Saturday, 23 May 2015

Tomb: a crowdfunded SF movie from the Caribbean

TOMB sounds pretty interesting.

Oft-told tales

A drum! A drum! Macbeth doth come! Played by Michael Fassbender this time! And looking rather slo-mo-ish and dreich-weathered and post-a-certain-HBO-show.

Portrayals of familiar stories change with the times of course, as well as with purpose - my favourite example is comparing the Olivier and Branagh versions of Henry V, which could be great visual aids for Pendragon and Dark Ages Vampire respectively.

I’ve also mentioned the mood effect of weather (and the inside weather) before and the above clips demonstrate it well. Would you be happier fighting with sunlight shining on your armour or dark clouds gathering overhead?

One idea to run with this - see how the PCs deal with a classic setup differently in different moods and styles.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Disability representation

A petition for Playmobil to produce disability figures. And it wouldn’t be that difficult - there are already wheelchairs in their accessory line, for example.

Following close after first news of Makies 3D printed dolls with hearing and walking aids, birthmarks and plans for a wheelchair among their customisation options.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Art Of Fury Road

What a lovely day.

Much of it by 2000AD veteran Brendan McCarthy, to the extent he gets a writing credit.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Warcraft movie: Orcs totally a thing

Behold Orgrim Doomhammer!

Somewhere, a Games Workshop official is swearing.

Not a sentence I expected to write.

The new video by Taylor Swift would have been useful when I was making a fake TV credits sequence with Hayley Williams as an action hero. ‪#‎firstworldproblems‬

The song works for Vampire too.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell

In a surprising development, the BBC has committed itself to a seven-hour adaptation of the huge historical fantasy novel Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell. Perhaps less surprisingly, they storm the period drama bits and put Doctor Who experience to good use with the magic.

Marc Warren looks alarmingly like Christopher Walken in it.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Sweeping historical epics

BBC Four has started screening Danish sweeping historical epic 1864, set around the war between Denmark and Prussia which I must admit I had never heard of. It centres around a small group of ordinary people about to be swept up in events and an archetypal romantic triangle at its heart, with cutaways to movers and shakers to provide context (as well as a modern frame story and a narrator from the time looking back on it, which seems a bit much) so it could be a useful example of making people care about history they don’t know well.

Have you ever taken part in a historical game with no outside genre elements? I think I’ve only done a few one shots here and there myself. Historical genre games, and historical campaigns for regular genre games, are often heavily informed by the period, but there are always cool powers handy. As a genre geek this is kind of inevitable for me, but historical epics appeal to me as well...

Friday, 15 May 2015

Signal Boost; Taleturn by Morgan Davie

Taleturn for story games, playing stories and the stories of games and the story of play, by Banquo-winning clever person Morgan Davie. Also features a Hillfolk series pitch based on his legendary GEAS game Providence Summer, and how to game the Riff-Off from Pitch Perfect.