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Head-to-Head RPG Contest

So I’ve had this idea that I can’t get out of my head so I’m just going to rant about it here and see what suggestions other people have.

I’m making a dungeon crawl to be explored by multiple groups at the same time.  Essentially, the idea is for about 15 players or so.  They are divided into 3 groups, each with its own GM.  Each GM has a map of the dungeon, and the initial room forces the three groups to each pick one of three doors.  The groups then must race each other to see who can get through the dungeon first.  Some of their choices will impact the other groups (maybe one group killed that dragon already, maybe the first group arms a trap against the others, maybe they team up to take down a mini-boss).

That’s my idea.  I’ve got a couple of friends signed on to act as GMs.  Now I just have to figure out some good trap ideas for how they can help or hinder each other.

The posts you’ve seen me make about drafting a 3D model of a dungeon, this is why.

I really want to see a superhero (with superpowers) whose girlfriend is a policewoman.  I don’t know why, I just think that would be awesome.

"How many lives did you save today?"

"I found a couple of kids playing hooky and told them to stay in school.  Plus I got a cat out of a tree."

"Well I raided a sex trafficking ring, took down 2 of Interpol’s most wanted, and solved a 15-year old cold case."

"Yeah well, at least my outfit is better."

"That’s what you think.  You can’t see sweat stains on kevlar."

superego00:

lawfulgoodness:

youarenotaloneoutthere:

lawfulgoodness:

lefawtiz123:

lawfulgoodness:

tariqk:

batmanisagatewaydrug:

We really need to talk about this scene a lot, because holy wow. The MCU movies have definitely been getting a little darker since the Avengers, and Iron Man 3 was definitely the grimmest of that particular trilogy so far, but scenes like this? This is pure optimism. Tony is told he can save 4 out of 13, and then he saves all 13 of them anyway, because these people can work together and help Tony save them. 

If a similar scenario had happened in the Dark Knight Saga or Man of Steel, you know damn well 9 out of those 13 people would have been dead. Hell, Bruce or Clark would have been lucky to even save the 4, because DC movies have gone down a route of unrelenting grtty realism that makes good old super heroics virtually impossible. Bruce can’t save the city without faking his own death; Clark can’t save the world without becoming a murderer.

But even in the darkest hours of the Marvel Universe, Tony Stark can damn well save 13 people plummeting to their certain death. Is it realistic? Hell no. But it was an awesome victory that both Tony and the audience needed at this point in the story, and by god it was heroic.

DC has forgotten the reason these people are called superheroes.

<3

I’d say DC has forgotten the reason these people are called heroes.

I call bull shit on Superman’s super speed not being able to save all 13.

It’s not an issue of whether or not Superman’s powers would be able to save all 13.  It’s the fact that the way the DC movies are going, the writers would decide to have 9 of them die for “dramatic tension” or “plot development” or “gritty realism.”

Superman could save all 13 of them.  DC just wouldn’t let him.

The reason DC’s movies have a darker tone set to them is because DC comics are dark in general. Marvel comics has lighter, good bs evil, good always wins, hope and justice and all that rainbows and butterfly’s stuff. Because that’s how they want their characters to be. DC takes a real approach to their comics. The whole DC universe is dark and grim. The back story’s are all filled with death and destruction. So of coarse their movies are going to be the same as the comics. Batman and superman understand that not everyone can live. DC takes a realistic approach to everything they do. So please don’t talk about how dark and grim DC’s movies are unless you have picked up a bloody comic and read if cover to cover. I’m a fan of both companies so I’m not talking out my ass here.

a)  Shame on you for trying to nerd-shame someone for their opinion.  Stan Lee would be ashamed of you.

b)  Anybody gets to talk about their opinion of anything, including DC movies or otherwise, on their own personal blog.  They have no obligation to provide receipts for what comic books they’ve read just to somehow “legitimize” their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a movie franchise.

c)  There is no “fake nerd” or “fake comic book opinion,” only bullies who act like they’ve got it all figured out.  I give absolutely zero Rob Liefeld foot sketches which companies you’re a fan of.  You have 0 authority to negate any person’s interpretation of the media they enjoy (or don’t enjoy).

