Posts tagged “Runaways”

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

“Of the Month” December 2017

Video Game of the Month:

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Boy, have I missed Animal Crossing. This mobile app game does scratch an itch. It is fun, funny, and very nice to look at, though Pocket Camp is much more “gamey” than a real Animal Crossing title. Goals are much more clear-cut, including things like leveling-up and timed goals and stretch goals. You don’t just wander around doing whatever you feel like; there are things you’re supposed to be doing. The crafting system is an intriguing addition to Animal Crossing that I actually quite like, and I’m curious if that will carry over into the next full-fledged title. Also, be my friend:

It me!

It me!

Show of the Month:

Marvel’s Runaways

One of the single greatest comic book runs of the current century, Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways from Marvel Comics had a jaw-droppingly engaging blend of teen angst, comedy, and comic book superheroics. I am sometimes still shocked at just how good it was. This adaptation keeps the core characters but changes the storytelling from a frenetic, straight-ahead adventure to a slow-burn, laterally-expanding mystery. It works best when it focuses on the kids and their interactions. All the actors are great in their parts, even all 10 parents (geez that’s a lot). Ariela Barer is a particular standout as Gert, full of bluster and snark but also awkwardness and hope. The first few episodes have me intrigued enough to keep watching.

Tabletop Game of the Month:

The Oregon Trail

A shockingly-accurate transformation of the classic schoolhouse video game into card format, you and your cooperative team have the unenviable task of trying to survive the Oregon Trail with limited resources and oh-so-many rivers you have to cross. The way the cards form the actual trail is an ingenious mechanic. The only thing this game is really missing is a recreation of trying to shoot a buffalo or bear to get the 100lbs of meat as you could carry (but there’s a hunting expansion, so maybe that handles it). Spoiler: you’re probably all going to die before you can play the 50 trail cards you need to win. Oh, also: You have died of Dysentery.

Categories: Of the Month.

Monday, 1 September 2008

"Of the Month" September ’08

Link of the Month:
Garfield Minus Garfield
A fascinating project: Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

Book of the Month:
Runaways: Dead End Kids by Joss Whedon
After Brian K. Vaughan left his own creation, the wonderful comic book series Runaways, who could possibly be found to fill his shoes? Well, they did a pretty good job by getting Joss Whedon to do it. His run on Runaways finds the kids desperate to escape from Iron Man and his registration forces. After a couple of bad decisions, they end up running farther than they’ve ever run before. It’s a good story arc, and it gets plenty crazy with dozens of new characters and basically an entirely new setting for the Marvel Universe.

Game of the Month:
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People
Hey. You. You want to be cool? You want to attract… the ladies? Well, then, young mister, look no further than Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People! Thrill at the hours of pre-recorded dialogue! Kick the Cheat into a clothes dryer over and over again! This point-and-click adventure for PC and Wii will thrill you with its state-of-the-art 3D graphics (they’re CGI!!!!). Made by some of the same people who made recent Sam & Max games, SBCGfAP relies on a lot of the same “logic” in solving various puzzles throughout the course of the game. And fear not: a new episode of this game is going to be released every month for several more months!

Categories: Comics, Links, Of the Month, Video Games.