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16  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: February 14, 2015, 03:37:04 AM
You never could get that scene in Sol Bianca out of your head, huh?

  I never tried to. Its a great scene Smiley. At most I tried to improve on the plausibility of it.

  What really shocked me a couple of years ago was going back and watching the Gatchaman OAVs and realizing how much influence those had on my thinking for the setting.
17  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: February 13, 2015, 07:16:22 PM
  Orbit-to-surface weapons are definitely a thing in Farthest Star Smiley.

  And while it's not sexy, almost any sniping weapon is improved by NOT having it in contact with the pulsing, throbbing, jittering bag of meat that is the human operator. Aim by wire is the future on that front.
18  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: February 13, 2015, 06:30:00 PM
My only problem with the sheep having a zero for Intelligence is that it conflicts with other rules regarding Attributes.  And so, to conform with the Attribute rules, it must be a minimum of 1.

  Its good that you noticed it. But ultimately game designers - like several other breeds of geek - occasionally write out jokes in numerical form Smiley.
19  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: February 13, 2015, 02:19:45 PM
  I have herded sheep, sheered sheep, and loaded/hauled sheep to slaughter before eating said sheep.

  0 is being generous. -3 is probably more accurate Wink.

  (I believe that zero was Alex channeling some stories from that period into tangible game mechanics Cool)
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 13, 2015, 08:58:38 AM
  Still digging down into Person of Interest. Oddly, I had apparently seen the first 6 episodes before and they were just as meandering as I remembered. Episode 8 was fun as the Elias thread finally started to pay off and I just finished ep. 11, which is where the meta-plot finally looks like its going to get rolling.

  So far I am reasonably satisfied with the explanations for why the machine's owners seem so oblivious to its operation. I'd buy that for a dollar, too Wink.

  I do wonder what the machine does when it spots a terrorist threat posed by someone who doesn't have an American SSN, since that is seemingly all it outputs even on its formal channels.
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: February 12, 2015, 09:44:42 AM
  On the bright side the art is being done by Dan Shoening. He does great work along with being a nice guy Smiley.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 12, 2015, 08:56:52 AM
  We had this exact same conversation 20+ years ago. The A-10 creates scenarios where the egos in zip-up baggies (pilots) are subordinate to directives from mugs on the ground. And that is 100% counter to the culture AF pilots live in. The were well on their way to handing them off to the Army when the Gulf War showcased them to perfection. Then quite abruptly the Air Force (and by Air Force I mean the in-bred pilot cadre... the rest of the service always thought they were awesome...) was very protective of its charismatic showpieces... for a year or two. Then they went right back to hating them.

  But at least telling people to can them is a lot more demonstrably career suicide than promoting them is treason Evil. That general is toast.

  Only now it's becoming clear putting pilots in the sky is not really where the future of air power is headed. A reality the Air Force (and by Air force I mean...) is struggling mightily to come to terms with.
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: February 10, 2015, 04:08:16 AM
I'm disappointed that CCP killed off the Vampire MMO

  I'm disappointed the team working on it was given twice the usual development time and had 99% of their lore work done for them on day 1 and STILL couldn't produce something CCP could have faith in.

  There comes a point you have to put a bullet in it.
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 09, 2015, 02:49:14 PM
Somewhere there's an actually site where "the machine" runs and someone pays its electric bill and could kill it with the flip of a switch or a swing of a fire axe - and that someone is so monumentally satisfied with its performance in the role it was built for that they aren't checking on its strange extra curricular activities...
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 08, 2015, 03:16:54 PM
Finished the last season of Burn Notice. That was slightly dark. I think darker would have made it better, but... prime time. Whatcha gonna do?

On to Person of Interest. I have one absolute requirement from this to be plausible in the slightest. Lets see if it clears that hurdle.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 08, 2015, 03:14:53 PM
Three words: Live Action Zelda

Very good, or very bad.  I can't see there being any middle ground for this one.

Oh no. I think 'entirely forgettable' fits neatly between those possibilities and has by far the largest gravity field Wink.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 08, 2015, 02:33:03 PM
  I actually re-watched the entire trilogy just a couple months ago. It was interesting.

  Watching the first of those reviews, I am reminded how badly they screwed themselves by not going with what they intended in the first place - that the humans were plugged into the Matrix to provide meat-memory rather than fly in the face of thermodynamics and the incredible bullshit batteries explanation. Plan A was the supportable answer to "why the matrix at all?" and Plan B was the movie pretty much shat the bed trying to cram in one single visual gag that made everything else utterly cockamamie.

  But I've been in the same boat all along - it was abject pandering to geeks, coupled to a complete absence of chemistry between any of the cast.

  But it's true - Keanu Reeves gives the best "Whoa!" in the industry. In fact any movie where he doesn't say that is pretty much a waste of his prodigious talent. Well... a waste of something.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 08, 2015, 12:18:50 AM
Wait, you mean we can't just churn out would-be Harry Potter-oids based on fractionally as successful young adult fiction trash and auto-print money?

Weird Wink.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 06, 2015, 11:38:02 PM
Gender reassignment made them the Wachowski siblings.

*curls up with Wikipedia briefly*

*blink-blink*

Okay.

I didn't realize Cloud Atlas was one of theirs. It looked surprisingly jumbled and frankly sappy. Maybe next time I have easy access to Netflics I'll waste an afternoon on it. I really, really liked Speed Racer so they're not completely out of chances with me.
30  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Nations. In. SPAAAAAAAAAAAAACE on: February 06, 2015, 08:04:49 PM
Because NATO isn't a real thing now?
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