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@  Donocropolis : (12 April 2021 - 11:15 AM)

Yes. Color it like the Energon version of Unicron. Also, give us Fortress Tiberious.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 April 2021 - 09:49 AM)

Great. Now I want a borg cube unicron...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (12 April 2021 - 09:00 AM)

We still need Transformers x Star Trek toy.

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 April 2021 - 05:39 AM)

I saw most of them at retail at TRU, but that's not an option in the US anymore.

@  tigerhawk : (12 April 2021 - 04:21 AM)

Dibs on naming the Ark robot Arkonus.

@  Kalidor : (11 April 2021 - 09:48 PM)

The only Titan figure I ever saw at retail was Trypticon at Ollie's

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

Robosen Prime has market crossover with not just the toy collectors, but robotics enthusiasts quite willing to pay that price for a product like this.

@  wonko the sane? : (11 April 2021 - 08:33 PM)

One of my two local TRUs will stock exactly ONE titan at a time. It usually ends up "clearanced" for about 20 bucks off cause no one is willing to pay for at full price OR discounted.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Most stores don't seem to want to stock Commanders or Titans, never mind Unicron.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 April 2021 - 07:55 PM)

I wonder if Unicron going to crowdfuning wasn't just a price issue but also stores not wanting to stock and transport something so huge.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:47 PM)

It is, although this thing could also be considered a STEM educational tool

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:33 PM)

Doesn't change the fact that, for most people, $700 is a pretty hefty investment for a toy.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:17 PM)

I dunno, $700 doesn't seem that bad for what it does. Some of those Masterpiece figures seem to go for at least half that price, and they don't have any actual robots or even electronics.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 05:35 PM)

Not to mention wallet-shattering.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (11 April 2021 - 04:30 PM)

It's a jargon-shattering figure.

@  Kalidor : (10 April 2021 - 08:50 PM)

The licensed Optimus Prime that transforms itself is the appropriate usage of the term "Third Party"

@  Donocropolis : (10 April 2021 - 08:24 AM)

That Optimus isn't built by Hasbro, only licensed. The company that makes it has been making similar robots for years, so no crowdfundng required.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 08:05 AM)

Apparently they're selling one for 74 and a half thousand dollars.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 April 2021 - 08:01 AM)

We could write boston dynamics and ask?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:59 AM)

Granted, I'm not sure how much robots with elaborate movement tend to go for.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:56 AM)

I think with actual robotics it was easier to justify selling it at a high cost, compared to an unusually large action figure.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 April 2021 - 05:06 AM)

It is a very impressive display of robotics though.

@  tigerhawk : (10 April 2021 - 04:52 AM)

What were they thinking with that self transforming Optimus? should have been another crowd funder for that price.

@  tigerhawk : (08 April 2021 - 03:33 PM)

I wish they'd rerelease Earthrise Ramjet and Dirge.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 April 2021 - 03:04 PM)

Yay! optimus primal just arrived. So now there's... nothing for me to look forward to till scorponok drops... hmmm, I didn't think this through properly...

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 04:26 PM)

It's an older title which recently got a remake so...

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 April 2021 - 01:10 PM)

Ah yes- I think I've heard of that game before. I may be thinking about something else though.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 08:03 AM)

It's a video game. You get hired to revive and restore a series of derelict space stations.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 07:05 AM)

I've got no idea what that is but yes.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 06:34 AM)

so... literally the plot to startopia.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 02:32 AM)

Maybe if the Interstellar Alliance collapsed after the big burn and a 'benefactor' repurposed a space station as a commerce one. Oh wait...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 April 2021 - 04:35 PM)

Babylon 6?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 11:49 AM)

I'd rather have a Toilet Seat: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new on that bowl..

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:19 AM)

Context: my parents had the bathroom redone about a year ago (actually, almost exactly a year ago, as the project was about 4 days from complete and was interrupted by the first pandemic lockdown.). The ridiculous, fancy toilet seat they purchased has since develloped cracks in it and needs to be returned. Dad simply could not get the seat off himself... and see previous shout.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:17 AM)

How to ruin somesones day with one question: Let someone work on a problem for about an hour and a half on their own, come to the realization they need an extra set of hands, ask for help, show you the problem and outright difficulty of it: then ask them "Hey, what does this button do?" and literally solve the two man dilema without doing any work.

@  Dekafox : (06 April 2021 - 09:22 AM)

As far as the TNT move, all of Season 5 was basically epilogue, which didn't help - when it looked like things were ending at Season 4 JMS tried to cram all the major plot threads for his original Season 4 and 5 plan into Season 4, which didn't leave them as much to work with for Season 5. Then TNT totally screwed with Crusade and got it killed before it got a chance to hit the real plot and nothing else really resonated enough to get a series push. A Crusade revival would be the best "B5:TNG" option IMO.

@  electricidad : (06 April 2021 - 08:55 AM)

Peak B5 was the first six episodes of season 4. EVERYTHING CAME TO A HEAD.

@  Kevin S : (06 April 2021 - 08:50 AM)

Generally, I think once B5 moved to TNT things went downhill. The sets didn't look as good (maybe due to ill use of better lighting) and I wasn't always as impressed with casting (Sheridan's new 2nd just didn't work). The movies had decent ideas, but I felt there was something off in the execution. Wonder if TNT pushed for different directors that weren't as familar with B5.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 08:42 AM)

Did the follow up movies do that badly, or does the creator simply feel like his story was told and refuses to allow more content?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 08:23 AM)

I'd rather have a B5: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new in that world.

@  tigerhawk : (06 April 2021 - 01:26 AM)

A reboot would probably be ruined by meddling and different visions anyway. 

@  Echowarrior : (05 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

JMS wrote about half of the first season, a little over half of the second, all of the third and fourth, and all but one episode from the fifth. Given he was also the creator and executive producer, him having so much creative control was likely a condition for getting the show made. Shame he didn't have it for Crusade.

@  Dekafox : (05 April 2021 - 08:44 AM)

They also had JMS write every single script bar maybe 2 or 3? That was another big part of how well it hangs together. Do you think any studio would do that nowadays?

@  tigerhawk : (05 April 2021 - 08:16 AM)

Let it be the first all AI acted series.

@  Echowarrior : (04 April 2021 - 08:31 PM)

Yeah, but would the reboot be as good as the original? B5 had a damn good cast, and they can't replicate that easily.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2021 - 04:33 PM)

One day they'll let a streaminbg service reboot B5 and let the stories be told without the sword of Damocles hanging over them at all times.

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 02:32 PM)

It's aged in the set piece areas.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 April 2021 - 02:22 PM)

I don't remember much of B5... I take it we're not talking about cathode ray tubes...

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 11:45 AM)

Babylon 5 CRT tech.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2021 - 06:13 PM)

Bloody hell, thanks for the heads up.


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#41 Logicron

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:32 PM

Western fantasy tends to borrow stuff from LOTR mostly because people think a piece of media needs to have that stuff to count as fantasy.


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#42 Fnu Aw

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:35 PM

I completely fail at the Shadowrun setting. My character is a completely edge-free nice guy and doesn't break any laws... except all the gun laws and several international arms treaties.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:45 PM

My Novi character kinda fits in, sort of. She's at least a depressed cyborg. Arylie the friendly southern belle who won't kill anyone, somewhat less so. 

 

I miss tabletop gaming.

You know I've never actually used a real table? The few games I've played in person we sat on the floor. Then I did a bunch of play-by-post without the realtime and spacial aspects. Now I'm in these weekly voice sessions and we have a virtual table with maps and counters and the whole bit, but still not any literal tables.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:21 PM

I miss tabletop gaming.

me to clam.  i can't remember the last time i played paper magic, thank bob for Arena though. 



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:21 PM

The party in the game I play with Detour needed another healer (the other characters are playing a Fighter, a Druid and a Ranger) so I benched Kaya and revamped Talis into a Paladin. I even scrounged up a nifty reference pic for her that was buried between the ridiculous boobplate most other female paladin pics have.

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It's not perfect, since she wields a large one-handed war hammer and not a sword, but whatevs.

 

There's some humor in how this 5 foot tall, 107 pound 19-year-old will cave your head in with a hammer that's bigger than her head if you piss her off enough. Of course, if you managed to piss her off enough to get to that point, you're most likely a puppy-kicking maniac who just poisoned a village's water supply and cackled about it


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#46 Sharkshadow

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 12:02 AM

Dungeons and Dragons
expectation: lord of the rings, game of thrones, skyrim
reality: its always sunny in the forgotten realms.



