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Almost as good, almost.
A month later after the season came out, it's safe to assume that all those that planned to watch it already did.


Sabrina's season 2 wasn't awful... but having said this, it does have its share of problems, starting with the lack of direction. It's like the director couldn't make up their mind on whether they were doing Romantic Fantasy, Rags-to-Riches, or Damian 2: Electric Bugaloo. Also, while Sabrina's constant "failing forward" is pretty much a staple of the series, this season got dangerously close to becoming an idiot plot. Your protagonist is supposed to learn, grow, and become smarter with time, not more stupid.

Also, how come you put a suave, competent love interest named SCRATCH in the series and you don't make him Satan?

While the season is still not a deal breaker for me, it made me less tolerant of the anvillicious Cathollic Fiction formula.


P.S: Jeff Sessions has gone on record more than once not-very-subtly advocating for slavery.
The Beauty and the Beasts
My first reaction when I heard that Palladium released a new book last month was indeed one of surprise. In 2019, I'd say Palladium's greatest achievement was indeed outliving all of its competitors. While d&d, Traveller, and other oldies are still around in some form, Palladium is still the last original publisher still alive. Kevin Siembieda: Last Man Standing.

"That is not dead which can eternal lie" I guess.

As little as I may care for Palladium, I acknowledge that it's not necessarily worse than its competition/contemporaries, but Palladium's games having been the backdrop of most of my crap table horror stories back in my 20s sure compounded into making me avoid it like the plague in an example of Negative Reinforcement. And then, things like the way Siembieda used to routinely scam his freelancers and persecute fan creators and the so-called "crisis of treachery" were only the cherry on top of the Aversive Stimulus shitcake.

Still, if you're a fan, then by all means get this book. Chances are, you won't be disappointed.

@Bysmerian: And the reason it was kept a secret was most likely that, the less tight a control you keep on who knows, the higher the risk of exactly this happening.
The Sassoon Files
The Sassoon Files is a set of campaign resources and canned adventures for Gumshoe's Call of Cthulhu. Earlier this year, TSF's kickstarter was successful and everything was going according to plan...except for the thing that backers' physical books were printed in China.

While Sons of The Singularity (SoS) are far from the first RPG publishers to print their books in China, writing any sort of urban horror fantasy there is asking for trouble. China's Big Brother has people inspecting literally every book that is produced in the country, and the government's authorization is required just to go to the press. From the moment the books were already printed, it's clear this publishing house thought they could just fool Big Brother and make some pocket money for themselves.

The blame lies with both sides. At least the publishing house decided not to put up a fight and reimburse SoS, so all that will happen is that backers will get their books some months late. Oh well, live and learn.

"Journalistic Ethics" and Other Oxymorons
No, I won't mention the note. No, I won't mention the sources, either. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you won't hear it from me... because I care for what's right more than I care for cheap clicks!

For those who do know, however:

A lot of people on this planet are petty. Petty people don't care for hurting lots of people over the pettiest grievances. They're the kind of people who don't mind destroying great things that bring happiness to many on the trite crutch of "if I can't have X, then no one will."

I'm sure there's a special level of hell for these sociopaths.


P.D: No, please don't spill the beans in comments, either.
@1958Fury: Glad to know!
A Fool and His Money
I said it last year, and I'll say it again.

Do not buy Champions' Lifetime Subscription. It's being sold in bad faith and everyone knows it.

Cryptic has been going through a constant re-organization all of last year, including a series of layoffs, and now their need to cut costs is so bad they just killed the only thing that set them apart (their mission editor) from the MMO which is actually their cash cow (Star Trek Online)

Champions is Criptic's ugly duckling, and has been in defacto maintenance mode for more years than City of Heroes was alive.

It shouldn't take an Einstein to put 2 and 2 together.
Mafia Tactics
First Epic steals games and makes them "exclusives."

Then he goes on record saying customers don't matter.

Then I find out his store client is one giant piece of malware.

And finally, I found out they're owned by Tencent... which, in turn, is subject to whatever edicts China makes, so regardless of what Sweeney says, if you don't find any "politically incorrect" games at Epic's store, now you know why... just don't be surprised when the client shuts your games down after two hours of play or games played via Epic don't let you type words like "Taiwan" or "Winnie The Pooh," just saying!

Epic are malware-peddling gangsters and I want nothing to do with them.

PS: 40% IS the majority share when Sweeny is not in possession of the other 60% because he and Tencent are not the only two shareholders... seriously, it's not Wayne Enterprises.
The Swan Song
Yes, perhaps people could be less vitriolic with their feedback... but then, people would only keep blaming E.A for so long. People is getting tired of alpha builds sold as full releases, and they're tired of being nickled and dimed to death, so if they see anything that can be perceived as prologue to lootboxes, that's exactly how they're gonna take it.

