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Reviews! [Apr. 28th, 2008|09:36 pm]
Descent: Journeys In The Dark. I posted about this game before, but we played again on Saturday (the second scenario) and it was much, MUCH more balanced. Where by "we" I mean Jerry, Greg, Bryree, Chris, and Jerry's brother Larry. I volunteered to be odd man out and the Overlord's layabout intern, since I was had Keith's game that evening and would get my chance to smack things about then. The heroes won, but it was apparently a very close game. Apparently the secret is for the Overlord player to hoard threat and dole it out all at once, rather than in dribs and drabs.

Speaking of 4th Edition D&D, I'll just say that it really doesn't matter what system you're using when nobody in the group can manage to roll decently all evening long. We managed to catch the cleric on fire and he almost died because nobody could manage to make the roll to put him out. It was utterly pathetic. It was also hysterical.

Finished watching The Italian Job week before last. Was happy with it. I now cannot see a Mini Cooper without speculating what kinds of contraband it may be smuggling.

Black Books Series 2 was not quite as good as Series 1, but still plenty damn funny. The linkages of who has bit parts in whose shows is starting to seem like a pretty good way of finding new things I'll like.

X Saves the World (How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking). I got this on Friday. Finished it yesterday. I'm linking to it because you need to read it. It's short, but I finished it that fast because it's good. A lot of the ranting about, say, music and suchlike didn't really move me, but the point of the whole book is dead-on. I would call it inspirational if saying that didn't make my detached and ironical Xer heart feel faintly dirty. If you're unsure whether you want to read this book, go to the bookstore and turn to page 22(!) and take the GXAT, the Gen X Aptitude Test. You'll know. (And don't worry about what year you were born; X is a state of mind more than anything, and if you're moving in the circles to be reading this, odds are that's where you are.) Awesome awesome awesome.

[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2008-04-29 04:22 am (UTC)
"The linkages of who has bit parts in whose shows is starting to seem like a pretty good way of finding new things I'll like."

I've been using this metric for a while now. At one point, I could trace every show I watched back to either Buffy or Sports Night. This included completely ridiculous connections like me enjoying Katharine Towne's performance as Sundae in Buffy Season 4 Episode 1, which got me to watch a horrid NBC summer show starring Towne called MYOB which lasted about two episodes. But Towne's costar on MYOB was Lauren Graham, who caught my eye and went on to star in Gilmore Girls, which became another dear favorite of mine.

Admittedly, this method sometimes fails miserably - I was astonished at how bad "The Return of Jezebel James" was, since it was written and produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino of Gilmore Girls, and starred Parker Posey, indie movie queen, and Lauren Ambrose, from Six Feet Under. It was horrifyingly bad. Not even "So bad, it's good". Just painful. It only lasted three episodes, and it shouldn't have lasted that long.

Also, I just tossed X Saves the World into my Amazon cart (soon I can read again!!) - I'll let you know what I think.
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[User Picture]From: coloskind
2008-04-29 05:57 am (UTC)
YAY .. we are glad you liked the book ...
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[User Picture]From: flwyd
2008-04-29 06:15 am (UTC)
It really doesn't matter what system you're using when nobody in the group can manage to roll decently all evening long.

My Feng Shui players had the darndest time trying to hit mooks yesterday. One got a critical failure on an Info check to see if he recognized anybody. On the other hand, this was balanced by a ghost exceeding by 25 the difficulty to scare a humiliated, unarmed, and near-death individual cowering under a table.

Not that it really mattered, though. The mooks couldn't hit anything (including each other) either.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2008-04-29 01:18 pm (UTC)
Just finished Season 3, the opening episode of which features Simon Pegg as an evil corporate bookstore manager.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-04-29 03:45 pm (UTC)
Now I'm intrigued to find out whether that's "evil (corporate bookstore manager)" or "(evil corporate bookstore) manager". (Don't tell me!)

Hooray for Netflix!
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From: toosuto
2008-04-29 05:46 pm (UTC)
Your forgot (evil(evil corporate bookstore)) manager!
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From: toosuto
2008-04-29 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wait did I do that right?
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2008-04-29 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Intriguing we just watched (again) the Doctor Who episode where he's the evil banker media mogul servitor of evil alien. He's quite good at evil.
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