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31  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Kickstarter? on: February 16, 2015, 04:32:48 PM
I'm perfectlyt content to wait, and I will certainly be buying everything SpyCraft3 that is ever printed/produced ever, I had just hoped that with the updates we'd had (including public playtests) it was a little closer to completion. Our group has been fumbling around for a decent modern-era spy game for a long time. For the record I'm a massive fan of SpyCraft (the original), but the rest of the group have moved on from such childish things (tongue firmly in cheek).

SpyCraft 2 is good, but it's not a Spy game as such without some work.

As I said, content to wait. I have money right here, waiting to give to the good folks at Crafty.
32  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Kickstarter? on: February 16, 2015, 03:25:32 PM
Yay for Kickstarter, shut up and take my money please!

However, I had (perhaps foolishly) hoped Spy3 was a lot closer to completion than "3-12 months before a product will feasibly be on the market" (and that after the Kickstarter winds up)  Undecided
 
Not this year, then. Especially not if you have a bunch of Stretch Goals to create (I'd assume they aren't existant before the Kickstarter starts, as you wouldn't know which ones will be needed.
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 09, 2015, 04:29:34 PM
50 Shades of Grey; my one and only post on the subject.

Shared around Facebook at the moment

(I've made that status public, so everyone should be able to see it. If you're interested and can't see it lemme know)
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 08, 2015, 02:26:35 PM
Heh.  Funny you should mention the Matrix movies...
I stopped watching when the reviewer complained that a movie made 16 years ago had special effects that look dated now.

No, really?  Roll Eyes
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 06, 2015, 09:30:59 PM
I just got home from seeing Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Yes.

F'ing yes.

All I'll say is "Freebird" and "Pomp & Circumstance".
Excellent  Grin I'm off to see it in about an hour  Smiley
SUCH GOOD FUN Grin

Go see this movie. It's awesome Smiley

Pomp and Circumstance has never been used in a film better than this one Grin
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 06, 2015, 01:41:11 AM
I just got home from seeing Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Yes.

F'ing yes.

All I'll say is "Freebird" and "Pomp & Circumstance".
Excellent  Grin I'm off to see it in about an hour  Smiley
37  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: [DEVELOPMENT] What do you look for first/most about skill checks? on: January 29, 2015, 09:43:09 PM
I voted time, but it's REALLY close between that and type. Knowing whether checks are opposed or can be made as a team check is pretty important. Knowing how long it takes is more so though, IMO
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 28, 2015, 04:52:14 PM
Wow.

Just don't sit there and claim that the people making this movie have ruined the Fantastic Four forever just because Professor and Johnny Storms are now black.
Never have I once claimed anything remotely resembling this. You're looking for a fight that's not here. Have fun with that.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 28, 2015, 03:43:45 PM
So were you upset about Idris Elba playing Heimdall?
Maximiliano Hernández playing Jasper Sitwell?
Ben Kingsley as the (sorta) Mandarin?
Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer?
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim the Strong?
J. August Richards as Deathlok?

Why is the Storm family being black in a self-contained universe a bridge too far? It won't be folded back into the 616 books.

Also, did  Denzel Washington as Don Pedro upset you too?
Ok hang on a minute. Time out. You keep making this a much bigger issue to me than it is. You keep saying "upset" when I'm not upset, and I have never used the word upset, except to try and correct you. I am however, getting upset at you trying to make this a bigger issue than it is, and painting me as some kind of anti-equal rights douche. I'm going to restate my point one more time, you can call me upset again and then we can leave it, k?

Let's get a couple of things straight, shall we?

I have no objections in the slightest to black superheroes, female superheroes, LGBT superheroes, white superheroes, dog superheroes, raccoon superheroes, poor superheroes, middle class superheroes, or any other superhero

What I object to - and to be clear again, it's not a major objection, it's more of a "WTH?" observation (because it doesn't even warrant a WTF response) - is that they appear to be re-writing major characters, characters who are very clearly established as a particular archetype, and are doing so contrary to the published material.

Was I upset at Heimdall? No. Did I notice? Much like Morgenstern, yeah I noticed. And to be frank, it doesn't make a lot of sense for him to be black either, given this is the Norse Pantheon/Asgardians we're talking about here. Did it ruin my enjoyment of the Thor movies? Hell no! Heimdall is an awesome character, and I liked him just fine.

Jasper Sitwell? Couldn't care less, I'm not enough of a comic book fan to have even recognised the name, had to Wiki it.

The (not)Mandarin? The less said about him the better. Terrible, awful, just plain bad story, badly handled.

I had never even heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy before the movie, so I have no reference point for Korath.

