The Write Stuff: One Year Later

52 weeks. And I’m still at it. There’s no getting rid of me, it seems!

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So it’s come to this. A year has passed and this blog still won’t die. For it is not the blog that will die this day, no! It is the enemy that will taste death and defeat! As you know!

Well, a year has passed (more or less) and this post marks week 52 of blogging. Wow. I can’t believe I made it this far. Where do I begin?

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Fabletop: Christians & Crypts

At the end of the day, it’s about personal tastes, personal beliefs, and the wisdom to discern where the lines are instead of fearfully drawing them to be even thicker.

Amidst blogging about characters, plot devices, and roleplaying, I believe it’s time I answered an important question.

WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN???

Wait. That’s not it. The REAL question is:

Where does my faith fit in with my hobbies?

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Topics: Talking About Talking About Stuff

The training wheels are off, the safety net is gone, we are no longer filling in the blanks of a Mad Lib post.

Oh geez. It’s been a busy week. Uh. What do I say this week? I didn’t have time to fixate on a topic. I gotta make something up, pull it out of my…

…THAT’S IT!

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Fabletop Review: Critical Role

Like the difference between watching a streamer play a game for its campaign mode, and watching a streamer play the Legend Rank multiplayer build.

Even with video. Even with the internet. Even with game streaming. Who would have EVER thought to put Dungeons & Dragons online? I mean, who would want to watch people roll dice, play at acting, and discuss rules instead of playing online card games and gladiatorial shooting grounds?

Turns out, quite a lot of people, if Critical Role’s 115+ episodes of their first season are anything to go by.

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Ret’s Review: Horizon Zero Dawn

Like the majority of Japanese anime openings, the title makes absolutely no sense.

Yes! I actually review things! It wasn’t just a one time thing, I just happen to take my own sweet time getting around to things that are supposedly new! And yes, I enjoy videogames as well!

So, as one might surmise from the title, I’ll be giving my review of Horizon Zero Dawn, hopefully keeping it as spoiler-free as possible. Of course, I’m sure there’s no shortage of videogame journalism sites or random people on the internet proclaiming it’s a masterpiece, so what would I have to say about it?

That’s a really simple one: A review. I intend to tell what the game was, add my own impressions, and help you make an informed decision if you’re thinking of getting it.

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Analysing: I Did It My Way

Why WOULD anyone go into such detail instead of just sitting back and enjoying the ride?

How it should have ended. The sins of cinema. Why X Is Better Than Y (And The Reason Is MINDBLOWING!). Why Z Is A Disappointment. The Implications Of Everything I Just Said. Why You Shouldn’t Enjoy This Popular Series.

Once, reviews and thoughts on entertainment were the domain of Siskel and Ebert, of columns that newspapers actually paid for, of having a certain mindset and skillset that meant someone’s opinion should be taken seriously. Once, the voice of the public was measured by applause, by surveys, by aggregate numbers.

Now, any yahoo with a computer, an internet connection, and an opinion can get on a soapbox and start belching out ideas online.

These are critical analysts. And in the age of the internet (the second home of the nerd), in the renaissance of popular sci-fi/fantasy media (the bread and butter of the nerd), in the nature of mankind (the software of the nerd), their numbers will only increase.

And I’m here to explain both what they do and why I don’t see myself as one of them.

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Hope: An Audience’s Odyssey

After all, Charming Orphan Annie singing her way to a family is more optimistic than Malnourished Orphan Annie decrying the wealth gap created by the capitalist system.

Last week, I expressed the heretical opinion that Logan is excellent but miserable, a one-view-only masterpiece that is bereft of hope. This week, I thought I’d elaborate a bit more on just what hope means.

That’s a tall order, of course, just like it’s hard to express something that’s so subjective, as well as being a fundamental word, like trying to describe “hot” or “soft” without using those words. But perhaps there’s a way to narrow it down. Perhaps by grasping to explain, I can clear up the picture and feelings behind it for others. Just what IS hope in stories?

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