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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: Today at 01:36:42 AM
Trailer for a new Warhammer Fantasy title.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 22, 2015, 06:46:34 PM
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There's a very solemn man being addressed by Stick who bears a rather impressive set of scars.
I don't think that's IF, but probably someone related.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 21, 2015, 11:50:45 PM

It's good, too.

Fear's a big theme.
Everyone's afraid of "a name."
Or they're afraid of each other.

This is also how I figure the spectacular level of police corruption. It's not just greed and ambition, it's fear of the city that they feel like they barely control. Joining "the name" means being footsoldiers to a cause that they think they'll benefit from as sold to them by someone with an apparently messianic belief in his destiny as someone who'll "redeem" New York.
The various heroes all, above all else, have to challenge and conquer their own fear.
This being in a series who's protagonist was nick-named "The Man Without Fear" as well.

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4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 19, 2015, 04:15:51 PM
It's also made by the guys who made Magika, so, y'know, friendly fire is a feature, not a bug.

Indeed.
Saw that when rumors first came up, and I've gotten better about not letting idiot squaddies kill me.
I, thus far, have zero "accidentals" on my record, Cool, because I check my targets and watch the other 270' everyone else is facing away from.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Arbitrary RPG rant on: April 19, 2015, 04:13:12 PM
Yea.. but then you get to play the "Is the player ship OP?  We'll find out when the dice drop!" game.  I don't like that game.  Or.. vice versa.. "Oh.  I DID blow you to pieces in two shots.  Huh.  Bad guy was a little too high.  Wish I had creation rules."

OhgodIknowthat"fun." Lips Sealed

"I don't know, how would you really know how X would perform..?"

"Manuals? Peer reviews? Tech specs? Experience with similar displacement craft? Familiarity with the production team's other works/design family? Ability to carefully work out it's performance arc without risking everything on a "gee if I can't pull out of this dive I'm gonna die" moment?! Does the term Expertise mean anything!?"

Sure if it's a prototype than we're really throwing the dice, but otherwise you really can tell quite about a book by it's cover -if only because the cover will tell you something about who that story's expected to sell to, and by extension what that audience hopes to encounter.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 04:02:19 PM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

I chalk it up to fear and misguided reverence. Sometimes as a creator or IP holder you get become so convinced that your property is one thing that you fail to see it can be anything else. As an example of that to which I can personally speak, consider Legend of the Five Rings. It's taken AEG fifteen years to expand that game's voice and many would argue it's still a fairly narrow presentation.

You have no idea how hard I had to fight to get humor into Spycraft. the company's history and other properties did me no favors there.

^THIS!

I don't know that problem from the creator's angle, but I do step on toes (accidentally, of course) when arguing about themes and cultures in other people's campaigns.
I sincerely try to work within the lines where they're drawn, but sometimes there are campaigns like Arcanis. I have a "persistent" disagreement with it's designer about certain perpetual holes in the lore and his fondness for creating mysteries (which is fine), deciding to keep some of them mysteries (which is also fine), and retroactively changing some of the unveiled secrets (which ain't fuckin' cool at all Angry) for reasons that remain equally shadowed.
And it can be hard to have any kind of conversation when he tends to take criticism of his vision or methods personally.
Call me entitled but if your audience has been waiting more then a decade you're probably overdue to throw them a bone -if only one that has "be cool, there's a specific reason unrelated to anything but it's own importance" written on them.

Edit: I respect mysteries and secrets, but to me they're like those spectacular cakes on a cooking show: yeah they're genuine marvels of comestible engineering, but I also wanna eat dem sumbitches!
And don't tell me to make up my own answer! Bullshit! You're the author, you by default have a better answer then I do! Tongue
Especially given how little water fan-theories hold with other fans. Talk about a hostile audience, good luck finishing one of those arguments with "my interpretation is as good as canon, WoG said so." Tongue
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 06:43:40 AM
Character and virtue, while tested, will carry the day. And THAT is the timeless essence of Superman. That he'll have to work a little harder for his happy ending doesn't detract from that.

So it needs to be Superman's "The Winter Soldier?" Smiley

Hmm.
It's an interesting discussion 'twixt Krensky and yourself.

