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  1. 4 points
    Lord Liaden

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    If these characters stayed wallowing, I would agree. They didn't. When the occasion called for them to be heroic, they rose to it. Characters who are never challenged in that way aren't heroes, they're cardboard cutouts. And they're the ones who make me yawn. Let's look at Thor for a moment. What led to his depressive period? He lost his lover. He lost his mother. He lost his father. He lost his brother. He lost his closest friends. He lost his home. He failed to protect half his people, and lost them. Through all of that, he kept moving forward, refusing to give up. What finally pushed him over the edge was what he saw as his personal failure to save half the people in the universe. Granted, it took him a long time to find his way back, and he needed help. But in the end when it mattered most, he stood up and fought again.
  2. 4 points
    Greywind

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    Bucky and Rocket. Especially when Rocket asks for the arm.
  3. 3 points
    Enforcer84

    My Brother is awesome.

    Hey guys, my little brother just got his first Music Video made for his song, "The way she says my name." I'd be real pleased if any of you gave it a view
  4. 2 points
    RDU Neil

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    And if every single character had this same, steadfast attitude, then it wouldn't be special or interesting or dramatic or powerful when it is shown. It would diminish Capt. America and his steadfast courage, if that was just how all the heroes act.
  5. 2 points
    Toxxus

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I liked the idea that he finally accepted that he had given enough and could enjoy his own life for a change.
  6. 2 points
    zslane

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I like that they wanted to give Thor an arc in Endgame. However, his journey felt too much like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and not enough like a superhero movie to me. The fact that Thor fell to such a low point makes sense, but the way they played it up for comedy was rather tone deaf in my view. Especially if we are meant to empathize with Thor's pain. It just didn't work for me. They reduced his emotional turmoil to farce.
  7. 2 points
    Starlord

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I think we watched different movies.
  8. 2 points
    Old Man

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    Yeah, it’s not as though they experienced anything really bad, like having their favorite comic book characters depicted as having feelings. That really messes people up inside.
  9. 2 points
    csyphrett

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Harry Case was caught in an explosion caused by the Maine firing his cannon into a crowd by accident. He woke up in a weird hospital, covered in bandages. Then the doctors put Harry in a shell and asked him to do some work for them. Harry went rogue, using his new shell to earn the name Hard Case. CES
  10. 2 points
    Zeropoint

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    Of course it was. Thor acting out of his usual character was intended to convey how hard it hit him that half of all living beings in the entire universe had been destroyed and he was helpless against that fact. O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
  11. 2 points
    zslane

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    Hugo Weaving's performance in V for Vendetta was a masterclass in acting without the use of one's face. However, props must also be given to the vfx team who went to extraordinary lengths to add subtle hints of facial expressions to the mask by ingenious use of CG shadows. It was so effective that nobody realized the work they did, only that V was incredibly "expressive" despite wearing a mask at all times.
  12. 2 points
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  13. 2 points
    The last fantasy I ran was the occuktish western I've mentioned before (it didn't start out that way; we sort of drifted into it). The biggest sources of magic were ancestor magic and shamanic magic, so there weren't a lot of traditional magic items: most of them had serious limitations like a four-hour ceremony to recharge, single or double use only, certain rituals or rules that had to be adhered to or the item would disappear /lose enchanment-- the magic was real, but rarely extremely powerful; those things that were powerful were rare and difficult to maintain. Wierdly, the most popular things were the hides of enchanted animals (certain random animals would bear enchantment by either having served as a spirit guide or hosting a particularly powerful soul (or ancestor or minor God) and, if properly treated, would provide clothing that granted immunity to certain environmental conditions, etc. Jackelope boots were popular: extra movement, silence, bonus OCV, etc, depending on breed and season. Arrows tipped with jackelope antler gained a +1 Stun multiplier or created an aggravated wound (REC Drain versus this one wound: heals very, very slowly) and no jackelope antler wound could be healed magically (fortunately, these arrows and spears were rare). Painted symbols and lengthy ceremonies could provide extra Def to certain garments, etc. Lots of things that could turn the battle, but nothing that could turn the war, if you follow me. Petty items: paint mortars that never emptied, waterskins that never quite emptied (but could be ruined by holing them, or desecration) torches that burned for hours-- little stuff.
  14. 1 point
    Ockham's Spoon

