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2020 Playing Card Holiday Gift Guide

My favourite decks from the past year

Playing cards make the ideal gift, particularly the many beautiful custom decks available nowadays. Almost everyone can use a deck of cards at some point, so they have an instant and universal appeal, especially if a deck has some customized artwork and is packaged in an appealing tuck box.
In this list I want to focus on some of my favourite decks that have come out in the past year 2020. This year has been a challenging year for many of us in light of the coronavirus that has swept across the world. But in the middle of all this darkness, there have also been some bright spots, which include the brand new crop of custom decks that have appeared in the marketplace.
The suggestions I'm making are very much a matter of personal choice, and other playing card enthusiasts might make other choices. I haven't seen each and every deck that hit the market in the past year, and there are undoubtedly plenty of other worthy decks that qualify for a list like this. I've also not included any decks that have haven't yet been produced, even if they have been crowdfunded. This list strictly covers decks that you should be able to obtain from online retailers and resellers. I've also not included so-called "hype decks" that sell out almost immediately at the publisher level (e.g. Fontaines), but only those that enter retail channels and are more widely and readily available.
I've also included links to where you find them at PlayingCardDecks so that you can see images of the tuck boxes and cards for each item, and because they're the retailer I personally buy playing cards from the most. But you should be able to find these decks at most online retailers.

Popular Series

Several series of playing cards have become brands of their own, and achieved nearly cult status from collectors. This past year has seen some great additions to the line-ups from popular series that include big names like Jerry's Nuggets, Cherry Casino, and NOC.
Jerry's Nugget Aqua Playing Cards - Jerry's Nuggets are a modern icon in the world of playing cards, due to the cult status of this deck, which was praised by cardists around the world. It was originally printed in the early 1970s, and was so much in demand in recent decades that copies fetched over $500 in the secondary market. A very successful reprinting of the original blue and red decks happened in 2019, and in the past year we've seen multiple reprints in different colours. Among my favourites in this series are the bright colours like orange, yellow, and green, which have all appeared in the past year. But there's also something for those who prefer a more muted look, such as steel and black. For more in this series, see Jerry's Nugget decks.
Cherry Casino Tropicana Teal Playing Cards - The Cherry Casino decks capture a retro vibe, and are a throwback to the old fruit machines from gambling halls, with their distinctive cherry artwork. For me the real appeal of this series lies in the gorgeous card backs, which have a metallic sheen making them feel instantly different from all other decks. The face cards are all quite standard, so that makes them ideal for card games or card magic. Multiple new colours continue to appear in this series, such as Flamingo Quartz Pink, and most recently McCarran Silver. For more in this series, see Cherry Casino decks .
NOC 3000X2 Purple Playing Cards - The acronym NOC originally stood for Nothing Only Colour, and in line with this the initial decks in this series were all very minimalist. Many people like to collect and use the NOC decks, and over time the series has evolved somewhat. The most recent releases show some new splashes of creativity, and with the NOC 3000X2 deck we travel into the future, past the year 3000. Vibrant purples and pinks inhabit the landscape of the cards, for a very modern and flashy look that is particularly well suited to cardistry. This particular deck is also available in a matching pink version. For more in this series, see NOC decks.

Popular Brands

There are several big brands that you can count on for quality, and this year was no exception, with big companies like Theory11, Ellusionist, and Art of Play all continuing to contribute wonderful playing cards to the market.
James Bond 007 Playing Cards - When it comes to glamorous tuck boxes, it doesn't get much better than the luxury of playing card producer Theory11. This wonderful deck is a tribute to agent 007, James Bond. I collect most of the Theory11 decks, and this one is particularly terrific, with a supreme tuck box, and Bond-inspired paraphernalia on the court cards and on the card back. Close observers will find many Bond gadgets and more. Theory11 have put out several stylish releases in the past year, another one being the Hollywood Roosevelt deck. For more, see Theory11 decks.
Shadow Masters Legacy v2 Playing Cards - One of the companies at the forefront of the custom playing cards movement was Ellusionist and their Black Tiger deck continues to be a modern icon. While they've since been overshadowed by the many custom decks produced in the crowd-funding era over the past decade, they continue to produce some memorable decks from time to time that are worth picking up. The Shadow Masters Legacy v2 is a black deck in the classic Ellusionist style, and represents the kind of thing that made them great to begin with. A jet black background is the chief feature of this deck, and the red and white used for the artwork and pips stands out beautifully against the inky black. This deck compares favourably with any other deck from the modern era. For more, see Ellusionist decks.
Yellow Wheel Playing Cards - The brand Art of Play is the home of influential cardists Dan and Dave Buck. Their Red & Blue Wheel decks are among my all-time favourite decks, with gorgeous metallic inks as part of a split-pip design. The Yellow Wheel deck is their latest entry in the Wheel series, that retains the original card backs but now in yellow. But the highlight is the card faces, with the split pips employing a stunning metallic silver that complements the cards beautifully. This is a completely custom deck that is certain to impress anyone who sees it. Art of Play produces many new decks each year, and their Henry & Sally deck is a fun novelty release also worth checking out. For more, see Art of Play decks.

Popular Designers

They are a very select group, but there are some notable designers in the playing card industry who have developed a real name for themselves, have generated a large following of loyal fans, and continue to produce high quality custom decks on a regular basis.
Italia Radiosa Playing Cards - Italian designer Giovanni Meroni is the man behind Thirdway Industries, and his playing cards are in high demand from collectors around the world. His signature style is immediately recognizable in each of his decks, and this one is no exception. Along with its companion Italia Segreta, it's themed around the wonders and secrets of Italy. The unique court cards are the real highlight, showcasing Giovanni's usual creativity and style. The number cards are also fully custom. These are the kinds of decks that will hold their value well in years to come. If you want even more vibrant colours, check out Modern Idols, from the same creator. For more, see Giovanni Meroni decks.
Postage Paid Playing Cards - Behind the brand Kings Wild Project is Jackson Robinson, who is one of the few professional designers that actually makes a living out of designing playing cards. This deck was inspired by the idea of playing cards functioning as postcards, each with its own stamp and post paid stamp. All 50 US states are represented on different cards, and everything about this deck is fully customized. This deck was produced in only limited numbers, so it will be out of stock in most places. But if you're quick, you can still grab Jackson Robinson's General Admission deck, which applies a similar concept to tickets, with each card representing a vintage ticket stub from the early 20th century. For more, see Jackson Robinson decks.
Kodiak Playing Cards - From popular designer Jody Eklund and his Black Ink Playing Cards Company, comes this delightful deck of playing cards that is geared to the poker player and collector. The cards have a very classic look, but offer a fresh take on the designs of the court cards and pips. Jody is highly respected for his approach to graphic design, and these cards will prove an excellent choice if you like playing card games, and want to bring something stylish and attractive to the table. For more, see Jody Eklund decks.

Magician Decks

Most magicians can perform their magic with any deck, but typically they prefer to do card magic with a deck where novelty and customization are minimal, so as not to distract from their magic. These decks are well suited to performing magic, and contain bonus gaff cards or other secrets that enable them to produce miracles not possible with ordinary decks.
Card College Playing Cards - These decks are a tribute to the most outstanding modern teacher of the fundamentals of card magic, Roberto Giobbi. Mr Giobbi is the author of Card College, a series of best-selling books which are the modern gold standard for learning card magic. Available in red and blue, these decks are simple and practical for the working magician, and as a bonus each contains two double backer gaff cards. If you want more luxury, check out the stunning Luxury 3 Deck Set, which has even more stylish cards, individually numbered tuck boxes with unique origami style features, packaged in an attractive acrylic box - the ideal collectible or gift for magicians.
Remedies Royal Blue Playing Cards - The Remedies decks come from popular creators Daniel Madison and Daniel Schneider, and this is a successor to the Remedies Scarlet Red deck. Many collectors love the Black Roses brand of playing cards, and collect whatever they produce. This blue Remedies deck has a classic and minimalist look with bold blue card backs, and is very functional and practical. The inclusion of a special Angle Zero gaff makes it ideal for magicians.
DMC Elites Red v5 Playing Cards - Of all the marked decks I own, the DMC Elites is easily my first choice whenever I want a marked deck with cards that can be easily read from a distance, due to the clever and yet almost invisible marking system it uses. This deck has previously been released in several different colours, and now incorporates Tamariz's Mnemonica stack. All you need is the deck, but there is a terrific Passport book available separately, which will give you some great ideas for routines you can pull off with this great marked deck. For more, see Marked decks.

Cardistry Decks

Card flourishing has really boomed in recent years, and especially shines when cardists use a deck that has colourful and striking patterns optimized for cardistry, that enhance the visual aesthetics of cards in motion, as these decks show.
Neon Orange Cardistry Playing Cards - This deck represents Bicycle's attempt to meet a demand for a relatively low-cost deck geared towards card flourishing. The card backs have a geometric design, and the faces are all identical and completely non-standard, showcasing the latest evolution in playing cards optimized entirely for cardistry. Bright colours ensure that the cards look visually appealing in fans, spreads, and flourishing moves. Alongside this vibrant orange deck is its blue companion, the Neon Blue Aurora deck.
Autumn Circle Cardistry Playing Cards - Tally Ho is a classic brand that USPCC has been producing for a long time. The circle back design of the typical Tally Ho deck has become iconic, and is especially appreciated by those who enjoy card flourishing. Each year the folks at Bicycle produce some in-house decks for special occasions, and the Autumn Circle Back deck is a lovely result. The colours capture the warmth and glow of autumn leaves and the mood of harvest time, while the pattern on the card backs is perfect for cardistry.
ArrowDynamix Cardistry Playing Cards - Given the high volume of cardistry decks appearing all the time, it can be difficult to come up with something completely original, but this minimalist deck has accomplished exactly that. Each card features a giant vertical arrow on the card backs, and a giant horizontal arrow on the faces. With carefully choreographed sequences and moves, you can create truly unique patterns and effects that you simply can't achieve with any other cardistry deck.

Animal-themed Decks

Do you love animals, or do you have an animal lover in your life? There are a lot of wonderful custom decks that are tributes to our four legged friends, or depict some of our favourite creatures.
Woof and Whiskers Dog Playing Cards - The real appeal of this deck is the cute tuck box, which has cardboard ears that fold up, to complete the look of the friendly dog on the front of the box. I would have liked to see some more customization with the number cards, but it's still a very charming deck, with delightful custom artwork on the court cards and aces. This is one of two Zoo 52 decks, so if you like the Dog deck, you'll also want to pick up the Playful Paws Cat deck, which is equally cute.
Aviary Playing Cards - There are a lot of independent creators that produce Bicycle branded playing cards with the help of industry giant USPCC, but this big name producer also releases its own in-house decks. This is my favourite of their four newest releases that hit the market at the end of 2020, and is a very classy looking deck with artwork inspired by a traditional look, but with adjustments to give it a custom feel, and the presence of several birds carefully positioned throughout the deck. Of the four new releases from Bicycle, the Sea King deck is also proving to be very popular.
King of Tigers Playing Cards - If you're looking for a deck with bling, this is it. The card backs have a borderless tiger skin pattern, which has been printed with some of the latest technology that makes use of foil for a truly eye-catching look. The tuck box is even more glamorous. While the court cards are clearly inspired by traditional courts, the Jokers bring back the tiger theme strongly, and the tiger skin look recurs throughout the deck.

Food-themed Decks

Recent years have seen some wonderful novelty decks themed around different kinds of food. These are always a great way to whet your appetite for a card game, or to show off to family or friends, and have proved a real hit with collectors.
Squeezers V3 Playing Cards - Good luck getting your hands on decks from this extremely popular series from Organic Playing Cards, because they sell out quickly. These fruit inspired decks have delightful tuck boxes, and this grapefruit themed deck even comes in a tuck box that looks like a juice box, and is actually scented like grapefruit. The cards themselves are quite practical, but add humorous grapefruit themed elements to the court cards, and new bold colours. OPC's 2020 releases also included the watermelon-themed Carvers deck, while their current release sees the brand go in a slightly new direction with the corn-themed Shuckers.
Noodlers Chicken Playing Cards - If you like the concept behind the Organic Playing Cards series, you'll probably also enjoy this deck, which has a similarly styled tuck box to the Squeezers decks, but represents a packet of ramen noodles. The orange colour on the card backs and pips has also been inspired by the noodles theme. The artwork on the court cards has a quaint and cute style, with each character depicted in a light hearted style quite different from standard courts, and all holding a bowl of noodles. For a final laugh, the Jokers provide us with the necessary packet of "chicken seasoning" to add to our noodles.
Citrus Playing Cards - Created by Flaminko, the Deliciousness series has been somewhat overshadowed by the more successful fruit inspired cards from Organic Playing Cards. But I love the Flaminko decks, because they apply customization to all elements of the cards, including the pips. This novelty deck is well suited for card flourishing, card games, and collectors, and cleverly captures all that is juicy and wonderful about citrus fruit.

Music-themed Decks

Music is another evergreen theme, and there's a solid range of lovely decks for the music lover, whether your taste is classical or more contemporary rock-and-roll.
Composers Mozart Playing Cards - This deck is part of a series that also includes other composers like Bach. These decks are true collector pieces, and make a wonderful tribute to some of the greatest composers of all time. The tuck boxes have a very classical look, and metallic ink enhances the gorgeous card backs. Meanwhile completely custom artwork on the faces emphasizes a vintage and classical feel. They are great for music lovers and collectors, but if classical music isn't your thing, then check out the Rock and Roll deck.
Piano Player Playing Cards - If the piano is your instrument of choice, this is a deck for you. The creative tuck box is available in two styles, one with two black keys and the other with three black keys, which means you can place two decks alongside each other to create a larger keyboard. Fully custom characters inhabit the court cards, with the keyboard motif returning in the details of the artwork. Small touches like this really make this creative deck a thing of unique beauty.
Soundboards v3 Midnight Playing Cards - Remember the old walk-man cassette players? In the 1980s these revolutionary electronic devices were among the first to make your personal music collection portable. The Soundboards deck replicates the look of a classic walk-man, and the Jokers complete the look by bringing the cassette tape look into the box. This Midnight edition has a dark look, so you might also want to consider the red deck if you prefer a more traditional colour.

Fiction & Film themed Decks

Most of us love a good story, whether it's in the pages of a novel or on our screens. Here are some great custom decks that are loving tributes to some of the best from the worlds of fiction and film.
Jane Austen Playing Cards - Fans of the classic novel will appreciate the loving treatment that Jane Austen's famous novels have received in this delightful tribute from the Art of Play label. Each suit represents a different novel, with the court cards featuring the lead characters in the story. The design of the characters is inspired by period costumes and reflects the fashions from the time in which the stories are set. The classy tuck case ensures that everything is nicely packaged and well presented.
Star Wars Playing Cards - Theory11 achieved a real coup by acquiring the rights to bring the Star Wars brand to playing cards. They were the perfect company to ensure that the result was a classy deck that did justice to the world of the films. This pair of Light Side and Dark Side decks begins with a top quality and highly attractive tuck case, as we've come to expect from Theory11. The court cards all feature different characters from the movies, and the design is the perfect blend of customization and playability, making this a practical deck you can bring out for your favourite card game, or to give to the Star Wars fan in your life. A similar pair of decks was produced later in the year in White and Black.
King Arthur Playing Cards - The result of a collaboration between Riffle Shuffle and Studio Muti, this pair of red and green decks tell the story of the famous Arthurian legend. For me it's a personal and nostalgic childhood favourite, in light of the adventure and imagination it evokes. But as impressive as these decks are, they pale besides the King Arthur Gold deck, which has gold metallic ink on the faces, and gold foil on the card backs, for a truly extravagant look. Inside and out, this is a stunning tribute to a timeless classic from the world of fiction.

