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Everything Else / LTUE
« on: February 02, 2007, 04:32:54 PM »
This thread is primarily for those who will be attending the Life, the Universe, and Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy Symposium at BYU in Provo, Utah in mid February.  Not to be exclusive or anything, just putting the thread in context.

So I have returned to TWG wanting to know if anyone is getting together during LTUE, and have no tolerance for scouring the boards searching for a discussion of this topic which probably exists but in some other thread called "amazing things on the internet" or "why I hate Nutella" or some other nonsense like that :).  So--is anyone planning any get-togethers during LTUE?  My wife is abandoning me that week and I'd like something to do besides go home after work and be by myself.

Everything Else / Army of Kije
« on: August 22, 2006, 03:15:52 PM »
We are awaiting the induction of our newest recruit!  

The latest is that if he/she (in true superhero fashion the new arrival is keeping every detail about its identity secret) does not show up on her/his own, then he/she will be coming whether she/he likes it or not on August 29th.  

Oh, and if anyone else wants to join this fantastic guerilla army feel free to enlist!  (We can't give you anything above sergeant, though.  To be commissioned is a rather exclusive process.)

Movies and TV / Pathfinder
« on: July 26, 2006, 02:20:18 AM »
Anyone heard much about this?  I found it interesting as I had been reading a bit about Viking expansion in the North Atlantic recently.  From trailers it looks like they depict the Vikings as bloodthirsty hateful killers, which isn't too far fromt he truth if historical accounts of Viking and Native American contact are to be believed.  (Of course they weren't that stereotypically violent.  But honestly, when it came to first contact, with the Vikings it often was kill first, then wound, then maim, and maybe think about asking questions the next day during breakfast.

Movies and TV / Ultraviolet
« on: February 16, 2006, 10:31:42 AM »
So I've started seeing ads for this movie, which looks like Aeon Flux Redux but with Milla Jovovich.  While I will admit that Milla looks 1000x better than Charlize Theron in a tight leather death-dealing suit, is the film going to be that much better?  Anyone heard anything?

Table-Top Games / Heroclix: Giants
« on: January 10, 2006, 01:17:56 PM »
So finally a giant character I think is pretty interesting...

This Chemo guy has all the stuff I think is coolest on a giant fig: plasticity and poison.  This guy can keep a bunch of figs pretty tied up, and be dealing them automatic damage each turn.  And on a giant character with starting 3 damage the force blast could actually be useful in messing with your opponent's positioning.  If I still collected these things I'd definitely be interested in him.

Movies and TV / The Mysterious Cities of Gold
« on: October 17, 2005, 09:03:08 PM »
I saw this series on and off as a child when Nickelodeon decided to run it in the late 80s.  I always thought it was really cool.  I've only now remembered it that I'm teaching my 8th graders about the conquistadors and all that.

Has anyone else seen this cartoon?

Role-Playing Games / Handy Article
« on: April 20, 2005, 01:41:24 PM »
Good apologetic and practical guide to rpgs for non-rpgamers (esp. parents)

Movies and TV / Wonder Woman
« on: March 28, 2005, 03:46:14 PM »

Everything Else / Holy Bad Idea, Batman
« on: March 15, 2005, 01:49:41 PM »
A small part of me feared this might actually happen:

**Kije shudders

Perhaps it's just the Tolkien devotee in me, but some things just don't mix well, and I think this is a prime example.

I suppose it could be pretty hilarious, though.

Table-Top Games / Kilowogg Team
« on: March 10, 2005, 01:28:51 PM »
I didn't see a link to discuss this in forums, so I started a thread myself.

I just wanted to say that that's a very fine-looking article, Spriggan.  Well done!

A concern that I would have for the team is the relatively low attack values.  2 figs at 9 and 4 at 7...that means that odds are moving out of your favor starting around 16 defense (14 for the majority of your team.)  I guess you trade low attack values for higher damage values.

Table-Top Games / HC Team-Building Question
« on: March 07, 2005, 01:11:35 PM »
I'm posting this in a new thread so it doesn't get mixed up with the ongoing "when will our case arrive" and "when is the next game" topics.

I have a team building question I'd like to pose to the 'clix players.  There's a 300 point team I've built which has come to be one of my favorites, and I'm thinking of altering it a little to shore up some weak spots.  I want your opinion on which direction I should take it.  The core of my team consists of the following two figures:

U Iron Man (Ultimates) 144 pts
E Captain America (Ultimates) 89 pts

This leaves me with 67 points.  To use those points I have several options listed below:

E Hawkeye (Ultimates) 60 pts
This was how I spent the points when I originally conceived the team.  He's a nice fit with the Ultimates team ability, and he's a powerful ranged attacker.  The problem is he is not very strong defensively and is almost always the first fig on the team to get knocked out, and fairly early in the game.  I think he draws the attention because a) he's much easier to damage than Cap or Iron Man, and b) people just seem to have an adverse reaction to him, as in, "ooh, Hawkeye!  I've got to take that guy out immediately!"  The latter sounds silly, but strangely enough there is some truth to it.  The fact that he does draw that attention adds an advantage in that he draws the focus away from Cap and Iron Man, freeing them up to make some strong attacks early on.  

V Sidewinder (Ultimates) 35 pts
E DEO Agent (Unleashed) 18 pts
E Paramedic (Xplosion) 10 pts

This is the option I'm currently leaning towards.  One of the weaknesses of the team as originally conceived was Iron Man's average attack value, which has the potential for creating some costly misses.  One way to address that would be the DEO Agent: police team ability gives a +1 to attack, and when you push her up to her second click perplex gives a +1 wherever you need it.  Sidewinder is perhaps the best harrasser in the game.  Not only is he extremely mobile but he's durable with a decent dial length for his cost, and super senses for most of it.  He would be used mostly to base opponents' ranged attackers and block line of fire where necessary, which I see as a very helpful role here.  If the opponent's busy trying to take out Sidewinder they're not focuising on Iron Man or Cap.  The paramedic's here because I suppose she's useful and she's the only worthwhile fig I have under 15 points, although part of me doesn't like the idea of medics.  

E Scarlet Witch (Infinity Challenge) 36 pts
R Vanisher (Mutant Mayhem) 18 pts
E Paramedic (Xplosion) 10 pts

This option was also attractive to me.  Scarlet Witch's probability control would help to control Iron Man's potential misses, as well as my opponent's potential hits.  Vanisher functions as a harasser much like Sidewinder, although he's not as durable.  The paramedic's there for reasons explained above.

R Black Queen (Critical Mass) 51 pts
R HDC Trooper (Unleashed) 15 pts

The big benefit of this team is Black Queen's telekinesis, which means that Iron Man could potentially make a first-turn strike (TK + running shot + 8 range) on a standard 26' by 26' board.  Black Queen can be useful with mind control later, although flinging Iron Man moves the center of the battle to the other side of the board and she takes some time to get there herself.  HDC Trooper has the police team ability (helping Iron Man to hit when he can get adjacent to him,) as well as willpower.  The problem I have with this option is that 51 points is a lot to spend on a one-shot deal (first-turn strike) which may not even pay off.

E Vertigo (Mutant Mayhem) 56 pts
E Paramedic (Xplosion) 10 pts

Vertigo brings two benefits to the table: triple incapacitate and perplex.  And Paramedic's there because...yeah.  Downside to Vertigo: range of six.  And considering the other options, is triple incap. worth it?

V Daredevil (Critical Mass) 59 pts
This Daredevil would be a nice harasser: 17 starting defense, super senses, and stealth makes him hard to hit.  His wild card would give him the Ultimates team ability which helps with ranged combat as well as giving him first click leap/climb on top of his stealth.  He's not quite as mobile as Sidewinder, so it would take him longer to get into harrassing position, but he would last longer.  He also gains outwit at the end of his dial.  The problem is that this option does nothing to address Iron Man's capacity for missing attacks.

So given the above options, which do you think is the best way to go?  I understand that there are probably other options out there that I haven't listed that you may think are better, but they probably include figs that I don't own.  That being said, any and all advice is welcome.

Everything Else / "Watch to see what I can still do."
« on: January 18, 2005, 04:52:46 PM »

It's sad, but you've got to expect those kind of results when you're doing something that stupid.

Rants and Stuff / Metric Forever!
« on: January 13, 2005, 03:19:04 PM »
check it out:

Yeah, it's just an article by some Microslave named Martha, but at least she admits the inevitable: that metric is superior and will become the standard system in the U.S. eventually.

Go on, rant all you want...time will prove me right.

Rants and Stuff / Only Yelling and Screaming Please
« on: January 06, 2005, 02:04:34 PM »
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!  Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Rants and Stuff / ???
« on: December 07, 2004, 12:03:53 PM »
Come on, guys...this is TWG!  Four days and no ranting?

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