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Media & Inspiration / Bill & Ted Face the Music
« on: August 29, 2020, 04:19:29 PM »
I bought the movie on Amazon Prime Video this morning. And I have watched it twice.

This is definitely a movie for Bill & Ted fans. It hit all the marks of a great Bill & Ted movie. It's the type of movie where you turn off your brain and just enjoy the ride.

This movie was not really overly political. It was true to who Bill & Ted have always been. And in these times where everything gets politicized, it is great to see a movie like this. One unafraid and unashamed to be true to itself.

You are not going to get any spoilers from me. This movie speaks for itself. And if it is something you can appreciate, you will have a good time.

It's a great ending to the Bill & Ted trilogy.

Pen & Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / I like D&D 5e.
« on: July 11, 2020, 02:31:50 PM »
I figured that I would post this here. Because my feelings on D&D 5e are pretty straightforward. I like the implementation of the rules that had been done in this edition. They speak to me more than any other since 3.5. And I love the game's simplicity and accessibility.

I have the core rulebooks and many of the general rules supplements. Along with Volo's Guide To Monsters, and Mordenkainen's Tome Of Foes. So I'm almost ready for anything that character has to offer.

I honestly don't care about the politics behind the scenes. I just like the fact it is a good game. And it is. Kudos to Pundit for his part in its development.

I don't buy every supplement for it. But there are those I want to buy. Mostly character additions.

Btw, when are they going to get off their behinds and put out the Psionics book?

Some people in the past have accused me of gatekeeping the hobby. But the only time I have was with family members and other immature twats that wouldn't play by the rules and respect the role of the GM.

Those are exceptional cases. Which led me to creating a personal rule. Where I won't game with immediate family. I just view it as being not worth the drama or the frustration.

It saves me from chugging the bottle of Advil to cope with tension headaches.

Players who refuse to buy into the games and its premises in the first place are not worth my time. Which described my immediate family members exactly. They would troll and cheat all they could to get under my skin. Which would sabotage the whole concept of playing games to relax.

I just don't want to deal with the cheating and bad sportsmanship. And that's why it gets under my skin so much. The nonstop barrage of crappy behavior. It's been what I wanted to escape.

So when I encounter misbehaving gamers. It really gets under my skin.

No. I don't think someone is clever when they rape the character generation rules. I see it as infringing on everybody else's time and fun. Which is unwelcome to say the least.

I don't play with assholes. I refuse to.

This is going to be a fun little exercise. One about scale and how it works in RPGs.

I've seen GURPS do it. I've done it myself with the Hero System decades ago. But positing it here should bring up some interesting responses.

Kaiju. Godzilla. In what game systems would you handle them? And how?

Be as detailed as you want to be.

I'm going to warn everybody from the outset. This is going to be a controversial topic with Hero System fans. Because it takes a direct critical view of what some people consider a pillar of the system. It's a full-on roasting of that subject. But I believe it is well deserved.

I'm posting this warning here in advance. So people are well warned about what is to come. So they can avoid getting into a potentially contentious discussion before it even starts.

There was a time on TBP that got me glared at badly by the mods there. What did I do to justify that? I accused the long time developer of Werewolf: The Apocalypse of basically writing an equivilent to FATAL.

Kinfolk: Unsung Heroes showed that the Garou put their kinfolk into forced breeding camps to keep their family lines line "pure". And that they committed all manner of atrocity to those Kinfolk. In addition to what atrocities that the Garou participated in everyday.

You see. Much of the design of the Garou was based on some of the most vile inhuman tactics supposedly expoused by various extremist supremesist movements. Straight from their playbook. The most disgusting, horrible, and inhuman imaginable.

I felt justified in my accusation. And I still do to this day. What they did was no different from what the authors of FATAL did. So yes. I was exposing their hypocrisy.

You see. I grew up around certain ethnic supremesist groups. That expoused forcing relatives into forced breeding camps. To keep their family lines "pure". So I recognized the doctrines that the authors of Werewolf: The Apocalypse drew the most disgusting and reprehensible of the Garou's tactics from. And I am  not proud of that knowledge. I'm as horrified and sickened by that behavior now as I was when I was first exposed to that doctrine.

I feel I have been harassed and singled out by the mods of TBP because I called out those authors for glorifying those horrible subjects. To this very day, I feel I have been meeting stronger penalties than anyone else when I post something the mods there take a dislike to.

Media & Inspiration / Godzilla Anime Trilogy
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:24:40 PM »
I saw all three of these movies on Netflix and really didn't like them. But I decided to pick them up on DVD when they appeared available on Ebay. Godzilla: Monster Planet, Godzilla: City On The Edge of Battle, and Godzilla: The Planet Eater.

