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  1. Wouldn't you think that anyone willing to sign up for an Area 51 march, would by now that Skinwalker Ranch is the new Tinfoil Graceland??

     

    According to the theories, Area 51 was decomissioned as an ET research site due to global exposure, and everything moved to Skinwalker Ranch, where they say the ETs have their own floors for research...

     

    Just proves how dumb people are.

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Well how dumb humans are anyway. I mean come on, don't they realize their so-called "aliens" have been on earth or a connected pocket dimension the whole time? Come on. Abducting people? Doing experiments? Messing with cows? Creating strange places flowing with strange energies? Flying around as mysterious lights? Us fairies have been doing all that stuff for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. The government probobly knows it too. They probobly keep the whole "alien" story alive because they know that the more people believe fairies are "real", the more "real" we become. :3

       

      Hehehe, but don't worry! Someday the dam humans use to hold back their imagination will burst, and the resulting deluge will wash away everything they think is real. :3

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    Race Swapping In Film

    Hard to imagine when you admit to having not read them much, but they grew a lot in the last 30-40 years. Around the 80s and 90s less kids were reading so the direction for many series and character became very mature, dark even. This resulted in a lot good story lines that draw you in, and provided a lot of great character development. DC was always decidedly darker but even they started taking more risks and telling deeper stories. You'll find much of the same styles and themes as you will any form of fantasy, scifi, or fiction, just with vastly more developed characters, which has been the selling point for decades now. I'm on a new a20 phone and for some reason Ifind the keyboard so difficult, so please excuse any glaring errors.
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    Race Swapping In Film

    I wouldn't expect to see a Squirrel Girl film in the MCU. It would make a great cartoon for girls, though. She is one of those ridiculous characters most serious readers detest due to writers doing stupid shit with her that she has no business doing.She has managed to defeat some of the top villains in Marvel. To her credit, Marvel has some pretty weak villains compared to DC. Marvel seems to like making the heroes stronger than the villains. Then they use props (infinity gauntlet) or plot devices to make it seem like they won't win. It's been argued - and I think I agree - that Darkseid could beat a fully loaded Infinity Thanos. Darkseid is almost as power as the gauntlet and he has no tools. I think a Squirrel Girl movie would be where the '08 Ironman groupies would draw the line. But then again, Disney gets away with everything except Solo: A Star Wars movie. That was the hill people wanted to die on.
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    mv [Show Picture] below the Actor?

    Hey NickNick. I think this is in the wrong section, but staff will more than likely move it to the proper section. I think I understand what you mean. You want to be able to show a given image file below the sprite as it navigates maps. I'm wondering if you mean one small image like a magic glyph for example, or footsteps in sand or snow. Or if you want to make that image file the entire map itself. I don't know anything about MV so I'm afraid I won't be much help.
  5. That One NPC

    Race Swapping In Film

    Oh, I'm well aware of the shit storm surrounding Ultimate Fury, and the scrambling they did to "fix it" later on. It's essentially the same principle, though. It was a race swap, and they used the multiverse to correct it. My biggest issue with MCU Fury is that he does nothing. He had a bit of a scare in Winter Soldier where he was nearly killed by a handful of Hydra goons. I don't know how much you know about old school Fury, but let's just say it would not have gone down like that, at all. They ruined him in the MCU, and that has nothing to do with ethnicity.
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    Race Swapping In Film

