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30th Aug '17 11:01:07 AM BeerBaron
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* Throughout ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the [[LegendaryWeapon Daedric artifacts]] tend to be among the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity +1 Equipment]], most often earned by performing quests given by the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] themselves. Those artifacts associated with [[MadGod Sheogorath]], however, tend to fall into this trope. Most tend to be {{Joke Item}}s, only good for having a bit of fun. For example, Wabbajack is a MagicStaff that randomly turns things into other things. It might turn a bandit into a sheep, or a wheel of cheese, or a ''[[OurDemonsAreDifferent Daedroth]]''.
22nd Aug '17 1:53:20 AM BobTheBard
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** Shotguns are a complicated case. They're situational in combat and more cumbersome than assault rifles or carbines, but [[MundaneUtility incredibly versatile]] because of their ability to [[AbnormalAmmo fire just about anything]]. No soldier wants to carry an extra gun and its heavy ammunition just on the off-chance they might need one, though, so the military developed a [[TakeAThirdOption miniature shotgun that attaches to the assault rifle]].


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* The Pancor Jackhammer automatic shotgun. While a favorite of movies and video games due to its futuristic appearance and amazing visual design, the real Jackhammer was notoriously over-engineered. Reloading the gun required the user to lock the barrel forward, eject the drum magazine, and either put in a new drum or remove the spent shells from the old one and put new ones in like a revolver. Either way made the weapon more time-consuming and problematic to reload than a regular automatic shotgun while also removing the ability to chamber specific shells as needed, one of the big reasons shotguns remain popular. Its unique shape also made it incompatible with the wide variety of attachments available for more mundane shotguns, like flashlights, which made it less versatile. It was also prone to breaking down - Of the three prototypes made, two of them were irreparably damaged in testing.
5th Aug '17 11:08:53 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Black camouflage; the quintessential staple of Hollywood and video game special forces teams for decades. Unfortunately that's because in fiction their enemies are only as vigilant as the script writer commands them to be. In real life it is quite possibly one of the worst shades you could wear short of something stupid like shocking pink. This is due in large part to the fact that there are very few blacks in either nature or man-made environments meaning that in daylight you stand out just about everywhere and at night colors such as dark blue or green work just as well if not better. Generally speaking the only way to make black genuinely useful is to pair it with something else; for example white and/or grey. In real life, black fatigues do have their uses, such as security, riot control, breaching/raid teams and the like, but note that these are all applications where the wearer ''wants'' to be seen, hopefully to scare troublemakers into complying.
* This is regarded as one of the main reasons why we don't have even a single piece of corroborated evidence as to the existence of extra-terrestrials. Even to a race immeasurably superior to our own technologically; the problems inherent in funding, building, powering, designing, stocking, defending and accelerating an interstellar (let alone an intergalactic) spacecraft are so hilariously large that any attempt to do so would probably be far more trouble than it is actually worth. One could also levy this exact same reasoning as to why we aren't being constantly bombarded with travellers from the future or from other universes assuming that either of those things are possible/exist obviously.

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* Black camouflage; fatigue-style uniforms; the quintessential staple of Hollywood and video game special forces teams for decades. Unfortunately that's because in fiction their enemies are only as vigilant as the script writer commands them to be. In real life it is quite possibly one of the worst shades you could wear short of something stupid like shocking pink. This is due in large part to the fact that there are very few blacks in either nature or man-made environments meaning that in daylight you stand out just about everywhere and at night colors such as dark blue or green work just as well if not better. Generally speaking the only way to make black genuinely useful is to pair it with something else; for example white and/or grey. In real life, black fatigues do have their uses, such as security, riot control, breaching/raid teams and the like, but note that these are all applications where the wearer ''wants'' to be seen, hopefully visible, so as to scare intimidate potential troublemakers into complying.
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* This is regarded as one of the main reasons why we don't have even a single piece of corroborated evidence as to the existence of extra-terrestrials. Even to a race immeasurably superior to our own technologically; the problems inherent in funding, building, powering, designing, stocking, defending and accelerating an interstellar (let alone an intergalactic) spacecraft are so hilariously large that any attempt to do so would probably be far more trouble than it is actually worth. One could also levy this exact same reasoning as to why we aren't being constantly bombarded with travellers travelers from the future or from other universes assuming that either of those things are possible/exist obviously.
25th Jul '17 9:26:36 PM Owlorange1995
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* Tablet computers are essentially giant smartphones straight out of old sci-fi movies, but without the convenience of phone calls and easy messaging. Even their feature of size is being overshadowed by the production of larger smartphones. This could end up a subversion with the growth of tablet-laptop hybrids, or two-in-ones.
25th Jul '17 4:15:14 PM NXTangl
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*** Note also that Bolt rounds are generally designed to penetrate armor and detonate ''inside'' the target, doing incredible damage to single targets, rather than being airburst munitions. On the other hand, they're actually somewhat AwesomeYetPractical in some cases, such as when fighting Space Marines, who have high-quality PoweredArmor that takes an armor-penetrating bullet to crack, but also have highly redundant organ systems that give them SuperToughness, necessitating that any bullet that does end up in their skin should really try to do as much damage as possible--one which merely goes in one side and out the other would barely stagger a space marine. They're still inefficient, though, given that standard laser weaponry can overwhelm the same armor's capabilities with [[MoreDakka sheer volume of fire]], and each laser blast is basically free while each bolt round takes painstaking labor to create.

