Here’s a book review I wrote for the first Weekender liftout of the year!
If you can’t wait for Tron Legacy, let me direct you to the work of a couple of utterly insane fans of the first film, who’ve put together a pair of very short films that… er… pay homage, I suppose, to Tron. Two more are on the way.
Seriously, go watch. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll de-rez!
I know I’m behind the eight-ball here by about four years, but this deserves the word-spreading to even those already pwnz0red. With thanks to The Escapist, here’s a web-comedy called Pure Pwnage; the story of a gamer named Jeremy and his ongoing battle to pwn all the n00bs.
And maybe get a girl.
If he’s extremely lucky.
Before I get stuck back into renovating the bedroom, I just thought I’d let you know about a news story broken by online agency The Onion, detailing fan concerns that the feature film adaptation of the Iron Man trailer might ruin the much-beloved ninety-second action-fest with almost an hour and a half of extended scenes and additional dialogue. I’ll be going to see the adaptation this evening, so I’ll make my on call then, but I’m heartened by blogger Mr. Teuflel’s comment that the film does indeed do the trailer justice.
Another hot story also broken by The Onion is veteran NASCAR coach Dan Amon’s revelation of the strategy for success used by every race winner: Drive fast.
I think – heck, I’m pretty sure – I have a new favourite movie.
I’ve gone trough favourites a lot lately. As many will tell you, my favourite movie from between 1991 and, I don’t know, 2000 or so, was Aliens. Things got uncertain for a while after that. A Knight’s Tale was in there for a while, then Serenity and recently, Transformers.
Last night, though, I went to the DVD store to find something to tide away a dull-TV Friday Night. I narrowed it down to three films; Surf’s Up, Stardust and Ratatouille (I was in a kids’ film mood and Enchanted isn’t out yet). I was keen on Surf’s Up (Shia leBoeuf and Jeff Bridges jamming on dialogue sounds like the hot-buttered awesome), but I figured I’d leave the final call to Vickie, and after telling me I didn’t have to get a kids’ film (no, she loves them too, she just wanted to be sure I didn’t think I was being brow-beaten into a genre) she asked for Stardust.
Although I am 360-less at the moment, I can still find ways to itch my scratch. With thanks to the fine ladies and gentlemen of Bungie, here’s one of them: Halotivational Posters, a site set up (as may be obvious from the title) for the publication of motivational posters created using screengrabs from Halo 3. I nearly wet my pants several times reading it. I’ve learned that all a poster needs is an incoming rocket to set me off.
Here’s the latest DM of the Rings, with a very, very true commentary on RPG combats.
If there’s one thing I always worry about as a GM, it’s making combats interesting, and it’s probably my prime worry with the somewhat stat-heavy tactical combat system in Heavy Gear. I have some ideas about that, though, which I will detail later.
Here’s another linky by way of The Gavmeister (yes, I know, “Gavmeister” means “master of Gav”, and he is Gav, but my old school motto was “vincit qui se vincit” which translates to “he conquers who conquers himself”, so it’s my way of saying don’t mess with Gavin or he’ll, you know, go all conquest on yo’ ass).
Anyway, it’s a sorta-webcomic, using screengrabs from the Lord of the Rings films as individual frames. It’s also a wonderful satire of the type of social interactions that arise whenever a group of geeks sit down around a table and play Dungeons & Dragons. It starts here, but frankly, episode number thirty-seven (and it’s just caught up with the end of the first film) is the best summary of why many find the Grandfather of Roleplaying Games pretty damned frustrating.
The Bronze Chef dug this up on YouTube, and I’d claim it as my theme song had he not already claimed it as his:
UPDATE: On Weird Al’s MySpace, I have discovered another theme song, one for Karl and Vickie both: “Hardware Store”!
UPDATE AGAIN (2 Oct 06): Okay, so maybe it’s not my theme song:
Found out about this webcomic via the RPGnet Roleplaying Open thread with the motivational posters (yep, it’s still going). It’s a grand epic of passion, romance and old-time civilisation swept away in the harsh light of a nuclear explosion, with -
Oh, who am I kidding? It’s the closest you’ll ever get to Red Vs. Blue, the Webcomic. Which means it’s funny.