    This is a crazy sensitive subject for alot of people, and rightfully so. I need to be perfectly clear about my stance here. I am not opposed to more ethnic representation in media as a whole. There's nothing that bothers me more on a human level than racism and exclusion. And I understand that media has been bias toward white males since the dawn of time - and it has to change. I don't, however, think simple race swaps are the answer here. For me it's not about the inclusion. It's fantastic that ethnic groups finally get to see themselves represented front and center. It's about damn time! Here's my beef with generic race swaps. When you take an iconic caucasian character, and simply say, "Eh, just make him/her Aftican American. Problem solved. Next please!" That, to me, is lazy, cheap, and offensive. Again people are so happy it's happening they probably don't think of it that way. But it's such a white privlage angle that it makes my soul sick. Instead of building ethnic characters with ethnic roots and influences, from the ground up, they take a pre-existing character and just give them a new ethnicity with a new backstory... Way to take inclusion seriously, Hollywood. It really bothers me when the characters have a distinct heritage. Italian, Irish, Russian, etc. These aren't generic brands of "White folk." They have identities, cultures, and pride of their own. Take a few recent animes that were whitewashed during the casting process for no other reason than to stack star power. Total chaos. People were having meltdowns. Take an iconic Italian American character and make him Black, who cares? Italians have no sense of pride or identity in that character. Step aside. Of course I'm talking about Nick Fury. Loved him growing up. To be perfectly clear - and burst a few bubbles - Sam J. is one of my top actors of all time. I call him Sam J. because I never shut the fuck about him when movies come up in conversation. I idolize Samuel and his career. But it's not about Sam, it's about Nick Fury. Did I really care? No, but it's the principle. Instead of creating ethnic characters, writers take the easiest way out and just pull race swaps. It bothers me because people deserve better. They deserve to have more characters like Black Panther who they can look up to and say, "This is T'Challa. He is who he has always been. A strong, dignified, upright black male." Rather than, "This is Nick Fury. He used to be Italian, but they had to throw us a bone." Just my thoughts on something Hollywood keeps getting away with due to the distraction of initial excitement. Don't we deserve better? (We as in a collective humanity. I'm French-Lithuanian, lol.)
  7. If Elizabeth Warren doesn't win the next US Presidential election I'm taking the last shred of hope for Americans, and I'm flushing it straight down the toilet. Anyone but Trump, really. If Donald gets another four, it will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt your government and media have manipulated you beyond repair. And that you've become a self-centered society that cares about nothing but your own reality bubbles.

     

    Seriously, it's not funny or cute or sad anymore, it has become problematic. To more than America and the ethnic countries it routinely steamrolls.

     

    The American people have been so warped and abused by their own systems that they have no idea what's going on anymore. Reality is subjective in America today.

     

    The government has done such a good job of dividing people based on political affiliation (this is the #1 problem in America) race, wealth, home state, etc, that America will never bounce back at this point. It's built in at a cultural and moral level. Republican vs Democrat. Despite the fact that their agendas have always been the same. They distract you with shit like immigrarion and abortion, because they know it turns you all into a pack of wild animals who argue with each other instead of elected officials. Instead of rallying together to make change. Hard to rally together when you're just a collection of states forced to live under one Union.

     

    I look at Hong Kong and it's like, "What the actual fuck happened to the Americas?" (Canada too)

     

    Just disgusted with humanity right now. I think an international migration might be in my future. So many better places to live right now.

     

     

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    2. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      @Animebryan

       

      Warren admires First Nations peoples so much, she tried to become one.

       

      Trump hates Mexicans so much (like the ones who work for him) that he called them dirty rapists and criminals who steal jobs. He wants to build a wall to keep them out, and keeps children in cages.

       

      Who would you trust more to be in power?

       

      Put aside her past mistakes, and actually listen to her plans for the economy, the environment, education, etc.

       

      The issue is Americans no longer care what happens to immigrants, or people two States over, or to America as a whole. If it doesn't directly impact me, I can't afford to care. This is 100% by design. The one thing goverments fear more than anything is a unified, pissed off population looking to them for answers.

       

      There was a time when civil war was a real concept. America will never see another civil war. They've been proverbially castrated and don't even realize it because the entire system is an illusion.

       

      The only two presidents who even remotely gave a damn about people and ethics, were shot in the head.

    3. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      I think the thing the government should really fear is not a unified pissed off population looking to the government for answers, but a apathetic slightly annoyed population that already has it's own answers and is just sick of paying for a government that doesn't offer them anything and just wants them out of the way. Because eventually that's what is going to happen at this rate.

       

      Heck I would say the biggest problem is people care too much about what happens to immigrants, or people two States over, or America as a whole. Everyone is trying to tell everyone else what to do. Here's an idea: Maybe, just maybe, people have different wants and needs and expecting everyone in an area the size of the USA to just go along with everyone else is really really dumb? Maybe, you know, it's okay that for example some people don't want immigrants around them while others are more then willing to offer them sanctuary?

       

      And regarding another civil war: Yeah, you are right. America will never see another civil war. Because the first one never ended. People are fighting about the same old shit as they were back then. The scar that opened then never really healed. Now there is just slightly less actual violence involved. Slightly.

    4. PixeLockeT

      PixeLockeT

      @Animebryan Yeah, strongly agreed. The problem is that nearly every potential candidate (and honestly every one that has even a slight chance at winning) is just one who will screw up more and who is ultimately selfish in their goals. Voting is one of the most overrated things anyway and the way the USA is set up - individuals votes rarely matter in the scheme of things, making voting a moot point for anyone going "against the grain".

