Random Thoughts on Dungeons and Dragons and the Like

I had a lot to do with Dungeons and Dragons back in my fabled, long lost youth, back long before I became the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.  I’ve also dabbled in the game every now and again since.  And, as it is sometimes wont to happen, questions sometimes come to me about the milieu.

For instance the following:

typical fantasy dwarfDwarves are known for using axes as weapons.  When you encounter them in video games they are often armed with them.  In Lord of the Rings, the main Dwarf there offers up his axe (and presumably the rest of his person).  It’s damn near a stereotype, is what it is.

The question is, why?  Outside the fact Tolkien put the weapon in one of his character’s hands, why is the axe linked to Dwarves?

This is a Fantasy race primarily known for two things: Mining and Metal work.  Neither profession needs an axe in hand.  Wouldn’t a War hammer make more sense?  Or a mining pick?

Here’s another thought: Elves with swords.  Metallurgy has never been a part of their lore.  Why do they use long blades of metal?  Oh sure, they could have bought the things from one of the other races.  But wouldn’t it make more sense they’d be exclusive to the more prevalent wooden weapons?

Just some stray thoughts…

Casino Trip a Go Go

So Brother Todd and Brother Todd’s Friend Mitch went out to a Casino yesterday.  I tagged along, as I had never been to any Casino before, much less the one (near) my city.  I don’t get out much and I figure that needs to change if I’m have a hope of meeting the Future Ex Mrs. Cullen Waters.  Or going on a date.  Whichever comes first.

Our choice in times was the middle of the day, which proved less than ideal for courtship.  It did prove quite ideal for losing money, as Mitch lost a good share of Todd’s money for him.  In Mitch’s defense, he did win a great deal of money for Todd and for a mutual friend other trips.  We all have off days, after all.

Except for me, of course.  I had a grand old-time watching other people lose money for a change.

We were there for maybe an hour or so.  I came away with a few observations.

Observation #1: The slot machine room reminds me of the video game arcades of my youth.  Filled with glowing screens.  The only real difference is that there’s not a game in the room I wanted to play.

Having never played slots before, I thought about digging out a few coins.  Todd, being a good brother, gave me a few dollars to burn.  Which would have been just as entertaining as putting them in a slot machine.

I have played.  I need not do it again.

Observation #2: Despite being basically the same game over and again, slot machines have a variety of styles and names.  One even had the name Icarus, which me thinks was a bit off-putting.

I did not play.

Among the machines I saw at the casino were slots dedicated to characters such as the Phantom, Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter, natch), Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward, also natch), as well as Willie Wonka of the Chocolate Factory fame (Gene Wilder, natch yet again).  I wondered for a moment if the actors pictured on the machines got a part of the royalties, what with their images being used on the machines and all.  Then I decided it was more likely than not.

Very odd seeing them there, but sort of reassuring.  After a fashion.

Observation #3: Horse racing tracks are huge.  I had no idea.  None.  Probably should have, but they seemed so much smaller on the TV.

Sort of sorry I wasn’t there for the races.  Oh well.  Maybe one day.

Observation #4:  Back in the Good Ole Days (meaning 2 whole years ago), PlayStation had a virtual Casino that I attended daily.  The one game there I always played was Black Jack.  I like to kid myself I was good at it.

Black Jack was what Mitch played on our visits, and watching him I came to a very firm conclusion: I should never go to the Casino with money.  In fact, I spent a sizeable chunk of time wanting to grab Todd shoulder and shouting in a shrill voice, “Gimme chips, I play!”

Something that no doubt would have played well with the Future Ex Mrs. Cullen Waters.

Has she been there.

Anyways, we had a fun time there.  I’d might go again.

But not with money.

Or hopes of meeting Ms. Might Be.

In Fact, Despite the Dearth in Postings Here On Site, I Think I Might Be a Bigger Gamera Fan Than Power Girl Fan. Which Staggers the Mind, All Things Considered

I can’t believe I never mentioned this movie’s potential existence.

I can’t believe how rarely Gamera gets mentioned on this site.

The same thing goes for Rodan.  Surely I’ve talked about my love for Rodan more than that.


The trailer I posted the other day has been pulled at least once.  I’ve dug up a second video, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Bigger news is that what’s shown is but a smaller part of a larger video.  One that might pop up later next week.

If so, Mr. Waters will be gleefully watching it too.  And sharing it here, natch.

Until then, here’s a video to demonstrate a small portion of my glee, using completely inappropriate Kaiju to do so:

EDITED TO ADD: I’ve read in other places that this isn’t the actual trailer, that it’s sort of a proof of concept video.  Whether this is true or not, here’s to hoping for more Kaiju fun in the near future.