My Favorite Finnish Movies

So, you might have noticed that Finland turned 100 this Wednesday (December 6th). Now, there’s a lot of reasons to like Finland, especially as a Finn, but I also feel that the country has devolved into something I don’t quite like recently.

I did want to celebrate the 100th in my own way here on the blog, but for various reasons I didn’t get this done until now, so here goes: My favorite Finnish movies.

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My Favorite Superhero Movies

New Mutants, to be released during Spring 2018, seems to be a fully fledged horror movie. Of course, I don’t know about the details, but this is what the trailer seems to promise. We’ll see what we get. It doesn’t get a prime release date, but April has been fertile ground for movies in the past few years, so it’s not dumped either.

What this is indicative of, is that these movies are no longer simple straight-forward action movies. Instead, studios have been venturing out into different directions with their work. Sure, we still have those movies where the teams gets together to fight the Big Bad, but that would become boring if done too much (and to me, it actually already has).

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Magical History of Blue Grizzly Bears

Continuing this voyage of weird corners of the Magic design, we come to Grizzly Bears, but I’m limiting this to a very specific subgroup of blue.

Why blue? Because it’s the only color that hasn’t received a true Grizzly Bear yet, meaning a 2/2 vanilla creature with a casting cost of 1U.

There’s a total of 204 2/2 creatures with a casting cost of 1C (including Un-Cards). Each other color has some of them and has even creatures that are strictly better than that. It took a while for black and red to get to that point, but here we are and now they aren’t even interesting any more. But blue is still making it’s way towards that goal and I’m not sure it will ever reach it. (Although it should be noted that in order to be truly strictly worse or better than something, the cards should be of the same color.)

Blue only has ten Grizzly Bears throughout the history of the game, and I’m going to leave out the Un-Card, which leaves us with nine total, meaning that they are quite rare.

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Quick Word About Mutant Chronicles

I recently downloaded the free quickstart for 3rd edition of Mutant Chronicles from Drivethrurpg. I knew about its successful Kickstarter-campaign and have been fan of franchise since the days of Doomtrooper way back in the 90s. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the quickstart and to learn that Jay Little of all people was behind the development of the core rules. I was even thinking about getting to know the system and GMing it. But then I bought two sourcebooks for brewing ideas…

I like buying roleplaying books. I think most gamers do. I have shifted from physical products to PDFs mainly to save space and a little money but still like to expand my collection. Usually the books I buy deal more with the flavor and ideas than actual rules. But this time I feel mislead. Twice. Continue reading

Sandbox on Rails

Sandbox campaigns are a dream I have chased for years. A campaign where the players participate in the story, create memorable content and I act only as a referee. I know that many people chase the same white rabbit and I’m going to discuss my methods of catching it.

We finished our latest season of Eldritch Sigils just last night. It was one of the most epic season with game starting in 2099 and ending in 1770s after a detour in about 2300. When we started this campaign exactly ten months ago I had no idea where the story would take us. I was once again trying to force my players to play with me on my sandbox.

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Magical History of Switching Power and Toughness

Swithing power and toughness isn’t something that happens a lot in Magic. Usually, because it’s hard to find cards where it’s interesting. Of course, there have been cases in which it was done simply for the sake of doing it, but it was quickly found out those cards didn’t do much for the game as they are quite situational, so the newer iterations were either pushed or R&D tried to do something more interesting with them.

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My Favorite Horror Movies

In case you want skip my ramblings, feel free to do so. I want be offended, since they are for me mostly anyhow.

There’s two reasons I wanted to do this list. First, What the Flick?! started a series about the best horror movies of this century, which got me thinking about this and I brought it up on our forums as well, where it sparked a little bit of discussion on the subject. Second, I’ve done my Top 100 favorite movies every five years (so, once during the history of this blog, and I’ve done it two times before) and I always enjoy doing those lists, but I also need to give them space, so I don’t want to do them more often. This is more about giving me something to do in between those. I’ll probably do others with different focuses as well.

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