Quick question. Not that I am gonna use it for Wulfgard purposes or so. But is there someone that can shapeshift from a human into a dragon, or a dragon into a human? I know there are dragons and shapeshifters, but just curious about this option, even if its too extreme for this setting.
I'm not sure I understand. Not going to use it for Wulfgard? So, is this a Wulfgard question or a general mythology/folklore question? Since this is the place for Wulfgard questions, I will answer it in our universe:
There are many tales of dragons taking human form, or even of other beings such as dwarves turning into dragons permanently due the possession of cursed artifacts, etc., most famously in the case of Fafnir. Some families claim dragon blood in their heritage, citing stories such as these about their ancestors. The truth of these accounts is widely disputed, but since most dragons possess a great deal of mastery over magic, it's certainly possible that they might take on another form, either through an illusion or physical shapeshifting. Tales speak of ancient dragons taking the form of high elves and becoming great leaders among their kind, preferring to interact with the Alfar over the shorter-lived and less magically-inclined humans. They say a green dragon lives in elf form in Mímisholt with the ljosalfar, and a silver dragon rules the mythical city of Voc, high in the Jagged Edge. If any live among men, they do a good job of hiding it.
Part of me is dumbfounded that we're actually getting a Baldur's Gate 3, after all this time and three canceled projects later. The other part of me is already tempering my expectations. It's not the original team (goes without saying), no Infinity Engine (odds of that happening are astronomical), 5E ruleset, likely that no characters from the original series show up unless The Sundering plays with some things, and likely a new battle system that isn't Real-time w/ Pause. Co-op is a good thing though.
So... probably not really Baldur's Gate 3 then. Probably just a random new D&D 5e (ugh) game using the Baldur's Gate name for nostalgia bux. Yeah, I know Baldur's Gate is a city in the forgotten realms, but no one buys a game called "Baldur's Gate" because they're such a big fan of that fictional city, lol.
I think Larian are great - I love Divinity: Original Sin - but I can't help being pessimistic about the idea that anyone could revive the true spirit of the BG series. Closest new game I've played to the feel of the original engine is Pathfinder: Kingmaker, by Owlcat. But I'm not sure either Owlcat or Larian has the writing chops to come up with a good enough story. Still, I'm glad it's Larian and not Beamdog.
As for old characters showing up, they might bring back Minsc through some gimmick or other, since he's shown up in some recent comics and games.
Eh, I wasn't a huge fan of that part. I dunno, they felt like they belonged in a different film. I've always thought of John Wick as a gun movie first and foremost, and these guys seemed like they flipped their way out of a more typical kung-fu flick. Having some of that stuff in John Wick is fine - I know it's a big influence on the style - but these guys were a little too much. How were they able to effortlessly cut through all of the Ruska Roma gang (the one John Wick himself originally came from!) and all of Laurence Fishburne's badass hobos without losing a single ninja? I also thought John Wick's final boss fight against the ninja waves dragged on a tad too long.
Still a great movie though. Some truly fantastic scenes, as usual. All of the horse stuff, Halle Berry and her dogs, the knife-and-axe-throwing fight... but my favorite was probably the little scene where Wick assembles this entire custom revolver just to shoot one guy with it. Great Western nod. Reminded me of the part in... was it The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?... where Clint Eastwood just barely finishes putting his gun back together before the guys burst through the door and he mows them down. Wish John Wick had kept the revolver for a while. It was pretty sweet.
I was glad
Laurence Fishburne's hobo king character survived. Love the way he hams it up in the role. He also provides a great contrast to the wealthy pseudo-sophisticated world of the High Table, with his orange Fanta and his Applebee's.
In some ways I wish they'd wrapped up more of the story here, maybe killed off the whole High Table at the end of the trilogy, instead of dragging it out more... but on the other hand, what other action movies do I have to look forward to?
“This is the hard part of what we do,” sighs HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We started this journey with David and Dan. It’s their vision. Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely…If they weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that’s the right decision—as horrifying as that is to me.”
And then there’s George RR Martin, who has always thought the show was cutting too much from the books. A long time ago he said the 10 episode seasons should be more like 13, and more recently he’s said that the show could continue well, well beyond eight seasons. Here’s him at the Emmys last year:
"I don't know," Martin said. "Ask David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] when they come through. We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons, but I guess they wanted a life.”
Just watched the final episode of Gotham, or as I like to call it, Got Ham. Normally I can't stand superhero TV shows since they're corny and nonsensical, but somehow I ended up watching Gotham (perhaps because it's Batman) despite the fact that it too shares these universal qualities. The show is bizarre and twisted, closer to the Tim Burton bat-verse than more recent adaptations, but that's not even what's bad about it. The worst part is the story is just a whole heap of "whatever the writers felt like doing at the time," with no rhyme or reason. I think every single character died and came back to life at least once, and that's not an exaggeration. And nearly all of them turn evil and then turn back again and everyone just forgives them. It all gets frightfully confusing, but somehow the biggest question left unanswered is: just why in the hell would anyone live in Gotham? It's the worst place on earth!
Anyway, I missed most of the last season since I lost interest in the lame rehash of Dark Knight Rises they were doing, but I tuned in for the final episode just because Batman was finally gonna show up. But it was a big letdown after the epic-scale-war "Escape from Gotham" arc they just wrapped up. It just felt tame in comparison. Gordon's wife Barbara is somehow still alive and now has red hair (but her daughter Batgirl doesn't??), and they got a new actress for Catwoman since the girl who played her in the beginning wasn't cute anymore, but Batman seemed to be the same dweeby kid for some reason (weird, since we never see his face). The only thing that happens in the whole episode is: the all-time worst portrayal of the Joker comes back to life, murders his apparently-not-Harley-Qunn after Barbara stabs her, and then kidnaps baby Batgirl and takes her back to the chemical plant where he fell in. Then Batman comes and throws some stuff at Joker's head from the shadows (that's seriously all he does - it's comical) while Gordon saves his daughter. Then Batman stands up in a spotlight right after they had been talking about Bruce Wayne's strange absence, Bullock goes "OMG who is he I wonder??", and the show's over.
What a silly show. Lots of incredibly good-looking actresses in it though, so it wasn't all a waste.
Gotta wonder why EA cancelled Amy Hennig's single-player story-focused Star Wars game just to turn around and get a different studio to make one. Maybe the backlash from the cancellation changed their minds? Shame, since honestly I was more interested in Hennig's game, with a non-Jedi protag, but oh well. Guess those are doomed never to see the light of day, just like 1313.
Looks like the liquidation sale is over, and much of their inventory is gone, but the site is still up, at least for now. The Weekly Steals sale section is gone, replaced by a Legacy section where what's left of some of the more popular items are for sale at higher prices than before. They're still in business though. Ordered some a couple days ago, and it shipped immediately.