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@  Paladin : (26 January 2021 - 10:08 PM)

Scarecrow plays the LONG game fighting Batman.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 January 2021 - 09:17 PM)

I had to "delete" the download, and now the video is working correctly (as a streaming view).

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 January 2021 - 09:16 PM)

Strangest error? I downloaded the rental for Batman: Soul of the Dragon, and when I went to play it, it started an episode of Scarecrow And Mrs King. That show IS apparently part of my library (probably snagged it when Apple offered premiere episode for free), but I don't recall ever claiming it....

@  Patch : (26 January 2021 - 06:44 PM)

Not any harder than anyone else with an accent.

@  Nevermore : (26 January 2021 - 12:47 PM)

Question to all the native English speakers: Those of you familiar with Australian singer Sia - how hard are her vocals for you to understand?

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 January 2021 - 04:44 AM)

Calm down, Dirge.

@  Paladin : (25 January 2021 - 09:44 PM)

death comes for us all. what difference does it make how?

@  ▲ndrusi : (25 January 2021 - 06:26 PM)

It's only murder and that is all, why should I feel the way I do...

@  Rufus : (25 January 2021 - 01:37 PM)

It's only murder if it comes from the Murder region of France, otherwise it's just suspiciously deceased.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 January 2021 - 09:17 AM)

It's only murder if they find the body, otherwise it's just a missing persons case.

@  Telly : (24 January 2021 - 02:31 AM)

so light yagami is a BAD role model? but ive already got a death note...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 January 2021 - 11:43 PM)

Do you always model proper behavior after anime characters?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (23 January 2021 - 06:34 PM)

Don't forget Yu-Gi-Oh and the Millennium items.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 January 2021 - 02:51 PM)

There was a five season anime with wearing relics as the premise.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 January 2021 - 01:16 PM)

You don't wear relics, you enshrine them.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2021 - 06:23 PM)

Wrong holey... and probably the wrong way to dress too.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2021 - 06:09 PM)

If your underwear is old and holy, it is considered a relic and should be protected with your life.

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

That's the argument we keep making: but I still need to wait till feb 8th minimum to replace my holey underwear.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2021 - 01:57 PM)

Personally I'm glad Ontario wasn't so misguided as to try to define what is or isn't "essential" for big box stores like Walmart to sell. If someone is stuck at home literally for weeks and unable to go out, who's to say a new TV or game console isn't essential (if only for one's sanity) if theirs breaks down?

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2021 - 01:55 PM)

Although fortunately, Ontario's daily cases and positivity rate has been on a steady decline for the past week or so; if they can get the vaccinations back on track, there is some hope.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2021 - 01:53 PM)

And as far as Canada's lockdowns go, I'm guessing none of them will end until late March, or perhaps the beginning of April. What small businesses that might be left at that point will be allowed to open for their going out of business sales.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2021 - 01:52 PM)

Unfortunately the CEO of Target Canada made more money by running the company into the ground than he ever would have had he made it a success, so there was zero incentive to succeed.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2021 - 01:51 PM)

Target made some serious mistakes when they came into Canada. They focused on opening like 150+ stores within a 2 year timeframe and had no online infrastructure whatsoever; their website literally only contained legal blurbs and a store locator... lacking even the ability to see what they sold in stores, or if it was in stock and, if so, where. They should have started with 1/3 the number of stores with a full online experience including online shopping and inventory checking

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2021 - 12:35 PM)

See; quebec is under a new lockdown, have been since the 26th. It's supposed to end the 8th of february, but probably won't. Stores are only supposed to sell necessities (in deference to the stores which are closed.), but the quebec government made no effort define what counts as a "necessity", only punished them for getting it wrong. So I can buy all the candy I want, but not underwear, boots, winterwear, small appliances. Hell, my brother had to explain why he wanted a FUSE when he needed to fix his stove shortly before new years.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2021 - 12:31 PM)

Targets don't exist in canada anymore. They lasted like 3 years before abandoning the market. But even if they WERE still here: they would be under the same poorly defined restrictions as walmart.

@  -LittleAutob... : (22 January 2021 - 12:10 PM)

Target's better-

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2021 - 07:51 AM)

HA! my walmarts can't even sell underwear. There's no clearances going on up here.

