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8026  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Digging in the 7th Sea past on: February 18, 2008, 12:50:18 PM
The creative teams for the two line were entirely separate. I haven't cracked one of the SBA books, and I wouldn't be surprised if the same was true in the other direction for most of their folks.

and i liked Castille when i read it back then, tough it was a little awkward being from spain and seeing a lot of things similar to real spain, but totally different (I hoped it was done  on purpose,but  the mission Imposible II movie vision of spain was very painful to watch).

It was intentional. The mandate for the line, which I somewhat disagreed with, was to loosely mimic history but change all the names to protect the innocent. Personally, I would have preferred either a true alternate history or full-bore fantasy earth version, but then, I'm not one for middling concepts. 
8027  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Indignity! on: February 18, 2008, 12:45:55 PM
The way you phrase that... Has she actually seen the Jackie Chan Adventures? It's a decent show but nowhere near Batman Animated/Superman/Justice League.
8028  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV Season 2007/2008 on: February 18, 2008, 12:44:09 PM
I did get to watch the first disk of "Hex"... I'm still not sure, it was entertaining, but it took like three episodes before the story actually started to move in a progressive direction.

I wanted to like Hex, but it ended for me when
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8029  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Home Cinemas..Gone Wild!! on: February 18, 2008, 12:42:20 PM
Love the concept of the Nautilus but I couldn't hang with that decor - it's just too freakin' busy (and, frankly, tacky). The Bat Cave and Titanic are the bomb, though. If I were fabulously wealthy, I'd pick up one of the caves in a heartbeat - and install a banks of TiVos. You can't put a price on seeing Lost or Jericho in that environment.

For those interested, the Bat Cave was put together by a company called Elite Home Theater Seating. Check out their gallery for a couple more designs and be sure to download their brochure. The range of options is intriguing, even though most of us aren't wealthy enough to consider them.
8030  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones 4 - The Trailer! on: February 18, 2008, 12:22:45 PM
Maybe they'll hold walkie-talkies in the actual release.  Grin

Sigh. It is so sad that Drew Barrymore singlehandedly ruined one of the most, if not the most cherished movie of her career.
8031  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Movie Quote game on: February 18, 2008, 12:12:14 PM
A: What about you? You don't have any needs?
B: No. I'm Jesus.

I had to look this one up, so I won't answer. Interesting. Didn't expect that line out of that movie. Wink
8032  Community / Off-Topic / It's Spore Day, Apparently on: February 16, 2008, 05:42:39 PM
And who the hell decided that Valentine's Day weekend should be one of the busiest entertainment news days on the calendar? Yeesh, I poke my head into the Intarwub for five seconds and wind up getting distracted for two hours. OK, last story and I'm off to get something productive done...

For those of you who don't know, Spore is Will Wright's latest masterpiece,
"an epic journey that takes you from the origin and evolution of life through the development of civilization and technology and eventually all the way into the deepest reaches of outer space."

It's crazy ambitious, promising to allow you near-limitless control over your species' development from amoeba to empire, with constantly evolving gameplay that's never the same twice. We've heard it before, but I've been paying a little more attention this time as Wright's got a history of producing pretty stellar simulation games and some of the tech behind Spore seems to be, if not the real deal, a pretty damn fine imitation.

Well, the last two days have seen the release of three amazing articles on Spore, detailing some of the awesomeness to be had come September 7...

Will Wright Walkthrough

Hands-On Preview

YouTube Integration

The promise is unbelievable: multiple styles of play; a social network-style cross-pollination option so folks can pick and choose stuff created in each others' games; an upload option so you can show off your civilization on a mainstream video application; customizable music themes for every civilization; stunningly low system requirements; the beauty of a Sims-style interface with seemingly enough combinations to keep you busy for months; a game simple and intuitive enough that anyone could finish it, even a non-gamer; and perhaps most importantly, "opening up the toolbox," so to speak, to the world - and setting the stage for a whole new generation of products where game-making tools are as easily accessible and understood as games themselves...

I want to believe the hype, I really really do. Smiley

P.S. Don't miss the bit with Robin Williams using the creature editor on page 3 of the second article. Here's a direct link if you do, or you don't want to wade through the article to get to it.
8033  Community / Off-Topic / New Clone Wars Trailer on: February 16, 2008, 04:48:53 PM
For those of you still jonesing for some Star Wars love from The Source rather than Tartakovsky (the Samurai Jack dude), here's a trailer from the new CGI effort (the one that will bow three eps as a theatrical this August).

It doesn't look awful. But then, for a while before its release, neither did Episode I. Wink

Oh, while we're on the subject of Star Wars, check out what could have been. I can't decide which one's cooler: the mini-fridge or the barbeque grill. And that costume's freaking inspired, though I suspect it would have led to dozens of senseless stairway and hunting accidents.  Cheesy
8034  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Return of Jericho (Possible spoilers) on: February 16, 2008, 04:22:25 PM
In the first of what I assume will be many articles about Jericho's weak return ratingsSad - we find out that the three cities they were thinking of setting the original Season 2 in were Cheyenne (home of the new U.S. government - well, the largest one at least), New York, and our little town of Jericho.

"One interesting tidbit from today's Jericho coverage: If the show's second season had been a full 22 episodes, we would have gotten to see the seat of government in Cheyenne -- and life in New York, which survived the attacks thanks to Hawkins' intervention. Now we'll just have to be happy with one truncated second season, and nothing after that."

Wow. That's a much bigger scope than I'd originally envisioned. Gotta aim high, I guess.
8035  Community / Off-Topic / Kenneth Johnson Interview on: February 16, 2008, 03:44:36 PM
Kenneth Johnson created some amazing TV from our youth, including The Incredible Hulk, Bionic Woman, Alien Nation, and the original V mini-series. There a great interview with him over on AICN, broken into three parts...

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Worth a read!
8036  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones 4 - The Trailer! on: February 16, 2008, 03:40:27 PM
I thought the use of the American flag was a bit heavy-handed but I didn't realize that it was something only we n the United States actually saw...

That's f'ed up, yo.  Angry
8037  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Digging in the 7th Sea past on: February 16, 2008, 03:34:02 PM
A friend of mine just bought the 7th sea core books and is thinking about running a campaign, so i went looking for my old books. Almost all my comics and rpg books are in boxes since i had to go out of the country last year for work, i'm only getting them out in a "as needed" basis. What's is my suprise when i see that the Castille Nation Book is written by Pat himself.

Yes indeed. Seems soooo long ago now. Smiley

Hope you enjoy the book!
8038  Community / Off-Topic / Re: J. J. Abrams in TED on: February 15, 2008, 09:49:47 PM
I can't wait to see "Star Trek" and see what "mystery" he's going provide for us.

I suspect it'll be no more critical than what the McGuffin was in MI: III. His movies don't seem to be about teasing the audience (that's a tactic he seems to reserve for his TV shows, where it's marginally allowed) so much as occasionally making them wonder and fill in their own blanks.
8039  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Return of Jericho (Possible spoilers) on: February 15, 2008, 09:47:12 PM
Ah, I stand corrected. Yeah, I never got the impression that Jericho was trying to be about the backstory, not exclusively anyway. It was about how the backstory impacted these people in this town. I bought into that premise and the show hasn't failed me yet.
8040  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Sons of the Morning - Fallen Heroes and Making Them Matter on: February 15, 2008, 09:42:22 PM
Man, Grump, you're so much nicer than me. The closest I'd probably get to mentioning that things went wrong was starting the flashback with the person, note, or whatever informing them of it in the present saying, "And here's how it all went bad..."
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