Whopperrito and the Only Way to Eat It

I can’t bring myself to eat the newest Burger King creation, the Whopperrito.

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I know I will eventually, simply because of the fad of it.  For now, however, I’m letting my friend from Tiki Bar Music, Paul, try it first.  He did tell me that eating it just as it comes isn’t the correct way.  When I further pressed him on exactly how one is supposed to navigate this Tex-Mex-Whopper hybrid, he said this:

I asked for extra ‘creamy queso’. The item you are referring to. I didn’t taste any or see any, so I’m not sure it was on there. Either way, it basically tastes like a Whopper wrapped in a soft tortilla. I had an Arsenal ready. Fire sauce from Taco Bell. Hot mustard from McDonald’s. Sriracha. Tabasco. And sweet and sour sauce. Until this moment, I forgot about sour cream as an option. Although it is now already eaten. Oh, I also had some zesty onion ring sauce from Burger King.

I found the best combination to be Fire Sauce with sriracha. Or, fire sauce with zesty onion ring sauce. Or McDonald’s hot mustard sauce, with zesty onion ring sauce and sriracha. Each of them by themselves, weren’t anything special. Would I get it again? Probably not, but there’s hardly been anything that they’ve made outside of the classic menu, that’s been worthwhile, including the hot dogs because of the cost of them. Nothing special at all…
Putting the queso on and having raw jalapenos, might have done it a little bit of justice. But the problem is that, when all is said and done, it’s a flame broiled burger taste. Nothing like Mexican.

I dunno.  I may have to run out tonight and get one for dinner.  I had actually planned on eating a simple salad with some Italian dressing on it, but now.. Now I might just try this instead…

Probably not.

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ZombieMall and Patreon

Running a website isn’t cheap.  Last count I’ve got 21 of them.  I don’t do something with each and every one on a daily basis (or even monthly for that matter), but they all get love and care from me when I am able.

This brings me to this website and Patreon.

Patreon.com is a bit like Kickstarter, only instead of doing a campaign that runs for 1 month and collecting funds at the end of that month.

I just created a Patreon page ( https://www.patreon.com/zombiemall ) and it details all of the various rewards you can get for making a pledge.

If you can’t do a pledge, that’s cool too.  I’m still going to continue to run my websites regardless.  Getting a monthly pledge, however, will help me a great deal.

You can view my pledge video here:

I have one final request, please share this with everyone you know.  I really like doing what I do, but getting paid for it would be even sweeter!

Thanks for checking this out and as always…

Stay Scary!

 

Fear the Walking Dead Grotesque S2.E8 – My Thoughts

Honestly, I had totally forgotten that Fear the Walking Dead was returning last night. That’s my fault, really. I’ve been busy with school starting back up, trying to work, and life in general. Not to mention that I’m still wrapped up in it’s original The Walking Dead and wondering who is going out for the baseball team…

See, the thing is, with FtWD.. well, hold on, I’ll get back to that.

This episode, called Grotesque, is the 1st episode of it’s 2nd half of the 2nd season (hence the S2.E8).
It’s all about Nick. I get that it’s a character development episode, but it spends it’s entire 47 minutes following him around as he walks around Mexico.

I don’t have an issue with that, as I get that the show is trying to establish exactly how bleak the world has become. What I do have issue with, however, is that we already know how bleak the world is. We know how brutal the world is going to be. We know what lengths one has to go to in order to survive.

Now that that’s #established, let’s go back to..

See, the thing is, with FtWD.. While I see what they are trying to do with this episode, I’m still stuck on the season 6 finale of it’s main show, The Walking Dead. I think it would have been a wiser move to start up this second half of the second season with something as equally gripping. Yeah, I get that we’ve had 6 full seasons to get attached to our Walking Dead characters, and only 1.5 seasons to get attached to our Fear the Walking Dead characters, but still.

fear-the-walking-dead-episode-208-nick-dillane-6-935[1]I’m torn. I liked the episode, but the parent show is still overpowering my judgement. It’s difficult for me to see this spin-off as it’s own entity, I keep looking for how the two shows are going to tie together. Of course, I’m also still watching to see how they can further connect the Walking Dead universe to Breaking Bad universe.

