Monthly Archives: October 2016

On Feeding the Trolls

There’s a pun in that title…

I’ll try to keep this at a level that you can follow without playing the game, here goes! So, end of last week, the Chain Attack Warmachine and Hordes podcast I listen to got to talking about the toxic negativity in the community at large, in particular the online community. What, negativity in an online community??? you say. Yes.

There’s always been negativity, I mean, it’s the Internet and a game and these things happen. However, with the new edition coming out and changes to near everything in the game (small or large), there’s a whole new level of negativity. Memes were spawned, like #threeyearsofplaytesting (from their statements that they spent three years on the edition, generally used to talk about something that isn’t perceived as balanced), #designspace (a common phrase they used to explain why some things were changed), and a whole group dedicated to memes about how bad a whole faction was… a faction that’s now getting a heavy set of errata coming up in January.

This one's more my style...

This one’s more my style…

Anyway, the podcast was basically… hey guys, if you really think it’s that bad, try a different faction. Try a different game. Take a break. Walk away from the online communities. Whatever you need – but if it’s all just negative for you, there’s no need to just feed into that further. With something like a Forum, you have to choose to go there (and it’s all sub-forums, too, so you can easily go to one section and avoid another, if there’s one thing you’re happy about and one you’re upset about). You choose to listen to a podcast. Even some of the more passive things, like Facebook groups, you can actively leave.

So with all of that floating around my head, I maybe, sort of, went and started a thread on the Trollbloods Forums asking the question, “Do you really feel like it’s that bad?” I had been noticing that there was plenty of negativity and constructive criticism, but only a few who were more directly “trolling” the threads and spreading toxic negativity. Three main ones I’ve learned to just ignore the comments from. And then there’s one other, whose whole gaming group has basically moved on from the game and he’s upset and still posting, but it’s tough – he has a blog, he’s a volunteer for the company, all these things. He’s one of the people who got me into the faction, with his blog and guides, and it makes me sad.

But by starting a thread asking basically “why are you here spewing negativity when you could just walk away?” I was kind of literally just asking the trolls to come out of the woodwork (see? pun!). I was feeding the trolls.

One of the three main Forum trolls bit, and he was all over the place. I noticed something I hadn’t seen before – his Forum signature, which reads

Someone PM me after the game gets fixed.

Like, doesn’t that read like someone who’s stepping away? Saying PM (private message) me when things are better? And instead, he keeps jumping in and derailing threads by saying things are bad and we’re deluding ourselves to think otherwise. And also saying that the company is doing things bad/wrong/stupidly and there’s no hope for improvement. A perfect candidate for stepping away.

Well, after engagement by the rest of the community, things got well out of hand… and the thread got closed (but at least not until after I had gotten one final say!). Which is, I suppose, what happens when you feed the trolls. When you confront them and say, “troll, why for art thou trolling?” it turns out what you’re likely to get is a trolling response.

The hope, though, is some introspection – if not of the main trolls, then, well, for others. For those who are just dissatisfied and have nothing constructive to say. I know that Chain Attack got me thinking about how I don’t feel positive about my Convergence of Cyriss army right now – I’ve boxed it up, and I’m waiting to see how the future shakes up before I get back to it at all. And so I removed Convergence from my Forum signature, I’m staying away from that sub-forum, and following my own advice. It’s all Trollbloods from here – and I’m having a blast with them!

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Comparative Opinions: Monsters – Episode 18

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! In honor of Halloween, hosts Holly and David are joined by Julia to talk about monsters – origins, media representations, fads, favorites, you name it! What are your favorite monsters? Did we mention them?

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Favorite Horror Movies

Now first thing is, I have to admit that Horror is not my favorite, but that is mostly because it is often gory and that is not my favorite thing. At the same time I enjoy movies with high suspense where the fear and horror comes more from what you don’t see or where there is something more to what is going on than just simple gore. There can be moments that are scary, creepy, and even horrific, but those are not the main way that you get scared.

