Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Player’s Handbook is Coming Next Month

This week’s Legends and Lore previewed the classes in the new Player’s Handbook, sparking quite a bit of discussion online.  Much of the preview was material that we’ve seen before or that Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has at least previewed before, but there were some surprises, too.  My initial reaction was that WotC has done an excellent job putting together a wide-ranging set of classic classes and subclasses, that those looking to customize their characters in minute detail should find quite a bit of material here for exactly that purpose.  

That said, WotC stuck closely to the D&D’s classic class list, which is a reasonable choice for a primary rule book, but it also leaves the door open to some creative homebrewing of niche subclasses. That's not a bad thing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

"Men like to think they control [the world] but this is nonsense. Women rule, as they always have. They tell a man he is god-like. The man believes them and is in their thrall.  For without them to tell him, he becomes merely a man."
 -- David Gemmell, from The Ghost King

I'm really enjoying this book. It has so far proven to be quite quotable. I'll put another one up tomorrow. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Diego Comic Con News Round-Up

Comparisons to Xena are obvious, and I can't help wondering if Lucy Lawless is either pissed or relieved that she didn't get put into this role five years ago.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Concept Posters

They've been teasing this concept art all week.  It's been like a jigsaw puzzle, with the final piece coming out just today.

Heard This Morning Before My Run

Me: Do you think I can run without a shirt this morning.

Sally: No.

Me: Too fat or too old?

Sally: Both.

Me: *sigh*  That's what I thought

Saturday Reading Room: GotG and Triathlon

Kind of a slow Saturday so far.  I'm feeling lazy, but at some point, I have to get off my butt and go run.  This post represents my desire to procrastinate.

Screenshot from Rotten Tomatoes
Twenty-five reviews, and no one thought the movie was stupid?  Wow.  The reviews on this movie are becoming a meta-story about the industry itself.  I'm becoming curious as Hell to see which reviewer has the balls to be the first to say that he/she hated this thing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five Things on a Friday: The Business of Comics is Booming

Sally and the girls aren't home.  I've got a beer open, and I'm watching the WWE's "The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn" on Netflix.  It's gratuitous violence, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
1.  Comic Sales Hit $870 Million in 2013 (Major Spoilers)
Captain America Promo Poster for
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
This is from a base of $715 million in 2011 and $805 million in 2012, which gives us something like 10% growth year-on-year.  What’s exciting about that is that the growth appears to be sustained, that if we hit a billion dollars sometime in the next year, comics may no longer be a loss-leader for films and television but may actually become a standalone industry again.  That doesn’t suck.
From the article, the breakdown was as follows:
 - Comic Stores orders of Monthly Comics - $340M
 - Comic Store orders of Graphic Novels - $170M
 ------ Direct Market Total: $510M
 - Book Stores - $245M
 - Digital Comics - $90M