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Zero Fortitude: Sin City: A Dame to Kill for

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MARVThe first Sin City hit theaters back in 2005. It was a movie that I really enjoyed. I like how it captured the feel of the comic and didn’t shy away from the use of black and white adding color to add depth to the story. I didn’t know what to think about the announcement that another Sin city was going to grace the screen in 2014. I enjoyed the first movie and seeing that characters who had died at the end of the last movie grace the screen made me wonder what was going on. I had not read this volume of Sin city and was unaware of the time line that was going to be presented.

I had decided to take a pass on this movie. It was a conversation with my friend, Glenn, about sin city that changed my mind. He reminded me that this is a morality play with a noir perspective. There are no “good guys” in Sin City. What we are presented are bad people with their own code of ethics. When this code is broken, they take action in the only way they know how. The results are appropriately violent and over the top but server to illustrate that their lines that should not be crossed no matter how far down you may be.

In Sin city: A Dame to Kill for, we are presented with four stories that share characters throughout. Marv, the crazy mad man capable of immense violence is a recurring thread throughout. The movie opens with Marv regaining consciousness from a wreck. He doesn’t remember what has happened to bring him to this bloody point and takes his medicine in hopes of recovering some memories. It turns out that he had left the strip club where Nancy, played by Jessica Alba, works as the featured dancer. he happens upon four young men from the rich part of town setting bums on fire. This crosses the line for Marv. He kills one and the chase is on. He hijacks a police car and pursues the fleeing murderers. This where we come back to the accident and he remembers that the survivors have fled into Old Town, where he was raised. He easily trails them and delivers the justice that is deserved in a quick and brutal fashion.

The thing that I liked about this movie is how it used two stories to highlight the different ways that a dame to kill for could be taken. First we are presented the story of Dwight and Ava. Ava, played superbly by Eva Green, is a woman who ruthlessly uses men to gain power. She will manipulate them and abuse them to get whatever she wants and dispose of them when they no longer useful. She does this with Dwight but underestimates his stubbornness and tenacity. He enlists Marv and the girls of Old town in his bid for revenge against the woman that has used him. When victory is within his grasp, we are shown a picture of him falling to her wiles yet again, only to be interrupted by the sound of a gun. Ava was definitely a dame to kill for.

The flip side is story of Nancy. She is a girl that was broken by a molester and rescued by a not-so-crooked cop. The cop had to kill himself to protect her and this has left her a very damaged person struggling to rise up from the ashes. She knows the cause of her pain and fails each time she tries to end his life. It is this failure that causes her to have a breakdown and cut her face. When Marv sees her like this, He has found another line that shouldn’t have been crossed. He takes her on the journey that will allow her to finally get her revenge. Nancy is a different dame to kill for.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is a violent noir morality play. There are no good guys that you would want to cheer for yet you cheer for some of the players anyway. horrible things happen and yet you feel better about them after they have happened. A movie well worth seeing at the movies despite is not likely to be out for much longer. If you have the time to see it on the big screen, you will not be disappointed.

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Ideology of Madness: GenCon Journal 2014: Jupiter Rescue

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This story actually starts on Wednesday of Gen Con. I was hanging out with my friends at the Embassy suites at Happy Hour. I like to call it Happy Hour:

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Ideology of Madness: Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: Elvis Has Left the Building!

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Elvis Can’t Help Falling in Love with Aron Aron’s Been Shopping for a Car Greatest American Hero is coming back to TV Patrick Warburton returns to the Tick! Letter 44


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Ideology of Madness: I Think Boba Fett Could’ve Been Greater… And Here’s How.

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So,I’ve always felt that LucasFilm cheated fans with Boba Fett.  They created a mystique and desire for a badass bounty hunter through strategic appearances and marketing.  Then “Empire Strikes Back”

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Zero Fortitude: D&D Announces New Digital Offerings for 2015‏ at PAX Prime

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At PAX Prime Wizards of the Coast provided a glimpse of what Dungeons & Dragons will offer in 2015, with new digital offerings set in the Forgotten Realms from partners including Backflip Studios, Beamdog and Cryptic Studios with Perfect World Entertainment.

