The beauty of having a blog is that it allows one to be as self indulgent as one is wont to be … as someone wants to be.
How can I pass on commenting on Crisis on Earth-X?
Is it better than Justice League? I don’t know. I have no plans to watch Justice League.
Is it perfect? Of course not. Is any TV perfect (anymore, ever)?
Talking about four flawed shows, at least in my supremely brilliant opinion.
It is the pinnacle of what the Arrowverse has done.
Sure, one can say some of the early Arrow flashbacks or early Flash season one or particular scenes in Legends or moments with Superman or the early Arrow/Flash interactions were better in isolation. But, this is what all right-thinking and left-thinking and centrist-thinking fans of superheroics wanted – a real crossover of an absurd number of supers.
It also gave Ollie and Kara “relating”, though not in the optimal way. Nitpicking is easy.
But, let me counternitpick for a moment before we get closer to talking about gaming.
Olicity has been a thing for many a year. As a thing, doing the comicbooky thing with it is the proper genre convention. While I doubt the special effects could get better, though the fight choreography perhaps could, as much as the relationship drama could be better, it fit.
I don’t mark out for much. And, I couldn’t help but think I’d want more interaction between Sara and Oliver, who, like, were a couple, and Palmer and Oliver, etc. But, every minute held my attention because it was doing a solid job of servicing fans. I even laughed at the sticking to things really well.
Better to try and service others than never get into servicing. Compare what has been bequeathed upon us today versus Smallville, old Flash (had its moments), shows of yestery years. I don’t recall Shazam! very well from the ’70s, but I somehow doubt it produced anywhere near the comicbook feel that this miniseries and these shows can achieve.
Maybe next year, they have a Green Lantern to show that the small screen can do that better, too.
So, what does this have to do with gaming?
No, it’s not time to say the same thing said around three times before.
Fun. Gaming is supposed to be fun. Looking forward to something. I looked forward to night one, then to night two.
Do I look forward to playing L5R? Shadowfist? Heroes of Rokugan? Attending Gen Con?
Not really, at least not in the same way of there being anticipation. For most of the gaming I do, I hope to avoid disappointment. V:TES would be the one thing I still do that I look forward to. Now, more so when I know the other players as, for me, it’s a casual game to be savored for the entertainment factor.
The other aspect of the event, though it does tend to get into RPG commentary, is “pull out the stops”. Gaming shouldn’t be mundane, repetitive. This is why I can’t generate much enthusiasm for a lot of games I’m willing to play – there’s no spectacular. It may be harder for games that live inside the box, like boardgames, but there can be the “holy ay caramba!” moments in games. CoE-X was epic. Games can be epic.
Sure, much easier for RPGs to be epic, which is why I gravitate towards an inclination to prefer and/or favor theoretical RPG play. But, sometimes Jake Washington ousts two players.
Finally, CoE-X gets into reasons for wanting to play a superhero RPG, even if just a one-shot. I do think comics still have an advantage in that actors can’t always come across as badass as drawings can, but live actiony, special effects flavored entertainment gets closer and closer to rendering the images that have made people care about supers.
You don’t just have powers, you have a place in a world as an ultrabeing. You live a huger than life … er … life. The fate of the “world” is in your hands. I probably mentioned playing Wasp in a convention game. I may have mentioned looking in the Destroyer’s visor and pulling Surtur’s sword (Twilight Sword?) free because Iron Man failed his saves. Supers embody ideals. They aren’t realistic for good reasons. Wolverine’s popularity can be in part attributed to calling forth the ideals of being the ultimate survivor, of being the ultimate tough (not strong) guy. Green Lantern’s oath doesn’t sound all that cool when you say it … unless of course the Sun is being consumed by space darkness.
Now, next crossover should have Jay Garrick, Supes, Nyssa (because everything is better with Nyssa), Deathstroke?, Legionnaires, and a green ring.