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3rd May 2016
Klassalka, Savage Technologist Merfolk Barbarian
I'm starting a new D&D/Pathfinder game. :
No, not the Pathfinder game I started in March
. And don't worry, that one's still going on too :) Still fairly early, but we're starting to get into a groove, and after fighting a tough undead (DR 5 at level 1, ugh!) and a mad sorcerer, plus some cave beasties and some RP stuff, we're most of the way to level 2!
The new one is a Distant Worlds game (the sourcebook I mentioned here
, and as-of then the game was in the works). Where we'll start on the normal Pathfinder World of Golarian, but following the notes of a friend-of-the-family (well, friend of several families), Professor Petros Lorrimor, who just died, we'll soon enough be whisked off to another world!
And I'm playing a Merfolk. A Merfolk Barbarian. With a two-handed sword and, hopefully soon enough, a gun :)( Klassalka Hulh, Merfolk Barbarian"s sheet beneath cutCollapse )
It was *super* hard to find any mermaid pics to fit the concept, and I changed her haircolor to fit the first/best one I found ^^Not her exactly- river mermaids don't run into a lot of sharks and Klassalka is bulkier- but is a style she would totally approve ofAnother properly ripped mer pic
While my last character, Tessa Bot, being an android had some metal in her, Klassalka Hulh is metal in an entirely different sense ^^
21st April 2016
'Nother Used Book Store Closed
Some months ago I posted about a used book store I went to reasonably often closing. :
Well I found out another used book store I visit closed! I didn't hit this one as often- it was pretty hard to move around in (boxes everywhere) and turnover seemed low, but it was closer than the other closed one. Not surprising in one sense considering the apparent lack of organization in parts (said boxes. My mom nicknamed it the 'firetrap!') and relatively low book turnover, but somewhat surprising in the sense it was in a super low rent area ^^ I'd bought a few books there, but not a lot.
Anyway, now there's only one used bookstore in convenient reach of me (better organized, gets more books often)- though I'm investigating one further out. Oh, and my Library booksale is so big it pretty much counts ^^
11th April 2016
Book Echo: Pathfinder Distant Worlds
Being into the D&D offshoot Pathfinder, some months back I ordered a book called 'Distant Worlds'. :
It's basically D&D... in a star system, with a Mars-esque world that pays homage to John Carter, a Venutian world full of jungles, aliens, and elves, a dead world full of liches, a world that got blown up and now people live between the rubble, even inhabited gas giants (with inhabited moons) and a bizarre ship world, and the last world in the system: A *living* planet inhabited by lovecraft beasties. Seriously, this book is chalk full
of ideas. And it's all fluff, only a tiny bit of rules stuff.
If 'fantasy in space' strikes your fancy as a game book, it's seriously A+ material. You gotta do some legwork on the actual rules and stuff, so maybe A... but good book, in short.
Anyway, when I ordered it at first, it got mis-shipped or whatever (tracking said it'd arrived, but it didn't). I told the shipper, they sent me a replacement, I loved it. That was, like, 3, 3 and a half months ago or such.
Yesterday I rustled up enough people- and a DM- to start a Distant Worlds game.
Today the original shipped book arrived
I checked the tracking information on it and the system acts like it just *appeared* 3 days ago, and not from the location I recall it vanishing from.
It's actually in better shape than my current copy (did a fair amount of reading o that one), and I do wonder if someone in the group might want to buy one... but talk about timing!
3rd April 2016
Why Human Do the Thing
My favorite animal-info tumblr, : Why Animals Do the Thing
, did an April Fools special, Why Humans Do the Thing
, which tries to help understand human behaviors without miscontextualizing them in Bird or other species contexts, and then moved it to it's own blog because the response was so positive :)
So, if you've ever wonder why humans migrate not in line with magnetic sense, check it out!
19th March 2016
Starting a new D&D game!