Space-themed Decks

So I cheated. I already have a section devoted to cardistry, so I figured I'd sneak in a second category, by including some cardistry decks that all have a space theme. These decks all feature colourful visuals that work well for flourishing, but can also be enjoyed by collectors who appreciate their vibrant colours and exuberant designs.
Solokid Constellation Playing Cards - This set of twelve decks captures the twelve different star signs. It was produced by Bocopo, a company well known for producing colourful custom decks that appeal especially to cardists and collectors. These decks are typical Bocopo offerings, with evocative colours that are unique to each different deck, to help capture a different feeling for each and every constellation. If you like vibrant colour, you'll certainly find something to enjoy here.
Stargazer New Moon Playing Cards - Several different decks have now appeared in the Stargazer series, but the recent New Moon deck is probably my favourite. The circular moon that appears on all the card backs makes it an ideal deck for card flourishing moves like spins and twirls. The face cards have some truly vibrant colours, and capture well the feel of a night sky bursting with colour and life.
Sirius B v3 Playing Cards - I fell in love with the style of the original Sirius B deck, so this third edition was always going to win me over. The court cards consist of a blur of colours that look like paints mixed together, and this style has also been applied to the pips. The colours are the real appeal here, and the signature design of the card backs also looks very nice in card flourishes.

Transformation Decks

I personally adore transformation cards, and consider them to be one of the most fascinating and memorable types of playing cards there is. The idea is that you take the pips and incorporate them into a larger picture that forms a unique work of art, for each and every card in the deck.
Cotta's Almanac #1 Reproduction Playing Cards - This historic deck was first created in 1805 by J.C. Cotta, and was the very first of its kind. Themed on the "Joan of Arc" play by Schiller, the beauty and creativity of these cards will still win over collectors today. Lovingly produced in a high quality modern edition, this recreation is the first of the entire series of Cotta transformation decks that is being reproduced by PCD.
5th Kingdom Playing Cards - This deck is possibly my favourite original release from PCD in the past year. It is an outstanding example of the creativity and originality of a semi-transformation deck, where the pips have been cleverly incorporated into the artwork. Each suit represents a different culture, turning each individual card into a work of art that can be admired and enjoyed.
Pack of Dogs V2 Playing Cards - This transformation deck is the work of John Littleboy, who has produced a number of such decks in his inimitable style, including Pack of Dogs, Kitten Club, Mermaid Queen, and Bag of Bones. The number cards are my favourites, and in this deck each of these represents a larger art piece with a dog. Each suit has a progressive image, so they don't feel totally unique from each other. It's more like a series of consecutive snapshots, and you can use flip animation to tell the story. Littleboy's Kitten Club V2 deck applies a similar concept to cats.

In-House Decks

PlayingCardDecks doesn't just sell playing cards, but Will Roya also uses his wealth of experience to team up with designers and graphic artists to produce high quality custom decks under the PCD label. Here are some great custom decks that were published in-house over the course of 2020.
Astronaut Playing Cards - This novelty deck is a delightful creation that will please anyone who has an interest in space and space travel, in light of its unique theme. The Kings are all depicted as astronauts, while the Queens and Jacks represent space travellers. The card backs have a futuristic look with neon lights, and this look carries over to the number cards, which are highly customized with unique red and blue pips.
Beekeeper Playing Cards - There are plenty of bee themed playing cards already on the market, but the artwork style gives this one a truly unique feel. Two decks were produced, one with light card backs and the other with dark card backs. This is a great novelty deck for the collector, because there's especially some delightful creativity to be found with the bee-inspired pips, and the detailed custom artwork on the court cards.
Testament Classic Playing Cards - This is a Biblical themed deck created by artist Ben Green. It's intended as an art deck, with the images on the cards depicting Biblical characters from well-known narratives. Representing a dual love for playing cards and a love for Bible-inspired art, this deck will especially appeal to the collector.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Decks

I'm a sucker for highly unusual decks with a high degree of novelty, and even though these are not ones I'd typically use for playing card games, they have very unique features that make them stand out from your average custom deck.
Starry Night Puzzle Playing Cards - Fancy a deck that doubles as a jigsaw puzzle? This clever deck takes its inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting, The Starry Night. The artwork on the card faces is all taken from the painting, and all the cards can be pieced together to make a single giant picture, thus effectively functioning as a large puzzle. Yet each card has clear indices so it's still something you can use for card games too. Definitely unique and out of the ordinary, this set of playing cards is a perfect choice for fans of classic art and paintings.
Falcon Razors Deluxe Throwing Playing Cards - Rick Smith Jr has made multiple world records in throwing playing cards. His baseball background holds him in good stead, but anybody can learn to throw playing cards if you use the techniques Rick teaches. These throwing cards were a collaboration with legendary flourisher De'vo, and were featured in one of this year's viral videos from Dude Perfect, which featured Rick and his amazing card throwing. The cards are slightly thicker than standard Bicycle stock, to ensure extra durability and performance for card throwing.
AQUA Invisible Plastic Playing Cards - If you're looking for something completely different, this might hit the mark. This is a ground-breaking deck that is the closest thing to being invisible. All the cards are made out of completely transparent plastic, after which a high gloss transparent printing is applied to selected areas of the cards to produce the designs and pips. So each card is effectively completely transparent, and yet you can see its unique artwork and determine its value and suit. The handling is surprisingly better than you'd expect for a completely plastic deck, and it's certainly something unique.

Other Gift Ideas

Do you want to let your gift recipient make their own decision about what to get, or are you not quite sure what to buy? Here are a couple of special gift ideas that might help out, even if it is to give your family or friends a convenient way to enable you to select your own gift!
Firstly, there's a wide range of accessories available for playing cards, like card clips, card cases, and more. Alternatively, consider a gift card, which is available in amounts of $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200. There's also the popular Pip Box Club, which has been around for over two years. Subscribers get a selection of decks and goodies shipped to them each month, and offers great value with each box.
Boxing Day Sale: Right now you can take advantage of a special sale at PlayingCardDecks, and save $10 off any order over $30 by using the code box20. This coupon is valid from Boxing Day until the end of 2020.
Happy shopping, and happy holidays!
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[Let's build] d100 events caused by magical manifestations/creatures/beings that happen in a Modern City.

Hey everyone! I'm trying to put together a game where my players will be apart of an organization that protects the human world (or really just the city they'll be playing in) from otherworldly/magical/etc. threats. The city seems to be a focal point for strange occurrences, magical creatures and beings, portals, etc. If anyone remembers Special Unit 2 from the early 00's, it's like that. (Man I loved that show.) And this is the map I'm using, just changing the name but the layout and places of interest are mostly staying the same.
Edit: Wow! Thanks guys! Totally didn't expect this to get as many as it did, this is a wealth of sidequests. Thank you so much! If you want to check out SU2 I'm pretty sure there are some episodes on YouTube. Its heavy on the cheese and it'll be really dated by today's standards but it was a good time.
  1. A connection to the Feywild has happened in one of the city parks. An elf finds his way through and finds it entertaining to enlarge small animals.
  2. Thieves have stolen an artifact from the history museum, reanimating a mummy in one of the exhibits.
  3. An unusual amount of sharks have been seen near the docks. Boats are being attacked by Sahuagin raiders.
  4. A surge of chaotic magic bursts and causes the creation of multiple Mephits. (Depending on location)
  5. An edgy teen visits a graveyard to perform a necromantic ritual. He doesnt know that the "spell book" he has actually contains an incantation that raises several undead and is now in over his head.
  6. A dead body found, torn apart, all signs point to someone summoning a low level demon and using it as the murder weapon.
  7. Somebody figured out how to brew love potions and now they are selling them on the streets.
  8. A portal to the elemental plane of water opened in the city's water supply. Now wild water elementals are pouring out of showers, sinks, and fountains.
  9. A skyscraper acquires an elemental spirit. The movements start off so subtle that they could be mistaken for the wind, but they become stranger and stronger with each passing day.
  10. Zoo animals begin take on dire traits and break out their enclosures.
  11. Goodberries become an invasive plant through runners, never flower, never fruit, just keep branching out.
  12. Turns out the royal family were lizardfolk.
  13. An a little person (Halfling arcane trickster) is hitting up all the casinos.
  14. A cleric poses as the second coming of christ, oh he also caused covid 19.
  15. An artificer constructing his own personal army of modrons.
  16. Strange events in a swimming pool, several people have died by drowning (Water Weirds).
  17. Rust monster moves into a construction site, eats and rusts the supports and the workers equipment.
  18. The Native American Thunderbird is finally spotted, its a Roc.
  19. Boogey man sighted by many families. An Oni is skulking between houses, looking for something or someone.
  20. Monsters take up residence in an abandoned circus. Medusa in the house of mirrors. Rakshasa tending to tigers. An ogre in the strongman tent. A hag in the psychics caravan.
  21. Kraken spotted near the mariana trench.
  22. Running of the bull - a famous giant bull statue is turned into a gorgon and roams the streets.
  23. A wizard has become a modern day frankenstein, constructing a flesh golem.
  24. The gargoyles of a famous landmark come to life at night.
  25. Duergar have been building tunnels in the underground and taking the tracks to increase their metal stores.
  26. A dryad protects a park after witnessing too many people littering in its home.
  27. A young shadow dragon takes offense at all the lights at night, ruining it's stealth and plans.
  28. Barlgura takes a woman hostage and climbs to the top of a skyscraper.
  29. A Bulette is reaking havoc on a nearby junction. The cars are disturbing its young.
  30. Some jackass decided to magically enlarge a chicken so he can have bigger drumsticks. The spell worked, in fact it worked too well. The chicken's the size of an allosaurus and is rampaging down town!
  31. The low income tenement housing is a blaze and the fire departments are having a terrible time putting out the flames ... largely due to the presence of an accidentally summoned fire elemental. Thankfully the elemental will return to the Plane of Fire in an hour when the spell ends.
  32. A real live dinosaur walks through the screen at a viewing of Jurassic Park.
  33. A few real zombies turn up in the middle of a walking dead (costume party / filming / LARP).
  34. A group of adventurers walk through a portal. They end up attacking a group of larpers.
  35. Dinosaur skeleton at a museum animates.
  36. Men are disappearing around the (canals, docks, river, etc). Mermaids are luring them into the water.
  37. Giant rats in someone's basement.
  38. Terracotta soldiers at a museum animate.
  39. Statues around the city have begun animating seemingly at random.
  40. A group of pixies has developed a fascination with cars and keep stealing parts from them.
  41. 3 people have gone missing on the 39th floor of the Enigma Enterprises office on 11th street. The building is only 35 stories tall.
  42. The public library’s chief librarian just won her 1,402nd consecutive Employee of the Month award.
  43. A local graffiti artist has starting to use a new tag that incorporates a design they saw in a museum exhibit on ancient writings. These tags begin acting as portals to... elsewhere.
  44. A grafitti artist who has been illegaly spraying his art work around the city has suddenly started incorperating dangerous runes into his art that have several anomulous effects (like low gravity in an area or being part of a summoning ritual).
  45. An amusement park has to shut down the log flume and other water rides due to an infestation of water weirds.
  46. A subway tunnel collapses and traps a subway train after a portal opens and releases a Purple Worm into the tunnel, weakening the ceiling. Luckily another portal opened up soon thereafter and the purple worm was transported back to whichever fantasy world it came from.
  47. A user posted the true name of a powerful demon on an old forum, and cultists are trying to steal the forum's retired servers from a warehouse before the data is overwritten.
  48. A local shut in has accidentally started and broken a contract with a brownie
  49. A blink dog is making a habit of stealing dog toys from dogs at the park
  50. A water elemental gets stuck in the sewers due to the amount of human garbage
  51. A gnome alchemist has been dosing coffee pots in cafes around the city with various potions for entertainment
  52. An elven druid has convinced the local pigeon populace to fight back against corruption in office, targeting a mayoral candidate. the druid is working for another mayoral candidate who is forcing her to work for him by holding her pet familiar hostage
  53. An artificer who came to our world has discovered firearms and has developed the world's first eldritch cannon, as such he is now being hunted by human military agencies that want his prototype
  54. Beans from a bag of beans have somehow been mixed into a shipment of green beans to a grocery store
  55. An annual dwarfism awareness event is populated almost entirely by halflings who entered the modern world illegally
  56. A magical disease that causes those afflicted with it to dance even without music until they eventually collapse from exhaustion
  57. Telepathic conversations are being picked up by cellphone calls, the snippets of audio are indicative of a plan to assassinate city's head of communications
  58. An assistant at the local morgue has been found beaten to death, and several bodies are missing. There are spots of clay all over the morgue, and all the missing bodies are of women between the ages of 18-30. A lonely and insane wizard has created a clay golem and is now using it to find the parts he needs to make a flesh golem bride from himself.
  59. There's been a series of mysterious deaths in the local red light district. Several Johns, and even a few Janes, have been found dead with no obvious cause, the only links between them is that they were all found in a state of undress, and they all had a look of horror on their faces. One of the prostitutes is actually a succubus in disguise, and she has been sucking the souls or her clients.
  60. There's been talk about a changeling in the city who, for a price, will take the form of whoever you request and frame them for various crimes.
  61. The rivalry between the goblin gang, The Sons of Gobbo, and the kobold gang, Tucker's Kobolds, is threatening to escalate to the point of gang warfare. Either peace is to be made between the two gangs, or a crackdown on one or both gangs is required.
  62. A mated pair of wyverns are staking out the local park for a nesting ground. We've got to run off those wyverns before they settle down or else we'll have to call in the national guard... again.
  63. Some poor fool bought what he thought was a monkey's paw, only for it to turn out to be the Hand of Vecna. We need to get it from him before he decides to do something stupid, like actually use it!
  64. An artist's inspiration turns out to be extraplanar in nature, causing their gallery opening to becoming a summoning ritual.
  65. A jewel heist takes a sinister turn as the pieces in question fit into a dangerous artefact. It's a race against time to find the exact location this artefact will be used and stop it.
  66. A building demolition releases Dao who originally carved out the subway system. You've either got to banish them, or offer them something they want more than vengeance.
  67. A tanker needs to be rescued before it can reach port. The cargo manifest points to illegal trafficking of Yuan-ti.
  68. A local crime boss sparks a war in the streets. His motivation is a new found patron that has given him "unique" powers (level 1 spells at best).
  69. Renovations of the university library uncovers tomes of magic causing a Revenge of the Nerds style scenario with pranks played on the local sports teams.
  70. An artist's inspiration turns out to be extraplanar in nature, causing their gallery opening to becoming a summoning ritual.
  71. A jewel heist takes a sinister turn as the pieces in question fit into a dangerous artefact. It's a race against time to find the exact location this artefact will be used and stop it.
  72. A building demolition releases Dao who originally carved out the subway system. You've either got to banish them, or offer them something they want more than vengeance.
  73. A tanker needs to be rescued before it can reach port. The cargo manifest points to illegal trafficking of Yuan-ti.
  74. A local crime boss sparks a war in the streets. His motivation is a new found patron that has given him "unique" powers (level 1 spells at best).
  75. Renovations of the university library uncovers tomes of magic causing a Revenge of the Nerds style scenario with pranks played on the local sports teams.
  76. Someone is putting religious scrolls in the heads of the statues around town. They are coming alive as golems.
  77. A necromancer has set up shop in the Natural History Museum. They tunneled into the back so are in the Human Origins exhibit, but they are headed towards the dinosaur bones.
  78. Someone is making the paintings come alive!
  79. Harpies are nesting in the dome of the Capitol building!
  80. A siren in the river is causing drivers to drive off the bridge.
  81. A bullette has fallen in love with one of the subway trains.
  82. The Botanical Garden has come alive! Awakened trees and myconids and spore servants are causing panic!
  83. If you were in NYC or Kentucky, a dragon has sniffed out the Federal Gold Reserves and is trying to make it his lair.
  84. When you’re in the metro system, which is naturally full of graffiti, one of the graffiti symbols lights up. It’s a rune that’s about to explode.
  85. The newspaper reports that every single McDonald's in the area has a working ice cream machine. It's deemed a miracle by many in the city. The newspaper credits it to hard-working corporate engineers who have perfected the cleaning and disinfection process. You, however, know the real reason. With some investigation, it turns out that the $1 $2 $3 dollar menu has a perfect storm spell coded into the registers. The codes for specific items, when entered in a specific sequence in a customer's order, are actually a conjuration spell that summons a Mimic, and, as we all know, Mimics have a fondness for soft serve.
  86. Lightning/Electric elementals have found junction boxes to be tasty snacks causing blackouts around the city. Remove them so the engineers can fix the grid.
  87. A minotaur has found the "Bull in a China shop" analogy to be racist and is now sitting in said shop and refuses to leave. The owner is distraught, and hesitant to say anything due to the red interior and the possibility of a fight breaking out. Remove the minotaur without causing any damage.
  88. Pixies have found photo bombing models to be the new prank for anyone that wants to be popular. Here's a net, catch them and give them an alternative to photo bombing.
  89. Vampires have been found in front of many Old Town homes, we believe that they are trying to either buy the home or enjoy the look of the neighborhood. In any case, the home owners want you to be there for protection while talking to the vampires.
  90. There are cultists holding rallies in the park. I need you to separate out the ones that can do harm and the ones that are less likely to be harmful. Also they need permits to do that so every one of them gets a ticket.
  91. Some wizard decided s/he was going to set up residence in the middle of the road. S/he said something about ley lines or some such being good there. Stop them from doing so and show them around town so they can find an alternative spot, they'll be a strong ally so work with them please.
  92. Ratmen have been found in the subway system. In order for the population to not explode, I need you to organize them to some degree. Find a representative that can speak for them and bring them here so we can talk.
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I watched "Maverick" (1994).

