Having more or less gotten the hang of Hearts of Iron III over a series of games in 2014, this month I returned to Crusader Kings II. Like all of the Paradox grand strategy games, it’s challenging to get into, with a complicated interface, brain-melting…
Magic: school based; each school has,an associated skill and a shortish list of 6-10 spells that you can scale on the fly. If you know the school you know all its spells and can, in principle, cast any of them.
In the last several days I watched both Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road, in that order. While I didn't really hate the former, I was struck even while watching it by the lead's complete lack of agency. Later, while watching Mad Max: Fury Road, the difference became even more apparent. In Mad Max: Fury Road pretty much every significant character has agency. It's not "feminist" to do that to the female characters — it's just good film-making. Fury Road is the best Mad Max film, and the best thing I've seen in several years.
I might gently suggest that if a film as well assembled as this is an affront to somebody's masculinity, then that masculinity is pretty goddamn fragile.
We take our own messages home from these things. If somebody wants to read a feminist message into this movie, then that's fine by me. If not, that's cool, but there are good reasons and bad reasons for doing so. It's a great film regardless.
After 69 years of Carolignian rule, Imperial Francia, though beset by minor problems, occasional rebellions and incessant Viking raids, endures. Under Charles the Just, grandson of Charlemagne, it has reconquered much of its lost territory, and Charles, still young at age 37, may yet re-acquire Baden and Bavaria.
SF and Age of Sail authors will both love this. It's a synopsis of the different classes of ships in naval fleets and their typical function. With plenty of examples. A very handy reference for anyone dealing with military fleets of some kind.
Overrated. Not a bad restauant, but a terrible _German_ restaurant. Schmidt's sells itself as such, but the best sausage in the place is the distinctly non-German Bahama Mama - which is admittedly very good. And the creampuffs are amazing. The bratwurst, however, is of vending machine quality, and there is simply no excuse for that from a place with the pedigree of Schmidt's