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  1. 4 points
    Old Man

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Saw CM for the second time. Perhaps it's because I was looking out for it, but I don't think Brie's performance was wooden so much as subtle. She's quietly competent and confident without crossing the line into actual arrogance. What I still didn't get was that the film wasn't funny. The jokes were there, but the timing or delivery is just off. I can't put my finger on it. Still a good film, but like some other films, I felt there were wasted opportunities. Anyway, people in the audience cheered when the screen flashed "CM will return in Endgame".
  2. 3 points
    RDU Neil

    P.I. with Indirect STR?

    This is the classic example of HERO in headache mode. Something that is simple in concept and basically more flavor than functional is going to require complex over-engineering to make possible. Old school... go with STR, Indirect, call it good... which would handle 99% of all actual game play uses. currently... some kind of frankenstein MP for an astronomical cost and wast of time over-engineering it. Or... go new school with old school... it is STR with a Custom Advantage: Ghost Limb... and come up with what you think your description... "Extremity is sometimes a bit out of phase with the real world. Like if he's gesturing broadly, his fingertips might pass through a desk or a wall but so quickly that the people he's talking to aren't quite sure if they actually saw what they saw. In game terms, the extremity can reach an arm (or another limb) through something and manipulate things on the other side with X STR. Character can do stuff like open a locked door or window, flip on the lights, adjust the display inside a jewelry case, feel what's in someone's pockets, feel what's inside a lock-box, drop candy from a vending machine without paying for it, pick up a piece of paper on a desk and bring it close to the window to read, etc. Anything you could do with your arm or leg, he can do with whatever length of limb the character has stuck through to the other side. He can't see through the barrier unless the barrier is normally transparent. If someone grabs his arm while it's pushed through something, he can only exert X STR when trying to pull his arm back through. The arm physically exists in the intervening space so if, for example, he accidentally pushes his arm into the power cable going to a light switch, he could electrocute himself. And he can feel the difference between various substances so he can feel the difference between empty space, studs, nails, Sheetrock, etc. when sticking his hands through a wall."... is worth. So... how much is that worth? It really comes down to "Can't bypass defenses, but could bypass barriers with attacks. Can bypass barriers to manipulate objects on the other side." I guess my only question comes down to the consistency of your description. 1. I'm not sure why it would hurt the guy if he pushed his hand through a power cable, but doesn't hurt going through a wall of razor glass? Just seems odd, unless you are say, "Ghost limb can't pass though energy or energy barriers" which is cool. Just include that. 2. If someone grabs it, why can't he just ghost away and pull back? Clearly no one could grab his hand while ghosting through the wall, and he has to "unghost" the hand to manipulate things, but pulling it back he'd have to ghost it again... so why can't he just "reghost" his hand if someone grabs it? Work those two kinks out and Me... I'd rule +3/4... it is more than just indirect, but less than double the STR cost. Seems fair... good to go. I honestly think HERO works WAY better in cases where, instead of over-engineering a bunch of effects into a gross kludge, you just come up with a ruling and base the cost on comparison of value to what is already defined.
  3. 3 points
    drunkonduty

    Mental Entangle

    How about redesigning Mental Entangle so it's a Mind Control power. Only one Command - "to be still." This allows Mental Defense to be effective; and gives Breakout rolls to the character. This latter has the bonus of being active rather than passive, which is good for the player. They get to feel like they are doing something. Downside is of course that the gap between breakout rolls gets longer and longer... This could be bad for the dragon in the OP. Another downside just occurred to me: what state is the target in in-between being hit by the mental entangle and their first breakout roll? Specifically , what DCV does the target have? Look at me, posting a solution and the reasons why it's a bad solution, all in the one post. <Zoidberg voice> Hooray, I'm helping!
  4. 2 points
    So this idea interested me so I took a stab at creating it how I would do it. I obviously don't know your campaign limits, house rules, etc... So this was just an attempt to cover most things and keep it close to 300 points. Very hard to do! His skills are very weak, plus there is other stuff I am sure he should have, but without reducing his characteristics even lower or cutting powers he would/should have this wasn't possible. I didn't spend time on complications or so other details (didn't build out the ship which is a floating base in this build). Anyway, I've attached here. Ship Avatar Character.pdf
  5. 1 point
    This is a great thread @PamelaIsley Thank you!
  6. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Godzilla, King of the Monsters

    If anything warrants as big a screen as possible, it's these things.
  7. 1 point
    mallet

    P.I. with Indirect STR?

