I just got my d20 Star Wars Revised Core Rulebook in the mail the other day. It was just one of those things that I never bought, but I finally did after listening to the first two episodes of The Lost Holocron podcast. So I’ve been reading through that and coming up with plot hooks to throw at my players when we finally get around to playing it. That should be pretty awesome.
Speaking of Star Wars, I finally tried out The Old Republic. I like it so far, but due to my inhibiting work schedule, I can’t see justifying paying for a subscription any time in the near future, so I must be content with the free-to-play mode — which, I might add, feels just fine to me. I mean, yeah, I can’t have a thousand alts, but I’m fine with that. I mean, friggin’ Star Wars (for free) in one of the most interesting eras. I’m not mad.
I haven’t commented on Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars yet. Well, now I am. Remember when everyone thought Disney’s acquisition of Marvel was going to be terrible and then The Avengers happened? I think that’s going to be what happens in this case. Also, I am totally for a live-action series centering around Starkiller as long as it stars Sam Witwer, and I’m totally against any type of series, whether live action, animated, stop motion, puppets, or what have you, that goes into the younger years of Han Solo or Boba Fett. I heard rumors about that somewhere. I dunno; I’m just not interested. But yeah, it seems that the general vibe is that nobody is really all that mad about Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars, so since I don’t have anything original to say on the subject, that’s that.
In non-Star Wars related news, I’m on volume two of The Belgariad. This is not going to be a proper review of the series; just some general thoughts. I seem to fall into the rare camp in the fandom of this series — not blindly infatuated nor seething with rage, but rather somewhere in the middle. It’s not a bad series. Everybody knows that it’s filled with fantasy tropes and stereotypes and some either love it because they’re done well while others hate it because they exist, so I won’t comment on that. I really have no comment on it — to me, it’s merely a fact and I have no strong opinions either way. This series has been taking me a long time to read, though. It’s not bad — Eddings is a very good writer and I like the story, but parts of it just feel to drag on. I can’t specify any because it seems to be one of those things that creeps up without you even knowing about it — you’re just reading the story, and then you realize you’ve been asleep for the past hour and you’ve drooled all over the book (or maybe you don’t drool, whatever). Anyway, my biggest complaint about the series so far is how damn anticlimactic the battles are. I love a good battle scene. Eddings creates some brilliant battle scenes, especially the final battle at the end of volume one — but something always happens to make the fight abruptly end. I would get all excited and then disappointed. Anyway, yeah, I think it’s a decent series. Read it for yourself if you want to find out if you’ll like it; I’m not here to decide for you. Dammit.
Oh, what else. Not a whole hell of a lot. Helping the Lady with planning our wedding. Watching a lot of Adventure Time and Star Trek: The Next Generation (and I’m not here to debate you on which Star Trek is the best; Original and TNG are the only ones I’ve ever bothered to watch, with a few episodes of DS9 thrown in for good measure).