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Role-Playing Games / IRON KINGDOMS
« on: July 26, 2004, 08:46:29 PM »
Just picked up my copy of the long-awaited Iron Kingdoms campaign book.  It was well worth the wait.  I think it will blow the doors off of Eberron.  Has anybody else seen it yet?

Role-Playing Games / D&D The Movie 2
« on: July 23, 2004, 09:10:19 PM »
it is official that there is a new D&D film coming out, and that the leads will probably be Vin "Grunt" Diesel and Paris "Please, somebody slap me" Hilton.  It will have little to do with the first film and will center on a warrior and wizard's quest to keep an evil mage from awakening a dragon.

Please, haven't we been hurt enough?

Instead of this nonsense we have passing for D&D on the big screen, why can't we just have a good film that reflects what is so much fun about D&D in the first place?  A band of explorers delving into a darkened tomb or musty catacombs rife with sinister traps to overcome, strange monsters to fight, and magical treasure to filch.  All the while engaged in snappy banter punctuated by sly digs and bad puns.

THAT is what makes so many people keep coming back to the game.

For starters, why not cast actors that have already admitted to an enjoyment of gaming.  VIn Diesel IS one, true, but what about Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Seth Green, and the incredibly hot Jolene Blaylock?  All of them would be welcome in a gaming movie, and would likely be able to add the appropriate tone.

Video Games / Favorite Coin-Op
« on: May 22, 2004, 11:02:51 PM »
What are some of the most memorable arcade games from your childhood?  Sure, everybody knows the ones like Mortal Kombat or Pac-Man, but there were a whole lot of cool ones that never became household names.  Some of the ones that ate my quarters on a regular basis were:

Wizard of Wor

Table-Top Games / Catwoman
« on: May 22, 2004, 10:59:12 PM »
I have seen pics of some sort of exclusive clix based on the Halle Berry version of Catwoman.  Is this a for-real thing, or just sick pup's way of trying to legitamize this whole movie debacle?

Movies and TV / THE SPECIALS
« on: May 08, 2004, 12:50:50 PM »
Hey, has anybody seen this cheesy lil' superhero parody film called "The Specials?"  It has been highly recommended to me but I just can't seem to find a copy.  

Movies and TV / Sin City
« on: April 28, 2004, 07:18:16 PM »
Robert Redriguez, the bloke who gave us the Mariachi films, is currently doing Sin City, based on the series of gritty comics and graphic novels written by Frank Miller (the guy responsible for turning Batman grim and gritty back in the late 80's, a trend still in effect today).  

For the uninitiated, think of the film Pulp Fiction set in the world of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Marline Dietrich, etc.  A world of two-fisted heroes, tough dames, double-crosses, morally ambiguous heroes, political double-dealing, dark family secrets, and uncrossable crime bosses.  

Okay, here's the kicker: The film stars Bruce Willis as the one honest cop in Sin City, now growing old, Josh Hartnett as a troubleshooter for hire, Mickey Rourke as a giant ex-con street fighter, and a supporting cast including Kate Beckinsdale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maria Bello, Benico Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Elijah Wood, Jamie King, Brittney Murphy, Michael Douglas, Steve Buscemi, and Johnny Depp!  Is that the most amazing cast ever or what?

Movies and TV / yet another Buffy thread
« on: April 11, 2004, 07:51:57 PM »
Okay, here's the deal:  I had NEVER watched Buffy before.  It always looked juvenile and fluff-headed to me.  Yet, I've had dozens of friends telling me that I HAD to watch the damn thing.  So anyway, my birthday was 2 weeks ago and a friend bought me the first season on DVD, telling me that now I had no excuse not to watch it.  After just leaving the still sealed box on top of my television for a few days, where it mocked me with it's silence, until I finally ripped the seal and put in the first disc.  Over the next few days we watched the entire first series.

Surprise!  It was actually pretty good.

Some of the episodes were pretty cheesy, but the first two and last two really stood out as being very well done.  While I personally found Buffy herself to be pretty bland and I just thought Xander to be amongst  the most annoying television characters ever, I found myself really liking Willow, Giles, and Cordelia.  

I plan to eventually pick up the second season.  Since the series has ended and I know there are going to be a finite number of DVD sets, I don't feel pressured to commit to a DVD library of Star Trekian proportions.

« on: April 10, 2004, 12:57:52 PM »
Woo-hoo!!  I resolved for 2004 to be able to bench my own weight and I DID it this morning!!!  145 lbs., bay-beee!!!!

Go me!  :)

Now if only I could quit the caffiene...

Movies and TV / What are you looking forward to?
« on: February 12, 2004, 05:36:29 PM »
So what upcoming films are we anxiously awaiting?  Here is my short list:

5:  Van Helsing
4:  Troy
3:  Spiderman 2
2:  Kill Bill 2
1:  Hellboy

Role-Playing Games / the coming of CONAN
« on: February 08, 2004, 08:07:42 PM »
Hello boys and girls out there in TV land

I know I have been scarce for over a month now (what do you mean you hadn't noticed???).  I had been in hospital following a bad auto accident that fractured four discs in my back and nearly killed my wife.  We are both on the mend, but between rehab and the pain, I have not been gaming a whole lot, nor have I gotten much of a chance to post anything.

