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Posts tagged ‘nostalgia’

A muted implosion

August 4th, 2020

While checking my feeds this morning, I saw a twitter post from pal Greg announcing that Avengers Annual #10 hit the stands 39 years ago today. It got me thinking — not about the story itself, which was Chris Claremont’s vituperative response to the extremely grotesque send-off Carol Danvers got in Avengers #200. The grottiness […]

Blood from a stone

March 4th, 2020

As I mentioned in a previous post, The Mines of Bloodstone AD&D module was a big deal when it dropped in 1986. Dragon Magazine hyped the heck out of its high-level level play parameters, which went beyond even the demigod-slaying action of the classic The Queen of the Demonweb Pits. My geeky teen self was […]

We can try to understand

February 27th, 2020

The Kid loves boardgames, but it’s a love tempered by a short attention span and dislike of complicated rules. Once an explanation pushes past a single paragraph or half-minute of explanation, her eyes glaze over and she abruptly changes the subject. Part of it is typical teen bullshit and part of it stems from her […]

Better gate than never

February 18th, 2020

Talk of a console port of Baldur’s Gate dates almost as far back as the game itself. Playstation and Dreamcast versions of the AD&D-branded RPG showed up under the “season + year” bottom end of upcoming releases lists through the dawn of the new millennium before quietly vanishing. The increasingly apparent unlikelihood of ever getting […]

The reason for the season

December 16th, 2019

Pal Matt warned me that the first Christmas with the Kid would be a bit wild, and he was right. The past couple of weeks have been a manic quest to obtain the stuff she both wants and needs. She herself was guarded and non-committal about it at first, but eventually succumbed to the spirit […]

A sense of right and pong

December 10th, 2019

From the musty innards of the 1975 Sears Wish Book comes… …the first game console my family ever owned. For decades I’ve had to rely on hazy childhood memories about the device. I knew it was a Sears-badged (because Sears was where families such as mine bought electronics in those days) Pong clone with paddles […]

Trade-in: Well in hand(book)

November 21st, 2019

I prefer to let my featured selections percolate for a few weeks before discussing them here. It gives my brain time to process the material, jog loose any stray memories, and conduct more than a surface level survey. We’re going to put aside that informal rule for this installment, which discusses a much-anticipated tome which […]

This recurring phantasy

September 17th, 2019

The original Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System has occupied a special — if bittersweet — place in my heart for over three decades. It my first for-real console JRPG experienced, purchased a couple of days after my mother’s death. Its punishing grind and non-intuitive narrative flow proved to be an adequate distraction during […]

The whole world in my hands

September 12th, 2019

For all the predicted sacrifices I’d been told parenting would bring, the only major casualty has been my relationship with the PlayStation 4 in the living room. Prior to move-in day, the console was a near-constant free time companion. We get home from work, feed the animals and ourselves, then Maura would decamp upstairs to […]

Stuff of legend

August 27th, 2019

My elementary school was actually a pair of schools combined in some ancient merger — the Linscott and the Rumford. The Rumford was the newer of the two buildings, rebuilt in Space Age moderne style after the original was firebombed a couple of years before I was born. It was connected by a glass-paneled walkway […]

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