The Bristol Renaissance Faire returns after a COVID-19 break. Check it out through Sept. 6.
Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day
thru Sept. 6, 2021
Off I-94 at the Illinois/Wisconsin border · Ph: 847-395-7773
Ask Metal Max team member, Grant Nelson, attended the Fair in 2019. Check it out and get ready for the 2021 Faire.
Netflix Show Review: Resident Evil Infinite Darkness
A new show on Netflix That I would highly recommend is the Resident Evil Infinite Darkness. This show is dark and filled action following the missions of Leon Kennedy as he and a team of special operatives as they fight their way in the war on terror. The show really delves into the dark side of world politics, war as well as being filled with zombies. The show goes back to the games and their story lines and is great to see the lore of world take on new meaning. The storyline is filled with back stabs and plots within plots. Any fan of the game series will love it, as well as new timers. The show is pretty much 24 meets zombies. I would highly recommend it.
-- Grant Nelson
Book Series Review: Warhammer Gotrek and Felix
A series of books I would say to read is the Warhammer Gotrek and Felix. It is pretty much a dark fantasy mix of Lord of the Rings meets Sinbad. The books follow the adventures of Gotrek Gurnisson, a dwarf slayer, and Felix Jaeger, his human chronicler as they travel across the fantasy world of Warhammer fighting demons, dragons orks and far worse. The books explore the world and lore of the setting. The story is filled with laughs, brothels, video game/DND questing. Their quest takes place over the span of decades and shows the many differing cultures and races of the Empire. The books are very similar to the Witcher in its dark setting and grey land of morality. I say give these books a shot.
-- Grant Nelson
Game Review: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
A game that I think is just amazing, is the classic pen and paper role playing game, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. The game is set in the old world where the players are not great heroes at first but pheasants, cooks, nuns and thugs of the Empire of Man. The world is massive and is far more based in role playing and setting than even DND. The game literally throws the players into everyday life in the Empire's cities and follows their quest out of poverty to whatever path they want. In the story, one can be witch hunters, knights and more. The world is very dark and filled with demons, cults, dragons and orks. One can be an elf, dwarf, halfling, and a human. The combat system is brutal but the overall story and how your choices are felt has DND beat to a degree. I say look around wherever nerds go and buy some rule books and enter a dark new world.
-- Grant Nelson
Game Review: World of Cyberpunk 2077
A game that in my view gets way more crap than it should and in its own emo, nerdy sexually devout way is art, is the World of Cyberpunk 2077. Set in a dystopian world like Bladerunner, but more aimed at the emo kids of the 90s and early 2000s, this game focuses on the vice and gang wars of a futuristic California set in night city. The world is filled with rival gangs and corporations that control the modern American. The world's use of technology is similar to how magic runs DND as in every human being is somewhat cyborg. The tech has changed every aspect of human life and culture, but not in the perfect Star Trek way; in much more real and dark take. The game really delves into the gang wars and the underworld that run the night city and where the player finds themself as a mercenary. This game's systems and game play really bring back memories of GTA meets games like the Witcher. It's a huge open world that you can do whatever you want, be whatever gender you want to be -- even trans -- but also is filled with a very modern FPS Call of Duty combat system. The game is filled with choices that drive the story and the world. It's up to its ass in modern sexual vice and fun, so only play if you are cool with that sort of thing just like Game of Thrones, but at the same time you don't have to play that way. So please, Mormon moms stop sending hate mail. The game in my view in everything is art. But the game does have a lot of glitches that very from platform to platform and is far more meant for next gen consoles. I think they really need to work on it. But overall, I say get this game but get it for PC or newer consoles.
-- By Grant Nelson
Review: I Jedi novel
A book series that really gets to the heart of Star Wars and the path of the Jedi is the novel I Jedi. This book follows the adventures of a New Republic x wing pilot and just all together bad ass space Marine Corran Horn. The book starts off with him coming back to his home on the Republic Cattail to find out his wife has been taken captive by Imperial Dark Jedi. He sets out with Luke Skywalker and trains in the ways of the Jedi at Luke Academy on Yavin 4. There, he learns the Jedi mythos but soon comes under the sway of a Stih Specter that tempts him. The books follows Corran's adventures as a Jedi soldier and even takes him to a world ruled by the Pirnet as he seeks to save his wife by infiltrating the Imperial faction that took her from him. The book is filled with classic Star Wars action and adventures but delves deep into the the hardships of the Jedi and the mysteries of The Force. The book really shows the struggles of the Jedi path as Corran throughout the book is tempted by the Dark Side. Some points of the story are filled with imagination and the wonder of Star Wars universe while others are dark and foreboding, such as how Corran uses his Jedi powers and wages a one-man war against the Pirnet factions on the base world. Others delve into the dark monsters that the Sith uses to wage war against the Jedi on Yavin 4. Still others have Skywalker and Corran taking on an entire army of Stormtroopers. The book is a classic take on the hero's journey and is very much like the path the Skywalkers are known for. So for anyone who loves the Jedi mythos that Disney tried to destroy, give this book a read.
By Grant Nelson
Review: Star Wars books
So with the recent blow up of Disney's Star Wars, I find myself finding a lot of old school legends content making their way back into the Star Wars cannon in the form of Mara Jade, Luke's son and the focus of a new generation of Jedi. This all reminds me of the new Jedi order era books from the late 90s that deals with Luke rebuilding the Jedi order and marrying a former Sith agent who was sent to kill him. The books deal with the rise of new evils and threats to The Force in the forms of alien invaders from beyond the outer rim that are an even greater threat than the Empire. These books deal with Jedi lore and mythos and the temptations of the dark side and what this war is doing to them and The Force. The books are filled with stories of the Jedi leading new Republic forces against the Vong. Many beloved fan favorite characters die and the idea of the heroes will always win and life gets thrown on its head. The battles ,such as the fall of Coruscant, are filled with Republic forces and fleets fighting off massive armadas of organic ships and monsters as the city world becomes a war zone. There are the classic Star Wars tropes such as stories with x wings fighting off hordes of enemy fighters , massive light saber fights and the deep mythos of the forces and the lure of the Dark Aide. These books have great characters, such as the next gen of Jedi knights along with the Solo kids and older classics like a much older Luke Sky Walker. The books really go all out with their alien worlds, races and creatures and any fan of the monsters from the prequels will be thrilled by the war beats of the Vong. Overall in my view, this is Star Wars at its best when its comes to going to new dark depths. Give it a shot.
By Grant Nelson