Lovecraft, You Old [REDACTED]

Will and I share a love of H.P. Lovecraft, racist and misogynistic old [REDACTED] that he was. (If he was still alive, I don’t think I could possibly have spent the money on his works that I have. He was a HORRIBLE human being.) Lovecraft has influenced both of us in terms of D&D (ask Will about the “Corner People” one day), and I think that our mutual love is expressing itself in Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze’s laboratory.

I’m not one of those people that refuses to read or watch objectionable material necessarily. I’m a big believer in “Know Thine Enemy,” for one thing. It’s important to know what bad people have to say about people like me, or #Squirrel, or my stepson, when they think we’re not looking. Sometimes, the worst people have something worthwhile to contribute to an art form, and you’re not doing your craftsmanship any favors by avoiding their work.

That said, I AM opposed to enriching objectionable people. If Lovecraft was alive today, I probably wouldn’t own more than one of his books. The first book of his I ever bought has a story wherein there is a black cat named, [REDACTED]-Man, and in this case [REDACTED] is the most notorious racial slur in the history of the English language. That hit me like a ton of bricks. I wouldn’t want him spending money that I gave him on some horrible racist cause. I have my fair share of personal boycotts in place, but they’re personal. If you know that Lovecraft was racist and misogynist, I leave it to you to decide what, if anything, to do about that.

I really don’t want to wax political in this blog, not because such things aren’t interesting to me, but because politics can be SO divisive, especially on the Internet. I don’t want you guys turning on each other, and I definitely don’t want you turning on US! I do find matters of race and gender and sexual orientation important, especially in the context of media, so I’ll point things out here from time to time; hence my mini-review of Ant-Man. That said, I want to try to keep such stuff to a relative minimum here. (Hence me talking about it interminably right now. >sigh<)

Horrible old bastard that he was, Lovecraft’s horror was BAD ASS. His work has inspired me since the first time I read it, and I imagine that it always will. The next few weeks of the comic will bear that out.

Any Lovecraft fans in the house? What’s your favorite? Mine is The Dunwich Horror.

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Gonna go All Wargammie On Y’all

Page 513 is crazy, not even sure if Justin knew what he was getting himself into when he first described everything to me. Yes, the walls are stitched together people…..

So I did some prep stuff for the Apocalypse game over the last couple of days, writing down all of my rules so I don’t have to look in the books. 13 guys playing 9000 points means we don’t want to have to stop the clock to reference anything.

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After an AWESOME game of D&D I got a couple of games of Age of Sigmar in tonight. I know that it has galvanized the wargaming community but, hot damn, I really like it.  Both of the games used the Hold or Die battle-plan (the first one in the book) and I was able to win my first game and lost the second. Both matches where very close and the last turn roll for initiative was the game winning factor for both games.

I’m running Strigoi Vampire Counts and once I get most of them painted, Ill post some pics.

Anyway, hopefully Justin will post the pages next week, make this blog a little less dorky for all my normal readers.

-Will

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Who’s Ready for an Apocalypse!!

Will here, Justin is at work and I check before I go to bed to make sure the page is up. My typing means it wasn’t up…..

Saturday, August 1st, I will have the joy of playing in an apocalypse level game of Warhammer 40k. Its going to be the forces of destruction against the foolish Imperium and their Tau allies.

The game is going to be  9000 points total and I’m bringing out my “Lost Legion of Lepros” to kill in the name of Nurgle!!!

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There are six of us on the evil side, so we will be sporting 1500 points each. I’m kind of bummed about that, before the official announcement I was under the impression that only 5 of us where going to play, I had a wonderful 1750 pt. list ready to go. I did some fine tuning this afternoon and I think I’ve landed with a 1500 pt. list that I like.

Sorry everyone who isn’t into this:

Lost Legion of Lepros Nurgle Swarm 1500pts.

HQ – 415

Cakar, Champion of Decay  – 110pts. (CSM)

Chaos Lord (65pts.)

-Mark of Nurgle (15pts.)

-Power Axe (15pts.)

-Aura of Dark Glory (15pts.)