Ah, the art of making a traditional Western film just for the sake of it. Honestly, given how irrelevant the traditional style has become, I'm not surprised people don't mention this all too much when looking back at 1994. (Then again, it’s usually at most two dozen movies anyone cares about from then. What, you mean to tell me this is in a different league than Pulp Fiction?) I’m pretty sure the selling point of Maverick was that it's cool to be a regular Western film and not something as revolutionary as, say, Unforgiven, but nowadays that's not particularly inviting. Especially when it overshadows other points like its appealing cast. Even if such a movie is well-liked (which it is), why bother to watch a new movie that tries to be charming in an old-fashioned way when there are already countless movies of its class? The most inviting time to watch this was when it came out, and with each passing year it gets less interesting to consider watching.
Perhaps that's why it's taken me so long to get around to watching Maverick. That, and the fact I don’t really like Richard Donner as a director. In his later years, anyway. That guy has talent to spare, but his best days were well behind him at this point and while he was always a fair choice for a visually striking but precisely broad scope for handling plenty different ranges of material, a lot of his later work seemed to see him lack a real grasp on the material he was given and turned the stuff he made ranging from middling to godawful. My hopes were that if he gave this material the right level of energy, we had something good here.
And wouldn't you know it, I was right. For the most part. But the fact that I can relax knowing Donner made an overall better movie than Radio Flyer in the 90s is good enough for me.
Sure, it's a pretty lightweight endeavour, meaning if you don't like anything here then all bets are off, but this TV adaptation (knew about the original 50s show but never watched it) is quite a fun, feel-good sort of entertainment. Of course, given its lavish $75M-and-it-sure-looks-like-it budget (correct me if I'm wrong, as I was wrong before I watched this movie since I thought the title went to the cheap looking $70M film Wolf, but isn't this the second most expensive film of 1994 behind True Lies?) the look of the film is splendid. Donner's reliably marvellous sense of cinematography and set design are all aces, as are the Academy-recognised costumes. Randy Newman's score adds a nice touch, pretty great in occasional scenes. But really, this movie wouldn't be even half as fun if it weren't for the cast. Especially Mel Gibson as the titular Bret "Bert" Maverick.
Gibson and Co bring a much needed sense of energy and humour to the script, keeping plenty of the colourful characterisations in check as we travel around the map. The cast are all game, from prime con men to bank robbers to Indians to people of all travels like the Russian leader. They're great, if a bit too lightweight and underutilised--potential implications of her character notwithstanding, I kept forgetting Jodie Foster was in the movie until she would make her reappearance. Thankfully, Gibson is plenty enough of a hero to anchor and carry the film; he's charming as all get-out, funny, and quite talented in plenty methods, especially in balancing out getting on top and being a nice guy. Sympathise with him as he goes from a coward to a brave man willing to sacrifice himself for those around him, relying on his father's quotes and quick wits to survive. And magic, apparently. All leading up to the big poker game on the river. Ah, the old days of looking forward to seeing a new Gibson film...
For a movie that lends itself to the legacy of being a Western by being one for the 90s, it's a good effort for the most part. Do wish it was a bit more...fun, to be honest. And a bit broader in establishing the aspects of a poker game. And not so aimless towards the end. (What, you thought this was Casino Royale before Casino Royale? At least Martin Campbell can claim to have a steady hand on his material in his movies on any point in his career.) Donner is a bit of a letdown in staging plenty of the big showdown scenes--they're fine, but you'd expect to let the film do some of the workmanship in providing entertainment value rather than being all showy and hoping the light material and cast did all the work. Scenes like Maverick taking over the reins on a horse-powered journey gone wrong tend to succeed more on the charms of its cast than the spectacle of seeing him try to hang on for dear life. Not to mention such an anticlimactic scene where Maverick has to escape his bedroom on the boat. Typical 90s Donner, but despite my quibbles, it's great the movie is already entertaining enough as it is. It’s just that those quibbles could be brushed aside to make this a pretty great blockbuster for rediscovering rather than sheer adequacy. Great that it’s pretty spectacular in its lavish look, too (hard to think of someone better than Donner to make this as broadly beautiful as it is). Also pretty hilarious.
Seriously, I didn't expect this to be so funny. Then again, it's a Gibson/Donner collaboration, and if they want to do Lethal Weapon any way they can, so be it. (Unless it’s Conspiracy Theory, in which case I’ll order the gravy and go back to watching JFK.) Hilarious Danny Glover cameo included. ("I'm getting too old for this...") Likely the film's greatest asset in maintaining a steady level of quality, and it goes far enough to be some good fluff. Sure, it’s not the best thing you could ask for, but it’s always nice to kick back and relax to such entertaining fluffy stuff, no? Especially for those more into Westerns than I am.
Sorry if I rambled quite a bit, but I found this pretty fun to write about the way everyone seemed while making this.
7/10
P.S. Anyone down for a Top Gun/Maverick hybrid? Just for the sake of it?
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Reddit Chosen Oscars: 2000s Decade Winners

Best Picture
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Inglourious Basterds
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  6. WALL•E
  7. No Country for Old Men
  8. The Departed
  9. Pan’s Labyrinth
  10. Brokeback Mountain
Best Director
  1. Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood
  3. Alfonso Cuarón for Children of Men
  4. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
  5. Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
Best Lead Actor
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood
  2. Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho
  3. Jim Carrey as Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  5. Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain
  6. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote
Best Lead Actress
1. Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream
2. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster
4. Uma Thurman as the Bride in Kill Bill: Volume 1
5. Naomi Watts as Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn in Mulholland Drive
Best Supporting Actor
  1. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight
  2. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
  3. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain
  5. Paul Dano as Paul Sunday and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood
Best Supporting Actress
  1. Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator
  2. Rachel McAdams as Regina George in Mean Girls
  3. Diane Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds
  4. Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago
  5. Saoirse Ronan as Briony Tallis in Atonement
  6. Michelle Williams as Alma Beers Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain
Best Original Screenplay
  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  3. Memento
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Adapted Screenplay
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. There Will Be Blood
  4. Before Sunset
  5. The Departed
  6. Brokeback Mountain
Best Animated Film
  1. Spirited Away
  2. WALL•E
  3. The Incredibles
  4. Ratatouille
  5. Finding Nemo
Best Non-English Language Movie
  1. Spirited Away
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Oldboy
  4. City of God
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Documentary Film
  1. Man on Wire
  2. Bowling for Columbine
  3. March of the Penguins
  4. An Inconvenient Truth
  5. Fahrenheit 9/11
Best Original Score
  1. Up
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. The Dark Knight
  5. There Will Be Blood
Best Original Song
  1. "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile
  2. "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale
  3. "Falling Slowly" from Once
  4. "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  5. "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound
  1. The Dark Knight
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. Children of Men
  4. WALL•E
  5. The Hurt Locker
Best Production Design
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Cinematography
  1. Children of Men
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Makeup/Hairstyling
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Costume Design
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Chicago
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
4. Moulin Rouge!
5. The Devil Wears Prada
6. Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Editing
1. Memento
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
5. No Country for Old Men
Best Visual Effects
  1. Avatar
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Burton
Best Voice Acting/Motion Capture Performance
1. Andy Serkis as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Andy Serkis as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
3. Eddie Murphy as Donkey in Shrek
4. Pablo Adán and Doug Jones as the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth
4. Ellen Degeneres as Dory in Finding Nemo
Best Directorial Debut
  1. Edgar Wright for Shaun of the Dead
  2. Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
  3. Neill Blomkamp for District 9
  4. Rob Marshall for Chicago
  5. Pete Docter for Monsters, Inc.
Best Ensemble Cast
  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. The Departed
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  4. Chicago
  5. No Country for Old Men
Best Choreography, Stunts or Dance
  1. Kill Bill: Volume 1
  2. Casino Royale
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Chicago
  5. Oldboy
Best Soundtrack
  1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  2. Kill Bill: Volume 1
  3. Chicago
  4. School of Rock
  5. Moulin Rouge!
Best Non-English Language Performance
1. Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain in Amélie
2. Marion Cotillard as Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose
2. Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su in Oldboy
4. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia/Princess Moanna in Pan’s Labyrinth
5. Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Full charts for all the categories
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Reddit Chosen Oscars: 2000s Decade Winners

Best Picture
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Inglourious Basterds
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  6. WALL•E
  7. No Country for Old Men
  8. The Departed
  9. Pan’s Labyrinth
  10. Brokeback Mountain
Best Director
  1. Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood
  3. Alfonso Cuarón for Children of Men
  4. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
  5. Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
Best Lead Actor
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood
  2. Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho
  3. Jim Carrey as Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  5. Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain
  6. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote
Best Lead Actress
1. Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream
2. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster
4. Uma Thurman as the Bride in Kill Bill: Volume 1
5. Naomi Watts as Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn in Mulholland Drive
Best Supporting Actor
  1. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight
  2. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
  3. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain
  5. Paul Dano as Paul Sunday and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood
Best Supporting Actress
  1. Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator
  2. Rachel McAdams as Regina George in Mean Girls
  3. Diane Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds
  4. Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago
  5. Saoirse Ronan as Briony Tallis in Atonement
  6. Michelle Williams as Alma Beers Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain
Best Original Screenplay
  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  3. Memento
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Adapted Screenplay
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. There Will Be Blood
  4. Before Sunset
  5. The Departed
  6. Brokeback Mountain
Best Animated Film
  1. Spirited Away
  2. WALL•E
  3. The Incredibles
  4. Ratatouille
  5. Finding Nemo
Best Non-English Language Movie
  1. Spirited Away
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Oldboy
  4. City of God
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Documentary Film
  1. Man on Wire
  2. Bowling for Columbine
  3. March of the Penguins
  4. An Inconvenient Truth
  5. Fahrenheit 9/11
Best Original Score
  1. Up
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. The Dark Knight
  5. There Will Be Blood
Best Original Song
  1. "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile
  2. "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale
  3. "Falling Slowly" from Once
  4. "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  5. "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound
  1. The Dark Knight
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. Children of Men
  4. WALL•E
  5. The Hurt Locker
Best Production Design
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Cinematography
  1. Children of Men
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Makeup/Hairstyling
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Costume Design
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Chicago
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
4. Moulin Rouge!
5. The Devil Wears Prada
6. Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Editing
1. Memento
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
5. No Country for Old Men
Best Visual Effects
  1. Avatar
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Burton
Best Voice Acting/Motion Capture Performance
1. Andy Serkis as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Andy Serkis as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
3. Eddie Murphy as Donkey in Shrek
4. Pablo Adán and Doug Jones as the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth
4. Ellen Degeneres as Dory in Finding Nemo
Best Directorial Debut
  1. Edgar Wright for Shaun of the Dead
  2. Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
  3. Neill Blomkamp for District 9
  4. Rob Marshall for Chicago
  5. Pete Docter for Monsters, Inc.
Best Ensemble Cast
  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. The Departed
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  4. Chicago
  5. No Country for Old Men
Best Choreography, Stunts or Dance
  1. Kill Bill: Volume 1
  2. Casino Royale
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Chicago
  5. Oldboy
Best Soundtrack
  1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  2. Kill Bill: Volume 1
  3. Chicago
  4. School of Rock
  5. Moulin Rouge!
Best Non-English Language Performance
1. Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain in Amélie
2. Marion Cotillard as Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose
2. Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su in Oldboy
4. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia/Princess Moanna in Pan’s Labyrinth
5. Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Full charts for all the categories
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Reddit Chosen Oscars: 2006 Winners

