December 2011 Entries - Falcon's Blog

Happy New Year, 2011 review

Greetings, this is the last update for Falcon’s blog this year and so I am holding a short review of 2011. Over the course of it, this year has been perhaps one of the most memorable years in recent times, natural disasters such as the Japanese flood, revolutions spreading across the world including protests in the United Kingdom, deaths of celebrities and dictators, as well as a Royal wedding of William and Kate.

For me personally, it was my first time in Dublin and I touched an 800 year old corpse of a Knights Templar...supposedly. In entertainment there was a vast range of brilliant films including the King’s Speech, Sherlock homes: A game of thrones and Super 8. Hopefully 2012 will be as great a year as 2011 was. Finally I wish everyone a Happy New Year! The fifth chapter of Team X Paranormal Division is up at Warehouse 17.

Quote of the day

Do you have any...self-respect?


Sam and Max: Season one

Written by Falcon, Saturday 31 December 2011

FRA Christmas special 2011

Greetings, in this blog update the adventures of Fletch and Roman are back with their Christmas special of 2011. I hope you enjoy it. The fifth chapter of Team X Paranormal Division is not up at Warehouse 17 but it will be back in the New Year. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The adventures of Fletch and Roman Christmas Special 2011 

Narrator: Hello again, Christmas is almost here yet again… unfortunately so is the Fletch and Roman Christmas Special of 2011. If you make it through this strange festive story I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Roman: Greetings and welcome to a seasonal story full of things most Christmassy. It’s about elves, trees and snow…ehh… okay… I am improvising. Just be thankful it isn’t Fletches turn again. Isn’t that right Fletch?

Fletch: (Muffled response)Hmm?

Roman looks at Fletch chewing on a decoration of a gingerbread house covered with snow.

Roman: Spit that out!... It’s plastic!

Fletch removes gingerbread house

Fletch: Say what you will, the fact is it is still better than your cooking.

Roman: I’m ignoring you. Anyway this story is about an actor who is fed up with receiving non-speaking, extra roles as an elf in Christmas movies…despite being of average height.

Fletch: I wish you had a non-speaking role.

Roman: Sigh. It was close to Christmas when the actor by the name of Prince Goggleston decided to act upon this.

(Into story)

Prince Goggleston: When will people realize my acting talents so I receive a real role? I’ve had enough of the elf costumes. They don’t even fit me.

Top Hat walks on by and insults Prince Goggleston

Top Hat: Perhaps you could lean to act!

Prince Goggleston: Maybe…well…nah… it would be easier to ruin everyone’s Christmas instead. The question is how? …I guess I could create a crap show about a talking microwave and his clumsy friend who haven nonsensical adventures. That would never work everyone would love it, back to the drawing board.

After some plotting Prince Goggleston runs to the public post office.

Prince Goggleston: Strike! They are not paying us enough. I want a dental plan that insures more than one tooth.

Gobb and his rubber duck are the only ones in the office.

Gobb: That’s a brilliant idea…oh wait…I don’t work here anymore I was just sending letters. I guess I could protest anyway, it’s not like I have anything else planned… no one invites me to their parties.

After Prince Goggleston has done the same to the local shops.

Prince Goggleston: Excellent that will stop any last minute shopping…but my Christmas rampage doesn’t feel complete.

Prince Goggleston over hears Dr Mosan instructing Robot Santa and Dr Granso on how to dismantle a failed experiment.

Prince Goggleston: What is that?

Dr Mosan: A failed attempt at a homemade Christmas tree that doubles as a missile, apparently no government wants to destroy enemy targets in the spirit of Christmas. Not even the Russians would buy one. It is far superior than the missiles they have…and it has bells on it. Oh well, let’s go collect the tools necessary to dismantle it.

When the three walk away Prince Goggleston steals the Christmas tree missile.

Prince Goggleston: I am I going too far in blowing up the town centre…No, it has pretty bells on it. I would be mad not to steal it.

Health Guy inspects the Christmas tree missile during Prince Goggleston’s act of theft.

Health Guy: That looks like an unstable Christmas tree, at least the label claiming it as explosive would suggest it is and it is my job as health and safety guy to thoroughly inspect it.

Prince Goggleston: I’ll give you £40 to go away,

Health Guy: 55

Prince Googleston: 45

Health Guy: 30…final offer.

Prince Goggleston: Deal!

Health Guy: Excellent…No wait…I meant to say £50! Come back!

Prince Goggleston walks away and attempts to set up the missile, accidentally firing it into the air where it explodes.

Prince Goggleston: No! My revenge scheme, ruined by myself! How humiliating.

