Monthly Archives: November 2012

Musical Monday – 10,000 Witnesses by Clutch

Jam out to some Clutch.

That isn’t a suggestion.

There’s plenty here for everyone…

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Video Games – Eschalon Book 1 (Part 2)

Skills! There’s a bunch of them in Eschalon: Book 1. Some are classics like lock-picking or swords. Others are a bit strange, like Cartography or Skullduggery. I like that there’s a wide range of skills. I don’t like that not all of them are useful.

My biggest problem with skills is Cartography. If you don’t have any points in it, you don’t get a mini-map. At all. Your character is apparently too stupid to draw on paper. What’s worse is that you need a certain level with Cartography – I think it was 5 points – to know how to use blue to mark water.

Yes. A character in Eschalon: Book 1 with less than 5 points in Cartography is worse at drawing maps than my 4 year-old cousin.

A bunch of points in Cartography will indicate chests, enemies, and other stuff. I love the idea, but I hate the execution.

Lock-picking’s okay. You have a percent chance to unlock any door or chest you come across. Lockpicks can break, and I never had more than a 55% chance to open any lock, no matter my skills or ability points. I bought maybe 15 lockpicks through the entire game, and went through maybe 4 of those? It was an okay system.

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Wordy Wednesdays – Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (Part 2)

Okay, so I really didn’t like Bimbos of the Death Sun. Here’s an assortment of other issues I had with it, aside from last week’s post.

Here’s that fucking cover again.

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Musical Monday – The Haunted Man by Bat for Lashes

I have been looking forward to this album for months. Bat for Lashes is Natasha Khan. She has a pretty voice and is very skilled with lyrics and music.

Natasha Khan, leader of the fashion world.

 

Let’s dive in.

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Video Games – Eschalon Book 1 (Part 1)

I bought this game a while ago from Basilisk Games. Never got around to playing it for whatever reason. But now I’ve played it!

I’ve played it so you don’t have to! Because you don’t want to! Because it isn’t good!

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Wordy Wednesday – Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (Part 1)

If you don’t want to read a few hundred words of me complaining about a book, here’s the short version:

Bimbos of the Death Sun is a cut-rate murder mystery book that takes great joy in mocking nerdy misfits at a sci-fi convention. I did not enjoy it and you probably wouldn’t either.

Good? Okay, let’s keep going.

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Musical Monday – The Sound of the Life of the Mind by Ben Folds Five

First, let me stress that this is a new form of review for me. It’s a first-response kind of thing. I listened to the album for the first time and I wrote down my first impressions of it as I went.

The album cover is so deep. GET IT?

I am, uh, less than kind to the album. But only because it isn’t very good!

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