Now I have enjoyed an occasional gore fest, but those are not the movies that have stuck with me or that I want to watch again. When a movie can scare you again even after you have seen it then you have something that works. So here are some of my favorite horror movies. Continue reading

What’s Streaming November 2016

This month there seems to be some more shuffling of collections of movies to different or new streaming sites, including what looks to be the movement of most of the Bond films to Amazon’s streaming service. We also see several Batman films coming to HBO, just in time for them to premiere Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Other than that, it’s a slightly slower month, but that’s okay, since we have several exciting movies coming to the big screen this month in time for the holiday season, namely Doctor Strange on November 4th and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th.

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The Crown, November 4

A Netflix original chronicling the early days of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in the United Kingdom. Netflix has generally delivered wonderful original content, and if you like history or are an anglophile, this definitely looks to be worth watching.

Paddington, November 16

If you grew up reading Paddington Bear and the Knickerbocker Rainbow or one of the others, this film adaptation should be worth a watch for nostalgia sake. I know I missed it in theatres and am looking forward to a chance to see it on Netflix.

Burn After Reading, November 16

A fantastic ensemble cast heads up this espionage thriller, so to speak, directed by the Coen Brothers. One of my absolute favorites, if you haven’t seen it and are a fan of the Coen Brothers’ peculiar sense of humor, this will be a perfect fit.

Gilmore Girls:A Year in the Life, November 25

You’ve probably heard that the Gilmore Girls are coming back to Netflix, and finally, this is the month! Also, just in case you still need to catch up or see what all the fuss is about, the entire series is currently available for streaming in every region.

Boyhood, November 25

An interesting coming of age drama that was the “darling” of the awards circuit, Boyhood is fascinating for its premise. Made over the course of twelve years, filming for a few days or a week each year, so that the actual growing up and changes that are seen in the cast are changes that happened naturally. If indie film is your thing, check this one out.

The Jungle Book, November 30

The live action version of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, will be coming at the end of the month. Part of Disney’s effort to revive their classics as live action, and the first non-princess one to debut. Definitely worth watching if you like the original.

 

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The Night Manager

This AMC miniseries is based on John le Carré’s novel by the same name and stars Tom Hiddleston as the titular character. If you missed it when it premiered on AMC like I did, check it out when it starts streaming on the 1st. It’s supposed to be a well-crafted, well-acted thriller, and also…Tom Hiddleston. Need I say more?

The Addams Family Values

The second Addams Family movie was available until recently on Netflix, and I’m very happy to see it returning to a streaming service. If you’ve never seen it and love the Addams Family, give it a watch. This may be a case of the sequel being better than the original.

Bond Films, Classic up to Pierce Brosnan Era

Too many to name, and so I’ll just say…it looks as though the Bond collection has moved to Amazon! Everything except for the Daniel Craig films will be available, and what better way to spend some of your holiday weekends than doing a Bond movie marathon?

 

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, November 26

If you missed this in theatres but have access to HBO streaming, rejoice! Because now you can watch this mediocre jump start to a franchise without having to pay movie ticket prices. Bring out the popcorn, or something stronger, if you’re like me.

Batman, 1989, Batman & Robin, 1997, Batman Forever, 1995, Batman Returns, 1992

Ahhhh, the ’90s Batman movies. (Okay, the ’89 Tim Burton version too…) These will all be available on HBO, and if you feel so inclined, you can relive the campy nostalgia of mainstream Batman. Although I will say, the ’89 Batman is very good; Jack Nicholson makes a fantastic Joker.

Also available if you need even more Batman fix, some of the Batman cartoon films will be available as well:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, 2013

Batman: Under the Red Hood, 2010

Batman: Year One, 2011

 

 

Want to see the full lists of everything streaming in November? Check out these links:

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/183134/20161021/hbo-now-november-2016-movies-tv-shows-available-stream-leaving.htm

http://screencrush.com/new-amazon-prime-instant-video-releases-november-2016/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/whats-new-on-netflix-shows-movies/

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Astral Chronicles – Chapter 1 – 3

From the Government Institute for History, Arlo Flightman. "A pleasure as always."

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