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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Ranxerox in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Well, I guess those are weakness that I can live with.  I mean, I prefer my plots coherent, but I have noticed that comic book movies that I have had no problem following the plots have often been called incoherent.  I think it is because comic book story lines tend to have a lot of moving parts and fantastic elements, and I think that makes it hard for people not use to them to follow everything.
     
     
     
    Doh!  Why would they use Steppenwolf when they could use Darkseid unstead!?!  
     
    Still, slightly relieved that the underwelming villain wasn't Darkseid.  If you have Darkseid as your villain and he is not intimidating as all get out, then story telling just clearly is not your thing. 
     
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to zslane in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Independent of Justice League they have the following movies in development/production: Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2, Flash, Shazam, and Suicide Squad 2. None of these are particularly dependent on the success of JL, and they will give WB/DC plenty to put out against Disney/Marvel for the next few years even if JL2 never gets off the ground. I doubt they want to look out any further than that anyway, especially given how horrible they are at this. Also, they have yet to figure out who will be Batman going forward, a slightly sticky situation that puts anything resembling a "DCEU Phase 2" into question right now.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to slikmar in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I think they are running into a couple problems with their main villain.
    1st choice - Darkseid - drat, all the non - fans will just say why are you copying Thanos.
    2nd choice - Braniac - everyone knows him as superman's villain, but he is easily upscalable but then it might look like copying Ultron.
    ok, so, lets think of 3rd choice - maybe setup for Darkseid - who is his general - oh yeah, that guy Steppenwolfe - we will use him.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Christopher R Taylor in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Well obviously you need a mix.  Batman is supposed to be a detective type, grim and gritty.  Superman should be noble and uplifting and heroic.  Flash can be whatever they want, which apparently is a dumb spaz kid.  Its just got to be a mix instead of everyone the same way because Batman made a lot of money.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Ndreare in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    If they can make some with a more optimistic it helps, like Wonder Woman I would be happy.
     
    All the brooding stuff just gets annoying after so many movies. 
     
    We get it, you like the Frank Miller dark and brooding. But that is not the comics that lasted 100 years and still captures some of our hearts.
     
    Wonder Woman on the other hand had a hero being a hero because she wanted to make the world better.
     
    Yeh dark heroes are nice now and then, but after 6 movies we get the point.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Lord Liaden in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Sometimes B-list villains are the best kind. You can redefine them as you need, and few comics fans will protest. If you do it well.  *cough*Mandarin*cough*
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to zslane in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I thought I heard that they were originally going to use Darkseid, but when they decided that Justice League would be an Avengers-like sub-franchise within the DCEU, they decided to build up to Darkseid over the course of multiple movies, which necessitated shifting to a lower-grade villain for the initial film in the series. Hence Steppenwolf.
     
    It remains to be seen if this strategy will pay off. I mean, nobody particularly liked Suicide Squad but it did well enough financially to justify another movie, and so even if Justice League fails to get glowing reviews, it will undoubtedly do well enough at the box office to greenlight the sequel where we will most likely see Darkseid.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Cassandra in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I think it shows an insane amount of optimism to have  a second rate villain in their first Justice League movie.  What, are they saving Darkseid for the sequel?
     
    This is just what happened with Suicide Squad and having the Enchantress as their villain (Okay, one of the problems.)
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Cassandra in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I looked it up and the villain is Steppenwolf.
     
    God I hope it's the band.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Cassandra in 5th Edition 250 Points Superheroes Random Generator   
    5/8/4/4/8/11
     
    Speedster
     
    Val Char Cost
    15 STR 5
    26 DEX 48
    18 CON 16
    10 BODY 0
    13 INT 3
    14 EGO 8
    15 PRE 5
    18 COM 4
    5 PD 2
    5 ED 1
    4 SPD 24
    8 REC 2
    8 REC 2
    50 END 7
    27 STUN 0
    Total Characteristics Cost: 125 Points
     
    Cost Skills
    3 Bugging 12-
    3 Conversation 12-
    3 Criminology 12-
    3 Deduction 12-
    2 FB: Local Police Powers
    3 Interrogation 12-
    2 Navigation [Ground] 12-
    3 Shadowing 12-
    3 Streetwise 12-
    Total Skills Cost: 25 Points
     
