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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 30, 2016, 12:20:06 PM
Very nice, Artimicia!
32  Media / General Games / FourChords Guitar Karaoke on: July 28, 2016, 10:56:02 PM
OK, this isn't STRICTLY a game.  But it's software that you "play" with, and it's not an RPG, so I'm putting it in here.

As I hope you know, we staff members sometimes get free games.  Most of the games we review are given to us by developers, in fact.  (We're going to start adding a disclaimer to the bottom of our reviews for which this is true where we say "we got this free, but didn't give it a better score on that account."  And it's true.  We're just working on the specific wording to make sure it doesn't sound like one of those things people say in a weasely way.)  And we sometimes get emails from publicists about games that we don't cover.  We write them back and say "Sorry, that's not something we'd review, and we don't want to 'steal' a free copy from you, so please don't send us one."  99 times out of 100, the PR person says "no worries, thanks for writing back," and that's the end of it.

But odds are odds, and the last 1 out of 100 happened recently.  I got an email about a game/thing called FourChords Guitar Karaoke.  It's to help you learn to play songs on guitar and sing along, and it was made by a Finnish developer called Musopia in connection with a guy named Justin Sandercoe, who's the man behind JustinGuitar.com... the very site I recently started using to learn guitar.  I wrote the PR guy and said "Sorry, we don't cover this type of thing, but I might buy it now that I know it exists, because [the things I just said.]"  Well, he told me to keep the game anyway, and after checking it out today, I wanted to at least come here on the forums and tell you that if that sounds like a thing you might be interested in, you should check it out too.  It's pretty cool!

You pick a song from different collections in the app, and it shows you what chords are in that song, along with a looping video showing you how to play each one and a diagram of the proper finger positions.  After you're comfortable to move on, it goes into the song and does a karaoke style crawl on the left with lyrics and chords, and on the right, it shows the fingering for the chord that's coming up.  At the bottom right, you can transpose it up or down as desired and change the tempo to whatever you're comfortable with.  If you're good already, it probably isn't worth it for you.  But for someone like me, it's great.

Here's the Steam page, which has all the usual Steam page stuff.
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 26, 2016, 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.
34  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 26, 2016, 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.
35  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.)
36  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.


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.
37  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.
38  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.

If you don't know Deep Thoughts, they were things like this:

or this:
39  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.

40  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!
41  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. :)
42  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
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.
43  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.

44  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.
45  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.
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