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Lord Liaden

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  1. As I always say, "Like" is a measure of individual subjective response, not an objective measure of quality. Both are valid assessments to make, but they're not interchangeable. You can appreciate the skill with which an entertainment is made -- production values, dialogue, acting, etc. -- but very much dislike its style or subject matter. You can also really enjoy something while recognizing a lack of craftsmanship in how it's put together.
  2. And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    Best description of a squirrel I ever heard: "Rats with good public relations."
  3. And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    But which one is the Walrus?
  4. And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    It's most impressive that they don't look embarrassed.
  5. And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    Last Jedi homage.
  6. A Thread for Random Musings

    You'll have them pegged.
  7. And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    The juxtaposition of those last two makes them quite intriguing. A study in contrasts.
  8. To be honest, box-office record chasing bores me. All records fall eventually, and inflation turns them into apple/orange comparisons anyway. If I like Black Panther, all I care about is that it makes enough money to guarantee a sequel.
  9. MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?

    Well, that really depends on the gods you're talking about. Lots of gods from myth were in the world where people lived, just inaccessible parts of it. Some could be physically matched and even injured by mortals; many others could be tricked or trapped. I've never seen any published character with that massively imbalanced a build, so I wasn't expecting that here. I've not yet encountered a mythology in which the gods metagame like that. Or multiply smaller numbers of dice, preroll results, used dice rolling apps, or any other speeding technique. Wasn't that unusual in Greek mythology for gods to be bested by heroes -- check out the Trojan War, for example. Except in the superhero genre, supers actually do sometimes directly oppose mythic gods, or even are gods. I've played at that level, and know many who do. It is far above 250 points, though. But punching out Hades' lights can be quite satisfying.
  10. I think the analogy here is the debut of characters not starring in their own movie before. The Guardians of the Galaxy originated in the comics as a group concept, like the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, or the Doom Patrol. Characters from those groups do sometimes develop their own independent titles, but are still linked to their teams. OTOH the Avengers or the Justice League were always the "all-star teams," compiled from established independent heroes.
  11. Galactic Champions-eque material?

    I will pull out of this line of debate so as not to derail the thread too far from BDH's request.
  12. The Power Of Presence

    Wow, I had completely overlooked the old "multiples of PRE" mechanic for Presence Attacks. That might actually address some balance issues. I'll have to test it in my games. It wouldn't be the first time an older rule worked better for what I want than a current one. Thanks for the reminder, Tech!
  13. Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    And it makes it sound like reasonable accommodation and consensus across the American public won't be achievable in the current generation. Sadly, I foresee repetition of a scenario that's occurred time and again over American history: a sizeable fraction of the populace will need to be dragged by the majority into the future, kicking and screaming, probably exacerbating the misery for everyone.
  14. The Power Of Presence

    I don't know enough about this specific incident to categorize it as "screwing over players." On the subject of Presence Attacks generally, it's worth keeping in mind that it's not exactly comparable to the Advantage-laden Blast example cited earlier. There are numerous situational modifiers which can reduce a Presence Attack's dice of effect considerably. Repeated attacks suffer -1d6 of effect, cumulatively. Presence Attacks also require at minimum, clear sight of the attacker, and usually clear hearing as well, like Mental Powers. I'm not saying they're not potentially unbalancing, or don't have to be watched carefully. But not everything is stacked in their favor.
  15. The Power Of Presence

    To give Steve his due, Takofanes' massive Presence Attack is on his official character sheet. It's not like he deliberately created a villain to be unfair to his players. And it sounds as though the aftermath of the PCs' encounter with the Archlich has led to some potentially interesting plot developments and role-playing opportunities.
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