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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 14, 2014, 10:06:40 PM

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the ultimate in Black Metal.
17  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Around the Campfire [OOC and open feedback] on: July 14, 2014, 06:55:26 AM

PS: Gatac says he has "blue balls" for Stormsurge.
Even if you like tormenting me, think of Gatac. He don't hurt nobody, and he contributes fun fic-things. Cry
18  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 12, 2014, 10:53:33 PM
Leona's fading narration is abruptly tinged by amusement. "Tin lioness? How elegantly droll. I have wanted for the chance at truly deserving targets with which to exercise some righteous wrath. Shame the plan was never to prune back, that must be your influence Wildwood, the bugbear numbers. That I could do with a joyful hymn in my soul."
19  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 12, 2014, 06:52:52 AM
"We can talk again. I suspect we must. I should go. I cannot be sure I can contribute anything here, and it is wiser for all involved if I have no specific ideas of what is to come."
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 12, 2014, 06:48:58 AM
Christopher Hitchens on visiting North Korea, Iran, Iraq and hearing the phrase "we can make you say you're a hermaphrodite if you'd like" as part of his experience being waterboarded.

Strongly recommended to fans of foreign news correspondence and anyone who'd like a peek inside the Axis of Evil.
This is from 2009, so it's a little dated.
Also good for them who wonder what living under actual, functional totalitarian tyranny would be like.
I know I feel better about being American afterwards.
21  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Bringing a sword to a cinematic gunfight. on: July 11, 2014, 06:03:46 PM
Actually I made a basic mistake in my Defense math.
Base Defense is 10, not 0.
So he's got a 45 Defense, roughly. Low 50's against ranged fire if he's in melee.
Threat 20 Calibre 10 minions have an attack bonus of +22.
What they don't have is a prayer.
22  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Bringing a sword to a cinematic gunfight. on: July 11, 2014, 05:51:42 PM
I think I see (head is spinning a little from all the mechanics).

Hee hee.

It's what I love about Crafty stuff. It's all so elegant. Grin
23  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Bringing a sword to a cinematic gunfight. on: July 11, 2014, 05:50:59 PM
(I think I'm on a roll!)

Spitballing some math:
Lu Bu.
+9 10 levels Martial Artist.
+9 10 levels Edge Master.
+15 Gladiator
+2 misc
def: 35

Level 20 caliber 5 archer:
+15 to hit

Hits only on a 20.
Longbow arrow: 1d6+1, avg. 4.5.

Lu Bu has Superior Cover and keeps a CHW between himself and ...30,000 archers.
They can't hit him. If they try only those who get any kind of extra bonus succeed. If they do he doesn't take damage as long as he cover because he has (or should have) Take It.
If he's got Mobile Defense he keeps his Defense while charging them across the battlefield.

So the sky is positively pissing down arrows and yet our legend streaks across it screaming "I AM A GOD OF WAR!" and not being wrong.
Gladiator. %^*# YEAH.

Edit: oo, oo! Or he's a 10th level Soldier and has Portable Cover. He's ALWAYS got his Superior Cover bonus. Hooooooooly crap. Yeah. He's a screaming wall of at least +10 DR/Creation Itself who can't be hit, can't be hurt, and who could kill the entire working population of Poughkeepsie over a weekend of medieval combat.

Man, don't even bother sending your army at this cat.
24  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Bringing a sword to a cinematic gunfight. on: July 11, 2014, 05:21:07 PM
Hold on, hold on: I reread the entry on Close Quarters in the FC rule book and did a search on all the times it came up and now I can't see what reducing that particular range does to anything other than make a couple of combat maneuvers less effective.  Shouldn't the blanket rule be reducing ranged increments instead? Huh?

I think that's basically it.
It makes the CQB chain less effective, and CQB is how you use a gun in a brawl. If you're outside that you're probably not getting Sneak Attack or other conditional bonuses on your ranged attacks.* Plus that +defense bonus is actually pretty huge. That's basically a +1 per feat Defense bonus with no upper limit.
A full BAB combat class that dedicates itself to that idea could be ludicrously hard to hit. As in +12 or so by 20.

*Oh, remembering: the -4 for shooting into a melee. So less CQ -> less effective CQB -> harder time contributing from outside the scrum.

Edit 2: think Dynasty Warriors. Lu Bu has his foaming-at-the-mouth-crazy +15 to his already solid Martial Artist defense bonus and effectively gets +4 against outside fire if he's got someone to punch. At that point any standard character shooting at him shouldn't bother even picking up a die when they can instead move to close combat ...and get bloodily pwned by Lu Bu.
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 04:46:02 PM
Re: Gears of War.
Mea culpa. Dunno why I keep doing that. Did Randy Pitchford formerly work at Epic? Huh?

Titanfall: fair enough. Not a sphere I know much about, but more done well is always welcome.

TF2. Hats. True, though with an exaggerated effect imo. People obviously love them, but I'm not convinced that's they're not TF2's version of the Skinner Box phenomena. I question how many people are hat-fanatics who aren't getting a "must collect shinies" fix from another source. I also think part of it is how few other choices are native to the game. There's just a ton of fan mods for TF2, but jack-squat all that's not paid DLC besides hats.

Elder Scrolls gameplay is terrible. Terribad, even. What's that even mean? Crappy depth perception and curving projectiles? Is Thorn going to be the TF2 Bow Sniper + spells?

