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Third time playing LotR RotK deck builder. We love it! If only we could get the boys to pay with us.
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Just added Spyrium to the Steam Workshop for Tabletop Simulator.
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Humans in Transformers: WHY?

Star Trek did it first, then Star Wars, even Stargate continued the trend... Science fiction shows tend to include aliens as interesting supporting characters, but RARELY has a science fiction show or franchise offered aliens as primary characters. Which is one of the reasons I LOVED Transformers. 

Science fiction, like fantasy, is a device that allows writers to tell interesting and epic stories while avoiding real-life entanglements and representations. So tell me why, a show like Transformers that focuses on powerful robot superheroes, must debase itself by bowing to the need of human characters as key components?

Most of the issues I have with modern (and even some classic) incarnations of Transformers is the inclusion of humans as more than plot devices or emotional triggers. In the original G1 cartoon, some of the best episodes involved humans providing plot twists or character challenges. Megatron's Master Plan, The Ultimate Doom, Divide and Conquer, Desertion of the Dinobots and a slew of others allowed humans to be the robotic barometer much like Spock, Worf and Seven of Nine in Star Trek.

Humans were able to provide emotion, courage, faith, betrayal, and even conflict. But the character development and challenges were almost always owned by the Transformers themselves. Prime had to choose how to handle human opposition. Dinobots were convinced by humans to help their Autobot friends, Jazz, Bumblebee and Bluestreak were encouraged by humans to get organized and save their friends.

But in a corporate-designed property, humans are MOST often incorporated for the sole purpose of relatability. Company executives believe that fans are so shallow and narrow minded that we would lose interest if we don't see someone on screen that looks like us every few minutes.

Even the Bayformer movies would be much more epic and engaging if attention were not given to human characters that were identified either as 'heroic,' 'greedy,' or 'horny.' If more focus was put back on the Autobots and their efforts to grow as characters and make tough decisions, the movies would be so more popular.

But anywho... that's my three cents. 
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+Rich Garner Yeaaaa I know... I'm not sure why it surprises me... but it always does. Maybe it's just that I view Transformers as one of the most rich and diverse SciFi franchises out there, and it makes NO SENSE to me when they throw it all away and use the Transformers as some two-dimensional vehicle for potty jokes and bad dialogue. 

In my mind, it would be like them making a new X-Men movie that was 99.9% Humans and the Mutants only showed up in a couple scenes to make some bad jokes and fight, and then disappeared again so the humans could talk about their feewings. Watching the bay movies, I always find myself wanting to shout "If I wanted to watch a movie about human drama, I wouldn't have paid to see a movie called TRANSFORMERS, I would have gone to see Bridget Jones' Diary....."
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J&K Style Grill
Ok, I normally don't do restaurant reviews... but this place NEEDS attention.

I had the fortune to run into Kelvin at a local store. We happen to start up a conversation about work and he mentioned he had a restaurant. I asked if he did burgers. He responded, "Friend, I will put my burgers up against ANY others." Little did he know he was addressing a burger-lover of such magnitude. His boast was not hollow. (I sit here, enjoying lunch with such vocal fervor that several co-workers have come by just to admire my discovery.)

After our encounter, I hopped on over to his establishment and grabbed the first burger on the menu (which happened to be the first ITEM on the menu also... so can you see what's coming?) as well as some quick photos.

I must admit, I was expecting a flat burger with some various seasoning. What I got was a thick burger with massive flavor that just feel apart in my mouth. Some obvious seasoning complement the meat, but the process is what made the meal. The meat was not overly packed nor was it solid or dry from pressing. Once pressed to quickly form a shape, the meat was slowly grilled and quickly plated to keep that just-barely-rare texture and color. 

I have informed coworkers and a group outing is in the works.

If you live in the Chesapeake area, you deserve to give this place a try:
https://goo.gl/5GrSCi

See their reviews on Yelp:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-k-style-grill-virginia-beach
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J&K Style Grill
Ok, I normally don't do restaurant reviews... but this place NEEDS attention.

I had the fortune to run into Kelvin at a local store. We happen to start up a conversation about work and he mentioned he had a restaurant. I asked if he did burgers. He responded, "Friend, I will put my burgers up against ANY others." Little did he know he was addressing a burger-lover of such magnitude. His boast was not hollow. (I sit here, enjoying lunch with such vocal fervor that several co-workers have come by just to admire my discovery.)

After our encounter, I hopped on over to his establishment and grabbed the first burger on the menu (which happened to be the first ITEM on the menu also... so can you see what's coming?) as well as some quick photos.

I must admit, I was expecting a flat burger with some various seasoning. What I got was a thick burger with massive flavor that just feel apart in my mouth. Some obvious seasoning complement the meat, but the process is what made the meal. The meat was not overly packed nor was it solid or dry from pressing. Once pressed to quickly form a shape, the meat was slowly grilled and quickly plated to keep that just-barely-rare texture and color. 

