Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Peter Pan

I just finished reading Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I might have seen the Disney film as a child, but I don't remember. I figured it would be a fun little book to have on the shelf for my kids to pick up when they're ready to start really reading. So this was my first real venture into the world of Neverland. And reading it as a father and an adult may have made me miss the point.

I'm not sure what to think of the book.

It was written in the most fascinating fashion. Barrie often breaks the 4th wall or whatever by letting us in on his thought process as he tells the story. Feels like we're reading his notes. Sometimes the book is completely fantastical, but other times it's a step away from horrific. For all the grand fairytale of it, there is quite a lot of violence. The children in Neverland are never safe. And they are often fighting. And killing!
by Giacobino

Peter Pan, the character, is not the protagonist. I submit he's not even a good guy. He cannot see anything beyond himself. Tinkerbell is far different than the friendly Disney portrayal. She was jealous, vulgar, childish, and dangerous. I don't recall anything positive she said or did save one. She did give her life for Peter. And I guess that's everything.

The "reality" of Neverland is quite whimsical and rather untrustworthy. However, when we see the parents reaction to the kid's prolonged absence, things aren't much more normal at home. Heck, even before they left they were being raised by a dog!

by Giacobino

I love how the author recognizes the despicableness of his own protagonists by referring to them as selfish children.

by Giacobino

by Giacobino

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by Giacobino

Images of my own kids flying away for hundreds of days on end leaves me with negative emotions. I sense themes throughout the book that mirror Lord of the Flies, though, I'm not sure that was intended. Perhaps it's my own jaded grown-upness talking here, but I was a bit uncomfortable with the evident sexual themes throughout the book.

by Giacobino

An interesting read. Not sure I'll keep it on our shelf.

by Giacobino

Dice Roller for FFG Star Wars- Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and Force & Destiny

Fantasy Flight Game's Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and Force and Destiny has enjoyed extremely healthy support from it's fans.

This one is an online dice roller that is intuitive, attractive, and effective.

The game system is a form of a dice pool mechanic, so as expected, one simply clicks on the dice you'd select to build the pool. Then click on 'ROLL' and watch the graphical randomizing go for a few seconds before it spits out a random result along the bottom.

The example above called for one Proficiency die (yellow), two Ability dice (green), one Challenge die (red), and two Difficulty dice (purple). Note that the unselected dice are shaded. When you click on a die to select it, it appears clearly or highlighted. The string of symbols along the bottom are the calculated results minus the symbols that cancel each other out. A nice feature is if you hover the cursor over any of the images, a box with a label appears.

Another cool feature is the ability to view the probability of the result.

A very solid gaming tool for the Star Wars RPG. I'll be using it and look forward to seeing more like it.

Here is alternate one just in case the above one goes 404 again. alternative...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

music inspired by The Space Trilogy

The Ransom Series by Natalie Romano
Glass Hammer is a progressive rock band that draw a lot of influence from fantasy literature, primarily C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. Their 1995 album, Perelandra, is a concept album built around the story elements of the whole Space Trilogy.

Perelandra by Glass Hammer on Grooveshark That Hideous Strength by Glass Hammer on Grooveshark

King-X's song called Out of the Silent Planet was named after their debut album which was named after the book.

Iron Maiden released a song called Out of the Silent Planet off their album, Brave New World, though they said the song is more inspired by The Forbidden Planet than Lewis' book of the same name.

Out Of The Silent Planet by Iron Maiden on Grooveshark

The post-hardcore band Thrice supposedly that their song That Hideous Strength but the lyrics don't seem to have anything to do with the book.

That Hideous Strength by Thrice on Groovesharkf

Dragging the Mule was associated with Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails has an album called That Hideous Strength, but it seems to have no relation to the book beyond name.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gran Mamare - Mother of the Sea cosplay

Gran Mamare (the Mother of the Sea) is the mother of the fish that turns into a girl in the Disney/Ghibli film Ponyo. Here are some excellent cosplay of the goddess of the sea.

These are by Arlo Arleh

Ponyo - The Sea Goddess and her Daughter

Queen of the Sea

These are by Yiji


Ponyo - Goddess of the Sea

The following selection is by Alita B Angel
Including the sorcerer, Fujimoto

Ponyo Underwater - The Wizard and the Sea Goddess

Ponyo Underwater - Fujimoto

By Strawdoll

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space - All the Doctors sourcebooks

Huge news out of Cubicle 7 who currently have the Doctor Who RPG license. They are producing source books for all of the previous Doctors! They are also offering various ways to make sure fans can get the books. Here is the news:

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, we are releasing a series of Doctor Sourcebooks for the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space roleplaying game.
Each book will take an in-depth look at an incarnation of the Doctor, featuring his companions, enemies, allies, gadgets and more. We will present each of his adventures, giving an overview of the action and themes, exploring how you can use them in your games. We’ll also give you suggestions for further adventures based on the events depicted.
As well as being packed with information for use in your games, the books will be full of images from that Doctor’s incarnation, and will be a wonderful fan resource for the show’s history. We’re even keeping the first two in black and white to stay true to the feel of the show!
The books will be US letter-size (standard RPG size, 8.5”x11”) and 160 pages long with a hard cover. The First and Second Doctor Sourcebooks will feature full colour covers and period-appropriate black and white interior; all the others will be in full colour throughout. We have commissioned a montage of the eleven Doctors, which will run across the spines of the Sourcebooks when they are on the shelf:
Subscription deal
We’re offering a time-limited subscription deal to give fans of the game a way to get themselves a great deal on these books, have them sent as soon as they are available, and to support us in the creation of this series. The first six books are at various degrees of readiness, which is a big up-front investment for us, so your support would be very much appreciated!
There are two deals available:
Deal 1 – the full set
This includes:
All 11 titles: The First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Doctor Sourcebooks, plus the Eleventh Doctor Sourcebook One.
Both physical copies and PDFs
All Doctor Who short PDF-only products released in 2013 (at least three)
The MSRP for these books will be $385/£264 plus shipping – the subscription deal is $315/£216 plus shipping, a saving of $70/£48 – two free books!
Deal 2 – the early years
This includes:
Six titles: The First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Doctor Sourcebooks
Both physical copies and PDFs
The MSRP for these books will be $210/£144 plus shipping – the subscription deal is $175/£120 plus shipping, a saving of $35/£24 – one free book!
The shipping rate depends on where the books are delivered to – 10% of the total order for UK/USA, 20% for Canada/Europe and 35% for everywhere else.
The First Doctor Book is due to be delivered in April, with the PDF being available in February. The Second Doctor Book is almost complete; the majority of the writing is finished on the Third and Fourth Doctor books and the Fifth and Sixth are underway. We aim to release a book every other month as a minimum, and hope to bring them out quicker than that. Of course, unanticipated delays can crop up, and in this case we will communicate with you on progress. In any case, subscribers will receive both the books and the PDFs as soon as they are available.
Cancellation and refunds
If, for whatever reason, you need to cancel your subscription, we will refund your subscription fee in proportion to the number of books you have already received – for example, if you need to cancel after the 3rd book of deal one, you will receive a refund of 8/11 of the total paid.

Without further ado, a first look at The First Doctor Sourcebook cover:

Here's a preview PDF of the first few pages of The First Doctor Sourcebook:

Happy 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who!
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