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Friday, April 22, 2011

Smallville

I've mostly enjoyed Smallville over the past few years.  There were moments that I went "Urgh, Wha?" but for the most part it has been fun to watch.  And that's my primary goal, is to enjoy the hour.

Now then, this past season on the other hand. . . has been getting progressively better.  They are leading up to the end of Smallville and hinting that he'll be shown in the classic suit and cape in the final episdoe.

We've had the Justice Society, including an awesome (in my opinion) Hawkman and Dr. Fate (who the mask had turned into a gibbering loon, I loved it!), we've got the beginnings of the Justice League, with Green Arrow, Black Canary, Aquaman, Impulse/Flash, Cyborg has been on there and the Martian Manhunter as a mentor type.   There have been over the years a number (often LARGE numbers) of whiney teen angst moments, which at my looming closer to half century mark, I often find mildly annoying, albeit appropriate for a show based on teenage and early 20s heroes coming into their own.

Tonight was arguably the best show of the season.  Booster Gold and the Jaimie Blue Beetle.

I enjoyed it and as strange as it may sound to say, I'm really looking forward to the show ending.

I hope they use some of what they have developed for spin off shows.

Anywho, just my 2 cents worth.  :D

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Game of Thrones - My opinions

I Watched HBO's Game of Thrones.  It was . .. interesting.  I haven't read the novels in quite some time, and then only the first two or three at most, so my memories of the series are over a decade old.   However, having said that, the first episode definitely stirred my memory cells a bit, and I THINK this episode was fairly true to what I had read. 

The acting was, by my estimation, not bad.  Scenery, sets and costumes were quite nice, I thought.  An ending that will make you either want to come back for more or never watch again, depending upon the way you think.

Myself. .. I'll probably watch it from time to time.   It's on  a bit past my normal Sunday night Bedtime (I get up at 4:30-5:00 am ) for work.

The, for me, true test. . .. Did I feel like I wasted my time watching it?   Absolutely not
                                       Did i feel insulted by the content (Not easy to do)   Absolutely Not
                   and the big one:  Was I entertained:   Yep

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mashing up some of the ideas

Combining the basics of my Shattered Moon setting with the Agents of Aegis idea, mostly moving the Shattered Moon idea to the 1950's

This one has promise.   I could take as the campaign developed and add bits of Stargate type stuff to it as well.

The world is Earth, not our Earth but one of the myriad Earths that exist in the Multiverse.
On this Earth, the current year is 1952 and the world is recovering from a great disaster. In 1945, Anton Drexler, the leader of Nazi Germany's Society of Thule and his followers, attempting to summon forth the power of ancient and alien gods, at the same time the Atom Bomb was being dropped on Hiroshima, the bomb created a wave of energy that interfered with Drexler's ritual and the entity that came forth from the depths of a dimensional portal siezed the moon in it's tentacles and it was shattered into several thousand ‘moonlets’, wreaking havoc upon the Earth, causing a millions of deaths from the resultant earthquakes, freakish weather and tsunamis that followed.  It's rage vented and the compulsion of the summoning ritual broken, the creature disappeared back into the depths of the portal, which closed behind it.
One of the things that came about from the Shattering is that magic has taken a stronger hold upon the Earth than it has held since the Dark Ages. Dark things from legend once again walk the lands and the dark spaces away from civilization, as well as some of the dark and forgotten places within the ‘civilized’ cities are filled with malevolent evil and there are rumors of portals that lead to fantastic worlds and vast,underground lairs, filled with the creatures of legend and the glittering treasures of ancient times.

You are an agent of the United States Government.  A member of a joint task force filled by members from the FBI, CIA, NIS, CID and Some State and Regional Law Enforcement agencies.  Rounding this off with specialists from the Military, Scientific and Fringe elements to cover various specialties, your group was passed onto the newly formed National Security Agency, and classified by some bean counter who thought he was funny as Department 13.  The name stuck, and your missions are classified with an X, leading to them being referred to internally as 'X Files'
Department 13 Agents work in teams, with a supervisor who typically remains at the office and remains in touch by encrypted wireless transmission.  However, teams tend to have a great deal of autonomy in dealing with cases, and are encouraged to follow up on 'unofficial' leads if they are not in the middle of an open case.

You've all been assigned to the newly formed Chattanooga, Tennessee field office, with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Reginald Borland as your boss.  Borland and the other office personnel will be detailed in the Characters section.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

TPK

As I was coming out of a local restaurant today at lunch, I noticed a large, covered pickup with a sign on the side with the company name TPK.  I honestly didn't look any more closely than that, because I had a sudden image in my head of the truck being driven by an Orc Assassin, with a group of specialist humanoids in the extended cab back seat and probably a beholder or two floating in the covered back.


As my wife often says. . . there is something wrong with my brain :D