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Dr.Bedlam last won the day on July 11 2018

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About Dr.Bedlam

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    his top secret Lab-Matory hidden under the gift shop at Buffalo Bill's gravesite
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    Miniatures painting and modifications, general gaming, psychology, education, medieval metaphysics. My greatest joy in life is knowing that somewhere out there, I have made someone snark their drink all over the monitor.

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  1. Dr.Bedlam

    Zombie Mouselings: A Love Story

    There's far too few stories in real life with happy endings.
  2. Dr.Bedlam

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    A game I like is Dungeon Mayhem. I like it not so much because I think it's a great game -- it's fun, but a bit simplistic for my tastes -- but because it goes down REAL WELL with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. I use it as a reward and a reset button for the kids with whom I work. The game includes four separate decks for the barbarian, wizard, paladin, and rogue, who attack each other until someone runs out of hitpoints (each character has ten, although healing and shielding capability is built into the game, if you draw the right cards.) A game generally takes less than fifteen minutes, assuming the combatants all know the rules. Up to four can play. The first Baldur's Gate computer game introduced us to Minsc, the Beloved Ranger, as a playable character. Minsc is perhaps the most memorable character in the game, as he is more than a little unhinged (his companion says he might have taken a few blows too many to the head). Minsc's animal companion is a hamster named Boo, with whom he often consults, claiming that Boo's insights and advice are quite valuable. Boo takes up one of Minsc's inventory slots, and the player cannot remove Boo from Minsc. One of Minsc's more common battle cries in combat is "Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES!" I was pleased to see that Dungeon Mayhem is getting an expansion later this year; two more player decks, the druid Jaheira, and our old pal, Minsc. My first worry was that this fun little game would be forgotten and unexpanded. My second worry was that the first expansion, they'd try to shoehorn Drizz't Do'Urden into the game...
  3. Dr.Bedlam

    What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

    I dunno; I think the LOTR films are quite good, and they stand up to repeated viewings. I simply haven't ground 'em into my brain hard enough to learn to hate them. I WANTED to like the Hobbit films, but yeah, the decision to drag what was one book out into three movies as a naked cash grab ruined what could have been a neat experience. To Jackson's defense, that wasn't entirely his call; it's my understanding he wasn't all that crazy to do ONE film, but New Line wanted to relaunch the gravy train, and insisted on another trilogy, and only slowed down when Jackson, exhausted and burned out, demanded that the whole thing come to a screechin' halt to give him some breathing room and time to make a reasonable third film. And then, IMHO, the third film wasn't all that great. Then again, neither was the second. The first was all right... I agree... but it durn near makes the list out of sheer awesomeness. I very much enjoyed Evil Dead II, and expected the sequel to be like it; instead, what I got was a splattercom version of A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court. With a chainsaw. Good stuff. Dragonheart deserves credit for Sean Connery's voice work and an excellent CGI dragon... and very little else. It wasn't a BAD movie, but unless you're big on talking CGI dragons, I don't feel like it brought a whole lot of new and original to the table. Gremlins... I can't say I really thought of that as a fantasy film, but maybe you has a point...
  4. Dr.Bedlam

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Gene Wilder had done movies for a while -- he's got a hilarious bit part in the decidedly uncomedy film Bonnie and Clyde (1967) -- but IMHO, he hit the bigtime after the smash hitness of Blazing Saddles, in which he played the drunken (but still very accurate) gunslinger, The Waco Kid. Wilder wasn't Mel Brooks' first choice for the role; he'd originally cast Gig Young in the role, feeling that Young, as an aging leading man, was more believable as a drunken, broken down gunfighter. Interestingly enough, he also contacted John Wayne for the role; Wayne read the script and turned it down due to the controversial nature of the film. Reportedly, Wayne contacted Brooks, told him the script was "funny as hell," and while he regretfully wouldn't appear in the film, "I'll be the first in line to see it!" Within the first day of shooting with Gig Young, there was trouble; Young seemed notably "off," and had trouble hitting his marks, concluding with... well, I won't go into the gross details; the upshot was that Young was a raging alcoholic, and had stopped drinking so's to be sharp for filming the movie, and had a severe enough case of the DTs to land him in the emergency room, straight from the set. Mel Brooks had everything set up, and no actor. Gene Wilder was on the set, and offered to jump in there, as he already knew most of Young's lines. They slapped a cowboy suit and hat on the man, and the rest is film history.
  5. The original miniseries "V" was a prime example of "Author wants to make a point and then the network people need to meddle." I thought the Holocaust metaphors and the well meaning "collaborators" were brilliant. The half alien babies and one of them using her Deus Ex Machina Magic Powers at the end to resolve the plot, not so much.
  6. I love me some Night Gallery. Finally found the whole series on DVD!
  7. Dr.Bedlam

