Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bringing it Back Online

Well, it's been a few months but it's time to get things back online, spin up the FTL, climb out of the hole, re-ignite the forge,  and get the blog going again.

Catching Up:

  • Westworld! It's back and so far is looking good. I was concerned that they might not be able to match the first season and the total lack of knowledge we had - I mean, surprises are tougher once we know what's going on - but so far they seem intent on revealing even more about the park's place in the world and I am liking it all so far.
  • Ready Player One! Saw it, liked it, still haven't read the book. As pretty much the exact target demo for this movie I appreciate it quite a bit but it's not a Star Wars/Raiders/Iron Man level event. That said, there's a fight near the end that if you're a fan of various Japanese pop culture things - like say, Godzilla - that you will never see anywhere else and that alone pretty much made the movie for me. 
  • Pacific Rim 2 - Again I liked it, and again it just didn't quite hit the highest notes for me. The first one felt revolutionary. this one feels like we're just doing some business. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it felt like they could have done more.
  • Infinity War - YEAH! Started off strong, didn't waste time with a bunch of exposition, kept Iron Man awesome, put Thor back up to awesome - maybe even moreso than before - and stayed true to what they've been doing for the last ten years. 

Game-wise it was pretty rare thing for a few months but we're firing that up again too. It's pretty much cut down to two games for now:
  • Savage Rifts is going again with our first session since January in the books and another one on the way. No pre-planned campaign here, this one is all stuff from my head.
  • D&D is rolling again with the Storm King's Thunder game restarted for the first run since December. I had another sessions scheduled but we ran late and ended up playing Smash-Up instead and everyone still had a good time. 
  • I'm still playing in Steve's Pathfinder Kingmaker campaign. All is well there.
So I'm running Savage Worlds and D&D 5E which makes me a happy DM as I really like both systems. I expect we will get at least one more option in play for the summer. Reading Freedom City has me itching for a Supers game again, but a second 5E campaign has some attraction as does a second Savage Worlds game - resurrecting our Deadlands campaign probably tops that list. 

Anyway there's the restart update - more to come!

1 comment:

Stu Rat said...

I enjoyed Pacific Rim 2 but it did feel a bit meh! in some way. I'll probably see it again when it hits Netflix or whatever. When I'm bored and with nothing better to do.

Infinity war was enjoyable but feels incomplete. It so obviously was just half a story and the only real question left is how much gets "undone". I really prefer movies and books to be a self contained story even if they are part of a series.

For example...Discworld. 30-40 books set in the same world, with recurring characters and internal story arcs spanning multiple volumes. But you can pick up just about any book and get a good story without having read any of the previous books (some spoilers sure, but each is it's own story). I tend to give up on series where the volumes stop telling a story and start recounting events in the books' universe (Honor Harrington anyone?).

Probably why I hold the original Star Wars as being the best of the bunch. A full story, beginning, middle and end. No other movies or stories needed.

Glad to see you back in the saddle.

You could always do a Supers Savage Worlds and check two items off the list at once.