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Prog / Re: Prog 2103 - Demons of the mind
« on: 17 October, 2018, 04:18:07 pm »

Another fine prog.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 October, 2018, 04:15:58 pm »
On Netflix recently we've caught up on:

* Luke Cage S2 - Bored us to tears, yet to finish. I like slow burners with things to say, but this is just weak.
* Iron Fist S2 - Very good indeed with an amazing final episode season 3 set-up -- only for the series to then be canceled. :(
* Altered Carbon - Muscly future noir. A bit nasty in places. The writers sure strip-mined the 'sleeve' concept, so not sure what's left for season 2 to explore. Overall, very good.
* Glow - Finally got around to watching both seasons, really enjoyable with a great ensemble.
* Designated Survivor - We used this as background noise for a couple of weeks. Absolute pap, and at that level only because of Kiefer Sutherland's understated performance.

Looking forward to bingeing the new Daredevil this weekend!

Welcome to the board / Re: Hello
« on: 05 October, 2018, 09:50:32 am »
There are far more knowledgeable Squaxx on the board than I, so I won't try and answer your question in detail. Dredd has decades of continuity, so your best bet is to take a dip here and there to get a feel for the universe.

The Judge Dredd Mega Collection, if you can find any of them, are an unbeatable way to catch up on Dredd history, from early classics like the Apocalypse War to modern masterpieces like America and Origins.

If you want to be a completionist, then the Judge Dredd Case Files will bring you all the way from Prog 1. The series has currently got as far as the turn of the millennium!

Welcome aboard and hope to see you around.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 02 October, 2018, 09:16:41 am »
Goaty, that's a wonderful piece. I was handling it just fine until you posted that! :(

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 01 October, 2018, 02:11:31 pm »
A gut punch. Awful news. Thanks for everything, Carlos.

Prog / Re: Prog 2101 - The Red, Wight and Blue
« on: 01 October, 2018, 09:18:50 am »
The Saturday-morning slap of my shrink-wrapped prog hitting the porch floor has rarely sounded so good. I find myself looking forward to the next episode of Brink like I would to the next episode of Game of Thrones or Discovery. Soooo good.

Welcome to the board / Re: Hello everyone
« on: 28 September, 2018, 09:42:54 am »
Hello! Welcome to the boards. :)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 September, 2018, 11:07:57 am »
Okay let's do this. My list:

Khan: Nothing needs to be said. To Star Trek as Empire is to Star Wars.
Search for Spock: Brilliant, underrated, see above.
Insurrection: My favourite TNG movie, a simple morality tale in Star Trek prose.
Generations: Many fine qualities, but not, I think, what everyone was looking for from the first TNG movie.
Undiscovered Country: Bought ticket with great trepidation. Ended up loving it.
Voyage Home: Enjoyable plonk. Can't stand the score though.
Motion Picture: I like this more than most. I remember my dad's loud gasp of amazement when the new Enterprise went to warp speed for the first time. The extended cut is really good too.
First Contact: I rate this lower than most. Looks great, sounds great, lots to enjoy, but I simply can't get over the plot contrivances.
Nemesis: Far from a classic, but does it deserve so much derision?
Final Frontier: Utter crap. Even if the plot is kind of okay, the sub-par VFX (and that's being kind) are unforgivable in a Star Trek film.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 September, 2018, 09:46:17 am »
Now onto the enjoyable romp of Film IV.

...And the adventure continues...
You're not going to make yourself watch ST V are you? I counsel against it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 September, 2018, 09:43:16 am »
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. I've probably only watched this film about three or four times, and certainly not in at least ten years, because I hated the whole Genesis-Spock-rejuvenation angle.
This was my favourite Star Trek for much of the '80's, when I was slightly too young to appreciate the true brilliance of Wrath of Khan. The VFX were incredible. James Horner's score, picking up where his genius work on Khan, was amazing (STII is his best ever work, IMO). It introduced the now-classic klingon Bird of Prey. Loads of tension, action, and great performances from *everyone* (Shatner in particular, probably his best turn as Kirk). The resurrection angle is hard to swallow, but overall, a very under-rated movie IMO.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 09:35:57 am »
Skull is wonderful - it only really comes alive with 5-6 players though I find.
This is true. Most of our gaming is with a cadre of four players, and we know each-other so well that Skull can sometimes descend into a psycho-drama with all of us trying desperately to play against type. It's the kind of emergent gameplay that is part of the unique brilliance of tabletop gaming.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 26 September, 2018, 11:52:59 am »
Currently addicted to Sky Force Reloaded on the Switch. Shmups might be the only genre I ever play on that device, but god it's perfect for them.

Do you use a control pad? Only way to play some games I think. GTAIV particularly.
The Switch is basically a giant gamepad, so yeah. :)

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 26 September, 2018, 09:23:12 am »
Lately we have been playing:

* Legendary: Alien: an Alien-themed deck builder that has you play through all four films. Wildly variable art, but really awesome once you have a table full of people who know how to play these things. Takes frigging ages to set up though.

* Zombicide: Miniatures-heavy zombie-survival skirmish game. Quite cool, but not pacey enough for my liking.

* Imperial Assault: The very best of modern miniatures skirmish. Lean and evocative, but rock hard, and some classes overshadow others.

* Skull: Top-tier bluffing game, simplest of the simples, truly brilliant. Usually goes hand-in-hand with a few games of Coup, Enter the Dungeon, and Sushi Go!, all equally good.

Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« on: 26 September, 2018, 09:10:33 am »
I see the attraction of a Death-adjacent Anderson strip, and I liked it for what it was, but a story that makes a point of her time in uniform should really have been about her time in uniform. Still, nice to see her kicking ass as a street judge, even if she gets caught like a chump later-on.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 25 September, 2018, 10:02:09 am »
What's the word for when you think someone has already died, and then you find out they've been alive all this time, but now they've really died?

We re-watched Aliens recently. Apone is a legendary character, and what a performance.

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