Category Archives: entertainment

This is a top level, catch all category. You probably will be more interested in something more specific like Movies, TV shows, Literature, Comics, Video Games, or RPG Games.

Age of Sigmar and the End of Warhammer

As you may know I’m a huge fan of Warhammer Fantasy Battles table top game. I have written about it on more than one occasion and I made a tiny web service allowing you to print custom paper movement trays … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged | 5 Comments

What does it mean to be a gamer in 2015?

Do you consider yourself a gamer? What does it mean to be a gamer? I submit it means absolutely, fucking, nothing. There was a brief period in history when this term kinda made sense, as it described those who played … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 3 Comments

Witcher 3 and Diversity

Witcher 3 is a fun game. It is also a game almost exclusively about white people. There are white humans, white elves, and white dwarfs with Scottish accents, and about a hundred different types of monsters that come in all … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 50 Comments

Mad Max: Fury Road

You don’t need me to tell you to go watch Mad Max: Fury Road. You have probably already seen it twice, and even if you didn’t you have likely read a dozen of glowing reviews. There is little I can … Continue reading

Posted in movies | 4 Comments

Age of Ultron

SPOILER WARNING! Proceed with caution. I’m not even going to try to talk about this movie without spoilers. No one at Marvel/Disney seem to know what to do with Black Widow. It is clear that the studio does not see … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged , | 8 Comments

On Black Widow and that Bro-tastic interview…

Avengers, Age of Ultron is almost upon us, and this means it is interview and promotion season for Marvel movie studios. Last Thursday, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner (Captain America and Hawkeye respectively) were doing an interview as part of … Continue reading

Posted in entertainment | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Daredevil

I have spent an entire weekend binge watching Daredevil on Netflix and I have some thoughts about it. I will try not to include any major spoilers here, but I will talk about general story elements so it could be … Continue reading

Posted in tv | Tagged | 5 Comments

Dragons of Tarkir

Last Saturday, I have participated in the Dragons of Tarkir launch event at a local comic book store. Last time I have played Magic the Gathering was in high school and I was not planning to get back into the … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 9 Comments

Pretty Deadly

Back in my review of Ocean at the end of the Lane I mentioned that works of Neil Gaiman have a unique, recognizable style and mood. Gaimain is the undisputed master of mixing modern sensibilities with folk myth and magical … Continue reading

Posted in comics | Tagged | 3 Comments

Integral Trees by Larry Niven

Don’t you hate when you find a book built around a set of very intriguing ideas only to be disappointed by its underwhelming plot and bland characters? Disappointment was exactly what I felt after reading Lary Niven’s Integral Trees and … Continue reading

Posted in literature | Tagged , | 2 Comments

This War of Mine

There were four of them in the house. Anton, was the oldest. In his previous life before the war he was a respected mathematician and a professor. When he joined the group, he was so sick could barely stand up. … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 1 Comment

Life is Strange: Save Scumming as a Game Mechanic

“Save scumming” has been a video game concept ever since we have invented save states. In the past, abusing the save system was often the only way to win or avoid losing progress. For example, Sierra adventure games liked to … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 3 Comments

Utility Spells in Video Games

I like utility spells in my video games. By that I mean spells that allow me to do things other than DPS. There is nothing about magic users as a RPG class that dictates that they should be pure damage … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 8 Comments

Rat Queens

When you play D&D (or any kind of classic fantasy Role Playing Game) the game universe crafted by your GM is typically laden with certain game specific tropes. Because it is a collaborative medium, and because it is a game … Continue reading

Posted in comics | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Space Hulk

The original Space Hulk board game was released back in 1989. It would not be fair to say it was a direct cash-in, but the game design and theme were clearly influenced by the enduring popularity of James Cameron’s Aliens … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Alien Isolation

Alien: Isolation is a fascinating game because of the circumstances that lead to it’s creation. It came on the heels of Sega’s infamous Alien: Colonial Marines title which was a spectacular disaster. A game that was not only the worst … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 1 Comment

Her

Spoiler Warning! This review contains spoilers for 2013 Spike Jonze movie Her. Last year I wrote a few thousand words about the trailer for the Spike Jonze film Her. I have finally got around to watching the movie proper, and … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Transistor

If you haven’t played Transistor yet, I highly recommend it. It was made by the same team that did Bastion and it features similar isomeric perspective and hack-and-slash derived game-play with an interesting pseudo turn-based combat, and rather unconventional character … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 3 Comments

Midas Flesh

Do you ever have those weird 4am conversations where you try to apply half remembered science to pop culture or folk stories? Like for example what happens to conservation of mass when Megatron transforms into a handgun? Or how real … Continue reading

Posted in comics | Tagged | 3 Comments

Skaven: Clan Skryre Army

I have been playing Warhammer and collecting miniatures for close to two decades now. I got into the hobby somewhere around 1995 and have been in and out of it since then. I currently play three Warhammer Fantasy armies, and … Continue reading

Posted in rpg and tabletop | Tagged | 4 Comments

Shadow of Mordor

WARNING! This review contains massive spoilers. Back in the 90’s I used to play Middle Earth: The Lidless Eye which was a collectible card game about being a Ringwraith. Unlike Magic The Gathering and similar games, MELE was not as … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 4 Comments

Sleeping Dogs: Real Gansters Wear Panama Straw Hats

First thing I noticed when I started playing Sleeping Dogs was that it isn’t Watch Dogs. It took me a little while to actually realize this because on the surface the games are nearly identical. You run around and open … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 1 Comment

Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I have been a huge fan of Neil Gaiman’s writing ever since I picked up some issues of Sandman. I thought that American Gods was brilliant and really established the author as an undisputed master of magical realism. Anansi Boys … Continue reading

Posted in literature | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Strong Female Protagonists

There was a comic floating around on reddit the other day which was attempting to “prove” that the complaints about gender diversity in video games are false by listing few dozen “strong female characters” in a rapid fire sequence of … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 4 Comments

Broken Age: Mog Chothra

In Tim Schafer’s Broken Age, Mog Chothra is a large, nearly indestructible, man eating Lovercraftian monster. It is the latest in the long line of monsters that have been terrorizing the game’s universe for untold centuries. Mogs live and breed … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 1 Comment