The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 127 – Sentences are Hard

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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Big News

This week we chat about the new trailers for Avengers: EndgameGodzilla: King of the Monsters, Bird Box, Angels of Death, and Brightburn, some of the things announced at the Game Awards, including Dragon Age 4, Hades, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and The Outer Worlds, and new on Doctor Strange 2.

Screentime – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

We review the new Spider-Man animated movie from Marvel and Sony! We don’t go into spoilers, mostly because we are too busy being overwhelmingly positive about it.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Once and Future Book by Ian Green/Doctor Who Series 11 on BBC 1/Call of Cthulhu on PS4
IanKilling Commendatore by Haruki Murakami and Malagash by Joey Comeau/The Good Place on Netflix, Dynasties with David Attenborough and The State of It on BBC iPlayer/Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch, Red Dead Redemption 2 Online on PS4, PUBG on iPad

Check out any of those through those Amazon links and we get a kick back! Or you can go through here.

Look at those yellow boys. They are the same boy.

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 50 – Candy or Money?

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chatted about a new Star Trek series, BBC’s upcoming His Dark Materials adaptation and the Preacher trailer, while Gary laughs his most real, authentic and hysterical laugh, and Adam interrupts a lot.

Gary in 60 seconds was ‘The Thing’ (1982), with Gary taking on the creepy sci-fi horror. We’ll be putting up a twitter poll today to pick which film Adam should do next time, so make sure you vote in that!

In the spirit of not-Halloween-anymore, for the main talking point this week we talked about our favourite horror films, with some excellent suggestions from all of you.

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Any prequels you think are particularly awful? Any you hope to never see? Are there any that you think actually turned out to be good, worthwhile films? Let us know! You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.

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*Also, the poll results from the Alien 5 or Prometheus 2 twitter poll we set up during the recording ended up being incredibly close with 56% wanting the Neill Blomkamp Alien 5 over 44% wanting Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, indicating that we are totally misrepresenting our audience! Maybe we should stop ragging on Prometheus so much! Doesn’t seem likely.*

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Forbidden Stars

“This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper”. Now, T.S. Elliot was a smart cookie, but he got it wrong here. The (many) worlds will end with a metric f**k ton of Orks, Chaos, Marines and Eldar ripping them apart with orbital bombardments. On the grim, dark future, there is no whimpering!

Forbidden Stars, where do I start? I could say “amazing components, exquisite board, and a great rules set” but when it comes to Fantasy Flight Games, it tends to be a given. Forbidden Stars is all those things and more, don’t get me wrong. The game pieces look like they could perfectly fit into epic or battlefleet gothic. FFG are not letting down the 40k license, they are representing! I particularly like the “titan” sized pieces.

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Oh, I almost forgot the board. You know I saying everything in this game is beautiful? Well the tiles are even nicer! They look like a wonderfully painted star chart. Almost too whimsical for the 40k universe.

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Now lets not praise this game too much, it has its flaws, but all games do. With FFGs recent 2 book system (one for the core rules, the other for referencing in-game), the initial read through can be a bit arduous. Over all I like the 2 book system for longevity but doesn’t do much for the first game. Secondly, to me the combat system seems a bit fractured. Trying to explain it to people was the most difficult part. Again, after a few actual combats it sinks in and works. Sadly, messing up your first few combats might screw you over for the rest of the game, and it’s not a short game at that! But I’m nit-picking. I do love this game.

The game is split into 3 phases. The planning phase, the operation phase and the refresh phase.

The planning phase is pretty self explanatory. Each player plans their moves for phase two. You do this by selecting one of your order tiles and placing it on a tile. The cool bit is, someone else can place there order on top of yours. Meaning you can’t resolve your order until they resolve their one that’s on top. Evan player puts down 4 order tiles, you get two copies of each order.

Order consist of the following (I’ve written a very basic summary):

1) Deploy. You build units, then structures. Structures include factories (you need these to build units), bastions (fortifications to help you hold worlds) and cities (needed to make the bigger and more killinger units!)

2) Strategize. Lets you upgrade your orders and improve your combat deck

3) Dominate. You harvest any assets your friendly worlds have. Such as extra money, reinforcements and forge tokens (you need these to build to best two units). You also get to activate your special faction power.

4) Advance. This is your move order. I found movement to be a little confusing at first, but after a couple of games I got it. Basically, if worlds are adjacent your troops can move to them. But if there is a void section (open space) you need to have a friendly ship in that space to allow them to move through it.

The Refresh phase sees you collecting materiel (Forbidden Stars currency), rallying units and, the coolest bit, moving the warp storms. These little strips of hell can make or break your plans! No units can move through them, so they may stop your invasion in a heart beat.

Your aim for the game is to pick up little objective tokens (which is the first step of the refresh phase). If you pick up as many as there are players, you win the game.

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I highly recommend this game. It’s awesome! Even if you’re not a fan of the 40k universe, it’s worth it!

Gary

The Tale Of 40K Gamers: Ep 10 It’s All Just For Research Purposes

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Welcome back you sexy people! In today’s show Gary and Chris talk about their progress with general hobbying and how they feel with the Tale coming to a close.

Gary’s Mic flips out at about 18mins into the Ep. We have a break soon after to resolve it, so it only lasts about 10 mins. Quality as always.


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Tale Of 40K Gamers Ep.9: Rolls Like Drazhar

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Welcome back everyone! Today Aaron, Gary and Jan talk about their hobby progress (failures), the 2nd campaign weekend and a 4-way carnage game they had.
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London MCM Comic Con – Day 3: Cosplay Cavalcade

Adam headed off to the MCM Comic Con Expo in London this weekend. This is what he saw.

