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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: October 08, 2014, 08:40:25 PM
I wonder how golden his parchute's going to turn out to be for jumping instead of being pushed.

And yeah, that's some serious uncanny valley territory he's sliding into there. I think the descriptor is 'lizard-like'.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 08, 2014, 07:38:55 PM
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33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions on: October 08, 2014, 03:55:25 AM
Dynamite Announces 'James Bond' Comics Coming in 2015
34  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New Expert Class: The Animator on: October 08, 2014, 01:11:06 AM
The lack of Craft for a class dealing with magical constructs is a glaring omission
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 08, 2014, 01:08:08 AM
Just tracked down and watched the first hour/2 episodes of Rebels.

Recognizing it's children's fare and suffers the limitations of all such cotton candy, I like it.

While it echoes the movies, the contemptuous ease with which the heroes and villains murder stormies is surprising in a kid's series (though not necessarily a Disney series: Weisman's own Gargoyles as well as Tron Uprising also had noticeable body counts). But if you're going to have such casually dispatched mooks while thei cartoonishly genocidal bosses continue on unscathed, it would be nice if those mooks at least presented a genuine threat to justify their deaths instead of effectively standing around pissing into the wind.

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Amongst other things it's adding some really useful ships and other hardware to the canon. The multi-roll Imperial micro-carriers is something we've needed to see for a long time - a combination troop-transport & tender for up to 4 TIEs is just about the ideal size to run a really well equipped team off of. The Ghost is also a fairly well optimized plot-platform - as long as we can break contact (via hyperspace), we can come back as long as we stay out of visual range... Nice.

Hardware is at least one place where the franchise never fails to deliver

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And I rather like the Mandolorian-punk girl. Its a fair interpretation of the creed in my mind and there is just nothing wrong with girls watching the show seeing a teen female Mando' who can more than pull her own weight. And blow shit up. And blow more shit up. Then two-pistol down some stormtroopers before blowing more shit up.

I was always predisposed to liking Sabine, but her voting with Zeb to leave Ezra to rot in the 1st ep sold me. Relatedly I'm warming to Zeb already more than I thought I would given his write-up which was typically framed in terms of his relationship with Ezra

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And yes, their astromech is wonderfully guttural and crotchety.

He seems to be speaking a dialect of gonk rather than the 'binary' that Artoo uses.

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Curiously, I'm looking forward to an occasional tie-in cross-over action with the Force Unleashed. Bail Organa is a start. More will almost certainly follow.

Hopefully none of them will involve Starkiller and as such the appearance of jedi & their ilk will be kept to an absolute minimum
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: October 07, 2014, 06:20:33 AM
See Jason, Freddy, Candyman, and More in this Slasher High School romance video

If you know your genre classics you'll see both endings coming, but it's an amusing way to spend 5 minutes.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 03, 2014, 05:20:25 PM
I've only just now started reading through it and I really like advantage/disadvantage concept
38  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: October 03, 2014, 07:27:22 AM

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Janus waves Creamor away as she takes off her crown. The pretty young man evaporates, revealing the familiar green-skinned half-elven form she usually wears. After stuffing a washcloth in the doomed apothecary's mouth, she strips out of her clothes and clambers into the bath.

Where the blood taking in Brandescar had been the messy work of someone at the end of their resources, there is a surgical precision in play here. His head is carefully turned aside. Razor sharp fangs that are a gift from her goddess sink into the exposed artery. Warm blood full of life and history flows into her mouth.

She doesn't need to drain him for this to work. But she does anyway.

And she lets her body work its magic with what it's been given.

39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 03, 2014, 06:46:00 AM
Anyone watch </Scorpion>? I just had it on in the background while getting ready for the local RPG con tomorrow. Bit of an eyerolling premise, but it's amazing at how easily watchable something becomes when Robert Patrick has a role in it.
40  Products / Z-Corps / Escape Routes & Safe Zones on: October 02, 2014, 11:10:53 PM
Custom safe-zone maps for the zombie apocalypse
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41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 02, 2014, 11:02:47 PM
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42  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: October 02, 2014, 08:47:44 AM

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"It would make it easier to clean up after ourselves," Janus agrees to the suggestion. "Since you already have hold of the top half, I'll take his legs."

43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: October 01, 2014, 09:27:23 AM
44  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: New to Fantasy Craft on: September 30, 2014, 03:45:21 AM
Feats can only be taken once unless specifically pointed out in their benefit text.
45  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Zombie material to prepare for Z-Corps on: September 29, 2014, 05:50:42 PM
Doctor Who: Waters of Mars -- A fairly standard base under siege story, it provides useful inspiration if you want to use zombieism as an intelligent (alien) disease with goals rather than uncontrolled wildfire. Also lets you connect zombies to global warming and related environmental mismanagement.
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