Jan. 29th, 2012

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Yep, yesterday was our final episode of Misspent Youth. So, first the write-up, and then some thoughts on the game? All righty, then. )

So, the game. I really enjoyed Misspent Youth. It's nicely simple, it's quick (each episode was quick; it only took us the better part of a year to finish the story because we played once a month), and the system works within the story. Like a lot of similar games, there's a learning curve for players more used to traditional games, but I think it could be a nice gateway into indie games if you're willing to give it a go. At no point did I wonder what the hell was going on with the mechanics (as I have had occasion to do with, say, Leverage).

I'd love to run this again with a more fantasy or weirder sci-fi setting, or even something supernatural or super-hero related. You could do almost any genre, as long as you had some young people willing to stand up.

And, on a related note, it's interesting to me that we started playing this game and then saw the rise of the Occupy protests, the death of SOPA, and all the shenanigans that Congress and the folks funding/buying Congress are doing. Playing Misspent Youth, I think, makes you want to be more aware (though obviously it doesn't make you aware by itself, it's just an RPG). And it's introduce the phrase, "Who's going to stand up?" into my vocabulary.

So, thanks to Rob Bohl. This is a good one.

Now, points. )
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The Count of Monte Christo is, of course, based on the novel of the same name (which I've not read). Jim Caveziel plays Edmond Danes, a poor sailor who makes the mistake of going ashore on Elba to tend his dying captain and having a chat with Napoleon.

He takes a letter from Napoleon, gets arrested as a traitor (betrayed by Guy Pearce, his best friend, who just wants to bang his girlfriend), goes away to prison, learns fighting, science and everything from Richard Harris, escapes, hooks up with Luis Guzman, finds treasure, restyles himself as the Count of Monte Christo, and hatches a cunning plan of vengeance.

Eventually, of course, he learns that his girl did not just ditch him and marry his traitorous buddy, but married him because she was pregnant with his (Edmond's) child. In the meanwhile, Pearce has become a count himself, and proceeded to booze and whore his way into bankruptcy. So of course he winds up killing him in a swordfight! Huzzah!

It's not a bad movie. There's a lot of very pretty scenery, the performances are good (standouts: Guy Pearce, Luis Guzman and Michael Wincott as the warden of the prison to which Edmond is sent). Richard Harris is nicely...mentory, sure, and Caveziel manages to suffer without whining (we call this "Jesus training"). But the movie lacks some bite, and I don't know if that's because they let the novel do the work or what.

My grade: B
Rewatch value: Medium

Next up: The Craft

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