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I was a big fan of his work on the animated JLU series, it was not only one of my favourite animated shows but favourite tv of all time. It was startling to read of his death at such a relatively early age, it just seemed to come right out of nowhere.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2011 on in remembrance of Dwayne McDuffie at WWdN: In Exile
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There's no particular sequence to most of the stories other than Lovecraft's development as a writer. The only suggestion I'd make is to avoid "At the Mountains of Madness" as one of your initial reads. It's one of Lovecraft's best stories but very long & dense so you'd be jumping in at the deep end. For myself, my own favourites include "The Colour out of Space", "The Statement of Randolph Carter", "The Rats in the Walls", "Pickman's Model", "Herbert West - Reanimator", "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Dunwich Horror", "The Shadow over Innsmouth", "Whisperer in Darkness" and of course the iconic "Call of Cthulhu".
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This piece made me smile on many levels (pardon the pun :). Gaming has helped me as well to keep a strong link to my best friends down the years instead of just promising to "meet up for a few beers sometime". In fact we're getting together on the 29th to start a campaign of the 40k rpg Deathwatch while our other halves entertain themselves as has become their tradition. My wife has long suggested a idea similar to yours but in regard to geek stores - a comfy couch/cafe area in the store for partners to relax while their geeks perused the shelves. Even as a married gamer playing in a group of other married gamers I couldn't resist the joke of describing the couch as being covered in cobwebs from lack of use...
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Is that the Straczynski reboot? I absolutely loved it - but don't get too attached. JMS bailed on the series and never properly finished it or even give it a chapter/volume break of sorts. It broke my heart the way he dumped the series. Enjoy it for what it is but don't expect any resolution to the story.
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Munchkin has replaced Zombies! as our quick 'beer 'n pretzels' type game. My wife loves both games but we got burned out on Zombies! from the awful endgame 'bucket of crabs' style of play. Too much of the Zombies! event deck are penalty/mishap cards and not enough are bonuses so when the helipad appears anyone making a dash for it gets dogpiled with negative cards. Munchkin does suffer from this a little but it's nowhere near as bad and usually you'll have a couple of players jostling for victory towards the end.
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BD has become one of my favourite all time movies. I caught it as part of a film festival last year and have been trying to explain its awesome-ness to my mates ever since. It's getting a limited UK release in august so hopefully the dvd/blu-ray won't be too far behind that so I can introduce them to it. It's a film that rewards the viewer for paying attention to the details. I absolutely lost it at the reaction of the guy Bullhorn slaps in the poolhall.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2010 on code kansas at WWdN: In Exile
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Really enjoyed this piece. The incident with the two old guys reminded me of a quote from Futurama - (elderly narrator): "Do you remember a time when women couldn't vote and certain people weren't allowed on golf courses? Pepperidge Farm remembers". :)
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I'm totally with you on music evoking a vivid sense memory. For a couple of school summer holidays I listened to the music of The Doors pretty much on a loop. Even now hearing those songs for me evokes a strong memory of lying on the floor of my room as I scribbled ideas for 'Call of Cthulhu' rpg scenarios into my school exercise books or playing Bards Tale on our old Amstrad computer :)
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Reminds me of the time I played Guitar Hero so much I ended up with a left hand like 'the monkey's paw' from gripping the neck of the controller.
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I'm enjoying DA but I felt that after taking a step foward with the dialogue tree of Mass Effect Bioware then took a step back to the boring "pick an option" of DA. i liked choosing a style of response in ME and then seeing exactly what shepherd would do/say. I'm in the middle of the 'treaty' quests and it's getting a bit repetitive : PC : "hey can you guys help with the Darkspawn?" NPC: "We'd love to but we're in the middle of this internal dispute. Why don't you sort out our problem then choose who wins the dispute?".
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Wonderful story Wil, I'd read it in DB but your voice really conveyed the emotion in the story. i felt bad because you had to open yourself up to the grief again but I appreciated your bravery in doing so. I'm a big fan of Rock Band and I thought of your comments as I was in a music store today. I spotted books on the shelves that had guitar tabs for "music from Rock Band / Guitar Hero". Anything that can drive kids to seek out 'new' music can't be bad.
