Monthly Archives: October 2013

Picks of the Week – October 30, 2013

Once again, the Picks of the Week will be postponed due to baseball.

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My Greatest Fear (at the moment)

A Dilemma For A Casual Gamer

Deutsch: Spielstein

Deutsch: Spielstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would consider myself a casual gamer.  This is mostly because I just have never really had a big opportunity to participate in games.  Growing up, I lived in a neighborhood that did not have a lot of kids.  This meant that any games that I wanted to play, Monopoly, Checkers, even card games like Go Fish were usually with my parents (mostly my mom) or a special occasion.

This situation did not get much better as I grew up.

And, sadly, still persists to this day.  Now, my biggest issue is that most of the people I know are from work.  Nearly all of them do not share my enthusiasm to spend a couple of hours playing a board game, and certainly not the ones that I would want to play.

I have begun to look for other casual gamers through Meetup.com, but once again, work becomes an issue.  I work nights and have an odd work week, which means while many groups are meeting on Friday nights and Saturdays to have a little fun, I’m at work.  And when I’m off, they are at work.

It doesn’t help that thanks to TableTop on Youtube, I’ve seen how a lot of these games play and want to play them that much more.

Somehow I will have to work this out… after November, that’s National Novel Writing Month time.

5 Zombie Tales That Pass Muster

Night of the Living Dead screenshot -- a young...

Night of the Living Dead screenshot — a young zombie (Kyra Schon) and her victim (Karl Hardman). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have written how I feel about zombies in the past.  So many times,  I have seen zombie stories lose track of what is important, the people affected by the zombie outbreak.  In telling stories about the zombie horde, creators tend to allow character development to fall off, leaving the main (living) characters to become flat, almost like the zombies they are fighting against.  I’ve seen it happen with the recent World War Z movie, and with the multitude of Night of the Living Dead knock off tales that seem to gain more attention around this time of the year.

That is not to say that there are not a few good zombie stories.  You just have to find them, and that can sometimes take a little work.

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And It Was Played…

EGD2-Gloom

EGD2-Gloom (Photo credit: heath_bar)

I have finally had a chance to play Gloom.  And, though I lost (came in third, to be exact), I had fun playing it.

 

Helpful hint:  Do not hold back on the storytelling.  This is what makes the game.

 

Saturday Songs – October 26, 2013

For October’s last Saturday Song, I figured I would call upon an artist that I had used last year.

The only difference between the songs that I picked from Alice Cooper last year and this one is that there is a healthy dose of sex mised in with all the creepy imagery.

So, for the last October Saturday Song, here’s Alice Cooper’s Poison.

Quote of the Day – October 25, 2013

A Nightmare on Elm Street

I just asked you to do one thing, to stay awake and watch me and to wake me up if it looked like I was having a bad dream, and what did you do, you shit?

Nancy (played by Heather Langenkamp)

Nightmare on Elm Street

Picks of the Week – October 23, 2013

Quote of the Day – October 23, 2013

"Shower Power"

“Shower Power” (Photo credit: brizzle born and bred)

I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.

Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins)

Psycho

Review – Halloween (2007)

Cover of "Halloween (2-Disc Unrated Colle...

With Halloween nearly upon us, it seemed a bit fitting that I should catch up on some of the horror DVDs that I have piled up and haven’t watched yet.  It seemed fitting I should do that, except that I went with the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween that I picked up on sale.

I do have to say that I didn’t think it was bad.  I didn’t think it was to the level of the original, but it wasn’t bad.

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