Or, well, Pathfinder, rather. :
After my long-running Naruto game I was GMing petered out, and my Strike Legion game barely got off the ground, I'm returning to the circle as a player, in Pathfinder's Wrath of the Righteous
campaign, a mythic-scale game where we join in on a quest to fight the Worldwound, a hole in the world demons come out of.
I'm playing the party Healbot, Tessa Bot, Cleric of Sarenrae, and Android.
I... may have taken the phrase 'healbot' a bit literally ^^
And yes, Golarion has androids- Numeria, a region right next to the location Wrath is set, had a spaceship crash and occasionally it churns out a very human-like android. what they look like( Tessa Bot, Cleric of Sarenrae, character sheetCollapse )
15th March 2016
I saw, and really liked this flick! :
Disney animation studios has been on a role, and the IMO biggest reason for that is here in full force- namely, personal chemistry. The two main characters work really well together, I enjoyed them simply playing off each other, before getting into the (solid) plot itself.
I'll skip most of the plot because spoilers, save that it tackles issues like prejudice in a well-done and organic way, in a plot which is also really fun, the jokes regularly land dead-on.
Zootopia tells it's story in the fantastically realized and thoroughly designed city/world. Normally I don't see the need for CG films to go *that* heavy on the budget- The Good Dinosaur famously spent an incredible amount of effort on the scenary that I can't see affecting the box office take much- but here, where it goes is pretty obvious, the design and construction of a multi-level city where citizens of many different sizes exist and have structures built to them. In multiple climates. With each animal type faithfully rendered.
I do think this is the first animal movie I've seen that plays with scale to this extent. It's not all one size, or even 'big animals and small animals,' but really varied. Rather liked it. And the writing reflected the world-building too.
The movies gotten pretty universally good reviews, and I'll add to the pile. A+. Recommend for most everyone, good humor, plot, characters, and great world wrapped in one package.
5th March 2016
My thoughts on the primary campaigns
1) I am following things pretty closely. Even for the party I don't like, I follow the tactical maneuverings and such with interest, purely in a game sense. I read : FiveThirtyEight
a lot ^^
2) Personally, I support Hillary. I *like* Sanders and some of his ideas, but ultimately he's pretty narrowly focused, some of the areas he doesn't get he's got some pretty weird ideas on that wouldn't be good, and Hillary's been lifting his good ideas and applying some of her experience to them (i.e. her wallstreet plan is actually more comprehensive). I can explain why more if people are curious, but I'm not driven to go into it. So, both Democrats are people I like, but pretty solidly on team Hillary here. Interestingly on the tactical front, Bernie's presence probably helped push Hillary to be a bit more popularist in her approach (talking more on wallstreet and such), which better situates the Democrat side against Trump.
3) I think a lot of the drama of the primary cycle has decreased, statistically speaking. Both races have passed points where one winner looks quite likely (On the Democrat side, due to good play on both sides that's broken one way demographically/having a wider base. On the Republican side, because they have strategies that could work to make things tougher but have decided not to use them because, I dunno, sense is for Democrats?).
4) Every candidate on the Republican side is, IMO, one shade of horrible or another, to varying extents. Even Rubio is a tea partier who has failed to motivate even moderate Republicans for good reason. The amount that could be said on the big names could go on for some time, but I assume you've heard it, so I'll skip, again unless asked.
5) Get out and vote! It matters for the rights of a lot
of people. It matters for the prosperity of a lot
of people. Voting matters, and the more one-sided this is in the direction of not hating people for who they are, the better.
6) If you're not in the US, voting is also good.
3rd March 2016
My comic pull list
General comics thing- It seems like it's been an extended time since the two Sonic comics have shown up, one of the two ongoing Transformers books is delayed til next week, the Transformers Mini Last Stand of the Wreckers has it's next issue delayed til May, Lazarus is on storyline hiatus til May, Switch got delayed til the 30th of march, Atomic Robo is on normal storyline break, and Pacific Rim Tales from the Drift isn't coming out for at least another week maybe more. :
In the last two week, I think Fred Perry's Gold Digger and Transformers exRiD are the only comics to show up, and of the rest, only one more is expected in the next two weeks. I have a 10 comic pull list, this should not be happening!