    Can he use this to escape handcuffs and wrist-ties, etc...? If that is the case then there would need to more to it then just Indirect Str. According to the 6th Ed rules, I'd buy it as Disoldification (Arms only) with the Affects Physical World (Arms only; for 5 STR). So... Ghost Arms: Desolidification , Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (60 Active Points); Arms Only (-2), Does Not Protect Against Damage (-1) RC: 15 Plus: +5 STR, Affects Physical World (+2) (15 Active Points); Linked (Desolidification; -1/2) RC: 10 So total cost is 25 Points
  8. 1 point
    archer

    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    I had to twice stand in line for 1.5-2 hours waiting for the SSA office to open...waiting along with 50-60 other people. I can't say I can figure out who is disabled by looking at them, not at all, but everyone but me didn't seem to have a problem standing that length of time and have to sit on the sidewalk. And all the rest of them could hold casual conversations with the people around them without any apparent difficulties. (Considering back problems severe enough to disable someone was one of the top reasons people applied for disability benefits at the time, I thought it was odd that I didn't see any other people in apparent distress. I was on three prescription pain medicines plus naproxen sodium and was still in enough pain that there was no way I could mask the fact that I was in significant pain from others.) By the time I got inside the building, waited there for a long time, and got to see a case worker, I was still non-verbal from the stress and uncontrollably, visibly shaking like a leaf. An outside observer might not have been able to pick out everyone who was "really" disabled, but everyone would have picked me as the person in the line who they thought was really disabled.
  9. 1 point
    Scott Ruggels

    More space news!

    Weekly Round up With Sources This time 1. https://www.sciencealert.com/a-stunning-nile-shipwreck-provides-the-first-archaeological-evidence-of-a-boat-described-by-herodotus 2. https://www.sciencealert.com/whoops-turns-out-mercury-might-be-earth-s-closest-neighbour-after-all 3. https://www.sciencealert.com/your-brain-can-detect-earth-s-magnetic-field-even-though-you-can-t-tell 4. https://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-shed-light-on-the-mystery-of-how-particles-ghost-through-walls 5. https://www.sciencealert.com/for-the-first-time-a-woman-has-won-the-abel-prize-for-mathematics 6. https://www.sciencealert.com/an-incredibly-rare-cambrian-fossil-discovery-is-filling-in-our-evolutionary-gaps
  10. 1 point
    Cygnia

    2019-2020 NFL Thread

    Please don't go to the WWE, please don't go to the WWE...
  11. 1 point
    BoloOfEarth

    But I did not swear!

    Shouldn't that be "... my coworkers are fantastically stupid"?
  12. 1 point
    Killer Shrike

    Millennial Malediction

    August 12, 2003, Mechazone (Camp Pendleton), California...01:34 AM PST "And who is 'we'? Who else is here?", Makeshift asked. "Just the two of us.", Ing replied a bit grimly. "The Violaters?", Pete inquired. *Fracas still lives but he is elsewhere pursuing his own ends. The rest died.* "So pretty much your whole team is dead, then? Kamikaze, Furnace, and Dozer?", Pete pressed. "Ja, sie sind tot. They are 'kaput', as you no doubt would expect me to say. Those three did not survive the first twenty four hours." Despite their villainous ways, Pete was still affected by the news...particularly by the thought of Kamikaze dying. He had basically just been a dumb kid caught up with bad influences. "I'm...sorry for your loss. I know what it's like to lose teammates...Triage died that day too." "Tsk, save your lamentations. They were idiots. Occasionally useful idiots, but idiots all the same.", Ing replied archly. "That's cold, dude", Turbofist said, aggrieved. *The past simply is and this is not the time to dwell upon that which we cannot currently change. We have more important matters to discuss.* "Yeah, no kidding. So what's next then?", Pete asserted, snapping back to business. *We are approaching a nexus of possibilities. That which has been opposing me is silenced, perhaps only temporarily, but I am again able to see some favorable paths forward.* "...Great. So...", Pete replied impatiently. *It takes time to work through the branches of each possible future...which I need to do before we decide on our long term plans. But in the short term in virtually every possible future I see there will be a significant battle here, in this area, before the hour has turned.* "...the 'crazy robot battle' Ing was talking about earlier?", Turbofist inquired. *Yes.* Pete responded, a little bit of anxiety in his voice, "We need to make contact with our people and let them know what's going on." *You should not do that. If you try to, it begins a chain of events that ends with this location discovered and us collectively in a variety of undesirable situations. Instead, be patient, and remain hidden with us here. I will ensure that the future we proceed with is one in which your allies become aware of the approaching enemy by other means.* "One must simply get used to approaching problems in a different way, mein scheißfreund, when one is allied with a seer.", Ing interjected, his trademark smug smirk in evidence. "...we're supposed to just take your word for all that? And what if the other future bending person or thing gets involved again?", Pete replied, unconvinced and frustrated. *At this point, you either trust me or you don't Makeshift. I suspect that you mostly do, because in most of the possible immediate futures I see you choose to take my advice on this. But yes, if my hidden opponent begins meddling with the timeline again in the next hour or so, things will likely get very bad for us all.* "If you can see possible futures, can't you see the possible futures where that happens?", Turbofist asks questioningly. *Not exactly. When both I and my opponent or some other agent are attempting to control emerging events in the same timeframe, the possibilities fork and fork and fork in a proliferation of fracturing probabilities. It is difficult to describe, and even more difficult to detect very far into the future. Currently, as far as I have been able to determine in the last handful of minutes, we seem to have gained a generous window of opportunity to work on the timeline unopposed.* "So we just wait then? For how long?", Pete asked. *That is what I'm recommending you do, yes. Be patient, for at least a half an hour, and allow me to pick the most advantageous path available to us while my enemy is indisposed.* Pete and Turbofist looked at each other; Turbofist shrugged. "Fine. Half an hour, then we revisit the subject. I need to do some repair on my armor. Is there a place I can do that, in the meantime?", Pete addressed the last part to Ing. "Ja. I have a workshop of sorts upstairs." Turbofist let his powers deactivate. "...and while he's doing that can I get something to eat? I'm super hungry." Ing brightened up noticeably; "Ah, yes, the famous appetites of youth on display. Fear not, we have a fine selection of 'Meal Ready to Eat' packages. Perhaps the epitome of what American cuisine has to offer the world; I find the 'Omelette with Ham' to be particularly vile and worthy of appreciation as an offense against man and nature."
  13. 1 point
    Old Man