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    The Globe Theatre in London is a really famous theatre. Dating back several hundred years, it's known as the home of Richard Burbage's theatrical troupe, for whom William Shakespeare wrote a bunch of plays. You might have heard of him. The Globe that Shakespeare knew isn't there any more. According to a college professor of mine, its place is now occupied by a brewery, with an ornate brass plaque on the back wall of the place that commemorates its illustrious and historical real estate. He showed me pictures of it. First picture was a plaque. Second picture was pulled back, a plaque on a blank gray wall. Third picture was zoomed from across the Thames, showing a plaque dwarfed by an enormous gray back wall of an industrial building, with a bunch of trash along the bottom of the wall. He mentioned that it took him a while to find the plaque, as a fair number of employees at the brewery had no idea it was there. The Globe Theatre has been rebuilt, however, according to the original specs, in a slightly different location, and often hosts Shakespearean revivals. However, the only actual filming to occur there until now has been a few documentaries. The first fictional production to be permitted to film inside the recreated Globe Theatre was Good Omens, the recent Amazon miniseries. However, they only had it for five hours, not enough time to marshal an army of extras in period costume. So Neil Gaiman rewrote the scene with only a few actors, and it turns out that Hamlet was originally a flop ("It was funnier that way," said Gaiman.) Interestingly, a few years back, there was a big production of Hamlet being performed in London at the Albert Hall, featuring David Tennant (above at far right) and Patrick Stewart. Apparently, after each performance, the cast would come out and sign autographs for a while. I am told they had to institute a policy of "two autographs per actor per customer," because apparently a fair number of people were showing up with garbage bags FULL of Doctor Who and Star Trek merch they wanted signed....
  8. I never thought of Kolchak as being all that campy. And every time I watch an episode of Buck Rogers, I am amazed at some of the actors they got on that show...
  9. Doctor Who, always. The first two seasons of Lost In Space.
  10. Dr.Bedlam

    First time at Reapercon

    Well, booger. I'd heard they'd quit casting at least some of the metal dragons. I'm glad you got in under the wire. But surely, they'll still be casting the stuff that's still in production on request!
  11. Dr.Bedlam

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Yes. At Castle Bedlam, the question/phrase/statement "that actor in that one movie," is nowadays accompanied by the pulling out of phones and immediate researching.
  12. Dr.Bedlam

    What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

    I feel your pain. Due to the nature of women, Patrick Swayze, me not being in a committed relationship at the time, and the trends of the time, I must have seen Dirty Dancing fifteen or twenty times within a month of its hitting the theatres. Still feel somethin' deep inside clunch up whenever I hear "Time Of My Life" on the radio. And not in a good way. Every woman in TOWN wanted to go see that movie. Again, and again, and again.... Hadn't thought about The Magic Sword... haven't SEEN it in thirty years... perhaps I should go have a look...
  13. Dr.Bedlam

    First time at Reapercon

    The factory tour is a major hoot, if you're interested in how metal gets made into miniatures. The Adoption Table is also fun. Essentially, you can bring old figures, scrap pewter bits, sprue, and so forth, and they'll give you credit for it. This credit may be exchanged for pretty much anything on the Adoption Table. And you'd be amazed at the things people throw away. Note that they take a cut of your credit; it's what, ten percent? But that's still better than old metal getting thrown away or sitting unpainted. And at the end of the convention, they cook it down and make new minis out of it. NOTE: They prefer Reaper minis, but will take recent make from other manufacturers. They will NOT take certain manufacturers, old lead minis or your mom's old pewter spoons. Check with whoever's manning the table for fresh up to date information. The BONEYARD is where they put all the minis and their bits while waiting to package them and ship them out. All those little yellow bins? Each contains a particular miniature, sometimes dozens of him. Sometimes the bin will contain a sub-bin, usually containing a part (the main bin would be "Necromancer" and the sub bin would be "Necromancer's Left Arm, Holding A Sandwich," or whatever. Each bin is identified by its stock number, so if you're looking for something in particular, check the Reaper site and get the stock number. USED to be, they'd just let you shop out of the bins, long as you pay for it up front at the Asylum. Far as I know, they still do; check during the factory tour with one of the many helpful folks you will find scattered around. Note also that if a thing is out of stock you can just ask them if they can recast it for you. Buglips the Goblin still talks about this old Reaper dragon he found somewhere that didn't have the wings, and they just cast him up some shiny new wings, right from the original molds.... Last I heard, they did NOT have Bones production moved to the US yet, so you'll have to buy those out of the blisters. However, between the Asylum and the Warehouse, you can find just about any Reaper miniature that is still in production. They do expect you to pay for it, though. Really, about the only down side, that.
  14. Dr.Bedlam

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Right? The interesting thing is, the kit was originally issued in the mid seventies, and has been reissued a couple times since then; it's not a steady seller, like the Enterprise is. And yet, someone out there went into business making replacement parts for it, because the figures that came with it are lame. That's the kind of labor of love that I like to see in this business.
  15. Dr.Bedlam

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    When I was a kid, I had the 1/32 scale AMT model of the USS Enterprise's bridge (the old series). It came with enough chairs for the whole bridge crew, but the only figures it came with were a little Captain Kirk to sit in the command chair, a Mr. Spock to stand there doing nothing, and Mr. Sulu, standing, with his arms crossed, staring off into space. Even at the time, I wondered, "Who's flying the ship?" And now, looking at the picture above, it's easy to imagine Sulu saying, "No sir, I refuse to fly this ship anywhere until you take back what you said about my mother," while Spock is all "Not getting involved in this illogical human crap..." Yeah, it's a neat model, but the figures left something to be desired. Apparently, there is a company where they wondered the same thing, and due to targeted advertising, they offered to sell me a variety of figures to replace the included ones and flesh out the Bridge; the main bridge crew is offered in a variety of poses. They offer four different Uhuras, three different Spocks and Scottys, four different McCoys, and no less than seven different poses of Captain Kirk. Chekov, Sulu, and Yeoman Rand are limited to a single pose each. I think my favorite is the one where Captain Kirk is standing, facing the viewscreen, and gesturing at it, as if he's trying to reason with some godlike alien who's about to destroy the Enterprise. This figure is called "Kirk Shatnerizing."