Author Archives: Jim Knipp

Jim Knipp On… Dungeons and Dragons

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

Sometime around 1980, the twelve-year old version of me happened upon a book with the very promising title of “Monster Manual.”  I had no idea what it was, but the pages were filled with line-drawn pictures of various monsters of myth and history: unicorns and dragons, dinosaurs and something called “Green Slime.”  The book included descriptions of these beasts, and a series of arcane looking numbers and letters labeled ‘Treasure Type,”  “Armor Class,” and most mysteriously “THAC0.”  I wanted to buy that book badly, but I was broke so I did the next best thing.  I convinced my best friend to buy it, and then I borrowed it (for like six months).

...can you blame me? Look how awesome this is!

Can you blame me? Look how awesome this is!

Little did either of us know the decision we made standing in that Waldenbooks aisle would change both of our lives forever.  Find out how after the break…

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True Detective S02 E02: Night Finds You

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A somewhat uneven “True Detective” tries to find some traction.  Three sets of teams begin the investigation into Casper’s murder, we hear about some pretty messed up childhoods, and (SPOILER ALERT) “True Detective” appears to go all “Game of Thrones”-y as a major character may not make it passed the second episode. Find out why after the break!

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True Detective S02 E01: The Western Book of the Dead

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“True Detective” kicked off its second season with an almost impossible task:  How do you successfully follow up a first season that mystified and enraptured audience with an original, gordian-knot of a story, lush scenery and a score that translated onto the screen as visual poetry, and actors playing at the top of their game, bringing characters that still resonate a year later.  The short answer is, ‘you don’t.’  Find out why after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E10: Mother’s Mercy

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Not a whole lot of mercy to be had as our season finale of “Game of Thrones” proves George R.R. Martin’s story framework still rules, major (and I mean major) characters fall, and ten million teenage girls cry themselves to sleep.  Let’s discuss, after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E09: The Dance of Dragons

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Time to recap this week’s Game of Thrones

“Leave me alone.”

“You’ve got a job to do, let’s go.

“Can’t, too depressed, go away.”

“Uncurl yourself from the fetal position, get out from the corner, and sit in front of your damn computer, NOW!”

“Fine… but not until after the break.”

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Game of Thrones S05 E08: Hardhome

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A breathtaking episode eight of “Game of Thrones” complete with lots of action, lots of pieces falling into place, ice zombies, and the return of ‘old blue eyes.’

...really, really old blue eyes...

…really, really old blue eyes…

Find out more after the break!

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Game of Thrones S05 E07: The Gift

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Episode seven begins the Herculean process of pulling together about a thousand different plotlines as we charge relentlessly towards the final third of season five of “Game of Thrones.” Some surprises as we learn lots of characters are dancing ever closer to danger, the beginnings of a Greek tragedy unfold in the snow, an imperfect plan turns in a much anticipated direction, and a fan favorite meets his maker. Find out more after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E06: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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The second half of season five of “Game of Thrones” has hit the airwaves, and I can’t shake this sick, hollow feeling from the pit of my stomach. A slow burning affair, that very slowly ratcheted up the tension and ended on a heart-breaking note that will change many characters lives and may impact my ability to enjoy the show going forward. Find out more after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E05: Kill the Boy

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We’ve reached the midway point of season five of “Game of Thrones,” and fittingly some very important characters make some very important decisions that have kingdoms hanging in the balance. We also get some some dark Bolton family history, a reminder of what makes the North great, and find out exactly what boy needs to die in an excellently focused, extremely tense and foreboding episode five. Find out more after the break.

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Game of Thrones S05 E04: Sons of the Harpy

 

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Episode five of “Game of Thrones” covered a lot of ground.  We spend an inordinate amount of time on boats,  GOT transforms into a buddy cop show, creepy uncle returns, and a beloved character meets an untimely demise. Let’s all don our Bronn as therapist faces and discuss after the break!

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