c)  I’ve spent over $150 on comic books in the past two weeks.  I’m fully aware of the grimdark joykilling DC is doing. You better believe not a dime of that money went to “Forever Evil,” but I do still pick up a stack of other DC books, hoping that some writer somewhere in my pull list will stop mistreating characters I love.

d)  YOU JUST PROVED MY POINT. The universes DC is shilling right now are not the universes many of us know and love.  From pre-Crisis fans to pre-New52 fans, from Batman:The Animated Series fans to Young Justice fans, from mullet!Superman fans to Wally West fans, DC is going out of its way in both its movie and comic book writing to ostracize people who prefer the inspirational archetypes of its past to the joyless angst-ridden rage-monsters of its present.

Like, your post is so wrong-headed, ignorant, and mean-spirited that I don’t even have time to explain to you all the ways you’re missing the historical deconstruction of DC versus Marvel heroes and archetypes.

Hold your divine horses there paladin,

(Sorry, just wanted to lead with that)

Long time follower of yours btw.

The post defending DC is clearly making some sparks fly, so before any punches are thrown let’s just try to calm ourselves. (Brief apologies to youarenotaloneoutthere, your blog name is so long I’m not typing it more than once.)

Okay getting into things… yanaot’s post wasn’t really mean spirited, ignorant, or “wrong-headed”. They actually don’t even make an argument for one side or another. The post just explains that currently there is a trend in DC comics towards darker storylines (Something which is debatable, but won’t be addressed right now), As such, the movies are affected by this trend. The comment about picking up a DC book and reading it comes from the fact that many DC and marvel fans are very set in whichever camp they belong. This leads to the belief that fans who prefer one or the other don’t give time to read the other side’s comics. Yanaot has no way of knowing whether or not this is true of OP or not. The comment itself is an inevitability in these kinds of arguments, and really not important in the grand scheme of the discussion.

What’s more is that debating the quality of Marvel vs DC has been going on since the companies were founded, there is absolutely nothing wrong with debating someone about their differing opinions. Especially when it comes to something like fandoms or interpretations. Having these discussions (that’s a Euphemism)  is what makes our appreciation for the material grow and change over time.

This next bit is really just nitpicking:

Yanaot’s argument is  somewhat weak because it assumes that OP isn’t familiar with any material on the DC side of the aisle. It’s also flawed because it generalizes DC and Marvel’s writing to one extreme and the other. LG’s argument is flawed because: (And note, I’m not listing them like this to be an ass, but to follow the same format that LG used in their post)

A.) There was no real ‘nerd shaming’ going on. And more likely than not Stan Lee doesn’t really pay attention to any of this

B.) You’re right about this one. But part of blogs is sharing all of those things with the rest of the internet. So if you put an opinion up on tumblr, especially in a form which hates in one direction or another, be prepared to discuss that opinion and debate the thought process behind it.

C.) Everyone acts like they’ve got it all figured out. I’m doing it right now, you do it in your argument, OP did it in their’s. And if you chalk up OP’s argument to ‘expressing an opinion’ then you have to give that same description to everyone else involved here.

C2.) You say above that him reading both companies doesn’t give Yanaot any kind of authority or credibility. That’s probably true, it doesn’t count for all that much. But if you want to go with the whole ‘no comic book fan pissing contests’ then your investments into comic books don’t strengthen your argument.

D,) The arguments you give in A-C2 are about nerd shaming, not about trends in comic book writing. That said Yanaot didn’t exactly prove your point. They didn’t even prove a point accidentally, as they fully admitted that there was a dark trend in DC writing (an argument as I’ve said I would debate another time). On top of that, DC isn’t deliberately ostracizing anyone. They’re hardly so malicious. And that’s giving people too much credit. DC and Marvel publish what writers write. If a writer wants to write darker stuff then that’s what goes on paper. What’s more the company just follows market trends. If Market research shows that darker stories are what people are reading/watching in theaters. then that’s what’s going to be written. Writer style, Director style, Market trends. All play an infinitely larger factor in what gets done than some kind of conspiracy about hurting the fans. 

