Posts tagged “TableTop”

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

“Of the Month” March 2017

Comic Book of the Month:

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat

A superhero starts a temp agency that matches super-powered people to jobs other than fighting crime. Hi-jinks ensue! Along with Ms. Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat forms a triumvirate of fun, funny, optimistic, and kick-ass female-led comics from Marvel. Hellcat is seriously a joy to read each month, with Patsy’s searing optimism and amusingly convoluted back-story (she was once the star of teen romance comics about 50 years ago, and at one point she died and went to Hell under the influence of a depressing villain (but she got better), and she has an ex-husband who’s a sorcerer) serving as fodder for great comedy. Writer Kate Leth gives each character an excellently funny voice, and the art is vibrant and cartoony without being un-relatable. These feel like real people. Extreme people in an absurdly extreme world, sure, but real enough that you really do care for them. Seriously, pick up Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Hellcat (and toss Howard the Duck in there while you’re at it) and you’ll have a great time every month.

Restaurant of the Month:

Mizuki Buffet

An inexpensive, all-you can eat buffet with an entire wall of fresh sushi, within walking distance of my work? Uh-oh, that’s trouble! Seriously, the lunch buffet is only $15 bucks, and you can easily eat $40-$50 worth of sushi for that much money. And if (for some unfathomable reason) you get sick of sushi, they have two entire other walls full of other Asian (and some non-Asian) foodstuffs. Bonus: if my team at work meets or exceeds our monthly goals, our manager treats us to lunch here. That’s fantastic motivation.

Tabletop Game of the Month:

Get Bit!

A very fun, small game where you play as a bunch of robots swimming away from a shark, who will devour a limb off of whichever robot is in the back of the line at the end of the turn. The last robot with at least one remaining limb wins! Each player plays a numbered card to determine their place in the line, but if two or more players play the same number they get stuck and have to watch as all the other players swim ahead of them. A great deal of the fun is that the robots and shark are all actual pieces, with movable parts (and removable limbs for the robots). It’s such a simple idea that my three-year-old daughter figured out how to play almost right away. And she giggles quite a bit when she makes the shark eat a robot’s leg. They played this game on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop a couple of years ago, so you can actually see how it goes here (Get Bit starts at 19:30):

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

How November is Winning the Internets

The Best 11th Month of the Year!

The Best 11th Month of the Year!

So far the month of November has turned out to be a surprisingly awesome month not just because it contains my daughter’s birthday (and my wife’s as well), but also in one other regard: internet videos. Yes, these last couple of weeks have seen the release (or viralization at least) of a whole bunch of fantastic video content.

Not just the fact that TWO music videos were released for songs that were written for my daughter (1 and 2), or the fact that Tim & Eric have made a commercial for Totino’s Pizza Rolls that is more like an experiment in terror than a commercial. No, even beyond that we have some exceptional gems:

Last Week Tonight’s Home Depot Commercial

In which we learn the true purpose of Home Depot employees (played admirably by Ron Swanson):

Bonus points for including Coach McGuirk himself, H. Jon Benjamin.

Camera in a Weightless Water Orb

Some astronuts on the Internation Space Station grew a rather large orb of water, then decided to stuff a waterproof video camera into it, with some entertaining (and scientific!) results:

Too Many Cooks

And then finally we have the ultimate TV introduction parody… that goes completely off the rails. This is one of the greatest pieces of comedy satire to hit the internets in a long, long while:

Whew! That was quite an experience, wasn’t it? Too Many Cooks originally aired quietly at about 4:00 in the morning on Adult Swim before finding its way online.

AND MORE…

That’d be enough awexomeness right there for a whole month, right? But there’s more on the horizon! GASP!

TableTop Season 3

Later this month will see the return of one of my all-time favorite webseries:

Baman Piderman Season 3

A promo for the third season of Baman Piderman has premiered! HOOWAY!

There’s no indication that the third season is actually gonna premiere in November, but still just getting this preview video is pretty awexome.

New Video from The Jesus Rehab!

No details, but it looks like it’s for the song “Sallie Came Home” from The Zoo At Night based on this one promotional screenshot:

That should be coming out on November 18th!

GO NOVEMBER! YOU’RE THE BEST!

Categories: Round-up, Videos.