came out), no AI to speak of (enemies attack you in a straight line and you can get them stuck behind objects quite easily), a hugely repetitive grind, no real story progression and no characterisation, than the MIGHT & MAGIC VI-VIII trilogy is playable. I did have fun with them, wandering around with bows, swords, magic and (later) laser rifles killing demons and dragons, but I played them on their original release in the late 1990s. I tried to go back after playing the likes of BALDUR'S GATE, PLANESCAPE: TORMENT and ANACHRONOX and it was just impossible. The near-total lack of character and narrative interaction became unbearable.
MIGHT & MAGIC IX is unplayably awful, but the recent X has gotten some very good reviews and is a reboot of the series set on a new planet, so there's no prior need for familiarity with the series.
Unrelated by do you know of any games that act as spiritual successors?
Well, there's MIGHT & MAGIC X: LEGACY, which is the actual successor. It was pretty well-received but I haven't played it myself.
LEGENDS OF GRIMROCK 1 and 2 are more successors to the DUNGEON MASTER/EYE OF THE BEHOLDER school of grid-based, real-time dungeon crawlers. There's enough similarity that you might enjoy them as well.
Best episode ever? Crikey.
These would be in contention:
Better Than Life
But pretty much all of Seasons 2-5 (and 6, to a lesser extent) are golden. Seasons 7 and 9 are absolutely awful, 1 and 8 are okay and 10 was pretty good.
I also still don't understand that love of Obsidian, I thought NV was kind of blah.
Vastly superior writing, dialogue, characterisation and companion characters coupled with a much more reactive world, much greater freedom to go and do things your way and a multitude of ways to resolve each quest (many of them not involving violence). NEW VEGAS is a proper roleplaying game, FALLOUT 3 is an action game with some roleplaying moments and FALLOUT 4 is a straight-up FPS with occasional dialogue choices. Fun, but nowhere near as deep as FALLOUT 1, 2 or NEW VEGAS (all created by the same people).
NEW VEGAS's biggest problems were an underwhelming and confusing start compared to either of the Bethesda games and of course the release bugs, although they were resolved pretty quickly (and FALLOUT 3 and 4 were hardly bug-free either).
I was intrigued. If this gets picked up for a season, I'll definitely be watching. I like how it's more strongly tied to the story and characters from the comic and the animated series. Jackie Earle Haley as the Terror cracked me up.
His angry eating of the kid's ice cream was the episode highlight for me.
I liked Deus Ex HR but Thief was baaaaad. That said will I like this?
Yes. THIEF was done by a different team at Eidos Montreal. This is the same team that did HR.
My grafics card seems to be too weak to handle this game. I have a Geforce GTX 570, and the game says that I should at least have a 660. Yay.
I played HR first time out on OnLive (!) which was weirdly appropriate. I then played it again on a PC with a 550ti and that was fine. MD is running okay on my new(ish) second-hand 770 with everything on second-highest settings.
Apparently there's a lot of moaning about the game not running well on Ultra on really powerful rigs, but the devs seem to have built in some serious future-proofing on the game (possibly as HR started ageing pretty quickly). Some of the graphical options are insane, I'm not surprised they're giving even Titans and 1080s trouble.
You only really need to play HUMAN REVOLUTION first (in the timeline, it's HR, MANKIND DIVIDED, then the original DEUS EX and then INVISIBLE WAR), but it's an interesting series. Although the gulf between DEUS EX and the new games is so large that I'm not sure it's possible to really buy they're still set in the same universe.
This is out today (unlocks in seven hours) and I broke my rule to pre-order it. The reviews have been outstanding and the technical appraisals suggest it's very solid on PC. It's done by the same team who did the PC versions of both THIEF and DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, so it should be absolutely fine.
I'm enjoying hearing there are no boss battles and a lot more options for stealthing and ghosting, although HR was pretty good on that already.
It's possible they'll let it go at the end of Season 4, although the viewership has been okay and apparently it's doing reasonable business on downloads, media sales and international sales. But it's also quite expensive and they may want to replace it with something that's still Marvel but maybe cheaper.
Good catch on the HEROES FOR HIRE idea. That's quite an elegant solution, as although they're both good characters I'm not sure they have the legs to hold multi-season solo shows like DAREDEVIL and maybe JESSICA JONES can (and you could always roll Jones into a HFH series as well).
Netflix and Marvel's five-show deal allowed them to only put out two seasons a year on Netflix, presumably as Netflix was concerned about the Marvel stuff overwhelming their other products. In the light of how well their non-Marvel stuff has done and the appeal of PUNISHER, that's why they might make an exception for that show.
Marvel themselves want as many eyeballs as possible on their stuff, so they have no problem having many more shows than that on the air through other channels, so SHIELD will continue with ABC, they'll keep looking at other projects with them and RUNAWAYS will do fine on Hulu.