  8. You know, you're right, Brian. My spelling and* grammar can be a bit fucked up at times. It was never flawless, but having taken a six year break from creative writing to work six days a week to keep the lights on, it has suffered. Like anything else, if you don't use it, you lose it.

     

    In order for you to even try to understand, I'd need to give you my life story and I am not about to spill those details to the likes of you, Chief. I will give you the long and short of it, though.

     

    I have no shortage of mistakes made. No shortage of life lived. It's taken me a very, very long time to embrace my failures and find value in myself in a world that measures humam beings based on trivial bullshit.

     

    I have a grade 9 education. Four grade 10 credits. Go ahead, look down on me. You've already done so, and it happens to be something I'm intimately familiar with. You see, I got in alot of trouble as a yute (that means youth). I had things going on that were never addressed. Instead I became a hot potato kid. The slightest mis-step, and I was goneski! Shipped off to the next home, sometimes even the streets.

     

    So I got wise to the system I was trapped in. I left school and went to work anywhere I could. I was going to take care of my-damn-self, because no one else would...

     

    It's so easy to sit behind a screen and judge people, Bryan, but it's a shitty, ignorant practice that will only make you look like a heavyweight asshat.

     

    Best of luck with whatever it is you do, Buddy.

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      That One NPC

      It's still very much a work in progress, but the plot I'm cooking up is heavily inspired by (but not aiming to directly emulate) FF7's life stream and living planet concepts. I also want to tie political themes in that are somewhat current. The scope of the protests in Hong Kong, and the immigration war in the States have inspired me as well.

       

      I'm thinking of a world much like our own. Many countries which are closed off from one another. Many species facing extinction due to human activity. Pollution ravaging the air, soil, and oceans. Humanity has disconnected from spirituality, burning their dead like household garbage instead of returning them to the planet. (I have a real world issue with burning dead. It's violent and unnatural. The process of decay exists for a reason imo.)

       

      One nation in particular will the native land of several main characters, and it will be in turmoil, under the leadership of a charismatic, racist politician. One character among them will have an uncanny understanding of the lost spirituality I spoke of. More or less the local doomsayer, and looked upon by many as little more than a lunatic.

       

      The selfish, materialistic lifestyle of humanity abroad is destroying society and nature. One thing I've been thinking about and trying to reconcile conceptually is making monsters able to go exinct if the player kills too many of them. Some monsters will be evil and malicious by nature that won't go exinct. The idea I'm playing with is that tje disconnect from spirituality has either angered their Goddess, or attracted a nefarious sort of energy that is amplifying all the bad aspects of life and humanity. This results in the malicious monsters showing up.

       

      For the exinct monsters, I've been thinking about a monster behavior/mood system for normal monsters. So sometimes a creature might be just roaming peacefully, other times you might find one that's hungry or hunting, and therefor on the attack. The player's actions in battle ccould change the creatures mood.

       

      I also want to put in a system that allows the player to help protect or restore populations. Maybe taking eggs to a conservation facility or something. Maybe it could be as easy as not killing them for awhile.

       

      It's all a work in progess as I said. The main focus starting out is the premise.

       

      For me it's all about how you set things up and guide the player through the narrative. If you throw things in their face, they might shut down on you. I think you've got to lead the player there over time.

    3. Rikifive

      Rikifive

      That kinda reminds me of some games, that take place in the future. The future is quite often shown as a world destroyed by humanity, whether due to a war or just human activity like you mentioned. Speaking of these things, I think I wouldn't be surprised if our future would end up like this. It's a shame how destructive humanity is.

       

      This does sound legit and interesting to be honest.

       

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      For me it's all about how you set things up and guide the player through the narrative. If you throw things in their face, they might shut down on you. I think you've got to lead the player there over time.

      Yeah, that's what I had in mind from some point of view earlier. Sounds like you know what you're doing.

       

      Well then, so it's pretty much now a matter of inspiration and motivation, that you have to do your best to not lose in the process. Good luck!

    4. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      I've always been more of an idea guy than a developer. That's been my challenge. My games usually outgrow my ability to develop them. I would rather put them on ice than butcher them. ^_^

  9. Elazul: The Misunderstood Jumi

     

    Several decades ago, Square released an RPG called Legend of Mana. One of the prominent aspects of the game aside from the visuals and bravery, was the ensemble cast of NPC characters. Each of them was truly unique and memorable. But in a game full of idyllic, cookie-cutter characters that aimed to create a fairy tale atmosphere, I have to appreciate the one character with true complexity. Elazul.