Best Picture
1. The Departed
2. Children of Men
3. Pan’s Labyrinth
4. The Prestige
5. Little Miss Sunshine
6. Babel
6. The Live of Others
8. Casino Royale
9. Borat
10. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Director
  1. Alfonso Cuarón for Children of Men
  2. Guillermo del Toro for Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Martin Scorsese for The Departed
  4. Christopher Nolan for The Prestige
  5. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
Best Lead Actor
  1. Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev in Borat
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio as William "Billy" Costigan in The Departed
  3. Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland
  4. Christian Bale as Alfred Borden in The Prestige
  5. Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier in The Prestige
Best Lead Actress
  1. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
  2. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen
  3. Penélope Cruz as Raimunda in Volver
  4. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia/Princess Moanna in Pan’s Labyrinth
  5. Toni Collette as Sheryl Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
Best Supporting Actor
  1. Jack Nicholson as Francis "Frank" Costello in The Departed
  2. Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls
  3. Djimon Hounsou as Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond
  4. Matt Damon as Colin Sullivan in The Departed
  5. Mark Wahlberg as Sgt. Sean Dignam in The Departed
  6. Alan Arkin as Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
Best Supporting Actress
  1. Jennifer Hudson as Effie White in Dreamgirls
  2. Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Rinko Kikuchi as Chieko Wataya in Babel
  4. Adriana Barraza as Amelia Hernández in Babel
  5. Scarlett Johansson as Olivia Wenscombe in The Prestige
Best Original Screenplay
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Babel
  4. The Lives of Others
  5. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Adapted Screenplay
  1. The Departed
  2. Children of Men
  3. The Prestige
  4. Borat
  5. Casino Royale
Best Animated Film
  1. Paprika
  2. Cars
  3. Happy Feet
  4. Monster House
  5. Over the Hedge
Best Non-English Language Film
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. The Lives of Others
  3. The Host
  4. Volver
  5. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Documentary Film
  1. An Inconvenient Truth
  2. Jesus Camp
  3. This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  4. Iraq in Fragments
  5. Deliver Us from Evil
Best Original Score
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Babel
  3. The Fountain
  4. The Departed
  5. The Prestige
Best Original Song
  1. "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale
  2. "Listen" from Dreamgirls
  3. "Our Town" from Cars
  4. "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls
  5. "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth
Best Sound
  1. Children of Men
  2. Casino Royale
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  4. The Prestige
  5. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Production Design
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Children of Men
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  4. Marie Antoinette
  5. The Prestige
Best Cinematography
  1. Children of Men
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. The Prestige
  4. Babel
  5. The Departed
Best Makeup/Hairstyling
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  3. Marie Antoinette
  4. The Prestige
  5. Apocalypto
Best Costume Design
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. The Devil Wears Prada
  3. Marie Antoinette
  4. The Prestige
  5. Dreamgirls
Best Editing
  1. The Departed
  2. Children of Men
  3. The Prestige
  4. Pan’s Labyrinth
  5. Babel
Best Visual Effects
  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Casino Royale
  4. The Host
  5. Superman Returns
Best Voice Acting/Motion Capture Performance
  1. Doug Jones as the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Bill Nighy as Davey Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  3. Paul Newman as Doc Hudson in Cars
  4. Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen in Cars
  5. Nick Nolte as Vincent in Over the Hedge
Best Directorial Debut
  1. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine
  2. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for The Lives of Others
  3. Jason Reitman for Thank You for Smoking
  4. J.J. Abrams for Mission: Impossible III
  5. James Gunn for Slither
Best Ensemble Cast
  1. The Departed
  2. Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Babel
  4. The Prestige
  5. Children of Men
Best Choreography, Stunts or Dance
  1. Casino Royale
  2. Children of Men
  3. Mission: Impossible III
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  5. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Best Soundtrack
  1. Dreamgirls
  2. Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Cars
  4. Children of Men
  5. Marie Antoinette
Best Non-English Language Performance
  1. Penélope Cruz as Raimunda in Volver
  2. Song Kang-ho as Park Gang-du in The Host
  3. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia/Princess Moanna in Pan’s Labyrinth
  4. Ulrich Mühe as Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler in The Lives of Others
  5. Sergi López as Captain Vidal in Pan’s Labyrinth
The full charts for all the categories
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Reddit Chosen Oscars: 2006 Winners

Best Picture
1. The Departed
2. Children of Men
3. Pan’s Labyrinth
4. The Prestige
5. Little Miss Sunshine
6. Babel
6. The Live of Others
8. Casino Royale
9. Borat
10. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Director
  1. Alfonso Cuarón for Children of Men
  2. Guillermo del Toro for Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Martin Scorsese for The Departed
  4. Christopher Nolan for The Prestige
  5. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
Best Lead Actor
  1. Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev in Borat
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio as William "Billy" Costigan in The Departed
  3. Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland
  4. Christian Bale as Alfred Borden in The Prestige
  5. Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier in The Prestige
Best Lead Actress
  1. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
  2. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen
  3. Penélope Cruz as Raimunda in Volver
  4. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia/Princess Moanna in Pan’s Labyrinth
  5. Toni Collette as Sheryl Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
Best Supporting Actor
  1. Jack Nicholson as Francis "Frank" Costello in The Departed
  2. Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls
  3. Djimon Hounsou as Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond
  4. Matt Damon as Colin Sullivan in The Departed
  5. Mark Wahlberg as Sgt. Sean Dignam in The Departed
  6. Alan Arkin as Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
Best Supporting Actress
  1. Jennifer Hudson as Effie White in Dreamgirls
  2. Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Rinko Kikuchi as Chieko Wataya in Babel
  4. Adriana Barraza as Amelia Hernández in Babel
  5. Scarlett Johansson as Olivia Wenscombe in The Prestige
Best Original Screenplay
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Babel
  4. The Lives of Others
  5. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Adapted Screenplay
  1. The Departed
  2. Children of Men
  3. The Prestige
  4. Borat
  5. Casino Royale
Best Animated Film
  1. Paprika
  2. Cars
  3. Happy Feet
  4. Monster House
  5. Over the Hedge
Best Non-English Language Film
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. The Lives of Others
  3. The Host
  4. Volver
  5. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Documentary Film
  1. An Inconvenient Truth
  2. Jesus Camp
  3. This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  4. Iraq in Fragments
  5. Deliver Us from Evil
Best Original Score
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Babel
  3. The Fountain
  4. The Departed
  5. The Prestige
Best Original Song
  1. "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale
  2. "Listen" from Dreamgirls
  3. "Our Town" from Cars
  4. "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls
  5. "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth
Best Sound
  1. Children of Men
  2. Casino Royale
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  4. The Prestige
  5. Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Production Design
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Children of Men
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  4. Marie Antoinette
  5. The Prestige
Best Cinematography
  1. Children of Men
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. The Prestige
  4. Babel
  5. The Departed
Best Makeup/Hairstyling
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  3. Marie Antoinette
  4. The Prestige
  5. Apocalypto
Best Costume Design
  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. The Devil Wears Prada
  3. Marie Antoinette
  4. The Prestige
  5. Dreamgirls
Best Editing
  1. The Departed
  2. Children of Men
  3. The Prestige
  4. Pan’s Labyrinth
  5. Babel
Best Visual Effects
  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Casino Royale
  4. The Host
  5. Superman Returns
Best Voice Acting/Motion Capture Performance
  1. Doug Jones as the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Bill Nighy as Davey Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  3. Paul Newman as Doc Hudson in Cars
  4. Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen in Cars
  5. Nick Nolte as Vincent in Over the Hedge
Best Directorial Debut
  1. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine
  2. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for The Lives of Others
  3. Jason Reitman for Thank You for Smoking
  4. J.J. Abrams for Mission: Impossible III
  5. James Gunn for Slither
Best Ensemble Cast
  1. The Departed
  2. Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Babel
  4. The Prestige
  5. Children of Men
Best Choreography, Stunts or Dance
  1. Casino Royale
  2. Children of Men
  3. Mission: Impossible III
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  5. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Best Soundtrack
  1. Dreamgirls
  2. Little Miss Sunshine
  3. Cars
  4. Children of Men
  5. Marie Antoinette
Best Non-English Language Performance
  1. Penélope Cruz as Raimunda in Volver
  2. Song Kang-ho as Park Gang-du in The Host
  3. Ivana Baquero as Ofelia/Princess Moanna in Pan’s Labyrinth
  4. Ulrich Mühe as Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler in The Lives of Others
  5. Sergi López as Captain Vidal in Pan’s Labyrinth
The full charts for all the categories
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120 Urban Hooks

I see this post so often, and I'm amazed that people have trouble of thinking of things to do in an urban environment, so I thought I'd lend a hand.
Thanks as always to The Gollicking members, Mimir-ion, Zweefer, RexiconJesse, u/arc_onyx, InfinityCircuit and DeathMcGunz.
I've built a lot of cities. I find that its best to categorize.
Here's my personal city encounters lists, slightly altered with worldbuilding details to be more generic and useful. They are yours to take, amend, and discard, with my thanks.
There are 6 categories, with 20 entries for each category, giving us 120 encounters. (160 with the comment, below)
A d6 and a d20 can dice up a full roster of stuff to do quite quickly. Enjoy!

ARTS (01)

  1. Free outdoor art gallery with paintings, sculpture, food vendors and musicians. A note is passed to the party from a stranger.
  2. A new play from a famous playwright is debuting at the local theater. The party receives an invitation from an anonymous source via a messenger.
  3. A street band is playing raucous tunes outside the party's lodgings and a crowd prevents them from entering. If they persist, they accidentally start a brawl.
  4. A festival is being held in the city and all citizens and visitors are required to attend and pay fealty to the city's ruler. During the parade an explosion destroys some buildings and kills nearly 100 people. The party is very close to the blast and sees a hooded figure fleeing via rooftop.
  5. A local busker who always recites bad elven poetry is found one morning turned to stone.
  6. A band of mimes have come to the city to perform a series of comedy shows. One of the mimes is a Doppleganger and is here to assassinate one of the party's allies.
  7. A dance troupe, known for their public and surprise appearances (a "flashmob"), starts a performance in and around the party in the street. During the performance one of the dancers lunges at one of the party members and whispers, "Help me" in their ear, before carrying on with the spectacle.
  8. A mysterious sculpture garden has "sprouted" in a main city street, seemingly grown from the very ground itself. All of the figures are depictions of body horror and some spectators have been driven mad or died after looking at them for too long.
  9. Artist paints caricature portraits of passers-by which come to life at night to cause havoc.
  10. There is a sand castle contest at the local beach. While digging a pit one contestant finds a wooden chest. It is sealed with arcane sigils and very dangerous. Inside is a lifeform.
  11. The party is asked to investigate a local art gallery as the last known location of a model that has disappeared. The party finds extremely life like statues of various people, missing model included, and discovers the sculptor is a Maedar, with a pet Basilisk, trying to replicate his dead mate (a Medusa).
  12. The party is invited to a studio for free painting lessons. The paint fumes trigger a spell that sends the party into a collective Dream. They must find their way out and defeat the Artist-Wizard and his pet Nothic before they are bled dry (to fuel a hideous ritual).
  13. An audience-participation theater-event is occurring in one of the parks, and the party is encouraged to join, and are asked to put on some simple costumes. Upon doing so, they are swapped with hidden Clones, who continue the performance, while the party is teleported to an underground prison full of holding cells. There are dozens of other trapped citizens there.
  14. A new popular song is all the rage and being sung by drunken bravos and university students alike. The song has a 10% to transfer an audio-parasite, that will drive the singer mad and ultimately into a catatonic state over the course of 7 days. During this time they will be compelled to sing the “hook” over and over, in the hopes of infecting any nearby listeners.
  15. A master tattooist has set up a temporary shop on the fringes of the city. For a hefty fee, the customer will receive an exquisite piece of personal art, and on full moons, the tattoo will be able to sense the presence of magic, poisons, disease, or creature types (DMs choice). The master will leave after 24 hours, never to be seen again and the tattoo will fade completely after 30 days.
  16. An artist is painting landscapes on the street. She says she’ll paint any place the customer desires. For a fee, she can make the painting a one-time portal to that place. The portals always go to the wrong location (this is discovered after travel has occurred).
  17. A local homeless man, who mimes for money along the Promenade and in the Park, suddenly finds his invisible walls and pretend ropes are real. Passersby run into invisible walls of force left behind by him, people are dragged to him by his invisible rope, and he now hides in a corner of the park, afraid he will hurt others with this newfound power. The local Telekinesis Guild (bunch of filthy impostors and con artists, mostly) are furious that he has what they secretly do not, and has put a bounty on him, paid upon live delivery to their guild house.
  18. A local street band is performing the show of their life and the music has become magical. Any Bards present will be able to “draw” 1-3 new spells from the performance. All others will be Blessed for the next 48 hours.
  19. An artist has set up a crude telescope, pointing at the ground. For a small fee, you can look through the telescope and see a miniature world, full of tiny blue humanoids in a stone-age environment. The telescope is enchanted with a very detailed Major Illusion spell that allows the humanoids to be seen, and is also Cursed to drive the viewer mad by causing them to see the tiny blue humanoids everywhere they go. The curse will begin 24 hours after using the telescope and will persist for 30 days or until the victim goes mad, or dies. The Curse will manifest the humanoids as watching, then menacing, then threatening, then murderous.
  20. Some Elven sculptors have set up a “Century Garden” - plinths of stone overhung by apparatus with funnels in different angles and locations that drip acids onto the stone - slowly forming the final form of the artists vision. The artist is selling tickets (valid in 100 years) to attend the ceremony.

NIGHTLIFE (02)

