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So what did everyone get this year? I picked up a bunch of kid-friendly freebies I can pass on to my sister for her classroom (I highly recommend the "Mouse Guard" comic that came in a compilation with "Lumberjanes". It has Gorgeous Art!) and I bought some Rat Queen issues.
Here's a link to the Free Comic Book Day website Link
This sounds great! The 32 page modules were "just right" for the limited time my group had to play, so this might fill that one-shot niche while also offering more for folks who want to run a longer game. It also sounds like the turn-around time for the final product will be quicker with 3 authors working on their parts at once.
It'd be cool if going forward the modules mix it up between offering "anthologies" for short sessions/one-shots and "mini-campaigns" for those who want something longer with a unified theme or arc.
I liked table-reading Shakespeare when I was in college. I felt I learned the most with that combination of hands-on acting and reading, with background reading/research sloughing off of it as needed. I also really liked Shakespeare in high school, but I was reading him on my own as well at the time so I didn't have much trouble with his language. After the weak-sauce of "Romeo and Juliet" I got to study "Henry IV" - & my English elective teacher looked like Falstaff!
They had an article on the recent DVD release of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" in the Los Angeles Times today. It works as a film, apparently because Tom Stoppard directed it. But it is also post-Walter Benjamin's "Task of the Translator", an Absurdist play working on different levels. Which is kind of why I like Julie Taymor's film "Titus" and her adaptation of "The Lion King" as a play. Things don't always have to resemble themselves. Plays can be films, if the difference of the medium is respected. Kurosawa's "Ran" is a great movie! & I own a comic-book version of the Iliad!
However, my favorite "Hamlet" movie is the scene in Last Action Hero, with Arnold. ; P
Following Kajehase's example:
1) Don Quixote, by Cervantes. Loads of humor and much more lighthearted than the Dale Wasserman musical!
2) Hold Tight, Don't Let Go, by Laura Rose Wagner. Set in Haiti after the earthquake, this is the only book that made me cry this year. Excellent!
3) Nightglass, by Liane Merciel. For a story set in Nidal, very tastefully done and the traditional redemption arc made me feel good. It reminded me I haven't read a Western in a long time.
Why it bombed: sci-fi fantasy mashup with cheesy special effects and plot (didn't help that it went up against "Star Wars" during its release).
Why it rocks: soundtrack, cheesy-aweome sets, so very, very Dungeons & Dragons in the manner of its sci-fantasy mashing. Really the whole reason I like Numeria in Pathfinder is because I saw "Krull" as a kid.
I guess it's nostalgia for my misspent youth, but I still like the movie.
CI also has some of Frank Langella's worst acting moments ever caught on film, and that's including the 2000 mini-series of Jason and the Argonauts, a Dino de Laurentiis production (he was also a producer on Flash Gordon!).
I had no clue that the vampire aboard the Mechane was the undead Gontor Hammerfell until you linked to Rich's post, 137ben. I think the strip would have been improved by showing Durkula creating his undead minion, because my default assumption was that Gontor was just dead, without the "arise my child, and seek the blood of the living!" option (probably because of the X X eyes).
I did get that the 7th vote was going to be necessary.
Not quite true. SoCal got the remains of the hurricane Patricia that hit Mexico, and we expect to get a strong El Nino this year, which means potentially more warm rain and sharks in San Francisco bay. So we do get warm rain, it just fluctuates on the Southern Oscillation. It also isn't the greatest here in SoCal because it won't likely contribute to snow, which we need more than rain.
Stay thirsty, my friends!
Turin the Mad wrote:
This is NBH's game, not mine. ;)
Of course. You had just posted above me, which is probably why I made that typo. I'd have corrected my post, but I was hastily posting before I rushed out the door to go to work and I didn't see my mistake until just now. Sorry, NobodysHome! Keep up the good work!
So true! I've only been lurking on this thread so far, but this comment demanded a "favorite". Keep up the awesome game Turin! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Way to go! I considered doing NaNoWriMo this year (and it's not too late to start) but I feel too intimidated since I don't have an idea for a new novel and last year's novel is in a big ugly pile of notes on my desk and bookshelf, eyeing me accusingly and whinging in a plaintive voice "when will you edit meee?" I'm cosidering doing a NaNoEdMo (Novel Editing Month), but haven't decided yet.
