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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Bridge 4 Crew T-Shirts
« on: September 26, 2010, 04:29:24 PM »
Wow, I was actually thinking about this last night as I was falling asleep.

I actually had a similar idea to something that was mentioned before.

How about a shirt where the front has the shield or a bridge pincushioned with arrows with the text "I survived Bridge Four..."

And the back could have the picture of a bubbling cauldron or some such with the words "And all I got was this Horneater stew"


Video Games / Final Fantasy Crystal Defender
« on: December 27, 2008, 10:23:08 PM »
It's a new tower defense game on the iPhone, Final Fantasy themed, of course.  Anyone play this yet?  I'm addicted and can't put it down.

The interface is completely stupid.  Half the screen is a four direction touch pad just to move the cursor around the other half of the screen, which has all the action crammed into it.  It's not too horrible and once you get past that the game itself is pretty great.

You get to choose from a bunch of classes to place as your units, drawn from the DS Final Fatasy Tactics it looks like.  You have units like soliders for melee, archers and black mages that can shoot ranged, time mages to slow units down, thieves to loot corpses and increase your gil income, and even dragoons that hop all around the screen inflicting massive damage albeit at a slow rate.  On top of all that you can place crystals by your units to augment their attack power, range or attack speed, which adds some nice depth to your unit placements.

It's a pretty challenging game, I can only get to about Wave 20 or so on the easiest maps.  Right now I'm trying to figure out a nice balance between paying to level up my characters and paying to place new characters on the map.  It's hard to determine which is more effective, but once I figure it out I'm sure I'll bring some serious annihilation.

Anyone else have this game yet?  Let's talk strategies!

Movies and TV / The Day the Earth Stood Still
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:27:24 PM »
Anyone see the remake?  I just saw it myself over the holidays, as well as the old original.  I'd be delighted to hear your thoughts.

I think the environmental theme was a little thickly laid on, especially considering the original movie focused its lesson on the violent squabbling of the human race, which is still as valid a complaint as ever.  I didn't see a need to drop that theme in favor of the environmental one, but it still worked okay regardless.

Besides that, the special effects were super cool.  I get a bit tired of people ragging on special effects heavy movies, and I'm sure many people here can agree.  After all, CG effects are the cheapest and prettiest way to portray all those wonderful things we lovers of fantasy and sci-fi enjoy.  Imgaine Lord of the Rings without special effects?  Everything would have to be cut back in scale.  The point of a special effects piece is to be epic and portray the nigh unfilmable.  I do believe there is a place for such in modern cinema.

I'd love to hear anyone's two cents on the movie itself, or your thoughts on special effects in modern cinema in general.


The giant sentinel Keanu brought with him for protection was unbelievebale.  Had me crapping my pants everytime it came to life.  Freaky!!

Site News / Re: Introduce yourself - right on!
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:00:28 PM »
Hey all, been lurking on the site for some time but just made an account today!

Location is Chicago, IL, age 24.  I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Creative Writing major.

My writing interests are broad, from serious fiction through science fiction, horror, fantasy etc.  I also read constantly and my preferences there tend to lean towards the fantastical.  Some favorites of mine include those you'd expect  :P Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Raymond Feist, Ray Bradbury among many others.

Interests outside of writing include videos games (Action/Adventure, RPG, or shmups) and pretty much everything I see getting discussed here, which makes me think I'll fit in well.  Hope I'm right!!

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