I think the FF should definitely be introduced in a post-credit spoiler. I have an image of the heroes standing triumphant at the end of Avengers 4 (or whatever movie they decide to use), when a sleek-looking spaceship lands nearby. The hatch opens, and a tall, middle-aged man in a form-fitting navy blue suit with greying temples and a few days' beard scruff walks out. He turns back to the interior of the ship, says "Sue, darling, we're home," and the screen fades to black. I add the beard scruff because first, it implies a long, difficult journey. Second, every time Reed was distracted by a long-term project in the comics, he had beard scruff (especially in the Byrne years).
Oh, and I want Tom Cavanaugh to play Reed Richards.
We have had ADH in San Antonio since 2005, and it is pretty much the only place I will watch movies. No, the local one doesn't have an IMAX (we have 1 IMAX screen in the 2.5 million+ SA metro area), but the service, culture, and environment is fantastic. If nothing else, I always go early to catch the pre-show features, as they are specific to the film and not just general advertisements for random stuff.
I just finished the Dark Tower series. I have to say I was surprised at which character(s) made it all the way to the end. I'm not sure I like the ending, but I don't dislike it, either. I think the series peaked with "Wizard and Glass," dropped slightly with "Wolves of the Calla," coasted through "Song of Susannah" (as in, there was a novella's worth of plot in a full book), and then finished on a slightly stronger note with the last book. Personally, I would have taken some of the material from the last book and put it in SoS, but that's just hindsight talking.
Even with the Co8 patch, TOEE is quite buggy. It also suffers from a lack of appropriate magic items once you hit the "high" level 8 part of the game. If you don't have crafting feats for your spellcasters you will get stuck.
Much like DeathQuaker, I get bored with the game, but every so often my OCD kicks in and I keep pushing through. I am currently in the 4th level of the Temple, and at my current rate of progress, will probably actually finish the game sometime in mid-2019. ;)
I have NWN, but haven't yet played it. My son has played through NWN 1 & 2 along with all of the expansion materials and loves them.
In any case, if you are looking for copies of these games, get them from GOG, especially if you can wait for them to run a 75%+ off sale.
The Mad Comrade wrote:
The Alamo Drafthouse is the only way to see movies. I just saw a Victory screening of "Vertigo" on Tuesday, and have my tickets for "Infinity War" next week.
My No-Prize answer is that there are seeds stored somewhere in a secret vault, but those seeds take time to grow into the full herb. T'Challa's family needed help immediately, so they didn't have time to break into the vault. That would also explain why just the herb was taken, and not a whole plant to keep the line going.
I'm picturing an exchange like that between Stark and Vanko in IM2, except Shuri tells Stark how to improve his suit.
There was a great quote from the "Enemy of the State II" storyline during Priest's epic run, after the Stark/T'Challa fight. Ross makes some comment to the effect of "T'Challa *chooses* not to wear a suit of battle armor." Right after HPP takes out the stealth armor with a bottle of Windex.
Dragonchess Player wrote:
You mean fix things like taking the "Boxing" skill not only skews the action economy by giving you another attack, but adds HP, SDC, and a few other attributes? My brother and I have been trying to play a Robotech game lately, and the lack of balance in the rules is just staggering. I really appreciate the playtesting done by Paizo/Pathfinder to ensure proper checks and balances are in place. Yes, there are some wonky things in the PF rules, too, but they are orders of magnitude better than the standard Palladium ruleset.
I've been on a baseball kick, and in the last two months have read "The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs" and "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty." The former taught me that no athlete has ever dominated his sport as Babe Ruth did in the 1910s and 1920s, nor has anyone else in history ever been able to hit a baseball as far consistently. The latter taught me that while Ty Cobb was not a nice guy, pretty much the whole "Cobb" movie and the books upon which it was based were total lies made up by a hack writer.
It's not even original for CW shows. I mean, Ollie is threatened with jail for his activities as the Arrow this season. At least the pacing of that trial matches real life, unlike the four weeks it took for crime, arraignment, trial, and sentencing for Barry. With Holiday breaks in between, to boot!
Great summary of why CdG almost never comes up in my games. Especially point "C." CdG is a full-round-action, exposing one to attacks of opportunity. It is rare that multiple party members cannot reach one another with a double-move, so the odds of being able to pull this off without taking significant damage from another party member are slim.
Only three James Bonds? Wow, you're just a kid. ;)
*Technically*, if you count "Never Say Never Again," I grew up with five, since I was born a few years after the one Lazenby film.
In all seriousness, switching actors is a long-time Hollywood tradition. I mean, if you look closely, you have two different actors playing the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz!
Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
Since we no longer have Alan Rickman, I think I can live with Jason Isaacs. He was pure, over-the-top *evil* in "The Patriot."
Cole Deschain wrote:
As an aside, I did a good bit of the optical design for that rocket...
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
We still need a proper Dr. Victor Von Doom.
On a related note, we need a proper Reed Richards as well. I mean, Ioan Gruffudd was OK, but not great. You need someone with a bit of age to project Reed's wisdom. Reed Richards is not a 20-something (and teen Reed never happened). I'm thinking someone like Tom Cavanaugh (from "Ed" and "The Flash") as Reed Richards. He's old enough that he looks mature, but still young enough to handle the demands of a superhero role. Plus, he has a strong physical presence and experience spouting comic-book technobabble. If only CW would let him go...
Wandering Loon wrote:
When I saw the thread title, my first thought was "Darksword Trilogy." The first two books are among the best ever written by Weis and Hickman. The third is good until it takes a *HARD* about-face roughly halfway through. The sequel/fourth book was forgettable after the events of book 3.
