Saturday, April 19, 2014

Star Wars Hero Kids Fudge mashup

R4.5 MnM's character sheet
We tried some gaming this afternoon. It started with a Hero Kids Star Wars hack but ended up using more Fudge rules and dice. The adventure was the one that was published in the very first Star Wars RPG book- Rebel Breakout. (The classic where you start on Mesa 291, but Tiree didn't make it. So he left his astromech D0 who railroads you through the adventure! So good!)

My kiddos are 6.5 and 4.5 years old. It went a bit sloppy and awkward which I think might be typical for Fudge games. It was a delight to see my daughter (the 4.5 one) actually getting into the role of her R4.5 MnM droid (purple!). She might be a bit of a LARPer.

My wife is a trooper to participate for their benefit.

A satisfying Saturday afternoon.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Leviathan Wakes on Sci-Fi

Off to find out more about this book series. Sci-fi Game of Thrones, they say...

SyFy has ordered a 10-episode adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s space opera novel Leviathan Wakes, which will be titled The Expanse. The novel, which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award Best SF Novel in 2012, has been praised by both Annalee Newitz and Jo Walton, and described by George R.R. Martin as a “really kick-ass space opera.” Appropriately, The Expanse is being billed as “Game of Thrones in space.”
According to the network, the series will follow “the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.” The series will be written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, whose previous credits include the first Iron Man and Children of Men, for which they received an Academy Award nomination.
Syfy’s president Dave Howe, said: “The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date… [it] joins a killer line-up of high-concept, high quality series, along with recently announced original projects Ascension, 12 Monkeys, the renewal of Helix, and the soon to premiere Dominion.”

So, what do we all think? Will SyFy do the series justice? Who’s your dream casting for Jim Holden and Det. Miller?

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Three Musketeers

BBC's The Musketeers is finished and it was fantastic. With enthusiasm running high for this genre, I picked up a copy of the Triple Ace Games' All For One: Régime Diabolique.

To continue my obsession enthusiasm, I present all 18 episodes of Hanna-Barbera's The Three Musketeers...

  1. The Littlest Musketeer
  2. The Jewel of India
  3. A Letter of Peril
  4. The Ring
  5. The Plot of the Puppetmaster
  6. The Moorish Galley
  7. The True King
  8. The Pirate Adventure
  9. The Evil Falconer
  10. The Mysterious Message
  11. The Challenge for the Crown
  12. The Red Duke
  13. The Outlaw Archer
  14. Tooly's Dream
  15. The Haunted Castle
  16. A Fair Day for Tooly
  17. Tooly's Treasure Hunt
  18. Tooly's Surprise

I feel I've finally come to accept Savage Worlds as my go-to home RPG system. For a long time I was longing for and preparing to collect the Original Ubiquity version of the game, but I'm going with Savage Worlds mainly because it is a generic system and it enjoys a vastly healthy supportive community. So I'm throwing in my lot with the rest of the Savages.

As for the BBC show, I long for the next season- which has been confirmed!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Masters of the Universe gets a director

Progress with a Masters of the Universe film...
According to The Schmoes' Phantom scooper, Jeff Wadlow has signed on to direct Sony's planned reboot of Masters Of The Universe. That's signed, sealed, delivered -- they reckon it's only a matter of time before this one hits the trades. Wadlow had been lined up by Fox to direct their X-Force movie, but obviously that doesn't look good if he's chosen to bring He-Man, Fisto, Ram-Man, and the rest of the slightly pornographically monikered heroes to the big screen. Previous versions of scripts have veered away from the original cartoon quite a bit, but we have no idea what type of story Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger) is currently working on. What do you think of this? Would you have preferred if Wadlow had stuck with X-Force? Is a Masters Of The Universe movie even a good idea in your opinion?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pathfinder in space

Illustration by Rodrigo Vega
Paizo is taking Pathfinder out in space. Here is a blog post from 3/25...

Iron Gods Roll Call

I've been wanting to do the Iron Gods Adventure Path for a long time, but it's not all that easy to just roll out a campaign that makes significant use of mountains of items and armor and weapons and creatures and hazards that the game doesn't yet have rules for. I'm talking, of course, about lasers and robots and radiation and gravity suits and nuclear resonators and atom guns and neurocams and K-lances and heavy weapon harnesses and robojacks and thoracic nanite chambers and graviton generators and more. What are all those things? I'm afraid you'll all need to wait a few more months to find out.
But what you DON'T have to wait for is the list of Iron Gods Adventure Path titles and authors! Because here they are! Long time readers will note some new names, some familiar names, and at least one old name risen from the murky depths of the past!
  • Part 1: Fires of Creation, by Neil Spicer
  • Part 2: Lords of Rust, by Nicolas Logue
  • Part 3: The Choking Tower, by Ron Lundeen
  • Part 4: Valley of the Brain Collectors, by Mike Shel
  • Part 5: Palace of Fallen Stars, by Tim Hitchcock
  • Part 6: The Divinity Drive, by Crystal Fraiser
Oh. And here's a spaceship. (No... this isn't the Silver Mount. That one's a LOT bigger.)