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General Discussion / Re: SHUA
« Last post by hans on Today at 07:43:09 PM »
Criticisms of the super-villains in superhero movies has prompted me to examine the villains I created for my mods. 

I think, on the whole, they've been pretty good.  Maybe altogether I might give myself a B+... 

IMHO, my two regular fantasy mods, Kill the Heroes of Phlan and (writing as "Two-Bit Termite") Oddities, had either enough depth or surprises in the villains to be interesting and effective. 

My Oriental Adventures mods have been more varied, ranging from mere cypher villains in the mini-mod Unspoken Dream to the complex in The Snow-Woman's Daughters

Rocco Taku's X-Anime (my least personal favorite mod) used only characters from established anime television shows, so I disregard that one.  If I had to include it, it would surely pull down my average. 

But moving to the more relevant SHUA mods I've done, I'd grade the villains thusly:

Greeda (C+) and The Barber (B-) in Marshal Mars: Mars in Misalignment
Armageddeus with his gang (C-) and Arch-Angelica (A) in Superdead
Ratmaster (C+) in Major Mystery Serial--"Chapter 1: To Smell a Rat".
Zodiaxor (A) and The Wily Wasp (A) or Guard-Ĉon (B-) --whoever is a villain in Guard-Ĉon.
(The Untimers ...doesn't count.) 
Diabolitek (C+), Baron Von Zeus (B+), and The Scare (A) in Man-Storm

Of course, my self-rating must be inescapably subjective, and perhaps I am too kind to myself.   :P
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General Discussion / Re: SHUA
« Last post by hans on Today at 02:15:09 PM »
...Benicio del Toro was the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jeff Goldblum was Grandmaster in Thor:Ragnarok...
 

Ah, yes, I misspoke --er, mistyped...   :P 

Thanks for the correction.   ;)
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General Discussion / Re: SHUA
« Last post by Nol Drek on Today at 12:11:32 PM »
I thought Jeff Goldblum's secondary villain, the Collector, was sublimely perfect.

Benicio del Toro was the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jeff Goldblum was Grandmaster in Thor:Ragnarok.

They are both Elders of the Universe and have a similar look about them. And I agree that Jeff Goldblum was the perfect sleazy power hungry leader. I wonder how much of his dialogue was improvised?

Grandmaster : Hey Sparkles, here's the deal: you want to get back to ass-place, ass-berg, wherever you came from...
Thor : ASGARD!

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Hi. Sorry for the slow response. I have been able to use Frua98 in Windows 7 and Windows 10.

I have also used HackCKIT with success in Windows.

I also use Nol Drek's very useful MakeDiffTbl.jar, because UAShell fails to save changes to diff.tbl reliably (or, I think, at all), and that also runs in Windows.

I have also used a program called Midpack to create music files, and this too runs in Windows

The other programs that I have used with success, all running through DOSBox (either with or without UA Shell) are Backgrow, Dunggrow, Fontedit, Framedit, NAFN, NINEPING, IconEdit, Textedit, Str_Edit, UA256, UA Toolbox and Wildedit.

I also use UGE (for CKIT.EXE and SCRIPT.GLB editing) running through DOSBox.

Between all the above programs (with a lot of trial and error and backing up!) I have managed to achieve just about everything I think I can achieve in FRUA hacking.

I seem to recall that problems can potentially occur if you have your CKIT.EXE in some locations (like perhaps on Desktop or Program Files) so I always apply Frua98 and HackCKIT (and UGE, although I run UGE through DOSBox) to a separate "working" version of CKIT.EXE.

Hope that helps.
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General Discussion / Re: SHUA
« Last post by hans on November 21, 2017, 10:15:36 PM »
I would've added a scene to Thor: Ragnarok --something like this: 

Hela sits on Odin's throne, Skurge alone is in the chamber with her. 

Hela: Skurge, take off my boots.

Skurge obeys. 

Hela: That's better.  Now, massage my feet while you're there. 

Skurge begins to massage Hela's feet. 

Hela:  Oh, my, yes!  That feels nice!  You're a god of many talents, Skurge. 
          Why were you a janitor?
(She asks with some distaste.) 

Skurge: I made a big mess.  The others were making me clean it up. 

Hela:  Menial labor is beneath a god!  Lesser beings are meant for such duties.

Skurge:  Slaves...? 

Hela:  Worshippers. 

Skurge:  What if the lesser beings don't wish to worship us? 

Hela:  Then they feel the wrath of the gods.  Such is the proper order of the universe. 
         We do it a disservice if we fail to fulfill our roles as gods.  Odin failed to see that. 


Skurge:  May I ask a question?

Hela: If you wish

Skurge:  I don't mean to be presumptuous.  Forgive me if my question is in any way
             offensive to you. 


Hela:  (Smiling) Now I insist you ask your question. 

Skurge:  What made Odin change? 

Hela:  Sacrifices.  When he learned that the humans were making human sacrifices
         to him and other Asgardians, he was aghast.  "Innocent blood" he railed.  Bah! 
         As if there were such a thing!  The old fool!


--Such a scene would've further clarified Hela's worldview and therefore her motivation, while answering the question of why Odin abandoned his warlike ways. 

I thought Jeff Goldblum's secondary villain, the Collector, was sublimely perfect.
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General Discussion / Re: SHUA
« Last post by Nol Drek on November 21, 2017, 07:11:41 PM »
One reason I enjoyed Thor:Ragnarok more than Justice League was the choice of the villain.

Cate Blanchett did a wonderful job as the villain Hela in Thor:Ragnarok. She had depth, motivation, an amazing look, she inhabited the character, and her threat level was just right for the movie.

Instead of choosing an iconic Justice League villain (such as Despero, Amazo, Vandal Savage or Darkseid) and giving the role to a competent actor, Justice League went with a C-list villain who I had never heard of before and made him an unrelatable CGI character with voice acting.
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Dungeon Craft - General / Re: Dhost.info closing (closed) down 11/15/2017
« Last post by manikus on November 21, 2017, 02:40:01 PM »
Thanks to Donnie Ewald, my homepage is up again at:
http://www.reonis.com/dinonykos/

Thank you very much for your help! The subfolder solution is absolutely acceptable!
 :hello2:

I have updated the links on my page and on the Help documentation page :D :D :D
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Agreed.  Brutal Legend was awesome (played it maybe three or four years ago).  Only hiccup for me was the RTS stuff at the end which made that section of the game less fun than the rest...but even still, it was worth the ride.  Anyone who is on the fence should grab it.  It might surprise you.
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Dungeon Craft - General / Re: Dhost.info closing (closed) down 11/15/2017
« Last post by Dinonykos on November 21, 2017, 01:21:21 PM »
Thanks to Donnie Ewald, my homepage is up again at:
http://www.reonis.com/dinonykos/

Thank you very much for your help! The subfolder solution is absolutely acceptable!
 :hello2:
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General Discussion / Re: SHUA
« Last post by hans on November 21, 2017, 11:25:27 AM »
Unfortunately, Justice League seriously underperformed in its opening weekend.  (I hate to think what lesson the bigwigs at WB will see in this, when their own meddlings are undoubtedly to blame for most of the movie's weaknesses.) 

While Justice League does have many weaknesses, it is, nevertheless, somehow more than the sum of its parts.  It is a consistently entertaining movie that left the audience I saw it with smiling big smiles. 

Timing may have hurt it, too, as like Batman v Superman which opened after the superior Captain America: Civil War, Justice League opened just two weeks after the superior Thor: Ragnarok
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