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pauljathome wrote:
...and I NOTICE the absurdity of giant space worms (what the heck do they eat? :-))

Well, that's easily answered...

Robot Chicken Space Worms

Mykull wrote:
...good stuff...

Thanks! I'll look into all these. Though I may need it as early as tomorrow night. They just have 1/2 the ground floor and the basement of Vanderboren Manor to go. But then again, we are slow players...

NPC Dave wrote:
There is the adventure set in Sasserine which was not part of the Savage Tide campaign, called War of the Wielded in Dungeon Magazine #149. That is designed for 5th level NPCs and will work well for 5 4th level PCs.

I saw that one as I was going through my back issues but I think I balked at it due to the level. I’ve not actually read it, but I’ll definitely go take a closer look.


I'm running a party of 5 players through Bullywug Gambit and they have been really struggling with the power level. It took some work on my part not to wipe them all out at Kraken's Cove and while they've just freed Lavinia, they are hurting, haven't done the basement and have no spells left. They will not be 5th level by the time they are finished with Bullywug, and I think, given there are 5 of them, its just going to get worse as the AP goes along.

I'd like to insert a short urban side trek after Bullywug to get them up to at least 5th level before I start Sea Wyvern's Wake, but I've looked through all my stuff and can only find stuff that either requires too much work (I'm limited on prep time) or I've already run for this group (we've been playing for ~20 yrs at this point.)

I'm running 3.5, can anyone recommend a short, 3.5 urban side trek for about a 4th level (not too much higher) party?


thejeff wrote:
Of course they have the basic problem of henchmen villains - sure they're tough, but will there be enough focus on them, in this already crowded movie to make them interesting characters, rather than just powersets to fight.

On the other hand, there isn't a single new hero in the mix, so there is no need to set up the protagonists. Even Thanos will only require some backstory since we've already seen him.

So there should still be some time to develop the Black Order.

Set wrote:
Northstar and Aurora's mutant status wasn't terribly important to their characters (indeed, they were half-Asgardian elves, once upon a horrible, horrible retcon time!

Oh god, I’d forgotten about that. But then I’ve pretty much managed to expunge everything from my memory that is post-Byrne. (Except for that horrible demon-in-Puck idea. I just can’t seem to shake that one.)

MMCJawa wrote:
GregH wrote:

I want Alpha Flight in the MCU.

What ever that takes, I'm willing to accept.


My understanding is that Alpha Flight's rights are still with Marvel, and not bundled in as part of the xmen stuff (although any mutants would not be able to be called mutants...)

Then what are they waiting for?!?!?!?!?!?


(Besides Canada increasing its buying power by a factor of 10 or so...)

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I want Alpha Flight in the MCU.

What ever that takes, I'm willing to accept.


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World's most interesting Pan wrote:
Granted I don't know what good Poutine is supposed to taste like, I just know the Twin cities versions are god awful.

A good poutine is made up of the following:

1) Squeaky cheese curds (preferably from Quebec). Any other cheese is not a poutine.

2) Good fries. Something that holds the gravy without getting too soggy.

3) A good beef gravy.

Shouldn't be left to sit too long after making. Curds melt and fries get soggy. Can turn a good poutine into a bad one.

YMMV, of course.

Add one more to south-western Quebec:

Cote-St-Luc, Quebec, Canada

NetoD20 wrote:
Is there a sequel to Key to the Grave?

The only thing official I've found is here.

Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Yeah, if they lose the Senate, I imagine they'll confirm Garland for SCotUS before Clinton is sworn it, rather than risk her nominating someone who's actually a liberal/progressive. Still...

I'm betting the minute she wins, Garland recinds his nomination to the SC and then Obama just shrugs his shoulders and says "What can I do? I'm a lame duck. You'll have to wait for the next President."

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Guess you haven't seen the Tooth Fairy.

I have.

'Cause I have kids.


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Dum Dum Dugan was in the Hydra POW camp when Cap rescued him in First Avenger.

Based on the way they were looking at each other, is it possible her husband is/was/will be Dum Dum Dugan?

Chris Mortika wrote:
So, why the coded message? None of the other messages from Leviathan to his operative were in Russian, nor coded. We assume this Russian boondoggle was a trap? Leviathan was expecting the SSR? That didn't seem to be the case.

It could be that the original message was also supposed in Russian and coded but it was shown decoded and in English in order to make it easier on the viewers. Kinda like how they switched from Russian subtitles to English 1/4 of the way through Hunt for Red October.

Or it was a trap...

Theeris wrote:
Anybody know ways to kill a tarasque? I was thinking thatj the Assimilate Psionic power would work, but i want to know other ways. Thanks!

Don't remember the details because it was a couple of campaigns ago, but my party housed it in with walls of force, and then had the requisite epic weapons and a wish spell to finish it off.

They were prepared.

First I think it helps us identify with her. If they played it completely straight, and she didn't have any problems with it, then there would be no-one to cheer for as it were (or maybe half-heatedly).

