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The Justice League Task Force

Posted: December 1, 2017 by patricksponaugle in Comics, Gaming, Movie Review
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This post will be revealing details of the recent DCEU movie Justice League. I guess it’ll be a movie review too. I liked the movie, and I’d recommend seeing it. But this post will largely be me talking about a massively multiplayer online game I used to play: City of Heroes.

This may get a bit geeky. Super geeky.

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Nearly five years ago today, the servers for the videogame City of Heroes shut down for good.

It happened a little after 2 a.m. December 1st 2012. I know that because I was logged on at the time, along with my gaming friends, waiting for the virtual world that I’d occasionally saved go dark. Aliens, monsters, and extra-dimensional threats could be fought, but not the decisions of the game’s publisher NCSoft.

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Well, something must have told me, since I’m writing this blog post.

Me am Miles Manners, reporter.

Today, my Twitter feed was a buzz with it being #NationalSuperheroDay. Right on! If I had realized this earlier, I’d have prepared something more meaningful. So now I’m on notice for next year.

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Recently, a friend of mine, John, sent me a note letting me know that he was going to be releasing in the very near future (on March 1st) a 40 page pdf, for free. And not 40 pages of grocery lists or whatever, but an adventure module for his tabletop role-playing-game, Risus.

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My buddy John is otherwise known as S. John Ross of Cumberland Games and Diversions. And he’s an awesome human being. Possibly completely constructed of sea foam, moon beams, and that wonderful glaze on the doughnut you managed to grab before Pam from Accounting got her mitts on it. You know what I’m talking about.

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Haque – Retrostyle Roguelike Game. I’m All In.

Posted: October 9, 2015 by patricksponaugle in Gaming
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This post is going to be about a videogame called Haque (pronounced “Hack”) that I have never played. It’s not even out yet.

Despite the game not being released yet, and of course unplayed by me, I am proud to call myself a fan.

Let me explain.

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Recently, I was digging around in the basement of my house (I have my reasons…) and I came across a bunch of old boxes that probably haven’t been opened since before I moved in to my house in Ye Olde Twentieth Centuree.

They were filled with tons of old boardgames, and some old and quaint role-playing games.

This is the benefit of Basement Archaeology, when the strata of storage and forgotten things are dug into, often some ancient treasure (ancient being a relative term) gets uncovered. This time, I uncovered my adventure pack for Thieves’ World.

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Comparative Geeks

People play different games and they play for different reasons. Sometimes simply because they’re competitively-natured, sometimes it’s just to kill some time, sometimes to be entertained, and sometimes to be social. (These aren’t mutually exclusive reasons.)

Recently, my wife and I were over for dinner with friends, and we decided to play a game of Munchkin Cthulhu.

Our friends’ names are Chooch and Viv; I’m telling you this to make this anecdote flow. Allegedly.

At least one of those names is definitely a nickname. That would be Viv. Chooch might be a nickname. He looks like a Viking, so let’s just roll with this, shall we?


Everyone here knows how to play the basic set of Munchkin, right? If not, for a full introduction please check out Wil Wheaton’s YouTube episode of TableTop, where Wil plays the game with the lovely Felicia Day, the lovely Sandeep Parikh, and…

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This post is going to use HBO’s excellent show Game of Thrones as a thinly-veiled framework for me to provide anecdotes about my misspent youth, playing fantasy role-playing games with my friends. (To clarify, these would be pen-and-paper narrative-heavy role playing games, and not Fifty Shades of Grey style role playing games. More D & D than S & M. Capiche?)

The show’s been on for four years, and if you’re reading an article about Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones, I assume you’re up to date on the show, so this is your unnecessary spoiler-warning. (I won’t be spoiling anything from the books.)

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If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary. – Ginia Bellafante, New York Times 04/15/2011

The above quote was taken from Ginia Bellafante’s rather ill-conceived review of Game of Thrones, published a week or two into the show’s initial run. Her review, although not super-negative, was pretty dismissive saying that HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire was “boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.

The “boy fiction” crack has clearly turned out to be crazy talk, as the show’s demographics are very broad and inclusive.

Ginia, really.

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