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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Good ol' Strat-O-Matic, the original fantasy sports league.
    Nice to see I was not the only one to have that come to mind in reference to the post. I could not afford the game as a kid so I made my own deck of cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Good ol' Strat-O-Matic, the original fantasy sports league.
    Amen to that. I have a fantasy baseball league based in the future I still play - though I use the computer version of the game to sim an entire season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Aboleth View Post
    I keep hearing Girardi's name pop up but I don't think he'll come to Chicago, personally.
    I seem to recall that it's his home town. But will they pay him? No idea.

    Also, I'm deliberately ignoring the "Lol what r sports?" crowd. I get it, but honestly it's tiresome...
    I was a jock in high school. I also played D&D. I also played Diplomacy. Hung around with some jocks in college and some nerds. Also played D&D. *shrug* The people who want to stove pipe or pigeon hole other people really should not.
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    Really? It always seemed to me that ANH had the tightest plot of them all, likely from being a standalone while the rest all rely on other installments to various degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    On the high level, New Hope and Return of the Jedi have kind of the opposite problem. New Hope feels to me like it's trying to go all over the place and feels vaguely disjointed as a result, whereas Return of the Jedi is so tightly bound it's like Tatooine and post-Tatooine are completely separate movies, with a weak connecting piece....Making for a milder version of the same effect as when someone who was wrong thought it'd be a good idea to glue four episodes of (3D) The Clone Wars together without any sort of connecting pieces and call it a movie.
    Speaking as someone who saw Empire and had to live years not knowing if Han Solo was going to be ok, it was a pretty critical part of the movie. 12 year old me would have even said that there was no way the Rebels could defeat the Empire without Han. Turns out he wasn't THAT critical, but you don't know that when you spend a few years discussing if Han Solo is still ok inside the carbonite.

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    Speaking as someone who saw Empire and had to live years not knowing if Han Solo was going to be ok, it was a pretty critical part of the movie. 12 year old me would have even said that there was no way the Rebels could defeat the Empire without Han. Turns out he wasn't THAT critical, but you don't know that when you spend a few years discussing if Han Solo is still ok inside the carbonite.
    All the more reason the "hey, everybody who wasn't here before, meet with everyone who was here before" mission briefing scene between Tatooine and Endor, which kind of ignored the entire carbonite thing, came off as weak. Without Caroline Blakiston's performance, it'd probably have been forgettable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HorizonWalker View Post
    Fair, that was poor phrasing on my part. If it helps, I wasn't meaning "your snark" in a negative light. Snark is pretty value-neutral, I think. Just, y'know. A mode of speaking that involves sarcastic humor.
    I think snark generally has a more negative connotation than that, but whatever, it's not a big deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Aboleth View Post
    Also, I'm deliberately ignoring the "Lol what r sports?" crowd. I get it, but honestly it's tiresome...traditional "nerdy" things are mostly not seen the same way they were 10 or 15 years ago, to the point where things like Dungeons & Dragons are becoming increasingly popular across multiple demographics (even--and perhaps especially--with "jocks"). Plus, fantasy sports have always been a thing--the jocks were just lying when they said they didn't like "nerd stuff."
    Quote Originally Posted by KorvinStarmast View Post
    I was a jock in high school. I also played D&D. I also played Diplomacy. Hung around with some jocks in college and some nerds. Also played D&D. *shrug* The people who want to stove pipe or pigeon hole other people really should not.
    Yeah, this is more my perspective and what I sympathize with.

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    Yeah, us nerds and geeks are well into sports (see also Analytics). Plus we like talking about synchronicity, whether that's rolling three crits in a row or Washington winning NHL and WNBA championships in the same year and having a shot at MLB as well.




    Really spellchecker? You recognize NHL but not WNBA or MLB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Yeah, us nerds and geeks are well into sports (see also Analytics). Plus we like talking about synchronicity, whether that's rolling three crits in a row or Washington winning NHL and WNBA championships in the same year and having a shot at MLB as well.
    Must be the year of Washington then, but the Redskins balance it out by being horrible. There have been other odd same season year success stories in the last 20 years, mainly in New England/Boston. 2004 won Super Bowl and World Series, 2018 World Series 2019 Super Bowl win, (was the 2018-19 season finale).

    then some near misses like the year the Cavs won the NBA and the Indians made it to the World Series and lose it in 7 if my memory serves right.

    Ah the interesting stories of "Karma" in sports.

    PS: and here I thought this thread had finally gone so far off the rails as to have died. Wrong again I am afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathorne View Post
    PS: and here I thought this thread had finally gone so far off the rails as to have died. Wrong again I am afraid.
    You know Iím pretty sure almost every single possible derailment has happened in this thread, by my count all we need to do is talk about Familicide, LOTR, Discworld and Harry Potter to discuss the entire range of derailments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    I recognize that Conservation of Detail is Overrated, but I find the event that I am using as evidence for my theory above important enough/given enough focus to qualify for what I call Elanís Exception, ďWho wastes perfectly good foreshadowing like that?Ē. Also I have never correctly predicted any event in any piece of media so take this theory with a grain of salt (I call this Peeleeís Ye Old Reminder).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    You know Iím pretty sure almost every single possible derailment has happened in this thread, by my count all we need to do is talk about Familicide, LOTR, Discworld and Harry Potter to discuss the entire range of derailments.
    Iím totally game.