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

    This is one I share with my students, especially at the end of the semester when everything becomes due:
  15. 1 point
    slikmar

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I would also point out that they were showing various ways of dealing with things. Steve was stoic and just doing what needed to be done, Natasha threw herself into leading a group righting wrongs, Clint went vengeance and vigilante (punisher style), Thor went lethargic and self medicating, Tony had PTSD and anxiety and decided to try to protect EVERYONE whether they liked it or not.
  16. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I remember that, and yes, it absolutely was heroic, and moving. But I would argue that for that man to have gotten to that mindset, he must have gone through much fear and pain, maybe guilt, and found a way to rise above it. I think we were just witnessing the end of his "character arc."
  17. 1 point
    Toxxus

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I can't even recall the characters name from Saving Private Ryan, but the main characters drag their battered, demoralized asses to safety and this one quietly heroic guy walks through the lunch line to get some food and then gets ready to walk right back out into the action. He gets asked why he's going back out when he could rest and he basically says if he doesn't do it then someone else will have to and off he goes. No fanfare, no bravado - just doing what had to be done. It's less dramatic if the hero doesn't have an emotional breakdown, but there are some bad-ass warrior-gene guys out there that can handle these hardships without having to shatter and reconstruct themselves.
  18. 1 point
    Bazza

    Game of Thrones Discussion Thread

    Bran may also try to warg into Drogen to stop him burning Winterfell.
  19. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    In the comics, Thor and Iron Man have both suffered severe breakdowns. Even Superman has gone crazy for a while, and not just in the Injustice-style alternate universes. The measure of a hero is not whether something causes them to crack. That can happen to anyone if enough pressure is put on a psychic vulnerable spot, which every person has. The measure of a hero is how they learn from it, overcome it, and rise up again.
  20. 1 point
    Starlord

    Game of Thrones Discussion Thread

    There might even be a scene where she orders Drogon to kill Jon but he refuses.
  21. 1 point
    How about this: Sansa Stark is nearly killed and has a piece of metal stuck in her chest that will eventually kill her. With help from a friend, she obtains a magic talisman that keeps her alive and also gives her fantastic powers. Arriving in shiny new armor, she trashes all opposition and takes the Throne, gaining the nickname Iron Woman. Too contrived?
  22. 1 point
    BoloOfEarth

    Create a Hero Theme Team!

    A former 100-pound weakling, Trevor Corwin inherited Majestic's incredible strength. He now fights crime as Strongarm.
  23. 1 point
    Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more! Seriously though, sorry to hear, but glad you're on the mend.
  24. 1 point
    csyphrett

    Create a Hero Theme Team!

    majestic had a source of information that allowed him to perceive things happening so that he could move in and stop the crisis almost before it started. Kelly Twain inherited that source and started putting it to use as Blue Book CES
  25. 1 point
    csyphrett

    My Brother is awesome.

    It's pretty good E CES
  26. 1 point
    Greywind

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    So much has happened since I last saw you! I lost my hammer, like yesterday, so that's still fresh. Then I went on a journey of self-discovery. Then I met you.
  27. 1 point
    Old Man

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  28. 1 point
    Old Man

    Game of Thrones Discussion Thread

    Rocks fall, everyone dies.
  29. 1 point
    Narratio

    My Brother is awesome.

    Agreed, I'm old so 'classic' rockn'roll is my thing, but this is pretty good stuff.
  30. 1 point
    Blue

    My Brother is awesome.

    I'm not much of a country guy but that was pretty solid. Especially the guitar solo.
  31. 1 point
    Tjack

    My Brother is awesome.

    I’m not usually much of a Country guy, but I liked it a lot. Is your brother looking to be more of a performer or songwriter?
  32. 1 point
    Pattern Ghost

    My Brother is awesome.

