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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...
21st May '17 4:23:49 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Again, that ''Superiority'' short story? One university had it as [[GenreSavvy required reading]] for engineers in training.

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* Again, that ''Superiority'' short story? One university had it as [[GenreSavvy required reading]] reading for engineers in training.
23rd Apr '17 1:24:40 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In ''Manga/InitialD'', Takeshi Nakazato sees drifting as unnecessary flashiness, instead favoring a more BoringButPractical grip-driving style.
11th Apr '17 5:10:20 PM kouta
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** The reason it flew only a few hundred yards was the guy behind it, Howard Hughes, was trying to prove that it could, in fact, actually fly during Congressional hearings into the money he'd extracted from the US government to build it (and one criticism was that it wasn't able to fly). It wasn't a bad idea, it just turned out to be too late and not needed. During WWII, it was not always clear that it would turn out to be possible to stop U-boat attacks on Allied convoys sufficiently to keep supply shipments to Britain going, so Hughs proposed giant transport aircraft instead. The Spruce Goose was the prototype. As things went, it wasn't ready for testing until years after the war ended and a whole bunch of things made U-boats themselves fall into this category before the end of the war anyway.

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** The reason it flew only a few hundred yards was the guy behind it, Howard Hughes, was trying to prove that it could, in fact, actually fly during Congressional hearings into the money he'd extracted from the US government to build it (and one criticism was that it wasn't able to fly). It wasn't a bad idea, it just turned out to be too late and not needed. During WWII, it was not always clear that it would turn out to be possible to stop U-boat attacks on Allied convoys sufficiently to keep supply shipments to Britain going, so Hughs proposed giant transport aircraft instead. The Spruce Goose was the prototype. As things went, it wasn't ready for testing until years after the war ended and a whole bunch of things made U-boats themselves fall into this category before the end of the war anyway.anyway.
*** It didn't help that the B-29 (a long-range strategic bomber) could do the job the ''Spruce Goose'' was meant to do (i.e. delivering critical things from the US to Europe) faster while using substantially less fuel. It took 24,000hp and 8 engines just for the ''Spruce Goose'' to make its one and only flight. A B-29 had about 8,800hp, a 20,000lb payload, and a 3,250mi range. That's about 200mi short of New York to London and 250mi past what the ''Spruce Goose'' was intended to do. A fully loaded B-29 needed to stop in Iceland to refuel and could make something like a 5,600 mile long ferry flight.
10th Apr '17 4:21:48 PM nombretomado
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* Similar to the ''Dune'' example, in SergeyLukyanenko's ''LordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy, most weapons are rendered inert by [[AppliedPhlebotinum neutralizing fields]], resulting in armies armed with {{Absurdly Sharp Sword}}s. Strange that no one thinks of using chemical or biological warfare, although given that said fields also stop destructive nuclear fission, fusion, and matter/antimatter annihilation, it isn't too farfetched to assume it also blocks these as well. Along comes a typical human male, who spent a few tours of duty in war zones on modern-day Earth, and almost immediately comes up with primitive weapons that still work in the field, such as a DeadlyDisc and a gun that shoots small versions of it powered by a mix of compressed air and a magnetic coil. Cue the horrified reactions of HumanAliens used to [[HonorBeforeReason honorable duels]], when one such disc takes a man's head clean off. Definitely a case of HumansAreWarriors.

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* Similar to the ''Dune'' example, in SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''LordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy, most weapons are rendered inert by [[AppliedPhlebotinum neutralizing fields]], resulting in armies armed with {{Absurdly Sharp Sword}}s. Strange that no one thinks of using chemical or biological warfare, although given that said fields also stop destructive nuclear fission, fusion, and matter/antimatter annihilation, it isn't too farfetched to assume it also blocks these as well. Along comes a typical human male, who spent a few tours of duty in war zones on modern-day Earth, and almost immediately comes up with primitive weapons that still work in the field, such as a DeadlyDisc and a gun that shoots small versions of it powered by a mix of compressed air and a magnetic coil. Cue the horrified reactions of HumanAliens used to [[HonorBeforeReason honorable duels]], when one such disc takes a man's head clean off. Definitely a case of HumansAreWarriors.
4th Apr '17 4:00:35 AM TroperBeDoper
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* The Omni-Directional Movement gear from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a unique example of this. It's the only consistent way to bring down a Titan, and it looks pretty badass in the right hands. Problem is, it's about as useless mittens to a snake in the flatland areas outside the wall. It also runs on a quickly depleting supply of gas, and the cables they use to get around are often snagged by the Titans, leading to the users end.

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* The Omni-Directional Movement gear from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a unique example of this. It's the only consistent way to bring down a Titan, and it looks pretty badass in the right hands. Problem is, it's about as useless as mittens to a snake in the flatland areas outside the wall. It also runs on a quickly depleting supply of gas, and the cables they use to get around are often snagged by the Titans, leading to the users end.



* Every RubeGoldbergDevice from Rube Goldberg's comic strips. Even moreso because of the need to create the darn things in the first place.

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* Every RubeGoldbergDevice from Rube Goldberg's comic strips. Even moreso more so because of the need to create the darn things in the first place.
28th Mar '17 12:12:50 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12290311/7/The-Black-Emperor The Black Emperor]]'' the Burai is touted as the first Japanese Knightmare Frame, but is noted by several to just be a Glasgow with improved armor on the forearms and a chest cannon. Unlike later models, Glasgows are fragile enough that an rpg can take one out and have such poor performance that Kallen, one of the best pilots in the world, struggles against average pilots in Sutherlands. As a result, when the Black Knights get a shipment of them, Zero strips them down to their cockpits and repurposes them as training simulators until his own Knightmares are completed.
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