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1  Community / License to Improvise / Re: STORMSURGE - Warstrider Gaming for Mastercraft on: Today at 07:54:48 PM
I respect the association of pilots with knights or tight-knit bands of warriors, but there's a time and place for savage bastardry and having spare vehicles to expertly guide into position for maximum havoc is tactically valid and should be recognized as such.

I've got a story in my head about an 80's-ish action cop PC who ends up "starting over" when the department finds out that part of her takedown of the usual clique of rotten cops, bikers, gangers and mafioso may have involved a carbomb or two. And maybe that meth lab didn't "just blow up" -and cook the cook (along with a few people involved with the distribution end of things)- because a determined CSI happened to dig a boat-tailed 7.62 incendiary round out of the propane tanks.

The Police Union rep helped make sure the evidence ended up being interpreted as the responsibility of the deceased, but all the same off the book was the idea that, "you should transfer jurisdictions. To another time zone, if possible."

Hm. Perhaps "playing dirty" is a good resource of reputation loss if that covers "we know you did it and we can't/won't prosecute."
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: August 02, 2015, 10:16:25 PM
I just finished watching A Bridge Too Far for the first time.

It's heavy.

I can't think of more to say. See it, if you can.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Best Bond? on: July 31, 2015, 12:04:29 AM
If you don't like the author's description of his own character I don't know what to tell you other than to read the novels yourself.

Fair point.

Guess the idea just doesn't cross over well to the bigscreen Bond.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Best Bond? on: July 30, 2015, 11:08:15 PM
Understood, but is that not effectively a different character?

And if he's truly non-cerebral how does he effectively succeed at intelligence operations? I'm fairly confident that Super Spy is a thinking man's job. If an assassin is all that's called for I'm sure snipers and car bombs get a lot more done than one highly fallible caveman pointed in the direction of a dossier.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Best Bond? on: July 30, 2015, 10:22:18 PM
Duke Togo. Wink

Edit: ok, that's kinda lame.

Sean Connery.

Brosnan's probably closer to the ideal, if not the actual novel original because while Craig's pretty good he's Not Really Bond in what are Not Really Bond movies.

I was thinking a bit on Skyfall which is excellent but requires several un-Bond-like mistakes to work. Bond gets captured on the boat because he drops his guard. Silva gets a silly off-screen escape because he's not guarded by anyone that matters. Bond fails to interrupt an assassination, and then fails to get anything useful from the assassin that he didn't have to buy with an action die. I suppose it's also a consideration of how flawed Bond should be, and I favor him being The Best. Part of Cold War Bond wasn't just his universality, but how he was a British character who routinely outfoxed both the CIA and the KGB. Or outfoxed and seduced, but either way...

My point isn't about infallibility, but that Connery's Bond always felt intelligent. Calculating. His endless womanizing and drinking might have been a crutch, but it also felt like a facade. He knew better and was rarely out of options. He was "The Man For All Seasons." I can buy that his behavior could be explained as "mechanically ethical sociopath" but frankly I don't care if that's what Bond actually ends up being when compared to how he functioned. The character's an ideal, an archetype. He's Spycraft -not an SC PC.

Ironically in contrast is that while Craig's much more flawed he's also much more physically superhuman and does far flashier stunts. I'm sure part of that's the far greater technological possibilities of modern movies, but it's also taking the Bond idea to a kind of (admittedly gentle) exaggeration. IIRC classic Bond tended to get his Big Ben cleaned by actual martial arts minions and usually compensated with a gadget or by cheating improvising instead of being a John Woo-grade gunman in a better suit.

I've seen the others and can't remember a whole lot. Dalton seemed ok, and I haven't seen Lazenby since I was ineligible to vote.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 28, 2015, 09:15:12 PM
Saw this and thought, "Happy Birthday MilitiaJim."

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7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 28, 2015, 08:41:36 PM
Olivia Munn trains to play Psylocke.
8  Community / License to Improvise / Re: STORMSURGE - Warstrider Gaming for Mastercraft on: July 28, 2015, 08:10:50 PM
Drone and Spoilsport? Evil

"To drive over the enemies before you and hear the lamentations of their wingmen!"
9  Community / License to Improvise / Re: STORMSURGE - Warstrider Gaming for Mastercraft on: July 28, 2015, 07:28:48 PM
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Also does this supercede/compliment the Stormbringer?
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: July 28, 2015, 12:58:06 AM
The United States Supreme Court, corporations, and corruption.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 27, 2015, 09:32:15 PM
Flashy MIG-28 takeoff footage.
Or, "it's always been cool to be an Ace."
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 26, 2015, 10:41:10 PM


I feel much smaller, but not in a bad way.

Thank you, Mr. A.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 25, 2015, 12:05:37 AM
ERBS owns it this month. Grin
Shaka Zulu versus Julius Gaius Caesar!
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 17, 2015, 04:36:45 PM
Complete with elaborate detailing of the sexual needs of the immortal avatar of the Death Goddess, a "young girl, dressed in a gothic lolita fashion and armed with a massive axe" because it's not really Japanese 'til someone is trying to fuck a child. Tongue

Interesting idea otherwise.

Yeah, not going to defend it on that front, but its not like I have any alternates to go to, now is there?

Indeed, and I'm not putting that on you.
I find the idea engaging; that kind of genre and setting blending is a thing I quite like and has quite a bit to do with what I like about Shadowrun and Warhammer 40k. That's also why I think SC2.0 and it's fantasy supplements are better than Fantasy Craft.

I am fairly taken with Nechronica for example but again the protagonists are assumed to all be pubescent girls (zombies, kinda) which, however useful in terms of metaphors for life in a setting occupied entirely by the dead, squicks me out for a game with so much emphasis on despair and body horror.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 17, 2015, 11:26:29 AM
Sort of stumbled onto this while surfing, though I'd seen art of it before: Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, or as the wiki page says: "Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in That Place".  I like to call it "Redshirt Army's Revenge", since it injects a huge dose of Reality straight to the fantasy heart, aka "GUNS BEAT SWORDS".  And not some sort of sci-fi mecha weaponry, either, but real actual guns, tanks, and helicopters.

Bonus points for the army in question being the Japanese Self Defense Forces, probably the redshirt army extraordinaire, since the US Army can at least show badassness in a "normal" Earth setting.

Complete with elaborate detailing of the sexual needs of the immortal avatar of the Death Goddess, a "young girl, dressed in a gothic lolita fashion and armed with a massive axe" because it's not really Japanese 'til someone is trying to fuck a child. Tongue

Interesting idea otherwise.

It's also massively right wing (like WWII levels of right wing) and every military other than the JSDF are portrayed as worthless incompetents.

That's also no surprise.
I haven't had anything to say in the politics and news thread, but that doesn't mean there's nothing that could be said and on that note here's reports on:
Japan's military expansion.
Japan versus ISIS.
Japan's Right Wing and it's Yakuza ties.

The first link's a little hyperbolic, but the rest is Vice News and they're good.
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