Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is really good. It would also be rather difficult to do in RPGs because so much comes down to speech and to talk through descriptions and then not talk in dialogue would be tricky. A monster that hunts by sound, sure, but just occasionally. The awkward family dynamic would be hard to sustain as well.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Superman

Action Comics issue 1000 came out today, marking eighty years since Superman essentially founded the superhero comics genre. There had been some recognisable prototypes like the Phantom, but Action Comics was the defining moment.

He’s always been around for me, even before Superman: The Movie came out when I was four - at the halfway point in that eighty-year run, so he’s had that John Williams theme half the time he’s been around. (That comic is a mockup, the Daily Planet wasn’t the Daily Planet then, but I always wondered why they didn’t use the original Action Comics cover.)

And all those stories over all those years, all the inspiration and hope creators have brought to him, it’s all worthwhile.

This one page alone would make it all worthwhile. You know the one, from All-Star Superman.

Or consider how Superman broke the Ku Klux Klan. A true force for good.

All-Star Superman would be my recommendation if you want one comic collection.

Superman: The Animated Series is my suggestion for other media. Like Batman: The Animated Series from the same crew, it adapts decades of material into a cohesive and fun series. It includes the only version of the destruction of Krypton that ever made me cry, as well as the theme by Shirley Walker being for me the best non-William theme he’s ever had.

And the current Supergirl TV series is absolutely worth a look too.

Up, up, and away!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Blackhawk

DC gets my interest with a new movie... possibly about WWII pilots... with Steven Spielberg directing. That might qualify as cheating.

Proxima Midnight

Casting news from Avengers: Infinity War continues despite it being ten days until it comes out. Proxima Midnight, one of the Black Order of space supervillains working for Thanos, is played by Carrie Coon, of The Leftovers, Fargo, Gone Girl, and... my V20 game, where I cast her as the de facto leader of the local Brujah. Even there, she rarely used her superhuman strength and never attacked anyone with a spear.

Monday, 16 April 2018

How to run a con quiz the Craig Oxbrow way

Other ways are available.

Apparently this will go to (a) the quiz team of DEATH and (b) the Conpulsion organiser how-to guide.

Short version:

Keep RPG, board card and war game, film and TV, and book and comic questions recent or evergreen - you can go a bit more obscure in the This Year’s Theme round. If you are going obscure, consider multiple choice or True Or False. Either the picture round or write-in round should be game-related if not both. Be prepared to give half points and be corrected, but don’t let them see you sweat. Have a funny question at the end of every round or two.

Long version:

... is three pages.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Conpulsion Conspiracy day two

Okay, quiz done. Expect to see it here fairly soon. Nobody swore at me in the answer sheets.

And I got to play Beautiful Anomalies! Hello Matt!

Next year: Conpulsion DEATH.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Conpulsion Conspiracy day one

I bought something at the auction.

I am reasonably sure the printing for the quiz exists.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Happy birthday Rick!

Among other achievements, Keane in my current Vampire: The Requiem game. And Jack in my first Vampire: The Masquerade game.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Nationals 2019

... will apparently be a group effort by as many Scottish teams as possible.