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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

I Can't Picture Villains & Vigilantes Without The Amazing Art Of Jeff Dee...

The original art from the Maxima article in Dragon magazine

As part of my championing of the current Villains &Vigilantes 3.0: Mighty Protectors Kickstarter, I was extolling the virtues of Jeff Dee's art the other day and mentioned that I owned a couple of original pieces by him.

As well as Dr Killjoy & Spoilsport, several years I also purchased the original art (pictured above) from the Maxima article written by Jack Herman and published in Dragon magazine #111, July 1986.

As well as spelling out the mind-bogglingly powerful character's backstory, the article also addresses the problems of incorporating Maxima, or similarly OTT characters, into your campaign.

The article is a free download from Monkey House Games' website (right at the bottom of the page), and includes the statistics for Maxima (the most powerful character I've ever seen in the game) for use in Second Edition Villains & Vigilantes games.

As she's now listed officially as a member of The Mighty Protectors, it will be interesting to see how she translates into the new rules system of the forthcoming Third Edition of Villains & Vigilantes.

Unlike the Dr Killjoy & Spoilsport piece, I haven't yet got round to framing the Maxima art, as it's not a standard size.

However, as Rachel and I are intending to clear up my gamesroom this autumn, ahead of 50th birthday, I'm hoping I'll finally get round to displaying it as it deserves.

Westworld Looks Seriously Messed Up!

Torn From The Headlines: Beauty Is In The Geekdom Of The Beholder...

Miss Out Of This World 1960, At The Flying Saucers Convention, Los Angeles

Forget Miss World, she's Miss "Out Of This World"!

Goodstuff's Cyber World has published a fascinating portfolio of niche pageant winner photographs... from Miss Slade Rule, 1958, to Miss Magic Marker, of 1954, and on to Miss Pussycat, 1965 (minds out of gutter, please).

If there's time travel in your campaign, then surely one of these 'nerdy' pageant winners can pop up as an NPC somewhere, striving to destroy stereotypes while reinforcing the message of "good posture", "the correct use of T-squares", the joy of "atomic energy" etc

Mo' Blair Witch, Mo' Problems!

Monday, 29 August 2016

And Then There Was That Time Rachel Got Kidnapped By Pirates...


August Bank Holiday Monday means a trip to Military Odyssey in Detling for the Family Knight... complete with a rental mobility scooter to help me stay active for longer (and Alice loves travelling in my lap as well, although that's not really what it was designed for).

Military Odyssey is a three-day event, celebrating living history and military re-enactment from Ancient History right through to the modern day - with the usual predominance of Second World War groups.

The weather did us proud, especially after last year's torrential downpour that left Alice looking like a miserable drowned rat.

As ever with these affairs, the variety of stalls are often just as entertaining as the displays (what sort of household would proudly display mugs with Hitler's face or swastikas on? Not the sort of thing you'd break out for granny when she pops round for afternoon tea!)

One of the highlights of the day though was when Rachel got "kidnapped" by a pirate and locked in the pillory so I could take embarrassing photos that would then end up on Facebook and here!


As Rachel was gamely playing along, I think the pirate and his mate would have quite happily left her shackled up while I went off and did a bit more perusing, but somehow it didn't feel right.


The pirates, authentically smelling of booze, were great chaps, clearly enjoying themselves (as you can probably tell from the photo above).

In fact, everyone we spoke to was entertaining and often educational. We had discussions with re-enactors about Western frontier living, Medieval Japanese food, film costuming, life on the Home Front (always a favourite of Rachel's with her penchant for vintage fashions) etc

And, as ever, Alice was a great ice-breaker, enjoying the variety of costumed laps she could jump into and different doggies she could play around with (as quite a number of the displays had resident canines as well).

Another surprising highlight came when a 60-plus pony express rider in the Wild West encampment saw my T-shirt and, without any prompting, recited the Green Lantern oath. I certainly wasn't expecting that!

You can find more of our pictures of the day over on my Facebook page here.

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