Friday, October 2, 2015

October Carapaces Day 1

So Snowman avoids any appearances to be wrecked in but another fic just piles sexism and character hate on other characters instead.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I am a Hero Ch188-190

Is pretty awesome. If you aren't reading this, you really should. Here's a bit of the latest translated volume.

Watch the girl and see if you can figure out what's happening.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

And author replies

"...Though I suspect that you will abhor the story regardless, merely because of your preference for naive and innately kind-hearted characters with absolutely no moral dilemma presented in between their personalities and their prescribed roles."

Obligative Reviewing

Before I begin reviewing random people, let's get the stuff I was actually supposed to do out of the way.

The Bard's Tale (2004), or, What Is Parody?

The wedding is like a fucking week away and the whole thing is a poofy white clusterfuck created by my mother, so in celebration (???) have this clusterfuck not created by my mother!

We talk sometimes about how people think writing is very easy because it seems like a thing everyone can, theoretically, do and how it's actually not easy and this causes a lot of crap to get into the system.

Within writing, I think the genre that gets the worst end of this stick is parody, and within that lowbrow parody, because it seems really simple-- make fun of cliches everyone knows, tell stupid jokes, and it's a hit! But the truth is low parody is very, very hard to write. When it's good you get Airplane!, but when it's bad, it's really, really bad. And while as a game Bard's Tale has some redeeming qualities and is actually pretty fun to play, as a parody it's really bad and falls into some very obvious and self-destructive traps.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dresden Files: Fool Moon Chapter 13

Last time, Harry's lying, laziness and continual self-centered attitude combine with an idiot ball for cathartic tragic result. Also he leers at a corpse, again.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Why Is Rorschach So Beloved By Fans?

Warning: there will be heavy spoilers for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen graphic novel (and, by extension, for the movie) here. Also, I urge you guys to first read this article (again, beware of spoilers), which compares and contrasts the portrayal of the Comedian and sexual minorities in the original comic and in the Before Watchmen prequel (written and drawn by a different team). Not that its contents are directly related to what I'll be talking about; I just think it's awful that not only Darwyn Cooke (the writer) is portraying a rapist and murderer as some sort of rugged anti-hero, lesbians as sexual fantasies for straight men and homosexuals as morally-bankrupt deviants, but that others (including famous comic writers like Grant Morrison) are praising his writing!

Anyway, on to THIS article.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dresden Files RPG, by Evil Hat Productions, Part 1 (Presentation, Introduction, Basics)

Just look at his face, so silly

OK, so, a proper review of Dresden Files RPG. The game is set right before the book Changes, so there are going to be some spoilers, mostly concerning supernatural creatures, metaphysical concepts and such rather than specific events and characters as I would try to avoid talking about them.

For all the three of you who care, you've been warned.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NaNoRenO 2015 Reviews

A while ago, Keltena clued me in to this past March being NaNoRenNo, a VN NaNo. She also sent me some games to check out, and so I did! Here are some thoughts on three of them.

Friday, September 25, 2015

UnWholly Ch1 Part 2

Last time, Connor 2: The Adopted Mixed Race Version. Also seriously, he's going to be evil because none may challenge Connorsue and/or because adopted and mixed race, just warning you.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dresden Files: Fool Moon Chapter 12

Last time, Harry gives up the third of his four names to a demon because he doesn't want to bother looking up the information he was handed himself or telling Murphy so she could explain because then he'd be letting Murphy know anything about what's going on.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dresden Files: Fool Moon Chapter 11

The demon trapped in the summoning circle screamed, slamming its crablike pincers against the unseen barrier, hurling its chitinous shoulders from side to side in an effort to escape the confinement. It couldn't. I kept my will on the circle, kept the demon from bursting free.
"Satisfied, Chauncy?" I asked it.
The demon straightened its hideous form and said, in a perfect Oxford accent, "Quite. You understand, I must observe the formalities." Then it took a pair of wholly incongruous wire-frame spectacles from beneath a scale and perched them upon the beaklike extremity of its nose. "You have questions?"

Okay, so the explanation is, there are actual rules saying demons must attempt to break out of the summoning circle and, should they accomplish it, must then kill their summoner.