What's interesting is that this is a new deal not covered by the previous Netflix/Marvel agreement - which limited them to two seasons of stuff a year - so THE PUNISHER could crop up a lot sooner than otherwise would be the case (under the previous deal we wouldn't see it until 2019 at the earliest).
Darker and more grounded? Kind of, I guess? The only thing I get from that is:
That the first chunk of the pilot is from Arthur's POV, and he has this traumatic background about his father being killed by the villaint. Which is done in a really, darkly hilarious way. And I'm pretty certain Edlund is deliberately taking the mickey out of all the grimdark superhero films in this bit.
The second The Tick shows up, things get a bit looser and funnier.
Also, I thought Patrick Warburton not doing it - although he's still involved as a producer - was going to be a problem, but then they announced the brilliant, brilliant Peter Serafinowicz* as his replacement and he is excellent in the role. No problem there at all.
* From SPACED, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE PHANTOM MENACE (he was the original voice of Darth Maul), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and his own British comedy series, not to mention the mastermind behind the SASSY TRUMP YouTube videos. He is a legit comic legend. Almost no other actor could pull off those Tick-style incredibly hyperbolic speeches as well.
There was a whole bit on that, but it took the review off-topic so I deleted it. We'll probably never get to 40 billion since we don't have the option of importing food and resources from offworld (same as with Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy, where Earth has the same problem). In addition, as societies become fairer and more equal, then people stop having so many children because they prefer to work and not lose large periods of time from their careers.
The question is where the topping-out will occur (I've seen figures from everything from a maybe bearable 9 to a probably intolerable 15 billion) and how badly that will affect the planet, and what impact it will have on a capitalist-driven lifestyle when the potential market is no longer growing but may even start contracting.
Hopefully it will turn up somewhere else or maybe I'll just have to wait for it to come out on DVD or something
Netflix shows take forever to come out on DVD or Blu-Ray (and this show looks so good that blu is the way to go). DAREDEVIL Season 1 is out in October, almost two years after it was transmitted, which is ridiculous.
I was also a Netflix sceptic for a long time, but they've built up a strong enough library of original content (DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, SENSE8, NARCOS, BOJACK HORSEMAN) and a solid rotating library of other people's stuff that it's more than worth the fairly negligible cost per month. I'm in the UK so we've also got every single episode of STAR TREK ever made, the new seasons of ORPHAN BLACK and ARCHER and quite a few other things (PERSON OF INTEREST, for example) that make it a no-brainer.
My one minor complaint. I really wish they went with more practical effects for the creature. The CGI wasn't horrible at least not as bad as some I've seen but it did detract from the whole 80's feel the rest of the series captured so well.
Apparently the creature was "mostly" prosthetics. There were a few times it was all CGI (like in the finale) and sometimes they just had a CG head and maybe arms painted over the prosthetic body.
Agreed. Universal did up the amount of money they spent on the option considerably over what SyFy alone paid five years ago, which would be a bit counter-productive if they didn't intend to do anything with it.
Melinda Snodgrass has been quite positive about the project on her LiveJournal and they're already talking about casting ideas.
The bard was excellent. Getting an actual musical comedian to play a bard is a great idea.
The same team did Great Minds with Dan Harmon, with GM Spencer as his assistant. It's quite amusing, with more Aubrey Plaza and added Jack Black.
I'm a bit more hopeful about this one because GRRM is rather more famous (putting it lightly) than when SyFy took out the option first time around. They've also renewed the option, which is a sign that the studio sees increased value in exercising it, and they've both moved it upstairs to the parent company (usually a sign they want to put more money into it) and assigned producers.
It still might not happen, but I think it's got a much better shot now.
Which one? That doesn't narrow it down! :)
One of my favourites is "Our Man Bashir". The writer brought it in as a holodeck malfunction story and the DS9 guys went, "Nope, against the rules". And he went "Oh, how about the transporter malfunctions and the holodeck is absolutely fine, it just needs to store their patterns?" And the writers apparently liked that get-out clause so much that they bought the story on the spot (and nearly got sued by the JAMES BOND people but there you go).
And here's my full review:
You get a lot of bad episodes that way, sure, but you also get gems like "The Inner Light", "The Visitor" and "Far Beyond the Stars", which would never be made if they'd been filming tighter 13-episode seasons all along.
Good news. Season 10 was pretty good so I hope they're continuing their return to form. Even better, Season 12 has already been filmed and will air next year!
No scripts where every other line is a reference to another show? They won't bother mentioning Archer more than twice, given how badly that series bombed.
Given that even the latest big-screen movie referenced ENTERPRISE a fair bit, I think it's likely they will reference stuff in ENTERPRISE. More interesting would be if they had an inkling that the timeline had shifted. This new series is starting pretty much at the same time as the Abrams movies, just on the other side of the timeline rift.
I also don't think that a new 25th Century TREK show would suffer from the same problems as VOYAGER, as everyone knows what those weaknesses were. DEEP SPACE NINE did an excellent job of moving around the worst of the TNG/VOYAGER hippy future stuff and make it credible, such as having a ban on holodeck malfunction episodes and reducing technobabble.