And yes, I'm still of the mind that, no matter what, Anthem is Bioware's Swan Song.


Am I Cancelled Yet?
"One more such victory, and I'll be undone"... those are the words credited to king Pyrrhus.

Yes, it's good to have a president that actually delivers on campaign promises for a change... he's actually the first to do so since I'm alive. The question is whether is really worth it.

Lopez Obrador's heart may be in the right place, but the way he's going around things amounts to throwing the baby out with the bathwater. You don't de-fund vital social programs (daycare for single mothers, women shelters, etc) without having an alternative ready for deployment, no matter how much corruption may be involved... especially in the case of women shelters because in that case lives are literally on the line.

Lopez Obrador better gets his act together real quick.

Perhaps it's my vias against any company bearing the THQ name talking, but if you ask me, I really don't buy that Brock "didn't know the site's reputation." Not for one second.

Barking at a Tree
So, the FTC's big plan against lockboxes is an open forum comprised of people with no authority on our culprit to suggest things they have no reason to want to stop doing at all. Because that will show 'em who's boss, right?

It's a sad day when I hold US' institutions in the same contempt I hold my country's.

@1958Fury: Not quite, our idiom rather refers to an upstart taking advantage of an opening, not a bully taking something by force. But thanks anyway!
No Fate But That We Make
By the time I uploaded this comic to the queue, last episode of RWBY's latest season had already aired, so it's safe to assume that, after five weeks, it no longer counts as spoilers.


While I acknowledge having no proof whatsoever, that redefinition of the whole Oz/Salem dynamic didn't really jive with the narrative they had built until now (and I'm far from the only one that suspects this wasn't part of Monty's original plan).

Now, yes, best practices dictate that scripts must be planned starting with the showdown/climax and then go backwards so that you can be sure all preceeding plot points will coherently lead to your climax without any plot holes... however, as we all know, "best practices" is also something even the best rarely stick to (spoiler: not even BSG's authors had figured out exactly what "the cylons' plan" was until the last season).

Now, sure, I can't blame the CRWBY for seeking a new direction (Monty Oum passed away soon after season 2, after all, so the chances that he left actual, complete notes so far in advance are close to zero), but the team had three years to prepare for this day, and they could have done it in a better way if you ask me.

Still, as jarring as it was, it's no deal breaker for me, so I'll keep following the series and see where this new direction takes things.


P.S Trivia: Because of his color and power, according to folklore, Aladdin's genie can only be a Marid. While Marida are assumed to be all female, the 1001 Nights features also a female Ifrit (which are assumed to be all male), so it's not like the source material is that strict with its own canon.
My First Guest Page!
While the circumstances are less than fortunate (the wrist injury I'm still nursing), this is a milestone for me, and I'm proud of it.
No Longer For Sale
Considering gamestop's history, they got no sympathy from me when they first announced they were going for sale.

And now that they 're plain taking it back, even less so. Chances are, they were just trying to pull some Toys R Us shennanigans to further enrich themselves, probably at the expense of the workforce.

"Comiendoles El Mandado"
This Spanish idiom translates literally as "Eating their groceries," and English' closest equivalent would be "stealing the thunder" except the Spanish version makes an allusion specifically to an upstart stealing your thunder from under your nose while you were busy navel-gazing.

Just the way Epic is doing to Valve right now.

Valve right now could be doing lots of things to secure their reign and keep Epic in line: They could be strengthening relationships with publishers, improving their contractual offers, or becoming even friendlier to users... hell, they could even resort to good ol' mafia tactics in a pinch.

...instead, Saint Gabe prefers investing his precious time persecuting anime titties.

Time for Steam to stop sleeping on its laurels. Origin and Uplay were easily ignored, but with Epic you finally got some actual competition, and they're going for the yugular.


P.D: I have been nursing a wrist injury for almost a month now, so the next month of comics or so may be cutting a corner or two. Apologies beforehand.
Teamwork and Synergy
No matter how well you feel the PC party was planned during session 0, the first three sessions or so will always see the party smoothing out kinks, dispelling assumptions, and actually getting to know each other. This goes double when your table is trying out a new game.

Go easy on your players the first sessions of every campaign, give them time to become the well-oiled machine they're meant to become.

The Downward Spiral
After having listened to Matsuda's talk, the only conclusion I can reach is that FF XV was just a flash in the pan, and that Tabata finally reached his long overdue greatness in spite of Squeenix.

Unrepentant Squeenix is not only unwilling to regain its former greatness, it's also willing to become part of the disease by contributing to further inflate the streaming bubble. After letting Tabata go, this may become the company's last mistake before joining the likes of Konami.

@MadMan: It was the most appropriate comparison I could think of.