Another TableTop Episode Review: Elder Sign

If you still haven’t taken the time to watch an episode of TableTop starring Wil Wheaton on Youtube, you owe it to yourself to watch this latest episode. Other than starring the beautiful and talented (and oh so geeky) Felicia Day, along with the CEO of Blizzard and the co-creator and writer for The Big Bang Theory TV show, this game turns out to be another fun one to watch as well as play.

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The Order of the Stick

For many of you who listen to podcasts and read web comics, The Order of the Stick or OOTS, as we affectionately call it, is a staple of everything that is right in this genre and medium of web entertainment. It is for this reason that I decided to write a review of the series – though it is currently on #859, perhaps there are some people out there reading this review that have not yet read the comic, and this will help inspire them to do so.

 

 

The Good

OOTS follows an adventuring group of the same name through their various, and almost always humorous quests, all of which revolve around trying to defeat the evil Lich, Xykon, his evil force of Goblin-Fodder (and a creature in the darkness!), and the group’s evil antithesis, the Linear Guild (an almost mirror-image of The Order of the Stick, but evil). The strip pokes fun at the D&D world right from the start, encompassing things such as changes in edition, and conflicts within the alignment system (one of the characters in the group is a Chaotic Neutral-to-Evil Halfling Ranger, who’s two purposes in life are 1. Taking care of Mr. Scruffy (his cat), and 2. Delving out death and destruction to all that oppose him (and some that do not!) though he is companions with a “Good” party).

All in all, this comic is a very easy read, and is quite funny. It is also well drawn, in its own simple stick-figure 2d style. There is no wonder that it has been well received by the online community.

The Bad

There is no consistency in the posting of new strips. When it first came out, a new comic was posted 3 set days per week…this changed to 3 days per week, with no set days, to one or two new comics per week, to now it’s sometimes one new comic per week…sometimes not.

I know that this has been a result of both Rich Burlew’s health, and at times getting burned out on writing the strip, so I don’t complain at all…I just look forward to reading the next one, and continuously check back for it! It does, however, drop my rating from 5 out of 5 to 4.5 out of 5.

Overall

You should definitely give this comic a read! Not only will you find yourself laughing throughout, but the characters are very likeable (even the evil ones!), and mesh well together within the series.

Nice Job, Rich Burlew!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Youtube show, TableTop, starring Wil Wheaton review

 

 

The new Youtube channel, Geek & Sundry sports a show called TableTop.  In this show Wil Wheaton invites friends and celebrities to play board games with him on camera.  Needless to say if you’ve ever played board games you can guess that much hilarity ensues as the games progress.

There are the short interview style clips of each player by themselves chiming in on how they are doing so far and what sorts of strategies they are playing as the camera changes between overhead and side angles of the entire table.  It will even skip ahead in a fast forward style with the words “In the interest of time” if there’s ever a dull period in the game (which is rare).

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Review: Psience Web Series

Psience is a new web series coming out today.  From the press release:

Get ready to be spellbound by Psience, an exciting sci-fi mystery series (http://psiencetv.org) where Big Brother meets Harry Potter. This new WEB series is set in an Orwellian world where young 20-something sorcerers or psientists, as they are called, hone their magic skills in The Co-op, a secret community in the heart of a large urban centre.

The Good

This is a very intriguing idea and the use of the words psionics and science together to form psience is smart.  The show does a good job of incorporating both fields.  For an all-around theme for a webcast show, I was very interested in seeing what this was all about!

The Bad/Ugly

There are  random ominous tones and random pauses by the actors that give the feeling of a horror movie.  I was actually expecting Jack the Ripper to jump out from behind a closed-door and start murdering people…didn’t happen.  The over-use of the seemingly made up word “deiche”, if that’s how it’s spelled, is confusing.  I found myself wondering if this is the Canadian version of the word “douche”, the majority of the audience will be clueless as to what deiche means, or at least I am.

I only watched the first issue entitled “Don’t Snoop” so most of my comments are very issue 1 centric and some of the problems I saw could be resolved in later issues.  That being said, the show moves painfully slow.  The acting is what you expect from a web show, especially one that is only just getting started, not great but better than my little brother reading it in monotone.

Conclusion

This show is a very cool idea.  The Co-op full of houses with innumerable doors that require the right key to get inside is very interesting.  Plenty of shows that go on to be great have bumpy starts and this could certainly end up falling into that category, we’ll just have to wait and see.  For now though I lost interest and probably won’t go back to Psience unless someone I trust can convince me that it gets better later on and is worth my time to watch again.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Felicia Day in Dragon Age: Redemption

Felicia Day Dragon Age Redemption

In case you haven’t heard of Felicia Day, you should take a look at several of the things she’s been in.  You might remember her from Buffy as Vi if you were a fan of that show.  Otherwise you might know her from the hit web series created by Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog as Penny.  If you call yourself any flavor of  geek you have to watch this at least once.  Another very popular web series written by and starring Day is The Guild.  It follows the hilarious pursuits of a fictional MMORPG guild whose members all live close to each other (a “local” guild).  Again, if you are any species of geek you have to watch The Guild.  Especially if you play any sort of MMORPG you’ll be able to relate to the comedy immediately. I’ve caught myself cackling from time to time when watching the later episodes with tons of cameos from big names like Stan Lee, Nathan Fillian, and Kevin Sorbo of the 90’s Hercules TV show fame.

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Journey Quest

I have a fairly long commute (just over an hour) so I end up listening to a good number of podcasts in order to help pass the time.  Earlier this week I was listening to the Haste, the Obsidian Portal podcast where they mentioned a couple of web series, one of which was Journey Quest.  I hadn’t heard of Journey Quest before but I had heard of the group that created it, Dead Gentlemen Productions, because of The Gamers and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.  I enjoyed both of the movies, even buying the DVD of The Gamers so that I could show it to all of my gaming friends.  The podcast I was listening to described Journey Quest as being fairly similar to the movies and as soon as I got a chance I went ahead and watched the first season of the show. Continue reading “Journey Quest”