    Cost Powers
    15 Armor +5 rPD +5 rED
    15 EC [Super-Speed]-15 Points
    20 1) Flight 15", 8x NCM, Only In Contact With A Surface (-1/4)
    15 2) FF +10 rPD +10 rED, No END (+1/2)
    10 3) HA +6d6, HTH Attack (-1/2)
    22 4) Invisible [Sight], No Fringe, 1/2 END (+1/4)
    3 ES: PER +1
    Total Powers Cost: 100 Points
     
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Mister E in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    The suspense is killing me
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to indy523 in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    Hi
     
    What I would like to see are the "limits"to Godly powers due to agreement of the
    gods or other things.  For insance if a God goes to earth his Avatar is much more limited and not omnipotent as he might be in the dimension that is the Realm of the Gods, O;y,pus, Asgard erc.
     
    Also I'd ;ike the rules to cover sons of deities uncovering their powers.
     
    Certain powers can be used but not for certain effects.  For instane Zues cannot just hit Persues with a lightning bolt from heaven and kill him but can give limited magic items to his enemies, etc.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Cassandra in 5th Edition 250 Points Superheroes Random Generator   
    Random Superhero Group
     
    Superhero 1
     
    Superhero Type List Roll - 8 (List 8)
    Roll for Superhero Type - 9 (Gadgeteer)
    Gender Roll - 4 (Female)
    Skill Set List Roll - 10 (List 10)
    Skill Set Roll - 8 Investigator
     
     
    Gadgeteer
     
    Val Char Cost
    15 STR 5
    20 DEX 30
    20 CON 20
    10 BODY 0
    13 INT 3
    20 EGO 20
    15 PRE 5
    18 COM 4
    5 PD 2
    5 ED 1
    4 SPD 10
    7 REC 0
    40 END 0
    28 STUN 0
    Total Characteristics Cost: 100 Points
     
    Cost Skills
    2 AK: [Campaign] City 11-
    3 Bugging 12-
    3 Conversation 12-
    3 Criminology 12-
    3 Deduction 12-
    3 interrogation 12-
    2 Navigation [Ground] 12-
    3 Shadowing 12-
    3 Streetwise 12-
    Total Skills Cost: 25 Points
     
    Cost Powers
    10 Armor +5 rPD +5 rED, OIF (-1/2)
    33 Multipower (50 Points) OIF (-1/2)
    3 u) EGO Attack 5d6
    3 u) EB 10d6
    3 u) Entangle 5d6 DEF 5
    3 u) FW 10 rPD 10 rED
    3 u) Mind Control 10d6
    3 u) Mental Illusion 10d6
    3 u) Teleport 10", 4x Mass, 8x NCM, 1/2 END (+1/4)
    21 ES: N-Ray Sight [Lead], Spatial Awareness, OIF (-1/2)
    10 EC [Magic]-15 Points, OIF (-1/2)
    10 1) Flight 10", 8x NCM
    10 2) FF +10 rPD +10 rED, No END (+1/2)
    10 3) STR +30
    Total Powers Cost: 125 Points
     
    Total Cost: 250 Points
     
    150+ Disadvantages
    10 DNPC: Loved One (Normal) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Villain (As Powerful) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Agency (More Powerful/NCI) 8-
    20 Normal Characteristics Maxima
    20 PsyL: Code Versus Killing (Common/Total)
    20 PsyL: Protective Of Innocents (Very Common/Strong)
    10 SocL: Secret Identity [Occasionally/Major)
    Total Disadvantages Cost: 250 Points
     
     
    Superhero 2
     
    Superhero Type List Roll - 6 (List 6)
    Superhero Type Roll - 5 (Patriot)
    Gender Roll - 3 (Male)
    Skill Set Type List Roll - 2 (List 2)
    Skill Set Roll - 2 (Actor)
     
     
    Patriot
     
    Val Char Cost
    20 STR 10
    18 DEX 24
    20 CON 20
    12 BODY 4
    18 INT 8
    11 EGO 2
    20 PRE 10
    18 COM 4
    8 PD 4
    6 ED 2
    4 SPD 12
    8 REC 0
    40 END 0
    32 STUN 0
    Total Characteristics Cost: 100 Points
     
