Thursday, 14 December 2017

Net Neutrality

This is not over.

Disney bought 20th Century Fox

The mouse ate the fox. That’s a big megacorp monopoly deal, swallowing one of the other five big studios. (It doesn’t include Fox News, so no cutting the head off that snake unfortunately.)

Look forward to Disney buying all of your hobbies and your actual childhood next.

From a geek perspective, this means they now own the X-Men and Fantastic Four parts of the Marvel universe so they can be dropped into the MCU, The Simpsons, AlienAvatar, National Geographic... and possibly, due to assorted other rights issues, Buffy and Firefly.

A day too late to put the Fox fanfare back at the front of The Last Jedi, but I’d definitely expect that to happen.

The X-Men movies that are already on their way (Dark Phoenix, New Mutants and Deadpool 2) will presumably still happen, though some rebooting may occur - not that this series hasn’t been rebooted more than once already. Who knows what this means for Legion and The Gifted.

Wanda and Pietro’s MCU origins probably won’t be retconned (and nor will the mutant-style Inhuman plot from Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) but they might include a line about how mutant powers are like Wanda’s but manifest naturally.

The Fantastic Four... well, I expect to see Doctor Doom turn up sooner rather than later. And they can play him straight and make a joke about how much he’s like Darth Vader.

Obviously I have high hopes for something Buffyverse.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi

Okay, same drill as before, serious spoilers redacted for a week...

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Star Wars trailer

As in The Star Wars, the early 70s working title. An animation and VFX school project brings Ralph McQuarrie’s concept paintings to life. Lovely.

A New Hope

This time tomorrow I will be watching The Last Jedi. (Or maybe the adverts before it.)

My hope is that I’ll like it.

My gaming hope is that it opens up the Resistance era to be something different and game-friendly. The Force Awakens introduced new characters but a familiar toy box, scruffy heroes in the Millennium Falcon and X-Wings fighting Stormtroopers and black-clad villains in TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Miskatonic Repository

A DMs Guild for Call of Cthulhu. Which is nice, if surprising as Chaosium already had community content in the form of chapbooks.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

And sometimes your gear rolls a 1

Ah, nothing like a Windows update preventing me going online to brighten up an evening.

Whenever something like this happens I’m glad I’m not a cyborg. (Having just watched Chappie, which touches on this too.)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

We now have two Star Trek TOS miniatures lines...

HeroClix is bringing one out too. Wait around ages and then two come along at once.

As is traditional with Clix, there are a number of nice sculpts hidden by paint, especially these days with the trend towards 3D modelling making very detailed and realistic miniatures. A few too many repeated bodies let the side down somewhat though.

I got their Kelvin Timeline set and they’re fine, likely softer sculpts than these. (Comparison shots in this review.)

And I think the first time we’ve gotten a figure for the unstoppable Lieutenant Leslie.

Yes, another update

Christmas shopping achieved. (Quite a lot of comics and books stuff, nothing directly RPG-related.)

Not to achieve Christmas writing and publishing.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Welcome to Night Vale TV?

Try not to look at the dog park.

Wondering how this will work. Do you follow the big plots in the style of the novels, or go monster-of-the-week and change it from local radio to local TV, going out and reporting on strange phenomena in that same matter-of-fact tone?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Star Trek Adventures black on white

Star Trek Adventures has a white-on-black design in the style of TNG-era information screens, but they’ve also made a black-on-white version available via DriveThruRPG for those who have trouble reading it as well as making the PDF a lot more printer-friendly. I approve.

USS Callister

Based on the brief trailer, I’ve got a theory about the Star Trek pastiche episode of Black Mirror...

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Non-frontline superpowers

Thinking about superhero settings again, spurred by this RPG.net thread. I rather like the idea of including power types that none of the PCs have but making them less than ideal for “frontline” heroes and villains, like magic being ritual-based and slow.