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@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

I'd have loved it if Studio Series Grimlock offered a superior Volcanicus....

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 07:17 AM)

I feel the '80s music would be jarring when running over current-day CGI instead of well, '80s visuals.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 05:39 AM)

Not a remake, reanimated scene for scene, like that fan vid titled they were always real to me.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2020 - 04:37 AM)

Because we need more remakes these days.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:36 AM)

Be a hoot if these Studio Series 86 toys led to Transformers The Move Reanimated like Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

@  Paladin : (20 October 2020 - 05:15 PM)

only takes three pounds to be a cereal killer.

@  Kalidor : (20 October 2020 - 04:54 PM)

5 pounds is a lot of cereal! /deadpan

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 October 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Seems the area near my work place is due to be gentrified. Electric car ports, fifty pound haircuts and five pound bowls of cereal in breakfast cafes I'll bet.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 11:31 PM)

@ZakuConvoy Lumines Electric Symphony. So still halfway interesting, and it’ll play on the PS TV

@  Demovere Xeno : (19 October 2020 - 10:36 PM)

@Maximus: I paired the Battle Patrol with Ironworks and they look good together, though the Off Road Patrol would probably fit best as vehicles you're likely to find at a construction site.

@  ZakuConvoy : (19 October 2020 - 09:39 PM)

So...was it something like Tearaway or Gravity Rush or was it just a FIFA or a Madden?

@  wonko the sane? : (19 October 2020 - 08:26 PM)

Sounds like they need to clean more often.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 06:51 PM)

From the depths of Walmart's backroom comes...a Playstation Vita game in 2020?

@  Telly : (19 October 2020 - 02:20 PM)

and my bow

@  Donocropolis : (19 October 2020 - 11:49 AM)

<GIMLI> And my axe! </GIMLI>


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 12:00 PM

I'll see what I can come up with...

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:23 AM

...Oh, right, I was going to do something, wasn't I? Hmmm...

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 01:03 AM

I might edit my final post since it feels a little weak. However, I'd like to hear everyone's feedback on things. Afterwards I'll talk about my end of things. I like the setting and hope to have more mini-campaigns in it but I do plan to jump back over to STOMP next.
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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:24 AM

XD Couldn't resist the tiny postscript. Not sure if I have much to say beyond what we've already discussed, but its also way past my bedtime. Will think some more later.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:40 AM

I really can't think of much else to say, other than reiterating my earlier points how it encouraged teamwork more.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 01:04 PM

It was a brand new setting but I found myself immersed in it immediately, so something worked.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 01:27 PM

I wasn't sure what you were trying out in this campaign, so I was looking for opportunities to use whatever I could on the character sheet. Still missed a couple opportunities that I only caught after the fact (such as using the caution tape to mark the sinkhole prior to actually teleporting down into it).

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:27 PM

A lot was simply seeing what players would do and how they would interact with the setting. You mention the sinkhole while I contemplated using the caution tape on Sweet Berry's table but it worked out fine in the end. I think the main thing I wanted to test and in turn, the reason I feel I botched things was new Flight. I feel I put Ivy's parents too early in the cave so Flight didn't get a real test. At that, I didn't think of teleporting straight up, oops. Was why I had the cave in but it was reasonable to teleport without line of sight due to some things Ember did so I allowed it. But admittedly, the cave wasn't as fleshed out as it needed to be and the scene still worked.

One major question is, how did 21 ability point characters feel? Was it okay having a lower default than the normal 30 or did it feel underpowered? Intriguingly, what do you think of the builds for the other players than yourselves?

In the end, I would like to return to this setting if all of you are willing. There are some potential interactions that could be explored.
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Posted 10 April 2019 - 10:42 PM

This is a fun read.

I reread the IC and OOC and it is pretty digestible. The thing that stands out to me is that this campaign has a humor all its own.

