Dm fiat is only a problem if your group has a problem with it. Pathfinder is fine, but it's only fine if you already liked 3.5. Having rules for everything is extremely burdensome in my experience, which is *only my experience*, I hated every minute of GMing 3.5 because it required the presence of this one player who… » 12/15/14 1:04pm 12/15/14 1:04pm

DofP Quicksilver was essentially a few good one liners and one amazing action scene lifted out of mediocre Matrix imitation by a great song and a sense of humor. If he'd been more crucial to the plot and stuck around longer, they would have had to do some workarounds with 'blur' type scenes because bullet time, even… » 10/23/14 10:24am 10/23/14 10:24am

It's a matter of taste. I liked the old school art because they felt like medieval woodcuts or something, and each artist had their idiocyncrasies, so that even the less professional or competent drawings felt like a sketch some explorer made from memory that wasn't supposed to be photo-realistic, more an inaccurate… » 10/07/14 10:30am 10/07/14 10:30am

Yeah, have to say this is one where I'm puzzled as to why anyone should think that acknowledging the destruction in MoS in Jimmy Olsen is automatically a WTF bad move. I mean, millions upon millions of pixels were spilled all over the internet to scream about the horrible, horrible destruction of a fictional city… » 8/28/14 3:33pm 8/28/14 3:33pm

This is the first time I've been hyped about D&D ever since the AD&D days. I liked 3E fine, but by the time it came out I was in my GURPS/White Wolf phase and assumed I'd "outgrown" D&D. My mistake! 4E had no appeal for me, I don't believe in edition wars but it just didn't speak to me as a gamer. For my fantasy fix,… » 8/21/14 1:41pm 8/21/14 1:41pm

Honestly, I've thought for a few years now that a great Neuromancer adaptation would be to film it as if it were a lost artifact from an alternate universe '80s: use period props, costumes, tech, special effects, music, etc., from the future as it was imagined back then. It would be like Mad Men for the MTV era. It… » 7/28/14 9:10pm 7/28/14 9:10pm

I don't know. It sounds just like the Metal Hurlant loopiness of the 5th Element with its mystical ridiculousness. And given that in some other summer movies this year we have a hundreds of feet tall radioactive lizard and walking & talking raccoons and trees, the 10% thing seems relatively restrained on the BS meter.… » 7/25/14 12:46pm 7/25/14 12:46pm

Even though I loved Days of Future Past, I did think it was such a lost opportunity not to give Ellen Page the lead and make her the one who goes into the past to convince everyone to do the right thing. She's proven herself capable of carrying a movie, AND it's canon. Instead we got the standard Wolverine And Some… » 7/17/14 1:29pm 7/17/14 1:29pm

Eh. Live in NYC now, lived in DC and SF before, and the MTA is better for getting around by several magnitudes in comparison to the Metro and MUNI/BART. Sold our car within days of moving here, haven't missed it at all. Subways here rock in spite of their problems, because really just about every other USA option is… » 4/29/14 12:36pm 4/29/14 12:36pm

Umm, the world of Avatar is obviously as Asian influenced as GoT is modeled after the War of the Roses. Technically you may be right, but it's pretty obvious that if there's any setting where you'd expect to see Asian actors portraying the animated characters, it would be Avatar. » 4/20/14 7:44am 4/20/14 7:44am

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