As an episode, Grotesque was actually pretty good. I know I’ve complained a little here, but that’s my own hang up getting in the way. I actually like this spin-off. This episode really delves into Nick as a character and drives home how he really is made to survive in this new zombie world. While it mostly just shows Nick walking around, we get a couple of hints into his past and his pain. We are shown a little of what makes him who he is.

It’s obvious to me that Nick doesn’t operate well with the living but how he navigates around with the dead; wow. He doesn’t fear the dead, and has a very unique way to navigate them.

What I am most interested in is seeing specifically where Nick is 10 years down the road.

The Strain returns for Season 3

FX’s The Strain returns for Season 3 starting on August 28th!  They have really ramped up their promotions for it and today they released a video trying to get us all to become vampires!

What say you? Will you stay human or will you volunteer yourself to become a strigoi?

MTV’s Scream vs 1996’s Scream

Last night, August 16th, 2016 we saw the Season 2 finale of MTV’s Scream.  The show is based on the same title as the 1996 movie Scream, but short of that, the two have very little in common.

The similarities are there, sure, but I would categorize them more of slightly borrowed elements (or paying homage).

I’ve compiled a fairly good list of how they are similar (and of course, the bits that are not so similar).  Grab some coffee.. this might get a bit in depth.. and there may be a few spoilers…

Ghostface Mask vs Brandon James Mask

In both versions no-one really knew who was behind the mask, but in the 1996 film franchise it was nicknamed Ghostface as the name of the mask.  In MTV’s version of Scream, it is called the Brandon James Mask.  Further, in the movies the killer is referred to also as Ghostface.  In MTV’s show the killer is referred to as The Lakewood Slasher.

The Ghostface Mask was basically a random mask taken from a Halloween store and used to scare the various people of the movie franchise.

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The Brandon James Mask is a bit deeper.  The creators wanted to really separate the two incarnations of Scream so roughly 20 years prior to Season 1, there was a kid named Brandon James that suffered from Proteus Syndrome (a condition in which tumors and extra skin growth cover the body) and he wore the mask to hide this.  He also supposedly went crazy and killed a bunch of people, thus the mask would strike fear into many of the people of the town.

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The Killers

In this section I’m not going to delve too deep into the motives of the killers, I just want to list them for comparison. It is also assumed that you guys are familiar, somewhat, with the characters, so I’m not going to list out each one (other wise I’d be typing this article for the next 2 weeks and you guys would have WAY too much to read).  That said…

In 1996’s Scream (and following movies) the killers were:

Scream: Billy Loomis and Stuart Macher – Billy goes after Sidney because her mother had an affair with Billy’s dad which caused Billy’s mom to leave them.  Stuart did it because of peer pressure.  Prior to the movie Billy kills Sidney’s mom.

Scream 2: Debbie Salt and Micky – Micky just wanted to be famous whereas it is revealed that Debbie is actually Billy’s mom from the 1st movie.

Scream 3: Roman Bridger – is Sidney’s half brother, as Sidney’s mom was attacked at one point and had Roman but gave him up for adoption. As an adult, Roman sought out his biological mother only to be shunned.  It is also revealed that he is the one that convinced Billy Loomis to kill Sidney’s mom.

Scream 4: Charlie Walker and Jill Roberts – Jill Roberts is Sidney’s cousin.  Charlie is in love with Jill, but she does not share the emotion back. Jill wants the fame that Sidney has and in a strange tale of killings Charlie is set up to be the main killer, but it’s actually Jill.

In MTV’s Scream the killers were:

Season 1: Piper Shaw & an un-named accomplice – Half-sister to the main character, Emma Duval.  Going back in time a little bit, as teenagers, Emma’s mother had a romance with Brandon James.  She was forced to put the baby (Piper) up for adoption and didn’t even know if it was a boy or a girl.  This evidently caused Brandon to snap and he went on a killing spree on Halloween in the year 1994.  Brandon was shot by police and killed.  Back to current day; Piper finds her biological mother and blames her and Emma for her father’s death and wants to get revenge.

Season 2: Kieran Wilcox – it is revealed that Kieran is the un-named accomplice from the 1st season. He is also acting out the part of Emma’s boyfriend.  He was actually in love with Piper which was his motive for going after Emma as she was the one that killed Piper in Season 1.