    But I did not swear!

    No, I'd prefer it if your students were sharper than my coworkers. One, because it gives a very slight ray of hope for the future, and two, because my coworkers are flippin' stupid.
  14. 1 point
    I had forgotten how lame that Hulk vs Thanos fight scene was.
  15. 1 point
    Pariah

    But I did not swear!

    Which is inversely proportional to the wavelength of use?
  16. 1 point
    lemming

    The cranky thread

    Nothing like doctor tests that don't show anything abnormal, but you feel like crap. Definite imbalance of the humours.
  17. 1 point
    Cancer

    The Last Word

    I have until noon Wednesday to post grades, then my spring break ends with my first class on April Fools' Day.
  18. 1 point
    Hugh Neilson

    Mental Entangle

    Looks like you've already reversed the suggestion, but a Mind Control model would have the advantage of mental defense working. AP would have to be pretty high, as I am pretty sure most beings would be violently opposed to just standing there and letting some human ram a sharp metal object through their eyeball. The roll to break the entangle is active rather than passive, isn't it? If the dragon fails the initial breakout roll when he is hit by the Mind Control, it would stand still until its next phase when it gets another roll. That has the usual negative impact on its DCV. If it missed the second roll and must wait for the end of the turn, that is bad news for the dragon, and if it misses that and has to wait another five turns...well, poor dragon. I think Mental Paralysis was created because this effect was not well-modeled by Mind Control. However, making the Mind Control cumulative would mean it doesn't have to paralyze the dragon immediately, which would meet the OP's idea of an effect that takes a few phases to pull off. There's some merit there.
  19. 1 point
    So, just a quick mention that I don't think other people have covered. One problem that you will run into is that when you build something fairly non-traditional like this, there are going to be like 50 different ways to do it. At least one of those ways will be ultra-expensive, and at least one of them will be ultra-efficient. Seriously if you experiment enough with it, you'll find a character build that is super-powerful compared to everyone else's character. It'll be perfectly book legal, and it'll be crushingly powerful. Now, that's only a problem if it makes people in your group upset. If everybody sort of agrees that it's your turn to be the ass-kicker, and they all have a good time with it, then who cares?
  20. 1 point
    RDU Neil

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    THIS! I mean... MCU movies have been this smart in the past. They've had writers who understood that even a small measure of subtlety and misdirection can turn something simplistic into something resonant. You can take a scene and layer it... the surface layer of what is happening, the 4th wall layer of what the audience sees that the characters don't, the subtext layer of what it thematically represents... hell the inuendo or double meaning layer, where a joke for the kids means something else for the adults... whatever... there are so many ways good writers can create depth in a film... ... and Capt. Marvel hand none of them. It existed entirely in the literal surface layer. This is what I meant by "dumbed down".
  21. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    In other news...

