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Happy Big Bang Day

If this goes bad let me be the first to welcome our alien overlords!


Venture Brothers are Back!

Sadly I missed the first episode, hoped the DVR might have picked it up, but no dice. Can seem to currently schedule it to record either Time Warner has been acting up of late. anyway this post is mostly to remind me to set to to record later, as well as alert any of my lovely monkeys who might not have known it was back.
Man I love this goofy show

Quick Update

Pam is down visiting for a few days, we got the game of Circus Maximus going this time. Out of a potential ten players we had six show, a very fun time was had. Post more details later maybe.
For now have this test I saw Rhyyss and Scotto take.
Democrat? Who knew always figures I was more of a centrist.
You are a

Social Liberal
(76% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(33% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Go Speed Raer GOOOOOOO!

Saw Speed Racer yesterday and all I have to say is that critics who trashed the movie are just soulless fuddy-duddy movie snobs, who have long forgotten how to have fun, cause this movie is freaking awesome!
If you loved the cartoon as a kid you will absolutely love this movie. It's the cartoon brought to life, with all the excitement and silliness of the original show, they did a fantastic job with this thing! Speed Racer is just a fun, fun, movie, I had a huge smile on my face through the whole thing, this movie just makes you feel like a kid again.


Grumpy Old Cannibals

Yesterdays post about Charlton Heston dying, inexorably led to scottobear and I trading jokes about Soylent Green. Today I learn that Ted Turner was going on about global warming leading to cannibalism in another thirty or fourty years... Coincidence?
Well, yeah but still funny.

Evil Pumpkin

Well the Space Monkey asked that I make a post a few days back, and when the space monkey talks pumpkins listen... eventually anyway. I was going to blab about rediscovering the classic Traveller game, cause I have, and it ties into the space monkey thing, but I think I'll save that for another post this week.
Instead I'll remark on a observation about my evil rotten brain. As you probably know Charleton Heston passed away this weekend. Growing up I was a huge Charlton Heston fan, heck I wanted to be Charlton Heston! And why not, he was in every movie a kid could like, Soylent Green, Omega Man, El Cid, and of course my hands down favorite film as a kid, Planet of the Apes! But are those childhood memories the first thing to cross my mind when I hear of his death? No, that came later, what first came to mind, I'm ashamed to say, was, well I suppose I could take his gun now.

Good thing I'm agnostic or else I'd be convinced there'd be a special place in hell for me. The hell of the cold hearted snarks or something, what ring would that be I wonder?

Aaahh freak out! Le Freak, c'est chic

Hello my every lovely monkeys

Yesterday I presented to you a weird free game. Today it shall be a weird free comic! Freak Angels. Just full of the weird and free lately, it seems.
It's by Warren Ellis and Paul Dunderfield. Now I'm not normally an Ellis fan, he has interesting ideas, but he tries too hard to be shockingly "punk rock" and deconstructionist for my liking. And while there's a touch of that here, it's not the main focus and I find that I've been realy enjoying it. Also Dunderfield's art is pretty amazing.


Hello my lovely monkeys!
Well, yesterdays' post lead to talk about crazy game systems, and it occurred to me that I never posted about Encounter Critical. And games don't much crazier than Encounter Critical. Like Mazes & Minotaurs which I posted about last summer, Encounter Critical is another one of those freebie games that plays at being a forgotten gem from the early days of gaming.
But while Mazes & Minotaurs, riffed on the idea of Arneson and Gygax being more into Jason and the Argonauts than Sword and Sorcery. Encounter Critical riffs on... well maybe Gamma World a bit, but it’s more of a mash up of pulpy sci-fi, sword and sorcery, and late show movies, circa late seventies, it pretends to have been published back in 1979.
The game doesn’t take it self seriously, in fact it kicks the gonzo up to 11 and then some! It’s a hyperkinetic mash-up of a game where the party might be made up of a Planetary Ape Pioneer, an Elven Cybernetic Psi-Witch, a Robodroid Doxy, a Frankenstein Warrior and a Klengon Warlock (and no my monkeys that's not one of my many misspellings, just a thinly veiled rip, you can also be a Vulkin or Wookie) doing battle against Bee-girls, Asteroid Worms, Crater Lake Monsters and Mega Turtles.
The system, while not as elegant as the one in Mazes & Minotaurs, looks simple, playable and most importantly fun. All in an over the top setting full of fun places to explore and crazy things to battle, and that my monkeys is what gaming is all about.
Sadly, it's likely I’ll probably never get around to trying it out, so many games, so little time. But if this post inspires just one my dear readers to grab a pentagram shield, hop aboard a Damnation Van and go raid the Holdings of the Zombie Princess, then more power to you, my monkeys, more power to you.



Jack O

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