Yet ANOTHER wretched hive of scum and villainy.   Posted by The Force.Group: 0
Rhijans Thanus
 player, 1401 posts
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Tue 24 Dec 2019
at 04:53
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Merry Christmas (or Solstice, or Yule, or whatever mid-winter holiday you happen to celebrate)!

And I do have to admit, fond as I am of many aspects of the sequel trilogy, I do feel like there was only the barest bones of an outline for it, overall, and you can definitely see the lack of a single voice providing the primary story, as compared to the original trilogy or the prequels (which had a very unified story, just incredibly ham-fisted storytelling...)

I do think that Rian Johnson tried to tell a more mature story with TLJ...we didn't have the clear-cut Good vs Evil motif, the good guys did some not-very-good things and we saw a lot more shades of gray on the periphery, which reflects the different era in which the film was created (we are more cynical and jaded as a society than we were in the late 70s).  I can see where that turned a lot of people off, because Star Wars is kind of marked by the simple black-and-white morality, although some of the favorite characters (Han Solo!) didn't fit that mold.  But I really liked it.

I didn't feel like ROS was undoing stuff from TLJ, so much as saying, "It's not always that simple..."  I can't get into specifics without starting to drop spoilers, so I'll leave it at that.  And I'm probably more favorably inclined to it simply because I was afraid JJ was going to load us up with another impossibly huge threat that couldn't be justified (like Starkiller Base siphoning energy off a sun, or firing an energy beam that miraculously splits somewhere down the line into multiple beams, and is not just enough to destroy a planet with a single blast, but multiple planets, at the same time...)  He has a penchant for doing that, and it never fails to annoy me.  But I felt like almost all of the threats in ROS were plausible, and the one or two that took me out of the story were incidental to the plot, not key plot points, so I wasn't constantly reminded of just how implausible they were.  So, going into it expecting to be disappointed in that way, and then NOT having it happen, gave me a very positive spin on it.  I don't think it's a great movie...but I think it's a good movie.
Shard
 player, 1454 posts
 Most days, I'm tired.
 ...or drunk.
Tue 31 Dec 2019
at 11:21
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Interesting, and thank you both for the views on the movie.  :D

I've been sick, so...let's see what I've missed.
Shard
 player, 1456 posts
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 ...or drunk.
Tue 31 Dec 2019
at 11:25
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And Happy Holidays, everyone!  :D

Apologies for the short post, but I felt it better to get caught up everywhere than to write something huge.  Off to the next game.
The Force
 GM, 1085 posts
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Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 07:13
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Happy New Year everybody!
Rhijans Thanus
 player, 1404 posts
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Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 08:35
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Happy New Year, all!  May 2020 bring all the good things you deserve!
Juragga
 player, 631 posts
 Wookiee Warrior
 Bringing the Boom
Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 17:53
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Happy New Year!!
The Force
 GM, 1087 posts
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Sun 5 Jan 2020
at 17:33
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Happy New Year you say?

Happy New Character Points say I.  :D
The Force
 GM, 1088 posts
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Sun 5 Jan 2020
at 20:47
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Happy Vader is Happy.

https://youtu.be/B9MShtCg4fk
Shard
 player, 1457 posts
 Most days, I'm tired.
 ...or drunk.
Tue 7 Jan 2020
at 01:40
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New character points?

Yes, I clearly didn't check this for a time.  :(  Life has been...weird.
Shard
 player, 1459 posts
 Most days, I'm tired.
 ...or drunk.
Tue 7 Jan 2020
at 01:46
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...frustrating how expensive Force skills are.  Ah, game design of the 80's: "Let's start characters ridiculously incapable, then make them really, really struggle to actually get anywhere with advancement!"  ^_^

