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News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:53:15 PM »
Used to use AIM a lot in the early to mid 2000's alongside Yahoo Messenger. AIM was better than Yahoo or MSN back then. Remember ICQ? It was big for us my first year in college but the mania slowly died down. I haven't logged into AIM since 2009 and hearing this news, I kinda regret it. I moved to GChat ever since.

I know people really love certain platforms like Slack and Discord. I've used them both extensively, but they lack basic features that made AIM such a crazy, weird thing.

We recently got Slack at work and after much protest (from me because it didn't make much sense for the inner workings of my firm on a day to day), I signed up for it. Now ironically, I'm the only one actually logged on to it every day and using it. Everyone else is signed off or just not interested.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:43:42 PM »
Pacific Rim 2 -

It looks cool but something is off ... reminiscent of Michael Bay's Transformers line of movies. Maybe it's the way the camera pans or angles sideways or the fluidity/ choreography of the action. The jaegers in this one look sophisticated, clean, less robust or mechanical.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:39:33 PM »
I enjoyed Ex Machina, so I'm going to put the writer + director's next movie in here - Annihilation -

Kenneth Branagh's next one is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Murder On The Orient Express ... plus that cast -

The Lobster sparked a few conversations/ debates among my friends and it was a good watch overall ... the director's next one looks promising called The Killing Of A Sacred Deer -

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:26:21 PM »
Just too good Lith! How long did it take you to complete and any pros or cons of using Photoshop compared to your old process?

Berserk Merchandise / Re: First4Figures Berserk Line Announced
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:18:56 PM »
I'll check it out this weekend.

What's up with his neck :isidro:?!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:10:01 PM »
:sad: I was a bit disappointed by this movie. I should know by now that expectations are a bitch.

That's a bummer, I guess I'll skip it. I watched the first one again (I think a month or two ago on my Rhode Island visit) and enjoyed it. It's a fun, casual watch.

Movie premise - Mindhorn was a somewhat popular TV show back in the day that unfortunately gets shelved. Fast forward to present day and the actor who played the character - Richard - is washed up, unemployed and pretty desperate for work. There's a killer on the prowl (big fan of the show ... thinks the fictional character Mindhorn is real) and requests to negotiate with Mindhorn. Richard takes up the job in the hope it'll be good PR and it'll revive his career. There's nothing new with the story and you can probably smell the end mid-film much like getting a whiff of the french fries you ordered as you're walking towards the counter to pick up the order. And yet, there's a certain charm to the humor because it's really well acted and it's a light film in it's core. It's a small cast and crew and they all do the job perfectly. Recommended.

Finally watched Blade Runner (The Final Cut) on the big screen last night. I've watched it occasionally at home, whenever I've been in the mood for it but there's something about the theater experience that makes this pop - visuals, soundtrack - just everything. The downside to the theater experience was that you could notice the picture quality lose it's crispness in a few scenes and retain them when the camera would move or switch to the next shot.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:25:30 AM »

I was lucky I got to see (the Turkish) Death Warrior on the big screen a couple of weeks ago. To give you an idea of the movie, this's the opening scene -

It was tear jerking fantastic. It has a bit of everything - ninjas, zombies, car chases, bike chases, soundtrack borrowed from Jaws and Psycho because the sound director liked it so much when he watched it that he did a copy-paste and a good script that's somehow lost in translation. Here's an example of what's going on ...

There was a point in the film where the Turkish Cop delivers one of the most important dialogs only to get cut to the next scene mid-sentence. And this would happen a lot. Unfortunately it's a long long film and my cheeks/ jaw began to hurt from exhaustion. A bit torturous but got through it. In short, recommended!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:42:00 AM »
October's here and I'm trying to find decent to good horror movies to watch, movies I haven't watched before.

The Devil's Candy is decent, predictable but it didn't feel like a complete waste of time. I liked the fact that it revolved around a metalhead dad with his metalhead daughter and evil lurking around. So metal! Jokes aside, the soundtrack's decent and it's well filmed, acted and atmospheric enough to appreciate it. It's a story done so many times - family moves into a new home, shit happens. That's the basic plot but there's a bit of suspense and underlying terror that pulls the movie, making it watchable, enjoyable. Solid 7/10.

