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About imladolen

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  1. imladolen

    Table Top RPG Stuff

    I've had so many different RPG systems I think I've lost count. Only actually played some of them though (took me years before I found other gamers to play with, before that, I would just make up tons of characters and create cave systems/dungeons to run other characters through, all by my lonesome 12/13 year old self). I've played AD&D 2nd Ed, D&D 3.0 and 3.5, White Wolf's Vampire the Masquerade (and also LARPed Vampire, Vampire Dark Ages, Mage, Werewolf, and Changling, though they were more Vamp games than anything else, just our Storyteller allowed a couple of non Vamp characters other than just ghouls and hunters), Palladium system games (Rifts, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas and Superspies),TSR's Marvel Superheroes, Star Wars (West End Games version using d6), d20 Star Wars, d20 Wheel of Time (especially with the fan made stuff from the internet, they fixed many issues with WotC's original system), d20 Game of Thrones (from Guardians of Order; this is my favorite version EVER of d20 system, with nicely added mechanics for influences, social ranking and finance; the most politically capable d20 game I've seen yet, you could almost run a vampire game with those rules; so disappointed that GoO went out of business, was looking forward to seeing what they had planned for expanding the system to large scale combat and such). One of the favorite games I've been involved in was one I ran using the d20 GoT book (from GoO) but set in the world of Midkemia (Raymond E Feist's Riftwar Saga's setting), specifically starting in Krondor with a group of low ranked members of the Mockers. Some of the games I've owned the books to were just obtuse and complicated. This definitely includes Mage and Changling (I never really grokked the "magic" system for either) as well as Hero Games (nicknamed "roleplaying for accountants"), and Shadowrun (I would never try running that game, and definitley NOT with a decker in the party!). I actually kinda liked Gygax's Mythic Journey's system, but it took so damned long to make characters it was insane. Of the (A)D&D settings out there, my favorite is by far the Al-Qadim (Zahkara) setting within the Forgotten Realms. After that, the general Forgotten Realms setting (WATERDEEP!!!!), and then Dark Sun. I never cared for Greyhawk, Maztica or Kara Tur (I especially don't like the Oriental Adventures changes they did with 3.0/3.5 mixing in Legend of the Five Rings stuff). Never did much at all with Planescape the settings they developed after that (like Bloodright or whatever its called). Although I love the 3.0 and 3.5 versions of D&D, I still rather liked the 2nd Ed AD&D stuff (kits made the game more interesting IMO). If I was to run a game today, it would be some sort of combination of Pathfinder (the best parts of 3.0/3.5) with elements from the d20 GoT system. I strongly believe that any good tabletop system should have some sort of Merit/Flaw system (like the "Defects" and "Bonus Points" in the d20 GoT system; each defect gave a certain number of Bonus Points, BPs could be spent as follows: 3 BPs can buy one Feat, or 1 BP can buy 3 skill points). I've also noticed that I tend to use RPG systems to help me develope my characters for my writing. I'll create a character sheet for my story's characters (not creating them at level 1 unless the character is supposed to be that inexperienced), adding defects and such, using the character sheet as a guide for the character's background (at least the parts I don't already know) development. For me, it works. Might just come from the fact that I got good at creating a character sheet then writing up a really long background story explaining just about everything on the sheet; did this all the time for my Vampire the Masquerade LARP Storyteller).
  2. I don't agree with the theory myself, but too many people seem to be missing what the theory is saying. The way I read it is not that Dagmer literally is Ramsay, but that he will fill some of Ramsay's role (pushing Theon into flaying the miller's boys and claiming they are Bran and Rickon).
  3. I think some people are forgetting the fact that it is entirely possible that the Iron Islanders would also CAPTURE ships. And when you capture a ship it only makes sense to use it. Especially since the Iron Islands have so few ship building resources (ie: timber). I might hate the Ironborn with a passion, but they ain't stupid; they would capture as many ships as possible to use in further reaving and naval battles. So yeah, they might generally build and use longships more than anything else, but to assume that those are the only ships they have is, well, intellectually retarded.
  4. Actually, the original pilot (the one that HBO got to see but we didn't) was not directed by Alan Taylor. It was directed by Thomas McCarthy.
  5. Yeah, you are sooo right: the CGI on such shows as Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Universe, Eureka and Warehouse 13 all look like crap. :devil: Other great directors from HBO that have worked on GoT: Timothy Van Patten (directed 2 eps of GoT so far, and directed such HBO greats as Rome, Deadwood, The Sopranos and The Wire, just to name a few), and Daniel Minahan (3 eps of GoT, as well as True Blood, Six Feet Under and Deadwood).
  6. Perhaps reading through the entire thread before you comment could help prevent you from looking like a fool as many others on this thread (and last weeks thread comments about the preview for this weeks episode) have already done. ((ETA: of course, I just went against my own statement here, since I have not finished the other pages on this thread, so for all I know, someone has already corrected you LOL, call me a hypocrite all ya want; but my point remains the same, this was brought up MANY times in the first couple of pages, and the posters were corrected each time)) Many times on the previous 6 pages of comments in this thread the issue you mention has been debunked. Jaqen does mention the Red God in this scene in the books. IT IS KNOWN.
  7. Speaking of that door, what in the Seven Hells is "Valyrian STONE?" Valyrian STEEL I know, but since when is there such a thing as Valyrian stone?????
  8. imladolen

    Hello from Benioff and Weiss

    [quote name='Faceless Man of Braavos' post='1594062' date='Nov 19 2008, 13.04']I'm sure its not lost on you guys, but if you get the casting of Tyrion right, it will really garner the attention this series needs to thrive. A tour de force performance by a "small person", given the meaty role of Tyrion Lannister - I don't think TV has seen anything like it.[/quote] My suggestion for Tyrion is Peter Dinklage (from the 2003 movie "The Station Agent"). The guy is a brilliant actor.