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  1. 9 hours ago, Cancer said:



    Can we get back to trying to communicate sincerely, and listen to each other, and negotiate each others' genuine concerns?  I am terribly, terribly tired of Gingrich's "never compromise" doctrine, and the replacement of conversation by taunting demonstrations, and I know there are mirrored versions of this on the left side.


    First, let's drive a stake through the COVID vampire.  Then start restoring the healthcare infrastructure from the stress fractures the virus has been pushing into it.  Then get the economy limping back towards working.


    That'll take a couple of years at least, of course, but it's a beginning that we have to have.


    THANK you for this. We all have some biases, but we can't let us blind us to the fact that some people who do not agree with us have their own legitimate concerns.  If we don't address them, talk about them, even if we don't agree with the whys and hows, we're just going to have another Trump, a smarter one possibly, show up in 10 years and con a whole new crop of people who had concerns ignored. 



  2. 8 minutes ago, Lord Liaden said:


    You have my sincere condolences, Hermit. I know it sickens you that the likes of this thing purports to be a "representative" of your state. :(


    It does, and thank you. Right now, I am just glad I'm not in Missouri burying my head in my hands over  Senator Josh Hawley - who , in addition to and because of his actions, is crying over a lost book deal and calling it censorship

  3. Okay. Someone sent me an excellent question I should have thought of... essentially they wanted to know if you could draft a younger version of a protagonist. My answer is, not normally, unless there is actually some official younger version even if it's a flashback scene or the like. THAT said, this is supposed to be fun. And i hate limiting folks SO...

    IF you wish, you may us an option allowing you to freely change the ages of the characters in your draft as suits you! Not just one of them either. If you want a 14 year old Hans Grubber trying to frame a 13 year old John McClane so he gets kicked out of whatever magic school you've chosen for example, then it is now possible but costly. This option is NOT Exclusive... meaning more than one of you can do it if you feel froggy.



  4. 56 minutes ago, Tjack said:

     I think I’d like to give this one a try.  I’ve never done one of these before, so I hope you’ll all be patient if/when I screw up.

    Some of these guys are old pros and will likely be correcting me, but if it helps, we're all a bit rusty. :)

    Just remember only one pick a day, and that you may get sniped even in a draft with a pool to draw from as large as this. So I suggest back up plans


    51 minutes ago, Tjack said:

    I have a question, does the protagonist have to be a published character or can it be an original PC in an established universe, love interest, etc.?

       CANCEL: I answered my own stupid question.


    You got it, he she should be an established official character from published works, TV, or film. 


    35 minutes ago, Tjack said:

       Now I  have a real question. I’ve got a few storylines I could do but they all sound like bad crossover fiction.  How do I keep that from happening?

    Make it GOOD cross over fiction!


    More seriously, I'm aware how fan ficy this could be. That's not always a bad thing though, What If was just fan fiction written by pros who got a check who had permission to conjecture with marvel's characters if you think about it that way :)

    My own suggestion, don't pick too perfect a protagonist but don't make him / her such an overwhelming A-Hole that folks want him/her to fail. Unless, of course, that's part of the fun for you to go over the top with it.  Other than that, don't worry too much. The important thing is we have fun, not that we create a magnum opus.



  5. The List



    Academy of the S.H.I.E.L.D.  

    The Organization/Institution: S.H.I.E.L.D Academy.(Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.- TV)

    The Protagonist /Applicant:  Xander Harris — Buffy the Vampire Slayer  (TV)

    The Bestie/True Friend: Connor Reilly  (Angel - TV)

    The Crush/Love interest: Veronica Mars  (Veronica Mars - TV)

    The looming threat:Rossum Inc./ Laurence Dominic   (Dollhouse —TV)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy:  Captain Hammer  (Dr. Horrible’s Sing a Long Blog—Web Series)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand:   Dan Conner  (Roseanne —TV)
    Option One:  Codes to the Containment Cells Worldwide.   (Cabin in the Woods — Movie)

    Option Two: The Mother Box     (Justice League — Movie)

    Option Three: The Design Schematics for the Titan Ark Ship     (Titan: AE — Movie)



    The Drakh Never Bothered Me Anyway

    The Organization/Institution: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

    The Protagonist /Applicant:  Princess Elsa (Frozen)

    The Bestie/True Friend: Carrie White (Stephen King)

    The Crush/Love interest:  Wesley Crusher (ST NG)

    The looming threatThe Drakh (Babylyon 5)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: Malthus (from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Number 5 (Umbrella Academy)
    Option One: (Teammate):  Matilda Wormwood (Dahl)

    Option Two: (Ally): Jacob Black (The Twilight Saga)

    Option Three: (Helpful artifact): The Scepter of Light (Elena of Avalor)




    Ghostbusters Multidimensional

    The Organization/Institution: Ghostbusters Inc

    The Protagonist /Applicant: Elliot "Lucky" Taylor  (Creature Commandos) 

    The Bestie/True Friend: Dilvish, the Damned  (Roger Zelazny?)

