#ESPNIsOverParty: More Convergence At Disney Subsidiaries

I won’t lie, I stopped watching ESPN more than a decade ago. This train wreck was coming for a long time, but I didn’t think the nail in the coffin would be due to virtue signalling politics overriding its core mission as a company. The reason I stopped is because of the extreme east coast bias and the complete disregard for baseball and hockey. Since my two favorite sports took a back seat to sports that ESPN had more broadcast rights for, I never found it that compelling to watch. Compound that with the fact that they would talk about NY and Boston teams on a 5:1 ratio or more of anyone else… it was worthless. I didn’t need yet another commentator to tell me how Eli Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time, because he’s not.

But over the last year we saw something more insidious develop with ESPN. They followed the same path as their sister Mega-Corporate Disney-owned Marvel Comics, in that they hired a bunch of social justice warriors, and started rambling about politics. This of course coincided with Colin Kaepernick’s anti-American sit-in of national anthem at game, of which ESPN was all too gleeful about. Fans, being normal Americans, found it insulting and hated it. Like the readers of Marvel Comics who didn’t want to read “Occupy Avengers”, ESPN viewers tuned out.

But ESPN didn’t just stop there, because as we know, social justice warriors always double down in these situations. Their First Take became a political rant fest. They gave awards to Bruce Jenner for his “bravery”. All sorts of non-sports related nonsense that made their viewership drop even more. They covered the anti-Trump marches and praised them on twitter… I mean, seriously? What happened to sports?

That’s what happens when an organization converges. It only takes a couple of social justice warriors in different positions to shake things up, and completely ignore the real focus of the organization, which quickly transforms it into something that no one can even recognize. The end result is always the same, especially in entertainment media: the customers and viewers disappear.

We’ve see it in science fiction publishing, in Marvel Comics, in the NFL’s lack of viewership early last year, and now ESPN. We want entertainment to be fun. We want sports to be intense competitions between elite athletes. We don’t want a finger-wagging political messages. We get enough of that from idiots reposting clickbait on our facebook feeds.

And yesterday, the result of that hit ESPN as they laid off more than 100 of their journalists. They took the wrong message for what’s wrong with their network and made cuts primarily to baseball and hockey reporters. I wish I could say I’m surprised. I have yet to see a statement from ESPN or Disney about how they realize they erred in focusing on politics, so I expect the situation will get worse. We see that Marvel had taken the wrong lesson as well, thinking a “reboot” of characters to “iconic forms”will help them, ignoring their blackballing practices and the fact that their writing staff hates half of America. These half-measures do little good to rescue an organization from the pits they’ve become. I saw a post on twitter yesterday stating that ESPN is going to become to sports what MTV is to music — and I think that’s the spiral we’re going to see. What Disney group is next?

Independent Journalist Mike Cernovich has called for average people to stop watching ESPN completely,stating: “If you watch ESPN, you are paying the enemy. If you can’t give up ESPN to win a culture war, that’s on you.” At this point, if you want to see a change back to real sports, this is exactly what needs to be done.

Susan Slusser, sports writer for the San Francisco Chronicle has stated “Someone could start a really excellent sports network focused on real news, information and insight with these layoffs. Please do so.” And I agree. I would love to run something like this if I had the proper financial backing. It’s what Americans want out of sports and right now is an ample opportunity to provide what Fox News did to CNN more than a decade ago — provide real news as a counter to the nonsense. The ratings follow suit, as we’ve seen for so long. I think there was a movie, about an unrelated topic that said “If you build it, they will come.” Who can we turn to for a new sports platform?

 

Jon Del Arroz’s Based Dragon Award Recommendations

Ran a poll yesterday on which blog my readers would like to see next, and the winner by no uncertain terms was my recommendation for Dragon Award nominations. If you haven’t seen the Dragon Awards before, they are the premier award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, given at Dragon*Con, arguably the best convention that exists. Please, readers, do take the time to vote as this is really your award choice and your voice matters.

Best Science Fiction Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli

Richard really has created a great science fiction, and I mean that in the classic sense. It’s on the short side, but it’s packed with a lot of ideas and it’s definitely the best sci-fi of the year. 

