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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 21, 2011, 12:03:33 PM
Another several hours worth of podcasts and book editing before venturing off to get my ass kicked at my "real" job. Oh, joy.
62  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Albums of 2011 on: December 21, 2011, 03:49:49 AM
lol it's 2011 who buys music
it's free

I buy music. I like leafing through the booklet, going through lyrics, liner notes, and what have you. Call me a bit of a relic, if you must.

........although, it still ends up going into the iPod anyway.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 20, 2011, 12:02:37 AM

Anyway, ^5 at the dude playing Grandia. I liked G1 a lot more than 2. G2 would NEVER SHUT UP.

It does rock. The first one, anyway. Haven't played this game in about 10 years, but it's still awesome. I don't remember much of the second one, save for horrible slowdown and the not quite infrequent graphical glitch. I do remember it was still pretty fun.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 19, 2011, 11:34:18 PM
That is totally one of the most metal cats I've ever seen. \m/
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts Series Discussion on: December 19, 2011, 01:07:04 PM
I remember once upon a time, I really used to dig this series, until the massive amount of retcon work started happening. I hated the mechanics of Chain of Memories, but the story elements on both ends I thought were really cool and led into KH2 quite nicely. Coded and 358/2 Days, I thought, were largely pointless and freaking DULL as hell. Birth By Sleep was a very worthwhile game, for a prequel, and thus far the only "side story" game that I've been able to enjoy, enough that I'm willing to give 3D a chance. I hope it's good. Honestly, though, without some serious news about KH3 coming out soon, I don't think I'll be sticking around with this series much longer.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 19, 2011, 04:58:56 AM
Rocking Grandia, just picked up Gadwin, and about to spend the next few hours doing some much needed magic-grinding.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 19, 2011, 04:56:54 AM
Yeesh. I don't envy you the dental work....I spent WAY too damn much time in that chair this year.

Got completely slammed at the restaurant I work at, and way too understaffed for it (seriously, who the hell decides we need a skeleton crew with a nearly full reservation book and a 40+ person Christmas party booked?! My bosses, apparently....). Now, just chilling out with a wee dram o' scotch and the new Sepultura album. Good times.
68  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: December 19, 2011, 04:42:13 AM
Metallica - Rebel of Babylon
69  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Albums of 2011 on: December 19, 2011, 04:40:18 AM
Hmmmm. Tough, but I'll make the attempt.

Metallica - Beyond Magnetic

I expect to catch a bunch of shit just for mentioning this band, but I have to say, I've been really digging this EP over the past week. Just a Bullet Away and Rebel of Babylon should have ended up on Death Magnetic, in my opinion, and I LOVED that album (still do, in fact, although I'm with all of the people who believe that it needs to be remixed and remastered, and this EP suffers from the same loudness war issues, even as rough mixes).

Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

Another EP that's just plain AWESOME. Every time I think this band can't get any better, they put out something new and absolutely floor me. I cannot wait for them to explore this further on their next album.

Opeth - Heritage

This one, honestly, I was a little wary of when I heard about it initially. I love Opeth, but when I heard there was going to be less emphasis on the death metal element (the glaring lack of Mikael Akerfeldt's distinctive roar), my first thought was "Bloody hell...I hope this doesn't end up being Damnation Part II." Honestly, to me, this is a prog-metal masterpiece. Unlike Damnation, which took a good few listens to finally get acclimated to it, this one sort of grabbed me by the throat (Throat of Winter, anyone?) and left me, at the end, going "Whoa....what in the blue fuck just happened?!"

Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning

I'm a fan of damn near anything this guy does, and after the intense ride that was Insurgentes, I was looking forward to this one with a huge level of excitement and anticipation. And boy, did it deliver. If you have a good surround setup, I would HIGHLY recommend picking up the blu-ray version of this album, because it sounds bloody AMAZING.

Rush - Time Machine

Okay, so if you haven't managed to guess from reading this, I'm a bit of a prog fan. And honestly, it's a Rush live album, so there's not a massive amount here that you haven't heard on previous Rush live releases, but Moving Pictures in its entirety? TOTALLY worth the purchase.

And, since I feel it's worthy of an honorable mention....

Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events

This is the album that's been worrying me all year. Fortunately, I was worrying over nothing. I dig this album. It's not their best, by a long shot, and there's a fair amount that's been dissected and ripped apart elsewhere (like all of the nods to Images and Words, to say nothing of the divide that's still going on since the split with Portnoy), but I found it to be a great album that reminds me why I like this band in the first place. Biggest complaint: Mangini is mixed WAY too low. Other than that, great album.
70  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 19, 2011, 04:14:59 AM
I'm currently reading Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey. I expect it to be pretty good, as I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, but as always, they start slow and keep progressively building. Like I said, I dig em, but they're not for everyone. After that, I'll probably get into the metric fuckton of backlogged Star Wars books I've been avoiding.
71  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Fantasy reading suggestions? on: December 19, 2011, 04:10:28 AM
Rather surprised that no one's mentioned Terry Goodkind yet, although I would definitely put him in the same category as Robert Jordan....you will either love him or hate him. I personally think his Sword of Truth series kicks serious amounts of ass, but I will leave that up to you to decide (and honestly, as much as I dig it, there are about three books I think could easily be shaved off and it wouldn't affect the series whatsoever). Also, as mentioned, it's really hard to go wrong with George R.R. Martin and Glen Cook.

I've been reading Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy trilogy very recently, and I do have to say it's quite good; better than I expected, in fact (provided you're willing to accept that the main character is a sexual masochist...if you can get by that, the level of deep intrigue is easily a match for George Martin or Frank Herbert, in my opinion).

Hopefully, one day, my name and work will be added to one of these threads. :)

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