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Doppleganger Witch
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Scrasamax's comment on 2018-01-28 04:16 PM
No, Wizards are seen as acceptable, but they have to be watched. Magic isn't good or evil, but Witches are specifically channeling evil power (this is drawing a strong line between female magic users and witches, a man can also make the same pacts and technically be a witch or warlock himself). They are still wary because it takes a certain cunning and ambition to become a magic user, and that sort of ego lends itself to corruption. So, a sort of magical anti-intellectualism is in play. You can be a wizard, or the rare female magic user, but you have to toe that line, being civil, upright, religious, etc, without being vain, prideful, or demonstrating power or superiority over others. Go to Comment
Doppleganger Witch
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Cheka Man's comment on 2018-01-28 04:11 PM
What is the view of wizards in this world? Are they as hated as witches? Go to Comment
Quirky Places to Live
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Cheka Man's comment on 2018-01-20 04:49 PM
Nice. A pity it does not have more entries. 4/5 Go to Comment
Quirky Places to Live
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Aramax's comment on 2018-01-20 08:52 AM
4/5
A few of these like the nest one, are pure gems, Very heaving RPing hooks on the bunch of them. Nice! Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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Strolen's comment on 2018-01-24 01:51 AM
Better breakdown that I can relate to. Definitely on the list. Thanks! Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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Scrasamax's comment on 2018-03-15 11:39 AM
Two months late to the punch, so no idea what the critic score is now, and frankly I don't care.

You could have said 'I didn't like the movie' and saved yourself and everyone else some time Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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Cheka Man's comment on 2018-01-17 04:54 PM
Fun. I'd like to watch that movie. Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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axlerowes's comment on 2018-03-14 10:29 PM
You're kind of using the critics as straw man here. After reading this article I went to rotten tomatoes to see if the reviews were as you claimed, and while I can't claim to be exhaustive I read the review of the Onion AV club and NPR. Both agree that Bright is 'a Meh' movie. I agree as action movie it was weak. The fight scenes and stand offs were nothing special. There was cool, "shit got real" moment when Will Smith decided whether he was with or against Marget Cho, but as buddy cop action movie it did nothing novel and it didn't do the cliches well.

Problems
The villian: the super badass elf assassian who wants to cover the world in a second darkness had nothing going for. She didn't have an "I hate it here speech" like Agent Smith, her badass moment where she takes out the swat team was not staged theartically (see Jack Palance in Shane) and she never appear unstoppable or unpredictable (see Darth Vader and Chigurh from No Country For Old Men). And the final fight scene was dull.

David Ayer's diminishing returns on his cops in cars concept. David Ayer wrote training day, directed and wrote the forgetablely dirrivative Street Kings and wonderfull End of Watch. All drama's about cops set in LA. He mines this tough guy chatter here with the Rookie and Old Cop banter, but brings nothing new to the table. He failed here like he failed in Suicide Squad. The conceit of both movies was that we, as the audiecne should doubt whether the characters should trust each other (this moved training day after all). But Will Smith's dilemia of whether to turn in his partner is over quickly and the Orc's earnestness is never in doubt. The chatter is not novel anymore and the character dynamic no longer interesting.


My own Dorky Baggage:

I had a stronger reaction than the two critics but for reasons that had nothing to do with the film. I struggled with the main streaming of Shadowrun, I felt an instinctive resistance to seeing a box office tent pole like Will Smith take the reigns of something that had been estoric enough to seem personal to me.

But overall the movie just did nothing novel, except it unpacked a very complicated back story with only a few clunks. In case you couldn't follow the story laid out via graffiti in the opening credits character's routinely make references to the war of the rings 2000 years ago and there is foreshadowing only encounter with dirty street profit.

