Rogue One and the Disturbing Implications of Star Wars Droids

Posted in Film, Rants with tags on May 17, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

K-2SO(Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below.)

My wife and I recently watched Rogue One. Better late than never, after all. Happily, I found it to be a really good movie. That really puts it into above and beyond territory, because it could have been awful and still been worth watching just for the Vader scene at the end. Continue reading

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Super Mario Pathfinder

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags , , , , , on May 2, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Super Mario PathfinderI have a son who is getting interested in role-playing games. He is also extremely interested in the Mario franchise, to the point where he refers to himself as Mario. His sister gets to be Princess Peach, his mother gets to be Princess Daisy, and I’m stuck as Luigi.

Recently, I decided to fuse these two interests together, resulting in a Super Mario Brothers edition of Pathfinder.

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The Goblin Problem: A Short Pathfinder Adventure

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags on February 27, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

GoblinThe goblins of the Greymire are nuisances, but they rarely cause trouble for the village of Ardyne. The freshwater swamp they live in offers plenty of food and distractions, meaning they usually stay away from big folk. Despite a few instances of stolen chickens or raided junk heaps, relations between the goblins and locals are about as peaceful as it gets. However, the two societies have never seen each other as allies…until now.

The old meat and piles of garbage surrounding the goblin home have attracted some deadly pests – a flock of stirges. Afraid of the blood-sucking beast, the goblins have taken shelter and sent one unlucky soul to seek help.

“The Goblin Problem” is a short adventure for four 1st-level Pathfinder characters. It is specifically designed for younger players, featuring plenty of room for nonviolent solutions for those who wish to pursue them. However, it is also suitable for older, more experienced players. Continue reading

Comic Rants: The Best Plot Twist that Never Happened

Posted in Comic Books, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

All-Star SupermanI make no exaggeration when I say that All-Star Superman is the best Superman story of all time. It’s also one of the best comic book stories in history, with everything meticulously and lovingly placed. Despite the obvious care with which it was written, though, my favorite part of the story isn’t technically there.

(Spoilers for those who haven’t read All-Star Superman below. I highly recommend reading the story first before I ruin it for you.)

One of the best fan theories in the story comes from Cole Moore Odell back in 2008, which states that Superman’s ally Leo Quintum is actually a time-displaced Lex Luthor who became a good guy after Superman’s “death” at the end of the series. And that theory works perfectly. Continue reading

Gaming Stories: Return of the Deck of Many Things

Posted in Gaming Stories, Pathfinder, Rants, Role-Playing Games, RPG Rants with tags on January 11, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Deck of Many ThingsFor more than 15 years now, one of my main GMing strategies when I run a D&D or Pathfinder campaign has gone something like this:

  1. Give the PCs the deck of many things.
  2. Wait for them to draw from it.
  3. Have fun with the results.

If I ever doubted that the deck of many things is the greatest magic item in the game, those doubts were dispelled at my last Pathfinder session. Continue reading

Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part two

Posted in Random Blogness, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 22, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

ShalillyElizabeth Gracen has led a fascinating life filled with art in many different forms. What has she been up to in recent years? The second part of my interview with her covers the end of the Highlander franchise, her work as a director, and her debut as a fantasy novelist.

You can find the full interview on www.ChBrooks.com!

Click here for part two of the interview!

Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part one

Posted in Random Blogness with tags , , on November 21, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Amanda and MethosSo how accurate was my take on Highlander: The Raven? Elizabeth Gracen, who starred in that show and played Amanda in Highlander: The Series, already corrected me on one point and was gracious enough to answer some additional questions for me. Ms. Gracen provided her take on Highlander, the behind-the-scenes issues of The Raven, and the projects she’s taken on after stepping away from acting.

The interview comes in two parts on www.ChBrooks.com. Part one is now up and focuses mainly on how she got involved in the world of Highlander and what sort of issues plagued The Raven.

Check out part one of the interview here!