That’s all I’ll say for now, as I’m fighting the temptation to launch into my second debate about the dark writing trends in DC comics and films. TLDR is that we are all fans of this stuff. Debating and discussing these things is a part of that. No one on either side should get upset when these discussions happen.

So let’s everyone chillax before people start losing all of their class features.

Bah!  A measured, reasonable response?  booo!  It’s not even funny.

It’s just… all…. calm and… pleasant.

Continuing the format!

a)  I disagree that there was no nerd-shaming.  You don’t tell someone to “pick up a bloody comic book and read it” unless you think they haven’t.  It was rather clearly stating, “You’re talking out of your ass, but I’m not.  Because I know DC comic books better than you.”  That is nerd-shaming.  That is saying that you have to read the comic books for your opinion on the movies to matter, and that is categorically false.

b)  Anybody is should be ready for a dissenting opinion if they place their opinion in the public sphere.  They should not have to deal with “You don’t know what you’re talking about because you don’t read comic books.”  Sure, people can do that.  They just shouldn’t.

c)  [I kept changing the order of my points and obviously didn’t proofread enough.  I’m just glad I didn’t say “Points a,b,3,5,q”]  The problem isn’t in thinking/acting like you’ve got it figured out.  The problem is being a bully about it.

c2)  My comic book investment doesn’t impact the validity of the other points.  That’s why I moved it further down the list (and caused the numbering error).  My intent was to say, not only is it okay if people who don’t read comic books think differently than you, but even people who do read comic books think differently than you.  

d)  I supposed it is unclear what I meant when I said he proved my point.  I didn’t not mean that he proved my points a-c2.  I meant he proved the point I was complaining about in my previous posts: That DC’s universe is darker, less friendly, more grimdark place than the MCU (and I would argue even darker than it used to be, but I don’t mind punting on that topic for now).  The response to my posts was, “Stop complaining about how dark the DC movies are.  Go pick up a comic book.  THOSE are dark.”  And that’s exactly my point: IT’S ALL GRIMDARK ANGSTY WHINEFESTS AND I MISS AWESOME PEOPLE DOING AWESOME THINGS AND BEING AWESOME, LIKE THIS SCENE IN IRON MAN 3.  Also, I’m not sure DC isn’t intentionally ostracizing it’s own fans.  I mean, their fans were saying they really wanted Oracle to come back in the New 52, and DC hinted and teased and said, “Okay, check out the upcoming Superman!” and it turned out to be mini-Galactus or whatever.  Their executive leadership regularly dismisses, not just ignores but dismisses, fan requests for well-loved but shelved characters.  And that’s not even getting into Goyer’s recent remarks mocking a roomful of fan that love Martian Manhunter (as well as misogyny, but that’s another topic).  

I get that grimdark is selling right now and I know businesses go with what sells.  I’m not saying every decision they make is to spite the fans.  But they are leaving many fans on the roadside as they speed off in their dark and gritty direction.  There’s no reason for the folks happy to be in the car, fans or corporate leadership, to mock those of us left behind.

(Source: tomhazeldine)

After visiting my hometown for a wedding, I am proud to say that my parents finally let me have their copy of the original Star Wars trilogy.

That’s right folks.  I don’t care if it is on VHS, Han Shot First and Luke remains blissfully unaware of Hayden Christensen’s existence.

So capitanoscaramuccio asked me my fancasts for my current d&d characters, which I thought was a pretty original idea.  So I’m in 3 different roleplaying campaigns right now.  Here are my fancasts for each:

1. Winter Remo - Human Scoundrel in Star Wars RCR

Remo was my main bad guy in the first story arc of my campaign.  He has 0 combat ability, with all of his points dedicated to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Sense Motive.  He was a chief spy in the Rebel Alliance, secretly working for the Empire to subvert it.  He was extremely charming, willing to work around the rules to help the players out, and was their primary friend and ally for most of the campaign.  Then they found out he was a bad guy.  The main reason they took the bait was because they knew my fancast for him was

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2. Petros - Obsidiman Warrior & Horror Stalker in Earthdawn

Petros is the stereotypical meat shield, except he isn’t made of meat.  Obsidiman are somewhat similar to rock golems, but around 7-8 feet tall and with tough, harded skin similar to stone.  He has a bit of a one-track mind, focusing on ridding the land of the Horrors that are infecting it from the astral plane.  He has no problem starting a fight, or finishing a fight, or participating in it for just a little while in the middle.  He is more or less incapable of double-speak and doesn’t see the point in arguing over a point when you could just punch somebody instead.  Fancast for him is Ron Perlman.

