Monthly Archives: April 2015

Technospank: Rifts Northern Gun 1 and 2

Rifts_LogoSo, I’ve mentioned in a previous post that when I was a kid, Rifts was *The* alternate game in my circles if we weren’t playing D&D. It only narrowly beat out Heavy Gear because while we played that more intensely when we played it, in retrospect we played Rifts more often. Rifts wasn’t without its own issues though, as I discussed briefly in that post as well. [1] Even with those issues though, I still get excited when certain things get released, like Triax 2, or the more recent Rifts Worldbooks, Northern Gun 1 and Northern Gun 2, so lets take a look at what we got!
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Diversity Fail by Marvel (Again)

marvel logoIn comics, when something needs to be changed in a character who has already been established for whatever reason, it’s called a retcon. This is short for “retroactive continuity”, and it comes in two broad flavours, hard and soft. DC favours hard reset retcons that rebooted the entire universe, and until recently, Marvel preferred soft ones that occurred in book. Until recently, I preferred the soft ones too, since when I saw them previously, they were used to gently “bump” things to help keep the system on track. For example, Professor X was turned into a Vietnam veteran from a Korean War veteran to bump the X-Men forward in time because the Marvel Universe doesn’t deal well with the passage of time (the original X-Men should all be in their sixties, and Iron Man should be well into his seventies or early eighties). I’m writing about this because comic books are an easily accessed medium for people interested in SFF.
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X-Men, A Bad Analogue

marvel logo The X-Men are, without doubt, one of the most popular properties that Marvel Comics ever created. They’re also the most problematic, on several levels, and for several reasons. It’s something that’s been bothering me for a while, so it’s time to lay it out. The X-Men, and the core of their overarching story, don’t make any sense in the universe created by Marvel Comics. At all.
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The Hugo Affair

hugologoRecently, the Hugo Awards have been in the media a lot more than they usually are, even though it’s coming close to the announcement period for the year’s winners in science fiction and fantasy. [1] Unfortunately, it’s for all the wrong reasons. [2][3] As io9 points out, the Hugo Awards have always been political, but now they will never be anything else. As seen on Slashdot, the current state of affairs has some very familiar roots and apologetics at work. [4] Now, I’ve talked about this sort of thing before, but this requires an examination, if for no other reason than the fact that its an international award system that is being perverted. [5][6]
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Pokemon Gets On Side

Pokemon_logoMy first encounter with the apparently unstoppable juggernaut that is Pokémon came when I was working graveyard shifts at the local Tim Horton’s, and was coming home to less than stellar television programme selection. It was 1998, and it was a decent-ish cartoon that was on at the right time, so I watched as I ate dinner at eight in the morning. I vaguely knew there was a game for it, but it wasn’t until deploying to Bosnia in 1999 that I picked a Game Boy Color that was packaged with “Pokémon Yellow”. I was hooked.
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