Walking around London Comic Con this weekend I saw some pretty excellent cosplay. Here are some really low quality photos of some of my favourites! I promise I’ll bring a proper camera next time, rather than taking photos with my camera phone which doesn’t really do some of these costumes justice!

Black Widow, Hawkeye and Iron Man

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Complete with J.J. Abrams lens flare!

Massive Dragonball group

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A fair few groups met up like this and posed for photos outside the convention centre. Mr Popo looks a little terrifying.

Warhammer 40K

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These were ridiculous. I can’t imagine how hot they would have been inside

Judge Dredd

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He’s got that sneer down

Bayonetta

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Excellent detail on this one

The Walking Dead – Rick and Daryl

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That is an ace looking Rick-beard

Mr Bubbles!

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Always nice to see some Bioshock represent

Chappie

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Complete with his bling

Attack on Titan – Female Titan

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I think this one ended up being my favourite of the weekend. I love the added detail of the scout hanging out of the mouth

That was just a sample of the great cosplay on show at London Comic Con. It will be back in October at the Excel centre, so make sure you head along to check it out!

Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London MCM Comic Con – Day 1: General Meandering

Adam headed off to the MCM Comic Con Expo in London this weekend. This is what he saw.

This weekend I’ve headed across the city to London Comic Con at the Excel centre. As soon as you hit Bank on the tube during a Comic Con weekend (a biannual event in May and October), you slowly start to see more and more brightly coloured wigs, cosplayers and generally individuals that I look at and think that I probably have a few things in common with (Nerds. They look like nerds. Like me). This wasn’t my first rodeo (though it was the first time I took a day off work for said rodeo), but every time I’ve been to the MCM Expo the scale of the event tends to get exponentially larger. This first day being a Friday, the actual number of people attending and the general queues were far lower than I was used to. I used this opportunity to wander around, get a bit of a lay of the land and figure out everything I wanted to cover over the weekend, because the other two days are likely to be far, far more busy!

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The hall at Excel that houses so much nerdery twice a year

Throughout the day I checked out all of the stalls selling a plethora of memorabilia from various films, comic books, video games and anime. At MCM Comic Con there is a huge retailer focus, and there is an insane selection of clothing, props, signed photos, posters, toys, board games, various card games, both new and retro video games, manga, anime, swords (actual metal swords), strap-on tails (not a typo), boob-cushion mouse pads (also not a typo), imported snacks, long boxes full of discounted comic books, and gorgeous but fairly expensive figures. This all presents a situation I always feel I need to be careful with. For example, although I’ve only ever bought two figures that I would consider to be extravagant (a Kotobukiya Jim Lee inspired Batman and a POP Roronoa Zoro from the One Piece Strong World Movie) I know full well that if left unchecked I could allow it to spiral out of control, as I would with any of the other items on sale. Left unchecked, I would spend a ridiculous amount of money. Unfortunately, as I went to the event alone, I was left unchecked. And despite that I managed to hold off. There was one item that was much cheaper than I was expecting, and when I sent a photo of it to people they all told me to buy it. They failed to check me. So I’ll be buying it on Saturday. Try and guess what it’s going to be!

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Relics of my childhood (I think I actually had the GBC on the left), Pokemon cards (I had this whole set and lost it. I could be a MILLIONAIRE now), a dazzling array of metal sword replicas,

There are always films that have either just come out or are coming out soon that have a big presence at Expo. When I first came about 4 years ago Green Lantern was coming out that summer, and I remember looking up at all the banners and saying to the guys with me (I want to say James, Ian and Kit…) “I really hope Green Lantern doesn’t suck”.

It was a more hopeful time.

At this Comic Con, there was a big deal being made about the upcoming Despicable Me spin-off ‘Minions’ (an obsession I do not understand or find particularly amusing, but plenty of people like to share things on Facebook with them in it), so they even had them on my press pass (I’m on ‘Team Kevin’ apparently). They also had a lot of posters up for Mad Max Fury Road, which to my shame I haven’t actually seen yet and will hopefully get round to it next week. But if I wasn’t already looking forward to it, this beast would have changed that regardless.

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The future belongs to the mad

There was also a great deal of pretty excellent cosplay going on. There is a big leaning towards anime characters when it comes to cosplay in general, and I’ve found that while there are certainly a decent number of comic book, film and video game characters at London Comic Con the ratio is still in favour of the brightly coloured anime. I went through a stage in my uni days where I dressed up as a few characters when attending anime conventions, with Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist), Mugen (Samurai Champloo), Nicholas D. Wolfwood (Trigun) and Grimmjow Jeagerjaques (Bleach) being the ones I was happiest with. I think I stopped because I couldn’t really spare the time, money or effort into actually doing it well, and I didn’t really want to do it half-heartedly. So that being said, while I know a few people that tend to look down on it, I think the lengths some people go to to dress up like their favourite characters is always impressive. I enjoy seeing the way trends go too, based on what is popular or in vogue at the moment. The scouts from Attack on Titan are still going strong, if a little diminished as it has been a couple of years now, and there was a huge number of Harley Quinns too. And I preferred every single one of them to the costume in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie too. I’m planning on taking a few more cosplay photos over the weekend, but this one was my favourite from Friday hands down.

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My love for you is like a truck Khorne Berserker

Around this point I realised I needed to start pacing myself. Usually when I attend Comic Con I go for one day, and I’m knackered by the end from all the walking around, the crowds and the over stimulation and effort of trying to avoid spending all my money. If I was going to survive three days I needed to chill out for a bit, so I decided to head to the various video game areas to check out a few upcoming games. In the next article you can read about what I thought of a few of them!

London MCM Comic Con is open until Sunday, so if you’ve been thinking about it come on down to the Excel centre for some geeky goodness either today or tomorrow!

Edit – Don’t do that, Saturday and weekend tickets are sold out. But come along on Sunday!

Adam