I shall consider what to put the skills into; needless to say, Ghea Nimadda likely has more to fear from Dawl and the child than us.
Rhijans Thanus
 player, 1406 posts
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Tue 7 Jan 2020
at 04:08
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For what it's worth, I'd completely lost track of the last time we got character points and haven't even bothered looking for a while.  Now I've got to figure out where to spend mine, too (at least I don't have the headache of Force skills to distract me...)
Haarmon Dak
 player, 839 posts
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Fri 10 Jan 2020
at 03:47
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Yay! CP! I need so so so many more then I can ever get. But yay all the same!
The Force
 GM, 1091 posts
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Sun 12 Jan 2020
at 19:44
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Nobody will need any CP once the baby mind controls Shard, Tfalta and Haarmon, and the three of them go on a killing spree before eating their lightsabers.  :)

Oops... forgot to say: *Spoiler Alert*.  Dammit... just pretend you never read all that.  Better yet... *waggles fingers* You have all read nothing but comic books today.
Shard
 player, 1460 posts
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 ...or drunk.
Mon 13 Jan 2020
at 01:15
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Rhijans would shoot us.  Possibly with sad thoughts, but they wouldn't show.  ^_^

And Juragga would sit on Haarmon, seeing as Haarmon doesn't have a lightsaber.  He's probably using an umbrella.

^_^
Juragga
 player, 635 posts
 Wookiee Warrior
 Bringing the Boom
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 13:57
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Apologies for the absence.  A friend and former coworker of mine died in a car wreck Tuesday.  Still picking up the pieces.
Rhijans Thanus
 player, 1412 posts
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Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 17:57
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Oof...that's rough.  No worries on my behalf.  I've said it before, and maybe even here, but very early on in my online playing days, I was introduced to The Two Rules of gaming...

Rule #1--Real Life comes first.
Rule #2--Get more of Rule #1.

Sometimes following Rule #2 involves some painful episodes.
Shard
 player, 1463 posts
 Most days, I'm tired.
 ...or drunk.
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 10:11
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I'm so sorry, Juragga.  Please take care of yourself.
Juragga
 player, 636 posts
 Wookiee Warrior
 Bringing the Boom
Thu 30 Jan 2020
at 01:04
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Thanks gang. Ya'll are the best.

Just hard.  He wasn't my best friend, but a former co-worker who was always kind.  The fact he was only 34 at the time makes it worse.
Rhijans Thanus
 player, 1413 posts
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Thu 30 Jan 2020
at 05:36
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Stuff like that is a weird slap in the face, sometimes.  It's been a long time since I had anything similar...back in college, in the same year, I lost one of my roommates, my dad, had two of my friends go through a really ugly divorce, and then, just after Christmas, one of the guys I had done a show with earlier that fall was killed in a car accident.  That whole year left me feeling very philosophical about life for a long time...
The Force
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Thu 30 Jan 2020
at 20:59
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Take care Juragga.  Something like this can be hard to come to terms with.
Haarmon Dak
 player, 843 posts
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Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 17:16
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Oh man, I'm sorry Juragga. Friend or not, death hits hard when it hits close. I hope you feel better soon.

Unrelated, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the whole baby mini-plot. Of all the things I was expecting to find inside Haarmon when I started this thing, lo these nine(!) years ago, a paternal streak was not on that list. But it was interesting how well it fit.

Anyway. You're all great and I appreciate you all very much.
Shard
 player, 1465 posts
 Most days, I'm tired.
 ...or drunk.
Mon 3 Feb 2020
at 10:10
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These 'events' in our lives come as a shock.  They can really make our footing unsteady.

On the Haarmon subject, it was a bit of a surprise, but not as much as I thought it might be in retrospect.  I don't know why; maybe it was just something hidden in how you play, Haarmon, that came out when the child came into the picture.  :)
Juragga
 player, 637 posts
 Wookiee Warrior
 Bringing the Boom
Wed 5 Feb 2020
at 17:30
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Thanks, guys.  I'll try to get back a'posting soon.  The final memorial was last night.

Always seems like it's the nice ones that go young.  He was only 34...
Shard
 player, 1467 posts
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 ...or drunk.
Mon 10 Feb 2020
at 02:27
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Will post tomorrow night!
The Force
 GM, 1102 posts
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Wed 26 Feb 2020
at 19:58
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And I'm sick.  Some sort of combination cold and chest infection is hitting me hard this week, so feeling pretty bad just now.

I will try* to post tomorrow.


*Health permitting.