Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch23

So the reason this is so late is because it's a terrible chapter, I wrote it up twice, lost it both times, and needed a good sulk at the world's unfairness before I could get back to it.

When last we left Our Hero, he'd crushed a giant magic undead scorpion and I was explaining how crushed is still usable, go scrape up some scorpion chunks for your spell.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Reconstruction Part 54 (Guest Review)



Another sidequest today. I get the feeling it's intended for players to do this one later, but I like to get characters as soon as they're available.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Heroic Legends of the Modern Age: The Flash

Hello again, everyone!

So, at first I thought of doing the opposite of what Farla's been doing: instead of presenting all the awful things that comic book writers and artists do, I'd present good comics. But then I realized that was a silly proposition - I could present good comics (or good things by bad comics), but that doesn't negate the fact that the comics industry as a whole has some deeply ingrained issues regarding gender, race, a general fear and hatred of changes and, well, a whole lot of things.

However, while re-reading The Flash, volume 2, I was struck by lightning (appropriately enough) and decided to go on a different direction: a brief discussion on how the characterization of superheroes and the genre as a whole has changed over the years. To help keep things brief, I'll focus solely on the Flash, specifically the aforementioned second volume, but much of what I'll be addressing can be applied to other characters.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Magnus, Robot Fighter #2

Featuring more murder, more heels, and a fresh helping of racism. Objecting to any of this means you are literally Hitler.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch22

So last time, Harry, having insisted that he had to lie to everyone because no one could help has this flaw backfire...on Murphy.

Harry, being all white knighty, is now rushing back to his office so he can rescue her from something that wouldn't have happened if he hadn't decided to pick every last asshole response in the dialogue tree.

Point is, Murphy has been damseled good.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMERICAN CHESTNUT

THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL THING EVER THROW MONEY AT THEM!

If you are American, you are obligated to support this project. If you are not American, you should support this project because there's probably something threatening your trees, or will in the future, and this is what will save them too! If you don't care about plants, then do you know what's wiping out frogs? ALSO A FUNGUS! That's the great thing about transgenic solutions, you don't have to start from scratch every single time.

We're still finding new ways the American chestnut tree used to help the ecosystem. Current research says they actually created the soil type the rest of the forest relies on, their leaves fed ponds without clouding the water, and their wood lasts for basically forever. They are magic and they've been gone for a hundred years and now we can get them back!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jade Empire

Not sure if the next FSN post will be read for Saturday, but you do get this, so, it's something, I guess?

Anyway, this was a fun and solid wRPG that gets major points for just being something different. It's not a must-play for all, but if you like wRPGs I'd definitely rec it.

Also worth noting is that there's one white person in the whole game, and it's John Cleese.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch20

Harry takes a cab to his client's house. You know, for someone whose magic supposedly wrecks cars, he's sure riding in a lot of them without issue. You'd think every cabbie would have his photo with DO NOT PICK UP THIS MAN scrawled over it. Or a sketch, if photos don't work either.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Magnus, Robot Fighter #1

Right, so, let's go back in time to the beginning of Magnus, ROBOT FIGHTER! for some context. Surely context will show how great this is.



Doesn't look too bad, right? He's talking about an important work of literature and how bad that time black people were enslaved was. Okay, a little focused on just "being enslaved is bad" with no mention of race but hey, take a few lines out of any discussion of literature and it's going to seem like it's too focused on one thing and missing the other ones, right? He's totally not thinking this is all about him or anything.

The Reconstruction Part 52 (Guest Review)



I'm done with sidequests, time to advance the plot.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Magnus, Robot Fighter - Introduction

Scans Daily posted some pages of this mess that had to do with the Bechdel test, then, being generally unreliable, proceed to not understand the Bechdel test and defend sexism, because they're a progressive comm like that.

(They also kept up the Mako Mori test bullshit. SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT MAKO MORI. The fact your fun robot movie flunked the test because it had no other female characters even speak on camera is not a sign you need to write an entirely new test that boils down to a different yes/no question about the portrayal of women, but removes the ability to objectively measure it in return for making it so only a few types of characters can ever pass, because wahh it's being mean to Pacific Rim precious baby movie has precious feelings!)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fate/ Stay Night - UBW - February 13

Hey, all! I abandoned you for two weeks, so have it a day early.

Apologies for the wait. I usually write these on weekdays, but I've been so busy with work lately my life has devolved into "wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to sleep" and basically nothing else.

Also, I've been struggling a bit with how to go over the last few days here. It's tough, because so, so much happens and it's really powerful, but I don't have much to say and I don't think a straight recap will do it justice, but I'm not sure what else to do. The real discussion needs to be done all at once in the Final Thoughts, but in the meantime... IDK. Let me know if you have any input.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dresden Files Inequity

So last time I talked about magic in a world that's otherwise ours, and how it's extremely difficult to make work. Today I'll tackle a similarly difficult thing:

"It's not that the book is sexist, it's just the character is."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dresden Files Ch18-19

Have you ever felt despair? Absolute hopelessness? Have you ever stood in the darkness and known, deep in your heart, in your spirit, that it was never, ever going to get better? That something had been lost, forever, and that it wasn't coming back?
That's what it felt like, walking out of the Varsity, walking out into the rain.

Yes, this is over the hair, not the actual people who are actually dead.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch16-17

Last time, Harry is terrible.

Today, Harry continues to make it all about him.

my thoughts and emotions a far more furious thunderstorm than the one now rolling away from the city, out over the vastness of the lake
...
I had lost Murphy's trust. It didn't matter that I had done what I had to protect both her and myself.
...
And I wasn't sure that, even if I found the person or persons responsible, even if I worked out how to bring them down, even if I did Murphy's job for her, that what had happened between us could ever be smoothed over

Yes, Harry, even if [you] did Murphy's job for her she's probably not going to be happy, because she doesn't want you to do her job for her in the first place so that's just going to piss her off even further.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch15

Last time, the love potion business. Today,

As it turned out, Linda Randall had a darn good reason for skipping out on our appointment Saturday night.
Linda Randall was dead.


As was inevitable. She had casual sex and knew precisely how attractive she was.