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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 February, 2021, 09:38:43 AM »
Rush Limbaugh, the controversial US radio personality and political commentator, has died aged 70 after suffering from lung cancer.


General / Re: The Unofficial 2000AD Sketch Competition #1: VOTING THREAD!
« on: 17 February, 2021, 09:20:48 AM »
Very, very difficult to choose. Based on the postcard theme I'm going for:

1. Legendary Shark 1
2. Norton Canes
3. Jim Campbell

Overall though these are terrific and massive props to all who contributed.

Books & Comics / Re: Devlin Waugh in the prog
« on: 16 February, 2021, 04:47:49 PM »
Having been scorned by all for a negative opinion I've completed my re-read of Swimming in Blood.

My opinion is the same and different. The atmosphere in the story is excellent and the story is horrible. Good horrible, that is. It's classic John Smith really, unsettling and grotesque. Great stuff and not much praise I can give this that's not already been said.

Waugh as a character here I still think is the issue for me. He's a brilliant idea, but a bit one note - I get that he's unflappable, but he doesn't need to be banging on about muffins and whatnot the whole way through. There's a repeated motif where someone will get upset or something terrible will happen and he'll suggest it's time for a quick bit of snuff or a charleston. He actually comes across as very, very callous - in fact he reminds me of old Doctor Who arcs where the Doctor would wander about tutting at things and appearing to not contribute much whilst the supporting cast meets a grisly fate one by one, until finally getting into gear and wrapping things up at the end. I find him a very unlikeable protagonist and therefore the story a bit of an unpleasant read (which may be the point)
So... not a bad story, but not one for me!

I'm not sure when I 'get into' him as a character as I love him by the time Herod rolls around. I have read Red Tide but I don't remember anything about it, so should read that next I guess.

And just generally, would love to see John Smith back working for Tharg at some point.

Prog / Re: Prog 2219 - Stand and Deliver
« on: 16 February, 2021, 12:07:19 PM »
I also think 2000ad is pretty good at accessibility vs continuity but it's always better to hear from outside our own bubble, so to speak.

My wife is a casual reader of the Prog, and there's some strips she just finds impenetrable due to continuity - the last series of Stickleback being the latest example - she's just not interested. She read the first couple of episodes and then flipped past them every week for the rest of the run.

I'm not saying it should have been more accessible btw. Her loss imo.

Help! / Re: A Moral Dilemma - separating the art from the artist
« on: 16 February, 2021, 10:43:43 AM »
Music has been problematic for me in the past too. I believe you can and should seperate art from artist - I think it's important the artist isn't shackled by public perception and produces what they want to produce, but also that once your art is in the public domain it then sits with the individual to interpret - and whilst some art can be abhorrent in it's context, I don't think the artist themselves being abhorrent is enough reason to abandon it... unless of course it's meaning / enjoyment for you, as an individual, has been curdled by that knowledge, in which case by all means.

What I don't do is support horrible artists. Applies more to the musical side of things again where support is very important, but HPL is long dead so I'd buy one of his books, but I wouldn't do anything that might help JK Rowlings bank account, for example.

Prog / Re: Prog 2219 - Stand and Deliver
« on: 16 February, 2021, 09:32:59 AM »
I think Wilko's post is an important one if he's a reasonably newish reader. I get the impression most of the rest of us have been reading the comic for decades but if he's not read Slaine before and hes finding it not so good that's worth taking note of (even if it is looking like it's wrapping up)
There's a lot of continuity heavy stuff in the prog nowdays and whilst it's a delight for a lot of us I'm interested to how it's perceived by people with less grounding in it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2219 - Stand and Deliver
« on: 15 February, 2021, 04:27:55 PM »
That is an excellent shout.

Prog / Re: Prog 2219 - Stand and Deliver
« on: 15 February, 2021, 03:43:56 PM »
Prog arrived this morning, my quick thoughts after a lunchtime read.

Dredd - Another lovely one off. Colin is right to call this gentle -it's a nice little story with Dredd being a dick, a good protagonist with just enough backstory, continuity callback and a bit of satire too in a dig at the current zero hour hell that couriers are enduring. Top thrill this week!
Goddard's art is fantastic here. His cityscapes simply rule and the cover is magnificent.

Slaine - All action, but feels like it's sliding back to being nonsense sadly. Still looks terrific although I'm not a fan of Alban's design. He looks derpy - unless that's the point as an ingrown mutant. 

Proteus Vex - All action here too but it's good. Like Slaine there's some great ideas here, but unlike Slaine it's engaging, exciting and interesting. Tiny Vex looks like a Kirby superhero. How big are those Citheronians?

Durham Red The brain is wearing a balaclava! With a pom-pom no less.
I thought this was going to be a straight up siege story so this is an interesing shake up and we still don't know who the villains are, so more to come. 

Hershey After enjoying the last couple of episodes, there's no resolution and this ending is bogus, despite the great art.

General / Re: Festive Thrill-Tree: Charity Raffle!
« on: 15 February, 2021, 01:30:27 PM »
Parcel rocked up this morning, cheers SM.

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 15 February, 2021, 01:06:30 PM »
Just seen a beautiful little kingfisher down by the river. He kept ahead of me before diving underwater and coming up with a tiny fish in his beak which he promptly wolfed down.
Day made.

It's totally Carlos.

Games / Re: Being a Dungeon Master... on line.
« on: 15 February, 2021, 11:47:58 AM »
Cheers Wedge!

You're right about Syrinscape, you'd need an audio mixer or just turn it up really loud in the background :) I tried running it through R20 but it just slowed the game down to a crawl.

One of my guys also asked about streaming our games but we prefer to keep it just for us. The game is written with specific people in mind and I'm not sure others would 'get it'. Tbh I've watched a couple of sessions over Twitch etc. and the popular ones seem obviously scripted to me.

It's been an interesting challenge adapting to running online. Some cool stuf has come out of it, but I can't wait to revert back.

Film & TV / Re: Carano, Whedon and all that
« on: 15 February, 2021, 11:43:08 AM »
So we've established she's not fat and she's an appropriate build for the character she's playing, but Milstar doesn't fancy her and won't have it on either point so there's not a lot to add to that.
Now the usual suspects are crying about freedom of speech, when this isn't about freedom of speech at all but accountability where a major corporation will only have someone putting negative spin on their brand for so long. Talk shit, get sacked, to paraphrase Ice T.

I've caught up with the Whedon stuff and he sounds like a proper bellend. The awful inevitability of this is pretty crushing - man with power over women turns out to be scumbag. Again.

Games / Re: Being a Dungeon Master... on line.
« on: 15 February, 2021, 11:12:24 AM »

Wedgeski, that is a seriously good setup. I'm not a huge fan of Roll20: it's a bit clunky, but I find it invaluable for displaying maps and running combat when PCs need to know about flanking or how many of them are getting fireballed etc. I've thought about using a battlemap & streaming it but I feel like I'm unsure on the investment for setting it up vs the time we'll be using it for. Any chance you could share a pic of your table setup? I'm really interested especially with regard my second game where I'll never be able to play a face to face session with the guys involved, so it'd potentially be worth stepping it up.

One thing I used to use a lot in the before-times was Syrinscape for sound effects - sadly I've just cancelled that as it didn't work with our online setup.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 February, 2021, 11:00:46 AM »
The Fiends book is absolutely mint.

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