Cute Furry Animals in Little Hats Have Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm



Go enjoy the holiday, folks. Light posting around here for the next four days. I'll get the Star Wars trailer up on Friday when it hits the net, there'll be a weekend thread at the usual time, and by demand request of my wife, there will be a live spoiler thread for the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie.

In the meantime, use this thread to talk about whatever you wish.

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TR Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome RPG-Related Gifts

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

Happy Nerdy Holidays

It's hard to ask for RPG gifts for Christmas. The social stigma is fading year by year, so I no longer fear my parents calling an exorcist over my wish list, but there's still a maze of editions, similar-sounding games and supplements to ask people to dig through. This is in addition to the fact that RPGs still tend to be a little bit hard to find; arguably harder to find now than they were fifteen or so years ago before Barnes & Noble and Borders replaced so many independent booksellers...before closing most of their own locations..

People only have so much spare time, and playing more than one or two systems at once is pretty difficult; even if someone played two different games every week they would be playing at most 8-10 different games in a month, which is only a tiny portion of the massive amount of games available these days. Especially with Kickstarter helping to launch more RPGs than ever and many companies releasing their back catalogs through DrivethruRPG. The point being that it can be harder to find the right RPG for someone than finding a good costume in the New 52.

With all of that said, the list that follows tries to work around these challenges by providing ten system-neutral gifts for the RPG fan in your life. Even if that person is you. I don't judge. Even if I did judge, I probably wouldn't judge this time since I've already bought a lot of these things. They're pretty awesome.

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Net Neutrality: Won't Somebody PLEASE Think of the Kittens?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm


I know I don't usually post political thoughts here, but this time, I could not sit back and be silent. There is an issue of vital national importance afoot, and it behooves us all to pay attention and take a stand.

Net neutrality will affect your kittens.

I know, I know. You thought it was just an issue of corporations versus government. In fact, though, it's about kittens TAKING OVER THE WORLD.

Watch and learn.

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15 Sequels That Don't Exist (but Should) Courtesy of iam8bit

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Liz Ohanesian
Cobra 2 by Jim Rugg
There are some movies that really could have used a sequel. Then there are the movies that we wish were left sequel-free. Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit plays with the dynamic between the sequels we want and the sequels we get in their latest group show. Called "Sequel," the show brings together a massive collection of prints for sequels that don't exist.

"It's part social commentary on Hollywood's franchise fatigue," says Jon Gibson, who co-owns iam8bit, "part just fun, movie-lover antics." The artists, who hail from across the globe, had relatively free reign over what they did and the offerings reflected that. Some of the sequels were goofy what-if scenarios, like a sequel to The Shining called The Torrances that appeared more comedy than horror. Others seemed like they could actually work as a sequel. Below are 15 highlights from the show. "Sequel" runs until November 23 and prints are now available through the gallery's website.

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William Shatner Is Kickstartering a Self-Help Book, Networking Site for 50-Somethings

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:30 am


The best part of the pitch video is when he says he's had to reinvent himself 400 times. I think my favorite reinvention of his is when he went from young, over-dramatic, gesticulating actor to middle-aged, over-dramatic, gesticulating actor. Must have missed the other 399 times.

I'm not sure I need to know William Shatner's career tips, as his career has been so specific to him (SPOILER: he reveals some in the video, like "get an email account" and "have a phone"). I'd rather read a book about how the hell he manages to not look 80. That's a secret worth paying for.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Clean Cats and Petroglyphs

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hello, hello. We made it thru another week of sillyness. The weather warmed up again out here in the desert. Up in the low 90s most of the week. Very pleasant. I am still getting tomatoes in my garden; only a few cherry tomatoes now and I generally have them eaten by the time I get back to the house. I just graze in the garden - now if I could just figure out how to grow salad dressing. LOL.

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20 Questions with Wizards of the Coast's D&D Development Team

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

Old Men Rolling Dice

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game. It also marks the release of the fifth and newest edition of the game. Well...fifth edition if you think "3rd Edition" was actually the "third edition."

After asking the keepers of secrets that are Wizards of the Coast's PR department, I was recently able to send in 20 questions to be answered by the D&D Research & Development team regarding the new edition. The questions cover a lot of territory, some old and some new. Given the indirect means of communication, I am uncertain whether the answers are direct from Mike Mearls or if they are team answers that have been redacted for security reasons. Whatever the case may be, many Bothans died to deliver these answers to you.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Remade With Funko Reaction Figures and Kitten Heads

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm


True, this film parody from the Pet Collective features annoying narration, bad voice-acting, and is best watched with the sound down so you can just be mesmerized by the bizarre images...but can't you also say all those things about the ACTUAL Nightmare Before Christmas?

Please note that the cats are alive. Nobody decapitated any feline friends to make this happen. That's just what we call movie magic (and I'd buy toys of these versions in a meowtherfucking heartbeat).

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7 Ways Blizzcon 2014 Rocked

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:00 am


Blizzcon has been the (mostly) annual videogame convention for all things created by Blizzard Entertainment since 2005. (They skipped putting on a show in 2006 and 2012.) Fans of Warcraft, Diablo and more converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for two cosplay-dressed days. Like a younger, just-as-caffeinated kid brother to LA's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Blizzcon delivers more hang time with game developers, competitive gaming tournaments, and, obviously, more orcs. Here are the seven things that rocked along with a few that felt a bit out of tune...

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Man Turns Rear Windshield Wiper Into Animated Nicolas Cage

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

As the man in question is a Redditor, his rear window of course went viral immediately. Because any time you can stick Nicolas Cage up on your backside, it is newsworthy. And also about 100x better than his performance in Left Behind.

It's even legal. "For those wondering, it's printed on 70/30 transparency, you actually can see right through it from the inside. Yes I have checked the laws in my state and it IS legal to have this."

Well, of course it's legal NOW. Nic Cage replaced the Constitution a while back and rewrote it specifically to permit this sort of thing.

(thanks AFMG for the image assist!)