Great Unclean One – 305pts. (DoC)

Unclean One (190pts.)

-2 Greater Reward (40pts.)

-Psychic Mastery Level 3 (75 pts)

Troops – 587

Plague Daemons  – 130 pts. (DoC)

Plague bearers X15 130pts.

Plague Marine Squad – 209 pts. (CSM)

6 Plague Marines (144 pts.)

-Champion w/ Power Weapon (15 pts.)

-1 Plasma gun (15 pts.)

-Rhino Transport (35 pts.)

Plague Marine Squad – 248 pts. (CSM)

7 Plague Marines (168 pts.)

-Champion w/ Power Fist (25 pts.)

-2 Melta Gun (20 pts.)

-Rhino Transport (35 pts.)

Heavy Support – 497pts.

Obliterator Cult – 162 pts. (CSM)

2 Obliterators (140 pts.)

-Mark of Nurgle (12pts.)

Lord Lepros – 335pts. (DoC)

Daemon Prince (145 pts.)

-Nurgle (15pts.)

-Warp-Forged Armor (20pts.)

-Wings (40pts.)

-2 Greater Reward (40pts.)

-Psychic Mastery Level 3 (75 pts)

Total: 1499

I’ll post some army shots and some game footage after I play on Saturday. Can’t wait!!!!

-Will

 

 

 

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#SorryNotSorry (I actually hate that expression)

Wizards are an overconfident sort. Despite his reputation, not to mention his recent deeds, Hunter is allowed to keep his weapon in Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze’s palace. Of course, Hunter isn’t about to let ANYONE take The Revenger from him, so either you let him keep it or you don’t see him at all.

Creatively, this has been a waste of a weekend. I got almost nothing done. But it’s been relaxing as all hell…and that relaxation had the added benefit of being the right thing to do. Sometimes, your friends just need you around to reduce their stress. That was my task this weekend, one I was glad to perform. The creative stuff will just have to be made up this week.

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Marvel’s Smallest Film To Date

Hunter did, in fact, reach into his own bag of screwed-up emotions for this conversation…but that’s not to say that he thinks this discussion is anything other than a waste of time, an extremely awkward waste of time. And no, I’m not going to slay the dragon in the room, at least not at the moment. (Is it douchey to use one a Hunter Black idiom of my own devising? Am I content to be a little douchey?)

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So, #Squirrel and I went to see Ant-Man with some friends last night. It was just fine. A lot of people are lauding the film pretty highly, although I think I detect a certain defensive quality to their praise. The critics have been pretty harsh about the film. Personally, I think my opinion, and #Squirrel’s, is somewhere in the middle. I gave the film a solid B. It was fun and engaging, although there were a few moments where the delivery just wasn’t as natural as I might’ve liked. It was clear to me that this stuff is not necessarily in the wheelhouses of either Paul Rudd or Michael Douglas, and I’m generally quite a fan of both actors. Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly both seemed quite at home, but then again, between The Strain (in which Stoll is the main character), and Lost and The Hobbit trilogy (both of which featured Lilly in major roles), their comfort level with geek genres is probably pretty high.

Michael Peña was the film’s breakout performer, as far as I was concerned, even though there a few slightly problematic overtones with his performance. #Squirrel is Mexican, and she thought his role was “a tiny bit racist.” I mean, it was SUCH a stereotype, but we both know people who are EXACTLY that stereotype, and his performance was spot on. I think we decided to give it pass. The overt sexism of dismissing the obviously more qualified Hope Van Dyne in favor of ex-con Scott Lang was more bothersome to me personally. They tried to explain it away, but it was pretty glaring.

The truth of the matter is, entertainment is always going to have a ways to go. Issues of diversity and representation will always be in my mind when I consume media. This was better than most. There were multiple characters of color, including another superhero.

Ant-Man was more enjoyable to me than either of the Iron Man sequels and the first Thor film, and even Age of Ultron. I think I prefer the rest of the other Marvel Studios films, though. Still, Marvel is like Pixar; even their worst films are pretty watchable (although Pixar’s track record is better overall, I think.)

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