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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

[RPG] Campaign Musings Now That I'm Not Gamesmastering...

Villains & Vigilantes 3.0 Ready To Read On My Kindle...

With Pete taking the reins of our monthly gaming group, for the welcome return of his Top Secret SI campaign (now time-shifted back to the 1980s) that has lifted the (self-imposed) pressure on me to 'have something ready to run'.

My thoughts, naturally, turn to superheroes - because 'superheroes are my life' - and the fact that the pre-release (art free) PDF of the Villains & Vigilantes 3.0 rules has been released to Kickstarter backers.

I've queued it up on my Kindle, but I really hate reading long documents on the thing, and art-free means this is a wall of text and tables that can be slightly overwhelming.

Nevertheless, it's got me looking again at my beloved Knight City setting, dusting the place off after a three month hiatus, and starting to fill in some more blanks, kick around some background ideas etc

As much as I love superheroes (in comics, on TV, in the movies), however, I'm still not 100 per cent certain that the genre is a good fit for the Tuesday Knights (based on my disastrous previous, short-lived, V&V campaign with our group).

I fear the game could quickly devolve into superpowered Dungeons & Dragons on the streets of Knight City, rather than the the multi-layered, character-led, sub-plot laden, dream campaign I've long entertained.

The second game I've been revisiting is Mongoose's Traveller, which now has a swanky, full-colour, second edition out.

As I learned from Nick many, many years ago (when we were at school), when it comes to human-level sci-fi Traveller can't be beat. It can't do superheroes, but for Aliens, ValerianStainless Steel RatStarship Troopers, Star Trek etc emulation it really is the perfect system.

The final game in the melting pot is the John Carter RPG from Modiphius. Only problem with this is: it's not out yet and there's still no sign of when it will arrive.

Last I heard it was - following the company's previous, usual, form - going to be launched with a huge Kickstarter later this year.

I hope that's not the case and they just publish the game, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Who Ever Said Shakespeare Has No Relevance In The Modern World?

March's Picture Parade...

Sunday, 26 March 2017

An Introduction To Judge Dredd...


Spidey's Just Hanging Around New York, Looking Cool...


It is utterly ridiculous to judge an unreleased film by three promotional posters (and a couple of very similar trailers), but if Spider-Man: Homecoming captures the brightness, cheekiness, and general bonhomie of these three posters then there's a very good chance it will be the finest Spider-Man film to date (not that the last two will be that difficult to top).

Happy Mother's Day!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Justice League Are United...


Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

"Put Your Seat-belts On, We're Saving The Galaxy Again..."


Major Slice Of Cyberpunky Goodness From Ghost In The Shell...


Friday, 24 March 2017

I Like Big Brains, And I Cannot Lie...


[RPG] Night Of The Non-Existent Triffids...

Romney Marsh In Kent... No Triffids Were Seen!

The Tuesday Knights got together for the first time this year to sling some dice again as Pete stepped up and offered to resume his Top Secret campaign (after I bailed on running anything again for the moment).

One of the major changes to the campaign was a mutually-agreed time shift back to the '80s (when the game came out and the published adventures written), which meant a loss of a lot of the 'modern tech' we'd relied on during the earlier portion of the campaign (back in 2012).

Three of us had to create new Orion agents; Erica 'rolled up' an ex-army nurse, Simon (due to an unforeseen loss of his original character sheet) created the brother of his former character, and I cooked up a former Web goon who'd changed sides and was now hunted by his former evil paymasters.

NO!!!!
AS the soul surviving characters from the earlier stint of Top Secret-ing, Clare and Kevin were our superior officers (squad leaders), tasked with assessing the calibre of the new recruits.

Operation Flytrap saw us sent to Romney Marsh in Kent to surveil an errant biochemist, who might be genetically engineering plants for Web (although, we were assured repeatedly by poor Pete, who was trying to root his campaign in the real world, NOT triffids!)

Our briefing was rather open-ended, and so we faffed around a lot, under the assumption that we could take as long as we liked to reconnoitre the good doctor's marshland hideaway.

We also came at the job with a very D&D mentality that it would be fatal to "split the party".

This meant a group of five traipsing about "stealthily" en masse, in the middle of the night, trying to get as close as possible to the isolated farmhouse on a flat, bleak, stretch of marshland.

The session ended just as Erica's character calmed a guard dog and a human guard was poised to stumble upon us all...

P.S. I still reckon the doctor is creating triffids!

The Justice League Unite This Saturday...


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hail Hydra! Cut Off One Head And Two Will Grow In Its Place...


Captain America's foes, the nefarious Hydra, are poised to return (in some form) to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Check out the cool, retro propaganda artwork...

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