Sunday, 22 October 2017

In The Bleak Midwinter

Halloween Night V20 book(let) largely done. On to Christmas!

Title pending, as it will also cover the Winter Solstice.

This will probably be it for this series. Valentines or Walpurgisnacht would be pushing it...

Saturday, 21 October 2017


Gunpowder follows Taboo in bringing period drama with added grime and murder (and Mark Gatiss!) to BBC1 on Saturdays just after the watershed. It’s the Gunpowder Plot, with Kit Harington as Robert Catesby - one of his ancestors, and the source of his middle name! - and the less central but much more famous Guy Fawkes appearing just at the end of the first episode, Tom Cullen playing him a big scary skinhead. The first episode also includes a death by pressing and a hanging, drawing and quartering to establish the stakes for the Catholic revolutionaries.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Noggin The Nog Miniatures

Such times we live in!

Thanks to Tim Knight for this rather surprising news.

Critical Role's VtM one-shot

It was an adapted ruleset, featuring Hunger Dice from the V5 playtests.

It was funny, lighthearted and very meta, but had some interesting and creepy post-human monsters, though the overall Weird Level was approaching Over The Edge. It certainly wasn’t close to a typical Vampire: The Masquerade session in my experience. (For something like that, check out Jason Carl’s demo.) They’d probably go less wild in a longer game, judging by how Vox Machina played out.

Need a new TIE Fighter?

Audi designer Jason Battersby presents the TIE-X.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bitter Root

Harlem Renaissance monster hunters. In.

Cavaliers Of Mars Day

Today marks the successful completion of the Cavaliers Of Mars Kickstarter, on the sixth anniversary of the original plan to publish it via what would become Onyx Path. Let us commemorate it thus!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Buffy idea of the week

Since the spell to empower slayers has gone from “last performed in the ancient times” to “used and improved on a few years ago” there must be a pretty decent market in bootleg slayer spells.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Calm Before The Storm

I pretty much missed the red sky caused by Hurricane Ophelia yesterday, but I did get to experience the calm before the storm, the stillness and slight breeze and drizzle coupled with the nervous sense that it might become so much more. In the end we got off lightly, but the wait and then the winds around the house all night were unnerving.

(I’m fine, by the way.)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Unquenchable Thirst Of Dracula

The Unquenchable Thirst Of Dracula is, remarkably, not the maddest title that this unmade Hammer film could have had - Kali, Devil Bride Of Dracula wins, besting the working title Dracula, High Priest Of The Vampires.

It’s previously been adapted as a play, and now Mark Gatiss has adapted it for radio, to air on Halloween of course.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Star Wars: Screaming Citadel

Star Wars: Screaming Citadel (two issues of the current main comic, two of Doctor Aphra and an introductory issue) is a good example of adapting a story into a new setting. It introduces a new planet which, like most Star Wars planets, is based around a specific environment. This one is basically Planet Vampire Movie.

The planet and threat are new but it’s not entirely standalone, even beyond featuring Aphra and her gang (including the Evil Droids) as it involves a couple of other Star Wars comic characters and their interrelationships.

Friday, 13 October 2017

D&D class and species frequency

An extensive survey of data from D&D Beyond has revealed that the most common D&D character type is... the Human Fighter.

As someone who has played human fighters in three of the last four D&D games (and a fighter of another species in the fourth for setting reasons) I’m not hugely surprised, as it’s the combination that requires the least amount of rules knowledge. Stats, skills, weapon damage, a couple Feats, good to go.

Thanks to Steve Dee and Shawn Gaston for the link.

Friday The 13th vs October The 31st

Besides having a better film, Halloween is also easier to plan for than Friday The 13th.