Week 2 of No Bilgemunky Radio

Sorry, mates, but last night’s Bilgemunky Radio again experienced technical difficulties. We managed to crank out a partial show, but connectivity issues plagued us, and eventually killed the evening entirely. I’m working to suss out the problem, and hope to have it resolved by August 2nd. If not, we might just find ourselves on an extended summer break from pirate music. Please consider finding a way to better yourself with the free time – learn a foreign language, study cross stitch, or perhaps even build a robot.

Review: Foam Rum Barrel

Rating: ★★★★★

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Let me set a scene for you. You and your mates are at a glorious pirate festival, bedecked in your swashbuckling finery. And then, as so often happens in these dark times, a gaggle of steampunks approach you and ask something like, “Pardon me, good sirs, indubitably, do you happen to know the location of the afternoon tea party, as it were? Harumph, pip pip?”

What exactly is the best response to this dreadful occurrence? Some might opt for the “stab first” option, but this often leads to trouble as it requires violating the festival’s peace-tie policy. Others might instead launch a small barrage of profanity, but in truth a cursing pirate sometimes comes across more like Yosemite Sam than we care to admit, which could leave you vulnerable to heckling (believe me, nothing is more painful than watching a steampunk do his Yosemite Sam impression at your expense). And so I would offer a third, wholly superior option – club the steampunk commander upside the head with a five gallon rum barrel. Pretty sweet, eh? Continue reading

‪Pirates of Black Cove Trailer

I reported before on the Pirates of the Black Cove teaser, which was only made up of stillshot artwork, and therefore provided no real insight to the game itself. Well, fear no more as we now have a full on trailer:

It comes across as a bit more light-hearted than I’d expected, and the graphics don’t seem to be exactly stellar, but I do enjoy the historical irreverence (heat-seeking cannon missiles and the like.) Don’t know that I’m yet bowled over, but I’d say cautiously intrigued 🙂

Review: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Game

Rating: ★★★★½
When I saw that Lego was making a Pirates of the Caribbean Video Game, I had two immediate concerns. First, games based on movies frighten me – I’ve already seen the movie, and I don’t need to act it out again in video game fashion. And second, Legos to me are a tactile experience – I’ve never for the live of me understood why I’d want to play with Legos on a console.

Well, in this case I needn’t have worried on either account, and this fact is made clear right from the opening sequence. Yes, it starts with a Lego reenactment of the first scene from Curse of the Black Pearl. But then, just when the viewer thinks he knows what’s going to happen next, the Lego figures pull a fast one and do a little pirate dance – and it’s AWESOME. This is the key to this game – playing along with the audience’s expectations, and then suddenly shifting course for comedic effect. And as to the Lego thing? Well, it’s LEGOS!!! Everything is cuter/awesomer/more piratey when Legos are involved. I wouldn’t have believed it, but it’s true.  Continue reading