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This is the personal Web site of Robert Wm. Gomez. I am an artist, musician and nerd living in Chicago, Illinois who has been maintaining this site (in one form or another) since 1996. Enjoy your visit!


Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris on PC (8/10)

LASER Lara!!!

This is the sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Like its predecessor, this is an isometric puzzle platform game combined with a twin-stick shooter. It's fast and fun and pretty casual feeling. I don't remember if this was a part of the first game, but they are really pushing the multi-player game-play and I have no idea how that would work. This seems perfectly fine as a single-player experience.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:34

The Ettin

This wood engraving is based off of the drawing I created for the Kickstarter game Nox Archaist. It was engraved in to an old block of end-grain maple. The process started by transferring the ink drawing to the block using acetone and a laser printout. This seemed to work remarkably well. It held up despite my ink wash on top of it and my hands rubbing against it during cutting.

This is what the block looked like when I first inked it up:

Inked wood engraving

The prints never look this crisp when they get to the paper. Some day I will figure all this out.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 10/02/2019 - 15:14

Ip Man (7/10)

This is the "true story" of Bruce Lee's teacher, Ip Man. The WWII setting gives it some gravitas as characters live under the rule of the invading Japanese army. Stripped of the setting it is a standard kung-fu movie about fighters wanting to be the master. The choreography is very well done but you never feel like Ip Man is ever in any real danger.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:18

C.H.U.D. (7/10)

More 80s horror catch-up for me. I wasn't sure if this movie was so well known merely for it's clever acronym title or if was legitimately good. I wouldn't call it a classic but it does do several things right. First, the script does a great job in weaving together the various characters' plot lines together. The acting is pretty good and there are many familiar faces in the cast that are mostly known for their work in supporting roles. The concept is pretty stupid and that prevents it from providing authentic scares, but the creature design is good and there is enough gore to keep horror fans…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/01/2019 - 11:58

Tomb Raider Legend on PC (8/10)

Lara is a swinger

I could have sworn I had played this game before, but I wasn't completely sure. I get this one confused with Tomb Raider: Anniversary. All I knew is that I didn't own it and, if I had played it, it was probably on Gametap as a freebie. Well, this weekend it went on Steam sale for 97¢ so I grabbed it knowing that if I managed to have an hour of fun with it, it would have been worth the price.

Yup, I've played it before. I definitely remember the first level. Things get cloudy after that. These games aren't quite known for their strong, memorable narratives. The game would seem completely new to…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 09/26/2019 - 20:20

Q: The Winged Serpent (7/10)

A piece of 80s shlock that's much better than it should be mostly due to the excellent cast and characters. The plot involves a small time crook, grizzly murders, ancient Aztec sacrifice and the return of Quetzalcoatl. Interspersed every ten minutes or so are hilarious scenes of random New Yorkers being attacked from the sky by a mostly unseen monster. Q emerges in her full stop-motion glory at the climax and by then you are totally cool with how corny it looks. The right elements are all here, and it is very entertaining, but a generally lack of cohesion keep the movie from being great.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 09/22/2019 - 10:54

Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid

This print has nothing to do with the movie of the same name. This started as a sketch of a large man with a lobster bib and it morphed into this. I wanted to try engraving in maple again after years of using resingrave. I'm hear to say end-grain maple stinks. The lines are rough and it prints very unevenly. But never mind that. Buy this print!

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:56

Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC (8/10)

Ship in Ice: Rise of the Doom Raider!

Part two of the Tomb Raider reboot doesn't offer anything really new in terms of game play but that's okay. The core of the series is 3-D platforming mechanics and it does that very well. This is especially evident in the nine or so "challenge tombs" scattered throughout the world.

Mother Russia Awaits!

The graphics are stunning and most of the environments are fun to explore. The world is zoned off into half-a-dozen regions which are fairly open-world in their layout. Much of my time was spent hunting down the inane collectibles in order to get a 100% complete. I almost got everything before the end, but there…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 23:16

Boxer from Shantung (8/10)

A small-time hood uses his fighting mastery to become the boss of his own gang. Features a fight with a giant European wrestler and a long, bloody finale in which the hero has an axe in his belly half the time. The movie is a bit too long but that final fight really makes up for all the fluff. Like Man of Iron, the lead character isn't terribly likable but I guess he makes a little effort not to be a really bad crime boss.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:49