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Posted: 15 October 2012 09:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 136 ]
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Knight22179 - 15 October 2012 02:12 PM

The Avengers is an AWESOME movie. Joss Whedon surprised me.

I loved it in the theater; it’s nice to be able to watch it when I want now. But I still haven’t gotten to watch the dvd; I’ve had a render going most of the day, and it’s using enough cpu cycles that disc playback stutters too much to enjoy the movie. I’ll have to try again tomorrow evening.

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Posted: 15 October 2012 09:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 137 ]
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RAMWolff - 15 October 2012 07:06 PM

I have very light fur and what was dark is now Gray!  lol

My beard and body hair skipped from blonde to white; my scalp hair just skipped town.

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Posted: 15 October 2012 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 138 ]
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K T Ong - 15 October 2012 07:07 PM

Back on topic:

Dunno if anyone’s still into table-top role-playing games these days, but in case any of you are this might interest you. It’s a game called Superworld which enables you to role-play your favorite hero or even design a new one of your own with all sorts of exotic powers (plus weaknesses). Always love to play this game with my students when giving English tuition. I remember when I first came across the rule books of this game I was so enthralled I couldn’t put the books down for many days. (NOTE: I’m NOT trying to sell anything here! rolleyes )

I remember seeing it in an ad in Dragon Magazine back in the early eighties; I never tried it though. I remember when GURPS Wild Cards was released, George R. R. Martin mentioning that someone had given him the game, and he and a bunch of other authors had started playing. He said that he was playing so much, he realized he needed to get back to work to bring money in, and the Wild Cards series was born, based on some of their Superworld games.

The first superhero rpg I remember getting was called Superhero 2020. I don’t think it ever became immensely popular, but it was one of the first; maybe even the first superhero rpg. I still have it amongst my other games.

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Posted: 15 October 2012 11:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 139 ]
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Tried doing an online search on ‘Superhero 2020’. Didn’t seem to find anything. Perhaps it’s gone out of print, which would be a pity. Does it have a whole list of powers for you to pick from as you design your hero/ine character?

Some of the weaknesses listed in Superworld which you can assign to your heroes/heroines are just hilarious, by the way. (In Superworld you roll the seven statistics for your hero/ine [strength, dexterity etc], and their sum total forms a pool of points which your hero/ine uses to buy powers and skills, but if s/he runs out of points, s/he can get more points by accepting various weaknesses.) How about ‘Bad Habit’? Your hero/ine can have ‘nail chewing’ or ‘nose picking’ for 1 point each. S/he can also accept a ‘phobia’ for 5 points. Oughta be fun having a hero as majestic as Thor who scratches his armpits and is terrified of roaches. LOL

As for watching a DVD with your system while it’s also doing a rendering, all I’d say is: just make sure your system’s up to it!

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Posted: 15 October 2012 11:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 140 ]
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To RAMWolff:

Sorry to learn about your medical condition. Have you heard about photoluminescent therapy? It’s a special form of medical therapy yet to be fully accepted by the medical establishment, where a small sample of the patient’s blood is irradiated with UV light and then re-introduced into his/her bloodstream. (A more modern variant of this therapy dispenses with the blood extraction and just involves shining the UV light under the tongue with a handheld device.) It’s been claimed to have cured all sorts of medical conditions, including HIV. Here’s a website where you can find out more. They even provide a list of practitioners around the US using this form of therapy. The list can be found here (you’ll need to scroll quite far down the page). Give it a try—it might help.

Wonder if there’re any heroes with light-based powers who furthermore have healing abilities? I once went through a superhero role-playing game with a student who designed precisely such a hero. smile

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Posted: 16 October 2012 12:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 141 ]
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Eustace Scrubb - 15 October 2012 08:49 PM

It seems that the premise behind most comic-heroes is the Nietzschian “Ubermensch” who, being by whatever means above and beyond the mere existence of ordinary mortals, is also above and beyond their laws (like modesty, curfew, vehicle speed limits, assault-and-battery, vigilantism, gravity, thermodynamics, conservation of energy).  Being and preferring to emulate law-abiding moral citizens (as others have commented), I consider that the only right justification for breaking/defying the laws is if the laws themselves are immoral.  So my own “ideal” superhero arrangement would be Good Guys vs. Anarchists vs. Tyranny.  And in any battle, our heroes may be joined by one hostile faction or the other, depending on the issue at hand, or find themselves in a Battle Royale.  Or watch from the bleachers….