My wife and I watched, in two sittings. We watched pretty much the first half, in which the backstory was laid out and the characters developed. I like how they took David Ayer took his time. We were on board, but when the action started the interest in the movie qucikly wained as it did not deliver on its promises. Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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axlerowes's comment on 2018-03-15 12:45 PM
Oh Scras don't be so quick to hate on people who don't agree with you. Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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valadaar's comment on 2018-01-24 09:33 AM
Looks like I should watch this one :)
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7 Things about Bright
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Morte's comment on 2018-01-21 10:21 PM
I enjoyed the movie. Apparently there is going to be a sequel so a lot of the backstory I hope will be delved in to. Go to Comment
7 Things about Bright
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Tom Zunder's comment on 2018-01-21 03:50 AM
Nice review. It's on my watchlist but just haven't managed it yet.
Sounds like my big TV and sound system are needed. Go to Comment
7 Alternatives to Prison
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EchoMirage's comment on 2018-01-23 05:03 AM
... if someone likes a glorified puppet, yes. Go to Comment
7 Alternatives to Prison
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Cheka Man's comment on 2018-01-17 04:07 PM
7 could be used to turn someone into a girlfriend or boyfriend. Go to Comment
Son of Sachiel
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Shadoweagle's comment on 2018-01-16 09:02 PM
I like the whole butterfly-like metamorphosis thing, where it turns into goo and reforms yet still apparently retains memories of the former incarnation (I remember reading a thing about how butterflies retain memories of their former state or some such.)

In a game, i'd pit this against some new, untrained characters as an 'escape the unstoppable monster' thing... Have a group uncover this bunker research facility, work their way in and through it (finding nice tidbits of info on what's in cryo in the facility on some computer records if they're clever enough) and then inevitably 'awake the beast' and cue the chase scene. They could utilize things in the facility to help them escape (for example one room may have a Linear Accelerator which they could activate as they go past, releasing a bunch of radiation which could blind this critter for a while by saturating the room with radiation.)
They could also goad him into using his higher energy abilities (Shields, beams) to drain his energy and make him less threatening (Or have a method in the facility of leeching power somehow)

The end goal is to reach the entrance of the bunker and seal it before the creature escapes, of course. Go to Comment
Son of Sachiel
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Aramax's comment on 2018-01-11 07:15 PM
4.5/5 very very nice "Monster of the week" very high marks in utillity with slightly below that art Go to Comment
Green Mountain Locations
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2018-01-23 04:23 PM

Pelley's

Located in downtown (such as it is) Green Mountain, Pelley's in a dive bar. It is barely of note, with cement board cladding, a dated and faded sign, and a rundown 'courtyard'. It has kinda passing health inspection food, two kinds of beer on draft and three other kinds in bottles, and a rotating staff of college age waitresses and older between job women. There is still smoking inside the bar, and it has a seedy air to it. The courtyard was once a pocket park, but the city abandoned it, and the bar took it over, keeping the worst of the weeds and trash taken care of. It has a few beat up pieces of patio furniture outside and there are sometimes local shit bands who try to play, kids trying to get stoned, and a handful of employees trying to take a break.

Pelley's is a hold-out from when there were at least a dozen of these dive bars across Corinth and Green Mountain, but most of them have gone under. A few burned, a few changed owners several times and were abandoned, and a few were put out of business because of things that broke out, like a cook putting a customer in the hospital, or employees cooking meth in the kitchen.

It is only a matter of time before the current owner of the dive lets it go and out of it's misery

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Green Mountain Locations
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Scrasamax's comment on 2018-01-23 04:35 PM

Java on the Square

Java on the Square has changed owners and names a half dozen times, but everyone remembers it as Java. It is a typical upper scale coffee shop, with whimsical mismatched tables and chairs, wifi, and evening events catering to the upper income average white couple including acoustic bands, wine and painting nights, and banal trivia nights.

The coffee shop stays open because of a steady flow of customers, typically from the courthouse, including lawyers, bondsmen, and students and faculty from the Green Mountain College. It also lacks competition from any sort of major national coffee franchise.

The shop keeps changing hands because there simply isn't enough traffic to keep a high end coffee shop open, but there is enough demand for different people to keep thinking that they can do it better than the last group of owners. The shop also has trouble with being a hang out place for the small but obnoxious local youth fringe. To keep the black clad teens and their moping dyed hair and not buying coffee selves out of the free wifi, the coffee shop is generally brightly lit, plays upbeat and happy music, and the more successful ventures play up the whimsical and cater to middle and upper income people.

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LawMaster Industries
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Combat)
Cheka Man's comment on 2018-01-14 09:42 PM
Useful for law enforcement. Go to Comment
LawMaster Industries
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Cheka Man's comment on 2018-01-14 09:42 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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       By: Michael Jotne Slayer

The PCs are sent with a diplomat to another country to protect him and do his bidding. There may be some espionage, rescuing, downright bullying, etc. Could make a nice medieval, special operations background.

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