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31  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Warlock (base class) on: July 18, 2014, 12:11:34 AM
The core ability is still poor -- it's a messy grab bag of stuff with little real thematic connection.

Given the fluff you should be using it to hand out Devilish Heritage (or a choice of any Heritage feat if you want to make the class more broadly flexible) + "You are always considered to possess a mage's pouch".

Eldritch bolt as written still remains a dubious spine to hang the class around, and as a 1st level character "you get an extra skill that you have to sink skill points into + a single shitty 0 level spell" combined with "you don't eat much and make 1 person per session slightly better inclined towards you" is terribly weak compared to any other base class out there (the mage in particular mocks you)

Its damage output needs to be on par with a drake's breath weapon -- 2d4 + [blah] damage ranged touch attack, three range increments of 20' seems about right for 1st level.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 17, 2014, 11:15:14 PM
Not really, unless you want the narrative fuckery of ME3 suddenly abandoning the metaplot set up of ME2 to insert random AI is EEEEEEvil arse-pulling just because they changed lead writers.

Bucky using the shield before getting dropped out the train in Cap 1 and then being the only person ever to catch it in Cap 2 is classic Chekovian foreshadowing. More importantly, becoming Cap is Bucky's ticket to redemption for the half century of evil he was forced to perpetuate at Hydra's bidding.

(Also, fun fact: Winter!Soldier Bucky shows up as an easter egg in Cap 1. This isn't The X-Files where Chris Carter just made shit up as he went along. It's more like Babylon 5.)
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 17, 2014, 07:00:58 PM
Bucky's already done his stint as Cap (though I'm pretty sure he's taking over as Cap in the movies come Cap 3 given Chris wants to take a break from acting around then)
34  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 17, 2014, 03:18:13 AM
Well, Janus is heading up because she was invited by the cleric and considers herself to run the least risk from whatever resides in the church taking offence at her presence. Given the divine warning Lars received to stay away, his going up seems counterintuitive.
35  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Warlock (base class) on: July 17, 2014, 03:12:22 AM
Me three.

I certainly can't see how this class in any way warrants the name Warlock. I'm expecting demons and blood and soul destroying magic and, above all, some sense of DARK P Evil WER.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 17, 2014, 01:48:29 AM
Not as New52 failtastic as the new Thor's costume, but the shield and the wings look soooo bad together.

These are going to have absolutely bupkiss effect on the movies, which are drawing their inspiration from a combination of decade+ old stories from 616 and Ultimate universes.

And that's the problem. Superhero comics is an industry in crisis -- it's taken them a good 20 years to finally realise they have a sizeable female fanbase that they've deliberately been ignoring until very recently. As part of that malaise, Marvel has repeatedly demonstrated its inability to co-ordinate its movie and comics output -- everytime a movie gets released, anyone who decides to try the comics as result finds a status quo that is frequently radically different.

(Say what you want about the original 90s Judge Dredd movie, but there was a year long tie-in series catering to the new fans of the franchise the movie created.)

Both DC and Marvel's creative output is being managed to some degree by fanboys "made good". That's not necessarily bad, but it far too easily leads to them creating an ecosystem saturated in pointless nostalgia and trying to tell grown up stories -- ie full of violence & sex crimes, often depicted quite graphically -- that appeal to them about the characters they grew up with (see basically everything DC's done for the past decade, including comprehensively eradicating as many of the second+ generation of legacy characters in order to focus on the long dead white male originators that Dan Didio & friends grew up with, alienating huge chunks of the then current fan base in order to reconnect with the old).

It's only now they seem to realise that people want comics that are fun.

One of the worst things Marvel ever did was cancel their all-ages Marvel Adventures line -- low angst, low continuity versions of the Avengers and supporting characters (Janet for instance was operating as Giant Girl instead of Wasp, Thor and Stor were dating) still entirely recognisable to everyone. With so much interest in the cinematic universe and its focus on long standing characters, I really think they need to reintroduce a similar title.

Oh, and she's not getting the actual Mjolnir.
I've heard the exact opposite -- the entire premise is that Thor Odisonson as we know him is no longer worthy of Mjolnir and it's "whom soever be worthy" gateway to the powers of the God of Thunder, which is why he's now using the godkiller axe.

(though I have to wonder if that's not a mannica but an artificial arm he's sporting)
37  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Simplified Modern Guns for Master Craft on: July 16, 2014, 11:50:49 PM
As folks can see, the tables and sections are gradually being populated with data. I quite like the Thumper upgrade, which grew out of the origins of the M41A pulse rifle
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 16, 2014, 06:07:48 PM
Weird Al taks on the Aluminati
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 16, 2014, 08:50:41 AM

There's a lot of guessing that Thor Mk 2 is going to turn out to be Angela.

My suspicions is that Thor mk I is getting taken over by the big bad at the center of the upcomg X-Men/Avengers event Axis.

Compare the silhouette on this cover art from issue #3, where we're promised the return of a Marvel big bad, with the picture they also released today of the fallen Thor mk I armed with his "god killer" axe Jarnbjon
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: July 16, 2014, 08:04:32 AM
'Harry Potter' Actor Dave Legeno Found Dead in Desert
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 16, 2014, 01:36:10 AM
Diggy Diggy Hole
42  Community / Off-Topic / Is anyone going to San Diego Comicon? on: July 15, 2014, 11:38:12 PM
If so, would one of you wonderful people be able to pick me up a copy of this?

43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 15, 2014, 10:29:12 PM

I love that guy.  First heard him back on the Dr. Demento Show.

Dare To Be Stupid from the soundtrack of The Transformers: The Movie back in 86 for me.
44  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 15, 2014, 05:40:41 PM
Janus is heading up to the tower with Creamor and the dwarves -- if she plays the Sir Balin card at some point, she needs to know what happens in the cathedral before that happens because the great paladin is inevitably going to be asked to go there
45  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 15, 2014, 08:20:00 AM

Action Dice: 3
Once the sorcerers are gathered in her room, Janus pulls out a vial of slightly luminous blue liquid. Giving the container a vigorous shake, she pulls the stopper and empties it in the air over the two men. Whispy filaments of sparkling blue drift downwards, enveloping them before being drawn into their bodies.

"There," she says. "That should keep you boys going for a while, yes?"
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