I guess that's one of the disadvantages of an all-indie pull list- sometimes the delays and off weeks all just line up. (Still, it almost never happens with the Sonic ones, so I'm curious there...)
20th February 2016
Video game con pondering
Magfest is a large but very nearby video game con this weekend. :
I've had fun at this con in the past, but I just hit a con last week, and my con batteries haven't been recharged... or my wallet... it'd be sooo much easier if they just spaced things out... especially since the number of cons in the area has decreased in recent years.
Blarge, I think I'll skip.
16th February 2016
Katsucon! I am back from it! :
First of all the reg line was horrible (I think the con is simply getting too big, it was moving just fine there were simply so many), and second someone thought a schedule-ap was a proper replacement for a nice paper schedule, making finding stuff more difficult (an ap is both slower, and requires batteries, and when one's phone batteries are drained from using it to stave off boredom in a 2+ hour line...).
On the bright side, I saw a couple artists I had interest in. Yamino, (I tried to snag a Sister Clare book but she was out ;_; ) Bar who had a table full of gaming stuff, and probably some others ^^ I could've even met a few of you reading this!
Cosplay was good- saw a nice band of RWBY on the way out ^^ Btw, I've finished season 2 of RWBY, waiting for the third to come out.
A lotta good panels, I was impressed with how many historical ones there were! (One interesting topic that came up- Miyamoto Musashi was never recorded as being involved in any relationships. I raised the possibility he might've been Ace [Asexual], which the historian-panelist found very interesting) There was one about homosexuality in Japan- historically and modern.
There was an interesting panel on the symbolism in Yuri Kuma Arashi (Translation: Lesbian Bear Storm), of which, being an anime by the maker of Utena, there was a lot of (stuff like 'this character's house is based on Norman Bate's house from Psycho, this bit is a direct reference to the Italian movie Disturbia', 'going up spiral stairs represented not having a clear view of goals,' etc.).
Did not get much at the deals room- most of the older series I follow don't have new stuff, most of the new ones I'm super into don't *yet* have much stuff (My Hero Academia being a key example).
Anyway, fun con, but the issues mean I'm like going to dial back my connage there in the future.
My rating: B-. It's getting a bit big for my tastes.
10th February 2016
Pathfinder gaming and other fun stuff I'm into like RYBW
I've been getting into reading RPG books again- or more specifically, the Dungeons and Dragons offshoot : Pathfinder
Most specifically still, I've been getting the 'Iron Gods
' adventure path and related tech stuff, because I likes a setting with SF literally landed in some fantasy. And it's good stuff, but dang is it scattered between too many books (6 adventure path itself, a tech guide which doesn't have android characters or some of the most common robot foes, robots split between 'inner sea bestiary' and the region book, and then the actual SF other-words book and the other-characters book being two *separate* ones... I don't have all of these, btw), and it's a good thing that I can find some used and cheap or I'd never get them. Pathfinder, you have good production values, but c'mon, a *little* efficiency, please!
Hm, unrelated to that, hitting Katsucon this weekend. Been awhile since I've hit an anime con- we used to have 3-4 a year in the area, now there's only 2 and I don't like the location of the other one. Oh, and just for fun, there's a game convention literally the next week at the same hotel. C'mon, spread them out more!
And unrelated to both of those topics, I've been getting into the show RWBY
. Cool characters vs monsters- This is fun! I'm on season 2 so far (really like the big blocks, personally, so I'll wait for the S3 DVD as well).
I don't have a favorite main character yet, and that's pretty rare... lean Weiss or Blake, but all four are fun! Dig the other teams too.
