Saturday, 24 February 2018


Mute, co-written (with Michael Robert Johnson) and directed by Duncan Jones, has a teeny-tiny cinema release along with its Netflix launch. I’d like to see it big, personally.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Vampire: The Night In Question

The Night In Question, a Vampire: The Masquerade blockbuster LARP in Austin, Texas, about a Sabbat mass Embrace. Darker Days interviewed organiser Matt Webb - who I also met at Enlightenment In Blood in Berlin.

Set in the 1990s, so it won’t reveal much about what the Sabbat are up to off-camera in the forthcoming fifth edition, with a Near Dark by way of From Dusk Till Dawn vibe. (Which considering how those end makes me wonder if the mass Embrace might go a bit wrong...)

Solo trailer recut

But why are they using the theme from Star Trek? ;)

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Black Panther

The origin is a quick narrative, and then off we rush to SF, espionage and adventure, and then to a central conflict which is both political and personal.

Consider Phlebas: The Series?

Amazon looking to develop Consider Phlebas, the first of the Culture novels.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

How to introduce a big setting

This Starting Gate thread offers some advice on how to introduce players to a setting with a lot of depth and breadth, like Dune or Glorantha, including mine for isolated characters seeing a central area for the first time.

Monday, 19 February 2018

More game forgery

Counterfeit copies of Codenames by Vlaada Chvátil are appearing online, like the previous Pandemic Legacy fakes.

Thanks to Steve Dee for the news.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

New Orleans Superheroes

Following on from my New Orleans setting thoughts, I spent part of last night roughing out a NOLA superhero team. No team name and a shortage of codenames at this time, because I suck at those.

Laurence Dupre: Team leader, a former Navy officer and Coast Guard captain given an energy absorption power, so he can shrug off lasers as well as bullets (they still hurt, so he’s not stepping on Luke Cage’s shtick). Looks like Dennis Haysbert, greying at the temples.

Octavia Harris: A history student gifted with a city-sense that allows her to find anyone in the city, predict and influence things, know just when and where to send emergency services, perfectly time a truck backing up to hit a killer robot.

The Beat: Old-school rapper with sonic attacks. Not as charming as he thinks he is.

Agent Orion: Government agent armed with an alien melee/missile weapon. Has nothing to do with New Orleans really, because I figured not everybody in the team should.

Naiad: Amphibious humanoid. Kind of green, black eyes, webbed fingers and toes. Is she a mutant? An Atlantean? An Atlantean mutant?

Pugmire: Canis Minor

Community content for good dogs is go! Keep to the Code.

Craig's Third Law

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

It doesn’t work.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Muse, Thought Contagion

Muse make neon-drenched Thriller homage. As you do.

I think it goes a bit sideways when the HazMat team start joining in the dance rather than chasing the bite victim. I am totally okay with the vampire girl having EMP powers, though.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Star Trek: The Nth Generation

One of the early pitches for Star Trek: The Next Generation included bits and pieces we would later see in Voyager, Discovery and the unmade far-future pitch Federation, as well as other SF settings. A new ship (called the Odyssey), an uncertain young crew, a commanding officer dying early on and a young officer taking over, the late captain becoming a holographic adviser...

As well as the grumpy Klingon officer who did make it in, albeit for different starting reasons... and a character defined by dealing with being too attractive to be taken seriously, which I’m glad didn’t make the cut.