  1. A local tavern is showcasing a new lager and a spruiker is on the streets handing out "1/2 off" coupons to passersby. The party is given "2 free drinks" coupons on purpose by the NPC. A stranger is waiting inside that wants to talk to the party.
  2. A dance club, on a typical night, has been infiltrated by an Avatar of Bacchus and has caused the party to spill into the streets where it has been pulling in passersby. The party is caught up in the crowd.
  3. An exclusive nightclub has opened, membership only. One of the party’s allies goes missing and was last seen there. The club is a coven of Sorcerers and every night they sacrifice a kidnapped customer to try to summon an Eldritch Horror.
  4. A hot club in town is secretly run by vampires. Cover charge is 1 pint of blood. Thralls being thralls, one of them talks, and a Hunter has gotten wind of the nest. The party will see him interrogating a thrall and escalating to torture.
  5. A drunken brawl spills out of a tavern near the party. The fight is brutal, involving makeshift weapons and ends up overtaking the party. If they do not flee, during the fracas the party notices that one of the brawlers is biting his opponents and swallowing the flesh. If they do flee, they hear the next day that a pile of half-eaten bodies was discovered in the aftermath. A new zombie-master has come to town.
  6. While out drinking, the party sees a Silver Elf enter the tavern, and time slows to 50% of its current speed for all but the party and Elf, who remain at 100%. The Elf asks the party if they would like to play a game of chess. If they say no, the Elf vanishes, and time returns to normal. If they agree they must wager a precious/strong/important memory against the answer to any question. The Elf has an INT modifier of +4 and a +4 proficiency in gaming. Upon the conclusion of the game, the Elf vanishes and time returns to normal. The bar patrons never see the Elf.
  7. While in a tavern, a game of darts among some locals concludes in violence and 2 end up dead. On one of the deceased bodies is a treasure map that leads to a guarded vault in the wilderness.
  8. A particularly virulent STD is going around the brothels. Over the course of 72 hours it turns the afflicted into a receptor for mental dominance from a powerful psion. The “Mind Taker” uses these puppets to rob the afflicted and deliver their valuables to a guarded location. Then the psion drains the puppet of its final mental faculties and stores it as an energy source for later. The bodies are then destroyed using a Rod of Disintegration. One of the party’s allies (or a party member themselves) has come down with a case of “The Threads” (so named for the red lines of infection radiating from the genitalia into the legs and torso.
  9. A dance club has been cursed by a witch to afflict some (30%) of the customers with “Otiluke’s Irresistible Dance”. Some patrons have been dropping dead from it and the club owners are covering it up by secretly burying the bodies in the basement and drugging the witnesses. The party is present for this or one of their allies goes missing.
  10. A man attempting to throw a party so massive he will officially become “the God of Partying” wants the players to help him throw an absolute rager. If they help, he will remember them fondly when he reaches godhood. The party could overrun the region/city.
  11. The party finds a club throwing a rager in the party’s honor. All night, people toast the party members, dance with them, and celebrate. No one in the party has to pay for drinks. The next day, the party gets the bill for everyone's drinks. The tavern was told the event was for the party and would be paid for by them as well.
  12. A new fad in the high-end taverns of the city, catering to young noblemen with too much money and not enough sense, is a drink called The Kiss. One part grain alcohol, one part pufferfish venom - a shot of this causes hallucinations and numbness, in addition to more than the usual drunkenness. Two young men, heirs to fortunes and titles in the court, have died in the last two nights. Word is they drank too many of these. The noble families want blood, and put bounties on all known bartenders serving This Kiss. The guard don’t want a riot on their hands if they interfere with the Mixologist’s Guild, the most powerful multinational trade guild in the world. A representative from the Crown has summoned the party, to discreetly investigate the explosive situation.
  13. A group of drunks stumble towards the party and push through/past them. During this, the party will each be subject to a Pickpocket attempt (+8 Sleight of Hand). If discovered, the “drunks” are a pack of rogues who “own” this territory. If challenged, they will flee and return with a number of Thugs equal to the number of party members.
  14. A grifter comes up to the party and bets that they can guess “where you got your boots/shoes”. The answer is “on your feet” (where the footwear currently is). The grifter will demand a small amount of cash after this, and will become hostile if denied or hassled.
  15. An avatar of Bacchus/Dionysus appears in the area and begins a Revel. Those who hear the music or see the dancing/drinking must save vs Wisdom (DC 20) or join in. The Revel will last for 72-96 hours and leave partygoers with 3 levels of Exhaustion (and be many miles from where it started).
  16. A Dwarven “thrashgnome” band is throwing an impromptu concert on the roof of a local tavern. The noise is deafening and a large brawl will erupt after awhile - during the fracas an object will find itself at the feet of one of the party members. It is a powerful Fetish that was stolen from a Witch (who has been seeking it, and is nearby).
  17. The party enters a tavern to discover their money is “no good” and they are suddenly crowned “Lager Kings/Queens” for the night, and feted and welcomed by each individual tavern patron. The party will, as the sun rises, be poisoned by the insinuative poison that was in each successive drink, and if they fail a Con check vs a high DC, they will be magically Sleep’ed and find themselves strapped to a basement altar for a hatchling Gold Dragon to feed upon. If they succeed on the check, they are very ill and considered Incapacitated for the next 24 hours.
  18. A new tavern has appeared in the area, and will vanish after the night’s festivities to appear in a random location in the world the next night. The tavern patrons are all Fey, and this is the “Wandering Druid Pub”.
  19. A dealer is handing out “free tokes” of a new narcotic. The narcotic is powerful and hallucinatory, but harmless otherwise, except for the addiction rate, which is near 100%. A Con check vs a high DC is required. If failed, the user must take the drug again in the next 24 hours or suffer 2 levels of Fatigue. Every day without the drug thereafter confers another level of Fatigue. If the check is passed, they will become violently nauseous every time they take the drug again.
  20. A group of Gnomish Brewmasters have set up a tasting booth on the street and are giving out free samples of “Old Brown Mare” - a powerful stout that has a tiny side effect - 10% of the imbibers are shrunk to Gnomish height for 24 hours.
  21. (OPTIONAL) - A cadre of bound Incubi and Succubi have escaped from a brothel and are desperately seeking an escape from the area. They will make any deal possible to make this happen.

SHOPPING (03)

  1. While looking for weapons, a party member "accidentally" activates a sentient weapon, who declares the party member as "master" and demands to know what has happened since it was "put to sleep".
  2. While shopping, one or more of the party members is pickpocketed by a young kid who is part of an "urchin gang". This gang is an arm of one of the more powerful rogue guilds in the city.
  3. A street vendor is selling “gag gifts”, guaranteed to ensure the perfect prank. All the objects are cursed, and the vendor reveals this as if they were joking, as part of the shtick.
  4. Upon purchasing a normal mundane item, it is found to be hollow, with an unknown substance hidden inside of it. If left undiscovered, the person who sold it will try to get the item back, by negotiation or violence, it depends on the party’s willingness to part with it.
  5. A certain type of plush toy is all the rage in this city, and the party will acquire one upon their next purchase - all the merchants were paid to distribute these as “customer incentives.” The toys act as scrying focus for the local thieves guild. The party’s lodgings will be robbed within 24 hours obtaining the toy.
  6. An extraordinary amount of the richer folk of the town have gathered on the plaza. Gregory’s Golden Garments has arrived back in town from one of his far-off trading junkets. He brings the most exclusive textiles and materials to town, and the auction has started (dragon-skins, silk, etc.). During the auction, someone purchases a rare bolt of material and the party finds it in their room later, with instructions to hide it. If they don’t, a group of Assassins come looking for it. If they do, they will be contacted by a mysterious agent who asks them to transport it far away for a hefty fee.
  7. An Annual Food Festival kicks off with much fanfare. However, someone has poisoned the foodstuffs and half the city is sick with nausea and other vile emissions. The organisers, afraid to lose their heads, have set a hefty bounty for finding the culprit(s), and one of these pamphlets is pushed on the party.
  8. While shopping for weapons, a woman approaches the party and asks them to sell a weapon for her, as she cannot. She explains that the weapon is Cursed and will not allow itself to be sold by the owner. If the party agrees, she looks visible relieved and hands the item over. Now the weapon belongs to the party member who took it (and it cannot be sold). The item is a -1 weapon.
  9. A small purse keeps whispering at a player for them to buy it. It remains silent when others are observing it and refuses to talk if it thinks anyone else can hear it. It says it can help them (count money, hide it from pickpockets, and offer insight) if they give it something in return (it wants costly gemstones).
  10. Every store and restaurant the party enters seems to be run by the same person. If confronted, they laugh and say they “get that all the time”, but will profess ignorance otherwise. The merchants are all Dopplegangers and today is their “Day of Pranks”. If two merchants are forced together, they will become violent and the others will run out to join them.
  11. The party finds a flyer shoved under their lodging’s door that promises “75% off all Adventuring Gear” at a local merchant. The merchant is very chatty and inquisitive and will press the party for information about where they are going next. The merchant then sells this information to a gang of rogues who will follow the party and attempt to rob them as they exit the dungeon.
  12. While shopping for clothes, a party member hears a weeping noise. No one around seems to be crying, so if this is investigated, the member finds a top hat that seems to be the source. If the hat is put on, the party member is Cursed with a particularly nasty form of melancholia.
  13. The next time an item of clothing is purchased, the party member discovers that it has a large “Pocket Dimension” concealed within its folds. There is an object already inside the pocket.
  14. A beautiful man/woman approaches the lowest CHA party member and offers to make their “dreams come true” if they will sell their soul. The man/woman will cast a real Wish on behalf of the party member (which works without the usual DM fuckery, but will expire in 1 year, and a group of Devils will appear to collect the player’s soul). If refused, the man/woman will leave, but if confronted, they will flee. The man/woman is a mortal humanoid who simply shills for a Crossroads Devil.
  15. While shopping for arrows/projectiles, the merchant offers the party a “one-time deal” of some special projectiles that are “guaranteed to strike their target every time” and will demonstrate this quality in a shooting lane set up in the back of the shop. The projectile will work as promised within the shop itself, without limit, but outside the shop, the first 3 only will work as promised and the rest will automatically fail-to-hit. If confronted later, the shopkeeper will claim ignorance and claim the party member is lying (even going so far as to call the Watch for harassment).
  16. The city is having a 50% sale, city-wide, for the next 24 hours. Rogues know this too, and are everywhere, preying on the crowds, or following them home to be robbed later.
  17. While shopping for provisions, the merchant says they are looking for “exotic meat hunters”, and will pay top prices for “anything unusual” without limit, provided the meat is delivered dressed.
  18. A new confectionery store has opened and is giving away free samples in the streets. The sweets are mildly intoxicating, and have the added side-effect of making those who eat them very amorous for the next 8 hours. The owners are clerics of the Deity of Love.
  19. An arsonist is burning down merchant shops, by “category”. The perpetrator is a failed businessperson themselves, and is merely seeking revenge. The first things burned are the weapon and armor shops.
  20. While shopping for armor, the merchant offers to show the party a “special selection” of exotic armor. These are all very unusual and very expensive. This is a one-time offer that will never be repeated and if confronted, the merchant will claim ignorance as to the existence of the exotic armors, and if the shop is searched, they are nowhere to be found.

ENTERTAINMENT (04)

  1. The party receives an anonymous gift of entry passes to an exclusive and private club in the city. At the club, the party is approached by cultists who attempt to persuade the party into joining.
  2. The museum is showcasing some rare artifacts. While visiting, the party is present during the brazen theft of one of the objects - an item of unique and dangerous powers.
  3. Zoo animals have escaped and are menacing the population!
  4. A local sage sends an urgent message to the party about a matter of great importance. The sage, a bit senile, has gotten mixed up and this is not the group he was supposed to contact. He does not realize this and treats the party as if they were hired to retrieve a book from an old, guarded crypt. If the party refuses, the Sage will eventually be foolish enough to try it himself and the party will hear about his death.
  5. A public estate sale of one of the city’s wealthiest families is announced. The prices are high, but the quality equally impressive. In the announcement is an object that the party or one of the party members has been looking for. If they attend the sale, they discover the price is three times higher than they can afford (even after pooling money or getting a loan). The security is strong but not impossible...
  6. The museum is showcasing the preserved remains of a long-dead monster race as part of a traveling exhibition. During a tour, or at night when closed, the monsters are revived by an interested party, and they go on a murderous spree. They attack either the party (along with many others) or one of the party’s allies.
  7. A series of foreign street magicians has entered town and perform solo acts all over town. One of them is near the party, and they need a volunteer for a (permanent) disappearing act.
  8. A street corner storyteller is spinning a tale of adventure and peril to a crowd. The tale sounds suspiciously like the last adventure the party had.
  9. While eating, the party sees a puppet show happening nearby. They find it (magically) difficult to avert their eyes from the felt performers and can see figures moving out of the corners of their eyes. These are Oblique Golems, and can only move when not being viewed. The golems will attempt to rob anyone nearby. The puppets are just puppets.
  10. An Escape Room boasts a valuable prize for any group who can escape/solve the room before the hourglass fills. Several of the puzzles in the escape room align runes and involve magic words of power. If the party manages to complete the room, they complete the spell, finding a portal now open above the building. Demons pour from it into the town, and it cannot be closed for at least 24 hours.
  11. Some fire-jugglers are performing in the street, and they appear to be using magic to create illusionary figures that leap from the burning torches. These are actually Mephits, and the fire-jugglers did not summon them, they appeared on their own. They run off to cause havoc and burn as much of the city as they can.
  12. A local casino is offering big prizes to “Spin the Wheel” - with only a 5% chance of winning, this is mostly a scam, but those who play are Wizard-Marked to be robbed later. The prizes for actually winning are 4-figures.
  13. A pig-racing track has been cordoned off - turning the streets into the racecourse. All are welcome to enter, and whoever wins is offered a lucrative contract joining the “Hog Ridin’ Circuit” - a racing tournament involving half-a-dozen cities and some very shady dealings.
  14. A masked spruiker hands the party an ornately engraved thin metal plaque inviting them to an exclusive event at a place called “The Garden”, and a map is etched on the reverse side. The event, if attended, presents the party with an opportunity to travel to another plane and earn the favor of a powerful, if enigmatic figure.
  15. A group of acrobats are performing feats and stunts in the street. During the performance, one of the party members sees the face of one of the tumblers momentarily change into something monstrous.
  16. A pair of dueling Illusionists is staging an elaborate mock-battle in a nearby park, but neglected to inform anyone of this beforehand and have caused a panic.
  17. A tour group suddenly appears and engulfs the party. The guide is pointing out places where famous adventurers have died, and suddenly points right where the party is standing and begins discussing them as if they were not there! The tour group can not be interacted with (as they are projections from the future) and soon quickly departs and vanishes around a corner.
  18. A street lottery is being held by a local neighborhood social group. The cost is low and any tickets purchased are said to go towards upgrading the local park. There is a 50% that the party wins a modest prize of home-baked goods. The locals will send a message to the party later that their tickets were fraudulent and demand a return of the prize or the equivalent value in currency. This “lottery” is a common scam run in the area on obvious tourists.
  19. During an previous-announced free concert by some famous Bards, a bomb explodes.
  20. A street comedian is inadvertently casting “Tasha’s Hideous Laughter” on audience members. The phenomenon is soon discovered and the comedian flees. Later, he is found dead and covered in a thin slime.

SPORTS (05)

  1. The party receives an anonymous gift of tickets to a local sporting match. If they attend, they are approached by an NPC who says they represent a "person who wishes to remain nameless, but desires to procure your services in a delicate, and potentially dangerous matter."
  2. The party is invited by a local ally to attend a boxing match. At the match both fighters are killed by a powerful assassin who works in secret for a local politician.
  3. The party attends a game of skill and is accused of bribing a ref to throw the game by a rogue (who did actually rig the fight, but now has been caught and is desperate). A few of his crew will back him up and some of the crowd sides with them.
  4. A marathon race has been scheduled to wind through the city as part of a larger season of racing. A number of famous people and some talented locals will participate. During the race, several of the runners suddenly collapse and begin coughing blood. This is the start of a disease outbreak, and will, without precautions, infect over half the city in only 72 hours. The source is magical in nature, and part of a larger scheme to cripple the city by a secret faction.
  5. A bare-knuckle street match has been set up by an enterprising rogue/wizard. A series of ringers are inviting all-comers to challenge for a fat purse. Those who fight are wizard-marked, and followed later, to be kidnapped and bound for a fighting-arena in the Underdark.
  6. An illegal horse race, infamous in the city for causing multiple deaths every year, is about to commence once again. The street the party currently finds themselves in will turn into the aftermath of a battlefield within several seconds. The race has no rules and is heavily wagered upon by the criminal elements of the city.
  7. A “Circus Maximus” involving blood-sport, animal fighting, and a “nautical spectacle” is going to be held at the city’s largest stadium. The public is allowed to sign up to fight in one of the 3 events. The purse for winning is generous (5 figures) and is, of course, rigged and being carefully watched by the strongest Rogues Guild in the city, who stand to make a pile of money. If the party participates, they will see that some of their opponents have been enchanted with speed and strength.
  8. An annual Guards Competition is about to commence. They are divided into 4 teams, and the locals have lifelong and fierce loyalties
  9. In one quarter is an annual event - the Endurance Drinking Contest. A group of competitors take a shot, perform a task, take a shot, perform a different task, repeat. The winner gets a trophy, their portrait on the wall of winners, and bragging rights. The tasks range from silly to nearly impossible.
  10. A mounted race is about to commence, and the party runs into a thick crowd along the edges of the route. If the party chooses to stay to watch, they will see one of the riders being assassinated from a position high above the streets by a mage’s spell.
  11. A traveling ball-team is looking for a manager and some bodyguards, and one of the party’s allies has recommended the party, as a joke. The team shows up where the party is to conduct an interview.
  12. A boxing match has resulted in a death and the angry and bewildered crowd has spilled out into the streets in a terrible brawl, hurting bystanders and destroying property. If the body is examined, 3 small holes in the back of the dead boxer’s neck can be found and 3 small projectiles found inside the wound. The trail leads to a mage’s henchman.
  13. Illegal cart-racing has been taking place at night among the city’s youth and an ally of the party is terribly worried about their child’s possible-participation. The racing will soon claim lives.
  14. The Dozens has arrived in the city - a nationwide, very famous content of insults and put-downs. The entry fee is to survive a round-robin of burns during The Throwdown, where hundreds will enter. The prize is bragging rights, a 4-figure cash prize, and the chance to defend their title next year.
  15. An ally of the party has entered a marathon footrace. During the race, the ally disappears.
  16. A Fishing Derby, the 1st of 3 contests each year, is being held by any who wish to pay the modest entry fee. There is only one rule - you cannot use a traditional rod/reel, fly, or net/seine to catch the fish. The Derby draws the inventive and the mad, and lasts over 3 days.
  17. A professional team of Goliath and Dwarven “Chicken Fighters” arrive at the city for an exhibition match in the city’s swimming pool. One of the Goliath recognizes a party member (whether the members also remembers them, or not) and offers free tickets. During the match, one of the Dwarves is hurt, and after a flurry of rules-consultations, its determined that a substitute is allowed. The party is looked at by the Goliath and asked for help.
  18. A ping-pong match is being staged between Royal cousins, to settle a dispute. The match is going to be public, and during it, both Royals disappear and are replaced with monkeys. Uproar ensues.
  19. The party finds out there is an underground avian-fighting event happening below the tavern. When they go to investigate, they find a goose and a rooster on opposite sides of a metal chess board pushing the pieces around randomly. A ref resets illegal moves and pulls captured pieces from the board. The crowd roars wildly, screaming for their bird to win the game. The party is approached by a grifter who says he knows who’s going to win and will sell the info. The grifter’s prediction will prove right 2 times, then wrong the 3rd time.
  20. An illegal blood-sport fighting match has caused the death of a local celebrity and the party has been framed for the murder.

