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Monday, 2 January 2012

The Shape Of Things To Come...


Above are pictured the DVDs - from Braveheart on the left through to Tangled on the right - that currently constitute the bulk of my "to be watched and, hopefully, reviewed" pile. Several of the movies I have seen before, but not in a long while and I hope I might be able to extract some gaming goodness from this lot as well.

And let's not forget unwatched seasons of the Supernatural anime, Blake's 7, Thundarr the Barbarian, Star Wars: Clone Wars and the first year of Being Human (the original) - as well as stray Classic Doctor Who tales; not forgetting Dark Shadows, two seasons (shown above - honest) of The Adventures Of Sinbad TV show and my continuing reassessment of the early years of Merlin (to mine for RPG nuggets).

A large part of what passes for "My New Year's Resolutions" for 2012 consists on curbing unnecessary spending. Not only am I already well behind in my DVD watching (and time is also required for the treats constantly being stored on our Sky+ DVR), but I'm also pledging "no new fiction" this year (except Philip Reeve's forthcoming Goblins, naturally).

I've been jiggering about with the bookshelves in the hallway to the gamesroom stairwell and as you can see, from the pictures below, I have plenty of swords and sorcery/fantasy material to keep me going for a good few years (the books are stored two deep).


As well as at least one more volume of A Song Of Ice And Fire (I've just started A Clash Of Kings - hence the gap in the box set that Rachel's parents got me for my birthday), I'm really determined to give Lord Of The Rings another try. This will be about the fifth or sixth time I've tried to read it since I was a pre-teenager and each time I've made less headway into it.

I worry that Peter Jackson's wonderful movies might have forever spoiled it for me - teasing me with Tolkien's world and plot that is buried under all of old JRRT's turgid text. There's no disputing the genius of his world-building and storytelling, I've just previously found the bulk of Lord Of The Rings so heavy and Biblical in the telling of its tale.
When it comes to gaming purchases this year, my decisions will be governed by the simple code of "will it be useful to Tekralh"?

After my nostalgic flirtation with Villains & Vigilantes last year, it's now full-steam ahead with the old school brilliance of Crypts & Things/Swords & Wizardry made manifest through my homebrewed and houseruled campaign world of Tekralh.

I know I can be a contrary and fickle old fart at times, but from this day forward my goal is to be a "one-campaign guy", cleaving to the Tao Of Pete as best as I can - despite my stereotypical gamer ADHD and wandering eye for "the new" and "shiny".

Feel free to pull me up when I stray from the straight and narrow...

2 comments:

  1. I gave LoTR another go not that long ago, and did not regret it. The movies didn't spoil it; in fact, the books sort of spoiled the movies, since there is a lot more altered than I originally thought. I'd give the Hobbit a go too, as that is an excellent read. And kudos for putting B7 on your list. One of my favourite shows ever, bad special effects included :)

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  2. Growing up, I read The Hobbit frequently - usually in a single afternoon, curled up in front of the radiator in my old bedroom ;) So I'll definitely aim to revisit that before the film comes out!

    Blake's 7, again, I loved as a kid (Kerr Avon was THE man!), but I want to see if it stands the test of time.

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