Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Game of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 1 (Pogo Bedpan Edition)

I want to fill everyone in on where I started this season of GoT before I get into what I thought of the last episode.  To be blunt the pacing for the show has been crap for two or three seasons and who ever enabled fast travel in Westeros needs to be beaten with a bag of atlases.  In short I've been frustrated.

If anyone wants a greater accounting of my opinions that that let me know in the comments.

I'm going to try to avoid spoilers but there's only so much I can do.  If you really care please come back after you see the episode.

So S7E1... sure.  It was pretty good.  The pacing was better than a bunch of the episodes in the last few seasons and they actually have multiple characters that I at least vaguely care about interacting which feels sadly novel.  Sansa and John's argument was good, I'm just not sure if Sansa was actually arguing for her side of if she was stating a possible concern aloud so that John could respond to it and thus pull its fangs.  Damn, Littlefinger.  Makes me paranoid just being there.

Okay.  So my big issue with the episode, as in the point were I started yelling at the screen, was Euron's Armada.  Apparently all you need to build a thousand ships is to tell people to do it.  They were stranded on Pike.  Where did they get the lumber?  Maybe you can put together a ship or two from salvage but it would still take years to do.  This is one of those places where they really should have had Euron pull out a magical trinket and summon a fleet or something.

Also.  Why doesn't he have one creepy all black eye?  I know HBO gets cheep in weird places but a contact lens is not an expensive prop and would have made him a proper Croweye.

Let me know what you thought of the episode and I'll see you again after episode 2.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Was it good for you? LANTERNS!

Wherein we have a conversation regarding proper punctuation in the naming of Board Games.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Today we tackle Fantasy Flight Games, Marvel Super Heroes game from 2006.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Not quite what I was hoping for: Iron Fist Season 1



Netflix's Iron Fist isn't quite what I wanted or expected.  In the end that's the problem.  I went into Iron Fist expecting something sort of like Kung-fu: The Legend Continues, but with modern effects, a better budget and a different tone.   I was hoping for a love letter to 1970s Kung-fu movies.  Instead, I got a lot of talking and lackluster fights too far apart to make up for it.  I don't know if the problem was that Finn Jones wasn't capable of doing the required choreography, if the choreographer wasn't good enough to make interesting fight scenes, if the editor just didn't know how to cut the fight scenes, if the director didn't get the footage the editor needed or if the writers just didn't write anything interesting for them to do.  I do know that the pacing is far too slow and it gets increasingly frustrating as the series progresses.  In some ways the show has the same feel as the second half of Luke Cage, the ideas are there but not the vision to make it all come together.
The sad thing is that this is still better than a lot of crap on TV.  It just doesn't shine when placed next to Daredevil.

Was it good for you? Dresden File Cooperative Card Game


Don't Hate the Game, hate the players - Dresden Files Cooperative Gameplay


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Troyes on a Saturday night

Unboxing Troyes and first impressions are "oh boy...this looks dense" Anyone else get that feeling?

Lots of cubes and algebra. The artwork has a well-done medieval tapestry look that is perfect for the theme.  Can't wait to give it a try!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hobby Progress

Finally getting around to working on some terrain for Frostgrave/Mordheim!  Took advantage of some nice weather last weekend and got some foam cut, carved, painted and sealed.  Looking forward to rolling some dice.  I've since added some snow to the rocky pieces.

Mix of newly made pieces with some pre-made terrain.