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  1. I like it. A lot. My wife loved it, which will be huge for this movie. That said... It feels very Captain America: First Avenger to me. Will be interesting to see how they distinguish it.
  2. RIP VCRs

    I had a great Sanyo VCR when I was in school...
  3. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    That's not a very high bar to reach...
  4. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    I don't remember mentions of The Tall previously. Was that something we knew about? Or was that a new revelation?
  5. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    So what's the deal with Inscription as a profession now? I saw that the Glyph wheel is gone. Is it just an entirely wasted profession now?
  6. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    Ahhhhh... That must be what I saw then. The respec. Are all friendly cities rest xp now? Used to just be inns and Capitol cities. So if I went into Goldshire it wasn't rested, but if I went into Kings Rest Inn (wasn't that the name?) it was rested. But I could go into Stormwind anywhere and get rested.
  7. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    Fairly certain you can only swap specs in an inn/Capitol city now or something. Theres no more dual spec, all characters can swap between all three specs; but as best I can tell you are limited as to where. ETA: But otherwise, generally yes. All fury warriors get Titans Grip now as well. Blizz was even nice and gave you level equivalent blues to equip because some skills require a certain weapon type. For example, they gave my warrior two 2H axes for when in Fury. I have a DK that's only level 60 that was Frost spec and they gave her two 1H swords. (Her name is Serwa btw. )
  8. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    I can see that. I also miss being able to dual wield with any spec as a warrior. While running BT over and over and over again waiting for the Bulwark of Azzinoth to drop for my warrior transmog, I actually wound up getting both the main and off-hand legendary WarGlaives. I liked to swap out the 1h/shield for them when standing around town.
  9. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    Fair enough. I don't have time to raid anymore, so the higher level mechanics aren't something I'm as familiar with. I discovered to my great dismay today that in order to unlock an appearance, the character must be able to equip the item. I've been wanting to get the Pally dress for a horde pally on another server and my very first Alliance character who I never did raid with. Thinking unlocks were account wide and such, I ran MC first with my warrior. (Takes me about 14 minutes from zone in to Rag kill... not a bad walk now.) Judgement Plates drop. I'm excited. I log into the cow pally and don't see the transmog option. The alliance pally isn't near a transmog option, so I log into a mage in Stormwind instead to see if the Arcanist gear that also dropped was available. It wasn't... Was a little bummed out.
  10. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    I had a friend that was going to kick back up with WoW a couple months ago, so I fell victim to the itch as well. Got on this week after the big pre-xpac patch and gotta say... I'm disappointed to see just how much farther they've taken the simplification. My prot warrior doesn't even have stances at all anymore. I would say that I probably had more abilities at level 40 in vanilla than I do at level 100. The removal of stances hits me especially hard, because it ties in so much with one of my greatest memories in gaming. Early in my guild's progression through MC and BWL I was the third dedicated prot warrior tank. We had been working on Nefarion (last boss of Blackwing Lair for those not familiar) for a couple of weeks. On our first ever Nef victory, our main tank took a fear that made him lose aggro. I grabbed the dragon and turned it from the raid before it had a chance to breathe all over the squishies. We were at about 60% boss health. I had clear control. We had two dwarf priests (back in the day when only dwarf priests had fear ward) and everything went smoothly. Something went wonky along the way and one of the priests died. At about 20%, the other dwarf goes down. From 20 to 0 was the most intense experience of my gaming life. The mechanic was that the dragon would stomp the ground (screen would shake) and about a second later the anyone within melee range essentially would be feared. If the main tank was feared, the dragon would turn and breathe on whoever still had aggro and likely kill enough people to wipe. Without a fear ward, the only way to avoid that was to change from defensive stance to berserker stance and then pop berserker rage (which granted fear immunity) and then get back in defensive stance before you took a physical damage spike in that one second window between the screen shaking and the fear clearing aggro and the raid dieing, I had to be flawless in making those switches. The 5 or 6 minutes that it took to burn through that last 20% was edge of the seat flying for me and felt like an eternity. My heart was racing and I didn't want to screw up. When that dragon dropped and I heard 40 people yelling and cheering in Vent, it was an amazing high. Ahhhhh memories... Apparently, Berserker Rage has been available in defensive stance for a while now; so the mechanic itself has been nil for a bit... but to see that the different stances are gone entirely was like seeing part of my favorite memory get wiped away. I do like how they have the Transmog set up and how they have given you access to the model of every quest item you have ever had. I can't transmog to look like my Thunderfury (legendaries aren't available in transmog) and my Quel'Serrar had been lost to an account hack that DE'd much of my bank years ago. To have the model back as an option for me at least was a good thing. I do agree that its a shame that you can't just show/hide the helm with ease anymore. The game still feels empty though and I don't ever really feel like I'm in a MMO anymore.