I kinda wonder why there's not more stuff like this, creative people doing interesting-but-low-budget shows strikes me as something that should have more examples. Rooster Teeth with their cheap-but-stylish animation and small pool of voice actors makes a better series than so many other shows out there.
4th February 2016
Ever since the big East-coast storm, mail's been spotty. We've heard word (from the means of going to the post office and listening) of people who haven't gotten mail in a week (and reportedly due to personal shortages), and we had two days of mail in that week but no packages, and finally yesterday a whooole bunch of packages arrived, some ordered as far back as the 19th last month. :
First time I've seen something like this happen, but the US mail service totally needs more funding...
2nd February 2016
Infested Space Mecha dream
I had a dream where I was a crewmember on a giant mecha- not a pilot, more an engineering type down lower in the mecha- this was a : giant
giant mecha, and there were five of us down below not counting the two pilots in the head to do engineering and such.
Anyway, the reason for the mecha's existence was to fight alien monsters that had a nasty infectious property. So we were one of the forces sent up to fight them in space.
Of course, down in the mecha I didn't get to see much of the fighting I was technically involved in, but I helped keep things going while obvious combat was going on. I think we were doing well.
Then word came down- while most of the enemy was gone, we'd been infected, with a hit to the gut. They could maybe do something about it... but it'd involve doing stuff we in the guts were unlikely to survive, just the pilots.
We looked to each other and nodded, and immediately agreed, telling them to do what they had to do to save themselves and fight on.
We got into the neck section, and it ejected along with the head- a not-very-protected position, mostly to protect us if there was something to pick us up in space, and we were going through the atmosphere to burn off anything.
Me and one of the women engineers when to a room that had a window (again, not very protected. And again, this mecha is huge
, even the neck is fairly substantial), and held hands as we looked out and re-entry began, since if nothing else, it was a great view as we were going down.
Much to our surprise, we survived.
To our greater surprise, we landed safely.
To our less-pleasant surprise, it turns out that one of the groups that sent us up didn't like
that we had survived- the intent was apparently to sacrifice us and use us for propaganda purposes or... something, we didn't really get a chance to ask.
So, with a group of baddies that outnumbered us a lot, we once again had to decide what to do. We looked at each other, and took out the sidearms stored in the mecha for emergencies. Then grinned, because we'd already survived the incredibly unlikely and were doing way better than we'd expected to live, so why not keep trying?
End of dream.
28th January 2016
Blarg, the snow shutdown stuff means I didn't get any mail yesterday and my store didn't get comics.
23rd January 2016
used book store bites the dust
Last week I traveled to a used book store that I've used occasionally- and they're closing! Seems they didn't have enough money for the lease. :
I have a fair amount of credit since while back in the day I'd go there a lot, and got lotsa game books (large sections of my Rifts library, a few GURPS books, some good stuff!), when the game store near it closed some years back, it's selection slowed down as well.
Which was a sign to start blowing some of the credit I'd saved up there (even when I wasn't getting stuff myself, they were a good place to put books so they'd end up in other's hands) and gets some stuff I'd been holding off on like Robert Asprin's myth series, books by authors I like in genres I don't, and so on. Oh, and whatever the person behind me wanted, since I just handed whatever was left on one of my credit slips to her.
I still have even more credit and they don't full close til February, so I plan on going back, and using every bit I have and then probably just handing most of those over to the library so they can benefit :)
I tried to get out to lunch before the snow hit today- only to call ahead and find the two nearest places were already closing their doors! :
No way was I going into old town.
So, it seems I'm trapped at home for several days at least- not so much due to being literally trapped (I mean, sure, will be snowed in, but I can shovel), as everything being closed!
21st January 2016
We got incoming snow :) After a season of warm, winter's finally arrived, and it's supposed to arrive *much* harder on Friday. :
Went out today to bookstore, then did food on the way back- and apparently so did everyone else, the particular place had *one* milk left (not counting chocolate milk or soy milk).
