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I had a nice time at Polaris this past weekend. Even the Con Wars panel was a lot of fun, even if I did have to choke a bitch.

Gaming remains the show's red headed stepchild. People showed up for scheduled events, but in between it was dead. I spent an hour in the gaming area, and my reading of the new Empowered trade was interrupted only by people looking for Stargate symbols.

Shame there were no Walken Tacos at the Ad Astra party. I love those.

Good weekend. Only a little sore, and that's just in a few muscle groups.

My Polaris weekend

So, yeah. I'm perpetrating a series of panels at Toronto Trek. It`s been difficult this year, because of a variety of new processes which they`re implementing in their last year. I think that`s ironic.

Anyway, I`m on at least two panels with a huge jerk (been proven in Court. The Hugh court, of all courts. That link, btw? You ever heard the line "don't read the comments" ? Usenet is all comments).

Avengers Disassemble!

With the success of The Avengers, it’s inevitable that sequels and follow-ups will be next. Iron Man 3 is already announced for next year, followed the following year by Captain America 2. Where do you think Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk will go post-Avengers? What do you think The Avengers 2 will be like? The Marvel universe is vast - what other heroes would you like to see join the Avengers in the future or get their own feature films?

Friday, 10pm

Iron Man three, and Avengers 2 forecasting. My plan? Hijack it to talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Six Seasons And A Movie!

During the third season of Community the series was put on a brief hiatus and its fans were vocal and upset. But why? What is all the fuss about? This is your chance to discuss the third season of Community and what makes you love the show so passionately.

MODERATOR: Sam Daigneault

Friday, 11pm

Community! Huzzah! The moderator was my programming contact, who was probably one of the most competent TT staff I've dealt with lately.

The Con Wars

From small events with humble beginnings as little more than organized fan meet-ups to large events featuring corporate sponsorships, celebrity appearances and dealers rooms that seem to go on as far as the eye can see, science fiction conventions have come a long way over the years. And as all things geeky become more mainstream, they’ve also become potentially very profitable and begun to proliferate. This is your chance to discuss how that proliferation and profiteering affects fandom as a whole, as well as what you think the future of sci-fi conventions might be.

MODERATOR: Declan Dennehy


Heh. I wonder if this'll end up in a screaming match. It's one of the ones I'm in with the aforementioned asshole.

The Gorram Frakking Discussion For Smegheads

Ah, cursing. Sometimes it feels like it’s the only civilized way to say what you want to say. And science fiction has offered plenty of sly opportunities over the years for those who like to curse to get their last word in without censors standing over them ready to bleep them or edit them out. Which sci-fi or fantasy universes curse words do you turn to in your times of need? Has sci-fi cursing on shows like Farscape, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica opened up the door for the real words being allowed over the airwaves? And which fictional curse words are the nastiest, the most fun or just the weirdest?

MODERATOR: Andrew Gurudata


Fake swearing. Can we talk about this for an hour? My plan: Fake swearing is cowardice. Even Shadowrun decided to ditch fake swearing for real cussin'. Also with giant asshole. I wonder if gurudata thinks he's as big a douche as everyone else?

The 15th Anniversary Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a show that had a profound impact on culture, literature, television and films. What was it? How have things changed since this show began? What role does Buffy play in fandom? Who were your favourite characters? What kind of messages did the show send? Is Buffy still needed?


This panel? Is on after the dead dog. Five pm? My dinner's gonna get cold. My plan: The show was great, neat characters, and should have ended with grace instead of getting dragged out like a zombie.

The Legend of Korra: FU, Nick.

Okay, first off: Fuck you, Nickleodeon. You want to let Canucks watch the first nine episodes on your little video on demand service, and then decide you don't feel like doing that anymore? Feh. Just means I don't have to watch a stupid ad for some album released by one of your in house moppets.

Okay. So, after "finding" a copy of the latest episode & watching it, thoughts.

General Iroh? Don't mind if I do!

