Calculate asteroid impact damage

Some games you need this sort of thing, from comet strikes to massdriver attacks, to determine just how screwed your party is. Alternately, use it to see just how much damage they did!  http://www.purdue.edu/impactearth/

Impact Earth
Impact Earth!

Londo Mollari: Mass drivers? They have been outlawed by every civilized planet!

Lord Antono Refa: These are uncivilized times.

Londo: We have treaties!

Lord Refa: Ink on a page!

–Babylon 5 “The Long, Twilight Struggle”

Endor Holocaust
The Endor Holocaust

Moving Delay

Hello everyone,
I’m in the process of moving to another town, one that is actually close to the mountains, so anything more complicated than a quick doodle during a boring meeting is on temporary hiatus. I should be ramping up again next week though, just as soon as we get internet at the new place. haha

Barring any more crazy hail storms, we should be good to go!

Game Play Pro Tip: The secret to moving after you’re 40 is Vicodin and Heating Pads. ;)

Traveller the TV Show

Anyone else remember Traveller, known by many names over many editions and alternate universes, the semi-hard sci-fi RPG of legend?

Spinward Traveller
Spinward Traveller

Well, someone has decided to make a TV-pilot set in one of those iterations:

Spinward Traveller is classic science-fiction; a compelling story of misfits and heroes struggling to survive in the vast sea of stars that is the Traveller role-playing game universe. Based on Marc Miller’s award-winning RPG Traveller, our story captures the essence of role-playing; of characters who have to work together in order to succeed. We wanted to stay true to Marc Miller’s vision of the far future, and we have recruited cast and crew who are passionate about the Traveller RPG and getting the story atmosphere right. Making any show is expensive; making sci-fi is doubly so. We’ll have hundreds of people and thousands of person-hours involved just for the 22 minute version.

Sounds good to me! Check out the kickstarter.

Captain Decker Reviews… Wildstar MMORPG

Attention on deck for legal recitations! *ahem*

Wildstar MMOPRG is a product of NCSOFT. © 2014 NCSOFT Corporation. All rights reserved. All trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective owners. All images from the Open Beta 12 May to 18 May 2014. http://www.wildstar-online.com

At ease. Now that the Admiralty is happy, we can get on to business. Namely:  what is Wildstar, how was it, and will I be playing it. So let’s get right into it.

Wildstar MMORPG
Wildstar MMORPG

Wildstar is a pretty standard 2 faction MMORPG produced from the same folks that brought us Guild Wars 1 and 2, making it your usual runny-questy-killy-levely game. Rumor has it was designed mainly by a group of WoW devs fresh from Blizzard, and the game design shows the lineage. It’s fresher than WoW for sure, not nearly as blocky, but still retains a strong cartoonish look to the whole thing. Cross that with a far-future space cowboy motif (someone watched a lot of Firefly) and you’ve got the makings for a game that barely takes itself seriously but has all the more fun because of it.

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Captain Decker reviews… The Hunger Games

As always, I’ll be keeping this as spoiler-free as possible. The Captain hates spoilers!

The short version:

The movie was great, go see it! But read the book first to fill in the missing internal monologues. Imagine, if you will, watching Dune without the voice-overs. Yeah. So read the book and go see the film, enjoy :)

The long version:

I was first introduced to The Hunger Games at Comic-Con by Nancy during a fun charge through the main floor to try to secure a mockingjay pin from their booth. While an unsuccessful hunt, I was still struck by her enthusiasm. She encouraged me to read the series before the movie came out, and by this point I trust her opinion such that I’ll read “On The Watching Of Paint Dry” if she recommends it as good. As it turns out, the series is excellent! Sure, it’s a Young Adult series, but don’t hold that against it too harshly. What do you think Harry Potter started as?

The Good: Say what you will, but I thought the casting was done well. They’re good looking without being *too* good looking, and whomever cast Lenny Kravitz as Cinna should win an award. Like right now, hand it over to them–he nailed Cinna. The perfect mix of sadness, hope, and almost-fatherly love. Additionally, the scenery is worth pausing the movie for just to admire: the coal town is gritty and destitute, the hob looks like any market in the 3rd world, and the crowd scenes of The Capitol would make any Roman nod in approval. Ego amare purpura capillos!

The Bad: So why did I mention the book so much? Because to get the full effect of the movie, you’re going to want to of read the book first. On its own, the film stands as a slightly choppy, fast-paced, pseudo-documentary, art house action film. Good times I say! But, as mentioned above, better if you have the missing internal dialogues from the book to fill in EXACTLY what Katniss is thinking in any given scene. There is so much happening in the background with the tactics, the trying to figure out what people want her to do, and the terrible emotional struggle that the movie simply does not have time to get into.

The Ugly: How do you fit a book with this much detail into only 2.5 hours? This will make an excellent mini-series someday, but for now we have a movie trying to jam in a massive about of fine details into too short of time. The result is a film that feels rushed, almost jumpy. I can see a viewer getting lost if they haven’t read the books to fill in the gaps. I had previously complained that the book was too fast paced, making the movie seem to be like watching a highlights reel by comparison. Also, one bad moment of CG (ugh) and a poorly done pyro sequence. But I’m nitpicking.

The Beautiful: The sound. Or, should I say in many cases, the LACK of sound. Wonderful, nay, devastating in some scenes. There’s barely any soundtrack to distract from what is nearly an art-film. There are a couple scenes where the sudden absence of sound or the overriding sound that Katniss is hearing does what no soundtrack could ever do to push through the emotion of the scene. Some say that the way it was filmed, the closeups intermixed with long shots, was distracting. But, personally, it reminded me of Kurosawa–and Kurosawa is GOD. So I’ll mark the style down as artistic once you get used to it.

Overall? Go see it! Read the book first! Maybe we can get #2 and #3 made….

I also wanted to say that this Team Peeta and Team Gale thing is stupid. Her feelings for them are not that cut and dry. Sure the movie doesn’t have time to go into it, but in the books it’s more than clear the struggle she’s going through with her feeling for both of them. It’s just a Twilight simplification of a significantly more complex and believable love triangle.

The Captain has spoken, back to your stations!

All aboard!

Gamer Cache has been on a bit of a holding pattern through the Holidays and the subsequently traditional “work a lot of hours to make up cash after the Holidays” period. We’re getting the boiler fired back up though, time to get this train moving again!

Notes from behind the GM's shield