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2671  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 12, 2010, 01:52:23 pm
Had a water nymph steal all my gear then I was attacked by a horde of bugbears.  Only in NetHack *sigh*
2672  Roleplaying / Role Playing Sign up and OOC / Re: Anyone interested in Hunter RP? (oWoD) on: June 12, 2010, 11:35:06 am
Yea... I haven't touched this recently for a few reasons, the player base seems to have vanished and I'm getting ready to leave for vacation.  I won't be back until after the 4th of July and I've been informed I'll be on special projects at work when I return so I really have no clue when this going to be revived which is a damn shame because I had some big plans for Brookvale.
2673  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Awesome image 2: Return of Raptor Jesus on: June 11, 2010, 10:14:45 pm
And the answer would be no.  The swastika points face the opposite direction.  That would be a manji.
2674  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Funny Image Thread Lives Again!!! on: June 11, 2010, 04:58:00 am
Linked for viewablity
The witch explained

I must be missing something, this is just browsing DA pieces with the witch tag.
2675  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: June 10, 2010, 08:17:21 pm
Heavy Metal Pirates-Alestorm
2676  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 09, 2010, 02:16:27 pm
NetHack and iNetHack are the two choices avaliable. 

First impression is that Nethack is the better choice. 

The only real difference between the two is NetHack uses screen motion commands similar to the Rogue Amadeus is playing right now while iNetHack has the commands buried in layer upon layer of menus.  NetHack also has a more in depth option set which will make those more familiar with the depth of the original more comfortable.  And of course the first thing I did was rename my dog.  Go Slaytooth!  (Whereas my cat is always named Hammerclaw.)  Ah, I fucking love Nethack.

My last death was starvation, Slaytooth kept eating the bodies of our slain foes before I got to them...
2677  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 08, 2010, 08:19:55 pm

I searched iTunes when I got home tonight and discovered that there is now TWO versions of NetHack for free download.  I now have both and will advise which is better.
2678  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: TZH Achievement Hunters? on: June 08, 2010, 03:51:34 pm
Yea me too.  Cry
2679  Art Discussion / Music / Re: Videos of You Jamming! on: June 08, 2010, 02:10:53 pm
I have mounds of old demo tapes but very few digital samples and no videos, one of these days...
2680  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: June 08, 2010, 02:07:08 pm
Independant - Sacred Reich
2681  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: What Are You Currently Watching II: You Only Watch Twice on: June 08, 2010, 02:03:19 pm
So I was recently forced against my will to watch Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland  Or should I say;  Alice in Underland: The grimdark sequel to the childhood classic where everyone is now a warrior AND crazy instead of just crazy...

Let me preface what is about to follow with this statement.  I used to fucking love Tim Burton.  The first time I saw "Vincent" and the crazy frankenstein dog thing and saw what he was doing I was floored, I thought he was brilliant.  But then he did the same exact thing with every movie he's ever done since...  My love for his work dropped off incrementally as time went on because I wanted to see something different and by different I mean not just bizzare color choices and goth swirlies.  Now that diminishing love for his works hovers somewhere between nonexistent and lukewarm at best.

I was hesitant to see Alice in Wonderland for a few reasons.  My aforementioned diminishing appreciation for Mr. Burton was one reason, another was that I loved Lewis Carrol growing up.  Nonsense is fun, and unlike a lot of things I liked while growing up his works remain fun.  Especially the Alice in Wonderland stories because the nonsense counterpointed by her struggle to remain a proper little English girl takes on new depth when you're older.  And besides, I love quoting from the Jabberwocky and the Walrus and Carpenter during conversations I seek to end quickly by baffling my oppostion conversational partner.  (btw, I have an unpublished book, 101 ways to end unwanted conversations, I can't seem to find someone willing to print a book that encourages people to stick their finger up their nose and hum the theme to Star Wars.)

So anyway, when I was informed that Alice and Wonderland was in the DVD machine on purpose and it was to remain there and I would NOT be playing Red Dead Redemption on the widescreen HD TV I figured "what the hell?" popped open a beer and settled down to watch it.

I should have drank more beer...

I didn't want to dislike it.  I figured I was just going to sit through a mildly amusing tale of nonsense with Burtons signature pastel inspired color scheme and everyone would wear too much pale makeup and flounce about among the goth swirlies.  I was right about pretty much everything but the nonsense.  Of the things I expected from the movie I did not expect to be bored most of the time.  For the majority of the time the denizens of Wonderland *cough* Underland... were suitably strange but the whole Alice is the chosen one schtick?  My gosh man, who thought that outright war in Wonderland *damn it* Underland... was a good idea?  "Let's take a wonderful fanciful tale of nonsense and apply heaps of GRIMDARKTM plus attempts to give it a coherent plot.  Nonsense is supposed to be cheeky and fun, but this nonsense was cruel and tragic... which made it not really nonsense at all...

Yes I love elipeses...

But yea, not so much nonsense, which sucked much of the fun out of it right there.  There were attempts at nonsense, there really were, but they felt strained.  Much like the famous sporks and penguins /b/ chan post it wasn't really zany...  And Alice wasn't acting  prim and proper and English, trying to impose normallacy through reason upon the chaos, she was like a walking zombie whacked out on prozac barely reacting to ANYTHING while complaining that she was dreaming.  Whoever cast her deserves a good swift kick.  Johnny Depp I can take or leave as an actor and in this case he did nothing with the role of the Hatter, or maybe I just couldn't buy the role of the Hatter as some type of warrior.  His bizzare attempts at accents didn't really seem to fit the character and the Alice/Hatter romance angle?  Srsly?  In the books, as in the old Disney Cartoon he was illustrated as being an oldish man.  Given her age when she first arrived in Undergrimdarkland, he would be at LEAST old enough to be her father if not her grandfather now which just made it creepy.  Helena Bonham Carter did a good job as the Red Queen/Queen of Hearts (they couldn't really seem to make up their minds as to which one she supposed to be, maybe both at the same time?) and her CGI was one of the best effects in the movie.  The chesire cat effects were also good.  Tweedledum and Tweedledee were just ok, I loved the March Hare, Anne Hathaway was spacey and sort of annoying but I think she was supposed to be so good acting I guess? 

My biggest complaint has to be the Jabberwock though.  1.  It was a frickin' generic dragon.  Not very epic and certainly not worthy of being called the Jabberwock.  2.  The Jabberwock is a thing of nonsense and imagination, portraying it cheapened it, at least in my opinion. 

The ending where she went back into the real world was retarded and felt tacked on.  I won't go quite so far as to say I hated the film but I imagine Lewis Carrol would weep if he saw it.
2682  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 08, 2010, 09:27:29 am
Yea, they took me a bit to get used to.
2683  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: June 08, 2010, 07:54:25 am
That whole album was good.
2684  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 08, 2010, 06:26:38 am
Well I said relatively easy which means in relation to other Roguelikes.  Roguelikes by definition are brutally hard so yea... what HK said.

EDIT:   By the way, if you have an iPhone or an iPod touch you can download the original Rogue as a free app.  I prefer NetHack but it's still a fun way to pass the time and you can either play with sprite tiles or old school ASCII graphics.  Just keep in mind if you're playing in public that not everyone will understand when you begin cursing your iPod, the people in the doctor's office waiting room didn't...
2685  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: 72 Charitable Hours. on: June 08, 2010, 06:25:14 am
Thread is now sticky.

I'm interested but I'd have to know dates before hand and I seriously don't think I'd be able to open up three commplete days for it. 
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