Zachary Smith
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Ever check out Azzarello's Joker?

Are you aware of the AV Club's piece on the nazi problem in metal? If so, any thoughts?

I'm not.

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Thoughts on Rogue One?

-In the abstract, it has everything cool about Star Wars--original designs, grimy tech, collaged and third worldish post-apoc Rebels, sleek and geometric Empire, people casually shooting each other with lasers, sci-fi kung-fu, awesome weird aliens
-In the abstract, it has nothing stupid about Star Wars--hero's journey with music telling you it's the hero's journey, noble blood, people disagreeing with the plot moving forward in unconvincing dialogue, bad acting in weirdly key parts, brown robes
-All the actors are instantly convincing, like an HBO ensemble show.
-Also like an HBO show, the plot is diffused enough in different scenes that I don't find myself constantly predicting how scenes will end
-Unlike Force Awakens, none of the Big Impact scenes relied on recycled design elements or plot mechanics. You weren't continually reminded that you'd seen this before but with Han Solo.
-The key designs built on the Star Wars references enough to feel in-universe but were still new . KS looks like but is not a droid we've seen before. The new old black Storm Troopers are new. The Jedi actually has dope moves and Is Asian (because duh kung fu) and DOESN:T WEAR BROWN!!!!!! His pal has this massive shotgun/armor set up that looks like nothing out of Star Wars but fits right in. The rebels wear DIY looking gear that keeps changing but keeps looking like actual stuff you'd wear rather than toy designs (When the main girl has the goggles and helmet on they are obviously stolen but somehow look so right in a way like Leia in the Endor helmet just looked like "Ok, Ms Fisher, time for your costume change"). The 2 kinds of new Imperial fighters were cool. The old tech was there enough to make the movie make sense but none of the Big Cool scenes relied on it. The tube-twin guys were awesome. Forrest Whitaker was 40k as shit.
-When they did show an old design (death star exteriors, destroyers, AT-ATs) they shot it from a new angle and often gave it a sense of scale you'd never seen before.
-Grittiest Star Wars.
-The cool aliens actually do stuff but it doesn't look like the prequels where they just look like they handed it to the cgi guys.
-The scenes in Jeda are straight up THIS IS AMERICAN IMPERIALISM OCCUPYING A GORGEOUS, DIVERSE, CROSSROAD OF CULTURES THAT HAS TO USE ASYMMETRIC WARFARE AGAINST THEM.
-Seriously Jeda is like sexy Blade-Runnerized Kabul and it's amazing.
-Constantly driven home that The Rebels are a multicultural, multiracial coalition using data-theft, stolen tech and explosives to resist a technologized, homogenized, clean white male empire in a way none of the films since Return of the Jedi have except in Jedi it was hidden behind teddy bears.
-K2 is never annoying or cloying, unlike all the other robot characters and his death was perfect.
-The emotional notes have nothing to do with classic Star Wars personalized theatricality (except with Mads and his daughter and Stardust, but it's brief)
-It was great

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What do you do with books you own but have to or want to get rid of?

Sell them or give them to friends

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Under my moral system, I would not kill Mussolini

People like you are the reason we have Mussolini's. Well--and also Mussolinis.

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also if I'm responding to one of your questions do I have to answer in the form of a question

if it's unclear what you're doing.

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Death is something Id only inflict despite my morals so I'm really curious

You wouldn't kill Mussolini? If your moral system doesn't include the people you would actually kill and has "exceptions: it's not a system. It's intellectual laziness.

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If an internet troll fed a family would you still refuse him Medical care

Probably yeah, I mean: Goebbels had a family.
Why does this issue obsess you so much? Why chose the hill of arbitrary jerkwaddery to die on, Anonymous?

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How would you translate The Immortal Iron Fist arc into a D&D adventure?

I don't know, I only read the parts Aja drew.

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What do you like specifically about David Aja's work?

The earlier Iron fist stuff had wonderful noiry grit combined with an ability to do action, the later stuff on Hawkeye had a great economy and Mazzuchelli-ish design-sense.

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Thoughts on GURPS?

Not a lot, but it's ok i guess

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Favourite genre film of the 1980s?

It would be hard not to say Blade Runner

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why the head tatt

it works

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In your Patreon intro to "Demon City" , you wrote 'When I work on a painting, I always know I'll sell it sooner or later". How do you know that? (I'm interested in the mysteries of the full time working artist)

That's what's always happened so far

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what's a kind of game you've never gotten to play in that you want to play?

I like long campaigns with good friends and I rarely get to be in them because at home I'm running the game

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how is demon city not "zak writes a storygame"

If you define Story Games by their typical design priorities: Demon City prioritizes player skill (other than system mastery) over enabling characters to succeed in activities in order to make the PC feel good or bad or based on how well they fit the genre (ie it's not Narrativist), the player only controls their own PC for the most part, and it prioritizes problem-solving and problem-driven adventures. There are a number of other typical SG devices (aggressive scene-framing after the initial set-up, for instance) that Demon City doesn't use or recommend. I can't think of anything it really has more in common with Story Games than it does with a traditional RPG.
If you define Story Game socially (ie as games popular within a certain clique): the only Story Gamer backing it is Vincent Baker, the rest are outside that scene so far as I know.

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umm some rumors on the uhh.. internets. so not true?

Where on the internet?

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ummm is it true you banged gwen stefani the other day?

where did you hear that?

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How do I legally obtain your porn?

The easiest is to go through the companies involved--Vivid, VCA, Stoya's site, Mandy's clips-for-sale, etc

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If Jeff Sessions got hit by a car in front of you would you be more or less tempted to help him than with the internet troll

That man can fuck right off

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Who's Bill?

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Sienkiewicz.
Google him before you ask anybody about Legion.

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Watch any legion yet?

Nah, but Bill likes it which means it's probably worth a look.

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How did you and Stoya get permission to shoot a porn in that abandoned hotel?

We just did it.

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How are you finding the Iron Fist show?

I don't watch those. I watched a few episodes of Cage and the beginning of Jessica Jones but...seems like not much point to doing superheroes without a big enough budget to make it look weird. Nobody bought those things for the writing and it isn't like you can't find kung fu anywhere else.

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When I run D&D, I sometimes end up in situations where everyone is just going around the table missing their combat targets and its really boring. Any ideas? I've moved away from Dungeon World, but I liked the way that when you rolled in combat, someone always did damage or the situation changed.

If they're missing tell them they need to up their game. Teamwork--trip, grapple, distract enemies, support each other. And make sure combat is deadly enough that everyone is afraid of what'll happen if the enemy gets a hit in before they do.

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