Okay so it’s been about nine months since I started this blog and I’ve managed to cover video games, books, comics and t.v shows and right now I realise that I need to do something more. I managed to step up over Christmas with a good schedule that I managed somehow to stick too. While I don’t intend to do that again any time soon I hope to go a few steps beyond. So far this has been a passive blog and I don’t think that will do. After all what is New Year if not a time to make resolutions that you wouldn’t do in your right state of mind. Now I’m not going to start making predictions right off the bat because there’s every chance that I’m not going to see it through. However I want to get it out now simply because you should see a few new things straight away and there is every chance that some months could be quieter than others as I try and get things into motion that are a little bigger than can be handled in the typical week or two run time.
I also say this because I want to ask something of you the reader and that is that if you see something you like please hit the like, share and comment buttons. Now I know that this is typically only done to feed the blogger ego and this time is not really any different. However my excuse would be that it will help me figure out what people are actually reading and what they are enjoying. What people want me to shut up about and what people want to see more of.
For now though I intend to use the new start of a new year with all the hope and promise that comes with to look at some of the new starts that fell flat on their face. But with luck that won’t be all you see.
So for now I’m going to sign off and wish everyone a happy new year and remember…
….You’re gonna carry that weight
So far I have argued against the pacing problems of the silly, silly trilogy. Surely that is all. Well no, for now I shall contend with the number one argument against pretty much everything I have said and the proposed solution to it all.
In my last post I questioned how Gandalf could have been expected to know that Bilbo was carting around the one ring all that time. In this one I will show why I was asking this in the first place and many, many problems with the movie series.
Perhaps it is best to preface this with the fact that I am big fan of The Hobbit as written down by J.R.R Tolkien. I first read the book when I was perhaps seven or eight when my elder brother brought it home as part of his homework. In fact it was many years before I moved onto The Lord of the Rings and though I enjoyed the text, feel it somewhat bloated next to the tightly told account of the Dwaves and one unlikely Hobbit attempting to reclaim their lost treasure from a greedy Dragon in a mountain far away.
However I can not abide what Jackson has turned it into and here I intend to lay out what I consider the problems, why they are there and what could be done about them to turn the whole thing into a worthy homage to my childhood favourite. Beware that spoilers will lurk in wait for the unsuspecting reader though I shall do my best to keep them from the path you shall tread.
But where to begin, why the beginning of course.
One of the cornerstones of tabletop gaming today is Pandemic, a cooperative game where you work as a group to scour the world curing the four plagues. Now they have released an easier to grasp dice based game to try and corner the other end of the market. I am bringing this up now to avoid the comparison later when I start talking about this here cooperative dice rolling game where you roam over the map trying to cure the various problems and ills. The big difference being that this time you have witchcraft and wizardry on your side.
From the mind of Matt Forbeck, and written as part of a twelve books in twelve months programme he ran for himself, Hard times tells the story of ex-adventurer Max Gibson, no not that one , who lives in the titular city where zombies claw at the walls, Elves literally look down on the rest of the intelligent races, by privy of living higher up the mountain than they and the whole thing is overseen by their ruler, a literal dragon. So how does a comic book writer handle a noir private dick in a simple world of swords and socery?
“The first casualty in war is often the truth”
The lord of the rings while a complex book with rich history and characters that have echoed through the years is at it’s a heart a rather simple tale of good against evil. This sits at odds with the world around us and is perhaps why for some it is so treasured, for others though this has lead to it being dismissed as little more than a children’s story but for one this was the foundation for another tale altogether.