Killing stuff is a big part of any roleplaying game, and RPG systems generally use enemy kills as the main source of experience points, so it's hard to imagine an RPG system that doesn't involve killing stuff.
It's even harder to imagine a game in which characters are penalized for resorting to violence, but somehow the new tabletop RPG Lotus Dimension makes that concept seem appealing.
Lotus Dimension forces players to figure out how to solve problems and conflict without violence, using powers like "sleight of hand" or "curl up like an armadillo" to peacefully resolve encounters.
The game was created by Scott Wayne Indiana as an interesting alternative to games like D&D, with a character advancement structure based on Buddhism's noble eightfold path and the concept of karma.
And while it probably won't appeal to your power gamer buddies who are all about loot and XP Lotus Dimension will definitely broaden the horizons of gamers who are sick of the same old RPGs.
Cartoon characters like Pikachu, Mickey Mouse and the Minions are drawn to be adorable, and we can't help but think happy thoughts when we look at them because of their round shapes and smiley features.
This intentional and inherent appeal makes it hard to turn cutesy characters into something truly nightmarish without causing the character to lose their core essence, but illustrator Disse86 has proven he's up to the challenge.
Disse86 has turned the Minions into grinning mutant monstrosities, Totoro into a scary woodland creature, Pooh into a ghoulish little blood eating bear-thing and poor little Tweety Bird into a fang-faced horror.
And yet each character remains instantly recognizable and somehow manages to retain elements of their original personality despite their gruesome new look.
Stephen King has written about a bajillion stories, and there have been nearly as many movie and TV adaptations made of his works, about one or more a year since the 80s.
With so many of his works being adapted each year there are bound to be some stinkers, but King's opinion on those movie adaptations may surprise you.
He has been up front about his hatred of Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining from the very beginning, stating:
"I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fall flat."
So if he doesn't like an adaptation many people consider to be a classic then which films does he like?
King has stated that he's fond of Cujo, The Dead Zone and Misery in terms of horror, and he loves The Mist because "it's just an all out balls-to-the-wall horror film".
But what about his non-horror stuff? Surely he doesn't hate on those prison classics like he hates on The Shining?
Apparently he approves of The Green Mile adaptation, although he says "The film is a little 'soft' in some ways", but The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me are both Grade A adaptations approved by the Master of Horror.
Every anime fan wondered one thing while watching Dragon Ball Z- how do I raise my power level like a super saiyan?
It turns out raising your power level is a lot easier than you think, all you have to do is win the lottery, inherit a fortune or become ridiculously rich somehow and you'll have DBZ-like power at your disposal.
Comic artist JHALL created these illustrated comparisons to show us how rich people are just like DBZ characters, only they don't wear cool costumes, fight to the death or save the planet.
But other than that they're exactly the same!*wink*
Haunt season has officially begun, and people across the country are lining up to have the crap scared out of them by actors in haunted attractions designed to terrify and delight.
It takes a lot of preparation and hard work to create and run these horror-themed Haunts, and yet many visitors act like fools when they're inside the attraction, which frustrates the crew.
Maybe they act like fools to hide their fear, or they think a Haunt is the kind of dark place where jackassery is acceptable, but whatever the reason for their behavior it's time they were taught the right way to act in a haunted house.
Don't chat with the actors, even if you know them, and don't take pictures of them or they may actually go mad with anger.
You should likewise refrain from asking the actors out on a date, no matter how hot you think they are, and calling them out before they jump out and scare a group just ruins the experience for everyone.
And speaking of shock blocking- don't ever declare you're not scared while inside a Haunt, or the actors will work twice as hard to scare the living daylights out of you...
The plot of Stranger Things seems pretty straightforward to me, and yet there are quite a few questions purposefully left unanswered, which fans are happy about because that means we get a second season.
But one question remained on my mind well after I finished binge watching the first season- what is Eleven's relationship to the monster the kids call the Demogorgon?
Everything changed when Disney bought Lucasfilm and all the Star Wars properties. At first we were excited, because that meant that we’d get more Star Wars movies, while feeling apprehensive, because we didn’t want it to turn into Mickey Mouse. Then Disney announced that the "expanded universe" of novels, games, and fan fiction up to that point were not to be regarded as canon, which startled fans. What were they thinking? They were thinking of unifying all Star Wars lore. And that in itself raises many questions.
When Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney, the decision was made that anything that advances the Star Wars story would become part of the same singular canon. Books, comics, games—they’re now as definitive as TV and film. Anything you pick up related to Star Wars adds to the whole; there’s a group of executives called the Lucasfilm Story Group whose sole job is to make sure all of these moving parts come together in a cohesive way.
