Saturday, April 18, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015


In the height of the d20 era, even Traveller had a d20 version published. From 2002 through 2006 Quiklink Interactive / RPG Realms Publishing held the license to create products that expanded the Traveller franchise in the extremely popular d20 game system.

Usually, when new versions of Traveller are published it seems chic to release it in a previously un-explored part of the vast Traveller universe's history. Traveller20 (or also known as T20) was set about one hundred years before the original classic game was set. In it's own vernacular, at the time of the Solomani Rim War around the year 990. The region explored was the Gateway Domain of the Imperium.

There were a few physical books published- the Core Rules, Gateway to Destiny, and a Narrator's Screen, plus a few equipment books and newsletters. Most of the support material appeared in PDF format, but also multi-system supporting various other versions of Traveller, mainly the original Classic Traveller.

There were plans for a d20 version of another Traveller spin-off, Traveller 2320 (the d20 version of Traveller 2300). A PDF was released at one time, but it seems rather difficult to find that now.

While d20 system definitely had it's day on top, the following resentment for various reasons took it to an all time low, in spite of the continued success of Pathfinder. I feel we're coming out of that anti-d20 era. Through it all, Traveller 20 seemed to have had a rather positive respect in fan's opinions. Some still rave about it saying it was perhaps one of the best d20 publications created.

What I recently discovered was that after Quiklink Interactive / RPG Realms lost the license for Traveller, there was a re-release of the products with the Traveller setting stripped out. Similar to what Mongoose did with Legend and RuneQuest. In this process they also cleaned up the products, fixing errata and clarifying some rules, etc. The following series is a solid generic d20 sci-fi game.



This line was to be short lived. The mind behind Traveller 20 and SciFi20 tragicly passed away and the ambition for this line, with him. Hunter Gordon's memory is held high by many Traveller fans.

H.I.S.S. Tank

The H.I.S.S. tank is almost real now.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Wild Space Magazine issue 2

Download issue 2 here. The fan made magazine for Star Wars D6. This is homage and continuation of the WEG Star Wars Adventure Journal publication. However, this product looks one hundred times more professional than that original magazine. Oh for modern technology!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

TableTop RPG show will be powered by AGE

Wil Wheaton has been talking about doing a spin-off of his very successful TableTop YouTube series that focuses on roleplaying games instead of board games. Recently a lot more about this has been coming out. It now sounds like Wil's show will be like an actual play like many podcasts, but here it will be in front of his studio cameras. He's recently announced the cast and today he announced what the game will be.

The game is going to be his own original campaign setting and powered by the AGE System (adventure game engine), the system is the same system behind the Dragon Age RPG. Green Ronin is soon going to publish this system as sort of a generic RPG system for the fantasy genre. This is going to be the same thing that will be featured in the show.

TableTop did feature the Dragon Age RPG in a couple of their episodes already. It's likely that was what inspired this project. Based on the quality

TableTop host Wil Wheaton announced the title, cast, and premiere date of theTableTop spinoff RPG show: Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. The game will utilize Green Ronin’s forthcoming Fantasy AGE system in a setting of Wheaton’s own design, and will premiere on Geek & Sundry’s website and YouTube channel on June 2. The RPG spinoff was promised as part of the fundraising campaign for the third series of the show (see “'TableTop' to Launch RPG Show”). 
“I needed a system that was going to support the way I play roleplaying games, and that is – telling a story collaboratively with a group of players with me as the GM,” Wheaton said. He named off several major systems that he likes: D&D, Savage Worlds, Fate Core, and Green Ronin’s True20, then added, “I really wanted to use something that was released by an independent publisher. I really wanted to bring something to the forefront of the roleplaying world that not many people are familiar with as I want them to be.” 
The game will be played using Fantasy AGE, the latest iteration of the Adventure Game Engine by Green Ronin Publishing, (see “'Dragon Age,' 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' 'Return to Freeport,' More”). Wheaton’s own setting game will be a mash-up of the 1978 Heavy Metal movie and the Thundarr the Barbarian Saturday morning cartoon series called Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. "We're going to releaseFantasy AGE and Titansgrave concurrently in August," Green Ronin's Chris Pramas told ICv2. 
“It was incredibly difficult to cast this show. We needed people who were comfortable improvising, who had experience playing roleplaying games, and who were available when we planned to shoot the show,” Wheaton said. The 10 week campaign will include Yuri Lowenthal (voice actor for several Ben 10 andNaruto series) Laura Bailey (voice actor for Soul Eater and Resident Evil: Degeneration), Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show!) and Hank Green.

Monday, March 30, 2015


We've been here before. But this time it sounds more official. There is a ROBOTECH movie being made.

In various stages of development for quite some time, it appears that a live-action adaptation of the anime classic Robotech is finally on the way! Sony Pictures has just announced that they have secured the big screen rights to the property with, in their words, “the intention of moving quickly toward production of a future global franchise”! 
“Robotech” debuted in the 1980s from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Productions. A peculiar science fiction amalgamation, the show re-edited and re-wrote the dialogue of three Japanese anime series (“The Super Dimension Fortress Macross,” “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross” and “Genesis Climber MOSPEADA”) to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series. 
A sprawling sci-fi epic, Robotech takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship’s energy source known as “protoculture,” and the planet’s survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots. 
Immortals and 300 franchise producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are developingRobotech with Michael Gordon (300, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) set to provide the screenplay. This team will “bring their modern sensibility to the tentpole, reintroducing today’s audiences to the Robotech universe.” The project will be overseen at Sony Pictures by Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca, and Matthew Milam. Frank Agrama of Harmony Gold, which is the original intellectual property rights holder, will executive produce with Michael Gordon and Jehan Agrama. 
“‘Robotech’ is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life,” says De Luca. “That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project. With a history that offers an epic love triangle, a renegade hero, and a world on the brink of extinction, ‘Robotech’ offers a wide scope and a rich and impressive universe where the story possibilities are endless.” 
“When the rights to ‘Robotech’ became available we jumped,” adds Nunnari. “Mark and I knew it had what big movies in today’s world must have if they want to grab everyone: insane visuals AND powerful themes. The characters in ‘Robotech’ wrestle with both the destructive and redemptive powers of technology; nothing is more relevant today than that.” 
“I’m thrilled to be back in business with Sony Pictures and Gianni and I look forward to working with the studio on this global franchise-driven opportunity,” says Canton. “‘Robotech’ is a very significant and legendary part of the growth of anime into the force that it is today, and we’re excited to be adapting it for modern audiences.” 
“Patience is a virtue,” continues Agrama. “We at Harmony Gold have waited 30 years for the chips to fall in place. Finally they have, and finally our dreams have come true. I am sure that our fans and the public at large will be flabbergasted with what they will hear and see on the screen. Thank you Gianni, Mark, Ralph and above all, all of the Columbia Pictures people involved.” 
The deal on behalf of Harmony Gold and the producers was negotiated by Ralph P Brescia of Bloom Hergott.

TIE Fighter

Classic '90s space flight simulator/space combat computer gaming meets classic '80s sci-fi anime as the OtaKing (Paul Johnson, not to be confused with Gainax co-founder and fellow YouTuber Toshio Okada) has presented the final, finished results of four years of work with a Star Wars: TIE Fighter tribute.  

What if there was an Empire-focused short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that's all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years' worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts' seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day... 
Official poster art:“Interdictor,” the music track: info pdf file: 
Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It's thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc. 
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That would totally make my day.