In case you weren’t aware, The Crew’s very own James has a website called Nerd Tangent. Lately, aside from the regular posts about all things Nerd, James has us guest hosting on what we would like to think as the greatest recordings since the Peel Sessions. That is, we’re helping to contribute to James’ very own Podcast, aptly named the Nerd Tangent, which you can try out here (which presently consists of us talking to our buddy Monte Cook).
A podcast that was recently recorded with James, John, and I got me thinking about a particular Christmas memory that is about as nerd gaming as you can get…and culminated into this gaming review…
Salutations from JK, James, and Todd! A special nod to John, Claudio, Scott, and all our phenomenal friends that we have been blessed to know and share a laugh with in our time as FDP. You have overwhelmed us with your generosity and good will. Also, we cannot forget our families and loved ones, not only for their support but for their well timed rolling of eyes every time we say or do something nerdy. In this we know we’re doing something right. None of this would be any fun without you!
We’re going to leave you with a little bit of holiday cheer that not only makes us here at Fiery Dragon feel good, we’re hoping it does the same for you too…
The Hobbit soon come. It’s bizarre to me to think that within the week a film is opening, called The Hobbit, about The Hobbit, that really I know very little about. Given all the fanfare and anticipation of the Lord of the Rings in the time leading up to that film, in comparison to The Hobbit you couldn’t tear me away from anything that had a picture or blurb on the subject. And even after the initial relief of its success, the mania continued into the hope of the next two films. For 4 to 5 years it was LotR awesomeness. Time has passed since then, roughly 9 years in fact, and now The Hobbit is about to release and my attitude is pretty subdued, almost apathetic. Why then, in God’s green middle earth, is this?
Who the hell cares? is my first thought. And then, upon further reflection, I guess it does matter as to why I could be so jaded as to not really be that interested. I mean, for me. You can continue reading if you like, but really, I need to sort this out here and now. But I don’t think I’m alone in this either. Seriously, aside from the occasional TV commercial, there doesn’t seem to be that almost frightening level of intrusive buzz that is normally associated with this kind of thing. Around Christmas even! Some reasons as to why?
I’m going to assume that the world outside of the True North is completely unaware of the fact that Canada has been living without its most cherished thing in the whole wide world right now. That is, we are presently without the NHL, or to the uninitiated, the National Hockey League, and to the severely uninitiated what that means is no hockey. In Canada. No hockey in Canada.
Perspective: No morning sex; no shopping for shoes; no gaming with friends; no milk with your cookies; no salt or pepper; no shots with beer; no mustard with your hotdog; no hotdogs; no baseball in the summer; no anything good, etc. and so forth.
I’m fully aware that this list is completely 1st world savvy and does not reflect the whole of a glass being half full. Nor is it particular in what makes one happy. Just know that in Canada, this is one massively disappointing start to a period of our yearly calendar where we are reminded why it’s awesome to be Canadian. And without the comfort of hockey for us to rally around, supply us with the default plan on a Saturday night, and bolster all the business and industry that benefits from the passion of our most beloved sport, and that fcuking apocalyptic Mayan calendar thing might as well be real. This sucks.