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    Silim got a reaction from Sincereagape in Bounting Hunting Doesn't Pay IC Thread   
    "Bounty specifically asks for a live capture. All weapons on stun. If we're lucky for once, they'll just realize that they don't stand a chance." Hira was the first to respond to Kr'owk, getting out of her seet. The hood of her robes were pulling double duty of obscuring her features and shielding her pale skin and sensitive eyes from the harsh, burning suns above the desert planet. She had never liked places like this, but work was work. A quick flick on the blaster on her hip swapped it to stun as well - she wasn't exactly packing the sort of heat to intimidate anyone, but even she had to carry a recognizable weapon on a planet of scum like this one.
     
    With her left, white gloved hand, Hira pulled out her comlink. As far as her compatriots from the guild knew, she had a vast network of informants, 'friends' and coworkers spread across the galaxy - an intelligence network she herself fed information into, and always got pertinent information from. Of course, she didn't know anyone like that, but the cover was useful. Switching the comlink to what she knew was an actually empty frequency, she took a half step away from her coworkers, and concentrated.
     
    "Hmm... Might be getting something. Get ready..."
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    Silim got a reaction from Edgehawk in Bounting Hunting Doesn't Pay IC Thread   
    "Bounty specifically asks for a live capture. All weapons on stun. If we're lucky for once, they'll just realize that they don't stand a chance." Hira was the first to respond to Kr'owk, getting out of her seet. The hood of her robes were pulling double duty of obscuring her features and shielding her pale skin and sensitive eyes from the harsh, burning suns above the desert planet. She had never liked places like this, but work was work. A quick flick on the blaster on her hip swapped it to stun as well - she wasn't exactly packing the sort of heat to intimidate anyone, but even she had to carry a recognizable weapon on a planet of scum like this one.
     
    With her left, white gloved hand, Hira pulled out her comlink. As far as her compatriots from the guild knew, she had a vast network of informants, 'friends' and coworkers spread across the galaxy - an intelligence network she herself fed information into, and always got pertinent information from. Of course, she didn't know anyone like that, but the cover was useful. Switching the comlink to what she knew was an actually empty frequency, she took a half step away from her coworkers, and concentrated.
     
    "Hmm... Might be getting something. Get ready..."
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    Silim got a reaction from Sincereagape in Star Wars: Dark Times - Bounty Hunting Doesn't Pay OOC   
    We're really not giving our GM a lot to work with to start out. 😛
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    Silim got a reaction from Sincereagape in PbP Recruitment: Dark Times: Bounty Hunting Doesn't Pay   
    http://swsheets.com/c/vmvo85k3e-hira-darksun
     