Also, the actual snow we got came down with light flakes and plentiful- but so far not excessive- amounts. It was very picturesque, and on the road it'd swirl after cars in a very cool fashion.
12th January 2016
Legendary Pictures purchased
: Wanda Group purchases Legendary Pictures
Which matters, of course, because Legendary is currently the big font of US Kaiju movies- Pacific Rim and Godzilla.
Legendary being acquired by a Chinese company is interesting. I’m curious what effect it’ll have on Pacific Rim 2- considering the first movie’s success there, hopefully positive.
(See last post for how big a fan I am ^^)
Pilots of Wanderer Chimera by Kory Bing
I got a Pacific Rim commission of my characters! By Kory Bing, of : Skin Deep
"I can't believe I'm only drift compatible with you
," Eirene complains.
can drift with anyone I want!" Zeroia brags.
drift with me!"
"I only want
to drift with you
!" Zero reassures, unreassuringly, as the two head to Wanderer Chimera, their mighty Jaeger.
Ah, the joys of a partner who can get their mind on piloting inside the pod, but is totally exasperating outside it :)
Zero Zeroia and Eirene Cir Tigerbat are my characters, Pacific Rim is by Guillermo Del Toro and Travis Beacham, and art's by Kory BingPilots of Wanderer Chimera by Kory Bing
17th December 2015
[Kaiju Movie Reviews] I just watched 'Reptilicus'
I watched 'Reptilicus,' the Kaiju movie of Denmark, with my mom yesterday. :
That's an old-style giant monster movie :) Pretty standard giant monster stuff, you know, 'find the thing, scientists study, monster breaks out, military fights, come up with clever way to take down,' thing, but the effects- not a guy in a giant suit or stop motion, but a puppet! (who looks a lot like Manda)- ranged from 'ok' to 'some totally hilarious moments.'
The dub could definitely use some work ^^ There were bits where characters spoke with a really odd cadence as they matched the lip movements of the original actors.
If you're not a fan of old monster movies, give it a miss. If you are, Gorgo's better, but I've certainly seen a heck of a lot worse, and if you're a fan of classic giant monster movies, the chewing of scenery of scientists vs military men, and a sea-serpent monster puppet, it's a movie to check out :)
Rating: C- in purely quality terms, B in cheesy-old-movie terms
16th December 2015
New Star Wars rumored to be mildly popular
I've heard there's a new Star Wars movie and the buzz is it's going to be mildly popular. :
Has anyone else heard of this new movie and it's rumored somewhat popularity, and/or is planning on seeing it?
11th December 2015
Closed up Gaming Shop
Discovered a few days ago that one gaming shop I used to go to, Game Parlor, closed it's doors. It had a 25 year run, apparently! :
Talking with someone at my other gaming shop, they're of the opinion it was because it was because they didn't do sales to get rid of old inventory, and I'm inclined to agree.
Back when I went there a lot, one of the things I liked was that they had a lot of old stuff to look through and get. I stopped going regularly after an incident with the comics person (they didn't feel compelled the need to process my comics into the database so I could buy them that week... with 2 hours notice. Other people there were fine, but yeesh. Canceled my subscriptions and did my comic buying elsewhere). About 6 months ago I visited, wondering what new RPG stuff would be there... and there wasn't much. I had attributed it in part due to fewer RPG books being published, but really it was likely just as much their shelves being choked by older stuff. The person at my other gaming store said they'd even stopped stocked new comics (and this store increased it's comic section in the last year due to how well it'd been doing). And apparently I missed a big closing out sale all November. Ah well.
So a lesson in business models. You can have a big location with a lot of inventory space and selection, but eventually you need to clean out the cruft or the store will choke.
Also a side thing, at one point they had two locations, which also happened to both be near a used book store with two locations. They each closed one location a number of years back and were no longer near each other, but back when there was overlap, sooo many good used RPG books ^^ Made up a good chunk of my collection.