Geekstuff: Random Tidbits for April

Here’s a little rundown on what’s been flipping my Geek Switch lately.

  • Over the weekend I learned that Wizards of the Coast is releasing the Star Wars Saga Edition RPG in May. I like what I’ve read about the new system so far, especially the simplified Skills system.
  • On deck for Game Night tomorrow: Marvel Heroes strategy board game from Fantasy Flight Games. I’m really looking forward to playing this and I’m sure I’ll have a full play report sometime Wednesday.
  • I’m going to attend Origins in July, but I think I’m going to skip GenCon this year.
  • TMNT was a fun movie. I really liked the style of the animation, the story was fun and fast-paced, and it didn’t pander to the under ten crowd too much.
  • Forests of the Night by S. Andrew Swann is part sci-fi, part conspiracy thriller, part murder mystery. Oh, and it takes place in Cleveland, which is cool. The story involves a genetically-engineered tiger private detective who is investigating the murder of a human.
  • Maximum Ride: School’s Out — Forever by James Patterson was a quick read. The chapters are each only a few pages long, so a lot of the book is white space. It’s an interesting yarn, but I could do without the talking dog. Really.
  • I ditched my Song of Susannah CD set at Half Price Books today. I think Stephen King jumped the shark in the sixth installment of his Dark Tower series, and I’m not looking forward to reading (or listening to) the seventh and final book.
  • I deleted ten episodes of Battlestar Galactica without watching them. New TiVo rule: if the idea of watching the backlog seems like a chore, just delete them; I’ve got better things to do with my time than feel guilty about not watching a blasted television show.
  • Laura and I decided not to continue watching LOST after the show came back from its hiatus. How long can you string us along without really revealing anything? Two and a half seasons, I guess.
  • SciFi Channel will be showing Lake Placid 2 this Saturday (28 April) at 9:00pm. The original Lake Placid — about a killer crocodile menacing a lake in Maine — was written by David E. Kelley, who co-created Doogie Howser, M.D. and was one of the main writers on Ally McBeal. Not surprisingly, Kelley didn’t write the sequel. Instead of Bill Pullman and Betty White, the sequel stars John Schneider and Cloris Leachman. I’m going to watch it so you don’t have to.
  • The first season of The Dresden Files wrapped up a week ago on SciFi. Enough with these short seasons! I want a full twenty-plus episodes in a season! Raines, I’m looking at you, too.
  • I watched Fire Serpent over the weekend. The movie was touted as being “from the mind of William Shatner.” Normally, I’m all in favor of open-mindedness, but after sitting through this stinker I’d kind of like Bill to close his mind a little bit.
  • Speaking of Shatner, there are rumblings that his DVD club will be revived in the near future. Where do I send my membership fee?

12 thoughts on “Geekstuff: Random Tidbits for April”

  1. It’s a shame you abandonned Lost. It got good again and has had some satisfying twists and turns in the last few weeks. BSG I totaly sympathise with. I still haven’t made it to the end of season 1. I don’t care if Dwight from The Office would think I’m an idiot, I need a lighter touch with my apocalypse.

    A genetically engineered tiger detective?!? Why didn’t I think of that?

  2. Lake Placid 2 and Fire Serpent; KJ, are you getting your reptile fix for the year or what?

    As for the Saga Edition of the Star Wars RPG, I’ll see what I think when I get the book in my hands. (At my FLGS, no doubt!) I can’t tell who WotC is designing this one for. It’s either going to be streamlined for quick play (or younger players), or a re-release to garner our hard-earned coin.

    As for me? I don’t play a lot of Star Wars (in any format). I’ve seen all the movies. I know how the metaplot turns out. It’s difficult for me to be emotionally invested in a setting I’m not allowed to make changes to.

    Anthropomorphic animals play a large role in this update! A tiger detective, some genetically unstable chelonians, and a talking dog. Hmmm… Still have your SecondLife avatar and his luxurious, fluffy tail? There’s a book you might be interested in. Chimera by Will Shetterly. Chimeras being genetically-diddled human / animal crossbreeds in a US where the Libertarian Party has taken over.

    Intriguing read, to say the least.

    I’m quite looking forward to your Game Night entry for Marvel Heroes. I’ve never seen that one. Got a link?

    -pax-

  3. Yea, I think you are missing out on Lost. They are getting good again and I have been talking with Don about them. Supposedly there was so many complaints about the series that they decided to get on with the story and tell some. They have revealed about Locke and some more about the “Others”

    I will find out more about the new Star Wars RPG soon. I will ping my friend that runs the RPGA stuff for WoTC and see what he knows or has heard.

  4. You can watch Lake Placid 2 and Fire Serpent, but you delete BSG? sigh…

    Watching movies on “The Most Dangerous Night on Television” is like eating potato chips: you don’t really have to think about what you’re doing and the experience isn’t intrinsically subtle or complex.

    Battlestar Galactica, on the other hand, is more like a multiple-course meal at a nice restaurant: you want to pay attention and savor all of the sensory input so that you make the most of the experience.

    “Okay,” you might say, “so you’re telling me you prefer eating a bag of potato chips to going out to a nice restaurant?”

    At times, yes. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the last thing I want to do is shower, shave, put on a shirt and tie, find a sitter and go out to eat. And that’s what those ten episodes of BSG felt like to me: each of them was an investment of time, attention and emotion that I wasn’t willing to make.

  5. Fortunately, William Shatner has brought us Denny Crane. His legacy is secure.

    I didn’t realize that his name was Denny Crane; I thought he was just The Priceline Negotiator. Personally, I would have preferred that they not give him a name at all and instead let him simply be an anonymous man in a suit who has the power to negotiate for better rates on hotel rooms and airfare. Either way, Slowhand is right; Shatner’s legacy is secure.

  6. You clearly have never seen Denny Crane dominate the courtroom. Or Alan Shore for that matter. You should. You’d probably like them.

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