Feb 022016

Or at least it should be. I’ll put this out bluntly. Dungeons and Dragons is best when played face-to-face. Yes, I know there’s many a good virtual table top out there and I’ve used a couple. But they are no substitution for meat space.
Good old D&D is a social game. It don’t matter what edition you happen to like. At its core, it’s about people getting together. They can tell epic stories, kill monsters, or whatever. It’s people sitting around a table and talking. And I’ve playing these crazy games long enough to know that not all of the talk is about the game. You can tell jokes. Bitch about your day job. And most importantly meet new people.
These new people can become friends or even business contacts, either way it grows your network of people you know. See just like that crazy game where people chase a little ball across manicured lawns. (OK, I think golf is silly.) In case you’ve never looked at it, here’s a little list of famous folks who have rolled the dice. I’m not saying that you’ll meet up with Vin Diesel at your FLGS but you could get know some great people.
I know I’ve said, “Roll dice, kill monsters, and taker their stuff.” way too many times (and I’ll say it more in the future) but there’s more to it than that. It’s about people and networking too. So go ahead. Check out where there local gaming store is located and Roll dice, kill monsters, and taker their stuff. See I told you I’d say it again.

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 Posted by at 10:58 am
Jan 252016

Lengends of Tomorrow
Well, had a chance this morning to finally catch the pilot of Legends of Tomorrow. In many ways it’s too soon to tell whether it’s going to be good. But at least I can tell it ain’t going to totally suck. But that might not matter. All those special effects cost money even in this day and age of CGI. So there’s a good chance no matter what fans think, there might not be a second season. There’s plenty of info and rants about this one and you’re smart so you can make your own decision. Check you local listings. You know the drill.
But I’m really waiting for the Dr. Who joke to drop. Let me put it this way in crazy fan terms.
White Canary is River Song’s daughter and used to be Black Canary until she was killed by a plan hatched by an Evil Captain Jack Harkness. But don’t worry. She was brought back to life/regenerated only to join up with her time traveling grandfather who stole a time machine to save universe.
There you go.

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 Posted by at 11:33 am
Jan 062016

Well The Shannara Chronicles premiered last night on MTV. Yeah, MTV. If you’d have asked me what channel a fantasy show would be on my answer would have never been MTV.
It was years ago when I read the books and I have to admit that I don’t remember a darned thing about them. Which is kind of odd since there’s plenty of other books that I remember fondly. Maybe the stories didn’t do anything for me. The only thing that really stuck with me were the awesome Hildebrandt covers.
But on the good side that means I can go into the TV series without saying “But in the book…” So what did I take from the show? The special effects were good for TV. The shots of the landscape were pretty damned cool. John Rhys-Davies not only has played a bad ass dwarf but now adds elf king to his resume. And Allanon is a kick ass dude.
Since it’s MTV, they made painfully obvious that they’re shooting for the young adult audience. OK, I can live with that. The dialog and acting are what one expect with a made-for-MTV series. Now, there is one thing that just shook my head on. I did quick search on the net and couldn’t find a still from the show but take notice. ELVES WITH MAN BUNS. No. Nuff said.
Over all. It’s not bad. It’s not great either. I’d put it in the “meh” category. But like when any popular fiction series makes to the small or big screen without totally sucking, it gives hope that somewhere out there is a creative team that’s going to take some of the other tales and transition them. It gives me hope for a Lankhmar or Elric treatment. Maybe a great reboot of Conan or that long awaited Red Sonja movie. We shall see.

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 Posted by at 10:25 am
Jan 052016

I think enough time has gone that I don’t need to scream out “SPOILERS”. But I’ll still try to keep the rant as spoiler free as possible.
So, the really big question for the next Star Wars movie is “Who’s the daddy and mommy?” That’s the big question about Rey. Is it Han and Leia? Or Luke and some mystery woman? Or maybe something even really out there and corny? She’s a new clone with Force powers. Vader’s here daddy.
The other big question is who are Finn’s parents? There’s rumors that there’s ties to other characters. And conflicting stupid rumors that Lando Calrissian is his father. Uh. Ok. Whatever. That would such a cheap bit of storytelling.
Any way, that’s my rant for today. Yeah, I’m a little sleepy and the old brain ain’t firing on all cylinders.

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 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Jan 052016

New year, new attitude, and so many new plans.
As I’ve mentioned before, things are changing not only in the mundane life sense but here on the good old blogs. This’ll be the last time I announce this part. If you’re following here for gaming stuff, you’ll need to redirect your attention over to the other blog, They Might Be Gazebos. That’s where I’ll be posting all of my RPG rants from now on.
What does that mean for this blog? Well, it’s going to go back to what it was originally meant to be. Me ranting about whatever. Life, stuff, other hobbies and interests, and if I really get riled up there might be a political or other touchy subjects that show up.
So there you go. Like I said, new year, new attitude, and changes. Oh so many changes. Hang on. Things will get interesting and I’m hoping in a good way.

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 Posted by at 9:47 am
Jan 012016

Well, it’s the New Year. Again. I keep saying cheer up. Next year will be better.
Guess what? It hasn’t been. Real life hasn’t the greatest. So here I am again saying, “This year will be better!” Really. It has to be.
Yeah, I know. It’s a short rant. But what can I say? It’s a holiday and there’s so much around the corner. Hope it’s good stuff. We shall see. That’s we shall see.

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