Like: Noble characters who don’t compromise.  Not angsty-wangsties or sermarionettes, but people with fixed moral standards that force them to make legitimately difficult choices.  Well-written storylines.  Believable costumes:  think Rorschach from Watchmen rather than the Star Sapphires.  Objective morality applied to heroes as well as villains.  Characters who take their faith seriously (Ben Grimm as a rabbi, Kurt’s Catholicism in the Nightcrawler’s better storylines) without being caricatures.

Dislike: Bad writing.  Unbelievable characters or contrived responses to settings or situations.  Skankwear (including SuperGirl’s wowzer-window top) and outfits that require superglue to keep on (Indigo Lanterns and Star Sapphires, anyone?).  Too-tidy cleanup (all actions, someone observed, should have consequences).  Sermarionettes* that subject the story to a preachy agenda (Bibleman, or Captain Planet, or (from DC Comics) the White Lantern Swamp Thing in Brightest Day).  Situational morality/ethics.  Extraneous sex/sexualization.

Four Powers: Omniglottalism (any language, any time); teleportation (complete with *BAMPF!* and purple smoke a la Nightcrawler); invisibility or shade-shifting (like certain famous hard-to-spell lizard types); perfect logical analysis of any question or situation.

Dreams: No.  Just the usual stuff about being naked in public or driving cars through Möibic buildings.

* portmanteau of “Sermonette” and “Marionette”

VERY substantial post you’ve got there. Eustace!

Not quite sure how valid it is to spot Nietzsche’s influence in the concept behind most comic heroes. For Nietzsche (as far as I understand him) there is no such thing as a nonarbitrary body of moral values i.e. a body of moral values not based on our ‘tastes’ and personal preferences. Many if not most comic heroes would slap a cream pie into Nietzsche’s face in this respect, because they do profess a moral code which they don’t consider something arbitrary at all—and share such a code. The name ‘Justice League ’ says it all. I’m not denying that there are comic heroes (?) around who are morally lax, only that they seem a minority AFAIK.

On the other hand, I do think being too morally inflexible could sometimes be a problem. When a hero/ine is as merciless towards the Joker as towards a street thug who happened to be born into a dysfunctional family, couldn’t find a job for years and had four kids to take care of, I’m really not sure if I’d view this hero/ine as a shining example of justice and moral rectitude.

I do hate ad hoc responses to various predicaments faced by heroes/heroines as well. It just feels like cheating. Having an unheard-of-so-far-in-the-story character or creature suddenly appear to save the day (if that’s an example of what you meant) does kind of spoil it all for me.

As for omniglottalism (shouldn’t it be ‘omniglossy’?), a SF writer once imagined a race of aliens who communicated not with sound, but light; they had special organs on their bodies with which they emitted light, the color, brightness etc of which they could control for the purpose of expressing all sorts of ideas and feelings. Would your omniglottalism extend to these beings? smile I leave it to your imagination what sort of books they would have, by the way.

Finally, having a beautifully muscled body like Michael 5 and flaunting it by going about near-naked in public (but not fully naked of course tongue rolleye ) is certainly a fantasy of mine!

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Posted: 16 October 2012 12:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 142 ]
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Thanks very much for your nice words and links.  I’ve got a friend who’s best friend may not be around too much longer so I’ll send him this link. When your up against the wall with frustration you often times find the very thing that can help you even if it’s “odd” to most.  I use Colloidal Silver and MMS (which the FDA is trying to ban here in the USA for the very fact that it WORKS… you take money away from Big Pharma they will find a way to shut you down… it’s unfortunate but it SEEMS to be the case) 

There is Doctor Light, the female version.  She is a real doctor in the comic books or some sort of a scientist.  She made her first appearance back in Crisis books a long time ago iirc! http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Doctor_Light

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Posted: 16 October 2012 01:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 143 ]
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RAMWolff - 15 October 2012 10:12 AM

I work out 3 times a week.  Right now I have the 2nd stage of a bad cold so no gym for me today.  Perhaps on Wednesday.  I have bad shoulder joints so I can’t lift what i used to be able to lift but glad to still look better than allot of guys my own age.  Plus I have those amazing genetics that have me looking ALLOT younger than I really am.

This was taken about 3 years ago but my body and face are about the same.  I have a bit more gray now as it’s starting to really come in but the face is holding up pretty well.  Belly IS going down since starting at Crunch gym but it will take a little while longer.  When the cold is gone or under control I’ll hit the gym and get back to work.  I just don’t want a relapse this early in the season! 

