Hump Day Otaku News Report 10.29.03

Welcome to the first ever Halloween Edition of the Hump Day Otaku! What’s so special about this week’s report? Abso-f*ckin-lutely nothing. Except it’s me, and I’m special enough as it is. No, not in that way. Jackass.

Anyway, it’s been an interesting week thus far. I rented and reviewed Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (which should be posted within a few days). I rented Viewtiful Joe and played it for a while, and I’ll probably rent TMNT soon as well. Thank God for the Blockbuster pass, because I’ll be getting my money’s worth in less than a week.

I also have decided to quit my job. This may be a bad decision, but I feel much better now, mentally, and it truly motivates me to find something else. I have several options open to me now, and I’ve already done a lot of applying, so hopefully I can find something decent by the time you read this.

So now that that’s out of the way, let’s see what gaming news I can dig up.


Gaming News

Rhapsody of Zephyr PS2 Bound
Most people don’t know it, but other countries than the US and Japan make games. Another country is starting to become an easy third place (or fourth, if you count Britain, but isn’t that where Eidos is from or something?), and that is Korea. Not only do they have some popular online titles like Ragnarok Online and Lineage (I want another good Ultima, Garriott!), but they’ve also created a little gem called Rhapsody of Zephyr. It was originally available for the PC in Korea, but it was quickly localized in Japan for the PC and Dreamcast, and now it will be available for the PS2 there. The game looks incredible, and features what appears to be a 16-bit style, yet has wonderful graphics. This is one title I’d love to see localized to the states, but who has the gonads to do such a thing? Working Designs? Atlus? I’m looking at you guys.
Credit: RPGfan.com

Square Enix Tidbits
The makers of Front Mission Online and Kingdom Hearts 2 talked a little about the games they are working on. Toshirou Tsuchida, who is running the Front Mission show, has said that things are progressing nicely on the online title, and it was currently playable across a lan. Tetsuya Nomura, who is working on KH2, KH: Chain of Memories, and FFVII: Advent Children, said that he has one more ace up his sleeve. I’m going to make one of my famous predictions here. The new title will be Kingdom Hearts: Sora’s Big Fucking Shoes! The shoes get pissed because they’re bigger than the main character, yet they get no dialogue or anything, so they break out on their own and try to take over the world. Or something like that.
Credit: RPGfan.com

True Live Fantasy Online Beta
The guys behind Dark Cloud and Dark Cloud 2 are working on a little MMORPG for Microsoft, and pretty soon, the beta test will begin. The Japanese are so lucky, you know? The makers of the game, Level 5, have quickly become a cel-shading powerhouse, and if they didn’t do such a damn good job at it, I’d be tempted to bitch them out. They’re doing Dragon Quest VIII, as well. And probably a new Dark Cloud title to boot. Those are some busy folks. WHAT? I’m trying my best here?! There isn’t any good news out lately that hasn’t been covered already!
Credit: RPGfan.com, again


Interlude
(As Lee is busy writing his report in the 411Games offices, Chris Pankonin walks in with a frightened look on his face.)

Chris: Lee, you gotta come now. The big man says he wants to see you immediately.
Lee: What’s he gonna do? Fire me?
Chris: WORSE. You saw what happened to that one guy. And he got EATEN afterwards!
Lee: Ok, ok, fine. I’ll go see what he wants.

(So Lee gets up, and walks to the office of the Eggplant Wizard, great ruler over all that is dark and evil.)

Lee: You wanted to see me, Eggy?
EW: Mr. Baxley. Why must you try my patience so?
Lee: Sorry, been a bit cocky after quitting my job. What did you want?
EW: Several things. First off, your lack of gaming news of late is rather…troubling.
Lee: Yea, I know. I’ve been trying so hard to find good news, but also news that is about my forte, which is RPGs. The other guys cover everything else, and I can only insult the N-Gage so much, you know?
EW: Speaking of which, why are you perpetuating the coverage of the N-Gage?
Lee: Isn’t it obvious? It’s just so I can take pot shots at the little piece of shit. I think I’m done now, especially with the advent of Sidetalking.com. I could NEVER beat that!
EW: Ok, if so, then you’re forgiven. Just try to do better with the news from now on, as well.