I finally watched Rick and Morty, I think I have 2 or 3 episodes left to watch in Season 3. The show RULES. Poor, poor Jerry ... I feel for the guy sometimes. Rick is star of the show, sliding in dark truths here n there.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:07:31 AM »
What a treat, thanks for putting this together Walter and Aaz. And thank you Void! This was a great great idea and I liked it a lot. One of my favorite podcasts so far.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:58:06 PM »
Prime 1 released information for their Guts Berserker Armor statue with size, price and pictures. Cursory glance reveals the sword's proportions being a bit off like the handle, overall length and width by the base + taper effect.

Link to view pictures + preorder -

From Prime 1's FB page

"Anger...Fury...They draw out the armor's power. But... you must never yield everything to them. Make your volition... your pivot of power."
Prime 1 Studio is proud to present UPMBR-04: Guts, Berserker Armor from Berserk (Manga). Guts also known as The Black Swordsman is the main protagonist of Berserk. The Berserker Armor is a suit of highly durable armor forged by dwarves. Wearers of the armor are appropriately named Berserkers. This armor imbued with a violent od purposed for drawing out and manifesting its wearer’s negative emotions. It is eventually entrusted to Guts after Flora’s spirit tree mansion is invaded by apostles of Griffith’s reborn Band of the Hawk. This Ultimate Premium Masterline Berserk series brings to life the popular Japanese dark fantasy comics/manga and crafted with attention to details and true to the original design of the character. The Berserker Armor statue stands at an impressive 37 inches tall with his Dragonslayer sword on the shoulder. This is the ultimate piece for all Berserk fans.
Statue features:
- Size approx. 37 inches tall with the sword on the shoulder [(H)95cm (W)57cm (D)52cm]
- Size approx. 30 inches tall with the sword down [(H)75cm (W)57cm (D)44cm]
- One (1) alternate Exclusive portrait (In Exclusive version only)
Retail Price:
- Regular version: $949 US
- Exclusive version: $999 US
Edition Size:
- Regular version: 1000
- Exclusive version: 500
Prototype samples shown.
Product details could be subjected to change without further notice.

Atrium Carceri - Seishinbyouin

One of my favorite albums by AC.

I've been listening to the new Ulver the past two weeks ... it's intoxicating

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: August 31, 2017, 05:24:59 AM »
This looks low budget but the trailer managed to make me laugh courtesy of Arnold. Trailer for KILLING GUNTHER -


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:53:09 PM »
Sam's whole story for the past two seasons (or would it be two-and-a-half? three?) has also been rendered pointless. What did his journey to the Citadel accomplish? Did he become a maester? No. Did he learn any useful skills? No. Did he figure out anything that could help in the war against the White Walkers? No. All he did was find out a few key details, completely by happenstance, that allowed he and Bran to puzzle out Jon's full parentage. Something Bran should have been able to know anyway. He seems to know everything else, why would this slip under his radar? And I'm still having a hard time figuring out how this whole matter is going to contribute to the story's resolution. It honestly just feels like the writers are bragging about revealing one of the books' most prevailing mysteries before Martin gets a chance to. The only hope Sam has if he wants to have any meaningful role to play for the rest of the story is if he can glean something useful from the books he stole.

He's been really annoying the past two seasons and I completely agree with you. He also picked up random books and scrolls in the dark before jetting out - not very helpful.

BTW, something we should mention, congrats to Jaime on finding his BALLS! :ubik:

Hear hear. And congratulations are also in order to the guy who has no balls :farnese:

I liked how Cersei backed off her agreement in the end after a lot of back and forth. I wonder if Tyrion's going to get soft on her because she's pregnant. It's funny how you see Jon and Dany making love, switch camera to the Wall being torn down effortlessly. This new version of Viscerion is badass for sure. I didn't get the holes in the wings part too (good catch Griffith). Now that the season's come to an end, I realize we saw a lot of action where the bad guys had it coming and the good won, for a change. No rapes, no kids being torched (poor Shireen), no people ridden with disease (thick as dragon skin Jorah), some sex with couples people have been fanboying about (still waiting on Lord Varys ... but no time for that now). Most of the good (important) guys have prevailed ... they're mostly going to die next year and I hope people aren't shocked by it.