    Cost Skills
    3 Acrobatics 13-
    3 Acting 13-
    3 Breakfall 13-
    3 Climbing 13-
    6 Combat Luck +3 rPD +3 rED
    5 CSL: HTH Attack +1
    3 Concealment 13-
    3 Contortionist 13-
    3 Conversation 13-
    5 Defensive Strike
    3 Disguise 13-
    4 Martial Block
    4 Martial Dodge
    4 Martial Strike
    3 Martial Throw
    3 Mimicry 13-
    2 Navigation [Ground] 13-
    3 Persuasion 13-
    2 PS: Actor 11-
    3 Seduction 13-
    3 Stealth 13-
    1 Use Martial Arts With Weapon
    Total Skills Cost: 75 Points
     
    Cost Powers
    10 Armor +5 rPD +5 rED, OIF (-1/2)
    33 Multipower (50 Points) OIF (-1/2)
    3 u) EB 10d6
    1 u) HA +4d6, HTH Attack
    2 u) Missile Deflection [All Ranged Attacks] +5
    2 Running +1"
    20 Running +5", 8x NCM, OIF (-1/2)
    4 KB Resistance -3"
    Total Powers Cost: 75 Points
     
    Total Cost: 250 Points
     
    150+ Disadvantages
    10 DNPC: Loved One (Normal) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Villain (As Powerful) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Agency (More Powerful/NCI/Watch) 8-
    20 Normal Characteristics Maxima
    20 PsyL: Code Of The Hero (Very Common/Strong)
    20 PsyL: Superpatriot (Common/Total)
    10 SocL: Secret Identity (Occasionally/Major)
    Total Disadvantages Cost: 250 Points
     
     
    Superhero 3
     
    Superhero Type List Roll - 10 (List 10)
    Superhero Type Roll - 10 (Metamorph)
    Metamorph Type Roll - (6) (Metamorph [stretching])
    Gender Roll - 2 (Male)
    Skill Set List Roll - 9 (List 9)
    Skill Set Roll - 5 (Warrior)
     
    Metamorph [stretching]
     
    Val Char Cost
    20 STR 10
    18 DEX 24
    20 CON 20
    12 BODY 4
    18 INT 8
    11 EGO 2
    15 PRE 5
    18 COM 4
    6 PD 2
    4 ED 0
    4 SPD 12
    10 REC 4
    50 END 5
    32 STUN 0
    Total Characteristics Cost: 100 Points
     
    Cost Skills
    3 Defense Maneuver I
    3 Lightning Reflexes
    3 Lightsleep 13-
    2 Navigation [Air] 13-
    3 Oratory 12-
    3 Sleight of Hand 13-
    2 Survival
    3 Tactics 13-
    3 Tracking 13-
    Total Skills Cost: 25 Points
     
    Cost Powers
    45 Armor +15 rPD +15 rED
    10 Clinging 50 STR
    15 EC [stretching]-15 Points
    10 1) Desolid, Cannot Pass Through Solid Objects (-1/2), Does Not Protect Against Damage (-1)
    15 2) Flight 10", 8x NCM
    15 3) STR +30
    15 4) Stretching 4", No END (+1/2)
    Total Powers Cost: 125 Points
     
    Total Cost: 250 Points
     
    150+ Disadvantages
    10 DNPC: Loved One (Normal) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Villain (As Powerful) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Agency (More Powerful/NCI/Watch) 8-
    20 Normal Characteristic Maxima
    20 PsyL: Code Versus Killing (Common/Total)
    20 PsyL: Protective Of Innocents (Very Common/Strong)
    10 SocL: Secret Identity (Occasionally/Major)
    Total Disadvantages Cost: 250 Points
     
     
    Superhero 4
     
    Superhero Type List Roll - 5 (List 5)
    Superhero Type Roll - 6 (Patiot)
    Gender Roll - 6 (Female)
    Skill Set Type List Roll - 4 (List 4)
    Skill Set Type Roll - 9 (Spy)
     
     
    Patriot
     
    Val Char Cost
    15 STR 5
    20 DEX 30
    18 CON 16
    11 BODY 2
    18 INT 8
    14 EGO 8
    20 PRE 10
    18 COM 4
    7 PD 4
    7 ED 3
    4 SPD 10
    7 REC 0
    36 END 0
    28 STUN 0
    Total Characteristics Cost: 100 Points
     
