Friday, 29 July 2016

Prince Valiant

A new edition of the Prince Valiant storytelling RPG, an early dice pool system, is Kicking now.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

How to follow a conclusive ending

Jason Bourne was... okay.

Kinda like The Bourne Supremacy in spending about as much time dealing with the conclusive ending of the previous film (not counting The Bourne Legacy) and going “hey, there’s another secret layer to deal with...”

And while the stunts were great, none of them were up to the “did you just see that?!” effect of Bourne jumping off a roof in through a window and the camera following him from The Bourne Ultimatum.

There’s also a whole lot of computer tracking sequences, as this Sight & Sound review notes.

Eh, well.

So how does it follow that ending?

Slightly different Ghostbusters 2016 stats.

Fake TSR has 2016 Ghostbusters stats which are in the ballpark of mine.


Want a whole lot of Vampire The Masquerade on PDF?

White Wolf teams up with Humble Bundle for a heck of a bargain for Revised core and sourcebooks, and you can decide how much goes to WW and how much goes to charity.

And DriveThruRPG has a major sale for V20 and several of its sourcebooks as well.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Small Car Wars

When I joked about made-up names for cars sounding like Star Wars characters, I hadn’t heard of the Daewoo (Agent) Kalos.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Chasing The Infinite Sky

A Star Trek fan film showing off effects in the Kelvin Timeline style, beautifully done (except for, as the description acknowledges, the spellchecking, and some rather quiet voice work). No big action, just a reminder of how big space gets.

Thanks to Geek Chocolate for the link.

The Musketeers

The BBC One Saturday evening Doctor Who slot version of The Musketeers has likeable leads, good production design apart from all-over-the-place historical costuming, a nice line in episodic and serial storytelling, fun fight choreography and actually has musketeers shooting as well as sword-fighting.

Tempted to make a Warhammer fake trailer just because the season three Busey, Grimaud, would be a great footage source because he looks so WFRP. (Now where to find a Troll Slayer... is Dain from The Battle Of The Five Armies too obvious?)

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek Discovery, coming in 2017.

Like the name although I also liked the definitive lack of subtitle beforehand, like the choice of an unused Ralph McQuarrie design from before The Motion Picture... I guess the animation is a work in progress example.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Blair Witch

On my first night on the internet, I went to Blair Witch dot com. So if this is my last night on the internet, this is why...

Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) could really deliver the goods in the woods.

The mythology of the Witch herself is quite simple, with some suitably grisly minor details. It was expanded in a mockumentary about the mockumentary, a book, comics, an action figure of the unseen monster, a sequel and, yes, games!

Had the original film not become a subgenre-codifying breakout hit, it would have made the perfect “handout” for a horror RPG.

It was also, on one level, a LARP...

Friday, 22 July 2016

Star Trek Beyond

As someone who pretty much loved the first one and liked Into Darkness apart from the Khan fakeout and references, I liked Star Trek Beyond about as much as the 2/3 of Into Darkness I liked. Lots of fun asides and a few things fans have commented on for years being shown on screen. Yorktown looked great, and reminded me of Tomorrowland (art director Don Macauley worked on both). Krall’s argument against the Federation ultimately isn’t very strong, but it’s a different and interesting villainous motivation.

A fair amount of laughs at the showing I attended, applause just for the dedication at the end.

One point I’ll highlight is the relatively small number of “redshirt” type deaths. Since the entire crew is in jeopardy care is taken to make some of them distinctive, so the viewer can track who’s who and who’s in danger when, even among the non-speaking extras. Having distinct visuals really helps to keep a large group of NPCs sorted.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Star Trek Adventures

A new Star Trek RPG from Modiphius, using their in-house “2d20” system.

Supporting the original universe with TNG as the baseline for the rulebook. (The announcement art has a TOS crew under attack from a bat’leth wielding Klingon just to confuse things.)

You can download quickstarts of the Conan and Infinity versions of the system in advance of the rulebooks’ delayed release. Both were Kickstarter funded, Star Trek Adventures will not be, which may help avoid delays.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Frontier: "Like Star Trek but super depressing!"

Jonathan Hickman may be exaggerating somewhat, but the premise of his new SF comic Frontier has potential to be an intriguing space opera about humanity’s undesirables as convict solders for a Utopian intergalactic federation at war.

The Alien Legion idea is a point of Matthew Knighton’s Distant Stars universe, so I know it can be an interesting source of character conflicts and quirks.

Turkish Star Trek

Turkish Star Wars is much better known, perhaps because Turkish Star Trek is less terrible. One guy with pointy ears, some jumpers, a spaceship bridge set and some wobbly transporter effects are more achievable on no budget to speak of.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Star Wars news

Also this week was Star Wars Celebration Europe, which was bigger and madder than ever with a new film on the way this year, another Episode already filming, an ongoing animated series and another coming, and the general revitalising of a universe.

More footage for Rogue One, the story of the Rebel spies mentioned in that first opening crawl, which looks enormously exciting if you’re me.

Grand Admiral Thrawn on Rebels. I must admit I’m not a huge fan, mostly because I want my Star Wars aliens to be weirder-looking, and the anti-Force pet thing...

I remain uncertain of the young Han Solo movie.