    Seer/Force User concept, with a Dantari crystal for her lightsaber - it seemed the most appropriate for someone mainly using the Force in the future. Of course, she wouldn't exactly use that glowstick normally, and without any other starting gear she's virtually unarmed - so as far as the crew will know, she's a tracker/informant who always seems to know just where to look and what to avoid during their hunting (Seek and Foresee at work).
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    Silim got a reaction from micheldebruyn in Help please with XP   
    The GM is not magically more important than the players. This system is not made for super-slow progression, and character progression is just as much part of tabletop RPGs as storytelling. Your hyperbole of "50 exp twice a session" is uncalled for and not what anyone suggested, either. 5 EXP per hour of play is the "standard" allotment. A slow EXP game could be 5 EXP per 2 hours. Not 1 EXP per hour. The game isn't made for that.
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    Silim reacted to KungFuFerret in How much training do you need...   
    Vader tortures Luke's friends, cuts his hand off, hurls tons of heavy containers to bludgeon him to submission, threatens to kill him, actually does kill several of his flying buddies in New Hope during that strafing run on the Death Star, and yet Luke is willing to forgive all that and try and go to him to try and redeem him?    And don't try the "but it's his father" angle.  My dad is a festering piece of crap, I doubt I will shed a tear when he dies, and I haven't spoken to him outside of mandatory family things in probably 20 years.   He didn't cut my hand off, and I've written that guy out of my life.  So if you're going with "her motivations for trying to reach him are flimsy", then you need to apply those to Luke too.  And Vader was WAY more of a ****** than Kylo was at the point we see in Last Jedi.   
    But Luke did have a good reason to try and reach Vader, aside from "He's mah daddy!", he felt the chance for redemption in him, which is the entire arc of Star Wars.  The redemptive power of love over hate and fear.  Rey felt the same thing with Kylo.  Yes, he did bad things, only one bad thing to her, and it wasn't really that bad, as she resisted him fairly quickly.  And don't forget, she had little to now actual investment in Han.  I mean, you try the "new father figure" angle, but you gloss over that she's known Han for just as long as Kylo.  A few days.   If it's ok for her to attach to him so deeply in a few days, with only the most casual of conversations with him most of the time, then it's equally ok for her to develop an equal (if initially more volatile) connection to Kylo.    But that's not why she tries to redeem him.  She felt the chance for redemption in him, which is the entire arc of Star Wars.  The redemptive power of love over hate and fear, even her own.  The two of them are messed up kids, but they both sense in the other, something they are missing, a need to be fulfilled, a hole to be healed.  They aren't sure what is going on with them, but they know they've never felt it with anyone else.  They don't want to lose that connection, as it's something they both have craved their entire lives.   So they both reach out to the other, to try and get the other to join them.  
    That was pretty obvious in the film, and from a character perspective, it totally checks out.  In narrative themes in general, and in Star Wars in particular.
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    Silim reacted to Vek Baustrade in How much training do you need...   
    3 weeks, 3 arguments about Rey being a Mary Sue. No new ground covered, no give and take, no compromise. Just the same people making the same argument over and over, ad nauseum. 
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    Silim reacted to Donovan Morningfire in How much training do you need...   
    Much like you do to every single counterpoint that gets brought up that highlights and illustrates just how unfairly and completely biased your view on Rey is while disproving so many of your so called "points?"  Even Tramp Graphics has a better track record of listening to other people's counterarguments than you do where this topic is concerned.
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    Silim reacted to Donovan Morningfire in How much training do you need...   
    It's similar to Vader not going "all out" on Luke in ESB, because let's be honest, the only reason Luke survived that fight was that Vader was trying to recruit Luke as his apprentice to eventually overthrow Palps.  The only time we really see Vader cut loose is towards the very end of the duel, after Luke gets in that shot at Vader's shoulder, and the fight conclusively ends very soon after.  It's made clear that Vader was toying with Luke the entire time, and could have ended the fight much sooner if his intent was to just kill Luke and be done with it.
    With Kylo, it's true that his goal with Rey was subdual and capture, but again she was fairly fresh while he was badly wounded by a weapon that up to that point in the film had a 100% GTFO ratio against whatever was shot by it.  With Finn, I suspect that fight dragged out as long as it did because Kylo wanted to toy with the traitor, which proved to be a detriment as Finn got in a lucky shot of his own to further hamper Kylo's fighting ability by injuring the shoulder of his primary sword arm.
    I'll be darned if I can find it, but I do recall watching a YouTube video about that fight, and the host (who had some practical sword experience and was a SaberGuild member) noted that the Rey vs. Kylo fight is pretty believable given the disadvantages that Kylo had going into and that Rey's primary tactic up until the very end was evasion so as to try and further wear her larger, stronger, and better-trained opponent out.
