Friday, August 16, 2013

What D&D Character are You?

This really doesn't surprise me all that much. I consider myself something of a rebel but when it comes right down to it, I always try to do the right thing.

Lawful Good Elf Monk/Wizard (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 13
Dexterity- 18
Constitution- 13
Intelligence- 19
Wisdom- 12
Charisma- 15

Lawful Good- A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Primary Class:
Monks- Monks are versatile warriors skilled at fighting without weapons or armor. Good-aligned monks serve as protectors of the people, while evil monks make ideal spies and assassins. Though they don't cast spells, monks channel a subtle energy, called ki. This energy allows them to perform amazing feats, such as healing themselves, catching arrows in flight, and dodging blows with lightning speed. Their mundane and ki-based abilities grow with experience, granting them more power over themselves and their environment. Monks suffer unique penalties to their abilities if they wear armor, as doing so violates their rigid oath. A monk wearing armor loses their Wisdom and level based armor class bonuses, their movement speed, and their additional unarmed attacks per round.

Secondary Class:
Wizards- Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trask Industries: Putting Your Security First

Trask Industries with an excellent PR campaign.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Name Is Wedbetter. Percival Wedbetter.

We were watching Casino Royale the other night when the question occurred to me: How can this character possibly be the same one portrayed by Sean Connery in the early 60s? I know, Casino Royale was officially supposed to be a reboot of the series, but even if that's true, how can the 007 of Dr. No be the same 007 as in Die Another Day? In short, how can the secret agents portrayed by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, and even David Niven possibly  be the same character?

And then the answer occurred to me: They're not.

"James Bond" is MI6's answer to the Dread Pirate Roberts.

As with the original DPR, the name is the important thing. Think about it. No master villain is ever going to be intimidated, no two-bit thug ever frightened, by a spy named Percival Wedbetter, even if he sounds (and fights) like Sean Connery. Percival Wedbetter is never going to seduce the femme fatale, even if he looks like Daniel Craig. A name like that will inspire only derision. But James Bond - there's a name to respect, and fear, and love (or at least lust after). James Bond is a name with power.

So I figure that Sean Connery's character may actually have been named James Bond. But as lampshaded by Daniel Craig's version, double-Os tend to have short life spans. So when the original James Bond died (or retired to live like a king in Patagonia), MI6 passed on the name along with the 007 designation. Each successive James Bond was replaced in their time, some after long and glorious terms of service (Moore), some after only a mission or two (Lazenby, Niven). The current incarnation (Craig) may have different attitudes and methods to match more contemporary threats, but is still a valued member of Her Majesty's Secret Service. When his time is up, he'll be replaced by someone else, and the name will live on.

And thus for more than half a century, the British Secret Service and the world have enjoyed the service and protection of the greatest of spies, secret agent 007 - James Bond.

(Everyone who's officially involved in the matter denies this, of course.)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Carl Sagan vs. Astrology!

I saw this over at the Hero Games Discussion Boards and had to share it. Huzzah for the Scientific Method!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Mighty M.O.D.O.K.

M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) is getting some love on the NPR popular culture blog.

In Praise of M.O.D.O.K: Why Gleefully Goofy Beats Broodingly Brutal

I have a confession to make: I absolutely love comic books featuring M.O.D.O.K. Anytime he appears, I start to chuckle and know I'm in for a great comic book ride. In an era of year(s) long comic book special events (Civil War, Dark Reign, Blackest Night) and edgy/gritty characters, M.O.D.O.K. is a breath of fresh air.

The world needs more M.O.D.O.K.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20th - 1969

This is truly a Dork/Geek moment.

Today is the 41st anniversary of the first time mankind set foot an an extra-planetary body.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Star Trek: Tik Tok

Instant classic.

That's some darn snazzy editing.