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1161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 23, 2008, 05:35:07 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 23, 2008, 05:27:39 PM

The entire setup was just as methodical and systematic as all of Joker's previous capers.  Every part was planned and had a purpose.  Dent and Rachel being able to communicate, Rachel's seemingly inevitable demise, The Joker's recognizing that Batman would succeed in saving the person he went after, it all came together in the corruption of Harvey Dent.

It also fit in pretty well with the theme of the rest of Joker's "social experiments".  Dent was obviously more important to Gotham than Rachel, yet Batman decides to save her for personal reasons.  So, not only does Bats fail to save Rachel (or Harvey, really), he sorta fails at being a hero, too. 

1162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 23, 2008, 05:27:09 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 23, 2008, 05:21:24 PM

Or did the Joker trick them by lying about which person (Dent or Rachel) was at each location?  icon_confused

This one.
1163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Version of Dwarf Fortress on: July 23, 2008, 12:54:00 AM
Man, I forgot how brutal this game was.  My beautiful fortress was trashed by a lumbering Bronze Colossus.  Although I was sad to see all my precious townsdwarves die, it was pretty funny that the Colossus literally tossed them around.   
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 22, 2008, 03:46:58 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 22, 2008, 03:22:02 PM

Ok, Christian, wtf?!

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Los Angeles (E! Online) - Maybe they should have called it The Really Dark Knight.

Batman star Christian Bale has been arrested in London after turning himself in to a police station to undergo questioning on allegations that he assaulted his mother and sister.

They can hunt him.  He can take it. 
1165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 07:53:28 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 21, 2008, 07:17:29 PM

i don't think they went out of their way to avoid showing her face so much as she was so inconsequential to the story that showing a close up of a table would have held as much significance to the story.

It just struck me as weird that the actress always has an excuse to have her face buried in her mom's armpit or something during that whole hostage/kidnapping bit.  There's even a happy-family-reunion shot where you don't really see her.  Maybe I noticed it more because I was wondering why they bothered giving Gordon a son that (AFAIK) he never had in the comics ? I mean, I didn't expect the little girl to start throwing batarangs or bite Two-Face in the nards or anything. 

(OK, I hoped that would happen, but I didn't expect it. )
1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 07:08:26 PM
Any other comic-nerds think it was a bit weird that Gordon's daughter (aka future Batgirl) got absolutely no face time?

I mean, I can understand if they decide never to introduce Batgirl into the new franchise.  The character's whole concept is a bit corny, anyway.  But it was like they went out of their way to make sure that the actress's face is never on-screen.  Even during the kidnapping, you only see like a third of her face for a fraction of a second. 

It struck me as a little odd, especially given that Gordon's wife and son both got a few scenes. 
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Version of Dwarf Fortress on: July 18, 2008, 01:47:12 PM
Thanks, Bael! The changes sound pretty fun.
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Version of Dwarf Fortress on: July 18, 2008, 05:16:13 AM
Could someone please explain the advantage of building your fortress down instead of horizontally?  I don't think there even was a Z axis in the last version of this game I played.
1169  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What game is this? on: July 17, 2008, 03:26:05 PM
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Like your inventory is represented as a room of sorts, and when you need something, you enter the room, where all of your stuff is laying around. You get it, and leave the room, and now you have it equipped or whatever.

Maybe he's thinking of a game where you can leave items in certain rooms outside of containers, like Oblivion or something similar? 
1170  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: July 06, 2008, 05:06:46 PM
I ran Keep up to the first "boss" for some friends yesterday.  The folks who had played earlier versions of D&D loved the new rules, since combat went so much faster.  Our newbie player picked up things quickly and was doing just as well as the old-timers by the end of the session. I really enjoyed running it, too.  Combat was much more dynamic than previous editions.  PCs dropped below zero HPs several times, only to get back up again when the cleric tossed a heal their way.  It was nice seeing that magic-using PCs could throw a spell nearly every turn now, too.  Plus the on-line compendium made looking up rules ridiculously easy.

I still get some of the complaints about the new edition vs. older ones, but 4th is just a blast to play.  I really look forward to running it a few more times and finishing up Keep.
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBC] Top Gear - in Alabama on: July 03, 2008, 02:00:14 PM
I caught that episode over the weekend.  The whole thing was hillarious.
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which would you prefer a chimp to chew off? on: July 02, 2008, 03:17:48 AM
Face.  Losing your face to a chimp is a cool supervillain origin story.  Losing your nuts to a chimp just makes for a bunch of awkward third dates.
1173  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [D&D 4th Ed.] Official GT Campaign Thread on: July 01, 2008, 02:32:51 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 01, 2008, 02:20:37 PM

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but I haven't seen any info regarding pricing for their stuff yet.