Algrim the Strong? I can't find a comic book image of him without his ridiculous armour. The closest I can find is this:
(click to show/hide)
and it sure looks to me like he has black skin there. Plus as Kurse who can tell anyway?

Deathlok has been several people (it's often referred to as "Deathlok technology") so, no I have no issues with any actor playing Deathlok.

You say:
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It won't be folded back into the 616 books
But that makes it worse not better - and to be honest I think there's a better than even chance the printed versions will be updated to match the movie, because sales.

But Johnny Storm is not that guy. He just isn't. And if the guy in the trailer is some dude called Donny Tempest, I have no objections at all.

Let me ask you a question: Were you equally ambivalent to the plot of U-571?

40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 28, 2015, 06:06:27 AM
In that case though the comics did it first as part of a universe reboot - it's one of the most amusing things in the real world that they designed Fury to look like Samuel L Jackson, and then Jackson actually ended up playing Fury in the movies.
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When the character resurfaced in 2002 in The Ultimates, he had been redesigned to look like actor Samuel L. Jackson.[3] and first appeared with this revised look in The Ultimates #1, as drawn by Bryan Hitch. The similarity is even noted within the comic itself, in a scene in which the Ultimates discuss who they think should play each of them in a hypothetical movie about the team. Fury's answer for himself is "Mr. Samuel L. Jackson, of course, no discussion." It was only after seeing the redesigned Nick Fury in the first issue of The Ultimates that Samuel L. Jackson learned of the use of his likeness and contacted Marvel in order to secure the role of Nick Fury in any future movies which would feature the character.
(From the Nick Fury wikipedia page, so probably not 100% accurate)

I guess it could be argued that the Movie Marvel Universe is itself a fairly substantial reboot. However, the Fantastic Four series is still being published, and Johnny Storm is still white in that series (although apparently it's being cancelled/ended sometime this year, and they may bring the FF in line with the movies when it comes back). Doom is still Doom and not a hacker, too. (/shakes head)
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM
Of course I find it interesting that the character changes that have you so upset is Sue isn't a bright yellow blond and that Johnny and Dr Storm are black men, rather than that Doom's name being changed and is a hacker and blogger rather than the Prince of Latveria, mad scientist, and Reed's college roommate.
I'm not "so upset" I'm... at best mildly perturbed.

And I totally completely missed that the hacker and blogger was supposed to be Doom. That's.... wrong. On a lot of levels. I was actually wondering where Doom was in that clip, it never even occurred to me that it was that character.

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But, hey, whatever.
You seem a lot more upset about this than I am, to be honest. I'd like to know the reason that Johnny Storm has been cast as black - and if the reason is "to fulfill our Political Correctness meter" - then that's as much as a BS call as casting Scarlet Johanssen in the Major's role.

If they can retire Hank Pym and introduce a new(? could easily be wrong on this point) character to take up Ant-Man, they could do the same with the F4, is all I'm saying.

And really? That guy's Doom? That's not a good choice at all, even if they have rewritten the story.

Agreed wrt to Sam Wilson vs Bucky, fwiw.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 04:58:42 PM
Don't get me wrong here; I don't object to having a diversified group of superheroes in the least.

But people who are uncomfortable with the "whitewashing" of Ghost in the Machine should be equally uncomfortable with a member of the Fantastic Four being black. It's simply not how the characters were written.

If this a brand new team, with brand new members, I have no problems. But making one of the team black (and if Andersen is correct, a brother to a white female) smacks of tokenism to the highest degree, which doesn't actually go any way towards actually fixing the very real problem that exists.

See also, for (IMO of course) a correct way of doing it: Sam.... (dammit forgot his last name) "The Falcon" stepping in as Captain America. A new character, not Steve Rogers. And done for very similar reasons, IIRC.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 04:24:36 PM
Sue's brother? That Johnny?  Huh? Huh? Huh?
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 04:15:06 PM
I imagine this is the kind of comment which may attract a flame war but....

Why is Reed Richards so young?
Why is Sue Storm dark-haired? (although in the last shot she appears blonde)
Why is Ben Grimm a black man?

Sure, there's no real reason why Grimm couldn't be black, but.... he's not. Unless this is a BRAND NEW Fantastic Four with NEW NAMES.

/grognard mode off
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 23, 2015, 07:13:55 AM
Not sure what you have lined up for the '60's (a LOT, I imagine!!!) but during research for a game I'm writing I discovered that not one or two or three but four submarines sunk in mysterious circumstances in 1968 - one US, one Russian, one French, and one Israeli (by way of the British)
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