After we ended the A to Z Challenge in early May I did a post about how we had so many things to talk about, so many games to play, so many movies to see and shows to watch.
Now we’re in summer, and while the blockbusters have hit (especially a lot of the LitFlix), the shows have ended (even Game of Thrones!), and we have time to breathe. We also have some of the time-sinks in our personal lives past us. So where are we at? What are we up to?
I thought I would highlight some of our thoughts on topics moving forward, and some of the things we’ve crossed off that ambitious list of topics. Onward!
First, for a new topic from before, and one we don’t do a great job of hitting very often. In part, because we tend to write about a number of games all in one post – makes for fewer posts!
However, we have a board game convention that is being started up in town, and it’s exciting. This has us thinking board games, war games, card games, and event planning a whole lot more. Count on us talking about both this process, and tabletop gaming, a bit more in the coming months.
One topic I know we haven’t touched much is our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. We’re playing with AC Powers and with Guest Geek Brian joining us at distance, so we’re using a number of different online tools which we haven’t discussed. D&D Insider, Obsidian Portal, Roll20… we definitely have stuff we can talk about there.
With Game of Thrones over, I think we are now just about through with shows until things get going in the fall. Well, except for John Oliver and Longmire. Anyway, we wrote some reaction posts to season 4 of Game of Thrones, so if you’re looking for more on that, check them out!
Another thing I’d like to do over the summer is some speculation for upcoming seasons. I’m thinking especially Arrow and Flash, Agents of SHIELD, and of course, Doctor Who. So exciting! Doctor Who is back in August, with the new Doctor! Definitely ripe for thoughts. Also, we haven’t really done full reactions on the “of the Doctor” trilogy of last year, so I think re-watching those is in order!
So meanwhile, scrolling through our HBO Go found us an interesting one… Bill Paxton in Big Love. This show is… interesting. It’s like a train wreck: we just keep watching. I’m not sure we’ve fully figured out how to talk about it yet, but expect something on it at some point, I’m sure.
We’ve hit a gap in movies we’re planing on seeing in theaters. After catching How to Train Your Dragon 2, we don’t have anything until Hercules.
That is, assuming we see Hercules. Though we have identified both that and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as LitFlix, we’re not particularly excited to see either, based on their trailers. What do you think? We may wait to rent them, honestly; I guess we’ll see how the reviews go.
I think this week I am going to do a retrospective on the first half of this year for movies. It’s one of the best movie seasons I can think of. There have been so many great movies. And if you go back to my list of things I was excited for this year, movies were a lot of them – and mostly in the early part of the year.
The rest of this year is going to have to work hard to impress me.
Ah, books. I remember when I read books. Between getting back into comics, and then my comics LitFlix, I have read very few books in a while. And I have a number of comics coming up to read for more LitFlix!
Even if we discount Hercules and TMNT, I have Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City, and Big Hero 6 to get reading! Plus The Scribbler, though that may have to wait until the movie is actually going to be available. Oh, and Snowpiercer has popped up on my radar, a little bit late to be timely.
I am hoping, meanwhile, for more Jonathan Hickman comics to show up in collected editions soon, so I can read some I have been waiting on: Avengers, Avengers World, New Avengers, and God is Dead. Oh, and I said I would do a post on Hickman and the Illuminati… that is still upcoming. Not sure if that’ll end up here or on Sourcerer, where I have also been doing some comics blogging. Check out those posts if you haven’t!
- Summer Reading Recommendations – Marvel Comics
- Summer Reading Recommendations – Independent Comics
- Myth and Science – The Comics of Jonathan Hickman
Also, I am directing Holly towards Saga, now that we’ve read Locke & Key. After seeing The Fault in our Stars, I think that Saga seems just right. Now, is there anyone in my reading audience with experience in both who can agree or disagree with me?… I haven’t written anything yet on Saga, but I love it. Have been saving that for Holly to write!
Oh, and it’s Batman’s 75th anniversary. We’ve done a few Batman posts this year, but I should do some active Batman comics reading to join in on the fun with that.
Even as I write, Holly is playing the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD edition. Re-experiencing the story of X, and she hasn’t beaten X-2 before. Meanwhile, I have started into Metal Gear Solid 4… the PS3 is getting put to good use. We’ve also found the several of the story-driven single player games we’re interested in are available at the local library… we will hit The Last of Us and such at some point!
Holly is also almost done with Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, but we’re starting to think that we have figured out a way to hit all the Bioshock Infinite post ideas we have. We’re taking a long vacation later this year, and I think we could write the posts in advance to do a Bioshock Infinite week!
We’ve finally beaten Diablo 3 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, which has left us without a good co-op game to fall back on with the consoles. We should play more Elder Scrolls Online. I think the next couple we will be picking up will be Lego The Hobbit and The Lego Movie Game. Lego Lego Lego. And then, of course, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
And we still have a growing volume of games for free on the systems, so we have plenty to play…