  11. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    Huh... I'm learning things about books I read years ago. Never knew Kellhus had engaged in cannibalism in the first series (and embarrassingly missed it here too) and certainly never thought about Nayu hate fucking the ground-as-Proyas.
  12. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    Hadn't thought of it that way, but in a way maybe. Although its less of a skin spy and more of a demonic possession. Skin Spies are creations of the Tekne, while Kellhus literally took the Decapitant from the Outside.
  13. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    I tend to agree that it was unnecessary. However, could it be that he raped Proyas not as a prod to Prosha... but as a prod to Saubon? In the next scene together we find that Saubon almost seems more distraught by it than Proyas.
  14. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    I finished up a couple days ago and then have gradually been making my way through the Blog of Blogs that is the first thread on TGO. Overall, I was blown away. I'd definitely put it up there with the first trilogy entries in quality. I have always been less enamored of TJE and WLW. This book had a lot of pay off. After reading through and seeing the (somewhat dubious/disappointing) explanation of the way the split was handled as a very deliberate thing in advance, I can understand why this book seemed to be a much more complete work than other notorious fantasy splits like AFFC/ADWD and the Sanderson completion of MoL. Like many, I felt the Momemn scenes dragged and I didn't see much point in them at all. Even after the payoff at the end, I do tend to agree with those that say they don't fully understand why it was necessary. Honestly though, I've felt that way about the Empire chapters in all three books though. I suppose we have gotten some interesting world building, but I see nothing that advances the story in any way unless this newest return by Kellhus is indicative of a personality change. I also was caught by the change in the WLW's perspective of Kellhus' end. As noted in the other thread, it was previously established that the assassin's sword breaks due to the notch in the blade received in an earlier conflict and that allowed it to hit Kellhus. The throwing of the blade is something new. As is the chorae that salts his cheek. Which is something I was curious about, Kellhus asks "What have you done?" to Esmi, and the WLW's timeless vantage repeatedly brings up the "catch." Presumably, this is the peach that she tossed him earlier; but I have wondered if perhaps she didn't toss him a chorae with the intent of him killing Kellhus and this is what he sees when he looks on her and asks the question. I hadn't really considered Ajokli being the reason that Kelmomas interrupted the White Luck until reading the thread. Part of me always associated the voices in his head with Kellhus believing that the No-God was speaking to him. I thought perhaps somehow that Lil Kel was tied in with the No-God and was invisible to the WLW and that was why he was never seen in his observations. In my mind, this also allowed him to be the unseen factor in the climax. I think the Ajokli likely makes more sense with what we know of Kelmomas though. In the last thread, a question came up about the demon and whether it looks like Malowebi. (Curse that foul Likaro.) I read that last part of the sentence as saying that the demon had now taken on Malowebi's appearance. As with others though, I don't see how it will be able to do anything in time to matter in TUC. Perhaps it will come to fruition in the Series That Shall Not Be Named. I kept hoping and hoping and hoping that we would see Serwa, Sorweel, and Moe again in the book. As I looked at the index, I saw all the Demua Mountains chapters and had hoped that in the final chapter they might meet up. Suppose we'll have to wait for a bit there.
  15. Star Wars Rebels (All Star Wars Spoilers)

    My only concern about that trailer is that most of it will be from the last episode of the season, that was kinda what happened with that great mid-season trailer last year.