  33. 1 point
    Twilight

    Game of Thrones Discussion Thread

    It's pretty much what all these characters deserve anyhow.
  34. 1 point
    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

  35. 1 point
    Old Man

    Game of Thrones Discussion Thread

    A better episode than last week. Still, let me try and fix this: Daenerys' descent into madness: Jon entered, and Daenerys dismissed Grey Worm in Valyrian. "You say I am your queen, Jon. But the people of Westeros do not. I could have stayed in Meereen, instead I came to liberate them from rulers who exploit and murder them at every turn. But to them I am the foreign Dragon Queen, daughter of the Mad King, leading foreign armies to the shores of Westeros. So they refuse to overthrow Cersei. Tyrion says I am his queen, but how can I trust Cersei's brother? Varys says I am his queen, but how many rulers has he outlived? I could trust Missandei, and she..." She steadied herself, and turned on him. "I gave up my quest for the Iron Throne and flew north, I helped save Winterfell from the Night King, yet your people still hate me, and your sister refuses to bend the knee! What must I do, Jon, to earn their love?" Her expression hardened, the way he'd seen so many times. "Perhaps my father was not so mad after all." Drogon vs. Scorpions: "Your Grace, Cersei has surrounded the city with scorpions," Tyrion pleaded. "Drogon is the last... you cannot risk him in an attack on King's Landing. You saw what happened to Rhaegal." "I did," she admitted. "And Drogon and I saw them up close, after Rhaegal fell. They are deadly. They are also heavy, and clumsy. And they cannot be pointed directly upward. They can be destroyed from above." Cleganebowl: The Mountain stepped back a pace, reaching up to remove the dagger from his eye socket. Behind and below him, King's Landing was a sea of fire. The Hound laughed. "You think you cannot be killed?" He gathered his legs beneath him. "I repaid you for my eye. But I still owe you for my face!" With a final heave, the Hound seized his brother in an embrace, and drove them both over the edge into the cleansing flames. Cersei: "I just want to see our child born!" she wailed, and Jaime held her close as the Red Keep collapsed onto them. But she did not die. On her hands and knees, she choked and coughed; thick dust caked her throat and lungs. "Jaime--" she gasped, peering through the dust; somehow there was still light, somehow the lantern had not gone out. She tried to stand, but immediately hit her head on stone. She felt around her, horror dawning as she realized she was in a space little larger than a coffin. "Jaime!" she shrieked, panic rising in her voice. Frantically she looked for him, and then she saw it--Jaime's hand, his real hand, protruding out of the rubble. She screamed then, a real scream of pain and terror and loss, that dissolved into sobs as she held onto the dead hand. "Don't leave me here," she cried, "don't leave me here alone!" And then she stopped--a stabbing pain in her belly, one that she knew all too well, and the wetness between her legs. She would not die alone after all. The lantern went out.
  36. 1 point
    Starlord

    My Brother is awesome.

    Congratulations!
  37. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    The Case for Comeliness

    In fact, Hero System is so close to that, it's already there. Advanced Players Guide II describes not one, but three detailed optional social combat systems, one Skills-based, one Talents-based, and one Combat Maneuvers-based.
  38. 1 point
    massey

    Avengers Endgame with spoilers

    I’ve seen it twice, and I realized something about it today. Endgame isn’t a movie. It’s the series finale of a beloved TV show. Endgame doesn’t work at all as a stand alone film. You have no idea what is going on, no one is introduced and nothing is explained. No character goes through any sort of growth or character arc. Nobody learns anything about themselves. As a movie, it’s pretty bad. But as a TV finale, it’s pretty awesome. We already know these characters. They don’t experience a character arc in this film, they’ve already experienced it over the previous 21 movies. This is a loving farewell to these characters that we’ve grown to care for. Some characters take their bows, and others come back for what will surely be the coming spinoff. They don’t have to explain who Sam and Norm are because we’ve been watching Cheers for 11 years. I don't think I'll want to rewatch Endgame the same way I do certain other Marvel movies. The original Avengers, Iron Man 1, Winter Soldier, Civil War, Thor Ragnarok, and several others are great movies on their own. I can watch them and have the full "movie" experience, with character arcs and all that good stuff. Endgame won't have the same lasting rewatch value, just like people don't go and rewatch the last episode of MASH. But it's a great event movie.
  39. 1 point
    I thought of the same verse!
  40. 1 point
    Surrealone

