lurkerwithout: (gaming)
Sunday was the roommate's birthday and so we both took some time off so we could try and do a game of <i>Twillight Imperium</i> with expansion rules.  I think we had politics, racial tech and a some others.  This was only my second time playing, this time as the mercantile desert lion people.  It was six person game with the others playing Space Ghosts (Marcus), Super Scholars (Chris), Angry Fire Demons (Josh), Humans (Kevin) and Wandering Stardocks (Brendan).  After 12 hours we called the game, with Josh managing to add 3 points in the final scoring to finish at 6 or 7 points.  I'd done well early until my neighbors (Chris/Brendan) choose to break our trade agreements so they could engage in unprovoked attacks on me.  Though I did spend most of the last couple hours just sniping at them with ground-based multi-hex laser defenses out of spite.  Pew pew pew jerks!
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
 What could have been a dark history piece on how the CIA helped create the Columbian cocaine cartels while trying to build an anti-Communist armed force in Central America is instead kind of a light action-comedy.  Mostly because of the aw shucks charisma of Cruise.  Who makes for a very oddly likeable drug smuggler.
lurkerwithout: (television)
<i>Norsemen s.1</i>.  A parody of <i>Vikings</i> but  I only managed like two and a half episodes, including the last one.  I guess I just don't get Scandinavian humor.

<i>Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon</i>.  Korean drama about a young woman with super strength and a standard K-drama love triangle.  Plus gangsters, a serial kidnapper obsessed with Bluebeard and a teen fan club.  At sixteen episodes, each over an hour long it does get a bit padded, especially in the latter third.

<b>Carol</b>.  Wealthy society wife begins relationship with shop girl in the 1950s.  Cate Blanchet & Rooney Mara.

<i>Cleverman s.2</i>.  Continuing Aussie supers drama with continuing division between "normal" humans and the Hairies. 
lurkerwithout: (comics)
The Tick #1: Writers Cullen Bunn & JimmyZ & Artist Douglas Paszkiewicz.  Yet another attempt at a Tick ongoing.  We'll see how long this one manages.  Even with ninjas and murder clowns somehow seems less humor focused then previous editions.  And the creative team is promising to focus on the original mysteries of the Tick from all the way back in the original 80s run.

Paper Girls #16: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters & design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  Its the Year 2000!  And the girls are at the Mall.

Giant Days #31: Created/Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming with assist by Irene Flores, Colors by Whitney Cogar with Kieran Quigley & Letters by Jim Campbell.  Susan & Esther try to heal the breach in their friendship with Daisy.  And McGraw is on the look-out for his exes vengeful Spanish relatives.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave #1: Author Kurtis J. Wiebe, Illustrator Max Dunbar, Letterer Micah Myers & Colorist Tamra Bonvillain.  Non-secret origin of Orc Dave with Fiona Staples cover.
Southern Bastards #18: Writer & Color Jason Latour, Artist & flashback colors Chris Brunner & Letters Jared K. Fletcher.  Roberta Tubbs engages in some enhanced interogation.
Saga #47: Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughn, Letters & design by Fonografiks.  Glimpses into the life of Billy aka the Will as we meet Ianthe his captor.

Zodiac Starforce #2: Written by Kevin Panetta, Art by Paulina Ganucheau, Colors by Sarah Stern & Lettering by Christy Sawyer.  Foolish, power-hungry teens summon sort-of an evil space prince

Knights of the Dinner Table #247KoDT development team Jolly R. Blackburn (EiC), Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer, Brian Jelke & Barbara Blackburn.  A break from the ongoing story arcs for a couple stand-alone stories of the Knights playing Hacknoia and Grunge Warriors.

Saucer State #4: Writer Paul Cornell, Artist Ryan Kelly, Colorist Adam Guzowski & Lettering Simon Bowland.  As the President and her staff continue to gather up all the information and secret departments and off-the-books projects dealing with "aliens" the Russian announce a more aggresive stance when it comes to the coming First Contact.

lurkerwithout: (gaming)
After looting the dead devil and assassins we pushed further on into the 4th floor and found...A FINELY MADE BOOKMARK!  With the royal crest on it.  Later we get ambushed by another group of Red Mantis assassins, flinging firebombs from the rafters.  During the fight the RMA leader shows up, all invisible and probably blinking.  She manages to do some decent damage on Krogar with his autocrit vulnerability but barely survives one of his autocrit attacks.  A dimensional anchor from Silius keeps her from escaping while we finish this batch of assassins.

After a brief post-battle healing and looting we continue on, finding an apparently empty room that, after further investigation, reveals an installed phase door.  Testing that we work out that it can be activated by the royal seal, which we have because of that bookmark.  The magical door leads to the Queen's private offices with her assassin and devil contracts and several high level spell scrolls.  This completes the Prove the Crimes of the Queen part of our check-list.  So we head out to set up a meet with the rebel leaders and turn over our new evidence.

