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#478357 Official Wulfgard Q&A Topic

Posted by Wang Fire on 09 October 2016 - 10:18 PM

Yes, of course! It's pretty much the only watchable werewolf movie ever made, and it's also the solitary piece of work that essentially defined werewolves in popular culture today. I do, however, also watch every single bad werewolf movie (which is all of them, really :P), just to know what kind of stories are being told about werewolves, due to both personal and academic interest. I study werewolves in legend and popular culture on a professional level now that I'm an academic, so I guess I'm officially a werewolf scholar now.


Now through a bizarre train of thought from this Q/A I want see a parody movie titled Rise of the Lichens. No questions or anything right now, I just had to let that pun be known.

#475988 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Wang Fire on 11 August 2016 - 10:41 PM

Okay, EA, Bioware, whoever's idea this was, we need to talk. I really like SWtOR, I do, but making it so the only flashpoints I've run into that honestly NEED a group can't use group-finder is baffling to me.  You've got a nice feature to help people that don't like this "socialization" thing find groups so they don't get left out of missions that require multiple people, and you don't put it on the Star Fortress missions. All I want is to have a massive collection of each and every companion I can get my hands on (with one or two exceptions, if I see Skadge my lightsabers are going so far up his rear that he WILL taste the rainbow), but to do that I have to stand around on Odessan waiting for people to show interest in doing those missions. I mean, you're doing stuff I love, it's why I keep coming back, but you're killing me slowly as I stand around saying "LFG Nar Shadaa or Alderaan Star Fortress" repeatedly for what feels like hours on end.


On the other hand, I do rather like the Light v. Dark event so far. I've rolled up three characters that I'm rotating through: a Jedi Sentinel, a Sith Juggernaut (thought I'd try a more aggressive build), and a Scoundrel who is sadly not eligible for the event because I made him two days before the event proper began, whatever, I still have a green version of Mal now.  It's been neat to revisit the stories and classes after all this time and all of these changes, plus now I actually have a lot of shiny stuff I can give them right off the bat so I don't have to run around for ten hours looking for armor with a cape that my Sith can use. Capes are last trilogy anyway, robes + armor are the new hotness.  Of course now this mean that many of my original characters won't be going through Knights of the Fallen Empire anytime soon, but I can live with that.  And no, I will not be trying to get EVERY rank of rewards, just up to the new companion. This is mostly because, after playing all of the stories, I'd say I'd only play through four, maybe five again.


The Trooper's is just meh. Your squad goes rogue and you have to stop them, then you have to blow up a superweapon, then you run around doing black-ops stuff. The end. The companions are hit-and-miss too. Well, the only real miss is Tanno Vik, whom I REALLY wanted to throw out the airlock for all of the hoops he made me jump through just to recruit him, everyone else is fine. I like Dorne, and Yuun is fairly neat. Jorgan fills his role well enough without becoming obnoxious, and Forex is just a big cheesey pile of bombast and patriotism, it's like they turned a WWII propoganda film reel into a heavy battle droid, priceless!


The Sith Inquisitor seems a bit similar in hindsight, what with the story pretty much hitting three big notes with a whole lot of "eh" in between, and the companions all feel a bit underdeveloped (not that Xalek needs much development). Khem Val actually grew on me as time went on, despite my lack of remorse at using my "Punish" social ability to make him cry earlier. Ashara is just... Wow, I think the Anakin had a quicker fall to the dark side, and then since I was didn't want to be an ass and went light-side she basically just stayed the same. Other than that Talos is neat, while Andronikos is just kinda... There. Like Steve Blum's doing an "edgy" version of Spike.


Then the Jedi Consular is just... I don't even know. It's like the non-alcoholic beer of stories trying to pass itself off as *insert drink of choice here* that was Commander Shepard's story in the Mass Effect trilogy. The beats are pretty similar at times, but then it runs out of plot and starts ripping stuff from the Jedi Knight story to fill up the third chapter. As for companions, I really like Nadia a lot, she's just so optimistic and fun. Qyzen did eventually grow on me, but just... Don't kill any more Wookiees, okay? I thought that the storyline with Tharan and Holiday was actually pretty neat, though I can see why people wouldn't like him. And then Felix and Zenith are just kinda... There. Seriously, I forget Zenith is in the game half the time.


