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The Dark Crystal
The Neverending Story
The Princess Bride
Anything with Bette Midler, Shelley Long or Molly Ringwald
Ahnold and Stallone had their best years there
Aliens


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I agree there, The Never-ending Story was a terrible movie.

I love The Princess Bride though.

The Dark Crystal is a good movie.


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Don't forget all of the wonderful AHNOLD movies from the 80's!


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captain yesterday wrote:

I agree there, The Never-ending Story was a terrible movie.

I love The Princess Bride though.

The Dark Crystal is a good movie.

When people refer to Falcor as a dragon, I have to remind them he's a flying long haired dachshund.


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I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.

If you see them for the comedy they are, they are indeed great. IMHO, of course.


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Sissyl wrote:

The Dark Crystal

The Neverending Story
The Princess Bride
Anything with Bette Midler, Shelley Long or Molly Ringwald
Ahnold and Stallone had their best years there
Aliens

The first three are some of my favorite films, as is the last.

Bette and Molly were pretty good, sometimes, and I liked The Money Pit (and maybe Outrageous Fortune? I don't remember that one for sure*).

Ahnold had hilariously macho bawesomed films (bad+awesome). Predator and both Conan films were actually pretty good (and I enjoyed Red Sonja, despite not understanding some of the now-recognized absurdities), Twins, and Total Recall. It's funny - I don't actually know if I've seen either The Running Man or Red Heat (though I've certainly seen parts of them). I feel like I know the stories, though. I've probably seen parts of them on tv in the late nineties or something.

* Actually, I looked it up. I recall that one being pretty good.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.
captain yesterday wrote:
I agree there, The Never-ending Story was a terrible movie.

We can't be friends anymore.

captain yesterday wrote:

I love The Princess Bride though.

The Dark Crystal is a good movie.

Hm... okay. Maybe we can be friends. Perhaps. * looks suspiciously *


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Kryzbyn wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.
If you see them for the comedy they are, they are indeed great. IMHO, of course.

Very true! Looking back I liked more of them then I'd originally thought, consider my post rescinded. You and Sissyl win. :-)


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If it helps, I also hated Labyrinth.

I recommend Twins, it's a hilarious movie, Arnold and Danny Devito play well off each other. :-)


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Ghostbusters
Brewster's Millions


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Kryzbyn wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.
If you see them for the comedy they are, they are indeed great. IMHO, of course.

This is also true.

It's one of the reasons I didn't list Commando, for example (although, without question, Total Recall fits this, so my standards of mentioning are pretty wonky, I admit).

Commando is so overly-tropey it goes straight into "self-aware" mode of how goofy it is, complete with the "normal" person calling the guys out on their trash-talk. Predator was goofy, but the only "dumb" thing I saw was when Billy decided to go mano-e-mano without the help of the others.


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Being a fan of the David Jones, I love Labyrinth.


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The Lost Boys.


captain yesterday wrote:
The Lost Boys.

You're back in good graces! :D


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Tacticslion wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.
If you see them for the comedy they are, they are indeed great. IMHO, of course.

This is also true.

It's one of the reasons I didn't list Commando, for example (although, without question, Total Recall fits this, so my standards of mentioning are pretty wonky, I admit).

Commando is so overly-tropey it goes straight into "self-aware" mode of how goofy it is, complete with the "normal" person calling the guys out on their trash-talk. Predator was goofy, but the only "dumb" thing I saw was when Billy decided to go mano-e-mano without the help of the others.

The lines were the best.

"This stuff'll make you a G&@-d%~ned sexual Tyrannosaurus!"
"Strap this to your 'sore ass' Blaine"
<Billy laughs>


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I have weird tastes in movies, I admit. :-D


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To clarify, not all the above movies are examples of awful movies. I do like all the first three, f.ex. Aliens is awesome.

