Sunday, January 22, 2012

Getting My Thoughts Together

WotC have announced that they have been working on a new version of Dungeons and Dragons--since 2010. This both surprises me and doesn't surprise me.

On the one hand, 4e was not the resounding success that they thought it was going to be. In my mind, it was a complete failure--it was nothing that I wanted in my D&D brand. On the other hand, it surprises me that they have given up on it so quickly. In 2010, 4e was literally only 4 years old.

On a third hand (yeah, I'm a freak!), Paizo's Pathfinder RPG was literally showing WotC how it's done. Now, first, I must say that I've only played a couple of games of 4e. Those couple of games did not impress me. I had fun playing, but that was because I was among friends, cracking jokes and having a good time. I also have not actually played a Pathfinder game, ever. But I've read up a bit on Pathfinder. Paizo did it right. WotC did it wrong. Obviously that is simply my opinion, and I respect those conflicting opinions.

When 4e came out, I was at Gencon. I was disappointed. I was hot into 3.5 and loving it. So seeing WotC drop it and move on really made me sad. I attempted to embrace 4e but, the more I tried, the more I rejected it. There is next to no information about the next version but I see it as "WotC learning from mistakes" and, hopefully, they have.

I haven't played D&D since I basically quit my gaming group, but I still love the game. So, WotC, please don't screw this one up, k? That being said, should I ever go back and play again, it'll probably be Pathfinder.

Okay, onto lighter topics, like...

Syfy Saturday: Snow Beast

Starring John Schneider (yes, Bo Duke himself) as a single father with an angst-ridden teenage daughter, this movie tries to accomplish...well, I'm not really sure what it tries to accomplish, actually. Sure, there is snow, and there is a snow beast but...there is a lot less snow beast than I thought there would be. In fact, I think this movie is mostly about the father and the daughter, with some random snow beast interaction and mutilation.

So the father is part of a team that travels to a remote cabin in Canada once a year to track the lynx. He is punishing his daughter for fighting at school by bringing her along for the ride. She, of course, is thrilled...and sarcastic...and rather all-around unpleasant.

Once they meet up with the other two individuals of the team, they all start becoming stupid. I am not sure what the writers were thinking, but all of these characters started out looking rather intelligent and then devolve into stupidity. But enough about that.

So the snow beast is apparently a ninja of awesome ability. It moves silently and quickly and kills pretty much everything that moves...which makes the following even funnier.

See, instead of using crappy CGI, at which I am accustomed to laughing, they used a crappy costume with a dude inside. So when it was just brief flashes of snow beast, it was fine (still funny, though) but, when it came to actually seeing the whole snow beast run through the snow, it was absolutely hilarious. It looked, well, like a dude in a crappy costume.

There is, however, one lesson we can all take away from this movie--don't take a leak in the middle of nowhere. this is key. If you remember nothing else, keep that in mind. Seriously.

Here are your Drive-In Totals:
Dudes peeing in the middle of nowhere: 1
Ranger chow: 1
Snowboarder chow: 1
Snowmobile-fu
Tranq dart-fu
Knife-fu
Head-crushing
People-munching

2 stars

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA and PIPA

This post is simply to urge you to read up on SOPA and PIPA and decide how you feel, then take action. Obviously, I am not going to tell you what to do about them--that is for you to decide.

As for me, I am staunchly against them.

Here is a good rundown of what they are about: http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/technical-examination-of-sopa-and.html

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Somethingorother

It's a new year. I hope everyone is having a wonderful one thus far. If not, you only have 358 more to improve it. Just saying.

In this, the new year, I find myself mired in games. This is a very good problem to have, so I cannot really find the energy to complain about it. But I do tend to get into the mindset of, no matter what I play, I feel like I should be playing something else.

I'm Playing Starcraft? Shouldn't I be playing some Halo: CE Anniversary? After all, I haven't even touched multiplayer yet. If I'm playing Skyrim, am I not missing out by playing some Starcraft 2 with friends? And then there is Battlefield 3...maybe I should just play some Envirobear 2000?? (ha ha) I also downloaded Freespace and Freespace. Then there is Fallout: New Vegas that I snagged off of the latest Steam sale for next to nothing. I'm saving Amnesia (also from the Steam sale) for next Halloween. :)

And, yet, more games are on the horizon. Diablo 3 is obviously on my list. I'm not sure there is a gamer on this planet who isn't looking forward to it. There is the Heart of the Swarm expansion for Starcraft 2. Tribes: Ascension has promise. But, dammit, where the hell is my Mechwarrior V? Seriously, I 10 ccs of battlemech IV push...STAT...or something. I'm also guessing Skyrim will have some DLC. You know, horse armor or a toilet to decorate your house with--very important additions.

And people wonder why I don't badgewhore on Kongregate anymore. Heh. (Well, badgewhore less).

I'm toying with the idea of getting a Kinect for the Xbox. Hell, I'm toying with the idea of finding a cheap Xbox and Kinect and using it for the kids. I'm really not sure I myself would use a Kinect very much but I know the girls would totally love it. I also kinda find the idea of two Xboxes in our house to be a little silly.

Lately, the roleplaying bug seems to have bitten me. I think it's cyclical. But I've been missing a good roleplaying group. Not sure anything will come along to scratch this itch, but it's there...nagging me much like that one itch that hits you while you're playing Rock Band or, for us old-schoolers, Breakout, and you aren't able to take your hand off the controller to scratch it.

Also, I recently acquired a copy of DungeonQuest and kinda want to play it, too.

Guess we'll see what happens! So many games, so little opportunity!