I haven't gotten book two of The Promise yet, but I'm gonna assume Aang & Zuko settled their differences and that we don't get a swerve when the united alliance fleet arrives. I'll give 80% odds on that.

As for Aman. Assuming he isn't in fact my boss (cheap joke? Don't mind if I do!) I'm assuming he's one of Aang's other kids. Either A) abducted by an enemy and educated in the ways of soulbending (which I will assume was the alternate ability of Airbenders, not just a skill possessed by the Avatar). Anger (rejection by father, etc) makes him bitter towards all benders, hence the Equalist society. We'll see how Lance Henriksen reacts to finding out his boss is a bender.

So, yeah. Fun stuff. Can't wait for the climax.

I Fantasize Greek Style

So, yeah, while I'm working on a class assignment, I realized that there's two RPGs I'm currently doting on are both based in ancient Greece: Mazes & Minotaurs, which is thankfully not at all part of the Old School Renaissance, and Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone, which according to its website just kickstarted a second edition. Feh.

M&M is a free online RPG postulating an original RPG based on Bullfinch & Harryhausen instead of Tolkien and Lieber. I kind of want to tinker with it to play Sinbad (although I wager that's been done in one or two issues of The Minotaur). Hellas is a Space Opera RPG where you play generations of divinely descended heroes fighting Space Persians. Of course I'm not likely to ever play either of them anytime soon (both of them are right in mr_weasel's wheelhouse), but Hellas is so wonderfully put together and M&M is such a wonderful labour of love that I just want to hug them both. Getting out a bag of chips & a couple 2 litres of Mountain Dew would just be icing on the cake.

Poor marketing in sportsball

Saw this image on the Facebook.

with the caption

"EVERY Paintball Player In the ENTIRE WORLD should share this!!!!
If you do not... Shame on you, turn in your gun!"

A) Paintball players are bad sports who treat their refs like shit, and

B) Paintball players who don't agree with this shouldn't be playing the sport.

Way to sell the activity, guys. No wonder I played five times in high school & quit.

Plus, they they may be exaggerating their ranking in the bravery hierarchy.

Not Dead

Did CanGames this past weekend (even if jkahane seems to have forgotten it) and had a good time. Picked up a few things (including a few books from the Hellas game and a copy of the Angel RPG that's been interestingly edited.

Ottawa remains fun. I miss it on occasion.

In class now. School is good.

Today in Blah, Blah, Blah

The fannish5 question of the week:
Five characters who could give a great speech.

  1. John Sheridan: The captain of B5, president of the ISA, and leader of the Rangers (although never at once)could give great speeches. So great that it could often be hilarious, but when he chases the Shadows and Vorlons out of the galaxy by telling them so (His speech included the phrase "Get the hell out of our Galaxy!"), you know he had the power of speech-craft.

  2. Jeff Winger:Winger's capacity to pacify his study group mates, who spent 90% of the time on the brink of homicide, is beyond belief. If I had access to YouTube, I'd link to the clip show where they cut a bunch of his speeches together.Instead, I post it, thanks to IMDB.
    We've known each other for almost two years now. And yeah, in that time I've given a lot of speeches, but they all have one thing in common: they're all different. These drug runners aren't going to execute Pierce because he's racist. It's a locomotive that runs on US, and the only sharks in that water are the emotional ghosts that I like to call fear, anchovies, fear, and the dangers of ingesting mercury. Because the real bugs aren't the ones in those beds. And there's no such thing as a free Caesar salad and even if there were, The Cape might still find a second life on cable, and I'll tell you why: el corazon del agua es verdad. That water is a lie! Harrison Ford is irradiating our testicles with microwave satelite transmissions. So maybe we ARE caught in and endless cycle of screw ups and hurt feelings, but I choose to believe that this is just the universe's way of molding us into some kind of super group.