EW: The other matter to attend to involves the Halloween Party. You realize that Arucard was not in a game.
Lee: Yes, I know that, which is why that’s not what I’ll be dressed as. But I did want to carry around those long ass guns.
EW: Overcompensation, perhaps?
Lee: Don’t go there, man.
EW: What about the joke you had already written about ME?
Lee: Keep it up, and it’ll get posted.
EW: Fine, then what ARE you going to be dressed as?
Lee: I was thinking about Kid Icarus.

(The Eggplant Wizard trembles with anger and draws his mighty wand.)

Lee: Hey, hey, I was only kidding. Chill out! I was going to go as that one spikey haired guy with the big sword.
EW: So, you really do have some sort of inferiority complex.
Lee: You went there, dood.

(Lee stands in his chair, and as loud as he can, sings)
THE EGGPLANT WIZARD HAS SUCH A SUP-PLE WRIIIIST!
EW: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

(EW is now sobbing profusely.)

EW: You realize I can’t use my wrist for that anymore. I tried, believe me I tried, and now my little eggplant REALLY IS a little eggplant!
Lee: Sucks to be you!

(EW uncovers his face and instead of saddness there is now anger. His eye is bright red with evil intentions. So Lee proceeds to get up from the chair and bolts from the room like a bat out of hell.)
Lee: Seeya!

Ok, so yea, that was lame, but fun. And that’s what counts.


Christian’s Crazy Game Releases
Keep in mind, these are ship dates and are not set in stone. Game companies LOVE to push stuff back at the last minute, so don’t blame us if it’s not right. Also, since it is a ship date, it may take several days to arrive at your favorite store, depending on what it is, so please call before rushing over to pick up a game that may or may not have arrived.

Oct 24
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (GBA)

Oct 28
Frogger’s Adventure: The Rescue (GC, P2)
NFL Blitz Pro (P2)
Roadkill (GC)
Top Gear Rally (GBA)
WWE Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain (P2)

Oct 29
Amped 2 (XB)
Blowout (P2, XB)
Cartoon Network Speedway (GBA)
Dragonball Z: Budokai (GC)
Frogger’s Journey: Forgotten Relic (GBA)
Gladiator: Sword of Vengence (P2, XB)
Gladius (P2, XB)
Harry Potter: Quidditch (GBA, GC, P2, XB)
Hot Wheels World Race (P2)
kill.switch (P2, XB)
NBA Shootout 2004 (P2)
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (GBA)
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (GC)
Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown (XB)
Rogue Ops (GC, XB)
SWAT Global Strike Team (P2, XB)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 (XB)
Tony Hawk’s Underground (GBA, GC, P2, XB)
Top Spin (XB)

Oct 30
Bionicle: the Game (GC, P2, XB)
Shrek: Reekin’ Havoc (GBA)
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (GBA, GC, P2, XB)

Oct 31
Backyard Basketball (P2)

Nov 1
Armada 2: Star Command (P2, XB)
Maximum Chase (XB)
Spirits & Spells (GBA)
Ultimate Beach Soccer (GBA)

Release dates courtesy of Christian at Game Crazy. Find a Game Crazy near you by using their store locator at their website.

Christian’s Comments: Wow, lots of new releases this week. There’s also a little something for everyone. Sports people have Amped 2, Top Spin, and NFL Blitz Pro; RPG people have Gladius and Morrowind; Platformers have Prince of Persia; and stealth action junkie’s have Rainbow Six 3. Heck, even the kiddies have got Hot Wheels World Racing and Frogger! Not to mention the new Smackdown game. Here’s hoping it’s better than Raw 2…

Lee’s Comments: You’d think that with so many games coming out, I could find ONE to be excited about. But alas, none of them really pique my interest. I’ll be getting Tony Hawk for review purposes, but even that I’m not that excited about. But like he said, there’s a little something for everyone, even you DBZ lovers out there.


