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511  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 21, 2014, 12:56:43 AM
"I am no hunter any more then I am a sailor, and I have underthings to launder."
*She pauses, with an expression of almost-alarm*
"I suppose we all might."
*Leona releases a gusty, oddly humming sigh*
"So opens the Laundry Service of the Damned. If you've things that require determined scrubbing, I will see it done -so none wonder: I refuse Grumblejack's intimates outright. Also, my results would be improved with the procuring of soap and a washtub."

Leona's plan is to spend her last day on blessed solid ground washing things, and while they dry taking some time to practice her greatsword forms. It's also been entirely too long since she's had the chance to stretch her vocal cords as much as her hamstrings, so she'll also Perform for the wildlife something from the more melodious from the Asmodean choirbook -"His Silver Seductions" in C-, or the like.
512  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 20, 2014, 03:21:35 PM
Apparently, Young Adult Dystopians is the flavor for the year.  Not sure I can take another Hunger Games / Divergent / The Giver style story.  For all the Dystopian societies cropping up, none of them sell the bleak, morale defeating human experience very well.

Might be due a subconscious fear that the world that our children are going to inherit is going to be broken due to our own hubris.  Or something.

Valentina for President; "I got this."
513  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 20, 2014, 02:05:42 PM
Pardon the vitriol but going over to their forums and screaming THIS IS TERRIBLE, FIX IT works worse there then it would here, and here's it's no good idea either.
Yeah, I see the error in the "screaming" part, but I'm struggling so much the basic system mastery required to make an effective argument swapping content for volume is about all I can do. It's damn hard to change the mind of someone who doesn't see a problem, has no incentive to correct that problem, and who doesn't speak Empathy.
514  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 20, 2014, 01:57:38 PM
I'm basically living this question right now.

I'm in the Legends of Arcanis campaign. It's using it's own system. That system has a few inspired elements, and a bunch of impenetrable ones. And a few more that're just broken* -and the worst "feats" I've ever seen. Like they have zero magnetism beyond possible mechanical advantages. There are no Sexy Feat in LoA, it's all complex and grimy and "+1 to hit is actually huge when taken 5 times because of how the probability bell-curve works!" Holy shit, wtb Basic Combat tree please!
Ohhhhh but the IP is SO. GOOD. When the clunky, inscrutable mechanics (here's a basic "you should know" for any player in that game: you should know how your character is going to turn out 40 levels from it's start to be consistently effective!) aren't getting in the way of the story it's magic. It's the reason I've ever gone to Origins. It's kept me from putting a bullet in my head. It's amazing middle fantasy married to brutal politicking and moments of high heroism. It's also maybe the only campaign I've ever been in that lets players act as agents of a Big Bad, but made that option so subtly repulsive it's not actually popular.

On the other hand is 4th Edition D&D. Simple-to-start-but-potentially-complex mechanics, the Revenge of the D12!, nicely balanced classes and races  -some Feat Tax issues sure, but the good outweighs the bad. Or has been said, "the space between the very top build and the very bottom is smaller then it's ever been. Playing a sub-optimal race/class combo (halfling berzerker?) is penalizing, but not actually crippling."
Bueno.
Too bad it had one of the worst Living campaigns I've been part of. From the outset the stated goal was "popcorn modules," -one-off, fluffy, forgettable, combat heavy, shallow adventures.
Well, mission accomplished motherfuckers. There was a whole lot of nobody worth remembering and nothing worth caring about. I say "was" kind of prematurely. It's still going on, but nobody gives a shit! The instant D&D Next was announced as About To Launch (what ithree years ago now), the mass reaction of the community I'm part of was, "cool, let's move on to that."
There were a couple of other non-gaming factors that didn't help -a fecund DM left the area, a couple of blokes got married and the new woman didn't like his old friends, some other things. But the lack of pull from the campaign itself did zero favors. Everyone hawked their sourcebooks and archived their characters.
My bile overfloweth. Goddamnit LFR, you are disappoint Son.

