Episode 188 – lying to players
* (0:35) Pat’s confession and the other nonsense on our Twitter feed.
* (3:15) Raina’s Wings is continuing as a contest with prize support provided by Arc Dream, DriveThru, and Polymancer. Make your donations here, and be sure to either leave a comment with your donation or let Necronomitron know who you are.
* (4:24) The Blood Bowl league is still forming, and you can find details on our forums.
* (4:49) Mikey Mason coming soon to a YouTube near you…tube.
* (5:40) Thanking Derek.
* (7:33) Movie trailers, comic book adaptations, and The Prisoner remake.
* (11:26) Fear the Boot’s 2010 film picks. If you’re interest in the trailers, here are the links: Iron Man 2, Kick-Ass, The Losers, The Expendables, Toy Story 3, The Last Airbender, Voyage of the Dawntreader (no trailer yet), Inception, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
* (31:07) Lying to your players.
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I was listening to the most recent episode, where y’all commented on recent & upcoming movies in 3D. There was discussion on people with vision problems having trouble with 3D. Until this recent crop of 3D movies, I was in the same boat- several vision issues have made it impossible for me to see 3D movies. (Being blind in 1 eye makes 3D perception impossible, and other vision issues render the entire movie blurred.) However, in this latest crop of 3D movies, technology has improved in a way that I don’t even pretend to understand- I can finally see the 3D stuff. For the first time (in a movie or out) I have some understanding of depth perception. What an odd and complexly layered world you fully vision-enabled people live in!
Enough rambling- the simple point is this: even folks who grew up without being able to see 3D movies can probably enjoy these.
A couple of movies:
True Grit remake. Ok, maybe you didn’t like No Country for Old Men, but Coens + western = great Oscar bait.
Toy Story 3. Pixar. What else do you need to know? Right now they are 10 for 10 in good movies, with several great ones in there. Each year I keep second guessing myself and thinking that they can’t possibly have this good run, because no one can, but each year they surprise me positively.
@Werebuffalo That is fantastic. Hearing that makes me likely to try out one of those new-fangled 3D movies, which I’d otherwise decided to ignore. Now it sounds like the only hitch is picking a movie designed around it, rather than with it tacked on as an afterthought.
If I may inquire, which 3D movie(s) have you seen that worked well?
Re Lying to players:
The rub lies in the two roles the GM is performing in the game. The first and most obvious is describing the setting to the players, but the second is informing the players how their characters interact with the world.
Because, in this example, the characters don’t know about Dwar[f|ve]s, the GM should feel no guilt about telling the players they don’t exist.
Brian Brown of Slice of SciFi has commented several times on his issues seeing 3D. One of his eyes doesn’t function at 100%, so 3D is lost on him.
Chad – I’m a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender too!
Having now seen Kick-Ass, I’d recommend it highly, with the caveat of the foul language.
But apparently we in Finland don’t really mind the language, because many movies which have an R rating in the US have the lowest possible rating in Finland (S for ‘sallittu’, permissible in English, meaning anyone can see them, but with the recommendation that under three year olds probably shouldn’t be brought to a theatre). These are movies like I Love You, Man, which has no sex or violence, but plenty of ‘bad language’.
For the record, Kick-Ass is K-15, meaning you have to be at least 15 to enter, or 13 with parents.
Anyhow, the teen-romcom elements weren’t very good and Kick-Ass was pretty lame for a lead character, but otherwise the movie was excellent.
The biggest thing you guys need to be aware of with Avatar: The Last Airbender is the horrible, horrible racefail. The show’s setting and characters are all pretty clearly east Asian in flavor. Well, the good guys will all be white people, and the bad guys are all brown people.
Asian-Americans are really angry about once again being written out completely.
Everyone from the Earth Kingdom will be cast as ‘Asian’. Everyone from the Fire Nation will be cast as ‘East orient’.
And avoiding spoilers, making statements like good guys will be white and brown people will be the bad guys tells me you haven’t seen the cartoon series.
You might find this interview with Shyamalan interesting:
Just wanted to say thanks Dan Dan recommending “the road”, was a great film!