Basic Gamestore Etiquette- Don’t be a Gamehole.

March 24, 2014

So last night I was playing in a heroclix tournament at my local game and comics shop when I noticed not one but two instances of a breach in games store etiquette.  This inspired me to type out this blog. I present what I will call the 2 basic rules of game store etiquette.

1-      Keep your opinion of someone else’s fun to yourself. What I mean by this is if someone is taking part in a game you don’t like don’t tell them so. It is none of your damn business.  Last night two different people decided to inject into our games their views on why they dislike heroclix. You know what?  There are a lot of games played at my local game store that I don’t care for.  I don’t like Warmachine, or 40k or any game where you pay 15-20 bucks for a broken figure that isn’t even painted.   I understand that some people get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside when they glue and paint their own figures. It just isn’t for me.  I don’t walk up to their tables where they are playing Warmachine and tell them that. Why not? Because that would make me an asshole. Telling people how much you dislike a game they are enjoying is a dick move.  I don’t care if you think certain clix rules are broken. I don’t care what grievance you have with the game I am playing. If you actually show up and play heroclix regularly then you can at least have room to talk. Otherwise piss off and let me enjoy my rules broken superhero game in peace.

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2-      Don’t walk up and pick up a figure that doesn’t belong to you. Last night some guy that I don’t know walked up to my table and picked up one of my heroclix. I had to bite my lip to keep from letting this guy have it. Leave other people’s stuff alone unless you have permission to touch it. I thought this was the most basic rule that most geeks would understand. Once again this guy didn’t play heroclix and didn’t seem all that interested in it. Regardless it is poor form to touch someone else’s toys. PERIOD!

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Everyone gets into games to have fun. Not everyone will enjoy the same thing. People are different. Don’t infringe on someone else’s fun because you think you know it all. Don’t be a gamehole.


Suffering and Struggle

March 16, 2014

What do you do when you reach that point where everything you believed in has seemingly failed you? When you feel as though you are trapped at the bottom of an abyss with no way to climb up. Though you try and struggle to climb you end up falling down again. All you have to show for your efforts are blood soaked hands where you cut yourself trying to grasp at something, at anything that will hold you secure.  

That is where I find myself these days.  I have heard it all:

 “Believe in yourself”,

 “Do these steps and you will go far kid…”

 “Jesus Christ will help you if you do this…”  

All of these platitudes seem as vanity to me.  Perhaps I am being a spoiled brat. I should be grateful to just be alive. Well excuse me if I still desire and hope for more.  When I was 17 I accepted Jesus into my heart.  At 33 I watched it fall apart and God did nothing.  I went from having a career to pushing boxes of books around an office.  I went from being married with my own home to living with my mom again. A victim of ruin that follows most men after a divorce. 

Despite all of this a part of me still hopes. I raise my scarred hands to grasp at the blood soaked rocks of destiny.  My broken spirit still tries to soar to the heights of success. My cold and shattered heart still looks for the warm comfort of love. 

This is my existence. Indeed I find myself wondering if life is more about the struggle then the goal. Perhaps suffering is what we are here for?  Is emotional suffering what I am here for?

I don’t know any of the answers. All I know is that I will keep on trying until the peaceful embrace of death takes me.  As a wise vampire with a soul once uttered “If nothing we do matters then all that matters is what we do.”


My Favorite of 2013 Part 2- Movie and Heroclix Set

January 5, 2014

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but my favorite movie in 2013 was Thor The Dark World.

 

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As a long time fan of Marvel comics’ Thor character this was the Thor movie I was always hoping for. There were dark elves, weird science, awesome battle scenes and just the right amount of romance and comedy.  Plus Natalie Portman…’nuff said.

Favorite Heroclix set of 2013: Amazing Spider-Man

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This set had the Legion of Monsters, Spider-Man 2099, and other bits of awesomeness.  I loved the characters with “Wild Dials”. It was my favorite “new mechanic” that was introduced to the game last year.

All in all 2013 was a great year for nerds everywhere!

Next time I will unveil the third and final part of my favorites of 2013. It will have my top 5 albums of 2013 and my favorite RPG book of last year.


My Favorites of 2013 Part 1 Uncanny Avengers!

January 5, 2014

Best ongoing comic book series: Uncanny Avengers

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Of the titles I read monthly THIS is the one I look forward to the most.  It has been a crazy read thus far and I would argue it is more eventful than any of Marvel or Dc’s “event” books.  This team was formed after the calamities that occurred in 2012’s Avengers vs. X-Men mini- series. Captain America decides that  a unity squad with a roster made up of half Avengers and half X-Men is needed to show the world that mutants and humans can coexist together.  Great idea Cap! What could go wrong?

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Years of mistrust and anger between different characters in this book causes….

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I don’t want to give it away. You’ll have to either read it yourself or hit up Wikipedia. All I can say is it is EPIC!

This series draws heavily from past Avengers and X-Men stories.  For me that is one of the reasons I love this comic so much.

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However if you have never read Marvel comics then this probably wouldn’t be the book to jump into.  2013 made mine Marvel…

That does it for today folks. My favorites part 2 (movies) will be coming soon!


A Spider, An Archer and a Super hero war Oh my!

August 5, 2012

After a long hiatus I am back and blogging like a secret agent that is staring at a gold laser that is about to melt my private parts….I have no idea where that analogy came from. Moving on!

This past Wednesday saw the debut of the new Hawkeye series being written by Matt Fraction and penciled by David Aja.

As far as writing goes Matt Fraction has always been hit and miss with me.  From what I have read of his stuff I enjoyed his Iron Man work but his Thor stories were awful. I didn’t care too much for his “Fear Itself” event either.  I debated whether or not to pick this up but a review on another site convinced me it was worth a try.

