The Bunny Bacchus (mr_wombat) wrote,
The Bunny Bacchus

The 2003 Wombat Awards Part 1

This is the stuff I did this year, not what was released this year, hence it is the Wombat awards, voted on by me, not some bunch of industry luvvies. I am indie... oh yes.

Best computer game
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, it's the closest thing I've seen to Planescape: Torment in a long time, everything you do seems to have knock on effects on you, your group and the environment. Any game that makes you look nastier and more unpleasant as you get progressively more evil (since dark force power corrupts physical frames, it's not just a cheap gimmick) is fine in my book.
Notable mentions also include Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Baldur's Gate 2 and Haegemonia.

Best pen and paper RPG
Orpheus - the new White Wolf RPG. The first game in a long time whose setting and sample adventure hooks actually creeped me out and gave me some trouble sleeping, or taking my clothes off.
A VERY VERY close joint second were the Angel and Buffy RPGs and notable mentions include Wraith the Oblivion (which I really only encountered properly for the first time this year) and Call of Cthulhu D20 (not bad since I generally dislike non fantasy D20 stuff).

Best pen and paper RPG supplement
The Forgotten Realms D20 Setting. I just love it, can't get enough of that Forgotten Realms goodness these days. Notable mentions also include "The Magic Box" for the Buffy RPG and the Star Wars D20 Dark Side sourcebook.

Best board game
The D&D board game, though it mainly qualifies through being about the only board game I played all year it's still very good. What games we did play involved plenty of good old fashioned slaying and backstabbing as certain parties who shall remain nameless managed to grab every last piece of treasure they could, giggling all the while.

Best music
Dropkick Murphys, Iresprite put me on to these guys and I still find it odd that no Irish band ever managed to put together punk and traditional in any decent manner. Anyway, they rock. Notable mentions include NOFX's new album (I forget the name - "american errorist" I think) and the White Stripes.

Best book read
Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash. I've read it about eight times now and I never get tired of it. This is about the only book that's ever happened with. Notable mentions also include more from Neils with Neil Gaiman's "Smoke and Mirrors" and "American Gods"

Best Movie
Return of the King, geek that I am this movie really did it for me, the charge of the Rohirim moved me, the dead creeped me out and Shelob gave me a case of the screaming heebie jeebies the likes of which I have not experienced for years. Notable mentions also include Terminator 3 for the sheer fun of it and even without actually seeing it it's safe to say that Pirates of the carribean is on this list too.

Best TV
Buffy, I'm a God damned fanboy. Season six kind of pissed me off with the lack (in my eyes at least) of a decent story arc and the three geeks were cool and all but they were no Mayor. Season seven though works for me. Notable mentions include The Blizzard of Odd (which those of you outside ireland will know nothing about but it rocks) and Babylon 5 (relegated to notable mentions because I've seen it many times before and this is all subjective.

Biggest computer game disappointment
The Thing - the game followup to Carpenter's original movie. We were promised advanced AI, realistic reaction to environmental and psychological stress from NPCS and enough terror to make you shit adrenaline. Instead we got badly scripted sequences where people died or turned into monsters regardless of whether or not you had left them in the god damned entrance lobby and made sure nothing got near them and enough terror to possibly scare a small child.

The "What the fuck were you thinking?" award for PC gaming goes to Hitman 2 for having a genetically engineered killing machine who could not actually jump.

Stay tuned for more awards as I think of them.

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