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3301  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight "trailer" in front of I Am Legend IMAX on: December 17, 2007, 05:56:50 AM
Watch it now while you still can Wink

I REALLY want to see this movie. Now!
3302  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond Girl? on: December 17, 2007, 01:14:59 AM
Yeah, that Diana Rigg, whoever heard of her? Tongue


Ahem, I mean, she's a bit of an exception. Kinda like Halle Berry, Fameke Janssen and Sophie Marceau. Overall, however, most of the Bond girls are never heard from again in a big way.
3303  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews and Reaction thread. on: December 15, 2007, 08:56:36 AM
Just saw Beowulf in true Digital 3d at the movies...I am supremely impressed.

As was I. Sure, the CG is noticeable, and it's pretty clear the film was made to be seen in 3D, bit it was still a thrilling ride. On, and the final battle was AMAZING! Lots of action dice were being spent during that one Tongue
3304  Community / Off-Topic / Re: How did you get into pencil and paper RPGs? on: December 15, 2007, 08:33:35 AM
"No, I killed Blackleaf. With a rusty cleaver, in this kid's basement."

Ah yes, but did you use Mind Bondage while doing so? Grin

(Jack Chick would have made a great games designer... if only he wasn't bat sh!t crazy*)

As for my sordid history... I discovered the ADnD books at my local library in my early teens. I distinctly remember thumbing through the Fiend Folio and becoming enthralled with all the weird creatures contained within. I also remember going up to my Mum and mentioning that I was interested in roleplaying - only to have her flip out (but not in a kewl Ninja way) and make me swear that I wouldn't get caught up in that horrible activity. I think she had seen a news article about kids in America (it's always America with Mum) killing each other with swords down in the sewers while 'roleplaying'. I swore I would stay away from the evil of roleplaying.

That's the point that I stopped talking to my Mum about what I was really doing. My local library also had a good selection of the old Fighting Fantasy titles, but I was more interested in the Lone Wolf series. The thought of a persistent character you kept from book to book was much more appealing. When I got to high school I naturally gravitated towards the other geeks and found myself in a roleplaying game within the space of just a few months. The first game we tried was Call of Cthulhu. None of us had read any Lovecraft, nor did we have much an idea of what we were doing. It's was more a case of the book looking interesting and there being chances for action. The game didn't last too long as people started slowly drifting away from roleplaying and towards wargaming. There was also a brief infatuation with Magic: the Gathering, but that only lasted a month or two.

It wasn't until I got to university that I started roleplaying properly. I joined the uni roleplaying club and had my first taste of DnD (3rd Ed), Shadowrun and some others I can't remember now. It's worth noting that I was in full denial mode with my parents at this point, so on Tuesday nights when I was out roleplaying, my parents thought I was at the student bar. It was also at this time that a friend of mine told me that there was this new espionage game coming out soon. He knew I was a huge fan of the James Bond movies and thought I might be interested. That's how I encountered Spycraft. I signed up to the forums (not the previous ones, or the ones before that, we're talking the OLD forums here) and things went from there.

My friend started up a Spycraft campaign once the books finally arrived locally. His GC-ship lasted a grand total of one mission before he passed over the reigns to me. This was partly due to the fact that he really wanted to play this really awesome (yet horribly twinked) psionic character (it being an SFA campaign) and partly because my Faceman had technically died outright three times during the mission. I still hate having to make rolls when my characters have to repell from helicopters to this day. The campaign lasted a little over a year before we decided to call it quits. Everyone had a good time, and nobody complained about my sometimes loosely drawn plots.

In case you were wondering, I did eventually 'come out' about roleplaying to my Mum. It was after a birthday lunch a few years back. I had a copy of the 60's Decade Book with me and I showed her my Additional Writing credit. I explained what it was and, funnily enough, she didn't bat an eyelid. It seems she had forgotten the whole "chopping up other people" promise and was pleased that I was happy. This was also the same birthday lunch where she asked if my being single for so long was because I was secretly gay - but that's another story altogether. All I'll say is, my Mum is special like that.

EDIT: I did have a brief dalliance with White Wolf. I played in four sessions of a friends Mage game, before being killed off by the GM for playing in character. The GM had a habit of bringing about character death for his own amusement.

