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8026  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Staple: Dungeons on: February 15, 2008, 02:58:44 PM
Yup. Almost exactly the way I'd handle it - the way I have handled it, in fact, in my own games.
8027  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Return of Jericho (Possible spoilers) on: February 15, 2008, 02:51:03 PM
Some folks are only interested in the reveal, while others groove on the journey, and still others like a combination. Personally, I love a good reveal, but I also realize that it would essentially kill most things I love to reveal everything about them. Since I would prefer they continue so long as they journey's good I prefer they keep some stuff to themselves until the time is right. It's a rough balance. Some shows get it largely right (Lost, Heroes Season 1, X-Files Seasons 1-3), while others don't (Alias - at least, past the fall of SD-6, most of Heroes Season 2, Dead Zone, Millennium, X-Files Seasons 4+).

I think most of the reason some folks, seemingly like yourself, want answers even if it ends the show - please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here - is that a lot of showrunners aren't very good at entertaining until the answers are provided, or they lose their way before they get to them, or the studios make stupid decisions that interrupt, abort, or force changes to the answers. I can understand this, but TV is still a serialized medium, and IMHO operates best when exploited to maximum effect. The shows that manage to keep their shit together all the way through and reveal everything at the proper time are magical, and really, if you can, why shouldn't you shoot for magic?
8028  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones 4 - The Trailer! on: February 15, 2008, 02:39:11 PM
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Go read this
8029  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Image Rating in Organizations on: February 15, 2008, 02:35:21 PM
Of course, you can and should change the system to suit your tastes, but the official rulings are thus...

1. At any time, your mission gear is limited by both the mission Caliber and your organization's Tools rating - for example, if the mission Caliber is III and your organization's Tools rating is II, you're limited to Caliber II. This is one of the ways we balance organizations.

2. The DCs for Canvass Area and Research checks are also seemingly inverted for balance, but the justification is that organizations with higher Image ratings a) instill either loyalty or fear in folks, making it harder to investigate them, and b) have more resources to throw at keeping their secrets.

And I have a question for Salsa: What DC modifiers are you asking about (in relation to Canvass Area and Research checks)? Can you elaborate?
8030  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones 4 - The Trailer! on: February 15, 2008, 01:52:01 PM
I love the respect this movie (and and this trailer) has for the original three: the slow build through his previous adventures at the start, your first look being the iconic silhouette... It's exactly what they need to be doing to show us, not tell us, that the series hasn't succumbed to the same shallow, trashy film-making techniques that have obliterated other series revisited after so long.

Salsa's right, too. There's a subconscious realization going through the mind of any fan of the originals who's watching this that even the special effects are the same. This was revealed in the Vanity Fair article a while back, of course - that Spielberg is going to exhaustive lengths to ensure that the film in every way looks like it belongs in the same universe as the first three - but it's exciting to actually see it as well.

To me, though, the most interesting thing in the trailer was the (near) omission of Marion. Clearly they're saving her introduction for a later step in the promotional process, or perhaps for the movie itself.
8031  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Return of Jericho (Possible spoilers) on: February 15, 2008, 01:19:55 PM
The show's biggest failing, it appears, is that it was never very well balanced. The first half of Season 1 focused almost entirely on character drama, which is fine if you're a squid for character drama like I am, but didn't really fulfill the show's premise as advertised. The turning point, IMO, was the trading post episode, which made anyone interested in the backstory stand up and take notice immediately.

Imagine a huge map of the U.S. with two lists - which towns have what and which towns needs what - that's ostensibly there to show you that people are starting to establish a simple economy again. But it's got six red dots.

"What are the red dots?" one character asks.

At that moment I was ready to follow this show to the end of its run, no matter what choices they made. That's masterful backstory with many, many years of potential right there.

Unfortunately, we'll never know what they really had planned. They say that they didn't change their strategy when the show was brought back for only seven episodes this season, but that's a little hard to believe - especially when it appears that the New Civil War story arc resolved so quickly.
8032  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Complex Task = Montage?! on: February 14, 2008, 09:46:58 AM
That's an awesome suggestion! So awesome I may rogue it at some point for a GC advice section! Wink
8033  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: My account is under assault by Crafty! on: February 14, 2008, 09:45:42 AM
I saw no announcement, but I notice what I consider the three best SC 1.0 supplements are now up for sale on DriveThruRPG: Agency, Mastermind, and the 1960's dickhead decade book.

You apparently caught them before I put up the announcement. They just went up this morning! Smiley
8034  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV Season 2007/2008 on: February 14, 2008, 09:44:01 AM
Knight Rider returns this Sunday.

I don't know how much promotion this show has received State0side, but there seems to be a fair bit of it on YouTube. Like this one featuring K.I.T.T. talking about all his features.[/url]

Those have been running in prime time here. There was even a spot on the Tonight Show, so yeah, they be pimpin' the flick pretty damn hard.

There's one they don't tell you, however...

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That's relatively new. It used to be
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I'm not all that excited about yet another Knight Rider attempt, but for what it's worth I think the original choice was better.
8035  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Return of Jericho (Possible spoilers) on: February 14, 2008, 09:35:27 AM
You know.. Heather / Jake.. I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a crazy spin where Heather gets killed / assualted / turns on Jericho and it completes what appears to be a very dark turn for Jake.

They had that opportunity last season and didn't go there, but things have changed since then. They have nothing to lose now, really, so they can afford to be bold.
8036  Community / Off-Topic / "Love, the kind you wipe up with a mop and bucket..." on: February 14, 2008, 09:33:10 AM

Happy Valentine's Day, bitches!
8037  Products / News and Announcements / Another Classic Spycraft Triple Play! 1960s, Agency, and Mastermind Release! on: February 14, 2008, 08:41:53 AM
Play the Great Game with the one you love! This Valentine's Day Crafty Games is proud to release three more of its Classic Spycraft titles: The 1960s Decade Book, the Agency setting and rules expansion, and Mastermind, your guide to all things criminal in the world of high-espionage! Slip away to Barbados for a quiet sniper duel, topple a foreign government, and be home in time for a romantic dinner for two - all on the home office dime. Indulge in a little shadow play today!
8038  Community / Off-Topic / At the Old Man's Request... on: February 13, 2008, 07:22:48 PM
Countdown to Launch


Friday, Noon UK
8039  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Writer's Strike Update (and ramifications) on: February 13, 2008, 11:28:45 AM
It's official: the writer's strike is over. Now, as on Jericho, it's time to get on with the business of rebuilding.
8040  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Sara Conner's Stories on: February 13, 2008, 11:11:04 AM
Okay, a small niggle in the overall scheme of things, but why didn't they dye Hedley's hair, at least for the Pescadero mugshot? I mean, given the unrest over her casting, you'd think it'd be a clever, tiny little thing they could have done.

I'm guessing because she looks better as a brunette (just guessing here - haven't seen her as a blond). If that's the case, then retroactively making Sarah a brunette is the best call.
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