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    zslane got a reaction from Pattern Ghost in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I can't say I was that impressed with Shazam! Don't get me wrong, it was competently made, I just don't think I was its target demographic. The whole conceit of a kid driving a (super-powered) adult body, but still thinking and acting like a kid, was something that just didn't appeal to me all that much (as an older adult). That concept was cute when it was just a light, fluffy, dramedy starring Tom Hanks back in 1988, but it just didn't resonate with me as a narrative vehicle for telling a superhero story today.
     
    Aquaman was another movie that a lot of people liked but left me fairly disappointed. While it had a lot of very comic-booky moments that I could appreciate, it was full of too much dumb stuff (most of the underwater action, for instance) for me. Plus I just can't get on board with this particular depiction of the character's personality. I don't care for Miller's bumbling, socially awkward Flash, and I don't care for Momoa's crass frat-boy Aquaman either.
     
    I always thought Cavill and Affleck were good choices for Superman and Batman respectively, but I agree with Spence that neither really got to play those characters (except for Cavill who got to be Superman for Justice League's final act). I thought Cyborg was well conceived and executed in the movie, but he was weighed down with too much brooding angst, and I think that really marred what was otherwise a terrific portrayal. That leaves Gal Godot who takes the award for best portrayal as I feel she embodied--and more importantly, was allowed to embody--the character of Wonder Woman in all her powerful, compassionate, thoughtful glory.
     
    Apart from a by-the-numbers, CGI-heavy Final Battle, the Wonder Woman movie did pretty much everything right, and in some cases showed flashes of cinematic brilliance. That's why, in my view, it stands head and shoulders above all other DCEU movies.
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    zslane got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I can't say I was that impressed with Shazam! Don't get me wrong, it was competently made, I just don't think I was its target demographic. The whole conceit of a kid driving a (super-powered) adult body, but still thinking and acting like a kid, was something that just didn't appeal to me all that much (as an older adult). That concept was cute when it was just a light, fluffy, dramedy starring Tom Hanks back in 1988, but it just didn't resonate with me as a narrative vehicle for telling a superhero story today.
     
    Aquaman was another movie that a lot of people liked but left me fairly disappointed. While it had a lot of very comic-booky moments that I could appreciate, it was full of too much dumb stuff (most of the underwater action, for instance) for me. Plus I just can't get on board with this particular depiction of the character's personality. I don't care for Miller's bumbling, socially awkward Flash, and I don't care for Momoa's crass frat-boy Aquaman either.
     
    I always thought Cavill and Affleck were good choices for Superman and Batman respectively, but I agree with Spence that neither really got to play those characters (except for Cavill who got to be Superman for Justice League's final act). I thought Cyborg was well conceived and executed in the movie, but he was weighed down with too much brooding angst, and I think that really marred what was otherwise a terrific portrayal. That leaves Gal Godot who takes the award for best portrayal as I feel she embodied--and more importantly, was allowed to embody--the character of Wonder Woman in all her powerful, compassionate, thoughtful glory.
     
    Apart from a by-the-numbers, CGI-heavy Final Battle, the Wonder Woman movie did pretty much everything right, and in some cases showed flashes of cinematic brilliance. That's why, in my view, it stands head and shoulders above all other DCEU movies.
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    zslane got a reaction from Spence in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I can't say I was that impressed with Shazam! Don't get me wrong, it was competently made, I just don't think I was its target demographic. The whole conceit of a kid driving a (super-powered) adult body, but still thinking and acting like a kid, was something that just didn't appeal to me all that much (as an older adult). That concept was cute when it was just a light, fluffy, dramedy starring Tom Hanks back in 1988, but it just didn't resonate with me as a narrative vehicle for telling a superhero story today.
     
    Aquaman was another movie that a lot of people liked but left me fairly disappointed. While it had a lot of very comic-booky moments that I could appreciate, it was full of too much dumb stuff (most of the underwater action, for instance) for me. Plus I just can't get on board with this particular depiction of the character's personality. I don't care for Miller's bumbling, socially awkward Flash, and I don't care for Momoa's crass frat-boy Aquaman either.
     
    I always thought Cavill and Affleck were good choices for Superman and Batman respectively, but I agree with Spence that neither really got to play those characters (except for Cavill who got to be Superman for Justice League's final act). I thought Cyborg was well conceived and executed in the movie, but he was weighed down with too much brooding angst, and I think that really marred what was otherwise a terrific portrayal. That leaves Gal Godot who takes the award for best portrayal as I feel she embodied--and more importantly, was allowed to embody--the character of Wonder Woman in all her powerful, compassionate, thoughtful glory.
     
