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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: March 30, 2015, 09:02:18 PM
The Planet Mercenary RPG Kickstarter will launch on April 14th, 2015

So yes, you can play a character with a gun that has an ominuuuuuus huuuuuuum.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: March 29, 2015, 09:37:17 PM
The Satellite Uplink shall be built in a few short days.  And coincidently (I seriously did not plan this), my free Heroes of the Storm Stimpack will run out tomorrow.  So 1.) I will have something to pass the time while I wait, and 2.) I will not have any distractions for when, if, there is the news that I think we are going to see.

Until then, some music.

Dang, if I had a penny for every time I listened to the readying music while I pondered who to take for my next mission, I'd have a brand new computer to play it on.  Tongue
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: March 27, 2015, 10:25:41 PM
Posthuman, a post-apocalypse board game.  Smashed its goal in 12 hours.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: March 27, 2015, 02:12:35 PM
(Why can't I give them lasers?)

You expect fighter craft to have capital ship level long-range artillery?  The Plasma stuff is probably just a stand-in for the type of weaponry fighters would have that were capable of hurting such larger ships.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 27, 2015, 02:08:04 PM
And just in case we go to way with one of those universes: Force Fields!

Funny thing, we always thought the lasers would be the weapons, not part of the armor system.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 27, 2015, 06:12:44 AM
Large Hadron Collider May Prove Parallel Universes Exist By Spring

So what do you think your goatee self is like?
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: March 24, 2015, 07:28:27 PM
In honor of the new Heroes of the Storm patch:

Poke Mecha Tassadar

Poke Sylvanas
8  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: March 23, 2015, 04:03:59 PM
Hey, remember the IMR, the 3D printer gun from CoD: AW?  Well, the original artist posted an explanation for how it works.  In short, the gun itself is like a shotgun P90, where the magazine (the black bar that the character pulls out when he reloads) is fed directly from the printer right behind it.  Rather ingenious when you think about it, and remarkably old-school.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: March 22, 2015, 10:59:50 PM
Oh hey, look what just popped up today:

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Official Teaser Trailer

I also missed bringing this up last time: Mr. Holmes
10  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: March 22, 2015, 05:45:18 PM
Hmmm... note to self: find artist to help create Kyonyuu Gun Kitsune manga.
11  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: March 22, 2015, 03:39:45 PM
Let's talk Asians.  And I'm not talking about busty underage Tsundere schoolgirls here.  I'm talking Kyonyuu Gun Kitsune! *Slap*  Ow, my poor face...

But in all seriousness, I want to talk about the Asian front of the setting.  Namely, the importance of there not being a deeply clichéd Asian trope here: ninjas.

There are no ninjas in this setting.

"Whaaaaaaaaat?!" I hear you say, "How can there be no ninjas?!  It'd be like saying there are Americans, but no cowboys!"

Well, the cowboy thing's another subject entirely, but I should say that there are no ninjas as normally portrayed in popular culture.  Now don't get me wrong, ninjas can be very heavy metal, but that portrayal is closer to another setting I have (not looking, not looking), and anyone who tried those stunts here would be turned into chum in zero seconds flat, for reasons, ironically, stated as to why modern tech isn't in Naruto: a more realistic setting isn't kind to fancy ninja tricks.  Doubly so when the "realistic setting" has been going down to the gym and pounding down "vitamin supplements".  A single swordsman standing up to a mob of gun-totting mooks isn't going to last long, no matter the origin.

That said, it doesn't mean there are no martial arts in the setting.  It's just that its a bit more "hefty", more MMA style.  And, considering the name of the thread, more geared towards the world of gunman.  Up to, and including, the art of using a gun.

So yes, the origin of the Triggerman in this setting is the Asian continent, but there's another type of gunmanship people tend to forget about: the art of the long gun.  Yes, its easy to forget, what with pop culture labeling them as the mook weapon of choice, only fit to be beaten by the latest exotic weapon, but there's an actual art to using assault rifles.  And in this setting, the SAA creates some of the finest technical assault riflemen out there, particularly in spec-ops units dedicated to countering Chindonesian-led terror missions.  So, Counter-Terrorists, basically, which makes my job easier.

Another thing that makes my job easier is not having to worry about describing the armor that the SAA wears.

So, no ninjas, but that doesn't mean that there are no martial arts.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: March 22, 2015, 01:01:40 AM
The Transporter Refueled Official Trailer #1 (2015)

Good Kill Official Trailer #1 (2015)

Max Official Trailer #1 (2015) - War Dog Drama

Just some trailers I stumbled onto.
13  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: March 18, 2015, 04:15:50 PM
I'm toying with a possible houserule.  I want to have Basic Classes for this setting, but I also want to leave the door open for possible Channeler characters (and maybe seekers too, for variety).  BUT, I don't want everyone just becoming magic characters because of some balancing issues compared to Basic Classes.  So I'm thinking of a compromise:

Basic Base Classes (Seasons Only, +0xp, requires Basic Classes) - At level 4, PCs may cross-class into Base classes, with no pre-requisites required.  However, cross-class rules apply, in that PCs do not gain the Base Class's unique starting ability.  Furthermore, Base Classes max out at 10 instead of 20.

Part of the point of this set up is that, after level 5 people would just go for advanced classes, with Basic Classes intentionally designed to be very cross-classy to begin with (Fast/Tough/Counter-Terrorist for example).  This way you can be more than just a, say, Explorer/Pilot, you are a Smart/Explorer/Pilot.  Or a Charismatic/Channeler/Triggerman.

Or you can just go straight Basic.  Like there are people who will actually do that.  Wink

Thoughts?
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Happy St. Patrick's Day on: March 17, 2015, 10:56:24 PM
And in celebration, an Irish Guy playing video games.
15  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: March 17, 2015, 02:01:59 AM
What's the problem with Cold Stone?

Can't sell them as being from Hell.  Kind of hard saying they are from fire and brimstone when they lock up from excess heat.
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