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Prog / Re: Prog 2080 -PSI no More
« on: 08 May, 2018, 11:20:54 AM »
Agreed on Stront. It was already a good yarn, but a creative episode like this really elevates the whole story.

Prog / Re: Prog 2079 - Top of the Class
« on: 28 April, 2018, 07:50:20 PM »
Just popping in to say I thought this week's Dredd was *brilliant*.

Film & TV / Re: Ready Player One review
« on: 16 April, 2018, 11:49:31 AM »
I enjoyed it, but thought it tried to be too much to all people. This might be some mind-bending meta-intention of Spielberg's, but the story seemed to be searching for some dark under-current ("Real people are dying!" or whatever it was she said), and of course the protagonist's (horrible) family and most of his neighbours were exploded, but the story only ever really went for the popcorn. That was a shame because I'm sure there's a truly great dystopian thriller lurking under the spectacle. (I haven't read the book, so maybe it lurks in there.)

Also, the story seems horribly dated. This idea of a dotty professor creating the ultimate virtual world in his office with Simon Pegg is a quaint 70's notion. I'd be interest in knowing *why* Oasis won that race, once the technology reached a certain point. And what is a "bandwidth war", exactly? So for me, great spectacle (who couldn't love the Overlook sequence), but lacking real interest.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 16 April, 2018, 10:34:24 AM »
This weekend's game was Clank! In! Space!, a sci-fi re-skin and rules update to Clank!, one of our favourite board-games.

It's a ton of fun, pretty much a shoe-in if you like the original. It does play differently, though: the map has a ton more mobility, there are (simple) requirements to meet before you can even go for an artifact, and the deck-building has incorporated ideas from other, similar games; for example, there are now faction cards that must be played in the same hand in order to activate effects on other cards.

The fluff is a constant stream of sci-fi in-jokes, which may annoy some people, but we found it amusing enough. The package itself is amazing with huge amounts of tokens and pieces, and a jigsaw board with flippable sides for more variety.

Overall, brilliant.

Other Reviews / Re: Brink - Book One - Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard
« on: 11 April, 2018, 11:38:20 AM »
I ordered this last week and consumed it in short order. The recent(ish) second series was my favourite thrill for quite some time, and book 1 doesn't disappoint either. Can't wait for the collected book 2 (due on 26 July if Amazon is to be believed).

Prog / Re: Prog 2076 - Divide + Conquer!
« on: 11 April, 2018, 11:30:56 AM »
Great prog, no doubt, but Anderson is just unfathomable at the mo. A careful re-read might do the trick.

Prog / Re: Prog 2075 - In the Field of Battle
« on: 04 April, 2018, 02:04:07 PM »
Looks nice.  With luck my subscription prog will turn up today.  Bank holiday weekend has really thrown things for a loop.   :(
Ditto. :(

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 20 March, 2018, 02:50:42 PM »
Dammit! I had decided to take a break from the prog and switched my sub over to the Megazine. 2073 was to be my last prog for a while, but it was just so good, I'm now back on a combi sub.

*shakes fist to the heavens* Thaaaarggg!

Prog / Re: Prog 2039 - Eye in the Sky!
« on: 10 July, 2017, 10:02:11 AM »
I gotta agree about Brink. It's an amazing strip.

Prog / Re: Prog 2037 - Unexpected Item in the Fragging Area
« on: 26 June, 2017, 12:17:28 PM »
Loved the Dredd concept, but I agree that the last panel veered off in a weirdly unexpected direction. Some great imagery in that strip.

Brink is my favourite strip in the prog for a long time. I'm going there before Dredd, and that's almost unprecedented. Super clean and stylish art, and great dialog.

Grey Area is a pro piece of work. It has grown on me immensely since I first encountered it. I only wish the character art popped from the page a bit more.

Hunted is...fine. I'm in.

Dafoe...nah. It never really got me.

General / Disposing of recent back-issues, how?
« on: 20 April, 2016, 11:43:15 AM »
Hey all,

One of the promises I made to myself (and my wife) when I re-subbed was that I wouldn't hoard back-issues like I had in the past. So, I have a thingummy that contains the last couple of years of progs, and the agreement made was that when it was full, it would be emptied. This is cool with me, because anything that stands out I will purchase when it's re-released.

So, I have a couple of year's worth of progs and a year's worth of the Meg. I really don't just want to chuck them in the recycling, and I doubt they have much value. What would everyone prefer I do with them?


Prog / Re: Prog 1965 - Zero Tolerance!
« on: 25 January, 2016, 11:33:30 AM »
No prog in Worcester. I would expect to find it on my doorstep tonight (Monday is usually the latest except in very rare circumstances).

Prog / Re: Prog 1964 - Big Jobbed (Like Turds in the rain)
« on: 19 January, 2016, 09:39:44 AM »
The prog continues to impress.

Quite a shocking turn of events in Dredd, and those lines, just fantastic. Is the Justice Department *ever* going to stabilise into the institution of old?

I hope The Order maintains this frenetic pace. I kind of lost interest in the last series but this one feels fresh and energetic.

Kingdom is my least favourite. Nothing about it has ever struck a chord, despite looking great. This one looks like it might be developing the world a bit, so I'm interested to see where it's going.

ABC Warriors - I could add milk and sugar and just eat the art for breakfast. I enjoyed the pastiche this week, but the story is a bit of a muddle, and my memory of what ABCW used to be is very hazy. Can anyone summarise for me?

Strontium Dog is lightweight, but I'm enjoying it a lot. I'd like to see this kind of accessible strip in every line-up.

Prog / Re: Prog 1961 - Welcome to your future!
« on: 15 December, 2015, 12:11:48 PM »
Typically merry Dredd Christmas tale. Loved it.

This is an amazing prog all around. That Ro-Busters art. Holy crap.

Prog / Re: Prog 1960 The Good, The Bad, The Psychotic!
« on: 07 December, 2015, 10:51:20 AM »
Loved the "error of judgement" jaw-dropper in Dredd and then that final page reveal. Good stuff. Dredd is so good at the moment, I'm tempted to re-sub to the Meg.

I loved the first few episodes of Bad Company but for me it's really gone off the rails. Interminable build-up punctuated with terrible, leaden exposition. The comedy mayor this week was a mis-step as well. I love the art (and that cover, wow), but the writing has fallen short.

Defoe came to a satisfying conclusion, but I'm ready for something new in that slot.

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