Bounty Hunter is solid, the story's not much to write home about at first, but it's neat how toward the end the plot is basically "there is a point where this all needs to stop and we have CLEARLY passed it" so you're just trying to fix everything and not get killed in the process. The companions are, with one notable exception, pretty good. Torian is okay, though I've never been much of a Mandalorian fan, they always seem like how the rest of the world must see the Trek fans that are REALLY into Klingons to me.  Mako is fun, her story was interesting but even if it wasn't she's still on the "good" list. Gault is also pretty fun, because every crew needs a con-man. Then there's Blizz, aka the best companion in the whole game (HK-55 is a close second), it is impossible to hate this little Jawa, he's my best bud. Another thing I liked was that should you not pursue a romance you can instead play matchmaker with Mako and Torian, kind of a neat addition.


I agree with the general sentiment that the Imperial Agent's story is the best in the game, which is kind of why I don't want to play it again. I've already been through it with my Sniper, and it really felt to me like she was the Agent, if I tried making another character it wouldn't feel right. The only downside I have with the Agent is honestly that the companions aren't better. Don't get me wrong, Vector is pretty interesting, Dr. Lokin feels spot-on, and Temple is pretty neat, but aside from the good doctor it just doesn't really click to me. Plus, I'm not a fan of Kaliyo and SCORPIO never sat right with me (fitting considering KotFE chapter 15 and 16).


Now if the Agent's story is the best written, the Smuggler's is the funniest.  The main plot isn't even that original at times, but they instantly motivate you right out the gate by stealing your ship, the dialogue is hilarious at times, and the companions are all good. Corso fills his role perfectly, Risha is great (which is why I decided to make my scoundrel, to try her romance), Bowdaar is a Wookiee (what else needs to be said?), Akavi works better for me than Torian because of her backstory, and Guss is just a fun concept in general that I won't spoil.


It's pretty clear going in that the Jedi Knight's story is meant to be the main one. I mean, you take on the friggin' EMPEROR in it. It's also clear that it's meant to be the story for the Republic side that KotFE works with most. It's still a neat story, and what I really like is how your decisions from as far back as Tython can actually change who shows up and what happens in the last chapter. The companions are good too. T7 is definitely in the top five for me, and I really like Kira. Doc is pretty good, but I wish that my Sentinel and Guardian had had more options than "romance" and "to hell with you" concerning him. Sergeant Rusk is kinda bland, and really odd with all those statistics, but servicable. The interactions I really like are with Lord Scourge, especially between him and the Imperial forces you run into later on.


Then there's my favorite, and my oldest character, the Sith Warrior. I really love this story, it basically puts you in the position of being Vader to Darth Baras' Palpatine.  You're running around killing Jedi and Republic troops as well as generally being a one-Sith wrecking crew telling people not to mess with your master, but at the same time you also get to see all the scheming and wheels turning in how the Sith coexist and run the Empire, and it can be fascinating. The companions are pretty darn good too. I've always loved Vette's snarky streak, and your turning of Jaesa to your cause is much better handled because of how long it takes to build and how utterly you break her master. Quinn is sort of like if Rusk was more subtle and actually showed the initiative to act on his own, while Pierce is pretty much the friggin' Terminator mixed with Sgt. Stacker from Halo. The only one I really don't like is Broonmark, but he's still better than Skadge. My first Sith Juggernaut, Darth Aurum, is for my personal head-canon purposes the actual story and events of the game. I cannot wait for Lord Scourge to be added as a KotFE companion if only to see how these two interact.


...And I did not mean to type nearly that much. Whoops.

#475065 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Wang Fire on 29 July 2016 - 03:09 AM

Between the UI changes, the turret of the HD'd E 75, and the entirety of the HD'd FV304, World of Tanks update 9.15.1 is officially the Update of Fat.

