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Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Suck

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There, now that I have your attention let me explain.  I personally plan on watching the new Star Wars film and will most likely enjoy it.  I have just grown a little bit sick of all the hype and all the marketing and I am especially tired of all the people who saw the trailer and said it was so good it made them cry.  I do not hate Star Wars or J.J. Abrams and the new movie will probably be very good.  This is just a list poking a little bit of fun at all of the extreme excitement for the new film.  What follows is entirely based off of what has been seen in the multiple trailers that have been released and I have not read any of the books leading up to the movie.

Please take this list as it was intended, all in good fun.

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DungeonQuest, Revised Edition?

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What?

 

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Black Sails Ahoy!

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No geeky blog page would be complete without at least referencing one of the more famous icons of the subculture, the pirate.

“Black Sails” is STARZ channel’s attempt to break into a market that has lately been saturated due to the antics or our friends over at Disney. While this is a rather obvious ploy for STARZ to get their cut from a popular media image, “Black Sails” looks like it’s going to be far from your run of the mill pirate epic.

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Forked-tongue-wagging in the Sorcerer’s Sewing Circle

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ~Genesis 3: 1-4

I discovered a game at GenCon this year that took hold of me instantly. It struck me with the nostalgia of the first time I picked up a copy of Mage: The Ascension, and was drawn in by the genre of modern mystics in role-playing games. This kind of game is right up my alley, and I can’t believe I completely missed out on the Kickstarter for it. I only found out about it on the last day of GenCon when I happened by the booth for it. Christopher Gabrielsson, the lead designer, was giving a demo, but I didn’t have time to stay for it. All I could do was snap a picture of their banner, and check it out when I got home. Serpent’s Tongue, the game in question, was seemingly designed especially for guys like me.

Serpent’s Tongue is a spellcasting card game for 1 to 8 players by UnBound Games. This card game, however, is unlike any other.

Games such as Magic: The Gathering simply have you tapping resources, playing cards, and resolving effects, The Serpent’s Tongue takes this a few steps further. First of all, selection of spells to play is not random. Each player has a physical grimoire of spells that they can select from, eliminating many of the most frustrating random elements of game play, and gearing the experience more towards strategy. Read the rest of this entry

Shadowrun 5: Raising the Glass Ceiling

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It’s no big secret anymore, chummers; Shadowrun Fifth Edition is on it’s way, and like it or hate it, there are going to be some changes. Now, before you toss your dice, burn your 4th Edition books and flip the game table, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

 
First of all, Fifth Edition is keeping all of the basic systems of Fourth Edition. This isn’t like coming off of Third Edition where you basically had to learn the game from the ground up. Dice Pools are still calculated in the same way, and all of the tropes you’ve come to expect are present and accounted for.

 

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Conjuring Cash with Kickstarters

The love of money may be the root of evil, but the possession of money is the necessity of progress. No grand idea or project ever saw fruition from empty coffers (unless you’re a member of the government). It is unfortunate that most folks who have great ideas are not people of means.

 
There are many great games out there that are nothing more than a small prototype lovingly hand-crafted, or a mere thought in the mind of an aspiring game designer. Unless you’re a game-publishing mega giant like Fantasy Flight Games, attempting to publish a game without a great deal of money is practically doomed to failure.

 
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Greetings… Stay a While and Listen.

Hello my friends,

My name is Doctor Martin.  I am a close friend and associate of Doctor Belmont’s, a fellow wizard of the gaming and fantasy world.  For reasons unknown Doctor Belmont has invited me to post my opinions on certain subject matters.  While he specializes on board games and the like, my chosen field tends more toward the literary and dramatic end of things.  This does not mean that we will not work together and pool our knowledge to critique new and amazing items delivered to our world by fantastic companies but simply that my own posts will be related more towards Novels and Cinema involving the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres.  I will be reviewing a mixture of work both old and new and I will also be expressing my hopes for highly anticipated Books and Films.  I will do my best not to offend anyone but I am a firm believer that one cannot please all of the people all of the time.  Remember this is just My opinion.  Like it or hate it, Love me or despise me, that is simply the way it goes.

For my first reviews I will be working my way through the series of Dresden Novels by Jim Butcher in anticipation of the latest book “Cold Days” due out on November 27.  Until next time my friends, Cheers and Good Day.

Off to GenCon!!!

I’m off to GenCon, everyone! I’ll see you after the weekend, and I hope to see some of you there! Until then, here’s my very first video! Enjoy!

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Why the “religious” piss me off…

The title of this post will confuse some of you, and it SHOULD. For those who don’t know why it should, it’s because I am a very religious man. I’m not using religion as a metaphor or anything, like “I play Dungeons & Dragons religiously.” it’s just a fact. I pray before meals (even at restaurants), I’ve made theology a study, I meditate on the Word and pray daily, I’m a creationist, and my first career choice was to be a pastor. If I haven’t lost you already, I’ll get to why I’m a bit incensed at the moment. It isn’t my beliefs I’m upset with. It’s the people I keep getting lumped with whenever people hear the word “Christian.”

I usually don’t like to delve in to either religion or politics, but I felt I had to share it this time around.

I recently saw a disturbing video on a friend’s wall on Facebook, and it got my blood boiling:

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Merry “Crits-mas”

All gamers, regardless of faith, celebrate Crit-mas!

Gamers,

It’s that time of year again, when the snow starts to fall, and some of us grow irritable because we weren’t able to purchase all of the gifts we wished to purchase, and still more of us let the hustle and bustle of the season get to us. It’s a time of year that can really get us away from the spirit of the holiday, be it complaining about others’ poor attitudes, or getting hung up on what each person celebrates, letting political correctness suck the life out of a normally festive occasion.

What’s most important is that we spend our holidays with those we love, and in fellowship with one another. Remember to keep your fire stoked, your stockings stuffed, and your wassail flowing.

From everyone at Pointy Hat Productions, have a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your dice give you many a crit, and may your game collections grow this year!