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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 16, 2014, 02:57:13 AM
A so far 2-movie concept in which an otherwise Rockwell-ian near future America has as single day in which all law is suspended.
Ostensibly this is a social pressure release valve, but in practice it's about population control as the poor and desperate cull themselves down.

A good review.

Edit: Krensky pretty much nail the first movie, but apparently the second is at least tolerably better.

Ahhhh. The Purge 2 is excellent!
Tight, visceral, even a little unpredictable!
I rate it a full Evil.
Catch it when you're in the mood for some real mean.
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 14, 2014, 07:42:31 PM
You'd be a man who'd know, but I want to raise a tepid objection in the name of system mastery.
Sure it's complicated, but it's learnable and I think ultimately worthwhile.
The point's not simulation, but emulation. Doesn't have to be just like reality, but a reasonable fake at least.
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 13, 2014, 09:03:00 PM
One of the things I love is finding artwork for media from its earlier days of development.  It always is interesting to see how a work could have looked like, and how it evolved.  Sometimes the final product is actually an improvement.  Sometimes, though, you wish they had stuck with their original idea.

I don't know about the recent TMNT movie, but I get the feeling some people would have preferred the original.

Reminded me of This Bebop.
Same artist did Rocksteady, but while as excellently executed I don't think it's as thematically coherent.
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: October 12, 2014, 10:29:25 PM
Capcom says not to expect a sequel to a game that sells less then two million copies.
Welcome to the modern triple-A developer's market.
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 12, 2014, 10:25:37 PM
Whatever else I didn't about 3 & 1/2 TOG I appreciated that it's penalty systems roughly approximately a plausible version of reality.
If you were blind you were in for a world of shit if you didn't recover fast.
If you were held someone else was going to keep you alive, or you were going to die.
If you were dazzled... well you had a penalty so small and so specific as not to deserve a specific type of condition which was pretty stupid, but you get the idea.
There were bad and worse conditions, and it wasn't hard to understand which was which.

FourEe managed to keep that idea alive enough, but besides the other commentaries a problem is that the dice are elements of the narrative -crits are dramatic when they're consequential; imo no amount of flavor text turns an unimportant basic attack into something so weighty.
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: October 08, 2014, 08:28:56 PM

...I don't really care, oddly enough. I don't know enough about EA under his direction besides the things about it that people hate to have some idea of how things might be different.

But that photo...
Good god it's like he's wearing a "People Mask."
Like someone is saying to some thing under his skin, "we need a human expression for this shot, just give us something to use ok?!"
And it still can't get it right.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 08, 2014, 04:30:22 AM
Just caught Snowpiercer from a few years back.
It's vivid.
Allegorical, and not super subtle, but excellent. A little unsettling, too.

An easy recommend.
23  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Escape Routes & Safe Zones on: October 07, 2014, 10:33:03 PM
Morg with the save. Cool
I have no zombie survival plan, but if I were to make it to said base one skill I have in abundance is Toting Shit with a focus in Schlepping Crap.

Of course manpower is a diminishing return. Not everyone who gets behind the wire will be useful and gradually the ratio of mouths to working hands will decrease, but that's a problem without an easy solution for certain. Children can at least be used as lookouts for example, and among adults only the wounded are likely to be problems.
A real problem is going to be when the herds of walkers are gone, and it's time to start clearing housing for the civvies.
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: October 05, 2014, 01:48:51 AM
Human Resources Kickstarter Trailer

Well that's... excessively depressing.

I think I broke my brain. That is fucking awesome.

And the potential expansion ideas! Divine Judgement (Floods to clear weak enemies, Flights of Angels, Spells/Wards/Divine Wrath), Demonic Hordes (Hell is vomiting up The Damned in a final bid to ruin Creation: Nazis, Mongols, named Demons and Devils, the Blackest of Black Magic), Aliens (Xenomorphs, Greys, you could even have "pretty benevolent aliens*" who've decided piling all this evil onto earth and then making it the center of a Black Hole is best for the rest of the Cosmos), and maybe even Zombies with a kind of "sludge" mechanic -spawn thousands to drag down and Turn enemy units.

Or Superheros! A small-numbers, elite-units Superheros apocalypse faction wherein The Man of Tungsten has decided Earth must be saved literally at all costs and collateral damage is just the price of the greater survival of the planet.

Or Space Marines: brain-washed mass-murder cyber/bio/gene-augmented frankenstein units created by a tech-tyrant who's making "Humanity's Last Stand" on His terms. Suicide-bombing cultists, tailored diseases for "resource denial", micro-nukes, -everything a ruthless application of science can provide when propelled by messianic insanity. Take the whole Halo idea and really pump some bastard into the concept.

Really anything that makes the life of the individual less then a number in a game of gods, monsters, and madmen could be a faction. Fuck YEAH, I like it!

*filthy, filthy Mon-Keigh. Cool
25  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Escape Routes & Safe Zones on: October 03, 2014, 06:10:58 PM
Btw, as a local I can guess that for Portland the I-5 South freeway will likely be a zed-populated parking lot in the event of an outbreak.
Well, maybe. There could be a traffic-breaking measure that might work. Like having wreckers on hand to tow break-downs out of the road. The shoulders of the road are probably wide enough to do that consistently.
Ok, why is traffic snarling an assumed necessity? I drive I-5 pretty consistently and besides some old and inadequate on-ramps traffic shoots along pretty quick once I'm clear of those locations.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: October 03, 2014, 04:49:38 PM
Tigers v. Pinatas?
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 02, 2014, 04:48:33 PM
McDonald's Monopoly promotion: the odds of what you'll win.

Quote from: article
As we mentioned earlier, the odds you win any prize is approximately 1 in 4, a probability of 25%.

So what does this mean? Well, comparing the two probabilities, 89.9% of the prizes will be food prizes. Hope you're hungry.

In fact, 4 out of every 11 prizes allocated will be a medium fries.

Medium fries, for sure.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 28, 2014, 02:51:21 AM
Police Officer shot in Fergunson.
Non-lethally, 2 suspects sought.

Human Net Worth Index.
The idea that the USA is a wealthy nation is somewhat commonly evoked; here's a little data on what that actually means.
29  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: September 26, 2014, 06:22:34 AM
Awesome. =D
How is it?
30  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Dead Inside: Do Not Enter on: September 23, 2014, 10:45:54 PM
That's hardcore. Cool
Much kudos to Mark.
Price ain't bad either, which is a nice surprise.
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