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My wife is a big fan of co-op games so I had already gotten her 'Pandemic' for christmas but seeing it here on your list reassures me it was a good choice. I think if you had maybe a full day or were running a Con it would be fun to pair 'Pandemic' with a zombie game. After playing 'Left 4 Dead 2' it's fun to imagine 'Pandemic' trying to stem a virus outbreak that leads to the zombie apocalypse. You could adjust the starting conditions for the zombie game based on how well the players did in 'Pandemic'.
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I agree, i think the status as crewmember gave Wesley a much better purpose in the show. It made it easier for him to become involved in plotlines rather than trying to crowbar him into the story, He was no longer simply "Dr Crusher's son" but now part of the Enterprise crew.
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For myself, it reminded me of G'kar's dialogue about 'ants' from this B5 clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Pkf16ht7c
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wilw: @theelkmechanic I drove the Starship Enterprise. [::dramatic pause::] Your move. theelkmechanic: @wilw (M.Bison voice) Gaaaame Ovvverrr!
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The wife & I have been following The Guild on xbox and we caught the final ep of S3 this week. Loved the end scene which prompted the missus to ask "this means Wil is coming back for the next season right?". In fact I hope the entire Axis make a return as they were such good characters.
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I got into Magic in the early 90s but only in a casual way, mainly because we didn't have a local game store and I wasn't into the tournament scene though some of my mates were. For some reason I kept getting sucked into the card games that nobody else seemed to play - Changeling, X-files, Star Trek etc... "If you're planning to play Magic, and you want meaningful competition, you do not want to play me" well then I hope to meet you in equally meaningless opposition on saturday Sir! (gt: BilboBagshot)
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I have to admire your candour in reviewing these episodes Wil. To be able to acknowledge the bad writing (which is absolutely no reflection on your performance)is to your credit. Stuff like barging onto the bridge is what turned me and my mates away from the character of Wesley. Even though we were teenagers ourselves maybe it annoyed us because we were fans of FASA's Trek rpg and the whole 'chain of command' concept was important to us. But even as teenagers we realised that the true culprits for Wesley's bad dialogue and annoying actions were the writers themselves.
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I read TEG as well and I'm afraid the final chapter ruins all the goodwill built up throughout the book. Barrowcliffe not only blames his own shortcomings on D&D but he also suggests that it's not a pastime for well-adjusted adults.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2009 on senses working overtime at WWdN: In Exile
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I feel your pain Wil on the Christmas shopping. The wife & i were out getting some Halloween decorations at a local garden centre and they've already laid out their Christmas section. Uusually you could rely on them to wait until at least the day after halloween to start "the holiday season" nonsense. Don't get wrong, I love Christmas itself, I just want to celebrate it in december not two whole frickin' months beforehand.
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It always sucks to lose a character but I think without the danger of actual 'character death' then victory would feel very hollow. You did the right thing by your character in pursuing Leer. On a side note, I could accept a long abandoned tomb being packed with a gauntlet of deathtraps but a domicile that's used as living quarters? Accident rates amongst the Ambershards would have been through the roof - "So is the spike trap active on tuesdays or wednesnyyyarrgh!"
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Yeah, even as a kid myself watching it I thought that the Enterprise crew came off as a bit smug and condescending towards the Ligonians treating them sorta like primitive children. For a crew whose mission was to "seek out new life and new civilizations" they seemed to be continually shocked or smug about less-developed worlds they encountered.
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That's a great suggestion. With the upcoming "Rock Band Network" Coulton can submit songs himself for dlc. This special 'PAX' version of "My Monkey" would rock! Congrats Wil, it was a well deserved tribute to yourself. Your onstage hug with JoCo made me mist up a little here in work. :)
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I'm so sorry Wil. I wish I could offer some words to help ease your sorrow but I think only time can truly do that. You may still feel the sting of grief at unexpected moments but it won't be the crushing weight that burdens you now.
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Congrats man. I did a (brief) happy dance myself in my sitting room when I saw the xbox interview with Felicia Day. I'm delighted that you got such a good reception from the comic-con crowd. I must admit though I've got an image of you giving Sally Fields' Oscar acceptance "you like me, you really like me" :) Seriously though, I enjoy reading that even someone like you has 'OMG' moments. It's that kind of candour that makes this blog so interesting.
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