Still some a missing priest to locate.  As well as some devils, a Bloat Wizard (whatever that is) and the new Grey Maiden leader to dispose of before going after the three-souled Queen.  Oh and some kind of Blood Pact she set up involving the city residents that also involves those of us who've visited Korvoso in the past.  And of course I've got that Lavish Weddding to set up for Harrow Deck gained djinn fiance.

lurkerwithout: (eastman)
While the action scenes (especially the opening car chase & compound assault) were good, none of them really had the over-the-top wow of the church brawl in the original.  Though the climatic battle between the heroes and the traitor agent was very well shot.  And the Elton John cameo worked well even if it was mostly to set up using "Saturday Night's Alright" as background for an action piece.  And speaking of musical bits, very emotional moving use of John Denver's "Country Roads, Take Me Home".  For the second time in a recent movie with Channing Tatum.
lurkerwithout: (television)
Sneaky Pete s.1:  Giovanni Ribisi is a con artist just out of jail looking to hide from cop turned crime boss Bryan Cranston.  He fakes himself out as his cellmate to go hang with their estranged extended family in CT.  Who support the family farm with a family bail bonds business.  Lots of good work here in addition to the major players Ribisi, Cranston and Margo Martindale.  And plenty of confidence style action from morally grey people for those who like that.

Frontier s.1:  This show really, really, really wants to be Deadwood.  But on a scale of 1 to 10 Swearengen/Bullocks it barely makes a 3.  And 2 of those are for the glowery presence of Jason Mamoa.  And I have a hard time buying into Alun Armstrong's Lord Benton as hard-case evil badass.  He just comes off as petulant and vindicative.  Really most of the cast is adequate at best.  Plus with only six under-an-hour episodes they kept wasting time on the other fur trade companies out of Montreal instead of the Fort and more on Cree tribal politicking.  Very meh.

Green Room:  Now here we have a movie that fufills all the talk around from last year.  A punker-than-thou band ends up witnessing a murder at a show at a white supremicist club and ends up in a brutal fight for their lives.  One of the late Anton Yelchin's final movies.  Plus Patrick Stewart at the evil Big Boss.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Bitch Planet Triple Feature #4: Marc Deschamps & Mindy Lee, with colors by Leonardo Olea "Life of a Sportsman", Sara Woolley's "Bodymod" and Vita Ayala and Rossi Gifford's "To Be Free..."
Mirror #8: by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim.  Refugees from the Izrah colony, both human and animal, begin to search for a new potential home.
Invincible #140Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler Ryan Ottley, Inker Mark Morales, Colorist Nathan Fairbairn & Letterer Rus Wooton.  Countdown to the finale continues, with Mark & Thragg's final battle in the Sun.

Bug! the Adventures of Forager #4: Storytellers Lee & Michael Allred, COlorist Laura Allred & Letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot.  Bug teams with Deadman (trapped in a robot body) and Manhunter to go after a criminal auction.

the Damned: Ill-Gotten #4: Written by Cullen Bunn, Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Colored by Bill Crabtree & Lettered by Crank!  Demonic deals, regrets and double-crosses.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Groo: Play of the Gods #3: By Sergio Aragones, Wordsmith Mark Evanier, Colorists John Ercek and Tom Luth & Letterer Stan Sakai.  The search for cheese dip continues!

Mech Cadet Yu #2: Written by Greg Pak, Illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa, Colored by Triona Farrell & Lettered by Simon Bowland.  Training montage!
Lumberjanes #42: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.   Continuing time weirdness shenanigans!

the Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl #24: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Dino-Ultron vs. USG & Antonio the Doombot!

lurkerwithout: (television)
Haven s.4:  Well that was certainly a drop in quality.  Though Colin Ferguson at least seemed to be having fun as the Big Bad.  And his motivations at least remained consistent, unlike some other characters.  And several more bad endings for female secondary characters.  Also stupid Brother of Duke.  And then I tried to go on to season 5, but just too terrible so I skipped to the finale.

the Lobster:  What the hell was all that?  I'm too baffled and hurt (poor dog brother) to give this a positive or negative review.   Just weird all around.

the Good Place s.1
:  Ahhh, now this rewatch is the motherforking shirtballs.  Hurry up season 2!

lurkerwithout: (gaming)
Started the evening with Matt's wizard Sillius getting his draws from the Harrow deck of many things.  Not surprisingly (and with zero Harrow points of his own remaining) Matt went with the maximum four draws.  For which he got his own ants, his own paladin summoning sword, a level, the speed increase and three extra draws.  Leading to him being permanently blind, losing a level at night and the opportunity to trade his own life potential for magic items from a other-dimensional merchant.  So he aged himself two age categories  and got a headband to compensate for being blind and a belt to compensate for the stat loss of being older.

