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  • What I’m Watching: Who Is Erin Carter?

    What I’m Watching: Who Is Erin Carter?

    Over on ‘flix, somehow the English were allowed to leave their island and film in sunny Barcelona! Alas, they don’t use a lot of local talent. Two of the actors are Spanish-English, one is actually Spanish, the rest are all very British and in many cases so pasty they can’t have been there more than … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Who Is Erin Carter?"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Rings of Power

    What I’m Watching: Rings of Power

    So… I’ve been reading a lot of RoleMaster Unified and Shadow World books, which is of course very Tolkieny, “Iron Crown”, after all. I finished a Good Omens ep (will review when I’m done, I’m taking my time), and Rings of Power is suggested to me. Well, why not, just one Tolkien fanfic show. As … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Rings of Power"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Deadloch

    What I’m Watching: Deadloch

    Over on ‘zon. Bodies start piling up in a little mostly-lesbian resort town in Tasmania, currently having a “Winter Feastival”. The local cop, Dulcie (Kate Box) used to be a detective in Sydney, which passes for civilization, so she investigates. Soon a bizarrely drunk, stupid, unwashed, hairy, probably-Human (much like Nobby Nobs from Discworld) detective … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Deadloch"Read More »
  • Dungeons & Falling

    Dungeons & Falling

    As noted in Review: Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised, there’s no rules for falling damage. Never have been. Referees just rely on folklore and other games to figure it out. Researching OD&D sources is frustrating, but if I’ve read all this, you should too! It never clearly says in OD&D (books 1-3, supp 1-4, nor … Continue reading "Dungeons & Falling"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Last Thing He Told Me

    What I’m Watching: Last Thing He Told Me

    Trying to extract further value from TV+, and the closest thing to a crime drama is The Last Thing He Told Me. I need dark and complex to keep my brain even slightly paying attention to most things, and Apple’s not mature enough to run anything like Deadwind. I went into this pretty cold, just … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Last Thing He Told Me"Read More »
  • Destroy What Destroys You Sunday Music

    Destroy What Destroys You Sunday Music

    Adios, by KMFDM Implode, by Front Line Assembly Neuralblastoma, by Velvet Acid Christ Best of Cryogenic Studios Rocks, by KMFDM Warmech, by Front Line AssemblyRead More »
  • Review: Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised

    Review: Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised

    I funded the kickstarter, still waiting for my lovely print book, but you can get PDF now, and I assume print-on-demand (POD) will come eventually. Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised S&W was one of the first “Old-School Renaissance” games. Matt Finch had worked on OSRIC (an AD&D-like retro-clone) in 2006, and took that and applied … Continue reading "Review: Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised"Read More »
  • Social Media Deathwatch II

    Social Media Deathwatch II

    Not content with seeing Elmo destroy Twitter, Reddit’s management have one-upped them, and killed Apollo, the good mobile app (there was Alien Blue, but Reddit bought it and screwed it up; it’s trash now). Christian’s post and pastebin backup because this will probably be deleted soon; Wayback machine won’t capture long Reddit posts. Many subreddits … Continue reading "Social Media Deathwatch II"Read More »
  • Yes Thursday Music

    Yes Thursday Music

    Mirror to the Sky, by Yes: new Yes in 2023. So far sounds really good. The Yes Album, by Yes: old Yes in 1971. Clockwork Angels, by Rush: Probably the last Rush we’ll ever get. Noise Floor, by Spock’s BeardRead More »
  • What I’m Watching: Wednesday

    What I’m Watching: Wednesday

    I dunno why I only watched E01 when it came out, catching up now. And mostly it’s fine. Sometimes excellent, but suffers from Netflix Wants Eight Episodes Syndrome, where it could be a good 90-120 minute movie instead. It’s very very blatantly Harry Potterage. The spooky old castle school Nevermore, with secret passages, four cliques … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Wednesday"Read More »


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