*weapons have Speed. Ok. A weapon takes 2 speed to Ready, but it's own speed to Sheathe. So, pull your Zweihander = 2.
Put it away? Six, on a scale of Twelve.
Now I get why it's that way: "it makes sense LOL" -ie, it's plausible to someone with no perspective on in-game consequences of their choices.
BUT IT'S ALSO #*%$WSD-ing MECHANICALLY CRIPPPLING TO MELEE CHARACTERS!
Casters can still do everything btw, since weapon skill progression isn't allocated by archetype and of course fucking around with things like weapons materials or types isn't a problem they have. They aren't as a broadly melee adept as a dedicated combat character -but I've played exactly ZERO rpg's wherein "I'm pretty good with everything" was even REMOTELY as effective as "I'm amazing with this one tool" and LoA is no exception.
Other examples exist, the entire advanced and combination spells/maneuvers mechanics, but this is a good place to start.
515  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: March 20, 2014, 05:49:50 AM
I'm liking this as well.
It's proving to be surprisingly...engaging.
Bravo, Slashes.

Also, hooyeah I love Unborn!
You can do so freaking much with them!
My only kvetch is the difficulty of ditching Lumbering, but bah -it's a small thing.
I really like the very full list of Construct traits, and the fluffy utility of those immunities and such.
516  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 19, 2014, 08:21:24 PM
Also, the all female spinoff is apparantly going to be titled The Expendabelles

In a word: huh.
It's all in the execution.
517  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Tier Zero (Spycraft 2.0 Military Science Fantasy) on: March 19, 2014, 06:42:19 PM
No doubt.
Also, link broken.
518  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 19, 2014, 05:13:30 AM
Leona will go with the flow as the trip resumes.
She's not real exciting = Huh?
519  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [mastercraft] The Superior (was: [class conversion] Avatar) on: March 19, 2014, 12:01:40 AM
Swearing that I read carefully this time...
The core ability. Anything else that could be the given benefit instead of the SA die?
Allow Moderate armor with Drop Zone?

Otherwise, looks good.
520  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 18, 2014, 10:15:29 PM
Though I was thinking on my "In Character" response to the villain's demands from the perspective of the sitting President, and that was interesting.
The stakes are: said Villain has the President, the VP, their surviving cabinet members, and, the big threat, potentially access to codes capable of detonating America's nuclear inventory in it's silos.

Eh. Given what's at stake and the fact the President has been seen to begin to capitulate, I'd evacuate all essential data I could from the site then go all Kaiser Soze on them and just level the white house

Given the polarization of American domestic politics nuking a foreign nation is probably more politically survivable then blowing up the White House. Lips Sealed
521  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 18, 2014, 10:01:41 PM
"You have 20 minutes to choose, and I have a few phone calls to make. Good day." *click*

Valentina for President in '16!!

Thank you, thank you -let's talk domestic policy! Grin
j/k

Perhaps oddly, I did mean "in character." Playing my Lawperson 4/ Field Analyst 1/ Counter-Terrorist 10/ Sentinel 1 did inform me with this insight: to try not to hate my targets. To remember that, deserving of violent summary judgement as they frequently are, they're critical indicators that somewhere something has gone massively wrong. That the basic impetuous of human life is to rut, eat, and sleep it off and that when someone's instead at the "fishing vest that ticks" stage of dissent they're a flesh-eating canary from the marrow cancer coal mine.

That even in the case of the tangos from Olympus Has Fallen there's a grievance worth investigating. That like as ol' Sun Tzu wrote "the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting, and if that can be leverage into a cessation of hostilities then it must be. Violent conclusions are satisfying, oh hell yeah, but the biggest wins are about demonstrating that the Law of the Jungle ultimately cedes the floor to the Codes of Reason.

I don't know if Agent Leopard truly could have pushed the button on the millions of blameless subjects of Kim Jong Ugg, but she had Flawless with the skills Intimidate and Bureaucracy and the feat Precision Practice, so she'd be damn well able to LOOK like she could. Cool

Ahhh, I love SC2. <3
Shadow was always the far bigger bad-ass as big-name takedowns went but I woke up each and every morning with a plus-twenty-four on a minimum thirty-six Intimidate skill, and the will to make Cthulu think twice about getting out of bed if I had to. "I'm here to scare the pants off you, and it's for your own good" because step two is flashbangs and step 3* is the acceleration of entropy in your existence by way of 600-gram micro-gavels that come at you like lightning would flinch.

Pardon the flaccid brag, but those were halcyon days. =]

*Step 3 is also "repeat step 2 as necessary." Flashbangs are magic.
522  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 18, 2014, 09:27:10 PM
We're finally getting The Incredibles 2

Oh, and a third Cars movie, but y'know... The Incredibles 2!

New director, same writer?
My hopes, they are up.
I don't recall any real flaws in the original story, so this is something I am interested in.
523  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 18, 2014, 06:27:38 PM
I saw Olympus Has Fallen a week ago.

