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Everything posted by DasBroot

  1. The Power Of Presence

    I eliminate the +30 effect (capping the max effect at the +20 level) and limit them to once per turn per target. That fixes most of the RAW problems - in this situation when faced with the glory of Tako Bell the team would have missed their phase in segment 12 in horror, taken their lumps from some sort of nasty attack to capitalize on their 1/2 DCV, weathered it, and rallied. With 23d6 he would have made the team skip another full phase sometime in turn 1 and probably in turn 2 (22) and 3 (21) if he made it that long. I would have used those skipped phases to take a recovery action to keep the fight going as befits such a powerful opponent. Nobody can claim that possibly making your enemiies skip a full phase and be at half dcv as a free action once per turn isn't powerful enough.
  2. Altered Carbon series

    Finished it last night. I liked it a lot. I wasn't aware it was based on a book so I might be checking that out. There was really nothing new or innovative there - you could have told the same story (and sort of did a few times in bits and pieces) with the Ghost in the Shell movie and anime series (especially Stand Alone Complex) - but it was put together so well. Without knowing it was based on a work I considered it to William Gibson what Stranger Things was to Stephen King: a carefully crafted greatest hits compilation that managed to be its own thing. My favorite dialogue exchange in the series (presented without context to avoid spoilage)? "Can we have a minute?" "Take as many as you want."
  3. Well, it will do nothing to calm the outrage of fans who already aren't happy about that plot point in the slightest. But really, at this point if those "fans" are still watching they're hate-watching anyways so they can complain about it, so sucks to be them. I'm mostly sad at the idea that Saru probably won't end up Captain after all. It will probably be prime Lorca somehow.
  4. Star Wars 8 complaint box

    Exactly. Rightly or wrongly (wrongly in my opinion) people will judge the movie not on its merits but by the virtue that it doesn't star Harrison Ford. Even a digitally de-aged Harrison Ford. Star Wars is at its best when it's used as a vehicle for new stories, in my opinion: Rogue One. The Old Republic series of computer games. I'm looking forward to the possibility of a new trilogy - the less it draws on the existing three the better.
  5. I get that - but I think that Discovery had done enough to symbolise that themselves (they weren't exactly subtle about it, with Saru's speech in the mirror universe about this being the first voyage of the Discovery and Michael's passionate speeches about what the Federation stands for) The Big E looked beautiful, though. If Pike is captain will the first officer be a version of Majel Barret's "Number One'? Will they dare put a Spock in as science officer?
  6. Star Wars 8 complaint box

    It's because it had the least boxes to check (as in.... one box: get plans to rebellion by end of movie.) That granted the writers a lot of freedom. Han Solo and Obi Wan Kenobi's solo movies will have a lot more baggage than Rogue One.
  7. I'm OK with it. I just kind of wish they hadn't gone there so soon - but I had much the same feeling with using the mirror universe and it turned out well so we'll see.
  8. In other news...

    It was all over the moment a popular host basically said (paraphrased) "Ok, so that wasn't true... but it FELT like it could be true, and that's the real problem with <target of news> " before resuming the attack. "Feeling" it "could" be true about a broad demographic of people has led to some of the greatest atrocities in human history. Knock it off.
  9. I think my feelings towards last night's episode could be summed up as "Ok, but why?"
  10. Dullahan

    In truth I think a detachable head would make your body absolutely suck in combat - even if you can still sense the body (sense of touch, proprioception) your point of view and hearing would be completely shot (though at least nobody would sneak up behind your body) If you were across the room watching I would think the best you could pull off is clumsy meat puppet. If you weren't in the same room the body would just be fumbling around in the dark without even a sense of hearing to try and figure out its surroundings. And that's assuming that the 'hyperspace neck' allows the body to benefit from the sense of balance that is one of the ear's biggest tasks. Otherwise it's faceplant time.
  11. Dullahan

    Seeing how clothes actually look on you (no mirror, no camera)? Showering on days you don't want to wash your hair without getting it wet? Cleaning the compost bin without having to smell it? Since it obviously flies in some manner... finding your car in the parking lot? Getting a better view of the stage at a concert? I could think of worse powers.
  12. The Flash

    Really, the fact that his 'widow' - who was largely responsible for the incarceration in the first place due to her tearful performance about how dangerous Barry was - didn't instantly break down in relief (or at least call out his name happily and rush to him) - wasn't suspicious? And will Ralph compound things by actually 'co-operating' with the police to try and piece together his 'absence'? Or will it be the case that after Barry walked his victim - mysteriously back from the dead - was suddenly just as mysteriously never seen again? If this is all they need to do from the beginning they could have used HR's image device from last season at any point (or did they bury it with him out of respect? That would be a little shortsighted. More likely in a case like the Flash's helmet.) It's not a legal drama. I get that. Still.... I don't think it's unreasonable to 'try' and put together a plausible conviction and a plausible release if you decide to make that a chunk of your season. I liked the breakout, though (until the end). Most of the convicts managed to be more interesting crammed into half an episode than when they were the focus of one.
  13. The Flash

    This season's silliness has gone plaid. I was excited for the Thinker, in a way - with hopes of him maybe forming a kind of reverse Team Flash with himself in Wells role. Nope. Let's see how this all plays out but...
  14. Altered Carbon series

    Not yet but it's on my shortlist. Very Gibson like vibe from the trailers (thawed out super-agents and the idea of the rich being the ones who could afford immortality featured in a few of his works. ).
  15. Agents Of SHIELD!

