Monday, 20 November 2017

The Once And Future Queen

The Once And Future Queen by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride, illustrated by Nick Brokenshire and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic, is a nice spin on the idea of Arthur returning when needed. (Not unlike a spin I wrote a book about but hey.) And hey, first hit’s free.

Cyberpunk 2077

They nudged the timeline forward just a bit for the new CRPG in the Cyberpunk setting.

Understandable as we blew past the original twenty-five-years-ahead date 2013 four years ago and are more than halfway to the 2020 update, and I still don’t have those new polycarbon knees I’ve been hoping for.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Incredibles 2 teaser

The Incredibles 2 teaser

The Incredibles is the best Fantastic Four movie ever made. Disney own both The Incredibles and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel are having trouble getting the Fantastic Four film rights back.

Now, we would need to recast Frozone...

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Thing

There are now tabletop games based on The Thing (From Another World) and its source novella as well as others showing its influence rather clearly.

It’s a natural fit for “traitor” style mostly-cooperative games with its smallish isolated cast and clear stakes - and the option to infect more people as it goes along.

For the same reasons it could make a good basis for a one-shot RPG session. Handing over notes, and maybe texts and so on to keep them even more hidden, tends to encourage suspicion and paranoia even when there isn’t a murderous doppelganger in the area.

(Also, what is up with Copper’s nose ring?)

If you wanted more than a one-shot, look at the prequel which both sets up the Norwegian base and basically functions as a different playthrough of the same adventure, or the comics, or the sequel the then SciFi Channel tried to make in 2005, which is... interesting. (The scene where they use electric shocks to make a captured Thing revert to previous forms, all the way back to a “dark whirlpool of seething flesh and blood”, does kinda work. And... wow, the theme from Aliens is way more, ah, referential than I knew.) Or to series like Helix where the danger spreads more slowly and the moral question of whether victims can be helped arises.

But ultimately I think sustaining the fear and distrust would be a tall order, and it makes a better one-shot.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. In Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace

Looks like fun. I would say the overall Weird Level has definitely gone up a little, even after the Ghost Rider and Killer Androids and VR Hydra World season four. The big grumpy Kree aren’t the only bit giving it a Guardians Of The Galaxy vibe.

(Also, one of the guest stars in the episode of The Inhumans it plays over the credits for is called Wolf Lee Counsel. I just thought I’d mention that because that’s fantastic.)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Hope. Sacrifice. Unity.

Today is the 20th anniversary of the original Trinity Universe. Nearly ready to Kickstart the Continuum. In the meantime, that preview.