Category Archives: Names

Mean Squirrels

I saw a squirrel in a graveyard last weekend. That’s not really that strange, as Green-Wood Cemetery is also an arboretum, so it gets a lot of wildlife. Still, a squirrel around gravestones made me think of the Skull Eaters … Continue reading

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More Names, More Fun

After I shared my last post on Dragon Quest names on Discord, Arlen Pavka replied with a list of names from the mobile and Nintendo Switch versions of DQ2, which includes a few I hadn’t previously seen. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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Give Me Back My Name

A subject I’ve sometimes seen come up on Dragon Quest fan communities is that of the names in DQ2. You give the hero, the Prince of Midenhall, whatever name you want, and that somehow determines the names of your companions, … Continue reading

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Folded Follies

Paper Mario: The Origami King – When this first came out, there was a lot of talk about how it wasn’t being billed as a role-playing game. As with its two predecessors, you don’t get experience points from fighting battles, … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plane Sight

While Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz sets the stage for a sequel with the Wizard and Tin Woodman trying to retrieve the lost Ozpril, such a book was never published. As indicated in Michael Patrick Hearn’s afterword, Ruth Plumly … Continue reading

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Quit Jiving Me, Turkey

It’s Thanksgiving, and we were originally planning to visit Beth’s mom and uncle today, but then we both tested positive for COVID. So we’re staying at home, and I’m not even sure what we’re going to have for dinner. At … Continue reading

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The Offbeat Officials of Oz

The Oz books have a lot of small royal courts with unusually-titled officials. This is something we see much more often in Ruth Plumly Thompson, but L. Frank Baum did have a few examples. In John Dough and the Cherub, … Continue reading

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Screw Your Eye

Darkman – Back in the nineties, there was a program they showed around Halloween for a few years called Horror Hall of Fame, hosted by Robert Englund and the Crypt-Keeper, that discussed recent horror movies. Sometimes they had to stretch … Continue reading

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We Belong Dead

Today, I’m back from the dead (that might have worked better if I hadn’t just written yesterday) to talk about three Frankenstein movies. There are SPOILERS for all of them, as well as the original novel. Frankenstein – The original … Continue reading

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You Want Some Mo?

I’ve already written about elections and politics in Oz, so even though it’s Election Day here in the States, I’m going to write about a firmly entrenched royal family who never have to run for reelection, that of the Land of … Continue reading

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