NAUTICAL (06)

  1. A local ally invites the party on a fishing trip. While on the trip, the vessel is attacked by a desperate band of Kuo-Toa, who appear to be diseased and attack with a more-than-usual savage aggression.
  2. The city is holding a yachting regatta and the party is present when one of the ships catches fire. Many accusations are bandied about and most seem to blame one of the city’s administrators who had a grudge.
  3. A seasonal storm rushes over the city does significant (and costly) damage to the local fleets (and any ships the party might have moored here). Trade and travel is stalled and only a hefty bribe and some forceful diplomacy can secure any movement needs that the party might have.
  4. A local mad-wizard-inventor is launching a submarine and has asked for volunteer pilots and crew. If the party accepts, they are attacked by a great white shark. If they do not, the sub is sunk by the shark. The mad-wizard will try again next month with a new design. If the shark has been killed, this version will find a sunken treasure worth a king’s fortune.
  5. The party is invited to a beach party by an ally. While there, a number of party-goers find themselves suddenly growing gills and webbed feet and toes and a strong urge to enter the ocean. They have been drugged by a Sahuagin Sorcerer, who is trying to build an “amphibious army” to attack the town and destroy it.
  6. A large number of Brachia (Crab-Folk) have surfaced in the bay and are attempting to communicate via the Dream spell (which will manifest as the entire town committing suicide, and this will be dreamed en-masse by the locals). This dream is not a threat, but a warning of what will happen if the townsfolk don’t rid themselves of a recently-acquired magic item (by the party themselves, or by another adventuring group). They have 72 hours to unravel the mystery.
  7. A number of Were-Sharks are attacking swimmers at night (mostly kids/young adults out partying on the beach). These therianthropes are not aware of their actions, but know something is wrong. While shape-changed, they work as a team, like wolves.
  8. While passing a street they encounter a group of semi-drunken sailors. The sailors start a brawl with the party, for their fun. When magic or weapons are used things will get nasty as the sailors will pull shivs, long knives, chains, and cudgels.
  9. Something has turned the ocean red and fish are dying in great numbers.
  10. A large statue that could be worth a lot is trapped in a cavern in the water. If the party can retrieve it without additional help, they can claim it as their own, sell it, and keep all of the profits. If they enlist any help, the local authorities will take over the operation and claim the statue for themselves.
  11. During a sailboat race, a school of merfolk begin harassing and destroying the boats.
  12. A group of traveling sailors try to sell famous and popular books, paintings, and equipment to the party at a great price. Upon closer inspection, the items appear to be forgeries.
  13. A seadragon is heading for the coast, but rumor has it she will slumber if told a bedtime story. In order for her to hear it, the party must intercept her and shout the story from aboard a ship. But it better be a good story.
  14. An ocean water spirit wants to visit a fellow spirit friend who is further inland. They will make a path over land of water they can travel through. The party can try to convince the spirit to follow their path and plot a nondestructive course, or they can try to stop the spirit from visiting their friend through force.
  15. For three days, no one has been able to catch a fish with a hook and line. Nothing even bites, something just cuts the lines before any fish can bite.
  16. Tidal Wave!
  17. A local surfer has gone missing and only his surfboard is found on the beach, covered in a black slime. Days later, his head (missing the eyes) washes ashore.
  18. An Aboleth has awoken in the bay and starts calling minions to serve it. Some of them are townsfolk, and possibly the Mayor as well.
  19. A waterspout threatens the docked ships in the harbor. It is not a natural occurrence.
  20. A pack of Scrag (Sea Trolls) have started plucking beachcombers from the shoreline.
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'Spectre' is Underrated...

First off, I know, this is probably (maybe) the millionth time you guys have seen this (but not from me). And let me just say that I don't think it's a 9/10 or anything. When I say "underrated", I mean that it's better than its 60/100 reputation. I'd give it a 75/100, myself. Here's why:
Pros:
  1. Lea Seydoux's Madeline Swann is the most effective Bond girl turn since Eva Green's Vesper Lynd - by far - and a great performance in its own right (okay, say what you want about Judi Dench's M, but come on). Any good Bond girl needs to be more than a mere damsel in distress or beauty queen. But in terms of series tradition, they DO need to be in distress - and being beautiful is also part of the job description. Seydoux brought a genuine feeling of emotional scarring to her character that made me believe her, and to sympathize with her, but also learn not to underestimate her. And she had great chemistry with Daniel Craig such that her carryover to Bond 25 has been a warmly greeted one. Did their romance happen a little too easily? Sure. But when your name is James Bond...how hard do you really have to work for it? Doesn't change the fact that Seydoux turned in a great performance in the series.
  2. Craig finally got his 'memorable henchman' in Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx, and their fight scene on the train echoed the rougher fight arrangement of From Russia With Love. Skyfall's Patrice may have been in a good role, but he was ultimately limited in how much of an impression he made and how many 'Bond villain henchman' boxes he checked. Bautista was a massive, cunning, interestingly gimmicked (metal thumbnails and twin-barrel sidearm) relic from a bygone Bond era that I think is one of the requirements in terms of really making Daniel Craig's tenure feel like it stands beside Sean Connery's and Roger Moore's (let me just go ahead and slight Lazenby, Dalton, and Brosnan here) in terms of cinematic spectacle.
  3. Playing off of the above point, Spectre is such a retro Bond film that it feels like a 'greatest hits' with its villainous archetypes, set pieces, bad guy lairs, fight scenes, etc., it was a welcome trip down memory lane. Skyfall set up the possibility for a more 'Bond'y Daniel Craig Bond film, and Spectre paid it off. For better or worse (for better, in my eyes).
  4. Production design. From the opening in Mexico City, to Hoyte van Hoytema's classy cinematography (it rivaled Deakins' work in Skyfall, IMO), to Rome, to the set pieces, to the costuming, it's a gorgeous film to look at. They spared no expense. Every hair was in place, every 'i' dotted, every 't' crossed, and combination of practical effects and stuntwork, on-location filming, and gorgeous cinematography made for some truly gripping moments.
But, again, I don't think it's a perfect film, above reproach, or Daniel Craig's best Bond film. Elements of it are my favorite in the series, but it's a bit of an uneven experience:
Cons:
  1. Christoph Waltz's Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Unlike the majority, I actually do like Waltz's performance in this role. He was born to play a Bond villain, and maybe that's part of the issue with how he was received (because he didn't really live up to astronomical expectations), but I liked his work. And the previous 3 films really established 'personal' villains. The stories took them to personal places. So I understand the instinct here to do that...but what was the point of Blofeld and Bond sharing an origin and all that "cuckoo" stuff? I mean, I don't hate it, it didn't ruin it for me, but it's pointless. Blofeld didn't establish SPECTRE just to toy with James Bond. That's not my problem with it. The motivations for the previous films' plots are intact, and it's revealed that the financier behind all of them (and we knew that they all had financiers - or in the case of Silva highly suspected) was Blofeld and his SPECTRE organization, which he established for his own ideological reasons and personal gain. The personal history between him and Blofeld, that's why he killed his father, why the personal disdain between him and Bond. But that personal disdain amounts to nothing. The emotional angle of it is flat. It's almost irrelevant to the film, itself, where the plot is about the international 'Nine Eyes' surveillance/spy network and how this terrorist organization will benefit from it. It's solely about providing opportunity for exposition regarding Bond's characterization and for the vocal barbs between himself and Blofeld. And that's just not really enough...
  2. Bond defeats Blofeld by shooting down his helicopter...with a sidearm. Okay, sure, if you place your rounds directly on the rotary mechanism, you'll plausibly break something. But who in the world can hit a helicopter at distance, speeding away, with a short-range weapon? I need more than that, guys. That's a stretch.
  3. The number of twists and turns made it feel a bit long. The plot felt like it was over when Bond blew up Blofeld's base (also too easy). But then we have another half hour of film after that or so, give or take...
So those are my thoughts. I think Spectre is a pretty good movie, and an even better Bond film. I'd rank it:
  1. Casino Royale - 90/100
  2. Skyfall - 88/100
  3. Spectre - 75/100
  4. Quantum of Solace - 65/100
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My first ever acid trip was at a Heavy Metal festival on a cruise ship

