Wizards of the Coast Prepare for the editon war to begin
A new version of D&D is dawning that intends to unite the fractured fan base, as currently D&D is playing underdog to Pathfinder, a game which itself was based on D&D 3rd edition rules. Imagine if the legal vagaries allowed an old partner of Microsoft to make a Windows 7 variant which then beat Windows 8 in sales, and you're pretty close to the situation with D&D and Pathfinder at this point.
The makers of D&D have long had a problem with gamers finding it easy to ignore their releases of new editions. The old books are still available, as well as the aforementioned Pathfinder, and any one of these has enough adventures, class variations, and settings that anybody with a normal life as well as a gaming life would not be able to completely devour them in a lifetime. D&D 5th Edition aims to fix that by appealing to fans of all versions of the D&D experience and thus get them to start buying books again. I was able to get the new Player's Handbook thanks to a limited early release, and despite being pretty firmly in the Pathfinder camp I was really impressed with it - enough to switch our home game over to the new system. Here are eight reasons why...More >>
Important Note: I am not condoning or supporting Robin Williams' decision to commit suicide; I merely refuse to condemn him for it. Anyone suffering suicidal thoughts needs to seek help. If you live in the US you can call 1-800-273-8255. If you live in another country please look up the number to call for where you're at.
Most of August 11th was a good day for me. I awoke feeling kind of low, took a shower got lunch and headed to the gym to work out. When I got home, I was feeling damn good. Then I saw a post on Twitter mentioning Robin Williams and the words "in memory" and thought, "Is there some Internet rumor or hoax going around about him being dead?"... and then I found out it wasn't a rumor... then I found out how he died. After decades of struggling with depression and or bi-polar disorder, one of the greatest comedians of the 20th century and arguably in human history succumbed to dark thoughts and awful urges.
I was hit with a plethora of emotions by the news... I'm still trying to process it all. The biggest emotion I have to deal with is empathy. At times like this, some are tempted to say "There but for the grace of god/fate/the flying spaghetti monster go I". The truth for me is there's no "but for the grace"... just "There go I?" hanging over my head like a storm cloud in the sky. I hold no ill will towards Robin Williams for hanging himself, because it's all too easy for me to understand why he might have done it...More >>
Lovers of dinosaurs (and by that I mean everybody) should have August 15 marked on their calendars. That's the day that the documentary Dinosaur 13 debuts. It's the story of a bunch of scientists who discover the remains of something like the biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever, and the fight that ensues over said bones.
The story sounds interesting. But I can't help but wonder if all the parties involved were wasting their time. Because, let's be honest here: Compared with many other dinosaurs, T-Rexes are pretty overrated. And overexposed. And just generally given too much bandwidth in any conversation having to do with primordial lizards. Yes, they were the marquee dinosaurs in all the Jurassic Park flicks. They're always the main draw in any dino-flavored museum exhibit.
And why? Those little tiny grabby front claws don't do much for anybody.
Let's change things up right now. Behold: A list of dinosaurs that are - were? - so much more worthy of our time.More >>
Hopefully by now you have seen the recently leaked Deadpool test footage, and if you're a fan of mercs with mouths you're probably glad you were wearing your brown pants. The 2010 script has been leaked several times, with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on record confirming its authenticity. They also don't discourage finding it for yourself, which we did.
It should be noted that just over a week ago on July 30th, Deadpool's creator Rob Liefeld confirmed that the script was re-written to dodge the 'R' rating, saying on his Twitter that the "R is not a blockade any longer." However, this weekend he confirmed that there is still no firm go-ahead, adding that the hold-up is "politically charged", and even added that with "pundits predicting a $65 million dollar opening" it was still chalked up to a "producer battle. 'Nuff said."
So since there is a PG-13 script now, there's no telling what has been kept from this former version. Be warned by reading this list you will be encountering several things that could likely make your mouth water even more than the test footage did. Here are seven scenes we loved, accompanied with some gorgeous art from madman Matthew Steele.More >>
What stories might you (and we) have missed over the weekend? Fear not, dear readers, for many of them have been gathered here for your perusal via reader submissions, and the assistance of Kyle LeClair.
This week's tipsters include James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, NebulaJack, troi, DrAbraxas, Gallen_Dugall, Dr.Gonzo82, rkwsupserstar, donnaryoko, Timely-Tardis-LegoMore >>
SPOILER WARNING: This daily list contains light spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy. If you're one of the millions of people that earned it a record breaking opening weekend, you may proceed. Otherwise you may want to turn back, although the title and header image probably ruined the surprise for you anyway. My apologies to readers in countries where it hasn't opened yet. Of course the rest of the Internet probably spoiled you already because it's a dick like that.
So if you stayed through the Guardians of the Galaxy's credits or just paid attention to the background during the Collector's scene, you know that Howard the Duck is now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (voiced by an uncredited Seth Green). Rumors are circulating that this stinger sets up Howard to star in one of the recently announced Marvel mystery movies because that's how these post-credit scenes work. (How quickly people repress the stinger for Iron Man 3!) A new Howard the Duck movie sounds like a big gamble considering how the last one bombed critically and financially, but Marvel Studios did just beat the odds and strike box office gold with a movie about a B-list team including an anthropomorphic raccoon and tree. So far Marvel has done gangbusters by embracing the spirit of its comic characters on screen, but unfortunately it's the spirit of Howard the Duck that'll keep him from his second shot at silver screen stardom.More >>
Pro wrestling and comic books have a lot in common. Both are colorful, outlandish, over-the-top, and regularly retcon their storylines the second something from the past gets in the way of whatever story they want to tell now.
With that in mind, it's small wonder that the two liberally borrow from one another, though pro wrestlers do it far more egregiously than comic book characters, who are usually too busy saving the world to bother with knocking some angry guy over the head with a chair. The ring world has become its own comic book store in a myriad of ways. Such as ...More >>
Whenever hallowed video game publisher Square Enix laments about their lack of profits from their latest, hugely expensive titles - the likes of Tomb Raider, Lightning Returns, et al - fanboys and girls from all walks of the internet are quick to shout in unison at their brilliant idea to fix Square Enix's money woes:
"Why don't they just finally remake Final Fantasy VII? They'll make millions!"
Except, for reasons that I will soon disclose, that is actually a terrible idea. Having recently revisited the game on a recent whim, allow me to discuss 7 reasons why remaking Final Fantasy VII isn't as surefire a success as most might think.More >>
Rounding up some stories you may have missed over the weekend, some of which were noticed by me and others of which were submitted by you, the readers, on the weekend thread. Compiled as always with the help of Kyle LeClair.
This week's tipsters include: SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, James.k.Polk, donnaryoko, franciebrady27, latigid, Edwin Santos, Dr.Gonzo82More >>
The second annual Japan Film Festival at the New People Cinema in San Francisco kicked off during the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival (which I covered here at some length), presenting 19 movies over the course of nine days. Here are seven that are relevant to the interests of the nerdy, and which you should check out if you can.
Some are commercially available, some are coming soon, and there's one you can watch for free right now. And really should.More >>