Sunday, November 27, 2011

Conan The Barbarian (movie review)

I read some pretty bad reviews of this movie written by someone that had read the books and seen the original movie. I have to say I completely disagree with him.

I think if you are a fan of Fantasy Movies such as The Scorpion King you will love this movie. It has all things you hope for, Sorceress', thieves, slaves both freed and captured. Magic, Fighting, decapitated head trophies, ancient artifacts, shirtless barbarians, shirtless women, blood, honor, sex.

It might be too short of a movie to introduce the entire world that Conan lives in but hell that's why I hope for a sequel.

Were B is boring A is great and A+ is ground breaking, I give it an A in all categories. Except the necromancer blood line it gets a F in that category for having one person of a Pure Blood Line that just makes no sense, why didn't her parents and grandparents have more babies to preserve the blood line.

In summary, a great movie I will likely watch again, it fulfills its potential and doesn't try to hard to be ground breaking.

What your players are really thinking. (polymorph)

Polymorph (Shape Change)

Transmu-some school or another
Level: Sor/Wiz 4
Components: Those thing that make everyone know I'm casting 
Casting Time: to damn slow to be like merlin
Range: Touch myself
Target: the person I'm touching
Duration: 1 min./level (Damn I wanted to spend hours stalking prey)

Saving Throw: Oh yeah I need a diffrent spell just to use this one on others.
Spell Resistance: (blah blah blah)

This spell functions like (Damn something more to look up), except that (it doesn't function like what I just looked up). The new form may be of the same type as the blah, blah, following types: aberration, animal, dragon, fey, giant, humanoid, magical beast, monstrous humanoid, ooze, plant, or vermin. (I'll just be anything the DM doesn't say no to)

The assumed form can’t have more Hit Dice than (Something about my levels or his) to a maximum of 15 HD at 15th level. (Why can't I be a 20th lvl guy at 20th lvl?)

You can’t cause a subject to assume a form smaller than Fine, nor can you cause a subject to assume an incorporeal or gaseous form. (More Restrictions, no being a fly or a ghost I guess, don't see why though)

The subject’s creature type and subtype change to match the new form.
(I want to become the creature not like the creature)

Upon changing, the subject regains some random amount of healing the DM will tell me. If slain, the subject reverts to its original form, though it remains dead (damn).

The subject gains the Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores of the new form but retains its own Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. (So I can't be as smart as a dragon or owl or something?)

It also gains all extraordinary special attacks possessed by the form but does not gain the extraordinary (I get some abilities but not others, now I'm confused and also not a dragon)

Incorporeal or gaseous creatures are still reading this, ahhg to much info. Can't I just grab some monsters stats and say I'm this now.

Material Component
Spell Component Pouch.

OK so I need like silence spell, still spell, eschew materials, and quicken spell to cast this like merlin does in that cartoon, that will be what a 9th level spell by which point I will be over level 15 so this spell won't be so great and it never really makes me a dragon.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Terraria 1.1 Trailer

I greatly enjoyed Terraria 1.03 but each patch that came after actually lowered my enjoyment of the game more then adding to it. However the coming 1.1 patch, I believe on Dec 15th, sounds quite amazing to me.

It looks like it doubles the amount of game content and will finally make use of all the recent balance changes. Seeing as how frustrated I am with Minecraft, me and Laisa are likely to be playing alot of Terraria until Diablo 3 finally comes out.

Here is the trailer for 1.1 (Warning: spoils some boses)

As for table top gaming, I'm not sure whats going to be happening there. It's likely any future games will be a hack and slash mix of D&D and Sibra1 elements. I'm also thinking of finding one or two co-writers and allowing them to post articles on my blog. Mostly just because I like sharing and collaborating and it could bring more variety to the posts.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Minecraft and NHL Tickets.

So Minecraft is now officialy released and for the first time publicly I am going to state my opinions on its bugs, THEY ABSOLUTELY FUCKING SUCK! First of the game still crashes repeatedly and now might not let you back in for several mins. Animals still randomly flicker in different positions when attempting jumps they shouldn't be making but do, including jumping out of fences and chickens jumping out of 3-4 block deep pits.

Blocks still often appear able to be grabbed but are not or are inside another block but you can't tell. Also, maybe not so much a bug but a performance issue, you may sometimes get lag right as enemies rush you giving you little to no chance to escape.

I'm also irritated that if you try to shove an animal they simply push against you and eventually through or past and yet any creature can easily push you right off a cliff or into lava.

To sum it all up, your doing just fine and have a nice set of armor and equipment when suddenly a creeper rushes you and the game freeze's then it releases and bam your injured. You try to make it back to the house before night but the game crashes. Once your back in the server its night time already so you die on your way back.

Another crash and now all your stuff is gone, also all your farm animals jumped the fences and trampled your crops and half the currently loaded chunck is now completly see through, except far away lava.

Also boats and maps are still broken in alot of ways.

In other News:

I have been asked to check out Seams like a pretty legit site,  They have concert tickets, theater tickets, sports tickets all sorts of stuff, I was also asked to mention specficly: has tickets for the pittsburgh penguins tickets consol energy center and all other NHL tickets.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A New Death and Others

James Hutchings recently asked me to do a review on his book "A New Death and Others" I unfortunately haven't finished reading it yet, not because its a bad book, mind you. In fact I have enjoyed its fairy tale like aspects many of its stories have had so far. I do look forward to reading more of it, so expect a larger review to come.

The book is available for $0.99 for the kindle at Amazon where is has received an average of 3.5 stars from four reviews, and from Smashwords where it has received 5 stars from one review.

(note; even the lower star reviews spoke positively of the book.)
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