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#474424 Star Wars: Battlefront [17.11.2015 - 20.11.2015]

Posted by Wang Fire on 17 July 2016 - 05:30 PM


Who knew a Marine with a rocket launcher could caused more self harm than the entirety of Fallout's Fatman launchers?


Rocket launcher? Just give one a vehicle, ESPECIALLY the Ghosts in the first game. If I had a nickel for every time I was killed by a power-sliding Marine... .

#473981 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Wang Fire on 11 July 2016 - 10:53 PM

I'm sorry Star Trek Online, but you've hurt me too much. First the lockboxes, then the Delta Rising launch, and on top of it all the shameless money-grabbing with three-pack ships in the shop. We're over, we've been over for nearly a year now and there's nothing you can say or do to win me back.
What if we made a whole new expansion that lets you play during the original series, and brought in Walter Koenig and Chris Doohan to do voiceover work for it and the newly remastered time-travel missions that were already in the game?
Alright, you have my attention.



Ugh, I forgot about that. One of the loading screen tooltips in ME Catalyst says "If you want to find out how Faith ended up in juvie, read the Mirror's Edge Exordium comic", and GRRR that made me upset.

The funny thing is, for a second there I thought you were talking about Casper the friendly Catalyst and was wondering how in the name of Blasto ME3 screwed up the new Mirror's Edge game.

#473725 Anime/Manga

Posted by Wang Fire on 07 July 2016 - 03:12 AM

On Bleach: It's still going? I thought Kubo already ended it, like, a year or two ago. Not that I'll likely do more than skim the wikis to find out about the ending, I lost interest about the time Aizen turned into a butterfly from all the simultaneous fights going on that he felt he had to show. I mean YEESH, DBZ wasn't even on Namek for that long, man!


On Attack on Titan: FINALLY!  I don't know what the heck is going on behind the scenes over there, but someone needs to remind the production team that seasons generally come out within a year or two of each other. Not every show can be Venture Bros. I mean, I get the need to let the manga build up a buffer, but this was getting ridiculous.

#473722 Elemental Contest #2: FIRE!

Posted by Wang Fire on 07 July 2016 - 12:43 AM

Wait for meeeeeeee!

Expect a Bribary in the form of Wulfgard Submission.

I see your Wulfgard bribery and raise with a Nova Refuge submission starring Zegaldorph and mahlok Uncle Iroh. :P

#473721 Kindling Friendship

Posted by Wang Fire on 07 July 2016 - 12:41 AM

Right, so I said I would have an entry for the fire contest, and here it is!  Think of this as a sequels to one of my unfinished stories from waaaaaay back, Ember in the Dark (which I really need to sit down and finish one of these days). Don't forget to post any comments/criticism below. Enjoy!



#472922 ZONE - Manor at Redfield ((Chasing Shadows - START))

Posted by Wang Fire on 20 June 2016 - 06:14 PM

Dominica and Javed had been among the last to arrive to the meeting, and chose to stand off in an out of the way corner of the meeting room. They stayed there as the group dispersed, discussing quietly between themselves. "So," Javed began, "it would seem you're not the only one off enough in the head to believe in this shadowy coven, eh?" He chuckled a bit at the last part. Dominica had been gradually becoming more and more engrossed by the concept of the Umbra Coven's existence ever since she had stumbled across the first rumors several months ago. In her eyes several things they had encountered along their grand walkabout through Achaea had lent more credence to the Coven's existence, though Javed thought it mostly circumstantial, a mere paranoid diversion from the more obvious threats they had found. The fact that Venatori, Templars, and Inquisitors all agreed that was a very possible threat however, that had certainly lent more credence to the theory.


"Oh? If you consider this to be such a waste of your time, then you know that you're always free to leave," Dominica replied, an edge of sarcasm in her voice. She could tell by his attention falling upon the map and figures at the head of the table that he was only speaking in jest.


Javed turned back to her, an exaggerated mask of offense on his face, "and miss out on such a grand opportunity? You wound me to even consider that I would do such a thing."


