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Cloud Atlas (yes, it’s worth it)

When writing a film review for a website such as this, I try to place content into context. This is a gaming blog and I should keep that perspective. I found no way to integrate gaming into a review of Cloud Atlas, so I’ve stopped caring. There appears to be two camps of opinion regarding […]

The Tyranny of Chance: How Often Should A Player Succeed?

The Tyranny of Chance: How Often Should A Player Succeed?

Role-playing game designers that use a random element (eg dice)as a task resolution mechanic (combat, skills)  have to ask themselves the same question: How often should a player succeed?   Tasks that are too easy (high probability of success) lack challenge and the sweet taste of risking it all and your PC living to tell […]

Trask is alive. Just busy

Trask is alive. Just busy

The Paradox of Paradoxes (and my review of Looper)

I’ve discovered after some reflection, that I didn’t much care for Looper. The issue is admittedly asinine, and I fully confess being absolutely wrong in my opinion (against a previous rant where I exclaimed opinions weren’t wrong, however stupid). The film is entertaining. I know, I just said it wasn’t very good, but it is…and […]

The Potpourri Post of Random Goodness

The Potpourri Post of Random Goodness

Gaming activities are a bit light of late, other than an occasion Dragon Age game so my posting slowed down. That said, I did have a few topics I wanted to post about that did not really call for their own post.   So I created a new potpourri post category so I could throw up […]

Entitlement & Obligation — The rights of producers and consumers

I’m going to avoid any comments which involve the topic of whether or not an entertainment format can be considered art. A painting could exist only because of the obsession of its painter, the same with carved soapstone. This is not that situation. Jerry Seinfeld recently mentioned in a conversation with Michael Richards that comedians […]

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