So, I’ve been away from this blog for a while and I’m gonna admit, I’m not feeling super motivated at the moment. Tons of awesome stuff has passed me by. Sure, I can still tackle this stuff, but it wouldn’t be the same. Also, the hiatus has gone on for much longer than I anticipated. To be honest, I’m not sure I want to come back yet. One of the reasons I left is simple, I didn’t really like doing what I was doing anymore. I’m mostly hoping I can recapture that passion and interest I had before. I’m also battling depression and personal frustration in a life that seems so very upside-down. I’d, again, like to thank everyone for bearing with me. That said, I can only hope I’ll muster whatever is needed to come back to this page and put forth some engaging editorials and informative reviews. Till later.
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Around last year, I discussed something I referred to (in a tongue-in-cheek manner) as “The Drizzt Effect.” Long story short, an out of the blue concept becomes popular… too popular. Suddenly, everyone wants to play as this character in other peoples’ games. However, I’m not going to be talking about D&D that much here. This time, it’s more so about the gaming community (while reflecting on and poking fun at my take on things.)
Overall, last year had a mix of satisfying releases and disappointing ones, as does any year. I personally enjoyed Witcher III as a well done follow up to its predecessors (as well as an adaptation of the novels.) While the hype train almost deterred me a little, I decided to challenge it on its own merits. Overall, a satisfying game, even if Geralt is kind of Batman. Now, can I say that for all the following games I had adverse reactions too? Heavens no!
As I’ve said in another post, fandom tends to ruin things for me. I’m a bitter old soul who becomes unnerved by too many screaming, celebratory voices. Beforehand, it was Five Nights at Freddy’s. The series itself is okay in my opinion, not particularly engaging or fun, I did like the first game at the time it came out though. At first the lore caught my attention, at the very least as a well written creepypasta. Then the relentless waves of how amazing it was surged everywhere. I couldn’t escape absurd and esoteric theories, strange fan works among other things. In a sense, I’m an angry hipster who hates when things get popular.
Perhaps none highlight this more than Undertale. When I first heard about it back early Fall, I found it to be a charming homage to Earthbound and various other classic RPGs (particularly from the earlier 1990s.) I had my fun, but the game didn’t really stick with me too much (even after going through a non-violent run.) So, I packed my bags and decided to check something else out. No harm done. Then the floodgates open. From the Hellscape that is Tumblr, dank memes and jabbering shoggoths emerged from the woodwork to shout at the world the glory that is that game. I repeated my cycle of quickly becoming a jaded old man. Returning, I had come to see a game that’s not as “hard” and “deep” as I initially considered (or at least, as others had said.) I found the game more shallow and lacking the humor and depth I originally thought it had. I also booted the game to do a “genocide run” out of spite. And so, I enjoyed the tears of feels-filled fans, as being a very petty and vindictive gamer can be fun all its own. Now I’m at the point where I roll my eyes and move past. But, that is the cycle of hype backlash for me. While I don’t care about what I consider a charming yet mediocre homage anymore, I’m sure something will earn my very petty ire. This all depends, what are waves of rabid fans going to clamor about next?
I swear, I have more “I’m not dead” posts than actual posts! No matter, I do plan on returning to my review/editorial page soon enough. Lately, I just haven’t had the spark… and I feel it’s better to admit the truth to your audience than keep them guessing. It’s been hard getting back into things, but I will continue to get things back in order.
In one month alone, we’ve lost a small handful of cultural icons. They’ve been part of our lives since childhood or some point in growing up. Perhaps they directly shaped who we are. Needless to say, it really sucks. That said, death is the said fact of life and reality itself. Everything will at one point die and that terrifies us. Especially consider the fact we like to think of what we love as being immortal or invulnerable, but that’s sadly not true. And because we lose someone so special to us, it tends to taint the entire timeframe around that loss. However, I don’t think we should do this. If anything, it doesn’t do justice to the amazing memories we’ve had thanks to the people we had recently lost. Whether it’s Labyrinth being the first movie you remember seeing (and with Bowie’s performance as the Goblin King, how can one forget?) or jamming to Motorhead for the first time, those memories won’t leave us and we should be thanking the deceased for giving us those opportunities in the first place. Plus, I’ve lost tons of people that were important to me last year as well: Satoru Iwata, Leonard Nemoy, Scott Weiland, Grace Whitney (from Star Trek as well), Terry Pratchett, Christopher Lee, the list goes on and on. And yet, I remembered them for all their wonderful work instead of stewing in depression. After all, I’m sure they’d prefer fond recollections instead of fans being sad.
While I didn’t make any formal announcement, I’ve decided that stuff pertaining to tabletop gaming will stay on my other page, Daemons and Deathrays. That said, things not involving roleplaying games or board games will go here. It’s not that I feel I should keep them separate, so much as my tabletop blog deserves plenty of love as well. With that, here’s an article in which I talk about the Planescape setting and how you can use it for your D&D games and beyond! You can find the article here. Please, check it out and let me know what you think.
Image Credit: Sigil by Samize
But we remain thankful that he shared his amazing music while he was here. In the countless eons that make up our cosmic timeline, we were lucky enough to live in the same time as Bowie himself. Goodbye, Thin White Duke.
So, I’ve been a bit of a rut lately. As I’ve mentioned on another post, fighting depression sucks. A lot of personal stresser and life in general have gotten in the way, in addition to tiring jobs and what have you. But, I’m not here to grumble and complain. Rather, I’d like to say that I’m feeling a bit better. A vacation was what I needed and once I feel a little more restored, you bet you will see something outta me! And as always, I’ll try my best to deliver something both informative and entertaining… And considering most Journos nowadays fail at one or the other (or both), the least I can do is try to do both. As always, I’m Doc and you’re reading my irradiated archive! Stay mutated, good readers!
Well, I’ll start off by saying I’m awful at New Year’s Resolutions. They’re usually pretty lofty ideals and sometimes non achievable goals anyway. That said, I want to figure ways to improve this page as much as possible. It’s a new year and a chance to start again. Things slowed down and nearly fell apart last year due to many factors going on in my life… and quite frankly, I don’t want that to happen another time! Whether it means that a slow but consistent schedule is made (slower than the current one) or something else is to be determined. I won’t feel discouraged and give up on this page, as I’ve already sunk a good 3 – 4 years of my life writing all sorts of stuff. With that, I’m taking a break as I go on vacation once more to refresh my mind and get ready for the year ahead. I’ll see you all on the week of the 10th!
It’s been that time of the year for a while and it’s safe to say that many of us are sick of it. We see Mall Santas chugging whiskey outside the local shopping center, spoiled brats screaming about how getting the newest toy is a sign of love, the same holiday pop covered by a flavor of the year music group, sickeningly cheery decorations mass produced by Hallmark-esque megacorporations, you get the general idea. For many a bitter cynic, the yuletide season simply sucks. In a sense, rewatching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, there’s a lot to relate to. Perhaps something about the plot makes us all the more bitter. But, why is that?