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Ultimate Top Five Deserted Island Poll

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:38 am

Deserted Island Top Five Choices

I revised this from the original to include food choices and update some of my picks, which have changed over time. I'll also post some explanatory notes where needed. Here we go:

Ok guys, here's something with a lot more choices and a lot less restrictive. Please play by the rules, huh? The rules have been designed to make it both fun and challenging at the same time. I don't want to see any "I couldn't restrict myself to just 5 items" garbage. :roll: Work at it! :wink:

Come on, this is fun because we're picking things that have nothing to do with D&D as well as D&D stuff, so we should see some interesting picks from people here.

Here's the premise. The world goes to hell in a hand-basket like in the Night of the Living Dead trilogy. You get to escape to an isolated, deserted island somewhere, or some other hidden, inaccessible place.

You are going to spend the rest of your life there, and you can assume you have your immediate family and/or a handful of friends there with you. In any case, a reasonably sized group of people probably not to exceed 12 members.

You get to pick five items from each category below. I will list the specifics for each one under their respective categories, but they're all going to give you a wide variety to choose from. The only difficult part may be narrowing it down to just 5 choices. But that's what makes it challenging.

Here we go...


Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Games

You get to pick five published paper products from OD&D, BD&D, AD&D, or other games by TSR (Gamma World, Star Frontiers, etc). You cannot pick the AD&D Core Rules 2.0 on CD or anything like that. Each item must be a paper, published item. It can also include Judge's Guild material. I changed this category from the original because to play AD&D you really must pick the PHB, DMG, and MM or MCs, as a base. That takes up 3 of the 5 choices automatically. So I changed this to 5 of any other AD&D items. You can pick modules, box sets, anything. But they must be 5 distinct items. Assume you have access to pencils, character sheets, and dice, along with the DMG, PHB, and MM or MMI & MMII.

Board Games

Let's face it, sometimes we need a break from D&D. So, any 5 board games or other non-video games will be allowed. Video games will have their own choices in the arcade section. To qualify for this, it must be a game of some sort, preferably with a board. Checkers, Monopoly, Chess, Don't Break the Ice, Candyland, Ouija boards, etc. are all workable type choices. A game is different than a toy in that a game has rules, a toy does not.

Video Games

Any 5 video or computer game that exists. It'd be nice to indicate whether the one you pick is an arcade game (free standing like in an arcade or Atari/Intellivision style home version, doesn't matter) or a computer video game. Assume you have something to play it on.

Music

You get to pick any 5 albums. You cannot pick a "Best of..." album or a "Greatest hits" album. Double sets like Pink Floyd's The Wall count as one pick even though they have 2 CDs to cover it all. However, double sets or anthologies like the Beatle's Blue Album 1967-1970 or Beatles Anthology cannot be chosen. Soundtracks for movies count as 1 pick. Come to think of it, let us know if you want it on CD, vinyl, tape, or 8-track. Assume any format will last forever.

Books

Any 5 books ever published, except D&D game material from any version or edition. Again, compilations don't count. So you could not pick a book like "Stephen King's 10 Best Stories Ever", but you could pick a book like the ones that collect the various short stories by HP Lovecraft. I think it's pretty clear what we're shooting for with these rules by now.

Toys

Any individually sold toy counts. No "I want the entire Star Wars collection" ideas. Toys are any play thing not considered a game. Stuff like hula hoop or superball can count as a toy instead of a game. Games have rules, toys do not.

DVD Movies

Same thing here. A double set like Count Yorga/Return of Count Yorga which has 2 movies on one disc counts as two movies. Those 10 packs of horror movies or 20 kung fu movies in a box cannot be counted unless they contain no more than 5 movies, and that counts as your 5 picks. No compilations or stuff like that. The Star Wars trilogy counts as 3 movies. Each individual movie counts as one pick. Assume that any movie you want to have on DVD is out on DVD whether it's ever actually been released on DVD or not. If you choose a tv show on DVD, and that tv show comes in seasons, each season counts as 1 pick.

