Monday, May 21, 2018

Undrafted (review)

I'm a sucker for a baseball movie. Whenever I see one on one of the movie channels I haven't seen before I go ahead and record it and hope for the best. With this, I didn't get the best but what I got was good enough.

The movie is based on a true story where on the day of the MLB draft, a player finds out he didn't get drafted and decides to play out the very last game of his intramural season like it's his last.

What's most unique about this movie is that it takes place on the ball field the entire time. Only cutting away to flashbacks near the very end. I was impressed since a lot of baseball movies focus on what's going on off the field.

The characters are pretty well defined with the exception of a few going faceless. But you really get to know 8 of the 12 players on the team pretty well by the end of the movie so that's pretty good. There are moments of brilliance that pop up every once in a while. One of my favorites is a discussion in the dugout as the bench warmers on the team  come up with some great off the field banter that you remember having yourself while in the dugout.

Then there are other moments that you wish could have been better. For example, the movie shows one kid striking out and then at the top of the next inning, standing in the outfield cussing into his glove like you saw happen ALL THE TIME when you played the game. (heck, it could've been you doing the swearing) but then he continues his tirade in the outfield that looks ridiculous and unreal that a guy in his 20's would act that immature.

After the movie they play the actual game ending hit as shown at the end of the movie, to show you how it happened in real life. I nice touch.

Though not my favorite baseball movie by far, Undrafted was indeed worthy of my time. If you love baseball movies, I think you'll find it "ok" in your book too. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

BGG Spring Con Play list (Update)

A short rundown again of the games already on my list:

1) Montana
2) Walnut Grove
3) Kingsburg
4) Manila
5) Pillars of the Earth
6) Corporate America
7) Mexica

Off the list:

1) War of the Ring- After watching yet ANOTHER review on the game it just looks too awful to waste my time on. I LOVE Lord of the Rings but MAN does that gameplay look TERRIBLE!

2) Fool's Gold - I think I found a better "gold digging" game I'll enjoy. 

And now the "new" additions to my list!

Andromeda

This is an interesting game where you have area control mixed with "dice coupling" which I like. The "bits" look interesting as well, so I'm going to check it out. 

Citrus

I meant to add to the list but forgot about it over time. It's tile placement mixed with area control and looks good enough to give it a shot!

A Column of Fire

Since I'm playing "Pillars of the Earth" I may as well try the other games in the series as well. This looks slightly complicated but I do like the theme so I'll give it a shot.

World Without End

The "final" game in the Trilogy. Looks a little better than Column of Fire (in game play) and since I've removed War of the Ring from my play list, I have plenty of time to try other games. (I hear War of the Ring is a long game)


Santiago De Cuba

This is an interesting game I just discovered last week! A little dice rolling mixed with worker placement was enough to grab my interest.

Luxor

The game looks interesting, plus it's Queen Games which I usually tend to love so I'll give it a shot. The only bad thing about the game is that it's the "Hotness" right now so I may not get a chance to play it at all but we'll see. 

Rallyman

I've been on and off about checking this game out for a while. Guess if the opportunity strikes, I'll go ahead and check it out see what all the hype is about!

Arkadia

To quote Jack Skeleton "What's this?" A tetris style, tile placement game?! With the pop up pieces included in the game, it stands out enough to gain my attention for a test play at the con.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

5 Months and still going

At the Century Link office down the road from my home they've had this Christmas Tree up in their window every since last year. I'm hoping it stays for the whole year and so far so good!

I'll give another update in 3 or 4 months if it's still up!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The New Invaders (Review)

This mini-series is about an alternate story line where....the whole story sucks. I'll be honest I was confused the whole time and the only thing I cared about was getting to the final issue of the series so it would end.

I don't know who thought about this story but they should've worked harder on making it interesting. I'm tempted to go ahead and trash these comics for the good of humanity.

Terrible series.

Have a good weekend folks!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Drax (review)

The comic box I'm going through at the moment seems to be a lot of miscellaneous mini-series. Some complete, some incomplete. I'm trying to read all of the ones that are mostly complete. Drax is one that was.

This comic was before he was a Guardian of the Galaxy and before many comic book fans period knew about him. The series is a bit of a bore however.

Issue 1 premise; Drax is an alien. Issue 2, Drax dies. Issue 3 he comes back to life and issue 4 he kills those who killed him.

Not much more than that. Easily forgettable and pointless. I can't imagine why anyone would've bought this back in the day unless they had way too much money and time to spend.

PASS

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Marvel Zombies (Review)

Another comic I remember reading was this one. A universe where the zombie plague is unleashed within the Marvel Universe, turning all the heroes into flesh eating zombies! I know they went on to make sequels to this series but I only have the first one.

Kirkman is no stranger to Zombie stories. As writer for the Walking Dead it makes sense he would be at the helm of a project such as this. I wouldn't mind reading the others someday if I can find them.

If you've been on the fence about this one, I'd say go for it. It's worth your time if this kind of thing is up your alley!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Sentry (review)

A comic that's basically welcoming a Superman-like character into the Marvel Universe but pretending he was there the whole time and that the heroes erased his memory from everyone in their universe until the Sentry himself discovered who he was again.

The story isn't bad. I remember reading a few of these back in the day but was glad to read a little more from this collection. I like how Sentry's flashback's show fake Marvel comic covers (and sometimes art) from the 60's, pretending that even the reader of the comic forgot about him as well.

Not a bad premise. Pretty good stuff!