    The Crush/Love interest: Aqua from Konosuba

    The looming threat: Vigo the Carpathian and PKE slime control (Ghost Busters 2)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: Severus Snape (Harry Potter)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Cat's Eye Gomez (Simon Hawke books)
    Option One:  Hidalgo trading company warehouse and its contents

    Option Two: Monkey (Dexter's Labratory)

    Option Three: John Thunstone (from Manly Wade Wellman books)



      Beg, Borrow or Steal

    The Organization/Institution: The Mockers (on the planet Midkemia) (Modern times)

    The Protagonist /Applicant: Selina Kyle (Gotham)

    The Bestie/True Friend:  Aladdin (Disney's Aladdin)

    The Crush/Love interest: Remy LeBeau (X-Men)

    The looming threat: The Brotherhood of the Beast (Dark Adventure Radio theatre)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: Kulan Gath

    A mentor/instructor/old hand:  Macavity the Mystery Cat (CATS)
    Option One: The Black Cat (Marvel Comics)

    Option Two:  Irene Adler

    Option Three:  The Death Note (From  Death Note)




    The Organization/Institution: Knights of the Round Table

    The Protagonist /Applicant: 

    The Bestie/True Friend: 

    The Crush/Love interest: 

    The looming threat:

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy:

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: 
    Option One:

    Option Two:

    Option Three:



    Old Man

    Revenge of the Jedi, or, The Cruel Tutelage of Arya Stark

    The Organization/Institution: Jedi Academy

    The Protagonist /Applicant:  Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)

    The Bestie/True Friend: Eleven (Stranger Things)

    The Crush/Love interest:  Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The looming threat:Dementors (Harry Potter)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: Regina George (Mean Girls)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez (Highlander)
    Option One:  Mentor #2: Spock (Star Trek)

    Option Two:Mentor #3: Uncle Iroh (Avatar)

    Option Three: Mentor #4: Yennefer of Vengerberg (The Witcher)



    Pattern Ghost

    Liberty Patrol

    The Organization/Institution: Library of the Neitherlands (The Magicians TV Series, Netflix)

    The Protagonist /Applicant:  Niles Caulder, AKA The Chief (Doom Patrol TV Series, HBO Max)

    The Bestie/True Friend:  Helen Magnus, Sanctuary

    The Crush/Love interest: Annie Edison, Community

    The looming threat: The Daleks (Dr. Who)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy:  Cosima Niehaus (Orphan Black)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Bob the Skull,  (Dresden Files)
    Option One: Beth Harmon (The Queen's Gambit. Netflix)

    Option Two: Miskatonic University (The Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft)

    Option Three: "Mary Wardwell" (aka Lilith, Madame Satan) (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix)




    The Organization/Institution: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Protagonist /Applicant: Ted "Theodore" Logan (From the movies)

    The Bestie/True Friend:  Pinky (of Pinky & the Brain)

    The Crush/Love interest: C.J. Parker (Baywatch)

    The looming threat:  Dark Helmet, from Spaceballs

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy:  Biff Tannen (Back to the Future franchise)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Sir John Falstaff, from Shakespeare's canon.
    Option One: Numbah One Nazgul: Otto West, the moronic weapons expert from A Fish Named Wanda.

    Option Two: ... the Cancerverse (Marvel Comics)

    Option Three: Bugs Bunny (From the cartoons) as Gandalf



    Witches in Black

    The Organization/Institution: Men in Black

    The Protagonist /Applicant:  Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

    The Bestie/True Friend: Door (Neverwhere)

    The Crush/Love interest: Nathaniel Cade (The President's Vampire)

    The looming threat: Sith Army (Star Wars: Endless Vigil)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy:  Alfred Bester (Babylon 5)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Bob Howard (Laundry Files) 
    Option One: Roz (Monsters Inc)

    Option Two: Demonic Invasion of Mars (Doom)

    Option Three: Troll with tumor/baby (Hellboy, the golden army)



    The Squirrel, The Stinson and The Wiccan

    The Organization/Institution: The Amazons (Wonder Woman / DC comics)

    The Protagonist /Applicant:  Doreen Green Squirrel Girl 

    The Bestie/True Friend:  Helen Parr / Elastigirl 

    The Crush/Love interest:  Barney Stinson (How I met your mother)

    The looming threatCthulhu (Lovecraft)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: (Dark) Willow Rosenberg 

    A mentor/instructor/old hand:  Galadriel
    Option One:  R'lyeh (NB: R'lyeh is directly underneath Themyscira, ie Themyscira is built on top of R'lyeh).

