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by 3rd Eye
Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best film adaptation of a novel ever?
Replies: 69
Views: 405

DangerDwarf wrote: I never read the book [Battlefield Earth] so I can't comment on the adaptation. They kept almost nothing except for the basic outline of the premise, and they even screwed that up. Far beyond omitting mere scenes, vast sections of the story were left out entirely some of which mi...
by 3rd Eye
Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:34 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best film adaptation of a novel ever?
Replies: 69
Views: 405

DangerDwarf wrote:
Actually. For some inexplicable reason, my wife enjoyed the movie.

Perhaps she thought it was a comedy? It would be an understandable mistake.
by 3rd Eye
Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best film adaptation of a novel ever?
Replies: 69
Views: 405

Rhuvein wrote: The movie [Battlefield Earth] sucked and was generally rejected by sci-fi fans. Ridiculous! Patently false! How can you say such a thing? It was rejected by EVERYONE, not just Sci-Fi fans. Seriously man, that was one of only three movies that I have ever seen that were so bad I liter...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best film adaptation of a novel ever?
Replies: 69
Views: 405

serleran wrote:
Batman.

Uhhh which one?
by 3rd Eye
Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst Film Adaptation of a Novel Ever?
Replies: 50
Views: 448

<t>If you'd like to see a vastly better adaptation of Starship Troopers, look for the CGI-animated TV series from 1999, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, which is available on DVD.<br/> <br/> Superficially, it was based on both the book and Verhoeven's mutilated movie version but amazingly, ...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst Film Adaptation of a Novel Ever?
Replies: 50
Views: 448

CharlieRock wrote: Starship Troopers. Where were the Power Suits??? Oooh, that's an excellent answer. I hated that movie so much I actually forgot about it. (Perhaps my subconscious deliberately suppressed the memory, like a horrifying traumatic event.) Battlefield Earth actually sucked more, I thi...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst Film Adaptation of a Novel Ever?
Replies: 50
Views: 448

Worst Film Adaptation of a Novel Ever?

<t>Try to limit yourself to just one the very worst one you've ever seen.<br/> Bonus points for citing specific examples of how it sucked.<br/> <br/> I'd cast my own vote for<br/> Battlefield Earth <br/> For the most part, I think L. Ron Hubbard was a talentless, overglorified hack, who never really...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: 50 Reasons LotR sucks.
Replies: 119
Views: 737

synabetic wrote: I think I know how you feel here. In fact, I know I do. I just don't feel like that about the LotR films... Still, you (and those like you) have my sympathy. I imagine there's a certain threshold of devotion to an original work, below which one either won't notice or won't mind sig...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:21 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: 50 Reasons LotR sucks.
Replies: 119
Views: 737

Julian Grimm wrote: Great, now LOTR is a religion. What would you call it? Maybe Church of the overly detailed and boring novel? I didn't call it a religion, and I don't regard it as such either. I used the words "heretical" and "blasphemous" in (what I thought was) an obviously hyperbolic fashion;...
by 3rd Eye
Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: 50 Reasons LotR sucks.
Replies: 119
Views: 737

Rigon wrote: I don't have a problem with the movies, I think they are exceptional fantasy films, visually stunning and well made. My problem is what they did to the spirit of the story. Well said and I shall summarize all of the movies' flaws with but a single heretical scene: Frodo did NOT attempt...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:53 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Frustrated
Replies: 29
Views: 555

<t>When I used to game-master, any time the players got "distracted" and weren't paying proper attention to the game, I'd just casually start dropping dice behind my screen, and consulting my custom "Random Bad Shit Suddenly Happens" chart. Then I'd count to ten and if they were still not paying att...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:20 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Ipod Nano commercial - Feist 1234
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Leslie Feist sorta reminds me of Kate Bush not a lot, but a little bit anyway

There's a whole bunch of Kate Bush on YouTube, incidentally.
by 3rd Eye
Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:51 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Who hires these people?!?
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Who hires these people?!?

DangerDwarf wrote: The inmates, knowing his "special" nature were messing with him. And he honestly believed that the 30 of them were going to commit mass suicide unless he sang the song and clapped his hands. He thought he did great. Who the hell hires these people. Dammit. Yup, this is what I'm r...
by 3rd Eye
Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:13 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Archtypical Forum-Goers
Replies: 26
Views: 155

You forgot
Necromancers

Those who dig deep into the graveyard of ancient and long-forgotten posts, desperately searching for a likely corpse to exhume, then use their dark and evil powers to raise the dead topic into a semblance of life again.
by 3rd Eye
Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I didn't know it was so rare...
Replies: 24
Views: 176

<t>I've only played with "named" groups twice:<br/> The Covenant of Ramsgate<br/> <br/> From an Ars Magica campaign, for which each of the six people in our group had multiple characters. In total, there were a dozen Magi, about as many Companions, and sixty or so Grogs in the Covenant as a whole th...
by 3rd Eye
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:16 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Your gaming buying habits
Replies: 35
Views: 427

Dristram wrote: I am SO surprised that ANY store that doesn't provide great customer service, isn't clean, doesn't keep product in stock, doesn't take advantage of next day ordering that game distributors can provide, etc. even survives! I would guess that most of those stores actually run at a los...
by 3rd Eye
Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:40 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Your gaming buying habits
Replies: 35
Views: 427

