Sep. 30th, 2012

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Last night during the Geist game, I did something I haven't done in a while. I used music for mood-setting.

Now, it helped that a lot of the game took place in a club, but I used to do this a lot more often. The scores to Silence of the Lambs and Nightbreed were favorites, but Se7en has some good stuff, too. And then for a while I couldn't be arsed to buy CDs, but now it isn't necessary and I have a lot of good stuff available on Youtube and so on, so maybe I'll start using music more often.

Anyway, I want to do the game write-up before folks arrive for Changeling (which might end up not being the last session after all), so, gulp, here we go!

Geist. )
innocent_man: (tick)
Enter the Dragon is one of those genre-pioneering movies (at least in the US) that, even if you haven't seen it, by this time much it feels familiar.

Lee (Bruce Lee) is a Shaolin monk recruited by the British military (I guess) to infiltrate a martial arts tournament being held by international drug dealer and all-around bad guy, Han (Kien Shih). He's doing it largely because Han's bodyguard, Oharra (Bob Wall) killed his sister (Angela Mao) some years back. Meanwhile, two other "good" contestants, Mr. Williams (Jim Kelly) and Mr. Roper (John Saxon) are also there for their own reasons, but aren't, like, evil, so that makes them allies.

Well, the fighting is brutal and pretty darned amazing, because holy shit Bruce Lee! The tropes that we've come to love - fighting on a beautiful island, fighting to the death, one little dude beating up a thousand dudes, the big confrontation at the end with opposing armies - it's all here.

Now, one issue - the black dude dies (that'd be Williams). And it wouldn't be as big a deal if John Saxon's agent hadn't gotten the roles reversed (it was originally going to be Roper that died). But hey. The people involved went through enough bullshit getting the movie made with a Chinese star, and then the poor guy died before it premiered. Sucks all around.

The movie is a good view in action movies of the time, because Lee kills a bunch of dudes, and nowadays that doesn't happen, at least not without guns (fun fact: one of the dudes he kills is a young Jackie Chan).

Enter the Dragon is fun, 70s-fabulous and a lot of fun to drink to, because it's over the top and contains just enough "what the fuck" to be entertaining. It's also nicely paced, and the fight scenes, of course, are incredible.

My grade: A-
Rewatch value: Medium-high

Next up: Equilibrium
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Yeah. Holy shit. Last one.

This game started waaaaaaaay back here. It was a one-shot with five players (Matt, Lori, Steve, Gail and Andrea). Two, Andrea and Matt, were two of my longtime gamers. Lori and Steve I'd just met on a mailing list and they'd start playing with us in our weekly games, and Gail was a friend of theirs. It was just supposed to be a taste of Changeling for them.

But as has happened many times before, the players enjoyed their characters and the situation I'd set up (in fairness, that was one of my best games, I think) and I told them if they'd be interested, I'd run this as a monthly game. And so here we are.

We lost Andrea a few months ago; she moved out of town and had some health problems, and so wasn't able to be here for the last session. We picked up Glen along the way, and also Michelle, once she moved out here and married me n' stuff.

I gotta say, this was a damned intricate game, and it feels tight. Everything that happened feels like it has some antecedent earlier in the game, and there are even some throughlines (mirrors, seasons, etc.) that give the chronicle some real identity. I'm gonna miss this one, but I don't feel like the ending was rushed. I think Snowblind went one exactly as long as it needed to, and it seeded a lot of other things in my World of Darkness that I could return to.

So, without further delay, the last chapter. )

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