Season 3: unknown.  While MTV has not yet confirmed a Season 3, we certainly might expect one as the final scene from Season 2 shows Kieran in jail getting a phone call from The Voice in which it asks “Why said you could wear my mask?”.  Interesting indeed!  We also know that in October MTV is going to air a special Halloween episode of Scream.

The Phone Calls

While there is the iconic disguised voice phone calls, so far we have not heard the famous “What’s your favorite scary movie?” line asked in the tv show version.  None of the actors in either version actually did the phone voice, in the movie it was done by Roger Jackson and in MTV’s show it was done by Mike Vaughn.

Obviously phones have evolved since 1996.  We have much more technically advanced cell phones (and caller ID), however, not a lot really separates the elements between the movies and the tv show.  The disguised voice is there in both, however, in the MTV version it is explained that it’s an app whereas in the movies it’s a little pocket device.

The Settings

In 1996 we were introduced to the town of Woodsboro (possibly located in Southern California but they never specify).

MTV’s Scream takes place in the town of Lakewood (possibly located somewhere in Southern Louisiana).

Both start off with the “kids” in high-school and move forward from there.

The 1st Kills

In the opening of the 1996 version of Scream we see Drew Barry more popping popcorn.  She gets a phone call from someone asking her what her favorite scary movie is.  From there Ghostface torments her, and kills her.  However, the 1st kill goes to her boyfriend whom is left on her back porch to kickstart the movie (so he actually gets the 1st Ghostface kill).

In the opening of MTV’s version of Scream we see Bella Thorn talking to someone about uploading a video to shame someone.  She then goes out to a hot-tub and gets in only to see her boyfriend’s head float up before she is killed (so the boyfriend actually gets the 1st kill).

The Past and How it Hits the Present

In the 1996 Scream there is a mysterious past in regards to Sidney’s mother (and her murder).  This acts as a catalyst and reason behind why Sidney is the way she is in the films.

In MTV’s Scream there is a mysterious past in regards to Emma’s mother and a murder spree done by Brandon James.  This acts as a catalyst as to why Emma’s mother is so protective of her daughter and why things unfold in how the unfold.

In Closing and my Final Thoughts

There are a few other similarities to the shows, but I can’t think of a single instance in which there was a character crossover from the original 1996 Scream franchise into the new MTV version of Scream.  In short, I cannot, or have not, noticed or seen anything that relates them together on a larger meta-scale in which we can state that they take place in the same fictional universe.  The closest thing I can come up with is that the movie starts off in the year 1996, and that Brandon James snapped and killed several people in 1994.  Sidney’s mother was killed 1 year prior to the start of the movie (1995).

 

The Walking Dead: Sneak Peek of Season 7 Premiere

Okay, The Walking Dead Season 7 is going to start up soon.  We all know someone is trying out for the “baseball team” but we don’t know who yet.  Spoilers aside, we could ruminate all day and still not know for certain.

What we do know is that AMC has released a sneak peek of Season 7..

Take a gander at Dwight (and notice he is wearing Daryl’s vest! – a hint??) and watch as he stomps down on a zombie!

 

Saw 8 Teaser Poster for Halloween of 2017??

what am I looking at here??

 

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Dead Things Board Game ZombieMall Scenario

For a couple of posts now, I’ve been posting about this cool new game, Dead Things, that I have been playing.

A day or so ago we decided to tailor the game to reflect ZombieMall.  That is, we came up with our own scenario, which is one of the kick-ass elements of this game; you don’t have to play the same game each and every time!  You can easily change things up, move tiles around, add more zombies (or not have as many), have less cars, hell, the possibilities are endless.

Okay, so here is our scenario (you can also scroll to the bottom and watch my video of the scenario rules):

ZombieMall Scenario:

The board is set up using the following tiles:

Best Defense Guns

The Hair Apparem

Books! Books! Books!

Muy Muy Donuts

3 “alley” tiles

1 “parking” tile

Line them up as shown in the photo:

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Note: I’ve turned the Donut shop so that the doors line up.  All of the doors are locked.

You will use only 1 car and it should be the one that is Gas, No Keys.

