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Play-by-Post / Re: (IC) Way of the Wicked II: Call Forth Darkness
« Last post by ludomastro on May 22, 2016, 06:12:00 PM »
Lars steps forward.  "We can do this, we your servants of the highest quality, shall do this, master.  We shall remind Talingarde that the Kingdom Shall Be His."  While the fanaticism is obvious, there is also a calmness to Lars' demeanor.  He smiles as a he speaks his words and looks to Cardinal Thorn for any sign of the impact his words and promise have made on Thorn.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Valentina on May 22, 2016, 04:13:38 PM »
Some OW metrics.

Specifically pointed out is how many times Bastion was destroyed. Curious missing is it's K/D ratio or how many times it won Play of the Game (or top 5 characters who did).

76 as most popular Assault character is a bit of a surprise. I was expecting Reaper. Not surprised by Widowmaker as top "Defense" ( ::)) because imexp when a poorly coordinated team is losing about half the players switch to WM to try to chip off a few kills.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Valentina on May 22, 2016, 04:02:22 PM »
At the risk of defending Blizzard, 76 may not have been aware of the battered Omnic.

Sure, that's plausible. And Alejandra not contacting 119 or even stop to ask it if it was okay could be a subtle note that she likes the whole Heroes thing but isn't so concerned about lives of omnics. Or that she/"everyone knows" that it could call for help on an internal line.

Not illogical interpretations of things not shown. Really the problem is that given how unimpressive elements of what is shown are so dubious that whether what's not there is intentional or not isn't clear.
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Play-by-Post / Re: (IC) Way of the Wicked II: Call Forth Darkness
« Last post by Antilles on May 22, 2016, 03:54:47 PM »
The sedate boat journey continues on, with little excitement outside of Tiadora's nightly excursions.

With the spellcasters' help, Janus figures out how to operate the cauldron. It's a simple series of command words to 'activate' it, increase or decrease the temperature and a couple of preset temperatures. Unwieldy to carry, for sure, but once set up it should make for a considerable quality of life improvement.

On the twelfth night the "Folly" doesn't anchor near a village. Instead Tiadora comes out of the cabin and addresses the Knot: "The master is here and commands you attend him," she says grimly. "He's in the cabin."

The Knot piles into the small cabin, crowding into a half-circle around the now familiar sight of Cardinal Thorn, a devilishly handsome bald man clad in black and burgundy robes, black gloves and a silver symbol of Asmodeus. He greets the Knot with a wicked and knowing grin, then quickly gets down to business.

