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Media and Inspiration / Picard
« on: March 03, 2020, 03:14:29 PM »
Quote from: Spinachcat;1123320
Has Paramount officially ended the Kelvin timeline movies? Sounds like its done.

Simon Pegg made some noises

Looper says ST 4 was canceled

Allegedly ST 4 has a new director

Officially, no.  Unofficially, yes.

Before Star Trek Beyond went into theaters, Paramount Pictures made a contract with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and the rest for a fourth film.  However, Star Trek Beyond did not do nearly as well at the box office as Paramount Pictures thought and hoped that it would.  They still wanted to do a fourth movie, but on a slashed budget compared to what they originally planned.  Paramount Pictures tried to reneg on the contract and told Chris Pine and the rest that they would be paid much less.  Chris Pine told Paramount Pictures to shove it, and keep to the contract that they originally negotiated.  After a few months, neither side would budge, so Star Trek 4 was shelved.

Media and Inspiration / Picard
« on: February 28, 2020, 03:15:47 PM »
I actually really enjoyed the Kelvin Timeline films.  Sure, they weren't your father's Star Trek, but between Voyager, Enterprise, and Nemesis, Star Trek had crawled so far up its own butt that it needed something very different to shake off the cobwebs.  The Kelvin Timeline did a fine job of it, IMO.  As far as I am concerned, Nemesis never happened, and Beyond was the very last of Star Trek.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Pathfinder 2.01
« on: November 05, 2019, 02:19:39 PM »
Quote from: Antiquation!;1112693
What reason is there to even buy a physical fucking game book if there are going to be PAGES worth of errata after the fact? That's just fucking dumb. Does Paizo even offer PDF versions of their products? May as well just get that and re-download every time they add more shit; at this rate your physical products will literally be rendered obsolete in its own fucking edition lifespan. "Oh hey guys, yea I brought my books - err, shit, forgot my 50-page errata binder. Guess we'll just play something else tonight, then..."

But yeah, at least it's not Traveller-bad.

After the Shadowrun 5E core rulebook, I learned that I am better off buying RPG books in PDF format just so I don't have to deal with incorporating all of that errata into a printed book.

Buck Rogers XXVc and DC Heroes.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / The Future?
« on: July 17, 2019, 05:01:16 PM »
Quote from: Graewulf;1095911
Not my future. Physical books will always be better than any tech they come up with. Always.

Then weep, because college textbooks are going all digital.

Dr. Egon Spangler was right.  "Print is dead."  He was just about forty years off.

The term I've heard for Generation Z is "iGen."  Why is pretty obvious.

As a Robotech fan who couldn't care less about Macross, this news makes me happy.

Quote from: Timothe;1096017
I was disappointed with how the Shadow Chronicles ended (and its comic book Prelude). Are they going to start again where they left off?

Probably not.  Harmony Gold and Titan Comics rebooted Robotech in comic book form last year.

I joined MeWe back in October but largely stopped paying attention to it around March.  Too busy with other things.

Quote from: tenbones;1086721
I never *really* believed this. But this particular event showed me my own bias because 1) I never run modules. 2) Because I never ran modules, the notion of world-building on my own was second nature. Sandbox is king for me. Fantasycraft in my mind, *should* have been a no-brainer.

It's because I made the mistake of assuming that GM's should/could/would be "into" building their own setting/sandbox adventures - I never really realized how much the new generation of players that came into the hobby during 3.0 needed/relied on them.

In hindsight I agree a lot with this being a much larger factor. And it's a real shame, because Fantasycraft kicked Pathfinder's *ass* in every mechanical way as a system. It's there to be a toolkit to create virtually any kind of fantasy setting you could want... it just has no modules to support it. It's made for folks like me, who happen to be an *extreme* minority largely by dint of age and experience more than anything else.

But now that we're in the 5e age... that ship has long sailed.

If it makes you feel any better, reading your posts on Fantasy Craft made me want to take a gander at it even though I intensely dislike the medieval fantasy genre.  I bought the entire line in PDF and the core rulebook in print about a month ago, but I've spent most of my free time in Paragon City the past few weeks so I haven't taken a look at it yet. :p

Quote from: goblinslayer;1086027
Hmm... let's take a look at the alexa rankings.  It looks like all rpg forums are in decline.

Forums are in decline, period.  Social media is too easy.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Bypassing Level 1
« on: March 28, 2019, 02:27:41 PM »
Any Palladium RPG I've ever played, we started off at second level.

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Marvel Comics something something
« on: March 27, 2019, 03:26:39 PM »
IDW is looking for a buyer.

Quote from: Newsarama
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. has hired J.P. Morgan to help in a company review for a possible sale (or other alternatives) to "maximize stockholder value and realize the full potential of its vast content library and pipeline." IDW is the parent company of IDW Publishing.

[...] This comes a few weeks after a representative from ADW Capital Partners, who owns roughly a 9% stake in IDW, released a letter calling for the company to be acquired. Adam Wyden said the recent acquisitions of Valiant Entertainment (by DMG) and Millarworld (by Netflix) set a precedent for IDW's market value, especially given this company is larger - as a comics company - than those other two examples.

"[IDW] is in an enviable position as the fourth largest comic book publisher by dollar share," Wyden said. "We are consistently amazed by the quality of the Company's leadership and its ability to source, incubate, and add to its growing library of content/intellectual property."

Quote from: Razor 007;1080937
The creators of that supplement should double the offensive content in their next release.

With a lot of Winnie the Pooh references.

The Chinese government incinerated a Kickstarted Call of Cthulhu supplement, The Sassoon Files.

Quote from: Boing Boing
Julio writes, "Sons of the Singularity is a small RPG publisher. Last year, they kickstarted The Sassoon Files, a sourcebook for the popular Call of Cthulhu RPG and Trail of Cthulhu RPG. As a lot of publishers, they did the printing in China. The same day that the print was finished, the Chinese Government decided that it was "problematic", so they burned the entire print run. Targeting foreign publications is a first, specially when it seems there wasn't anything problematic (the supplement was based on Shanghai but was respectful and documented carefully). Will this be a new sign of Beijing tightening its iron grip or just a show of bravado with a small publisher used as an example?"

From Yog Sothoth:

For many years, various publishers in the Americas and Europe have had their books printed in China as a cost-saving measure (including many in the RPG field). Often the primary downside of this has simply been the time taken for the books to arrive, but it appears there can also be another problem, as the publishers of The Sassoon Files (a Cthulhu-based RPG supplement) have announced that all print copies of their book have been destroyed by the Chinese Government – for unspecified reasons.

The Sassoon Files is a collection of Cthulhu Mythos scenarios and campaign resources set in 1920s Shanghai (for both Call of Cthulhu and Gumshoe systems) and was Kickstarted back in September 2018, raising some $24,000 USD from more than 500 backers. The volume was due to ship from the printers very shortly.

Perhaps having books printed in Asia isn't such a good idea after all.

Quote from: Snowman0147;1079693
Any good alternatives to Reddit that isn't a SJW shithole?

Outside of various forums, no.

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