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Books / China Mieville's New Crobuzon Series
« on: June 02, 2006, 08:02:05 am »
I mentioned this here a while back but I thought I would test the waters and see what people think of this guy.  He reads like the abominable offspring of Pratchett and Gaiman if they had tied him up in a sack and dumped him into Anne Rice's lagoon.  Very dark.  Very self-aware and yet still very fun.  His setting is very gothic and he likes the word "moist" a little much but I really enjoyed his books.  Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and the Iron Council are the only three I know of in this series.  They're very imaginative and very creepy.  He succeeds at that style of writing where you actually feel the soul of the city.  Again, much like Ankh-Morpork or Neverwhere.   I heartily recommend these books to people looking for some decadently dark reading.  This guy is so hinting at someone making this into a roleplaying game.  He's not subtle at all.  Trouble is, it would be a very fun setting for one.  -leeman

Music /
« on: January 20, 2006, 06:21:19 pm »
I always wait for the stinger on GamingSteve episodes and there was a nifty plug for Mike Shapiro of GamingSteve theme fam.  His music is really cool, especially his dramatic stuff.  I really recommend going over and listening to the samples he has up.  I'd love full-length versions to play at roleplaying sessions.  So there you have it. -leeman

Books / George R R Martin
« on: November 23, 2005, 07:41:05 pm »
Thought I'd see who all has read the Song of Ice and Fire books including the newest one, Feast For Crows.  I finished it a few days ago and really enjoyed it.  It felt like half a book because...well, it is but it was very good nonetheless and I am excited about the next one.  These might be favourite fantasy books although Pratchett still wins out due his sheer volume.  What are people thinking about them?  -leeman

Everything Else / Walken 2008
« on: August 14, 2005, 10:21:41 am »

If it's real, then God is smiling on us all.
If it's fake, he should still get elected.  It would be much more interesting.

Everything Else / somewhat gauche: but
« on: July 29, 2005, 08:05:48 pm »
This is an amazing podcast (I still love GS, but I need to share the love)  and these guys are fast becoming personal heroes.  Imagine taking all the geeky conversations you have in your dorm room and concentrating it into 1.5 hour long shows.  All the debates, jokes, pure geekery.  It's amazing. Here it is:
Steve, if this honks your hooter, I'll remove it but they seriously rule and I want them to get more exposure.  thanks. -leeman

Music / Yahoo Launchcast
« on: July 02, 2005, 06:24:00 pm »
I've recently discovered this really cool customizable internet radio and I wondered what other people thought of it.  I love being able to fastforward and ban Limp Bizkit songs.  Such power.  -leeman

Everything Else / Google Earth
« on: June 30, 2005, 07:47:18 pm »
To make up for my earlier urine related faux pas I decided to see if people knew about  It totally rocks.  pretend you're a soviet spy looking for promises nuke sites.  See the creepy pentagram in DC.  All kinds of fun.  Get it while Google battles Microsoft and lets you download it for free! -leeman

PC Games / City of Heroes
« on: May 10, 2005, 12:05:25 pm »
All this talk about Guild Wars prompted me to see how people felt about Ciity.  This was a game I was very excited about and enjoyed playing last summer and I've hopped back on and I'm still having a great time.  Now, I have very little experience when it comes to MMORPGs.  I played Star Wars Galaxies for a summer, World of Warcraft for a day and Ragnarok Online for about an hour and that's been about it.  City of Heroes just really drew me in.  I loved the world that the developers made and I really enjoy being a part of its mythology.  Character creation is, of course, one of it's main draws but I just have so much fun with it and find it very relaxing.  I've taken to flying around the city, trying to explore as much as I can.  This is getting a little dangerous as there are nazis and corporate goons about 20 levels higher than me but that's part of the thrill.  Roleplaying isn't huge but I could do more if I wanted.  I thought I'd just throw this out.  If anyone plays on Pinnacle look for Cabin Pressure of Electric-6.  I'm always interested in teaming up to take down evil.  -leeman