Revenge of the nerds
Romancing the stone
Crocodile Dundee
A bajillion stupid college movies


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Real Genius


captain yesterday wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I actually didn't really care for Schwarzenegger movies.
If you see them for the comedy they are, they are indeed great. IMHO, of course.
Very true! Looking back I liked more of them then I'd originally thought, consider my post rescinded. You and Sissyl win. :-)

Ha-HAH~! I knew it! ;P


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If it helps, I also hated Labyrinth.

I recommend Twins, it's a hilarious movie, Arnold and Danny Devito play well off each other. :-)

It does not. I like Labyrinth - a lot - but I was never as taken with Connelley as many seem to be, and Bowie was just... meh, I suppose? I know, I know, blasphemy... but I didn't listen to his music outside of the film, and in-film he was just goofy.

No, I was a serious child (obviously), so I took my fantasy seriously - hence it was The Dark Crystal and Neverending Story for me, when compared to Labyrinth.

(I was also into L'Mort d'Arthur at this time, so make of that what you will.)


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A lot of the stuff being mentioned is early 90s...


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Just because you're a great musician doesn't mean you're a great actor. Why is it we can recognize this with rappers, and we rightfully mock them when they try to act, but with David Bowie it is considered blasphemy to point out he's the apex of mediocrity in cinema?


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The Terminator (part 1). It ages well.

Highlander did NOT age well.


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Caddyshack was 1980 so it counts.

It's not a great movie, but Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield are awesome.

It's otherwise just a copy and paste 80s teen romp.


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I'm pretty sure Dangerfield wasn't acting. They just gave him liquor and said "Hey, pretend you're rich," and filmed the results.


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I'm pretty sure they did the same thing with Bill Murray.

Except they gave him a big bag and told him he was on vacation, then just filmed it.

Where do you think reality television had it's genesis.

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The Green Tea Gamer wrote:
apex of mediocrity

Pretty sure that's not a thing.


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Randarak wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
...Bowie was just... meh...
You wound me sir, deeply, and then you twist the knife...

Hey, I admitted to it being an unpopular opinion!


EDIT:

Oooooooooooooooooppppssssss...

... double-post.

Jiggy wrote:
The Green Tea Gamer wrote:
apex of mediocrity
Pretty sure that's not a thing.

Have you seen <insert valid social target here>?!

* cue canned laughter *


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Darn, I deleted, but wasn't fast enough.

Suffice it to say, its all subjective. One man's meat is another man's poison, as I've heard Bugs Bunny say more than once.

I stopped having the "what's better" arguments a long time ago about movies/music/TV shows.

You like what you like, and no two people's tastes are going to be exactly the same. No one should have to excuse themselves or apologize for it.

If anything, it can be fun to watch people get goofy over something, while you can just smile enigmatically.

For instance, I enjoyed the Green Lantern movie. I smile when people get upset over that fact. They will never know...


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Randarak wrote:

Darn, I deleted, but wasn't fast enough.

Suffice it to say, its all subjective. One man's meat is another man's poison, as I've heard Bugs Bunny say more than once.

I stopped having the "what's better" arguments a long time ago about movies/music/TV shows.

You like what you like, and no two people's tastes are going to be exactly the same. No one should have to excuse themselves or apologize for it.

If anything, it can be fun to watch people get goofy over something, while you can just smile enigmatically.

For instance, I enjoyed the Green Lantern movie. I smile when people get upset over that fact. They will never know...

Hahah! For the record, it doesn't bother me when people don't like something I don't, or vice versa (so long as they're not really unhappy about it).

Yeah: people like what they like, and that's a for-sure thing - nothing wrong with that.

(Incidentally, I actually like the new Ninja Turtles movie - and appreciate the nod given to fan outcry by April's off-hand comment about them being aliens as "dumb" - which I know was panned by many, for reasons I can appreciate. The turtles are very ugly there... but the film is still relatively tightly made, awkward moments and all. So I'm here for ya, bro: enjoy the heck outta that GL film. (Also, I have no opinion on the film, as I've never had the chance to see it. Also, also, I do, in fact, want to see BvS, and enjoyed Man of Steel, and, though I like them now, feel that none of the original TMNT films actually made any sense, and still like Highlander, despite it's... uh... "quirks"... and am a fan of Cello Metal, and so on. Frankly, I don't know what's "cool" and never really have. And I'm kind of okay with that. :D)


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Jiggy wrote:
The Green Tea Gamer wrote:
apex of mediocrity
Pretty sure that's not a thing.