     

    As a teenager playing the game around the time of its North American release, I hated Elazul. I thought he was a bully, and a sincerely bad person who cared about no one but himself, and Pearl by proxy. Now, as a much older, wiser man, I see Laz for exactly what he is.

     

    Before you can understand Elazul (and embrace his faults), you must first understand two things: The Jumi, and Pearl.

     

    The Jumi were a special race of humanoid beings with magical gems, or 'cores' that grant them life. Think of the human heart, pumping lifeblood through the body. Centuries ago the city of Jumi was destroyed, leaving the few remaining Jumi to roam the world of Fa'Diel. The outside world took notice of the precious gem cores of the Jumi. They became a desired prize for collectors and jewelers. The only problem? Without a core, a Jumi will fade away and die. In the words of Elazul, the outside world treats them as 'walking jewelry' to be hunted, like elephants for their ivory.

     

    The Jumi are an endangered species, who are hunted for their very life source. This is important, but the next thing you have to understand is Pearl, another Jumi.

     

    Elazul is Pearl's Knight. It's his sworn duty to protect her, and he cares for her like a sister, or even a lover. Pearl grapples with certain challenges like anxiety, shyness and memory loss. At a glance, one could almost deduce that she is developmentally challenged; having the intellect of a small child. Throughout the game, the player finds themselves assisting Elazul in finding Pearl across various locations with no shortage of danger close behind. All of this plays directly into his character, and manifests through his rough, scaly exterior.

     

    Elazul can summed up perfectly in several words. Compromise and sacrifice.

     

    Elazul has been hardened by a world that only sees him as 'walking jewelry'. His only purpose is protect Pearl; Keep her safe from danger, which she always seems to be drawn toward. He compromises himself in order to make sure she is safe. He acts tough, talks tough, and will sacrifice his reputation and relationships with others in order to make sure Pearl is fre from pain, suffering, even death.

     

    In order to really see the true Elazul, you have to bring him along when you do the Flame of Hope quest in Gato Grottos. This is the quest where Sandra the Jewel hunter kills a Jumi named Reubens. Only here do you really get to see a glimpse of what makes Elazul tick. He wants to find the remaining Jumi that are scattered across Fa'Diel, to rebuild and live together once again. His people have become the priority, however immoral that may be, you've got to have some empathy in order to forgive his shortcomings by recognizing the root causes. In a perfect world, Laz could be the white knight. Fa'Diel, however, is far from a fairy tale for the Jumi. Just ask Reubens.

     

    I love Elazul because he feels like a real character. you've got to work around his difficulty in order to understand him. I appreciate characters that require that level of work and understanding. Elazul in of himself is sort of like a quest.

     

    This post was inspired by a recent conversation I had with a site member. They had said every character was so special and charming (very true) except Laz, who is just a prick. It kinda made me sad because that is his character at face value: Just a prick. But to me he is a tragic figure, and a troubled man who deserves peace, happiness, and forgiveness. Everything he does is for Pearl, even he is a bit misguided and aggressive at times.

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      I was mostly joking you know. :3 Yeah, he isn't that bad once you get to know him. I mean, he's still a prick but it's understandable why. Though depending on how you interoperate the story,  it could be argued that he is purposefully trying to make Pearl dependent on him so he can continue being her knight. Kind of an assholish thing to do if he is. But even so, ya gotta pity the guy at least a little. He does so much for Pearl as a knight... and then when Lady Blackpearl joins up and completely upstages him and makes him redundant. I mean Lady Blackpearl kinda does that to every other party member (she's definitely the 'Thunder God Cid' of the game), but with Elazul it's personal.

       

      Though like I said, that's kinda up for interpretation. If I remember correctly I don't think they ever really sat down and explained some of the details about what's going on with those three.

  10. When you return to a Legend of Mana file after a lengthy break, and forget to log two quests with your cactus. -_-

     

    Ready and unwilling to start over.

