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8026  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: January 23, 2008, 03:26:08 PM
I guess the viral stuff would be kewl, though I never really got into it myself.

I didn't either, which is one of the reasons I'd like to see it on the DVD. A lot of work clearly went into it - might be nice to preserve it for future viewing.
8027  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Sara Conner's Stories on: January 23, 2008, 03:07:08 PM
I thought it was interesting that it's doing better than "24" was at that time slot (from last season).

I so want 24 to be good but it just hasn't been - not for years. The problem, from my perspective, is a distinct lack of continuity. Restarting every year is really hurting my ability to engage with the show because I know nothing will ever matter. It's devolved into the Soap Opera for Men, which I guess is fine but it fails to deliver on so much potential.
8028  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: January 23, 2008, 03:05:18 PM
I'm sure there'll be a whole creature featurette on the freaking DVD).

One suggestion I saw on another forum was that they include bonus material in the form of news material about the attack. There was certainly plenty of it in the movie, but it would be nice to be able to watch it without Hud waving the camera around at most of the good bits. I would be happy with that.

That would work for me as well. Maybe compile and throw all the viral stuff on there as well (the myspace pages, for instance, all the various sites, etc.).
8029  Products / Ten Thousand Bullets / Re: Where can this book be purchased at? on: January 23, 2008, 02:52:24 PM
Of course, they just had me thinking "they look this good, the layout's done, right? So where's the book?" Wink

Layout template's done, and even then, no quite. Wink

There's still the writing and the editing and the playtesting and the running and the screaming and the crying...
8030  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: January 23, 2008, 02:48:40 PM
See, now, that's just stupid. Way to ruin a great experience with the Allmighty Money Grab. Asshats.

I'm not so sure. The monster toy isn't being released until September. By then the movie will be fast approaching DVD release. Still, I can't see much point in releasing the monster without also releasing some New York-style buildings for it to destory Wink

Fair point (about the buildings - I still think the monster design should be left perpetually in the dark beyond the movie itself, though I realize that it'll never happen. I'm sure there'll be a whole creature featurette on the freaking DVD).
8031  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Sara Conner's Stories on: January 23, 2008, 02:45:46 PM
I've been following the numbers on that show pretty closely and they're gratifying to see. It's shown consistent plot, dialogue, and character improvement over its first three episodes and I'd like to see that trend (be given the chance to) continue.
8032  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Factions... on: January 23, 2008, 02:08:03 PM
BTW, What's Dark Intentions?

Betcha he meant Dark Inheritance.

You're probably right. Threw me, though, in part because it was released pre-Crafty.
8033  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek XI teaser trailer on: January 23, 2008, 02:06:56 PM
BSG's effectively a naval (submarine) drama in space, so the concept's seen some use. Smiley
8034  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Factions... on: January 23, 2008, 01:56:38 PM
That aside I know these factions are based on the CCG. Is there anywhere to learn more information about them?

There's a brief overview of each in the Chapter 4 Allegiance section. We'll also be releasing some free material on them shortly (introductory material originally prepared in Quark, so updating it was a pain). And there are the two free novelletes that will hit on DriveThru before long. All part of my work to get the Flags out.

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I have the 2.0 rulebook, the revised PDF, WoF pdf, Back to Basics PDF & Dark Intentions. Out of all of those, I think the WoF is the only one to mention the factions. Is there anywhere else I could learn more about them so I can get some solid use out of the setting?

Our approach is modular, so World on Fire setting material only appears in World on Fire products. Also, the setting was built to largely operate without the heroic Factions, so no one needs them to play. They'll certainly enhance your experience, though, and with any luck we'll have them out to you sooner than later so you can tailor the setting to your taste.

BTW, What's Dark Intentions?
8035  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Features I want to see in Fantasy Craft on: January 23, 2008, 01:35:20 PM
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cool new ways to use heroic reputation
Any chance that it would also be usable for those who are evil and heroic at all?