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3.  Victor - Pacifist Minister in Nova Praxis

Victor is an amnesiac with no memory of who he was before he woke up in a hospital bed about 4 months ago.  For those of you unfamiliar with Nova Praxis, it is a hard science fiction / transhumanist setting where humanity has abandoned the planet Earth and has settled in various colonies in our solar system and beyond.  It’s somewhat dystopic and reminds me somewhat of Shadowrun, only in space and without the magic.  After waking up in the hospital with no memory of who he is, he found refuge in a Salvation Army mission and attempts to minister to the poor, weak, or downtrodden.  He was kidnapped at the beginning of the campaign and is now trying to figure out why as well as piece together his past.  At the same time he is trying to minister to those he meets along the way, looking for ways to try and make their lives better.  My fancast for him is

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No.  Not Jeff Bridges.

The Dude.

Okay, one thing I’m not digging with Pathfinder is that every single class is combat-specific.  Where are the Nobles?  Where are the Tech Specialist?  Where are the crafters?

Why aren’t their abilities and options built around social interactions or crafting & commerce?  Why does everything have to be about the fight?

super-hero-confessions:

firingpaperbullets:

jazzypom:

piscestoo:

fangirl-utopia:

Wow.

and it begins.

Wow. 

My problem here is as much with the person who wrote this for their blatant racism than it is with the confession blog who published it. I can’t help but feel like it’s cautioned because there is nothing stating that this isn’t the opinion of the blog owner.

We never do this and we will NEVER EVER do it again, but this is not our confession. Seriously, we say that all the time. The confessions posted are NOT those of the blog owners. So don’t even go starting and pointing fingers at us for being ‘racist’ because that is so far from the truth that it’s not even funny. 

Hey you guys know I love your blog.  You do a rough thankless job and become targets just because you run a confessions blog.  I know you don&#8217;t agree with every confession you post, and you create the posts whether or not you agree with the sentiment.  You give comic book fans a place to speak without editorializing.  You&#8217;ve made your blog a platform that isn&#8217;t censored.
But in this particular case, what you did was provide a platform to an inherently racist sentiment.  You might not agree with the confession, and I&#8217;m really hoping you don&#8217;t.  But regardless of whether or not you agree with it, you gave voice to it.  You gave racism a platform and allowed it to spread across the dash of every one of your followers.
Whether or not you agree with it, you spread it.  You used your platform to spread it.  That means, whether or not you agree with the racism behind the thought, you are complicit in spreading racist ideas.  I&#8217;m hoping you&#8217;ve learned from this that you&#8217;re &#8220;no censoring&#8221; policy shouldn&#8217;t extend to actual harmful words and thoughts such as this type of racism.
Now, for the confession itself, even if we assume the submitter would whine the same way about Nu52 Wally, what is their problem?  Redheads are already systematically over-represented in comic books, and nothing about his powers or character are dependent upon him having red hair.  If your appreciation of Wally West is founded on him having red hair, then a) black people can have red hair and b) you&#8217;re missing the point of Wally West.
You don&#8217;t have to look far on my blog to know that Wally West is hands-down my favorite comic book character ever.  So why can&#8217;t he be black?
Can a black Wally West look up to Barry Allen?
Can a black Wally West look up to the Flash?
Can a black Wally West need a father figure?
Can a black Wally West be impulsive and reckless?
Can a black Wally West be funny or careless?
Can a black Wally West love his aunt Iris while trying to keep his identity secret?
Can a black Wally West be willing to take up his mentor&#8217;s mantle?
Can a black Wally West struggle with poverty while still having super powers?
Can a black Wally West be just as concerned about the rehabilitation of criminals as he is their capture?
Can a black Wally West publicize his identity, and trade off that publicity to date super models?
Can a black Wally West realize a life of skirt-chasing is rather empty and meaningless, and get swept off his feet by an opinionated and charismatic TV reporter?
Can a black Wally West grow up and learn to be a mentor to the next generation of speedsters?
Can a black Wally West become a mechanic and fix old police cars?
Can a black Wally West risk his life to save his wife and children?
If anybody answers &#8220;No&#8221; to any of the above questions: congratulations, you&#8217;re racist.  The main difference between a black Wally West and a white Wally West is that black Wally West will have to deal with the historic and systemic racist crap of people like you.