[too soon]Not anymore it's not[/too soon]


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I never really liked Prince's music.


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That was actually a throw-back to Bowie's acting.

I'm not a Prince fan, but you can't deny his creativity. What, 20 instruments, writing and composing everything, self-produced for the last 20 years or so... Even if I don't aesthetically like his style, I can't deny that ability.

But if I want to listen to 80s and 90s pop, I put on Michael Jackson.


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I don t ever want to listen to 80s or 90s pop. :-D

But yes, the man had talent to spare. :-)


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I bet when you hear that intro to Ice Ice Baby, you turn the music up and PRAY it's not Under Pressure


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I turn it off and pretend I never heard it.

But honestly, I would rather listen to Under Pressure then Ice, Ice Baby every time.


And now, for truly awesome music! >:D

(I love this stuff, so.)


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I don't mean to toot my own horn, but, well, TOOT!
I just broke my previous personal best for my most favorited-by-others-post. And that's probably good, since my new personal-record-breaking post is way more deserving than my previous highest-favorited post.

It's still nowhere close to the big leagues of really high favorite-counts like 61 favorites on one post or 104 favorites for one of Jiggy's OPs.

Still, I don't think any of them quite match the awesomeness of one single sentence from one unappreciated post:

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It's not about damage.

I think that one sentence perfectly encapsulates the lesson in all disparity/balance/rogue/whatever arguments on this website.


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Anyhow, since this is a question-asking thread, I thought I'd ask a question:
What browser do ya use for viewing the forums? I'd been using Firefox for a long time (more than 10 years), but I recently tried out Pale Moon and my initial impression has been good. Who knows, maybe I'll permanently make the switch, or maybe I'll change my mind and go back to FF. What do you use?


137ben wrote:

Anyhow, since this is a question-asking thread, I thought I'd ask a question:

What browser do ya use for viewing the forums? I'd been using Firefox for a long time (more than 10 years), but I recently tried out Pale Moon and my initial impression has been good. Who knows, maybe I'll permanently make the switch, or maybe I'll change my mind and go back to FF. What do you use?

I've not tried Pale Moon, and, though I really like Firefox, there was a period where it was just crashing consistently on me for reasons I couldn't figure, and it was slower than Chrome - hence, I've been relying on Chrome for a While, in spite of myself.

Anything other than slow, buggy, crashy, annoying IE, though.


Okay: amendment. Chrome has been laggy as a bear, recently. Like, the last few days. Could be my internet, but I'm uncertain.


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Chrome on my phone is really s+*!ty today, it's shifted me down to it's 2g network.


Oh! Phone! Duh. I also Safari on my phone or iPad.


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Anyway, "Traditional Fantasy Game Setting" thread made me come upnwithba new setting. Not a very fleshed out one, I admit - it's kind of a "pickup" setting to get to gaming quickly with a lot of the particulars vague. But it's as vaguely medieval as the original D&D settings (so, not very, but with a coat of paint that's similar).

Primarily, it's an NPC-run world (naturally), but PC-classed characters aren't unknown.

It made me craft an assassin PrC I'm very pleased with, as well.

Think "River Kingdoms" only each major city-state usually has around half a dozen baronies with small towns that owe allegiance to it. That allegiance shifts depending on who comes to claim taxes and fight off bandits "this month" or similar.

Anyhoo, the PCs start off as NPC classes for an opening event, but then are improved to PC classes after a time skip.

Currently, they are in the queendom of Corneria. Corneria is one of five countries that have engaged in a major alliance-treaty of trade, military aid, mutual citizenship, and similar. One PC is a princess, though not of Corneria. She is present as part of a Foster/Training exchange system, and is concurrently being trained in the arts of the Courtesanship at Corneria's famed castle-school for such, as well (not the carnal arts - those are optional and restricted to older students here that aren't royalty, or come from less prestigious and honorBle schools than Corneria's).