I've heard it will be $15/month, with discounts for multi-month packages (same pricing scheme as most MMOs). However, at launch they will have special introductory pricing that will be available for a limited time. I'm assuming this could probably be as low as $10/month.

There's supposed to be some sort of guest-pass thing for people who just want to play in a particular game, too.  I'm not 100% sure on how it's going to be implemented, though. 
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 30, 2008, 05:55:11 PM
Are you still playing D&D with her?  If so, perhaps this can be smoothed over with electrum pieces?
1175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boy violates children's rights by not inviting entire class to party on: June 30, 2008, 03:01:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 30, 2008, 02:26:03 PM

wait.. none of us got invited either.

Somebody should write a song about having struggle to protect one's entitlement to attend festive social gatherings .
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a new house / wife? on: June 26, 2008, 07:29:19 PM
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The bidding on eBay starts at 99 cents with a shipping cost of $500,000.

I would buy it, then demand she ship me the house.
1177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Penny Arcade on: June 25, 2008, 03:40:05 PM
Marmaduke would never pull this sort of shit.  
1178  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 24, 2008, 01:37:16 PM
Rules Compendium is on-line:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/insider/compendium

1179  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 20, 2008, 02:55:10 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 20, 2008, 12:09:20 PM

Very neat article.  Thanks!

I love # 12 on the Kobold Victory Chart!  And I love that a Kobold Victory Chart exists!
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 19, 2008, 07:26:55 PM

Quote from: kratz on June 19, 2008, 07:24:35 PM

How about the one cock pushup?

While inward singing?
1181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going to NYC in November.....need touring help on: June 18, 2008, 08:49:18 PM

Quote from: Xmann on June 18, 2008, 04:29:35 PM

The wife and me (along with our 5 year old son) will be heading to NYC for the first time in November.   I'm running the NYC Marathon on the 2nd, but we are making a vacation of it and plan to be there Oct. 31 - Nov.4.  This will be both of our first time there and we need some help on how to get around the city and what to see while we are there.

Halloween in the City is lots of fun.  The parade and surrounding festivities are usually a good time, but it might be a bit too rough for a 5 year old.   It gets really crowded.
1182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Poll] Star Wars for kids: Which series to start from? on: June 18, 2008, 03:46:28 PM
How about those Clone Wars cartoons that came out a while ago?  The traditionally animated ones, not the Clone War CGI thing that's coming out soon. 
1183  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: AD&D 4E character creation on: June 13, 2008, 08:29:35 PM
Quote from: Arnir
I was surprised when I saw fighters classed as defenders when I have always seen them as attackers.

Something that took me a while to get while looking at the new PHB:

If you want to play a guy that runs around and beats on people with swords, you don't have to take the "fighter" class anymore.  You could pull it off with fighter, rogue, ranger, warlord and possibly even a cleric (I didn't really read clerics yet).  It's more about thinking about what sort of "gimicks" you want now.  If you want to be the guy that beats on people and takes a beating so his buddies don't have to, fighter is still probably for you.  If you want to be a leader that fights from the front while inspiring his comrades, warlord is the way to go.  If you just really, really want to stab people, go for rogue or ranger.

1184  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 12, 2008, 01:50:28 AM
Some corrections to the core books can be found here:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/updates
1185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: June 11, 2008, 08:33:12 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 11, 2008, 06:53:10 PM

Gargamel created Smurfette.  I thought this was common knowledge.  How the heck did you people pass your citizenship exam?

Gargamel could create sentient, artificial life forms.  I don't think the gravity of that dawned on me until just now.
1186  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 11, 2008, 06:08:03 PM
I'm confident there will soon be approximately 1 bazillion supplements, both fan made and professional, that cover things like crafting, ballroom dancing, competitive eating and other skills not covered in the core books.  Why some of the die hards are so upset over this is just mind boggling. 

Quote from: Arnir on June 11, 2008, 05:14:26 PM

Well, I just fired Amazon.com and they certainly didn't care.


I'm sure they're hurting on the inside.  icon_lol


1187  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 11, 2008, 03:25:43 PM

Quote from: Arnir on June 11, 2008, 03:13:00 PM

As a player, I don't need the DM guide, do I?

I think you would be fine without it.
1188  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 09, 2008, 02:56:46 PM
Quote from: Icebear
Everyone is so up on their conspiracy theories that they are making 4E *require* minis in order to increase the sales for their D&D minis line . . .

That's hillarious.  Only gamers would take a relatively open attempt at an upsell as a conspiracy.  I actually had a conversation with the guy that runs my local game store about this recently. 

