Monday, 22 May 2017

DARK UNIVERSE

The official name for the new Universal Monsters Cinematic Universal... er, Universe, is DARK UNIVERSE.

When just one World Of Darkness isn't enough?

And after the new version of The Mummy this summer, it rolls out with Bride Of Frankenstein (directed by Boll Condon, of Gods And Monsters) around Valentine’s Day 2019, then Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man some time later. Dracula Untold is back to being standalone, after having been talked up as a provisional inclusion. So presumably we’ll see a new Dracula down the line, and this may be the end for FIST OF BATS. Boo.

Still, the trailer showing the original Universal Monsters before the title drop is great.

Happy World Goth Day!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Demon: Trinity

Demon: The Descent three-shot ended tonight. Keeping Demonic Form back from the rest of character generation speeded it up a bit, I think. The option to do more is there.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Heartless

Heartless, the Danish not-quite-vampire drama, is the best Monsterhearts game I’ve ever seen.

I see something I don’t recognise in your eyes...

(Amusingly, Godric from True Blood plays one of the clueless humans.)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Star Trek Discovery Trailer

You can’t set a course without a star...

UK-friendly Twitter trailer.

They really should have gone with uniforms for the first photo from the series, not those desert outfits that look Wrath of Khan but also more than a little like Rey’s outfit when it was new... even if the uniforms are a tad Mass Effect.

Grand hall of Klingons!

Unknown objects in space!

Spacesuits!

Doug Jones in alien makeup!

Snooty Vulcan!

Fighting!

Lens flare!

They’re hitting quite a few familiar beats here.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Person Of Interest

I have now seen the last episode of Person Of Interest.

I’m fine.

(sniff)

I’ll be watching the first episode tonight.

The series really ran with the danger that its premise suggested, and the second half made it vitally important. It snuck a cyberpunk dystopia into the gimmick for a modern crime drama. The final battle gave the villains a genuinely compelling argument, and refuted it.

Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country, a new HBO series adapted from the Matt Ruff book by Jordan Peele and Misha Green (with JJ Abrams as executive producer) has its protagonist dealing with the real horrors of racism in 1950s America as well as horrors from the Mythos.

(Did Chaosium coin the phrase Lovecraft Country for their series of Call Of Cthulhu regional sourcebooks, or was it already in use?)

13th Age Bundle Of Holding

13th Age from Pelgrane on PDF, for a good price for the starter set, and spend a bit more to get a lot of stuff including the barnstorming dungeon deconstruction adventure Eyes Of The Stone Thief and an exclusive collection of the organised play adventures.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

World Of Darkness Berlin, Day +1

Last night was the quiet wind down evening, where I hopefully somewhat amused some other guests, and discovered that one of them is Vicki Earland, the creator of OneDice Raptors, a game that one of my friends ran at Conpulsion. It’s a small strange world...

Also hi Joe and family!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

World Of Darkness Berlin, Day Three

The Vampire: The Masquerade 5 playtest. Some info is out in the world already, and an alpha playtest will go out online in due course. It will probably lack the charmingly last-minute hand-drawn maps of the Berlin pre-alpha, though.

In the meantime, I can say that Hunger Dice are a pretty interesting concept, though the game will have to nail down what a Scene means...

And that the pre-alpha included Disciplines with a pretty MET feel and Virtues and Vices in a very Chronicles way.

And panels, Justin Achilli on why we play games and Mark Rein-Hagen on where these particular games came from.