    Huge fossil discovery made in China This is an unprecedented view into the history of life on our planet.
  22. 1 point
    Ninja-Bear

    Guidelines Block Range Attack

    I’ve never heard of a system like this before. I think it’s neat.
  23. 1 point
    Starlord

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Wait, NOW we're not allowed to be tedious!?! There goes my other 10%. So much for me. Peace out, y'all.
  24. 1 point
    Cancer

    A Thread for Random Musings

    There is a university Vice President for Communications to whom I must send this ten-year-old URL.
  25. 1 point
    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

  26. 1 point
    megaplayboy

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Just saw it yesterday. Generally liked it. A few thoughts: --love that the Kree are (accurately) portrayed as elitist, imperialist pr**ks --didn't think CM too overpowered, I put her on par with Thor, so she's the WW to his Superman --these films are getting a tad formulaic and I would like to see more risks taken going forward --Now I really want to see Super Skrull in a movie, or maybe even the Skrullian Skymaster(sadly, Marvel could film a Squadron Supreme trilogy that outperforms Justice League by every metric) --I expect to see a grown up Monica Rambeau in CM 2/3
  27. 1 point
    Duke Bushido

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    THANK YOU! In the words of Mgatu: "I thought I was taking crazy pills!"
  28. 1 point
    slikmar

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Tahiti - It's a wonderful place.
  29. 1 point
    archer

    Guidelines Block Range Attack

    I much prefer playing and GM-ing with 4e Missile Deflection rules. I know what I'm getting and not getting in every situation, simply and easily. As far as IRL goes when I was much younger, my friend and I saw someone on That's Incredible! snatch an arrow out of the air with his bare hands. The guy was a trained martial artist of some sort, had years of experience, and was standing to the side as the arrow was going by. We thought, "We could do that too" but (not being totally stupid) we decided to start out by catching darts out of the air. (Darts at the time were the only ranged weapon magic-users could use in D&D so we thought, why not?) My friend learned to catch darts out of the air, which I was throwing deliberately slowly and predictably, in about five minutes. After a few hours, I could catch about a third of the ones he threw, deflect or got poked a third of the time and miss entirely the rest of the time. I found out later than I had some rather severe uncorrected depth perception problems compared to everyone else in the world so looking back on it, I don;t feel as bad about my lack of success as I did at the time. But that was with each of us throwing deliberately slowly and the other knowing in advance when the dart was coming. When the speeds went up even moderately, neither of us were successful (and neither of us were stupid enough to try standing directly in front of the dart and let the other attempt to throw it hard). As a game mechanic, I just can't believe Missile Deflection as an everyman skill.
  30. 1 point
    slikmar

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    I am thinking he is, as others have mentioned, taking the comments she made about Wrinkle in Time (which is basically true, the movie wasn't made for 40+ white males) that were being credited as being about CM, due to the fact she made them at a press conference for CM and was answering a criticism of Wrinkle in Time.
  31. 1 point
    mattingly

    But I did not swear!

    Now and then, I'll throw out a "Shazbot!"
  32. 1 point
    Starlord

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Getting 'subversive man-bashing' from those scenes requires an ability to reach that Mr. Fantastic would be proud of IMO. Well, maybe unless that's what you were looking for all along, I suppose.
  33. 1 point
    Ranxerox

    But I did not swear!

    When I was a kid I used "Feldercarb!" which something that I stole from Battlestar Galactica. Nowadays, I am more likely to just say frel.
  34. 1 point
    mattingly

    But I did not swear!

    The Middleman is another inspiration.
  35. 1 point
    Starlord

    But I did not swear!

    Yosemite Sam is the greatest 'clean' cusser in the history of cussing. Learn from his example. https://youtu.be/wWYFxekoAsM
  36. 1 point
    Killer Shrike

    But I did not swear!

    I'm a former Marine. If I stopped swearing when I spoke I'd be reduced to hand gestures and writing things on a chalk board.
  37. 1 point
    Greywind

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    As Wonder Man realized: "She doesn't stand back and point like Wanda or Jan. She hauls off and hits a guy like a man would."
  38. 1 point
    Picture below:
  39. 1 point
    Starlord