Comic Books

Any defined story line counts as one pick. For example, you could pick an ongoing, continuous story line that ran across 6 issues of Spiderman, but you could not pick Spiderman #1 - 50. No fair picking "The entire original run of the Justice League of America". If a comic title lasted less than 25 issues, you can choose it as one pick. No "best of" stories or collections. Stuff like the Frank Miller Daredevil graphic novel reprints count as one each unless they contain more than 25 reprints where each was its own individual issue. This one gives you a lot of leeway.

Foods

Any individual recipe can count as one choice, for example beef fried rice or chicken cacciatore. Likewise, any individual food can count as one choice, for example, bananas or BBQ potato chips. Assume no matter what you choose -whether actually healthy food or actually junk food, your choices will keep you healthy and provide all nutrients needed.

Make sure you use each category listed here in order.

Choose wisely, because this stuff is going to have to last you a lifetime!

Ok, here's my picks.

Dungeons and Dragons Games

1. Deities & Demigods (1E)
2. City of Skulls (Greyhawk, 2E)
3. FR10 Old Empires (FR, 1E)
4. Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1E Gray Box)
5. Ruins of Undermountain

Board Games

1. Monopoly
2. Green Ghost
3. Ka-Bala
4. Life
5. Aggravation

Video Games

1. Space Invaders (free standing arcade game)
2. Tempest (free standing arcade game)
3. Asteroids (free standing arcade game)
4. Myst (computer game)
5. Dungeons and Dragons (Atari 70's game)

Music (On vinyl albums)

1. Revolver - The Beatles
2. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack - Various artists
3. Rio – Duran Duran
4. Purple Rain - Prince
5. Middle of Nowhere - Hanson

Books

1. Chariots of the Gods – Erich Von Daniken
2. Fingerprints of the Gods – Graham Hancock
3. Ninja, Invisible Assassins – Andrew Adams
4. Journey to Ixtlan – Carlos Castaneda
5. Illusions – Richard Bach

Toys

1. Major Matt Mason Lunar Command Base
2. Major Matt Mason Firebolt Space Cannon Super Action Set
3. Major Matt Mason Space Discovery Set
4. Colorforms Aliens - Alpha 7
5. Kooky Spooky Brother Mortimer Ghost

DVD Movies

1. Lemora, A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
2. Phantasm
3. The Dark
4. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
5. Batman (1966)

Comic Books

1. Avengers/Defenders Crossover (Avengers#115-118, Defenders#7-11): Everyone knows this is my favorite single comic story of all time.

2. Thor #212-216 (Sssthgar/Xorr story arc): The best Thor story ever, and my second favorite comic story!

3. Kobra #1-8: Kobra was my second favorite DC comic book after New Gods. The last issue (#8) was cancelled but printed in DC's Five Star Superhero Spectacular. It was 1 enclosed storyline, so it counts.

4. New Gods #1-19, 1st Issue Special #13, Adventure Comics #459,460: Originally I excluded the "Return" series and limited it to the original 11 issues, but it was technically the same title, and the same continuing story. So I say it should count. It's one total story, spread across several years and titles.

5. Avengers #160-171 (Ultron arc): The ultimate Ultron story!

Foods

1. Turkey with Mole sauce (Mexican dish)
2. Bharta (Indian dish)
3. Kallari 71% Dark Chocolate
4. Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza
5. White Castle (Cheeseburgers/fries)

Good luck to whoever goes next! It's hard! :twisted:
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Re: Ultimate Top Five Deserted Island Poll

Postby RPG Dinosaur » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:40 pm

I was all set to write up my post for your first "If you could only pick..." and now I see you've come up with this! Great! I love the expanded choices and more categories.
Halaster, I have to ask. Is it okay if I do multiple posts with a few categories at a time?
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Re: Ultimate Top Five Deserted Island Poll

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:49 pm

Sure! Less time consuming! :)
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Re: Ultimate Top Five Deserted Island Poll

Postby RPG Dinosaur » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:51 pm

Halaster-Blackcloak wrote:Deserted Island Top Five Choices
Video Games

1. Space Invaders (free standing arcade game)
2. Tempest (free standing arcade game)
3. Asteroids (free standing arcade game)
4. Myst (computer game)
5. Dungeons and Dragons (Atari 70's game)


