September 30th, 2012

Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan Thoughts

Meant to post this last night, but was feeling tired and went to bed instead.

I finished watching last night's episode of Doctor Who this evening, "The Angels Take Manhattan" and thought, "That's it? That's all they did?".

I've promised myself that I'm not going to give away too much about the episode, so there are no real spoilers here, but... The departure of Amy and Rory was about what I expected, and while it's made clear that they're out of the picture and won't be coming back, it was an Pond/Williams departure that was full of angst, fitting in many ways, but was so sappy and dripping with sugar that my diabetes could easily have rendered me comatose. Given that Moffat has taken the show in a very much faerie tale direction, the story of Amy and Rory ended up very faerie tale-like, with their happy ending, but even so...

There were some good moments in the episode, I liked the timey-whimey things that went on, and the love that Rory and Amy had for each other really shone here.

That said, the Weeping Angels have been overused since Moffat took over as showrunner, but to be honest, they're his creation and I thought that tonight's episode used them rather well, harking back to "Blink" and the real fear that they evoked. I liked the episode quite a bit in terms of the Weeping Angels themselves, though I was disappointed at the whole business with the Statue of Liberty as a Weeping Angel, since a) the SofL is not completely stone; and b) no one in the city of New York, "the city that never sleeps", noticed that the Statue of Liberty had gone for a walk and a stomp? Come on!

Other than that, an end to the current run of the story, as we now await the Christmas special and the introduction of new Doctor Who companion.

Pre-Gaming Thoughts on a Sunday

Getting ready for this afternoon's gaming session, but I need to get upstairs shortly and start lunch, since I'm somewhat cold and want a bowl of soup as a preamble to the sandwich.

In the meantime, some gaming thoughts. I won't be running the Broken Rooms RPG today, as after speaking to Tammy about matters and the way the Friday night group decision went (see this journal entry for a bit on that), I'm going to start the Sunday group on character creation for the Shadows of Esteren roleplaying game next Sunday, so the group will play some board games today.

I have no idea what board games they'll want to play for the four-hour slot of gaming today, but hopefully there will be some time as we play to talk about Shadows of Esteren a little bit, and discuss some elements of character creation. We'll see. However, I don't want to play any Ticket To Ride at all today, as I've done enough of that for a while. Again, we'll see.

Anyway, must dash for food.

A Bit of Pandemic, and a Bit of Esteren

Gaming this afternoon was a bit tiring, to be honest. Somewhat disappointing, too.

The Sunday gaming group met yesterday, and while we didn't roleplay, they weren't too displeased to be playing board games rather than the Broken Rooms rpg as was originally scheduled.

We ended up playing four games of the Pandemic board game. The first three games were hopeless efforts, as there was no cooperation among the players (myself included, though I tried), and we just went down in flames, though admittedly in one of the games we ran out of Player Cards and thus lost the game that way. We finally managed to salvage a win in the fourth game, more out of the fact that I finally got the other three players to work together and coordinate efforts at 1) curing the diseases and b) taking out disease cubes on the board without sacrificing other efforts as well.

The problem with the day for me was two-fold. First, I've played a lot of Pandemic over the last few months where either the Friday night or Sunday afternoon folks have played board games, and would rather have done something else. I have a few board games in my cupboard that I'd like to play, but I bowed to the will of the majority. So I get rather bored when things are going well and we're just getting ahead of the diseases and winning the game. Second, there wasn't a lot of discussion about the Shadows of Esteren game as I would have hoped for, but there was a little bit of it here and there. I also learned that Douglas will likely not be out for gaming next week, and therefore will have to decide whether to put off the start of character generation for Shadows of Esteren next week.

We'll have to wait and see.

On top of that, I wanted to watch the season premiere of Once Upon A Time tonight, but couldn't watch it at 7:00 pm on CTV, as I was taking care of some other stuff with my mom. So I figured I'd watch it at 8:00 pm on ABC. Turns out the sound was fine, but there was no picture on ABC. I called my tv provider and heard "we're trying to figure out what's going on", but in the end missed the episode. It looks like I'll have to watch it on the computer at some point, though I really dislike having to do that, but... Damn it! Or maybe I won't bother with the series any more at all. Just a little steamed about this right now.