Sep 292013
 

In this high caliber episode we discuss canon, fanon, and if fans have any ownership in the franchises that they love.

Kevin presents this week’s spotlight on the Machete Order.

A link to Brad Wright saying that fans of SG: Atlantis deliberately hurt SG: Universe.

Roberto Orci doesn’t like those mean fans who don’t like his new Trek.

Jun 262012
 

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This week on UnderDiscussion Punk shows up again after a long absence to the rest of the Undergophers in the Dream-team Starship Draft. Everyone is trying to put together the ultimate bridge crew on the ultimate starship. This Episode clocks in at 55 minutes.

Oct 072011
 

This week we’ve got the reviews for a classic piece of fiction, an excellent licensed novel, and a couple of guides that could inspire great modern adventures! These are a little shorter than what I usually like to post, but not everything has to be Tolstoy.
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The Adventurer's HandbookThe Adventurer’s Handbook by Mick Conefrey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was an interesting cross between a how-to guide and history text. It gave advice using practical examples from history as well as little excerpts from advice books of the period. The book spends far more time on explorations of extremely clod areas and on mountain climbing that I was expecting when I picked it up, but the author admits as much in the first chapter, and the book was still an interesting read.

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Fun read and great material for a late Victorian or early twentieth century exploration game.  There are lists of equipment taken on expeditions, quotes from explorers, stories of success and failure, and the author was able to keep it all interesting enough that I’m looking forward to using some of its inspiration in a future game.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read this as part of my effort to “read the classics.” I thought it was ok, it was better IMO than Tom Sawyer, but it’s not one I would have read had I not challenged myself to read it.

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It is an adventure, it’s well written, and it has a lot of good period detail. It could be a decent RPG resource for a “modern” game set in the era.

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Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban ExplorationAccess All Areas: A User’s Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration by Ninjalicious

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve never gone on an expedition to an abandoned urban site myself, but I’ve loved reading about the exploits and seeing the fantastic photos of people who do. This book is exactly what it says on the tin: a guide to the art of Urban Exploration. It has useful tips for identifying dangers and staying safe, as well as a few personal accounts that make for great reading. I enjoyed this book and thought that also had some good material to inspire writing and gaming.

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I think anyone who plays cybepunk, post apocalyptic, or street level supers would find a lot of great detail to flesh out their games in the pages of this book.

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The 34th Rule (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)The 34th Rule by Armin Shimerman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been a while since I’ve read this, but I remember enjoying it quite a bit. I loved the way that Armin Shimerman is able to take his experiences playing the character and really give the reader a feel for how Quark operates.

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I’m a firm supporter of the Ferengi in Star Trek and I don’t care who knows it! Quark, Rom, the Grand Nagus, all great characters brotraied by awesome actors and the added something great to the series and the franchise.

Except for the episode Profit and Lace, that one was horrible.

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If you agree with me, if you think I’m completely wrong, if there’s a great book you would recommend feel free to post in the comments!

Apr 142010
 

Nowhere is Sturgeon’s Law more accurate then on the internet. There is an amazing variety of content out there, and almost all of it is, as the good author put it, “crud.” But fear not, fellow seekers of awesome, for I have here, some of the best the internet has to offer!

Webcomics

Our first subject of note is the wide world of webcomics. If you’re like me, then you enjoy webcomics as a medium to deliver “the funny” on a semi-daily basis. Here are a few that I prefer

  • Theater Hopper – The longest running movie themed webcomic on the internet. I enjoy the author’s artistic style and his sense of humor. This is one of the few comics that has earned a place in he links widget.
  • Shortpacked – The story of the lives of toy store workers. This one is often funny, sometimes wacky, an always delivers a great pop culture reference, well, except for the times that it’s being serious, which, thankfully isn’t too often.
  • Girl Genius – is the ongoing story of Agatha Heterodyne, a mad scientist in a world of gaslamp fantasy.
  • Darths and Droids – What if Star Wars was a role playing game, and what if that setup actually made everything about the movies make perfect sense? I’m linking to the first comic in their archive, trust me, it’s worth it.

Youtube

  • Opinionated Star Trek Reviews – This person is one of my favorite reviewers on youtube. Always funny and dead on with his reviews, he gives a fair treatment to the shows and movies.
  • Will Work 4 Food Productions – This happens to be the repository of the videos created by my good friend Jayson.