*No offense meant to religious folks - just Jack Chick.
3305  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas at Crafty Games on: December 13, 2007, 04:49:46 PM
Hot damn! That's one rocking FantasyCraft cover.

Henchmen Edition sounds pretty good, too.
3306  Community / Off-Topic / Christmas at Crafty Games on: December 13, 2007, 09:04:27 AM
I'll say this first: it's 0300 here and I'm been awake a long time.

Looks like the Crafty boys really are getting into the Xmas spirit*

*That spirit may be eggnog
3307  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Terry Pratchett.... on: December 13, 2007, 02:42:03 AM
I saw the subject with the dots and braced myself for news that Pratchett had suddenly died (possibly from some kind of luggage-related injury), so this, in a weird way, is almost a relief. It's still not good news, but it's not as bad as it might have been.

As I say in these situations, hopefully medical science will be able to step in and work some magick of their own.

EDIT: And after checking the link, the last part cheered me up a little bit.

PS  I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should
be interpreted as 'I am not dead'.  I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as
will everybody else.  For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell.
I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I
would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

He's still got his sense of humour, which is a good sign.
3308  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Veil Interactive Technologies, Voltron and me on: December 12, 2007, 08:34:12 PM
If you manage to get the job you need to get a photo of that statue! That is very kewl sounding.
3309  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Crystal Skull - pics of Indy back in action on: December 10, 2007, 07:48:32 PM
And there is now an official poster for the movie, too!

(click to show/hide)
3310  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Go Speed Racer, G- ... WTF? on: December 10, 2007, 06:58:24 PM
Either that, or it's the way they CG'd in the backgrounds. I'm thinking it will be the latter, judging by the rest of the scenes.
3311  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV Season 2007/2008 on: December 10, 2007, 05:07:04 AM
Just a quick update for fans of Doctor Who. There's a little over 14 days to go till the Christmas Special and, I must say, it's looking like an interesting episode. To help build the tension, the BBC have started up an Adventure Calendar on their Doctor Who site which is gradually releasing goodies related to the episode. Nothing too major, but interesting none-the-less.

Oh, and there are some printable Doctor Who Christmas Cards too Tongue

Also, the Season 3 Soundtrack was released back in November and it's just as good as the first one. Here's the tracklist:
(click to show/hide)

Most of the tracks come from the two-part episodes, but there's a good representation of the whole series. Well worth getting a hold of if you liked the first season.

Oh, I also caught the first episode of the new season of Boston Legal. I was a little surprised at the cast changes (don't worry, Crane and Shore are still there), but the end of the episode had me in stitches. Shatner is still a gawd amongst actors.
3312  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: December 10, 2007, 03:00:23 AM

Basically, further proof that Japan is going bat sh!t crazy - even if this is a parody Tongue
3313  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Durin's Day on: December 09, 2007, 11:24:41 PM
So, um, Happy New Year?

Works for me! *raises a mug of ale*

The folks behind Lord of the Rings Online have gotten in on the act, too...

"Mistletoe, Precious?"
3314  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Machine Girl (A new movie?) on: December 09, 2007, 07:29:30 PM



Oh boy, oh boy. This looks like the Japanese version of Evil Dead or Grindhouse. I'll definately be tracking this down when it gets released. Heck, I'd even watch it unsubbed or undubbed.
3315  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Hello! on: December 09, 2007, 05:49:41 AM
I was considering getting the current PDF in any event, but a new version of the game is coming out?  Shocked Oh, and if I do buy the PDF, can I move it from this system (i'm on a laptop for the moment) to my home PC?

It's not a new version, persay, just the 2005 version with all the errata incorperated and some of the tables moved around.

As for moving the PDF, once you've downloaded it you can do with it as you wish. I have my PDF's on both my PC and a USB memory stick for transport. From memory, the PDF's are water-marked with your name on them.

That link that shows the Thug class, is it from a PDF, and if so, how much does it cost?

The Thug class will be available in the upcoming Ten Thousand Bullets book which is rapidly approaching. It covers street-level missions of a crime and justice flavour and is set in an entirely new city setting designed by Alex Flagg.
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