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    You know Iím pretty sure almost every single possible derailment has happened in this thread, by my count all we need to do is talk about Familicide, LOTR, Discworld and Harry Potter to discuss the entire range of derailments.
    You mean talking about that time Sauron cast Familicide on Draco Malfoy while he was reading The Colour of Magic?
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    You mean talking about that time Sauron cast Familicide on Draco Malfoy while he was reading The Colour of Magic?
    Thatís part of my favorite Lord of the Discs book, The Order of the Familicide!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    I recognize that Conservation of Detail is Overrated, but I find the event that I am using as evidence for my theory above important enough/given enough focus to qualify for what I call Elanís Exception, ďWho wastes perfectly good foreshadowing like that?Ē. Also I have never correctly predicted any event in any piece of media so take this theory with a grain of salt (I call this Peeleeís Ye Old Reminder).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathorne View Post
    Must be the year of Washington then, but the Redskins balance it out by being horrible.
    That'll happen when your team's owner is
    Dan Snyder. He's the worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Yeah, us nerds and geeks are well into sports (see also Analytics). Plus we like talking about synchronicity, whether that's rolling three crits in a row or Washington winning NHL and WNBA championships in the same year and having a shot at MLB as well.




    Really spellchecker? You recognize NHL but not WNBA or MLB?
    I had some hopes for a Triple Championship for my teams in 2017-18; I only got one, but it's not unrealistic 2019-20 could pull it off.

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    At one point I did do a GURPS add-on for becoming a pro hockey player, but never really play-tested it properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Aboleth View Post
    That'll happen when your team's owner is
    Dan Snyder. He's the worst.
    Our Jerry Jones surely tries our patience, but I must award the palm to Snyder for driving his fans nuts. (My brother is a major Redskins fan ... I would not be surprised if there are Snyder dolls with pins stuck into them in that old man cave...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KorvinStarmast View Post
    Our Jerry Jones surely tries our patience, but I must award the palm to Snyder for driving his fans nuts. (My brother is a major Redskins fan ... I would not be surprised if there are Snyder dolls with pins stuck into them in that old man cave...)
    Jerry is bad for plenty of reasons, but at least he cares about winning. Imagine having a Mike Brown or Bill Bidwill (RIP) as your owner. Or, obviously, a Snyder, who acts more like a spoiled child who has to do everything his way or he throws a tantrum.

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    I just hope the artist is okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Warlorn View Post
    I just hope the artist is okay.
    It's better than okay - it's great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorvinStarmast View Post
    Our Jerry Jones surely tries our patience, but I must award the palm to Snyder for driving his fans nuts. (My brother is a major Redskins fan ... I would not be surprised if there are Snyder dolls with pins stuck into them in that old man cave...)
    I work in the DC sports media market. The things I've heard from beat reporters, radio jocks, etc who have actually interacted with Snyder is that he's every bit as awful as his reputation would suggest. Heck, this is the guy who essentially used his team's cheerleaders as paid escorts to impress Important Clients, and when he got caught gave the weak defense of (paraphrased), "They weren't told to sleep with anyone!" As if being told, "Stay with the Client and make sure they're comfortable all night" didn't carry an obvious sexual implication.

    A high-ranking member of a different NFL organization recently said that Snyder "acts like how most people THINK rich people act." The other owners reportedly aren't fond of him, either, but are happy to keep him around so that their teams can enjoy an easy Win on their schedule.

    The funny thing is, I'm not even a DC sports fan and I still hate Snyder! Actual fans want him shot into the sun, and I completely understand that reaction. [/rant]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    Thatís part of my favorite Lord of the Discs book, The Order of the Familicide!
    I always preferred the fight between Darth Twoflower and Nanny McGonagall for the Seventh Ring, Ingmar.

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    This is why I love this comic, it literally has everything a great comic should have
    Agree completely since only the best webcomics are able to reach such a milestone in quality.

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    I wonder if they will actually get together at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redemedic View Post
    I wonder if they will actually get together at the end.
    My guess is 'no'; just because they have a kid together doesn't mean they'll automatically pair up or that said pairing would be healthy. Durkon being a responsible dad doesn't require him to be a husband.

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    How in the world did we get back on the "Rails"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D.One View Post
    You mean talking about that time Sauron cast Familicide on Draco Malfoy while he was reading The Colour of Magic?
    Well Draco had it coming to him. Minutes before Draco had used his light-sabre to slice the full-scale matchstick model of the USS Enterprise that Sauron had been painstakingly building.
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    How in the world did we get back on the "Rails"?
    Well you see, sometimes we derail so hard we loop back around onto the rails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Well you see, sometimes we derail so hard we loop back around onto the rails.
    Gotta roll a 20 sometime!

    Or maybe a 1...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusher View Post
    Gotta roll a 20 sometime!

    Or maybe a 1...
    The rails rolled a natural 20 and we rolled a natural 1 against rerailing.
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    I recognize that Conservation of Detail is Overrated, but I find the event that I am using as evidence for my theory above important enough/given enough focus to qualify for what I call Elanís Exception, ďWho wastes perfectly good foreshadowing like that?Ē. Also I have never correctly predicted any event in any piece of media so take this theory with a grain of salt (I call this Peeleeís Ye Old Reminder).

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