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  1. I think that drum set was specially decorated for Peart's rendition of "The Hockey Theme" (formerly the Hockey NIght in Canada theme for many years before CBC lost the rights to the song) for Canadian cable sports network TSN.
  2. Why does it surprise you? Disney has a movie with Marvel characters that they need to sell. Unless it absolutely could not be fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why would they leave it out? As part of the MCU, it will sell more tickets, especially since they can spin it as the introduction of mutants to that universe.
  3. It reminded me of a lot of the Crisis tie-in issues from the time of the original series. Not necessarily a part of the main plot but a story that used the Crisis and its effects to expand on themes and plot being used in that particular series.
  4. Champions Now is what Ron Edwards wants Champions to be. Nothing more. Nothing less.
  5. DoJ was formed to buy Hero Games from Cybergames. DoJ published 5e and lots of books. Those books stopped selling. To try and increase sales, they put out 6e. 6e didn't sell well enough and a decision was made at DoJ to de-emphasize Hero and focus on Indie Press Revolution which DoJ had purchased after handling much of IPR's warehousing and order processing. This was the point at which Darren Watts parted ways with the company and Steve Long was no longer full time as the Hero line developer. I think that was around the end of 2011. So, it's been about 8 years since the HERO System was really the focus of DoJ. We're about where things were in the late 90s (maybe a little better), but unless there are changes in priority at DoJ or they sell the system to a group that does what DoJ did in the early 2000s, it's probably best to consider Hero System to be a fringe RPG system that is largely being propped up with what is basically fan material. Is there hope? Personally, I doubt it. Other than D&D, which is always more of an exception than a rule, are there really any other traditional RPGs for which companies are publishing regular materials. I think the increase in RPG sales is larger due to D&D and Pathfinder. Other than that, I think any increase in interest is in lighter and more narrative driven systems. That, and tailored indie-style RPGs which are really designed to give players a specific experience and not really for long-term campaign play --- more something you pull out, generate characters, and play for a few hours to create a specific type of story.
  6. Or fans need to be less anal retentive about continuity.
  7. Perhaps. I was assuming that Ollie and Felicity end up in a pocket dimension for some reason, similar to Earth 2 Superman and Lois in the COIE comic. This is based on the idea that like Earth 2 Superman, Ollie is the first hero of his universe.
  8. One take on this: https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2019/10/09/batwoman-is-getting-imdb-and-rotten-tomato-review-bombed-for-its-lesbian-lead/#74b37ae79185
  9. Some people like the soap opera. I know I certainly prefer the lightness and soap opera of CW's DC shows to the Netflix Marvel shows. I've always viewed comic books as soap operas with action. And when I've run Champions, my emphasis was always on character interaction and the character stories. In at least one convention event, I have asked players if they made if we skip the battle to get on with the story. No one has ever objected. To each their own.
  10. Yeah, I think you may have hit the nail on the head with this one. The Marvel Studios approach to fim-making has a lot of similarities to the old Hollywood studio system.
  11. While the attempt to consolidate DC history into one timeline did not work out, I seem to recall the the original Crisis did reinvigorate a lot of DC's creative teams and I think the work turned out in the first few years following Crisis was much more interesting than the work that had preceded it. And we don't know for sure if Jesse and Harrison Wells of Earth 2 were killed or not. I believe the last we heard of Jesse was that she was filling in Jay on Earth 3. Isn't the best case scenario that we get entertaining TV out of the crossover? After all, that's all any of this is. Entertainment.
  12. There's only 10 episodes left in the series. I doubt deciding not to stick around for those will have a major impact on her career.
  13. When Thor was on Asgard, he summoned the Mjolnir of that time. Cap took it with him to return it, like the stones, to its proper point in the timeline
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