In this scenario, we are only using 3 players, although you can easily alter it to have more or less.  Whichever character is not used is considered dead and that character token should be placed in an empty building.  The living characters always start off in the Gun Shop.

Normally Stuff Tokens would be placed on the Stuff Squares, but in this scenario they are instead placed around the dead characters.  You cannot use your turn to search and reveal all the stuff.  For example, if you run across Clyde’s dead corpse and it has 3 Stuff Tokens, then that would take 3 turns to reveal what is there.

Here’s where it gets fun…

At the beginning of each Phase beyond 0 (in other words, at the beginning of Phase 1, the beginning of Phase 2, etc.) One fallen character will reanimate and come after you!  They can move the same as living characters, 3 squares, and they will remove 2 Luck Tokens.  Yep, there is the potential for an instant death!  Just pray you are not in the middle of searching when you turn over that End Turn card!

In this scenario, you will not use the Gas Token (because we already know the car has gas in it).

If you find the Keys -1 Luck token, that’s too bad.  That’s the wrong key to start the car.  Perhaps instead those keys will open a locked door to one of the buildings.  The only key that will start the car is on the token simply called Keys.

The board starts with 5 zombies outside, placed on random refuse squares, and 5 zombies inside, placed close to the fallen characters.

Victory Conditions: Find the keys and drive away!

 

Now for the video explanation:

Enjoy the Scenario and have fun playing the game!

Dead Things : The Zombie Board Game (a review)

Wherein we avoid zombies and try to keep the group alive…

(oh, and I’ve got a sneaky bonus for you all towards the end of this review!)

You guys saw my post a few days ago where I was having a mess-load of fun listening to the Dead Things Audio Stories…  Well, those stories took place in the universe of Dead Things, a zombie board game.

Yeah!  I know!

Okay, so check this out..

To help promote the board game the designer came up with short stories about the events within the game, as well as stories about the characters within the game!  These tales are done in audio format (you can check them out on my link above) and it just adds more fun to the game itself.

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Dead Things is a zombie based board game, but it is oh so much more than that.

Listen, this game is beyond easy to learn, but don’t let that fool you, it’s damn difficult to keep everyone alive.

Okay, it breaks down like this..

You have several tiles (they are double sided so you can mix and match and create your own scenarios) that are placed together to make up the board itself.

What you see here is the basic game scenario all set up.  We are currently in Turn 4 of Phaze 0.

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Now that you have a visual, allow me to pause a moment and explain a couple of things.

The objective is to keep your group alive.  It’s an all or nothing, either you all survive, or you all die.

How do you survive or win the game?

That’s the easy part.  See those blue cars?  Those car cards are double sided.  On the opposite side is what is inside the car.  To win, you have to get into a car and drive away.  I told you it was easy!

Okay, so there is a catch..  The cars either have the keys in them, and no gas, OR they have gas in the tank but no keys.  Oh, and there might be a zombie in some of them (and it gets a free automatic attack on you).  SO.. you have to run around and search (you may also note there are some small tiles with a large ‘S’ on them – no, Superman does not swoop down and fly you to safety – that ‘S’ stands for stuff) for either gas or keys.  Once you have either the gas for the car that is missing gas, or keys for the car that is missing keys, the rest of you have to make it to the car and you win!  However, should even just one of you get overtaken by zombies.. you all lose.  That’s the deal, all or nothing.

Is it just a one bite and you are a goner?

Nope!

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Shown above are your character cards.  They also correspond to blue figures on the board itself.  What you can see on the cards are Luck tokens.  If you lose all 3, then you die.  That effectively means you can be hit by 3 zombies before you die.  You cal also take a turn and do nothing to regain a Luck token.  Beware, though, some of the Stuff tokens may cause you to lose luck, and some of the cars may as well!

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I tell ya what.. take a look at this video made by the designer of Dead Things, David.  He can much better explain the rules:

Listen, this game is beyond fun.  It doesn’t take too long to play, and if you are a fan of the zombie genre then you are going to LOVE this game.