    He did remark that based upon what we saw of Obi-Wan in Episode 1 and Ahsoka in TCW, more likely than not even a completely fresh and uninjured Kylo would get his black-clad butt handed to him on a platter by your average Jedi Knight in fairly short order, and that a Jedi who focused on lightsaber dueling would just steamroll the boy, whose own "form" was at best comparable to Shii-Cho or very rudimentary Djem So, with over-exaggerated lunges and sweeps being the central elements of his swordplay.  Even a seasoned Padawan that had trained in Makashi or Soresu would have a fairly simple time of dueling with Kylo, while an Ataru expert would just flat-out overwhelm Kylo's meager defenses.  Don't recall if Niman or Shii-Cho got special mention, beyond the "a properly trained Jedi Padawan would be able to defeat Kylo's unpolished technique."  But as has been said, Kylo's training wasn't complete in TFA, and it's likely what little he did learn about lightsaber dueling came from his uncle Luke, whose own training was haphazard at best and instead got by on sheer talent.
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    Silim reacted to KungFuFerret in How much training do you need...   
    Another point I think that people conveniently overlook, is Kylo wasn't trying to kill Rey.  He was trying to get her to join him, due to their connection.  He wanted to have someone in his life that he kind of sort or maybe perhaps had a thing for, at the very least felt a connection to.   He even uses the "hey I can get the map from her if you help me." excuse when talking to Snoke in FA, when Snoke talks about using the big weapon.   When this is brought up, Snoke specifically tells Kylo to bring her to him.  So he was going in trying to subdue her, and apparently he'd rather do that via persuasion, instead of hurting her.  Which isn't really a big surprise.   For a "Sith" he's incredibly light on the violence to living things, compared to the standard we're used to.  He lashes out multiple times in that film when angry, but does so against inanimate objects.  He specifically doesn't just kill people left and right, for minor annoyances.  They've gone out of their way to prevent him from piling up a body count (I suspect because they are going for a redemption arc with him, so avoiding having him kill hundreds does make that easier.)   He states that he keeps struggling with the "call to the Light", which can easily be read as "not being a ****, and maybe not killing people because I don't actually like it."  So when presented with the one person in the galaxy still alive, that he has even the remotest feelings for, coupled with the orders from his commander to bring her in alive, he wasn't even trying to "go all out" on her, coupled with all of the above mentioned injuries/etc.  
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    Silim reacted to KungFuFerret in How much training do you need...   
    Also, it's made pretty clear that Kylo is also a "padawan" or equivalent for the Sith.  Snoke says flat out that he needs to return to the HQ or whatever to continue with his training, so it's not like he was a 20 year Sith Lord or some such, with decades of combat experience as a Jedi, and then again as a Magical Murderbot.   We also actually see him kill what, ONE person in that film, 2 at most?  The old man who was already caught by the troopers in the opening scene, and was basically just executed.  And then Han, who didn't fight back.  So his "skill" with a lightsaber is equally nebulous based on the films.   For all we know he's been doing nothing but practice, with no actual combat experience with the saber.  The equivalent of someone who has trained for years in a martial arts, but never actually fought anyone.  And as someone who would fit that description myself, I can definitely say that practice is great, but real world application is something else.
    He was also shot in the gut by a weapon that, to everyone else without plot armor, are flung dozens of yards away, and usually EXPLODES on impact.   So yeah, that's kind of a heavy caliber weapon to take to the gut.   He was also emotionally wrecked from just murdering his father, openly bleeding from said gut wound, and also injured a little bit from fighting Finn.  So yeah, she was like his Round 4 fight that night, after a lot of other stuff going on.  
    Plus he's the Antagonist, which means he loses, that's just how those things work 99% of the time in storytelling.
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    Silim reacted to Ghostofman in Help please with XP   
    Yep... He looked at the big bads, realized the players could defeat them, and panicked.
    This is a common occurrence with all RPGs based on an IP with characters that exist concurrent with the players. There's always a belief that those characters must be so powerful that the players cannot defeat them, lest some kind of paradox occur and George Lucas will show up and take your books away. It's silly, untrue, and a little childish, but there you have it.
    Solution? You and all the other players do this: go to the gm as a group. Explain you respect his concern, but feel your own story and progression is more important to the overall group fun of the game. As such, you wish to make a gentleman's agreement: he awards 5ish XP per hour of play, and in exchange you agree to always treat major IP characters and thier place in established events with the appropriate respect (and won't be disappointed in any way should you never come across one at all). You will also assume the stats in Allies and Adversaries are just examples, and if the GM can alter and upgrade them however he needs to ensure balance with the party.
    It's not a guarantee that the GM will come to his senses, and you may get trounced by a Boba Fett throwing 10 yellow dice on every check, but its worth a try.
     
