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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 16, 2015, 03:36:36 AM
I think it's a mix of differentiating itself from LotR or 'generic' fantasy and that Brooks only really kept it subtle by not describing things clearly, which isn't something TV or a movie can get away with.

I mean, there's no road sign shields or anyof the other trappings of the post-apocalyptic genre, it looks more like they're going for LotR with our civilization as the builder of the ancient ruins and monuments rather than the civilizations of the Second Age.

You're probably right.  Though, given that the Present(tm) is separate from the Elfstones of Shannara time frame by roughly 2000 years, there really shouldn't be any cars lying around.  The Space Needle is bigger but, still, very likely not going to be there.

Probably a case of writers can't do math and/or a TV adaptation.
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 15, 2015, 11:13:07 PM
Although they seem to be being more blatant with the post apocalyptic aspect of Shannara than I recall the original trilogy being.

You're quite right. Almost Thundar the Barbarian levels of blatant. Which is ... odd.
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 15, 2015, 01:22:04 AM
If memory serves it is based of the second book.

Yep.  From our friends at Wikipedia:
"Sonar Entertainment acquired TV rights to the Shannara universe in 2012.[27] In December, 2013 it was announced a series based on the second book published, The Elfstones of Shannara, was being produced for MTV. To begin airing in July 2015, it is being produced by Jon Favreau and Smallville showrunners Miles Millar and Al Gough."
19  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: How to balance encounters? on: July 14, 2015, 01:20:57 PM
I'm also in the "sometimes it's too easy" camp.  However, once I started playing the critters with some intelligence, it got better.  Wolves ambush to fight and gang up (flank) on one enemy.  Once about 25% (ass pull) of the pack goes down, they tend to run away.  But, they may come back while the party is sleeping.   Evil

Beasts and folk may surrender if the fight isn't going their way.  If a few well placed words get the murder-hobos to stop killing them, then it's in their interest to use said words.  Besides they can break their word later if needed.   Evil

And if the party gets the reputation that they won't stop killing if folks try to surrender, then they won't surrender anymore.  Nor will they accept the PC's attempts to do so.   Evil
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 14, 2015, 01:12:26 PM
I admit, I was not expecting something this promising...

The Shannara Chronicles
Glad to see they went with the Elfstones rather than the re-telling of LotR. Might have to give it a watch.

The orcs from LotR certainly seemed to be in that trailer

Point.  Though, it's easier to convince execs to spend money when you say things like, "it's the TV version of LotR."  Not to mention orcs are a thing in that 'verse.  I was just pointing out that they seem to be using the Elfstones rather than the Sword of Shannara as the jumping off point.
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 13, 2015, 02:37:30 AM
I admit, I was not expecting something this promising...

The Shannara Chronicles
Glad to see they went with the Elfstones rather than the re-telling of LotR. Might have to give it a watch.
22  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Potions: making them more usable? on: July 11, 2015, 08:07:51 PM
I've introduced a quality with costs analogous to distilled called "selbstvertäglich".
It's incompatible with distilled and allows you to benefit from unlimited potions as long as they all have this quality.
Hmmm.  Google Translate suggested that it needed another "r" for some reason (selbstverträglich), decided it was German and then told me it was "even tolerated."

Is that about right?
23  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 11, 2015, 03:00:40 PM
ludo: Minor correction, the soldier would procure horse and cart in town (likely from the inn), it's one of the acolytes who will be returning to Balentyne ASAP if Donnagin discovers a possible contagious sickness.

Edit made with some minor improv.  Let me know if that's was too much.
24  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 11, 2015, 02:03:31 PM
Lars smiles a touch despite his best efforts.  This affront his past in the guise of a priest will soon be dealt with.  And with his fall will begin the fall of the shield wall and the end of the Mitran blight.  He waits for the whispers that alert him to his allies and then will say, "We're here."  Then, if he can do so without attracting attention to himself, he'll add, "The red headed acolyte must be stopped as he'll head back to the watchtower should the good father think that Mama Guiseppe's illness is contagious."
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: July 11, 2015, 11:38:41 AM
So, watched Terminator: Genisys with my brother while on vacation.  I liked it.  It isn't the Cameron epic from 1984 or the very watchable sequel from 1991 but neither is it a Terminator 3 or Salvation.

Jai Courtney does an acceptable (but only just) job as Kyle Reese.  However, Emilia Clarke simply kicks ass as Sarah Connor.  She absolutely nails this role.  Jason Clarke plays John Connor - the hero of the Resistance - and does a good job with it.  Schwarzenegger is back, once again playing a reprogrammed Terminator, called Pops.

The movie does a great job calling back to the franchise as a whole with particular emphasis on the first two movies (which is probably why you notice that Courtney simply isn't Michael Biehn).  The message that as a society we're too wrapped up in our tech is a bit anvillicious but hey, it's a fun ride.

The end seems to have tied up all the loose ends; however, you know that studios aren't going to quit with a cash-cow like this franchise.  They've already announced Terminators 6 and 7 (2017 & 18) so stay during the credits for a brief glimpse of what's coming.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: July 11, 2015, 11:23:28 AM
Now, is anyone else watching Dark Matter or Killjoys?

Yes.  Have seen the first episode of Dark Matter (enjoyed it) and have several more or it and Killjoys recorded (business trips tend to stop you from watching them when you're out of the country.)

Still haven't gotten to watch Killjoys but binged up through the 5th episode of Dark Matter.  Still liking it so far.

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27  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 11, 2015, 10:54:08 AM
IC updated.  Working on Character sheet.
28  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 09, 2015, 04:20:21 PM
If no one objects, I'll edit my post to show the "young ruffian" going after the husband to "get help faster" than the old(er?) man.
29  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 09, 2015, 12:32:22 PM
Using the circlet, Lars assumes the guise and walk of a ruffian he remembers from his youth.  He tries to project just enough attitude to drive away those who could be bullied and just enough insecurity that those who are truly dangerous would pity him rather than "teach him a lesson."  He mills about Mama Guiseppe's house and puts on a concerned face when Janus!Guiseppe comes out.  When the neighbor comes along and asks her husband to run to the tower he quickly volunteers, "Um, excuse me.  I think I might be a bit faster and ... well, Mama Guiseppe has helped me from time to time.  It's the least I could do."

He waits for the husband to acquiesce but prepares to follow and dispatch him as needed.

He whispers, "I'm outside looking like the proverbial lost puppy.  Wait.  I'm headed to the tower to retrieve our target.  I'll let you know when the fireworks are about to start."
30  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 09, 2015, 12:29:34 PM
Quick question: what level are we supposed to be.  I'm thinking 5th but I want to be sure.
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