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Messages - Funt Solo

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Personal favourite: The Evil Blood trilogy. "Strike!" gives us a rare 2000ad story totally driven by the characters and has some great moments because of this. The following tale, with Ace  making his misguided decision, was an effortless switch from comedy ( his final revenge on Jago Kain) to properly heartbreaking. One of 2000Ad's greatest moments in almost 45 years.

Ah, see - I needed to hear that. It's always good to be reminded that just because I didn't get on with something, it doesn't mean it wasn't great for someone else.

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Events / Re: Jocks team up 45th anniversary?
« on: 26 January, 2022, 06:08:30 PM »
He lives!!!

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 26 January, 2022, 05:11:24 PM »
My Lone Wolf collection was one of the things I let go during a big move years ago - and regret quite a lot. I bought some of the re-issued hardbacks that came out a few years ago - Dever had written in a whole new sequence featuring the attack on the monastery at the beginning of Flight From the Dark. It didn't add much, really - if anything, it made you too powerful going into the rest of the book.

I wonder if these new editions will use that version or the original. Maybe Project Aon could tell me. It's interesting that they mention rebalancing some of the gameplay, because it was definitely broken in places.

I had my students code up the combat system, and we discovered that the random number table isn't balanced and neither is the combat chart. There's no algorithm that you can apply to generalize the values - you just need to hard code them all in. I loved the stories, but the system itself is not robustly developed.

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Havn's for blubbos and flanners. I'm all for clearway lugbuddies burning jekyl from disgumby to plasma jam blipping big byms.

Ace Trucking Co.


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Havn isn't awful, but it's a little too surreal for me. Ace Trucking definitely outstayed it's welcome - you know there's a problem when the core concept gets abandoned and the characters end up driving a jeep through a bunch of Hollywood metaphors. Space was abandoned. Trucking was abandoned. Oh dear...

But it launched like a powerhouse - with Kleggs, and a zombie minder, and a maniacal, skeletal Scottie, and a cut-out-and-keep space trucker's dictionary. I was genuinely excited for the Great Mush Rush. The Bams were sublime comedy gold. Good times.

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I loved The Great Game - I picked it up on a rare visit to Londinium's Forbidden Planet, without knowing in advance that it existed. A happy day.

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The Balls Brothers  - Only Fools and Horses meets Marshal Law. It was probably strictly better than I Was a Teenage Tax Consultant - and, in that way, you can argue that the writer was improving over time. I suppose writing in a shed with an old scarecrow to bounce ideas off wasn't as productive as using another human being. Unless Alec Trench had come to visit?

Armoured Gideon was in no way perfect - and, in fact, not really the main character of the strip - because the protagonist was the photographer. But it was such a great robot design. Also: The Collector was an entertaining meta-metastasization, navel-gazing at the hobby.


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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 26 January, 2022, 02:53:11 AM »
It's entirely possible that I just wasn't noticing before.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 26 January, 2022, 01:44:26 AM »
I see Russell Brand has started wearing the tin foil hat.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 25 January, 2022, 06:43:46 PM »
Basically, I'm saying they need John Smith back. Or someone with the equivalent feverish imagination.

ISTR a recent Tharg Input-response in which he said Smith was welcome back anytime.

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Cradlegrave is a great one-off. I’ve never really got the love for Scarlet Traces. I liked the first series (which I think wasn’t in the prog?) but since then have struggled to engage with it. I’m not sure I might have missed a series somewhere along the way (was there another one that wasn’t in the prog?), and whenever a supposedly long running character returns I’m just scratching my head as to who they are.

Scarlet Traces listing for you.

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Intestinauts beats both of the Skizz sequels, yes. But it'd need to be extra special yogurt to smother the original.

Skizz

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First really, really tough draw for me here. Both of these are fantastic thrills - Cradlegrave is Hammer House of  Shameless and Scarlet Traces is a highly appealing League of Extraordinary Popcorn.

If I was voting for what I want to re-read or read more of, it'd be Scarlet Traces. If I was voting for a purer originality and a genuine feeling of horror it would be Cradlegrave.










Cradlegrave

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 January, 2022, 05:31:12 PM »
I read in the news that BJ "welcomes the police investigation". I suppose: what else could he say? And - he probably does welcome it. It allows him to shelve his own non-independent investigation into his own behavior and keep hiding behind the "well, we can't say anything until the findings..." bullshit that he's been peddling for ages.

Adolf Rees-Mogg was even clearer when interviewed and basically said that the tactic was to just wait a couple of years, by which time he calculates that the plebs would have moved on in their thinking and not pay much attention to the partying while people were busy going through unimaginable grief and loss.

When I read about the birthday party, I had two thoughts: (1) now he's finally done and (2) people are so bored of this story now that it won't make a blind bit of difference.

I will not be at all surprised if the Tories internal investigation finds that everything was somehow work and therefore fine, that the PM doesn't know where he is or what he's doing, ever, so can't be held accountable and that the Police investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing. It seems to be going that way, so if anything else happens I'll be pleasantly surprised.

(But by then we might be at war with Russia, so...)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 24 January, 2022, 07:22:03 PM »
...the comic feels like it has lost that sense of clearly defined "Eras", with each year washing over the last with little by way of "change". 

Interesting. We could list out some golden age strips: Strontium Dog, Nemesis, Rogue Trooper, Slaine & Dredd. Those five are so definitive that they sometimes appear on the cover even when they're no longer in the prog.

There was a time when Sin Dex and Dante were in the top (or ubiquitous) slots.

So, now: what does define the prog, aside from Dredd? The talking point is often Regened.

Makes me want to restart my stages project, which has been on a sabbatical since I got to 1995 and, like many before me, felt like a break.

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News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 24 January, 2022, 07:03:41 PM »
Another interview with Garth Ennis:

https://forbiddenplanet.com/posts/forbidden-planet-tv-garth-ennis-hawk-the-slayer/

Thanks for posting that - really good interview. Makes me look forward to the strip even more.

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