    Cost Skills
    3 Acrobatics 13-
    3 Acting 13-
    3 Breakfall 13-
    3 Climbing 13-
    6 Combat Luck +3 rPD +3 rED
    5 CSL: HTH Combat +1
    3 Concealment 13-
    3 Contortionist 13-
    3 Conversation 13-
    5 Defensive Strike
    3 Disguise 13-
    3 Lockpicking 13-
    4 Martial Block
    4 Martial Dodge
    4 Martial Strike
    3 Martial Throw
    2 Navigation [Ground] 13-
    2 PS: Spy 11-
    3 Security Systems 13-
    3 Seduction 13-
    3 Stealth 13-
    1 Use Martial Arts With Weapon
    Total Skills Cost: 75 Points
     
    Cost Powers
    10 Armor +5 rPD +5 rED, OIF (-1/2)
    33 Multipower (50 Points) OIF (-1/2)
    3 u) EB 10d6
    1 u) HA +4d6, HTH Attack (-1/2)
    2 u) Missile Deflection [All Ranged Attacks] +5
    2 Running +1"
    20 Running +5", 8x NCM, No END (+1/2), OIF (-1/2)
    4 KB Resistance -3"
    Total Powers Cost: 75 Points
     
    Total Cost: 250 Points
     
    150+ Disadvantages
    10 DNPC: Loved One (Normal) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Villain (As Powerful) 8-
    10 Hunted: Super-Agency (More Powerful/NCI/Watch) 8-
    20 Normal Characteristics Maxima
    20 PsyL: Code Of The Hero (Very Common/Strong)
    20 PsyL: Superpatriot (Common/Total)
    10 SocL: Secret Identity (Occasionally/Major)
    Total Disadvantages Cost: 250 Points
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Steve Long in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    The honest answer is that I can't give you any real information, because I haven't calculated the costs yet. When I write a HERO System book, the adding up of the character sheets is the very last step. That way if I make any changes or discover any omissions, I don't have to go to the extra work of changing costs already calculated. I developed this method in self defense, and it has worked superbly.
     
    However, for purposes of satisfying your curiosity, I can quickly run through and add up a few sheets as they now stand. These are not final numbers, mind you, but they should give you some ballpark ideas.
     
    Zeus:  2,654
    Loki:  1,286
    Kali:  2,759
    Huitzilopochtli:  1,742
    Perun:  2,459
    Olorun:  1,647
     
    Note that one of the factors affecting a god's or hero's cost is how well he's described in the sources available to me. Any god who gets a full character sheet is important enough and detailed enough to merit that treatment, but some are much better described than others. That means more stuff on their sheets.
     
    Also worth noting:  gods rarely have Multipowers. I might use one for a multi-purpose weapon or the like, but usually not for specific divine abilities. I buy those separately so the god can use his Divine Power Pool to augment the power when necessary and desired.
     
    The gods listed here provide some examples. Zeus is well-described and has lots of powers; so is Kali (in fact, the Hindu gods and heroes in general are expensive, because they're loaded down with powers, magical weapons, and whatnot). Perun isn't well described (no Slavic god is), but has lots of powers. Huitzilopochtli is generally powerful and well-described, but unlike Zeus his weapon is bought as an OAF, which really saves him some points. Olorun is neither well-described nor has lots of powers. Loki I'm surprised to see come in so low, but he's not that complex a god for HERO System purposes, and in any event there may be more to add to him.
     
    I hope that offers a little insight into the process.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Steve Long in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    I was just heading here yesterday with a status update when an Internet outage derailed me. Now my Internet is back, so here I are.
     
    The status is:  I have just finished the chapter on Hittite Mythology, and have begun the chapter on Incan Mythology! There's still a long way to go -- a year or years of dedicated work, at least -- but I am making as steady progress as I can.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to SteelCold in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    For once can't the Earth invade an alien planet? "EARTH NEEDS ZONDARKLONIAN WOMEN!!!"
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to SteelCold in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    Unless they bring their Visa card because Amazon Island doesn't take American Express.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to urbwar in Superhero Images   
    Ordered some commissions from Jacob Blackmon recently. First up is the brother/sister duo of Zip & Zap:
     

    Next up is Bobcat, followed by Leech:
     

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    Doctor Agenda reacted to wcw43921 in Superhero Images   
    From the World War II webcomic The Specialists, here is one of the enemy Ubermenschen--Der Arier, or in English, The Aryan---
     

