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Avengers: Age of Ultron  (no spoilers)

It was good, but not great. It's one of those movies where the whole is less than the sum of the parts: I can point out lots of individual bits I quite liked, and only a couple things that I thought were missteps, but the whole thing didn't quite gel for me.  It didn't hold together as well as the first movie, nor even as well as Captain America: Winter Soldier, so it's not just 2nd movie syndrome.
Directed by Joss Whedon. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth. When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program...
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That seems about right. It was kind of rushed. I know a lot of people are holding out hope that the director's cut well be longer and better, but that assumes there will be a director's cut.
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I love books, but I love my friends more. If I loan out a book and it never comes back, I can usually buy another...and doing so makes me no worse off than if I always bought a spare to loan out. I only get picky if the book is irreplaceable, say because it's personalized or was a special gift.
To many people books are just paper and ink, but to a book-lover they are much more. Here are a few things I've learned about lending books. First off NEVER lend a book to a friend.  If you really want them to read somethin...
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The purpose of lending books for me, is that I hope someone will adopt them and give them a good home.
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Ports of Call for a notional #DnD5e   Spelljammer campaign:

Forgotten Realms
Gamma World
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You had me at Carcosa, and then again at Barsoom. 
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This is likely to be of interest to the fantasy gamers in my circles: the complete Eerie El Cid stories by Budd Lewis and Gonzalo Mayo.  Many more wizards and trolls than the actual El Cid, so perfect RPG fodder. (Currently $2.99 on Amazon)
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The actual El Cid stuff is an old favorite, I may be inclined to check this out.
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Here's a list of all the RPGs I can remember playing (not counting home-brews), inspired by +Wayne Snyder.  It's probable I've played more that I can no longer recall :

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Arduin Grimoire
Ars Magica
Big Eyes, Small Mouth
Boot Hill
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Bunnies & Burrows
Call of Cthulhu
Castle Falkenberg
Champions: New Millenium
Chivalry & Sorcery
d20 Modern
DC Heroes
Dungeons & Dragons (0e, 3e, 3.5e, 5e)
Empire of the Petal Throne
En Garde!
Fantasy Hero
Feng Shui
Gamma World
Hackmaster ("4e")
Hero System
James Bond 007
Justice, Inc.
Lords of Creation
Marvel Super Heroes
Metamorphosis Alpha
Monsters! Monsters!
Palladium Fantasy (1e)
Runequest (1e, 6e)
Savage Worlds
Silver Age Sentinels
Space Opera
Star Frontiers
Stars Without Number
Starships & Spacemen
StarWars (d6)
Superhero 2044
The Fantasy Trip
Top Secret
Tunnels & Trolls
Villains & Vigilantes
Worlds of Wonder
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+Isaac Kenn​ I don't remember that at all, and Google isn't turning anything up.
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Most recent: D&D 5e, Zap!, D&D 1e

Favorite: SFX, The Fantasy Trip, Arduin Grimoire

Most want to play: FASERIP, Runequest 6, Classic Traveller
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Looks like you can currently get Wreck-It Ralph for free by connecting your Disney Anywhere account to either your iTunes, Google Play, or VUDU (whatever that is) account.  Presumably that works even if you're just signing up to DMA (I think I got an account to get the streaming version of Frozen as part of the Blue-Ray/DVD pack?  Something like that).

Anyway, I already own it, but Wreck-It Ralph is awesome, and you can't beat free...
Watch Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies whenever and wherever you go with Disney Movies Anywhere.
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Apropos of +Shoe Skogen mentioning recently that she was looking for advice and materials on Spelljammer, I realized that I didn't really know what that was... I mean, beyond "D&D in Spaaace!"   And much of what I thought I vaguely recalled on further reflection is actually probably Planescape anyway.  So seeing some relatively cheap PDFs on RPGNow, I decided to check it out.  Now I'm actually thinking about trying to run it as a hangout game in #dnd5e ...

Maybe a mash-up of Spelljammer and something a bit darker... Spelljammer 40K anyone?
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+Pearce Shea I guess to me how it's skinned matters much more than whether it's set in the past or the future.  StarWars can start "A long, long time ago..." but blasters and light-sabers feel very different (and set up different expectations) from wands and magic swords.

My only point about 40K is that stuff that rubs me kind of the wrong way about the setting when everything is skinned as tech/psi seems perfectly comfortable if it's actually called magic.
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Since if you're following me, you might be interested in comics, this is the site I use to track webcomics.  It's a bookmark site that lets you use a little javascript bookmarklet in your toolbar to mark how far you've gotten in a webcomic; when you revisit piperka it tells you how many are unread in each of your subscribed comics, with links to visit the next unread comic.

It also lets you have a public profile, so you can easily show other people which webcomics you follow:

I find this way handier for comics than RSS readers (not all comics have decent ones, and you can only follow the newest comics through them) or setting bookmarks manually (where you always have to delete the old ones when you have a new last comic read and you never know how many remain unread).  

If there's a comic that piperka doesn't follow, you can email the admin and ask to have it added... since so many comics have a roll-your-own url scheme, piperka has a mess of scripts to figure out how to parse out which part of the url refers to a given comic and how to get the first/next, so it sometimes take a little while for a new one to get added.  Piperka is just one guy as a hobby, and he doesn't get much if any money from it (he takes ads from Project Wonderful, but they only show on the piperka bookmark page itself).  It doesn't do any scraping or deep-linking, so it doesn't take anything away from the creators and whatever advertising they have on their sites... it's purely a set of bookmarks.

Check it out.
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Thanks to +James Raggi​, I have a copy of A Red & Pleasant Land to replace the one with the torn page. It's truly a pleasure to deal with him, and you shouldn't hesitate to throw money at him.
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He's a bit of a bastard, but so am I. I like him, and my interactions with him have been good.
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Physical RPGs I didn't even know I owned:

Underworld: An Adventure Game of Subterranean Fantasy

Absolutely no clue where, when or why I obtained this.  Flipping through it doesn't ring any bells at all.
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Oddly enough, this setting actually seems pretty cool.  It certainly sounds like something I would have picked up on a whim in 2000 and had it sit on the shelf forever. :)
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This fellow was in our tree yesterday. Moments after he (she?) left, the squirrels were back, which kinda surprised me.

In fact you can just spot a squirrel getting the hell out of Dodge in the bottom left corner.
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