Being the lil' rpg addict that I am, I have been using this time to catch upon several games that I have been sent these past few months but never got around to reading, let alone playing.  I was sent the three books comprising the Marvel Universe RPG.  it is actually a cool system (diceless, though, the horror!) that is designed to be fast and versitile.  It succeeds, although a lot of the actual nuts and bolts are nebulous and needs the GM and players to describe the outcomes of their own actions, as well as exactly how their skill specialties work.  The only difficulty was in the rules for creating new characters, which seem a little tough for a game that is aimed at newbies.  The adventures provided in the books tend to be a bit overwhelming (in the main rulesbook, the bad guys in the initial adventure include the Brotherhood of Mutants, Bullseye, AND the Green Goblin!).  Still, it is a solid and fun game that gives you tons of stats, maps, histories, and essays concerning all aspects of the Marvel Universe.

I also got to leaf through Oathbound.  Although it has been out for a couple of years already, I never got to read it before.  It is a LOT of fun.  Highly original fantasy with more new races than you can shake a staff of the Magi at.  If you ever wanted to play a housecat who is also a 6th level necromancer, check this game out.

Finally, the folks at my local games shop sent me a free copy of the brand new CONAN RPG!!!  This game is so authentic that it even SMELLS barbaric!!  (no, wait, that's just me.  nevermind)  It is a complete game system in and of itself, not tied to D&D and not requiring the d20 corebooks for use.  I have just started to read it and so far I have been very impressed with the genuine feel that the writers have for the works of R.E. Howard.  I will talk more about it after I have read it through a bit.  In the meantime, all I can say is that it is making me want to strap on my hauberk, sharpen my khopeh, and go out and slay the infidels!  A really cool read.

Movies and TV / In honor of Ninja Day
« on: December 05, 2003, 11:12:26 PM »
In honor of the black-clad holiday, I'm conducting a little poll.  What is the coolest ninja movie/anime/comic/tv show of all time?  This can include a non-ninja show too, as long as at least one ninja is at least semi-prominant.

So by those criterion, I pick GI Joe.  You have Snake Eyes, Stormshadow, Kurakama, Jinx, and Billy.

If you were to limit me to a movie, I would have to make mention of all the wonderfully dated Sho Kosugi films back in the 80's.

Then of course there is the first TMNT film, which really kicked shell.

And Ninja Scroll, which was pretty gosh-darned graphic for a cartoon.

How many of us remember when Lee Van Cleef played The Master on television?

So, give me some of YOUR ninja memories.......

Role-Playing Games / New and Very Cool
« on: November 27, 2003, 11:08:23 PM »
Here are some products that are not well known, but are amongst the finest products that I have seen recently:

Testament: Biblical RPG by Green Ronin, incredible reading and many different styles of play available.  Possibly the best d20 product ever, even more than Mutants & Masterminds, and that isn't something I say lightly.

Skull & Bones:  Pirates, Green Ronin style.  All you could ever want to know about pirates, voodoo, ships, and the lives of the desperate in the Carribean.  Green Ronin is definitely the company to watch.

Grimm:  d20 in the world of children's fairy tales turned sick and twisted.  Very innovative stuff.

Deathstalkers: A couple of years old, but a great and massive dark fantasy RPG that does things with combat systems that would make other games shake in their boots.  Mostly easy system (non d20) with incredible maps and storyline.  

Okay, those are just a few I can think of right now.  I'll add some more later.  Basically, I want to let people know about some of the more awesome games out there that aren't as well known as they should be because they are not backed by White Wolf or WotC.  

If anybody out there has any personal faves that are not household names but should be, let me know.  I'm always on the lookout for something new and innovative, even if we never actually play it.

Books / If you love Lord of the Rings, you NEED this.
« on: November 26, 2003, 11:49:55 PM »
Make sure you all rush out and buy a copy of Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare.  It details the cultures, weapons, armors, and battle plans of all of the peoples from the Lord of the Rings, including TONS of pictures (many from the upcoming Return of the King).  Although not an RPG book by any means, I will be getting a LOT of use from this book for my game.  YOu can buy it at any bookstore for 18 bucks.  A steal!!!  If you still aren't convinced this is a cool book, it has a foreward by Christopher Lee.  The only way this book could be cooler was if it had Liv Tyler in a chainmail bikini on the cover.

Role-Playing Games / the price of games
« on: October 02, 2003, 04:13:30 PM »
There seems to be a new trend of big, hardcover game books (okay, maybe not such a new trend) costing a good sized wad of ca$h.  Waaay, back when, they were costing 20-25 bucks.  For the longest time they were in the 30 buck range.  Now though, we are seeing the greatest price jump ever.  The just-released Stargate rpg costs a whopping $50, and this, it seems, is going to be the trend.  The soon-to-be-released Conan game will also be 50, as will several other upcoming releases.

Am I the only one who thinks that this is all getting just a little too crazy?  Are therse games really worth THAT much?  I enjoy gaming, but I can create my own systems and settings for free.  I can remember back when you could buy a boxed set with EVERYTHING needed to set up and run a campaign for eight bucks!  Is there really going to be a market for $50 games?  

Role-Playing Games / DARK EYE
« on: September 06, 2003, 08:25:21 PM »
Hey all.

I was recently sent a game called "Dark Eye," which has been around in Germany for 20 years and has now come to the states in an english translation.  It seems very comprehensive and I haven't started reading it yet.  I was curious as to if any of you all are in Germany and know about this game, or if anybody has heard anything about it?

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