I don't usually critique TV shows on this blog, but I talk about about comic books and superheroes so I thought that it might be fun to jot down my thoughts (and concerns) about the foursome of superhero shows on the CW.
Of the four, I'm least concerned about Arrow, which is funny because if you had asked me last season I'd have said it was about done. The hero/villain constellation of Damien Darhk and Oliver/Felicity just didn't do it for me and the show seemed poised to lose its edge. Much like the old sitcom News Radio and Moonlighting, the fans might want to see the romantic tension resolved, but it's not what is best for the show.
Wiping that slate clean and introducing a slew of new characters, both heroic and villainous, brought a lot of new life to Arrow. The new proteges deserve more time to develop, but they really helped put Arrow back on its feet. Plus I'm kind of a sucker for non-Batman non-super DC characters.
So Adam and Blacksteel have been talking a lot about why we buy new games. I noticed about two years ago that my RPG purchases were diminishing in number fairly steeply. To understand why, let me explain why I buy most RPG's. I buy them like cookbooks, where I'm not going to cook every recipe out of them, or even any of them, but I get ideas about how to cook. I take little snippets here and there and throw them into whatever game (or meal) I'm making.
Several factors have contributed to the decline of RPG purchasing.
1. The price. The cost of a hardcover RPG has risen from around $30 to $50 for a hardcover. Some run to $70 is they are particular large or have a color interior. Somewhere in there the price went from "sure, I can buy this a look at it and never run it and that's okay" to "um, no."
2. The closure of the used book store in my town. Beats me why Half Price Books couldn't make it here, but they couldn't, and discount RPG&…