Survey Time
Last week’s survey was about which anime you’d like to see made into a video game, and vice versa. The first response came from longtime reader, Matt Weinburg:

It’s kind of hard to think of an anime series to be made into a video game, as many are made into game but never make it to the US. My friends and I actually have several import anime games. Rurouni Kenshin for the PS1, Naruto for the GBA, and One Piece Treasure Battle for the Gamecube. Another issue is that the best companies never end up making the incredible RPGs that could be made… I mean, wouldn’t an X-Men RPG done like a Final Fantasy game be kind of cool? Well, back to the point.. X would make a fine title to be made into an RPG, as you’ve got 7 heros, and at least 7 bosses. Combat would have physical weapons and mental powers. Could be cool… actually, it would be very much like Persona. =)

Even though Matt is a great guy, and I love getting letters from him, I hate him. He can read Japanese and gets to be able to understand these great import titles! Anyway, I think an FF-style X-Men title would be great! I think Activision is working on an RPG for the X-Men, but I don’t know if it’ll be any good. And good call on X. I haven’t seen the whole series yet, but what I have seen looks great, and I think it’d make a great game. Oh, and I hope your mouth gets to feeling better. I feel your tooth pain.

Next up, we have Paul Hansen, who wrote me for the first time, and he makes a very good point:

While it wasn’t a cartoon, during the late nineties Marvel comics outsourced some of its less popular characters to Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada under the label Marvel Knights. These franchises included Daredevil, Black Panther, Inhumans, and the Punisher. Marvel Knights was a huge success, using big name artists and writers like Jimmy and Joey themselves and big hollywood hot shot Kevin Smith.

Anyway, I always thought that Capcom could make a good Street Fighter type game from the Marvel Knights franchises. Instead of a big sci-fi setting like Marvel Super Heroes, or a world-devastating threat like X-men, it would be more of a street crime thing, taking place in various seedy parts of New York. Playable characters would be Daredevil, Elektra, Black Widow, Punisher, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Cloak and Dagger. And the final bosses would be Typhoid Mary, Bullseye, and finally the Kingpin. They could even put Spider-Man and/or Wolverine in as secret characters.

Though it was outside the realm of the survey, he makes an excellent point here. I loved the Marvel Knights line, and collected each and every one during my last comic faze. In addition, Cloak and Dagger are characters that I have loved for a long time, and are in my group of underappreciated favorite characters like Moon Knight and Union Jack. Now if only Capcom read this column and made a game like this.

The survey for this week is going to be simple and stolen from Williams (hahaha!). If YOU could dress up as a character from a video game, who would you dress as and why?


Anime News
Sorry, nothing really noteworthy happened this week, so check back next week! Sorry!


AODs Weekly Anime Release List
October 28
City Hunter TV Season 2 Collection 1 (ADV)
Final Fantasy Unlimited Vol. #1 w/ artbox (ADV)
Gun Frontier Vol. #4 (Media Blasters)
Hibane Renmei Vol. #2 (Geneon)
Inu Yasha Vol. #11 (Viz)
Jungle Emperor Leo (Media Blasters)
KO Beast Vol. #3 (The Right Stuf)
Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful Vol. #2 (Geneon)
Mao-Chan Vol. #1 (Geneon)
Mazinkaiser Vol. #2 (ADV)
Millennium Actress (Dreamworks)
Mirage of Blaze Vol. #3 (Media Blasters)
Noir Vol. #7 (ADV)
Nuku Nuku Dash Vol. #1 (ADV)
Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. #3 (Media Blasters)
Space Pirate Mito: First Season Collection (Media Blasters)
Super Gals Vol. #2 (ADV)
Vanilla Series: Holy Virgins (The Right Stuf)

Thanks to Anime on DVD who posts these release dates and I rip off on a daily basis. This site is one of the best places for anime news and reviews, as well as having the best anime forum on the web.

Release of the Week: Millennium Actress
This was another big week, and another tough decision, but one release jumped out at me. I could have picked the last disc of Noir or the first of Final Fantasy Unlimited, but the name Dreamworks means something. Typically, when a large American studio of this sort licenses an anime, it means that the anime is good. Just look at Spirited Away. I haven’t seen Millennium Actress, but I am very interested in seeing it now. For better information on the series, check out the review on Anime on DVD.
Purchase at The Right Stuf.


Anime Bargains
Here are this week’s bargains over at TSRI. Get ’em while they’re hot! Remember, you only have today, because tomorrow, they’re going to be changed.

To go with their special last week, they’ve got Battle Athletes Victory on sale for $64. This is a silly sounding series, and you can’t beat 8 discs for that price. I’d buy it if I had the money, that’s for sure.

