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RPG Blog Carnival: The Future of Roleplaying

rpgblogcarnivallogocopyThe Carnival is being hosted by Roleplaying Pro.  The topic chosen for this month is the Future of Roleplaying.  Apropos for me as May is always the month I contemplate the future.  I’m no longer well-versed in the cutting edge of technology.  So I cannot wax eloquent on storing character sheets on a thumb-drive and downloading them to the GM’s electronic table.  I don’t have my thumb on the pulse of the hobby.  My thoughts on what games may be the “Next BIG Thing” would be highly speculative at best and the more likely completely inaccurate.

What is the future?  The future is commonly accepted to be that portion of the time line that is anticipated to occur after the present time.  In the most literal sense of the word, Sunday’s D&D game is the future.  I’m assuming though the question is projecting out a little further than that.

This hobby has no future if the only ones enjoying it are middle-aged men and women who are trying in vain to recapture their young-adulthood.  To me the future of the hobby is currently sitting in my living room.  PIT #1 graduates this month and then heads off to basic training.  When I asked her what she wanted for graduation presents she looked me in the eye and listed off the following: Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition, Necessary Evil Explorer’s Edition, and as many AD&D books as I could spare.

PIT #2 is currently thumbing through the AD&D Complete Wizard Guidebook.  He is trying to maximize his character for our Sunday game.

PIT #3 usually fights with his sister over who gets to read the rule books first.  When Shainter arrived in the mail, it vanished.  PIT #1 had absconded with it.  When I finally got it back, it proceeded to vanish again.  PIT #3 had snuck it out from under my nose and was reading up on it.

In our Sunday afternoon game, The GM and I are the only ones in attendance over the age of 20.  All of my Friday evening and Saturday afternoon players are teenagers.  I think the future of our hobby is secure.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Blog Carnival, Fluff/Inspiration, News, Reviews and Culture, RPG | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Fast & Furious

fast_and_furious_ver2Starring:
Vin Diesel …  Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker …  Brian O’Conner
Jordana Brewster …  Mia Toretto
Michelle Rodriguez …  Letty
John Ortiz …  Campos
Laz Alonso …  Fenix Rise
Gal Gadot …  Gisele Harabo
Jack Conley …  Penning
Shea Whigham …  Agent Ben Stasiak
Liza Lapira …  Agent Sophie Trinh

Summary from IMDb: Heading back to the streets where it all began, two men rejoin two women to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert. When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Connor. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

Reviewers: Vulcan Stev, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

VS – 1.7 pointed ears
Most franchises begin to treat the main characters with silk gloves.  The “We-Need-To-Protect-These-Characters-At-All-Costs-For-The-Next-Sequel” mantra has killed many opportunities for drama and realistic character portrayal.  George Lucas even retro-fitted Star Wars to protect the now heroic Han Solo.  Kudos to the producers for not taking the easy way out.  These characters are man-handled.  The ending is not a pat Hollywood Happy ending.  I’m not going to spoiler the film but Dom gets what he deserves.

This is a nice mindless action film full of automotive devastation, just what you’ve come to expect from this franchise.  However there was actually a plot in this one.  Dominic and Brian each have their own reasons for going after a Mexican drug lord.  Events from the previous movies are not swept under the rug.  I enjoyed this movie, however, the explosive results of the non-flammable Nitrous-Oxide took me right out of the movie.  The scene was cool, but come on.  I’m also left wondering why the producers felt it was necessary to show lesbian kisses in nearly every scene with gratuitous, eye-candy, scantily-clad women.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
THIS was the sequel they should’ve made first.  This movie more than made up for the bad taste Tokyo Drift left in my mouth.  The racing action was much better than Darlington.  I’m glad Daddy took us to see this instead of staying home to watch NASCAR.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
This movie was awesome.  Brian framing the other driver after losing to Dom was inspired.  It echoed Brian’s internal conflict of is a good guy pretending to be a bad guy or a bad guy pretending to be a good guy.

PIT #3 – 2 pointed ears
Even though there was lots of kissing in this movie, the racing action more than made up for it.  Kissing is icky enough but girls kissing girls is really gross.  When you get this on DVD fast-forward past the girls kissing each other to get to the good stuff.

Overall 7.7 out of 8 pointed ears.  A must own for fans of Vin Diesel and the F&F franchise.  If you enjoy action movies you won’t be disappointed by this one.  If you’re looking for thought provoking drama, this is not that kind of movie.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment