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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time to call it a day

Some personal stuff happened this week that made me realize that I don't want to be a GM any more.  For some thirty years or so it has been something I both enjoyed and hated.  I liked world building and leading players on adventures, and at the same time I could come to outright hate some of the people I called friends because they drove me batshit insane.  It was my love of storytelling that outweighed my frustration with my players, which is why I would come back to it.  And it is why I was able to successfully run my Vindicators PBEM for twelve years.

Twelve years.  That's quite an accomplishment, I think.  And a large part of it was due to the players I managed to recruit, great guys who gave me good reason to keep the ball rolling.  But, well, these past few months just felt like I was lurching from one crisis to another in an attempt to keep the game afloat.  Players quitting, others giving me trouble.  The game felt sort of like a television series that had lasted one season too long.  It was the Alias of PBEMs.

So after I had experienced some frustration with a couple of my players I came to realize I was just not having fun any more.  And this blog was not fun for me to write any more, either.  Granted, I felt as if I was running out of things to talk about but I figured after a few weeks something would come to mind. I was enjoying writing that series of super villain articles and it was going to lead up to me talking about this guy:


Scorpius is one of my favorite villains, due in large part to him having a wonderful story arc.  This was a guy who started out as Farscape's big bad, introduced late in season one.  And as the series progressed he became the heroes' reluctant ally because as bad as he was, the Scarrons were actually worse.  That was one of the great things about Farscape; there was no Federation like Star Trek.  Often it felt like you were stuck in a world where your only choices were Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Stalinist Soviet Union.

But every time I sat down to write the Scorpius article I got, I don't know, bored.  And I felt at least I had to refresh my memory regarding the Farscape series and I could not finish season four.  It's not a very good season, in my opinion.  There are filler episodes, or the guys are doing things we've already seen them do before.  And the writers' attempts to keep John and Aeryn apart just feel forced.  I know there is an awesome final story arc but wading through mediocrity is wearing.

So between me not wanting to be a GM and me not knowing what to write here any more, I am shutting down GM's Revenge.  Looking back over the three years I've been writing this...

Jesus Christ.  Three years?  That long?  Wow.  Anyway, I enjoyed writing this and I hope that, somehow, some time, somewhere, I may have helped a GM come up with an idea or two.  For those of you who followed the blog, thanks!

Tom

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Song of The Week

Static X.  Push It.  Outside of that, I got nothin' this week.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Song of The Week

Once there was a phenomena known as the Spice Girls.  They were an all-girl group that conquered the world with a big selling album, a stupid movie and...they pretty much went away.  One band member married a famous soccer (Football to you non-Americans.  Silly non-Americans; calling a game where you kick a ball around with your foot "football".  Don't you know football is that game where the ball is carried by your hands?) player and the rest had varying degrees of solo success.

What some of you might not know...or at least you here in the states, was there was another all-girl band that came out at about the same time called All Saints.  They didn't have quite the impact in the USA the Spice Girls did and I don't know why.  Maybe it was because they weren't as gimmicky as the Spice Girls and hence did not have the same sort of hook.  Maybe the market here in the states couldn't sustain two girl bands.  I don't know.  I do know is I liked the All Saints singles better than the Spice Girls.  One of them was Black Coffee:


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Song of the week

Well, not sure what to talk about next, honestly.  I am sort of wrapped up in my trying to get my first episode of Retrophilia finished.  I do have one more Study In Evil in me but that is going to be a ways off

In the mean time I still love doing my songs of the week.  And this week I thought I would choose a song from one of my favorite albums of all time: Styx, Pieces of Eight.  I give you....Lord of The Rings!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Song of The Week

I was checking out my list of what songs I had chosen in the past, and it amazed me to realize I had yet to choose Cake's The Distance.  So I went looking for a video and...well...

This is just too awesome for words.  For those of you fortunate enough to grow up with Speed Racer, this should be a treat for you:


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Song of the week

Way, way back in the day I used to game with a guy named Dave.  Different Dave.  This was the old Dungeons & Dragons days when Dave K was DM.  The other Dave, Dave M, was a massive Heart fan.  Heart was to him what Kate Bush is to me.  So I learned a great deal from him during that period and some of his heart fandom rubbed off on me.  At one time I think I owned every Heart album on cassette tape.

Yeah, this goes back that far.

Passionworks was Heart's seventh studio album, it was the first with new band members and came right out after Private Audition.  Private Audition, by the way, is a horrible album.  It's so bad I can't name a single song from it.  Passionworks, on the other hand, has some sweet, sweet tunes, among them this one, Sleep Alone.



To me, this is the beginning of what I feel is Heart's best era, the trio of their albums I like best; Passionworks, their title album, and Bad Animals.  After that they got too...poppy?  Is poppy a term?  Whatever.  I just thought crap like All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You was too syrupy.  Granted, The Night is a good tune but overall for me the album after Bad Animals, Brigade, is largely forgettable.