Oct
02
2016
5

Oh, gee. The “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” teaser trailer.

Well, perhaps it will not suck. I absolutely, positively make no argument that it will not suck, mind you. The second and third movies sent this franchise into a dive that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides could not quite pull it out of.  But you never know.  The Mouse’s dice have been hot and hopping, lately. Maybe they can work some magic on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Maybe.

Sep
26
2016
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My PJ Lifestyle article revisiting religion in RPGs.

Found here. Short version: I tried to give some practical advice on how to incorporate religions into a RPG. I mean, shoot, activist deities in most of ’em, right?

Sep
15
2016
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All the “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”‘s.

Or at least a bunch of them. Damned if spending a half hour of listening to covers of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning wasn’t highly enjoyable. So… here. (more…)

Sep
07
2016
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Latest Luke Cage clip.

And I believe that the answer to the question posed at the end of the video should properly be Why, no, sir: I believe that I do not.

I’d also like to note that Mike Colter’s ability to restrain his flinch reflex is impressive. It really helps to sell the characterization to me.

Sep
05
2016
7

So, yeah, I cooked two chicken breasts up using a whole stick of butter.

…What?  Dude, it tasted great. I watched over those chicken breasts like, hah!, a mother hen; and they came out perfectly. Not too dry, not too moist, just the right internal temperature: and, again, cooked in a whole stick of butter (and a little flour, and a little pepper, and a dash each of lemon and lime juice). It takes real skill to mess up something like that, and I did not*.

Problem is, I still have a bunch of the mixed butter/chicken juice liquid in the pan. Seems a shame to toss that; my immediate inclination is to dump it in Tupperware, freeze it, and pull it out when I’m making chicken soup from scratch or something. Anybody got a better idea?

Moe Lane

*The broccoli was disappointing, though.

Aug
29
2016
3

Fallout: Red Star.

This is apparently several years old, but it doesn’t matter.  It’s very good and I wouldn’t understand it all if I hadn’t been playing Fallout New Vegas for the last month. Still, the production values on this are seriously impressive.

Aug
29
2016
3

HOT LAVA the videogame.

Every so often, a videogame designer will stop, blink a few times, and realize Hey. I’m, like, an adult now – and I still want to make a game where you have to run around the room only never touching the ground because the floor is actually lava.  …This is a good thing. Because yeah, I’d probably play this:

I’d pretend to be playing it ironically, but I wouldn’t be playing it ironically.  I’d probably have to play it at night, though. God help me if my kids ever see this game…

Aug
26
2016
1

Creature Seed: Pseudo-Hair.

Pseudo-Hair

This particular creature is waiting for us on the first planet we find whose life has a common ancestor with ours (so if panspermia isn’t real, don’t worry about it).  It’s an… interesting parasite: as you might guess, it infests a human’s hair follicles, effectively replacing a host’s hair.  The effect looks rather like normal human hair, except for the random wild color shifts and the way that Pseudo-Hair moves independently.  You can cut Pseudo-Hair without pain… to yourself; the organism itself doesn’t like it very much, although it won’t take lasting harm unless you do the equivalent of a depilatory.

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Aug
26
2016
3

Item Seed: Lead Balloons.

Lead Balloons

What most people don’t realize is that the phrase “It went over like a lead balloon” is actually a translation from Low Faerie.  It’s not quite a perfect translation, though. The original is something more like “NO NO NOT THE LEAD BALLOON ARGGH HE POPPED IT MY EYES MY EYES BURN WITH NOTHINGNESS I CANNOT FEEL MY FACE” and then goes into mumbled bloody spittle as the poison really kicks in.

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