Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Comics Day

Big week this week.

  • Incorruptible #4
  • Jack of Fables #44
  • Madame Xanadu #21
  • Fantastic Four #577
  • Outsiders #28
  • The Web #7
  • Gotham City Sirens #10
  • Detective Comics #863
  • Justice Society of America #37
  • Teen Titans #81
  • Wonder Woman #42
  • Justice League of America #43
  • Adventure Comics #9
  • Blackest Night #8 (!!)
  • Hack/Slash #30
  • Tarot #61

That's it!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Week in Geek

I've had a really lazy week - primarily focusing my leisure time on Marvel : Ultimate Alliance 2 and Dragon Quest IV. Lots of hours invested there. I'm getting close to done in UA2, at least.

I've spent some time this week watching Dragonball Z again, as well. The web series 'DBZ Abridged' rekindled my interest quite a bit and I saw season sets on sale, so .. yeah. It's even more drawn-out than I remember, actually. Still, I enjoy it.

I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall for the first time - Netflix rental. Very funny!

Due to scheduling issues, it's not likely I'll get to run my game for the next two weekends - c'est la vie.

I'm really hoping to start my Silver Age Green Lantern reviews soon, but I need to get a new scanner to work with my Windows 7 PC first.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Comics Day

Light week, relatively speaking.

  • PS 238 #43
  • The Incredibles #7
  • Robocop #3
  • Batman : Streets of Gotham #10
  • Superman #698
  • Superman/Batman #70
  • Power Girl #10
  • Tales of the Dragon Guard #2
  • Green Lantern #52

That's it!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week in Geek

I had a mercifully restful weekend where I didn't have to do anything in particular, so I spent countless hours playing Marvel : Ultimate Alliance 2, trying to earn the 'Powers of Two' achievement. I really want to finish that game before I delve into any of the other ever-accumulating XBox games I've got piling up, and I managed to move a big step closer this weekend. I also need to get back to Lunar : Silver Star Story and Final Fantasy IV : The After Years.

My tiny robots from Japan arrived - handy for miniatures in my mecha game. I can debut them the next time we play, but I suspect more work is going to go into the Golden Age first. I am having a blast coming up with retro characters for it. I still need to recruit two more people, though.

I picked up a new digital camera this week, replacing the previous one that might as well have had a tiny pterodactyl carving the images into miniature stone tablets. ('It's a living!') My old digital camera was a boxy HP, with 3 Megapixels, which could not recognize memory cards above 1GB in size. It also ate batteries like Skittles. The new one's a basic Canon Powershot and I love it already. This year's trip to Origins is going to be well-documented.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Comics Day

This week's list :

  • Angel #31
  • Fables #93
  • Irredeemable #12
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #24 - he's back!
  • Hercules : Fall of an Avenger #1 - see below.
  • Azrael #6
  • Titans #23
  • Green Arrow #31
  • The Shield #7
  • Supergirl #51
  • Superman 80 Page Giant #1
  • Brave and the Bold #32
  • Booster Gold #30
  • Batman #697
  • Green Lantern Corps #46 - also below.

Ice may be on the cover of GL Corps#46, but she's not the coldest Black Lantern in the book. (ba-dum-bum)

Hercules : Fall of an Avenger may be the hardest I've laughed at a comic book about a funeral ever. It is totally worth Hercules's temporary demise to have this book. The ladies who loved Herc, and their testimonial that leaves both Wolverine and Namor slack-jawed and gaping..

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week in Geek

It's always a good week when I get to run my game. My team of post-apocalyptic Power Rangers met Saturday to embark on what is sometimes colloquially referred to as a "bug hunt", man. Or, in this case, Mutant Hybrid Dino-Rabbits. I had great fun introducing the paranoid, acerbic Dr. Nakata - chief xenobiologist of the Civil Defense Forces who has a hangar-sized lab of atrocities to call his own, and who had not one second's hesitation in adapting to the team's use of the word 'abominations' to refer to his work.

Because his abominations are the best abominations, you see.

I do some of my best NPC work when I have an excuse to flex my natural sarcastic muscles, and I established that Dr. Nakata had a thinly-veiled contempt for the muscle-bound Saiyan-lite, Kogu, along with a deep desire to dissect him, if ever given the opportunity. Alternating between the derogatory nicknames "Lout" and "Glow-Worm" conveyed the proper animosity.

The party was recruited to go after some of Nakata's escaped experiments - enormous regenerating lizard-rabbits that could bite through cars. We did get one solidly amusing bit of table talk when the PCs were discussing how to get the remains back to the lab, and the idea was suggested to fashion a crude carrying bag out of the remains themselves.

Matt : "Yeah, cut'em open like a Taun-Taun."
Me : " 'I thought they looked fashionable.. on the outside!' "

All in all, a good session - the recovery of a seemingly-dead-and-then-seemingly-undead samurai from the tunnels the rabbits had uncovered allowed me to start establishing one of the important points of the mythology of the campaign - namely, that there were weird things around before the Rifts came.

