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Game Night 3-13-09

Open Game Night @ the Youth Center ( I REALLY need a cooler name for that).  We had 22 folks show up.  The RPG table ran our ongoing Stargate campaign.  Below is a synopsis of Friday’s game.

Stargate SG-21– The team has gated to P4X-514 or Scatterpoint as it is known by the locals.  Led by Lt. Col. Winston, the team consists of Major Johnson, Sgt. Emo, Sgt. Mystery, Sgt. Sassy, and Sgt. Kyle.  The gate on P4X-514 is located in the mists approximately 10 miles SE of the city proper.  The world is rich in Naquadah.

SG-21 is tasked with determining who the planetary ruling body is and then negotiate with them for the mining rights.  The problem? SG-1 spent a week on planet and was unable to determine if the was a unifying planetary government.  SG-21 is on extended assignment to determine as much as possible about the planet.

Sg-21 gated in and made their way to Pitchpit.  After determining what the local currency was and discovering that the local law enforcement is not all that observant, they hopped the Spiral to Grey Mesa.  The team determined that the best way to learn about Scatterpoint was to go to a local bar.

Sipping their drinks in the Broken Arm Bar, the team witnessed a nicely dressed woman come into the bar and then leave by the back door.  Four thugs followed immediately behind.  Major Johnson and the four Sergeants immediately stood to render assistance.  Col. Winston gave them permission to go while he stayed inside to question the bartender.  Three of the thugs were attempting to separate Lady Winterwood from her amulet.  The team rescued Lady Winterwood in the alley while Col Winston pulled a gun on the bartender.

While Col. Winston discovered that pulling a gun on a bartender in Scatterpoint is not a good idea, twelve Bluecoats demanded that Lady Winterwood give them her amulet.  Before fleeing the scene she threw her locket into the trash and told the team that if the returned it to her she would reward them.

After defeating the Bluecoats and finding the amulet, SG-21 found Lady Winterwood and returned her locket.  SG-21 now has a lead on ‘work’ on the planet so they can earn some of the local currency.

I’m using Reality BlursRunePunk as the setting for P4X-514.  I’ll be commenting further in upcoming game logs about my homebrewing this setting for use in my Stargate campaign.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Gaming Notes, Other Systems, Play, Stargate | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Inkheart

Brendan Fraser …  Mo ‘Silvertongue’ Folchart
Sienna Guillory …  Resa
Eliza Bennett …  Meggie Folchart (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
Richard Strange …  Antiquarian Bookshop Owner
Paul Bettany …  Dustfinger
Helen Mirren …  Elinor Loredan
Rafi Gavron …  Farid
Matt King …  Cockerell
Steve Speirs …  Flatnose
Jamie Foreman …  Basta
Stephen Graham …  Fulvio
Mirabel O’Keefe …  Young Meggie
Andy Serkis …  Capricorn
John Thomson …  Darius
Lesley Sharp …  Mortola

Synopsis from IMDb: An adventure of a father and his young daughter, searching for a long lost book that will help reunite a missing, close relative, this fantasy takes a darker side whenever we hear Mo ‘Silvertongue’ Folchart reading out aloud from books. His ability to rise to life, to export, to release figures out of the page and into the real world is only relevant when the darker side of his stories appear to reek havoc and destruction. Join in the fantasy and revel at the marvel of Books in this adventure of adventures’ that brings the best stories throughout the decades to life that transcends beyond imagine.

Reviewers: VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

VS: 1.8 pointed ears
This is an interesting concept.  A childhood fantasy put on the big screen.  Growing up I lived in books, if I wasn’t dreaming of being in my favorite story I dreamed of bringing my favorite characters to life.  This movie does just that.  But if you had the power to bring to life the written word at the cost of someone close, would you use it?  Brandon Fraser does an equitable job of bringing Mo Folchart to life.  Mo is a man driven to finding the book that sucked in his wife and brought to  life the man seeking to ruin him.

Cliche` Hollywood ending that didn’t surprise me even though the ‘author’ of Inkheart states that not every story has a happy ending.   One of my main criticisms is that Helen Mirren’s chracter is definitely underused.  I don’t know if that’s because her scenes were left on the cutting room floor, the character was underused in the novel or what but she definitely needed more screen time.  Especially given her about face towards the end of the movie.  Nice popcorn flick.  Definitely family friendly.

Mrs VS: 1.75 pointed ears
A very nice family friendly film.  Not reccommended for younger children, the Shadow is a pretty intense visual villain.  Capricorn’s ending is a little too graphic for my tastes.  I wouldn’t want a child under 8 to see this movie without some strong parental supervision.

PIT #1: 1.75 pointed ears
Hollywood does its usual job of adapting a novel, cutting out important parts and rewriting the author’s original intentions.  Inkheart is a 500 page novel and could have easily been a two hour movie.  We’re given a typical Hollywood ending even after the quote “Not every story has a happy ending”, was left intact.  There were spots where I was left scratching my head because of cuts from the novel.

PIT #2: 2 pointed ears
Good movie.  The dog playing Toto did a fantastic job.  Just enough action to sustain the movie.

PIT #3: 1.7 pointed ears
Only one kissing scene and that was between the mom and dad at the end of the movie.  This movie was upsetting when the villain ordered the execution of Toto.  I was very sad when Toto was read back into his novel.  Otherwise the movie was very good.

9 pointed ears out of 10.  The Vulcan Stev family says definitely plan on watching this movie.  If you can still find it in the theater see it before it gets lost in the summer glut.  Add it to your Neflix cue, pick it up when it comes out on DVD.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment