Talkin Table Top discusses Magic Buts games

January 17, 2019
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Nope, that is not a typo. We are not talking about Dumbledore's derriere. We define Magic Buts games as those that get describes as "Just like Magic, but…". Magic the Gathering has been a very popular game for over 20 years, so they must be doing something right. It's no wonder that a lot of games emulate aspects of the game.

Trevor and Danny discuss the pros and cons of "Magic But" games. These games utilize at least some of the mechanisms used in Magic the Gathering.

Do you like "Magic But" games or do you prefer to just play Magic the Gathering? Let us know in the comments.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 discussion

January 16, 2019
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The Game of Thrones series has been a huge success for HBO. In Season 7 they surpassed the Sopranos in audience size. It is an adaption of George R.R. Martin's books. So far, George and the show runners have had no problems killing of prominent and well liked characters... sometimes they kill off large groups at a time (Red Wedding). The one thing we've learned from Game of Thrones is you shouldn't get attached to any character cuz they might be dead next episode.

Game of Thrones Season 8 will be the last season for the series. They have a lot of story-lines that need to be resolved. Even with all the deaths there are still plenty of compelling characters left. We finally see Jon, Arya, and Sansa re-united in Winterfell, Daenerys sets foot in Westeros, the Hound and the Mountain get to square off, Tyrion faces Cersei, Bran becomes the 3 eyed raven, Euron Greyjoy resurfaces, and we get to see more of Gendry.

The cast has said in interviews that season 8 will be the bloodiest and most heart wrenching. Lots of killing, betrayal, and treachery. Gwendolyn Christie (Brienne of Tarth) said after watching the season finale people will need to get therapy.

Game of Thrones has been a great series so far and I am happy to see them go out on top. What are you looking forward to in Season 8? Let us know in the comments.

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Walking Dead Season 9 Whisperer War

January 10, 2019
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The Walking Dead comic book has been a great success for Image Comics. It has been an even bigger hit as a TV series for AMC. Sure, there are zombies (walkers) in the show, but they are merely background for the actual drama of the show.

The Walking Dead is really about how bad humans treat each other when the societal norms crumble and it becomes every man/woman for themselves to survive. Inevitably some people rise to the position of leader of their group. Some of those leaders are good (Rick Grimes). Other leaders go too far with their authority and become villains.

The Walking Dead has given us some really good villains in their run so far. We have had Merle Dixon, the Governor, Negan, and now we are gonna be introduced to the Whisperers.

The Whisperers are a group that believe to survive we need to devolve to a more animalistic nature. They don't protect the women or the weak. They believe they must endure to make them tough enough to live. They travel around in suits made of walker skins and they speak in hushed zombie-like tones. They can direct herds of walkers this way and effectively use them as weapons.

In the comics the Whisperers take out quite a few named survivors. They make life very hard for the survivors until they finally reach the point of war. In the comics the Whisperer War takes place over 6 issues. I believe it will consume the second half of season 9 and possibly spill over into season 10. In the comics, Negan is also a big help for the survivors in defeating the Whisperers. The TV series has deviated from the comic book while staying mostly true to the plot. We are interested to see how the Whisperer War unfolds in the TV series.

What do you think about The Walking Dead Whisperer War? Do you think they are a good foe for the survivors? Let us know in the comments.

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Talk Nerdy to Me Weekly News Update January 1, 2019

January 2, 2019
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Talk Nerdy to Me is your weekly Nerd News update.  This week we discuss the following items:

  • Live Action Aladdin
  • Netflix Bandersnatch
  • IG-88 on Mandalorian series
  • Titans on DC streaming service
  • Happy season 2
  • Bird Box
  • Punisher season 2 on Netflix
  • Captain Marvel's cat
  • Holmes and Watson
  • Stranger Things season 3
  • Zombieland 2

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Interview with Aaron Dismuke of RWBY, Full Metal Alchemist, and My Hero Academia

December 30, 2018
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Trevor from Talk Nerdy to Me talks with Aaron Dismuke about RWBY, Full Metal Alchemist, and voice acting in general. We learn that Aaron is also an ADR director and script writer for Funimation.  Most importantly, we find out whether he prefers cake or pie!

**Apologies for the audio.  There was a bit of a bad connection and some of Aaron's conversation has a slight echo.

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Glass by M. Night Shyamalan preview

December 27, 2018
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For me, Unbreakable was really the first superhero movie. Before the big box office Marvel and DC movies, we were introduced to David Dunn (Bruce Willis). We find out that David Dunn is super strong and nearly indestructible after he survives a train wreck. We also meet Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). His real name is Elijah Price, but got the nickname of Mr. Glass due to his fragility.

Mr. Glass is a big comic book aficionado. He figures if there is someone as fragile as him, it stands to reason there should be those on the other end of the spectrum as well. He has set out to find the super-human equivalent of himself. That is where David Dunn figures in the equation.

Then we have the movie Split with James Mcavoy playing a multiple personality person who goes by the name, the Horde. One of his personalities is a super human individual that has the most basic instincts. We have no idea that Split is connected to Unbreakable until the end scene that shows David Dunn in his characteristic rain coat.

Now we have Glass which is being billed as the third movie in the trilogy. From the trailers it appears that all three (Mr. Glass, Horde, and David Dunn) are all in the same asylum being treated for believing they are super heroes. Mr. Glass seems to be the evil mastermind using the Horde to carry out his demands. David Dunn is the quintessential good guy trying to stop them.