Dominica smiled and shook her head, she was about to respond when she registered part of the conversation being had by the two fire-haired elves and an Achaean woman in chainmail armor.


"Named after the bloody ferryman, 'e is. Maybe he was born to join the Coven. It was all a conspiracy by 'is parents, givin' him a name like that. Like when you meet werewolves with 'wolf' in their name. It's like - bloody 'ell, gods weren't nice to you." The elves both had a good laugh at that. Dominica quietly suggested to Javed that he acquaint himself with the man whom had contacted them, Knight-Captain Rolf, not really registering that he was otherwise engaged with a few others of the motley band assembled. She walked over to the three she had overheard as one elf spoke again. "Sorry 'bout that, though. Hope you can find 'im. What's the bloke look like? Maybe we've seen him around."


"Yes of course, it is always better to have more eyes searching when you hope to find someone," Dominica interjected, "I wouldn't count too much on any theories of family connection to the Coven, however," she glanced over toward the elves, "if they are anything like what we suspect, then it is highly doubtful that the keepers of Hades have much to do with them."




Javed, meanwhile, had moved on toward the Templar Captain and the gaggle of people surrounding him.


"It's prolly jus' a few agents scattered here 'n' there, but gods know they have a lot of influence, if nothin' else," Daisy said to the Inquisitor next to her while the Templar and a strikingly tall woman conversed in Northrim. "That alone makes 'em dangerous. But I don't think they've got any armies - 'cept any undead ones they might be able to raise."


"I certainly hope it doesn't come to that," Javed added. "I've not faced many undead, but the smell of them will linger long after they've been put down. Not to mention the other bits of unpleasantness their decay brings about."

#470972 SSLF Spark Thread (Guest Starring Screenshots)

Posted by Wang Fire on 06 June 2016 - 01:05 PM

I love her to death but I'll be the first to say Symmetra is woefully underpowered. But I finally hit my personal goal of getting a play of the game as her, and while gaming with my highly competent gang to boot.


Really Blizzard? Really? You named this character Symmetra in spite of her outfit's ASYMMETRY!?

#470896 Captain America 3: Hold That L, Tony

Posted by Wang Fire on 05 June 2016 - 05:23 AM

Breeze, I can kinda get the concern for everyone else, though I presume Tony had some unpowered safeties built into his suits, particularly the Mk II prototype that he probably wasn't 100% sure would even work right, but Cap? You're concerned about CAP falling 70 feet? Did you forget one of his more famous repeated stunts:



#470743 Nova Refuge Official Q&A

Posted by Wang Fire on 02 June 2016 - 06:18 PM

Expanding on Thrawnie's questions, since we're already here: How common would "full cyborgs" (to use the ​Ghost in the Shell terminology) be? Basically: Person is basically a brain and spinal column inside of a robot, similar to Biederman and (I presume) Grimm III.

#470585 RP Enrichment Thread

Posted by Wang Fire on 29 May 2016 - 05:43 PM

Well while I'm here for the latest sign-up, two character themes comin' up!






I was sorely tempted to use at least part of Team FNKI's theme, but this fits both Javed's swashbuckling style and the fact that he was originally made for Over the Sea much better.


Dominica "Dom" Abbadelli



#470584 Chasing Shadows - Sign-Ups

Posted by Wang Fire on 29 May 2016 - 05:21 PM

Just one quick rule to institute, in case we get any more sign-ups, though... No more duos, please. Everyone just sign up as one character from here on out. I don't want an overwhelming number of characters in the group compared to the players actually participating.
Except for you, Ter, since you already got some first dibs; you can bring your two. :P

Shukraan. :D Also, on a more detailed read I noticed something. Errant veterans have probably caught it by now, but for my own deduction:


*Jed and Forge*




Anyway, sign-ups:


