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  1. zslane

    Representation Matters

    In general, anyone who has spent enough time in a hobby, especially a niche one, will have a fairly clear picture of its core population/demographic.
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    Representation Matters

    Well, sure, I think that's human nature, particularly if you are even vaguely aware of the majority demographic of the board you're reading. If you know that a board is probably 80+% composed of SWMs, then it is only natural for SWM to become the cognitive "default" when there is no concrete indicator otherwise. I don't see this as prejudice or bias, per se, but rather just probability and statistics shaping our cognitive categorizing, a process our brains use to make the world more manageable.
  3. Marvel only gets close to the comic versions of costumes if the character was originally covered in technology. If they wore colorful spandex, then chances are they won't have anything like that in the MCU. Spider-Man, Vision and Avengers-1 Cap are about the only cases where they got real close to the spandex look. Even the Asgardian costumes, while nicely designed, don't look much like their comic versions, IMO; rather, they more look like something out of Peter Jackson's LotR movies. I am, however, impressed with just how much MCU Dr. Strange looks like his comics counterpart.
  4. John Kricfalusi would be proud. But it seems to me Disney is 25 years too late to that (stylistic) party.
  5. New io9 headline: DC's Heroes in Crisis Is a Story About the Psychological Trauma of Being a Superhero. This would be like Disney releasing an animated feature all about the psychological trauma of being Mickey Mouse. Seems to me that someone over at DC has drunk all of Snyder's dark, angsty Kool-Aid, and has decided to regurgitate it all over the pages of this mini-series. No wonder DC is in shambles.
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    Worst action movie clichés

    Every action hero is a trained stunt driver. The hero's car is always somehow fitted with indestructible suspension, wheels, and tires. Groups of thugs fight the hero one at a time, rather than overpowering him with their numbers. Police/soldiers stand their ground and continue to shoot at someone/something that has not felt the effects of the first hundred rounds that hit. Knife fights. Protagonist can always get up and flee (usually in the second act), no matter how numerous/serious their wounds are.
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    That's a condemnation, in my book, not a justification. The movie turned out well (overall) despite the lack of planning, writing, or careful development that movies deserve, and everyone involved has surely breathed a heavy sigh of relief at having gotten away with it. Usually when you wing it like that, you end up with something more akin to Justice League. We should all hope and pray Marvel doesn't do it that way ever again.
  8. So the government approved AT&T acquisition of Time Warner. That allows Comcast's cash bid for the Fox entertainment assets to go forward, which Disney may find difficult to match unless they can convince Fox stockholders that Disney stock plus some cash is a better deal.
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    On that we can agree completely. I would also add "lazy" to the "sloppy" attribution.
  10. Yeah, I don't know many people who wanted to watch all those characters die again...
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    I would say that making the audience assume the use of a Kryptonite needle is only slightly better than simply contradicting things established and reinforced by previous episodes. But both are examples of poor writing. Which is a shame because I really like the tone of the show, and its cast.
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Well, except that the Quinjet was grounded, completely intact (and capable of being powered-up) on Sakkar. The thing about biology is that we've seen how crazy its processes can be, and the crazy creatures it can produce in the real world. Outcomes like the Hulk feel like only a slight extrapolation to most viewers. However, wormholes are still the stuff of scientific speculation and unprovable theories; and "freak" wormholes that just happen to open up in front of a Quinjet, close enough that the craft can pass through it without taking a decade to reach it but distant enough not to be ripped apart by the energy disbursed by the tear in space-time, go beyond unlikely and straight into the category of completely implausible. I'm just saying that I would have appreciated a little more effort put into explaining how Hulk got to Sakkar. Even something as simple as one of Grandmaster's "headhunter" teams finding the Quinjet during a routine talent-scouting mission, and bringing it back to Sakkar, would have been a far superior explanation than Hulk's pantomimed "crash" on Sakkar. They wouldn't have had to show the capture on screen either; it could have been described through a line or two of dialog, just like was used for the lame non-explanation we got.
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Are wormholes a common phenomenon inside our heliosphere in the Marvel universe? And what are the chances that one would open up right in the Quinjet's path? A million billion to one? That's the kind of handwavium that makes the MCU a bit too cartoony. I mean, I know that this movie has the light, vibrant tone of a cartoon, but that doesn't mean it has to be dumbed down like one. I also wonder if we'll ever get to learn Scrapper 142's real name (I don't buy the assumption that it's Brünnhilde).
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    So I haven't seen last night's episode yet, but I have a question about the episode previous to it: how did Lena's serum injector penetrate Reign's skin? Are we supposed to just assume that it's needle was made of Kryptonite? I'm not sure even that would have worked given how Reign has been able to just shrug off Kryptonite like it was nothing.
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    Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    I've watched this movie a couple more times recently, and I find myself liking it more each time. I really find myself drawn to its bright, colorful, fun energy. But I also find myself with nagging questions: 1. How did a Quinjet get to Sakkar? And how did Hulk survive the trip? The Quinjet's air supply would have run out before getting as far away as our own moon... 2. Why doesn't Thor refer to our planet as Midgard? Re: Hela vs. Galadriel Hela shrugged off the following attacks like they were nothing: 1. A spiked morningstar ball (the size of a bowling ball) to the head, swung with the strength of a renowned Asgardian warrior. 2. A spear through the chest. 3. The "mother of all lightning blasts", delivered by Thor himself. There is nothing in Tolkien's canon that suggests that an elf of any stature could have survived any of those attacks, much less all three. Moreover, since we never saw her remains, there is even a chance Hela survived the destruction of Asgard!
  16. The next question on everyone's minds will be whether or not the final Avengers film will surpass Infinity War's total haul.
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    Cardboard miniatures

