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511  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Hacking in the world of cyberpunk on: February 03, 2014, 06:33:17 AM
As another SR2 vet, let me say that the SR5 character creation rules sap my will to live.

Premades, or at least templates, aren't a bad idea for them treasuring preparation.

I didn't think they were that bad. I'm not crazy about going back to the priority system, but it was a hell of a lot better than the point system in v3/v4. 

My mistake might have been wanting to get into Drone use right off. I just remember being just overwhelmed trying to balance skills v. money v. stats v. disadvantages. It's not, and I could be wrong and thus confused about being confused, compartmentalized at all.
There's three steps to character creation:
1) Concept.
2) Handle.
3) Allocate points for EVERYTHING.

Didn't help that one of the most senior players in the local community liked to openly brag about how he'd kill other runners at mission's end to cut down on competition for pay because, "it's just business." Tongue
One more stupid complication to work in; making sure I had some kind of ace in the hole for his dumb ass to choke on.
Or Mr. "I'm a were-jaguar with 23 dice in Firearms!" Roll Eyes

Last time I played Shadowrun 6 dice was expert in a given skill. And playing a were-anything didn't happen.
Kind of killed my fire to get back into the shadows.
512  Community / Off-Topic / That [i]thing[/i] in your head. on: February 03, 2014, 06:19:31 AM
This thread's for personal obsessiveness.

There's a character in a Warhammer 40,000 novel called The Chapter's Due named Kaarja Salombar.
She's very minor. She's mostly remarkable not making sense in the setting, and for having kind of a pathetic death.
But....she's in my head because I will probably never understand her pointless paradoxes.

Forty-K likes to flash it's Grimdark credentials by conjuring up some thing unique and/or beautiful and then promptly destroying/desecrating it. Kaarja is very much of this grand tradition. But she's special in making no goddamn sense at all. She might be Half-Eldar -which is impossible. She might be a Chosen or a Champion or a Cultist, but if she is she's also unique in being one of the least marked ever. She, and this makes me brain burn, has no written dialogue in the entire story. She does things, she communicates and others take meaning, but she never does so in the active voice.
I swear that this must be a code, this must mean something in the language of literature. You have a character. You put them into the story. They act, react, and have appearances. They do things. But they don't speak, and there's nothing that suggests that they are in fact mute. Kaarja's in the final act, her last scene is the not-really-suspenseful climax of the story.
Why?
What does it mean? If I did that in a story, and I can't really conceive of doing so, it would be because whatever the character could say would either be so trivial as to be meaningless or it would be because s/he isn't capable of communicating anything of meaning.
Like trying to get Cthulu to recite the Gettysburg Address. He can't understand the squiggles on the paper, and I can't understand what the sounds he makes are supposed to mean. It would just be white noise of a mind-shattering volume.
And I'm pretty sure that's not the case here, so the conclusion I return to is that her non-speaking is done to highlight her lack of dialogue.
And what the **** does that mean?

I know this fixation means nothing. Just about everything does. But this. This defies me. I want this to go away. And thusly this thread.
A place for all the things that you can't leave behind.
513  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 03, 2014, 05:51:30 AM
I'm impressed that it remains so divisive.

Nerdrage is damned serious business.

Nothing but truth there.
I kinda of wonder what the root of it is.
Maybe an absence of more critical topics to battle over?
I wonder if it's because of a lack of personal definition? Like that modern living is so personally neutralizing, that we're so inundated by anonymity that just anything we can do to stand out is worth diving at? One of the hardest things I've ever had to stomach was getting a clear view of, for how odd I've been, how much like so many others I am.
Eh. Maybe that's just the Internet. We're all just pissing packets into the void and it's too easy to feel like it's all ragingly pointless because there's so little personal contact.
514  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 03, 2014, 05:49:19 AM
Hey, anyone seen Spring Breakers?
Movie Bob, this dude hither seems to think it's an sly but frank faux-documentary about Gen-Y flavor lost youth.
And that it's far more clever than it looks.
I'm not going to bring up A.P.B. again, because of again, but this sounds like it could really be toothy 10KB material from an unusual angle.
And I'm curious to know what ya'll think.