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    Silim reacted to bblaney001 in Help please with XP   
    Progression is part of the game, by nerfing things to basically 1/5th normal progression we will be the same characters for an insanely long time.
    Do D&D games revolve around killing Goblins, or other 1st level creatures, for years on end to finally hit higher level?
    I love a good story, but you also need progression. I'm at the point where everything in my spec costs 10xp. That is, possibly, up to 5 game sessions to get ONE talent.
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    I already did at the beginning. Im not retypung it. Ypu wanna discuss the actions the character made start there.
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    Silim reacted to Stan Fresh in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    Your posts here are a singularity of cringe.
     
     
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    You are the one focusing on gender. Try discussing the actions of the character. I managed to do it. I am sure you are capable it. But doing so does require being adult enough to recognize a person is more than their gender and that you can discuss the actions a character made with out disparaging their gender. Because a character's gender should be irrelevant. Just like their skin color and sexual orientation should be irrelevant. MLKs point of his i have a dream speech was for people to judge others by the content of their character. Beimg outraged because you cant seperate the actions from the superficial parts of a person is moving in the wrong direction.
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    Because judging characters by their actions is sexist. Right. MLK made a speech about that. He wouldnt agree with you. 
     
    But then The last jedi is literally a series of bad decisions made by characters for plot reasons that make no sense from the characters point of view. Luke who literally sacrificed himself to save his father. He is gonna murder his nephew? I dont buy it.  Leia is gonna have the whole fleet jump to the same place? I that is not how rebels did things why is she not using proven tactics? Why would Ackbar alliw it? How does Poe not know Holdo? Why is the First Order not sending fighters to finish off the resistance? Why does Rose not tell Holdo about the tracking? Why does Poe not tell Holdo about the tracking? Why does Poe call Maz? Dont the resistance have slicers? 
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    It is like your conditioned. Mention terrible decisions made for stupid plot reasons that literally make no sense at all from a character or leadership point of view and you focus on the sex of the character. The person who brongs up gender is the sexist. Not the person talking about the story problems. Try focusing on something other than gender. 
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    Laura Dern played a terrible character who was so bad at leadership she caused her best pilot to mutiny and commited suicide to save the crew she doomed to die. I qould have prefered the guy in a fish mask who didnt make stupid decisions for plot reasons. 
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    It boils down to you dont get it. It is an Ensemble cast where they are ALL important because there is no story with out all of them. The only thing special about John is he is the protagonist. He is the anchor. but there is NO STORY without everyone else. And the show was character driven and pretty regularly the story was driven by characters other than John. Because they were just as important as John.
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    Silim reacted to Daeglan in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    Except is has been done successfully on Farscape for several seasons and movies. I will admit it is harder to do. And Even in Star Wars they had a few. And while they are harder to do they are doable.
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    Silim reacted to KungFuFerret in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    Being a minor character in one series of films, doesn't exclude a character from being able to be a main character in their own film though.    
    And I'm not sure Laura Dern is a good example of a main character.  She had as much prior audience investment as Random Fish Guy 27 as of the start of Last Jedi.   She was pretty throw away in the overall arc. She came in at the start of Act 2, left at the end of Act 3, and then Act 4 went on without her.  If that's enough to qualify someone as a "main character", then Chewie has tons more Main Character cred than that.  
    If the issue is the acting difficulty of someone in a mask, again, I don't think that's as much of a hindrance these days.  The tech for practical effects is pretty darn good, especially for Chewie, who's had 40 years of experience to improve on the equipment.  
    If the issue is the "He doesn't talk." Again, we've seen plenty of movies with silent protagonists, who either don't speak at all, or only a few lines here and there.   It's not like Chewie can't get his point across to the audience when it comes to emotions.  Chewie has an entire range of emotions on screen, that are easily discernible from vocal roars, and expressions.  Seriously the "disbelieving side eye" he gives Han in the Solo film, multiple times, was perfect, and hilarious   As to conveying more detailed information, they can just do what they've always done.  Have people respond to his sounds with the other side of the conversation, and the audience can infer what he said based on that.   
    So yeah, I still don't see what about Chewie is an automatic no when it comes to being a main character in a film.  The most likely problems I can think of, have been overcome in other films, and Disney has the budget to make the effects a non-issue really.
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    Silim reacted to Donovan Morningfire in some interesting insights into the Force, Jedi, and galactic history from a new interview with Lucas   
    That can honesty be said for what passes as the Star Wars "fandom" in general these days, much of it rooted in how Star Wars these days is no longer "theirs" and instead open and available to a much broader spectrum of people for any number of increasingly inane reasons.
    And lord forbid that someone have the nerve to point out the existent flaws in the original films (especially ESB), or even have the gall to suggest that the prequel films actually do have merits, or that Disney isn't somehow scheming to totally destroy the franchise by deliberately releasing product that doesn't meet their elitist ideals of rose-tinted perfection.
    At times, I can't blame Lucas from having walked away from what he created and once loved, just so he doesn't have to deal with it anymore.
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    Silim reacted to whafrog in The Mandalorian   
    Good grief, what a tiresome bout of chest-pounding.  If nerds actually had chests, that is.  If you're still arguing over "PT vs OT", then you've missed the point of both, plus, you're effectively "old" 💀  Amusingly, I'm probably the oldest person on these boards (saw E4 in 1977 at age 14), but you guys sound "get off my lawn" old.  Enjoy your early fossilization!  😁
     
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