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1  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Z-Corps Question for Everyone on: September 06, 2014, 09:09:36 PM
David Pulver. Reign of Steel is one of my go-to reads for apocalyptic ideas, and his stuff is always, always high quality.

2  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: WORLD ON FIRE - 2014 (Unnoficial Guide) on: September 06, 2014, 08:57:04 PM
...and they called me crazy.

We call you a lot of things.
3  Community / Customer Service / Re: Spam... it's what's for dinner on: August 27, 2014, 10:05:17 PM
And gone.

Mutt, thanks for the report. Everyone else, that's the best way to get these things cleared out. We may not be able to respond immediately, but reporting works much better than posts here.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Gencon 2014 - Who's going? on: August 11, 2014, 10:56:47 AM
The return on investment of trying to get a decent-quality recording, audio or video, of the seminars is just about zero. And since it's likely that such a task would, at least in part, fall under my responsibilities, I'm content to give it a priority that can be best resolved with an electron microscope.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Civ: BE]Harmony, Supremacy, or Purity? [Discussion] on: April 29, 2014, 06:32:08 AM
For personal, ultimately religious, reasons, I believe humanity goes beyond supporting basic drives. 

Agreed, and I'm as atheist as the day is long.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Do your game characters tend to be your gender or opposite gender? on: April 29, 2014, 06:29:09 AM
Well, first -  Safe for work, church, grandparents' anniversary dinner, whatever.

Tabletop gaming - probably 95% male. Just works better for me. No problem playing a female character, especially in a pickup/convention game. When I do, I usually base her on one of the rather terrific women in my life.

I've got a dozen or so World of Warcraft characters, and only one is male. I like the female character and equipment models better, and to be frank, if all other things are equal, I'll always choose the option that just looks better.
7  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Sundered Skycraft on: April 21, 2014, 09:38:14 AM
All good. Carry on!
8  Products / Fantasy Craft / MOVED: Sundered Skycraft on: April 21, 2014, 09:37:20 AM
This topic has been moved to License to Improvise.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: February 28, 2014, 07:19:55 AM
One of the greats of our hobby, Aaron Allston, passed away last night.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: February 26, 2014, 07:07:03 AM
Taken on its own, Jose Padilha's remake of RoboCop ain't bad. It's well-cast, Padilha has terrific skill at putting together action pieces, the "Show Me!" scene is horrifying, and the movie does a pretty good job addressing the issues it wanted to play with. The RoboCop prosthesis looks pretty darn cool, the updated ED-209s are nifty, and, man, Jackie Earl Haley is such an utter dick. Really liked Michael Keaton, too. Points for using some of the original's most distinctive sounds - RoboCop's heavy footfalls and Basil Poledouris' classic theme.

In comparison to Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece, though, it falls sadly short. Despite the slightly longer runtime, it feels like there is less movie here. Padilha's movie's villains are half the strength of Clarence Boddicker and Dick Jones. The mandated PG-13 rating means that the cartoonish violence from 1987 is sanitized for the audience's protection. Sam Jackson as a Bill O'Reilly copy just isn't interesting, and has entirely too much screen time.

On the whole, it's an okay movie, but not one I'll seek out again. The whole is a bit less than the sum of its parts.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 26, 2014, 07:03:11 AM
We're two months into 2014. The new(ish) thread is here -
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: That [i]thing[/i] in your head. on: February 04, 2014, 09:28:31 PM
Nah, I get it. People have that occasional pea that gets between the mattresses and just won't let 'em sleep.

I had a couple last year that threw me for loops. Whose shoes were those, and how did they wind up in my laptop bag? And she knew I was going to tie her wrists to the eyebolt in the ceiling; why would she think I'd be bothered that her armpits weren't waxed?
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: February 01, 2014, 05:00:18 PM
Maximilian Schell, winner of an Oscar for Judgment at Nuremburg. He'll always be The Black Hole's Dr. Hans Reinhardt for me, big-time mad scientist and creator of one of the scariest sumbitchin' robots ever to appear on film.
14  Products / News and Announcements / Crafty Games Needs Volunteers for GenCon 2014! on: January 29, 2014, 07:34:04 AM
Good morning! We're making plans for GenCon 2014, and we need volunteers to promote our products at the con. Interested? Of course you are! E-mail our volunteer coordinator at andy at for more information.

Stay Crafty!
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: January 27, 2014, 11:05:02 AM
Released in 2013, but SFW, saw it two days ago.

47 Ronin is better than I expected. Not a great movie, but a lot of fun, quite good-looking, and a pretty terrific way to spend $2 and a couple of hours before hitting the bars.

Saw it with a couple of players from my new Legend of the Five Rings game, and now they're more on-board than before.
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