    Apart from a by-the-numbers, CGI-heavy Final Battle, the Wonder Woman movie did pretty much everything right, and in some cases showed flashes of cinematic brilliance. That's why, in my view, it stands head and shoulders above all other DCEU movies.
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    zslane got a reaction from Ternaugh in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Wonder Woman is the only DCEU movie I would watch again. It is the only DCEU movie I own on physical media. It is the only DCEU movie worth watching more than once, IMO.
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    zslane got a reaction from BarretWallace in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Wonder Woman is the only DCEU movie I would watch again. It is the only DCEU movie I own on physical media. It is the only DCEU movie worth watching more than once, IMO.
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    zslane got a reaction from Old Man in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Wonder Woman is the only DCEU movie I would watch again. It is the only DCEU movie I own on physical media. It is the only DCEU movie worth watching more than once, IMO.
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    zslane reacted to Ternaugh in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    It's all good. DC is getting JJ Abrams, so they should be put out of their misery fairly soon.
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    zslane got a reaction from Vanguard in Terran Empire plus   
    Unless the space involved is going to be used for combat, I tend to agree with Spence. What's the point of maps made to miniatures scale if it's just for reference? However, if the environment is going to host a battle, then out comes the vinyl battlemat and the minis and a to-scale drawing of the space.
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    zslane reacted to Ternaugh in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I'm now picturing Superman's mustache being stop-motion animated by Ray Harryhausen.
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    zslane reacted to Blue in CITY OF HEROS   
    About to start a superhero RPG as a player and one of the other guys in the group used to play CoH with me, so we were getting nostalgic via email.  I finally broke down and did the download and signed up, thinking "I'll just go in, play with the costume designer, make a hero for my upcoming game, and that's it."  And 3 hours and many levels later I logged off.
     
    I forgot what an incredible time sink this game is.  I will have to use it sparingly.  
     
     
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    zslane reacted to Panpiper in Champions 4th Edition Hard Cover   
    I've never noticed much difference between the editions from first to fifth. Sixth I am emphatically NOT a fan off, and play it only because other people do.
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    zslane got a reaction from Brian Stanfield in Community Content Program: Hall of Champions   
    I kinda agree with Spence on this. Adobe has effectively priced the hobbyist out of their product suite.
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    zslane got a reaction from Spence in Community Content Program: Hall of Champions   
    I kinda agree with Spence on this. Adobe has effectively priced the hobbyist out of their product suite.
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    zslane got a reaction from GM Joe in Champions: The Super Role Playing Game (4th edition)   
    Softcover 4e BBB is full of win.
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    zslane got a reaction from fdw3773 in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    Yep. Softcover with the same art as the BBB. It is quite rare.
     
     
    They also did that for the 2nd edition books as well.
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    zslane reacted to mattingly in Supergirl   
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    zslane got a reaction from Sketchpad in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    I feel that Champions Complete is more like the first three editions of Champions than it is like the 4e BBB. The latter had more comprehensive coverage of the superhero genre in its S and C sections. In fact, the S and C sections were later printed as the Champions genre book. 4e was really quite an elegant product line, IMO.
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    zslane got a reaction from fdw3773 in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    I feel that Champions Complete is more like the first three editions of Champions than it is like the 4e BBB. The latter had more comprehensive coverage of the superhero genre in its S and C sections. In fact, the S and C sections were later printed as the Champions genre book. 4e was really quite an elegant product line, IMO.
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    zslane got a reaction from Sketchpad in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    The 4e BBB is also my favorite edition. In fact, it's my favorite RPG rulebook of all time.
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    zslane got a reaction from fdw3773 in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    The 4e BBB is also my favorite edition. In fact, it's my favorite RPG rulebook of all time.
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    zslane got a reaction from Sketchpad in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    The original Star Fleet Battles game came with a rulebook that was small and readable. It was with the addition of all the supplements and follow-on games that the official rules became a massive tome requiring a three-ring binder ala Advanced Squad Leader. I guess this is the nature of successful systems that evolve and grow and amass a body of rules too big for beginners to digest. The HERO System has followed a somewhat similar path, though I think the issue there isn't one of "too many rules now" but one of "bloated presentation".
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    zslane got a reaction from Starlord in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    I guess what I mean is that either the rights revert to Disney or they don't. I don't think they can "seem" to revert.
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    zslane reacted to Spence in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    Well said.   
    One thing I would like to see is Champions products with M&M production value....
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    zslane got a reaction from fdw3773 in What other superhero RPGs have you played?   
    Yeah, it can be a real problem when the GM isn't well-versed in the conventions of the genre in play. But this particular GM also didn't grasp the vast difference in power levels between four-color supers and the default GURPS Fantasy setting. I was making characters appropriate for your average Champions campaign (e.g., a Colossus clone named Warhammer), but he was stuck in a conceptual space where he expected a few thugs with guns to be a serious threat. Because, after all, in his GURPS Fantasy campaign, a band of brigands with crossbows were deadly business to his typical adventurers.
     
     
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    zslane got a reaction from Vanguard in Mecha   
    I think that's an astute observation, N-B. As the mecha genre evolved, it became more infused with samurai culture in Japan, whereas it became purely an expression of the technology culture in America. That's why mecha in anime move like people in samurai armor wielding katanas, whereas here in America mecha are primarily military ordnance on legs--ala BattleTech--emphasizing powerful ranged weaponry over the Japanese conceit of "pilots" squaring off as if they were dueling samurai.
     
    So I think it is important to know which mecha tradition one is trying to simulate in a campaign: the Japanese tradition or the American tradition (such as it is). Because in the former, mecha are probably best built as characters, whereas in the latter they are probably best built as vehicles.
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