There's no way Beric or Tormund could've survived that sort of catastrophic destruction but no bodies = not dead ehh. It'd be a shame if Beric went in that fashion after being through all that.

Good stuff -

Tyrion's conversation with Bron and seeing good ol Pod again.
Lady Tarth and the Hound chatting about Arya.
Littlefinger's reaction and him trying to defend himself after that ridiculous highly intelligent detective work.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:09:10 PM »
Article of the director for last week's episode discussing the timeline -

"We were aware that timing was getting a little hazy,” Taylor told Variety. “We’ve got Gendry running back, ravens flying a certain distance, dragons having to fly back a certain distance…In terms of the emotional experience, [Jon and company] sort of spent one dark night on the island in terms of storytelling moments. We tried to hedge it a little bit with the eternal twilight up there north of The Wall. I think there was some effort to fudge the timeline a little bit by not declaring exactly how long we were there. I think that worked for some people, for other people it didn’t. They seemed to be very concerned about how fast a raven can fly but there’s a thing called plausible impossibilities, which is what you try to achieve, rather than impossible plausibilities. So I think we were straining plausibility a little bit, but I hope the story’s momentum carries over some of that stuff.

If that
Are you excited for the return of the eclipse and the god hand?

If it means having a chance encounter with  :SK:, sure I'll be there.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:43:42 PM »
That is EXACTLY why I watched it ASAP. Even basic one sentence plot synopses being casually tossed around out there threatened spoilers, and I saw the exact same thumbnails you're talking about online yesterday. Sorry man, that's, I mean, it may not be what it seems... or is it!? :isidro: :carcus:

Actually, I had what I thought was a major spoiler going in, which precipitated my viewing, and was playing the same game with my expectations, "It might be wrong, IDK!" and it actually turned out to be untrue. So, you never know.
Haha yeah! The part that I got spoiled on was the very last scene of the episode, which turned out to be an accurate spoiler.

A few co-workers loved the episode, calling it the best of the season so far. When episode 4 came out, they had a similar reaction. I'm noticing a trend where anything action related gets a favorable nod among my co-workers. I actually like the parts where people are scheming or in weird predicaments which are too many to list. I've been wanting to re-watch the first 4 or 5 seasons for that exact reason but going through Danny's scenes again is whats been holding me back :puck:

I liked last nights episode, flaws and all because things are moving and I think that's the tone of this season. Everything's moving so fast and I've surrendered to the notion that it just isn't possible with the time characters have. Like in this episode, first how did Gendry even know his way back and he got there in amazing time. The raven sped real quick to Danny who got back in no time too. If that's the case, it seems like those white walkers have been marching or futzing around in circles all this time. How did Jon get out and not freeze or where did those big chains come from? I did like Tormund's dialog and the conversation Tyrion had with Danny.

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:17:35 PM »
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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:14:59 PM »
I'm not going to have the time to watch it before Sunday night, going away for a bit this weekend starting tonight. Dangit. I did get spoiled about a certain blue~y thing when the episode leaked because at the time, when I woke up, I casually logged into news and an article came up with the spoiling thumbnail (gif) of it happening. DANGIT.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello All!
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:10:42 PM »
Welcome to the forums and hope you have a good time on here. Some of us do have non-Berserk avatars, like Aaz.

Feel free to check out the SkullKast's (podcasts) where the Admins chat about Berserk episodes upon their release, breaking it down. The SkullKast's are also currently in the middle of a re-read of the series which is a definitive breakdown of Berserk, rich in information. Feel free to look up certain topics using the Search function if you're in the need for information on characters, situations or theories that members may have had in the past/ present.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 14, 2017, 03:20:12 PM »
I agree with the issues of how time flowed in this episode (even Jorah finding his way so fast) or the last few episodes. It feels like everyone's riding some dragon at this point. This episode - weakest this season.