As a Star Wars fan, I can’t think of anything more exciting than it all having a purpose. The amazing fact that we’re finally finding out what happened to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo (RIP) after Return of the Jedi is just the icing on the cake. Now, every single bit of Star Wars out there gives us another piece of the puzzle. You can go to the store, pick up Marvel’s Star Wars comic, and read crucial pieces of Star Wars history. Did you ever wonder how Darth Vader would’ve reacted between when he realized Obi-Wan Kenobi hid his son from him? Well, that happens in the comics—and it was a result of Luke Skywalker meeting Boba Fett, if you can believe it.
At the same time, longtime fans are having a time shifting from a malleable fictional universe to a concrete universe, and newer fans wonder if you really have to buy all those comic books to learn what’s going on. The pros, cons, and questions about Disney’s new approach to Star Wars are laid out for your reading pleasure at io9.
The 8-Bit Guy created this video to show us the inner workings of an old school game cartridge, comparing their function to floppy disks and revealing how memory expanded by cartridges helped improve graphics.
In the 1980s gamers were introduced to a new kind of interactive game-VCR board games, the games you played while sitting in front of the TV.
VCR board games were seen as cutting edge by some, a weak comparison to console video games by others, but every kid who liked board games had to try out a VCR game at least once, to see what all the buzz was about.
The difference was immediately apparent, as a live action game master on the tape guided their gaming experience by yelling at them, telling them what to do or simply by adding some video scene flavor to the game.
Old timey Disney is the best kind of Disney, and even though they've moved away from their old look and feel in many ways Disney characters are timeless and forever influencing art, design and fashion.
The collection features outfits inspired by older Disney classics such as Alice In Wonderland and Snow White, newer features like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, and of course the mice who started it all.
The actors who play superheroes in the Marvel movies are not superheroic in any way- they're average humans with the very human ability to fail hard.
And even though we see perfection when we watch their on screen performances there's a bunch of bungling, fumbling, cursing, cracking up and bloopering that happens during takes that wound up on the cutting room floor.
Marvel Entertainment released this hilarious gag reel to promote the digital HD DVD and Blu-Ray release of Captain America: Civil War, just in time to get us in that Marvel movie mood again before Doctor Strange comes out on November 4th.
Fan theories about pop culture franchises are like adding candy to movie theater popcorn- fun and easy to digest in small quantities, gobble up too much and you may end up feeling sick.
But when a fan puts as much work into their theory as Shawn Kohne has put into his Adam Sandler-based “Sandlerverse” theory you've gotta bite and take a look.
Shawn's “Sandlerverse” theory ties together every project Sandler has ever worked on, including the stuff he did for Saturday Night Live and his musical albums, and as bats#$t crazy as that sounds Shawn makes it work.
In case you're on the fence about watching this eight minute long video here's a taste:
In Happy Gilmore (1996), Chubbs (portrayed by Carl Weathers) falls through a window, presumably to his death. But four years later in Little Nicky, Chubbs reappears in heaven. What does Reese Witherspoon have to say about Chubbs? She tells Nicky that he used to be a golf pro (Chubbs’ job in Happy Gilmore) but now he’s known in heaven for being the dopest dancer. Likewise, sportscaster Dan Patrick seems to play the same cop in The Longest Yard (2005) and in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007).
Cosplayer Richard Schaefer, aka theofficialariel, may be a man, but he was born to be a Disney princess. His female cosplays are not only unbelievably charming, but also perfect enough to appear on a live-action Disney film.
Sitting at a desk for hours at a time can lead to fidgeting, and some people swear they think more clearly when their hands are kept busy.
Until recently that meant fidgeting with office supplies and stress balls, or some expensive piece of desk jewelry that looks really cool but doesn't satisfy that fidgety feeling.
But now there's the Fidget Cube by Antsy Labs- a fun little vinyl desk toy featuring an assortment of ways to stay fidgety on its six faces.
The Fidget Cube looks like hours of fun for your fingers, and the creators stand by its power to clear the mind and promote creativity, so it's not just a toy- it's an investment in your desk-bound career.
The Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War is available on Blue-Ray as of today. Perfect time for an Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies. This is the movie where a bunch of new Marvel superheroes are introduced because the Avengers are split into teams to fight each other, right?
From this video, I also learned that it has an incomprehensible plot that no one cared about because they wanted to see superheroes fight. And it has a lot in common with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Heads up- the Honest Trailer is quite a bit shorter than the video. -Thanks, Paul Panday!
September is banned books month and in celebration of all the great banned books that later were recognized as classics, the Washington D.C. library set up quite a clever scavenger hunt. Hidden in businesses around the city are copies of once-banned books -find one and it's yours. It's not just a matter of finding a free book of course, the program is a great way to look back on the history of censored books and each title will be wrapped in a cover that explains why the book was challenged. Clues to finding the secret treasures can be found on the library's Twitter account.
Episode 14 entitled “Hangin' With Mr. Cooper”, was the second to last episode of Something Wilder to air on NBC, at a point when the producers were trying to save the show by introducing zanier storylines.