Best Fantasy  A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day

Vox Day is the most underrated fantasy author in fiction. His Arts of Dark and Light series is frankly better fantasy than Brandon Sanderson (of whom I’m a big fan), Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks or George R.R. Martin. The characters are fantastic, the world is a very cool Roman-esque fantasy world, it’s tense all the way through, and it’s got very cool magic and magical beings.

Best Young Adult Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter.

The Rachel series is really a wonderful take on wizardry school. I find it a shame that this series hasn’t won an award yet and that should be remedied in 2017.  Mrs. Lamplighter-Wright gets mad at me when I say that this series is better than Harry Potter… so I won’t say it. But I may have said it somewhere else in the past 🙂 

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz. 

It’s like Rogue One, only better and with actual characters who aren’t flat and have real romance. Do I need to explain this one to you? 😉  If you click on the nomination page and put one book in, put this one in. 

Best Alternate History  Breath of Earth by Beth Cato. 

This both took place in my home city and dealt with a period of time you don’t read a ton about. Everyone knows about the 1906 earthquake’s existence, but adding details and magic to it makes for a really compelling tale.

Best Apocalyptic A Place Outside The Wild by Daniel Humphreys.

Dan’s got a fresh take on Zombies that is very fun, a lot of action, and a wild ride. It’s pretty long for a zombie book but it only gives the plot that much more depth.

Best Horror Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn

Declan continues to redefine Vampire fiction with his third installment in the series. Book 1 got a dragon award nomination last year, and the series only gets more interesting from there. While book 2 is also eligible, this is where Declan should make his stand for the awards, as it fits the horror genre like fangs fit the Carotid artery.

Best Comic Book  Motor Girl #1 by Terry Moore.

His Rachel Rising was one of my favorite books of all time, and I was sad to see it end. This has classic cartoon elements, a gorilla (RIP Harambe), aliens, and a much deeper plot that’s unfolding. Issue 1 is great for the hook, and well worth the read.

Best Graphic Novel  Chew vol 12. – Sour Grapes by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Chew was honestly the best comic book of the last several years. The concept’s cool. It’s hilarious on every front. It’s actually pretty in depth, and the expansion of the powers of food get so ridiculous. People hated on the ending, but I thought it was fricking hilarious. Chew is most worthy of the Dragon.

Best Sci-Fi Or Fantasy TV Series No award.

I don’t like any SF/F TV shows right now. They all suck. Bah humbug.

Best Sci-Fi Or Fantasy Movie Passengers

This is a beautiful film. Great plot, great sci-fi, great romance, great characters. It can be a little slow at points but the timing feels realistic.There’s a lot of good sci-fi plot points and tropes in here and frankly Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence could do the hokey pokey on screen for two hours and I’d watch it and probably love it.

Best PC or Console Game Final Fantasy XV. 

An excellent installment to the Final Fantasy series. The battle system was wonderful, story great, characters compelling, the backstory and world were done right and the visuals are stunning as always.

Best Mobile Game Epic Card Game Digital

This game took everything fun about Magic: The Gathering and got rid of the heavy baggage of that game. It’s somewhat simpler to play though when I went into competitive matches I got STOMPED, so there is a lot more depth than people realize as well. There’s some cool mechanics unique to the game too and it’s super exciting that it’s now on a digital platform in app version. 

Best Board Game Hero Realms

Star Realms in Fantasy, yet they tweaked a couple of things to make it unique. You can play with “class decks” which you customize your playstyle before you even start, a nice innovation for deck building. On top of that, the power curve is very different. It’s worth a play, or a hundred.

Best Miniatures/CCG/RPG  Star Wars: Destiny

I mentioned this was my favorite game of 2016 launching at the tail end of the year. It’s a competitive card game but with dice, and has a very unique duel feel to it. I love how the dice work, the game mechanics are very clean and it’s always tense to play. Fantasy Flight usually nails it with their star wars games and this is no exception.

And there you have it. Go out and vote!

When The Opposition Media Makes No Sense

Some of my favorite mornings are when my blog gets a truckload of angry comments. It means that not only have I done something right, but that somewhere out there, fake news has completely twisted what I said to imply what I didn’t say.

