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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

November 2006

Universal Plans The Thing Remake

by Ken Newquist / November 30, 2006

The Thing CoverUniversal is planning a remake of John Carpenter's classic sf horror film The Thing. It will be written by Ronald Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame but no director has been announced. Other reports I've read suggest this may be more of a prequel than a straight-forward remake, in which case my opinion change. I can stomach a prequel, particularly one focusing on the Norwegians finding the downed spaceship and exploring it, but a straight-up remake/reimagining/rewhatever simply isn't needed.

Delta Green Reprint Finally Shipping

by Ken Newquist / November 25, 2006

It's taken an age, but the Delta Green campaign source book for Call of Cthulhu is finally back in print. EOS Press, which is printing the book for Pagan Publishing, announced on their forums that the main shipment of books will arrive in December and should be available in January 2007. According to EOS' web site, the new edition is hardbound and has the traditional Basic Role-playing Game (BRP) stats and d20 stats compatible with the d20 version of Call of Cthulhu.

RPG Wishlist for Fall 2006

by Ken Newquist / November 24, 2006

It's been a while since I've put together a good RPG wishlist, but over last few months I've managed to find a few products that have tempted my wallet, including the new urban fantasy book Cityscape and the alternative fighter combat book Tome of Battle by Wizards of the Coast, country and village map packs by Paizo, and some very cool mounted combat discs by sold by Alea Tools.

CNN: Holidays Bring Out Online Scammers

by Ken Newquist / November 21, 2006

Phishing season is about to begin in earnest as holiday shoppers flock to web sites to buy presents for their loved ones ... and fall victim to a variety of scams aimed at tricking folks into believing their at a trusted retailer's web site when it fact its a dummy site created by a bunch of scammers in [insert obscure country name here]. CNN looks at a bunch of possible scams, from phishing to fake auctions.

Searching for a Good LCD Monitor

by Ken Newquist / November 20, 2006

The next big home improvement project around the ol'thermonuclear burg will be rearranging our third floor office space, turning my wife's craft room into something a little more office like (and a little easier for her to work in) and converting our old "office" into the new gaming room.

As a result, I'm going to lose my current over-sized L-shaped desk and get my wife's smaller workspace (which is ok, since I don't often get to work on the third floor, thus one of the reasons for the conversion). But my PowerMac will still be upstairs, and the reduced deskspace means that my ancient CRT monitor's days are numbered.

Robber Takes Allentown Teen's PS3 at Gunpoint

by Ken Newquist / November 18, 2006

In a trend that was mirrored elsewhere in America, a gunman robbed a 17-year-old Allentown man of his PlayStation 3 at the Lehigh Valley Mall. I suppose this finally shows a connection between violence and gaming ... but not the one anti-gaming zealots normally screech about.

My Xbox 360 Has Blog

by Ken Newquist / November 16, 2006

It's true. My Xbox 360 really does have its own blog, thanks to the magic of Xbox Live and my publically available stats there on. The 360 Voice throws some meat onto those statistical bones, providing an accounting of what I did the day before in narrative form. Thus, on the first day of my 360's blogging life, it wrote:

Like a king on his throne, NukeHavoc said 'awaken' and for him I did comply. 450 points represents the size of our growing kingdom. Ok, enough of this King Arthur stuff. That is a gain of 10 points over last time! He rallied Gears of War picking up 1 achievement, and after that powered me down without even saying good night. I mean what the heck?