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Midas

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  1. Does a post from someone who hasn't been no the site for years count? And in the spirit of the thread:
  2. Re: Interesting article about Sexism in Geek Communities I don't expect this to happen, if the TV industry is any guide. For reasons that escape me, but must make sense to TV executives, discarding even a majority of viewers is common. I'll give three examples, but here is the common scene. Say there are five competing networks (at the time of my first example). One show is bringing in 40% of the viewers, and the other four networks are splitting 60% (15% each) between them. What to do? Ditch your show, and put a clone of the 40% show in its place. Now you're getting 1/5 of 40%, and 60% of the viewers are discovering treeware. It has happened at least three times: 1)1992. You have Carson, Arsenio, Nightline, and "Crimetime After Primetime" on CBS. What does CBS do? Why, cancel Crimetime and bring in Letterman of course! Anybody who isn't interested in watching a talking head? Tough! 2)19...96? You say you like Lois & Clark? Too bad if you also like Seaquest. Today: There are three shows competing for the X Files demographic: Fringe, Grimm, and Supernatural. Guess where on the calendar you can find those three shows? Same deal here: "Our audience likes First Person Shooters! Lots of gunfire, blow-things-up, 'twich 'n' flex'! People who want 4X games or Sims...can we suggest pen and pencil games?" (IOW, they literally don't want your money).
  3. Re: Storn's Art & Characters thread.
  4. Re: Urban Fantasy Hero Book of Power: the Blood Qur'an Now if that isn't a Cthulhu Now scenario waiting to happen!
  5. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares A musical with Stallone in the role of The Leprechaun... "Take MY guld, will ya!"
  6. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares Legends of the G'hardians The Owls of Cthulhu (mis-overheard in a conversation today)
  7. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares What's really scarey? Doohan looks like a pretty good Sailor Jupiter!
  8. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares http://www.herogames.com/forums/showthread.php/82196-Ally-McBeal-s-creator-chosen-to-adapt-Wonder-Woman-for-TV 'nuff said (oops, wrong franchise) Midas
  9. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares See, every rational person thinks Sarah is crazy. She has weird beliefs that nobody else can accept... Trying to save her teenage daughter and infant grandchild from the merciless forces that threaten them... Midas (BTW, must spread the Rep around)
  10. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? Interesting. We have been doing marathons, but haven't hit HL yet (we want a copy of Source just for completeness sake). Do you intend to watch Raven as well? For that matter, did you like any of the proposed spin offs that they ran in season 7? We just did a double feature of Lake House and Premonition. Interesting watching two movies with the same lead having the same experience (time out of joint). Having the husband be played by the actor that did Cole (source of all evil) on Charmed and Dr Doom in FF was a little jarring. To be fair, he did fairly well as a not villain. Re-watched Hellboy and two animated features to get up to speed for when we find the dough to see Hellboy 2. Sword of Storms was interesting, but seemed a bit derivative of Samurai Jack (not that that is a bad thing ). Hellboy gets zapped to a Place of Wyrd and wanders around fighting off random attackers. Blood & Iron was fun too, but I kept thinking "this reminds me of Gargoyles." The lead villainess, skulking around in shadows and ranting about how great "our people" are, compared to mundanes, smacked strongly of Demona. I was just thinking that when they introduced the billionaire MacGuffin owner, who looked enough like David Xanatos to be related - even though he sounded like Tom Arnold. I fell over laughing so hard. Midas
  11. Re: {campeign construction}: Flash gordon Like "The Emperor" Plenty of rumors about who/what he/she/it is: A powerful warlord like Ming? A living corpse like the 40K Emperor? A sentient computer/network? (an oligarchy of Ubergeeks who control all communication? ) An intelligent virus (either kind) A Q like entity that is either bored and playing the Q equivalent of Civilization, or is trying to set some particular course of history? The last living Forerunner? Going with another thread, a sentient light saber that confers power and immortality on the holder: IE, it isn't "Ming" who is the Emperor, but Ming's sword. Also has the tendency to have the Swordholder mutter "gollum" after a few centuries... Just stray thoughts at 1 in the morning, Midas
  12. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... That the one in Lousy Anna? Yep, still a lot of racial avoidence in the Old South. Not so much institutionalized, but a lot of "would you let *your* kids play with one of them?" Stuff. I just finished Echoes of the Well of Souls. Finally getting around to reading the second Well series. Was...unimpressed. Continuety suffered, characters forgot things they had known earlier in the book (not as in plot point forgetting, but as in "Last chapter I knew this person's background, now I am wondering what their secret is" kind of forgetting. Lots of exposition for the reader, where some character reads a travel guide to the protagonists/readers. Chalker is a good enough writer not to have to do that. Also, the usual Chalker themes pop up: Slavery, transgenderism, you know. Chalker is a good writer, and the story was gripping, but I still felt he's told better stories. Midas
  13. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares I don't know Horse Tamer's Daughter, but it scans pretty well to Lemon Tree. Similar tune? Midas
  14. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares Nickolas Van Ring. The Polysotechnic League would never have collapsed if not for the meddling of a couple of hairy footed midgets... Near Darkover: a band of vampires tries to survive on Cottman IV. Night of the Living Iguana: A band of teenagers must take refuge in a deserted house when their kegger is interrupted by reanimated giant iguanas. Midas
  15. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? I've always loved the theme song for Thunder Road, with Robert Michum. Finally watched it the other night. Interesting relic from the late '50's. I recommend seeing it, and checking out the comments on IMDb. According to the IMDb, it is a fairly accurate look at 'shine running in the -then contemporary- '50's. What struck me most was how *unstylelized* it was. You can either say it had no plot (it did) or that it took many story telling cliches and upended them. For example there are a couple of "this will be important later" plot points: Except they aren't, they are just color. The characters were not "from central casting" either, like the "almost as good" character. He is almost as good a driver as the protagonist, in love with the girl who can't see him exist, lost as she is for the lead character, etc. In a standard script, he would be the one who either became the antagonist, or became a mole for them. Nope: He has an important function, but that isn't it. I'll avoid more spoilers, on the off chance this movie is on anyone's to watch list. I'll give an alert for people who like to watch for glitches, though. In the first action scene, right at the beginning of the movie, The Whipporwill tries to do a bootlegger reverse. The camera was still rolling when the car lost control and flipped, but the next camera view has an unscathed car come out of the dustcloud and shoot past the Feds. It didn't harm my suspension of disbelief, but YMMV. Midas
  16. Re: Cthulhu-esque suggestions? First thing to decide (though I think you already have): Is this a horror or an action campaign? While I love Lovecraft, I really don't care for Chaosium's interpretation, so I'll prolly slip into rant mode here. Here is a sig from a Delta Green campaign: "Come here and die fool, while you can still do it quickly!" IOW, should the characters carry a mercy bullet for themselves, on the assumption that they are dead men walking, just waiting for the right time? NEway, that said, in the original Call of Cthulhu, there was a Cthuloid yuckoid in the LA swamps, that a cult had to summon before Great Cthulhu could be roused. AFAIK, no one has done anything with that critter. Midas For those of you wishing you had thought of it first, how about a campaign based on the Indian Ocean quake of two years ago?
  17. Re: (Character) "Dakota Joe" Anders Interesting character. It might be interesting to have him fall in love with a spitfire (think Mareen O'hara's character from McClintock, or Molly from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), and let the PC's handle the "they are hopelessly in love, but to stubborn to admit it" situation. Midas
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