Still reading indy rpgs as I find them. So many games, so little time.
Last week, we were missing two players at our regular session, so those of us who were left decided to give Donjon a try. This is a game of opposed rolls (requiring tons of d20s) where the winner gets to establish facts about the situation based on the number of dice higher than the opponents’. The character creation system is loose, based around making up your own abilities and assigning them ranks that determine how many dice you roll. P created a Death Elf–his own creation of necromancer/lichking/elf. B created a Beholder (how many game systems let you do that from the start?). We played through part of the introductory scenario and had a blast with it. We were rather silly in our story-creation (including ninja goblins, some lost giants and their war-altar, and Big Bird), but it seems to be our new go-to game for when we want to RP and we’re missing players.
Just watched this the other night. When I got myself in the right mindset–that of a middle-schooler back in the 1980s when the D&D cartoon had just gone off the air and there was no other media portrayal of RPGs that didn’t include “Satanic” or “Insanity-inducing” in the description–I found this movie rather likable. To cram a novel into an hour and a half is always a trick, and this movie suffers in that regard like most others. The animation is pretty bad compared to today’s standards where a lot of machinima looks better than the art from this movie. But, given that the original novel was essentially a novelized form of a D&D campaign, and this is a movie form of that novel, the whole thing seems to survive pretty well considering it’s all mostly a game of fantasy telephone. The dragons in the movie are CG, which gives them a weird flavor–otherworldly in a they-seem-to-have-lost-the-movie-they-are-supposed-to-be-in way. Overall, it wasn’t great, and I surely wouldn’t buy it (and this from someone who owns the complete D&D cartooon series on DVD), but it was worth the Netflixing.
I normally can’t stand literature from the 1700’s, and for the most part, this book is no different. Parlor room dramas are best left in an age that cared about parlor rooms, in my opinion. But, I really want to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I want to make sure I have my memory of the literature right before I dive into the parody. Nothing worse than not getting the jokes in a parody.
Just got this for Father’s Day. Something seems to be changing in me as I get older (or maybe it’s a change in the artists themselves), but they just don’t ring as true for me as they used to. This latest album from Nanci Griffith has some quite good songs, and the anti-death penalty song “Not Innocent Enough” has some of the old Griffith feel to it as a song with a message but without preaching. Other songs, like “Money Changes Everything,” just seem to have lost all their subtlety, and “Across America,” a song about the hope for change in America, seems more like an attempt to win an Obama theme song award than anything else (not to mention that it reflects a hope about the state of America that seemed to have lasted about 2 weeks after the inauguration). Like Black 47s last release Iraq, I wanted to like the latest offering from an old favorite, but just couldn’t help feeling that maybe these artists are trying just a bit too hard to share their message.