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Messages - Lurkndog

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When I ran a pirate game with the D6 system, one thing I had trouble with was coming up with a good price list for equipment/ships/cargoes.

I've since picked up the first volume of The Value of a Dollar which lists prices for items going back to 1610.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Chinese RPGs?
« on: April 18, 2021, 02:57:25 PM »
One thing that may explain the lack of Chinese RPGs is the prevalence of piracy.

Hong Kong had almost no homegrown comic book market in the 1990s because pirated Japanese manga was everywhere. Homegrown comics had to overcome both creative comparisons with the excellent Japanese product, and economic competition with the domestic pirates who were getting the source material for free.

I suspect that Chinese creators face similar issues.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: April 07, 2021, 10:30:38 AM »
I took a quick look at Tubi today. It reminds me a lot of the early days of Hulu.

Thanks for the heads-up, GeekyBugle.

Other Games / Re: More games like Advance Wars
« on: April 02, 2021, 01:44:41 PM »
FYI, Tiny Wars is on sale on Steam now for half price (April 2, 2021).

Other Games / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: April 01, 2021, 09:58:58 AM »
So, has anyone downloaded the 1.2 update, now that it's out?

I have heard it presented like that, but honestly? I don’t believe this is true. The history of geisha is intermingled with prostitution from the start, even when some of them were men. It’s become an art form so they try to give it a cleaner image. In a society with mores like old Japan, a woman who entertains men in private probably provided sexual acts as well, even if they may have been much more exclusive than common prostitutes.
As I understand it, geisha might work in the red light district, but not as prostitutes.

Think of a bartender at a strip club, or a dealer in a casino. There might be stuff going on, but not everyone is a person of negotiable virtue, and you can get yourself kicked out if you try to cross that line.

Of course it is pretty stupid. The nuclear powers only decide to shoot off just enough nukes to make the place "unpleasant" and not "ash". Of course this is using 1980s science so they didn't know back then that we'd still be royally fucked.

No, junior. Even using using 1980s science we knew that we'd be royally fucked. Go look up Carl Sagan and Nuclear Winter.
It's my understanding that Sagan's Nuclear Winter scenario has been largely discredited, due to observations of events such as volcanic eruptions and the burning of the Iraqi oil fields during the second Gulf War. Massive amounts of particulates were released into the atmosphere, but the chilling effects that Sagan predicted did not occur.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: March 23, 2021, 10:02:49 AM »
There seems to be a pattern. Synder likes certain stories and wants them to recreate them, but then he doesn't bring along enough context. Miller's Superman v. Batman fight from Dark Knight Returns is another example. They're dropped into stories about other things, without enough development to make them compelling.

They come across as fan service, rather than a fully-fleshed storyline in their own right. And they rob future movies of stories that could be great if done at the right point in the series.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:27:09 AM »
Makes me think of Star Trek, Into Darkness. A lot of that movies drama relies on having watched Wrath of Khan, and the characters established in that film.
But Into Darkness is a reboot, and that characterization hasn't been established for these characters.
Yes! Also, Ricardo Montalban in The Star Seed was bigger and more muscular than Shatner, he looked like he could kick Kirk's ass. Benedict Cumberbatch is a fine actor, but not nearly so physically intimidating.

I do kinda want to watch the Snyder cut, after watching the RLM review. Leads me to believe that if it's still not good, it's at least palatable with some interesting scenes.
If you want to watch it, watch it. Just don't pay a lot of money to watch it.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: March 22, 2021, 10:00:10 AM »
Ultimately, I don't think the Snyder Cut fixes Justice League. That's because the problem with Justice League is that it has Death of Superman jammed into the middle of it. Death of Superman is an end-of-cycle storyline, and they're putting it into the origin, and that doesn't work. All it does is bring the movie to a crashing halt for a half hour.

It doesn't do any justice to Death of Superman, either.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: March 19, 2021, 06:41:15 PM »
I'm about halfway through it. So far I think the Snyder Cut illustrates that Joss Whedon had the right idea. Comparing scenes, it is clear to me how much more effective Whedon's edits and dialog are.

Some of the stuff added for the Snyder cut is nice, but it is wildly uneven. There are some nice new effects, but also a lot of places where the effects look rushed and unconvincing. Four minutes in, there is a lovingly crafted shot of the new Steppenwolf, followed immediately by a poorly-photoshopped shot of Lex Luthor standing in a pool of water that wouldn't have passed muster on Hercules and Xena.

Story-wise, it's also hit and miss. There's a scene where Barry saves Iris West, but it's not that great, and then we see Barry crushing on Wonder Woman. There is a lot more interplay between Cyborg and his dad, and most of that is good, but overall the movie is still just way too damn long. And IMHO, the things that were weak in the theatrical cut are still weak in the Snyder cut, they're just drawn out twice as long.

Other Games / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: March 13, 2021, 06:40:35 PM »
For what it's worth, I'm still keeping tabs on CP77, waiting for the next update that is now supposed to arrive by the end of March.

I've bought my new computer, which is an HP M01-F1024, featuring the Ryzen 7 4700G APU I mentioned earlier in the thread. It's not a cutting edge gaming PC, but for about $800 with upgrades I'm surprised how much I like it. It plays games from 2015 at max settings, it runs cool, and it's QUIET, and it doesn't light up like a clown computer.

I'm not certain how well it will run Cyberpunk. I'm currently playing Rebel Galaxy on it, with the graphics maxed out at 1080P, and it handles that without breaking a sweat, but the graphics on that game are roughly PS4 quality. But I've been seeing YouTube videos playing CP77 on the Aya Neo handheld, which is only a Ryzen 5 APU, and my system should be a step above that.

If it comes to that, down the road a bit I can upgrade my power supply and install a discrete graphics card, and at that point my system will definitely run Cyberpunk or anything else.

Geisha are not prostitutes! They're formal hostesses and entertainers, in an honorable profession. They're not even a front for prostitution in a "wink, wink" sort of way.

Prostitution was legal in medieval Japan, with the proper credentials, and the Japanese were fairly open about it. But geisha were forbidden from working as prostitutes. A Japanese person would be expected to know the difference.

A high-end geisha-like prostitute would be called an oiran. There are many other Japanese terms for prostitutes of various types.

Other Games / Re: Video Games: What are you playing?
« on: March 02, 2021, 10:45:50 AM »
After a long-overdue PC upgrade, I am playing Rebel Galaxy, which is a fun lightweight space trader/combat game from 2015. It's more cinematic than sim. It was made by a small studio, so the scope of it is not that huge, but that is actually a plus in my book. It isn't a space dogfighter, it has more of a 2d naval feel to the combat. For $20 on Steam, I'm enjoying it.

The airship is a staple of the Final Fantasy games.

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