  3. Captain America: Blah blah blah living legend of WW II,leader of the Avengers. Although I'm still working on forgiving Jim Shooter for the worst line in comics history from Secret Wars where he tells Mr. Fantastic "No wonder the name Reed Richards is synonymous with compassion." Seriously, Jim.
    Let's forget "Surrender??!! You think this letter on my head stands for France?"

  4. Aragorn son of Arathorn:
    Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!

    Yeah, that's ok. .

  5. King Hal:Come on, right? The best. Go here and look, it's huge.

I am Lord-ish of Waterdeep

Okay, so last night Cynra & I went to Black Oak Brewery to participate in their semi-regular board game night. I'm at most a casual beer aficionado, and Cyrna does not participate at all, but we do love board games.

I got Lords of Waterdeep (apologies for linking to BGG) for our anniversary. Well, I got a gift card and used it to buy LoW.

I was particularly impressed when I unboxed LoW last weekend because, and this is the stupidest thing I've ever placed in writing, the tray is so well put together. They actually give you instructions on how to place everything in the tray. Everything has a place, and it all fits together well, and I love it. The tray for Castle Ravenloft was almost completely useless, and I don't recall instructions on what went where. This is very well organized.

The game puts each player in the role of one of the eponymous Lords of Waterdeep, and they are seeking to gain influence over the city. It's a worker placement game where you put agents in play, and they gain you either adventurers (blocks!), gold, or control of buildings. The goal is to complete quests, which gain you victory points. End of game, you get bonus points for quests that fit your secret lord.

We were joined in the game by ghostwes which was odd because a couple days before I had been scrolling through old LJ posts and wondered "Whatever happened to him?" Tiny world, wouldn't want to mow it.

The game was a lot of fun. There are Intrigue cards that can be a little frustrating to play on others. For example, I played a Mandatory Quest on ghostwes as he was pulling ahead. This would, probably, have delayed him a few actions, but instead put the brakes on him for several rounds, as getting clerics was surprisingly difficult in the game. Only one base location lets you get a cleric (one, and he needed two), Cynra stole one of his, and it had to be his priority to get it done.

I actually had an intrigue card in my hand that would have slowed him down further, but that was just too dickish to play. It can encourage cutthroat play. I definitely want to play more of LoW. Fun game.

So*. Yesterday I was, as is my usual routine (until the end of this week) I was on the 27 bus from Finch to Milton. I prefer to get off the 27 at Meadowvale and take the Milton train the rest of the way because it allows me an enjoyable last leg (the 27 takes a mazelike route out of Mississauga which tends to upset my tummy). It also saves me a few bucks; the cost of a direct 27 route from Finch station to Milton station is a couple bucks more than getting off at Meadowvale and taking the bus in. Don’t ask me, ask GO.

Yesterday, the bus was about 18 minutes behind schedule, which meant that it was three minutes after the scheduled arrival time for the Milton train. I still figured I’d take the train home. As we pull into the station, however, I saw that the Milton train was pulling in as well. Hey, I thought, I can catch this!

I strutted into the station, down the stairs, as fast as my stubby legs could carry me and not leave me an asthmatic wheezing wreck when I got onto the train (I’ll wheeze, but not asthmatically). I didn’t encounter any of the departing commuters until they were on their way down the stairs, and thankfully they hewed right enough to allow me up the stairs.

Of course, the lady who was galumphing across the platform, her nose buried in her book, didn’t notice my rapidly oncoming bulk, but a grunted “excuse me” cleared her out of the way, and I was home free. “The Doors are Now Closing” grunted the PA system as I leapt for the door, my feet finding purchase on the floor and momentum carrying me into the train until the door close onto my bag.

I’m not a physicist. I don’t know what happened to the momentum that my body possessed when the doors shut onto my bag. I do know that I am sore as fuck right now. Thankfully, a nice bottle of Life brand ASA (Thanks, kinra) has helped keep the pain at bay.

*I love starting a story with “So”. It allows me to leap into telling the story with a minimum of stage setting. “So” indicates that you’re continuing from where you left off, even if it’s from the title of the piece . As in this.

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