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Film & TV / Re: Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities
« on: 17 November, 2022, 03:40:17 PM »
Watched the first two of these which were both about unscrupulous people living off the remains of the deceased and who both uncovered a hideous monster in a dark catacomb of some kind and then spent ages trying to run away from it through dark tunnels. These just didn’t grip me, despite some good performances and lavish production values. Partly I think I’m just not that keen on one-and done stories. I’m similarly not usually that taken by Future Shocks in the prog. I like story arcs and character development to be a bit longer form. Even though in prose I love a good short story. Go figure.

Prog / Re: Prog 2306 - Titanic SF Thrills!
« on: 06 November, 2022, 07:03:01 PM »
Except in 1977 it would have been done in three or four pages.

Wouldn’t Cadet Rico be a better fit for the kidz than Cadet Dredd?

Anyway, this could be the first Prog ever where I didn’t like anything.

Reading this Cadet Dredd strip I thought exactly that. Rico seems a far more engaging character for kids here. Dredd himself doesn’t do much and is really boring. . Then once the kids get to like Rico they can ask to see what happened to him when he graduated to full Judge…

General / Re: Catchphrases
« on: 05 November, 2022, 10:11:13 AM »
ANNIHILATE!!! was a good one. No frills, does what it says on the tin.

General / Re: Catchphrases
« on: 03 November, 2022, 01:07:50 PM »
Is there a snappier catchphrase than ‘Credo!’?
Glad you asked.
The answer, of course, is,
By the Bones of the Great Wolf Lord!’*
It was what made Meltdown Man a strip for the ages.

*Only used once, mind. You wouldn’t want to overdo it.

Good point. I’ll be using this in everyday speech from now on.

How do people feel about Gene’s catchphrase ‘Get Whet’? I’m not a fan.

General / Re: Catchphrases
« on: 02 November, 2022, 05:32:32 PM »
Before Dante began to grow on me, and it took a very long time, it really used to irk me how every time he said something that was meant to be snappy or memorable it was all in bold.  'I'm too cool to kill. 'Don't eat any yellow snow.'  'Look at this sentence. Look at it. It's funny and cool. Look. Are you still looking?.'

‘I’m too cool to kill’ makes me wince to this day. It’s a horrible catchphrase.

Is there a snappier catchphrase than ‘Credo!’?

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 25 October, 2022, 12:01:04 PM »
Had my aforementioned FF playing pal over at the weekend so we had our first go at the two new books. Apologies for those used to the more structured and carefully written game reports on this thread because this will just be me rambling for a bit in a very haphazard manner.

Secrets of Salamonis

As noted upthread, Tazzio Bettin's art for this one is great. A bizarre opening scene throws you off a little (in a fun way) before the game proper starts. It's a fun set up where you have several options when you enter the city as a naive wannabe adventurer (or possibly student). There are also a load of shorter quests you can opt for once you manage to join the Adventurer's guild. Reminded me of Skyrim a little in that respect. The book feels like a kind of rags to riches story but we didn't get far enough to get beyond the rags really! We did earn a couple of gold pieces working in an offal processing factory which was pretty thrilling as you can imagine... then returned there later on in order to do a little pest control for them.

Before joining the Guild though you need to obtain the correct permits... in fact there was a point early on where we considered renaming the book 'City of Permits' or 'Tax Quest'. Salamonis is a very regulated city with a very earnest and indeed odious tax collector. In fact he was our downfall after his dog mauled us and then he locked us up - my advice for this adventure is try to earn yourself some money early on wherever possible!

It's a fun book though, looking forward to going back to it.

Shadow of the Giants

This one is good too. The illustrations are also very nice - and a big improvement on the previous book Crystal of Storms, for me at least.

By contrast with Salamonis, in this book you're a more experienced adventurer looking for a new quest (at Firetop Mountain no less), and with an option of finding a follower to take with you. They might not last long though! The initial quest soon spirals out of control as the aforementioned Giants are released and stomp off across the landscape. Feeling a bit guilty about this we set off to try and rectify the situation. This involves a bit of a cross country journey and then a search through a well-realised city. This section was reminiscent of City of Thieves lots of options, different streets to go down, different shops and people to speak to and a good old pie eating contest. Unfortunately the faulty memory of my companion led to a wrong answer which meant the person we were looking for ended up chopping us to bits but I was very much enjoying this one and it would be good to explore the city a bit more.

Anyway, both great additions to the series and with some thoughtful construction that means each adventure has plenty of variety throughout.

Books & Comics / Re: Matt 'the other' Wagner
« on: 28 September, 2022, 03:54:54 PM »
Omnibus 3 due out in January by the looks of things.

Books & Comics / Re: Matt 'the other' Wagner
« on: 28 September, 2022, 02:06:16 PM »
Selfishly I hope this doesn’t affect the reprinting of the Omnibi since I just finally committed to collecting the things!

Just started on the first volume last night. It’s a strange way to start reading the series, with what is effectively a long recap of a storyline I haven’t read, but without any context or info on what Grendel or the Wolf are or why they’re enemies etc. Great visuals, although I prefer a more traditional comic approach so looking forward to starting the next section, which seems to comprise lots of short stories with guest artists.

Excellent, I haven’t read that since it was originally in the prog. Looking forward to the Case Files eventually catching up with Tour of Duty too.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 September, 2022, 10:03:32 AM »
RRR on Netflix. I believe the most expensive Indian film ever made and it shows in many places. Quite an astonishing thing to behold. Go in knowing what you will be getting and the 3 hours won't seem too many.


Yeah, this was quite a film!

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 3 - Red Seas vs Stickleback
« on: 22 September, 2022, 09:42:26 AM »
D’israeli is just incredible but story-wise I’m voting Red Seas.

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 8 - Armoured Gideon vs Mechastopheles
« on: 22 September, 2022, 09:37:24 AM »
Gideon at this point, but I’m hoping Mechastopheles can develop into something great.

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 7 - Revere vs Hewligan’s Haircut
« on: 22 September, 2022, 09:35:40 AM »

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 4 - Ace Garp vs Dan Dare
« on: 21 September, 2022, 01:52:51 PM »

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 2 - Zombo vs Devlin Waugh
« on: 19 September, 2022, 08:17:46 AM »
Quite enjoyed Zombo and it looked glorious. But I’m not keen to have it back.

My vote’s for Devlin and I hope the Kot iteration comes back for another long run as soon as possible.

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