Stargate movie? Huh, cool. Mildly intrigued iz I.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 02:52:49 PM
Correction: apparently there is the Aliens: Isolation title happening.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 02:25:54 PM
Rus:  Grin
Everything that needs saying about Aliens: CM Jim Sterling will/has cover.*
As for Battle Born...
A) I don't play MOBA titles. Ominous item and play complexity paired with a notoriously childish audience does nothing for my interest in the genre. Combining that with a FPS design, a perspective that greatly limits tactical awareness, sounds damn hard to do effectively. Bordlerlands had a lot to recommend it, but getting blow up by Suicide Psychos from behind wasn't high on that list -no that didn't constantly happen, but BL didn't have the phenomena of Creeps either.

That said there's nothing saying, least of all myself, that GB has to take everything from the MOBA checklist for their own title. LoL dumped the "last hit" mechanic DotA cherished, and nothing of value was lost.

B) the character designs (willowy bow elf, hulking spess mehrine, steampunk gent, Rob Liefeld Samurai, etc) look like they'll get Gearbox sued by whoever's Deviantart account they are stealing from. Evil Yeah, they're colorful and a nice aesthetic mix -so what? How much of a character's visual appeal is delivered from a first-person perspective?
BL2 fans were petitioning Geabox for a 3rd person camera option right up, basically. I don't think they've stopped. I'll grant given BL's location-hit mechanics that'd be a big mess to make playable, but even only as an observer mode it would be welcome.

C) I am intensely skeptical of anything Gearbox promises to deliver. They don't mess around with the Gears of War franchise, but Borderlands was hit and miss about the whole trailer/reality ratio. Then Aliens: CM happened.

I've paid enough attention to understand that bad games get made for entirely reasonable reasons. Video games share some production outcome bugaboos with movies: that the backers aren't usually the producers. When the actual director and the paymaster disagree about when the project's done that's a reliable way to end up with a buggy, coarse dose of straight-to-infamy shovelware where insofar as their's hope for the resulting aberration it's that hype sells a million copies and generates a demand for a major content patch.
And then there's Aliens: CM.

As for Stargate; I get that. And that it happened well before green-screen tech reached it's current levels anybody-with-a-laptop levels of accessibility hurt it's depictions of the fantastic. But otherwise it's another "great idea" with an entirely meh-worthy execution.
I played the RPG, Shadow was a huge fan and would run SG campaigns, but I've never caught the bug. It should be nearly impossible to combine commando-scientists and a-historic world-hopping in a boring way, but if anything could be holding SG back for me it's TV-PG nature.
SG could be violent and gritty.
SG could be terrifying and tense.
So could the A-Team, and neither is at all.

What the Stargate franchise could really benefit from would be a Battlestar Galatica-style reboot. The story doesn't have to change, but the tone needs an overhaul. Show me some actual drama. Show me some characters I care about with some actual conflicts. Give me some Band of Brothers visits Rome or Predator action.
Goddamn an HBO Stargate series could be good!

Anyway, whatever. There it is: poke the bull, get bullshit everywhere. Cool Wink

*I use an inconsistent tense as I'm not sure if you're not referring to some future project with the same title. There's been a bunch of GB Aliens titles and they blend together after a while.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 11, 2014, 06:23:58 AM
Proposed designs for the next World Cup stadium in Qatar.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 12:33:57 AM
Because I'm in the mood, y'know what would have been an interesting MMO?  Stargate Worlds.  I dunno, just felt like bringing that up today for some reason.

I'm so glad I didn't pursue that gig. Such a tragedy.

No diss intended, but I'm somewhat confused anyone thought that project would launch.
MMO's are expensive like 40-milion-and-up expensive. The Stargate IP's got a solid core of dedicated fans, but it would have had to have been one incredibly excellent project to recoup it's dev costs.
I'm continually surprised how SH fans think that has more reach then it seems to me that it does.

If you build it, they will come? Don't forget, we're talking a franchise that at the time had kept multiple TV series on air for over a decade and had no serious science fiction MMO competition. SWG had been shut down, and both TOR and STO hadn't even been glimpsed beyond the horizon.

But dear god that jaffa. On one hand I'm impressed they remembered the pouch, but otherwise terribly standard armourless wank-fodder.

Sure -all that and the movies, too.
And the 40k MMO didn't happen either, though I would have bet on that as a sure-fire thing.
Still, who knows what or why...
I guess my disinterest in Stargate is it's lack of the fantastic. It doesn't feel particularly ...interesting.
Ditto Star Trek.
Star Wars is too illogical. It's too much a samurai-fantasy just dressed up as a science fiction setting.
Mass Effect hits the Goldilocks Spot: juuuuuust right.

Infinite Crusade got canceled? When? I thought they just were showing the alphas of at E3.

I might be mistaken.
I'm think of Dark Millennium. Eternal Crusade, which is much more a battlefield combat title then an MMORPG, is still very much happening.
30  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 11, 2014, 12:32:17 AM
"What life? What joy? If this burden of doubt and torment is the basis of any kind of eternity I have won nothing worth preserving. How can I damn in them what I exalt in myself? None drawing breath here chose life in the time and place to which we were born."
"I'd rather be numb. Can you prescribe me any incantation, any amulet -or perhaps Janus some bizarre draught or philter, to smother the chorus of my doubts?"

"Professor, I do not envy your path -but I respect it. You are yourself beyond your strange and your large, sharp teeth. Even I can see as much."
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