Also, Dead Man Down? Anyone? Bueller?

So nearly a year later I've finally watched Spring Breakers.
And it's good, though I'll probably never watch it again. There are a few movies like that; I saw Full Metal Jacket once, and that was enough. Seen Apocalypse Now a couple of times by comparison. Probably because Apocalypse Now is more a kind of fantasy, and Full Metal Jacket is just very perfectly ugly.

Spring Breakers ain't FMJ, lest a comparison be implied. Wink

So...I'm not sure what to say. It's art, no question in my mind. The using of lighting alone is proof enough. Acting's excellent, score's appropriate. Pacing's slow. Deliberately so, I think.
But...I feel contemplative. The ending is unexpected. Really not typical at all. The theme of self-discovery is taken pretty far. Didn't expect that. I didn't get my mind blown, but I already have a strong understanding of who I am so I didn't have much to learn.
Doesn't make much sense I know, but you might feel that way afterwards, too.

Anyway. Weird movie. Didn't really find it pornographic or exploitative. Lots of jiggly NSFW, but more kind of numbing than indulgent. Coming away feeling kind of hollow. That's...actually very perfect for Spring Breakers.
It's not the new Porky's.
It's really not like anything. Well, maybe Requiem for a Dream?
515  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Super Bowl Sunday 2014 on: February 03, 2014, 02:58:10 AM
Wooooow.  It's been a while since I've seen a supposedly good team faceplant that badly.  I mean, sure, bad games happen, but in the Super Bowl?  Like this?  I mean, seriously, this was the whole game right here: Snap goes over Manning's head into the endzone, Seattle gets a safety.  In the first play from scrimmage.  Oi, I could barely stand to sit through it to get to the commercials!

Congrats Seattle, on your second sports title.  Ever.

Next year:  Go Bills!

This is the first time in my entire life it hasn't been hard to be a Seahogs fan. Seriously.
516  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: February 02, 2014, 08:29:03 PM
".................................................."
Jett proffers and does not explain, her face very neutral.
517  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: February 02, 2014, 07:53:27 PM
So is Shia LeBouf going to play the insert-normal-jackass human character everyone already is right to hate?
518  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Hacking in the world of cyberpunk on: February 01, 2014, 05:19:11 PM
I don't know the former, so I can't say.
Star Wars and I are...distant.
519  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Hacking in the world of cyberpunk on: February 01, 2014, 02:50:11 PM
As another SR2 vet, let me say that the SR5 character creation rules sap my will to live.

Premades, or at least templates, aren't a bad idea for them treasuring preparation.
520  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 30, 2014, 02:35:43 PM
Jett produces the fist-mace, offering it.
"....."
521  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 26, 2014, 07:30:48 PM
Barring a sudden need to use it, Leona spends her turn wiping down and sheathing her blade.
Next turn, she's digging out her sling.
522  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: January 24, 2014, 05:59:38 PM
Gal Gadot signed for solo Wonder Woman movie

I don't know why, but every time I hear her name I keep thinking "Buck Godot".

...same, really.
523  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 24, 2014, 07:53:10 AM
Sanctum 2? Wut?

Tis a tower defense FPS with a near-future vibe. Action is frantic, messy, and slightly comic.
Basic riff: get materials, lay out turrets or fencing. Fencing is also stackable. Herd spore hordes into weapons fire.
Participate! Choose a soldier, kill stuff.
Free for download and trial on Steam for next few days.
First impressions: fun! Messy. Nice aesthetic. Clear possibilities for complexity. Not sure about long-term growth, but given that it's been discounted down 85% there isn't much to lose. Even for me.

Minimum:
OS:Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 1.6GHz or better
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7 or 8
Processor:QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible, 512MB VRAM+; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or better
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
524  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Too MANY skill points? Wait a minute... on: January 24, 2014, 05:55:38 AM
Surgery?
Egads. Best wishes and all that.
525  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 24, 2014, 01:27:01 AM
Well done!

Thank you thank you thank you.

That was...uh...hard. I barely struggled through my first couple of solo bronze missions. Had to improve to pass the silver, and the gold missions were...taxing. Angry
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