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    2. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      I am pretty sure I have actually, and I can sorta see where you are coming from for sure. I just think whale it's design is pretty neat, it's implementation is very sloppy. Which is how I feel about the rest of the game so... I guess you are right! XD

    3. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      You probably have, but I mean at length, to where you study and master each weapon style, skill and tech as it relates to fighting another human being rather than clearing npcs. The entire dynamic changes. Skills like counter strike now become extremely useful, whereas others like crouch become worthless. And Tech timing becomes even more paramount, because a human will evade 9 times out of 10 unless the timing is perfect.

       

       

      Charge techs and magic balanced out being able to dominate with your weapon, which made it easier for the general audience to play long enough to really get into the game.

       

      SoM was tragically basic, even for its era. LoM tried very hard to improve on that. We have to remember it's not a monster sim game, or a crafting game, they were just wonderful additions to the rpg, particularly for its era.

       

      I don't get the feeling that it was released in a rush at all. I get the feeling it was made to be much harder, with much better enemy behavior, but fear over actual player reception in the west led to certain things being changed to make it easier for the average american kid to mash their way through areas and play long enough to learn the ins and outs of the game, getting it right in new game plus.

    4. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Yeah, I am pretty sure I know exactly what you are talking about. Even outside of two player matches, LoM had so many really deep interesting ideas that were fun to play around with. I just don't think very many of those ideas were really fully realized. And yeah, I get the point of the timing and all, but it just seemed too clunky. I have been playing a lot of Dark Souls lately, and it's gameplay definitely is sort of like you are describing. You have rather slow animations and have to rely on timing a lot in Dark Souls too, but it feels vastly more playable. LoM's long animations just feel like they are there more to be dramatic then anything else, especially the animation that plays before you use a tech.

       

      Funny you talked about new game plus, cause to me that just proves my point. The extra difficulty modes even at their hardest don't really make the game any harder, because all they do is buff enemy stats. The combat still has the same problems, and enemies are still a joke, they just take longer to kill. If the combat was made to be harder and nerfed I would think the harder modes would fix a lot of the problems, but they don't. The game isn't bad because it was too easy, it was too easy because it was bad. Anyway, I doubt square at that time cared one bit about the reception in the west, and I don't think the Japanese version was any different.

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    My Thoughts On Endgame and the MCU [Spoilers]