Unbreakable and Split were both really great movies in their own right. Knowing they are tied together in a trilogy elevates them in my mind. I am really hoping Glass puts a big exclamation point on the series.

Did you like Unbreakable and Split? Are you looking forward to Glass like we are? Let us know in the comments.

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Aquaman Movie Review and Audience Reactions

December 20, 2018
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Let's be honest, DC superhero movies have not been doing well at the box office lately. Batman vs Superman and Justice League both under-performed in ticket sales (although I believe both are good movies). There has been rumors that DC would be scaling back their movie production due to these shortcomings in sales. It seemed like the pivotal decision point was going to be the success or failure of Aquaman.

This put a lot of pressure on Aquaman to save the DCEU movies. By all accounts of Aquaman's opening overseas, it was gonna be a hit for DC. Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso, we were able to watch the early screening of Aquaman with a theater full of eager superhero fans (albeit some confessed to really just wanting to see Jason Momoa shirtless).

The cast was full of recognizable actors such as Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, and Dolph Lundgren as well as the headliner, Jason Momoa. The graphics were exceptionally well done. The underwater scenes, and there were a lot of them, didn't detract from the story. The plot wasn't anything groundbreaking, but it served the purpose of telling Aquaman's story.

If you are a comic book purist you will notice there are some changes sprinkled into the story. The biggest change for me, and I have said this since Justice League, is the characterization of Aquaman. The way Arthur Curry is portayed in the comics is quite a bit different from the movie version. I'm not just talking about the visual presentation, but his overall demeanor. I have been a critic of Jason Momoa's acting before, but I think it is his general likability that allowed him to pull this role off. I am a long time comic book reader and am very used to characters being changed over time. I am okay with this portrayal of Aquaman. The other changes to characters were really very minor and nitpicky. I won't mention them here, but you can check the character bios on the DC wiki and see what those changes are.

Patrick and I both place Aquaman right behind Wonder Woman in our list of best DC Comics movies. I give it a very high 9.5, but Patrick gives it a 7 mostly due to lengthy battle scenes. The audience members we talked to both on and off camera overwhelmingly liked the movie. Aquaman is a safe bet for you to spend your ticket money on.

***Spoilers may follow ***

Maybe it was just me, but I noticed 3 scenes that reminded me of other movies. First was when Aquaman and Mera escaped the trench monsters and got to the Hidden Sea. That whole scene really was nostalgic of your first view of Jurassic Park back in the day. The Second was when Atlanna removed the trench monster armor. That made me think about the scene in How to Train Your Dragon 2 when Hiccup saw the Dragon Rider remove her outfit and it was his mom. The last and most obvious to me was the monster, Karathen. That monster looks like it came straight outta central casting for Pacific Rim.

*** End of possible spoilers ***

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina review

December 19, 2018
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I'll be honest, when Netflix solicited a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series I immediately thought of the old humorous TV series. I watched the old TV series from time to time if nothing else was on TV. I mostly watched to catch the Penn Jillette cameos.

Then one rare Friday night when I had completely caught up on my DVR backlog, I started looking through the endless streaming channels looking for something interesting to watch. I tend to start on Netflix and work my way through the other services until I find a decent enough show to keep my attention.

Netflix had just recently released the full season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as evidenced by a big banner proclaiming the fact on their main page. I decided to give it a try for an episode or two to see if it was good enough to binge the season.

Hoo boy! What they produced is worlds apart from the old TV series. That is a good thing though. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a much more dark and serious take on the characters. There is a lot of occult and supernatural stuff in the Netflix Sabrina. I am really enjoying the way they are giving depth to each character. I am particularly intrigued by Ambrose as his back story is very interesting.

If you like supernatural and occult type shows, you will be pleasantly surprised at how well they deal with these topics in Sabrina. If you haven't marathon binged this show yet, you are truly missing out.

Let us know who your favorite Sabrina character is in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you.

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Into the Spiderverse movie review

December 14, 2018
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We have been anticipating Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse ever since the first trailer hit the internet. The comic book inspired animation along with the choice of having Miles Morales as the lead character was 2 great decisions.

Miles Morales has been a favorite of comic book readers since he was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli. His following outside the comic book pages has been small. Hopefully this movie will help to bring him into the public's eye. His origin story is roughly parallel to the Spider-men/Spider-women of other dimensions… They get bitten by a radioactive spider and gain powers. Their powers are mostly the same, except Miles also has the ability to camouflage himself in his environment and he has a venom strike that can paralyze most people with just a touch.

The villains in this movie aside from Kingpin don't get mentioned much. They are used as stereotypical bad guys, but they are some of the bigger names in the Spider-man rogues gallery.

There are some great easter eggs hidden throughout the movie. Pay close attention to the names in Mile's cell phone contact list. You'll also want to stay around for the after credits to get a glimpse at another lesser known Spider-man variant, Spider-man 2099.

We really like Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse. The audience overwhelmingly agreed with us. Sony has finally made a Spider-man movie that rivals the Marvel movies. Sony may have found their niche in animation.

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Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse discussion

December 14, 2018
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We are looking forward to Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse. Can't wait to see Miles Morales make his big screen debut along with some other lesser known Spider-characters.

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