"You have served me faithfully, my ninth knot, and i have rewarded you both in treasure and vengeance. Thanks to your efforts, the Fire-Axe has been unleashed. Even now he writes his name in blood across the Borderlands.
Three battles have been fought and three victories won. The villages of Ambryl and Tarrington Fields lie sacked. The fortress of Lorringsgate is in ruins. Each of you did your part in seeing these triumphs come to fruition. Do not think I have forgotten that.
But our work is not yet done. Talingarde has not yet acquiesced to our unholy master nor tasted the full measure of our vengeance. So I have another mission for you. Tomorrow this barge will dock in Farholde, the northernmost town in all the realm. Farholde is a backwater of no real significance. But it does border the Caer Bryr, the largest unmapped forest on the entire island.
Hidden within the Caer Bryr is the Horn of Abaddon, an ancient temple once occupied by a particularly loathsome death cult called 'The Sons of the Pale Horseman'. Almost eighty years ago the first Darian king, Markadian I called the Victorious overthrew the Horn and destroyed the Sons. No great loss, honestly.
But what the Victor found within the temple is why we are here. He defeated a daemon prince called Vetra-Kali Eats-the-Eyes. So terrified of this monstrosity was the king, that he had the priests of Mitra craft a great silver seal to forever forbid the daemon from returning to our plane of existence. The seal remains to this day.
I have learned the truth about this daemon prince. I have learned what the Victor feared. Vetra-Kali is an archdeacon in service to the lord of pestilence. This immortal monster could create a plague so virulent that it will bring Talingarde to its knees.
When the Victor attacked, the Daemon Prince was close to unleashing his masterpiece upon the world -- a pestilence known as the Tears of Achlys. I am certain of the specifics of this plague but if anything could cause terror in the heart of the Victor, then I want it. The Tears of Achlys will be our poisoned dagger into the heart of Talingarde.
I already have agents in the great cities of this kingdom. With this pestilence, they could deliver blight and death to the very center of the realm. Caught between the twin storms of the Fire-Axe and Vetra-Kali's gift, we shall bring ruin to Talingarde. This gift you shall bring me.
It will not be easy. I have already lost one band of followers on this errand. I sent the fourth knot to find the Horn of Abaddon. They succeeded at that at last -- revealing to me that it was concealed within a great spire of stone less than a day's ride from Farholde.
But then they vanished. I have heard no more from the elven ranger Aide Kael since. He knew the Caer Bryr well so no normal hazard would defeat him. Perhaps the Horn of Abaddon is guarded. I cannot say. But it matters not! The Tears of Achlys must be mine!
I am undeterred by this setback. Where one knot failed, two will succeed. I will also send my seventh knot -- the Knot Hibernal led by Elise Zadaria. I task you with finding the Horn and calling forth Vetra-Kali. Elise and her knot will aid you. Elise proved herself a capable assassin in our last venture. The seventh knot will remain in Farholde and see that anyone who tries to find the Horn and interfere with your work meets an unhappy end. Thus, you will have time to do what must be done.
There is another who may be able to aid you. Once a thriving cult of Asmodeus existed in Farholde. It was led by a half-elvish noble - the Baron Arkov Vandermir. He is treacherous and decadent, but wealthy and well-connected. Tiadora will introduce you before she departs.
I know not what aid the Baron can provide, but his family is old and long has dwelt in Farholde. Never trust him but know this - he's afraid of me and with good reason. If he does try anything remind him that you are in Farholde on my behalf. That should keep him in line."

He pauses a moment to meet the gaze of every member of the Knot. "Find the Horn. Find the seal and shatter it. Call Vetra-Kali back to our world. Bind him to your will and force service from the monster. And then bring his gift to me. Can you do this, my knot? Have I found servants with might and will enough to see this task done?"
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Krensky on May 22, 2016, 03:54:02 PM »
At the risk of defending Blizzard, 76 may not have been aware of the battered Omnic.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by RusVal on May 22, 2016, 03:44:50 PM »
Actually, while we are talking about ol' 76, I just want to get an annoyance off my chest:

I realize that when designing him, they wanted to get a look that wasn't just a generic military shooter character.  I get that, and there are some elements that I find quite cool about him.  But that rifle... >:( UUUUUGH!  Ok, ok, ok... Like I said, they didn't just want a generic looking thing just from any game, I get that, and since it is technically an "Experimental Heavy Plasma Rifle", they have much more leeway on how it works mechanically.  So hey, it loads a battery from the top, like an old M1 Garand, that can be cool.

But the way it reloads that battery... Has caused me to label the thing the "Face Thwacker", and not just because 76 likes to bludgeon people with it.  If you look closely at the reload animation, the battery is held in place by a clamp.  When 76 reloads, the clamp pops open to let the battery pop out.  And when I say "pops" from the looks of the piping running up the side, I mean hydraulically powered, so that thing's going to have some kick.  The worst part?  It's where the rear sight would normally be.  And I've checked multiple times, and the rear clamp slides over the check rest.  So if you actually held the rifle like you were actually aiming the damn thing, you'd better hope you remember how many rounds were left in your mag, otherwise you're getting a black eye.

