So I can talk at length about all the things I love... and it looks
like I have, in fact, done that. So I guess I should add a
shortlist, here is the contents of the wall of text below, only in
Books: Everything by Terry Pratchett, Starship Troopers, The
Witcher series, Robert Jordan, Raymond E Feist, Jack Whyte, Patrick
Tv: Supernatural (S1-S5), Fringe, Buffy, Angel, The Unit, Scrubs,
Community, Psych, Black Books, Rome, Game of Thrones
Movies: Taken, A Very Long Engagement, Gran Torino, Zombieland, The
Games: Arcanum, Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Team Fortress 2,
Minecraft (Recovering addict.), Bioshock / Infinite, Bastion
Music: Frank Sinatra, Classical, Blind Guardian, Classic Rock,
Anime OSTs Esp Yoko Kanno, The Ink Spots, AC/DC
If you haven't at least tried the Discworld series by Sir Terry
Pratchett, O.B.E, then we might have a problem. The problem is that
I can't be held responsible for pestering you to read the Discworld
series by Sir Terry Pratchett, O.B.E. They are arguably the best
things ever written in the history of the world. Ever. It's better
than the BIBLE, and as a mildly religious fellow I think I can be
eternally damned for saying stuff like that.
Not that, when I think about it, the bible makes for terribly
riveting reading. Lord of Hosts may be infallible, but his Holy
Ghostwriters weren't Carnegie winners if you know what I'm
saying... (With jokes like that, how am I not already a Librarian.
When I'm not reading a new Pratchett book, I'll often stop to read
other things in the genres of Fantasy or Speculative Fiction
(Sci-Fi to the Layman who didn't waste a few years on a degree in
Creative Writing.) Jack Whyte writes some killer historical
fiction... as much as King Arthur can be Historical Fiction rather
than done to death folklore. His Camulod series is well worth a
read regardless of how you feel about the once and future
I came to Starship Troopers late in life, but I'm already looking
forward to it being returned to my care so I can read it
I recently read Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind and Wise Man's
Fear. They instantly soared into my top ten list.
I'm always looking for good steampunk novels. Because while I love
the genre, so far I haven't read any. Good ones, that is.
Movies! I like Sci Fi movies more than fantasy movies. Apart from a
good few, Fantasy movies tend to be let downs. My top ten movies,
across all genres, in no apparent order.
A Very Long Engagement, Sunshine, Taken, The Untouchables, Princess
Mononoke, Gran Torino, Boondock Saints, Inception, Zombieland,
What can I say, I have many and varied tastes. I'll watch anything,
enjoy most of it. I measure my media in TBs, of which I have
watched less than half. This may take a while...
Music? I'm kinda... retro. Like, real retro, not hipster retro. I
have an extensive Rat Pack playlist, and I know most songs by Al
Jolson and The Ink Spots off by heart. I am a major fan of
Vivaldi's Four Seasons. That stuff sent me to sleep as a child and
has continued to soothe my frayed nerves ever since. Then I have a
long classic rock playlist. Not quite so retro, but it wouldn't
look out of place on an 8 track. I stole most of them from the
Supernatural soundtrack. I got a bunch of anime OSTs in there,
regular western movie OSTs, some Muse, Blind Guardian etc etc.
While my favourites are a little off, I will listen to basically
anything. Except rap. Legitimate excuses to listen to rap are few
and far between. Except Professor Elemental and MC Frontalot. Those
guys are classy.
TV? I'll watch most things, though if a show is mediocre I won't
give it my full attention. If it's really mediocre, N.C.I.S I'm
talking to you, I won't even bother. Michael Weatherly, you were
cooler in a wheelchair with fashionable stubble. My favourites
include amongst their number: Supernatural, Fringe, Buffy, Angel...
okay, I guess I'm seeing a theme here. I like monsters as much as I
am terrified of them. What can I say. I'll also watch anything by
Joss Whedon, or anything that has people in it who have previously
worked with Joss Whedon. I don't care what anybody says, Summer
Glau was GREAT in Sarah Connor Chronicles.
I do like some comedy. Scrubs is my favourite but I've been
watching a lot of How I Met Your Mother recently and I'm also
devastated that they canceled Better Off Ted. Community was good
for a while. And Arrested Development is back again in a few weeks.
I can't wait. (Turns out, I could wait. And it was worth it.)
Computer games are something that I am generally pretty bad at but
do anyway. While my high school sweethearts were Baldur's Gate and
Arcanum (Although there are a few other highschool sweethearts who
are unhappy they've been trumped by videogames...) , I've also
developed feelings for Team Fortress 2 for obvious reasons as well
as the more recent Bioware properties like Mass Effect and Dragon
Age. And I can't get enough of Isaac Clarke. He's a pretty great
guy. Probably went to space university.
It's come to my attention, though, that my favourite game of all
time is Bastion. It's not a long game, nor is it an expensive one,
so if you take one thing from this gargantuan wall of text, it
should be 'Play Bastion.' It has amazing art, amazing music,
smooth, smooth narration, super fun gameplay and an excellent and
honestly heart wrenching story all woven together in ten hours of
action RPG excellence. Seriously. My highest recommendation.
I roleplay in real life too, outside of computer games. I guess
this shouldn't come as a surprise. My favourite genre in which to
roll the bones is Steampunk. I adore steampunk. The gritty union
between alternate technology and magic just does something for me.
My creativity runs wild. Sometimes it causes accidental injury.
Privateer Press publishes a roleplaying setting, The Iron Kingdoms.
I know about as much Iron Kingdoms trivia as I do real life trivia.
Go on. Just ask me. I used to hang out sometimes at this Steampunk
themed nightclub event up in Brisbane called Promethius bound. It's
the only way you could coax me into going to a nightclub, but the
looks you get there and back due to the quasi-Victorian outfits and
weird technological accouterments is worth every minute in that
stifling underground hole with loud music and the smell of stale
My tabletop life isn't restricted to Roleplaying. I enjoy
boardgames, from titles as simple as Articulate and Pictionary to
as complicated as Arkham Horror or Puerto Rico. I used to play
Magic: The Gathering, but I managed to wean myself off the
cardboard crack some years ago. I've been playing Warmachine for
about seven years now, but I also have starter armies for Heavy
Gear, Malifaux, Flames of War, Uncharted Seas, Confrontation,
Dystopian Wars, Dystopian Legions, Firestorm Armada and Tau from
Warhammer. (Technically not mine. A friend joined the service and
left it in my garage.) I want to be in a position to throw down in
any game somebody wants to play, and am always happy to learn new
I like anime and manga too, but have been out of the anime loop for
a long time. My favourites include Full Metal Alchemist, Last
Exile, Trigun, Cowboy bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Stellvia Of The
Universe, FLCL and a TB more of runners up. I've been gradually
re-imersing myself in weeaboo culture, mostly by catching up with
all my old anime friends I drifted away from a little. Slowly, but