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6151  Media / The Soundroom / RPGfan's musicians. (hey baby, are you in a band?)lol on: March 16, 2006, 08:24:21 PM
Starbreaker- my favorite bassists tend to be more jazz/funk/soul/R&B guys.  

My absolute favorite player is Verdine White of Earth, Wind, & Fire.  His playing is just so smooth and funky and I love his stage presence and wild fashions.  He's also one of the funkiest players who doesn't slap.  I'm not much of a slapper/tapper either.  I love Verdine's funky runs that cap off certain measures.  

I have two other bass heroes.  One is Alphonso Johnson.  His resume is a veritable who's who of jazz and some pop, and he was the bassist of Weather Report before Jaco Pastorius.  He's an incredible bassist and one of the nicest gentlemen you could ever hope to meet.  I met him when I was 16 and had first started playing.  

And it would be a sin NOT to have Victor Wooten as one of my bass heroes.  He is the absolute best bassist alive right now.  This is not an opinion.  This is a fact.  It cannot, shall not, and will not be disputed.  His chops with the solo stuff is legendary, but he also is an amazing groove player as evidenced with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and his session work.  Victor can do it all.  

Jaco is NOT one of my bass heroes though.  While he was one of the greatest players alive, he was also an arrogant asshole.  A hero must not only possess great skill, but must also exemplify the kind of person I want to be as well.  I don't like arrogant assholes.  Granted, Jaco did have some mental problems that perhaps could have been rectified with today's medications and therapies, but he'd still be an arrogant asshole.  

Among rock players, some of my favorites are James LoMenzo (White Lion, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, Hideous Sun Demons, and now Megadeth), Clayton Ingerson (ex-Dysrhythmia), Colin Marston (current Dysrhythmia, Behold... The Arctopus), Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne).  

And I gotta give special props to my girls Me'shell Ndegeocello, MC Divinity, Rhonda Smith, and the incredibly beautiful Jen Zielenbach (Antigone Rising.)  I fall in love with Jen every time I listen to their albums.  And I'll be honest, that picture of her in the GHS ad on the inside front cover of the March issue of Bass Player (with Tom Hamilton on the cover) is one of the sexiest pics I've ever seen.  

And that concludes the tangent.  Back to spotlighting all you musician types and promoting your bands.  And, hey, if ANY of you are in the central New Jersey area, my band Sullen Door has a couple of shows coming up in April.  Details are on the website.
6152  Media / The Soundroom / RPGfan's musicians. (hey baby, are you in a band?)lol on: March 16, 2006, 08:04:19 PM
I'm sure DR does.  I think the question is whether he plays any Regi Wooten stuff on those axes.  Regi= Victor Wooten's brother and one of the sickest muthafuckin' guitarists out there.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vdJvHE8qxA&search=victor%20wooten (Regi and Victor slap battle.)

Anyway, since DR did it, there's a page in my sig (http://www.geocities.com/nc6566) that gives a full rundown of my bass gear.  I love my Warwick Corvette to pieces.  I've played some pretty upscale basses by serious pros.  I've played one of Alphonso Johnson's Modulus basses, a local area jam/session bassist's Fodera (yes, a FODERA!), high-end Spectors, Carvins... and my Warwick still plays the best to me.  I can get stupid low action on that baby with minimal to no buzzing.

EDIT:  DR, that Jackson is sick.  But doesn't that middle pickup get in the way if you're doing some aggressive right-hand picking?
6153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: March 16, 2006, 03:34:36 PM
Good point Eusis.  For most people, the video game console is still seen as a toy, despite the fact that all of us who grew up with 8-bit Nintendo as kids are now in our 20s or 30s and do want more maturity in our console gaming, and by maturity I DON'T mean ultra-violence, gratuitous sleaze, or whatever else deemed "mature" in GTA or Conker.  

The PC platform typicaly does appeal to a more mature demographic, because people of all ages use PCs.  Even people in their 50s and 60s play computer games, even if they are simple games like solitaire or tetris while they're taking a break from work.  