For the Robotech fans out there, you’ve got a great opportunity to pick up not only the Robotech Macross Saga, which is 6 discs, for $35, but you can also get both boxes of the Robotech Masters Saga, which is 750 minutes of action (didn’t say how many actual discs), for $20. It’s worth noting though that these are both dub only.

If that wasn’t enough, they’re also having an ADV/Softcel sale. If you use the coupon code treats, you can get 40% off ADV DVDs and 33% off manga, t-shirts and soundtracks. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Man, they should give me freebies. I’m a good shill when I want to be. If only I could do it at work.


Mini Anime Reviews
I’m still working on the shows I got for my birthday. I’ve got a full series here, as well as the first disc in another series. After this week, there will probably be an absence of reviews, until the last disc of Please Teacher comes out, or if I can buy Those Who Hunt Elves 2.

Ai Yori Aoshi
This is one of those shows that not everybody will like, but many will. Geneon (formerly Pioneer) released it, so it can’t be all bad.
Story: Aoi is a member of the Sakuraba family, which is very wealthy and powerful. For her entire life, she was raised to be the perfect wife, and one day would marry Kaoru Hanabishi. That is, until Kaoru left the Hanabishi family. Unconcerned by this, Aoi still loved him, even though it had been many years since they had last seen one another. One day, stole away from her relatives and made her way to Tokyo in hopes of finding him. Lost and confused, a young man helped her find what she was looking for. It was not until they arrived at her destination that she realized that the young man helping her WAS Kaoru. So she confesses her undying love and wishes to be by his side for the rest of her life. But her family has something else to say about that.
Animation: Being a very recent series, the animation is very crisp and clean. The character designs are excellent, and the use of color is EXTREMELY important. After all, Aoi means blue, and that’s what her hair color is, and the color of her favorite kimono. Subtle symbolism like that is prevalent, especially considering that there is a lot of cherry blossoms featured in the show, and Aoi’s last name is Sakuraba, which is derived from the word cherry blossom.
Voices: The great folks at Bang Zoom did the voice acting for this series, and deliver as always. Relative unknown Dave Lelyveld, who played somewhat minor roles in such series as Mahoromatic and X, plays Kaoru perfectly and I honestly don’t know if anyone could have done better. Aoi is played by Michelle Ruff, who has also played Chii in Chobits and Saga in Sugar, and she did a good job as well. The performance is a little stiff, but the character is extremely formal, so it’s understandable. The most surprising role is that of Miyabi, who is basically Aoi’s tutor. That role went to Lia Sargent, who typically plays very quiet, feminine roles, but Miyabi is a very strong willed woman. The biggest disappointment, though, comes from Wendee Lee, who plays the mammary-obsessed Tina. Though she’s playing an American, she makes Tina sound like a redneck, which doesn’t really suit the character, in my opinion. But all the rest of the cast did a great job here.
Packaging/Extras: There are 5 discs in the series, and each disc comes in a clear plastic keepcase with a reversable cover. You could also get the first disc and artbox, which also came with a birthday card. Each disc also had limited version that includes a postcard. The extras on the discs themselves were pretty standard things, such as art galleries and textless openings/closings.
The Verdict:: A-
While the show does end up seeming like a harem show, it does feel like there is more to it than that. You can really feel for the characters and want them to be able to be together, even when they are socially obligated to be apart. Most of the characters are very fun and lovable, and it even gets a little kawaii when they introduce a pet into the mix. The ending was good as well, though it didn’t really resolve anything, and left things open perfectly for the second season, which should be released in the US sometime next year.

Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) Vol. 1
This is a shoujo series that my wife is fond of (well, the manga version anyway) so we picked it up to see how we’d like it.
Story: Tsukushi is your average high school student, but she’s in an above average school. In fact, she’s in a famous private school that is mostly populated by rich kids, which causes her discomfort at times because her family is very middle class and she has to actually work at the school to be able to attend. Dashing her hopes of having an uneventful few years before graduating, she catches the ire of the F4, a group of four of the richest and most powerful kids in the school. She sticks up for a kid that is getting bullied by the F4, and ends up getting a red card in her locker, which means they’ve declared war on her. But she does what no one else has done before, and declares war back.
Animation: Even though the show is only from 1996, the show looks to be much older than that. That aside, the show looks like standard shoujo fare: the girls are pretty and the boys are prettier. The character designs are very adequate and realistic, meaning no off the wall colors or anything like that. So all in all, it’s really pretty plain.
Voices: The voice acting is done by one of my least favorite dub studios: the Ocean Group. Pretty much the only dub I’ve really liked from them is Ranma. Despite that, they did a pretty good job here. It may have something to do with the fact that Kelly Sheridan (Ukyo from Ranma) plays Tsukushi. She plays the role very well, but she’s used to playing fighting women. Relative newcomer Michael Adamthwaite plays her nemesis, Tsukasa, who is the leader of the F4. He also does a great job, and his voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Ted Cole, who plays Tatewaki Kuno from Ranma. The rest of the cast is filled out nicely, and I really can’t complain about any of the voices.
Packaging/Extras: Since it came from Viz, I wasn’t really expecting much here, and I got exactly what I was expecting. The disc comes in a standard black keepcase, and the cover has a close up of Tsukushi’s face on the front, and screenshots on the back. It comes with an insert that has Tsukushi on one side and the chapter stops on the other. The disc itself comes with very few extras. Just storyboards and an art gallery is what we have here.
The Verdict:: C
I tried really hard to like this show, but I just couldn’t get in to it. The story was good enough, but I just didn’t like how it was told. It IS a shoujo, so it’s primarily aimed at women viewers, so maybe I just missed that vibe somewhere. I also wasn’t fond of the animation style. I suppose it deserves some credit because it looks like it was ripped directly from the pages of the manga. I just didn’t really enjoy it that much though.


The Anime Primer
If you read that last review, you probably saw the word shoujo a lot, and some of you are probably wondering what the f*ck shoujo means. I’ll give you a run down here, and a little more detail.

Most anime and manga are broken into one of two categories, shoujo or shounen, depending what the intended audience is. Shoujo is primarily meant for females, and shounen is primarily meant for males. Shoujo titles typically features more realistic stories that involve a lot of romance, which shounen typically are action based, and can also include plenty of fan service. And here’s where things get a little more interesting.

Other terms you may encounter are bishoujo and bishounen. These are completely different than the previous uses. The prefix bi- means something along the lines of pretty, so a bishoujo is a pretty girl show, which is typically a magical girl type show like Sailor Moon (the actual title is Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon) and Pretty Sammy. And likewise, bishounen, or bishy as many people call it, is all about pretty boys. The funny thing is that a lot of times, shoujo titles could also be considered bishounen. And things get even more bizarre.

Many times, a shoujo title will also be considered to be a shounen-ai title. Ai means love, and shounen means boy, so you’ve probably guessed by now that it’s boy love, though not necessarily sexual in nature. If it were, it would more than likely be called yaoi, which actually is a homosexual relationship involving men. On the other side of the coin, there are titles involving shoujo-ai (Utena could easily be considered one) and yuri, or lesbian, relationships, but it appears that these are much less prevalent.

Keep in mind that the Japanese are much more open in this aspect, and what could be considered “odd” relationships of this sort are becoming much more commonplace. Many even have incest overtones. Maybe that is what is so appealing to me about anime and manga. It just seems that they have so few boundaries when it comes to things like this.

Oh, and keep in mind that I am a gaijin, and I am going off memory here, so details may be off somewhat, but to the best of my knowledge, this information is correct.


Links to the Past

We Want Our Tea Back! – Misha
The first column to link this week is none other than the newest member to the 411Games family, Misha! Though he’s a Brit, he makes some very good points in this article and proves why being a geek isn’t a bad thing anymore.

RetrogradingThe VC Vol. 3, Issue 1
Wow. Seriously, wow. I mean, I’ve always known that Lucard was a great writer, but I didn’t think he was this great. Here we have an example of some of what he did before coming to 411Games, and I for one hope that he will do more of this stuff in the future. Maybe when it’s night out?

Thank God It’s Thursday News Report – Bryan Berg
Bryan has tons of news this week, but as I’ve said in the past, it’s his commentary that always kicks the mucho ass. This week, he discusses the ever-popular (or not popular, really) N-Gage. And he asks the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: what the f*ck where they thinking? Well, no, he didn’t really say that. I just wanted to throw f*ck in here.