I watched them again after the DVDs arrived. And it was a night and day difference between them and what I saw on Netflix. So much that it transformed my opinion of the trilogy completely.

The Netflix versions were heavily censored for US audiences. Cutting out entire pieces of the plot that some groups in the United States saw as problematic. But in doing so, they butchered the entire flow of the trilogy. It was just bad. And I think Netflix should be ashamed of themselves.

The Planet Eater was the worse effected. But there were changes to the first two movies that were noticable when all three were put side by side.

The Exif. The second alien group in the trilogy. They were revealed to have been manipulating humanity through religion since almost the stone age. To their own sinister intent. This was foundational to the trilogy. Not something that could be brushed off as an afterthought.

I'm posting this here because I am at a bit of a crossroads with a project/campaign setting I have been wanting to make. And possibly develop to become an actual game supplement.

I'm not looking for snark. I'm looking for honest feedback to help me determine what sort of direction to take.

Originally I thought to make it just a campaign setting for 5th Edition D&D. But the setting might be too politically incorrect for that company. So that brings the OSR into consideration. But it also might take a game system that includes social combat and politics.

But I am not sure what direction to take at this point.

The setting? Hell. The PCs are demons/devils at the lowest grade. All trying to make a name for themselves and gain personal power in any way they can. With the ultimate goal being to end up as high in the hierarchy as possible before someone else takes them down.

I have a history wiith a certain publisher's highly politically oriented RPGs. And decided: Why not take that to the ultimate degree?

Help Desk / I want to make an apology. To Pundit and all of his staff.
« on: March 23, 2019, 05:22:30 PM »
Today I went on a bit of a rampage because something hit emotionally too close to home. I lost my cool and blew like a gyser. And straight up cussed someone out on this site in public.

This is not my usual behavior. And i'm not going to make any excuses for it. I was completely in the wrong for what I did.

I'm sorry I did it. But I am also not going to hide from whatever consequences the staff decide are appropriate.

I don't make sockpuppet accounts. So if the staff wants to ban me. That's it. I'm gone.

This is not an attempt to suck up to Pundit. This is displaying my honest opinion.

I watch Pundit's Youtube videos pretty regularly. Including Inappropriate Characters.

He says things there I agree with. And things I don't. Which is fine by me. But overall? I find the experience of watching those videos personally enriching. And very much worth my time.

I want Pundit to keep on keeping on. Doing exactly what he is doing with those videos. And never compromise on his positions. Because I believe they are important for people in the hobby to learn from.

The hobby needs people of strong opinions and convictions. Because it proves that the hobby is worthwhile.

Keep up the good work, Pundit. I will be there watching.

I have been reading The Fate Horror Toolkit. And I came across a page that was down right inappropriately preachy. So much that it set off my 'pissed off' alarm.

Page 44. On Othering of Mental Illness.

This screed denounces horror taking place in less enlightened ages. Like that of H.P. Lovecraft. Which are foundational to the genre. The authors might as well have been denouncing the whole horror genre while they were at it!

Fear of the 'other' is a very primal instinctual thing. It's something everybody can relate to. And it's an important tool for a good horror GM to have in their toolbox.

Mental Illness is scarey. Both for those afflicted with it and those who are outside, looking in. It's terrifying still at a widespread level in most of the world's societies. And you know what? It's okay to be afraid of mental illness. It's okay for it to be an uncomfortable place people to explore. You don't want to go there in your games? Talk to your group about the fact it makes you uncomfortable.

I think the horror genre only needs to conform to the limits the individual GM and group place upon it.

I have looked it over on RPGNow. The game seems interesting to me. Which means, I'm likely going to buy it.

I have a big love of schlock scifi. So this game really appeals to me.

But it's hard to get any details from such small summeries. So if anyone has experience with this game and could share further details. I very much would apppreciate it.

I'm starting a personal project. Trying to find out what sort of OSR products are the most popular.

Does anyone have a breakdown on what sells the most? Rules supplements, adventures, character options?

I miss the art of Clyde Caldwell and Larry Elmore. They did so much to evoke such a fantastic and epic feel to D&D in those days.

Other Games / Fortnite: I really don't see how people like this.
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:35:15 PM »
I have been playing this game for awhile. Since it has been free on the Nintendo Switch.

It's one of the most kill crazy games I have never seen. Made for players who want to shoot everybody else at random. There seems to be no intellect to this game. And frankly, I have better shooters to play.

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