My Knowledge of Movies

Since I’m a strange, introverted bastard (well, being a bastard doesn’t have much to do with the rest of this article, but indeed, my parents weren’t married when I was born), I began reflecting on what I actually know about movies. This began with me watching Last Year in Marienbad and thus stumbling upon a branch of French New Wave known as Left Bank. According to Wikipedia, Left Bank looked at movies as one more art form among others, while the core New Wave people were more about finding a language of its own for their movies.

Anyhow, it got me thinking: If I hadn’t heard of this movement, which apparently has some historical signifance, how much do I really know about movies? Can I quantify it somehow?

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Trying Out: Shadespire

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is a newish game by Games Workshop. It was released at the end of 2017 and I noticed it only after buying the Sepulchral Guard for just painting skeletons.

In this post I’ll be discussing my views of the game and how I experienced it while playing. Spoiler alert: I love the game.

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Why I Still Collect Movies on Physical Media

Due to my job situations, I moved recently. I had a lot of personal property. I had lived in my previous apartment for seven years and even though I had given away books at various times, mostly I had pretty much been hoarding stuff. Not really in the psychological problem sense, but I had a lot of things I had no real use for.

Therefore I gave away a huge chunk of it. I gave away well over a 1000 CDs, I gave away around hundred World of Darkness books, I ditched a lot of books, and about two thirds of my boardgame collection (around 80 games, I believe) and that was only the beginning.

However, I did not give away or get rid of any of my DVDs or BluRays. And here’s why.

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Lukukokemus: Käärmetanssija

(This is a review of a Finnish fantasy novel Käärmetanssija. Review summary in English at the end of the post.)

Petri Hiltusen Jaconia-maailmaan sijoittuvia kirjoja on viime aikoina julkaistu useampia. Vanhemmille roolipelaajille praedorien maailma tuli tutuksi ensin Conan-sarjakuvan ja myöhemmin roolipelilehti Maguksen sivuilta. Itse säästelin pitkään Maguksia juuri praedortarinan vuoksi, sillä Kuninkaan lapset edusti mielestäni Jaconiaa puhtaimmillaan. Kiehtovan erilaisena fantasiamaailmana, jonka sisäiset lainalaisuudet saivat sen vaikuttamaan elävältä.

Yhteiset tarinamaailmat eivät fantasiakirjallisuudessakaan ole uusi ilmiö. Mm. 90-luvulla julkaistu Varkaiden maailma kokosi yhteen kirjailijoita, joiden tarinat muodostivat yhdessä kokonaisuuden, jonka ristiriitaisuus vain korosti novellien maailman kiinnostavuutta.

Vaskikirjojen julkaisemat Praedor-novellit ja -romaanit esittävät Jaconian useista eri näkökulmista. Useimmat niistä ovat kuitenkin pyrkineet vain kertomaan oman tarinansa, jättäen itse Jaconian sivurooliin. Ville Vuorelan syksyllä 2016 julkaistu Käärmetanssija tekee kuitenkin kuin läpileikkauksen koko maailmaan, houkutellen lukijan syvemmälle niin valtakunnan kaupunkeihin kuin Borvarian pimeyteenkin. Ja onnistuu samalla kuitenkin olemaan loistava tarina.

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Lauri’s Top 5 Boardgame Recommendations

Since it has been little over a year since I rediscovered my love for boardgames I decided to list my Top 5 of boardgames. This list consists of only newer games without the advantage of nostalgia and isn’t limited to only games with an actual board.

Lets get started then!

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New Fiasco Playset – Heart of Dreams

Heart of Dreams is the fourth Fiasco playset created on our Guild’s forum. It started out as a small idea for a oneshot but quickly evolved to a playset for Fiasco. This time only Aki and I participated in this but I still think it tops our previous playsets.

You can download the playset HERE or from the Resources page where you can also find the previous playsets.

Heart of DreamsWith a rising, award-winning director with a vision, an excellent script and plenty of funding, from both various public institutions and wealthy investors, the movie was going to be the biggest, most talked about since Star Wars.

Things didn’t go quite as planned. 

The director insisted on a remote location for the shoot based on some half-spoken dream. He always seems to get mad when anyone brings it up. The conditions are horrible. Weather is a problem on most days and the shoot is over a year behind. Tensions are high, because there seems to be no end to this. The director and the star have been on each others throats for months, but most of the crew just wants to get by day to day.

As always we hope that you have good time playing something we have created!

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