Monday, 20 February 2017

Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Ash Vs. Evil Dead is quite an odd TV show. A sequel to The Evil Dead and mostly Evil Dead II, with Army Of Darkness not really referenced (due to its two wildly conflicting endings) it could prooooobably be watched by people unfamiliar with the originals, but what would they make of a spectacularly gory horror-comedy adventure in sitcom-length episodes? Especially if they came in after the pretty-damn-serious remake a couple years earlier...

For those in the know, it’s still quite odd. The worldbuilding is pretty casual, as it always has been. Some episodes and some subplots lean more or less on the comedy and the evisceration - one of the stars gets such a serious plot for the first half-season that she asked her agent if the audition sheet’s “comedy” description was a typo!

Still, as an Evil Dead II fan specifically, I had a lot of fun with it. When its on, its really on, and there’s a fair amount of grue and fun to be had, with Bruce Campbell charming as ever as the over-the-hill not-great-anyway monster hunter.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

New vague game plan

Vampire: The Masquerade due to familiarity, probably Camarilla clans, with me using a chunk of Requiem ideas like the second edition expanded Humanity system and some character and plot points.

Episodic and occasional, so aiming for a relatively small number of subplots and NPCs to track.

Probably using my last games as source material.

Planning to give the coterie a good reason to work together and not run off to play three personal games.

Already said “don’t betray the party, there are only three of you.”

And plots. Hm. That’s the real trick...

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

A new Star Wars animated series set near the classic trilogy, a new band of heroes, a new Force-related mystery... but unlike Rebels, I’m pretty sure Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures ain’t canon.

Aimed more at kids and played more for laughs, particularly the Emperor, while the main villain of the piece is played pretty straight. Most of the laughs for me were the back references - there’s some nice repurposing of prequel trilogy stuff and a lot of plays on familiar lines.

“I have a bad feeling about this - ”
No you don’t!

There’s some more serious One To Grow On stuff in there too - the need to protect those you love when you put yourself in danger - but not much.

It uses its Lego stylings somewhat inconsistently. The Freemaker family are experts in building and customising technology so some of the DIY ship part of Lego play is always there, but The Lego Movie “master builder” level Lego customisation only happens with the Force. And sometimes when ships and vehicles explode bits of Lego come off, but sometimes they just explode in flames.

Gameable? As a rules-light and no-real-danger game, maybe with Lego on the table and options to rebuild vehicles, and a system for building with the Force.

The central group, a family of three siblings and their Battle Droid trying to make their way in a galaxy at war,, could definitely work. So could one of the early plot twists...

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Loren Wiseman

Loren Wiseman, co-founder of Games Designers’ Workshop and one of the creators of Traveller, has died.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A poem

Roses are available in a variety of colours.
Violets are violet.
I’ll start again.

Collegeling: The Lost

Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide

Thanks to Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland for the link

Thieves steal £2,000,000 worth of rare books

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

“Gang avoid motion-sensor alarms in west London to make off with 160 items, some dating to 15th and 16th centuries.”

For Valentine’s Day, the gift of a perfect plot hook.

Happy Simon Pegg Day!

It’s also the tenth anniversary of Hot Fuzz.

Unkar Plutt still has both arms canonically.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Humble Freedom Bundle

$600 worth of video games, audiobooks, comics and other stuff for $30, all going to the ACLU, the International Rescue Committee, and Medecins Sans Frontieres, with Humble matching up to $300,000.

A wild gaming group appears!

Just inadvertently stumbled across a wild RPG group downstairs from GEAS in one of the rooms we regularly sneak into.

(For the record, they were playing Star Wars: Force And Destiny. And the GM had a Darth Vader novelty mug.)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Peaceful Protest

Ever had a peaceful protest in your games? And had it stay peaceful, despite the presence of player characters?

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Official Handbook Of The Bowieverse

The Official Handbook Of The Bowieverse is a play on the Marvel Universe handbooks for the work of David Bowie, complete with obscure one-line references like the Hand Reaching Down For Me from O You Pretty Things as well as more developed characters like Major Tom and Ziggy Stardust.