Dr Mosan walks up to him, hunting for the missile.

Dr Mosan: Oh… you set it off like a firework to spread the holiday cheer. For a minute there I thought you were going to destroy the town to teach society a lesson for only casting you as an elf in Christmas movies.

Prince Goggleston: What?! Oh yes…I wasn’t planning to ruin everyone’s Christmas. Those strikes are also nothing to do with me.

Dr Mosan: Those strikes didn’t last very long, there was only one single protestor named Gobb who was thrown out of the post office. Anyway since it’s nearly Christmas and I haven’t bought you a present I have decided to let you advertise my Christmas tree missiles dressed up in a Santa suit. It’s not as if your bad acting will take away from the sales anyway. Not if no one is buying them.

Prince Goggleston: Yes! I finally have a speaking role and as Santa too.

A bell from the Christmas tree rocket falls from the sky and knocks Prince Goggleston unconscious.

Dr Mosan: Huh…I guess it doesn’t need to be explosive to damage someone.

(Out of story)

Roman: Well that’s what happens when you improvise, a mad story about an actor and a Christmas tree missile. What did you think of…Fletch spit that out!

Fletch is nibbling on a plastic candy cane before pulling it out.

Fletch: Mmm…plastic!

Roman: If you that hungry you can eat a Christmas pudding.

Fletch: I’d sooner eat sprouts! Those weird little flatulence inducing vegetables.

Roman and Fletch: Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year!

Quote of the day

My speech! Here's my Christmas speech. Ahem. "Thank you all, and Merry Christmas."


The Muppet Christmas Carol

Written by Falcon, Saturday 24 December 2011

Mafia 2

Greetings, Mafia 2 follows the adventures of Vito Scaletta and his best friend Joe Barbaro. The game is set in the middle of the 1940’s to the early 1950’s.  It starts near the end of the Second World War when Joe attempts to retire Vito from the war by faking documents to a false injury. His connections work and Scalletta leaves the conflict. However the two both start committing crimes, the main character Vito, steals to help his mother and sister pay of their debt. His father was killed before the events of the game and was the one who left his family in considerable debt. Eventually the need for money drives Vito to do more daring jobs for Mafia leaders.

The storyline itself, is more complicated than the original as there are three families who have major roles in the plot. It has similar styles to Mafia, including friendship and betrayal.  However it still contains likeable characters and a thrilling experience in terms of story as well as action scenes, much like the original. The game has improved the fighting and driving controls, which in the first one I thought was a little ridged in the beginning. A lot of driving takes place which means that there are plenty of old songs spread over three radio stations to listen to. I found it helped make some of the travelling to destinations situations less tedious.

Overall, it is a great game and one that I would thoroughly recommend. It adds a worthwhile title to the Mafia series and well lived up to the expectation that it was held up in high regard to. Despite this, you may want to complete its predecessor first as there is a twist from the original in the second game. The fourth chapter of Team X Paranormal Division is up at Warehouse 17.





Quote of the day

Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.



Written by Falcon, Monday 19 December 2011

Reel Steel

Greetings, Real Steel is a 2011 film starring Hugh Jackman as the main lead. His character is called Charlie Kenton, an ex-boxer who is out of luck as he is experiencing a losing streak and is in a vast amount of debt. This movie has only one other individual I know due to her performance in Lost, the actress, Evangeline Lilly. It is by no means a ground breaking film in the terms of plot. Some of the themes that run throughout the film include the bonding between father and son as they come to know each other. The development of the characters, especially Charlie and it is a typical underdog scenario.

The story takes place in the near future, where there is robot boxing instead of the original human sport. Charlie Kenton finds out near the beginning that his ex-girlfriend has died leaving him in custody of his young son, Max, who has not seen for the majority of his life. The ex-boxer does not want to care for his son, as he is experiencing enough trouble of his own at that time.

However relatives intend to look after Max and Charlie sees his chance to exchange his offspring for the money to pay of his debt. The relatives pay half of the debt and where to pay the rest as well as take his son after their holiday which would take several months. This means Kenton has to care for Max during the time period, which begins an awkward relationship as the son is hostile to his father for not being there for him.

It is quite a good movie but there are no unexpected turns or twists and it is rather simple to understand where it will end up. None the less, it is an enjoyable and a feel good film that is one of the better ones this year. I would encourage you to see it, especially if you are a fan of boxing. The third chapter of Team X Paranormal Division is up at Warehouse 17.





Quote of the day

You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him.

Rooster Cogburn

True Grit

Written by Falcon, Saturday 10 December 2011