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- Q, Star Trek: TNG

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The Hobbit trilogy release dates announced

by Ken Newquist / September 4, 2012

The release dates for The Hobbit have been announced:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, December 14, 2012
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, December 13, 2013
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again, July 18, 2014

The Hobbit was originally proposed as three movies, then went to two, and is now apparently back to three. From what I understand the trilogy will mine details from the supplemental material in Return of the King (added after the conclusion of the book) fill three movies.

RPG Lessons from Cloverfield

by Ken Newquist / August 27, 2012

 CloverfieldI've played in a few RPG sessions, mostly one-shots, involving giant rampaging monsters. They've been disappointing because they focus on killing the monster, which reduces this huge lumbering horror to litte more than a 40-story sack of hit points.

At the opposite extreme are monsters who can't be defeated (and I'll admit to unleashing one of these in my campaign; a CR 35 horror that destroyed the city of Stoneheim in the World of Greyhawk). Those can be equally disappointing for players because characters (especially high level ones) think they can defeat anything.

Then again, maybe that's missing the point.

Indiana Jones re-released in IMAX Sept. 7-Sept. 18, 2012

by Ken Newquist / August 16, 2012

Geeks rejoice! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is being re-released in IMAX theaters from Sept. 7-Sept. 18, 2012. This isn't a George Lucas "Greedo shot first" re-release; Spielberg hasn't changed anything in the film itself, save to enhance the video and audio so that it will work with IMAX.

Tron: Cupcakes

by Ken Newquist / December 23, 2010

 Tron CupcakesLast week my wife surprised me with a Tron-inspired birthday party (my birthday's December 17, the same day that Tron: Legacy was released). As part of that, she asked the good folks at Cupcake Ladies to create Tron cup cakes.

Which they did. The photo at left was taken by my friend Jason Alley (view the full-size photo on Flickr) and yes, the cupcakes did taste as good as they look.

The cupcakes made my day, and were the perfect prelude to heading to King of Prussia to watch Tron: Legacy in IMAX 3D with my friends. It was a good movie -- I describe it as pure, distilled 1980s wrapped in glass. My 12-year-old self loved the film. My 39-year-old self was happily distracted by the beer sampler I drank at Rock Bottom Brewery before the movie.

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