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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: April 22, 2014, 12:35:43 PM
It turns out there is still an upgrade available to axes, if you want to use them for chopping wood.  I'm not sure if the new design would be any good for armor.

From reading the description I imagine it'd be quite bad against armor. The point of armor is to deflect and absorb impact, and what makes this work on wood would make it more likely to deflect off of armor. Of course, empiricism trumps speculation, and I'd have to see it in action to get a better idea of what it would do to a metal plate. I suspect "scratch the finish" would be the result, but alas, I cannot afford one of these absurdly expensive axes to test this hypothesis.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 05:46:56 PM
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3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 03:45:47 PM
For those of you who watch Agents of SHIELD on some form of delay (like I do...) and haven't yet seen this week's episode... go watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier first. The events of this weeks episode make numerous references to things that happen in the movie, including one of the biggest WHAM reveals.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: April 03, 2014, 10:39:27 PM
Just got back from CA:TWS. Spoiler free review: It was pretty good.
Spoilery Review:
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5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools! on: April 01, 2014, 04:09:18 PM
6  Community / Off-Topic / April Fools! on: April 01, 2014, 03:33:20 AM
Hey all, I figured this was a good place to crowdsource links to cool April Fools jokes on the internet.
Of course, Google is in the game this year with a new David Hasslehoff feature.
And Think Geek has a bevvy of new toys to taunt us with.
7  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Hemalurgy Rules Question on: March 22, 2014, 02:50:55 PM
Oh, sure, if it were on physical paper I could see that, but how do soulstamps work with electronics? Do you have the kind of control where you change individual electrons in the forum host's memory? Would you have to know how data storage works? Or is it enough to know that it works and that the HDD itself knows enough of data storage to make the change you suggest? And who let a Forger into the server room anyway? :p
8  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Hemalurgy Rules Question on: March 21, 2014, 05:20:56 PM
Can you soul stamp a discussion? That seems unlikely.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 20, 2014, 04:37:47 PM
As a chronic world-builder, mechanics are more important for me. A good setting is nice, but if the mechanics are terrible I won't want to play in that setting. A good set of mechanics though, I can craft my own setting to suit my needs.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [WH40k] We are the Imperial Guard... no longer on: March 10, 2014, 04:32:23 PM
This... makes me very sad. What got me into 40k to begin with was the fluff, and every new release seems to treat it as disposable. The Necron and Grey Knights codecies pissed on it enough, but straight up renaming the IG? WTF?
11  Community / Off-Topic / Words of Radiance [SPOILERS!] on: March 07, 2014, 02:27:37 PM
This is a topic for discussing the second book in Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive.


First of all, let me start with: HOLY CRAP!

This book did a much better job with pacing and setting up the climax than the first book did. While good, The Way of Kings didn't really feel like it was building towards anything in particular, it was just a bunch of stuff that was happening. Words of Radiance establishes its goals early, and the payoff is well worth it. The countdown, finding the Oathgate, and the Everstorm all collide in an awesome climax.
The book had me laughing in fits and crying at different points, sometimes at the same time. I like that not long after we find out that Syl is dead, we get a statement from Pattern that spren can't really die, making it not so much of a Deus Ex when she shows up again at the end. I had to stop reading for a minute to catch my breath from the awesomeness of Syl's line "Oh. That's right. You probably want me to be a spear, don't you?" We already had some idea that a Surgebinder's Shardblade could change shape, after Shallan's shrank on command in the chasms, but we didn't get a real taste of it till that line.
The denouement had some awesome bits, and some really head scratchers. How did a Herald on Roshar get his hands on Nightblood? Will he eat Stormlight when drawn? Is it actually Nightblood, or are we just being made to think that it is? How did Jasnah survive getting stabbed through the chest? Did Stormlight heal her, or was she already gone by that point? When you go to Shadesmar, do you leave your body behind in the Physical Realm? Is that how she survived? Does that mean she can teleport, but leaves bodies behind when she does?

Predictions for the next book:

My biggest prediction is that Adolin Kholin will die. His role in the story is kind of superfluous at this point except as a leg for a love triangle between him, Shallan, and Kaladin. I think murdering Sadeas is his first step toward jumping off the slippery slope, but he'll stop himself before he crosses the Moral Event Horizon and die in a heroic sacrifice instead.

I think Kaladin will give Teft the Honorblade. He'll do so reluctantly, after much angsting about how poorly giving Moash the Shards went.