A year ago, the heir-apparent of Corneria, Proncess Schara, was kidnapped by a former Lion Blade (also known as the Blackguards). This knight, named Spearland, had been "honorably" (supposedly) discharged and exiled due to a dereliction of of duty and gross incompetence.
(He'd become close to some of the targets he'd been assigned to infiltrate - some anti-Cornerian conspirators. He thought that he could lead them into resolving their differences with Corneria peacefully. He was wrong. To spectacular effect. The conspiracy was easily crushed, but it cost lives and property damage and it would all have been avoided if he'd simply stuck with the plan.)
Though hypothetically honorable in discharge (he'd not actually committed a crime, and had attempted to do what he thought was best for all), everyone knew he was incompetent and an exile, if still loyal to Corneria. Thus, it came as quite a shock when he kidnapped the heir-apparent and demanded a ludicrous ransom from them for her life (beyond unreasonable, it wasn't even possible). Six months ago, a group of four heroes were called forth and rescued the princess, successfully killing Spearland, and proving themselves the fabled heroes of destiny by acquiring four orbs of light. Having discovered that a distant northern order of assassins had put Spearland up to the whole thing, as well as ancient prophecies telling of the Warriors of Light going north to undo a Stillness settling in the land - something currently happening.

The land has been abuzz with the actions of these heroes - a Mage wrapped in a dark cloak and constantly covered with shadows from a straw hat, a warrior in armor with an arsenal of weaponry and combat styles, an actual elf with blue hair, and a vermillion-dressed beautiful man with silvery hair and a feathered hat. They are said to be settings to save the world (or something; it's a little vague).

But the campaign is not about them. It's about a princess, and adept, and a local city guard.

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Anyway, "Traditional Fantasy Game Setting" thread made me come upnwithba new setting. Not a very fleshed out one, I admit - it's kind of a "pickup" setting to get to gaming quickly with a lot of the particulars vague. But it's as vaguely medieval as the original D&D settings (so, not very, but with a coat of paint that's similar).

Primarily, it's an NPC-run world (naturally), but PC-classed characters aren't unknown.

It made me craft an assassin PrC I'm very pleased with, as well.

Think "River Kingdoms" only each major city-state usually has around half a dozen baronies with small towns that owe allegiance to it. That allegiance shifts depending on who comes to claim taxes and fight off bandits "this month" or similar.

Anyhoo, the PCs start off as NPC classes for an opening event, but then are improved to PC classes after a time skip.

Currently, they are in the queendom of Corneria. Corneria is one of five countries that have engaged in a major alliance-treaty of trade, military aid, mutual citizenship, and similar. One PC is a princess, though not of Corneria. She is present as part of a Foster/Training exchange system, and is concurrently being trained in the arts of the Courtesanship at Corneria's famed castle-school for such, as well (not the carnal arts - those are optional and restricted to older students here that aren't royalty, or come from less prestigious and honorBle schools than Corneria's).

A year ago, the heir-apparent of Corneria, Proncess Schara, was kidnapped by a former Lion Blade (also known as the Blackguards). This knight, named Spearland, had been "honorably" (supposedly) discharged and exiled due to a dereliction of of duty and gross incompetence.
(He'd become close to some of the targets he'd been assigned to infiltrate - some anti-Cornerian conspirators. He thought that he could lead them into resolving their differences with Corneria peacefully. He was wrong. To spectacular effect. The conspiracy was easily crushed, but it cost lives and property damage and it...

Have you ever read 8-Bit Theater?


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From the beginning to the end!