I have informed coworkers and a group outing is in the works.

If you live in the Chesapeake area, you deserve to give this place a try:
https://goo.gl/5GrSCi

See their reviews on Yelp:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-k-style-grill-virginia-beach
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Just added Spyrium to the Steam Workshop for Tabletop Simulator.
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Spike longs for a romp in the grass. While Goat decides what to make of Spike.
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Does anyone play this anymore? I know it had some poor reviews, but with a few alterations to the rules, this is a very fun game.
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I've discovered that while I still occasionally enjoy Penny Arcade DBG.  I generally haven't enjoyed any other Cryptazoic games and have basically ignored their products.  I remember looking at this one because the box art caught my eye, but reading the back didn't capture me and then the poor reviews...
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As a father of three (almost teenage) boys, ... I have no idea why I am sharing this.
How many teenage girls dream of a career in the gaming industry? I certainly didn’t. Growing up in the 1990s, gaming felt like a male domain – with no place for women beyond busty avatars and princesses in need of rescue. But times are changing. Yesterday, leading women in the UK games industry visited girls from Skinners Academy in Hackney, London in the hope of encouraging them to pursue careers in gaming.
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J&K Style Grill
Ok, I normally don't do restaurant reviews... but this place NEEDS attention.

I had the fortune to run into Kelvin at a local store. We happen to start up a conversation about work and he mentioned he had a restaurant. I asked if he did burgers. He responded, "Friend, I will put my burgers up against ANY others." Little did he know he was addressing a burger-lover of such magnitude. His boast was not hollow. (I sit here, enjoying lunch with such vocal fervor that several co-workers have come by just to admire my discovery.)

After our encounter, I hopped on over to his establishment and grabbed the first burger on the menu (which happened to be the first ITEM on the menu also... so can you see what's coming?) as well as some quick photos.

I must admit, I was expecting a flat burger with some various seasoning. What I got was a thick burger with massive flavor that just feel apart in my mouth. Some obvious seasoning complement the meat, but the process is what made the meal. The meat was not overly packed nor was it solid or dry from pressing. Once pressed to quickly form a shape, the meat was slowly grilled and quickly plated to keep that just-barely-rare texture and color. 

I have informed coworkers and a group outing is in the works.

If you live in the Chesapeake area, you deserve to give this place a try:
https://goo.gl/5GrSCi

See their reviews on Yelp:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-k-style-grill-virginia-beach
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J&K Style Grill
Ok, I normally don't do restaurant reviews... but this place NEEDS attention.

I had the fortune to run into Kelvin at a local store. We happen to start up a conversation about work and he mentioned he had a restaurant. I asked if he did burgers. He responded, "Friend, I will put my burgers up against ANY others." Little did he know he was addressing a burger-lover of such magnitude. His boast was not hollow. (I sit here, enjoying lunch with such vocal fervor that several co-workers have come by just to admire my discovery.)

After our encounter, I hopped on over to his establishment and grabbed the first burger on the menu (which happened to be the first ITEM on the menu also... so can you see what's coming?) as well as some quick photos.

I must admit, I was expecting a flat burger with some various seasoning. What I got was a thick burger with massive flavor that just feel apart in my mouth. Some obvious seasoning complement the meat, but the process is what made the meal. The meat was not overly packed nor was it solid or dry from pressing. Once pressed to quickly form a shape, the meat was slowly grilled and quickly plated to keep that just-barely-rare texture and color. 

I have informed coworkers and a group outing is in the works.

If you live in the Chesapeake area, you deserve to give this place a try:
https://goo.gl/5GrSCi

See their reviews on Yelp:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-k-style-grill-virginia-beach
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Hailing from the coastline of Virginia, and specializing in multimedia and mobile software development, Rich slams down onto the scene sending luminescent waves of geekdom rippling through pedestrians. Programming web applications since 1995 and dabbling in game design and science fiction writing including a self-published paper-back role playing game and trading card game, Rich is devoted to his wife, sons and God.

Part of the fellowship at The Hampton Roads Church, Rich promotes parental interaction with kids in almost every aspect of life... especially games. 

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*PC/Computer Gaming
*Steam Gaming Community
*Sci-Fi geek and lover of Stars (both Wars and Trek), Firefly, Issac Asimov, Transformers and practically anything with robots.
*Game designer having created card games, role playing games and computer games
*Mobile development / Flex programming
*Disciple of Christ / Christian
*Generally bizarre and disturbed fellow

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Creator of Transformers trading card game; "Battlecards." Author of the Metalface: Role Playing Game. Founder and Creative Director of 'Garner New Media' design consulting agency.
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