The European graphic adventure developers like Microids have titles like Syberia and Still Life which feature female protagonists in their early 30s.  The games wouldn't work without protagonists like that, since the storylines are based around their professions.  Kate in Syberia is an attorney and Victoria in Still Life is a forensics agent.  

In other words, all I'm saying is that though we may be tired of kiddie heroes in RPGs, there are alternatives for story-intensive games featuring more adult characters, plotlines, and themes.  They may not be of the RPG genre, but they are out there.
6154  The Rest / General Discussions / How not to pass an exam. on: March 16, 2006, 09:34:42 AM
I've pulled stuff like that in high school.  If I didn't know the answer on a math test, I'd draw the 311 logo since I was a huge fan of them.  On English exams, if I didn't know the characters or plot, I'd just make stuff up or put in names of musicians, athletes (i.e. the Knicks' starting lineup, or wrestlers like Ultimate Warrior) and all that.  

Correcting Louis/Lewis Carroll was the best part.
6155  Media / The Soundroom / Coheed is Emo on: March 16, 2006, 09:14:42 AM
Though this topic is one that screams "lockage" I'd rather add something to it, because I'm reminded of a larger issue at hand that many of us have grappled with.  

Love the media until you meet idiotic fans then you hate it.  

Think FF7.  For all intents and purposes, FF7 is a pretty darn good RPG.  Unfortunately, it was the RPG that appealed to the masses and all the "stoopid kIdDiEz" started liking it and thus the exasperating nature of the fans turned many off to an otherwise darn good game.  

I think Coheed and Cambria are a good and solid band, but fans like our pathetic friend CoheedIV are leaving a sour taste in my mouth regarding the band.  Does the band really attract a fanbase like this guy?  The snob in some of us certainly does not want to associate with "one of them" and may thus decide to dislike Coheed, because of some idiot fans.  

Seems pretty silly and superficial, but it's how human nature seems to work in many regards.  

thoughts?
6156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: March 16, 2006, 09:08:28 AM
PC RPGs tend to utilize more adult characters and storylines.  It's just that console RPGs have more appealing gameplay interfaces for us:P

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment uses young adult characters (aged from 21-32) who struggle with adult issues and have adult dialogue.  Heck, even the teenagers in Persona 2: Innocent Sin have mature and insightful dialogue, so they don't seem like chickenheads like many teens in cookie-cutter RPGs.
6157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: March 16, 2006, 08:57:24 AM
Quote from: "blackthirteen"
I never tried the Persona series, did I miss something valuable?


The Persona series, heck the Megami Tensei series in general, is a very interesting series.  I feel that those games truly do break many RPG molds and conventions.  The Persona games are thought-provoking in that they touch a lot on mythology, Jungian theory, psychology, and in the case of Eternal Punishment you have a cast of adults dealing with adult issues.  Even in Innocent Sin, the teenage cast are quite mature and insigtful.  

I like that the battles require thought.  It's not just kill kill kill.  You also need to talk to the monsters and share in their dark powers in order to get ahead.  You need to kill as well to get stronger, but it's nice that talking your way out of a battle and getting rewarded for it is just as viable an option.  

I also like that the Persona games take place in more modern/contemporary, post-modern settings.  You rarely see that.  

If you wish to try a Persona game, I highly recommend Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.  It's quite refined and though it makes references to Persona 1, it's not a requirement to have played it.  Although you will tell where the references are when you meet Japanese people with American names (the days of subpar localizations.)  Persona 1 is good, but it's clunky in comparison to more modern games.  Persona 2: Innocent Sin was my favorite of the three, but is only available in Japanese.  