And don't even get me started on the barrel.  I understand that exaggerating the firing mechanism is visually interesting, but it's also a friggin' hand hazard.  If they just left it to just the charging-handle-ish part as the over exaggerated movement, I would have been alright with it.  But noooooo. :P

And do you know the worst part?  On the Route 66 map, you get a glimpse, a glimpse, of what the US military aesthetic is, via the wrecked train and the bomb you have to escort.  It's about what you would expect, with the white star in circle on green look, with the smattering of high tech tossed in.  We never see it anywhere else.  AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME, DAMNIT!  I would, right here right now, purchase THE COLLECTORS EDITION of a Call of Duty clone done in the aesthetic that this game is in!!  With the disliked Extinction mode! 

Oh goodness, a game mode where you fight you're way past Zerg would be awesome.

GRRRRRRRR it's the stupid announcement trailer all over again!  There's an awesome game right over there, but instead we get the ever peppy Mai "The world is worth fighting for" while her enemies lie dead with FOOTLONG ICICLES STICKING OUT OF THEIR HEADS!!

*Facerub* See, this is one of the reasons I decided to buy Battleborn instead.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Valentina on May 22, 2016, 03:38:40 PM »
I'm not going to hold Blizzards clumsy plotting and ham fisted and borderline pathological need to remind people of the lingering social effects of the Omni Crisis against her.

The short really was long enough for that subplot, and even in a longer piece it should have focused more on the gand trying to bully her and steal her money more than convince her to hurt the robot.

The short could have been plotted with her watching the beating while hiding instead, had her ask her own questions internally, and been led to the arms smuggling fight just as readily. Maybe 76 would have missed his chance to insult our intelligence by diving on that glitter bomb, but same outcome minus the spite-worthy stupid.

edit: I may have missed the moment where he gets the coin purse back before returning to it her. I was actively skipping ahead in 20-second jumps there at the end.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Valentina on May 22, 2016, 03:35:17 PM »
  Just remember the droid gets left sputtering on the street in favor of a coin purse.

When Robo-Ghandi gets shot in the head by Widowmaker apparently the reason a popular and possibly critical icon of the new Civil Rights integration movement doesn't have a back up copy is because he "can't" as omnics have "souls" -which I guess is also meant to explain them also becoming cultists. Not that there's even a whiff of the mystic in anything else -not even in Zenyatta. His abilities are not strictly attributable to anything "magical." Just that when it's maximally important and equally illogical "magick" (with a k) is the answer. But apparently 76 knows that any omnic not immediately "dead" can't die of shock, so never mind the victim.

This is Blizzard. If low expectations are an expression of contempt than Blizzard thinks it's audience is factory-farmed pork.

Oh, I get it. These shorts are what Blizz thinks Pixar does. Dialogue? Maximum triteness. Little girl storms out? Can to kick. Thug encounter? Little girl gets caught gawking at thugs instead of going over a block (they know who she is, she probably knew better). Reminder of lectures about Heroes? Hero shows up. MASSIVE BLAZING GUN BATTLE?! No real damage is done -not the minigun fire, not the explosions, not a scorch mark on the walls, and dumbass punks get away without a scratch. This is the first 10 minutes of Up minus the actual heart and the rest of it's brains.

 ::)

I kinda still like OW mechanically. And the characters are fun in motion. But this crap reminds me that I'm justified in feeling stupid after liking much of the actual game. This IP can stand to get wasted, because nothing of value is being lost.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Krensky on May 22, 2016, 03:28:01 PM »
I'm not going to hold Blizzards clumsy plotting and ham fisted and borderline pathological need to remind people of the lingering social effects of the Omni Crisis against her.

The short really was long enough for that subplot, and even in a longer piece it should have focused more on the gand trying to bully her and steal her money more than convince her to hurt the robot.
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Off-Topic / Re: Video Game News and Such 2016
« Last post by Morgenstern on May 22, 2016, 02:46:21 PM »
  I mean the girl leaves it there. :)
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