After that we began to explore the 4th level of the castle.  Well after Bill's cleric Terry healed the blindness of me and the witch.  Then to the exploring.  Led by Sillius in gaseous form using his limited range thoughtsense.  This led to a battle with a horned devil and a group of Red Mantis Assassins.  The devil dealt out some heavy damage early with a fireball and lightning bolt, receiving some return fire from Eric's Thrumm's holy arrows.  Only to then go down with a single critical hit from Frazier's Krogar.  After that the RMAs were just mopping up.

lurkerwithout: (television)
8/28-9/4
Swiss Army Man:  Started this very odd movie, but when Paul Dano started using his corpse buddy as a waterskin, I kind of had to tap out.

Arrow s.4: Neal McDonough's Demien Darhk is pure villainous joy.  Also John has a lousy brother, Felicity has a super-villain dad and Oliver has a son.  Plus John Constantine and Vixen.  Evil Magic Merc isn't the best flashback story, but its better than Hong Kong.


9/4-9/11
Bojack Horseman s.4: For Bojack this season has the most hopeful ending of the series.  I mean there are several romantic relationships that collapse, a drug overdose and some senior dementia.  And yet still the most upbeat ending in awhile.  Bonus: Potential new character that lets people type asexual axolotl.
Arrow s.5:  Prometheus isn't as fun as Dahrk was, but he is even more Evil Geniuser than previous main villains.  And a finale that brings back Nyssa, Merlyn, Slade AND Captain Boomerang.  And Laurel's Evil Twin!  And lastly Russian Bratva flashbacks with Dolph Londgren.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Giant Days #30: Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney CogarLetters by Jim Campbell.  Daisy & Ingrid get more stable, while Susan & Graham get found out.

Astro City #47: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Mike Norton, Lettering & Design John Roshell & Sarah Jacobs of ComicraftColor art Peter Pantazis.  G-Boy!  A man with all the powers and strengths of a Corgi dog!
Doom Patrol #8: Writer Gerard Way, Penciller Nick Derington, Inker Tom Fowler, Colorist Tamra Bonvillain & Letterer Todd Klein.  When a woman loves her anthropomorphized former house pet too much.

the Wicked & the Divine #31: Writer Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton Cowles & Flatter Dee Cunniffe .  Woden plots something against Dio and Inanna while Amaterasu tries to reach out to Sakhmet.  And a Pantheon member dies.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Light week again.

Saga #46Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughan & Letters & Design by Fonografiks.  Petrichor & Prince Robot do some bonding, while Alanna and her family visit the Endwife.
Savage Dragon #226: Erik Larsen, with Chris Eliopoulos letters, Nikos Kovtsis colors & Mike Toris flats.  Death of original flavor Dragon and merged Multi-Earth President Trump.

lurkerwithout: (gaming)
This session we were down our archwizard as Matt had a previously planned baseball outing with his son.  But we ended up not getting into combat, so that worked out.  Instead we located the missing bones of the dead tiefling noble and returned with them to attic floor.  There new ghost buddy and old ghost guide combined their powers and haunted Harrow (not-Tarot) decks into a Harrow Deck of Many Things.  One where we could spend our Harrow points to cancel out a card and redraw.

For those not familiar with D&D's deck of many things, its basically random draws from a standard 54-card deck where each card has a different magical effect, some good and some bad.  So each of us choose to take the maximum four draws (with Matt getting the chance to choose when he returns next session), which if it weren't for those Harrow point cancels is just NUTS.  Even if I was the only one who pulled disaster cards that had to be avoided, the Idiot which would have drained 3 points from each of my mental stats and one that would have disintegrated me.  I ended up with a true & false vision to be determined later, something called the Theater to be revealed later, an engagement to a genie and a Redo any one choice my character has ever made.

Bill & Eric, among other things, both got the +1 level card.  Aaron ended up with Immunity to fire/Vulnrebility to Acid, +30 base movement (but 3 more forced deck draws), Automatic critical hit confirmation for him and when people crit against him, 4 pet giant ants and then I forget the rest.  Krogar the Fighter is more than a little double-plus bad-ass now; on top of where he was a 15-straight Fighter.

Wind River

Aug. 31st, 2017 02:14 pm
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
Pretty good movie where Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch have to solve the mystery of a dead woman found in the snow.  I think it even manages to avoid being a White Savior/We Need a White Guy story despite being about two white protagonists and the story being about crimes committed against Native Women and the poverty of life on the Rez.  I think a lot of that goes to the strong supporting work of Graham Greene, Julia Jones & Gil Birmingham; among others.

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