My reviews of hte Persona 2 games.  I warn you, they are extremely long.
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/persona2ep/index4.html
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/persona2is/index.html
6158  Media / The Soundroom / right! on: March 16, 2006, 08:42:38 AM
I say see Buddy Guy.  The local musicians will be around in your area for you to see them again, but Buddy Guy doesn't come around your area too often.  It will be assumedly easier for you to catch Busker's Ball again than it would Buddy Guy, I would think.
6159  Media / The Soundroom / Marsmellow 2 on: March 15, 2006, 10:38:36 PM
Heh, nice try CoheedIV.  You're not fooling anyone.  I don't know how you hacked into Gilga's account, but that's pretty low.  You're not fooling anyone.  Give it a rest.
6160  Media / The Soundroom / MARSHMELLOW on: March 15, 2006, 10:08:00 PM
1) There is no need for inflammatory threads like this

2) This could have been done in PM

3) Who are you and what have you done with Gilga?  The real Gilga I know types using proper spelling and grammar and isn't as stupid as you.  

Topic locked.
6161  Media / The Soundroom / RPGfan's musicians. (hey baby, are you in a band?)lol on: March 15, 2006, 09:01:05 PM
One thing I think a lot of us have in common here at RPGfan is a passion for music.  Many of us here are musicians ourselves.  So here's a thread where we musician types can talk about our bands/musical projects, what instrument we play, genre of music, website, all that good stuff.  

I'll start.  I play bass.  I took lessons for about 3 years in high school, my playing petered out in college, there was a 4 year gap when I wasn't playing at all and since '04 I've been trying to get my chops back.  Since February, I've been playing in a band called Sullen Door.  http://www.myspace.com/sullendoor.  Our sound is influenced by classic artists like The Beatles and Velvet Underground along with more current artists like Interpol and Belle & Sebastian.  

So what other musicians would like to share about their music?  I know there are many of us who play in gigging bands and such, so why not tell us about it?
6162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: March 15, 2006, 08:14:23 PM
I just realized something.  In Persona 2, many of the character portraits were of staff who worked on the game.  And Garcon/Waiter Soejima is the Soejima who's doing the art for Persona 3.  He did the in-game portraits in Persona 2.
6163  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Isaac Hayes Quits South Park on: March 15, 2006, 10:39:44 AM
Indeed.  You know, even though I may poke fun at fundies and some religious media (i.e. Chick Tracts) for oversimplifying complex concepts that you need to be pretty fucking smart to truly understand, I generally have zero issues with most established world views (save those that preach hatred and intolerance.  Even LeVay Satanism doesn't preach hatred and intolerance.)  Many world views and belief systems are based on pragmatic practicalities.  Sure many of the pragmatisms may only be valid for the time period in which they were written, but they were still rooted in something practical.  There is/was a "method to the madness."

Scientology IMO isn't.  It's basis is sheer crackpottery.  It's just a whole bunch of nonsense and half-assed ideas based on shit from 1950s sci-fi novels along with outdated and often dangerous or unethical forms of psychotherapy.  True psychology is akin to getting an abortion from a properly trained and experienced doctor in a reputable hospital or clinic.  Scientology is akin to getting an abortion in a back alley by a "street doctor" with a rusty coat hanger.  Sure, Scientology is an "alternative to psychology" as the lady tells Stan, but it's a really shitty alternative.  It's madness without a method.  

Fuck Scientology and all who believe in such folly.
6164  Media / Brush and Quill / Favorite Artists on: March 15, 2006, 10:29:38 AM
It's amazing how calculated and mathematical a lot of art can be.  As mentioned before, Escher comes to mind.  Perhaps Mondrian.
6165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: March 15, 2006, 10:22:40 AM
Trid- I think it's a universal truth that in any video game, RPG or otherwise, the desert is always the most annoying dungeon/stage.  For me the worst desert had to be the one in Stupid Invaders.  Every screen looked exactly the same and you had to do them in a certain order to get to where you needed to go, or you'd die.  And there were NO HINTS for navigation as far as I could find.  I had to use a FAQ for it and I have no clue how the FAQ writer figured it out.
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