This is so fucking stupid and it's really only there because the author wanted to do the whole sudden tone shift you see above, which any non-hack could've accomplished by just mentioning the "crablike pincers" snapping etc and it being a demon in a circle followed by the glasses and snooty accent.

Help a Spoony out, will ya?

Hey there, Draconeers! (No? Ok.) So, I need some help finding Norse-themed movies that are also considered popular, maybe even influential. I'm thinking of movies like 1958's The Vikings, with Kirk Douglas, which must be responsible for something like 90% of the Viking stereotypes in modern media, or even like The 13th Warrior, which might not have been a critical success (I do like it, myself) but are still widely-known (if I'm not mistaken, of course); and of course, there's History Channel's Vikings series. Can you guys name any other Viking movie which fits that criteria?

Many thanks, Dragonfolk! (Ok, ok, I'll stop!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Grim Fandango

There was a lot to love about this game, from the art, music and exceptional voice acting to the characters and unique setting based on Mexican and Aztec myth. Unfortunately it was all dragged down by some really punishing and opaque puzzle design.

If you decide to play this, use a walkthrough.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The City (A Setting for A Penny for My Thoughts)

(A bit of self-indulgence here. Simple homebrew setting for a game I reviewed here.)

While Mnemosyne helps to break down the barriers between your mind and the minds of your fellow patients, it also weakens the barriers between the compartments of your mind. Memories, dreams, books, graffiti - all of these can mix together. To help you distinguish fact from fiction, we have prepared this guide to the world you live in. You may treat the following statements about the world as true:

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FATE System (TRPG)

So, before I talk aout Dresden Files RPG, I think I should take a look at FATE, on which DF RPG is based to see how well the foundation is implemented.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dresden Files: Fool Moon Chapter 10

Last time, Harry decided to walk into the home base of a gang with the brilliant plan of hoping they're not in. Shockingly, this didn't work out so great. Then he found Mr. Tiger Fridge waiting at his office, OH NOES NOT THE MOBSTER WHO IS SURPRISINGLY PATIENT WITH HARRY'S LIP.

Friday, September 18, 2015

UnWholly Ch1 Part 1

So before we dive in, I'd like to do a quick recap about what these books really are.

Although the book claims there was a big fight between prolife and prochoice people to kick this mess off, the actual book is written from the perspective of someone who is really obviously prolife and doesn't seem to have any idea what prochoice people believe. This is not to say the prolife side is portrayed positively but it's a dystopia based around the idea of what if the prolife side went too far and were evil like those horrible prochoice bastards. It's sort of like if someone wrote a story where women could choose to do anything they wanted to their unborn children, like have them blinded or chunks of their brain removed so they'd be as smart as cats or altered so they'd only live to age three, and also free abortions any time you felt like it even up to the point of actual labor, which is a really bizarre but not totally baseless extension of the idea the mother should get to choose what happens in her body, and then said it was a compromise between the prochoice and prolife people who are both just as terrible even though nothing I just said has anything to do with what the prolife lobby wants and a bunch of what I said are things that would horrify them far more.

The book is written with the idea that abortion is just about murdering kids for the lulz and the only reason for not sucking it up and being a mommy is that liberalism has sold you on the idea that you're a victim and can just abandon your sacred responsibility to be a childish leech on society. Its idea of being far and balanced is wondering if creating a world of hideous child neglect is worse than aborting the children and coming up with an epic shrug.

I myself am pro-abortion. I think abortions are great, be they for the health of the mother, birth control, or mercy for those who wouldn't survive birth itself, and I view stopping abortion as saying you want women to die horrible deaths for having sex and leave behind broken families because that is objectively what happens when abortion is prevented. You are not banned from disputing this in the comments, but there is a really good chance I will respond with vitriol to you.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dresden Files: Fool Moon Chapter 9

A block from the Forty-ninth Street Beach there was a run-down garage, the sort of place you only find in the worst sections of big cities. The building consisted of corrugated metal on a steel frame, oxidating in the rain and the mist rising off the lake so that gobbets of rust ran down the walls in streaks and pooled on the sidewalks in uneven puddles. On one side of the garage was a vacant lot; on the other, what looked like the sort of pawn shop where crooks traded in their spare guns and knives for a few extra dollars when things were tight.

I...I don't think that's how crooks work, Harry.