    Alright, let's see how they wrap this up. Liked the season so far, overall, but there are aspects of the closed loop that bother me. So... time for them to break into cyberdyne systems to get the arm and processor chip and throw them into a vat of molten iron.
  16. The Flash

    Congratulations, Barry. By breaking someone out of prison on camera you've earned a legitimate 2-10 year sentence. (Mind you I guess that pales in comparison to all the breaking an entering, assault, destruction of private and public property, kidnapping, and unlawful imprisonment charges Team Flash should have accumulated over the years ...but it still feels different than the standard 'Batman should have a rap sheet longer than some of his rogues' legal suspension of disbelief you need to enjoy superhero comics, shows, and movies at all) Well, if the Thinker's plan was to frame Barry for a crime he didn't commit knowing that eventually he'd actually commit a crime in jail.... mission accomplished?
  17. Yep. The classic way. I felt the arc was Discovery's strongest so far but was NOT needed. Oh well.
  18. Greatest American Hero Reboot

    Speaking of the theme song... one of my favorite City of Heroes fan videos.
  19. Greatest American Hero Reboot

    Believe it or not, it'll succeed or will fail I guess we'll just have to wait and see-ee Fan patience isn't a virtue - buzz is the key Diverse or just PCeee? If it gets to air we will see
  20. As an aside I remember during BSG's new run how the use of 'frak' in the show was so obviously meant to be a replacement for the big F and used so heavily, often in a clearly sexual manner, that some censors started getting concerned about it. If everyone knows what you meant what defines the vulgarity of a curse? Time its used by a culture? Is the F-Bomb taboo where Frak isn't because of depth of cultural linguistic penetration? Could one day with enough adoption could frak be as censored as its predecessor? ... in any case, no using the f word. Easy rule to follow and appreciated - I'm one of those people who keep the censors on in an MMO. Not because I'm offended, per se - I just prefer that expletives be saved for times which deserve their emphasis (you know, like the cancer exception. Or falling off a cliff.)
  21. In other news...

    For a long time there was the notion that a population in Southern Africa (sub Saharan) didn't have any DNA markers from other homo species that failed to make the cut. It's still true for neanderthal in their bloodline but evidence was found of non-neanderthral markers in this population more recently, though. In any case - migration from Eurasia back to Africa was wide spread and continuous. Wander out, interbreed with other things that looked compatible for a few thousand years, wander back. Eventually adapt enough that the place you wander back to in generational wandering isn't as far away. That basically sums up human pre-history (and modern, really) in a nutshell.
  22. I don't really have a problem with that. A non-human captain is overdo and honestly... it's fine to not have the captain be the protagonist. The original scan sheets for the show *said* that a lot of narrative would be with the 'below decks' officers instead of the command staff. Saru becoming captain would do that nicely - leaving only Michael as a liason between command crew and crewman. I can't even remember the names of the rest of Discovery's bridge crew so it really does look like they meant it. That said they might find a prime Lorca if they bother explaining how mirror Lorca ended up in the prime universe without a spore drive or the engine accident that sent the Defiant there and drove the crew mad, according to the Empress (who might be an Unreliable Narrator of those events). We'll see how things play out, but I'm enjoying most of what I see.
  23. The Classic Rock Thread

    It hurts hearing Motley Crue or Guns and Roses on classic rock stations. Not because it makes me feel old but because they're just... not to me. I like both bands a lot. I don't understand the hate that GNR's music gets (anger towards individual band members, though, I mostly get). Motley Crue's Dr Feelgood was a great album for the genre and half its tracks are still on my main Spotify list. Nothing either did, though, can hold a candle to anything the true giants of rock from the 70s did. Again, that's not a knock against them - most of those giants of rock can't hold a candle to anything they did themselves in the 70s - but it's a feeling I can't shake. There are a few exceptions, of course - Rush being one - but to find that spirit of the prog rock / 'classic' rock you mostly had to wander to the edges of perception, like Oingo Boingo. It's funny, though, that that's where my tastes turned. I was born in 75 and 3/4 of the music I listen to now predates my going to kindergarten. I grew up with the 'hard rock' and hair metal of the 80s and somehow tracked my way backwards (mostly through covers, I think). And Who Made Who from AC/DC - one of the first albums I ever bought with an allowance. I 'blame' some of the tracks you have to grow into (like Ride On) for broadening my horizons.
  24. The mirror episodes always have awesome plot-holes. But they're also, on average, very interesting episodes that give the actors and writers a chance to stretch. I was at first apprehensive of seeing the mirror universe tapped in season one - but Discovery is honestly the best show to really explore the ideas. The mirror universe culture deserves to lean a little more towards the PG13 / M -14 side of the fence. As for the light sensitivity - it's a neat quirk and it hasn't been seen before because it hasn't been thought of before. Like the purplish or albino glitter armor Klingons with their brutal looking ships. New ideas aren't bad. New shows don't replace the shows you already saw and love. Put each show in their own universe and you'll be happier. Or don't watch it if you don't like it. Good rules for any fandom really. As for the plot specifics - yes, this finally does 'excuse' Lorca and I really, really, really hope it was the plan all along. It looks like it. It feels like it. I just hope it wasn't a writer four or five scripts in and said 'hey, you know what would be cool?' I hope the Empress does keep her word - that she IS a woman of honor like the Prime Georgiou was. That she is as she was only with the ruthlessness and amorality dialed up to 11. The best mirror episodes play out with the characters being able to see how they could have become their mirrors if their situation was different. I hate her (the point) but I hope they dump L'rell with mirror Voq. I hope her and infiltrator-Ash's arcs are played out (and that Ash comes back as normal, as I liked him) and she goes away. I liked the traditional Klingon death yell as she 'killed' Voq in Ash and hope it's not another trick - but she cracked really, really easily as soon as he was beamed into the cell, so...
  25. The Flash

    I'm glad I stuck around because I liked last night's episode much better. Despite the Barry being in jail thing.