Throughout 2014, D&D has ignited excitement in the game industry with a celebration of the brand’s 40th anniversary, the launch of new rules for the tabletop RPG, and the exciting and engaging Tyranny of Dragons storyline.

Digital plans for next year were revealed at PAX Prime today during the “2015 Videogames in the Forgotten Realms” panel hosted by Wizards of the Coast and partners:

Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons, Wizards of the Coast
Rob Overmeyer, Executive Producer for Cryptic Studios
Trent Oster, Creative Director for Beamdog
Ryan Drag, Creative Director for Backflip Studios

Below please find an overview of the news from the panel, highlighting what D&D fans can look forward to in 2015. We encourage you to share this exciting news with your readers and visit www.dungeonsanddragons.com for updates.

Neverwinter MMORPG on Xbox One Rob Overmeyer confirmed that the highly-acclaimed free-to-play MMORPG, Neverwinter, will be coming to Xbox One in the first half of 2015. At launch, console gamers will be able to experience the fast-paced combat and epic dungeons all set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe.

Dungeons & Dragons Partners with Backflip Studios Ryan Drag unveiled that Backflip Studios is designing a “castle defense” style D&D game for mobile. The partnership is a natural fit as Backflip shares a common passion for the D&D brand, which is underscored in the recently released Developer Video (watch it online here). The mobile game is set to release in 2015 and additional information will be announced in the coming months.

Beamdog Continues to “Enhance” the Sword Coast Trent Oster from Beamdog announced Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is coming to iOS, Android and PC later this year. Trent also revealed two updates for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, including availability on iPhone and the capacity to have multiplayer work across different platforms. All three Enhanced Editions are classic D&D computer RPGs that have been rebooted for play on modern tablets and PCs.
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Zero Fortitude: Oomba™ is going to PAX Prime 2014®!

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Oomba Personal Devices

Irvine, CA-based Oomba, Inc. is evolving the way gamers compete by providing event organizers, participants and fans a full digital arsenal of the latest in social and organizational tools viawww.oomba.com.

 

In an effort to bring all the weekends tournaments, gaming, and breaking news straight to you, Oomba will be invading one of the biggest gaming conventions in North America.

 

First, Oomba will be filming the entire PAX Prime tournament finales and con at large for Video On Demand viewing the following days. All the sights and sounds will be on full display at Oomba.tv, where you can check out every tournament, see all new games direct from the expo floor, and enjoy behind-the-scenes action.

 

On top of that, the rest of the team will be using Oomba’s sleek new tournament apps to run multiple competitions, including Mayfair’s Catan North American Championship (CNAC) for the tabletop mega-hit, The Settlers of Catan®!

 

PAX Prime 2014 is going to be huge this year, and you don’t want to miss a second of the action. So make sure to take advantage of Oomba’s innovative technology suite by watching high-quality video and harnessing the custom tournament management tools that are revolutionizing the game space. Fluidly systematize registration, scoring, bracket seeding, and result calculations (Oomba Apps), stream the action live or on demand with webcasting (Oomba.tv), and tie it all together with an innovative and robust social network (Oomba.com).

 

Registration lines, email blasts, and spreadsheets are now a thing of the past. Oomba handles everything with unprecedented style and precision, from organizing a tournament using your tablet and paying league dues from your smartphone, to watching the championship match live from the comfort of your couch.

Want to get all the latest news about Oomba and the tournament world? You can tweet @Oomba all weekend long with any questions or comments to have them answered live on broadcast! For everything else, check them out at Oomba.com, twitter.com/Oomba, facebook.com/Oomba, and google.com/+Oomba. Challenge everyone!™

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Back Seat Producers: Back Seat Box Office – No Show This Week Again

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Real life got in the way this week so next week will be a double shot episode.

Picks:

Jeff

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. TMNT
3. As Above, So Below
4. If I Stay
5. Let’s Be Cops

 

Art’s House:
Jeff picks Last Weekend
Father Beast picks The Congress

JB

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Accidental Survivors: The Modern Gaming Podcast: Episode 97: Gen Con and D&D

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WARNING: Instances of very strong language may offend some listeners.

Episode 97: Gen Con and D&D

    * Chris is drinking Left Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout Nitro.
    * Rob is drinking Block Three's About Face.
    * Fraser is drinking water. He is very, very, . . . very sorry.

