Sunday, 20 May 2018


The finale episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer first aired fifteen years ago.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Stand By Me

That was a very nice touch, one of several in fact, like the sermon and the converted electric Jaguar.

Crusader Kings: The Boardgame

Paradox Interactive has announced a move into boardgames as well as RPGs, with Free League adapting Crusader Kings. It’s a big one - 70 miniatures, 306 tokens, 289 cards, 10 family and 5 dynasty boards as well as the main board. The Kickstarter page includes a link to the rules beta.

Best of luck

Royal Wedding related plot hooks on the Whoblog, from the last one.

Did this just become a LARP?

The Edinburgh International Film Festival screening of Blade plus opening scene style rave seems to have acquired an attached immersive game, with rules and sides and all.
To be in with a chance to take home a replica of Blade’s Sword, you can take part in the venue-wide interactive game, decoding ancient vampire scrolls and Escape Room-style puzzles. Trust no one.
Not my fault, I swear!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Casting by The Watch House, 2018 edition

Yes, that’s William from my Buffy game about young Watchers playing the tweedy English adviser to a group of chosen ones in the reboot of Charmed ten years later. When I typecast, I typecast HARD.

Masquerade violation in the magazine aisle

Hitting on Twitter, flagged up by Justin Achilli and Steve Dee among others, a reminder that we take some very high Weird Level for granted.

Revealed! When Ghost Hunts Go Wrong

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ten O’clock Monster update

... The last blog post is now number three on a Google search for the phrase, behind two different meanings and above one of the articles I was referring to. I may have overestimated its ubiquity.

A few more hits with 10 instead of Ten, but not that many.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Time For The Ten O'clock Monster

I’m really surprised that there doesn’t seem to be a LARP book, blog or podcast called Ten O’clock Monster.

It’s a common phrase which I’ve heard from gamers and seen in MET and Nordic LARP essays and elsewhere, though I wonder where it originated. It’s pretty self-explanatory - something plot-related comes in and possibly starts a fight a little after halfway through a session where not much else is happening. A plot development engineered with NPCs works as well.

It’s something I was thinking about for the Storytellers Vault MET section - a look at ways to use external threats and different options to liven up a slow game. As a tabletop GM I can use Chandler’s Law whenever I like, but LARPs need people to play the guys coming through the door with guns in their hands, and unless the GM’s doing it they’ll need to be briefed ahead of time.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Next, on Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. ...

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is go for a half-length sixth season. Having run three and then two mini-seasons in the last two years, they can do this.

The bigger issue may be fallout from Avengers: Infinity War...

And Coulson will be getting a boost when he appears in the (at least partially) 1990s set Captain Marvel.

And now a joke.

Feel the sting

A new favourite detail from rewatching Infinity War:

(Spoiler for about four minutes in...)

A brief glimpse of how my brain works

Black Chantry revealed the art for a VTES character card and the near black and white palette, the look, the stare and the outfit reminded me of Boris Karloff in the 1932 version of The Mummy. And since the 2017 version of The Mummy was meant to launch the Dark Universe updating the Universal monsters for the present, I wondered about the reverse, a World Of Darkness type game about various monsters in the 1930s.

I’ve set WoD and CofD games in the 30s and 40s before, but leaning on the hardboiled and noir traditions rather than the horror of the time...