The Grimdark Games

I read an article recently discussing things fantasy and science fiction could really use more of.  At the top of that list was “A sense of fun.”

Yeah, you could definitely say that’s missing.

In my most recent interview (check out #sffwrtcht on Twitter if you’re interested in giving it a glance) I mentioned that my strongest writing influences are Walt Simonson’s epic run on Marvel Comic’s Thor series, Duck Tales, and Darkwing Duck.  You could also throw in monster movies, and, though I only discovered them after I’d been writing for a while, the pulp adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  I’m no longer self-conscious about admitting that because those are worthy influences, and they’ve made me a better writer.

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I’ve been playing the heck out of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare.  As should hardly be surprising at this point, I rather like weird games where things (killer plants) fight other things (zombies).  Garden Warfare is an online third-person shooter video game, and it’s simply charming.  I know that most hardcore gamers will balk at the colorful, cartoony graphics, but at its heart, this is a brutal battle where no quarter is asked nor given.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (a movie review)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman was probably one of those properties that was least requiring any kind of full-length movie adaptation.  The original Peabody’s Improbably Histories (featured on The Bullwinkle Show) was, intentionally, a slight confection.  Fractured Fairy Tales versions of history.  Classics, for certain, but it’s difficult to imagine anyone building them into something else.  DWA’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, by necessity, is required to take the concept places it wasn’t originally meant to go, and while it could go very wrong, it ends up creating a rather charming tale of adventure and what makes a family.  That it does so without straying too far from the source material is a worthy accomplishment, and one that shouldn’t be readily dismissed.

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The Capitals (A Board Game Review)

Time for another board game review, Action Force.

Today’s game is The Capitals from Mercury Games (  Mercury Games is a company I don’t know much about, but they produced the very cool Infamy, a board game about becoming the criminal overlord of a space colony.  That’s fun too, and I’ll get around to reviewing it too but The Capitals is the one I’ve played most recently and freshest in my mind.

The Capitals is a city building and management game.  Gameplay revolves around drafting various building tiles, placing them in your city, and managing several different tracks measuring the various statuses of your town.

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