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Media and Inspiration / Re: Willow series
« Last post by Grognard GM on December 03, 2022, 10:44:25 PM »
These shows and movies are meant to demoralize and normalize, and it's working. I regularly see things described as "not really woke" that would have been considered very woke 5 years ago.

Tolerance varies. Personally I'm totally burned out on it to where I can't watch new stuff because the first time I hear "have to work twice as hard as a white guy" or see a Detroit cop acting like a 1960's Deep South redneck Sheriff, I have to nope out.

Yup. Many people give in just to get new content.

I have a friend who is the walking personification of "Don't ask questions, just consume product and get excited for next product." I'm talking every Disney and WB's movie and show, every (ugh) CW show. Slap an IP on it, and he eats it up, defends it, then tries to get others to "enjoy" it.

He's a really nice fella, good to game or talk lore with, but his "must see" Evangelicalism can be annoying, and his taste is utter dog shit.
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It's glorious to watch them eat their own.
This is like watching the communists fight the fascists all over again.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: Willow series
« Last post by Ratman_tf on December 03, 2022, 10:31:56 PM »
Specifics for eps 1-2.

I don't like Kit. She's the prototypical whiny princess who don't wanna get arranged married. Bitching that they should marry whomever they want.
I do like that Sorscha dressed her down for being a petulant twat.
Beyond that, Ruby Cruz plays the character like a 2022 American dropped into a fantasy world. It's downright jarring.

Arik, I actually do like. Everyone takes him for a fluff head, but there's depth of character that peeks out at the appropriate moments.

Spoiler. I actually did not expect Dove/Brunhilde to be Elora Dannan. I mean, as soon as Willow walked up to her, I was like "Oh, yeah. Of course.".

The cliff scene. What the heck was that? It seemed like the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where the perspective was forced to look like a much further drop, but they didn't really demonstrate that. It came off as a really tall cliff that just wasn't that tall in another scene...  ???

Willow. I'm dissapointed that he's not a sorcerer by now. He's still the pig farmer with a few stage tricks and a wand. Sorscha even says he'll never be a true sorcerer.
I hope this is a "setting up obstacles" moment.

I liked the de-aging CGI for the flashback scenes. Was it even CGI, or just makeup?

It's in an odd place. I can see this series going Hard Woke, but so far there's nothing that's too aggregious, or couldn't be taken as setup for future payoff. (Willow wanting to train Elora from an early age, Sorscha wanting to protect her...)

Is “Kit” the Katness-looking chick?  I thought the main character was supposed to be Elora Dannan, the baby from the original Willow movie?

Yes. And I thought the main character was supposed to be the one the series is named after.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: Willow series
« Last post by Shrieking Banshee on December 03, 2022, 10:28:26 PM »
These shows and movies are meant to demoralize and normalize, and it's working. I regularly see things described as "not really woke" that would have been considered very woke 5 years ago.

Tolerance varies. Personally I'm totally burned out on it to where I can't watch new stuff because the first time I hear "have to work twice as hard as a white guy" or see a Detroit cop acting like a 1960's Deep South redneck Sheriff, I have to nope out.

Yup. Many people give in just to get new content.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: RPGnet's decay (TBP madness)
« Last post by David Johansen on December 03, 2022, 10:23:02 PM »
Racism against lizard people in the real world is a real issue with a horrible history.  When the conspiracy people can't blame the Jews they always shift to the lizard people.  When oh when will the lizard people know justice?!
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Media and Inspiration / Re: Willow series
« Last post by Grognard GM on December 03, 2022, 10:22:59 PM »
It's in an odd place. I can see this series going Hard Woke, but so far there's nothing that's too aggregious, or couldn't be taken as setup for future payoff.

What series are you watching?  The only male characters (other than Willow) are totally outshined by all of the women.  It so woke that the primary female characters can't even be in love with a man.  And Willow is being set up to be a spectator in his own series (Boba Fett, is that you?).  Every character we're supposed to like is a whiny, female, teenage narcissist, and the male characters are old, incapable, or "toxic" (how dare the prince like having sex with multiple women!  Only powerful women like She-Hulk are allowed to have sex without consequences).  This thing is so woke that it makes caffeine blush...

These shows and movies are meant to demoralize and normalize, and it's working. I regularly see things described as "not really woke" that would have been considered very woke 5 years ago.

Tolerance varies. Personally I'm totally burned out on it to where I can't watch new stuff because the first time I hear "have to work twice as hard as a white guy" or see a Detroit cop acting like a 1960's Deep South redneck Sheriff, I have to nope out.
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Maybe 20 or 30 Types of Threats; plus some type of Crazy Wildcard "Thing", that can Twist the original threat that was rolled?  Roll to see which random encounter appears, but with a crazy Wild Card "Twist".  The Wild Card could be anything, capable of producing wildly unexpected effects.

Any ideas?
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Course all bets are off on what WOTC does with it now.

Skimming a "Let's Read" elsewhere, it looks like they have gone full railroad: "the characters advance two levels in this chapter of the adventure: one after going to X, and the other on reaching Y."

No major choice, no real consequence.

I have the product, and this is easily my biggest gripe. You go from rolling up your characters to level two during preludes. These are not even mini-adventures. One of them is basically a vision with an Int check. I will get around to a full review in the other section someday.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: Willow series
« Last post by Eirikrautha on December 03, 2022, 10:14:39 PM »
It's in an odd place. I can see this series going Hard Woke, but so far there's nothing that's too aggregious, or couldn't be taken as setup for future payoff.

What series are you watching?  The only male characters (other than Willow) are totally outshined by all of the women.  It so woke that the primary female characters can't even be in love with a man.  And Willow is being set up to be a spectator in his own series (Boba Fett, is that you?).  Every character we're supposed to like is a whiny, female, teenage narcissist, and the male characters are old, incapable, or "toxic" (how dare the prince like having sex with multiple women!  Only powerful women like She-Hulk are allowed to have sex without consequences).  This thing is so woke that it makes caffeine blush...
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This is beautiful.  Just beautiful.  Bravo!!!

If you'll please excuse me; I am going to shed a tear now, for those poor woke bastards that hate D&D, and never did like it anyway.

All of this SJW rubbish bullshit; only serves to make OD&D, BX, and 1st Edition AD&D look like classic works of art.
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