Today, it was phony outrage about giving out free books to loyal fans, as you might recall I offered yesterday, along with a lot of the top authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. It’s pretty incredible how generous they are and these authors deserve to be thanked. How on earth does one get outraged about that? Well, this is the internet and people make sure they get outraged about everything. The problem with FAKE NEWS, is if the wrong person goes and says “the sun rose this morning!” they will come back with an article that says “WRONG PERSON WANTS YOU TO GET SUNBURNED”. It’s that level of insanity that you get from the fake news industry, which is why you should never trust the media when it references someone like me, Vox Day or the President of the United States.

Anyway, all I could do is laugh at the ridiculous personal attacks in the comments. I’m not approving that garbage on my blog anymore, because I took enough abuse when I called out Marvel Comics for their awful business practices and blackballing, and a fake news comic site completely lied about what I said. Only positivity here from now on. We’re building something together, dear reader, and we’re moving forward and up together.

But the fake news this morning didn’t just stop at a pretty lame twist of my words, they took the opportunity to use it to snark about the quality of work of some of my favorite authors, who did nothing to warrant that. Of course, I’m certain the person didn’t bother to read their work at all, because like most fake amazon reviews, it lacks any specifics. Wouldn’t it be a shame though, if someone in response checked out the list of authors on my blog post yesterday and voted against fake news with your dollars? Think of the triggering then…

 

Authors Who Care About Fans And Readers

I am pleased to make an announcement on behalf of several great authors in the Science Fiction and Fantasy community.That announcement is: fans, we care about you, and we want you to have a good time. We support your coming out to express yourself in fandom.

A couple of weeks ago, an invited headlining guest flaked on a convention, OdysseyCon. No notice was given, no accommodations were asked for, simply bailing two weeks before it happened, leaving the fans without an honored guest. The Con responded professionally and nicely, trying to work things out as much as possible, but that wasn’t enough for this person who took to social media, and got a cabal of angry virtue signallers to start swearing, berating and attacking anyone they could.

The people who are left in the dust are fans, innocent folk who just wanted to spend a weekend hanging out, playing games, talking science fiction, listening to some authors speak and having a good time in fellowship. None of these virtue signallers thought or cared about the fans. It’s frankly shameful and unprofessional. The fans are our sustenance, readers are our life. As such, I felt compelled to help the readers of OdysseyCon, and spoke with several award winning and bestselling authors to help their weekend, as their convention no longer has an author guest.

The convention did get some great guests to attend: Michael Butt, an independent horror film maker and Brent Chumley, an artist known for Dungeons & Dragons, Legend of the Five Rings, and actually worked by my side on Doomtown: Reloaded. These are both stellar individuals, who are high energy, full of life, and amazing artists. What’s missing though is the literary component.

Not being local to Wisconsin, the best I could think of to help was to bring the fans more of what they love. This is a thank you to readers for being so faithful and dedicated, and my hope that this will bring the fun and good times that has made fandom so great. I present you, attending members of OdysseyCon, a group of free ebooks especially compiled for you, the fan and reader. Because there are authors that care and want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible!

The OdysseyCon staff will have fliers with this offer and a link to allow you to redeem these free books, but here’s what you can expect. We’re bringing you great books by:

Nick Cole – Winner of the 2016 Dragon Award for his Dystopian fiction!

Jon Del Arroz – Your humble blogger and Alliance Award nominated author of space opera and steampunk!

Mike Duran – Horror/Sci-Fi writer selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best indie novels!

Declan Finn – Dragon Award Nominee for his epic vampire fiction!

Marina Fontaine – Dragon Award Nominee for her chilling dystopian fiction!

Daniel Humphreys – Best-selling zombie fiction author.

Sarah Hoyt – Author of the extremely popular science fiction epic Darkship Series by Baen Books!

Robert Kroese – Bestselling author, creator of eight successful kickstarter projects, and highly regarded Science Fiction author oft compared to Douglas Adams!

L. Jagi Lamplighter – An astounding YA Fantasy Author whose Rachel series reviewers say is better than Harry Potter!

Richard Paolinelli – Eclectic author of many genres, his most recent Escaping Infinity is making huge buzz in the sci-fi world!

Henry Vogel – Author of a phenomenal space opera series.

Dawn Witzke – Debut YA dystopian-romance author of the intense, fast paced Path of Angels!

John C. Wright – A true Science Fiction Grand Master, nominated for more Hugo Awards in one year than any person alive, and Dragon Award winner!

