Tuesday, October 29, 2013

d20 Modern

I was pleased to discover that d20 Modern is in the top 10 hottest RPGs being discussed according to EnWorld's Hot Roleplaying Games.
Over 1000 sites and counting! What's the current zeitgeist? What are the hottest games being talked about right now? This isn't a list of sales figures; it tracks what's currently being talked about using a top secret algorithm. Each game is also conveniently linked to a search for discussion about it right here on EN World, should you want to find out more. The spotlight list changes from time to time. The red and green arrows show a game's general trend over the last 90 days - is it being discussed more or less than it was in the previous 90 days?
This page tracks discussion of over a quarter of a million forum members and approaching a thousand blogs on a selection of major independent RPG discussion forums to create an overall sample from a list including EN WorldRPGnetUK RoleplayersRPG Geek, the RPG Bloggers network of nearly 300 blogs, the RPG Blog Alliance of nearly 600 blogs, and Reddit.
Discovering this has rekindled my interest in the rule system and revisiting the many settings. Wizards of the Coast have kept the official website live. This suggests that someone recognizes the long-lasting interest, even though it seems like WotC didn't support the game as much as they probably should have. The short run of Dungeon/Polyhedron magazine
mini-settings were some of my favorite supplements for d20 Modern. First published in 2002 (that's 11 years ago!) there has been a lot of high quality 3rd party products that have come out. Even some still coming out.

So, here's to a little bit more love for d20 Modern.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Doc Savage movie - Shane Black interview

There's a Doc Savage movie being made...

From ComingSoon.net...
It was announced back in May that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black would be bringing pulp hero Doc Savage to the big screen in a feature film adaptation. Little has been said about the project since then, but Black has now elaborated more on the film in an interview with IGN.
"Obviously in the books there's an element of 'goody goody' that we like. Doc Savage was the basis essentially for Superman because his name is Clark, he has a fortress of solitude, and 'oh Superman has the same thing, that's odd.' But that kind of perfect hero who never makes mistakes him great to a point and that type of adventure and the pulp it represents has been so immitated. Raiders of the Lost Ark is essentially a child of Doc Savage. But we needed something more.
"So we kept it in the 30s, we beefed up the sort of rationale behind what it would take to be a perfect person and to be trained as such from childhood and how that would scar someone. And what it would take to be a parent who is capable of inflicting that on your kid. But beyond that we've also tried to be true to the series, give him the helpers and it's also reinvigorating it but introducing a whole new brand of people to this is a challenge. It's been around, it's been 75 years."
The subject then changed to casting, and Black explains why there hasn't been much talk about casting since the announcement.
"Here's the problem: They kind of gotta be tall. He's the perfect physical specimen and when people look at him, they're overawed by the sort of symmetry and perfection that he exudes. I don't know that you could use like James McAvoy as Doc Savage. You couldn't do it. He's a fine actor, but we need someone big. Back in the day Schwarzenegger was talked about to play Doc Savage. I don't know who we'd get."
The idea of Thor's Chris Hemsworth as Doc Savage was brought up, to which Black replied, "That's not a bad idea. What's he doing?"
Black will direct the Doc Savage film for Sony Pictures from a script he has co-written with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Uslan will also serve as a producer on the film. No release date is currently set.

Doc Savage - The Jade Dragon by Davidwbartist

The Last Parsec and Sci-Fi Companion

Savage Worlds Poster by JamesDenton
Back in August, Pinnacle Entertainment announced a new sci-fi setting for Savage Worlds. The Last Parsec is to be a four book series with a Star Frontiers spirit or feel to it (note- not necessarily a conversion). This will be launching in a big Kickstarter next year, with a lot more information, naturally.

Each of the four books will feature a separate planet... with it's own plot point campaign!

It also sounds like much of this will be coming out at the same time. Which is interesting.

This image is not confirmed to be any official artwork from the game. It is simply a poster created by James Denton that was used at GenCon and Origins in the Pinnacle Entertainment booth. But I wouldn't be surprised and that would be cool.

