Saturday, 25 September 2021

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Vampire: The Last Supper LARP

The Last Supper four-day Vampire: The Masquerade LARP covering the rise of the Giovanni in the Renaissance. £600, with accommodation and catering provided. An impressively thorough site with safety and sensitivity rules.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Vampire: The Masquerade - Nocturne

Vampire: The Masquerade - Nocturne
Starting Sunday evenings at GEAS

My next chronicle may not have a definitive plot, or names for more than a couple of the SPCs... but it does have a logo.

Any familiarity with the title is not a coincidence alhough the club hook may not feature this time.

Dialogue note

Inspired by the 2011 Conan The Barbarian:

“Are you leading me into a trap?”
“No. I’m leading you to certain doom, but not a trap.”

Your GM catchphrase

If you were a celebrity GM who people celebrated the catch-phrase of, what would people have on their shirts in honor of you?

Mine is kind of niche, though it comes up a few times.

When someone does really well at a perception check and there’s nothing there:
“You’re really sure there’s nothing there.”

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Happy birthday Mark!

Happy birthday to my brother, who was also my first GM (for one session) and sometimes wonders about what’s going on in this hobby. You may see a bit of his research in a forthcoming Relics sourcebook as well.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Send more GMs

Online RPGs are easier for players and not generally for GMs, so we have many players. Send more GMs.

Must not offer to GM two new-player-facing games online. Bad “the show must go on” instinct, stop that.

Night Teeth

Night Teeth (coming to Netflix October 20th) looks like Collateral with vampires instead of assassins, played a little lighter in tone. Could be fun. And shares a cast member as well as lighting style with John Wick, which is totally a Vampire: The Masquerade movie with assassins instead of vampires.

Person Of Interest

You are being watched. The government has a secret system - a Machine - that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because.. I built it.”

That’s an unusual way to start a primteime TV series.

The series handled a rise in Weird Level from an anonymised version of The Equalizer to cellphone cyberpunk with the question of how we react to the first emergence artificial intelligence.

“It was almost like we snuck in, in sheep’s clothing.” Greg Plageman

Not a bait and switch as it was strongly hinted in the pilot and confirmed by the end of the first season, though I know it lost some people on the way. But not me. And it sticks the landing.

And it has Finch and Reese’s awkward bond, Carter’s stand, Fusco’s long-suffering turn to heroism, Shaw and Root, casual kneecapping, some great montages set to music, a modernising crime story and a huge run on police corruption, and Bear.

Star Wars Visions

Short Star Wars stories from Japanese animation studios.

I can see why the put The Duel first, as a Kurosawa homage is the most obvious idea for this medium doing Star Wars.

What If... Thor were an only child?

What If... Thor were an only child?

“Thor, who never learned to be a good hero, throws an out-of-control intergalactic party on Earth.”

And he shaved.

Save us, Darcy!


The season I am most likely to misspell, as my fingers always want to make it Autuman.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

New old Arthuriana

14th century Merlin story found on paper recycled in the 16th century.

Thanks to DMH on RPGnet for the news.

Werewolf: The Apocalyptic Record

The Apocalyptic Record is a collection of tales and the Big Book of Metaplot for Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition, now live on Kickstarter.

La Brea

La Brea is one of this season’s new genre shows on US network TV:

An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other. 

First five minutes which gives away much less

So based on that... I get to use my Primeval tag! 

It looks like a one-big-event take on the anomaly idea. There may be a lot more going on Lost style.

The role of the dangerous land is played by Australia because of course it is.