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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: Today at 10:32:07 AM »
Does Without Remorse bear any resemblance whatsoever to the original Tom Clancy novel?

Media and Inspiration / Marvel Studios Celebrates The Movies
« on: Today at 10:21:54 AM »
Marvel Studios just put out a three minute trailer for their upcoming "Phase 4" movie releases. It's half "remember how awesome we were" and half teasers for their upcoming theatrical releases.

Movies announced are:

  • Black Widow - July 9, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - September 3, 2021
  • Eternals - November 5, 2021
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home - December 17, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - March 25, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder - May 6, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - July 8, 2022
  • The Marvels - November 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - May 5, 2023

The trailer then closes with a tease of the Fantastic Four logo, some more scenes from the first three movies, and a nice "SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES."

The Marvels is the next Captain Marvel movie, and will also feature the Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel.

We are only shown scenes from the first three movies, the rest just get title cards with release dates.

Notably absent is any mention of a new Avengers movie, the X-Men, or even an overarching storyline for Phase 4.

My takeaways are:

1) Marvel seems committed to new theatrical releases. Good!

2) Eternals is reminding me of Inhumans in all the wrong ways.

3) If you want to see the new Big Bad, you should probably stay for the credits for Black Widow.

I think of something similar to the "Garrett Files" books by Glen Cook, where there is a mystery of the week happening in the foreground, but in the background Glory Mooncalled's rebellion was going on out in the boondocks, playing out a bit at a time, following its own story arc, and occasionally impacting the story of the week. When the background storyline reached its crescendo, it was a big deal, and a big payoff.

I think the payoff part is important. There needs to be a reward to the players for paying attention to the world plot, and it's not just getting to talk to the GM's pet super-NPC.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: April 30, 2021, 06:58:35 PM »
Yeah, it had similarities in some ways. Both movies present shadowy organizations with strict rules of conduct, and play out the consequences when the rules are broken, for good or for evil.

Both Waikiki and John Wick are criminals with a heart of gold.

They both have themes of imposing one's personal morality on a fundamentally immoral world. I'm not 100% behind that as a worldview, but I do like movies where heroes choose to do the right thing even when it's the hard way.

Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« on: April 29, 2021, 07:36:53 PM »
This week I watched Hotel Artemis, which was a 2018 movie about a bad day at a black market hospital in near future Los Angeles. It features an ensemble cast including Dave Bautista, Jodie Foster, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella, Zachary Quinto, and Jeff Goldblum. Take one part film noir, one part sci fi supermedicine, one part cyberpunk, and one part crime movie, mix well, and garnish with violence and regret.

I thought it was a well made mix of genres, and I'll probably buy the blu-ray at some point.

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.

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