Just got back from seeing Thor. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The mixture of science and “magic” was pleasing enough, and the rainbow bridge (all of Asgard, really) was stunningly beautiful. Plus, now we know a bit more about what the Avengers movie will focus on. No spoilers from me, though! Go see the movie and find out for yourself.

Gaming-wise, I’m entirely unsure of whether or not this “cured” my need to do a Thor/Dr. Strange-esque dimension-hopping game or whether it made my desire stronger. I’m in a strange place when it comes to gaming right now. Between the mental engagement (and exhaustion!) that has come along with the new job and a general geek malaise that was settling in just prior to returning to the working world, I’m a bit at sea. I want to want to focus my energies on geek stuff, but I don’t actually want to. Anybody else know where I’m coming from?

I think, perhaps more than anything, I’ve burned out on fantasy for the moment. Pure, unadulterated Sword & Sorcery and/or Tolkien-style D&D-style fantasy, at least. I might need to find some kind of hybrid thang to tickle my fancy for a bit. I was definitely heading in that direction to begin with (witness Tlactoztlan and Nogoloth). And, of course, things like November Company and my weird psychedelic science fiction itch (along with the aforementioned superhero musings) have been leading me away from the cornerstone of the hobby (and the old school blogging community ) as well. I’m just plain at a loss and I find it frustrating as all hell.

So once again, please forgive the sparseness of my posts, gentle readers. I’m sure I’ll shake the malaise eventually. Meanwhile, enjoy some truly classic God of Thunder action:

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0 thoughts on “Thor!

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Glad to share, amigo! “Economize” might be the polite term for it, though 🙂 Still, I can’t help but love that show (and its contemporaries).

  1. Ben Overmyer

    If you need to take a break from blogging and gaming, do so. We will still be here when you get back, whether that is weeks, months, or even years from now.

    My guess is that you just need to take a month or two off, and then the gaming spark will reignite.

    Do something completely different for awhile. Like, say, parkour.

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Thanks for the kind words and encouragement, Ben. I definitely need to stretch my legs a bit. But parkour is right out if you ever want me to come back. I’d have a hard time blogging with every single bone in my overweight and out-of-shape body broken by flinging myself about like that 🙂

      You did make me laugh, though!

  2. G-Man

    Here’s hoping your malaise ends soon, V.P. I don’t know what other talents you’ve got tucked away, but you’ve produced some truly brilliant stuff at Strange Stones.

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Aw, shucks, G-Man. You’re makin’ me blush 🙂 I’m just hacking away at WordPress and writing at the new gig, too. Unfortunately it’s not RPG goodness I get to work on. But all things considered I’m fortunate to get to be doing something I mostly enjoy. I’ll get my geek fire back in a bit, I’m sure. Big thanks to you for being such a tireless supporter of my meager efforts!

  3. Lawless

    Sad to hear that you feel burnt out. I have been following your stuff for a while now, as i’m really into BoL these days.
    Maybe this can rekindle the fire?

    I watch it once a day, while salivating in anticipation.


    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Thanks for the link, Lawless. That’s some funny right there. And thanks for reading Strange Stones, too! I’ll get my mojo back ‘ere long, I hope.