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|Wednesday, December 11th, 2013|
|Doses and Don'tses
For the record, per the Chicago Manual of Style
(via this webpage
), the only times you use an apostrophe to pluralize are:
- Lowercase letters: "Mind your p's and q's."
- Uppercase letters only if there would otherwise be confusion, such as with I and U (but in that situation, be consistent across all uppercase letters).
- Abbreviations that have mixed case or interior periods. "Too many Ph.D.'s."
- If you are using something that is not usually a noun as a noun, it's very occasionally the right choice, such as "maybe's".
In all these cases, the apostrophe is strictly there to avoid confusion, not for decoration.
|Friday, December 6th, 2013|
|My Current Arisia Schedule
schedule, which is slightly subject to change:
Fri 10:00pm Hellboy's 20th Anniversary
Sat 11:30am Gamemaster Help Line
Sat 4:00pm Old-School Games
Sun 2:30pm Polyamory 201
Sun 7:00pm Beyond Dice And Hit Points
Mon 11:30am Too Much Of A Good Thing? (Game Expansions)
Outside of this, my plan is to spend a lot of time in the games room with my copy of Ogre Designer's Edition
playing anyone who cares to meander over. (And the usual amount of sitting about being social, and showing off my kid.)
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|
|Books: Cities, Worlds, Books, & More
Fate Of Worlds by Niven & Lerner
Conclusion to the "Worlds" series, and to Niven's Known Space, the Puppeteers are finally put on the spot for all their manipulations, and most people get a happy ending. I continue to be disgruntled at how much of the preexisting Known Space stories turned out to be based on lies, but I wasn't bored. Mildly recommended.
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
A new series from the author of the "Princess" books, in this series magicians can pull things out of books, such as lightsabers, magic potions, and, occasionally, people. It's very fan-wanky, but not entirely in a bad way, and the details are well worked out. (Such as how some books can be "locked", so no one is getting their hands on the One Ring.) There's a female character who I started out having very mixed feelings about, but Hines actually managed to come up with an ending thaty calmed most of my irritation. Recommended.
Pathfinder Tales: Blood Of The City by Robin D. Laws
A fantasy novel set in the gaming universe of Pathfinder, this is a solid story of a "cobblestone druid" who works for her family's private security organization in the fantasy city of Magnimar. It's entertaining, and does a good job of portraying D&D-style magic realistically. Recommended.
The Worlds Of Frank Herbert
This is a nice collection of short stories, though they've got a lot of 1950s on 'em. Mildly recommended.
New Avengers: Breakout by Alisa Kwitney
I've met the charming Ms. Kwitney at a couple Arisias, and this is her novelization of the first story arc of New Avengers,
involving a breakout at the supervillain prison, and a trip to the Savage Land. More accurately, however, it's the story of how Hawkeye met Widow, and the ensuing fraught relationship. It's not exactly set in Marvel Comics continuity or Marvel Cinematic continuity, but that's probably for the best. Recommended.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
This is the YA companion series to The Parasol Protectorate, set about one generation earlier. Our teenage heroine is sent off to finishing school, and quickly discovers that the school teaches stabbing, seduction, and ciphers in addition to the usual feminine graces. Assorted intrigue ensues. Oh, and the school is a zeppelin, of course. Recommended.
Astounding Days by Arthur C. Clarke
A collection of articles about Clarke's relationship with Astounding Science Fiction. Interesting, and it manages to strike the right blanace regarding Campbell (not too worshipful nor too hostile), but hardly vital.
|Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013|
We saw Hunger Games: Catching Fire
last night. It's a fine, fine movie, and if they keep up this quality, they're going to have a superlative epic film series. Ms. Lawrence does an excellent job with some pretty tough material, including "We're going to put the camera right on your face, practically up your nose, with unflattering light and makeup, and we expect you to convey about 17 intense emotions without speaking or moving your head."
We also saw a trailer for Divergent,
which should have the subtitle, "If this doesn't remind you of The Hunger Games,
we're not trying hard enough."
|Monday, December 2nd, 2013|
Why is it that the Golden Ages of Hollywood, American Animation, Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Radio all happened at about the same time?
(They also overlap with the Golden Age of Aviation, and are immediately followed by the Golden Ages of Capitalism and Television.)
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
|Roo: Movie Fan
My daughter sometimes pulls stuff off the video shelves. She groks that they're things you can watch on the television. Tonight, she grabs Dark City
Me: Roo, put that back.
Roo: What's this?
Me: [a bit impatiently] That's Dark City,
a science fiction-film noir in which a man with amnesia discovers he has [spoiler] to [spoiler] the [spoiler].
Roo: Want see it.
Me: ...I may have oversold it.
|Friday, November 29th, 2013|
I'm thinking of getting a tablet. How do people feel about 7" screens vs. 11" screens? The price difference is substantial, so I want to know if people find a smaller screen satisfactory...
|Monday, November 25th, 2013|
|Who's The Best Doctor?
Among the classic seven Doctors, it's certainly possible for any one of them to be your favorite. But if it's not Tom Baker, I won't pretend to understand
|Friday, November 22nd, 2013|
|Legenderry: That's A Well-Written License
So, apparently when Dynamite Entertainment
gets a license to do a comic based on a media character, they include a clause allowing them to do crossovers. Alternate-universe & alternate-genre crossovers!
