Category: Entertainment

PODCAST #16: Dark Matter.

The Gang discuss whatever. 0:30: Ben discusses Just Cause 3. “It’s a big fun sandbox with explosions.” 1:10: Scott Buck is showrunning Iron Fist, and yes, this is terrible old news at this time. 2:25: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, and not in a good way. In fact, has Jesse Eisenberg ever been good? 4:50:…



Crunch and Fluff, Some Piecemeal Thoughts

I’m a man with two hearts. The first is the party of me that likes leveling up and getting bigger numbers. The second is the part where I recognize that numbers are meaningless. All RPGs boil down to complicated games of “DM May I.” The player asks, “DM, may I do X?” and the DM…



A.K.A. Jessica Jones, A.K.A. The Most Boring Superhero Series Ever

When Avatar was in production, the media gushed over its legendary special effects budget. Released to much fanfare, the reviews praised it, marveling at the phantasmagoric CGI of the planet Pandora and the blue-skinned Na’vi. So intense was the spectacle that some claimed depression that the film wasn’t real. The general consensus was that Avatar was amazing, so amazing that it kick-started…



The Warcraft Trailer is Out. It Looks Like Crap.

When I was a wee lad, I was blown away by Squaresoft’s (oh, yes, it was Squaresoft at the time, long before it was Square Enix). The cinematic sequences in the Final Fantasy games were jaw-dropping. As an adult, one of the few companies to leave me feeling that same sense of wonder from a…



In Defense of “Slave Leia”

The Internet is abuzz with rumors that Disney will retire Princess Leia’s “slave” outfit, featured during her stint as Jabba the Hutt’s, ahem, entertainer. The response seems twofold. One that woman’s body is not shameful, and showing it is strong and empowered; and another that a woman should not be objectified by men by showing…



Ash vs. Evil Dead is upon us.

I’m not a fan of the Evil Dead series. The first two were so boring that I don’t remember the particulars about them. Something something cabin in the woods, some evil went into Bruce Campbell’s hand and he cut it off, something something boomstick. A lackluster performance. Army of Darkness is more to my liking,…



REVIEW: The Adequate Commoner

The Contents The world of D&D (or Pathfinder, as the case may be) is fraught with peril.  Scheming dragons, hungry ogres, and save-or-be-turned-to-stone spells turn adventuring into a high-turnover occupation.  Most adventurers even the odds a little with their class abilities, saving throws, and hit points.  Commoners don’t.  I suppose that’s why commoners traditionally leave adventuring…




Pathfinder Online: Down, but not out.

I’ve written about Pathfinder Online before, and I’m here to do it again.  MMORPG.com has been writing an ongoing Early Enrollment review for the game that I’ve been following, and today they published another part of it, this time with fresh eyes.  The writer of the original pieces, Bill Murphy, knows Ryan Dancey personally, and…



The Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth trailer is out, and I’m a little confused.

Here’s a link to a version on YouTube, and another through Gamespot. According to Ubergizmo: However in a tease ahead of the potential reveal, Legendary Pictures released a virtual reality experience called Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth. Basically this will put players on the back of a gryphon as they soar over the the Alliance city…



Space Jerks: The Voxen and the Simulacrons

At some point, I’m going to be running a Fate game Ryan dubbed “Space Jerks.” It’s kind of like Space Dandy and Archer had an ugly baby. As part of this, I’m including alien races because hey, why not. The first race I’ll be detailing is called the Voxen. The Voxen are a nasty, brutish…