Oh, Ensign Franklin, truly you were the best of us. I will always remember your generic face and one-dimensional character. A hundred years from now, people will repeat that thing you said that one time or something, and tell each other how you were not obviously the redshirt whose only purpose was to immediately die and show everyone how serious the situation is. Rest in peace, good buddy. *Sniff*
The wind whistles through the hills. A lone cricket chirps. A tumbleweed rolls past.
That is the scene that my mind conjured when I looked at my site after neglecting to post anything for several weeks.
“But why is that,” you ask. “Have you no ideas?” “Do you no longer wish to post things to amuse us?”
Well…not exactly. I have a few ideas, and full intentions to post a great many amusing things. I just haven’t done it yet. You see…
In an ironic twist, this might get posted before the one where I explain why it’s taking so long to post anything. Go figure.
Now, to the rants…
When we last saw our heroes, they had traveled the Old Forest Road and spent several weeks enjoying the sights of Lake-Town (Esgaroth). Upon one fine mid-summer morning they were in the markets, buying traveling gear of fine make. As they were leaving, they chanced to hear a conversation between a dwarf and one of the passers-by. It seems the dwarf, Nár, had traveled to Erabor (the Lonely Mountain) with a great many other dwarves of the Iron Hills after the defeat of Smaug. He left a brother, Svior, in one of the dwarven-towns there and greatly desires to hear news of his people. His job in the mountain smithing-halls prevents him from making the trip himself, but he has prepared a small bundle of gifts for his brother. Caranthir and Halmir (our heroes!) can see that the bundle contains an ordinary-looking axe of dwarf-make and a variety or trinkets and childrens’ toys.
I’ve been spending the last few months trying to clear out my game backlog. A few days ago, I finished Company of Heroes, which I had picked up in a Steam sale for some obscenely low price. Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy game set in the hotly-contested regions of France following the Normandy Invasion in World War II.
My viewer has spoken! We tell Telsia it isn’t working out. Don’t worry, though. I’m sure someone else will come along.
This episode presents a lot of things to talk about. I’ll start with the voice acting. A lot of the voice acting in this game is really really bad. One needs only to look at Telsia’s flat delivery in the first part of this episode, or Korban’s over-exaggerated annunciation that sounds like someone kept telling the voice actor, “No no no, more Klingon!” (I do still get a chuckle out of how…enthusiastic he is when describing the new weapon.)