", which is a steampunk crossover series featuring steampunk'd versions of the Green Hornet & Kato, Vampirella, the Phantom, Red Sonja, the Bionic Man, Flash Gordon, and more.
I say, dude!
|Tuesday, November 19th, 2013|
Dear Toronto: Seriously? You elected this guy
(I mean, we've elected some crooks here in Boston, but they have some
sense of propriety.)
|Friday, November 15th, 2013|
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|
|Ogre Party Rescheduling
It looks like I'll be receiving my copy of Ogre Designer's Edition
this week, but the dates I proposed earlier for an Ogre Games Day are no longer viable. Interested parties, which is better for you: November 24th or December 8th?
|Monday, November 11th, 2013|
Since my service with the Army Reserve was brief, and I never came anywhere near combat, I'm always reluctant to claim any of the perks or honor of being a veteran.
I'll claim one, however: I get extra bonus feels
from "The War Was In Color"
|Sunday, November 10th, 2013|
|Friday, November 8th, 2013|
|Ogre: Shipping Notice Received
I've received my shipping notice, and will be getting the game early next week, on a day I was already planning to take off from work! Glee!
|Thursday, November 7th, 2013|
|Ogre: If I'd Had $3000 To Spend on Fuzzy-Wuzzys
Some of the backing levels in the Ogre 6e Kickstarter
at the $3000-$4500 level allowed you to design your own sheet of counters for use in the game. I didn't seriously consider it, and had no clever ideas at the time, anyway.
Having been obsessing lately, I think I now know what I would have done, given the money. In the very first edition of the game, the GEV combat hovercraft were a bit faster than in later editions, cheaper, and plentiful. The result was that once an Ogre had lost either a point of movement, or its main guns, GEVs were fast enough to race in, shoot it, and race out before the Ogre could lay a finger on them. This became known as the "Fuzzy-Wuzzy" strategy: Load up with nothing but GEVs, and harry the Ogre to death easily.
GEVs have been slower for thirty years or more, thus making Fuzzy-Wuzzy less viable. But if I'd been doing a custom counter sheet, I'd have created a new unit, the "fast GEV" (with the original stats), and filled the sheet with F-GEVs with "fuzzy" paint schemes (leopard, tiger, calico, zebra). It would have been adorable.
|Wednesday, November 6th, 2013|
|Roo: Clones & Ponies
Watched an episode of The Clone Wars
with Roo yesterday. By the end I'd concluded that it might be a wee bit intense for her age bracket. (It's bloodless, but there were clones dying left and right, and Genosians being burned alive.) Fortunately I don't think she quite got what was going on, though she latched onto Ahsoka darn quick.
"Where the girl?"
"She'll be back. We're watching Master Mundi right now."
"There she is! An' that her daddy."
"No, that's Anakin, her friend. They're fighting bad guys."
"Where girl go?"
"She'll be back. Can you say 'Ahsoka'?"
So, we switched to My Little Pony.
I'll tell ya, Twilight Sparkle is still my favorite, but "Dog And Pony Show" makes a good case for Rarity...
|Tuesday, November 5th, 2013|
|Still Waiting, Still Nattering
While I wait for Ogre 6e
to arrive, here's a retrospective of my relationship with the Ogre
- I first heard about Ogre before college, probably from ads in Dragon magazine. I recall working on a computer adaptation of it, based on my nebulous ideas of what it was about. I called it CADON, for "Computer Automated Device One-Nine". Never finished it.
- I first bought G.E.V. in college, circa 1990 (the small plastic box edition, probably 3rd edition, 2nd print). The store didn't have Ogre.
- I also bought Shockwave (1984 printing) and the Reinforcement Pack (1987 printing) around that time.
- And Battlesuit! (1983 printing, probably a special order while I was working at Games 'n Stuff.) For some reason, I never played this, and left it behind when I left college.
- Sometime in the 1990s I bought Deluxe Ogre (1987, with the nice board and the little counter stands). Since it wasn't compatible with all the other maps and counters, and had a typo on the frikkin' board, I eventually gave it away. This might have been the first version of actual Ogre-qua-Ogre I ever bought.
- I bought the Ogre Miniatures book shortly after it came out, but until 2013 only owned one of the miniatures, a Mark V Ogre.
- I've bought both versions of the Ogre/G.E.V. combined set (the sturdy cardboard box from the second part of the 1990/1995 edition, and the VHS tape box of 2000).
- I re-bought Shockwave and the Reinforcement Pack when they were reissued in 2000.
- I apparently bought two copies of Battlefields in 2001.
- In 1999-2000, I wrote GURPS Ogre.
- I have both editions of The Ogre Book (1982 and 2001).
- Counting up all the maps I own, I must have bought another copy of G.E.V. in there somewhere, but I don't know when or which edition. (Most likely it was another copy of 3rd edition, but you'd think I'd have kept the plastic box.)
- I used to play the Unix-based Ogre computer game while telnet'd into io.com in the mid-90s.
- I bought a lot of the miniatures off of another Ogre fanatic a few months back. Hope I can make time to paint them!
- Oh, and Diceland: Ogre!
EDIT: Info from the Ogre Ludography
has been added above.