    The Case for Comeliness

    Interestingly, those people can't seem to explain why COM is superior and Striking Appearance is inferior -- i.e. they are unable to explain why one makes them happy and the other makes them unhappy. Perhaps it's the act of making players spend/waste points on a stat that doesn't give them any mechanical impact in the game (i.e. what they paid for) … and, worse, making them pay for the privilege of bragging rights when they could have the same bragging rights (from a RP perspective) by taking using Psychological Complications and/or Distinctive Features to get points back. Frankly, spending points on something for which you could get points back a la Complications … isn't exactly something to brag about when considering the teaching of the Goodman School of Cost Effectiveness (also part of the game, as you may recall). This. Is. Spot. On. In fact, being distracted by pretty faces could readily be a Psychological Complication … and having a pretty face could readily be a Distinctive Feature. The need for numbers around this to enable role-play … while bashing the mechanics of Striking Appearance … makes no sense. People don't need stats to role-play.
  41. 1 point
    Being old enough to get the reference means I already got tonnes of experience. But I'll accept some more. 🙂 The writing in season 7 was flabby, time filling crap. The writing in season 8 is rushed rushed rushed. Highlights reel indeed! Could have (should have!) finished off one of the villains (Cersei or Night King, your choice) in season 7, leaving 8 for the final baddie, whoever that might have been. The plot is being moved along by idiot ball and plot holes. <sigh>. But I am highly invested in the soap by this point. I will see it out.
  42. 1 point
    Many years back, I ran a few campaigns in my Fantasy Europa alternate-history setting. Preparing for it, I transcribed a bunch of D&D magic items into Hero because, well, apart from the FH Magic Items book that was what I had to work with. I never used any of them. One of the core ideas of Fantasy Europa was that Europe was still recovering from the apocalyptic destruction of the Monster Wars. I wrote up a few tremendously powerful and destructive artifacts -- banes -- left over from the wars, such as the Bane of Grimwood that was still spontaneously causing monsters to be born from ordinary animals. I never got a chance to use any of them, either. The campaigns that turned out to interest me just didn't go in those directions. So what mostly turned up? Many adversaries had low-power amulets of protection (just a bit of Armor on an Independent Focus -- this was 4th ed.) so the PCs couldn't one-shot stun them with a lucky killing attack. A few adversaries, such as a Satanic sorcerer or a mad priest of a malign entity from Beyond, had magical staves or similar implemnents that could do Drains, Flashes, Entangles, and other non-STUN/BODY damage. These had Side Effects or other unpleasant conditions on their use, such as requiring human sacrifice to recharge or making the wielder another mad servant of Sutekh, so the PCs wouldn't snabble them up. I wanted the campaigns to focus on the PCs' own capabilities, not the loot they acquired. All in all, these were low-magic item campaigns. It helped that they had definite endings planned from the beginning, so there was never any intention of Zero to Hero power growth. The PCs started as remarkably competent individuals; they ended as somewhat more competent individuals. Oh -- one player built his PC around a collection of minor magic items, such as magic boots that increased his mobility. (Probably based on the D&D Boots of Striding and Springing.) But he was still highly skilled without them. Dean Shomshak
  43. 1 point
    There were plot holes in the episode but I don't think those three are plot holes. 1. He wants Ghost to be out in the open with nomads. The decision where he stays isn't a 'plot hole'. 2. She was told to get in the skiff, then it was captured off screen. Don't think that qualifies either. 3. This one seems obvious - Dani refuses to share power. She essentially said it right to Jon's face b4 they left for Dragonstone and Varys repeated it to Tyrion during their debate on the boat. For me, the major plot holes are: how Euron is waiting(I suppose we could find out later they were betrayed and someone gave Cersei their travel plans) and ready to shoot a scorpion with a large fleet of ships somehow hiding in the right spot to ambush the dragons with physics-defying accuracy. why Cersei didn't just shoot Tyrion and especially why she didn't just shoot Dani?
  44. 1 point
    HBO wanted this season to be ten eps, not six. Showrunners literally didn't want to do it any more. They're clearly phoning it in at this point.
  45. 1 point
    I almost killed everyone’s good time when I was yelling at the tv during last week’s episode, for this very reason. What the hell?! I kinda thought everyone would be a lot happier for having beaten the white walkers and ending the long night. I understand the somber mood, but I would have expected a more celebratory heroes’ good bye. I really started to wonder about the quality of writing at this point. Seriously, the Lord of the Rings moment two weeks ago with the singing and montage drove me nuts. I nearly lost my mind at this scene. Two harpoons killed one dragon, and then Dani actually did dive-bomb the shi-s, only to turn away when all she had to do was strafe her way through them and then turn around and clean up the rest of the fleet. I was yelling at the tv again. And then they suddenly had a hail of harpoons to shoot the ships. Why did t they use that tactic against the two dragons and both would-be successors to the throne?! And by the way, why didn’t they notice an entire fleet while they were flying around in the sky? This is nearly unforgivable writing. Aaaaannnnd this scene pretty much killed the whole thing for me. So any plot holes! Why not harpoon the dragon while he’s just lazily sitting there? They already demonstrated their superior range. Why is Danni so determined to arch south on King’s Landing with, what, twenty soldiers rather than wait for the others to rest and get ready? I mean, this was truly embarrassing for her. No need to negotiate now. And why not just end everything and kill them all? Cersei isn’t that honorable. I’m still not sure why she didn’t kill them all when they first met at King’s Landing. And Sheesh! Cersei actually had her arm locked around hers, telling her she’s going to die. Shouldn’t her last words be, “You’re coming with me,” and then dragging her over the edge of the wall with her? Im all for dramatic confrontations, and the personal conflicts, but this is turning into soap-opera-grade writing. *Rant over* Maybe. . .
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    My point was that they seemed utterly confident during the negotiation, like it wasn't even in question that they could easily take the city or raze it to the ground. Also, why didn't Cersei just shoot them while they're standing at the gates?
  48. 1 point
    Chris Goodwin