Books / Roleplaying games
« on: April 16, 2005, 06:29:11 pm »
I was interested in knowing how many people play pen and paper rpgs?  I've been playing since around the mid 90s but I've been fascinated by my brothers' dnd stuff for years.  I've played all the dnds, west end and d20 starwars, d20 modern, hunter, werewolf, vampire and dabbled and many more.  I just finished gming a d20 Star Wars game and might run either an Iron Kingdoms d20 dnd game next semester and or a new White Wolf World of Darkness game.  Anywho, just thought I'd test the waters and see what kind of crowd hung out here. -leeman

Podcasts / Retro reviews
« on: April 15, 2005, 11:09:40 am »
I thought I'd make a list of older games that would be cool to hear reviewed.
System Shock 2
Any of the Monkey Islands or other SCUMM games like the Dig, Full Throttle, Indiana Jones, etc.
Ogre Battle
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Civ 2
and just for fun, Karateka

Console Games / Mercenaries
« on: April 08, 2005, 01:57:37 pm »
Lucasarts' Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is kind of amazing.  I've been playing this game for a few days now and I am very hooked.  It's like Grand Theft Auto meets Metal Gear.  I want to know if anyone else has been playing this and what they think of it.  So far, the only problems I've had are in travel time and trudging along looking for vehicles (Much like in a GTA game) but other than that, it's got a ton of somewhat open-ended missions that can be solved as you see fit.  It's got a nice faction system and a way to penalize you for taking out civilians and it's also got some cool, unlockable parts.  I'm playing on my own Xbox and my friend's so I've got two characters and I'm just having a literal Blast playing.  Thoughts?-leeman

Books / Midnight at the Well of Souls
« on: April 02, 2005, 12:18:28 am »
I just realized that this is sci fi book by Jack Chalker is somewhat reminiscent with Spore.  Part of the premise is that people are abducted into a world subdived by species that acts as a living database of all these different species.  The giant central Maxis database of creatures suddenly sprung into my mind as looking like this planet where every so often, creatures are transported to another planet (our game) and live as best they can.  It's late and I've spent far too much time perusing these forums but I thought I'd share.  The book is good regardless of any of my craziness.  -leeman

Movies / Sin City
« on: April 01, 2005, 08:08:23 pm »
Sort of like Sim City but with more bosoms and less police funding.  Hmmm...Trying to create Sin City using a Sim City game.  The prospect...intrigues?  Anyway, I just saw this film and really enjoyed it.  I was suspicious because Frank Miller is a crazy person who puts tiny men in Superman's ear just for fun but this was a truly awesome movie.  I know I say that many things are "truly awesome"  or "totally amazing" but I live in superlatives.  If anyone sees this movie, let me know what you think because I really enjoyed myself.  If anyone has read the graphic novels, I'd be interested to know how they compare.  Allright, off to geek out.  -leeman

Books / 1602
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:25:22 am »
Who here has read Neil Gaiman's Marvel comic book series/graphic novel 1602?  I really enjoyed this and I wanted to know what other people felt about it.  I'm not a big comic book reader but my older brother and best friend from college were so I osmosed a lot of knowledge from the two of them.  I do really like graphic novels though.  Dark Knight Returns, the Killing Joke, Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the little bit of Sandman I've read and others.  I really liked this particular series, however.  For those who don't know, it's the Marvel universe set in 1602.  Sir Nicholas Fury is Queen Elizabeth's master spy.  Dr. Stephen Strange is her court magician.  Mutants are called Witchbreed.  Lots of cool stuff like that.  What's also really cool is that none of the characters come from after the 60s.  It's the original lineup of X-Men (no wolverine), Spiderman (no venom), Fantastic 4 and the Avengers.  I highly recommend it but then again, I always do. -leeman

Portable Games / Metal Gear Acid
« on: March 28, 2005, 09:44:34 pm »
This is one of the few games that has attracted my interest in the PSP and I'm wondering if anyone has played it and what they think of it.  Konami didn't say too much about it but I love the Metal Gear series especially Solid, Twin Snakes and Snake Eater.  The card system sounded interesting.  Wanted to know what people felt about it.  Thanks. -leeman

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