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Have you seen Without a Clue? Michael Caine as Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley as Dr. Watson. Hilarious!
I was expecting the tedious misogyny in Paris in the 20th Century, because I skimmed through before reading, but it is inadvertently funny when a character says, "There have been no true women since our grandmothers' time..." and he's supposed to be a guy in his 30s. Hold on there, Jules, you're getting way ahead of yourself. The GMILF won't be a "thing" until at least the 1970s*!
*e.g. "Harold and Maude" et al.
V's familiar is certainly a highlight of the comic; and probably a pleasant surprise to Rich how much he could mine the character for sarcastic quips as well as act as an audience surrogate.
I also like how Rich set up the frames/gutters for the giant-killing sequence. Belkar's never been my favorite character but he lends himself nicely to action sequences!
For my next three picks: why not a city under the distant shore, such as those mentioned in "Oceans of Golarion" from Raiders of the Fever Sea?
5) The cecaelias city of Sihuw.
6) Alohmba, built on the shell of Belimehu the Blind Mother.
7) The Tian Xia nation of Xidao (probably a bit more accessible than the first two for air-breathers).
1) Somewhere in Casmaron; possibly Kaladay. I'd love to find out what a city with a large Sweettalkers population would look like (or sound like).
2) Another monster city. Dhucharg was a surprise highlight of the Distant Shores book for me. It had so many seeds for adventure!
3) Mzali! I know there's already some information on this city, but it'd be nice to see it expanded with a nice map and additional locations, and cultural details.
4) Somewhere in Arcadia; possibly a city in Razatlan.
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.