    For what it was, it was entertaining, well made. No punches were held on the production end. But the important thing to keep in mind is how the MCU came to be. Marvel didn't sell themselves because they were doing great. They declared bankruptcy in 1996 when the bottum fell out from beneath comic sales. Truth is, Marvel started licensing early films like Blade and Dare Devil, to reach the people who would otherwise never read a comic book. Disney could care less about comic fans, they're still reading comics. They want to get to everyone else. And they succeeded by creating films that are unvirsally safe and marketable. The MCU's idea of character developmemt was almost non-existant until Infinity War. Marvel won't even let you soak in the deep scenes, because a side character like Draxx or Okoye wedge a joke right the middle of it. (Gotta keep people laughing and feeling good from open to close ) This sort of compromise in artistic content for the sake of safe sales just rubs me in all the wrong places. But Disney has a way of making anything seem amazing. They have a mystical power of some kind. I love you 3000? I don't ever want to hear another Martha crack from someone who knows diddly squat about Batman's character.
  12. Two completely useless side characters walk into Vormir... All jokes aside, this was a cluster-fuck of epic proportions no different than its predecessor. My main beef is that they rushed Thanos, whilst bringing in a ton of new characters that served 0 actual purpose due to his hasty arrival. After eleven years most of the senior cast are ready to move on, but it serves as further evidence that a comic universe cannot be turned into a film universe without a healthy dose of compromise every step of the way. As a huge fan of comics growing up, Disney and the MCU have done nothing but let me down. And even with all the hype and the novelty of the ensemble cast, both Infinity War and Endgame managed to let me down. Thanos was a great villain. I mean he won. He defeated them and accomplished his goal, which is arguably not so heinous. The culling was actually for the good of everyone. Every planet. Thanos himself gained nothing, but instead sacrificed everything to see a prolonged future. One where everything wasn't destroyed by overpopulation and the problems it creates. Titan stood not as a relic from his backstory, but as a cautionary warning to us. That's what is so captivating and truly great about Thanos as a villain. Wash away the morality and human emotion, and Thanos isn't so cut and dry. It was actually that Marvel cosplay group that couldn't own their failures, and once again raised hell to reset the universe back on a course of premature destruction. That leads me into the weak pot. Not much actually came together when you consider the scope of the MCU at present. Newer characters like Captain Marvel, Spiderman and Black Panther did virtually nothing. It was just another Tony Stork movie with way too many cameos. I didn't like the direction they steered it in. All of a sudden it's some kind of soap opera. They find Thanos in a cabin and kill him within like 30 minutes. Then Thanos in another timeline starts plotting to destroy the universe and rebuild. This is why they should have stuck to comics instead of dicking around with it - but it's Disney and they won't so. It blows my mind how they can finally make Black Widow useful after all these films by killing her off before her origin film drops. Now everyone will go to see it and cry through the entire movie, and no one will even make a mental note of how Disney legit operates you like puppets with this crap, lol. I respect Warner because they let it be DC Comics, and tried to keep things half-way civil at the same time. I'm not paying to see Joss Whedon's fan fiction, I want MARVEL, lol. Something like 7 X-Men movies was agonizing enough before I started watching Avengers "just to say I did". I regret having done so both as a fan of story telling, and Marvel comics. I can't say enough about how the six women of the MCU got the short end of the stick for the last 11 years. In that way, I guess it's sort of like golden era comics. Which reminds me of Widow. Two useless supporting roles walk into Vormir. You immediately think to yourself, who plays Lord Elrond again? I shouldn't joke, this is a very serious scene. (It's Hugo Weaving, and seeing he and Cate Blanchett work has been the highlight of this franchise thus far) You immediately think to yourself, who is it going to be? Which severely under developed sidekick is going to take one for the team? And as they have a random fight to settle it, I find myself having a difficult time deciding who to even root for. Hawkeye has done nothing. His only real development is having a family, which kinda makes you think it should be Widow because she's just a cardboard assassin. But then I think about the fact that the women of the MCU have got almost nothing so far. The only one who isn't a loyal follower of a male character is Gamorra. So by the end I just want Hawkeye to shut up and toss her over the edge already. Widow is an OG character, she deserves something before curtain. Hate how they tried so hard to create a plot where everyone did something to help, but it was literally all Tony, all day. For those who don't actually know your comics, having a Marvel verse centered around Tony Stark is awkward and broken, lol. When Captain America is always there, it's even worse. When Captain America is played by a goofy, baby-faced millennial, it's next to impossible to take seriously as a legit adaptation. But I'm having faith that one day the industry will turn around and it will be based on art and story rather than data and psychology. I'm just glad this lag of the nightmare has subsided.
  13. For years I've been thinking Megan Markle is Brittany Snow grown up with a tan.

     

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    Shows how much of a jackass I can be at times.

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Don't even know who those two people are! :3

    2. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      Brittany Snow is an Actress, and Megan Markle is a former actress and now married to one of the Brittish Princes. I had no idea who Markle was prior to her joining the royal family. She made a lot of TV movies.

    3. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Well point is, I don't think you are a jackass for mixing up two random people I have never heard of and could kinda care less about. ...Does that make me sort of a jackass? I don't think so... I am probobly a jackass for many other reasons though. Hehehe...

  14. That One NPC

    Encumbrance: Free-Form Forum

    I think there are ways to get around things like this without making a decision at the core of it. One hero can only carry so much. But if an attribute like Strength gives you more carry weight as it increases, it's not really so bad long-term. Alternatively - and here's what I personally prefer in terms of actual solutions - you could have something like wagons the player can rent or buy. This gets a bit complicated, but they would act like chests to hold loot. Perhaps the player can have the wagon follow them, or have it sit in a desired location until it is retrieved. Maybe they can sustain damage so the player must be wise about hauling them into every battle situation. Perhaps the player can't dash while hauling a wagon. You could have different quality wagons, each having its own respective carry limit. Things like this are semi-unique, engaging, and compliment something like a carry limit. Think of follower mules in Skyrim, without the headache of AIs, as it's just a wagon holding items. I would laso have some form of player stash spot for items. I have no idea how your game is structured, if it's even possible, but a lot of hardcore gamers are horders, lol. And Carry limits mess with a horders mind if we have no stash spots.
  15. That One NPC

    Need Shatter Kill effect for Frozen State

    Again, I suggested expanding the method so it's not so simplistic and easy. It would be a better feature if it actually increased physical defense, forcing the player to have some shatter method at the ready. It could alternatively be used to just put an enemy on ice for several turns - quite literally. If you have very difficult, intense combat in your game, this would compliment it even more. If it's more of an auto-pilot masher, rando physicals would probably suffice and avoid becoming a logic punchline.
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