Given how the book's coming together so far, I think I can safely say that you'll see heroic and villainous options across the board. We realize that some of you actually like playing bad. Smiley
8036  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek XI teaser trailer on: January 23, 2008, 01:29:51 PM
The things that make me see the potential for something in the vein of a naval adventure story are the same things that make you see the western. Probably says something about the tropes and tools of the adventure story genere and what we read and watched growing up.

Yup. Honestly, I think the best version of Enterprise would have incorporated both concepts with the same bent. Naval drama one week, frontier justice the next, sometimes blending the two. BSG proves that with the right foundation and the right gloves, you can mix and match takes to spectacular effect.
8037  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: January 23, 2008, 01:24:44 PM

See, now, that's just stupid. Way to ruin a great experience with the Allmighty Money Grab. Asshats.
8038  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek XI teaser trailer on: January 23, 2008, 01:21:30 PM
Firefly can be though of as a space western in the vein of those stories focusing on the after effects of the US Civil War in the western territories as they really happened. Star Trek is a space western looking at the romanticized adventure story version of the Old West some ten years after the Civil War.

Precisely.
8039  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek XI teaser trailer on: January 23, 2008, 01:11:08 PM
Mostly it's about the horribly underused conceit that the Enterprise was an independent command. Before radio, to a degree, and satellite a naval vessel was on it's own the minute it was over the horizon from a naval station. The show should have played to that more. That Archer had to make decisions about diplomacy and science and priorities and even Starfleet and Terran policies because he was the ship's master after God and there was no to ask what to do.

I couldn't agree more. That plays directly into my take on what the show should have been. Grand scale and incredible fallout from everything, but it all rested on one man's shoulders. Unlike Mal, Archer should have been the Right Guy for the Job (tm). I mean, come on, you've got Kirk as a template. It's not like they were breaking new ground. I just don't think the producers ever got that aspect of the show. They never understood why anyone would like Star Trek beyond the tired and extremely mishandled sociopolitical allegory. They completely forgot that once, long, long ago, in the beforetime, it was about fun. Hopefully that lesson isn't lost on Abrams and Co.
8040  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek XI teaser trailer on: January 23, 2008, 01:07:33 PM

"cowboys at the frontier of space" motif we would have had televised gold on our hands.

Didn't we have that as "Firefly"... and look how well the network received that one.

Honestly? Not even remotely the same thing from my perspective. Firefly had the trappings of a cowboy story but avoided the mark in many ways. It wasn't about the frontier. In fact, the frontier was a distinctly dead concept in Firefly; man went to the stars out of necessity and then promptly stopped, mired in a protracted civil war and the resulting decline. The show wasn't about exploration or discovery, it was about survival. The flavor wasn't bold by any stretch, it was stark shot through and leveled out with Whedon's signature dramedy style. Firefly was intimate, where Enterprise should have been expansive, Firefly was character-driven where Enterprise should have been plot-driven (as it was, the first three seasons were concept-driven, which is a very different, incomplete, and rather stagnant practice - not a strong option for anything outside procedurals).

I'm talking about making Enterprise what Roddenberry originally envisioned for TOS - "Wagon Train to the Stars" or "Bonanza in Space." It should have been all about the adventure, all about the rough and tumble glory of the Old West translated, not adapted, to the genre. I wanted Archer out there duking it out - with fists, not phasers - in ramshackle border towns at the edge of the known universe, shacking up with green-skinned hotties, and taking all of creation by the balls and shaking some sense into it before swaggering off with the well-satisfied glow of a job well tumbled. That show needed to be dirty and gritty but not grim. It shouldn't have been about celebrating Starfleet and living vicariously through its larger-than-life heroes. We should have been cheering them every step of the way, which is something you couldn't really do with Mal and his crew. You were too busy praying for them, or laughing with them, or crying. Totally different style of space adventure. Just as good, but totally different.

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I'll agree that DS9 was the best... It was Ronald Moore's baby (the showrunner and lead writer for the new BSG series)... Moore knows how to put a show together and appease the networks at the same time.

Well aware. Moore's involvement in DS9 was one of the primary reasons I was so supportive of BSG from the get-go, even when there was nothing but rumors to go on and it looked like things might be going off the rails (this is very early on, when the news of changing genders and all just started up).

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