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Movies and TV / Sci-Fi Channel
« on: March 21, 2009, 07:40:04 PM »
Now that Battlestar Galactica has ended spectacularly, there is some debate going on about the future of the Sci-Fi Channel. Adding to the discussion is that Sci-Fi plans to change its name to SyFy.

John Scalzi has posted a nice editorial about the change.

So Thoughts? Opinions? Ranting?

Movies and TV / BSG - final episodes **spoilers**
« on: January 17, 2009, 05:30:59 AM »
So they're giving up on Earth.

Dee is dead.  :'(

A lot of other people are thinking of killing themselves.

Starbuck is dead...and isn't dead ???

The 5th cylon is ... Helen  ???

And apparently, we're all cylons.

I'm not taking a lot of what was shown at face value. I'm still pleased with the show and I'm hoping it ends well. If the series ends on a depressing note or a cliffhanger, I will have to strangle someone.

Role-Playing Games / Mistborn RPG announced
« on: September 12, 2008, 02:13:58 PM »
Because I was asked to post this:

Crafty Games to Publish Mistborn RPG


Creators of Spycraft 2.0 to develop RPG Adaptation of Epic Fantasy
Trilogy by Wheel of Time Author Brandon Sanderson

September 7, 2008 PORTLAND, OR: Crafty Games LLC has reached an
agreement with popular fantasy writer and author of the final volume
of the Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson, to publish a roleplaying game
based on his epic fantasy trilogy Mistborn. The game will arrive in
2009 and let players create their own exciting adventures in the Final

"Mistborn is an enchanting and innovative dark-fantasy series that's
tailor-made for gaming," said Crafty Games partner Alex Flagg. "We're
thrilled at the opportunity to work with Brandon to create a product
capturing the unique magic, action, and intrigue that's made Mistborn
such a hit with fantasy fans across the world."

"I've been a role player for years and I've looked forward to the day
when I could help adapt one of my properties as an RPG setting," said
Brandon Sanderson. "Mistborn is the perfect story for an RPG; the
magic of Allomancy lends itself well to gaming and there are many
untold stories to play out in this world of falling ash and cloaking
mists. Crafty Games is one of the premier independent gaming companies
out there and I'm ecstatic to be working with them!"

"We've got a great relationship with Brandon and he's already working
with us to provide new content created specifically for the RPG,"
added Flagg. "Next year [2009] is going to be a great time for fans of
Brandon, Mistborn, and Crafty alike."

About Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. While he was in junior
high Brandon discovered science fiction and fantasy, which elevated
him from a reluctant reader to a voracious one. Brandon studied at
Brigham Young University, graduating with his BA in English in 2000,
and his Master's in Creative Writing in 2005. Brandon's published
works to date include Elantris and the Mistborn trilogy, epic fantasy
released by Tor, as well as the Alcatraz Smedry books, middle-grade
fantasy/adventure from Scholastic Press. Currently, Brandon is at work
on A Memory of Light, book 12 in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
Brandon lives in Provo, Utah with his wife and son. More information
about Brandon and his work is available at

About Crafty Games LLC
Crafty Games was founded in 2005 by the creative team behind the
popular Spycraft, Stargate SG-1, and Spycraft 2.0 roleplaying games,
and offers an array of critically-acclaimed gaming products in print
and PDF format. Its reputation for high-quality, engaging games has
earned Spycraft nominations for 5 EN World ("ENnie") fan awards and
the prestigious Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming. Crafty
Games' newest project, Fantasy Craft, is due out this fall. Find out
more at

Role-Playing Games / D&D 4th Ed.
« on: June 06, 2008, 02:27:15 PM »
Since it has now been officially released, thoughts?

My inititial scanning of the books tells me that it is a very different game than what has come before. It feels a lot more like WoW and a lot less like original D&D. There is a greater emphasis on combat and less focus on non-combat situations, which is a little disappointing to me. However, I've heard from play-testers that may not be entirely true. Many say non-combat situations actually run a lot smoother and have more variety now.