In any case, for those who haven't read the series or don't want to look it up on Wikipedia, almost everyone in this society has some form of magic. Those few who lack any magical ability are pronounced "Dead" and cast out of society. Magical ability is finite, and some people have the talent to "recharge" depleted mages. This talent is known as "giving life." All in all, a fascinating series, at least until the major plot twist in the third book.
Did you see the first "Major League?" (i.e. the one that was actually funny?) Wesley Snipes was great as Willie Mays Hayes, and pretty darn hilarious. I think *that* Wesley Snipes could have played T'Challa. Don't get me wrong -- I think Chadwick Boseman is a great actor (which reminds me, I still need to see "Get On Up"), and I think he is all but perfect for the role. I just think an early 90s Wesley Snipes could have done it well, too. Much like the way Tom Holland is great as Spider-Man, but I can still appreciate Tobey McGuire from the first two Raimi films.
The other thing to remember is that in comics lore, "Black Panther" is not a superhero name, but a title and duty of the rightful King of Wakanda. If Killmonger is making a grab for the throne, then it is only fitting he is claiming to be the rightful Black Panther as well. In that case, an "evil Black Panther" makes sense.
The thing about reading Priest books is that there is a warm-up period. It usually takes him six months or so to really get going, but once he gets going, he's incredible. For instance, Black Panther was good for the first few issues, but was untouchable until about issue #50 or so when Kasper Cole entered the story.
As for Deathstroke, I confess I bought the first few issues on faith, because again, it takes him a few issues to start drawing the threads together. Once he did, however, I was hooked.
Am I the only person excited that Christopher J. Priest (the former Jim Owsley) is writing two monthly titles now? He pretty much went into self-imposed exile after the end of "The Crew" and "Captain America and the Falcon" in the early 2000s, but recently returned to write "Deathstroke" for DC and "Inhumans" for Marvel.
I'm thinking a less-likable version of Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast," for instance. Or maybe Gaston as the audience sees him, not the village. Good looking but completely obnoxious and self-absorbed.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
I will recommend you wait for DVD/download/whatever on this one. Without spoiling too much, a plot point involves separating the Minions from Gru and they are consequently absent from a good bit of the movie.
I just finished "Chasing Space" by Leland Melvin. While stating he is the only person to catch a pass in the NFL and fly into space is a slight overstatement (he was cut by both the Cowboys and Lions in training camp without playing in a regular season game), the book is nevertheless an entertaining look into his life story. He describes the difficulties of being a science nerd while playing Wide Receiver in college, and transitioning from a pro football prospect to an engineer. His astronaut anecdotes feel a bit rushed in places, as does his description of overcoming partial hearing loss to return to flight status. Still, it's worth reading if you have at least a casual interest in astronauts or pro athletes.
I just have a problem with a Lex Luthor that sounds like the "Camille" voice from a Prince album.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the dream we all dream, man of steel vs. the bat of Gotham..."
Black Dougal wrote:
I think I used area of effect spells like multiple ice storms to soften up the mob, and then focused on the salamanders first to limit castings of fireball.
Thanks -- that was pretty much the way I ended up winning. I decided that I shouldn't be sportsmanlike and talk first, just ambush with an ice storm. It took out the lesser creatures and softened up the main baddies. Then, I concentrated on the fireball-casting salamanders with my melee fighters while having everyone else spread out enough that no more than one person could be caught by a fireball.
I am amazed at how tactical some of these fights become.
I am still trudging my way through the game, and have finally made it through part of the Temple proper. I am finding some difficulty in facing enemies in the Fire Temple. Specifically, I find a leader who summons a bunch of elemental types and two giant salamanders that spam me with fireball. Any suggestions other than "go heavy on the protection spells" before starting? I have "Craft Wondrous Item" for my cleric & wizard, and haven't really used that yet because I hate to lose the XP. However, perhaps some Protection items are in order.
Never played one, but after reading this thread I might have to try a Halfling Bard. The DEX bonus is useful, the STR penalty isn't that bad, since Bards don't necessarily have to be melee types, and the +1 to hit, AC, and saving throws helps keep you alive to buff the rest of the party. Plus I'm having visions of all the singing from the "Lord of the Rings" and thinking that halflings would just make great Bards.
I used some of the Kalamar mods when I ran a Kalamar campaign. I've always wanted to run Return to the Temple of elemental Evil.
RttToEE is fun, but takes a *long* time. We eventually gave up because it took so long, but it was fun while we played it. I'm playing the PC version right now, and even that has taken me the better part of a year just to clear out the first level of the Temple!
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Yeah, you don't realize how much you miss her until she comes back. She packed a season's worth of snarkiness into 30 minutes. Snapper has some of that, but he just comes off as a crotchety old man most of the time.
On a side note, am I the only one who hopes next year's meta-plot doesn't involve a xenophobic billionaire who has to team up with the good guys to fend off invading Kryptonians/Daxamites/Martians/Vulcans/Whatever? I was hoping Supergirl would break the CW super-show trend of holding the same meta-plot every year. You know, Oliver has to stop a genocidal madman from destroying/killing everyone in the city. Barry has to stop the evil Speedster before someone close to him dies. Etc. For all its flaws, at least Agents of SHIELD changes things up from year to year.
I know I am reviving an old thread here, but my family and I are currently working our way through SGoS, and my wife is playing a Warlock. Am I the only one who thinks Warlocks are almost too powerful for this adventure? We're about halfway through the Lab, and the party has barely had to break a sweat so far. About the biggest challenge was facing the two drow fighter/wizards who cast shield on themselves before the party arrived.