Gender: Male
Race: Human (Southron)
Affinity: Earth
Deity: Astra Aeterna
Faction: Unaligned
Talents: Subtlety, Acrobatics, Finesse Combat
Strength: 5
Agility: 8
Constitution: 5
Perception: 8
Intelligence: 6
Spirit: 6
Luck: 4
Appearance: Javed stands somewhat taller than average (5'10") with somewhat dark skin, a short beard, black hair tied back in a ponytail, and brilliant green eyes. His form is lean and spry, and he usually wears light clothing, black boots, a dusty black long coat, and white patterned scarf (keffiyeh) around his neck.
Inventory: Yatagan, dagger, lock picks, extra change of clothes, bedroll, flint and steel, rope, family signet ring, empty bags, small mirror
Biography: “Well I was born and raised in the Khemet, I’d rather not say exactly where though, it’s more fun for people to guess. Anyway, my father was wealthy a merchant and I was traveled all across the map with him, that was great fun. Mother was always a bit distant toward me, never did figure out why… Oh well, it’s not important. My younger brother Firuz is the one that inherited most of father’s business. That’s fine by me though, sure I don’t have a lot to work with but at least I’m not tied down by much of anything. After that I sort of drifted from place to place looking for excitement and trading my skills for a living (I'm rather talented at swordplay appearing unexpectedly if I do say so myself). You might think I’m kind of aimless, and I guess maybe I am. But if there is one thing I’d like to find before I die it’s the secret of immortality and eternal youth. There’s just so much in this ever-changing wide world to see, a single lifetime isn’t possibly long enough to see it all.


This whole 'Umbra Coven' business sounds like just the mystery I've been looking for. Some might call that foolish, but sometimes even a fool's errand will bear fruit, and I'm intrigued by what secrets might be found.”

Name: Dominica Abbadelli
Gender: Female
Race: Human (Achaean)
Affinity: Shadow
Deity: Hades
Faction: Unaligned, Imperial-leaning
Talents: Education (Old Achaean and High Imperial), Herbalism, Divine Devotion, Arcane Lore
Strength: 4
Agility: 6
Constitution: 4
Perception: 6
Intelligence: 9
Spirit: 9
Luck: 4
Appearance: Dominica is tall (5'8") and striking, with sleek shoulder-length black hair and deep green eyes. She tends to wear heavier, practical dark clothes, along with a fine deep green traveling cloak and a holy symbol of a silver key on a simple chain around her neck. She carries herself with dignity and poise, but humility as well, maintaining an air of approachability.
Inventory: Ebony staff, a small dagger, a satchel containing various vials and containers of herbs, powders, incense, potions, etc., mortar and pestle, empty vials and pouches, silver key on a necklace, extra change of clothes, bedroll
Biography: "I don't really have what you'd call a "home", the closest thing I could call home would be the temples to the Olympians. My mother died shortly after I was born, so I was raised and schooled by the priesthood in Heliora. I learned about all kinds of things there, most unsettling to me were records of necromancers and the undead, which helped inspire me to serve Hades.  When I was thirteen I was sent to apprentice under a respected priest in the little village of Glashire.  I loved it there. The people were welcoming and wonderful, it was peaceful, and I felt like I was doing real good. But then there was an... Incident, and I... Well, I decided I could do more in service to Hades elsewhere.  Pretty much ever since then I've been traveling the land helping people. Laying the dead to rest, healing the sick and injured, and doing what I can to thwart whatever undead and agents of the demonic powers I encounter.  One thing that a lot of people think is that I'm some kind of death worshiper; but in reality life itself is the most sacred thing to me, and I do whatever I can to see it takes it reaches its natural end peacefully.


I first became aware of this so-called 'Umbra Coven' by way of rumors along our travels. I know that its existence seems far-fetched, but something keeps gnawing at the back of my mind, telling me that it is in fact real. It may be nothing, but if the coven does exist, then I know it needs to be stopped."



Right, so there we are. You should still have the DM-only info for these two, but if not I can send it again.  Hopefully I'll have at least some internet access while in Florida so I can post if this gets started soon. If not, well, I'll think of something.

#470528 Chasing Shadows - Sign-Ups

Posted by Wang Fire on 28 May 2016 - 08:35 AM

Well stopping a coven of the Hidden sounds right up Javed and Dom's alley, so I'll see about getting their sign-ups brushed up and posted here later today.