@  Steevy Maximus : (21 January 2021 - 11:31 PM)

Check your Walmarts: Post-Christmas clearances are going on and I snagged Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered for Switch for only $5 (YMMV)

@  ZakuConvoy : (21 January 2021 - 03:15 PM)

*walks out on stage* Umm, I don't know how to tell everyone this, but Conway Twitty's been dead for nearly 30 years, now. So...*dances awkwardly as distraction*

@  tigerhawk : (21 January 2021 - 10:47 AM)

uh oh we need a distraction, ladies and gentlemen Conway Twitty.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 January 2021 - 10:20 AM)

*screaming internally*

@  -LittleAutob... : (21 January 2021 - 09:46 AM)

Everything is f i n e

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 January 2021 - 08:30 AM)

Everything's okay until it isn't. That's life.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 January 2021 - 08:12 AM)

Oh my god... I forgot entirely about yellowstone.

@  tigerhawk : (21 January 2021 - 03:32 AM)

Until the third civil war. Or yellowstone, whatever's good.

@  Nevermore : (20 January 2021 - 06:01 PM)

That's not true. An adult man is in control of the White House now.

@  repowers : (19 January 2021 - 03:18 PM)

Everything's out of control.

@  -LittleAutob... : (19 January 2021 - 09:51 AM)

*cough* w h a t?

@  Donocropolis : (19 January 2021 - 09:48 AM)

Cause your friends don't dance, and if they don't dance they ain't no friends of mine

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 January 2021 - 08:52 AM)

You could leave your friends behind.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 January 2021 - 09:43 PM)

You could if you really wanted to.

@  -LittleAutob... : (18 January 2021 - 01:35 PM)

Nadie puede decir algo diferente >:D

@  -LittleAutob... : (18 January 2021 - 01:35 PM)

......... all wounds heal through God. *walks off*

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 January 2021 - 01:01 PM)

Let me know when the WEAPONs wake up.

@  tigerhawk : (18 January 2021 - 05:18 AM)

Or is the wound the Earth healing.

@  unluckiness : (18 January 2021 - 03:32 AM)

Healing is just destroying the wound

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 January 2021 - 06:08 PM)

But eventually destroys everything.

@  tigerhawk : (17 January 2021 - 05:03 PM)

Heals many wounds

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 January 2021 - 02:03 PM)

Time.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2021 - 07:53 AM)

I dunno, maybe. I'm not clairvoyant either...


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Mike Stackpole makes his triumphant return to the Battletech universe


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:19 AM

https://www.amazon.c...=gateway&sr=8-5

 

After he "quit" 30 years ago.  That franchise is coming back firing both barrels


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 11:49 AM

On the one hand...

HELLS YES

Stackpole was bar none the BEST BT author of the pack. When Loren Coleman took over, things took a severe down turn for me so Stackpole writing again is a huge win.

On the other:

Stackpole did a couple novels for the Dark Age era ('Ghost War' in 02 and 'Masters of War' in 07) so he didn't exactly fully leave the franchise after 'Prince of Havok'. Also this is a collection of 3 short stories on the Kell Hounds - not the start of a huge story like the 4th Succession War (Warrior Trilogy), the Clan Invasion (Blood of Kerensky), the Refusal War or Twillight of the Clans
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 01:21 PM

On the one hand...

HELLS YES

Stackpole was bar none the BEST BT author of the pack. When Loren Coleman took over, things took a severe down turn for me so Stackpole writing again is a huge win.

On the other:

Stackpole did a couple novels for the Dark Age era ('Ghost War' in 02 and 'Masters of War' in 07) so he didn't exactly fully leave the franchise after 'Prince of Havok'. Also this is a collection of 3 short stories on the Kell Hounds - not the start of a huge story like the 4th Succession War (Warrior Trilogy), the Clan Invasion (Blood of Kerensky), the Refusal War or Twillight of the Clans

When I met with him, before the news broke that he was leaving the franchise (but he knew), I asked him how that whole process worked.  He said that all of the authors (Weisman, Babcock, Coleman, Kieth, Thurston, Pardoe, Milan, and a few others) met over a week and laid out the major events in universe for that year.  Once the major events were set in stone, each author volunteered to take sections of the story and tell that section.  Stackpole always handled politics, Fedcom, Wolves, Kell Hounds, and Comstar.  Coleman always took Laio. Thurston took Jade Faclons. Keith took Grey Death.  Charette took Kurita.  Other authors filled needed holes.  There was an agreement that the other authors would not touch certain characters that other authors were developing, and you could not kill another author's character.  They then gave their outline to FASA, and source book authors would work with primary authors to make scenarios and literature.  That must have been an awesome (pun intended) meeting.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:33 PM

That image needs a Drac Combine logo somewhere on it to complete it.

