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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / What, at core, is wrong with the DCEU?
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:06:50 PM »
I see two major possible factors, that may be working in combination:

1) This stuff is really difficult to do, and Marvel simply just has a great team that has built a great formula. But it really is tough to duplicate--executive skillz and talent matter!

2) Marvel's characters and universe are intrinsically better suited to making great movies--the characters are less hokey. It's easier to make them funny. You don't have to work around their crazy names and/or weaknesses (Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, weak to YELLOW, etc.) Also, the DCU architecture has always been very 'Trinity' focused, which can cause problems.

Anything else?

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / MCU Reboot? How will they bring in the Xmen?
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:01:52 PM »
Will the MCU reboot and recast after Avengers 4? I imagine this would be a good way to bring in the Xmen and FF (if you want to bring in the FF--they aren't that cool, IMO.)
Or will they use some alternate universe shit?
One sticking point is that apparently they want to keep Guardians going as is.

Personally, I'd love to see them blow it all up and start again from scratch.


Game Cage / Need laptop advice
« on: August 11, 2017, 08:49:10 PM »
I'm back in Canada, at least for a while. But I'm also stuck in the boonies. I need a new laptop (my old one is 7 years old and dying).

I'd like to spend less than CAD $1,400 all in (sales tax, shipping, etc.) I like a big screen, but I always do my work at my main desk. I don't laptop on the go, or bring it anywhere. However, I tend to move from country to country suddenly, and so a desktop is a no go. My next two years are looking especially itinerant, so hooking up external monitors might not be ideal. Thus, I'd like the max screen size.

I'd like to be able to do some casual gaming from time to time. But I doubt I'd be trying to play the newest games at the highest settings.

So what I'm looking for is:

**17.3 Laptop
**NOT a gaming laptop (or at least something that does not LOOK like one--there are times others need to see it, and it can't be some kinda rainbow nerdgasm monstrosity)
**8 GB of RAM (don't really think I'll need more) of any speed
**Discrete GPU (doesn't need to be latest--but some are saying the new Maxwell series from Nvidia is so much better than the Pascal it's worth waiting for and getting)
**Intel CPU (again, don't need latest and greatest--might even consider AMD if it seems right)
**256 GB SSD and 500 GB + HDD (Or just a 512 GB SSD)
**1920x1080 Display (IPS ideally, but could consider TN)
**Don't care about weight
**Happy to go refurb or used if there is a good deal
**MUST HAVE UNILINGUAL ENGLISH KEYBOARD (fellow Canadians will understand how sometimes you can order online and get the fucked up Bilingual French/English keyboard if you order from Canadian sites)

I'm in the boonies. I don't want to find the long ride into the nearest city too many times. So ideally, I get an SSD already installed. Plus, I've never opened up a computer myself...
However, from what I am hearing, I have several problems. I really want an SSD, but flash is scarce and SSDs are generally being reserved for gaming rigs. 17.3" laptops that aren't gaming rigs are a big hole in the market, and this is especially true in the limited Canadian market where hard-to-find SSDs are being reserved for mobile workstations and high-end gaming rigs, especially at the 17.3" level.
So I might have to order from the US and figure out the customs shit. Maybe ebay.
Others have said that given my exacting specs, I'd do so much better at 15.6 since that is the most popukar size by far and has the most options and deals, especially in Canada. Many have said that since I don't move my computer much, a 15.6 plus buying a used LCD external monitor at whatever location I'm at, even if I had to buy a few and never sell them (just throw them away), would still leave me ahead of the game.
If I want 17.3, esp. in Canada with a pre-installed SSD, then maybe I need to go over $1400 Canadian. Or really consider buying the SSD separately and installing myself.

Sorry for the quickly types post. But suggestions welcome.

Ask The Staff / Can we go back to the old layout?
« on: July 17, 2017, 06:56:38 AM »
The new layout/color scheme thing, or whatever it is, is unspeakably bad. I don't think I need to elaborate, except perhaps for the color-blind and taste-impaired. But fuck 'em!
Or you could try a new scheme. I'm a fan of the classic, but if ya gots yer creative juices flowing and need a change, then go for it. But don't make it suck this time!

ICT / Five on Three Fight
« on: July 03, 2017, 12:03:56 AM »
Somehow I got into a thread (elsewhere) where I had to pick a team in the dark, and then argue that it could beat a surprise team of Thanos, Corvus Glaive, and Proxima Midnight.
I'm lazy, and not even sure my team can win. Let me know which team you think would win.

No Prep


Proxima Midnight



Doctor Strange (classic levels)
Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson)
Doctor Fate (Hector Hall at peak of his power and experience)
John Constantine

What ya think? Can the magic men do it? Or does Thanos stomp?

ICT / Invincibleverse vs. Marvel's Elite Top Tier
« on: May 03, 2017, 11:07:18 AM »
Battle Beast
Allen the Alien


Thor (Classic)
Blue Marvel
The Silver Surfer

ICT / Five Choices!
« on: April 20, 2017, 08:54:13 AM »
A magic Genie let's you choose one of five possible wishes. (Recycling some ideas--I'm not especially creative.)