super-hero-confessions:

firingpaperbullets:

jazzypom:

piscestoo:

fangirl-utopia:

Wow.

and it begins.

Wow. 

My problem here is as much with the person who wrote this for their blatant racism than it is with the confession blog who published it. I can’t help but feel like it’s cautioned because there is nothing stating that this isn’t the opinion of the blog owner.

We never do this and we will NEVER EVER do it again, but this is not our confession. Seriously, we say that all the time. The confessions posted are NOT those of the blog owners. So don’t even go starting and pointing fingers at us for being ‘racist’ because that is so far from the truth that it’s not even funny. 

Hey you guys know I love your blog.  You do a rough thankless job and become targets just because you run a confessions blog.  I know you don’t agree with every confession you post, and you create the posts whether or not you agree with the sentiment.  You give comic book fans a place to speak without editorializing.  You’ve made your blog a platform that isn’t censored.

But in this particular case, what you did was provide a platform to an inherently racist sentiment.  You might not agree with the confession, and I’m really hoping you don’t.  But regardless of whether or not you agree with it, you gave voice to it.  You gave racism a platform and allowed it to spread across the dash of every one of your followers.

Whether or not you agree with it, you spread it.  You used your platform to spread it.  That means, whether or not you agree with the racism behind the thought, you are complicit in spreading racist ideas.  I’m hoping you’ve learned from this that you’re “no censoring” policy shouldn’t extend to actual harmful words and thoughts such as this type of racism.

Now, for the confession itself, even if we assume the submitter would whine the same way about Nu52 Wally, what is their problem?  Redheads are already systematically over-represented in comic books, and nothing about his powers or character are dependent upon him having red hair.  If your appreciation of Wally West is founded on him having red hair, then a) black people can have red hair and b) you’re missing the point of Wally West.

You don’t have to look far on my blog to know that Wally West is hands-down my favorite comic book character ever.  So why can’t he be black?

  • Can a black Wally West look up to Barry Allen?
  • Can a black Wally West look up to the Flash?
  • Can a black Wally West need a father figure?
  • Can a black Wally West be impulsive and reckless?
  • Can a black Wally West be funny or careless?
  • Can a black Wally West love his aunt Iris while trying to keep his identity secret?
  • Can a black Wally West be willing to take up his mentor’s mantle?
  • Can a black Wally West struggle with poverty while still having super powers?
  • Can a black Wally West be just as concerned about the rehabilitation of criminals as he is their capture?
  • Can a black Wally West publicize his identity, and trade off that publicity to date super models?
  • Can a black Wally West realize a life of skirt-chasing is rather empty and meaningless, and get swept off his feet by an opinionated and charismatic TV reporter?
  • Can a black Wally West grow up and learn to be a mentor to the next generation of speedsters?
  • Can a black Wally West become a mechanic and fix old police cars?
  • Can a black Wally West risk his life to save his wife and children?

If anybody answers “No” to any of the above questions: congratulations, you’re racist.  The main difference between a black Wally West and a white Wally West is that black Wally West will have to deal with the historic and systemic racist crap of people like you.

An important distinction when talking about RPGs…

More important than rules, plot, setting, alignment, or character concept, is the fact that everyone should have fun.

It is not more important that you have fun.

30 Day RPG meme

Day 3:  Who is your least favorite character?

My least favorite character I’ve ever played is probably my first one.  Rekaro, the Mon Calamari Tech Spec was a bit of a mess.  He had no combat ability, no real social graces, but he was a wiz at tech.  That meant he preferred to sit in the corner and build droids and guns and things, but not interact with the world or the other PCs.

I was new.  Cut me some slack.