This is quite a long read, I am also not an english major or anything; so I apologize if my grammar is not 100% on point. I wrote down everything as I remembered it, most of it was written down right after my experience in early January. Hope you enjoy the read, there is a link to a spotify play list I made that displays the bands I was listening to on the boat, and some other honorable mentions who's music I feel fits the mood and attitude of what is going on.
Consuming Chaos
Introduction:
Before reading this, I have never once taken any psychedelics of any kind before. This day, my curiosity got the better of me, as I managed to lose my mind and regain it over the course of what felt like a million years. For those reading that do not know, this happened on 70,000 TONS OF METAL! The luxury mecca of heavy metal festivals; this is not some radio metal shit. This year contained amazing bands like Atheist, At the Gates, Candlemass, Devin Townsend, Emperor, Possessed, Wintersun among many other big hitters in the international metal scene. This particular experience happened on the last day of the boat. This day in particular on 70,000 tons of metal is an insane shit show of amazing bands, people dressing up in THE MOST RIDICULOUS costumes you can think of. Everyone is getting completely wasted, high, tripping balls, getting their hands on everything they can, and yet chaotically loving everything and everyone around them. For anyone who is interested I highly recommend going, this festival is an amazing big family of fun loving people.
(Side note: There is a playlist I made to follow the events and mood of my experience on the boat. I will post the setlist after the story, and where you can go listen to it.)
14:45 - Last day of 70k, Star Lounge
Wilderun has started playing "Far from Where Dreams Unfurl". After talking to my friend about acid, I finally give in to my own inhibitions. I start with one hit. Ask all the details, what to do, how to take it, what to expect, how long until it starts, and how long does it last. After Wilderun we head off to Soen for some Tool esque metal riffage. By the end of the set I start to feel light, almost like I'm floating. Meeting up with some friends I find myself starting to laugh uncontrollably at nothing. After eating some pizza, we head up to the pool deck for Finntroll.
16:30 - Pool Deck
I'm on the pool deck, Finntroll has started playing. The banners of the pool deck stage are down due to high winds, the sun is radiating down on the stage and crowd with a celestial warmth. They're dressed up like trolls??? With long ears, and crazy pagan style face paint. All the colors seem to be sticking out more than usual, I start to settle into my first trip, one that will be more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. In the pit I can feel the ship moving down and dragging me with it, as the moshers jump, dance, and push each other around in joyous pandemonium. I think to myself "maybe they don't know that they will potentially push the ship right into the ocean" but my concerns are fleeting at this point, and I join in the chaos. Amongst the horde is a pink power ranger, thor, jesus with an infinity gauntlet, a Cutethulhu, (No I will not explain) Mugatu and many other ridiculous costumed metal heads. While committing myself to the heathen rituals, people's faces start to pop out more to me. Their features, eye colors, all of what seems to be their essence and auras reaching out to grab my eyes attention. At this point people start flying amongst the crowd to my amazement, I can do nothing but laugh at the madness. Halfway through the set my friends and I decided that we needed to catch November Doom's set, where I get into another laughing fit that lasts most of the way to the next concert.
17:00 - Studio B: Ice Rink
We reach the front stage, Novembers Doom starts off with this dark mix of death and doom metal that engulfs me in a sense of dread (but like fun dread). At first moving from the happy, joyful chaos of Finntrolls set, to this new black hole in the ship has me on edge; especially as this is when I find out Neil Peart is dead. But soon I find myself entranced by the melody's seeping forth from the stage. The music switches to a slow chorusy part with the dark clean vocals to match it. Accompanied by the strong waves of the ocean swaying the boat from side to side, and a beautiful woman who dressed up as some kind of spectre bounded by chains seems to be synchronized to the rhythm of this bleak dismal music. At this point I'm fully encapsulated in my trip, I find myself laughing and smiling at everything while also just swaying to the motion of this beautifully dark music. When the song ends, the singer states that he apologizes for playing "pussy shit, when this is a fucking metal cruise" another crowd member comments, and I losing all sense of keeping thoughts in my head decide that I am kind of offended that pussy isn't considered metal. So without missing a beat I yell out "I fucking love pussy". The singer taken aback by the statement responds with a " Wow man you can't say that out loud, there are women here". Offended again, though I decide to keep to myself, thinking over and over again "well duh there are women here, and they should know they are fucking metal and loved". But as I look back on it, I probably just come off as an intoxicated pervert. After another song we decide to leave so we can catch Toxik.
17:40 - Casino / Royal Theater
On our way to the next venue to see Toxik play all of "Think This" we walked through the casino and I was instantly mesmerized by the amazing colors reflecting off of every wall. Practically oozing out and reaching out to me like a visual sirens song. We keep going past it and end up watching Toxik. Though nothing special about, I heard the songs that I truly love off the album and I decided that I was too wet and filthy to be out and about. I leave the venue and walk back to my room, when I start another laughing fit that lasted the entire walk to the room. I ran into my good friend Matt and his entourage all dressed up as President Trump, Melania, and secret service escort; all of whom were definitely in character acting their part. Following up this hilarious ensemble was a group of very serious security guards looking for someone, and then and I leave this room I walk by a group of people sitting down listening to some man speaking. I was off put and confuzzled when I heard him say "sometimes partying is fun but the party has to end eventually". I thought I had just walked into an AA meeting, though I'm sure they we're just as insulted as I continually laugh my ass off at the insanity of this whole thing. I then get into an elevator where I stare at the wall mesmerized by the movement of this inanimate material. I get off on the wrong floor and walk two floors down when I go down a very dizzying hallway. End up in my room, shower, and now it is time for dinner.
18:45 - Fancy Dining Hall / Pool Deck
As I meet up with my friends, I am firmly believing I am not high enough (I was). So I take another hit of acid. At dinner we overpower the chefs with numbers. Food is taking forever to come out, and we start pounding on our tables creating a wave of people pounding on tables and slowly stopping, as it moves around the entire dining hall. My friend Nick and I get fed up waiting for food and decide to leave the dining hall after an hour ( I cannot believe these chefs put up with us). We end up on the pool deck as a nice warm wind is blowing, the moon is high in the sky, and Epica is playing their beautiful "Design your Universe" album. While never really being a fan of the band, I've been wanting to check them out. I definitely was not disappointed, as my next hit of acid started to sink in adding onto the effect of the previous one. I feel light, like I could fly. The guttural vocals set up the mood for some awesome heaviness, when out of nowhere I am brought down by this insanely beautiful voice of the female singer. I become completely enveloped by her very being. Her beauty is jaw dropping as her red hair is bleeding outwards in a sort of cloud. Her voice becomes all that I want to hear, and her dress seals the deal. Shining and reflecting light in a thousand directions, catching my eyes. I become obsessed trying to process every little atom of light beaming from her essence. Quickly though my squirrel like mind is distracted by the crazy keyboardist crowd surfing with his wacky portable keyboard. As I enjoy the music, I think to myself "I never brushed my teeth after I showered". I then run to my room, determined to clean my unholy mouth of its sins. I get there and my friends are there. I tell them "Epica is fucking killing it on the pool deck" they ask "why I am here?", I respond "to brush my teeth"... (and yet they think I'm the weird one). We then go back to Epica, where they are in fact, fucking killing it. After the show, I'm thirsty and must consume! At the bar I order a pina colada, and end up staring at the bar counter as the marble-like shapes start to morph into crazy geometric shapes. "I've entered a new world" I think to myself.
21:00 Wandering
I end up walking with friends, not really caring about conversation, or finding any of the amazing people I've been meeting on this cruise. Instead, I am looking for new shapes, new colors, new portals in which I can enter a world past the aether. We get to the shiny room (casino), a place of wonder and laughs a plenty. This is where I all of a sudden remember that my friend gave me my other friends acid. So I'm wandering with more fuel to enter the netherrealms, such endless potential being wasted in my pocket. I then carelessly give all the acid to two lovely girls I have just met. No idea why, I think I just didn't want drugs on me. I already have what I want in this world, endless laughter, and shiny things. Before Emperor goes on we decide to go back to my room for alcohol. Here we pack way too many lovely humans into the room, drinking, and enjoying each other's company. We decide to leave for the show, as my acid buddy decides to take the long way to the show by waving his hands, running, and screaming down the hallway. I was tragically left bending over against the wall, laughing my ass off to the ridiculousness.
22:00 - Pool Deck
Back on the pool deck the seductive, colorful music of Epica has long since faded. An eerie darkness has swallowed the night. Satanic magicks flow through the air, unleashing its blasphemous cacophony on the ears of feeble humans; the mighty Emperor is blasting away. The dim blue lights emanating from all around, as high winds are pushing the streams of a phantom's very being into reality, crisscrossing the crowd as the wind whips around every corner. I catch some of this ghost’s essence… oh wait this is just toilet paper. It's a toilet paper ghost. "Righteous" I think and laugh to myself. I run into the same two girls who I gave acid to in the depths of the shiny room, where I end up fiending for more. They so graciously provide me the last hit of acid, of which I quickly devour. May Satan bless these two awesome women.
23:30 - The Promenade / Studio B
I am walking to Sorrento's for endlessly alright pizza being served! I must consume before I search for alternate realities. Though I am sweating like a pig (just clammy from the acid) so I go back to my room to wash up again. Afterwards I teleport to the casino (no memory of how I got there), when one of my friends is saying that we all must see Havok and they are starting soon. Finally another quest to fulfill. I get there way before the show starts, I'm about to leave for a drink, when Havok starts playing Rush. I decide to stay, and all of a sudden President Trump and his entourage has arrived. This time taking up the center floor of the venue, not allowing anyone near him without a pat down and an ID check. The show has begun, and little did I know that reality was about to shift. A circle pit the likes of which I've never seen is forming around Donald Trump. I too join in this dance of death, not a path one walks, but a path one must stomp. After a healthy dose of killing, I stop while my friend Mugatu hands me his dog, sunglasses, and cigar. Takes an amazing picture of me and then joins in the dance. At this point I start to lose all sense of reality, my third hit is starting to take full effect. My eyes are barraged by the twisting and turning of 4th dimensional sacred geometry (or whatever you spiritual people), when a glitch in this realm forms out of the pit. The bass player is now both on the stage and in the crowd. A raver, cookie monster, Donald Trump, a clown, pink power Ranger, and more computer simulations keep forming from nowhere. I realize the fault in this simulation as it breaks down in my mind, and the crowd being visualized as other worldly fakes realizes I am aware of the break in their illusions. I then fill with anxiety realizing this was a game, I leave the venue, stuffing the fake dog in between two chairs.
00:10 Stuck between worlds
The walk back to my room is a complete blur, as I enter, my roommates are leaving. I then proceed to shower again, I get completely naked besides my shirt, and lay in bed. In total darkness, light appears from nowhere as I am being sucked into another dimension. I feel myself leave my body, unable to control the flow of shapes and colors assaulting my mind; I am gone. I start to focus and I reenter my body. Confused about what has happened, I realize I am stuck in this sick game. My fears come forth, manifested as a sick vision of colors, the sounds of deep reverberating throat singing; Ohm's of foreboding demise. I clench my fists, curl up, and feel as if my eyes are crawling into the back of my mind. Sight becomes a subconscious thought as a swirling discord of reflections within reflections twists and contorts my minds eye. I sweat profusely as the pain of existing in this unreality becomes overbearing. I lash out and scream for it to end, knowing full well that this nightmare is never ending, I look back on myself from up high and see the cosmos poor from my body as a slimy green ooze. I slowly drift down to this mortal coil and come back to this realm, never to re-enter that universe again.
00:20 till 05:00 Lost but Found
I lay melting once again, over the intercom "Alpha Alpha Alpha Deck 11, poolside". Someone must be hurt. I feel the urgent need to get up and help. But FIRST! I must shower. I get into the bathroom and decide there is no time for purifying my dreadful shell. I get dressed, and off I am to wander down this mind numbing hallway of geometric chaos, laughing at the thought of my friend Nick running and screaming down this hallway like a madman earlier. I find myself still laughing as I get off an elevator to find a man surrounded by medical personnel, he is bleeding, and all I can think is "these damn medics cannot even clean the air of his blood… Oh wait, I'm still high as fuck". I walk towards the pool deck to find Exodus is finalizing their "Bonded by Blood" set. When the almighty Andy "THA SKIPPA" (thinking in a boxing match announcers voice) comes out to greet the fans and update us on how awesome this year was, and what to expect next year. When he's done, he jumps into the crowd to surf the many waves of loyal boaters. Exodus then continues to do what they do best, thrash! They end their set with a wall of death, and the downright sinister commitment to do the TOXIC WALTZ! I skank this set away, and head down to the promenade for some late night pizza. I find my roommates and chat with them when I realize I need a god damn towel. I dry up, and continue wandering, enjoying the sites as the visions begin to fade. I am finally at the best place to end one's cruise. On the pool deck, enjoying karaoke, last minute partying and goodbyes with old and new friends. The night ends with me waiting for my brother to sing some muthatruckin Rammstein. I was supposed to film it, but as it is obvious by the lack of video online… I did not. I decide I am too tired, I must go back to my room and discover how such primitive non celestial magic wielding humans sleep again. I take a long walk back to my room, hoping to see some faces that I did not get a chance to say goodbye to. Maybe I'll see someone who gets to enjoy one of my overbearing hugs of death, but alas that was not the case. I head to bed, I lay my head and realize once again, that even though this whole reality is a sham, I fucking love all these people.
Playlist:
Link:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2IMm5RCoPCWFxa4T934YTT?si=4cDHiARMRVCPEfPAAYxglQ

14:45 Star Lounge -
  1. Wilderun - Far from Where Dreams Unfurl
  2. Soen - Lascivious
16:30 Pool Deck -
  1. Finntroll - Trollhammeren
  2. Finntroll - Blodsvept
17:00 Studio B -
  1. Novembers Doom - Ghost
  2. Novembers Doom - Ever After
17:40 Casino / Royal Theater -
  1. Toxik - Think This
  2. Toxik - Greed
18:45 Fancy Dining Hall -
  1. Wintersun - Starchild
  2. Epica - Our Destiny
  3. Epica - Burn to a Cinder
21:00 Wandering -
  1. At the Gates - The Colours of the Beast
  2. At the Gates - World of Lies
  3. Devin Townsend - Love?
22:00 Pool Deck -
  1. Emperor - Into the Infinity of Thoughts
  2. Emperor - Curse You All Men!
23:30 The Promenade / Studio B
  1. Ihsahn - Celestial Violence
  2. Havok - F.P.C
  3. Havok - Hang Em’ High
  4. Havok - Ingsoc
00:10 Stuck Between Worlds
  1. Atheist - Piece of Time
  2. Vio-lence - Phobophobia
  3. Wintersun - Beautiful Death
  4. Wintersun - Death and the Healing
00:20 Lost but Found -
  1. Havok - Wake Up
  2. Exodus - Bonded by Blood
  3. Exodus - The Toxic Waltz
Sometime before 05:00 on the Pool Deck - Karaoke songs
  1. Molotov - Puto
  2. Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now!
  3. Rammstein - Mein Herz Brennt
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AS Week 3 | 2 Fish 2 Furious (Judges' Critiques)

Greetings, racers! This week saw our All Stars in a real race to the finish. Their wacky wheeled contraptions were a sight to behold, as they worked in teams of two to make some motor magic! Now it’s time to rewind the tapes, and look at that slow-mo replay.
Please welcome your judges for this week!
The judges have deliberated and made their decisions. Will the following team please step forward:
Malaria E. Coli & Sartana

Congratulations, you are both safe and can leave the raceway. Your critiques can be found in this doc.

All other racers, you represent the best and worst of the week. You'll receive your critiques in the order that the looks album was presented.

Crabby Crusaders | Bitte Bitte and Ms. Vicky Pickles

MIYU MOON: Oh wow, this look is totally wild and conceptual, you're like sexy racing crab people from South Park. I love the way your outfits match but have slight variations, like the different head shapes and the placement of little ridges and the glowing bits, and of course the mis matched claws. I almost find them a little more matchy than they could be for full effect, like there are definitely differences but it takes a minute to really separate the two looks by noticing the differences. That being said I do love them, they look very sleek and alienesque, very sculptural and smooth just like crabs and, assumedly, aliens. I love the use of the checkered pattern in the sort of bodysuit or tights underneath, it lends to the feeling of some sort of uniform sort of like a space suit or a diving suit but also keeps it racing oriented. I truly feel these two crab alien people have come to race and they intend to go fast and win, the characterization is really on point and I love that you have both a unique character element, the crab alien part, and the challenge theme of racing combined but also separately visible.
This car is really a wow factor here, I am SO in love with it. First off, it looks like it'll go fast as hell, and the giant wheels seems of course functional but in a thematic way they say to me "WE INTEND TO WIN! LOOK AT OUR HUGE WHEELS! WE WILL CRUSH YOU!" and it lends to some sort of conquering invading alien engineers. It also kind of looks like maybe a space rover robot? And the glowing lights as well give it this explorative feel, like a probe we might send to another planet or the bottom of the ocean, and both would apply here. I also really enjoy the mechanics of these little claw arm wheels, they add such a sense of reality and movement to the vehicle and give it a sort of real life crab action element. Amazing job, really an amazing team.
IFOA NYE: I’m so glad you guys seem to have immediately embraced your most cartoony and absurdist instincts as it was a complete nail on the head moment when I saw this vehicle. The comedic potential of small person and big person combinations seems to be just a timeless thing and it’s really satisfying especially imagining Vicky squished in that tiny ball. The blueprint you added is actually an eye opening moment for me and should be for anyone competing because it was only when I saw your vehicle in profile that I realized how well it evokes seafloor creatures like hermit crabs. Additionally, the choice of a sort of heroic and quintessential to racing color scheme for villainous characters is really satisfying because the crustacean details on both your vehicle and your costumes does the work to make the villainy/eerieness evident.
You carried the whimsy through to your costumes as well and it was extremely effective. I love how intentionally stupid some of the details are like the single lobster claw (especially Bitte’s huge one) and the Vicky’s crab claw headpiece which also evokes mirrors on lowrider bikes. I think the light up “sexy” parts also perfectly adds absurdist comedy, wow factor and raunch in equal measure which is perfectly fitting for your theme. I’ll give a special nod to Bitte’s headpiece for bringing the freaky as well which is yet another layer to this. Overall, I think the slightest bit more individuation to your costumes would’ve somehow amplified the impact of them as the uniformity certainly lends beautiful cohesion but somehow there is almost the slightest bit of loss of individual voice for your characters. To be honest, that is suuuuch a quibble that I feel insulting for saying it but this week the competition was so tight, that’s the level of magnifying glass inspection I’m being forced to apply. Kudos this is a spectacular piece of work.
RIPPER HOLE: Oh, okay, so Team Canada is on a mission to slay. I’m happy to announce the invasion was successful and my bussy has been colonised by crustaceans! I just wanna commend you both for the presentation of this challenge. All the extra material is so well done and I can tell a lot of time went into really fleshing this fantasy out. The vehicle looks fantastic! CRUSH-tacean Crawler is a great name and I can definitely imagine it literally crushing the competition. As for your Alien invaders, I think you’ve both nailed the characterisation and the look! I love the alien/crustacean armour and the nod to Mugler.
Bitte Bitte, you had me at giant crab claw…. Once again you've done a fantastic job at conveying a mood and you easily transported me into the fantasy. Captain Smol looks absolutely dastardly, conniving and mischievous! Pouring over the details of this look was very enjoyable and the rendering looks so schmick. Even though this is an over the top costume, I personally think this is quite fashionable and you’re doing a great job of finding the balance between the two. The helmet is MAJOR, the inflatables are fun and the glowing arse is probably going to awaken something in me. You really impressed me this week and I hope you can keep the momentum going!
MS Vicky, she brings it to us every ball, i don't know why im gagging so? This whole concept really feels on brand for vicky and I’m glad to see you play to your strengths! I can tell you’re having a lot of fun experimenting with different brushes and refining your methods of rendering and I encourage you to keep at it. For some reason I’m having trouble believing that your character is second in command..I’m thinking the pose is perhaps too strong and dominant? Without reading the description I wouldn't have realised there was a chain of command between you both. Aside from that, this is yet another iconic Vicky moment and I'm so excited to see what's next!

