Thursday, April 23, 2015

David Hasselhoff - True Survivor













As a guy who grew up in the 1980s (and a fan of The Hoff's Knight Rider), this video really had me rolling in laughter while applauding its unabashed love for that era's action genre. It is littered with 80s things like the Lamborghini Countach (the dream car of my generation), vikings with Uzis, buddy cop tropes, and martial arts cops. Anyone who grew up in the 80s would definitely love this!



The Hoff just made me want to watch Kung Fury, the indie movie where "True Survivor" is the theme song.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game Expansion Wave 7 looks awesome!

Fantasy Flight Games released Wave 7 of expansion packs for their Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game, and they look exciting!

Wave 7 is a mix of all three factions -- Rebel, Imperial, and Scum and Villainy. This wave is composed of Bossk's ship "The Hound's Tooth," a Rebel bomber (finally!) called the K-Wing, a Black Sun syndicate Kihraxz fighter, and an Imperial Punisher which looks like a TIE bomber on steriods.

See them here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/4/20/hit-them-hard-and-fast/












Monday, April 20, 2015

Game Day April 18, 2015 part 2

For Part 2 of the April 18 Game Day, I'll let Bryan tell the story.

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[Quoted from our Tavern Adventurers email group. Pictures are Bryan San Miguel's and mine]

Game Day at the Magallona's.

There were just three of us, Ian, Paul, and I.

Finally got to roleplay again. I ran a game under a new system but we played it old school. No minifigs. No playmats. (well, we did use a playmat but only as a substitute for pen and paper) Just character sheets, dice, and our imagination. No heroic quests to complete, no monsters, no big bad. Also no pictures taken.

The whole game was about two guys, hired to be debt collectors, going about town, having misadventures along the way.

It was... something. But a good something. A great something.

Next we played X-Wing miniatures. 100 point build per faction. Paul and I were playing glorious Empire against Ian and his Rebel scum.


Here's the set-up at the start of the first match.

Game Day April 18, 2015 part 1

This Game Day is different because it was meant to be a dedicated RPG session. Only my friends Bryan and Paul came. I was disappointed with how the day unfolded, but looking back, there are some things that I am grateful for.

Bryan decided to go old school RPG: no minis, no playmats, just dice, pencils, paper and out imagination. Thus, no pics because, seriously, how interesting are pictures of guys talking around a table with dice, pencils and paper?

The story went like this: Two adventurers were in a tavern -- Vaden the Ranger (played by Paul) and Varbio the Barbarian who looks exactly like this guy:



Bob, the innkeeper/bartender, hires them to collect five gold pieces from Drago (who supposedly has chihuahuas the size of dobermans) and promises to pay them two gold pieces. So off our adventurers went.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Star Wars Episode 7 (VII): The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #2 ...





My officemate came in this morning with a wide grin on her face. She excitedly asked me, "Have you seen it?" referring to the latest The Force Awakens trailer.



Saw it. Went giddy as a fanboy. The trailer was exciting, with plenty more action scenes. But that ending just blew me away. December can't come soon enough.



Here you go, and join this fanboy in his giddiness.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy International Tabletop Day

Today is International Tabletop Day, and I won't be gaming.

This sounds strange because, since last year, my wife and I have been hosting Game Days at our place about once a month. And on this international gaming occasion that's been running for three years now, I won't be gaming? Almost unthinkable.



One of my Game Day highlights: playing the X-Wing Miniatures game.



A new favorite of ours: Bang!




But then, it is for a good cause. My wife and I will be at a student leadership camp,  facilitating a session on love, courtship, sex, and marriage. That particular relational "game" has higher and more life-defining stakes and so these kids have to learn the rules of the game well.

But maybe I could bring a card game or two to the camp. Maybe I could find someone to game with.

Or I could just wait til the 18th, when we play an RPG again.

My Pathfinder stuff is ever ready.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Light in the Dark Knight: First Impressions on "God on the Streets of Gotham" by Paul Asay






I've always been interested in seeing God in the geekery that I indulge in. Thus I have books like Finding God in the Lord of the Rings and Finding God in a Galaxy Far Far Away. So when Tyndale House Publishers sent me an email telling of God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman can Teach us About God and Ourselves as one of their free ebook offerings, I immediately grabbed it. (As of this writing, the Kindle version is still offered for free.)

And I was very happy I did.

Not only did the book discuss how to find Christian themes in the Batman films, it also delved into the depths of the character of Batman/Bruce Wayne and how it well it resonates with how we see the world and how we would want the world to be. Happily, it does not only explore the Batman of Christopher Nolan's exemplary trilogy, but also the Batman of the various media -- from comics to earlier movies to the different TVseries and specials.

And that's just after reading the first 10% of the book.

I've always wanted to see how Christ and the Christian faith can be found in secular/contemporary media. This is one major window I'm looking through to see it.

I'm off to read the rest of it now. A more detailed review later.