So what was my verdict? It was a cute story that had little to do with super-heroics.  The premise of this book is “This is what Hawkeye does when he is not being an Avenger”.  Poor Clint can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He falls out of a window, and gets into it with some russian Mafia “wanna bes”.  The end of the issue left a warm happy feeling in my heart.   David Aja’s art is gritty and stylized and is perfect for setting the mood of this book.

So how was this as a story. It was good. I wouldn’t call it great. I wouldn’t call it amazing. Just plain good.  Will I be back for a second issue? Probably not.   So in that sense I would say that for me at least it failed.  If you like dogs and comics about an archer that doesn’t use his bow on an off day then this one is for you.

Rating 6 out of 10.

 

Next up we have the ninth issue of this year’s marvel event “Avengers Versus X-Men”.

 

Of all the events to hit comics in the past 10 years I would say that this one is easily my favorite so far. Followed closely by DC’s “Blackest Night”.    I think that part of what has contributed to this event being so good is that Marvel’s top writers all plotted this out together.  This is also a truly stand alone event. Nothing is hinted at that you have to read a tie in issue to understand.   You can just read this mini series and become invested in what is transpiring.  This issues was Spider-Man’s issue to shine.   He does something that is so heroic and so “Spider-Man”!  I loved it!   If you haven’t been following this event you have been missing out.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

 


Reviews for 2-1-12

February 2, 2012

It’s that time once again! Comic book reviews! I know you can hardly contain your excitement.

Today Marvel released the first issue of Winter Soldier:

Ed Brubaker continues the Bucky Barnes epic that he started in Captain America.  The larger Marvel U believes that Bucky is dead…again.   So Bucky has begun his journey of redemption with his girlfriend the Black Widow.  One of the reasons I love this book is because it is not the typical super hero comic.  It is a spy book through and through.  Butch Guice’s artwork is fantastic and Bettie Brettweiser’s colors truly enhance Butch’s pencils and add to the overall feeling of the narrative.  If you like crazy spy stories and Apes shooting machine guns then you will love this book. This one is going on my pull list for sure.

Rating 8 out of 10.

On the other side of the comic book coin Dan Jurgens continues to craft an emotionally charged and action packed Justice League International book:

The JLI have overcome their first threat and now their parent organization the United Nations is trying to decide what to do with them.  This issue gives us a chance to catch our breath and learn more about the characters before the explosive last page kicks off the next story arc.  We see Batman continue to mentor Booster Gold on how to be a leader. We also learn more about Godiva and August General in Iron.  Booster has to face the UN security council and convince them that JLI should continue its existence.   Marco Castiello does guest pencils this issue and delivers some solid artwork.  It isn’t breathtaking but it works.   All in all a solid issue. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

Rating: 7 out of 10


My Favorites From 2011

December 30, 2011

On a personal level 2011 was a another tumultuous and hellish year for me.  However it was a great year for the various “geeks” trapped in my head.

Comic book Geek:

DC comics decided to relaunch their entire universe. The event mini series “Flashpoint” put an end to the previous DCU and jump started the new DCU or DCNU.   This was a ballsy move for DC and so far it has worked. At least as far as sales are concerned.  I will admit that as a whole I prefer the pre-flashpoint DCU to the new one. However, the wingnut in me was thrilled with the relaunched Nightwing book.  So far it has contained the best Nightwing stories I have read since the good old days when Chuck Dixon wrote the book back in the 90’s.  Another stand out book for me was Frankenstein Agent of SHADE.  It is just a fun comic book to read.  Frankenstein leads a team of monsters against crazy threats from other dimensions.  If you haven’t tried that book yet then you are missing out.

 

Marvel’s Ultimate line was on fire this year. Not only did Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe die but a new Spider-Man emerged. Jonathan Hickman has written some great stuff in the Ultimates while Nick Spencer has scripted some amazing stories in X-Men.   In the main Marvel Universe Wolverine’s black ops team Uncanny X-force has also been a great read.

The only indie comic I got into this year was IDW’s Dungeons and Dragons comic. It translated everything I enjoyed about the game into a highly entertaining and well written comic.

Gaming Geek:

This year I drifted away from miniature gaming and back to tabletop role-playing.  The Heroes of Shadow book for 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons offered some great options for players.  It added several interesting classes like the Assassin, Vampire and Black Guard.  It also added some new races and some interesting options for the existing classes. Nethermancy anyone?

Movie Geek:

This was a great year to be a comic book fan as many of this past years best movies were pulled  from the pages of the funny books.  Thor is my “movie of the year”. I also loved Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.

The movie Immortals made my greek mythology nerd happy and it also demonstrated how awesome over the top CGI gore can be.

Music Geek:

Some of my favorite bands released great albums this year. Opeth’s “Heritage” is amazing.  Evanescence rocks it on their new album. Amy Lee once again makes me wish that I had a vagina so that I could fully emote with her…Don’t tell anyone I said that.  On the Christian front Sleeping Giant put out a metalcore record with some crushing rifts and non seeker friendly lyrics. “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” crushes compromise.   Becoming the Archetype’s “Celestial Completion”  proved once again that Christians can make excellent Proggessive death metal!

 

TV Geek A.K.A I can’t get a date so I watch:

To be honest it has been a while since I found a TV show that I get excited about watching. Like most people i’ll watch the occasional episode of one of the CSIs or NCISes to pass the time.  I don’t go out of my way to catch them though.  The show Person of Interest caught my interest. It has everything I love in it: drama, action, mystery and a compelling back story that is slowly unfolding throughout the series.  It helps that it stars two of my favorite actors: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. I have noticed a few other LOST alums popping up throughout the course of this show.

Now all of the geeks that are trapped inside of my brain have had their voice.   What have you guys enjoyed most this year?