Separately, I edited in the NPC page to the first post. I'm wondering how well they read for the non players who were reading the campaign.
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Posted 11 April 2019 - 05:06 PM

I think the main thing I wanted to test and in turn, the reason I feel I botched things was new Flight. I feel I put Ivy's parents too early in the cave so Flight didn't get a real test. At that, I didn't think of teleporting straight up, oops.


I noticed, but it felt more like a swerve than an omission. I expected to take part in the scheduled rain, so when the scheduled rain happened and worked against us I was caught completely off guard, and I liked how that felt.

And I still had my pegasus fun. I tried to play with how unnatural a pegasus might feel underground.
 

But admittedly, the cave wasn't as fleshed out as it needed to be and the scene still worked.


A fleshed out cave would have been fun but sitting around waiting to be rescued was a different kind of fun that hasn't come up in other campaigns, and I was hoping for this campaign to be something different.
 

One major question is, how did 21 ability point characters feel? Was it okay having a lower default than the normal 30 or did it feel underpowered? Intriguingly, what do you think of the builds for the other players than yourselves?


As I recall my very first STOMP build didn't use all its points. It feels like enough. If anything these builds felt bigger. Maybe it's because the setting is so light and friendly so far. I didn't feel remotely underpowered for it. I think another part of it, and I have to keep coming back to this, is the special items on our builds. It may be a small thing but it is an extra thing, and they don't take up any points, and they're completely personalized. That one little thing feels so big. Watching the spice mix get used just made me happy.
 

In the end, I would like to return to this setting if all of you are willing. There are some potential interactions that could be explored.


Sign me right up. This felt like a pilot episode, and there's plenty on the map left to visit.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 05:20 PM

21 points felt enough like a 30 point build that I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't said anything. But, a key difference is that we didn't build these characters ourselves, picking out each ability.

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 05:52 PM

Yeah, I didn't notice any lack of points. I forget if I mentioned this before, but the spice mix was an example of why I wanted EB to carry Specific Items at first. It'd be fun to attempt to McGuyver a solution. Of course, that all went down the drain when he got lost and later on with Kage, there was no need to specify basic supplies. Having one very specific item is fun though. Easy to carry, and might come in handy in unexpected ways.

I think I'd be up for other brief campaigns like this.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:51 PM

I forget if I mentioned this before, but the spice mix was an example of why I wanted EB to carry Specific Items at first.

A lot has shifted with me as a GM. Admittedly, a portion was trying to be careful with avoiding clutter from D&D style collecting everything but I think the campaigns have shown they can handle it. Especially when compared against the legion of NPCs. Something I'm deliberately aiming to be careful with in Friendship Gardens but I think the NPCs are at a level where they can be remembered but still expand.

21 points felt enough like a 30 point build that I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't said anything. But, a key difference is that we didn't build these characters ourselves, picking out each ability.

I'd argue that the process was only slightly different compared to some characters. Admittedly, more for Mey Hem than STOMP. Still, I was aiming for workable sample characters that were still interesting.

I think the main thing I wanted to test and in turn, the reason I feel I botched things was new Flight. I feel I put Ivy's parents too early in the cave so Flight didn't get a real test. At that, I didn't think of teleporting straight up, oops.

I noticed, but it felt more like a swerve than an omission. I expected to take part in the scheduled rain, so when the scheduled rain happened and worked against us I was caught completely off guard, and I liked how that felt.

First, I'm glad you liked it. I was worried at first though that's more of a me thing. Second, it was a case of me trying to make info available since if someone picked up on it Light Heart could have been alerted not to have it rain in certain areas. I'm just hoping I did do well enough on having some of that info available.

 
Returning is interesting since there's very little of a long game compared to the other campaigns. Most plots will be developing as they develop instead of having multi year wait times. Which I guess makes sense considering the local focus.
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

I like a long game but it could be liberating to not have one. This is a good setting to just have some trivial fun. It's a cute little town with cute little problems.


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:00 AM

Nothing wrong with regular bite sized adventures.



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