I'm not a huge fan of the way that a number of networks have been splitting the seasons of their most popular shows, right down the middle. It's one thing to be thrilled and frustrated by an end-of-season cliffhanger, Knowing that there's another good chunk of episodes that you'll have to wait six months to see before that cliffhanger is even on the horizon. That's a depressing level of bullshit.
That said, I can't stay mad at Rick & Morty. With the final five episodes of the show's fourth season getting ready to pop in May, I'm preparing myself to forgive its show-runners for the long, painful wait. Read the rest
Here are some recent game releases of note and some of what I've been up to in hobby gaming over the past month or so.
Earlier this year, I wrote a piece about my favorite gaming magazine, UK's Tabletop Gaming. Another gaming mag I subscribe to and enjoy is Casual Game Insider. Where Tabletop Gaming covers all manner of tabletop, miniature, roleplaying, card, and board games, Casual Game Insider focuses on family games, party games, and palate cleansers, games to be played between longer games during a gaming night. In a word, casual games. CSI has something of a fanzine flavor (in a good way). It's obviously a passion and labor of love for those who produce it. They crowdfund the effort and just successfully finished their 7th round of funding. CSI covers every aspect of gaming, from creating, funding, and producing them, to the psychology and sociology of gaming, to gaming history, gaming types, you name it. And they have plenty of reviews and features on currently popular games. A free digital edition of the current issue is available for download (PDF).
The Ricks Must Be Crazy
Cryptozoic Entertainment, $17, 2-4 Players, Ages: 17+
Cryptozoic has been killing it with their series of quick, fun, and suitably strange Rick and Morty games. They've released five games so far. Each game is based on an episode of the popular Adult Swim animated series. And each is done in a different style, mechanic, and look and feel, attempting to capture the flavor of the episode it's based upon. Read the rest
What's Dan Harmon's secret to creating viral moments in cult hits like Rick & Morty? He and co-creator Justin Roiland have license to "take this really dumb thing incredibly seriously." Read the rest