I recall with some clarity the sheer glee and joy of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies (flying! zooooom!) but I have no interest in revisiting them because Superman as a whole doesn't interest me.

He's an ideal without payoff. He's got no vulnerability. What's his lesson -"if you're born nearly omnipotent and minimally diligent you can achieve anything?"

I liked the death of Zod -that was sacrifice. That was paying some price for those ideals; that was putting a knife in the soft spot of the Man of Steel.

Also, is there some presumption of the sacred? Superman is a product. He has, or loses, tangible value.
If nobody likes him and his comics don't sell why does he deserve to continue? He's not a religious icon -though he could be.

Hmm. First Church of the Last Son?
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 19, 2015, 05:44:29 AM
As a fan of the Eldar I am equally entertained by either.
It's all Mon'Keigh house to me, man. Wink

I picked it up on PS3, and there is an issue that goes unremarked upon for a game that's mostly online multiplayer: you cannot split up.

It's up to 4 players on screen, the same one screen, all the time every time.

Much as I appreciate the sadistic appeal of making panicky, trigger-happy players crowd into the same tiny space (particularly when the Dreadnaughts come out and unskilled pilots bumble into each other, step upon dismounted characters, or try to all fire at a single target standing close behind one of them) it's a detraction of play quality for me. Splitting up and getting eaten one by one should be a viable "strategy" imo, and no just because I kind of like using a long gun and the recon drone to play Operator Inna Bushes Wit Da SKS instead of 3 Rambos and a Baby.

That said it's not bad at all.
Bring a team, a real team, and the ass-kick factor goes up quite a bit compared to ...this: the first time I died, ever, was when some "reinforcements" I hadn't asked for decided to show up and crush me with their "dynamic entry" drop pods mid-battle.
LIBERTY! Angry Wink
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 18, 2015, 05:54:41 AM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

No Joss Wheadon maybe?

I heard it put once that Marvel does characters and DC does archetypes, and this case is the problem manifesting that way.
Batman is so Batman that he creates a "Batfield" which distorts everything in his media to fit a grimy, shadowy echo of the world as he makes it.
Inside of it he's The Dark Knight, but outside of it he's a nihilistic sadist who beats up the poor and the crazy.

If Batman is larger than Life, is Bruce Wayne smaller than it?
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 17, 2015, 05:39:29 PM
So Helldivers looks awesome.
And apparently the echoing comment is "why isn't this a 40k game?"
 Cool
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 12:05:34 PM
On DC's side?

When they started listening Buckets of Blood guy and made Man of Steel.

On Marvel?

Not yet. * Crosses fingers.

^
QFT.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 16, 2015, 10:12:13 PM
Darkest Dungeon story:
Chewing through the Warrens, Medium mission, Champion (level 5) difficulty.
Party starts to crap out from stress right off the bat.
Three fights in and my Crusader (Abusive) and Vestial (Despairing) are crazed by stress damage.
The next fight the Bounty Hunter goes (Selfish).
The next fight my Hellion snaps as well ...but rallies, becomes Stalwart, gains +10% Crit AND sheds 15 Stress every round!
Evil, because BAMF!

So here's the funny part.
It's the last fight and the Bounty Hunter keeps ranting that everyone's getting in his way, and he keeps moving forward to the front position.
That's not great, but not unmanageable.
So he takes a huge hit, drops to Death's Door, and at the start of his turn says, "one more toss of the dice!"
And not a second later dies from Bleeding damage.
Quoth the Hellion: "the Ancestors bless me!"
Wah-waaaaah.

Dark Dung ftw. Cool
13  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: April 16, 2015, 06:46:11 PM
Let's have some Demotivation.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 16, 2015, 03:01:50 PM
Hmm.
"You have it, too."

Was he addressing an unseen person, or the audience? Was that Luke Skywalker narrating?

I'm ...unmoved. The last trilogy didn't suffer for a lack of jump-cuts and flashy footage; they weren't boring to look at.

I don't think I've seen anything yet.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 04:29:17 PM
Here's hoping for a sequel.
It was kind of dumb and kind of clunky, but loads of fun.

Yeah, you are a bit behind, ain't ya?

Constantly.
Various states of financial destitution and physical isolation have necessitated limiting my interests.
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