Also included is the mega-bestselling Forbidden Thoughts anthology, featuring incredible stories by Baen Books authors Sarah Hoyt, Larry Correia,Brad Torgersen and more!

Holy cow. That’s about the most star-studded line up you could possibly find, and there may even be more to come. Check back for updates. All of the authors want to thank you, the reader and convention attendee, for your support over the years. We really couldn’t do it without you and hope that you have a great OdysseyCon this year!

 

The Uprising Review (Feat. Jon Del Arroz)

Over on Gab.ai (the best social media network on the internet as they allow free speech, don’t shadowban or ban anyone), I met a couple of editors and writers who had an ambitious project they wanted to launch. That project is the Uprising Review. The concept of this site is to provide true free speech for flash/short fiction. They accomplish this that by blind story submissions, no author names attached. The editors will read it and simply judge it based on the merits of whether your story is entertaining and well written. The submission bucket sends it along with no identifying markers in the document to judge the story by.

And It’s fantastic. This is a true commitment to real diversity, unlike the exclusionary garbage that’s put out by a lot of traditional publishers that knowingly discriminate intentionally by excluding conservatives, christians, men, white authors, etc in their magazines, anthologies or publication queues. It’s the opposite of virtue signalling. The story is everything, as it should be. As they say:

“Your gender, race, and sexuality do not determine your strengths as a writer.”

How refreshing. Not only that, but it allows authors who have been tainted by the Big Publishing groupthink’s blackballing in the industry to be able to publish their short work. Its very existence is a bold statement on the problems in the industry, and also on freedom of speech and expression for artists. Huzzah!

The editors reached out to me and asked if I would contribute an essay for the opening of their site, on the topic of the importance of freedom for artists, and the evils of blackballing based on my personal experiences, which I gladly provided. You can read it here: http://www.uprisingreview.com/the-uprising-review-op-ed-by-jon-del-arroz/

And finally, I had the honor of contributing what they chose as their first fiction for the website, the flash fiction of mine titled “Project Scarecrow”. It’s an extremely short flash fiction which I actually originally wrote for another publication that limited to 300 words. That went belly up before they got around to publishing my piece, so I submitted to Uprising Review. Normally, their fiction they’ll be posting will be 500-3000 words, but fortunately they enjoyed this one enough to post and make it their first. It’s a fun sci-fi piece like most of my writing. Enjoy: http://www.uprisingreview.com/project-scarecrow/

I look forward to seeing what Uprising Review does in the future and applaud this concept and their hard work in getting this going. Support them with your clicks!

 

Winning, Mindset, and Habits

One of the most common questions i get asked these days is how I’m so productive with a job, family, kids, all my hobbies and whatnot. The truth is that the all my hobbies really don’t occupy much of my time. While I have a wide variety of passionate interests in sci-fi, baseball, gaming, science & technology, I spend most of my time working or hanging with the kids and only give cursory looks at the fun things these days. But I’ve got some tricks that keep me going even when I don’t feel like it. I’ll try to share some of those with you.

It’s All About Mindset

Making that change starts with mindset, and though I’m not super big on self-help books, one that did get me motivated mid-last year to push myself harder is Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich. When I wake up I do use his chapter on mental exercises to get me fresh so I can knock out a couple blog posts to hit over the course of the day. No matter when these are scheduled, most of my writing you see is my first morning thoughts. I do employ some of the tips in that book in my daily routine, which starts with mental exercises, stretching, drinking coffee and now my ginger/lemon shot (which I’m certain gives me energy).

Don’t Start Your Day With Nihilistic Brain Poison

I’ve also stopped reading my facebook feed first thing in the morning. This last step I think is very big. Most people you and I know on facebook just post negative things on repeat based on whatever fear mongering news is out there on the day. There’s very little value to it, it’s echo chamber type of posts and it’s poison for your brain to get yourself hyped up like that negatively first thing. I didn’t realize that for awhile, I’d stopped reading my feed completely for lent, and while I’ve read a little lately, I’m not doing nearly as much of it. It means I’m both happier and thinking positive things, and that I can write more. Win/win.