    Option Two: Yellow Crayon Moment (B:tVS)

    Option Three: Carmen San Diego (Netflix Version)


    Death Tribble

    Father Knows Best !

    The Organization/Institution: The Harpers (From the Forgotten Realms)

    The Protagonist /Applicant: Galahad (Knights of the Round Table)

    The Bestie/True Friend: Conan the Barbarian

    The Crush/Love interest: Phedre no Delaunay (Kushiel's Dart novel)

    The looming threat: Smaug (From Desolation of Smaug)

    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg  (the 5th Element)

    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Silk/Prince Kheldar of Drasnia (Belgariad)
    Option One: Trolloc (Wheel of Time)

    Option Two: Pegasus (Greek Myth)

    Option Three: Lancelot (Arthurian mythos)


  6. The return of the superdraft! Why? I kind of miss it and I need a distraction from the politics


    Welcome to the completely unasked for "I want to be a-" Fantasy (?) Draft! Starting Monday, January 11, Noon US EST ,  if we get at least a few people interested anyway. The basic theme is, as the pick descriptions will elaborate on, is the protagnoist hero you draft has ambitions to join a fictional organization or  institution for training and/or membership. It's a staple of Romantic Fantasy but, while I did put fantasy in the title, knowing that if I tell folks, metaphorically speaking,  they can have any color but blue, they'll want blue most of all even up to and including calling it azure or cerulean and saying it's not REALLY Blue... or maybe pout in text. Nobody needs that headache (or guilt)  SO.. yeah, if you prefer your sci fi or what not, you can do that instead.  Starting the 11th, each day until options run out, each participant makes their pick. Only the first pick is set in stone order wise (See below) the others can go in any order you like.


    That said, here's the picks you'll be making if you play

    The Organization/Institution: Be it an Elite fighting unit, a school of the arcane, a guild of thieves, or an order of knights , this the place/organization/etc your  Protagonist will want to join. Obviously it must be fictional, or at least highly fictionalized if based on a real group. This must be your first pick. This also covers location. Obviously if you pick 'The Round Table' then you've got the setting of Camelot (Though Camelot from which source is up to you)


    The Protagonist /Applicant: Enter our hero, often in his or her teens, but any age is possible. For one reason or another, idealism, a desire for glory, a better life, control over some curse/gift,  or just plain survival, this protagonist finds him/herself racing eager to join up with some order, organization, magic school or what have have you. They are often not yet ready, but hope to get the training from that organization. Pick any character from fiction, they need not have any special supernatural powers or combat skills, after all, they're going to learn? The character need not be from the fantasy  genre, rather they might be translated to it. For example. if you want one of the Von Trap family from the Sound of Music to be protagonist, there's no reason you can't pick Louisa Von Trapp and plop her down ready for lessons at Hogwartz or whatever.


    The Bestie/True Friend: This character, usually a peer, is the best friend and most boon companion of your protagonist. Again, almost any published fiction, TV show or movie is legit as a source and the character translates. You want your buddy to be Tom Sawyer as he and your protagonist learn from the faceless men? Sure let's go with that.


    The Crush/Love interest: Just what it says on the tin. For added drama, he or she is probably too good for your hero. Or maybe they are lowborn or something and it tarnishes the hero to associate? For story purposes, they might come across as merely the 'object' of affection, but they have their own interests too. And the protagonist will often have to hustle in helping them with their own goals. Of course, they could be another peer who just appeals on a level beyond just friend.


    The looming threat: Our hero has decided to join on just in time to make a difference. Something 'bad' is coming, or someone. Be it a warlord gathering a monstrous horde just outside the borders, a dark prophecy that will soon begin, or even the inevitable sinking of the land into the sea; there is something that casts a shadow (Figuratively mostly) over things. Implied in this selection are various agents or portents that will appear to rile things up or endanger folks on a smaller scale before the looming threat is done looming.