Disappointingly, the series will be set 10 years before the original series and will focus on crewmembers elsewhere on the USS Discovery than the standard captain/bridge crew dynamic. The "main character" will be a lieutenant commander in Starfleet, possibly with a complicated relationship to the Captain.
The series is inspired by a specific incident referenced in the original series but not shown. My guess is that this will either be a flare-up in the conflict with the Klingons, or something like the USS Farragut incident (which haunted Captain Kirk for his whole life afterwards).
Characters from the original series could show up in a second season or later, but Season 1 will focus on the new, original cast. Apparently Bryan Fuller wants to explore the character of Amanda Grayson - Spock's mother, played by Winona Ryder in the Abramsverse - further but it's unclear if it will be in the first season.
It sounds promising, and with Fuller and Meyer writing it should be, but it also sounds limited. Going to the prequel well yet again rather than actually boldly going where no one has gone before just doesn't feel really like STAR TREK.
As anticipated, SyFy has let the old WILD CARDS movie development deal lapse and there was a scramble of interest in picking up the rights to GRRM's Wild Cards series of books. Unexpectedly, SyFy (or at least a producer there) has reacquired them, alongside parent company Universal and its cable productions wing. This is interesting as it gives them more flexibility: the project may end up at SyFy again or it could go somewhere like USA or even Amazon (where Universal co-produces Mr. Robot).
George isn't directly involved (due to book commitments) but series co-editor Melinda Snodgrass will be an executive producer and potential showrunner on the project.
Interesting news, and the buzz this time is that this is probably going to happen, unlike the movie project which lost most of the people pushing for it at an early stage. I could imagine Universal and someone like Amazon being interested in an edgier, different take on superheroes.
First gameplay footage. Also, some stuff on the lore and the background setting for the game.
For "super-pre-alpha" footage, the game looks quite smart already. They've got another year or so of work (maybe less) before launch, and it looks quite likely they'll hit that. At this point Harebrained just need to sit down with every other company trying to get stuff made through Kickstarter and show how they do it so right.
Apparently this demo will even be playable at Gen Con, so that's pretty cool if you're heading that way.
It's a completely original script they're using, but it's set in FR (specifically, Waterdeep, at least partially). Originally it was Universal/Hasbro and Warner Brothers/Sweetpea (who had the film rights from the terrible 2000 movie) fighting over the screen rights, with WB developing the CHAINMAIL idea. Hasbro seems to have ditched Universal and agreed to work with WB in return for retooling the project and keeping Sweetpea and Courtney Solomon involved as producers in name only.
Since WB/Sweetpea originally didn't have the rights to any of the individual D&D worlds, books or characters (only the most generic D&D concepts), it looks like they've thrown out the CHAINMAIL script and restarted again with a FORGOTTEN REALMS-set movie. Canny move by Hasbro, as if legal problems raise their head at a later date they can simply stop WB making any sequels by withdrawing the FR rights.
Hasbro/WotC also apparently want cross-media synergy (ergh) by keeping the film set in the most recent version of the FORGOTTEN REALMS so they can do some marketing with the P&P game and any upcoming video games, whilst a lore-appropriate CRYSTAL SHARD movie would be set in the past of the setting. They could simply re-set the story in the 5th Edition, most up-to-date version of the setting but there may be some confusion there. Legally I believe TSR and then WotC/Hasbro retained all film rights to the individual novels so they don't have to do a separate deal with the authors, but it's not entirely clear if that was the case for all of the books from the very beginning, in which case they might have to strike up a deal with Salvatore which would be expensive.
I haven't seen much merchandising around, to be honest, but yes, they could do well out of it (even if some of the merchandising is going rather out of its way not to feature the cast on the boxes). And if a film makes loads on merchandising that can help it get a sequel. A revenue stream is a revenue stream, especially these days.
Grognardy Dangerfield wrote:
Enough about you kids and your forgettable realms, when is Blackmoor or greyhawk getting their respect???
I think when they've sold a few more tens of millions of books/video games/gaming materials. Or the movie is a big hit and they get their expanded universe stuff and they decide to do a weird avant-garde, low-budget side movie in the universe (and I think it's way more likely we'll see DARK SUN and PLANESCAPE first).
I think the first movie and maybe a couple after will be in FORGOTTEN REALMS and then we might see something in DRAGONLANCE or EBERRON.
I briefly met him at a convention in 1996, the weekend after "Severed Dreams" aired in the UK. The show was at the height of its popularity (it was a reasonably big show in the UK, and I think relatively bigger than it was in the States) and the place was jam packed. Doyle acted as unofficial compere and stand-up, cracking jokes and telling stories about filming. He was a very funny and charismatic guy. He really grew as an actor on the show as well, being quite brash in the first season but then a lot more nuanced as an actor in the fourth season.