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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: February 28, 2014, 07:19:55 AM
One of the greats of our hobby, Aaron Allston, passed away last night.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: February 26, 2014, 07:07:03 AM
Taken on its own, Jose Padilha's remake of RoboCop ain't bad. It's well-cast, Padilha has terrific skill at putting together action pieces, the "Show Me!" scene is horrifying, and the movie does a pretty good job addressing the issues it wanted to play with. The RoboCop prosthesis looks pretty darn cool, the updated ED-209s are nifty, and, man, Jackie Earl Haley is such an utter dick. Really liked Michael Keaton, too. Points for using some of the original's most distinctive sounds - RoboCop's heavy footfalls and Basil Poledouris' classic theme.

In comparison to Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece, though, it falls sadly short. Despite the slightly longer runtime, it feels like there is less movie here. Padilha's movie's villains are half the strength of Clarence Boddicker and Dick Jones. The mandated PG-13 rating means that the cartoonish violence from 1987 is sanitized for the audience's protection. Sam Jackson as a Bill O'Reilly copy just isn't interesting, and has entirely too much screen time.

On the whole, it's an okay movie, but not one I'll seek out again. The whole is a bit less than the sum of its parts.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 26, 2014, 07:03:11 AM
We're two months into 2014. The new(ish) thread is here - http://www.crafty-games.com/forum/index.php?topic=7696.0
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: That [i]thing[/i] in your head. on: February 04, 2014, 09:28:31 PM
Nah, I get it. People have that occasional pea that gets between the mattresses and just won't let 'em sleep.

I had a couple last year that threw me for loops. Whose shoes were those, and how did they wind up in my laptop bag? And she knew I was going to tie her wrists to the eyebolt in the ceiling; why would she think I'd be bothered that her armpits weren't waxed?
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: February 01, 2014, 05:00:18 PM
Maximilian Schell, winner of an Oscar for Judgment at Nuremburg. He'll always be The Black Hole's Dr. Hans Reinhardt for me, big-time mad scientist and creator of one of the scariest sumbitchin' robots ever to appear on film.
6  Products / News and Announcements / Crafty Games Needs Volunteers for GenCon 2014! on: January 29, 2014, 07:34:04 AM
Good morning! We're making plans for GenCon 2014, and we need volunteers to promote our products at the con. Interested? Of course you are! E-mail our volunteer coordinator at andy at crafty-games.com for more information.

Stay Crafty!
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: January 27, 2014, 11:05:02 AM
Released in 2013, but SFW, saw it two days ago.

47 Ronin is better than I expected. Not a great movie, but a lot of fun, quite good-looking, and a pretty terrific way to spend $2 and a couple of hours before hitting the bars.

Saw it with a couple of players from my new Legend of the Five Rings game, and now they're more on-board than before.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Off Topic: RPGs with Narrative Dice on: January 19, 2014, 08:14:47 PM
I have a hard time saying to "Absolutely" avoid them.. but they're taxing on the GM's imagination.  It's a very narrative game system.  But the dice rolls... man.. exhausting.  Now.. if you like working on your mental feet for every part of every scene, you may love it.  Me?  I'm a little tired from the gymnastics. 

Outsource the heavy lifting. Player gets a success-with or failure-but result? Great! They describe the outcome. YMMV, of course, depending on play group.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: December 23, 2013, 11:36:59 PM
Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov

Do svidaniya, Comrade!

Heck, we can dig him up in two years and he'll be good as new.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: December 18, 2013, 07:31:02 AM
Numerologist and con artist Harold Camping may or may not have predicted this date.
11  Products / News and Announcements / Fandom Fest, Louisville, July 26-28 on: July 24, 2013, 09:54:16 AM
Hey there!

Crafty Games will have two agents on-site at Fandom Fest, in Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend. Fantasy Craft and Spycraft 2.0 game sessions are on the schedule, with hints about Spycraft Third to be handed out like so much candy! Well, maybe not that freely...

Check out fandomfest.com for more information on the show and events!
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Drone Crash at Tyndall AFB in Florida on: July 17, 2013, 07:41:41 PM
Not a single damned brain cell in use in that article's entire comment thread - not really surprising, of course.

The ooh-scary-it's-comin-fer-our-gunzors drone was a QF-4. A decades-old F-4 Phantom with a two-steps-above-clockwork guidance package used for gunnery practice.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: July 10, 2013, 06:10:02 AM
I'm impressed that it remains so divisive.

Nerdrage is damned serious business.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: July 09, 2013, 09:38:26 PM
Just got in from Man of Steel. Pretty darned impressed. I can understand the complaints leveled against the movie, but, whatevs. I got a big-ass dose of modern mythology, and it was a blast.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: June 09, 2013, 12:28:13 PM

Man, fuck cancer.
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