Monday, 18 June 2018

This weekend...

The Pride march was lovely, despite the rain.

The Film Festival open air cinema was rather more affected by the rain.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Take pride in your qualities.


Okay, I know I’m late on Donald Glover’s Atlanta, the BBC just started showing it, but nobody told me about the invisible car.

Describe, Decide, Roll: a workable explanation of RPGs

“The goal is to hang out with your friends and act like weirdos together.”

News site Vox explains D&D and the basic appeal of RPGs in ten efficient minutes.

Free RPG Day

Free RPG Day is upon us once more. May the odds be ever in your favour!

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Onyx Pathcast on Vampire: The Requiem

A particular focus for the Onyx Pathcast tonight (and one less self-serving for me to link to than the Ian Watson interview ;) ) - dissecting Vampire: The Requiem. The focus, the feel, the changes across editions and other games in the Vampire family.


Tom Breihan at the AV Club reaches Blade in Age Of Heroes. As he notes, he already talked about Blade in A History Of Violence. Blade is worth talking about this much.

"Based On A True Story. We're Not Kidding."

Tag has, aptly, a great tagline.

“... the film follows a group of fortysomething friends who have been playing the same schoolyard game for 30 years, spending most of every May tagging or avoiding being tagged by each other...” for a reason I’m sure most gamers can relate to: “It keeps us in each other’s lives!”

Thursday, 14 June 2018

A Plague Tale: Innocence

At last! A proper Warhammer video game!

Okay, not really. But A Plague Tale: Innocence certainly has the dirt, disease, and ALL THE RATS.

As a former rat owner, I should also note that this is not a fair depiction.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Diana Jones 2018 shortlist

The Diana Jones Award shortlist for 2018 is here, including the 200 Word RPG Challenge, the Actual Play podcast and stream movement and the academic essay site Analog Game Studies, as well as the RPG Harlem Unbound and the board game Charterstone.

The Incredibles 2

By all accounts The Incredibles 2 was worth waiting for... which is good, as it nearly happened several times.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit

The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit is a new game in the world of Life Is Strange, with a trailer in a very indie coming-of-age style a la Lady Bird introducing a boy daydreaming of being a superhero and some hints of why he might need such escapism.

Out for free on my birthday. (And I never even got them a card!)

Monday, 11 June 2018

Looney Tunes 2019?

The inspiration for my first real RPG success, Looney Tunes making a proper comeback? The plan for shorts of varying lengths by multiple creative teams sounds more fitting than Loonatics Unleashed, anyway.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Cyberpunk 2077

The trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was revealed by CD Projekt Red today at E3, five years after the mood teaser in R. Talsorian’s original Cyberpunk year 2013 following the original announcement of the game in 2012. (Yes, I still have the 2013 set, from when it was set 25 years in the future.)

The visuals are strong, the narration... I hope it’s not be the only playable character. The setting lends itself to modifying the character after starting, but a snarky criminal guy is only one place to start.

Update: While V is a defined and voiced character, the report indicates that you’ll be able to choose V’s gender, appearance, class, and historical background.