The Angry Gamer – Liquidcross
Liquidcross likes monkeys. And really, what self-respecting game out there DOESN’T have monkeys? Ok, most of them, but still, monkeys rule. ESPECIALLY when they throw feces.

Encore Extra Stage News Report – Alex Williams
What’s this? A news report on Friday? With the eggplant officially eaten, Alex Williams has decided to fill in on Fridays for the time being. And this week is AWESOME, because he debuts the newest craze to come to gaming: the Eggplant Wizard! Sure, it’s not NEW, but in all of the sequels Nintendo has made, we have yet to see a Kid Icarus 2! I want the Eggplant Wizard in full 3D, baby! Oh, and you can’t beat the news in haiku form.

Gamer’s Hangover News Report – Cory Laflin
Wow, the Chiefs are 8-0. Though I’m not really a fan, they are the closest sports team other than the Cowboys, so I can’t help but hope they do well. Cory also continues the Eggplant Mania and throws in an obscure Star Trek TNG reference. Oh, and he has news too.

The Gamer’s Conscience – Frederick Badlissi
Fred asks the question of whether or not he’s actually a gamer. And I think the answer is obviously yes, because he clearly has a love for it, and even if he can only spend a few hours a week, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t give it his all.

411MAX: News News Revolution – Alex Williams
Alex is a busy fellow, especially with considering Halloween parties and such, and starting the craze that’s sweeping the nation. You gotta give him a lot of credit for doing school and pulling two columns a week, on top of his reviews.

A Thumb to the Eye – Chuck Platt
Chuck, Chuck, Chuck. You think only you and Lucard would know of Joyce? Sure, I’ve only read one of his titles (Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man), but I do know of his works and how unique they are. I’ve always wanted to read one of his more difficult works like Ulysses or Finnegans Wake, but I’ve been playing too many games as of late. Perhaps once I finish Lolita (I’ve restarted it like 3 times, and always hit a roadblock about halfway in), then I’ll check out the others, but until then, I guess I still am ignorant.

This is our biggest review week here, so I hope you enjoy them all!

Review: Backyard Wrestling (PS2) – Cory Laflin
Cory didn’t like the game. And though I like ICP and all, I never thought they should have gotten into the wrestling biz. And I think this game proves that.

Review: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (GC) – Bebito Jackson
Bebito graces us (well, actually, YOU..I get to talk to him all the time) with his presence with his first review for the site! He gave the game a good score, but he’s a Sonic Team whore. It’d be like if I reviewed something by Atlus, jacked up the score simply because it was them. For the record, I have much more integrity than that and wouldn’t stoop to such practices.

Review: Demikids: Light (GBA) – Lee Baxley
Case in point. I gave Demikids a VERY good score, because I liked it that much. Honestly.

Review: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children (aka Demikids): Darkness of Day (GBA) – Alex Lucard
Alex has a different opinion of it, because he’s played the actual SMT games, whereas this is some of the best that I can manage because I can’t read Japanese. Which reminds me, I still need to get Persona 2.

Review: Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (GBA) – Alex Williams
Alex reviews this classic title and gives it a good score, but not a great one. Considering all the advancements of the past years, this is understandable, and also considering that many of us look back on the title with fond memories doesn’t mean it’s the best title out there today.

Review: Viewtiful Joe (GC) – Chuck Platt
Chuck reviewed this excellent game and scored it accordingly. It was our number one reason to get a Gamecube, right? And it deserves it, because this game is awesome. Though not the best game out there, it is definitely one of the most original ever.

Also check out the brand new Features section, that has a ton of great stuff in it!

Oh, and thanks to Eric S. for the pimp last week. It makes me feel all warm inside when non-games people mention me. Well, only HE has, but that’s beside the point.


Wow, it’s been a big week here at the site. Everyone is putting a lot of hard work in to it, and I think it shows. We really appreciate you guys who read us every week, so thank you for coming back. And the future looks even brighter (or maybe darker?).

Lee Baxley is THE Bad Guy. When not downing a bottle of some alcoholic beverage, he can be found taunting people by either throwing his toothpick in their face or feigning fright, or sometimes even both. Despite these pastimes, he still enjoys playing RPGs and watching anime. You can read about his further exploits on his blog.