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30Mar/110

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition Commentary

The 2004 release of The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition on DVD.
We begin Season Three with the first of our two bookend issues this time around, with a major format change for the show.  In this issue, we talk a bit about what’s to come this season and Aaron and I sit down to record a commentary track to Aaron’s most favorite film of all time, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
We sat down with the 2004 DVD release of the Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back, and talk a bit about the movie, the myths behind the movie, and the myths that come from the movie.
About The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (also known as The Empire Strikes Back) is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay, based on a story by George Lucas, was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. Of the six main Star Wars films, it was the second to be released and the fifth in terms of internal chronology.
The film is set three years after Star Wars. The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader, is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of theRebel Alliance. While Vader chases a small band of Luke’s friends—Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and others—across the galaxy, Luke studies the Force underJedi Master Yoda. But when Vader captures Luke’s friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a full Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save his comrades.
Following a difficult production, The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980, and initially received mixed reviews from critics, although it has since grown in esteem, becoming one of the most popular chapters in the Star Wars saga and one of the most highly-rated films in history. It earned more than US$538 million worldwide over the original run and several re-releases, making it the highest grossing film of 1980. When adjusted for inflation, it is the 12th highest grossing film in history as of 2010
As part of Star Wars’ 20th anniversary celebration in 1997, The Empire Strikes Back was digitally remastered and re-released with A New Hope and Return of the Jedi under the campaign title The Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition. Lucas took this opportunity to make several minor changes to the film. These included explicitly showing the Wampa creature on Hoth in full form, creating a more complex flight path for theFalcon as it approaches Cloud City, digitally replacing some of the interior walls of Cloud City with vistas of Bespin, and replacing certain lines of dialogue. A short sequence was also added depicting Vader’s return to his Super Star Destroyer after dueling with Luke, created from alternate angles of a scene from Return of the Jedi. Most of the changes were small and aesthetic; however, some fans believe that they detract from the film. The film was also resubmitted to the MPAA for rating; it was again rated PG, but under the Association’s new description nomenclature, the reason given was for “sci-fi/action violence.”
The Empire Strikes Back was released on DVD in September 2004, bundled in a box set with A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, and a bonus disc of extra features. The films were digitally restored and remastered, with additional changes made by George Lucas. The bonus features include a commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher, as well as an extensive documentary called Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Also included are featurettes, teasers, trailers, TV spots, still galleries, video game demos, and a preview of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
For the DVD release, Lucas and his team made changes that were mostly implemented to ensure continuity between The Empire Strikes Back and the recently released prequel trilogy films. The most noticeable of these changes was replacing the stand-in used in the hol[...]

30Mar/110

Gamer’s Haven Episode 80 – Conflicts

In this episode, we take on the topic of conflicts in your group, both in game and out of game, and how to handle them ... well, mostly we just talk about our conflicts ... and go on a few tangents along the way.  In the Three Parter, Jeremy reviews Trial of the Underkeep and the The Devious Book of Fumbles and Crits, Nathan reviews Dragon Age 2 for the PC, and Ethan has a Shameless Plug.

Running time on this episode is 95 minutes.

About Trial of the Underkeep

Trial of the Underkeep is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure optimized for 4th edition. Some things are better left buried and entombed, like an entire castle that slid into the earth 1000 years ago, hiding its shameful secrets. It was only a matter of time until it its doors were blundered upon and unsealed, unleashing unimaginable horrors upon a small town. What unknown abominations stir in the slimy subterranean castle? Something has punctured through from another plane of existence. It has tasted your world and found it easy to digest. Worst of all now you have been afflicted by its presence and you must save yourself as well. Can anyone survive the Trial of the Underkeep? 19 New Creatures 26 New, unique Artifacts and Treasures, some that are as dangerous as the Monsters!

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About The Devious Book of Fumbles and Crits

Lady Luck...she is a fickle mistress. Why not take her out and get her something nice?

Actually, she better be in a hot bath with a glass of wine while you are rubbing her feet, because with "The Devious Book of Fumbles & Crits," if you roll a "1" she can make your life a living hell...literally.

A 4E D&D Supplement for all levels. 20 Fumbles & 20 Criticals For Magic-Using Players. 20 Fumbles & 20 Criticals For Melee Or Ranged Players. 20 Fumbles & 20 Criticals For The Monsters Too! Turnabout Is Fair Play. Optional Quick Balancing Tools & 40 "Quick Fumbles" for a total of 120 Fumbles/Crits.

  • Rich & Detailed Encounter Add-Ins: 22 New Creatures (unique minions)
  • 63 New, Unique Treasures, Including 6 Item Sets
  • 28 New Hazards & Terrain Powers
  • New Diseases, Crazy Potions & Poisons

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About Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age II is a role-playing video game developed by Bioware's Edmonton studios, and published by Electronic Arts. It is the second major game in BioWare'sDragon Age franchise. The game was released for Microsoft WindowsPlayStation 3Xbox 360, and Mac OS X on March 8, 2011 in North America, and March 11, 2011 in Europe.

Set in the same mythical world introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, the player assumes the role of Hawke, a human mage, warrior, or rogue who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee but becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict.

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24Mar/110

Rippers Merry Olde London Episode 10 – A New Lodge

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Rippers Merry Olde London Episode 9 – Tournaments and Social Justice

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Pathfinder Winds of Change Episode 7 – Scratching That Itch

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Pathfinder Brothers Episode 8 – Spy Hunt

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Pathdfinder Brothers Episode 7 – Dead Bandits and Heretics (Bandit King Part 2)

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Pathfinder A New Hope Episode 43 – A Devil’s Contract

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Pathfinder A New Hope Episode 42 – Cold Reception

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Pathfinder A New Hope Episode 41 A Ton of Mithril

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