Quote from: IceBear on June 09, 2008, 02:34:17 PM

If he and his minis should vanish I'd be using scraps of paper, coins, what have you, but I'd be using something smile

If I ever run this on the table-top, I'm going to have the most sad ass combo of boardgame pieces, offical D&D minis and Warhammer 40k figures anyone has ever seen!  icon_smile
1189  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 09, 2008, 02:22:10 PM
Got my books this weekend.  After a brief look through, I like that:

1) Books were very well put together.  Nice layout, rules are where they should be, good artwork.
2) Dragonborn are a nifty new "core" race.  I can see lots of people wanting to play one.
3) Warlord class is a pretty cool addition as well.  They're what bards should've been all this time.
4) DM's Guide is particularly well done.  This probably isn't the right term, but the whole thing just seems more "practical" than previous editions of the book.
5) It just looks fun.  The combat rules seem great and I can't way to give them a try.

Things I'm not so fond of:

1) I don't like the tieflings on an aesthetic level.  The rules are fine, but they just don't look right to me.  It's like they're a cross between the draenei from WOW, the villan from Legend and a bad Star Trek race.  I could've sworn they looked cooler in earlier editions (or maybe in Planescape:Torment?).
2) There is a bit too much of an emphisis on using a map and miniatures (and in particular, the offical D&D minis) for my tastes.  It seems like they're lots of "move 'x' squares" powers that would be pretty useless, or at least hard to describe, if you weren't using a map. This doesn't strike me as a particularly big issue.  In fact, a lot of the charm of this version comes from the new style combat.  It's just not what I'm used to.

1190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rune Factory Frontier (wii) Damn this looks cool on: June 06, 2008, 02:50:56 PM
I liked the DS version, too.  My favorite part was beating up an orc, making him live in a shack, and forcing him to water my plants.  In retrospect, I guess I should've felt bad about this, but he really seemed to enjoy it when I used the horse-brush on him.
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The mysterious lightsaber from Hong Kong on: June 06, 2008, 02:06:42 PM
There's a little jedi inside all of us.  Yours wants his lightsaber.

Getting it to him could be uncomfortable.
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any personal stupid moments today? on: June 05, 2008, 02:29:35 PM
I introduced a large cup of coffee to a stack of contracts this morning.  The two hit it off really well and are now practically inseparable.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any personal stupid moments today? on: June 04, 2008, 08:13:13 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on June 04, 2008, 08:11:40 PM

I told a judge that she didn't have the power to do something.

To pee standing up?
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any personal stupid moments today? on: June 04, 2008, 06:58:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 04, 2008, 06:51:36 PM

Quote from: kadnod on June 04, 2008, 06:48:20 PM

This afternoon I realized I didn't know any Belgians.   This made me horribly depressed for about thirty seconds.

We've got at least one forumer from the Netherlands.  Is that close enough to make you feel better for thirty seconds?

When I was desperately searching my brain for memories of Belgians I might know, said forumer actually popped up as a false-positive.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any personal stupid moments today? on: June 04, 2008, 06:48:20 PM
This afternoon I realized I didn't know any Belgians.   This made me horribly depressed for about thirty seconds.
1196  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: June 04, 2008, 01:58:44 PM
Thanks for the impressions, YK, IB and hent.  Now I'm really looking forward to picking up the books this Friday. 

Quote from: coopasonic on June 04, 2008, 01:33:32 PM

I wanna play I wanna play I wanna playyyyyyyy!

Me too.   And since I can't move to Dallas, I'll try to run an online game for forumites once that component is working.     icon_wink
1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 29, 2008, 07:01:27 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on May 29, 2008, 06:47:52 PM

You bring up a valid point.  With OO and GG completely dead I can run for president again as long as the video tape with dwarf in the superman costume never surfaces.

Lord Mortis vs. the Dwarves of Krypton is #3 in my Netflix queue!
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 28, 2008, 03:58:21 PM
Anyone else remember that time that thing got tried?  And it was horrible?  Man, that was great.
1199  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [4th Edition D&D] H1 - Keep on the Shadowfell on: May 22, 2008, 03:33:36 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 21, 2008, 08:57:58 PM

I'm pretty familiar with all the basics now, but the list of changes is just too many to even recount. Pretty much every aspect of the game has undergone an overhaul. If you have any specific questions, let me know.

Once you've had a chance to run it, I'd be really interested in knowing how you feel about the new "minion" rules (assuming they're actually in there).
1200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: May 22, 2008, 03:18:06 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 22, 2008, 02:59:57 PM

Wait, is there an episode after the one with the "the leak"?  I thought that was the season finale.  Oops.

Yeah.  One more episode after that one.
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