    Things of Which We Speak
    Gen Con attendence was amazing.

    Golem Arcana.

    World of Yo Ho.

    Fantasy Flight Game's XCOM: The Board Game

    The D&D Player's Handbook is available now.

    And there is also the Starter Set

    You can find the downloads for the D&D basic rules here.

    Feedback
    * If you want to contact us, you can email us individually at chris@accidentalsurvivors.com, fraser@accidentalsurvivors.com, and rob@accidentalsurvivors.com.
    * You can find us on Twitter as AccidentalFrase, Accidental_Rob, and AccSurvPodcast.
    * If you're part of Google +, you can check out our page.


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Ideology of Madness: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS FULL REVEAL: Halloween!

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Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event has been fully revealed! Finally, officially, we have the announcement of the John Carpenter’s Halloween house, in addition to the seven previously announced. In

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The Jank Cast: Actual Play: Hell 4 Leather, Part II

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Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Megan, Rob, Timo Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand part II.


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Ideology of Madness: GenCon Journal 2014: Atlas Games

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After I wrapped up my purchases at Paizo, I headed off into the vendor hall in search of another game to investigate. I will admit that as intrepid reporters go,

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Ruthless Diastema » Geeky & Genki: Thanks for Listening: A Ruthless Farewell

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Zero Fortitude: Gen Con 2014: Gut Bustin’ Games

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Gen Con 2014 was a blast!

I was busy from the Wednesday before the convention began until the vendor hall closed at 4 pm  on Sunday.

One of the things I remembered from a previous Gen Con was that the guys had taken the time to play several games from Gut Bustin’ Games and interview the creator, Lisa Bowman-Steenson.

Gut Bustin’ Games is home of games such as; Redneck Life, Trailer Park Wars, Oh Gnome You Don’t, and Cheap Shot. My favorite of these games is Trailer Park Wars. You take on the role of a trailer park manager. The object of the game is to end up with the most pink flamingos at the end of the game. These are earned through the combinations of various trailer cards, resident cards, event cards, and the synergies that build up between the three. It is a very competitive game where you try to grow your park and keep the other player’s parks from exceeding your own. The rules are easy to pick up and play is fast, furious, and fun. They had an expansion available for Trailer Park wars entitled Terror in the Trailer Park which caught my eye. It has a horror slant and gives you more flamingos with which to track points. They just happen to be purple as well.

Lisa took time out of a very busy day in the vendor hall to answer a few of my questions about Gut Bustin’ Games which I will summarize for you here as my note taking skills are not up to snuff for direct quotes as of yet. The new game premiering at Gen Con 2014 was Flea Marketeers. This game has the players taking the role of different stall holders at a flea market. Each player gets a flea book which list items that they would buy and sell and the prices that they would get for said transaction. Each player has a list that is different and has different prices for items that may be shared across flea book. The objective of the game is to buy low and sell high. There are event cards that throw a wrench into the works and allows for things like stealing another player’s table. I was able to watch a demo of the game and it was easy to learn and quick moving game once the player caught on to the gist of their flea book.

Currently you can find Flea Marketeers and the rest of Gut Bustin’ Games line on their website here. According to Lisa, This newest addition to the line will be available in stores in September.

Lisa was nice enough to let me know what was in the works for Gut Bustin’ Games. Currently in development she has Nearly Naughty expansion for Flea Marketeers as well as a game based on horrible house pets. They sounded interesting and I am looking forward to hearing more in the coming months on these projects.

I took the time to ask Lisa what, outside of Gut Bustin’ Games, she geeked  about. It turns out that she is a big fan of dogs. She enjoys training them to help them fit in better with their families as well as fosters dogs and works as a volunteer at her local animal shelter.

 

 

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Ideology of Madness: GenCon Journal 2014: Paizo Publishing

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The first day of the Gen Con saw me waiting in line for my Press Badge. I had planned to get up early and get in line around 6:30 am

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Ideology of Madness: Batman with Aron and Paulie: Gothlings!

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  Batman with Aron and Paulie is BACK!!! Not only that, we brought guest host Jonathan with us, as well as returning guest host Wayne! This episode, we chat about


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