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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 大家好呀! on: March 05, 2016, 01:18:46 AM
None of the staff speak Chinese, so please do keep the posts in English.

But welcome to the forums, dsxiaoming.  I'm glad you were able to get signed up in the end. :)
62  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Getting an error when I send private messages on: March 03, 2016, 03:58:28 PM
I did receive it. If you get the error again, we'll have to try to contact tech support. Unfortunately, I'm not in a good position to connect with them today and tomorrow, so hopefully the problem has gone away...
63  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Getting an error when I send private messages on: March 03, 2016, 03:39:03 PM
I just sent you one - did it arrive? It took a while to send, but it did seem to successfully go.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: March 02, 2016, 09:35:32 PM
When it came out in theaters, not so much. When it hit cable, so much. :)

Just before its release, my local paper interviewed me - I think they wanted me to be more grumpy about it than I was. But as I told them, I grew up down the street from Norman Bates, friends with Stephen King, my aunt is Pamela Andersen (wrong spelling, but it sounds the same), and I feel like I'm forgetting someone. Their names are far more famous than mine ever will be, so I'm not going to whine.
65  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: March 02, 2016, 03:03:28 AM
That book is the first I ever read cover to cover without stopping. So although Card's politics have made him a difficult guy to recommend, I still have a spot in my heart for Ender's Game.

The movie is OK. Probably not best watched just after enjoying the book, but a few years later.

The first sequel, Speaker for the Dead, is highly acclaimed. The accolades die down after that. I think fondly of the other one or two in the original series.

Years later, he went back and started writing new series (by popular demand, as far as I can tell). I don't love those books, but I don't loathe them either. I feel like they kind of diminish the originals.
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 29, 2016, 07:31:10 PM
I am sure I've mentioned it before, but the hamster is a buddy of mine, Mark Walton. He was a storyboard artist for them at the time. :)
67  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 24, 2016, 08:04:08 PM
If you ever get the chance to read them, you may enjoy the Wild Cards books, glassjawsh.  The quality level drops at some point, but the first several books are pretty cool, and the first in particular lays a lot of groundwork for the world.

They start out as groups of semi-related short stories written by a few different authors and edited by George R. R. Martin.  They're set in a version of our world where an alien virus was released back in the... 40s?  Something like that.  If I remember the math correctly, 10% of the people caught it.  Of those people, 90% died pretty quickly.  Of the 10% who didn't die, 90% were mutated.  But that last 10% of 10% of 10% got super powers.  And there are some pretty creative powers.
68  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 24, 2016, 07:13:32 PM
Hey, lay the fuck off of Sword of Truth, assholes. For your information, I found the SellAMillion to be an unreadable pile of horseshit.

Hey there - no need to get personal.  Everybody's got their own tastes.  Sword of Truth wasn't to mine, you like it, nobody's wrong.  Some people agree with me, they choose not to read that series.  Other people like it, they choose to read it.  Hooray for everyone.

I prefer LotR over The Hobbit, I know people who agree. Artimicia prefers The Hobbit and says plenty of others agree.  That's fine.  I've never read the Silmarillion, never intend to.

There's a reason libraries and bookstores have a ton of different sections and shelves within each section.  Plenty of room in the world (and forums) for fans of all flavors of stuff.
69  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 24, 2016, 04:48:29 PM
That's where I stopped with that series as well.

I'd vote for cutting Tolkein some slack in terms of seeing things in later works that you prefer.  He really laid the foundation for modern fantasy, and everything owes a debt to that, but at the same time, having that foundation to build on, they were able to take it in new directions and do other cool stuff with it.

In case you haven't read it, I think you might enjoy this article from Brandon Sanderson, on the topic of magic systems and how you write about them.  It's not directly on the topic of what you're saying, but I think it relates well to it.

http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-first-law/
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Direct on Pokemon Day on: February 24, 2016, 11:04:52 AM
Oh yeah, I gave up on that game forever ago.  It was impossible for me to do any more puzzles without buying them or doing the daily "training puzzles" for several months.
71  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 24, 2016, 09:45:00 AM
Between Tolkein and D&D, I think those elements are mighty well solidified.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Direct on Pokemon Day on: February 24, 2016, 09:44:16 AM
I would be completely unsurprised to hear of Pokemon Z.  I would love to be surprised by something.  I'd like an actual release date for Pokemon Go as well.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2016 version - Save money for that NX on: February 19, 2016, 10:08:17 AM
Sure - after all, the Wii was supposed to be the Revolution.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2016 version - Save money for that NX on: February 18, 2016, 10:55:15 PM
Nintendo's next mystery console.
75  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 17, 2016, 10:30:04 PM
It's "Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe."
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