Wow, the Space Invaders and Asteriod arcade video game picks of yours are the true meaning of 'Old School', and I don't mean any disrespect by that. I dug Asteroids, but found it too difficult. Man, what a cutting edge game Tempest was, the colors were just dazzling. I really liked it, but as with Asteroids found it too difficult. Youthful me could only sporadically get the timing down to shoot those flipper things that stayed at the edge of the platform you were on if and 'flipped' after you, if you didn't shoot them before they got there. Also, the spikes took too many of my lives, despite a concerted attempt to keep at least one lane clear.
Despite having an Atari system I never got the AD&D game. Although it has been quite awhile and I don't remember much detail, I have seen a play through on YouTube. I seem to remember that the player shoots everything with arrows. It seemed like one of the better Atari games, one of the more extensive ones with a lot to do.

All right, now I'M going to get started!
Halaster, I don't know if you did this, but my numbering doesn't reflect any particular ranking.

Video Games
1. WWF WrestleFest- Arcade
2. Spy Hunter- Arcade
3. Xevious- Arcade
4. Myst
5. Hero's of Might and Magic: Quest for the Dragon Bone Staff- PlayStation 2

Music
1. Rush- Snakes & Arrows Live double CD
2. Rush- Clockwork Angels
3. Sky Cries Mary- Here and Now Live 2005 double CD
4. Armin Van Buuren- Universal Religion Chapter 7
5. Swans- Soundtracks for the Blind double CD
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Re: Ultimate Top Five Deserted Island Poll

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:44 am

RPG Dinosaur wrote:

Wow, the Space Invaders and Asteriod arcade video game picks of yours are the true meaning of 'Old School', and I don't mean any disrespect by that.


I'd never take the words "Old School" as anything other than a compliment, trust me! :wink:

Man, what a cutting edge game Tempest was, the colors were just dazzling. I really liked it, but as with Asteroids found it too difficult.


You know what's weird? I was never that huge into video games, even then. I played them often, but while other kids spent $10 on quarters to play Asteroids, I spent those $10 on comic books or Micronauts or whatever. Still,I played pretty regularly. I was ok/good, but not great. I played plenty of different games (Space Invaders, Pac Man, Galaga, Missile Command, etc.) and got a few high scores now and then until one of the regulars who played the same game several hours a day came along. But with Tempest, it was like the game was made for me. People called me the Pinball Wizard because I could play that game virtually blindfolded and get the highest scores. I was never beaten, and the game always had my name as a high score. I have no explanation for it. It was like a Zen thing.

Despite having an Atari system I never got the AD&D game. Although it has been quite awhile and I don't remember much detail, I have seen a play through on YouTube. I seem to remember that the player shoots everything with arrows. It seemed like one of the better Atari games, one of the more extensive ones with a lot to do.


Funny story with Atari. The local Burger King was raffling off a free Atari set as a promotion when it was first released. So my younger brother and I decided to "win" it. We asked our mother if she would buy games for it if we won (we showed her the flier from the Burger King location). She said "Yes, but don't get your hopes up", and I know she said that simply because, after all, who thought we would actually win? Well, devious ME, that's who! :twisted: I got my brother to go with and we each put in (by stealth) several entries. Every shift change we would go drop more entries off, shift after shift, day after day. By the time of the drawing we probably had a 90% chance of winning. We must have put in several hundred entries. 8O And of course, the day of the drawing my mother got a call saying we won. :lol: Of course, her first words were "Ok, what trick did you pull?". Parents were psychic back then. Our response? "Well, we both put in entries." Not a lie. We literally both put in entries. :twisted: And so we got plenty of good games. The AD&D one was probably my favorite.

Halaster, I don't know if you did this, but my numbering doesn't reflect any particular ranking.


Either way is fine. I couldn't possible rank my choices without my head exploding! :lol:

Glad to see someone else here likes Myst! And who can forget Spy Hunter? And Rush? God, this is a hard exercise!
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