I liked it. Brainless, kinetic -probably to an actual Secret Service member this is the new Hurt Locker, but for laymorons such as myself it's fun enough. Some improbable "that couldn't happen" moments aside, there is some cool like the garbage trucks "event."

I give it a B-.

Though I was thinking on my "In Character" response to the villain's demands from the perspective of the sitting President, and that was interesting.
The stakes are: said Villain has the President, the VP, their surviving cabinet members, and, the big threat, potentially access to codes capable of detonating America's nuclear inventory in it's silos.

Here's my response: "I have two offers. First, you and your accomplices disarm, and surrender yourselves to the custody of United States Law Enforcement. You will stand trial and will face an accounting of your many crimes on US soil. In exchange in twenty-four hours or less the skies over North Korea will host the largest humanitarian aid blitz since Berlin. Food, medicine, water, tools -everything needed to help millions of starving people out of their torment as soon as possible. We'll re-open long-term famine-relief talks with Pyongyang as well with an eye on sanctions relief."

"The second deal is this: I demonstrate the use of 'glass' as a verb. As an example of use, 'I will call up N.A.T.O. and have North Korea glassed.' From outer space North Korea is a dark blotch unique on the globe for how little light it gives. I'll change that. North Korea will glow for tens-of-thousands of years as a unique reminder of why civilized avenues of discourse are to be respected, however tragically clumsy as they can be."

"You have 20 minutes to choose, and I have a few phone calls to make. Good day." *click*
524  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 18, 2014, 06:05:38 AM
Leona's squatting next to a carefully tended fire, staring as bubbles are rising through very clear water in a battered, scratched pot.

It's most enthralling thing she's ever seen.

Minutes later half it's contents are sluicing through the steel tangle of her hair, sweeping sweat and salt and no small amount of her own bile to the spongy, crunchy ground.

And for a couple of amazing minutes everything is going to be ok. For the first time in several too-long days she's hungry. Honestly, happily hungry. Seal stew could be a thing -she doesn't know any recipes, but she's always had a tolerant palate.

Also, Leona has a system.

Not that anyone's watching -Leona's remarkably unremarkable as half-human creatures go, but if they were they might notice that she's surprisingly methodical.

She places the pot back onto the fire. Loads it with rods of fresh ice. The old water is no longer boiling, the ice has melted and is now rapidly leaving tepid and proceeding to steaming.

That next batch will be a taste of heaven. As will the next.

Leona's pretty sure it'll take a while for this to become tiresome.

If she was going to stay overnight she'd wash her small clothes and her bedroll and her initiate's robes, cycling each through while keeping her own body heat by huddling up in the other two. She wouldn't need much more shelter then she has.

Bjornar will be returning before too long. Leona's not really concerned about being caught in some compromising exposure of her mingled flesh and metal biology. She didn't bring her blade, but she doesn't need it.

She can kill Bjornar bare-handed as needed. She's ready for that.

Leona has a system for that as well.

This is also the first time in too long she's really had time to think. The mansion had been too...alien. Too illusionary. Beautiful and decadent, but not calming in it's predatory plushness. And the ship is too cramped -if she could even put two thoughts together through the lurching, convulsing turmoil of her tormented stomach.

Leona doesn't think Asmodeus has a heaven.

Mitra does, of course. That she can recall from tapestries and oil paintings and ancient frescoes it's generally bland in a traditionally celestial sense. Clouds and sunshine, angels playing trumpets, pious saints blindly ecstatic at their own holiness. But the message is clear: in Mitra there is rest.

Leona doesn't think Asmodeus grants anyone rest. She wonder if there's much better an end then just being allowed to die. There are dozen fates between here and her conclusion.

All the same, Leona can't lose the shadow of feeling like no matter how this ends...it won't end well.

For anyone.

Except maybe for Janus, that birch bitch. That would figure.

Leona pours the dregs of the last pot straight onto her face while taking a gulp. She energetically swills it around her mouth, and spits it straight into the fire.

The flames are dead.

The pause is over.

The mission continues.
525  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 17, 2014, 05:57:45 AM
Leona is unabashed enthusiastic about getting off the ship, and will cooperate with Bjornar as needed.
If there is any possibility to bathe without risking hypothermia she'll seize it.

This could, for purposes of any suspicions on the part of the captain or crew, seem unusually out character for her.
Or maybe it's just happiness at even a temporary break from attempting to vomit up her stomach lining.
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