Films and TV
Films and TV that I’m watching
It’s been quite a long month so far. I’m feeling rotten and can’t seem to shake this tension headache. On the plus side I had my appointment at the Dermatology clinic. They still need to do some patch tests and took some blood, but apparently I don’t need to carry an epi-pen for my allergy, so that’s a relief. I didn’t do too badly when they stuck me with the needle either. I’ve always been nervous about shots ever since I had a lumbar puncture when I was a young ‘un!
I’ve created an ORC Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/orcedinburgh) that should hopefully allow the community to reach a wider audience and I need to create a Facebook page to supersede the group one we had. I’m treading very carefully with the Facebook one – last thing I want is loads of FB spam. I’m considering moving the site to SMF and a MediaWiki/SMF bridge, but I will need to check the functionality and test it thoroughly.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that ORC is no longer short of people wanting to play – however there’s not so many GMs. We’re not short of space any more, but it seems that there’s a marked reluctance to take up the trusty GM screen/shield! With this in mind I’ve compiled a DM/GM toolkit that may or may not be of use to new GMs. We need more folk to run games though, as we’ve more players than we can handle!
In related news to ORC Edinburgh, Illegal Jacks is turning into quite a decent venue for us and I’d recommend it to anyone passing through Lothian Road. As it is a bar and grill, it actually works out quite well for ORC (I haven’t tried the Brew Dog beer yet though).
I ran Ashes of Freedom on Saturday, and I’m actually feeling rather fired up now. The character/aspect of Thresher looks like it might make for an interesting game in April: the Thieves Court is under attack and the PCs were wizard-locked in their chambers…
Oh, yeah. Wish I could see “Game of Thrones” on Sky Atlantic
Not feeling so hot, and looks like I have the flu, or a really bad head cold. I’ve had to take the day off work as my throat feels like I’ve swallowed razor blades, my head feels like I’m underwater, my limbs ache, and I’ve got a stinking cold and cough. I feel rotten +1.
Either way, I’ve been stuck at home, and wound up sleeping most of the day. Also watched Black Death on DVD, which was actually pretty good, if bleak. I watched Ultramarines: the Movie the other night, and it was actually pretty good with one hell of a cast. If there was one criticism, its that the animation wasn’t quite right – the Daemon was a bit disproportionate, too. I’m currently watching Blade: the Series as I write this – I didn’t recognise Randy Quaid at first as Professor Caylo! It is better than I remember, but I’ve got the subtitles this time. It is a pity it wasn’t taken up for a second season.
I’m probably going to finish another one of my articles later – its going to be about playing a bad guy in an RPG.
LOL! I don’t remember Darth Vader being 3 feet tall. I’ve just passed a group of kids dressed up for Halloween. The kid had gone beyond a simple mask and cape, he looked like the real deal! Except he’s only little: Mini-Vader, junior Sith!
I’m back at ORC and I’m taking more of an active role in the community. Attendance has fallen off somewhat, and there appear to be a number of personality clashes going on. I intend to rise above that. I ran Dark Heresy – I really enjoyed running part 2 of my Shadow on the Warp game, involving Tyranid invaders and members of the Imperial Guard. For Halloween, I’m running a D&D game called “This Old House” – involving an old house on a hill… No clichés there!
God, Chevy Chase looks awful. Just seen a clip of him in a trailer for “Chuck”, he really hasn’t worn very well! I’ve also been watching season 2 of Sanctuary on Monday nights. It’s a lot better than a lot of the stuff on TV these days, and has some decent characters to boot (although most of the cast are from Stargate SG-1 or Stargate: Atlantis).
It looks like many of the cast will be in the webisodes of the steampunk Riese series too. I don’t like this steampunk craze. The new film 9 looks like it has been inspired by steampunk (Tim Burton is involved so it likely is! War of the Worlds done by another Burton!). Although I like the Thief game, which really is of that genre, I don’t think it has any place in, say, a Vampire: the Masquerade game. It’s a fad. Shalebridge cradle (from Thief: Deadly Shadows) is still well creepy though!
One thing I can’t understand is why so many blokes are wearing shorts at the moment. Did I miss something – it’s bloody cold and Autumn isn’t it?