Monday, 26 June 2017

Birthdays

43 isn't the answer to life, the universe, or anything.

(Now reading Beren And Luthien.)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A source for Mage ideas?

Does anyone have a list of 20-30 random titles that I can use as a starting point for Mage: The Ascension story hooks?

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Stewart Wieck

Stewart Wieck has died, just 49. One of the founders of White Wolf Magazine with his brother Steve and White Wolf Games, he worked on Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse before leading the creation of Mage: The Ascension. More recently, he founded Nocturnal Media, publishing Scarred Lands with Onyx Path and a new edition of Pendragon, as well as Darkling Plain, a boardgame with characters that animate when viewed through smartphones. Phil Brucato explains his legacy far better than I could.

My sympathies to his family and friends as well as my fellow fans.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Band On The Run

Going to a big gig (srsly, about 2200 people, queues out the door, across the square and round the corner, guest appearance by Lauren from Chvrches) got me thinking about the logistics of something like that. I’ve played and run games about bands before, but like most PC groups they’ve been rinky-dink bands playing rinky-dink spaces, maybe with one adventure about a big show, because a non-famous band having adventures seems more feasible. It’s like plotting for low-level adventurers versus royalty.

I’m kinda-sorta considering a sourcebook about music venues, possibly separate from my kinda-sorta considering a sourcebook about visual art venues, and I’m largely thinking low-end there too.

Star Trek: Discovery - coming in September

Star Trek: Discovery starts on September 24th in the USA and the 25th here, and Jason Isaacs joins the glorious tradition of looking uncomfortable in Starfleet uniforms.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to adapt Dracula

Some strangely apt news for midsummer... Moffat created the TV sequel Jekyll, but Gatiss is the known horror buff, having written and presented series on the topic as well as horror and horror-comedy fiction, and indeed done an audio version of Dracula with Big Finish.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Netflix Interactive "Gamebooks"

Kids Interactive Adventure uses the streaming service to support a branching story, Choose Your Own Adventure style. I’ve seen this done with DVD and YouTube (NSFW language there) as well as Earplay audio, but Netflix trying it gives it a big platform.

Stranger Things retro figures

Not a fan of retro action figures in general, but I suppose it fits Stranger Things being made entirely out of 80s. They’re also less bobble-headed than most of the style, which helps. Demogorgon cuts quite the dash, though presumably with the retro articulation it won’t have hinged jaws.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Wynonna Earp season two

Wynonna Earp is back, and there are more monsters around. And the cliffhanger was sorta-kinda resolved but appears to be an ongoing issue. And Black Badge use blood on contracts instead of signatures, suggesting they’re a different kind of occult monster-hunting conspiracy than they appeared last year. And Doc lost his hat.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pass on some of what you have learned

Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers, parents, father figures, and other mentors.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Gary Gygax's FBI File

For reals.


“He is known to carry a weapon and was proud of his record of personally answering any letter coming from a prison.” Because encouraging literacy, numeracy and cooperative play in prison is a scary thing, I guess...?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

VtM 5 playtest

The Vampire: The Masquerade 5 pre-alpha playtest rules and scenario are now online. Also available at DriveThruRPG. They look to be much the same as the Berlin playtest, including the hand-drawn maps.

Edit: I didn’t play Amelina, or see the other character sheets. The player who picked Amelina read and played her as liking to hang out with younger vampires rather than young people, possibly missing the feeding restriction. (We also didn’t get as far as the Spartans, or any of the ways the PCs could die very suddenly.) It still played as fairly absurdist and ultraviolent, with various horrible characters.