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Board and Card Games / Re: Backerkit
« Last post by rakisseia on July 24, 2017, 10:26:06 PM »
nice...
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License to Improvise / Re: Paranormal-Romance-Craft?
« Last post by Mister Andersen 2.0 on July 24, 2017, 08:11:03 PM »
Has there been any romancing yet?
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License to Improvise / Re: My Fake Hasbro Universe Campaign Deep Lore
« Last post by MilitiaJim on July 24, 2017, 05:01:04 PM »
If you would like, I can translate those pay grades into actual ranks.  And Master Sergeant Rodriguez should have a few more weapons on his expert list:  Mk-19, and AT-4.  :D
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License to Improvise / Re: Paranormal-Romance-Craft?
« Last post by TheAuldGrump on July 24, 2017, 03:37:01 PM »
About a third of the way through the first Season - and at the last game they had their first combats... while the party was scattered over three completely separate locations.

When Carol's character got attacked - alone, in the basement of a haunted house - after she had smashed a wall open with a sledgehammer(?!) - I heard my good lady wife in the other room - 'We've split the party! We've split the party!'

Her part of the group got attacked next. :p (While the third continued on, blissfully ignorant of what was going on with all the others.)

If this game didn't have a 'No Dying!' rule, then the group would be in deep doo doo.

As it is, one of the party's chief allies is in prison - for attacking a bad guy with a sword - while Carol's character is lying in about six inches of putrid water, unconscious, in a haunted house.

On the plus side, all the characters now know that there is magic.

The Auld Grump

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Off-Topic / Re: Going to the Movies 2017
« Last post by Agent 333 on July 24, 2017, 01:04:56 PM »
The GOTG Vol2 home media announcement is a thing of beauty

It's not available in BetaMax? What is the world coming to?
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Off-Topic / Re: Going to the Movies 2017
« Last post by Mister Andersen 2.0 on July 24, 2017, 07:11:57 AM »
The GOTG Vol2 home media announcement is a thing of beauty
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Fantasy Craft / Re: Story-acquired NPC helpers
« Last post by TKDB on July 23, 2017, 09:24:46 PM »
I've always had them take up a prize slot, claim a share of treasure, and (as they are special characters) increase the mob size.
Ok, cool, that's about what my gut was telling me. (The share of treasure bit might not necessarily be in-character for this particular NPC to claim herself, but I'm quite confident the PCs -- or at least most of them -- will insist on it on their own.)
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Off-Topic / Re: Computer Gaming 2017
« Last post by RusVal on July 23, 2017, 08:56:08 PM »
And if you prefer something a bit more... smashy-gory heavy metal, Doom's recently released the 6.66 update (hur hur hur) which scraps the Season Pass, making ALL MULTIPLAYER DLC absolutely free.

Let's get a little... Head-bangy.  >:D >:D >:D
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Off-Topic / Re: Going to the Movies 2017
« Last post by Valentina on July 23, 2017, 06:41:39 PM »
Oh, also saw some trailers:

I'm worried about The Gunslinger. Got a bad feeling.

Not so different about Bladerunner 2049, sad to say. More hope, but not a lot more.
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Off-Topic / Re: Going to the Movies 2017
« Last post by Valentina on July 23, 2017, 06:32:49 PM »
Back from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

First 5 minutes are brilliant, flawlessly engaging.

And then it lost me for most of what remained.

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I had time to reflect on what the experience of what being depressed was like and the metaphor this movie inspired was that it was "pure red pill." This being the feeling of not being able to escape what you're seeing.

This movie is pure pain. It's dialogue has to be deliberately written to be so agonizing. The lead actors are uncomfortable to watch and have no chemistry. The characters are baffling bad at everything. The driving plot is terrible and the attempt at parallels to colonialism and wars of conquest are shockingly blunt. Nothing makes sense; I happily ignored the obvious handwavium required for some of the tech and biology -it just doesn't matter compared to the other structural problems.

It just couldn't charm me and so much worse that it almost came close a few times. Rihanna's character is tons of fun. The visuals are fantastic. And that first sequence about the ISS brought me to tears. It was truly moving, it was so perfect it could have been entirely silent except for the score and that wouldn't have mattered.

This movie is Transformers bad. At about 20 mins to go, at a big "emotional climax," I just lost it. I burst out laughing, starting pounding my head with my palm, and crushed my 3d glasses. Just broken them into pieces and pieces and pieces.

I just couldn't watch any more. Repeatedly I ached to just walk out.

I feel kinda bad, like I do at criticizing Pacific Rim, but as a space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets could double as the worst Mass Effect movie that should never have been made.
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