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Creation Date: March 1st, 2010 07:15 PM
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Musings of a Knight of the Imperium.
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Entries for the Month of July 2019

In Moot Member Blogs More thanks Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #587 New July 25th, 2019 10:42 AM
I want to thank everyone who reads my nonsense. Truly, it's kind of fun to look back and see what threads garnish the most attention.

Reminiscing here about the 80s and what a great time it was to be alive, about the great discovery of war gaming and role playing, and just the sheer explosion of games of all genres back then, has been really terrific. Going back and reading what I've put down it almost feels like another golden age of gaming.

In fact, I'm pretty sure that's tr ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs OGRE thoughts Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #586 New July 24th, 2019 12:14 PM
I rarely played Ogre, but it was a game that I bought my friend, and we both really loved the simplicity of it. Yet at the same time it didn't hold our attention because of other games and other activities, and I think also because it was so simple, and still is.

Ogre was one of those early pioneering science fiction warsims that again put the players in Steve Jackson's imagination as we battled super tanks with hyper-intelligent AI. Ogres.

But the game was more abstract and imperson ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Car Wars' memories Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #585 New July 21st, 2019 10:08 PM
Car Wars is one of my favorite all time games. Star Fleet Battles used to take that slot, but the game, as per previous web log entries, has gotten way too big for its britches. In a very traditional Kirk and Spock Star Trek vein I still like a lot of that creation, and Franz Joesph's material codified into rules' format, but Car Wars deals with an abstract reality that you can imagine. That, as opposed to Star Fleet Battles which is supposed to take its cues from the classic Trek-verse, but ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Today's superher films Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #584 New July 17th, 2019 07:40 PM
I've only seen three or so, and I really can't take them. Way back in the 70s and 80s comic books, specifically superhero comic books, went from being children's fare to something far more adult with adult oriented art. I don't mean sexually oriented (though there was an element of that), but just on the whole something that had more shadows and more realized in terms of artistic style. I recall an issue of Brave and the Bold by DC Comics where Swamp Thing and Batman were teamed up, and the ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs 3rd Season Trek Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #583 New July 17th, 2019 11:26 AM
Often I hear "original series" Star Trek fans decry third season Star Trek. But, if you actually watch the show, what you find is that though the production values are scaled back due to budgetary considerations, the stories are still fairly decent. Well, mostly.

Often "Spock's Brain" is touted or paraded as the worst Star Trek episode ever. It's got its issues for sure, but I would argue that "The Changeling" from I believe the second season is far worse. With "Spock's Brain" you have a ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Non Fiction revised Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #582 New July 15th, 2019 06:37 PM
For those of you who read my blog, you might get the impression that all I do is read science fiction books and games, and watch reruns of Star Trek and the first Star Wars' films.

Eh, the truth is I've spent most of my life reading non-fiction, and scifi is a kind of treat or something special that was a break from reading about geo-politics, hard science, and the daily news. All of which I've in essence forsworn for a bit now that I have a lot of free time.

The truth of the matter is t ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs YouTube has changed Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #581 New July 11th, 2019 05:06 PM
When I first cruised over to YouTube it had an eclectic collection of videos. The topics were various. No one dominated. There were no influences from major media companies of any sorts. But now everytime I go there, logged out that is, all of the videos are presenting media figures and promoting major media properties.

I don't recognize any of the names, but they're actors or people who were grabbed off the street to get shoved into some reality show or some other media property, and ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs V memories Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #580 New July 9th, 2019 02:08 PM
"V" was a science fiction show that aired in the mid 80s, and was another offering in the wake of Star Wars. It's primary story was about a reptilian race disguised as humans coming to steal our water and experiment on us.

The truth is I don't have too many memories of this series because it never really grabbed me. The "chemical" the visitors want is water. Ho hum. Since the universe is mostly hydrogen, and water being an extremely abundant compound in the universe, one wonders where th ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Dear Mom; traveller memories. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #579 New July 8th, 2019 12:01 AM
Well, mother, after my friend David, a devout Catholic (in case you're interested, Catholicism being a big thing for you) ran a session of Dungeons and Dragons, I was hooked.

Dungeons and Dragons is no different than any other game made by the big popular mainstream game companies like Parker Brothers, Hasbro or whoever. When you play Monopoly you roll dice to move your piece, and you decide whether or not to buy a property, or make a deal if it's already owned. You are essentially role pl ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Alien Realms Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #578 New July 7th, 2019 02:24 PM
I bought Alien Realms maybe a year or two after it was first published.

I was attracted to it by the abstract cover art, but when I read through the pages I discovered more abstract character oriented scenarios, and no dungeon crawls. Even at that late in "the game" I was still under a lot of misapprehension or misunderstanding of Traveller's "true colors", so to speak, in terms of it being more of a law enforcement oriented game and tool than ...More Read More
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