Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Matt Groening's Disenchantment

Matt Groening to follow Futurama with Disenchantment on Netflix, about a hard-drinking princess, a demon, and an elf called Elfo trying to save a collapsing fantasy kingdom.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Firefly Adventures

Firefly Adventures: Brigands & Browncoats nudges us ever closer to there being as many Firefly games as there are episodes. Reckon one more and we’ll draw level with the number originally aired.

I sure hope it ain’t an omen that it’s got miniatures for the same five of the nine main characters as the Funko Legacy figures... that never got the other four.

Darker Days V5 pre-alpha playtest

Darker Days Radio’s Vampire: The Masquerade 5 pre-alpha playtest is now in cleaned-up version with intro and such at their main site.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

RPGaDay 2017

RPGaDay 2017 launches August 1st, but you can see the prompts already!

Our geeky future

Entirely too much exciting geeky stuff is happening at Comic-Con, so focusing on RPG things happening elsewhere.

Until I get some good trailer links anyway.

Like The Defenders.

Friday, including (the rather dinky fifty-minute web series) Stargate: Origins.

Saturday bringing extended trailers for Justice League, Star Trek: Discovery and Thor: Ragnarok.

Sunday featuring Doctor Who and The Ray.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sabbat: The Apocalypse

Sabbat games of Vampire: The Masquerade have a lot in common with Werewolf: The Apocalypse in terms of pack structure and rituals, an overarching supernatural enemy and so on - all the things that make them harder to explain than Camarilla or Anarch games - so it occurs to me that this could also solve the other common problem I have with Sabbat games, that they focus on attacking Camarilla vampires and general chaotic rampages.

Give the Antediluvians servants to oppose, cults like the Black Hand and weird not-quite vampire things, as well as Noddist secrets to pursue and night-to-night vampire problems to approach in a different way.

One tricky part is that the creepy body-warping horrors of the setting are on the Sabbat side, which would make the enemy different from the Wyrmspawn. (The Tzimisce, providers of most of the weird monsters in the VTM computer games. I’d happily drop them or nudge them onto the NPC side, but hey... Of course, I could follow some of the setting secrets and have Tzimisce active and working against the Sabbat’s supposed purpose.)

So... hmm... ancient revenants, so old that they can make ghouls themselves?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

D&D Beyond beta review

D&D Beyond is in beta before a late August release - can we finally get the paperless office into the game room?

Star Trek: Discovery news

Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, quite a bit of news about Star Trek: Discovery, with looks at props, Doug Jones talking about his character, and this poster.


Can we boldly go yet?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How to adapt Blade Runner

There have been two computer games based on Blade Runner, an arcade shooter licensing the soundtrack so the player chased and shot anonymised ‘replidroids’ (in the back, so it’s very true to what happens to Zora) and the all-in virtual movie with some of the cast, designs by Syd Mead, playing around with the Voight-Kampff analyser and a bunch of leftover Philip K. Dick references. (And giant rats.)

Do you try to imitate everything, or focus on a single aspect? The big game felt too close at times - a different group of replicants led by a different guy with a penchant for poetry also sneaking around Los Angeles in that same week in November 2019, pursued by a different Blade Runner in a different brown raincoat...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Anno Dracula miniatures sculpting contest

Frothers United sponsor a charity miniatures sculpting contest for Anno Dracula, Kim Newman’s Victorian vampire mashup, judged by various sculptors and Mr. Newman himself. The winning entries will then be cast and sold with proceeds going to Cancer Research or the MS Society.

Even if it sticks to just Anno Dracula itself and not the other novels set in the Great War, the 1950s and the 1980s, the short stories, or the currently running comic series set in 1895, it still allows just about every vampire from fiction of the era, lots of other fictional characters as well as real people drawn from history, and Newman’s own characters. With a good turnout, it could be a great range.

Game history note: series hero Genevieve first appeared (as a parallel universe version) in Newman’s Jack Yeovil fiction for Warhammer.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Night Of The Living Dead

Night Of The Living Dead is the Dracula of the modern zombie - there were walking corpses before, and the name comes from mythology, but it became a genre here and everything that follows reacts to it. The Walking Dead is basically “what if a Romero movie didn’t end?”

Most zombie apocalypse media since follows its example of this being a new phenomenon, so the world of The Walking Dead was like ours before the outbreak except for the lack of zombie movies. Characters referring to it are usually genre savvy stars of comedies like Shaun of The Dead, or sometimes using it to label something a bit different, as in World War Z.

Ordinary people trapped together. Matter-of-fact filming. Not exactly happy endings. A black lead is still uncommon, but Ben is especially remarkable in 1968 - George Romero mentioned hearing about the assassination of Martin Luther King on the way to sell the film in New York. And Barbra is one of the most realistic portrayals of someone in shock I’ve ever seen.

(It’s also interesting to see the aspects that didn’t become standard for the genre, like the term “ghouls” and zombies’ aversion to light, a hope for the night that would not continue into Dawn Of The Dead and beyond.)

There are plenty of zombies in gaming, but of course the real monsters in Night Of The Living Dead are people. Games often encourage this with limited resources, so only one person can get to the chopper in Zombies!!!! It’s also often overdone, to the point that the survivors in The Walking Dead should really shoot first and ask questions later. But done sparingly, it can still pack a punch. And Night Of The Living Dead packs a hell of a punch.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Martin Landau

Martin Landau has died. Winning an Oscar as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, he was also known for Space:1999 and Mission: Impossible, worked with Hitchcock in North By Northwest, and much more. His daughter Juliet Landau plays Drusilla in Buffy and Angel, and also appeared in Ed Wood as Loretta King.

George A. Romero

George A. Romero has died, at 77. Among many other things, he created a genuinely new monster.

The Children Of Thanos!

The D23 con teaser of Avengers: Infinity War is not yet online... but we do have photos of the Children of Thanos.

Cool to see a full-on supervillain team. I for one am already cutting together a fake Shadowrun TV title sequence starring them.