     
    Did you ever have the feeling that somehow, it's not going to be your day?
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Cassandra in 5th Edition 250 Points Comic Book Characters   
    Captain America (Hydra)
     
    Val Char Cost
    20 STR 10
    20 DEX 30
    20 CON 20
    15 BODY 10
    18 INT 8
    14 EGO 8
    20 PRE 10
    18 COM 4
    8 PD 4
    6 ED 2
    4 SPD 10
    10 REC 4
    50 END 5
    35 STUN 0
    Total Characteristics Cost: 125 Points
     
    Cost Skills
    3 Acrobatics 13-
    3 Breakfall 13-
    3 Combat Driving [Motorcycles] 13-
    4 Martial Block
    4 Martial Dodge
    4 Martial Strike
    3 Martial Throw
    2 Navigation [Ground] 13-
    5 Offensive Strike
    3 Oratory 13-
    3 Persuasion 13-
    3 Rep: Superhero 14-
    3 Stealth 13-
    3 Tactics 13-
    3 Teamwork 13-
    1 Use Martial Arts with Shield
    Total Skills Cost: 50 Points
     
    Cost Powers
    9 Armor +5 rPD +5 rED, 15- (-1/4), OIF: Body Armor (-1/2)
    40 Multipower (60 Points) OIF: Shield (-1/2)
    4 u) EB 8d6, No END (+1/2)
    2 u) Force Field +10 rPD +10 rED, No END (+1/2)
    1 u) HA +4d6, HTH Attack (-1/2), No END (+1/2)
    2 u) Missile Deflection [All Ranged Attacks] +5
    8 ES: Radio Perception/Transmit, IIF: Earpiece (-1/4)
    3 Leaping +5, Requires Acrobatics Roll (-1/2)
    6 Running +3
    Total Powers Cost: 75 Points
     
    Total Cost: 250 Points
     
    150+ Disadvantages
    10 DNPC: Sharon Carter (Unaware Slightly Less Powerful) 8-
    10 Hunted: HYDRA (More Powerful/NCI/Watch) 8-
    10 Hunted: SHIELD (More Powerful/NCI/Watch) 8-
    20 Normal Characteristics Maxima
    20 PsyL: Loyal To Hydra (Common/Total)
    20 PsyL: Must Pretend To Be The Hero (Common/Total)
    10 SocL: Secret Identity (Occasionally/Major)
    Total Disadvantages Cost: 250 Points
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Cassandra in 5th Edition 250 Points Comic Book Characters   
    Nightshade started as a Charlton Comics character who eventually was bought by DC.  She was the Silk Spectre to Captain Atom's Dr. Manhattan, but Alan Moore preferred to use Black Canary 2 as a template.
     
    My version as a Desolid Martial Artist with Teleportation.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Clonus in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    Never bring a gun to a swordfight.  
     
    Don't fly higher than you can fall.
     
    Terminal velocity is your friend.
     
    Growth is the amazing power to make yourself an easy target.
     
    Never call someone "dead" until you finish the autopsy.
     
    Being dead doesn't necessarily stop people from making trouble
     
    There is no idea so stupid that it can't be used to hurt people.
     
    You can't mass produce awesome.  
     
    Always make your capes detachable.
     
    Always know which walls are load-bearing.
     
     
     
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to megaplayboy in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    Oh yeah! The other thing I'd like to see is a fair number of "divine monsters" like Typhon, Fenris Wolf, Jormungandr, Apep, Leviathan, Behemoth, etc.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to megaplayboy in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    Maybe some notes on Deities in various settings--high fantasy, low fantasy, urban fantasy, pulp, superhero, cosmic superhero, e.g. One might want pointers on tweaking gods for different settings.
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    Doctor Agenda reacted to Steve Long in MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?   
    That's perfectly all right, but "mythic roleplaying" isn't what Mythic Hero is about, and it never has been since the book was first announced nearly four years ago. (Yeesh, time flies! ) Aside, perhaps, from some bits of the introductory chapter, it focuses entirely on describing specific mythoi and the gods and other entities that are a part of them.
     
    If that's not a book that interests you -- that's cool. Not everyone has to like every book. But that's the book I want to write, so that's what I'm writin'. After all, since no one's paying me to do the work, I might as well do work I truly enjoy. 
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