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Exactly, the roadrunner could easily defeat a Kree fleet. Additionally, Thanos would be no match for Bugs Bunny.
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Yeah. I've read and own the MHI books, along with other urban fantasy and urban fantasy rpgs in a similar vein. The Here There Be Monsters setting is my own thing, developed collaboratively, starting back in the late 90's for Hero System 4e. When a long time player of mine got into MHI and wanted to play something like that, I resuscitated the setting and worked with a bunch of people on these forums to develop it for Hero System 6e; this was well before the MHI licenced products for the Hero System was a thing. Unfortunately, the original very long thread on these boards where the collaborative work was done has recently been eaten by the archive purge, but the finished material is all preserved on my site. Here's the main link for the setting; there is a ton of material, adventures, and characters linked to from it: http://www.killershrike.com/HereThereBeMonsters/Concept.aspx Here's a summary of the history of the setting: History Here There Be Monsters is an offshoot of Demon Hunter: FBI, whose original form appeared in print as a Haymaker! APAzine submission many years ago (Issue 21), and later cleaned up a bit and re-printed in EZ HERO (Issue 10). Inspired by diverse sources ranging from Beyond the Supernatural, movies like The First Power, and the X-Files, Demon Hunter: FBI was focused on super gritty street level crime and violence with a supernatural twist. The original content was developed over a weekend by Killer Shrike and T-Rossi and then fleshed out over the course of a campaign run by T-Rossi. The two original characters were Special Agent in Charge Jeff Chen played by Killer Shrike, and the Suppressor Special Agent Jared Kole played by Shad aka Shazoey. The campaign and setting flourished and was further detailed over a couple of long adventure arcs, but then stopped as we turned our attention to other games. Some others used the material for their own spin off games, most notably a version Dave Mattingly published as an EZ HERO article, re-interpreting Demon Hunter: FBI into the form of a TV show pilot with characters as portrayed by real actors. A more comic turn, this approach still captured the essense of the material and was at the very least a creative and amusing riff. Fast forward a number of years, Urban Fantasy is quite popular in media. After reading the Monster Hunter books WilyQ expressed interest in playing a campaign either based on or inspired by the books. Killer Shrike decided to take a broader approach and revive the Demon Hunter: FBI material but with a focus on the larger setting and on freelance Hunters rather than on FBI Agents. Rather than do all the work himself, Killer Shrike instead turned to the HERO System Forums and invited interested parties to collaborate on the project. Many participated in the ongoing discussion and gave feedback, but a few stepped up with significant contributions that shaped the growth and improved the quality of the Here There Be Monsters content. Both Manic Typist and The Rose contributed iconics, as well as insights into cool concepts and the early growth of the setting. 5lippers contributed the core of The Trouble With Banshees vignette. Panpiper contributed a large fraction of the available iconics, somewhere around 1/3, the entirety of the Zombie Apocalypse vignette, and a tremendous amount of design feedback, error checking, errata, and critique across all the Here There Be Monsters content.
  42. 1 point
    Starlord

    Godzilla, King of the Monsters

    2014 Godzilla was excellent. Personally, some of the kaiju genre gets a little goofy, I'd rather they stick to what they've been doing.
  43. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Avengers Infinity War with spoilers

    And I completely disagree with you. I was a little surprised at the extent to which it was realistic, but I found the directness and brutality of it refreshing (and much less CGI-looking than a lot of other cinematic super-battles). It was far from a "little tussle," particularly when Thanos started wailing on Hulk. His every blow looked and sounded vicious and punishing, particularly since we're not used to seeing Hulk manhandled like that. Hulk has been accustomed to overwhelming his opponents with brute force, and I liked how outclassed Hulk was when fighting someone in his strength league with actual combat training and experience. That's consistent with how MCU Hulk has been portrayed when pitted against Thor and Abomination. Thanos didn't need to destroy much of the environment -- his blows were going exactly where he wanted them to.
  44. 1 point
    Hulk vs Thanos was the worst fight sequence in any Marvel movie to date. It was so blatantly two CGI figures with no real sense of power or the incredible strength being displayed. It just looks like they tussle a little (causing little actual damage to their environment) and then Hulk goes to sleep
  45. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Avengers Infinity War with spoilers

    Heroes in fiction benefit from ridiculous luck all the time, as though the universe (i.e. the writer) is in their favor. If this is Thanos's journey, I don't see why he shouldn't get the same treatment. I found Thanos as written by his creator, Jim Starlin, to have grown increasingly boring over the years, because Starlin made him a Mary Sue, without flaw or weakness, always a step ahead of the heroes. His presentation in Infinity War feels more balanced to me. YMMV.
  46. -1 points
    Hugh Neilson

    Captain Marvel with spoilers

    Toxxus nails it for me. It made what should be an important element of Fury's backstory [https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/4/18241645/nick-fury-loses-eye-marvel-comics]- instead it was played for a cheap laugh. Sure, a cat might lash out. How many cat owners are missing an eye because of Fluffy or Snowball? Many cat owners have small kids. How many cat-related mutilations do you hear about?
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