Why do you think the warriors who were sent ended up being a blue-cloaked character in a straw hat, keeping themselves to the shadows; a mighty warrior covered I plate make and a small personal arsenal; a crimson-clothed dapper individual with long silver hair and a feathered hat; and an elf with blue hair? ;D

(Also, Spearland is my own little Japanese-esque-style-pun/wordplay: from Garland, to Gary-land, to Spearland; Garland meant "triangle of land" and "Gary" meant "spear" so I just altered the first to the second; his nickname is Gary. And the princess' name above is a slight typo: it's supposed to have been "Scharla" instead. This is a bit of a poke/pun/wordplay at the Japanese tendency to have "Schala" or something similar instead of "Sara" although it's pretty much probably only funny to me.)

That all established, we've immediately diverged from the comic (or game) by having Corneria and all the surrounding countries fall, rather spectacularly. One of the PCs has already died (impressively, though - it was pretty daggum awesome) and everyone each of the characters has known and/or cared about was either brutally murdered in front of them, or killed before they could get there. I've not yet gotten to the part about how the adept is probably the last one of her entire order, but I expect that bit of pleasantness to be handled today.

The city guard had it pretty easy: see destruction, hear an approaching army, run toward the invading force, see a horrifying man on a horse that everything except your natural 20 will save told you to run away from, lodge an arrow in his eye, get stabbed by a massive horned demon or something, lodge axe into its neck as you gurgle your last, and be picked up and stabbed by the armored guy, making sure to give him a defiant finger as your last act as a living entity. Good times.

The adept was in the throne room when the queen and king were struck down; she helped by casting light on a carpet, obscuring mist around her fellow adepts and the magewrights, and then helping the queen (revived by the Heirophant of the adepts) out of the castle and fleeing.

The princess (a transfer, mind) woke up from her slumber party with Scharla's younger sister to see one girl murdered, and the assassin attempt to strike down Scharla's sister. They killed that dude and another before being paralyzed. They were rescued by a courtesan boy who was secretly a shapechanger in disguise... but the younger sister of Scharla was killed in a let, defiant act of a dying assassin. The princess PC barely managed to escape with the help and tricks of the shapechanger (who stayed behind to confuse the assassins), but found her castle collapsed and in flames, and her family's country manor abandoned and looted. She found some hidden things and was confronted by the knight (still with an arrow sticking out of his helmet, days later, though the PC didn't know that it was days). With another daggum successful will save, she stabbed him, too - again in the eye - though her blade was destroyed in the act - before leaping atop her horse and fleeing.

That's where the PCs are at present.

And the year 873 C.R. became the last year that "C.R." was ever relevant to the world, as all of the countries that used "Corneria Reckoning" were destroyed within the span of a month.


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A year ago, the heir-apparent of Corneria, Proncess Schara, was kidnapped by a former Lion Blade (also known as the Blackguards).

Wow, that... that sentence makes no daggum sense.

So... World Building time!

The Lion Blades are a special Cornerian military task force - kind of akin to the CIA and Secret Service and an exclusive order of Knights all rolled into one.

While they are officially titled the Lion Blades (and are issued impressive looking customized suits of armor and stylized weapons), they are colloquially referred to as the "Blackguards" - partially because their weapons and armor are made of blackened steel with ornate filigree, and partially because they're as often active out of their armor - and incognito - as they are within it. In addition to being publicly hard core, they are infiltrating agents and subtle actors, masters of disguise and sneakiness, they're clever performers and infiltrators.

They're primary purpose from origin was to find conspiracies against the throne, infiltrate them, and destroy them from within. Skilled with poison both physical, mental, and emotional, they are a nightmare to the enemies of Corneria's royalty. For the last fifty years, their missions have expanded to include the crowns of the five allied nations, in addition to Corneria. While none are deceived - Corneria's crown still comes first in a conflict - they are sworn to service and are forbidden from acting against any formal decision to sever ties against Corneria. Otherwise, they serve each crown faithfully.

While "Blackguards" is a derogatory name, and they are, as a whole, an honorable and valorous, the dangerous and mysterious element they represent puts fear in their non-allied neighbors, and enough trade and travel happens between the nations that "Blackguard" has kind of caught on even in the general Cornerian populous as a method of referring to them.

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