1) Cash Money Dollas!

You get $10 Billion in US Currency, after taxes. All legal. All yours, with no one else--especially your spouse--having any legal claim on it.

2) Roll Back the Clock!

Your physical age is reset to any point you'd like, going as low as fifteen, but you keep your memories and current cognitive abilities, perhaps amplified by the age reset if you have already lost a step to Father Time. You age normally from that point on. The Genie makes sure you are square with the Governments, though you might become famous. Medical testing shows conclusively that there is nothing to be learned by dissecting your body for science.

3) Beam Me Up!

Superpowers! You gain the ability to teleport any distance on Earth. You can port to any location you can clearly conceive of--seeing pictures of it will do! You never fuck up. You never port into walls. You can bring a maximum of 200Kg with you each time you port. However, teleportation does fatigue you. Longer ports tire you a bit more than shorter ones, and carrying more of your max load also increases fatigue. Also, too many ports over a short time will start to tire you quickly. When you are too tired, you can't port until you get some rest. You could make say 4 or 5 Paris to Los Angeles ports a day, spaced every 4 to 5 hours, with say half your max load, without pushing yourself.

4) Slow Rolling!

From this point forward, you age at half your normal rate: one year for every two years actually lived. Effects that do long term damage to your body--Sun, plaque build up in arteries, etc. all happen at half the normal rate. As with Option #2, medical testing will show there is nothing to be learned by putting you in a lab, and the Genie makes sure the government is onboard--you'll get ID as you need it, possibly with slight tweaks to your birth date as needed so that people aren't questioning your ID''s validity.

5) I Got Skillz!

You get an IQ of 200 or so, and the knowledge and skills needed to be about 20% better than best person the world has ever seen at any one intellectual or creative discipline: lawyer, poet, novel writer, investor, poker player, physicist, etc.

Which do you pick?

ICT / Hal Jordan (GL) fights
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:17:07 PM »
Most current version of Hal, but in classic GL mode with just a ring.

Not a gauntlet--individual fights.

Hal vs. Superman

Hal vs. Thor (Classic)

Hal vs. Silver Surfer

Hal vs. Wonder Woman

Hal vs. Black Adam

Hal vs. Gladiator

Hal vs. Orion

Hal vs. Martian Manhunter

Hal vs. Blue Marvel

ICT / Supergirl vs. Binary
« on: April 14, 2017, 11:59:41 AM »
Carol gets boosted to max power and goes after the Girl of Steel!

ICT / Blue Marvel Fights
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:24:23 PM »
(Not a gauntlet)

Blue Marvel vs.:

Silver Surfer

Thor (Classic)


Doctor Strange (Classic)

The Hulk

ICT / Batman, Nightwing and Orphan vs Shang Chi, Daredevil and Electra
« on: March 30, 2017, 11:34:50 AM »
No prep. Current comics versions. No gear.

Sports Talk / '96 Bulls in Today's NBA
« on: January 27, 2017, 02:14:37 AM »
Imagine if at the end of last season, the 2016 Chicago Bulls were replaced with the 1996 squad. The squad gets the off season to learn the new rules, and then starts the 2016 season.
Can they beat the Cavs? The new Warriors?

ICT / Who can KO the Juggernaut?
« on: January 20, 2017, 05:19:09 AM »
Cain , with full power, is somehow bound by even greater power. He's chained standing in unbreakable shackles against an unbreakable wall.

What characters could put him down if allowed to whale on Cain's face for as long as they want? Pure strength or energy blasts are the only offense allowed. No end-running the 'invulnerability'.

Can anyone do it?

ICT / Darth Vader versus Anakin Skywalker
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:05:23 AM »
We all know that being cut up and in the suit hurt Anakin's potential power greatly. That being said, Anakin was still rather inexperienced by the time of his encounter with Obi on the volcano world. Vader has had time to maximize his admittedly reduced potential.

So who would win? Anakin from the end of Revenge of the Sith, or Darth Vader from the Return of the Jedi?

[As an aside, do you think age had slowed down Darth Vader by the end? Was he perhaps more powerful some years earlier, when he was still in the suit, but also younger? Age seemed to have slowed down Obi Won. But it didn't seem to slow Dooku down. Or the Emperor. They seemed to intimate that at the very end, Yoda was slowed down by his advanced age--though he was still hella old in the prequel trilogy, and he didn't seem to be slowed down at all. ]

General Chat / People in Relationships: Would you leave her?
« on: December 22, 2016, 05:43:15 AM »
This thought was spurred by some of the discussion in the Genie threads.

If I gave you $100 Million US Dollars, post-tax, and your physical appearance was raised to "11" on a scale of 1-10 for your age (perfect height, great genes, muscular bod, great hair, perfect teeth, current diseases cured, etc.) , what do you honestly think would happen to your relationship?

Would you stay? Would you leave? Would you cheat? Unless you are already nearly a 10, it's likely that your relationship will now be in a pretty severe imbalance in terms of what some call 'Sexual Market Value'. Would this affect you and your other half at all? Is your bond too strong for this to matter? Or would you break up or file divorce papers the day after getting the makeover and the cash?

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