That brings up some intriguing ideas for me about home-worship and household gods. Maybe it is a culture (at least in the city) that doesn't care much for big-temple worship and prefers private ceremonies at home.Maybe their priesthood did something really, really bad and were banished.
Maybe there was a curse placed on the city that no public temple can be erected, lest the city perish in fire, flood and plague from the other jealous gods. (Could lead to a fun campaign where PCs need to seek out a secretly built temple and destroy it, or save it...)
Lots of options!
Wrote about Annie Bellet
If you read the linked article in Wired magazine on the first page of the post in the thread, she talks about why she declined her nomination. It was because she didn't want to be associated with the slate and have politics dragged into it, not because she was pressured. She explicitly states that she wasn't pressured. She felt the nomination was tainted.
I don't think this article was that well written. Mostly a matter of tone. Calling sci-fi "one of literature's crummier neighborhoods"? It mischaracterizes what sci-fi has historically been about by describing it as just "lazers and aliens" and also denigrates the fans, unless I'm misled in thinking the term "trufan" is pejorative. And it treats the awards as if there's some dividing line between "Sci-fi then" and "Sci-fi now." You'd think a Wired culture journalist would be more nuanced and knowledgable about the history of the genre. Even the so-called Golden Age she describes and that the sad puppies have nostalgia for (the one era of sci-fi that due to pulp presses was more about "lazers and aliens" than any other) wasn't just "Forbidden Planet" with its troglodytic, 1950s Hollywood misogyny.
Mischaracterizing what sci-fi is and has been historically buys in to that: "yes, it was all about space vixens and manly white-man's lazers, all about escapist middle-class and blue-collar fun and any serious ideas weren't read or appreciated." Have I read some of the "Planet Stories"? Yes. Are they fun? Yes. Are they more deserving of awards because of how they were written and their populist appeal than "Dhalgren" or "The Left Hand of Darkness"? No. Not more deserving. Just different. Can't we have both "big idea" sci-fi and "populist" sci-fi without someone saying "no, now you've ruined it"? And the idea that today's version of Delaney or Le Guinn is a threat to today's version of H. Rider Haggard is ridiculous. That seems to me to be what the puppies are arguing. This makes me very disappointed in Wired. It makes me very disappointed in the fandom.
I guess I'm fan-ranting.
Just had this thought: some of Kafka's work would fit right in in Nidal: "A Hunger Artist," "In the Penal Colony." Heck, a Kuthonite could have written "In the Penal Colony"!
Knowing something about Kafka's background and predilections, he'd probably be writing Nidal fanfic if he were around today.
Apparently the hobgoblin city of Hongol in Tian Xia will be in the "Distant Shores" book.
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Set, I'm surprised to hear you speaking well of catfolk, given your own heritage!
I hope the Southern Garund city is either a city in
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
The comrades might also like Butler's short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories. Butler didn't write much short fiction, but what she has written is excellent! "Bloodchild" gets the most press and awards, but I personally like "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" the best out of the collection (or maybe I have "Bloodchild" anemia). "Speech Sounds" is also great, especially since Butler and I are both from SoCal and I know some of the places she describes in the story; I can't drive by the Music Center without thinking of that story.
In my opinion, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best of the Sergio Leon spaghetti western trio. The others lean more heavily on , while intensifying the violence of, standard western tropes -- but TGTB&TU expands outwards and builds this whole fantasy west in an almost archetypal pastoral that is like no other western.
The "Ecstasy of Gold" theme, "The Good's" theme (Dadadadada...Wa-waaa-wa), and the standoff scene are right up there with the Odessa Steps scene in Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin as a defining moment of cinema.
I also agree that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is better than the other two films that precede it. The 4th Indiana Jones film...<shudder!>
Currently reading: The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
Because I saw the movie first, all the characters sound like their counterparts, even on dialogue that wasn't in the film. Joel Cairo looks more dashing in the book, but it is hard to beat Peter Lorre for his good looks, innit?