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General Discussion / Nixon
« on: May 24, 2014, 06:10:01 AM »
Watched the film "Nixon" by Oliver Stone today.

First, as y'all might suspect, I'm no fan of Nixon. I read Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" detailing the '72 US presidential election every four years for a good dose of perspective on the corruption inherent in US politics and hold the opinion of Nixon that is the typical opinion of most: he was a cynical, manipulative politician that rode the worst emotions of the US general public (fear, jingoism, vindictiveness) to the nation's highest office.

And, for what it is worth, I've never been much of a fan of Oliver Stone's work as a director. Sensationalistic, conspiracy-ridden nonsense in the handful of films of his I have seen.

Now, those points entered, let me say this....

This was an absolutely amazing film. Checking in at 'round about three hours, the first hour or so took its time pulling me in. And there was some BS JFK/Cuba conspiracy tangents in the first hour that had me just about ready to shut the damn thing down and move on to Batman or some crap...

But, I'm glad I persisted. Stone told this story as a great Greek tragedy. You all know the downfall at the end, but the first two-plus hours of the film are spent - for the most part - building up Nixon. He tells you all the reasons why Nixon was on the right side of history. He pulls you, ever reluctantly, over to Nixon's side. Makes the historical monster relatable. There's a great scene - purely fictional of course - where Nixon (played absolutely superbly by Anthony Hopkins - and now's a good time to call out the rest of the cast: Joan Allen as Pat Nixon, Paul Sorvino as Henry Kissinger, Powers Boothe as Alexander Haig, J.T. Walsh as Ehrlichman, James Woods as Halderman, but the whole friggin' cast is phenomenal) goes to the Lincoln Memorial late at night and there are a bunch of Vietnam War protestors there, and he actually comes across as human and engages in dialogue with them. And you're rooting for Nixon. You see his point. You want him to connect with the kids and make them at least temporarily understand his point of view.

And then, in the last hour of the movie, as Watergate unfolds, as he finally resigns... Just amazing. You're in his shoes. You're there with Kissinger in Nixon's final hours. You understand the magnitude of the President of the GD United States of America resigning rather than letting his "private" tapes be subpoenaed..

I don't watch a ton of movies, but the movies I watch tend to be "serious" movies. Classics.

"Nixon"? Yup. Right up there with the best movies I've ever watched. And I'm enormously surprised that I just wrote that sentence.

BUGS and HELP (Hex brand only) / Sun Map - regions
« on: September 07, 2013, 09:27:58 PM »

I know I remember using regions in the Sun map before, but tried to create a new game and regions defaulted to 0 and there was no way to change it...

Development and Other Games / Snowflake Map
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:30:54 PM »
Peacemaker posted the following just before I finished turning the snowflake all green:

What do think SOoT, should I make a smaller version of this and/or lower the region values. I left them higher to expedite the game but this was an outright avalanche.

I like the map and think with the current region values, the game isn't ever going to go too long, but maybe you could dial back those region values just a tiny bit.

But yeah, since every snowflake is different, maybe you could make a smaller one with lower region values. In the current setup, it seems like once someone grabs an advantage, they can walk to victory unless all the remaining players recognize and respond to the threat pretty quick...

Development and Other Games / End of Summer Membership Drive
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:33:19 AM »
Howdy everyone... I don't know about y'all, but I think Daniel has done built a pretty damn good game site here for us all to play in, and with more improvements and games in the future, I think about the only things we're missing is (1) more time with which to play these games and (2) more people with whom to play these games...

In that vein, I would like to sponsor a bit of a membership drive. If those of us here can recruit just one other person to swing by here and spend a handful of minutes playing here, we'll double the number of people here and make the site more enjoyable. And, maybe along the way, we'll get some sourpusses like Cugel to join us over here...

If we can get at least five new people here by the end of August, people who like the games and want to stick around for awhile, I'll pay for a yearlong premium subscription for each of them (um, offer only valid for the first five players new to sgamers, offer not valid on Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).

Anybody up for it?

Along the way, we may have to do some handholding to help whatever new players we do get here understand the mechanics and gameplay, and it would probably be useful to have at least one open game at all times for people to join, but I think for the people interested in this type of game, once we get 'em here, they'll probably stick around.

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