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:06 AM

I've only played like two sessions of D&D and I don't think it counts, but now I'm potentially getting sucked into a short Pathfinder module thing that might count as having played D&D once.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:33 AM

I've been considering getting the recent reprints of the earliest Shadowrun novels, though I'm not sure I'll find the time for the between all my other reading commitments.

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 04:27 AM

Dungeons and Dragons
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reality: its always sunny in the forgotten realms.

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 04:29 AM

I got to DM a session of our Shadowrun game tonight, it was my first real session as a live DM, and it's a lot of work! There's a lot I need to work on and I need to learn when to stop talking and let the players play. But it was fun, there were some great character moments, and it seemed everyone enjoyed it a bit. Also whittled down our male player characters from two down to one in our nine-Player group. =P

I'm excited to practice more and hopefully get better with experience!

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 05:06 AM

I nearly played Shadowrun but the character creation system is crazy and I gave up. lol its my continued amazement that people I know actually made it work and are enjoying it as we speak. ... like some sort of freak'n geniuses  



#52 Copper Bezel

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 09:44 AM

I don't know which style of character advancement I prefer now. Shadowrun seems to all but require software to manage the abominable host of numbers a starting character has to manage - I cannot imagine doing this wholly on paper - and in three or four runs, my decker character has earned all of two rank 3 skills to add to an already fairly broad and useful suite, and a little over half the money I had during character generation. There's no rolling or randomness and characters should ideally be carefully optimized. So basically ... it feels like skipping the first several levels of advancement in something like Pathfinder, and doing all the work of applying the advancement you would have earned before you actually get to do anything. It reminds me of the difference between Wanderlust and Aspirations of Harmony, where the latter is heavily frontloaded on ability points and ponies are godlike in that one area compared to Wanderlust heroes - but all over and with much more complicated numbers. 

 

I think somewhere around your fifth or sixth character in the system it probably starts to make sense, and is probably the more fun approach. As a new player it's an assault. My Pathfinder character for this little module we're doing, I already know exactly what she's for and what she's capable of and why I made each of the individual choices I did in building her, and we haven't started playing yet. Both of my Shadowrun characters, the GM made quite a lot of the decisions and I still don't trust that I'm entirely sure what's going on when I look at their character sheets. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


#53 Sharkshadow

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 12:12 PM

when you inevitably try 5E dnd your gonna be shocked by how little bookkeeping there is. 



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 12:22 PM

Speaking of DND, I kind of prefered 4Es default cosmology because I just don't think the Great Wheel works outside of Planescape without all the subtle symbology and philosophy that setting had.


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#55 Copper Bezel

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:02 PM

I don't know how inevitable it is that I'll try D&D 5E, but I suppose there are circumstances that could make it unavoidable and it's hardly uncommon. That's good to hear in a sense, though - I do have a preference toward simpler systems, even if I recognize that preference isn't universal. Like, my ideal game is still one where the numbers facilitate and motivate role play, and just I don't at all experience the visceral appeal of optimizing large numbers in tabletop the way I recognize I do to an extent in video games. Maybe it's a lack of experience and awareness to really fully appreciate what they mean, but it just feels really abstract to me. 

 

But yeah, the kind of sword and sorcery Western fantasy setting D&D games happen in doesn't have a lot of appeal to me in itself so it's not really high on my list of things to experience in that sense.


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:04 PM

if you want i can suggest some systems ive played before that aren't that. 



#57 Copper Bezel

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:22 PM

Thanks for the offer. = ] And I guess that could be helpful, if I'm looking around for games to join. Normally I just sort of get invited to these things somehow, so it's rarely a case of actually weighing two options against each other and more like, does this game sound interesting at all, and do I have the time? I don't know how typical that is, but. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:32 PM

5E is probably the best version of D&D. Aside from the Way of Four Elements Monk, there aren't really any bad classes/subclasses.


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#59 TheMightyMollusk

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 04:26 PM

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#60 Copper Bezel

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 04:34 PM

Seems unlikely to come up but I'll keep vigilant. XD


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
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