Monthly Archives: April 2012

Quote of the Day – April 30, 2012

Temperance "Bones" Brennan

Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know what that means.

Dr. Temperance Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel)

Bones

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Book Review – V: The Second Generation

V: The Second GenerationV: The Second Generation by Kenneth Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an interesting read. A direct sequel to V: the Mini-Series, this story picks up 20 years after the events of the first book. A lot has changed on Earth under the Visitors control, and the planet’s only hope is an alien race that is the enemy of the Visitors.

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Quote of the Day – April 29, 2012

Phoebe Buffay

Phoebe Buffay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alright, I’m sorry but these people needed me. They work hard all week, it’s Saturday night, they deserve to have a little fun. Go.

Phoebe Buffay (played by Lisa Kudrow)

Friends

Marvel: Avengers Alliance – My Strategy

Marvel

Marvel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In spite of my previous review of the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance, I have been pulled into the game.  I think that part of the reason is because I actually have a couple of other people who do play the game as well.  And I’m not talking about another account I run, but actual people.

Naturally, with any game like this, there is a certain degree of strategy involved.  Not a great amount, granted, because it is just a Facebook game, but I have been exercising some planning involved.

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Quote of the Day – April 26, 2012

Jack Nicholson Français : Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson Français : Jack Nicholson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Haven’t you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?

The Joker (played by Jack Nicholson)

Batman

Picks Of The Week – April 25, 2012

It’s been a long week for me (or rather, it will be).  But, at least I got a new batch of comics to help ease the pain.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Quote of the Day – April 25, 2012

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Lannister always pays his debts.

Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage)

Game of Thrones

Weekend Viewing

Book Review

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time TravelSo You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel by Phil Hornshaw

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had a hard time with this book. At times it wanted to be a pop culture reference to time travel, making references to Bill and Ted, H.G. Wells, Marty McFly, and The Doctor, but not enough to justify their inclusion. Other times, it wants to focus on the science, which often gets a bit heady and hard to follow. Most times, it wants to be funny, but I found most of the jokes falling flat. There are other books out there on this subject that are much better than this one.

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Confessions of An Alt-Aholic


I am a bit of a gamer.  I would not say I’m a great gamer.  After all, I still am not all that great at latching actions to keys, or conversing while in combat, or conversing in general.

As you may have guessed from the picture, I play City of Heroes.  That and World of Warcraft.  I will trade-off depending on whichever I get bored with at the moment.  But, City of Heroes was my first MMO.  As a comic fan, when I heard it was coming out, I knew I had to play it.

It was not for the game play, or the missions.  Frankly, the missions did get a bit repetitive after a while.  For me, the thrill was creating characters.  I love creating characters.  It was one of the things I liked about the old Marvel Super Heroes role playing game.  Even more so with that because it was possible to have to create a character completely from a random roll of the dice.

Granted, City of Heroes does not have quite that random nature.  But the possible variations were still endless.  And I wanted to try them all.  I took to blasters early.  They were the easiest to get the hang of.  Attack from a distance, stay away from anything that can cause damage.  Scrappers came next.  I tried lots of variations of scrappers.  It was a scrapper that was the first character I got to level 50.  Granted, that took four years to do.  Too many variations, too may options.

Soon I had most of the servers loaded with characters.  Some I used often, others, not so much.  Tanks, Defenders, Controllers, I tried them all.  Given my tendency to solo, tanks, blasters, defenders, along with the unlocked Peacebringers and Warshades were favored.  And when City of Villains came out, I had a whole new mess of archetypes to try out.  Sadly, only one seemed to work for me: the Mastermind.  There was something about summoning all manner of creature to do my bidding.

Still, the characters continued.  I set up one server with a whole theme.  The whole concept was that these heroes (and villains) came to our realm to defend it, and their own.  Champions from Avalon they were, shadow warriors, powerful wizards, and dragons.  The dragon I was particularly fond of.

The last time I actually took a count of the characters I created, it was roughly around 70 characters.  That was before the VIP server was up and more characters were created, and new options.  Archetypes were no longer limited by hero or villain.  Now I could create blasters on the villain side, or masterminds on the hero side.  Which lead to the character in the picture.  Alpha Wolf Lord, an animal mastermind hero, and a whole lot of fun to play.

Now I just need to work on getting the staff power set to try out another character.

 

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