    The Antagonist/Bad Guy: Oddly, this is NOT the looming threat. This character a major and usually in your face place of the hero's life. They could be a peer who is also trying to join whatever the hero is and doesn't appreciate competition. They could be a threat JUST outside school grounds or in the wrong part of town waiting. Might be an authority figure who has to think creatively to mess your hero over within the rules.  Their methods can be brutal as a club over the head, or as subtle as death by bureaucracy.


    A mentor/instructor/old hand: Be it a powerful wizard teaching spell casting, a veteran of some Royal Guard, or a has been whose skills have faded but can teach a trick or two, this is a source of wisdom, knowledge, and perhaps even power for others including the protagonists. Special note... this mentor also adjusts to fit the setting. If you decide "The Dude" (aka the Abider) is a mentor at your Earthbending temple that you picked as your institution/organization, then boom... The Dude abides AND Earthbends.

    3 Options: This can be other characters, other locations, objects of power, or a way to empower folks when the setting won't. 

    (Edit: Special note on options, you may spend an option to reset the ages of any of your picks even if they never appeared in any official work at that age. If they DID appear in a flashback scene or whatever as a younger age, then the option isn't necessary for that particular character. For example, if you want James T. Kirk as a kid, well, at least in one movie he was)


    Anyone interested? And, any questions?


    EDIT: I should stress that all picks are exclusive. If you select Dick Grayson from DC comics to join the Musketeers, then all Dick Graysons are off limits for others as are all versions of the Musketeers etc.


  7. Just now, Duke Bushido said:


    Hey: I did everything I could to wreck Mitch McConnell's day, in spite if the fact that doing so will make Pelosi happy.


    Ugh.  I just wish there was something to wreck both of their days.   :[



    Anyway, what more do you want?


    Other than term limits, I mean.


    I completely understand the downside of making Pelosi happy and appreciate your sacrifice. Thanks!


    One down, one to go. 

  8. 41 minutes ago, Pariah said:


    Thank you for the article... it actually touched on something I should have known but didn't see mentioned until now




    After the call, Trump went to Twitter to punish Raffensperger, writing he “was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out-of-state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more. He has no clue!” 

    Raffensperger pushed back. “What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”

    Soon the tape went public and Trump’s threats spilled across the nation’s front pages.



    Some Trumpkins I know were talking about how WRONG it was to 'reveal a private conversation'  etc etc. as if it was done without cause or reason. I didn't realize that Trump had trashed him on twitter after the conversation. Yeah, you know what's worse than revealing the actual private conversation? It's lying about said private conversation to bear false witness against someone like Trump was doing.


    And yeah, the Democrats started tearing into each other hours after they discovered they were not taking over congress. Neolibs tore into progressives blaming them for the loss, Progressive snapped back etc. 





  9. 58 minutes ago, Tjack said:

       Did you ever see the “Lost ending of It’s a Wonderful Life” on SNL?  Dana Carvey doing his Jimmy Stewart impression and Jon Lovitz as Potter.

    The entire town figures out Potter stole the bank deposit from Uncle Billy and beats the hell out of the evil old bugger.  It’s on YouTube.


    I did! I think I watched i on repeat for at least 15 minutes and giggled like a school girl while clapping "Again, Again!" 



  10. 16 hours ago, Starlord said:

    I honestly didn't think this year was too bad.  I didn't get to go to certain places we wanted, but overall 'eh'.


    Some of my family and friends had a better year this year than they did in the years before, and I was in a better place mental health wise than I was a few years ago...which is I know the opposite of most folks. And I feel a bit guilty about that, and worried for a return to some bad things. So I'm hoping 2021 is better for MORE people, my friends, family, and self included.


    And, I really want certain political things to move on but that's for another thread

  11. I'm not sure I could limit it to just five an who I'd put in the top spots but given the holidays have passed but recently, I think I would definitely have Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life , that greedy conniving hateful old spider is said to be miserable, but the sheer amount of misery he caused people daily 'off panel' confirmed that he was a slum lord,  fearmonger, and more who casually destroyed lives and expected you to tip your hat to him and kiss his ass or he would try to wreck you.

  12. On 12/26/2020 at 9:57 PM, steriaca said:

    Melvin Morphean has one major problem in his life. His mutant power is the inability to go asleep. He doesn't have any I'll effects of not getting a good night's sleep. But it does annoy him being awake while the rest of the campus is asleep.


    On the other hand, he has all the time in the world to study things. Lots of things. From lockpicking to advance mathematics.


    While I might not use or will tweak if I do.. thank you for putting in your own ideas :)

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