And that’s what leads you back to winning. The one thing I see very successful people do is they vocalize to themselves that they’re going to win, regardless of how silly it sounds. Eventually it has the effect of convincing you you’re going to win, which is great for mindset of getting things done — it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy in ways. Moreover, it convinces others around you you’re going to win. Why do you think so many agree with all the fake news on facebook? It’s because it’s posted on repeat. If what you hear is win on repeat, it’ll become just as true to you. Doesn’t that sound way better than getting outraged over posted headlines designed to mess with you psychologically? Stop reading that, start thinking in terms of winning and you’ll get there.

Replace Bad Habits With Something Positive

I once heard someone say there are two things in life: commitments and addictions. The first thing toward making a bad habit go away for good is replacing with a commitment that takes its time, and getting in the habit of that. I’m working on starting a new habit, which is to read a chapter of the Bible every morning instead. Today I started with Romans 1. If you want to see brilliant writing, follow me into Romans.  There is literally nothing more intelligent ever written in philosophy, and it’s also uplifting.

The Last Crusade: On Loyalty

You’ll find quite often with the worldly that there’s a distinct lack of loyalty. As soon as you start letting it be known you’re a Christian, speaking out on Christianity, spending time and energy with your Christian brothers and sisters – you’ll notice that your former friends will begin to ostracize you. They’ll find a reason to call you names, say you’ve changed, that you’re hateful or whatnot now (ironic, as the only true love comes from God, but remember that evil presents itself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing). They will be there not to be your friend any longer, but to try to gaslight you into believing that you’re doing something wrong and evil by walking in the path God has set for you.

In the public sphere, whenever a champion of traditional values shows up in art, news, culture of any kind,the media presents how the person has had a failing, is bad, has done something unforgivable, and therefore you MUST disavow them. You must be disloyal in order to prove to the world that you’re a decent human being. They present this under the guise of caring about morality, while espousing the direct opposite. It’s under the guise of compassion for the little people, when in fact they want to hold people down under their power. And we as Christians often bite at this very quickly, and very easily. We’re quick to disavow our brothers and sisters. Why? Because we like to prove that we’re more moral, that we don’t approve of such things. That’s the direct opposite of what Christ taught us.

It happens every time. Disloyalty is actually the cause of most problems in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The whole theme of the Bible is how man is disloyal to God in exchange for quick material comforts. From Adam and Eve’s betrayal in the garden, to Jonah’s refusal to go where God desired, to the fact that Israel brutally murdered many of their prophets and finally Jesus Christ, we are warned at every step that disloyalty is of this world.

From the Gospels, look at the actions of the Apostles. Their biggest failures are when the Apostles saw the going getting tough, and opted to be disloyal to Christ rather than stand with him. Judas is the easiest example of this, as when political stirrings and the world started to turn on Christ, he freaked out when he was asked if he was a follower. And then, for cheap material comforts, he delivered the ultimate act of disloyalty. Peter, when Christ was executed, did the same thing when confronted in public about his association with Christ. You can imagine him as a modern person: “I’m not associated! I disavow!”

This is the prince of this world’s act to divide us and destroy us. It is spiritual warfare at its deepest level. The whole purpose of each and every one of these acts of disloyalty is to make sure we do not stand together as the Body of Christ. You’ll see that the secularists are quite the opposite. If there’s a problem on their front, they’re quick to cover it up, minimize it, rally around their cause to drown out any noise and ensure that the collective whole is stronger. For some odd reason, we don’t do this as Christians, and it weakens us.

Here’s the hard truth: we all have evil within us. We all have done something worthy of being disavowed forever. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And not by our own selves or anything we can do to make up for it, Christ has redeemed us. He was loyal to us even when we have not been loyal to him.

Loyalty is in fact a Godly virtue. Be loyal first and foremost to God. Be loyal second to your brothers and sisters in Christ. Be loyal third to country. Stand by your brothers and sisters in hard times. Don’t let them get destroyed, or have their lives ruined when the times get tough. That’s when they need your support. That’s the whole point of the Church and fellowship. Only through our compassion in those difficult times, and sticking by each other will we be able to keep faith firm. The result will be a stronger Church, a stronger community, and stronger voices and advocates for Christ. This is desperately what the world needs in these trying times.

