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Messages - TonyLB

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The pictures are makin' me think about using kick-ass warrior elves to recreate the general sense of the Battle of Thermopylae.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / How to handle PvP?
« on: September 26, 2008, 01:46:54 pm »
Engine:  But what you're saying, I think, is that you had a group such that the difference between 1st and 12th level wouldn't make any difference in terms of you, as a player, being able to have fun in the game.  Did I get that right?

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / How to handle PvP?
« on: September 26, 2008, 11:06:34 am »
If there is a huge imbalance in the power that player A has, relative to the power that player B has, and that power is the crucial element in their getting to participate in the game?  Well, that's an issue to start with.

Or, writ small ... what are you doing playing 1st level characters alongside 12th level characters in the first place?

In a game like Ars Magica, where troupe play has folks playing uber-powerful Magic alongside much-less-buff Grogs you could (in theory) get the same problem ... if the Grog's power were the way that their players were expected to contribute to the game.  But it's not.  Grogs are there to be fun (and often funny) characters, salt of the earth common-sense to provide a foil to the abstruse craziness of the Magi.  Plus:  Easily replaceable ... so if a Magus kills one, the player of the torched Grog says "Wow, that was cool!  Your next Grog is gonna be awful skittish!" and gets to continue contributing to the game.

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Media and Inspiration / And this week's Darwin Award goes to...
« on: September 19, 2008, 12:22:32 pm »
But ... my D&D character does that all the time.

I refuse to revise my treasure policy.  Therefore you must just be wrong. :)

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Media and Inspiration / And this week's Darwin Award goes to...
« on: September 18, 2008, 02:48:21 pm »
They can't have a Darwin Award until they've provably removed themselves from the gene pool.  Sorry.  Stupid?  Yes.  Darwinian?  Depends on microcellular damage, I suppose.

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The whole "Dear Abbey, please come kick this demon's ass," aspect of the letters to heaven is a lot of fun.  They're simultaneously very evocative (because they're so personal) and very wide open (because the person talks only about their own problems, not the larger context).  I like this one.

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Media and Inspiration / DC or Marvel? Or something else?
« on: September 14, 2008, 08:36:19 pm »
Quote from: One Horse Town;247724
Never mind. Too expensive.
Good lord.  I hadn't seen what had happened to the Used prices since the disks stopped being produced.  Yikes.

Okay, this makes the whole thing double stupid:  This was a good way of getting people interested in Marvel comics, without any great down side (yes, I'm not buying new comics, but I wasn't buying new comics before either ... and my son is certainly a comics afficianado because of his exposure to the FF).  I don't know what kind of stupid legal or business wrangling trashed this good idea, but I officially don't like it.

I've been taking a look at Marvel's on-site digital comics offerings, but haven't made up my mind about the whole subscription thing.  Anyone doing it want to tell me how it's working out for you?

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Media and Inspiration / More Spider-Man!!!
« on: September 14, 2008, 08:29:54 pm »
Quote from: Jackalope;247735
This phenomenon annoys me as well.  I suspect that they do this because they want you to see Tobey's face so you can see him emote.
Ex-ACT-ly ... and if the story is done right then you shouldn't need to see his face to know what he's feeling.

C'mon:  "Nice to have a fan."  Great line, wonderfully delivered, through the mask.  BETTER through the mask.  Let your imagination fill stuff in.

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Media and Inspiration / More Spider-Man!!!
« on: September 14, 2008, 10:52:08 am »
I am glad of new movies.  3 was a real stinker, of course, but hopefully a quick shock will be enough to put them back on the right path.

I will confess that the major element that I've seen that is tied to all of the ... well ... stupid in 2 and 3 is Toby doin' heroic/super things without his mask on.  Like "Oh, let's have a whole subway car full of people see Spiderman unmasked and not worry about it," or "Hey, let's have Toby rescue someone from a burning building, not spiderman," or "Hey, let's give Evil-Toby a super-powered jazz DANCE SEQUENCE for no readily understandable reason whatsoever."

I do sorta wonder whether this is an issue of star-power overcoming good movie scripting.  It is my hope that we can have a Spiderman 4 where we get a lot of wise-cracks and flashy heroism from Spiderman, and a lot of pathos and quiet heroism from Peter Parker, and not a whole hell of a lot of direct overlap.

But that's me.

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"Please, mister ... my mom went out into the forest to get food, and she didn't come back.  Everybody in town is too scared to go in there, since the lights starting coming at night.  You're my last hope.  Will you find my mom?"

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Media and Inspiration / DC or Marvel? Or something else?
« on: September 13, 2008, 06:45:34 pm »
I'm having trouble keeping up with new comics, simply because of the DVD-Rom collections of old comics that hit the market a bit ago.

I mean ... I want to read Civil War, but the fact that for much the same price I can get every Captain America printed from the beginning to, like, nearly yesterday ... that's too good a deal to pass up.

So I've reread 44 years of the Fantastic Four, the entire Hulk DVD, big swathes of the more modern Avengers, X-Men from my early-nineties departure to more recent times, most of the more recent Spider Man, the entire named run of Iron Man, eighties-to-nineties Captain America ...

It's a lot of material.  Like I said, it makes it a little hard to hugely motivate to hit the comic book store when I know I've still got hundreds (if not thousands) of solid back issues that I've not yet perused.

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Media and Inspiration / Marvel Universe, c. 1989
« on: September 12, 2008, 05:13:46 pm »
You are old like the hills.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / [Do you?] Miniatures
« on: September 12, 2008, 05:11:16 pm »
As with others:  When the minis convey useful information, I'm keen to use them.  Wouldn't imagine playing 4e without them, for instance ... half the fun would be almost impossible to access.

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Media and Inspiration / Marvel Universe, c. 1989
« on: September 12, 2008, 12:59:48 pm »
Gotta love that panel where the preacher's black suit is just the black background he's standing against, though.  Creeeeeeeeepy.

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