Monday, 28 February 2011

My "Friendly" Local Gaming Store (FLGS)

I dropped by my local store this evening with hopes of getting involved in a game of D&D, this would be my first time attempting to do so at this particular store. Read on for my experience, but I imagine you'll have an idea from this image...

Sunday, 27 February 2011

In the Works: 4E Shinobi Class

I'm currently working on my interpretation of the Shinobi class for 4th edition D&D. I'll be sure to post some previews as I progress, and will be looking for input and play testers. A few details of what I have in mind follow.

The Dark Elf Trilogy: Collector's Edition Review

A Review of the collector's edition of R.A.Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy in which the origins of arguably one of the most beloved characters of the fantasy genre and certainly of the Forgotten Realms line of novels, Drizzt Do'Urden is revealed.

This is certainly not a current review by all means, the first book of the trilogy 'Homeland' was published over 20years ago (1990,) but this was my first exposure to these novels and thought I'd share the experience. Expect some spoilers.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

QFT- Quoted for Truth

Once again in the honor of the passing of Dwayne McDuffie.

This in response to an interview question; asking whether he was proud to have been seen as promoting ethnic, transgendered, homosexual characters in comics. It's also worth noting while being praised by some communities, some critics took it as far as threatening him with letter bombs.

DM: "Nope. We're not in the promotion business. We tell stories. Our role is to broaden the number and kind of voices being heard. I think different experiences make for fresher stories, so differences in gender, ethnicity, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, etc., are all to the good. There's an enormous untapped talent pool out there. We have just begun to skim the surface. "

For the full interview, in which you can learn more of his comic work and read some great discussion regarding the difference between a characters point of view and the writers: Dwayne McDuffie Interview

Double D&D: New Campaign & Dungeons & Dice App Review

A little bit on my new campaign I'll be starting this Tuesday for 5 new players and a review of the iPhone game Dungeons & Dice.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Sucker Punch

Another Sucker Punch trailer has hit the web. While I love Zack Snyder's Watchmen adaptation and his remake of Dawn of the Dead, 300 doesn't really do anything for me and Tales of the Black Freighter is near unwatchable unless spliced into the Watchmen Ultimate Edition. To say he is a polarising creator is a given, having a background in advertisement he obviously has a good eye for the shots, but so far we've seen him to do little more than re-brand an existing product. Sucker Punch is his chance to show us what he can do but instead looks to be more mindless eye candy.

I imagine this will do well at the cinema and get a mixed critical reception. For myself I can imagine it will be an all or nothing affair. If there's the depth to match the pretty exterior (the opening credits of Watchmen are enough to show what he can do when the mythology is rich enough) I'll be happy, or if he goes as gory as Watchmen, I'll just watch the most brutal parts and get my moneys worth there. Otherwise, I probably just wont watch it at all.

Yahoo! Movies: Sucker Punch

Coming soon to an Internet near you...

Yes, another geek blog coming your way. But bear with me and I'll try to make things worth your while.

So, what to expect:

D&D: I'll be running a 4E D&D game for a group of University friends (first time players) set in the standard 'Points of Light'/ Nentir Vale setting. This will be my third game as DM in 4E, the other two are on hiatus back in my native home of Newcastle. I'm also constructing an AD&D campaign but have no idea when it will actually get played. Anyway; expect a behind the scenes look at my games, I'll be offering what advice I can on being a DM, especially relevant to those running for first time players, I'll be posting adventure logs, maps, encounters and more.

Painting: Whilst I'm not so much of a war gamer as I was when I was younger, I'm much more into the painting and modelling side of things. I recently started a Vampire Counts army and I'll be aiming to post some photos of my progress, or the odd report from an actual game.

Comics: Hopefully a few of my close friends will like to pitch in here as honestly I'm not as up-to-date as I would like to be. I do regularly scout second hand shops and the library to see what gems I can find. 2000AD related posts on the other hand are likely to be a mainstay being an obsession for last few years and the only regular comic I still buy.

Japan:  Thanks to my brilliant girlfriend (and a healthy over draft,) I'll be spending almost 2months in Japan this summer. A week or so in Tokyo, hopefully attending Summer Sonic, a quick stop in Kyoto and the majority with her family in her teeny home village just outside of the also very small Shimoda City. Hopefully I can keep a diary of sorts here, and maybes post a few movies of me humiliating myself attempting to learn Japanese.

More: Nothing, no matter how old or obscure is beyond your grasp with the Internet now. I've got list-upon-list of films, bands, TV and anime series and games I've been meaning to check out. When I do, I'll be sure to post what I thought right here.

Thanks for reading, and for anyone interested; this is my previously mentioned D&D campaign on the brilliant Obsidian Portal Points of Light- The Splintered Lands.

Also best wishes to the family of Dwayne McDuffie who past away this Monday. I'm very much looking forward to the animated adaptation of Grant Morrison's All Star Superman he has written. And I recently read some of his short but sweet run on Marvel's Fantastic Four. The guy was very talented no doubt, and also made one of the funniest picthes to Marvel, ever!