To check out the official website and buy the game, check out: DeadThingsGame.com

Also, if you want to connect with them:

Hit their Facebook page: DeadThingsGame Facebook

or

Find them live (er.. dead…) on Twitter: DeadThingsGame Twitter

Now.. for that sneaky bonus…

The 3rd Audio Story was released today: Dead Things: A Small Deposit.  In this we hear of Clyde’s tale and how he came to be a character in the game.

Stay tuned, I’ve got a couple of surprises left still for Dead Things, so keep checking back, you never know what may dig itself up from the dirt!

Dead Things Audio Stories by DM Fitzgerald

Going back to my youth (but I promise you I’m not old) I always enjoyed listening to radio shows.  It was kindav like reading, but different.  What I really liked about listening was leaning back with some headphones on, closing my eyes, and visually imagining what was going on.  I’ve always gotten a kick out of that.

The first in depth radio show that I got really interested in was produced by ZBS Radio and was presented as The Fourth Tower of Inverness, The Continuing Adventures of Jack Flanders.  Jack was also featured in several other radio shows by ZBS, Dreams of India, Midnight at the Casa Luna, among others.

From there a one-hit-wonder came out in the early 80’s from a group called 2-Nu.  You probably remember the “song” called Ponderous (This is ponderous man, really ponderous..).  The entire album was essentially 3 or 4 minute stories set to music.  I was insane for this kind of thing.  I loved it!

Over the years there were a few more of these mish-mash of radio show/music story tales that would pop up, but they just didn’t really capture my imagination like Jack Flanders did.

Then in 2007 I was introduced to Michael Arnzen and his “spoken narrative” CD Audio Vile.  I was totally blown away, as evident of my interview with him.

Okay, so what does all of this have to do the title of this article, Dead Things Audio Stories bu DM Fitzgerald?

All of what was written above was simply an introduction to the newest thing to blow me away.  Over the next few weeks I am going to present to you a new world of zombie.  I don’t want to put all of my cards onto the table in one post, but I will show you the full hand during the month of April (and I may spill a little more info at the end of this article).

For now, I want to present to you Dead Things Audio Stories.

First, allow me to go off onto a small tangent.  Dead Things is a board game.  A zombie board game.

What?  Did you think I was going to post a big topic like this about a game where you buy up property and charge rent?  Hell no!

Dead Things is a board game, but that’s not the focus of this article.  No (but don’t worry, you’ll get an article on that soon enough).

What is the focus is Audio Stories.

Audio Stories is an introduction to the board game, Dead Things.  It’s a radio show that introduces you to the idea within the game.  It’s the game world setup.  Not a ‘how to’, mind you, but rather a tale that explains what’s going on.

DM Fitzgerald wrote Dead Things: The Trophy.  It starts off as a rescue mission and explains right off the bat that zombies are already a thing.  There are two parts to this tale, each one running right at 6 minutes.

New episodes are scheduled to be released around the 15th of each month (which means a new one should be out soon!).  I’ve been told that episodes 3 through 8 will provide to you character introductions and why they are in the game, and why they fight the way they fight.

I want to pause here a moment to let you reflect on that.  Future episodes will go into the story of the characters within the game.  How effing cool is that?

Talk about immersive!

Okay, enough of my blathering.  Wanna give these Audio Stories a listen?

Pop on your best headphones and give them a listen!

Dead Things: The Trophy (part 1)

 

Dead Things: The Trophy (part 2)

 

The 3rd story, A Small Deposit, should be out within a few days.  I’m excited, if you can’t tell, and am greatly looking forward to these tales.  There is something about this format that really gets my creative juices flowing..

Okay, so here is the plan..  At some point next week I will give a full review (and a freaking video!) of the game itself (Dead Things).  I literally just got the game in the mail mere moments before I started writing this sentence, and let me tell you.. it looks AWESOME.

I am also looking to get the expansion deck and will do an article on that as well.

To top things off, towards the end of the month I am trying to set up an interview with the creator of the game, DM Fitzgerald to go up onto my podcast over on ZombieMall.net!

Hell, let’s just call the month of April my Dead Things month!

To check out the official website check out: DeadThingsGame.com (more on that game next week!)

Also, if you want to connect with them:

Hit their Facebook page: DeadThingsGame Facebook

or

Find them live (er.. dead…) on Twitter: DeadThingsGame Twitter