I also think we are supposed to see her as one of the first "modern women" of the time. Heck maybe she was the "First Avenger" - not Cap - avenging women of all the crap they had to deal with back then. (Or is that stretching it a bit?!?!)

Edit: Saying there would be no-one to cheer for is a bit harsh, on second thought. We'd be cheering for her, but maybe at the same time wondering why she puts up with all the crap.

Calex wrote:
Cr500cricket wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Mom, my tiger farted on me. It was stinky.
Is your son's name Calvin?
Or Christopher?

My parents never read me that Winnie the Pooh book...

The problem I have with the sceptre being a separaate infinity gem is the colour. Just finished watching Guardians again and when the Collector is discussing the gems, they are shown, and only one stone was blue. Since the tesseract is a gem (shown in the Collector's description) and its blue, if the sceptre were another gem wouldn't it be a different colour?

Money allows for discretionary purchasing - having things we want rather than what we need.

It may be the root of all evil, but without it we'd all be pretty bored, I'd bet.

thejeff wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Babylon 5 is a bit of an acquired taste. I started watching it at 2:4, which was a brilliant starting point. I have since seen seasons 1-4, and I agree that season 1 is not very impressive. The strength of the series is the story arc, the way things build on what happened before - but that started in season 2 or the very end of season 1. See seasons 2-4 and savour it.

I'd say it started in Season 1, but that you didn't start to see the payoff until Season 2. There was a lot of setup in the sub-plots in Season 1, though the main plots were much more episodic.

Agreed. Without season 1 the whole B4 story is pretty meaningless.

And while I'd agree that season 5 has got some filler in it, it still works as a capstone to the series.

Greylurker wrote:

although recent events have revealed that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch might not be mutants after all, so Quicksilver could be an Inhuman after all.

(at the very least Magneto isn't their father)

So is this Marvel's way of retconning their own history to get around their licenses with Sony and Fox?

What's next, the Fabulous Four, Arachnid-Man and the Ex-Men?

GreyWolfLord wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Wha-?! I'll just click- {receives jolt of chemicals from Shadow Keeper implant}

{monotone:} There was no Ranger movie... just a rumor... {drools}

Well there are these

Legend of the Rangers

I've heard it isn't all that great, but I did have it included on my Christmas request.

And then there's this, but not the same thing,


The Ranger movie was not that great. Can't even remember the plot off hand.

Crusade had lots of potential. But didn't survive the conflicts between jms and the network.

Freehold DM wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

I'm confused though... there was no Season Five though. I heard rumors of tentative planning for a fifth season (and of spin-offs involving the Rangers or somekind of Drak plague) but nothing ever came of those. Nope. Nada. Zilch.
a good friend of mine in high school was a b5 fanatic, he kept going on and on about this potential b5 ranger movie that was "being made".

A ranger movie was made and was supposed to lead into a new series, but nothing ever came of it.

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Braised or fried?

Which is absolutely fine with me. But if we are willing to let the energy source be so hand-wavy, why are we getting so hung up about the minutia of the rest of it?

Imbicatus wrote:
bugleyman wrote:

Edit: And if there were energy->matter conversion, wouldn't we would expect the blade to remain around when the power is cut off...?
The blade is plasma, it reverts back to gas and disperses when the saber is powered off.

And lets not talk about the amount of energy required to turn room temperature gas into an ionized plasma or the temperatures that it would create...

Since apparently there is some sort of magnetic field that encloses the plasma (see Hama's link in the C3P0 thread) couldn't that field be extended to the cross piece so that the plasma can't cut through it?

In fact, now that I think of it, why hasn't someone come up with body armour that creates that field making it impervious to a light sabre?

thejeff wrote:

But nor is the lightsaber being made out of light. There's nothing in the movies that I remember about how a lightsaber actually works.

It's probably from the EU somewhere, but it certainly doesn't contradict anything in movie canon and provides a decent technobabble explanation.

Aside from the name. But yeah, a name is just a name. I was just looking for the source of the information. Having never read any of the books (which have supposedly been tossed in the bin) I'd never heard of any explanation of how a light sabre worked.

But the broader point, I think, is that Star Wars is a fantasy story. Nobody cares how Gandalf's staff works, its magic. I approach SW the same way. There's very little real science in it so why try? Sit back and enjoy the fun. Midichlorians were the worst thing that ever happend to SW. Leave the technobabble to Star Trek.

Hama wrote:
A lightsaber utilizes a tightly curved flow of energy, similar to bolts from a blaster rifle, that is held inside a magnetic field. It's not made out of light.

Don't remember this from any of the movies. Source?

So, let me get this straight. We're talking about a sword made out of light, right? One that erupts from a handle and magically stops about 1 - 1.5 m from the exit point of the handle? (Last I checked light doesn't stop until it hits something.) And this light can cut through anything? Easier than a piece of tempered steel?

And we're worried about the hilt?

Shouldn't suspension of disbelief have kicked in a few movies ago?

[edit: missed a word...]

Was Green Arrow (in the comics) not capable of handling superpowered criminals? Or was it always "gadget-on-gadget" as it were? (Never read much DC outside of Batman, Superman and a bit of Teen Titans.)

