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Aeson

Legend
Holy hell is it cold outside. Only thing colder is Blackrat's soul. 🥶🥶🥶

29 with a wind chill of 18 or -2 and -8 for you weirdo foreigners.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Game night, via Foundry and Discord. Hive, say hello to my gaming group!

(That's me in the upper-right.)

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Aeson

Legend
Your right or my right? 😝

A month after Christmas I get a letter from a customer with a check. They said they just found the card I gave. I got 2 last week. It's nice when those little surprises come in.
 

Ulfgeir

Hero
Earlier today, I participated in a fun challenge on a Swedish-rpg forum: They randomly selected 2 parts of a theme from 2 different tables with 20 entries each. Everyone got the same theme, you then had 1 hour to write a scenario based on that. We were 9 that handed in scenarios. The theme was "Light & Candy". Now 3 hours after the challenge, I am still mentally exhausted...

My scenario was for Call of Cthulhu, and was about a woman who had made candy from the larvae of a "Colour from out of Space", and had sold this at various markets. People who had eaten it had started to become sick and lethargic. So a Doctor asked for help in tracking down what the persons had in common and finding the source...
 
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Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
I once came up with a plot for a new Kingsman movie where the villain had discovered that, back in his trippy psychedelic days with the Beatles, Paul McCartney had accidentally written a tune that was capable of sonic mind control - he'd stumbled onto a series of sound frequencies that caused anyone who heard the music to become highly suggestible.
Although the Beatles quickly realized how dangerous the tune was, and had all evidence of it destroyed, even to the extent of having used the song to erase their own memories of it, somehow the villain (a former sound engineer/crazed fan/failed musician who now runs a major record label) learns about the song and kidnaps McCartney so he can hypnotize him and get him to recreate the song.
When the Kingsmen (along with an American character from another secret agency that I created) come to rescue him, McCartney (who has no idea he's been hypnotized and forced to recreate the song) asks why he's been kidnapped and quotes that line from the song...

McCartney: "... I just want to fill the world with silly love songs. What's wrong with that?"

American: "Well, unfortunately, it's going to destroy civilization as we know it."

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Is the idea behind the Kingsman franchise something akin to Extraordinary Gentlemen? I’ve kinda managed to dodge the movies completely, and just thought it’s something like slightly serious Austin Powers or something…
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I’d put it somewhere on the more James Bond side of the spy spectrum for its seriousness, but where the over-the-top plots have more in common with Austin Powers or Get Smart! for kookiness. So maybe a hint of The Prisoner in serious + surreality?
 

Dog Moon

Adventurer
-8 cold? That’s a brisk beach morning! Might throw on a long sleeve just because of the wind. That’s like a barely tolerably cooled vodka shot!
Yeah, that's ALMOST cold enough for me to finally wear my winter jacket this year. There was one day it was like -13 and I was like "You know, if I still took the bus... I would definitely be wearing my winter jacket today... yay, car!"
 

Mad_Jack

Adventurer
Is the idea behind the Kingsman franchise something akin to Extraordinary Gentlemen? I’ve kinda managed to dodge the movies completely, and just thought it’s something like slightly serious Austin Powers or something…

It's more sort of a James Bond movie written by Austin Powers writers. The series has enough semi-serious character development moments to get you invested in the characters, but it's primarily an action spy comedy. The director and writer explicitly set out to make a "fun spy movie" in the Bond tradition.
Kingsman is a secret British intelligence service whose front is a tailor shop - they all dress and act like John Steed from the old Avengers tv show. The first movie is about a young "chav" (British urban "white trash" stereotype wearing track suits and gold chains) who discovers his father was a member of the Kingsman organization and gets recruited by his father's former partner. He gets trained and taught to be a proper gentleman, then gets thrown into action immediately.
The villain of the first film is Samuel L. Jackson, playing a tech mogul with a pronounced lisp. His hench-woman is an amputee who has the athletic-type artificial legs below the knees, but with retractable sword blades in them.
In the second film, Julianne Moore plays a businesswoman who decides to run a drug empire because she couldn't get any respect in the regular business world, who lives in a secret jungle lair built to resemble a 1950's-era suburban American town.

They're definitely worth watching at some point.
 







Aeson

Legend
Read it a long time ago - it's considered one of the best graphic novels ever written, the only one to ever win a Pulitzer.

Just so you know, it is some heavy <bleep>ing stuff...

But it's one of those things that should be read by everyone at some point.
That's a ringing endorsement. I'm gonna have to check it out. I think I had heard of it in the past. The images look familiar. Unfortunately it's been in the news for stupidity stupid reasons. Fortunately that it's been in the news brought it back into my awareness. Maybe more people will read it now.
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
That's a ringing endorsement. I'm gonna have to check it out. I think I had heard of it in the past. The images look familiar. Unfortunately it's been in the news for stupidity stupid reasons. Fortunately that it's been in the news brought it back into my awareness. Maybe more people will read it now.
Alas, its rarely the ones who NEED to.
 


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