    I have a bunch of the old SJG Cardboard Heroes packs, which include lots of Normals. I'm sure you could find them on eBay.
  18. Odin having a "secret past" in which he was ambitious and ruthless has more dramatic potential than the version of him in which he was always wise and benign. It provides a more richly layered history for the MCU. And it creates an intriguing mystery around the question of just what precipitated his change of heart (for instance, could it be tied to the Infinity stones in some way?). The reason you have Hela expose this truth is precisely because Thor, and by extension the audience, will distrust her and want to reject it. This is exactly the sort of emotional conflict writers love to create both for their characters and for their readers/viewers. Look, it didn't make any sense that Darth Vader was Luke's father either, especially since it openly contradicted Obi Wan's statements from the first movie, but that revelation (also delivered by the villain) has become iconic and accepted as brilliant storytelling. shrug
  19. To my mind, "Cosmic" or "Primal" powers are essentially plot-device powers, and should always be under strict GM control. In the campaign notes, the +2 "Cosmic" Advantage should have a Stop Sign next to it for sure.
  20. Her story has the ring of truth to it, which is enough for me I guess. All your "maybes" are simply too speculative to be compelling to me.
  21. I find it a little unwieldy to try and build irresistible attacks and impenetrable defenses by making them "big enough", since something always comes along that surpasses the established benchmark. A campaign-wide "Not vs. <blank>" scheme is simple and foolproof/future-proof.
  22. You mean you think there's another painting behind the painting that was behind the painting? What story does that one tell? I'm inclined to believe Hela, mostly because the drama inherent in the "hidden truth" of Odin's time before Thor is more interesting from a storytelling perspective, and now that it has been revealed, it would be a terrible thing to just throw away because the revelation came from a villain. It is not unlike the revelation that Darth Vader was Luke's father; just because the revelation came from the villain didn't make it a lie. If anything it made it a more compelling truth.
  23. One easy way to do this is to have a campaign-wide default Limitation on all power builds: +0 "Not vs. Cosmic". Then provide a new Advantage +2 "Cosmic". With this scheme, non-Cosmic attacks will do nothing against Cosmic defenses, and non-Cosmic defenses will provide no protection against Cosmic attacks. This is how I do things like Primal in fantasy campaigns. Primal (as from WotC's very first RPG product back in the day, The Primal Order) is the power that gods wield. Anything built with Primal bypasses (or defeats) anything not built with it. Same concept as the GURPS "Cosmic", I guess.
  24. I think that just from a writing perspective, it was necessary to remove the Celestial-level power from Peter. Otherwise every dilemma he faced would raise the uncomfortable question of why he didn't use his Celestial powers to solve it.
  25. His Celestial powers died when Ego died. GotG2 made it clear that without Ego, Peter would not have the powers of a Celestial anymore.