I don't know if it was better, necessarily, but this one felt much, much more like a real group playing D&D than the first. I think Abed would be a genuinely fun DM, he has the perfect Old School mentality going on where the dice and the players truly guide the game with no railroading. And loved how every character… » 3/22/14 1:26pm 3/22/14 1:26pm

It's a generational thing. I grew up the same way, but nowadays kids' lives are curated much more intensely than they used to be, with structured playdates and activities. The days when you could run around the neighborhood unsupervised and just come inside when it got dark are long, long over. For better and worse. » 2/27/14 3:06pm 2/27/14 3:06pm

If this cover is "overproduced", then the original is as well. Tears For Fears was the absolute epitome of mid-80's production excess, when every drum had to thud and echo as if they were playing in a cathedral somewhere and they slathered on wedding cake high layers of synths upon synths. Awesome stuff, but you can't… » 2/25/14 10:37am 2/25/14 10:37am

Disagree that it's unwatchable — it's very much of its time, but it had very good design and production values. Plus, that whole bad acid-trip post 60's vibe really still does it for me. If you squint and ignore the utter BS of the premise (would have been much better if they'd just said the Moon had fallen down a… » 1/19/14 10:06pm 1/19/14 10:06pm

While I believe every edition has its strengths and weaknesses, I have to say that this is the opposite of my experience. I've seen a lot of players whose first RPG experience is 4E who get extremely flustered if something is not on their sheet. As in, they think literally everything their character can do is somewhere … » 1/16/14 10:16am 1/16/14 10:16am

Look, you've posted this exact same thing a while ago, and I have the same reaction now that I did then: why does there need to be any other reason than "it may be awesome?" Why would it be any harder to "justify" this casting than any other? Why are you holding the idea of a female Doctor under such microscopic scrutiny?… » 1/01/14 10:19am 1/01/14 10:19am

Hipster hate is so over and boring now. The definition of hipster is so vague that it just means "anything I don't like and find pretentious", and labeling something as "hipster" rationalizes the hate and gives it the aura of moral superiority. » 11/03/13 11:57am 11/03/13 11:57am