I think that Eshonai lives. Sure, she fell down a chasm in the middle of a Highstorm/Everstorm combo, but they never found the body, she was wearing Shardplate at the time, and she was in a form explicitly protected from the storms. I think we're going to get regular POV's from her next book, starting with her waking up at the bottom of a chasm in a form other than stormform, and her having a "My God, what have I done?" type moment.

I think that the Everstorm won't be quite as bad as everyone expects. Sure, it's gonna suck, and wherever an everstorm meets a highstorm is going to cause massive damage, but I think that as long as the parshmen are kept indoors (assuming the roof doesn't get blown off...) they'll be prevented from changing into stormform. The Parshendi had to explicitly go out in a highstorm in order to change forms, and bond with a specific type of spren to do so. Seeings how the parshmen haven't bonded with a spren at all in all the highstorms they've been in, I can imagine them being largely resistant to the voidspren, simply by avoiding the storm. Of course, once one gets infected he will do what Eshonai did and convince everyone else to join him in the new form...

Hey, while I'm thinking about it, did anyone else notice that the Parshendi had a pretty good idea when storms were coming, even without stormwardens? Eshonai, for example, knew there would be exactly two more storms before the Weeping, in one of her viewpoint chapters.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 07, 2014, 01:48:30 PM
Captain America: WS extended clip

How can a guy who throws around a flag Frisbee be so awesome?  America, that's how! Grin

Lots of cool stuff in that trailer.
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13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: March 06, 2014, 06:50:44 PM
Oooh here's another one.

How many electronics store employees become secret agents?

Careful, there are two correct answers.

Drat, Rus beat me to it. Now the theme song is gonna be stuck in my head for a while..
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: February 20, 2014, 02:19:50 PM
For a 90s cartoon, Gargoyles is sometimes very 80s. I say not as a value judgement but merely an observation. Even apart from the occasional date reference, there are so many shots of the twin towers to place this series at the twilight of the old millennium.

But coming up on the 20th anniversary of this much loved series, it certainly did have its flaws (for a start the Australian leg of the World Tour is quite painful). The most obvious is the whole empty city phenomena. You can't set a series in New York -- well, any modern city -- that is so full of light and illuminated windows and only have people materialise on occasion to witness all the chaos and calamity that routinely takes place on the streets. Even for the decade before the advent of camera phones, it's still amusing that it takes some 60+ episodes  for people at large to realise 'there are more things on heaven and earth...' going on in their world. And this is all epitomised in City of Stone storyline early in season 2 where the vast majority of the inhabitants of Manhatten and its surrounds are turned to stone two nights running and the sky is set on fire, and NO ONE NOTICES OR ENTERS THE CITY on either night.

(There is a bit of real body horror in that story too: even assuming the petrified people Demona smashed remain stone come the dawn after the first night, there's one woman who likely one moment was coming home with shopping and the next her arms have vanished and is probably bleeding out on the sidewalk in the midst of arm-like rubble...)

The most egregious narrative problem however are the eggs. At the time it didn't make much of an impact, but this rewatch is coming in the wake of the utter bullshit ending of Revenge of the Sith. Gargoyles protect. For Goliath to basically just go "Fuck it, just petrify me and take the eggs" to the two people who have been absolutely crap in their attitude towards gargoyles, one of whom just permastoned the last surving adult members of the clan because he got his knickers in a twist, and whose continued good will is by no means guaranteed once the shame of their actions wears off? It's the antithesis of what we've been shown up to that point.

Sure, you've lost a whole bunch of folk, but you're still alive and you've got 32 helpless children whose only chance to gain the knowledge of what it means to be a gargoyle is from you. It's infuriatingly bad writing, especially given how very obviously heavily plotted out in advance the first two season seem to be.

Goliath wasn't ever expecting to wake up. He wasn't in the right state of mind, it was intended as a kind of suicide-by-Magus. The fact that he does eventually wake up comes as a surprise to him. Note that it still takes him till the end of the first season to come to the realization that they should be doing some protecting instead of just... living.
15  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: What kind of compounder would you want to be? on: February 13, 2014, 04:39:39 PM
For me it was a toss up between Bronze and Bendalloy, both for their feruchemical uses. I've said often that if I could give up eating I would, and this poll gives me the option to do that, so... yeah. I'd love to never get hungry or thirsty again, and if I could use bendalloy allomancy I wouldn't have to wait another two and a half weeks for Words of Radiance to drop...
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