The key words in your Poll Question are: Quote: "When I have a local game store that serves my gaming needs" I have several Local Game Stores within easy driving distance but none of them "serve my gaming needs" to any notable extent. Local Game Stores tend to feature only a small handful of well-st...
by 3rd Eye
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: GENCON Photos
Replies: 58
Views: 961

Omote wrote: Fantasy Flight Games sure can make a good looking boardgame though... can't they? .............................................Omote FPQ Indeed, they can. They've got superb production values: great art, thick boards, interesting pieces, and so on. Nice stuff. Pity they waste so much e...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:57 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: GENCON Photos
Replies: 58
Views: 961

<t>Can anyone identify the game that's being played in this picture?<br/> <br/> Looks like it's Sci-Fi, with a modular board, but I don't recognize it<br/> [EDIT]<br/> <br/> Whoops. Never mind, found it myself. It's the StarCraft Board Game, from Fantasy Flight. That's why I didn't recognize it, bec...
by 3rd Eye
Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The Diamond Skull
Replies: 21
Views: 352

ssfsx17 wrote: Well, people who died as a result of the want for diamonds have died a lot more recently than people who died as a result of the want for skulls. Mainly, it's just journalistic short-term-memory at work. You're right, ssfsx17, and I know that most journalists (including those at the ...
by 3rd Eye
Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:46 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The Diamond Skull
Replies: 21
Views: 352

cleaverthepit wrote: Nice catch. I didn't notice that when I read the article. After reading imweasel's post, I did some more Googling for other articles about the Diamond Skull, and I discovered that imweasel is correct: Damien Hirst did in fact purchase a genuine human skull in an unspecified sho...
by 3rd Eye
Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The Diamond Skull
Replies: 21
Views: 352

I found this line in the BBC article particularly amusing: Quote: BBC: The 12m-worth of diamonds are said to be ethically sourced. They tell us this because diamonds are often mined in dangerous conditions by underpaid and exploited miners from humid little 3rd World Countries (often Africans); and ...
by 3rd Eye
Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The Diamond Skull
Replies: 21
Views: 352

The Diamond Skull

<t>Looking for an interesting Artifact?<br/> <br/> Perhaps you'd like something to use as a piece of treasure, at the end of a tough adventure?<br/> <br/> How about a skull covered in diamonds, worth 50 million?<br/> <br/> That's 50 MILLION British pounds, friends. A little bit over USD $100,000,000...
by 3rd Eye
Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: NEWS: Spider Web Engulfs Texas Park Trail
Replies: 16
Views: 407

DangerDwarf wrote:
And yet another nifty bit of Texas in the national news:
Has a Mythical Beast Turned Up in Texas?

Holy crap, DangerDwarf did you see the freakin' pictures that go with that story?

Check out the one in the L.A. Times

or the even-more-horrifyingly-closeup shot on MSNBC
by 3rd Eye
Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: NEWS: Spider Web Engulfs Texas Park Trail
Replies: 16
Views: 407

<t>The spiders of Mirkwood had crossed my mind too; but they're on a much larger scale, and would count as "Giant Spiders," no?<br/> <br/> I think people often overdo the scale on "giant" bugs, whether they be insects or arachnids or anything else with more than four legs and an exoskeleton (which i...
by 3rd Eye
Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:27 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: NEWS: Spider Web Engulfs Texas Park Trail
Replies: 16
Views: 407

NEWS: Spider Web Engulfs Texas Park Trail

<t>True story, man.<br/> ABC News:<br/> Spider Web Engulfs Texas Park Trail<br/> <br/> Sprawling Spider Web Engulfs North Texas Park Trail, Full of Captured Mosquitoes<br/> <br/> or<br/> FOX News:<br/> Scientists Debate Massive Spider Web Blanketing 200 Yards of Texas Park<br/> (Same article, same p...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:33 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Sci-Fi Question: Alien Races?
Replies: 12
Views: 236

<t>Crustacean is a good idea. I like the idea of space crabs and they'd be aquatic, which is good, because it's important to not have all the races be gas-breathers. (I deplore the near-total domination of bipedal, humanoid, gaseous-oxygen-breathing aliens in Science Fiction.)<br/> Equine would be a...
by 3rd Eye
Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:01 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Sci-Fi Question: Alien Races?
Replies: 12
Views: 236

Treebore wrote: Won't that limit expandibility? Not at all in fact it would help, wouldn't it? Any expansions would include the races that didn't appear in the original; but without race-specific components, an expansion wouldn't contain well, anything except new rules. Maybe I'm misunderstanding t...
by 3rd Eye
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:08 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Sci-Fi Question: Alien Races?
Replies: 12
Views: 236

serleran wrote:
Why not just have them all and allow the game to be played by any combination up to 6?

I considered it; but some of the game's components are race-specific, so the more races there are, the more components the game would need (which would raise the cost).
by 3rd Eye
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Sci-Fi Question: Alien Races?
Replies: 12
Views: 236

Sci-Fi Question: Alien Races?

<t>I'm designing a board/card game with a Sci-Fi theme. The game allows up to six players, so I want to have six competing races in the game but I've got more than six ideas for alien races, and I'm too biased to pick fairly. So I'd like to ask all of YOU to help me choose.<br/> <br/> I would've mad...