|Media Diary 87: Drag, Burn, Guard, and Thug
||[Jun. 21st, 2009|12:51 am]
Drag Me To Hell: The ads all sold this as a straightforward horror flick. They lie; this is really Evil Dead 4 in all the ways that matter. The lead actress can't quite fill Bruce's shoes, but really, who can? There's still more than enough splatstick, improvised weaponry, and general can't-believe-they-did-thatitude to make it a great way to kill a Saturday afternoon.
Burn Notice, season 3 eps 1-3: Damn I love this show. Season premiere was a bit limp as a follow-up to last season's amazing finale, but the show quickly got back on track and has everything I love about this crazy series. Bruce Campbell is so much fun to watch.
Mouse Guard: Didn't finish reading buddha_davis' copy before playing (and have never read the comics, or Mice Templar, or more than one Redwall book... what is it with swordfighting mice? Reepicheep has much to answer for), but I enjoyed myself regardless. This is basically a slimmed-down version of Burning Wheel, cutting down most of the insane complexity I hated and seemingly taking a page from robin_d_laws' Hero Wars in abstracting the combat rules enough to be usable for pretty much any dramatic conflict, be it a fight, chase, or debate. Not bad, but it mostly made me want to try running Hero Wars again.
Star Thugs: I got this on a whim a while back, mainly for the back cover proudly proclaiming "Written rules for 'PC Glow'". It's yer basic self-parodic grimy space opera setting (think HoL, or Lexx, or even Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, or, god help us all, Tripping the Rift), and apparently a tie-in to some podcast I've never heard of. The rules, however, are pretty interesting, showing a lot of influence from Magic: the Gathering-style collectible card games, where ship combat involves "tapping" your crew to do this, that, and the other thing. It looks like it'd be a much better Firefly/Serenity game than the official one. I'll have to try this out soonish.
The oddest thing about this game is that there's absolutely no publishing indicia, so I have no idea when it was published (it has an ISBN, so I guess it's copyrighted), and they don't seem to have trademarked the name. Oops!