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MORTAL ENGINES (December 8, 2018)

Thursday, 31 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: What Do You Anticipate Most For Gaming In 2018?


After running Heroes & Other Worlds for three years I thought I was burned out on fantasy roleplaying, but it turns out watching people play Dungeons & Dragons on the YouTubes has fired my enthusiasm for the old favourite again.

Therefore, I'm currently looking forward to running some Fifth Edition for the Tuesday Knights next year (once Pete decides he wants a break from running his Top Secret SI campaign, that is).

I've been slowly reading through the rules - not because they are particularly hard to grok, it's just that's the speed I read these days - and loving what I'm seeing.

It's inspiring me to scribble world-building notes and I know the genre works for the Tuesday Knights (and it means Kevin will get to play a dwarf again), so I'm excited about the prospects of exploring dungeons and battling dragons again.


Embrace The Madness Of Mimics In Your Dungeons & Dragons Campaign...



Following on from yesterday's celebration of weirdness in Dungeons & Dragons, 'loremaster' Matt Sernett talks about exploring the backstories of creatures players might joke about at the table.

Although I've never known a group ridicule the mimic - it's potentially one of the most terrifying low-level monsters out there!

Spidey Swings In To China And Gets To Hang With Pandas...


Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in China next week, and the film is being promoted through a series of wonderfully localised posters.

I'm hoping someone can explain the 'horse' one though...

Finding Miniatures On The High Street...


I know nothing about Skylander nor the video game this figure is designed to be used with, but it caught my eye in the window of Cex, the second-hand electronics store in Tonbridge High Street.

See how well he scales up against the 28mm figure in the foreground, and for a mere 50p that's a fraction of the cost of a metal, pewter, or resin miniature that size.

It's perfect to stand in as a giant in any future fantasy tabletop campaigns I run.

Bloody Red Band Trailer For Takashi Miike's 100th Film: Blade Of The Immortal...


Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her bodyguard. Swearing loyalty, protection, and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set out on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.
I cannot wait! This adaptation of the manga series by Hiroaki Samura is the 100th film from the world's most prolific filmmaker Takeshi Miike, whose portfolio runs from the unwatchable torture porn of Ichi The Killer to the sublime brilliance of 13 Assassins.

Blade Of The Immortal is due for a limited cinematic run in the States from November 3, and hopefully a global Blu-Ray release will follow soon after.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: What Is An RPG Genre-Mashup You Would Most Like To See?


This is where I'm going to fall down as I can't think of anything (that I'm interested in as an RPG set-up) that hasn't already been done. 

I like to squeeze a bit of horror into almost game I run, but is that really a genre mash-up for just a style or mood element?

The 'go-to' genre additive for mash-ups in recent years has been 'steampunk', but I'm totally over the "let's steampunk everything" fad (not to say I'm over steampunk, but I don't think everything can be improved with a shot of steampunk).

Steampunk also overlaps with another favourite of mine: the western. But Firefly has hijacked the "western + sci-fi" mash-up quite successfully, and again, often adding 'western' to another genre is more about adding a certain tone or style, rather than more physical elements.

So, with this one, I've drawn a blank. I'm sure there will be plenty of more constructive suggestions from other participants in the #RPGaDAY carnival, no doubt many of which will have me slapping my forehead and bemoaning the fact that I didn't think of that idea!

What Have They Done To Medusa's Hair? Is This A Big Cop-Out? Or Misdirection?


"Weird Is Good" For D&D Monsters...


Weird Wednesday...

Wonder Woman Wednesday...

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: What Has Been The Best-Run RPG Kickstarter You Have Backed?


I picked +Peter Regan's OSR Character Sheet Pads as my choice for best-run RPG Kickstarter as symbolic of all the great Kickstarters he's run (you may know him as the publisher of the hugely popular Black Hack, for instance).

Peter's Kickstarters are always small, well-organised, and punctual in their delivery.

To date he has run 16 Kickstarters - not all directly RPG-related - and I have backed several and never been disappointed with his prompt turnaround of backer rewards or the quality of the product he's sent me.

For me, he is the gold standard by which I judge other Kickstarters.

Weekly World News: Another Dozen Gameable Hooks From Faux News Stories...


Is Bat Boy a hero or a villain, a monster, mutant, or simply misunderstood?

This week's collections of headlines from back issues of the Weekly World News throw up a mixed passel of gameable story hooks, NPCs, settings etc for the gamesmaster willing to inject a bit of the odd into his contemporary campaigns.

Relive The Jaw-Dropping Final Five Minutes Of The Game Of Thrones' Season Finale..



And then, once you've recovered, here's some spoilerific behind-the-scenes chit-chat about the episode:

Mayweather vs McGregor? Here's A Match-Up For The Ages: Conan & Wonder Woman...

Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter - Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave-owner Dellos, a dark magic descends upon their land, a presence that wants to destroy them both. But who has the might to stop the most talented gladiators who have ever existed?
Diana of Themyscira comes face to face with the Cimmerian barbarian Conan in a new six-issue miniseries beginning on September 20: Wonder Woman/Conan.

Jointly produced by DC Comics and Dark Horse the crossover comes from fan-favorite Wonder Woman scribe Gail Simone and artist Aaron Lopresti.

 

#RPG Mike Mearls' Suggestions On Character Creation...


Monday, 28 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: What Film/Series Is The Biggest Source Of Quotes In Your Group?


While there are a number of cine-literate members of The Tuesday Knights, and we goof around as much as any group, I don't recall there being a particular 'go-to' film or TV show that we quote from regularly.

We've never been ones to rely heavily on the perceived stereotype of constant Monty Python quotes (although I'm sure we've had our fair share along the way).

It also depends on the genre of game we're playing. At the moment it's Pete's Top Secret SI campaign, so Bond gets referenced a lot.


SyFy Wire Ranks The Doctor's Twelve Regeneration Scenes...


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