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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: Today at 12:18:43 AM
I saw Ghostbusters today, thoroughly enjoyed it.  Took my 12 year old nephew, he also thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's got a good level of nods toward the original - doesn't depend on it entirely, doesn't ignore it.
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: Today at 12:09:58 AM
I'm partway through The Aeronaut's Windlass - the steampunk book by the author of the Dresden Files series.  He made up more words than he needed to, but it's enjoyable.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 23, 2016, 11:59:12 PM
Very cool, Artimicia.

Aeolus, that's from a skit show on BYU's PBS station.  The show is called Studio C, here's the full skit.  They also did one with volleyball.

I just got back from Glacier National Park. It is gorgeous.  Here's one of my favorite pictures I took there.



Full size version: http://www.rpgfan.com/userdirs/tooker/Lake_McDonald.jpg

(Edit: My pic now enhanced by Mike Salbato to remove the haze and a frustratingly-placed stick thing.)
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: July 23, 2016, 11:19:34 PM
This reminds me that I had wanted to pick up a few copies of Sword Coast Legends for the team to stream and review it, because our preview at last year's E3 really piqued my interest.

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3374.html

I hear that when it first came out, it had issues, but that it's improved since then.  I'm checking with the team to see if anyone else can play it with me.  If so, I think that could provide some pretty cool D&D action for us our Twitch channel.
5  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 23, 2016, 01:06:18 AM
Nice - let me know what you think when you read it.
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 22, 2016, 02:18:56 PM
Glad you liked Firefight, Jimmy.  I thought Calamity was a satisfying end to the series.

Yoda, I like to think that King is aware enough of his problems writing endings to mock himself. :)

I stumbled across a book called "The Stench of Honolulu" by Jack Handey, known to me as the author of Deep Thoughts, from SNL.  It cost me $1, which felt like a worthwhile gamble.  It was... basically a short novel-length Deep Thought.  Funny, weird, and dumb all at the same time.  I won't run around recommending it to everyone, but I wouldn't tell people to stay away.  If you think you might like it, you probably will.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6JJ6C8/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

If you don't know Deep Thoughts, they were things like this:
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/deep-thoughts-1/2859832

or this:
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I am Setsuna (or whatever name you changed it to) on: July 21, 2016, 11:49:59 AM
FYI, Derek's review of this game is live.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/I_am_Setsuna/index.html
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I am Setsuna (or whatever name you changed it to) on: July 20, 2016, 06:45:04 PM
Our review is coming tomorrow!
9  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Don't click that Pokemon Go ad! on: July 17, 2016, 02:46:47 PM
I imagine I'm not the only one seeing the "Pokemon Go Desktop" ad - if so, don't click it!  We're working to get it blocked, but it goes to multiple URLs, and we have to block each site.  If it shows up for you, paste the URL here, but don't actually click it. :)
10  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 17, 2016, 12:37:22 PM
I've been reading the iron Druid series.  I'm getting close to the end of book 6, and I just learned that book 9 will be the last in the series, which I think is a good thing.  I like the series, and I like that in each book, they finish up a conflict while leaving it clear that it's only part of a longer fight... but I'm ready for that fight to be the central thing and get resolved.

I feed like it's weird
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how strongly Atticus changed to hating Leif.  I thought they were buds, they went on a mission that went about how it could have been expected... and then all of a sudden, Atticus was like "You are the worst, Leif.  We've never been friends."  I wonder if I missed something.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 03, 2016, 02:53:28 PM
As you say, it definitely didn't get above an 80.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Star_Ocean_Integrity_and_Faithlessness/index.html
12  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!) on: June 30, 2016, 08:44:46 PM
Oooh boy.
13  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 28, 2016, 11:25:20 PM
I think I was the same with that one.  Some books are just like that!

I feel like I've read a bunch of things lately.

- Skin Game, the last of the currently-existing Dresden Files books.  It was fun.  I'll read more when they exist, but I won't stress about the wait until they do.

- Stephen King's Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.  Some of them were decent, some were dumb.  None were amazing that I recall.  Only recommended for hardcore fans who feel like they want to read everything he writes.

- Bands of Mourning, the latest Mistborn book.  I find that I really don't care much about this trilogy, although I really loved the first three books.  This book didn't really interest me until about 85% of the way in, but it did finally get my attention.

- Calamity, the last of Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series.  It was good, finished up the series satisfactorily.

- Red Rising.  No sir, I didn't like it.  Someone thought "Ooh, The Hunger Games was popular, and people like 'reality' shows where everyone stabs each other in the back.  I should make a book of that."

- Who Censored Roger Rabbit?  It's pretty different from the movie, but I quite liked it.  It's a noir-y book with sentences like "I went back to my office and let my bottom desk drawer buy me a drink."

- The 7th Guest.  Turns out there's a novel of the game!  It started off well and continued OK and ended kind of muddied, but not horrible.  If you liked the game and stumble across a copy, read it, but it's not worth going to a lot of trouble to dig up.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 12:51:17 AM
The game I had like that was Tears to Tiara II.  It was 1 part tactical game, 72 parts cutscene.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Tears_to_Tiara_II_Heir_of_the_Overlord/index.html
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Void Pyramid, free post-apocalyptic RPG, spread the word if you like it. on: June 17, 2016, 07:31:21 PM
So here's the deal - we don't review free games as a general rule on RPGFan (please don't hunt down exceptions - I'm sure you could find some if you tried).  But I played a game this developer made before, and it was kind of cool and unique and worth my time.  So I thought I'd pass along an email he sent me this week in case other folks would like to play it. :)

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Void Pyramid is a post-apocalyptic RPG set in the space-faring Egyptian empire. In trap-filled halls of a deep space dungeon, you will cross vibro-blades with uplifted animals and Egyptian gods come to life.

Void Pyramid is available for free on PC, Mac, and Android. It is a complete game that is between 5-10 hours in length. It has been actively developed for 2 years, and is polished, balanced, and free of bugs.

You can view a video trailer here. Or you can see screenshots and download the game on itch.io or Google Play.

To summarize the story: "In the far future, the maniacal Prime Pharaoh rules the wastelands of Earth. Any who oppose him are exiled to the Void Pyramid. This outer space prison is populated by criminals, beasts, and mutants. No one has ever escaped, but you must try."
Void Pyramid is console-style RPG where the hero controls a single character through a dangerous dungeon environment. It has unique mechanics and a very original (and weird) setting. Below are some of the features I'm most proud of:

*Choose to be a soldier, slave, or scribe. Overcome challenges with your unique skills.

*Explore the intricately designed pyramid. Each chamber is packed with foes, puzzles, traps, treasures, and other interesting stuff.

*Develop your character however you want with an unusual but intuitive advancement system.

*Use your brawn, wits, and agility stats to kick down doors, bend bars, hack computers, haggle with merchants, dodge traps, scale walls, and more.

*Find numerous solutions to every problem. Explore multiple paths through the pyramid. Experience alternate endings. Fight optional bosses. Discover hidden treasures.

*Experience a unique vision of the future. In the space-faring future, the Egyptian empire has risen again. The Prime Pharaoh’s mutant armies oppress mankind.

I hope you will take the time to play Void Pyramid and review it (and even enjoy it). Thank you so much for your consideration.
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