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Wormholes and Swords is a blog dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a bit of real world technical stuff thrown in from time to time. It is managed by T.D. Wilson, author of the Science Fiction book series, The Epherium Chronicles.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gen Con 50



Wow!  Can you believe it?  The 50th year of GenCon, the worlds largest gaming convention is upon us.  I was regular attendee of this convention for almost 10 years starting in 1989.  It was fantastic.  I joined the RPGA (Role Playing Gamers Association) and advanced as a player and GM over the years.  Sadly, that group is gone now and I haven't been to the convention in several years.  When I regularly attended, it was still located in Milwaukee, WI and now has moved to the confines of Indianapolis, IN.

The 50th year for GenCon is a real testament to the world of table top, card, and role playing games.  The convention has sold out of badges.. I don't believe it ever did that and the convention estimates that 75,000 people will be in attendance.

There is so much going on at the convention.  I can't list it all, but there is a tremendous exhibit floor filled with the latest games vendors from around the globe, not to mention the Author Avenue housing new and experienced fantasy/sc-fi/horror authors ( I really want to be a part of that).  There is also a GenCon Writer's symposium where many of the best fantasy authors participate in panels and tutorials which offer tips and advice authors and storytellers.  This year's Author Guest of Honor is Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the True Blood TV series.  This year's Industry Insider Guest of Honor is Margaret Weis.  Margaret authored or co-authored many of the Dragonlance novels, the Deathgate novels, and so many others.  I have gotten to know Margaret over the years and she has been an inspiration to me when it comes to writing.  She has her own company, Margaret Weis Productions, and you can find her at the convention at Booth 1425 on the main exhibit floor.  Be sure to stop by and check out the RPG game based on the Firefly TV series and her new book series, Dragon Corsairs, that is co-authored with Robert Krammes.  (Don't forget Tracy Hickman at booth 1549 as well...had to make the plug.  I so miss the Killer Breakfast.  Long live Tracy and Laura!)

There are so many games at the convention. Miniatures games galore, including Star Wars miniatures battles.  Some of these are huge fights.  Role playing games were my favorite.  One of my good friends, Scott Hala, is running several rounds of his adventure using the new 4th Edition Earthdawn  game, but FASA Games.  The game has really come around around a brief hiatus the adventure Scott has created is top notch.  I hear all the tables are sold out, but stop by the FASA booths (1929 & 2029) to get a look at the game, and what else they have developed.  

Replacing much of the what the RPGA had established is a new group, The Pathfinder Society.   This group has created a large and robust Role playing world for gamers to thrive.  I'm glad that so many role player gamers that thrived in RPGA found a good home with this group, plus many of the other RPG games at the convention.

I've done enough writing about it.  I need to go...I wish to this convention, but maybe next year.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2 review




Wow!  Terrific movie. I won't give too many spoilers, but here goes.  The Guardians get hired to kill a powerful inter-dimensional creature and protect sacred batteries belonging to the Sovereign, a race of beings that have tremendous disdain for most other cultures.  They manage to do it in style, with Drax taking the credit, but before they leave, Rocket steals some of the batteries.

Needless to say, it puts the Sovereign's vengeful fleet on their tail.  In their quest to escape, a passing ship blasts the fleet to oblivion.  Enter Ego (Kurt Russel) and his associate Mantis, who find the team's crash landed ship on a nearby planet.  Ego, is a Celestial and as it turns out, Star Lord's father.

While Peter, Drax, and Gamora go to Ego's planet to learn more about Peter's legacy, Rocket, Baby Groot and a now captured Nebula are assaulted by Yandu's men, who were hired by the Sovereign.  After capturing the team on the planet, Yandu refuses to turn them over to the Sovereign, resulting in a mutiny.

Meanwhile, Peter learns more of who his father really is and his appointed legacy, but there is a dark secret (isn't there always).

Yandu, Rocket, and the rest of the captured group escape and head to Ego's planet to rescue their friends.

The end battle is spectacular.  Big battle, lots of drama and a great scene (already shown in trailers) with Rocket and Baby Groot as they discuss how to activate the ultimate bomb to save everyone, or kill them in the process.

There is so much to talk about in this movie that I didn't include.  I honestly think it was slightly better than the first one.  The only detraction was the music in the first movie was better.  I have to give it that.  Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot have some total laugh out loud scenes.  I loved this movie and I wonder what the next movie (they said they'll be back) will be focused on.  Perhaps they will be in the Infinity War movie or another stand alone.  Can't wait to find out.

Final Wonder Woman Movie trailer

The new Wonder Woman movie will arrive in early June, but the final trailer is upon us.  It looks terrific and points us at Steve Trevor's target; the woman supporting the German war effort with deadly poison gas.  The action scenes we have seen so far look fantastic and I hope the rest of the movie live up to the hype.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Defenders Trailer is here!

If you haven't watched any of the Marvel TV series on Netflix (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist), you need to go watch them now.  In August, the new cross over series, The Defenders, premieres.  Daredevil and the racy Jessica Jones were really good.  Luke Cage started a little slow, but got better.  Wasn't sure about Iron Fist.   The story had some plot holes, but it ultimately gives you a picture of who Danny Rand, the Iron Fist really is.

The Defenders brings all these characters together, including some of the supporting characters who have crossed into each of the TV series already.  I am really looking forward to this new series and how the who story fits together.  Including Scott Glenn and his return as Stick (Daredevil's mentor) and the return of Electra.

Here is a trailer...


Friday, April 14, 2017

Poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In addition to the first trailer, the new poster for revealed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  I like it!.


Transformers: The Last Knight trailer

I have been a fan of The Transformers since the very first cartoon was released.  I watched the ragtag group of Autobots survive on Earth eventually reclaim Cybertron from Megatron and the Decepticons.  There have been multiple reboots of the story.  I personally think Transformers Prime was one of the best.  As far as the recent Michael Bay movies, I liked the first one.  The next two were ok.  The fourth movie, Age of Extinction was bad, just bad.  Good special effects, but the plot was awful.  Now here is The Last Knight.  The trailer shows more great special effects, but what gives me hope is the addition of Sir Anthony Hopkins.  He doesn't sign on to bad script movies.

Anyway, the bad guy appears to be Unicron.  It would be the most next logical step, but when Prime mentions his creator, I often wonder about the Quintessons, the mysterious creators of the Tranformers in the original cartoon series.  It could be and it would be interesting if Lockdown has been working for them.

Anyway, here is the next great trailer.


The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer!

For many of us Star Wars fans, December cannot come fast enough.  The first full length trailer has hit the digital airwaves.  You get glimpses of both sides of the Force, Rey beginning her training as a Jedi and Kylo Ren looking forward to the demise of the Jedi.