First Take On Fantasy Flight’s Legend Of The Five Rings Reboot

Yesterday, Fantasy Flight Games put out the first real information on their relaunch of L5R, which is probably my favorite all time game if I really get down into it. It struggled a bit after the “race for the throne” to hold a lot of people’s attention — which as a Megaevent where the card game players really got to shape what happened in its very in-depth storyline, a large part of why I loved the game so much.  After that, it was hard to find that level of engagement, really it was an event that couldn’t be topped in gaming.

The game did suffer from some mechanical flaws to it that made for lopsided victories, taking too long to really build up the engine to get going, a “lose more” capability as if a person got behind early they didn’t have a lot of ways to come back, among other things. When FFG bought the property, much of the player base had shied away because of some bad design choices made in Emperor Edition of the game that made it unfun for many to play, and difficult for new players to get involved.

FFG opened the announcement with their “clans” or factions in the game that you can play. In the old version there were 9 playable factions, this is down to 7, a pare down that is necessary for game balance I think. 9 was very difficult, and a couple of the clans always ended up unplayable. I like this from the get go.

The first explanation gets into “how to pay for cards” in the game, which also has a cool mechanic called fate, in which it gives you currency. A card only stays in play for how much fate you’ve paid above its cost. This solves some of the problems of the game’s first iteration as someone’s massive build up could be impossible to overcome, also an issue in Magic The Gathering if you’re not playing the correct colors for board wipes. This is a solid idea, and I’m interested to see how it goes.

I love the redo of honor. Honor was a number that you’d get in the old game, and you’d just have it. If you got a certain number of points, you’d win the game. That holds true here but now there are drawbacks and uses for honor as well — it’s used to refill your hand and draw cards. If you sacrifice more honor you draw more cards, making it a very useful mechanic indeed, and it really makes you have to think if you want to use that as your victory path.

Then we get to the meat combat of the game. This is really where it’s become a much different game than the first iteration where you had cards with Attack values, and they’d go into a province (which is where cards are played from) and go up against the other army’s attack values. In the old game, if you had higher, you’d wipe out the entire army. The province then had a “strength” rating, and if your army had higher than that plus the defending army’s strength, it would be destroyed, and that player wouldn’t be able to draw cards from it anymore. Not the case now. You compare, all cards seem to be safe other than from card effects that give removal. It didn’t exactly define what happens with provinces in this gameplay page, but says that the winning player gets the Imperial Favor.  I do like that there’s 2 different attack stats – military and political, and you choose which battle you’re going to pursue. It’s a lot like Game of Thrones in that regard for the stats, but still has a nice L5R flavor. Looks like the concept of Chi is gone, so there’s not going to be any annoying shenanigans on that like the old game had. Much simpler sounding, and decent enough. I’ll have to see how this is played in earnest.

Victory paths — honor is still a condition of victory possibility, so is dishonoring your opponent, and then destroying provinces is also the same, but they label it a bit differently. I see that getting all 5 rings into play is not a victory condition, which is sad, but it is probably better to pare it down to 3 for balance’s sake, at least to start.

I’m going to need to see a little bit more about how the destruction of provinces work and really how battle flows to draw a real conclusion. Here’s my thoughts on points so far:

  1. I like that political is a skill now and they attack via political means. That means we won’t be seeing passive honor decks that just sit there. That was a negative play experience and that honor does something useful and politics is an attack form and a stat now is very interesting, also thematic.
  2. I’ll note the cards they had didn’t have character names on them, but things like “Matsu Berserker”. These appear to be non-unique cards, meaning you can play multiple on a battlefield at a time. I appreciate that the non-unique aren’t named actually, because they’re supposed to be representative and it kinda didn’t make sense the way it was done before. I note that the unique names are shown, so they do exist. Interesting flavor, and fine by me.
  3. Story appears to be rebooted. This is good. The old story was a jumbled cluster to say the least. I hope they still allow player involvement in making story but that they’re a lot more careful about it. This needs to be the top notch dialed in aspect of the game.
  4. All the new mechanics look cool on the surface. I’m excited, personally. This looks to be shaping up to be something good. I trust FFG. They seem to do great to a point, which is where we’ll really see, which is when the cardpool for the game gets pretty big.
  5. Overall, the streamlining looks good on all fronts. It looks slick and fun. About as happy as I can be given the information that I have.