They did manage to avoid a fight when the samurai asked for his sword - I hadn't expected them to comply so respectfully. But that's alright, there will be other opportunities..

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Comics Day

Here's this week's list!

  • Ex Machina #48
  • Magog #7
  • Doom Patrol #8
  • Batgirl #8
  • Red Robin #10
  • R.E.B.E.L.S. #14
  • Secret Six #19
  • Batman and Robin #10
  • Superman : Last Stand of New Krypton #1
  • Action Comics #887

Relatively light week, but good stuff. Doom Patrol brought the welcome return of Danny the Street, and if I read the next issue blurbs right - Ambush Bug appears next month!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Week in Geek

Well, I'll say this - the idea for these 'Week in Geek' posts at least motivates me to post twice a week at a minimum, instead of only once. That's definitely a good thing for my writing discipline.

Two major things to cover - first, my current Mutants and Masterminds campaign. I have, theoretically, four players in it. Two of these players are reasonably reliable in their ability to show up. That's not a recipe for a good ongoing game, especially for a game where one of the chief metaphors is Power Rangers / Voltron - meaning, your protagonist is essentially the team as a whole.

I've been exploring some avenues to get around this problem - one, I'd love to recruit more players. That's tricky in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Back in college, it was relatively simple, but now that I'm removed from that hotbed of roleplaying that is academia, it's a little more challenging. Still, I will keep looking for more people.

In the meantime, I'm pursuing option two. Option Two is that I run the Giant Robot game when I have the three pilots present (and optionally the fourth person), and run something else when one of the pilots is absent. Longtime readers may recall I had a competing campaign notion before I chose the Giant Robot game, and I decided to dust it off after checking with my players - Golden Age Superheroes, in 1939.

Apart from that, most of my weekend was taken with City of Heroes - this being 'Double XP Weekend' and all. I pushed all of my heroic characters except one to the magic level 20 threshold - opening up an extra costume slot, earning a cape, et cetera. Of course, the most important level 20 milestone is the acquisition of Stamina, the magic power that makes things go. Good times.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Comics Day

Here's this week's batch!

  • Robocop #2
  • The Incredibles #6
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33
  • Cinderella : From Fabletown With Love #5
  • Jack of Fables #43
  • Nemesis : The Imposters #1
  • JSA All-Stars #4
  • Justice League : Cry for Justice #7 - thank God that's over.
  • First Wave #1
  • The Great Ten #5
  • Detective Comics #862
  • Green Lantern Corps #45 - missed it last week.
  • Adventure Comics #8

That's it!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Week in Geek

I spent a lot of time this week playing Aurora, which is sort of like a combination of Master of Orion 2 and the Traveller Hard-SF RPG, if you built the game to be run on Windows 3.1. It's very realistic, very detailed (mechanically), and has almost no graphics to speak of beyond a very retro Windows interface. Apparently, it's written in Visual Basic 6, and runs on top of an Access database.

It's addictive, but slow. And it doesn't give you any shortcuts. For example - you want to build a cruiser with a laser gun in it. You need to research lasers, first. Makes sense. Of course, you actually have to research laser type, laser focal size, capacitors, and one other technology that slips my mind at the moment before you can build lasers. So, you do all that - and you're still not ready. See, in Aurora, each specific configuration of technology has to be researched as well. So you have to design the actual baseline laser, then research that. Once done, you can put that laser in your ship designs.

Of course, you can't fire it. See, lasers require power, and you have to add the power plant to the ship separately. So you research and build that. But then you're good, right?

Nope. Can't aim the laser without a fire control mechanism. Gotta research the tech for that, then research a fire control design. Then add that to the ship design. Then you're almost set - when the ship comes off the assembly line, you have to link the fire control to the weapon that uses it. THEN you're done.

And everything in the game is like that. Colonizing a world? Can't just send a colony ship. Gotta bring over infrastructure and factories too. Nothing is automatic. This is not a game where you build a massive military fleet and conquer the universe. This is a game where you build fleets of freighters to slowly widen the borders of your tiny space empire. I think it would be completely impenetrable to the casual gamer, and even though I have a fondness for OCD micro-management, it's almost more than I can stand to play.

But I have to see what happens next turn..

The only other noteworthy geek thing from this week was that I did an extended toy run yesterday - and I braved the Busy Wal-Mart. The Busy Wal-Mart is at the outskirts of my toy hunting range, near a Target and Toys 'R Us that I check regularly. But I usually skip the Busy Wal-Mart, because it and the shopping plaza it is in are insanely crowded, all the time. I've never been able to park there anywhere other than the furthest outer edge of the parking lot. It is packed wall to wall with people.

However, it is very fortunate that I decided to give it a try - I was able to locate the three new Secret Wars Two-Packs for the Marvel Universe line. Thor and Enchantress; Reed and Ultron; Hawkeye and Piledriver. No place else locally has had them when I've checked. Totally worth having to edge past aisles full of poorly controlled children.