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  1. Right - the Inchoroi part can be basically cut entirely, Synthese barely show up and shouldn't be particularly expensive to do given that they don't need to physically interact with anyone (and you can be subtle by showing the shadow of the bird and then a person). Skin spies don't actually show up as the spies for most of the series either, and only need one or two FX shots - and heck, they can probably be practical ones. The flashbacks to the No-God could be expensive if they do certain ones like fights with Wracu, but the No-God itself is a boring whirlwind. That wasn't that expensive to do 20 years ago with Twister. Shimeh might be expensive, that's true. Walls falling down, sorcerers fighting armies, etc. But that's also season 3. And arguably you could cut almost everything and just have Kellhus go Saiyan mode and assassinate all the Cishaurim, and have that be him showing his true might. Wouldn't lose a lot. That all said, the problem is that the actual meat of the book is not a great sell right now for TV. GoT - which is significantly less problematic than PoN - gets massive criticism for being sexist and having female characters lack agency. They've done better at times, but a show that goes even further with more whores, more concubines, more women jacking off their sons to exert control - and that's really the only roles that exist in the world? That's going to be a massively hard sell.
  2. Westeros Fantasy Football Thunderdome 2014-15

    So...yeah. I'm not doing any fantasy football or any other football stuff this year. I auto-drafted. I'm not sure what y'all want to do.
  3. Dunno why this is constantly thought to be the case. Few named characters who are all in the same locations at the same time. Almost no real constant special effects - unlike direwolves or dragons, there's nothing that whenever it is on screen needs fx. Battles don't need to be special - heck, one of the biggest battles has Kellhus and cnaiur watching from a hilltop far away from the action. About the most fx laden shot is akka in the library. As far as a TV show adaptation it can be pretty cheap due to the fewer locations and fewer actors.
  4. Video Games: No Man's Pie

    I've played 20 hours and still haven't finished the first main story mission yet. I did however break into a bank, cause the robots to execute almost everyone in the building and cause the police to make the entire place a crime scene. Whilethey ushered me out of the place, run Lola run style.
  5. Comics XII: All New, All Twelve

    Clean room 11 is out, and it's their action issue. Great fight sequence that quickly turns into major WTFitude. The depth and pacing of the story combined with the fantastic art has me geeking out more than I've done since the Whedon/Cassady run on astonishing xmen.
  6. US Elections - There is 'Ahead in the Polls' behind you

    To be fair, what he's doing as of yesterday is completely reversing course on immigration and supporting Obama's immigration plans but, in his own words, 'with more energy'. This is likely going to piss a whole lot of his supporters off.
  7. Video Games: No Man's Pie

  8. Cavill was pretty strong in the Man from UNCLE.
  9. I think this is an excellent way to put it. I've been far less enthused about the series since TGO came out, and I think one of the major reasons is that the direction that the series is pointing is just not as interesting as I thought it would be.
  10. There is no indication that I'm aware of that nukes had been used at any point prior to now.
  11. Video Games: No Man's Pie

    9 hours until dxmd!
  12. Yes, but the way they do that is by providing confusion in intentional systems via paradox. The idea that intent matters when using an artifact that is itself negating intention is an amusing paradox itself.
  13. Amusingly intent appears to matter to chorae.
  14. You don't need a living being (an arrow with a chorae works). My guess is that the chorae embedded were there to protect against some of the ways that the Scarlet Spires and the Cishaurim (and later, Akka and Xin) move through the world and can get to places without traveling physically. They may also be able to stop some of the calling/possession spells, but that I'm not as clear about. They seemed pretty arbitrary though, and fairly bad as far as designs to keep people safe. Esme's chorae around her waist is significantly better protection than random chorae around the palace.
  15. Suicide Squad: Real Life or Just a Fantasy?

    it's hugely sexist and problematic. You're going to love it.