Hey there, this is just a quick post to let people know I am still alive and have not given up on this haven of geekdom. I could make excuses like: "I broke my foot", "My wife just had surgery", and "Work has been nuts!". However, I know from experience that none of that would fly with my readership (all three of you).
So let me put out a couple of quick recommendations:
I just finished reading Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress. My wife bought it for me because she saw it was a "D&D" book and she was not dissuaded by the subtitle "A Girl's Guide to the D&D Game" that I was probably not the target audience for this book.
Nevertheless, I found it to be a quick and fun read. The gaming sessions described within seemed more like actual game session than most books about gaming contain, accurately describing the distracting side-conversations, the frustration of a DM trying to keep a session from going off the rails, and how players with different play styles can rub each other the wrong way. Yet it still conveyed the sense of fun gamers have when gaming.
(It did have a lot of pink though, so I may have to turn in my man card just for reading the whole thing).
Actually, my biggest recommendation concerning Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress is that if you are a male gamer you have a wife, fiancee, or significant other: Buy this for her! Seriously, it is not a bad book to introduce them to the hobby, either for future inclusion or at least tolerant smiles when you regale them with tales of your half-elf paladin.
Basically the premise is that comic book villainy is real and the Middle Man exists to take care of it and cover it up. Sort of like crossing Doctor Who with X-Files, but in a fun, campy way rather than a gritty, serious way (that series would be called Torchwood).
Oh, by comic book villainy I mean scientists who come up with plans to conquer the earth using hyper-intelligent apes. So it may not be a series for everyone.
If you are interested, you can watch the pilot in its entirety on the ABC Family's Website If you like it, watch the series. If you don't, I just wasted an hour of your life.
(If you are on the fence, well it is probably a short term commitment since I imagine this will be canceled within one season.)
I will admit the TV series is a bit cheesy. And that the special effects are more "old school" Doctor Who level than what most people are used to. However, it also is fun. And who doesn't like hyper-intelligent apes?