Thursday, May 28, 2015

17 to 01: Court Martial

Derek says lawyers are interesting. I say they're boring assholes. 

We also talk about conviction and how confidence can sway people where reason doesn't. Feature or bug?

Bug. It's definitely a bug.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Battletech Heaps: Active Probe Rules

Whether it's for nostalgia or novelty, Wednesdays are the days that I put up old Battletech house rules I created nigh on 10 years ago. For those of you who aren't familiar with the (in)famous, addictive board game of armored combat, I'll add some context, but know that you should abandon all non-courier fonts, ye who enter here.


Active Probe Modifications
Active probes in Battletech are generally used just to assist with Hidden Units, detecting minefields, and sensor rules, rarely-used optional rules.

Fast Facts:
-Paltry 6 hex range.
-Trumped by ECM.
-Not TAG, which allows you to attack the enemy.
-Not C3, which makes attacking the enemy easier.

Not for nothin', but Battletech is a game about attacking the enemy and making them win the race to the grave. A simple improvement would be allow active probes to negate some battlefield impediments.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Affleck as Olbermann

I'm pretty sure I've posted this one before, but it's a favorite and election season is nigh.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

17 to 01: The Galileo Seven

Derek and I politely fight for thirty out of fifty minutes about every. single. thing. in this episode.

There is a lot of what I feel is unintentional allegory in this episode, which is not to its detriment. Spock is constantly able to do everyone else's job and an episode which exploits his weaknesses to the hilt is much needed, but I'm still sifting for larger social messages.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Battletech Heaps: Targeting Pod

Whether it's for nostalgia or novelty, Wednesdays are the days that I put up old Battletech house rules I created nigh on 10 years ago. For those of you who aren't familiar with the (in)famous, addictive board game of armored combat, I'll add some context, but know that you should abandon all non-courier fonts, ye who enter here.

Targeting Pods
Somewhere between a turret and a targeting computer, targeting pods contain a bundle of direct fire weapons. Controlled by computers through a bundle of sensitive actuators, they create a precise way of directing fire.

Targeting pods are an extension of sensor-to-muzzle targeting improvements, but they fall prey to the law of diminishing returns. While the technology may be more on par with the Clans, most warriors draw the line at keeping the computers from doing all of the fighting. On the other hand, the technology is too advanced for what the Inner Sphere can offer. If it did exist in the Battletech universe, it would likely be the hopeless pet project of a Clan scientist. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Leviathan Warships

Yeah, it's just a video game trailer, but it's an amusing video game trailer.


Update: I bought the game during a Steam sale and I wasn't impressed.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Dumbest Thing in Comics

...is that Franklin Richards was carried to term by Sue Storm and not Reed Richards.