Which is?

Dal Selpher wrote:

As far as the show is concerned, Sara wasn't technically Black Canary, she was just "Canary" - her honorific title or whatever granted by the League of Assassins. Similarly, Malcom Merlyn's League of Assassins handle is "Magician".

Having her sister's death spur Laurel into becoming Black Canary is an interesting angle I didn't expect the show to take. I just wish I liked this show's version of her enough to be invested in it.

I just wish this show wasn't afraid of super powers. It seems that in the creators' minds Arrow is for the "normal" heroes and Flash is for the "super" heroes.

Black Canary without the super scream is disappointing.

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Orthos wrote:
If she wants them that badly she could always adopt.

You can't adopt grandchildren.

Grandparents-to-be who want grandchildren want to have all the fun of having kids with none of the responsibility.

Don't think this is bad, mind you, just the way it is. Looking forward to it myself when my kids are old enough.

Cthulhudrew wrote:
So it's not really a "Captain America" movie any longer, which is a shame. I'd rather Civil War be its own thing, and have another Captain America movie.

Even "Infinity War" is going to be an "Avengers" movie. I think the brass at Marvel think you need to tie a movie to a character or group of characters in the title. While the comic-reading world is more than happy to pick up a mini-series titled "Civil War" or "Marvels" or whatever, they probably aren't sure that all movie goers (of which us comic-book readers are only a subset) will go for it.

Qstor wrote:
There's 3.x conversions of the G series floating around on the internet.

I've seen them (may even have them somewhere). They are a conversion, but there's no balance. Still requires work. (Yeah, I know, I sound lazy, but I have little time for prep and conversions take work.)

East. South shore of Montreal.

That photo was taken on the scene yesterday by someone with a cell phone, I believe. They must have grabbed it off the net like the rest of us. I don't think there is a hard connection here. (I've looked for the page where it notes the source but can't remember where I saw it. If I find it I'll post the link.)

Mokshai wrote:
Yellow dingo, if you seen the ISIL twitter release, the shooter yeststerday was a member.

Source? I've been following this since it started (I live 2 1/2 hrs down the 417/40 from Ottawa) and have heard nothing that indicates he had any connection.

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Given that in Ant Man Hank Pym is an old man, then its possible that Stark will talk about building on Pym's older designs or some-such-thing even if Michael Douglas doesn't actually show up in the movie.

Caineach wrote:
GregH wrote:
Caineach wrote:
A much better article on it
Its behind a paywall...
It is? I wonder if my work just auto-logs in.

Now its not. That was weird...

Caineach wrote:
A much better article on it

Its behind a paywall...

captain yesterday wrote:
the pdfs for the rulebooks are only 9.99, i'm also cash poor and this price point helps a lot, of course nothing beats free:)

I know, but money is tight right now, and I can't even justify that kind of expenditure. Plus my group and I are heavily (read: monetarily) invested in 3.5 so it doesn't really make sense to jump to PF, even if its close to 3.5. In fact, I have so much 3.5 material, I have enough for at least 2 more campaigns after the one we are in now. (Just finished AoW, just started a mish-mash of adventures that will center on Return to the Ruins of Greyhawk, after that I have Savage Tide, and Rise of the Runelords - original 3.5 version). The only reason I'm looking at this is because of the fact it seems to be an homage to the Giants series.

Pendagast wrote:

you don't need to buy the core rule book

the only thing that's changed much from 3.5 is skills, there might be some unrecognizable feats these days, but shouldbt be much.

Some NPCs might have classes that aren't in 3.5 (like brawler or skald)

Druid works different, but I don't know whats going to be in the AP.

but by and large, yes you could run it with 3.5 rules set.
an NPC class you don't recognize can easily be replaced with a 3.5 class.
a hill giant in PF? just crack open ye old monster manual and use that hill giant from 3.5…no conversion necessary.

that way you can totally ignore things like CMB/CMD

Got it. May consider it, but I'll wait until the reviews are in.


I've always wanted to re-run Against the Giants, but don't have the time or patience to convert it. So I'm really interested in this. Problem is, I play 3.5 and don't have the disposable income to move to Pathfinder. I've read that Pathfinder and 3.5 are "close enough" that you can run an adventure from one "as is" with the other rules. Is that true? Are there any serious caveats to that? If I do get this AP, I'd want to run it with minimal to no conversion.


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One of my friends talks about a childhood friend of his who named his monk Theo, who followed the god J'hip.

Theodore the J'hip monk.

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Rubber Ducky guy wrote:
bugleyman wrote:

Because Windows 7 ate 9.

I'm so, so very sorry.

Don't be :-)

Why are they going to 10?
Because 10 is higher than 9, making it more advanced.

I think they should have called it Windows 11 and had Nigel Tufnel introduce it.

"This one goes to 11..."

MMCJawa wrote:
Well They also killed Brad Dourif's character off in one episode, even though previous ones had suggested he might be the big bad.

Yeah I still can't get over that... I would've loved to have seen him as the "real" clairvoyant...

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