    Buying back OMCV

    Apologies for the terseness of my previous post. I was on my phone. Besides the GM permission thing, 6e1 (p. 46 sidebar) also tells of something called Dormant Characteristics. One option I would consider is to allow a character to buy their OMCV down to 0, but when they do their offensive mental capability is considered "dormant" in those terms. Among other things, you can't use any Mental Combat Maneuvers; if someone is in telepathic or Mind Link contact with you, you can't get their attention in any way; you can't attack Mental Paralysis. I'm thinking that... maybe... it should give you a penalty to breakout rolls from Mental Powers. Another option I would consider is that if a character has no offensive Mental Powers at all, and if they don't buy up their OMCV, then their OMCV is dormant, period. They don't have any mental offense capability, so they just don't have an OMCV score. And they don't get to try to buy some tiny offensive Mental Power with enough Limitations to make it 1 point, just so they can sell back their OMCV. If it's a game where mental powers exist, and they happen to pick up a Focus that provides them with some, they start with a base OMCV of 3. Characters without Mental Powers can still buy it up if they wish, and if they do then it's not dormant. (Interesting option: what if we treat it like Weapon Familiarity? In most Champions games, if you have a Focus, you don't need to buy a Weapon Familiarity to use it nor weapons that are similar. How about, then, if you have any Mental Powers, you automatically have "familiarity" with mental combat. If you don't, then any mental offense you attempt is at -3 to your OMCV, just like it is with anyone who lacks a familiarity. That also implies that you could spend 1 point for Familiarity with Mental Combat.)
  49. 1 point
    Surrealone

    Buying back OMCV

    Mental Block (i.e. mental-based Block maneuver) ... as was already pointed out by dsatow. (I've never experienced a GM who didn't allow those -- and allowing them does NOT require changing the physical constants of the world or introduction of maguffins.) Use of EGO/5 dice to try to break down a Mental Paralysis requires one to first hit said Mental Paralysis …. which, per RAW, has a DMCV of 3 (same DMCV that hexes have). Thus, with an OMCV of 1, the individual trying to break out of the Mental Paralysis must roll 9- to hit it … before being able to try to break out of it … while someone with an OMCV of 3 would need to roll 11- to hit it. END is, of course spent whether the attack against the Mental Paralysis hits or misses, so the character rolling 9- to hit will likely burn more Phases and END trying to get out of the Mental Paralysis than a character rolling 11- unless, of course, you've changed the physical constants of the world by failing to require a successful attack roll prior to allowing a damage/effect roll. As a reminder, the minimum value of characteristics in 6e is 1 … whether bought down, drained, etc.
  50. 1 point
    ChaosDrgn

    What do you "code" in?

    Partly the reason I ask is I've seen a good number of how to questions on here. I'm thinking of doing a thing called "Hero Bits"... not full code just samples on how to do different things - my main languages (as a web developer) is HTML/CSS/PHP/JavaScript. I'd want to do it if there was enough people interested and I'd prefer to use things that anyone can get ahold of for free or easily (i.e. Atom, Brackets, etc)...and since Atom seems to code in pretty much ANYTHING...
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