May 9th, 2008

ringwraith

fourth edition peeks.

keep on the shadowfell by bruce cordell & mike mearls.

see, this is good word of mouth advertising. send me a free copy of your adventure! i'll spread the word, you bet! so here is what is of note in keep on the shadowfell: quickstart rules & an adventure. & insight into the format future adventures will be published in-- lets start with that. okay, i think thirty bucks ($29.95) might be a bit pricey for what i've got here. see, okay. i ought to describe it. the cover is basically a trapper-keeper folder, with one side filled with a magazine-bound adventure booklet & the other with more magazine-bound quickstart rules & maps. so for twenty-nine ninety-five, i gotta be honest: i'd feel better with a hardcover. just a matter of perception. the big, big, notable upside is that things can be included! maps, handouts, that sort of thing. yay! the downsides are-- well, it seems kind of flimsy. the corners on mine are pretty crumpled, & if you are kind of anal retentive about those kinds of things (i am), that might inhibit your buying. the magazine-binding on the adventure might be better for flattening when using it? but again, not so great for collecting. i'd actually rather this was in an old "monster manual" form!

okay, now to the rules: here is the big problem about this discussion. any actual opinions on the rules are guesswork, since this is an incomplete text. i have...questions! like on page 29, irontooth's "blood crazed" power-- does that mean he essentially gets fast healing five whenever he drops below half hit points? that seems pretty...insane? i will say this though: lidda the halfling rogue has a pretty awesome power! trick strike, which lets you maneuver your opponent around the battlefield? very cool. the wizard is pretty disappointing, since all of his spells are battle spells, but that is something you can expect from a quickstart. i can't imagine it will be limited to that when the full thing comes out. the adventure itself is an adventure, you know? you could go on it. there aren't any weird vampire trees, though. lots of slime! slimes!
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astroboy

intergalactic.

planetary: crossing worlds by warren ellis, phil jimenez, jerry ordway, & john cassaday.

something about planetary didn't click with me. on the surface, it seems like a great idea: fight the evil fantastic four! do lots of comics pastiche! but maybe i'm a little sick of "grimming up" silver age stuff? there is a certain element of that inherent in planetary. hey, maybe that is what the late nineties & early oughts are all about. see also the authority, right? but this was fun enough. in one of them...planetary & the authority crossed over? that was pretty confusingly plotted; i still don't know what was supposed to be going on. in another one, an evil planetary was fought by the diana prince, clark kent, & bruce wayne that the four killed in regular planetary continuity. that was...alright, though it did make me more resolute in my opinion that wonder woman should become slightly more morally ambiguous (see also: "fuck you max lord, snap"). the third one was planetary versus a bunch of different continuity batmen. batmans. whatever. i liked it, especially the part where the adam west batman defeated them. that was great.
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ka-pow!

fucking crooked ass guys. i caught the shadiest buyback guy trying to trick me, so i ran out in the rain to tell him that i didn't want to see him again & threaten him with hellfire & police attention. not that the fucking cops were around when it would be helpful. seriously though, fuck that guy. his master plan is to hide around the corner? fuck that, i'm having dudes check around the corner. done & done. i know peter gets pissed about it & comes up with acme (tm) plans to bust them, but now fuck him from me too. anyhow, now a girl just came in & her name was lovelie, so that is pretty much better.
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it lives!

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this whole wedding thing is weird, but presumably it is a one-time deal, so that is a pretty nice floating mote to keep your eye on. you check something off the list & it is checked fucking off. last night after work i slid home for just long enough to gulp down a glass of wine before it was time to ride the orange dragon (hey, don't tell tiamat!) to chinatown to pick up jenny from work. then it was a little bit of tube-dodging into the point of greenpoint to meet up with matt, who will be doing the photographing. we met at the korean grill, ittl ore, & while waiting for matt to show, jenny & i sucked down a bottle of vino & a plate of kimchee, & some tempura; matt slid into the booth sometime later & we got cooking! then jenny & i chilled out in the park while matt zoomed away in his motorized bi-cycle, insisting we needed yogurt. insisting. "it has cultures!" he shouted as he sped away.

matt's apartment is in a greenpointy part of the point, which is good. he's a couple of blocks further in from where i normally go to visit. i liked that his pad was filled with tools, like the garage of my house growing up. i played with he dog kind of autistically for a while. really, i was no help, but then, i don't think anyone was! jenny & i don't know what we want our pictures to look like, we just don't want them to look like gross wedding photos. that is really all i have to add! so that was weird; i sank into a fugue pretty deeply. i'm a joy to have around! eventually matt's guest the charming noel came home & we got to chatterboxing while matt...did mysterious things with umbrellas. really, i can't stress enough how little help i was. i drank crown royale & talked to bugs. & talked to noel. & put matt's key's in the refridgerator. i'm pleasent! we were there sort of sheparding the process till about something thirty (?:30). two, three thirty (2:30, 3:30). then it was the cars to take us home! thanks, knightrider. nightrider. whichever.
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