drouBle trouBle | Bettie and Bianca Biquini

MIYU MOON: Holy hell, the detail in this entire team is overwhelming in the best way possible. I love the way the outfits and the car are kind of overloaded with fine details, it looks really extravagant and couture and high end, which is absolutely on brand. I definitely get the steampunk reference but like, if we're being honest I absolutely hate steampunk, but this look improves on everything I despise about steampunk. This looks expensive and fancy and glamorous while I usually think of steampunk as looking hokey and costumey, this feels really new. The gold and royal blue combo also helps break away from the typical shades of brown and copper steampunk uses. I think that's why I find myself leaning more into Bettie's look here than Bianca's, because the brown leather in Bianca's is really throwing me off. I feel like Bettie and the vehicle match each other and look very extavagant, but Bianca's inclusion of the brown leather brings her away from the central goal and kinda makes her outfit look... I don't know if cheaper is the word, but less glamorous maybe? Like as if Bettie is the criminal mastermind here and Bianca is just her sidekick, I know that there is an element of that at play with this challenge, I think the characterization of Bianca painting Bettie's nail illustrates that dynamic while also highlighting the cool Bettie glove. But that's where I feel like Bianca gets a little lost, even tho she is meant to play a support role I feel like her look should be more glamorous as well to match with Bettie and the car, she's looking too utilitarian for me right now with the clunky flat boot and the brown straps thrown in. Also I see how Bettie has sort of a naturally gothic feeling going with her shapes and attitude, but the gothic makeup on Bianca seems like a forced element because I don’t get much goth from the rest of her outfit, just the face makeup and the earring, so I see the attempt but I don’t think it really meshed the looks together any further.
This car tho, wow, this car deserves to be in a museum. There was certainly no shortage of motif ideas or rendering prowess in the car, I think you two really meshed your energies well with this collaborative front of the car. I love that Bettie rides in the big fancy car and Bianca gets her cute little support rocket, I can imagine how Bettie may sit up there and give orders and Bianca would strap on her little goggles and go to work. That being said I do find myself kind of questioning exactly how the hell this car moves, but I'm no engineer so I try not to think that hard about it, it looks damn cool regardless.
IFOA NYE: This car is absolutely incredible and it’s a real testament to Bettie’s ability to carry sophistication and design appeal into even the most silly or unsophisticated concepts. I personally feel like the problem and challenge of steampunk generally are that its tropes are so recognizable that they’re tedious and also it’s usually an ugly mishmosh of nonsense like gears and leather just tacked on at random. This car on the other hand is absolutely elegant and villainous while also seeming totally over the top and ridiculous (those giant and unnecessary stilt legs??) which is a really cool combination. I love some of the details you guys came up with like the cutesie little sidecar for Bibi to hang out in and the idea of the organ that they bring with them to play ominous music. That’s such a Bibi idea… it’s just adorable. The idea of being spooky ooky in a cute way rather than actually scary is just so heartwarming. You carried this design theme of almost non-euclidean squiggles throughout the car and bettie’s costume and I think that was a really brilliant surprise and sophisticated touch.
I think where you guys really hit a roadblock is in character specificity. Your tale has this really clear idea about the older sisteyounger copycat but I don’t really see that anywhere in your designs and honestly aside from being steampunk (and having a cross earring) it almost seems like the two characters come from different worlds. I ultimately think the choice of steampunk was smart to unite your completely different aesthetics but you guys didn’t do enough work to make the specific characters seem united. In Bettie’s case, I think it’s kind of fascinating in the same way as with the car to see you take on a bit of a visual clunker trope wise like the mad inventor with a mechanical arm (it’s just so recognizable at this point) and applying your design skills to really make it sleek and beautiful. I think you should keep that in mind as you go forward that your work can be amplified by picking “things that shouldn’t work” as subjects and then applying your talent for beauty and sophistication. Again I love the specific way you constructed and applied the metal in these strange shapes and I love that the arm is really over the top and has nails as it bring down the seriousness factor and ups the fun which was super important here. Bianca, on the other hand, it feels like you were really bogged down in your focus on some rendering challenges (that’s a guess) because this piece really lacks your usual sense of joy, good eye for editing and whimsy. I find the outfit is clunky and doesn’t feel little sister-y at all. I don’t really see a design connection with bettie or the car and even the accoutrement feel very arbitrary. There’s not like a specific weapon or choice that my eye lands on and enjoys except for the quadruple pigtails which is indeed quite fun. Having asked you guys how often you interacted and finding out it was constant, I do have to tag you pretty hard for not working to incorporate more of the visual language from the car into your piece!
RIPPER HOLE: Wow I can’t believe Bianca and Bettie invented steampunk! To be frank, seeing the both of you in a team made me a bit nervous and I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. I was worried that your styles are just too different and your theme would end up being a mishmash of random ideas. I’m so glad that you were able to come together with a unified concept - and rendering-wise I think it’s well executed! The car is so well done, Betties meticulous rendering really came in to play and I’m so impressed by all the little details. Even though this was clearly drawn by Bettie, I can definitely see details that could only come from the mind of Bianca.
Whilst I adore your vehicle, unfortunately the costumes and characterisation aren’t really hitting the sweet spot. I think your characters backstory is okay, and it was smart to go with the big sister, little sister schtick, I just think there's a disconnect to what we read in the description and the image of your characters. I wouldn’t say you guys have failed, but compared to the other contestants it's just a bit boring and predictable.
Bettie - Your outfit is definitely more successful and that's largely due to the huge mech arm which is so whimsical and campy. Thanos but making it fashion. The rest of the outfit is a meh for me. The posing and the facial expression is strong but I’m not convinced it was the best way to convey your character.
Bianca - I’m happy to see you're experimenting with shading and taking more time to render your looks. I’m finally seeing Bianca in HD, let’s hope we get 4K next. I think your biggest problems this week are posing and characterisation, or lack thereof. Your character is supposed to be this Rocket Racoon inspired gunslinger, but your pose and expression fails to convey that ragged and roughness. The outfit is also a bit of a mess. I think you could have ditched the tan leather vest and shoes and incorporated some of the gold from Betties look.

The Slag Sisters | Ambrosia and Sally Spellman

MIYU MOON: Oh fuck, this is one hell of a team to unpack here. Every inch of these outfits and the car are covered in meticulously thought out details and oh, it's such a treat to the eyes! I love that your outfits really match despite actually not really matching. They match so much in spirit and function that they don't need to have identical colours, there's no real question these two women came here together and belong on a team with each other and absolutely nobody else. They're not heavily race inspired in the garments, but everything else about the looks gives us the racer characterization we need. You have the goggles, but those wind-blown faces really sell it all, we can tell these women like to go fast and probably haven't stopped speeding in 30 years. I love that these looks really have character to them, I can almost smell the motives of these women from here, the attitude is very potent with this pair. Not to mention the rendering is just really spot on, everything looks really nicely finished with a good eye for detail. From afar they grab my attention with the overall craziness and then the closer you get, you notice the fun details and notice the actual prettiness in the looks buried under the insanity.
This car is just... I don't know if there are words that exist to describe this car. At first I noticed all the little details bit by bit, all the little dongs and tacky materials and details. Then I sort of zoned out and finally clicked with the full image of the car being a man on his back that they are both riding him I lost it, that is just so hilariously perfect. It just furthers the storyline of these two women while also explaining so many seemingly thrown together details, really it's just a brilliant car and I cannot get over it. Everything about this look is perfectly crafted, head to toe, every detail is on point, really can't go wrong here.
IFOA NYE: I really think the heart of this challenge was to pick an immediate and iconic trope and nail the details such that the specific characters you’ve made feel unforgettable and The Slag Sisters are exactly that. Both the world of drag and the world in general has seen its fair share of cougar humor but the design details you guys embedded here feel totally specific and unique and I’m in love with it. I adore the fact that these queens feel like older versions of your characters to an extent and the animal print motif allows them to feel completely cohesive while exploding with their own personality. The Lorena Bobbit is what really takes it to the next level as this is one of the most beautifully designed pieces of machinery I’ve ever seen. It immediately recalls Moebius aka Jean Giraud’s designs which is possibly the highest compliment I can give anything. The idea of driving the man car by it’s gross sex doll mouth and joystick dick is absolutely perfect and it somehow marries the feeling of Klimt’s the scream, the storied history of gay pornographic art and hot rods while also seemingly completely plausible as a vehicle. It’s also somehow elegant despite being tacky to the bone and that feeling and the way it mirrors your queens is just spectacular.
Ambrosia, you packed in delight after delight into this design. The perma-windblown hair and face are so terrifying in the best way and recall Ambrosia’s own penchant for abstract shape statement hair. I feel so honored that you put in a nod to my own body shape with this hideous paunch and the combination of socks with shoes and a knee brace is incredible. Lastly, a stoma with a cigarette in it. Yes. Absolutely. Sally, I think I love yours for almost the opposite reason which is that I can twist my neck and squint and imagine you producing a similar outfit for modern day sally but done hyper elegantly. It’s that overall effect rather that the details that strikes me the most. It feels like such a seamless transition from your style instincts while also bringing all the tacky we require and the clash patterns sing to my soul. The knockers are given ample space to speak and decorated as they darn well should be. I honestly feel like you guys know these women and the world that would have spat them out so intimately that they actually don’t feel like disrespectful caricatures but actually sort of feel powerful and celebratory which is my absolute favorite quality in drag. This is major.
RIPPER HOLE: Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh my gawd. This is the best the both of you have ever looked. My only advice this week is to quit drag, because it’s all downhill from here! It feels like both you shady whores jumped straight into my mind and produced exactly what I wanted to see. I just wanna say thank you for bringing the comedy and the drag and the design and the level of rendering we expect!
This car is perhaps the best thing I have ever seen. There are so many fantastic yet rotted details and they are all so well placed and fucking hilarious. Everything is so well thought out and exactly what I expect from two literal cocking destroying goddesses. Having an ashtray and a drink holder next to each other is just thoughtful design, u kno? The characterisation and pose is well...completely on point. I know these women because I AM these women. It’s obvious that you both have fallen on hard times (and harder dicks), but you found the strength to get up and collect that unemployment check which will be instantly spent at the casino.
Ambrosia - Why are you so obsessed with me? I’m flattered that I’m your favourite MPAR Queen but like this outfit is verging on -2 points territory. I’m also curious as to how you found a picture of me at my first holy communion? For reals though, your sense of humour is as impeccable as your rendering skills and you absolutely nailed everything about this challenge. Brava!
Sally- Them titties just keep getting bigger and lower.... No wonder your lower lumbar is fucked up. Your choice of fabrics are extremely offensive - therefore perfect for the character! The makeup is horrendous yet oddly familiar... You have a wicked sense of humour and it’s really shining through in this image! I do feel that Ambrosia outshined you a little bit but this is still a fantastic interpretation of the character and you also nailed this challenge!

Hyenaiad Bounty Hunters | Epinette and Ophelia N. Cyde (Late)

MIYU MOON: I really love these outfits, I definitely see the hyena and aardwolf inspiration and how it translated through. I like that the outfits thematically go together but don't technically have a ton in common on paper, it keeps it really interesting while also giving us a solid storyline. I really like Epi's details on the body, it gives a very wild, fun, and funky vibe that definitely translates the spirit of a hyena. I don't know much about aardwolves but from this look I'd guess they're more chill, shadowy type creatures, so hopefully that's true at least so this look makes sense, otherwise you could trick me and I guess I wouldn't know the difference haha. I think the looks utilize a good amount of bold shape for far away appeal as well as bringing in some fine details to keep things looking fashionable and fully realized. If anything it just feels like Epinette is grabbing all the attention here because of the brightness of her outfit along with the very strong pose, where as Ophelia is kinda fading into the background with the colours, and being posed on top of the car it's just kinda melding together from afar.
This bike is definitely fitting for the theme, definitely gives me the feeling like you two picked these bones clean and turned it into a bike. That being said it does come across as kind of simplistic, the idea is definitely there but I feel like the rig could use more going on to give it a real sense of wackiness and an ability to survive the race and be a top contender. It seems like it's all up to Epinette to grapple onto others and make something happen, I wish the vehicle had more going on with it so I felt like you guys might actually have a chance to knock out your competition. It would seem that the greatest strength going for this ride is simply its speed and ease of control but it lacks any real sense of packing a punch or really bringing the personality of its riders into some weapons or more details or something that would connect everything better.
IFOA NYE: This concept is really great both on a character level, inventiveness of inspiration and the way it granted immediately satisfying looks that both scream fashion and show off the references. I think the “super cool killer” trope was a surprising way to take the screwball cartooniness of this prompt but it definitely could have worked really well for you guys as when I look at these looks together I find them on the road to iconic. That said, this whole look and concept feels let down by lack of design on the bike and to a lesser extent on Ophelia’s outfit. The bike is generic looking and almost reminds me of Ghostrider but without that level of over the top silliness and fun. The smiling carcass head is a great design detail but it feels like not enough work was put in to make it actually look interesting. Overall the bike looks like a first design attempt and the way it’s rendered is surprising considering your team houses two of our most talented renderers.
I’m also not all the way impressed on an outfit level. Epinette, you actually managed a really great balance between fun, danger and sexy. This orange pops and I have to applaud the cohesiveness considering how hard the other judges have been knocking you for it. Spots immediately bring fun and whimsy to a look that otherwise says vicious killer and the tension between the two is great. The one cartoony design detail of the hyena bandana is enough to lend the whole design an instantly memorable quality, make it fit the prompt and I especially love that it’s not just the laughing mouth but also the ears. Ophelia’s look feels considerably less accomplished. It’s not a bad look by any measure but I think of you as hitting us every week with a hyper careful and considered design eye and here it feels very simplistic design wise. There’s not that much joy to the way these pants fit or the vest is designed. It’s like just adjacent of your usual amazing work and I can’t put my finger on exactly why this lacks your essential qualities but it does. To end on a positive note, this bandana is very sweet, I love this dorky hair and of course your sense of color is always perfection.
RIPPER HOLE: Out of all the pairings, you two had me the most intrigued. I was expecting something cool and filthy, but I’m left pretty underwhelmed by the looks and the vehicle. I think you guys had an awesome idea - i looooove the concept of the hyena and i think going for a more savage or serious take was a good way to differentiate yourselves from the competition. I can see the bones (lol) of the idea, but it still needed a lot of work to bring it up to the same level as everyone else. The bike has a lot of potential and there are a few areas, like the skull, that are successful and interesting. It just needed more! The bike needed to look more ominous and filthy. I think Mad Max might have been a good reference point for you guys in regards to the bike and the outfits themselves.
Epinette - I actually really enjoy this outfit! You’ve a fantastic job with the proportions of your outfit and I’m so glad its not another structured jacket and skirt combo. Your styling really shines through with this look - i love all the items and fetish wear isn't overbearing or cliche. The mask and earring combo is so fun and clever! If you wanted to take this to the next level I’d suggest making the posing a bit more feral!
Ophelia - In my opinion you’ve conveyed the mood of your character and the inspiration, but unfortunately it’s let down by the basicness of the outfit. It’s drawn well, the folds and the rendering look nice, but the outfit itselfs just doesn't resonate and it looks dowdy. Even though your breed of Hyena is more subdued, it's still a will animal, and this outfit fails to express that.

At 10pm PST, we will announce the winner of the challenge and the bottom two.

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