Books / Discuss
« on: April 09, 2008, 02:55:33 AM »
So in the United States, music, video games, movies, television shows, and even web-sites all have content ratings. Why don't books?

What are the pros and cons of giving books content ratings?

Role-Playing Games / RPGs and cheating
« on: March 16, 2008, 03:07:26 AM »
I can understand people getting upset over people blatantly disobeying rules, but I wondering if anyone really looses sleep over having not seen a roll.

Apparently its a big sin for a GM not to see every as it gets rolled. Honestly, I rarely ever watch my players rolls. They could be lying to me, but I don't care. I got sick of being paranoid that my players might be cheating on their dice rolls years ago.

Others feel differently.

So what do you think about cheating in rpg games? Should players fudge dice rolls? Should GMs fudge dice rolls? Should rules be ignored?

Writing Group / writing and finance
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:12:08 PM »
A little late, but Scalzi posted a very good article about writing and finance earlier this week. It's much better advice than what I hear from a lot of author and would-be authors, IMO.

Just posting here for dicussion.

Role-Playing Games / Dr Who RPG
« on: February 13, 2008, 03:12:14 PM »
This is kind of old news, but Cubicle 7 will be releasing a Dr. Who RPG.

I see a lot of potential for this, except I'm sure every player will want to be Doctor Who. Course, maybe the setting is before all the other Time Lords were killed off.

Everything Else / volunteerism
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:16:39 PM »
So as of last week, I no longer volunteer at the mental health center where I've donated my time running various groups for the past 3 and half years.

So, since I've gotten used to volunteering around 100 hours per year, I'm wondering where I should volunteer next. I can't continue at the mental health center because it could conflict with my job. I also work during school hours, so volunteering with school projects is generally out.

So basically, I'm looking for a place in the community where I could volunteer my time that's in the evening and would only take an hour or two a week. Also, it would be nice if it were something where I could see more of a direct impact in helping people and the tasks asked of me aren't too menial. So any suggestions?

Movies and TV / Beowulf
« on: November 24, 2007, 12:01:50 AM »
Just saw the 3d version of this. Currently I hated the first half but really liked the second half. Any one else have opinions?

Role-Playing Games / Online gaming
« on: October 10, 2007, 05:11:04 AM »
So I've been meaning to ask about this, does anyone around here game online regularly?

I'm not talking about MMOs, but playing regular pen-and-paper rpgs over the internet. Things like OpenRPG and other programs seems to make this a much more feasible option than it used to be in the past.

So does anyone have any experiences with this they could relate?

Movies and TV / New genre shows
« on: October 04, 2007, 01:43:52 AM »
So there are a lot of new scifi/fantasy shows this season. (yay!)

I've only seen the pilots for two: Bionic Woman, and Reaper

Bionic Woman was okay. I like the actress playing Jamie Summers, but the rest of the cast has yet to impress me. It seems as though the show will take a Alias approach to plotting. I'm glad they replaced the deaf sisters from the previews.

Reaper is hillareous. It makes use of witty dialogue and the guy playing Satan is really funny. This show could easily fill the void left by Joss Whedon.

Role-Playing Games / Open RPG
« on: August 20, 2007, 04:06:41 PM »
Does anyone on this board use this program?

I've been looking into it a little, since it seems like online gaming would be a very practical way for me to play rpg games I don't normally get to play.

Everything Else / What do you do?
« on: July 18, 2007, 05:23:04 AM »
So this is the scenario:

A fairly socially innept person of moderate physical attractiveness walks up to you and says: "I've just had the Spirit tell me that I should marry you." (a not so uncommon occurance among certain religious groups)

Co-worker response (female): Starts crying "Really? I've been praying for someone to say just that. I just came from the doctor and even though I'm a virgin--I'm pregnant. I been praying for someone to help me raise my child."

My response (male): Give her a big hug "I'm so happy I found you. I just learned I have only one year left to live and I need someone fertile to be the bearer of my children."

Other possible responses?
(Please nothing abusive or too off-colored)

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