 

Also are there other new books?  I noticed some titles coming up on Amazon's "Related Items" that I didn't remember



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:01 PM

Coleman always took Laio.

Coleman's hard on obsession with Liao was obvious. EVERY Coleman novel had the same structure. Main plot for a few chapters, then a chapter in Sun Tsu Liao's throneroom which ALWAYS was: Sun Tsu meets with his top aides to discuss current affairs. Intricate description of Sun Tsu's attire, focusing on one different article of clothing which featured gold, making sure to drop a line how gold was a color reserved for him. Sun Tsu chewing out one aide (always a different one each time) over a failure of their plan (regarding that novel's main plot), but how he is magnanimous in "forgiving" said failure and implying future failures will not be tolerated. Purple prose on how he is a master statesman that everyone underestimate, he gives his instructions, chapter ends. Then more plot chapters, followed by another such chapter in the throneroom *that followed the exact same structure*.

That pattern changed when he got the "main" storyline, but compared to Stackpole... yeah it didn't measure up.

Plus he killed Omi. You know, one of Stackpole's characters.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:51 PM

so when are they bringing back the cartoon?

 

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:58 PM

That image needs a Drac Combine logo somewhere on it to complete it.

 

Also are there other new books?  I noticed some titles coming up on Amazon's "Related Items" that I didn't remember

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Coleman always took Laio.

Coleman's hard on obsession with Liao was obvious. EVERY Coleman novel had the same structure. Main plot for a few chapters, then a chapter in Sun Tsu Liao's throneroom which ALWAYS was: Sun Tsu meets with his top aides to discuss current affairs. Intricate description of Sun Tsu's attire, focusing on one different article of clothing which featured gold, making sure to drop a line how gold was a color reserved for him. Sun Tsu chewing out one aide (always a different one each time) over a failure of their plan (regarding that novel's main plot), but how he is magnanimous in "forgiving" said failure and implying future failures will not be tolerated. Purple prose on how he is a master statesman that everyone underestimate, he gives his instructions, chapter ends. Then more plot chapters, followed by another such chapter in the throneroom *that followed the exact same structure*.

That pattern changed when he got the "main" storyline, but compared to Stackpole... yeah it didn't measure up.

Plus he killed Omi. You know, one of Stackpole's characters.

 

They talked.  That might have happened after he quit

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:00 PM

so when are they bringing back the cartoon?

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=A-_-8D8R4CU

When they figure out who owns it...I hope they don't resort to rebooting it in the style of She-ra


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:02 PM

Oh I know. And the setup for it was in the final "classic era" novel Stackpole wrote. Still doesn't change the fact that it was Coleman that "pulled the trigger". And all the "wash-rince-repeat" style writing Coleman had re: structure was well before he left.

In short: Stackpole MUCH superior to Coleman.
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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:39 AM

Oh I know. And the setup for it was in the final "classic era" novel Stackpole wrote. Still doesn't change the fact that it was Coleman that "pulled the trigger". And all the "wash-rince-repeat" style writing Coleman had re: structure was well before he left.

In short: Stackpole MUCH superior to Coleman.

I have always thought of Coleman as the Rakshasa to Stackpole's Timber Wolf.


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 03:25 PM

Was he the writer for a chunk of the good X-Wing books I always liked them

 

I tried with the Battletech stuff but the clans and stuff sapped my enjoyment of them and made them kinda clunky


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 03:28 PM

Yeah, he wrote the X-Wing Rogue Squadron books for Star Wars.



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Posted 26 August 2019 - 07:52 AM

These just showed up as a surprise, I definitely married the right one

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