Also announced with The Last Parsec was the next genre supplement, Savage Worlds Sci-Fi Companion. It sounds like this is to come out before the Last Parsec series.

And Deadlands: Lost Colony is coming down the Pinnacle pipeline, possibly around the above projects, making Savage Worlds a sci-fi focused game in the near future.

Which is a good thing, in my opinion.

Science Fiction Companion update...
Hard cover pre-order + PDF
Soft cover pre-order + PDF
just the PDF

Darth Vader Themed TV Specials

According to Jedi News, Disney has upcoming specials about Darth Vader in the works. Leading to some interesting speculations. All based on this brochure...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pathfinder Tales audio adventures from Big Finish


Paizo's Pathfinder Tales are to become audio adventures produced by Big Finish.
Paizo Publishing And Big Finish Announce Licensing Deal To Create Pathfinder Legends Full-Cast Audio AdventuresPaizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of the world's best selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today a new partnership with Big Finish, developer of full-cast dramas and audiobooks, to create Pathfinder Legends, audiobook adventures set in the world of Pathfinder.
Big Finish will produce full-cast and dual spoken word audiobooks in collectible CD and digital download format. The first 6-episode Pathfinder Legends series will be a new full-cast audiobook drama based on the highly popular Rise of the Runelords storyline, with Chapter One, Burnt Offerings, expected to release January 2014, with subsequent releases every two months thereafter. Single-CD releases will be priced at $15.99/£10.99, with digital downloads at $12.99/£8.99.BigFinish.com and paizo.com will offer subscriptions at a discounted rate.
"We're thrilled to be working with Big Finish," says Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. "Their work with properties like Doctor Who has shown the care, attention-to-detail, and quality we know Pathfinder fans have come to expect, and we're excited to hear the adventures of Valeros, Seoni, and our other iconic characters as they venture through Pathfinder's most famous campaign, the Rise of the Runelords!"
"The moment we saw the spectacular Paizo booth at the Gen Con event last year, company Chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery and I knew that the exciting worlds of Paizo's best-selling, award-winning Pathfinder would be ideal inspiration for exciting audio productions," says Big Finish executive producer Nicholas Briggs. "We're really excited and proud to be working with such great stories and characters."
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game builds on more than 10 years of system development and the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming to create an unparalleled fantasy roleplaying experience. Players need only the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Publishing produces a wide range of books and accessories to enhance your Pathfinder experience, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful full-color maps. For more information, visit paizo.com.
About Big Finish--    For over thirteen years, Big Finish has been producing high-quality audio drama on CD. There are literally hundreds of productions to choose from, with new titles being released on a monthly basis. The majority of Big Finish's audio plays are based on popular TV series such as Doctor Who, Dark Shadows, Stargate, Highlander, and Blake's 7. Many of the original actors who starred in these classic shows have returned to recreate their characters. Releases are usually either full-cast audio dramas or dramatic readings featuring two cast members, all with explosive sound design and an original music score. Every story features your favourite characters in an all-new adventure. Big Finish offers hours of entertainment, excitement, and intrigue. You've never heard it so good!
About Paizo Publishing--   Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo's Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in hobby stores. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. Paizo.com is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the ten years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.
In the meantime, I'd like to share a recent (but old) discovery of one short Pathfinder Tales adventure already in audio book form. It resides on the StarShipSofa - the audio science fiction magazine from Dec 7th, 2011. It is James L. Sutter reading his own short story Web Fiction- Faithful Servants. While there are several featured articles in the podcast, Sutter's reading starts around 0:28:20 into it.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mad Max game trailer

This is a trailer for an official and very violent looking Mad Max game.


There was a ComicCon poster for this...

Also this... Mad Max Google Plus community

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

spiritual truth in Dumbing of Age

David Willis portrays a great spiritual lesson in Dumbing of Age. I see this is a very realistic and loving criticism of some of the errors of Western Christianity. It is very nice to see such raw honesty in a web comic such as this.
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