Nostalgia can be sweet but it can also turn new versions sour.
When I saw the Goodman Games expanded reprint of the D&D adventure “Expedition to the Barrier Peaks” I knew I had to get a copy but it was very expensive so I took my time looking for one at a much better price.
All the reviews I read of this expanded version increased my desire to own it.
I searched eBay, Amazon and Google. Finally I found one at a price low enough to tempt my frugal nature and now I finally have a copy.
It is brilliant. While I never actually played the adventure, I avidly read it as an enthusiastic teenager. Rereading it brought back many good memories and in fact it seems even better than I remember.
It also has a section about Metamorphosis Alpha, which taught me some role playing history I was unaware of as well as reminding me of Gamma World.
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Which led me into researching the history of the quirky, colorful post-apoc RPG Gamma World…. which I am sure has an influence on early Fallout game development.
And thereby learning that I only really like the early versions of Gamma World. For some reason I just do not like the later artwork and plotlines.
This reminds me of how the Kickstarter for the latest version of Twilight 2000 did not appeal to me in the same way the original version did.
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Another RPG I read as a teen but never played. In fact my mother recently sent me a couple of tiny (15mm I think) Polish soldiers I painted for the game… some of the first miniatures I ever painted back in the 80’s.
I also stumbled across a brilliant blog talking about both the new Twilight 2000 as well as the original.
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It was great being reminded of what I love about the original as well as getting some spoilers on plot lines I never got to. There is no way I have the time and resources to get into this game again but I wish I could.
Another bittersweet bit of nostalgia has been seeing the first episode of “The Wheel of Time” tv series.
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Now it has been quite awhile since I read the books and I never finished the entire series but…
The Dragon Reborn might be a woman? What?
Drunken Ladettes defending Two Rivers? What?
Bath scene between Moiraine and Lan? Stoic Lan complains about cold water and Moiraine uses the One Power for something so petty? Is that in the book? It seems very counter to how I remember the characters.
Perrin married… albeit briefly? What a terrible thing to burden a new character with.
Casting seems hit and miss.
Set dressing is brilliant but costuming is a bit hit and miss. Some great colors, materials and designs but quite a lot of Asian themes and a remarkably diverse population. Perhaps I have been spoiled by the WoT book covers. Not enough distressing on the day to day clothing.
Perhaps over the top but visually interesting battle in Two Rivers. Trollocs look cool when dodgy CGI does not let them down.
I recall Tam doing better than basically getting beaten by a single Trolloc. Given his background this scene seemed off. The Trollocs are in my opinion being shown as too powerful on one hand but then not so much against Lan. Directors seem to get carried away too easily. More is not always better, both the Trollocs and Lan.
Same with Moiriaine’s use of the One Power. At first it was amazing. Then it got a bit much. Then it got over the top. Then it started getting eye rolling. Although it was an interesting image to see it destroy the tavern… a very visible reminder of the price of using the One Power… or magic… or any power for that matter. Collateral damage showing why you can not simply magic all your problems away.
The Fade looked cool as did many of the Trollocs. GW beastman fans will be pleased.
Much of the world building of Wheel of Time is rather derivative, like Shannara, owing quite a lot to Tolkien. I suspect some of the costuming and casting choices may have been to break from that…. but every time I saw the mountainous vistas I thought of Peter Jackson’s cinematography in Lord of the Rings.
At least this show has so far been better than much of Peter Jackson’s the Hobbit.
But what did you think of it?
Is my sweet, sweet nostalgia making me bitter?