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*** Note also that Bolt rounds are generally designed to penetrate armor and detonate ''inside'' the target, doing incredible damage to single targets, rather than being airburst munitions. On the other hand, they're actually somewhat AwesomeYetPractical Still, [[JustifiedTrope bolters are in some cases, such as when fighting use for a reason]]; Space Marines, who Marines have high-quality PoweredArmor that takes an armor-penetrating bullet to crack, but also have highly redundant organ systems that give them SuperToughness, necessitating that so any bullet that does end up in their skin should really try needs to do as much some serious damage as possible--one to have any noticeable effect--one which merely goes in one side and out the other would barely at best stagger a space marine. Space Marine. They're still inefficient, though, given that standard laser weaponry can overwhelm the same armor's capabilities with [[MoreDakka sheer volume of fire]], and each laser blast is basically free free, while each bolt round takes [[CastFromMoney painstaking labor and expensive materials to create.create]].
25th Jul '17 4:05:29 PM NXTangl
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*** Note also that Bolt rounds are generally designed to penetrate armor and detonate ''inside'' the target, doing incredible damage to single targets, rather than being airburst munitions. On the other hand, they're actually somewhat AwesomeYetPractical in some cases, such as when fighting Space Marines, who have high-quality PoweredArmor that takes an armor-penetrating bullet to crack, but also have highly redundant organ systems that give them SuperToughness, necessitating that any bullet that does end up in their skin should really try to do as much damage as possible--one which merely goes in one side and out the other would barely stagger a space marine. They're still inefficient, though, given that standard laser weaponry can overwhelm the same armor's capabilities with [[MoreDakka sheer volume of fire]], and each laser blast is basically free while each bolt round takes painstaking labor to create.
30th May '17 9:49:04 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': When the team finds a group of living Ancients in between galaxies, the reason they're still alive is that they've been in relativistic travel at 0.99999 times the speed of light for the past 10,000 years. [=McKay=] comments that flying that fast is a ''really'' impressive feat... but also not very useful in a universe where FTLTravel exists, as demonstrated by the fact that it took them 10,000 years just to get outside their starting galaxy.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': When the team finds a group of living Ancients in between galaxies, the reason they're still alive is that they've been in relativistic travel at 0.99999 times the speed of light for the past 10,000 years. [=McKay=] comments that flying that fast is a ''really'' impressive feat... but also not very useful in a universe where FTLTravel exists, as demonstrated by the fact that it took them 10,000 years just to get outside their starting galaxy.galaxy (then again, it is eventually explained that the ship's FTL wasn't working, so they gunned the engines as hard as they could... not that it really helped them).
21st May '17 5:36:41 PM Mooncalf
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* See that entry on the Hideous Blow invocation under ''TabletopGames''? When ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' added the Warlock to its class choices, they included HB... and made it ''worse''. It now takes two turns to make a single attack with it; one to activate the ability, and the other to make the attack. Apparently nobody asked themselves why you couldn't just use your Eldritch Blast twice. (Or attack twice with your weapon, in case you've mistakenly built your Warlock to be a competent Fighter rather than a Warlock.)
21st May '17 5:28:41 PM Mooncalf
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The splatbook ''Complete Arcane'' introduced the Warlock, a spellcaster with the ability to fire an "Eldritch Blast" from their hands at will, as well as use a small set of "Invocations", which were spell-like abilities with no restriction of use. One of these Invocations was "Hideous Blow", which allows you to make a single melee attack and add the damage from your Eldritch Blast to the damage roll. Eldritch Blast has the distinct advantages of being a 60' ranged touch attack, meaning that you can attack from a good distance and ignore most kinds of armor bonuses the target may have; both of these were lost when you used Hideous Blow. In addition, Warlocks are charisma-based casters, meaning they don't prioritize a high strength or fighter-style feats to let them actually be good fighters. The result was that Hideous Blow was much harder to score a hit with, and only doing a little extra damage, compared to just using Eldritch Blast (and saving that Invocation slot for something actually useful). When a later book added the Eldritch Glaive (a melee-attack Invocation that actually was useful), the number of HB-using players dropped from "very few" to "none".
21st May '17 4:39:13 PM Mooncalf
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** They also have become disembodied brains with no need for bodies... and will stubbornly assert this even when their bodies are standing there, holding their brains in trays (because their brains can't move about on their own, predictably) as well as talk and do everything else a normal person would. And of course having the brain physically separated from the rest of you invites yet another obvious risk, as happens when Professor Bobo mistakes one for sandwich meat...
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