Episode high points - Randyll Tarly's the man, standing ground on what he believed in. Tyrion-Varys conversation. Jaime's conflict in picking sides and taking shit from Cersei (again).

Low points - Everything Sam related this season, could be due to poor writing - like how he grabs random scrolls in the dark (whatever's in reach) with the hope to find some information out of all those books or scrolls, etc. or his confident approach with Jorah before. I like Davos but I'd have liked to see more dialog from the Tyrion-Jaime encounter compared to more screen time given to 2 foot soldier's chatting up a Davos who's got jokes. Little things like that, disappointed. Also, that's a pretty dumb idea to go beyond the wall with 6-8 people to go find a white walker, risking a fight with an army of them. Didn't make a lot of sense.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 08, 2017, 08:28:32 PM »
I'm mildly enjoying this season with it's flaws here and there, more evident because of the writing. The pacing feels a bit weird but I won't lie - seeing some characters interact or finally meet after extensive periods is cool to watch. This last episode though ... spoilers ahead - I couldn't get to terms with how quickly Dany + Dothrakhi army got to Highgarden that quick. Drogon's a bit of an idiot to let that second spear injure him after he had a warning shot. I had a similar problem with accepting that successful surgery Sam performed on Jorah, who's suddenly cured ... how did he not die from all that swish squish kabish? The final moments of episode 2 made the episode worth watching.

Also, Go Euron.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:38:49 PM »
Good input from the members who posted above, props to you all you mates.

Thanks for asking Walter and for giving us a chance to be participants (of the process) even as listeners.

To me, the re-read podcasts function as Admins (and the occasional bonus participants) laying the smackdown in a one time only, special analysis of the series, where there’s an in depth view of past episodes and volumes. I'd be lying if I said there were moments where I didn't think of a certain implication the way I thought it played out or a scene's significance or the expression when someone said something or an instance foreshadowed, etc. till the podcasts shed light on it. There were moments, I as a reader, knew of beforehand or from reading the forums over the years when a member would ask a question and it’s clarified by Walter, Aaz, Griff but with the page by page analysis there's also talk of certain misconceptions of a particular moment that are addressed and squashed which I love. The re-read analysis is such a good source for anyone if they have the time to listen to it versus doing a forum search and going through topics. It's rich in information on a different level, with a personal touch. The analysis on the first 3 volumes were some of the best in the series of re-reads because not a lot of people or new fans discuss it, they’d have questions of more recent scenarios or theories.

Then again, I realize in the real world it's hard to make the time to create the content and we all have lives outside the forum. It would be selfish of me to say “I want this or that” when I'm the guy simply clicking on the podcast button and consuming it - whether it's on the go or while I cook (when I often listen to older favorite pods), etc. To create this level of content takes massive effort. So as a fan of the series, the quality of the content that's being given to us and of the members in the podcast, I'm just glad to hear you guys talk Berserk, movies. I’ll leave the way you discuss it up to you and trust me when I say, I’ll be more than happy with the direction the Admins choose moving forward *thumbs up*.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:45:30 PM »
Don't burn me at the stake to this, but it's thanks to the 2016+ adaptations...

Well, I never actually watched them, but I was motivated to read the manga due to all the comments about how Berserk "deserves a better adaptation" and whatnot. So I thought, why not try it? So I did. Now I'm here, wishing I had waited for it to be over so I wouldn't have to suffer the long waits with the rest of ye...

I think that this is really one of the few things good about the 2016-2017 adaptations. Regardless of their quality, they do give exposure to the series and also provide a way for the fans of the manga to express their love for it to more people, by contributing to episode discussions and making memes or whatever. Obviously Berserk should get an adaptation worthy of its name, but at least the current adaptations DO increase the chances of more people learning about the series. Though, if they were actually good they would probably attract even more people to the series...

No shame in admitting it, the silver lining is that you're here now and you can differentiate + appreciate the story depicted in the manga. This sort of situation was briefly discussed in the introduction of most recent SkullKast (

Be sure to support Berserk by purchasing the manga and enjoy the ride dude. 

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