You are a gorgeous beyotch, Rammy! :D

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Posted: 16 October 2012 07:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 144 ]
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See, Rammy? Someone else here thinks you look great, too!

Glad I’ve been of some help. it’s very sad that even things like important discoveries in healthcare should be subjected to the dictates of big business. So much for all that BS on the power of the invisible hand of the free market. Pity that there are no superheroes in real life who can right such wrongs…

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Posted: 16 October 2012 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 145 ]
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Not sure if it’s been mentioned, but DC Universe Online is free for PS3 and PC - the basic game allows you to make two characters and you can customize them into your own creation. I’ve seen people make really cool looking characters… but I’ve also seen established character knock offs…

You need a beast of a PC to play it, but the PS3 version suits me just fine.

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Posted: 16 October 2012 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 146 ]
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RAMWolff - 15 October 2012 10:12 AM

I work out 3 times a week.  Right now I have the 2nd stage of a bad cold so no gym for me today.  Perhaps on Wednesday.  I have bad shoulder joints so I can’t lift what i used to be able to lift but glad to still look better than allot of guys my own age.  Plus I have those amazing genetics that have me looking ALLOT younger than I really am.

This was taken about 3 years ago but my body and face are about the same.  I have a bit more gray now as it’s starting to really come in but the face is holding up pretty well.  Belly IS going down since starting at Crunch gym but it will take a little while longer.  When the cold is gone or under control I’ll hit the gym and get back to work.  I just don’t want a relapse this early in the season! 

You are a gorgeous beyotch, Rammy! :D

I love when my st8 friends compliment us gay boi’s and don’t feel weird about it!  Truly cool!  HUGS

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Posted: 16 October 2012 10:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 147 ]
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Ikyoto - 16 October 2012 09:51 AM

Not sure if it’s been mentioned, but DC Universe Online is free for PS3 and PC - the basic game allows you to make two characters and you can customize them into your own creation. I’ve seen people make really cool looking characters… but I’ve also seen established character knock offs…

You need a beast of a PC to play it, but the PS3 version suits me just fine.

Tried this when it first came out on PS3 for my first free month. I was having a blast until I hit the level cap. Then single player missions were no longer available. Just group events of this or that. And then I very quickly lost interest, quit playing and sold it.

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Posted: 16 October 2012 07:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 148 ]
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I also tend to be partial towards single-player games as opposed to multiplayer. That’s why I never tried City of Heroes.

Anyone tried this game? Loved it (though not its ‘Third Reich’ sequel).

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Posted: 16 October 2012 08:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 149 ]
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LOVED FREEDOM FORCE! Haven’t played that game in a long time. Not even sure if my current PC can run it. Great game. smile

When I had the game, I downloaded a Superman mod and turned my character into Superman. Had a blast with all the mods for the game. Heh. :D

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Posted: 16 October 2012 08:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 150 ]
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K T Ong - 15 October 2012 11:04 PM

Tried doing an online search on ‘Superhero 2020’. Didn’t seem to find anything. Perhaps it’s gone out of print, which would be a pity. Does it have a whole list of powers for you to pick from as you design your hero/ine character?

Some of the weaknesses listed in Superworld which you can assign to your heroes/heroines are just hilarious, by the way. (In Superworld you roll the seven statistics for your hero/ine [strength, dexterity etc], and their sum total forms a pool of points which your hero/ine uses to buy powers and skills, but if s/he runs out of points, s/he can get more points by accepting various weaknesses.) How about ‘Bad Habit’? Your hero/ine can have ‘nail chewing’ or ‘nose picking’ for 1 point each. S/he can also accept a ‘phobia’ for 5 points. Oughta be fun having a hero as majestic as Thor who scratches his armpits and is terrified of roaches. LOL

As for watching a DVD with your system while it’s also doing a rendering, all I’d say is: just make sure your system’s up to it!

The game didn’t have a real list of powers. It left pretty much everything to be worked out between the gm and the player. Unlike some games, it didn’t suffer from too many rules, but from too few. If you can find a copy, it might be worth picking up for the novelty, but it really wasn’t much fun to play.

Champions was the first super rpg I liked. It has a point system for buying powers, as well as enhancements (increased cost) and limitations (reduced cost). It is pretty good for crafting unique variations on standard powers.

Finding time to coordinate schedules with my other gaming friends has been a problem of late, so I’ve been playing DCUO when I have a few hours free. Not that I have that much free time, but sometimes I just need to sit down and do some mindless villain pounding.

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